Saturday, September 5, 2015

REVIEW: TONY MOLY Baby Aura Compact Pressed Powder 02

I've had this in my bucket for quite a while and it's been a whirl wind for a while now for the last couple of months so blogger had to take a step back.  but hopefully it won't be so for the next few months while I work my way back to get my game on.
As you know there those brands that just agree with my skin no matter what, Tony Moly is one of those brands.
I'll review the bb cream for this compact as soon as i get settled.  for now it's the compact.
It's pink and it has a middle lid that separates the puff from the product
what the swatch looks like.  looks really fair noh?
Product ingredients are below and in English on the side of the box.
What it looks like in the daylight with no flash
with flash, this is the 02
I like Tony Moly products as you well know. I'm always lucky with their makeup and skin care and they never break me out.  The same can be said about this product as well.  Sure, it's slightly more expensive than its competitor but I am willing to shell out the extra cash for the secure knowledge that I won't break me out.
  • shade match, goes well with me with or without a flash turned on
  • nice scent
  • cute packaging with puff lid separator to keep the puff away the product/powder
  • doesn't gunk up on my wrinkles and pores
  • doesn't cake up
  • doesn't stink or is too perfumy
  • lasts about 4 hours til you have to retouch if you work or if you're still in school, the classroom has airconditioning.
  • didn't break me out either
  • the packaging is quite flimsy so be careful when handling this product
Definitely! it doesn't make you ghostly white, it also works well to set your foundation or bb or cc cream.

Sunday, August 30, 2015


Two years ago, I wrote about my first Precious Mineral Any Cushion, the first iteration or the first version of this product.  You can read my previous by clicking on the link here.  This year however much like the beloved, Etude House has re-released and has new packaging!

Details provided by Etude House Philippines:
Precious Mineral Any Cushion (Php1,098.00) Take this with you to school to create the perfect face makeup! Have flawless skin that lasts up to 8 hours plus SPF 50+/PA+++.
The special puff is designed for easy application without clumping,anytime and anywhere.
What are the functions of the 6-in-1 almighty cushion?
✦Foundation-like Coverage
✦Sebum Control
Available in three shades (light to dark):
✦#N02 Light Beige
✦#W13 Natural Beige
✦#W24 Honey Beige

The All New Precious Mineral Any Cushion 
  • Makeup lasts for up to 8 hours
  • Design update (  From Matte compact -> Shine compact)
  • Additional shades: pink-tone Rosy Beige
  • Launch of Pearl Aura for added luxuriousness (Light Pearl Aura/Natural Pearl Aura)
May collateral sila to explain the features of the re-released product.  Same awesome rubber puff though. May demo how to pa
The shades available are:

I was provided the honey beige w24
As always there's a separator lid, so the design of the insides didn't change, just the outside look of the packaging.
The ingredients are below:
I buy these puffs they are just simply awesome, regardless of what product i use them on.
This blue rubber puff is just awesome for this cushion product.  You can also use them on bb creams and liquid foundations, so stock up on these!
It just spreads the product lightly but doesn't eat up the product like regular makeup sponges.
and it blends out the product well, too
Instructions to user are below

but here i am with the product with one side meron isang side mukha kong kakagising lang
so mumu ang effect pag may flash.  but that's most likely because of the really high spf. so reflective sya pag naka on yung flash mo.
pero ok naman kinalabasan pag walang flash, parang naka lyna or chin chun su sa pagka pink na kinalabasan nito.
so pag di ka careful, mukhang may mascara, kita nyo naman ang hairline ko sa anit diba iba yung kulay? ang puti ko na ng lagay na yan. 

  • They retained the awesome packaging, the updated front design is not bad either
  • they retained the wonderful patented Amore-Pacific puff
  • they retained the nice scent i like
  • it blends ok
  • it doesn't melt off my face
  • doesn't crack
  • doesn't settle on my pores
  • really high spf
  • affordable compared to other non-Amore Pacific brands
  • effective spf just like the original release
  • great coverage, can cover my dark scars from old pimples
  • good finish, not too matte not too oily este dewy
  • cooling naman sya upon application
  • whitening naman sya pag asa mukha mo, di ba? just look at my selfies above hahahah
  • lasting naman sya on the face so even if you wipe off your oils from your face with oil blotting film and even if you see some of that any cushion bb on the film, meron parin sa face mo.
  • hindi naman nag dry yung skin ko using this
  • it tends to feel heavy on the central part of my face by mid day
  • doesn't keep my oilies at bay
  • too reflective unlike its Amore-Pacific sister, my beloved
  • so don't use the flash when doing selfies with this thing
  • it gave me one small zit. isa lang naman it's just that i don't get any zits with the foundation in the blue bottle or the beloved unless na lang talaga pag di ako uminom ng maraming tubig or bongang magkakaroon na ko ng monthly visitor.
I'm pretty sure there are many fans of this product, but for some reason, I am just not on-board with this one.  I really do just end up going back to my beloved or my to the sun protective foundation i have from this japanese brand i really like.  I do recommend this to people who don't care about the reflective qualities of this product.  To the ones who wear scarfs or turtlenecks.  So for fans of this product go lang, yan ang preference nyo eh, wala namang tama or mali sa makeup (no hard and fast rules).
WILL I PURCHASE ONE FOR MYSELF:  most likely not. it's just not the same as my go to sun protective bb cushion and foundation in the blue bottle.
WHY DID IT TAKE ME FOREVER TO WRITE ABOUT THIS: because i was giving it a chance.  i was using it at different times of my cycle, depending on my skin quality which depends when I'm fertile or when i am menstruating.  i also used it with different skin care to see if that made a difference.  Hindi parin, it still feels heavy by mid day and i feel oily. yung beloved, depende sa skin care ko, pag heavy yung skin care ko, nagiging oily ako pag sakto lang, sakto rin lang yung effect ni beloved.  so i gave it a shot, it's a so-so product.

Thursday, July 30, 2015


I am generally known for Korean cosmetics but we all wash ou hair right?
Recently Watson's and The SM Store recently held a fashion affair of sorts.  The affair sported  different hair styles, hair braids, and of course hair colors!
Our event was also graced by famous bloggers and journalists.
A hair event without Vitress and Vitress is currently endorsed by Ms Solenn Heussaff and she performed for all of us that afternoon.
She also explained to us how awesome our hair can be.
And she passed by the Vitress counter.  I had asked her if she still gets her hair treated like at the salon.  She said yes but not as much so having Vitress in your hair does help!
She allowed me to have a selfie with her!
An event can't be kwela without the effervescent Ms Bianca Valero! The great thing about her is she seems to remember me, well, if she doesn't then she makes one feel like you and she knows each other like good acquaintances :-) such a great quality to have as a host.
The main event was at the SM North, the Block but The SM store with Watson's had free coloring booths from the hair care brands they carry and each purchase of a hair color allows you free application from each brands colorists in many SM malls.  You get your hair done in a mall, it couldn't be more convenient!
This was a great event to show case Watson's hair care brands such as Diane and the new hair care products by Dove as well.  As you know after you color your hair you need to maintain the sheen and vitality of the color with different hair care products such as Vitress with its many variants from sun protection to color maintenance to serums to keep your hair from breaking.

Check out the variety of hair color and hair care brands found at the SM store and Watson's that caters to our many needs and budgetary constraints.  Choose to color your life!

Sunday, July 12, 2015


Color in Liquid Lips (Php598.00)
The Color in Liquid Lips with “One-Touch-Color” technology that gives vivid color to your lips! With a lightweight, non-sticky texture it smoothly glides onto your lips, plus it has almond oil and sun flower oil for soft and supple lips! It has unique water drop shaped applicator that follows the shape of your lips and makes Korean gradient lips easier to achieve!
Available in 20colors to match your every look and every mood!
  1. PK001 Pink in Ribbon
  2. PK008 Pink in Punk
  3. RD301 I'm in love
  4. PK002 Pink in Happiness
  5. PK009 Pink in Moster
  6. RD302 Red in Kiss
  7. PK003 Pink in Rose
  8. OR201 Juicy in Juice
  9. BE102 Beige in Chic
  10. PK004 Rose in Bloom
  11. OR202 Peach in Dream
  12. BE101 Beige in Caramel
  13. PK005 Pink in Dolly
  14. OR203 Orange in Pop
  15. PP501 Perfume in Candy
  16. PK006 Always in Pink
  17. OR204 Orange in Spicy
  18. PP502 Purple in Friday
  19. PK007 Pink in Clutch
  20. OR205 Made in Sweet
Instructions and description in English.
Ingredients are below
You know I almost either twisted my arm into a strain or broke the lid of these two.  Of course right? I don't google first!? hahahah I thought this actually was a lip STICK.  But you twist this off to get the applicator stick out and it looks like this.  The top of the tube has a stopper to prevent spillage and accidental splatter of the product.
When they said vivid, they really mean it. It doesn't even fade out at the ends of the swatch.
I'm really a fan of the gradient lip so there will be none on this blog.    This is a fantastic product and doesn't deserve to be thinned out, ever.
A cool pink, the PK001. 
This shade is just as vivid
The same blendability, the same quality of the product not separating, meaning the pigment does not keep in the center while the liquid bleed out of the sides of your lips.
The colors last a long time on your lips until you eat something oily.
But does leave a good tint to keep you from looking like you've seen a ghost.
  • packaging - no wastage and the stopper on my products do not slide off unlike similarly packaged product (whether it be concealer or lip products as well)
  • very very slick to apply unlike what I thought to be one my all time faves the Revlon ColorStay Liquid Lipstick that does tend to bleed depending on the shade
  • speaking of bleeding, this product from Etude House does not bleed out on my lips (so no need for lip liner or extra concealer around the mouth to catch the oils from the lip product)
  • does not dry out my lips, the almond oil in it works on me (although people who are allergic to nuts might do well to avoid this product)
  • lasting as long as I don't eat anything oily
  • 20 hala ka, TWENTY shades!
  • takes very little for a full lips application so tipid so this can last you quite a while and therefore you can stretch out it's peso value for a good few months
  • instructions and description are in English
  • no weird smell
  • tasted nice like fruity bubble gum hard to describe but definitely not gross
  • no need for gloss on this imho unless you like the 'look-at-my-lips-I-just-ate-lechon' look
  • a bit pricey or an etude house product noh? parang Revlon na ang presyo kung tutuusin BUT hey justifiable considering the pros I've mentioned
  • the lighter shades can go in the deeper lines or cracks or lip skin that is about to come off giving you a cracked look on your lips but this is true of most lighter shades, this one with two of its oils
DO I RECOMMEND: Sure if you can afford it why not, it's definitely a good purchase.
WILL I BUY MY OWN SHADE? most likely, possibly one of the salmon kind of pink ones.  I'm not a fan of cool pinks.
Yes, I know this post is long over due but anyway, here it is.  Some of you should have this by now, so tell me what you think!?

Monday, July 6, 2015


Yey another review  A very long overdue review.  But now, I'm glad I'm writing about this review a year later.  Yes, it takes very little for full coverage when using this thing and yes, as you know I do review other foundations and cc creams so this goes in the pile but it seems, a year later, it is what I come back to use.
The description is in the box, and like I always remind people, unless a product really works well on you?  You're better off buying Japanese and Korean products in the Philippines or Singapore that way you're assured you'd get English packaging so you can research the product first prior to making a commitment and buying something this valuable or in a word, expensive.
The ingredients are conveniently on the box.
But the product description is also in different languages in the product insert.

My shade as per my Shiseido makeup artist Michyel
The foundation comes with a sponge and a container with the sponge.  Ang sosyal noh.
And it's reminding us to read the product insert.
It has a pointed spout for controlled dispensing of the product and dispensing.  There's also a ball bearing inside the plastic bottle so that it's mixed well when you shake it before you apply.
It's on the watery side but that is a good thing specially when you forget to apply your moisturizer in the morning, so you can easily blend this out.
And it's my second skin.
It evens out my skin tone and the coverage is medium to heavy.
and it lasts all day.
This was the foundation I used during my entire recent visit to sunny, hot and humid Hong Kong. 
 If there's one thing you can splurge on for PhP1750 that you will use for quite a while and will protect you from the sun whilst not giving you zits, black heads or white heads.  A foundation that gives you coverage without looking like a mask on your face, a sun block that is humidity resistant.  Sorry I didn't go swimming so my only experience that this is water resistant is the fact that it doesn't rub off on my phone.  That it doesn't smear on the rims on my glasses even if my scalp sweat has reached the front of my glasses hahahaha yes that's how hot it got walking around Hong Kong ;-)
  • the packaging - it's in a plastic bottle that is easy to hold and won't break easily and is therefore travel friendly.  The spout makes dispensing the product in a more hygienic way and it saves you product than say the Revlon colorstay foundation bottle.
  • the formula - the formula is on the watery side but that for me makes it more blendable
  • the shade match - it just works on my skin
  • spf 43! so I do go out in the sun with this on and I didn't get dark :-)
  • doesn't smear off
  • doesn't melt off
  • it lasts all day
  • it doesn't cake up
  • doesn't give me zits AT ALL
  • doesn't make me look like a ghost - no floating white head
  • not difficult to remove from my face 
  • takes very little to cover my entire
well, the price, of course. 
This blog is about saving a buck.  So my tip is to think of this product as an investment in your skin. 
Summer went by in a blink of an eye, so you may be thinking, why would I need such a high spf product when clearly this is marketed for summer.  Well, it's always summer or rainy in South East Asia, wearing this isn't too obvious to wear this in school and a little cheek tint and you're good to go!
You can argue, 'but ateh Marge, we like bb creams or cc creams' well, that's good, but if you want a sure thing that won't give you a gray caste then this is your bourgeois choice of face product.  The silent but deadly choice!


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