Saturday, October 25, 2014

San San HD High Definition Concealer in Natural

Hey guys!

I'm currently obsessed with finding a GOOOD under eye concealer that is affordable. Most of the ones I've used are quite pricey so I wanted to try others from brands that are cheaper. One of the products I've discovered is from HBC...

San San HD High Definition Concealer in Natural
Php 105.00

Below are pictures of the labels from the packaging:

This comes in three shades: Natural, Beige, and Olive.

The packaging is really nice. I like the metallic, purple look. It looks very clean and it's easy to clean if you get some concealer on it. 

I also like that it is twist-up because it makes it easy to dispense the product and I don't have to use my fingers to take the product out.

This is the brush applicator.

Love that it's super soft! No prickly feeling at all!

Here's the swatch on my hand.

The Natural shade is very, very light on me. I think the beige shade would suit my skin tone better. Unfortunately, they ran out of stock when I bought it so I just went with the Natural one because I really, really want to try it out. I just thought that I can top it off with powder that it closer to my skin color. :P

My bare eyes

Haha! My eyes are extra dark and puffy because of the sleepless nights I'm having recently. :P

With the product

It covered the dark circles. Too bad about that it's very light but that's no biggie! When I put my powder on top, here's how it looks:

See? It blended on my skin perfectly! Awesome, right?

What I like about this is the coverage and the staying power. And oh, it has SPF15 too! NICE! And I have never encountered any creasing even when my face starts to get oily. No caking as well! I really like this product. It works well and it's very affordable, what more can you ask for?

And that is all for now!


Friday, October 24, 2014

Introducing: Gluta Advance White and Firm

Hey dears!

Many Filipinas are obsessed with whitening their skin. I believe that most of us consider people who have fair skin more beautiful. You can see on TV that most of our celebrities are mestizas or chinitas, and those who aren't usually get fairer skin as they stay longer in show business. 

I believe this "love" for whiter skin came from our country being influenced heavily by Western countries. We were under the occupation of Spain and the US for years and this led to "mix breeds" (LOL) or those we call the mestizas/mestizos. Those who belonged to those families are usually more well-off and ranked higher in terms of social class. They usually stay indoors while those who do labor are usually outside which led to darker skin. 

I personally like my skin to be somewhere between medium-dark olive, but majority still prefer their skin to be lighter and this fixation on lighter skin tone will most probably still exist in our culture for a long, long time. That is why there are tons of whitening products in the market (very different to those on the west where there are more tanning products and salons). 

Some of these whitening skincare products are from Gluta Advance. They sent me a whole range of their White and Firm range to try out.

But what do we know about Gluta Advance? According to their Facebook Page,

Skincare that goes beyond skin whitening. Formulated with sun protection to shield the skin against harmful UV rays and sustain the whitening process. Gluta Advance unveils a fairer and tauter new you in as early as two weeks.

We know that in order to make our skin lighter, we need to protect our skin from the sun. And these products promises to have that needed sun protection as it lightens your skin.

These products that are made by dermatologists are equipped with Glutathione which is best known for whitening and is also an antioxidant, which helps in slowing the aging of the skin. They also have L-Carnitine, Vitamin C, and Clair Blanche ("a unique infusion of 7 ingredients known to inhibit melanin formation") which help achieve a more radiant, smoother, whiter, and firmer skin. 

The Gluta Advance range is a complete set to pamper your skin. You get to cleanse, tone, and moisturize using the products. There are items for your face and for your body so your skin lightens evenly and not just on specific areas. You can check out the labels at the back of each product for more info and you can also visit this website which also contains some info on the skincare range.

Anyway, here are the products! I arranged them on how it should be used.

First off, the products for the face.

The facial wash to cleanse the face.

The toner for further cleansing and balances the skin's pH level.

And finally, the facial cream to keep the skin hydrated. This also has the sun protection needed to shield us from UV rays.

Now for the products for the body:

The soap for cleansing.

And the body lotion for moisturization and sun protection.

Each product is important so it is a must that we use them all and don't skip on anything, especially the lotions!

Gluta Advance promises to whiten the skin in two weeks. My dilemma is that I like my skin right now and I am not interested in getting it lighter. Liz, my co-blogger, is very busy right now and might not be able to follow the skin care process needed to be done to achieve a lighter complexion (she's always so tired that she frequently just falls asleep when she gets home). 

Good thing my officemate wanted to try the products out! Yippee! She's willing to be my guinea pig! Below are pictures of her skin prior the use of the products. She requested that I don't show her full face so I hope that these pictures are okay with all of you.

We will keep track of her skin every two weeks to see the results of Gluta Advance on her skin! We're both excited to see if it works! I will keep you updated and will also share with you her thoughts and experience using the products so I hope you stay tune for that! :D


Thursday, October 23, 2014

October 2014 Haul

Hey dears!

Sharing the stuff I bought this month... well, actually last weekend. LOL
Been staying at home for the past couple of weekends prior to last weekend so I really missed buying something. Haha! I didn't buy much but I am very excited to try all these.

First are clothes from Forever21. My bro promised me that he'll buy me something as a gift for my birthday. He gave me the freedom to choose whatever I want but I was given a limit. I decided to get something I could wear because it has been a while since I bought some clothes.

And this is what I picked. It's a loose shirt that doesn't make me look fatter than I already am. LOL. This really flatters my skin as well! Got it for Php 915.00.

And while I was browsing one of the racks, I saw these two lovely tops that I can just have to buy...
Got this for Php 879.00.

Php 1,275.00

And of course I have to drop by the beauty section of SM department store to buy some beauty essentials.

Watsons Foot Peeling Mask with Papaya and Lactic Acid
Php 229.00

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Transylvania
Php 390.00

Tony Moly Lacquer Glitter and Nail Stickers
Php 178.00 and Php 25.00

Tony Moly HD Hair Lotion
Php 228.00

I'm Real Red Wine Mask Sheet - Pore Care
Php 78.00

And I got a BCDation and Intense Care LS CC Cream sachet as freebies! Yay!

And those are my stuff! Find something interesting? :)


Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Ellana Mineral Cosmetics Eye Color in Halo

Hey guys!

I'm sharing another multi-purpose product from Ellana!

I really appreciate that Ellana provides us with these fabulous products that have more than one functions. You can see them in my reviews (click here to read them). This one that I'm writing about is an eye shadow that I also use as an eye liner and a highlighter.

Ellana Minerals Eye Color in Halo
Php 150.00.

I got this from my August Glamourbox.

Info about the product from the website:

Halo can be used as:

- LIP COLOR (when added to lip gloss)

What is Multipurpose Mineral Powder?

It's pure high intensity mineral pigments that can be used as eyeshadows, eyeliners, blushes, lip colors, bronzers, and body shimmers. Our colors come in matte, shimmer, and frost finish. Note that some shades cannot be used for the lips.

Swatch on hand

LOVE the pigmentation. It gives a sort of ethereal feel. I feel like I'm one of those Elves in Lothlórien! (LOL) The shimmer and the fine glitters give that magical vibe into the beautiful purplish-pink shade.

Check out these shots below. It shows how I usually use it as an eyeshadow.

I use a darker shade of purple at the outer corners of the lids to add depth.

This would look good as a sheer blush to those with very fair skin. But since I have a medium-tone skin, I use it as a highlighter. See the photo below.

See that sheen on top of my cheekbones? That's Halo giving me that beautiful glow! I just love how it makes my face look "blooming," especially when the makeup colors used are mostly pink.

I also use this as an eyeliner. I usually line this below my bottom lashes to create a brighter set of eyes.

So what are your thoughts about this products? Have you tried any eye color shades from Ellana Minerals yet?

For more info about Ellana, check out their:

Ellana is available online and at the following branches:
The Ramp, 2nd Floor Glorietta 3, Makati City, The Ramp; 2nd Floor Shangri-la Plaza Mall, Mandaluyong City; The Ramp, 1st Floor Trinoma Mall, Quezon City; Unit 203 La Fuerza Plaza 2, Chino Roces Ave. Corner Sabio St., Makati City

Disclaimer: If you click the Ellana links on this post (or the Ellana banner at the side bar), you get a discount when you buy online and I get a small amount of money in return because I joined their affiliate program. But even though I benefit from this, rest assured that all I stated in my posts are honest reviews. :)


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