Showing posts with label yay or nay. Show all posts
Showing posts with label yay or nay. Show all posts

Monday, February 25, 2013

Yay or Nay: Benefit Cosmetics' That Gal Brightening Face Primer

I'm one of the persons which likes to try first a sample size or test it first before I jump in buying it in, whether be a big size or do a repeat purchase.

That Gal contains light reflecting pigments that makes one's face appear "brigher" and "glowing". Brighter and glowing skin means "blooming" in my vocabulary so I wanted to try for myself the said product.
Benefit's That Gal

  • Cute packaging and a pink primer! Yes. Pink colored primer is a YAY for me :) I'm shallow like that.
  • Good primer to use before applying foundation as it makes makeup application smoother
  • There's a "healthy glow" afterwards which I like since it's like brightening your face
  • When I do retouching after lunch at work, I notice that my oil control film is full of oil! I guess it doesn't do that much oil control.

I am not yet finished with my sample tube and I still have Benefits' Porefessional to compare it from next time. I feel that it's like your usual BB cream but without the skincare benefits and SPF. But I like that since it's small, I can easily tuck it in my bag and apply it should I need a retouch midday.
Ghetto Gurls

Monday, February 18, 2013

Yay or Nay: Kate Makeup base UV BB Cream

I was supposed to buy a replacement BB cream after my Skin 79 VIP Gold BB cream got wiped out. I have no other way to get one except to buy online which takes some time. Good thing I got this Kate Makeup base UV BB Cream as a pressie for my birthday! My friend gave it to me just before I was about to purchase a BB cream during my last HK trip.
This is my first ever Japanese BB cream since I only tried Skin 79 and Maybelline. Since it doesn't come with an English translation, I googled it and found what the Kate Makeup base UV BB Cream has to offer. 
  • Has SPF 31
  • Size: 25g (kinda small)
  • Sells about USD 20
  • Covers pores, uneveness, corrects skin color, and provides moisture
Left: Kate BB Cream
Right: Kate BB Cream size over my  palm

Dollop of the cream on top of my skin (no flash)
Since I am acidic, I have to wait for the bb cream  to settle and blend beautifully on my skin.
  • I am definitely oily skinned but with this one, whenever I touch up with my oil control film after lunch, it dramatically lessened 2/3! With the whole oil control film, I only have oil 1/3 of the film unlike before wherein almost the whole film is smothered with oil
  • When I go home, I still look "refreshed" because of the oil control properties I guess. It looked like a did some retouch between 1 pm to 7 pm.
  • I have a pimple scar on my cheek and the pores surrounding it got bigger. But the BB cream made it appear less visible after applying it and foundation on top
  • Size and price! For a 25g, it's small and kinda pricey!
  • Since I am acidic, I need to wait a few minutes for it to settle down since it only has one shade. But good thing, it beautifully blends in my skin

Overall, I like the Kate BB Cream! A little bit goes a long long way. I will never ever get tired of BB creams.


Ghetto Gurls

Monday, March 7, 2011

Yay or Nay: Pantene Nature Care Shampoo

Good Morning Ghetto Gurls!

Feels like forever since I wrote a blog entry. I have so much stories and thoughts to share and the 1 month backlog caused an idea clog in my brain. Haha!

Anyways, I change shampoos regularly since they say it's healthy for the hair and avoids product buildup. When I visited a supermarket in one of my business trips, I was struck with the big tarpaulins and ads of the new Pantene Nature Care shampoo by Filipina celebrity Angelica Panganiban. The shampoo simply sells itself as a shampoo derived from Natural ingredients... a first from Pantene if I'm not mistaken. Since i'm a sucker for anything organic lately, I bought the smallest bottle so I can easily tow with me during my trips.


Pantene Nature Care 85ml

Unlike other Pantene variants, this one has a transparent/clear color

"The power of nature and science brought together Pantene's nature CARE collection penetrates each strand, nourishing hair from within, for healthy fullness and shine. Shampoo and conditioner system with Cassia-flower derived essence, plus ProV-B5, works in weakening hair from within. Also contains avocado and grape seed oil."

  • The bottle size is perfect for someone who's travelling, without the hassle of tearing a sachet
  • Reasonable price. Forgot the price though hehe!

  • Makes my hair dry. I thought it was only on the first wash.. But after the second and third tries, it really isn't for me
  • For some reason, it's the only Pantene shampoo that I don't like the smell. From the bottle when I smelled it, it's really good. But after shampooing, scent doesn't last a long time and not liking it. I loved all Pantene variants. I've tried them all before and it's the first time that i'm not "compatible"
  • I do love the bottle size.. but I'm really having a hard time opening the bottle flap. Hassle.

If I get to finish it, won't buy again. I'd rather stick to my all-time favorite Pantene Total Care heehee! Of course our hair characteristics are different. What may not work for me, may work for you! :) Or you can try the sachet first before buying the bottle.

Ghetto B

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Yay or Nay: Pangea Organics

 A couple of months back, my aunt based in the US gifted me a good number of trial packs of Pangea Organics. I have never heard of the brand nor its products. But just looking at it, I'm loving the packaging and its being organic. And likewise, I'm going green nowadays and appreaciating more companies and products who are earth-friendly. So I wasn't hessitant to try both the Facial Scrub and Facial Cream. After several usage, it was only now that I got interested in the said brand and thought of sharing it with all the girls.  :)

Pangea Organics Facial Scrub in Egyptian Geranium with Adzuki Bean & Cranberry
Pangea Organics Facial Cream in Nigerian Ginger with Lavender and Thyme

 Featured in top US glossies such as Allure and Teen Vogue

  • I never had any allergic reactions or breakouts to the 2 products which is very important to me
  • The trial size was packaged in cardboard. Earth-friendly!
  • For the facial scrub, my face didn't feel too tight afterwards.
  • For the facial cream, works like other moisturizers. Scent is not too overpowering.
  • Since I'm in the Philippines, Pangea Organics is not locally sold here

To all those in the US, lucky you! You may check out Pangea Organics at your nearest Sephora store. It was a brilliant idea to have trial sizes so you can check if it works for you before you buy the full size :)

Ghetto B

Photos from: Pangea Organics

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Yay or Nay: Prestige Eyeliner in Charcoal

It's been quite a while since I went on a night out since I was busy jet-setting to different places for work hehehe! Didn't realize that my trusty Revlon gel liner already dried out! :( So good thing I have an eyeliner pencil as back up. There's a Prestige Classic Khol Eyeliner in Charcoal in my makeup case.

  • Creamy when you glide on the pencil
  • Doesn't hurt my eye even if it's sharp
  • Very pigmented so you don't have to re-apply or line your eyes as much. Doesn't make my eyes hurt
  • Doesn't go on blunt easily
  • Easy to control if you want a think or just a thin line.
  • No need to tug or pull my eye just to perfectly line it
  • Runs on soft and smooth
  • It isn't smudge-proof so it still smudges. But the smudge happens not that immediately.
Definitely a yay! And highly recommended to those who are thinking of purchasing an eyeliner pencil that is inexpensive but works! Those in the US can buy it at your usual drugstores like Walgreens or Longs. Here in the Philippines, you can find Prestige from Beauty Bar outlets in major malls like Shangri La, Trinoma, Rockwell, etc.

Ghetto B

Friday, July 16, 2010

Yay or Nay: Bath & Body Works Sea Island Cotton Lotion

Good Morning Sunshines! I'm sorry for being MIA lately.. I've been very busy with work and really don't have time to even go online. Typhoon "Bashang" has hit Manila pretty hard :( but hope everything goes back to normal and all people are safe from harm.

Anyhow, I think I told you before that I'm a lotion person. I can't live the house without putting one. I do have a collection of lotion :-) Among my lotion faves is Bath and Body Works. My dear friend Nikki of AMW gave me from before 2 lovely scents I love - Cucumber Melon and Sweet Pea while my another partner in crime, Haydee gave me Warm Vanilla Sugar. I remember buying at a super sale price the Honeysuckle fragrance lotion at a Bath and Body Works Outlet for just $1 or $2 I think :) Last Christmas, my aunt gave me a new one coming from their Signature Collection - - - Sea Island Cotton

The Signature Collection formula contains ingredients like shea butter, jojoba oil, and vitamin E that makes and keeps skin moisturized. Sea Island Cotton is a clean scent, inspired by pure white fresh cotton flowing in the air.

  • I'm truly, madly, deeply, in love with the scent!!! As in. I'm into baby powdery, fresh, clean scents (just like Bvlgari's Petit et Mamans) and this truly is a good example of it. Should I want to go out and get noticed or if there's a special occassion, this lotion is my go-to lotion. Never ever fails me. Scent stays all day. I also feel pretty when I use this hehehehe! :)
  • I love the viscosity of the lotion. Not too thick and is not greasy.
  • Lives up to its promise of moisturizing your skin. This will never make your skin dry
  • I'm curious to smell and try the other Sea Island Cotton product line like the Eau de Toilette, shower gel, fragrance mist, etc. Just my hunch, they are all good!!! :)
  • Since I live here in Manila, I won't get to access or enjoy the promotions they have in the website. I just have to deal with the prices of resellers here.

Available at the Bath and Body Works website for USD10.50 for a 8 fl oz. bottle. But if you buy more than 1, you might as well take advantage of the promos like Buy 3 and Get 2 Free or Buy 2 and Get 1 Free. This lotion lands in the Top 3 of my all-time favorite lotions. I will definitely stock up on this :-)

Ghetto B

Monday, July 12, 2010

Yay or Nay: St. Ives Apricot Scrub

Happy Monday Cybergirls! :)

Do you notice if your face looks dull or dry and lacking that glow? Well, maybe it's time for you to exfoliate those dead skin cells to reveal a new skin by de-clogging the top layer to pave way for a new and youthful skin. What the heck is exfoliation anyways?

Exfoliating is scrubbing your face either once a week or every 2 weeks to help blood circulation and remove dead skin cells. I do exfoliate and one brand I use is - St. Ives Apricot Scrub (which by the way I discovered years ago when dear mother gave my one to try hehe!)

St.Ives Apricot Scrub is made from Apricot extracts which is a powerful antioxidant which gently cleanses the skin.

  • Some people may not like the grany feeling of the scrub but I do!!! I love the sandy/grainy feeling when I massage my face with this. I feel that all impurities are getting washed out after.
  • Doesn't make my skin dry. After I use the product, I put my Aveeno night cream after and the next morning, I really feel my skin super soft and smooth
  • I did notice my pesky blackheads on my nose are gone! This I love the most coz it really works!! :)
  • The brand itself is a trusted brand. For those who are afraid of exfoliating their skin, well this product is worth a try since your face is in good hands hehe! May I also add I love the new look/packaging! :)
  • They aren't manufacturing the small/travel size anymore. I used to buy that often because I only exfoliate like once or twice a week. A small pea size amount is just right so the smallest size suits me just fine. I have no choice now but to buy the smallest size available which is 100g.
You can visit any Watsons or leading supermarkets to check out St.Ives Apricot Scrub. Very affordable and only Php 175.00. Definitely a YAY! I love it and I'm recommending it for everyone so all of us can get that must-have glow! :)

Ghetto B

Friday, June 25, 2010

Yay or Nay: Revlon Colorburst Lipstick in Baby Pink

TGIF ghetto gurls! Are you ready once again for the weekend? :)

I've been thinking for months. Literally months.. on what brand does Liz Uy, Ruffa Guttierez, and all the local showbiz personalities use when I see them on tv with a barbie pink lip color. Then I learned that the culprit is the MAC Pink Nouveau and Shu Uemura's PK 344. I've visited the MAC Shangri-La counter twice to try it out and once at the MAC store at Vivo Mall Singapore and weigh myself if I like it or not. I've already crossed out Shu Uemura because I could not and would not cough up Php 1,350 for a lipstick hehehe! MAC is around Php 950. It's cheaper than Shu but still pricey so I have to think over and over again if it's worth it or not. I have this "rule" that it's okay to splurge as long that it's something classic, something not just a trend, and something you can use over & over again... like a classic lipstick that can take you from day to night. I think that this pink lipstick craze that I have now is only because of what I want and not what I need.

Then I read from my dearest Askmewhats about her take on the Revlon Colorburst lipsticks. I've also seen this many times from the billboards and lighted signages at the malls because it is Jessica Alba who is the face of the Revlon Colorburst lipstick. So when I got the chance to stop by a Revlon counter, I was glued in my seat :) I saw the wide array of shades. And for just a fraction of what MAC Pink Nouveau costs, I'm leaning of getting one already. Then after much thinking and sales talk from the girl, I finally gave in and bought my own Revlon Colorburst in Baby Pink!


  • Afforable for only Php 575.00!
  • This is the closest dupe to MAC Pink Nouveau (in my opinion based on how MAC Pink Nouveau looked in my lips). More of the barbie pink shade. I've tried the Carnation but the Baby Pink is lighter and more Barbie Pink-ish like the MAC Pink Nouveau. I've also read some reviews that this one is also a dupe of the MAC Viva Glam Gaga
  • I was told they have 20 shades! Top of mind shades I can remember now are Lilac, Mauve, True Red, Fuschia. They have shades from neutrals to the pinks. Pick your poison!
  • Truly pigmented. The color you see on the tube is the one that appears when you swipe it.
  • I like that it has moisture in it so my lips doesn't feel dry.
  • I love the new design. The matte tube with the lip color at the top of the cover is a good idea. So you don't have to turn the tube down for the color name or open it. The matte / smooth feel of the tube reminds me of the MAC


  • Unlike MAC Pink Nouveau which is more on the matte side, Revlon Baby Pink has lil bit of shimmer or frosty which I can't properly describe. But Nikki gave a good tip that if you want to have it matte, pat your lips after your first application and swipe your lips again for a second one :-)

Additional notes

I can't say about the staying power yet since after I swiped from the tester, I wasn't able to check how it looked after eating. Their selling point is more of the color and not the staying power . I haven't taken a picture of myself with this one so I'll get back on this next time on how it looks on me.

Revlon Colorburst in Baby Pink is definitely a YAY with only one nay! :) Visit a Revlon Beauty Counter in leading department stores or Watson's and check it out.


Ghetto B

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Yay or Nay: Shiseido Tsubaki Shampoo and Conditioner

That's me... looking like Sadako from the Japanese horror movie The Ring. But hey, this stolen pic of me got thumbs up because of my shiny hair! So some have asked this ghetto gurl on how to achieve the same for their own mane. :-) Well today's the day that I spill some beans.

I first read about Shiseido's Tsubaki Shampoo and Conditioner line from Manila Fashion Observer. She saw it in a Japanese grocery store Mitsuwa in New Jersey and saw good reviews from her and internet research about it. When I got the chance to visit the said grocery, I rushed to the shampoo section to see if it's there. Voila! It's on sale (but I forgot the price though hehe!)

According to Shiseido, the Tsubaki line is the best selling from the hair care line of Shiseido Japan. It contains the red camelia or in Japanese Tsubaki flower which is celebrated in Japan because of its oils easily absorbed by the skin and hair.

Here are the yay's I have for Tsubaki:
  • My hair is soft, shiny, and manageable. Since I have thick locks, this shampoo makes my hair feel lightweight
  • I love love the scent.
  • For the shampoo, a little on my palm goes a long way. Having thick and long hair, my consumption is lessened than usual.

And the nay's:

  • As far as I know, Nikki of Askmewhats told me there's a store in Robinsons Manila that sells Tsubaki but for a very very hefty price :(

Btw, before I forget, I bought 2 huge pump bottles of the shampoo and conditioner in Hong Kong last year which were on sale and really cheapo! (And I forgot the price again. Sorry!) What I do is I transfer contents to smaller bottles so I can easily bring to the shower or when I travel. So when my supply runs out, I don't think I can afford to go to HK and just buy Tsubaki hahaha! :) I'll be on the lookout by then for my next holy grail of shampoo and conditioner.

Ciao ghettos!


Ghetto B

Friday, May 28, 2010

Yay or Nay: Denman Small 5 Row Styling Brush

Happy weekend once again girls! It's the last weekend of May and June is just around the corner! How fast time flies!!!

I want to share with you my love for my favorite hair brush of all time... The Denman Small 5 Row Styling Brush.

Denman says that: "This handbag styling brush with 5 rows of nylon pins. The famous Denman anti-static rubber pad provides maximum grip and control during blow-drying
for shaping the hair. Perfect for 'on-the-go' styling

I started using this Denman Brush back in 1997 when my good friend gave me this as a birthday gift. I had a white handle medium brush though before. This one got worn out already after years of having one. Then I bought a black handle brush after but it got lost! I tried to use other brushes because Denman is kind of pricey compared to other brushes. But I really feel the difference so I bought one asap to replace it and this brush is still with me up to this day :-) IMO, here are the yays and nays I have for the Denman brush:

  • Denman brushes are used by top salons and hairdressers. They really trust in this brand.
  • My hair doesn't get static with this brush unlike other brushes
  • Since I have the small one brush, I always bring it with me anywhere I go. It perfectly fits my bag.
  • It's really an investment! You really get what you pay for. My Denman brush has been with me for years already and is still working like a horse for me.
  • On the other hand, since it is an investment, it's kind of pricey compared to other brands. But for me, the price is worth it.

More yays than nays! :-)

I don't use my Denman brush after getting out of the shower. I use a large tooth comb to detangle my hair because using a brush on wet hair is a no-no! This will damage the hair. My detangling comb is not Denman though. Should I have extra moolah, I would like to have a Denman large tooth comb :-)

For all those interested to know more about Denman brushes, you can go to Rustans department store or Rustans Essences to see for yourself. I don't know exactly what are the prices right now but in the internet, a Denman small styling brush is around USD 9-10

That's all for now. Enjoy the weekend!


Ghetto B

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Yay or Nay: Shu Uemura's Cleansing Oil Fresh

Years back, I only washed my face with Cetaphil and water when removing make up. Then I realized that the dirt and makeup residue weren't totally removed because when I pat my face on my towel, I can still see remnants of my foundation. That's when I first discovered the power of a cleansing oil. I've heard from beauty experts in magazines and blogs that it is a must-have in their beauty routine and it's one of the best cleansing oils around is the line from Shu Uemura.

I bought the pink bottle (fresh) which is for oily skin. I do have oily skin so this is really something I need for me to totally wipe out all the dirt and makeup on my skin so as to avoid breakouts. I pump a little drop at my forehead, left side, right side, and the nose & chin area. Then I massage my face to spread it like I do when I use cetaphil. Then after rinsing it with water, I do put cetaphil and do my normal routine.

I bought one to see for myself. Here's what I have to say:

  • Everything's gone in a split second and even mascaras that I find hard to remove are erased asap!
  • When I wipe my face, I can see that my skin is 99% clean compared to not using a cleansing oil since I my towels are free of foundation residue.
  • I love the scent.
  • It really helps to have a cleansing oil before using a facial wash because it really rinses off much of the dirt and makeup that a facial wash normally couldn't work on.
  • Pricey :-( But if this is an investment I think if you want to take care of your skin. BUT WAIT!! I discovered a cleansing oil which is cheaper and does the work similar to what Shu Uemura cleansing oil does! (I'll share that next time) :-)

More yays and 1 nay! Right now I think cleansing oils are a must in my beauty routine. I'd rather use a cleansing oil than use a toner. It's nice to have zzzzzzs at night with a fresh and clean face.

Share if you know other cleansing oils or if you found alternatives too to this holy grail of all cleansing oils :)


Ghetto B

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Yay or Nay: Kiehl's Lip Balm #1

A very hot saturday girls! I'm blaming the intense heat and humid weather for my chapped, dry, and scaling lips. My lips are so ouchie that it really hurts so please bear all my rants :-) Good thing I have my trusty and favorite lip balm with me..... Kiehl's Lip Balm #1. I've heard of this lip balm before Kiehl's opened their first Manila store. Manila girls who have been raving about it used to get their favorite Kiehl's stuff either in Singapore, Hong Kong or even asked relatives abroad in US and Canada to buy for them. Good thing they opened a store here in Greenbelt 5! No need to convert our Philippine pesos in the foreign exchange to get one :) I got mine during a US trip at Saks Fifth Avenue for I think around USD 7. I must say the sales attendants are the NICEST!! After 48 years of deciding whether to buy this or the one with tint, they gave me all the help I needed without getting pissed and gave me lots of Kiehl's samples too! (Can the Manila store do that as well when I visit??? hehehe!)

I'm no professional beauty blogger so I'll try my best to give you the yay's and nay's of my favorite lip balm from an ordinary a.k.a a ghetto gurl's perspective:

  • I like that it's not the usual stick or in the can. I like the plain, black and white packaging with the drug facts at the back too. No fuss and straght forward.The liquid consistency suits me right.
  • I like that I put it on my lips before going to bed and when I woke up, I feel that it isn't that chapped compared before
  • I like that it is scent-less. But the scent is more of like an ordinary petroleum jelly and that doesn't bother me.
  • I like that it doesn't have tint because I always use this as base to prep my lips before I put on my lipstick or lipgloss
  • What I know right now is that they have this winning-formula in new scents like Mint, Mango, and Pear. I'm a mint person and all my lip balms before (including chapstick) are in mint. Should my Lip Balm #1 tube get empty, I'll try the mint version :)

That's about it! More yay's than nay's!! (No nay's for that matter!) I'm hoping that my lips return to normal condition soon so I can get to pucker up asap! Just kidding :))


Ghetto B

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