Monday, March 25, 2013

Review: Majolica Majorca Pressed Pore Cover

I'm on the fence regarding Majolica Majorca's Pressed Pore Cover. On one side, it's a very pretty compact to tote around. On another, I can't seem to make it work for me. Major confusion and a disaster.

As with most products I purchase, I got this on sale at about half-off. Or thereabouts. The SA was trying to convince me to get the skin remaker foundation instead of this one but I hung tough as I don't feel like using powder foundation nowadays, preferring BB creams, mousse and liquid foundation. I insisted on a translucent powder. This one fits the bill.

I've tried applying it using the included sponge but I've found it applies too thickly that way. I tried it with a brush but there's too many powder residue on the pan if I do that. It seems like I'm wasting too much of the product. Also, I'm trying to go for translucency but I seem to be getting even more coverage with this thing. It so confuses me.

So the best application for it is to use the sponge to pat it over my face and sweep a brush through the powdered areas to even out the application. I know I'm lazy but I'd rather go with either simply puff or brush and not have to do both, especially when it's the last step in my make-up process. I gotta hand it to the brand, though, if applied right, my skin looks smooth and perfectly made-up.

Sadly, my little one has taken a liking to pitching the compact around and the powder has crashed after the third time. I have to really admire the packaging as it took three different crashes before the product cracked. The compact did not suffer any hinge, lock or mirror injury in the said crashes. Also, putting back the pan into the compact made me appreciate how it's surrounded by a thick plastic lining that clicks into place.

I'm no longer able to tote this anymore and I have to think of where to put the cracked powder after. This gives me an opportunity, however, to try some other products to put into the perfectly serviceable compact. I could try the foundation from Majolica Majorca or even a Shiseido one. It's not truly a disaster. It's just an opportunity for change.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Review: Ellana Make-up Primer

When I got myself the Ellana Liquid Primer, I had high hopes for the product but wary on another side. It was all due to the silicone, the main ingredient. 

This will do to you what you want it to. It will make foundation, either liquid or powder easier to apply and stay on longer. You might even look as close to flawless as you can possibly want. You’ll only need one pump to use on the whole face.

However, silicones scare the crap out of my skin because they absolutely break me out and this thing did. Beware, if silicones have done you harm before, it will haunt you if you try this product. If it’s proven to be friendly to your skin, please try it. Also, the price can’t be beat and the small bottle will last a while.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Review: Semk Mumals

I like sleeping with this Mumal from Semk. It may look like a typical stuffed toy but it’s a perfectly serviceable speaker. I connect this to my iPod and hug it close at night and I can sleep with some tunes on without disturbing my sleepmate. No additional power needed for this. 

They’ve included an amplifier powered by double-A batteries but I’m happy enough with the cute golden alien bunny speakers so I haven’t had a chance to try it.

Love: Majolica Majorca Honey Plump Gloss Neo

I like the Honey Pump Gloss Neo from Majolica Majorca. It’s my go-to gloss these days when I feel my lips getting a tad too dry. It’s not so much a cosmetic thing for me. It’s more of a balm for the dryness, because it babies my dry lips and leaves it very moisturized. 

Part of the charm is the packaging that makes me want to swipe it on more as it’s quite easy to stuff into my pockets. It’s very pretty, like all Majolica Majorca products, while being a very convenient size. 

It’s got a very glossy feel on the lips when applied. It settles in and feels lightweight after a bit. I initially thought it was thick-feeling but when I press my lips together with it on, I noticed it didn’t feel sticky at all. It also has a sweet mild scent that somewhat reminds me that this is made from honey. No detectable taste on it. It doesn’t give me any discernible colour on my lips but it gives a very subtle wet shine. 

You could consider it a love affair. I may or may not repurchase once done with the tube but if there’s another sale, I’ll take the opportunity to stock up.

Review: Majolica Majorca Lash King Mascara

Majolica Majorca is the little sister line of Shiseido. It’s like buying a high-end product except it’s cheaper with the same quality.

 I have absolutely no complaints over the Lash King mascara. Like most Japanese and Korean mascaras, they’re waterproof and produce thicker, longer lashes. They’re also quite long-lasting, staying on all day from morning till night. The brush head for this one isn't too funky but there are tons of fiber to make the lashes longer.

As for removal, I generally use an oil cleanser on a made-up face at the end of the day and have had no issues. I slap it on a dry face and wash it off with water. It rinses right off. If you don’t try removing it though, it might start bugging you as it coats your lashes so thickly it feels weird when you touch it. Also, if you’re like me, you might wake up while rubbing your eye area and that just sounds disgusting.

Generally, a great mascara all around and the packaging is tops. Lash King indeed.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Review: Semk B-bear speakers

I needed some portable speakers and these cute ones from Semk, the B.Bears were top on my list. It wasn’t the base quality or noise-cancellation that enticed me to get these. Nothing but cuteness overload made me want them.

These bears need a two-hour charge before use but once charged, they last for some time, about half a day or more. As for audio, I only wanted these to be audible enough for my kid to play on our 1st-gen iPod and we’re happy enough that they deliver, compared to some of the cheaper ones.

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Love: VMV Monolaurin Hand Sanitizer

As is usual with a sale at SM, VMV have most of their products at a quarter off. I took advantage of the sale and got myself a bottle of Grandma Minnie’s Instant Moisturizing Antibacterial Disinfectant Kid Gloves Monolaurin Sanitizer. A mouthful, right?

Now I like the Boo boo balm but I’d rather have a big bottle of this handy as my little one has been scratching himself something serious. It’s got a bit of a sting compared to the boo boo balm but it's so much better than a bottle of alcohol and moisturizing to boot.

I love the included pump, though I can never get these things to close right without squirting all over myself but I’m happy with the handyness whenever I need to pump some out to rub over my little one’s legs. Also, when I can’t find my tea tree oil, I use this over my face before I sleep. I have a lot of faith on the monolaurin thing, being antibacterial, anti-fungal, antiviral and antiprotozoal.

The best thing about this purchase is the freebie. Who wouldn’t be happy with a tube of the best ever lipgloss? Not me.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Review: L'oreal Professional Mythic Oil

Ever since it came out, I’ve been thinking over getting the Mythic Oil from L’oreal Professional. I finally bit the bullet and got myself one from the nearby salon at the nearest mall.

First off, very pretty packaging and the price is comparable to US. There’s no need to buy internationally for this baby. Also, the oil used is avocado and grape seed oil, which is tops on my book. And the scent, is a very pretty one.

According to the packaging, I only needed one to two pumps. I’m probably fine with just one pump with my fine hair but I went and tried two anyway just for fun.

It was very slippery due to the silicones. I like that it didn’t make my hair feel droopy in spite of all the slip when I hand-combed it over dry hair. Said hair was all over the place before I tried the product on that particular day and I was happy that it tamed it a bit without losing bounce.

I tried it over wet hair the next day and blow-dried my hair with additional help with some heat protector. The slip made the blowdrying smoother and while it didn’t end up stick-straight, it helped settle my unruly hair for most of the day, with a bit of wave left here and there.

Earlier, I tried it with wet hair once again, letting it air dry and I’ve finally seen a bit of droop on my hair after a week's use, though I don’t feel it when I hand-comb through. I’m guessing the silicones have accumulated and I’m not too happy over that but I find it an acceptable consequence as my shampoo isn’t the stripping kind.

All in all, I’m actually happy over this buy and see myself using it everyday. It leaves my hair feeling soft and I'm all for self-satisfaction.
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