Influenster VoxBox : Yves Saint Laurent Volume Effet Faux Cils mascara Review

disclaimer : I received this beauty product complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes. All opinions are mine and was not influenced in anyway.  All pictures are mine unless specified otherse.


I’m definitely loving Influnster.  Ever since i started with them, they just pampering me with awesome products that I can’t help myself being amazed sometimes.  This time, i must admit that my heartbeat got faster and my excitement grew up each day until the day I was actually seeing this box. I so love Yves Saint Laurent and I guess who doesn’t so.

They are not just well known brand in Fashion but their beauty products is a top notch too.  So,  I could say that I’m so pretty lucky to try this new products of them via Influenster.


So pardon my excitement and let’s begin the serious thoughts. This Yves Saint Laurent Volume Effet Faux Cils mascara is very new in the market.  It only has 21 reviews on Sephora and 22 on YSL website at this time .  It has a retail value at $32 which can be considered as high end product.

Based on YSL website:

NEW improved formula does not dry out. The best gets even better, the original false lash effect mascara, now with an all new Lash Care formula. Achieve absolute dramatic lashes in a single stroke for eyes that instantly pop. Its secret is the Triple-Intensity Formula: intense volume, intense color and now intense care. The nylon fiber brush coats each lash in deep color and maximum volume from root to tip, while B5 Pro-Vitamin strengthens and protects lashes. Available in 6 signature YSL shades to compliment eye color or to create a customized look. ysl US

Since it’s a high end beauty product, the expectation is generally high.  So does it trully provides high volume and a dramatic false lash effect? Of course since I so love mascara, my answer would always be yes. So, as not to corrupt the result on this review, i also let my niece try it for herself and let me know her thoughts about it.


The shade is very nice and instantly create a dramatic effect, the effect of using a false eyelashes but never feeling that you are using one. It was easy to use and glide perfectly even on your small lashes.

I believed that it is not waterproof  and for someone like me who easily cries could be a problem. I do hope that they can create a waterproof product in the near future but so far it doesn’t seem to be a big problem since it stays in your lashes for quite a reasonable time without the hassle of removing it with the use of make up remover.

It can help your eyes pop and if you love making dramatic eyes, this would be a great way to start.

To learn more about this latest product, make sure to visit Influenster  or better yet check out YSL website. #yslmascaramadness #beautyreview

Holiday Gift Ideas: One Direction Make-up collection

I’m a certified fan girl.  At my age, I still have my crushes among kpop and korean actors but I also like the songs of few boy bands.   Who doesn’t know the all boys group , One Direction, those five hunks that have been known for their solo audition at X Factor UK, they haven’t made it to the finals but as they say, the rest is history.

Perhaps you have been having “lss” (last song syndrome) with their songs, “what makes you beautiful” or singing along with the “story of my life” or definitely feeling “alive” or “happily”. Isn’t it a wonderful feeling listening to their songs as if I’m young again, ready to fall or fall out of love, reckless and carefree.

Now, this is the big deal, you can continue your fangirling with the latest limited One Direction make-up kit collection which features the youth, bright and bold unique formula, but this time it’s not reckless or carefree since it was created by a well known company “Markwins International (owners of Markwins Beauty Inc), the same maker of Wet and Wild, Barbie and Disney Princess cosmetics and of course the well known Philosophy cosmetics.


The collection has a keepsake tins inspired by One Direction’s globe conquering albums, whether your a party girl or a rocker, this is definitely something that will help you show your  personality.


I’ve got three tins set and when I looked inside it, I have learned that all the colors are the same.


Eye Shadows:
Nobody Compares- Metallic silver
Tell Me A Lie- Metallic nude pink
Same Mistakes- Metallic mint
I Would- Smokey brown shimmer
Summer Love- Smokey purple haze
Everything About You- Smokey black shimmer


Eye Pencil:
I Want- True matte black

Lip Gloss:
Loved You First- Bubble gum pink
One Thing- Frosted pink ice
Irresistible- Shimmered pearl
Heart Attack- Creamy rose shine

Lip Gloss Top Coat:
Over Again- Silver glitter sparkle

I have yet to try the nail polish when the needs arises.

Nail Varnish:
Stole My Heart- Magenta pink shimmer
Alive- Multi-coloured glitter flakes

I love the choices of color, you can use it even on a simple day, just choose the lighter shade and add you can add the bold and dark colors for some events especially night affairs.  I always love to look bold and seductive sometimes.

Although, I’m not really head over heels with the boys of One Direction, I’m loving this make-up collection, which I think is just perfect find for the coming holiday with all the christmas party celebration.  I will definitely let my friends grab their set too.  (I know someone who is a die hard fan of One Direction and she would surely grab this at once).

These new sets are already available in the following stores since  November 15th at:
Sears USA
Walmart Canada

Here’s the best part.  One of my readers could also win their very own set of One Direction Limited Make-up collection.  So, better stay tune for the giveaway post.  For now, you can also check out MakeupByOneDirection Facebook page to learn more about it.

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A Delusional Promise of Beauty

I’m not referring to all beauty products but if you could open your eyes, you will find products that are promising that when you used them for a week or two and even for days, you can see an astonishing result but it’s really far from my perspective.

Although, i am dying to name a few I would rather not to safeguard my quite personal life but I just don’t want to sit around and take it wholeheartedly that many innocent woman are falling for this tricky advertising.

I have tried a few products and yes eventually I am still with big hope that it can give me the results I have ever wanted but it’s not surprising that until now, it’s still the same as before although i can see a difference in some products I have used before but it takes months of religiously applying them. A delusional promise of beauty, that’s what i can tell.

Nonetheless, I really admire their brilliant marketing because this helps people to believe that this actually can work.  But still, I guess it’s different for every skin type and women I guess. Perhaps, my skin is just too stubborn that it doesn’t work for me while to others it does.

I never problem my skin when I’m still on my teens because It was very rare for me to have skin break outs and acne but today, I guess i’m really growing old and my skin is indeed changing making me more prone to it.

Back to broken promises, I felt i was deceived not just by the actual product but the commercial itself.  We all know that the actresses endorsing it are already white and pretty and yet they say that it can make you whiter and prettier but then the simple answer would be, who would make an advertisement with an endorser who is not pretty unless they want their products not getting any single consumer.

But, i wish it could be more realistic.

Plump that pout with Avon’s latest True Color Technology

With the likes of Angelina Jolie, Scarlett Johansson and local actress Anne Curtis showing their big pouting lips, seems many girls are now rambling about big lips.

There was a time that I hate having this kind of lips.  Some of my classmates would even tease me for having  a different lips from my other classmates but I guess in time, I have learned to appreciate what was given to me  especially when I have learned how to apply lipsticks and the thought came to me that having big lips seems an advantage for me especially when I was growing up since boys find it more attractive.

But even though you don’t have a pouting lips, you can still plump that pout by knowing some tricks on applying your lipstick. (although, please don’t mind my chappy lips, i’m using a natural balm so it could get back on how it was, luscious and soft )

Anyway, here’s a simple way I have learned on achieving a plump lips which I regularly do.

avon lips

  • First, you need to outline your lips with a darker shade of lip pencil. To achieve a more fuller or bigger lips, outline it outside the line of your lips.
  • Choose the color that you like,   lipstick, lip stains, lip glosses , this are just some of the ideas.  Fill your lips with it.  You can directly apply the lip color or you can also use a lip brush to attain a more lasting result.
  • Remove the excess lipsticks /color using a Q tips.
  • If you want your lipstick to stay more longer.  Dab your lips slightly with tissue and apply another coating of lipsticks.
hibiscus color from Avon

Ultra Color Lipstick in Hibiscus

I am now loving this Avon’s Ultra Color Lipstick.  This vibrant lip color is really interesting because what color you see on the lipstick is the same color that will appear on your lips.

lava love

Avon’s Ultra Color Lipstick in Lava Love

A little note:  I have learned that make up artist use concealer to help make the lips more fuller,  I guess, i need to learn this trick and I will let you know once i have perfected blending the concealer to achieve more desirable result.  

Of course, it doesn’t stop there.  You need to exercise your lips and practice on creating a beautiful pout.  Sometimes, i look at the mirror and push my lips as if kissing somebody. It does help me but of course I want to know the result on you.  Let me know what you think.

Beauty Finds : Merlot Skin Care Review and Giveaway

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“Merlot Skincare was founded by Wayne Beckley after he became interested in research showing that the French have lower rates of heart disease due to the fact that they consume at least one glass of red wine per day. Wayne Beckley decided to do some detailed research into the benefit of grape seed polyphenols and this research gave him the inspiration for the Merlot Skin range. All of the skin care products in the range contain grape seed polyphenols and there are a number of anti-aging products within the Merlot Skincare range.”

Natural grape seeds extract has been known for its healing power.  It was associated to have substances that protect the cells from damage and help bring back the smoothness and beauty of the skin.  Drinking a green seeds extract is generally safe based from medical studies so applying them by means of skin care product is not an exemption.

That’s what Merlot skin care can boast, there products are free of fragrance and great for sensitive skin.  Based from the site , “the procyanadolic oligimers (PCO) contained in grape seed polyphenols have been found to be 50 times more powerful than Vitamin E and 25 times more powerful than Vitamin C”  which means it’s more powerful than a regular skin care products that i have used before.

merlot skin care

Imagine my delight when i was granted  to review their products.  I choose the Merlot Microdermabrasion Body Scrub since I love to have a body scrub once in a while , so I thought it would be a nice opportunity to scrub at home.  The purple color and the light smell can definitely doze you to sleep and the smoothness it can leave your skin is something i truly needed.

On the other hand, the Merlot Divine Perfume is definitely true to its name,  divine.  It doesn’t have a fruity smell instead it’s a bit musk , might be the scent of the grapes and i feel like i’m on a fields of grapes enjoying the beautiful scenery and fragrance of the fruits.

I also love the idea of its bottle, it’s a real catch since after i finished them, i can still use the bottle as a flower vase because of it’s slim and dainty figure, that’s where recycle products came to view.

And i so love the thought that they also included a night moisturizer since the last night cream I have used doesn’t do me justice and since I have Merlot skin care , i would definitely check its further results after several usage.


So, tell me your thoughts?   Merlot products are also available at Walgreens stores and through, as well as a number of winery  and dermatologist’s gift shops. Check out Merlot Skin care today and learn about how they can give you beautiful skin.  Sign up with their newsletter to learn the latest deals and updates.  Follow them on Facebook and don’t forget to join the giveaway below to get a chance to try this wonderful skin care collection.


Here’s the chance to get your very own 2 pieces (your choice) of Merlot Skin care products,  don’t forget to join!

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Merlot is a company that offers moisturizer, cleanser and cream based on natural grape-seed extract as an antioxidant to fight the natural skin aging process.

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Beauty : Feel like a model with Model 21 Eyelashes

model 21 eyelashes

Got very short lashes? Don’t worry because this days,  it’s easy to create an illusion of having a longer and beautiful eyelashes.  

Although my eye lashes is not very short, it is still not as blessed .  I usually use mascara to make it appear more longer but the problem with mascara is it’s very messy and if you use them for a long period of time, you look like you have a big eye bag on your eyes because of the blot. And because my eyes usually gets irritated, i have to stop using the mascara and begin using false eyelashes.

What I love with Model 21 Eyelashes is that it’s very light that others would not notice that your wearing one.  Comes in 10 sets.  This false eyelashes is definitely a must try.

How to apply your false lashes?  (source Model 21 website)

1. Apply makeup as you usually would foundation etc.

2. Apply a thin line of eyeliner, either pencil or liquid to your eyelids.

3. With a steady hand take your false eyelashes out of the container making sure they are as they should be.

4. Using a close mirror, take each eyelash set out by itself (making sure you have the right and the left eyelash set identified).

5. Make sure it fits, if too long then cut a little off the end (the outer ends).

6. With clean hands, apply a thin coating of eyelash glue (purchased separately) to the base of the false eyelashes.

7. Steadily match these to your natural eyelash line, move quickly if you need too. Hold in place for 10 seconds or and release, they should hold.

8. Apply this to the other set.

9. Once the false eyelashes are applied if there are any gaps simply apply another layer of eyeliner over the top to make them look as natural as possible.  Finally enjoy your new lashes! Be sure to take the little tube of eyelash glue with you if possible in case they drop slightly!

10. Tip: to get the false eyelashes to stick better to your own, try using clear mascara.  Because sometimes black mascara has a tendency to clunk up and might be too much of a heavy look.

What I don’t like, is that the first time i tried to pull the false lashes on it’s holder, i was having a hard time getting them because it was sticky but other than that it’s really a nice experience.

model 21 eye lashes

eye lashes

Would i buy this again?

With it’s affordability and usability, i would definitely buy again,  perhaps another style.  Price range from $8 – $20.

Get them on their online store or like there Facebook Page to learn more about the product.


Healthy make-up – Avon BB Cream Review

It’s the latest beauty craze in town.  Ever since Blemish balm or beauty balm  ( BB cream for short) hits the market,  many consumers and beauty junkie are head over hills about this products.
bb cream

There are many brands of BB cream in the market today, since I have tried Maybelline’s BB cream, i have used it since then.  But when I seen this Avon’s latest BB cream i could not help myself not to try them for a change.

BB cream are ultimate beauty savior.  It conceal, protect, soothe, hydrate and brighten all together.  So, for those busy ladies (especially mom like me) this product is simply what we needed.

What’s good with this BB cream is that it has a SPF /PA .  Hydrates your skin leaving it more smooth, reduces the redness of your face, nurture as well revitalize your skin leaving it with a healthy glow.

This product only comes in Nude, so i don’t know how it will work on other skin texture but it pretty works for me.  This BB cream is recommended for those who has less time to wear foundation and full make-up because it leaves your face, natural with a glow.

The odor is very light and the texture is not as thicker as the other BB cream i have tried before.  I suggest you use this during daytime. And the most important part is it’s affordable and could not break your budget.

wearing Avon;s BB cream

wearing Avon;s BB cream

You be the judge, tell me does it cover my blemishes?  I have this big pimple on the left side of my face and some breakouts , now it reminds me that I really need to get a facial scrub.

Beauty Review – Celeteque Dermoscience Hydration Make-up remover

celeteque make-up remover I have been a make-up addict for years and even though I rarely got a chance to wear a full make-up, I could never go out from the house without wearing a lipstick or perhaps a press powder but since I’m a working mom, I need to look presentable.

There are days that I’m so dead tired from work and had no chance to do a regime to clean my face and we all know that it’s not safe to use water on a very tired eyes especially after hours of using the computer.  So, just imagine what a great help this Celeteque Hydration Make-up remover can do for me.

Tested and Tried, this make-up remover is one of my handy partner after a very tiring day. Look at that dirt and make-up on the sheet, making it stay overnight and I will surely got another acne/pimples in the morning.

I really like this make-up remover because it doesn’t dry my face and it has a light smell.  You can buy this from all leading supermarkets and mall for only Php. 160.00.