Saturday, May 30, 2015

My 2015 Summer Skincare

 Hey dears!

The summer has been a pain for me. Yes, I don't like summer. I don't like swimming in a pool, not even at a beach (I'll just probably take photographs and build a sand castle then go back in my room). I just don't like outdoor activities, but what I hate most is the heat! I'm always sweating and for some reason, my skin reacts badly when it's summer... I get breakouts! Ugh. 

But for this year, I was prepared! My skin was much better compared to previous years, which is great considering the temperature for this summer is higher. Anyway, I'll share with you the products I'm currently using. :)

For cleaning, I use these cleansers on my face.

I use this for cleansing in the morning:
Burt's Bees Cleanser (click the product name for my review)

And before sleep, I use this. It really takes care of the dirt that has accumulated throughout the day:

For the body, I'm currently using these Kala Milk soaps that was given to me almost two weeks ago. I like how it keeps my skin moisturized while it cleans. I like milk soaps and I hope you guys can wait for my review on these soaps. 

I also use liquid soaps with my loofa. I use the moringa scent from The Body Shop.

For moisture on the face, I use these Clarins products:

Vital Light Day and Vital Light Night and then to treat my dark spots from acne, I use the Vital Light Serum. It takes a while to see a difference on my dark spots but I think it works.

I also use the Clarins Toning Lotion as my toner. I was able to buy all these Clarins products while I was in the US for a vacation and they were on sale! Yay!

For my eyes, I use The Body Shop's Drops of Youth (Click the product name for my review).

And since I have acne-prone skin, my sister sent me this:

Perter Thomas Roth Max Complexion Correction Pads
I swear, these pads are the bomb! They are soooo effective! Hopefully I can post a more detailed review soon. :D

For exfoliation, I turn to these samples that my sister gave me. I only have one sachet left though. ExfoliKate really works great on my skin. (Click the product name for my review)

I also pamper my skin with masks! I am currently using two kinds of masks:

Borghese Fango Active Mud Face and Body

Dewins Q10 Coenzyme Mask Pack

I will review these masks soon. I already have the photos ready! Haha! The mud mask is for further cleaning and purifying of pores, while the Q10 one is more for deep moisturization and firming.

Of course, I have products that protect me from the sun!

Belo SunExpert for my body and I use these Bioré products on my face! :D

Biore Aqua Rich Watery Essence (click the product for my review)

I have uneven skin on my face, arms, body, and legs. My legs are too pale so they look awkward when I wear skirts and dresses. I want to tan them a little and I'm happy I was able to see these products at half price:
I use the deep tan oil every morning when I wear clothes that exposes my legs. I then use the suncare milk on top to prevent damage and after the day, I use the after sun. Haven't seen the need for the cooling gel yet. :P

For my body, I moisturize it with The Body Shop's Body Sorbet. It's not too moisturizing but it comforts me because it cools the skin and it smells soooo good.
I also use the Robinsons Giant Sale Shopping Foot Lotion.

Finally, I use my The Body Shop Moringa Hand Cream to pamper my hands. I always draw and paint and since my hands are constantly exposed to chemicals, I use hand creams to keep them soft. Moringa is one of my favorite scent from TBS so it also comforts me when I smell the glorious floral scent!

And those are my skincare products for the summer season this year. I already reviewed some of them so you can just click and read the reviews for more details. For the other items I haven't reviewed, I'm trying to write my thoughts about them and I hope I can post them soon. :)

Have you tried any of the items listed? What are your summer essential products?


Thursday, May 28, 2015

Kiss Me Heroine Make Jewelry Eyecolor in Yellow Sapphire and Beige Gold

Hi dearies!

A month ago, I attended a product launch by Kiss Me Heroine Make. I blogged about it two weeks ago (you can check out the details here). Anyway, the launch was all about the new Jewelry Eyecolor, which are shimmery eyeshadow palettes and I was able to take home two of the four shades available! Yippee!!!

Kiss Me Heroine Make Jewelry Eyecolor in Yellow Sapphire and Beige Gold

Each palette costs Php 595.00 and is available in Watsons and SM Beauty Makati, SM Beauty Manila, SM Beauty Dasmarinas, and SM Beauty Mall of Asia.

I've shared a little info about the palettes in my launch even post but now, I can be more detailed and I'll post some swatches for you to see the quality of the palettes! :)

The palettes are in pinks and neutrals. I learned from the launch event that these tones are quite popular in Japan right now. They currently go for the natural, bright look.

For additional info, there's an English translation of the labels on the packaging at the back of the palette.

According to Ms. Sayuri Igarashi, the beauty consultant and makeup artist from Heroine Make, Japan, “The Jewelry Eye Color make-up that comes in four special variants: Yellow Sapphire, Beige Gold, Pink Amethyst, and Rose Garnet; is super long lasting, water proof, tear proof, sweat proof and smudge proof, perfect for the busy and active Filipina,”

It comes in these plastic containers that are non-bulky and very simple. It's easy to carry around so it's travel friendly! The transparent part can let you see the shades of the palette so you're sure you get the color you want.

It comes with a two-end applicator. The thicker one for the base or light colors while the thin one can be used to line the eyes or add dark contours at the corners.

Now, for the fun part! I'll show you the closeup photos and the swatches of the palettes I currently have.

First is the Yellow Sapphire.

The colors are a mixture of warm sand and gold shades. Each color blends well with the next one. I think the palettes are combined that way for easier blending of the eyeshadows! I think that's great, especially for beginners! The lightest shade is for highlighting, the middle shade is for base, while the darkest is for contour and can even act as your eyeliner.

The shadows are also soft and not powdery so it won't make a mess when you're applying your eyeshadows. 

The creamy white shade is actually cream-based while the other three shades are powder eyeshadows. The cream one acts as an eyeshadow base to make the colors pop!

Here are the swatches!

The shades are very pigmented, even the cream shadow! The fine glitters make the colors fun and bright.

In this swatch below, I did two swatches of the powder eyeshadows. The left side is on its own while the right one has the cream shadow base underneath.
As you can see, with the cream shadow, the colors look fuller and bolder.

And when wiped with the towel, the darker colors with the cream base stayed better than those swatches without it.

I did the same procedure with the next palette:

Beige Gold

This is actually my favorite among the four palettes. I love pinkish nude colors!

See how pretty the shades are? They are so chic and I think the shades suit many women of any color.

These are the swatches

Did the same here—the left side is the swatch of the powder eyeshadow while the right one has the cream shadow base underneath.

When wiped, the one with the cream base stayed on better.

Although the cream base makes the shadows bolder and stick better on skin, I still experience some creasing because I have very oily skin (including the skin on my lids). So I still use a good eye shadow primer with the eyeshadows.

And before I finish the post, I'll share with you how I wear the eyeshadows (I like wearing my shadows with eyeliner).

Here's how I wear Beige Gold:
(I took quite a number of shots. Haha!)

And this is how I wear Yellow Sapphire:
(Still a lot of pics)

And that's all! The colors are so wearable and you can use it during the day whether you're off to school or work and even at night when you're off on a date! 

Which palette do you like better? I still want to try the other two shade, the Rose Garnet and the Pink Amethyst. :)


Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Tony Moly Cats Wink Clear Pact in 01 Clear Skin

Hey loves!

Recently, whenever I retouch my makeup, my friends usually notice how cute my pressed powder is. Just look at it!

Who doesn't love cute kitty designs???
I love cats because they're just tooooo adorable and this product from Tony Moly is equally as adorable...

Tony Moly Cats Wink Clear Pact

You can get this product for only Php 498.00.

This product comes in two shades: 01 Clear Skin and 02 Clear Beige. The one I have is the former although I think that Clear Beige would suit me more. Clear Skin is just too light for me.

The product is a pressed powder that promises a matte and natural finish for your skin. Check out the product info from the press release:

"When travelling, oil-free and photo-ready skin is a must! Keep a Cats Wink Clear Pact in your hand carry for easy touch-ups. This powder pact provides a natural and matte coverage without irritating the skin. Perfect for those Instagram-worthy travel photos!"

Just like what was mentioned in the press release, this product is always in my kikay kit mainly for touch ups. I usually use foundations and BB Creams before going out of the house, but having oily skin will make my face look all shiny within a few hours. So I blot and retouch my makeup more often than others and the Tony Moly Cats Wink Clear Pact has been a dear friend of mine since the time I opened it a couple of weeks ago.

But before I go on about the powder, let's discuss the packaging. It's housed in a very cute plastic kitty compact. Besides the cutie design and that it's pink, I love that it's still not too bulky so it doesn't consume too much space in my kit. I love that it has a built-in mirror so it is great when traveling. 

I also like that it comes with a soft puff applicator, but I usually use a kabuki brush with this because I find the finish of the product on my skin better.

The powder itself has a cat paw design that adds to the cuteness of this. When you swipe the powder, you can feel how silky it is. The powder is scentless as well so good news to those who avoid scented face products.

The coverage is somewhere between light to medium. I don't buff too much product on my skin because the shade is too light. I just add enough to make my skin shine-free, I appreciate that you can apply only a sheer amount. Anyway, here's a swatch on my arm:

It has pigment to it but it won't affect your foundation if you're wearing any. Like I said, the coverage is not heavy so you don't have to worry with the powder altering the shade of the base that you are using (provided you don't apply too thickly). It effectively makes your skin look matte but not too matte that your face looks flat! I think it gives a natural finish actually. Although I do see a problem when you have areas that are flaking off. This could be an issue if you have dry skin because the dry patches would be more visible with this powder. To avoid this from happening, keep your skin well-hydrated and exfoliate those dead skin!

I do have oily skin so having dry areas on my face is not my problem, having an oily and shiny face is, and I am glad to say that this helps in controlling oil. I usually use powder on top of my foundation or BB cream to prolong my makeup and help control the oil on my face and this product does that without causing any caking on my makeup. And I don't encounter any breakouts nor irritations when I use this.

Overall, this is a cute and awesome product from Tony Moly. I recommend you try this out. Just make sure that you moisturize well and you'll have a shine-free, photo-ready skin! :)

And oh, Tony Moly Philippines has an on-going Facebook giveaway! Just take a shine-free selfie and you can get a chance to win a Cats Wink Clear Pact! Last day to send is on the 31st! You can join here.

Another good news, if you haven't heard about this, is that Tony Moly is available in Zalora (since April 29)! Now we can buy our Tony Moly essentials in the comforts of our home. :D

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