I am introducing a new segment here in All Beauty by Berrymix called Berry Beauty Bits. This post is going to be composed of short updates that I just want to share here. These are topics that aren't long enough to fill up a proper post but are just beauty bits that I want to share. Some will have photos, some wouldn't. This time, there are a few because I took some photos using my phone (hence, photos will be low quality). Let's get crackin'!
1. Newly re-ombred my hair! If we're Instagram (@shevacarbonell) friends, you'll know that I got my hands on the Daddy-O purple shampoo from Lush. Purple shampoo is needed to keep blonde hair from looking brassy. I've been wanting to go blonde for weeks but the toners and purple shampoos are hard to get a hold of here, it has remained a wish. When I saw this at Lush, I had to get it right away! I bleached the ends of my hair again and then used this shampoo right after. I think my hair has become more yellow which I'll take any day over my previous orange locks.
That's it for my first post! Oh and if you know where I can buy my Effaclar Duo locally, please let me know!
2. I've repurchased the VMV Hypoallergenics Hydrabalance Gentle Cream Cleanser for combination skin. I finished my first tube last week and since then, I've been looking for a new facial wash to try. I never got a new one and couldn't decide what to buy next so I figured that means I really like this one because I can't think of anything to replace it. I've been using this with my The Body Shop Camomile balm cleanser thing and I think they really work well together.
3. I've run out of my La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo and I can't buy a new tube anywhere. Huhu! I am really getting anxious about not having this product as part of my daily skincare routine. I just hope my skin doesn't act out while I'm waiting for DTC to restock.
My mom is staying with us for the night before she takes a road trip to her sister's in the state north of us. We were at the market planning to get one of those pre-cooked chickens, but I decided I wanted to cook instead. Chicken and 40 cloves is the best dish for last minute cooking because it requires so few ingredients, so it's also great on a budget.
I'm excited because, as an early Christmas present, my mom bought us the comforter set I've been wanting for months. I'll get a picture next week when the light is better.
Here's another standout product from the November Ipsy bag. I wasn't able to include this in my previous post because I only got to try it last Saturday! I'm super super sad that it will be really hard to get a hold of this product locally because I really like it! I think I'm bound to like any mud/pore minimising/oil control mask. This is the Glamglow Youthmud Tinglexfoliate Treatment that I got from Ipsy. I only got a sample-sized one and I think it's good for two applications. I tried it last Saturday while I was relaxing in the tub.
I thought it was going to be in a mud-like consistency (since it's called youthmud). But it's not a pure paste, it had leafy bits in it, like seaweed.
I applied it directly to my washed face and skin started to tingle. They're serious with the Tinglexfoliate part of the name. If you're not used to it, you'll definitely panic because your face will feel like it's on fire. I'm used to it though because the effect is similar to the Garnier self-heating mask. So I left a thin layer all over my face and let it dry.
Once it dries, the tingling sensation slowly disappears. That's when you know it's time to rinse it off. You rinse it off in a circular motion to exfoliate the skin.
After washing it off, my skin around my cheeks area was red. Not tomato red but similar to when I just had a facial. I followed it my usual nightly routine and then the following morning, my skin was suuuuuper nice! I didn't even wear foundation when I went out last Sunday. It defitely helped clear my skin and I feel like I'm still enjoying the effects five days after I used it. I'm going to use it again this weekend. I loooove it. If I find a local seller, I'm definitely going to repurchase it.
Soap & Glory Calm One, Calm All bubble bath gel a while ago but I've always forgotten to bring them in my past trips. This time around, it was the very first thing I packed! Lol! This bubble bath gel is supposed to have stress-battling and skin softening agents. I don't know if they work but I always feel relaxed when I take a bath. Maybe it's the hot water. I like to keep my water temperature above lukewarm, hot enough to make me uncomfortable but not enough to burn my skin.As mentioned in my previous post, I had a mini staycation the past weekend. And one thing I always make sure to do when I stay in a hotel is to use the bathtub! My office friend Addie got me a the
My skin did feel soft after the bath so maybe that was the built-in lotion in action. The room also smelled really, really nice! I like that it smells girly and calming at the same time. Not too sweet but not strong too. I swear I'm getting a tub when I have my own house! I almost want to book another hotel staycation just to use this bubble bath gel again!
This weekend was such a tiring one for me but I had loads and loads of fun! My husband and I celebrated our first anniversary so we had a mini staycation at the Acacia Hotel in Alabang. Guess what he got me? Makeup! I'm going to make a separate post about the stuff he got for me. The following day, we had a family lunch and also an unplanned visit to the World Bazaar at the World Trade Center. Guess what I got at the Bazaar? More makeup! lol. Here's my loot of mostly drugstore makeup:
I got the Physician's Formula Happy Boost Bronzer in Bronzer, Wet n Wild single eyeshadow in Nutty, Maybelline New York Expert Wear Blush in Brick Rose, Clinique Happy and Issey Miyake perfume. I have a feeling the perfumes are knock offs but the makeup are 100% real.
I am actually using all of these right now and save for the perfume, I am happy with all of them! I am a little obsessed with bronzers lately and finding the one that works well with my skintone is my mission these days. I super like the PF bronzer as it actually shows up in my skin and doesn't look muddy on me. The blush is something that caught my eye because I don't think I have a color like this. It's very subtle and is the perfect color when I don't want my cheeks to steal the spotlight. The eyeshadow is probably my favorite purchase of the bunch because I am all about eye makeup and this color goes nicely with my favorite palette of the moment. I'm doing a separate posts about all of these products soon so watch out for it!
I think everyone who got the November Ipsy bag can agree that it was one of the best bags from Ipsy. It was only my third bay so that's not saying much but I have to say that I was really excited to get all of the items in my bag. I've already tried all of them except for the Glamglow skincare item which I'm planning to use this weekend. Today, this post if going to be about two standout items from the bag: the Nailtine Caviar Nail Polish and the Em Cosmetics Lash Gallery Mascara.
I seem to be pretty lucky with the nail polishes that I get from Ipsy. The Nailtini Caviar Nail Polish comes in a huuuuge bottle and the brush that comes with it is pretty good too. The color that I got isn't something that I would pick myself, I actually wanted to get the pinky-champagne colored one but this is nice too since I don't have a similar color in my stash. It went on my nails right away and although I already have chipped nails here and there, I think it performs really well. The color is opaque (two coats max is all you need) and it has a unique finish. Like molten metal. I like it. Here's how it looks on my nails:
The other standout for me is the Em Cosmetics Lash Gallery mascara. Em Cosmetics is the makeup line of youtube beauty guru Michelle Phan. I've been watching here videos for years and it's very inspiring how her career has grown over the years. I have to say though that I wasn't that excited to try this one because I've read not so glowing reviews of the powder eyeshadows and blushes. But surprise, surprise! This turned out to be my favorite product out of the bunch. It's now living in my makeup bag and goes with me everywhere! The Lash Gallery mascara is supposed to give you volume but for me it also adds length! The wand is slightly curved, similar to the Maybelline The Falsies mascara and the size of the wand is ok too, not too big and not too small. It's not that hard to take off at night at it doesn't give me raccoon eyes too! I just love this mascara.
Review of the other products coming soon!
For the base, I used the Dr. Jart WaterFuse BB cream then applied the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer under my eyes and to cover my blemishes. I then set it using my Rimmel Stay Matte Powder (yep, I've hit pan!) .To fill in my sparse eyebrows and give it shape, I used my Shu Uemura Hard 9 eyebrown pencil and then used a spoolie to blend the edges, For my eye makeup, I used my much neglected NYX Nude on Nude palette. I used mostly the gray-toned colors in the palette. I also applied the matte gray color under my lower lashline for a bit of depth. Then I lined my upper lashline using the Benefit Bad Gal eyeliner and applied mascara using Benefit They're Real mascara. For the cheeks, I used my new Stila Convertible Color in Petunia. This is fast becoming my favorite cream blusher! I also applied MAC Mineralize Skin Finish in Soft and Gentle on my cheekbones and on the bridge of my nose. I finished the look with MAC Razzle Dazzler lipstiick. The look is very natural and low key with a bit of drama in the eyemakeup and glow from the highlighter. I think this is the look I'm most comfortable with and suits me nicely.
That's it for my weekend FOTD! Stay tuned for next week, it's going to be my anniversary weekend look which I think will feature a bold, red lip. Nothing makes me feel more glammed up than red lipstick (except maybe diamonds! haha)!
I know it's already December but I seem to be posting a lot of November stuff lately. This is another thing that I was supposed to write about last month, but since it arrived late (got it last Tuesday), I'm only able to write about it now. This is my November 2013 Ipsy bag! This month's theme is Glam It Up and all of the products really fits the theme. I am not a big fan of the bag this month but I don't use them anyway. I think I'm going to give them away as a gift this Christmas. Anyway, here's what I got in my bag:
I already posted a preview of the contents but it's still different when you see the actual products in person! I am really excited to try everything! I don't have anything on my nails right now so I'm going to paint my nails with the Nailtini in Caviar Cocktail. I think it will look great with a glittery accent nail. I'll have to wait before I can use the Glamglow Youthmud Tingleexfoliate Treatment because I'm trying out a different skincare product right now and I want to know how they each perform separately. As for the lip crayon, mascara, bronzer and eyeliner, I'm probably going to play with them right away so I can post a review soon. I can't wait for the December bag! With such an awesome November bag, I'm expecting an ever better December bag to end the year right.
ot so glowing review of the one in Medium. I've long given that to an office friend who's skintone matches with it perfectly and she somehow seems to like it. So I got myself the correct shade that works for my skintone and naturally, this one works a lot better for me.Since I already posted about a base product yesterday, I thought why not write about something that goes with it? This is BYS concealer in light. You might be familiar with this since I posted a n
I've learned a new trick since I posted my old review -- that is to warm the product before applying it to your face. So what I do with it this product, is I put a little bit at the back of my hand and warm it up using my fingers. Then I apply it under my eye or to any spot that I want to cover and it's much easier to blend that way. One of things I wrote in my first review is that it dries really fast so you have to blend it right away. By warming it up first, it tends to sit a while before it dries. I don't know if you can see the difference in the photo below but here are two photos of me using the BYS Concealer.
Left is with medium and the right one is where I'm using light. The lighting in both photo sucks but it's the only one I have. Haha So there. I like this concealer, it's not my favorite but for the price (I think this is less than P300), it's good enough. I still want to get my hands on the NARS creamy concealer but that's for another post.
My work is having a potluck in a couple of weeks, and I decided to make carnitas for the party and serve it with tortillas, salsa and guacamole. Maybe beans and some kind of slaw if I'm feeling ambitious. Ever since making that decision, I have been craving carnitas somethin' terrible. I asked DH if carnitas was getting old, and he said no. So I made carnitas today in order to satisfy the carnitas craving.
I only used 3.5 lbs this time because last time we didn't finish the larger amount, and we are busy this weekend so won't be home much for meals. In any case, I fell asleep this afternoon and didn't wake up until almost 4pm so I had to rush to get the pot on the stove. I didn't even soak the meat before I took a nap. Hopefully it still tastes good, though it should because the recipe doesn't say to marinate. I used a little extra orange and lime juices because I felt like I had to use a lot of water to cover the meat.