Thursday, September 29, 2016

Review : Shawill Coloring Eyebrow

Hey dears!

So I'm still on my quest to find the perfect brow product. I've already tried some that sort of work but I have to use 2-3 products to achieve it. I was hoping to try a product that can do the trick alone and it has to be long-lasting and sweat proof. 

While browsing the beauty stalls in SM Manila's department store, I encountered this product...

Shawill Coloring Eyebrow
I bought it for PhP 188.00.


I bought it because I haven't tried a liquid liner version for a brow product. I was hoping that it will be an affordable dupe for the popular K Palette Brow Tattoo.

So let's get on with the review.

Info from the label (which is also on the website):

Genuine to your skin for a long lasting radiant beauty.

Unique lasting formula with flexible strokes to create a comfortable, relaxed and natural eyebrow sketch.

Maintains natural-looking results.



I think it only comes in one shade. :P

The packaging is the typical pen type with a cap. The design is sort of cutesy although I think that the font selection needs improvement. haha! 


It has a brush applicator that can create fine lines if applied lightly.


See below the swatches:

I was trying to create hair-like strokes but I guess the lines aren't as fine as hair. It's quite dark too and I already have dark brows. So I suggest that you use it with light hands.


It's sort of smudge-resistant. The photo above shows how the swatches stayed on my hand after rubbing it a few times.


When rubbed with water, some of the product came off, but not too much. It's safe to say that it is quite water-resistant (not waterproof!).


Above photo shows my bare brows. The hair of my brows are thick and dark so I can't just use any brown-colored brow product. I gotta go with the dark shades so this product's color is good enough.



The above photo shows my brow with the product. I really struggled adding hair-like lines because of the thickness of my brows. The strands block the direction of the line I'm trying to make, especially the end of the inner brows part where I just want to add a little more strands to balance it with the darkness of the brow hair next to it.

I need to practice more to perfect it because the shade is just too dark that a small mistake will be very obvious. The problem here is that since I have dark hair strands, I needed to add more... and adding more can either make it too thick and dark because the shade is just dark or it will just look fake or just drawn if I place the lines far away from each other (because as you can see, my hair strands are pretty close to each other, especially the inner area). What makes it worse, it dispenses a lot of product when you press it hard on skin, so be careful!!

I find this kind of brow product really hard to use—harder than the brow pencils which give a more natural finish. :( I blame the darkness of it. I'd rather have a brow product that is sheerer in shade that I can just build up. 

But staying power is pretty decent. It still fades when my skin gets oily but I think it can stay the whole day if I blot and make sure I don't get sweat on my brows much.

To summarize this review:

What I LIKE:

- Decent staying power
- Affordable
- Locally available
- Travel-friendly (non-bulky)
- Brush tip applicator
- Smudge-resistant


What I DON'T LIKE:

- One shade only
- Shade is too dark
- Hard to apply
- Not a fan of the design


Would I buy again?
No. It's too hard to use and I find that the finish is too strong for my brows.

And that is my review! Let me know what you think of the Shawill Coloring Brow on the comments!


Cheers,
DAWN



Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Nivea Brings the First Deo Serum in the Philippines For the Next Level You!

Hello lovelies!

I'm excited to try this new product from Nivea!!! I just saw this press release today and I can't wait to share it with all of you. Check this out!



 The 1st Deo Serum in the Philippines for the Next Level You 

NIVEA understands that today’s Filipina is more empowered than ever—never settling, achieving more and always aspiring to be better. 

That’s why NIVEA has created the 1st Deo Serum in the Philippines, to help women be ready to take it to the next level. Introducing the NIVEA Extra White Deo Serum! The newest product innovation from NIVEA features a concentrated, translucent serum formula that can penetrate deeper into the skin for deo care protection and whitening like never before.  


 NIVEA Extra White Deo Serum contains 10x more Vitamin C and EvenWhite Technology to effectively and evenly whiten underarm skin in as quickly as 5 days.  



 NIVEA White & Firm Q10 Deo Serum has a quick absorbing formula with a special Q10 ingredient that reduces wrinkles and firms up loose skin on top on its whitening benefits. Now you can achieve whiter, smoother and firm underarm skin. 


 For more information, visit NIVEA.ph, like us at NIVEA Philippines and follow us @NIVEAphils on Twitter and Instagram

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Okay, so a deo that promises to level up its moisturizing properties (it avoids chicken skin!) and also helps whiten your underarms (I super need this). I have been using Nivea deos for a long time and it works well in controlling sweat and odor. 

I can't wait to go buy one and try this for myself... I think I'll grab the Q10 first. ;)


Cheers,
DAWN



Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Bath Junkies: Return To Innocence

Good evening bellas!

I recently bought my very first Bath Junkies product from BeautyMNL. I've been using this product for about 2 weeks now and here are my thoughts on it.


Before I go on about their product, here's a little information on the brand as described in BeautyMNL.

Bath Junkies is the first local bath and body brand to compete globally! Their line of soaps, scrubs, bath gels, colognes, cleansers, toners, sanitizers, and sunscreens contain both mood-lifting essential oils and skin-nourishing actives. And you won’t find toxic ingredients here—Bath Junkies is a natural brand. The best part? Each of its products are bundled up in pretty, pretty packaging with a bohemian beach vibe.


Packaging:

I can't really agree with the Bohemian vibe description since the first time I saw the product online I immediately remembered babies. To me, the design of the labels was more an appeal to my more innocent days and memories.

The pump bottle design is also good however, since this company claims to be an all-natural brand, you'd think they'd proudly announce the lack of chemicals in their products by listing them down and giving more details on their product. Nowadays, a lot of people have different things that they are allergic to and it'd be risky for them to just go ahead and believe a certain brands' claim of being organic. I think they should provide the list of their ingredients so consumers can be guided.

Product:

The facial wash is a clear transparent light amber colored fluid. Not too viscous, and non-sticky. It lathers quickly but does not lather too much. It's non-drying on the face nor is it itchy after use. The product smells like peppermint which is reminiscent of candy canes (Christmas feels). The peppermint adds a cooling sensation when the product is being applied/rubbed on your face and during rinse.

I wouldn't really recommend this for individuals with sensitive skin. As I said earlier, there is a lack in disclosure of the ingredients so there's a fair warning that it may contain some of the chemicals or organic materials that you are allergic. Also, as convention would state, gentle, hypoallergenic washes usually do not have any smell and are very bland looking to minimize adding more chemicals to these products.

Skin Changes during use:

So far, I haven't seen any break outs from using this product. My dermatitis also did not flare up. The cooling effect of the product leaves a feeling of an uplifted and refreshed face though I don't really see it when I look in the mirror.

Price and Availability:

It's a great purchase though one I wouldn't do again. It's Php 220 pesos for a 114 ml bottle which for me is a little expensive. For now the product is only available online through BeautyMNL and their facebook page. I have not found any other sites though but if you know any, then please don't hesitate to share with me and others in the comments.

Well those are my thoughts on this product. I want our local products to gain a larger attention so I hope I have helped in their improvement. 

Cheers,
LIZ

Saturday, September 24, 2016

The Soapery Oatmeal, Milk and Honey Soap

Hello dears!

Last summer, my sister asked me to buy her some organic soaps, so I asked my friend who uses organic skin products to recommend brands that I could check out. One of her suggestions was The Soapery PH.

I bought around three types of soaps from them, one for me and one for my sis. One of the soaps I bought was the...

The Soapery Oatmeal, Milk and Honey Soap
or simply called OMH Soap.

I'm sure many of you have heard of the good skin benefits of oatmeal, milk, and honey. Oatmeal is known for soothing irritations and inflammations. The oatmeal bits also are natural exfoliators that aren't too rough so it's good for daily use. Oatmeal, along with milk and honey, are good moisturizers and have anti-aging benefits too! Honey is known for it's anti-bacterial quality while milk is good for sensitive skin and getting rid of discoloration (because it also has some sort of mild exfoliation). For more info, you can just google like I did. You'll pretty much find almost the same information and probably even more! 


You can also find some information about the ingredients and the product itself from it's labels:

It's also posted in one of their Facebook post (copy/pasted it incase the photo's labels are too small):

Best Seller Oatmeal, Milk & Honey Soap (OMH)

Php 150/pc. Weighs 135-140g each

OMH soap is beneficial for softening the skin by nourishing it with its vitamin E content. This soap is hence very useful for calming several skin disorders like eczema, psoriasis and skin asthma. Along with vitamin E, this soap is also rich with other vitamins like vit. A, vit. B1, vit. B2 and vit. B6. It is rich with antioxidants that are really essential for a healthy skin and to manage free radicals. Oatmeal, its natural oil coat, moisturize, protect, and gently cleanses while correcting the pH of itchy or inflamed skin back to normal. Milk contains capric/capryllic triglycerides, an effective moisturizer that is favored for sensitive skin and helps calm itchy symptoms of eczema and other skin conditions. Honey has the ability to attract water and aids in the process of tissue regeneration. Helps aid dry skin, reduce wrinkles and acne.
For orders/inquiries, send us a PM or viber us at 0977.822.SPRY (7779). 


I don't have dry skin but I do experience some sensitivity in some areas. I do get easily itchy when the weather gets dry, especially my legs. I didn't experience any of that while I'm using the soap (well, dry weather is quite rare in the Philippines). And my skin didn't get dry even if I use this daily (but there are some instances that I use other soaps just because I'm in the mood for a particular scent). I only have 1/4 of the soap left and so far it didn't gave me irritations whatsoever! I have soft skin every time I leave the shower! Yay!

I cut the soap in half before using because the 140g bar is quite big. It's also a way to "prolong" the soap because organic soaps tend to "melt" faster than commercial soaps. I think i've been using it for the past 2 months (or maybe 3?).

The scent of the OMH soap is very, very mild. It has the classic smell of oatmeal with the slight bit of sweetness. The scent doesn't linger on skin though so good news for those who do not like fragrance for skin products. And it lathers well... quite creamy actually! 

So if you do have some skin sensitivity issues and are looking for a soap you can try, then I can easily recommend The Soapery's Oatmeal, Milk and Honey Soap. I'm quite satisfied with it and I'm thinking of buying another one as soon as I run out of mine. :)

Have you tried The Soapery's OMH Soap? What about their other soaps?


Cheers,
DAWN




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