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Seeing this on the blogs of other beauty bloggers, I thought I’d give it a try. The biggest difference is that mine is collected over a long period. I am not really fast in terms of consuming items, but I’m trying to be more diligent in collecting empties, and actually emptying stuff. That said, here’s my first empties post.


It’s not really a lot, but the one I’m kind of proud of is this set of Bifesta Cleansing Lotion empty bottles. I’ve started using Bifesta approximately at the beginning of this blog, so almost two years ago. Thus far I’ve only used up three (or four, I’m pretty sure I’ve tried the Sebum variant), and I’m currently trying out a new variant, Agecare. I really like how this makeup remover performs, and will always be my go-to for that purpose. I also really like the bottles, very well made. I will be keeping a collection of empty Bifesta bottles! (Bifesta Cleansing Lotion costs Php419 and available at Watsons.)


Next we have this Clinique 3-Step Trial Kit #2 (for dry-combination). About half a year ago I wanted to get into a good skincare habit, and decided to try Clinique. Luckily they provide a trial kit such as this, to see if it actually works for me before I commit to (huge) full size bottles. I think this set costed me something like Php950, and lasted me for about five months. Among these I really like the facial soap, but overall I think the 3-step system works for me. Unfortunately I won’t be rebuying because Clinique is not cruelty-free.


These next two are Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Sunscreen SPF 50 and FCUK Pure Body Spray. As far as I know, the Neutrogena one is the best facial sunscreen I’ve used so far. I might rebuy this, because I’m having no luck in my current sunscreen trials. The body spray I got from a friend, I think. I’m really pretty indifferent to fragrance, as long as it’s not too strong. I’m probably not rebuying this either. I have no idea how much either of these cost.


Two Celeteque items are next: Celeteque Advanced Anti-aging Cleansing Oil (the old formulation) and Celeteque Hydrolyzed Moisturizing Mist. I’ve always liked the cleansing oil for removing waterproof makeup. I’m not really sad that this is phased out, as the new formulation is at least just as good if not better. The moisturizing mist is of course one of my most favorite moisturizers, especially since it’s a spray-on. It’s a tamad blogger’s best friend! It also comes in quite handy during summer. The mist costs Php350 and is available practically everywhere. I need to rebuy this, stat!


Lastly we have another batch of samples: Shiseido Ibuki Eye Correcting Cream, Shiseido Benefiance Balancing Softener, and Benefit It’s Potent Eye Cream. I think I got these in various BDJ boxes last year. The eye creams were not really remarkable, which means again I’m still on the hunt for an eye cream that works for me. The softener is amazing, though, especially when applied using a sheet mask. Very luxurious, and leaves my skin feeling ultra pampered! I’m might buy full sized as soon as I determine Shiseido’s stance on animal cruelty.

There we have it! I hope you enjoyed my first attempt at discussing my empties. I’m not really sure how often I’ll get to write something like this, but I will be diligent in saving up my empties.

I expect to have less and less hauls as the months roll by. I’ve been spending too much and I’ve already received a lot of interesting stuff to try, so I have decided to tone down my purchases. Here are the things I bought for the month of September.

1. Artist Studio Foundation Brush and Lip Brush

This has been on my wish list for some time as I’m working my way to a complete set of Artist Studio brushes. The foundation brush costs Php79.75 while the lip brush is Php49.75.


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2. Gift from Celeteque

I received this unexpectedly in the mail this September. It came in a gigantic brown box and it contained this neat transparent tote. It also has these four Celeteque products that I don’t mind receiving at all: Soothing Lip Balm, Anti-Wrinkle Collagen Gel, Eye Tuck Plus Dark Circles Lightener, and the small version of the Cleansing Oil. Thank you Celeteque!


3. Goody Event Loot Bag

I attended the Goody Come Play event last September 14, and received the following in the Loot Bag (clockwise from the top): Philips Avent resealable cup, Nippon Esthetics Wedge Sponges, blue Sharpie, PH Care Intimate Wash in Cool Wind sachet, Celeteque Soothing Lip Balm, Vitress Cuticle Coat, Vitress Hair Polish, 2x Goody Ouchless Elastics, vouchers from Beauty N Butter and Philips Avent. Thank you for the wonderful event, Goody!


4. Nippon Esthetics Dual Ended Cotton Tips and Cleansing Sponge

In the same Goody event, I went over to the Nippon Esthetics booth and got a free cleaning of my brushes as well as a pack of cleansing sponges. I love how the cleansing sponges perform and I definitely appreciate receiving these. While waiting for my brushes to get clean, I saw this tub of cotton tips with the all-too-rare pointed ends. I immediately got one, and it costs only Php40. I use this a lot for cleaning up after doing nail art.


5. Etude House Wonder Pore Freshner, Sweet Recipe Baby Choux Base in Mint, and Nail Remover Mild

It happened! Etude House Philippines has achieved 200k likes on FB, and as promised, they held a 20% off on ALL products. I went last September 16, the Pink Membership exclusive day. I wanted to get the whole range of the Wonder Pore (cleansing foam, freshner, clay mask) but unfortunately the Greenbelt branch only had the freshner. This big bottle costs Php798 normally, but with the sale it only costs Php638.40.


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I have also been waiting for the Mint Baby Choux Base to be released, but strangely EH seems to have phased out the tub version and only have the tube version now. It costs the same as before, normally at Php628, but with the sale it’s down to Php502.40.


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Lastly I wanted to get the mild version of the Nail (Polish) Remover. This is normally Php98, but I got it for just Php78.40. I was pleased with the Extra Strong version so I wanted to see how the mild one performs.



6. Sampleroom

This month I was able to snag two Sampleroom loots. The first features the Shiseido Ibuki Eye Correcting Cream (awesome, this!), and I added a batch of Carbtrim to go with it. I’ve always wanted to try the new line from Shiseido and thanks to Sampleroom I was able to try the eye cream. I’ve always enjoyed drinking Carbtrim too. Now whether it works as claimed is still yet to be determined, as I am fairly inconsistent when drinking this. The eye cream is worth 70 points while the carbtrim is 45 points.



The second set was when Sampleroom released the goodies from Beauty and Minerals makeup store. I immediately snagged myself the Charm brush (75 points) and I ordered the Inti-Mate Bra Converter (50 points) as well. The bra converter came in a set of three, but I immediately gave one to my sister-in-law so she can try it too.

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7. OMG Crystal Sand in Hematite, Indian Red, Emerald, and Citrine


I of course couldn’t resist getting the rest of the set of OMG Crystal Sand. I’ve swatched the first three, and I decided to get the other four because it really is so worth it. It’s very pretty and there’s nothing more affordable than this! I bought this from Landmark, Trinoma.


8. Erzullie Fashion Feast Sale

Erzullie is a brand I’ve recently discovered through twitter, and I like the fact that the ladies behind it are very hands on toward their customers. Erzullie is a clothing brand that caters to plus-size women, and designs pieces that flatter the curvier figure. I decided to give them a try when they held a sale of a whopping Php300 per item as long as supplies last. Unfortunately I came in too late, and didn’t really have the pieces I was eyeing beforehand. Nevertheless! I was able to snag four (plus one) items from the remaining stocks. I only have pictures of two in action (black blazer and bolero). The other two are a black palazzo pants and a black kimono top. (Puro black you ask? Ubos na yung mga colored, for my size! T_T ) As I mentioned earlier, each of these are just Php300 each, and are probably less than half of their full price. Amaaaazing. When I was going out the door Aries (one of the ladies behind the brand) gave me a cute skirt with huge white ruffles, a fun piece!

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9. Eye of Horus Nubian Brown Goddess Pencil

A last minute addition! I won the Glamourbox x Eye of Horus giveaway on facebook for one of ten EoH Nubian Brown Goddess Pencils, and it arrived on the same day that the Beauty SOS Glamourbox did. I really like how carefully Glamourbox does its packaging, making sure that my new pencil will not break in transit. I’ve only tried it once so far and I’m already liking it!

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There you have it! This haul isn’t as small as I initially thought!

I am quite thankful to Sampleroom for making Shiseido Ibuki products available for sampling, as I missed the Shiseido Ibuki exclusive August box. I was able to grab the one I wanted to try the most: Shiseido Ibuki Eye Correcting Cream. This costs 70 points at Sampleroom.


The sample came in a tiny 2ml tube, which easily fits in the palm of my hand. It has the clean white design of the Ibuki range. The Ibuki range is a maintenance range to keep the suppleness and moisture of the skin of 20-something to 30-something people. The Eye Correcting Cream, in particular, is a cooling eye cream that targets puffiness, dark circles, and fine lines (all three of which I have!).


I’ve been using this tube once a day only, at night after applying cleansing and moisturizing. The product itself is a thick pink cream, and a little goes a long way. As my targets (dark circles, puffiness, and fine lines) are all located in my undereye area, that’s where I apply the eye cream. I can immediately feel the cooling action right after application.


I’m almost done with the sample, and I can say that I am quite happy with the results so far. I really like the cooling effect. I can’t say much about the dark circles or the fine lines yet, but I definitely see a big reduction in the puffiness of my undereyes. Will I buy a full sized tube of this? At Php1800 for 15ml it doesn’t sound so bad as other brands of eye cream can be more expensive. If I do have the funds for it I will definitely buy!

This is one of the ways I make sure I’m ready for anything. Having well-nourished skin and a healthy body assures me that I can face any challenge that life throws my way.


Disclaimer: This is my entry to the Sampleroom Shiseido Blog Contest.

I’ve finally finished the BDJ Box 7-Day Challenge. I’ve been using the following products for six consecutive nights: Shiseido Benefiance WrinkleResist24 Balancing Softener, Shiseido Benefiance WrinkleResist24 Night Emulsion, and Shiseido White Lucent Spot Correcting Serum. You can read about the first half of the challenge here.

As a recap, here are the pictures from before the challenge and the first three days:


Day 0


Day 1


Day 2


Day 3

Here are the pictures from Day 4 to 6:


Day 4


Day 5


Day 6

For Day 7, I used the Shiseido White Lucent Mask. According to the instructions I was just supposed to keep the mask on for 10 minutes. However, the mask felt so wonderful on my face. It was very cooling and I can feel my skin being instantly hydrated. I didn’t want the feeling to stop too soon, so I confess I kept the mask on for 30 minutes! Here’s how my face looked like right after the mask treatment:


Day 7 – Right after mask

My face is still wet from the leftover essence from the mask, but you can see that my face is quite radiant and bright. When my face dried it looked like this:


Day 7 – Dry

For a closer comparison let’s put Days 0, 3, 6, and 7 side by side:


At first glance the overall tone of my face seem to have lightened and evened out. You’ll have to take my word for it, but the skin on my face feel generally softer and supple. Upon closer inspection, you’ll notice that the dark circles around my eyes have visibly lessened and the pimple has all but disappeared. Some of the redness on my cheeks also has lessened a bit.

One thing I didn’t like about the products are the glass containers. While they make the line look very luxurious and high-class, it makes it difficult to dispense the right amount of product (especially the night emulsion) since you can’t squeeze the bottle.

My final conclusion: The Shiseido regimen truly works! I think I can now see why these products are all very expensive. The long and short of it is that it works with brightening up the face and it actually evens out the discolorations. I especially love the White Lucent mask, as it feels so good on the skin. At about Php533 per mask it’s worth having a relaxing time at home with this mask on.

As you may have read in my unboxing of the February BDJ Box, I’ve decided to take on the BDJ Box 7-Day Challenge. How does it work? Basically I have to use the Shiseido Benefiance WrinkleResist24 Night Emulsion and Balancing Softener and the Shiseido White Lucent Spot Correcting Serum for a straight 6 days, and the Shiseido White Lucent Mask on the 7th day. Sounds easy enough, and by doing this I can test out the entire set of skincare products in the BDJ Box. As an added benefit, I’ll get even and clear skin!


It took me a while to discover the proper order of these products. Basically first I have to cleanse my face with my preferred cleanser. Then I put the Balancing Softener onto a cotton pad and use all over my face. After that, I squeeze a bit of the Spot Correcting Serum and again spread all over my face (supposedly it’s only for discolored parts of the face, but I decided to use it all over). Lastly, spread the Night Emulsion all over my face.

For reference, this is how my face looked like before I started the challenge:


I will be taking pictures in the exact same spot (and approximately the same time) every day to see if I’m getting some progress. I’m actually done with my 3rd challenge day, and here are the pictures.


Day 1


Day 2

At this point I thought that the lighting was pretty bad, so I took another Day 2 picture in a brighter room.


Day 2 Reprise


Day 3

Here it is again, comparing the Day 0 and Day 3 pictures:


Initial impressions: It could possibly be the lighting, but I do feel that the overall skin tone of my face has lightened a bit. I do not have a lot of blemishes to begin with, so I am just looking for a clear and healthy looking skin instead of dull and tired. Even at Day 3 it looks like the regimen is working. I can’t wait to see the progress at the end of Day 7!

This past weekend was a great one for me, for the much awaited February BDJ  Box has arrived. Their twitter account hyped it up pretty big by saying it’s going to be a “red hot surprise” and many people (including me!) were pumped! What arrived IS in fact, a RED, HOT, surprise! Check it out:


An exclusive box! Wow! This is the first time that BDJBox released an exclusive box, and what a box! It’s packed full of Shiseido goodies, with a few nice extras. Upon opening up the box you’ll see the usual welcome card, with this month’s theme being “In Light and Love”. The focus is on making us the most radiant and blooming in the month of love, and the included Shiseido skincare products will target just that. We also have the five stickers that we come to expect, and this month they command you to “Light up!”


Inside is a glittering array of Shiseido products. I don’t know what it is about this box, but I had the impression of silver sparkles when I opened this up.


Let’s talk about each product. The first and biggest product is the Shiseido Benefiance WrinkleResist24 Balancing Softener, which I take to be a kind of toner. It is housed in a small elegant glass bottle with a twist cap. It’s 25ml, which comes to about Php400 value (the full size, 150ml, costs Php2400). It’s meant to replenish moisture in the skin and helps protect from UVA and UVB damage. I tried it out the first night, and found that it’s a little hard to dispense as I can’t really squeeze a glass bottle.


The next product is Shiseido Benefiance WrinkleResist24 Night Emulsion, which looks like a moisturizer. It’s in a similar glass bottle, although it comes in a smaller size of 15ml – a value of Php650 (full size 75ml at Php3250). This product focuses on reducing wrinkles and help keep skin smooth. Again it’s a little hard to dispense due to the bottle being made of glass.


We come to the next products, which is from Shiseido’s new line White Lucent, which targets spots and promotes a luminous glowing complexion. This is the main point of the theme, Light and Love. The first product is Shiseido White Lucent Intensive Spot Targeting Serum. It’s in a small narrow tube with a pointed tip, and as it’s a serum it’s meant to be applied before moisturizer. This serum targets all types of hyperpigmentation and their causes. It’s a 5ml sample worth Php942 (full size is 30ml, Php5650).


The second product of this line is Shiseido White Lucent Intensive Brightening Mask. Nothing too strange about this product, I don’t think this is very much different from other face masks. This one aims to bring concentrated brightening and hydrating benefits to the skin in ten minutes. It contains only one mask, which has a value of Php533 (full size is 6 sheets for Php3200).


The last Shiseido product I received is supposed to have been a lipstick according to the welcome card. Strangely enough, I instead got this pack of Shiseido Benefiance Pure Retinol Revitalizing Face Mask. It contains 20 rounds of dehydrated mask, but it didn’t come with the fluid. Once I open this up I’ll update this post for more details. I have no idea how much this is worth, as it is not included in the welcome card. [Update: Each mask is worth Php380. You’re supposed to use the Softener with the masks, just put enough on a dehydrated mask to unravel it and apply it on your face.]


The only non-Shiseido product in this month’s box is a very welcome Nippon 5-Minute Touch-Up Kit. It includes lip brushes, lip gloss applicators, eyeliner brushes, mascara wand brushes, dual cotton tips, and wedge sponges. It’s meant to be included in your travel kit or kikay kit. This is one of my favorites in the box, as I don’t really have a complete arsenal of makeup brushes yet, and any enhancement to my collection is very welcome. This is worth Php150.


As usual gift cards are included in the box. To round out the exclusive box, we get three Shiseido bonus gift cards: 1. Free Shiseido Makeover for a minimum Php2000 purchase; 2. Free Shiseido quick Facial for a minimum Php2000 purchase; and 3. 15% Discount for purchase of at least Php5000.


My impressions of the Feb box: This is a premium box, and I’d count it as one of the best boxes released by BDJ. Shiseido is a great skincare brand, and it’s great of BDJ to feature them in their first exclusive box. I just found it a little weird that I didn’t get the lipstick, as I would definitely have preferred that over the masks. I like that they included the touch-up kit as well. I am still pleased with the quality of BDJ box, and I still don’t have any reason to stop buying.

As a bonus, BDJ has a contest to receive a full sized item from the White Lucent line. Just use the two Benefiance products and the White Lucent spot serum for six days, and the White Lucent mask on the seventh day. It needs to be well documented, and at least two blog posts written about the experience. As I mentioned, I’ve already started on Day 1. I’m already happy with my first experience, and I will continue to document my experience in the hopes of winning.

Value Review: This BDJ Box contains products that are worth approximately Php2675, not including the face masks (not written in the welcome card) and the voucher value. I paid Php480 for the subscription. I’d say, as always, that BDJ has great value overall.

I received a 5-ml sample of Shiseido Benefiance WrinkleResist24 Day Cream (what a mouthful!) in my November BDJ Box. Here’s the product from my unboxing article:


Here’s a shot of the sample tube only:


The price of the full-sized 50-ml product is Php3100. It’s definitely a premium product (it’s Shiseido!), so I’m quite happy to be able to try out this product.

This is a day cream. I usually put this on after my Celeteque moisturizer (yes I have a separate dedicated moisturizer; can’t have too much moisturizer at my age), which effectively makes it a redundant product except for the happy fact that it has SPF15.


As you can see, I squirted out a little too much product in this shot. It looks like any day cream, and has a pleasant mild scent. I concentrate applying this product in the areas where I would most likely develop wrinkles: temples and forehead. I also put  more on my cheeks for the SPF effect.

After roughly only three weeks of use, I have to admit I don’t see any big difference with using just the moisturizer. It’s hard to tell, since I’m probably a little too young to use an anti-wrinkle product. On the other hand, maybe in the long run it does resist the development of wrinkles and I just had too short a time to see the effects.

Will I buy? Probably not yet. I plan to start seriously considering anti-aging products when I hit 40.

So, I caved in and bought myself a subscription to BDJBox. I checked the other available beauty box subscriptions, and based on the reviews of their respective October boxes I decided that BDJBox offers the best value for money.

So first, where do you sign up for this service? Here is where to sign up as well as find more information regarding the brands and subscription terms. I signed up about two weeks ago through a pay service called DragonPay, in which you essentially go to the bank of your choosing (among the possible options) and pay the monthly fee. The important thing to note here is that you have to go back online to submit proof of your payment on the same day that you pay, to make sure that your payment is valid and your box will not be delayed.

On to the unboxing! Make sure to click on the images for a larger view.


This box arrived yesterday promptly, a day after the BDJ team announced that they were shipping the boxes. I assume it’s the same size box they sent for the October shipment.


Here’s what greets you when you open the box. The theme for November is “Take Me With You”, which I take to mean that this box is travel themed. Sure enough, opening up the box reveals a bunch of travel-sized products. Before I go any further, let me just say how amazed I am at just how packed this box is. It’s incredible.


Again, here’s a shot of the greeting card, plus five stickers that say “I make things beautiful”. Pretty awesome and inspirational.


This is what you’ll see when you open up the box. You can see how amazingly jampacked it is, and the products are almost popping out of the box! After I took pictures of the products inside, I tried fitting them all back in and believe me, it’s not at all easy. Let’s move on to the contents of the box.


Left to right: 2 25 g. samplers of L’Occitane Extra Gentle Milk Soap, 5 ml sampler of L’Oreal Men Expert Energetic Multi-action 8 Cleanser, 50 ml full sized Physiogel Hypoallergenic Intensive Cream, and 20 ml Garnier Overnight Whitening Peeling Cream

This is what smells so good! The L’Occitane soaps really smells delicious, I can’t wait to try it out. The latter two are the biggest products in the box.


Clockwise from the left: 2 sampler packs of Garnier Light Complete Whitening Cream, 1 sampler tube of Shiseido Benefiance Wrinkle Resist 24 Day Cream, 2 sampler tubes of Shiseido Extra Gentle Cleansing Foam, 1 pack full sized Yuka Non-Acetone Wipes, 1 sampler tube Calvin Klein Beauty Perfume, and 1 sampler tube Dentiste Plus White Vitamin C and Xylitol Toothpaste

I am especially interested in trying out those Shiseido samplers. The Dentiste toothpaste smelled really nice too, I am looking forward to trying those out.


Finally, the last product is the Nippon Cleansing Sponge (lower right), here shown with the vouchers and discount cards. The vouchers listed in the greeting card are 1. L’Oreal Professionel inoa Hair Color and X-tenso Moisturist vouchers redeemable at Azta Urban Salon 2. Strip Upper Lip Waxing voucher 3. Shiseido FREE product sample, quick facial and 15% discount vouchers and 4. L’Occitane 10% OFF voucher

I have to say, this is a really generous box and I definitely do not regret subscribing. I got all these for just Php480!

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