Thursday, February 14, 2013

Clarins Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch

Hey Gorgeous!

The first time I started using makeup, I really had no idea at that time why sometimes my makeup or foundation doesn't last very long. I just thought that maybe it's just how it is, maybe I don't apply it the right way or I'm just using a not so good quality brand.
Have you ever experienced this, too? That by the middle of the day, it's all gone just like that; and the fact that we live in a very humid tropical country (Philippines); plus having an oily/combination skin type, surely I'm no exception to that.

Primer is an additional step to a beauty regime to help makeup adhere on to your skin a lot better and last longer. It helps prevent from creasing most especially for those who have oily skin types like me. It is used as a preparatory coat to instantly smoothen out wrinkles, settles into fine lines, and fill in visible pores as well. 
It is very essential to use primers so touchups won't be much necessary anymore.

Clarins Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch is one my favorites! I use it as my primer/makeup base. I love how this product glides very smoothly on the skin and leaves a very flawless canvas for foundation/bb cream application.
The promise of this product diminishes age spots on your face instantly! It is a very pale pink color but appears translucent when applied, no color could alter your foundation. It blends perfectly on to the skin.
It comes in a very sturdy glass jar and contains 15ml of product. Although, I'm not really a fan of glass jars, mainly because I find them very unsanitary. 
I usually just use my ring finger to get product from the jar, but I hate it when it gets under my nail, I happen to waste too much.
Yes, it came with a tiny spatula, but unfortunately, I've lost it!

I have a very sensitive skin, but luckily, Clarins Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch  does not break me out at all. Overall, I love how it works on my skin especially under the eyes, the sides of my nose, and sides of my mouth, plus a little of this product literally goes a long way, it's worth it!

Hope you can tell the difference between the two. ;)

Price: Php1,390 or $34

This was a gift from my sweet momma. :)

**Some things are just simply irresistible, so go ahead and spoil yourself a little!

Monday, February 11, 2013

Just another Mani Monday: Wet n Wild Megalast Nail Color in Candylicious/Rose Bonbon

Hey Gorgeous!

Yet again, I found a new brand of nail polish and it's the Megalast line from Wet n Wild. I have one in Candylicious/Rose Bonbon. When I saw this for sale on my favorite online shop Suzanne's Emporium, I quickly reserved it for me because I instantly fell in love with its pretty pink color.

And indeed, Candylicious/Rose Bonbon is a very girly, attractive, pretty pink nail color. It looks like a bubblegum, Barbie pink when applied over the nails. It is very vibrant but not overpowering which can really make your nails look flirty and gorgeous. What I love the most about it!

The brush applicator has a rounded tip, quite easy to use. It applies smoothly and just about one to two swipes are good to go, easy to work with, just make sure to apply it evenly. I'm also truly amazed by this because it lasts on your nails up to 5-6 days without chipping off, at least on me.

But then again, there are still cons I must say about it.
It has a very thick consistency which tends to dry up quite fast. So I don't recommend applying it in front of a fan or whatever there is to make it dry, otherwise, it will be very hard to use and it will end up very sticky and chunky and can form bumps. One more thing I noticed, on the 5th or 6th day of the color on my nails, it started to get a bit dark, like literally it gets this black streaks that makes it look dirty. Probably, you just shouldn't wear it that long.

But, I still like it. Mainly because I'm attracted with the color. I love the modern touch of pink that it gives. It is so perfect for summer!

Two coats plus I added glitter nail polish on my ring finger to add just a little bit effect

Megalast Nail Colors are available at all Wet n Wild mall counters for Php199.00 (13.5ml) and Php149.00 (9ml).
But I got mine at Suzanne's Emporium for only Php65.00! and yes, it is authentic. :)

The Megalast line from WnW offers a lot of their cutest colors. I'm thinking to get I Need A Refresh-Mint and Through The Grapevine next.

**credits to Letthemhavepolish, the owner of the pictures below

**Some things are just simply irresistible, so go ahead and spoil yourself a little!

Friday, February 8, 2013

4U2 Cosmetics Face Value BB Cream with SPF 25

Hey Gorgeous!

With all the hype that's been going on the beauty world today about the famed BB Creams, it got me so intrigued and thought I try one myself. Besides, I've been using liquid foundations for almost forever, so why not try something different and see what the fuss is all about. As many say, BB Creams are very soft and has light weight texture, so it's not heavy when applied on the face compared to liquid foundations. Its formula is more like a glorified tinted moisturizer, perfect for everyday use; it is one of the things I initially liked about it.
BB Cream stands for blemish balm, blemish base, or beauty balm. According to some research, it was originally formulated by a dermatologist in Germany way back 1960s to help patients mask and protect their skin after facial surgery. Then it was introduced to Korea and Japan in 1985.

BB Creams was made popular by Koreans and was sold mainly in East and Southeast Asia. It is said to be the 'beauty secret of Korean actresses' who are known for their beautiful and flawless skin. Now, it also finally made its way to the US, and ever since, this beauty product has been everywhere.

Product review:
I ran into a local market near my place to get one for myself and finally got the 4U2 Cosmetics Face Value BB Cream with SPF 25.

Among all the BB Creams available at the beauty section, I chose this because it is a new product from 4U2 Cosmetics, it contains SPF 25, and it was highly raved by my fave Filipina makeup guru. I must say, indeed, it was definitely worth a try. For my first BB Cream, this did not disappoint me at all!

It has a very smooth texture and the consistency is a bit watery which I find not a problem for me because it blends well easily. Only a small amount of product is good enough because it is very buildable. I like to use my fingers when applying this and then buff it onto my skin using a flat top face brush. It gives a natural, airbrushed finish that looks amazing!
It applies light-medium coverage, blurs minor imperfections/blemishes, plus I love the fact that it is a perfect shade for me. I do think this suits all Asian skin tones.
It has no pungent smell at all. It leaves a moisturized feel; just one thing in my case, I do have oily/combination skin so I still need to set it with a good setting powder to last all throughout the day.

What I love the most about this product is that it can act as an all-in-one moisturizer, primer, foundation and sunblock. It is very convenient to have all that in one. 
The tube contains 20g of product and is priced at Php294.00.


*blended well on the right area of the hand

Here are pictures of me wearing 4U2 Cosmetics Face Value BB Cream with a good setting powder:

I have tried other BB Creams, but so far, this is still my favorite, it's certainly living up to my expectations.
I would definitely repurchase this over and over again.

**Some things are just simply irresistible, so go ahead and spoil yourself a little!

Friday, February 1, 2013

ELF Contouring Blush and Bronzing Powder in Sta. Lucia

Hey Gorgeous!

It's the first day of the love month-February. I've been a little busy for a while, but I'm back and as promised, I'll be doing an overview of another blush and bronzer duo. You can read my previous post from the other duo here. But this time, let's hear it from ELF - the contouring blush and bronzing powder in Sta. Lucia. I've been hearing a lot of raves from makeup artists to all over the women who found this baby a must have, and I must say, it really does work pretty good! Elf is one of the brands I usually get my hands on. Reasons because they're inexpensive but surely their products are of good quality.
So, after having been using this duo for a while now, I decided to make my own in depth review for it:

Elf Contouring Blush and Bronzing Powder - my initial thought was it looks really a lot like the Nars duo by the look of the packaging. Same size, same sleek black compact, has a full mirror, and I think they have the same quantity as well. But like I said on my previous post, it sells for Php1,600 or $40usd, and this Elf duo retails for roughly Php250 or $6.25usd, to be exact. But then, of course, quality-wise, I couldn't really compare it to Nars, because we all know how amazing that brand is. So in my opinion, I'd say this product can just be a good alternative if you're just starting out with makeup, or you're just looking for something simple and affordable. The convenience of them being together in one compact is definitely a plus for me.

The Contouring Blush:
I love it! It is a peachy pink color with a little bit of orange undertone to it which flatters my fair-medium skin tone. It is very subtle. It has soft gold shimmer which I think is pretty too, because it highlights my cheeks. It's not overpowering, just the right amount to add a nice flushed, natural glow.

The Bronzing Powder:
It is a medium-dark orangey brown color. It has a tad amount of shimmer which that part I must say I don't like. I still prefer a matte one for contouring. This particular bronzer you have to apply with just little product on the brush with a very light hand otherwise it'll end up too dark and a bit muddy-looking on your face. So for this one, a little goes a long a way, and never forget to blend, blend, blend to avoid harsh lines to achieve a beautiful and attractive definition.


I recommend this to people with fair-medium complexion with yellow undertones like me. Overall, I love this product! It is my to-go blush and bronzer, one of the things I have in my vanity kit that I usually bring when I go out.
Actually, it took me a while before I decided to get this, but after having it and been using it almost everyday, I'm glad I did.

You can buy this at any ELF counters for Php249.75.

**Some things are just simply irresistible, so go ahead and spoil yourself a little!