Bobbie Cosmetics Eyeshadow Palettes: Swatches and Review

Hey everyone! Its been quite a while since I last updated my blog. I am sorry if I’ve been missing in action lately. I’ve been really busy. But I’ll try my very best to blog more often for y’all.:)

Anyway, I am back with another blogpost and this time its about the Bobbie Cosmetics Eyeshadow Palettes. If you have not heard of this before, it is a local brand that manufactures cosmetics and other beauty essentials. They are pretty much known for their nail polishes, and are locally available in popular department stores in the country. Their products are very affordable, and great for Filipino skin.

Bobbie Cosmetics Eyeshadow Palettes

So considering that they sell somepretty affordable products, I was very much curious to try their Cosmetic line, and so I had to pick up these two items which cost around Php 215 each. These are their ‘Into The Nudes’ and ‘Smoked Out’ Eyeshadow Palettes that both had 12 different shades of eyeshadow. I purchased these at the Robinson’s Metro-East Department Store along Marcos Highway. They were pretty much sold out since they only had like 2 of each left on the display. But please don’t quote me on that just yet, because I didn’t really had a chance to get some assistance from the sales lady there. Hehe. 🙂

Anyway, here are the swatches of the two palettes:

  • INTO THE NUDES EYESHADOW PALETTE   

 

 

 

From Left to Right

 

  •  SMOKED OUT EYESHADOW PALETTE  

  

  

 

From Left to Right

 

PRODUCT REVIEW:

Pros:

  • The price is very affordable. You get 12 shades for only Php 215.
  • Some shades are very pigmented.
  • Good for beginners.
  • Available in most department stores nationwide.
  • Comes with a free dual-ended brush (sponge-tip applicator and flat eye-shadow brush).
  • Some shades are easy to blend (mostly the shimmery ones).
  • Travel-friendly and cute packaging. 

Cons:

  • Doesn’t come with a mirror.
  • The matte eyeshadows in the palette are not only difficult to swatch, but can also be very hard to blend.
  • Some shades in the ‘Into The Nudes’ palette are not really “nude”, and most of them are shimmery eyeshadows. 
  • Some shades in the ‘Smoked Out’ palette are really hard to swatch on hand, thus you can expect the same when you apply it onto your eyelids.
  • Prone to fall-outs and creasing, so you have to be very careful in applying. I find that its better to use a primer for the colours to stand out more.

Will I recommend this?

  • Yes, especially if you are building up your makeup collection. This is a very good product to add to your vanity if you are just starting out with makeup. Not only is it very affordable, but you get 12 shades for the price of one. Not bad for a locally manufactured eyeshadow product. Aside from that, some of the shades are really vibrant, hence you can create tons of makeup looks with these two palettes alone. Just be careful of fall-outs and creasing. 

So that’s it for this blogpost, everyone. I hoped y’all liked it. If you have anymore questions, feel free to comment down below and I’ll get in touch with you as soon as possible. Ciao!! And thank you for reading!! Take care!:)

TO GOD BE ALL THE GLORY! ❤️

Xoxo,

  


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ALL ABOUT LAXATIVES (Biguerlai Tea and BioFit Tea Review)

Hey everyone! I am back with another informative blog post. This time, its all about Laxatives or otherwise known as Purgatives. The reason behind me writing about Laxatives would include the fact that summer is just around the corner here in the Philippines. This is because summer practically starts as soon as classes are over and that can be as early as March. Well, considering its almost summer, slimming products are a must have during this time of the year because almost everyone wants to look good in that bikini or beach body. I mean, hello? Who doesn’t want to look good even in their birthday suit, right? That’s why I decided to write about a  common slimming product that most Filipinos use during summer. Since that’s the case, I handpicked two of the most popular slimming teas, which would be none other than Biguerlai and BioFit Tea. 🙂

I don’t know with you but most Filipinos really turn to Laxatives during summer time, and this blog basically aims to explain the reason why. Also, this blog aims to at least provide a general background about Laxatives and how it should be used properly and what not. So shall we get started?

So first off, what is a Laxative?

According to Amber J. Tresca (2013) of http://ibdcrohns.about.com, “A laxative is any substance that affects the intestines in a way that facilitates a bowel movement. For mild constipation, a natural laxative or a bulk-forming laxative might be helpful in promoting a bowel movement.” Moreover, Tresca (2013) added that, “Laxative medications are typically given in liquid, pill, or suppository form and may be prescribed to treat constipation that is not responding to other treatments. The use of laxatives (except bulk-forming laxatives) on a regular basis is typically not recommended, except in certain circumstances and on the advice of a physician. A physician will be able to make the determination as to which laxative will be most effective in each particular case.”

Now that you know what Laxatives are, let’s now move on to the Different Types of Laxatives which would include the following:

Tresca (2013) indicated in her article the several types of laxatives are available over-the-counter in drug store such as:

  • Bulk-forming laxatives (such as FiberCon, Metamucil, and Citrucel) are made of a type of fiber that is not absorbed by the intestine, but instead passes through it. This has the effect of absorbing water and softening stool, which makes having a bowel movement easier. Bulk-forming laxatives can be safely used long-term.
  • Emollient laxatives called “stool softeners” allow more fat and water into the stool, which makes the stool softer and easier to pass.
  • Lubricant laxatives, such as mineral oil, work by coating the stool in an oil, which makes it difficult for water to be withdrawn. The extra water helps to keep the stool soft.
  • Hyperosmotic laxatives, such as milk of magnesia or Epsom salt, aid digestion by causing more water to be drawn into the intestine to keep stool soft.
  • Stimulant laxatives, such as castor oil, cause the movement of the intestines (peristalsis) to speed up, and stool is passed through at a faster than normal rate.
  • Natural laxatives are foods that tend to have mild laxative properties, such as prunes. Other foods that may help relieve constipation include prune juice, figs, licorice, rhubarb, and foods that are high in fiber.

Now that you know what the different types of Laxatives are, let’s move on to the common side effects that this drug has. I will also indicate the possible consequences this poses to people who are using them for weight loss.

SIDE EFFECTS AND RISKS OF USING LAXATIVES:

The website NHS.UK (n.d.) stated that Laxatives can cause side effects, which vary between the different types.

For example:

  • bulk-forming laxatives can cause bloating and flatulence (wind)
  • stimulant laxatives can cause abdominal (tummy) pain; using them for long periods of time can result in a weakened or ‘lazy’ bowel
  • osmotic laxatives can cause abdominal pain, bloating and flatulence
  • stool softener laxatives can cause abdominal cramps, a feeling like you are going to be sick (nausea) and a skin rash

Make sure you stay well hydrated when taking laxatives by drinking plenty of fluids. At least two litres (six to eight glasses) of water a day is recommended.

Less common side effects include:

  • being sick (vomiting)
  • dizziness – do not drive or use tools or machinery if you feel dizzy
  • passing blood out with your stools
  • fainting

If you experience any of these less common side effects then stop taking the laxatives and contact your GP for advice.

Avoiding long-term use

In most cases, you should only take laxatives occasionally and on a short-term basis. Using laxatives frequently or every day can be harmful.

Using laxatives on a long-term basis can make your body dependent on them, so your bowel no longer functions properly without the medication.

Overusing laxatives can also cause:

– diarrhoea

– dehydration

– unbalanced levels of salts and minerals in your body

If you need to use laxatives more regularly, or if you have been taking them for more than a week, see your GP for advice.

LAXATIVES FOR WEIGHT LOSS (CONSEQUENCES)

The website, Fitday.com (n.d.) indicated that the other serious possible consequences from taking laxatives to lose weight are:

1. Stomach Cramps

Laxatives can cause painful stomach cramps. Because of this, it is important to choose a gentle laxative that specifically states that is does not cause cramps.

2. Nausea

Laxatives can cause nausea in some people, which is an uncomfortable feeling that can last for up to 3 days after taking a laxative.

3. Vomiting

Vomitting can occur with laxative use because the medication in the laxatives upset the lining in the stomach.

4. Diarrhea

Diarrhea is a common side effect of laxative use. This is dangerous because it can lead to dehydration.

5. Rectal bleeding

Frequent laxative use can cause rectal bleeding. This is a side effect of frequentbowel movements and/or diarrhea.

6. Fainting

Fainting can occur with laxative use. This normally happens when a person becomes very weak from diarrhea and dehydration.

7. Dizziness

Laxative use can cause dizziness. Again, this side effect is usually caused by dehydration.

8. Electrolyte Imbalance & Dehydration 

Electrolytes are important to the functioning human body. Laxative use causes loss of important electrolytes such as potassium, calcium, and sodium. A long-term electrolyte imbalance can lead to an electrolyte disorder. Some of the symptoms of an electrolyte imbalance include muscle fatigue, mental changes, cramping, irregular heart beat and even death. Also, chronic diarrhea creates a loss of water which can lead to dehydration, which is a life threatening situation. Dehydration can cause weakness, blurry vision, fainting, kidney damage and death.

9. Damage to Intestinal Functioning

Consistent use of laxatives as a method for dieting can cause damage to the gastrointestinal tract, which can be permanent. Chronic use of laxatives can lead to a loss in the proper functioning of the tract. The body becomes habituated to the laxative doses. Once laxative use is halted, the intestines can slow down and lose their ability to remove food from the body. This, in turn, can lead to severe constipation. Also, the nerve endings which surround the large intestines are changed by chronic laxative use, causing them to no longer respond to stimulation. This creates a cycle of requiring larger doses of laxatives to create a bowel movement.

Now that you have a background on Laxatives, I will now go into detail with regard to the most popular kind of Laxative here in the Philippines which is none other than Senna.

So what is Senna?

According to Amy Long Carrera (n.d.) of http://healthyeating.sfgate.com, “Senna is a yellow-flowered plant that typically grows in India and China. The leaves of the senna plant are used in non-prescription medicines and herbal supplements to treat constipation. There is not enough research to rate senna as effective for other health concerns, such as hemorrhoids or weight loss, according to the National Institutes of Health. Exercise caution when using senna to relieve constipation.”

What is Senna used for?

According to WebMD (n.d.), “Senna is Likely Effective for constipation. Taking senna orally is effective for short-term treatment of constipation. Senna is an FDA-approved nonprescription drug for adults and children ages 2 years and older. However, in children ages 3-15 years, mineral oil and a medication called lactulose might be more effective. In elderly people, senna plus psyllium is more effective than lactulose for treating ongoing constipation.”

Furthermore, WebMD (n.d.) states that, “Senna is Possibly Effective for bowel preparation before colonoscopy. Taking senna by mouth might be effective for bowel cleansing before colonoscopy; however, sodium phosphate or polyethylene glycol are more effective.”

Lastly, WebMD (n.d.) indicated that, Senna has Insufficient Evidence for:

  • Hemorrhoids.
  • Irritable bowel disease.
  • Losing weight.
  • Other conditions.

Side Effects and Safety Use of Senna:

According to Cathy Wong (2013) of http://altmedicine.about.com, “Senna should not be used for more than seven consecutive days unless under a doctor’s supervision. It should not be used to get a daily bowel movement.” Furthermore, Carrera (n.d.) adds that, “Senna can cause diarrhea, which may lead to dehydration and electrolyte imbalance. You may experience nausea or vomiting, although these issues are less common. Some people may be allergic to senna leaves. The color of your urine may change while you are taking senna laxatives, but should go back to normal when you stop. Avoid using senna for long periods of time, as chronic use may impair the normal function of your colon, cautions the American Cancer Society. Consult with your doctor before using senna if you are pregnant or nursing.”

To know more about the side effects, uses and recommendations of both Senna and Laxatives, please do visit the following websites to be listed down at the end of this blog. 🙂

So now that you know what Senna and Laxatives are, let’s move on to the review, shall we?

Biguerlai Tea:

BIGUERLAI

BioFit Tea:

BIOFIT

SIMILARITIES:

  • Aids Constipation
  • Both should be steeped for 15-20mins
  • Both contain 75% (1.5g) Senna Leaves/Fruits and 25% (0.5g) Senna Pods
  • Both claim to reduce surplus fats, weight and excess body fluids
  • Both are Laxatives
  • Only one cup a day for both teas

DIFFERENCES:

  • Biguerlai is more expensive for it costs about Php 38.00 to 40.00 depending on which local drugstore you purchase it from.
  • BioFit Tea is cheaper for it only costs Php 29.00 for both Mercury Drugstore and SouthStar Drug.
  • BioFit Tea claims to promote a slimmer and sexy figure with continued use.
  • Biguerlai comes with a precaution while BioFit Tea doesn’t have any.
  • Biguerlai Tea should be placed in 200ml cup of lukewarm water while BioFit Tea only indicated that it should be steeped using hot water.
  • With Biguerlai, the taste of the Senna Fruits/Leaves and Pods are more evident as compared to BioFit Tea
  • Biguerlai works faster for you could easily feel as if you need to go to the restroom as soon as you wake up.

Which one do I recommend?

Personally, I do recommend that you use the Biguerlai Tea instead of the BioFit one it contains a precaution with regard to how the product is to be used by someone. Medically speaking, it is always advisable to take in products/drugs that have a precaution written on the packaging itself for this will help people know how it should be taken. Moreover, it is also best to invest in a brand that has been around in the market for quite some time already because this only goes to show that it is very effective. 🙂

READ ME:

I ONLY RECOMMEND THIS TO THE PEOPLE WHO ARE EXPERIENCING CONSTIPATION AND OTHER ABDOMINAL DISEASE THAT PREVENTS ANYONE FROM HAVING FREQUENT STOOLS. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. 🙂

Well, that’s it, everyone. I hope you have found this blog post as informative as possible. If you have any comments, adverse reactions and the like, feel free to comment down below. Again, all my comments are subject to approval because I tend to overlook them at times. 🙂 Thank you very much for reading! I hope you have an amazing day wherever you are! Take care and God bless you always! ❤

TO GOD BE ALL THE GLORY

Xoxo,

Makeup Artist ♥

Sources and Works Cited:

– http://ibdcrohns.about.com/od/Glossary/g/Laxatives.htm

– http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-652-SENNA.aspx?activeIngredientId=652&activeIngredientName=SENNA

– http://altmedicine.about.com/od/completeazindex/a/senna.htm
– http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Laxatives/Pages/Cautions.aspx

– http://www.everydayhealth.com/digestive-health/all-about-laxatives.aspx

– http://www.fitday.com/fitness-articles/fitness/weight-loss/taking-laxatives-to-lose-weight-9-possible-consequences.html#b

– http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/health-benefits-side-effects-senna-leaves-9043.html

ESKINOL PIMPLE FIGHTING FACIAL DEEP CLEANSER (REVIEW)

Hey everyone! I am back with another one of my informative product review blog posts just to keep you guys updated with the products that I am currently using as of the moment. If you have been a follower of my blog up to this very moment, you would know that I have posted a skin care routine way back in December of 2013. Well, inevitably as time goes by, we have to somehow upgrade and use a different product or variations of that same brand of product. So as for this blog, I am going to share with you a quick review on Eskinol’s Pimple Fighting Facial Deep Cleanser with Dermaclear Formula. So let’s start, shall we? 🙂

Based on my previous blog, I have shared with you about the other type of Eskinol Product that I was using. It was the Eskinol Classic White Facial Deep Cleanser that I love to death now after using it for 2-3 months already. I mean, that product literally removes all the dirt in your face. Its that good, I swear. That’s why I had to repurchase and repurchase until I landed on this other version which includes that Pimple Fighting action I was looking for. As you know, I have been battling out with acne for the longest time ever since I went on a weight loss program. I will not go into detail with that anymore and just link my Updated Skin Care Routine blog down below in order for you to have an idea what I am talking about. 🙂

LINK TO UPDATED SKIN CARE ROUTINE:

Going back, I will now list down the unthinkable benefits that this product has as claimed by the company:

  • Removes deep seated dirt, excess oil and makeup with Micro-cleanse Anti-bacterial Formula
  • Dries up pimples in as early as 3 days* with Dermeaclear Formula which contains Salicylic Acid and Tea Tree Extracts
  • With Vitamin B3 to lighten Pimple Marks. *Based On Clinical Tests

Given all that is listed above, I will now give you a little background on what Salicylic Acid, Tea Tree Extract and Vitamin B3 is all about.

Salicylic Acid

According to Helen Allen (2012), “Salicylic acid is used for a number of different skin conditions caused by thickened, hard skin, such as warts, psoriasis, scaly skin conditions, and some nail infections. It is a keratolytic, which means that it works by softening the outer layer of your skin allowing it to loosen and shed”.

Furthermore she stated that, “Salicylic acid is applied directly to the area of skin affected. There are a number of different formulations and strengths of salicylic acid available which can be purchased at pharmacies, or may be prescribed for you by your doctor. Which preparation is suitable for you will depend upon the type of skin condition you have, and the area of your body which is affected.”

For more details, please check out her post by clicking the link below:

Tea Tree Extract

According to Cathy Wong (2013), “Tea tree oil is an essential oil obtained by steam distillation of the leaves of Melaleuca alternifolia, a plant native to Australia.” Furthermore, Wong (2013) stated that, Tea tree oil contains a constituent called terpinen-4-ol that is thought to be responsible for most of tea tree oil’s antimicrobial activity. Because tea tree oil can kill bacteria, applying topical tea tree oil to acne lesions has been thought to destroyPropionibacterium acnes, the skin-dwelling bacteria that is involved in the development of acne”.

For more details, please check out her post by clicking the link below:

Vitamin B3

According to Asian Spa Product (n.d.),”Commonly known as Vitamin B3, Niacinamide at 2% has been shown to reduce water loss in the skin and retain fatty acid levels (younger, plumper, firmer skin). It has also been proven at high concentrations (between 3-4%) to be a very effective acne reducer. Vitamin B3 is also an excellent skin lightening agent that works by disrupting the transfer of melanosome from the melanocyte to the keratinocyte.”

For more details, please check out the link below:

So now that you have a background on what this product contains, I think this product probably is a must have in your beauty essentials kit. Why so? its because the 75ml bottle that I have on hand is relatively below Php 40 at any Mercury Drugstore making it relatively cheap as compared to other facial cleansers. However, the benefits are as awesome as a branded one, based on what is listed above. I mean, personally after using the product after washing my face, I see how all of the dirt comes off so well with just one cotton ball. Conversely, I have also mentioned in the previous blog that I  I do wash my face again after letting it sit for 10 mins because I want to have a cleaner face before applying any other product. Nonetheless, I saw that after like a week of using this product, my acne marks were really lightening up and I don’t have that much pimples anymore. That’s why I really love it. Hands down, its amazing. (NOT A SPONSORED OPINION, OKAY?) 🙂

So I hope that you find this blog post as informative as possible. If you have anymore questions or what not, feel free to comment down below. I will again accept them once I log into my blog and respond to them as well (of course). So there, if you find that this product simply does not work for you or it has done some adverse effects on your skin, you can opt not to purchase it. I am just sharing this because it has helped me a lot with my skin condition. It is really all up to you to find out what product works well for your skin type. 🙂 Well, good luck with that and I hope to make another blog post as soon as possible! Take care and God bless you always! 🙂

TO GOD BE ALL THE GLORY!!! 🙂

Xoxo,

Claire Stephanie P. Lingan, Freelance Aspiring Professional Makeup Artist ♥

Claire Stephanie P. Lingan,
Freelance Aspiring Professional
Makeup Artist ♥

FACTS ABOUT SPIRULINA + REVIEW ON PURITAN’S PRIDE SPIRULINA 500mg AND MORE

Hey everyone! I am back with another blog post and this time, its about Spirulina and the numerous health benefits of this so called “superfood”. Hihi. I know this sounds quite odd coming from a beauty blogger but since the trend now focuses on the idea of health and wellness, I think its just right that I post a blog related to it as well. Besides, this can be beneficial to those people suffering from numerous skin deceases and the like. Who knows? This blog just might help you get that perfect skin paired with that super healthy and fit body, right? 🙂

So first of all, what is Spirulina? According to Joanne Marie (n.d.) of healthyeating.sfgate.com, “Spirulina is a type of blue green algae. These tiny, one-celled organisms are actually bacteria, not algae, but because they live in water, contain chlorophyll and are a blue-green color, they were originally classified as algae. Also called cyanobacteria, blue green algae such as spirulina are extremely high in protein nutrients. Besides being nutritious, spirulina may have additional benefits for your health.”

(Source: http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/spirulina-used-for-5489.html)

Now that you know what Spirulina is, let’s go to the good part where I mention some of the great health benefits this blue green algae brings us humans. As stated by Cathy Wong, ND (2013)  in her article entitled as,  Spirulina: Health Benefits, Uses, Side Effects & More, “Spirulina contains a number of nutrients, including B-complex vitamins, beta-carotene, and vitamin E. Spirulina is high in protein and also contains antioxidants, minerals, and chlorophyll.”

Cathy Wong, ND (2013) also listed some of the Health Benefits, Uses, Side Effects and Information about Safety purposes with regard to Spirulina which would include:

Health Benefits of Spirulina

  • 1) Allergies

    Spirulina holds some promise in the treatment of allergic rhinitis (nasal allergies), according to a research review published in 2009. Indeed, a previously published study of patients with allergic rhinitis found several benefits for spirulina consumption (including improvement in symptoms like nasal discharge, sneezing, congestion, and itching).

  • 2) Diabetes

    In a 2008 study involving 37 people with type 2 diabetes, researchers found that those assigned to 12 weeks of spirulina supplementation experienced a significant reduction in blood-fat levels. Spirulina benefits also included a decrease in inflammation and, for some patients, a decrease in blood pressure and cholesterol.

  • 3) Oral Cancer

    Spirulina may offer some protection against oral cancer, according to one small study of tobacco chewers with precancerous oral lesions. For 12 months, study members took either a daily dose of spirulina or a placebo. By the study’s end, the lesions cleared up in 20 of the 44 participants who’d consumed spirulina (compared to three of the 43 participants who’d been assigned to the placebo group).

  • 4) Weight Loss

    Despite widespread marketing claims that spirulina can suppress appetite, there is insufficient evidence to show that spirulina can boost weight loss.

    Common Uses for Spirulina

    Spirulina proponents claim that the benefits of spirulina include treatment and/or prevention of the following health problems:

    • attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
    • cancer
    • fatigue
    • high cholesterol
    • viral infections

    Purported spirulina benefits also include weight loss and stimulation of the immune system.

    Side Effects

    Although few adverse effects are associated with use of spirulina, consuming spirulina may cause headache, muscle pain, sweating, and insomnia in some cases.

    Safety

    As with all supplements, it’s also important to consult your health-care provider before using spirulina in combination with other medications and/or supplements.

(Source: http://altmedicine.about.com/od/completeazindex/a/spirulina.htm)

Now that you know some of the health benefits this blue green algae brings to us, let’s go ahead and start on the review. If you are following me on Instagram and Twitter, you’d know that my boyfriend, Patrick recently got me a bottle of Spirulina manufactured by Puritan’s Pride.  The product information will be listed below via pictures so you will have a better idea of what this product looks like and  what its claims are.

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So on my first day of taking this product, I have consumed 3 tablets 30 mins prior to taking my first meal. This is because some claim that this suppresses your appetite naturally. So going into the bandwagon, I decided to follow that and take it as is. After 30 mins, inevitably I ate my first meal and I didn’t pretty much feel anything. Why so? Its because I portion control my food intake on a daily basis and I do count my calories as well. Basically, the 30 mins before meals didn’t really pretty much do anything to me. However, after eating, like about 3 hours later, I felt really excited and energetic. It was as if someone had injected some kind of energy boost to my system. Thus, I began to read on the product and there I found out that it also boosts your energy level. I guess that’s a pretty good thing though if you are also into fitness because loads amount of energy really is what you need to keep you going. Moving on, I took again the same 3 tablets 30 mins before my next meal and I felt the same as well. I can’t really claim that it will suppress your appetite because again, I do count my calories. Nonetheless, what I can say is that it really makes you energetic throughout the day. I honestly do not follow the normal dosage of this product which would be 9 tablets a day simply because I want to save on the supplement and consume it on a longer period of time. That is why I cut down on my intake of this product and just took in about 6 tablets daily. Two days after taking in the same product with pretty much the same dosage, I began to feel the need to visit the restroom the moment I wake up and before going to bed. I guess its because it has somehow aided my body in the removal of unwanted toxins. Hence, making my visit to the restroom worthwhile.

So there you have it, that would probably just be my personal view on this blue green algae. I am still trying to see what other changes it may bring to my body in the long run. Yes, that would be basically what this blog will contain because I just really wanted to share my experience on this and well, hear from you guys if you also have had the same experience with this product or with Spirulina per se.

BIG QUESTION: DO I RECOMMEND THIS PRODUCT?

YES, I do recommend that you take in Spirulina IF AND ONLY IF YOU HAVE CONSULTED YOUR DOCTOR OR LOCAL PHYSICIAN ABOUT IT. I personally do not want to recommend something that does not work or may bring people numerous side effects. Hence, I always research on the product before I write about it. However, if you are experiencing what I have listed above and you think this will be helpful to you, I suggest that you purchase this bottle or the drug itself manufactured by a different company.

Well that is about it, people! I will list below some websites wherein you guys could get additional information about Spirulina. You guys can check it out when you have the time. That’s all for now. Thank you for reading! I hope you found this information very helpful. Hit me up on the comment bar below if you want me to do a review on a certain product and what not! 🙂

HELPFUL SITES FOR ADDED INFORMATION:

Thank you so much again for reading and God bless you always!

#TOGODBEALLTHEGLORY

Xoxo,

Claire Stephanie P. Lingan, Freelance Aspiring Professional Makeup Artist ♥

Claire Stephanie P. Lingan, Freelance Aspiring Professional Makeup Artist ♥

UPDATED SKIN CARE ROUTINE + REVIEW ON GARNIER PRODUCTS AND ESKINOL!

SKIN CARE PRODUCTS!

SKIN CARE PRODUCTS!

Hey everyone! I am back with another quick blog post for all of you and its my 2013 updated skin care routine. You know I have battled with acne problems ever since I started my diet. I actually had a lot of pimples when I started shifting to a new and better lifestyle, and that would be none other than fitness. I know its a bit odd for some to see that one gets acne when he or she switches to a new lifestyle, but this does happen. Why? Well, in my case, its because my food intake was totally different from what I used to eat when I started dieting down to how I look like now. I won’t really go into details with my fitness story because I plan to post a different blog post on that.

As for this blog, I really plan on making a review on the products listed below so that you’ll have an insight as to when I use them, how the consistency of these products feel on your skin and stuff like that. So let’s start? 🙂

Products:

  • Garnier Pure Active Multi-Action Scrub

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The Garnier Multi-Action Scrub, as claimed by the company aims to fight the 6 signs of acne as read in the product label and description at the back. It has that Anti-Imperfections Relapse formula that was tested on Acne-Prone Skin. This Anti-Imperfection Relapse technology targets white heads and pimples in a span of one week, as clinically tested on 50 subjects in 5 weeks. Perhaps, this is what makes this product worth your money. The current price of this product at Savemore is about Php 91 since it increased due to inflation, economically speaking.

I don’t know if you you can see it in the picture above, but this product has blue micro beads in it that I am guessing will be the Anti-Imperfection Relapse technology. When this product is applied on the skin, you can instantly feel the micro beads rubbing through your skin as the product is lathered. It lathers on instantly, even on a pea-sized amount. In my experience of using this product, I can instantly see changes in a span of one week because my pimples have slowly been disappearing. I can’t say its all because of this product alone, but when you use it on a daily basis, especially after a workout or a long day, its really helpful. Why so? Its because it cleanses your face deeply, thus removing all the dirt from the outside world. I know the way I have described it sounds kind of shallow, but that’s really my take on the product. So there, I guess you just have to try it yourself so you can have a feel of how it works. And if it doesn’t work for you, you could always use a different one or consult your dermatologist as to why your skin responds that way. I won’t claim that this product works for all the people who have acne prone skin because we all have different skin types, but if asked if I would recommend it, I guess its really up to you as to whether you’ll take the risk or not. You’ll never know until you try.

  • Eskinol Classic White Facial Deep Cleanser

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As weird as this sounds, my boyfriend actually recommended me this product. However, he actually used it with Dalacin-C, an anti-biotic capsule consisting of Clindamycin which is made to treat serious internal bacterial infections. In my case, I didn’t anymore place the Dalacin-C Capsule inside because I don’t want to risk my face to anymore infections. Why? Its because some capsules are not to be placed directly on the skin even though they are for the same purpose. The consistency in some creams with the same drug would not be the same with mixing that particular drug on a different kind of chemical. This may generate a great effect on some skin types, but not all. The probability that this can damage another one’s skin is relatively high, so I don’t really suggest that you take the risk. Unless of course, you’re a risk seeker, so you’ll probably end up trying. However, if you’re a risk averse (people that want to be sure in their actions), I don’t think this is advisable at all. Some drugs are placed inside a capsule for a reason, and so you really have to talk to a pharmacist or a doctor before you put this on your skin. Well, that’s just my say on that, but if you have used this with Dalacin-C, then more power to you because it helped a lot with your acne condition.

The following are the benefits of the product, as claimed by the company:

  • Removes deep seated dirt, excess oil and makeup with Micro-Cleanse Anti-bacterial Formula
  • Whitens with continued use
  • Controls oil for hours (Removes excess oil, based on clinical test)

Moving on, the consistency of this product is like any other facial cleanser. It has that kind of cooling effect that soothes your skin. I personally use this product when after I wash my face because it helps remove the excess makeup I am wearing, and it soothes my skin after a long and hard day. However, I do wash my face again after letting it sit for 10 mins because I want to have a cleaner face before I apply the next product listed down below. I find that it helps clean my face some more, and prepares it for the last product I am using. The price of this facial cleanser is about Php 50 at Mercury Drugstore. Its relatively cheap for a facial cleanser, but it does perform well. Again, I don’t really suggest that after you read this blog, you go ahead and buy all the products listed down below because we again, all have different skin types and texture. That’s why its best to find a product that soothes your skin right. Nonetheless, if you want to take the risk, then go ahead. If it doesn’t work for you, you always have the option to try another product. Its really all up to you. 

  • Garnier Light Complete Multi-Action Whitening Cream

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The last and final product I am using would be the Garnier Light Complete Multi-Action Whitening Cream which costs roughly around Php 28 at SM Hypermarket. I have to check back with you again about the price because I haven’t checked it again this time.

This product actually has a lot of benefits as claimed by the company, as  listed on its packaging, and it reads as such:

  • Extra UV Protection
  • Measurable Fairness
  • Fades Darks Spots
  • Smoothens Skin
  • Evens Skin Tone
  • Glowing Skin
  • SPF 17 (Anti-UVB)
  • PA++ ( Anti-UVA)
  • Three Potent Ingredients:
  1. Snowpine White Source – 10 X more efficient than Vitamin-C to help remove dullness and fade out dark spots.
  2. Micro-smoothing Agent – with gentle exfoliating action to smoothen skin texture. The formula helps minimize pores
  3. Pure Lemmon Essene – with ultimate anti-oxidant efficacy to boost healthy glow. With SPF 17/PA++ to protect your skin from UVA and UVB

With all that listed above, I was pretty much convinced by the power of this product because it really helped with my acne condition. I actually use this product before going to bed and before I put on my makeup. Why? I put this on before I sleep because I find that it helps fade away my acne scars over time. As for the makeup part, I find that it helps blend my foundation in easily and that it serves as my moisturizer and sunscreen. So for a pretty cheap prized product, I am pretty much sold by its benefits as listed above. Again, I don’t recommend that you do what I do in terms of skin care routine and the like, but what I do recommend is that if you have the courage to try it, then do so. I would always remind you that there is no harm in trying, but its always best to consult your dermatologist or see to it that your skin is capable enough of handling the chemical content of each product as listed above.

Well, that’s all for now. I hope you liked this blog post. I am sorry for making it super long. I really had a lot to say about the products. I’m sorry for that. Anyway, if these products did work for you, then more power to you. If not, then it’s alright. There is no harm done in trying. Besides, there are a million other products out there that would be good for your skin. So that’s it. Thank you  for reading and to God be all the glory. Advanced Happy and Merry Christmas to all of you! ❤

Xoxo,

Claire Stephanie P. Lingan, Freelance Aspiring Professional Makeup Artist ♥

Claire Stephanie P. Lingan,
Freelance Aspiring Professional
Makeup Artist ♥

My DIY Hair Waxing Experience

Olaaaaaa!! I’m back with another blog and this time, its all about hair waxing. Well, I don’t know with you guys but I really am a fan of waxing. I sometimes go to the local waxing station near our place or do it all by myself at home. So before I give you a quick tutorial as to how I wax my legs, I’ll just list down a couple of benefits with waxing which I have gathered online. I will put a link down below as to where I got them.

  1. It lasts longer than shaving your legs. Why? This is because waxing pulls out the hair from the roots, allowing it to grow thinner (as some would claim; although this is something that I personally experience as well). Moreover, this also removes dead skin cells hence, giving out a flawless finish.
  2. Its a time saver because some waxing products allow your skin to remain flawless in a span of four weeks or so. Whereas, shaving mostly yields to rashes and uneven hair growth – hair looks longer and thicker in some areas.
  3. This is a method that is less prone to accidents when you do it correctly. Inevitably, if you do something wrong, you are mostly prone to mistakes that can yield to irritations, rashes and scarring. So as for waxing, the best way to avoid them is to apply it in a direction where your hair would grow and to follow the instructions written on your waxing kit.

So those are probably the top three benefits that I have gathered from these wonderful sources:

So as promised, I would now write a quick tutorial as to how I wax my own legs and what products I use to do it. If you follow me on Twitter, liked my page and also am a follower of mine on Instagram, you’d see that I have written a post with regard to waxing. As written there, the three products that I use would be:

  • No Hair Wax Kit with Mangosteen Extract Unwanted Hair Remover that costs about Php 300 at Watson’s
  • Glam Works Hair Removal Paper that costs roughly about Php 30 also at Watson’s
  • Glam Works Hair Removal Wax Kit that costs less than Php 100 (sorry, I forgot the price; I will just check it and edit this soon) at Watson’s

Just a quick review on these products would be that they are absolutely inexpensive and very effective to use. Based from my experience, they haven’t caused me any allergies and they have really good reviews online. Also, its very easy to use and its not necessarily harmful to your skin. So if you’re interested, its written above where you could get them and just try them. However, make sure that you consult your doctor to avoid irritation. I always have to stress that out because I personally have very sensitive skin that I would like to take care by all means.

HOW TO: WAX YOUR OWN LEGS OR ANY PART OF YOUR BODY

*Note: I am using the ‘No Hair Wax Kit with Mangosteen Extract Unwanted Hair Remover’ on the photo below*

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  1. Before applying the wax, make sure that your skin is clean and free of any oil or dirt prior to waxing. I suggest that you even take a shower before you wax in order to prevent irritations.
  2. This step is optional if you are allergic to Powder or Baby Powder, but if you’re not, use this to mattify your skin. This will help the wax to become more adhesive thus, making it easier to pull.
  3. Following the natural flow of your hair, apply the wax over it using a Popsicle Stick. Mine came with the ‘Glam Works Hair Removal Kit’ but yeah, you can use any popsicle stick in this process.
  4. Place the hair removal sheet on top of the waxed area and flatten it out. Make sure that the wax sticks on to the paper as much as possible.
  5. Pull the hair removal paper opposite to how it was applied for this will pull out the hair, thus giving that flawless finish.
  6. Once you are done waxing, you can just easily go back to certain areas with a tweezer and tweeze out the unwanted hair that you have missed out during the whole of your waxing process.
  7. Another optional step which I actually encourage, but not to people who happen to be allergic to oil or any type of oil for that matter; is to apply oil over the waxed area to remove the excess wax and to moisturize the area to prevent irritation and ‘chicken skin’.

TIPS FOR FIRST TIMERS OR WHAT NOT:

  • Always make sure to pick a product that is suitable to your skin type.
  • If you have sensitive skin, I suggest that you consult your doctor prior to waxing in order to prevent irritation.
  • In applying the wax, make sure to only get a pea-sized amount on the popsicle stick. This is so that you would know as to when you should add more wax or not.
  • Do not immediately wash your legs after you wax. WHY? This is because our pores are wide open when we wax, hence, we have to return back moisture and allow the pores to naturally close. Also, the main cause of ‘chicken skin’ is washing after a waxing session. However, if you really have to shower, then I suggest that you shower with luke warm water instead.
  • Do not pull our the hair removal paper hard or slow, and just do it in a right pace. This is so that accidents, scarring, rashes and other forms of irritation can be avoided.

So there you have it guys! I hope you enjoyed this blog and this quick tutorial as to how you could wax your own legs at home. I suggest that you read the instructions written on the waxing kit prior to doing it yourself or to read blogs online to know whether or not you should purchase a product. This is to help widen your knowledge on beauty products and to prevent all sorts of irritation to your skin from happening. One good place I would suggest that you go is none other than Watson’s for they really have all the beauty needs for our body to look its best. Thank you and good luck on your waxing experience! TO GOD BE ALL THE GLORY!!! 🙂

Xoxo,

Claire Stephanie P. Lingan, Freelance Aspiring Professional Makeup Artist ♥

Claire Stephanie P. Lingan,
Freelance Aspiring Professional
Makeup Artist ♥

My Take on Hair Extensions (Human Hair vs. Synthetic Hair)

Hey everyone! I know I haven’t been blogging in forever simply because I have too much going on with my life these days. SORRY FOR THAT!!! So now that I am back, I can show you what I have been up to lately. As for this blogpost, I will be talking hair extensions because I just got my first real human hair extensions. If you have been following me on Twitter and you’re a contact of mine on Facebook; I have been rambling about this for ages. I’ve been wanting to get long hair for the longest time but since I had so much hair color treatment and what not, I just can’t grow it to become healthy and strong.

To be very honest, I had to cut the ends from time to time because my split ends were growing faster than my hair and that sucks. I even went to the extent of getting a Brazilian Blowdry Treatment from a local salon near my school simply to just heal my hair. Nonetheless, I admit that I am at fault for this. I’m guessing that if you guys have read my previous blogs; I wrote about my DIY Hair Dye Remover Experience which I do not regret doing since it is the one basically responsible for my hair color as of the moment. Just to explain what happened, I kind of stripped down the color some more to make my hair light again after getting highlights for Christmas. Yup, I know you’re probably thinking to yourself, “what the hell does she want to do with her hair?” Hm, let’s just say that I am one person who likes changing up my look from time to time and that is through my hair. I consider it as one of my assets, that’s why.

Just so you could understand what was going on, I will be posting a few pictures below. In the photos, you’ll see how damaged my hair became after all that coloring and what not.

My hair with highlights. I got this after Christmas Season when I went on a vacation far far away. :)

My hair with highlights. I got this after Christmas Season when I went on a vacation far far away. 🙂

This was my hair after I did about 3-4 DIY Hair Dye Remover Solution. As you can see, its really damaged and frizzy. So again, if you are attempting to do this DIY Hair Remover Solution, you must treat your hair from time to time. My hair became this damaged because of the highlights I got last Christmas. To be honest, I regret getting highlights because it honestly slipped my mind that the hair with highlights on was going to get lightened as well. I know, that was extremely stupid on my part but I will again, just charge it on to experience.

This was my hair after I did about 3-4 DIY Hair Dye Remover Solution. As you can see, its really damaged and frizzy. So again, if you are attempting to do this DIY Hair Remover Solution, you must treat your hair from time to time. My hair became this damaged because of the highlights I got last Christmas. To be honest, I regret getting highlights because it honestly slipped my mind that the hair with highlights on was going to get lightened as well. I know, that was extremely stupid on my part but I will again, just charge it on to experience.

This was how my hair looked like when I tried Cesh Pilar's Synthetic Hair  Extensions. As you can see, its not really a match to my own hair. Basically, this was because of the highlights and the DIY Hair Dye Remover Solution that I did.

This was how my hair looked like when I tried Cesh Pilar’s Synthetic Hair Extensions. As you can see, its not really a match to my own hair. Basically, this was because of the highlights and the DIY Hair Dye Remover Solution that I did.

Moving on, I got my first hair extensions from a girl I met at Sulit.com.ph. Her name is Cesh Pilar. I met up with her a few months back at SM Manila to get my Wavy Blonde Clip-on Synthetic Hair Extensions for only Php 280. It was a pretty cheap deal and up to now, I still do not regret getting it. However, my problem was since I started out with a black hair color and based from my explanation above, it wasn’t really an exact match to my hair. Hence, I had to again, color my hair just so that I could match the extensions. I think you’d know what the aftermath led to, and that is none other than damaged hair. EXTREMELY DAMAGED RUBBERY HAIR THAT LED ME TO HAVE A BRAZILIAN BLOWDRY TREATMENT. I blame myself for that because I have already started out with blonde hair to begin with but whatever, I’ll just charge it to experience anyway.

My hair after I got the Brazilian Blowdry Treatment. As you can see, it became straight and healthy. However, this didn't last very long. I guess after a month, my hair was starting to get frizzy and that is when my hair coloring agendas came into the picture once again.

My hair after I got the Brazilian Blowdry Treatment. As you can see, it became straight and healthy. However, this didn’t last very long. I guess after a month, my hair was starting to get frizzy and that is when my hair coloring agendas came into the picture once again.

Since I wasn’t happy with that, I didn’t wear the extensions for quite sometime. Mainly because they were wavy and my hair was straight. So it wasn’t until the Brazilian Blowdry Treatment wore off, and with basically 3 layers of hair color to somewhat get the desired color that I wanted as of the moment, that I have gotten a chance to wear them again. (YAY) The photo below was how I looked liked wearing them.

My hair with the clip-on extensions. I was able to somewhat kind of match it with my hair color. However, my hair was still too dark so its really not a complete match. *sighs*

My hair with the clip-on extensions. I was able to somewhat kind of match it with my hair color. However, my hair was still too dark so its really not a complete match. *sighs*

As you can see in the photo above, it is still not quite a match with my real hair. Hence, I kinda just gave up on it. So as time passed by, I was treating my hair with a few products that I will be posting down below just to get it back into shape; which it did happen actually. I mean, I was honesty shocked by how effective these inexpensive products are when used everyday. You’ll definitely like them if you’re a hair fanatic like me who has severely damaged hair. To be very specific, I was even able to had my hair colored at a salon (courtesy of my brother because he hated what my hair looks like) without it dying. So its a pretty good deal actually.

So these have been the products that I'm using to treat and maintain my hair. :)

So these have been the products that I’m using to treat and maintain my hair. 🙂

Products that I use to treat my hair:

  • Glam Hair Luxe Intensive Care Hair Treatment
  • Fabulouz Gems Keratin Hot Oil
  • Ashley Shine Keratin Hair Reconstruction Cream with Mangosteen Extract

I will write a different blogpost on that as soon as I replenish my stocks and use it for a longer period of time. So going back, after I had my hair done, I decided that it was time for me to get permanent Human Hair Extensions and take care of my hair with it once and for all. Yeah, I know that I have probably taken a while to get this idea to sink into my head. HAHAHAHA. Oh well, as I have said earlier, I will just have to charge it to experience. So basically, I went online again to Sulit.com.ph to find hair extensions. I met a girl named, Nikka Yamanouchi who offered me a pretty good deal on Human Hair Extensions which was Php 40 per strand of 28 inches, and so I went for it. My good friend, Zharmaine Arjinal whom I have mentioned in most of my blogs, accompanied me there. We took a jeep going there since my car was coding and got soaking wet in the rain. We also got flooded too because of the awful drainage system in Manila. Anyways, so once we got there, Nikka placed on my hair extensions. I was pretty happy with it because it was a complete match to my hair color which I wasn’t really expecting. Plus, the hair she gave me was in pretty good shape. I guess, if you were in my shoes, you’d be as happy as I was.

Since the hair was long, I had to get it trimmed. It felt weird though, asking someone to cut your extensions. HAHAHA. Okay, that was so random. After a few days of wearing it, I felt as if the extensions were not as adhesive enough on my hair. Consequently, I had to seek the help of another person that I found also at Sulit.com.ph. Man, is this site awesome or what? You can find loads of pretty good deals in there. Yeah, okay so what I did was to contact Syra Davies who happens to offer hair extensions at a lower price which is Php 25 for 20 inches hair and Php 30 for 28 inches of hair. They actually offer out a promo which is Php 5000 for 100 strands for braided hair extensions with two micro-rings attached. So I went to her place in Pasig and got my hair done. True enough, the extensions that Nikka placed were already coming off. So what Syra did was to braid my hair and attach the extensions and secure them with micro-rings. After a few days of wearing them, I can say that I am really impressed because now, I can wash my hair and even apply treatment without worrying that it will come off or what. To be very specific, we should not actually leave the treatment on to our scalp since it can be a cause of dandruff, so I prefer placing it on the ends of my hair and only applying a few on my scalp.

My hair after I got the extensions trimmed because they were 28 inches long. This were the hair extensions done by Nikka Yamanouchi. :)

My hair after I got the extensions trimmed because they were 28 inches long. This were the hair extensions done by Nikka Yamanouchi. 🙂

This is how the hair from Nikka Yamanouchi's Hair Extensions looked like when curled. :) As you can see, we can really style the hair in whatever way we want it to look like.

This is how the hair from Nikka Yamanouchi’s Hair Extensions looked like when curled. 🙂 As you can see, we can really style the hair in whatever way we want it to look like.

This was my hair after getting it redone by Syra Davies. Hands down, its easier to style and I love it. :)

This was my hair after getting it redone by Syra Davies. Hands down, its easier to style and I love it. 🙂

In summary, I will list down a few pros and cons I had with hair extensions per se so you guys could understand my plight.

So when it comes to Clip-on Hair Extensions that are synthetic, the few pros would be:

  • It is easy to remove when you don’t want to wear them anymore
  • You can wash them like normal hair
  • You don’t need to worry about its style and texture since it doesn’t change no matter what you do to it

As for the cons I had with it:

  • It is hard to match it with your real hair color
  • You cannot color nor style it in accordance to what you want it to look like (Believe me, I have tried)
  • It kind of comes off from time to time so you have to really secure it so it will be like your real hair.

I know that some of you will argue that there are also Human Hair extensions that are clip-ons as well. However, I find that if I just get them attached to my hair, it would be easier to style it. This is because some extensions come in like pieces of hair and some are like one big piece. Plus, it is really heavy and painful to wear at times. Well, that is just my verdict on that. It really depends on what you prefer.

As for the pros and cons of Permanent (until the hair grows out, of course) Human Hair Extensions, the pros would be:

  • You can easily color and match it to your real hair
  • It is easier to style since you won’t have to detach it or what not anymore
  • It is really like real hair when worn

The few cons would include:

  • You have to really be careful in styling it because once you pull it, the extensions or maybe even your real hair will come off as well
  • You have to make sure that you don’t apply that much conditioning treatment on the upper layers because it can loosen the micro-rings attached to it (although this is something that should also be done with real hair as well)
  • It is kind of hard to hide it when you style it so you have to really be careful and of course, get an experienced person to teach you how to style and take care of it
  • Also, if your hair is curly or wavy, you really have to get a human hair that actually matches the texture of your hair

So those are my opinions on hair extensions per se. I hope you enjoyed reading my blog. If you have any questions, feel free to comment down below. I will address you as soon as possible from this time on. Thank you so so very much and I’ll see you hopefully on YouTube if I decide making videos again or just here on my blog. Take care and to God be the glory. 🙂

And this has mostly been the hairstyle I do after I had my extensions redone by Syra Davies. She also taught me how to curl and style it this way so I'm really happy with it. Thank you very much! :)

And this has mostly been the hairstyle I do after I had my extensions redone by Syra Davies. She also taught me how to curl and style it this way so I’m really happy with it. Thank you very much! 🙂

For those who are interested to buy or get hair extensions as well; here in the Philippines, these are the contact numbers of the people whom I got these from:

P.S.:

I made a bargain with regard to the prices of my extensions from these people and in return, I wanted to advertise them. I just wrote this, just so you know. Thank you so so much!!

Xoxo,

Claire Stephanie P. Lingan, Freelance Aspiring Professional Makeup Artist ♥

Claire Stephanie P. Lingan,
Freelance Aspiring Professional
Makeup Artist ♥