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THE PEACHYPINK SISTERS SEMBREAK BLOGGER GIVEAWAY #1!
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The Peachy Pink Sisters, Trace and Dawn, are holding their first blogger giveaway, and man oh man, the prizes at stake are suh-weet:

The Body Shop Cosmetic Bag
The Body Shop Natrulift Firming Night Cream with Organic Pomegranate 50ml
The Body Shop Rainforest Shine Conditioner 60ml
The Body Shop Oui Oui Oui! Tantalising Lip Butter 8.5g
Watsons Bird’s Nest Essence Facial Mask 30ml (2 pieces)
Body Nature Honey Almond and Shea Body Souffle (35ml)
Body Nature Honey Almond and Shea Body Wash (110ml)
Body Nature Honey Almond and Shea Body Bar (75g)


When I first started taking care of my skin (in high school), I started out with TBS's tea tree skincare range, and it's never let me down! I've always loved TBS (going in there, smelling and swatching stuff), but I've avoided buying from them for myself as I find them too pricey for my taste. Winning this would be lovely! I've never had good luck with makeup/beauty contests, but I still hope I win this one. :) 



For their blog followers, they have a special giveaway as well!



Stuff at stake:

The Body Shop Strawberry Shower Gel 60ml
The Body Shop Strawberry Body Lotion 60ml
Watsons Bird’s Nest Essence Facial Mask 30ml (3 pieces)
Jordana Kohl Kajal Lipliner in Terra Cotta 1.3g
Ystilo Salon Healthy Hair Conditioner
Clinique Blushing Blush Powder Blush in 20 Bashful Plum 1.8g
Clinique GWP Blush Brush
Personi Vitamin E and Aloe Vera Lipstick in 156 Coppercino
Skin Food Patiron Au Lait Cream Sample
Skin Food Gold Caviar Cream Sample

More information here! Open to Philippine residents only, 
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Review: Human Heart Nature Honey & Cocoa Butter Facial Cleanser and Makeup Remover
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While I LOVE the concept behind Human Heart Nature (it's local, it's organic, it's hella affordable), I realize that the more I try their products, the more I see that their products are very hit-or-miss for me.

One such miss was their Honey Makeup Remover.



From the HHN website.

Product description


From the Human Heart Nature
website: "Beautiful skin starts with a BEE! Honey is an all-in-one skin saver – an excellent moisturizer, rich in antioxidants and vitamin C. This cream gently removes make-up and grime while keeping your skin soft and clean without the irritation."

The product itself is white, and has a very creamy consistency.


Packaging

Sorry, no pictures for this one, because I finished mine up a few days ago, and threw it away immediately. I didn't really think to take pictures of it!

But it comes in a plain white plastic bottle, with the HHN label and product information.

There's a pump for this one, which I'm sure people will like.

Now, my beef with pump products is that you never get all the product out. At some point, you'll have to open and upend the bottle to force out what little contents remain. To get ALL the product out of this one, I had to slice into the bottle with a knife. Not very convenient (or safe).


Scent

None!


Performance

My mother always told me that if you have to criticize someone, point out all their good attributes first, before going into the negatives.

So to be fair to the poor thing, I will say that this is very mild, it did not break me out, it did not sting when I used it around the eye area, and it
was very, very affordable. And it does remove your makeup--after tons of cottonballs and product.

I don't even wear THAT much makeup (on lazy days, it's just BB cream, blush, and mascara), and even then, it takes FOREVER to remove every bit of makeup. 

One day, I decided to follow a hunch that even though I thought I had methodically removed all my makeup, there was still SOME makeup left on my face. After coming home from work, I removed all my makeup with the HHN makeup remover, as usual (it usually takes me around 15 pumps of the bottle and around 8-10 cottonballs--I use both sides--to be satisfied). I followed this up with my HG at the moment, Clinique's Take the Day Off Makeup Remover. Lo and behold, there was still a good deal of makeup on my face that the HHN makeup remover failed to remove!

I just finished the whole thing because I thought, "Sayang naman." [It's a waste]


You can use this as a facial wash, too, but I was (and still am) too in love with my Etude House Happy Tea Time Lemon Facial Cleanser to bother. Besides, I thought it was a bit too thick for my liking to use as a facial cleanser.


Price

P99.75/100ml. I must say, I used so much of this to take off my makeup every day, but it still took me months to finish this little bottle. The minute I scraped the last ounce of product from the bottle, I was very, very happy.


Where to buy

The HHN website, online resellers on Multiply and ebay.


Will I repurchase?

Not on your life. There are other, better makeup removers I'd rather spend money on. This has turned me off cream-based makeup removers for a looonnnggg time.

Final thoughts


If HHN made an oil-based makeup remover, I'd probably check it out. If you're looking for a good makeup remover to get rid of all your makeup, this ain't it. Next!

Review: Etude House Pore Diet Essence
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 In a recently conducted survey, women listed 'big  pores' as #2 in a list of the things about their face that they wanted to change.

Okay, I made that up. 

But seriously, big pores are a problem for me, and I assume, a bunch of other ladies out there. It sucks, because usually it's hereditary (so if you're blessed in the pore area, be a good girl and thank your mama~), or usually it's because of some nasty product we tried that didn't react well to our skin.

That being said, I always have a soft spot for products that claim to reduce pore size (they never do, of course; the best they can do is blur them). One of my absolute favorites is Etude House Pore Diet Essence. 




Packaging 

Etude House's products usually have adorable packaging, and this is no exception. It comes in this cute, frosted green bottle. 

It has a very hygienic pump! I know some of you ladies hate dipping your fingers in pots of cream (I know it's unhygienic, but I have no qualms about doing so), so no worries about this one. :) I'm worried about how to get the last few drops of product though, since pump-products are notorious for not dispensing ALL the contents. I'll let you know if I have to break the lovely bottle or not. 

The pump is great because, unlike other pumps out there, it dispenses the right amount of product. One pump is all I need for my face; you shouldn't need more than two! A little bit goes a long way. 


Isn't the cap so girly and princessy? I love Etude House. (If you haven't gathered that from previous posts.)


 Performance (i.e., does it do what it claims to do?)

Now, lots of Korean skincare lines have different products, most of which seem to have similar functions (serum/essence/moisturizer/lotion)--it's confusing, I know! But the Pore Diet Essence is basically a moisturizer.

What I hate about some moisturizers I've tried is that they tend to be too thick (paging Human Heart Nature Royal Jelly Night Moisturizer, Clinique DDML), or tend to sit on my face and not do any moisturizing (Oil of Olay). The Pore Diet Essence is neither-- it's a light. but surprisingly quite moisturizing, er... moisturizer.

It feels cool once applied, something I absolutely love. This is great for summer, or just warm/humid days in general. I love putting this on under my VMV Hypoallergenics Armada SPF45 Face Cover--a great base for my makeup.

And did I mention that it makes you look pore-free? I haven't noticed any change in pore-minimizing, but it definitely blurs your pores. My pores aren't that huge, though, so I don't know how well this would work for someone with really noticeable pores.

I'd recommend this for ladies who're looking for a nice hydrating serum/essence/moisturizer that will also blur pores, and not break the bank.

Wallet damage

I forgot the exact price, but I'll hit up Etude House the next time I'm in Megamall and edit this post. I believe it was around P568. (Edit: It's P578 according to the Etude House website)

Don't let the small bottle (45ml/5.07 fl. oz.)  fool you; this is value for money right here, ladies. I bought mine in January, and even with daily use, the bottle is still half-full.

Would I buy this again?

Definitely! Etude House's skincare works great for my skin; I'm excited to try their other products.


 

Top 5: March 2010
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 My dad is a writer, and when he runs out of material for his articles, he "resorts to making lists"--his words. He told me he can't get why people love lists. I think there are a bunch of reasons-- lists offer us insight, however brief or small, into a person's life; lists are like 'real' articles, but aren't TL;DR (too long; don't read) or HWoTs (huge walls of text); lists are pretty straightforward. 

I for one love making lists, Dad. :) 

Here are my top 5 favorite products for March 2010 (yes, yes, it's a bit late for March! Don't hurt me. /)_(\ I finished the text on the 31st but waited until this morning to take pictures):


1. Etude House Precious Mineral BB Cream in Sheer Glowing Skin, P698



I cannot emphasize my love for this BB cream, my absolute favorite one so far. It makes me glow, but not in the discoball-slash-the-product-I'm-using-has-a-bajillion-tiny-glitter-flecks-in-it kind of way, but in a very natural, I-take-really-good-care-of-my-skin-so-now-I-look-totally-flawless-and-gorgeous way. It makes you look poreless, and it even healed the blemishes on the side of my nose after only a week's use! Can't speak for its oil control, as I'm not really oily to begin with. My T-zone doesn't shine up though, even after several hours of wear. ...That is pretty much the summary of my upcoming review for this thing, too. XD So feel free to skip that one if you find it TL;DR. 


2. Beauty Credit Lovely Q10 Pearl Shine Makeup Base, P675.



I took a chance on this! Beauty Credit is relatively unheard of here, and to my knowledge there are only two physical locations where you can ogle their goods--the Watson's in SM Mall of Asia, and the Watson's at SM The Block. I bought this on the recommendation of The Muse (♥), and I'm glad I did! It's a primer, but it has fine glittery-type specks mixed into it to make your face appear brighter (not shinier, rest assured). For best effects, I mix it in with my BB cream (I find that it works best with my Etude House BB creams, but I'm certain you can replicate the effect with any BB cream). The combination makes you look fresh and radiant, completely natural, but with a little something extra. :D 


3. Saizen charcoal mask, P85.



A lot of my current buys are influenced by good, if not glowing reviews from the ladies over at Girltalk. :) This is one of them. I use it once or twice a week (if I remember to, lol), and it makes my skin brighter and smoother. It also makes my skin AMAZINGLY cleaner, extracting all the gunk out of my pores. And if the full-face mask isn't your thing, you can also opt to use it on your nose as a pore strip. My advice is to not to get any on your eyebrows and on your eyelid area; you can if you want, though. It'll just be painful, and you may rip out some of your eyebrow hairs in the process. Don't let the price tag fool you-- this charcoal mask is awesome. I've gotten my boyfriend, both my sisters, and my dad (!) into it. :D 


4. The Face Shop Shimmer Liner Pencil in Bronze, P355.



An example of love at first swatch. It's a bit pricey for a liner, but this is amazing stuff! It's creamy and well-pigmented. This works well with brown-eyed girls (like the Kpop group!), as the color makes your eyes look brighter and more awake. The pencil is made out of a plasticky material, but don't worry--any standard pencil sharpener will work just fine. :) 

5. Maybelline Lip Smooth Extra Care lipbalm in Cool Mint, P89.75 



(Sorry for the wonky cap in the first picture! XD;)

Found this in Rustan's Fresh along Tomas Morato while doing groceries. I am loving this! While it says it's a lipbalm, it leaves a transparent sheen on your lips, good enough for those days when you just want to wear a plain gloss. :D It's not sticky and non-drying. The moisture factor, however, isn't up to par with Human Heart Nature peppermint lipbalm or Burt's Bees lipbalms. No tingling minty sensation here, but it does smell like a combination of mint and vanilla, two scents which I love. So if you don't need major moisture in your lipbalm, this is a great drugstore-brand lipbalm to check out. :)

What are your top 5 favorite products in the past month? :)

Haul: Trinoma Sale!
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 Sooo Trinoma had a mall-wide sale. Crowds were braved, cheap thrills were found: 



I've been looking for an alternative to my Aveeno hand lotion, which I find too sticky for this weather. 



Dry shampoo! In the Philippines! I thought I'd have to buy Batiste Dry Shampoo off ebay, but hopefully this will be a good alternative. :)



I've been hearing a bunch of good things about A Bonne, and it was awesome to see this set on sale for P149.75! This is great if you're curious about the brand and want to check it out. While I'm not really into the whitening craze (I'm fine with my skin color, thanks!), I finished up the last of my body scrub, and thought this was the perfect opportunity to try something new. :) 

Reviews to follow~

Monday Megamall Haul
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A quick haul post, from my trip to Megamall on Monday. :)


Etude House Pore Diet Essence (45 ml/5.07 fl. oz) & Zen Zest Peppermint Foot Lotion (300g/10.58 oz.)





Etude House is seriously my favorite brand at the moment. Good quality products that deliver what they promise* at affordable prices (*koffPhilippineSkinFoodkoff*), cute packaging, and an adorable store with fun music (Idk, that is a plus for me. I like good music while I shop; it makes me happier and more in the mood to buy stuff. XD) make it a must-go-to store whenever I'm in Megamall. I think I probably have around 10 products of theirs already--and I just found out about them in January. /)_(\ I seriously hope they open their Galleria or SM North branches soon. 

*for me, anyway. O:



I'm a sucker for all things peppermint-y, whether it's candy, chocolate (one of the few exceptions I make for chocolate--I hate it--is when it has peppermint in it), or the stuff I put on my body. So when I saw this big tub o' peppermint foot lotion at a very reasonable price, I knew I had to have it! I'm eying their foot scrub and foot soak next, as well as their talc body scrub. +1,000,000 points for being a local brand! :D

Reviews to follow! :3

MakeupNoob's wishlist! [Warning, image-HEAVY post]
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 My birthday is eons away, but that doesn't stop me from lusting over several things--most of them beauty-related. :) It's fun being a girl!**

Follow the fake cut!Collapse )

**And frustrating at the same time (to both my boyfriend and I) because I tend to want A LOT of things I deem 'pretty' or 'cute'. XD

Brand intro: Eyeko
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The brand Eyeko first came into my consciousness when I saw The Muse (whose posts and attitude towards beauty and makeup heavily influenced my own fascination with such things) review several of their products. 

Here's a bit about the London-based brand, from the company website:


"Eyeko means LOVE in Japanese* and is the brainchild of beauty innovators Max and Nina Leykind who began the collection in 2000 with Eyeko Cream. Created for girls to perk up their skin counteracting the draining effects of staring at their computer screens**, late nights and city life--Eyeko Cream remains the No. 1 best seller to date. A triple duty moisturiser, eye cream and highlighter with an antioxidant boost plus Vitamin C makes for a radiant complexion.

Get the look as seen on Kylie Minogue, Natalie Imbruglia, Gwen Stefani, Victoria Beckham, Emma Bunton, Geri Halliwell, Courtney Cox-Arquette, Mandy Moore, Anastasia, Jade Jagger, Helena Christensen, and Thandi Newton to name but a few.

Eyeko Beauty has been featured heavily in many international titles including Vogue, InStyle, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, OK!, and Allure."



After I saw positive reviews for Eyeko products pop up on several local beauty blogs, I decided to give the brand a shot as well. And, seeing no harm in it, I applied as an Eyeko Ambassador, which basically entitles you to special discounts, and commissions if your friends buy Eyeko products, too. Typing in an ambassador code (mine is E8228, in case you guys want to order! :) ) entitles you to a free gift with your purchase. 

Here's what I ordered:

Eyeko Cream
3-in-1 Eyeko Cream (moisturizer, eye cream, and highlighter)
£6 (P406.30)


Eyeko Fat Balms
Eyeko Fat Balms in Strawberry and Raspberry (their version of lip and cheek tints)
£5 (P338.52) for one

I'm taking advantage of the ongoing promo, where you get the Minty Fat Balm free if you buy the two other flavors, for £10, or around P677.16. Eyeko also has a blink-and-it's-gone 20% discount on all orders over £10 for all Eyeko Ambassadors until midnight tomorrow (March 28). :D

You can pay via Paypal (YAY! \o/), and they charge you in USD if you're ordering from outside the UK/EU. And despite the claims I've read on other local beauty blogs, it isn't free international shipping--or if there was a promo, I missed out on it. The tiny text on their free international shipping banner says that shipping is only free for standard delivery in the UK/EU, and on worldwide orders over £35 (~P2, 370). I still had to pay £3.50 (P237) for shipping. I'm a bit disappointed, but s'all good! I've seen scarier shipping rates.

I'm quite excited! I've never ordered anything online from anywhere other than ebay, so I'm keeping my fingers crossed that my items come in safely, and that customs doesn't screw me over. T_T I've heard many a rant about how corrupt the local customs office is here. 

Will keep everyone posted. :) Waiting for my Rimmel London apricot blush to come in, as well. 

Cheers! 



*Having taken Japanese language courses, I think Eyeko translates more into "Ai Ko" or literally, 'love child'. Feel free to prove me wrong!
** I am quite guilty of staring at my computer screen for extended periods of time, but I must say that doing so does not make me neglect my current skincare regimen. XD

A makeup blog? How novel!
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I'm horrible at introduction posts.

Prior to January of this year, I had little interest in makeup or skincare products-- I was content with upgrading my gaming rig and buying books and clothes. Once I read about BB creams, though, there was no turning back. Curiosity became fascination, and fascination became want.* 

Since then, I have been groping my way into the world of makeup collecting, purchasing, and using, starting with lower-end brands first before I brave my way to the brands that one can only find at Rustan's.

I doubt there'll be any FotDs/EotDs--I'm not l337 enough for that (yet). I don't own any MAC/Nars/YSL/Chanel/Guerlain/Bobbi Brown/MUFE/Laneige/etc. I'm a full-time grad student, trying to get accepted into the history program at my university, so until I'm properly employed, I don't think I'll be reviewing/getting any of their products. I don't have anything against high-end brands; I just can't afford them yet. XD

I love makeup that is affordable for everyone, drugstore beauty products that work, free international shipping, good bargains, and supporting local (i.e., Philippine) makeup and skincare brands, so this is what you'll probably be seeing a lot of. :)  

So, hello, with an awkward wave! I hope you guys will enjoy reading MakeupNoob as much as I enjoy writing about great finds at good prices. :)




*I have come to understand that the term for wanting a beauty product is called a 'lemming'--a term that, prior to reading countless beauty blogs, I had only associated with blue-shirted, green-haired creatures.

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