Thursday, September 24, 2015

I'm (Argan) Spoiled

Everybody’s got problems…

…including myself. In particular, one of my problems is that I’ve got dry and damaged hair. Back when I was MUCH younger, like when I was 7 or something, my hair type used to be straight and normal and shiny and luscious. Until I got introduced to a technology named flat iron.

“Why the heck did you have to flat iron your straight hair?”

I know, I know. Truth is, I can’t remember why I did so. Probably because I was just curious with how that device would change my look. Anyhoo, there was a time when I constantly flat ironed my hair until the tool broke. But I didn’t repurchase for another one and I was left with this straight-but-somewhat-a-bit-weird-and-wavy-and-damaged hair type. Until I got my hands on another hair-straightening tool a few months back and have started using it on a daily basis ever since.

I’m totally aware that my mane’s already damaged and I’m damaging it even more. But, I’m trying to balance things out by taking care of them. I always condition my hair after shampooing them, followed by applying some hair vitamins onto the strands of my hair. My locks does feel softer after doing all those steps, but I don’t feel it’s enough.

I have a friend who does what I do to her hair. She once told me that she includes argan oil on her hair care regime and claimed that it helped her damaged, never-not-straightened hair. I had heard about argan oil and its natural benefits before and known brands that produce argan oils for beauty uses like Moroccan Oil and Kerastase, but they cost a fortune. The Body Shop also offers the same thing with more affordable price, but the ingredients are partly pure argan oil and mostly chemical stuffs. My friend told me that she bought her argan oil at an online store on Instagram called @spoilorganics and convinced me that the ingredients used to make their products are all natural. I then visited their page and read some convincing, positive reviews from their customers. Long story short, I purchased myself a bottle of argan oil.

Adding that oil to my hair care routine definitely makes a difference, although not that significant. My hair feels much softer and more manageable. This oil is not particularly targeted for your hair only, though. It can be used as a facial oil as well because it’s a dry oil. I have oily skin and at first, I was scared that it would break me out and make me look like an oil slick if I put this onto my face. Gladly, it didn’t. I used only 2 drops, though. I’m sure if I had put more than 2 drops, my face would transform into a grease ball. Since then, I have used it on my face as well. I have to say though that it doesn’t do much at curing my blemishes and whatnot, but it does the job at nourishing the drier, patchy areas of my face. I’d say that this works wonders at reducing the appearance of my chest acnes (I’ve got so much problems, don’t I?). Like, if I put some on my chest tonight, then the next day the acnes will most likely be gone. So, I guess now I got one less problem!

If you’ve got the same problems like me, consider getting one of the Spoil Organics Argan Oils. I'm currently halfway through my 2nd bottle. Will there be any 3rd bottle? Hmm... I'm torn between getting it or the Rosehip Oil. Or perhaps, the Tea Tree Oil? Problems...

Thursday, September 17, 2015

The Faultlessness of an Ombre Blackstar

My (ever growing) makeup arsenal has welcomed the By Terry Ombre Blackstar "Color-Fix" Cream Eyeshadow as its newest member. The shade in particular is called Misty Rock, which is a hybrid of shimmery taupe and... mauve -- can’t you see a recurring theme here? -- and I think it’s very reminiscent to the shade Pewter from the first Lorac PRO Palette, a well loved one. 

The product itself is basically, as the name would suggest, a cream eye shadow. It’s housed in a luxurious, gold twistable tube which you can see on the picture above. It shows great pigmentation in a single swatch and applies beautifully without tugging the lids. That being said, this eye shadow is sooo creamy! I’m going to use this phrase that you might have seen everybody else uses it so it might make you sick, but it blends like a dream... truly! And once they set, they ain’t gonna budge and will stick on your lids like there’s no tomorrow. I put this on 7AM and by 7PM, it was still there, only not as full-on as when I initially applied it. But still, it’s like it was glued to my lids.

The hefty price tag really justifies the amazingness of this stick eye shadow. Gorgeous shade, beautiful texture and blendability, splendid longevity... what more can I say?

Oh, I can say that I’m eyeing Bronze Moon, Brown Perfection, and Velvet Orchid up to add to my arsenal, can't I?

Thursday, September 10, 2015

A Lip Color That Melts My Heart

Surprise, surprise. Welcome to another round of mauvey, purpley-pink lip product post. This time round, it’s going to be about the cult favorite Too Faced Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick in Melted Fig. Every time I stopped by my local Sephora, they were always out of stock and I saw people like Temptalia and Jamie Paige raved about it so isn't it supposed to be something?!

It’s not just your regular lipstick in a bullet. It’s a liquid lipstick in a squeezy tube. The tip is actually a sponge. So the idea is you squeeze the tube and the liquid lipstick will come out through the sponge. When I initially squeezed it, I put a little pressure to it but the liquid didn’t spurt all over the place. A little goes quite a long way so I didn’t have to keep squeezing as I applied it. It felt like a gloss so it had a shiny look/feel to it. But It didn’t feel hydrating whatsoever and the shine disappeared after about an hour of wear, leaving the lips with a beautiful purpley-pink stain. It has the “long wear” promise so of course I expected it to last long, not to mention that Temptalia said it lasted for six and a half hours on her so it better be long-wearing! So I decided to do a little test. 

On the day when I first used it, I was disappointed by the longevity of this self-proclaimed long-wearing liquid lipstick. Because after I put it on, the color disappeared after just about an hour. The entire color. Gone. Poof. To see if there wasn’t something wrong with my eyes, I asked a friend if she could tell whether I was wearing anything on my lips or not. She said that I looked like I was wearing something on my lips. But then I kept looking back into my compact mirror and I swear that my lips looked like my regular lips! I instantly thought that maybe there was something wrong with my lips and planned to sell it. But I decided to reapply it and that time, it somehow worked. 

On that second round, the color lasted for 3 hours with lots of eating and drinking from glass (can't you tell I eat a lot?!). It even lasted through wudus. So, what went wrong on the first trial? I’m guessing that maybe, on my first trial, the proportion of the oil on the product squirted/applied was higher than the pigment. And maybe, on the second round, it was the other way around ─ Please don’t say that I got the dud one. Anyways, after that 3-hour mark, my lips looked like I only had lip liner on the edges of them.

Ever since that experience, I think I may have found a way of using it properly. Next time, maybe I should just shake the packaging to make sure that the oil and the pigment are mixed well. Or maybe, I could just position the tube upside down before I use it, so I could get the most pigment out of it. Maybe, I should just stop saying “maybe” on this post. But one thing’s for sure, it’s a gorgeous pink-that-leans-toward-purple shade and I loooove it. 

Thursday, September 3, 2015

When Life Gives You Lemons... can make lemonades or today’s infamous and coveted honey-lemon shot. As for me, I’d transform them into a DIY skin remedy. Lemons have beauty uses too. They help cleanse, brighten, unclog pores, and do any other wonders that your skin will love. Couple them with sugar, you can create a homemade exfoliator that not only is great for getting rid of those dead skin cells but also tastes delicious!

First off, squeeze half a lemon. Next, add two tablespoons of sugar into the lemon juice and mix them together. After the liquid gets goopy, take a bit of the mixture using your clean fingers and apply it directly onto your face with circular rubbing motions. Sometimes, I use a toothbrush that has soft bristles to ensure myself that I really get into every nook and cranny on my face. A word of warning, avoid rubbing the mixture onto your eye areas if you don’t want your eyeballs to burn. Then, apply the rest of the mixture to your chest, back, arms, and legs. After you have finished scrubbing your body, you can finally rinse it all off. I sometimes lick my fingers just before I rinse myself with water. You know why. Because this stuff is just finger licking good. 

Once you’re done with the rinsing… Ta-da!! Say hello to smoother, brighter, and better-looking skin. See? Lemons do wonders that your skin will love. And I can guarantee that your skin will love ‘em even more.