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Unboxing: FEB Glamourbox

20 Feb

I have mixed emotions upon receiving the Feb Glamourbox. I felt happy that it arrived early (days after the BDJ Feb box arrived) yet I feel upset about it.

I loved the box because it is sturdy and can still be reused for organizing stuff. Through its simplicity, it looked so glamorous.

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Full Size:

1. KJI & CO Emergency Lash Rx (full size 2ml, Php 1350)

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This lash serum prevents new virgin hair from being adversely affected by cosmetic and environmental factors. Users will see dramatic improvement in lash volume, texture and density.

2. Carmex Squeeze Tube/Jar (full size 10ml and 7.5g respectively, Php 109.75)

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Carmex Squeeze Tube/Jar contains natural moisturizers such as cocoa butter & lanolin. These and other emollients give you healthy-looking lips by moistening  preventing chapping caused by the environment.

Samples:

1. Calvin Klein Beauty (full size 100ml, Php 5,498)

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Sophisticated, confident and radiant, Beauty evokes the ultimate power of femininity and sophistication. It captures the spirit of a woman who is beautiful from the inside out, with an aura that radiates.

2. SNOE Beauty Oil for All Argan Oil (full size 25ml, Php 799)

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Argan Oil has been gaining recognition for its restorative and anti-aging benefits to skin and hair. High in Vitamin E, this “Liquid Gold” heals dry skin, prevents acne breakouts and reduces marks and fine lines

3. The Body Shop Vitamin E Moisture Cream (full size 50ml, Php 695)

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An easily absorbed daily moisturizing cream that has the lightness of a lotion with the moisturizing benefits of a cream. It helps protect the skin, leaving it feeling soft, smooth and healthy-looking.

Vouchers:

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1. Chi Dermatology Clinic (Php 500 value on all services)

2. Wild Peach Cosmetics (35% off on customizable makeup palettes)

3. Cuzo (Php 500 value, card is housed in a leather business card holder). I was ready to throw the box fillers when I unearthed another surprise!

My Thoughts:

Though you get more than what you pay for, one can just wish for more. I wish they would be fair in putting the same things on all the boxes. I think there are some boxes with Wild Peach Cosmetics Palettes and Kerastase Oil. Glamourbox shouldn’t be putting up a comparison/contest to their subscribers on who will get what the next time. I really wish they’ll do it just like how BDJ Box does it: same size of lipsticks and nail polishes but the shades / colors differ from one box to the other.

Looking forward to better boxes the next months…

REVIEW: The Body Shop’s Lily Cole Lip and Cheek Dome

15 Jan

After having seen a facebook post from my friend, Madeth Javillo, that the lip and cheek dome are now at 70% off, I stopped by The Body Shop while we were in SM North Edsa. I was a bit upset because the lip and cheek domes are no longer available in the main building. I tried stopping by another TBS branch in The Block, I found that there were only a few left. Of course, hubby treated me again! Thanks!

IMG_0591I got both shades, Crazy for Coral and Pinch me Pink.

Here are some info from The Body Shop:
PRODUCT DESCRIPTION
Cream-to-powder colour for lips and cheeks that’s easy to wear and easy to blend. Wear it just as it is or under lip gloss. They’re limited edition so don’t miss out. Catch them while you can. For lips and cheeks Natural-looking colour Dermatologically tested. Limited edition.
 
 FULL INGREDIENTS
Polyethylene (Opacifier), Caprylyl Methicone (Skin-Conditioning Agent), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (Emollient), Talc (Absorbent/Bulking Agent), Propanediol Dicaprylate (Skin Conditioning Agent – Emollient), Polymethyl Methacrylate (Emollient), Isohexadecane (Emollient/Solvent), Ethylhexyl Palmitate (Skin Conditioning Agent), Stearalkonium Hectorite (Viscosity Modifier), Cerotyl Dimethicone (Skin-Conditioning Agent), Cetyl Dimethicone (Skin-Conditioning Agent), Tridecyl Trimellitate (Skin-Conditioning Agent – Occlusive), Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate (Skin Conditioning Agent/Emollient), Propylene Carbonate (Solvent), Mica (Opacifier), Cera Alba/Beeswax/Cire d’abeille (Emulsifier/Emollient), Sclerocarya Birrea Seed Oil (Skin Conditioning Agent), Tocopheryl Acetate (Antioxidant), Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-t-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate (Antioxidant), Isopropyl Titanium Triisostearate (Emollient). [+/- CI 77891/Titanium Dioxide (Colour), CI 45380/Red 22 Lake (Colour), CI 19140/Yellow 5 Lake (Colour), CI 77491/Iron Oxides (Colour), CI 15850/Red 7 Lake (Colour)].
 
HOW TO USE:
Dab onto lips or cheeks straight from the dome. Blend using clean fingertips. Layer to build up colour.
 
ABOUT THE PRODUCT
Star Ingredients: Community Fair Trade beeswax Community Fair Trade marula oil (Our Community Fair Trade marula oil comes from the Eudafano Women’s Co-operative in Namibia. Marula fruits are hand-selected, the nuts are extracted and dried in the sun. The kernels are cold-pressed to release the oil. By setting up their own factory, the 5,000 women members have gained entrepreneurial skills and, they tell us, a newfound self-esteem.)
I love blushes because they easily add color to skin.  Cream blushes are the best to use to give the most natural flush. They don’t come off easily too. I loved using them before but have stayed away from cream blushes for awhile because I can’t seem to master how it is applied. It is so easy to say ‘dab and blend’ but I always get streaks, an obvious sign of a cream blush.
Here I am again, trying out a cream blush (or two!) for my love for makeup. Who can resist the unique, cute packaging and the 70% off to boot? Definitely not me!
Crazy for Coral and Pinch me Pink

Crazy for Coral and Pinch me Pink

This is just so cute. I advise you use a transparent kikay kit so you will be more inspired whenever you get a glimpse of it.

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It comes with a clear cover that you have to carefully handle when opening and closing the product. I am always careful not to get the dome destroyed because of the cover.
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Crazy for Coral is a sheer peach color that gives a subtle color to cheeks. I think this will work well if blended with a bronzer, giving a summer-y look.
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Pinch me Pink is a sheer pink shade that will look good on any skin tone. When blended, it looks so natural. It’s like you’ve just hit the gym. I think it gives off the kind of blush you have when your crush/boyfriend/fiance/husband gave you a very sweet compliment.
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The product weighs 10ml, quite hefty I think. I got these for 268php each.
Here are the swatches:
when blended wellCrazy for Coral (above) and Pinch me Pink (below)

when blended well
Crazy for Coral (above) and Pinch me Pink (below)

It has a creamy texture which can be blended easily. It is not very pigmented but you can add more product until you get the color that you want to achieve. It is fine with me because I’d rather layer more than apply a very pigmented product then trying to erase some of it.

Here’s a summary of my likes and dislikes:

(+) The Body Shop products are l-o-v-e!

(+) very unique and has cute packaging

(+) can fit in any purse and can be easily brought anywhere

(+) easy to apply and blend

(+) cream to powder finish

(+) gives a sheer color to the cheeks

(-) not very pigmented, but you can always add more to get the color that you want.

(-) pricey, but it’s at 70% off now! (Grab ’em while you can!)

(-)limited edition

You can still check out The Body Shop’s branches if you want to get your own! 🙂

REVIEW: The Body Shop’s Tea Tree Oil

27 Nov

I always get zits during THE time of the month. PMS mode makes my skin and hormones berserk. But lately, I can see that dang zits are popping anywhere, even in places I didn’t have them before. With holiday stress, hormones, late night sleeps, irregular diet in the picture, I don’t know which to blame. I didn’t even know if this is just a purging stage because I started using a new soap for my face (Oh well, I stopped using it already and I will have another blog for it).  I just have one goal in mind – to get my skin clear…and FAST!

I remembered I ran out of my go-to zit zapper, Adapalene gel, a physician prescribed medication. It is quite expensive so I don’t have it most of the time. I relied on The Body Shop’s Tea Tree oil.

I had this early this year when it was on a 200php off campaign.  I got it at 295php (it was labelled as ‘at the best price ever’). Who can say no to this? Plus the fact that it claims that there is “one sold every 10 seconds”… I gotta have this, in case of emergency.

I literally didn’t know how to open the bottle the first time I used it. The packaging is very hard to use and some of the tea tree oil spills sometimes. I hope the bottle will be upgraded into something more easy to use.

The minty smell is the first thing you’ll get every time you open the product. I just pour a tiny drop into my pointing finger and dab, dab, dab on areas which needed rescue. The tea tree oil has a liquid consistency which runs quickly so I have to be keen in pouring an ample amount. At times, the oil settles on the table or on the floor because it just slips from my finger. Hmm, upon writing this, I am telling myself why haven’t I used cotton buds for easier application? I will, next time.

I use this at night, replacing my Panacea Oil at the moment. I felt a sting when I applied it directly to those nasty pimples. After two or three days of using this noticed that the huge zits flattened a wee bit. It is quite a disappointment as this product claims to “zaps zits in a flash”…it doesn’t, not in a zap.

I stopped using this not because it is not working for me. As I said, I only use this for rescue and in extreme cases where I am desperate for a face clean-up without the derma. It has rescued my skin and that is enough for me. It can be drying if I use it every day to literally clear my face of the nasty, unwanted breakouts. My huge zits are not huge anymore. They have flattened a bit but the hyperpigmentation is still there. I treat the hyperpigmentations with my favourite oil, Human Nature’s Sunflower Beauty Oil.

Overall, this product is fair enough. It doesn’t deliver its claims but is a-okay in my book.

(+) tea tree oil is a non-acidic sub to salicylic acid

(+) flattens zits… in a while.

(+) dries out zits to a certain level

(+) the minty smell relieves my stress, tension and headache

(+) comes in a handy bottle that can fit even  in my pocket

(-) has a liquid consistency (wish it is more on the oil side)

(-) the bottle can still be improved

(-) doesn’t really “zap zits in a flash”

(-) quite expensive for 495php, well it’s from TBS.

Will I repurchase?  Maybe. I think the bottle will last me a long time.