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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

In the Limelight: NARS Blush in Gaiety Product Review

It has been a while since I last owned a NARS blush and I thought it was over for me and Francois NARS *yeah, yeah, dream on*. I developed an immense liking for sheer blushes and that caused my deviation from pigmented ones such as those from this brand. Anyway, it was on my birthday that I received a shade I never imagined would look nice on me which is Gaiety. Its strong blue tones scared me at first but boy this proved the saying "first impressions lasts" so wrong. Anyway, here's my review.

Gaiety is described as a bright candy pink shade on the NARS website.

What I like:

  • NARS almost nailed it with the shade description that this is a bright candy pink shade. I would personally describe it as a blue-toned bubblegum pink though. It is very pretty. Although it looks kinda scary on the pan because of strong blue tones, it gives a nice flush on the cheeks and somewhat imparts a certain glow on the face.
  • It isn't the most finely milled blush and it might seem chalky at first but it eventually blends very well on the skin.
  • It has shimmers/sparkles but not visible on the cheeks which is good. You don't end up having glitter mess on your face.
  • Unscented, which I have always adored about NARS blushes.
  • Pigmented and a little goes a long way. Lasts for about 8 hours on my skin type though I am mostly in an air-conditioned area.
  • Has a shelf life of 24 months or two years and with the intense pigmentation it has, it can last you longer than that.
  • No allergic reactions, no break outs either.
  • Locally available at NARS counters in Rustan's.

What I don't like:
  • The compact has always been a con for me. As compact and sleek it looks, the rubber matte texture of it easily attracts dirt and gets sticky in the long run.
  • May seem pricey for a mid-range brand but the quality and shelf like makes your Php 1450 worth it. 

Overall rating: 4.75/5 Such a gorgeous pink blush that pink blush lovers will love.

Will I buy again?  I might. One pan will certainly last a long time.

Have you tried NARS Gaiety? How do you find it?



Monday, September 17, 2012

In the Limelight: Canmake Creme Cheeks Blush in Peach Dream Product Review

Hey, guys! How are you doing? I told you I'm doing my best to regularly blog again so I am posting a review of another blush today. As most of you know by now, I have a certain fondness for Japanese cosmetics. I can't rave enough as to how impressive the quality of their products are even with drugstore brands. I was lemming a creme blush from Canmake, a Japanese drugstore brand, and it took me a while before I finally caved in and purchased and now, here is my review.

The shade I am reviewing is 01 Peach Dream.

What I like:

  • The shade is a very pretty milky peach-pink shade. It somehow looks blue-based on my arm and cheeks.
  • Texture is really soft, smooth, and creamy making it spread and blend easily on the skin.
  • Unscented.
  • Pigmented enough to show on extremely light to light skin but needs building up for medium-dark skin.
  • Has not caused any irritation or allergic reaction on my skin.

What I don't like:
  • It has glitters that seem like they have minds of their own because they go to different parts of my face. Beats me how they manage to do that on their own.
  • Does not last even for an hour on my combination-oily skin type. Easily rubs off. Poor staying power.
  • Pretty pricey for a drugstore brand and not locally available so you have to join pre-orders to get your hands on Canmake.
  • Small and the packaging is flimsy.

Overall rating: 1.5/5 I think this is the lowest rating I have ever given a blush. That is how displeased and unhappy I am with this blush. Others may like it a lot but for a Japanese brand, I guess I expected a bit more from it.

Will I buy again?  No, not even other shades. I'd like to try their powder blushes though.

Have you tried blushes from Canmake? What would you recommend?

Have a great week, everyone! :)



Sunday, September 16, 2012

In the Limelight: Davines OI/Oil Absolute Beautifying Potion Product Review

What's up, everyone? I hope you're all having a wonderful weekend despite the rain. I was supposed to be back to regular blogging but I am doing some adjustments for work and sadly, blogging once again took the backseat. Anyway, I finally decided to review one of the products I have been reaching out for almost every single day since I got hold of it. And it's not even makeup - it's a hair product from Davines which is the OI/Oil Absolute Beautifying Potion. When I was asked if I wanted to try this product, of course I did my research first, if there is one particular ingredient that I could be allergic with and such. Now, my hair is dry and gets frizzy so when I found out the promises this product offers, I agreed without hesitation to try it.After four months of using this, almost always having bad hair days, I think I have used this enough to make a review.

According to Davines, this product is a refined multi-functional oil for universal use which is the perfect combination of treatment and styling in a single product that provides immediate results.

Multi-functional treatment oil for universal use. for an untangling, anti-frizz and protective effect that reduces drying times, or on dry hair for a shiny and soft finish.

The special formula contains Roucou oil from the Amazon rich in restructuring, growth-stimulating  and anti-oxidant  properties.

Designed with a focus on sustainability, starting from the formula with Roucou oil from fair trade, this new product carries on Davines’ commitment to environmental protection, a pledge that the Davines / Essential Haircare line has always promoted.

The elegant and highly distinctive packaging is in fact created with low environmental impact. With the participation in the LifeGate Zero Impact project Davines reduces and offsets the carbon dioxide emissions from the manufacturing of the packaging for the whole line, by creating and protecting new forests in Italy and Madagascar.

What I like:

  • The first thing I noticed is the smell. It is kinda strong but not unpleasant. The scent somehow reminds me of coconut and pretty musky, which I am honestly not fond of but this surprisingly does not bother me at all. It leaves a nice scent on my hands that lingers for a while.
  • This really makes my hair softer, smoother, less frizzy, shiny, and more manageable. And I am not even singing praises just because this was a product sent for review. I am really impressed because I keep touching my hair after application of this potion.
  • A little goes a long way. I only need a drop which is enough for my mid-length hair. And the strands of my hair are pretty thick too so for one drop to cover my hair, I can say it does go a long way. And I am only halfway through the small 12mL sample size bottle after 4 months.
  • Has a shelf life of 32 months. That's why I decide I don't have to finish the entire sample and use what's left only on special occasions that my hair needs to be tamed.
  • Does not make my hair look and feel greasy.
  • I think it is locally available.

What I don't like:
  • In as much as I am delighted by its effects on my hair, I don't think it is long term. I remember skipping using it for about a week and my hair went back to its original state prior to use. Could be that it's a styling product and not a treatment potion. 
  • It is pretty pricey for $32.64 at Amazon but if you want to style your hair and see your hair transforming right in front of your eyes, I think the price is worth it considering the shelf life and how it could last you through out that period.

Overall rating: 4.5/5 For a styling product, I have never been this impressed enough to even be willing to shell out that amount in case I run out of the sample.

Will I buy again? Although I did not purchase this, I am considering buying. Now that my work needs me to deal with people more, I think my hair should be more presentable without coarseness and frizz and this does a good job.

See what's left after 4 months?

Have you tried this product?

Happy Sunday, super awesome peeps! :)

Disclaimer: Product received for review but does not in any way affect my opinion on the said product.

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