Let the Beauty Begin! June 2014 BDJ Box Unboxing

2:18:00 PM
After my big disappointment over my May 2014 Saladbox, I'm glad I received my an exclusive Benefit box from BDJ.

Yey!



  1. Lollitint, 2.5ml/ 0.8 US fl oz (1700php for Full Size)
  2. Benetint, 2.5 ml/ 0.08 US fl.oz (1700php for Full Size)
  3. They`re Real Mascara, 30g Net wt. 01 oz (1300php for Full Size)
  4. Porefessional PRO Balm, 3.0ml/0.1 US fl.oz (1,600php for Full Size) 
  5. Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow, 3.0ml/0.1 US fl.oz (1,900php for Full Size)
  6. Big Easy, 3.0ml/01 US Fl.oz (2,000php for Full Size)
  7. Fake Up Concealer, 0.5 g Net wt./ 0.01 oz (1600php for Full Size)


Even though these are just sample sizes, I am very happy with what I got. Benefit Cosmetics is not something you get to buy from drugstores so these are very special to me. (Okay, don't get me started with that other box!).

Lollitint (candy-orchid tint) and Benetint (rose tint) are both lip-and-cheek tints. You can wear them under your favorite lipstick and blush and really lasts a long time.

They`re Real Mascara promises to curl, lengthen, volumes, lift and separates the lashes so this will surely go into my "kikay" kit!

I also got the mini Porefessional PRO Balm is an oil-free primer for translucent pore coverage. I have to try Fake Up Concealer, too, because I always have dark circles :( Big Easy is Benefit's version of BB (Blemish Balm) cream. The last but not the least, the Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow  is an oil-free brightening liquid foundation .

I am so happy with this exclusive Benefit BDJ box:)

Saladbox Runway Ready May 2014 : My sorriest box yet

12:14:00 AM
Saladbox is late again!

I just received my May 2014 box today, June 14th. June 14th! Two weeks after the month of May!

And then...Here's what I got:

Uhh...

It's like adding salt to the wound :( :( :(

Unlike Dragon Chatter who got the Regatta Fresh Sunshine Body Spray, I think Saladbox forgot to put mine IN. THE. BOX.

Because all I got are these:

Smooth & Shine Shampoo & Conditioner Trial Pack by TRESemmé (Travel Pack, 90ml) - The curation card says full-sized bottle (600ml, I think)  costs Php365 so a 90ml bottle is around Php54.75.

Oh, well...

Yuka Acetone-Free Nail Polish Remover Wipes in Grapes - Php65 for 35, I guess the price makes up for it being acetone-free and scented.

As I've said, I didn't get the box with the  Regatta Fresh Sunshine Body Spray. It would have been fine if I had that.

And oh, I forgot. There's Dentiste Plus White Nighttime Herbapeutic Toothpaste. It's a sample tube too small to mention. It would take only a day to use this up.


And 3 pieces of Stationerly Just Because Cards. WHAT!

This is a 3boxes-forPhp1000 box that I subscribed to until July 2014. For a Php333 box, all I got only amounts to Php174.50.

::sigh::

'nuff said

PRODUCT REVIEW: Bifesta Cleansing Lotion in MOIST

6:43:00 PM
I normally don't put the whole make-up shebang every day since I work at home. Though I'm quite content with a good moisturizer and baby powder, I go out with sunscreen and BB cream on, touch of mascara, and my favorite matte lipstick. So when I got a P100 coupon from my May BDJ box, I decided to try and buy Bifesta Cleansing Lotion from Watsons at SM-Calamba to see if it's better than my 3-step regimen.

My skin leans more on normal-to-dry combination so I chose  Bifesta Cleansing Lotion in Moist (300ml) variant. For oily skin, I saw Bifesta Cleansing Lotion in Sebum variant at Watsons.

Ta-daaa!


Bifesta is one of the Japanese  leading brands by Mandom Corp, which caters to skin care for women with busy social and work schedules. This 300ml bottle is good for 1 to 1.5 months, even if you use it everyday.

Its cleansing agent effectively absorbs impurities allowing the easy removal of dead skin cells. Its moisturizing & toning properties make skin soft and smooth. 
For cleansing and toning, on bottle is all you need. Wipe off with cotton pads. No need to rinse.

Bifesta Cleansing Lotion in MOIST without the plastic seal (with the English description).



Directions for Use:

  1. Pump 2-3 times on cotton pads and wipe gently on face.
  2. For eye make-up,wipe downward carefully to avoid contact with eyes.
  3. For heavy make-up, use repeatedly until there is no trace of  dirt and oil.
  4. No need to rinse.

It certainly worked for me, as you can see in the picture.

What I like about Bifesta Cleansing Lotion:


  1. It's a big plus that it is  hypoallergenic and hypocomedogenic (gentle to the skin and won't clog pores).
  2. It feels like water on skin, no sting at all.
  3. My skin really felt hydrated after use.
  4. It easily removed my matte lipstick and my waterproof mascara.
  5. No rinse required.
  6. Easy to find since it is available at Watsons and SM Department stores.

What I don't like about Bifesta Cleansing Lotion:

  1. The English translation is on the plastic wrap which I have no choice but to remove it entirely.
  2. I bought the 300ml bottle for Php419.00 (without the Php100 coupon) and I think it is a bit expensive for me.

Recommendation:

This is my first make-up remover and without considering the price, I could say I had a good experience. It really saves time since it is a no-rinse solution which is very appropriate for working women. The price though is expensive for my lifestyle. I would still recommend this to those who are looking for good make-up remover. It is still better to look for quality before price. No reason to be lazy and sleep with make-up on, is there?

GK Enchanted Farm Blogger Weekend Event Series 2 : Plush And Play - A Social Enterprise Offering Quality Stuff Toys and Felt Items

12:03:00 AM
One of the social enterprise demos that we attended during the Blogger Weekend Event at GK Enchanted Farm is the Plush And Play.

Plush and Play is a social enterprise partner of Gawad Kalinga that produces quality stuff toys and felt items. Plush And Play stuff toys are hand-sewed by the women living in Gawad Kalinga communities. Every one attending the demo got to try making a toy from cutting the pattern to sewing it. It's a stuffed heart, as you can see in the picture. I don't have the picture of the finished product because I lost it. Sad, huh?


Instead of teddy bears, Plush And Play stuff toys are modeled from local fruits and vegetables like watermelon (Manny Pakwan), tomato (Anne Kamatis) and apple (Apple D' Ap) which is, for me, a fresh and exciting concept. Yes, I know, apple is not endemic here but to associate it with apl.de.ap who is a international pinoy singer, I think it will encourage kids to think local is still the best.

Participating in the Plush And Play demo made me understand a little bit more about social enterprise. A social enterprise is a business model that tackles social problems and improve communities.

From left to right: Manny Pakwan, Maria Mangga, Anne Kamatis, Jessica Saging, Buko Martin, Pan Talong, Antonio Repolyo, DalanDaniel, Sili Crawford, Karla Mansi, and Fili Pinya
photo from Plush And Play Facebook Page
photo from Plush And Play Facebook Page

Know more about Plush And Play and Gawad Kalinga:

Website | Facebook Page

Purederm Snail Cell Illuminating Multi-Step Treatment

9:19:00 PM
I was doing my groceries at SM-Calamba when I came across Purederm Snail Cel Illuminating Multi-Step Treatment in one of their racks. I've been into facial mask sheets these days because the hot weather makes my skin dry.

What's exciting about Purederm Snail Cel Illuminating Multi-Step Treatment is that it comes with Cell Illuminating Ampoule and Snail 3D Mask.


How to use Purederm Snail Cell Illuminating Multi-Step Treatment :

Step 1 - Clean and tone face. Cut the pouch along the dotted line and use your fingers to evenly apply the Cell Illuminating Ampoule to your face. Make sure your hands are clean.

Step 2 - Apply the Snail 3D Mask in the following order : chin, forehead, nose and then mouth, Smooth out any air bubbles with fingers. Wear the mask 15-20 minutes and peel off slowly from the edges. Gently massage remaining essence into the skin

That's me. Awoooo!

My Experience:

The ampoule is a great way to prep the skin before the mask. It applies evenly and is very cool to the skin. This is my first 3D mask and I love it! It is specially designed to fit the face, especially the on the nose and chin area.  It is not drippy at all. The mask remained moist and adhered to my face the whole 20 minutes it was put on. The 3D mask has a delicate smell. I also love the texture of the mask. What I am hesitant about is the price. It cost me P97.00 (around US$2.25) which is the most expensive mask I have ever bought yet.

After using it, my face felt supple and smooth. My pores looked smaller ,too. There is a soothing effect on my skin, especially in this crazy hot weather.

Would I recommend it? Yes, definitely.

You can look up more of Purederm products  here.


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