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Saturday, January 31, 2015

Soffia Opulence Perfect Skin Foundation Brush Review

Here's a review on Soffia Opulence Perfect Skin Foundation Brush.

Price: P750.00
Bought From: Free
Other Locations: Available in Beauty and Minerals' website'


Are you familiar with Shiseido's Perfect Foundation brush? Yeah, almost all of my Beauty Blogger friends have it and even my mother while I, don't. It's like a must- have for everyone who knows that "great tools precede great makeup" and I feel so left behind! But every time I feel that push to purchase the brush, my grown- up sensibilities start to kick in and then I ask myself this philosophical question: "Do I really need it right now?"

No is always the answer, especially when my desired future flashes right before my hypothalamus gland.

And then I remembered, I have Soffia Opulence Perfect Skin Foundation brush, which I received in the summer of last year. I barely remembered how it looked like because of the tons of brushes I have at home, both used and unused. And then a sudden urge forced me to unearth it from my beauty back- ups cabinet, expecting that it would somehow resemble Shiseido's famed brush and it did not fail me. It is a semi-counterpart of Shiseido Perfect Foundation Brush-a little different, but it pretty much does the same.


This premium brush line from the same makers of Charm Makeup Brushes offers this face brush that you can use on liquid, powder, cream, and even mousse foundation and BB creams, and promises even, flawless, pro coverage.

In short, it's your good ol' flat top Kabuki Brush with a much shorter handle for close- up work. I like short handles when it comes to foundation brushes because it gives me God- like control over things. :p

More about this multitasker after the cut.

Friday, January 30, 2015

FAN MAIL FRIDAYS: 10 Best Toners for Oily and Troubled Skin

Well, January's almost over. Can you believe that? How was your first month of the year I hope it was awesome for everyone.

I digress. Time for a little toning today! Over the years, I have come to appreciate---no, make that LOVE toner because I have seen and felt what it really does and that is to make sure that no dirt is left on your skin. If facial foam is the broom, toner is the vacuum cleaner-you use the latter to be 100% sure that you're going to sleep on a really clean face. This is the reason why I'm excited for today's FMF courtesy of Evey!

Hi Martha,
Happy New Year.
I know you’ve tried several toners for acne prone skin at different price ranges. Would you be kind enough to share affordable toners for acne prone skin?
Thank you very much.

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Hey Evey!

Happy New Year too! I love your question!

To be honest, I haven't tried a lot of affordable toners because personally, the ones I love using come at a premium price and when I love something, I do not go astray. I purchase toners (and skin care products in general) based on efficacy and, well, a little consideration for the price, but I'm not the type who will skimp on great skin care even if they come at a great price (Insert hashtag #WorkHard). I'm not bragging though-this is just my philosophy!

That said, I am listing down my top ten favorite toners for oily and troubled skin instead, ranging from affordable, mid-priced, and premium. Click READ MORE for the list!

Pantene 3 Minute Miracle Conditioner Review

Here’s a review on Pantene 3 Minute Miracle Conditioner.

Price: 70ml (P59.00); 180ml (P159.00);340ml (P259.00)
Bought From: Free
Other Locations: Available in all leading drugstores, department stores, and supermarkets


There are things in life that I wish I didn’t do, but it’s all over now and all I can do is just accept, learn, and move on, like my hair: I wish I’ve used conditioner early on (I only started using conditioner consistently 2 years ago)-my hair could’ve been less brittle, less dry, and less damaged. I know I can’t turn back time, but sometimes I wish that there’s a product that could somehow make my hair look a little like how it used to or rejuvenate it at the very least.

I received a sample of Pantene’s new 3 Minute Miracle Conditioner. This conditioner promises to reverse 3 month’s worth of damage in just 3 Minutes with its special formula. If you didn’t know, Pantene is my most favorite drugstore conditioner-it’s the priciest conditioner in the drugstore in my opinion, but I buy it anyway because it works very well on my hair type and addresses my hair concerns perfectly, thus I didn’t have too much reservations regarding this product. Just like the other Pantene conditioners, I didn’t have a problem loving this product right away because true enough, it renewed my hair in just 3 Minutes!


This newest conditioner from Pantene contains the highest concentration of advanced Terminal Amino-Silicones (TAS) that smooth the hair surface, protect the hair's cortex from future moisture loss due to environmental aggressors and frequent styling, and transform rough, brittle hair, all in just 3 minutes. It also contains PRO-V formula to reduce protein loss and stop damage progression, and prevent future split ends even in 3 months.

More about this hair miracle after the break!

Thursday, January 29, 2015

What's New? Jazzy France!

If you're a lurker of SM Department Store's Beauty Section, you've probably encountered the makeup line "James Cooper", a line headed by no less than Mr. James Cooper himself, a paragon of professional makeup artistry in the Philippines in the 90's. My first James Cooper product was the Matte Loose Powder and I remember that I loved it.

James Cooper has been changed into JAZZY France, a Filipino professional makeup brand. It's been around as I've seen it in Watson's and SM department stores before, but this is their first time to tap into the Beauty Blogging scene.

JAZZY France's products are made in France and they pride themselves on their long- lasting, HD mineral makeup line. In the event, JAZZY France said that their products undergo strict manufacturing and testing, and have passed stringent international quality standards particularly of IAF and UKAS.

Ms. Lorraine of JAZZY France briefly introducing the brand before unveiling their new collection, Dame De Coeur. Click READ MORE and check it out!

Bioderma Atoderm Restorative Lip Balm Review

Here's a review on Bioderma Atoderm Restorative Lip Balm.

Price: P910.00
Bought From: Free
Other Locations: Available in selected derma clinics; soon to be available in Watson's


Living with Cold Sores, overall, is challenging. It doesn't really come often, but when it's there, it hurts like sh*t and I am temporarily off of my favorite stuff in the world like sour, fried, citrusy food.

And it's back in the meantime because I am pretty stressed physically due to working out (and it's a good kind of stress!) plus my sleeping habit is not on point and the weather is frikkin' chilly. FYI, Cold Sores are greatly influenced by stress and a weakened immune system, and aggravated by the weather.

I remembered a dermatologist telling me to use Aquaphor to help me deal with Cold Sores along with antibiotics, until I learned that when you have Cold Sores, you have it for life so I let go of the antibiotics and just kept Aquaphor because to be honest, Aquaphor is enough to remedy the Cold Sores for me. (But don't take my word for it!)

The thing is, Aquaphor is not available locally and the one I have is already three years old so I tossed it away. While rummaging through my lip products, I found Bioderma Atoderm Restorative Lip Balm, swatched it, and concluded that it could be a good alternative since it has the same consistency as Aquaphor and I'm right! Now I don't have to rack my brain trying to look for Aquaphor whenever I'm having my Cold Sores episodes because there's Bioderma, plus this product is good at protecting the lips and it visibly improves its health! I'm in love!


This Paraben- Free, Fragrance- Free, and hypoallergenic restorative lip balm promises to soothe, protect, and heal cracked, dry, and rough lips.


More about this lip saver after the break!

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

10 Argan Oil- Infused Products To Try Now

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If you're decided that this year, you'll be incorporating Argan Oil in your skin care routine, here are ten pretty neat Argan Oil- infused products that I've personally tested and love. Most of them are inexpensive too! Just click READ MORE for the list!

Zenutrients Super Smoothing Argan Oil Shampoo and Conditioner Review

Here's a review on Zenutrients Super Smoothing Argan Oil Shampoo and Conditioner.

Bought From: Free
Other Locations: Please inquire via Zenutrients' FB Fan Page; Zenutrients Kapitolyo Showroom


I'm not the biggest fan of organic hair care products because they do nothing to my dry, always-up-in-tangles hair except promising that I'll be "cancer- free" in the future. I don't really buy into that shiz and when I buy shampoo and conditioner (especially conditioner), I want them to serve their purpose. Human Heart Nature's conditioner is prolly the most effective organic conditioner I've used and that's about it.

I'm still on the look out though for organic or natural hair care products to alternate with my commercial hair care products. Recently, Zenutrients Super Smoothing Argan Oil Shampoo and Conditioner came to my doorstep and I think my search ends for now. Guys, if you're looking for an organic hair care range that does what's advertised, go for this!


These new products from Zenutrients feature Argan Oil and Chamomile to soften and smooth hair, and promote long- lasting shine.

Ingredients, shampoo

Ingredients, conditioner

More about these favorite Zenutrients products of mine after the cut!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Maybelline White Superfresh Powder Foundation: All- Day Freshness

Finally, I decided to leave the house and have accepted that the holidays are over. The first ever launch I went to was this, Maybelline White Superfresh Powder Foundation, the brand's welcoming product for 2015. I could use some more freshness right now because work is starting to come in, especially in the coming months because summer will soon be here!

White Superfresh is developed by Maybelline to address the needs of women and that is to minimize or completely eradicate, if possible, retouching during the day. Retouching is something that I always forget doing especially on a busy day and it's unfortunate that it always betrays me by making me look haggard, tired, and stressed in front of clients!

Made with Clean- Touch Powder Technology, Maybelline claims that this product has five times better oil and water absorption powers compared to regular talc, resulting to a fresh, matte look that can last for up to 12 hours with no retouching, no caking, and no streaking. How's that???

To prove how fresh Superfresh can be, Maybelline asked the guests to perform "The Fresh Test" on the product and I've declared "Challenge accepted". See how the challenge went after the break!
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