Sunday, August 30, 2015

My BeautyMNL Experience

 How's your long weekend going so far? As for me, I am primarily stuck at home. Thanks to my Fiance who is always there for me. As usual, we went mall hopping, then we had a relaxing massage yesterday and stuff our tummies (just because weekends are cheat days). I know it is nothing special because most of my friends are either spending it out of the country or out of town. Oh Sige na kayo na!!! Wit lang kayo! MaghohoneymoonS ako soon! haha This is my pampalubag loob whenever I see people posting their #wanderlust posts on IG and FB. Inggitera lang ang peg ko. Bakit ba? Despite staying at home and doing routinary weekend activities this long weekend, something really made it extra special. This post is entirely dedicated to that. I am so excited to share with you my BeautyMNL haul. As you all know, it is not very often that I get to buy high end makeup. Thus,  I can't be any happier when BeautyMNL asked me to try out their site.

BeautyMNL is a one stop online beauty destination which offers Makeup, Skincare, Everyday essentials  and even Accessories. This site is truly a heaven for beauty enthusiasts and heaven sent for busy men and women.Why? Imagine this - stay at home moms or busy career women can just click and shop online during their breaktime without the hassle of going out of the house or even going out during breaktime. This saves time, gas and etc. In short, pak na pak siya sa mga busy busyhan na tao tulad ko. 

How was my first experience with BeautyMNL (first kasi alam kong may susunod pa!!!!)
I first registered/signed up in their site which took me a few minutes. I browsed through their website which took me days!!! hahaha Gusto ko kasi bilhin lahat kung pwede lang. Then, I checked out my order and the next day -- my orders arrived. My shopping experience was smooth and hassle free. I really want to commend their delivery personnel who was very polite and friendly. He called me because our house address has a similar address to another house which is a few blocks away from us (My father told me that our street was divided to old and new streeets, hence the confusion to kuya delivery). He called me and confirmed my exact address. This is a plus point because I was too scared that the items might get lost.  He even told me, "Mam ako na po ang tatawag sa inyo para di po sayang sa load niyo." Eh ako naman si makulit, Ako pa rin ang tumawag ng paulit ulit. Another plus point for BeautyMNL is an option for further instructions on delivery etc. upon check out and even the persons who may receive your order may be named for security purposes.

Also, if it is your first time to purchase on their site you will get a 20% discount and 10% rebate on succeeding purchases. 

The package came in very good condition and I am excited to share with all of you my haul from BeautyMNL. 

Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick in Bronze - Php 2,650 
Just a heads up, I am not a highlighter person. I bought the Balm MaryLou Manizer because I needed a good highlighter for my wedding. However, a few days ago I saw the wedding makeup tutorial of Alexandrea Garza on youtube. I got really curious on this product because she used it. I swatched this when I had the chance to drop by at Bobbi Brown and I was blown away. Glow from within lang ang peg niya!!! More on this product soon. And yes, gagamitin ko siya sa wedding ko. 
Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder - Php1650
I have seen a lot of Beauty Gurus rave about this product and I decided to give it a try. Guess what?? I LOVE IT!!!! Ito na na talaga!! I will be using this on my wedding day instead. I am choosing this over my favorite Palgantong Theatrical Powder (this is also available in BeautyMNL).

 Nars Creamy Concealer - Php 1550
Finally! After months of lemming for this product, I finally got hold of it. I got it in the shade Ginger which is a perfect match for my NC30 skin tone. 
City Color Contour Effects 2 - Php 450
Please don't mind the finger print/marks on the contour and bronzer powder, I got too excited to swatch this baby before I finally had the chance to take decent photos of this product. This Contour kit is huge. Being an avid fan of contouring and bronzing, I am excited to give this a try. 

I am very happy with my haul and I can't stop playing with my new makeup especially the Bobbi Bronw Shimmerbrick in Bronzer. I never thought I would be this obssessed with a highlighter. Is it better than the Marylou Manizer?? My answer will be posted on another post. Overall, I love BeautyMNL!!! The shopping experience was a breeze. It was hassle and stress free. They also have a good variety of payment methods - paypal/credit card, bank transaction and even through cash on delivery. Cash on delivery is an option I have been wishing for online shops to have. I also love the fact that they offer wide range of products both from the high end shelves to the affordable drugstore finds.  

Btw, BeautyMNL is currently holding a #selfieMNL contest. If you like taking selfies, join BeautyMNL's  #selfieMNL contest! Get a chance to win a Printster polaroid of your pretty face and a PHP200 BeautyMNL GC. Click here for the complete details.

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Friday, August 28, 2015

Biore UV Aqua Rich Whitening Essence

Since college, I have made a pact (well... to myself) to wear sunscreen everyday. Well, congratulate me for I have been keeping my promise to myself for more than ten years. I have never missed a day without applying a sunscreen (Oh, unless I will out at night). Years ago, most sunscreen available locally are either too thick or too sticky so it was so hard for me to find my perfect daily sunscreen. Whenever I would find one, I would definitely repurchase it over and over again. Over the years, I also realized that the best sunscreens are the ones made in ASIA!! Pramis!! I received this Biore UV Aqua Rich Whitening Essence with SPF 50+ PA++++ a few weeks ago (or month? Sorry wala na akong sense of time) and I have been using it nonstop. I am almost halfway through the product already. This fact simply shows that I love using this product. 

Biore UV Aqua Rich Whitening Essence is made in Japan. It has whitening essence that melts into the skin. This sunscreen claims that it is cooling and light, softens and hydrates the skin, and contains citrus extracts. According to Biore, it has triple benefits: UV Protection, Hydration and Whitening. 

This suncreen is housed in a slim white tube with a pointed nozzle. I find the squeeze tube and the  pointed nozzle very useful because I can easily control the amount of product to be dispensed. The texture of this sunblock if really lightweight. It has a cooling effect but it is nothing close to a mentholated product. It actually feels refreshing when applied on the skin. It is also hydrating making it very easy to blend with my moisturizer. It does not sting and dries to a semi matte finish (that is why I love it). It dries into a dewy/moisturized finish on the skin. This is not sticky at all and it did not irritate me nor did it sting my eyes. The consistency is not runny nor does it feel too heavy and thick.  If you noticed this has PA++++.  PA refers to the ranking of the amount of sun protection the sunscreen has against the harmful UVA Rays because SPF only gives/ranks protection from UVB Rays. PA++++ is currently the highest UV protection in Japanese in terms of UVA protection. 
It does give a very slight white cast on flash photography but this is hardly noticeable. It does not alter the shade of my foundation or powder. I really love the subtle citrus/fruity scent that it has. 
Overall, I am in love with this sunblock. Will I repurchase? -- DEFINITELY!!! This only costs 350- 450 pesos and the product is really good. It has all the qualities I am looking for a sunscreen -Light, Hydrating and with  a high SPF and PA rating. 

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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

The Face Shop Lovely Me Ex Style My Brow Pencil Review

I bought this on a whim because it was on sale for buy 1 take 1. There was a bit of clamor for Thae Face Shop brow pencils and even my friend who loves makeup swear by their brow products. So, I went ahead and got myself the pencil shade in No. 3. Initially, I was not a fan of the gray brown shade but it is the only shade available so I do not have any choice. On my first few tries of this product, I fell in love with it but I started to disliked it when it slowly became too cakey. I ditched this and threw it in my makeup drawer and bought the retractable Design My Brow by The Shop instead. I fell in love with the Design My Brow that I completely forgot about this pencil. Few weeks ago, I decided to try this again after newly sharpening it and now I am almost done with 3/4 of the pencil. Well, sabi nga nila, Love is sweeter the second time around. True enough, I love this pencil even more. Actually, I can't decide if this one is better than the Design My Brow of vice versa. 

This works best when newly sharpened. This creates a very natural soft finish on the brows. No. 3 looks great on my skintone and blends very well with my brow hairs. This look au naturel on me. I use it alone without setting it with brow powder and it lasts almost the whole day on me without retouching. (Take note, I have dry skin). The pencil is neither hard nor too soft. The texture is just perfect and with the use of a spoolie, I can readily spread the color on my brows. There are times that I bring the color down to my nose bridge for instant nose contouring.  It goes on pigmented and depending on the manner of application, I can go with light feathery strokes to bold lines. 
 The technique in using this brow pencil is sharpening it. The pointed tip can help in filling out the bald pacthes on the brows and in creating a nice brow shape. Also, it is best to start with clean brows before applying this pencil to prevent caking. I use my Marionnaud spoolie to clean my brows with product build up.
 For 150 pesos (I think, basta less than 200 pesos), this is a very very good brow pencil. For the price point, pigmentation and blendability, this is one of the most affordable and highly recommended brow pencils in the market.


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