Morenas Can Rock Pink

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Just got my nails pampered today 🙂 I was a bit hesitant to choose a coral pink nail polish because it tends to make my skin look darker or grayish. But this particular shade shade from OPI totally matches my morena skin. The picture above is a bit washed out (sorry about that) but I think the reason why this particular pink shade works is that because it has a bit of an orange undertone to it.

DIY Lip Scrub

Caring for your lips is as important as caring for your skin. That’s why I decided to make a Homemade Lip Scrub that will help exfoliate, hydrate and moisturize the lips to make it nice and smooth and a bit plump.

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The recipe that I used for this DIY Lip Scrub is based on Michelle Phan’s tutorial for Kissable Lips. It’s really easy to make because the ingredients can be found in your kitchen. Plus it could be a great gift idea 🙂

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So here are the ingredients and materials you will need:

1. 1 to 2 tablespoons of honey
2. 1 teaspoon of brown or raw sugar
3. a tiny scoop of petroleum jelly
4. a small container with cover
5. a plastic stirrer

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In a small container, add in the sugar, honey and petroleum jelly. Then mix everything together using a clean plastic stirrer.

To use your homemade lip scrub, it is best to apply this after you’ve washed and toweled dry your face. Apply it on your lips just like any regular lip butter or lip balm. Massage it on your lips to exfoliate and moisturize. Then, wipe away with a clean tissue.

I really like this simple DIY beauty recipe for the lips because it helps remove dead skin (thanks to the sugar), it moisturizes (that’s petroleum jelly in the works), and helps improve blood circulation, promote new tissue growth and locks in moisture (yay for honey!). Also, it’s cheap and doesn’t require you to shed bucks!

Real Beauty Sketches

I came across this ad from Dove while watching Youtube. I used to just skip ads but this particular video intrigued me. And I really like it because it tackles one of the things that this blog aims to promote – real beauty.

Please do watch it and I hope that you will be inspired and all the more accepting of the Real Beauty that each of us all have 🙂

Summer Must Haves <3

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Hi everyone! I just came back from a short vacation to celebrate my mom and sister’s birthday in Puerto Galera. It’s my second time to visit the place and I must say that it’s really worth visiting again. There’s so much more to it than the most-of-the-time-overpopulated White Beach. Our trip was filled with so much fun as we explored the different beaches and went snorkeling. Summer is definitely more fun here in the Philippines! :p

Anyway, just in time for summer, I would like to share with you some of my summer bag essentials that I brought with me during the trip. Being morena doesn’t really spare me from the harsh effects of the sun that’s why I think that it is important to bring along some skin essentials to keep me protected.

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1. After Sun Gel

I really like this After Sun Gel from Hawaiian Tropic. I got this from The Beauty Bar last December because my husband needed relief from the sunburn that he got from our Tagaytay trip. I apply this as soon as my skin starts feeling hot after some extreme sun exposure. I really like the cooling sensation that it leaves my skin. I just don’t like the sticky feeling after.

2. Baby Wipes

Hmmm…it’s like carrying a portable cold towel with you. So make sure to keep this in your summer bag stash.

3. Johnson’s Baby Daily Sun Protection Lotion

This product works wonders! And what I also like about this is that it’s gentle formula allows you to apply it on your face. It has SPF30/PA++ protection to keep your face protected from the sun. And if you plan to take pictures when you hit the pool/beach, just make sure to apply this at least an hour before cause it leaves a weird white residue on your face when it gets wet.

4. Lip Balm

I think it’s important to bring along lip balms even if you’re going to the beach. This helps protect your lips from windburn or from the extreme heat. It also helps keep your lips hydrated and moisturized.

5. Mist Spray

I bought this Evian Mist Spray a couple of weeks ago in my desperate desire to stay fresh in the super hot and humid summer weather of Manila. It was a bit pricey but I think it was a good buy because it does freshen up your face without that greasy feeling after.

6. BB Cream with SPF30 protection

This particular BB cream that I bought from Etude House a couple of months ago works wonders in protecting your skin from the harmful rays of the sun. I really like this BB cream because it also doubles up as a foundation. It blends well on my skin tone and it doesn’t leave my face looking too white.

7. Sunblock

Never leave home without it. Never hit the beach/pool without it.

Have you had your summer getaway just recently? What skin care products did you bring along? Share in the comments section below 🙂

EOTD: Summer Inspired

It is finally summer (well, here in the Philippines). And man! The temperature here in Manila is so HOT! Wearing black in this kind of weather feels like you’re being baked in a hot oven! That’s why I came up with this EOTD 🙂 Summer is the perfect time to play up on colors and for this look, I finally used the L’Oreal eyeshadow pallete which I purchased recently. I didn’t pack in too much eyeshadow to keep my eye makeup look casual – just enough for that summery pop of color. To define my eyes, I added a thin stroke of dark brown gel liner 🙂 So, what do you think? 🙂

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February Makeup Shopping Finds

I gave in to some impulsive shopping urges for the past 2 weeks. Reason? Stress. More than shoes, bags or clothes, I think makeup is usually on my top list when I do some stress shopping. And as far as budget is concerned, I think I controlled myself more this time around 🙂 Check out what I bought 🙂

1. FASHION21 Color Mood LipsticksImage

I have been recently becoming a bit lazy when it comes to putting makeup on my face. I usually just put BB Cream on, shape my brows, powder my face and put some lipstick on. If time permits, I would apply an eyeliner. But one thing that I like about this lazy phase of mine is the fact that I get to play up on the lipstick shades that I wear.

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That’s why I bought these 2 fun lipstick shades from FASHION21. The Wild Cherry shade, I think, is an adventurous shade for me because I don’t usually wear red lipstick. But I realized that even if you don’t have a full make up on, red lips usually does the trick to make yourself look more fab 🙂

The other shade that I bought is Blooming Orchid which has a very nice natural pink shade. I’d wear this probably on days when I want to achieve a more soft, feminine look.

These two lipsticks only costed me PhP310! Stay tuned for my review and swatches 🙂

2. L’OREAL Color Riche Lip Color

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*Please forgive the bad photo :p*

Okay…another lipstick :p

The next item that I bought is L’Oreal’s Color Riche Lip Color in Fairy Touch shade. I think this one is a pretty good buy because I still don’t have a creamy semi-matte lipstick that has an orange undertone. I think it’s perfect to wear for summer 🙂

This one costs PhP625.

3. L’OREAL Color Riche Les Ombres Shocking Eyes Palette

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The last item that I bought is this Tropical Tutu eyeshadow palette from L’Oreal’s Color Riche Les Ombres Shocking Eyes collection. The eyeshadow shades featured in the palette have a shimmery texture and I think they’re perfect to wear on a bright sunny day. But I think it could also be good for an evening look by simply layering in more colors for more intensity. Stay tuned for the review and swatches…and of course an EOTD! 😀

This one is a bit pricey. It costs PhP875 at Watsons.

Opening Mary Kay’s Beauty Box and Review

Hello everyone! I’m so happy to be finally in WordPress! Organizing and lay-outing my blog has become so much easier. And because of that, I’m more than thrilled and excited to get back into writing again 🙂

Anyway, as some of you may have already read, I posted several months ago that I received a Mary Kay Beauty Box at work. It arrived when I took a leave from work because I needed to rest. When my officemate texted me that I have a box from Mary Kay, I was so thrilled to report the next Monday so I can see it! Hahaha!

Anyway, the next Monday, I finally got hold of the box. And it looked so ELEGANT! It was a nice black box which was tied with a silver ribbon and it has a card which read “A new future for your skin”. I got even more excited to open it!

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I was already imagining that it would contain a bunch of deluxe samples similar to Glamourbox…and when I opened it, I kinda felt a little bit special 😀 Here’s what’s inside:

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I got a FULL SIZE Mary Kay Timewise Plus+ Regena-Firm Intensive Serum and the Timewise Plus+ Regena-Firm Correcting Eye Cream! And when I saw the price of these products, I was totally blown away that this was JUST given to me. 🙂 Wow!

To be honest with you, my lovely readers, I have tried Mary Kay months before I got hold of this beauty box. A friend of mine invited one of Mary Kay’s beauty consultants over at my former church for the ladies’ beauty seminar. I’m really into these kinds of beauty talks so I went and got to sample some of their skincare products – cleanser, facial scrub, toner and moisturizer…THE WORKS! It was quite an experience because it was like getting your skin pampered for free plus getting really important skin care information. But when I got home after the beauty talk, my skin started breaking out 😦 I don’t know if it’s because of my hormones or if it’s because my skin got “shocked” by all the beauty products that were applied but after that incident I actually got scared to try out Mary Kay again. It was quite unusual for my skin to react that way cause it isn’t that sensitive.

Anyway, back to the box.

I didn’t use the products right away because I was still using another product on my skin…and because I was still kinda scared that my skin would breakout.  But after a couple of months, I braved myself into finally using these Mary Kay goodies that I got.

MARY KAY TIMEWISE PLUS+ REGENA-FIRM INTENSIVE SERUM

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Mary Kay’s Timewise Plus+ Regena-Firm Intensive Serum promises to help provide youth-restoring firmness, volume and lift so facial contours look restored. After reading that I thought to myself…it’s like getting Botox without the scary needles! :p

The first time I tried this product, I got a bit turned off because the serum had this alcohol scent. I have never tried serums before so is that actually normal? Anyway, after applying it all over my face, except the eye area, my skin absorbed the product right away! My skin felt tighter and I noticed that it has this nice glow.
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I’ve been using this product for more than a month now and I can say that it’s working pretty nice on my skin. What I really like about it is that it helped reduce the appearance of my pores around the nose area (which I’m very particular about) and also reduced skin flaking…because my skin tends to get dry most especially when it gets cold.

I guess the downside of this product is the price because it’s costs…VERY EXPENSIVE. But since you’ll be using just a little everyday, I guess it could last for a whole year already.

MARY KAY TIMEWISE PLUS+ REGENA-FIRM CORRECTING EYE CREAM
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Moving on to the next product in the box, Mary Kay’s Timewise Plus+ Regena-Firm Correcting Eye Cream targets the signs of advanced aging in the eye area by keeping it moisturized. It helps minimize dark circles and lines, reduce puffiness and firms sagging skin around the eyes.

What I really like about this product is its sculpted metal tip. It has this cooling and relaxing feel when you glide it around the eye area. It’s like getting a luxurious and gentle massage most especially if you have tired eyes. The eye cream itself is also good because the skin absorbs it right away even if you apply it with very light pressure.
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Just like the serum, I’ve been using this for over a month now and I think one of the positive results that I noticed is that my eye area felt more moisturized and a little bit more firmer.

THE VERDICT:

Overall, I’m very much satisfied with these two products. And I’m happy to say that I didn’t have any breakouts after using these. And If you’re going to ask me if I’m going to purchase this product for myself…I’d say yes but it won’t be my top of mind choice because of the price. But since I really like it…maybe I’ll save up for it so I won’t feel too “guilty” when I splurge on it :p