Saturday, July 31, 2010

Nivea Sun Refreshing Fluid Protect SPF 30

On the way to the grocery I saw selected Nivea products on sale.  Since I'm on the lookout for a new moisturizer, particularly something with a higher SPF I decided to check it out.

In a sea of sunblocks, the words daily, refreshing, fluid and SPF 30 caught my attention.  Priced at Php220, not bad I thought, but with a 50% discount...tempting.  Truth be told, I'm not really a fan of Nivea, I find their products (the ones I've tried) a bit sticky and not really hiyang with me.  I still needed a bit of convincing so I asked the sales assistant about the sale, he told me that Nivea has a new packaging and they had to get rid of the "old" products so they can order the ones with the new packaging.  Fine!  For Php110, sold!

According to Nivea:
  • SPF 30
  • Daily protection against sun induced skin damages
  • Non-sticky and fast absorbing
  • Highly effective UV protection
  • Dermatologically proven

Nivea Sun Refreshing Fluid has a thinner texture compared to my (Pond's Anti-Aging) moisturizer, almost runny in fact, I think this is the fluid part of the name.

It's also lighter and not greasy at all.

Easily absorbed in a few minutes.
While I didn't experience anything refreshing, it definitely moisturized my skin without making it appear shiny or oily. 

Downer though, I was kinda disappointed with the smell, it has this generic sunblock scent, the kind that reminds you of resort locker roomsNo biggie, I got over it after a couple of applications.

Me Likey:
  • Gentle for everyday use
  • Higher SPF than my other moisturizer
  • Very light and non-greasy on my skin
  • Very affordable

No Likey:
  • The generic sunblock smell
By the way, I saw the new packaging on display when I went to Watson's.

My Take:
I've been using Nivea Sun Refreshing Fluid Protect for more than a week now and so far, I have no complaints.  I like that it's light, non-greasy at all and has SPF 30 (higher than the moisturizer I'm using), you can never have too much SPF.  It's in now a part of my daily morning ritual.  Me Likey!

Repurchase?  After a week, I bought the last box of Nivea Sun Refreshing Fluid on sale.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Myra Vitaglow

My skin has been bordering on dry lately so when I saw the reviews on Myra Vitaglow Tinted Moisturizer, I decided to try it out myself.

 According to Myra:
  • For healthy, glowing, young-looking skin
  • Gives a hint of color, evens out skin tone with a neutral coverage
  • With Minerals to give skin an healthy looking glow
  • Enriched with Vitamin E to help keep skin soft, healthy and young looking
  • With SPF 15 to help protect the skin against the sun's rays
  • Dermatologist tested 
A little goes a long way
You just need a pea size amount, otherwise, blending becomes a challenge.

 The texture is a bit runny.

The coverage is pretty sheer.

After blending I kinda like the dewy effect it had on my skin. Sorry, due to bad lightning I didn't get a blog worthy shot of Vitaglow on my face.

But after a few minutes my skin became "sparkly".
Nothing in the league of the Cullens but noticeable enough for Mamu to ask, "Are you wearing make-up?"  I think this is the "glow" part of the product.

Me Likey:
  • Pretty decent coverage
  • Blending is a breeze
  • A three-in-one product (moisturizer, SPF and light foundation)
  • Gentle enough to be used everyday.  I've been using this for a little over two weeks now and no major breakout so far
  • SPF 15
  • The price, somewhere between Php130-135

No Likey:
  • So-so moisturizing power because the dry parts of my face still appeared dry after more than two hours of use
  • So-so staying power, either you have to retouch after three hours
  • The sparkly specks
After a few days, I tried this with my moisturizer (Pond's Age Miracle) and it somehow neutralized the sparkly specks.  

Me Says:

This is my first time to try a tinted moisturizer, blame it on age, but it is only now that I pay attention to my skin.  So far I like the new Myra Vitaglow, it's pretty affordable and the coverage is pretty decent (in relation to its price) and the most important thing, I had no major breakouts. Though I'm a little wishy-washy about the "glitter", this can be mattified by my moisturizer.

While I like this product, I think I'll continue to try other tinted moisturizers.  Maybe there's something better out there.

Repurchase? I already did.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

E.L.F. Haul

I wanted to try the E.L.F. waterproof eyeliner in black which was out of stock but ended up with a haul.  It's just one of those days.

I was looking for something matte and neutral.
 Matte Mauve
The matte part is okay but it was more neutral than I wanted.  Three of the colors look identical and and there's nothing close to mauve in this palette.  I'm totally disappointed with this.

I was dillydallying between this and the smokey eye palette (Drama) but the gorgeous purplish blue won me over.
Silver Lining
The colors are pretty pigmented, definitely way better than the Matte Mauve.

I bought this primarily as a brow tamer.
Wet Gloss Lash and Brow Clear  Mascara
One end works as a brow tamer and the other a clear mascara.
The mascara part is a pleasant surprise.  It held the curl of my lashes somewhere between 2 to 4 hours, pwede na.  Plus, I could practice putting mascara on my bottom lashes, something which I usually make a mess of.

E.L.F. has a promo so I got this for free.
E.L.F. Elements Custom Compact
Most of the products are priced at Php129.75 and Php399.75.  Pretty cheap, but in the U.S. these are priced at a $1 and $5 respectively. You might want to check out their products online.

I heard a lot of good reviews about their brushes and I've been dying to try  their Mineral Eye Shadow Primer but I think I'll just ask someone from the U.S. to buy these for me.

Monday, July 26, 2010

My Wishlist

I heard somewhere me that if you list down your dream and wishes, eventually it will come true.  My birthday is in a few days so I came up with a wish list divided it into four categories.  Friends and family, hint...hint...hint.

1. Dream On
The birthday girl can dream.  Libre naman ang mangarap.

Hermes Birkin
A constant fixture on my wish list, the HG of it bags.

LV Damier Ebene MM
I'm not an LV person but I love tote bags. Totes don't get any more straight forward than this.

A designer (preferably Christian Louboutin or Manolo Blahnik) patent black pumps.
Definitely a classic that I can use for a long time.

13" Macbook Pro
A friend asked me "bakit gusto mo ng Mac di ka naman techie?"  Wala lang, ang ganda kasi.

DSLR Camera
For better camwhoring moments.

A Videocam
Think of all the videos I can post.

2. Books 
 I love books!  Unfortunately, all of my books perished during the wrath of Ondoy and I've been heartbroken since.  I guess now is the right time to start a new collection.

Anything by  Haruki Murakami
After The Wind Up Bird Chronicle, I'm officially hooked.

All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Remarque
The last book I was reading before Ondoy.  I never got past chapter 2 and I can't find a copy.

Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
I like Ayn Rand, loved  The Fountainhead but I just never got around reading this.

Noli Me Tangere Penguin Classic Edition
Gusto ko lang mabasa 'to sa English.

The Sookie Stackhouse Series by Charlaine Harris
I like vampire lit, I'm a fan of True Blood (I just wish there were less humping scenes) and I heard good reviews about this.

Anything by J.R.R. Tolkien
The Lord of the Rings (trilogy) is one of my favorite books and J.R.R. Tolkien rocks!  I want a to replace my copy of The Lord of the Rings and then some more.

Band of Brothers DVD
Just one of may favorite war stories.

3.Kikay Stuff

Coastal Scents 78 Piece Make Up Palette
Nyx Make Up Set S101
Thanks to You Tube make up gurus, I've rediscovered my interest in make up.  Palettes (that won't leave a dent on your pocket) are a great way to experiment with different looks.

Urban Decay Naked Palette
I'm not really into branded make ups (yet) but when I saw this palette it was love at first sight.

MAC Lipstick in Twig
My first MAC lipstick ever and I still love it.

NARS Blush in Orgasm
I succumbed to this cult classic but it was out of stock.

Body Wash and Shower Gel
Any brand will do. Hindi ako choosy. 

Bath and Body Works Green Tea and Cucumber Body Splash
One of my favorite Bath and Body Work scents that has been discontinued.  You can also throw in the lotion and shower gel, I don't mind.

4. Miscellaneous

A free trip outside the country.
Preferably with shopping money.

Win A Sony Vaio M Contest
My official entry to the Win a Sony Vaio M contest.  I hope I win.

Preview at 15 Contest
A classic Chanel bag!  I'm keeping amy fingers crossed.

An immersion blender
I like to cook and I'm quite fascinated with this nifty little gadget.

I like snacking on this healthy treat.

Whew!  This is one long list.