To culminate our six months of being BNT Girls, all six of us (Rini, Alene, Carina, Kine, Joanne, and me) have recreated looks from the Girls’ Generation music video for the song “Mr. Mr.” There are nine girls in the popular K Pop group and each of them wore a look that reflects at least one Korean beauty trend. It was a bit difficult for me to choose a look because I’m not too familiar with each girl, but in the end I went with Sooyoung. I liked the look because it featured the ever-perfect dewy Korean skin but with the oomph of a red lip and bold eye. Continue reading
The M CHLOI Hyaluronic Acid Waterdrop Cream* is the last product that I have to share with you from my BNT Box. It’s a moisturizer that features hyaluronic acid as the star ingredient. In skincare, hyaluronic acid is meant to prevent the effects of aging by acting as a cushion and lubricant in body tissues. It’s also used after medical procedures and can be injected into the body. As a topical cream, there isn’t hard evidence to prove its beneficial claims, but online reviews do seem to be on the good side. Continue reading
I was out of town when this gem of a box was delivered on Saturday and I had no idea it was coming, so I was very pleasantly surprised to see it waiting in my room when I got home on Sunday night. BDJ Boxes are always something to be excited about, wether they’re filled with a variety of brands or a brand-exclusive box. The April box is filled with 9 Pixy products–yup, that’s Pixy with a Y, not to be confused with the UK-based Pixi with an I.
Pixy cosmetics is an Indonesia-based line that is formulated using the best Japanese technology and ingredients. The brand also happens to be very affordable. I have 9 products from the range to test out and share with you guys. Check it out: Continue reading
I picked these up way back in February, but I totally forgot to write about them! I have one lacquer balm, 145 Ingenue, and one matte balm, 250 Standout (both 575.00 Php as you can see on the stickers). I fell fast and hard for Ingenue and if I wore reds more often Standout would be a fave too. I have my eyes on a couple more shades from both the lacquer and matte lines, but I’m not in a rush to pick them up. Swatched and worn. Ingenue is a peachy-brown with warm undertones, medium coverage, and a frost finish. I can’t believe I actually like a frost, but in this shade it is just so flattering on the lips because the shimmer is so fine that it looks almost like a gloss. I’ve even had people ask me what lipgloss I had on while wearing this. Feels like a lipstick though and it wears pretty well but will not last through a meal. Standout on the other hand is a beautiful classic red. It doesn’t lean too orange or pink, so I’d say it’s neutral toned. The funny thing about this “matte” balm is that there’s definitely a bit of a sheen to the finish. It does dry down to look more matte after a while, but it keeps the sheen for a couple of hours after application. I do wish it were truly matte, but if we’re not being strict about that, it is a fantastic red. It wears excellently even through meals and drinking, plus it’s very comfortable to wear.
What are your fave shades from these ranges? Any duds I should look out for before I pick up more shades? :)
Packaging photos after the jump. ;) Continue reading
Hey guys! :) I was thinking of ways to be more consistent in posting on this blog, so I’ve decided to try sticking to a schedule. I’ll be posting 2-3 times a week on Sundays, Tuesdays, and/or Thursdays. This post was actually supposed to go up yesterday (Thursday) but I got caught up watching Veronica Mars (which I am just now watching so I can see the movie!) so I didn’t get to finish up. Hehe. Hopefully a schedule will help me get organized so that I can queue posts ahead of time instead of rushing to finish something the day before. We’ll see how it goes! Anyway, moving on to the product I want to share with you today: Smith’s Rosebud Salve (490.00 Php at PCX) is one of those “cult-favourite” products that everyone has tried out or at least heard of. I’ve seen it in countless magazines, featured as a multipurpose product that celebs wouldn’t be caught without. The Rosebud Salve was originally called “Tholene” and has been in production since 1892 (!!!). For a little tin of a simple petroleum-based salve to sell for that long, you just know it’s doing something right. Rosebud Perfume Co. has also remained under the ownership of the same family for all these years–gotta admire multi-generaltional dedication like that.
The simple, world-famous tin has a pretty vintage look to it. I believe empty tins that are truly vintage items are of considerable value and are considered collectibles. I adore tin packaging in general (be it for biscuits or makeup), so I will probably keep this once I’ve finished the balm. I have already dropped it and put a ding in the side and it will get scratched up if I continue to chuck it in my bag, but that’s just part of the charm of the product. But what does it do, exactly? Continue reading
If you haven’t heard of Happy Skin, welcome back from under your rock. I feel like their marketing is so aggressive that they’ve probably reached every Filipina even just remotely interested in makeup. You can read about their story here, but in a nutshell it’s a local makeup brand that launched sometime last year and that offers “an entire range of skin-caring makeup.” I hadn’t actually tried any of their products before this purchase, but my Instagram feed was so saturated with photos of their summer collection launch last week that I just had to have a taste of it.
To see good overviews of the summer collection and the new additions to the permanent line, check out Project Vanity and Bless My Bag. Happy Skin came out with limited edition lippies and blushes for the summer, but have also added some exciting new things to their permanent range, including a micellar water makeup remover (!!!). Based on Liz’s and Julia’s posts I decided to purchase the full set of Shut Up & Kiss Me Turn Up The Heat Lippies (1,249.00 for the set and 549.00 individually). Funny how none of the colours from the permanent range of lipsticks ever enticed me despite the rave reviews on the formula, while all three of these summer shades looked absolutely irresistible to me. Have a look: Continue reading
I think this past week was the first full week of summer weather we’ve had this year and I loved it. I was built for nothing but tropical weather, which is not to say that I don’t complain when it gets to be too hot (like 42 Celsius omg) but you can’t beat living in a tropical country in my opinion. I can’t deal with the cold (much less winter weather) for more than a month. Gimme that blazing, scorching hot sun any day, be it shining down on the city streets or at the beach. That said, there’s quite a bit of adjusting to be done when summer comes around in the Philippines, especially when it comes to beauty/makeup. You can’t duck into malls for air conditioning 100% of the time, so if you don’t make a change, your face is just going to melt off.
To begin, it’s a good idea to wear less makeup in general. If you don’t wear a lot of makeup in the first place, then you’re off to a good start. You might just survive the summer. If you’re a little more like me and you find makeup enjoyable to wear and consequently would rather not let go of it, here are some little bits that make summer beauty fun for me:
1. SPF! This ain’t number 1 for no reason. Your skin is the largest organ in your body and is the only one that is exposed 24/7 as it protects you. Do it a favour and care for it in return! Wearing sunblock is a must all year round, but I understand that it can be unpleasant because of the stickiness. My faves are my Armada Face Cover 45 and Armada Sport 70 because they are very comfortable on the skin. The Face Cover 45 even mattifies the skin so it makes for a perfect makeup primer. Continue reading
When I opened up my BNT Box and saw “Verikos” I was happy because the brand hadn’t let me down. Based on the shape of the box, I was expecting a cream moisturizer or something similar but when I actually read what it was, I couldn’t contain myself. The Verikos Deep Cleansing Oil Balm is a product similar to the famous Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm and Emma Hardie Amazing Face Cleansing Balm, which are both not available locally. All three are essentially deep cleansers that remove makeup and provide skin with a deep clean that isn’t drying. Continue reading
The ISOI (I’m SO Intelligent!) Bulgarian Rose Blemish Care Serum* is a light anti-acne serum infused with rose oil. The rose oil promotes clarity and also has a natural whitening effect, so the serum is perfect not just for preventing acne but also for treating acne scars. I was worried that it would smell too strongly of rose because I don’t like that smell, but it was a very light scent that disappeared soon after application. Continue reading
This gorgeous pressed powder is the third BRTC product I’ve had the pleasure to test out, thanks to BNT News. The first was the Bright Eye Vitalizer Cream (review) which I use pretty much every morning before applying my makeup, and the second was the Bubble Refining Cleanser (review) which I use once a week for a deep clean. So this Jasmine 3D Moist Pact Moisture-Coated Pressed Powder for Dry Skin is my first taste of makeup from the brand, and it seems that BRTC’s ranges don’t stop at just skincare, because this powder belongs to the “Jasmine Moist” System, of which this is step 6 of 8. I love the idea of addressing your skin’s problem from skincare down to makeup.
You guys know I have combination skin, but there was no way I was going to pass on trying this out because it has an SPF of 50+! Perfect for touch ups during the summer.
The Jasmine Moist Pack promises to moisturize skin, protect it from the sun, and brighten skin tone. Continue reading