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When I first laid eyes on previews of the Clinique Cheek Pop cream blush compacts last year time stood still for me and I stared, and wondered, and hoped. The cream blushes molded with gerber daisies in full bloom were just too cute to ignore. The first press images of these blush compacts set off time lapse clips of flowers blooming in my head. I’m still staring.
Developed with a patented, breakthrough technology, CLINIQUE Cheek Pop’s innovative formula begins as a smooth liquid which is then transformed through a slow baking process into a completely new distinct powder finish that’s lightweight in texture and silky smooth to the touch. Php1395 from CLINIQUE Counters March 2014, available in Ginger Pop (above), Peach Pop, Berry Pop, and Plum Pop
They’re so pretty I’m almost ignoring the peeve that they come mirrorless, yes they’re that attractive. It’s kind of still surreal to me that I was sent a preview compact in “Ginger Pop” (a wearable, more peach-ish than pink shade). Clinique Cheek Pop stock will hit local counters this March for about Php1395. Dreaminess. Read more for the full review. (more…)
Let’s all sit back and look at this moisturizer, the ingredients of which are as good as Glinda. Kate Somerville’s Goat Milk Cream was included in one of Caroline Hirons’ oh-so-rare Hall of Fame standalone posts in October 2011 in which she labeled this as “an absolute must-have”. It’s an unusual formulation in a good way because it targets combination sensitive skin (Hello, Me) and provides a certain level of defense and treatment against acne. My aunt brought this home for me from L.A. last week, she picked it up from Sephora.
In case you were wondering, no, I did not paint my nails to match the product (haha), my chipped nails were already painted when my Tita gave this to me, haha (incidentally the shade is Revlon “Charming”, yes it does match the product pot perfectly). To confirm the luxury on this, check out the nifty pump that ensures you won’t spoil the product in side! Fancy, eh? I’m almost certain the luxe pot is what partly made this hit $55 at the counter. One full pump by the way is enough to do your face and relevantly your upper neck as well. But what’s great is you actually have an option. If the pump annoys you and you really want to get to the very bottom of the whole pot to scrape out the cream towards the end you can just twist off both the lid and pump together at the pot’s silver neck like on any normal product pot lid to get cream out the normal way.
For years, Ancient Egyptians used goat milk to heal and nurture skin; their skincare wisdom bears following. This natural wonder continues the great tradition, lavishing skin with infusions of milk proteins, vitamins, and amino acids.
INGREDIENTS: Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Goat Milk, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Emulsifying Wax NF, Stearic Acid, Glycerin, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Tocopherol, Phenoxyethanol, Xanthan Gum, Salix Nigra (Willow) bark Extract, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Mannan, Melia Azadirachta Seed Oil, Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary) Extract, Tetrasodium EDTA, Citric Acid. Php55 for 50ml, SEPHORA
It’s a lovely aloe-based rich cream that’s fragrance-free and just has that natural light milky smell that isn’t annoying. The density, texture and consistency is comparable to NIVEA’s classic cream in a blue tin (told you it was rich). The KS Goat Milk Cream is actually thicker than I thought and so for the local climate I still prefer the texture of the Za Restoring Collagen Cream. I imagine abroad this Goat Milk Cream could pass as a day cream in a dry country but out here in the tropics, during the day, unless your skin is super dehydrated or you work in air-conditioned areas it’s just a bit too rich for me. I’m not too sure this would be okay for oily skin locally, acne prone skin yes, but highly oily skin maybe not. However I used this overnight and when I touched my face the next morning, I woke up to smoother, softer and even in some areas clearer skin because it cleared up some small patches of rashes and potential zits along my jaw and on the side of my face. The key is to not to apply too much.
The great thing to note about this moisturizer is that as far as I can tell it is silicone and nasties free, so any smoothness or softness you get is a genuine positive skin reaction. The Kate Somerville Goat Milk Cream is a trustworthy luxury moisturizer that’s nice to look at and set on your bathroom counter and can be used as a day or night cream according to your preference. I may not like the thicker texture of the cream itself but I do love the genuine supple effect on my skin in the morning when I’ve worn it overnight (without any artificial smooth-ers) and the fact that it doesn’t break me out and does prevention is great. Improved skin is what mainly matters and this certainly delivers.
This is late I know, so sorry! However late it is here! Happy Valentine’s day, my beloved readers, whether you are attached or not you are loved. If the tardiness of this post has really taken its toll you can reserve the use of these for any special daytime occasion. I’ve handpicked some of my current Valentine favorites that I thought would be splendid for a day out and I’ve done a fresh rosy look, too.
Revlon Colorstay Matte & Lacquer Balms - The Kissable Balm range is being integrated with a new name, the Colorburst Balm crayons now also come in two new finishes, matte and lacquer.
Calchews Calcium Soft Chews in Chocolate – Getting your calcium fix doesn’t have to be boring, chocolate Calchews are my fave because they taste like Tootsie Roll(Note: Not to be consumed like candy. Take ONCE a day only, also not sugarfree.) Get some here from Sampleroom.ph!
Ellana Pressed Blush Duo in Kitten/Peach Passion – Get rosy pink or pretty in peach with the blush duo I use by Ellana! Available here with a 5% discount
L’Oreal True Match BB Cream SPF35 PA++ – This BB Cream by L’Oreal leaves a fresh non-sticky radiant finish behind, I didn’t detect any shimmer plus you get decent SPF protection. The only downside is the lady said there was only one shade available locally which more or less matches my MAC NC30-35 skin shade, but in India 3 shades of this are available.
Clinique All About Shadow Duo in Uptown/Downtown - A simple no fuss eyeshadow duo of a nearly white baby pink and a slate grey, the camera didn’t pink up the pink on my eyelids but it made a great all-over lid wash that gave my eyes a fresh boost.
Revlon Lash Potion Mascara(Waterproof) - This has a wand and formula that magically gives you fluttery romantic lashes, no spell required.
Benefit Bathina Fragrant Body Oil – Seriously, if you want to smell like an “inviting” bombshell this is the delicately pretty scent you should have on.
Aeropostale Live Love and Dream Fragrance – If you want a fresh, fruity and bright scent that sort of leans towards that “Jamba Juice” sort of freshness, this is great!
VDL Nail Polish – I love this nail polish range mainly because other than the fact that they have a whole array of shades those luscious lip-shaped bottles are too cute to throw away!
MUJI Travel Lash Curler (clear for personal use) – I doubted this when I saw it in store, but the saleslady gave me one to try and it worked for me, instant curl without getting pinched at the corners. It takes a bit of practice but you get big noticeable curl with it and it’s so much more portable. (Note: I don’t recommend it for professional use, it’s great to use on yourself but not to use on someone else. May work for certain eye shapes better than others, ask to test one before buying)
The only product I didn’t mention is what I used on my brows and I didn’t bother since it was a limited edition Riri pencil by MAC. The Revlon Colorstay Matte Balm I have on is in the shade Elusive I love that they pack a punch of color and are comfortable to wear. The new matte and lacquer finishes aren’t as longwearing as the original Revlon Kissable Balm stains but they wear away beautifully and are super quick to retouch. I didn’t use setting powder but if you’re oily you may want to powder the T-zone or bring blot sheets along. That’s my Day Out Valentine Edit, would you have added anything? I didn’t want to overdo the list. Many of these are in for upcoming individual reviews. Watch out for those. Of course to ADD to this Day Out edit my mother suddenly came home with these, if you haven’t noticed these boxes of extra large cut personalized brownies by Cafe Mary Grace are selling fast almost everywhere in the Metro after photos of them spread like wildfire on Instagram a few days ago.
These yummy brownies are suddenly all the rage since people started posted photos of them online and everyone knows how good Cafe Mary Grace’s tiny regular brownies are to begin with. They’re flying off shelves at Php280 per box.
When Revlon met with me and handed me this delightful drugstore bronzer I looked it over and thought “Finally, finally…a MATTE mid-range priced one and it’s the right sort of terracotta shade”.
REVLON Photoready Bronzer is on the Revlon website however the U.S. site has no info posted on it (strange), but it’s there. It comes in one colorway “100 Bronzed & Chic” It retails at about $10.00 in Walgreens, but over here there’s an obvious “hike” at Php975.00.
I still have to understand why it’s practically double the price over here, but it’s certainly the best drugstore bronzer I’ve spotted so far. I’ve exaggerated the intensity of the application so that you see the true tone of it…I’d probably wear it slightly lighter. It can basically act as contour or like a “blonzer” for oriental skin, a good all-around shader. It hugely reminds me of Guerlain’s 4 Seasons Terracotta compact bronzer. Read “more” to get the full review, see swatches and photos in non-direct light plus a before and after application shot.