Barenaturals Order

I know it’s a weird thing that I’m showing you my deposit slip but see, I have this bad habit of forgetting prices. So I’m showing you this now just so you know how much I’ve splurged recently on make-up.

I’ve paid PHP 590 which already covers three items total (includes shipping). Not bad eh? So these are the products that I’ve ordered from http://barenaturals.multiply.com/ with the corresponding prices (All prices quoted are in Philippine currency).

1 pc. Morena Filipina Mineral Veil PHP 200
1pc. S5 Primer 5ml PHP 145
1 pc. 5g Ultimate Concealer new formulation! PHP 195
Shipping PHP 50

TOTAL PHP 590

Well for starters, I’ve heard nothing but good things about this brand. It actually took a lot of blog-surfing before I’ve decided to finally try these and see for myself what the big hoopla is all about. Let me show you why I was convinced to buy these goodies:

MORENA FILIPINA MINERAL VEIL

I’ve been on the hunt for MMUs (Mineral Make-up) for quite sometime and so I’ve tried tons of testers in the market. Among everything that I’ve tried I must admit that I haven’t really seen a product that fits pinay skin perfectly. Except maybe Loreal True Match Minerals. So, when I saw this product online and the fact that they named it MORENA FILIPINA just caught my attention. Finally! Someone thought of developing an MMU for Filipina skin!

Website says…

” Our new veil formulation! It looks several tones darker than LATINA but it is just a SHADE away. This will definitely add the last finishing touch to achieve a flawless, airbrushed, flawless finish, good for morena beauties!

Plus admit it, the price ain’t that bad at all! Course, I will reserve the blow-by-blow product review once I’ve actually received the product. Other variants are Hot Latina (best-seller I’ve heard), Chinadoll, Japanese Geisha.

S5 PRIMER

I don’t know about you but I still believe that there are quality primers out there that aren’t expensive. So with the S5 Primer, all I can say is I have nothing but high hopes for this find. Website says…

“This oil-free primer has natural plant extracts, olive squalene known for skin smoothening, age-defying power! It is dubbed as a “skin quencher” thus, protecting our skin from surface damages due to exposure to UV light and other sources of oxidative damage! Your skin does not only look beautiful outside.. but the skin cells are given the much needed care as well! Makeup fondation lasts longer, face looks superbly beautiful and did we say that S5 Primer comes at a very unbelivably friendly price!”

Again, I will reserve my review until I actually get my hands on this baby. On to the next!

ULTIMATE CONCEALER

My last purchase is the ultimate concealer. Well, you can’t have too many concealers like I always say.

Website says…

“A concealer that holds up to our high standards. Ultimate Concealer can be used by all skin tones, it goes on smooth and creamy like a liquid, covers dark undereye circles, dark lids, red spots, spider veins, minor scars and more. Our best advice is to always apply with a good conealing brush made especially for this purpose. The taklon hairs do not absorb the concealer as a natural hair brush will. It also gives a fine even application. Due to the strengh of pure pigments you only need a very small amount for coverage.”

So there…I’m pretty excited for my package to arrive. Oh if you notice, I only got little amounts of each because I want to make sure that I’m absolutely satisfied with the product/s before I even spend on the big containers. I also asked for free samples with my order so I hope Bare Naturals will indulge me with that request. Oh and guess what! I got an update that they will be offering BB creams starting next week! Oh the sheer joy!

Hope that was helpful. If by any chance, you girls already have these products, would appreciate any feedback that you can share. So there….Gotta jam! Hub and I have a movie-date tonight. Woot! Woot! Till next entry Chikkas.

Lootwagon opens a site in Blogger

Hi Bellas! How was your weekend?

Just thought I’d catch up with you today and let you know that I’m opening a new site in Blogger, which is my original home and where most, if not all, of my fellow bargainistas, shopping addicts and make-up junkies are. Why? well although I love the ease of posting and the blog stats that this site offers, I admit it’s been quite difficult to cross over and comment to the other side, and vice versa.

Don’t worry, I’m still keeping this site, well until further notice I guess. Plus whatever you’ll see here, you’ll find there too.

So that’s it for now…Oh the new site is http://lootwagonista.blogspot.com 🙂

Stay beautiful Chikkas! 🙂

Bloggers Book Club Announcement

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I know this has nothing to do with loot. Am just helping spread the word. BBC Members, please spread the news to other members.

Have a great Saturday people 🙂

FOTD: The Natural Source Caramel Lip Balm Bubble

Don’t you just love the cold spells this January?  The scarves and jackets come out, the electric fan and AC get to retire for a while, and you have more reason to snooze snugly under the sheets.

But if there’s anything that I don’t like about the cold weather, is the damage that it does to your lips. Eversince this unexpected icy-cold breeze swept into our Tropical country,  I have parked my lipstick for a while and have reunited with my good old lip balm.

I use The Natural Source’s Caramel Lip Balm  Bubble (Try saying that 10 times!). I’ve actually had this for quite a while. Who wouldn’t? It’s the chubbiest fattest lip balm in the planet! This thing just wouldn’t run out! Don’t believe me? Take a look…

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I like the subtle caramel flavor and that it really does the job of moisturizing my lips. I also notice that aside from the gloss, it leaves a little reddish tint… which is kinda weird cause its yellow. I forget how much this thing costs though.

I just have two complaints about this product. First, since it’s so darn big, it takes forever to finish one bubble . And since you have it for quite a long time you’re not so sure if the product is still good or has gone past its expiration date. Second, since it’s packaged in a huge bubble with just a little opening, you can’t help but dip your finger in it to scoop up some product. So with that alone, it doesn’t exactly rate high in the hygienic department.

But if moisturizing is your thing, this baby definitely does the job for yah. You can bid that dry lip bye-bye with just a sweep of this balm. It comes in spearmint and banana variants too. I luuuurve spearmint! Unfortunately, it was out of stock at that time. For more info about the product, here’s a few things I picked up from the website.

Size

50gm/2.12 oz

What it is?

Deliciously scented lip balm bubble to thoroughly protect and moisturise delicate lip area. Contains sunscreen to protect from damaging UVA and UVB rays.

What it does?

  • Nourishes and moisturises lips.
  • Protects the delicate lip area from UV damage.
  • Sweet natural fragrance makes bubble a pleasure to use.
  • Sturdy and attractive packaging for everyday use. Perfect to keep in your handbag or desk drawer.
  • Suitable for all age groups including children.

How to use

Apply a small amount to lips and gently massage.

When to use

As often as desired.

Main active ingredients

Vitamin E – An effective natural antioxidant. Protects skin and maintains suppleness

Castor Oil – Soothes skin and provides a naturally glossy look.

Caramel – Vitamin-packed, sweet scent.

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So there… The Natural Source is actually a very good brand in my opinion. Even if I have some minor peeves here and there. The store itself gives off a yummy colorful candy-store like feel. The brand prides itself for what they call Australian Naturopathic Beauty.

Other products that I’ve tried from TNS are; the Bath Bubble Passionfruit, (which I still have in my shower caddy, it’s a delish smelling shower gel inside a ball with tiny glitters inside), the metallizer for eyes, lips & body (nice to have but I hardly ever use it) and the Pure Mineral Powder in Cinnamon which I’ve used up but I’ve never made up my mind if it’s worth repurchasing.

The Natural Source stores are located in Trinoma, Bonifacio High Street, SM Cebu and Glorietta.

Rustan’s End of Season Sale

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Chances are, I probably won’t be able to hit this sale but just wanted to give you guys a heads up. Besides payday is coming up real soon and it’s not everyday that Rustan’s offers up to 60% off! Enjoy the sale people 🙂

FOTD: Elianto Eyeshadow Duo

Got an Elianto baked eyeshadow duo last December. I know…I know….this entry is loooong overdue. Well, you’ll see later why I’m not too excited to blog about this, that I even had to wait this long.

If you remember, I already have this duo in brown as mentioned in a previous blog . Although the packaging is cute and I love the color combination, the color payoff is not that superb. If there’s anything Elianto can still work on, as far as eyeshadows are concerned, its the pigmentation. Here are some close-ups:

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Comes in a box like this

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Out-of-the-box

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Cute huh? It’s like a little frosted bubble. I swear when these guys we’re developing the product, they probably had Mac Sea & Sky in mind. Dupe? for the packaging, possibly. But product-wise, not so. I tried swatching Sea & Sky while I was at the MAC store and that thing definitely packs a punch of color! It’s amaaaazing!

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Mac Sea & Sky. Gorgeous huh? (Photo courtesy of www.beautynomics.com)

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Going back, here are the swatches. Like I said, I’m not too happy with the color payoff. It just looks like a bunch of glitters.

But even if this product is not getting some love from me, being that its pigment-ally challenged and all (if there is such a term. LOL), this duo still makes for a nice back-up shadow and actually makes for a good highlighter on top of your eyeshadow to add that little frosted finish.

That’s it. Catch ya’ll later Beauties. 🙂

Suesh featured Lootwagon link

Thanks to Suesh for featuring a link of Lootwagon in their site 🙂

Looking forward to the make-up workshop this March and getting my hands on those delish brushes! 🙂

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