Sunday, April 23, 2017

The Body Shop Matte Lip Liquid in Taipei Orchid

My friend and I did a makeup swap, and now I have The Body Shop Matte Lip Liquid in my kit - in a shade I wouldn't have picked out for myself. Haha! I usually go for dark lipsticks. My bet from this range was initially the deep and dark Sicily Iris, but the makeup artist recommended me Goa Magnolia (a berry pink shade) which look really flattering against my pale skin. Today, it's going to be about the shade Taipei Orchid! 💋


Matte liquid lipsticks are trending and almost all makeup brands have their own version of it, but I was extra happy when The Body Shop finally released their own line of Matte Liquid Lip in 12 stunning shades. The Body Shop doesn't include shady ingredients to their products, so I know my lips won't darken or dry out. The Matte Lip Liquid is 100% vegetarian, and contains no gluten and carmine! The packaging looks simple but classy - from the matte cap to the glossy body, and it's lightweight and durable. I love how the brand is changing to a more modern look for all their products.

All shades of The Body Shop Matte Lip Liquid

Taipei Orchid (What a pretty soft pink shade!) 💖

Taipei Orchid when worn

First up, this lippie has the most amazingly delicious bubblegum scent! 😍 The formula is creamy, almost mousse-like, and never runny. It doesn't dry too quickly, so you'd have ample time to blend the lipstick evenly. The doe foot applicator works well with blending the formula. It dries down to a velvety, soft matte finish with a cushy feel. It feels so light and non-sticky, I sometimes forget that I have it on! Lasting power is amazing too - around 5 to 6 hours. It even withstands meals, provided it's not too oily. My lip swatch didn't do it justice as it looks lovelier in real life. The shade Taipei Orchid is still a bit on the pale side though, so I cannot wear it with a bare face. I have to add some blush and this one, and I'm good for the entire day. (I still love wearing it since it makes me look like a good and less sungit girl. LOL!) I love its formula, but I will get it in the pretty nude but not pale Nairobi Camellia (which is universally loved by my teammates) or the brighter Goa Magnolia next. 😚

Price: P495
Available at all The Body Shop stores nationwide

Have you tried The Body Shop Matte Lip Liquid yet? 💄

Love,
Helen

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Saturday, April 22, 2017

Stay Healthy All Summer with Generika Drugstore!

Generika Drugstore sent me a thoughtful present yesterday - gifts that can protect me and my loved ones from the harmful effects of the excessive heat. I almost expected to see sunblock inside, but they've taken skincare and wellness to a whole new level. 👍


Let's reveal what's inside! 🌞


Keep your summer fun by staying healthy. Whether it's exploring the great outdoors or hitting the beach this season, it's absolutely important we take extra precautions while spending time under the sun. (Because SPF is already a must no matter what season it is!) 

Here are simple reminders to remember so you can protect yourself and your loved ones from the harmful effects of the summer season's excessive heat.

#1 The sun isn't always your friend.

While the heat starts to rise at about 9AM in the morning, the temperature is at its peak between 11AM to 3PM every day. It's best to stay indoors during this time to avoid the sun's harmful UV rays and overheating. But if you absolutely need to go out, make sure to wear loose breathable clothing and apply at least SPF 15 sunscreen to exposed parts of your body. A hat and sunglasses are a must too, as intense amounts of sunlight are harmful to your eyes.


I know that for a fact! My work schedule is moved to 11AM, and my commute has instantly turned me a shade darker after just a couple of days. -_- I used to just use an umbrella because I hate the stickiness of sunscreen, but now I always slather some on before heading out. (I'm currently using Fairywhite BB Lotion.) You can also supplement your skincare by adding Nutrawell Collagen with Astaxanthin and Hyaluronic Acid (P95/sachet) to your regimen. Its key component, Astaxanthin, works as an "internal sunscreen" and helps safeguard the skin from harmful UV rays.


Also, Generika Drugstore has their own brand of face masks! The Fair 'n' Clear Face Masks (P50 each) come in 2 variants: Whitening and Hydrating and Anti-Wrinkle.

#2 Keep cool.

The easiest way to keep cool all day is to stay hydrated. Cold water and iced (but diluted) fruit juice is best. Any drink with high amounts of sugar, or those with alcohol and caffeine should be avoided. If you're at home, stay in the coolest part of the house and keep it ventilated. Use shades or light-colored curtains to block the sunlight. And for the really hot moments in the day, don't hesitate to take a cold bath. Make sure to keep a look out for your loved ones who may be unable to cope with the heat.


It's nice to indulge in cool treats, but always be careful where you get them. I've learned it the hard way when I drank shake sold by a sidewalk vendor, only to end up really sick because the water/ice used might have been contaminated. (That happened years ago, but never again will I buy anything like that.) Nutrawell Probiotics can improve your gut health – boosting your immunity and even help prevent common summer ailments such as diarrhea.

#3 Eat healthier.

Higher temperatures are dangerous for those with existing heart conditions. And that's why this season, it's even more important to keep ourselves healthy by eating the right kind of food. This summer, when you're craving for a sweet treat – eat fresh fruit instead. When eating out or in a party, pick salads over other offerings. Just make sure you don't over indulge when putting too much dressing. And above all, add more veggies into your home-cooked meals. All of this will keep you fit, helping you better withstand the summer heat.


For those who want to improve their heart health, they can take Nutrawell Garlic + Hawthorne Berry + Gingko Biloba. This nutraceutical enhances blood circulation throughout the body and increases oxygen utilization in the heart. 

#4 Exercise wisely.

Now is not the right season to do too much cardio all at once. But if you must, do cooler cardio activities like swimming in cold water. It's also best to shorten and divide your workout time, and do them only before or after the day's hottest periods. If you want to take your exercise outside, make sure to pick shady and breezy spots. But for the summer, it is ideal to do your workouts in a properly ventilated and/or air-conditioned indoor gym.


Those seeking overall wellness will love the Actimed Multivitamins + Minerals. With its balanced formulation of vitamins and minerals, it can help the body cope even in stressful conditions. 


For more health tips or to learn more about Generika Drugstore, simply visit http://www.generika.com.ph/.

Love,
Helen

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Catrice Prime and Fine Professional Contouring Palette

AKA my first legit contouring palette. What a milestone! Dalaga na ko. Hahaha! 😂


I only have a handful of Catrice products in my kit, but we're off to a good start! (This one's part of my Beauty Backstage haul.) I've always shunned away contour/bronzers since I thought I didn't need them, since I wouldn't want to make my face any slimmer, but it actually helps carve out my nonexistent cheekbones! I've seen makeup artists work their magic, and I would love to try it for myself, but most contouring products in the market are orangy. Not this one though! My Catrice Prime and Fine Professional Contouring Palette comes in the shade 010 Ashy Radiance, which has a grayish brown tone, perfect for light/cool skin tones! 
 

The packaging is really simple and straightforward. The texture of the powders are dry (and not too creamy). I see this as a good thing since I won't pick up too much product in one go. This one's very beginner-friendly.

Swatches:

Highlighter & Contour

The champagne highlighter looks warmer on the pan, but it looks a bit whitish when swatched. It's not the best highlighter I've tried, but it's okay. It works for fair skin, but it would appear white on dark skin. The contour shade though, I adore. It warms up my skin just right and it doesn't look muddy or fake.
 
Cheeks: Catrice Prime and Fine Professional Contouring Palette
Brows: Pretty Looks
Lips: SilkyGirl
 

And this is how I look like at work - well behaved. Haha KIDDING! Sometimes I even use violet lipstick. But for today it's my favorite Deborah Milano Absolute Lasting Liquid Lipstick + this contouring palette. I don't have cheekbones, so this one helps! 💛 Also, on days when I use my pink cream blush, I use this contouring powder under the blush, and for some reason it helps my blush stay on all day AKA all day glow! Love it! 😍

Price: P499
Available at Watsons/SM Beauty

Love,
Helen
 
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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Rave: Deborah Milano Absolute Lasting Liquid Lipstick is TRANSFER-PROOF!

My first encounter with Italian beauty brand Deborah Milano was during the Beauty Backstage event held last January. Because of that, I got to meet THE lipstick that works as hard as I do, especially during overtime days. I say that because there are days I am too busy to retouch, but this lippie just stays on and on. 💋
 

During the event, Liz raved how amazing the Deborah Milano Absolute Lasting Liquid Lipstick is, and how it's almost identical to Make Up For Ever's Aqua Rouge Liquid Lipstick at half the price. SOLD! In fact, I should have gotten two of this lippie instead of the liquid foundation which was unfortunately not my shade match.


The shade I got was in 13 Light Brown, which is the darkest shade they have according to their site. Step 1 is the Rossetto Lipstick, which has a super matte, quick dry formula.

Tip: You gotta act fast and apply it evenly as it sets quickly. Also, do NOT purse your lips while it's not completely dry or you'll end up with a sticky/clumpy mess.


This step yields a completely matte finish. My lips are pretty resilient, and they don't easily chap or flake, but this one feels drying when worn alone. (For example, Colourpop's Ultra Matte Lip in Mama feels comfy, while Lovebug feels like it's sucking the moisture out of our lips the moment you put it on. This one feels like the latter. LOL) It also emphasizes my lip lines. However, I really love the color as it looks deeper in person than in photos. Also, at this point, it's already transfer-proof. It never transfers when I drink from my tumbler at work! 💛


Step 2 is the clear, glossy Top Coat. Amazingly, the Step 1 Rosetto Lipstick will not stain the applicator of this gloss! 😮


Putting on the Top Coat would darken the lip color, but your lips will thank you! This gloss seals in the color further and hydrates, so it ends up feeling comfortable. I'm not a fan of too much shine, so I blot it out once with tissue so it looks more natural. When you blot, the lipstick does not transfer to the tissue as well.

This lipstick lasts for as long as you do not eat a full meal. That is its only downfall as it wears off on my inner lips after lunch. When I reapply though, it lasts until evening. It's a struggle taking this off with micellar water, so I have to use an oil-based makeup remover with this lipstick. (If you avoid oily food, this will last the entire day!)

Among the x number of lipsticks I've tried from years of beauty blogging, I find Deborah Milano Absolute Lasting Liquid Lipstick to be the most reliable, transfer-proof lipstick I've ever tried (so far). It's perfect for busy days at work, or during events when you barely have the time to retouch your makeup. This is the only glossy lip color I regularly use right now, will certainly use up, and will repurchase (probably in other shades). 💖

Price: P650
Available at Watsons/SM Beauty

Love,
Helen

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Monday, April 17, 2017

SilkyGirl Matte Fever Lipcolor Balm

Just this month, SilkyGirl sent me several shades of their Matte Fever Lipcolor Balms to try. I've reviewed their Moisture Boost Lipcolor Balm range before, and now it's time for the matte version! 😍
 

SilkyGirl Matte Fever Lipcolor Balm comes in a chubby pen type packaging and is retractable, so there's no need to sharpen. It contains Calendula Flower Oil, White Mulberry Extract, and Vitamin E to soften and soothe the lips. If you're just starting out to explore matte lipsticks and are into vivid shades, this could be the one you're looking for! It's a hybrid of a lip balm and matte lipstick, so it won't ever dry out your lips.
 

The product is completely sealed upon purchase, and the manufacturing date is printed on plastic seal. (Better take note of it before you throw it out.)


The tita in me was initially shocked with how vibrant these matte lippies are! I was initially so drawn to 05 Passion because I had nothing like it in my collection, but guess which one is my real favorite! 😁

02 Desire, 04 Siren, 05 Passion, and 06 Charm
 
02 Desire

The shade 02 Desire is like a matte, brighter version of SilkyGirl's Moisture Boost Lipcolor Balm in 02 Coral. It's a pomelo pink shade with a yellowish base.

04 Siren

I LOVE THIS ONE! It's red with a pinkish base. It brightens up my skin tone instantly and makes me look alive even with minimal makeup elsewhere. I regularly wear red lipstick at work, but on the day I switched it up to this shade, I got a lot of compliments. 💋 This is a flattering shade of red!

05 Passion
 
This shade screams Barbie-pink, and it's very unique! However, it's too loud for everyday wear. This could be used for creative looks.
 
06 Charm
 
The shade 06 Charm is my second favorite as it's a lovely berry shade that veers towards hot pink. Among the 4 shades I got, this one's the most wearable
 

SilkyGirl Matte Fever Lipcolor Balms are lightweight - they literally just feel like a light balm on the lips. This matte line is definitely more long-wearing than the Moisture Boost Lipcolor Balms, but they will come off when you eat. Retouch is a breeze though, as this won't ever go clumpy. They just glide on silkily on the lips. Also, they smell like vanilla! 😍 (No flavor though, so you won't be tempted to lick it off.) The brand takes pride in their 4 NOs stand – no fragrance, no carmine, no paraben, and no animal testing.


Price: P279
Available at Landmark, Cash & Carry, and selected Robinsons Department Stores (Galleria, Metroeast, Tutuban, and Cebu)

Facebook: SILKYGIRL

Which shade of SilkyGirl Matte Fever Lipcolor Balm is your favorite? 😚

Love,
Helen

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Sunday, April 16, 2017

I found Maybelline Micellar Water's twin, and it's even more affordable!

My all time favorite Japanese cleansing water got discontinued here in the Philippines, so I had to try another brand. Maybelline came to mind instantly, since they're the first to bring in affordable micellar water here in our country! Having read so much rave reviews, I just had to try it, too! I'm halfway through with my bottle as of writing this review.


To be honest, I like this one, but I don't love it. This product is mild, gentle, and feels just like water. It doesn't sting my eyes or dry out my skin. Sure, it does its job with makeup removal and it's affordable, but it doesn't have any other additional skincare benefits. I have to use 2 cotton pads soaked with Maybelline Micellar Water to remove light, everyday makeup. On days I apply my waterproof foundation, I need 3 or more cotton pads, several more passes before my makeup totally comes off. I still double cleanse with facial wash and apply toner, as I feel that going straight for moisturizer will make me breakout. (My skin type is oily, while this product is made for sensitive skin.)
 

It's an okay product, but I am not repurchasing for the main reason that I have found an identical product with almost the SAME ingredients at an even cheaper price. Everyone, let's compare the ingredients of Maybelline Micellar Water vs Garnier Micellar Water (Pink).

Maybelline Micellar Water Ingredients

Garnier Micellar Water Ingredients

The only difference is that Maybelline has an added ingredient BHT, which is a cosmetic preservative. Both brands are under the L'Oreal group, and they are even manufactured by the same factory - BEAUTYCOS International in China. So yes, they're the basically same.

Prices:

Maybelline Micellar Water 200ml - P199
vs
Garnier Micellar Water 125ml - P149
Garnier Micellar Water 400ml - P249


Because of my skin type, I chose the blue variant of Garnier, which is for oily and acne-prone skin. I even got it on sale for just P199 for the big 400ml bottle! 😍 My sister already has the same big bottle at home and it took me fewer passes to get all my makeup off! That's why I made the purchase. Can't wait to finally use up my Maybelline Micellar Water so I could move on to my next one. 😂

Are you also using Micellar Water? Which brand are you using?

Love,
Helen

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Monday, April 10, 2017

Holika Holika Aqua Petit Jelly BB

When my sister and I went to Mongkok, Hong Kong late last year, we very much enjoyed how beauty shops were situated beside each other. You don't even have to look for them! 😍 If in the Philippines, the Korean makeup stores are all located inside the mall, in Hong Kong they're individual shops scattered along the streets. We gravitated towards Innisfree since we don't have that here in Manila, but it's pricier there and we could just get our fill from Althea instead. We also went to Holika Holika since I don't get to check out this brand as much here in the Philippines.


We came at the right time since they were on sale. Some of their items were at 50% off, including the Holika Holika Aqua Petit Jelly BB! It's not an old stock since it expires 20180504, and we were able to get it for around P400+ (when converted to PHP). Here, this one costs around P800. Good deal! 😁 This product comes in 2 shades: 01 Aqua Beige and 02 Aqua Neutral. I never go for the first shade since they tend to be too light/white for my skin tone, so I went for 02 Aqua Neutral which is my exact shade match. Love it!


This BB cream is water-based, and while the descriptions on the box hint that this one gives off a moist and shiny finish (which is not ideal in our humid climate), let me be the bearer of good news and say that this BB cream (or jelly) gives the skin a demi-matte finish, which makes it ideal even for those with oily skin. 😊 It contains 80% aqua mint water which gives the skin a slight cooling feel upon application. Actually, upon checking the ingredients, this one has 3 kinds of mint extracts in it! It also has SPF 20 PA++, and Titanium Dioxide is second on the ingredients list.


It comes with a sponge which you can use to blend the product, but it doesn't really work well. I prefer using my moist Cathy Doll Petit Ice Cream Magic Blender for an airbrushed finish.
 

Because of its jelly texture, it comes with a spatula which you can use to scoop out the product. It's not the most hygienic but I'm not really that sensitive about it. Besides, the packaging is cute - girly polka dot cap and flower-shaped frosted glass bottle! 😍 I don't mind that it's heavy or breakable, since I don't bring it out anyway.

Jelly texture!

Swatches:

Bare skin

With Holika Holika Aqua Petit Jelly BB

Holika Holika Aqua Petit Jelly BB is my cheat product for instant blooming skin. (Like this can get you compliments even when you lack sleep!) It feels cool and refreshing so it's great to use during hot days, but I always set it with powder for good measure. (This prevents makeup meltdown.) It evens out my skin, decreases redness while at the same time livens up the sallow areas of my face. It can cover minor imperfections, but you'd still need concealer for huge zits and dark circles. This BB has a fresh and pleasant scent that's not too strong; I actually enjoy it and it doesn't cause me to break out. This BB doesn't oxidize on me, but oil control is average. I still need to blot or retouch with powder by midday.

Pros:
  • Cute packaging
  • Water-based
  • Fresh, cooling sensation
  • Medium coverage
  • Demi-matte finish
  • With SPF 20 PA++
  • Pleasant fragrance
  • No breakouts

Cons:
  • Packaging is not travel-friendly
  • Tendency to be unhygienic (due to spatula applicator) 
  • Average oil control
  • Only comes in 2 shades (the darker one is my exact shade match, so there is no shade match for deeper skin tones)

Price: P795 in Holika Holika Philippines

I actually like this BB cream a lot and I've been using this consistently for months already. (It's been a while since I last found a BB that I've used long term.) I hope to use this up within the year! 😊

Love,
Helen

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