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Jul 28, 2014

Product Empties as of July 2014 with mini reviews


Gah! my apologies for the 10-day hiatus! I haven't had the chance to blog about anything last week since my brother borrowed my Canon (point & shoot) Camera. I use that particular camera whenever I take swatches of products since it is lightweight and easy to use. I always have a hard time taking swatches using my DSLR camera because it's too heavy to take a steady shot with just one hand.

Anyway, I'm back and happy to share with you some products that I emptied for the past few months. I had another batch of empties earlier this year but I decided to skip blogging about it since most of the products from that batch are items that I already talked about.


I know these are just basic hair and body products, but I though you might be interested to know what I've been using at the moment.


Watsons Hair Removal Cream for Sensitive Skin - the tube says it contains Aloe vera and Vitamin E. This is actually my second tube and it's pretty good, to be honest. It really works and it's affordable too. It also comes with it's own unique plastic spatula thingy, which I use to apply the cream on my legs and remove them after a good 15 minutes.  This big tube is regularly priced at 199, but I got it for Php150 during their sale last spring. I use the hair removal cream on both my legs and the tube can last for 2 - 3 uses depending on your leg size. This also comes in a smaller tube priced at Php 99 only.

Human Nature Natural Feminine Wash in Chamomile Cool - This is my all time favorite feminine wash. It really does relieve itchiness and keeps me feeling fresh all day. This 50ml bottle can last for up to 3 months, depending on usage. (this is actually my 5th bottle of this variant) The best part is, it's super affordable at Php 54.75 only.


H2O Plus Face Oasis Dual-Action Exfoliation Cleanser - the tube says, it refines texture and energizes tone. I got this product from my Sample Room Holiday Goodie Bag. It costs Php1,750 for 120ml at the SM Beauty Section. I've been using this 30ml sample tube day and night for almost 4 months, and I have to say, it does what it is supposed to do. I'm even surprised that this tiny tube lasted this long. 


I only need a pea-sized amount of this product to wash my entire face and neck. It smells nice, similar to that of mild ocean scents. It lathers really well and also contains tiny beads that melts while I massage it on my face. I actually really like this cleanser, since it leaves my face feeling smooth and well hydrated. I would have bought this cleanser, if only it wasn't so expensive.

Marks & Spencer Warm Pomegranate Shower Gel - (the pink tube in the first photo) It's just a regular shower gel that smells like pomegranate. It's not as moisturizing as the other ones I've tried before, but doesn't leave my skin feeling dry at all. I got this as a Christmas present from my best friend last December, so I don't know how much this cost.

Hair Products
Syoss Repair Therapy Shampoo - this 190ml bottle cost around Php85 pesos only. It says, Intensive repair for smooth and shiny hair. It's my second time using this shampoo, it helped my hair feel soft and smooth. I didn't notice if it made my hair shiny though, but I think the Keratin content helped revived my dry and frizzy hair. I also don't feel the need to use a conditioner every time I use this shampoo. It's not bad all considering the affordable price.

Vitress Heat Protect Cuticle Coat - I like to apply this while my hair is damp since it can be a bit sticky on the palm of my hands. Once my hair dries, I noticed how easy it is to DE-tangle and hand-comb my hair. It keeps my hair looking healthy (not shiny) and has minimal frizz with this cuticle coat on. It retails around Php60+

Pantene All Day Smooth Miracle Water - This is actually my second bottle already and overall, I like it. It's an awesome product, especially if you don't like sticky creams or oils since this is water-based. I apply about three pumps of this product while my hair is still damp. It helps my hair become less frizzy. When my hair dries, it looks healthier, it feels softer and smoother but not shiny. If you just want a hair product that helps tame your hair without looking greasy, this would be it.

empty bottle
Lacoste Touch of Pink perfume - I received this as a Christmas present from one of my girl friends, last December 2013. This isn't a typical scent that I'd enjoy, but it's not bad at all. It is not overpowering like I thought it would be, it actually smells fresh, sporty and feminine, but a little sharp on the first spray.

This is what it looks like when I first got it last December.
I can easily the smell the combination of citrus and powdery scent of this perfume. Based on Fragrantica.com the Top Notes include Orange, Peach and Cardamon.  Middle Notes include Jasmine, Violet leaf and Coriander. Base Notes include Vanilla, Musk and Sandalwood. 

Have you ladies tried any of these products? what do you think of them?

Until next time.

Cheerios!
***Hollie***
 

Jul 18, 2014

Ellana Minerals Lip and Cheek Gel Review

I'm back! I have been really busy with taking care of my kiddos after work, so I didn't have time to blog for almost two weeks. Long story, short... my baby's nanny didn't come back. She was supposed to take a one week leave. We waited 2 weeks for her to come back, but she didn't and we never heard from her again. I had to find a replacement asap, and I finally found one... Okay nuff talk about me.

I got the Ellana Minerals Lip and Cheek Gel from my January BDJ Box subscription early this year. I've been using it on days when I just need a quick makeup fix.

Product Info from Ellana Minerals
One of our bestsellers, the Lip & Cheek Gel gives a gorgeous, rosy glow that
lasts the whole day. It delivers a sheer and beautiful no-makeup look while
moisturizing your skin. It doesn’t dry quickly, giving you enough time to blend it
evenly on your cheeks.

Retail Price: Php 220.00


How to Use:
Pump a small amount on the back of your hand. Pick up the product with your fingers then apply it on the apples of your cheeks.

 Ellana Minerals Lip & Cheek Gel in Amethyst Swatch (not blended)

The description says that the shade "Amethyst" is supposed to leave a plummy tint, however it just looks like a sheer red tint on me.

Ellana Minerals Lip & Cheek Gel in Amethyst Swatch (blended)

The tint itself, has a watery gel type texture. You only need a pea-sized amount to get that natural flush on your cheeks.  I find it ideal to use my fingers to apply this tint. I also learned that it looks great when blended right away rather than waiting a few seconds before you start working on it.

This can be a little tricky to apply, especially if you're not familiar with using cheek tints. I like that it lasts for a good 5 hours on my cheeks before it starts fading.

You need not worry about how it smells like, since this tint is fragrance-free. I also did not experience any allergic reactions to the product. The stain does not transfer once it sets. However, it is not easy to remove the stain on my fingers after application.

here's me using the lip and cheek gel on my cheeks and center of my lips

The Ellana Minerals Lip and Cheek tint adheres really well on my cheeks, but it's hard to let it stay on my lips. I have apply several layers on my upper lip for the color to really show. So, I just apply the tint on the center part of my lips most of the time, since it sets easily on that area.

The bottle comes with a pump which is convenient. But sometimes it has the tendency to pump a lot of product, so do be careful with that.

Overall, it's not bad considering the affordable price (around $5) and you get 20ml worth of product. However, I think there are better options in the market with the same price range.

Until next time. 

Cheerios!
***Hollie***

Jul 8, 2014

Wet n Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio in Silent Treatment

Yep! it's another eyeshadow palette to love. Wet n Wild eyeshadow palettes are already popular amongst beauty enthusiasts and definitely one of those drugstore must-haves! I've been using their singles, trios, 6-pan and 8-pan palettes for a while now and they never disappoint. So, here's another trio that I think most of you will want.

 
(photo taken with flash)
Product Info from WnW Beauty
Coordinating trio shades takes the guesswork out of creating the perfect eye look. The "how to" palettes are created to highlight, define, and accentuate specific eye colors to create unique looks.

Retail Price: Php 299.00 (at SM beauty or Watsons)
(around $3 if bought in the US)

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The very first eyeshadow trio I got from Wet n Wild was "Knock on Wood" which you can see HERE. It was sent to me by a dear friend who lives in Florida a couple years ago along with other makeup stuff she picked for me. That was when I started loving Wet n Wild eye shadows.

 (photo taken under natural light)

Like their other eyeshadow palettes, the Wet n Wild eyeshadow trio in Silent Treatment is highly pigmented and easy to blend. It lasts long on my lids even without an eye primer (I don't have oily lids though). What's also nice, is that you can wear this palette from day to night. 

 (both photos taken under natural light)

I was easily attracted to this trio because of the eyelid color. It looks like a taupey lavender shade which I don't have in my collection. It is slightly similar to my fave Wet n Wild single eyeshadow in Nutty, which is what I use more often.

I am also planning to buy another cult favorite, the Wet n Wild Eyeshadow Trio in Walking on Eggshells. Since all three shades in that palette are exact dupes for popular mac eyeshadows, plus it's perfect for a natural, everyday look.

How bout you ladies, what are your favorite picks from the Wet n Wild color icon eyeshadow palettes?

Until next time.

Cheerios!
***Hollie***

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