August 22, 2016

Maybelline Micellar Water

There's nothing like having a fresh, clean face at the end of the day, right? Especially if you've been wearing makeup throughout most of it. To remove mine, I like to employ 3 steps that involve cleansing wipes, a cleansing oil, and finally a face wash.

Wipes are not a staple though and I'll sometimes switch it up for a cleansing water instead, so I decided to try one of Maybelline's newest products, the Maybelline Micellar Water.

Maybelline says... Removes all makeup and UV products • Hydrates • Removes trapped dirt and dust, refines pores • Freshens like a toner • No need to rinse • Suitable for sensitive skin

No Fragrance, Alcohol free, Fresh and Oil free

THE SECRET? Makeup absorbing micelles: Act like genuine micro-captors to absorb dirt and makeup residues. RESULT: Instantly and effectively removes light makeup including BB while skin stays extremely fresh, soft, and hydrated.

August 08, 2016

Rimmel Match Perfection foundation

One drugstore brand I really wanted to try when I first got into blogging was Rimmel. Unfortunately, back then it wasn't available locally so I had to wait until I was given the opportunity to take a trip to Guam where I grabbed a few Rimmel goodies from their local Target.

One of the products I got was the Rimmel Match Perfection foundation.

"Traceless coverage foundation with Advanced Smart-Tone technology for perfectly flawless skin under any light. Enhanced with Sapphire Radiance for an illuminating glow. Lasts all day. UVA/UVB protection."

Now what I have is the older version of the product since I got this way back in 2014. In fact, I think the packaging and/or formulation has been changed at least a couple of times already. If you check the Rimmel website, it looks significantly different to mine.

Speaking of formulation change, I know the newest version is supposed to be more moisturizing and has SPF20 instead of the SPF18 mine has.

July 25, 2016

Himalaya Herbals Refreshing & Clarifying Toner

Some years ago, I used to be obsessed with banishing every trace of dirt and makeup on my face. That's good, right? Well, of course! But what's bad is that I tended to use harsh astringents to do that. Not only was I more of a skin care newbie, but those astringents just worked so well that I kept using them!

What I didn't know though was that they were stripping my skin of necessary moisture and instead of helping me get rid of my then persistent acne, it would sometimes make it worse thanks to the high alcohol content they usually had. Thankfully, over time, I incorporated more gentle toners into my skin care regime and discovered that they worked just as effectively (if not better) minus the harshness.

The Himalaya Herbals Refreshing & Clarifying Toner is something I picked up on a whim. It being alcohol-free and targeted towards combination skin, which I have, sparked my interest!

Himalaya Herbals says, "An alcohol free formulation that deep cleanses pores and refreshes to keep your skin oil-free without over drying. Lentil deep cleanses pores, Citrus Limon a natural astringent and cleanser, tightens pores and Boerhavia Root extract controls excess oil secretion to leave your skin clear, soft and radiant."

July 07, 2016

MAC Viva Glam Ariana Grande lipstick

There seems to be a distinct divide when it comes to celebrity makeup lines or releases - they either love it or hate it. Let's not even delve into the madness that the Kylie Jenner lip kits spawned worldwide.

A similar level of chaos, but without the controversy, sparked when it was announced that Ariana Grande was teaming up with MAC Cosmetics to release two lip products.

As a fan of deep, berry shades and darker lipsticks in general, and not so much sheer and shimmery lip glosses of which there are easy to find, affordable dupes out there, it's clear what I was going to choose from between the two.

June 22, 2016

Zen Zest celebrates 15 years

Some of you may not know this, but aside from hoarding collecting makeup and skin care goodies of all kinds, I'm a bit of a sucker for fragrances too. Perfume, linen sprays, scented name it!

As you'd expect, when my good friend and fellow blogger Liz from Project Vanity invited me to celebrate Zen Zest's 15th anniversary, there was definitely more than a whiff of excitement and anticipation in the air.

The Zen Zest story: "Fifteen years ago, Michelle Asence-Fontelera noticed how expensive imported bath and body products were and how no local brands provided the same good quality at affordable prices. Hence in 2001, Zen Zest was born. It was Michelle’s answer to the need of every Filipina to elevate her beauty, style, and home without breaking the bank."

June 13, 2016

City Color CC Color Corrector Sticks

Colored correctors. A lot of people feel they're best saved for special occasions that involve getting all glammed up, or only if you're truly going for that fully made up face. While that depends on the the user, I think including even a couple of correctors into one's everyday (or almost everyday) makeup routine can really impact the overall look. For the better, of course!

I'll admit, I didn't fuss over colored correctors that often before. Rarely, in fact! Oh, trust me. I knew there were areas on my face that desperately needed it, but I figured for my daily routine it wasn't that big of a deal. That is until I started using them myself on a regular basis and now they're a must for my dark, tired-looking eyes and perpetually red cheeks.

I first discovered City Color while I was still living in Tokyo and intrigued by their affordability and quality, I purchased a whole slew of products. Thanks to my already well-established obsession need to find a range of good correctors, I almost instantly grabbed these CC Color Corrector Sticks as soon as I saw them. 

If I'm not mistaken, these are actually quite new to the Japan market and I only saw them on my temporary, return trip last April.