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 oils...you 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.

June 03, 2016

Unboxing: SaladBox for April, 2016

The last time I posted about SaladBox was years ago, so writing this is almost like taking a step back in time again. It's also been too long since I reviewed a subscription box of any kind.

I have good reason now to though because SaladBox and I have officially partnered up and every month, I'll be reviewing one of their boxes. This is a little overdue, but I'll be talking about what's in their April box. To be fair, I did receive the box mid-May. Haha.

Like many other subscription boxes, SaladBox often collaborates with different beauty brands. For this month, they teamed up with VMV Hypoallergenics - the top makeup brand for sensitive skin! 

I've heard a lot about VMV and some even swear by their products, but I never got the chance to try them out for myself. Since I've become more open about testing 'gentler', more natural products I was very much keen to see what this box had in store. Are you as well?

May 29, 2016

Proud Mary Touch and Beauty BB Cream & Tulip Blending Sponge

If you've read my post where I create three, different Valentine's date looks then you'll know I've officially partnered up with About Face PH (formerly known as Purple Tags). Aside from the products used in that post, I got more to try out for myself! A couple of those are the Proud Mary Touch and Beauty BB Cream and About Face's very own Tulip Blending Sponge.

Since I tend to use both products together, I thought that instead of reviewing each one individually, I'd review them together and tell you how I personally use them!