Sunday, May 3, 2015

I'll Be Back in a Couple!

Hey guys!

I apologize for not posting much recently. I only have a week and a half left this semester in Grad school and I'm currently finishing the requirements for my finals and that is why I haven't been posting much on my blog for the past couple of weeks. 

Here are some of the works I'm doing...
One is a flat painting on canvas while the other is embossed using styrofoam. I'll be doing more versions of this abstract portrait, like a free standing one and high relief version. If they will look good, I'll post pics of them here. :P These will be exhibited in my school for a few days so ummm... I'm pressured to make them somehow decent because I have to do them in a short amount of time plus I have work and other subjects to deal with. Yikes! Wish me luck.

Anyway, I'm almost done with the requirements so I'll be posting some beauty related posts soon. I received very interesting products last week that I'm excited to share my reviews about them with you all! Yay! 

And by the way, the KPop group that I listen to is back! Haha! Been fangirling last Friday because they released their two songs that day. Check them out here:

And they also performed these songs on stage earlier today. Here's the video of their performance:

T.O.P is just so crazy gorgeous. :D :D :D

Anyway, that's it for now. Will get back to blogging in a couple of days! Stay tuned! Mwah!


Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Kate Somerville Exfolikate Intensive Exfoliating Treatment

Hey guys!

My sister sent me these awesome exfoliating treatment that I can try from Kate Somerville. I've been seeing so many adds about this brand on Facebook and I haven't had the chance to try any products from them before my sister sent me this.

These are sample sachets and she recommends that I try them out. She really liked them and she thinks that I might like them too. 

I trust my sister when it comes to skincare recommendations. We have almost the same skin type—oily and acne-prone. She likes to try out products and recommends the good ones. I can't try them all though because most of her current purchases are $$$$$ pricey! Haha! :P

Anyway, I'll share with you my thoughts on this product. But first, check out what this product is all about from the labels:

And here's the info from the website:

Exfoliate and polish skin with ExfoliKate® Intensive Exfoliating Treatment to reveal a glowing, fresh-from-the-Clinic complexion. Scrubbing Exfoliants are designed to deep clean pores while Fruit Enzymes help to clarify and renew skin, balancing hydration, without over-drying. See dramatically smoother, brighter, healthier-looking skin after just 1 use.
  • Papaya, Pineapple, and Pumpkin Enzymes are formulated to naturally exfoliate dead skin cells, without over-drying
  • Lactic Acid acts as a natural AHA skin exfoliator
  • Rosewood and Cinnamon Extracts stimulate micro-circulation
  • Honey and Vitamin E smooth and soften skin
  • Aloe Vera helps soothe skin
  • Vitamin A and C provide Antioxidant benefits
  • Soy-Lipid replenishes skin’s natural barrier function
  • Clinical Results

    In a Clinical Study after just 1 use:
    • Subjects showed a dramatic improvement in skin texture
    • Subjects showed up to 75% reduction in skin roughness
    • Subjects showed up to a 75% brighter complexion
    Results based on a visual evaluation of 20 subjects by an expert grader
    In a Consumer Use Study after just 1 use:
    • 88% of women reported smooth skin and improved texture
    • 84% of women reported softer skin
    • 72% of women reported a reduction in skin roughness and improved complexion
    Results based on an independent Clinical Study
    Clinical results1 include:
    • 75% reduction in skin roughness
    • 75% decrease in skin dullness
    • 88% of users said they had smoother skin and improved texture
    Results based on a visual evaluation of 20 subjects by an expert grader.


    Water/Aqua/Eau, Lactic Acid, Polyethylene, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol, Pectin, Carica Papaya (Papaya) Fruit, Lactobacillus Pumpkin Ferment Extract, Ceteareth-20, Cetyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Dehydroxanthan Gum, PEG-100 Stearate, Salicylic Acid, SD Alcohol 40-B, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Sorbic Acid, Cinnamomum Cassia Leaf Oil, Honey (Mel), Acetic Acid, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Potassium Sorbate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Retinyl Palmitate, Bromelain, Papain, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Phenoxyethanol, Geranium Maculatum Oil, Aniba Rosaeodora (Rosewood) Wood Oil, Pogostemon Cablin Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil, Linalool, Limonene, Cinnamal, Beta-Carotene (CI 75130), Chlorophyllin-Copper Complex (CI 75810)
  • How To Use

    AM or PM. Use once or twice a week. Apply a thin, even layer to a clean, wet face, massaging in a circular motion for 30 seconds. Leave on for up to 2 minutes. Rinse off with warm water and gently pat dry.
    PRECAUTIONS: This product increases circulation, which may cause the skin to flush slightly for a short time. For sensitive skin, leave on for less than one minute, or use ExfoliKate® Gentle instead.

    Kate's Tips

    When you use ExfoliKate® in the shower, the steam will help to activate the enzymes, making it even more effective.

So I use this as instructed. I can't use the whole sample in one usage, maybe the 2ml sachet can last for 2-3 usages.

It smells ummm... herby? But the scent doesn't bother me. It looks like this slimy green thing but it has these super fine scrubs. When you massage it on the skin, the scrub is not too harsh but you can feel the gritty beads that help exfoliate the surface and dry areas of the face. 

This is really effective in brightening and exfoliating my face! I can immediately feel my skin getting smoother after rinsing it off. I was amazed the first time I used it. There's a precaution that it can cause a flush on skin but I didn't get any of that, just soft and smooth skin. No irritations whatsoever!

I'm so happy my sister got me some samples. I really love the result that this product gave to my skin. My problem now is how the heck can I get my hands on a full-size product? It's just too expensive for my budget... but I guess a good skincare product is worth investing.

What do you think? Would you splurge for a good great exfoliator/mask?


Sunday, April 26, 2015

NOTD: Starry Blue Sky

Hey everyone!

I only have two weeks left for this semester in Grad School hence the less frequent blog posts. Last week was exhausting but my sparkly nails helped in making me feel better (yes, pretty things makes me happy).

So I've been sporting these nails for a week now and they haven't chipped, well... except for the nail on the thumb... there's a small one but you don't really notice it quickly.

Anyway, I used the polishes above. The Code polishes were bought from Jeju, South Korea. It was an unfamiliar brand and each polish is around $3.00 only so I bought some so I can try them out.

For the base, I chose the Code Professional Nail Polish in V503.

 I love this lavender color. It compliments my warm skin tone very well. :D
I can wear it alone but you know me, I get bored easily with plain nail color so I added glitters!

 I topped it off with Code Professional Nail Polish in G603.

 I added more at the tips so it looks darker with more glitters.

I just love this NOTD. It looks so magical. What do you think?


Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Heroine Make Mineral BB Loose Powder

Hey loves!

It was around last year that I became a fan of mineral makeup. I used to avoid them because the ones that I have used before were not able to conceal my skin problems such as pimples and acne scars. Plus, I think that they make my skin oilier than usual.

Anyway, since a brand made me change all those negative thoughts regarding mineral makeup, I became open to try out other mineral products from other brands. And that is why I bought this particular one...

Heroine Make Mineral BB Loose Powder

Bought this for Php 695.00.

I bought the shade 02 Natural. It is also available in 01 Light.

I bought this because I use loose powder on top of my foundation or BB Cream to prolong my makeup as well as for oil control. While I was browsing at Heroine Make's counter during their launch last year, I saw this product and tried the tester. The powder was silky soft and I love that it has a warm tone. I got excited and I was sure that I will buy myself one when I need a new loose powder.

And after some months, I finally bought one! Yay!

If you see the labels at the back of the packaging which I posted above, you'll see that it promises to do the things I want my loose powder to do which is to prolong my makeup and control shine. But this powder adds more good stuff because it has SPF25 and has coverage! Yay!

It's housed in this cute, pink jar and includes a soft puff applicator.

I don't use the puff much because I prefer using my powder brushes for application. It's still very soft though and I still keep it as a stopper or to block the holes so that the jar won't get messy when I don't use it.

I've mentioned how soft and silky smooth this powder is when I first swatched it last year... and it still is! Check out the swatch below:

Love the color and the coverage. It's pretty close to my face's skin color.

And when blended, you can see that it does have coverage and yet it feels very light! I like that it doesn't sink in the lines of my skin and it doesn't appear cakey. And I like that it makes my skin matte but not flat... it still has a very light dewy/glowing finish.

Here's a pic of me with BB Cream and this Mineral BB Loose Powder on top. My BB cream was slightly lighter than my skin but this powder evened it out to match my skin tone. I love that it looks natural and fresh and somehow concealed some of my enlarged pores. My makeup can last the whole day and the oil control this gives is pretty decent, I just blot after 4-5 hours. It's really a good finishing powder!

Overall, this is a good product! I find the price pretty reasonable since it works nicely. I never encountered any breakouts nor irritations when I use this so I guess I have no bad experience with this one. I recommend you try it out!

What are your thoughts about the Heroine Make Mineral BB Loose Powder yet? What about their other products?


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