Monday, August 30, 2010

Review: Bed Head After Party

-Smells divine
-Tames the frizz and flyaways
-Last for ages
-Awesome packaging
-Doesn't make my hair look greasy and wont weight hair down

-Expensive! The next time I go to Hong Kong, I'm going hoard on these
-The delicious smell is ADDICTIVE

This is a wonderful product for anyone with frizzy or tangled hair. It's a light cream product that didn't weigh my thin hair down. I'm not sure how well it will do on girls with coarser hair but I've read reviews on and this stuff works on them too . I bought this from BONJOUR BOUTIQUE in Hong Kong for like half the price it costs here, so if you can get this there or ask friends whos going to Hong Kong to haul it for you.

Would I purchase again>

Saturday, August 28, 2010

DIY: Aspirin Mask

Everytime I feel a zit coming up, I whip up a batch of my fool proof not so secret recipe- The Aspirin Mask. It's a super easy recipe that I swear by. And almost always the zit wont even pop up the next day. Of course there are times that a monster zit will show up NO MATTER WHAT, but c'est la vie!

There is a ton of versions of this mask-but I like my version the best! haha It's very simple and cheap! What's not to like about that? The versions with yogurt or honey freak me out, eventhough a ton of people swear by them. I'm just scared that those version will break me out. Bla bla bla bla! I guess what I'm trying to say is what works for me, may not work for you so if you haven't done the aspirin mask and want to try this, please do so with precaution.

The ingredients are as simple as it can get: Jojoba oil, Aloe Vera Gel and Uncoated aspirin. I got the jojoba oil and aloe vera gel at Healthy Options and the aspirins at Mercury Drugs

I usually use 5 tablets ( this covers my cheeks, nose and chin) 1 drop of jojoba oil and a tablespoon of aloe vera gel. The liquid will dissolve the aspirin.

I use my fingers to mix the ingredients into a paste, and when it's ready I apply it to my face. Try to avoid your eye area and nostrils ( haha) Leave the mask on for 10 minutes or until it hardens and wash it off!

Trust me, your skin will look and feel phenomenal after using this mask. It's so inexpensive and effective so I really encourage everyone to at least try it :) Unless of course you're allergic to any of the ingredients! Good luck :)

Review: Yoko Papaya Spa Salt

-Very affordable. I got this for like P89 which is like $2
-Makes skin silky and smooth. It has vitamin e so skin feels awesome afterwards :)
-Smells really good
-Easy to use. Just pour some in your hand and apply to skin
-Salts feels rough at first, but the stuff almost melts into my skin
-Available locally. Just o to your local Watsons

-Packaging sucks. The ziplock bag is hard to "zip-up" so I usually leave it open, which makes it so much easier to spill or get moisture in
-Since the packaging sucks, You can't control the amount you pour, which results to TOO much most of the time. Luckily this stuff is cheap, so it's really okay to waste some :)

I really like this product because honestly, it makes my skin really soft and silky. The salt really does scrub well and it preps my skin for lotion. It promises "whiter" skin and i've been focusing the scrubbing on my elbows and knees but i haven't notice my skin getting lighter. But a very fair skinned SA at Watsons swears by this product.

Will I purchase again?
Yes. I've already run out!

Friday, August 27, 2010

Back to M-A-C

One of the many reasons why mac is my favorite brand is their back to mac program. Return six empty containers and get a lipstick..FREE! Who can resist that? If you want more information on this amazing program go to the mac :) You can even do the program on the website if you live in the US or Canada :)

I don't know if mac does this in other countries, but here in Manila you can't choose any shade you want, they have a bunch of lipsticks stashed in a box and you can only select from there. Sucks huh?

If you're in Manila, make sure you go to the mac in Glorietta. They have the widest range of colors in the back to mac "box" The branch in Rockwell only had browns and oranges and i cannot pull those shades off! haha

I got BOMBSHELL and BLANKETY because i needed a light pink and my HUG ME liipy ( my hg nude ) was running out! I've heard so much about BLANKETY so i snatched it real fast :D

L: Bombshell R: Blankety

L: Bombshell R: Blankety

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Review: Beyond Belief - Alpha Beta Hydroxy Pore Refining Scrub

-Very affordable at $6.49 on
-The beads are tiny and very gentle on my skin
-Leaves my skin soft and glowy
-Huge tube has 113g/ 4oz of product so this stuff lasts forever. (a little goes a long way)
-The ABH is good for tiny wrinkles

-Unavailable in Manila. My friend Anne got me a bunch tubes a while back so I'm lucky I still have a few to go through before i run out :)
-The ABH makes skin sensitive to the sun so it's a must to wear sunscreen

I am very satisfied with this scub. Before this i was using Clarins Gentle Exfoliating Refiner and i always felt guilty using that because it was so darn expensive., but seriously i could compare Beyond Belief with this. The beads are extremely fine and my sometimes sensitive skin doesn't have a bad reaction to it. It's Heaven sent :) If you can get your hands on these, please try it out. I'm pretty positive you wont regret it :)

Would i purchase again? definitely yes!

Saturday, August 21, 2010

New Stuff : Rosken Bio Serum

With daily use of Rosken Bio Serum:

  • soothes and moistens skin
  • seals in moisture
  • leaves skin feeling smooth and healthy

    With continued use
  • helps reduce the appearance of scars and stretch marks
  • promotes skin elasticity
  • reduced the appearance of uneven pigmentation
  • provides long lasting protection from the elements like sun,wind and air-conditioning
  • helps smooth wrinkles and fine lines

    **I've been using this for a little over a week, still no results of course, but this product is relatively cheap and available everywhere here in Manila so I'm going to continue using it. I have some scars (on my leg) and stretch marks ( on my tummy) so this seems like the perfect product for me :D
  • Tuesday, August 17, 2010

    review: the brush guard

    i got the medium and extra small

    this is the medium one for face brushes

    extra small for eye brushes

    clean brushes to dry :)

    the medium fits perfectly on mac brushes


    the proper way to dry brushes :)

    -allows my brushes to dry properly - bristles down, so that the excess water wont seep down to the ferrule
    -keeps my brushes clean when in storage
    -keeps the bristles in brand new form
    -very affordable
    -locally available here:


    these brush guards are an absolute must if you have expensive brushes. they maintain quality and my brushes honestly look brand new after every single wash. i actually keep these guards on even after drying because they protect the bristles from the dust and germs too!

    would i purchase again?
    i will! again and again and again!


    i completely forgot to post pictures of the brushes when they were dry. i really wanted to show you guys how well they looked afterwards! same with the small brush guards for the eye brushes :) i will post them soon, so watch out for them :)

    Monday, August 16, 2010

    lotd: lavender lids

    nyx jumbo eye pencil #lavender (base)
    mac e/s # beautiful iris ( lid color)
    nyx e/s # eggplant ( crease & lower lid)
    revlon e/s #vintage lace ( eyebrow highlight)
    mac e/s # shroom ( tear duct highlight)
    revlon eyeliner #black ( upper and waterline)

    the balm concealer
    mac studio fix foundation #nc30
    nyx cream blush # natural
    mac blush #gingerly

    mac lipstick #quietone

    Thursday, August 12, 2010

    lost long love

    i was cleaning out my vanity table (throwing away old makeup that has been collecting dust) when i stumbled across this beauty. GUERLAIN METEORITES! i've had this for years and was obsessed with it but i haven't seen it or used it for so long! don't you just love finding a gem admist all the craziness? hahaha

    have you ever found anything in your drawers /closets that you forgot you had and was genuinely surprised that you were able to live without it? haha please share :)

    Tuesday, August 10, 2010

    lotd: smokey bronze

    too faced shadow insurance
    mac paint pot #constructivist
    mac eyeshadow #bronze
    mac eyeshadow #cork
    revlon matte eyeshadow #vintage lace
    revlon eyeliner #black
    covergirl lashblast mascar #black

    mac studio fix foundation #nc 30
    nyx cream blush #rose petal
    mac blush #gingerly

    mac lipstick #body suit
    mac lipglass #early bloomer

    Sunday, August 8, 2010

    review: etude house eye makeup remover

    Cute packaging always wins me :)

    please excuse my messy eyemakeup, I had just came home from a long night when i decided to take these pictures :)

    Look at that! that's my two coats of mascara there :)

    TA-DAH! clean lids :)

    -Removes waterproof mascara
    -Gentle and effective
    -The scent is mild and subtle
    -Strong enough so that I don't need to rub my eyes. Gentle patting will do
    -It's inexpensive
    _It's comparable to my ultimate eye makeup remover from nuetrogena

    -It has a big opening so it's kinda hard to control how much you pour out
    -Leaves a bit of an oily residue

    This is one of the best makeup remover i have ever tried. It's super effective but really gentle on my lids. There is minimal smell and I didn't feel any stinging at all. I love how the packaging is adorable and it's available here in manila.:) I have a feeling this is going to be my new HG :)

    Would I purchase again?
    OF COURSE !!

    Friday, August 6, 2010

    haul : face sheets

    I've develop a penchant for face sheets because my mom is always touting about the benefits of saturating your face in moisture boosting products. She's 50 ++ and her skin looks amazing. Since i'm currently overhauling my whole skincare regimen to a more advance anti-wrinkle one, i've been doing these masks once in two weeks.

    BUT, to be completely honest, i have not seen any significant change or improvement upon using these sheets but my skin does feel nice and soft right after using it. I've also been rotating brands/variants so I can"t really say which one is the best or whatnot. These sheets are affordable and it feels good when it's on, so why not? right? Hehe as long as I'm not breaking out or experiencing any allergy reaction, I'm good to go! :)

    I probably won't be doing reviews for any of these unless you guys want to hear from it :) so don't hesitate to leave me a comment if you want one :D

    ( clockwise from top left )

    1. Purederm Olive Collagen Mask
    2. Etude House Hand Bouquet Rich Collagen hand Mask
    3. Etude House Collagen Moistfull mask sheet
    4. Etude House Hydro Wrapping Mask
    5. The Face Shop Pearl Essential Mask Sheet
    6. The Face Shop Collagen Essential Mask Sheet

    Thursday, August 5, 2010

    review: lush mint julips

    -smells and tastes delicious like andes mint chocolate thins ( they're edible )
    -exfoliates lips gently
    -a little goes a long way. this jar will last me forever :D
    -it has jojoba oil so it moisturizes not just exfoliates
    -it really evens out my lips and gets rid of the dry patches
    -the jar is glass and it closes really tight

    -the product is crumbly and loose

    lush does it again! this is an awesome product. yes it's just sugar, jojoba oil, peppermint oil and vanilla- you can totally make it yourself but honestly, i can't be assed and i would rather spend the money :D lately my lips have been feeling and looking great. i feel like all the dead skin have been buffed away and i absolutely love love love the taste of this!! it's a good thing it's edible so when i have a little sugar left over after scrubbing, i just lick it off ! perfect :D

    would i purchase again?
    yes yes yes !!!

    Tuesday, August 3, 2010

    july favorites

    1. nars blush #desire
    2. the face shop fruit bowl apple hand cream
    3. mac brush #224
    4. cherry chapstick
    5. mac lipstick #pleasure seeker
    6. mac eyeshadow #expensive pink
    7. mac eyeshadow #texture
    8. flower by kenzo miniature perfume
    9. dior addict lipgloss

    i'm still reaching out for my mac studio fix powder and lashblast a lot but i didn't include them in this month's favorites as they were included in last months. :)

    Sunday, August 1, 2010

    mini haul

    1. mario badescu enzyme cleansing gel
    2. shiseido bio performance super eye contour cream
    3. shiseido benefiance revitalizing cream
    4. shiseido benefiance daytime protective emulsion
    5. lush mint julips
    6. opi nailpolish # hot & spicy

    i'll review everything once i've actually tried them for a while :)