My Makeup Look When Going To The Office + The Products I Used To Create This Look

/ Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Yass! I love sticking to the basics especially when its about makeup for the office.


To break it down, I used the following products to create this look.
You may click the bold fonts to read a review of each product.

Belo Intensive Whitening BB Cream  as moisturizer and sun protection. It leaves a matte finish but the color is kinda off for my skin tone so I just use it underneath my foundie . I also love the SPF 50 content.

Maybelline Baby Skin Pore Eraser as primer. It really minimizes the appearance of pores. 




ZOEVA En Taupe Palette - review coming soon! I also used one of its silvery shades as an eyeliner.

Becca Highlighter in Moonstone - review coming soon! I'm addicted to this highlighter!


I mixed these two lippies. Maybelline's Nude Nuance is kinda dark for the office so I try to tone it down with the peachy-pink Stockholm from NYX.




I hope you liked this simple look.
Drop me a comment.

XO, 
Carissa
Yass! I love sticking to the basics especially when its about makeup for the office.


To break it down, I used the following products to create this look.
You may click the bold fonts to read a review of each product.

Belo Intensive Whitening BB Cream  as moisturizer and sun protection. It leaves a matte finish but the color is kinda off for my skin tone so I just use it underneath my foundie . I also love the SPF 50 content.

Maybelline Baby Skin Pore Eraser as primer. It really minimizes the appearance of pores. 




ZOEVA En Taupe Palette - review coming soon! I also used one of its silvery shades as an eyeliner.

Becca Highlighter in Moonstone - review coming soon! I'm addicted to this highlighter!


I mixed these two lippies. Maybelline's Nude Nuance is kinda dark for the office so I try to tone it down with the peachy-pink Stockholm from NYX.




I hope you liked this simple look.
Drop me a comment.

XO, 
Carissa
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Here's a review of the Human Heart Nature 100% Natural Bug Shield DEET-Free Lotion.

Human Heart Nature 100% Natural Bug Shield DEET-Free Lotion
Price: Php 99.75
Where To Buy: Online at www.humanheartnature.com

What Is It?
This mosquito repellent is 100% free from harmful chemicals. It has no DEET, parabens, synthetic fragrance and other toxic substances. Its active ingredients are citronella oil and soybean oil.

Ingredients and Other Details

My Take
I will admit that this product has taken a back seat for the last year. I literally forgot about it. However, the recent news related to the Dengvaxia Vaccine has put me on my toes and even though the said vaccine has never been introduced in the Visayas, I want me and my family to be free from mosquito bites, as much as possible.

Our home is not particularly overpopulated by mosquitoes but there was a time when there were one too many and I was having a hard time sleeping. I actually remembered that I had this is my stash and decided to apply it. The packaging said that you have to reapply it every 2 to 4 hours but I never got to reapplying it. You know why? It's because I slept so soundly after applying it. It really kept the bugs away.

The creamy lotion doesn't feel heavy when applied. It just has a little hint of oiliness, which keeps the skin from feeling dry. If there's a downside to this product, it's that it has a really strong scent. It's really fragrant, sharply sweet and a bit tangy, must be because of the mixture of natural oils. Well, if the scent is what's keeping the bugs away, thank you very much, I will take the smell over the bites, itchiness or worse, Dengue.

Am also glad that it's 100% natural and free of harmful ingredients.

Human Heart Nature 100% Natural Bug Shield DEET-Free Lotion Rating:

Packaging: 4/5
Quality: 4/5
Performance: 4/5
User-Friendliness: 3/5
Price: 4/5
Overall: 3.8/5

XO,
Carissa

I've been a beauty junkie for quiet a while now but I've only made my first purchase from Sephora PH recently.
What's taken me so long?
Well, Sephora is associated with some the most luxurious brands in beauty and with that luxury comes the hefty price tag. I've told myself, gah, don't even dare go looking at their website 'coz you'll just end up being heartbroken because you can't afford the products. 
But there are affordable brands in there like ZOEVA, Sleek MakeUp and their own Sephora brand to name a few.
And then they had a SALE during the holidays! So I decided to pick up a few stuff or myself. More on that later.

Another thing that puts me off when I try to shop online is when they have limited payment types accepted. I don't have a credit card. My debit card no longer works for online shopping because I think my bank has been more cautious to avoid fraudsters. That usually leaves me with the bank deposit option but there aren't many banks this side of the universe. #probinsyanaproblems.

I was so surprised when I learned that Sephora PH accepts Dragonpay! I've had previous experience with Dragonpay when I shopped with Shopee so I know that it is a gateway for over-the-counter payments such as LBC, Cebuana Lhuillier and M. Lhuilier, etc. See photo above! Yes! You can shop with Sephora PH and pay through those very pang-mass (for the masses) payment options!

So, without further ado, these are the contents of my package from Sephora PH. 


ZOEVA En Taupe Palette

Kate Somerville Skin Health Experts Samplers

BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Moonstone

I will be reviewing these products here in my blog very soon.

XO,

Carissa
I've seen this product being raved about on Facebook and since I've been using it for a few months now, I believe I would be able to give an HONEST REVIEW about it.
Deets are after the jump!

Lily's Touch Miracle Cream with Sunscreen
Size: 50 mL
Price: Regular price is Php 450.00 but I got it for Php 207.00
Where I Bought It: Shopee, seller: Lily's Touch Main Beauty Products, link: https://shopee.ph/shop/18499401/

What Is It?
It's a cream that is rich in whitening and anti-aging ingredients and promises to make the skin lighter, smoother and brighter in 7 days. It also contains sunscreen but the amount of SPF is not specified.

Packaging
It comes in a sturdy, and also bulky tub with a screw type cap that seals up tightly. Inside, there's another white plastic covering to further protect the product. For sanitary reasons I would much prefer a tube-type packaging since double dipping could easily contaminate the contents.
Written on the labels are the details of the product like the manufacturing and expiry dates and the batch code. It also has the ingredients list, storage and handling instructions, direction on how to use it and cautions.
List of Ingredients: Aqua, Cetyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Monostearate, Stearic Acid, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Titanium Dioside, Helianthus Annus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Niacinamide (Vitamin B3), Zinc Oxide, Propylene Glycol, Glycerin, Polysorbate 80, Kojic Acid, Arbutin, Snail Secretion Filtrate, Emu Oil, Alpha Tocopherol (Vitamin E), DMDM Hydrantoin, Fragrance

Up Close
The Lily's Touch Miracle Cream has a whipped cream-like consistency.

Swatch
When applied, it leaves behind a white cast.

My Take
When you hear the word "miracle cream" you'd think it is the cream to end all creams. But does it really live up to its name? I'll break it down for you.

First photo is of me bare faced, and I have used the product for about 10 days. You can spot what my problem areas are: I have these tiny pimples on the forehead and scars all over my temples and my cheeks. Whitening is really the least bit of my concern.
Second photo is of me, after using the product for about two months. Although it's not very obvious in this photo, the tiny pimples on my forehead (yes, those that gave my forehead a rough look/texture) have been minimized. A few dark spots and acne marks on my cheeks have also disappeared. My skin lightened in general. But, you would also notice that I have new pimple scars on my forehead, while some of the older ones have lightened. 
Yes, it can make your skin lighter, brighter and smoother but in my experience, it took more than 7 days. It won't prevent zits from growing on your face, especially during that time of the month, but it helps in the healing process. It also helps in lightening dark pimple scars but like I said, not within 7 days. 

Another thing I want to discuss is the texture of the cream and how it feels when you're wearing it. It has a coconut-melon scent that really lingers. I personally am okay with the smell but I know some won't like it because it's really fragrant.

I've already mentioned that it leaves a white color on the skin. It's also not easily absorbed by the skin; think how some sunscreens just sit on top of your skin at first, the LTMC is much like that. Also, I know that the K-beauty craze is taking the world by storm and we'd want our skins to be looking/feeling fresh, soft, supple and bouncy. The LTMC won't give you that; it gives off more of a flat matte finish. In short, it doesn't feel like it's moisturizing enough.

Gosh! Did I cover all the aspects I wanted to discuss about this product. Let me rate it now. :)

Packaging: 2.5/5
Quality: 2.5/5
Performance: 3/5
Value for Money: 3/5
Ease of Use: 3/5

Final Rating: 2.8/5

Have you experienced using this product before?
Share your thoughts on the comment box below.

XO,
Cassie

I'd be lying if I'd say that my curiosity about this book didn't stem from the fact that Kris Aquino would be playing a part in its movie adaptation. It's been confirmed by Kevin Kwan himself when he came to the Philippines that Kris would be in it, albeit we don't know if which of the characters she would be playing. Maybe I haven't been doing enough research to find out because I'd love to be surprised. More on that later. ;)


When I read the plot at the back of the novel, I was like, what is the fuss all about? The plot is quiet simple, if not common. Asian Boy takes Asian Girl to Singapore for the first time to attend a wedding and to sort of introduce her to his family. But oooops! Girl didn't know that Boy comes from an uber rich clan. You can read the rest on this photo below. It's a favorite theme in our local teleseryes and telenovelas.


But you know what? What makes the difference is that Kevin Kwan is such a playful and funny storyteller. From the very beginning,  you get hooked up with the story that you never wanna put down the book. Kevin Kwan had me at Prologue. :) I love how he created like a short story in each chapter, usually focusing on one character which gives you the backstory of that person. Each chapter is entertaining on its own. And then he sort of brings all of those characters into another highlight chapter. I must admit that I had a hard time keeping up with the names and the inter-marriages at first. That family tree on the book really helped tons. LOL.

I was wondering at first if what was the title referring to. CRAZY RICH ASIANS.  Does it mean that rich Asians are crazy? Or if these Asians are rich to a crazy level? It turns out that those descriptions are both right. These Asians are rich to a crazy level, and they are also crazy about making themselves richer than ever, keeping the outsiders out, maintaining the bloodline and marrying into someone with a good background, to name a few.

The leading ladies of Crazy Rich Asians. I'm so looking forward to seeing these three on the big screen. Constance Wu plays Rachel Chu, the lead character. Gemma Chan plays "the Goddess" Astrid Leong, Nick's stunning cousin. Michelle Yeoh will bring Eleanor Young, Nick's mom, to life and I am sure she will be loathsome because know of Yeoh's caliber as an actress.
*Disclaimer: These images are not mine. I found them on various sites through Google. Credits to the owners.*

For all this talk about Kwan's comedic knack, I must admit that I did end up tearing up a bit in the end, not just over Nick and Rachel's fate but also of Astrid's (Nick's favorite cousin). Filipinos are family-oriented and when that topic is on, it is bound to hit home. These three, along with the character of Eleanor Young (Nick's mum) are the characters I'm most excited to see. Of course, I am also looking forward to Kris Aquino's appearance. I am kinda hoping that she plays Fiona Tung. Oh! She could be Fiona Tung! I've been imagining how that scene where Fiona lends a sapphire necklace to Rachel will play out. But that's just me. Like I said, no confirmation yet.



But this Instagram post from Kris is enough to keep us pumped. Right?

It goes without saying, I am crazy excited about the film which comes out August 17, 2018. If anything, I hope production doesn't skimp on all the details. I want to see the lux hotels, the palatial homes, the private jests, the island getaways, the yachts, the closets overflowing with designer clothes. If there are shoes too, why not. And let's not forget the about jewelry. 

Please, let this movie be over the top! Kevin Kwan has such vivid descriptions on this book that I've seen the movie happening in my head all this time.

Waiting for August.

XOXO,
Cassie

I managed to rummage through my mama's vanity stash and found this celebrity scent - Glow by JLo. The knee-jerk reaction of course is to just spray it on, then about 5 seconds into it, I decided to put my impressions in my blog. I'm no perfume expert though so I'll just write spontaneously. ;)

Mama said that the perfume was given to her by a former student so I don't really know how much it costs. However, I've seen one on Amazon and a 50 mL bottle retails for about $17.00 or about Php 860.00

A Whiff of Glow by JLo
Lopez said: "I wanted Glow to be fresh and clean, but still sexy and sensual – something that feels like you just came out of the shower and are the sexiest person in the world." Glow by J.Lo contains notes of: orange, grapefruit, jasmine, orris, irises, vanilla and musk. Lopez said the fragrance was created to fit what she would want to wear herself. Source: Wikipedia

Packaging
This here is the curvaceous clear white flanker of this perfume. It will remind us of Jennifer Lopez's own curvy bod. It also has a little silver charm with the JLO pendant in rhinestones.

Ingredients List


My Take
I easily get nauseated whenever I encounter new scents so it's a joy to find out that Glow by JLo EDT didn't have such effect on me. It is also not headache-inducing.

It starts out tangy, no doubt the orange and grapefruit notes then dries to a musky smell with just a little hint of floral sweetness. It is definitely a clean and wearable scent and is inoffensive. 

The staying power is quiet weak though. It stays on my skin for 2 to 3 hours, after which it is barely noticeable and becomes a skin scent but like I said, a light sweet scent is left behind. I noticed that the scent would stay longer or be more intensified if sprayed in clothes. I can still smell it on my clothes after 6 to 8 hours.

In my opinion it's not a very memorable scent; it doesn't really standout.

But you would love it for its simplicity. It is refreshing and clean and when you come from a tropical such as ours (the Philippines) and it's sweltering hot, maybe all you need is something as light as this and is not cloying. If you are feeling fresh, you will definitely glow! :)

Glow by JLo Edt Rating

Packaging: 3.5/5
Pricing: 4/5
Scent: 4/5
Staying Power: 2.5/5

Overall: 3.5/5

Have you tried this scent?
What do you think about it?

XO,
Cassie

Don't we just love to rummage through our mama's makeup stash?
I think I have been doing so since I was a kid. 
I recently found and tried this lipstick of hers which I'm about to review after the jump!
It's another gift from a former student, according to her.


L'Oreal Paris Color Riche Lipstick
Shade: Rose Bud F401
Price: Php 400.00
Where To Buy: L'Oreal Paris counters nationwide; online: www.beautymnl.com, www.lazada.com.ph

What is it?
The L'Oreal Paris Color Riche Lipstick has rich pigments and promises to deliver a full color pay-off in one swipe. It is also MOISTURIZING with precious Argan and Jojoba oils to help treat dryness. It promises long-wear.

Ingredients
Lanolin oil, sesame seed oil, oleyl erucate, microcrystalline wax, PPG-5 lanolin wax, acetylated lanolin, beeswax, disteardimonium hectorite, fragrance, tocopheryl acetate, rosa canina fruit oil, calcium aluminum borosilicate, silica, argan oil, BHT, BHA, geraniol, hexyl cinnamal, hydroxycitronellal, calcium sodium borosilicate, synthetic fluorphlogopite, methyl-2 octynoate, polyethylene terephthalate, polymethyl methacrylate. May Contain: Mica, titanium dioxide, iron oxides, red 7, red 28 lake, yellow 6 lake, red 22 lake, bismuth oxychloride, yellow 5 lake, carmine, blue 1 lake.

Swatches

In Action

My Take
First of all, take time to notice the HUGE difference between color representation on the cap and the color of the lipstick itself. On the cap, it looks like a reddish-mauve but IRL, the lipstick is a purplish-pink. That'll cause some confusion, maybe even disappointment for some who would be expecting a different color. I don't know if it's the same for the other shades on this range.

Now, moving on to the performance of the lipstick. I think the name Color Riche is really appropriate for this lipstick because it is really rich in color and pigment when applied. It does give full color payoff in one swipe. It glides on the lips very smoothly. It is comfortable to wear. It hydrates lips and it doesn't highlight patches.

On the minus side, it transfers a lot. That is to be expected from a lipstick with a shiny-creamy finish. It will stay put on your lips and the color would still be vivid even up to four hours but if you eat, it will fade away. That is exactly what happened when I had a hearty meal of fried chicken with gravy at KFC, so I really had to reapply. 

Starting this year I will be using a rating system for my reviews of beauty products, so here it is. :)

Packaging - 3.5/5
Pigmentation - 4/5
Quality - 4/5
Staying Power - 2.5/5
Ease of Use - 5/5

Average -  3.8/5

XO,
Carissa
On the first day of 2018, we went to the newly opened El MontaƱa Vista Resort. 
It's another local watering hole in my hometown Burauen. I've seen some photos of the location on Facebook and it doesn't disappoint in real life.
There are one too many picturesque parts in the resort. 
Growing up in Burauen, I never imagined that we would have anything as sophisticated as this place.

In truth, I could have taken better photos if the weather wasn't being such a b****. But here we are. I did the best I could with a camera that's not waterproof.


Team Rain or Shine
Tropical Depression Agaton was traversing the Visayas and Mindanao regions on the first day of the year. He brought with him a lot of rain. But I guess it would take more than some downpour to dampen the spirits of the swimming enthusiasts because the place was literally teeming with visitors despite the mad weather.
At the kiddie pool: me, with the two dolphins..errr my daughter and my hubby.
Kids don't need angles, they are cute no matter what.
Hey there! That's my mama and my brother.
Freezing, are we?
My darlings at the "waterfall".
 Here's the view from the top. 
Needless to say, we had a great time, especially my baby who was practically in the water the whole time. Honestly, I'm suffering from colds because of this little rainy adventure. 
See you next time El MontaƱa Vista. In the summer, maybe?


Happy New Year darlings!

XO,
Cassie

The El MontaƱa Vista is located at Bgy. Gamay, Burauen, Leyte.
It's kinda tucked away; Bgy Gamay is not exactly in the poblacion so it's best if you bring your own transport.
For non-Burawanons, this place might be hard to find so I hope the management of EMV would post some signage somewhere in the Bgy. Maghubas area, along the highway. 
But you can always ask the locals too. Burawanons are friendly and always ready to help.
If you have other queries though, here's the 
Official Facebook Page of El MontaƱa Vista.

Happy New Year!
Until recently I have postponed controlling my food intake because it's kind of pointless when you have all of these food screaming "eat me" on your tabletop.
In honor - or more like, in memory - of all the wonderful food that we have consumed over the Hew Year Holiday, I decided to feature them on my first blog post for 2018. :)
This is also my way of sharing and showing the Filipino food culture to the world. 
The Philippines has been a colony of Spain for more than 300 years so you can see the Spanish influence in some of our dishes. It's also been Americanized a bit because of the American occupation. But prior to that, the Chinese has already been doing trade in the country.
So what we have here is a mixture of all those influences - plus a few twists.
Here are some food and dishes that we Filipinos love to prepare on New Year's Eve.

The Fruit Basket

Sweets and Desserts 
Chocolate coins and whatnots. My dearest loves, Ferrero,Cadbury, Toblerone and Hershey's. :)
Home made Mango Float, Fruit Salad, Pudding and Chocolate Overload Roll from Red Ribbon.
Chocolate Mousse Cake from Red Ribbon - yummy! 
Filipino Style Spaghetti
It seems that the standard for the Filipino Style Spaghetti is the one from Jolibee. Well, that's how it's made here. More sweet than sour and has loads of hotdogs.

The Viands or "Ulams"
The word viand may have a different definition in other countries but in the Philippines, a viand is an item of food, a meat, seafood, or vegetable dish that accompanies rice in a typical Filipino meal. en.oxforddictionaries.com
Chicken Roll or something like Chicken Cordon Bleu. I used to make these stuff but it is kind of time and energy consuming so mama just orders 'em now. Still yummy, specially when you get to the gooey cheese.
Ham! But not like the  real beef or pork leg kind of ham, more like a loaf.
Shrimp sauteed in ginger. I dunno what else is in there, my brother made it. Yummy too! I'm not really a big fan of seafood but I am willing to make an exemption for shrimp.
Pancit and Beef Steak - both staples in Filipino meals. I love them both! They both look very oily but they're kind hard to resist. Like, gosh I don't even wanna try. 
Roasted Chicken. Since we are not big pork eaters in our household, chicken is always our preference. My brother made this. Chicken was marinated overnight with some special sauce and it was stuffed with "tanglad" or lemon grass. 

Looking at these photos just made me feel hungry.
XO,
Carissa

Here's a review of the Burt's Bees Soap Bark & Chamomile Deep Cleansing Cream.

Price: Php 1, 050.00 for a 100g tube but I got this 20g sample from Sample Room for free


What Is It?
Burt's Bees Deep Cleansing Cream contains Soap bark which deeply cleanses, removing dirt, excess oil, and makeup. It is also formulated with Chamomile and Aloe to gently soften skin. It also has a hint of menthol which gives cooling and soothing properties. It is also 100% natural.



Ingredients
water, helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, stearic acid, glycerin, cocos nucifera (coconut) oil, cetearyl alcohol, polysorbate 60, sodium borate, cetyl alcohol, silica, glucose, hamamelis virginiana (witch hazel) leaf extractaloe barbadensis leaf extract, anthemis nobilis (chamomile) flower extract, echinacea angustifolia (coneflower) extract, quillaja saponaria (soap) bark extract, theobroma cacao (cocoa) seed butter, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf extract tocopherol, citrus medica limonum (lemon) peel oil, coriandrum sativum (cilantro) oil, artemisia dracunculus (tarragon) oil, lavandula hybrida (lavandin) oil, jasminum grandiflorum (jasmine) flower oil, xanthan gum, sucrose stearate, menthol glucose oxidase, lactoperoxidase. - See more at: http://www.burtsbees.com.ph/product/p/30.html#sthash.2ZwTnf07.dpuf



Up Close



My Take
Is it just me or is there a general notion that a wash-off facial cleanser is supposed to be soapy and sudsy? Well anyway, that was my expectation. This is a cream cleanser and it doesn't foam up when applied on the face. I even checked the 'How To Use' on the Burt's Bees page just in case I was doing it wrongly. :)

So you take a dollop of the product and apply it on your wet face. You massage your face and you work the product through the grime. About a minute or so you wash it off. First things first, it smells really good. If that is how chamomile smells, it's really good. It's a relaxing scent with a hint of menthol. It has a cooling effect on the face. But honestly, I was still looking for the foamy feeling. It really feels like it doesn't clean enough without the foam.

I was surprised when I checked my cotton pad after toning. There's basically very minimal dirt or makeup residue left on the face. It seems that Burt's Bees Soap Bark & Chamomile Deep Cleansing Cream really does clean deep. Moreover, my face felt uber soft and smooth, I couldn't help touching it. 

It is priced quiet steeply though, maybe that's one of the negative aspects that I can see about this product. I also feel that maybe this product is not best suited for those who want to get rid of acne or blemishes as it doesn't contain ingredients that will combat those problems. It will be great for those who have dry skin because it really nourishes and moisturizes the skin.

XO,
Cassie
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