Empties: May 2015

I thought that I’ll be leaving the month of May with my Bambam on my arms, but I guess he is taking his time and still is enjoying his luxury suite inside my tummy. Nevertheless, I am so happy that he is going full term – as I am 38 weeks last Friday!

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Off! Soft & Scented – effective and safe mosquito repellent with soothing chamomile.

Vitress Instant Relax Cuticle Coat – there are actually five variants of Vitress specified to create different hair styles and care for specific type of tresses. This product contains special serum that wraps and seals strands to protect hair from damage while giving hair that extra shine and smoothness for instant straight hair.

Vitress Heat Protect – a must use hair product if you’re planning to soak under the sun or at least use hair tools like straighteners, blowers and curlers.

Celeteque Brightening Anti-Aging with SPF 16 – another sample tub from BDJ Bpx. I love to use this as a day moisturizer just before applying make up

ELF Gel Liner in Black – smooth and glides on easily until it dried out. :O The plastic container wasn’t that reliable.

Maybelline MasterLiner in Brown – you just have to be very careful in using this as hard hands may break the pencil. :/

Maybelline HyperCurl Volume Express – my non-existent lashes became visible and thicker. Pain in the *ss to remove if you don’t have proper makeup remover. Celeteque cleansing oil does the job (removing mascara) well.

ELF Eye Primer & Liner Sealer – I didn’t enjoy this product, not in a bit. The eye primer is too thick and it doesn’t help on keeping my eye makeup in place, it melts away. IDK if it is because of the humid weather or because I put too much, I tried putting as little as possible with failed result. The container itself is not very sturdy because it’s made with plastic – I dropped and break the liner sealer spilling the liquid. Sad.

Nature Republic Lemon Balm and Aritaum Fresh Essence Mask in Hydraulic Acid – some of my goodies that I got from Korea! 🙂 In instantly makes my face softer and smoother.

MJ Morning Glory Parfum – unisex perfume that last for a day.

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Cycles Sensitive Diaper Cream – Just like any other Cycles Sensitive product, it is fragrance-free, hypoallergenic and paraben-free. This got my back whenever baby pass a hard stool that irritate his skin, and it is also good on irritated genitals that was soaked in urine – sometimes we tend to forget to change/check diaper in time hence this happens. A thin layer is all I need when it comes to my baby, a swipe of thin layer of this and the redness will disappear after a while.

Victoria’s Secret Body Splash – in Sweet Temptation is a lush sensual fragrance with a hint of sweetness.

Ever Bilena Daily Sunblock Whitening Lotion – I didn’t see any whitening effect and it’s a bit heavy on my skin so this is better used when you’re inside an air-conditioned room with a some errands outside.

Avon Solutions Sun – has SPF 30. It’s in a spray bottle for easier use and is in liquid/water form hence easily absorbed by skin, lightweight but makes your skin look oily/shiny which is a good/bad thing depending on your preference. Definitely not for photo ops.

Skin White Whitening Facial Cleanser – good makeup remover and cleanser in one on days when I’m too tired to have a decent face wash before going to bed.

Natasha Shimmer Cologne in Paradiso Maui – perfectly used as a cologne and body glitter in one. Shimmer will stay the whole day while you have to reapply at least once to keep the fragrance strong enough. Glitters and scent to accessorize!

Kojie San Lolita in Fantasy – a cologne spray perfect for summer. Not too strong and gives a sweet scent of freshness.

United Homes Ferusulfate Iron – cheap iron supplement in preventing and treating iron deficiency anemia and also safe for pregnant and lactating women.

Vidal Sassoon Shampoo and Conditioner – first off, thank you so much BDJ Box for sending this over. It leaves hair feeling silky smooth without feeling heavy on my scalp. Manageable hair – clean and conditioned.

Physiogel Cleanser – more about this here.

Happy to abide my adieu to these useful products so that I could get my hands on new ones that are worth to try. Hello June! Please rain my way with more blessings! 🙂

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Empties: April to June 2014

My empties could have been a monthly post as intended but life got me busy it made my bag unorganized and empties unposted.

Bag, schedule, life. One word. Mess.And I like it!  #optimist #bringiton All Inclusive by Judy Astley will keep me company.

Of course, I wanna get on track and move on, cleaning my vanity by emptying products that lives there like forever is a good detoxifying habit! 🙂

Taya Beauty Amazon White Clay Thickening Conditioner – more of this here.

Pond’s Anti-Bacterial Facial Scrub with Herbal Clay – I love the smell and it’s refreshing after wash feel. Does the job well too.

Block & White Natural Pearl – that I used as a hand cream. It has UV protection and whitens skin at the same time.

Splash Hair Polish Hairdressing cream – finally, I’m ready to get my hands on my other

Taya Beauty goodies.

Anew Vitalizing Cream – again. It did break me out so I just used this as a makeup remover mostly. The sale tag kept me buying this, I always give in! Temptation, temptation! lol

L’Oreal Youth Code – Alas! This is a bittersweet goodbye. Why empty out on me? Why now that I’m used on using your dropper? (I tilt the jar as I’m typing this, hoping to get the last juicy drop! I did! And oh it smells a-mazing still!) Well, maybe because it done its part. I think I’ll be saying hi to another bottle of Youth Code AFTER I finish all of my serums in my stash.

Ever Bilena BB Cream in Oriental shade – I used my Too Cool for School BB Cream as highlight with this as contour. Great match! But I think it would be awhile if ever I decided to try this out again. I’m now on my first bottle of Revlon Colorstay liquid foundation in 360 Golden Caramel which I cannot see on Revlon’s kiosk at SM Aura! Boo! [but not really, if you know what I mean? 😉 ]

Johnson’s Baby Lotion in Milk – do I have to say more?

Johnson’s Baby Lotion in Pink – classic.

Myra-E Shine-Free Face Powder in Light – Packed with Vitamin E with SPF 15 and hypoallergenic!

ELF Two-Way Cake Foundation – has SPF 15 but seriously, the packaging needs an upgrade it looks cheaper than other cheaper local two-way cake foundation out there!

Slimmers World Gentaflou cream – perfect for just got burned facial warts and zits. 🙂

Maybelline Hypercurl Volume Express Waterproof Mascara – 2nd tube. I think I’ll skip using mascaras for now, since I’m using Lavish Lashes for the second time around. I decided to give this a try again despite of my not-so-good first time try. Talk about SECOND CHANCES! Ha! (If we are as close as lovers are, you’ll laugh so hard you could skip your crunches!)

Sebamed Liquid Face & Body Wash – this is one in my list of snatch-from-the-cradle products! Sorry Clyde! 😛

Yves Rocher UVBeauty Shield – SPF50, PA++, lightweight. Does the job like a Mafia boss.

Celeteque Tri-Benefit Power Cream – first off, thank you so much BDJ Box and BDJ Power Planner for these cute samples. Now on my last sample tub and ready to buy the regular size. (Looking for my BDJ Lifestyle card! :P)

Hygienix Hand Sanitizer – this is a bag resident. Keeps you your hand clean. Door knob clean. Toilet bowl clean. Just clean. and smells wonderful too.

 Palmers Cocoa Butter Formula Scar Serum – I use this on my pregnancy tiger stripes and heart surgery scar. It does lightens the area and tightens the skin as well. It also reminds me of Willy Wonka and his Chocolate Factory.

That’s it! Let’s wish more products to go so that more will come! Haha! Love all, trust a few and do bad to no one because you sure will reap what you sow!

P.S. Karma will get you where it hurts the most. 😉

ELF Two-Way Cake Foundation

Bought this after a free makeover at SM Aura

(trivia: its just the day before the explosion at Serendra Tower 2)

(a Belle de Jour girl once, will forever be a BDJ girl <3)

(nursing in public while all-glammed up)

and I’ve been using this baby for quite a while now, as you could see, I even posted an IG before using it for the first time 😛

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using my Chic Cosmetic Angled Top Kabuki Brush *win a set here

Here is my say on this cake…

The Good
*has a matte finish
*have a decent size mirror
*product separated from sponge
*sponge can “breath”
*can be applied wet as a foundation
*can be applied dry as a setting powder
*has SPF 15
*blends well using sponge and brush

The Bad
*the packaging “box” is sleek in black
*doesn’t last long enough (apply every 3hrs for a/c room and every hour when not)
*cakes up when overly done
*light to medium coverage only still needs concealer to hide super dark spots and acne scars
*smells weird maybe because of the packaging?
*saving the worst for last – Cheap Packaging! – the lock is not sturdy and the material is made of cheap plastic Nichido and Ever Bilena are way more sturdy

Won’t be buying this anytime soon, but I’ll recommend this for students and beginners who wants to experiment on makeup because its cheaper, easier to apply than liquid foundation and perfect with sponge or brush application.

E.L.F. All Over Cover Sticks Concealers

These are my recent favorite concealers as of the moment, and these are the ELF All Over Cover Sticks Concealers in shades of

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Light Beige, Honey and Apricot Beige

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I’m running out of Honey because obviously it blends well with my skintone 🙂

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I love packing this up on my dark under-eye circles and like I said it matches my skin tone perfectly. It’s super smooth that it glides when applied. Last me the whole day without touching up yet its so easy to take off just with wipes.

I think the price is just right too. I can use this product for maybe 3 months or so. 🙂 Another empty coming my way! Yay! (IDK, but I’m happy whenever I used up a product, maybe because the money paid was well used and worth it)

What are your take on this kind of ELF concealers?

ELF Stipple Brush

My dad wants to treat us; Beth and I a clothes and make up shopping spree as a way to give us a token before he go abroad for a short business trip! After our eyes popped out with mouths hanging, we run like there’s no tomorrow and attacked the stalls and makeup shelves! 😛 I got myself a gray cardigan, some hanes sando shirts (because I learned from Kandee a too many ways of using sando shirts! Thanks Kandee J.!), a not-so-short Freego shorts and many others that I might talked about on another post!

Back to this post, I am planning to buy a stippling brush ever since I learned that it could create a flawless airbrush effect! I’m actually eyeing Etude House’s, the one with cute packaging but then decided later on to go for this ELF stippling brush this time because in comparison, the handle is much longer and the bristles are more fluffier for almost the same price of more or less than Php500.00.

This is not my first Elf make up brush; I already have the angled bronzing brush and an eyeshadow brush that I both got two years ago. I’m still using the bronzing brush to contour my face with Elf Healthy Glow Bronzing Powder in Warm Tan and the eyeshadow brush for patting two different shadows using its two faces.

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I love that the handle is long enough, adequate to hold the brush hence have the ‘stippling’ motion better…

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As you can see, this brush has two layers of bristles, the black and white, black being the short and the latter as long. Perfect to pick two layers of products to disperse on skin for ultimate control and preferred finish either as sheer or work your way up for heavy/full coverage. The brush should be dab on a stippling motion for concentrated color or blend in all over for smooth coverage.

This Stippling brush however can be use as a blush brush as well, for natural looking cheeks and as a highlight brush but since I’m aiming to have an airbrushed look, I use this when applying BB creams, mixture of moisturizer and sunblock, and liquid foundations too.  It can be used either dry or wet without bleeding and so far there are no stray hairs although at first, it smells like plastic, being synthetic.

P.S. it’s so good to know that buying ELF products means helping a charity, and they don’t test on animals.  Yay!

What ELF brushes do you own?

E.L.F. Cream Eyeliner

I took up cosmetology as a TLE subject when I was in highschool, and eversince I learned how glamorous looks could be when eyeliners are on, I never ran out of pencil liners in different shades and sometimes when I feel like it, I use liquid eyeliners as well, brown and black are my staples and sometimes I have blue and green shades with glimmers too. I don’t use cream liners and I wanna venture on one so I bought this

ELF Cream Eyeliner in Black

Mind you, this is my first ever cream liner! Imma makeup junkie newbie, I know! And it’s a bit cheaper than the Fanny Serrano Cream Eyeliners but I wanna try it out too! ^^

It’s so creamy looking and super black, I got too excited to use this! 😀 So far, so good! I love this cream liner, it’s so smooth and it glides on!

Here’s some of my shots using the cream liner. 🙂

whoops! someone forgot to slap a lipstick on!

I have oily lids and I don’t put eye primer, but if I pat on some dark eyeshadow on it, it will last a day. 🙂 And I think that’s more good than enough for a newbie like me. This cream eyeliner however tends to go down my lower lash line making me looked liked a punched bear or a panda whenever I forgot not to smudge my eyes! hehe This is also a bad ass when it comes to “removing”, so you better have a good make up remover too! I’m fine with the brush but I just hope the handle was a lot longer and I was actually thinking of buying a separate brush. What do you think?I just hope the entire bottle won’t dry out, or else I’ll end up mixing extra petroleum jelly on it just to have the gliding viscosity that I want. 🙂

I actually have a love-hate relationship on this one. Do you? What other cream liners out there should I try?

Recent Favorites: Make Up

Yes, this is a baby bag,

but since I’m breastfeeding, this bag had spaces for my kikay kit! Yahoo!

still, missing playing with these e/s!

Here are my recent loves!

Current favorites aotm :))

First off, although not included in the photo, I’m still inlove with Garnier brightening oil control scrub! 😀

Included in the photo are the

Lashem measurable difference lash gel,

GSK intense clarity-smoothing peptide serum,

Mary Kay e/s in sugarplum,

Jordana e/s in golden sun,

L.A. colors e/s pallete in ep41wine,

Etude House Oh Ms!

(Click the linkies to go the blog posts!)

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Will be doing some reviews on some of the products included in these photos including swatches of these yummy lippies! 😀

Whats your recent favorites? *it doesn’t have to be make up* Share ’em!