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Revlon: Colorstay Endless Glow

Sunday, January 12, 2020 Philippines


PRODUCT REVIEW: REVLON'S COLORSTAY ENDLESS GLOW

Last December, I got the best Christmas gift and it came from Revlon! It is a box full of Revlon products that will surely set me good for a year! It includes the Revlon's Colorstay Endless Glow which is what I am about to share for this blog post. 

I am not sure if it is just me but using a highlighter in my makeup routine is a must in my case. There is something about highlighters that makes me feel that I have this skin glow and I try to apply it as subtle as possible to make it look more natural. 

There are five shades for Revlon's Colorstay Endless Glow which are: Citrine, Rose Quartz, Gold, Opal, and Topaz. All these shades ranges from earth tones to pink and gold. 


Each tube contains 8.2ml of the creamy highlighter. It comes with a doe foot applicator (bigger than used in lip balms) that makes it easier to apply. I can apply it minimally or go over board with the wand because it is easier to control. 




Ingredients: Aqua/Water/Eau, Mica, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Dimethicone, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Aminomethyl Propanediol, Polysilicone-11, Quartz, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol.

Pros:

Since it has a creamy formula, it makes it easier to blend. It was able to glide on smoothly over makeup or to my bare skin. If blended well, it can look like a natural glow and since it is a liquid-like formula, it lasts longer than highlighting powders.

According to Revlon, it is packed with pearly light reflectors that makes it have the illuminating effect to our makeup.

My favorite place to apply highlighters is to my cheekbones, it gives my whole look the glow that I wanted. Like I just had a good skincare product used! I can use these Revlon Endless Glow day and night because it is versatile.

The tube contains more product with 8.2ml volume compared to other liquid highlighters in the market.

It is affordable for a price ranging from 700php+.

For your information, my favorites are Citrine and Opal because it is the most natural looking highlighter for my skin. 

Cons: None noted.

SWATCHES:




Buy again? 100%

Overall Rating: 4/5

Price: 700php+

Where to buy? Revlon stores and even on their official online shops like in Lazada and Shopee. 

SilkyGirl: OMG Powder Matte Lipsticks

Friday, January 10, 2020 Philippines


PRODUCT REVIEW: SILKYGIRL'S OMG POWDER MATTE LIPSTICKS

Seriously, I miss reviewing lipsticks. For me, it is the easiest thing to review because I just had to use it for at least three days, unlike for skincare that I need to wait for a real results before I share it on my blog. 

After rummaging in my stash, I saw this set of lipsticks that I received from SilkyGirl! Just in time because I am looking for a lipstick to review! 

The shades that I got are: Blossom (01), Mocha (02), Mulberry (03), Maroon (04), and Rosewood (05). These are all in nude to reddish shades, which I prefer to wear daily. 


For the complete list of ingredients, kindly refer to the photo below: 




Pros: 

So what do I think about these lipsticks? The first thing that I appreciated with this lipstick is that it has a smooth texture that was easy to glide over my lips! Definitely a game changing for a matte lipstick and maybe because this has a satin-like texture that looks matte. Usually matte lipsticks tugs on my lips whenever I apply it that is why I am delighted that this is easy to apply. 

All the shades are great for daily use - day or night. Even the Maroon shade is nice to wear in the mornings. It is not the kind of red that are only great for party use. 

It also leaves a stain so my lips did not really looked pale after being fully removed. My favorite shades are Blossom and Mocha. 

Last thing that I did love about this lipstick is that it does not accentuate the lip lines and the dry patches of my lips! My lips looked smooth and plump. Except for the Rosewood shade, I am not sure if that day I am extremely dehydrated that is why my lips are very dry and in need of exfoliation. It can also be since the Rosewood shade is like pinkish nude, it was easier to see the dry patches of my lips.

Cons: 

It transfers a little on utensils and cloth. 


SWATCHES:




Buy again? 100%

Overall Rating: 5/5

Price: 350php

Where to buy? SilkyGirl kiosks inside Beauty Department Stores. SilkyGirl's lazada page. 

I do hope you find this review and swatches helpful when purchasing your next lipstick! Have a blessed day Beauties!

Good Virtues: Halal Certified Personal Care Products

Thursday, January 9, 2020 Philippines



GOOD VIRTUES: HALAL CERTIFIED PERSONAL CARE PRODUCTS


This is my first time to try and hear about Good Virtues products which came from Malaysia. For your information, this brand and the products that they make are HALAL CERTIFIED. 

Good Virtues Co. offers three personal care variants such as Hair Care, Face Care, and Body Care. For now, I was able to try the Hair and Body care products which includes the shampoo, conditioner, and body wash. 

The company believes and promotes the statements: 

"In doing good, we believe that good is returned."

"Being beautiful is cleansing not only the body but also, by providing healing for the human spirit. By using Halal-certified ingredients that are safe and respectful to all. By treating the planet and its people with dignity. By spreading good virtues through our actions."

We do not usually bother with products that we use here in the Philippines but there are people specially who are practicing religious laws that Halal-Certified items are important to them. That is why Good Virtues are remarkable for creating products that are Halal-certified. 

Not only that, their products are also free from Mineral oil, SLES, ALES, Parabens, synthetic colourants, and most importantly - it was not tested on animals. 

I tried using these products and the first thing that I loved about it is the fragrance. It has a refreshingly floral scent specially for the shampoo and conditioner. The body wash has an energetic vibe to the fragrance. 

SHAMPOO

The shampoo was designed for oily hair. Living in a tropical country, my hair tends to get oily that is why I still use shampoo daily. With this shampoo, it definitely decreased the incidence of me getting an oily hair after a long day. 

Even with small amount, the shampoo lathers well and creates a bubbly suds. 

For complete list of ingredients on the shampoo, refer to the photo below: 


CONDITIONER

If the shampoo needs a small amount to lather on my whole hair, the conditioner needs more products. The thick texture of the conditioner was absorbed quickly by the strands of my hair before I was able to apply it on a wider range. That is why I was able to use more product than I intend to. 

The good thing about it though is that it does not leave a residue on hair after washing off. My hair feels softer after use. 

Refer to the photo below for the complete list of ingredients: 


BODY WASH

The body wash lathers well specially when used with a sponge or a scrub. I enjoyed using it specially in the mornings when I need a boost for my mood because of the summer-like scent. 

For the list of ingredients, check the photo below: 


You can get your orders for Good Virtues at BeautyMNL, this set is worth 1000php. Each bottle ranges for at least 300php. 

Treat Your Scars Effectively With Contractubex

Wednesday, January 8, 2020 Philippines


TREAT YOUR SCARS EFFECTIVELY WITH CONTRACTUBEX

Doing activities in our daily life, we cannot help but attain a wound whether it is small or big that develops into a scar. We cannot prevent it no matter how safe we wanted to be. Something will eventually hurt us physically or emotionally. (Di naman po ako humuhugot. Gusto ko lang kayo patwanin LOL)

Anyway, as a nurse, I know that Contractubex is commonly prescribed at the hospital as home medications for discharge for superficial wounds together with Mupirocin. To understand better on how it works...let us first learn something about scars. 

A scar is attained through wounds through cuts, stabs, bites, or even burns that affects the epidermis and dermis. Sometimes it heals without scarring but most of the times, it leaves an ugly scar. In my case, I find it as also an ugly reminder of my clumsiness. Basically, scar is the new tissue formed from healing the open wounds. Basically, this is the best time to treat scars: when the wound is finally closed.

They say that early treatment while the wound is healing is the best prevention for scar formation. Back when I was in high school, my surgeon prescribed me with Tea Tree Oil for facial wash to help prevent formation of scar from the mole that was removed from my cheek. It lightened my scar but did not recovered, you can still see the mark. Nowadays, it is a good thing that gels like Contractubex is now available in the market. 

How does Contractubex help us? The gel has a unique formula with three specific medical effects that supports physical scar healing and ensures minimal scar visibility. The three benefits are: prevents excessive scarring, reduces redness and itching, and improves elasticity and softness. As advised by Contractubex, we should apply it directly after wound closure to minimize scar visibility. Depending on your wound, it may take from three to six months of application. Patience is the key but its worth the effort when it is effective. 

How to use Contractubex? Apply gently and massage on the area (from the center and outwards to the edges) in a circular motion at least two to three times a day for three months. Apply on closed wounds only and avoid contact with eyes, inside of the nose or mouth. 

Pros: 

I tested it on my skin but all I have are minor abrasions and I was not able to observe its effectiveness on deeper tissue damage on myself. So far though, I liked the gel's consistency. It is not thick that leaves a warm feeling on the skin. In fact, the gel has a cooling effect on my skin. Since it is a gel form, I did not have a hard time spreading it on the target point. 

I used the gel on my skin abrasion that are healing and it healed well without leaving a scar. However, this is a minor wound. I was not able to test it on deeper scars or wounds. (Wag naman din sana pa-try sakin. LOL)

I plan to use it if it can still be effective on my old scars but it may take years to see if it is still effective in lightening the scar. 

Last, for a ointment, it has a floral scent that I did not expect. 

Cons: 

Application can be tedious to make it more effective. All I advise is that you must have the patience! 

Buy again? 100%

Overall Rating: 5/5

Price: 602php

Where to buy? Any drugstores. 

Just to share, the company also released a product called Contractubex Intensive Patch which is suitable for convenient overnight application. But since it is a bigger patch, I am reserving it for bigger wounds so I was not able to test this one yet. I think though, this is also an effective treatment because the wound will be soaked with the patch overnight. For at least six to twelve hours. 

Jo Malone: English Pear And Freesia Body & Hand Lotion

Tuesday, January 7, 2020 Philippines


PRODUCT REVIEW: JO MALONE'S ENGLISH PEAR AND FREESIA HAND AND BODY LOTION

Sometimes, I cannot help but splurge! Specially for things that I know will make me feel more confident and happy. Just like this Jo Malone's hand and body lotion. I already have the English Pear perfume and I know that the time will come that I will also have this hand and body lotion variant. Combining the perfume and lotion helps the perfume last longer. 

Not only that, it can also be nicely paired with Peony and Blush Perfume of Jo Malone which I will also be reviewing soon here on my blog! 

This English Pear and Freesia has a unique scent that I love. It is a combination of something floral and fresh. It has no sweetness at all and it suits me best! 

If only it is not that expensive, I will use it daily! LOL. But for now, I use it on special occasions only. 

To know its complete list of ingredients, refer to the photo below:


Each bottle weighs 8.5 ounce and costs around 3,000-3500php. You can buy it directly on Jo Malone stores at Podium or Trinoma. It is also available at Rustan's Department Stores Beauty Section. 

Shop SM: What You Can Find + My First Haul

Monday, January 6, 2020 Philippines


SHOP SM: WHAT YOU CAN FIND + MY FIRST HAUL


Where do you usually go to buy your essentials? One of the places that I frequently visit is Shoemart (SM) Malls. Why? Because most of their items are affordable and their department store have everything that we need: from shoes, clothes, furniture, appliances, home supplies, and even beauty products! Not only that, SM can be found almost everywhere specially their grocery store - Savemore and the bills payment kiosks. SM simply makes everything more convenient for their clients by having it all complete inside their malls. It is surely a one-stop shop place. 

Now it just keeps on getting better because I recently discovered SM's online shop, ShopSM. Imagine, you can now avoid people in getting your must-haves just by shopping online. This is one of the best news I received for December 2019 - my go to shop is now available online!

There are many categories that you can visit on their site, it is divided into women or men, kids, home, beauty and the items that are currently on sale. 

I first checked out the department store bags because I was looking for a new red bag. My old red leather bag badly needs a replacement. To my surprise, some of the shoes, wallets, and bags are on sale! These bags are Parisian and it is on sale up to 50% off! 


With so many choices, I finally chose one. The one that I got was included on the sale for only 299.87php instead of 599.75php. It is the Parisian Ladies' Zillna Handbag with Sling Strap. The design reminded me of colors usually used by Lacoste or Louis Vuitton's old Papillon shaped bag. This style is not bad for 300php!




After checking out all the items on the other categories, I finally clicked on my favorite category, my happy place - SM Store beauty section. This is the part of the SM's department store that usually takes me time to finish. I love to explore each and every aisle and I am scared that I might forget something that I may need. 

The beauty section is dedicated for SM Health and Beauty products. There are many products on beauty section that were discounted as well. My favorite brands like CosRx and Biore are available in the SM Beauty Online. 







After adding everything that I needed on the cart, checking out is easy. I have the options of paying it via cash on delivery or paying it online via credit card. For this transaction, I preferred the cash on delivery. For Metro Manila, the shipping fee costs 99php. Also, do not forget to add your SM Advantage card or Banco De Oro Emerald card, you can also gain points for every transaction at ShopSM. 


I hope you find this post helpful and start shopping at SM online store! :) Have a great time shopping everyone!

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