Sunday, April 30, 2017

Chanel N°5 Eau Première Perfume Review

Last March, I went to Duty Free to do some tax free shopping for me and my mom and brother. It is kind of a thing that we always do yearly when my mom comes home to the Philippines. We visit the Duty Free Fiesta Mall because if I'm not wrong, it's the biggest one here in the Philippines. Anyway, I have always wanted this perfume but I always backout when I reach the counter to get it because it does cost a lot of money (because of course, it is Chanel). When I got the chance to get it tax free, I just went ahead and got it.

Price: $109

What do I think about it?

I had a different expectation for this perfume since everybody keeps saying that it is more on the sexy side. This made me think that this must smell a bit strong but I found out that the stronger scent was the original one (the 1st one). I saw this Eau Premiere and came to find out that this is a much more muted or lighter scent, or what I would call the little sister of the original.

The scent is what I would call timeless. It gives off the old fashion or early years kind of vibe elegantly. It still has that sexy, sophisticated statement, but at the same time very modern with the clean, powdery scent that you could use on a daily as your signature scent.

If you are expecting the kind of "what is your perfume? It smells so good" kind of reaction when you wear this, it won't happen most of the time because someone would have to be really close to you to be able to smell this perfume on you.

The thing that I don't like about this is the longevity. It doesn't really last very long on your skin, just mostly about 2-3 hours and you'll need to reapply again.

The bottle is very simple, vintage and very minimalistic that pretty much focuses on the product inside and nothing more other than a little Chanel label here and there. Not really the 1st thing that people would notice when they peek at your fragrance collection, but hey, the simple ones are always the ones who are colorful inside.

Is it worth the money?

Yes, if you want to get started with buying high end or at least, Chanel type of perfumes, then I would recommend starting with this one. It is a classic perfume that again, like I said, is timeless. It is worth it if you want something that would smell amazing in whatever time it is.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Monthly Favorites | February 2017

Can you believe that it's already the 3rd month of the year? Man, and I thought 2016 was fast. It has been awhile since I've done a favorites and it's because I was going through products left and right and testing out almost everything that I could get my hands on. Now that I've gathered some products that I'm pretty sure I'll be repurchasing and will be using religiously, I'll be showing it to you guys just incase you're interested as well.

Just a little disclaimer, some of the products that I have here are some of what I've mentioned before along with some other items that I used for awhile. I'm just going to include the items that I loved and used religiously last February. Also, I am in no way sponsored by any brands mentioned in this post.

  • BENCH / paintbox Brow Lasting Eyebrow Mascara
PHP 89 (Original Price PHP 139) from BENCH/ at SM Megamall 
I bought this eyebrow mascara last January while I was going to buy my favorite mascara from the same line. I haven't used this since last February because I was still trying to empty out my previous eyebrow mascara that I have used for as long as I can remember. I got this on sale, which was PHP 50 off from its regular price. I didn't have any expectations on this product since it was kind of cheap and I think that it would be worth the try. After using this eyebrow mascara for the first time, I instantly fell inlove with it. The color didn't look tacky, it helped my eyebrows look a little more full and it definitely stayed on my brows for awhile. 

  • BENCH / paintbox Gel Shine Nail Polish in Warm Clay
PHP 69 from BENCH/ at SM Megamall

I remember that I posted somewhere raving about Bench paintbox nail polishes saying that they make really good quality polishes. Seriously, they could be comparable to the high end, well-known brands that most of us probably couldn't afford to buy. I first tried out the champagne shade of the Gel shine line from this brand and loved it. Champagne became my go-to nail polish so, I decided to try out this new shade. The thing that I like about this nail polish is that, the color payoff doesn't look harsh, it isn't too vibrant and it isn't too bright. I'm not sure how else to describe the color other than it looks like a "frosted" or "muted" or it's like when you use the VSCO app and press the "Fade" option. Other than the color, it does look like a Gel nail polish rather than a normal polish. This nail polish even beats the lasting power of a normal polish as well. 

  • NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in London
PHP 390 from NYX at SM Megamall
These soft matte lip creams from NYX has always been a favorite of mine (it was one of the products that I've reviewed first on this blog). I think the thing that I love about these is that, there's a huge color or shade selection that you'll definitely find something that would suit your interest or what you see as something that would look good on you. For more of my review of this product, click here.  
Anyway, London is the shade I have been obsessively wearing almost every other day when I have to go out of the house. It is that simple nude type of shade that isn't too natural looking, isn't too pale or grayish, it has a hint of orange into it that I think suits my skin color and the look that I was going for. 

  • Cathy Doll Aloe Vera & Snail Serum Soothing Gel
PHP 199 from Robinsons Department Store at Robinsons Antipolo
Of course, you will see some products of the brand that I'm currently obsessing on which is Cathy Doll. You could see some of my other picks from this brand right here.  
This Serum has been a life saver for the past month. I was going through a dry skin phase in some parts of my face. This is one of the moisturizers that doesn't break me out and the stickiness of it only lasts a few minutes until it sets into my skin and makes it feel smoother and of course, moisturized.

  • Cathy Doll Eyelash Curler
PHP 179 from Robinsons Department Store at Robinsons Antipolo
Okay, I get it, eyelash curlers are so easy to find almost everywhere. But here is my take on it, I have bought eyelash curlers that are cheaper than this one and I always witness some of my eyelashes falling out after trying to curl it using the curler. Now, I'm pretty sure that I wasn't pressing too hard nor was I pulling on my lashes. I just don't know why. I decided to buy this eyelash curler because I lost the extra one that I had (I always have to have something extra for whatever reason because it bothers me if I don't, yeap, idk too). I love that whenever I use this, I don't experience any of my eyelashes falling out and I don't have to press on my lashes over and over again using this curler because once is enough for my lashes to curl. I also noticed that my lashes lasts longer throughout the day / night even without the use of a mascara. If you're wondering, I tried to curl my lashes before I went to bed and I woke up with my lashes looking like how I did them the night before. 

  • Dear Darling Tint 05
PHP 99 from 2358 at Sta. Lucia
I bought this around October last year at the 2358 store and have been using it ever since. To see more of what I got around that time, click here. Last month however, I was just obsessed with it that it actually became a necessity whenever I do my makeup, whether it'll be a full face of makeup or just a natural simple look. 
What makes me love this product so much is that it's easy to apply on my cheeks and lips, it blends easily and doesn't leave those lines on your cheeks where you first placed them before spreading it out. The color isn't that pigmented which is fine for me because it means I wouldn't have to worry about putting way too much and could build my way into a color that I'm comfortable in. For the lips, I have experienced some lip tints just sinking into the lines of my lips or some dry parts of my lips which just looks horrible. This however doesn't make my lips look dry and the color doesn't fade easily, which is what most of us would want in a lip and cheek tint. I almost emptied this one out so for sure I'll be buying another one to two when I pass by Sta. Lucia again.

  • Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water
PHP 249 from Robinsons Department Store at Robinsons Antipolo
Micellar water has made its way into the beauty community recently and it just makes every beauty junkie want to get their hands on it. It made everybody curious on how "water" could easily remove makeup, especially eye and lip makeup easier than a makeup wipe. Well, to be honest with you, idk the scientific explanation for it. I only know that when I tried this, it just removed all of my makeup quickly and easily. I could say that this ain't cheap though, but at the same time you wouldn't really need to use a whole lot whenever you remove a day's makeup. I think its just a good option to have if you are just tired of trying to wipe that eye makeup off and having to purchase a separate one than your makeup wipes that would do the job. 

Disclosure: I am in no way sponsored by any of the brands / companies mentioned in this post. All opinions / statements made are based off of my own experience towards the products.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Cathy Doll Picks!

Lately, I've been discovering more and more products that I love from Cathy Doll. I always loved using Korean products because they probably give the best results for my skin. Whether we admit it or not, Koreans (atleast, most of whom I've seen) has amazing skin, so why not try out products that are Korean inspired?

To start things off, I am in no way sponsored or have been sent these products to review or test out. I purchased all of them with my own money due to curiosity and in need of a new skin care product and makeup.

  • Acne Solution Serum Foam Cleanser
PHP 299 at SM Megamall 

I've been using this product the longest out of all of these so I could definitely say that it has worked wonders for me. I started out using the sachet version because a) I wanted to test out the product first if it would irritate my skin or not and b) because they didn't sell the larger or tube version at first. I bought like 3 of the sachets to use for 2 and a half weeks just to see a hint of results, by then I felt that my skin has been feeling and looking okay with this and at the same time, they started selling the bigger version so, I immediately bought it. The saleslady that was assisting me at that time told me that this is a cleanser and toner in one, so I wouldn't have to worry about using an additional product as a toner after using this.   

  • So Happy Berry Yogurt Peeling Gel
PHP 499 at Robinsons Department Store in Robinsons Antipolo 

This was actually a product that I was kind of iffy about buying due to its price and how fast I'll probably go through it. So again, I tried using the sachet version which I bought from the same place, it costed about PHP 49 (more or less) for a single one. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think the sachet is good for one use only since it doesn't exactly have a seal and it doesn't contain a whole lot of product inside. 
So, when using it, you apply it all over your face by doing a circular motion with your hands. This tends to remove some inactive skin cells from your face (you will actually see and feel it falling), and this happens quite quickly so I'd rather you do it on the sink in your bathroom to avoid the mess it's going to make. After that, you just rinse it and your done. After using it, you would notice that your skin looks brighter and feels smoother. I would say that it is worth the price since you only need a small amount every time and I only use it twice or a maximum of 3 times a week depending on how my skin feels.

  • 99% Aloe Vera & Snail Serum Soothing Gel
PHP 199 at Robinsons Department Store in Robinsons Antipolo 
I'm not exactly sure if this is a new release, but I haven't really seen this before. If I did, I probably skipped it due to the fact that snails actually give me the creeps but hey, curiosity lead me into buying this when I first saw it. But anyway, my skin has been going through a weird phase wherein sometimes I have really oily skin, but then a few weeks later, I'll suffer from very dry skin. To be honest, I don't know why, probably due to my diet or lack of sleep, I've yet to find out. Due to my experience with the 2 skin care products from this line, I decided to browse through the Cathy doll stall again and I saw this which wasn't really there when I last visited. It says that this product can be used as a skin moisturizer anytime your skin is feeling dry. So, that's what got me interested, since I needed a decent moisturizer and my skin was definitely feeling dry at that time. Also, the price isn't all that bad compared to the last 2 that I bought. I now use this for my face all the time because I could actually feel that it's working, like my skin is definitely moisturized and the stickiness of this product after putting it on your face lasts only a few minutes until it sets in and gives a smooth finish. I only use about 2 pea size amounts on my face so, I guess this would last me a little bit longer than expected.

  • AA Matte Powder Cushion Oil Control SPF 50 PA +++
PHP 449 at SM Megamall
*Price not exactly sure since I keep seeing different prices online, but yes I only bought it for 449 a few weeks ago.  

This is the newest product that I decided to try on their line. If you're a beauty junkie like I am, you've probably heard of this cushion foundation that almost everybody is trying out. Seriously though, it is quite a trend since it's practically a foundation, concealer and powder all in one because it has coverage and sets by itself. Also, it has SPF which means you don't have to worry about putting on sunscreen especially when you're a person who is practically always on the go. I have been researching about good cushion foundations and have decided on trying out some other brand, though I was going back and forth if I should buy it or not especially when the price range is above a thousand pesos (what if I won't like it right?). I again, browsed through the Cathy Doll stall to see more products that they have and I stumbled upon this. First of all, I like that it said Matte on it because my skin honestly handles being dewy on its own most of the time so, matte has been a perfect choice for me. It also says that it is an AA Powder cushion. On the box, it says that this product includes the 9 effects of AA which are auto aura, whitening, moisturizing, covering blemish, cooling, sun protection, oil control, quick step using, tone correcting, that are all of which, what most of us are looking for when buying products similar to this. Second, the price was what I considered reasonable since comparing it to the other brand that I first saw, it is a lot cheaper.  
Top: No makeup, Bottom: With AA Cushion Powder (Just used my Cathy Doll Eyelash Curler, more details below)

So, I tried it and I have to say that it covered all of my insecurities and problems on my face. I have spent less time doing my makeup due to this because it means less time for blending, concealing and setting. It didn't fade throughout the day as I feared that it would, but even if it did, I wouldn't really have a problem of reapplying it since it doesn't crease or have signs of product build up. I also noticed that I don't feel my face getting all greased up in the middle of the day when I use this, so I could definitely say that this is perfect for people who has oily skin. 

  • Eyelash Curler

PHP 179 at Robinsons Department Store in Robinsons Antipolo.

Okay, I get it, some of you may think that Eyelash curlers are easy to find since they're practically everywhere which are much cheaper or more expensive. Hear me out, I've been using cheap eyelash curlers for awhile and I always experience pressing into my eyelashes too much that my lashes either breaks or falls out. I never really looked into that too much, but I decided to pick this one up since I thought that I may need a new one since I lost my extra curler a few weeks ago. I could definitely tell the difference from my PHP 18 eyelash curler that I got at a store near my place. This one from Cathy Doll felt like I wasn't pressing into my lashes too hard and I didn't need to do it over and over again for my lashes to follow. Another addition to that is, I haven't experienced my lashes falling out like I've witnessed from using my cheap curlers. This also includes one replacement rubber pad for when you want to change the ones that are already placed into the curler. 

What are your favorite products from Cathy Doll that you would recommend me to try out? Don't forget to tell me what other lines of products that you're interested for me to give my top picks on down on the comment box.

Check out more of Cathy Doll HERE.

Disclaimer: These are my personal picks from this brand that are based on what I've tried so far and what I would actually recommend people to test out themselves. But please do remember that our skins are different, some things will work for me and maybe not so much for you and vice versa, so I would also advise you to do your research first if you are curious about a certain product. 

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