Monday, August 31, 2015

O'melon Chameleon Essence Queen CC Cushion Review

Whew. I'm writing this review for the second time and uploading it right away. The original review was supposed to go up during the weekend as a scheduled post but turns out that it got deleted so I'm a day late of the deadline because I'm rewriting this. 

Anyway, today's review is on the O'Melon Chameleon Essence Queen CC Cushion.  The name is quite a mouthful but the packaging is so pretty it definitely is fit for a Queen. The box packaging is in a pink and lavender hologram. The compact is in gold and the cover also has this circle or polka dotted hologram reflective paper.  

This unique cushion has a 3 shade swirl made of 50% beige, 25% white and 25% pink. Each shade has a particular target effect on the skin.  Beige covers dull tones, freckles, blemishes and pimples.  White contains various plant extract that gives a smooth, natural makeup look and also helps preserve makeup. Pink contains rose essence that gives a bright and healthy complexion. This cushion also has SPF45 PA++ that protects your skin from the sun and it's waterproof and vegetal cooling essence that soothes skin, treats wrinkles and boosts elasticity is perfect for the summer heat. 



I'm not entirely sure if there are other shades for this cushion but I received #11 Cover Beige which is unfortunately light for my skin tone.  Since I'm slightly darker because of the summer, it is very obvious. In the photos above, I purposely didn't bring the color down on my neck so you can see the shade difference. I did notice that it oxidized on my skin after an hour but not as close to my skin color so it was still light. I found that a cream bronzer or darker cream foundation used as a contour helps make this cushion look more natural on my skin without my face looking too ghostly. 

I love how it feels on the skin although I found it a bit hard to blend the 3 shades together at first try but I got better at it as I continued to use the product. I also like the sponge puff that comes with it that helps in really blending and pressing the product onto the skin.  The product gives a really smooth and natural look but as I said, it would probably better if I have the exact shade since it's very noticeable and this is way too light for my skin tone.  It evens out skin tone and eliminated redness and just brightened out my skin.  I actually like this better than the Too Cool For School Dino Plato UFO Cushion I reviewed a few months back since this is a shade darker than that one.  I'm hoping that this CC cushion would be a better shade match for me within the next month since it's slowly transitioning into fall here in the East Coast. 

Staying power was actually pretty good and it lasted for 5 hours with heavy sweating and what I like about it is that it actually faded evenly on my skin and it didn't make my skin patchy as others BB and CC Creams do when they slowly disappear from your skin. And even when it faded my skin didn't look dull as it usually is without base makeup. 

Though O'Melon was a brand I haven't heard of before I tried using this product, I'm now looking forward to more items from the brand because this cushion was actually a great one. As I said, my only issue with this is the shade match. 

The O'Melon Chameleon Essence Queen CC Cushion also comes with an extra sponge puff so you can switch your puffs out if you want to clean the other one. I am an advocate in clean makeup Brushes and sponges to prevent skin irritation and blemishes so it is good to have extra tools! 

This is one product I recommend and this month's BNT Beauty Box was a sure hit 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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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Daeng Gi Meo Ri Ja Dam Hwa The First Shampoo Review

Ever tried a red shampoo before? Well I haven't, so this has been an exciting product review for me since some of the other BNTGirls have reviewed it and sang praises.  Time for me to try this out! 

Pretty, red packaging with flower design made me look forward to trying this out! 

The Ja Dam Hwa The First Shampoo is made of white ginseng and ginger (Oriental medicine inspired), crinium lily extract for energy and strength, silk extracts from golden cocoons to protect and firm the hair and make it shine, green tea, chamomile, sage, Calendula and henna to moisturize and revitalize the hair. With these ingredients, it's claims to cleanse the scalp, repair hair, nourish and revitalize the scalp and the hair. 

This shampoo lathers well and has a powdery floral scent. The scalp feels pretty clean during shampooing but I find that I like the Daeng Gi Meori Oriental SPECIAL Shampoo better than the Ja Dam Hwa The First Shampoo. 

I don't find the Ja Dam Hwa The First Shampoo special nor have I seen any difference in my hair after using this for awhile unlike the Oriental SPECIAL Shampoo which made my scalp feel extremely clean and my hair really soft.  Of course, for fairness sake, I used the L'Oreal Total Extreme Hair Repair Conditioner with this shampoo as I did with the Oriental SPECIAL Shampoo. And I still have to put it out there that the Oriental one is way better than this red shampoo. My hair wasn't as soft and as moisturized as when I was using the other shampoo. The Oriental SPECIAL Shampoo and the L'Oreal conditioner I still the best shampoo and conditioner pair I have ever tried so far where it made my hair significantly cleaner, softer, moisturized and even grow faster. 

I don't hate it nor do I love it. It's just an ordinary shampoo.  It does the job of cleansing the scalp and the hair. It removes oils and dirt. It is a good daily shampoo but for me, it is not a fave nor a Holy Grail product. As much as I was very excited to try this product, thjs turned out into a blah in an instant. When it comes to shampoos though, as long as it does the cleansing job and does not irritate my scalp,  I will continue to use it until the bottle is empty and move on to the next one.  

*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 19, 2015

Lafine Vegetable Firming Massage Cream Review

Problems with swelling, bloating and sagging? Well, here's a product that promises to reduce these problems! Introducing Lafine Vegetable Firming Massage Cream. 

Oops! Packaging typo! 
As you can see, they have made a mistake on labeling the cap of the tub and instead of 'Firming' it says 'Foaming' - which actually confused me at first! 

This firming massage cream is rich and perfect for massages not only for the face but for the whole body. Made from cucumber, tomato, parsley and carrot, this delivers natural vitamins and nutrients to the skin. 

Cucumbers soothes the skin with its cooling properties and eliminates tiredness, swelling and puffiness.  

Carrots is rich in Vitamin A and C, minerals and antioxidants.  It helps keep the skin healthy and vibrant, clear blemishes, and keeps the skin hydrated.  Because it is high in Vitamin C that aids in the production of collagen that is vital for the maintenance of skin elasticity, it also prevents wrinkles and other signs of aging. 

Tomatoes help in reducing large pores, get rid of acne and cool down sunburns. It also helps give the skin a radiant glow because of its richness in lycopene that eliminates free radicals. 

Parsley is also high in Vitamin C and helps in reducing fine lines, wrinkles and scars.  It also helps to rid of blemishes, brightens and even out the skin,  and reduce puffiness and swelling. 

This large tub of cream smells entirely like cucumbers and it immediately gave me such a relaxing feeling. To use, apply a generous amount of cream on your face and massage in small circular motions from the interior to the exterior of your face to help blood circulate.  Don't forget to apply to include the jaws and neck for that nice V line.  Wipe clean with a tissue after you're done with you're massage. 

I quite enjoy this product. The product is very creamy and rich and has an oily texture which makes massaging easier. You do have to wipe it off with a tissue after use because as I said, your skin would feel greasy. It does relieve puffiness but not by much and after all the massaging that you have done to your face you will definitely see brightening effects. I can't say that I have felt or noticed firmness upon use but overall I had a pretty good experience with this product. 

This is not only great for your face but for other areas of your body as well. I have actually used this on my legs after shaving and my legs felt really smooth, moisturized and glowing. Since it has firming and healing properties you can also use this on the areas of your body which sags and on scars and blemishes. 

I definitely recommend this product to anyone who wants to give themselves a good spa-like treatment and especially those who have dry and sensitive skin. It also gives you instant results if you have problems with dull and uneven skin tone. For anyone with dark and puffy under eye circles, I suggest putting the tub of cream in the fridge for a good 5-15 minutes, apply a generous amount under your eyes and let it sit there for about 3-5 minutes and then gently massage that area with your ring finger. Do not put pressure on that area but just make light circular motions. I guarantee that it will relieve the puffiness and brighten that area! Believe me, I tried and it works! :) 

It is a cream that has a lot of uses and benefits and I give this a 5/5 because I simply love multifunction products! 

*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 17, 2015

I-MIIX Magic Capsule Silky Make Up Base by Catalina Geo

I can say that I am blessed with pretty clear skin except for the occasional zit here and there when my hormones are off the charts during the time of the month. The only skin problem I face on a daily basis is my dark under eye circles and my dull, uneven skintone. I really can't do anything with my dark circles except conceal them and for my dull skin, well, brightening creams don't have that much effect on me.  I have to result to using BB creams and foundation to achieve an even skintone and then I have to at least use a bronzer to add dimension on my face. 

I've tried quite a number of primers and bases and I'm grateful to find a few that held my makeup up but never one that instantly brightens the face and gives it an even tone. Lucky for me, I was sent this unique product to try out. This is the I-MIIX Magic Capsule Silky Make Up Base by Catalina Geo.  

When I went over the product list for my August BNT Beauty Box, it actually told me that I would receive the Catalina Geo Color Capsule Makeup Base and I was really surprised to receive the same product in a different brand and packaging. I had to contact BNT to find out why I received something different and I got an answer. Apparently nobody noticed that my box was packed with a different product and all the other girls had received Catalina Geo. Good news is, it is the same exact thing since I-MIIX is a brand released by Catalina Geo. 

The Magic Capsule Silky Makeup Base is made up of color correcting capsules and essence that wold moisturize the skin and at the same time enhance the longevity of makeup. It is oil free and good for sensitive skin. 

I'm not entirely sure how many shades of this Magic Capsule Base are in the market but under Catalina Geo's Color Capsule line they have 5: pink, violet, green, white and blue. I'm assuming I-MIIX has the same colors but don't quote me on that. 

The colors are color correcting and I'm gonna give you the basic run down on what certain colors will do to your skin before I jump on my actual review of this product. 

PINK - Great for brightening and eliminating signs of fatigue

VIOLET - Eliminates yellow undertones perfect for those with dull, pasty yellow complexion 

GREEN - Neutralizes redness 

WHITE - product usually is translucent (colorless/clear) on application and has brightening properties

BLUE - Neutralizes orange hues and hyper pigmentations

YELLOW - Eliminates purple and blue colors on the skin like bruises, veins and dark circles 

I know the Color Capsule Base doesn't have it in yellow but this is a good guide in knowing your color correcting primers and concealers. 

The I-MIIX Magic Capsule Silky Makeup Base is pretty and fascinating to me. I have gotten the pink shade. The color is in capsules and when you press the pump it breaks the color capsule and a mix of the essence and color is released. 

I really do like texture of this product.  It feels like a very light face lotion and has a floral scent to it.  It doesn't feel slippery or slimy like those silicone based primers and bases. My skin didn't feel hydrated but it also didn't feel dry at all upon application. 

It instantly gives me a brightened look and it evened out my skin tone especially on the areas around my nose, lips and chin. It slightly made my dark circles better.  I find that I don't really need to use a foundation or BB Cream but I could just use a concealer on my eye bags and be good to go. 

As for extending the life of the makeup, I don't think it does anything at all.  I would say it would make my makeup last for 4 hours maximum. It isn't good with oil control on a very hot and humid day and I would be oily after only an hour. I guess that's probably the reason why I'm not totally sold on this product.  Mind you it gives you an absolutely gorgeous and flawless look when you put it underneath your makeup but the problem is that look won't last you through the whole day. 

On lazy days I really have just been applying this product,  concealer and I would fill in my brows to achieve a natural look.  That's the easiest natural makeup up look I've been doing recently when I don't want to look like I had a restless night but I don't want to apply a ton of makeup. 

This product is something that you might want to consider but it is not making it on my list of Must Have Holy Grail products. I think there is something better out there on the market.  I especially love the Amaranth Ultra Hydrating Cream that I have twice reviewed for a hydrated skin that has excellent oil control properties and makes your makeup last for more than 12 hours. 

*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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