Friday, June 4, 2021

Trying Out Apollo Lip Balms and Castor Oil For The First Time

It's been a while since the last time I did a skincare review. Don't get me wrong, I still do my everyday skincare (well, pretty much), but my work just has never been this demanding and it eats up too much of my time and energy. I've always wanted to leave but my slacking won't definitely cover my daily expenses and the family's dream to finally stop living in a rented apartment and move into a new home. 

Yup, for the past months, I've been working hard to save for our home improvement. It's in the making and even if we're done paying off the renovation expenses, there's still a lot of furniture to buy so I gotta work my ass off. Sorry if I am telling you this in a supposed-to-be-skincare post, but my excited fingers just couldn't stop. Anyway, let's just move forward and start with today's agenda.

Apollo Lip Balm in Original

I got all these Apollo products from Sample Room. I'm in a tight budget right now so I guess I'll have to live with free products until maybe the house is done? Just kidding.

I am sure that I don't need to introduce Apollo to most of you - I mean their Petroleum Jellies has been part our household essentials at one point. Price point, efficiency and ease of purchase are probably the primary factors. It's so great to hear that their petroleum business has now expanded to lip balms and beauty oils. I don't know if it's just me, but I love lip balms so much and I can not definitely leave the house without one.

Anyway, these lip balms are the cutest. I mean the idea of the packaging is not really original because there's Vaseline and whatnot, right? But I love that it's so handy and convenient to bring anywhere. I could bring the tiniest of my bag and this would just fits so perfectly. I could even just slip it on my dress' pockets and voíla!

This tiny pot of petroleum jelly never leave my work table, TBH. I always apply it every freakin' time my lips feel so parched and it would instantly provide relief. Moisture last long but given that I unconsciously licks my lips from time to time and I drink quite a lot, the need to reapply is so frequent. I have super dry lips all year round and this product helps the skin to recover. When I accidentally picks on the hanging dead skin and it causes bleeding, I would just apply a generous amount, and the wound would heal quickly.

Apollo Lip Balm in Pretty Pink

Apollo Lip Balms also came in a tinted variant. The formulation is just the same and both feels creamy and smooth, the only difference apart from the color is the strawberry scent of the latter. But probably because of the added chemical, I find it a bit drying when used overtime. My lips has always been sensitive to tinted lip products so I try to limit my use since I am working from home and there's no need to dress up.

However, my mom actually enjoys it. She traded her Vaseline one to this because she said that the Vaseline isn't actually giving her lips some color. She said that she could skip lipstick and just use the Apollo instead because it's enough to give her lips some rosy shade any skin color would look good on. I agree though. I don't suggest trading makeup and skincare products but because we're mom and daughter so no big deal LOL.

Both lips balms are so affordable and a little goes a long way, and they surely did last for a couple of months. I think that it's a great value for money and definitely a must-have.

Apollo 100% Pure Cold-Pressed Castor Oil

For those who believe that using beauty oils, particularly Castor Oil, to lengthen and thicken eye brows and lashes isn't an old myth, yes, Apollo has Castol Oil is here to save your day. It's so cheap and you get a tube that will last forever.

I tried using beauty oils way back when I was younger and though it was an on and off process, I noticed that my lashes became stronger and less prone to damage. There were bald spots in my brows that were soon filled. I stopped because I'm satisfied with the average thickness and length of my lashes. Also, it wasn't convenient and I don't like it when oils smears into the rest of my face. I have oily skin too and I was not comfortable about it especially when it gets inside the eyes.

If you are more patient that I am, using Castor Oil for the brows and lashes would help shape and tame hair overtime. I am sure that all hardwork pays off in the end.

I guess that's pretty much everything. Let me know what are your thoughts about these products, whether you are a believer of these or not. I would love to hear from you. Happy weekends, everyone!

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4 Tips to Refresh Your Makeup Routine

It is important for us girls to look and feel 100% day in and day out, so even when we don’t get to doll up a lot these days, a few makeup hacks are always welcome to take our makeup routine to the next level. Let these versatile makeup products from Ever Bilena, the country’s leading cosmetics brand, be your go-to when you want to look and feel your best without using a lot of products in your stash.

Tip 1: Bring brightness onto your face.

The key to looking fresh and natural all day is to make your face look bright and healthy. Cop the dewy, au naturel look by applying the Sculpt and Strobe Stick highlighter on your cheekbones, below the brow line, bridge of your nose, center of the forehead, chin, and temples. The highlighter in Medium shade gives a silver-colored sparkle that’s perfect for fair skin, while the Deep shade in warm champagne-colored highlighter puts the best facial assets of ladies with morena skin. This guarantees to put some radiance back to your face.

Tip 2: Put the shape of your face on the spotlight.

Contouring is the perfect way to add shape to your face. To achieve this, use a bronzer that has a neutral shade and apply it to the perimeter of your face for a natural finish. Good thing you don’t need a separate bronzer, as you can use the Sculpt and Strobe Stick’s bronzer tip to get the job done. With a dual product like this, you can easily shape, define, and illuminate your best features, leaving you with a subtle, natural-looking finish in minutes.

Tip 3: Achieve the ‘healthy’ blush.

Don’t limit the use of your blush on just the apples of your cheeks. To achieve that healthy, glow-from-within look, use the EB Matte Color Stick, which gives that sun-kissed flush on your face. Apply on the crease of your eyes, temples, and bridge of your nose, and blend well to give that rosy, natural glow. Finish off by applying the product on your lips for that “just bitten” look. With long-lasting formula, EB Matte Color Stick lets you look fresh and youthful-looking throughout the day.

Tip 4: Make your eyes pop without looking too ‘done’

The eyes should stand out whether going for an all-natural look or full-on glam. The secret is to add shape and depth to bring attention to your peepers by using the EB Advance Power Paint along the lash line of your eyes. It’s a color cream that stays on the skin for hours, so you won’t feel the need to retouch. What’s more, it has a powdery matte finish that feels lightweight on the skin, and can be used as well to color your cheeks and lips without feeling too cakey.

Get these makeup tricks done in a jiffy with these EB multiuse makeup products to create a variety of looks that can be done in a few minutes or less. Shop now on Lazada or Shopee and visit Ever Bilena on Facebook (@everbilenacosmetics) or Instagram (@everbilenaofficial) to know more.

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Friday, May 21, 2021

Go-To Summer Makeup Looks You Can Try With Careline’s Lip & Cheek Tint

When it comes to summer essentials, lip and cheek tint is probably part of every Filipina’s makeup kit. It is versatile and it stays on the skin, which means your skin will look healthy and glowing all-day long. But the question is: are you making the most out of your lip and cheek tint product? There are so many looks you can try!

Careline suggests these easy summer looks you can try using its Lip & Cheek Tint (P110):


Koreans are very particular with their skin care, so that they have a clean but dewy canvas even while wearing very minimal makeup. For this particular look, you might want to prep the skin by thoroughly washing the face, and then apply CC or BB cream with SPF for the extra healthy glow. Spot conceal any blemishes or sunspots. After, apply the Careline Lip & Cheek Tint on the eyes, apples of the cheeks. Meanwhile, apply concealer on the lips and then apply the tint, concentrating on the center of the lips to achieve the signature Korean gradient lips.


Summer is not complete without getting tan and sun-kissed. But because some of us may not be able to go to the beach this summer, it’s still possible to look as if you’ve been out enjoying the sun. To look sun-kissed, apply the tint on the cheeks and bridge of the nose. Complement the look by sweeping bronzer along your hairline on your forehead, down to your cheekbones, apples of the cheeks, and then swirl back again to your jawline. You can even add faux freckles by dotting your nose and cheeks with black or brown eyeliner and then pat the dots with your makeup sponge to make them look more natural.


The key to achieve the my-skin-but-better look is to stick to shades that are close to your skin tone. Begin by applying your preferred foundation, cover your problem areas with concealer, using a shade that blends well into the skin. Once done, dab on the tint on the lips and the high points of the cheeks. Finish off with a highlighter on the bridge of the nose, cupid’s bow, on the chin and on top of the eyebrows to add glow to the skin.

Feel the fun and vibrant vibes of summer by trying out these makeup looks using Careline’s Lip and Cheek Tint available in five shades. Find this product on Careline’s official page on Lazada and Shopee and in leading supermarkets, groceries, and department stores nationwide. For more updates, visit and like Careline on Facebook (@CarelineCosmetics) and Instagram (@carelineph).

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Ever Organics: 4 Reasons You Need to Include Aloe Vera in Your Daily Self-Care Routine

Back in the day, Aloe Vera extracts were used to make hair thicker and to clean wounds. Present advances in beauty and cosmetics have proven that this hardy plant has many properties to help care and pamper our skin.

Ever Organics, the affordable and effective skincare line formulated with organic-based ingredients, offers two product variants to let you enjoy the healing and beautifying benefits of Aloe Vera without breaking your budget. Ever Organics 95% Aloe Vera Soothing Gel alleviates discomfort from acne and reduce swelling, as it soothes and hydrates your skin. Meanwhile, Ever Organics Ice Jeju Aloe Soothing Gel is made special with ingredients that give a cooling sensation while moisturizing dry skin and giving it a natural-looking glow.

Ever Organics 95% Aloe Vera Soothing Gel

Ever Organics Ice Jeju Aloe Soothing Gel Lotion

If you are not on the Aloe Vera beauty bandwagon yet, Ever Organics shares these four great reasons to include Aloe Vera in your daily self-care routine:

Cleanses and clarifies skin.

The antioxidants component present in Aloe Vera helps you achieve clearer and more radiant skin. With its antibacterial properties, Aloe Vera gels not only removes make-up but also clears your pores of dirt and bacteria and helps reduce skin blemishes such as acne. It generally promotes healthier and cleaner skin.


No need to worry about feeling sticky all day as products like Ever Organics 95% Aloe Vera Soothing Gel for All Skin Types have quick-absorbing gel formula that prevent your face from feeling so. Packed with vitamins C and E, they moisturize and protect the skin from sun and other pollutants that may cause premature skin aging. Keeping your skin moisturized will slow down the skin aging process.

Relaxes the skin.

Inflamed skin? Aloe Vera gels help soothe skin and renew skin cells. The power of this wonder plant help stimulates skin’s natural collagen and elastin that keeps skin smooth and supple. Aloe Vera is also known to be a remedy to treat burns, wounds, sunburns and inflammations.

Good for all skin types.

Worried if Aloe Vera gels suit you? Worry not. From dry skin to oily skin, Aloe Vera gels work best with any skin type. Aloe Vera gels mostly contain natural extract, so you can use it on your face and even in any part of the body.

Aloe Vera is truly a wonder plant. From being a remedy for skin problems to beautifying our skin, it should be a part of your daily self-care routine. It is best to pick those that contain a high AV percentage, and free of alcohol, colorings, and potentially harmful chemicals. Ever Organics 95% Aloe Vera Soothing Gel (P188) and Ever Organics Ice Jeju Aloe Soothing Gel (P188) are now available on Lazada.

For more information, follow @EverOrganics on Facebook and @ever_organics on Instagram.

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Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Hello Glow Sun Care Gel Delivers 3-in-1 Skincare Benefits

The cool ber-month breeze is far gone, and the hot, dry, sunny days are coming. But no worries! Protecting your skin from the harmful rays of the sun while keeping it glowing is easier as Hello Glow, Ever Bilena Cosmetics’ new skin care line, introduces its latest three-in-one Sun Care Gel.

Made in and imported from Korea, the new Hello Glow Sun Care Gel protects, strengthens, and moisturizes your face and your body with just one product! Its lightweight, non-sticky and hydrating water-gel cream formula with SPF 50+ protects skin from sunburn, heat rash, wrinkles, and other skin problems. There is also minimal to no white cast as it easily blends on upon application.

Containing fundamental active ingredients and antioxidants, Hello Glow is enriched and formulated with Aloe Vera and Bamboo Leaf Extract to soothe, protect, and smoothen the skin and works for all skin types – dry, oily, and sensitive.

A vegan and cruelty-free product, Hello Glow Sun Care Gel also has pore minimizing properties, as it contains Wood-Apple extract and Hyaluronic Acid to retain moisture on skin, making it healthier and more supple.

Apply Hello Glow Sun Care Gel evenly all over the face, neck, shoulders, arms, and legs at least 30 minutes before sun exposure to fully enjoy its benefits. To get the best results, reapply the product every two hours daily.

The new Hello Glow 3-in-1 Sun Care Gel is now available on Lazada, as well as from authorized distributors and resellers nationwide, for only Php 320. For additional updates, follow @helloglowofficial on Facebook and Instagram.

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Thursday, March 25, 2021

Bioessence QuadWhite 4-in-1 Soap To Exfoliate The Skin

This week, I am very fortunate to get a 3-day off from work. Yesterday was the first day but I pretty much did nothing. I've been procrastinating a lot lately and I want to put an end to it (at least for now lol). Today, let me share with you my thoughts about Bioessence QuadWhite 4-in-1 Soap.

Bioessence is one of the skincare brands that I genuinely love. I remember how my first facial turned a success and following it up with using their Acnetrol line gave me the clearest skin I've ever had in my entire life. If only I can bring back the time... I guess this is when it hits hard when they say, 'you're not getting any younger'.


This premium soap contains a blend of 4 whitening ingredients (L-Glutathione, Carica Papaya Extract, Kojic Acid and Vitamin C) that helps the skin to be fairer, brighter, brighter, and young-looking.

Benefits: removes skin impurities and excess oils; lightens skin discoloration

So much whitening ingredients for a single soap, eh? To be honest, I didn't know this soap exist until this one time when I wanted to repurchase Acnetrol products online. I key in the brand name and it showed me all the products available. I saw this soap and got intrigued because the seller said that this is great for underarm and bikini areas. I've had problems with chicken skin and uneven skin tone for quite a while so I guess trying it out won't hurt that much.

Let me just appreciate the packaging - I like that it's made of eco-friendly materials with a little bit of plastic. Nothing fancy but I like minimal designs so.

This soap lathers richly and it goes a long way. It's one of those soaps that has a sudsy formula to the core so there's nothing to waste. It gets mushy easily, mind you, so make sure to store it in a dry place after use. What I normally do is cut the soap in half (or even smaller if possible), so I don't have to wet the whole soap at once. I don't know 'bout you, but this is me being practical.

I didn't take this soap seriously and I didn't expect that much either. I initially thought that it works just like other soaps wherein you just have to lather and rinse and wait for a miracle for your skin to lighten up.

My main target were the parts that seemed darker than the rest of my body - bikinis areas, underarms, knees, elbows, ankles - so I only apply this soap to these areas every time I take a bath. I leave the lather on for about 3-5 minutes before rinsing it off. I was surprised when I noticed that my skin is peeling on the 3rd day of use. Ooooh, that was quick! The good thing is that it's peeling but not to the point where it's uncomfortable. No severe dryness or irritation from having the urge to scratch the skin from time to time. Whenever I do, maybe it's just my hair starting to crawl up. LOL.

I've tried peeling oils or body exfoliating products before but nothing feels gentler than peeling with this soap. It doesn't force your skin to shed excessively (if you know what I mean). There are visible peeling but the dead skin cells that it removes are very fine so skin peels evenly. As a result, you get softer and smoother layer. Skin feels tighter and more even. It also lessens textures so it would be great if you are looking for something to smoothen out your chicken skin.

I haven't used it for the rest of my body since I'm not into lightening anymore. My dream now is to make my skin to look more even. I haven't tried it on my face either but I might give it a shot especially I have a lot of blemishes and pimple scars. I'll just give an update once I'm able to try it out.

The only thing I hate about it is that it's hard to find, all Bioessence products are. Because of the pandemic, I couldn't drop by any physical stores (they are also far from where I live) so online buying is my last and only resort. I'm just lucky to maybe spot one or two sellers who have available stocks.

So would I repurchase? Surely, my answer is yes. I'll continue using until I'm satisfied. For only P180. this product is worth buying.

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Thursday, March 18, 2021

Pond's Anti-Bacterial Refreshing Face Mist Review

I've been binge-watching Love Alarm but I'm against the couple who will end up together so I'm turning my phone off and out of frustration, here's comes an entry to this blog. I'll share my quick review of Pond's Anti-Bacterial Refreshing Face Mist (50ml/P100) which I got together with Pond's Anti-Bacterial Facial Foam a few months back.

There's nothing really fancy on the way it looks but I appreciate the minimalist design. I think it's very neat. It's also small so it's quite handy but sometimes I mistook it for my alcohol spray bottle. LOL. All the information and claims are printed in the back part, as well as the ingredient list.

Pond's Anti-Bacterial Refreshing Face Mist
Fresh and protected from germs instantly. Refreshing face mist with Skin Defense Technolog, 100% organic roses and 5 vitamins. Fits 99.9% germs on skin for fresh, clean and healthy glowing skin - even when wearing mask. Gentle on skin. 0% alcohol.

I do believe that Pond's develop their anti-bacterial range to cater to the most common skin problem we experience nowadays: maskne. I am thankful to be working at home now because I don't have to commute and wear face masks. I remember some time in June when I was asked to report onsite and my face itches every now and then. I get breakouts on areas where face masks could cover so despite the discomfort, it's the only thing that saves me from people who would stare at my skin. Up to now, they still left blemishes especially on my lower cheek, chin and jaw area.

Now that I'm working from home, it doesn't guarantee that I am safe from germs and bacteria. Having face mists that are anti-bacterial is genius because it kills even before microorganisms invade your inner system.

Pond's Anti-Bacterial Refreshing Face Mist has a floral scent because of the natural rose extract. Some may probably find it off-putting but I like it. It's very refreshing on the skin and is quite hydrating too. It reduces dryness and dark patches and most of all, helps in keeping the skin clear and prevents infections. Depends on your usage, one bottle may not last you a long time. Mine only lasted for about a week but that's because I was so into it that I apply it multiple times everyday. I guess it just kind of became a habit just like how spraying alcohol has been in our daily lives.

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Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Pretty In Pink This Summer With Ever Bilena Eyeshadow Palette

Summer is coming, which means it’s time to welcome more colors into your everyday look! This season, bring out your cute and fun side and try experimenting with pink hues with the help of Ever Bilena’s Eyeshadow Palette in Pink (P150), but currently on sale for P38 only at select participating stores to celebrate Ever Bilena’s 38th birthday!

Here are some easy eye makeup looks you can try:

Pink Glossy Lids

Upgrade your basic eye makeup to something more runway-worthy by adding gloss to the lids. To achieve this look, prime the eyes with primer or concealer. Apply the pink shades from the EB Eyeshadow Pink Palette on the lids then top with lip gloss. Be warned, one of the downsides of sporting this look is that you may experience some slipping or creasing on the lids - thanks to the gloss. So don’t forget to have your eyeshadow brush, gloss, and EB Eyeshadow Pink Palette (don’t worry, they’re pretty handy!) in your purse for a quick touch-up.

Cat Eye

For added drama, try the cat eye makeup. You will need a thin angled brush for creating precise lines. Draw a line from the outer corner of the eye then connect it to the middle of the upper lash line. Fill it with the pink hues from the palette. Clean the edges with makeup wipes or cover excess eyeshadow with concealer.

Upside-Down Eyeliner

This easy-to-do eye makeup look may be simple but can be very impactful. The trick is to keep the eyelids neutral so the color on the lower lash line pops. Apply concealer before applying the eyeshadow and before sure to blend well to avoid harsh lines.

Soft and smoky

If classic is more your thing, go for the soft and smoky eye look. Complement your pink lids with black liner on the top lash line and then smudge it out with a brush.

Feel the vibrant vibes of summer by incorporating pops of color into your makeup looks using the Ever Bilena Eyeshadow Palette in Pink. Available on Ever Bilena’s official page on Lazada and Shopee. Avail of the sale, visit Ever Bilena’s official Facebook page (@everbilenacosmetics) and Instagram (@everbillenofficial) to know the participating stores.

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Thursday, March 11, 2021

NITA: My New Favorite Local Clothing Store

Loading your wardrobe with unique pieces that have beautiful cuts and great craftmanship is an investment for me. It's not enough that you can create millions of OOTDs with what you have. It's owning clothes that not only fit and emphasize your body, but clothes that are so you, regardless of the brand and the price tag. At the end of the day, it doesn't matter what kind of style you're into, because they aren't supposed to define you, set you apart or make you stand out. You make them shine and that's the truth.

I've had enough of neutral, plain garments and denims that lately, I've been obsessing over fashion prints. It's not that I forget my old clothes or how my taste was. I have this purpose of mixing and pairing them up to take my dressing game up a notch.

Since I hate to go out, I've been spending time browsing different online shops for unique, high quality printed and patterned dresses and tops with the hopes of getting the right size. Affordability is one thing I always consider, but nothing should be greater than quality clothes that won't go out of style.

This might be a hard feat considering that fashion is fast-changing, yet here comes Nita Clothing.

Photo Credits: Shop Nita


Nita. Just a name for some but for sisters/store owners Krisna and Carla, Nita stands for so much more. Aptly named after their mother, the person who spurred their passion for fashion, Nita Clothing is an indie shop that is all about the love for variety, color, and individuality.

Proudly 100% Filipino made, clothes from Nita are designed by Krisna and crafted by her team from high-quality materials. They are then lovingly packaged and branded by the sisters.

The Nita store makes sure there is something for everyone - whether you are looking for office outfit staples, date night dresses, trendy numbers, casual chic attire, or sweet ensembles. Always striving for originality, designs are sold in very limited quantities - a personalized gift from Nita to you.

I am not in any way sponsored/paid to write this blog but writing about clothes got me so hyped up. So far, I only own total of four (4) dresses from Nita - I never know they existed until only a couple of weeks ago but so far, I love the first few picks I got from them.

You ever browse through a shop and feels like their style speaks to you and calls your name? You probably think that it's too early to gush about it but it's not always everyday that you come across a brand and think of bulk buying because you are having a hard time deciding which dress is better!

This is not me being an impulsive buyer here. I feel that the shop deserves so much because I can tell that they put so much effort in making each piece looks like it's personally made for someone. I can feel that the clothes I bought were just made for me. Their sizing is accurate. They have good customer service. I love how they choose good quality materials and how they cater to everyone's style. And most of all, Nita Clothing is a Pinoy brand.

I am loving their dresses more than anything - I'll never worry about running into someone who wears the exact same thing. I think the prints and patterns are so rare, dainty and delicate. Each style is so classy and easy to pair with. But most of all, I think I'd wear them forever LOL!

I first saw them on Shopee but you can also place your order through their Facebook page. They also have a physical shop in Greenhills.

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Thursday, March 4, 2021

Makeup Items at P38 For Ever Bilena's 38th Anniversary

It’s Ever Bilena’s birthday month! On its 38th year, the country’s leading cosmetics brand is treating makeup lovers to a blowout sale—Php38 or 38% off on select Ever Bilena, Ever Bilena Advance, and Careline makeup items until March 31, 2021.

Time to stock up on your makeup essentials and add to your basket some of Ever Bilena and EB Advance’s best sellers like the EB All Day Eyeliner Pen, Eyeshadow Palette, EB Lip & Cheek Stain, EB Lip and Cheek Roller, EB Matte Long Lasting Dip Liner, EB Matte Nudes Lipstick, Ever Bilena Fix Curl Mascara, Ever Bilena Sculpt and and Strobe Sitck, and so many more. All priced at P38.

Meanwhile enjoy 38% off on EB Liquid DipLiner, Ever Lip & Cheek Tint, EB Matte Color Stick, EB Blush Rush Cheek Roller, EB Advance Absolute Matte Lipstick, Advance Vinyl Lip Gloss, Careline Diamond Dream Highlighter, and Careline Soft Suede Lipstick.

Hurry and shop at the participating stores: All Day, Landmark Trinoma, Landmark Makati, Landmark Alabang, Landmark Nuvali, Alturas Group, Ever Department Store, Ever Supermarket, Gaisano Capital, Gaisano Fresh and Easy Stores, Gaisano Grand Department Store, Gaisano Grand Supermarket Store, Gaisano Main Group, Gaisano Metro, Gaisano Metro-Super Metro, Isetann Department Store, Isetann Supermarket, LCC Department Store, LCC Supemarket, NCCC Department Store, NCCC Supermarket, Puregold, Puremart, Robinsons Department Store, Robinsons Supermarket, Savemore, Shopwise, SM Hypermarket Southstar Drugstore, Sta. Lucia Department Store, Super 8, SM Supermarket, Supervalue, The Marketplace, Waltermart Department Store, Waltermart Supermarket, Alfamart, Centro Department Store, SM Beauty Department Store, Watsons Mall, Fishermall Department Store, Mart One, Ace Centerpoint, Best Emporium, Gaisano CDO Group, Gaisano Davao, JS Gaisano, KCC Shopping Center, Lee Plaza Dipolog, LTS Southwoods, Fishermall Supemarket, Magic Department Store, Magic Supermarket, Metro shoppers, Store zone, Inc., and Superama.

To know more, follow Ever Bilena’s official Facebook page (@everbilenacosmetics) and Instagram (@everbillenofficial).

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Thursday, February 25, 2021

My Morphe & Luxie Beauty Makeup Brush Haul 2021

So I've noticed that I only have one blog post for this month and so I'll make it two. Just kidding! Anyway, last November and December 2020, I've checked out some items from Morphe and Luxie Beauty and it took me about 2-3 months before I got a hold of them. I couldn't be more patient, right? Since I bought them straight from their US websites, I had to seek the help of Shipping Cart once again so I don't have to worry about my parcel getting stuck in the customs office or being charged more when it's time to pick 'em up.

The good thing about freight forwarders like Shipping Cart is that they consolidate all the items I bought into one parcel and then ship them straight to my doorstep. No hassle at all. And by consolidating, I get to save on international shipping cost. Still not amazed? I've used their service for about 3-4 times now and so far, never once did I encounter any problem in terms of handling, customer service and shipping time. I do online shopping all the time so I hope to not get to the point where I would switch to a different courier.

I've been doing quite a lot of introductions, am I? To know more about how Shipping Cart works, you can also read my previous post about them HERE.

You don't know how excited I am to share this haul with you because you know how deeply I am in loved with makeup brushes and now, I'm adding more to my growing collection! I apologize for unboxing them hastily and using the recycled papers they were wrapped in as my background. LOL.

Babe Faves 14-Piece Eye Brush Set

Babe Faves 10-Piece Brush Set

This is my first time buying brush sets from Morphe and I wasn't disappointed at all. There were a couple of blending brushes and a face brush I wasn't exactly happy with but the rest were superb. I can't believe I copped 24 makeup tools for just a little over $100 when they are actually valued at $229. No wonder, these are so-called "babe faves". They are, indeed, for a reason.

Luxie Radiant Set

Luxie Summer Daze 4-Piece Set

I am so pleased with the new sets I've bought from Luxie. I own quite a handful of brushes from this brand and those that are with me for years are all of good quality. Their rose gold line is such a cute sight and their bristles were just soft like baby's butt. I think they are worth the splurge and the good news is that they always offer good bundles and deals. If I am not mistaken, February is their birth month so one of the best time to shop and score brushes for like up to 60% off!

Luxie Face & Eye Gaea Collection

This collection is a must-have! I love the white bristles and the eco-friendly pink handles to bits! Another good thing is that buying this set will be for a good cause!

Luxie Prestige Essentials 6-Piece Brush Set

Luxie Glimmer Set

I also like this set because the bristles remind me so much of IT Cosmetics' which I have been eyeing for years. I can never purchase from IT Cosmetics site directly because they do not accept international cards for payment. I've been trying for years but to no avail. If there are other shopping sites that sells IT brushes, would you please let me know? I would appreciate it so much!

I also bought individual brushes that are not part of any of their brush sets. I noticed that there were more or less 10 brushes from their ProTools Collection which I haven't included here (those that are in black handles and are an upgrade from their Rose Gold line). I already own lots of them but I decided to repurchase because I don't think they would still mass-produce their ProTools later on. Again, all of the brushes have soft heads and does a great job of blending makeup products!

Just by re-reading this blog, I could really say that I am such a makeup brush hoarder. Are you too? I'd love to see you comment down your favorite makeup brushes and recommendations! Until next time, beautiful freaks! Love lots!

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Friday, February 5, 2021

Natrol Biotin Beauty 5,000mcg Extra Strength Supplement Review

It's been a while since I last updated this blog when I promised to be back from hiatus. I've got some issues in life right now that I'm currently dealing with, things that I am not really proud of telling. You know, there are days when you feel like you're healing from things and days that you feel like you're broken again. It's so hard to understand and it's been going on for a year now.

I'm still trying to be better by doing better but at times, I feel like I'm still failing myself. Anyway, enough drama LOL. I'm getting up again today, I feel better and I'm thankful. Today, I'll be sharing my thoughts about Natrol Biotin Beauty Supplements (P1,200) which I've been taking since October 2020. Basically, I've been taking it for about four straight months now.

I've been experiencing more hairfall than usual before I started taking it (*ehem* aging and anxiety) and it's the main reason why I finally decided to seek the help of this supplement. I wasn't sure why I opted for Natrol but it's probably because I've tried their Melatonin some time last year and it really worked with my irregular sleeping pattern.

There are a lot of brands out there, I'm sure you know that and just a disclaimer, I haven't tried other Biotin products yet other than this one from Natrol's. Maybe some time in the future, if I switch to a different brand, I can do a comparison review.

Natrol Biotin Beauty comes in three (3) 'strengths': 1,000mcg, 5,000mcg and 10,000mcg. Feel free to correct me if I'm wrong. I think that they are all potent doses but I feel like like 1,000mcg is just not enough for me and 10,000 mcg is just too much. Anything in excess just gets wasted so I just stick to the 5,000mcg. I don't have a basis for this so don't hate me please. Haha. Anyway, they say that it's "fast dissolve" so it gets absorb faster. I'm not sure why or if that ever matters but it sure sounds good.

I'm not sure if all Natrol Biotin are flavored but I also chose this variant because it tastes really sweet like strawberry! It makes me look forward more to taking it everyday. I also bought the one with 250 tablets which I think helps me save a bit and I don't have to worry about running out for months. It's kind of hard to buy imported products, yes?

I did a quick research before as to which supplement is beneficial for the overall health of the hair, skin and nails and Google leads me to Biotin. If you are unsure or has very little information about this Vitamin, you may refer to this article by

The main reason why I bought this was because I've been experiencing hair fall. It's just nice that it's also beneficial to the overall skin and nail health so that's an added bonus. Anyway, hair fall has been going on for months or even years now and it just became more serious some time last year so I thought, I need to do something about it. I know (with research) that it would take months before you see a noticeable effect which is why I've only written about it just now.

So did it help with my hair fall? Absolutely! I haven't changed my hair care routine, but I've noticed that my hair fall has lessened. I have been using Head & Shoulders for as long as I can remember and if I do change for a moment, I'd eventually switch back to it. So you see, I haven't used anything new other than taking Biotin daily but my overall hair health improves. I normally clean the toilet filter every day because there's just too much hair strands stuck on it but I no longer do it as often. I get so scared every time I comb my hair too but not anymore. I still get hair fall but it's no longer as severe so this supplement must have done something.

The only thing is that it won't make hair thicker. I didn't expect it to so it doesn't really bother me. I will just continue using this product to help strengthen my hair and hope that soon enough, I'll suffer lesser hair fall.

Thank you all so much for dropping by. Remember, always find a way to love yourself! Cheers!

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