Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Review: Nature Republic Eye & Lip Makeup Remover

Happy Tuesday! I decided to post this review now before I go to work before I forget again...I am crossing my fingers that I can post at least 3 times every week for the whole year...Do you think I can do it? ^_^

So today, I am gonna talk about the Nature Republic Herblier Lip and Eye Remover Water. This makeup remover is specially created for removal of waterproof makeup. It comes in a 110ml plastic bottle and it costs Php460. It has a dual layer of liquid just like the Lancome BiFacil makeup remover.

The bottle looks like this...
And as usual, I can't give you the ingredients list because everything is written in Korean.

When you open the cap, it has a stopper to regulate flow of products.


What I LIKE about this...

- removes waterproof mascara and eyeliner very easily. This is by far the best eye makeup remover I've tried.

- It doesn't leave a very oily feel. Just moist.

- Can be easily rinsed with facial wash and water. No film will be left after washing my face.

- affordable and available locally.


What I DON'T LIKE about this...

- The bottle doesn't seals very tight. I found it lying down on my table and a lot of the products spilled. Not good for travelling.

- It has a plant smell...which I don't mind but others might not like that scent.


OVER-ALL RATING: 4.5/5. If only the bottle is travel friendly, I would give this a perfect score.

WILL I REPURCHASE? YES!!! This is my HG makeup remover. It never disappoints me ^_^


TIPS:

- Shake well before pouring the product on a cotton pad
- Put your moistened cotton pad over your eyes for 5 seconds before gently wiping. It will easily dissolves the mascara by doing this step.
- Transfer in a travel friendly container if you wanted to bring this when you travel.


What about you? What is your HG eye makeup remover? I want to hear it! Post them on the comments section below ^_^

Monday, January 2, 2012

My plans for 2012

Howdy!! How's everyone's first day at work for the year 2012? Luckily for me, my official start of work is on Wednesday so I just spent my whole day playing with my dogs and my BF... and since my dogs are so playful, I have a lot of battle scars now especially on my neck area since they were all jumping and wanted to lick my face...I feel like I've been scratched by a panther or something because I have 4 or 5 deep claw marks across my neck right now and some small scratches on my arms and legs too haha ^_^

I wanted to start with my Goals for 2012...Beauty related...or not haha ^_^

1. Be healthier.
I am praying that I will not get sick starting today and I plan to accomplish this by doing my new year's resolutions.

2. Enroll in a hair and makeup class with my best friend.
I want to learn how to apply makeup to others professionally. Wouldn't it be nice if I could make everyone prettier? ^_^

3. Have a driver's license and my own car.
I really wanted to have my very own car and know how to drive it safely. My dad and bro are both racers and I just learned how to drive on race tracks so I am gonna enroll in a driving school to learn the ideal driving skills I needed to survive in the highways hehe.

4. Learn Korean and Mandarin...talk and read.
It is a common knowledge that I love watching Asian dramas...and it would be so nice to watch dramas without English subtitles and also to listen to Kpop and understand the lyrics without needing to search online for the English translation.


And aside from my long term goals, I also have specific goals...Before I slept last night, I thought hard on what resolutions I wanted to make for this year and I wanted to share some of them with you all so that you can help me achieve them by reminding me that I needed to do a "Did she achieved her goals?" post at the end of the year...I would really love to be successful in fulfilling these goals for the year 2012 because it would mean I changed for the better ^_^

My New Year's Resolutions for 2012 are:

1. Sleep at 10pm and wake up at 7am.
I really wanted to have a routine again just like when I was still working in the office... and I also wanted to be able to have a restful sleep every night. And by doing this, I am also hoping that my dark circles and eyebags will disappear soon.

2. Drink at least 2L of water everyday.
I really have a hard time drinking lots of fluids because I tend to forget that I needed water so I am thinking of ways how to manage this...do you have suggestions? Please share them with me!

3. Do not rub eyes.
Who wants premature wrinkles? Not me for sure but I really have the habit of rubbing my eyes especially when they are itchy. It will not only give me premature wrinkles but it will also scratch my eyes. I have been scolded by my opthalmologist before because when she checked my eyes they both have scratches on the surface.

4. Do not touch face.
I also have the habit of frequently touching my forehead to check if I'm oily or not. I hope I can break this too because it is not good to touch our skin with hands that are full of oils and bacteria...it will definitely cause breakouts!

5. Wash makeup brushes regularly.
I plan to spot clean everyday and deep clean once a week. I am not so lazy before, I just don't know what happened and I became so tired about washing my brushes weekly. And this is a bad habit so I will be breaking this one for sure.

6. I will exercise regularly at least 3x a week.
Since I'm not the type of person who is physically active, I don't go to the gym...what I plan to do is to walk and run my dogs hopefully every day of the week. I have 9 adult dogs, 4 of them are large so it would really be a total work out if I run with them at least 30 minutes per dog..I am crossing my fingers that I can do this because it will not only make me healthier, it will make my dogs healthier too ^_^

7. I will not buy doubles...unless they broke me out...
I wanted to finish up my products first before buying another one on the same line. Like, I need to finish my current lip balm first before I purchase another lipbalm or I need to finish my cleanser first before getting another unless it broke me out or something and I won't be able to use it anymore. I just want to make sure I won't waste any money buying stuff then not using it.

8. Wear sunscreen everyday...body included, not just the face.
I really got lazy about this too. I used to be so obsessive about suncreen but I got distracted and then all of a sudden I just don't want to put any sunscreen at all. This is a must for everyone so I will try my best to get back on the right track.

9. Apply body lotion everyday.
I have very dry skin on my body and I know that I need to religiously apply lotion to give it some moisture but I really can't do it...so I'm hoping that by putting this up, I would be encouraged to comply and make my skin smoother and moisturized.

10. Wear my MRC appliance every night.
I need to wear my mouth appliance as a retainer so that my teeth will remain aligned. I used to have braces and it is a must for me to wear my MRC trainers religiously or else I will have "sungki" again. So yeah, I hope I can accomplish this too coz I don't want to have another set of brace because of my lack of compliance hehe.

I really really hope I would be able to achieve my goals and accomplish my resolutions for the year 2012. I am praying that all of these would come true one at a time ^_^

What about you? What's your new year's resolution? I hope you can achieve them too! ^_^

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

2011 Hits & Misses + a glimpse inside my room ^_^

The end of 2011 is nearing...just a couple more days till the start of 2012. I can't believe that everything flew so fast and that it had been another great year I spent with you guys...I'm really looking forward to new friends that I will meet in the future through my blog ^_^

To end 2011, I have decided to do a HITS and MISSES list instead of my TOP 10 PRODUCTS like last year because majority of my HG products are still the same hehe...I am still in love with the same brushes (Ellana buffer brush, Lumiere duo fiber brush, MAC 217, Loew COrnell 3/8 mop brush) and the same products (Ellana Sheer Velvet powder, Ellana concealer in Cheer, LipIce Sheer Color) so I d on't think it will be exciting to read haha ^_^

I have tried quite a few products and it is quite hard to narrow it down into a dozen products that I loved and can also be included in my HG list...It is also understandable that I did not fell in love with all of the items I purchased like I hoped. So here's a summary of what I loved and what I didn't liked. These products were all purchased by me within the year.

To start, these are the top rookies...I have consistently used these products so much since I got them ^_^

From the back, L-R:

1. Yummy mini cookbooks
I am just starting in my quest to be the best cook...well, that is my dream anyway haha ^_^

Seriously, I just started learning how to cook mid 2011. I love eating but I really can't cook and it makes me feel bad. I always get words from my parents like, "Magaasawa ka na, ano ipapakain mo sa kanila?"...And since I am really gonna get married soon and I don't want my family to eat instant noodles and fried foods forever, I decided to study on my own. And these books helped me a lot. These are very beginner friendly because the instructions are so easy to follow and the ingredients can easily found in local groceries because they are locally published. Affordable too, only Php125 ^_^

2. Samsung Netbook
My new baby...without her, I won't be able to blog, check my mails, watch shows and do my work. It is very handy and the battery life is really good so whenever I bring this to clients, I won't need to bring my charger anymore. Since it is very light and small, I can just fit it inside my bag without people thinking that I have a laptop with me (Iwas snatcher di ba? hehe)..The best buy I did this year..definitely ^_^

3. Fringe holder
I am so in love with this fringe holder. I have 4 pieces in 2 colors (black and blue). I use the blue one when I'm home and the black one if I go out. Whenever I don't want my bangs to get on my face, like when I'm doing something or eating, I just pin my fringe up with this sticky thing. I love the fact that it doesn't tug on my hair like other hair clips and it also doesn't create waves so if I want to let down my bangs I can easily do so.

The only problem I have with this is that it is so hard to find locally and you need to order it. But aside from that, I always get compliments on how unique they are and how effective they work ^_^

4. Tony Moly backstage liner duo in 01
I purchased this because of Brigitte's review. I love gel liners but all of the brands I tried like MAC and Stila dried out after a couple of months. Brigitte said that this won't dry out and it is very pigmented and doesn't smudge so I decided to grab it. I got myself the duo one because all of the available single black are shimmery and not too dark, and I like matte black liners. Plus, I also like the fact that it is combined with a shimmery white liner! I will give an in-depth review of this product soon. But for now, all I can say is that I really, really love this! ^_^

5. Etude House AC Clinic Red Spot Balm
I have been using this product for the last 6 months or so on areas that I have a lot of acne marks. I love this product because aside from the fact that it lightens dark spots, it also has ingredients that help in healing existing pimples. I'm just sad that I don't have before and after pictures to show you guys, but trust me, they work great on marks! I am so gonna repurchase this hehe ^_^

6. Etude House Moistful moisturizer gel
Okay, so this not mine personally but my sister's hehe...I just use it for free ^_^

I use this every day because it supplies the moisture my skin needed. I have COmbination oily skin and I'm so happy that this product works for me even though it is really meant for dry skin like my sister. And it works very well on her too...And the fun part? It doesn't break me out ^_^

7. Nature Republic Eyes and Lips Makeup remover in Pink
I am not sure if I have done an in-depth review on this product, if not, I will post one because this is by far the best eye makeup remover I tried ever. It removes even waterproof mascaras with ease. It is also gentle enough that it doesn't irritate my eyes. And affordable too, I believe it is around Php500 only and available locally.

8. MBM Stemcell Eyecream
I have been using this for a month now and I honestly haven't seen any improvement on my dark circles because I always stay up very very late for the past 2 weeks because of the holidays. BUT I am loving it for it because it give my eyes enough moisture ( I did not get any millia underneath my eyes), it absorbs very quickly, and it is very affordable. I will still do a diary on this like promised, I just wanted to share that I am loving it so far ^_^

9. Tony Moly Nail polish remover
Out of all the nail polish removers I tried, this one removes polishes the fastest. It is also very economical because I can remove my nail polishes using only one cotton ball soaked with the product. It also doesn't contain acetone so it is not drying. It is way better than the Face Shop one IMO ^_^

10. Sofy body Fit sanitary napkin.
This is my HG sanitary pads. I have never experienced any accidental leaks night or day, regardless of activities with this pad. There are times that I need to seat for around 5hours without bathroom breaks and this pad can still contain my flow even if it is so heavy. I am so so in love with this. No irritations too unlike when I use Whisper (I get rashes). I really hope they won't discontinue this brand..

11. Suesh eyeliner brush
This is the first time I've ever used a pointy eyeliner brush. I've always been fond of flat angled liner brushes for applying gel liners because they are so easy to use but this Suesh liner brush is way better! I can create as thin or as thick of an eyeliner I want. It is also easy to line my upper lashline with this because it has the right stiffness to it and I have control in the application. I want to get another one for my white gel liner hehe. It is affordable too, only Php200 ^_^

12. Etude House Missing You Lipbalm in Penguin (not in the picture)
My night lip balm. I use this in exchange of my petroleum jelly at night. I love applying this generously on my lips before I go to sleep and I will always wake up with moisturized lips. No irritations and it gives me enough moisture every time ^_^

Here's my review on the product. Just click here.

13. Nature Republic Nail polishes (not in the picture)
I love how long lasting they are and much cheaper than The Face Shop too! Easy to apply and the shine stays on for at at least 2 weeks. I don't even need a top coat to make it last longer since it does good on its own. I will definitely try out more colors ^_^

14. Imarflex Electric Mixer
This is a Christmas gift from my bf. He knows I love baking and I don't have a mixer yet (I whisk stuff manually by hand haha) so he gave me this to make things easier for me. I am loving it to bits and I have created a couple of things using this already. It is not too heavy and it is very easy to clean so it's all good, plus the fact that it is a gift from my beloved, which made it extra special ^_^

15. Oster Electric Oven
Well, I do love sweets and I was always intrigued if I can bake...well, well, I even surprised myself that after the second try, I already can follow the recipes I found online haha can you say I'm so lucky? Almost all of my baked goodies tasted so good! So this oven is now one of my favorite items in the house and I have used it quite a lot. It cooks evenly and it is very easy to clean. I also love how light it is to carry so I can transfer it from one place to another with ease. The only negative on this product? Well, it's 110V because I got it from an American surplus store haha ^_^

**And now, the products that I didn't like and regretted buying...

1. Tony Moly Intense Repair Live Snail Cream and Eyecream
Check out my complete review on this product why it got included in this list. Overall, it is too expensive and it was not suitable on my skin. I really wouldn't mind spending thousands on a good product but I really felt bad that my money just got wasted because it only made me breakout :(


2. Carmex lipbalm in a tube
I really hated the scent and taste of the product. It keeps on reminding me of Sanity Balm whenever I use iton my lips.

My review on this product here.

3. The Body Shop Born Lippy in orange flavor
I don't know why I don't like this specific flavor but it irritates me. I also don't like the glitters and orangey color it gives on my lips. It so not flattering on me. Luckily, this is just a gift to my mom and she just gave it to me since she also didn't like the scent.

Although I like the raspberry flavored one so it is not the lip balm in general but just this specific flavor.

4. Nature Republic Collagen BB cream
This is a sample size I got when I purchased my makeup remover. I thought I would like it but after using it several times, I don't reach for it anymore. It has a very light coverage regardless of the amount you used. I can't build up the coverage even if I had already done at 3 layers. It is also not long lasting on me. The only thing I like about this is it has antiaging and SPF.

5. Natural Science Herbal Products MFG. Tawas
Okay, I don't usually use deodorant/antiperspirant because I got a phobia when I used Secret when I was still a teenager and it stained my UA. But since I do get sweaty very easily on my underarms and I usually wear sleeved shirts, I decided to try a natural one so I bought this. I thought it can help with the sweat but it totally did nothing except stain my shirts. So useless :(

6. My Phone Dual Sim
If you're my friend in Facebook, you definitely saw my post...I can't seem to operate it. My contacts don't appear, it's so hard to text and I can't seem to read all my messages. It just frustrates the heck out of me. I know it is cheap but I just hoped I got a regular Nokia phone or something. I was unable to text a greeting to my friends and family last Christmas since I can't find their numbers huhu :(

So that ends my HIT & MISSES of 2011! I hope you enjoyed reading them ^_^

And now, for a glimpse of my room...I sleep under the bunk bed and my sister sleeps on top. We share a room so I can't really show you the whole room because I haven't asked permission from her yet hehe ^_^

That's my college graduation picture, my best friend Rachelle and me (the poster was a gift from her), a board where I pin pictures of my boyfriend, and a poster of Jang Geun Suk (a freebie when Nature Republic opened) ^_^

A poster of JYJ, 2AM (I got this during their mini-concert here in Pinas) and Super Junior (This poster is a gift of my sister)

I have plastic containers that hold my novels under my bed. I am now very cautious about termites and water so I decided to transfer them from my bookshelf to these to keep them safe ^_^
And this is my little station. I have huge plastic containers at the back that contains all my photo albums, CDs, cassette tapes, magazines, college books and notes that I love to keep, and other stuff. And this small table is where I do my blogging. As usual, I have a container full of chocolates beside me and my printer underneath.

This is my where I keep my makeup. I have already finished sorting them out and I already gave away the things that I don't use.

and on top of that, I keep my skin care products. And yes, I do wear myobrace when I sleep for maintainance. I used to have braces and I got it removed when I was in college. I had it for 6 years hehe ^_^


So yeah, this will be my last post for the year 2011. I hope you did not get bored! Happy New Year everyone!!!!

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Christmas greeting from me ^_^

I just want to do a quick post for you guys... Today is a very special day because it is Jesus Christ's birthday! We can see a lot of Christians having family reunions and Christmas parties all over the world to celebrate this joyous day. And I want to reach all my readers today to wish you a very merry Christmas!!! I love you guys! ^_^

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

CALLING FOR DONATIONS & VOLUNTEERS

Hello everyone! I just read this email from PAWS (Philippine Animal Welfare Society) today and I would like to help them spread the word by posting their call for help.

PAWS are in need of dog foods, stainless steel bowls, plastic matting (to line bottom of cages), cleaning materials (deck brushes, walis tingting, detergent powder) and veterinary supplies (gloves, Zoletil, etc) for the newly rescued 73 emaciated Pit Bulls.from a dog fighting establishment in the South. 40 of these dogs are currently taken by PAWS and the remaining are distributed to other organizations who rescues dogs and cats because PAWS can't accomodate all 73 dogs due to lack of space and materials and even the lack of people to take care of them.

For those who wanted to help or even volunteer, you can drop off your donations at the PARC office Monday to Saturday, 10am to 5pm. PARC is located at Aurora Blvd, Katipunan Valley, Loyola Heights, QC.

You can see pictures of the rescued dogs in this article here .

Let us help PAWS in rehabilitating these dogs who are maltreated by people who condones dog fighting. I am really praying that events like these would stop completely. My heart goes out to these poor angels who are innocent but are suffering because of people who are so full of themselves and doesn't care one way or another on how these dogs feel when wounded.

PLEASE REPOST this call for help on your blogs and facebook accounts...let us help spread out the words to other pet lovers who would love to reach out and help. Thank you so so much!

Note: If you can't go to PARC personally, I am willing to meet up with anyone to get your donations and I will bring them at PARC in your behalf. I will ask my brother to drive me there with all our donations since I don't have a car. Or if you want me to buy the items for you, you can send me the money through GCASH and tell me what item I will buy...JUST EMAIL ME at galebart_15@yahoo.com with a subject "HELP FOR PAWS".

I hope everyone can donate...even a piece of walis tingting or dog bowl will be of great help..Even a 100 pesos combined together can buy a sack of dogfood for these dogs...

Thank you so much! And please repost! God bless!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Experiment: MBM Stemcell Eye Cream

Hello lovelies! How's everyone's week so far? Me, I feel like I'm on a roll because I want to keep on posting reviews or makeup looks in this blog haha..Maybe it's the Christmas spirit? I don't know, but I'm really having a great burst of energy everyday ^_^

Anyhow, I wanted to start a new blog series since I have already finished my Derma Roller Skin Diary. I also noticed that my readers like to follow me along on my journey whenever I undergo procedures and product testing. So I'm gonna start a new one!

I have always had problems with my eyes because they easily get fine lines. I also have problems with dark circles around the eye area (if you watched my failed YT video, you'll notice that I look like a panda haha). So because of these concerns, I tend to gravitate towards eye creams on the market. I have tried a lot but nothing works..either they are too moisturizing that I end up having a lot of millia (like the Skin Hour) or they do nothing and even stings me (like the Garnier and Tony Moly). I have very sensitive skin as you all know, so it's not really a surprise for me that it's so hard to find my HG eye cream.

So when I saw this new eyecream when I visited the MBM kiosk last month, I needed to grab one to try. And having stemcell as one of its main ingredient and it's from Korea, I am crossing my fingers that this could be the answer to my problem.

So the product costs Php150 for an 8g eyecream. Not bad right? I don't like spending too mcuh for something that I'm not sure of hehe.

It comes in a cube plastic pot and it looks like this...

This is what my eyes look like before I used it. So this picture was taken last November 22.

Can you see the darkening and the lines under my eyes and the laugh lines? I actually don't mind having laughlines because it symbolizes me having a lot of laughing in my life but I don't like the lines underneath the eyes because concealers tend to settle onto them and they're not pretty to look at when that happens =/

So I hope you can follow me on this new adventure. I will try to give updates monthly so as to give the product some time to work. Hopefully we'll all be seeing some improvements ^_^


NOTE: I also am going to do a series for the stretchmark cream because the reviews on that product was good. They say that within 2 months there's already some improvements on their stretchmarks.. Well, I'm very much willing to try it and I'll be posting pictures for that too ^_^

Thanks for dropping by! ^_^