Thursday, February 28, 2013

Product Swatches + short review on NYX Butter Gloss

For those who aren't much into lipsticks (like me!), here's something that you might want to consider the next time you want to get some color on your lips...

the NYX Butter Glosses!

As per NYX website:
Add a little more sweetness to your lips with a touch of the Butter Lip Gloss available in 12 scrumptious colors! Get creamy sheer to medium coverage on your lips without that sticky sensation. It’s perfect for every sweet tooth!

Cherry Cheesecake

Apple Strudel

Creme Brulee


Cherry Pie

Maple Blonde
(Deep Peach)

(Pink Lilac)

Strawberry Parfait

Peach Cobbler
(Red Orange)

Peaches and Cream
(Pink Coral)


Vanilla Cream Pie

The formula applies smoothly and feels like butter. Starts off as sheer,  but color is buildable. It can be worn by itself or layered over a lipstick.  They're still a bit sticky, but not the goopy kind of sticky.  It doesn't feel heavy on the lips and staying power is good.  

My faves are:  Peaches and Cream, Strawberry Parfait, Vanilla Cream Pie and Maple Blonde.

It comes with a vanilla-ish kind of scent, that might be a con for others but not for me. Priced at Php270 and are available at Digitaltraincase.

 Today's the last day of the 20% promo in Multiply, so if you want to try these, you might want to take advantage of the discounted price.  Check out the new items as well. Just a warning though: be ready to I am very sure that you'd be able to find one, or more items to checkout!

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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Say bye to dark spots with Shiseido White Lucent + giveaway!

A few weeks ago, I was complaining how dull my face looks.  I looked so tired and well, old. Sniff. I remember how my skin used to glow when I was younger. But now...ah, forget it.

When I got an invite from our friends from Sample Room to try out Shiseido's White Lucent, I just knew I am in for a very good treat.  Besides, I've known Shiseido since my college days and I know how good the brand is most especially when it comes to their skincare.

 I was escorted by my gorgeous friend Sophie, to this lovely setup for Shiseido at the ground floor of SM Makati.  By the way, this Beauty Lounge is there until Feb 28th so drop by for a free consultation.  You can also get a free makeover for every single purchase.  

And there, I came across this familiar skincare line, the Shiseido White Lucent.  Familiar because my mom used it a few years back.  She's an avid fan of Shiseido, and still uses a number of their products up to this day. She actually ditched some skincare items from other brands to go back to Shiseido.  

It's been 10 years since the White Lucent line has been launched.  But now they added the ultimate whitening pair that will get rid of those nasty pigmentations and age spots...the Intensive Spot Targeting Serum + Power Brightening Mask.

The serum is milky white, and gets absorbed by the skin easily.  My face was itchy that day, probably because of the ever-changing weather but immediately felt relieved right after the serum has been applied on my face.  

Of course we were also given the chance to experience the brightening mask.  Here's me and Kat trying to look normal despite looking silly with our masks on. 

After that, we were also given a makeover by the Shiseido team.  The serum + the mask really made a difference.  My skin looks brighter, moisturized and less tired. 

  I was contemplating on going back to my old skincare that took care of my nasty breakouts and the scars it left.  But I am not sure anymore if I can still manage the peeling and the redness that are sure to come with it.  So I am willing to give this whitening duo a try by using it for 7 days.  I've actually started using the products a few days after the event but I just had to stop because I got a facial (plus a lot of pricking and extraction, ouuuch!)and was advised to stop applying stuff aside from the ones given by the derma. 

Here's my (scary) bare face:

As you can see, I have a lot of redness and scarring going on.  I've noticed that my skin looks dull, despite having been able to sleep long hours on some days.  In short, I look old and tired. 

The Ultimate Whitening Pair from Shiseido White Lucent Line

So what exactly does this duo do? The serum seeks the melanin pigments and crushes it into fine particles. With its main ingredient, MelanoCrush Energizer, it targets dark spots right into their roots.  The mask with IonForce Complex on the other hand ejects the crushed melanin from the skin making it look brighter and clearer.

Crush x Eject = Ultimately Spotless White Skin
Who wouldn't want that!?

Two pumps of serum is to be used day and night.  What I love about it is that it gets easily absorbed by the skin, and there's no sticky residue after.  It also relieves redness and itchiness, and gives the skin that instant brightness and moisture.    

I've been using the serum continuously for 3 days now and I love how it makes my skin look well-rested, despite only getting not more than 5hrs of sleep on most days.

Here's me trying on the mask again last weekend:

I took advantage of the 10 minutes to really relax and let the magic of the mask work on me.  (Okay, I did a bit of camwhoring first!)

And here's me after:
Redness is still there but look how bright my skin looks.  
Pores look less visible too!

Do I look like somebody who haven't had a decent sleep for days?

4 days to go and we'll see if this duo is really good.  I'll post an update after a few more days, so stay tuned!

Now can I ask a favor from you my dear readers?  Can you please help me spread the good news about this amazing whitening duo from Shiseido by tweeting:  

"Get brighter, spotless skin with #ShiseidoWhiteLucent.  Read more about it on @_iambrigitte_'s blog @shiseidoPH" 

Then leave a comment with the link of your tweet and your email address.   Don't forget to follow me and ShiseidoPH as well!  I'll be randomly selecting a lucky tweet that will win a Beauty Pro eyeshadow palette plus other stuff. 

Deadline of entries is on Feb28. 
Open to Philippine residents only.


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Thursday, February 21, 2013

My Steampod Experience...

It's been almost a month since I had my hair permed.  And honestly, I got sort of discouraged after just a few days.  My hair got dry and though it has more volume now, it looks dull.  My hair  used to be really limp, but it's shiny.  So yeah, after less than a week, I started to feel like I did a wrong move of getting a perm.  I actually thought of getting a haircut na lang, but thanks to an invite from our friends from Castro PR and L'oreal Professionnel PH to try out the Steampod, which is said to the next big thing in hair care!

So here's me taking a before photo of my lifeless, gulo-gulo hair:

and now, L'oreal Professionnel and Rowenta bring you the Steampod:

So what is Steampod?  It's the newest revolutionary hairstyling tool that two pioneering hair experts L'oreal and Rowenta came up with after 5 years of research. It's the first ever heat and high pressure steam iron that also treats the hair while smoothing.  Cool huh!?

Here's to compare how different (and amazing) Steampod is when compared with the standard hair iron:

I used to iron my hair also and each time, my hair would feel stiff most especially at the ends.  It straightens my hair, yes but, there's no texture and movement.  Steampod promises all that: hair that's smoothened, straighter, shinier, silkier and with movement!

So how does Steampod work?
It delivers a continuous stream of pressurized steam from an in-built steam generator.  It also uses purified water for the steam to assure you of healthy, shiny hair.    The steam works to: 1) Gently open the cuticle to deliver the treatment into the core 2) Gradually heat the hear while preventing heat shock to prevent cuticle damage and 3) Smooth down the cuticle and seal the ends for a flawless finish.

Steampod can be used for two special services:  

Keratin Steam Bond, works like the usual rebond but this one uses Steampod (of course) and Pro-Keratin.

Keratin Steam Care, first steam-activated hair treatment with Pro-Keratin for that frizz-free looking hair that can last up to three days!  This is best for those with normal or sensitive hair.

And since I just got a perm a few days before, and I don't have any plans of getting my straight hair back anytime soon (see, I am that confused!) I decided to go for Steam Care.

First, my hair is washed to get the grime off.  

And then this treatment was sprayed onto my hair.

and then here's what I've been waiting for...the actual Steampod experience on my hair!


Suddenly, I missed my straight hair!

Now that my hair cuticles have opened, it's time for the hair mask.  

It was left on for a good 15 minutes before I got my hair washed again.

And now it's time to get back those curls.  The people at Bench Fix Glorietta are so amazing!  I love how they worked on giving me luscious curls!


Thanks again for the people behind this great event!

And here's my before and after photo:

Nice, bouncy curls...and not to mention, shinyyyy!

and here's how it looked like the next day.  yep, I didn't wash my hair!

Gaaah, I want those curls!

Join the Steam Revolution now!  Visit the nearest Bench Fix salon and try out the Steampod hair services.  

Keratin Steam Care
(Php1500 short/Php2500 long)

Keratin Steam Bond
(Php6000 short/Php7500 long)

Pricey, but oh-so worth it. Promise!

And oh, I heard the retail version of Steampod will be available soon. Are you excited?  Well, I am.  I actually started saving piso a day so I can buy my own Steampod soon!  Errr,  or not too soon.  (laughs)

To know more about Steampod, please follow L'oreal Professionnel PH on Facebook.

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