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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

My Craziest Wish + First Impressions: Belo Essentials Beauty Deo Line Review



We all have that one, crazy wish and here’s mine: I want to have Anne Curtis’ underarms. Seriously. When I wake up and check in the mirror, I want my underarms to magically look like hers.

Photo Credit: youtube.com

I know that like me, you’ve seen Anne’s underarms up-close on T.V., ads, glossies, blogs, and you gotta admit, that thing is spotless, smooth, even, and gorgeous-in fact, someone even made a Facebook fan page dedicated to praising Anne’s underarms!

But with great kili-kili comes great responsibilities. I’ve a friend who has really gorgeous skin and another friend who has abs-both have different assets to flaunt, but they share one thing in common: they both exert effort to maintain their assets. I believe this is true for Anne and her underarms, too: she does the necessary steps to maintain the beauty of her underarms and she uses only the best products, and of course, Belo.

So aside from non-invasive procedures for the underarms courtesy of Belo, what else does Anne do and use to maintain the beauty of her underarms? Belo Essentials Beauty Essentials Underarm Care Line. Let’s check out this range plus their newest products after the break!

Avène Eau Thermale Thermal Spring Water Review



Here's a review Avène Eau Thermale Thermal Spring Water.

Price: 50ml- P500.00 ; 300ml- Around P1,000.00
Bought: Free
Other Locations: Available in major Mercury Drug stores

THE VERDICT:

At first, I was a non- believer that this water is "miraculous". I was like: "Yeah, sure, it's water from France, but it's just...water." How can it be any extraordinary than Evian or mineral water, right? 

When I was running through this product's label one time, an idea hit me all of a sudden: If this product claims to soothe irritation, then maybe it can alleviate my fancy accessory- induced skin allergy. I may have forgotten to mention this to you guys, but I am ALLERGIC (it's all caps because my allergy can get really bad :( ) to nickel- made accessories aka fancy accessories specifically on the neck area-it's pretty bad that it would only take 10 minutes (5 minutes if I'm in a warm area) for the rashes, redness, itchiness, and burning sensation on my neck to ensue whenever I'm wearing these accessories every.single.time. Sometimes, even without wearing anything at all, my neck would itch and burn when I'm sweaty or it's hot and humid. Yup, my skin on the neck area is THAT sensitive!

As expected, I'm experiencing that darned allergy again since its summer (a derma said it's called Atopic Dermatitis) and what a perfect time to test Avène Eau Thermale Thermal Spring Water and validate its claims. One time, when my Atopic Dermatitis was triggered, I reached for this product and sprayed it on the inflamed part. 3 minutes after, the itch and burning feeling went away and a choir of angels suddenly appeared in my head and sang "HALLELUJAH!" Now I'm a certified fanatic, finding myself reaching for this water often and preaching to my friends and family like a prophet about this miraculous water from France. I even bought the 300ml can a few days after using it. I'm hooked!

AVÈNE EAU THERMALE THERMAL SPRING WATER IN DETAIL

Avène Thermal Spring Water is an all- around, soothing product for irritated and sensitive skin. This "miracle water" was discovered in 1700's in Avène, France, specifically in Saint Odille Spring. Since then, it has been treasured for its healing benefits and people from all parts of France and eventually, the world, would flock to Avène to experience its benefits-this has inspired the creation of Avène Hydrotherapy Center where people suffering from skin disorders such as Atopic Dermatitis, Eczema, and Psoriasis go to be treated the natural way with the "miracle water." More about the rich history of Avène Thermal Spring Water HERE.

The product comes in 3 sizes: 50ml (for your bag), 150ml (for your dresser), and 300ml (for household use). In each can, you will only get PURE WATER, as in the world- famous "miracle water" of Saint Odille Spring in Avène, France-no other ingredients included. 

Here's one interesting fact about this product: The water is transferred from the spring directly to the can using Avène's spring-to-can packaging method-this method preserves the water's integrity and purity. Every time you use it, it will be the water's very first time to come out in a foreign environment-as in no, the water's not even exposed in the facility of Avène!

I love the atomizer of this product: it sprays continuously even if you turn it over and sideways, delivers a very fine, wide mist, plus the atomizer goes up and down fluidly. The can contains Earth- friendly Nitrogen to push the product to the surface-definitely no CFC!

More about this new bag, dresser, and home staple of mine after the break! :)

Monday, April 20, 2015

UNBOXING: BDJ Box April 2015


I was VERY irritable last Saturday because it was like 40 degrees in my place plus it's that time of the month for me. What banished all those negative vibes was this gift courtesy of BDJ Box that landed in my doorstep that day. Truly, I say, there's nothing that a gift can't cure! :D


Ladies, meet BDJ's box for April 2015. This month, BDJ has curated a beauty set that will give you back your glow from head-to-toe through products that bring out your fairness, fake a luminous complexion, and detoxify skin. If you suffer from dull skin all the time, I hope you're subscribed to this box! :)

 Click READ MORE for the unboxing!

Etude House Sugar Tint Balm Review + Swatches


Here's a review on Etude House Sugar Tint Balm in #3 Cranberry Pie and #6 Pink Grapefruit.

Price: P348.00
Bought From: Free
Other Locations: Available in all Etude House stores and counters nationwide

THE VERDICT:

Pigmented lip balms are becoming a thing nowadays. Maybe it's where the trend is heading, maybe because it's summer, or maybe brands are creating a starting point for young girls who want to wear a lipstick-but-not-quite-lipstick product. Whatever the maybe is, I'm just glad that there are gentler and more hydrating options for girls who love wearing lipstick (like moi!) during summer! Etude House has just released their version lately called Sugar Tint Balm, a lip balm that acts like a lipstick as well!

ETUDE HOUSE SUGAR TINT BALM IN DETAIL

This newest from Etude House claims to be a lip balm with the staying power of a lip tint and boasts of a hydrating, soothing, moisturizing combination of extracts namely Jojoba Oil, Argan Oil, and Vitamin E. It comes in 8 candy and pastry- inspired shades.

Ingredients

Swatches of this bold lip balm after the cut.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Came, Swapped, Conquered: Olay Moisture Outlast Body Wash Swap + Product Review



Last March 28, 2015, Robinson’s Ermita witnessed what could probably be the most epic bath swap for this season: Olay Moisture Outlast Body Wash Swap.


Dozens and dozens of people flocked to Midtown Atrium and swapped their bath soaps to experience Olay’s new body wash. I was invited to partake in the experience and being the body wash monster that I am, I did not say no! :D


 Just a recap, here are the variants in Olay Moisture Outlast Body Wash Collection:


Refreshing Moisture with Green Tea
Cooling Moisture with White Strawberry And Mint
Clean Moisture with Coconut Milk
Sensitive Moisture with Chamomile
Whitening Moisture with Pearl Extracts
Deep Moisture with Honey

This product promises to moisturize skin and keep it hydrated by enhancing its NMF or Natural Moisturizing Factor (the thing that attracts moisture to your skin) so you can sport healthy skin everywhere from the humid outdoors to skin- drying air-conditioned rooms (Click HERE to know how Air Conditioning dries out your skin big time). Olay said that this range is composed of powerful active moisturizers, 100% Soy Bean Oil and Pro-Glycerin, and won’t dry out your skin unlike regular beauty bars.

Click READ MORE for my swap experience and guess who dropped by in the event to say hello.

Friday, April 17, 2015

FAN MAIL FRIDAYS: My Eyeshadow Techniques For Hooded Eyelids



A lovely Friday to everyone! My giveaway's doing VERY good since its launch-thanks for supporting, as always. If you still haven't joined, you should and you should now! :)

But first, read our Fan Mail Fridays for today, most especially if you have hooded eyes as I'm dishing out a couple of useful and easy eyeshadow tips for this eye shape. Thank you, Diane, for the question. :)

Hi Martha, 
 I noticed that you have hooded eyes (and so do I), but even if you have those, you still come up with good eye makeup. Are there any techniques or methods you can share in applying your eye makeup? Thanks and have a wonderful day. 
 Diane


Hi Diane!

Quick story before I reveal my eyeshadow tips: Before, I used to dislike my hooded eyelids-I've always adored deep set eyes and I used to feel unfortunate to not have been born with it. When I got older, I luckily got over my insecurities and realized that my Almond- shaped eyes and hooded eyelids are actually cute-they also enabled me to unleash my creativity with makeup, especially with eyeshadows. Now I'm very thankful for having been born with this gorgeous set of eyes! :)

Hooded eyelids can both be a blessing and a curse: it's a blessing because you can get away with just a wash of color and it will look effortlessly even on it, unlike on deep set eyes where the color can sink into the creases, thereby causing a patchy, uneven finish. It's a curse because since it folds outwards, you have to spend extra effort to showcase multi- color eye makeup looks! Either way, hooded eyelids are awesome. #LoveYourOwn ;)

I only swear by three tips when it comes to applying eyeshadow on hooded eyelids. Click READ MORE for the reveal.

Covergirl Bombshell Collection Review + Swatches



Here's a review on Covergirl Bombshell Collection.

Price: Shineshadow- P425.00; Volume Mascara- P500.00
Bought From: Free
Other Locations: Available in all drugstores and department stores

THE VERDICT:

I like how Covergirl is upping their game lately: From being the girl-next-door type of brand, they've gotten quirkier and more playful yet they still promote naturalness. It's like they've put a fun twist to the girl-next-door look by throwing in pops of color and a bit of drama through their products, like Bombshell Collection.

COVERGIRL BOMBSHELL COLLECTION IN DETAIL

Covergirl Bombshell is a 6- piece makeup collection that features the Shineshadow, Volume Mascara, Bombshell Lipstick, Bombshell Nail Lacquer, Intensity Liner Pen, and Lip Crayon. This collection, more than anything, wants you to look your sexiest self easily and with just a few products.


I only have two products from this collection: Volume Mascara and Shineshadow.

Swatches and full review of these products when you click READ MORE.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Bobbi Brown Makeup Lesson 2015: Beauty, Simplified



I may have shared hundreds of reviews, tips, tricks, and whatnots over the last 6 years as a Beauty Blogger, but at the end of the day, I will only dispense this single beauty advice: Find the products and tips that work for you, and stick with them for life. That's it! Beauty should not be complicated!

If you're new to makeup, however, you can get lost in the sea of beauty products, costing you a lot of money and your skin along the way. Oh, I should know!


This is why I highly encourage everyone, newbie or not, to attend makeup workshops to equip you with know- how to save you from grief and unnecessary spending (or minimize both at the very least). I attended a lot when I was starting with the blog and I still attend some today-everything changes quickly nowadays and I have to adapt to that change for my advantage and to be able share knowledge as well. You can't be too learned to learn something new!

Just last week, I attended Bobbi Brown's Makeup Lesson for 2015. Just like last year, the lessons cover makeup tips and tricks for the brows, eyes, complexion, and lips, and looks for daytime, nighttime, school, and work, but what's new is Bobbi has shared a couple of new techniques in these lessons, techniques that she probably have discovered and learned last year or a couple of months back while working in shows. Attending these lessons is like having a one-on-one with Bobbi!


We had a taste of Bobbi's Makeup Lessons for this year courtesy of Felix Nguyen, APAC Manager For Artistry For Bobbi Brown (who, by the way, works alongside Bobbi Brown!). In the preview, Felix demonstrated Career Makeup and Summer Makeup.


 I'll be sharing Felix's handy beauty tips with everyone after the cut.

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