February 24, 2017

Althea Box #13 | Vitamin Box

If you're an Asian beauty fanatic, especially of the Korean variety, chances are you've probably already heard of or even shopped from Althea. It's basically K-beauty paradise! Aside from being able to shop for a mind-boggling array of stuff, they also have regularly released boxes.

No, these aren't subscription boxes because you purchase each one on your own. Every box has its own theme and is crammed with products that cater or match that particular theme. As far as I know there are two kinds of boxes: the regular Althea box and the Trendy box. I'm not sure what the difference is, but I'm guessing the latter features newer or trending items.

I've been wanting an Althea box for months now, but they always get sold out in a matter of hours! Luckily, I was finally able to purchase one of their most recent ones just last week and it's their Althea Box #13: Vitamin Box.

I figured I was only able to score this one because it doesn't seem too in demand and is actually still available for purchase on the site. Either way I'm just happy I finally got my own box!

February 17, 2017

Maybelline Color Sensational Lip Gradation Lipstick

One beauty trend I initially didn't get into was the gradient lip. To me, it just looked like your lipstick had started to fade and you needed to retouch it. However, I eventually came around and also decided to finally give it a try. Funnily enough, that exact thought popped into my head while I was browsing a Maybelline display earlier this week.

My eyes then spotted their line of Color Sensational Lip Gradation Lipsticks (Php349.00). I figured it was the best product for a gradient lip newbie like me so I snatched one up. Plus, it was on sale!

Maybelline says... 
"Now you can wear brights every day the gradation effect way! With a unique cushion blender, you can smudge out the bold matte pigment to create a gradation effect look."

February 07, 2017

MAC Pro Longwear Nourishing Waterproof Foundation

Though I'm still a BB/CC cream or tinted moisturizer kind of gal when it comes to my everyday makeup look, it still doesn't stop me from buying any foundation that catches my eye or interest. One can't have too many anyway, right? Well, that's my excuse at least.

One foundation recommended to me was by a sales assistant from MAC back in Tokyo. It's the MAC Pro Longwear Nourishing Waterproof Foundation (¥4,700). He told me this was his personal favorite foundation, so I decided to give it a try.

MAC says...
A tenacious waterproof formula that can be used as a foundation or concealer, wearing for an unprecedented 24 hours. Neither rain nor tears can budge this oil-free watertight product that actually repels moisture from the surface of the face. The formula blends seamlessly on the skin with medium to full weightless coverage and a natural satin finish.

January 30, 2017

A VIP shopping experience at Beauty Backstage

There's little a girl like me loves more than shopping. Especially if it means shopping for makeup! Well, I and a handful of other bloggers were given some much needed retail therapy at the Beauty Backstage event held last week at Whitespace Manila where we got reacquainted with popular cosmetic brands hailing from both Europe and the US.

Click below to read all about my Beauty Backstage experience and find out what I took home.

January 24, 2017

TCFS Dinoplatz Dear Brachiosaurus Blotting Paper

No matter how dry or 'normal' our skin is, we still get a little shine from time to time. I normally like a little shine and dewiness on my face since my skin is so dry, but sometimes the shine is a bit too much so I do need to blot away any excess.

The good thing about blotting papers is that most are dead cheap and easy to find, and while I usually and happily settle for them, I decided to give this 'upgraded' version from Too Cool For School a chance - it's their Dinoplatz Dear Brachiosaurus Blotting Paper (Php245.00).

From Sephora.com:
These blotting papers are a glamorous way to blot. Packaged in a convenient carry case, these oil blotting papers are made from 100 percent natural papers. The original Mulberry blotting paper is made from 100 percent Korean mulberry paper, a traditional handmade paper known as Hanji. It instantly removes oil and sebum without disturbing makeup.  
With just a gentle press, these blotting papers absorb oil immediately, soften skin, and leave your makeup looking flawless. 

January 19, 2017

Maybelline Super BB Cushion

Cushion makeup is just one of those things that's evolving from a trend into a staple. While cushion foundations and BB creams and the like are a must-have in many girls' vanity kits, innovative products like cushion eyeliner and blush are gradually picking up popularity too. There's now a cushion for everything it seems!

Of course Maybelline themselves wanted to hop on the trending train and came up with the Super BB Cushion (Php749.00). I've been a fan of Maybelline's BB creams for years now, so for them to create one with the application ease and convenience of a cushion got me hyped.

"SUPER BB CUSHION is our 1st advanced BB Cushion: high coverage and yet still moisturizing! For the first time, our soft cushion contains correcting minerals and moisturizing essence. Now flawless-perfect skin look is just a tap-tap away!"