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Review + Swatches: NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Transylvania

21 Jan

Hello everyone. I should’ve posted this last year. But I feel like I didnt use it enough so I decided to schedule it this month. This was an impulse buy. I was in SM Aura and had nothing to do. I went to the department store and did a few swatches. I usually dont wear dark lippies but this shade is always sold out in-stores. I grabbed the opportunity. Hahaha.

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Description:
Now available in twelve more statement-making shades, our velvety smooth Soft Matte Lip Cream delivers a burst of creamy color and sets to a stunning matte finish.

Ingredients:
All shades contain the following unless otherwise noted: Isohexadecane, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Dimethicone, Beeswax/Cera Alba/Cire d’Abeille, Glyceryl Behenate/Eicosadioate, Talc, Cyclopentasiloxane, Propylene Carbonate, Silica, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Rosin/Colophonium/Colophane, Barium Sulfate (CI 77120), Phenoxyethanol, Flavor/Aroma, Benzyl Alcohol, Benzyl Benzoate, Benzyl Salicylate, Hexyl Cinnamal, Hydroxycitronellal. MAY CONTAIN / PEUT CONTENIR (+/-): Mica, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Manganese Violet (CI 77742), Yellow 6 Lake (CI 15985), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140), Red 6 (CI 15850), Red 7 (CI 15850), Red 28 Lake (CI 45410).

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Pros:
– Cruelty-free
– Glides smoothly
– Affordable; 390 pesos
– Feels like butter
– Can last long depending on your drinking and eating habits
– Lightweight once it sets
– Sets to a beautiful matte finish
– Doesnt cause dryness, no chapped lips

Cons:
– Not transfer proof for me

Swatch:

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It has a whipped texture while gliding it on the lips. It’s matte but suprisingly it feels light. My lips are prone to dryness. This didnt cause chapped lips. The only con I have for this is it’s not transfer proof for me. It got on my teeth but that’s just me. I guess my two front teeth are too big. Hahaha. It’s a great color although I’m not confident to wear dark lipsticks. No wonder it’s out of stock most of the time at their local stores and kiosks.

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Review + Swatches: POND’S Flawless White BB Cream in Fair

8 Jan

This was a requested post last year. It took a while for me to get one because I wasn’t sure if it’s really worth it. Since holidays are full of reunions, I asked for bb creams with good coverage in a makeup group. Someone said she’s using this. It’s also recommended by other members. I finally decided to go to Mercury Drugstore and get one for myself.

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Description:
Your solution to a brightening foundation cream with UVA and UVB protection. This BB+ Cream covers your spots instantly while reaching deep within your skin to lighten your dark spots and dark circles– resulting in clear, fair and flawless skin.

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Pros:
– Affordable, 299 pesos for 30ml & 149 pesos for 8ml
– Available in-stores and online
– Plastic tube packaging
– Powdery scent like other bb creams
– SPF 30
– Has dewy finish for dry & normal skin
– Doesnt cause breakouts
– Did not trigger my contact dermatitis

Cons:
– Comes in 2 shades only
– Light coverage in my opinion

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The photos above show that it slightly covered my mole. I think this is just your normal bb cream. It has light and dewy finish. I apply a bit more than usual to have a decent coverage. It won’t cover deep hyperpigmentations which is what I have. I always set it with Maybelline’s 2-Way Cake which adds more coverage. Dewy finish tends to wear off so don’t forget to set it with powder even if you have dry skin. I dont like dewy finish for my oily skin. I blot it first before applying concealer and powder.

It’s good enough for 300 pesos if you want natural makeup. They have 8ml tube for 149 pesos at Mercury Drugstore in Glorietta. I’m neutral about it. I dont love it and dont hate it either. This will do for now. I’m planning to use it all up.

Best Products I’ve Used in 2016

30 Dec

This is a combined post for skin/body care, makeup and fragrance. I’m posting reviews weekly for 1 year straight. It’s always trial and error. Some are hits and some are misses. It took a while to sort and add them to this list because I’ve used tons of products this year. I selected the ones that gave quick results and ones I kept using.


Skin Care

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SKINLITE Makeup Cleansing Tissues
I keep coming back to this makeup remover. It’s below Php 100 only for 30 sheets. Good for one month. It’s accessible for me too. I get mine in Landmark Makati. You can find it in the Hair and Accessories section. It’s on a shelf with other wet facial tissues and cotton.

LOREAL Refreshing Micellar Water
Loreal’s makeup remover made it in my list. First, it’s affordable too for Php 225. Second, it’s really refreshing. You can feel it instantly in the first swipe. It’s available in-stores at Loreal counters in department stores. You can also get it online on BeautyMNL.

AZTEC SECRET Amazonian Healing Clay
I immediately saw its effectiveness after one use. No kidding. I woke up the next day with majority of my breakouts were reduced and about to be dry. You can get this powerful mask at Healthy Options in the Philippines. It’s around Php 429. You can order it online on Aztec Secret’s official website.

VASELINE Lip Therapy Advanced Healing
This lip product is powerful. Probably because it contains 100% petroleum jelly. It’s in a hygenic tube. You can easily apply it just like a normal lip gloss. There’s no mess and you can bring it anywhere. If I can remember, it costs Php 69.75 in Landmark department store.

Beta-N Cream
This was prescribe by my dermatologist. I had contact dermatitis caused by using kojic acid soap on my face. This cream gave instant relief and hydrated my irritated flakey skin. My skin started getting back to normal after using this twice a day for 3 days. I used this for 10 days together with antihistamine, an oral medication.

SKIN FOOD Yuja Water Ampoule in Serum
I ordered it straight from Korea. This serum made it on the list because it’s one of the few serums that dont cause breakouts. It contains 30% yuja extract. The highest concentration in the line. No sting and feels light on the skin too. Full review soon!

ORGANIC ALLEY Argan Oil
I had second thoughts if I should include it because I just got it this month. But I like how it makes my skin glow. I apply it twice a day around my eye area, cheek bones and temples. The glow can be seen even under my makeup. No need for highlighters. I’ll do a full review soon. I still have a lot to say about this product.


Makeup

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DETAIL MAKEOVER Mineral Pressed Powder
This beat my all time favorite Maybelline Clear Smooth All in One Powder Foundation when it comes to staying matte. It’s also affordable. 199 pesos for 10g. Aside from that, their Fair shade suits my skin tone perfectly. You can get this at their kiosks or on BeautyMNL.

CATRICE Eyebrow Stylist
I wasnt impressed with this at first. It’s not long lasting for others. But for me, it lasts throughout the day. I can easily shape and fill in my brows with this. I think I’m finally mastering my brows. Haha. It’s 278 pesos, quite expensive for a brow pencil… but it’s longer compared to othets which can last for months.


Fragrance

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BENCH Bambino
I bought this cologne again after a long time. This has been my favorite since I was in high school. It’s affordable and long lasting. A small bottle is around 85 pesos while the big one is 135 pesos.


Body Care

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DOVE Purely Pampering Shea Butter Beauty Bar
I usually dont like Dove products because they leave film. My sister got me hooked with their Shea Butter variant. It smells amazing! It’s been cold lately and my skin needs additional moisture. It’s cheap too. It’s priced at 55 pesos.

December 2016 Haul: Aquaphor, LUSH Cosmetics, Maybelline, Organic Alley & Pond’s

29 Dec

I knew I’m going to add more items after Christmas. I buy gifts for myself throughout the whole year. And because of that, natabunan na ako ng irereview. Hahaha. How about you, what did you get for yourself? 🙂


SKIN CARE

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ORGANIC ALLEY Argan Oil
I was curious about argan oil. It’s non comedogenic compared to other oils. People also say that it absorbs quicker and doesnt leave oily residue. Pure argan oil is quite expensive here. Luckily, I came across a review on Organic Alley’s 100% Argan Oil. You can choose from two sizes. I got 30ml for 499 pesos at Sesou Glorietta. There’s 50ml for 750 pesos. You can also buy 10ml on their online store for 200 pesos. Full review soon!

ORGANIC ALLEY Acne & Scars Be Gone Clarifying Soap
I forgot to take a photo of this soap. I’m currently using it. I read its ingredients list and I think there’s nothing that could irritate  my skin. I can say that it’s one of my few trusted solid facial soaps. This one’s Php 250 for 100g. Full review soon!

AQUAPHOR Healing Ointment Advanced Therapy
I thought my skin was the same with my sister’s. She has sebbhoric dermatitis and her derma prescribed a steriod cream mixed with Aquaphor. I thought this would work but turns out I have contact dermatitis. I’ll try it for its other uses instead. Full review soon!

Contact Dermatitis relief from my derma
– Antihistamine
– Antibiotic astringent
– Beta-N Cream
– Moisturizing soap
All these work well. My skin calmed down after 3 days. Beta-N Cream and the antihistamine are the most effective. Clatidyne (Loratadine) was the medicine I took once a day for 10 days. Although I’m done with the medication, I’m still using the soap and antibiotic astringent.


MAKEUP

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MAYBELLINE Clear Smooth All in One Powder
This is an improved version. I usually dont see a difference when they reformulate this powder. I ran out of my Detail Pressed Powder. I didnt have time to order online so I’m back to my first love.

TONY MOLY Delight Magic Lip Tint in 03
A gift from my sister. She knows I’m into korean cosmetics. I’m not sure about the price. Probably it’s around 200+ pesos. Full review soon!

POND’S Flawless White BB Cream
This was a requested product for review. I finally decided to get one. Pinays love its coverage and price. We’ll see if it will meet my standards. It’s 299 pesos. I saw a small tube too. It’s 8ml for 149 pesos at Mercury Drugs


BODY CARE

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LUSH Maypole Soap & Serendipity Soap
My sister’s gifts. She chose the Maypole soap (225 pesos /100g). It has sweet scent just like Snow Fair Shower Gel. I chose Serendipity because of its lavender scent. I’m a sucker for lavender! It’s 245 pesos per 100g


That’s my hauliday! Tomorrow I’ll post my best products for this year. Hope you can check it out.☺

Review + Swatches: Maybelline ColorSensational Creamy Matte Brown Nude Lipsticks

12 Nov

I’m trying to keep up with my scheduled posts. This week is for lip products. Nude colors become a trend again. Thanks to celebrities. Main reason has to be Kylie Jenner. Haha. Of course we want to follow what’s “in”. Luckily, Maybelline made their matte shades. They noe have a separate line for these colors called Creamy Matte Brown Nudes. Some colors in this line are quite difficult to get in-stores. We’re glad we got the ones we liked.

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Description:
Buttery-soft formula applies rich and creamy; delivers vibrant, opaque color payoff; glides onto lips seamlessly for comfortable wear; long-lasting formula with a shine-free, velvety finish
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Pros:
– Accessible
– Affordable, each lipstick is 299 pesos and weighs 4.2g. Sometimes it’s less 50-100 pesos if on sale.
– Silver and sturdy plastic packaging
– Love the shades
– Does not melt easily
– Creamy/buttery
– Glides on smoothly
– Pigmented

Cons:
– Can be drying

Neutral:
– Doesn’t last long in my experience

Here are the swatches on my lips. I softened the photos below to make them smooth because my lips were dry that time.
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Nude Embrace has brownish salmon color. Clay Crush is brownish red just like clay pots. Nude Nuance is dark brown. My favorite has to be Clay Crush. It looks natural in real life. At least for me because it’s the closest to my lip color.

They glide smoothly like butter. They don’t melt easily despite the consistency/texture. They are also pigmented. Nude Embrace is a light color so I had to apply a second layer. I only did one layer for the rest. A down side for this is it can be drying…. Just like other matte lipsticks. Be sure to moisturize before or overnight which is better. Neutral about the longevity. I eat and drink a lot in a day. But it can last as long as I’m not eating yet and that rarely happens because I’m always hungry. It also depends on habits like lip biting.

This is one of the most affordable trendy lines in the market today. I still know other brands that are cheaper by the way. But go for Maybelline if you’re looking for a brand where you can try on lippies right away.

You can get these at Maybelline counters in department stores or online through BeautyMNL. 🙂

Review: Detail MakeOver Mineral Pressed Powder in Fair

6 Nov

This is just my second time to use a local brand this year. Wow, I’m really good at doing my 2016 New Year’s Resolution, huh? 😅 I was looking for something that could replace my ride or die powder foundation, Maybelline Clear Smooth All in One Foundation. Last month, BeautyMNL got in touch with me to try their shop. I found out about Detail a.k.a. Detail Make Over on their website. I’m glad I did. Read the rest of this post to find out.😉 P.S. I did not edit the other photos’ brightness and contrast so you’ll get the shade reference.

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Description:
Keeping oil at bay is no longer a problem with our Mineral Pressed Powder. This finely-milled powder keeps your face shine-free while allowing your skin to breathe with its matte lightweight finish. Comes with a sponge and mirror for easy touch ups all day. Available in 4 shades: Fair, Light, Natural, and Beige.

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Pros:
-Very affordable, 10 grams for only 199 pesos ($4)
– Nice packaging, has mirror and compartment for the sponge
-Few ingredients
-Fragrance free
-Fair matches my skin tone really well
-Little goes a long way
-Helps to minimize pores, not completely but it helps.
-Completely matte and has slight airbrush finish
-Feels light on the skin
-Has good oil control. That’s surprising because I have extremely oily skin.

Cons:
-Can be chalky if applied too much
-Can settle in creases

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I am surprised that this amazing product is 199 pesos only. You’ll get 10 grams compared to other powders. Its packaging has a compartment for the applicator. It has few ingredients so there’s less chance of irritation. I only need to swipe the sponge on the powder a few times to completely cover my entire face. This does not give coverage but it’s good for setting makeup. You can use this alone and you’re good to go. Lucky you, you have clear skin.😀 I noticed that it can help to minimize pores. Again, not completely but the change in their size is noticeable.

I love this mineral pressed powder because it’s lightweight on the skin. It’s like I’m not wearing anything. I’m also surprised it has good oil control. I have extremely oily and sweaty skin. I would normally blot my face every 30 minutes but not with this powder. I only blot every 2 hours, max.😍

I highly recommend it for oily skin! This is matte and has slight airbrush finish. If you still want to try it and you have dry skin, make sure you moisturize properly first. Apply it using a brush instead of the sponge. For dry to normal skin, you might want to consider applying highlighter. Or you can wait for your skin to oil up just like my skin to still get your “natural hightlight”. We don’t want to look flat.😉

Now the real question is… did this beat my ride or die Maybelline Powder Foundation? I have to say yes!!

BeautyMNL Haul: Skin Care, Makeup and Body Care

8 Oct

It’s been 2 months since I posted a haul. I’m back with another one. This time it’s from a local/Philippine-based beauty website. BeautyMNL carries hundreds of local and international brands from drugstore to high-end. They have korean brands as well. COSRX, Klairs, Innisfree, Tony Moly and YET to name a few. I got the opportunity to order from them.

My haul is a mix of products with high ratings, bestsellers and a new release:


Loreal Refreshing Micellar Water

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 Micellar water became a huge hit last year and many brands are releasing their own version. Loreal just released one here. I received a newletter from them telling me this was on sale. I knew I had to get it. Can’t say no to discounts. This is my first skin care product from Loreal. It only has 8 ingredients. It’ll be a good makeup remover especially if you’re a minimalist like me. Full details here

Detail Mineral Pressed Powder

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Detail MakeOver is a local/Philippine brand. Mineral Pressed Powder caught my attention because of its size. It’s 10 grams for 199 pesos ($4). It’s such a steal compared to other powders. They have matte liquid lipsticks and palettes as well. Full details here

Maybelline ColorSensational Matte in Clay Crush

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Now this is THE trend for lipstick addicts. If you want brown shades for a drugstore price, go for Maybelline’s Creamy Matte Brown line. Yes, they are perfect! I know the bestselling colors are quite difficult to find in-stores. Good thing all shades; Nude Embrace, Daringly Nude, Clay Crush, Nude Nuance & Burgundy Blush are available on their website.


Sooper Beaute Pimple Away Day Cream

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This pimple cream is one of the bestsellers. Sooper Beaute is a local brand. I found out about them on Instagram. I’m seeing many positive feedbacks after using their products. I’ve been stessed lately and it’s automatic for me to get breakouts. I’m using this cream since the day I got the package. I’m liking it so far. This will probably be the first one to be reviewed here on my blog. Full details here

Baroness Green Tea Mask

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A new korean brand in PH. They have different face masks but I chose green tea. We all know green tea is good for calming and detoxing. It’s great for oily and acne prone skin. Full details here

Golden Cup Balm

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This menthol balm received high ratings from reviewers. It has a relaxing and soothing scent. I got the 4g tin to test it first. We all know menthol balms are pinoys’ savior when we get sick. We use it if we have fever, colds, cough, muscle pains and etc. I’ll use this mainly for muscle pains and especially for my severe migraines. Full details here

Instantly Ageless Eyebag Remover

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When this came out, it was all over social media. I watched some before and after videos to see its purpose.I was really amazed on how quick you’ll see its effect. I knew I had to see it for myself. It’s like instant botox without the needle. I ordered this because I have malar festoons also know as eye bags on the mid cheek. It’s a difficult condition to treat. I dont know how I got them, from lack of sleep or hereditary. I’ll share my own before and after photos in my full review. Full details here

Olay Skin Whitening Bar with Rose & Milk & Black Beauty Shampoo with Conditioner

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I got these two as freebies. A good combination of sample and full sized items. Black Beauty comes in a 10ml-sachet while Olay Whitening Bar is 90g. Its size is enough on my short hair for at least two uses. You can use Olay Whitening bar for a long time.

So far I’m using two items in this haul. Can’t wait to use the rest! Which one would you like to try in this post? Share them below. My whole shopping experience will be posted tomorrow with bonus tips! 😉

By the way, if you like taking selfies (I know you do❤️), join their #selfieMNL contest! You’ll get a chance to win a Printster polaroid of your gorgeous face and a PHP200 BeautyMNL GC. Click here for the complete details.