Friday, April 18, 2014

Smitten Accessories x Peachy Pink Sisters Giveaway (Round 2!)

Hello loves!

How's your summer so far? Hope you're having fun and taking advantage of the sunny weather by going on vacations out-of-town (or out of the country) and wearing bright clothes!

Well, let us make your summer more fab and colorful by teaming up with Smitten Accessories once again!


We've already collaborated with Smitten Accessories last July and it was one of our giveaways with the most number or participants so we were so happy that they want to do another round! And for this giveaway, they sent us very lovely items—Colorful headwraps, scarves, and duffle bags, to be given away to two of our beautiful readers!

I made two sets of prizes—one is all pretty in pink and the other is a mix of energetic, citrusy colors.

Here's one set for the first winner—Prize Set #1.
And the other set—Prize Set #2.

We just love the items particularly the bags! We're planning on buying some soon... actually, we might buy some headwraps and more scarves! :D

But lucky for you, you have a chance to take home one of these sets by sending in your entries! But first, read the following mechanics:

This giveaway is open to Philippine Residents only.
This will run for 26 days.
Two winners will be randomly picked via Rafflecopter.
Winners will be contacted via email and should respond within 48 hours. Failure to respond will lead to us drawing a new one.


So keep on sending those entries for a bigger chance of winning! 

And if you just can't wait 'til the giveaway ends, good news! Smitten Accessories is having a summer sale! Check out these offers:




And If you would like to check out and learn more about our sponsor, Smitten Accessories, check out their:
Instagram : smittenaccessories
EMAIL: Smitten.by.roberta@gmail.com or smitten.by.kella@gmail.com
MOBILE: 09178841157 or 09173045352

Cheers,
DAWN and LIZ


Thursday, April 17, 2014

Unboxing: Regatta (April 2014) Saladbox

Hello dearies!

Just received my Saladbox for the month of April yesterday!

As I held the package, I noticed that it was heavy and I thought, there'll be a bottle of something inside... probably a lotion or fragrance. So as I unwrapped the courier's plastic, I saw this...


Woot! It's a specialty box again and for this month, they teamed up with Regatta!
I've always liked seeing Regatta stores. Though the clothing style isn't really my thing (I like very feminine, princessy clothes), I love their interiors—the sailing at the sea feel. It's like it's always summer there! 


I was really curious about what's inside... would there be clothes? Accessories? I even closed my eyes so I'd be "extra" surprised. Haha! 

So here are the stuff inside: 

An introduction and the list of the products inside.

25th Anniversary Limited Edition Eau de Toilette for Woman—Php 425.00
Wow! A full-sized fragrance! And it smells good too. I think I'll be using this for the summer!

25th Anniversary Limited Edition Eau de Toilette for Man—Php 425.00
It's a sample size and uhhh... I don't have a Saladbox Man! *cries* Kidding! I'll be giving this to my brother... probably add it to his birthday gift (it's his birth month).

Lip Balm with Sunscreen Protection in Green Apple and Chocolate—Php 85.00
These balms have sunscreen! Perfect for the intense sun this summer! Can't wait to try these out.

Sunblock Spray SPF70 UVA/UVB—Php 245.00
High SPF! Wonderful! And the bottle is very handy too so it's a keeper in my travel bag and probably even in my everyday bag!

I think I got everything in full-size except for the fragrance for men. I'm happy with this month's Saladbox and I'm getting really impressed with them since I got two great boxes for the past two months. Great job, Saladbox! Hope you keep this going!

And if you're interested to know more about Regatta, check out the SNS on the card!


Cheers,
DAWN

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The Body Shop Colour Crush Lipstick in Peachy Pink

Hey dears!

Sharing this short swatch post about this lipstick from The Body Shop. The shade's name is very, very pretty because it's called Peachy Pink! Haha! That's the reason why I bought the lippie because its name is close to our blog's name. :P

The Body Shop Colour Crush Lipstick in Peachy Pink

I've blogged about a different shade of Colour Crush Lipstick, Red Hot Raspberry, you can click here for swatches and more info about the Colour Crush lipsticks.

More info from the website:

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION
This luscious lipstick gives a stunning pop of color and rich moisture, infused with a subtle rose scent.
High-impact color
Rich moisture
Infused with a subtle rose scent

Marula Oil

We work with the Eudofano Women’s Co-operative in Ondangwa, Northern Namibia, to source our Community Fair Trade marula oil. The marula tree is held to be sacred to the people of Ovamboland, and Namibian women have traditionally used marula oil for generations to smooth and moisturise their skin. Now the 1750 Namibian women of the Eudofano Co-operative are building a business and a future on the ancient wisdom of marula. The oil they produce is cold-pressed to preserve its high quality, and enriches our products with its hydrating and smoothing properties.


FULL INGREDIENTS
Triisostearin (Skin Conditioning Agent), Hydrogenated Polydecene (Skin Conditioning Agent), Isocetyl Stearate, Mica (Opacifier), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (Emollient), Cera Microcristallina/Microcrystalline Wax/Cire microcristalline (Stabiliser/Emollient), Ethylene/Propylene Copolymer (Film Former), Diisostearyl Malate (Skin-Conditioning Agent), Sorbitan Isostearate (Emulsifier), VP/Hexadecene Copolymer (Film Former), Cera Alba/Beeswax/Cire d’abeille (Emulsifier/Emollient), Prunus Avium Seed Oil/Prunus Avium (Sweet Cherry) Seed Oil (Skin-Conditioning Agent), Sclerocarya Birrea Seed Oil (Skin Conditioning Agent), Stearalkonium Hectorite (Viscosity Modifier), Parfum/Fragrance (Fragrance), Propylene Carbonate (Solvent), Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-t-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate (Antioxidant), Tocopherol (Antioxidant), Tin Oxide (Opacifying Agent), Citronellol (Fragrance Ingredient), Linalool (Fragrance Ingredient), Hydroxycitronellal (Fragrance Ingredient), Alumina (Bulking Agent). [+/- CI 77891/Titanium Dioxide (Colorant), CI 45410/Red 28 Lake (Colorant), CI 15850/Red 7 Lake (Colorant), CI 45380/Red 22 Lake (Colorant), CI 19140/Yellow 5 Lake (Colorant), CI 77491/Iron Oxides (Colorant), CI 15985/Yellow 6 Lake (Colorant), CI 77492/Iron Oxides (Colorant), CI 42090/Blue 1 Lake (Colorant), CI 77499/Iron Oxides (Colour)].


Apply to lips straight from the bullet or with a Lipstick & Concealer Brush.

Four steps to the perfect pout:
1. Prepare for colour by gently exfoliating with Lipscuff
2. Moisturise with hydrating and conditioning Translucent Lip Care 
3. Add definition with soft-textured Lip Liner
4. Glide on high-impact Colour Crush™ Lipstick and pop that pout!


Here's how it looks like. Packaging is very simple and the lipstick size is pretty much the average size of lippies.


It has a mild rosy scent which is a plus for me because I love how it smells. :P 


Here are pics of my lips with the lipstick on.

According to the website, the shade Peachy Pink is matte but I think it's not entirely so. I think it has like a pearlescent finish. The shade wasn't the color I was expecting. I thought it would be a bit warmer... this kinda looks like carnation pink for me instead of Peachy Pink. :P

So I guess that's all for tonight's post! Hope you guys can stay tune tomorrow for I will be launching a giveaway!!! Yayyyy!


Cheers,
DAWN

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Look Flawless with Ellana!

Hello loves!

Ever since I first tried Ellana Mineral Cosmetics, I became an instant fan. 

I've actually avoided mineral makeup until I attended one of Ellana's blogger events which gave me the opportunity to take home some of their products. I've already shared the reasons why I was hesitant to use mineral makeup and how Ellana changed it in my previous post, so for today's entry, I'll share with you how I achieve a flawless look using 3 Ellana Mineral Cosmetics products—Let's Make It Last Makeup Primer, Smile Cover It Up Mineral Powder Concealer, and Sheer Velvet Mineral Finishing Powder.

I've already made a review on the Let's Make It Last Makeup Primer so I will be skipping that one for this post. You can read the full review here.

And let's go to the product that saved mineral makeup for me,

Ellana Mineral Cosmetics Smile Cover It Up Mineral Powder Concealer
This is their medium shade with warm tones and it's only for Php 460.00.

Why saved? Because it gave me the coverage I wanted that I didn't get from the mineral makeup products I tried from other brands!

Smile is exactly my shade! I'm happy that Ellana's products have warm tones so it blends well with most Filipina skin. Their Mineral Foundation and Concealer products are available in other shades as well:

Radiant—Light with warm tones
Cheer—Light with cool tones
Revive—Medium with cool tones

Before I go on with the product details, let's admire the very fab packaging first. The beautiful illustrations were made by Ms. Soleil Ignacio. 


Here are product descriptions from the website:

WHAT IT IS
Complete coverage without the mask-like finish - that is the promise of our new Concealer Foundation. This dual-purpose product can be used to spot-conceal and to cover up under eye circles. It can also be applied, in sheer layers, as a foundation for maximum coverage.

HOW TO USE
As a concealer: Use your fingers or a concealer brush to pick up the product. Blend onto your eye bags and blemishes in quick feathery strokes. 

As a foundation: Pick up a small amount with your kabuki or powder brush. Apply only a sheer layer to color correct and/or cover problem areas.

TIPS AND TRICKS
This is a foundation for oily and extremely troubled skin. As a
concealer, it can work with all skin types. It comes in five color correcting
shades to effectively keep imperfections under wraps.

Ingredients:
Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Mica, Methicone, Titanium Dioxide, Zinc Oxide, Kaolin, Magnesium, Stearate, Allantoin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Yellow CI 77492, Red CI 77491, Black CI 77499, Green CI 77288, Blue 77007



Swatches on my hand

This product has heavy coverage, great for those who suffer from acne and dark spots. If you have clearer skin, I suggest you stick to their mineral foundations which also has good coverage and carries more shades.

The product is fine and soft and it feels very light on skin. Application is very easy. I use a flat top synthetic makeup brush or a flat kabuki brush for application.


The next product is the finishing powder:
Ellana Mineral Cosmetics Sheer Velvet Mineral Finishing Powder 
This is also worth Php 460.00.


Details about the product from the website:

WHAT IT IS
Look poreless, matte, and ultra-smooth up close with our best-selling Sheer
Velvet HD Powder. This translucent powder can set your makeup and help ward
off oil during the day! The pure white shade matches all skin tones.

HOW TO USE
After your foundation, use only a small amount of Sheer Velvet
on the center of your face. Simply retouch as needed!


TIPS AND TRICKS
This powder is recommended for oily and troubled skin. It can
also diminish the appearance of pores. It’s great to use with all
skin tones due to the colorless coverage.


INGREDIENT LIST

silicon dioxide, nylon-12, mica, Polymethylsilsesquioxane


Who doesn't want poreless skin??? It has been a dream for me especially since I have acne-prone, oily skin. As mentioned in the description, this product is recommended for my skin tone! Yay! 

Swatches on my hand
This powder is silky soft! It's also very fine that it gets in and fills those pores and lines thus giving you that smooth and silky finish. It sounds too good to be true but I'm not kidding! I'm impressed! It mattifies the face making it a great product to lessen shine (whether it's from your natural oils or if you use foundations or BB's that give dewy finish).


With the combination of this and the Let's Make It Last Makeup Primer, you would really get that lovely poreless finish! Don't believe me? Then check out the next photos below!
Here are shots of my bare face...

My skin is slowly clearing up (thank goodness... it may not look like it but it was worse before) but I'm still suffering with acne scars, especially on the jaw line. I also have enlarged pores on the cheeks and forehead.

After I cleansed and moisturized my skin, I apply the  Let's Make It Last Makeup Primer first. It's transparent so it doesn't make much difference so I didn't take any shots of my face anymore.

And then I apply the  Smile Cover It Up Mineral Powder Concealer...

I apply a very small amount on areas that are not so problematic like the apples of my cheeks and forehead. I concentrated more on the jaw area where many acne scars need concealing.


See how great it works on hiding those dark scars? Amazing! And I didn't have to use so much product.

And then I top it off with the Sheer Velvet Mineral Finishing Powder...

All smoothened now! Skin looks matte and feels so soft and pores are smaller!

I actually put the Sheer Velvet after the foundation but it can also be used as primer before you put on your mineral foundation to smoothen your canvas aka your face. :P

And then I just add some color on my face...




I LOVE the finish! It looks natural and my skin looks like it's glowing! The products feel so light on my skin that I don't even feel like I'm wearing makeup! Besides these, Ellana Mineral Cosmetics are cruelty-free, paraben-free, and fragrance-free! 

As for the staying power, well, it doesn't really control oil so I give around 2-3 hours before my face starts getting shiny. I have to blot and retouch using the Sheer Velvet powder. But even if I get very oily, the makeup doesn't fade. I only reapply foundation (I use the pressed powder form of their mineral foundation in Hazelnut) once for the whole day when I'm at the office. And does my makeup cake? No, it does not. But I'm not completely sure if the concealer/foundation will if it is applied on top of a non-mineral liquid foundation because I only use this with other Ellana products.

Overall, I love these products. I strongly recommend them! Like I said, I am now a fan!

For more info about this primer and other products from Ellana, check out their:

Ellana is available online and at the following branches:


Glorietta 3
The Ramp, 2nd Floor Glorietta 3, Makati City
Shangri-la Plaza
The Ramp, 2nd Floor Shangri-la Plaza Mall, Mandaluyong City
Trinoma Mall
The Ramp, 1st Floor Trinoma Mall, Quezon City
Pasong Tamo
Unit 203 La Fuerza Plaza 2, Chino Roces Ave. Corner Sabio St., Makati City

And btw, If you click this link (or the Ellana banner at the side bar), you get a discount when you buy online and I get a small amount of money 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. :)

So that's how I achieve a flawless face with Ellana! Hope this post helped you. :D


Cheers,
 DAWN

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