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Nov 30, 2013

November Favorites

11/30/2013 9 Comments

Yey! My first ever favorites post. It actually wasn't as easy as I thought. Or rather, it is easy, I just made it difficult. See, I only got four items. O_o And I just wouldn't believe that I love so few. I had to go around the corners of my mind asking myself questions, like "what have I been using?" "didn't I like the products even when I was using them?"... It was all a hassle, and in the end I just went with the things that instantly came to me when I decided to make a favorites post. :D

So here are those four things:

This mint motorcycle jacket from True Love. I bought this at the teens section of SM department store. :D Yeah, small women like me can find a lot of treasure in the teens section. This jacket was bought at around P650-P700.

And yeah, I don't have better pics. I don't do photo shoots because I get embarrassed easily. :D That's my cousin by the way and my boyfriend. Pic with boyfriend was a stolen shot by my brother and I am half tempted to put a smiley sticker on my face. Haha.

The jacket may look like a leather (motorcycle) jacket, but it's actually made of cotton, so it's perfect for the temperatures here in the country. :D I have been using this a lot since the weather in the Philippines got a little colder.

This lipstick from Etude House. Read my review on this Etude House Dear My Blooming Lips for more information about this lippie.

This flower bracelet set which is so popular nowadays. :D I got one in peach because I think the color pops when used in conjunction with mint green. Got it at Girl Shoppe for P120.

This concealer from Essence. I have been using it this month and I love how it's so easy to use. Haven't actually made a review yet, so I'm not going to divulge any more. Stay tuned for the review. It will be up soon. :D

So that's it for my favorites this month of November. December is fast approaching guys! Merry Christmas in advance! *excited/stressing now*

Nov 28, 2013

Garnier Light Complete Night Restore

11/28/2013 14 Comments

I totally have not been using moisturizer since I stopped using Celeteque some months ago because I have been swamped with products to review and I feel I need to concentrate on one thing at a time to be able to assess the product better.

But since the recent products I'm testing out are about 2-3 weeks old, I decided to go ahead and find myself a moisturizer.

I'm actually a night owl (surprise surprise~eye bags) so I didn't think it would be a good choice to get a day cream/moisturizer as I wouldn't be awake to apply it. Haha.

So when I visited the mall last week, I checked out some night creams and finally decided on this one by Garnier. There is a sachet version of this, I think, but thought it might not last long enough to make a review of. :D #bloggerlogic But I still got a smaller tube of 20 ml, afraid to commit to something bigger and more expensive too soon.

So what do I think about this product? Here's my review:

Box photos: front, right side, and rear view

The right side view lists the ingredients and at the bottom, to my dismay I cropped out, is an FSC logo which means the packaging is made from responsible sources. By using the logo, Garnier supports forest management that respects people and nature. :)

The back of the box has descriptions of the product in 2 languages. One in English and the other Indonesian (educated guess?). Product is made in Indonesia, so it goes without saying that it is in Indonesian. *I'm open to corrections though.*

More box photos.

Left side view is the one in green which states Garnier's philosophy. Leading European brand... Designed for Asian skin... I don't understand. Are there that many Asians in Europe? Or are Europeans into Asian beauty as well?

At the bottom of the left side has the volume of the product, shelf life, and the recycle icon. The bottom left picture is of the top of the box. It only has this logo of a leaf, which in my opinion means this product is made from natural ingredients (Part of their Philosophy). On the right side of the picture are the photos of the bottom of the box where the bar code is and the manufacturing date.

On the back of the tube is the same description as the back of the box. :)

The Night Restore Cream from Garnier contains the following ingredients:
  • Pure lemon essence
  • Natural peeling fruit extracts
  • Long Dan extract
  • Vitamin C

It claims to:

  • intensively exfoliate skin
  • lighten dark spots
  • even out skin tone
  • make skin look fairer and fresher

Tube opening and cap. Opening is smaller than average, which is okay by me since it's easy to control the dispensing of product.

Hand swatches

The texture of the cream is light and is easily spread and absorbed.


The scent smells nice. :D It's lemony, but I won't say it resembles a fresh lemon cut and squeezed. Maybe if you mix that juice with soap, it would. :D It just doesn't smell as refreshing, you know?

It can be a bit strong when first applied, so those who are not into scented beauty and skin products might not be too happy with it. The scent slowly fades out as time passes (yes, still not asleep hours after putting it on) so it's milder and easier on the nose. I actually like the smell.

Price and Availability

Bought this at Watsons for P99. The 50ml jar is at P200+. Garnier is easily available at beauty and skincare counters in department stores and supermarkets. I even found them in Zamboanga where there's a pitiful selection of everything except sea food. Hahaha. *Zamboanguena here*

My Experience

 I haven't noticed if my skin tone got fairer. I'm pretty fair as it is (lack of sunlight most likely). I am okay with that though. What I was after was some hyperpigmentations to lighten up. I only noticed a slight improvement, but that may be because I haven't been using this for too long. I know, it would have been best if I tried this out some more, but I'm almost running out of this. I guess 20ml isn't much.

I also woke up to crazy greasy skin with this. Not exactly a fresh feeling. :/ But after washing my face, it feels fresher then. :D

I haven't experienced any exfoliation too. Or maybe I was just expecting for something that never happened, like peeling or grits or the substance to turn to gel like some exfoliating products are known to do.

With that being said, my skin looks *slightly* better than the week before. Hopefully with prolonged use the effects would be more noticeable. I am willing to try this out again to see how it fares.


I will buy again. :)

I'm open to any suggestions though. Something averaged price, please. I know how expensive moisturizers can get. :/

Thanks for reading my review. :) See you around!

Nov 20, 2013

Watsons Mini Haul

11/20/2013 7 Comments

Watsons Sale last weekend and I bought everything full price! Hmph. :/

Last weekend there was a Watsons Sale (I've read it around on other Filipino blogs) so I have made plans to pass by to check out some items and buy some stuff. Lo and behold, the sale is actually 10% off for a minimum purchase of P1500! Like hell I'll spend P1500! I didn't go to a sale to actually spend more (although that happens too). I was just shocked you know. So I just roamed around and looked at stuff, then decided to get some toiletries.

But then one of the SAs there gave us a coupon. :D A "50 pesos off for a minimum of P300 purchase" coupon. So I was definitely on board. I was pretty excited to buy something on "sale" so to speak. But then we reached the counter, and the cashier told us the coupon was only valid for Watson branded products. Argh! Our Watsons product didn't reach P300 so we weren't able to avail the P50 discount. :( Epic fail.

Well, okay, just shrug it off. It was only P50 anyway. But while I was checking out other blogs, I happen to read that drugstore cosmetic brands are on sale up to 50% off in other branches. Facepalm! T.T

This is a picture taken by Carizza Chua. Check out her post on Watsons Sale.

What I bought

  • Watsons Treatment Shampoo with Henna extract
  • Watsons Treatment Shampoo with Beer
    • Bought the two at P189. It's Watsons' usual "buy one take one" deal.
  • Watsons wooden cushion hairbrush
    • I needed a new comb/brush. Been taking hand-me-downs from siblings. I know, weird, but they keep giving them to me. I don't actually remember the last time I bought a comb for myself. Or at all.
  • Beauty Buffet red grapes moist mask
  • Beauty Buffet apple & evening primrose facial mask
    • Bought the two at P59. Another of Watsons' deal. Each costs P44.
  • LipIce Mentholatum lip balm in strawberry
    • Yeah another lip balm. My Maybelline Baby Lips has expired, so I went and bought out another one. This one has been recommended by Holly. :)
    • Bought at P89.
So yeah, haven't actually bought everything at full price. That's just me being exaggerated. Hehe. Although, the deals I've got weren't anything special. Watsons have these deals year round, I think.

So that's it for my first haul post. :) Not exactly the most exciting, is it? Hahaha. See you in my next post then. :)

Nov 14, 2013

The Face Shop Lovely Me:Ex Angel Skin Powder Pact

11/14/2013 13 Comments

My last pressed powder from the Face Shop already hit pan, and since I liked it well enough I thought I would get another from the same brand. I got myself this time a Lovely Me:Ex Angel Skin Powder Pact.

What I look for in a powder is the ability to control my oil and some semblance of coverage since I only use a BB cream underneath. So far, I haven't been regretting my decision to buy this powder. Read on for my review. :)


The Lovely Me:Ex powder pact from the Face Shop has a beautiful pearly pink case that shaped unconventionally. It is oval in my opinion, while I've read in other reviews that it is egg-shaped. It has a weird depression/indention at the top of the pact (the photo isn't making this obvious) that makes it look like it got squished or something. I am not sure what that depression's purpose is, but I'm thinking that from the way I use it, it's to give me a better grip on the pact when snapping it shut with one hand.

The front of the pact also has a label situated near the clasp in a cute brown font with 2 hearts.

The back of the pact has the name, shade, weight and expiration date. There is also an "open" tab where you lift the paper and the you will see more information underneath, like the description, directions, caution and ingredients.
*I didn't get a photo of that*

"Various spherical powders that absorb sebum with a time difference so the skin will be matte and fresh looking all day without any dryness."
I picked out the RB35 shade. There were 4 shades available in the store and I picked the second lightest one. It's not the same shade as my previous Face Shop powder which was NB21, so now I'm a little confused as to what shade I really am. Be that as it may, this powder matched my skin tone as well. 

Inside, the powder pact houses a mirror on the cover and includes a puff with a plastic separator sitting on top of the powder. The mirror is pretty large, taking up the entire flat plane of the cover.

The puff is cream colored with a pink ribbon and the same labeling as the one on the front of the pact. It looks dainty. :) I really appreciate powder pacts with this kind of puff included because it's so much easier to hold the puff and apply the powder onto the face.

That's the underside of the puff, so soft and cushiony. :D It doesn't take too much powder unless if you really rub it in the pan. The soft, even surface also allows for an even application of product to the face.

I also appreciate having the plastic separator. It can be a bit of a hassle to take it off every time I apply, but I am not chucking it out. I do wish there's a better way than tipping the entire pact over just to take the separator out. *Getting lazy, aren't I?*

I would also like to point out that the surface of the powder has an engraving of the product label. :D Pretty cute.


The powder is finely milled and softly packed in the pan. It is easy to get a lot with a little pressure. That is why I use the puff and not a brush on this. I feel like it'll all go flying with a swirl of a brush.

But I never had problem with the application though. After patting it on, it stayed put on my face. It doesn't settle on any lines and had kept it's promise of keeping oil at bay, although I need a retouch every 4 hours or so.

Yep, that's my face. I had applied the Lovely Me:Ex powder pact on my T-zone and used my old almost-empty powder swirled with a brush on the other parts of my face. And lookie here! My forehead is shining! O_o And the usual greasy culprits, like the nose and cheeks, were matte and smooth. Cool!


Smells so nice! Like a kid freshly bathed. Lol! I don't know. I always have difficulty describing scents. According to the ingredients, this product has a lot of fruit, flower and leaf extracts (mango, papaya, banana, rosemary, tea tree, chamomile) so that should be an indication of how nicely this smells. It doesn't smell too strongly though, and I am sure that is not a fruity scent. :)

Oh yeah, just a thought. Maybe I think it smells like a freshly bathed kid because kids use powder after bathing? Hehehe. It just smells so nice, take my word for it. :P

Price & Availability

This Lovely Me:Ex Powder Pact retails at P395. Just average priced for a powder pact this good. It can be purchased at any The Face Shop store.


I'm in love with this powder. It keeps me matte for several hours and gives me additional coverage, making the complexion more even toned.

Will I repurchase? Definitely yes!

So that's it for my review of this lovely powder from the Face Shop. Have you tried this yet? If so, how would you describe the scent? Lol. *I know, weird question.* :D Any thoughts and comments are welcome! :)

Nov 12, 2013

Sophie Paris S.A.S. Lipstick in Sexy Cherry

11/12/2013 16 Comments

Christmas is upon us. Pretty soon, we'll be swapping our plums and berries for bright red lipsticks in anticipation of the holiday. Although I'm still wearing my other lip colors, I, myself, have been turning to reds as the Christmas countdown ticks down. I just want to share with you one of the red lippies I have in possesion. I have this for almost a year now, I hope you don't mind seeing a pic of a used lipstick. :)

Nov 6, 2013

Etude House Happy Teatime Green Tea Cleansing Foam

11/06/2013 16 Comments

The time has finally come for my review of the Etude House Green Tea Cleansing Foam. It has been over a month since I started using this and now it's judgment time! How did it fare? Will it be staying in my skincare regimen? Read more to find out.

I have bought this cleanser seeking something to combat my oily (and somewhat reactive) skin. Why do I feel that my skin was way clearer back when I didn't went crazy trying all sorts of cosmetic and skincare products? Lol! *desperately holding back regrets* Sometimes I feel that I might have to try again those basic cleansers that I used when I was younger. But I would never forsake skincare again. I'm growing older, and I need products to protect myself.

Anyway, I was happy to try out this cleanser from Etude House because for a big tube of 150ml it's only worth P148! :) And, I bought this during a 20% off sale so I only shelled out P118.40. :D For my non-Filipino friends, P40 = 1 USD (roughly).

This is a big squeeze tube with yellow-green/green label. It has a picture of a tea bag supposedly being dipped in green liquid. :D It also has a green patch at the upper right corner with a picture of a teapot and the words "Tea Cleansing".

The design on the back is also yellow-green with a pattern of leaves, keeping in theme with what's on the front.
"Supplies abundant foam nad refreshing tea scent to cleanse and nourish complexion. Contains Green Tea extract for clarifying."

The cap and mouth of the tube is cream colored. The cap locks securely in place and it has this thingy that doesn't allow the product to leak. Anyway, it's not like the cleanser is runny or fluid-like. But it isn't too stiff either. It creates a good foam to wash my face with. As for the scent, it has a mild tea scent that is not overpowering. 

*I don't have any swatches. It's difficult getting swatches if it requires me to wet my hands then hold my device.*

Does this clean my face? Yes. I only use a mascara remover before using this cleansing foam to wash my face and when I use toner afterwards, there's no residue left from any makeup or from Manila's pollution. :D I still get oily though. Every time I wake up, there's like a film of oil on my face, but after I wash my face with this, my face feels nice and soft. I don't get any breakouts from using this green tea cleanser, which is good. I might have to check the other variants of this line from Etude House, if they have something specifically for oily skin (reduce oil exactly).

Will I repurchase? No. It's good, and it's nice. But it's not what I'm looking for. :D

Versatile Blogger Award

11/06/2013 4 Comments

I would like to thank Mira for nominating me for this award. :) I've recently just found her blog while bloghopping/joining giveaways lol! And I'm grateful to strike a friendship with her (not just because she nominated me :D ) but because she's also a newbie beauty blogger with a lot of reviews already written under a 2-month period. She definitely works hard on her blog. Check her blog out if you are into Asian/Korean cosmetics and skincare because that's her specialty. :) 

Anyway, the rules for this award are as follows:

  • Thank the person who nominated you.
  • Include a link to their blog.
  • Nominate 15 bloggers you've recently discovered.
  • Write down 7 facts about yourself.


I don't think I've recently discovered 15 new bloggers. I'll just have to make do with 5. :D

7 Facts About Me

  1. I'm a Zamboanguena but I'm currently living in Metro Manila with my brother. Since coming to Manila I've encountered a lot of beauty and skincare products that weren't sold in Zamboanga (there's no SM there) which sparked my current obsession.
  2. I have extremely oily skin and scalp and extremely dry skin on my body. Why don't they balance out?
  3. I'm only 5'0" tall and have size 5 feet. :D
  4. I usually get teased about my voice that's why I am quite quiet in person. Not a big problem online, right? :D That is one reason why I enjoy blogging.
  5. I have been blogging since who-knows-when, back when Multiply was still a site for blogging and not for marketing. And now, Multiply's defunct. I have switched to Blogger when Multiply was overrun with online stores and all my comments were ads to these stores. Lol.
  6. I'm 28 years old, a licensed architect, and have a boyfriend of 9 years. But I am still childish... {sometimes}. :D
  7. I love watching animes and j-dorama. I am not updated with k-dramas though. :D My youngest sister is a big influence on this particular aspect of my life. She's crazier than me when it comes to this. My bf also watches and suggests animes to watch, but sometimes they seem a little too violent for me. Hehe.
And that's the end of this tag/award. I hope you enjoyed the tidbit facts I shared. Hehe.