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Nature Republic By Flower Vivid Tint Bar

Today’s review is on an item from my recent Beauteque May 2015 Beauty Bag. This is the very first thing I tried. Here’s Nature Republic By Flower Vivid Tint Bar.

Nature Republic By Flower Vivid Tint Bar

Nature Republic By Flower Vivid Tint Bar (opened)

What I love about this product? First thing is the packaging. I thought it was cute but the melon on the cap also make me think of the forever alone guy, which I thought was funny. This is one of the 2 items I got to pick the scent or flavor for without knowing what product it’s for and I chose Melon. It smells good like what you would expect from a melon fragranced item. It doesn’t have a flavor to me. The product is light green in color but it changes color when it comes into contact with your lips. It has a pink tint to it. I’ve never really encountered color changing lip balms so this is a first for me. In fact, I was scratching my head trying to remember when did I apply lip color to my lips before using this lip balm because the tip of the lip balm has pink spots on the edges. It was only when I looked it up online that I read someone saying it’s a color changing lip balm. SPF 15 is a nice bonus.

What I don’t like about this product? It goes on the lips smoothly but there’s nothing more to it than that for me. I don’t find it very moisturizing or anything. It’s pricier than lip balms I can get here.

This item is available on their website here as well as other online retailers and local stores where Korean cosmetics can be found.

Finger Paints Picnic In The Park Swatches

Hey guys! Happy Monday! Today’s post is on a collection I’ve had for a month or so now but didn’t get around to it until yesterday. Here’s a cute collection from a great brand: Finger Paints Picnic In The Park.

First up is One In A Melon.

Finger Paints One In A Melon

One In A Melon looked kinda red to me just by looking at the bottle but I’m glad it’s actually not. It’s a really dark strawberry pink. The finish on this is super shiny. Formula is good and it dries pretty quick. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Finger Paints One In A Melon (in shade)

Finger Paints One In A Melon (direct sunlight)

Finger Paints One In A Melon (close-up)

Next we have Frosty Lemonade.

Finger Paints Frosty Lemonade

Frosty Lemonade is a bright yellow crème shade with the same shiny finish as One In A Melon. Shown is 2 generous coats with no top coat.

Finger Paints Frosty Lemonade (in shade)

Finger Paints Frosty Lemonade (direct sunlight)

Finger Paints Frosty Lemonade (close-up)

Up next is You’re So Antsy.

Finger Paints You’re So Antsy

You’re So Antsy is made up of black and white square and hex glitters packed in clear base. This would look good over any of the creme shades in this collection. Formula is good and it dries pretty quick. Shown is one coat with no top coat.

Finger Paints You’re So Antsy (in shade)

Finger Paints You’re So Antsy (direct sunlight)

Finger Paints You’re So Antsy (close-up)

Then there’s Sweet Spring.

Finger Paints Sweet Spring

Sweet Spring is a light pink crème shade with the same shiny finish as One In A Melon and Frosty Lemonade. It struck me as almost being pastel pink but not quite. I think I have a similar shade somewhere in my stash from the same brand. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Finger Paints Sweet Spring (in shade)

Finger Paints Sweet Spring (direct sunlight)

Finger Paints Sweet Spring (close-up)

Next we have Grassy Knoll.

Finger Paints Grassy Knoll

Grassy Knoll is a light pink crème shade that I didn’t care for really. It has the same shiny finish as with the other crème shades in the same collection. Formula for this is on the thinner side compared to the other 3 crème shades. It showed slight streaking on the first coat but evened out with another layer. I dinged the bottom of the nail on one side against the wall right before I took these shots. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Finger Paints Grassy Knoll (in shade)

Finger Paints Grassy Knoll (direct sunlight)

Finger Paints Grassy Knoll (close-up)

Lastly, here’s Picnic Basket.

Finger Paints Picnic Basket

Picnic Basket is a pretty glitter shade made up of red and white square glitter. Formula is good but the glitter is more sparse than You’re So Antsy and I ended up having to fish and dab the glitters out onto my nails. Shown is one coat with no top coat

Finger Paints Picnic Basket (in shade)

Finger Paints Picnic Basket (direct sunlight)

Finger Paints Picnic Basket (close-up)

Overall? Not bad. The formula is pretty decent overall. I wish that I didn’t have to fish out the glitter pieces in Picnic Basket but it’s a pretty common thing with glitter shades from many other brands.

These should be available in Sally Beauty Supply stores and online for around $5.99 each or less if it’s on sale.

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

Influenster Blossom VoxBox 2015

“Long time no see Influenster!” is what I literally said to myself (again!) when I got this in the mail. I was very surprised when I got an email that I qualified for it because it’s been so long! The Influenster Blossom VoxBox 2015 contains various items that is not targeted in any specific department such as beauty or wellness. It’s a mix of things and I’m very excited to cover them all in future posts. Here are the contents of the box:

Influenster Blossom VoxBox 2015

The Nasoya item is happily sitting in the fridge right now and I passed one of the Bear Naked goodies to my husband to snack on. The Clairol Hair Food Root Cleansing Shampoo has been in use for the past few days now. I can tell you as early as now that I’m quite impressed with that one. More details to come in the next few days!

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

Beauteque May 2015 Beauty Bag

Hey guys! Happy Friday! Today’s post is on a beauty bag subscription that I’ve recently been offered to try out for a month. The company is Beauteque and they run a monthly subscription service over at Beautequemonthly.com with several options to select from. Each month’s beauty bag contents will include 7 to 8 full-sized products. These vary from makeup to skincare to fashion and lifestyle products. You have a hand in what options to select for some products such as scent of something with fragrance or color of some of the items. There is a survey format email sent on the 15th of each month with regards to what options are offered for those items. If no selection is made, Beauteque will make the selection for you. The bags are shipped out starting the 15th of each month and there are 4 options in their price packages:

Month to Month = $24/month
3 months = $24/month
6 months = $23/month
12 months = $22/month

The first 2 are basically the same except the first one has no commitment to a future subscription. You get billed on the 15th of each month when doing the month to month option while all others are prepaid. If you subscribe after the 5th then your first shipment is for the next month. Now let’s move on to what May’s bag for me contains, shall we?

Beauteque May 2015 Beauty Bag

The insert that came with the bag contains a price breakdown and description of each item. Let’s start with the May Island Donkey Milk Skin Masks.

May Island Donkey Milk Skin Masks

I got 2 in this bag: a mela-tox and a wrinkle filler one. I thought this was a very interesting product and I look forward to trying it out. The insert states: “Double your skin benefits with this three-step mask pack. To Use: Take the cleanser and rub into face, then wash off. Then apply ampoule onto entire face. On the last step, take the sheet mask and spread onto the face for 15-20 minutes. Then remove it from your face.” Instructions are pretty clear and it’s like other Korean sheet masks I’ve tried before.

Next item is one that stumped me a bit just by looking at the product packaging. It’s the Nature Republic By Flower Vivid Tint Bar.

Nature Republic By Flower Vivid Tint Bar

I wasn’t sure what it was and actually thought it’s something like a cheek tint or something because of the name. I read the insert and realized it’s a lip balm! The insert states: “This multitasker offers SPF15, jojoba oil, and beautiful color. This protects delicate lips from the harmful sun and moisturize them all at once. To Use: When lips are chapped or dry, use lip balm to moisturize lips.” This is the other item I had to make a selection for in terms of scent and flavor since the one I got is in Melon.

Then we have It’s Skin Mini Bebe Mist.

It’s Skin Mini Bebe Mist

The scent I got is in Sweet Peach. I remember having to select a scent and made a peach selection so this has to be one of the 2 products I had to select from a few given options. The insert states: “You can use this spritz on your body, as well as when you close your eyes to refresh your face. To Use: When your skin feels dry, spray onto face, and tap for absorption.” Interesting, eh?

The one that caught my eye the most is Mikatvonk Auto Eyeliner Pencil.

Mikatvonk Auto Eyeliner Pencil

I was hoping the packaging color is the shade of the actual product because it’s such a pretty jewel toned shade. But no luck — it’s plain black. I’m actually wearing it right now on my lower lash line….just putting it to the test. The insert describes it as the following: “Define eyes with this liner from Mikatvonk, a hot line from a leading Australian makeup artist! To Use: Apply from inner to outer corner of eyes and of either of both top and bottom lashline.”

Then we have The Face Shop Eyelash Curler.

The Face Shop Eyelash Curler

This has the following description in the insert: “A lash curler is the secret to multiplying lashes and adding explosive volume. To Use: Open the curler and clamp at the root of lashes, release after 20-30 seconds.” I’ve actually tried this one this morning. I didn’t like it as much as the current one from Revlon I’m using, which I found surprising because I actually thought an eyelash curler from an Asian brand would work better for me (I’m Asian). The shape is different from my Revlon one definitely….flatter.

Next is the Holika Holika Pig Nose Clear Blackhead Starter.

Holika Holika Pig Nose Clear Blackhead Starter

This product actually made my husband laugh. He asked me what in the world it is. The packaging is very cutesy and the insert states the following: “This gel helps to open your pores while eliminating buildup within them. Its pink clay ingredients helps absorb excess sebum and soften stubborn blackheads. To Use: After cleansing, apply to the area with blackheads and massage for 3 minutes. Then use lukewarm water to rinse off.”

Last item is the Nature Republic Bulgarian Rose Essence.

Nature Republic Bulgarian Rose Essence

This item is one of those I’m glad for the insert. It gives me an idea on what to use it for since I’ve never used a product like it. The insert states: “Vitamins A and C enliven skin, and rose moisturizes. To Use: Apply after cleansing and toning by rubbing into skin for a result you will start to see and feel immediately.”

Breakdown of the products according to the insert:

May Island Donkey Milk Skin Masks ($3.20 each) $ 6.40
Nature Republic By Flower Vivid Tint Bar 8
It’s Skin Mini Bebe Mist 11
Mikatvonk Auto Eyeliner Pencil 15
The Face Shop Eyelash Curler 7.60
Holika Holika Pig Nose Clear Blackhead Starter 10
Nature Republic Bulgarian Rose Essence 17

Total $ 75

Based on the breakdown, you’re getting a great value with this subscription service. The only thing is, as will most beauty subscriptions, not all items will be what you want or you’d actually get for yourself. For instance, while the eye liner pencil seems fairly nice….it doesn’t seem to be waterproof and $15 is more than I’m willing to pay for a brand I don’t know much about. Or the lip balm — while it’s nice and I appreciate it’s not a local brand, $8 is hefty (more than twice for a good brand) compared to what we can get here. Now, that may be the actual going price for this — I’m not saying it’s not. It’s just not a price I’d pay for a tinted lip balm on a regular basis. Also, I don’t use certain things so the prices may feel a little higher than I thought it should be. But if all prices are close to or just about what it really is then yes…it’s a great deal for $24. I actually look at everything I got and think that $24 isn’t that bad being that most, if not all, of these aren’t readily available to me here. I’m willing to pay a little bit more right off the bat for brands that aren’t available here like most of these featured in this month’s bag.

*Products featured here are provided by Beauteque for review. Link in post taking you to Beauteque’s website is a clickmeter for Beauteque’s tracking purposes. I am not compensated by it.*

Caronia Butterscotch

Hey y’all! I’ve been trying out lots of stuff the past few days and will be posting my take on these shortly. In the meantime, here’s Caronia Butterscotch.

Caronia Butterscotch

In the bottle, Butterscotch looks very close to the shade I expected it to be. It’s a little more orange than its namesake. Caronia classifies this as a frosted shade. I see silvery white flecks in it but this is no frost to me. Under direct sunlight it looks like a shimmer but in shade it reveals a glass fleck finish to me. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Caronia Butterscotch (in shade)

Caronia Butterscotch (direct sunlight)

Caronia Butterscotch (close-up)

Caronia Butterscotch (lighting changed)

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.*

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