San San Eyebrow Powder Duo and Eyebrow Mascara || Product Review + Swatches

San San is a brand that has been in the makeup market for a very long time. I remember seeing my mother use their old lip balm in the classic light blue packaging when I was just a little girl. A few of my very first makeup products were also from San San. I practically grew up with the brand! Even now, I still love their products. I love their HD Foundation; and their Age Defense Two Way Cake is my HG pressed powder. [I have 5 extra compacts in case I run out of my current one. That’s how much I love it!]

This review is dedicated to two new additions to their line of eyebrow products: the eyebrow powder duo and eyebrow mascara. I’m surprised I haven’t seen a lot of reviews of these! They have been out in the market for about a year now. Continue reading “San San Eyebrow Powder Duo and Eyebrow Mascara || Product Review + Swatches”

Everything Wrong With “Small” Bloggers/YouTubers

Now, now, before anyone sets me on fire, the misleading title was intentional. (Sorry for the clickbait.) Just a fair warning, this is a rant post up ahead of you; so, if that’s not your thing, this may displease you.

Lately, I have been seeing a lot of new “small” bloggers and YouTubers. Don’t get me wrong, technically speaking, I also categorize as a “small” blogger, considering that my follower/reader base is actually very small. So, there’s nothing wrong with being “small” — everybody starts somewhere; however, not everybody seems to understand that. Continue reading “Everything Wrong With “Small” Bloggers/YouTubers”

Le Blanc’s Beauty & ScentStation: Ultra Healing BB Cream and Duo Cream Foundation || Product Review

This is such a long overdue review. I’ve been using these products since last year. Please, do take note that the photos in this post were taken a long time ago. So, if anyone would wonder why I look (slightly?) different, that’s why. Anyway, let’s jump to the review. I will be featuring two products: the Ultra Healing BB Cream and Duo Cream Foundation. Continue reading “Le Blanc’s Beauty & ScentStation: Ultra Healing BB Cream and Duo Cream Foundation || Product Review”

Skin Savers: Le Blanc’s Beauty & ScentStation Tamanu Ultra Healing Soap and Serum

I had clear skin for most of my youth. Unfortunately, in my junior year of high school, I had a really bad acne breakout. It really affected my self-esteem. (Those who follow me from my old blog would know that I refrained from posting photos of my face because of this.) I tried many different anti-acne products. Unfortunately, my acne is cause by hormonal issues. So, topical remedies can only go so far with curing my acne. As I got older, my skin has been on a rollercoaster ride. One moment, it’s clear. The next, I have a bad acne breakout. It’s really tough. Continue reading “Skin Savers: Le Blanc’s Beauty & ScentStation Tamanu Ultra Healing Soap and Serum”

Maximize Your Splurge: How to get the best value for money on expensive products.

Every once in a while, you find yourself lemming for some much raved about expensive product. However, the price puts you off from buying it. “Do I really need to spend one thousand pesos on a lipstick? Do I really need it?” And we all know that nothing haunts you more than something you didn’t buy! So, how can you justify your spend? Here’s how: Continue reading “Maximize Your Splurge: How to get the best value for money on expensive products.”

Skin Savers: Aimee’s Premium Soaps

Price: PHP 70 – PHP 350 price range (varies per product)
Place of PurchaseAimee’s Soaps IG Account (Order Form link at the end of this post)
Also Available at: Hello MNL Store, Amiee’s Soaps FB Account, Pop-Up Stores at local bazaars (Katipunan Weekend Market, Marker’s Market)

Quick backstory:
Since early 2016, I became a fan of organic products, especially skincare and makeup. Since then, I have always been on the look out for organic brands — particularly, local indie brands. So, when I attended Craft MNL’s Product Photography Workshop with Jery C. Garcia, I met the founder and proprietress of Aimee’s Soaps, Amy Colanta, I just had to ask about her brand and products.

After the workshop, I asked for her business card and contacted her the day after to order some of her bestsellers to try and review them here on my blog. Surely enough, she was very accommodating!

Now, on to the review. Continue reading “Skin Savers: Aimee’s Premium Soaps”

Skin Savers: Zenutrients Softening Body Scrub (Argan, Chamomile, & Lavender) + Skin Firming Cream (Kelp & Ginger)

Summer is here and the weather has been scorching hot! It is important that we amp up our skincare routines to protect ourselves from the heat – and not to mention, the harmful UVA and UVB rays of the sun which could lead to skin damage. Yikes!

I’m starting a new blogging series called “Skin Savers”, wherein I will share the skincare products that I have been loving lately. I was never really into skincare up until recently. I’m rather lazy when it comes to sticking to a routine. However, I’m not as young as I used to be and my skin issues are becoming more and more difficult to ignore. So, early this year, I made a resolution to myself to start taking better care of my skin. I hope I can fight my laziness and adhere to a strict regimen. Wish me luck!

To start of the series, I’m beginning with two of my ultimate favourite skin saving finds: the Zenutrients Softening Argan, Chamomile, and Lavender Body Scrub + Skin Firming Kelp & Ginger Cream Continue reading “Skin Savers: Zenutrients Softening Body Scrub (Argan, Chamomile, & Lavender) + Skin Firming Cream (Kelp & Ginger)”

Project Vanity 9th Anniversary: Guts, Glam, & Glory Forum

Project Vanity, The PH’s Top Beauty Resource, had a two day event celebrating their 9th anniversary. On the 1st of April, the Guts, Glam, & Glory Forum was held at The Podium Mall. Four powerful and inspiring female entrepreneurs, Angela Reyes Dinglasan (General Manager of Zenutrients), Darlyn Ty (founder of Belle de Jour), Rosario Juan (founder of Commune Cafe+Bar), and of course, Liz Lanuzo (founder and Editor in Chief of Project Vanity) answered questions and shared their stories as to how they built their brands and names in the business industry. Also present at the forum were two lovely ladies from Cosmopolitan Magazine PH, Gaby Ignacio and Chandra Pepino. They discussed the issue of makeup shaming and why we should break the habit. Ms. Liz herself also told us three stories: one wherein she had to have bravery and guts to take a leap of faith, on where she explained what it means to find the definition of beauty and glam, and one story wherein she basked in the glory of her success — hence, the forum’s name “Guts, Glam, & Glory”. Continue reading “Project Vanity 9th Anniversary: Guts, Glam, & Glory Forum”

Pink Sugar Eye Candy Eye Shadow Palettes || Product Review + Swatches

Drugstore makeup has leveled up significantly in the past few years. Gone are the days when cheap products equated to cheap quality. Eyeshadows are particularly difficult to perfect in terms of formulation – even high-end brands have hits and misses. Luckily for us, a local drugstore brand has pretty much nailed it with these sweet palettes.

The Pink Sugar Eye Candy Eye Shadow Palettes made it into my 2016 Favourites list – and how could they not? For only PHP 699, you get a well curated selection of smooth, blendable, and richly pigmented eyeshadows to suit your colourful needs. With 10 shades per palette, you can take your makeup looks from day to night. Continue reading “Pink Sugar Eye Candy Eye Shadow Palettes || Product Review + Swatches”

LIPSTICK LOVE: My Top Picks for Purple Lipsticks

Above red lipstick, purple lip colours reign as my “power colour” – my ultimate confidence-boosting shade. My love for purple lipstick began during a time when the selection for such a colour was very small. In fact, I only started out with two – and mind you, they were not easy to find. I even resorted to using a purple eyeliner or eyeshadow mixed with clear lip gloss. Back then, purple was considered a “weird” shade for a lipstick, something you would only buy for a Halloween party. Last year (2016), purple suddenly blew up. People started wearing it more often and brands jumped on the bandwagon and started producing their own purple shades. Can you imagine how delighted I was? It was heaven for me!

Anyway, in no particular order, here is my list of top picks for purple lipsticks:

TOP ROW (L-R): Pink Sugar “Such A Tease”, Ever Bilena “Vivid Violet”, Flormar “Aubergine”, The Body Shop “120 Raspberry In Love”, NYX “Aria”, Maybelline “Plum Perfect”
BOTTOM ROW (L-R): Wet n Wild “Vamp It Up”, EB Advance “Amethyst Rose”, 4u2 “Lax 10”, Pink Sugar “Royals”, L.A. Colors “Amethyst”, Wet n Wild “Sugar Plum Fairy”
  1. Maybelline Color Show lipstick in “403 Plum Perfect” – The subtle plum hue combined with the sheer formula makes this a great entry level lipstick to try out purple as it leans more towards pink.
  2. Wet n Wild Megalast lipstick in “908C Sugar Plum Fairy” – This drugstore dupe for MAC Rebel is a beautiful mix of purple and pink. It’s definitely a lot bolder and stronger than the previously mentioned lipstick.
  3. NYX Matte lipstick in “Aria” – Aria is very similar to WnW Sugar Plum Fairy, except it’s the slightest bit more purple/less pink.
  4. L.A. Colors Matte lipstick in “Amethyst” – This was my second purple lipstick. (My very first one was from Aido.) This was my first “true” purple lipstick; though, looking at it now next to my other purple lipsticks, it looks significantly lighter and more pastel. If my memory serves me right, this retailed for PHP 99 back then. It’s not the best formula out there, but I included it in this list because it’s a good option for when you’re not ready to invest in a tube of purple lipstick.
  5. The Body Shop Colour Crush lipstick in “120 Raspberry In Love” – This shimmery purple toned wine shade has a sheer formula which makes it both bold, yet wearable.
  6. Pink Sugar Matte lipstick in “Royals” – This is probably my favourite one! I love the deep purple shade and the matte formula. This is my most worn out of all my purple lipsticks. This reminds me of MAC “Heroine”.
  7. Flormar Pretty Cream & Glaze lipstick in “Aubergine” – True to its name, this shade is very reminiscent of an eggplant.
  8. 4u2 Lipaholic lipstick in “Lax 10” – This is a more purple version of Flormar Aubergine – meaning, it has a less of the slight reddish hue that Aubergine has. To the untrained eye, they’re practically twins.
  9. Ever Bilena Matte lipstick in “Vivid Violet” – Ever Bilena was my first brand of matte lipstick. So, I was delighted when they came out with a purple shade. I just had to get it! The formula seems to have changed since my last purchase many years ago. Anyway, it’s like a matte version of Flormar Aubergine.
  10. EB Advance Supreme lipstick in “Amethyst Rose” – I also picked up EB Vivid Violet’s sister, EB Advance Amethyst Rose. To be completely honest, I love the formula of this line more than the original matte lipsticks because they wear better on my dry lips. It’s a tad bit redder than Vivid Violet.
  11. Pink Sugar HD lipstick in “Such a Tease” – This isn’t a true bold purple; rather, it looks like a blend of purple, red, and brown. I can’t quite describe it. It is also metallic! It’s a very unique shade in my stash – a must have!
  12. Wet n Wild Megalast lipstick in “Vamp it Up” – This almost-black purple shade is very aptly named “Vamp it Up” due to its very vampy, gothic feel. Definitely not for the faint of heart! It’s a great dupe for MAC “Cyber”.

 

What is YOUR power colour? Also, would you give purple lipsticks a try? Let me know in the comments!