Friday, August 29, 2014

Bello-Vita Cell Optimizer S-Essence Review

Here's another product review from a brand which I'm quite unfamiliar with and it's called Bello-Vita.

Today's review is focused on this Bello-Vita Cell Optimizer S-Essence. The packaging for this particular product is beautiful - the box is decorated in gold filigree which gives it the impression of elegance and sophistication. The bottle is also gold in color with a plastic cap of bronze ombré which shows the gold neck of the spray nozzle inside. 

So what is an essence? An essence contains concentrate of ingredients for a specific purpose, which for this product is a cell optimizer which allows the skin cells to absorb nutrients more effectively. Essences are usually watery and light in texture and feel so it is usually mistaken as a toner.

Bello-Vita boasts of their Biocell System and Fermentation Science which is a fermentation process for the ingredients and allows these ingredients to maintain skin balance and optimize the skin condition. 

I believe this Cell Optimizing S-Essence is part of a skin care line from the brand and this Cell Optimizing line claims to "remove dryness, paleness, improve elasticity, remove toxins and leave the skin feeling rejuvenated and healthy."

I actually like the fact that it is in a spray bottle so you can just mist it all over the face and tap the face for absorption. Probably the only thing I can comment on this product is its scent. It has a strong floral scent to it that it basically feels like spraying perfume straight to your face. The scent does go away after a couple of minutes but it still bothers me every time I spray this on my face. The product feels like water unlike the other essences I've tried which felt like a lighter version of serums. 

I'm not so sure if it does help my skin absorb nutrients more effectively and retain more moisture. It is an extra step to my night time skin care routine which I don't really mind since it's a small step. If only this product doesn't smell that strong I would go to say that I really like this product, but since I don't really care much for the scent, this is just an okay product for me.

*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, August 27, 2014

Leaders AC-Free Spot Patch Review

After trying out and reviewing sheet masks from Leaders Insolution from the previous BNT Beauty Box, I was excited to try out more products from Leaders.

The AC-Free Spot Patch is a spot acne treatment. It contains salicylic acid and teatree oil to help calm and clear the skin. There are 50 patches in the box divided into 5 foil packets, each packet contains 10, clear, round adhesives which you apply to your pimple. There are 4 smaller round stickers and six bigger ones. 

This is pretty easy to use, just cleanse the face and remove the patch from the film and apply it to the area where you need it. Leave it on for around 8-12 hours and remove. 

I have to admit that I was a skeptic about this product. Since I'm not a person who usually breaks out, it seems to be quite a coincidence when I have one teensy tiny pimple on my chin the day my box arrived. Excited to try out the product, I immediately launched myself in taking photos and cleansing my face and just put this thing to the test.

Alas, here's the result:

I washed my faced, applied the patch and left it on for the rest of the night. I slept a good 8 hours and surprisingly that bump went down and the redness dissipated too. 

I am quite impressed by this product and I don't think I need to further explain myself since you can clearly see results from the photo above. I'm not so sure how well it would work for those with severe acne but for those who do get occasional break outs, the Leaders AC-Free Spot Patch is quite handy to have around especially when you see and feel a nasty bump growing the day or even hours before an event you have to go to.

Highly recommend this product along with the sheet masks from Leaders! 

*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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Monday, August 25, 2014

Migabee Seabuckthorn Pureberry Oilsoap Review

This month's BNT Beauty Box is full of interesting and fairly new (at least to me) products. I had previously reviewed the Faith in Face Cleansing Water which was surprisingly good and along the lines of cleansing is another quite promising product which is the Migabee Seabuckthorn Pureberry Oilsoap. 

Made from natural ingredients mostly fruit extracts, the Seabuckthorn Purberry Oilsoap is good for all skin types and it "removes makeup, dirt and oily ingredients; covers the skin with detailed and soft texture, and is made of water soluble oil soap."

After a little bit of research on this product, I found out that this is not only use as a facial cleanser but is a multi-use product. It can be use as a body wash and shampoo as well. This reminds me of a similar product I tried out before in a lavender scent but for my sake I just couldn't remember the brand. And speaking of lavender, this is also available in Lavender, Peppermint, Honey and Rosewater. 

My niece really likes how this soap smells and she said it smells like flowers and lemons. It is not strong and offensive but the scent does cling on to you after washing with it. 

This bottle is full-size and contains 310mL of product - a lot if you ask me. The front of the bottle contains a list of ingredients and a short description of the product in English. Turn the bottle around and all you will see is Korean characters. I believe there is instructions there somewhere but since I can't read Hangul I just tried to figure out how it works by trial and error. 

What I did was to rub it on gently to my dry face. Having a light makeup on (BB cream, bronzer and brow product) it broke down the makeup and actually cleansed my face pretty well. It also foamed up really nicely just as shown on their promo photo. 

However, with a full face of makeup on (long wearing foundation, bronzer, blush, waterproof liner and mascara), I find that it doesn't really do a good job of removing everything. It would break down the makeup but it wouldn't foam up. As you can see on the demo photo below, there's still remnants of the red lipstick, eyeliner and mascara. 

Kim, another BNTGirl actually received the Rosewater version of this Oilsoap and she had a severe reaction to it (read more of her experience here). Thankfully, this Seabuckthorn Oilsoap didn't give me the same reaction. The only thing I didn't quite like about this product aside from it not removing all of my makeup thoroughly is that it stung my eyes. Not that badly but still uncomfortable. 

I probably wouldn't use this as a shampoo but I might try it out as a body wash. It has been moisturizing on the face so it would be great on the body as well. Anyway, I'm not really a huge fan of this cleanser since I like my cleansers to remove every single makeup product on my face. I'm just gonna save this for those days where I'm removing light makeup.

*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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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Summer 2014: Just Peachy

Peach and coral is a great summer color and I realized that summer is over and I still haven't done any peach/coral makeup look for my Summer 2014 series. Because of that, here's a peach makeup look great for those of you still trying to reminisce (and enjoy) the summer days and nights. This will be the end of my Summer 2014 series and look forward to my Fall 2014 series (I actually have one makeup look drafted already)!  

  • Makeup Forever Mat Velvet + in #55 - It's still pretty hot during the daytime so I'm loving the MUFE foundation to keep my face matte. I love the coverage of this foundation and it simple is one of the best foundation I've tried. 
  • Maybelline Fit Me concealer in 20 Sand - To conceal my nasty under eye circles, brighten and highlight the high points of my face, I used a lighter concealer. Applied it under my eyes, bridge of the nose, around my nose and chin, blending it out with synthetic fiber brush. 
  • NYX Sunny Bronzer - Contoured my face using a matte bronzer. Apply it on the hollows of the cheeks, temples, jaw, bringing it down slightly on the neck and the sides of the nose. 
  • 3CE Duo Blush in Peach Crush - Using a stippling brush, I picked up the product by swirling it on the pan so it mixes both pink and orange shade to make the perfect peach shade, tapped off the excess and applied it on the cheeks blending it towards the back of the cheek.
  • 3CE Triple Shadow in Body to Body - Take the middle, pink highlight shade and use it as a highlighter. apply it to the high points of the face where the light naturally hits - tops of the cheeks, bridge of the nose, Cupid's bow, chin and forehead. 
3CE Eyebrow Mascara in Brown & Gold - I applied the brown mascara to the brows. It fills in any sparse spaces on my brows. Letting it dry for a minute, I go over with the gold mascara to lightly lighten my brows and to match my hair color. 


  • Maybelline Color Tattoo Metal in Barely Branded -  I used a cream, shimmery nude shade as a primer for my lids. I just applied this using a clean finger.
  • 3CE Triple Shadow in Body to Body - Take the first shade (rose gold shade on the left) with a clean finger and apply it on the lids on top of Barely Branded. Smooth out all edges with your fingers. If you find it hard to blend out the shadow, take a clean blending brush and blend away. 
  • 3CE Under Eye Flash in Pitter Patter - Take a brown or khaki colored liner and line the upper lash line, extending the line past the corner of your eyes and connecting it to the outer half of the bottom lash line. The liner I'm using is waterproof and has a bit of shimmer too. A brown liner complements the peachy pink shade so well plus it makes the whole look softer and romantic as opposed to a black liner. 
  • 3CE Under Eye Flash in Romanticism - Take a lighter rose gold liner and apply it on the inner corner of the the eyes and on the inner half of the lower lash line. 
  • 3CE Triple Shadow in Body to Body - With a pencil brush, apply the last shade (peach shade on the right) on top of Romanticism.
  • NYX Slide On Liner in Brown Perfection - Tightline the eyes
  • Maybelline Falsies Big Eyes Mascara Waterproof - Curl the lashes and apply mascara on the lashes. 

3CE Lip Color in Lala - Take a peach lipstick and apply it on the lips. I finally made this lipstick work for me with this particular look. I mentioned in my review of this lipstick that it sometimes looks good and sometimes it doesn't. I have yet to try it out with a darker eye makeup but maybe it might work as well. If it does, then definitely you'll see a fall makeup look with this shade as well. ^^

I hope you enjoyed this look as I have enjoyed wearing it for the last couple of days. Summer is ending and to be honest, I'm not really looking forward to the fall season but I hope good things come to me. 

Oh, please let me know what you think of the photos in this post. I did this makeup look at night time and I'm not sure if the lighting is okay. I usually do makeup looks during the day with natural sunlight for the photos but I ended up doing this at a very awkward time of the day, 

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

nügg Face Masks Review

nügg Face Masks was made available with the vision of providing "approachable and affordable luxury skin care that is truly effective and good for your skin - all of this in the form of nuggets of natural goodness." 

What's interesting is that nügg Face Masks are portion-sized masks that caters to different skin type and targets different skin problems. 

nügg Face Masks utilizes the Natural Oil Dispersion technology to combine natural oils in water to penetrate the skin and in the process, hydrates, soothes, and protects the skin. Each "nugget" of nügg Face Masks contain over 90% of natural or naturally derived ingredients and are formulated without chemical emulsifiers, synthetic fragrances synthetic colors, petrochemicals and parabens.

A lot of bloggers have been reviewing this product as of late and it made me really curious and adamant to try it out, but it being available only on Target stores and with me not really shopping at Target that often, I thought that I would probably try this product out long after it is too hyped up already. Thankfully, the PR company for nügg Face Masks contacted me and asked if I would be willing to try them out and consider reviewing them. Why the hell not? I like face masks and anything beauty related and I immediately jumped on the opportunity of trying these babies out.

I received all 6 of the face masks. Each mask, as mentioned above, caters and targets different skin type and problem.


Deep Cleansing





It is pretty easy to use this mask, just peel open the lid and apply the mask generously to a clean face and leave on for 5-10 minutes and rinse. I prefer massaging the product onto my face for a good 2-3 minutes before leaving it on my face. I also like bringing this product down my neck as well.

The texture of the masks are very similar to each other except for the exfoliating mask which has exfoliating beads. The texture of these masks seems to be a cross between a gel and a lotion which feels really good on the skin.

Individually, these masks seem to do what they were supposed to do (hydration, soothing, exfoliating, etc) which is good to note especially if you're really looking for a specific product to fulfill the need of your skin. Among the 6 nügg Face Masks, my favorite seems to be a tie between the Deep Cleansing (Cucumber and Jojoba) and the Revitalizing (Flaxseed & Peppermint) Mask. I enjoy popping my face masks in the fridge around 10 minutes before using them and these 2 masks are the best because it gave me intense cooling sensation. 

My skin felt really soft and nourished after rinsing. For those much needed "treat yourself" moments and event preps, this product is quite handy to have around. I actually used the Deep Cleansing Mask before date night (and mind you my skin looked great - with and without makeup! ^^)

Date night look. Used the Deep Cleansing Mask prior to makeup application and it made my skin really smooth and I believe it helped my makeup stay all throughout the night.

Each nügg Face Masks is supposed to be good for one use but I personally feel like there is too much product in one container. The directions does say use generously but I still think the mask would be good enough for two uses and I wish the container is resealable so I would be able to use the remaining for next time.      

Aside from wanting the container to be resealable, the only other issue I have with this product is opening it up. It has a plastic and foil combination lid to peel off and I had a problem opening 5 out of the 6 masks. As the photo above shows, the plastic separates from the foil and is left on the lid. 

I really recommend  nügg Face Masks. They are seriously good and for the price, which is $2.99 for a single serve capsule and $14.95 for a five piece Multi-Pack, you can't go wrong.  nügg Face masks are available at Target (in-stores only) and online at  nügg Beauty

If the company would be able to address my small issues on the packaging, I would give this product 5/5, but for now, I'll give it a 4.5. ^^

Enjoy your Nuggets of Natural Goodness and try out these masks for yourself. 

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

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Faith in Face Truly Waterly Cleansing Water Review

Every month I look forward to receiving my BNT Beauty Box because of the amazing products that it contains. Of course there are some duds but most are surprisingly awesome. This month's box is packed with exciting new products from brands that have recently joined the BNTGirls Project. 

The first product that caught my eye is this Faith in Face Truly Waterly Cleanser. It's pink, blue and white packaging is so captivating that I immediately wanted to try it out. 

Before heading on to the actual review of the product, here's a small background about the brand. Faith in Face's catchphrase is "Have Faith in Face, Origin in Beauty," which stems from the belief that each person has a certain unique beauty and that the role of cosmetics is to help reveal and bring to light each individual's hidden beauty and with the help of their products, make the person be more confident.

The Truly Waterly Cleansing Water is a 2 in 1 product meant to remove stubborn makeup and act as a facial toner. It is formulated from natural ingredients and very minimal chemical ingredients. Ingredients are mostly plant and flower based with the Saponaria Officinalis Leaf extract as its main ingredient which is a natural cleansing agent. This product is clinically tested by doctors, hypoallergenic and sensitive skin friendly

As I mentioned above, the packaging for this product is so fun and beautiful that it is definitely eye-catching. It reminds me so much of brands like Soap & Glory and Benefit Cosmetics which also packages their products with colorful and fun, vintage-retro inspired vibe. 

It is fairly easy to use this product. Just soak a cotton pad with the water and gently wipe the face to remove the makeup. For areas with stubborn makeup like the eyes, leave on for 10-15 seconds before wiping off. This product can also be used as a toner. 

For the past year or so, there has been a lot of hype on cleansing waters that removes practically removes all makeup and hydrates your face, something that I wasn't really interested in since I like washing my face at night with a cleanser and water. I honestly didn't see the point and benefit of just using a cleansing water to remove all makeup and just slide right into bed after. Probably the most hyped up cleansing water product is the Bioderma Sensibio H2O. It comes in a similar bottle as the Truly Waterly with its pink bottle cap though it looks more clinical as opposed to Truly Waterly's fun and bold look. 

With the packaging beckoning me to try it out, I tried a cleansing water for the first time and I finally see what the hype was all about. The Faith in Face Truly Waterly removes all makeup - everything! I was really surprised how easy it was for a mere water to remove my toughest waterproof mascara. I would usually have mascara residue even after washing my face but this took off everything. 

This product is unscented which is great for those who have sensitive noses. Most makeup removers have a slight alcohol smell to it but this one doesn't. It's just water. One of the phrases written on the box says, "Love me tender, love me true; water for cleansing, not for drinking." This is definitely true! With a full face of makeup on, it took me about 4 cotton rounds to remove all of my makeup. Not bad when comparing it to a makeup wipe which has a bigger surface area than a cotton round. 

Once all the makeup is removed, my skin felt soft and moist. Usually, after using a cleansing wipe or regular makeup remover the skin feels dry but this one doesn't do that at all. My skin felt fresh and clean. I just spritz on my usual toner after makeup removal. 

To be honest, I still prefer washing my face after makeup removal but the cleansing water is perfect on those tiresome nights where you just don't want to be bothered by a long-winded night time routine. You can just use Truly Waterly and go right into bed skipping all the other steps since this product is also moisturizing. 

 On the left is a photo of me with a light makeup on - foundation, concealer and brow powder. On the right is the after photo. As you can see on the right, my face is clean and looks slightly dewy because of the moisture it leaves on the skin. 

Above is a before and after photo of the back of my hand with other makeup products. Since I did the demo on my face with light makeup on, I needed to show you how wonderfully it worked in removing my strongest waterproof mascara and waterproof eyeliner. Also, it removed all traces of the red lipstick which usually is hard to remove. 

For a 300ml bottle, the Faith in Face Truly Waterly Cleansing Water's suggested retail price is $14. Since it is not available for purchase from FIF's official website, you can find this product on YesStyle, eBay and other online shops although it retails from around $17-$22. 

I do recommend this product if you can get your hands on this for $14. With that price, it beats having to purchase other cleansing waters that are usually 250ml in size that retails for $23 and up. 

*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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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Stylenanda 3CE Triple Shadow Review and Swatches

As promised in my 3CE Haul post, here's my review on these amazing shadows from 3 Concept Eyes.

3CE single pan shadows are huge and I have reviewed one of them (One Color Shadow #Saturn) before courtesy of bntnews International. I definitely wouldn't be able to finish that one pan of shadow so I thought it would be great to try out their Triple Shadows instead. For the same size as of the single pan shadows, you get 3 complimentary shadows that you can do an entire eye look with. 

# No No No

#No No No is the combination I would mostly associate with fall since it has plum and taupe colors in it. 

The first shade on the left is a taupe and has a shimmer finish. Swatched, it seems to be a little on the sheer side. I tried using it several ways and it works beautifully and perfectly as a blending/transition color, an inner corner highlight, or as a layer on top of a darker shadow for an added pop. 

The middle shade is a deep plum with hints of gold in it. In fact, this swatches closely to #Saturn, albeit this one is more purple and #Saturn has more red. It is a great one color shadow and you can definitely build it up and deepen it. 

The last shade is a pale gold shimmer. This one has more prominent shimmers than the taupe shadow. This works well as inner corner highlight. Using a finger to apply this shadow sheers this out as well so you can also use this to highlight different parts of the face.

#Body to Body

#Body to Body is something that I would associate with summer. It is girly, peachy and is great for a flirty natural look. 

The first shade is a rose gold with gold glitters in it. It is pigmented but you can definitely sheer it out with a finger or a brush. you can wear this on its own on your lids and you're good to go. 

The next shade is a frosty pale peach pink that is great as a highlighter. In fact, it reminds me of the lighter shades in MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Blonde.

Last shade is a peach with a frost finish as well which can be used either as a highlighter all over lid shade. 

#More Brown

#More Brown caters to my love of neutral shadows. It is my most used trio recently and it has been in my makeup bag. It is so easy to use and it is very similar to my all time favorite Wet n Wild Trio which is Walking on Eggshells.

All three shades are in a satin finish with hints of gold in it which makes it warm for the eyes. The first shade is the highlight shade which is a nude, the middle is a golden brown and the last is a deep brown. The middle and last shade are both great as all over lid shades.

3CE has done it again and didn't disappoint! I am so impressed by all the shadows. All were buttery smooth, blendable, buildable and pigmented. They are so easy to work with and it can definitely take you from day to night. 

Check out Stylenanda and 3 Concept Eyes for more makeup products. The Triple Shadows retails for $23.12 a piece but it is so worth it. There's also 2 more shades that I didn't get but would love to have my hands on next time - #Tin Tin & #Let Me See.