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Maybelline Great Lash Mascara (Waterproof) | They Say It’s Infamous, See What I Think

To be honest, Maybelline Great Lash Waterproof, the popular US drugstore mascara, was my very, very first purchase on Ebay 4 years ago. I made the mistake of purchasing the BIG washable variant, that one really wouldn’t stay on the whole day but prior to that first purchase I had already tried a tube of the waterproof one and that worked well for me. The thing is, the waterproof variant holds curl exceedingly well. Here it is in updated packaging with the white “Waterproof” stamp near the bottom.

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I happen to think that what turns people off is the screwy wand which doesn’t do much for big lashes, it’s fine for smaller eyes like mine…I find it easy to art direct my lashes with, but that’s me…it might not work for you. I think this is why some people prefer to get the curved waterproof variant which comes with a denser curved brush…wait a minute does that variant still exist? I only see the curved washable one on the site. Anyway…Great Lash waterproof also happens to be the mascara that Regine Velasquez used on her wedding day, the day she made herself up. I saw the behind the scenes photos. So why is it popular among artists locally? I personally noticed it has excellent curl holding power for women like myself with smaller eyes and less dense lashes and it doesn’t make lashes look spidery.

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The volume Great Lash gives is not vavavoom volume, it’s everyday wearable volume that’s noticeable. I like putting this on if I don’t want to look too made up but aim to look better than what I look like fresh out of bed. I slept overnight with just this on to test it (only I’m allowed lol) and it lasted without smudging everywhere. Waterproof mascara variants always hold curl better as I have observed. I’ve seen this for a fact having used L’Oreal False Lash Telescopic in both the waterproof and regular versions, the regular one didn’t hold curl for more than 5 minutes. It’s possible that the same chemical that prevents mascara pigment from smudging when wet also holds lash curl longer. There’s also a slim possibility that Great Lash works and looks better in humid climates than in dry climates, I haven’t met a hater here locally just yet but there are so many beauty insiders who hate this mascara online in Europe and in the U.S., the opinion abroad is pretty split up. This one is pretty popular among makeup artists here, I see it in their kits and well it works for me. I also like that it’s one of the more affordable working drugstore mascaras for myself, it only costs about $6 from US drugstores like Walgreens OR if you’d like to get it locally check out @thebeautystudioPH : a style and beauty store on Instagram and on Facebook here. They’ve got other cool things as well.

*product provided by @thebeautystudioph on Instagram for review :)

 

 

 

Moringa-O2 Malunggay Herbal Facial Toner | A Local Alcohol-Free hydrating Toner

With all the Caroline Hirons mania since the MUA Pixiwoo sisters featured UK’s very own pro skincare guru on their BodyTalk channel people like myself have been waking up and switching up on skincare.  I sense a bead of sweat rolling downward for several brands since hundreds of thousands of people have begun to furiously check ingredients lists wanting a proper and safe revamp for their faces.  I’m not one to completely fuss and throw out everything but I have been zooming through my current staples wanting to finish them up since I’ve got a Ms.Hirons sort of “haul” (ugh, hate the word but it helps you envision) coming through beginning of next month.  Recently I’ve realized that not everything she recommends has to be imported, she simply goes on like a broken record about ALCOHOL-FREE when it comes to toners and now at least I’ve got something, and it’s proudly Filipino.

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KEY INGREDIENTS : Aloe, Glycerin, Witch Hazel flower water, Moringa (malunggay leaf extract), Omega (sunflower oil), and Olive Leaf Extract. Php 95.00 (available in Watsons, SM Supermarkets, SM Savemore, SM Hypermarkets, and Robinson’s Department Stores)

I like that Ms. Hirons is not legalistic about ingredients she doesn’t like but she just says better if they’re not in a product at all, are neutralized by another ingredient in the mix, or are near the bottom of the ingredients list (meaning only the least, tiny amount).  We know that she’s sweetly supportive and devoted to Emma Hardie skincare, the range she forever supports, and what she goes on and on for miles about is their Lift and Sculpt Moringa range.  Moringa my friends is MALUNGGAY…Pinays wake up…we’ve got some great Malunggay stuff going on at the moment, like the Moringa-O2 skincare range for instance by the makers of Gluta-C, the range has been around for a couple of years but only recently has it been aggressively marketed via social media and I’m glad their team sent me the range to try.  I’ve quickly become a fan of the Moringa-O2 Herbal Facial Toner  just in the last few hours so I decided to give you a short review.  What I like about this toner is everything about it being hydrating and charged with natural goodies and the only thing I dislike is that it’s scented, once again…they didn’t have to…really, I’d much rather they didn’t, right?  FRAGRANCE FREE wins faces every time people, come on.  The scent however is light and pleasant and doesn’t stay on your face, it smells similar to Elizabeth Arden Green Tea.

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This is the moment, I have to get it out, because I need to stress this.  DO NOT SUBSTITUTE TONER AS MAKEUP REMOVER PLEASE.  TONER IS NOT MAKEUP REMOVER. TONER WILL NOT HELP IF YOU HAVE MAKEUP IN THE WAY.  So please kindly remove your makeup with a proper makeup remover, CLEANSE (if you can use an SLS free cleanser better), and then use a toner.  I apply the Moringa-O2 Facial Toner on with my favorite cotton pads (Delon from S&R if i’m not mistaken, the round ones with a smooth side and textured side) 2 dashes to the textured side of the pad to help get excess grime off, then 2 dashes to the smooth side to apply again for added hydration and overall clean.  This really did not make my skin feel tight in the slightest and my face felt refreshed, plump, and happy, it also helped my skin better receive my DermaE Hyaluronic Acid Hydration Serum (my Hydraluron dupe) afterwards followed by my moisturizer, layering the 3 didn’t clash on my face which surprised me in a positive way.  While it’s alcohol-free still DO NOT try taking this near your eyes by the lash line because it’s scented…you can take it around the eye area, on eyebags, just don’t get too close.  It left my skin cool and refreshed without alcohol thanks to soothing Aloe and Witch Hazel blossom water which comprises the base of the toner preventing any sort of parched feeling.  The leave-in goodie for your skin is the Moringa Extract which is steadily in the center of the ingredients list indicating it’s got a good amount of this, moringa has healing and balancing properties that nourish the skin.  I wouldn’t wonder too much about the benefits, if there are any, of the Sunflower and Olive Leaf extract since they’re so far down the list this contains too tiny amount.  Anyhow, it’s good to know they’re in there, better good than bad.  At Php95.00 this toner is a local drugstore gem.  Follow Moringa-O2 on Facebook for more product updates and information.

Slash that Stash! Part 1 | Top 5 – Five to Survive

Today is all about makeup kit weight loss, sticking with stuff that works and what you need. Capsule kits are king this spring/summer because of all the holidays people will be taking and college girls are about to start school again this June. The makeup pouch, kit, sack…whatever… is what always ends up a burgeoning mess halfway out the door for girls who care (like myself) simply because we’re finicky and like trying different things. People are talking about paring down the kit but to make things easier for the variation among you I’m doing a 2-part series. First for today a bare minimum 5 products (excluding tools) for those who need to look done and don’t fuss as much and then a more trooper-esque 10 products next time for the hopelessly devoted. Bear in mind this is not as much about the branded products presented as it is essentially 5 general cosmetic items you will need to put a fresh, lightly done face on. This Part 1 post will also be segmented two ways. It will begin with the “5 to Survive” for makeup noobs (easy to use products with minimal tools) and then the 5 to survive for the part-time “pros” with more skill. Please note that these are recommendations and you can of course substitute different brands that offer the same sort of product. The mixes may or may not work for you but I’m free to present why I think they should work :).

THE MAKEUP NOOB’S FIVE TO SURVIVE

So you need to primp and you don’t care as much as the rest of the female population ( And that’s okay, we are born in variants) but you need to keep staples on hand at all times to put a face on as needed. You may or may not be an athlete, social worker, a nurse, a spy (who sees you) or maybe a mother of 10 but whatever the case you do have more important pursuits than fussing with your face. You loathe needing skills to use different brushes other than a powder brush and the idea of using multiple eyeshadow and blending forever recycles itself…binned at the back of your mind. Maybe this lot is for you. I sacrificed eyeliner because mascara works for me at a bare minimum. If you can’t live without eyeliner add to the 5 and make it 6, no one’s stopping you hehe.

slashstash_04CLOCKWISE: 1.) A foundation or base product that can be built to conceal (Shiseido Perfect Refining foundation SPF 24), 2.) A lip and cheek product (Benefit ChaCha Tint), 3.) A volumizing waterproof mascara (L’Oreal False Lash Telescopic this is the non-waterproof , my WP one is already ugly to look at lol), 4.) A liquid brow pen (K-palette 1DayTattoo Eyebrow pen I cheated and used the eyeliner for the photo, but it looks the same), 5.) A mineral compact setting powder (MakeUp Factory Mineral Compact, you can also use MAC MSF Natural but that doesn’t have a mirror)

 

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TOOLS FOR THE MAKEUP NOOB – See no worries, just the Shu Uemura lash curler and a retractable powder brush. My brush is an Ecotools one but you can locally get premium ones by Charm makeup brushes.

This Top 5 set I put together keeping in mind that people without the skill or any plan to add to what they can do with their hands should have convenient options. You can apply the foundation with your hands beginning at the center of your face. This Shiseido one I chose is as thin as a tinted moisturizer, comes in a dinky convenient dropper bottle and offers medium to full coverage so you can add more in certain areas to conceal more. While the foundation is still moist add the cheek tint, the one I chose by Benefit quickly stains which is why you have to massage it onto the apples of your cheeks immediately once applied. Fill in sparse areas of your brows with the brow pen and and perfect the tail. Proceed to powder the T-zone and chin with the Makeup Factory mineral compact. Lastly, curl your lashes and apply mascara thickly at the base of the roots and thinner at the tips. Read more to see the Five to Survive set I chose for part-time makeup pros.

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My New HG Top Luxury Foundations | Koh Gen Do Aqua & Koh Gen Do Moisture

I first tried both these foundations by Japanese brand Koh Gen Do a few days ago at Beauty Bar in Podium. I know I’m a little late on the bandwagon because bloggers were raving about these a little over a year ago? When I tried these I crankshafted my jaw up off the floor twice, first because of the excellent quality and second because of the price. They’re painfully expensive (almost matching Becca Luminous Skin Tint in price over at Adora) which is probably why the Koh Gen Do hype didn’t last for too long…these aren’t exactly budget friendly repurchase candidates unless no other foundation at all works for you.

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These KGD gems are only so far the best and most luxurious foundations I have ever…as in EVER tried. Note though that’s a personal and professional opinion based on how I like my base products to work. Some of you might want more coverage. The Moisture Foundation is the more buildable formula. They’re both formulated with a majority of natural ingredients, free of mineral oil and mainstream nasties and they are made in Japan. The local price difference of Php100 between these two I find strange because they’re not that dissimilar in quality and one contains much more product for money than the other (and they cost the same abroad). I do have my reasons for purchasing 1 of each kind in spite of the small difference. For the review you’re about to read I applied both foundations from the center of the face outward with a Real Techniques Expert Face brush. This review won’t contain hand swatches simply because I’m saving product, it costs too much and the shades are almost the same anyway. What’s better than a foundation review? Well, how about two? Read more to see the full reviews and more photos.

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