Sunday, November 28, 2010

Zoom In On: Obagi Nuderm Sunblock in SPF35

The most recent summer had got to be the sunniest. I remember always feeling exhausted during that time perhaps because of the humidity and heat. If there was one good thing that came out of that episode, it would have to be my strengthened devotion on sunblock LOL. Yeah, I wear facial sunblock but not very regularly because well, I get lazy. I am always rushing to work in the mornings that sometimes I intentionally skip applying it because it would set me back by a few minutes. Since summer, however, I have been faithful to these UV shields to the point that I’d feel guilty and restless when I don’t apply them.

Last year, I reviewed the Neutrogena thinking that it was the best that I could ever get my hands on. Boy was I wrong! Because it does not hold a candle to the sunblocks that I am currently rotating. Unlike Neutrogena, these do not sting my eyes and they dry faster too (which is a must if you are always in a hurry like me). My current sunblock arsenal is comprised of Mary Kay SPF30 Sunscreen, Shiseido Gentle Sun Protection Lotion for Sensitive Skin and Babies SPF 30, and my Obagi Nuderm Healthy Skin Protection SPF35. 

I will review the Obagi Nuderm Healthy Skin Protection SPF35 first as I use this more often than the other two. My review perhaps can be summarized by two words. My HG. As in Holy Grail. At 90 mL, this takes forever to consume. I’ve been using this almost every day since March and I am still halfway through the tube. Personally, I use just a little of it every application as its consistency is not runny unlike other sunblocks although beauty enthusiasts contend users should not skimp on using sunscreens. It leaves a whitish cast a few minutes after application but this only last for a few minutes. When it gets dry, it can serve as a good makeup base. It is also unscented which is another thing that I like about it. Just like Shiseido, it does not have that typical sunscreen-y scent that I associate to the smell of a thinner.
Item Blurb:
Active Ingredients : Octinoxate, 7.5%, Zinc Oxide 9%
Inactive Ingredients: Butylparaben, cetearyl alcohol, citric acid, diethanolamine cetyl phosphate, disodium edentate, ethylparaben, isobutylparaben, isopropyl palmitate, methylparaben, octyl stearate, phenoxyethanol, polyether, propylparaben, purified water, sodium hydroxide, triethoxycaprylysilane.

This sunblock is not widely available however. By this I mean that we cannot just buy it in any random department or drug store. In fact, I was only able to buy one with the help of a friend who considers this her HG sunblock too. It retails at $46-53 (approx. Php 2000) Yeah, I know. Not cheap noh? Good thing my friend gave me a generous discount for this.

What’s your HG sunblock?


Sunday, October 24, 2010

I'm Back!

Helo chicas!

I know I’ve been a bad blogger lately because of my sporadic blog entries but I do apologize. Life had been so demanding that I had no choice but to place blogging in the backseat. Nevertheless, my love for makeup had not waned even during these recent months of online respite.

Since July (my last entry was still then), a lot of things have happened (as in A LOT)! These were the highlights:
> BF and I broke up, got back together after a week, and we can say we've never been better :)
> conquered my fear of heights by ziplining in Danao with BF (will post an entry about that!)
> did the makeup of my BF's sis for her prenup
> got my UD Naked palette. I had an extra one which I sold to Sis Sol. Long story.
> trained for Prulife UK and is now preparing for the licensing exam
> finished the first semester at work without committing a major, major blunder
> turned a shade darker because of a recent sojourn with workmates to Anda beach.

I’m also very happy, and somehow, proud to share to you an FOTD of mine during a company affair. I describe my makeup application skill as, well, average. So, I’d naturally feel flattered every time I’d get compliments on how nice my makeup is. The cosmetics I used are also not very expensive so you might want to give some of these a try.

 Olay Total Effects Moisturizer 
 Clinique Superfit Foundation in Creamy Beige  
Kokoryu Summer Cake in Russet  
VOV Cover Foundation (as concealer) 
MAC Shadestick in Beiging (primer)  
Stila Golightly e/s  
Stila Wheat e/s  
Covergirl Lash Blast Mascara
Nars Blush in Desire  
The Body Shop Radiant Highlighter
Colour Collection Sheer Pink Pearl  
Revlon Super Lustrous Lippie in Pink in the Afternoon  
C.O. Bigelow Mentha Lip Shine

Not naman bad for an amateur noh? hehe :)

Thanks girls :)

Sunday, July 11, 2010

I Heart HHN!

First of all, let me apologize for my long absence. I know that it’s a cliché but I just had to let blogging take the backseat to life. I hope you will bear with me though.
Last week, I was finally able to try some of the products of Human Heart Nature, an organic line that had so many bloggers raving. Luckily, I have a colleague whose friend is an HHN reseller so ordering was a breeze.

Here are pics of the items I got.

I haven’t used them long enough to be able to make an in-depth review of each but here are my initial thoughts about them:

Organic Cleanser and Makeup Remover – This is a great makeup remover and leaves my skin soft and uber clean. It seems a little runny though but this should not be a problem since it’s fairly easy to spread on the face. It does not easily remove waterproof mascara though (for this, I use the sunflower oil).
Tomato and Lemongrass Facial Wash – Leaves my face squeaky clean but I don’t like that it does not lather or create that soapy foam that I want in my facial cleansers.

Tomato and Lemongrass Toner – Better IMO than Dickinson’s Witch Hazel Toner. It’s true what other bloggers say about its smell but I find it less offensive than the latter. Absolutely no stings when applied and leaves my skin glowing.

Feminine Cleanser – I absolutely love this. Better than Lactacyd, PH Care or Summer’s Eve IMO. It leaves me with a fresh, clean feeling every time I use it.

Sunflower Oil – HHN claims that this can whiten darker areas and is said to be good at ridding dark circles. I haven’t seen its effect though (well I haven’t used it long enough pa). I find this effectve at removing waterproof mascara though.

Lip Balms – So-so but considering how cheap they are, it’s not a heartbreaker.

Aside from being effective and skin- and environment- friendly, Human Heart Nature products are cheaper than other local organic brands that I know. I got all of these at less than Php 500 (I was given a generous discount by the seller).

Thanks for your time readers :) Hope you find this post useful.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Zoom In On: Loreal Colour Fresco Cream Eyeshadow

Hello girls!

I’m sorry for being unable to post new entries lately. I’m currently undergoing a personal crisis. Hopefully, I’d be able to get past this and be able to make the right decisions to make things better.

Anyway, I will try to post new entries to get my mind off things that have been troubling me for days now.
     (swatch of Loreal Bubbly)
This is a review of the Loreal Fresco Crème Eyeshadow in Bubbly. I’ve had this since last year and I liked it so much that I used to have two to three back-ups of this. I acquired recently MAC Shadestick in Beiging and I can say that the former is a good and inexpensive dupe of the latter. I use this mainly as an eyeshadow base to make my e/s look more vibrant. Please note that my eyelids are not that oily too so what works for me might not necessarily work for some of you.
         (violet e/s of the Stila All Dolled Up Palette, swatch on top without base, swatch in the bottom with Loreal Bubbly) 
- gives a cool and refreshing feel some few seconds after being swiped on the lids
- creamy and relatively easy to spread and blend
- makes my e/s look more vibrant and longer-lasting
- some Ebay merchants sell this at an affordable price of Php 60
- available in a wide range of color
- works almost as well as the Shadestick without the exorbitant price
- tends to clump on the tube especially when exposed to humidity
- may not be available locally
- not so attractive to look at when used alone

Hope you find this review helpful. 
Thanks girls!  

Friday, May 14, 2010

Zoom In On: MAC Studio Sculpt Concealer

For as long as I can remember, I have always been in search for the best concealer for my undereye area. Luckily for me, I have never really been pimple or acne-prone except when I’d occasionally have zits during pre-menstrual days. When I look for a concealer, I look for something that is not necessarily effective in concealing any facial scar but something that lightens my undereye area which is darker than the rest of my face when I’m au naturale.
I decided to try MAC Studio Sculpt Concealer hoping that this would be the perfect remedy to my problem.

Item Blurb (MAC Website):

A creamy concealer that provides full coverage with a natural matte finish. Brushes on with enough blend time to conceal any size of blemish. Rich formulation allows you to use a micro-amount of product to even out skin. Water-resistant and long-wearing.
5.5 g /0.19 US OZ US $16.50 / Php 900
(notice how close the shade the swatch shade is on my skintone, I don't know if you can see it though)

  •  I got mine in NW25 shade and I would have to say that it matches my skin tone perfectly. I notice that this disappears right into my undereye area.
  • Unlike some of the concealers I have tried, this does not settle into the fine lines under my eyes. 
  • Its consistency is just perfect IMO. Not too creamy and not too dried out either. 
  • Easy to blend and because it’s opaque in texture, very little is used every application. 
  • It’s versatile as it can be applied through a concealer brush or through one’s fingers. Either way, the results are A-okay with me. 
  • Its packaging is elegant and durable albeit, a little heavy. I read in one review that this “glass”(I don’t really know the more accurate technical term for it) packaging is crucial to making the content last longer.

(undereye area in the left is with MAC SS concealer, while the one of the right is sans any) 
  • As for all MAC and other high-end makeup brands, it’s always the price ;)
Final Say: I’d choose this over MAC Studio Finish Concealer. It’s way better for concealing nasty undereye circles. Definitely HG-material. Still would want to try other brands though. 
Thanks chicas!  

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Voter No. 121 Precinct 68C

Last Monday, May 10, the country had its first automated elections. It was the third time for me to be able to participate in this process. Alas, it was also the worst experience I ever had. Methinks that next time, the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) should institute steps to make sure that the people would not be subjected to too much stress and hassle just to be able to exercise their right to vote.

My brother and I went to the polling precinct at 8:30 a.m. When we got there, throngs of voters were already in line. I did not have a difficult time finding my name (and my parents’ names) in the voters’ list because we were listed in the same precinct that we voted in during the last two elections. My brother’s name was listed in another precinct as he was a first-time voter.   

As soon as we knew of our precinct and voter number, we immediately fell in line thinking that we’d be able to vote after an hour or two. Our experience, however, exceeded expectations ( and not in a good way!) because we had to endure four and half (4.5) hours of waiting. Our stress was made even worse by the humidity during that day. I remembered praying fervently that it would rain that time. In fairness, everything was a breeze once we got to the polling room. The PCOS machine did not falter during our turn. It was already almost 1:00 p.m. when we got home. And soon as we stepped out of the room, it started raining (talking about answered prayers!)

My parents ended up not voting because although they went at 5:30 p.m. to the voting area, there were still hundreds of voters who were also in the line with them. It was already 10:30 when they decided to go home because my mom needed to have her insulin shot already.

Nevertheless, I never regretted voting because I was able to vote for someone who could have been the best President we ever had. (Go GT!) And while my heart is filled with sorrow that he did not win, I could not feel any resentment towards our President-in-Waiting as he had already been warmly congratulated and accepted by GT.
 Me sans makeup and with a slightly sunburned face 
(and sporting an indelible ink!)
By the by, I think all of the problems encountered during the Election Day are just birth pains considering how new we are to automation. I am looking forward to a breezier electoral process in 2013.The real winners that emerged in this exercise are not the candidates who ran and defeated their rivals but the voters who did not waver and made sure that their votes were counted.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Happy Mothers' Day!

Before we'd all be busy worrying about the outcome of the elections on Monday, let me first greet the most important woman in my life a "Happy Mothers' Day!".
Happy Mothers’ Day!

Thank you Mom!
For giving me life.
For giving me two wonderful brothers.
For being a good wife to Papa.
For constantly worrying about us.
For being just a text away ALWAYS.
For working hard so we’d all get college degrees.
For being our harshest critic.
For being our greatest (and sometimes, only) fan.
For giving up your dreams so we’d realize ours.
For being love personified.

I hope I’ll be as great a wife and mother as you have been to us!

Zoom In On: Liole Blooming Pinky Tint

Generally, I prefer wearing powder blushes to cheek tints. However, when the weather is as crazy hot and humid as it is these days, powder blushes can get easily melted by the tons of sweat we make. This made me reconsider using cheek tints. For my first foray in this type of cheek color, I chose Liole Blooming Pinky Tint. This beauty has garnered several raves from makeup addicts and had been declared to be the equally (if not better) effective dupe of Benefit’s Posie Tint. It was out of the question for me to get the latter since I am not willing to spend more than Php 1,000 for a cheek tint since I was not even sure if they would be “hiyang” with me.
Liole Pinky Tint features a “nail-polish” type of applicator which I thought was funny at first. I could only imagine how funny I’d look to people who did not know better. They’d think I’m crazy putting nail polish on my cheeks. 
  • Has a bubblegummy scent that I love. The texture of the tint on initial application is thicker as compared to that of TBS lip and cheek tint (review to follow!).
  • Does not dry fast upon application making it easier to blend on the cheeks. 
  • Superb staying power (it stayed on my cheeks for more than 12 hours). 
  • Less expensive yet works as great as more expensive cheek tints.
  • Shows up on my cheeks after two or more swipes.
  • Smudges on my fingers (but can be easily removed by using a hand sanitizer). 
  • Can be really tricky to apply and blend especially for those who are new at using cheek tints.
  • Can be very inconvenient to use because of its packaging. 
  • Not sold locally. 
 Thanks chicas!

Zoom In On: Prestige Vinyl Wear Lip Gloss

If you are lucky, you’d be able to find great bargains through There was a time when I’d buy something through this virtual store almost every week. I’m sure almost all veteran online shoppers have their own stories to tell regarding their Ebay best buys. On a personal note, I consider my Prestige Vinyl Wear Lip Glosses as one of my online best buys. These were sold at only Php 50 each. I got two shades, Merengue and Belly Dancing. I think the latter was only a freebie since I got a lot of items from the Ebay seller at that time.

Retailing at $4.95, these are really great drugstore lip glosses.  For a better look at other shades, read this

I got Merengue, which is apparently a dupe for Chanel Glossimer in Electric.
 While Merengue can be described as "coral-orange", Belly Dancing has more violet tones and dries up to a darker, mauve red shade.
Ø These babies are super pigmented.
Ø Aside from the superior color-payoff, these also have superb staying power. (Better than that of MAC and Stila, IMO)
Ø Can be worn alone or on top of a lippie. (I prefer wearing it alone since the shades I got are very pigmented.
Ø The vinyl formulation lends high-wattage shine to the lips.
Ø Texture is rather sticky and feels thick upon application.
Ø Shade appears to be darker right after being applied on the lips. (It neutralizes after some time however.)
Ø Packaging leaves so much to be desired though. (Applicator dipped to the other half of the tube every application.)
Ø May not be sold as cheaply when bought from traditional stores like Beauty Bar.

How about you ladies, what’s your Ebay best buy?

Thanks chicas for taking the time to read this post!

Saturday, April 17, 2010


Girls, I have some stuff that I'm letting go. Please help me get these stuff off my dresser :) Buzz me if interested.  

Just click on any of the pics under the "Adopt These" label and you will be led to a Flickr photostream of these items. 

I am very meticulous about my stuff so you can be assured that these items are in great condition and are kept in clean and pet-free envi. I'm also OC so if you text me, I'd be able to reply to you right away. 

Thanks chicas!

Friday, April 16, 2010

Stash Staple: Stila Lip Glaze

I have tried tons of lip glosses from MAC lipglasses, MAC lip varnish, Mineral Lip Glosses, Burt's Bees Lip Gloss, to lip glosses from drugstore brands like Loreal, Maybelline, and Revlon but these are the ones that I LOVE best.
I love the packaging and I find the item design practical and hygienic  as opposed to the conventional lip gloss with the applicator attached to the cap. These lip glazes are also not as sticky and thick as MAC lip glosses which is another plus point for me. Of the four mini lip glazes that I have (part of the Lip Glaze Holiday Collection), I love cranberry (fourth from the top) and plum fairy (second from the top) the most. The full size lip glaze (Ultimate Pink), on the other hand, was the one that was part of the Ulti Mate Set that I purchased last year. I'm having no regrets purchasing these and would probably buy more in the future once I use up or dispose my other lip glosses from other brands. The packaging of the lip glazes reveals that shelf life is "12 months" so while I'd want to hoard many of these at one time,  it would not be practical. 

When I was roaming around the local HBC store, I noticed that this local brand also has something similar to the Stila Lip Glazes, down to the packaging and brush applicators. You might want to try them if you don't want to splurge on Stila.

Thanks chicas! 

P.S. As a certified Gleek, I was pleased when I saw "Rachel Berry" using this in one of the episodes of Season One. Yey to Stila Lip Glaze!

Monday, April 12, 2010

Pucker Up with Pink Lips!

I have read so many raves about MAC's Pink Nouveau Lippie. I learned that this is the favorite lipstick shade of Ruffa Gutierrez. In her weekly Phil. Star Beauty Column, my idol (lol!) , Lucy Torres-Gomez, also made mention of this MAC lippie. It is OOS all over Manila so I made sure to include this in my "to-buy" list when a friend went to the US last month. 
It is described as a "bright pink" in the official website of MAC. This is also Lady Gaga's favorite pink lippie and her eponymous Viva Glam Lippie was inspired by this. It has a "satin finish" but on me, it is kinda matte. It is a little drying too so I make sure to put some lip salve prior to applying this.
I actually loved this when I first wore it. I find, however, that its pinkish shade vanishes and turns into a darker rosey shade a few hours after wearing it. I don't know the reason for this but I'm deducing that it might be because I'm acidic. I also noticed that it wears off easily making me a little disappointed with it. Lately, I noticed that if I don't place any lip balm underneath it, it adheres better to my lips and lasts longer.

I'm not quite sure if I like this shade.My best buddy at work also told me that it looks weird on me lol. (Might be because she's not used to seeing me wear this shade of pink before).  Personally, I think it looks "bagay" on me but I dunno, maybe my judgement is influenced by the fact that I really want to love this. Anyhoo, this is something that you would not want to wear if you don't want to grab anybody else's attention. 
Here is a comparison swatch of Nyx Lousiana (left), MAC Pink Nouveau (middle), and Loreal Pure Pink (right). The latter is the one that I included in my Project 10 pan. Off topic, I so love this shade. Is there any MAC lippie shade that is close to this? Lemme know. 
Here are some pics of me wearing MAC Pink Nouveau in different lighting.
Thanks chicas!