Sunday, November 6, 2016

Review: BeautyMNL Online Shopping Experience

In the world of beauty products, online shops portray a big role. They give access to products that are not available locally. For busy people, online shopping is very convenient and also saves a lot of time. Few clicks and your product is right at your doorstep. 



Few weeks ago, I tried BeautyMNL, an online beauty store offering a wide array of beauty products - cosmetics, skin care, hair care and beauty tools. 



The website is pretty organized. Products are categorized making shopping easy. I was able to complete my purchase under 10 minutes. Product reviews are a big help! 


I made my order on a Saturday and received it early Monday morning. What a way to start the week! 

 
I got Ofra Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick in Laguna Beach (Php 850) . It's the kind of pink that I could easily wear for an everyday use. It is also my first makeup product from Ofra.


I'm really satisfied with my purchase. As I have mentioned earlier, product reviews from the website really helped a lot. Customers who have purchased from BeautyMNL can share their reviews and ratings of the products they bought from the website. 


Aside from the  product reviews, BeautyMNL also has articles - latest makeup trends, beauty tips, recommendations, etc. The website has a separate tab for their magazine - Bloom, containing all the articles/stories about beauty products which can be found from their store. I think their magazine feature sets them apart from other online stores. It is wonderful to find an online store that is more than ready to provide you with details about the product you plan to purchase through customer reviews and their magazine. 

Overall, I am satisfied with my shopping experience at BeautyMNL. It was quick and hassle free! 
Bloom has got to be my favorite feature of the online store. I could spend my free time reading through their articles. 

How was your BeautyMNL shopping experience? Let me know!













Sunday, July 5, 2015

Into calligraphy lately

It feels weird to be composing a blog post again after quite a while. I've been meaning to come back but there's lack of time and laziness. Well, here I am! Happy to be blogging again. 


Almost 6 months ago, I've gotten into calligraphy, the art of making beautiful handwriting. Most of my free time goes to endless calligraphy practice. It's something I really enjoy doing that's why I've decided to share it through this blog. I still love makeup nevertheless! 


Here's a glimpse of my calligraphy journey since January. There's instant familiarity in holding brush pens because of the makeup brushes I've came across with through beauty blogging. From makeup brushes to paint brushes! 


Like makeup, a lot of practice and patience is needed in learning calligraphy. Each day is a chance to learn a new technique, practice an unfamiliar stroke or try a new medium. Practice makes progress. Frustration may come along the way but never stop trying again. Believe you can! 

Will be posting about the calligraphy tools I use next! 

Sunday, July 6, 2014

My Daily Makeup Must-Haves

Makeup application can be quite overwhelming sometimes. There's just so much to apply - primer, concealer, liquid foundation, contour and highlighting powder, eyebrow pencil/powder, lipstick, lip liner, blush on, eye shadow and the list goes on. You may have a lot of makeup products in your stash but only a handful makes it to your daily must-have list.


As for me, I only have seven. Yes, seven! Quite a few compared to the first time I got hooked in makeup when I wanted to pile up everything on my face. :p As time went by, I learned to simplify my makeup routine. Less is more! Below are my current makeup must-haves which is dominated by Pixy. 


1) Foundation | Pixy UV Whitening Two Way Cake in Honey Beige - light to medium coverage, 3-4 hours staying power, perfectly matches my skin tone. Review here.

2) Eyebrows | IN2IT Eyebrow Powder - The best eyebrow product for me because it has three shades. You can go from light to dark. The product also doubles as a contour powder.

3) Eyebrows | Etude House Easy Brow Pencil in #2 - I'm already on my third pencil which is enough evidence that I really love this product. It's got the perfect light brown shade for me.

4) Eyeliner | Milani Eye Tech Extreme - Long lasting, pigmented, fine felt tip. It's the closest eyeliner I've got to the famous K-Palette Real Lasting Eyeliner for a fraction of the price. Availability is the only downside of this product. It's only available online. See my review & comparison here

5) Eyeliner | Pixy Eye Liner - I use this to line my lower lash line. It is pigmented and easy to apply but it fades and smudges after a few hours.

6) Blush-on | Pixy Blush-on in Carnation Bloom 06 - Peach/coral shade with micro shimmers. No need for highlighters!

7) Lipstick | Pixy Lasting Matte Lipstick in Pink Smoothie - Peachy pink shade with matte finish. It goes on creamy when applied but dries matte.



Swatches from left to right: Pixy foundation, Pixy blush-on, Etude House brow pencil, In2it brow powder (lightest shade), Milani eyeliner, Pixy eyeliner and Pixy lipstick 


Aaand here's how I look like using my daily makeup must-haves. I'm loving peach/coral shade lately because of the soft, girly look it creates. I'd probably stick to my must-haves for a while because they're great finds! Affordable products that deliver great quality. I hope Pixy becomes available on local stores soon. Pixy, an Indonesian makeup brand using Japanese technology & ingredients was first introduced by BDJ Box in the Philippines. Read more about it here

So, there goes my daily must haves! 

What are yours? Let me know by commenting down below. I would love to hear from you!

"For it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure." - Philippians 2:13

Goodnight and God bless!

Sunday, June 22, 2014

HAUL: hbc products

I am always grateful for weekends because I get to do my hobbies. Beauty blogging is one hobby I think I'll never get tired of. There's always something new to discover. And, speaking of something new, I've got a bunch of beauty products from hbc. 



During the National Makeover Day Preview, each blogger got to take home a box full of goodies from hbc.


Saturday, June 21, 2014

NOTD: Revlon Colorstay in Buttercup


Product Description: 
ALL SHINE. NO LIGHT. GEL-OUS? 
Up to 11 days of lasting color (When worn with Colorstay base and top coats)
No light required


Yellow is such a happy, bright color. It has always been my favorite. So yellow on my nails, why not? Revlon Colorstay in Buttercup is light, subtle yellow. Buttercup is just the right name to it. It is inspired by salon gel nails to provide a long lasting colour and shine. The nail polish line has 30 shades to choose from. I can't wait to try other shades! 


I wasn't actually planning on posting this but it is really worth sharing. Why? Because the quality of the product attests to its name - Colorstay. Revlon says that it can last up to 11 days if used with Colorstay base and top coats. I don't have those so I cannot prove that. (Source: Beauty Haven, Revlon)


Mine lasted for 6 days until I noticed chipping and tip wear. Impressive, right? My average polish wear is only 3-4 days when worn without top coat. I applied 2 coats of Buttercup to achieve that shade. The consistency of the nail polish is such a breeze to work with - not runny nor thick, just the right consistency. It is also formaldehyde, toluene and DBP free, the three most harmful elements found in most nail polishes. Yay for that! Aside from its amazing consistency and long wear time, the brush is also a wonder. It has a unique double barrel brush that provides a smooth, streak-free application. 



Photos are taken six days since I applied the polish hence the fading/slight chipping. Cracks also appeared on the top part of my nails which is visible on the top photo. Now here's an OOTD to match my nails: 
Sorry for the #filter
Buttercup is such a sweet, sophisticated shade of yellow, I think. A great way to brighten up any outfit. Revlon Colorstay is included in the May BDJ Box: Summer Radiance. See my unboxing post. 

Revlon Colorstay is Php 325 available at Revlon counters in SM Department Stores/Watsons

My interest in nail polish has been rekindled recently. So, watch out for more nail-related posts!

Have you tried Revlon Colorstay yet?
What is your favorite nail color?

Goodnight and God bless!


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