Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Travel makeup and skincare case ( 2 Weeks in Europe Edition)

Tried my very hardest not to overpack but I don't think I succeeded. But in my defense, I will be gone for 2 weeks so its kinda hard not to bring my essentials. Also the whole " you never know" keeps haunting me. I'm a girly girl so I need my options!!

Monday, March 23, 2015

Face Brushes

So what if I only have one face? I love my face brushes and I love seeing them grow. I have a couple of MAC brushes but honestly they are sub par compare to the cheaper ones that I have like Sigma, Zoeva and Real Techniques. Hakuhodo being ridiculously expensive is a splurge but they feel absolutely luxurious against the skin. I feel pretty luxe using them too :)

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Hydration Hydration Hydration

I remember a time when I would steer away from any lotion because I despised the way it felt on my skin. I especially hated The Body Shop's body butters because I thought they were overly sticky and and gross.

But times are changing and they are now my holy grail body moisturizers. I love the way the formulation sinks into my skin nicely ( I swear they didn't before!) smell absolutely amazing and they way it makes my skin feel especially in the morning. All plumped and hydrated. Very good stuff!

Another body moisturizer I have been loving is Hempz Herbal Lotion. I use this as my morning lotion anand it makes my skin feel smooth and silky. It sinks in pretty much immediately ( which is important ssince summer has officially arrived in Manila) so I can slap it on my skin, put on my clothes and go about my day without feeling sticky and icky. I'm almost done with this one but I already have a back  up :)

Sunday, March 1, 2015

February Favorites

This month just whizzed by soooooooo fast! Where has the time gone? Remember when we were kids and we could't wait for our birthday? Well I turn 33 years old in a couple of days and I am dreading it! I hate growing older. Well not really. I feel great but it's just the numbers that scare me! Whatever! On to the February Faves.

The Brush Egg
I bought this brush because it was cheap and I wanted something to wash my brushes better-I'm so glad I did because this deep cleans the bristles like no other. It don't need to scrub forever-- just a few swipes on the ridges and the bristles get soo clean. Love this,

Lush Mint Julips
This is probably my third jar of this lip scrub and there's a reason why I keep coming back for me. It really works!! THis chocolatey minty and sugary concoction sloughs away dead skin gently making my lips soooo smooth and supple. It really makes my lips ready for lip balm.

Cover Girl Ready Set Gorgeous Foundation 
I don't always believe youtubers and the products they tout ( I'm lying ..I totally believe everything they say! haha) but this is one product that lives up to the hype. I love the creamy but sheer consistency of this foundation that leaves my skin look fresh and smooth. It's easy to build up and it's doesn't look cakey at all. It's definitely worth the hype.

Zoeva Concealer Buffer Brush #142
I never used a separate brush for my concealer but to be honest I never thought it was necessary. But after watching a youtuber ( surprise surprise!) use this brush I knew I needed to get my hands on one. Thank God for and free international shipping I got my hands on one and I have been using it non stop this month. I've been eyeing the rose gold brush set and I am thisclose to purchasing it even though I don't need anymore brushes.

MAC Contour Brush #168
I've been into contouring this month because I have a frigging double chin ( I need to diet asap) and I have whipped out this brush from my collection on a daily basis.

Inglot HD Sculpting Powders
Because Kim Kardashian exists I picked up this sculpting powder (# 504)that looks almost identical to my beloved but long gone NYX Taupe. It looks like real shadows on the skin and I can really appreciate that since I'm asian and browns don't look really look natural on my skintone. Or on anyone else for that matter. The yellowish highlighter (#503) blends into my skin seamlessly and makes for a really nice highlight without any excess sheen.

Melvita Rose Nectar Fresh Cleansing Milk
This is pretty much a milky form of micellar water ( like Bioderma) and I frigging love it. I have snubbed my Bioderma and have been using this non stop since I got it in December. I'm almost running out and I'm getting all panicky because we don't have Melvita here :(

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Empties #1

My first empties post! One of my New Year's Beauty Resolutions is to use up my stuff and I think I've been doing a good job! I've accumulated enough products for a post and I'm so glad I can finally throw away this lot.

Macadamia Moisturizing Rinse
Smells great but the product is nothing special, It seems just like any other drugstore conditioner to me.

Victoria's Secret Hydrating Body Lotion in Hello Darling 
A mixture of white nectarine and fresh peonies. This is a sweet and playful scent. Every time I put this on my husband would compliment me :)

Etude House Natural Jelly Cleansing Puff
I really like this puff. I feel like it helps my cleanser go an extra mile but gently. My face always feels super refreshed and clean after using this especially in the morning.

InnisFree Green Tea Pure Body Gel Scrub
I really love the smell of this body scrub. Fresh and clean but the exfoliators are too fine for me so it doesn't really constitute as a scrub but just as body gel.

Lancome Eye Makeup Remover
If it weren't for the price I would probably buy this over and over again. But I always seem to pick up a bottle when I'm at a Duty Free

The Body Shop Body Butter
Lately I've been obsessed with these awfully hydrating butters and I go through them like crazy. I'm currently working through 2 full sized tubs ( Olive & Oil of Argan Scents)

St. Ives Oatmeal and Shea Butter Body Wash
Probably my most favorite discovery yet! The scent is fresh and slightly sweet. My skin feels soooooo smooth and clean every time I use this. Great product! I've already bought 2 back ups.

Voluspa Macaron Candle
Want your house or room to smell like a bakery? Just light one of these candles and make your space smell like sweet pastry. Amazing.

Kiehl's Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Masque
This is a wonderful masque. It's a clay masque but it doesn't dry out my skin or aggravates it. It just leaves my skin feeling absolutely clean and smooth. On top of my "to-buy" list.

The Body Shop Satsuma Body Gel
Not too fond of this (overly) sweet and citrusy smell. Will not repurchase.

Aesop Geranium Lead Scrub
The exfoliators in the scrub is more like it. Slightly rough but still gentle on the skin. But I like how I can feel it working on my skin.

Caudalie Hand and Nail Cream
Love this stuff. Absorbs quickly and leaves my hands supple and soft. I will definitely repurchase this the next time I go abroad.

Sunday, February 8, 2015

January Favorites

One of my unwritten resolution for 2015 is to document my relationship with makeup over time. I think it would be fun to see what products I loved around this time next year.  Hopefully I don't see these kind of posts as chores and stick to doing them!

AVEDA Hand Relief
I've been really into hand creams lately and this one did not disappoint. I love the vibrant but mild citrus smell. The product is so creamy and sinks into my skin very nicely. I wake up and my hands feel smooth and plump. Current HG!

NUXE Reve de Miel Lip Balm
My lips always feel so plump and hydrated in the morning after applying this luscious cream at night. Especially when I use a lips scrub like Lush's Mint Julips. I love the consistency of the thick balm because I sleep with the air conditioner on so it really sucks the moisture out of my skin..but when I have this on, I feel like my lips are protected until I wake up in the morning.

RMK Creamy Polished Base
An old favorite that I have been reaching for this month. I keep forgetting how important a primer is in achieving a flawless face. I like the non-sticky, light gel consistency. I can tell straight off the bat that my skin looks smoother and even toned. I feel like I need less foundation and concealer after using this product. I'm also running out so I need to pick another one up soon!

CLIO Gelpresso Waterproof Pencil Gel Liner
I got the shade Beige Shine for my waterline and I am loving it! Not the most neutral shade because of the shine, but it makes my eyes look wider, brighter and more awake. I'm itching to get the other shades!

EYESCREAM Gel Eyeliner
The shade I love from this brand is Chocolate. It's a deep brown liner that is very pigmented and looks really natural ( when applied thinly) The creamy consistency is easy to blend and stays on my oily eyelids forever.

CHANEL Nail Polish
This muddy brown shade Particuliére is beautiful on the fingers. It's chic, clean and very unique. I hate the applicator though. If Chanel changed that factor, I might just get all the shades! :)>

ORLY Sec 'N Dry
I've been really disciplined with my weekly manicures ( another one of my resolutions is to stay on top of my beauty regimen. Having nicely manicured nails all the time is a must!) I love painting my nails but I hate the waiting game for them to dry. This quick dry makes them dry in no time and I'm ready to tackle other things almost immediately!

I've been into contouring lately and I've been reaching for this matte brownish shade. It's not my skintone's perfect match ( NYX's Taupe Blush is more of my perfect match but I lost mine and haven't gotten a replacement) but this is the next best thing.

DIOR Hydra Life BB Creme
Another old favorite. I bought this along on vacation to Beijing when I wanted coverage without the heaviness of foundation. I like how it's sooo easy to apply- just my fingers and I get medium coverage without any streaks. Perfect for lazy days which let's be honest is pretty much everyday.

Friday, January 9, 2015

Praying for Paris

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