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Review + Swatches: Tony Moly Delight Magic Lip Tint in 03

12 Feb

It’s been a while since I talked about Tony Moly. This was the second korean brand that I got hooked with. I’ve always wanted to try their lip tints. My sister gave me one in 03 Red Berry. Yes, again. She’s really not into these colors. Haha! Welp, more for me! This will be a quick review since there isn’t ,uch to talk about lip tints in general.πŸ˜›

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Description:
A clear gel-type tint moistures the lips with the ingredient extracted from the berries and turns your lip color into a gorgeous deep pink after putting on.

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Pros:
– Cute packaging
– Smells like berry
– Affordable, 228 pesos
– Did not cause dryness
– Long lasting

Cons:
– Quite sticky

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There are many reasons why it’s one of their bestsellers. It has a simple but cute packaging. We cant analyze the ingredients. I couldn’t find the ingredients list on their website. It smells good and I want to eat it. Haha! It’s affordable and long lasting. I swatched it on my arm and tried to remove it with running water. I had to rub it and use a cloth. It adds a little moisture so it did not cause chapped lips. The only con I have for this is it’s quite sticky. I think it helps with longevity. I recommend it for everyday use. This is for any occassion especially if you want a gift under 500 pesos.☺

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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? πŸ˜… 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.πŸ˜‰Β 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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Swatch: Fair has yellow undertonephotogrid_1478409823762-1

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.πŸ˜€ 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.πŸ˜‰

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

First Impression: Ever Bilena Advance Shine Free Foundation in Almond

17 Jun

We took a break from reviews last week. It’s time to do another one. It’s under First Impression because I only used it for a short period. It’s my second time to post about a local/Filipino brand. I need more!!!☺

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Ever Bilena is known for affordable makeup.Β We bought this for an event but didnt use it. It was just on the table. I decided to test this foundation. I loved their liquid concealer. I was curious if this will work too.

Description & Ingredients:

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Price:
Php 145 (approx. $3)

Scent:
Reminds me of marshmallow/vanilla

Finish:
Dewy & semi-matte

Consistency:
Runny

Pros:
-Very affordable
-Available at drugstores, watsons and supermarkets
-Simple plastic packaging
-Big enough, 30ml
-Little goes a long way
-Not cakey
-It doesnt feel heavy

Cons:
-has comedogenic ingredients; stearic acid, parabens, mineral oil, dimethicone
-in my opinion, vanilla scent is okay for lipsticks and not for face products

Performance:
It’s in a simple plastic tube which is nice. The only problem is the dispenser/hole is too big. Better be careful on squeezing out the product.

It’s liquidy and not cakey at all. It’s a little dewy, definitely not shine free. It wont be exaggerated if you’re using the right amount. It’s easy to remove so you have to set with powder even for dry skin.

It’s dewy because mineral oil is the second ingredient. Mineral oil can clog pores so I suggest using moisturizer and primer first. That way you have a barrier for your skin and makeup.

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It reminds me of most bb creams. It has sheer/light coverage. For full coverage peeps like me, this is not for us. It can cover mild redness though. It’s slightly sticky but that’ll be gone after setting with powder.

Surprisingly, it’s lightweight and doesnt feel uncomfortable. It’s a good addition if you’re looking for something that adds glow. This is okay for those who dont need coverage, starting with makeup or for no makeup look.

Review + Before & After: Pink Sugar Our Lil Secret Concealer in Light Medium

14 Feb

I wanted to get this concealer for so long. It’s raved by pinay bloggers. They said it’s full coverage and that’s I want. We all know thatΒ full coverage is my thing. I’d love any product that can cover my dark spots . And did I mention, Pink Sugar is a local/Philppine brand?

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Description:
Delivers long-lasting full coverage; soothes and calms inflamed skin with cucumber fruit and chamomile extracts; nourishes with aloe vera and vitamins A, C, and E; applies smoothly and blends silkily

Ingredients:
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Pros:
-Local brand
-Affordable, Php299 (approx. $6)
-Amount of product, 13ml
-Available in stores and online
-Simple packaging, reminds me of lipgloss tube
-Water-based & oil free
-Little goes a long way
-Doesn’t feel heavy on the skin
-Matte finish
-Lasts long
-Medium coverage for me

Cons:
-BHA in it bothered me. Not sure if it caused my recent breakout.
-Sets fast. I find it difficult to dab/blend
-Comes in 4 shades only
-Can be cakey especially on the undereye
-Can accentuate pores

Before & After:imageOh parang tatlong maria lang no? Hahaha.πŸ˜‚

I’m sure it has only a little amount of BHA. I was bothered because I had purging/breakout before while using a BHA toner. Recently, I had a breakout. This concealer and the reformulated powder foundation were the only 2 things I’ve changed in my routine.

I got the 2nd lightest shade. It’s warm tone and realized later that it’s dark on me. Even the cool tone (01) is still dark on me. I didnt pick that because it’s not my undertone. This sets really fast so there’s no chance of mixing both colors.

Sorry if I had to put powder in the after photo. My powder fixes the color a little bit. I can only apply a thin second layer or else it’ll be obvious that it’s dark. So I can’t test it to its maximum coverage.

It’s thicker compared to usual tube concealers. I have oily skin and it can still look cakey on me. I dont use it on the undereye area. It can also accentuate pores. If you have big pores like me, apply a primer first on your forehead or sides of the nose before this. I won’t recommend it on the undereye area. It’s water-based so you might not like it if you have dry skin/patches.

Surprisingly, it doesn’t feel heavy and sticky at all. Looking at the ingredients, I’m assuming it’s oil-free and water based. This is a great concealer. It provides buildable coverage from medium to full. You’ll get 13ml for 299 pesos? I think it’s worth it. Sana lang damihan yung shades.😊

Oh btw, Happy Valentine’s Day to everyone!😊❀️

Review + Swatches: E.L.F. Eyebrow Lifter and Filler in Ivory/Light

9 Jan

When it comes to cruelty-free cosmetics, the first thing that comes to my mind is E.L.F. Cosmetics. I was actually looking for cruelty free brands in the department store where I bought this item. I think I only found 2 brands I’m 100% sure of.

I asked the SA if they have eyebrow pencil just like those retractable ones. She only showed this item. It’s definitely not retractable. My anxiety attacked so I didn’t bother to look at their kiosk. I just grabbed it then paid at the counter.πŸ˜“

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DESCRIPTION:
Create polished and defined brows for a flawless fuller look! The ‘lift’ pencil’s sheer light-reflecting pigments act as an arch support under the brows to enhance and outline the shape for a more youthful and awakened look. While the ‘fill’ pencil shades in the eyebrow to blend in the natural shape, fill in any sparse areas and define the lines

INGREDIENTS:
C10-18 Triglycerides, Petrolatum, Synthetic Beeswax, Ceresin, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Hydrogenated Microcrystalline Wax, Diethylhexylcyclohexane, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Isopropyl Myristate, Butylparaben, BHT. May Contain: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Manganese Violet (CI 77742)

SWATCHES:
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PROS:
-Cruelty-free
-Multifunction, I think the lifter can be used as concealer too.
-Easy to use
-Brow pencil glides easily & smoothly
-Brow pencil is easy to blend
-“Lifter” cleans up any mess/mistake on the sides
-Did not cause breakouts

CONS:
-Quite expensive for me, for a brow product Php 259.75 ($5.50)
-The “lifter” is not as smooth as the brow pencil. Its consistency reminds me of stick concealers.
-Limited shades (SA only showed 3 colors)
-Needs to be sharpened

BEFORE & AFTER:
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It’s easy to work with. The brow pencil is so smooth. It glides easily. I can line my brow the way I want to. The lifter works well with it as it creates clean/crisp edges for the brows. It has the same consistency of stick concealer. I’m guessing you can use it for that purpose too.

This is not waterproof that’s why it’s easy to remove if you’ve made a mistake. But, it lasts all day long for me even if I’m oily and sweaty. The downside is it needs to be sharpened. Good thing it comes with a sharpener. The SA showed 3 shades only; one that’s super duper black, mine which is soft dark gray and one that’s light brown. You need to swatch it first.

I’m not a makeup junkee but I really like this one. It was just an impulse buy last month and now I’m glad I bought it.😊

Have you tried anything from E.L.F Cosmetics? If so, did you like it?😊

Review + Before & After Photos: Aritaum Full Cover Liquid Concealer in 02 Natural Beige

5 Jul

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Good evening readers. It’s time for a makeup review. Now, you might be wondering why I got it in a small container. This is a repackaged version that I got from Korean Cosmetics-Philippines. Sellers are repackaging products so people could try them and see if it will work out before buying the full size.

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Anyway let’s proceed. I got the Natural Beige 02. It’s darker than my skin right after applying it but it does blend afterwards especially with my powder foundation.

What is it:
Soft texture: Easy to apply. Perfect covering. Containing Rosehip fruit extracts: Moisturizing

Swatches
Covering my dark circles

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Covering my dark spots from chickenpox

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Pros:
– Full size (25 ml) will last for months
– Little goes a long way
– Thick consistency, close to pot/cream concealers
– Satin finish
– Long lasting
– Can be used as highlighter
– Great for covering redness
– Provides great coverage for dark circles
– Buildable coverage for dark spots & imperfections

Cons:
– Comes in 2 shades only
– Can settle in creases
– Can accentuate dry areas

The cons depend on your skin condition and how you apply it. I used this concealer in the morning and my eye area still looks lively. It has satin finish that can still give you subtle glow. πŸ™‚

Overall, I like this concealer. It does its job pretty well and met my expectations. It provides the coverage that I want. I recommend this to those who are looking for a reasonably priced concealer. Just make sure your skin is well moisturized. πŸ™‚

Review: LabDee Alpha Arbutin Serum

15 Mar

Good evening readers. Thai skincare products became famous in the Philippines last year. I was really curious because all the before and after effects look convincing. Yes, I’m a Marketer but still believe in some advertisements.

This is my second thai product. The first thing I’ve tried was Pasjel’s Body Cream. Anyway, I bought this because I wanted a whitening serum to help fade my dark spots. I originally want another serum but it’s really expensive. This one is affordable and doesn’t actually hurt my wallet.

Packaging:

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Im assuming these are the ingredients:

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And here’s how the serum looks like after application

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Pros:

  • affordable. Bought it around 230php
  • 10ml size, which I think is good for those who want to try it.
  • available locally through online
  • few ingredients. Less is more, right?
  • didn’t cause irritation
  • absorbs quickly
  • doesn’t leave film
  • it did brighten up my skin

Cons:

  • the quality changed and not liquidy, not the same with the photos online.
  • no improvements on my dark spots

There you have it. Did you try any skincare products from Thailand? Let me know. πŸ˜‰