My new fave everyday mascara: The Max Factor Glamour Extensions Mascara

Receiving a compliment is the best way for me to gauge if the new product I'm trying out is something special. The nature of my job allows me access to good cosmetics but honestly, most people don't notice anymore. That's why when someone compliments me on anything in particular I always take note! When I wore the Max Factor Masterpiece Glamour Extensions 3-in-1 Mascara (P745) to an event, about three people asked me what I had on my lashes. I was only too glad to rave about this new mascara from Max Factor to anyone who would care to listen, haha.

So what makes Glamour Extensions special? It's supposed to volumize, lengthen, and darken lashes with its Carbon Black Formula. The brush is new to me - it starts out narrow at the base then widens as it approaches the tip in a fan-like shape. It's not exactly round. It's flattish and curves inside. Sounds weird, I know, but it surprisingly makes for a highly effective shape in building up volume and separating lashes depending on which side you're using.

How I use this mascara might be a bit complicated but this is the best way to maximize the brush + formula, IMHO. For my first few swipes, I use the upper part of the curved shape. Then I flip the brush to coat my lashes with the inner curve of the brush to really pump up the volume! Afterwards, I comb through my lashes with the side "teeth" of the brush to separate them and prevent clumping.

It might take some practice to master, but then you'll get lashes like this after two coats:

Pretty eh? I don't have these many lashes, I promise! They seemed to multiply due to the fibers in the formula. I love how dark they look too. The only catch is that the mascara doesn't curl lashes all that well. The solution is pretty simple though - I just give my lashes a good curl before working the mascara in.

The mascara is water-resistant but not waterproof. This means that it can be removed with just micellar water! That's another plus point for me when it comes to an everyday mascara. I've worn this for 12 hours and it barely moved so it's a winner for me. If you get oily or sweaty around the eye area though, you might prefer a waterproof formula to avoid smearing or smudging.

Overall, I love the Max Factor Masterpiece Glamour Extensions 3-in-1 Mascara and would recommend it to anyone who's looking for an easy-to-remove mascara that gives a sparse, thin lashes a chance to steal the spotlight. Just make sure to curl properly before applying this to get your lashes to stay up most of the time. ^_^

How do you feel about this new mascara? Is this something you'd like to try?  

Avon wants you to help Kiss Goodbye To Breast Cancer

Be prepared to see all pink this October as it's officially Breast Cancer Awareness Month! Avon is once again joining the fight against this deadly disease. Avon's 2015 Kiss Goodbye To Breast Cancer Campaign highlights the brand's belief that  there’s no greater purpose for men and women alike than to lend their strength, courage, and hope to those afflicted by the disease.


According to Faith Fernandez-Mondejar, Avon Head for Asia Pacific Communications and Philippines PR and Communications, “Avon’s mission is to create a world with more empowered women, because empowered women bring more beauty to the world. For close to 130 years, Avon has been all about empowering women around the world: for women to achieve financial independence, and supporting the causes that impact women most, ending domestic violence, and of course, breast cancer.”


Actors Jennylyn Mercado and Rocco Nacino are Avon's ambassadors for this campaign. During the event, Jennylyn and Rocco read stories of breast cancer survivors who were also present in the room - everyone gave them a big round of applause! It's inspiring to see those strong women look happy and brave during that day. Rocco's own mother was there, who fought breast cancer for 16 years before finally triumphing against the odds.

Avon offers several ways for you to contribute to the fight. You can avail of the Pink Ribbon Underwire Bra, Over Nature Lipstick, and Skin So Soft (SSS) Soft & White Collagen Protector Whitening Hand & Body Lotion, the brand's featured fundraising products. Part of the proceeds will be donated to the PGH Breast Care Center.


Avon also invites all to step up and step out for a purpose this October 10, Saturday, by joining the Avon Walk and Run events at the SM Mall of Asia Grounds. This year commemorates 10 years of the Avon Walk in the Philippines – the 10th year on 10/10. 

To join the walk, simply purchase the 2015 I Share the Fight Against Breast Cancer T-shirt from the Avon Representatives. A portion from each shirt sold goes towards the maintenance of the PGH Breast Care Center.

You may also join the 5K and 10K distance! To run, enlist at Chris Sports outlets (SM City BF, Glorietta 3, SM Mall of Asia, SM City North EDSA, and SM Megamall), Secondwind Running stores (Ortigas Home Depot and UP Teacher’s Village) or visit

Yes, it's a lot of information, so think of this post more as an announcement than anything else. ^_^ I do hope you can share it to your family and friends who want to join the campaign against breast cancer!


A peek into my makeup storage area

It's been a while since I showed you guys how I organize my makeup! Although these days, "organized" is a loose, loose word I use to refer to my current stash of beauty products. I know I am due for a major clean up but I simply don't have the time yet! Argh. I'll post an update when I get to do that, I promise.


For now I'd like to show you my little makeup corner. I used to do my face in front of the dresser in the bedroom, but since I got my Suesh makeup case I've moved my base of operations to my studio. On one end I have the desk where I paint and the shelves where I store my art materials. On the other end I've got this! 


It's pretty neat because it faces the window so I've got lots of natural light for photographing FOTDs, swatches, and tutorials. When it's night I just turn the light bulbs on so I can see what I'm doing in detail. Everything I need is also quite literally laid out in front of me. 


I got this cabinet from S&R The Fort just over a month ago. I just spent P1,800 since it was on sale from P2,500! Currently it stores unused and yet to be photographed press samples, but once these are cleared I plan to organize my makeup here per category. So one drawer will have only bases, another lipsticks, blushes, eye makeup etc. I just need to get my blog posts moving so I can do that.


So there you go. ^_^ Hope you enjoyed this mini tour!

What you need to know about Pink Sugar Cosmetics

A few months ago, Pink Sugar Cosmetics contacted me for a possible collaboration. "You'll love it,' Laveen Mirpuri, one of the owners, told me confidently. "We really worked hard on the formula, and we wanted to make something that we're proud of." Indeed, Pink Sugar offers high-quality yet affordable products with the most expensive one at only 699 bucks. You'll discover richly pigmented lip colors and eyeshadows, flattering blushes, and made-for-oily skin face bases when you visit Pink Sugar in Watsons stores.

Exciting right? Here's an overview of what to expect from this intriguing makeup brand! I got the whole line to play with over the weekend and I'd love to share my first impressions with y'all.

First things first: everything is manufactured in Taiwan. Taiwan is well-known for their color cosmetics and eyeliners in particular so it was no surprise that Pink Sugar's lippie line is pretty impressive, given that they're only P299 (for the HD Collection) and P349 (Creamy Mattes). There are 24 shades overall ranging from deep violets, hot pinks, and intense reds. You'll find some trendy fall colors as well as sassy brights in this range.

I haven't been able to swatch all shades but the ones I have been able to are opaque in one layer. The formula also wears well, at 3-4 hours before it starts to fade. Watch out for my full review and swatches of all the colors next week!

They've also got the Sugar Tint Lip & Cheek Tint (P349) which is a long-lasting color that promises to stay on all day. Will include a photo and swatches of this tomorrow in the post. Edit: Here ya go!


There are three bases to explore in Pink Sugar. The Dual Finish Face Powder (P499) is a light to mid-coverage powder with a silky, well-milled texture. I wouldn't call it foundation per se but it offers enough coverage for daily use. It comes in five shades.

There's also the It's Awesome BB Cream with SPF25 (P499). This has a light to medium coverage as well and sets completely - in other words, it's great for oily skin. I find that I have to work really fast though because it dries so quickly! This is best applied with a wet sponge to avoid streaking.

Lastly, my favorite: the Our Lil Secret Concealer (P299). It is so similar to the Make Up For Ever Full Cover Concealer that I loved many years ago. It has seriously heavy coverage and is extremely water-resistant! I wore it to tennis practice yesterday and it was almost fully intact after enduring heavy sweat for two hours. I'm so impressed! This comes in four shades for light to medium deep skin tones.

The Sweet Cheeks HD Cheek Color (P499) is also exciting. There are eight shades in all and if you know your blush lore, you'll know that some of these are near-dupes of massive cult favorites. *wink* I love the dupe of NARS Laguna (South Beach) and NARS Albatross (Sin City) in particular. There's also a dupe of NARS Orgasm (Paris Lights) and MAC Melba (Miss Independent) in this collection.

The Eye Candy Eye Shadow Palette (P699) is probably my favorite out of everything Pink Sugar has to offer though. For the price you get ten shades of intense, gorgeous eyeshadows. Unlike other palettes, the neutral EC-02 palette has no misses. I swear. If you know your MAC eyeshadows you can identify each one from memory. The texture and finish are virtually indistinguishable from the original!

I have yet to play with the more colourful EC-01 though so I'll update you on that next time.

Here is EC-01 in action. I didn't wear an eyeshadow base here, but look how vibrant the colors are! I also used the felt tip end of the Honey, I'm Good Eye Liner Duo (P349) to create my subtle cat eye. I have worn this eyeliner from 10am to 10pm and guys, it didn't smudge!

For this look I used all the bases, the eyeshadow palette, the eyeliner, South Beach to contour, Sin City to highlight, and the Creamy Matte Lipstick in Desire. <3 Hay Desire is so pretty. It's my perfect slightly earthy berry for this season.

So there you have it! Go on and check Pink Sugar Cosmetics when you visit Watsons in SM Aura, SM Makati, SM Manila, SM Fairview, SM Marilao, SM Clark, SM Lanang Premier Davao, SM Mall of Asia and Watsons Ayala Center Cebu. They are currently opening more branches so stay tuned for those! I'll update this post once the counters are ready. Tell me: what are your favorites so far? Anything you want to grab ASAP?

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*Price to be updated once I have the complete list.

Bring the spa to your home with The Body Shop's latest skincare lines

One of the reasons I enjoy traveling is I get to escape my life. It's not a terrible life by any means, but it's good to be away from the daily grind every so often. It gives me perspective and allows me to appreciate the things I normally take for granted (like super cheap transportation and food here in the Philippines haha). I travel so that when I am done I am struck by the profound realization that it's good to be home.

Aside from traveling, there are little things you can do right where you are to destress and feel as if you were in another place. You can treat yourself to the spa or bring the spa in your home, for one thing! The Body Shop's new premium lines are here to give you a luxe, back-to-nature experience. The Oils of Life skincare line features three precious seed oils known for their revitalizing and repairing properties. It has three products: the Intensely Revitalising Essence Lotion (P1,295) which is a priming toner, the Intensely Revitalising Cream (P1,695) which is a daily moisturizer, and the Intensely Revitalising Facial Oil (P2,395), a lightweight, non-sticky daily oil.

I have the Facial Oil so that's what I'll quickly review for you guys today. ^_^ To start with, it contains three precious seed oils from around the world. Black Cumin Seed Oil, known for its concentration in antioxidants from the Egyptian Nile Valley; Camellia Seed Oil, which is naturally rich in nutritive oleic acid from the evergreen trees of China; and the Rosehip Seed Oil, which is rich in Omega 3 and 6 from the Andes foothills of Chile. The Facial Oil is touted to be composed of 99% oils from natural origin.

Not to fear though, because this has a light, easily absorbed texture that doesn't feel greasy at all. It has a subtle, herby scent that smells pretty fabulous. Let's just say it's a cheaper version of the cult favorite Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Serum. ;) The Body Shop's version indeed has the same overnight brightening effect, and hydrates skin so effectively without causing it to be extra oily.

But man is it expensive. It's probably one of The Body Shop's most expensive products, at about P2,400 per 30ml. However, you'd only need about three drops of this for your whole face. It's going to take forever to finish this, even if you use it both daytime and nighttime. You can by the way definitely use it during the day. Unlike the Kiehl's oil, this doesn't sit on top of the skin. It actually fully sinks in so you can wear your makeup as if you're using a normal moisturizer underneath! That's pretty amazing.

Overall, get The Body Shop Oils of Life Intensely Revitalising Facial Oil if you've always wanted to:

1) Effectively brighten and moisturize your skin

2) Try the Kiehl's MRS but balked at the P1,000+ more expensive price tag and

3) Want a facial oil that you can for realz use during the day. This is great for all skin types, IMHO! 

And so we come to the new body care line from The Body Shop called Spa of the World. It features products key to some of the most famous beauty rituals around the world, with refined textures and delicate fragrances to take you to a spa journey. ^_^ This is a comprehensive line with anything from a Himalayan Charcoal Body Scrub to a Polynesian Monoi Radiance Oil to a Hawaiian Kukui Cream. So many products, you're bound to find something! For me, it's the African Ximenia Scrub (P1,950 for 350ml), one of TBS best-selling products of all time.

It's the product that clued me into the power of salt scrubs when it comes to softening the skin. Unlike cheaper salt scrubs, this one has a creamy, non-abrasive texture that's emollient enough to keep my skin moisturized after a shower - I don't need to use a body lotion after washing! I can really testify to how effective this is in clearing off dead skin, thus giving your whole body a velvety feel.

It's quite pricey for a body scrub, but if you like luxe body care then this won't disappoint. You get about 350ml for the price which should last about 3-4 months of 3x a week usage.

So there you go. ^_^ Check out Oils of Life and Spa of the World next time you're at a TBS store!


PS I wonder how many people actually read a beauty post this long! Sometimes I can't help but share too much information!

Bronzing done right: The Artdeco Bronzing Powder Compact and Sunshine Blush

Bronzer is not just a summer affair. Even if the weather is gloomy and cold, every girl could benefit from a bit of sun on her cheeks! Bronzer is the best way to bring some warmth on the skin by catching light and highlighting our natural golden tone. It can be a bit tricky though because some bronzers are too orange or too shimmery. A neutral tint and a fine satin finish is ideal for creating a natural sunlit glow.

That's why I love the new Artdeco Bronzing Powder Compact (~P700 in Beauty Bar). It's part of the brand's Here Comes The Sun Collection released about a couple of months back locally. The bronzers are so finely milled and has the satin finish and natural color that I'm looking for! The gold compact itself is so gorgeous while the imprint on the powder is too pretty to use.

Artdeco also has the limited edition Sunshine Blush (~P700) in this collection. It's a compact with three blush shades that when combined create a peachy bronze glow on the cheeks.

The formula of these powders are amazing. It's designed to be water-resistant and has SPF15 - really beach-friendly if you roll that way. The bronzers stay solid for about 4-5 hours and fade only gradually during the day. If you're looking for something that won't melt in the heat or come off with a bit of rain, these should be in your radar.

The Artdeco Bronzing Powder Compact in 02 is a deep tan that has a buildable color pay off. I like it well enough but I feel that it would suit deeper skin tones more. The 04, on the other hand, is lighter and a lot more subtle. Between the two though I prefer 04! I love using this two ways, first as a contour and second as an overall sheer illuminator. As I mentioned the bronzer is buildable so you can get quite a good contour without packing on too much shimmer. I LOVE IT! It's what I currently use for my daytime, naturally contoured look.

Artdeco Bronzing Powder Compact in 02. Get this if you're looking to enhance your tan.

Artdeco Bronzing Powder Compact in 02. Get this if you're looking to enhance your tan.

Artdeco Bronzing Powder Compact in 04 is more subtle and fresh to look at, perfect for every day! It's also a more universal shade compared to 02.

Artdeco Bronzing Powder Compact in 04 is more subtle and fresh to look at, perfect for every day! It's also a more universal shade compared to 02.

The Sunshine Blush is a warm peachy bronze. It can be used as bronzer or as a blush, depending on where you place it. I like to create a dimensional effect with it - I place the dusky pink right on my cheeks, and the bronze below my cheekbones. If you want something with a dual function, this blush is def for you.

Overall I highly recommend the Artdeco Bronzing Powder Compact and the Sunshine Blush to girls who are looking to bronze the right way. You won't be disappointed with the shades, finish, staying power, and beautiful packaging. They're not too expensive, too, considering the quality. Artdeco always makes such good pro-level products at great price points. ^_^ Check it out the next time you're in Beauty Bar, if you haven't yet!

5 Lipstick Shades to Avoid If You're Morena

Hold up. Before anybody gets the wrong idea, I want you to know that you can wear whatever you want. It's your face and your style; nobody has the right to stop you from wearing that lipstick you love. But like I keep repeating here, many times, many women don't know what looks good and what doesn't. As long as you're making an informed choice about your appearance then you should go on ahead and rock your look! It also applies even if you don't know any of this but think you look great anyway.


That being said, there are a few lipstick shades that do not flatter women with warmer and darker skin tones. I'm a medium-yellow myself so I can get away with a lot, but certainly not all lipstick colors. They either make my face look drained of life or the skin around my lips greyish. If you've ever tried these shades on then you know what I'm talking about! 

Here are the five lipstick shades to steer clear of if you're morena and looking to be pretty (versus making a statement). ^_^

The Hypothermia Nude. Nude lipstick grants the wearer a sexy, undone look but it can also mimic the lips of a person suffering from extreme cold. It washes out the whole face, yes, even with the smokiest eyes you can imagine. The best nude for morenas are brown-based with a reddish or terracotta tint. You want to match your actual skin tone, at most, not paint on a color that's paler.

The worst kind of nude for darker tones are white-based, like the one I'm wearing above. If you have a lipstick like this but want to correct it, you can mix it with a brighter or deeper color to create a more flattering nude.

The Undead Lavender. Zombie apocalypse chic unfortunately hasn't made it as a global beauty trend. Pffft. Well, in the meantime, stay off the lavender and the lighter purples! These colors are too cool to flatter warm tones i.e. yellow-toned and olive-toned skin. Pale and cool skin tones can run away with it but not girls like us.

If you have a lavender lipstick, you can make it more wearable by mixing it with red or pink colors. You can also add a brown-based lipstick to create a pretty mauve MLBB!

The Bubblegum-Stuck-On-The-Pavement Pink. This pink is the color of bubblegum after you've chewed on it for gosh knows how long - leeched of all color! Like lavender this kind of pink ends up being too cool and pale for warm/medium/deep skin tones. It doesn't look flat-out unwearable, to be fair, but it just doesn't do anything for your skin. Similarly, avoid baby pinks and pastel pinks.

The Should-Look-Good-But-Doesn't Pink. The lipstick I'm wearing above is an odd case. It's a bit warm, with a bit of a peachy hue to it, so it should theoretically look good on me. Perhaps some might argue that it looks totally fine. But whenever I put it on it just seems I end up removing it before I leave the house.

The reason it's unflattering is that it has some white mixed to it. The white makes it look bright but it also clashes against my skin. Notice how my outer lips look gray. The effect is more noticeable in person! That's one thing you should watch out for any lipstick that should, in theory, look good but doesn't.

The Metallic Menace. Metallic lipsticks look great in fashion editorials but not quite in person. Gold, bronze, and copper lipsticks rarely look good on the lips; the metallic finish highlights lines and makes lips look small and drawn. If you're looking for ooohhh shiny, you're better off with gloss or lacquer. Sparkly bits are best confined to the eyes and not the lips.

I wanted to add one more color, but I don't have the lippie anymore. I probably threw it away in rage, haha! Perhaps the most unflattering lipstick shade ever is a yellow-orange. Can't imagine anyone looking chic in it but you know what, I might be wrong! Let me know if there are any more colors to add to this list!

Every action counts: The Estee Lauder Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign for 2015

Early this year, someone whom I loved very much passed on because of breast cancer. It was already at stage four when it was detected but we hoped that it would be a long, possibly victorious battle. In two months though it was all over. I couldn't believe it! She was one of the most amazing people I've ever had the chance to meet. She would always encourage me and tell me that I can make anything possible. And then she was gone. If only I knew that the last time we met was going to be the last time, I would have...but no one really knows.

In recent years, breast cancer awareness campaigns have become somewhat controversial because they seem to trivialize the issue of breast cancer. This view is not helped by the fact that many beauty brands seemed to have jumped on the bandwagon; need a charity case? Breast cancer is trendy! I admit I have also become a little cynical to this point.

However, the death of my friend made me realize how dangerous a disease breast cancer is. It can literally sneak up on you even if you think you're healthy, even if you think you've done everything you can to be safe from it. I want to emphasize again the importance of getting yourself screened and detecting the symptoms earlier. The American Cancer Society offers up a lot of information which is easy to read as it is not so dense. I particularly found their overview on Breast Cancer Prevention and Early Detection useful, as well as their short manual on how to do a self-exam.

I know you guys are busy, but I hope you can do a quick self-exam and also encourage your friends and family to do the same. If you or anyone you know is over 40, go for a mammogram. 

To further spread awareness and to gather funds for breast cancer, Manila Peninsula in partnership with Estee Lauder Philippines is currently holding a Kenneth Cobonpue curated art exhibit. Esteemed artists like such as BenCab, Elmer Borlongan, Impy Pilapil, Plet Bolipata, Ramon Orlina, and Cobonpue himself are exhibiting their works. On October 1, all pieces will be auctioned off and the proceeds will be donated to the Philippine Foundation for Breast Care, Inc. The funds will be used to rehabilitate the Breast Care Center of East Avenue Medical Center in Quezon City so that it will be able to accommodate and sponsor more patients.

Every action counts! You just might save a life, perhaps even your own.

Manila Peninsula in pink! Delectable pink dishes were served at the event

Mel Lerma, Estee Lauder Philinppines Country Manager welcomes everybody and underlines the importance of the campaign

Mel Lerma, Estee Lauder Philinppines Country Manager welcomes everybody and underlines the importance of the campaign

What's inside my Muji Hanging Box Case

Honestly, I only started to play tennis because the guy I am romantically involved with plays tennis. I thought it would be a fun date, perhaps something to kill time for a couple of weeks. I fully expected my interest in it to fizzle out because I have absolutely no sporty bone in my body - or so I believed! But lo, I've found that I enjoy it tremendously and that I hit well enough to want to hit better. These days I play tennis three times a week. I find it challenging and exciting, and I am keen (time permitting) on being competitive in the months to come!

Anyway, I thought I'd show you my after-tennis beauty kit. ^_^ This is also going to be my travel kit in the next couple of months! With perfect timing Muji sent over their Hanging Box Case a couple of weeks back and it's perfect for my needs. It has several compartments to separate different types of products neatly, a hook for hanging, and it comes in a lightweight, lightly-padded material. 

Muji also included their Clothes Cleaner, Light Toning Water, Moisturising Milk, the Cheek Brush, and the Face Brush. I've tried Muji skincare before (the Cleansing Oil, which is quite a good dupe for Shu Uemura!) so I'm looking forward to trying out the toner and moisturizer. I'll keep them for now though! I have too many open travel-sized skincare. I love the coat cleaner as it removes lint and pats down the fabric. Definitely useful in cold weather.

And so, here's what's currently inside my Muji case! I don't like bringing too many products with me so I go for multi-purpose picks and ones that require the least amount of fuss to use. I also go for a simple face. After tennis or say at the beginning of a full day of walking around in a foreign city, I don't want to spend a lot of time doing my makeup!

The skincare list:

Shu Uemura Anti/Oxi Cleansing Oil. I unearthed a travel-sized bottle of this so in it went! It's an easy way to remove makeup or sunscreen without having to bring cotton pads.

Clinique Mild Liquid Facial Soap. The Oily Skin Formula of this used to be my HG facial wash, and I remember why now that I'm using it again. It does the job and leaves no residue! Glad I got a travel size of it. It can easily be refilled since the cap screws out.

Lush Shampoo Bar in Honey I Washed My Hair. I love this! It's kinda expensive but a bit goes a long way. I also use it as body wash so I don't have to bring a separate bottle or soap.

Estee Lauder Nutritious Radiant Gel Emulsion. My current HG moisturizer. I placed some inside my contact lenses case for leak-proof awesomeness. Here's my post on how to store your skincare in such cases, if you haven't seen it yet. 

The makeup list:

Smashbox Photo Filter Creamy Powder Foundation. Heavy and flawless coverage in a compact? Always handy when you want to be able to control your coverage. I just apply this with the Muji Face Brush to even out my complexion quickly.

Artdeco Blusher in 38 First Love. Brought this mostly because of the slim size! It's a lovely, flattering color. Review here.

Benefit Roller Lash Mascara. Is it obvious that I hoard travel/sample sizes? This is my fave daily mascara as I don't need to use a curler to get my lashes up when I'm using this! It doesn't smudge on me too.

Eye of Horus Dual Brow Perfect. I prefer pencils when applying eyebrows on the go. There's really not enough time and space to muck about with brushes and pots.

Etude House Sugar Tint Balm in RD301. This is a brightening red that gives me an excuse not to have to apply any more makeup on my face. I love that it's hydrating too!

So there you go, hope you enjoyed looking through my on-the-go kit! How about you, is there anything new that you added in your kit?

The Burt's Bees Res-Q Ointment is a fix-it-all

Confession aka too much information time: I have a disgusting habit of picking at my cuticles. I try to fight the strong urge to do so, but I catch myself doing it involuntarily! That's why I have small wounds in my nail bed every so often (too often). They can be painful and uncomfortable when left alone!


 Thankfully, I found Burt's Bees Res-Q Ointment (P450). It's a literally green and figuratively green-smelling ointment based on olive oil and beeswax with comfrey extract, tocopherol (Vitamin E), and rosemary extract as the star ingredients. It's one of Burt's Bees classic products since everybody seems to can't have enough of it! It's one of those fix-it-all salves that soothes skin irritations and hastens the healing process of small wounds, bruises, rashes, and bumps.


It can be used to calm down most flare ups. Aside from my cuticles, I apply this on itchy rashes and insect bites. It keeps me from scratching and further irritating the area. I also use it on chafed skin. which is super handy when I have to break in new shoes.


The jar I have is 8.5 grams and fits in any nook in my bag. ^_^ The smell might turn off some but I personally don't mind it. I do mind the slight green tint though - I wouldn't want to get it on my clothes!

Overall, I recommend trying the Burt's Bees Res-Q Ointment if you (or someone you love!) tend to have a host of skin irritations. If you don't, well, you might not be human haha. Get one or a few to place in all your bags. ;) 


Burt's Bees is available inside Beauty Bar and at