Drugstore Micellar Water Review: Biore, Garnier, L’Oreal & Nivea

If you’re a busy (and a lazy) girl like me then micellar water is your best friend. It’s cheap, hydrating and it removes dirt and makeup in an instant. I wished I have known micellar water when I was in 1st-year residency, a period when my skincare routine is non-existent. But now I can’t live without it, I have a bottle in my house, in my condominium unit, in the hospital and in my travel/duty bag.

Drugstore Micellar Water: Biore, Garnier, L’Oreal & Nivea
Drugstore Micellar Water: Biore, Garnier, L’Oreal & Nivea

So for this post, I’ll review four popular drugstore micellar cleansers in the Philippines. Criteria for this review are affordability, ingredients and performance as a cleanser. As for ingredients, I’ll base this from CoSDNA, a site where product ingredients are analyzed for Comedogenic and Irritation (0-5) and Safety index from (1-9). The lower the number the better.

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L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise Mascara Review

I’m not a fan of mascaras because I already accepted that my short, straight and stubborn lashes are hopeless. Even the cult fave Shu Uemura curlers can only provide a temporary fix for my lashes. Although I wasn’t blessed with long and full lashes, I rely on falsies when I needed the extra drama. But there are days that I don’t have much time to put on false eyelashes that’s the time I resort to mascara. My favourite mascara is Lancôme Définicils High Definition Mascara. As for drugstore mascara, I haven’t found the right one. I have tried some but it did not work for me. It only end up in my shelf only to be disposed after a few months when it have dried up.
L'Oréal Paris Lash Paradise Mascara

There has been a hype over the L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise Mascara last year and also early this year when Lash Paradise was finally available in the Philippine Market. I got curious so I picked up one: the Waterproof Blackest Black during a trip to the department store.

Product Description: Take your lashes to paradise! Our 1st mascara for volume & length. Soft wavy bristle brush holds maximum formula for a dramatic volumizing charge. 200+ bristles catch every lash for a full fringe effect. Smooth glide formula provides silky volume in one coat. Lashes are feathery soft to the touch. Women agreed: 91% saw intense & volumized lashes and 87% saw more beautiful lashes. +98% lengthening effect.

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Must Haves List: Summer Edition

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L-R: Victoria’s Secret Coconut Sky Fragrance Mist, Sunplay Ultra Shield Lotion SPF130 PA++++, Nivea  Ultra Care & Protect SPF 30 lipbalm, Nature Republic Aloe Soothing Gel

It’s summer here in the Philippines, and I just got back from my vacation from the Island of Bohol. It’s scorching hot there with a temperature of 32°C! Good thing I packed my beach/ summer essentials that made me survive the summer sun!

psx_20180515_1338241829699031.jpgSunplay Ultra Shield Lotion SPF130 PA++++ (S$17.20)
Because I knew I’ll spend the whole day on the beach basking in the sun, I chose a heavy-duty sunscreen with incredibly high SPF. This sunscreen comes in a small bottle, a perfect fit in my beach bag. What I love about this sunscreen is its formula: it’s lightweight and non-greasy! It’s a face and body sunscreen although I won’t recommend it for the face because it leaves uneven white casts.Read More »

Empties #1

I’ve been M.I.A for a week because of our Diplomate Induction and Convention, so I promised myself I will post more regularly than the previous month. Now for this month, I’ll start with my first round of empties:

psx_20180505_101032-1098387771.jpgBiore UV AQUA Rich Watery Essence
This is actually the old packaging, which I bought last year. I use this every day before putting makeup. It’s light-weight and it doesn’t leave any white casts.
Repurchase? Yes! It’s my everyday sunscreen.

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Brown Liquid Liner Review: Revlon Colorstay Liquid Liner & TonyMoly Matte Liner

When I was studying for the specialty board exam, I watched a lot of Korean makeup tutorials during my break time. Pony and Lamuqe are my faves (if you may ask) and they’ve been using a lot of brown eyeliners to achieve that fresh light look. So I asked my sister to buy me a drugstore brown liquid eyeliner–not pencil, not gel, but liquid. Surprisingly, she had a hard time looking for a brown liquid eyeliner but managed to bring me a Revlon Colorstay Skinny Liquid Liner in Mahogany Flame.

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Revlon ColorStay Skinny Liner (L) and TONYMOLY Back Gel BT Supreme Matte Liner (R)

The Revlon Colorstay Skinny Liquid Liner is a metallic bronze/brown liner that comes in a very fine brush tip that would be perfect for creating cat-eyes. It’s quick drying and creates a solid finish. A single swipe is enough to do the trick. According to Revlon, it’s a ‘long lasting color stay formula won’t smudge, smear or fade for all day wear’, however it does smugde, especially the glitter/metallic part.

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