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.
If you go to a Philippine supermarket or drugstore, you’ll notice that a lot of skin care products’ main ingredients are papaya, calamansi and/or lemon extracts, and glutathione. All of which are known to lighten skin color. A lot of Filipinos (women included of course! I’m talking about people of the Philippines in general, just to be clear) prefer fairer skin to tanned skin.
Others embrace their Pinoy colors, while others (me included) do not really aim to look mestiza but at least lighten some dark areas on the body. There is NO problem, though, if a person wants to achieve a fairer skin. It always depends on what WE want for ourselves, not what OTHERS want. 😉
My father used to tell me never to kneel without anything protecting my knees from the floor. The friction would make my knees darker and that wouldn’t look good. Unfortunately, being a little girl who wanted to be as carefree as a boy, I often failed to do as I was told. Not only my knees, but also my elbows. I’m not also really confident with my pits, too, and I felt like it’s high time I make my skin happy and myself confident. They’ve been in the dark for so long! 😀
I’ve tried a lot of commercial products that promised to whiten skin “in just 1 week!”. I knew it was codswallop, but I was too forgiving I still gave them a try. Oh well, it was a complete waste of money.
Later on, I was convinced that a thorough treatment at a dermatologist would be my only chance. Then again, MJ Perez, the blogger behind the successful Vanity Room Philippines, proved that there ARE products that truly work. Though I haven’t really tried the products he has recommended, I’ll definitely give them a shot.
Last week, my aunt introduced to me a local skin care brand. It’s called BN Whitening Shoppe. I checked their page and their products seem promising. Its main company is in Davao City and my aunt said that she had friends and colleagues in Australia who used BN products and swore by their effectiveness.
So, here are the products that I got:
Cheek and Lip Tint
Claims: Smudge on this kiss-proof, see-through color for lips & cheeks that lasts for hours!
They have three shades: Orange, Red, and Plum. However, in other pages, they say, Orange, Pink, and Plum. Mine’s the red/pink one. 😀
Well, from the tube, the product looks red, but it’s more like reddish pink when applied. It does not indicate which shade it is; that’s one of the cons. It’s watery but gel-ish. Because of this, it is much easier to blend. It stains beautifully on my lips as well as on my cheeks. I’m surprised by its pigmentation and longevity. A little amount goes a long way. It lasted me all day and I love how natural it looks.
I’ve been using it for five days now and I have not had any breakouts. By the way, here are the ingredients:
I lightly squeeze the tube and apply the product directly onto my lips then I use my ring finger to spread it all over my lips. If you don’t want to have pink stain on your finger, use a Q-tip or a lip brush. However, the fingers are the best tools to spread it evenly on the cheeks.
I’m really happy with this product! This is better than the lip tints I’ve tried that are too watery.
Underarm Whitening Solution
Claims: Conquer sweat and odor with this wonder solution!This underarm whitening solution would surely help your armpits be free from odor-causing bacteria and will keep them sweat-free all throughout the day! What’s more, unlike other deodorants, its light and clear so no need to worry about staining your clothes or a film/cream build-up causing he underams to darken.
I have only been using this product for five days. I have not seen any major changes yet, but I noticed that my pits ARE a tad bit lighter than they usually are! Also, I am impressed by how true their claims are when it comes to sweat and odor. I did NOT sweat – not even a little I swear – the entire day. Eversince I used this product, I’ve stopped using my deodorant. That alone is impressive, because deo is always a must-have for me. (I just want to be 100% protected. It’s hard to take a risk you know.)
What I do is, after taking a bath and drying my pits, I put a few drops onto a piece of cotton and apply it all over. It has a slight cooling effect upon application. It has the smell of alcohol, but I don’t think it is super irritating.
I have high hopes for this product because in just a short period of time, I’m seeing some of its potential.
By the way, if you’ve been following this blog, you’ll know that I’m using an oatmeal scrub from another Pinoy brand. It’s almost empty now and I’ll be including that in my ‘product empties’ post. I’ll let you know what I think about it. But to give you a heads-up, I still can’t show you a before and after photo. 😀
As for this product, as promised, if there are any major changes, no matter how embarrassing it could be, I’ll post a photo here.
Pink Whitening Soap
Claims: Helps lighten skin through its mild formulation and promotes smoother skin. Use regularly to improve skin fairness and correct blemishes.
First of all, I LOVE the packaging! I’m not into flowers, but it does give this soap an extra oomph! As the name suggests, this is a pink soap with the logo stamped on the top. It has that floral scent, well I guess there won’t be flowers on the packaging if it doesn’t.
Here are the ingredients:
Kojic Acid, Coco Nucifera, Water, and Fragrance
As we already know, Kojic Acid lightens the skin tone. Recommended usage is day and night. You must lather for 5 minutes to get better results.
Unfortunately, among the things that I got, this is the only one I have not tried yet. I have just finished the last block of my coffee soap; and I have won a magical soap from Lily’s Beauty Potion (owned by a fellow Potterhead, yay!) I initially wanted to try that Harry Potter inspired soap first, but since it has not arrived yet, I’ve started using the Extreme Whitening Face and Body Soap, which you’ll be reading below. 😉
My sister, Mikk, is currently using it and she said it smells good. She also cuts it up into smaller blocks to make the soap last longer. She said the soap melts pretty quickly so make sure you place it somewhere that does not collect water.
Extreme Whitening Face and Body Soap
I have the small bar which is 55g, and is retailed for only P55. They also have it in a bigger bar, which is 220g, for only P195. I’ve just used this twice and my first time pleasantly surprised me! According to the instructions:
Use while bathing day and night. Lather onto your body to reveal lighter and healthier looking skin then rinse well immediately. GENTLY RUB. Pat dry and apply moisturizer.
The bar was wrapped in a transparent plastic and was so sealed that I squished the edges of the soap as I tried to remove the covering. It does not have any distinct scent, but it has that very subtle soap smell.
It did not have much foam as I lathered it all over my body, but the soap felt really smooth. I focused on areas that need more attention – you know, the dark areas. Hehe! However, it stung my groins because of some irritation going on down there. Also, I only saw the instructions AFTER I used the soap. Galing, noh?!
When I was done showering, I just let my body dry a little, then started rubbing my skin gently. I can see something (like libag haha!) coming off and noticed the sudden change in my skin. It looked radiant and light. My skin also felt cleaner, if that makes sense.
It just feels a bit drying afterwards, so moisturizing is a must-have. BN recommends their Extreme Whitening Lotion for best results, but I’m currently using a Korean soothing water gel at the moment.
This product claims to whiten skin in as early as 5 days… Hmmmh… We’ll see about that.
These past few weeks (or maybe months), I’ve been lacking sleep. It’s either I sleep at 3 or 4 in the morning, or I don’t sleep AT ALL. And this is NOT good for my body, as well as for my skin.
I’ve been having breakouts lately – on the forehead, cheeks, jawline, and all the other possible places for pimples to appear. And I know exactly why they keep coming back.
Now, how can my skin be at full rest, if I myself do not give it the so-called “Beauty Sleep”? So, what really happens to our skin when we lack sleep?
1. Cortisol level is UP to the heavens!
Cortisol, in layman’s terms, is a stress hormone. The more sufficient sleep we have, the lower the level of cortisol. It is naturally reduced as we sleep. Now, low cortisol level allows our skin to regenerate. So, if we don’t sleep, the cortisol level goes up causing breakouts and prevents our skin to heal properly. Our skin will age faster if we don’t have enough Z’s than when we dohave enough sleep.
2. Our skin gets dehydrated!
As you’ve read in #1, when we lack sleep, the stress hormone called cortisol increases. This destroys collagen – something that keeps our skin smooth and elastic. The skin becomes dehydrated causing fine lines and dark circles.
Ever noticed how much and how easily we perspire when we sleep? That’s because when we sleep, our body rebalances hydration and recovers moisture. So, if we don’t sleep, it’s like depriving our body from doing what it’s supposed to do.
3. Our skin becomes dull.
Our blood cannot flow efficiently all over the body when we do not have enough sleep. This leads to lack of oxygen in the blood. Our skin will look less radiant, more blotchy or ashy.
4. It’s going to worsen our skin’s existing problems.
If you, like me, already have pimples lodging on your face, more will appear if you sleep less. I haven’t been getting enough sleep, so newborn baby pimples appear somewhere on my face. I may have been able to treat some, but there were new ones that came out.
5. Our skin gets prone to skin diseases!
When we do not have enough sleep, our immune system weakens. We do not only get sick, but also our body develops immune-related skin diseases such as eczema.
There may be more reasons why we need proper and sufficient sleep. These five things alone should already have convinced you to stop staying up late at night. (Too addicted to K-drama? hmmh…. I don’t blame you! I’m as guilty as you are! 😀 )
If you’ve got your hands full and your work is up to your eyeballs, and you think it can’t be helped, then there’s one product I am super loving at the moment I recommend…
Claims: Overnight mask that gives the skin a lively, well-rested appearance the next morning thanks to its Sleep-tox™ purifying effect.
So last night, I added this to my night skin care routine. This routine is for the nights I don’t scrub and use masks. I washed my face, applied my pimple solution and serum, then finished it with Laneige Water Sleeping Mask.
It smells super refreshing and relaxing. I can’t lay a finger on it, but it’s really so good! It has a texture of a gel, only it’s not as thick and clumpy. It applies smoothly on the skin and does not feel sticky at all. Waking up was the best part! I’m not lying, you guys! My skin felt and looked plump and well-moisturized! Busog na busog sa moisture! OMG!
It felt like I wore a facial mask the night before. I believe it has also helped my pimple solution to work well, because it gave my skin all the good stuff it needs.
According to Laneige website, this product has SLEEP-TOX™ technology that purifies skin during sleep. It helps rejuvenate and normalize skin that is often fatigued during the day (or even at night!)
It also has MOISTURE WRAP™ that helps retain moisture throughout the night. Some of its active ingredients are Hydra Ion Mineral Water, evening primrose root extract, and Hunza apricot extract, that when absorbed by the skin, it will look and feel as if you’ve had a good 8 hours of sleep!
This mask also has skin-soothing agents that gently help the skin to recover overnight. It’s super light and non-comedogenic (won’t clog your pores!).
Moreover, the reason why I feel so relaxed the more I smell it, is because it has aromatic SLEEPSCENT™. “It is specially developed for Laneige Water Sleeping Mask that is an AMOREPACIFIC original. It allows our skin to relax and rest, boosting its ability to regenerate.”
I have a small pot, which is 15ml. It only costs P160! Great deal, huh?! I knowwww! This is just the perfect size to try it out before buying the larger tub. The larger tub has 70ml and it only costs P850! Well, if you know where to buy.
I think this is also perfect for the owls in call centers. Since they don’t usually get the recommended 6-8 hours of sleep, this product will help them look as if they do!
Would you try it? Just in case you want to try it, contact Gabistar on Facebook and, do me a favor, tell them you found them here on my page when placing an order. (Thanks!) Also, you can PM me on my Facebook page!
Watch Song Hye Ko’s Laneige Water Sleeping Mask CF here:
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!
Check out my stories below:
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:
It turns out, though, that snails are super beneficial to our skin; and this tiny bottle holds the magic within!
What makes this serum even more special is the fact that it also has tomato extract, which we all know is absolutely amazing for our skin!
“Ang kamatis ay pampaganda ng kutis!”
According to experts, snail extract, also called snail mucin, has hyaluronic acid, glycoprotein enzymes, Vitamin E, antimicrobial and copper peptides, collagen, elastin, and allantoin.
Before we get to my review, let’s dive in deeper into this snail juicy goodness!🐌
Hyaluronic Acid keeps skin plump and firm.
Glycoprotein enzymes diminish the appearance of wrinkles keeping our skin youthful looking.
Vitamin E keeps our skin healthy and is also a good antioxidant.
Antimicrobial and copper peptides kill bacteria, virus, and fungi.
Collagen and elastin reduce the typical signs of ageing. They maintain both the elasticity and firmness of our skin.
Allantoin has healing properties and stimulates cell regeneration.
Basically, all these difficult words just mean they’re all our skin’s best friends!
As for the tomato, just in case you dozed off in your Science and Health class, it is packed with nutrients, antioxidants, Vitamins A and C, and folic acid! Tomatoes help shrink pores, fight acne, freshen skin, and even out skin tone.
Now that we all know the benefits of snail and tomato extracts to our skin, let’s move on to our review.
A few days ago, as I was browsing Instagram for serums, I stumbled upon this really cute product from Sooper Beaute. It’s called the Baby Skin Snail Serum + Tomato Extract. It’s really small (15ml) and affordable (P180). People who had used this serum were raving about this product and so I decided to give it a go.
My parcel came yesterday afternoon, that’s about 3 days after placing my order through their website. I also appreciate the fact that they kept me posted on my order. I received e-mails and private messages on Messenger when my order was confirmed, being prepared, and was shipped out.
The serum is housed in a small frosted glass bottle with a very cute but detailed label. It comes with a dropper, which I like because it avoids spillage and over-dispensing of product.
Let’s break down the ingredients a bit. Just a quickie.
So Agua is water; Carbomer is for the texture; Glycerine acts as a protective layer to prevent moisture loss; Phenoxyethanol is a non-irritating preservative; Lactic Acid reduces acne breakouts and appearance of wrinkles; Matricaria Chamomilla has natural healing and skin protective properties; Hamamelis Virginiana is also known as Witch Hazel that’s a good skin conditioner and anti-inflammatory; and finally Lycopersicum Esculentum, which is more commonly known as tomato.
Hmmh… Looks like the company needs to edit some of the spellings in their label. 🙂
Everything listed is apparently safe and essential.
It smells amazing! It actually reminds me of Victoria’s Secret perfume – not that it smells exactly like one! It just has that certain fragrance to it that I love.
Texture and Consistency
It’s quite watery and not at all oily. It does feel moisturizing once applied on the skin, not dry but not tacky either. Did I mention that this serum is PINK?!
As mentioned above, P180 is not bad at all! The bottle might be small, but I think it’s perfect for those who just want to try out some products first, without spending so much on something that may or may not be effective. It’s really budget-friendly, even students will be able to purchase one.
I DM-ed Sooper Beaute and asked them if this serum could be used with the DIY Compressed Facial Mask. The answer was positive, so I’m definitely trying it on Monday (my mask day!) I’ll be creating a separate post for that so watch out for it!
Would you try this serum? What’s your favorite at the moment? Don’t forget to leave a comment below! See ya!
In case you missed my IG Stories, you can watch here:
I tried it with DIY Compressed Mask with my sister. Watch our video here:
Hey there, Playmates! How’s it going? I’ve had a couple of bad weeks, but no worries! I’m holding up.
Anyway, this isn’t about me, it’s about this really affordable beauty box that I discovered on Instagram mid-June. It’s called the Kikay Beauty Box by Wink and Pout Cosmetics on FB or @wapcosmetics on IG.
They curate three boxes with different themes. Each box only costs P399. If the items were sold separately, they would cost about P500.
There are also options for buyers if they want to get either of the two cute tin boxes with an additional payment of P50, or just the regular box. I got the black tin one and I’m still thinking of what to use it for. It’s a nice storage for stationery, makeup, etc.
Let me show you the three Kikay boxes:
Lip Care and Bare
This box consists of four lip products:
1 Pil’aten Lip Mask that replenishes, moisturizes, and nourishes the lips (P40)
1 Lip Fuel Lip Scrub that evens out lip texture and removes lip discoloration (P80)
1 Isabelle Dupont Lip Balm that moisturizes and protects lips from cracking or drying (P120)
1 Isabelle Dupont Lipstick which is a HALAL certified product (P250)
Total Cost: P490
This box consists of six (6) products that can give you a “pinkish glow on your face and lips”.
1 AT Organics Lip and Cheek Tint (P110)
1 Daiso Eyebrow Pencil (with refill)
1 Daiso BB Face Cream
1 Pil’aten Pore Strip
2 Compressed Face Masks
2 Beauty Sponges
Unfortunately, I don’t know how much the other products are and they’re not stated on their posts as well.
Finally, the box that I purchased from them…
Work and Play
This box consists of six (6) products as well, which are perfect for those who “work and have fun”.
1 Isabelle Dupont Lipstick
1 Pil’aten Lip Mask
1 Daiso Eyebrow Pencil (with refill)
1 set of 3 Eyebrow Stencils
2 Beauty Sponges
3 DIY Compressed Facial Masks
Now, let me give you my two cents on this box.
Let’s start with the lipstick.
WAP Cosmetics have 7 shades of the Isabelle Dupont lipsticks namely: Lady Boss, Shameless, That’s Vouge, Sultry, Sweet Pea, Winterblush, and Burnished Vamp.
I initially thought it was a Philippine brand, but upon research, I learned that it wasn’t. Isabelle Dupont is a brand of GIZ Cosmetics, which is based in Turkey.
When I placed my order, they let me choose the shade and I chose Winterblush. It’s a pretty YLBB (Your Lips But Better) shade, which is pinkish nude and little mauvey.
I like how smooth and creamy it feels as it glides onto my lips. It feels moisturizing and lightweight. My only trouble with it is that it clings onto the dry areas of my lips, so it tends to look patchy up close. It’s just like my Makeup World Pucker Up Lipstick in the shade Berlin. So lip scrubbing and moisturizing are highly recommended when using this lippie.
Another plus for me is that I don’t feel anything strange in my mouth and throat whenever I wear it.
Let’s now move on to the Daiso Eyebrow Pencil. I had never tried any Daiso makeup so I was quite excited to try it. I like the fact that the shade they gave me is brown, because it is the color I usually wear on my brows.
The packaging kinda feels flimsy, but after twisting the nib several times, it seems to hold up well. So yeah, to get the product, simply twist the nib that looks like the one on any ball point pens. The product itself is about as long as an average thumb, and you get two spares so it can go a long away.
This pencil creates fine strokes so you can draw fake brow hairs for a more natural look. It doesn’t go off easily and does not smudge. I’m impressed! It also comes with a spoolie, so an A for convenience!
With this eyebrow pencil, I also tried using the brow stencil. It was my first time, but surprisingly, it was not an epic failure! The set comes in three different shapes, numbered 1, 2, and 3. One is arched, the other one is straight, while the other one is rounded. I used No. 1, the arched one.
The angle is not too high, so I didn’t end up looking like a villain. It’s really easy to use; perfect for beginners!
I personally think that you can use it as a pattern when shaving or plucking your brows. Simply put the stencil in place, trace the shape with a brow pencil, and then remove whatever that’s outside the line.
With a stencil, I think it can make doing our brows a lot quicker and easier. The only thing to watch out for, is the angle. Make sure your brows are parallel to each other.
As for the beauty sponge, I got two of them – a pink and a purple. I used the purple one and I think it feels like my Swan Pro Egg Blender, only smaller. It does not expand and it’s too firm. You can squish it, but it isn’t bouncy. It DOES blend the foundation and the concealer pretty well, though, but nothing particularly special about it.
I also used it for baking with my loose powder, and it wasn’t bad at all.
Watch it in action in my Bold & Edgy Red Makeup Look video:
By the way, I received a free Blackhead Pore Strip as a freebie and I’d like to create a separate blog post for that, as well as for my Pil’aten Lip Mask and DIY Compressed Face Masks.
Overall, this box isn’t bad at all, since it is really affordable. It’s recommended for students or anyone who doesn’t wanna splurge.
In addition, I give their service two thumbs up! I placed my order morning of June 15th. They sent me an invoice in the evening of the same day. I settled my payment the next morning, June 16th, then they shipped out my parcel that afternoon. My parcel arrived on the 17th!
The box was completely and carefully covered in bubble wrap and the items in the box were also wrapped separately. I love the fact that they had handwritten thoughtful notes and helpful instructions. See how much love they put into their boxes!
Oh, and also, you can Mix & Match and make the box more personalized! Check out WAP Cosmetics on Instagram or on Facebook.
So what do you think of this box? Which item/s do you think is/are the most interesting?
Hey there, Playmates! Today, I wanna share with you my favorite makeup items or tools for the months of January to June.
Just remember! The products shown under a certain month, may not have been purchased in the same month. There were times it took me a while before I truly appreciated a certain product.
So without any further achuchuchu, let’s get started!
Colourette Colourstick in the shade York
Eversince I got this, I had been wearing this lippie for the whole month! It’s from their Morena Love Collection. As you can see, it is a delicious greige shade that has a little more brown tone to it. I LOVE bold lipstick shades, so when this particular shade came out, I knew I had to have it. PLUS it’s pigmented, made with natural ingredients, moisturizing, and local!
EB Advance LTD Liquid Lipstick in the shade Rich Vino
Another local brand that made into my faves list is this EB Advance LTD Liquid Lipstick in Rich Vino. In all honesty, although I had some Ever Bilena products, I never used to be a fan. But this particular product changed everything. When matte liquid lipsticks boomed, a lot of Pinoy brands released their own line, but – let’s be honest – a lot of them weren’t even close to those of the expensive foreign brands. Then this happened. I’m really impressed that for its really REALLY low price point, I hit a jackpot. The color pay off and the pigmentation left me open-mouthed. It felt comfortable on the lips, too. It lasted for hours, and did not budge when I ate or drank. It faded a little but retouching was never a problem. Just remember that it does not dry down to matte in a snap; it usually takes minutes before it completely sets.
Where I bought it: Watson’s
Colourpop Ultra Matte Lip and Ultra Satin Lip
For this month, the first on the list are these liquid lipsticks from Colourpop. These were my first Colourpop, to be honest, and that’s when I fully realized why this particular brand gets a lot of love. It’s not just because it’s affordable, but because it does work amazingly! I got two Ultra Satin – Hutch and Calypso; and one Ultra Matte – Notion. Despite the fact that I prefer Ultra Satin than Ultra Matte due to its creamy finish, I still love using either of them whenever I go out. I feel unfazed when I have any of them on my lips; I just know I won’t look stupid with patchy lips.
This isn’t makeup, but this is one of my must-wears this month. It’s a leather bracelet from @gingerandaki and it was included in my Saladbox. As you can see, it’s super simple, but that’s why I adored it. I am in love with its simplicity. The magnetic locks add class to it. I wore this every single day I went out and I felt naked without it. Because of this, it started to wear out, and I need to get a new one!
This has become a total must-have for me. Since it’s got 9 eyeshadows and 9 lip colors, what more can you ask for? The pigmentation is amazing. The eyeshadow shades, which are matte and shimmery, are good for day to night looks; the lip colors look and feel good on the lips. I didn’t use to like the lip products but as I kept on wearing them, I started to appreciate them. They actually feel good on the lips and they can stay on for hours! It’s convenient for travelling; you won’t need too many products in your kit.
Price: $14.50 (I got it in a bundle so the price was lower.)
Where I bought it: BH Cosmetics
BH Cosmetics BH Liquid Eyeliner
Another one from BH Cosmetics, this is the BH Liquid Eyeliner in Black. I got this in a bundle, along with the Shaaanxo Palette. I. LOVE. THIS. PRODUCT. Next to my all-time fave Tony Moly Back Gel Liner, this is my go-to eyeliner. It’s easy to use. It does not clump or cut off during the application. It glides smoothly. It lasts all day! (And all night when I fell asleep with my makeup on!) I highly recommend this product.
Price: $4.99 (Watch out for promos! Sometimes it’s free!)
Where I bought it: BH Cosmetics
Faith. Hope. Love. Coffee Soap
I have two separate blog posts where I mentioned this particular product. Please click the links below:
My first high-end brand! Haha! Who wouldn’t be excited to have these?! These are from a friend who works in Dubai. Getting a minis set is so much better than getting only 1 or 2 full-sized products. In this set, I get 4 gorgeous red shades – 3 mattes and 1 metallic. The ones with matte finish are Heartbreaker, Material Girl, and Famous. So that leaves Showgirl. I have used all these shades and have tested their performance. I am in loooove! It has a really thin consistency, but the pigmentation is CRAZY!
This is Kay’s (aka Mojito Monologues on YouTube) newest line – her very own organic lip creams. I had them in March, but it really hit me last April. I used them almost every day both on my lips and my cheeks. The cooling sensation soothes my lips while giving off a natural color. They’re also really easy to blend, so using them on my cheeks was never a problem. They’re also transfer-proof once they completely set. I have two out of five shades namely: Naked (nude with a hint of pink); and Vamp (a dark shade of red).
Terra Merita Natural Oil Cocktail; Watering Cocktail
I got a handful of product samples from Mara when she came home for Christmas. I was quite hesitant at first, mainly because all the details were written in Japanese. (Thanks, Google Translate!) Basically, it’s a natural facial oil that moisturizes your face. It comes with hydrating liquid that also acts as a toner. Continuous use of this product gives a positive result.
Beauskin Invisible Pores Foundation
I have oily skin so I always stayed away from foundations with dewy finish. So when I got it back in April, I felt a little disappointed because it was super dewy, BUT I did love it because it truly minimized the appearance of my pores PLUS it is lightweight. My skin looked really smooth most especially after baking and setting it with loose powder. When we stayed in Baguio for three days, this was my go-to foundation. I thought this foundation was the better choice since it was cold in Baguio. Matte foundations turn really patchy when the weather is cold.
This is one of the prizes I received from YEF Philippines. This is not your ordinary shampoo. When it says it clears our scalp and hair from oil, dandruff, and excess sebum, it DOES clear all the dirty stuff! But remember to use a conditioner afterwards, as it could feel a little dry. If you have oily scalp and hair, I highly recommend it! It’s a bit pricey though, so I guess I’ll have to start saving up while I’m halfway down the bottle.
These are my first Real Techniques makeup tools and I finally understand why they’ve gotten so much love from many makeup enthusiasts. They work like magic! I love how the Expert Face Brush (the big one) blends my foundation nicely and pushes the product into the pores, giving it a medyo flawless na look. The Miracle Complexion Sponge works just as fine, so I can’t really tell which I like more. The Deluxe Concealer Brush can also be used as a blending brush for eyeshadows, but it also does what it was built for. It blends the concealer seamlessly. The only trouble, perhaps, is that it’s too small that working on the undereye takes a longer time.
Korean sheet masks have finally taken a huge space in my heart! I was never a fan; I didn’t understand what the fuss was all about, until YEF Philippines gave me three awesome sheet masks, and that’s when my love blossomed! I used sheet masks for 5 consecutive days as a treatment or therapy for my terrible skin. Moisturizing is the key to make other facial products work more effectively! It softens the skin making it easier for the skin to absorb any product we apply. Then, I set a schedule for my home facial treatment every Monday and Thursday. (See: Taking Facial Care More Seriously)
Price starts at P25
Where you can buy it: BeautyMNL, YEF Philippines, and many other online shops (make sure they’re legit!)
Skin Food Black Sugar Mask Wash Off
I had seen so many positive feedbacks on this product and the moment I learned it was one of the prizes I received from the YEF PH giveaway, I was thrilled! Although I started using it the previous month, it only started really getting into me three weeks ago. I didn’t regularly use it last month, until I began my own skin care routine this month. I love this product from the smell to its texture to what it actually does to my skin after rinsing. My skin feels uber clean and smooth afterwards, I know it really does remove the nasty stuff on my face. The best thing about this product – it’s made with natural ingredients!
Taking care of my skin wasn’t my top priority back then. I thought constant washing and cleansing was enough. I didn’t use to think that facial care would even be a necessity.
As years went by, my hormones started changing (and raging) causing breakouts and acnes. I have tried light chemical exfoliation and basic facial treatment in Flawless ONLY ONCE (which by the way, really, really, cleared my skin BUT has left ugly scars. T_T )
I used several toners and no-peel exfoliants… irregularly. I am so inconsistent in almost everything. One week, I religiously kept my regimen, the next week, I didn’t.
Hence, my unpleasant textured skin. I initially thought I had combination skin, but later realized that the dry patches were just dead skin cells that needed exfoliating; which revealed my true skin type – oily. SUPERoily.
Years back, I heard that moisturizers are a major no-no for oily skin types. I later learned that moisturizers are just as important for oily skin as it is for dry skin. Removing a lot of oil from our skin actually makes it produce more oil. If our skin is properly moisturized, at least it will think that there’s enough oil making it produce less than it usually does.
So basically, we have to wash/cleanse, exfoliate, tone/hydrate, and moisturize. Koreans have 6-step and even 10-step skin care routine, making almost every beauty enthusiast in the world really hooked.
This is just my personal routine, which, by the way, only started the other night. And this is the MEDYO lazy version:
Remove makeup. I use two products when removing my makeup: Holika Holika Daily Garden Lip and Eye Remover in Olive for my eyes and lips; and micellar water for my entire face. I am currently using Maybelline. I use makeup remover for my eye makeup, because most of the products I use are waterproof, so micellar water isn’t enough. Skip this step if you don’t have makeup, of course.
Cleanse. After removing my makeup, I wash my face with Faith Hope Love Coffee Soap. It has real coffee bits that help remove dead skin cells and thoroughly cleanse my face. It also smells super good! Hello, coffee lover! I love using it in the morning and in the evening. I’ve cut it into four smaller blocks and I’m now on my 3rd block.
Exfoliate. To completely make my skin clearer and softer, I use Skin Food Black Sugar Mask twice a week. Immediately after washing, I take a reasonable amount of product and massage it all over my face. Application isn’t a problem as the product glides on the skin easily. It may just be quite abrasive because of the real sugar bits, so I make sure I do it really gently. It smells super good – sugary and citrusy. I concentrate on my cheeks (my problem area), chin, nose, as well as my jaws. I leave it on my face for 10-15 minutes. After that, I wash it off with water, preferably lukewarm water.A good alternative for this is the iWhite Korea 2-Minute Whitening Miracle Wash Off Mask. I swear it’s super good and affordable, too!
Tone. I’m currently using Nivea Mattifying Toner. I got mine on a 50% OFF Sale at Watson’s and I regret not getting two!
Nivea Mattifying Toner Enriched with Ocean Algae & Hydra IQ – tones the skin deeply and removes residues – reduces excess sebum and oil with its mattifying formula – maintains skin’s natural moisture balance.
Anyway, I just apply an appropriate amount of product onto a cotton pad and gently apply it on my skin. You can also apply it with your hands. Put a few drops of the toner on the palm of your hand, rub your palms together, and gently pat it all over your face.
Apply Essential Oil/Ampoule. Actually, whichever you prefer using or have in your kit. As for me, I use AND LOVE Terra Merita Natural Oil Cocktail and Watering Cocktail. I only have the sample sizes and I hope I knew where to get the (LEGIT) full-sized bottles.
To be honest, using this alone after washing my face is already enough. It has made my skin SUPER smooth, properly moisturized, and feeling really healthy! I just gently spread the oil all over the face, and with my warm fingers, I massage it for a few minutes. Then put a few drops of the watering cocktail on my palm and pat it all over my face.
Apply Sheet Mask. I wasn’t a huge fan of sheet masks; but I have honestly started to enjoy them now. Take any mask of your choice, tear it open, squeeze the liquid-based formula first before you take out the mask, and apply it all over your face. You may also wanna pop it in the refrigerator first to make it more refreshing!Anyway, once you’ve taken all the serum, carefully unfold the mask and place it on your face. Gently pat and leave it on for 15-20 minutes. It actually depends on the brand or kind of sheet mask you’re using, so make sure you check the label first. Do not rinse, use all the serum and let your skin absorb it. You can also apply the rest of the product on your hands, elbows, knees, ankles, feet, or any part of your body that you think is drought-stricken (LOL!)
This is the Dewy Tree Aqua Panda Mask I received from YEF Philippines. I can’t really lay a finger on how it smells, but it reminds me of dried mangoes. Hehe! I find the concept really cool. Unlike the other plain-looking masks, this one has a face of a panda printed on it. It even has a bamboo shoot in the mouth! Cute!
This is the Jein 8 Sasaspa Facial Essence Mask, which is also included in the YEF Philippines package. It smells and feels super refreshing. According to the instructions on the back of the packet, it should stay on for 20-30 minutes, much longer than the Panda Mask.
Moisturize. This is the final step. Once the liquid from the sheet mask has dried, my skin already feels a little tacky. I take a pea-size amount of my A-Skin Moisturizing Gel and gently massage it all over my skin. It’s clear gel and a little goes a long way. It has a really subtle scent – nothing irritating.
And that’s it! And what do I get when I wake up in the morning? A very happy skin that feels super healthy, supple, soft, and smooth! That’s just after Days 1 and 2! How much more if I do it regularly?
You do not need to follow every single step every day, since exfoliation is only done twice a week. It takes 46 to 60 minutes over all, including the “waiting time” in between application. You can do it while watching TV or Korean dramas (watch VOICE if you haven’t yet), or even while reading a book, or browsing the internet. You can also do NOTHING while you wait! You know, give yourself some “ME” time, free your mind of all the toxic work or PEOPLE!
If you love makeup, make sure you also pay a lot more attention on your skin. If you want a better finish and make your makeup look good and last longer, you need a smooth and healthy canvas. And of course, after using all that makeup, make sure you free your skin – your PORES! If not, you’ll end up blaming your makeup for giving you breakouts when the real reason is you!
I do not have the most beautiful skin, it really isn’t even pretty. But trust me, I’ve had WORSE! It’s never too late to take care of our skin. Pamper it. Love it. Make it your best friend! 😉