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 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 about 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 failing myself. Anyway, enough drama. 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 hair fall 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 (LOL) 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 áre flavored but I also chose this variant because it tastes really sweet and is strawberry-flavored! 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 I am indeed a satisfied user.

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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