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In one of my past Sampleroom purchases, I got the other variant of Colour Collection’s BB Cream. I reviewed the first one, Whitening, here. With great regret I did not purchase the Colour Collection exclusive elite box from BDJ, so I wasn’t able to try the second variant, Age Defying. Good thing that Sampleroom offered it (and still does!), for only 130 points, so I immediately grabbed one. This usually goes for Php699 for a 40-ml tube.

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The packaging is very similar to the Whitening variant, except this one is a weird chocolate brown color. The size and layout is the same. It has the list of ingredients at the back.

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The important thing to note is that the focus of this variant is more towards skin care (as opposed to just pure whitening). It claims to have 8 skin benefits derived from having CoQ10 and green tea extract. What is this CoQ10 wizardry? It’s short for coenzyme Q10, which apparently has something to do with wrinkles (well, it’s Age Defying!). Q10 supposedly reduces UV damage, stimulates collagen production, and repairs damaged skin [source]. Green tea extract on the other hand is a powerful anti-oxidant and has key anti-aging properties as well [source]. Suffice to say, this BB cream is choc-full of anti-aging stuff!

This is very hygenic too, as the tube comes with a spout. No contamination of the product because of this!

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As far as I know this only comes in one shade. Here is how it looks like swatched on my arm. It’s pretty close to my skin tone, and that makes me pretty happy!

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Here is how it looks like on my face. I applied a very generous amount all over the face, no primer underneath. I only applied Celeteque Tri Benefit Power Cream beforehand.

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Bare (and frowny) face

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With Colour Collection Age Defying BB Cream

I’ve been wearing this a lot especially on days where I am in such a hurry. It’s not very difficult to apply, and I usually just use my fingers to spread it all over the face. While I couldn’t really comment on the actual anti-aging factor, I love how this feels on my face. It’s very light and looks quite natural. The coverage is fair – it doesn’t cover really big pimples but it’s adequate for small ones or light blemishes. It definitely reduce the redness on my cheeks, and evens out my skin tone. Oh and it has SPF45 too! I really wish this would be more widely available in malls, instead of having to go through an agent.

Here’s the finished face, with makeup. I used the following products: BYS Brow & Eye Pencil for brows; Saizen Eye Shadow in Brown for eyeshadow and eyeliner; Nichido Final Powder in So Natural for finishing powder; Ever Bilena Shade Lipstick in Flaring Cranberry

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I really go around with eyeglasses on, so here’s how my skin looks with them on.

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And here’s my dorky smile, which is kind of a mix between Jennifer Lawrence and Mr. Bean.

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Pros: reasonably priced; shade matches my skin tone; longwearing; sensitive skin friendly; has many anti-aging factors; has SPF45

Cons: available through dealers only

I have no information on Colour Collection’s animal testing policies. You can get full sized samples from Sampleroom here.

Haven’t bought any new stuff for some time, until now. Here is a short list of things I got for the month of February.

1. Sampleroom Haul

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As soon as H2O+ released their samples through Sampleroom, I grabbed the overnight moisturizer (140 points). Along with it I grabbed another one of the Sappe drinks (the glutathione one, 10 points) and surprisingly received two bottles! I also got a surprise sample vial of Celeteque Cleansing Oil which I use a lot, so I’m quite happy to get this. Now I have a travel bottle, woot! Thanks Sampleroom!

2. Landmark Travel Brush Set

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Sometimes I am such in a hurry in the mornings that I just slap on my face base and just apply the rest of my makeup in the office. Unfortunately my brushes are too bulky to keep bringing, so I bought this travel brush set from Landmark (Php239.75). It consists of a mini-kabuki brush, a powder/blush brush, an eyeshadow/concealer brush, a blending brush, and an included cloth pouch. The bristles are soft and the handles are short but handy enough. Unfortunately it seems like the pouch is a tad small and can’t comfortably hold the brushes.

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3. Empty makeup tubs

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I bought myself more of these empty makeup tubs. The blue one (Php21.95) is meant to hold my antihistamine tabs. I was planning to depot some of my stuff, notably the Essence eyeshadow base, and put it into one of the purple ones (two for Php24.75, plus a spatula). I bought the gold-lidded one (Php19.95) just because it looks so pretty!

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4. OMG Nail Polishes

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What is a trip to Landmark without grabbing a few bottles of OMG? I of course couldn’t resist and got myself a couple – a green one, Gossip, and a taupe/brown one, Sunny Tan. Watch out for the swatches!

5. Calligraphy pens

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I’ve also been on a hunt for not-so-expensive pens for my calligraphy practice. I’ve been sporadically uploading my cursive exercises on twitter, but I’ve only been using a regular gel pen. I wanted something more “legit”, and I finally managed to spot a couple at Power Books Greenbelt 3. One is an Artline Calligraphy Pen (width 2.0) for Php64.50 and works like a regular marker but with a flat tip instead of pointed. The other is a Sakura Pigma Brush Pen (!!!) for Php70.50. It has a brush tip, and works just like a paintbrush so it’s a little bit more tricky to use. I’m so addicted to these right now!

This is waaaaay late but let me show you what I wore on my nails over the Valentines weekend.

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I used two coats of Dazzle Dry Strawberry Macaron for the base. On the ring finger I used Models Own Blizzard for a nice silver sparkle. On the other four I used Revlon Brilliant Strength Nail Polish in Seduce and Dazzle Dry Heart of Fire for the dots, which ended up totally indistinguishable from each other. The random swirls between the dots were actually the Revlon polish, and was inadvertently swiped across the nail when I applied top coat too early.

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Hope you guys had a great valentines!

Last month I swatched the three mineral eyeshadows  I received from Kira, and Tellie challenged me to come up with an eye makeup look that featured all three. After a whole month of diddling about, I finally found the opportunity to play around with the eyeshadows. Before I present the results, here again are the three shades and the swatches.

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What I did was to use Charmed as lidwash on the inner 2/3 of the eye, and put Thistle on the outer 1/3 and blended it into the crease. Sonic was used as a highlight in the tearduct and browbone. I used the foiling technique (aka damp brush). The brushes I used were all from Artist Studio. Here’s how it turned out.

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And here’s a close up.

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It’s a little weird how it ended up. The green eyeshadow is now almost completely invisible and turns up only as hints on the crease (the green you see near the upper lashline is a green eyeliner). It did spread out its glitter all over the lid though. The purple also isn’t as deep as the swatch suggested. I used my trusty Essence eyeshadow base underneath all this. Here’s another shot, although rather blurred.

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Products used:

Face

Barenaturals Face Primer
Colour Collection Age Defying BB Cream
Avon Ideal Luminous Blush in Peach
Snoe Poudre Extraordinaire (shade unknown)

Eyes
In2It Eyebrow Powder in Eyebrowns
Essence I Love Stage Eyeshadow Base
Silk Naturals Mineral Eyeshadow in Sonic, Charmed, and Thistle
NYX Eye Pencil in Green

Lips
Barenaturals Vitaminstix in I Love You This Smooch

I had originally intended to publish separate reviews for these two eye pencils, but the inner lazy in me reared up its ugly head. Presenting my combined review of the two Eye of Horus eye pencils that I have: the Natural Smokey Eye Pencil, and the Nubian Brown Goddess Pencil.

Eye of Horus is an Australian company that focuses on using natural waxes and oils in their products. The aim is to make sensitive-skin-friendly eye products, and their company tagline is “to awaken the goddess in every woman”. Each of their eye pencils (as well as the mascara and eyeliner) costs Php990.

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The have the same length, and both come with a smudger on the opposite end of the pencil. The one with the gold cap is the Natural Smokey Eye Pencil while the one with the brown cap (which is almost indistinguishable from the black caps btw) is the Nubian Brown Goddess Pencil.

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A close up of the pencils show the branding near the pencil side and the name of the product on the smudger side. For the Natural Smokey Eye, it has the following on the back: “Long wearing liner pencil for exotic eyes; With Mango & Jojoba Oil PARABEN FREE” and the shade which is black.

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For the Nubian Brown Goddess Pencil, the name of the product is the one near the pencil side while the branding is on the smudger side. At the back it states “Smoothest velvet waterproof formula glides without smudging. Long Lasting. PARABEN FREE” and the shade (in case it wasn’t clear) which is brown.

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Here are the swatches on my arm. As you can see, the Nubian Brown Goddess Pencil is a very dark brown and is actually almost black. The nice thing about these pencils is that once they set, they stay put! The not-so-nice thing about these pencils though not a fault of theirs is that I find it hard to use. No matter how much I try, I could not get a thin line from these pencils even newly sharpened. I would admit however that a majority of that is my decided inexpertise on lining my eyes.

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Here is my attempt on lining my eyes with the Nubian Brown Goddess Pencil. It’s a little cringeworthy, as you can see some uneven blobs of it in the middle. I smudged it with the smudger end to help it set. If I didn’t, I would get even more blobs of product but in the middle of my lid (thanks, hooded eyes).

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It kind of looks better when my eyes are opened. Or so I would like to believe! Some people have told me you can use these pencils for a smokey-eye effect (even the colored ones!) but I haven’t tried that yet. All in all I really like these pencils, even if I am not using them to their maximum potential. I would really like to collect these, especially the Teal Malachite and Emerald Tabula ones. I’m also excited as they will be releasing their eyeshadow palettes soon!

Eye of Horus is available through the Glamourbox Boutique and selected Snoe Beauty kiosks. EoH is cruelty-free.

Pros: very pigmented; long-lasting; waterproof; cruelty-free

Cons: expensive, a little difficult to find/purchase

Here finally is the last of my three new OMG nail polishes: Jive. It is a blue that will remind you of plastic toys and maybe an after-lunch sky.

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Indoors it looks a lot darker, closer to the bottle color.

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Outdoors it looks lighter and brighter. I used two coats, with a top coat.

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OMG polishes are Php19.75, and I bought these at Landmark Makati.

My husband and I rarely celebrate Valentines Day on the actual day itself, mostly because eating out, parking, and traffic are all such a hassle. We just celebrate on some other day, and this year we took our daughter along for a Valentines family day.

On the actual Valentines Day itself, I had to go to work. I didn’t want to let the day pass without somehow looking a bit dolled up! I amped up my “office” look a bit by going for a somewhat smokey eye look. My go-to eye palette was again the Saizen Eye Shadow in Brown.

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I used #3 as the overall lid color, and #4 on the crease and outer corner. Underneath all of that I used the Crystal Cream Eyecolor to put a bit of sparkle.

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Here’s a better view of the eye look without the glasses.

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Products used:

Face

Holika Holika Face 2 Change CC Cream
Avon Ideal Luminous Blush in Peach
Essence All About Matt! Fixing Loose Powder

Eyes
In2It Eyebrow Powder in Eyebrowns
Essence I Love Stage Eyeshadow Base
Saizen Eye Shadow in Brown
Saizen Crystal Cream Eyecolor in Cocoa

Lips
Ever Bilena Shade Lipstick in Flaring Cranberry

Eyeshadow experts, I need your feedback! What can I do to improve my eyeshadow application?

As soon as I’ve heard from Monika of Mom Gone Vain, I knew I wanted to try these out for myself. These are newly released lipsticks from Ever Bilena, the ubiquitous Filipino drugstore cosmetics brand. They don’t seem to have a proper name right now, so I’m going to follow Monika’s lead and call them Shade Lipsticks (you’ll see why later). There are a lot of shades of this, and here you see I’ve swatched about ten of them. I ended up choosing two: Red Vixen and Flaring Cranberry.

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Both of these have a moisturizing center, very reminiscent of the Avon Shine Attract Lipsticks but reversed. Red Vixen has a white center while Flaring Cranberry has a dark one. I could still not tell the difference between those centers beyond the colors. Red Vixen also has the “Shade Lipstick” marking on its tube, while Flaring Cranberry only has a plain white tube. Red Vixen has 3.9 grams of product, while Flaring Cranberry has 3.7 grams. Here is the amazing part: both are Php95 each!

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Red Vixen is a semi-matte bright red shade. Flaring Cranberry is a very dark pink, almost red, with some shimmer. It leans more on the shiny side compared to Red Vixen. Here is the swatch on my arm.

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Here is Red Vixen on my lips. It’s a very red shade, and looks really matte up close. It has a tendency to settle into the lines. It also smells much like every other EB lipstick – that synthetic lipstick scent.

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Here is Flaring Cranberry on my lips. It appears almost red, but it’s actually a really deep pink. The shimmers are quite apparent, especially in person. Surprisingly, it doesn’t have that traditional lipstick scent. It smells very fruity, and reminds me strongly of those “Kiss” scent beads when we were kids (90s kids in the house! fistbump!).

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What do you think? Not a bad set of lipsticks! Never mind the really cheap packaging, this is really a worthwhile buy for Php95. I’m thinking of collecting the rest of the collection!

I don’t have information on Ever Bilena’s animal testing policies. You can learn more about their products here.

In one of my lucky breaks last holiday season I won this Konad Double Side Stamp Set from Lia of Geek Girl Manila. I was super stoked to get this as I believe that Konad is not widely available in the Philippines (correct me if I’m wrong). The one we have available here is of another brand, Kand, which can be bought from Landmark. The Kand set (as you can see from this haul) comes with a one-sided stamper, a plastic scraper, and an image plate, and the whole thing costs Php80.  As a really nice bonus, I got four image plates along with this Konad stamping set. I have no idea how much the Konad set or the image plates costs.

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What is nail stamping? It is basically putting the appropriate polish into the wells of an image plate and using a rubber stamper to transfer the image to the nail. This set includes a double ended stamper (a big end and a small end) and a metal scraper. I’ve already attempted to do nail stamping before with my old Kand set but it didn’t really work out. I think this is because I didn’t have the right stamping polish, and I didn’t know the correct steps. There is actually a not-so-bad set of instructions at the back of the set. For my first attempt with the Konad set, however, I used Polka Polish’s guide for nail stamping.

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Let me give you a closer look on the contents of the Konad stamping set. First we have the double ended stamper, which is about two inches long.

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It is wide on one end, with a pink rubber cap to pick up the design. This is used mostly for the big nail designs that usually cover the entire nail.

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The other end is much smaller, and has a green rubber cap. This end is mostly used for the spot-designs or accents.

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The set comes with a scraper, meant to scrape or push off the excess polish from the image plate. The handle is made of plastic, but the actual scraper is made of metal. I didn’t really like the idea of a metal-on-metal contact; I was afraid that it would damage the image plates. I didn’t use this on my first attempt at nail stamping with the Konad set, I used the plastic one from Kand.

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As I mentioned earlier, the prize came with four image plates. Here are the four image plates. Click on each for a larger version. For reference, the plate designations are (clockwise from the left) m3, m56, m91, and m57. Strangely enough, m3 is the exact same plate I got in the Kand set.

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And here is my first attempt. I used the m57 plate for the gold splotches. The base polish is Dazzle Dry Morning Dew and the stamping polish I used is OMG Gold Digger.

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I am loving this set! I can’t wait to try the other designs!

Pros: performs quite well for its function (provided you follow the correct steps); quality materials used

Cons: metal scraper; not widely available

One of the items I received in the Secret Santa Glamourbox is this bottle of The Cream Factory Bath Cream in Goat’s Milk and Seaweed.

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It’s the smaller 221ml bottle, and is usually not available by itself. It comes in a variety 3-pack (Php799) and is available at the Glamourbox Boutique. It is also available in a huge 768ml bottle, and costs Php699. Here’s what the bottle looks like at the back.

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And here’s the list of ingredients.

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The product itself is a slightly runny milky substance. What I do is to put a swirl of it into a loofah or bath sponge and apply in circular motion all over the body. I like using this especially at the end of stressful days. The scent is wonderfully relaxing, and it is quite moisturizing as well.

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I really love this! I am planning to get myself a 3-pack so I can try the other variants. The Cream Factory is cruelty-free.

Pros: luxurious and stress-relieving; wonderful scent; moisturizing; available in many supermarkets

Cons: a little expensive


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