Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Freshen Up with Facial Mist

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So is facial mist really that necessary or is it another marketing tactic to lure you to spend for a baseless want rather than absolute need? From a beauty enthusiast point-of-view, I say it's a face-saver! First, let's understand the basics.

Depending on the brand, a facial mist is basically water with essential oils and fillers. Of course, the lesser the fillers, the better. Josie Maran Rosey Mist, a current must-be-in-my-bag-all-the-time, lists rose oil and purified water as main ingredients.

I consider facial mist a multi-tasker because I use it to set my makeup, as a toner, as a mid-day glow booster, and whenever I feel like my skin needs extra hydration. And yeah, while writing this post, I just sprayed my face with The Face Shop Cooling Mist (exclusively sold in The Face Shop standalone stores).

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I don't know who's that OA lady above but she just confessed that she's addicted to face mist. Here are some must-try's, according to her:

Do you use facial mists? if so, what's your go-to brand?


Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Exscrub Me? Beautisol Citrus Face Exfoliant

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I won't deny that this whole blogging thingimajig expanded my beauty arsenal like I'm running a hole in the wall store. Our bathroom alone has all sorts of skincare and bath products that will probably last me over a year, #noshame

This leads me to my next point; the way I wash my face varies from time to time depending on the product(s) I try. Cleansing brush, cream facial wash, clear facial wash, face foam, konjac sponge, exfoliant, the list goes on #fact

For today's post, let me introduce you to Beautisol Exscrub Me? Citrus Face Exfoliant ($17, 2 fl oz/ 60ml). 

Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Polyethylene (Beads), Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Jojoba Esters (Beads), Behenyl Alcohol, Stearic Acid, Cetyl Alcohol, Dicaprylyl Ether, Glyceryl Stearate, Sucrose Stearate, Xanthan Gum, Titanium Dioxide, Sodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Squalane, Citrus Tangerina (Tangerine) Peel Oil, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Citric Acid, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil*, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Potassium Sorbate, Carbomer, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Tocotrienols, Elaeis Guineensis (Palm) Oil, Phytic Acid, Sodium Hydroxide, Alcohol, Tocopherol (D-alpha), Passiflora Incarnata (Passionflower) Flower Extract *Certified Organic

In a nutshell, Exscrub Me? is an exfoliant with micro-beads that help slough off dead skin cells. Just so you know, I exfoliate only twice a week because doing it excessively does more damage to our skin, i.e redness, irritation, dryness. 

Unlike other exfoliants I have tried, Exscrub Me?'s beads are dense and quite abrasive so if you have sensitive skin, you have to be very careful scrubbing your face. A pea-size amount is good enough for my face. I usually pay attention around my nose where I have whiteheads the most. I like the citrusy scent and the overall feel of my face after rinsing: taut, smooth and refreshingly clean!

If you're into #faceexfoliant , Beautisol is running a Buy One, Get One with coupon code BOGO2014 (valid until June 31, 2014).

What's your favorite exfoliant?


Monday, April 21, 2014

Violet Lips Feat. Milani Violet Volt and Violet Addict

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Last week, I talked about expanding my bright lipstick stash by branching out more to purples. Like pink, nude and red, this hue can be interpreted in hundred and one ways. So while browsing Walmart's beauty aisle few days ago, I can't help but be entranced by these Milani pretties.

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From the Lip Intense Liquid Color line, 04 Violet Addict ($6.49, 0.20 fl oz/ 6ml) is a liquid lipstick which is surprisingly nondrying. I say so because my experience with liquid lippies (i.e. Hourglass, YSL, Kat Von D) is borderline lackluster. Violet Addict is purple-pink. The pigmentation is indeed shockingly-intense and the color you see from the packaging is pretty much consistent with the inside. It is shiny like a lipgloss sans the tacky feel. It also has a decent wear time of about five hours. I just wish the applicator bends so it conforms to the shape of my lips for a more precise application. 

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Next is Violet Volt ($5.49, 0.14 oz/ 3.97g) from the Color Statement Lipstick collection. This shade is deep purple with frost finish which is perfectly wearable anytime, any day. But see I'm a woman who breathes bright lips so take my word with a grain of salt. Are there even rules with lipstick shades these days? Geez, wear whatever makes you happy! I had about six hours of wear time, and that's in between coffee and water sips. It has a fruity scent which isn't overbearing. Generally I'm not a fan of frost lippies because they look dated but surprise, surprise, Violet Volt is a game changer! 

Here are side-by-side swatches of Milani Violet Addict and Violet Volt...

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and how they look on moi....

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I'm into makeunder these days so save for YSL BB Cream, Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder (diffused light), Cover Girl Mascara, and groomed brows, I have but a bold purple lippy to complete my look.

Have you tried any of these Milani eye candies?


Saturday, April 19, 2014

Easter Beauty Hunts from The Beauty Blog Coalition Weekly Round 4/20

  • Slashed Beauty: Tired of troublesome skin? Experts tell us what foods to eat and avoid to help us get glowing, healthy skin.
  • Lipgloss Break: Enter to win a set of Dove's new Pistachio Cream Body Wash & Beauty Bar - it's Angela's favorite!
  • TheFabZilla: Love purple lips? Kathryne from TheFabZilla got the scoop on Bite Beauty Luminous Creme Lipstick Violet and Matte Creme Lip Crayon Grape
  • Lola's Secret Beauty Blog: Love clay-based masks? Then African Botanics Marula + Plant Stem Cells Mineral Cleansing Mask is a fabulous game changer that is not to be missed!
  • Glamorable!: Find out why Anastasia DID NOT like Bunch of Carrots Bubble Bath from LUSH Easter 2014 Collection.
  • BeautyTidbits: Enter to win the new Mother's Day Collection by!
  • My Highest Self: Check out the good and the bad in Tina's review of Vidal Sassoon Hair Color in Deep Velvet Violet!
  • Beauty by Miss L: BYS Limited Edition Neons eyeshadow palette review & swatches.
  • My Newest Addiction Beauty Blog : Laura shows us her new favorite nail polish from Ciate London called Antique Brooch.
  • D.G.S.Beauty: Washing makeup brushes has become a chore. See how the Sigma Spa Brush Cleaning Glove has made life a little easier.
  • Geniabeme: Get a full face of makeup for under $20!
  • daydreaming beauty: Amber raves about Tarte Amazonian Colored Clay Liquid Foundation this week on daydreaming beauty.
  • Never Say Die Beauty: Check out what Allison got in her April Beauty Rocks Glam Bag from ipsy
  • Easter Finds from The Beauty Blogazons Weekly Roundup 4/19

    • Lola's Secret Beauty Blog: Dark circles or puffy eyes? Kiehl's Eye Alert to the rescue!
    • My Newest Addiction Beauty Blog : Laura shows us her new favorite nail polish from Ciate London called Antique Brooch
    • New World Beautiful: These four foreign beauty products have been on my wishlist for months! Check out my finds from Australia, Kenya, Japan, and France