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.
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.
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.
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!
I can’t wait now for next month’s bag!
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.
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.
HOW TO USE/APPLY
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.
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
Hey guys! I’m off to a great start so far for this weekend but I wanted to share my thoughts on something I’ve tried a few times recently. Today’s post is on something I got from my ipsy September 2016 Glam Bag. Here’s Too Faced Lip Injection Extreme.
What I love about this product? I love that the packaging is easy to carry around and stash it in my purse. This is basically an iridescent lip gloss that gives you slight plumping that’s of a more natural look. I love how glossy the finish is on the lips. It’s slightly sticky on the lips — definitely not as sticky as other glosses I’ve used. The first time I used this product, I tested it on the right side of my lips to compare if it really does anything. It immediately started tingling and it’s not just a minty type of tingle. It actually has a pain level to it but nothing I couldn’t endure. What is surprising is that sensation lasted for about 7 minutes on me. It didn’t show much plumping really in my opinion but my right side of the lips are definitely redder (from the stinging I imagine). I guess the effect is really subtle. Everyone’s pain threshold is different so what is stinging to me might be really painful or not at all to others. I think this is what I commonly read on what people have to say about it. Be careful not to get it anywhere else as it does sting too when it comes into contact with your skin (I went over my lip line once and that area reddened immediately). I personally like the smell, which is strawberry-ish with a hit of vanilla or something.
What I don’t like about this product? I wish that it would last longer on the lips. The formula is the kind that wears off easily and fast. The science behind it to me is that the stinging is basically the reason why the lip plumps up with use. I personally don’t care for that. Plus, this one stings more than others I’ve sampled in the past with less visible results. I’ll use this one I have until it’s all gone but I personally won’t be purchasing it.
Hey guys! It’s the start of my weekend already! YAY! Turns out that I can’t roll over more than 7.5 vacation days into next year so that means I get to use the rest up so I took tomorrow and Friday off! Hopefully this will give me a chance to catch up by taking pictures for newer blog entries. Here’s my take on the Freeman Feeling Beautiful Pink Grapefruit Exfoliating Scrub.
What I love about this product? It comes in a nice tube packaging so I can squeeze out how much I want to use very easily. The texture of this is gel like in appearance, lightly pink and it has tiny crystal bits for scrubbiness. The scent is of pink grapefruit (I can smell the tartness too!) and while it leans on the stronger side when in use, it dissipates once it’s off your face. It is very gentle on the skin — perfect for those with sensitive skin. I don’t find this to be drying at all and it leaves my skin refreshingly clean.
What I don’t like about this product? It’s too light, too gentle for me as a facial scrub but that’s a personal preference.