If you've been visiting Philippine Style Blogs for quite some time already, I'm sure you've heard of the Goody Spin Pins by now. They're those spiral pins that (according to press release), "do the job of 20 bobby pins".
They seem to be really cool, however when I found out that these cost Php 569.75 a pack, I just absolutely balked at the price. Seriously, 500++ pesos for a pack which only contains 2-3 pieces, depending on the size??! The price is absurd. I could buy about 500 pieces of bobby pins for that price!
So when I visited the Suesh showroom in Greenhills about 2 weeks ago and found their version of the Goody Spin Pin for Php 50 each, I just couldn't pass it up. Had to buy it, even if I didn't need it!
The Suesh Hair Spirals have the same shape as the Goody Spin Pins. The only difference I could find is the size - the hair spirals are bigger than the mini spin pins but smaller than the regular-sized spin pins. They also do not have those rounded ends that the spin pins have.
So I tried it and all, and they really do work in keeping my hair in place all day. But the only thing I could say about these is that you absolutely DO NOT need spin pins or hair spirals in your life. I must admit they're pretty cool, but they do the exact same job as an elastic band.
This is how my hair looks like with the hair spirals on:
Anyway, if you knew how to use bobby pins well, even 1 piece would be enough to hold your hair in a bun. Case in point, this Bobby Pin 101 video by hair guru, Daven Mayeda:
You can buy Suesh Hair Spirals at their shops in Trinoma, Greenhills, and Alabang Town Center. For some reason though, they raised their prices already. They now cost Php 70 for 1 piece, Php 120 for 2 pieces, and Php 150 for 3, according to the Suesh FB page. Check it out here for more details.
Today I'm reviewing a sunblock right in time for summer - only problem is, summer seems to have ended early in Manila as we're starting to have downpours again!
Anyway for those of you who are enjoying the sun right now, here's a review for a sunblock and moisturizer in one.
If you've heard of the wonders of the Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry Touch Sunblock for its "weightless and clean feel", you won't be disappointed by this sunblock since it's very similar, but with just a slight difference.
So sorry for not posting for so long! I recently transferred to a new role for my non-makeup related job, which also has an earlier schedule than what I'm used to. End result is that jet lagged feeling where I end up sleeping during the time I usually allot for writing reviews. Anyway now I think I'm more adjusted to my new work schedule, so hooray, I'm blogging again!
Moving on to more beauty-related concerns, last week I went to the beach and ended up getting stung by a jellyfish. It definitely left a mark - I actually felt it wrap around my leg.
I went to a doctor in our office clinic the next day and was prescribed some antibiotics to get rid of any toxins left from the jellyfish sting. However the marks turned a darker shade of red (almost purple) and became really itchy two days later so naturally I became worried that the sting might actually have permanent repercussions (a.k.a. scars).
Since it wasn't getting better, I rushed to a dermatologist and got a prescription for anti-allergy meds and an ointment to flatten the welts. The derma also recommended that I keep my legs moisturized since dry skin is one of the triggers for the itchiness. Being my usual inquisitive self, I asked if there are any specific ingredients that I should avoid for lotions - I wouldn't want to use something that might make my leg worse off, of course! To that, she just said that I should avoid lotions with fragrance since it might irritate the skin. Since I'm a Cetaphil fan, it was the first lotion that came into mind when she mentioned "fragrance free", so I asked if that one was okay. She then replied that it was okay to use, but if I'm willing to spend on lotion anyway, then I might as well buy the Physiogel lotion since it was much better than the Cetaphil one.
So I did end up buying it. I was thinking that it might not be fair to review a lotion that a dermatologist recommended since it would definitely be good, but I did want to give you guys more details on why exactly this lotion is fantastic!
Carmex lip balms seem to have been around for quite a while now, although I noticed that they never got to be as big as Chapstick lip balms, at least in the Philippines. It's one of those products that often seem to appear in the "What's in my bag" section of fashion/beauty magazines, but if you ask an average non-kikay Filipina, they've never seemed to have heard of the brand. This purely based on my observations of course, don't shoot me if I'm wrong ;)
So if you've ever wondered how well these did in the lip moisturizing department, read on for the review!
The time when I feel like my skin is behaving at its worst is usually the time when I also end up buying products I haven't tried before that promise all sorts of wonders. At the end of January, I was due for a much needed facial, but for some reason I just end up not being able to go. To make up for my skin's dullness, I decided to buy the Floria Nutra-Energy serum with Argan oil from Tony Moly.
I'm often hesitant to buy non-mainstream asian beauty products even if I'm asian since they usually lack understandable product details or ingredients in english listed on the box, or on the back of the container. Somehow this just seems dubious to me, but I suppose I'm just being irrational of course! So props to Tony Moly for now including an English translation of the product details on the box. The Sales Assistant did mention to me that they're including English versions now for the newer products of their brand.
So this review would be my first venture into a Korean skincare product... The Etude House mask I bought before doesn't count of course, since I wouldn't really consider something I barely used as "skincare".
So after my review, here are some swatches... Sorry this took longer than expected, I was having some trouble photographing them due to lighting problems (as usual).
Anyway, here are the photos!
On the left: Rose Gold blended and swatched on; On the right: Pomegranate swatched on and blended
In natural light
Natural light (at an angle) - can you see the effect of Rose Gold blended on skin? My arm is already smooth, so imagine what the gold flecks would do on a face with visible pores. Not a pretty sight.
Natural light + flash
So as mentioned in the review, Rose Gold is not sheer, yet it looks very natural on my medium-tan skintone, with rather visible gold flecks. While Pomegranate is more of a plum/purple pink with light pink shimmer that is more fine than Rose Gold.
Being a beauty junkie in the Philippines, I think it's safe to say that it is almost impossible to ignore products that can whiten skin. Almost everything available here that you can apply to the skin has some form of whitening ingredient in them - from soaps, to creams, and even to powder foundation! Blame it on the beauty industry and mainstream media that imposes this "rosy white" beauty ideal to people who just aren't naturally so. There has been backlash to this of course, coming from people who insist that the Filipina's "golden tan" is much better than lightening skin into an unnatural shade.
On my end however, I have nothing against whitening products because the demand for this has brought about a wide array of cheap, yet effective creams that can fade marks that keep your skin from being clear and blemish free. Regardless of what side you are leaning to in the skin whitening debate, I think we all can agree that pockmarked skin is unattractive, right? :)
I got this Olay cream because I needed a new daily moisturizer that was cheap and had an acceptable amount of SPF. At first I was hesitant to get it because I was afraid that my face might end up getting lighter than the rest of my body if I used this...but then I figured that I can just stop using it if I get too light.
My previous review was about a makeup product that I wasn't really a fan of... and for this next one, it falls in the same category as well. I don't like wearing blush, simply because I'm lazy. I don't think that it's something girls need to use in order to look more decent than usual, even if I myself tend to look sickly pale when I've been away from the sun for a while. But these blush shades piqued my interest since I found the shades interesting, and they're affordable too! The time was ripe to get new blushes again. (A lame excuse, I know.)
Rose Gold is a peachy-pink shade with gold particles. I think this shade works for most skintones since peach-pink blushes are usually the most natural-looking blushes for skintones that are not in the extremes (not too light, and not too dark).
Pomegranate is a plum-pink shade with shimmer, although the shimmer isn't as noticeable when compared to Rose Gold.
Lipgloss is one of those makeup products that I've never really been a fan of. This is mostly due to the type of lips that I have, mine are rather full, pale, and uneven, so I never found the need to emphasize those less than desirable features with shiny lip products.
Clear lipgloss is the worst for me... when wearing it without any colored product underneath, I tend to look like I just ate something terribly oily and forgot to wipe my mouth with a napkin :(
Before the MUFE HD primer, the only face primer I had was the ever so famous Smashbox Photo Finish. It worked too well for me that I didn't feel the need to buy other brands anymore. That is, until I got feedback from a friend that she doesn't use the stuff since she usually breaks out after using it. After some research (a.k.a. going through the Smashbox primer's negative reviews), I found out that most of the negative reviews that were given to the Smashbox primer was due to a lot of people being allergic to some of its ingredients. This discovery has encouraged me to diversify my kit a bit more, since I don't do makeup on myself only, and I wouldn't want to cause an allergic reaction in case I put makeup on someone else! A legitimate excuse to spend on makeup again, don't you think? Haha!
2011 is the year I finally started a beauty blog after putting it off for so long since I didn't really want to start one because I doubted my writing "skills." In addition to that, I wasn't really expecting to have stuff to write about that would exceed 140 characters -- a reference to Twitter where I stuck to making "comments" on beauty related stuff before this blog. (On a related note, you can follow me on Twitter here)
A couple of months and a few reviews/features after, I'm still posting! I gotta be honest though, I'm completely on holiday mode right now, hence the lack of updates. My December was a whirl of reunions, parties, and relatives visiting from different countries added to my usual routine of work+lounging around so any beauty blog related stuff I have been doing was focused on my face. In short, I was just wearing more makeup than usual. With that, I give you a bunch of the holiday looks I did for the merry month of December:
Gold and Glitter
Deep(er) Set Eyes
Purple/Brown/Silver Smokey Eyes
Okay enough of my face now!
Thank you so much to everyone who took some time to check out this little corner on the internet :)