Saturday, April 22, 2017

Josie Maran Argan Enlightenment Illuminizer

Hey loves!

It's been a busy week for me, but I'm happy that I was able to create some artistic output... I've been painting! They aren't big projects, but it feels great to do something that I really like. And because of all the work I've done this week, I wasn't able to write for the blog. I'm sorry. :( 

Anyway, I promise to post some reviews on exciting products soon. Starting with a quick swatch post on this very pretty illuminizer... 

Josie Maran Argan Enlightenment Illuminizer

It's another gift from my sister. It's one of the few illuminizers I've tried and I think it's the best I have. :P

Product description from the website:

What Josie says:

My legendary Argan Illuminizer now in a new and improved package.

Why I love itThis concentrated radiance liquid brings your inner glow to the surface of your skin. Champagne illuminessence mimics the natural radiance of healthy skin. 
What’s in it: Infused with Argan Oil to provide to hydrate and nourish the skin. 

How I use it: I use this versatile liquid alone on the face, or mix with foundation, moisturizer, or oil for a magical lit-from-within natural glow to the skin. 
INGREDIENTS: Aqua (Water)**, Glycerin**, Tricaprylin, Butylene Glycol, Stearic Acid**, Pentaerythrityl Tetraethylhexanoate, Steareth-20, Dimethicone, Argania Spinosa (Argan) Kernel Oil*, Acrylates/Palmeth-25 Acrylate Copolymer, VP/Eicosene Copolymer, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Phenyl Trimethicone, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil**, Sodium Hydroxide, Xanthan Gum**, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Mica (CI 77019)**, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891)**, Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499)**, Narcissus Poeticus (Narcissus) Extract**, Lilium Candidum (Madonna Lily) Bulb Extract**

organic argan oil
no synthetic fragrance
made with love
natural and organic ingredients
paraben free

The bottle I have is the deluxe size (7ml), the regular size one is 15ml.

It's a product that gives your skin a glow. I can describe it as a highlighter that can be used in different ways to create different effects for your skin. You can apply it directly on areas where you usually apply highlighter, or you can mix it with foundation or BB cream to achieve a golden, healthy glow.

Here's how the product looks like:

It's a beautiful champagne color...

And the texture is easy to spread... not too creamy nor watery.

When spread, you get a beautiful golden shine. It's a perfect warm glow for the summer. It looks great on my warm skin. I use it on top of foundation (I don't mix it with my foundation because my face gets pretty shiny easily because of my oily skin. I tend to stay away from putting additional shine). What I do is use it as a highlighter then dab some translucent powder to prolong wear.

And that's all for this post. What do you think of the Josie Maran Argan Enlightenment Illuminizer?


Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Bobbi Brown High Shimmer Lip Gloss in Bellini

Hello dearies!

Summer is the time that I most often wear lipgloss. It's the season when I like to keep it light and fun instead of the glam or sharp looks. So for today, I'll share one of the glosses that I currently have in my kikay kit...

Bobbi Brown High Shimmer Lip Gloss in Bellini

This was given by my sister and it's only the deluxe size. The regular size is 75ml.

Info from the website

A high-shine gloss with a special mix of pearls in a clear base (for a super reflective effect).
This vitamin-enriched formula conditions lips while providing non-sticky, but long-lasting color.
How to Use: Apply to bare lips with wand or layer over lip color.

The deluxe size has a doe foot applicator. I love how cute it is. But even if it's small, it's still easy to use.

So here's the swatch:

The website described Bellini as "a nude pink with pearl."

It gives my lips a shimmery gloss. The product info from the website accurately described it. I love that the glitters are fine and that it's a mix of purple, gold, and silver. I also like that it's non-sticky and non-greasy, although I don't find it long-lasting. 

I don't like wearing it alone because I look pale, but it looks great on top of lipstick. It can enhance any lippie with added shimmer and shine! Since mine is in deluxe size, it's a staple in my vanity kit so I can reapply anywhere I go.

What are your thoughts on the Bobbi Brown High Shimmer Lip Gloss in Bellini? :)


Monday, April 17, 2017

Smashbox It's a Wrap Waterproof Makeup Remover

Hello dearies!

You may know this already, but I do use makeup almost every time I go out of the house. But once I get home, I make sure I remove all traces of makeup to reduce the risk of breakouts.

I've tried numbers of makeup removers by now and I still want to try out more from other brands. That's one of the reasons why I bought a set of three products from Smashbox that included this...

Smashbox It's a Wrap Waterproof Makeup Remover

As mentioned, it was included in the Smashbox On the Rocks Eye Essentials. I bought it mostly because it was on sale. Got it for only PhP 1,017.50 from its original price of PhP 1,850.00. The fact that it has a mascara, which I was planning to buy initially, and a makeup remover pushed me more to get it. The eyeliner was just a bonus. ;)

Here's the product description from the packaging label:

Info from the website:


When we've nailed the shot on day-long shoots in our L.A. photo studio, our legendary photographers yell, "That's a wrap." We created this super effective yet ultra-gentle makeup remover for the moment when it's time to take it all off. It lifts everything off lashes, lids and lips—even long-wearing and waterproof products. Clean up, then get some beauty sleep so you can slay it again tomorrow!


  • Non-irritating formula leaves skin soft, clean and refreshed
  • Ophthalmologist & dermatologist tested


    Shake well and apply with a cotton ball, then gently rinse with warm water.


    Formulated without Parabens, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Phthalates, Oil, Fragrance & Talc.

    Please be aware that ingredient lists may change or vary from time to time. Please refer to the ingredient list on the product package you receive for the most up to date list of ingredients.

    This 50ml bottle is a deluxe size. The regular size is 125ml. 

    It's a non-greasy liquid that is scentless. It's the ideal remover! I hate it when I use something too oily or too fragrant. What I love most about this is how gentle it is on the eyes. It doesn't sting!! Ideal when you are using waterproof eye products.

    Now, how well does it remove makeup? 
    Below are photos of how it performs against the waterproof mascara from the same brand.
    I smudged my Smashbox Full Exposure on the palm of my hand...

    Then I put a few drops of the makeup remover...
    As you can see, the mascara immediately melts. I didn't even rub it... it just melted away effortlessly!

    I wiped it away just once without rubbing the rest.
    I didn't massage the makeup remover nor the tissue I used to wipe it.

    Here, I massaged the tissue with the makeup remover. I just wipe it a few times and the mascara is completely gone! 

    Removing makeup is so easy with the Smashbox It's a Wrap Waterproof Makeup Remover!  It takes care of my waterproof eye and lip products effortlessly without causing irritations. And a few amount goes a long way! I'm very satisfied with this purchase.

    And that's a wrap (get it?) for this review! :)


    Saturday, April 15, 2017

    NOTD: Cutie Easter Bunny and Eggs

    Hello dears!

    Tomorrow's Easter! 
    Do you and your family have plans? Mine's just a simple and quiet stay at home with the family... maybe cook some good feast to enjoy. My family don't do a big celebration during Easter. We just didn't made a tradition out of it... we never did those Easter egg thing and all... Anyway, for this year, I did something that's not usual for me during this holiday...

    Tadaaa! Easter egg hunt-inspired nails!!!

    I made some bunnies in a couple of nails while the others are the easter eggs!
    They looked better last night though... they got squished when I slept. 

    The bunny looks like it's looking at its side... it still looks cute though... somehow it added personality. Haha!

    I just applied the fun and bright base colors and added lighter colored details. It's easy to do and would make the Easter spirit more fun and creative!

    Would you paint your nails in an Easter bunny theme?


    Wednesday, April 12, 2017

    Dove: Refresh+Care Dry Shampoo (Volume)

    Good evening ladies,

    Dawn and I recently recolored my hair purple. As you know, one of the many struggles I have whenever I get it recolored is to keep it purple for as long as possible.

    As many of you might know, one of the trick in making this particular hair color last is to minimize or lessen hair washing. However, this is a big problem if your tend to get oily quick. Good thing there are such things as dry shampoos. Today, I am sharing the one I am currently using.

    Dove's Refresh + Care Dry Shampoo has been a recent addition to my hair care products. I bought this a few months ago from for Php 299. It's one of the cheapest dry shampoos available in the market but is also one of the most highly ranked.

    For the newbies, this product has a very straight forward instructions for use.

    This dry shampoo does a really good job of taking out the greasy feeling after a day of not taking a bath. I have been using this dry shampoo for the past weeks and even in our very hot weather, my hair stays grease-free and does not smell like sweat. The scent is also mild and almost baby powder like.

    My cousin had previously warned me that some dry shampoos tend to sit on your scalp like dandruff, but it was not like that with this. The particles of the shampoo are so fine that it's easy to massage throughout the scalp and does not clump up to form dandruff-like flakes.

    It is also adds a little volume to the hair so that weighed down look of an unwashed hair is taken care of as well.

    However, it does tend to make your hair look wig-like after 2 days of straight use. I also would not recommend that you let anyone touch your hair after 2 days of straight use as the hair's texture starts to feel rough and almost tumble-weed like.

    Good news though, it's safe for colored hair, when using it, the color is not carried away by the product. I have not seen any discoloration after each use. This has helped me keep my hair washes to a minimum of 2x/week.

    This is just one of the many dry shampoos out there. I might just start going through a bunch of them soon since they are so convenient. Let us know if there are any which you'd like me to try and review!


    Saturday, April 8, 2017

    Laura Mercier Eye Colour Duet in Stellar/African Violet

    Hello beautiful!

    Just sharing this very pretty duo eyeshadow palette that my sister gave me. :)

    Laura Mercier Eye Colour Duet in Stellar/African Violet

    Laura Mercier has been one of my sis' go-to brands for around a decade now and most of the LM products that we've blogged is from her. If you're not familiar with Laura Mercier, do look it up because they have really good products. I love their concealers and their tinted moisturizers. :)

    Anyway, the shades that is included in this duo palette is Stellar and African Violet. I love this combo because it gives a light and romantic vibe.

    It's a great everyday eyeshadow. It comes in a square compact with a mirror, which is very handy when I travel.

    I love that Stellar is a great base color with the right amount of shimmer. African Violet, on the other hand, is a warm purple shade with gold shimmers. I find this shade very attractive. It's becoming one of my favorite eyeshadows to use!

    I love the pigmentation and I appreciate that it's not very chalky, especially African Violet. I can pair this with a pinkish nude lippie in the morning and a cool hot pink or a deep fuchsia lipstick in the evening. 

    What do you think of the Laura Mercier Eye Colour Duet in Stellar/African Violet?


    Thursday, April 6, 2017

    Celeteque DermoCosmetics Moisturizing Lip and Cheek Duo

    Hello loves!

    You're probably familiar with some of the products from Celeteque DermoCosmetics. I've been sharing my thoughts about the products I received last December and so far loving each and every one of them! 

    Today, I'll share another of their product that is dual-purpose...
    Celeteque DermoCosmetics Moisturizing Lip and Cheek Duo
    in shades Rosy Blush and Soft Berry

    Product info from the press release:

    If you’re on the go and need a one-stop-shop solution to add some bloom to your look, you may just find the Céleteque DermoCosmetics Moisturizing Lip and Cheek Duo (P665), available in Rosy Blush and Soft Berry, is a lifesaver. This oil-free and streak-free mousse contains Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), which acts as an antioxidant that protects your lips and cheeks from free radicals that lead to dryness, as well as Sodium Hyaluronate and Glycerin, which help your skin retain moisture better, making it firmer, softer, and smoother for a more youthful appearance.

    Okay, I'm not gonna lie... I really thought that it's quite expensive at PhP 665.00 and only has 1.6 ml of the product. But right after my first try, I think that the price was justified and I'll tell you why...

    First, as you can see on the swatches, both shades are very pigmented. I was able to get this swatch with only one swipe.

    The shades are both wearable and would suit both the lips and the cheeks!
    Check out how they look on me on the photos below.

    Soft Berry

    This shade is a cool-toned pink.

    I sort of added too much but I love the pink glow it gives my skin. 

    On my lips it gives a beautiful creamy mix of magenta and purple.

    Rosy Blush

    This shade is like peachy pink!! LOVE!

    The other one I put too much and I find this one too little.

    However, I find this harder to get the color to be noticeable on the cheek compared to Soft Berry, but it gives a beautiful "your-lips-but-better" lippie!

    Isn't it good?

    As a lippie, do make sure that your lips are moisturized and well exfoliated because chappy lips are more noticeable with this applied. It doesn't dry lips, in fact, I find my lips softer when I wear it. It can stay a long while, but eating and drinking can easily wipe them away.

    As a cheek tint, it doesn't stay too long on my oily skin. Reapplication is needed for me after 4 hours. What I do like is how natural it looks on my skin. It's like the colors are naturally produced by my cheek.

    So as you can see, I think it's a pretty good product that does more than one job. It gives color on both lips and cheeks and it even helps retain moisture! And knowing that it's from Celeteque, it's hypoallergenic and dermatologically-tested. So going back to the price, I think this is worth it!

    And that's what I think about the Celeteque DermoCosmetics Moisturizing Lip and Cheek Duo. What are your thoughts?


    Monday, April 3, 2017

    The Beauty Bakery Clarifying Witch Hazel Facial Mist

    Hey dolls!

    I love using facial mists because it refreshes my face after a long day. It also gives a moisture boosts when needed, especially when my makeup cakes (I just spray some and then re-spread my foundation evenly). I use my face mists a lot and I finish a bottle very quickly. Some of the face mists are quite expensive and I use up a whole bottle after 2 to 3 months, so that means I need to buy one again. So finding an affordable one is always awesome!

    While looking at some products at BeautyMNL, I stumbled across this product:

    The Beauty Bakery Clarifying Witch Hazel Facial Mist

    The 150ml bottle costs PhP 265.00.
    I bought it because of the affordable price and the good reviews it's been receiving from the website. I might as well try it out!

    Info from BeautyMNL:
    All the good stuff in a sweet-smelling bottle that refreshes and clarifies, Beauty Bakery’s Clarifying Witch Hazel Facial Mist is specially made to keep you feeling crisp and clean all day. Each delicious bottle contains an unbeatable blend of Witch Hazel Water and Tea Tree Extract to fight off inflammation and bad bacteria, and is infused with a bright, clean citrus scent to keep you smelling fresh no matter the occasion.
    INGREDIENTS: Water, Witch Hazel extract, Tea Tree extract, Lemon extract.

    How to Use
    Mist onto face within an arm’s length to freshen up your skin. Product can be refrigerated to heighten cooling sensation.

    About the brand:
    The awesome team behind Beauty Bakery believe that it’s time to celebrate the women of today. Ladies, whether you’re aged 1-100, pregnant or soon-to-be, a bride, grandmother, tween or teen, we owe it to ourselves to be good to our skin. Pamper yourself with a delectable line of all-natural, paraben and preservative-free products that are made fresh just for you. Luscious body butters, deliciously sweet sprays, and yummy whipped lotions are what await when you try any of their products, designed to satisfy any skin craving!

    I've been using the mist and I got it down to half of the bottle. So here's what I think of it:

    The packaging
    I like that you can see how much product is left. I like the simplicity of the label's design. However, I find the labels' colors too light and small that makes it difficult to read. The glass bottle is also pretty heavy that I do not like carrying it in my bag. I do like how it sprays because it does feel like a mist.

    I usually use this after I apply my makeup (to set it), but you can also use this as toner. I believe it's pretty safe to use on skin to make sure it's clean as it is made up of organic ingredients. So it's a mist and a toner in one—multipurpose products are always awesome!

    The scent is citrusy. I'm actually not a fan of fruity fragrances but the scent of this one is pretty mild that I do not mind smelling it. When I apply it, it doesn't feel as refreshing as other mists that I've tried, but it's still refreshing nonetheless. I don't know why... I do feel the water mist, but there's this familiar sensation, pretty close to when I eat oranges and there's like a fruity acid there on my hands... maybe in this case, from the lemon extract... It makes me feel like my skin is thirsty even though my face is already wet from the mist. I can't really describe it, but it's a different feeling as to when I use other mists with aloe or rose water. It doesn't annoy me or anything. I just want to share it in case others experience the same thing.

    It still get's the job done. I have acne-prone and oily skin and it does help clean my face thoroughly as a toner and it does help set my makeup—it's not a makeup fixer (which prolongs makeup), it just sets the makeup faster. It works and I love that you get two products in one and on an affordable price! I don't think that I'll be purchasing again as I bought quite a lot of face mists when I went to Tokyo. It's still a product that I would say is something good to try.

    Have you tried the The Beauty Bakery Clarifying Witch Hazel Facial Mist yet?


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