Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Liz's September Haul Post

Good day ladies,

It's been a while since I've gone out shopping and the first few things I buy are actually gifts for other people. Two of them I can't post yet since I haven't given them out yet. But anyway, here are things I've bought over the past month.

Bought Dawn's gift from The Body Shop, their Vitamin C face mist.

The Shu Uemura is actually a gift from a friend who went to Japan.

About 3 years ago, I bought myself a gold one from Sephora during my Canada trip. You can check that one out along with our mini review by clicking the link. I signed up for a Sephora card and this year's birthday freebie was this Nars lip pencil/lipstick.

Good thing one of aunts there, who always picks up my birthday freebies, had a friend who came back for vacation this year. I often see notifications from Sephora about my freebies and their current on sale items. It does frustrate me so much that there isn't any Sephora store in the Philippines and that they don't ship here.

I had been eyeing a lot of their Sephora favorites sets to give as gifts to friends since they're a lot cheaper than the gift sets locally available in Beauty Bar shops. But then again, there are a lot of other web based stores with a wide selection of make-up items that ship locally, like Zalora, they even have promotions and discounts which are surely budget friendly. You can click the link (store name) to visit their sites and browse.

And here, I finally bought something for myself. I've been attending Brazilian Jiu Jitsu classes in the past month and my knees are getting scraped by the uniforms. To prevent further injuries, I bought these knee pads at Trinoma's Landmark store.

Not included in the pictures are the gifts I bought for my mom and my sister. I bought my sister a cookie scooper, which looks a lot like an ice cream scoop. As for my mom, I bought her something to keep our oven clean, so she doesn't have to clean it as often.

This is such a measly haul post, but one I am quite proud of since they come from my "salary". I hope in the future I may be able to post more hauls.


Sunday, September 27, 2015

Introducing pH Care Naturals in Papaya and Guava

Hey everyone!

Everything we need is provided by nature. I feel like if I see that a certain product is all-organic or natural, it's safer than those that contain various chemicals. Now that most stuff are commercialized, businesses resort to using artificial chemicals for cost-cutting in creating mass productions of their products. These actions made the quality of many items poorer and there are even instances and some theories that these cause some health problems... so yeah, I think that going natural will always be a positive thing for me.

A week ago, I got news that one of the leading intimate hygiene brands released two variants that use natural ingredients in their products to address our concerns and I find this very favorable. Check out the press release about it below:

 Experience natural care “down there”

Everyone’s going all-natural these days, whether we’re talking about organic food, health supplements from plant and animal extracts, and even personal care and beauty products. And, why not? Ever since, people have long used natural ingredients to effectively address their woes and concerns.

This is why pH Care bottled up nature’s wonders through two popularly used ingredients, papaya and guava leaves, to come up with their all-new pH Care Naturals line in pH Care Naturals Papaya and pH Care Naturals Guava. The folks behind best-selling feminine wash pH Care have an intimate understanding of the importance of caring for your feminine area, and they expertly combine the properties of these winning natural ingredients with their mild and effective intimate care products.

pH Care Naturals Papaya

There are a lot of factors that can influence a woman’s confidence when it comes to donning that swimsuit, including puson problems and cleavage consciousness. But one other common insecurity many women have is dark skin in and around the feminine area, and this is something they can feel self-conscious about even in the comfort and privacy of their own rooms and bathrooms. And, while there are many products for whitening dark skin in other parts of the body, most of these aren’t safe or suited for use in intimate areas. But now, pH Care has a new whitening feminine wash variant that uses natural ingredients, so you keep the sensitive area fresh and fair. The new pH Care Naturals Papaya is powered with papaya extract, so you get fairer skin in as early as 14 days! And since we know papaya is one of nature’s wonders when it comes to skin-whitening, you’re sure to get only the best results with the mildest ingredients.

(I just tried the Papaya variant today and I love the scent. I'll be using this first and I am hoping that this will be effective in what it claims. ;) )
pH Care Naturals Guava

Even if you’re not overly concerned with dark skin, you may still want a feminine wash made from natural ingredients that will still keep your intimate area fresh and clean. After all, in a hot country like ours, sweat can lead to discomfort, even body odor, and infection—and it’s worse when it involves the feminine area! But no need to worry; pH Care Naturals Guava has been specially infused with guava leaf extract, which is well-known for its cleansing and anti-bacterial properties. In fact, the use of guava leaves for intimate care is a traditionally renowned practice passed on from generation to generation. So if you’re among the 33% of Filipinas constantly seeking for natural solutions “down there,” then give pH Care Naturals Guava a try. It will naturally deodorize the area so you can feel confident regardless of outfit, activity, or even weather. It has quite a refreshing scent, too!

(I used this one yesterday... Among the two, the Guava variant smells better! But the whitening promise the Papaya one claims just made me prefer to use it more. 

These products are very mild. I didn't feel any stingy feeling and these didn't dry my intimate area (pH balanced!!!). Anyway, I'll write a more detailed review on these sometime soon. :) )

Now, you can be assured of natural care “down there”, para fresh and clean na, odor-free pa!

The NEW! pH Care Naturals Intimate Wash is available for P49.50 (50mL) and P104 (150mL) at leading supermarkets, drugstores, and beauty stores. For more information, check out facebook.com/pHCare.

And oh, Check out their TVCs below!

For more info, check out pH Care's social networking sites!

IG: @pHCarePhilippines          
Twitter: @pHCarePhilippines

And you can also search for the following hashtags:

Have you tried any of these new variants from pH Care? Which is your favorite or which one would you like to try first? :)


Friday, September 25, 2015

FOTD : A Happy 26 Year Old Me!

Hey loves

It's my birthday! YAYYYY!!!
I'll be celebrating with loved ones in a couple of hours so the moment I finished doing my makeup, I grabbed my cam and took pictures so I can share with you the look I have right now. :P

So this is what I currently look like.

I chose some of my favorite makeup for today. Here they are...

I'll update the post with the names of every product when I get home later.

As for the eyes, I made a simple nude-mauve combination.

And of course, my favorite winged eyeliner look is there!

 I also used my favorite lipstick, MAC Ruby Woo. My mom always tell us to wear red on our birthdays because it's a celebration. I dunno what culture that's from... is it Chinese or Filipino? Anyway, it's good that my lippie looks awesome with my blouse!


 So that's all for now. Gonna go spend the day with the friends and family! Wooot! Maybe I'll blog about my birthday celebrations in a few days. :)

Have a great day, guys! Love ya!


Thursday, September 24, 2015

L.A. Girl Creme Lipstick in Forbidden Love

Hello dearies!

I don't think I can ever have enough pinkish/peachy nude lippies. I think I own almost 10 of them when I decided to buy this one last month...

L.A. Girl Creme Lipstick in Forbidden Love
I bought this for PhP 299.00 at SM Manila's Department Store.

This is my first product from the brand... I guess I just bought this mostly because I want to try something from L.A. Girl. I didn't have any intentions of buying a lipstick when I strolled around the department store but when I saw their stall, I got curious and among their products, this lipstick caught my eye because of its shade. I love "almost nude" shades so I just had to swatch it! I saw how pigmented it was and I just grabbed one and toss it in my shopping basket. :P

Around the seal of the lipstick packaging, you'll see the shade's name and the other important details such as the shelf life and ingredients.

You have to peel it off to use the product though. Good thing I took a picture of the labels first. :P

Product description from the website:

Luxury Creme' Lipstick delivers ultra-rich colors in a lightweight formula. Its blend of moisturizing ingredients of aloe, shea butter & vitamin E enhances lips, leaving a smoother, healthier feel. Glides on effortlessly with the slant top, for-flawless even coverage.

The brand's Creme Lipstick range is quite wide. At the website, it has twenty four shades available!

Anyway, let's focus on this shade...

Here's a closeup of the product and at it's full length.

Swatch on hand

I got that opaque peachy nude shade in one swipe. Nice, right?

On the lips

I love how pigmented the product is, but I was immediately turned off by the scent. :( I really wish I smelled it before I bought it. The scent is like some chemical that I can't really point out... I first thought that I will outgrow it but the scent is just too strong. Ugh. Well, after a few minutes, you won't notice the scent anymore... I guess it's because the nose has adapted to the scent by then.

I still use the lipstick. I still think that the shade and pigmentation is really good. Just look at how bright it makes my face look...

I wish they can do something on the formula to improve the scent. And maybe a cuter package design? Haha! Other than that, I really like the lippie! The shade is my kind of lipstick... it's something that I can use in many makeup looks. 

What do you think of the L.A. Girl Creme Lipstick in Forbidden Love? :)


Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Press Release: Basic Day to Night Makeup Workshop with Gail Sarion (Speedy Course)

Hey guys!

Just sharing a makeup workshop that you might be interested to join in.
My contact from speedycourse asked me if I could share this to my readers. Since I have attended and enjoyed one of their workshops before, I think it would be nice to share their newest makeup workshop. See the details below: 

Basic Day to Night Makeup Workshop

Do you have a stash of makeup but don't know how to use it? Bring your makeup bag with you on October 3, 2015 and learn the basics of makeup application in a 3-hour Basic Day to Night Makeup Workshop with makeup artist and stylist Gail Sarion of Sarion Films.

Whether you're a beginner who's just starting to use makeup or someone who already loves to experiment with colors, Gail will walk you through the different makeup products and tools and the basics of appropriate day and night makeup. She will also show you the step-by-step of makeup application and how to transform day makeup to night makeup.

After the demo, you can bring out your own makeup kit for consultation. Whatever existing products you have, Gail will help edit out your kit according to what suits you and give advice on what makeup will work best on your skin tone. She will also share and demo practical makeup tips and tricks.

The Basic Day to Night Makeup Workshop will be held at The Bunny Baker Cafe, Quezon City from 1:00pm to 4:00pm. Workshop fee is Php500 only, which is inclusive of cafe snacks and drinks.

Online registration starts on September 22, 2015.
To register, go to https://www.speedycourse.com.ph/courses/21054/basic-day-to-night-makeup-workshop. You can pay via PayPal, credit card, and Bancnet online banking. Limited slots only!

Hope to see you there!

Workshop Outline:

  • Introduction
  • The Basics of Makeup (products and tools)
  • Appropriate Day Makeup and Night Makeup
  • Demo: Steps of Makeup Application
  • Transforming Day Makeup to Night Makeup
  • Question and Answer
  • Makeup Kit Consultation
  • Demo: Practical Tips & Tricks

About Gail Sarion

Gail Sarion is the Chief Make-up Artist for Sarion Films (an independent production company), In-house Stylist for Alabang Town Center, and Make-Up Workshop Facilitator for corporate personal development programs. She is also a freelance make-up artist for all types of events.

Gail graduated in 2006 from De La Salle University-Dasmariñas with a BS in Applied Biology. She discovered her love for makeup during her second year in college, saving up her weekly allowance to buy make-up and experimenting with different styles in a series of hit-and-miss phases of mismatched colors and “clown-like” makeup. She attended several workshops to improve her skills and develop her personal make-up style, which she describes as, “It’s safe, it’s wearable; it screams but it’s subtle.”

In 2011, with her husband’s encouragement, she started to freelance for events. When she and her husband put up Sarion Films together, she also took over all make-up and styling for their shoots.

In 2014 she started offering Make-up Workshops to companies after receiving good feedback from Sarion Films’ corporate clients who asked her to facilitate make-up workshops for female employees as part of their personality development programs.

About SpeedyCourse.com.ph

SpeedyCourse is an Online Course Finder. By bringing together training course providers who specialize in different fields, SpeedyCourse continues to build its vast database of short courses, training, seminars, workshops, and learning events. With its simple, easy-to-use search engine, users simply need to type in a keyword to get results on what training courses are available for the type of skill that they want to learn or develop.

SpeedyCourse also makes it easy for users to send inquiries directly to training providers with an online messaging feature that’s accessible right on the course page that they’re viewing. SpeedyCourse’s Online Registration System, which allows learners to register and pay for short courses and events online, is now on beta.

To know more, please go to www.speedycourse.com.ph and their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/SpeedyCoursePH.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Review : Bourjois 123 Perfect CC Cream

Hello loves!

It's the start of a new week! And this week is a little special because my birthday is in it. I really hope that it would be much better than last week because I was feeling tired and sleepy at work everyday last week. And yesterday, I had a headache that lasted the whole day. Good thing that I felt a whole lot better this morning. :) 

Oh! There is a threat of a low pressure area entering the Philippine Area of Responsibility. I'm hoping that it will not develop into a typhoon and it won't mess any of my plans for my birthday. Haha! :P That ends my health and weather report. LOL

Anyway, I hope you are all doing well today! :)

For now, I'll post a review of this CC Cream my sister gave me. I think some of you might be interested to try this because I really think it's good and even Liz liked it a lot when she tried it.

Bourjois 123 Perfect CC Cream

The shade I have is No. 33 Beige Rosé.
I'm not sure how much my sister bought this but this is £9.99 (PhP 722.69) if you buy it at Boots online.

Info from the website:

The next generation of foundation! Combining:

Thanks to its 3 colour correcting pigments that smooth away imperfections

. APRICOT pigments > anti-fatigue
. GREEN pigments > anti-redness
. WHITE pigments > anti-dark spots

24 hr hydration
SPF 15

Result: luminous complexion & flawless skin in one step.

Tested for you!*

91% of women agreed that:
Their complexion is perfectly evened out
Their dark spots are concealer
Their skin is left flawless

*User test on 33 women for 21 days
And what’s more? Good for my skin!
-Non-oily lightweight formula
- Enriched with invigorating white tea extracts

Additional info from the Boots website:

Available in 4 shades

How to Use

STEP 1: Colour correct your complexion

Apply Bourjois' 123 Perfect Colour Correcting cream onto the centre of your face and blend outwards towards the jawline. Its lightweight texture easily glides onto your skin for a smooth application. Its 3 colour correcting pigments give a fresh and luminous result with SPF 15 and 24hr hydration.

STEP 2: Conceal, brighten & hydrate your eyes

Apply Bourjois' 123 Perfect Colour Correcting Eye concealer to the under-eye area to illuminate and smooth any lines or wrinkles. Gently blend into your foundation base using your fingertips.




And now, on to the review! :3

This is what the CC Cream looks like. The consistency is creamy but feels very light on skin. 

But this product's creaminess is not thick... I can't really describe it better than it's not thick but not runny. Anyway, it's pretty easy to spread on skin.

I think the light beige shade would look better on me because the Rose Beige is a bit darker than my skin but I can fix that easily with a lighter shade of powder. And I like that the shade is warm so it suits my skin tone.

Here's my bare face.

This is my face with one layer of the product applied. I apply this using a wet beauty blender.

And with a lighter shade of powder and the rest of my makeup.

The coverage of this CC Cream is medium and it can be build up if you need better coverage. It took care of covering the light pimple scars and redness around my nose area. I can easily say that this product can deliver when it comes to their promise to cover dark spots and redness. Although would I rather use concealer for my very dark pimple scars than to pile up too much of the product.

The finish is semi-matte. I say this because it simply looks matte but not flat! It looks very natural on my skin.

Lasting power is pretty decent (about 8 hours on me when I use it alone) but it can last the whole day with the right primer and loose powder. It also helps in oil control—It takes around 4-5 hours before my face gets oily (I have very oily skin). If you have dry skin, better to fully moisturize your face. If you have prepped your skin well, then you won't experience caking with this on. So yeah, the "hydration" it provides is not enough for every skin type. Those with dry skin need more for sure.

As you can see, I don't have negative thoughts on the CC cream itself...  the tube though could be made better because with just a slight squeeze and you might get too much of the product out. And design-wise, it's not so appealing. :P

What I LIKE:
- Medium Coverage, it's buildable too
- Easy to spread
- Lightweight
- Lasts long
- Controls oil
- Natural finish
- Affordable
- Light Beige and Rose Beige shades are warm
- Mildly scented

- It has SPF15, it's nice that it has SPF but I think that's too low, I still apply sunscreen underneath.
- I think the hydration it provides is not enough for those with dry skin

- Not locally available
- Packaging could have been done better

Would I repurchase?
I don't think I will as much as I liked this product. I think I've used better ones and I'm willing to try more. When it comes to foundations, CCs and BBs, I only repurchase when they are considered HG material.

And that's my review! Hope this was helpful!

Have a great week ahead, everyone! :)