Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Review : Palladio Herbal Eyeshadow Quad in Copper 'N' Chic

Hey dears!

I love wearing makeup with colors that are in nude and peach shades. Those colors are my go-to ones for my everyday makeup when I go to the office. 

So even though I have enough eyeshadows to last me for a long while, I just couldn't resist getting this quad when I saw that it was on sale at Beauty Bar a few months back...

Palladio Herbal Eyeshadow Quad in Copper 'N' Chic

I was able to get it for only PhP 166.25 from its original price of PhP 475.00.

I just find this palette really beautiful, especially the peach one at the upper right corner. The shades are very wearable and it's a palette that I can bring with me when I travel because the shades can be used to create many looks and it also suits many of my lipsticks.


Let's get to know the product from the product description from the website:

Enhance your eyes with 4 highly-pigmented Eyeshadow Quads.  Compacts come in matte and shimmery shades that can be used year-round.

Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Extract, Beeswax, Synthetic Beeswax, Cyclopentasiloxane, Polyethylene, Synthetic Wax, Polybutene, Sucrose Tetrastearate Triacetate, Stearyl Dimethicone, Pentaerythrityl Tetrabehenate, Boron Nitride, Isodecyl Neopentanoate, Tocopherol ,Stearalkkonium Bentonite, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Propylene Carbonate, Ascorbyl Palmitate, DI-PPG-3 Myristyl Ether Adipate, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer. May contain:   Preservatives, Antioxidants, Sunscreens, Fillers (eg Talc, Silica, Alumina, Kaolin, Clay), Dyes (Inorganic and Organic Pigments, Lacquers). 

*We do not test our products or any of our ingredients on animals

This is available in six shades.

It comes with a small applicator. One end has a pointier end. I can use it to create strong lines using the darkest shade! It doubles as an eyeliner.

The packaging is very simple. It's a compact makeup and the top is made of clear plastic so you can easily see the shades of the quad. It's non-bulky so it's easy to carry around.

Here's a closeup of the product. I like that the peach is almost matte because it's my favorite and I like my eyeshadows matte most of the time.

The shimmery shadows at the bottom gives a dramatic finish to my eye makeup.

The lightest shade is perfect for highlighting the eyes as well as other areas of the face that you want to highlight!

Here are the swatches.

I'm very surprised at how pigmented each shade is, especially the lightest shade! They are very smooth but it can also be chalky.

Anyway, check out below how I usually wear the shades:





It's a simple everyday look. I just add the darker shades when I want a more dramatic look at night.

It's a pretty good compact, especially since I got it in a very affordable price! It already is very pigmented but I still need to add a good eyeshadow base so that it wouldn't crease on my oily lids.

To summarize:

What I LIKE:
- Pigmented
- Very affordable
- Doesn't test on animals
- A combination of matte and shimmery shades
- Very wearable colors
- Simple and easy to carry packaging
- Locally available
- Smooth texture

What I DON'T LIKE:

- I don't think there is. Perhaps they can improve the applicator? I rarely use it. I would also appreciate if it doesn't crease on my oily lids... but almost all eyeshadows do, so I just get a good base!

And that's all for this post! Any thoughts on the Palladio Herbal Eyeshadow Quad in Copper 'N' Chic? 


Cheers,
DAWN



Monday, March 27, 2017

Give Your Body a Beautiful Glow from Within with Vida Glow!

Hey everyone!

Majority of my posts are about makeup reviews. While I love enhancing the natural beauty and encourage creativity by playing with all the makeup we can apply, it's always best to take care of our body first. 

The first step in a work of art is finding the perfect canvas! To achieve this, I research what kind of products that work best with my hair and skin concerns and apply them. But that shouldn't stop there... what we take into our body also contributes on what we look and feel so we better eat food and drink the liquids that are good for the body! 

To get better results, there are products that promises to help boost substances that retain our youthful glow like collagen. One of which is Vida Glow!


What is Vida Glow? I asked the same thing when their co-founder, Anna, wrote me an email if I would like to review their product. As I was reading their Media Look Book, it made me curious (and very much interested) to try it out. Why? Then read all about it below [these info (in maroon color) are what was included in the media look book]:

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Vida Glow offers a range of supplements that promote healthy hair, skin and nails from within. 

Our natural marine collagen is derived from the Scales of Deep Sea Red Snapper and comes is powder form which is highly bioavailable ensuring efficacy. Our collagen is sourced from ethical and ecologically sustainable fishing practices, with our priority being on offering exceptional quality. 

The Vida Glow range also includes our Beauty Blend, which is a vegetarian hair, skin, and nail super food mix that includes essential vitamins and minerals. 

Vida Glow is an Australian based company, using Japanese marine collagen and our blends are made in Australia. 

Japanese women have used marine collagen as a secret weapon for youthful radiance for many years and have hailed the benefits as the source of their extended life expectancy and younger appearance. 

Collagen is the most abundant protein and the second largest substance (behind water) in the human body. Until our twenties, our bodies naturally produce collagen. As this production slows and eventually ceases, we begin to see the effects of ageing. Replenishing collagen levels will help benefit the building blocks that maintain our hair, skin and nails. 

Including Vida Glow marine collagen into your daily diet helps to stimulate your body’s natural supply of collagen, thereby increasing elasticity, hydration and firmness in your skin, and assisting in the growth and strengthening of your hair and nails. 


Collagen is a protein that is also vital in maintaining healthy muscles and connective tissues. Therefore your tendons, ligaments and cartilage also greatly benefit from taking Vida Glow, notably preserving joint and bone health. Vida Glow repairs muscles and assists in toning and definition. 

Enjoy many secondary benefits of dealing with daily stressors of toxins, late nights, poor diet, sun damage and harsh environments.


I received the package a long time ago. I think around eight months... there was actually a delay in claiming my parcel in the post office. They even made me pay the fine since I didn't claim it sooner. How could I if they didn't notify me right away? Ugh. Anyway, that was a long time ago... And I want to apologize for not being able to blog about this sooner since I've been very busy with work, school, and even diet. I also waited for a couple of months of drinking before I can write my thoughts to be able to give an honest review. 

The package that I was given contained two flavors—the Original and Pineapple


My initial thoughts when I saw the products? The lovely packaging! I love the design! It looks so neat, charming, beautiful, and it has a feeling of nature as well. The cylindrical box feels light and it contains the sachet of the powdered drinks. 

I like that it's in sachet form so I can take them with me anywhere I go. Since I've been traveling more than usual, I really appreciate this. It also looks great so I never feel any embarrassment whenever I take it out of my bag when I mix it to my drink. 

The color depends on the flavor you have. What are the flavors? Well, see below the varieties. These are also from the media kits that they provided:

ORIGINAL VIDA GLOW
Our Original Vida Glow is 100% Natural Marine Collagen Powder. Being 100% natural hydrolysed collagen peptide, it contains no artificial flavours, colours, additives or preservatives. It is free from wheat, gluten, allergens, soy, lactose, dairy, sugar, carbohydrates and fat. The Original Vida Glow is tasteless and odourless and dissolves effortlessly clear within seconds. The 3g sachets make it super convenient to include into your everyday routine, and is the perfect handbag essential. Simply stir a sachet into your water, tea, coffee, juice, porridge, yoghurt, smoothie or soup.

ORIGINAL LOOSE POWDER
Our Original 270g loose powder Vida Glow is 100% pure marine collagen and is ideal to have at home or in the office. It comes with a handy 3g pre-measured scoop making it easy to enjoy 1 – 3 servings a day as our Gratitude, Prosperity or Love packages. The loose powder is equivalent to our Love Package of 90 x 3g sachets.

BLUEBERRY VIDA GLOW
With a deliciously subtle berry flavour, Vida Glow Blueberry is the perfect addition to your glass of water, yoghurt, smoothie or shake. Our Blueberry flavoured marine collagen comes with the added benefits of Vitamin C, which is responsible for creating and maintaining collagen in the body. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant which assists in giving skin its elasticity and strength. Your hair will greatly benefit as Vitamin C is one of the most effective nutrients to help grow and strengthen hair, as it assists in the production and formation of collagen, and absorbing iron which keeps our hair strong and healthy.


MANGO VIDA GLOW
Our Mango Powder is derived from Australian Kensington Pride Mangoes. Australian Mangoes provide more beta – carotene than other fruits. Beta-carotene is a powerful antioxidant that can help protect the body against disease as well as preventing the signs of ageing by assisting with the growth and repairing of cells, tissues and skin. The antioxidants in both Vida Glow and the added Mango powder, delay the onset of skin ageing and pigmentation, whilst protecting your skin from harmful free radicals that cause cellular damage.


PEACH VIDA GLOW
This delicious Vida Glow marine collagen flavour contains natural peach fruit flavouring, as well as Vitamin C, which assists in collagen formation and actually increases the absorption and efficacy of marine collagen. Ingesting collagen with Vitamin C ensures maximum absorption for optimal skin and nail health. Peach Vida Glow also gives a boost in antioxidants to your diet. This flavour is best enjoyed in water.

PINEAPPLE VIDA GLOW
Pineapples are a super food for hair, skin and nails. The collagen, vitamin C and bromelain present in Pineapple Vida Glow help to prevent skin conditions such as acne, eczema, psoriasis, rosacea and dermatitis. Pineapples also have collagen synthesising properties, which help to combat the ageing process, and makes skin smooth, firm and flexible. Vitamin C and the amino acids present provide nourishment to damaged tissue and cells, boosting their ability to repair themselves. Pineapples are also good for the health of hair as they can prevent hair loss and thicken individual hair strands.


Beauty Blend
Our Beauty Blend has been designed alongside Vida Glow’s resident Dietitian and Nutritionist to nourish your hair, skin and nails from within. The synergy of the super foods and probiotics work to enhance your inner and outer glow, giving you energy as well as a boost in vital nutrients to optimise your sense of wellbeing. The Beauty Blend is rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, fatty acids, proteins and probiotics working together to strengthen your immune system, and give you a glowing complexion and a whole body healthy radiance.


I especially loved the pineapple just because I really find the flavor really yummy. Plus, whenever I apply Vitamin C, my skin just looks and feels better! The original flavor is unscented, but I can't say that it's tasteless... I find something that reminds me of sea food. I can't really point it out, but it's not bad. I just can't describe it better with my limited english vocabulary. :P

Anyway, before I share my final thoughts on the drinks I tried, here are the benefits that Vida Glow claims to give from their media look book: 

BENEFITS OF VIDA GLOW
Vida Glow offers a range of natural supplements designed for those wanting a radiant complexion, gorgeous healthy hair and the perfect manicure 
• Our marine collagen helps to stimulate the body’s natural production of collagen as well as increase collagen levels in the body 
• Studies show that marine collagen increases skin hydration by up to 91%, improves skin elasticity and firmness – smoothing out fine lines and wrinkles. Achieving healthy and youthful looking skin 
• A natural anti-ageing supplement helping to recoup balance of daily stressors of work, sun damage, wrinkles, dry skin, poor diet, late nights, toxins and harsh environments 
• Acts as a powerful antioxidant that helps prevent cellular damage 
• Rejuvenates and nourishes hair for increased growth, thickness, texture and shine 
• Vida Glow encourages healthier, stronger and faster growing nails; repairing weak or brittle nails 
• As a collagen supplement Vida Glow preserves the health of your joints, bones, ligaments and tendons BENEFITS OF VIDA GLOW 
• Collagen supplementation assists in muscle toning and definition 
• Diminishes the appearance of cellulite 
• Aids in weight loss and building lean muscle mass


I drink Vida Glow at least once a day, but usually I drink 2 cups containing 3g / 1 sachet for each cup. I drink it with water, sometimes I mix it with yogurt or juice. I've been taking it for more than two months now. So what have I noticed so far?

My hair looks healthier—stronger!
I suffered from damaged hair when I exposed my hair to chemicals such as hair coloring and perming over and over. My hair became brittle and I also experienced hair fall. I abstained from all the chemicals... well, I did color my hair once last January after a long while. Haha! I do apply hot oil once a week and also apply some leave on conditioner whenever I go out. 

I also noticed that my hair grew faster. I cut my hair last December and since then, it grew another 4-5 inches. Faster than usual.

My skin looks brighter!
I didn't notice much at first but after a month or so, I find my skin looks brighter than before, like it's glowing! It's not free of my acne problems, but when I wake up and look at the mirror, it just looks better, healthier!

My skin retains moisture better!
What I love most is that it kept my skin's moisture, even when I was in Japan during winter and going out between -4 to 5 degrees celsius everyday. It didn't feel itchy and dry compared to when I went to New York almost three years ago (it wasn't even cold then) and my skin just got so dry. 

These are the changes I've seen so far. I cannot comment on the nails part because I always think that I have good, strong nails. I rarely get manicures from salons. I don't remove cuticle and I rarely file and buff my nails.

I also can't comment much on the muscle repair and toning as well as on the preservation of bone and joints. I think I'm still pretty young at twenty seven. I don't experience muscle pain much and I rarely get sick (twice a year at most and they are often colds).

 I would love to continue drinking Vida Glow to see if there are more benefits to gain. The extra collagen boost really makes a difference as long as you aid it with proper diet and good hair and skin care! ;)

For more info, do check out Vida Glow's:

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Flormar: Deluxe Cashmere Stylo Lipstick in DC30 Austere Brown

Good evening ladies,

Sharing with you a new lipstick from Flormar.


This lipstick line according to their website is made of a

Special formula that combines the finest colour pigments with an infusion of last generation moisture - boosting complex. Orchid Complex leaves the lips smooth and provides moisturizing. Fights free radicals and reduces appearance of fine lip lines. Shea butter and Cacao butter gives hydration and protection to the lips with mild and soothing effect. A full basket of anti-oxidants loaded formula leaves lips wrapped in light glossy color, comfort, nourishing and protection.


I love this simple gold packaging since it gives off an elegant feeling to the product.


The lipstick is very moisturizing and easy to apply. My lips tend to chap in 2 to 3 hours, but I did not experience that with this. The color is build-able as well and does not transfer a lot.



It isn't long lasting and you'd need to reapply after 4 to 5 hours or after a meal. However, that is not a big problem if you're not really into long lasting shades. I was more disappointed about discrepancy with the shade of the lipstick. When I saw this, I was overjoyed that I found a brown shade lipstick since I have never had that shade in a lipstick.

However, I was a little bit disappointed that the color is not as how it looks on the tube.


As you can see on the swatch, it looks a bit of a browny-red tone but not entirely a deep brown.


Lips sans product




As you can see in this swatch it looks more like a neutral color but I guess, depending on the light source, it either looks dark red (below) or natural lip.


But I do think this is a pretty good lipstick to have especially for short trips/events. I've only tried this once though and I might update this post with subsequent use. 

It costs 399 and is available in Watson's.

Anyway, that's all for now.

Cheers,
LIZ

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Pink Sugar Sweet Cheeks HD in Sin City and Concrete Jungle

Hey loves!

I'm still not entirely in love with highlighters on my face. I just think that my face is too big and round and that I need to contour it rather than add more shine. I also have oily skin so it becomes shiny in a few hours anyway. Ha! 

Anyway, since last year, it was becoming so popular that I wanted to try more highlighters to see if I'll get convinced to join the craze. And so I bought these...

Pink Sugar Sweet Cheeks HD Cheek Color in Sin City and Concrete Jungle
Got them for only PhP 374.00 each at BeautyMNL. Original Price was PhP 499.00.

I bought two shades. One is a warm champagne color (Concrete Jungle) and the other one (Sin City) looks like white with a white gold sheen. 

So let's get to know the product from the info from the website:

Sweet Cheeks HD. Our delicate powder formula comes in a mirrored compact as a blush, bronzer or a highlighter. It’s infused with Aloe Vera and Vitamin A,C,E to nourish the skin and give you that added glow. Includes a soft brush applicator.

Net Weight: 6g

TALC  · POLYMETHYL METHACRYLATE · POLYGLYCERYL - 2 DIPOLYHYDROXYSTEARATE · MINERAL OIL (AND) ETHYLENE/PROPYLENE/STYRENE COPOLYMER (AND) BUTYLENE/ETHYLENE/STYRENE COPOLYMER · TRIISOSTEARIN · DIMETHICONE · ISODECYL NEOPENTANOATE · PHENOXYETHANOL · ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN ·  ROSA CANINA FRUIT OIL (AND) TOCOPHERYL ACETATE (AND) RETINYL PALMITATE (AND) MINERAL OIL (AND) ASCORBYL PALMITATE ·  ALOE BARBADENSIS LEAF JUICE ·  [+/- (MAY CONTAIN) : SYNTHETIC FLOURPHLOGOPITE · MICA (CI 77019) · TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891) · IRON OXIDES (CI 77491) · IRON OXIDES (CI 77492) · IRON OXIDES (CI 77499) · RED 7 LAKE (CI 15850) · RED 28 LAKE (CI 45410:2) ·  RED 30 LAKE (CI 73360) · YELLOW LAKE 5 (CI 19140) · YELLOW 6 LAKE (CI 15985) · TIN OXIDE (CI 77861) ·

It's available in 8 shades and I bought the two shades that can pass as highlighters!

The packaging is slim and sleek! I like that the design is simple and still pretty girly! It's compact that's easy to pack in the bag, especially in travels.

It comes with a brush applicator. It's pretty soft but I don't use it. I find it too thin and small. Haha!

Now for the fun part, the swatches:
Left: Sin City
Right: Concrete Jungle
Under direct fluorescent lighting

I like that their names are sort of opposites—city and jungle. ;)

Left: Sin City
Right: Concrete Jungle
Still under fluorescent lighting... but not directly under. :P

I provided some solo shots of the product for your reference as well as a photo of me wearing it taken near a source of light to "highlight" the shine.

Here's Sin City.



Sin City reminds me of Nars Albatross, that's why I bought it.

It gives a very bright shine. It's quite light and gives your complete look a bright glow, especially when you place it on top of your cheek bones. It brings out the eyes!

Here's Concrete Jungle.



It's champagne in color. I bought it because it's close to my favorite color. :)

It gives my skin a warm glow! It's not as bright as Sin City and it has chunkier shimmers.

The blushes/highlighters are pretty good. The powder is pretty smooth, although it's a bit chalky. It gives a luminescent glow, but I don't like the chunky shimmers from Concrete Jungle. So as you can see, there are pros and cons for me. Did these convince me to join the strobing craze? Well... no. I still use them often, especially Sin City, but they aren't a must in my makeup routine.

And that's all for this post! 

Do you use any of the Sweet Cheeks HD products from Pink Sugar? Which shade/s? Do you do strobing when doing your makeup? What product do you use?


Cheers,
DAWN



Monday, March 20, 2017

Sephora Perfecting and Smoothing Eye Primer

Hey guys!

Just sharing a short review of this product that I got from my sister.

Sephora Perfecting and Smoothing Eye Primer

I like wearing eye makeup. Unfortunately, I have oily lids, so my eyeshadows and eyeliners often smudge and crease after some hours. The good thing is that there are primers that help prolong wear and at the same time make the eyeshadows more vibrant since the pigments adhere better.


That's what this primer from Sephora promises along with moisturizing qualities. You can even use it for undereye concealer!

Check out the info on the labels on the photos below:


The product is colorless and scentless. I think this is already phased-out though because I don't see it on any of the brand's online stores. Still sharing my review just in case any of you are looking for one. ;)


It says it smoothens which I do agree.


It glides smoothly and it makes the area it's on feel silky. When it dries, it gives a matte finish as seen below.


And when I add the powder eyeshadow...
Left: No primer
Right: With primer

Pigment-wise, the color didn't change unlike some primers I've used wherein the pigments look darker than normal. The eyeshadow adhered better with the primer as well.

I've actually finished the whole sample-size tube some months back and I can say that I don't think it's moisturizing. I tried using it under my under eye concealer but my makeup still cakes (I like baking so I do put on powder on top of my concealer on that areas). This doesn't happen when I put on eye cream. I guess that's an unfair comparison since eye cream has better moisturizing ingredients. Haha! :P

Although it's good at smoothening and keeping the pigments in place, it doesn't do well with my oily lids. The makeup on top of the primer still creases before my day at the office ends. I can easily say that it's not one of my better performing primers. Oh well.

And that's my short review! I hope it was helpful!



Cheers,
DAWN


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