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 Bonboncosmetics.com

Thursday, September 11, 2014

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Friday, August 22, 2014

Review: Babyliss Big Hair

My hair is currently at this awkward, growing out stage. It is cut in layers so it is quite difficult to style. What's more, the humidity in this area is insane. The alternating hot and cool environment just wrecks havoc on my hair, making it limp or frizzy and out of place. Ever since I can remember, I just relied on my old hair dryer which has been with me for 6 years. It works fine when my cut was superb, but now that my hair is in this in-between  stage it's just harder to manage. I still have no intention of cutting it right now (I'll tell you why on a later post) So I had to find a good hair styler that will keep my strands in place.




Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Monday, August 11, 2014

Quick Review: ARTDECO Perfect Teint Concealer



Time for a quick review!

I bought this about 5 months ago and I've used it up! My shade is no. 6.

What I like about it:

Easy to apply
Perfect light peachy-beige color to camouflage mild dark circles
Portable 
Long lasting
Medium consistency (not too creamy, not too thin)

What I don't like about it:

Not a lot of product
Hard to find!

I bought this on a sale at Beauty Bar and I can't seem to find it now. It's quite good for its price.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Guerlain Terracotta Le Parfum







Guerlain is one of my favorite perfume houses (I have a small vintage collection of Mitsouko, Vol de Nuit, L'heure Bleue, Shalimar, Nahema and Samsara) so it's no surprise that I had to get this little gem too! A mass market offering from Guerlain (but still limited edition), this latest perfume is a tribute to the 30th anniversary of the Terracotta line. Come to think of it, my first bronzing powder was Terracotta too, so I guess buying this was truly justified. :p

And yes, the scent is beautiful. Warm, sensuous...the slightly citrusy opening, followed by a creamy tuberose,  the exotic jasmine, and orange blossom, softly woven with tiare and the slightest hint of coconut is just perfection, all laid on a bed of vanilla and musk. This perfume warms up the skin and just smells so delicious! I'm not much of a fan of beachy or tropical fragrances (and having lived in the tropics all my life,  these type of fragrances do not conjure up images of a tropical country) but this one was done right--- no suntan lotion aroma, no coco-nutty-oily scent, and even the tiare (or gardenia) is soft and not overpowering, not a white flower explosion. It says it's summer in a bottle, but I imagine this would go well in cooler weather too. Lasting power is excellent. It's not too sweet or gourmand, and smells expensive. I don't imagine beachy, carefree summer days with this one----more of sultry, endless summer nights perhaps, on a faraway land.

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