Beauty, Beauty products, Clay mask, Facial clay mask, Fashion, Health, Innisfree, Jeju, Korea, Korean products, Lifestyle, Minimize pores, Myeongdong, Philippines, Procedure, Sale, Seoul, Tour, Tourist, Travel

REVIEW: Innisfree’s Super Volcanic Pore Clay Mask

I may not have mentioned but I was in Korea for 9 days with my family a week ago. This gave me a lot of chance to check out korean products.

I was in Myeongdong almost every night to scout for best deals. I was amazed how low their prices are. I then learned that they have summer sale which runs from June to July. 

This is not my first time in Seoul but definitely more sale this time.

I will go through and provide reviews to other Korean products I bought for myself in the next weeks, so please watch out!

I have also started my online store in Instagram:

@skinlush_by_V 

If anyone from Philippines who is interested in buying some of my products, please let me know!! I have not updated my page yet but please stay tuned.

I will also be in Hong Kong in few weeks and will definitely grab some items from there as well then I will be back in Korea this October. 

Anyway, let me start my review:

I have been searching for a good product that will help in minimizing my pores while removing blackheads and sebum on my face. Then I came across this special product of Innisfree.

I went to one of their stores and asked one of their beauty experts. She mentioned that this is one of their best sellers but it is not advisable if you have senisitive skin or if you are looking for pimple treatment because this product might not help.


It came in a fancy bottle. I was super excited to try it so I immediately read the instruction at the box. It says, apply all over face and wait for 15-20minutes then wash face with lukewarm water.


After only 5 minutes look how the mask sits on my face! You will notice all those pores immediately, it doesn’t look that nice to be honest but I can say that I feel like it is getting through my pores removing all dirt and sebum.

Then after 20minutes, I already rinsed off with water. Unfortunately I do not have an aftermath photo but I assure you how squeaky clean my face feels! I also notice more visible pores now prolly because it tried to open all my pores and remove all clogged dirt and sebum which I like. 

I am thinking that it will definitely help minimize my pores once it is already clean from dirt and oil. Other than my visible pores I do not see any other significant changes but hopefully with continuous use of this product, I’ll be satisfied and will buy more this October. 

By the way, although the product is just small – you will see how little product you need to cover the entire face! This mask is recommend to be used for twice a week only and I can say it may last more than three months.


This product is at 13,000 won for 100ml.


Thanks for reaching til the end! I will add more reviews as soon as I can. 😘 

Enjoy the rest of the weekend, guys!

Love,

Van ❤️

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Beauty, Eye makeup, Eyebrow embroidery, Fashion, Health, Hype, Hyperreal 6D eyebrow embroidery, Lifestyle, Pauline Ylaya, Permanent Makeup, Permanent makeup manila, Philippines, Procedure, Tattoo

Permanent Makeup Manila by Pauline Ylaya

Welcome back guys!

Sorry I’ve been very busy these past few days but I wanted to share to you what I have done yesterday to make my eyebrows more defined.

I went to Permanent Makeup Manila by Pauline Ylaya and had Hyperreal 6D eyebrow embroidery which is something that is very known today! 

I have always wanted to have a nice and defined eyebrows because I used to have spares brows and I look really weird without doing my brows. I need to draw and fill in the gaps so that I have more confidence in facing the world. Like what I have said, kilay is life! 

So after a week of contemplating, I have finally decided to try their lash lift with semi permanent mascara which I have blogged several days ago. 


I love how it turned out and since Pauline’s assistant Vicky is very nice she informed me that someone has cancelled and I can be accommodated June 2nd. 

I secured my payment to keep my appointment via paypal. 

I have also tried to read several blogs first prior to my appointment to set any expectations and the procedure itself.

As per my preparation, I made sure that my skin is well hydrated and clean because after the procedure, I need to wait for 3-5 days before I can wash the area. I also took long bath that day as I know it would be difficult to wash my hair because I would need to be extra careful not to wet any area near my brows.

Come June 2nd, I woke up early for my appointment with Ms. Pauline since she personally do these procedures and mentioned from other blogs that she only does three procedures per day. 

Before leaving my place, I made sure to take a photo of myself first as the tattoo will stay for at least a year. I wanted to see a before and after photo of course:


I was scheduled at 3pm but I arrived 15 minutes late. I had to take grab to go there but my driver is unfamilair of the place and did not follow waze. So we got lost in Sucat and had to ask around where is the west service road. So my advice to anyone going there, check their map first and make sure you show the map to your driver prior to going to the area.

When I arrived in their clinic, there is still one customer inside and Pauline is still doing her brows. Vicky – her assistant asked me to fill out several pages of terms and conditions as well as personal data. While I fill out these documents, Vicky told me that she will already apply the numbing cream while I wait for my turn. This will help for me not to feel anything or at least just a little pain when we start with the procedure.


It took around an hour before the first customer left the clinic. Ms. Pauline introduced herself but told me to wait a little more while we wait for the numbing cream to take effect. I think that is the purpose why they suggest their clients to come early so that while you wait, they can already apply the numbing cream.

After an hour, Pauline went back to me and asked me to sign a waiver stating that the color might fade faster due to the medicine I had to take for my thyroid. I was expecting her to briefly explain the procedure but she just asked me to lie down so we can start. I left my bag on one of the tables and asked her how painful will it be so I am ready. She asked my tolerance level to pain and honestly I told her that it is pretty low. She mentioned that it might feel like as if you someone is threading your eyebrows.

Pauline took a photo of my eyebrows prior to the procedure then she started measuring my brows and asked me to face the mirror so she could assess better.


She provided me two options on how I wanted my brows to look like. On the left side, she drew a more straight full brows based from the natural shape of my brows. It is easier to maintain since we just have to follow my brows and just filling any parts with no hair or defining the edges. On my right, she showed a shape with a higher arch which she thinks is more appropriate to my face shape. She noted that the one with higher arc will help emphasize my cheekbone better and will make my face slimmer compared to the straighter brows which makes my face round.

Although the one with arch will be more difficult to maintain since I needed to pluck any hair around the area, I am still happy to look slimmer with my new brows and it would be easier for me to change brows shape since I would just need to fill in the arch to go to a straighter and fuller brows.


After deciding, microblading is next!


Pauline asked me if I feel anything and I honestly said no. Although I am hearing a buzzing sound, it felt nothing in most parts. Actually plucking or threading your brows is more painful that having this. I am really surprised. Although, I can feel that she is cutting my skin multiple times it did not hurt much. Then she applied another numbing cream mixed with the hair dye. We had to wait for 5 minutes at least.


Then she wiped off the hair dye with numbing cream then it felt sore! But who am I to compalin? I am seeing pretty brows in the making already. We had three rounds for this as she is very meticulous to ensure that you will leave happy and contented!

After three rounds, here is the finished product! This is right after the procedure:

Tadaaa..


I am so happy with the result! 

Pauline mentioned that it may look darker on the night of the procedure and will even go darker on the next days. Then will go lighter around 50% but I just need to wait til 1 month to finally see the final result of my hyperreal 6D eyebrow embroidery!

These are photos 
taken an hour after the procedure:


Vicky handed me an after kit care and receipt:


She told me to apply the ointment thrice a day from my third to seventh day.

After a day, so far my brows are indeed darker and shinier! I can see the cuts starting to heal though. It looks kinda weird but will see what it looks like after a week.

I will update again after a week! I hope to get best result!

Thanks for reading! Let me know on the comments section if you have any questions or comments. Thank you ❤️

Much love,

Van

Beauty, Eye makeup, Eyelash lift, Eyelash perm, Fashion, Lifestyle, Manila, Mascara, Pauline Ylaya, Permanent makeup manila, Philippines, Travel

Eyelash lift and Semi-permanent Mascara

Hello everyone!

Last Sunday I’ve had a procedure called Eyelash Lift with Semi-permanent Mascara at Permanent Makeup Manila by Pauline Ylaya.

I have been so amazed with how they turn short lashes to gorgeous ones based from their client reviews! I first learned about Permanent Makeup Manila when a Filipino youtuber Michelle Dy posted a review or vlog on her Youtube chanel about the procedure as well as what she’ve done with her eyebrows.

I literally couldn’t sleep and wanted to try both the Hyperreal 6D eyebrow embroidery as well as their lash lift with mascara. Unfortunately, since Pauline is personally the one who will do your brows, they have limited slots to accommodate clients which hopefully they can increase. But I understand how Pauline wanted to take more time with her clients to ensure that she will provide perfect looking brows because “kilay is life!”

I had my eyelashes instead. I tried to call their office/clinic and good thing Vicky her gorgeous and very kind assistant was able to schedule me that Sunday. 

Here is a before photo before the procedure:


You can barely see my lashes. That is how short they are! The procedure took around 1 hour and a half to finish everything.

At first, I had to fill up an information sheet/waiver then Vicky politely asked me to move to their ‘grooming’ area where procedures are usually done. 


We started at exactly 6pm. I was in a comfy seat with lights on top of my face but it is something not bothering. Then she wipped off any makeup from my eyes and around the area to ensure that I will achieve perfectly curled eyelashes. Then put white sticky patches on top of my lower lashes.


I took some photos first before I closed my eyes. During the entire procedure, I had to close my eyes so any lotion that she would need to apply on my lashes will not enter my eyes. She put a small silicone just the size of my eyes then tried to roll my eyelashes on it. I think this will serve as the rod for curling.


We waited for 7 minutes after applying the first layer of lotion then another 7 minutes after the second one. I felt like Vicky is removing carefully my lashes from the silicone a few minutes after applying the curling lotion.

After it is time to put some mascara!! Vicky said that it really depends on someone’s lash cycle up to when the lash lift and mascara will last. But on an average it would be between 4-6 weeks. Long enough though! Few weeks that you will be eye make-up free!! 

When I checked myself on the mirror, I cannot believe how gorgeous it turned out. Although it is more curled that what I have expected, I know that the lift will not be the same few days from now. I also requested Vicky to put some mascara as well on my lower lashes but it is a bit painful to the eyes, especially on the left side. I am totally not sure why but according to Vicky, all her clients felt the same. But still, I really love how it turned out. I imagine how many minutes I could save by not curling my eyelashes and appying mascara everyday to look presentable. Also, no more racoon or panda eyes for me! This is indeed perfect for summer. 

Here is my photo after the session:


Thank you so much, Permanent Makeup Manila for accommodating me and making me beautiful! I cannot wait to have them fix my eyebows as well.

I had my photo taken with Vicky and my daughter Mikhaila who paitenly waited for me and filming me. She is ever supportive of my vanity! 

You can still book on their website or call Vicky thru the details below:

https://permanentmakeupmanilabookings.acuityscheduling.com/schedule.php

You can also send your questions below on the comment box. 

Thank you! 😘

❤️

Van

Bazaar, Erin by Etsy, Fashion, Hype, Solaire, Tassle earrings, Travel

Tassel earrings is love


I got these two lovely tassel earrings from ERIN by ETSY during last Trendestter’s Bazaar in WTC. 

What a fan of bazaars I really am! 

I’ve been looking for tassel earrings long enough and just right on time, this online shop named ERIN by etsy happened to be selling these fab earrings and they are participating the bazaar. 

I honestly prefer to check it myself that buy online although shopping online is really convenient nowadays. 

I got these not on sale because they said it is not included in bazaar’s promo of slashing 100php off if I regram their photo. Anyway, it costs around 180php each. For me, it is quite expensive knowing that there are several other shops selling those earrings as well but I opted to buy from ERIN because I’ve been buying shoes from them for several years now and they have so much colors to choose from. I personally like the one in Salmon but after few seconds, I learned to appreciate the one in Marsala as well. Since I cannot decide, I bought two! 

I’ve been using the one in Marsala more because I find it easier to mix and match with my outfit. Since we are going to the beach this long weekend, I have more chances in showing off my tassel earrings in Salmon! Watch out!

Wohoo!! Do you also like it? Buy yours now! 😘


Tassel earrings with love,

Van

Bataan, Beauty, Fashion, Food, Las Casas, Lifestyle, Tour, Traditional, Travel, Vintage

Tale as old as time

My Las Casas Story.

Our department decided to hold our team building at Las Casas, Bataan.

It was last April 22-23, 2017. Since I was part of the committee, we had to go to the place earlier to check the site and make sure that everything will go smoothly as expected. We had to meet at around 4:30 AM at Jollibee, Pasay road and left around 5:15 AM. We had one stop over at NLEX gasoline station to buy some chips, water and other stuff.

The Crew:

We arrived at the location around 9 in the morning and headed straight to its office. We made sure to discuss everything to our activity coordinator to help us set up our mini amazing race. It was already humid and hot but we had to check the perfect spots for every stations. Our activity coordinator advised us to wait til 2pm to check in but we could already have our lunch. While waiting for others, we had 3 scoops of home made icecream for 100php. It was superb actually but a bit expensive for an icecream. After all, it was really hot so we decided to still have it than buying a bottle of small mineral water for 35php! 

If you are planning to go here, make sure you have enough water because everything here from drinks to food could be very expensive.

We also took the chance to have some pictures while we are still not that busy.

We really love this place! So iconic and it feels like there was a time machine which brought us back to 1800s. 

Although everything is indeed picture perfect, we still got a lot of things to do and had to go back to work and continue planning for our activities and dinner afterwards.

Here are some of the photos during our team lunch and team activities:

We had our dinner near the river side and it was perfect! Unfortunately I wasn’t able to take any pictures. Bohoo. We had bonefire afterwards and had some drinks. 

By the way, we had our lunch, merienda and dinner in Las Casas but wasn’t really satisfied with their food choices. Since I was part of the committee, I asked around if they were satisfied with their meals but it seems like they are equally disappointed. I’m pretty sure they can do better on this area though. Hopefully by the time we come back this June with my family. 

But I had to take credit on their buffet breakfast! We really loved it that we had to go back three times. We were hungry like that. 🐷


Overall, I really had a great time at Las Casas! I even recommended this to my friends, family and anyone looking for a quick escapade from the busy city in Metro Manila. 

Their room rates though could be a little steep but they offer anniversary sale and such when you try to book it via mobile! 

We already are booked this June 13 for only 7k and we already got a two floor room. Very spacious for a family of 7! 

I will definitely update you once we are back. Also hoping for a better weather. 

If you want to reserve or an inquires, you can directly reach out to their team below:

http://www.lascasasfilipinas.com/contact-us/

Feel free to let me know your own Las Casas story! ❤️

Bazaar, Beauty, Fashion, Health, Skin Potions, Snow Berry Cream, Tomato Serum

Review on Skin Potions

I’ve been following a lot of online shops in IG these past few years and lately, I’ve been very much addicted in attending bazaars such as Trendsetter and Manila Sundance. 

Actually today, I spent the whole day at Mega Mall to check every shops present for the last stretch of Manila Sundance’ Summer Sale. I’ve been going gaga so much with a lot of things lately! 💸 I will blog about what I’ve got today some other time. For now, let’s focus first on this one specific online shop which guarantees beauty! I’ve been following this shop for quite sometime and been reading a lot of good comments!

Without further ado, let’s start..

Last Trendsetter bazaar at World Trade Center, I was able to catch Skin Potion and surprised with the number of people checking their items. Before going to WTC, I’ve done my assignment and knew that Tomato serum and Strawberry cream are a big hit! True enough, after several minutes their rack of tomato serum is empty! I heard they restocked thrice already in just one day. See how people love their products!

Luckily, there were still three bottles left – probably mistaken to be a tester since there were no bottle caps already. I have asked their assistant and she informed me that tomato serum is sold out already and if I really want, the three pcs left were the only ones she can offer. They promised to replenish the next day but it would be difficult on my part to go back. So I said yes right away since another girl hurriedly asked for the tomato serum the assistant was holding.


They were on sale for buy 1 take 1. I think their tomato serum is around 400php for two pcs. Then their strawberry is on around 350 if I’m not mistaken. I got the last one half the price! 

I was happy with my purchase and excited to try both products after reading all great feedback all over the internet.

Fast forward to today, although I’ve been using these two for 2 weeks now, I noticed that there is no much difference on my face other than the least thing I would like to see.. Yes, I was having breakouts! 

I am still using these products from time to time though hoping that my skin will get used to it and fulfill its promise in providing softer, whiter, and more beautiful radiant skin.

So far, I am loving the Snow Berry Cream which is a good mask at night. I love how soft my skin feels in the morning! It says you could use it before applying make up but I highly discourage doing so as it may leave some white casts. Not something you would like to have. It also has a sweet fruity scent – strawberry cream! Although not so hygenic as there is no spatula included and would need you to get contents in the jar with just your fingers unless you have something else that you could use.


On the other hand, I did not appreciate much the tomato serum. First, I really do not like its consistency. Too sticky for my oily face. It feels weird when I apply it on my face, and it has a terrible scent. I still have two unused tomato serum which I am thinking of giving away since I might not be able to use it at all. 


I will update you again soon on its progress! Hopefully it stays true to its name! 

You can also check their products online thru IG @skinpotions 

They also have physical stores nationwide!

Can’t wait to hear your thoughts on Skin Potions!

❤️

Van