Monday, September 24, 2012

Recent Haul: Hair Products And Skincare

When I ran out of moisturizers and cleansers last week, I decided to stray from my usual staples and try new products instead. I have a loooong list of  products I'd like to try, but most are either too expensive or not available in my city :(. After some deliberation, I went with good ol' MAC and Clinique. I got MAC Studio Moisture Fix SPF 15 to use at daytime, and for night, I decided to go with Clinique Super Rescue Antioxidant Night Moisturizer. I'm still very much into antioxidants in my skincare and this is a huge factor in my decision to purchase these moisturizers. I also bought Clinique's popular makeup remover Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm, I just want to find out if this is as good or better compared to MAC Cleanse Off Oil. For my face wash, I went with Olay Gentle Cleansers.

I'm also into hair products thesedays, and very much in the trial and error phase. I haven't found any 'holy grails' yet. My recent hair product purchases from The Body Shop are the Rainforest Moisture Hair Butter, Banana shampoo and Banana conditioner. While at mall the other day, I went to this shop that sell random hair and beauty products. I'm not familiar with any of the brands but I bought a Cristal Serum for my hair and Nature's Bounty Argan Oil hand and body lotion.

No makeup purchases for me this month (yay!), but I did buy two eye brushes from MAC, the 217 blending brush (lovely brush, my second) and the 213 fluff brush. I can't believe that the 213 is not more popular, I'm loving it! 

As I mentioned, I'm recently into hair care, but I'm tired of jumping from one product and one brand to another. I would love to get suggestions from you gals and guys on which products to try. I have long, thick, wavy, dyed hair. I don't have split ends but my hair is dry. I want something that will effectively deal with the dryness. Thank you all in advance!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

No Love Affair With MAC Fix Plus
An aqua-spritz of vitamin and minerals, infused with a calm-the-skin blend of green tea, chamomile, cucumber, topped off with the fresh, natural, energizing scent of Sugi. Adds radiance, finishes makeup. Spray it on. Skin drinks it up! - mac cosmetics
I bought my bottle of Fix+ to use as a setting/finishing spray. I did not buy this on a whim, before my purchase, I read reviews and watched countless videos on Youtube. The 'mostly' positive feedback convinced me that I needed this in my life :). Because I use and love a lot of makeup and skincare products from MAC, I was sure that I was gonna love this too. Fans of Fix+ use it as a setting/finishing spray, a refreshing spray, a toner, as a mixing medium for makeup and even as a hair detangler. With all this uses, what's not to love about Fix Plus?

I don't know if I'm doing something wrong, but sadly, Fix+ is not working for me. First of all, the nozzle does not spray a  fine mist, but will spray big droplets of the liquid in a concentrated area. This is not a problem as long as I am not using Fix+ as a finishing spray.  If I do I use it as a finishing spray, I end up with patches and streaks on the areas where the product hit my face. I tried spritzing my MAC 187 brush and then stippling the brush on my face to have a more even distribution of the product, but I was still unhappy with the result - I ended up looking greasy, not dewy. As a setting spray? No way did the Fix+ extend the wear of my makeup (I think it even did the opposite).

After repeated failed attempts, I've given up trying to make Fix+ work as a finishing spray. I only use it now as a refreshing spray when I don't have any makeup on and sometimes I spritz Fix+ on my hair. It's not working miracles, but it's not doing damage either so I'll continue to use it this way until I finish the bottle.

I was so sure that I was going to love Fix+ as the product has mostly raving reviews. I guess this just show that even a great product is not for everyone. What's your experience with MAC Fix Plus?

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Kanebo Sensai Eye Shadow Palette In Kigiku (ES01)

This is my second eyeshadow palette from Kanebo. I got this a few months back, and ever since, I've been wanting to post a review on this palette. My review of my other palette Kaede Momiji is here.

Like most Japanese makeup, the Kigiku palette is all about being subtle. Although the colors are pigmented, you're not going to get that 'in your face' color pay off. Even the glittery accent shade in the middle is toned down. Lovers of neutral, earth tone colors will surely appreciate this palette, not only for the flattering colors, but also the formula. The eyeshadows have silky smooth texture and all are a joy to apply. I never had issues with fall out even with the glittery shade.  

Kigiku has an iridescent cream color, a gold-flecked bronze, a glittery gold, and a dark gray-brown. My favorite here in the glittery gold shade. I'm not into glittery eyeshadows, but I have to make an exception with Kanebo. I love the the glittery shades in both palettes that I have. Kanebo has a way of making glitter look good, never over the top, and this is consistent in all their eyeshadow palettes. 

Kanebo is fast-becoming one of my favorite brands. Last month, I purchased a BB cream from Kanebo's Kate, this is my first BB cream so watch out for my review. What are your favorite products from the many brands under Kanebo?

Forgive the crappy swatch pic above. I had a really hard time taking swatch photos of the eyeshadows. I think (?) the colors were blending on my my skin a little too well. I tried taking photos with two different lenses, but my camera had trouble focusing, and the windy condition outdoors did not help at all :(.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Product Rave: Goody Simple Styles Spin Pins

I'm loving these suckers! I have long, thick hair and it's impossible for  me to have a decent updo without an arsenal of hair accessories and hair products. I've seen the Spin Pins on display at stores many times, but never bothered with them. I was skeptical that a pair of coiled metals will secure an updo. But eventually, I got tired of claw clips and bobby pins and decided to look for alternative hair accessories from Goody.

I initially opted for the Simple Styles Bun Spiral, but when I tried one, the circumference of the Bun Spiral was not big enough for my hair. The sales assistant suggested I try the Spin Pins instead. Like I said, I was skeptical that they would work on my hair, but I tried them anyway. Two minutes later, I was walking towards the counter with the Spin Pins stuck in my hair. These coiled  metals are amazing! A pair of these kept  my bun secured the whole day - no claw clips, hair clips or bobby pins! I now wish that I got these earlier because this is one product that is worth all the hype - Goody!

How To Use Goody Spin Pins
  • Gather hair into ponytail (no elastic bands needed). You can have low, high or side ponytail depending on your preference.
  • Twist hair into a tight bun and tuck in the ends.
  • Twist the first Spin Pin through the top of your bun. Twist clockwise to insert and twist counterclockwise to remove
  • Twist the second Spin Pin through the base of your bun opposite the first Spin Pin, taking care not to interlock the pins.
  •  Wah-lah you're good to go!

The Spin Pins come in two colors, blonde and brunette. The one I have is brunette. 

Here's a video from GoodyProducts on how to use Spin Pins. Happy Spinning!

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