August 26, 2008

Review : SkinFood Mushroom Multi Care BB Cream SPF 20 PA+

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Product Info :
"A Triple function BB Cream ( whitening, anti-aging, sunblock) that contains skin friendly aloe & mushroom extract, adenosine and arbutin that helps to improve the appearance of fine lines & promotes brighter, more radiant complexion w/ UV properties."

Product Size :
50 grams or 1.76 oz.

Price :

Php 1,500 or about $31 dollars

for very fair skintones with pink undertones
# 2
for fair-medium skintones with yellow undertones

*image courtesy of*

Coverage :

In terms of coverage, IMO, they're pretty much the same with the Gingko variant except that the Mushroom absorbs easily and its lighter in texture, and its not as oily as the Gingko. For the scent, I love the mushroom variant, its smells more "green" compared to the latter.

I apply my Nivea moisturising fluid SPF 15 in the A.M. , let it absorb for 5-10 minutes, then apply my BB Cream ( depends on my mood either the Gingko or Mushroom variant) .
After letting the cream absorb, I apply concealer on the undereye circles. Dust the whole face with loose powder to set BB Cream & Concealer. I blot my face with Blotting sheets every 4 hours, and sometimes retouch with powder. My skin is not that oily. Only in the T-zone area.

Click here to read my Product review for the Gingko BB Cream.


Update: Swatches

August 23, 2008

Yey! I won!

This morning when I opened my mail, I received an email from the gorgeous Phillis of saying I WON her Sweepstakes raffle! This is the first time that I've actually won something!!! Yipee! I'm so excited!

The 3 lucky winners (ahem!) will receive a goody bag filled with Beauty Products that Phillis personally picked based on the winners' skintone, eyecolor and haircolor! Hmm.., sounds nice huh?! And of course, the goodies will be delivered right at my doorstep!

She's such an angel! Thank you sooo much pretty! Can't wait to get the goodies =)

My Beauty Heroes..

Got this tag from Jheng. Really excited coz this is my first tag question. Yey!


What facial cleanser do you use?
>> Celeteque Facial wash

What toner do you use?
>> Celeteque alcohol-free toner

What moisturizer do you use?
>> During the day I'm using Nivea moisturising fluid SPF 15 & Celeteque Oil Free , water based moisturiser at night.

How many times a day do you wash your face?
>> Twice a day.

Do you use eye makeup remover? If so, what kind?
>> Yes, Nivea Sensitive Balance Makeup remover or Baby oil for stubborn mascara.

Is your skin oily, dry, or combination skin?

>> Combination.

What is the best part about your skin?
>> Its not that oily. Only in the T-zone area and my pores are not that visible.

What are your skin problems?

>> Tiny pimple marks, occassional breakouts.


What foundation do you use?
>> I replaced my foundation with SkinFood Gingko Blemish balm (BB). Before I'm using The Face Shop & Maybelline Aqua Gel.

What powder do you use?
>> L'Oreal ideal balance, NYC pressed & loose powder, Maybelline clear smooth

What eyebrow pencil do you use?
>> Not using one, but i have In2it's Brow Color in Striking.

What eyeliner do you use?

>> Elianto gel eyeliner , Avon's glimmerstick & Eyewriter liquid eyeliner.

What is your favorite eyeshadow?
>> Lancome , Elianto

What mascara do you use?
>> Right now, Maybelline & Shiseido.

What are your favorite lipbalms/glosses/sticks?
>> Chapstick & Carmex for the lipbalm, MAC & Lancome for the lipglosses.


Do you color your hair?
>> Before. Right now I can't coz I'm preggy.

What is your stylists name?
>> I don't have one.

What salon do you go to?
>> LUCE HAIR CAFE. It's a Korean Salon here in Cebu.

What is your natural hair color?
>> Black.

What is your hair color now?

Dark brown

Do you have straight or curly hair?

>> Wavy hair.

Do you use a curling iron?
>> I have one but I don't know how to use it! haha

A straightener?
>> Yeah! Right now I always use it since I can't have my rebonded..

Do you use a blow dryer?
>> Sometimes if really needed.

Do you use gel and if so, what kind?


Do you use mousse, and if so, what kind?

>> No.

What shampoo and conditioner do you use?

Right now I'm using Palmolive's Silky Straight Shampoo & Conditioner.

Do you use leave in conditioner?
>> Yes, Rejoice leave on.


What deodorant do you use?
>> Dove & Nivea

What body wash do you use?
>> Johnson's milk bath, Body Shop's bath & shower gel

Do you use a loofah, washcloth or soap to wash?
>> Bath scrubber or net.

What perfumes do you use or like? Name five.

>> Elizabeth Arden Green Tea, D&G light blue, VS forbidden fantasy, RL Cool, VS pear glace

Do you always have to smell good?
> Of course!

So who am i tagging now? who else, but YOU! ;)

August 20, 2008

Sunscreen / Sunblock Guidelines..

Yuri Ebihara for Shiseido Anessa

Got this from maplecrest of GirlTalk. Thanks sis!

"This is a nice guideline I found on the net regarding the use of sunblock. Hope this helps:"

Sunblock on? Check.

UVA/UVB protection? Check.

SPF 45? Check.

Ready to hit the beach!

Err, not quite. Wearing sunblock (also called sunscreen) is like taking a multivitamin: people use it, think they're safe, and don't realize that it's possibly doing them no good whatsoever.

A bottle of sunblock is your greatest weapon against wrinkles... IF you use it correctly. Let's give a primer on sunblock how to apply sunblock, shall we.

1. Wash your face. Thoroughly. Excessive face-washing is counter-productive, so don't overdo it. Simply run some warm (not hot) water, lather up some moisturizing facial cleanser (not soap) with your two middle fingers, and rinse. Pat yourself dry, but not too dry. Warm, moist skin absorbs best.

2. Do nothing. Let us make this very clear. For your sunblock to work, it has to be the FIRST thing you apply. If there is a layer of anything (makeup, moisturizer, toner, etc) between your skin and the sunblock, it won't work.

3. Apply sunblock liberally. You've heard before that using too much of something it a bad thing, but this isn't one of those times. Don't skimp on sunblock. It's amazing to me how people will try to save money by using less sunblock, and then spend $100 on an anti-wrinkle cream that does nothing for them. It's the SUNBLOCK where you should spend most of your money, since that is the best way to prevent wrinkles.

4. Do nothing (again). Your sunblock requires at least 10 minutes to absorb into your skin and dry up. It also takes about that long (maybe longer) to work, so don't go in the sun right away. Don't add anything to your face, whether it's water, moisturizer, or makeup, for 10 to 15 minutes. If you do, the sunblock won't work. Use this time to do something else, like your hair, or get dressed.

5. Repeat. If you're going to spend time in the sun, repeat this process every two hours. If it's just a day at the office, once will do, unless you plan on eating lunch outside.

6. Weather doesn't count. You need to wear sunblock every single day, no matter what the weather is like. UV rays shine right through the clouds, and you can still get sunburn in the rain or snow. Make it a morning ritual to apply sunblock first thing out of the shower.

7. Don't neglect your body parts. It would look strange if you were 80 and had very few wrinkles... except on your ears. When applying sunblock, don't forget your ears, hands, backs of your hands, other exposed body parts, and your lips. Of course, for your lips, don't use sunblock. Instead, use a lip balm with SPF 15. And let it sink in before applying that lipstick.

All these steps can be a pain in the rear, but your skin will thank you and reward you with fewer wrinkles. Make it part of your routine to do this, get creative, and you'll get used to it. The alternative (facelifts at 35) is far, far more of a pain than this.

August 18, 2008

My saturday haul..

I needed to get some stuff for Baby Keyshia & myself. I'm now 7 months preggy, and we're really excited..

Pigeon Feeding bottles, Bottle Brush, Milk container

My watsons haul (click to enlarge)

Bath scrubber, L'Oreal White perfect double eyezone brightener,
Nivea fluid spf 15, Nivea refreshing fluid spf 30

Finess cotton squares, Myra-E Hand & Body lotion, Maybelline Volume Express Mascara,
Ever Bilena powder puff

August 16, 2008

My HG Products..


Facial Wash - Celeteque
Facial Scrub - St. Ives Apricot Whitening Scrub
Toner - Celeteque Alcohol Free
A.M. Moisturiser - Nivea whitening fluid spf 15
Night Cream - Celeteque oil free moisturiser

A.M. Eye Cream - St. Ives eye stress gel
Night Eye Cream - Nivea Q10 plus

Facial Sunblock - Nivea whitening face cream SPF 50
Makeup Remover - Nivea sensitive balance

** I know, my skincare is pretty simple... and inexpensive too! hehe.. :D


Shampoo - Sunsilk
Conditioner - Sunsilk
Hair Cream - Rejoice leave-on
Serum - Citre Shine Anti-Frizz Serum

**Yeah, that's it!!

Makeup / Tools

**Here comes the complicated part =P

Tinted Moisturiser / Foundation: Skin Food Gingko BB Cream #1

Liquid Foundation : Maybelline Aqua Gel in N12 (Natural)

Powder Foundation : Maybelline Clear Smooth #11

Loose powder : N.Y.C. in translucent

Blush : MAC dollymix & L'oreal blush delice in Front page peach

Concealer : MAC Select Cover-up in NC 20

Eyeliner : Elianto gel eyeliner in Black

Eyeshadow : Lancome Color Focus

Mascara : Shiseido majorlica majorca, Maybelline

Lipbalm : Chapstick mint , Carmex mint

Lipgloss : Lancome Juicy tubes, MAC lipglass

Tools : Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler, ELF foundation brush, Stippling brush

** How about you? What are your Holy Grail Products?

August 8, 2008

Makeup Brush Collection

Face Brushes

From L-R : Fashion21 Retractable Brush; Powder Brush; E.L.F. Blushing, Bronzing & Blending Brush ; E.L.F. Foundation Brush; Blush Blush ; Duo Fibre/ Stippling Brush

*F21 Retractable Brush - I always bring this in my bag for blush application.

*Powder Blush - for loose/pressed powder application to set my foundation.

* Foundation Brush - for liquid foundation & loose powder
( for my undereyes to set concealer)

* Duo Fibre/ Stippling Brush - a multi-purpose brush for just about anything. You can use it to apply Liquid foundation, Blush & Loose powder for an airbrushed effect.

Closer Look of the Duo Fibre Brush (click to enlarge)

Eye Brushes
From L-R : Brow & Lash Comb; Elianto Eyeliner Brush ; E.L.F. Blending Brush ;
E.L.F. Eyeshadow Brush ; Highlighter Brush ; Crease Blending Brush ;
2 pcs. Lancome Eyeshadow brushes ; Eyebrow Brush ; Concealer Brush ; Mini Concealer brush


Fashion 21 Cosmetics
E.L.F. Cosmetics

August 7, 2008

How to make your own Makeup Brush Cleaner

**Credits to Enkoremakeup (youtube) &

Mix the following to create your own makeup brush cleaner :

1 cup purified or distilled water
1/4 cup Isopropyl Alcohol
1/2 tbsp household detergent (dishwashing liquid soap)
1/2 tbsp hair shampoo or baby shampoo
1 tbsp spray-on leave-in conditioner (spray-on liquid)

Maximize use of your makeup

Check out Femalenetworks' post..


According to the website, here's the lifespan of some makeup items:

1. Lipstick: one to two years
2. Foundation: one year
3. Eyeliner: six to 12 months. It can last longer but make sure the tip is sharpened and clean before you use it.
4. Eye shadow: six to 12 months
5. Mascara: three months. It easily breeds bacteria.

What's inside my makeup kit..

Every week I rotate all my makeup products para hindi sayang.. hehe

Front View
the front compartment holds the tiny brushes =)
I bought this transparent bag for less than Php 150 at SM Dept. Store.

Back View

what's inside..

Fashion 21 Retractable Brush, Sansan Crease blending brush, Lancome Eyeshadow brush,
Elianto Eyeliner brush

E.L.F blush in Glow, In2it browcolor, MAC blush in Dollymix, Elianto gel eyeliner in Black

Last Row:
Tweezers, Maybelline unstoppable mascara, Burts bees lipbalm, Chapstick mint
Lancome Juicy tubes in Marshmallow, Ultra-Light kirsch & Fraise Tagada
MAC lipglass in Sexy Sweet & Pink Lemonade, Maybelline Clear Smooth 2 way powder in #11

Not Shown:
(forgot to include) hehe
MAC select cover up concealer in NC20, Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler

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