August 28, 2010

Review: L'oreal Total Repair Shampoo & Conditioner

Finally a shampoo & conditioner that addresses to the 5 common problems of Asian Hair! My hair is dry, dull and has a coarse texture. I really need a shampoo and conditioner that repairs and prevents my hair from further damage. I started using this line last July and think its time to write a review on it.

* image from L'oreal*

L'oreal Damage Repair Shampoo and Conditioner

PRODUCT INFO from L'OREAL:
Expert Care for Damaged Hair.Formulated with CEMENT-CERAMIDE to fight five signs of hair damage:
1. Hair fall ; 2. Dull hair ; 3. Dry Hair ; 4. Rough Hair ; 5. Split Ends

Damaged hair has lost natural hair cement, Ceramide, which keeps it strong and healthy. The new TOTAL REPAIR 5 with repairing formula contains CEMENT-CERAMIDE that works similarly to the natural Ceramide by:
1. Filling in cracks for strengthened and resilient hair.
2. Sealing hair scales for replenished moisture to ensure ultra-smooth and ultra-shiny hair surface.

PROVEN RESULTS: Day after day, combat the 5 signs of damaged hair with 1 solution for hair to become:
1. Stronger ; 2. Nourished; 3. Shinier; 4. Smoother ; 5.Less Split-ends

TOTAL REPAIR 5 : 5 PROBLEMS. 1 SOLUTION.


L'OREAL DAMAGE REPAIR SHAMPOO:
PRICE: Php 139.00 for 180 ml ; Php 270 for 375 ml

PROS:
* totally LOVE the scent.. im addicted! you know me I don't like overly scented products but this one is just right.
* rich and creamy formula that gives a rich lather
* cleans and moisturises my hair
* the shampoo alone untangled my hair - but its really important to use a conditioner after shampooing.
* no itching/dandruff

CONS:
* a bit expensive compared to regular shampoo's - but an 180 ml bottle lasts for more than a month.


L'OREAL DAMAGE REPAIR CONDITIONER
PRICE: Php 165.00 for 180 ml

PROS:
* smells wonderful!
* moisturises and untangles my hair without weighing it down
* no sticky/greasy feeling after washing and drying
* consistency of the conditioner is just right. Not too thick nor thin.
* my hair feels soft, smooth and fragrant after washing.
* no itching/dandruff

CONS:
* I haven't noticed any MAJOR changes yet but I really love using this!

ADDICTION FACTOR:
I'm going to purchase another set - I plan to use this for 6 mos. to see the long term effects.

RATING :
4 / 5

Disclaimer : Products were sent for review purposes.
This is not a paid review and is solely based on my honest opinions.

Till next time,

August 24, 2010

Spend vs. Save: Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-on Pencil in Zero



Save: Maybelline Eyestudio Shadow Liner in Black - Php 349.00


Swiped once.

TEXTURE & FINISH:
Same intense matte black color almost similar to gel liners.
Both are really creamy but dries quickly.

COLOR - PAY OFF :
Both are very pigmented.

Swiped twice.

Rubbed 3x.

STAYING POWER :
Upper lashline - Maybelline & UD did not smudge the whole day.
Lower lashline - Both did not last long =P Smudges after an hour.

Rubbed 5x under running water. Maybelline didn't completely fade.


FINAL THOUGHTS:
I'm really impressed with Maybelline Eyestudio Liners, for the price they are really good. I highly recommend it! I also own White Pearl and Dark Purple (click links for swatches).


Till next time,

August 17, 2010

Review: Covergirl Advanced Radiance Restorative Cream Foundation

Covergirl Advanced Radiance Cream Foundations in
Ivory 105, Buff Beige 125, Soft Honey 155

PRODUCT INFO FROM COVERGIRL:
Our most advanced foundation yet provides radiant coverage and reduces the look of wrinkles by 84% on average, for a well-rested, younger look instantly. With the help of Olay's exclusive Glucosamine complex, Advanced Radiance Restorative Cream Foundation rejuvenates and continuously hydrates, for a well rested look-and a glow like you've gotten a good nights sleep. Reduces the appearance of wrinkles by 84% on average, contains Olay's exclusive Glucosamine complex, rejuvinates and continuously hydrates, protects with SPF 10.

RETAIL PRICE: Php 475.00

NET WEIGHT : 30 grams

SHADES : Available in more than 15 shades.


PROS:
* consistency is creamy
* easy to blend and does not dry out too fast
* has spf 10
* feels lightweight and moisturising. I think this is suited for dry to normal skintypes.
* did not fade or cake during the day
* medium-full coverage (buildable)
* did not break me out
* since this foundation is formulated for mature skin it does not settle into fine lines. I haven't noticed that it lessened my fine lines (under eyes) after application as what they claimed but this prevents my undereye concealer from caking.
* pot contains a lot of product


CONS:
* sadly this baby is now discontinued - but they replaced it with the Simply Ageless Foundation.
* if you're allergic to Olay - this contains Olay ingredients.
* smells like dishwashing liquid or shampoo
* pot packaging is not hygenic


TIPS:
I use a tiny spatula to scoop a little amount of product in the jar. I prefer to apply this foundation in "layers" (if you want full coverage) using a wedge sponge or foundation brush. Use a damp sponge if you want a sheer coverage. Set with loose powder.

ADDICTION FACTOR:
I really love the texture of this foundation! I first purchased Buff Beige but its a tad dark on me (sadly, there were no testers available) so I went back and purchased Ivory and thank goodness it matches my skintone. I also bought Soft Honey which can also be used for contouring.

RATING :
4 / 5

Swatches (click to enlarge)
Covergirl Advanced Radiance Cream Foundation in
Ivory , Buff Beige , Soft Honey

Slightly blended


Till next time,

August 13, 2010

Review: Prestige Classic Kohl Eyeliner in White

I have been lemming of MAC Fascinating Kohl Eyeliner after reading Shen's review, but I find it too expensive for a white eyeliner. Luckily, my friend suggested Prestige Kohl liners. When I tried it at the counter, I was torn between the Waterproof variant (shimmery) and the Classic Liner (matte). I bought the latter since I already own a couple of shimmery white liners..

Prestige Classic Kohl Eyeliner in E-30 White

* image from Prestige*

PRODUCT INFO FROM PRESTIGE:
Easy one stroke application glides on smoothly without tugging or pulling. The Prestige Classic Kohl Liner for eyes comes in sleek silver barrel with quick reference color matched end. Use Prestige sharpener #6002 for best results.

RETAIL PRICE: Php 275.00 or about $6 in Beauty Bar.

NET WEIGHT : 0.04 oz / 1.1 grams

SHADES : Available in more than 20 colors.


PROS:
* one of the creamiest pencil liner I've ever tried
* very pigmented and glides easily without tugging
* no shimmers or glitters
* lasts for about 4 hours when applied on my waterline. Other pencils I've tried lasts only 1-2 hours.
* no weird scent unlike other pencil liners
* has a clear cap so that you can see the exact shade
* inexpensive product that works! instantly brightens my eye!


CONS:
* none!


TIPS:
If you find this too pigmented, you can use a q-tip and gently smudge the color on your waterline. Another quick way to brighten the eye area is to simply apply it on the inner corners of the eye instead of lining the the entire waterline.

ADDICTION FACTOR:
This is my very first Kohl Eyeliner and I'm impressed! I want to collect more shades.

RATING :
5 / 5

More pics (click to enlarge)

When applied on the waterline


My other white liners
From top to bottom:
Fashion 21 Eyeshadow Liner in Pearl
ELF eye widener
Maybelline Eyestudio shadow liner in White Pearl
Prestige Classic Kohl in White

Swatches
As you can see, all of them are shimmery except Prestige.

ELF is the least pigmented of the bunch, it hardly shows up on my waterline.
Fashion 21 is too creamy and fades easily but this is a good eye shadow base if you don't have super oily lids.
Maybelline is a also good if you're looking for a shimmery white liner. Staying power is great too! I also have the Dark Purple shade. Click here to read my review.



Till next time,

August 10, 2010

Review: Revlon Beyond Natural Cream to Powder Eyeshadow

Revlon Beyond Natural Cream to Powder Eyeshadow in Spice


PRODUCT INFO FROM REVLON:
* Beautiful shades apply as cream and dry as a soft powder finish
* Cream formula allows for seamless blending
* Enhances eyes with a light veil of color

RETAIL PRICE: Php 700+

WEIGHT : 0.2 oz.

SHADES : Available in 4 quads.
* image from revlon*


PROS:
* texture is creamy and easy to blend
* cute packaging
* pigmented
* unscented
* stays on for more than 4 hours
* no allergies
* can also be used as eyeshadow base (for people with not so oily lids)
* shades can be worn alone or mixed with other colors

CONS:
* creases a bit (see tip below)
* i noticed it didn't turn into a powder finish =(


TIPS:
To prevent creasing apply primer first before applying this, then dust with a translucent/finishing powder using a fluffy eyeshadow brush (optional). You can also layer a powder eyeshadow on top for a matte effect.

The lightest shade can also be used as highlighter on the browbone, nose bridge and the cheek bone.

ADDICTION FACTOR:
This is a nice addition to my kikay kit- though I'm not a fan of cream to powder products. =P

RATING :
3 / 5

More pics (click to enlarge)

Revlon Beyond Natural Cream to Powder Eyeshadow in Spice

Swatches

Pretty neutral colors ei?!


Disclaimer : Product was sent as gift.
This is not a paid review and is solely based on my honest opinions.


Till next time,


August 4, 2010

Review : Celeteque Facial Wash with NMF


PRODUCT INFO FROM BOX:
Celeteque Facial wash is your first step to clean, soft and healthy skin. It has mild cleansing agents and a special combination of moisturisers that gently yet effectively clean without drying your skin. Dermatologist-tested, non-comedogenic and hypo-allergenic.
* has Natural Moisturising Factor (NMF) - the same NMF found in the skin that helps restore its proper moisture balance.
* gently removes dirt and impurities that block the skin pores.
* has moisturisers that help prevent skin dryness.
* soap-free and PH-balanced

DIRECTIONS: Apply Celeteque on wet skin. Massage in a gentle circular motion. Rinse thouroughly.

RETAIL PRICE:
Php 120.00 at Watsons.

WEIGHT : 100 ml. Also available in 60 ml and 250 ml pump.

PROS:
* gently cleanses without stripping my skin's natural moisture
* no tight feeling after cleansing and my skin felt moisturised
* unscented and good for sensitive skin
* no breakouts
* affordable
* consistency is just right and it really lathers well
* no greasy feeling after washing my face

For reference: I have Normal skin with slightly oily t-zone.

CONS:
* does not remove waterproof mascara


TIPS:
Prior to washing my face, I remove my eye makeup first with Maybelline Lip and Eye Makeup Remover and then for the rest of my face I use unscented baby wipes. If I'm wearing heavy makeup I use St. Ives Makeup Remover & Facial Cleanser (review to follow) first before washing my face with Celeteque.

ADDICTION FACTOR:
My HG facial wash! Been using this for more than 3 years.


RATING :
5 / 5

More Pics
List of ingredients (click to enlarge)

Have you tried this product?
What's your HG Facial wash?



Till next time,

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