Le Blanc’s Eyebrow Gel || Product Review + Swatches (UPDATED)

Quick story: The LAST thing I learned how to do might surprise you. Eyebrows. Yes—eyebrows: one of the core basics of makeup. The “frame” of the face. It’s very ironic considering that my brows are my most complimented feature. It took me a while to master pencil and powders; you can imagine how baffled I was when brow pomades became a thing.

Everyone knows about the famous Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade. While beauty gurus raved about this product, I branded it as a mere “hype”. I was satisfied with my trusty pencils and powders. Plus, brow pomades are pricey! ABH Dipbrow retails for $18 (on their website), but it’s sold for PHP 1,200 locally at Beauty MNL. Its equally well-known dupe is the Colourpop Precision Brow Colour ($6 USD) which retails for PHP 500.

So, what changed my mind?

Le Blanc’s Beauty & ScentStation is a brand that’s very dear to my heart. It’s a local indie brand that specializes in natural and organic makeup, skin care, and fragrances. I’ve already reviewed their lip creamsBB Cream, duo foundation, tamanu soap & serum on my blog; and, I’ve featured their other products on my Instagram. So far, I have never been disappointed with any of Le Blanc’s products. Keeping an open mind, I decided that it wouldn’t hurt to try the Le Blanc’s Eyebrow Pro Powder/Pomade.

Wait, what? “Powder/Pomade”? What is it really?

This product was originally formulated as a loose eyebrow powder, but it was reformulated into a gel-to-powder product. It applies so smoothly and sets into a practically budge-proof finish. The new product name is Le Blanc’s Eyebrow Gel (as of 26/11/17). 

There are four (4) shades: Mocha Brown (NEW), Burgundy Brown, Choco Brown, and Deep Brown

  • Mocha Brown – A light, neutral brown. No prominent yellow or red undertones; just a true mocha shade. [Like an answered prayer, this shade was just released 5 days after I originally posted this review!]
  • Burgundy Brown – A soft blend of reddish brown tones and a touch of blonde undertones. This is the lightest shade. It works well for for people with blonde to light brown hair.
  • Choco Brown -True to its name, this shade is a true chocolate-y brown that is universally flattering. [When I first tried this, I thought I had the wrong shade because it has prominent red tones when freshly applied. It subsides as it sets/dries. This is my favourite shade.]
  • Deep Brown – A rich neutral brown with a touch of gray undertones. This is perfect for dark brown to black hair.

See how neutral Mocha Brown is compared to Burgundy Brown? It’s such a beautiful tone!

Ingredients: Kaolin Clay, Titanium Dioxide, Zinc Dioxide, Mica Spheres, Iron Oxide, Vitamin E Oil, Jojoba Oil, Grapeseed Oil, Phenoxyethanol

Packaging:
I love the new packaging! It’s so sleek and classy. It is now a glass jar that contains 10 grams of product. A protective lid was also added to prevent spilling, contamination, and drying.

What I love:

It applies as a cream and sets to a soft powder finish that is pretty much budge-proof.
  • Honestly, what’s not to love? The formula is smooth and creamy. If you’ve ever had issues with your gels/creams/pomades drying up and becoming stiff, this will not be an issue with Le Blanc’s Eyebrow Gel. I’ve had my Choco Brown one for almost a year now and mind you, it is as soft and smooth as it was when I first got it. I promise you that.
    UPDATE: This has been reformulated as of its new batch (26/11/17). The texture is now similar to a mousse, but not as thick. It is still soft and easy to work with, but it now has a better hold and staying power. 🙂
  • It is richly pigmented. A little goes a long way.
  • Easy to blend and work with. It doesn’t dry too fast, so you have ample time to blend!
  • You can control the application. Do you want soft, natural looking brows? Apply sparingly and brush through to soften. Want “on fleek” defined brows? Carve out your desired shape with ease using a fine/thin angled brush.

    In both photos, I used the shade “Choco Brown”. The only difference is the application.
  • Great hold without the stiffness. Brow (setting) gel is optional. The formula sets the brow hairs in place without giving them the “crunchy” feeling/texture.
  • Long-lasting. Although, it’s not entirely waterproof, it is water resistant. I have never had any of my clients say that this faded or smudged.
    UPDATE: The new formula is now WATERPROOF! Yay!
  • Affordable. For only PHP 350, you get 5 grams of product, which is a lot considering how little you need for each application. UPDATE: You now get DOUBLE the amount for the same price! It now contains 10 grams.

What I don’t love:

  • I don’t really have any complaints, to be completely honest! Perhaps, some people might wish for a more water resistant/waterproof formula, or perhaps a wider shade range; but, I’m already highly satisfied with this product just the way it is. Although, if I were to give a suggestion, maybe I would want a shade lighter than Burgundy Brown. Something more suited for the lighter blondes (those with bleached/platinum blonde hair).
    UPDATE: As I’ve stated above, the reformulation and new shade are an answer to my prayer. ❤

To say the usual “I highly recommend this product” would be an understatement! Just go to my *Instagram accounts and check my MOTDs and lists of products used on myself and on my clients; I have been using this product almost exclusively since I got it. Need I say more? 🙂
*Personal IG & Blog IG

These products are available at Le Blanc’s Beauty PH.

 

 

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. I am not paid to review and promote the brand and products. I paid for the products with my own money and the review is based on my own personal experience. The products that work for me may or may not work for you.

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.

Le Blanc’s Ultra Healing BB Cream remains one of the ultimate bestselling products from the brand — and for many good reasons.

Product Claims:
“Full coverage cream foundation that has many skin benefits and helps reduce acne and scars as it contains the wonder effect of Tamanu Oil and Argan Oil. Specifically made for severe sensitive skin and skin suffering from many different kinds of problems such as psoriasis, skin asthma, acne, severe dryness, and a lot more. Made with 100% pure organic ingredients with super healing properties.”

This product comes in 9 shades (as of June 2017), perfectly suited to Pinay skin tones. I have the shades “LBS1” and “LB01”, which I alternate or mix depending on my (current) skin tone. It is available in two sizes: 10ml Trial Size (PHP 350) and 30ml Full Size (PHP 650).

True to its claims, this BB Cream really does work wonders to the skin! I previously reviewed the Le Blanc’s Tamanu Ultra Healing Face & Body Soap and Serum and I discussed the benefits of Tamanu Oil to the skin. The Tamanu Oil content in this BB Cream makes it a 2-in-1 product, makeup and skin care all in one. It yields full coverage that looks absolutely flawless in person and in photographs. I noticed that the two bottles that I have (bought at different occasions) have different consistencies. One has a thicker, more cream-like consistency; while the other has a thinner, fluid consistency. I don’t know why; but, they both offer the same amount of coverage. On a daily basis, I use only half a pump of product to cover my entire face. That small amount gives me a good medium coverage. My favourite tool to use in applying this product is a paddle brush because it gives a very flawless, seamless finish to the skin. Oh, and speaking of finish, this has a semi-matte/demi-matte finish that sets quickly on the skin.

Pros: To be honest, I love almost everything about this product! It’s my favourite BB Cream. I use this more often than foundation. As for the skin healing properties, I notice that whenever I use this, my active breakouts heal a lot faster. Seriously!
Cons: To keep this product non-comedogenic, it was formulated without waterproof/water resistant ingredients; hence, this comes off easily with sweat or water. (Surprisingly, though, it holds up extremely well against facial oil.) No worries, though, as this can easily be resolved by setting it with a good powder (I highly recommend the Le Blanc’s Mineral Loose Powder or the Le Blanc’s Mineral Finishing Powder. I will review these soon!) and/or a setting spray (Le Blanc’s Matte Drizzle Makeup Setting Spray has just been released this May. I don’t have it yet. I will definitely purchase it and try it out!)

Now, the Duo Cream Foundation is fairly new. It was released in August 2016. It is a cream foundation and concealer in one product. It has a dewy finish and was formulated to be semi-waterproof/water resistant to cater to the customers’ demand for a longer lasting base makeup.

Just like the BB Cream, this offers full and flawless coverage. The only difference is that it is in cream foundation form and has a dewy finish. This comes in 5 shades (as of June 2017). It retails for PHP 599. I find that this one is best applied with a damp beauty sponge/beauty blender because it yields an airbrushed finish.

In this photo, you can clearly see the difference between the Ultra Healing BB Cream and the Duo Cream Foundation, both in terms of shade and finish. You can also see that the Duo Cream Foundation holds up against water.
BEFORE: Bare skin
AFTER: Duo Cream Foundation on the left half, Ultra Healing BB Cream on the right half

As you can see from the before photos, my skin has an uneven tone. I also have a lot of blemishes to cover up. In the after photos, I applied the Duo Cream Foundation to one side of my face and the Ultra Healing BB Cream to the other. Hopefully, you can tell by the photos that the Duo Foundation has a dewy finish while the BB Cream has a semi-matte/demi-matte finish. The BB Cream is also a little bit more yellow/warm compared to the Duo Foundation. The coverage of both is amazing!

Overall, I highly recommend both of these products. My recommendation is that if you have dry/normal skin, go for the Ultra Healing BB Cream. If you have combination/oily skin, go for the Duo Cream Foundation.

These products are available at Le Blanc’s Beauty PH.

 

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. I am not paid to review and promote the brand and products. I paid for the products with my own money and the review is based on my own personal experience. The products that work for me may or may not work for you. 

 

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.

One important thing to note is that as a beauty blogger, I have to try different products for me to be able to review them. So, I don’t really have a solid skin care routine. (I never mix brands, though. It takes me a long time to review products because I like to write my final thoughts once I’ve finished using them.)

Two products that really stood out to me are both from Le Blanc’s Beauty & ScentStation: the Tamanu Ultra Healing Face & Body Soap and the Tamanu Ultra Healing Serum.

Prior to discovering the brand, I was not familiar with tamanu. So, I did my research on it before trying the products.

“Tamanu oil comes from the inside kernel of the fruit bloomed by the tamanu tree, which leads to a pungent, nutty scent and a weird blue-green color. But I wasn’t put off by the aesthetics of the oil once I learned all the amazing ways it can rejuvenate damaged skin.
1. Treating Blemishes
2. Fading Stretchmarks
3. Treating Ingrown Hairs
4. Healing Rashes
5. Soothing Dry Skin
– from Bustle.com 5 Tamanu Oil Uses That Will Heal All Your Derma Woes

Le Blanc’s Beauty & ScentStation actually has an entire Tamanu Ultra Healing Set which consists of the following:

  • Soap – PHP 180 (130 grams)
  • Serum – PHP 550 (15ml) /PHP 800 (30ml)
  • Face Cream – PHP 700 (30ml)
  • Lotion – PHP 350 (120ml)

Product Description:
“Tamanu Ultra Healing Set- A natural treatment for acne and acne scars, eczema, psoriasis, toenail fungus, stretchmarks, age spots, skin rashes, general scarring, dermatitis through to anti-ageing, skin asthma, and other skin problems and irritations.” 

Now, let’s proceed to my review. The Tamanu Ultra Healing Face & Body Soap is very gentle on the skin. It cleanses my skin thoroughly and it helps to speed up the drying of the pimples. I love how this leaves my skin feeling fresh. It does not leave any weird soap residue like some soaps. Personally, I prefer using this on my body, though. It has a slight tendency to give me dry patches on the face. (Do take note that I have dry-combination skin. I have a lot of very dry patches.) Overall, I do love using this on my body where my skin is not fussy. On the face, I use this when I have breakouts. On a daily basis, I use a different soap (also from Le Blanc’s, it is the Chocolate Milk moisturizing soap).

The Tamanu Ultra Healing Serum is my favourite. I use it for a lot of things. I apply it twice a day (morning and night). I use it to prep my face for makeup. I mix it in with my foundations and concealers to thin out their consistency and also to add skin healing benefits. I add this to moisturizer, lotion, and eye cream. I would probably bathe in this stuff. It’s just so good! It also helps with my dry patches, which is why it is a great complement to the Tamanu Soap.

Here’s what my skin looked like after a week of use:

Now, notice how my skin looks much calmer and more refined? Most of my active pimples have dried up and some of the old scars have started to fade. It works very well when it comes to healing my existing skin issues. However, it is important to note (again) that because my acne is caused by hormonal issues, topical treatments can only do so much. These products don’t entirely prevent new breakouts from forming (in my case). The black circles indicate the active breakouts that healed from the use of the products. The red circles indicate new breakouts starting to form.

Final thoughts:

Overall, the Tamanu Ultra Healing Soap and Serum greatly improved my skin’s condition. It truly did the job. I will say that they worked. However, as expected from my acne prone skin, my skin issues have not been resolved completely; and, I do not blame that on the products. (Hormonal acne has to be dealt with using medications, change of diet, etc.)

I highly recommend these products to anyone with skin issues. They really do work! Also, they are both bestsellers here in the Philippines and in the US. So, you can bet that these are really good! I would definitely repurchase these along with the rest of the Tamanu Ultra Healing Set.

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.

I ordered 3 of the bestselling products: OMG! Oh My Gourd Acne Fighting Soap, Premium Olive Avocado Soap, and Premium VCO Soap.

It took me a long time to post this review because when it comes to skincare products, I like finishing the products first so that I can experience the full effect — both initial and long term. Now that I have used them all, I am ready to give my thoughts.

OMG! Oh My Gourd Acne Fighting Soap

I was mainly interested in this one because I have never heard of bitter gourd (ampalaya) being used to make soap! Also, I’m always on the look out for anything to help with my acne.

What I love about this soap is that unlike most acne fighting soaps, this one does not dry out my skin. It’s very gentle on the skin; but, tough on fighting breakouts. This dries up my active breakouts quickly without stripping the rest of my skin with its natural moisture. It helped so much in controlling my back and chest acne! Also, don’t worry about the scent! It actually has a nice, mild, fresh scent. This retails for PHP 100 for 100 grams of product.

Cons: The only thing I don’t like about this soap is that just like most natural, “clear” based soaps, it is sensitive to moisture. So, it tends to melt easily or form a thick, opaque layer of hardened soap (it’s still usable, though). It’s not really a big deal. It’s a common issue with these kinds of soaps. If you don’t really nitpick on what your soap looks like after a couple of uses, there’s no problem at all! (Tip: After using the soap, wrap it with a dry washcloth or face towel to absorb the excess moisture and soap. You can now use that washcloth/towel to scrub your body during your next bath. Replace it with another dry washcloth/towel after every use.)

Overall, I highly recommend this to sensitive, acne prone skin. It also worked well with my dry-combination skin!

Premium Olive Avocado Soap

Ah, now, this one is my favourite! I mainly used this as my bath soap. I purchased this because I heard that it has a nice, mild fragrance. I’m all about that because I prefer milder scents (or none at all) in my soaps because I don’t want any soap fragrance mixing with my perfumes. Anyway, true to the claims, the scent is very, very mild and fresh; but, what I loved the most is the actual formula. It’s super moisturizing! I have very dry skin on my body and dry, flaky patches are a huge concern of mine. This soap totally got rid of those pesky patches. My skin was noticeably glowing after using this! My normally dull skin had a nice bright “sheen” to it. (Not the oily kind of sheen. It was more of a healthy, glowing from within kind of sheen.)

If you have dry skin like me, this soap will really be a skin saver!

This retails for PHP 80 for 100 grams of product.

Premium VCO Soap

Being a heavy user of makeup, I usually need to double cleanse my skin. I personally use virgin coconut oil to melt the makeup off first, and wipe it off with makeup remover wipes or a damp towel. Then, I go ahead and cleanse my face with a facial cleanser or soap of my choice. With this Premium VCO Soap, my facial cleansing routine has been cut to just one step! Trust me, this stuff can melt off even my stubborn waterproof mascara and eyeliner. Bonus? It leaves the skin feeling soft and moisturized! I love, love, love this one! No need for special makeup removers anymore! And for the price of 0nly PHP 70 pesos for 100 grams? It’s super sulit! A little goes a long way.

Overall, I highly recommend all of the soaps that I have tried. Aimee’s Premium Soaps also has other products such as their Cream Soaps (…which double as wash-off face masks!), Balms/Salves, Liquid Body Wash, Body Scrub, and even natural herbal pet soap! I would definitely repurchase and even try some of their other products. I’m currently eyeing the Charcoal Cream Soap! (I love charcoal products, haha.)

To place your orders, here is a direct clickable link to their order form!
ORDER FORM: Aimee’s Premium Soaps Order Form 

 

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. I am not paid to review and promote the brand and products. I paid for the products with my own money and the review is based on my own personal experience. The products that work for me may or may not work for you.