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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Nina Ricci La Tentation De Nina EDT Review

Here's a review on Nina Ricci La Tentation De Nina EDT.

Price: P3,900.00 (50ml)
Bought From: Free
Other Locations: Available in Rustan's department stores


I ate a macaron box of 5 today, but what the heck. YOLO. Life is short so eat macarons, right? As long as it is in moderation, it is okay to give in to your tummy cravings. Devouring 5 macarons in one sitting can make any militant fitness buff go 'WTF', but if you know how to get back on track, this wouldn't be any problem.

But, but I still want more macarons….Nah, that would be overkill already so instead, I'll just kill this craving with this macaron- inspired fragrance called La Tentacion De Nina by Nina Ricci.


La Tentacion De Nina is a limited edition fragrance by Nina Ricci made in collaboration with famous French patisserie, Ladurée. This fragrance, according to Nina Ricci, is a bolder, more grown- up sister of Nina Ricci L'Elixir, but I find it a bit softer than the latter fragrance.

More about this current favorite of mine after the cut!

Friday, October 24, 2014

FAN MAIL FRIDAYS: Concealing Dark Eyebags Completely

"Always look forward to something better."

Sharing my mantra for today with everyone! To end your week on a beautiful note, here's a great question from Noelle:

Hi Martha! 
I don't know a thing about makeup, but I want to cover my dark, big eye bags. What should I use? Like, should I use concealer, correctors, foundation or CC Creams to cover it? And how should I apply? Like, should I use this one or that? Help please. I'm looking forward to hearing from you again. 

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Hey Noelle!

Concealing dark eye bags effectively is doable given the range of good makeups that are available to us, but you still have to sleep early, use eye cream, and drink lots of water to prevent them from getting worse and to simplify your makeup routine. However, there are women who are predisposed genetically to dark circles and eye bags, and if you're one of them, click READ MORE and I'll show you a quick guide in concealing dark eye bags like a pro.

Tony Moly Aquaporin Sherbet Cleanser Review

Here's a review on Tony Moly Aquaporin Sherbet Cleanser

Bought From: Free
Other Locations: Please inquire via Tony Moly Philippines' FB fan page


I have this love-hate relationship with Liquid Oil Cleansers: Their makeup- removing prowess remains unmatched in my books, but they can be a bit messy-I hate how it would dribble into my eyes and how it would find itself inside my mouth! 

Now there's this product called Sherbet Cleanser-it is basically an oil cleanser, but in a solid form and with a much fancier name-I recently discovered it through Tony Moly Aquaporin Sherbet Cleanser. A quick search on Google revealed that Sherbet Cleansers are pretty popular nowadays and can be considered a potential threat to traditional, liquid oil cleansers because it's fuss- free, mess- free, and can be brought anywhere due to its compact state, and I also read that most Korean women prefer Sherbet Cleanser as 'part two' in their two- step cleansing routine, which is only a preview of their long skin care routine. (I blogged about a Korean Skin Care routine HERE) In some Western brands, they have the same product, but they call it Cleansing Balm.

So I'm loving this cleanser lately because it's absolutely convenient and mess- free. Might be too early to say this, but I think I'll switch to this product when I get tired of my usual oil cleanser!


This solid oil cleanser contains plankton, minerals, and Willow Water to quench dehydrated skin. Aquaporin is a full skin care range that features this, a cleanser, toner, emulsion, moisturizer, sleeping pack, and sheet mask.

The one thing I like about it is also the same thing I dislike about it: It comes in a huge, filled-to-the-brim tub, but you all know my hygiene sentiments about products in tubs. Well, at least some of my cosmetic spatulas can be put to good use. 

For the future users, please use a spatula with this product-don't just dunk your fingers in it to grab the product. Otherwise, you'll transfer makeup, dirt, and bacteria into the tub!

More about this innovative oil cleanser after the break!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

#BeComplete: The Best Vitamins for Perfectly Healthy and Beautiful Skin

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Here’s the truth: The skin is more complicated than you think. As the body’s first defense against external aggressors, the skin is wired to meticulously filter each and every single thing that comes into contact with it and this is why not all skin care products can penetrate the skin 100% and why some skin care products take time to produce results or worse, not produce any results at all. Ever wonder why there are products that are formulated to be sheer and infused with deep- penetrating ingredients? It’s because brands are trying their best to go around the complex structure of the skin in high hopes of giving it the essential nutrients and vitamins it needs.

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If you can’t do it on the outside, do it on the inside. Take this tip to heart: It is important to take your multivitamins on a daily basis because one, these are skin- loving nutrients in a much concentrated form, two, they obviously supplement your skin from within, and lastly, multivitamins will prevent Vitamin Deficiency, which is detrimental not only to your health, but also to your skin in the long run.

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To battle Vitamin Deficiency, you have to consume the proper kind and amount of foods to insure your body and skin’s health, but research has shown that people don’t get the right amount of vitamins and minerals on a daily basis. You can try to be meticulous about it, but isn’t counting calories along with vitamin milligrams every single day a bit too tedious and taxing? That’s why there’s the multivitamin!

By now, I know you already know how important it is to take your multivitamin supplement on a daily basis. But what are the best vitamins to help keep your skin in the pink? Click READ MORE for that.

Age Later with Kiehl's Hydro-Plumping Re-Texturizing Serum Concentrate and Super Multi-Corrective Eye-Opening Serum

Is the pre- Holiday workload taking its toll on your skin? Tell me about it. One of the things I dread about the pre-Holiday months is having tired- looking skin 'cuz work just gets heavier around this time and having that "Holiday Glow" sometimes seems impossible to have-I even feel it's causing my skin to age sooner than expected! Well good news because Kiehl's is proud to launch a new duo that will fight for our right to have youthful, plump skin so we'll look our cheerful, glowing best this season and forever!

Many women are not satisfied with the way their skin looks despite being religious with skin care products-it's smooth, wrinkle- free, but still, it looks dull. Kiehl's has found that this is caused by Age-Related Dehydration. Age- Related Dehydration is characterized by having an imbalance of moisture in the skin, causing it to look dull and lifeless-it is also one of the leading causes of accelerated aging. To fight this, Kiehl's came up with Hydro- Plumping Re-Texturizing Serum Concentrate, a clinically- demonstrated, moisture- infusing serum that addresses Age- Related Dehydration for a plumper, fresher, and more youthful skin appearance.

This Serum is apparently inspired by hydration- based, anti- aging Dermatologist procedures like Juvaderm Hydrate and combines potent plant- based hydrating ingredients Glycerin and Shiso Leaf extract-Shiso Leaf protects skin's hydration levels while Glycerin attracts moisture for true hydration on the inside and out.

An innovation for Kiehl's, this serum is formulated without heavy waxes and barriers for easier skin absorption. Consistency is a first in the industry as well because it was developed to have a larger internal phase than the external phase for a product that 'bursts' upon application. The Internal Phase is where all the magic is as it contains Glycerin and Shiso Leaf, which comprises 85% of the formulation.

Don't forget your eyes too! Click READ MORE and find out how Kiehl's can give you a sparkly gaze this season!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Make Up For Ever Artisan Brushes Review

Here's a review on Make Up For Ever Artist Brushes.

Price: Precision Foundation Brush S (P2,450.00); Precision Blender Brush M (P1,700.00); Extra Fine Eyeliner Brush (P1,300.00); Lip Brush with Cap (P1,700.00)
Bought From: Free
Other Locations: Available in Make Up For Ever Greenbelt 3, Pop- Up Store in Trinoma, and SM Megamall Mega Fashion Hall


A makeup artist can never have too many brushes-that's a fact and Dany Sanz understands this very well so she came up with 76 professional brushes and called them Artist Brushes. More than a collection and tools of art, I'd like to believe that this collection-with the sheer number of brushes it has-is also Dany's way of celebrating the individuality of each and every makeup artist, whether new or seasoned, on this planet. 


Artist Brushes is currently the broadest luxury brush collection at 76 pieces, all of which are made to appeal to both professionals and consumers. During the creation of this collection, Dany Sanz has consulted with renowned makeup brush manufacturer Raphaël and spent five years perfecting the brushes, carefully selecting and testing various synthetic bristles that mimic the softness of natural hair. According to Make Up For Ever, each brush has undergone 25 stages of creation and are all crafted by hand by a manpower of 30.

The handles are made from fine wood with a rosewood hue-it's reminiscent of painting brushes and it gave the entire collection an artistic appeal overall, plus they feel very sturdy and luxe.

More about these favorite brushes of mine after the cut!

DKNY MY NY: Love, New York

The first time I had a whiff of DKNY's Be Delicious fragrance, a fragrance that DKNY says is inspired by New York, I immediately got excited for the time when I can finally visit the Big Apple. I've always wondered how it's like and how it would feel like to be there-maybe it's as picturesque (or even more) as its depiction in photography and stories, and as sweet, jovial, and colorful as the fragrance of DKNY-maybe only a true blue New Yorker or those who have visited the city will only know. Oh, I cannot wait for my time to visit NY to come!

DKNY once again captures the heart of New York, but this time, in a warmer, soulful rendition called DKNY MY NY. Singer/ Song Writer Rita Ora is the face of DKNY's new fragrance. According to DKNY, Rita's urban chic style and bold, eclectic, and free- spirited personality makes her the perfect icon to embody the fragrance.

Discover what makes this fragrance truly New York when you click READ MORE!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Ofra Lipsticks Review + Swatches

Here's a review on Ofra Lipsticks in 202, 205, Fuchsia, and Amethyst.

Price: P650.00
Bought From: Free
Other Locations: Available in


There's the HD powder, HD blush, HD mascara, and HD eyeliner-but have you heard of the HD lipstick? That's what I'm introducing to you today! These HD lipsticks are brought to you by Ofra, an international makeup brand that has been around for 20 years. Ofra boasts of makeup products in various colors and textures that look incredible under natural lighting or even in the camera-yep, I've proven that these claims are true when I've started using these lippies!


Soft, rich, and luxurious, these high impact lipsticks deliver intense moisture and color in one swipe. Formulated with Castor Oil, Caprylic-Capric Triglyceride, and Petrolatum to give a smooth, satin finish and has Titanium Dioxide that acts as a natural sunscreen. Aloe Vera and Vitamin E help soothe and heal the lips naturally. The entire range only comes in a satin formulation.

Ofra said that their products suit even those with sensitive skin so if you have this skin type and you're looking for more options, might as well go and check Ofra!

Swatches after the break and more about this nice yet affordable lipstick range after the cut!
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