Thursday, May 10, 2018

VICE COSMETICS Phenomenal Liquid Lipstick Swatches (NEW SHADES!) | Mother's Day Special

One of the trendiest brands these days when it comes to lip products is Vice Cosmetics. The brand features contemporary lip products that makeup enthusiasts will truly like.


I have to be honest, though, that when Vice Cosmetics launched, I WAS NOT A FAN. I reviewed their products and was not quite happy with the quality. You may read that review HERE

Thankfully, they released new shades of their lip products. I was hesitant to try them at first because I kept going back to the formula and quality of their original lip items. But to my surprise when I tried the new ones, they were improved formula. Their Liquid Lippies are now super pigmented, extra creamy, glides easily, not overly drying unlike the first ones and stays on lips longer.


The news shades of the Phenomenal Liquid Lipsticks are : Kyemerut, Sisteraka, Cheverloo, Kerstofyan, Chenelyn, Hanash, Ravaaan and Achuchuchu

PRICE :  Each lippie costs Php 195 each


They also released new shades of the Good Vibes Matte Lipstick 

The new shades I have are ; Eklavu, Chururutz, Aura, Chukchak, Bonggacious, Havey, Ekzal and Severe

PRICE : Each lipstick costs Php 195 each



Just like the liquid lippies, you will also like that the lipsticks are creamy, pigmented and glides on smoothly on your lips! They are not as long-lasting as the liquid lippies, but they aren't as drying, which is better, especially now that it's summer!


While it is true we should be thanking and appreciating our Mothers everyday, Mother's Day is still deemed special as it's that one day of the year where we get to treat them extra special. Vice Cosmetics challenged my Mom and I to do this #MakeItUpToMudra video where my I apply lipstick and basically just bond with my Mom using their products. Gladly, my Mom was up for the challenge!


Truly, we learned first about makeup not on YouTube, but through our Mom's who we used to get ready and apply makeup before rushing to work. They were our first beauty gurus, don't you agree?

Here is our video, first ever official appearance of my Mom on my channel, using Vice Lipsticks!



How did you like our video? It was actually more than an hour total raw video but I had to trim it down to less than 10 minutes. We hope you like our little fun and also got few tips when it comes to lipsticks,


As a gift for Mother's Day, Vice gave my Mom a bouquet of pink flowers! How pretty?!


Overall, my Mom liked the quality of the lip products she tried. I think this was a sweet gesture of Vice to think of asking some bloggers to do this for our Mom on Mother's Day.


If you are looking for an affordable Mother's Day gift for your Mom, THIS MAY BE IT! They're super affordable plus comes in many shades to fit any lifestyle, skin tone and personality.



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Friday, May 4, 2018

HOW TO USE and INSERT A TAMPON?! | Ladouce Tampons Review Philipines

Probably some of the most awkward and cringey topics a blogger could ever talk about are menstruation and circumcision. But come to think of it, those things are just about normal because everyone of us has gone through and may still be experiencing it. Unlike circumcision though, women have to deal with menstruation almost every month that's why it's important to have enough knowledge and to use the right product that would make the "visit" more comfortable and less eerie. 


You could say I have tried almost every way there is from old-school pasador to the modern sanitary napkins. However, the word tampons was non-existent in my vocabulary until my cousins from the US introduced me to the concept. They said it's convenient because it minimizes chances of having stain plus it's convenient because it allows you to still move around and be able to enjoy the things you love without worrying about leak and stain.  


Let me introduce you to the FIRST EVER tampon brand I've ever tried -
LADOUCE TAMPONS.

Ladouce Tampons are made of body-friendly, high-absorbent natural materials. The cylindrical form follows perfectly your personal body shapes. They are made of highly absorbent natural soft silk viscose, non-chlorine bleached and 100% biodegradable. Ladouce Tampons are designed to be easily worn into the *private area* during the periodical menstruation to fulfill it's aim to absorbing female menstrual flow.


WHERE TO GET IT
You may purchase Ladouce Tampons online from the following webshops 
(click on the name of shop to go to the link)
BEAUTYMNL, LAZADA & SHOPEE


ADVANTAGES OF USING TAMPONS
  • You can use it from light, moderate to heavy flow.
  • Ladouce Tampons are made from body-friendly and high-absorbent natural materials
  • It prevents menstrual leaking
  • It locks the fluid into the tampon core and provides up to 6-8 hours protection
  • Since it is inserted, it won't be visible if you wear thin or tight bottom clothing
  • You can wear it any time and any season, but I reckon it's perfect for summer
  • You can go swimming, hit the gym and enjoy your favorite sport while wearing it


WATCH THE VIDEO for the FULL TUTORIAL 
+ my honest thoughts on wearing Ladouce Tampons!



HOW TO USE TAMPONS

1.) Wash your hands
2.) Slightly bend the Ladouce Tampon to break the protective foil at the arrow line
3.) Unwrap the bottom-half of the covering foil
4.) Unwind the cotton withdrawal string, while holding the string and the tampon, straighten the cotton string.
5.) Hold your tampon at the bottom and remove the remaining half of the foil
6.) Widen the base of the tampon and create a pocket for your finger for an easy insertion 


Answers to FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS about TAMPONS :

  • Ladouce Tampons may be used from the first periodical menstruation until the menopause
  • Using tampons is safe for your body because it is made of 100% natural, soft and sterile body-friendly materials like viscose 
  • While using Ladouce tampon, you may also swim or do sport
  • You may wear any kind of underwear such as string slips while using the Ladouce Tampon
  • Ladouce Tampons are easy and discrete to being with you for it's size is very convenient and small
  • Depending on your flow, one tampon will protect you day to night for 6-8 hours
  • Because the tampon keeps your flow out of oxygen (air), there will be no odor during your period



My HONEST OPINION :

On my first-time inserting a tampon, I did feel uneasy. It was a bit painful, especially because I used the bigger size tampon. I switched to inserting the mini size Ladouce Tampon and found it was easier to put in. Another thing that I loved was that I was able to move on and wear light-colored bottom without the leak and stain. And the best part? Now that it's summer, beach getaways and swimming-weekends are countless I love that I am able to still wear bikini and actually dive in the water without feeling gross that my pad would get wet and leak. It was actually safe and comfortable to swim while wearing the Ladouce Tampon!



SAFETY REMINDER

Just like the regular sanitary napkin, changing of tampon regularly is also a must! It is also advised that one should replace and insert a new tampon after urinating to keep one's hygiene intact. Some of my readers have mentioned about Toxic Shock. Toxic shock is a rare complication that may result when improper and unhygienic use of tampons and other materials is practiced. What causes it is the bacteria, when someone it not used properly. However, upon thorough research, tampon manufacturers have now pulled certain tampons off the market and since then, toxic shock syndrome has declined. Since Ladouce Tampons is still in the market, it is safe to say the brand is safe and toxic-free. However, I highly suggest that if you want to use tampon, be sure your hands are clean before and after insertion. It is also important to remember to change the tampon frequently, at least every four hours, especially after every visit to the bathroom.



All in all, it's comforting to know we now have an option. Gone were the days when we just have to dwell and get used to menstrual leak and stain. We can now say goodbye to those moments we had to sit and be left-out by family and friends when they went swimming because we were on our period. We can now be confident and worry-free, even on our period!



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Wednesday, May 2, 2018

THE DESSERT MUSEUM TOUR + BLK Cosmetics Launch

Looking for a new cool place to visit? Why don't you head over to The Dessert Museum?


The Dessert Museum is an interactive eat as you play and learn experience where the sights are just as delicious as the sweets. You will gobble your way through 8 mouthwatering rooms of sugar-filled happiness. There are only two things on the menu - sugar and selfies. *taken from their website*

HOW MUCH IS THE TICKET :



If you are an adult, you may enjoy the place for Php 799 for 2 hours. Since I went there for an event, I was able to go around for more than 2 hours. They also offer few sweats and desserts while you enjoy the place.


LOCATION :
Their complete address is Unit 124, Coral Way, S Maison Mall, Conrad Hotel Manila, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City
But if you just need a simpler landmark, it is situated close to SM Mall of Asia.


ATTRACTIONS
There are 8 different rooms/attractions to enjoy inside The Dessert Museum

*Forgive me for the low-quality and grainy photos. I used my Canon G7Xii to take these photos but I must have put it in a weird setting, hence the photo quality. It also doesn't help that the place is quite dark.*

DONUT ROOM


MARSHMALLOW ROOM


CANDY CANE 




GUMMY BEARS ROOM



COTTON CANDY ROOM


CAKE POPS ROOM



WHAT I THINK ABOUT THE PLACE

If you have money to spend and are looking for a place to shoot your next FB or IG photo OR if you simply want to go somewhere new and fun, The Dessert Museum is a must-visit! However, if you are expecting something huge and if you're craving for sweets and desserts overload, I'd suggest not to keep your hopes too high. 

I went there for an event / makeup launch and we had the place all to ourselves. However, if you come on a regular day, I reckon the place would be rowdy and crowded. I also think 2 hours inside is not enough, especially if you are coming with kids and also want to take lots of photos. I am 100% sure 2 hours won't be enough. Before going there, I also thought I would be showered with loads and loads of different sweets and dessert. However, I only ate 1 marshmallow, 1 macaron and 1 cake pop. If you still insist to go, I suggest go with a full-stomach so you don't crave for anything. 

If I were the owner of The Dessert Museum, though, I would live up to my name and really serve my guests enormous amount of dessert : candies, cakes, cupcakes, ice cream, jelly beans, different marshmallows, etc! For Php 799 per person, I am pretty sure they won't go bankrupt. 

But overall, place is still nice and well-thought of. Definitely something to put on your to-go wishlist.


* * * 

The main reason I was able to go to The Dessert Museum was because I attended Anne Curtis' BLK Cosmetics K Beauty Launch! If you want to see more of The Dessert Museum and want to know what happened at the BLK Launch, be sure to watch my vlog below! :)



BLK Cosmetics is a makeup brand owned by top Filipina actress Anne Curtis. It embodies timeless, uncomplicated, classy, sophisticated and simple beauty. Their tagline is Uncomplicated Beauty, which Anne Curtis explains that the brand aims to stand out by taking a step back and focusing on the basics of makeup. 














BLK Cosmetics is a brand I really use. My favorites and must-haves from the brand are the All Day Matte Powder and Contour, Blush, Highlight Trio Palette! I did a BLK Cosmetics Review and Tutorial. CLICK HERE if you want to read more about that. 

Here are the BLK items I got from the event. A lot of people have bought and tried their lip tint already! Have you gotten yours yet?



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Wednesday, April 4, 2018

AZTEC INDIAN HEALING CLAY Mask (Review + Tutorial) IS IT REALLY EFFECTIVE?!

One of the most hyped products on the internet nowadays, especially by beauty bloggers, is the Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay! But is it really effective? The brand claims it is "The World's Most Powerful Facial". I took it to test and tried it on my oily, sensitive and acne-prone skin and you won't believe what the result is!



What makes this mask special is that it is deep pore cleansing because of it's 100% natural calcium bentonite clay content. The brand claims it is the world's most powerful facial (mask). The main ingredient is the Indian Healing Clay (powder). 

I did my research and found out that it comes from the Death Valley, California where it is sun-dried for up to six months in temperatures that sometimes reach 134 degrees. It could be used for facials, acne, body wraps, clay bath, foot soak, knee pack and insect bites. 


JUST HOW BAD WAS MY ACNE?!
Here's how my face looked in 2012. If you haven't read about it yet, check out my full acne story HERE. Forward to 2018, my face has somehow improved for I have overcome the puss and intense acne breakout. However, I still get a couple of spots and I still battle with oily skin and acne spots.


AZTEC SECRET INDIAN HEALING CLAY

WHERE TO BUY IT :
  • HEALTHY OPTIONS - If you are reading from the Philippines, you could but it from any local Healthy Options branch. However, the problem with this is that the clay is so popular that they run out of it fast. Useful tip for you is to visit a Healthy Options that is less crowded like at the upscale malls. 
  • iHERB - This is where I got mine. The beauty in ordering here is that you could order even if you are from the Philippines or a reader outside the Philippines. Out of the other online shops that have this, this site sells it the lowest. But unlike most Philippine-based online shops, iherb offers free shipping but you'd have to wait for over a month for it. If you want your item to be delivered in just a few days, you'd have to pay for Php 200 to Php 700 shipping fee. My tip is to order total worth of items Php 2,000 ($40) and up. 
  • AMAZON - If you are from anywhere else than the Philippines, great news! You can get this at Amazon! They are often in stock and also perfect if you are from the US since it won't cost a fortune for the shipping fee. 
  • CALYXTA - Another local (Philippines) online shop that sells it is this. Though they sell it for Php 650, it is still better than settling for unguaranteed know-offs. The catch, though is that they are also often out of stock of it.
  • LAZADA / SHOPEE - This would be your LAST OPTION as I am not convinced the ones they sell are authentic. If you really, really want to try it then go purchase from their shops. But if you could wait until a nearby Healthy Options restock it, then it would be much better!


HOW MUCH IS IT :

The price depends where you're getting it from. I got mine for Php 420 from iHerb but I had to buy a total of Php 2,000 worth of other items to avail the Php 200 shipping fee. If not, I would have spent only Php 420 for the actual item but pay Php 700 for the shipping fee.

Other online shops sell it from Php 550 up to Php 950. Amazon offers it for $9 up to $12 per jar.

Another important ingredient of the Healing Clay Mask is Apple Cider Vinegar. It is also one of the most popular products these days as this claim to help the body and gives a lot of health (and beauty) benefits. On the label of the Clay, it states it should be mixed with equal part of raw apple cider vinegar. However, if you can not stand the smell of it or if you are allergic to it, you can simply use water to mix with your clay. 

Apple Cider Vinegar in the brand Bragg's is also available at Healthy Options and other online stores. What's good is that it is also now available at local groceries in the Philippines such as SM.

So, this is my skin BEFORE using the Aztec Healing Clay Mask. Note that I used the mask for a total of 3 times before I did the video and wrote this review. If you notice, although my skin doesn't have the intense acne it used to have, I still have couple of active spots and my deep acne scars are still visible. If we remove the light I used in this photo, you would have seen that my face is oily, bumpy yet dry, wrinkly and flaky. Yes, it is still bad.



HOW TO USE THE MASK :

  • Mix clay with equal parts of raw apple cider vinegar or water. 
  • Use non-metal bowl and utensil.
  • Stir the mixture well to a smooth paste. Add more if necessary.
  • Apply about 1/8 inch to the face or area where you need it.
  • Let it dry for 5-10 mins. for delicate skin and 15-20 minutes for normal skin.
  • Remove clay by washing with warm water.



HOW IT FEELS

For first timers, the feeling of tightening caused by the clay and the powerful smell of the apple cider vinegar may be too much, But once you've applied it, you will feel your skin tighten and you will feel your face pulsate! If you apply enough amount and leave it on to dry, it will look like the photo below.


FOR COMPLETE INFORMATION, WATCH THE VIDEO BELOW : 



One of the most satisfying thing ever is removing this mask! It feels itchy when you have it on and you may feel a bit uncomfortable with it. To be honest, each time I have it on, I always just bear with it and look forward to removing it. Once it dries, it's also satisfying to peel off the dry flakes as you will see and feel portions of your skin looking and feeling clean and smooth. 


You can remove it by simply using warm water. It's also a bit of a challenge to remove as it is sticky and thick. What I do to remove it is I use a facial wash so it's easier to get rid of.

When you remove the mask, you may notice slight redness of the skin. It is normal and will disappear in about 30 minutes. What you will feel after is that the skin is visibly lighter and glowy. It also feels clean and fresh as impurities and oil have been cleansed out! Although, I haven't noticed any powers of it on blackheads and active pimples, it does it's job in deep cleansing the skin. 

Here's how my skin look one the first time trying the mask.

After 3 days, I tried it for the second time. 

After another 3 days, I used it for the 3rd time and here's the result.

What I noticed is that, though it didn't do anything to combat my pimples, it did a great job lessening the oiliness of my skin and making my skin look tighter. If you have flaws on your skin, the trick is to make it appear tighter so flaws and scars become less visible.

PROS :

  • It visibly reduces appearance of pores after using it.
  • It makes skin smoother and clearer by eliminating oil and dirt.
  • You only need 2 ingredients to make 
  • Preparing time is short. 
  • You can use this clay jar for up to 20 times, depending on how much you use per preparation. 

CONS

  • Skin feels itchy while you have it on.
  • Healing Clay Mask is always out of stock, you have to get it online.
  • It doesn't heal active pimples.
  • It could be messy to prepare, apply and remove.
  • The effect is only temporary so you'd have to use it over and over. It's not something that helps the skin from the inside. 



Overall, I'd say this is a nice product to try. What's good about it is that it could be use by many people so you could share with family and friends. There's not much to rant about this clay mask as it really is good. The only thing I have to note is the fact that on their packaging, they claim that it is the "World's Most Powerful Facial", I'd say it is good and effective while you use it but I reckon this is NOT the best the world has to offer. 

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