Wednesday, October 31, 2012

LOTD: (Pa-) Sweet...

Sorry, I can't think of a better post title (as usual)! 

After seeing these photos, I immediately said to myself, "Ang pa-sweet ko naman..." 
And I think you would agree.

K-Palette Long Lasting Eyebrow
The Face Shop Style My Eyebrow pencil
In2it eyebrow powder
MAC e/s in Retrospeck (lid), Vibrant Grape and Sketch (crease and outer-V)
K-Palette Long Lasting Eyeliner in Black (upper lashline)
Benefit They're Real mascara
Kryolan eyeliner (waterline)
Kuma concealer in 02

I love how the eye makeup looks.  
And I think I can use this look on brides, what do you think?

Tarte Clean Slate Flawless Brightening Primer
Laneige Soothing BB Cushion in No. 21
Benefit Boe-ing concealer
Fanny Serrano cake foundation in Mocha
The Body Shop All-in-One Cheek Colour in Bubblegum

Shu Uemura Rouge Unlimited Supreme Matte in MPK348

With the bubblegum-pink blush and baby pink lips,  the entire look came out soft despite the combination of shimmer and medium-dark purples.   

I hope you like it.

It's a holiday tomorrow.  Be safe everyone!

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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Anywhere, Anytime - It's Jergens Time!

Jergens must have been the first lotion I've ever used. I remember those huge Jergens in Original Scent pump bottles that friends from abroad would give us as pasalubong.  I didn't particularly like the scent back then, but I love that it really moisturizes my skin. 

My last memory of Jergens is their Naturally Smooth Shave Minimizing variant, that I've used back in the days when I've finally learned shaving my leg hairs.  

Fast forward to 2012: We can now moisturize our skin anytime, anywhere without having to bring those huge, pump bottles with these new Jergens 100ml tubes, imported from Australia!

New Jergens in 100ml tubes

Don't you just love it when everything turns travel-friendly?

Jergens Age Defying Multivitamin Moisturizer, rejuvenates skin and minimize the effects of skin aging

Jergens Ultra Healing Extra Dry Skin Moisturizer, penetrates through the 5 layers of the skin's surface to start healing at the source

Jergens Soothing Aloe Relief Skin Cooling Moisturizer, instantly revives and refreshes skin after prolonged sun exposure

Now, there's no more excuse not to give you skin some lovin' anytime, anywhere!

Jergens moisturizers are available in selected health and beauty stores, department stores and supermarkets nationwide.

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Product Review: Laneige Snow BB Soothing Cushion SPF50+ PA+++

I've always been curious about Laneige products since I first read about it in a magazine and saw that the beautiful Song Hye Kyo is their endorser.  Well, with an endorser as gorgeous as her, who wouldn't get enticed to use the products she's (supposedly) using?  Okay fine, I am gullible like that.  What can I do, I love her!

But I really haven't gotten the chance to check out a Laneige counter.  But trust me, I already have a list! (laughs)  Thanks to our friends from Laneige, I got the chance to try out my first ever Laneige product....

Laneige Snow BB Soothing Cushion SPF50+ PA+++

An addition to their Snow BB line, this Snow BB Soothing Cushion SPF50+ PA+++ (whew!) comes with these 5 amazing benefits:

1. Sweatproof, it helps makeup stay unspoilt and beautiful all day
2. Whitening, it contains patented White Plus Renew Complex TM with strong melanin reduction ingredients and y-PGA for increased suppleness and luminosity
3. Hydrating, provides 30% more moisture to skin with every application.  It even provides a cooling sensation for hot and humid temperature like ours.  
4. Long lasting medium coverage, can be used even on blemishes and dark circle
5.  SPF50+ PA+++, to protect skin from harmful UV rays

Compact is quite bulky, but it's surprisingly lightweight.  

I love the white compact, it looks and feel so clean.  And it comes with a mirror and a separate compartment for the sponge, just perfect!

It comes with this specially-designed puff that absorbs less moisture than ordinary puff.  

That light-blue pan serves as the barrier between the sponge and the BB cushion so the product's active ingredients and their functionality are preserved.

And of course, for hygienic purposes!

The BB cushion-part is sealed upon purchase.

And that's the soft cushion with the BB liquid.

I was too OC that I hesitated using the sponge at first.  So I used a disposable sponge instead.  
Ang arte ko lang!

The cushion is designed using the air pump technology.  The cushion has an air pump that contains air bubbles that dispenses a thin layer of BB liquid onto the sponge with just a light pat.


At first glance on the compact, I thought No. 21 or Natural Beige is too dark.  But it's not!  I think it's my perfect match.


If you notice, the effect is luminous. It provides sheer coverage, but is buildable without looking cakey.

Now let's try it on my face:

moisturized + sun-protected skin

As you can see, I really have blemished skin, no thanks to my nasty habit of pricking.  Good thing the cystic acne are subsiding, but there's a lot of acne scars that needs a lot of covering.  

And here's after a layer:

It instantly brightened my skin and provided an even, medium coverage.  Most of the acne scars are still visible but it did a great job of lessening the redness on my face.  And yes, I didn't use a separate concealer at this point.  

Here's  sample FOTD using Laneige:

At the above photo, I used a separate concealer to fully hide my blemishes.  But after using the product for several times, I've learned that the best way to hide those blemishes is first,  swipe the product onto the face for the first layer.  And then pat or dab the product onto the parts you would want to conceal.  What I really love about it is that, it doesn't feel sticky and no matter how much product I apply,  it doesn't look cakey.  There's no need to set it with a powder, as it dries up to a glowing, matte look after a few minutes.  I use either a pressed powder or a loose translucent powder to set it.  

It stays put for a good 6-8hrs, I still oil up on my t-zone but it's nothing that an oil blotting sheet can't take care of. It doesn't melt, transfer or rub off.  And it feels light on the skin too!  It's as if I'm not wearing anything.  And people compliment my "glowing, healthy look" whenever I am wearing it.

I usually wear a separate sunblock, but not anymore if I am using this. So right after toning and moisturizing, I go straight to using this wonder BB and I know I am already sun-protected.  Thanks to SPF 50+ PA+++!  Surprisingly, with its high SPF, it doesn't leave too much whitish cast on pictures.  It's still photo-friendly!

Each box of this comes with a compact, and two refills of the same shade.  A refill costs Php950, and you get it for free because you only pay Php1950 for a compact plus the two refills!

See the "Push" at the above photo?  Press on that to remove the used refill.  And then gently press the new refill onto the base of the compact.  

If you think you are running out of the BB liquid, simply flip the cushion cover so you can use the the liquid that have settled on the other side.  

As for the sponge (yes, I've finally had the heart to use it...LOL!), it can be pain to clean it.  What I do is I soak it in lukewarm water with some dishwashing liquid (I use Joy, or Drops of Nature), massage it gently and then press the excess water out of it.  I then use J&J Baby Milk Bath after.  Pour some of it on the sponge, massage, gently squeeze out excess water then let it dry.

I've been using this almost everyday, as I love the coverage and the lightweight-feel it provides.  So yes, I am definitely buying this once I run out of it (or even way before it runs out!)

Visit LANEIGE at Shangri-la Plaza, Trinoma, Mall of Asia, Robinsons Place Midtown Mall, Robinsons Galleria and Robinsons Magnolia to check out more of their products.  Or you can also like their Facebook page here to know more about their products and latest promotions.  

Have you tried this or any of Laneige products?  Now that I am loving my first ever Laneige product, I am definitely checking out the rest of their products soon.  The next I want to try is their Water Sleeping Pack!

Have a great Tuesday, everyone!

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Saturday, October 27, 2012

Caronia: Miss Mystic Collection...

With the Christmas Holidays just around the corner, different brands of nail polish are coming up with their holiday collections.  And our very own local brand Caronia, also came up with theirs, called Miss Mystic Collection.

Miss Mystic Collection

Moss - Rouge - Taupe

Rouge, basic red in a not-so-usual elegant shade 

I love red nail polish and this is one shade I will never get tired of using.  This kind of red makes the skin appear lighter. 

Taupe, great nude shade to complement the season's hottest colors and shades

I first thought this is the same with their famous shade, Touch of Tan, but it isn't. This one's a tad darker, and like Rouge, it makes skin look lighter too!  This shade goes well with any color of your outfit.

Moss, deep-green shade with a hint of frost

I am not a fan of frosted polishes, but this one's an exception.  And usually, frosted polishes tend to be streaky, this one's not. 

Moss - Taupe - Rouge

These colors are definitely amazing, not streaky and they are already glossy even without a top coat.  What's even greater is that they are cheap, only Php33.25 for an 8ml bottle. Use Caronia's Nail Hardener and Base Coat before applying your preferred shade and top it off with Caronia's Fast-Dry Top Coat. And lastly, pour a drop of Caronia's Kwik Dry and Cuticle Conditioner.    

Caronia Miss Mystic Collection is available in leading supermarkets, department stores, and drug stores nationwide. 

Please like Caronia on Facebook and check out to know more about their products and for more styling tips.

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Friday, October 26, 2012

Droplets of Nature Dishwashing Liquid: Tough on grease, but not on your hands...

If there's one household chore I love doing, it would be washing the dishes.   Weird, but I find it therapeutic and relaxing especially when I'm bothered or when I need to decide about something.  Maybe it's the feeling of the water running through my hands, or probably the bubbles (I love playing with bubbles when I was a kid), or perhaps the satisfaction I get when I'm able to get the dirt out of the dishes.  I remember when I would ask our help to let me wash the dishes instead, and dear Mom would freak out and ask why on earth am I washing the dishes. LOL.  Too bad, I don't get to wash as much dishes here in Manila as when I'm back home in the province.

But in as much as I love washing the dishes, I hate what happens after.  My hands will itch like crazy.  Yes, I am allergic to some soaps and detergents.  My hands will get really dry, and I won't be able to stop myself from scratching so I end up having nasty rashes.

I've tried a lot of dishwashing liquids in the past, and currently, I'm using Joy.  I love that it gets the job done, but my hands still itch from using it.  

Just when I am about to forget my love for washing the dishes to save my dear hands, this   miracle called Droplets of Nature came to the rescue....

Droplets of Nature Dishwashing Liquid

Made from potato/corn based surfactant, which is listed as Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) by the US Food &Drugs Administration. It is highly Concentrated (a tiny drop is enough for 4 to 6 pieces of plates or 5 tablespoon of the dishwashing liquid can be mixed
to one cup of water for the most economical way).  Free from Paraben, Phosphate, SLES and harmful chemicals.  Loaded with Essential Oils. 
Php156/500ml, Php285/1L

yes, it's made from potato and corn so it's eco-friendly.  
It's gentle on the hands too.  I like that I don't itch after using it.

It smells good too, kinda reminds me of body wash. 

It's a lot more concentrated than other brands, so what I do is I dilute a drop or two.  It bubbles a lot too, which I love.  And it's absolutely tough on grease!

It may be a bit more expensive than the usual dishwashing liquids available, but the fact that it gets the job done without harming the environment and our hands, makes it a real winner.

To know more about the brand and their other products, please like the Droplets of Nature Facebook page.

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Thursday, October 25, 2012

Playing with Makeup: Mon Shu'ed when was the last time I did a "Playing with Makeup" post?  Honestly, I miss doing it.  I wish I have the time to do it often. 

Anyways, here's something I came up with last week after I got home from work. I was taking pictures of my Mon Shu doll and got envy with her bangs that I decided to (sort of) replicate her look:

Jhengky-san and Mon Shu saying GENKI DESUKA!?

I wish I could cut my hair to have a bob like hers.

I love this pair of premium falsies from the Shu Uemura x Karl Lagerfeld collection.

I actually considered getting myself a pair of red contacts...

I hope you like it.

Now, do you like my bangs?

See more of my "Playing with Makeup" posts here.
Happy Thursday, everyone!

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