Monday, December 15, 2014

KNOCK-OFF REAL TECHNIQUE BRUSHES, SURPRISINGLY GOOD??

About a few months ago, I purchased this brush set from Pretty Angel shoppe. Yes, with my own money! Since then, I’ve been thinking whether to review it or not as I’ve been getting “hate comments” for endorsing fake products. I did approved one comment on my blog because out of all the messages (and comments) I received, this one is the most decent and I really get where she is coming from. Anyway, I’ll deal with that later on the end of this post. For now, let me share with you my thoughts on these great brushes!!

I haven’t tried the original brushes but these fakes have really great quality. In fact, these are my “everyday” brushes. I use them every single day especially the “Buffing brush.”


KNOCK-OFF REAL TECHNIQUE BRUSHES

The set contains 6 brushes: Multi-tasking brush, buffing brush, essential crease brush, settling brush, pointed foundation brush and the fine liner brush.
Out of the 6 brushes, I use multi-tasking and buffing brush every single day. 
My ultimate favorite is the 
BUFFING BRUSH
The buffing brush is sooooo good. Among all the brushes I’ve tried, this has got to be my favorite. It has the right diameter and density. I use it for liquid foundation and powder foundation… and it gives me a really nice-natural looking finish. 

MULTI-TASKING BRUSH
Multi-tasking brush is the one that I always reach for when using setting powder as it is somewhat tapered but flat. And it works really, really well for that purpose. 

SETTING BRUSH
Setting brush is the one I use for highlighting because of the size. It highlights my cheekbone area perfectly

CREASE BRUSH
The crease brush is great for doing cut-crease or smokey eyes, or even contouring the side of the nose or for setting your eye concealer with a powder.

LINER BRUSH
The liner brush is sooooft that I find myself reaching for this more than any eye brush in my collection. It’s just sooo soft and doesn’t hurt the inner corner of my eyes.

POINTED FOUNDATION BRUSH
I rarely use the pointed foundation brush ‘cause I find it too small for that purpose.  

Overall, although these are not authentic, the qualities of these brushes are really good and I highly recommend them if you don’t mind using fake products! 
The name of the brushes are nicely engraved in the ferrule. The ferrule is well-glued, they don't come off easily. The brushes never shed nor bled on me! Great quality, really! You can purchase this set at PRETTY ANGEL SHOPPE! 



• MY THOUGHTS ON FAKE PRODUCTS•


Now, let’s talk about me endorsing fake products. Have you tried using Pirate Bay? Have you tried watching fake DVDs? Downloading music, programs, anti-virus, whatnot without license? Well then, all those things are as illegal as buying fake makeup or perfumes or bags. No matter how much, when you buy something that’s not authentic, it’s illegal.

But there’s a quote that says, “Just because everyone is going in one direction, doesn’t mean you should, too!” ‘cause everyone could be wrong. I get it, fake will always be fake. Like wrong will always be wrong, as lying will always be lying no matter what the reason behind. But then again, sometimes you have to look at different sides of things. 

It was 6 months ago when someone commented on my post, “No self-respecting blogger knowingly promotes fake products, dear. If you had a cosmetics line of your own, how would you feel if you saw imitations being sold under your brand name?” I published her post (here) just because I think that her comment makes sense. It’s something constructive; I get her (or his) point. Believe me, I have received more than one messages or comments like that ever since I posted knock-off products on my blog. 

I am very practical at things. I don’t buy fake products just because I want to “belong.” I do buy these kinds of things because they do deliver good quality in spite of being fake. For instance, I use “Dubai-authentic” perfumes or more famously known as “testers.” Before I became a tester-user, I have already spent a huge amount of money buying authentic perfumes. And then, I realized it’s no longer practical. The “testers” smell exactly the same, and they do last a very long time too! 

My point here is that I don’t directly promote fake products considering that I don’t really earn even a peso from blogging about them. I’m giving my readers some options if they have tight budget. I share them products that I PERSONALLY use. I have capitalized personally because I wouldn’t recommend it if I haven’t tried it myself. And to tell you frankly, I made a fair-review on the products. Although I recommend the products, I still give “warnings” to my readers about using fakes. Just like Cigarette companies saying, “Cigarette smoking is dangerous to your health” inspite of the fact that they are selling cigarette. 

Please take time to visit this post where I mentioned the risks of using fake products. I’ve mentioned there that using fakes over authentic will always be a risk, unlike the authentic products that have their own name to take care of, fakes can put dangerous substances in the products without you knowing it. 

That’s why I personally only recommend buying products that will not cause harm on you. I still don’t recommend buying skincare products, fake medicines, or other stuff that may cause public harm. For makeup, I try to avoid fake lipsticks or anything I could ingest, and fake mascara, eyeliners… and any other similar things. 

Again, I don’t buy “fakes” for the name of the brand; I buy them because of the quality. It sometimes frustrates me whenever I like the quality of certain products then there’s you know… “logo” of an expensive brand. Ugh! If they can create amazing items like these, why not have their own name rather than settling for being a “good-knockoff.” Seriously!!  I have one fake bag from MK which I got at Greenhills for only Php 1,000 and that bag is just so amazing. I can carry tons of items without really worrying that it will break anytime. It's very durable. Some of my Charles and Keith wouldn't last that long.

Anyway, I didn’t expect this to be this long. So I guess, I need to end this up now by saying that, if there’s one thing I really hate, it’s seller selling fake products and claiming that they have the authentic one!! As long as the seller admit that they are not selling authentic products, I’m ok with it. Afterall, it’s your money. You can always spend it whenever and however you like it. No judging. ^_^ 

Until then, my loves! xoxo


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Sunday, December 14, 2014

UNIQLO opens at SM San Lazaro

Ahhh, Christmas is definitely coming! By now, you probably have finished shopping gifts for some of your loved ones, or maybe, not quite yet!  As for me, December hasn’t sinked in my head yet!! Just in a month, I will be taking another board exam. (This also explains why I’ve been MIA for a while).

Anyway, if you’re one of the few who haven’t done shopping yet or perhaps you have extra-budget to buy yourself a gift, don’t worry! You still have time before Christmas! And for sure, there will be a lot in-store for you! 

Speaking of in-store, Japan's number 1 retail clothing apparel brand, UNIQLO, has finally opened its 20th store in SM City San Lazaro, located at the Upper Ground Floor near the Event Center. I was one of the few, ehem, bloggers invited to check out their newly opened store. Thank you Uniqlo and Nuffnang for inviting me! I get really excited whenever I will receive invites for an event. 
Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to come on their opening last December 5. Boo me! I heard there are exciting promos like 20% Rebate, free notebook and not to mention big discounts and instant freebies! Ugh. 

Jelly me, (and since I was able to squeeze some time and I just finished taking an exam that day), I decided to de-stress myself by checking out the newly opened branch.


UNIQLO OPENS AT SM SAN LAZARO

I have visited UNIQLO several times already at SM Megamall. Their store there is really huge... like a department store! 
But the newly opened branch did not disappoint me. Though it wasn't as huge as the one in SM Megamall, the store in SM San Lazaro is quite spacious. 
They sell wide range of collections for teens and adults! 
They have really cute selection for children, too! If you're not fashionable to mix-and-match items, they have many mannequin in the area where you can use as "style-guide."
Oh, there's also Barbie collection for only Php 190
Here are other cool items that you might want to check out!
Ugh, so pretty!

 POPEYE SHIRT!!


 Ultra Seamless shorts!!

As for me, I settled for a jacket with a very nice fit to be ready for the rainy days and cold night ahead! (will upload the picture of the jacket tomorrow!)

If you're looking for a place to shop, you might want to check out UNIQLO at SM San Lazaro!

How about you, have you tried shopping at UNIQLO? Let me know what you think about the brand!

Until then,
xoxo

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Friday, December 12, 2014

SM AURA PREMIER LAUNCHES GIANT DANDELIONS AT THE SKY PARK

SM Aura Premier has launched their Giant Dandelions last November 16. 

Giant Dandelions is a forest of 90 larger than life light flowers where people may freely walk, take photos, and enjoy the lights and music.



SM AURA PREMIER LAUNCHES GIANT DANDELIONS AT THE SKY PARK


One of the first attractions of this kind in SM Supermalls, Giant Dandelions features flowers in 160 cm to 210 cm high with spectacular dandelion heads made from approximately 9,000 recycled water bottles cut and connected to one another by nylon weave. Each flower is lit by a color changing LED strip.

Made by Manila based French-Filipino artist Olivia D’Aboville, the Giant Dandelions is one of the main attractions this season. The installation is a light show set to music playing every hour from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM from November 16 to January 16, 2015 at the Sky Park of SM Aura Premier. 

SM Supermalls continue its efforts in promoting environmental awareness and eco-friendly sustainable development. Aboville has been practicing recycling in her art since she was still a student in design in Paris. From plastic spoons to water bottles to cocktail stirrers, she is drawn to mass-produced objects. These objects refer to our consumerist society that is inevitably polluting our environment. She manipulates and recycles materials to create new work. She is very sensitive to light, fluidity and movement and known for her works inspired by the theme of the ocean. The use of LED lighting is systematic in her works.

Aboville graduated with honors from ESAA Duperré Paris in 2009 specializing in tapestry and textile structures and adapted the techniques to create her own woven forms. Aboville ventured in the design industry joining Kenneth Cobonpue’s design house, Hive. Her Anemone lamp, a spin off from her Coral Flower sculptural light was showcased in the major design fairs around the world landed a spot at the Museum of Modern Art in Paris for French ELLE Décoration magazine’s 25th year anniversary. D’Aboville has exhibited in museums, galleries, hotels and festivals in Paris, Lyon, Hong Kong, Manila, NY and Singapore.

SM has done it again (after the SM North's World largest solar-powered mall)! I'm so glad that even big companies now are really giving effort in promoting sustainable development! I haven't been there but I will sure find some time to visit it! See yah.. if we would ever bump into each other! Happy Holidays!
xoxo 







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Thursday, November 20, 2014

OLAY NATURAL WHITENING BODY BARS

In the Philippines, it seems like everywhere you look, whether on television, facebook, billboard and newspaper, there's a lot of whitening products being offered. The success of the whitening industry in our country just proves how much Filipinas desire for whiter skin. While there are so many whitening procedures/technologies being introduced, there are those who cannot afford such and rely on whitening soaps. 

Being a sucker for whitening products, you have no idea how many whitening soaps I tried. Among all these, I can say only a few can really deliver the whitening dream. One brand I can surely trust my skin whitening care with is Olay. Olay is the # 1 Facial Skincare brand in the Philippines and in the World! It is an internationally renowned skin care brand that is trusted by millions of women worldwide. It’s no surprise at all since they really do have amazing products. If you have been a loyal reader of my blog, you’ll know that I’m a guilty Olay girl. My Olay moisturizers are staples in my skincare routine ever since college.



OLAY NATURAL WHITENING BODY BARS

Two version: with Vitamin C and Papaya Extracts


• PRODUCT FEATURES•


  1. It’s Triple Whitening System Exfoliates, brightens and evens skin tone, so you can get All-in-One Fairness
  2. Makes skin feel soft & smooth
  3. It contains skin cream ingredients from Olay, the world’s # 1 skincare brand
  4. Fresh & Clean Scent
  5. Help reveal your skin’s natural radiance and glow
  6. Available in variety of sizes in leading supermarkets, drug stores and sari-sari stores, starting at P15.

• HOW TO USE•


  1. Olay Natural White soap in the shower twice a day – in the morning and in the evening before you sleep.
  2. While in shower, lather liberally especially in areas that require extra attention (areas that are rougher, a bit darker in skin tone, or are subjected to friction from clothes or other fabric).  Use a puff for a more indulgent feel. This will also enhance the effect of the exfoliation.
  3. Treat your skin with care.  Pat your skin dry with a clean towel after shower.  Make sure you don’t scrub your skin to avoid friction which causes skin irritation.


• MY EXPERIENCE •


My Olay Natural Whitening Body Bars were a perfect timing. Recently, I participated in a Coastal Cleanup school activity, where I stayed under the sun for about 2 hours. 
Although I applied sunblock prior to the activity, the intense exposure to sun made some parts of my skin darker. Imagine a panda with dark arms and legs but with white body (since it’s not exposed). Yeah, I’m a panda in a human body! LOL
After using this product continuously for a month; I have noticed that, slowly, it has helped my skin recover. With daily use, my skin has lightened, though not so dramatic in effect.

I usually use this soap twice a day, in the morning and evening before I go to bed. The thing with whitening soap, they can make our skin seriously dry. But with Olay NW Bars, I am really surprised that it doesn’t feel dry on skin. Actually, it made my skin feel smooth and soft. The description says that this soap also exfoliates skin. Maybe, that's the reason why my skin lightened while using this product. 

Just like other whitening soap, the effect of this bar is not instant. It takes time and well, uhm, patience. And remember, a healthy fair skin requires more than just “white” skin. Meaning, while whitening soap helps in lightening, getting skin “healthy” needs a change of lifestyle. 

Make sure to drink 8-10 glasses of water daily. Stay indoors, if you can’t avoid exposing your skin to the sun, apply sunblock. Also, try to avoid exposure to sun between 10am-3pm because this is when the sun’s rays are the strongest. Lastly, eat lots of citrus fruits and green and leafy vegetables. These have anti-oxidants that keep your skin healthy. 

For best results, use with Olay Natural White W Skin Cream: For best results, also use Olay Natural White Moisturising Cream for an extraordinary pinkish glow, and Olay Natural White cleansers for gentle cleansing for your face.

Overall, I'm loving this product. I personally prefer the Papaya Extracts but the other variant is actually good, too! This is a great buy, it's affordable and it works for me! OLAY never fails to impress me! It has been and will always be my favorite skincare brand of all time. They just deliver amazing products!

How about you girls, what are your favorite Olay products?


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HOW TO MAKE REAL-LOOKING "FAKE BRUISES" + GIVEAWAY!!!

There are so many versions of how to create fake bruises, just google “Fake Bruises using makeup” and have hundreds of thousands of results appear on the screen right before your eyes in just a fraction of a second. But today, I will share with a cool method to make it appear more "realistic". I just discovered this amazing technique while experimenting with my own makeup while staring at my own bruise! (it wasn't too bad, tho!) 


HOW TO MAKE REAL "FAKE BRUISES"

Bruises are fun to create, and surprisingly easy and affordable to make!! You'll just need very few things (which I believe every woman should have in her make up kit) : makeup brush, eyeshadows and wet wipes!

STEP ONE
Apply a matte contouring powder or warm brown shade; it acts like a base color. One of the things I noticed with most tutorials in the internet is that they skip applying brown eyeshadow and use black eyeshadows as their first step. 

STEP TWO
Using a face brush, apply black eyeshadow. Bruises tend to be darker in the middle and softer at the outer edges.So, the diameter you create with the black eyeshadows should be smaller than the diameter you create in step  one.

STEP THREE 
Using a floppy eyeshadow brush, combine your red and purple eyeshadows to create bruises. Just add layers until you’re satisfied with the result.

Most tutorials will basically stop here. But do you want to know how I make it appear more realistic? See step FOUR!

STEP FOUR
All it takes to make it make it appear realistic is a WET WIPE! Dab or pat your wet wipe onto the bruises. It will wipe off excess shadows and voila!
What do you think of this bruise? I know this post is really, really, extremely late for Halloween! LOL. But, it doesn’t have to be Halloween to try this cool “Bruise trick!” My sister actually thought that this bruise is real. She was so amazed with my so-called blending skill, ohh, if she only knew! The power of wet wipes! 


COLLABORATION POST + GIVEAWAY!!

SPONSORS | DOLLY WINK PH | ELLANA MINERAL COSMETICS | GORGEOUS COSMETICS | KEEKAY PH | PRETTY ANGEL SHOPPE | THE QUEEN'S ESSENTIALS | SWEET NINE AVENUE

By the way, this post is actually a collaboration giveaway with my fellow bloggers Celline, Eya, Genzel, Kim and Yette. If you want to see their “HOW TO” post, just click the link of the topic/s below:

CELLINE: How To Start Your Makeup Kit for Work
EYAH: How To Make Your Lipsticks Last Longer
GEN-ZEL: How To Depot Lipsticks
KIM: How To Apply Lipgloss Before Lipstick
YETTE: How to Sanitize Makeup

And of course, since Christmas is fast approaching, we have something special for you… a giveaway!!! YAY!!

There will be FIVE WINNERS. The first name to appear on rafflecopter will win the first prize, second will win the second prize and so on.

Here are the prizes!!! (For your reference, we included the actual prices of the items from the shop)

First prize
Total worth: Php 6,400++
AM to PM Set from Gorgeous CosmeticsPhp 5,000
Maybelline Clear Smooth BB Cream, Php 259
Loreal Eyeshadow duo from Keekay Ph, Php 125
Loreal Hip Lip product from Keekay Ph, Php 500
Maybelline Expert wear Eyeshadow from Keekay Ph, Php 100
Sling Bag from Sweet Nine Avenue, Php 399 
Accessories from Dolly Wink Philippines

Second prize
Total worth: Php 2,000++
Tote bag from Dolly Wink Philippines
Eyelashes and Mascara from Dolly Wink Philippines
Revlon Eyeshadows from Keekay Ph
Maybelline eyeshadow from Keekay PhPhp 100
Maybelline eyecolor pencil from Keekay PhPhp 110
Naturactor from Pretty Angel Shoppe, Php 500
Revlon colorburst lipstick from Keekay PhPhp 500
Maybelline Clear smooth BB CreamPhp 259
Sling Bag from Sweet Nine AvenuePhp 399
Accessories from Dolly Wink Philippines

Consolation prizes:
Prizes 1
Total worth: Php 1,300++
Clutch from Sweet Nine Avenue, Php 199 
Skincare set from The Queen's Essentials, around Php 300-Php 500
Lip scrub, Php 220,  Mineral Eyeshadow, Php 150, and Lip and cheek tint , Php220, from Ellana Cosmetics
Maybelline Clear Smooth BB Stick, Php259

Prizes 2
Total worth: Php 1,300++
Clutch from Sweet Nine Avenue, Php 199 
Skincare set from The Queen's Essentialsaround Php 300-Php 500
Lip scrub, Php 220,  Mineral Eyeshadow, Php 150, and Lip and cheek tint , Php220, from Ellana Cosmetics
Maybelline Clear Smooth BB Stick, Php259

Prizes 3
Total worth: Php 1,300++
Clutch from Sweet Nine Avenue, Php 199 
Skincare set from The Queen's Essentialsaround Php 300-Php 500
Lip scrub, Php 220,  Mineral Eyeshadow, Php 150, and Lip and cheek tint , Php220, from Ellana Cosmetics
Maybelline Clear Smooth BB Stick, Php259

We are very strict in checking the entries, so please, to avoid being disqualified, follow the instruction in the rafflecopter carefully.

MANDATORY STEP
1. VISIT AND LIKE OUR PAGE
2. SHARE THIS GIVEAWAY ON YOUR FACEBOOK

OPTIONAL
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GOODLUCK, EVERYONE!
MERRY CHRISTMAS!



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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

EVER BILENA BLUSH GLOW

Ever Bilena is probably one of the most famous local brands in the Philippines. Kapag sinabi mong “Local Brand”, Ever bilena agad yung pumapasok sa isip ko. Hehe!

The reason why I purchased Ever Bilena Blush Glow is because at first glance, it reminds me of my favorite Sophie Pink Cream -- which you know I absolutely love! I am a loyal user of Sophie for almost 4 years and still inlove with the affordability and longevity of that product.

Anyway, here are my thoughts on Ever Bilena Blush Glow


EVER BILENA BLUSH GLOW

Like what I've said, this is very comparable to Sophie Magic Pink Cream. It has the same white consistency that turns into lovely yet natural-looking pink cheeks!
One thing that bothers me is when I blend the product on my skin. Parang nagtutubig. It’s kinda weird, I have never experienced that with Sophie Pink Cream.
It also takes time to dry up giving you enough time to blend the product
This blush dries up into nice finish and doesn’t feel oily or heavy on skin. 
It is a bit pigmented than Sophie Magic Cream. Naalala ko yung first time I used Ever Bilena, I squeezed the same amount of product na usually na ginagamit ko for Sophie, and my cheeks ended up soooo pink, para akong sinampal! So, if you are used to using Sophie martin pink cream, medyo mag-addjust ka lang ng onti sa paglalagay
LEFT: SOPHIE | RIGHT: EVER BILENA
The smell really bothers me! Unlike Sophie Cream which has a mild powdery scent, this one smells like a very strong strawberry. Jhessica even commented that this one smells like, “Nasunog na Strawberry!” I REALLY hate the smell. Bakit Ever Bilena, bakit! Okay na sana, e! LOL.

Good thing, it lasts the entire day on me! At least the quality was able to compensate for the smell.

• OVERALL •


I think I did not waste money. It’s actually a good buy. Between Sophie and Ever Bilena,I would still choose Sophie just because I like the smell better. But for the availability of the product, Ever Bilena is much accessible. 

PROS
-affordable at Php 80
-natural-looking
-very long lasting
-a little goes a long way
-available in local beauty stores

CONS
-tricky to apply 
-hard to know how much product you'll need, as it takes time to turn pink
-prone to mistake, not blendable once it dried up.

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