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Revlon Colorstay Full Cover Foundation Review + Swatches

Monday, July 20, 2020 Philippines



PRODUCT REVIEW: REVLON'S COLORSTAY FULL COVER FOUNDATION + SWATCHES

Revlon is one of the pioneer brands for cosmetics. Ever since they always up their game to what is new and needed in the present time. Nowadays, we appreciate using full cover foundation because of the high quality lens of the cameras that we use. Slight blemishes, uneven skin tone, and pores can easily be seen just by zooming photos! 

That is why, some are using full cover foundation for a more flawless look, camera ready any time! After receiving this whole set from Revlon last December, I used it and tested its capacity to cover my skin. 

There are several shades that I received but the one perfect for my skin tone is the shade 210. I am a MAC NC15-20 user for your reference. Continue reading for my full review. 

Brand: Revlon

Type: Colorstay Full Cover Foundation

Weight: 30ml

Ingredients: 


Pros: 

This is not a matte foundation but it looks matte when applied which I liked better because it does not feel dry on my skin and yet for a mousse foundation, it also does not add any oil on my skin. Though my skin is naturally dry to combination. I am not sure on how it would affect oily skin. Plus, it feels light on my skin like it can breathe! 

I did not encounter any problems in blending it well into my skin. The texture and consistency of the foundation is easy to work with. 

In coverage, I was amazed because my skin literally looked smoother. Gone are the pores and most of my blemishes. The dark circles under my eyes lightened and my skin tone looked even. I must say that the coverage is from medium to full. 

There are several shades offered by Revlon but for this review, I am sharing the commonly used  six shades. 

This high coverage foundation is affordable for only 825php!

Lasts up to five to six hours on me. Not bad if you will just go for a short time outside. However, if I will use it on my 12 hours shift at work, I would need a back up.  

The foundation was able to give my skin a boost in glow because the dullness lessened after it was applied. It gives a natural fresh vibe look that is why I enjoy using it. 

Hygiene wise, I love that they cover the tube with a seal so I know that it is really new whenever I will buy this product. Plus, having the squeeze tube will be easier to clean and touching the tip of the tube will be avoided. I can also control the right amount of the product that I need. 


Cons: 

I did not experience any that will not make me use this again. I just wish that it can last longer. 

SWATCHES: 




Buy again? 100%

Overall Rating: 4/5

Price: 825php

Where to buy? Revlon stores in department stores and Watsons, online through Lazada and Shopee - make sure that it is the official stores. 

Review: UFO Mini By Foreo

Wednesday, July 15, 2020 Philippines


PRODUCT REVIEW: FOREO'S UFO MINI

I cannot remember the exact time when I first purchased my first Foreo device and this is my first Foreo. I think it was late 2018 or early 2019. I had put off reviewing this because I love it so much that I do not know on how to start writing my thoughts about it. 

I was able to include this device on my post about Beauty Gadgets last May 2019. It makes me laugh now that I even reviewed the Foreo Luna Play Plus first before this UFO Mini. What I want to imply is that I had always been a fan of Foreo ever since I started using it. 

The convenience and ease that I can do a facial-like skincare at home is an amazing discovery. Without any more unnecessary comments, I will go straight to my review. 

Brand: Foreo

Type: UFO Mini

Color: Fuchsia


Pros: 

Basically, the UFO Mini device is a 90 seconds mask treatment that combines device-activated formulas with heating and T-Sonic pulsations. 

The package comes with stand, one free treatment mask, and USB wire for charging. 

You can purchase masks that can fit the device from Foreo or Sephora PH. I hoarded these masks  (Make My Day and Call It A Night) from my last travel in Hong Kong (January 2019) because it was on sale at that time. I was able to purchase it cheaper than the price at Sephora. 

Anyone can use this device, whether you have a normal, dry, combination or even oily skin. According to Foreo, it addresses skincare concerns like fine lines, wrinkles, pores, dullness, and even uneven texture. 

With the continuous pulsations, I am sure that it was able to massage my skin like on how it can be given love from facial services. 

My skin became more supple when I use this regularly. My complexion looked fresher and brighter and my skin is hydrated. 

The usual 10 to 15 minutes face mask regimen will be shortened to 90 seconds! This is a great help to a busy person like me! Foreo is a good skin care investment for me!

The device is rechargeable and water proof. I can clean it with mild soap and water but Foreo also sells silicon spray cleanser. 

The warmth and the pulsations that the device gives is really relaxing. I love using this before sleep. I consider it my treat after a long day at work. 

Cons: 

Masks needed to be from Foreo but if you are innovative, you could try cutting up your regular face masks to fit into the device. Just save your old masks packaging to scan the code with. 

Compared with the UFO, this one does not have a cool setting or the green led light setting. 

You need the app of Foreo (Downloadable in Google Playstore and IOS) to make the device work. :)

Well, the product is expensive but like I said, consider it as an investment for your skin. 

Buy again? 100%

Overall Rating: 5/5

Price: 11,000php

Where to buy? Foreo, Sephora PH

It was my plan to try and collect all the Foreo devices out there because I simply love the benefits it gives to my skin! Stay posted for more posts about Foreo! 

List of Physicians Accepting Telemedicine In Philippines

Friday, July 10, 2020 Philippines


LIST OF PHYSICIANS ACCEPTING TELEMEDICINE

Telemedicine is important right now because as much as possible, we would like to avoid the clients in going out of the house unless it is really a medical emergency. Going outside for a regular checkups and exposing yourselves is a great risk. This is the new normal now, having check-ups done via video calls and receiving prescriptions through PDF files. 

As you all know, I am a Pediatric nurse (though right now we were converted into a Covid Unit due to increased cases) working in a tertiary hospital. I asked a favor from the doctors that I personally know and worked with. So I know that they are really professionals and good in their fields. Not all practices Telemedicine yet and I asked permission to those who accepts Telemedicine services if I could share their Facebook pages and collate it here on my blog for everyone's references. I will update this blog post from time to time for any additional doctors or updates. 

Just click on the physician's name to be redirected on their Facebook pages. 

ADULT/GENERAL MEDICINE: 


Feri.MD Online Consultation - Ilocos based, Gastroenterology and Urology


GENERAL PEDIATRICS:








Just in case you are also looking for medical supplies generally being used, you can order yours from this trusted seller: 

MedSply

I will continue to update this from time to time. So save the link in your file. :)

Mary Kay's Gift To Frontliners!

Sunday, July 5, 2020 Philippines


MARY KAY'S GIFT TO FRONTLINERS!

During ECQ, I received a message from a friend and former colleague (Thanks Jianne!) that she is referring her friend, Ms. Gizelle, who is from Mary Kay to contact me because Mary Kay would also love to give something for the Frontliners in our hospital! 

I am honored to be the one in charge to coordinate this because I wanted to see the happiness in everyone when I distribute the gifts from Mary Kay. Then a few days ago, I received a call that a delivery was waiting for me at the lobby and it is from Mary Kay brought by 2Go! I was surprised when I arrived at the lobby because it is a huge box and a medium size one! It is a good timing that I have a colleague accompanying me during that time because I cannot carry it by myself! LOL. 

Anyway I am so excited and I immediately opened it at the station after my shift. It contains Mary Kay's At Play Matte Liquid Lip Color! There were five shades included in the boxes: Red Envy, Offbeat Orchid, Plum Noir, Spicy Red, and Mad For Magenta! I cannot believe that they are giving this away because each lipstick costs 599php!!! It feels like Christmas already!

I tried hard counting the total number of lipsticks but I end up getting confused before I finished but my estimate is it is more than 500 pieces! I will be able to give this to the majority of the population in our hospital! I cannot wait to distribute it.

What I did first is I called per department on how many females are there per area and I put it in a plastic or paper per department so I could deliver it. I do not want to disturb most of them on their duties so at least I could leave it in their areas. I also asked help from my friends to help me in distributing it. 


The big departments that I was able to give lipsticks but they have patients or I cannot enter their premises and I was not able to take photos from them. These are the areas of Emergency Room, Rehabilitation Center, and Dialysis Center, Nuclear Medicine Department, Purchasing Department. 

For everyone who has photos, I will share it as a collage. I am so happy that I was also able to give to resident doctors! With the excess, I was also able to give to male staff for their wives or girlfriends or even to their mothers if still single. 




I want to personally thank Mary Kay for making the frontliners in my hospital happy! I got a lot of feedback too that this lipstick is long-lasting! It survived their long shifts. I love the shade Spicy Red  and I chose it for myself. I will also share my review here on my blog! 

In behalf of Capitol Medical Center staff, thank you so much again Mary Kay! More power!!!

Ways To Remove Stress During Quarantine

Tuesday, June 30, 2020 Philippines



WAYS TO REMOVE STRESS DURING QUARANTINE

Even though we are currently on General Community Quarantine, there are still surges of Covid-19 positive patients, this is personally speaking because I am a nurse working in a Covid Unit. This is a real a challenge for all of us. Not only economically but also our mind's health is in jeopardy. 

How do you cope? Besides online shopping of course! I think online shopping made us stay sane the last three months. 

For me, it is more stressful for me to work in a hospital right now but I am still striving and fighting!  I look for other ways to spend my time and release some stress during my day-offs. I want to be productive while staying at home to make myself preoccupied. 

What I discovered are quite successful in giving me happiness and something to look forward to. In turn, making me stress-free. My discoveries may be different to you but I still wanted to share it with all of you. :)

1. Essential Oils

There is nothing wrong in going back to the basics. Like using of natural and pure essential oils. Before there were medicines, people use herbs and plants as remedies. 

I was able to remove my stress through diffusing of essential oils. Coming home to an aromatic room (Imagine your house smelling like a spa!) is quite relaxing. I now look forward daily to coming home after a long day at work and relax this way. Inhaling the fragrance of essential oils is invigorating to the mind and body.

There are so many essential oils out there that is targeted for a specific reason like it helps in promoting sleep, de-congesting your nose, focuses your mind, and so much more! All you have to do is blend the right combination of oils. Recipes of such blends are available on the internet and Pinterest. I do follow @diffuserblends in Instagram for recipes. 

Right now, I upgraded and use Young Living diffuser and essential oils in my room. At first, I thought that Young Living is like pyramiding but its not! Their oils are expensive because it is pure. I was able to compare it with my other essential oils and the Young Living Oils are more concentrated. I was first introduced to Young Living through my pediatrician friend, Doc Jas. I am glad to discover Young Living!

For my office at home, I use my older diffuser before I upgraded to Young Living. I have the Serene Your Wellness Ritual PH oils and diffuser. If you want a more affordable oils and diffuser, you can first try theirs.  Watch my unboxing video of my diffusers and oils in my YouTube channel here

Not only that, I now mix my own roller blends using Young Living essential oils so I could bring it along with me at work. I can just roll it on my temples to relieve some pain or ease my anxiety. I can customize each bottle now. I also gave some away to my friends at work and I am planning to sell my own blends soon!

With that, I am officially a Tita and "Oilbularya". LOL. I am not joking that it worked wonders on my system! I sleep early, deeply and comfortably. 

2. Plants

I do not have a green thumb but we all still could learn on how to take care of plants, right? If you are the same with me that does not have a talent in working with plants, you can start on plants that are easier to take care of like cactus or succulents. But I suggest that you start on herbs and fruit plants. Why? Because it will also help your household!

Imagine just going out on your backyard to pluck out what you need. You can have a shortcut if you do not have a patience like I do, just buy plants that are almost grown instead of starting with seeds. LOL.  

I was able to buy my Calamansi plant that have ready to harvest crops from Isabelle's Garden on Facebook. Isabelle's Garden store is located at Project 8 but you can have it delivered via Lalamove. The plants that they sell are also affordable, they also sell fertilizers, loam soil, and pots. The seller is also nice and helped me in picking out my first batch of plants. Just remember to ask if it can fit the motorcycle before ordering a lot of plants. Mind the riders that they will not have a hard time  carrying it and delivering into your homes. 

A garden store near my work is also quite big. I enjoyed shopping there too! Cedarhills Garden Center is one-stop shop for your gardening needs. Located at Mother Ignacia in Quezon City. 

I started with Philippine lime (Calamansi), tomatoes, lady's finger (okra), and eggplant. For the herbs, I bought sweet basil and parsley. I also added a lavender plant. 

Seeing these plants before and after work makes me smile specially when I see it growing or budding! Try it, its worth your while. Join the bandwagon of "Plantitas". 

3. Cooking or Baking

During this pandemic, we all learned a new recipe or just learned cooking right? Its nice to see it on my personal Facebook page where my friends are posting the fruit of their cooking experiments. Finding a hobby during this pandemic is helpful and it will help in alleviating your mind from something stressful. Not only that, your cooked food can also benefit your family and friends. Its a win-win in all aspects. Let the cooking master chef inside you stand-out!

If you are too lazy to cook, well you can also enjoy great food by ordering! Try to order from friends that you personally know so you can try out several dishes that are different from the commonly available in restaurants. If you are interested to try out Laing and Bicol Express cooked by a Bicol-lana, the best that I tried is from Nay Elma who is my former co-worker before she retired early, you can order on her Facebook page here

4. Online Shopping

Too much shopping is bad but if you can afford, buy yourself something nice and something that you need, it will definitely boost your mood up! It is nice when you are expecting something to arrive like a gift, right? 

Browsing on Shopee and Lazada has been my new hobby now. LOL. 

5. Entertainment or Workout

You can always start your day with an exercise though I am not one who practices this all the time. LOL. But for those who always do this, it helps in keeping your body and mind in a good mood. 

Relax and watch on Netflix, Viu, or listen music with Spotify. Watch funny vlogs on YouTube! 

These are just some that really made impact on my during this quarantine period. These hobbies helped in keeping myself sane! Okay, too much comparison but I hope you get what I mean that I needed this hobbies to keep myself occupied and happy during this trying times. 

Please stay safe and practice what is recommended to avoid the Covid-19 virus. I really hope that a vaccine will be discovered successfully soon!

Mild Retinoid Skincare: The Ordinary's Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion

Friday, June 26, 2020 Philippines


PRODUCT REVIEW: THE ORDINARY'S GRANACTIVE RETINOID 2% EMULSION

I remember when I was younger, I used a Tretinoin ointment as an anti-aging product on my skin and was appalled that I developed a minor burn. My knowledge back then is not as strong now. I applied it directly and quite thickly on areas that I should not have like around my nose and lips. Then I understood why it needs a prescription from a Derma. LOL. 

Anyway, since then I stayed away from retinol products. I was reintroduced to Retinol when me and Kaycee of www.machomom.com get together last year and she suggested products that I should try again. Unfortunately, the brand The Ordinary for retinoid was sold out during our visit. 

Recently though, I had a friend from work who came from Australia to visit Philippines, I asked them to buy me this Retinoid from The Ordinary! The Ordinary has a lot of products and my first choice is the 1% retinoid but it is still out of stock that is why I chose the 2%. 

Anyway, its now in my hands and I was able to test it for a few months now and I am now ready to share with you my experience. Just continue reading! :)

Brand: The Ordinary

Type: Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion

Weight: 30ml

How To Use: 



Ingredients: 



Pros: 

Since this product is primarily anti-aging, I observed for any changes on my skin specially on my forehead where most of my fine lines appear. After three months use, together with a few weeks use of Estee Lauder Advanced Repair, I noticed that my fine lines decreased. I am not expecting it to make a miracle of making it all disappear but I was hoping that maintaining this on my skincare will further prevent formations of wrinkles. 

My skin looked smoother and plumper whenever I use this, with that as a results, I am happy to use it on my nightly routine. 

Even though it contains 2% of retinoid, it is still milder than a Tretinoin ointment. I did not experience any burns with it. It is also liquid like instead of a cream so it is easier to apply directly on skin and can be absorbed rather quickly. I recommend it for starters. 

Undeniably affordable and it is easy to lather on my skin so a bottle can last for two to three months of use. 

When it comes to skincare, I prefer to have spatula or dropper like this bottle because it prevents in contamination of the whole product. It is more hygienic. So plus points for The Ordinary!


Cons: 

Just a reminder, if you use ANY retinol products, it thins your skin so you need a protection from the sunlight. Do not go under the sun's direct light as much as possible and please use a sunscreen. 

When using retinol products, expect that after a few days of use, you will have a major breakout. Because it purges your skin. It comes with the experience of using this anti-aging product. 

On my first week of trying out this product, the breakouts started after 3 days of use. But for me, I think there are only three to four pimples that appeared. I let them dry on its own. After that, I did not encounter any breakouts anymore as long as I continue to use this.

I tried stopping it for a week after using it for a month, the first few days of returning it to my routine, the breakout happened again. In my conclusion, you really have to use it religiously. ^_^

This is always sold out on stores (but their other variants are available) so sometimes I have a hard time looking for this specific product. 

SWATCH:



Buy again? 100% 

Overall Rating: 4/5

Price: 700php+ 

Where to buy? Beauty Bar, try also to look on trusted online sellers since this is usually out of stock at Beauty Bar. 

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