Catching Up: Going Back to Basics.

Catching Up: Going Back to Basics.

Practicality is a big word for me. I’m not sure if you will call it being thrifty or cheapskate. But who cares? if we alll know that the value of our money decreases over time. When it comes to my personal care needs I make
sure that #1 it is AFFORDABLE. I have spent my money on products that I’ll just once or thrice then just toss or dump it somewhere in my room, I’ve realized over time that I don’t need to spend extra more money on basic personal care or hygienic products I use on a daily basis. Well if there are cheaper alternate products I can use with same function and quality.

So Soft Wet Wipes (Lemon Scented, it also has the unscented variant).
Suited for makeup removal. I use this after I got home from work to remove my makeup and any traces of dirt on my face. For just 29 bucks at Watsons (orig.price is 35). It has 20 wipes in one pack . Compared to what i usually purchased at Watsons which is 45pesos for 2 packs of makeup remover wipes which 10 wipes per pack. For me, makeup removers shouldn’t need to be fancy unless your skin is really senstive. Others actually just use regular baby wipes as their makeup remover. Anyways, you still wash off your face after.

Eskinol Spotless C Calamansi Toner
Yeah this one is just 29 bucks too. I opted for this instead of purchasing another bottle of Kojie San Toner which is 43 or 44 Pesos. It might be a bit a harsh on your skin but this toner claims to lighten blemishes or dark spots and even whiten your skin. I just don’t see any need to buy Kojie San Toner even though I love the product, My mild acne or pimple still shows up once in a while. What made me decide to reunite with this toner is because of an IG post of a blogger whose acne was worst back then. I asked her what toner she use and she said Eskinol Spot Less C. It removes any traces of dirt and makeup on my face well. Lightening? I don’t know I still rely on my TRETINOIN CREAM 0.025% for my acne blemishes or redness.

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119 Pesos Lippies

LA Colors Matte Lipstick ( Shade: Caramel Cream)
I was browsing thru Zalora’s online shop when LA Color Lipsticks catches my eye because of course it is affordable. I got my first LA Colors lipstick which is the Moisturizing Variant, shade is Pink Sand, But I didn’t like it since it is too shiny on my lips and the color makes me look pale. So I got this Matte variant of theirs. The shade Caramel Cream suits my skin tone. It is more on the coral shade I think, I’m sorry I’m not familiar with how to categorize lipstick shades. But I love the color on my lips. Being a cheap lipstick it is the color will not lasts on your lips. You may need to reapply it as needed.

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LA Colors Moisturizing Lipstick. Shade is Pink Sand. 119 Pesos only.

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LA Colors Matte Lipstick in Caramel Cream. 119 Pesos only.


Other shades to choose from LA Colors Matte Lipstick.

Avon Simply Pretty Sweet & Sassy Split Lipstick

I’m not sure how long this product has been in Avon but I just discovered this a few days ago after borrowing a colleague’s brochure. What made me order it is because it has 2 shades in one lipstick for a price of one, It has 3 shades: Passionate Pinks, Rich Reds and Captivating Corals. I choose Rich Reds because the colors are bolder and fierce, I didn’t go wrong because I was looking for a shade of lipstick that is more on the Berry shades. I was also surprised that this lipstick is pigmented and semi matte, Longevity is 4/5. I was surprised that after 4 hours I still can see the color on my lips. I was planning on purchasing the Captivating Corals shade. Well, I hope they still have it in their upcoming brochures. Guys this lippie is worth a try for 119 pesos only.


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Avon Simply Pretty Sweet & Sassy Split Lipstick in Rich Reds. (1st swatch: DARK, 2nd swatch: LIGHT, 3rd swatch: COMBINED)


Avon Simply Pretty Sweet & Sassy Split Lipstick available in Avon brochures.

Lipsticks on my Lips

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From the top: LA Colors Moisturizing Lipstick in Pink Sand LA Colors Matte Lipstick in Caramel Cream Avon Simply Pretty Sweet & Sassy Split Lipstick (left and right shades)

BodyXpert Stretch Mark Lotion

Long ago, I’ve posted a review on an anti-stretchmark topical treatment known in most countries around the world. The brand is called Bio Oil. I’ve consumed 2 bottles where each bottle costs P495.00 which for me is quite hefty. But thinking how the product goes a long way, you just need to save up at least P150 each month to be able to purchase a new one. On my case, since I wasn’t able to save up that amount due to unexpected expenses, I stopped using it. It indeed help in my stretchmarks dilemma but not to the extent that it erased or diminished those lines. I mean if you’ve read my post or review about this product there is no topical or over the counter treatment that will eliminate it in an instant. Sort of like your fairy godmother uses her magic wand and does it all for you.
I stopped looking for treatments since all of the products you can find at a local drugstore are priced almost the same (P400 plus and up). But just this Sunday, I was surprised to find a stretchmark product that really suits my budget. My boyfriend and I went to Watsons Megamall after watching a movie so that I can buy him a nose pack that I’m using. As I got what I’ve been aiming to buy, I was trying to look around and luckily got to the section of stretchmark products. As I said to myself, yeah they’re all priced the same (Glyderm, Bio Oil, Palmers). To my surprise this product catch my eye. The brand seems new to me since this is the first time I saw this at Watsons. I checked the price, I was in awe how affordable it is add to that that it is discounted also, I even verified it to the sales rep. if the price is correct. So without hesitation I grab it and pay for it.

BodyXpert Stretch Mark Lotion

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What the box looks like. It is very sleek and sort of eye catching.


At the back of the box,where you can find the information and what the product is made of.

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Unboxing. This is what it looks like inside a tube containing 120ml. of the product.

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This is what the product looks like.

Product Features
BodyXpert Stretch Mark Lotion is enriched with Cocoa Butter and Vitamin E that help reduce the appearance of stretchmarks.
This is just a partial review so far since I just started using it.


Easily absorbed by the skin. The consistency is runny that is why during application the skin absorbs it easily
It is non sticky and non-greasy.
The smell is nice. When I open the flip top tube, I immediately check on the smell.
Packaging is good. For this product so affordable, I cannot complain about the packaging, The box looks sleek.The tube is not messy.
Very affordable. It is discounted at a price of P119 from P149. Even though it is priced at P149 I would still purchase it.
Is it effective? As I mentioned from my previous review or blog about Bio Oil, there is no topical product that would diminish stretchmarks completely, In my almost 3 weeks of using this product, my tummy felt smooth and soft for almost 8-10 hours. It seems to lighten it also but not to an extent. I’m not sure if this would change if I continue using it for months. Let’s see. But honestly, I’m quite impressed on how this product performs. I’m not expecting too much from it since this is really cheap compared to most anti stretchmark products in the market.

My only complain so far is the accessibility or availability of this product in the market. It seems to me that you can only purchase this at Watsons and probably at SM Dept. Stores.
From the looks of it, the stocks might be limited.

Recommendations: As it says in the packaging, you can use this before, during and after pregnancy. I would highly recommend this to moms or mom to be out there who are budget conscious
like me. Instead of jumping to high end stretchmarks treatment you can try this as a start.
**I would be updating this post after few months of usage.


Something to Try: PureDerm Exfoliating Pore Cleansing Pad

I came about this product via an Instagram post by one of my friends in IG (@greenappletini). She posted a photo of her favorite makeup wipes brand PureDerm. What catches my eye is the Exfoliating Pore Cleansing Pad. It was like wow!(something new to try). Coincidentally, I forgot my makeup remover wipes at home. I was spending my long weekend(due to 4th of July) at my boyfriend’s condo. When we went to Greenhills to eat our lunch/dinner I dropped by at Watsons to buy this. Yeah, I was really itching to get a hold of this.

PUREDERM Exfoliating Pore Cleansing Pad


Photo 1: What the packaging looks like. Photo 2 (1st quadrant to the right): The front side I think. Photo 3 (2nd quadrant): back side of the pad. Photo 4 (last quadrant): After using the pad.

* Dual-sided and pre-moistened Purederm Exfoliating Pore Cleansing Pad, enriched with Aloe, Collagen, Witch Hazel and Hylaruonic Acid, is designed to clean deep down to the pores leaving your skin feeling soft and smooth. This pads is textured on one side to gently exfoliate and smooth on the other side to lift away dirt, oil, and make-up that can clog pores and cause breakouts.
How to Use

①Lift the front seal and pull out one pad.
②Gently wipe over eyelids & around the eyes to remove make-up.
③Make sure to reseal the pack after each use. Dispose of pads in trash receptacle(do not flush).

What I love….

  • I’m  surprised on how it removes all the makeup on my face although the pad is pre -moistened or a bit dry.
  • The pad is very handy. It is the exact size of a usual cotton pads.
  • Non-irritating and hypoallergenic.
  • My face felt smooth and soft after using this.

What I quite don’t like..

  • The smell is not nice. Exact smell of a PESTO SAUCE.
  • It is quite pricey for me though it is Php 29.00 only. But if you are planning to use this often it is not budget friendly compared to using your regular makeup remover wipes.
  • What I don’t like about the packaging is the back side contains a lot of texts or information to think that is printed in tiny letters,.I can’t easily find the instruction on how to use it.
  • Only available at Watsons or SM Dept.Stores( with limited stocks I think, i got the last pc. at Greenhills branch)

Clip on how I use this pad. My video sucks I know.. LOL

Repost Series #5: Are You Applying Makeup in the Right Order?

There is a natural order to accomplishing most anything in life: Lather, rinse, repeat. Love, marriage, baby in a carriage. High school, college, job (if you’re lucky). But some things, like putting on a fresh face of makeup, are a little more complicated.

What do you do first: Apply lipstick or focus on eyes? Where does blush come in? Can you get away with putting liner on after mascara? We talked with Cristina Bartolucci, NYX’s chief creative director and co-founder of DuWop, who gave us her formula for putting together a perfect face. Of course, not everyone will use all steps, but even if you skip the powder or cheeks, this is a still a good working order to follow!

1: Primer or Moisturizer

“Choose one, not both,” Bartolucci says. “Moisturizer, no matter how light in texture, will interfere with the function of a primer.” Also, always remember to get in your sunscreen, whether SPF is built into your primer, moisturizer, or foundation.

2: Foundation

“I do not believe in doing the eyes first to avoid fallout,” Bartolucci says, noting that fallout is bound to happen when you are using eye shadow. ”When product falls onto bare skin, the pigment can be even harder to remove. It’s better to create a canvas with the foundation and then correct any mistakes as a finishing touch.”

3: Concealer

“Here is where you look at your face with a critical eye and add concealer sparingly,” says Bartolucci. She recommends only on blemishes or dark circles. “You want to wait until after the foundation because foundation will do a lot of the job for you.”

4: Powder

“Set it all with a very light dusting of translucent powder. This will help make it easier to remove fallout from eye shadow and give the base time to settle in while you apply the rest of your makeup.”

5: Eyes or lips

“I like to mix them up,” says Bartolucci. “After the face, I usually do the eyes first, but sometimes I’ll start with the lips because it gives me time to think about what I really want to do on the eyes.”

For Eyes: shadow > liner > then mascara. This is the order Bartolucci follows for applying eye makeup. “But always go back and layer,” she suggests. “Add a little more liner at the lash line, an extra pop of shimmer shadow in the center of the lid, etc.”

For Lips: balm > liner > lipstick > then gloss. Bartolucci suggests smudging liner all over your lips and rubbing it in with fingertips before applying lipstick. And of course, use gloss only if you want!

6: Cheeks

“I do the cheeks last for two reasons. One, it ties the eyes and lips together. Two, if you’re using a powder, you can sweep it across the lids after the eye makeup is done to add an extra pop.”


Top Image Credit: Lóránd Gelner / Vetta


Repost Series #4: Primer and Foundation, Together: Find Your Perfect Combo

Makeup doesn’t always get along. You learned the hard way to keep the concealer far away from the highlighter, like fighter fish in your makeup bag. But what about foundation and primer? If your combo of choice left you with a gravelly texture or a shade of beige you didn’t even know existed, you might just need a few tips from Cristina Bartolucci, chief creative director of NYX and co-founder of DuWop.

According to Bartolucci, there are two basic methods for using these two products together: one is primer first with foundation layered on top, and the other is actually mixing your primer and foundation together. “It all depends on the results you’re looking for. Primer works on the principle of layers, so if you want that full effect, you need to do it in steps,” says Bartolucci. But that doesn’t mean she never mixes. “That method is great if you want lighter coverage. Modern primers have all sorts of great skincare ingredients and wonderful textures. Mix them with makeup and you get a super-charged, tinted moisturizer that can work beautifully.”

Here are the basic steps for getting both methods right.

Method 1: Primer, Then Foundation | full coverage

1: Apply primer in a thin layer all over the face, then smooth and fill.
2: Let it set for just a minute.
3: Lightly dot and blend foundation only where you need it (on the cheeks, forehead, chin); you don’t need to coat the whole face.

Method 2: Primer + Foundation, Mixed | lighter coverage

1: In the palm of your hand, mix your primer and foundation with your other index finger. A fifty-fifty combo will give you the effect of a light, tinted moisturizer. Bartolucci likes 2/3 foundation to 1/3 primer for a medium coverage effect.
2: When it’s well-blended, dot the mixture onto your forehead, nose, cheeks, and chin, then blend well. Avoid rubbing large amounts all over your face—it might turn mask-like.
3: If your primer made the finish more dewy than you wanted, dust translucent powder to set. If your primer contains a mattifier, you can skip this step.



Repost Series #3 : Anatomy of a Beauty Product: Liquid Foundations

A rose by any other name would smell as sweet, and the same goes for liquid foundations. BB and CC creams, “HD” liquid foundations, foundations with matte or illuminating finishes—they all help create smooth, even-looking skin. But sometimes choosing the right complexion product can feel daunting. Have no fear! “Even with all of the options, it’s easy to find a liquid foundation for your skin type, as long as you know what ingredients to look for,” says Jenny Frankel, a beauty engineering consultant, former cosmetics formulator, and president at Frankly Beauty, Inc.

One thing to keep in mind is that most foundations are made up of the same basic ingredients. What changes are the additives. Compounds like peptides, vitamins, sunscreen, and botanical extracts can alter the skin benefits, finish, and durability of the products. The pigment concentration varies, too. For example, tinted moisturizers and BB creams may contain as little as 2% pigmentation for a sheer finish, while moderate- to full-coverage foundations might have 15% or more.

To help you make the most educated choice, we asked Frankel to help us break down the science behind foundations.

Key Science: Water-in-Silicone Emulsions

Most often, liquid foundations glide on smoothly and disperse pigments evenly across skin thanks to water-in-silicone emulsions. The term refers to silicone derivatives that are mixed (but not dissolved) in water. Silicone derivatives are silky, soft, and slick, which helps create smooth, streak-free coverage that looks and feels like a second skin. These compounds are also used to create longer-wearing and waterproof formulas that don’t feel greasy. Pigments—minerals such as titanium dioxides or iron oxides—are typically coated with silicone derivatives, too, so they disperse evenly in the water and silicone base.

Check out the list of ingredients on the back of your liquid foundation. The first ingredient is almost always water, followed by one or more of the following silicone derivatives: cyclopentasiloxane, phenyl trimethicone, or dimethicone.

Note: While the majority of liquid foundations are made up of water-in-silicone emulsions, it’s not always the case. A few traditional formulations may also be oil-in-water emulsions, which is similar to how moisturizers are made.

Other Ingredients: The Breakdown


examples: dimethicone crosspolymer, polysilicone-11
what they do: Silicone and water don’t mix well, so emulsifiers help keep the components from separating; they also help foundations feel soft and smooth on the skin and provide even pigment coverage.


examples: titanium dioxides, iron oxides
what they do: These are minerals that add color to the liquid foundation; pigmentation can range from 2% to more than 15%, depending on how much coverage you want.

Volatile Ingredients

examples: cyclomethicone, isohexadecane, and isododecane
what they do: These stay fluid just long enough for you to build and blend your foundation and then vaporize (change from a solid or liquid to a vapor)—setting the foundation and creating a longer-wearing, non-greasy finish.

Mineral Clays

examples: quaternium-90 bentonite, silica, kaolin, Amazonian clay
what they do: Absorb oil to create a finish that feels drier to the touch; matte and oil-absorbing foundations have them in higher concentrations.

Emollients and Humectants

examples: glycerin, squalane, capric or caprylic triglyceride
what they do: Keep skin hydrated by absorbing water molecules from the air (humectants) or locking in skin’s natural moisture (emollients).

Illuminating Powders

examples: mica, bismuth oxychloride
what they do: Reflect light to add radiance and soften imperfections in HD formulas; they help to create a flawless appearance for HD cameras.


examples: phenoxyethanol, parabens, food-grade potassium sorbate
what they do: Protect the foundation from microbial contamination.

Note, more natural formulations in air-tight containers may offer preservative-free formulations.

The Last Word

“Buy foundation in a tube or pump, rather than a bottle with an open mouth, to help avoid microbial contamination,” suggests Frankel.



Repost Series #2: Classic Kevyn Aucoin Makeup Lesson #4: Shaping Brows

Tweezing 101

To me, the eyebrows are the most important part of the face. They’re our most expressive feature, as well as the one that can be changed most drastically without cosmetic surgery. Tweezing the brow correctly can make the eyes seem much larger and open up the whole face.

First, decide on the shape you like. Following the brow’s natural arch is the most direct course. To do this, take a close look at how the hairs generally curve along the top of the brow. Using that as a guide, mirror the shape along the bottom by eliminating the most obvious hairs.

STEP 1: To easily achieve the shape I want, I take a white pencil and pencil over hairs I want to tweeze. This helps me see the end result. I avoid creating a “tadpole” shape [thick near the nose, small and pointy at the tip]. That shape is far too harsh, and positioning a thick, bulky mass at the end of the brow nearest the nose will close up the inner corners of the eyes.

STEP 2: Then, pluck. It’s easier and less painful to remove the hairs in the direction that they grow. Pulling the skin taut toward the hairline is the best way I’ve found to alleviate pain. Try rubbing a small bit of toothache medicated gel over the area to numb the skin.

STEP 3: Then I take a fine eyebrow pencil to fill in any uneven areas. Use light, feathery strokes so that brows don’t look “drawn“ on. The result—ideal arches!

6 Brow Shapes to Try

[above, l-r] MARILYN: Shapely, voluptuous, and curvy. As seductive as a brow could get. MARLENE: Tweezed within an inch of its life, or plucked out completely and drawn back in. ELIZABETH: A smaller, compact, “pert” version of Marilyn with a distinct peak, but every bit as sexy.

[above, l-r] BROOKE: Boyish and slightly unkempt, and full. CLARA: Straight and then down. Waifish, vulnerable, and almost sad-looking. AUDREY: Drawn over and around the real brow. Youthful and tomboyish.


Still Learning: My No Makeup/ Fresh Natural Look (FOTD)

Some days you want your makeup to look natural and not too “done”.

Flawless makeup that looks, well, like you’re not wearing makeup. This is my own version of it. 🙂

Here are the things I used or let’s say makeup I used:

  • For the FACE: I used my mattifier/primer QuickFx No Shine Mattifier. After applying my mattifier, I then apply my  Avon Goodness BB Cream with SPF20 in Light. Last, I use Nichido Pressed Powder in Light Vanilla. **You can use your own bluffing brush or foundation brush to apply the BB Cream and Powder. I prefer using my hands for the BB cream.


  • For the EYES: I used Nichido Eyebrow in Dark Brown for my eyebrows. (**you can use an eyebrow gel of any brand too to perfectly set your brows), I use Nichido Eyeliner in Brown to line my eyes. Using San San HD Concealer in Natural under the eyes and my browbone. I also use my highlighter which is included in my Sakiraya Lambency Blush Palette under the eyes as well as on my eyelids as base. For my eyelids, I use Sophie Martin Kluge Eyeshadow.**Just use cream shadows in skin-tone-friendly shades instead of powders that can sit on the skin and make it look like you are wearing makeup.


  • For the CHEEKS: I used Avon’s Simply Pretty in Blooming Peach blush or I can also use my Sakiraya Blush in Pink.  


  • For my LIPS: I used Avon Simply Pretty Colorbliss Lipstick in Fresh Melon or for a nude look LA Colors Moisturizing Lipstick in Pink Sand. If you don’t feel using a lipstick you can swipe off a colored lip balm like Maybelline Lip Balm or a pink lipgloss.