Sunday, August 26, 2012

August Haul + Lioele Blackheadzero Nose Patch and Etude House Put Your Hands Up Face Waxing Patch

I'm writing this post while listening to Psy's Gangnam Style and Tasty's You Know Me. And I just realized that they sound alike!

I have been swamped with a lot of things regarding reality- which is better know as work.

I actually have 2 posts that I never gotten the chance to continue because of it and then I keep on forgetting. Pfft.

Moving along, August is almost done and one of the days next week will mark another year in my life. Weee!

August had been a very expensive month for me. I have spent much more than I can afford so I really need to cut down on my impulse spending.

I should seriously give wallet a rest and I hope I can actually do it!

Since I've already mentioned that I have spent a lot (a lot because I am also juggling my cosmetics purchases with paying for 4 gadgets), today I will showcase my haul for August.

Tadah!


This month I have ordered from Charmaine twice, went and bought items from Etude House thrice, once in Daiso/Saizen, and once in Japan Home Center.

From Kkochipida:

  • Mizon Watermax Moisture BB Cream - on sale for P385
  • Lioele Blackheadzero Nose Patch - on sale for P75
  • Elisha Coy Always Nudy Sample Sachet - free
  • Missha Time Revolution Night Repair Sample Sachet - free


From Etude House:

  • Put Your Hands Up Face Waxing Patch - P448 for a box of 10 patches
  • Wonder Pore Special Set - P1,548 includes 500ml Freshner, Whipping Foam, and Brush
  • Mask Brush - P98
  • Wonder Pore Freshner Spray Bottle - P98
  • Black Charcoal Chin Patch - P38
  • I Need You Lemon Mask Sheet - P58
  • I Need You Royal Jelly Mask Sheet - P58
  • Essence Mask Vitamic C - P58
  • Essence Mask Vitamin E - P58
  • Missing You Tin (prize from their Sweetie Spin promo in SM North EDSA) - free
  • O2 White Skin Care Kit (prize from their Sweetie Spin promo in SM North EDSA. This is my 3rd set. LOL) - free
  • Milk Talk Sampler Set (GWP for EH boutiques if you spend at least P2,000) - free


From Daiso/Saizen:

  • Silicon Facial Cleansing Pad - P85
  • Daiso Charcoal Mask - P85
  • Black Nanosilver Clean Puff - on sale for P25 (I got 4!)


From Japan Home Center:

  • Catena Mask Sheets - 3 for P88 (I bought 6)


Now here's the fun part! The items I have listed above that has this Hello Kitty face right here , I have already tested. Hooray!

Obviously I have so much to share.

But before that, I mentioned on my last past that I have been impulsively buying the things I have and well, the last Etude House haul was the most impulsive of all.

Supposedly, I was just going to buy the Face Waxing Patch, but they had another Sweetie Spin and I really wanted a new toner. They didn't have the toner on stock when I was there and the set was all they had. The SA (not Rizzy, though) calculated what I would be paying if I bought what was in the set individually, so the set ended up being somewhat a good deal already (but again, it was not part of my plans to buy it that day).

Aside from the price, my brother was pestering me to buy because he wants it too (to freeload from me, anyway!). Apparently, his girlfriend already bought the Freshner but her mom asked some of it. So no more for him. LOL.

I don't want to blog about all of those I tried out in one post. You'd prolly get to lazy to read it if so.

I'll start with a few things today and I will also try starting on the others with their own individual posts soon after.

I should probably start with the easy ones: Lioele Blackheadzero Nose Patch and Etude House Put Your Hands Up Face Waxing Patch.

Please forgive my fugly (duck)face. I was having too much fun with my iPad when I took that.
I've been seeing reviews regarding the Lioele Blackheadzero Nose Patch and most of them were positive.

I was supposed to buy 2 boxes of this (one for me and another for my workmate); however, Charm only had 1 box left! As a compromise with my workmate, she asked me to order her a Missha Perfect Cover BB cream (so we can save with the shipping fee as well) and give her one strip so she can try it out.

According to her, her nose was smoother after using it. After a few days I used a strip as well.

I can't even remember the last time I've used a pore strip (but I do remember that it's the one from Bench) and it mostly likely didn't do anything for me because if it did I wouldn't have stopped using it. I also tried using iWhite, but it was so annoying to use.

According to the package:

Liole Blackheadzero Nose Patch: Instantly cleans clogged pores and removes blackheads

  • After washing face, wet nose with water sufficiently and then apply the strip to the moistened nose are with the shiny side facing your skin.
  • Let the strip dry for 10 to 15 minutes.
  • After the strip is dried, slowly and carefully peel off strip.


So I tried this and it applied well on my nose. I also felt my nose tightening in the process and it did remove most of the blackheads and whiteheads I had on my nose, although there were still some on my nose. Maybe because my pores weren't open properly or I just need to do this twice a week. Maybe.

Also, there were sticky residue from the strip on the sides of my nose when I removed it. I still had to wash my nose with water. And it has this weird smell. It's not bad, it's just weird.



  • Removes blackheads and whiteheads well
  • Makes nose feel soft and smooth
  • The price! (from Kkochipida anyways)




  • Not available locally
  • The price! (This is being sold for P245 per box of 5 by Lioele Philippines)
  • Left residue on my nose
  • Weird (but bearable smell)
Will I buy this again?: Definite yes, although from Kkochipida.


Now onto Etude House's Put Your Hands Up Face Waxing Patch.

According to the package:

Formulated with moisturizing Aloe Vera, Green Tea, and Chamomile extracts, this cute style facial wax patch removes mustache-like hair quickly and easily, leaving your under nose skin clean and smooth.


  • After washing face, thoroughly  wet your under nose skin. The strip won't stick on dry skin.
  • Dry hands. Peel patch off plastic liner. Apply to under nose area pressing down to ensure good contact with skin.
  • Let dry for 10-15 minutes until stiff to the touch. Slowly and carefully peel off starting at edges, pulling toward center.
  • Use 1-2 times a week.

The moment I saw this posted on Etude House Philippines' wall, I was ecstatic! I inherited the facial hair curse from my mom and it's really annoying. They're not as bad as the ones of guys but the ones of my face are noticeable.

Obviously I was happy to find a way to remove the facial hair but I guess I expected too much from it.

Why?

Although it did remove the really small ones, the ones that are barely there; the noticeable ones were still on my face.

Now I can't say for sure that it doesn't really work since it did remove some hair, even if they weren't the ones I really wanted to eliminate.

I'm giving this the benefit of the doubt. Maybe I did it wrong. Maybe I didn't press down firmly so the hair will stick to it. Pfft.

I'll prolly try this one again sometime soon. But I'm not going to keep my hopes up. I'll update this post with the final verdict soon.




  • The fit of the patch is just right and adorable.
  • Available locally
  • Removed that hairs I can't remove because I can't see them
  • Doesn't hurt when being removed



  • The price I suppose, especially if I prove that it doesn't work
  • Did not remove the noticeable facial hairs
  • Not really sure if it's really meant to remove mustache
That's it for now. I have other products to share with you guys and I am hoping that I will get to post something about them sometime soon. I'm especially excited to share my thoughts about the Mizon Watermax Moisture BB cream!

Oh yeah! The Touch of Yellow is having a giveaway!


This is open internationally and her giveaway includes awesome stuff and there will also be a  consolation prize. So why not visit her blog and give her some love? Click here to join her giveaway!

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Sunday, August 12, 2012

Bunnyfulday's Giveaway + Impulse Buying

The weather is now better in the Philippines (for most part). There are still places having flood problems but I am very much thankful that the rain has stopped and my fellow Filipinos can recuperate from the damages and loss.

And before anything else... Bunnyfuldays is hosting a giveaway!



Click here to join her giveaway! She has two sets of prizes and they all look nice!  Contest ends on August 24th.:)

Went back to regular work schedule last Friday and yesterday (Saturday) was my last day of work before my off days. I was telling my workmate about joining the Etude House Philippines Help Me Find My Stuff contest and my hopes of finally winning. LOL. It just started last Tuesday and will go for 5 rounds. I've joined the first 2. There's already a winner for the 1st round and IDK what about the 2nd round. I'm getting antsy about it.

I told her about the prizes and she got curious about the Milk Talk body washes. I told her that I got a Milk Talk GWP from Etude House last month and that they all smelled great. Apparently she likes these kinds of things; hence, I offered to drop by Etude House is Watson's SM Makati on my way home to check the price of the Milk Talk.

Before I even found the Milk Talk I saw 2 tubes of EH's Happy Teatime Lemon Cleansing Foam; one was a tester and the other was the last tube available.

So even buying anything was not part of my plan (I was saving up to splurge on Etude House, Tony Moly, and The Face Shop, I was just waiting for their new GWP line up), I had to buy it.

I suppose some of you are wondering why I had a teensy panic buying attack for the cleansing foam. Well, the Happy Team Time Cleansing Foam line is already phased out and was replaced with the Happy Essential Cleansing Foam line. The Essential foam line is said to be the upgraded version of the Teatime line. I haven't tried the new ones yet because I'm still using my old tube of Happy Teatime Lemon Tea Cleansing foam, so I can't say what the difference is.

The Essential Cleansing foams are retailed for P228 (around $3-4), the Happy Teatime foams were retailed for P148 ($1.50-2). So yeah, I had to rush in buying the last tube of one of my most favorite cheap thrills. For info, one tube of the Tea Time foam has 150ml of product that will last you 4-6 months depending on usage. Yes, that is one awesome cheap find!

The reason why I love this cleansing foam is that it makes me feel like my skin is really clean after a hard day out. Before the I got bitten by the Korean cosmetics/skincare craze, the only wash I use was Pond's Facial Wash. I have oily skin (although, the staff at Let's Face It said I had dry skin. I dunno. I think she's blind. Or she was pertaining that I had oily-combination skin. Pftt) and I refuse to use anything other than Ponds because most of them made me feel like I didn't wash enough.

I do not like that feeling of "moisturized" skin after washing (hence, also my dislike of using Dove/Caress soaps) as I end up feeling frustrated that I did not wash everything off, even if I'm already clean. I like the squeaky feeling even if it can be bad for you (like it would be too drying).

I mostly get frustrated with my brother in terms of my facial wash. He often steals mine and he uses it so I had to look for something he won't bother to take. Hellooooo Happy Teatime Cleansing foam!

The Lemon Tea foam (as far as I know) is the one that's meant for oily-combination skin. I'd like to tell you more about the other ones, but I can't remember what Rizzy told me. LOL. All I know is that the lemon foam is for my skin type.

I'll probably end up buying the Happy Essential line next time. At least that they're still 150ml. The Vitafoam one was priced the same as the Happy Teatime but it was really smaller.

The Happy Teatime Lemon Tea Cleansing Foam is as big a tube of Creamsilk conditioner.
Sealed for freshness! LOL.
Of course, I got blinded again with EH's marketing strategy of buy at least *insert amount here* and get a gift with purchase! Spending P500 will get you a free face mask (which is their usual GWP for that amount).

Obviously I didn't leave the kiosk until I reached the P500 mark. And tadah! Here is my loot.

Happy Teatime Lemon Tea Cleansing Foam (P148), Moistfull Aloe Mask Sheet (GWP), Mascara Remover (P198), Petit Darling Nail Polish in PK008 (P98), and Soft Touch Auto Lipliner in #2 (P98).
The rest are mine but the auto lipliner is for my bestfriend. I already have one like it.

Supposedly, the budget I spent for these were meant to buy face masks from The Face Shop. I'm currently in the face mask mood recently. I actually want to go out right now just to buy face mask sheets.

Well, I can't do anything about it anymore. The damage has been done. LOL. Hopefully next month I can stick to my budget.

Speaking of budget, same mentioned workmate got curious about the items from Kkochipida, and I mentioned to her that Charm was selling a pack of Lioele nose strips for just P75 (price in Lioele Philippines is P245!). She said she wanted to buy a pack so I contacted Charmaine about it. Unfortunately, there is only one box left and I certainly wanted one. Of course it would be too weird to buy just that item and then have it shipped. The shipping fee would be more expensive than the product itself.

So I am now looking for other stuff to add to the delivery, which in turn, ruins my budget yet again.

Well, I have the option not to add anything anymore since workmate Kat decided she wanted to buy the Missha BB cream which I will include in my order so it can get delivered to my place instead and I'll just give it to her when we get to work. Hmmm.. Decisions, decisions.

And since I'm already talking about deliveries; amidst the bad weather last Wednesday, my delivery from Kkochipida arrived! No, it's not the pore strips yet. It's the Mizon Watermax Moisture BB cream!

Mizon Watermax Moisture BB cream. The packet is a sample of Elisha Coy's Always Baby BB cream.
It's taking a lot of willpower not to open this BB cream for the moment as I still have other things to try out. I hope can last long! LOL.

How about you guys, have you had any impulse buys lately?

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Tuesday, August 7, 2012

WARNING: Fake Etude House Products


I was hanging out on Etude House's Facebook Page when I saw a post on their wall regarding someone selling fake Etude House items.

The packaging is fake and the items are definitely fake! Check out this album for the fake product this person  is selling.

Funny thing is that even if you have not bought any EH items, you could at least do your research. There are so many people doing reviews for Etude House that you will most likely familiarize yourself with what they offer.

Hello??? Etude House does not have Fluid Line eyeliner! Fluid Line belongs to MAC, people!

I find it incredible (and not in a good way), that there are people inquiring about the products (e.i. How many ml is it or is it still available?). Really?!

Out of curiosity, I did bother to try using fake make-up once. It was a fake MAC lipstick and I just really wanted to try it out.

Oh boy, it was a stupid attempt to do so. It was so obvious that it wasn't real. It tasted waxy and it didn't even glide the same way the cheapest drugstore brand would. AND IT BURNED MY LIPS. Swear.

I swiped it once and I felt like my lips were hurting so I immediately took it off.

If you feel like the prices of Korean drugstore make-up brands like Etude House still is much more expensive to you, then please try out the local drugstore brands we have. Our local brands like Careline, Ever Bilena, and F21 are all tested and approved to be sold in the market, LEGALLY.

It's better to use something tested and approved than to take the risk of using "authentic" products that really aren't. Please do not risk your health for the price.

P.S.

I saw this seller in Sulit. Below is a screenshot of what the person is selling with their prices.


Click on the picture for a larger image.

This seller is passing off these obviously fake products are the real deal. I'm not really sure if the owner of this account and the one on Facebook is one and the same, but they are selling the same products. Same source, perhaps?

The difference is that the one in Sulit is selling the items as close to the real retail price when the one on Facebook is selling the items for less than P100 ($2).

Kapal nga lang din talaga ng mukha nun seller sa Sulit. May receipt pa talaga? Really?!

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Sharing My Thoughts: Etude House White Moistfull Peeling Wash

First of all, I would like to ask for people reading this to include the Philippines in your well-wishes and prayers. We are experiencing another bad case for heavy rain and a greater majority of the places here in Luzon/Metro Manila are flooded and submerged in water. The rain has not relented for a few days now and everyday gets worse and worse.

I was unable to go to work today due to the weather. Even my cousin who lives in Bulacan is here right now as she couldn't go home from school yesterday.

Obviously, my Mizon Watermax Moisture BB Cream from Kkochipida won't be arriving today because of the rain. Well, I would rather it be delayed in being delivered than for the delivery guy to be stranded or get into an accident.

Since my (whole) immediate family and I are home and I have nothing to do, I would like to share to you my thoughts on Etude House's White Moistfull Peeling Wash.


Before moving forward, I would like to apologize for the ugly, washed out lighting of my pictures. It's gloomy outside and that's the best "natural" light I can get from my window.

Etude House Philippines just posted this line on their Facebook page last August 1. I got this one like the 2nd week of July so I'm not sure why the posted it just recently.

I bought this at Etude House North EDSA priced at P578 (more or less $12) for a 100ml tube. I also got my mom one since I was trying to fill my basket to reach the P2,000 mark. Hahaha. I was eyeing the Milk Talk GWP.

It's pretty much the usual packaging of the facial washes, although, I do find the opening of cap (when you flip it open) is a bit too big. The content is in between creamy and watery; so if you don't shake the content first, it will run out of the tube.

This is how it looks like outta the tube.

Initially, I seriously didn't know how to use this. I didn't pay much attention to Rizzy when she was telling me how to use it.

The direction (which is in English, btw) says that we should dispense and apply the solution on our faces, massaging for 1-2 minutes and then to wash off the excess with warm water.

It says "peeling wash" so I used as I would a facial wash. I wet my face, massage the wash on my face, and then rinse with water.

I got frustrated because I didn't feel anything at all. I didn't even feel the beads on my face, let alone any "peeling".

I was unable to find any reviews or how-to's for this product. I have found reviews for the original Moistfull line (y'know, the one in the pink/peach packaging?).

Luckily, I have found a review for the original Moistfull Peeling Wash from Lotus Palace.

Apparently, I've been using this peeling wash wrong.

Supposedly, you use this on dry skin. I've been using this wet for the first 2 times only to realize that I've been doing it wrong.

So the moment I found out the right way to use it, I did try it out. And hallelujah! I finally felt the exfoliating part (and the beads!).

 
These are the beads on the peeling wash.

 
What is looks like when you massage on dry skin.

What it looks like after a minute or 2. Can you see the residue?

So it finally worked! Hooray!

After using this product correctly for one time, I immediately felt it working its magic. My face felt really soft after I used this. Like really soft, I couldn't get enough of touching it. LOL.

I'm not really sure if the residue though were scrubbed off dead skins cells or whatever. Then again, I've only used it correctly once so maybe more effects in the future?

I did think my skin was a bit lighter after using it (or maybe I'm just making myself that it did whiten my face? LOL).

Please note that you can only use it twice a week max! You'll kill your skin if you use this everyday. The beads would be too harsh for everyday use (it's even painful in you scrub/massage too much). Best to use your ring fingers for massaging your face.



  • The smell! The scent is powdery like that of EH's Petit Bijou line (the blue one). I'm pretty partial to baby powdery scents.
  • Made my skin smooth after one (correct) use.
  • Face felt clean even without using a facial wash prior.
  • A little goes a long way. I believe this product will last you for months (hopefully, though, as we are advised to only use it twice a week).




  • Whitening is not really visible. But I only used this once, maybe in the long run?
  • A bit harsh on the face if you scrub/massage too hard. I don't think the beads disappear/melt off your face one you massage it.
  • The cap! I really don't like that it dispenses too much product from the nozzle.

Overall, I really like this one. I feel that it does exfoliate my skin and it's not just a product that says it has microbeads. For me it does work.

Giving this one a  out of 5.

I also hope this post is helpful to you guys when it comes to using this product! I really felt stupid when I didn't know how to use it.

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