Friday, May 15, 2015

My Hand's Current Best Friend: Tony Moly Tangerine Moisture Hand Cream

I came back to work just two weeks ago and I haven't had time to breathe and relax since then. Classes will start in just about two weeks and I should get everything prepared. From the curriculum down to the visual aids I will use, everything should be on point before the first day of classes. Say hello to my teacher life! So before I go back and work, let me share with you a review of my favorite hand cream as of the moment -- Tony Moly Tangerine Moisture Hand Cream.

Just a few days ago, I went out with my friends and my lovely goddaughter. As we were playing, my goddaughter held my hands and literally screamed, "Oooooouch!" When I asked her why, she said while looking at my extremely dry hands, with peeling skin due to allergies, "Wag mo na gagalaw yan ah, para hindi dudugo."

I was knocked out. Even a 4-year old baby girl noticed the bad state of my hands. Moral of the story (since I don't have anything to do to cure my dry hands) : DO NOT forget to bring and religiously use your hand cream!

I have tried, used and abused a lot of hand creams, from different brands and in different scents. I fell in love with some while the others went straight to my the blah bin. When I received the Tony Moly Tangerine Moisture Hand Cream, though with all its cuteness, I was a bit apprehensive on trying it. I haven't tried any body creams from Tony Moly so I didn't know what to expect. Will it soften my skin? Will it prevent my hand from drying and peeling? Basically, will it work?

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Improve and Refresh the Skin with Kracie Natululu Skin Conditioner

I am on official nonreporting days at work which mean I have barely a week to enjoy summer. But given my tight schedule and a whole lot of things I am bound to do, these days off from my regular work are equal to days to work on my sidelines. For the upcoming days, I will be out braving the metro traffic and the summer heat to attend trainings and meetings instead of doing nothing at home. Pollution and UV rays  will sure take a toll on my skin but as a skincare freak, I have sure prepared my line of protection.

Sunblock is a must, and I am pretty sure you know that, but have you considered using conditioner to your skin to keep it hydrated and moisturized? The Kracie Natululu Skin Conditioner is a revolutionary skincare product that works like a toner for the entire body. It hydrates the skin without the sticky feel because it comes in the form of water. Interesting?

Monday, April 27, 2015

Photo-friendly Lipstick: Revlon Ultra HD Lipstick

There are times that I feel so physically exhausted will all the things I am doing. Just to be clear, I am not complaining. Actually, I am more than happy to be doing all the things I am doing -- teaching, talking and blogging about beauty, advising on financial matters, taking my M.A., living my advocacy -- I am on my A game!  I know I should be more than proud of it but juggling everything on my plate brings out the hell out of me. Case in point, I have deadlines (emphasis on plural form of deadline!) to meet for my MA and for my full-time and part-time work, events to attend, outings to go to and relationships to strengthen,  all scheduled next week. I don't know what to do first! I have mastered the art of putting first things first but believe me, I am on a different level right now. Can you already feel the beats of my panicking heart?

So before I go crazy and bury myself with all the tasks scheduled for me to do, let me spend some minutes on doing one of the things that calms me down (aside from playing with my dogs and reading books) -- talking about makeup!

High-Definition makeup has been the trend in the beauty industry lately. HD makeup products camouflages imperfections but still manages to make the skin look like skin. Most of the HD products I know are for the face (foundation, blush, setting powder, etc) so I was so intrigued when Revlon released their Ultra HD Lipstick.

Wax-free high definition gel technology delivers true color clarity without the heavy feel.

This line is available in 20 shades and I was more than lucky to get 4 gorgeous shades -- 875 Gladiolus, 810 Orchid, 870 Tulip and 899 Snapdragon.

 Let's go down to the bits of the Revlon Ultra HD Lipsticks, shall we?

Friday, April 10, 2015

Put Color in Your Eyes with Freshlook Dailies | Freshlook One-Day Color Contact Lenses

It was on my first year  in high school when I started having poor eyesight. I can no longer remember what were the symptoms that led me in getting eyeglasses to mimic perfect vision but I can still vividly remember how I would intentionally leave my specs at home. I would force myself to read texts and look at things just because I  hated wearing my not-so-cool eyeglasses. But when the time came that everything looked blurred, I had no choice but to put on my dorky-looking eyeglasses. I needed to see the world with a pair that I never liked.

I have had cooler sets of frames when I was in college but still, I didn't wear them as often as needed. I would keep up with blurry surroundings on gimmick nights because eyeglasses didn't have a space in a room full of people wearing stylish clothes and on fleek makeup. Yeah, I would rather see blah than look as if I was studying  in a bar.

But then again, the time came that my eyesight became worst that I could not even see myself clearly in the mirror unless I put my face an inch away from it. That was the time I got myself my first pair of graded contact lenses. For a few months, I wore clear contact lenses until I saw a friend wearing colored ones and boy, it looked good! I was so amazed that I went to a local eye doctor that afternoon. On that same afternoon, I went home with my very set of Freshlook Dailies in Pure Hazel. 

And that story was long! But to cut it short, my affair with contact lenses started with Freshlook and up to this very moment, it is still my go-to brand when it comes to contact lenses. Actually, I haven't worn any contact lens aside from the ones from Freshlook.  I am into it so much that I have 4 shades of Dailies and 2 shades of Illuminate.

Today, let me talk about Freshlook One-Day Color Contact Lenses also known as the Dailies.

 Dailies comes in a box of 10 or simply, 5 pairs. As the name implies, these are 1-day disposable contact lenses perfect for those who want to change eye color often, like me. Each lens is housed in a container filled with lens fluid to maintain freshness and cleanliness.

Freshlook Color Contact Lenses has 3-in-1 technology that creates a natural effect when worn. The outer layer of color defines the eyes, the middle layer gives color while the innermost layer adds depth and richness.

Dailies comes in 13.8 diameter, just enough to cover the entire iris but definitely would not give a doll-eye look. The lenses are so thin that makes it very comfortable to use.

People often ask me why do I prefer Dailies over those that can be reused for months/years. Well, simple thing, I like changing my eye color often, thus, using Freshlook Dailies/1-day disposable lenses is the most practical thing to do. Don't get me wrong, I do have reusable lenses but only in clear ones which I just keep in my work desk and in my bag for emergency cases. :)

I am so in love with Freshlook Dailies that I have 4 shades -- Pure Hazel, Blue, Gray, and Green -- which I alternately use depending on my mood and the look I am going for. I planning to get the other shades too! These are how the Freshlook Dailies look on me:



I am so glad I have stepped into the world of contact lenses. Not just because I can see clearly but also because I can look differently just by popping a pair in my eyes. :)

How do you think circle lenses look on me? I got to try one soon! :)

Do you wear contact lenses? What kind?

♥ Jes ♥

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Thursday, April 9, 2015

Look: No Makeup | Tutorial

Now that the we are already feeling the intense summer heat, wearing layers of makeup when we go out is a NO! It is hot and humid outside and the least thing we want to happen is our makeup sliding off our faces. This summer, less is more. The 'No Makeup' makeup look is the answer for us to look good without piling makeup.

Let me give you my share on how to do the 'No Makeup' makeup look.

Start off with a cleaned-toned-moisturized face. 
It doesn't mean that it's hot, we would skip our normal skincare routine to avid piling. Make sure to apply sunblock more than you normally would.

Lightly fill in the brows. 
For someone who is fond of drawing in her eyebrows, this part is a challenge. Here, I used the K-Palette Lasting 2Way Eyebrow Pencil 24H in the shade 103 Grayish Brown. Since my hair is black, this shade looks perfect. I skipped the defining and the shading part. I just fill in the sparse areas to make my brows look full. Yes, my brows still looks drawn but believe me, this is the most natural way I can do it.

Even out the skin. Conceal imperfections.
May it be powder, liquid or cream, foundation or BB cream, it doesn't matter. Again, we want to achieve the no makeup makeup look so avoid those heavy coverage face makeup. It's okay it some of the blemishes are still peeking through as that would make the look even more natural-looking. 

For this, I used a combination of the Etude House CC Cream and the Kiko Medium Foundation. The CC cream gives a bit of glow and the foundation evens out my skin. I decided to not use a concealer and let my scars (which now look like freckles) to show up.

Apply cream blush.
Cream blushes look more natural, for me, at least. So dab a small amount on the apples of the cheeks and slowly blend away with the heat of your fingers.

Apply a bit of powder.
We want to keep everything looking matte so a dash of powder on the T-zone and cheeks area is a must.
Lightly contour face. Highlight.
Only if necessary. My big face badly needs some contour so make it look natural, I kept the contour just on the sides my face. Also, avoid contours for it looks too much for this look. 

Neutralize the color of the eyes.
Actually, we can skip this step. But to add dimension, I used an eyeshadow that is a shade darker than my lids.

Line the eyes.
Skip the black, winged liner. We only need a bit of definition so lightly line the eyes with a brown liner. Smudge it for a natural effect. To open up the eyes, I used a flesh-colored eyeliner on the inner rim. You can skip this step if you wish to.
Apply mascara.
This is the saver of this look. Do not dare to skip this part, please. I don't know how, but the mascara amps up the look making it glamorous than expected. I used the Maybelline Great Lash in this look. See how a layer instantly opens up my eyes. Review of it will be up soon!

Stain the lips.
Yes, just stain. Toss out your bold lipsticks for now because this look calls for something that looks natural. You don't have a lip stain? Don't worry. Here's a trick: Apply a layer of your red lipstick and let it stay for a minute. After, wipe it off with a tissue. The pigments of the red lipstick will stain the lips!

Fix your hair and you're done!

We don't need a lot of makeup to look good. Or maybe we do for days we want to look good without piling layers of makeup, then the No Makeup makeup look is an instant fix.

Are you with me in rocking this kind of look this summer? Oh, I might tweak it a bit by going with my defined brows ah? :)

♥ Jes ♥

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