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Caronia Fresh Mint

Hey guys, I’m back with another shade from a nail polish brand in the Philippines, Caronia. Here’s Caronia Fresh Mint.

Caronia Fresh Mint

Fresh Mint is a pastel green creme shade from the Caronia Expressions Collection for summer in 2013. It’s almost a jade green shade to me. The yellowish line of pigment you see in the shots below are from the nail polish settling for almost 2 years without use. Even though nail polish starts to settle and separate, it’s still good to use after giving it a good shake and letting the bubbles settle before applying onto nails (as you can see I have a few tiny bubbles because I didn’t wait after shaking it). This one went on my nails a little streaky but it evened out nicely with more coats. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Caronia Fresh Mint (in shade)

Caronia Fresh Mint (direct sunlight)

Caronia Fresh Mint (close-up)

This is available in all leading department stores, supermarkets, drugstores, and health & beauty shops in the Philippines nationwide. You can also check out other shades from their core collection online. They also carry some hand and foot care items.

*Some products in this review may have been provided by the PR company or manufacturer for an honest opinion.*


ipsy April 2015 Glam Bag

Hey guys! This month’s ipsy came when I was away on my honeymooniversary trip. I saw some people I follow post their ipsy for this month and they look good! I was hoping mine was just as good too. Here’s what I got in my ipsy April 2015 Glam Bag.

ipsy April 2015 Glam Bag

This month’s ipsy bag showed some promise but in the end, I’ll be passing most of the items on to someone else that can give it more love than I am willing to give. I just have too much makeup at this point for someone that doesn’t use makeup at all. Let’s start first with the bag. It’s a cute summery basket weave type of material. It’s pretty and I’m debating on keeping it. First item that caught my eye is the Hey Honey Good Morning – Honey Silk Facial Serum. The word honey in a beauty product just has a positive spin to me. I’m eager to try this out and am hoping the scent will be good. Next is the Mullein & Sparrow Mini Lip & Cheek Tint. I typically don’t like combo type of beauty products like this as I like different formulas for my cheeks and my lips. Products with the same type of formula for those will typically be okay for my cheeks but too dry for my lips or very heavy (even greasy) for my cheeks and perfect for my lips. This is a pass for me. The packaging is pretty though. Then we have JulieG Nail Color in the shade Damsel. I own too many nail polishes at this point for me to start with this brand. I’ve used this brand before and thought it was only okay. The color isn’t one I gravitate to immediately so I’ll be passing this on to someone else. The theBalm Cosmetics NUDE Dude Eyeshadow Single I got is in the shade Flirty. I recently reviewed the theBalm NUDE ‘tude® Nude Eyeshadow Palette and the formula is pretty good overall. I expect this to be almost the same. The packaging is quite creative and fun as well. Last item is the Gállány Cosmetics Lipstick. The shade I got is Petal. It’s a very “safe” kind of color in my opinion. The sleek packaging looks nice and sophisticated. Not sure if I’m keeping it as I have too many lip products already.

Hey Honey Good Morning – Honey Silk Facial Serum

Mullein & Sparrow Mini Lip & Cheek Tint

JulieG Nail Color

theBalm Cosmetics NUDE Dude Eyeshadow Single

Gállány Cosmetics Lipstick

Overall, I was excited at first but then when I went through what each product is and if I can use it….meh. It’s only okay in the end. Better luck next month?


Caronia Delicate

Hey guys, I’m back! I’ve been away on my honeymooniversary trip recently to St. John, USVI so I apologize for the lack of posts. We delayed going on our honeymoon as we had several out-of-town guests still hanging around after the wedding last year. I only had time to quickly swatch this shade I’m sharing for today as I stumbled on it recently. I’ve had this for a while now but haven’t gotten around to using it. Here’s Caronia Delicate.

Caronia Delicate

Delicate is a creamy ivory or off-white shade. This one went on my nails a little streaky but it evened out nicely with more coats. Shown is 3 generous coats with no top coat.

Caronia Delicate (in shade)

Caronia Delicate (direct sunlight)

Caronia Delicate (close-up)

This is available in all leading department stores, supermarkets, drugstores, and health & beauty shops in the Philippines nationwide. You can also check out other shades from their core collection online. They also carry some hand and foot care items.

*Some products in this review may have been provided by the PR company or manufacturer for an honest opinion.*


Curtain Call: Bath & Body Works Body Butter

Today’s segment of Curtain Call covers another product from one of my favorite brands, Bath & Body Works. Here’s my take on Bath & Body Works Body Butter.

At 7 oz / 200 g, this retailed at $14 or so at Bath & Body Works stores and online. It goes on sale from time to time and you can score this for less with coupons they send out occasionally. I’m not sure if they still make body butters or if it’s just a seasonal item. But it’s a good buy especially when they have their semi-annual sales. That’s when I stock up on these! This whole tub lasted me for 3 months. The back of the tub reads the following:

“Fresh mango and zesty mandarin in warm rain. Citrus. Tropical. Exotic.

For Daily Beauty:
This rich body butter is clinically proven to relieve dry skin and strengthen skin’s natural moisture barrier, promoting healing to restore a healthy, beautiful appearance. Apply liberally to elbows, knees, feet, and any area in need of intensive hydration.

Naturally Pampering Ingredients:
Moisturizing Shea and Jojoba butters, soothing aloe, nourishing vitamins E and B5”

Bath & Body Works Body Butter

Verdict? I love it. The scent I have used most recently is Mango Mandarin. I love how fruity and refreshing this is. Scent is a really personal thing so you’ll have to smell this to know for sure if you like it. Being that this is a body butter instead of a body lotion or even a body cream, a little goes a long way. The scent lingers on my skin beautifully and I can still smell it faintly at the end of the day. I always get asked what fragrance I’m wearing. For the price, this lovely product is a nice treat for your skin. If you get this on sale or with their coupons, it’s a must buy in my book. It worked extremely well for me in the winter too. I find it a little heavy for use during the summer. They also have various other scents available to choose from in case this scent is not right up your alley.

This product, when available, can easily be purchased at Bath & Body Works stores and online where available.


Sinful Colors Flower Power

Hey guys! It’s Friday! I’ll keep this short and sweet as I’m moving around a lot today. The traveling part of a trip is always the part I hate the most. Today’s post is on another shade from Sinful Colors. Here’s Sinful Colors Flower Power.

Sinful Colors Flower Power

Described as “baby pink speckled with white & fuchsia”, this is one of the 3 shades from their Bloomblast Glitters Collection. In terms of opacity and pigmentation, this is more pigmented than Petal Be The Day but less so than Standing Bloom Only from the same collection. This shade has pink and white glitters in 3 different sizes suspended in a milky pale pink base. The smallest sized glitters are round while the other larger sizes are hex shaped. Formula is good and it dried pretty fast. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Sinful Colors Flower Power (in shade)

Sinful Colors Flower Power (direct sunlight)

Sinful Colors Flower Power (close-up)

You can use a crème shade under this for greater opacity.

Sinful Colors is available at various retailers and drugstores such as Walmart, Target, CVS, and Walgreens. They have a list of retailers up on their website here. They’re usually priced at $1.99 but you can score some for as low as $0.99 each when there is a BOGO promo or some special pricing on these.

*Some products in this review may have been provided by the PR company or manufacturer for an honest opinion.*