May 16, 2019

Althea A'bloom Masks, Meringue and BHA Blackhead Blaster

Hi Everyone! I'm excited to share not just one but several new items from A'bloom Collection of Althea. They have sent me a whole set of the A'bloom collection to try and I even ordered for my personal use. I was able to use my personal purchased orders since the PR kit arrived several days after.

Althea A'bloom Fruit Sheet Masks - Php 20 each

The most colorful items from this collection. It only cost Php 20 per mask but what's surprising about it was it doesn't look cheap - even after using the mask. The packaging is lively and funky. The Sheet itself was well drenched - its a 25g - that's a generous amount of essence for masks.
It comes in 4 variants:
Avo-Cuddle-Me ~ Nourishing

AC-Me-Peach ~ Anti-Blemish
Sparkle-Me-Bright ~ Brightening
Water-Me-Long ~ Moisturizing
The masks are thin and I find all the essence moisturizing. The scent differs depending on the variant. I often use my mask for 30 mins and did give my skin a dewy look.

Althea A'Bloom Giant Meringue Puff  - Php 100 and Baby Meringue Puff - Php 140

Part of the collection are these meringue puffs. They do look like icings on cupcakes - really cute!
The Giant Meringue puff is best for applying foundations and Baby meringue puff for concealers or part of your makeup travel kit - just slide into a sealed plastic and ready to go. 

These makeup puff sponge does enlarge when soak wet. It can also be used wet or dry depending on your preference. I prefer to use them damp since I have a dry skin and I feel like makeup adheres better with a damp sponge.

Althea A'Bloom BHA Blackhead Blaster - Php 200

Blackhead out without the ouch
No pain blackhead and whitehead removal with Natural BHA Stick
Gentle and non-irritating formula treats and prevents new ones from forming
Recommended for Oily and combination skin types

It works well in exfoliating and it's gentle on the skin. It does remove my most of my whiteheads but not all probably because I still have closed comedones and pores are not open enough - it's better to use a warm towel to open up pores before using the BHA Blackhead Blaster. I highly recommend trying it if you want to skip the extractor, scrubs and those tough facials.
I'm pretty sure to look forward for Althea's new release in the future! Their A'bloom brand is a blast! Currently most of the masks are out of stock!

Check now the Althea A'bloom Collection here
You can also get 20% off on your first order from Althea!


May 7, 2019

#SummerVacay Style at Surplus


As the temperature continues to rise, it’s time to grab your favorite sunscreens and welcome summertime in style. And wherever you plan your #SummerVacay – a beach getaway, camping in the great outdoors, a lakeside adventure, or simply enjoying summer in the city, Surplus is your go-to shop for fun and trendy fashion.
 Don’t forget to check out Surplus’ summer essentials to complete your travel needs. From cute slippers and shoes, pretty scarves, statement making hats to colorful towels, water tumblers, portable fans, functional flashlight, and solar lights.
  Get beyond excited with the trendy and fun summer fashion collection and other versatile items at Surplus located in most SM Supermalls. Items may vary per branch.

      
            Get to know more about the fashion picks of Surplus’ latest ambassadors Paulo Angeles, Charlie Dizon, Kyle Echarri and AC Bonifacio and stay updated as Surplus goes interactive. Like them on Facebook and Twitter at SurplusPH and enjoy great fashion deals on Instagram at Surplus_ph.

Stylish Summer Stories with Parisian Shoes

SM’s iconic in-house brand Parisian, celebrates summer with great style and great stories as it launches its Summer Collection.
 Whether you’re headed for the beach, a weekend getaway, or simply enjoying summer in the city, the collection makes a statement with animal-printed shoes and even PVC-details. 
 There are also espadrilles for those casual days and pointed mules for a night out. Parisian’s summer palette makes a splash with neutral tones and vibrant colors; and walks high with elegant stilettos and chic blocked heels.
Whatever your summer story may be, Parisian definitely has the perfect pair you.

Parisian Shoes’ Summer Collection is available at all SM Stores branches nationwide. Get connected with Parisian through Parisian Shoes and Bags on Facebook and @SMParisian on Twitter and Instagram.

Apr 26, 2019

THE ORDINARY Squalane Cleanser Review

I bought this cleanser when I saw that it removes makeup + gentle on skin + it's from my favorite Western brand: The Ordinary. Ingredients wise, Squalane is the first from the list. Squalane is a great moisture ingredient and works like a hydrator that’s found naturally in the skin, helping to prevent loss of moisture and boost suppleness. ⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀
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HOW TO USE
Rub the cleanser in your palms to warm it until it melts into an oil. Massage into dry skin, then rinse with warm water.
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So this cream cleanser works like a cleansing oil but in a non-foaming cream form! It removed my <waterproof> mascara and eyeliner without stinging my eyes. For my waterproof lipstick - it does leave like 10% on the edge and lip lines, some lipsticks and lip stains got all wiped.

I feel like I can just bring this on travels and forget the baggy micellar water, oil-based makeup removers, cleansing balms, and cleansing oils. No tight feeling, no stripping just clean, soft and hydrated. If you prefer cleansers that give the squeaky clean, you can skip this one.
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Downside maybe is the availability and the size.
You have to find resellers online or if you have relatives/friends coming from US/Canada/Korea. 
50ml is okay but I look forward to a bigger size because I'll surely repurchase this! If I'll use it every day, I might run out easily. My perfect cleanser + makeup remover in one!
A lot of users already requesting for a bigger tube, just hoping Deciem will do something about it <3
Apr 25, 2019

O TWO O Liquid Blush in Shade 5 and 6 Review

 My recent blush purchase is this liquid blush from O Two O. I got them from Shopee for like only Php 140 each or around USD 2.6 - surprisingly cheap than liquid blush in the market. It's manufactured in Guangzhou, China so my order took almost 3 weeks to arrive.

The packaging comes in a frosted glass bottle, plastic cap, and pump. The packaging looks expensive and classy. Shades can be found at the bottom of the bottle and I purchase shades 5 and 6.
 O two O liquid blush's pump dispenser was kinda off for me - I had to be very careful not to over pump or else might waste the content. I'm saying this because it's tinted and a pea size can be enough for both apples of the cheek.

 Ingredients on the box:
 Expiration
 Here's a controlled pump of the blush - like half pump, then check out the next photo when mixed.
Left: Shade 5
Right: Shade 6
See how pigmented was this liquid blush!
Left: Shade 5
Right: Shade 6
This is how it looked like on my cheeks when applied. This is how I normally apply blush, colors don't pop out much since I used just a few swipes on my cheeks but definitely gives that peach pink blush on my face. 

I like both shades but preferred shade 6. #5 - rose gold with golden flecks (not glitters) while #6 - coral shade. It easily to spread with brush, sponge, and fingers. It could last me up to 3 hours as it does transfer in our humid country.

 What I don't like about it is the pump - its something difficult to control, dispense of liquid blush can be challenging so I just preferred to apply it from my hand instead of direct to the cheeks. I applied to cover big cheek area so my phone can capture better color. It's only available online. Not for people who are not into cosmetics with parabens.
It's cheap liquid blush, I might consider getting other shades. Did I break out? Glad it did not!
Apr 23, 2019

Parish of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (PIHM), Hinulugang Taktak, Antipolo - Marriage Requirements and Rates (April 2019)

Parish of the Immaculate Heart of Mary is our first church choice for our wedding. People who would prefer to have their wedding nearby the metro and looking for an uphill location, Antipolo could be one of the best choices.
I grew up in Antipolo and being familiar with the area, I consider this as the perfect Church which was already built in the city (as of 2019) which in my own opinion - feels more private than the cathedral, open area, unique architecture.

 It was hard to look for the rates of church online. This Church is located at Hinulugang Taktak, Dela Paz, Antipolo City. Some people also call it Taktak Church or Church in Daang Bakal.

Prenup is also possible on the area since there are few vehicles passing (depending on time and day) - when we visit the place on a Monday afternoon - there are like less than 20 vehicles who passed the Church for 30 minutes. 

Rates published here are as of title date. All rates are subject to change - I'll share their contact number below so you can confirm. 
You can also contact the parish office directly at 696-4387 or 697-0344 for schedule availability.
It is open Tues to Sun 8:30am to 5:00pm (lunchbreak 12nn to 2pm). 

Apr 18, 2019

Natural Derma Project - Cica Bio Placenta Cream

Do you moisturize every day? Was it really needed?
Whether you have normal, dry or oily skin we all need to moisturize our skin.
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I've been using this Natural Derma Project - Cica Bio Placenta Cream - it's a gel-cream and I often use it often after bath where I feel my skin is drier than usual.
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I have dry skin for reference and moisturizers CAN BE my best friend.
Some moisturizers once are my enemy, ASK ME WHY? I got those MILLIA over my eyes some years ago, mine was hereditary however there are also other causes of Millia - occlusive moisturizers - I skip eye area if there's a product which mentions lanolin or petrolatum on the first 3 ingredients. Well, even this is not an eye cream, splatting moisturizer over the face is my routine.
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Ingredients wise, this is a pass! there's your skin savior Cica! but what's Bio Placenta? As per google: Bio-Placenta: A patented ingredient with properties that include - accelerated healing of the skin, increases the rate of skin renewal, helps to slow down thinning of aging skin, reduces wrinkles, boosts collagen and elastin synthesis, and promotes skin rejuvenation. Sounds good? Yees!

Ingredients : Water, Propanediol, Glycerin, Butylene glycol, Silica, 1,2-Hexanediol, Phenyl Trimethicone, Madecassoside, Betaine, Allantoin, Lecithin, sh-Oligopeptide-1, sh-Oligopeptide-2, sh-Polypeptide-1, sh-Polypeptide-9, sh-Polypeptide-11, Bacillus/soybean/folic acid ferment extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Serine, Acetyl glutamine, Glycine, Ceramide NP, Oleic acid, Sodium PCA, Glycosyl trehalose, Caprylic/Capric triglyceride, Centella asiatica leaf extract, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Arginine, Asiaticoside, Carbomer, Bergamote (Citrus aurantium bergamia) oil, Malachite extract, Caprylyl glycol, Disodium EDTA ·  ⠀⠀⠀
For all skin types
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Price: Php 1950 - Direct store link + discount here
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When I first saw the tub, it quickly reminds me of Althea's Fixer Cream because of the white tub and silver cover.
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I prefer this type of cream- it's light, a runny type that almost melt when it touched the skin. I also find it perfect for layering whenever I have the TIME to do those X steps of skincare routine :p (will not mention how many guys, it varies kasi)
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Pros:
Gel-like consistency which absorbs fast - love this!
Keeps skin moist and healthy looking
It comes in a mini spatula
multitasking product

Cons:
Pricey

Final thoughts:
I didn't break out since I used this product. I'm it also helped with some of my pimples on my other side of the face. It lessens the redness without any skin peeling -I'm thinking that it was because of the antibacterial effect and so I have used it as well on my arms where I had scratches when we're moving our pieces of stuff at home - so yes it's a multi-tasking product too!
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@charis_celeb @hicharis_official @naturaldermaproject.official
#Charis #CharisCeleb #CicaBioPlacentaCream #NaturalDermaProject

Nacific Fresh Herb Cleansing Oil REVIEW

I'm someone who double cleanses at night - ALWAYS and cleansing oils/balms is my must have - it's good for the skin and lasts for months.
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It comes in a transparent white pump bottle and a pump lock for travel. I often use 2-3 pumps enough to remove my everyday face makeup.
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Texture + Application:
I can't help but to compare it to my old cleansing oil - Nacific cleansing oil consistency is like thin runny water. Must be careful when pumping to dry hands or it may spill out.

I often rub it with my both hands to heat them up then massage to face. Then emulsify with water by either washing face with water or using a wet towel to remove the cleansing oil. It cleanses really well and even removed my waterproof lipstick!
Face feels clean, moisturized and smells jasmine! No breakouts for more than 4 weeks of using it. Nacific always has great oil ingredients and for this cleansing oil:
  • Jojoba seed oil - it helps in balancing the skin's oil and water level and helps in fighting skin blemishes
  • Olive oil - it clarifies and moisturizes the skin
  • Camellia oil - a rich in a fatty acid ingredient - nongreasy
I recommend to everyone who loves hydrating oil cleanser.

Where to buy:
It's locally available via online shops here in the Philippines & price varies around 700-900 pesos ⠀





Apr 5, 2019

[BENTON] Shea Butter and Olive Hand Cream Review

I have dry skin and for my hands, the sides around my nails are often dry because of some reasons: alcohol, sanitizer, AC, hand wash soap, etc. I have this hand cream from Benton always on my bag so I can use it everywhere, size is travel-friendly!

This Benton cosmetic hand cream contains 10% of Shea Butter and 2% of Olive Oil with ECO CERT certificate which makes it excellent moisturization and provides a smooth texture. Recommended for hands that need skin firmness, improve oil-water balance and for hand cream lovers who prevent natural scent over artificial ones.

Active Ingredients:
  • Shea Butter: Shea Butter is a vegetable fat extracted from the nut of shea trees. It moisturizes rough and dry skin, locking moisture in. It is also known as the secret of the beautiful Cleopatra’s glowing skin.
  • Olive Oil: Extracted from compressed olives, olive oil is not only good for health when eaten, but is good for the skin too. Olives are rich in anti-oxidizing ingredients such as Vitamin A and E which help prevent the aging of the skin, form a moisture barrier which prevents moisture loss and help keep skin firm
  •  Hyaluronic Acid and Panthenol to help moisturize skin.
Full list of ingredients:
Aqua (Water), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter (10%),
Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Olea Europaea
(Olive) Fruit Oil (2%), Cetearyl Alcohol, Sodium
Hyaluronate, Panthenol, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan
Olivate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter Extract,
Zanthoxylum Piperitum Fruit Extract, Pulsatilla
Koreana Extract, Usnea Barbata (Lichen) Extract,
1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Carbomer, Arginine,
Butylene Glycol, Tocopherol, Citrus Nobilis
(Mandarin Orange) Peel Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis
(Rosemary) Leaf Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil


My thoughts:
⭐️Packaging comes in usual hand cream tube
⭐️I'm surprised the first time I used it because it slides on my skin - so be careful when applying or else it might be runny to some - or maybe it's just really hot and humid lately?
⭐️The hand cream with this consistency spreads easily and absorbed by the skin faster than other hand creams I've tried and it will be perfect especially when I'm in the office. I'm happy that it's not the greasy/tacky type of hand cream (our WS hand wash dries my hands too + the AC)
⭐️I also use to add moisture on my feet where I have dry areas. Did I mention that I currently used a foot peel? it took good care with those peeling skin and less itchy feel because it moisturizes the new layer of the skin.

This product was provided by Benton for review purposes, all opinions are my own.

#Benton #bentoncosmetic #SheaButterandOliveHandCream #HandCream #SheaButterHandCream #OliveHandCream

April Giveaway: NACIFIC Fresh Herb Origin Serum

It was supposedly a birthday thanksgiving giveaway, a bit late but here's one of my favorites from Nacific: The Fresh Herb Origin Serum! I'm giving away 1 bottle of the serum to 1 lucky follower.

Goodluck to all!

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A. Stop Clear Toner Review

I'm someone who forgot to take care of my back coz it's something I can't see as often as my face.
Sharing this toner now not only for the face but also for the body! Did I mention I have bacne since high school?
 I've read positive reviews about this toner and it's called A. Stop Clear Toner created for acne prone skin. It contains  AHA to exfoliate the skin and Propolis extract to soothe the skin.
The product claims that based on their test 80% of the comedone numbers decreased, 90% provides a soothing effect and absolutely no irritation.

What I didn't expect about it was - it doesn't come in a box. All Korean products that I have come in a box but I'm not worried since it was sealed and no leaks at all when it arrived.

Blue bottle, clear toner. The spray nozzle dispersed wide enough to cover my parts off my back. Packaging details are in Korean.

it also affects the reddish skin area and pimples immediately and got an antibacterial effect. I personally like the fresh scent of this toner.

Here's the 2-week progress of my back acne. I realized that those small bumps got lessened as well.
If you like to try out this toner and get a discount, check out my Hicharis Shop here.
Shipping fee will be computed during check out.

#a.stop #AStopToner #toner #CHARIS #CHARISSTORE #charisAPP
Apr 2, 2019

The SM Store's New you

#NewYouAtSM continues to bring a beautiful season in store as it highlights 8 key looks that will see you stylishly through the season.

White denim is a beautiful switch for a fresh, clean look. You’ll never go wrong with this great denim variation whether in a very sophisticated luxe, sporty high fashion or summer casual.
Utility looks have been hitting the runway in chic safari or modern military or anything in-between. Think of utility trousers paired with a basic top and a frilly accent - a new softer way of working the utility trend with a summer spin on it.

Yellow is the next big thing spotted as seen in Spring 2019 runways of New York Fashion Week.   From Self-Portrait, Kate Spade New York, and Lela Rose to Adeam, Brandon Maxwell and Monse – these designers incorporated this cheery color into their spring 2019 collections.


Prints are big and so are Stripes.  Prints and pattern mixing will have a major moment this season while there’s no better statement than stripes and stripey staples in pastels which are looking hot for 2019.
Suiting in colours and patterns and pairing it with a tee keeps the outfit perfectly balanced and creates a laid- back look.

Textured separates you can mix and match makes your outfit more interesting; while a Sporty look is a great way to stride in style.

Be a trendsetter at The SM Store.





Apr 1, 2019

G9 Skin White Whipping Cream Review

I got a package from G9 Skin Global from their White Line which includes a Whipping Foam, Milk Capsule Serum and the Whipping Cream. G9 Skin actually means thee 9 ingredients that will protect the skin which is exposed to pollution ad tiring day and helps in cleansing and protection.

  1. Lotus Extract
  2. Ivy Extract
  3. Pine Needle Extract
  4. Eucalyptus Extract
  5. Oregano Leaf Extract
  6. Chlorella Extract
  7. Hibiscus Petal Extract
  8. Chia Seed Extract
  9. Green tea extract


And I believe that their products contain these skin-loving ingredients.  For this post, let's focus on the Whipping Cream.
It's a tone up cream actually and not whipping cream. It adjusts the tone 1-3 levels higher depending on how much product you'll apply to skin. Tone Up Cream is not as popular here in the Philippines.

I don't consider (local brands) white facial creams as tone up cream just because it feels different than the one that I bought from Korea. They're like normal white moisturizers that makes skin oily and makes makeup to fade easily. Well, that was my feedback on what I used X years ago.

You can buy it from StyleKorean.com for USD 14.40
Product Description:
Tone Up Cream that makes natural bright and moist skin!
#Brightening&Toning effect #Soft, creamy texture #Smooth and moist blur effect
Suggest Use
Use it as a make-up base or tone-up cream during the daytime.
Use it as an all-in-one cream before going to sleep.

Active Ingredients
Niacinamide, Milk protein extract, Glutathione, Vitamin Complex, Galactomyces fermented extract, Fructan, Betaine, Trehalose, Centella extract, Witchhazel extract, etc.
This tone up cream got a cream to watery formula as you can see on the photos
I'm worried if how will it dry out, so after a minute or two, it dries to the skin and makes my skin 1 or 2 tones lighter.
Verdict:
I like that this whipping cream from G9 Skin can be used day and night! I've checked out StyleKorean.com for English details of this product. I naturally have dull and dry skin, so I looked forward to tone up creams especially in the morning before I apply the foundation to even out my skin tone.

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