In this age full of beauty products, it is nice to find Neutra Organics, a local brand that offers skin care products with natural, organic, and plant-based ingredients. They are safe to be used by the whole family - pregnant moms and babies included!
Neutra Organics not only have skin care, they also have hair care products, lip tints, lash growers, among many others. Here are some of their stuff that I fell in-love with!
1) Neutra Organics Rose Butter
Keep your skin highly moisturized with Neutra Organics Rose Butter! It has rosewater, ginseng, rice bran, sunflower oil, cocoa butter, elemi, vanilla, and mulberries that will keep your skin feeling smooth, soft, and healthy, plus smelling mild and sweet! It does not leave a sticky and oily residue and is perfect for everyday use! Dry cuticles? No problem! Rub this over your fingertips and hands for younger-looking firm skin!
2) Neutra Organics Fresh Brew Coffee Polish Scrub
Wake your senses up and enjoy the energizing bittersweet aroma of Neutra Organics Fresh Brew Coffee Polish Scrub! This coffee scrub is one-of-a-kind for it also has cocoa that gives it a twist of sweet scent. What I like about this product is that it gently exfoliates without scratching my skin. It is able to remove dead epidermal skin cells leaving my skin smoother in texture, plus brighter and more radiant in appearance. It is said that using coffee scrub helps in detoxing the skin also.
P. S. Others claim that regularly using coffee scrubs helps in diminishing the appearance of cellulites. I honestly can't speak about the latter as of now since I am currently overweight and workout is a must if I wanna remove all these extra fats off.
3) Neutra Organics Rice Fluff Black Rice Cream Scrub
To keep sensitive skin polished, bright, and smooth, use Neutra Organics Rice Fluff Black Rice Cream Scrub. It has black rice, shea butter, cocoa butter, oat milk, turnip, and aloe vera that keeps the skin moisturized while being exfoliated. The formulation is not so rough so it won't irritate sensitive skin. It can be used for the face and body.
4) Neutra Organics Sleep Deep Magnesium Oil Spray (Php 700)
Neutra Organics Sleep Deep is a magnesium oil spray laced with lavender. It helps relieve muscle pains and aids in sleeping. It also functions as a deodorant and is made with natural ingredients.
Whenever my toddlers are having tantrums from fighting their sleepiness at night coz they don't wanna sleep yet, I spray this on their feet to help them calm down. I also use this sometimes when I am anxious and it relaxes me. Since I have been inaomniac for more than a decade now, I have been used to my body clock sleeping at 3am then waking up at 11am though. But whenever I am sick and I know that I gotta sleep, I spray this on.
5) Neutra Organics Green Grow Hair Vitamin Serum (Php 250)
Neutra Organics Green Grow Hair Vitamin Serum is an all-natural lash and brow-lengthening treatment. It claims to Lengthen and strengthen brows and lashes; prevents breakage; and encourages growth with continuous use. It is made with only natural ingredients that are safe to use around the eye area.
In my experience, using this regularly made my each of my lashes feel thicker. It didn't technically made my lashes longer in a dramatic way and the photos may not give it justixe but each strand looked more prominent than before and in touch, I felt that each strand became stronger. The effect is not that obvious in just one look but I have noticed that it helps in making my brows grow faster especially after plucking or shaving them. What matters is that they are healthy and my lashes don't fall that easily even after using and removing waterproof mascara and eyeliner.
6) Neutra Organics Rosy Tint (Php150)
Neutra Organics Rosy Tint is a natural lip and cheek tint made with beets. It contains potent skin-nourishing ingredients that makes you look blooming all throughout the day. It is available in a wide range of colors and like the others, is made with natural ingredients.
To read my review about this and their other lip products, click HERE.
Visit their Instagram at https://instagram.com/neutraorganics and shop for their products at BeautyMNL.
One of the things that gave color to my life when I was little was creating art by drawing my favorite cartoon characters. Sailor Moon was the first ever anime that I fell in-love with, I had shirts with prints of the Sailor soldiers, I got doll houses, paper dolls, figurines and a few accessories! But since I was only a little kid and my parents didn't spoil me that much buying everything I wanted back then, my Sailor Moon "collection" was limited. Hehe!
Fast forward to many years, I discovered that there are Sailor Moon makeups being sold! Oh my gosh, I was like, "SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY!" Surprisingly, the price of Sailor Moon makeups and merchandise is high and they are hard to find so I had to save some money and hunt for sellers online. As far as I know they are only available in Hong Kong and Japan so I informed friends who were going there to buy Sailor Moon collectibles for me one at a time.
What I like about the Sailor Moon cosmetics first and foremost is the packaging, I mean come on! See, they really made those little girls' dreams come true to life! It's like I wanna transform and shout:
"MOON CRYSTAL POWEEEEEEER.... MAKE... UP!!!"
The makeup products that I will be reviewing today are included in the Sailor Moon Miracle Romance line made by the Japan-based brand called Creer Beaute. They are pretty popular for transforming well-loved and highly popular anime characters into eye- catching makeup collections!
Creer Beaute - Sailor Moon R Miracle Romance Shining Moon Powder Premium
(Limited Edition, being sold for US $77.90 in www.yesstyle.com before)
Channel the inner Sailor Moon in you with this limited-edition make up powder, coming in a bejeweled mirror case that resembles the one in the comic, and a puff adorned with pink ribbon.
Product Description from YesStyle website:
🌙 Premium face powder with "Crystal Star Compact" as motif, a big hit in 2013.
🌙 It is a premium version of "Miracle Romance Shining Moon Powder".
🌙 The top and bottom of the compact became pink gold specification full of luxury both above and below the compact.
🌙A sparkling gold star motif and a five-color stone are decorated, "Crystal Star Compact" is fully reproduced.
🌙 It is a real cosmetics for adult girls sticking to details thoroughly.
🌙 Cruelty-free? YES!
Now, let's be honest, although the packaging is stunning and breath-taking, the quality of the powder is so-so. It's like, it isn't that bad but it isn't to-die-for if you know what I mean. The powder itself is underwhelming, I can buy a lot of products that work better for a waayyyyyyy cheaper price!!! However, I don't regret buying this because aside from the obvious fact that this is Sailor Moon, it still has good points.
The past week, my hormones had been fluctuating which caused some acne problems around my jawline area. Thankfully, they already dried up now but it left me with some dark acne spots, redness, and blemishes that needed to be covered.
In the before photos, I had NO makeup on. I only cleansed, toned, and moisturized.
In the middle photos, I applied the powder straight on my bare face. As you can see, it instantly mattified my skin. It wasn't able to cover any blemishes whatsoever but it somehow lessened the appearance of redness on my skin for like 5%.
In the last photos, I applied a bb cream with light coverage and a bit of concealer. My blemishes was so dark, they were not covered completely even with the powder. But comparing the last photos to the first photos, the appearance is obvious.
- beautiful and good packaging, no doubt! Perfect collectible!
- the powder itself has translucent finish that can give an instant matte finish;
- with a perfectly applied foundation and concealer, this powder can set the base perfectly: it won't clash with the shade of the base since the powder is colorless;
- in my case, I didn't have to retouch my makeup for up to 6 hours because my face was not oily and the makeup base held up pretty well!
- the powder is sooooooo fine and applies smoothly on the skin;
- I have never experienced allergic reaction or irritation while using the product;
- this product is cruelty-free
- sheer coverage: can't cover blemishes, dark spots, and pimples.
- expensive price and hard to find
- there are no refills available
Will I buy it again?
— Since I already have its unique packaging, no, I don't need more.
Do I recommend it?
- For Sailor Moon collectors, yes, it is really pretty!
- If you are looking for a translucent powder that will keep your face matte for long hours, then you will benefit from this.
- I must give it to Creer Beaute for creating a powder that effectively sets the makeup base, therefore less time needed for retouching.
- However, if you want a powder with medium to heavy coverage, no.
One of the things that Sailor Moon and Sailor Chibi Moon are popular for is their wands! I really adore how they incorporated the design of the wands in their eyeliners and lipsticks! The cap with the moon/heart/gem design is actually removable (the cap covering that protects the pencil stick itself is different) so I can put in on other eyeliners that I have (given that they have the same size).
Let's start with the Sailor Moon Miracle Romance Liquid Eye Liners. I bought them in two designs: the Cutie Moon Rod (left) and the Spiral Heart Moon Rod (Black).
It's pretty obvious that Creer Beaute made an effort in the plastic packaging which shows a photo of Sailor Moon. I actually don't need these "containers" and yet I couldn't throw them away because..... Collectibles!
This is how the tip of the liquid eyeliner looks like: the tip is fine and thin perfect for creating a winged eyeliner look. I honestly find it easy to use and maneuver. The brush is firm enough that you can control how it moves yet soft enough so it isn't painful to use on your lids while applying. I really love it!
Now let's talk about the formulation: their liquid eyeliner is well-pigmented! It produces a semi-matte black color that looks flat. Light reflects against it a tiny li'l bit. Although I like its color and the fact that it easily dries after a few seconds (which I personally require for an eyeliner for I have hooded eyelids!), I regret that it is NOT waterproof.
Don't get me wrong, I know that some people prefer non-waterproof eyeliners and mascaras and that we all have different preferences. However I have oily eyelids and the weather in our country is humid and hot most of the time which means that there is a tendency that non-waterproof eyeliners and mascaras could smudge, get messy, and make us look like a racoon! Definitely, I won't advise you to use this if you are going to swim or work out in the gym, just nah-uh!
If you're working in an air-conditioned environment and you happen to have not-so-oily eyelids, then go ahead and use this! I think they are long-lasting if you are in colder areas. Forget using this in summer though!
I bought a Creer Beaute Sailor Moon Miracle Romance Eyeliner Pencil in the Disguise Pen design. I was hesitant to buy this at first because it is a PENCIL eyeliner that needs to be sharpened. Now I don't have a problem with that but I really wish that they made a pencil eyeliner in retractable form so that I can still keep the container even if I run out of the product inside.
My dilemma was simply like this: it will be such a waste if I don't use this product and wait for it to expire just because I can't "ruin" its appearance.on the other hand, if I keep on using this and resharpening it, it will get shorter and shorter until nothing's left and I'll be left with only the Disguise Pen cap as a remembrance. Hahaha! It might sound shallow to some alright but I know that you makeup lovers who treasure packaging can relate!!!
Anyway, I decided to USE the pencil eyeliner because I don't want to pay for a makeup and wait for it to expire. I mean, hey! I gotta experience this product noh! As you can see in the upper left photo, the pencil eyeliner is pigmented and has a flat matte finish. What I have noticed is that the product is easy to use that once it gets in contact with the skin, it easily transfers without hurting your eyes. I only use this for tightligning my waterline though since this is not waterproof and it smudges easily against my oily eyelids, not to mention, the hot and humid weather that can "melt" the product easily.
- easy to use, highly pigmented, flat matte black color
- perfect for tightlining the waterline
- very cute packaging
- it needs to be sharpened so if you keep on using this, the pencil will get shorter until nothing's left. LOL!
— it is not waterproof so I can't use it on my oily lids;
- otherwise, it will easily rub off on my lids leaving me with racoon eyes, yikes!
Now that we're done with the eyeliners and powder, let's talk about the lip products! Creer Beaute's Sailor Moon Miracle Romance makeup line has more products to offer such as brushes, blushes, etc, however, I don't have them yet so I regret that I couldn't review everything in their line for you.
In the photo below, I used other makeup products from different brand such as April Skin's cushion, Ever Bilena Advance eyebrow pencil and contour palette, Chanel blush, and Colour Collection mascara.
For kissable, soft, and smooth lips, using a lip balm is a must! Lipsticks go on smoother whenever I wear lip balms, otherwise, my lips will feel dry, dehydrated, and just plain ugly. Yikes! Sooooo when I found one of the prettiest lip balms ever to be added in my collection, I was like an excited kid! Ladies, here's Creer Beaute Miracle Romance Sailor Mars Multi Carry Balm!
That must had been a lucky day for me, while I was online shopping in Shopee, I saw this brand new Creer Beaute - Sailor Mars Miracle Romance Multi Carry Balm being sold for only Php 450! The price of this product is originally around Php900-Php1,000 when you buy it abroad so it was such a steal!
Unfortunately, I ain't sure where to buy one like this anymore except in HK or Japan. I wanna collect the other Sailor Soldiers lip balms though, so maybe I have to hunt and hunt in various online shopping sites for the mean time since I can't go out of the country just yet... Oh well. But if you see one for sale, go ahead and grab it!
Encased in Sailor Mars’ iconic brooch, this moisturizing balm can be used on both face and body to protect skin from dryness. The Sailor Mars version includes chamomile extract, jojoba oil and olive oil.
This multi carry balm resembles Sailor Mars' brooch in her costume (the one in the middle of her ribbon atop her chest). She is my favorite soldier for she is fierce, feisty, and sexy! She wears red pumps, remember? Haha! Anyway, back to the lip balm...
The lip balm is encased inside this pretty container. Make sure that you use clean hands or clean spatula before rubbing them to avoid contamination. It has a nice pink color that gives a subtle hint of pinkness on my lips. In the photo below, I applied the lip balm together with a lip tint. What I have noticed is that it is better to let the lip balm dry and set before putting on any other lip products to avoid them from feathering and bleeding. It effectively mositurizes my lips and doesn't leave a waxy or sticky feeling.
- it effectively moisturizes, softens, and smoothens the lips: results can be felt and seen with regular use;
- it has no bitter aftertaste nor does it leave a heavy, waxy feeling behind;
- it can also be used to moistueize dry hands, fingernails, and other body parts (yet I discourage in using it other than your lips since it will be such a waste of this product, you can just use a lotion or body balm for that purpose, hehe!)
- a subtle faint feminine scent
- the packaging is really really niiiiiiiice, perfect for Sailor Moon merchandise collectors!
- depending on your preference, those who want a lip balm in a stick form might not like the packaging at all for it is prone to contamination if not sanitized properly;
- its actual store price is expensive for a lip balm;
- it is hard to find and some online stores tend to price it higher than its actual SRP.
Creer Beaute Japan Sailor Moon Miracle Romance Moon Stick Rouge Slim Lipstick
(Shade: Light Red, US $19.95 in www.alphabeauty.net)
One of the most famous and classic anime characters, "Sailor Moon", is now turning into makeup series with miracle romance. This is a very hard-to-find limited release lip rouge with a very beauty "moon stick" motif on lid, there is a pearly crystal deco element in the moon!
🌙Lipstick rouge with a cap of "Moon Stick" motif appearing in "Sailor Moon" is appearing in three colors.
🌙 It hardly falls due to high viscosity oil blending and it can be drawn vividly with 1 filling.
🌙Moisturizing ingredient - lip color care with hyaluronate, hydrolyzed collagen, and squalane; can also be used as a lip liner.
🌙 Cruelty-free? Yes!
🌙 Pack Size - 1.3g
After trying this lipstick for several times, here are my thoughts about it:
- pretty packaging, perfect for Sailor Moon fans;
- it has a sheer finish with moisturizing formula;
- it is similar to a colored/tinted lip balm which enhances the lips' natural color without going overboard;
- non-drying, hydrating, and has no sticky or heavy feeling;
- the shade LIGHT RED gives a nice and natural-looking subtle pinkish redness on my lips;
- it can be used as a cream blush.
- not long-lasting, easily removable when you drink and eat, transferrable;
- since the finish is sheer, there is not much color pigmentation to expect;
- too expensive for the lipstick product quality;
- hard to find in the Philippines.
Will I buy again?
- No, I already have this packaging so I don't need an extra. This lipstick was a gift to me by a friend. Just in case I didn't have this, I would only buy this product for the packaging alone.
Do I recommend it?
— Yes if you are a HUGE Sailor Moon fan and if you have the budget to spare for a so-so makeup but pretty collector's item.
- Yes if you want to go for a natural-looking sheer pinkish-red lipstick.
- No if you just want a highly-pigmented lipstick or an effective lip balm (you can buy a MAC bullet lipstick with this price already!)
Soooo after trying everything, are they really worth it? Here's what I've got to say:
- These makeup products are worth it IF you are a HUGE Sailor Moon fan or if you are a makeup addict who likes to collect beautifully-packaged cosmetics that you can display on your dresser and room;
- You don't mind paying for these expensive items since you are after owning a collector's item;
- You prefer makeup products that are subtle and not over-the-top;
- You crave exclusivity and you want to own a unique makeup item that not everyone that you know of has (since it is so hard to find in our country though anyway;
- You like non-waterproof liquid and pencil eyeliners that are easy to remove and have a stunning packaging;
- You like a translucent, sheer powder that effectively mattifies the face and sets the makeup base in ace for long hours;
- You like a lip balm that feels light and a sheer lipstick that moisturizes your lips while giving it a pretty natural-looking red-pink color.
- You are NOT a Sailor Moon fan.. Yeah, come on, what's the point then?
- For obvious reasons, if you prefer a classic, simple, and minimalist makeup packaging (like MAC, NYX, Bobbi Brown, Inglot, Makeup Forever, and the likes);
- You prefer a highly-pigmented, matte lipstick that looks grown-up;
- You can't justify the price and think that it is ridiculous just for these products alone;
- You prefer foundation powder or pressed powder with buildable, medium to heavy coverage and with choices of shades.
After reading this blog, what do you think? Will you buy them or not? Let me know in the comments section!
If you are interested in buying these Creer Beaute: Sailor Moon Miracle Romance cosmetics items, they are available in Sasa Hongkong and in various shops in Japan. If you have friends going there, you may ask them to buy for you in case they saw them.
In other ways, you may try to buy them online in websites such as www.yesstyle.com, www.ebay.com, www.alphabeauty.net, www.iprice.ph, and www.amazon.com. However I must warn you that online shopping could be risky so please, please, please, do your own research about the company or the merchandiser's background before buying. In this case, Google may be your friend. Oh, you may try to check online shopping sites such as Lazada, Shopee, Carousell, etc and see if there are people who are selling their Sailor Moon items. I can't give you a 100% guarantee that you can see them but it won't hurt to try and "hunt". 💖💖💖
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EB Advance Contour Shade and Light Palette and Essentials Paddle Brush
Facial contouring using makeup is something that I have been doing for several years way before the Kardashians made it popular. The makeup artists that I used to work with when I was still active in the modeling industry a little more than a decade ago taught me the technique on how to achieve a slimmer-looking face and more defined facial structure by applying a dark matte powder over my jawline, cheekbones, and around the edge of my face.
Since it wasn't as trendy as it was before, there wasn't much affordable contouring powders available for sale so I settled with using the darkest matte pressed/foundation powder that I could find.
Now fast forward to today, contouring powders and palettes are popping out left and right giving us with more options! One of the local products that I really like is EB Advance Contour Shade and Light Palette!
Contouring with makeup is about putting the illusion of shadow on our face so it will look slimmer and more defined. The way to achieve best results is by using a MATTE powder that is several shades darker than your skintone so that it will look like a natural "shadow". Shimmery bronzing powder and matte contouring powder are two different things. The former is not good for contouring because it will give you shimmers and putting them on your jawline and cheekbones will make them "pop up" instead of toned down meaning they might look bigger instead of slimmer! It looks unnatural with all the shimmers, plus it might make your skin look oily and muddy.. You won't like that!
A few weeks ago, Ever Bilena sent me their newly-released EB Advance Contour Shade and Light Palette. I tried it several times before making a review because I want to make sure if I am hiyang with it plus I want to give my readers an honest feedback.
The box contained two products: the EB Advance Contour Shade and Light Palette (Php 395) and the EB Advance Essentials Paddle Brush (Php 256, price varies depends on the size).
The palette is encased in a sturdy material - not too heavy, not too light with a big mirror inside. On the other hand, the Essentials Paddle Brush has soft bristles. The box has a manual on how to use the contouring palette. Newbies will greatly benefit from this!
It was my first time using a paddle brush for contouring and I was surprised that it actually gets the jobe done well! It feels soft against my skin and using it was like massaging my face already.
Ever Bilena Contour Palette has 6 shades: 3 light shades meant for highlighting and 3 darker shades for contouring. I have combination acidic skin and neutral warm light skintone, around NC20 in MAC, for reference. There was a plastic cover protecting the pressed contouring powders but there were no shade names included.
What I have noticed is that the 3 lighter shades are all one shade darker than the color of my face hence using them as a highlighter is a no-no. Highlighters are supposed to be atleast 1-2 shades lighter than your face so they will illuminate the area. Anyway, I find that I can use them as eyeshadow base, that way they won't go to waste.
The 3 darker shades are neutral which makes it universally flattering to people with warm AND cool undertones. Although they all look kinda similar when put over my skin, they are effective in contouring my face. The shades are not too dark so they won't get muddy against my fair skin.
Now let's talk about the quality of the Contour Shade and Light Palette!
The pigmentation is buildable from sheer to medium which I like! It is easier to apply them via layering which is the best way to achieve a natural-looking contour. Why do I prefer that? Well it's because when a contouring powder is heavily pigmented, I kind of struggle in blending it because I had to be extra careful in product application, or else I will look like I had mud on my face!
Regarding longevity, it stays on my face for 3 hours before needing a retouch, given that I am staying in an air-conditioned area. However, if I am in a hot and humid place where I sweat, the contour only last on my face for 2 hours at most. Let's say I am commuting in the Metro, if I apply it before leaving the house, once I arrive at my destination after an hour or two of travel (train, bus, jeep), I will be needing a retouch. Not that I mind retouching though but the palette may be too heavy to be brought in your bag everyday if you are commuting and carrying lots of stuff.
About the color selection, given the color of my skin, it is such a waste that I couldn't use the 3 lighter shades as highlighters, it would have been really nice if they were lighter as they will be perfect! The 3 darker shades suit me well so I got no complaints about that. What I have noticed though is that these 3 darker shades look "too light" to be used for contouring by some of my morena friends.
If I can give a suggestion to Ever Bilena, maybe it will be nice to create TWO different contour palettes for morenas and light-skinned people! For morenas, their current 3 lighter shades are okay as highlighters already but they should choose darker browns for contouring shades. For light skinned people like myself, the cntouring shades are already okay BUT the colors of their highlighters should be made lighter. What do you think?
Ever Bilena and EB Advance is available in department stores nationwide. You may visit their website at http://everbilena.com.ph, their Facebook at https://m.facebook.com/everbilenacosmetics, and Instagram at www.instagram.com/ebadvance.
Today, I'll be posting a "throwback" product review here in my blog featuring Wet n Wild Megalast Lip Color Lipsticks. I already posted these photos in Instagram before around the year 2015. During that time I wasn't considered a blogger yet since I only wrote product reviews in Instagram (it still is my microblog for local products anyway up to today though coz some sponsors prefer that I post the product review there, hahaha!) Apart from my throwback photos, I'll also do a dupe comparison between WnW lippies and MAC lipsticks soooooo read on!
Years ago, beauty enthusiasts were raving about this brand because they have noticed that Wet n Wild Matte Lipsticks are close to perfect dupe for MAC bullet lipsticks! At that time, I only had 6 MAC lipsticks in my collection and eventhough I wanted to collect them all, they were just so expensive so I had to settle for dupes for the mean time. You see, I've been a believer that sometimes high-quality products are like precious gems hiding behind affordable price tags. In this case, I got the jackpot!
Impulsive buyer is what I had always been, so just imagine my excitement when I bought 10 pieces of Wet n Wild Megalast Lip Color Lipsticks all in one go! I was surprised on how cheap it was, I was automatically sold! With the price of Php 160 per piece, it was like having 10 pieces of Wet n Wild lipsticks at the price of almost 2 MAC lippies! I just couldn't let it pass back then.
P.S. I bought these from an online seller in Instagram 3 years ago, however, I couldn:t find her account anymore, so if you are interestes to buy these, you can still buy some from other makeup sellers online.
The 10 shades that I bought were Just Peachy, Bare It All, Pinkerbell, Think Pink, Dollhouse Pink, Don't Blink Pink, Mauve Outta Here, Sugar Plum Fairy, Cherry Picking, and Stoplight Red. I guess it's quite obvious by now that I gravitate towards warm nudes, pinks, and reds!
The reason why I bought them was because I'd read several blog posts claiming that these shades are perfect dupes of some MAC lipstick shades! Of course I like dupes!
Think Pink - a very light pink with neutral undertone. This is slightly pinker than Just Peachy which is warmer. This is also flattering to any skintones with fair to medium shade. I don't own a lipstick that is a perfect dupe to this one, Coral Bliss is more peachy and more sheer.
Bare It All - a nude-brownish shade with neutral undertone, it is universally flattering to any skintone may they be fair, light, medium or dark! They said it's a good MAC Velvet Teddy Dupe, they are not 100% exact dupes though but slightly close enough! BIT is a bit warmer and brighter than VT which is cooler, a bit darker and more muted.
Just Peachy - light peachy pink with warm undertones, perfect for light-medium Asian skin tones! They said it's a Lime Crime Babette dupe, based on some reviews they look similar but I have yet to try it! Just Peachy has a slight similarity with MAC's Coral Bliss, they differ in formula for the JP is matte and opaque while CB is kinda sheer.
Pinkerbell - bright neon pink with neutral undertones, it's a similar dupe to MAC Viva Glam Nicki according to other bloggers, however since I don't own that shade, I can't be certain! The closest MAC lipstick shade that I have with this is Chatterbox. WnW Pinkerbell is a bit brighter, more neon, and cooler while Chatterbox is warmer, more muted, and darker. Nonetheless, the difference isn't that obvious once applied on the lips.
Dollhouse Pink - it's a neon fluorescent milky pink with bluish undertone and hints of purple. They said that it's a dupe for MAC Pink Nouveau but I disagree, it's not even close BUT this color is still as pretty as is. Perfect for those who like bright bold colored lips! I personally find it too bright to be worn alone though so I prefer matching it with matte smoky brown eyeshadow to tone down its neon effect. I tried looking for a MAC lipstick that is closest to this shade and I couldn't find any. I find that MAC Candy Yum Yum is somehow similar in terms of being a poppy shade., however it's darker and more pink while Dollhouse Pink is neon.
Mauve Outta Here - it's a mauvey shade that has a more hint of "orchid" violet shade. The color is universally flattering as well both for warm and cool undertones. I have yet to see its dupe in a high-end brand but still, this is a pretty shade nonetheless.
Sugar Plum Fairy - a neutral plum berry shade that is universally flattering. It's a perfect MAC Rebel dupe according to my friend who has both lipsticks! It's also very similar to Happy Skin Girls Night Out shade according to her as well. SPF is a cheaper alternative but the color is just as good! I don't have MAC Rebel so I couldn't swatch it.
Don't Blink Pink - a medium blue-based bright pink which I can consider as a "Barbie Pink" color! It brightens up my face which I love! It's said to be a MAC Viva Glam Miley dupe! Kinda similar in color, yes, but different in finish. I think MAC Pink Pigeon is a closer dupe though. DBP has a bit of sheen and a bit darker while PP is cooler and more matte. Still good enough!
Cherry Picking - a deep reddish fuschia color that has neutral undertones. It also brightens my skin tone and makes my teeth look whiter which is a plus! It is said to be a MAC Love Goddess dupe, well based on the photos from the internet, I could say that they are indeed almost similar BUT since I don't have that shade, I ain't certain. The closest that I have is MAC Viva Glam Miley however VGM appears to be more sheer a bit lighter than CP.
Since Wet n wild Stoplight Red is my favorite amongst the Wet n Wild collection, I did a close up comparison with MAC Ruby Woo and MAC Snow en Rouge
MAC Ruby Woo lipstick has Retro Matte finish. It is totally matte - no sheen! Surprisingly, it's also a bit warmer in color and feels a bit heavier compared to its dupe. Its formula last way longer, it stays on for 4—5 hours without a greasy meal. Obviously, the packaging looks way more luxurious than its cheaper alternative. What do you expect with more than half a cost, right?
On the other hand, Wet n Wild Stoplight Red's finish is semi-matte, it has a bit of sheen in it and it has more bluish tones than its high-end counterpart. It feels softer on the lips. When applied in person, the color difference between the two isn't that obvious however the difference in finish is a giveaway.
WHAT I LIKE:
Upon buying this, I wasn't expecting so much but when I began swatching them on my arms and lips, I was surprised because they are highly pigmented, buildable from medium to full coverage, blurs my lip lines making them look fuller, and they apply smoothly on the skin and lips. I also like their semi-matte formula, it isn't drying nor is it hydrating but at least they dont' leave my lips feeling like drying out in the Sahara Desert! Wearing them on feels comfortable.
WHAT I DISLIKE:
The packaging kinda looks cheap and flimsy. The transparent top cover was kinda hard to remove and upon opening it, there's a tendency that the lipstick will be hit. But with this price, I get what I paid for in terms of packaging. Regarding the lipstick itself, the only downside in my honest opinion is that they are not that long-lasting and without a base of lip liner, they easily smudge and transfer. However I found a solution to this problem! It can be fixed by applying a lip liner, patting some loose powder on over it, applying the first layer of lipstick, blotting it with tissue, applying the 2nd layer of lipstick, and blotting it with tissue again. Doing so will help the lipstick set on your lips better so they will last longer and won't smudge on your lip sides and on your teeth!
Am I satisfied with my purchase?
With its low price tag and the quality, oh yes! I have tons of lipsticks already in my collection now but if I am short on budget, I wouldn't hesitate in buying these again!
Bonita Feminista: One of the Althea Angels! Welcome Gift Unboxing + Althea Turns 3 Special Discount Code!
Hi everybody! A few weeks ago, I got a fantastic news that me, with my blog Bonita Feminista, was chosen to be one of Althea Korea's Althea Angels! I am truly honored and grateful to the brand for picking me and of course to my followers, friends, and readers for you are the reason why I am still blogging (and microblogging in Instagram). Being an Althea Angel means that we will be part of the clique/group of fellow beauty enthusiasts who will be informed of their newest promos ahead of public announcement, receive some perks, and have access to their Althea Studio (available only in Korea soooooo if I'm going there in the future, y'know the drill! Hihi!)
Before Althea Korea became popular, I remember that in late 2015, I received a call from one of the owners of Althea Korea via Skype. During that time, they were planning to do a beta-testing of their platform first before launching it here in the Philippines. They had been talking to other beauty bloggers in the country as well, I believe, because they need to know more about their beauty enthusiasts target market here. Fast forward to early 2016, they launched the Beta version of their website which became available first to most of the beauty bloggers and influencers in the country. Everybody posted about their Althea haul full of Kbeauty goodies in their social media aaaaaaand.... Guess what? It became a hit! The word about the website selling legit Korean beauty products at the best price possible spread like wildfire! And now, every Kbeauty fans that I know of swear by the convenience of Althea Korea!
What I like about Althea is that aside from their convenient cash-on-delivery service, the products are safely put inside a sturdy box with modern chic design which by the way, changes every season. They also include a card and inspiring quotes which adds to their brand's value.
Needless to say, I am such a sucker for adorable packaging! Look at this tiny birthday book boxes? So xute, right?!? Whenever a brand cares about its image and never stops innovating, it's a sign that they care about their customers, making sure that they won't get bored of the same old stuff. It's great to know that they always make us look forward on what they will launch next!
Along inside the welcome gift box are this blush pink glossy pouch and a white had mirror with the words "Spread Your Wings" written onto them. Wow, I really gotta give their marketing a high-five! Excellent job! They know their target market so well! Us millenials and post-millenials like motivational quotes and trendy stuff.
And of course, an Althea Box will never be complete without a Korean beauty product inside! Along with their 3rd anniversary, they launched their collaboration with Get It Beauty featuring the Real Fresh Skin Detoxer Daily 10 Seconds Wash Off Masks in Green Tea and Rose.
These are facial masks that only need to be left on the skin for 10 seconds before being washed off. Yep, 10 seconds!!! This is easy to use BUT I will save the product review for later. I prefer to use it for at least a month before making a review so I can write an honest feedback in my blog.
Qualifying purchases during the promo period can get the limited edition Althea Turns 3 eco bag. It's medium sized actually and can fit a lot of stuff.
And since you've made it this far in my blog post, here is a 10% Off Promo Code for you: ALTHEATURNS3 and remember that it will expire on September 30, 2018.
Don't have an Althea Korea account yet? No problem, sign up HERE and get 20% off on your first purchase! https://share-ph.althea.kr/x/Ed7PXJ
If there is one thing that people with dry skin need, it's lotion! And when it comes to that, one brand name stands in mind: JERGENS!
Jergens has been around for 100 years and with the quality of their products, it is no surprise as to why our grandmas and moms have been using it for years long before we're even born! When it comes to skin care, they're already established that everybody knows about them already!
When I was a kid, I remember the smell of Jergens' original beauty lotion's distinct cherry almond scent on my mom. Having a sniff of that scent reminds me of her, such a comforting thought actually. I myself have been using Jergens since Highschool, I may be using different brands of moisturizers every now and then (the responsibilities of a beauty blogger!) but I always make sure that I have a bottle or two of Jergens lotion - I am fond of the Cocoa Butter and Soothing Aloe variants!
JERGENS: FROM HUMBLE BEGINNINGS TO A HOUSEHOLD NAME
The Jergens story dates back to in 1882 with the founding of the Andrew Jergens Company in Cincinnati, Ohio. Initially a small-scale soap making shop, the company grew steadily over the next century as Jergens continued to evolve to become the skincare giant that it is today. Jergens Moisturizers were introduced to the Philippines in the 1960s when the Andrew Jergens Company USA granted Vibelle Manufacturing Corporation the license to manufacture and distribute the brand in the Philippines. Fast forward to the 80s and the brand rose to become a household name in the country thanks to the Jergens Cherry Almond Lotion that consumers loved, known today as the Jergens Original Beauty.
Always at the forefront of body care innovation, Jergens continues to adapt to trends by continuously innovating body care products that let women feel great in their skin – from the first product, a coconut oil soap that jumpstarted the business, to being one of the firsts to include Aloe in lotion, and now with the illuminating Hydralucence technology in the current moisturizers.
A CELEBRATION OF GLOWING SKIN WITH JERGENS SKINCARE
To celebrate more than 100 years of skincare, the brand kicked off the campaign with the #GlowInMySkin event that took place in Eastwood Mall Atrium Hall from July 5-7, 2018. The grand event invited media guests and loyal supporters and showcased the Heritage corner – a peek into the brand’s rich history with one of the oldest Jergens lotion bottles from the early 1900s as the centerpiece. A brand talk bynBrand Manager, Marie Lineses, helped people learn more about the brand's legacy and the current product line-up with Hydralucence technology.
That cute vintage bottle in the photo above is actually one of the oldest Jergens lotion bottle alive here in the Philippines. It's a hundred years old already, it's fragile (also has a high value, people!) hence it's glued to the base and protected inside the glass case! It looks so cute, I want one for myself, haha!
Below are some of the Jergens ads published around the 80`s-90`s. It feels nostalgic seeing them now: the photography, the makeup style, the fonts and layouts. However, what I have noticed is that, with Jergens' ads, they prefer their models sporting a classic, clean cut look: simple hair in a bun or wavy/straight hair let down, and minimal makeup that enhances the models' beauty without going overboard. Timeless, indeed.
Jergens' newest brand endorser in the Philippines is Miss Earth Philippines - Air 2017 Kim De Guzman. I remember seeing her the first time in Pinoy Big Brother reality TV show a few years back and now this beauty queen is just more beautiful than ever! I must admit that upon meeting her, I kept on looking at her and observing her outfit and of course, her skin. It is obvious that even under her minimal makeup that day, she has GOOD skin! Such a stunner, perfect to be the brand's endorser!
Jergens has also unveiled their influencers for the #GlowInMySkin campaign: Host and model Janeena Chan, DJ Debbie Then, fitness coach and Greenpeace Ambassador Kayleen Ortiz, MYX VJ Sunny Kim, celebrity stylist Trish Denise Ramos, and Vlogger Reese Tayag. The fun was just beginning as a fashion upcycling workshop, headed by celebrity stylist Trisha Denise Ramos, took place. The workshop was all about re-working clothes to style them differently for a new look to show that old can still be new and trendy.
Did you know that apart from body lotions, Jergens also have a liquid soap and anti-bacterial soap that can be used by everyone in the family?
Here are some tips that can help you in achieving glowing skin!
5 AFFORDABLE, EASY WAYS TO ACHIEVE GLOWING SKIN
Make sure to exfoliate your skin once a week. This helps clear your skin of dead skin cells, black heads – Yes, you can get blackheads on your body too! – And all the stubborn dirt on your skin. The biggest mistake people assume is that you need fancy scrubs to exfoliate. While it is easy to buy scrubs, you can actually make your DIY scrub with the ingredients in your kitchen. If that doesn’t suit your taste, you can always buy a loofah or a cotton towel instead.
2) Use Moisturizing Soap
Yes, moisturizing starts even in the shower. Most soaps do a good job of cleaning and washing away dirt, but there are some soaps that also strip the natural oils in your skin. This can leave your skin feeling drier and duller than ever. So look for soaps that moisturize and keep you clean at the same time, like the Jergens Mild and Anti-Bacterial Bar Soaps.
3) Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize
A lot of people forget how important moisturizing is for their skin. It doesn’t just help keep your skin hydrated, if used after a bath it helps seal the moisture in. The Jergens Body Moisturizers can help keep skin soft, supple, youthful looking, and healthy. It’s a good thing there are a number of Jergens variants to choose from depending on your skin type and skin needs.
4) Eat Healthy
What you put inside your body will reflect in your skin. Your body absorbs all the nutrients it can in order to function. If you only eat junk food, then your skin won’t benefit at all. To achieve glowing and radiant skin, make sure to eat healthy. This isn’t restricted to eating more fruit and veggies alone, but you should aim to have a balanced diet. Not only will your body thank you, your skin will too.
5) Stay Positive
You will be amazed at how much your mental disposition can affect your mood and even the way you look. Thinking positive thoughts will not only make you feel good about yourself, you will radiate positive energy around you. This makes you look glowing, happy, and healthy.
Jergens is available in all leading supermarket and department stores nationwide. You may follow them at:
Jergens Philippines on Facebook https://web.facebook.com/JERGENSph.Vibelle/
Visit the official website at http://www.jergens.com.ph/
Are you in PAIN?
Each one of us experiences this once in a while for various reasons and I'm pretty sure that just like me, most of you would like to ease muscle pains the natural way - no painkillers required! As a busy mom of two, there are lots of things that I do at home that literally puts weight on my shoulders and since I am also breastfeeding my almost 2-year old child, her weight pulls me down and I end up with aching back most of the time caused by poor posture (and I might need to have it checked ASAP!)
Anyway, I am happy that I get to try the benefits of Precious All Natural Pain-Away Pillow Shoulder Herbal Pad! This product is 100% natural and has a Hot & Cold Moist Heat & Dry Cold Therapy Solution technology. This is made from 100% natural herbal seeds and an assortment of different Aromatic and medicinal herbs. These herbs provide a soothinv scent that will last for months. They can be used as a hot or cold pad.
Precious All Natural Shoulder Herbal Pillow Pad costs Php 950.
This is the packaging of the Herbal Pillow upon delivery. It's great that everything that I need to know is already written in here: directions for use, precautions, disclaimer, microwave heating time, product care, etc.
HOT COMPRESS THERAPY:
It helps in relief of muscle pains, stiffness, nervous tensions, cramps, arthritis, stress and fatigue, asthma, and colds. I personally like using this whenever I have dysmennorhea or fever, it just soothes me and nababawasan ang mga lamig sa likod and shoulders!
COLD COMPRESS THERAPY:
It helps for sprains and strains, migraine, bumps, headache, inflamed muscles, fever, toothache, nose bleed, and other sports injuries. When my kids bump their head, or knees on the floor or the wall, or wherever (you know how playful and accident-prone kids are!!!), this herbal pad is very useful for helps to ease the pain.
This is how the herbal pad looks like. Originally, the pillow pad with the green covering is where the herbs and essential oils blend were packed. Remember, this should NOT get wet! Do NOT wash this pillow!
To avoid it from get dirty, they provided a black covering that you can use so the pad inside will be at its best shape and condition. And yes, the black cover is safe to wash.
The herbal pad pillow moulds along with the curves of the body. Using this regularly helps improve blood circulation and relieve swelling and muscle inflammation.
Imagine the sense of pure relaxation and relief that comes with a 100% Precious Herbal Pillow. Each Pillow is filled with the purest of natural grains, aromatic herbs, and essential oils.
WHEN HEATED, it generates MOIST HEAT and it produces a slight steaming action that penetrates through your skin more quickly than dry heat. Moist heat is also proven superior to dry heat because it actually increases circulation that enables speedy recovery.
This is accomplished by its ability to help usher in the fresh blood cells, while assisting in the flushing out of unnecessary body wastes that hinder healing. Moist heat also gets deeper into tissues than ordinary dry heat. It helps accelerate soft tissue repair, increase blood flow.
WHEN COOLED, it lowers the temperature of the damaged tissue through heat exchange and constricts local blood vessels. This slows metabolism and the consumption of oxygen, therefore reducing the rate of cell damage and decreasing fluid build-up. Dry Cold Therapy can also numb nerve endings. This stops the transfer of impulses to the brain that register as pain.
WHATS INSIDE THE PILLOW:
Cassia Seeds, Ginger, Cinnamon, Lemon Grass, Lavender and Pepper Mint.
This tag is stitched at the side of the pillow. Follow the instructions written above so you can best experience the benefits of this product. I personally like using mine warm but even at room-temperature, this product still do wonders. Have I told you how much I LOOOOOOOVE the scent? It smells fresh, clean, and calming! This pillow was left inside the car for half a day and when we went back to the car, it smells soooooo good in there just like when we sprayed on a car fragrance (only this smelled better!)
Oh, upon receiving this product, it also came along with a reusable eco-bag. How nice!
I was told that the scent of this pillow could last for up to 6 months more or less however, essential oils could be used if you want it to have a scent again.
To know more about Precious Shoulder Pillow Pad, visit their website: http://www.preciouspillow.com and their Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/PreciousHerbalPad
They are available to be bought at these stores:
Founder of Astral Crystals.