Thursday, May 31, 2012

Get Rid of Stinky Breath with Orabrush (Get a FREE OraBrush)

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Did you know? 90% of bad breath comes from a dirty tongue! This is the exact reason why I love using toothbrushes with tongue scrapers at the back of the toothbrush head. The last thing I want to do is scare off or get people disgusted when we talk face to face.

HOW DO YOU KNOW IF YOU HAVE BAD BREATH? The answer is this.

I have never used separate tongue scrapers before—that was until Orabrush contacted me! They wanted me to try out the famous Orabrush. It is all over YouTube and has sold over 2 million OraBrushes!

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What exactly is an Orabrush?

Ultra-soft, pointed bristles reach deep into the uneven crevices of your tongue and loosen stinky bacteria. These bristles are designed after the surgeon's scrub brush, the same brush they use to clean bacteria from their hands before they cut you open. (Toothbrush bristles, however, are designed for the smooth surfaces of your teeth, not your tongue.) The scraper then collects and removes the bacteria and residue generated from brushing, helping cure bad breath.

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The package also contained the newest Tongue Foam!

Orabrush Tongue Foam powered byOrazyme leaves your mouth feeling refreshed after using your Orabrush. Armed with 7 all-natural enzymes, it protects against future bad breath attacks—without killing your mouth's natural defenses. Death to bad breath!

The first time I tried using the OraBrush, my mouth felt this over-all cleanliness. I mean, YES, I do feel that my mouth is clean after I brush my teeth but the clean-feel that OraBrush gives to my mouth is of a new level! It’s amazing! The Orabrush also lasts up to 6 months, longer than a toothbrush does!

The next time you reach out for sinigang, bagoong or any other onion-y or garlic-y dish, make sure you use your OraBrush afterwards. It’ll save you.

Here’s the BEST part!

Do you want to get your own OraBrush for FREE?

WATCH THIS VIDEO TO KNOW HOW!


Disclaimer: This is sponsored by OraBrush. Everything mentioned in the blog post and video are my own, unbiased opinions about the product.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Beauty Cosmetics Brush Sets Review & Giveaway

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A freelance makeup artist can never have too much makeup brushes.

Just when I thought I needed to order a new set of makeup brushes, Rosenn from Beauty Cosmetics sent me an e-mail. I felt so glad *on the inside* because it was like having my wish granted in an instant! Rosenn sent me two beautiful sets of brushes and a couple of single ones. I was honestly doubtful at first because other than Sigma Beauty, some of the brushes that I received in the past were less than stellar. Although, when Rosenn showed me the photos of her brushes, I thought to myself, “They look sturdy!”

I received a bulky package one fateful day and was surprised to see two sets of different brush sets from Beauty Cosmetics. Rosenn was kind enough to let me have both and she sent another set to giveaway to my readers and YouTube subscribers (PH)! *watch the video embedded at the end of this post to know how you can win a beautiful set of Beauty Cosmetic brushes*

The brush bag is definitely very me [and apparently a lot more girls out there] It’s pretty and pink! It has the V-shaped magnetic strap for opening/closing.

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First set of brushes is the 12pcs Basic brush set (a mix of goat, nylon, synthetic and natural hair) *Price: P1250 and you get a free small flat top brush*

The set contains the following brushes (not in order with the photo posted):

  1. Big powder brush (high quality goat hair)
  2. Large duo fibre brush (synthetic and goat hair)
  3. Foundation brush (synthetic hair)
  4. Large angle contour brush (high quality white goat hair)
  5. Large shader brush (fox hair)
  6. Concealer brush (synthetic)
  7. Small eyeshader brush (natural hair)
  8. Medium angle shader brush (natural hair)
  9. Angled brush (nylon)
  10. Liner brush (nylon)
  11. Blending brush (high quality white goat hair)
  12. Pencil brush (high quality goat hair)

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These brushes passed my standards! No pungent smell & no shedding. The Duo Fiber Brush is perfect for applying cream blush (which I love) The eyeshader brushes are dense enough to pick up the right amount of pigments. All the other brushes are so fine.

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Second set of brushes is the 12pcs Synthetic Brush Set.  *P1250 and you get a free small flat top brush*

  1. Big Powder Brush (synthetic fibers) *full and dense enough for dusting loose and pressed powders
  2. Flat top Brush (synthetic fibers) *multi-purpose brush; applies, blends, and buffs cream, powder or liquid products
  3. Foundation Brush (synthetic)  *used to apply and blend foundation into all areas of the face
  4. Large angle contour Brush (synthetic)  *perfect for cheek contouring and applying blush
  5. Large shader Brush (synthetic) *for applying and blending eye shadows
  6. Concealer Brush (synthetic)  *flat brush with slightly pointed tip for precision application and blending of all concealer formulas
  7. Small eyeshader Brush (synthetic)  *soft and dense to shade or blend eye shadows or emollient-based products; used to build intense color on the eyelids
  8. Medium angle shading Brush (synthetic) *for applying and blending eye shadow
  9. Angle Brush (synthetic)  *for lining, shading or shaping the eye or eyebrow
  10. Blending Brush (synthetic)  *has fine, densely packed fibers that are arranged in an oval shape for blending colors or creamy products
  11. Pencil Brush (synthetic)  *for precision shading on the lid, crease or along the lash line
  12. Eyeliner Brush (synthetic)  *extra fine tipped that delivers a precise, firm, & even stroke to line the eyes

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I have fallen madly in love with these brushes the moment I tried using them. When I saw and felt the flat top brush I actually immediately thought of Sigma’s F80!!! It is so cool how these brushes are so dense and so close to perfection! Absolutely no shedding, no bleeding, no kadiri smell (pungent smell), no scratchy feel, everything is super soft! This set comes in a LOT of brushes which you can use for a LOT of purposes. Aside from all my Sigma brushes, this is definitely one of my FAVORITES, I kid you not. What I love the most is how expensive they look like! Don’t they look expensive? I love the white to black gradient effect on the brushes. They all just look and function wonderfully!

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Up next are the single brushes:

Pink retractable kabuki (synthetic) P450 *perfect for even and  full coverage powder applications—look how cute this pink kabuki is! Doesn’t it just scream gorgeous?! I am in love with the white to pink gradient effect of the bristles! This is a must-have inside the kikay kits of all women out there! Perfect for touch-ups!

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Small Flat Top Brush (you’ll be getting this for free when you purchase either of the brush sets)

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Small Tapered Highlighter Brush (high quality goat hair) P300 *great for setting powder under the eye area; also works great with highlighting and contouring—fluffy yet does not shed at all.

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Tapered Foundation/Concealer Brush (synthetic) P300 *for detailed application of liquid and cream products, perfect multi- functional tool to seamlessly cover large surface areas while achieving precise results, with a pointed tip comprised of tapered fibers, this brush perfectly fits the face for foundation and concealing, it allows the sheerest and most even finish—I cannot even begin to tell you how much I love this brush. Hand-down. Digs into the crevices of the face. Perfect for concealer and foundation!

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Watch this video for my review + a chance to win a free set of brushes!

You can get these brushes from Beauty Cosmetics 

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Disclaimer: Giveaway is sponsored and products were sent by Beauty Cosmetics for reviewing. All thought and opinions are my own. Unbiased and honest.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Inside the Charriol Bag

Here are the goodies inside the goody bag that I received from the Charriol event I attended a few weeks ago. Read about the beautiful event here.

The bag contained a press kit, a beautiful purple clutch with a golden handle, the newest Show Off eau de toilette, and a purple Charriol handbag hanger.

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Thank you Charriol!

Alba Botanica ACNEDOTE Review

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Ahhh… my unending battle with PMS breakouts. It’s tough being a woman. I think having to go through PMS every single month is the WORST (well, I don’t know about pregnancy—yet) It’s during PMS that I get bloated, eat like an animal, lose all my will to workout, get killer cramps, and most of all—BREAKOUTS.

I had the last straw 2 weeks ago. The breakouts I got along the jaw area was just pure monstrosity. I knew I had to take action because none of the products I was using were showing signs of effectiveness. If that’s the case and I still stick to the same old routine, it’s like [okay, I can’t even think of a proper metaphor] Bottom line was I NEEDED TO TRY SOMETHING NEW.

You’d think I’d go to Watsons, but I didn’t. As far as it is concerned with a wide variety of skin products—Watsons does win, but I’m not the kind who’d switch from this brand to this brand. I don’t want to risk it! The best option for me was to go organic.

Healthy Options it was!

Healthy Options has always had my trust since the beginning. That place is organic heaven! From their food, supplements, medicine, up to their skincare—everything is muy bien. I have tried quite a number of their snacks, protein shakes & teas and never was I disappointed.

It was time for me to try out their skincare products! The first skincare product I bought from them was the Mint Julep Masque from Queen Helene. Definitely one of the best masks I’ve ever used!

I stood by the skincare shelf for about 20 minutes (no kidding) just going through all the skincare descriptions. After about 30 minutes, what I got on my hands were the Alba Botanica ACNEDOTE set. I got the Invisible Treatment Gel, Deep Clean Astringent and the Deep Pore Wash.

Deep Pore Wash: fights breakouts even after you rinse!

Deep Clean Astringent: claims to reduce breakouts in 8 hours!

Invisible Treatment Gel: claims to give you clearer skin in 4 hours!

Take note that these products are “MAXIMUM STRENGTH”, contains 2% salicylic acid (which is I think more than what some of the usual acne gels contain) formulated with willow bark extract.

Reading the words ‘maximum strength’ actually made me hesitate on purchasing—but I bought them anyway.

Each product cost me PHP 359.00 each. Total of PHP 1,077.00

That night I used it right away. Of course, I removed all my makeup beforehand. And then I started to wash my face with the Deep Pore Wash. First thing I noticed was the very medicine-y smell. No stinging, no suds, just the smell. My face felt so smooth afterwards. Patted my face dry with a clean towel and proceeded with using the Deep Astringent.

Soaked the cottonball and started wiping it all over my face.

(insert all the curse words you can think of)

THE ASTRINGENT STUNG LIKE A BEE!!! My eyes literally watered because it stung so bad. The stinging is actually an indication that the product is seeping through and working on fighting all the icky stuff inside all that acne.

I had to FAN my face and wait for the stingin to subside before I proceeded with the gel.

While fanning, that was when I told myself, “KAYA NAMAN PALA MAXIMUM STRENGTH!”

After the stinging subsided, I went ahead and applied the invisible treatment gel.

(insert all the curse words you can think of)

THE GEL ALSO STUNG LIKE A BEE—EVENT WORSE! There I was fanning once again. My face felt burning. Come on, it claims to clear up skin in 4 hours—it can’t do that if you don’t experience a little pain!

As the old saying goes, no pain, no gain [clearer skin]

I slept that night. Upon waking up, I was surprised because all my angry acne died down! No more swollen, icky bumps, no more redness, no more anything! Everything shriveled! I was like, wow, Day 1 down, 6 to go.

I wanted to get a full on test before I reviewed the product.

Acnedote will make you peel. Not over-peel, though. I noticed slight peeling on the areas where I applied the treatment gel. After the peeling comes the results!

You may ask me if I still moisturize. I don’t. It was clearly indicated in the back of the box to refrain from using other products together with the Acnedote as reaction may occur. I didn’t want to risk it.

This is my schedule:

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As I am writing this it is May 23, 2 weeks has passed and I’ve been religiously using the Acnedote products. I am left with acne marks (well, you can win them all!) AcneDote got rid of all my PMS breakouts! What’s even more amazing is that it actually prevents more acne from forming! Acnedote is amazing. It works amaaaazing  on me despite all the downsides like the stinging and peeling.

I have never felt so confident going out without any makeup before. That’s how much AcneDote has worked for me.

Now that my review is over and I have now typed in 800++ words in this entry, let me just close by reminding you that works for me may not work for you. Of course, everyone has different types of skin, yours might react differently to AcneDote compared to mine. My tolerance for pain and stinging might be higher than yours (and the product made my eyes tear up). Althought I highly recommend this product, I hope you take into consideration all the honest opinions I’ve written down in this blog entry. Please consider them before taking the risk to finally put an end to acne monstrosity.

And if anybody is wondering, no, I was not sponsored to do this post nor the video. I bought these with my hard-earned money. That’s 1,077 pesos I definitely do not regret spending.

I finally found the one. I hope it works for you, too.

***video review coming up soon***


Alba Botanica AcneDote from Healthy Options (359.00 per product)

Goody Girl

I was invited to Goody Girl event wherein the newest face of Goody Girl was introduced. She is none other than the adorable Clara Magalona! Daughter of Pia Magalona and the late Francis Magalona. Clara embodies Goody Girl the best because she has such a bubbly and adorable aura. Truly a Goody girl!

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Look at those beautiful curls and eyes!

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Clara during the press conference

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Pia Magalona giving a heartfelt message to her daughter

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Clara with her beautiful sister Saab

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Had fun at the event with fellow blogger Charlene and Donna

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Clara’s beautiful look during the event

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Myself and fellow bloggers with the ever so gorgeous Miss Gwen Carino! Thanks for inviting us again, Miss Gwen!

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Everyone was given a Goody bag filled with lotsa cute hair stuff!

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Now who ever said 20-something girls can’t wear these?


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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Haul (Makeup, Cologne, A Book, & Skin Products)

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I filmed a haul video a few days ago! It’s really exciting to share about your recent purchases, especially if you think most of it would be of help to other people! This haul contains makeup, a workout tool, fragrances, a book, & skin care products.

If you are more of a video-watching type of person, you can watch the haul video here:

Alba Botanica Products (my holy grail for breakouts!) PHP 1,077 (359.99 for each) *review coming soon…

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Tony Moly Expert Smoothing Face Primer PHP 948.00

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Ever Bilena Advance 3D Compact Powder Dark Baked Fusion PHP 150.00 from Ever Bilena

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Ever Bilena Mineral Eyeshadow Painted Desert PHP 150.00 from EB

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Ever Bilena Eyeshadow 12 Shades with Vitamin E PHP 160.00 from EB

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Nichido True Lashes Deluxe PHP 130.00 from Nichido

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Ever Bilena Mousse Blush Saffron PHP 75.00 from EB

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BLUSH Cologne PHP 180 (Buy 1 Take 1) from ZenZest

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Necklace Gold Bib Hot Surfer Gold PHP 349.75 from WWW SM Dept. Store

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10-lb. Kettlebell (The Biggest Loser) PHP 480 from Toby's

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"Don't Sweat the Small Stuff" by Richard Carlson PHP 375 from National Bookstore

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Ever Bilena Blush Me Blusher in Madly PHP 155.00 from EB

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