Friday, January 30, 2015

Beauty Must-Have | Pantene New 3 Minute Miracle Conditioner



If you are a longtime reader of this blog, you probably have noticed that I seldom talk about hair products. Not that I am not interested with those but my hair is too thin and sensitive that I no longer want to subject it for possible causes of hair fall and breakage. Actually, though I badly want to, I cannot grow my hair longer than its current length because it becomes unmanageable and even more sensitive. It is somehow frustrating and depressing that I always have to hide the flaws of my hair through a ponytail, a bun or a short haircut. But what else can I do aside from wishing for a miracle to happen?

The gods of our crowning glories (that sounds good noh?) know our hair's desperate need for a miracle that they sent one through Pantene 3 Minute Miracle Conditioner. I got the firs dibs of this product through Sample Room and if you follow me on Instagram (@jesroque), you have probably seen teaser posts of this #CosmoBeautyCrush.


Curious on how it works on my hair?

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Elizabeth Arden Color Intrigue Eyeshadow Duo in Pink Clover



If I would choose only 2 neutral eyeshadow colors to play with for the rest of my makeup life, that would be a shimmering pink and a medium brown. I love how these two colors match perfectly and give me the neutral eye makeup look I want. I have a number of palettes with those two colors but when I was given the Elizabeth Arden Eyeshadow Duo in Pink Clover as a gift, I still felt ecstatic. Come on, it has the colors that I want in a much more compact packaging!


If you look at the Elizabeth Arden Color Intrigue Eyeshadow Duo in Pink Clover in the Elizabeth Arden's website, the packaging has changed. Now, the colors are in a square pan compared to the circular pans that I have. Nevertheless, everything looks very similar.

It comes with a mirror and a sponge applicator. Throw away the applicator, I tell you. Frankly, it's useless. 


Two complementary shades to wear together or alone for the ideal look. Rich, true colour that lasts all day.


The pink shade in the duo is light enough to brighten the eye area while the brown shade is perfect for crease definition. Both give decent pigmentation even without a primer underneath. Given that I have not-so-oily lids, the colors stay for long hours too.


It is so easy to use these kinds colors without the fear of it looking muddy. Just swipe the pink shade all over the lids  then contour the crease with the brown one and you're good to go. 


Since it is from Elizabeth Arden, expect that it is pricey. In my opinion, it is not practical to shell out a fortune for this eyeshadow duo but I insist on you getting something similar to these shades. These are perfect for the I-am-on-a-hurry kind of makeup look. As for me, I am very happy to be given a compact with these two colors. This duo is now a permanent resident in my everyday makeup kit!

♥ Jes ♥



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Thursday, January 15, 2015

Mirenesse Pebblesonic | Skin Clearing Facial Beauty Device

Lately, I have noticed that stress and lack of enough sleep are slowly takings its toll on my skin. Though I religiously tend to my skin with the usual cleanse-tone-moisturize routine, my skin still feels and looks blah. Since I want to keep my skin at the best condition possible, I decided to go beyond skin deep in improving the health of my skin.

Skin, being the largest organ of the body requires caring far more than aesthetics. It has a complex systems and layers of nerves, glands and cell layers that need to be tapped once in a while to optimize their functions. There are so many ways on how to take care of our skin, like healthy diet and exfoliation, but now let us focus on deep cleaning that stimulates better blood circulation.

I am sure you have heard and read about Clarisonic. It's a cult favorite, if I am not mistaken.  I, myself, almost jumped into the bandwagon but I was quite apprehensive on shelling out much for it. I was on the lookout for a cheaper alternative when Luxola introduced to me the Mirenesse Pebblesonic.


Introducing Zen-Sonic Tap Technology (ZST), 3000 tapping silicone tips at 100 taps per second that sounds pretty powerful! Yet ZST technology is gentle enough even on sensitive skin, but works amazingly efficiently to dislodge all impurities, purifying the skin to leave your skin looking amazingly clean, clear, relaxed and fresh.

The Mirenesse Pebblesonic package comes with the Pebblesonic device, a black pouch, a charging cable and 2 cleansers (not in photo) -- 1 for day and 1 for night. The charging cable has as USB end that can be connected into any USB port or USB charger.


The device itself has multiple brush surface for cleansing different skin areas. The thinner tips are meant to be used to cleanse the face while the thicker side is for the other areas like the chest and the back. 


The tips are made of silicone that are very gentle on the skin. Once turned on, it starts to vibrate/tap which stimulates blood circulation that makes the skin glow from within.


I LIKE that it ...
  • is compact and lightweight. The size is perfect for the size of my hand -- not too small nor too big. Its size is also perfect for traveling.
  • is gentle on the skin. Despite everyday use, the silicone tips don't wear out and feel scratchy.
  • deep-cleanses my skin. After use, my skin feels smooth and supple.
  • has controllable tapping intensity.
  • is USB rechargeable. I can bring it with me wherever I go without the worries of incompatibility of voltages.
  • massages the skin with its tapping motion.
  • turns off automatically after 3 minutes.
  • [one full charge] last for a long time. Until now, I haven't recharged my device. It is still working perfectly.
  • has an LED indicator.
  • is waterproof!
  • is easy to use. Just press the center button to turn it on and use.
  • comes with 2 cleansers -- one for day and one for night. These cleansers feel good on the skin. Both leave the skin with a minty feel which I love.
  • can be used with other cleansers.
  • has 2 years warranty and 10 years guarantee! How about that for customer service?
  • [Luxola] processes and ships the items in less than a week. I got mine about 3 days after I confirmed the order. 

I DON'T LIKE that it ...
  • not available locally. Good thing, Luxola ships to the Philippines.
  • [the cleansers] smell weird. They don't smell funky though, I just don't like how they smell.
  • is expensive at S$199 or roughly Php6,700.


Since I am on a strict I-need-to-get-my-old-skin-condition kind of skin routine, I use the Mirenesse Pebblesonic every morning. I like how the tapping makes my skin awaken and stimulates the circulation. Whenever I wear heavy makeup, I use the Pebblesonic to deeply cleanse my face. It ensures that there are no makeup residue left on my skin.


Now, with the religious use of the Mirenesse Pebblesonic, my skin feels amazing smooth and supple. The scars are still there but the fact that my skin is slowly regaining its elasticity and smoothness is already a huge plus. I hope the picture below justifies the difference this device has made onto my skin.


The price of the Mirenesse Pebblesonic is a bit steep, actually. But thinking of it as an investment, the price is reasonable enough. Given that it is guaranteed to last for more than 10 years, investing on the Mirenesse Pebblesonic still is more practical than going to a facial salon every two weeks.


The Mirenesse Pebblesonic (+ 2 cleansers) is available at Luxola.com. If you are to purchase this or anything at Luxola, use the code BLX-ROQUE at checkout to enjoy 15% off on your first purchase. The code is valid until the end of March. You're more than welcome!
 
 
So are you up to invest on a skin device?

Love,

♥ Jes ♥



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The product was provided for review purposes but rest assured that the review was not influence in any way.






Tuesday, January 13, 2015

BYS Angled Tip Liquid Eyeliner Pen | Review

With the number of photos I have, it is so usual for me to forget to post it. Unless, the product rocks my boat so well that I find the urge to write about it and post it immediately. Now that my camera is broken and I don't know when it will get fixed, I have no choice but to dig into my saved photos and see the treasures I have in there.
 
I am so stoked with my favorite eyeliner of all time that I already forgot I still have a lot in my stash. Now that I have realized that the other eyeliners I have in my cabinet deserve to be given equal chances, I am slowly getting my hands on them. One day, when I was doing my usual everyday look, I decided to reach out for the BYS Angled Tip Liquid Eyeliner Pen and gave it a try.




The BYS Angled Tip Liquid Eyeliner Pen has a tip similar to a broad-tip marker. It is dubbed to have a calligraphy tip that gives off different lines depending on the preference of the user. The horizontal angle gives a thin, defined line while the vertical angle gives a bold, thick line.



Looking at the swatches above, it's noticeable that it doesn't give off a solid black color. Good thing, it is buildable. It dries fast and stays on for a long time.

I LIKE that it ...
  • comes in a pen form.
  • has a unique, calligraphy tip.
  • has buildable color.
  • stays on for long hours without fading.
  • is longwearing.
  • is easy to remove.
  • is available in all Watsons and leading department stores nationwide.

I DON'T LIKE that it ...
  • takes a few swipes/layers to achieve the color that I want.
  • is a bit tricky to use.
  • [the ink] doesn't come out immediately. The tip has to be pushed on the skin for it to come out.




The soft black color payoff of the BYS Angled Tip Liquid Eyeliner Pen makes it good enough to be used everyday. But then again, it is a bit tricky to use so make sure to use the tip that dispenses the product well. For me, it didn't pass my requirements for an eyeliner, hence, I won't repurchase.


Love,

♥ Jes ♥



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Thursday, January 8, 2015

Wax and Polish at Strip Manila | Brazilian Facial

We all know what Brazilian waxing is... but, what in the world is Brazilian Facial? Even I got curious about this one of the newest treatments available at Strip Manila so I didn't hesitate to give it a try.


I feel so delighted to know that Strip Manila has opened its newest branch in Megamall. I used to frequent their branch at Serendra though it is too far from where I live. That is how I love Strip! I don't care much about the travel time and the fare cost as long as I get satisfied with the service.

Of course, Jenny has to be there to welcome guests!


Going back, Brazilian Facial is an noninvasive procedure that exfoliates the skin after wax to treat skin concerns like dehydration, dullness, acne and ingrown hair. The treatment uses an innovative machine that targets the and treats problem areas, especially those intimate but often most neglected ones.

There are 3 different Brazilian Facial treatments depending on the concern. Cleanse for acne and/or ingrown hair, Hydro for dehydrated skin, and Light for dull skin.


It is recommended to go for a Brazilian Facial after waxing or IPL hair removal. At Strip, they call it Wax and Polish. Since I have extremely dry skin and I was then overdue for my vajay waxing, I went with Hydro down there.



After the normal waxing procedure, the Brazilian Facial machine will be used on the waxed area. It somehow felt like diamond peel; there was a suction effect that removes dead skin cells to reveal a smoother surface. I was told that there was an ingredient infused to the procedure to make the skin hydrated and moisturized.

In fairness, the waxed area felt smoother and nourished after the Wax and Polish compared to regular waxing. After some sessions, the area is guaranteed to have better skin texture.


The price of Wax and Polish ranges from Php2,500 to Php9,000. Quite hefty for a waxing procedure but if you would look at the long-term benefits, I think the price is okay. I believe there are trial prices available at Strip Manila. Just visit the branch near you!

Strip Serendra - 0917 847 2112
Strip Greenbelt 5 - 0918 947 8747
Strip Megamall - 0917 847 7751


Love,

♥ Jes ♥



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