Posts Tagged ‘Watsons’
First, an aside on hauls: I don’t really post my hauls anymore, mostly for two reasons. One is that I don’t really haul new things lately (I’m on a spend “ban”!), and two, sometimes I think that maybe my haul posts are pretty boring. I would just review the items I bought that I think is worth reviewing. What do you think?
Moving on to more exciting things! Ever since I saw V’s post about Catrice being available here in the Philippines, I’ve always wanted to try finding it. I spent a miserable two months stalking SM Makati and Watsons Greenbelt 1 but no signs of Catrice. About a week ago I happened to be in SM North The Block and of course I dropped by Watsons there (mostly to buy other things tbh; my Bifesta needed replenishment). Lo and behold, I finally found a Catrice counter!! Given that I was on a strict budget and I wasn’t really planning on finding Catrice there, I limited myself to one item. Believe me, that was pretty hard, I wanted to buy things like eyeshadows and nail polish!
With the help of the Catrice SA, I selected this pretty interesting base called Matt Mousse Make Up. It’s supposed to be a sort of cream foundation that sets into a powder finish. Quite an interesting idea! I swatched it on my arm and personally witnessed this transformation. The SA insisted that the lightest shade was the one that fit me best; the next one seemed indeed a little too dark. The price sealed the deal: it was only Php379 (or something like that; basta below 400)! I got the shade 011 Light Beige.
My sister-in-law was with me at the time, and said that it looked quite similar to Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse, which I never tried. Catrice Matt Mousse Make Up claims to result to even finish and invisible pores and lines. I immediately tested it out as soon as I got home. And several more times in the next few days!
I really love how this feels on the face! It’s very cushy, and quite pleasurable to apply because of the cream-to-powder aspect. There’s a sort of play factor going on that makes putting foundation on quite fun. The biggest downside I can see is of course the glass tub. I just make sure that I use clean fingers when applying this. I have not tried using a brush (because I have no idea what kind of brush to use) or sponge.
Above is the arm swatch, first just a swipe. It’s very thick but airy.
Then the blended. It looks a bit too pink and dark here on my arm, which means either my arms are too fair or I put on too much product. Let’s see how it looks on my face.
Here’s my bare face.
And here’s one layer of Catrice Matt Mousse Make Up. Ok now it seems too light? I don’t know what’s going on anymore. I can work with this though, and again I really like how it feels on the skin. I also used it here on my lids as a primer; you can see the yellowish tint on my bare lids practically disappear.
Here’s my face with the rest of my makeup on. Maybe it needed a bit of setting in, but I think here it looks much closer to my original skin tone. How did it perform on the pores and lines? It did do some blurring action but did not completely cover them. Perhaps if I put on another layer it would cover them some more.
Other items on face: Ellana Minerals Eyebrow/Eyeshadow Quad (brows), Ellefar Princess Eyeshadow Quad (lids), Pixy Waterproof Mascara (lashes), Daiso Special! Mix Cheek Powder in Magic Color (cheeks), Ofra Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick in Laguna Beach (lips)
Catrice is happily cruelty-free! At their price I think this is going to be my go-to drugstore makeup brand! The Matt Mousse Make Up is Php379 (I think) for 16 grams of product.
Pros: cruelty-free; very affordable; matte foundation; relatively long lasting
Cons: glass tub; limited availability for now
I was not actually planning to buy anything this month, but I passed by two stalls of Girlstuff this month and could not resist getting these goodies. At the SM North Department Store stall I got two bottles of Girlstuff nail polish (Going Green and Twilight) at Php99 each.
At the SM Megamall stall I got some nail art tools: a dotting tool with different sized head (Php50), a gold striping tape (Php50) and a stamping plate (Php80). It’s pretty cool that Girlstuff started selling these! They also have brush sets, studs and gems, and nail stickers available.
I also bought these Glamworks Nose Strips in Green Tea and Charcoal at Watsons, as it was a buy the second one for 50%. So both of these I got for only Php150!
I joined and won Glamourbox and Avon’s skincare set raffle by submitting a review of the Avon Genics Gen-Protect Treatment. I received this set of Avon skin care which includes a full sized Avon Anew Genics Treatment Cream, and a bunch of sample sachets of the Avon Anew Genics Eye Treatment, Treatment Cream and Treatment Concentrate.
Finally, from the Asian Secrets Spa launch event I got this nice Aquazorb hand towel and a set of the new Asian Secrets Lulur Facial Scrub.
Not really a huge haul this month, which is a good sign! 😀
Let me show you what I got this August. Some of these you’ve already encountered in the blog, but I wanted to collect them all in one post. I’ll begin with the ones closest to my heart: nail polish!
I love Essence, and I decided to try out their nail polish line. It was really pretty cheap at Php99 a bottle (even if the bottles are smaller than the other brands’). It was very difficult to keep down my purchases because all the shades were seriously beautiful! I had to content myself with two glitter toppers, the ones I thought looked the best in bottle. The last one, Iced Strawberry Cream, is going to be part of my next giveaway. [Click the thumbnails for the bigger versions!]
OMG. I can’t believe it myself. I made a super major splurge with this, and it’s a little bit of an impulse buy too. But when Digital Traincase announced in their instagram account that they have extra bottles, I couldn’t stop myself and ordered this much vaunted shade from RBL’s Blogger 2.0 collection. It’s pretty limited edition which is why I took the plunge. This costs a whopping Php1250, and is my most expensive polish purchase to date. This is my birthday gift to myself. (excuses, excuses!) [Click the thumbnails for the bigger versions!]
3. Models Own Nail Polish in Jade Stone and Models Own Nail Art Pen in Black
These (and #4 below) are again an impulse buy, sadly. Glamourbox held a 2-day only sale for a whopping 25% off on all products last Aug 15-16. I had been wanting to try out the nail polish brands that they carry, so this was the perfect time to do so. I could only afford three, so I chose a green polish (of course!) and a nail art pen from Models Own (unboxed here). I can’t wait to try these out! The nail polish normally costs Php365 and the nail art pen costs Php440 at the Glamourbox Boutique, but I got mine for only Php274 and Php330 respectively! [Click the thumbnails for the bigger versions!]
4. Misa Wanderlust in Frozen in Time
The third product I ordered from the Glamourbox sale is Frozen In Time from the Misa Wanderlust collection (unboxed here). I checked swatches online and this was the one I liked best. I also actually liked the Taking Chances shade but couldn’t afford it anymore, so I had to content myself with this. Each Misa Wanderlust bottle normally costs Php345 at the Glamourbox Boutique, but I got mine for only Php249. [Click the thumbnails for the bigger versions!]
5. Girlstuff Nail Polish in Joanne and Blues
I found myself again at the Girlstuff Kiosk Megamall and I couldn’t resist getting a couple of colors. This golden orange Joanne (Php140) is really bright and sparkly, while the Blues shade (Php100) is a great deep blue. I am planning to give one of these away as well, so watch out for it! [Click the thumbnails for the bigger versions!]
The next four items are bought from Landmark, Trinoma.
6. OMG Crystal Sand in Peridot, Opal, and Quartz
I had a pahabol haul from Landmark, and I couldn’t resist getting some of the OMG polishes. They are just so cheap at Php20 per bottle! My eyes were drawn to a row of beautiful looking Crystal Sand polishes, and these three were my top picks. They look so pretty in the bottle, and I’m hoping that it’ll be just as pretty on the nail. I particularly like Quartz. These are Php20 each.
7. OMG Matte Potion
8. BK Nail Art Dotting Tool
I bought another dotting tool from BK Nail Art. My last one had similar sized heads, and I was looking for a tip with a smaller head. Luckily Landmark had a stock of a different dual-ended dotting tool so I grabbed this one. This costs Php60.
9. Kand Stamping Nail Art Set
I had been considering getting this stamping set for my first attempt at stamping nail art. This seemed like the best plate so I grabbed this one. Watch out for my first attempt soon on the blog! This costs Php80.
After this are the non-nail polish purchases I made this month. The first three are from SM-Watsons (department store) at Megamall.
I have read many good reviews from local bloggers of this amazing product. I had so far only been using my BYS eyebrow pencil or some of my dark eyeshadows on my eyebrows. Sometimes I think these make my brows look too strong, so I decided to try this In2It eyebrow kit. It comes in three colors that you can mix and match, and it also comes with its own angled brush and mirror. The most amazing part of this product is that it only costs Php299! [Click the thumbnails for the bigger versions!]
I saw this in The Beauty Junkee and I was sold! I had been having problems with my chin area (there seemed to be weird spots there) and I thought that this is perfect to target the problem. The fact that it’s only Php99 sealed the deal. I can use it on my forehead too! Sulit!
I’ve finally ran out of the cotton rounds I bought from last March, so I got myself this humongous 3-pack of cotton squares. I find that I’m using up a lot of these because not only do I use it for the face but I also use them for my nails!
I got this unexpected gift from my mother-in-law. It’s probably a GWP (gift with purchase) since this is sample sized and quite small. The performance is awesome though! It gave me the longest lashes yet of all the mascaras I’ve tried.
14. Colour Collection Vitamin E Lipstick in Red Wine
This and #11 below are my latest Sampleroom haul. As with the Kissmark matte shade, this costed me 85 points. This Red Wine shade is satin (as opposed to matte or sheer) and is a delicious deep red. I am starting to learn how to wear darker reds, so I decided to get this too when the restocks came in.
15. Zenutrients Baby Love Calendula and Milk Soap
Along with the CC lipstick above, I also got this newly released sample. I enjoyed my last sample from Zenutrients (All is Well Oil) and I wanted to try another product from them. I loved the calendula factor from my Nivea Baby Smoothy moisturizer and I love milk soaps, so this should be a pretty awesome combination. I’m loving the scent so far! This costed me 30 points in Sampleroom.
16. Clinique All in One Colour Palette
Another OMG! This certainly is one awesome awesome month for me! This is my mother-in-law’s birthday gift, and my jaw just dropped. My first ever Clinique item and it’s a complete palette! It looks so chic and pristine! This palette has a small mascara tube, five lipstick shades, a neutral eyeshadow quad, a blush, and a face powder. It even comes with a lip brush, a dual-ended eyeshadow brush, a tiny blush brush, and a sponge. This is all the makeup I would need for travel! [Click the thumbnails for the bigger versions!]
17. Tiny Nail Polishes and Lip Makeup
Just how adorable are these?! The sweet Tellie of Beauty by Tellie gifted me these items which she got from her trip abroad. These are really small nail polish bottles and there is a gloss-and-lipstick sample as well. They are too cute to use, honestly! Thanks again Tellie!
There you have it! If you want me to work on a review on any of these products, just say so in the comments!
It may be a little early since it’s just the first-ish week of June, but this post serves a reminder for me to stop buying things. You’ll see that I’ve bought a ton of stuff, and I need to consider the wisdom of splurging like this (I’m supposed to be frugal!). I do want to show you the things I bought as a preview of the reviews I’ll be posting soon, and to tell you where to get these things and for how much.
First up is L’Oreal Paris Fall Repair 3x trio of products. I got the big versions of the shampoo (Php110) and conditioner (Php119) from Watsons, and I also got the leave-in tonic (Php259) from SM Department Store (Makati). I bought these to finally address my ongoing hairfall issue. I’ll report back in about a month or so to tell you if these things worked for me.
I finally caved in and bought this Celeteque Brightening Multi-benefit BB Cream (Php325, Watsons). I couldn’t stand just reading about it on the internet, so I went ahead and tried this for myself. After a few days of use, I can say as a short review that this is a great everyday BB cream that’s very reasonably priced.
Hooray! I finally found time to drop by SM Makati, and went straight to the Essence booth in the department store. I bought a couple of items: Essence I Love Stage Eyeshadow Base (Php189) and Essence Kajal Pencil in Everybody’s Darling (Php79). I’ve only so far been able to try the Kajal Pencil. I love the color payoff and the fact that it’s pretty long lasting, however the product is very soft and needs a very light touch to apply. I’ll definitely post a review of both of these soon.
I also got a couple of nail polish removers from SM Department Store as well. I am planning a comparison post of nail polish removers, and I wanted a good range of brands. These two are the Cutex Caring Nail Polish Remover (Php59, 59ml) and Flormar Nail Polish Remover in Orchid Complex (Php149, 125ml).
I’ve already shown these in my previous post, but I got my first nail art tool. It’s the BK Nail System Dotting Tool (Php69, Landmark Trinoma). It has two heads: a standard straight dotting head and a bent-tip dotting head. I love this tool and I think I can probably not buy further dotting tools.
I paid a visit to the Commonwealth branch of Human Heart Nature and got this Body Butter Cream in Berry Bliss (Php279). I love this body butter so much as it feels very decadent and smells so wonderful! I pamper with this about once a week after a good long bath. I also bought the May-June magalogue. I got a tip from Aya of CodenameAya that my blog was mentioned there. And it is! I’m still pretty much in shock. I’ll post pictures of that soon.
This next one is a confession. I went ahead and purchased more stuff from Dazzle Dry since they extended the sale until June 15! I got four (yes four!) more lacquers (Php399 each) and a bottle of nail polish remover (Php325, 240ml). The four shades are (L-R) Strawberry Macaron, Heart of Fire, Love’s Secret, and Electrifying. The polish remover is called Dazzle Dry Lemongrass Nail Polish Remover, which I intend to include in that future comparison post.
And there you have it! I think I may have a couple of other things I purchased but I don’t remember right now. I’ll update this post when I found those other things, or just consolidate them in another haul post. I don’t really intend to get any more stuff except for more brands of nail polish remover.
Let me know in the comments below which of these you want reviewed first!
Finally after a long time I’ve been able to do a review. Today I’m reviewing BYS Brow and Eye Pencil in Brown, which I briefly showed you in my April haul. Let me refresh your memory.
It’s an automatic pencil, meaning no need for sharpeners. You just need to twist the tip to dispense the product. As you can see, the product comes in a thin and flat strip, with a slanted end for easier application. Here is the pencil swatched on my arm.
I swatched it both on the wide side and the narrow side. This shade is a very dark brown, and looks even darker when on the brows. This is okay since my hair and brows aren’t dyed, and is still quite black. This shade is what the BYS SA recommended when I asked to choose between this and the Blond shade. Now while I was swatching this on my arm, something bad happened. I must not have been using the correct angle, or I’m putting too much pressure, but the product broke! Twice! So just like that, I lost about a centimeter worth of product. On the bright side it taught me a very valuable lesson about fragility of products and swatching.
Here it is applied to my eyebrows.
My bare brows (top) are really pretty sparse especially towards the sides. Applying the BYS pencil made my brows look whole, unbroken, and neat. I smoothed down the product with a brow brush. Overall I am pleased with the effect. I’ve been using this almost everyday. As for longevity, it lasts the whole day if you didn’t sweat much or rub your brows. I think this is not waterproof, so sweat can erase it. It’s also not smudge proof, so one needs to be careful not to rub at the brows or the product will get erased as well. This cost me about Php350 (purchased at Watsons), which is not really that bad but it could be better considering it’s not waterproof or smudge proof.
Pros: readily available from Watsons; works well as brow pencil, and can double as eye liner
Cons: fragile; non waterproof; non smudge proof
As I bought a lot for the month of April, I decided to just do a huge post to show you my haul. First up is my haul from Sample Room.
I got the Zen Nutrients All is Well Oil (40 points) and the SoTrue Lavender Skin Repair Balm (10 points) from their Earth Day set.
The All is Well oil is very similar to White Flower. It soothes headaches, coughs, and dizziness through inhaling the soothing scent of eucalyptus, lemongrass, and peppermint. I’ve tried this out and it does the job for coughs. I’ll try this for headaches and dizziness once I get those. This is actually a full-sized product, which costs Php125.
The Lavender Skin Repair Balm is basically what its name suggests. It’s a moisturizer for lips, elbows, knees, and heels, supposedly, but I’m mostly using it to soothe itchiness and lighten dry patches. I love that it comes in a tube as it’s easy to carry in my purse. I’m not sure about the full sized product though, I think it comes in a tub. The full product costs Php350.
The next products come from my favorite drugstore, Watsons.
I am starting to love wet wipes, and I decided to try out the Watsons brand of anti-bacterial cleansing wipes. This is a 3-pack of 10 wipes each, for about Php99 I think.
I’m now a fan of Nouveau hair items, from my last Watsons haul. I purchased a set of scruchies this time, 4 pairs for Php99.
I’ve been wanting to get this Maybelline Baby Skin Pore Eraser. There’s been lots of positive reviews and I am keen on trying this for myself. It’s only Php399 which is not bad for a primer. I scored the last one from the store!
Next is BYS Brow and Eye Pencil in Brown. I’ve seen reviews of this as well and I wanted a better brow pencil than the one I currently have. I had a choice of either this automatic pencil (Php350) versus the non-automatic one (Php250) which came with a brush. I decided that since I will be bringing this for travel, I didn’t want the hassle of bringing a sharpener as well.
My next haul is from Snoe, Landmark Trinoma branch. I’ve been wanting to try a lot of products from Snoe (due again to positive reviews online) but I kept myself to two products for now.
First is the new Awesome Poresome Beauty Bar, which is a facial cleanser that has calamansi, witch hazel, pineapple, and cucumber, all products that aim to reduce the pores. The SA mentioned that this is an upgrade of Snoe’s Calamansi bar. This is a huge bar, 140g, and costs Php199. I’m sure it will take me a long time to finish this. The scent is soothing too!
This is Snoe Rouge Deluxe in X19 Mauve Movement. This is also one of their newest shades. I actually have a long list of shades I want to try, but I decided to go for the one outside my comfort zone. This has a slightly purple tint to it, which is definitely something I haven’t used before. I love how pretty the tube is, quite unique among my (meager) collection of lippies. This costs Php399.
Lastly, I went on a splurge of Dazzle Dry lacquers as they are currently on a month-long Mother’s Day sale. The original cost of a bottle of lacquer is Php450, but it’s down to Php399! I thought that since I am so in love with the DD samples that I won, I might as well use this opportunity to get a good spread of colors. I’ll have a separate unboxing post, but let me show you a sneak peek:
I got four! Woo! I can’t wait to try these out. For your reference the shade names are: Sahara, Lavender Parade, Polar Jade, and White Lightning. Some of the shades are already sold out, so go right ahead to their online store and get your own before it runs out!
One of the things I recently purchased in my last haul from Watsons is Myra VitaGlow Tinted Facial Moisturizer in Ivory. As I mentioned, I was looking for a product that will take the place of moisturizer, sunblock, and face base to greatly reduce prep time in the rushed mornings. I have heard good feedback for Myra as a brand, and of all their available moisturizers I chose this one since it is tinted.
This 35-ml tube costs Php135 at Watsons, and as far as I can tell, comes in only two shades: Ivory and Beige. Only Ivory was available in the Watsons branch I went to (Dela Costa branch in Makati City). As you can see, it came sealed for your protection. There were no testers available, so I actually bought this unswatched with me hoping that it will be a good match for my skin tone.
The tube is a slender one with the cap at the bottom. Just a slight twist will open it. The front of the tube tells us that this product has minerals, SPF15, the shade Ivory, and is vitamin E-enriched (For healthy, glowing, young-looking skin). It also says it’s hypo-allergenic and dermatologist-tested.
The back of the tube tells us about the product’s features, directions for use, and warnings. The ingredients are Tocopheryl acetate, Glycerin, Dimethicone, Titanium dioxide, and Methoxycinnamate, which I found in Unilab’s website. I’ve swatched this already on my hand in my previous post.
Now it’s time to test it out on my face. Let me start by showing you my bare face (cleaned previously with a facial cleanser). Notice the yellowish lids and dark undereyes, as well as some red spots on my cheeks.
After applying Myra VitaGlow Tinted Moisturizer, I get an even color all over my face. My eyelids and undereyes are now of a similar shade and the red spots are no longer so red.
I applied the rest of my makeup, which is basically just eyeliner for both eyes and eyebrows (Ever Bilena eye pencil), lip balm (Snoe Beso Balm), and lipstick (Ever Bilena Matte lipstick).
Not so bad for a quick 3-minute face for the office, don’t you think? So far I have not experienced any itchiness or breakouts from this, so I am quite happy with this product.
Pros: inexpensive; available in drugstores and supermarkets; didn’t break me out; matches my skin tone; 3-in-1 product reduces prep time in the morning
Cons: only two shades available
I’ve been itching to go shopping and finally I was able to find the time to do so. I ended up with this gigantic haul from Watsons near my office. Warning: Long Haul Post ahead.
Let’s start with this pair of Watsons Round Puffs, each a set of 100 cotton rounds. I got them both for Php89 (it was on a Buy 1 Take 1 sale). I will always need cotton rounds for my daily skincare, so I thought this was a fair buy.
Next is Nouveau Classic Collection of 6 claw clips. I want to wear my hair down (instead of up in a ponytail as per usual) and clips are the best way to keep it tidy. This cost me Php 84.75.
Speaking of hair, I’m on a mission to redeem my lifeless hair. I’ve already started by using the Pantene Miracle Water from my Dec-Jan BDJ Box and the Snoe Oil for All from my Feb Glamourbox. I decided to go for this Hair Treats Hair Spa in Argan Oil. The instructions are basically to massage onto scalp after shampooing and leave on for about 15 minutes with a shower cap, then rinse off. I’m hoping to do this once a week. This 250-g tub cost me Php72.75.
Next is Myra VitaGlow Tinted Facial Moisturizer with SPF15 in Ivory. In the mornings I have usually been using my Celeteque Hydration Moisturizer plus either my Etude House Precious Mineral BB Cream SPF30 or my Maybelline Shine Free Face Powder SPF18. Lately though I’m getting very pressed for time and I want a faster routine for those types of mornings. A tinted moisturizer would serve as moisturizer, sunblock, and face base at the same time and would save me loads of time. It comes sealed for your protection, and this 35-ml tube cost Php135.
Since I couldn’t test it out in the store and there was only one available shade there (ivory), I decided to immediately break it out and swatch it.
It may look a little too light for me, but blending it further makes it look more natural and closer to my skin tone.
I also went ahead and bought two products from Ever Bilena: an eye pencil and a lipstick. This Evera Eye Pencil with Aloe Vera and Vitamin E is a very short brown pencil and cost only Php35.
The lipstick I bought is Ever Bilena Matte Lipstick in Pink Flame, which cost Php155 (the most expensive item in this haul). It’s an MLBB shade that was the only one that struck my fancy among all the available shades, including those of other lipstick types.
I went ahead and swatched both the eyeliner and the lipstick. The lipstick is a nice safe pink and the eyeliner is a dark brown, which is exactly what I was hoping for.
Finally, what is a haul without nail products? I found that Color Trends has new shades (yay!) and I chose this yellow one called Sherbet Mango Yellow. It’s of course the usual price of Php19.75. Next is Bobbie Cocktail Hour Gradation Nail Polish in Pink Cadillac, for Php80. Lastly, a bottle of Chic Nail Color in Love Orchid, a dainty frosted pink, for Php29.25.
The gradation nail polish is so interesting! I haven’t done gradation on my nails yet, and I can’t wait to find the time to try this out. I couldn’t resist opening it, to show you how sparkly this set is. Check out the glitters on that third bottle.
There you have it! All these items cost me just a little over Php700. Have you tried any of these? Let me know!
It’s said that Emerald Green is the Pantone color of 2013. I thought that putting it on my nails is a great way to celebrate it. I found this new brand of polish in Watsons for only Php20, by far the cheapest polish I’ve seen. Let’s see if it’s any good.
It didn’t exactly have a color name, so I’ll just say it’s emerald green. I used again my Caronia base and top coats.
I used two coats here. It’s a little streaky, but putting two coats seem to have fixed it. Adding the top coat made it a bit glossier.
Here’s another view. Not a bad shade of green, I think. As to the Sassy brand of polish, the quality of polish mostly reflects its price. It’s very streaky, and the consistency is a bit runny. The brush is acceptable. The bottle is small. It chipped pretty fast though, even with the Caronia top coat. After only a day it showed signs of wear.
Will I buy Sassy again? Possibly. The price is hard to beat, and I don’t really mind buying cheap stuff especially as I am still on the learning phase.