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Nature Republic Aloe Vera Soothing Gel

Nature Republic Aloe Vera Soothing Gel

Since summer is definitely peeking around the corner here in the Philippines, I know how difficult it can be to keep your skin moisturized under the heat of the sun without feeling all sticky just after application. That’s why I feel that it is the […]

Yay or Nah: L’oreal Infallible Pro Matte Foundation

Yay or Nah: L’oreal Infallible Pro Matte Foundation

I’ve been using this L’oreal Infallible Pro Matte Foundation for quite some time but only had the chance to actually sit down and give my full thoughts on this just now. The reason for this is that I didn’t know what to feel about this foundation and I […]

Makeup Revolution Reloaded Palette in Visionary

Makeup Revolution Reloaded Palette in Visionary

I’ve actually been hearing a lot of things about the Makeup Revolution for quite some time now but it was only a few weeks when I started to actually learn more about them. Their reloaded palettes are quite popular in the beauty industry and a few were pegged as dupes to high-end makeup brands like ABH. The Iconic Division palette is said to be a dupe for the infamous ABH Subculture. While the Makeup Revolution Visionary palette is somewhat similar to the ABH Norvina which actually piqued my interest even more. For someone who relies so much on drugstore makeup brands, this news is definitely worth considering about (and maybe someone lusting over ABH products, too).

Makeup Revolution is not exactly available in the Philippines so the only way you can purchase them is through their website or reliable local resellers like Zalora or maybe Sephora. In their website, this cost $7 or ₱367 w/o taxes & shipping. But they do offer free shipping when you purchase over $60 or ₱ 3,142. I got mine at Shopee Ph for $10 or ₱530 and I guess that’s quite a steal already considering I didn’t have to think about the shipping and taxes, and the website usually offers free shipping anyway.

The packaging is pretty straightforward, it’s made of plastic with the branding in front and no mirror at all which is the most annoying thing for an eyeshadow palette. I mean, seriously, it would’ve been more convenient to have one. Also, it doesn’t have any name for each shade. I won’t consider numerical numbers as a way to know which is which.

reloaded palette

To be honest, it actually reminds of my NYX Avant Pop Nouveau Chic palette. Although this one offers more shades than the Avant Pop palette.

The palette has 15 shades: 2 satins, 10 mattes and 3 shimmers.

What actually drew me to this particular palette in the collection is that the shade range looks perfect for soft, romantic looks. It has pink shimmer, three different shades of violet/purple tones and you’ve got transition shades too. So, I actually had high hopes for this one since I haven’t had the chance to stock up on those kinds of shade range.

It doesn’t have a weird, chemically smell, so that’s actually a good thing. In terms of texture, they’re a mixture of powdery and slightly buttery, and they do have some kickup in the pans. The pigmentation is quite underwhelming and you will kind of have a strange love-hate relationship with the different shades in this palette. I’ve used all of them in some of my looks and I must say, they’ve truly tested my patience. They don’t really swatch nicely and you can see that some are quite patchy too. The white one is a little chalky/powdery and you really have to get in there to get some colour pigment.

The first time I tried to set my eyes with it, I was so confused why I wasn’t getting any on my brush but then I realized that I just have to try three times which is quite a lot of work if you’re simply just setting. In my opinion, the light mattes aren’t anything special and don’t really apply well on the eyes just because you can barely see them. I guess it’ll work if you’re pale though.

reloaded palette

But good thing, the darker/muted mattes applies nicely especially if you build them. Also, the shimmers are surprisingly beautiful. Not exactly “over-the-top-completely-blew-my-mind” beautiful but it works and it does the job. And to be completely frank, I’m only after the darker mattes and shimmers so to have them work for me even the others don’t is enough for me.

Is it worth the buck? Sort of. It actually depends on your need for a palette. If you’re like me who was just after the shimmers and darker mattes, then yes. I mean, it’s pretty cheap and you’re getting what you’ve paid for. But is it worth the shipping and taxes? Not really. But I will still try other products from this brand just because I have a strong feeling they’re not that bad. I still have yet to try their collab with Sophie X and I’m really excited to get my hands on it.

Check out the looks I made with this palette.

Have you tried this palette?

 

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A Purple Eye Look feat. Revolution Beauty Reloaded Palette

A Purple Eye Look feat. Revolution Beauty Reloaded Palette

It’s official. January has finally left the building. Honestly, it felt as if it was two whole months in one. I just couldn’t wait for it to be over and start creating new makeup looks and blog posts for Valentine’s Day. The moment February I came, […]

Yay or Nah? Colourpop Brow Colour

Yay or Nah? Colourpop Brow Colour

Ditching eyebrow pencils to pomades is the best thing I’ve ever done in my makeup game. I remember back in the day how difficult it was for me to create a more defined, precise, natural-looking eyebrows with pencils. And so, finding treasures like the Colourpop […]

Skincare Products You Need For Acne-Prone, Blemished Skin

Skincare Products You Need For Acne-Prone, Blemished Skin

The last time I talked about my skincare products were in April and things have changed a lot. I’ve mixed and match (like I do with clothes), and have experimented quite a few times before settling down with what I feel my skin has come to love. I think it’s given to undergo a long process like this when you have an acne-prone, blemished skin. It was annoying and have tested my patience (and wallet) but the end result was totally relieving.

When I first tried out The Ordinary products, I wasn’t instantly hooked as some of you may be too. During my first few weeks, I didn’t get the results I wanted so, I stopped. But then I started reading some reviews about Niacinamide in particular and learned that I just needed to give it some time. And so did.

Over the course of the weeks, I noticed changes. Gradually, I learned to embrace the purpose of this product. I use it in the morning after toning my face with my trusty Thayers and applying The Ordinary Natural Moisturizing Factor + HA. I just put small drops on my cheeks and pat it on to fully let it sink in.

What I love about this brand is that a little goes a long way with all of its products, so, it can definitely last for months.

For some of you who aren’t aware, The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% is not exactly a treatment for acne but rather reduce the look of blemishes and balance visible sebum activity. That’s why I needed a different product to help with my pimples and lessen my breakout.

Being introduced to The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% Solution was amazing. I remember having second thoughts in using direct acids on my face since it would be a first for me and it’d be a huge risk. It could change my skincare game forever or downright ruin it in an instant. So, I had to think so much and read a lot of reviews before deciding on purchasing one for myself. And I got to tell you, it was the best decision ever.

I’ve been using it constantly for like two months now and I’ve seen results right away.  It helps to exfoliate the inside walls of pores to fight the appearance of blemishes and for better visible skin clarity with continued use. It actually has the same purpose as the Niacinamide but I use this one in the evening since I can’t mix Niacinamide with oils.

I know that some of you would think, “Why use it if they have the same purpose?”.  Honestly, I noticed that using them both works great and much better.

acne-prone skin

Moving on to the real life-changer, I am hands down recommending incorporating tea tree oil in your routine ESPECIALLY if you’re prone to acne/pimples. I used to use The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil before learning that it isn’t 100% tea tree oil.  And because that’s the case, it doesn’t exactly work as good as this Human Nature Tea Tree Oil which is pure tea tree.

I can’t express how good this product is. It’s pretty cheap and works wonders on my skin. I put a drop directly on my pimple and it dries out overnight. Of course, the result always depends on how big or serious the pimple problem is. In my case, when it has puss, it’ll take 1-2 days of healing which is not exactly bad. I apply this product in the evening after the Salicylic acid dries out on my skin.

Also, I decreased the products I use on my face and made my routine as simple as it should be. And it made a huge difference. I noticed that the lesser product I use, the lesser times I encounter breakouts. I feel like my skin appreciates that it has more breathing room compared to when I put pile after pile of products.  Sometimes, we just really have to make things simpler in order to get the results we want.

What are the products you use to battle acne and blemishes?

 

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