How to have a foot spa experience in your own home

We love going to spas to give ourselves a well-deserved treat, but sometimes we simply don’t have the time or the budget to indulge. That doesn’t mean we should skip on pampering sessions though! It’s important to de-stress and just relax when we have a small window of time at home. I recommend taking care of your feet in particular because they're the most abused part of our body - those who commute should know how walking and standing for hours can cause calluses and rough spots on the feet.

So how do you give them the love they deserve? Have a DIY foot spa at home! Here’s how. 

Step 1: Set up the mood. Light up your favorite scented candle or oils. Put your favorite relaxing playlist on the speakers and let your thoughts wander for a bit. This is the time to forget about work, the people who make your life difficult, the problems that have no solutions (yet). Never underestimate the power of a great scent and music to allow you to get away from it all, even for a little bit!

Step 2: Cleanse your feet and after they are completely dry, file your callouses away with the Scholl Velvet Smooth Express Pedi (P1,685). This best-selling electronic file will soften the skin of your feet immediately, removing icky tough skin efficiently and with zero discomfort. It has a specially-designed Micralumina roller head that gently grounds down hard spots far quicker than manual files. It’s pretty cool! 

I like to focus on the inner fold and on the outer borders of my feet, where my callouses tend to form. I love how the Scholl Express Pedi smoothens them with zero hassle on my part. Saves me so many trips to the spa, too! This is definitely a must-have if you want to have rampa-worthy feet. 

To get the best results, the Scholl Express Pedi must be cleaned every couple of uses. It’s easy! Here's a step-by-step guide:

  1. Turn the unit off.
  2. Remove the roller from the unit by pressing the eject button on the side of the unit and gently pulling the roller away from the unit.
  3. Rinse the roller head under the tap.
  4. Clean the body of the unit with a clean damp cloth.
  5. Dry both the roller head and main unit with a clean dry cloth.
  6. Replace the roller and the protective cover.

Step 3: Put on your favorite foot mask for 20 minutes. Foot masks that come in individual packets are inexpensive, not to mention pretty effective! With feet softened by the Scholl ExpressPedi, your foot mask will work better since it doesn’t have to get through the hard skin anymore.

Step 4: Massage a moisturizing foot cream all over your soles and toes. This last step will nourish your skin and will further soften up your beautiful feet. Do a little massage for extra relaxation! Press your palms deeply into the soles to relieve muscle tension.

And that’s how you DIY a foot spa right at home. You can do this anytime you feel like you need to recharge and to give your feet some tender loving care. ^_^ Let me know how it was once you’ve tried it!

The Scholl Velvet Smooth Express Pedi (P1,685) can be found inside select Watsons stores. You can purchase replacement roller heads at P550 for two in a pack. If you want more tips about caring for your feet, do like

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Can the Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleansing Cloths remove heavy makeup?

Cetaphil is loved all over the world for its sensitive skin-friendly skincare. The Gentle Skin Cleanser is a cult favorite because it’s what women (and guys!) turn to when everything else seems to break them out or irritate their skin. Personally, I prefer something more powerful when it comes to cleansing, but it’s great that there’s an option should I need an affordable yet gentle facial wash.

When I heard that Cetaphil had makeup remover cloths, I admit that I was a bit skeptical about how effective they could be. I’ve tried the Cetaphil cleanser many years ago and, while I liked it enough, it was too mild for the amount of cosmetics I use on my face. I totally expected that the cloths would be the same - watery, great for sensitive skin, but doesn’t do much outside of taking off light makeup.

Boy, was I wrong.  

The Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleansing Cloth (P230 per pack of 25) throws some serious punches in the makeup removal department. I’m not going to mince my words - these thoroughly impressed me! The cloths are thick and a lot longer compared to your typical drugstore wipe. It’s also quite wet, so damp that I don’t need to infuse each cloth with my micellar makeup remover for extra cleansing power. One cloth is all I need to take off a full face of makeup, and that includes non-waterproof (but water-resistant) mascara!

Here’s the proof. In this look I’m wearing a heavy coverage liquid foundation, concealer, and   another layer of heavy powder foundation to set. I have on primed eyes with piled-on smoky shadow, eyeliner, and mascara. On my lips I have a long-wearing dark lipstick. 

With a couple of passes of the Cetaphil cloth, I was able to remove my eye makeup. A few more passes over my face, one on the lips, and I was done! My face is left absolutely clean with no traces of makeup. Most important of all is the fact that the cloth does not leave a sticky residue. Most wipes do, even micellar water. But not Cetaphil! I can actually just rinse my face with water and go to sleep after if I felt like it. 

Each Cetaphil cloth is practically scentless and tasteless. I could detect a slight powdery whiff but only when I push it to my nose. It tastes like water.

The catch? These cloths are slightly more expensive than your average drugstore wipe at P230 per pack. Most wipes go for P140-180! The price also differs among retailers. It’s P230 in Mercury Drug, P235 in Watsons, and P250 in South Star Drug. So yup, just make sure to get this in Mercury Drug if you want to save a bit. 

Overall, I highly recommend the Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleansing Cloth if you have sensitive skin and need a gentle makeup remover that has no scent or taste. I love this, and will surely buy when I run out! Seriously. This post is sponsored but man isn’t it awesome when the product is so impressive that I can rave about it for real? Now that’s a treat. 

Try this soon and let me know how it goes!

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My love affair with Gel De La Mer

Do you know the story of La Mer? About fifty years ago, in 1965, an aerospace scientist named Dr. Max Huber suffered severe chemical burns on his hands and face due to an explosion in his lab. He couldn't find an existing way to heal his burns satisfactorily so he set out to create a cream to help his skin recover from the accident. He was fascinated by the restorative powers of kelp. After 12 years of experimentation, he came up with a bio-fermentation process that created the Miracle Broth, the ingredient at the center of every La Mer product. 

The broth is a secret recipe of sea kelp, calcium, magnesium, potassium, lecithin, iron, Vitamins, C, E and B12, plus oils of citrus, eucalyptus, wheat germ, alfalfa and sunflower. Those are basic ingredients, but what makes La Mer special is the way these ingredients are culled and combined. The kelp is actually only harvested (sustainably) twice a year in California and shipped to the other side of the US on ice to ferment in a vat for three to four months. The process also includes a sonic component - it is said that Dr. Huber used to play a tape of the sound of the kelp fermenting to every new batch.

Dr. Huber didn't invent the Creme De La Mer with commercial success in mind, but it was so effective that he started selling small quantities to everybody who has heard about it. Upon his death, his daughter sold the rights to the formula to Estee Lauder in 1995. Estee Lauder then developed several skincare lines and even cosmetics featuring the legendary Miracle Broth under the brand.

It's been fifty years since La Mer came to the world, and to celebrate this occasion the Creme De La Mer will come in a limited edition Amber Heritage Jar. It will only be available in the Philippines until the end of October, so I invite you to experience La Mer soon!


That said, I'd like to tell you about my new fave moisturizer: the Gel De La Mer. You know, as a beauty blogger, I try very hard not to fall in love with very expensive things. In the case of Gel De La Mer though it was a lost cause! This is more than a beautifully packaged, expensive moisturizer - it's seriously so good that my heart breaks a little inside everytime I scoop up a bit for my evening beauty ritual.

This is a gel-type moisturizer with a remarkable floral, powdery scent. It's considerably lighter in texture compared to the Creme De La Mer, so if you find that too heavy for your oily skin, the Gel De La Mer will hit the sweet spot. I've been using it almost every night for five weeks and I LOVE IT SO MUCH. It makes my skin so smooth and hydrated, "resetting" it in a way from the stresses of the day. 

I feel that it heals pimples and minor skin irritations a lot quicker. Will it lessen my fine lines? I suppose only time will tell, but I feel confident about it so far. My skin is feeling more supple and refreshed lately. I use gel moisturisers most of the time but the catch is that the hydration can only go so far; a bit of La Mer at night gets me the perfect amount.

So girls, the hype is real, at least for me! If you love investing in skincare then I recommend you take the deep, deep plunge to La Mer. ^_^ It won't disappoint.

Have a great weekend guys! Any plans so far?

You can find more information about La Mer on You can also find the  counters inside Rustan's Makati and Shangri-La.

And now, the Pink Sugar HD Lipstick

Are you guys ready for Round 2? As promised, here are the complete swatches of the Pink Sugar HD Lipsticks (P299)! These lippies have a more buttery texture compared to the Creamy Matte Lipsticks, and have a satin, cream, or frosty finish. Staying power is at three to four hours, depending on whether you eat and drink.

And yes, you heard me right. There are a few lipsticks with a frosty finish, notably the three berry shades, one pink (Teenage Dream), and one red (Daydream). To their credit the shimmer is fine and not at all distracting, plus the colors actually work with the finish. It comes down to preference in the end!

There are 14 colors in this line. The scheme is the same as the Matte collection: there are deep purple/berry shades, hot pinks, and daring reds. The difference is that there are two nude colors that I think you guys will fall for. ^_^ Here are the swatches and shade descriptions!

Such A Tease is a frosty, earthy berry. This is a bit lighter than Pink Sugar's Creamy Matte in Sangria.

O.M.G is a frosty violet. Very pretty!

Delicious is a bright, reddish berry with silver frost.

Naked is a warm peachy nude lip with a creamy finish. It's a great nude lipstick for fair to medium skin tones. It has just the right amount of brown in it without going on too dark.

Sugar is a lighter, pinker nude compared to Naked. It also has a creamy finish. I love the delicateness of this shade; it toes the line between being too cool on me and getting it juuuuust right. I'd wear dark eyeshadow and contour with it to balance it out.

Teenage Dream is a frosty pink.

Date Night is a full-bodied, highly pigmented and absolutely gorgeous orchid pink. It's quite cool on my skin tone but it works! The finish is also creamy.

Gossip is a warmer, pinker version of Date Night with less lilac in it. Try this if you have a warmer, deeper skin tone. The finish is creamy.

Free Spirit is a bright coral pink with a satin finish. Asian skin tones can't go wrong with this!

Fancy is a hot pink with a satin finish.

Daydream is a coral red with a frosty finish while Instinct is an orangey red with a satin finish.

Va Va Voom is a creamy, bright blue-based red. Rebel on the other hand is a beautiful deep, vampiric red with something in between a cream and satin finish. 

And there you have it! I hope you enjoyed checking out my swatch galleries for Pink Sugar. It's been a while since I swatched 24 lipsticks in one go! Haha, it was fun anyway. Have you decided on the lipsticks you'd be getting from the counter? My personal faves are Naked, Date Night, and Rebel. ;) Check out Pink Sugar soon!

For our reference: Part 1: Complete swatches + review: Pink Sugar Creamy Matte Lipstick

Pink Sugar Cosmetics is available inside 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. 

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Complete swatches + review: Pink Sugar Creamy Matte Lipstick

My favorite, uber flattering lipsticks are on permanent speed dial but sometimes I just want to let loose with fun colors. I often like trying out different looks to see what might surprisingly work out. Other times, I just want to wear something different to get myself out of the doldrums - pretty be damned! Do you play with lipsticks the same way?

Now, a lot of trendy shades come out that might be great for a few parties but we know deep inside that we won't wear them as often as our fave MLBB. That's fine. What's not so fine is spending a lot for a statement color that might not make it to our "regular" kit! Thank goodness there's a new Filipino brand in town that has affordable yet gorgeous colors for those with adventurous lips (if ya know what I mean)!

The Pink Sugar Creamy Matte Lipstick (P349) comes in ten delicious colors that are as trendy as they are fabulous. The formula is long-wearing, staying about 4-5 hours on my lips barring oily food (drinks are ok). The texture is a bit dry - typical with matte lippies - but a lick of balm beforehand is all you need to prime your lips. Oh, make sure to exfoliate too! The flakes won't be able to hide under the matte finish and high pigmentation of these lippies.

The colors are really out there. Pink Sugar doesn't seem to want to compete with other brands that have their MLBB game down pat. Instead, they went all out with colors that will make people stop and stare! I love that about Pink Sugar. They didn't hold back and become overly cautious with their maiden lipstick collection. 

Naturally, if you prefer safe colors, most of Pink Sugar's Creamy Mattes won't be your cup of tea. But if you're looking for a swipe of adventure and want to wear trendy colors for not a lot of money, you must try these out!

Here are the swatches and my quick shade descriptions. 

Sangria is a deep, bordeaux red. This is a gorgeous fall color and the perfect entry to the world of dark lipsticks.

Royals is a muted purple reminiscent of MAC's Heroine. It's not 100% flattering (well, it's purple lipstick who are we kidding) but I still love how I look in it. Can't wait to wear it out sooooon! Grab this if you've always wanted purple lipstick but didn't want to blow $$$ on it.

Desire is my favorite color in this collection. It's a muted, deepened berry pink that might be something Kylie Jenner would wear.

Rumor is a cool pinky nude. This would look great on those with fair to light skin tones.

Selfie is a bright lilac pink. Like Rumor, it would work best on fair to light skin tones. (But such a pretty color nonetheless! I think I'll take it out for a spin!)

Catfight is a neon pink with a fuchsia tint, similar to MAC Show Orchid. Lovely color! I highly recommend this.

First Kiss is the most wearable pink in this collection. It's a warm, bright pink with a coral hue.

Bombshell is an unabashedly bright tomato red. I LOVE IT. Very similar to MAC Ruby Woo.

Bangbang is another bright red, but this time with a pinky tint.

Diva is just a tad brighter than Russian Red. It's so full-bodied and the pigmentation is amazing. Same with all the reds actually.

So there you go. ^_^ Let me know which colors will be coming home with you! I also have the full range of the Pink Sugar HD Lipsticks, which I will post tomorrow as a sort of part two. Check back then!

Pink Sugar Cosmetics is available inside 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. 

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Interview with Yuko Kameyama, Japanese Makeup Artist for K-Palette

I'm fascinated about everything Japanese - their culture, art, food, and of course, their love for cosmetics! Getting lost in rows and rows of Japanese beauty aisles is one of my favorite things to do whenever I visit. One of the mainstays there is K-Palette. They make some of Japan's best selling eyeliners and eyebrow products, and their popularity has even spilled onto Philippine shores.

It's been four years since K-Palette was brought to the Philippines by Cheryl Tan-Chua, one of the loveliest, hard-working people I know. Now you can find K-Palette in all Beauty Bar stores, Rustan's, and select SM Beauty stores with a wide range of products from from eyeliner, eyebrow pens, eyeshadows, blushes, mascaras and browcaras in different hues. 

To celebrate K-Palette's anniversary this year, Beautybox Corp. threw a bento-making and shopping bash hosted by Bianca Valerio. It was a fun creative afternoon at Hajime in Rockwell, filled with delicious Japanese food and a bufet of K-Palette products up for grabs!

I also got the chance to interview Yoko Kameyama who is K-Palette's official makeup artist. She flew in from Osaka just to share her fresh knowledge on Japanese beauty. Here's what we talked about. I learned so many things that I would love to try out for myself so I promise this is a good read. ^_^

Left to right: Yuko Kameyama, myself, Cheryl Tan-Chua, Agoo Bengzon

Left to right: Yuko Kameyama, myself, Cheryl Tan-Chua, Agoo Bengzon

What is the biggest beauty trend in Japan right now?

The sweet and natural look has always been the basic trend but we also have a new trend called the 'Phero'(Pheromone)' look which features the after hot bath look which guys think is very sexy. The features are minimalist make up with red/pinkish upper cheeks that shows the features of an after-sauna effect and glossy highlights combined with the sweet look. 


If a girl can only have three makeup products in her kit, what should it be? It would be Real Lasting Eyeliner, 2 Way Eyebrow Liner and 1 Day Lash Perm Volume Mascara.

Is there a little-known Japanese secret when it comes to making eyes look beautifully wide and awake? You should focus your eyeliner and mascara application only on the middle part of the eyelid and apply only a thin line on the bottom line. Applying thick lines doesn't mean you're eyes will look bigger.  The main focus should be on making the iris appear bigger. For your mascara application, the upper lashes should be longer on the middle part and just apply lightly on the bottom middle.

What can girls do to make their eye makeup stay on longer? You must choose the right base-foundation and concealer then finish it off with a matte powder so that your eye make up will stay longer. There will be a huge difference on the color and adherence of the eye make up if the base is right.

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What is the best way to achieve natural-looking eyebrows? What is the best eyebrow style (or look) Follow these three tips:

1. The shape should be round rather than edgy, especially on the brow arch. 

2. The eyebrow color should be between the color of your eyes (including your choice of eyeliner shade) and your hair.

3. Have the right proportion, position and length. Instead of drawing an outline for the eyebrow shape and filling it in, you'll achieve more natural looking eyebrows by drawing hair strokes following the direction of your hair growth- inner brows with strokes going up, middle brows with strokes slightly slanted up and outer brows with strokes going down. 

What is your absolutely favorite K-Palette product? It has got to be the Real Lasting Eyeliner, period! 

So there you go, I hope you guys learned a lot from Yuko-san! I'm definitely going to try out the Phero look next time I do a full face. I also love the tip about making eyes look bigger - I hadn't thought of that before! It makes a lot of sense no? Let me know how it works once you've tried these techniques too! ^_^

I love the smell of this new body wash and soap from Lux!

I'm picky with perfumes. I love bright floral scents with a heavy woody or musky base. It must smell expensive and not too common, if possible, and should stay on my skin for a good amount of time. I'm not quite as choosy with the scent of my bath essentials like shower gel and soap though. I mean, I'm just going to be the only one smelling myself during and immediately after the bath. 

There are expensive bath items out there, which I love to use on occasion, but I'm totally fine with affordable pleasant-smelling ones too. Now that Lux is here in the Philippines though, my bar for inexpensive shower gels and soaps suddenly shot up! The brand just officially launched yesterday and everyone is going crazy about it.

Why? Because, guys, the Magical Spell variant smells AMAZING. I caught a whiff when I opened the press kit and I immediately knew that we were made for each other! It has an opulent, dark floral fragrance featuring Black Orchid with a base of dark woods, golden amber and vanilla bean. Sounds fancy I know, but each soap is just P39 for 110 grams and the body wash goes for P55/100ml and P120/250ml. Super sulit.

Lux promises that your skin will be infused with fragrance for eight hours. However, the scent lasts for about 40 minutes to 60 minutes max on me. Eight hours I feel is too much to expect from shower gels and soaps, unless you're paying serious money for it.

Nonetheless, I love that Lux makes my bath time a lot more relaxing and enjoyable for not a lot of money. Definitely stocking up! You can try a set for free too when you sign up here. Yes, totally free. There's no contest or strings attached. ^_^ I'd love to know how this works out for you! 

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Quickie: NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation

Love taking selfies? Then I'm sure you know that sometimes, filters ain't gonna cut it. Sometimes, you need a foundation that will have your back in even the most stressful events, something that will give a flawless finish no matter how sketchy your skin is at the moment. That's where liquid foundations like the NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation (P2,950) come in!

This foundation is indeed weightless and has good staying power (about 8-10 hours with retouching). It has a thin, runny texture that is best applied with your fingers and blended quickly before it sets. Once it sets, it fades minimally on my oily-combination skin as the day wears on.

The shade I have is Barcelona - a rich golden mid-yellow that is a weeee bit darker than my face's color. But you know what, it actually works! My neck is a bit darker than my face anyway so it blends nicely. The finish is surprisingly not at all luminous. It's more matte, with a bit of a satiny sheen when the light hits it.

About to apply Barcelona here. I slap it all over my face and work it in quickly. with my fingers Once it sets, it's hard to move!

About to apply Barcelona here. I slap it all over my face and work it in quickly. with my fingers Once it sets, it's hard to move!

I love, love the coverage and the finish. It covers so much with so little product that I don't even need to use a lot of concealer afterwards! This is ideal for those with a lot of blemishes and discoloration; you'll save so much on your usual concealer.

This is what the NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation freshly applied, with no concealer yet. It's rather matte, no? Not dewy as I expected.

This is what the NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation freshly applied, with no concealer yet. It's rather matte, no? Not dewy as I expected.

The catch: this weirdly makes me oilier than I normally am. It doesn't slide off naman but my t-zone shines like a spotlight in under three hours. Well. I just make sure to blot and retouch with powder whenever I get shiny.

I find the NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation a nice buy if you're looking for the perfect, weightless coverage for your dry to at most combination skin. NARS also has a particularly good selection of shades for yellow-toned Asian skin! If you're oily though, you'll want something with better control. ^_^

I get my NARS from, by the way. You must shop there if you don't have the time to go to a physical store.

7 Reasons Why Your Makeup May Look Bad On You

Women wear makeup to feel more beautiful and powerful. It isn't necessary, in the grand scheme of things, but it's fun to do and gives a good confidence boost whenever you need it. What's not to love? However, I've had some people tell me that they don't like to wear makeup because it makes them look old or their face ends up...not quite right. Some leave the house with absolutely no clue that their application is cringe-worthy.

Again, if you think you look perfectly gorgeous then that's ok. Let 'em cringe! But you might be missing a few things and it never hurts to improve. ^_^ Here are a few reasons why your makeup might look bad on you!

1. Your skin is not in a good state. Going for expensive, well-reviewed brands and/or piling up the coverage will NOT make bad skin disappear. Foundation, concealers, and powders can only do so much to cover up pimples, flakes, lines, and blemishes. You must learn to accept that your skin needs to improve first before you can fully maximize your bases.

Invest in good skincare and stick to a routine that works for you. See a dermatologist, if needed. 

2. You're using the wrong shades for your skin tone and hair. Makeup requires people to suspend their disbelief but that is challenged when your foundation is two shades lighter than your neck. Likewise, If you don't have red hair, then red-tinted eyebrows are a no go. As a general rule it's always good to match your bases to your skin tone and your color cosmetics as close to your hair color as possible. 

There are also color guides available for blushes, lipsticks, and eyeshadows according to how flattering they are to specific tones. 

3. The makeup is not blended properly. Sometimes I want to bring brushes with me so I can blend people's faces in! Haha seriously though, make sure that 1) all products adhere close to your skin, instead of just sitting on top 2) there are no obvious lines to be seen on your eyebrows, eyeshadow work, blushes, and contour. The trick is to always add sheer layers instead of dropping it all in, then blending it out. Put on a little first then add more as needed.

4. You have obvious facial hair and ungroomed brows. Facial hair (and body hair in general) is all about preference. You shouldn't allow yourself to be bullied to follow a standard of beauty you don't believe in. That said, a standard does exist and you can choose to follow if you prefer to look pretty according to current sensibilities. 

Removing facial hair and grooming eyebrows create a clean palette for makeup to adhere better and show off colors as they are meant to look. Facial hair causes skin to look greyish as the hair casts shadows on it; it makes skin look rough and uneven. That's why I prefer to remove mine.

5. You've played up too many features in one go. The classic rule of makeup is to highlight only one or two features at a time. Trends always seek to challenge this, but to look elegant and timeless you might want to commit to a minimal look. If you're wearing loud lips, keep the rest of your face polished but bare. If you have colorful or dark eyeshadow on then wear neutral lipstick to stay classy. Use blush to look healthy but make sure it won't compete with the lips. 

Oh and don't forget eyebrows! Keep them soft if you're wearing strong lips, stronger if you're wearing dark eye shadow. (I should probably make a diagram for all this!)

This is bordering on too much, IMHO, but it didn't cross the line because I wore no blush and had relatively soft eyebrows on.

This is bordering on too much, IMHO, but it didn't cross the line because I wore no blush and had relatively soft eyebrows on.

6. Everything has a matte finish. Women love matte because it looks fantastic in pictures plus the formula falls apart slower in hotter weather or oilier skin. However, in person, an all-matte look on the eyes, lips, and face can be disquieting. It gives off too much of a wax mannequin vibe! A dewy or satin finish should be great for everyday. Keep only strategic areas matte, and never everything. 

7. The staying power of the products you used are not suitable to your skin type and environment.  The trick lies in choosing the right formula for your skin and needs. You can even take lighting into consideration!


For example, if you're a busy student with a plate full of activities you might want a long-wearing yet light foundation with SPF50. If your air conditioner in the office dries out your skin and the light makes you look wan, you might want to go for a dewy, hydrating foundation and brighter colors.

For myself, I organise and attend events for work, so I need slightly heavier, more photogenic makeup for those days. On a normal day I just have a CC cream with high SPF, concealer, a sheer powder, eyebrows, and lip balm. It really depends! My point is that we mustn't buy products blindly. Always consider what your skin is like, what you need the products for, and where you're going.

So there you go. ^_^ Share your advice too! 

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?