Thursday, January 19, 2017

BeautyFix Nose Pack

Hello ladies,

I've been trying this nose pack from BeautyFix. It's a drugstore brand exclusively distributed by Watsons. I've been on a hunt for a replacement pore strip since last year because most of the Daiso stores I frequent don't have the charcoal mask nor the nose pack available.

This product costs Php 145.00 and is only available in 65g tubes.

I really like that the manufacturing date as well as the expiry date is clearly visible. Though I'm sure a lot of you will be able to finish this tube WAY before it expires but it's good to know when the product you are buying will expire.

The instructions for use are pretty straight-forward and similar to all types of pore strips. However, remember to always steam first. A good 5 to 10 minutes of steam over the face creates a really big difference in the amount of sebaceous filaments is taken out of your pores.

I know it says nose pack but I just can't help but use it all over. The product is not harsh and can be used even on slightly sensitive skin. My sister has a break-out prone skin and she's used this with me; so far, she hasn't noticed any break-outs after using this product.

Also the consistency of this product is much like your elmer's glue. It's quite easy to spread and dries thin even after you pile it on. I suggest applying about 2-3 layers as 1 layer will be too thin and will break off easily when you remove it. Also removal is not as painful as my favorite charcoal mask, so for that I give this a plus credit.

Here is the picture of how much sebaceous filaments this product has pulled out of my nose. My face felt super clean afterwards and as if it was breathing new air. This was already my second week trying it on. During my first trial, I skipped steaming my face and was only able to remove the small sebaceous filaments and some dead skin. So see how big a difference steaming can do?

For now I think I'll stick with this product as it's affordable and it works quite well. I'm just not sure about the whitening as I'm not good at noticing subtle changes (even really big leaps) in my complexion. The pore minimizing effect may also need sometime before I can attest to it. Will try to update this part once I see some changes.

Hope you liked this short post. It's already the end of the 2nd week of January and that means there's only two more weeks before we close the entry of our Hello 2017 Giveaway! Don't forget to join!


Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Miniso: 1+1 Hydro Glossy Lipstick

Hello beauties!

I'm sharing another product from Miniso, their 1+1 Hydro Glossy Lipsticks. These also cost Php 99.00 pesos each.

I will post an update later as to how many colors there are exactly in the collection. The two that we got are 04 Peach Red and 06 Berry Red.

These lipsticks are also Paraben Free. The full list of ingredient can also be found in the box it comes with.

There's really nothing impressive about the packaging though. I do have a few issues with the actual packaging of the lipstick as the cover pops off easily. So you can't just take this lipstick outside your make up kit as you risk having the bullet exposed to whatever mess is in your bag pocket or pockets.

Below we have the swatches of the two colors for your scrutiny.

On top is the peach red and the bottom is the berry red.

Peach red has some hints of orange though not obvious in the swatch picture.

Berry red's color however is nearer to a dark fuchsia pink on the bullet but is lighter in color once applied on the lips.

Here are some swatches when they are applied on the lips.

Bare lips

Peach Red

Berry Red

The lipstick glides very easily over the lips and feels quite light. It does however feel "waxy" which is different from the waxy-balmy feeling of a lip balm. The nearest I can describe it is the feeling of your hands after playing with candle wax. The feeling does go away once you're done applying.

The color is build-able but it does take a while to get it more intense. I have a hard time applying it over the middle part of the lips, the part closest to the mouth.This lipstick is better applied over dry, unchapped lips so you might find reapplication hard after drinking liquids.

They are NOT long lasting and you can be sure that after a meal, you'd need to reapply. Also, sadly, it does not leave a stain; once it's off, it's really off. However, it does not flake off the skin of the lips which is a good thing. I cannot say definitely that it is hydrating because as I said, my lips tend to feel waxed rather than hydrated whenever I use this lipstick.

So overall, this product is quite a decent find. It's a good product to use for your short shopping trips to places that aren't that fancy or a gift to someone just starting to explore make-up.

That is it for this post. Do tell me if there are any other cheap finds like this in other Php 100 peso stores which are worth trying.


Saturday, January 14, 2017

Hair Color: Reverse Hombre Experiment

Good evening ladies,

I've been quite obsessed with getting the right color of purple on my hair for the past two years; mainly because I've always wanted to color my hair in bright anime-like colors but couldn't as our school policy prohibits it. My hair has grown quite a bit from my last purple color and wanted to do a purple hombre this time instead. Since I was tight on budget, Dawn and I decided to do it ourselves.

Luckily, my brother is friends with the very pretty and nice owner of SerendipityBtq from whom I bought my bleaching set and hair color for a low price of Php 550.00 pesos.

This is a promo set which includes:

Hair Color (1) + Hair Solution Keratin + Bleaching Powder + Gloves + Hair Brush + Mixing Bowl

Hair color included is a Korean brand in 0/66 Violet.

Dawn has done a lot of hair coloring sessions before but this would be the first time we use a powder bleach. So for those who aren't sure how to go about it, the bleaching powder and oxidizing agent have a fairly complete instruction for use at the back.

But truth be told, Dawn and I winged most of it. We basically scooped a generous amount of the powder in the mixing bowl, added a generous amount of the oxidizing solution as well until the mixture was a bit bubbly and with the consistency of a shampoo.

For this we first rebleached my previously colored hair and let the hair rest for 1 week before rebleaching it. This first bleach followed the 20 minutes leave on time as stated in the tub. We then included my uncolored hair in the second bleach keeping the bleach about 1-2 cm away from my scalp. For this, we left the bleach on for about 3-5 hours. It was painful and my hair was like super dry after washing it off; but it does ensure that you get the light blonde color with less bleaching cycles.

Here is the end product of 2 bleaching cycles. Fortunately, my hair is super kind to me and did not have any split ends. Though I would have a lot of frizz to deal with after this, still, it was quite manageable.

After letting my hair rest for 30 minutes, we started with the colorant. It was a little tricky to do though since we only had 1 tube and my hair had grown at a significant length. We almost did not have enough to cover everything. Fortunately, we were able to cover everything evenly with a lot of ingenuity on Dawn's part.

The initial plan was to have a gradient showing the black/dark brown roots lighten up to an eventually obvious purple colored ends. However, during the wash off, the previously bleached hair started getting lighter, from purple, to lavender, to powdered lavender to an eventual grey - much to my initial horror.

However, it felt so innovative and unique that I started liking it. And as you can see in the two pictures here, It looks quite stunning in photos.

It also creates such an interesting effect when braided.

We colored my hair 1 week before Christmas and the purple has an amazing staying power.

I had my bangs cut during the first few days of January, after the 3rd wash, the purple is still quite visible. Plus, the fade out is much more to my liking than my previous ones, (brown, and bronze-y hue). The fade out goes to the following cycle, purple >> slightly blue-ish purple >> powdered purple >> greyish purple >> *hopefully* grey. According to a stylist at Vivere, the hair color is termed a reverse hombre.

We're not particularly sure why the purple was not taken up by the lighter/whiter tips. We're guessing the rest period prior to applying the colorant should have been longer. Still, we're pretty happy about the results.

If you want to try your own DIY reverse hombre or any DIY hair color, you can visit SerendipityBtq facebook page.

Here is their list of hair dye products:


🌸 Price List:
🔻 Hair Color + Hair Solution Keratin - P150.00 
🔻 Bleaching Powder - P350.00 
🔻 Keratin Jar - P300.00 

🌸 Promos
🔻 Hair Color + Hair Solution Keratin + Bleaching Powder + Gloves + Hair Brush + Mixing Bowl = P550.00 
🔻 2 Hair Dyes (100ML) + 2 Keratin Solution + Gloves + Hair Brush + Mixing Bowl = P350.00 

Shipping Fee: P100.00 Nationwide 
Open for meet ups. ❤️

They sell things other than hair dyes. Do check them out if you're interested.

Anyway, that's it for this post. Hope you like the reverse hombre we did. I actually bought two more tubes of the Collagen Colorant for when my purple starts to fade.


Friday, January 13, 2017

BareMinerals Marvelous Moxie Lipstick in Make Your Move

Hey dolls!

Here's another product that my sister gave me when I visited her in Australia last summer...

BareMinerals Marvelous Moxie Lipstick in Make Your Move

The one she gave me is the travel or deluxe size. 

I'm not sure how much product this tiny tube holds but I just love how small and cute it looks. I can easily take it with me wherever I go in my pocket.

The shade I have, Make Your Move, is a warm and creamy nude shade that I instantly fell in love with the moment I swatched it!

Here's the product info from the Sephora, Canada Website:

What it is:
A creamy, super saturated, ultra-pigmented lipstick with full coverage and a rich, satin finish. 

What it does:
Make an impact with rich color that glides on like butter to make lips look fuller and more voluptuous. An infusion of minerals revitalizes lips for a healthy-looking pout, while a moisture-loaded hydrating complex helps to nourish and condition with abyssinian oil and omega fatty acids for supple, baby-soft smoothness. All the while, an encapsulated vitamin A, C, and E complex helps to deliver antioxidant defense, so you’re ready for anything and everything. 

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
- Parabens
- Sulfates 
- Phthalates

Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Polybutene, Isostearyl Isostearate, Polyethylene, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Pentaerythrityl Hydrogenated Rosinate, Ozokerite, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax (Candelilla Cera/Cire De Candelilla), Microcrystalline Wax (Cera Microcristallina/Cire Microcristalline), Beeswax (Cera Alba/Cire D’abeille), Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Tribehenin, Vanillin, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Sorbitan Isostearate, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Crambe Abyssinica Seed Oil, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Copper Gluconate, Zinc Gluconate, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Tocopherol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Gardenia Tahitensis Flower Extract, Limonene, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Ascorbic Acid, Retinyl Palmitate, Sodium Chloride, Linalool. May Contain (+/-): Mica, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499), Red 6 (Ci 15850), Red 7 Lake (Ci 15850), Red 22 Lake (Ci 45380), Red 28 Lake (Ci 45410), Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140), Yellow 6 Lake (Ci 15985), Blue 1 Lake (Ci 42090).

Below are the swatches of the lipstick:
on my hand

on my lips

I gotta agree with the first sentence of the product info above—It does glide like butter and gives a rich color.  I love the shade on my lips because it works great on my warm skin. 

It gives a decent amount of moisture for my lips so they don't get dry or chappy when I have this on. I do notice that it settles on the lines of my lips.

The shade is a win for me so even though I like my nude lipsticks matte, I will surely be using this lipstick a lot. :D

What are your thoughts on this product? Do you like this kind of nude shade?


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