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Haul: Ross and Nordstrom

20 Feb

Hello guys! I’m sorry for being super depressed in this video. My heart is temporarily broken. My boyfriend and I are taking some time apart. I hope you guys enjoy this haul and please leave me a comment! Pray for me! xoxo

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Sample Saturday Lancome Absolue Premium BX Absolute Replenishing Cream SPF 15 Sunscreen

9 Feb

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I received this generous sample at one of Lancome’s gift with purchase events at Nordstrom last Fall I believe. The sample was about half a fluid ounce. The Lancome Absolue Premium Bx Absolute Replenishing Cream SPF 15 is probably one of the best advanced moisturizers I have ever tried at the Lancome counter. The moisturizer comes in two formulas one in cream and one in lotion with a pump. I have not tried the lotion formula but would love to in the summer time.

For a beauty junkie, I don’t really believe in spending that much for a moisturizer, because this moisturizer does not come cheap. This moisturizer retails at $155-$185. However, this moisturizer may just fit into my beauty budget.

This moisturizer is ultra rich but light at the same time. It is an advanced moisturizer and fits a more mature client. I am 28 years old and this moisturizer is perfect without any serums underneath. On a day when I’m very dry and I need serum this moisturizer layers perfectly. In my experience with Lancome moisturizers,  there seems to be a problem for the cream to absorb into the skin. The moisturizers I have tried in the past don’t layer nicely onto the skin, instead you get a gross residue of product rolling off your skin after application of the moisturizer.

But not with this one.

The benefits are truly hydrated, velvety soft skin, with a bit of Spf. I see a difference in line reduction when this is applied. My makeup has more of a glow and a lift because of this moisturizer. Also, because Lancome is known for a specific fragrance in all the skincare and makeup, this does not have a strong scent which is a huge plus.

I’m still not sure if I’ll need this moisturizer when the next gift with purchase comes in a few months. I still have my eye on Lacome’s Visionaire Serum, it’s featured on my beauty wish list. I hope this helped.

Have a great day!

Product Empties February 2013

1 Feb

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1. This took me forever to finish up. It is a favorite as are all Skin So Soft products are. The Avon Skin So Soft Ultra Body Serum with Silkening Pearls was a very hydrating gel texture that had these silkening pearls that dissolves as you apply the product. Unfortunately, this product has been discontinued, so even if I wanted to repurchase may not be able to, plus I’ve been leaning towards for organic body and skincare brands lately.

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2. The Lancome Bienfait UV SPF 50+ Super Fluid Facial Sunscreen is not my favorite sunscreen. It has a foul smell upon application and to be honest I didn’t feel like it protected me. I bought this a while back for a gift with purchase. The things I buy just for the darn free gift. I will not repurchase this again.

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3. The Lancome Flash Bronzer Tinted Self-Tanning Leg Gel was a good leg bronzer. I bought this right before the summer season and I liked it. My tan on my legs lasted up to five days. It was moisturizing and wasn’t streaky. The only thing was this did have a lot of shimmer, which isn’t a bad thing. I may repurchase this if there is another gift with purchase coming up or I may try for another one maybe the Clarins bronzer.

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4. The Neutrogena Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover, is an awesome fail-proof product. I guess this product is also award winning. I have repurchased this over and over again. I always look for sales at the drugstores, and let me tell you it is wise to stock up on this stuff. When it goes on BOGO Sale this is probably one of the first things that sells out. No lie! I used this as a duplicate to the Lancome Bi-facil but I go through this stuff so fast I cannot maintain using this. Its $28 and I go through one probably every 6-8 weeks. I have came across another drugstore eye makeup remover and it is the Salma Hayek Nuance Dual Phase Makeup Remover. But all in all, I am safe with this choice and if my favorite is not on sale, this product is very reliable and affordable.

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5. I was so sad when my Clinique Moisture Surge Face Spray was all gone. 😦 I bought this during Clinique’s gift with purchase last November. I didn’t realized I liked it so much until it was all gone. I now know the difference with hydrating sprays and makeup setting spray. I like having both on hand. Next gift with purchase I am definitely stocking up! yay!

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6. I have finished two bottles of my e.l.f. Makeup Mist & Set sprays. I love them! They are only $3 at Target. I mean why wouldn’t I love them. They are affordable and do the job. However, I have been tempted to try out the MAC versions, which are featured in my beauty wish list and also I am ordering the Clarins Fix’ Make-up Refreshing Mist from my Nordstrom Clarins girl, whom I get my boyfriend’s moisturizer from, plus they are in gift with purchase and that is why I’m splurging on this highend stuff. Its $27!!

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7. Shiseido Future Solution Eye and Lip was a luxury buy. Probably one of my most expensive eye and lip creams ever purchased. It is just sooo pricey. I don’t think I’ll ever purchase anything this pricey ever again. But then again never say never. This is the discontinued version has they have reformulated and it took me forever to finish this up as I used it sparingly.

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8. Clinique Long Last Glosswear SPF 15 in Bamboo PInk. This was a gift from the gift with purchase. Thank God I received a small deluxe size of this gloss. This gloss was sooo sticky! It was sooo sticky I went on a date and wore this and kissed my date on the lips and he complained on how sticky my gloss was. My lips were literally glued to my date! Fail.

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9. Sally Airbrush Spray Makeup in Deep is my holygrail makeup for the airbrush look. I love to use this for special occasions. This is definitely not an everyday makeup as it is quite expensive and has a more luxurious feel to it. I felt like it didn’t last me very long. I am sooo pale now, not sure to repurchase in same color or to try the medium shade. Sadly, this only comes in 4 shades. Definitely will repurchase, if before March 2013I’ll buy the medium shade if after May 2013 then I’ll stick to the Deep shade.

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10. My skin would be hot mess with out this stuff. This stuff keeps my skin care and gets rid of acne instantly. I have bought so many bottles of this stuff. I always have on in my makeup bag, my dresser and one at my boyfriend’s house. I like the Trader Joe’s brand best because it is the most affordable.

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11. Sadly this one is discontinued. Revlon Spa Age Defying Concealer is on of my favorite concealers. I discovered it on the verge of being discontinued at Rite Aid for 75% off. Then I found it at Biglots and I think it was a few bucks there too. So I stocked up. This is one of my favorite concealers. It is awesome for spot coverage and undereye coverage. Its hard to find a concealer that does both.

And that’s all folks! hope you guys enjoyed this. Now time to dump this stuff to the garbage! 🙂

January Favorites 2013

1 Feb

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1. My boyfriend got me this lotion a while back and I thought it was weird that it has a natural drug paraphernalia logo on the bottle lol. Anyhow, the Hempz Pure Herbal Extracts Age Defying Herbal Body Moistorizer is a beautiful rich lotion, not as rich as a body butter but its pretty rich for a lotion. Winter time is when I really doused myself in body lotion. I’m so lazy when it comes to lotion and I never learn either way. Every winter, my skin gets dry and itchy. All because I don’t moisturize my skin after the shower. I get these ugly scabs on my legs from razer burn and from excessive drying then results into uncontrollable itchiness. Anyway, sorry for the tmi or graphic mental picture but I am one of those who suffer from extreme dryness in the winter. So this has been a savior to my dry skin. Its natural, and enriched with 100% pure organic hemp seed oil. I love it! You know me, if it’s organic, if it has essential oil and it hydrates I’m all there! Plus it’s age-defying, hydrate + firming. You will wake up with super comfortable sexy satiny skin! I promise! Your skin will be on the best high ever! Haha *I wish they had a skincare line for this. It would be a totally hipster and organic brand.

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2. I bought a bunch of bath and body fragrance lotions for stocking stuffers for friends and co-workers last Christmas. I came across this lotion on default when freshening up prior to seeing my boo boo bear aka my boyfriend. Thankfully to my advantage, they were still in the bag in my car. I pull up to the drive way, touched up and walked in to a nice hug. (Rule #1 ladies, always freshen up before seeing your man, even if its lip gloss, brushing your hair or putting some fragrance lotion on your wrists and neck, he will appreciate it.)

The response was sweet. Through the years of dating my boyfriend, he always seems to be brutally honest about how I smell or look. He either repels it, loves it, or is super neutral about it. So anyway, I always make a mental note on fragrances that he actually acknowledges. The winner this time was Bath and Body Works Signature Collection Carried Away Body Lotion with vitamin E, jojoba and shea butter. By the way, Bath and Body works is so middle school to me. But I still love it! Don’t be jelly! ❤

Another reason, why this won for January favorites, because most of my co-workers all complimented me on this beautiful fragrance.

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3. You guys knew this was coming,  Burt’s Bees Intense Hydration Night Cream with Clary Sage . This cream is sooo effin’ good that I can’t believe it is a drugstore product. A pearl size of this all over the face with or without serum cures all dryness, finelines, redness, blotchiness, flakiness and tautness. I can’t recommend this enough. 🙂

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4. When I first vlogged about this I was a shade too tan for this particular color. Now that I am pale for a tan filipina girl, this is my go to powder. It is one of the lightest powders I own that is not a highlighter powder. I love my Maybelline New York Fit Me! Powder, I wear shade 310 Sun Beige. It is a very light weight powder. I don’t recommend wearing it alone or as a compact cover up. It hardly has any coverage. But that is not why I love it. I love it because it sets my foundation very nicely without looking to heavy or cakey. Plus this compact does not alter the color of my foundation. This works perfectly well with my Winter Foundation. I set my t-zone with this powder as I don’t wear powder all over my face!

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5. The L’oreal True Match Foundation is one of the best drugstore foundation ever created. I wear the shade W6 which is a warm undertone and was advertised as Jennifer Lopez’s shade in the commercial. (I’m honored to be her shade lol)  Although, this product has been in my foundation collection for quite sometime, I managed to pick it up again. I fell in love with this product earlier this month, when I took a quick trip to Las Vegas. This foundation is definitely my fuller coverage makeup. When I usually go out, I like to wear my Sally Hansen Airbrush Spray Makeup, which is a duplicate of the Diorskin Airflash Spray Foundation, but I ran out of it and haven’t been back to the drugstore to buy more so my L’oreal true match saved the day. L’oreal True Match will always have a spot in my makeup collection because of the exact precision in shade matching. Its unbelievable they offer this foundation in 32 shades!

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6. On a more natural day for beauty this awesome foundation comes in handy, my Maybelline New York Fit Me! Foundation in 310. I love this foundation more when winter weather is here. This foundation reminds me of a super high end foundation that a savvy and sophisticated woman would wear on their already perfected complexions. The texture is light, semi liquidy and has some sweet light reflectors in it. I don’t recommend in the summertime because it will make you look oily. The coverage is super light and the finish is dewy. Perfect day time foundation and this goes well with the Maybelline New York Fit Me! Pressed Powder in 310.

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7. Prior to this blog was my favorite winter foundation. Why does this foundation set them apart from my other foundations that I have previously mentioned as my monthly favorite? Well my Rimmel London Match Perfection Foundation in shade 340 Nude, is the lightest foundation color that I own. I love the moisturizing texture. The packaging should have been in a pump because this product is not overly liquidy and doesn’t just pour out easily. The color is perfect. I am my lightest by far in my life. I like this because it is light enough to brighten up dull boring skin, feels hydrating enough to give my skin a subtle glow and it doesn’t make me look all dark after I’m done contouring with bronzer or setting with my e.l.f. Studio Makeup and Mist Set.

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8. I love this serum so much, it has been featured in two other blog posts! (The Product that saved my winter skin and Winterize your Skincare…) This serum from Lumene Vitamin C+ Dry Skin Comfort Radiance Cocktail, product is so lovely. It’s one of the best serums for dry skin found at the drugstore. Lumene Finland skincare seems more highend to me. It sorta reminds me of Clarins Paris skincare. I love my serum and that is why it is a favorite because it zaps out dullness and cures dryness. Plus it brightens. My skin feels velvety and silky smooth. Plus its mostly natural ingredients. Now, I definitely want to try out more products from Lumene skincare line.

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9. Okay, this favorite right here, is not your typical scrub or cleanser. My Clean and Clear Morning Burst In-Shower Facial is an awesome product. Its a mask, a treatment, a scrub, and a cleanser all in one. I bought this a while ago at Big Lots for $3.80. I always freak out when I buy stuff at Big Lots because usually all the stuff I buy from there is discontinued products. But I was happy to see that this product is not discontinued. Thank Goodness! This is my go product for the days I fell asleep with my makeup the night before. I have to admit I am not that disciplined when it comes to my night time skincare routine. I know shame on me!!! Anyway, instead of your regular cleanser you apply this on in the shower all over face as a mask and then let it sit on your face for a few minutes, in the mean time you can shave your legs or wash your hair. Once the steam in the shower activates the product you massage it all in. Your skin will forget about sleeping with all your makeup night before. It contains some alpha hydroxy acid, which is probably why this product is the bomb-digetty. *just make sure you wear broad spectrum sunscreen before going outdoors.

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10. Last but not least, here it is Aleeda Baby Oil . Baby oil is a household product that many families keep in there bathrooms for generations. I keep this for the vicious winterlicious weather. Plus it makes me skin look like I’ve been in the spa for a few hours. It gives your skin that celebrity glow. Plus, here is a little beauty secret, when going out at night, and your dress is on the skimpy side and a crazy over coat is definitely going to ruin your fashion statement, opt for baby oil all over your body before you put your sexy dress on and then settle for a cropped jacket or a sexy cashmere wrap. A layer of baby oil actually keeps your skin insulated and you stay warmer and sexier the whole night. I like to get my baby oil at the 99 cent store.

My favorite Winter Foundation

1 Feb

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As we are in the peak of winter, so is the peak of my paleness. I guess I don’t mind my decreasing pigment luster. But I’ve been noticing my makeup hasn’t been adjusting or blending that well in the last few weeks.

What is a girl going to do? I shopped around and realized my mental awareness for finding the right foundation match is still behind 3 weeks. Subconsciously, I am still tan, or what is left over from a tan. I have bought foundations for reviews in almost all the wrong colors. When you are a blogger, vlogger, reviewer there are so many hits or misses in makeup shopping.

I decided to clean out my makeup drawer and tada! I found a hit or miss foundation that was too light for me then. I discovered the Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation (this is a reformulated version of the product, I think the sole difference is that the new one has a higher SPF, more shades, and is more of a light reflective makeup, think of Lumi foundation by L’oreal)

Anyhow, this foundation when I initially purchased this color was too dark and too pink. I gave it to my younger sister. Then I went back and purchased it in a shade lighter to see if it was the perfect match, in 340 Nude. Ugh, guess again, it was way too light.

Now as I apply it, it matches perfectly. I don’t know what’s up with my skin these days but I think this is the lightest I’ve been. I don’t mind it, I’m filipino. We like being less tan. I think the difference may be my skin care, and all those serums for brightening has literally brightened by look. LOL Who knows? Anyway, thanks for reading.

I hope you guys like my new foundation look.

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This was a few nights ago…

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This was taken right before I wrote the blog.

*Sorry for the ugly shadows in my face. 😦

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Love keeps no records of wrong or right — Anthony de Mello, Saint Peter

21 Jan

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Love keeps no records of wrong or right — Anthony De Mello, Saint Peter,

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Beauty Wish list

19 Jan

mineralized charged water mist mac

mac fix + spray

LEAFLET Winter 2011.qxp:LEAFLET PROMO

clarins cleansing milk combo skin

flowerbomb fragrance

spicebomb

laura gellar brighten and perfect powder