Sunday, May 21, 2017

Unboxing & Review: Panasonic Micro-Foaming Cleansing Device

My best skin ever was probably last year since I wasn't super stressed and was just basically enjoying my life as a student (again). This year, it's back to work, OT, daily commute, and reality. I wear makeup everyday, and I think it's only during Saturdays my skin gets its rest since I just mostly stay at home. That being said, my skin isn't at its best condition, but my recent skincare upgrade care of Panasonic and Philippine Primer has me enjoying the process of skin cleansing like never before. And we all know that good skincare means better skin and less need for makeup. 💜


Panasonic Micro-Foaming Cleansing Device offers total cleansing in a single unit. The micro-foam and soft brush effectively remove dirt and oil from skin. Deeply cleanse and purify pores without the irritation. (You get none of the redness, just clean skin!)

Let's unbox!
 
Charger, device with measuring cap, foam wash attachment, soft brush, and stand
(not in the photo: Operating instructions manual)
 
Panasonic Micro-Foaming Cleansing Device

This device is cordless and waterproof, and you can use it in shower. You only need to charge it for 2 hours, and it's already good for a week (with everyday use).
 
Facial cleanser compartment

This is where you put the normal amount of cleanser you use. Just a pea-sized amount is already good enough for me as it produces so much lather in just around 6 seconds. (Do not use face scrubs with this device.) Fill the measuring cap with approximately 4ml of water and pour it into the center of the attachment and watch it foam up! 😍

Foam wash attachment and soft brush

It comes with 2 attachments -  a foam wash attachment which is good for everyday use, and a soft brush which you can use once a week (initially). Once your skin has adjusted to the device, you can use the soft brush not more than once per day, depending on your skin condition.
 
Socket and AC adaptor (with universal voltage)
 
Stand

You can place the brush heads at the back of the stand for easy drying and storing. This device is easy to clean, and you can just wipe it a bit then leave it to air dry.
 

The Panasonic Micro-Foaming Cleansing Device actually has 3 functions. On the base of the device is a smooth warming makeup removal plate that heats up at approximately 43°C (low) to 48°C (high). Don't worry, it's not that hot.  It's rather soothing, and it opens up the pores to loosen up the makeup and dirt and get it ready for the next step of cleansing. Just apply makeup remover as usual then run the warming makeup removal plate over your forehead, cheeks, and chin. (Avoid the eye area as the skin is thinner there.) The device shuts down after 3 minutes to protect your skin.

What I use everyday is the foam wash attachment. I'm so amazed with the sheer amount of foam it generates! (See it in action from my IG.) Just a pea-sized amount (or the normal amount of cleanser you use) will do, and it turns your cleanser into "shaving cream foamy" levels! My skin definitely feels cleaner and softer after I use this one. Also, the micro-foam lather is able to get into the pores better that when the facial wash is concentrated then spread on the skin manually, hence the more thorough cleanse. Immediate result was brighter skin!

This device stops after 90 seconds to protect your skin so you won't overdo the cleansing, with 30 second intervals to give you ample time to cleanse each section of the face.


As for the soft brush, I use it once a week (even if I'm tempted to use it everyday). It's so soft and it feels good on my skin! I use this as an alternative to my weekly face mask scrub since it's able to exfoliate my skin very gently. On days I wear heavy, waterproof makeup, I use this at the end of the day to get every bit of the makeup off. (It works like a charm!) My skin has had less breakouts since.

The soft brush needs to be replaced once a year if used once per week, or about 3 months when used everyday.
 

Do take note that Panasonic Micro-Foaming Cleansing Device is not a miracle product that will zap all your zits away. If your acne stems from hormonal imbalance (such as those that come up when you're about to get your period), it would take more than topical skincare products to clear those out. However, if you break out because of dirt or leftover makeup you wear daily plus oiliness, this will definitely help improve your skin. This device is able to cleanse the skin really well (and very gently to boot), so when used long term, you're definitely going to have clearer skin with a softer and smoother texture.

As for me, I always look forward to using this, since it serves as my mini "me time" at the end of a long day. 😊

Price: P4,999

For more information on Panasonic:
FB: Panasonic Philippines
Instagram: @panasonic_ph
Twitter: @panasonicph

For more information on Primer:
FB: Philippine Primer
Instagram: @primerph
Twitter:@primerph

Love,
Helen

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Saturday, May 13, 2017

Catrice Blush Artist Shading Palette in 010 BronzEclat

I've found my go-to blush for summer! I've raved about my Catrice Prime and Fine Professional Contouring Palette, and today I'll be sharing with you a review of the blush palette that I bring with me everyday to work.

 Catrice Blush Artist Shading Palette in 010 BronzEclat
Three harmonious and longlasting blush shades in warm bronze and apricot tones. Velvety powder which creates different effects on your face - from matt to shimmer to highlight.


Catrice Blush Artist Shading Palette in 010 BronzEclat wasn't my first choice among the 3 shades that were available. I imagined this working for morenas, but not for me. My initial pick was 030 Rock 'N' Rose which had 3 pink shades in it, but I was recommended to get 010 BronzEclat instead. Intriguing...so I gave in! I thought that if I couldn't use the darkest shade, it was okay since I liked the peachy blush and highlighter anyway.

Swatches:


The first matte shade was the darkest among the three and it looked pretty intense in the pan, but it actually comes of as a reddish brown blush. I won't use this as a contour though as I find it too warm/red. As blush, it would work just fine and it would look natural on morena skin, but it's also wearable for those with light skin. (I know, I was surprised, too!) The texture of this powder isn't soft or creamy. It's similar to their contour palette, so you'd need to build up the color with several swipes. The middle shade is a shimmery peach shade; it's definitely pretty, but it's not very pigmented as well. The highlight shade complements the rest of the palette and gives your cheeks a pretty sheen.

And because I'm lazy, I just run my blush brush along all 3 shades to get this finish:
 

I initially had a hard time when I tried to use the three shades separately (like as contour-blush-highlight) since I lack blending skills, but my lazy technique of using all three shades in one go gave me amazing results. Haha! Hello, glowing cheeks! 😍 After discovering that trick, now this is my go-to everyday blush. It's handy to bring around because of its compact packaging, and it gives me a good shot of color when I'm already feeling stressed or haggard at work.

As for the packaging, it's simple and I like how you can immediately see all the shades inside. It's not flimsy as well. I once dropped my makeup bag (with this in it) and when I nervously checked if my powder and this blush was shattered...thankfully they're all intact. Whew! 😌 The only downside is that it's easily scratched and the lettering on the cover fades, but that's not too important for me.

I like it and I think it gives good value for money - you get three wearable shades for the price of one, and it would take a long time to finish this up.

Price: P499
Available at Watsons/SM Beauty

Love,
Helen
 
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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Mondays Made Better with The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf!

Who loves Mondays? ✋ Back when I was still studying, the only thing I dreaded during Mondays was the traffic from QC to Ayala (struggle is real), but I loved going to class! (What a nerd.) Now that I'm working, I rarely get Monday blues since I'm happy where I'm at. 😊 To give Mondays that added PUSH!, that boost of momentum - The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf (CBTL) brings back their well-loved promo Mondays Made Better!


For all Mondays until June 5, get your week off to a sweet start and enjoy an Ice Blended drink for only P100! 😍 (You save around P65, so what are you still waiting for? GO!) The refreshing blast of ice, the rich coffee flavor, and the smooth, creamy texture of the CBTL favorite is just the right combination to perk up your week, starting with Monday!


There are various Ice Blended drinks that deserve to be celebrated, each of which is lovingly handcrafted to breathe fun and excitement into your day. Aside from the bestselling varieties made from the world's top quality coffee, some have also been made with base flavors like tea, vanilla, or a variety of fruits for an experience like no other.

☑ April 10 - Mocha Ice Blended
☑ April 17 - Matcha Green Tea Ice Blended
☑ April 24 - White Chocolate Dream Ice Blended
☑ May 1 - Double Chocolate & Pure Double Chocolate Ice Blended
☑ May 8 - Vanilla & Pure Vanilla Ice Blended

My teammates and I go to CBTL in UP Technohub every Monday! The only time we skipped was May 1 since we didn't have work. Haha 🙊 This is our post-lunch bonding moment, and I'm the one who always reminds them that Monday is Coffee Bean Day! Their points also go into my CBTL Swirl Card. Mwahaha! 😈 Hoarder lang.

And because I love spoiling you...
🌟 May 15 - Mango & Sunrise Ice Blended (because you can ask the barista what Ice Blended drink will be featured the following Monday!) 😋


Swirl Rewards Cardholders earn twice the amount of points on the featured beverage every Monday. Facebook and Instagram followers who share the good Monday vibes to others also stand to win prizes, ranging from gift certificates, all the way to a year's supply of The Original Iced Blended beverages! 😮

The Mondays Made Better promo is available at all CBTL branches nationwide (except the CBTL Coffee Bar). Every upcoming featured beverage will be revealed first on social media, so watch out for the announcements - you just might find a new favorite! 💜

For more information:
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Love,
Helen


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