Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Random things + First Impression on Laneige Snow Crystal Foundation

Hello everyone!

I want to post something before I sleep hehe..I do want to update you all on what's happening to me lately ^_^

Well, I want to tell you first why this is a pictureless post...I can't take pictures because I can't find the charger of my digicam haha..I really can't remember where it is..I tried looking for it for a couple of days already but it still missing..*sigh*

Anyways, I have been doing some hauling from different brands..I really am into a shopping spree lately haha I don't know why..maybe because I suppressed my buying urges last year so it came back in full force? possibly noh? hehe

1. Etude House - yes, I already went to the newly opened shop at Megamall last week with my sister. The store is so cute and the products are cutely packaged too but sadly, the stories are true..the SAs are not trained about the products..they don't know the differences and the function of each item they are selling...also, most of their must-buy stuffs are already out-of-stock..I'm really lookin forward to getting their duo-fiber brush because of the raves here at blogger and in GT but it has been OOS for quite some time already...so I ended up not buying anything, but my sister got their Speedy Mineral Base and I am using this right now..I think I can give you all a review on it next week..I'm crossing my fingers that I won't break out from this too..

2. Laneige - I gave in and get my 2nd item from their line. I planned on getting their sliding pact_ex compact foundation or their Snow crystal foundation which are both highly raved about but I ended up buying their Pore Foaming cleanser instead. The reason is that, those two items that I want are not really meant for oily skin (which I am)...but I'm still happy with my visit there..I'm still on the testing phase for the cleanser so I'll also give a review after a week or so..I want to check the effect of this..but so far, I'm liking it :)

Also, the SA who assisted me, really took her time to try the snow crystal foundation on me so that I can check its capacity in "oil control" and coverage...since I'm so keen on trying their makeup line hehe :)

my verdict after one use:

PROS
-very light feel..as if I'm not wearing anything! even lighter than some heavy coverage MMU foundie I have tried.

- has sun protection...SPF22 and PA++

- has buildable coverage depending on what you use for application. Marj used a foundation brush on me and was able to conceal my acne scars without the help of the concealer.

- it has a concealer and mirror on top which is good coz you won't need to get a separate one.

- I have a match..well not totally..I'm shade#23 which is a shade lighter than my skintone..this blended well with my skintone after 30mins since I'm acidic..it looks flawless :)

- has a pump bottle so it's very hygienic



CONS
- a little pricey..a bottle cost Php1,800

- can be too thick if applied too much..so use sparingly coz you only need one to two pumps for the whole face and neck

- you can't control the product that comes out after a pump..I noticed this when she did it.

- I'm not yet sure if this will break me out or not since I have only tried this once :)


3. Divisoria - yep! I went with my mom and sis..I was not supposed to buy something but I saw these nail polishes and they have cute colors that are hard to find...I got them for P10 each (wholesale price coz I got 6pcs)...I can't say if this is a good product for nails because it is cheap..hopefully, nothing bad will happen hehe ;)

What I like about it:
- very cheap at Php10 each
- good color payoff - even with one swipe, you can achieve the same color in the bottle.
- doesn't chip easily..the nail polish lasted at least a week on my toenails.
-has a big range of color.

What i don't like about it:
- smells like house paint...really! this is one of the reason I'm scared haha :)
- I don't know the ingredients so I can't say if this will do something bad for my nail..I hope nothing bad will happen though.


That's it! I hope you enjoyed reading them ^_^

I'll post a detailed review on the Garden of Wisdom product I tried on my next post. I was amazed so I wanted to share this great product with you all.

See ya! God bless everyone! Have a nice week ahead! ^_^

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Sale alert ^_^

Hello guys!
I just want to inform all mineral makeup (MMU) lovers
and want to be MMU lovers
that Itzmei Online Shop is having a sale
on all on-hand items of Ellana Minerals Cosmetics.
This sale will end when all items are sold
(and there's only one or two pieces available
per item that is for sale)
so hurry!
You might find your favorite items for sale.
Take this chance to stack up on your stash!
^_^ * ^_^
Click here for more details on the sale.

Thursday, December 31, 2009

Year-end countdown ^_^

Hello everyone!

I would like to share with you my most-used products for the year 2009..This is not a list of products that I just bought this year and liked but it is a list of products that I love and used continously for the whole year :)

In no particular order:

1. Venus and Mars Emu oil lip detox

- I keep on coming back to this lip balm..it really soothes my dry lips and keep it moisturized the whole day :)


2. The Face Shop Cllean Face White acne solution foam cleanser

- I use this 2x a day since I bought it. Keeps my face clean. Although I did not find any positive result for my acne, it still does a good job in cleaning my face :)
3. Shiseido eyelash curler

- It's not until early this year that I started to appreciate the power of a good eyelash curler hehe..before, I can go out with just powder on my face (lazy days) but now, it's a must to have my lashes curled + oil control powder before I can feel confident going out without makeup haha ^_^

4. Coastal Scents 88 matte e/s palette

- This is one of the products I bought this year that I really am grateful that I did not sell. I loved how I can create many looks with just this palette..plus, it is so affordable that I don't mind using it whenever I want to play makeup..very bang-for-the-buck purchase IMO.



5. Skin Food Salmon Darkcircle Concealer

- I love this concealer! I use this almost everyday since day 1. I love how creamy it is (keeps my undereye from dryness) and how good it conceal my racoon eyes hehe..and for the amount of product I got from such an affordable price, I can't complain anymore..this is my HG concealer as of the moment :)
6. Ellana Buffer brush

- I'm really, really, really thankful that my sister gave this to me last Christmas..After a year, its condition is still the same when I got it new. It did not shed, still soft and dense and big enough to finish the job fast. This is my HG face brush..I love this more than my other kabuki brushes :)




7. MAC paintpot in Painterly

- This primer is almost finished already and I will be needing a new one soon. Although I'm not yet sure if I'll get another one of this (it tends to dry out easily in the pot), this item will still have a space in my heart. It served its purpose very well for the last 2 years or so. Keeps my eyeshadow intact and vibrant the whole day. It's pricey but still a good buy since you'll be able to use it for almost 2 years if used everyday.


8. Mandom Cleansing Express Sebum

- I love this make-up remover! I use this every night to remove my makeup and the dirt and oil, accumulated during the day, from my face. This is very mild for my sensitive skin (no stinging sensation on eye area) yet still does the job pretty well. It's affordable too! I already have finished 3 bottles of this and I don't see myself changing to another brand anytime soon :)

9. Ellana Moisturizing Lip Color in Sensual
- This is my favorite lip color for this year. I use this almost everyday because it doesn't dry out my lips and gives me a lasting color like a lip tint. Aside from it being a mineral makeup, I also love the fact that a pot lasts for more than a year even if used frequently everyday. You really get the value for your money. I use this a lot and I still haven't finished up half of the product yet. Love this :)

10. ELF Eyeshadow brush
- This brush works great in packing color to my eyelids. After using this for a time, I stopped getting the urge to buy a MAC 239 brush. Even though it's not as soft as I like it to be, it still does the job pretty well and it doesn't shed. And since the price is so cheap, I can buy myself a lot for different colors. I'm so happy that I did not regret buying this hehe :)

That's it! Those are my top 10 products that I loved (and still loving) for the year 2009. I can really see myself re-purching majority of the products listed when I finished them up. I really am happy to purchase these stuff with my hard-earned money :)


This will be my last post for the year. Time really pass us so fast noh? When I wake up tomorrow, it will be January 1, 2010 already.

Thank you so much for being with me this year! I hope to stay in contact with all of you for more years to come. Happy New Year Everyone!



I wish everyone will be healthier, happier and more prosperous this coming 2010. God bless everyone! ^_^
I love you all!

Monday, December 28, 2009

Review: Ecorre Artist BB cream

Wow! I can't believe it's such a long time already since I last gave a detailed review on a product..sorry, guys..I didn't mean to neglect you all, it's just, I don't have anything to review lately since I did stopped using a lot of my newly acquired stuff for a couple of weeks (I'm breaking out, as usual hehe) and I don't want to give you all a half-baked review..I value you all too much :)

Anyways, I'm going to review another BB cream for you. I was given a sample of Ecorre Artist BB cream early this month (I think) as a freebie when I bought a gel sunblock from a seller in multiply. I have been using this for at least 2 weeks already and here's my take on it ^_^



WHAT I LIKE ABOUT IT:

- buildable coverage (I classify this to have medium coverage)
- has sun protection (SPF)
- easy to spread
- smells okay for me..not overpowering
- affordable samples in sachets (Php90-100 for 3 pcs)
- available locally (in resellers and Hortaleza)
- gives a smooth finish


WHAT I DON'T LIKE:
- doesn't control my oiliness even with help of oil control powder on top
- has slightly grayish tone when applied
- feels a little heavy on the skin, IMO, compared to Skin 79 and Beauty Credit bb creams
- it broke me out everytime I use it for at least 3 consecutive days

Here's an FOTD of me using Ecorre BB cream topped with Ellana sheer velvet powder.

Pardon me for the huge zit on my cheeks..I can't make it go away even if I already had it injected hehe..I just don't mind it anymore to lessen my stress haha ^_^

Till next time! I'll probably posting something this week again since we will have a very long weekend for our New Year celebration. See yah!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

A greeting to everyone!


Just a simple but heartfelt greeting from me to all of you.
I'm wishing you all with
good health, safety, prosperity and happiness!
Happy holidays guys! May God bless you and your family always.
I love you all! ^_^

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Sorry for being MIA...

Hello everyone!

I hope all of you are well and happy...Christmas is fast approaching..have you finished your Christmas shopping yet? Well, I'm still on the process of buying gifts for my godchildren and friends..but it's so hard to budget my money and time..anyways...I'm still happy because I'm blessed in so many things. ^_^

I'm really sorry being MIA for so long..I can't even post a good one right now..I really don't have anything to post as of the moment because my days are so routinary that I can't even find an occasion to dress up or play makeup..We are very casual at work so I don't really fix myself that nice hehe can you imagine, I just wear shirt, pants and sneakers everyday at work? So I'm really excited for this Christmas break..it's a long weekend and for sure many events to go to and I promise you all, I'll come back full force on that long weekend..I hope you can wait for me for another week ^_^

Thank you all for being understanding! I love you guys..I really miss blogging everyday and reading your posts..till next week! Mwah*

Hugs & Kisses,
Gale