Maybelline ExpertWear Eye Shadow Quads in Chai Latte


Here's the palette...

The Brow Bone highlighter doesn't show up much on my skin.

Maybelline ExpertWear Eye Shadow Quads in Charcoal Smokes


I'm really not that good in makeup. I got Maybelline Expert Wear Eye Shadow Quads in Charcoal Smokes when it first came out. The ads in the magazines make it look like it's so easy to do smoky eyes. 
The eye shadow palette has labels as to where you should apply each shade.

At the back, it came with a instructional guide telling you how and where exactly you should apply each shade onto your eyes. This made me think that I can learn eye makeup all by myself.

I must be totally clueless on how to apply this because with all the instructions that came with this, I still can't do it properly. And having an almond-shaped Asian eyes made applying eye shadows even harder.

Luckily! I heard about a makeup workshop that would teach you the basic day and night makeup application. I signed on to learn the basic art of makeup.

Anyway, to make the long story short, I did learn how to do my makeup properly. Best thing is, I now know how to do my eyes now!

Now that I know how to apply makeup, this palette is great! It made everything so much easier. This palette has all the shade you need for a smoky eyes look. The eyeshadow doesn't rub off easily. After my workshop, my sisters and I went to a mall and I was trying to rub this off my eyes because I had smoky eyes in bright daylight. To make matters worst, it was an outdoor mall and the weather was pretty hot. I kept wiping it off with a tissue but it just won't come off.

Smashbox Photo Finish Lipstick in Sweet


Smashbox Photo Finish Lipstick with Sila-Silk Technology is a very rich and creamy lipstick. 
This lipstick is very moisturizing and has just the right amount of sheer. The "Sila-Silk" technology is another Smashbox innovation. The formula they created will give you exceptional shine and a flawless application. This lipstick does glide on smoothly. It also lasts for quite a while.

Here's a swatch of the lipstick in "Sweet"...

Almay Clear Complexion Pressed Powder


I have been using this Almay Clear Complexion Compact Powder for a while now. What lured me into buying this face powder was that it's made for oily skin that's prone to breakouts. 

This powder has light coverage. It won't cover any blemishes but at least it'll help heal them. It contains salicylic acid to help clear and prevent pimples from coming back.

It also says it has oil-control that will absorb excess oil and prevent shine. I was so disappointed because it did not did those for me. My t-zone becomes as oily as it would have been with any other face powder I used. I still have to use those Clean & Clear Oil-Absorbing Sheets to soak up the shine.

What I hate about this powder is that it doesn't seem to rub off onto the puff/pad easily. I had to really rub the puff onto the powder's surface to get it there so I can apply it onto my face. Don't even think about using a powder brush on this. You won't get any powder dust on the brush. To make this application process easier, I just cracked the pressed powder instead and made it into loose powder! It's just gotten too messy now. That's why the only picture I took is the pressed powder compact closed. 

Kiehl's Lip Balm #1 vs. Aquaphor


I have been using Aquaphor Healing Ointment for years now. I use Aquaphor on any dry spot I find on my skin. On my elbows, heels of my feet, dry patches on my arms and legs. I sometimes use it around my eyes area when it gets too dry from applying creams that are too harsh. There are practically a dozen uses of this wonder healing ointment.

But since I'm comparing this with another lip balm, I'll talk about using it only on my lips.

As a lip balm, I love how Aquaphor gets absorbed in my lips after about a minute of applying them. Petroleum Jelly just sits on top of my lips and doesn't get absorbed in, which I really hate . I don't experience dry lips since I use this often. I also use this as a base before applying lipsticks that aren't too moisturizing.

Kiehl's lip balm is pretty popular. The Kiehls - Lip Balm #1 also does a good job with dry chapped lips. A good thing about this lip balm is that it has an SPF of 4. Pretty low, but better than nothing.

It also gets soaked in by the lips when you apply a thin layer of this on. Apply too much and it would get runny. Mine is the original, unflavored one. It tends to melt in the tube when the weather is too hot. When it has melted, oil and not ointment would come out the tube. Since there are times when it's super hot here, I have to cool this in a refrigerator so I can squeeze the balm out.

Here's a recap of the pros and cons of each product:
Aquaphor (as a lip balm):
- gets absorbed into lips
- unflavored
- does great in treating dry and chapped lips
- ointment has the right consistency and doesn't change in any temperature

- too large to carry around (not unless you got the tiny tube ones)
- no SPF for lips

Kiehl's Lip Balm #1
- gets absorbed into lips
- unflavored
- good in healing dry and chapped lips
- has SPF

- melts in hot temperature
- melted balms turns into oil which tastes like petroleum

Aquaphor wins for me hands down. It does a good job in treating dry lips. Also, the ointment doesn't melt under hot conditions. It's many uses (aside from using it as a lip balm) is another plus, and it's also cheap! A 1.75oz costs $4.74 at Walmart while Keihl's Lip Balm is $7.00 for 0.5oz as listed on their website.

Mario Badescu Enzyme Cleansing Gel


I don't know if they still have it now, but before there's this part on the Mario Badescu website where it asks you to take a short test/quiz. At the end of the quiz, it'll tell you which of their products will suit your skin type or skin problem. They didn't say that you can also get 80% of the recommended products in sample size and have it mailed to you for free samples! Imagine how happy I was back then to receive my freebies.

Anyway, my recommended cleanser from them was this Mario Badescu Enzyme Cleansing Gel.

Of course I was hesitant in using this at first because I am not a fan of non-foaming cleansers. I tried it and to my amazement, it washed away all the dirt and oil! This is the first non-foaming cleanser I used to completely remove the oil on my face. 

This green-colored gel cleanser is mild so it doesn't dry up my skin. It contains papaya and grapefruit extracts as it's AHA agents. I think the AHA helps make my face smoother after washing with this. 

I'm not really good in describing smells, but I'm going to try my best. This cleanser has a mild smell, not over-powering but the smell will linger on even after you pat dry your face. I don't know how to describe the smell but one thing's for sure, it does not smell like papaya. I hate the smell of papaya which is the main reason why I do not eat the fruit. 

A little goes a long way, just half a pea size of this cleanser will clean my face thoroughly. I take around 30 seconds to rub this cleanser over my entire face then I rinse it off. The 8oz. bottle I got lasted a really long time. 

OPI in You Don't Know Jacques


Some describe this color as grayish, some say it's brownish. Combining the both, the best color to describe this is it's taupe - a dark grayish-brownish color.

I don't usually like the color brown, but this color is absolutely fabulous on nails! It's distinctive. It's hard to find another nail polish that's the same color as this is. And that also one of the reason that makes this a great color! Another one of my favorite nail polish shade.

theBalm Balm Shelter in Pin-up Girl


I was trying this on over theBalm Read My Lips in Scoop and the consultant at Sephora gave me a thumbs up. That's what made me buy this! My sister, who was with me that time also said it looks good over the Scoop shade.

Love that this has SPF17 in it. It's also moisturizing because it's jojoba based. Also, this isn't sticky when you wear it.

Another thing I love about this is that it taste like banana Runts Candy. It's a berry red shade but it isn't reddish when you apply it on. It brings out my natural lip color.

Here's the gloss on my bare lips:

... over theBalm lipstick in Scoop:

Murad Energizing Pomegranate Moisturizer

Everyone knows that pomegranate is a good anti-oxidant. That's why I decided to get Murad Energizing Pomegranate Moisturizer Spf 15.


Their website says it's for combination skin. "It delivers oil-free hydration while infusing skin with it's natural glow."

This moisturizer is light, so I really expected this to work for me. The moment I applied it on my entire face, I felt my face became so greasy. I waited a couple of minutes hoping the cream to get absorbed in, but it didn't. It just sat there on my face which made me really shiny and sticky. I wanted to start putting on make-up but I just can't. It's so oily/greasy and shiny that I just wash it off my face.

Neostrata Brightening Cream SPF15

Back when my main problem was acne and acne scars, my dermatologist had me use NeoStrata Brightening Cream SPF 15.

It's a hydroquinone-free cream that helps brighten, rejuvenate and smooth skin discoloration It's ideal for liver-spots, freckles and other skin pigmentations. Aside from the face, you can use it on your neck, chest and hands. This has the moisturizing and exfoliating benefits of an AHA cream.

I still remember the first time I applied this cream onto my face, because I hated the smell! It smells really bad for me. The cream comes out pale yellow, but as it gets older, the cream will turn a darker shade of yellow. So it's best if you keep the lid on closed tight.

As a moisturizer, this is too moisturizing for me. My face became shiny. It's also greasy and made me look oily. It already has SPF 15 so it's ideal to use during the day. But because it's just too greasy for me, I just used it at night instead.

This brightening cream made my face become noticeably softer to touch. 
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