Thursday, April 30, 2009

For Rosa

I cant find the link for this, but here it is:

Rosa is one of the participant of 1srt ever contest. She's asking help by posting an article saying you'll support her to win this contest. I am here showing my support for her.

If you want to help her, you can help her by posting an article showing you'll supporting her on this contest.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

What's in my vanity cabinet - 1st Installment

I mentioned on my previous post that I will unveil what’s in my ‘treasure’ cabinet,. So here’s the first installment..

Presenting what’s inside my cabinet named Lotion..

Well not all really fit in here, that;s why I want a side rack.. So i wont be placing others beside my dresser..

Here’s the one I use in the office.. (it is evident now that I'm not good in keeping my things at the office organized)
Twice to thrice a week I sleep on my grandma’s house (coding days, or when my call time is early) so I stock up some there.. mostly with SPFs for protection since I will be commuting..
Now, had I proven myself to be lotion freak as I mentioned in my Honest Scrap?.... I layer them sometimes with my body oils. And yah, I get frantic whenever I finish up a blottle that I eventually buy a replacement (either same product or others to try) Other lotions I’ve tried before that are worth buying is St. Ives. There’s a lot of variant to choose from and I remember I’ve tried all of them before,..
So that's it.. see you on next installments..

Missha M Perfect Cover BB SPF42 PA+++


Verdict: Shade is a little off. A little dark and beige-y that I need to tweak it with my MMU. But the finish is really nice, I’d say comparable to Lauress Ethereal, but more dewy. It leaves the skin soft and smooth looking. Skin really radiates and looks healthy. You have to blend well and wait for it to warm up on skin to see its fantastic finish. Except for the shade, the finish was excellent, I almost loved it, I was about to ditch my MMUs for this.

But it’s not working for me. It gives me bumps and whiteheads. Gives me little itch when using this. I’ve read some feedbacks that manifest same reaction. They stopped until their face cleared and tried using it again until their skin get accustomed with it. So I’m not giving up yet on this.
For the mean time im using it on eye area, we don’t get bumps and whiteheads on eyearea don’t we?.. I really find this a good base for my concealer since it makes eyearea soft, refreshed and hydrated. My eyearea doesn’t look haggard when tired due to much pc exposure. Concealer blends well, as if its really natural. And since Missha is tinted already, its easier to conceal dark circles but again shade needed to be tweaked. I stopped using shiseido for the mean time (I intend to save this for outing and swimming days). I really love this for eye area, with all the promise of anti-aging anti-wrinkle coupled by some testimonies of lightening dark circles, it’s really something to look forward to.
I’m also using this on neck area so I can skimp my sunblock and so I won’t waste money by just ditching this. Again I don’t think I’ll get acne on neck area. I’ll give it a fair months of observation before I give my rating and final review.

It is ON!!!

I stopped my hormone pills last month coz I think I’ve been on it too long,. Been on it for six years,. I stopped popping pills on my third year before but I was plagued with acne like I never had before, as in it grew on my back, chest and scalp.

Sure thing I suffered from acne when I was younger, but it was contained on my face area only.
So I went back on pills since I still have PCOS, and in 3-months time my skin got cleared!. Three years now, I want to stop again,. I don’t wanna be sterile, so I think its about time to stop it.

So to arm me from the battle, I’m sticking (hopefully) to my tried and tested anti-acne and acne-healing regimen (OMG, it scares the hell out of me to see myself battling on acnes again..). It’s been a month now and I have a pimple on my right cheek, left upper lip and right eyebrow (they came out fast, huh)

1. Remove make-up either with Nivea sensitive balance, VCO or DHC cleansing oil,. These all works well for me

2. Cleanse with Cyleina products
I intend to use black pearl soap on my face for AM use, while the tomato for PM use
On body to prevent backne I will use rice-bran and glutamax to counter act dryness.

3. Tone with Nuetrogena Alcohol-free toner (wil review soon too)

4. Moisturize with Cyleina organic oils.
I read carefully the ingredients and functions of each of this and I decided to use Emu oil and rosehip oil or grapeseed oil for face at night (I will TRY to stop La mer for the meantime), anti-aging oil and cleopatra oil alternately on body (I will give detailed product info on each of them soon).

5. Stick with my tried and tested Mineral Make-up.. No testing testing for now, whether tranditional make-up or other new MMU (coz I got bumps with Earthen glow … )

6. Stick with VMV ARMADA for sun protection,.. I cannot afford to venture on BB creams and other SPFs now,..

7. Pop on Alpha-lipoic acid (ALA)

I was advised to take metformin 2x a day for one month, but when I took this before it triggers my ulcer, my skin and hair got terribly dry and it augmented my hair fall. I’ve read that one supplement that can be taken for PCOS is ALA coz it act like metformin by reducing oxidative stress (an excess of free radicals and lack of antioxidants) and improve insulin sensitivity in PCOS (which made ALA a good alternative too for metformin users to address diabetes)

Tagg time

Tagged by Soapaholic and Gracie…

What is your current obsession?
* Skin care too,. And bags..

What is your weirdest obsession?
*Edward Cullen.. LOL,, he’s freakin’ cute…

What are you wearing today?
* Pajamas and sleeveless top..

What's your favorite comfort food?
* cheesecake and C2 Green

What would make today special?
* receiving my packages from blog contest I won

What would you like to learn to do?
* play drums

What’s the last thing you bought?
* Tommy bag

What are you listening to right now?
* my brother singing videoke

What is your favourite weather?
* The type of weather during Christmas! It's just right. -- Love this too!

What is your most challenging goal right now?
* land better career..

What do you think about the person who tagged you?
* love their blog.. friendly

If you could have a house totally paid for, fully furnished anywhere in the world, where would you like it to be?
* New York..

What would you like to have in your hands right now?
* More money to buy stuff I wanna blog and,.. bags.. LV perhaps?.. *wink*

If you could swap lives with anyone for one day who would it be and why?
* Paris Hilton.. who wouldn't?...

If you could go anywhere in the world for the next hour, where would you go?
* New York or Japan,.

Which language do you want to learn?
* Spanish,..

What do you look for in a friend?
* Someone I can trust, understanding and matured enough,. Kikay as well

Who do you want to meet in person?
* Robert Pattinson --my huge crush ever,. And Thalia I’ve always admired her beauty..

What’s your favourite type of music?
* Rock oN dude!!!

What is your favourite piece of clothing you own?
* I’m not into fashion/dress…

What is your dream job?
* to be a huge Marketing Executive..

What is your beauty regimen?
* I change this often for my blogg’s sake,. But as of now im into:
AM: Estee Lauder ANR Eye recovery complex
EL ANR Protective recovery complex (serum)
EL Hydra complete Moisture Gel crème
VMV armada 45
PM: Estee Lauder ANR Eye recovery complex
La Mer

If you had £100 now what would you spend it on?
* Half for shopping MMU and Burberry London perfume,. Half will be saved

Thing you wish you could change in your past?
* Hhmmm,. not accepting the job offer in Metrobank..

Bags or Shoes?
* Bags

Do you admire anyone’s style?
* hhmm,. Not a fashionista really,.

Describe your personal style.
* anything goes..

What's your favorite ice cream flavor?
* Rocky road, pistachio

What is your favourite makeup brand?
* Lauress, Pure Anada, Aromaleigh and… list goes on.. MMU basically..

Do you get enough beauty sleep? Yes or no, and why?
* not always.. only on weekends

What skin care/cosmetic product can you not live without?
* Lip balm, moisturizer

here's the rules:1.
Respond and rework: answer the questions on yourblog,
replace one question that you dislike with a question of your owninvention, a
dd one more question of your own.

2. Tag eight other people.

as usual,. i dunno who to tagg to, just love answering them,.. LOL,. cheater!!!

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Review: Blusche Duo-fiber Stippling Brush

Finally i've tested my Blusche stippling brush.. So lemme compare it first with Suesh..
Strands are longer than my Suesh (which I call MAC Dupe, since they really look alike),
Blusche, Suesh
Circumference is bigger too. It's more fluffy and flexible.

Blusche, Suesh

The handle is smaller and lighter.

Blusche can be use to apply primer, foundie, finpow, and AOFC but NOT blush, while the Suesh can be an all-around brush, from primer to blush.

I’ve read that other gals didn’t like it since they find the bristles not sturdy enough and that it is way flexible that they cannot get a good grip or cannot maneuver the brush properly. But I liked it. Its faster and easier to apply foundie and finpow since the circumference is bigger so it covers more at less time (READ: I do my everyday office make-up in 5mins. flat, adlt 5 mins. If I want a colorful eye-do). Also the handle is lighter, my wrist get strains with suesh coz the handle is heavier compared to all my brushes and that i buff more with this.

So which do I prefer? I think I’ll go for Blusche since Suesh make my wrist aches. Plus its way cheaper.. I got Suesh for P900 while I got Blusche for P300 pre-buy rate, regular price is P425, still cheaper isn’t it..

I haven’t used the Suesh for applying blush or radiance yet since I find it still big for cheek use. I fear I could easily look like a clown using that. But I'll try it one day,..

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Revisiting Emu Oil (EO)

What is it: (Excerpt from

Try Emu Oil on sunburned skin and insect bites! Many studies have shown that emu oil soothes the pain and itchiness quickly!

Emu Oil is renown as being one of the only moisturizers able to deeply penetrate all epidermis layers of the skin providing nutrients like (EFA) - essential fatty acids Omega-3 & Omega-6. This is what gives Emu Oil its moisturizing, pain relieving, and anti-inflammatory capabilities.

Dr. Alex Zemtsov, Researcher says "Emu Oil's essential
fatty acids actually mirror what is found in the skin's top layer, so it readily
accepts the oil. This ability to penetrate and carry other anti-aging compounds
through the skin to the underlying layers where new cells are generated is
believed to be just a part of the miraculous results people experience when
using emu oil ."
Research has shown emu oil can thicken the skin, which reduces the appearance of aging. It is a natural emollient and moisturizer which contains no steriods, hormones or harmful chemicals. Emu Oil is an anti-inflammatory which is great for acne and will not clog pores; Emu Oil WILL NOT cause breakouts , and actually HELPS HEAL acne-prone skin. Emu Oil helps to thicken and replenish skin to reduce wrinkles and those signs of aging.

When used as a post-exercise oil massage, emu oil brought about significant reduction in sports-related muscle strains.

Works FANTASTICALLY as a makeup remover! Many have found removing makeup with biological healing oils such as Emu Oil to be an improvement over harsh chemical makeup removers that seem to dry out the skin. Oils such as Emu Oil can be used to remove eye makeup. This can be applied lightly to the area, rub gently removing even water-resistant makeup, then wash thoroughly with warm water. By removing eye makeup in this manner the skin is afforded the lipid replenishers that it needs.

Emu oil can range in color from white to yellow. This coloration is due to the type of food the emu may be eating. In the northeast U.S. they may be fed more corn than in the south west. The color of the oil in this instance does not effect the efficacy of the oil. All Emu oil may contain a slight oil smell, since it is animal derived.

Benefits of Emu Oil
  • Gives your skin a healthy, youthful glow by enhancing your skin cells
  • great for eczema, acne, psoriasis
  • reduces fine lines and wrinkles by thickening the skin
  • works great to soothe sunburn - Slather emu oil on a sunburn to tan faster, and it should also PREVENT peeling altogether!
  • works on insect bites; stops the itch from bites.
  • great for sore muscles
  • heals wounds and works great if you have a cat scratch, paper cut, burns. If you get an insect bite, this will help healing.
  • reduces scarring
  • helps hair and nails to grow quicker - rub it into your scalp to help hair growth; also helps an itchy scalp and dandruff.
  • works great on dry, cracked skin anywhere on the body.
  • for fresh tattoos: Apply emu oil after new artwork is cleaned to relieve discomfort and reduce inflammation and redness. Emu oil will help set colors and reduce plasma oozing. Using emu oil 2-3 times daily on clean area will help keep artwork moist and reduces or eliminates the flaking and/or scabbing that often occurs.

My first venture with emu oil was with Lumiere.

Lumiere EO smells a little like chicken oil but once you get used it, it’ll be tolerable. I mixed it with a bit of water to spread it on face easier. I used this as night moisturizer before, I only stopped it when I purchased La mer.

Then I tested Cyleina EO

Far better in terms of smell. It doesn’t smell like chicken at all. It sinks better to skin too its less greasy. Consistency is less thicker than Lumiere’s. Same as with Lumiere’s I didn’t experience any bumps or any reaction. As to efficacy I see no difference they both deliver their promises. Another plus factor is that its available locally.

The difference is that I tend to use lesser with Lumiere due of its creamier consistency that I tend to dilute it water. With Lumeire I have the tendency to wake up with oily face but with Cyleina I wake up with radiant skin,.. Cyleina won my heart over Lumiere.

I will be purchasing again and again since I’ve many uses of this,. I apply it on insect bites, on muscle sore and on my allergies.. as for reducing fine lines and wrinkles, I dunno yet,. Perhaps I need to use it again to see its effect

Nivea Sensitive Balance Cleansing MIlk

I doubted this at first, or perhaps Im so into DHC cleansing oil then. I was at first using too much of this aiming to finish the product sooner since I wasn’t impressed. Why? After massaging this to my face, I need to remove the milk cream with a tissue then use a separate cleanser unlike DHC that is self serving. This really is a good make-up remover though, I see make-up traces on used tissue. I experimented if I can use this like ponds cold cream which you can leave on face after tissue-ing-off. It doesn’t sting while massaging it but after awhile I get the sensation, after removing it the mild sting is still on so I guess I really need to wash it off.


I can use this cleansing milk but that is if I didn’t used make-up, say, the morning I wake up. This way it leaves skin with a bit of sticky feel, not really oily rather hydrated that for those with oily skin can skip the moisturizer part. Doesn’t have any scent and didn’t give me bumps whatsoever so this can pass on hypoallergenic test IMO.

Now past half the bottle, I find myself reaching for this more than DHC cleansing oil. I feel it does soothe skin sensitivities coz I easily get rashes due to heat, dust, smoke pollution, and some brand of MMU. But this cleanser sooths my skin by hastening the recovery. Rashes still surface my skin but not as severe as before and it does heal faster now. I’ll try to stick on this for the mean time since think this will help prevent breakout as I stop my hormone pills.

I see myself buying this wonderful product again.

Rate: 5/5

Nivea Sun Immediate Protection

When I saw the commercial for this, I was thrilled coz I usually go out for lunch or field work/meetings. I wanted a sunblock that I wont have to wait long for it to settle since those are on-the-spot lunch-out.

It took me awhile to decide whether to get the SPF 30 of SPF 50 and which variant. There’s two variant too, the white one has got some whitening ingredient while this blue one doesn’t whiten. The breaking point? First, blue or white, I chose the blue one sine I’ve read that SPFs on whitening product is either not that potent or isn’t stable. Second the size, SPF50 doesn't come in small sizes and big size costs around P600 while the small one is around P300 (my thrift mode went on..) I just justified it by thinking that SPF50 might be too sticky for me already and I don’t want that sticky as-if-im-going-to-a-swimming feel.

So I roadtested it. I went on a client and spread the SPF on arms and legs. The scent was heavy for me, it’s the typical Nivea sunblock lotion for swimming scent. It’s a little greasy for me but tolerable. But the nice thing is even if the scent is strong I didn’t have allergic reaction to it which usually happens when I wore heavily scented lotions then I touch my face,. There instant red, itchy marks..

After awhile I felt my skin to be tightening, it signals me that my skin was dried out. My skin is greasy yet wrinkled,. Weird eigh? Perhaps that’s what differentiates the whitening lotion with high SPFs from real water resistant sunblocks, even if it says its got collagen for protection from wrinkling. I find it necessary to still moisturize and that I cannot rely on Nivea Sun alone to hydrate my skin. Five hours later I can still smell its scent on my skin. I thought its great coz its still there working. I didn’t sweat though so perhaps the lotion stay put and that it will not be simply rubbed out on car seats or clothing.

Rate: 4/5 I think it delivers when It comes to sun protection, it just fell short on anti-wrinkling as it claims.

Will I buy again: Yes, good for on-the-spot day activity..

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Blistex Lippies

My body shop lipbalm is running out (as if I haven’t consumed the others yet) I went panic buying for lipbalm. I initially want to buy Venus and mars Lip detox but haven’t figured out yet what soaps to buy so it wont be a waste to pay shipping charges just for kipbalm,.. Anyweys, I’m replenishing my toiletries and these lippies got my attention.

Blistex Lip Infusion Moisture Splash

Comes in liquid form Have a silver roller tip for application. I tried to dot it on my lips but my lips thirsted for more moisture, I applied generously and it left a shiny bit oily but not heavy feel. I see this is good as lipgloss as well. Good for me since I’m not a fan of matte lipsticks. Its got the basic SPF15 so kudos for that.

Blistex Ultra protection SPF30

I bought this one coz I was so into summer that I think if Im putting higher SPFs on my face and body, I might as well put some on my lips too.. And so what attracted me to this is the SPF30 (Only to find out that Hawaiian tropics and Nivea offers SPF45 to 50.. geez). Nweys, this fell short on moisturizing part too,. Leaves a “matte” finish but velvety feel. This will be good for swimming days wherein you don’t want an oily gloss for your lips coz it will just smear. Or under a matte lipstick, well to keep it matte, or again under a lipgloss so your lips will not be overly greasy. Saying all that I guess It’s a good investment after all.

Will I but again of any of these two? Hmm, still thinking. I wanna try V&M next and kiehls. Burts bee too perhaps..

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Vaseline healthy Sunblock (SPF30)


Amongst SPF lotions I’ve tried this so far is the lightest. Leaves just a little stickiness that’s easily absorbed by the skin. Skin feels soft also after using it considering that I didn’t layer it with other lotion so as to test its moisturizing power. Other SPF lotion makes my skin dry and feels tight but this one just leaves a good feeling Give a bit of a white cast but eventually fades and blends to skin. This is good for everyday use for me.

Rate 5/5

Smashbox lipgloss

I’m currently loving this lipgloss. Gives a rosy hint on lips. It’s color is neutral and is good paired with smocky eyes or no make-up look. Shiny/water-like finish without making lips sticky or feeling heavy . Plus it's got good moisturizing factor. Lips stay hydrated and soft unlike other lipgloss I've tried wherein after the product faded, my lips are dry.
Rate: 5/5

Skinfood Cappuccino Mousse foam

At first I was hesitant to try this coz Im not a a fan of coffee.. I don’t drink coffee or eat anything that’s coffee flavored. But it’s freebie anyweys.

So when I squeezed out some to my palm it more smelled like mocha frap.. I enjoyed its creamy smell. Upon lathering it to my face I can feel the big coffee beans (or should I say husk) rubbing onto my skin but its not abrasive, I don’t think it is exfoliating since the beads were a little big and it wasn’t a fair amount to exfoliate. It didn’t give me bumps or red allergy spots like Ponds cleanser do.. I see this as an ordinary cleanser. After rinsing my face didn’t felt tight. Over all I enjoyed the creamy smell and creamy lather,. Really looks and smell like frap..

Rate: 4/5

Im not buying one though.. There’s nothing special about this but the smell… Good for coffee lovers…