Saturday, June 25, 2011

You Can Make It Through The Rain

I saw this picture of Katy Perry on People StyleWatch and thought umbrellas can be fun too. So I like to share some of the things I saw while looking for fun umbrellas to use in this rainy weather.

Seriously, who would even use this in public when it has the whopping price tag that could buy an island? (I was kidding.)

Burberry Umbrella- $150
When you see this pattern, you can always tell that its Burberry.

Hermes Umbrella-$460
This is just a plain old red one. I still can't believe its price.

Cath Kidston -£28
I love Cath Kidston's designs and this umbrella is so cute!

Kate Spade-$75
Kate Spade is one of my favorite designers(although I haven't bought anything from the brand) because I think that her designs suit my style.


for the postman
you'll never get lost

I'd love to have these cute umbrellas as I have a boring checkered one.

images source: polyvore

Friday, June 24, 2011

Makeup Brands/Products That I Want To Try

I was inspired by MakeupSavvy to do this. If you want to see her version, then click here.

I haven't tried that many products to be honest because I have been really into cosmetics about a year ago, which makes me sort of a newbie. I mainly use drugstore brands and I have just started expanding my horizon into the more high end ones.

If you want to know what they are, continue on.

Monday, June 20, 2011

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Sunday, June 19, 2011

9 Skin Habits to Quit

Yeah, yeah. We already know that smoking, staying up late and drinking too much affects our complexion. We also know that what we eat can make or break our skin. What else are we doing wrong? These habits might be the culprit:

            Even if you religiously go on with your skincare routine, if you are using products that are not for your skin type, then it would be useless.  You must first know your skin type and then pick the products that are suited for your skin. Back then I was using a heavy moisturizer that was in a jar and that was not oil-free, and I kept wondering why my skin is breaking out. I did not realize that if you have oily skin you should use oil-free products. However, if you have dry skin, you should use products that are hydrating so you can avoid flaky skin.

            Most of us only put sunscreen when we are going to swim or if its summertime, but in reality, we really must do it every day. This is the best way to keep our skin from getting discolorations and wrinkles, basically to fight skin aging. The minimum requirement is to put on SPF 30 broad-spectrum sunscreen (blocks both UVA and UVB rays). If you are mostly indoors, reapply before going home at the end of a work/school day. When you are outdoors for an extra amount of time, you must reapply every two hours. I know it takes extra effort to do it but it’ll be worth it in the future.

            These areas are exposed too, yet we seem to forget to include it in our routine. The skin in those areas are more delicate and just as exposed to photoaging. Notice that the signs of aging also appear in the neck? So next time, include your neck and chest when you apply your moisturizer, sunscreen and other products.

            You can wind up having clogged pores and bacterial infections that might lead to blemishes.  I personally wash my brushes once a week (once every two weeks if I get lazy)with mild/baby shampoo and let them dry overnight. If you use lots of color like eyeshadow for example, you can buy brush cleansers and spot clean them before use.

            Skincare experts and beauty advisors always stress the need to have a clean face to prevent having clogged pores and breakouts. However, too much cleaning or exfoliating can actually cause more oil production and spread bacteria.  I suggest doing it once or twice a week, depending again on your skin type.

            I know that some nights can be really tough especially when you are really sleepy, but washing your face is really important to do before you go to bed. The combination of oil build up and makeup can lead to zits and clogged pores. Who wants that anyway?
            I admit that I do it at times, but afterwards, I feel guilty. Popping a pimple just pushes bacteria deeper into the pores, causing infection, scarring and prolonging the pimple’s life span. I mean instead of 3 days, it becomes a week or two. Also, bombarding it with harsh chemicals won’t really help because it can damage the skin and cause further irritation. What to do now? If you must use a spot treatment, do it once a day and most important of all, leave it alone.

            Are you still using your one year old foundation? The rule here is, if you don’t use it, toss it. Bacteria spreads in there too and if you especially use your fingers, it can transfer to the makeup and also to the makeup sponges. Get rid of it if they smell funny, or if the consistency has changed.
            I’m not really saying that you should quit, but you should clean them too. If you are using a makeup removing wipe to remove you makeup, include your phone after you are done with your face. It’s like a 2-in-1 thing. Also, you should consider cutting down on your talk time or using earbuds instead.. Leaning your face against a phone can cause friction, occlusion, and heat, all of which can make you break out.

So, what are your thoughts?

Thanks for stopping by,
Jenica x

Picture Sources: KaboodleMorning BounceVisualphotosReal Beauty

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Going Gaga over ChaCha

The new Benefit lip and cheek stain that is. I have read beauty blogs about this and everybody seems to rave about it.

The new Benefit Chachatint is an addition to their already famous line of lip and cheek stains which include Benetint and Posietint. It is described as mango-tinted, which is like a coral hue. It is $29 a pop which seems quite pricey for a stain, but this will last you forever because a little goes a very long way. Only a few dabs on each cheek and you will be good to go!

I can't wait to get my hands on it!

Have you tried it yet? What are your thoughts?

Source: Kaboodle

Monday, June 6, 2011

25 Random Questions Tag

So, I'm really into tags right now. I will be doing another one and I think this would be the last, at least for now.

25 Questions :

1. Do you have any pets? 
2. Name 3 things that are physically close to you. 
 My laptop, my phone and a pillow.
3. What's the weather like right now?
Hot and sunny.
4. Do you drive? If so have you crashed?
I am learning to drive (I have a student's license) and I haven't crashed.
5. What time did you wake up this morning?
6. When was the last time you showered?
last night (I shower at night)
7. What was the last movie you saw?
Fast and the Furious 5--and it was great.
8. What does your last text message say?
Where u at?
9. What's your ringtone?
Dancing Crazy by Miranda Cosgrove
10. Have you ever been to a different country?
11. Do you like sushi?
12. Where do you buy your groceries?
at the SM supermarkets.
13. Have you ever taken medication to help you fall asleep faster?

14. How many siblings do you have?
I have 2. A younger brother and sister.
15. Do you have a desktop computer or a laptop?
I have a laptop.
16. How old will you be turning on your next birthday?
I will be turning 20--not sure how I feel about that.
17. Do you wear contacts or glasses?
18. Do you color your hair?
19. Tell me something you are planning to do today.
I am planning to go back to sleep cause it was interrupted last night.
20. When was the last time you cried?
I actually cant remember. Last month perhaps?
21. What is your perfect pizza topping?
With everything on it except for seafood--I'm allergic.
22. Which do you prefer-hamburgers or cheeseburgers?
Cheeseburger. Everything's better with cheese!
23. Have you ever had an all-nighter?
No. I can't do it, the latest that I have been up is 3am.
24. What is your eye color?
A very dark brown. Almost black.
25. Can you taste the difference between Pepsi and Coke?
Yes I can.

TAG: 40 Beauty Questions

Hello there! I know this tag that I am going to do is a bit old, but I still want to do it! So I hope you don't mind. I have fun reading other people's answers so if you want to do it, you are tagged!

Okay, here we go.

1.How many times do you wash your face daily?
I wash my face twice, once in the morning when I wake up and again in the evening before I go to bed.

2.What skin type do you have? (dry,oily,combo) 
Oily and sensitive

3.What is your current facial wash?
Liquid Neutrogena Pure Mild facial cleanser

4.Do you exfoliate? 
Yes, you gotta get rid of the dead skin that lying in there. :)

5.What brand do you use?
I use the St. Ives Apricot Scrub as of the moment.

6.What moisturizer do you use?
Celeteque facial moisturizer

7.Do you have freckles? 

8.Do you use eye cream? 
No, but I really want to buy one.

9.Do you or did you have acne prone skin?
I have a very acne prone skin. I currently have blemishes and I think that my skin is at its worst state right now.--maybe cause its that time of the month!

10.Did you ever have to use Pro-activ? 
No, but I heard mixed reviews about it. Some people love it and some hate it. I have heard and read that its very strong, and I dont want to try it.

11.What foundation do you use? 
I am currently using MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural and I am almost out so I am thinking of getting a different one so that I can try out different brands.

12.How about concealer? 
MAC Studio Finish concealer for blemishes

13.Do you know your undertone color?
Yes, I have a warm/yellow undertone.

14.What do you think of fake eyelashes?
I quite like them because of the effect that you get from it, but I am having a hard time putting it on.

15.Did you know that you are supposed to change your mascara every 3 months? 
Yes, of course. But I dont stick to it every time, I usually extend it up to 5 months or until it smells different. But you should definitely toss it when the consistency is different and the scent has gone bad.

16.What brand of mascara do you use?
I currently use Covergirl's Lash Blast Fusion. 

17.Sephora or MAC? 
We dont have a Sephora here, but I would definitely pick Sephora because it has a lot of different brands.

18.Do you have a MAC Pro-card? 

19.What makeup tools do you use in make up application? 
Brushes, cotton buds and tissue.

20.Do you use make-up base/primer for the eyes? 
No, I dont wear eye makeup(eyeshadow, that is) that often.

21.For the face? 
Not at the moment, I used to have Benefit's That Gal primer, but I did not like it. 

22.What is your favorite eyeshadow (color or shade)?
To be honest, I only have 1 eyeshadow quad (from Covergirl called Country Woods) as I dont wear eyeshadow often, but I would love to have the NAKED palette!

23.Do you use pencil or liquid eyeliner? 
Again, I rarely use eyeliner, but during those times, I use pencil. Liquid eyeliner is hard to control and you need to be precise with that. I need practice in that department. 

24.How often do you poke your eyes with an eyeliner pencil? 
Rarely, I try to be careful. I poked my eye once really badly, I think it left a mark on my eyeballs. It will serve as a reminder for me forever to be careful. 

25What do you think of pigment eyeshadows? 
I think they're messy. 

26.Do you use mineral makeup? 
Does the MAC MSF Natural count? If it does, then yes. 

27.What is your favorite lipstick?
I dont have a favorite yet of the ones I own. I still have yet to find my favorite. 

28.How about lipgloss? 
Definitely, Covergirl's Wetslicks Amazemint in Positively Pink. I love it because its minty when you put it on, and its a nice color.

29.What is your favorite blush to use? 
Benefit Coralista--cause its the only blush I own. Haha. 

30.Do you buy your makeup on ebay? 

31.Do you like drugstore makeup? 
Yes, especially when they are better than their high-end counterpart.

32.Do you go to CCO's? (cosmetic company outlets) 
No, we dont have them here.

33.Did you ever consider taking make-up classes? 
Yes, I have. 

34.Are you clumsy in putting on makeup?
No, not really.

35.Name a makeup crime that you hate? 
Overplucked brows, and unblended blush (looks like a line on your cheeks) 

36.Do you like colorful shades of makeup (lipstick,eyeshadow) or neutral ones? 
I like neutral ones.

37.Which celebrity always has great make up?
Blake Lively, Lauren Conrad, Taylr Swift.

38.If you could leave the house using just ONE make up item, what would you use?
Probably powder. I don't want to look like a greaseball!

39.Could you ever leave the house without any makeup on?
Yes, I do it sometimes, when I am just going to the grocery store, or if I am just running errands.

40.Do you think you look good even without any makeup on? 
Yes,, but its nice to have a little coverage when you have blemishes.

41.In your opinion, what is the BEST makeup line?
MAC for colors, Clinique because their products are hypoallergenic.

42.What do you think of Makeup?? 
I llike it because its fun and a way of expressing yourself.

I thought it was called 40 beauty questions, but it turns out to be 42. Well, anyway..

Thanks for stopping by.

Jenica x

Friday, June 3, 2011

Dazzle Review: LUSH Mask of Magnaminty

I bought this LUSH mask about a month ago because I was on a search for that green-colored face stuff that you see in movies. I wanted a skincare product that would leave a refreshing minty feeling and make my pores a little bit cleaner.

Well I think this is it.

What LUSH says:
"Big Green Giant of a Face and Back Pack. Deeply cleansing, toning, and exfoliating pepperminty mask. Refreshes and brightens all it touches."
My Experience:
I went to the LUSH store about a month ago and I immediately bought it because I thought that this could be the mask that I was hoping for. It is sort of a grayish green color with some soft beads in there (which I later found out that those were ground Aduki Beans). When you put it in your face, it really feels soothing and very cooling because of the peppermint in it. It evens feels more cooling when you store it in the refrigerator!

I usually put a nice thick layer of it on and leave it for 20-30 minutes or until it turns into a deep green color. I find that within this timeline, it really does its job of deep cleaning the face. Of course, after a while, the mask dries up and leaves you with a tight feeling that I always love because I feel that it is really working. I once left it on for 45 mins (don't recommend it) and when I washed it off, my face had marks on it like when you slept on one side for too long and when you wake up there are lines on your face!

This is the before and after picture. The one on the left is taken just after putting it on and the one on the right is after thirty minutes.

Afterwards, I wet my face and remove it using circular motions. In that way, you can also exfoliate your face with it. Its like a 2 in 1 product! I use it about 2-3 times a week.

I have been using it for a month now, and it has a shelf life of about 3 months. I bought it for 325PHP for a 125g tub. I noticed that it makes my face brighter and it makes zits smaller. Remember to use moisturizer afterwards because it dries up your skin. I really don't see a problem with that because I have oily skin, but those with dry skin might want to consider that when thinking of purchasing this product.

almost gone!
Final Thoughts:
Will I repurchase: Yes
Worth the money: Yes

Try this if you haven't already and let me know what are your thoughts!

Thanks so much for stopping by

Jenica x

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