Lash Primer Battle: Benefit VS JCat

 

Before anything, I want to tell you guys that I. HAVE. NO. LASHES. HAHA

Okay, I’m exaggerating. But really, I barely have any lashes! Putting a mascara alone isn’t enough to open up my eyes, so I swear by a good lash primer.

My holy grail lash primer is Lancome’s Cils Booster XL Super-Enhancing Macara Base ($25.50) . It’s in my May Wishlist. But I always love to try new products (and find more afforadable dupes), so here I am testing two lash primers: the Benefit They’re Real Tinted Lash Primer ($24) VS the JCat Lash Primer Mascara ($5.99 !!!).

I. UPON APPLICATION OF PRIMER

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APPLIED: Benefit They’re Real Primer

On this eye, I applied Benefit’s Lash Primer. Since it’s tinted, it didn’t leave any white fiber on my lashes. It wasn’t clumpy at all. But I couldn’t tell from the primer alone if it was going to volumize my lashes after mascara.

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APPLIED: JCat Primer

On this eye, I applied JCat’s Lash Primer. The product left a pretty clumpy amount of fiber once applied, but it seemed more volumizing than the Benefit one. When it dries, it stays white.

II. UPON APPLICATION OF MASCARA

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Showing you a before and after photo looking at the camera, and looking down. πŸ˜‰
The primer definitely volumized and lengthened my lashes, though it looked a little clumpy after. Nothing a lash comb can’t fix though.

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For the JCat Primer, my mascara applied with almost no clumps! It lengthened my lashes to a great extent. The effect of the primer looked more subtle than the Benefit primer.

III. FINAL LOOK

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Left: Benefit; Right: JCat

The JCat primer was definitely more lengthening, and the Benefit primer was more volumizing.

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Left: Benefit; Right: JCat

You can tell here that the Jcat side is longer than the Benefit side. The JCat side is also less clumpy. Not bad at all for such an affordable price!

Although not that noticeable, the JCat side wasn’t as black as the Benefit side (maybe it’s because of the white cast from the primer). If you like your lashes to be extra BLACK, then this specific JCat primer isn’t for you (they have other non-white primers too though).

REMOVAL:
In terms of removing the mascara and primer, Benefit was easier to take off. The JCat primer was more difficult to remove as it stuck to my lashes more. Also, when you remove the mascara from your JCat primer, there are still white fibers stuck to it! Just use a good oil-based remover to make the process easier.

FINAL VERDICT?

I like the effect of the JCat lash primer more because it’s less clumpy and it makes my lashes look really long!
It retails for $5.99 only so you can’t go wrong with that!

 

What’s YOUR favorite lash primer? Let me know in the comments below!

xxx,
Hye

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Slimming Services Review: Big Day Slim

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This is my very first time to try a slimming service so I was quite excited, to be honest!

The Big Day Slim is a non-invasive slimming service company that will help you get ready for your Big Day – be it a wedding, a debut, or a trip to the beach – at the comfort of your own home. They claim to help you lose inches off your waist, thighs, abdomen, and arms.

I’ve tried both their Lipocavitation and Radiofrequency services on my arms and thighs, to see which is better for me. Read on below to see my review! πŸ˜‰

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Lipocavitation Slimming Service

I. LIPOCAVITATION

This service uses ultrasonic waves to melt stubborn fat. They say that the body will continue to burn fat even after the day of the treatment.

Cost: Php 1,700 for abdomen; Php 1,700 for thighsTime: 40 minutes each body part

My Experience:
Apparently, this service melts fat but doesn’t tighten.
They first apply a clear cream on your body, then the pulse starts to beep constantly for 30-40 minutes. I found this slightly irritating to my ears but I was able to complete the session since there was no pain at all.

Result: lost 0.5 in off my waist and thighs, respectively

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Radiofrequency Service (and a little cameo from my dog! haha)

I. RADIOFREQUENCY

This service uses radiofrequency energy to destroy fat cells. It has the added benefit of cellulite reduction and collagen production on top of inches lost. They recommend doing this 2 weeks prior to your big day.

Cost: Php 1,300 for abdomen; Php 1,300 for thighs (cheaper than the Lipocavitation!)

Time: 40 minutes each body part

My Experience:
The therapist will first apply a white cream, and the knob will be massaged in a circular motion against your skin. It it slightly warm to touch in the beginning, but I found it quite relaxing after a few minutes. It may be slightly painful to others but you can always ask the therapist to adjust the pulse frequency according to your preference.
After the treatment, my stomach and legs were slightly red from the vibrations.

Result: lost 0.5 in off my waist. (same as lipocavitation)

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Radiofrequency on my abdomen
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Radiofrequency on my thighs

Along with the slimming treatments, you can bundle pampering services too! I personally included foot spa service to my treatment (I love a good foot spa).

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Overall, I prefer the Radiofrequency treatment, but I can say that both services were effective!

Check out their website at www.bigdayslimteam.com for more info on their services!

Korean Skincare: The Face Shop’s Yehwadam and Dr. Belmeur Lines

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The Face Shop’s Yehwadam Line: coming out January 2017 in Manila
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The Face Shop’s Dr. Belmeur Line: coming out April 2017 in Manila

If you think that Korean skincare products can’t get any better, you have it wrong! The Face Shop Korea just came out with their latest skincare lines called Yehwadam and Dr. Belmeur.

I. YEHWADAM LINE

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Look at this cute packaging ❀

When we talk of skincare made from traditional herbs, we may think that it’s only for more mature women. The Face Shop’s Yehwadam line breaks that misconception!

With the idea of using Korean natural ingredients to balance vital energy and blood circulation, this line consists of a thick but non-sticky formula that has anti-wrinkle functions and intensely moisturizing benefits – perfect for women in their 20s-30s.

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Yehwadam Ingredients (L-R): Goji Berry (glow), Safflower (skin tone improvement); Korean Ginseng (revitalizing)
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(L-R) Revitalizing Toner, Revitalizing Emulsion, Revitalizing Serum; (Top) Revitalizing Eye Cream; (Bottom) Revitalizing Cream

Toner
Lightweight formula instantly refreshes and moisturizes the skin after cleansing

Emulsion
Apply to further revitalize the skin

Serum (the star product of the line!)
Formulated with extracts of seeds, roots, flowers, and fruits from Korean herbs to give you that healthy glow
Sticky at first but smooth when applied on skin

Eye Cream
Highly dense, balm-like cream to moisturize the eyes
Can be applied to other areas that get dry such as the sides of the nose, or around the lips

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Apply this revitalizing cream to seal all of the products in! πŸ˜‰

II. DR. BELMEUR LINE

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(L-R): Foam Cleanser, Toner, Ato Salt Cream, Moisturizer

From the French word “bel” which means lovely/happy, Dr. Belmeur is actually not a name of a dermatologist, but it is the Face Shop’s very own cosmoceutical* line to solve the daily concerns of people with sensitive and/or oily skin types!

As city people, we are all familiar with clogged pores due to the fine dust surrounding us (boo pollution!). Dr. Belmeur is here to save us – without irritating our skin!

*cosmoceutical: skin solutions that combine cosmetics with dermatological plant-based ingredients
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Comes in cute travel-friendly sizes too! (L-R): Cleanser, Toner, Moisturizer, Ato Salt Cream

All these products are fragrance-free, formulated with no additives, and dermatologically-tested so they are all gentle enough for everyday use.

 

DSCF2568.JPGThe star product of the line though is the Dr. Belmeur Ato Salt Cream. It contains 8% dead sea salt to provide deep moisturization and itch-relief for dry skin.

I tried this myself and I’m glad that I have found a new product that can help with my skin asthma! I applied this before going out to a -8 degree weather in Seoul. My skin stayed moisturized all throughout the cold day.

 

Yay for Korean skincare products! Hope you give them a try. It won’t disappoint. πŸ˜‰

Stay warm!

xxx,
Hye

MAC Lipstick Collection (+ Swatches!)

To be honest with you, I was never really a fan of makeup before modeling. It was one of those things that was pretty to look at, but never something I personally wanted to collect.
Fast forward to today, makeup has literally become my source of happiness. I LOVE looking at it, using it, and collecting it.

Here are my MAC lipsticks which I’ve collected over the years through MAC jobs, personal purchases, and gifts. You will see how the colors look on my lips, and what they look like when swatched on my arms.
*Note that I have an olive skin color with a yellow undertone. πŸ˜‰
Hope this helps you in your future MAC lipstick purchases, and I hope you enjoy!

(I) My Everyday Lipsticks
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These lipsticks are nudes that are easy to wear. Whenever I don’t want to think about what lip color to wear that day, I just pick from one of these. They are fail-proof and they go with almost any (or no) eye makeup!

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Myth (Satin)
Believe it or not, this was the VERY FIRST MAC LIPSTICK I ever owned/bought! I got it because of YouTube’s Elle Fowler (but then I realized I am tan and she is fair, lol). It was when pure nude lipsticks were all the rage. Whenever I put it on alone though, it washes me out so I either mix it with other lipsticks when I want to desaturate a certain color, or I use it as a base for other lipstick colors to pop out more.

Jubilee (Lustre)
Don’t get intimidated by the color on the tube! It looks really brown but when you put it on, it’s a very subtle brown-nude with a slight shine. Lustre lipsticks are always lighter than they look vs. when applied!

Peach Blossom (Cremesheen)
As you can see from the first photo, this lipstick has been so overused it’s almost out. It’s the perfect pinky nude with a sheen. Perfect for everyday.

Shanghai Spice (Cremesheen)
This is a sheen nude with coral tones. Definitely complements warmer skin tones like mine!

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Blankety (Amplified)
Amplified is one of my favorite lipstick formulas because what you see on the tube is literally what you get. This was actually a gift from one of my makeup artist friends (thanks Gery! haha). This is a pale-nude than can look a little gray when I’m darker than usual.

Velvet Teddy (Matte)
My current FAVE! It is a brown-nude lipstick with hints of pink. The formula doesn’t dry my lips out even if it’s matte!

Fast Play (Amplified)
I wear this when I want a more saturated lip color. It is great for both day and night. It’s a very subtle pink-berry that is really pigmented when applied.

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Spirit (Satin)
That perfect 90s-brown lipstick color! Super creamy when applied because of its’ satin formula.

Kinda Sexy (Matte)
Highly-pigmented peachy nude. One of my favorites as well.

Please Me (Matte)
Highly-pigmented pink, but not overwhelmingly bright. It can still be worn for everyday without being too crazy.

(II) Pinks and Brights

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The first few lipsticks I’ll show you are still wearable, but they are more on the pinks and corals, rather than nudes. The latter lipsticks are for when you want to spice up your lip color a little bit!

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Pink Pearl of Pop (Cremesheen)
This is a pink lipstick that’s very light due to the Cremesheen formula.

Sunny Seoul (Cremesheen)
Very similar to Pink Pearl of Pop, it just has more of a peachy-pink tone.

Coral Bliss (Cremesheen)
Another everyday lipstick when you feel like wearing the perfect coral with a sheen.

Lovelorn (Lustre)
Pink with a slight blue/purple undertone.

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Pink Nouveau (Satin)
Highly pigmented pink that is brighter than Please Me.

Snapdragon (Lustre)
Again, the tube looks crazy, but when you put it on it’s a bright pink that is still quite wearable.

Morange (Amplified)
Now this is when you want to rock a very orange lip. Amplified is awesome as always.

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Flat Out Fabulous (Retro Matte)
This is my perfect magenta. It stays in the lips even after so many hours, and it brightens the color of my face.

Lustering (Lustre)
Darker than a pink, but lighter than a red. Perfect for when you can’t decide between the two colors!

Zen Rose (Sheen Supreme)
A magenta with some shine, but still highly pigmented and easier to apply than a Matte lipstick.

(III) Deep and Dark

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D for Danger (Matte)
This is a matte red that has a some berry tones in it. Really great for a night look!

Russian Red (Matte)
I’m sure everyone knows about this shade. This is the perfect red lipstick.

Plumful (Lustre)
I wear this when I want a wearble purple on my lips. Since it’s a Lustre, it’s really easy to apply.

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Up The Amp (Amplified)
This is also one of my favorite lipsticks just because it’s so different. It’s a bright bluish-purple but somehow, it works well on my skin tone.

Diva (Matte)
This is my go-to dark berry color. When I want more red tones, I just choose D for Danger instead.

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So those were all my MAC lipsticks at the moment. Makeup is really a very personal thing. Not all the shades I like will be liked by others, so it’s really important to find the lipsticks that best work for you!
Hit me up if you have any comments or questions.

Thanks for making it this far. Until next time! πŸ˜‰

xxx,
Hye