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Monday, July 20, 2009

Dream World Minerals Haul

I’ve read quite a number of reviews and raves about Dream World Minerals crème toppings and I would agree that these finishing powder are great. This is my second order from them and I just can’t get enough!

Theia (Cloud Formula)
Hebe (Cloud Formula)

Cloud -- is the first of the mica free formulas. It is a medium to heavy coverage that is matte and light feeling. It is perfect for those who live in the environment where they don’t want anything heavy and for those with oily skin. The rice powder helps those who need oil control, by soaking up the excess oils, so their foundation stays nice all day long. There is a limited amount of zinc in this formula. This formula also runs a shade darker than the others.

Pele (Luna Formula)
Themis (Luna Formula)
Chang O (Luna Formula)

Luna – is the heaviest coverage of the 3 formulas. While offering wonderful coverage the Lunas do not cause a cakey look and will feel soft on the skin, while having a long lasting effect. Luna offers the highest amount of Zinc and is wonderful for those who have acne and rosacea. The zinc helps to diminish redness and inflammation caused by these problems.

Creme Toppings:
Angel Creme
Butterscotch Creme
Butter Creme
Whipped Cream
Peach Creme
Banana Creme
Butter Creme (full size 30g)

Butter Creme Topping has been one of my top faves that's why i bought the big jar. It works two ways: as a makeup primer and a finishing dust. Clay and silk formula provides heavier coverage than the silk formula, but some experience allergic reactions with the silk formula. Luckily, i didn't have any problem with any of them so i also ordered the other variants in silk and clay/silk formulas. They are all good and works just as fine, now i realized that Banana Creme in silk formula tops m y list because the shade is just sheer and not matte unlike the clay/silk formula.

14 Secrets Your Hairstylist Won't Tell You

14 Secrets Your Hairstylist Won't Tell You

Find out how to get the best appointments, haircuts and better -- or free! -- services

Whether you think of a salon visit as a fun treat or a necessary chore, you'll want to get the best service (and hairstyle) possible, right? That's why we talked to the experts, hairstylists and salon owners. They told us the secrets of the salon -- the best times to go, how to get that last-minute appointment when you're desperate, and much more!

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Beauty Blunders

Biggest Beauty Blunders of (Almost!) All Time

From hairy pits to shaved heads, we're sure these celebs will always regret these scary style slip-ups.

Celebrities usually can do no wrong when it comes to style and beauty, but sometimes even the most gorgeous women make bad decisions when it comes to their hair, makeup and plastic surgery. See proof in these photos.

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Friday, July 17, 2009

Payday Shopping & Free Samples from Everyday Minerals

Payday is the best time to reward myself for the long week of paperworks and some side biz... But it doesn't mean that i have to spend much. Discovering some cheap finds or at least to window-shop are some of the relaxing things on my list.

I've ran out of facial cleanser, so Watsons was my first stop. I was thinking of getting another tube of my current facial wash (Nivea Visage) but when i saw Neutrogena on sale, i thought of trying this product. Nivea is a holy grail but i can't content myself without trying other brands from time to time. It's one of the girls' sickness, i guess.

Neutrogena Body Oil and Deep Clean Facial Cleanser

The scent of Neutrogena Body Oil's light sesame formula reminds me of the good old days. It was my favorite moisturizer until i discovered TBS Body Butter. =)

My next stop was a local shop here in Olongapo selling cute and cheap cosmetics. I was "inspired" by Aika Gay's blog posts about her China-made e/s and some other cheap finds in Divisioria. I was looking for Baxi brand particularly for eyeshadows, but they only come in single pan not palettes and i didn't like the colors left available.

I just bought some nail polishes and a
Miss Beauty 12-Color Palette.

Total Damage for E/S and Nail Polishes: Php170.00 (approx. $3.40) (just do the Math) ;)

Everyday Minerals Free Samples
*just pay for shipping*

Snuggle Blush
Multi Intensive Concealer
Light Intensive Foundation
Winged Butter Original Glo
Soft Butter Peach Original Glo Foundation

I'm lucky that i was able to place another order for samples before Everyday Minerals banned shipping to the Philippines. But I heard that there will be an Asian Site coming soon. I hope that the upcoming store would not have limited products than the (original) US Store, i would still want to save by ordering Super Full Kits and i'm expecting that the postage would then be cheaper.

Same thoughts?

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

The Body Shop Sale

I’ve read a couple of bloggers who already posted about The Body Shop’s recent anniversary sale. Never mind if this is so late, it’s my turn to share mine too. ;)

But I wasn’t late to take advantage of the huge sale they had in celebration of their 13th year. The sale was originally from May 8 to June 11, 2009 but was extended, and luckily, I was able to get a few discounted items:

I am a fan of Body Shop because they are well-known for their natural, earth-friendly products, but I have not been by a body shop store lately, so I was so mesmerized and excited upon entering their shop at SM Pampanga (the nearest branch to me). They’ve got lots of items on sale for as much as 70% off! Cool isn't it?

Macadamia Straightening Balm
150 ml

After browsing the store, one thing that caught my eye was the Macadamia Straightening Balm. There was only one bottle left so I immediately grabbed it when I saw a girl looking at the same product too. lol

Regular Price: P625.00 ($12.50)
Discounted Price: P187.50 ($3.75)

What it says:
Humidity resistant, heat-activated balm for long-lasting kink-free hair. Recommended for Curly/Wavy Hair.

Macadamia nut oil and wheat proteins penetrate and coat each hair shaft for optimum straightening. With anti-oxidant, heat and UV protection, and Community Trade babassu oil to help restore and add shine.

Best if you want to:
Get it straight with a humidity-resistant balm for smooth, sleek hair. D
eveloped for use with heated styling tools.

Best for:
All hair types, particularly wavy or curly.

Recommended use:
Suitable for use with heated styling tools such as hairdryers or straightening irons. Using your finger or comb, apply a small amount to clean, towel-dried hair, distributing evenly. Blow dry, then use a straightening iron. Use one pump of the product on short to mid-length hair and two pumps on long to very long hair.

My Review:
It's a must buy! This product is not greasy or heavy and works like a dream. It makes my hair soft, not crunchy but smooth and does not seem to leave build up. I wish it made my hair shinier too. Smells a bit nutty and sweet, like I’ve just gone to the spa. I use this as recommended on a towel-dried hair, and if I have more time for my hair, I use a straightening iron and get better results.

Shea Body Butter

Best if you want to:

Treat your skin to non-stop moisturization with a rich, intensive cream featuring the clean scent of shea.

Best for:
Very dry skin

How it works:

Community Trade shea butter has antioxidant vitamins A and E to help protect and nourish skin. Community Trade cocoa butter is an excellent moisturizer that melts at body temperature, leaving skin soft and silky smooth.

Recommended use:
Scoop out with your fingers and massage into your skin, as often as required.

My Review:
Not pocket-friendly but it's worth the price. This is a great treat for dry skin! Best for those pesky dry elbows and kneecaps, and the texture is so luxurious. The ingredients are also sourced through The Body Shop's community trade program, so not only are you purchasing a great product, you're also helping marginalized farming communities in developing countries. The scent is nice and natural/organic smelling, and not too overpowering, so it won't clash with perfume after. Smells clean and yummy, very moisturizing but non-greasy, keeps you soft all day. I know this is LOVE. ;)

Friday, July 10, 2009

Ecotools Fever

Just like some of you, I got caught up with the recent hype about Ecotools brushes. And I am happy to say that I am inlove with these brushes!

I got them from Makeup Masala's Mixshop along with other items that are not yet available here in the Philippines, come take a peek at my loot ;)

Finally i was able to put on cart a tube of Avon's Magix Face Perfector-- it's also a hot item from the Mixshop.

My order amounted more than $50, so I got a free set of Shisem false lashes; Toma also sent me a $5 gift card that i can use on my next purchase. Also included is a sample sachet of Remit Pore Clean Effect Serum. I'm touched!

Ecotools 5-piece brush set
(3 sets)

This earth-friendly set shows respect for the planet
  • Bamboo handle has a low impact on the earth's resources as it is from a highly sustainable plant.
  • Synthetic taklon bristles are 100% cruelty free
  • Sleek ferrule is made from recycled aluminum
  • Cosmetic bag is made from natural cotton and hemp
  • Reusable storage pouch

Mineral Powder Brush

Concealer Brush

Eye Shading Brush

Baby Kabuki

and this one's my new favorite brush:

Ecotools Retractable Kabuki
so soft just like EDM's... and so portable and neat, especially for travel.
(The case is made of recycled aluminum material)

How about you? Have you tried any Ecotools brush yet? What's your favorite?

Do you know why bamboo is so earth-friendly?

Because it has a low impact on the earth's natural resources as it able to grow
up to 4 feet a day!