Thanks to great deals from Lazada and Colourette, I managed to score three of the latest products from Colourette for a much lower price! I’ve been a fan since 2016 and (I know I’ve said it too many times before, but just in case you don’t know) the first Colourstick that really got me was Bethany. I’ve shared about small collection in my older post, which you can read here.
Now they’ve expanded their line from lip products to face products. They’ve also released their eyeshadow palette and though I thought the palette is pretty, I still haven’t gotten my hands on it. Luckily, Ms. Nina, founder and CEO, announced that the Peach Purrfect Palette is making a comeback! So if you’re one of those who missed it the last time, you can have the chance soon!
About a month ago, my friend Mayeth (who’s also a YouTuber) and I decided to make a collaboration video and she came up with the idea of creating a graduation look. It’s not for graduates, though! It’s for the graduates’ moms (or guardians)! 😃
Being mudras ourselves, we both agreed on using affordable products that are locally available. I initially thought on doing a full-face of Ever Bilena products, but with all the messy things in my work area, I couldn’t find my brow pencil anywhere. 😅
Though most of the makeup items that I used were from Ever Bilena, there were a couple of items that were from a different brand.
It was year 2013 when I finally gave in and tried my hands at doing makeup. I was so amazed by the power of makeup and I had really loved watching Michelle Phan’s videos. I had literally no idea which one to put on first. I constantly Googled which one had to be done first: eyebrows or eyeshadows? Eye makeup or face makeup? I even searched for “Which brush is for which?”
If you’ve been a reader of my blog, you’ll know that I have an extremely oily skin. I have attempted several methods of keeping oil at bay and not all of them really worked on me (Jamsu did, tho!). It’s crazy how a lot of people would rave about a method and say it’s THE BEST, but of course, we should NEVER forget that not everything that works for one person works for everybody else.
The $50 shopping credits appeared on my Althea account on October 31st, as promised by one of their “pixies”. Prior to this, I had already picked all the items I wanted to get and added them all to cart. (The winners were announced beginning of October.) By the time I was ready to check out, some of the items had already been out of stock. So I had to go through their vast ocean of amazing Korean skin care and makeup products again.
Thanks again to my beshy Christine, I learned that I could use Althea’s Halloween promo code at that time to get 13% discount. So, yep! I got to pick more items just to use up all P2,600 ($50) credits.
Had it not been for the shopping credits and the promo code, I would’ve paid P3,194! I got a discount of P415.22 so I only had to pay P178.78.
The best part? I only had to wait 10 days! They’ve been consistent, by the way. This was the third time I purchased from them, and I have never been disappointed. They shipped out my parcel on the 1st of November, and it was delivered to my doorstep today, the 11th. No problems with ‘croicky’ Customs.
More than two weeks ago, Anne Curtis released her own makeup line called “BLK Cosmetics”. According to her, BLK stands for ‘black’, her favorite color. She says black is “timeless, uncomplicated, classy, sophisticated, and simple.”
My sister and I purchased a few items from her line on the day it was launched, and finally, I got to film my review on the products. If you want to read my review on the two lippies, please click >> here <<.
On this post, you’ll be reading about BLK Brow Sculpting Duo and BLK Long-Lasting Liquid Eyeliner. These are the two eye products included in their initial release. Both products only have two shades – natural brown and taupe for the brow duo; black and brown for the eyeliner.
Last week, I received my orders from Sooper Beaute. One of the three things I ordered was this Pimple Away Solution. That time I had some pimple and acne problems so I thought it was just the perfect time to test it out.
On the label, it says it has:
azelaic acid; and
So what good are these ingredients? That’s what we’re going to find out.
According to some sources, salicylic acid is used to fight acne. In addition, it cleans the surface of the skin and helps unclog pores. It is recommended to use regularly because once it’s stopped, pores will be clogged again and the acne will come back.
Manuka Myrtle, aka Leptospermum scoparium, aka tea tree. So it’s just tea tree after all! Oh well, Manuka Myrtle sounds fancy. 😀
Anyways, so Manuka Myrtle aka Leptospermum scoparium aka TEA TREE, penetrates the skin, unblocks our sebaceous glands, cleans and disinfects our pores.
This is used to remove the bumps, lesions, and swelling. It does not only treat acne, but also rosacea and flaky skin!
Lemon extract is a natural astringent that reduces oil and pushes it out of our skin. It also removes pimple marks and spots.
Apparently, all four ingredients mentioned above are absolutely essential to our problematic skin. Having all these ingredients will definitely clear up our skin and treat our acne problems.
In the photo, you can see the other ingredients in this solution. It contains:
Deionized water – it means the water used has been removed of all its mineral ion like sodium, iron, copper, etc.
Witch Hazel Extract – a natural acne treatment and removes excess oil on skin
Vitamin B3 – helps reduce wrinkles, uneven skin tone, and hyperpigmentation; also helps heal acne
No wonder why my pimples actually dried up quite fast!
I decided to use this product for 5 straight days, before giving my final review. I skipped one day after my fourth, though, such a shame. But gladly, it did not have any bad effect.
So, here’s what went down:
Day 1 – two big pimples with pus and lesion above my left brow; one red and swollen pimple above my right brow; one on the left jaw; and one right below my right nostril
Day 2 – all pimples are starting to reduce in size; the one with pus had dried up, but all pimples still had bumps.
Day 3 – all pimples continued to get smaller; still had bumps;
Day 4 – all pimples had gotten much smaller, developed a new one on the right jaw and the left cheek
skipped a day
Day 5 – no more pus; the pimples above both brows reduced to the size of a whitehead; the one below the nostril had totally flattened but left a spot; the one on the left jaw and left cheek had gotten much smaller; no more swelling except for the one on the right jaw. It seemed to develop pus, but no biggie.
I asked Sooper Beaute if this solution could be used all over the face, and they said if there were no irritations, then yes it woud be alright.
Initially I thought of using this just as a spot treatment every time I have pimples, but after learning what all these ingredients are for, I think I will use this on a daily nightly basis. Anyway, I use my Sooper Beaute Baby Skin Snail Serum + Tomato Extract afterwards.
You might think this solution is too strong to be able to treat pimples and acne that fast, but I think otherwise. It doesn’t have any pungent smell; only like a gentle facial cleanser or toner. Despite having to apply it near my eye (three of my “friends” are on my brows), I didn’t feel anything strange. No stinging sensation. But of course, don’t risk it. Never apply on the eyes!
As for the price point, P180 (more or less $3) is already good for 60ml product. It’s not as costly as the ones in the drugstores or department stores, but this is proven effective.
If you have any pimple or acne problems, go ahead and give it a go!
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What do you do when pesky pimples attack your precious face? Which is/are your go-to product/s? Don’t forget to leave a comment below!
The season for pluviophiles has begun, and it’s terrorizing those who are not. :p I don’t love the rain, but I don’t hate it even. If it rains and I’m at home, I like staying in bed, getting wrapped in blankets, reading a book, or watching a very interesting Korean drama or American TV series, or just SLEEPING! Going out is the last thing on my mind when it pours. (But I DO love the smell of rain on grass.)
There are two things that pop in my mind when I think of the word “rain”:
I know… They’re contradicting, but isn’t it true? The dismal sky turns down our mood meter, but the image of wet grass and trees reminds us of cleansing.
However, rainy season can be quite unforgiving on our skin. No skin type is safe. Whether it is oily, combination, or dry, one thing must be done – HYDRATE.
This is the season when our skin gets really crazy and unstable. It gets dehydrated and dull, but can also become oily.
Might as well use makeup products that can give us protection any time of the day.
Cathy Doll Acne Solution Serum + Foam Cleanser
As I mentioned earlier, this season can be unforgiving on our skin. Due to high humidity, our skin gets more prone to all the nasty stuff. With Cathy Doll Acne Solution Serum + Foam Cleanser, I thoroughly washed my face. It’s a bit liquidy and it doesn’t get too foamy. It lathers on my skin really smoothly and it smells good. I can’t lay a finger on it but I think it has a minty scent to it.
According to the packaging, it:
is anti acne
for sensitive skin
has oil control
is a spot remover
has tea tree serum
My skin felt really clean and fresh afterwards. It felt soft to touch.
This sachet has 6ml of the product and costs only P16.
Cathy Doll Water Splash Essence
Now my face was fully-cleansed, I had to bring back some moisture that I lost after washing. Also, this weather can be super dehydrating as our body does not produce as much liquid as it normally does.
I have two (out of three) Cathy Doll Splash Essence products – one is Milky (the blue one) and the other one is Water (the pink one). I used Water Splash Essence first, not because it has L-Glutathione, but because it claims to tighten pores.
The product is thicker than the foam cleanser. It’s a bit moussy, but once applied on the skin, it turns watery. It did feel moisturizing afterwards, and it did brighten my skin. No wonder it also says “Sweet Dream Quick Step Whitening” at the bottom of the packet.
I noticed that my pores did seem minimized and I’m happy that it worked.
This has 5g and costs only P50. No worries! A little goes a long way so a small packet can last you for weeks.
Just because it rains doesn’t mean there’s no sun. I used Cathy Doll Whitening Sunscreen L-Glutathione Magic Cream to keep my skin protected from the harmful UV rays. This has SPF 50 PA +++ and I LOVE IT for that!
It also has a cooling effect and spreads all over the skin smoothly. It smells like the usual facial cream, very gentle and not overpowering. It also brightens up the skin, making it look fresher and more radiant. I’ll surely repurchase.
This packet holds 8ml of the product and costs P40. Not bad for SPF 50!
Cathy Doll CC Cream Speed White
To stay looking healthy and fresh even in this crazy humid, gloomy, and rainy weather, I suggest you try this CC Cream from Cathy Doll. It also has SPF 50 PA +++, it brightened up my skin and it made my skin look smooth and clear.
It has a thin consistency, which is good, as it easily blends in very smoothly. It has a light coverage but buildable to medium, but careful not to put too much as it can look too light. I got the shade #1 Light Beige, which is too light for my skin tone, but eventually it oxidized and looked more natural.
It didn’t have a dewy finish. It looked demi-matte, though. Just a teenie bit of tackiness, but definitely not sticky. I was aiming for a natural glowy, healthy look, so I used a liquid illuminator underneath it. I applied it on areas where we usually add our highlighter.
I blended everything with my Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge. I pressed it a little firmly against my skin to make it look even more natural. You can also use your finger or a brush, but I think a sponge is a much better choice.
I didn’t bake, but I dusted it with L.A. Colors Pressed Powder, using my fluffiest powder brush. It looked good because it still looked dewy, unfortunately my face had an oil party after about three hours. The good thing was, after blotting so much oil (I used two sheets and it wasn’t really enough), it looked fine again, not cakey or blotchy.
This CC cream has 6g of product and only costs P40.
All Cathy Doll products mentioned above were bought at a 7-11 branch. Unfortunately, they aren’t available in the malls near us, but glad they’re available at 7-11. I commend Cathy Doll for creating affordable travel-size sachets, making it convenient for everybody. I also appreciate the fact that I didn’t have any breakouts or irritation after using all these products.
Now to finish the entire look, I used the following products:
Many of us think that we need expensive high end makeup just to create certain makeup looks.
That’s why some resort to using fakeups (short for fake makeups) just because they carry a certain brand’s name. Some people even believe in the so-called “SG Authentic”. C’mon! If a high end makeup costs too low, you should think twice. A high end is a high end, so if it’s way too cheap then that’s shady.
You only need to look around and be a good treasure hunter! There are so many good local products online and instore that are equally affordable but more effective and safer.
You can create simple looks, even bolder looks like what I did here, with local products.
For my eyes and brows, I used three liquid lipsticks which are listed below.
The other non-local product I used was Maybelline Magnum VolumExpress mascara. It’s locally available, though. It can be purchased online or your favorite makeup stores. Mine was bought at SM beauty section. I don’t buy mascaras that often, since they have very short shelf-life (THREE EFFIN’ MONTHS!). I heard that Fashion 21 mascara is amazing, so I’m gonna give it a go next time.
Now, here are the Pinoy products that I used to create a monochromatic look:
Once my primer was set, I applied my foundation with a damp mini beauty sponge that I got from my Work & Play Box from WAP Cosmetics. Since this shade is lighter than my skin tone, I had to mix it with my Makeup World Cover Up Concealer.
I used the shade Vamp on my brows. Because of its thin consistency, it became a perfect base for the other liquid lipstick. I dabbed some product on the back of my hand first and used an angled brush to apply it on my brows.
After putting some concealer on the lids, I swirled my brush all over the rainbow highlighter and applied it on top of the concealer. Doing so creates a light prismatic effect. I also put some on the tear ducts and the inner corners of my lower lash lines.
Since these eyeshadows are shimmery, I added a little bit of the lightest shade on my lid and the topmost shade in the middle (purplish one) on the outer half of my lower lash line.
Where I bought it: The SM Store Beauty Section
EB Advance LTD Liquid Lipstick in the shade Rich Vino
I used a plum liquid lipstick to create a winged eyeliner. Just like what I did with the other liquid lipsticks, I dabbed some product on the back of my hand and used an eyeliner brush for the application. This product sets longer than other matte liquid lipsticks, by the way. Careful not to touch it!
This is the same liquid lipstick that I wore on my lips. Matchy matchy!
I mixed both the contour shades to create shadows on my face, particularly on the hollows of my cheeks, temples, jaw line, and along the edges of my face including the edge of my forehead. I used the lighter contour shade on the sides of my nose, on the groove under my nose, and the crease between my lower lip and chin.
I used the highlighter on the highest point of my cheeks, the bridge and the tip of my nose, cupid’s bow, chin, and a little on my forehead.
Where I bought it: BeautyMNL
Price: P349 (I got it on SALE; Reg. Price – P499)
For my blush, I mixed two shades from this palette. You’ll see which ones I used in the video below. This has a lot of kick ups, so you have to be gentle when picking up some product with your blush brush. This is also very pigmented; make sure to use a light hand.
By the way, this palette has two variants – Blush and Tangerine. As far as I know, the one I got was called Tangerine, because that was what it said on the box. But looking at their website, this palette seems like the Blush one. So, sorry because I, too, am a little confused!
Where I bought it: It was included in the kit during the Enhance Cosmetics Workshop.
But you can get it at: Enhance Cosmetics
After applying my mascara, I carefully put on my falsies. These may not be as soft as the other lashes, but they’re really pretty and affordable. Make sure they’re not too long as they could poke and irritate your eyes.
Where I bought it: BeautyMNL
Price: P75 (SALE; Reg. Price – P100)
So what do guys think? Which brands mentioned above would you like to try? Don’t forget to leave a comment so that we can chika more.
By the way, just in case you didn’t notice, all brands are linked to their Instagram accounts, as well as to the websites where you can purchase them from. So simply click the linked names to get redirected!
I am so happy to see more makeup products that we can call “our very own”. Actually, there are too many now, it’s overwhelming! However, most of them look pretty much the same things, only packaged differently.
Lipsticks, whether they’re bullets, liquid, or tints, are the most common ones. Very, very few come up with eyeshadows, but I think none of them are made here in the Philippines.
I mean, yeah, they’re local BRANDS, but not locally MADE. If you know what I mean…
I noticed that they’re made in China; I’m not saying that it’s bad, it’s just that I hope they’re made here. I’m not sure if they were formulated here and was just manufactured and packaged there; or if they were bought from China, then repackaged and rebranded here.
That makes me wonder, aren’t there any makeup laboratories here in our country?
For lipsticks, I’m sure there are. But for eyeshadows, nah.
Nevertheless, I’m still happy to see that local makeup companies are now coming up with new products – products that are mostly made available by international companies.
Anyways, this is getting longer and nowhere, let me just go ahead and start with the review.
So, as I was saying… I’m happy that local brands are now releasing more makeup products and one of these brands is Detail Make Over by Cosmetix Unlimited. They also have lipsticks, blushes, eyeliners, highlighters, etc. But I think what made them really relevant in the beauty world, aside from their matte liquid lipstick, is their Contour and Blush Effects 4-in-1 Palette. I got mine from Beauty MNL and here’s the first look I created with it:
(By the way, this is quite an old video and I’m sorry for the poor quality! Please excuse my akwardness!)
Detail Make Over recently released their first eyeshadow palettes. I first saw them while browsing Beauty MNL’s website. I looked for reviews, but there weren’t any. So, I decided to just get both palettes and see for myself.
These palettes are really affordable! P265 for a palette with 9 matte eyeshadows? Not bad! It’s got every shade that I’ll need to create a day or a night makeup look. Of course, for such a price point, we cannot expect it to be super impressive.
It doesn’t feel silky or buttery, but it does feel smooth on my fingertips. It’s powdery so it has a lot of kick back with the brush, which is a lot similar with their contour palette.
The pigmentation is not as vibrant as Morphe or Juvia’s, but it’s buildable. This is perfect for beginners, they won’t pack too much product on their eyes by mistake.
The color pay-off is pretty good. What you see on the palette is also what you’ll see on the swatches.
My eyes did not feel strange or become watery, so I’d say it’s safe to use. However, if you’re conscious about paraben, this is definitely not for you. This palette contains paraben so use it at your own risk.
There’s nothing wrong with the packaging, it looks nice and simple. It’s also easier to tell which palette is which, since you can see through the cover. I only wished that, instead of a transparent lid, there should’ve been a mirror as large as the palette.
I love the color selection for both palettes. They both consist of light to dark shades. There are neutrals in them, which are perfect for the crease and the outer V. I super love the green one on the Night palette. I think it’s really close to the one in Kathleen Light’s palette, except that the latter is shimmery.
For me, it’s a palette worth-buying if you are a “beauty on a budget” or simply a beginner. But if you’re into high-end makeup, this is definitely not for you.
Watch it in action here:
So what do you think of these palettes? Leave a comment below if you’ll purchase one and if you already have, let me know what you think!
Detail Make Over, by the way, is going to release new palettes and I am SOOOO excited! I saw their IG Story and I thought these were something to watch out for.