Friday, December 26, 2014

Naturactor Vs Octard: Battle of Meiko Face Cover Foundations

I adore my Naturactor face cover foundation, it’s my go-to concealer ever since. I got from Pretty Angel Shoppe more than a year ago, and I haven’t hit the pan yet! Seriously, one of the most sulit things you could ever buy for yourself. The finish is just so amazing. For Php 500, you will never go wrong with this foundation. Check out my detailed review on the product HERE

But wait, do you know that Naturactor has “cousins”? MEIKO, the maker of the famous Naturactor, actually have three lines: Naturactor, Octard and MC Collection. And here’s what might shock you, Naturactor is the cheapest and probably the least of the rest. Based on what I’ve read, Octard and MC Collections are the improved versions of Naturactor. One of the obvious differences is that Octard and MC Collection already contain UV Protection. Other than that, Octard and MC collection are sweat and waterproof, thus, they do last longer. When it comes to lightness, MC Collection is lightest. Octard is lighter than Naturactor. 

Since I have both Naturactor and Octard, I thought, why not review them together. In that way, you can pick which one suit you best, right? So if you want to know which one I will choose between the two products, keep reading!


NATURACTOR VS OCTARD

Naturactor is available in 5 shades: from lightest to darkest: 130, 140, 141, 151. They also have additional shade in the shade of Green, 171, which is perfect to cancel out redness on your face. I have it in 151.
On the other hand, Octard is also available in 5 shades: s31, s41, s51, s52 and a yellow shade, s71. 
Since 151 is the darkest in Naturactor, you’ll think that s52 will be the equivalent shade. Wrong! 
S51 is closer to 151 based on my research. Unfortunately, I discovered that after I received S52. 


• CONSISTENCY / TEXTURE•


The consistency is quite different. Naturactor is rich and creamy; it’s definitely a cream-foundation. While Octard has an “in-between” mousse and cream-like consistency. It’s really hard to describe here in text but if you have swatched the Maybelline dream mouse foundation, it’s a bit like that but far creamier, and more solid-like. Like what I’ve said, it’s like a hybrid of cream foundation and mousse foundation.
When applied on skin, both will appear lighter than their actual shade. 
The foundation will set for a minute or so. This is how they looked-like after setting. I’ve used two layers of foundation for both foundations. Hence, Octard appears really dark in the swatch. However, it’s not really that scary on me, one layer actually looks decent on my face especially when set with a lighter foundation. 


• COVERAGE•


This is really a tight battle, I must say! One is better than the other at some point. Coverage-wise, both cover imperfections really well and both have buildable coverage. Meaning, the more layers you apply, the more coverage you’ll get. Here is what Octard looks like on my brother. I only used one layer of Octard, by the way!


• APPLICATION•


As for the application, although Octard appears creamier when swatched (due to its mousse-like consistency), I actually enjoy Naturactor more in terms of smoothness of application. Octard sets faster making it a little harder to blend on my skin. Also, it tends to exaggerate some lines on my skin. For matured women, this may not be a foundation for you. Or in any case, you may opt to use a good silicon primer. In contrast, Naturactor goes really smoothly and heavenly on skin. It makes your skin appears really flawless-looking. BUT, Octard appears more poreless than Naturactor.


• LONGEVITY•


In terms of longevity, OCTARD is crazily long-lasting. It’s definitely sweat-and-waterproof. I did a water test for both products.
Remember, I did not only splash it with water. I also rubbed the product off my hands. Yeah, Naturactor fades but it's because I rubbed them too hard. Nevertheless, I think both of them did a great job in this Water Test.
Now, the make or break test: washing them off using my ever reliable Kojie San. Kojie San is my favorite facial wash because it removes 99% of my makeup. I’m not a fan of using makeup removers or toner after washing so I really, really rely on this product to remove all my makeup. So, to cut the story short, wash these products off my arms for about 20-25 seconds with soap. And tada, as expected, Naturactor fades while Octard still remains intact. That’s really crazy.

If you want a long-lasting foundation, go for Octard.
 

• OIL CONTROL•

Now, onto oil control which is an important factor for people with oily skin. I applied both products on half of my face, and then I let it dry without setting it with powder. I sat down my table, work for about an hour. Ahh, the stress! I reached for my Gatsby Blotting paper and blot my face.  The result? 
ZOOMED PHOTO FOR FACE WITH OCTARD

• OVERALL•


Overall, it's really hard to tell which one is better. I personally like Naturactor just because I have it in the shade that suits my skintone. Also, since it’s a little lighter than my skintone, hence it gives me the appearance of a brighter skin in contrast to Octard that has a darker shade than my natural skintone. I also love how Naturactor appears on my skin, smoothness like no other. However, if you are very active person, you sweat a lot and moves sooo crazily here and there, you definitely have to consider trying out Octard. Octard is best removed with makeup remover than soap and water. Once it sets, it wouldn’t budge. 

How about you girls, have you tried these foundations? Which foundation you like most?  

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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

WET N WILD MEGA LAST LIP COLOR SWATCHES

If you have been following me on my facebook page (HERE), you’ll know how obsess I am with my Wet n Wild lipstick! I dare to say that it’s the BEST DRUGSTORE lipstick I have ever purchased. The consistency, staying power, color selection...for Php 145, hands down!

If you want to know why I love it so much, keep reading!


WET N WILD MEGA LAST LIP COLOR


• PACKAGING •

If you happen to have the old packaging with you, you’ll notice that the name is not written at the bottom of the lipstick. Instead, it is written at the plastic-seal-thingy that you need to remove to unseal the product. In the new packaging, the code and the name of the lipstick are written together at the bottom of the lipstick. 
The packaging… is awful. The product itself is sticking out of the container and putting the cap back to its place is just annoying! 
But for the price, I really can’t complain. The lipstick is incredible, and crazily affordable.


• FORMULATION •


The formulation is heavenly. This lipstick has a rich and creamy texture; I wouldn’t say that it’s a matte due to its creamy consistency. Satin would be the closest comparison in Mac lipsticks.
The lipstick has a really good staying power. But surprisingly, not drying on my lips! I can use this with or without lip balm!

I have here technique to make the lipstick lasts longer on you.
1. Moisturize your lips. If you need to exfoliate, exfoliate your lips.
2. Apply the lipstick evenly. You may use lip brush for precise application. As for me, I like to apply my lipstick directly from the tube
3. And here’s the biggest secret to make your lipstick lasts longer: Blot your lips using Gatsby Powdered Blotting sheet instead of the conventional blotting-tissue thingy. Blotting it with Gatsby will help absorbed the excess oil /product on your lips and make the lipstick appear matte.
4. If you’re not happy with the intensity of the lipstick, you may re-apply the lipstick again. You may or may not blot it after reapplying the lipstick. Whatever works for you.
I like doing this every single day because not only does it make my lipstick lasts longer, it also helps my lipstick to not transfer on my teeth and also prevents it from bleeding.


•LIP SWATCHES•


Currently, I have 7 shades! I’m planning to buy more next year because I love them to bits!

IN THE FLESH
In the Flesh - This is absolutely an HG My-Lips-But-Better Lip shade. It is a warm-pinky-brown shade

THINK PINK
Think Pink - muted pale pink shade. I use this lightly on my lips because it has the tendency to look washed-out on my skintone. It will be difficult for those with darker skintone to make this work. But if you have lighter skintone, this is amazing! It looks great on my sister.

DOLLHOUSE PINK
Dollhouse Pink - the perfect "Barbie-ish" shade. The shade is super pretty, but for some reason, it doesn't look great on me. I feel naked when I wear this on its own. HOWEVER, this is my perfect blush-shade! I love using this as a blush, i SWEAR! It gives my cheeks a very natural flushed.

MAUVE OUTTA HERE
Mauve Outta Here - this has got to be my favorite! This is like a lavenderish-pinkish lipstick, if that makes sense! The lavender-y purple-ish shade sounds scary, but believe me, it's not! I can wear it for everyday, with or without eye makeup. The shade is so flexible, I think it looks great for most skintone

DON'T BLINK PINK
Don't Blink Pink- this is a really, really long lasting lipstick. I have to warn you about this. I had trouble removing this on my lips with wet wipes while swatch-ing! If you have searched google, this shade looks barbie-ish on some lips, but when I first swatched it, it appears fuchsia on me. However, the other day, when my lips is completely nude, it gives my lips a really, really nice barbie-ish shade.  So yup, the color may appear different on you depending on your natural lip shade. (by the way, if you want to know how Don't blink Pink looks-like on me when my lips is completely bare, see the lip swatch above using Gatsby, I used Don't blink pink there)

SMOKIN' HOT PINK
Smokin' Hot Pink- at first, I thought I got a similar shade to Don't Blink Pink. But on my lips, this appears to be a pinkish-red. This is a great lipstick if you want to try "red" shade but you still find it hard to pull-off. You may start with this kind of pink-red.

SUGAR PLUM FAIRY
Sugar Plum Fairy- this is strictly for adventurous women. They say it's a close dupe for Rebel. This is a more-daring and darker kind of red. 
I always go for this lipstick if I want to make someone extra-stunning... and it never fails me!



• OVERALL •


Get as many shade as you can, now!
These lipsticks are amazing, trust me! 
If you followed my technique, I am sure that you’ll love this product even more! You can buy this for only Php 145 at Makeupholics. This product is a steal, if you don’t mind this cheap kind of packaging. It has amazing color payoff, excellent formulation and good staying power. 

PROS
-affordable at Php 145
-creamy, and glides smoothly
-wide range of colors
-good staying power
-moisturizing on my lips

CONS
-packaging is awful

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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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