What to do when you can't find time to sit down and write?  Blog while in transit.  Yep.  Sometimes in life you just need to find ways to maximize your time.  No room for procrastination.  Hahahaha!  I wish.

Anyway, here's another ELF product.  As I've mentioned in the previous Batch Review, this one and the lippie would come as separate posts.

If you've been a reader of le blog for some time now, you probably know my skin type already.  But for the sake of my first-time visitors, let me tell it again.  Well, from the name of the product itself, you'd get an idea.

So yea, I have oily skin.  Oftentimes, not only my t-zone gets greasy.  I get a lot of oil all over the face at the end of the day especially if I don't do touch ups in between.

That's one reason why I gravitate towards products that have like "mattifying" word on the packaging.  As much as I love that dewy, from-the-inside glow, I'd choose matte finish most of the time.

The makeup bases I have currently do not have a real matte finish so to transform them, I'd use mattifying primer.  The one from Quick FX, I can really recommend but the effect doesn't last long.  

Then, I saw this mattifying balm when I did an ELF haul last time.

It comes in a compact and there's a nice sponge in the bottom compartment.  The packaging makes it easy to bring.  I also love the huge mirror inside.

Unlike Quick FX primer, it comes as a hardened wax.  I don't use the sponge because I find it easier to apply using my fingers.  The heat helps it glide like butter.

2 Ways to Use

As a primer -  so far, it creates a beautiful finish underneath foundation.  There's still some shine and my face doesn't look completely flat which is great!

For touch ups - dabbing a tiny amount on top of a greasy area instantly makes it matte.  It moves the makeup a bit but I don't really mind.  This is perfect as an on-the-go companion.  If you don't want to have layers of powder but you really need to get rid of a shiny t-zone, this is your guy.

It barely has a silicon-y feel and I don't think that it's clogging my pores.  It really creates a matte yet smooth canvass which it makes blending of foundation easier.

Take note though that this won't control sweat.  If you sweat, you sweat.  Haha!

The effect is also better if the weather is nice.  Lately, I've been using it and it's not too humid outside so I can get to office still looking fresh.

It doesn't feel heavy or weird on skin as well.  It's scentless too so it's perfect for those who are sensitive to strong fragrance.

My face looked shiny after 2 hours (photo taken after travelling from home to office and sweating because of the long walk) but compared to when I don't use this balm, there's no grease.

Normally, I would get a very oily situation after 4 hours.  And when I say oily, it's icky.  Like you can really get the oil from the surface by touching it.  But if I have this underneath makeup, it keeps the grease at bay for 4 hours.

Look at the bridge of my nose here.  I applied it on top of makeup to blot excess oil.

Overall, I'm loving it!  I know it might not be this effective during summertime but I'm still keeping it in my bag.  

I'd recommend getting Quick FX Primer if you really want a cheaper alternative but if you don't mind paying extra, then get this one!  It's still more affordable because it's a drugstore brand.

What do you think?

Btw, I'm not sure if this is available at local ELF counters.  I got mine from their US website.

your sweetest drug,

New video is up!  #feelingaccomplished #butstilldelayed

So last month, I got invited by Bioessence to try their procedure called Oxygen Ceutical which is composed of two kinds of treatments - Caviar Protein and Intensilite.  These are their top-of-the-line facial treatments and they use only high-quality and imported products.

I didn't know that it was going to be that extensive.  I actually thought that it's a normal facial process so I got a bit overwhelmed by the whole procedure.  Haha!  I'm not complaining though.  It felt good and my skin really thanked me for the pampering experience.

Click here to start watching!

We went to their Mall of Asia branch.  From Krispy Kreme, you cross the street and then take the escalator on your right.  It will take you directly to Bioessence.

We got there just in time for dinner so we grabbed a quick one at Hokkaido Ramen Santouka.  My burp-guide thoughts?  It's okay, nothing special.  The meat though was soooo delicious.

After confirming my appointment, they did a skin consultation first.  There's like a device that has a blue light thing with a mirror so you can see your troubled areas.  Ms. Mitch explained the horrible things I saw.  Haha!  You know,  clogged pores, dry skin, oily zones.

At that time, they had a promo on their warts removal procedure so I was like "okay, what a perfect timing".  I had no idea that my warts were that plenty.  Ugh.  Yea, I noticed them before especially when it's too bright and I look closely.  They're definitely not pretty.

I believe the original price was 7,000 for the whole face but for my case they slashed 50% off.  If yours are more severe or if you also want to remove the ones outside the face, then the cost might go up.  Better to pay them a visit first to check.

Excuse my super oily face.

So what are warts, you asked?

Based on my little research, they are commonly caused by viruses so they don't just pop up very randomly.  If you share personal hygiene items like towels with a person who has warts, then there's a big chance that you'd get some too.

Big ones are easy to spot and yes, they can grow.  On old people, they look darker and more like map-shaped instead of appearing as tiny bumps.  

I know that the way to remove them is by burning them but it was actually my first time so I didn't know if it's painful or not.

Let me now talk about the OC Treatment.  

  • They used Oxygen Ceuticals products on me such as the Pore Mask and the Caviar Cream.
  • The part after the cleansing is the Oxygen Infusion thing.  It's one of my faves because it felt so cooling and refreshing.
  • During the pricking part, my milias were also extracted.  Soooo happy!  I still have a few ones though and I opted not to bother them for now because they would be 100x more painful.
  • The part where I wore a jabawockeez mask (HAHAHAH) is part of the Intensilite treatment (Photo Dynamic Therapy).  I believe they used orange light on me and each color has a specific benefit.
  • The caviar cream has anti-aging effects.  
  • The last cream they applied helps firm and slim the face.  Who wants a V-shape effect?

So here's the result!

The warts removal was not painful at all.  Maybe it's because of the topical anesthesia they applied prior the burning.

Do's and don'ts after warts removal

  • Don't put on makeup within the healing period (which I clearly ignored haha!)
  • Don't use harsh skincare products within the healing period (I used the facial cleanser I bought from them)
  • Don't remove the scabs (even though it's sooo tempting)
  • Do apply the post wart and HY cream 3 times a day

They slowly disappeared after 3 to 5 days.  I was able to conceal some of them with makeup but the big ones still peeked through.  

Like I said in the video, the products I got are not necessary.  I believe you can use any alternatives you have at home.  But personally, I wanted to be really careful so I just followed instructions.  Well, except the no-makeup-while-they're-healing part.  Haha!

Here are some before-and-after photos.

Spot the tiny bumps on my cheeks.

Underneath makeup, they are still noticeable up-close.

Now, my skin looks smoother.

Overall, I'm really pleased with the results.  It didn't leave any marks and I haven't seen any new ones popping up.  Hopefully, it would stay that way for a very long time!

They also gave me these samples.  Can't wait to use them!

I got a clutch too!

Last thoughts...

  • You can buy their products at any of their branches
  • The OC treatment's result will be more noticeable if you have it regularly - just like any other treatments
  • OC treatments (caviar or intensilite) cost around 5,000 php per session
  • The HY Cream, Biolite Face Cleanser and Post Wart Cream cost me 1,200 php
  • I recommend OC treatment if you have troubled skin and the regular facial doesn't work too well on you
  • You might not need it in your life but if you have spare money and you want to pamper your skin, go for that because it's top of the line treatment
Thank you again, Bioessence!!!  

Here's the link to their Facebook page if you want to check out more info!

That's it!  I hope you enjoyed the video.  

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your sweetest drug,
I'm really loving the look I did here.  I'm thinking of drawing cat eye liner next time to glam it up even more.

Yea, you can scroll down the page to check out what I'm talking about.  Haha!  Or you can stay here and read the review part first.

So tonight I'm writing about 3 different products from the same brand - ELF.  There are actually two other ones, one lipstick and mattifying balm but I thought of doing a separate post for those.

For these bunch on the other hand, I think I won't go on rambling too much so I thought of combining them.

Let's start with the eye makeup first.

Long Lasting Lustrous Eyeshadow in Toast and Party

These are basically glittery eye shadow pots.  I said glittery and not metallic or shimmery because there are indeed specks of glitter in the formula.  They are not in chunks though - still subtle and nice.

They feel wet and have some kind of moussy texture.  Such products do tend to dry out and become like a stone if you don't close it tightly.  :P

I must say, these are not for blending.  It is better if you use 'em when you want to pack on colors on the lids.  

I apply them using a synthetic brush or just a finger.  The gold one applies very nicely but the dark one is patchy.  

As you can see, they both lack in pigment but on the eyes and on top of primer, they're good enough.

I also don't have much to say in terms of lasting power yet but I don't think I would wear them without primer underneath anyway so no worries about that part.

Here's how a wash of Toast on the lids looks like.  Then, I used Party to deepen my outer corners.  I also put on a berry shimmery color to blend on the crease.

Yay!  I really like how it turned out!  Who wants a tutorial?

Eye Widener Pencil

This one, I hate the most.

You know me.  I love me a good white pencil for the waterlines so I was excited to use this.  Unfortunately, we're not meant to be.  Haha!

It's very streaky and extra extra creamy.  As I apply it directly on my waterlines, the product breaks and it just causes a mess rather than creating color.  Ugh.

I tried to find a way so I tried using a brush to apply it but I still couldn't get the color that I want.

With that, I might just toss this one away.

Baked Bronzer in Los Cabos

I've already mentioned that I use this on the eyes as well because as a bronzer, the color is too light on me.  However, since I don't have a new bronzer yet, I'm trying to make it work.  A very subtle bronze is okay for me so far.

It has a sheen to it and that makes it so nice to use as an eye shadow.  In fact, I use this almost everyday.  I sometimes use it alone and just pairing it with a tightline and mascara, then I'm all set.

Here's the swatch.

It doesn't give me any problems when I blend it but like I said, if I want to use it on my cheeks, I have to load up my brush with a lot of product or go dip a few times to really get a good amount the color payoff on my skin tone.

So that's everything for now!  More product reviews are coming your way as I finish editing a total of 3 videos.  I still haven't filmed the beauty haul so that might come waaaay later.  I hope you still watch out for that though!

Have a great week ahead!

your sweetest drug,
Is it just me or is hump day really more stressful than Monday?  It's like I get more uneasy on Tuesday nights because of impending workload the next day.  Ugh.  I'm starting to hate it.

Anyway, let's not talk about annoying stuff here.  Today, I'm sharing my short-but-sweet reviews on 3 skincare products.  Two of these actually came from my Althea mini haul.  If you haven't seen that video, you can click here.

St. Ives Blackhead Clearing Green Tea Scrub

Since my pores get clogged easily, I always make it a point to exfoliate my face at least once a week.  Well, it is hard to find a facial scrub that can really take out all the buried junk so I rely on my favorite iWhite nose pack.  However, there are times when I totally forget about it (or maybe I'm just too lazy) so I could see some of the clogs sticking out already.  

And that's the best time to use this scrub by St. Ives.

As you can see, the abrasiveness is moderate.  It feels like I'm scrubbing a superfine sugar on my face.  I go easy on the outer parts of my face but on the nose area, I rub like there's no tomorrow.  Haha!  Just kidding.  That would be painful.

I avoid the sides of the nose because it easily gets red.

It also smells nice - not too artificial.

I remember having a pimple after using this like once or twice but that won't make me hate it.  I wonder why though even if it has salicylic acid.  Hmmm.

My skin feels so smooth after each use and the fact that it takes away the clogs on the surface is already one good reason to love this product.

Oh!  And yes, it's affordable too!

Etude House Sunprise Must Daily Sunscreen

I'm not sure if you can remember but I've tried a sample of this before.  I liked it so I didn't think twice when I bought this sunscreen.

However, the problem popped up after using this for a couple of days.

I noticed that I was getting whiteheads on my forehead.  I actually stopped using this but I wanted to give it a second shot.  Too bad, the result was still the same.  I don't know what's causing the reaction but I don't want to get more of those bumps so I decided to ditch it.

In case you're wondering, it doesn't have that common sunscreen scent but it does smell like perfume.

Nature Republic Fresh Green Tea 70 Emulsion

One huge bottle of moisturizer for me!

I recommend this to people with normal to dry skin.  Yes, I'm oily but I still used it as my day and night moisturizer.  It made me grease even more so I had to break up with this baby.

It's a good emulsion but it's not lightweight so I suggest using it only at night.  I also noticed that it doesn't get easily absorbed but it really hydrates the skin.

Since it's not compatible with my skin type, I'm now using it as an eye cream.  Yep, I don't want to let go of a nice skincare here.

That's it!

Have you tried any of these?  Lemme know!

your sweetest drug,