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Saturday, August 23, 2014

Face powder is definitely a must-have for someone who lives in a tropical country.  Mattifying BB creams or foundation won't be enough under a very humid weather, because for sure, your face will look like a grease ball after a few hours (or minutes especially during summer).

For today's product review, we have here Innisfree's No-Sebum Mineral Powder.

Let's break it down a bit, shall we?

First, about the brand.  Innisfree is known for using Jeju's purest natural ingredients and minerals in their cosmetics.  Green tea, barley, camellia, tangerine, even volcanic clay, you name it - they create amazing products targeting all kinds of skin type and condition.  Not just that, they also use eco-friendly containers.  I guess they really do love Mother Earth. :)

Obviously, the major feature of this product is oil-control.  It's a type of mineral makeup that does not contain paraben, talc, artificial dye and synthetic fragrance.

Unlike a usual powder compact, it's in a loose powder form housed in a typical plastic sifter container.  And it's in my fave color too!  It also comes with a high-quality puff, very far from a cheap one.  It's very soft and lightweight.

Here's a closer look at the powder.  It looks and feels almost like a cornstarch - finely milled.  When blended, it's translucent which is very good because that means it won't mess up your face makeup.  It feels really really smooth on skin - silky smooth!  It's like touching a silk fabric.

Since it contains mint, it has this minty scent (duh).  Personally, I like it.

Let me now share the before and after photos.  Please note that it might be a little difficult see the actual difference or result because no. 1 - it's translucent and no. 2 - I used a BB cream with powdery finish.

My current moisturizer really makes my skin dewy and that's noticeable in the "before" photo above.  I have on my BB cream and concealer for the under eye area.

What I love about it:

  • mattifies instantly
  • absorbs excess oil from my BB cream
  • has amazing oil-control properties but that lasts for at least 4 hours to 6 - after that I begin to notice some shine on my t-zone, so I reapply (works better under nice weather/temperature)
  • texture
  • feels super smooth
  • no irritation
  • scent
  • works well with BB cream
  • doesn't feel grainy
  • eco-friendly
  • doesn't clog pores

I know it's hard to deal with loose powder containers because you tend to dispense a lot of product- more than you'd actually need basically.  Thing is, there's a sticker that serves as a seal.  And the first, most important thing you need to do, is to NOT peel it off completely.  Yea, that's a common mistake.

Here's what I did.  I poked 4 holes (the 1 on top and 3 on the second row).  That will make it easier for me to control the amount of product to take out.

As you can see, I'm using a brush.  The puff is really nice, but I find it inconvenient because I can't transfer and blend the powder easily.  It could be good for touch-ups though.

Aside from the ones I just mentioned, here's another watch-out.  It doesn't conceal pores very well.  So, for those who have a huge pore problem, you may want to avoid using this powder alone.

What do you think?

If you're interested in trying this powder and other Innisfree makeup and skin care products, check out The Chic Closet.

We'll reveal our new collection tomorrow at 9PM!  Please show your love and support.  @thechiccloset

your sweetest drug,

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Here's the final piece from our Chic Fusion collection and definitely, my fave.  #savethebestforlast  Everything about it is so appealing.  The fabric is super nice and it fits small frames perfectly.  And look at those trendy aztec print!  It has this playful and edgy vibe.  Surely a standout!  

The unique part of this statement dress is the cut-out neckline.  There's a little peek-a-boo (not too revealing) that makes it flattering.  

If you're not too confident wearing a full-print dress, just throw on a long knit cardigan and you're good to go. 

What do you think?
Dress from The Chic Closet

Hype this on LOOKBOOK.

I've already announced that The Chic Closet will reveal it's new collection this Sunday, August 24.  It's called, A Touch of Flair.  Make sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram (@thechiccloset) and be the first to see the full set.  We've shared a few teasers on IG!  I'll share more details about it on a separate post.

your sweetest drug,

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Malabon City is probably becoming the next Banawe, Maginhawa and even Kapitolyo.  Many restaurants and cafes are popping up here and there.  The best part, it's 10 minute away from home!

Our latest discovery is Cocina Luna Pub & Kitchen.

photo from their Facebook page

We loved the place!  There's a unique vibe once you see the facade.  And as you enter... gah!  You'll love it even more!  It's exactly what I have in mind if ever I'd get to start my own simple restaurant. #dreamsarefree

Unpainted walls and lots of artsy stuff everywhere.

Now, onto the food.  But first, let me share their very uncomplicated menu.

Nothing more than 150 php!  Yea!

We tried their 2 best seller dishes.  First, their very own version of a Pinoy's all-time fave, Tapsilog.

Their homemade vinegar is the bomb!  It's actually sweet, you'll wonder if it's really vinegar.  The meal also comes with a slice of orange, but honestly, I wasn't sure what to do about it.

"Should I squeeze it over the tapa?"

"Should I eat it after?"

Kris - no comment.  He doesn't like fruits.  Pft.

The tapa was delish!  It's loaded with flavors.  It a bit sweet and at the same time a bit spicy.  I loved the garlic flakes too.  Divine.

The rice though was not so good.  It didn't taste like fried rice or sinangag.  Maybe plain rice would be better.  :(

Next, Pulled Pork Burgers.

No need to order for additional fries.  Yay!  For only 150 php, you'd get 3 baby burgers and a literally, a bucket of fries.

Here's a closer look.

Instead of a regular patty, they used pulled-pork and added their homemade BBQ sauce.  There's also a slice of cheese, onion ring and bacon.

Since the pork's flavor was very strong, maybe because of the marinate and sauce, we didn't notice the taste of the other toppings.

Lastly, we also tried their Special Blended Iced Tea which looked like a chocolate drink at first look.

It's almost like Wendy's iced tea or Army Navy's Libertea.  It's super good!  The sweetness though was above 100%, so we poured more water.

Definitely, we will go back.  :)

Like them on Facebook for more details.

By the way, it's Ladies Night every Wednesday from 7PM to 10PM.  Buy 1 take 1 on any alcoholic drinks.  Discounted drinks from Monday to Friday, same time for their Happy Hour.

What do you think?

your sweetest drug,

Friday, August 15, 2014

Here it is.  Another announcement and I'm too excited, so let me share it already.  The Chic Closet will release a new collection this month!  Wooo!  #internetfistbump 

It has been a busy and stressful preparation  (as always, what I can I say) but I know it will be worth it (it IS worth it) once I show you what we've been cooking these past few weeks.  Watch out for the teasers on our Instagram and Facebook page.  

I cannot say the final date yet but we're about to finish the product and lookbook shoot, so maybe... August 24???  

Please show your love and support!! Muah! <3 

Have an awesome weekend!

your sweetest drug,

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