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ipsy November 2016 Glam Bag

Okay, so it has been a quiet month for me here. I took time to just focus on my life outside of the blog and I’m finally back — refreshed and all. A few sales I took advantage of helped with that too. What did you guys get on Black Friday? I only did minimal online shopping for Christmas. In fact, I have a good amount already wrapped up! Haha! Anyway, before I let November slip away…here’s my post on the ipsy November 2016 Glam Bag.

ipsy November 2016 Glam Bag

The bag has a cute pattern and the material makes me think it’s neoprene or something like that. Not my favorite kind of material, but cute still. First item that caught my eye is the ELEMIS Pro-Collagen Marine Cream. I’m trying this out next week as I am running out of my current moisturizer. Next up is the Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara. I love mascaras. In fact, I have about 7 open ones currently. I just have to get myself to use them more these days. Next we have Absolute New York Matte Stick. The shade I got it in is Dark Red. I thought about keeping this but I already have a few red matte lip colors that I think my nieces would enjoy it more than I would. Then we have the Starlooks Cream Eye Shadow. The shade I got it in is Rose Gold. I honestly don’t care much for cream eye shadows so this will go in my bonus gifting pile. I’m sure one of my nieces would enjoy playing with it. Last up is Luxie Beauty Rose Gold Small Duo Fiber Brush. I don’t use makeup brushes that much and I already have a ton. Off this goes to the gifting pile! In all fairness though, the brush is super soft to the touch.

ELEMIS Pro-Collagen Marine Cream

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara

Absolute New York Matte Stick

Starlooks Cream Eye Shadow

Luxie Beauty Rose Gold Small Duo Fiber Brush

I took the test again to eliminate from getting makeup brushes but I’m still getting them about once every 2 months?! But I’ve read complaints on their quiz and how inaccurate it can be. Even so, I can’t wait to see what next month’s bag is like!

DHC Deep Cleansing Oil

Happy Tuesday! What did you guys do for Halloween? Did you dress up? I did decorate and hoped we get lots of kids this year but it was not meant to be! Some speculated that a lot of the Halloween festivities happened already over the weekend and that it’s a Monday night so we got a small turnout. I was a little bit disappointed cause WHAT AM I GOING TO DO WITH ALL THIS CANDY?! I have a TON of candy leftover and I can’t return any of them as I opened all of them to give the kids a variety. Haha! I’ll be using some of them during baking but that’s pretty much it I think. Anyway, today’s post is on something I’ve been trying for a while now. Here’s my take on the DHC Deep Cleansing Oil.

DHC Deep Cleansing Oil

What I love about this product? I love that it doesn’t smell strongly of olive oil. The scent is there but it is not overpowering at all. I love that it washes off really nicely — definitely something I was worried about being that I hate the feel of oil on my skin in general. I was afraid that removal would be hard as it leaves this oily residue or film but NOPE! None of that. It washes off nicely, leaving my face clean and not dry at all. I find it also good to use as a makeup remover. Any makeup that removes easily with an oil-based makeup remover just comes off with minimal effort. It’s not the best as a makeup remover, but I don’t have to use a different one to remove my makeup and then wash my face with. It’s basically a 2-in-one product. With that said, I tried really hard to love this and I’m just not feeling it even after at least 2 months of daily use. The next section explains why.

What I don’t like about this product? I hate the feel of oil on my skin, especially my face, and this gives me that feeling. Even if it stays on my face only for a little while during my facial cleansing routing….I still hated it. In fact, I hated every minute that it’s on my face. So it doesn’t make my experience enjoyable and I find myself rushing through it just to get it over with. It’s not the facial cleansing experience I would like to have. Before this, my facial cleansing routine has always been a refreshing and relaxing experience. Now before you think I didn’t try….I did. I tried to overlook that aspect of it. In fact, I’ve been using it everyday for more than 2 months in hopes that I will get used to the feeling but no…..still no love from me — sorry! I was also concerned about this product causing breakouts with daily use but I’m chalking the minimal skin issues I have to other stuff instead of this. I will need to use this for a much longer time to really come to that kind of conclusion for me. I’m still using it but I won’t be repurchasing it after I run out.

More information on this item and other products the brand carries is available on their website here.

Bioré Deep Cleansing Charcoal Pore Strips

Happy Monday! I’m bummed that the weekend was over even though I had 2 days of vacation to stretch it out. It was nice though to just catch up on things at home and spend time with family. Today’s post is on something I got from my Walmart Fall 2016 Beauty Box. Here’s my take on the Bioré Deep Cleansing Charcoal Pore Strips.

Bioré Deep Cleansing Charcoal Pore Strips

What I love about this product? I’ve been using pore strips on and off for a few years since I’ve been in the US. It was a pricey thing for me back in the Philippines and we have some cleansers that really cleans the pores out (hello, original Eskinol face wash!) that I didn’t really need it. But facial cleansers here are milder and doesn’t dry out the skin as much so I keep some pore strips stocked always. Some people are against using it adamantly and if you are one of them, that’s cool. And yes, I do know that it rips the hair in the area you apply the pore strips out. I’m cool with that too. In fact, that’s something I like about the pore strips personally. This one though is different from the ones I usually use. The strip is black in color so I wondered how we could really see if it works on blackheads as the tip of blackheads is where the “black” is and the strip is….well, black? I followed the instructions provided and was satisfied with the result. Now here’s the takeaway from my review: while it does work, I can’t tell from one use if it’s any better than the regular pore strips I’ve been using. I see stuff on it that’s whitish in color, just like I would with the regular pore strips. But that’s it.

What I don’t like about this product? I only got one sample so my review is solely based on that one-time use. With that said, I can’t see any discerning difference in the results compared to using a regular pore strip. Maybe I don’t have enough blackheads to observe the difference between these and the regular pore strips completely? That’s possible.

More information on this item and other products the brand carries is available on their website here. Products from this brand is carried at other retailers too as seen listed here.

ipsy October 2016 Glam Bag

I got this in a few days ago. I’m keeping almost everything I got in this bag. A lot of times I would keep only one or 2 items and have the others as stocking stuffers or extras in a gift, but this time I’m keeping and using 4 of them! Here’s what I got with my ipsy October 2016 Glam Bag.

ipsy October 2016 Glam Bag

The bag is quite cute and the material strikes me as being waterproof or water-repellent at least. First up is the Elizabeth Grant Green Power C Hydrating Cleanser. The green colored tube stuck out like a sore thumb to me in the group. I’m dying to try out a new cleanser as I’ve been using the same one for about 2 months now and I don’t think I really like it. Next item that caught my eye is the MeMeMe Blush Brush. It has a nice handle and is fluffy but this is the one item I definitely won’t be using so off to the gifting pile it goes. Then we have the noyah Lipstick. The shade I got is in Smoke. I would’ve preferred the other shade available, Currant News, as that one is more “red” than Smoke (which is more “nude”). But I’m still keeping it as my hubby generally likes these kind of shades on me. Next we have Ciate Fierce Flicks Eyeliner. I’m keeping this as I don’t have that many eye liners with the felt tip. Last up is theBalm Blush. The shade I got is called Cabana Boy. I love, LOVE, L-O-V-E this shade! Definitely my favorite item from this month’s bag!

Elizabeth Grant Green Power C Hydrating Cleanser

MeMeMe Blush Brush

noyah Lipstick

Ciate Fierce Flicks Eyeliner

theBalm Blush

I can’t wait now for next month’s bag!

Maybelline Super Stay 24® Lip Color

Hey guys! I’ve been itching to write this post ever since the first day I put it to the test but I needed to use it for at least a few days for a full, comprehensive review. Today’s post is on something I got from my latest Influenster Vox Box. Here’s Maybelline Super Stay 24 Lip Color.

Influenster Maybelline Super Stay 24 Lip Color VoxBox

The Influenster insert states the following about the product:

Meet the wonder that stretches the limits of longwear lip color, SuperStay 24® Lip Color. This longwear lip color won’t cake, dry, flake or fade thanks to our unique Microflex technology that leaves lips feeling fresh through 24 hours of wear.

Step 1. Apply liquid lip color to clean, bare lips.
Step 2. Allow two minutes to dry, then apply the ultra-conditioning balm to seal in moisture.
Step 3. Reapply balm as needed.
Step 4. Remove with an oil-based makeup remover.

Maybelline Super Stay 24 Lip Color

What I love about this product? I followed the instructions carefully the first time using the shade Constant Toast 136. First off, this shade does not work on me. I don’t actually know how it would work on anyone else. I’ve tried it a few times, applying it thin and applying it thicker, but the shade always ends up looking streaky or patchy. I gave up on it after a few tries. But what testing that shade did tell me is that it is long-lasting. I moved on to the bold red shade called Keep Up The Flame 025. I LOVE this shade and it actually looks decent on me. This shade is opaque and it applied beautifully compared to Constant Toast 136. I got lots of compliments on it when I wore it to work. My most recent work day of testing it basically lasted me for 11 hours before it started to flake off obviously. I didn’t really care if it did at that point as the work day is way over and it survived through 2 full meals (where I did have food with a decent amount of oil content) on top of constantly drinking water the entire time and some afternoon snacks. I didn’t reapply the color at all, just used the balm whenever I felt that it needed some moisture. The lip color is basically like a stain and it looks matte to me before initial application of the balm to seal in moisture. At the end of the work day, around hour 9, I can see some wear on the inner part of my lips mostly. That is where I would expect it to be with my constant water intake and having 2 full meals on top of some light snacking. I even tested this through a full shower by chance on another day. I put in on about an hour before I needed to hop into the shower and while I didn’t scrub my lips, I did wash my face with a facial scrub. I came out of the shower with it looking just as good and vibrant as I did when I stepped in. For removal, easy peasy with an oil-based makeup remover.

What I don’t like about this product? Aside from the shade Constant Toast 136, maybe the claim that it lasts for 24 hours. I put this claim to the test over the course of 2 weekends and the lip color did not last anything close to 24 hours. I got through 12 hours where some really obvious wear was starting to show but I don’t see this lasting for 24 hours at all. It was all but gone by 17 hours. Also, they should consider portioning the lip balm part more and the lip color less or sell a full stick of the lip balm by itself as you will run out of the balm before the lip color.

More information on this item and other products the brand carries is available on their website here. Products from this brand is carried at other retailers too both online and in-store.

*Products featured here are complimentary to test through Influenster’s VoxBox program.* #SuperStay24