Monday, July 23, 2018

NOTD : What I wore on my nails on my Birthday!

This may be a late post but I have been MIA these past few weeks & I'll try to challenge myself *cross fingers* to upload a post at least 2 to 3 times a week to catch up with you guys. I've miss you all. 

Last month was my birth month & usually when my birthday's approaching I painted my nails with green shades ( I don't know probably, for good luck I guess?) but this time I've decided to change it.

Oh, you're not mistaken on the shade. It is peach! I've been wanting to try a peach shade before but I just couldn't since that kind of shade isn't my thing & not my kind cup of tea. I don't know either what's been happening to me but lately I want to come out of my comfort zone. I also decided to cut my hair short, in am impulse, go check my instagram post & there you'll understand. Hahaha. 

Al-right moving on to my polish.

The peach shade that I used is from Sally Hansen in Peach of Cake. I have this for a very long time & it was just sitting inside my container box for very long time. TBH.

A beautiful corally-peach that leans more on the orange-y side than pink & it's a creme to almost matte. After I finished painting my nails, I told myself "Meh, something's missing & on my dresser something caught my eye. I noticed a beautiful shimmering polish.

That's Essence effect nail polish in Pixie Dust!

It's a holographic shimmers of pinks & silvers that instantly puts a "pop" on my nail polish. This is actually a topper & I'm in love with it!

Overall, the result is freaking amazing on my nails!

'Til next time. Xo,

Mary Ann 

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

PIXI Correction Concentrate : Swatches & Review & Comparison

As you all know, I have dark under eye circles dilemma. And for years since I started to become passionate about makeup I've been looking for a perfect correcting concealer. One of them is Pixi Correction Concentrate in brightening peach. In fact this is included in My Top Fave : Under Eye Correctors that you can read it HERE.


This is the second jar that I've bought & to tell you, I'm in loooove with it! But one thing I've noticed is they kind of revamp the packaging but I don't know if they have formulated the product. We'll see as you read this blog later on.

This is the outer packaging of the product. How I wish they just packed the product to the size of the item so just not confuse the buyer if it is in a bottle form or jar form.

At the side of the packaging, you'll see the ingredients of the product as well as the website of Pixi.


 Inside, the product is packed in a glass jar with the green cap on the "Pixi by Petra" in printed in gold shade on the center.

I've put side by side my previous pixi corrector & their latest packaging. You will see the huge difference. Gone was the cute pixie fairy silhouette which I prefer more & was replaced by just the name of the product. Sorry for the dirty cap (hihi).

Upon opening the jar, lo, & behold, love the peachy shade.


Net Weight : 3 g / 0.1 oz

I am happy to say that the shade & consistency of the concealer is still the same but the texture is more creamier.

So, have you tried PIXI Correction Concentrate in Brightening Peach? You can buy it locally in all beauty stores or online.



Mary Ann

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Sleek Lipstick in Private Booth : Swatches & Review

I never have a lipstick from Sleek Makeup that when I saw there was a sale on their lipsticks at Zalora Philippines website, I didn't pause for a minute & just click the shade that I don't have from my collection. Since their eye shadow palette & their lip liners really do give me a very excellent impression that I said to myself I've got to try their lipsticks as well.

The shade I chose from their Lip VIP Lipstick is Private Booth. I love neutral shades & MLBB (my lips but better) shades. 

Sleek Makeup VIP Lipstick in Private Booth

Net Weight : 3.6 g / 0.12 oz

On their website, they have 26 shades available from the most lightest neutral shades to the darkest shades of reds. So, you have a ton of shades to choose from.

Packaging : The lipstick is encase in a plastic black square tube, at the bottom of the tube is a transparent case where you can see the shade which I like in a lipstick packaging.

SCENT : There's a slight mild rose-y vanilla scent on the lipstick.

Above is the swatch of the Private Booth on the back of my hand. It's like a neutral pinky rose shade almost like a brown neutral one. Upon applying on my skin, it's creamy but when I applied on my bare lips without any application of  lip balm or lip primer, there's a hint texture of matte-ish-ness on it where you can feel like a stopping motion or doesn't glides on easily like most of the problem in a matte lipstick I think. You need to really prepped you lips first & then, blend it with your fingers after applying it on in order to spread it evenly on your lips or use a lip brush in applying it. But I am surprise that it's very hydrating on my lips though the lines on your lips are visible. I suggest you apply a lipgloss on top to lessen the visible-ness of the lines. It lasts on my lips for 3 to 4 hours but it can be shorter because it easily transfers (example if you are drinking your cup of coffee or having a bite of your sandwich).
It says in the packaging that it's a semi-matte but for me it's actually not. It's more of a cream than a  matte but you could see shimmers too!
I compared this to one of my MAC cremesheen lipstick & honestly this one is more creamy. 

OVERALL : Sleek VIP lipstick is still a must have drugstore product. 

Have you tried their VIP lipstick range? What do you think?



Mary Ann

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Monday, May 7, 2018

What I got from my First SampleroomPH

As a beauty & lifestyle blogger, I love to try new things whether high end or drugstore products. Whether international or local brands, I just loooove to try new things & like to share them to my readers here in my blog. 

It was my first time to be part of the SampleroomPh customer & hopefully someday, be a beauty insider (one of my wish)

They have given me 100 points upon registering so I immediately use it to try things I haven't tried out yet, you just have to pay the shipping fee. When I received the package I was so excited, the product was neatly packaged & they will give you an update of the delivery on your email once you have deposited your payment of the shipping fee.

The first samples that I got was the a small size jar of pond's age miracle day cream & 5 different scents from Bambini Cologne.

These are the things I got from SampleroomPh

The first product is the Pond's Age Miracle Wrinkle Corrector Day Cream. If you have read my morning routine, you know that the moisturizer I've been using is the Olay total effects before I apply my primer & foundation.

This has an SPF 18 PA++ which I always want in a day cream. It should have an SPF in it. 

Net Weight : 10g

As you can see the size of this moisturizer. It's so cute. This was also sold in stores everywhere for just Php 99.00. They have also a bigger size 50g which was priced at Php 499.00. You can also buy this online at, BeautyMNL &

Pond's trademark cream color is a light baby pink - very feminine. It has this mild creamy scent to it which is been known even before.

The texture is very smooth & light which easily can be absorbed to the skin. I think it has more water base rather than a silicone one. Basically, it acts just a moisturizer. Because it's so light & it's like a gel like form that easily melts so that's why it easily absorbs by the skin, it can't act as a primer not like other moisturizers that are creamy in texture which it can act as a moisturizer & primer in one. Not that I don't like it, don't get me wrong. I also love this type of texture. 

As you can see the swatch above when it's blended. 

The next product that I got is from Bambini

It contains 5 pcs. of different scents in a 50 ml bottle encased in a pouch.

And look what it says on the pouch, how wonderful.

These 50 ml bottles are also sold in all nationwide stores near you. 

Sunny Playtime - light orange-y powder scent that reminds me of morning sunshine. Like you just an aftermath of taking a bath. Smells fresh & new.

Ocean Kisses - smells like ocean breeze that reminds me of seaside scents where you can feel splashes of ocean waves hitting the stones as if giving you lots of kisses.

Cotton Cuddles - smells like cotton candy berry flavored scents that makes me feel like being wrapped in a soft blanket while sleeping in my bed.

Starry Lullaby - a light sweety scent that imagined myself going to a very peaceful sound evening.

And lastly,

Morning Tickles - a sweet orange, lemony scent that ticklishly wakes you up in the morning which makes you giggle.

Overall, I love the things I got from SampleroomPH. The Pond's Age Miracle helps you to achieve a youthful glow while Bambini Baby Colognes brings you back to your childhood memories. 


Mary Ann

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer Swatches & Review

I know I am in a late wagon here but to defend myself, before I ever buy a new makeup product I just want to research for a moment & think it through because :

            A) I have already tons of bronzers in my makeup collection
            B) I don't want to waste my money in buying something that I will regret later on


         C) If ever I will buy it, when will I ever use it because - refer again to my first reason hahaha.

Last year 2017, one of the makeup trends in the runway was less is more in applying makeup, meaning let your skin breathe, no highlighter, contours & blushes just either bold eyes or bold lips. But what about those people, including myself, who've experienced some dryness or blemished skins like a bad hair day? Or like me who have a very dull skin or when you didn't have enough beauty sleep or feeling unwell & yet you want to look glow-y & fresh? Aaaannnnd THAT'S my friend is  when bronzers & blushes & highlighters comes in but then what about the trend??? If you are concious of it? It's fine if you're not but what if?!?!

In my case, I will look in my collection for makeup that not only helps me look fresh & dewy (which the look I like the most rather than matte or dramatic) but also, helps improves my skin. It's a 2 in 1 right?

That's what I found in this product. The Physician's Formula Murumuru butter bronzer. I've been eyeing this for a while ever since they've introduced this in the makeup industry & I was suddenly curious of the word Murumuru? I've never heard of this word before, it's my first time. So, I looked at the internet for it's benefits. Guess what?! This is such a wonder! It's a moisturizer to the skin! Leaves a protective layer to the skin like silicone only it doesn't clog pores. Contains Pro Vitamin A which helps restore elasticity to damaged & aging skin & makes highly suitable ingredient for use in anti-aging formulations. It's also a soothing addition intended to heal dry & cracked skin, eczema & psoriasis. Talk about retinol baby! It's not only beneficial to skin but also to hair because it nourishes hair & have moisture sealing properties & boost hair's shine like coconut oil.

Now, let's jump to the product shall we?

Physicians Formula Murumuru Butter Bronzer

Packaging : It has a bulking packaging. It has palm printed design but the center of the cover is transparent where you can easily see the shade of the product which I love the most in a product packaging. A plastic case that is opened & closed in snap like. A "Butter Bronzer" printed in a handwritten like on the center.

The shade that I chose is in Light Bronzer because I want this as an all over bronzer but not a contour one. At the bottom of the package, the shade, net weight & the company is printed.

Net weight : 0.38 Oz / 11 g which is a slight heavier comparable to a MAC compact. 

When you open, the product  has this wave-y design which reminds me of MAC's extra dimension skinfinish. It has this vanilla coconut scent which one of the scents that I love so much aside from citrus-y.

Underneath the product itself is another where you will find a mirror & a sponge-y applicator which for me is of no use. I prefer a fluffy brush than this, to be honest.

A mild coconut scent can be smelled upon applying it on my face & lasts for 2 to 3 hours. As you can see on my swatch, it's so light & there's some powdery form upon dabbing my brush on the pan. This shade is perfect for light / fair skin tone. It has a satin-matte finish so perfect for a fresh glow on the tops of your cheekbones or a blush for those medium skin ones. This shade is also good for those heavy handed as I am too! Haha.

So, have you tried Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer?


Mary Ann

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Sunday, April 29, 2018

NOTD : Pastel Green with Fairy Dust Shimmers on Top

Spring or Easter Day had long gone but I just can't help myself from posting what I wore during the Spring or Easter Day season. Truthfully, Easter for me means hope. Hope that God send His only Son to die on the cross to save us from sins. 

Spring - the first thing that pops up in your mind is that filled with pastel colored shades & the nail polish that I'm showing is perfect for this time of the year.

NOTD : Pastel Green with Fairy Dust Shimmers on Top

My first nail polish that I applied in 3 coats is from Sonia Kashuk Fairy Princess

Sonia Kashuk Fairy Princess

Sonia Kashuk Fairy Princess is a cream pastel apple green with green & blue shimmers that it shifts it color shimmers in the light from green to blue to sometimes a hint of purple.

Then, on top I applied 2 coats of Essence Effect in Pixie Dust

Essence Effect in Pixie Dust

Essence Effect in Pixie Dust is a holographic shimmers filled with tiny glitters in red, pink & white.

What nail polish did you have on during Easter? Would love to read them on the comment below.


Mary Ann