Saturday, July 26, 2014

Stylenanda 3 Concept Eyes Haul!

Finally after 3 months of waiting for my Stylenanda package it finally arrived last week! 

Thanks to bntnews, I was given a $500 gift certificate for Stylenanda and I was so happy because I was looking forward to getting 3 Concept Eyes makeup. Stylenanda is known for their clothing but honestly I was scared to buy clothing pieces because I was worried about the Asian sizing. I did pick up 2 clothing items which I didn't include here. It was nothing exciting, just a tee and a crop top. 

Also, the items in this haul doesn't seem like it's worth $500 even minus the two clothing items, that's because I also bought a couple of 3CE products for a friend of mine and I didn't include the things I purchased for her in this haul. 

Here's some photos of the items I bought and their names. I'll slowly do reviews and swatches for these but it will take awhile since I have a lot of product reviews to be done backed up. 

I hope this haul will make you excited for the reviews and please let me know if you've tried any of these and what you think about them. ^^

 Nail Lacquer in GN15 - Green, GN12 - Chartreuse, PE03 - Coral, VL07 - Lavender

Pore Silky Balm

Blush in #Baby Chou 

Duo blush in #Creme de Violet and #Peach Crush 

 Triple Shadow in #No No No

 Triple Shadow in #Body to Body

Triple Shadow in #More Brown

Lip Color in #601 Deep Kisser 

Lip Color in #409 Kiss Woo

 Lip Color in #501 Bella

Lip Color in #507 Lala

 Creamy Waterproof Eyeliner in #10 Mojito - Mint, #4 Chicago - Purple, #1 Cats - Black 

 Under Eye Flash in #1 Romanticism, #2 Pitter Patter, #3 Lovable, #4 Brown Sugar, #5 Hazzy Mocha

Eyebrow Mascara in #Brown & #Gold

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Britannie's Thyme Organic Balancing Facial Toner Review

Having reviewed my top favorite product from Brittanie's Thyme, which is the Organic Almond & Oatmeal Facial Scrub,  I'm bringing you my other fave which is the Organic Balancing Facial toner.

The organic Balancing Facial Toner claims to:
Relieve and calm your complexion with this organic facial toner that includes essence of peppermint and sweet orange. It helps balance pH leaving refreshed and healthy looking skin. Rose water enhances skin’s overall tone and hydrates, whereas many toners can be drying. Removes any residual cleanser or/or oil and enhances the acceptance of your moisturizer. Recommended for normal to oily skin.
It's pretty easy to use this toner, just shake lightly and moisten a cotton ball or cotton round and wipe the entire face after cleansing. 
This stuff smells so good, like a sweet, peppermint candy. I love how it has a cooling effect on the skin and it doesn't dry out my skin as well. This would be particularly wonderful if you pop this in the fridge and apply it on your skin. It wouldn't be bad to transfer this product into a spray bottle as well and spritz it on your face during the hot summer days. 
Ingredients: Distilled Aqua (Water), Organic Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Distillate, Organic Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil, Organic Citrus Sinensis (Sweet Orange) Oil, Organic Rosa Damascena (Rose) Flower Oil

For this 4 oz bottle, it retails for $13 at Brittanie's Thyme. Go check it out since it's organic and all natural and this is recommended for normal to troubled skin type.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Brittanie's Thyme Organic Almond & Oatmeal Facial Scrub

A couple of weeks ago I was approached through email by a company called Brittanie's Thyme asking me if I would be willing to review some of their products. Brittanie's Thyme products claims to be "luxury organic personal care that is safe and effective yet affordable." I said yes, immediately after going through their website and checking out the range of their products. They were kind enough to send me items based on my skin type.

It is very easy to shop around Brittanie's Thyme since all of their products are color coded based on skin types (Green for Normal Skin, Yellow for Sensitive Skin and Orange for Troubled Skin). They sent me 5 products but to be honest, out of the 5, I only absolutely love 2 of them. Not that there is anything wrong with the other 3 products, it's just that my skin didn't quite like it that much. 

They sent me 5 products but to be honest, out of the 5, I only absolutely love 2 of them. Not that there is anything wrong with the other 3 products, it's just that my skin didn't quite like it that much. I thought it would be better to just do a review on the products I absolutely love since I can't stop using them. 

The first product I'm reviewing is the Organic Almond & Oatmeal Facial Scrub. I knew even before trying it that I would love this since I'm a huge fan of oatmeal scrubs/cleanser. I used to use oatmeal every night to cleanse and exfoliate my face. It helped my dry skin during the fall and winter season and I even have a post about it a long time ago (link here). 

Here's a product info taken from their website:
Gently scrub away lifeless cells that are dulling your natural complexion with this organic facial scrub. Finely ground natural oatmeal and raw almonds help exfoliate dry skin and smooth rough spots, leaving skin feeling soft and smooth. Excellent for use on rough elbows and knees, yet gentle enough for the sensitive facial skin. 

It is very easy to use this product, just scoop 1/2 teaspoonfull onto the palm of your hand, add a few drops of water and make it into a paste. Wet the face and rub it gently in circular motions on your face. I suggest massaging it on the face for a good 2-3 minutes. 

This product is recommended for all skin types and to be used once or twice a week. As I mentioned above, I used to use oatmeal as my night time cleanser and it has helped out my dry skin. If you have extremely dry skin it would be best to use this once or twice a week because it might be too much for your skin even if it is a gentle exfoliant. 

From my before photo, you can clearly see how tired and dull my skin looked and on the after photo, you can see how clear and bright my skin has become. 

I just love how soft, smooth and supple my skin feels after using this scrub. I cannot believe I stopped using oatmeal as my facial scrub when I used to swear by it before. Thanks to Brittanie's Thyme and the Organic Almond & Oatmeal Facial Scrub, I have rediscovered my love for oatmeal both for my tummy and for my face! ^^

 This product is all natural and is made only with ground oatmeal and almond meal. This jar contains 4oz of product and retails at $10.

*This product was sent to me for review but as always, my reviews are honest and based on my own opinions and experience.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette Review and Swatches

Almost a year ago, Hourglass came out with this finishing powders that was a sure hit in the beauty community. They came out with a limited edition palette exclusive to Sephora and it sold out during the holidays. One of my favorite Youtubers, Tiffany of MakeupbyTiffanyD, has raved about the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders and how it has multiple uses. 

A single Ambient Lighting Powder, at Sephora would cost $45 with 0.35 oz of product while the palette of 3 powders retails at $58 although, I believe each shade is only half (more or less) the product of a single pan,  but the palette carries a limited edition shade that is not available individually. Being cheap and slightly not sure of the product, I was more keen to try and get hold of the palette rather than go ahead and buy a single powder. Since the palette was sold out fast before I can get my hands on them, I thought probably it was good since I wouldn't spend money on another makeup product. 

Months later and still lusting after the Ambient Lighting Palette and Hourglass coming out with the Ambient Lighting Blushes, I never expected to walk into Sephora and seeing the palette displayed. Mind you, I have been on a "no makeup buy" for a good 6 or 7 months and I was trying to control myself and not get anything but when I saw this, I caved. I was thinking that this is meant to be my birthday gift for myself (it was the day after my birthday).

Can we just stop and admire the gorgeous packaging? I don't really know how to describe the packaging but it's so chic and glam. The size of the palette is very comfortable to hold and it's not bulky at all like I thought it would be at first. It has a good-sized mirror too. The powders have that "baked" feel to it since they are slightly raised.

So before heading on to individual shades on the palette and my personal take on them, here's some more info on the Ambient Lighting Powders taken from Sephora:

Ambient Lighting Powder is a groundbreaking collection of finishing powders that capture, diffuse, and soften the way light reflects on skin. Unlike traditional powders, which merely cloak imperfections, Ambient Lighting Powder utilizes photoluminescent technology to filter out harsh light and refine the appearance of the complexion. The powders deliver a multidimensional luminescence to every skintone, making it appear softer and lit from within. The finishing powders enhance skin in any type of light, including flash photography. With three universal shades available in the Ambient palette, you can create any desired effect. 

Dim Light, Incandescent Light, Radiant Light

Dim Light is described as a natural peach beige powder that blurs imperfections and highlights the complexion. I personally am partial to this shade out of all the shades. The Ambient Lighting Powders are so finely milled that they look so natural on and they don't looked caked on when you apply. This particular shade is a touch lighter than my skin, and it is perfect for all over the face especially to set my under eye concealer. Dim Light has a slight sheen to it but when blended out is not noticeable but definitely gives you an airbrushed look. Don't worry, applying this all over your face won't turn you into a disco ball.

Incandescent Light is described as an opalescent pearl powder that brightens the complexion with a celestial glow. This is the shade that is limited only to this palette. The Incandescent Light I particularly like to use as a highlighter. Out of the three this one is definitely meant to be a subtle highlighter. It has a pearly finish but the thing with this powders, once you blend it out you wouldn't really notice a huge difference, but it's very subtle and it's definitely there. I usually apply this on the areas I need to highlight like the tops of my cheeks, bridge of my nose, Cupid's bow chin and forehead. Again, this won't turn you into a disco ball, it just gives an illusion of a very natural glowy skin. 

Radiant Light is a sun-kissed golden beige powder that enhances the complexion with believable, subtle warmth. Very true to it's description, Radiant Light is something that I would use whenever I want warmth back into my skin. On less makeup days, I would use this as a bronzer and even slightly contour my face with it. On those days where I put a full face on, I would use this on top of the bronzer just to soften and blend everything out. 

I just find this product so amazing and the palette itself is so useful since I have a setting powder, a highlighter and a subtle bronzer in one. This has made a huge difference in my makeup especially on those days I'm opting for a more natural look. I would just put concealer on, apply the powders, do my brows and put a lip tint on and I'm out the door. Also, it has been quite helpful in mattifying my now combination skin. 

Above is a photo with only a concealer and everything else was the Ambient Lighting Powders. It gives such a natural, flawless and airbrushed look while giving the face a glow. It also feels lightweight on the skin so you barely feel it. 

I really recommend this product. I wouldn't doubt it if I would hit pan on Dim Light and Radiant Light. I would mostly likely repurchase both  individually. 

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Summer 2014: Matte and Fresh

Summer season has officially started and I've been sweaty everytime I go out the door - uhhhh correct that, even after I take a shower. Keeping my makeup in place is such a chore lately since my skin also changed to combination skin type because of the climate change.

Today, I'm bringing you a matte look; natural and fresh too, very summer appropriate.  I normally use quite a decent amount of products even if I do a natural faced makeup look on a daily basis. A little less products than usual, and with a change of lip color every now and then (which I'll make a blog post about when I get the chance) here's my recent go to makeup look.

  • Missha Perfect Cover BB Cream in No. 23 - I haven't done a review of this BB Cream but it is certainly my fave Korean BB cream (Maybelline Fresh BB a cream doesn't is my fave American BB). It has an SPF so it's good when the sun is beating on your face. The shade 23 is light but it does oxidized on the skin. I'm thinking of getting the next shade darker since I'm getting more tanned now but this still works perfectly fine with bronzer and powder. 
  • Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in 25 Medium - just applying it under the eyes for dark circles coverage and around the nose to just take off the redness on that area.
  • Tarte Flush Cheek Stain - I'm not sure how to describe this product - I guess it's a cream/gel stick cheek stain. It gives a warm, natural flush to the cheeks. I just dabbed it on the cheeks and blended it out with my finger.  It stays on all day and admittedly on application it felt slick but afterwards it just doesn't feel like anything. Plus it may look dewy at first but then your skin absorbs it so it goes matte after a minute and after blending. 
  • Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders - this is the most game changing makeup product I've ever tried in a long time. I'll make a review of this product soon to go a little bit in depth. I applied Radiant Light under my eyes to set the concealer, around the nose as well, chin and forehead. Dim Light I used as a slight bronzer/contour around my face and hollows of my cheeks and jaw. Incandescent Light to highlight the high points of the face which is the tops of the cheeks, bridge of the nose and Cupid's bow.

Urban Decay shadow in Naked2 - I just filled in my brows with this shade since it is a perfect shade for my light hair now.

  • Urban Decay Original Primer Potion - Apply all over the lids to prevent creasing throughout the day
  • Wet n Wild Trio in Sweet as Candy - with a clean finger, apply the pink shade all over the lids, blend out. With a smudge brush take the brown shade and apply this on the bottom lash line connecting to the upper lash line slightly using it to define the eyes. Use the pearly white shade to highlight the inner corners of the eyes using a Q-tip, pencil brush or even your pinky.
  • NYX Slide On Pencil in Jet Black - just use this to tightline the upper waterline.
  • 3CE I'm Good Mascara - Curl the lashes and apply mascara to the upper and lower lashes

Tony Moly Kiss Lover Lip Master in Allure Orange - orange is still in for the summer so I'm applying a lip stain for a long lasting lip color. 

And this is the final look!

Friday, July 4, 2014

Leader Bio Medi-curing Wrinkle Dressing Mask Review

Finally the last of my 4 sheet mask from BNTNews x Leaders Insolution! I have previously reviewed the Bio Medi-curing Aqua Dressing Mask, the Vita Bright Skin Renewal Mask, and the Aquaringer Skin Clinc Mask. If you haven't read them yet, please do check it out since I will be doing some references to them.

The Bio Medi-curing Wrinkle Dressing Mask is actually part of the Premium Care line of masks from Leaders Insolution. I didn't actually know that the Bio Medi-curing Aqua Dressing Mask I previously reviewed is part of the same line and I was left wondering why it was so different from the next two masks I reviewed.

This mask is targeted for people with dry skin, wrinkles, inelastic and dull skin - in short, people with aging skin.  As I've said in previous posts regarding antiquing and anti-wrinkle products, I'm not really concerned about it for now but it is a good prevention method. It doesn't hurt to delay the appearance of wrinkles, aye?

Like the other Premium Care Mask, this is sandwiched between two paper sheets. The sheet itself is thick and gel - like. As I described the Bio Medi-curing Aqua Dressing Mask, it is very reminiscent of a thicker Vietnamese rice paper soaked in water. 

Well, the results were quite good for me. I actually used this right after I washed my face when I woke up in the morninh and usually my face looks swollen. As you can see in the photo above, my skin looked dull and red but after using the mask for a good 30 minutes, my skin looked brighter and less red. My under eyes still look particularly swollen  but I guess til I find a miracle product it will always be that way. As for the anti-wrinkle part, I can't see any result since I don't really have any to begin with.  Adequate skin hydration prevents wrinkles from appearing and in that area, this mask really worked.

All in all I can say that I love all 4 masks that I tried from Leaders Insolution. I have seen reviews from fellow BNTGirls about other masks of theirs and I'm excited to try out more of them! They have masks for every skin type and every skin problem so go ahead and check them out.  :))

*This product was sent to me for review but as always, my reviews are honest and based on my own opinions and experience.
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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Leaders Aquaringer Skin Clinic Mask Review

Previously reviewing 2 out of 4 Leaders Insolution sheet masks, the Bio Medi-curing Aqua Dressing Mask and the Vita Bright Skin Renewal Mask, I am back with the third sheet mask review.

Today's review will be on the Leaders Insolution Aquaringer Skin Clinic Mask. This mask is targeted for people with dry skin but is also recommended for all skin types. It aims to provide the skin with intense hydration and diminish dead skin cells. It also promises to relieve skin tension and balance oil and moisture. I believe intense hydration is attainable with a sheet mask but diminishing dead skin cells with a sheet mask? Not so sure.


By now you might be familiar on how to use this sheet mask. Basically just fit the sheet over your clean face and smooth it out. Leave it on for 15-20 minutes, remove and pat the essence onto the skin for maximum absorption.

This mask is very similar to the last one I reviewed, the Vita Bright Skin Renewal Mask. It is a thinner sheet and nicely saturated with essence. I had a bit of a problem unfolding this one for some reason and I almost ripped it apart - good thing I didn't! 

After using the mask, my skin felt smooth and adequately hydrated and I'm quite thankful for that. My skin has been thirsty since I have been enjoying the sun too much recently. I believe that it did do a good job balancing oil and moisture on my skin, the part of diminishing dead skin cells... definitely still a question. I'm not sure if you can diminish dead skin cells without exfoliating and since I didn't see any difference - major or minor - on my skin, I wouldn't be able to say that it worked out for that.

I would still recommend this mask for people with dry skin. I guess with regular and continued use of this mask, you might be able to get the result of diminished dead skin cells but for this one time use - nah.

Anyway, this is it for the Aquaringer Skin Clinic Mask. I have my last one coming up on Friday! And yes, a summer makeup look again soon. ^^

*This product was sent to me for review but as always, my reviews are honest and based on my own opinions and experience.
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