Friday, May 22, 2015

FOTD: No Make-up Make-up look + Review: Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Cheek Gelee in Pink Escape

Hello!

I think I have never posted an FOTD before which I did on myself. This one is just an easy make-up look since this year's summer is not very kind to our make-ups. Also, I decided to include a short review on Josie Maran's Coconut Watercolor Cheek Gelee in Pink Escape.

So to start of, here's my bare face. So for my face, I have a number of sunspots and pimple marks, and basically some patches of light and dark.


Since I am not a big fan of using foundations on an ordinary day or as an everyday make-up base, I usually use BB creams and for this look, The Body Shop's Tea Tree Flawless BB Cream was a good choice. My usual BB cream of choice is actually not this one but since it's a new purchase and I haven't really used it yet, I thought it perfect for a test run. Dawn however, has done an extensive review of the product and you can read about that by clicking the product's name above.

Make-ups used:
Tea Tree Flawless BB Cream
Lancome MAQUICOMPLET Complete Coverage Concealer (not in picture)
Skin Food Black Bean Eye Brow Pencil in #3 (not in picture)
Estee Lauder Graphic Color Eyeshadow in Ravishing Auburn-01-Accent
Tarte Emphaseyes Inner Rim Brightener (not in picture)
CoverGirl LashBlast Volume Blasting Mascara
Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Cheek Gelee in Pink Escape


Since Dawn's review was done during the rainy days, I think it would be apt that I share my summer day experience with the product. I totally agree with Dawn's review however, I found that the product does not stand up so well in hot weather; it does not stick well to the skin once you start sweating.To make it last, you really have to powder every so often, just a light dab of powder to help it settle.

So here's my face without blush. :)


So onto my mini review.

Here's the cheek gelee.


A little info on this product. It's called coconut watercolor since it is a coconut water-infused cheek gelee and does not contain parabens, sulfates, or phthalates. According to the product info from Sephora.com, this is what it does:

This buildable, blendable blush hybrid provides the natural look of a cream blush with the long-lasting hydrating color of a gel stain. Infused with 50 percent pure coconut water, it instantly hydrates while nourishing with the powerful benefits of vitamin E-rich argan oil. Like a refreshing sip of coconut water for your skin, this moisture-packed blush instantly drenches cheeks in a cool veil of color.  


Ingredients:
-Coconut Water: Cools and rehydrates skin, providing essential electrolyte replenishment.
-Argan Oil: Nourishes and hydrates skin. 
Water**, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Fruit Juice**, Glycerin, Isopropyl Isostearate**, Cetearyl Alcohol**, Isostearyl Hydroxystearate**, Methyl Gluceth-20**, Glyceryl Stearate, Phenoxyethanol, Ceteareth-20**, Butylene Gycol, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Argania Spinosa (Argan) Kernel Oil*, Sodium Hydroxide, Disodium EDTA. May Contain: Red 40 (CI 16035), Red 27 (CI 45410), Yellow 6 (CI 15985), Yellow 5 (CI 19140), Red 33 (CI 17200), Blue 1 (CI 42090).

It comes in 6 colors for the standard size (0.18 oz) and in two colors for the travel size (0.095 oz). It promises 14 hours of color and skin hydration. 

The one I have is the travel size, however - although I am a fan of travel sized make-ups - I'm not all that crazy about it's packaging since it's a little hard to scoop up the product with your fingers if you have long nails. Although that can be solved by having popsicle sticks/make-up spatulas on hand but still for those that do not have such things, its an issue.

Here it is swatched on my hand. To get this color I did not blend it out that much but this product is really easy to blend out and is build-able. I have a little hygiene issue with it, since it is buildable, and you basically apply it with your fingers, the pigments from your fingers kind of mix in with the product, and you end up with a not very attractive looking product. And well, when you have it on the go... it's hard keeping it really clean looking. So the trick to it is... make that once you put it on, you won't need to reapply. 


The product does promise 14 hours of color, so while you're still at home with your make-up spatulas, build it up as much as you can (to your desired color of course) so you won't need to scoop it out with your fingers once you feel like it's faded out. 

Here's my face with the product on. I tried to put only a thin layer of it so I just look a little flushed and to just get that healthy glow on the face rather than making my cheeks stand out. It looks really subtle and in this picture, as if I did not put any at all.


So I had this look for a whole day until 8 in the evening a total of 12 hours. I did have to reapply the blush after 8 hours since I kept blotting my face cause of the oiliness. But this blush definitely makes it to one of my go to products for lazy days.

Unfortunately, this product is only available in Sephora, so it's not available locally. But you can go on ahead and purchase it online, or have your relatives, or friends who're travelling abroad buy it for you if you like it.

So what do you think of this look? It's a pretty lazy make-up look and I do think it's perfect for this summer weather. Just switch the BB cream to something with more oil control and spf or apply a primer with oil control and spf and you're good to go.

Cheers,
LIZ

Thursday, May 21, 2015

The Face Shop Rice Water Bright Cleansing Foam

Hi guys!

While I was washing my face, I realized that the cleanser I was using was almost done. Another thing I realized is that I haven't blogged about it! Haha! And that is why I will be giving my quick thoughts on this...

The Face Shop Rice Water Bright Cleansing Foam

This was included in a limited edition Best Seller Collection I bought a year and a half ago but I only opened it around 5 months ago.

This tube only holds 80ml and is not the full size. This is slightly smaller and is only sold in the set. The product sold individually holds 150ml.

Check out what the product is about on the label:


Info from the website:

Soft, creamy lather provides gentle cleansing that last during cleansing.
(huh?)

Get adequate amount for foam. Massage gently all over the face and rinse it off with lukewarm water


This is what the cleanser looks like. It is pearly white and it foams up well when water is added and massaged on skin.

To be honest, I find most Korean cleansing foams, no matter what brand, very similar. So I'm not expecting too much from this, but I am curious though as to why this was included in the Best Seller Collection. It must be pretty good, right?

So I tried it the first time five months ago. It has a pleasant, mild scent. I can't distinguish it but it has a bit of a floral smell... I'm bad at describing scents, I know. :P As I said, it foams up when massaged with water. My first impression was it's good. I feel refreshed after washing my face.

So I've been using it since then. Most of you probably know that I use makeup every time I go out of the house and that my foundation is mostly with heavy coverage so removing makeup takes time for me. After I use a makeup remover, I wash my face with a cleanser and right now, I use this one. What I like about this is that whenever I use this after the makeup remover part, my face is clean of makeup! I bet that if you only apply light makeup, it can remove your makeup without the makeup remover part. It doesn't remove waterproof mascaras well though like the one from Heroine Make and Majolica Majorca.

And even though it thoroughly cleanses the face from dirt and makeup, my face does not encounter any drying! For the brightening effect, I don't know. I don't see it. Maybe I will have to use the entire line for that? I can't say. :P

Overall, I recommend it! It cleanses my skin from dirt and makeup (post-makeup remover of course) and I don't experience drying nor irritation. I understand now why it's among The Face Shop's best sellers.

And those were my thoughts on The Face Shop's Rice Water Bright Cleansing Foam. If you have tried this, please share your experience with it. I'd like to know if you liked it as well. :)


Cheers,
DAWN

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

The Body Shop: Ginger Anti-Dandruff Shampoo

Good evening!

Two weeks ago, I went to one of The Body Shop's May sale launch and splurged on a few items and one of them is this Ginger Anti-Dandruff Shampoo.


I was super ecstatic with it since at the time, my mom had not bought any shampoo for use at home and I was in the middle of a dandruff/seborrheic dermatitis attack. I was either constantly scratching my head, or busy checking my shoulders for dandruff debris... I know, it's kind of yuck sharing, but that was my situation and I just somehow jumped for joy at the opportunity of seeing an anti-dandruff shampoo.

So, here's what this product promises.


The product really smells of ginger, but it's not overpowering. The smell is actually quite therapeutic and adds to that refreshing feeling when you're taking a bath.


The product is also quite light. As you can see, the shampoo is a clear fluid, with a consistency of syrup with a little mix of water.

It's fairly easy enough to use. Just apply it directly to your hair and rinse. Now with the product looking like that, you'd think it doesn't foam up as quickly right? Or you'd need a lot of it to get that clean feeling? I did and was I wrong. The product was not only easy to foam up, I only needed quite a few of it to get my whole hair clean. It also was quite soothing to the scalp. I have been using this product for the past few weeks and it has done quite a good job at keeping flakes away and keeping my scalp itch free. It has also somewhat softened and smoothed my hair. I also noticed that the amount of falling/broken hair that I have when showering, has severely decreased when I started using this. Just makes me believe that this shampoo is very gentle and nourishing to my scalp.

My mom also used this product once and she's fond of mixing shampoo in water first to get it to foam, then apply it onto her hair. She got just about the same results.

I do have to say that I have previously used Nizoral (ketoconazole) shampoo for my hair once before using this product so I guess, my hair had already been partially treated for dandruff. Still, it is a personal dictum of mine to treat my skin conditions with the prescribed meds then supplement them with others for maintenance. So I cannot fully recommend this when you're in full dandruff flare. I do think it's quite good for everyday use.

So if you'd like to give it a try as well, now is a good time to stock on them. They cost around 550 a bottle but for their May sale, it's 25% less. It's a good buy, especially since you won't really need to use up a lot of the product to get the results you want.

If you've tried it before and longer than I have, do comment and share. I'd be happy to know how it works out for others.

Cheers,
LIZ

Monday, May 18, 2015

Review : Eye of Horus Goddess Mascara

Hello dears!

It's time for another product review! Wooot!

Since the "extreme" heat is making us sweat so much, a waterproof mascara is your hero when it comes to your eye makeup. Good thing for me, I received one from my Glamourbox last February when they tied up with the cosmetic brand Eye of Horus.

Eye of Horus Goddess Mascara
This is Php 990.00.


Info from the website:

GODDESS MASCARA

Uniquely formulated in the style of the ancient Egyptians with natural waxes and the revered Moringa Oil, found in Tutankhamen's tomb. Ideal for sensitive eyes, Eye Of Horus Goddess Mascara strengthens and lengthens for Ultimate Goddess lashes. Natural based formula wont clump, run or smudge. Volumising, Nourishing and Paraben Free.

Ingredients

Aqua (water), Acrylates Copolymer, Cera Alba (Beeswax), Cera Carnauba (Carnauba Wax), Stearic Acid, Rice Bran Wax, Candelilla Wax, Glyceryl stearate, PVP, Organic Moringa oleifera seed Oil, Iodopropynyl butylcarbamate, Methylisothiazolinone, Carbon Black.

Caring for your mascara:

To maintain the condition of your mascara please ensure the cap is screwed tight after each application as the product is made with natural waxes and oil.

This is the closeup of the wand. It's a bit big, which is not a problem for me since I'm used to applying mascara with big wands. The wand has many little bristles to separate the lashes and prevent any clumping.

Here's a swatch on my hand

When I tried removing the swatch on my hand by just wiping, nothing happened. I had to use some of my makeup oil removers to get the job done. Awesome staying power!

Let's see how it performs:
Bare lashes

With one coat of the Goddess Mascara

Application is easy and I didn't encounter any clumping when I add more product. My lashes still look somewhat natural but darker and with a little more volume. What I notice though is that it pulls down my lashes. I guess the formula is heavy? Another thing I notice is that it takes a while to dry after application. I can't close my eyes because my lashes will touch the skin under my eyes and leave some product on them. It kept on happening whenever I am getting ready to go to work. This is one of the mascaras that take a while to dry completely. 

This mascara is waterproof. I didn't experience any smudging around my eyes even when I sweat a lot and even with my oily face. What I like about this is that even if it is waterproof, removing it from my lashes is not as hard as most of the waterproof mascaras that I have tried. That's a big plus for me because removing mascaras can be a hassle and can lead to lashes falling out and it can even cause wrinkles around the eye area caused by the stress on the skin when removing waterproof products.

Summary:

What I LIKE:
- Waterproof
- Natural Finish
- Applicator is easy to use
- No clumps
- No smudging or flaking
- Easy to remove
- Locally available

What I'm okay with:
- Packaging
- Price

What I DON'T LIKE:
- Pulls down my lashes
- Takes time to completely dry after application


Would I repurchase?
I don't think so. I don't like that I have to re-curl my lashes since this pulls them down. I also hate the times that I thought it had dried on my lashes but when I blink and I get product under my eyes... Oh well, I've tried some mascaras in the same price range that works better on me.

What are your thoughts on the Eye of Horus Goddess Mascara? Do you like this product? What is your favorite mascara brand?


Cheers,
DAWN

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