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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Collection Cosmetics Hotlights Lipgloss in Sparkle

Happy September! It's "ber" months meaning Christmas is coming! It's so surprising how time has flown by so fast! But I'm quite excited this month because LuLu Makeup Workshop will be on the 20th! And ticket price is only P600! Just by purchasing products amounting P700, you get to join the workshop for a super sweet price of P600! And we even have a guest instructor. :) I'll add the eposter at the end of this entry in case you're interested in joining! It's a very affordable makeup workshop and I promise, you'll learn a whole lot!

Moving on to my post today. I wanted to feature my very first product from Collection Cosmetics. I actually don't have anything from the brand just yet. Although I have been very very curious. Maybe I should shop soon, eh? Anyways, this product was sent to me by Robinsons Department Store last month.

The shade Sparkle is a clear gloss with touch of pink and gold flecks.

It already has a small mirror, perfect for touch ups throughout the day.

What's interesting about this gloss is that it has LED light! I've seen this from a different brand and thought it was cool. Haha! Although, I personally don't mind not having it. I guess it's still a plus factor when you're out in a dark place and have to retouch.

Here's what the product looks like on the brush:

And here's a swatch:

What I LIKE:
  • not too sticky (I hate sticky glosses)
  • I can surely wear this with any lipstick color. Doesn't have to be pink.
  • glossy
  • only P349
  • Definitely can't be worn alone as it's not pigmented enough.
  • The tiny sparkles may emphasize fine lines on the lips.

Here's how it looks on my lips. I didn't put any lip balm or lipstick under. This is plain gloss.

Overall, it's an okay lipgloss in terms of quality. I don't really find anything different nor special about it except for the packaging that comes with a built in mirror and light. I bring this in my makeup bag just to touch up on the shine. It's very handy and doesn't take up a big space on your bag. Oh and I also like that it contains a lot of product inside the tube. So for P349, that's a definitely good deal.


 1.5 out of 3 Schnauzers


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Saturday, August 30, 2014

Belo Acne Pro, Say #GoodbyePimpy

I received the Belo Acne Pro line awhile back from SampleRoom, however, didn't get to use it after just recently. I really wanted to try it out when I have pimples so I can make a proper review.

Belo Essentials AcnePro is a range of scientifically-formulated products, each with a distinct benefit for smoother and pimple-free skin. 

This powerful anti-acne line is infused with Purified Bee Venom clinically proven to treat mild to moderate acne and reduce inflammation.

It already comes with a cleanser, a toner and treatment. Let me break it down and talk about the products:

 Belo Acne Pro Pimple-Fighting Gel Wash

It's very gentle on the skin, very light actually. Since it's in gel form,it feels very smooth a little slimy when applied to the face. It's able to remove very light makeup too. I once tried to keep my makeup on and not use any makeup remover and simply use the gel wash. It was able to remove the traces of makeup. The only thing that I don't like is that since it's gel form, sometimes it slides on the face and falls on the ground. Haha! Fail, I know.

 Belo Acne Pro Treatment Toner

Honestly, on the surface, I didn't see much difference of this toner compared to other toners. But maybe it did help in drying up pimples faster indeed.

 Belo Acne Pro Pimple Gel

The treatment gel comes in a small tube and I like that it's so easy to squeeze out product. It also comes out transparent so I can use this both day and night time.

Okay enough about that and let's move on to my experience. I rarely get huge pimples, unfortunately, just recently, I got one on my cheek.

The night before (when the area was already swelling and I knew I was going to have a pimple), I already started with my treatment. I switched to the Belo Acne Pro line and followed the procedure.

Two days after using the products, here's how the pimple looked like. As you can see, there's already pus coming out. It was not as painful compared to the past 2 days wherein the area just had a big bump.

Again I continued using the products, two times a day, morning and night. After 1 day, the pus came out and another day after, here's how the area looked. You can see that there's still a tiny little hole where the pus came out.

Total of 7 days, here's how the pimple looked. It already dried up. Just left me with this light pink bump that later on became brown and hopefully will fade in the next couple of weeks.

Overall, I really like this line because I think that it really sped up the process of healing. I do suggest using the cleanser and toner as maintenance as well. I kept the treatment gel for now since I have no "active" breakout.

I recommend this to those people who suffer from mild to moderate acne and even to those people who get occasional breakouts like myself. It's a great line to have to speed up the healing process and say goodbye pimpy!

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Sample Room offers Shiseido Ultimune!

Remember when I went to the Shiseido International Beauty Fair? I was able to see and try out some of Shiseido's products. And now, good news. Their Ultimune line is available in SampleRoom! Go now!!!!

SampleRoom also has an ongoing contest! So if you want to win a full sized Shiseido Ultimune, and if you think you're lucky at these things (I know a couple of people who are), go join!

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Friday, August 29, 2014

Review on Nivea Body Lotion In-Shower Whitening Skin Conditioner

I enjoy trying out new and innovative products time and time again. And one of the newest "kinda crazy" product I encountered was Nivea Body Lotion In-Shower Whitening Skin Conditioner. This was actually sent to me be Robinsons Department Store together with some other products but this really caught my eye. So I knew I had to try it out right away and give you a mini review.

First of all, it's got a cute packaging. Almost looks like a body wash, but not quite. It's also got this mild floral powdery scent which I think is a signature of Nivea.

How to Use:
1. Use your shower gel and rinse off.
2. Apply Nivea In Shower SKin Conditioner while still in the shower.
3. Rinse off.
4. Dry yourself and get dressed.

Pretty simple and easy steps right? So I went ahead and tried it out right after I got it and my skin felt soooooo soft in the shower. It feels like you have a silky mask on the skin, that's how soft my skin felt. I would describe it like this: when you condition your hair and you're rinsing it off; it traces your body. That's how it feels like, but that sensation lingers.

What I LIKE:
  • Little amount goes a long way.
  • Instant soft feeling.
  • Non greasy.
  • Soft feeling stays for at least 10 hours based on my experience.
  • I don't feel the need to put moisturizer after taking a bath.
  • Because of the new sensation, I feel like I still have conditioner on my skin. So I keep rinsing and rinsing.
Is this something that I consider a nice addition to your shower routine? Yes I do. I feel like it really made my skin uber soft. However, I don't think that this is a necessity. It's a nice to have but you can definitely live without it. 
Just in case you do want to purchase, remember that you have a couple days left for the Play It Up! Robinsons Beauty Fair! Blogged about all the SALE and promos they have here.

I also know that SampleRoom also had a run with Nivea. So let's cross our fingers that they restock it so you can get to sample it for free!

1.5 out of 3 Schnauzers 
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Thursday, August 28, 2014

YELLOWMUM: #oliviarobynturns1 Birthday Cake

It's time to continue my review on my daughter's 1st birthday. I still have a couple other posts on these, but I just have so much blog entries to do so it's been taking a backseat.

Well for today I wanted to talk about her birthday cake. I remember I was looking at different "ice cream" inspired birthday cakes and they just didn't appeal to me, until I saw an ice cream cup. I knew I wanted her cake to be just the right size. I didn't want a huge cake, because let's face it, it would be too expensive. But I didn't want t mini one either that it won't look good in photos.

I also went to several birthdays/themes/celebration expos to gather suppliers and ide`as for her birthday and I came across Hearts and Bells. You can customize your cakes and they'll make it for you. We met with the designer and tasted their different flavors and also asked for quotations.

Well the design that I chose was inspired by Baskin Robins. I liked it right away because it looks cute and it's just 2 layers, which means lesser cost!

So I chose the Tropical carrot flavor, trust me, it was delicious. And since it was 2 layers, I chose one layer to be styro and the other is the real cake. As you can see in the photo above, I also tweaked the colors and changed the "BR" initials to Robyn's given name- Olivia Robyn.

This is how the cake turned out.

It's sooo cute! And best of all, I had no problems dealing with Hearts and Bells. They delivered right on schedule. They were very professional and they were very easy to talk to.

I asked my party stylist to create a cake stand that will elevate the cake since it was only 2 layers. (I know that some are able to spend for 5 tier cake. Not us though.)

I saw this design and asked my stylist to recreate it for our cake. 

Here's how it turned out. The cake table was placed on the stage so that everyone can see when Robyn blows out her candle.

I really liked the cake! And a lot of people did too. We didn't share the cake anymore since it was a small cake. But I saw some of our guests taking photos of the cake. :) It was really yummy too! I remember coming up after the party and taking more photos of it first before eating. Of course, I gave Robyn a bite also and she definitely enjoyed her own cake! :)

I surely recommend Hearts & Bells. I already put them on my list for any cake requirements because they're more affordable, they make cute cakes, flavors are really good and they're very professional.

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Side topic, my friends, who are also the godparents of Robyn, started their blog. They're pregnant and due this coming December! Check out their blog here and in case you're wondering, yes the name of their soon-to-be-daughter, soon-to-be-kinakapatid of Robyn is Light. Do say hi and tell them I sent you. :)

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Happy 30th Burt's Bees!

I was so excited to see Burt's Bees' invitation to their 30th Birthday celebration for a couple of reasons. 1. Their invitation was just so beautiful. It was classy, simple and useful. 2. I have only tried out a few products from the line, their hand lotion and lipbalms. And I really wanted to see more.

We were welcomed with one of my favorite things at the moment, fruit infused water. I combined orange, lemon, taragon and a little bit of honey. We were welcomed with one of my favorite things at the moment, fruit infused water. I combined orange, lemon, tarragon and a little bit of honey.  If you want to see my adventure with infused drinks, follow me on Instagram.

I don't have sensitive skin. I don't particularly break out all of a sudden from using anew product. But that never stopped me from looking at the packaging, checking the ingredients and reasearching on good alternatives to chemicals. That behavior heightened when I got pregnant given that pregnant women can't use some products containing acne medication or whitening. So now we ask, “How do I know what’s good for my skin?” This is where our bees come in. It has been 30 years since Burt's Bees was born. And they have been true to their claim of using products we can spell, using fine ingredients and only the best for you and your skin. And these are all-natural ingredients straight from the source: nature.

I learned so much about the brand. I have to say I didn't get a lot of information from sales attendants when I ask about the brand and sometimes even about the products. So it's nice to be able to go to these events because you I get first hand knowledge and I get to ask questions. ;)

I learned that Burt is an actual person. He's already 79-year-old. Burt Shavitz started his business at the back of his truck. And he still still lives today, not as the iconic sketch you would see on the tins, but as a man who has completely embraced his hippie lifestyle despite his success and fame. Unbelievable isn't it?

Here's a little video that the team shared with us. Burt's story will be released this year.

We were also taught watercolor! Liz shared his new passion with us. Taught us the basics of watercolor. And I gotta say at first, I was scared. I was never good in drawing. I guess I just really liked the face as my canvas. Haha! But as Liz was showing us the ropes, it looked really fun and it was kinda relaxing to be honest.

Here's what Liz came up with. :)

And here's my little art. Be gentle, it was my first time to do this after so many years.

Thanks Gem for the ride! I rode with her to the event! :D

 me and Liz

Happy Birthday Burt's Bees! And thank you for sharing your wonderful products with us! I, for one, have always been a fan of the brand. But after seeing the presentation, I'm now a more bigger fan of the man behind the brand. I can't wait to try more of your products!

To celebrate the 30th birthday of Burt's Bees, SampleRoom also has a Burt's Bees run! Hopefully there's still some stock left. These are the best sellers of the brand.

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