Monday, March 10, 2014
From Tijon, a lovely surprise:
It's actually a gift from a contest/giveaway courtesy of Perfumeshrine. A beautiful pen with perfume atomizer!
And ofcourse, I had to fill mine with one of my favorite perfumes, or better yet, my most complimented perfume:
I do believe in the power of fragrance. I just wish I can blog about it more.
Thursday, March 6, 2014
After my success with Sulwhasoo I decided to try another high-end Korean skincare brand, this time from LG (Sulwhasoo is from Amore Pacific), Su:M37. FYI, Su:m means the skin's respiration, and 37 is supposedly the ideal temperature for fermentation. Hope in a Blog has an excellent introduction of the brand. Lucky for me because it's my first time to try naturally fermented skincare. What I also like about this brand is that it's free from preservatives, artificial colors and fragrances (though it does smell quite pleasant to me).
White Award claims to firm, brighten and moisturize the skin, making it luminous and glowing. Active ingredients include fermented NAPS(N-ACETYLPHYTOS-PHINGOSINE) and Acai berry. NAPS is part of the natural defense system of the body and has anti-inflammatory properties, while Acai berry is an antioxidant.
I have the White Award trial kit which includes the clear toner, essence lotion, detox mask, luminous treatment, and luminous recharging cream. Aside from this kit, I also have the whitening intense program (not shown). The kit is quite generous and I have been using it for 2 months now and I have not finished them, except for the luminous treatment.
After cleansing, I use the products in this order: toner - luminous treatment / whitening intense program - lotion - luminous recharging cream. In the morning I use the lotion and save the luminous recharging cream for night time use. I use the mask once a week.
Here is the breakdown of my product experience:
Clear Toner - It's watery and easily absorbed. It has a mild scent, not at all like alcohol. It's quite mild and very refreshing on the skin. I love putting this on right after I cleanse, to seal the moisture and soothe my face.
Luminous Treatment - I believe this is an essence type which has been discontinued. This has a lotion-like texture, quite runny, and has a very mild scent. It also makes my skin glow.
Whitening Intense Program - As its name suggests, it's designed for intensive whitening. I love the texture of this, it's non-greasy and easily absorbed by the skin. with continued use, it does make the skin bright.
Essence Lotion - I love this watery lotion for day use. It makes my skin glow, literally! and not the artificial glow you get from mica or other minerals, it's the "lit from within" kind.The runny texture is also easily absorbed.
Luminous Recharging Cream - One of my favorite night creams, it plumps up my skin and is not too greasy at all. It makes my skin look smooth and well rested.
Detox Mask - I didn't believe it at first, but when I applied this, it formed tiny bubbles and became quite foamy. When I rinse it off, my skin is visibly brighter.
What I noticed about the White Award line is how all products are easily absorbed by the skin. And like Sulwhasoo, it seems to work from within, rather than provide immediate and artificial results. In short, you get what you pay for. The longer I use it, the more my skin becomes brighter and smoother. Yes, it helps banish pimples! I have to deal with occasional breakouts every month due to my period, but I find that when I used this line, the pimples I had healed quickly and it made my skin clearer for longer. The brightness of the skin is quite apparent too, after a week of use. So I'd say it works fast.
Compared to Sulwhasoo's Snowise Ex, the brightening effects of Su M:37 work slightly faster, and it helps clear up blemishes too. However, Snowise Ex is a lot more hydrating and soothing. White Award is ideal for the summer because of the lighter texture. I don't really have a lot of dark spots anymore so I'd say it worked to make my skin clear and bright. I go out without makeup or concealer, and I don't use my foundations anymore.
The downside is, it's not available in the Philippines, and it's expensive as well, like Sulwhasoo. Luckily they have trial kits and are quite generous with samples. I'm very impressed with Korean skincare and I haven't tried anything else.
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
I was invited by Sample Room to the Hot Hues Event held last Saturday at the Holiday Inn Suites:
It was a relaxing afternoon with lots of makeup looks and tips courtesy of the gorgeous Bianca Valerio, plus we got to play with a lot of makeup too:
It's actually Colour Collection's launch of the Ultimate Wear lipstick, a lightweight, pigment saturated, ridiculously long wearing lipstick that really impressed me. The colors were bright and vibrant, perfect for summer. It's also quite moisturizing, for a long wearing lipstick! Honestly I couldn't retouch and I had a hard time applying another color because the stain doesn't budge, even with eating and drinking.I do find though that even the lighter shades get darker over time.Seriously, I didn't even need to retouch at all, lip balm will do to refresh the color.
I love the take home loot too, so many lipsticks and makeup items, plus free mirror and bags!
My top picks: Perfect Cover Concealer, the Argan Oil lip therapy, and the Ultimate Wear lipstick in Angelic and Naked Peach. If you love bright lipsticks there are many colors to choose from. The price point is also quite affordable, so you can get as many as you want!
I also won a raffle prize which is an artwork made of lipstick colors:
Ultimate Wear Lipstick will launch soon, and is only available in the Philippines via Colour Collection direct selling (Tupperware Brands).
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Oh yes, I'm still obsessed with YSL lipsticks! My latest haul is the Rouge Volupte Shine, no. 6 (Pink in Devotion) and 12 (Corail Incandescent).
Packaging is, hands-down, the best of the best. So beautiful and chic!
Rouge Volupte Shine has a light, balmy texture which goes on smoothly on the lips. It's quite pigmented too, but the pigment is transparent, so it enhances the natural lip color instead of being fully opaque. It goes on like a lip balm, with high shine, then dries into a stain/satin finish about two hours. I don't even need to put on lip balm because it's quite moisturizing.
Pink in Devotion is described as a bright hibiscus pink, It's a cool toned pink with very fine shimmer. I'm not a fan of frost/shimmery lipsticks but this one is just right, it's very smooth, and not gritty.
Corail Incandescent is a bright coral-red, with a bit of pink too.. It brightens up my face for sure! It's very pigmented and not very warm-toned, which is great for me because I'm not a fan of orange lips. It's my first coral-ish lipstick actually, so I'm glad I can pull this off. And looking at the YSL color categories this belongs to the reds, so I can't complain. It's a summery, happy color.
The good thing about these lipsticks is that they last long. Pink in Devotion, being a lighter color, lasts for 5 hours, while Corail Incandescent lasts even longer, with eating and drinking. Both shades leave a beautiful stain on the lips and fade evenly.
I'd say they last as long as the Glossy Stains, without the initial tacky/vinyl finish. This has a lighter, balmy feel.
The downside is, they're expensive and not available here! So I have to get them overseas. But they're just super worth it.
Saturday, February 22, 2014
Better hurry and grab your H2O Plus samples exclusively at Sample Room now!
This US brand is quite promising because of its water-based formulas and marine botanicals. They also support the restoration and preservation of our oceans, according to their website.
I received my travel kit courtesy of Sample Room, filled with H2O Plus goodies:
I tried the Aqualibrium Marine Cleansing Gel yesterday, and it was quite good---it cleans very well and was very hydrating without the greasy feel. That's saying a lot because I prefer my cleansers to be cream-based, as I don't like the slippery greasy feeling associated with cleansing gel. I'm looking forward to reviewing these soon. :)
Haha, I've used it all up, so time for a review!
I bought this from the Muji store in Greenbelt and it costs Php 395 for a travel-sized 50 ml bottle.
The smell is quite neutral to me. Not completely odorless, perhaps a bit like cooking oil. The oil is colorless as well and from what I know, it does not contain mineral oil.
The consistency is quite thick when I first apply it. I like to apply a lot while cleansing my face, just to make sure all the water resistant sunblock is removed. I hardly use foundation and makeup now, just a bit of mascara, lipstick and brow gel. Anyway, the texture is thicker compared to Shu Uemura cleansing oils.
It emulsifies rather well, and turns into a non-greasy milky liquid upon contact with water, which I like very much. It turns into a light milky consistency, rinses off completely and leaves my face clean and smooth. I always follow up with facial wash though, because double cleansing is a habit of mine.
For its price point, no-frills packaging and performance, this is a good cleansing oil. The 200 ml bottle costs around 700 pesos which is still cheaper compared to Shu, but it's not exactly a bargain. There are other less expensive cleansing oils out there. Also I would have preferred a light scent, but then that's just me (I'm used to fragrance in my skincare and makeup). the fact that it doesn't contain mineral oil is great for me as well. Guess I'll go to Muji for my second bottle!
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Friday, February 14, 2014
Because of the cool weather I've been craving for products that will provide extra hydration to my skin and hair. Truth in Aging sent me this awesome product ---- Trinité Organiques Trinity The Signature Serum---which I've been reaching for these past few months.
Aside from organic Moroccan Argan Oil, it also has frankincense and myrrh essential oils. I love how it keeps my hair moisturized even after constant blow drying. It also improved the skin texture of my hands----made them super soft. It did not cause me breakouts as well! Truly a keeper. It has a slight woody scent that disappears once applied.
Read my detailed review here.