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I recently got some new things and am in the process of trying them out.

Makeup Stuff

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Pixy Ultimate Makeup Cake in Peach Beige – I got this from the Pixy Launch event, and is the first time in a long time I’ve gone back to pressed powder foundation. I’ve recently gone back to BB cream when it became rainy, and I used loose powder foundation (Ellana) during the summer months. I’m slowly readjusting myself back to powder foundation with this product.

Pixy Blush On in Brown Tea – Another one from the Pixy Launch, this one is really quite brown and Kira suggested it can be used as contour. What a great way to start learning how to contour! Hopefully I can show you some swatches and trial fotd’s with this as contouring powder.

Happy Skin SS Creme in Natural Beige – I’ve been meaning to try Happy Skin for the longest time. Thanks for my fairy godmother (my awesome awesome MIL) I got to finally dip my toes in the brand. This SS Creme (Silicone Free Foundation) is on top of my wishlist, primarily because I want to see how it fares against my pores. The fact that it’s silicone free is pretty nice because it causes less chances of my sensitive skin flaring up. I got the darker of the two available shades.

Happy Skin Shut Up & Kiss Me Moisturizing Lippie in The Morning After – Another one from my benefactor. And yeah, I finally caved in and admitted that maybe I should look into nude shades for my lipsticks. This one has been on the rave lists of many of the bloggers that I read, and I figured I should give it a shot. So far I’m liking how it feels on my lips! I’ll definitely put up a review of this soon.

K-Palette Real Lasting Eyebrow Mascara in Natural Brown – In my last testing list, I tried out the Maybelline Fashion Brow Mascara. While I like it enough, I have some issues with it’s really big brush head. I wanted a brow mascara that used much tinier brushes, and K-Palette recently released just that. I liked what I saw from the press releases through local blogs, so I availed myself of this as well. I’m a bit afraid this might be too light for my brows though, as my hair is undyed. This is the final item I got from my wonderful MIL’s birthday gift. 😀

Nippon Makeup Remover Lotion – I’m about to run out of my current Bifesta bottle, and I thought that was the perfect time to try out some stuff I have in my stash. This one is part of my gift pack from The Beauty Junkee, This is different from the usual makeup removers I’m used to, because this is actually some sort of lotion (as it says on the product name!). I found that I just need to massage this all over my made up face, wipe it off with some cotton or tissue, and the makeup comes off with it! It doesn’t quite manage to remove stubborn waterproof mascara, but it can remove the rest pretty well.

Inglot Sleeks Platinum Lip Paint – Another one from the TBJ gift pack, I was attracted to this because of the “lip paint” part. I’ve been curious about the lip paints like Limecrime, OCC Lip Tars, and the like, and I’m hoping this is going to be somewhat like that. It has quite a strange sheen to it (the platinum part, I think), but I like the shade so far.

Celeteque Advanced Anti-Aging Cleansing Oil – This is one of the two products recently released and presented during the Celeteque Anniversary Event. It’s a reformulation of the old Cleansing Oil, which I’ve been a faithful user of, since I find that it removes waterproof mascara quite well. [On aside: I just discovered I haven’t reviewed the cleansing oil yet! But the point is moot now that it’s phased out, haha!] This reformulation enables it to be both the old makeup remover, but at the same time it also performs as an emusifying oil cleanser! I’m quite intrigued, and at Php249 per bottle it’s hard to argue!

Non Makeup Stuff

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Bio-Oil – This of course came from the Beauties and Babies Glamourbox, and is the very first thing I tried. I’m using this to currently treat my numerous arm scars, and with only three weeks of (non-continuous) use there has been some promising improvement! I hope I don’t forget to document it, so I can show it to you! I’m loving this oil so far, and dread the time I run out of it.

Vitress Instant Relax Cuticle Coat – I have to admit that I’ve always turned my nose up at Vitress, primarily because I didn’t have good experience with hair oils. I’ve always felt that my hair is greasy and weighed down whenever I use hair oils, so I stopped considering it. When I received this at the Vitress event, I thought I’d give it another shot. I’m surprised to find out that it broke all my expectations about hair oil! I think I’m a convert! 😀

Snoe Body Ritual Recipes Honey Bath Syrup in Nectarine Ginger Tea – Another one from the TBJ gift pack. I didn’t really have high hopes for this, because it’s an exfoliant. I’ve had mostly bad experiences with exfoliating washes, because of my sensitive skin. However, I couldn’t resist the scent of this! So yummy smelling it makes me want to take a bath many times!

The Body Shop Chocomania Body Lotion – Lastly, again from the TBJ gift pack, my very first The Body Shop lotion! I’m a huge fan of chocolate, and I couldn’t really resist trying this out, even if I still have a lot of opened lotion bottles to finish. It smells so much like chocolate, I’m afraid I’m going to wake up one day covered in ants! Lovely, but could be a little overwhelming to some.

Have you tried any of these? What is your feedback?

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Vitress is a brand that I’m familiar with, but have not yet tried before. I see a lot of advertisements for their products, but for some reason I did not think it was a product set for me.  It should be though, as I have quite an unruly type of hair, and Vitress has products that fit right into my needs. Luckily enough I got an invite to a Vitress press event which allowed me not only to try the products, but also meet the brand ambassadors.

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In this event participants are encouraged to walk the catwalk prior to the start of the program. Three huge electric fans are set up to purposely mess your hair up. At the end of the catwalk, attendants and models will assist you to put on the correct Vitress product to put your hair back into rights. Unfortunately I do not have any photos of myself doing this, but I totally did try it!

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There was a selfie station at the end of the catwalk where we are encouraged to take selfies and upload them with the appropriate hashtags for a contest. I tried my best, but my phone isn’t good at taking “real” selfies.

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I gave up, and instead asked one of the attendants for help. This is a much better selfie and is the one I actually uploaded. Didn’t win, but was still fun!

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The much awaited brand ambassadors finally arrived! I didn’t get to take a photo of the first ambassador, IT Girl Solenn Heussaff, and one of the new ambassadors, fashionista Kim Jones, because there were too many people taking photos! I was able to grab one of star athlete Gretchen Ho.

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All three of them did the catwalk, and applied their favorite Vitress product to put their hair back after the wind attack. They then took a turn at the selfie booth, along with the host.

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Solenn Heusaff is a very popular model and actress; I see her ads everywhere. She has been the face of Vitress for some time. She uses Vitress Hair Repair Cuticle Coat because she curls and blow dries her hair a lot which resulted in damaged hair. She also co-designed her own product, the Vitress Solenn Cuticle Coat, a product that tames curls and waves for smooth and shiny hair.

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Kim Jones, one of the new ambassadors, is a TV host and fashionista. When not on set, she relies on Vitress for her hair needs. She also uses the Vitress Hair Repair Cuticle Coat to keep her hair sleek and in place. She likes the fact that the Vitress bottles are portable!

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Gretchen Ho also joins Vitress as ambassador. She is a pro volleyball player known for her humble demeanor and laidback style. She uses Vitress Sun Protect Hair Polish, perfect for her active lifestyle. She also uses Vitress Heat Protect Cuticle Coat for shoots, keeping her hair shiny and healthy even with all the styling it undergoes.

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All in all it was a fun event, made more so as I got to hang out with my blogger friends!

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Thank you Vitress and Marcie for inviting me to the event! Check back here soon as I give a more in-depth discussion of the different Vitress products.

Find out more about Vitress on their Facebook page, Instagram, and Twitter.

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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!

With great excitement I’ve been waiting for August 1, for that is when the SM Beauty Box will be available. I’ve been reading about it from the big beauty bloggers, and I’m pretty much stoked about this box. SM/Watsons Beauty Box is available in only four SM branches (I bought mine at SM Makati), and it costs Php799. It’s a humongous box (read: super large!) that has a LOT of products inside.

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When I went to SM Makati there were about five stacks of three or four of these boxes on display. Each box is sealed with a sticker, and the sales ladies could not agree whether it is okay to open it for visual inspection. Since I was interested in keeping the box pristine, I refused to have them open the box, hoping that all the contents promised would be inside.

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The box is about a foot and a half square (yes it’s really that big!) and about 3-4 inches high. It opens on the side with the SM and Watsons logos, and it has a pair of (weak) magnets to hold it closed. The box itself is made with stiff cardboard. This box is one of the reasons I bought this pack, because I can find many uses for this. Upon opening you see a large assortment of products that you can usually see in any Watsons branch.

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Since there are just so much products in here, I’m going to take a page out of Tellie‘s book and just talk in detail about the things I’m excited about. These would be the products that made me decide to get the box in the first place. The prices that I’m listing here are based on what I saw at the store, and the others based on information I found on the internet.

First is Nanny Rose Gugo & Lawat Anti-hairfall Shampoo (Php99). I currently have a hairfall problem which the L’Oreal anti-hairfall line wasn’t able to resolve completely. I was prepared to buy another brand, but luckily the SM Beauty Box had this. I’ve heard so much good stuff about Nanny Rose, so I’m quite hopeful that this will help my hair problem.

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Next is this Lucido-L Hair Make SUpplement Repairing Oil for Straight (Php295). I saw this on Tricia‘s blog and was interested in trying it out. Initially I thought it was intended only for curly hair, but this variant proved otherwise. Admittedly my hair isn’t really all that straight (it’s more of the wavy type) but I’d like to see what this does for me.

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Next item is Olay Regenerist Micro-sculpting Eye Cream and Lash Serum Duo. I’m looking for my HG eye cream (sadly Celeteque’s didn’t really do much for me) and it’s great that SM Beauty Box had one. These Olay products are much smaller than their box implies (although it does say the contents at the bottom of the box). I’m probably not using the lash serum though. I had a hard time finding out how much this costs so I’m estimating it at Php300. EDIT: RachelS says this retails for Php1500!

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Of course the single nail polish in the box will be in this list! Flormar Magnetic Twist Nail Enamel is my second Flormar nail polish (the first being the Supershine), and my first magnetic polish! I’m quite excited to try this out. I wanted to see what the magnet looked like, but the box is actually sealed. How sanitary! Again I couldn’t find pricing information, so my estimate is at Php150.

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Lastly, this quad of Quick FX products is very intriguing. Surprisingly too, since these are in sachets and I hate sachets, but these have that pretty interesting spout system going on. Specifically I’m excited about the Eyelift Cream (see Olay entry above) and the Tinted Moisturizer. Prices vary from Php49 to Php99.

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Let me show you the rest of the products in the box. First we have a duo of Beyond Care products (body lotion and body wash) and an interesting tin of Snake Brand Prickly Heat Cooling Powder (Php69). These three are actually also interesting, but didn’t make the cut in the list above because I wouldn’t have been sad if these weren’t included. However I am a fan of body lotions and powders, so I am happy that I got these. I have no information on the prices of the lotion and body wash. My estimate is at Php60 each.

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Next is a trio of hair products. There is a giant tub of Opal Hot Oil Cream Conditioner (Php100+), a tube of Vitress Solenn (?!) Hair Cuticle Coat (Php47), and a huge box of Palty Hair Color in Namachoco Waffle (Php499). I still have the tub of Hair Treats hair spa from a haul way back so I’m not that excited about the conditioner. I don’t like leave-on stuff in hair much, so I’m probably not using the Vitress tube. And lastly my job and position probably frowns on colored hair, so I’m skipping on the Palty box as well.

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Next batch is a pack of Purederm Make-up Cleansing Tissues (Php99), a bottle of Skinklens Gentle Skin Cleanser (looks remarkably similar to Cetaphil)(Php260), a tube of Evas Vitamin Hand Cream (Php139), and a tube of Essence Lip Gloss in True Love (about Php139). I’m actually interested in most of these, but again I wouldn’t have been sad if these weren’t included.

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And finally the bunch of sachet stuff: Botanical Choice Exfoliating Foot Mask (Php189.75), FINE Hyaluron & Collagen (Php110) and Metabo Coffee packs, and Purederm Snail Age Regenerating Multi-step Treatment. I’m actually interested in that last one since I like masks. Oh and I’m not averse to trying the coffee either. Again I couldn’t find any price information for the coffee and the snail treatment. My estimates are Php80 and Php150 respectively.

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My impressions of the SM Beauty Box: This is a pretty good buy, if I may say so. I really like the box itself, and those five items listed above are things I would actually have bought. The other items are a nice topping to this already wonderful cake. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this box.

Value review: SM Beauty claims that the items are worth over Php4000. My estimates come up to only Php2900, so it might be too conservative. Regardless, even the estimate is more than twice (nay, thrice!) of the cost of the box, Php799. There can be no doubt that this is worth the investment. It has 18 (!!) products from a wide range of categories and brands, which is a great sampler if you are unfamiliar with these brands.

Will you be getting a box for yourself? Did you get one already? Which products are you excited about?


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