It’s back-to-school you guys? Do you remember before when we were still in school? We get so excited in going back to school after summer because we get to have new school stuff! New bags, new shoes, new notebooks, new pencilcase, new erasers…… Ahhh! Sarap buhay-student…. But wait, why can’t all those in school have all the fun…. So, I too should have new stuff too — my “back-to-school” beauty loot!!! Wehehe…..
I have accumulate some new cosmetics in time for this “back-to-school” envy, some of which were given, some where bought because it was time to replenish my old stash and some are out of impulsion, hehe..Presenting my “back-to-school” beauty loot:
1.NANNY ROSE’S QUEEN BEE FOUR SLICES OF RASPBERRY CHEESECAKE LIPBALM
I admit the packaging and name lured me into buying this cheap (P99) lipbalm. It has the light scent of the raspberry cheesecake but no flavor of cheesecake that I hope. It was a bit too dry and doesn’t achieve the gloss and moisturization I was hoping for a lipbalm. But it is perfect if I want to lighten and mattify my lipstick which gives off a more natural colored lips.
2. REVLON PHOTOREADY CONCEALER (Medium Deep #005)
I have run out of my stash of Cinema Secret Ultimate Foundation/Concealer. The disadvantage of living in Iloilo City is that it lacks the availability of major cosmetic brands like MAC, Keihls, Bloom, Shu Uemura, etc and of course Cinema Secrets unlike in Manila or Cebu. Since it takes a bit of time to ask people I know Manila to buy me my favorite concealer, I looked for a temporary substitute. This concealer could be a good substitute. It is easily applied because it comes in a tube like a lipstick. It can conceal pretty well though Cinema Secrets is still the top concealer/foundation for me. In the picture, the color may look a bit light but it was actually 4-shades darker when applied in my skin. Maybe it is because of my acidic skin. But it is easily remedied by applying my Maybelline Mineral Dual Powder over it.
3. AVEENO POSITIVELY RADIANT LINE (Brightening Cleanser & Daily Moisturizer)
I read about this product in a Preview magazine May 2007 issue in their Girls of the Summer segment. Martina Quirino raves about this product that she says even out her skintone and makes her skin dewy. I did try using the cleanser before when I was still in residency but my skin that time was going crazy from stress that I discontinued it and sticked to a milder soap. I decided to try the product again this time. The Cleanser smells so nice and after washing my skin feels so soft. The Moisturizer has a more herbal-y smell though. What is great about this product is that it has SPF 15 and that it doesn’t feel heavy or sticky on the skin. This Aveeno line claims to target all 5-Factor Radiance: tone, texture, dullness, blotchiness and brown spots leaving your skin looking fresh, awake and luminous after 4 weeks use. So I will let you know after 4 weeks, ok?
4. RICHENNA VOLUME UP MAGIC
I been looking for the Thermasilk Volumizing Spray but it is not really available here, unless you get lucky and find it in PX-goods store. Then I found this in Watsons. Since these days I am sporting my hair into my naturally-straight bob and it usually gets too flat, limp and had the unavoidable fly-aways, I need a product to straighten the fly-ways and volumize my hair. How to use this product: After shampooing, slightly dry hair and spray the product 10-15cm away from hair. Then you may style with dryer, roller, flat -iron or curling iron. I use a flat iron. This product is for volume, curl & straight. There is also another one only for straightening & volumizing only. This one is a good substitute for Thermasilk. It is not too oily and give the hair a bit of a shine. It needs more help in the volume department but then again maybe I blow-dry my hair to fast anyways…
5. MAYBELLINE PURE FOUNDATION MINERALS (Ochre 3)
This is currently my favorite. I don’t use it for foundation, rather I use it as my blush-on. There are seasons where some make-ups work and in other seasons, it doesn’t. Before I use the Nichido Blush-on but recently, it look more orangy-pink and quite unflattering. I decided to go for a more neutral looking cheeks. I got the mineral foundation in the darkest shade and used it as my blush-on. It works perfectly. I don’t really go well with the usual bronzer so this is my best option, I love it!
6. REVLON COLORSTAY MINERAL LIPGLAZE (Perpetual Plum)
I love plum lip color. It’s my go-to color for lipsticks. I am happy with this serendipitous purchase. I got at 50% discount price too… Bargain! My old lipstick is almost finished and I need a new one. I would say that looking for a lipstick color is similarly looking the right man in your life, hehe. I am very particular with lipcolor and I can’t just go wing it with any lipcolor. So this one qualifies in my requirement for the right lipstick. The downside is that since it is ColorStay, it does hold on to your lip but it feels like a glue. It also tends to smear a bit especially on the upper lip. Here is how it looks in my lips….
Have you tried any of these products? Let me know what you think of them.
Happy Back-to-school, pips! Xoxo
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