Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Review/Swatch: Maybelline Colorsensational Moisture Extreme Lipcolor in Soft Azallea

Yes, another Maybelline lipstick with a very long name...why do they create long names for lipsticks is still a mystery to me. Fortunately, with their long name comes a wide range of colors and finishes for a good quality drugstore lipstick.

This was actually one of the "impulse" purchase that I've mentioned in my past post when there was one time that SM Northedsa was having a one-day weekday sale that I think, not many people knew about...including me. Fortunately, my sister-in-law and I were there and of course, we got a little crazy with almost everything..hehehe!

At that time, Maybelline was having a 30% off on all items so, I grabbed the opportunity to try their lipstick which I have always been planning on trying anyway and I bought this:

Maybelline Colorsensational Moisture Extreme Lipstick in Soft Azallea

This was the first lipstick that caught my attention at that time...I guess you could say, it was "love at first sight" hahaha! Surprisingly, I haven't seen any reviews or swatches of this lipstick. It's quite disappointing that people would pass up on this beautiful lipstick color.

Natural light:
As you can see, this looks like a bright rose pink w/ a hint of berry...and no, it's not fuschia pink.

 W/ flash:

- it is a cream finish
- quite moisturizing, but you still need to apply lipbalm before the lipstick for smoother application.
- staying power is amazing!
- pigmentation is great!
- stains the lips which will look like you only applied a lipstain and honestly, it still looks great.
- from my experience, this shade brightens my face, making it look more alive!
- smells watermelon.
- glides on smoothly.
- affordable, especially if you buy maybelline products during sales...I bought this for P209.30 only


Natural light:
sorry for the crappy photo. 

w/ flash:
Note: if you apply this lipstick straight from the tube, you will get the full effect of the pigmentation it gives. So if you want to get a sheer wash (like a lipstain look), apply a small amount of lipcolor on your lips, then dab and spread the lipcolor with your finger. 

 ...Yes! I will re-purchase this lipstick again and I will try more shades soon!!!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Swatches: Orly in Gumdrop

I know there are many swatches and reviews about this nailpolish for quite a long time now, so I'll just show you pics on what it looks like on me. 'nuff said.

Natural light:

Artificial light:

 Artificial light:

w/ flash:

this is what it would look like if it's a matte finish with glitters on top.
just click on the picture for a closer look.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Swatch: NYX Round Lipstick in Sierra

Just a quick swatch on my latest NYX lipstick collection.

I'm slacking a bit on featuring my collective hauls for the past months because I seldom buy makeup stuff anymore...I don't know why...maybe because I've found a new hobby (photography, swimming and designing stuff)

If I find the time, I'll just blog my collective haul from the past months in another post.

Anyway, I bought this online from getsophisticated for P160.

Natural light:

 w/ flash:

 Natural light:
I know, I look a bit fair in this's because I don't go out much anymore..I'm stuck inside my cave.

W/ flash:
w/ flash, you could see the yellow undertone of my skin.

At first, I thought that I made the wrong choice on this lipstick because it looks brown in the tube..I was like, "Brown?! Why would I want to look like I smeared chocolate on my lips?!" but actually, it turned out to be like terracotta/orange which surprisingly suits me well! Another great orangey nude color for me!

Review: Celeteque Facial Moisturizer

I can still remember what my dermatologist has told me, "you only need to put on moisturizer when NEEDED." meaning, I only have to apply it on dry areas of my skin since almost the whole area of my skin is oily already.

After quite a traumatic experience with almost a full blown breakout, I've learned my lesson to not (ever) believe in what almost all people in the world believes..."You still need to apply moisturizer even if your face is already oily"...Yeah, I've heard that many times before...and I'll slap myself if I will believe that shit again.

Now that my acne is under control and my scars have faded immensely from how horrible it looked like in the beginning, I'd rather believe my dermatologist and my gut feelings, thank you!

Now, the question is, what moisturizer will I use that is non-comedogenic, hypoallergenic, fragrance-free, oil-free, especially formulated for sensitive skin, no coloring added and affordable? Many people would say Cetaphil, but I tried that in the past and all I can say is, we're really not meant for each other...hehehehe!

So, temporarily, Celeteque would be my moisturizer for now.

I only bought the smallest one (50ml) for only P149.00 (I think) in Watson's
They also have bigger sizes of this, but because I use moisturizer sparingly, this little tube lasts quite a long time on me.

Other information that you would like to know:

it's good to know that they also indicated the expiry date unlike other products in the market.

 Brief Description

 I know, some of the ingredients are quite alien to some of us, so just ask Mr. Google.

- did not cause any bad reactions/breakouts.
- feels like you're applying water on your face.
- non-comedogenic
- fragrance free
- hypoallergenic
- no color
- not sticky
- dries into a matte looks like you did not put any kind of moisturizer on.
- moisturizes and calms my skin when it's irritated.
- affordable

- it's just a simple moisturizer..that's it. If you're looking for any kind of anti-aging, whitening and all of that hokus pokus of pure awesome-ness, you're not going to find it here sorry.

What it looks like:

my son was a happy volunteer in the following pictures:

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Review: Aqua Massage Cellulose Sponges

A few months ago, I blogged about these cellulose sponge that I want to try (out of curiosity) in one of my hauls. I'm not really the type of person who likes to use many different kinds of bath products and tools in one go. Just a decent smelling soap (like Ivory, Dove, Olay,etc), any kind of exfoliator (loofah, washcloth,etc.) shampoo and conditioner and I'm good to go. I can proudly say that I'm pretty low maintenance in the bath department since I can remember.

So now, out of impulse buying again, I bought these cellulose sponges that I think I can live WITHOUT after trying all of these. It's not that it's not a good product, I just don't see a necessity of owning one of these.

I bought all of these at Watsons,  if you're wondering where I got it...

Aqua Massage Cellulose Sponge
for Kids

This sponge is actually for my son, and according to his observations:
 (I interviewed him while giving him a bath)

- It's not scratchy.
- It's soft.
- It dries quite fast after use.

- absorbs too much soap.
- too smooth to use as an everyday mild exfoliator.
- it smells like a combination of algae,dirt and plant. (Take note that I've washed the sponge 3x before using it on him.)
- Price: P94.75 (only for this? seriously?!)

This is what it looks like without the plastic wrapper. Mango shaped sponge.

 Aqua Massage Facial Sponge

I bought this because I thought that this would have the same texture (which is smooth and soft) as the facial sponge that are used by my dermatologist...hmm..I guess I was wrong...

- it can be used as an exfoliator, but use a very light hand when using it.
- I also use this to remove bentonite clay mask on my face.
- used this on the nose area where my blackheads reside and I think it's quite effective (temporarily)
- bought this for P49.75...quite affordable.
- dries quite fast after use.
- easy to clean.

- too rough for sensitive skin...I used this once with a heavy hand and my face felt like I scraped my face on the pavement...not a good feeling I tell ya!
- smells like a combination of algae, dirt and plant.

Aqua Massage Body Sponge

I bought this for myself to use as a mild everyday exfliator. I guess this is gentle for sensitive skin 'cause it says "GENTILE"

Actually, I regret buying this because it's not only quite expensive, I has the same texture as the cellulose sponge that I use on my son...same texture cellulose sponge + higher price = epic fail

- not scratchy and soft.
- dries quite fast after use.

- too smooth for my liking. I need something that is smooth at the same time it should also has the ability to mildly exfoliate the skin.
- same smell like the others (algae,dirt and plant)
- expensive..P104.75

This is what it looks like without the plastic looks like a typical car sponge...maybe I'll just use this for the car...