Thursday, January 8, 2015

From Sample Room: Olay Moisture Outlast

Friends from Sample Room has new samples lined up for you this 2015! Check out the new Olay Moisture Outlast Body Wash and stay tuned to their website for free samples!

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Fave products for Skin and Hair - from Laneige and Cream Silk

Happy New Year! I've been too busy to update this blog but I just want to share my fave products I've been using regularly from last year:

I previously reviewed the Laneige Snow BB Cushion and liked the dewy finish---however they came up with a Pore Control variant which aims to address pores and to provide more coverage--- being a BB cushion convert I had to try it as well:

I have it in 21 Natural Beige. It's slightly darker than my usual no. 13 but it's not that noticeable. It lasts long, has good coverage (more coverage than the Snow BB Cushion (Whitening) and leaves a semi-matte finish, which I also like. It's better for girls with oily skin. I also find that it doesn't cake when layered, but I usually need a very small amount (which I pat several times for that seamless finish) and the result is flawless skin. If you want a dewier, more natural look, go for the Whitening one. 

Next, I've been using Cream Silk Conditioner for as long as I can remember, and it's been around for so long, I remember its tv ads even when I was a kid! I grew up with this brand and it's nice that Sample Room sent me these goodies to re-kindle my love for this brand. My favorites--- the blue one or Damage Control because it makes my hair super soft and manageable, and the pink Standout Straight because it fights frizz.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Babyliss Miracurl

I wanted to get this for the longest time, but I heard there are a lot of imitations/knock offs in the market today, particularly with online sellers. It is also expensive (around $200) But I figured why not invest on something that works and will last a long time.

Thank goodness Babyliss is available in the Philippines via Watsons and SM supermalls. I was able to get one at a special discount because of a sale.

I've been seeing this all over blogs and Get it Beauty which is a tv show in Korea. I thought it is a no-brainer to use --- no more going to the salons to curl hair. It's even more user-friendly than the Hair Wavz which I've previously reviewed before. It's also works faster--- no waiting time. Just pull a small section of the hair and the curling chamber "sucks" it up and curls it. That's it! It has built-in timer, curl direction (left, right or alternate)  and heat settings so you can choose whether to have loose waves or tight curls. It also works for very fine to thick hair.

Because I have thick hair I would use a setting spray so the curls last. If I don't then I would just get loose waves, but they're still pretty nonetheless. I do not find any cons with this product---it is amazing and you get what you pay for. Definitely a must-have for that instant makeover look!

See it in action :

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Sunday Manicure: Anny Nail Polish In 308 Obsessed

I have a hard time maintaining my nails because I always bite them. I used China Glaze Calcium Gel Fortifier for  two weeks and it seemed to work--- my nails are stronger and a bit longer now. So for today  I'm posting my latest manicure:

Anny is a relatively new brand here in the Philippines. I bought a couple of polishes from this brand because I've read good reviews. Right now I'm wearing no. 308 Obsessed. 

I love this color! This was recommended to me by the sales assistant. At first I thought it wouldn't work with my Skintone because it's quite gray, but I was wrong. It's a sort of a soft gray-lavender color with a pinkish tinge. It's quite wearable and lovely. 

I loved it at first coat, however I want it to last so I put in two coats here. My base is Sally Hansen Continuous Treatment and I topped it off with Orly Sec n' Dry. 

I didn't experience any difficulty while applying the color, though my nails have a rather uneven surface so I might need to buy a ridge filler for that. I'm not a nail polish expert at all and I find it pretty easy to work with. It also dries fast even without the topcoat. 

Another thing---it feels like my nails can "breathe" with this one, unlike with cheap nail polishes I've tried before, which makes my nails feel like they're covered. 

Anny is not exactly cheap (retails for 580 pesos here) but the quality is quite good for its price and it has none of those nasty chemicals found in cheap nail polishes. The color selection is huge as well so every girl will surely find her favorite shade. I've yet to see the exact wear time of this one but I will update my review in the next week or so. While not exactly a unique color, Obsessed works for me--- it is elegant and office-appropriate. It looks great on my short nails, if I may say so myself. 

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Quick Review: Shiseido Ultimune

I was given a chance to try Shiseido's newest serum, Ultimune (power infusing concentrate), courtesy of Sample Room. The generous sample size lasted me over two weeks and I still have a bit left. 

This is more of a thick serum/essence and it claims to give skin immunity, as it strengthens skin over time. I think it has (more or less) the same function as Clinique Even Better Essence or SKII.

Even with the thick texture it is easily absorbed by the skin, without any oily or greasy after-feel. It works well as a serum/essence, but dry skins may need to put additional moisturizer.

What I noticed was that it has amazing soothing qualities. It calms down redness, blemishes and makes my skintone more even. 

As for its claims of "immunity" I have yet to see results because I only used this for two weeks. I think this product needs to be incorporated into a skincare regimen for long term in order to see if it does strengthen the skin.

Overall though I saw Shiseido's improvement in their formula with Ultimune. It does not have that silicone, mask-like feel that only creates the illusion of making skin imperfections disappear. It's a great pick-me-up for the skin, although it needs to be used frequently for a longer period for better results.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

The Lunasol 15th Anniversary Palette

This is a super late post, I know! But this is such a timeless collection, it can fit into any season :p

The Lunasol 15th Anniversary Palette is the neutral palette I'm loving right now. I've been using it for quite some time because it is versatile, natural and work-appropriate. It also comes in a very elegant gold case, which is re-usable:

All shades are color coordinated and they're not really meant to add a punch of color---they are meant to enhance and give a natural, yet polished look.

I know that the Lunasol Beige Beige quad is already a legend, so it's good that it is incorporated in this palette, with the addition of two neutral/pink shimmery eyeshadows for more impact.

There is also a pressed powder and highlighter which also add a subtle dimension to the face. The peachy blush gives a natural flush to the cheeks, while the lip gloss also compliments the entire look.

My only gripe is the mascara, which does not hold a curl at all. It's good for everyday use,  though. It lengthens my lashes quite well, and it is easy to remove. 

This palette costs around Php 5000, but it is complete all-in-one kit, and is limited edition. If you already have Beige Beige then you don't need this one, but if you're looking for a good neutral makeup kit with all the essentials, then this is a must have. 

Friday, September 12, 2014

Chicca Flush Blush Review

If there's one makeup item which I hardly use or pay much attention to, it's blush. Sure, I've gone gaga over Benefit Dandelion or Chanel Inspiration for quite some time, but that's about it. I think the reason is because I have chubby cheeks that I only wish to subtly contour, not highlight---and I crave that fair, pale look with either the eyes or lips as the main focus.

But then I got curious with the supposed "jelly" texture so vividly described by Kate of Drivel about Frivol that I had to try it myself!

Chicca is a high end Japanese brand that is owned by Kanebo. Packaging is clean and minimalist, and the products are just as expensive as, say, Suqqu.

I bought the Flush Blushes in 01 Baby Girl and 09 Fields Love:

They are shimmer-free; at first glance they appear quite dry. It does have an unusual texture. The pans are pressed quite hard, and the best way to apply this is with a sponge or a firm, flat, synthetic brush. I use a tapping or pressing motion to apply it on my cheeks.

01 Baby Girl is a nude, with a hint of pink, which shows up on me (which is a good thing, because I find that nudes don't quite work with me). It has a soft, glowy (or jelly) finish, which quite flattering, and prefect for a 'no makeup' look. Again I am a fan of soft, muted blushes and this one hits all the marks.

09 Fields Love is a watermelon pink, but I find that it shows up warmer on my skintone, and it's almost a peachy coral in some light. I have to apply it with a very light hand or else I will look really flushed! It's still quite pretty though, and the warm flush looks like I've been out somewhere cold. 

I'm keeping both  because they are unique and I don't have anything similar in my stash right now. On  occasional days where I put on some blush, I reach for these two. They blend exceptionally well on skin upon contact, the texture is not creamy nor dry, but they both give a soft focused glow on my face. 

I bought my Chicca Flush Blush at