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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Revlon Colorstay Foundation with Softflex in Toast

I have read nothing but great reviews for Revlon Colorstay Foundation. Most beauty bloggers and You Tube gurus like to compare this to MAC Studio Fix Fluid minus the occasional breakouts and the expensive price tag. So who won't want to try this foundation right? Right. Hehe So I did, I got my sister to get this for me in Singapore since here in Manila, their darkest shade available is so light that people with skin tones NC30 and up, won't even be able to use it. So anyway, I decided to get the Shade Toast. :)

The foundation comes in 1 fluid o.z full size in a twist open cap and a glass bottle. This is the same size as other full size foundations out in the market, although this product would be so much better if it had a pump, since tendency is to waste more product.

The consistency of the product feels thick, but once blended becomes very lightweight. This is a medium-full coverage and is buildable, even though you keep building and packing on the foundation, it still manages to feel light on skin. :)

Initial swatch of Toast at the back of my hand

Fully blended at the back of my hand

The shade Toast looks perfect for my skin tone since it disappears right away. But what I didn't anticipate was that, since I got the Combination/Oily variant for my acidic face. Once the foundation oxidizes it becomes 1 shade darker. So I should've gotten a shade that was lighter than this. But otherwise, I am very happy with the finish the foundation gives, it's light and silky.

I will probably just get one of the lightest shades of this foundation so I can just do my own mixing to mix and match clients too. :)

The only thing I don't like about this is how the shades in MANILA ARE SO LIMITED.

Btw, in 2 weeks I will be leaving for the States for a vacation. I will be hoarding on make up like crazy I'm sooo excited. So more reviews and blog posts then! :)

Toodles! :)

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

NOTD - Orly miniature Collection CHA CHA CHA

Hey Girls, sharing with you my NOTD using ORLY's Miniature collection in CHA CHA CHA. This actually came in a gift pack from the Nailaholics bloggers Spa party. :)

Here it is:

I really love the bright orange shimmery color. :) Perks up my mood. :)

On another note, Congratulations to the Philippines Venus Raj for placing 4th Runner Up in the Ms Universe Pageant 2010. So proud of you! Thank you for uplifting and bringing the Filipinos together amidst the tragedy that happened yesterday of the hostage taking. God Bless you and the Philippines. :)

Toodles! :)

Sunday, August 22, 2010

On cloud 9 at Nailaholics Bloggers Treat

I received an exciting invitation from Bea about a Bloggers Spa Party at Nailaholics. The theme was Greece. If you know me, I love everything Greece and Greek, so this invitation received an RSVP from me right away. :) The spa party was held at the Nailaholics branch in MOA. When I got there was cheerfully greeted by Bea and the wonderful people of ORLY from Sprint Asia the beautoful girls who sponsored the event. :) I was immediately offered some greek snacks which I happily chowed down and was told to sit down and relax. :) Next Bea handed me their menu for me to choose any service to try. :)

After going through the menu, I couldn't help but get the Cloud 9 Manicure, Pedicure, foot spa with seaweed wrap. Sounded so inviting! :) Here ill just let the pictures do the talking. :)

Getting Started all the wonderful ORLY Nail Polishes to choose from

Hands and feet being soaked

No to dead skin! hehe

Now Filing my nails

Foot and Leg Scrub in a soothing lemongrass smell. :)

More smoothening of my feet hehe

Buffing nails before nail polish

Now here comes the sea weed wrap, first she applies a sort of like Mask type on all of my legs, wraps it in Cling Wrap then puts a warm cloth over. It feels sooo good I wish I can get it every night haha

While the wrap was on my legs for about 15 minutes, I was getting my nail polish for my fingernails. :)

Then the wrap comes off :)

I even get a foot massage! This really is cloud 9!!!

After this I got nail polish from Orly too on my toes. :)

MOA Branch

Bloggers getting pampered :)

The cloud 9 treatment really makes you feel like you are on cloud 9. :) I super enjoyed my pampering sessions at nailaholics. :) What i really like about nailaholics is that it is located everywhere! They have branches in practically all areas in metro manila! Hehe

Nail-a-holics Nail Salon & Spa is located in major malls in Metro Manila and Luzon -

SM Mall Of Asia, SM Megamall, SM Bacoor, SM Sta.Rosa, SM Muntinlupa, SM Sucat, SM Las Pinas, SM Tarlac, Robinsons Metro East, The Eastwood Excelsior, Cash & Carry Makati, Marquee Mall Angeles Pampanga. Soon to open –SM San Pablo, SM Calamba, SM Pampanga, SM Clark, SM Taytay, Robinsons Galleria. Visit our website for more details, www.nailaholics.com. Also find us on Facebook (Nailaholics Nail Salon and Spa) and Twitter (nailaholicslove).

Thank you so much Bea from Nailaholics and to the sponsors from ORLY. I really had a wonderful time being pampered, I am sure to come back to Nailaholics because it is so affordable to be so pampered, The staff is so so so friendly and their locations are so convenient because they have so many branches! :) I am sure to go back and try more. :)

Toodles! :)

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Flawless Acne Astringent

For the past 3 weeks, i have been using Flawless Face and Body Clinic's Acne Astringent. I was recommended this product by the wonderful staff of Flawless BF President's Avenue Branch. I needed an astringent since i ran out of my regular toner. During that time, I had a couple of breakouts due to my hormones and stress hence the recommendation. I didn't mind too since my face is occasionally oily and I once had a case of bad acne.

At first I was worried about the astringent drying out my skin since acne astringents are known to dry out the pimples. But eventually as I was using the product daily, I noticed that the astringent felt very light. There was no sting at all, and my face felt so clean after every tone. The best part was, it wasn't drying to my skin.

The selling point for me about this product is that it did dry up my acne during that time and since then I've had no acne breakouts. I like how it says "Helps prevent the formation of pimples" because I feel it really does that. :)

This astringent is available in all Flawless Clinics for PHP300+ (sorry I forgot the exact amount). I've been using this for about 3 weeks and I can say I'm pretty happy with it. :)

Toodles! :)

Friday, August 13, 2010

Rexona Naturals Let your skin breathe

If there's one thing that Metro Manila lacks, its the abundance of parks with lush greens. These are just often seen in exclusive villages and almost province areas. But for the rest of Metro Manila, we are swarmed with pollution. Don't you just wish that every morning when we wake up, we wake up to the smell of fresh air, so relaxing Nature is truly good for you.

Now, Rexona has a new product that lets you extend the nurturing benefits of nature to your skin.

How amazing is this, that Rexona Naturals Antiperspirant combines the best of its antiperspirant science with natural ingredients, so your delicate underarm skin gets nourished and revitalized even as it stays dry for 24 hours straight. Talk about the best of both worlds. :)

The refreshing formulation from rexona is called bioprotection, it has sunflower seed oil, a natural ingredient that keeps skin healthy and vibrant by feeding it vitamin E and omega 6 fatty acids. Some of the other antiperspirant deodorants out there have harmful chemicals that may end up damaging the sensitive skin of your underarm instead of protecting it. Choosing deodorants with Natural ingredients like Rexona is the only way you can have 24 hour protection while avoiding damage to your underarms. The Natural ingredients really let your skin breathe. :)

To celebrate this break through from Rexona, together with Facebook has launched an earth-loving facebook application that allows users to grow real plants straight from their computer. These plants can be watered, fertilized, you can even play music to then, trim off dead leaves, remove caterpillars and release butterflies. All you need to do is click on the corresponding buttons and a gardener will execute the commands as viewed through live streaming videos.

Click on image to view application

Definitely something you should check out on facebook. :)

Toodles! :)

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Pond's Pure White Deep Cleansing Facial Foam wih Activated Carbon +B3

I am a guilty perfect target for advertisements. Whenever there is something new I see on commercials, especially shampoo and skin care, I get excited and try them ASAP. This Pond's Facial wash was no different. What first attracted me was its Black packaging. Initially I thought of how sleek and classic it looked in black with pink accents. It was beautiful, I needed to have it. Haha Yes, I'm pathetic, but when I watched the commercial again, I knew why I needed it even more, This Pond's Facial wash has Activated Carbon +Vitamin B3.

New Pond's Pure White Facial Foam is formulated with Activated Carbon. The Activated Carbon is known to easily absorb and lift away the dirt and impurities from skin surface and deep within pores. Cleanses your face thoroughly to reveal your natural pure white looking skin.

After reading this description from the packaging, I picked it up right away. Since my lifestyle allows me to wear make up all the time, taking it off can be a thorough job. The steps are usually as follows, Make Up remover, Facial wash, Toning then moisturizing. Usually when I tone, I still see and remove some dirt from my face (amidst the fact that i already removed make up with a remover and washed my face with facial wash). So the activated Carbon was just perfect to help me remove more dirt from my face. :)

The color of the facial foam is like a pearly gray color. :) It would've been cool to be pure black eh? :)

Anyway I just started using this product, and i'll see if this will work for me. From the first wash though, it gave me a clean feeling but not too tight like all moisture was stripped off. :)

Have you guys tried this product? Let me know what you think. :)

Toodles! :)

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Mini Blog Sale

Hey girls, I'm letting go of some make up that I don't use for myself and my kit. :)

If you girls like any products I'm selling, please email me at:

carla.avancena@gmail.com (I have email on my blackberry so I can check there faster)

Mode of Payment will only be through BPI SAVINGS for now

Shipping Within Metro Manila is PHP50 through XEND, for outside Metro Manila courier computation will be applied. :)

MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Foundation NC44 - PHP800 (85% Full)

Covergirl Tru Blend Whipped Foundation in 445 Warm Beige - PHP300 (90% Full)

Covergirl & Olay Simply Ageless Concealer in 205 - PHP200 (swatched once) Covergirl & Olay Simply Ageless Concealer in 210 - PHP250 (Brand New)

Or Buy Both for PHP400

Shiseido The Makeup Dual Balancing Foundation in 15ml bottle
Shades: B80 and B40

Both for only PHP250

Maybeline Expert Wear Blush in Dusty Rose - PHP300 (Brand New)

Fashion 21 Eye Brow Powder - PHP50 (used once)

Toodles! :)

Monday, August 9, 2010

Favorite Make-Up Remover: Lancome Bi-Facil

We all love creating those dramatic eye looks with the different products we use. But at the end of a fun night, taking the eye make up off can be such a pain, and we must take it off so our sensitive eyes won't get infected. I have gotten a stye once since I slept without properly taking off eye make up, so I made sure after that I thoroughly removed the make up especially for my eyes. Therefore, I would like to share with you all my favorite eye make up remover, it works fast and leaves your eyes make up free! :)

Lancome BI-FACIL eye makeup remover

All Skin types
This Double-phase liquid is fresh as water, yet removes even waterproof eye makeup. Gentle enough for sensitive eyes.


When shaken

Bi-Facil by Lancome has got to be my most favoriite eye make up remover ever. It works so swiftly, and true to its meaning its as fresh as water, no heavy oil feel at all. In just one swipe, it works already! :) To put this to test, I lined the back of my hand with 2 Styli Style Eye Liner Pencils. I chose Styli Style because this is waterproof and rub proof like crazy! Check here for my review on that. :)

Styli Style Semi permanent Pencil at the back of my hand

With a q-tip using only one side, I dipped this in the Bi-Facil to absorb the remover

Taking off the excess since I dipped it too long, you only need a little promise. :)

About to take off the liners in just one swipe

The first swipe, look at how clean and fast it is in removing the make up. :)

After the first swipe, look at the clean area so fast!

My 3rd swipe, take note, I didn't have to go back and swipe the already swiped areas. :)

All clean and all gone, check out the qtip carrying all the removed product. :)

Overall, I don't think I need to stress more on how much I really like this product because the pictures really do all the talking. This product is so convenient and can be used with a cotton square for instant eye make up removal and/or with a q-tip for smaller and harder to reach areas like eye liner.

The only thing that can set you back is the price, It's pretty pricey for a makeup remover but luckily I get mine in small travel sets that are usually included in Lancome Kits. :)

What are your favorite make up removers? :)

Toodles! :)

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