Monday, February 9, 2015

San San Nail Polish In Violet Gleam Swatch & Review

Hello guys! It's February, the month of love! So it's somehow a good time to pamper by giving yourselves good manis and pedis especially if you are supposed to be going out with someone haha ya know what I mean! But that's not the reason why I changed my nail polish today since I don't have this someone right now to go out with.

It's been two weeks, I think, since I last had my diy manicure because I'm doing this National Museum campaign for my midterm in Public Relations so I really had minimal time for myself the past week. Ugh! We just presented last Saturday, thank God my team's already finished!

So anyway, for today, I painted my nails using San San Nail Polish in Violet Gleam!

What I used for my manicure today: L-R: Caronia Nail Hardener & Base Coat for 49php, San San Nail Polish in Violet Gleam for 37php, Chic Two-Way Nail Art in Ivory for 33php, Caronia Fast-Dry Top Coat for 49php, and Caronia Kwik-Dry & Cuticle Conditioner for 49php
If you read my previous posts, you'll know that I love purple shades! And that's what pushed me to buy this color instantly as I see it on HBC shop near our house!



The bottle's so cute, right? I actually love the metallic silver thingy on the handle of the bottle. And it doesn't look cheap though I bought it for less than a dollar! Can you believe it!?


And the color payoff is really amazing! I used two coats for my polish and it dries with instant glossy look you need not to use a top coat!! One coat will do actually but I added another for longer color life.


Notice that I designed my accent finger a somehow leopard look. This has been my first time to design my ring finger like this so bare with me if it looks not like those professionally applied leopard nail arts. And sorry for the blurred picture. I used a low-pixel-led phone cam for this. :(


More photos!!! I'm sorry I just love the packaging and color of San San Nail Polishes that I have at least 20 colors on my stash now!


If you can just see the ingredients, you'll know that it's Toxic-Trio free meaning that it is safe for our health! And they dry fast enough as well!


I'm not yet satisfied with my mani so I put on extra matte top coat to achieve this awesome look since I noticed that little bubbles appeared upon drying the polish so I added this! Though San San Nail Polish in Violet Gleam created bubbles, the matte top coat perfectly hid them!



So that's it! Like the color? Leave a comment if you had the same experience with San San Nail Polish! Happy blogging! xx

Love, Hanna

Monday, February 2, 2015

Gluta-C Intense Whitening Alcohol-Free Toner Review


I'm not such a fan of toners or cleansers, actually. Admittedly, I don't know what's the difference between the two or should I use one or both, you should send me comments/messages regarding that lol (Update: Now I know! Lol!). Seriously, I don't know how they differ from each other, but for personal use, I only use one since daily regimen could be a hassle if I apply a lot of beauty products over my face haha! Since I already bought the other Gluta-C products, it would be non-sense if I skip the toner, right?

So one of the Gluta-C products I recently purchased was this Gluta-C Intense Whitening Toner. I promised to post a review for it on my Gluta-C Product Haul Post so, here it is!


Active Ingredients
  • Witch Hazel Extract - for itching, irritated skin, also used as astringents to tighten the skin
  • Iris Florentina Extract - a revitalizing anti-aging ingredient that is rich in natural isoflavones, stimulates skin to compensate for decreased metabolic activity due to aging, fortify the dermis by limiting the degradation of structural proteins, reduces the depth of wrinkles, improves skin hydration and elasticity for an overall improvement in skin tone, useful in anti-aging or anti-stress products, has estrogen-like activity that helps to fight against wrinkle formation, dryness and skin slackening
  • Green Tea Extract - naturally rich in antioxidants, protects the skin from the damaging effect of free radicals, influence the tone and health of the skin, decrease wrinkles and makes skin young-looking, slows down aging process, a good anti-inflammatory agent thereby reducing inflammation in the skin, helps to inhibit collagenase which promote the health and quantity of collagen, maintains a firm and elastic skin, gives skin a healthy glow.
  • Glutathione - works to clear the body of free radicals and toxins that can lead to serious skin problems like hyperpigmentation and melasma, as well as more common ones like sun spots
  • Vitamin C - works well with Glutathione
  • Dioscorea Villosa - used to enhance the appearance of dry or damaged skin by reducing flaking and restoring suppleness


Application

I use the toner twice a day after cleansing my face. I do this by putting the right amount of toner on a cotton ball then gently apply it all over my face and neck in a gentle circular motion. For added benefits, I use Gluta-C Intense Whitening Facial Day Cream in the morning and Gluta-C Intense Whitening Facial Serum in the evening, then afterwards, the Gluta-C Insta-White Cream.


Texture and Consistency

Product comes in a watery formula that's amber-colored. So cute!



What I like
  • The scent. I super love the citrus-y scent of the formula. It smells like Green-Tea--as far as I know, all of the Gluta-C Products have Green Tea extracts except for their facial cream and serum. It smells not too strong for it is an alcohol-free toner! Another plus for this product!
  • The price. It retails for only 99php for a 100ml bottle.
  • Effectiveness. I'd give it a 9/10 if I should rate it. I love how it works its wonders on my skin. It's actually better than my previous toner! I always love how it double cleanse my face pretty well for a toner. It's moisturizing too, but does not leave my skin feeling greasy/oily just how my previous cleanser did.
  • Availability. I think it's available in many drugstores nationwide since I always find it anywhere I go (Watsons, Savemore, Department stores, Supermarkets).
  • The ingredients. Some of the ingredients that I know are very effective and natural and included in the formula are; Witch Hazel Extract, Iris Florentina Root Extract, Green Tea Extract, Glutathione, Vitamin C, Discorea Villosa.
  • Gentleness. Definitely no stinging or burning sensation and do not trigger breakouts.


What I don't like:
  • I didn't notice any whitening nor pore minimizing effects after more or less a month of usage. While I use this product together with other Gluta-C products, there are still breakouts on my skin, something that's worth mentioning since it promises to prevent acne. As for the oil control properties, I am not yet satisfied since I really have oily and big pores which I still haven't solved yet. You can guarantee it won't leave your face oily after application though eventually my skin would oil up just how it normally would.


So that's my review post for Gluta-C toner! This is a good drugstore brightening toner given its availability and pricec although I have tried a few other toners better than this. Anyway, for more reviews regarding other Gluta-C products, click the links below! Leave a comment and start a conversation if you like! Happy blogging!

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Sunday, February 1, 2015

January Hauls!

I know it's the start of February, but I just wanna show you all of my clothing, nail polish, and beauty product hauls for the previous month since they are the ones which you would be finding for my future reviews!

*Note: I didn't buy them all at once! And some were from my mom.

Plaid button-down from Fishbone
Cropped sweater from Divided by H&M

Gray Sweater from Made To Be Worn Out

Black Shorts from F&X Clothing

Pink Shorts from F&X Clothing

White Shorts from F&X Clothing

Bracelets made of different gem stones

Bobbie Nail Cremes: L-R: Dazzled, Spotlight, Cheeky, Classy, Explosive

San San Nail Polish: L-R: Violet Gleam, Metallic Lilac, Touch of Beige

Chic Two-Way Nail Art: L-R: Ebony Black, Ivory White

MAC Creme Sheen Glass in Double Dare, Avon Simply Pretty Magic Lipstick in Blush Pink and Apple Green

Lewis & Pearl Scent Shop New York Beats Cologne

Purederm Yogurt Mask
Palmolive Naturals Silky Straight Shampoo & Conditioner

Tresemme Shampoo & Conditioner

Palmolive Naturals Soft & Moisture Soaps

Palmolive Naturals Smooth & Moisture Soaps in 3s (I used the third one earlier)

Vitress Hair Polish

Dove White Beauty Bar

Uni Kojic Soap: whitening Beauty Soap

Watsons Exfoliating Body Wash

Avon Feelin Fresh Underarm Cream Deo in Quelch Spring Blossom

Ever Bilena Daily Sunblock Whitening Lotion

Oil of Life Moisturizing Body Wash

Jergens Age Defying Lotion

So that's all! Hauls of the month prettily summed up! Stay tuned for future reviews, lovelies! Happy blogging! xx

Love, Hanna