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MAC: Double Fudge Liptensity Lipstick

Wednesday, February 6, 2019 Philippines


PRODUCT REVIEW: MAC'S DOUBLE FUDGE LIPTENSITY LIPSTICK

Hello Beauties! I got this MAC liptensity lipstick as a free from their promo last year at Lazada. Any participating purchase item and you will get a random full-size lipstick for free. For my transaction, I received the shade Double Fudge. 

When I first saw the Double Fudge, I thought that the shade was black! It is so strikingly dark! I am not used to wearing lipstick shades as dark as this one. LOL. 

Anyway, let us now go into the details. 

Brand: MAC

Type: Liptensity

Edition: Limited

Weight: 3.6g

Shade: Double Fudge


Product Description: (From Temptalia's website) Warm Burgundy

Ingredients: 



Pros: 

The lipstick is creamy and glides smoothly over the lips but since the shade is highly pigmented, I just had a little hard time in precisely covering my entire lips without cleaning the edges. 

My lips did not became dry but it is also not hydrating. 

One layer is enough to fully show the intensity of the shade. 

The packaging is nice and sleek. 

Lasts for about three to four hours. 

The lipstick did not accentuate the lip lines or dry patches of my lips. 

Cons: 

It feathers out of my lips. Easily transfers. It can easily be removed through eating and drinking. 

The color is not for everyday wear. 

SWATCH:







Buy again? 50% (I do not wear this kind of shade for daily use that is why I am hesitant to purchase again.)

Overall Rating: 3/5

Price: 1100php

Where to buy? MAC Stores if still with stocks. This is a limited edition lipstick. 

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Althea: Real Fresh Skin Detoxers In Rose and Green Tea

Monday, February 4, 2019 Philippines


PRODUCT REVIEW: ALTHEA'S REAL FRESH SKIN DETOXERS IN ROSE AND GREEN TEA

Hello Beauties! Have you heard about Althea's Real Fresh Skin Detoxer? Althea collaborated with Get It Beauty for this product line. The Real Fresh Skin Detoxer is a wash off mask that can be done in just 10 seconds! 

Just looking at the tube, I can definitely see the natural ingredients infused in the product. These products will cleanse the skin, draws out dirt and sebum that will make the skin soft, smooth, and definitely refreshed!

Let us start with my favorite variant first, the Rose Real Fresh Skin Detoxer

550php for a 150ml tube

You know why this is my favorite variant? It is because I love the scent of something floral specially rose and this one contains a real rose petals and extracts! That is why I cannot deny the amazing scent that it has. This variant can be used with any skin types. 

The main ingredient is the Rose Gallica Flower Power that gently exfoliates the skin while giving off a light and yet pleasant fragrance. Another key ingredient is the Rosa Centifolia Flower Water that deeply hydrates and soothes skin irritations that makes the skin refined and smooth. Last key ingredient is the Glycerin that attracts moisture to the skin and prevents dehydration after all the detoxification. 

It is easy to use because all you have to do is apply a thick layer on your skin and leave it on for 10 seconds. Then add on a little water and massage your skin in circular motions before rinsing it off with water. The use for this is recommended in the morning according to Althea. 

On dry skin, apply a relatively thick layer and leave on for 10 seconds. Add on a little bit of water and very gently massage in circular motions before rinsing off with water. Recommended for morning routine.


The mask leaves minimal residue but it does not cause any greasiness on my skin. I love that the scent of Rose was retained on my skin as well as the soft it turned out to be. You can ask your loved ones to you a peck on your cheeks because it really smells good and soft that I am sure they will also appreciate! 

Next is the Green Tea Real Fresh Skin Detoxer.

550php for a 150ml tube

While some people love floral scents, others like the fragrance of Green Tea. Why? Because it has a refreshing and yet calming scent like lavender or eucalyptus. The Green Tea Real Fresh Skin Detoxer is also good to be used for all skin types. 

The key ingredients are Camellia sinensis leaf powder that gives a calming effect on skin. Next is the Real Green Tea Leaves that can gently exfoliate the skin as well as emit its light and pleasant fragrance. Last key ingredient just like the Rose variant, it contains Glycerin that attracts moisture to the skin. 

This is creamier compared to Rose and I find it harder to remove because it leaves a lot of residue to the skin. Still even though that it is thicker and leaves more residue, I love that it has a cooling effecto the skin. 

I noticed that my skin is more brighter after using this one compared to the Rose variant. That is why it is suggested by Althea to use the Green Tea variant at night because it can deeply exfoliate your skin. 

How does it look like? It looks colorful but when used and applied to the skin, it looks clear. 

Rose

Green Tea

All in all, both of them leaves my skin soft and smooth. I really felt that my skin is surely cleaner and detoxified. More importantly, both products are cruelty-free and hypoallergenic so if you have a sensitive skin, these babies are safe to try. If you wanted to try both Rose and Green Tea, Althea offers it in a discounted price of 990php for the two. 

5 Common Types of Lower Gential Tract Infections and How To Prevent Them

Friday, February 1, 2019 Philippines




5 COMMON TYPES OF LOWER GENITAL TRACT INFECTIONS AND HOW TO PREVENT THEM

As a nurse, I encounter many kinds of infections that can develop in a person's body and that includes genital tract infections. The common reason that this escalates when it can be easily prevented is that most people are shy to have it checked when it is related to reproductive health. They are afraid to be judged or simply because it is too confidential. 

Many of us are guilty that we do not give our reproductive health the proper TLC. It is important to have a regular checkup, proper hygiene, and the right products that will not disturb its natural balance (rather your natural flora). Think about it, if an infection happens down there, it will cause you pain and discomfort and since our lower genital area is closer to our urinary tract, it can cause problems in the future if it spreads to other systems. 

According to Obstetrician-Gynecologist, Bernadettte Ong-Sumo, MD, there are 5 common vulvovaginal infections and there are ways to avoid them. Let me share it with you. 

1. Candidiasis

Also known as vaginal yeast infection - it is recognized to affect 3 out of 4 women at least once in their lifetime. This occurs when a change in the natural microflora of the body affects the number of good bacteria leading to the overgrowth of a type of fungus called Candida which is normally found inside the human gut, throat, mouth, and even vagina. 

Actually, Candida infection is very common to mouth too. The usual symptoms for Candidiasis include vaginal itching or soreness (burning sensation), pain during sexual intercourse or urinating, and changes in normal vaginal discharge described as curd-like or cottage cheese-type. 

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, women who are pregnant, using contraceptives, have diabetes, impaired immune system, or even those who are taking broad-spectrum antibiotics are much more likely to develop Candidiasis. 





To prevent Candidiasis, you can start wearing cotton underwear and non-tight-fitting clothes that might help reduce the chances of getting a yeast infection. Because taking antibiotics can lead to vaginal candidiasis, take these medicines only when prescribed and exactly as your physician tells you. Often times, a vaginal yeast infection will clear up on its own, but over the counter, anti-fungal creams or tablets are available for treatment. “For those who choose self-treatment, please see a Gynecologist if symptoms persisted”, advised by Dr. Ong-Sumo.

2. Vaginosis

Similar to Candidiasis, this is a type of vaginal inflammation caused by an upset vaginal balance, from lactobacilli-dominant to mixed flora. If you’re noticing a thin, frothy, gray-white vaginal discharge and a foul-smelling vaginal odor described as “musty” or “fishy”, make sure to get checked by your Gynecologist. 

Sometimes, women with this infection may experience vaginal itching or burning sensation when urinating. Although it is more common among women in their reproductive years, a couple of factors are known to increase the risk of developing this infection such as smoking, multiple sexual partners, and douching or the practice of washing out the vagina with a mixture of water and vinegar or baking soda. “Frequent douching for hygiene is unnecessary as the vagina does an excellent job of keeping the PH balanced and of cleansing itself,” revealed by Dr. Ong-Sumo.

3. Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)

I myself experienced having UTI and women is at risk of acquiring at least one incidence of UTI during their lifetime is 50%. It is caused by a bacteria entering through the urethra and invading the bladder and kidneys. Since women have shorter urethra than men, bacteria can easily reach the bladder and is at risk on acquiring infection. 

I know the feeling of UTI, it is one of the worst feeling in the world! A burning sensation when urinating, strong-smelling urine that appears cloudy (sometimes red), and a pelvic pain. In my case, I also experienced fever and chills. I developed a UTI because I hold my urine in a prolonged period of time and after that, I experienced pain and I learned from the Doctor that holding urine is a bad practice. 

Sexual activity, menopause and even using of birth control measure like diaphragms can cause UTI. 

To prevent UTI, drinking a ton of water helps to dilute the urine and will flush away bacteria even before the infection begins. Additionally, as a part of keeping down there “dry and happy”, wipe from front to back after urinating or defecating. This way, bacteria from the feces or anus will not spread towards the vagina and urethra. Additionally, emptying the bladder after intercourse is also a must so you don’t introduce more bacteria.

4. Folliculitis

According to Dr. Ong-Sumo, “This is becoming more common nowadays as a lot of women in this day and age are into extensive pubic hair removal, whether waxing or shaving”. Hair removal causes minute skin injuries, with inoculation of pathogens and subsequent spread of infection. Folliculitis happens when bacteria, normally present in the skin or vagina, get inside a cut or opening. It exhibits itself as groups of red bumps with white heads and pus or oozing blisters. “These women just need to be informed of the risks and of the safe methods and best practices for hair removal”, added by Dr. Ong-Sumo. 

If shaving cannot at all be prevented, do so every other day with warm water, a shaving cream, and new razors, while making sure to apply moisturizing lotion afterward. Wearing breathable clothes, using clean towels, and avoiding sharing personal items are other precautionary steps we can take to prevent this infection from invading our personal space. It’s best to wash the infected area with warm water and antibacterial soap. Dry thoroughly with a fresh towel and apply antibiotic creams or gels. Women who fail to respond to topical antibiotics should consult with a physician.

5. Bartholin's Gland Abscess

A Bartholin’s abscess is caused by a fluid buildup in the Bartholin gland (responsible for secreting fluids to lubricate the vestibule and vagina) due to an obstruction caused by infection or injury. The pus often shows polymicrobial infection and contain a wide range of bacteria homogeneous to the normal flora of the vagina. Symptoms include acute vulvar pain, pain during intercourse, difficulty in walking or sitting and sometimes, fever. Safer sex practices and good hygiene habits may help to prevent infection of a cyst and the formation of an abscess. 


The good news is that these five-common infection-related reproductive diseases are completely avoidable and treatable. Because these diseases should be taken seriously, Dr. Ong-Sumo’s final recommendation is to consistently practice good personal hygiene from wearing a cotton underwear for better absorption of moisture and perspiration, keeping yourself dry and clean, avoiding scented feminine wash, pads or tampons, to tight-fitting pants and jeans, will reduce the risk of developing these infections. And according to the words of our discerning doctor, “Making yogurt with live cultures a regular part of your diet might help to restore a healthful yeast balance in the vagina.” 



On top of these best practices, opt for an unscented and 100 percent sterilized virgin cotton material for your sanitary pad like Jeunesse Anion. In a laboratory test conducted by the Institute of Chemistry, UP Diliman in correlation with previously published scientific studies and journals, it validates that Jeunesse Anion pad’s specifically modified cellulose-based hydrogels are not only super-absorbent, hypoallergenic, and non-toxic, but also exhibits anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and odor-reducing benefits! The positive ions embedded in the material attracts the negatively charged bacterial cells, which dramatically results to cell death thus declining bacterial population by 99.9%. However, remember that a regular visit to your OB-Gyn will ensure your reproductive health is in tip-top shape!

Of course, make sure to drink lots of water!

Available at Watsons, Mercury Drug Stores, and other leading supermarkets and groceries nationwide, Jeunesse Anion also offers ultra day non-wing, ultra day pad, ultra night pad, all-night pad, and panty liner to help every woman to go through their period with ease and comfort. For hassle-free shopping with the convenience of delivery straight to your doorstep, visit www.lazada.com.ph and www.shopee.ph.


Wellgold International Inc. distributes Jeunesse Anion Sanitary Napkin and Liners and currently available at Watsons, selected Mercury Drug and South Star Drug outlets, SM department store’s health and beauty section, Robinson’s Supermarket and selected department stores, Shopwise, Rustan’s Supermarket, Waltermart, Landmark Department Store, PCX stores, selected Metro Gaisano outlets, plus other selected stores in Visayas and Mindanao. You can also purchase online with free delivery via www.lazada.com.ph. For more health tips, visit www.jeunesseanion.com and follow Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram: Jeunesse Anion. For inquiries, email: wellgoldinternational@gmail.com or call (02) 4701294.

Esfolio: Rich Coconut Skincare Set

Wednesday, January 30, 2019 Philippines


PRODUCT REVIEW: ESFOLIO'S RICH COCONUT SKINCARE SET

Even though the wind is still breezy and cold specially at night, I know that summer is coming soon. In extreme weathers either by heat or cold, our skin suffers from it. It becomes too dry or too oily. 

This can be avoided with Esfolio's Rich Coconut Skincare Line! The entire skincare set is complete from toner, essence, moisturizers, and eye creams. What more could you ask for?

There is something about Coconut that it is always good for the body. Do you know that doctors uses Virgin Coconut Oil to include on preterm's diet? Because it there is a study that said it helps in prevention of developing sepsis for infants. 

Not only that, most hair products that are effective contains coconut as the main ingredient. Even on body care like lotions and scrubs. So why not try it on your skincare routine, right?

There are six products in Esfolio's Rich Coconut Skincare Set. All designed to brighten, moisturize and help manage sun damage to the skin. 

After washing your face both day and night, you can use their Facial Toner first. 

569php

Are you familiar with Shiseido's softener products? If yes, you will be delighted to learn that this Esfolio Rich Coconut Toner is like softener. It is gentle and it does not have a stingy feel to the skin as well as the strong odor of the usual toners. This toner contains hyaluronic acid that retains and balances the moisture of the skin. It is also known to help in preventing wrinkles to the skin. Since it is like a water-based formula, you can use a cotton pad or just simply use your fingers in applying it.

Of course, after the additional cleansing of your skin with the toner. The next step is to use an essence. Esfolio's Vibrant Essence helps in the absorption of anything that you apply after it. 

459php

It contains Hyaluronic Acid and Niacinamide that helps in controlling the hydration of the skin as well as brightening the skin. 

The next step is application of Facial Lotion. It is like a moisturizer but creamier. 

649php

I usually have a dry to combination skin but sometimes I find that this is too creamy for my skin. It takes time to be fully absorbed. But my skin feels soft after it was fully absorbed. If you have a really dry skin, I suggest that you try this first if it will help in hydrating your skin, this is too creamy like I am sure it can help in boosting the moisture. 

For the next step, apply a moisturizer over the facial lotion. There are two types of moisturizers released by Esfolio for this Rich Coconut Skincare Set. 

The first variant is the Waterfull Cream. 

799php

The Waterfull Cream is creamier compared to the other variant of this product line. It is designed to smoothen and soften the skin at the same time retaining the moisture. This one is like the Facial Lotion - too creamy. But as tested, it was able to hydrate my skin well and it takes time before it can be fully absorbed. I use this on nights that I feel that I need a boost for hydrating my skin specially if I used a matte foundation all day long. 

The other variant is the Perfecting Cream. 

799php

If the other variant is to soften and smoothen the skin, this other variant is to whiten and prevent wrinkles of your skin. I do not know if it is only me but I find this is less creamier than the Waterfull Cream. I love using this because I can feel that my skin tightens with each use. Specially the next morning after washing my face, my skin looks more fresh and plump. 

To give more boost to the whole skincare routine, add an eye cream to give more love to your skin. 

459php

The eye cream is creamy too. I find that this eye cream can moisturize the area under my eyes! It did not diminish the size of my eye bags but it helped a little in lightening the dark circles under it. 

This entire set is almost complete for the 10 Step Korean Skincare! You should definitely try it because it is gentle to the skin, effective in hydration, affordable, and beneficial to the skin. Just to share, my personal favorites are the toner, eye cream, and Perfecting Cream. 

Where can you get it? It is available at Esfolio's website and stores. Also available at BeautyMNL. 

MAC: Mehr Matte Lipstick

Monday, January 28, 2019 Philippines


PRODUCT REVIEW: MAC'S MEHR MATTE LIPSTICK

During Lazada's big sale, wherein if you buy 1 MAC lipstick from their flagship store, you get another random lipstick for free. I decided to finally buy the shade Mehr that I wanted. It is one of the lipsticks that famous Kim Kardashian's favorite to use. I am trying to find the article that I read this about but I cannot locate it anymore. But as far as I can clearly remember the shade Mehr is included as well as MAC's Velvet Teddy and Anastasia Beverly Hills in Dainty. 

Anyway, even though this is actually a pink lipstick, it looks like the natural color of my lips. Hence, I still consider it as like a nude one. 

Brand: MAC

Shade: Mehr

Finish: Matte

Edition: Permanent

Weight: 3g


Product Description: (From MAC's website) Dirty Blue Pink

Ingredients: 


Pros: 

The lipstick actually looks like pink even on my swatches but when I applied it on my lips, it looks like a pinkish-brown shade. Like a natural lip color. 

This lipstick shade is versatile. It does not look weird on both no makeup or with a full makeup on. There are other lipsticks that does not look good without a full makeup on, agree? That is why I appreciate that I can wear this lipstick alone. 

Matte formula but still creamy enough to apply that it is comfortable to glide over the lips. It does not add on dryness to my lips. 

Highly pigmented! One layer coating is enough to fully show the color of the lips. 

Cons: 

Since it is a matte lipstick, it accentuates the dry patches of my lips and some of my lip lines. Make sure to exfoliate your lips first before using it. 


SWATCHES: 




Buy again? 100%

Overall Rating: 5/5

Price: 1100php

Where to buy? MAC stores. Lazada Flagship Store of MAC

Unboxing My Christmas Box From Santa Althea

Saturday, January 26, 2019 Philippines


UNBOXING MY CHRISTMAS BOX FROM SANTA ALTHEA

Last December 2018, I shared my wish lists at Althea Store as well as the items that are must-haves. I was surprised that Althea became a Santa and gifted my with Christmas Credits to shop for my wish list items! 

So I am sharing with you the items that I got from my wish list: 


Just a restock because I always use this! A holy grail for my acne breakouts!

2. Hera Cushion

Like I said from my review of Sulwhasoo Cushion, I also dream about testing this Hera Cushion. Now I have it! So stay posted for my review. 

3. Dear Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin Drop

According to Kaycee of kikaysikat.com, my fellow Blogger Babes, she said that I should try this one because it is so nice for the skin. 

4. Neutral City Eyeshadow Palette

This eyeshadow palette is complete because of the 12 colors and it is also affordable. 

5. Saem Concealer

My niece is so amazed with this concealer that is why I also wanted to try it. 

6. Saem Brightener

Just wanted to try something that can brighten up my eye area. 

7. Althea Concealers

Of course, I wanted to try the Althea Concealer! I am excited about it. Althea's own brand always amazes me. 

Together with my box, I received a free set of stickers! Yay! Thank you so much Althea for always being generous to us Althea Angels! 

To know more about Althea and shop great finds, visit their website here: https://ph.althea.kr/.

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