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BLUSH OF THE MONTH: NATURE REPUBLIC DOME BLUSHER IN PINK APPLE

REVIEW: NATURE REPUBLIC – HERBLIER LIP & EYE WATERPROOF REMOVER

Nature Republic, the store i just have to, as in have to, visit whenever i’m at sm north (i mean trinoma so i have to cross edsa towards sm north).  but purchases from Nature Republic always seem worth it.  case in point this lovely baked shadow duo.  the #1

it has instructions in english.

and what it looks like with its packaging.  the inner corner of the eye shade and the brow shade is marbled with some kind of periwinkle blue that doesn’t really show up on the skin but gives a nice sheen when blended with the mustard yellow and silvery pink.  the salmon shade you see below is actually a kind of cooler pink.  it’s just my camera made it look warmer on the picture.

it’s a tad muted down without eye primer underneath but still wearable if you pack on the color.

what it looks like on my lids with eye primer underneath.

a simple every day look for work or school. perfect for summer and well springtime in countries with spring. something fresh and natural looking.

Likes:

 

  • packaging the clear case makes it easier for me to know what shade is inside!  it’s very compact, too. great for travel
  • pigmented with or without eye primer underneath
  • very little fall out
  • nice sheen
  • finely milled considering it’s baked
  • does not crease, yep, i’ve worn this without eye primer underneath
  • does not fade throughout the day
  • doesn’t sting my eyes
  • locally available and now nature republic has a multiply account, so they are available online, too
  • great for a summer or spring time look!
Dislikes:
  • 500 plus for just two shades
  • sm north is out of my way (ano pa kaya ang fairview at festival mall LOL) more branches please!
will i repurchase? – i will in this same shade, too.  it’s just so wearable
do i recommend – yes, specially to those women who wanna start using makeup or those women who don’t want to wear ‘too much’ makeup

 

Apart from bb creams, and on top of korean cosmetics, and yes, even apart from big bang and ss501, i’m now very much into snail creams. i’ve been breaking out since my not so fortunate spiraling circumstance of breakouts on the lower part of my face specially the parts where toothpaste suds trail around my mouth. plus, there was that really bad reaction i had with the shu uemura foundation and or the skin care i kept using during my basic training and then i had to use my ensogo voucher for a diamond peel facial and the lady was ‘kind’ enough to prick the bumps she thought needed squeezing out.  and there i was with the lower half of my face like a dart board. 

so ayun, there, i have a few snail stuff including this one from nature republic.  and as soon as ‘the next day’ arrived after my facial/diamond peel, i peeled this open and used it, and soaked under it for about 45mins!

here’s what it looks like, it’s packaged similar to the competion, wherein the mask has two parts, one part for the lower part of your face from the nose down to the chin wrapping around the jaw.  the other part is the part that covers your face like a spartan soldier from 300


tadaaahh yep, dami kong tama, on my left cheek 2, on left jaw 2-3, and on my chin, 2.  some of those pricked by the nice lady at surgiderm, some i had to squeeze and pop out what that nice lady pricked but left behind 

GRAPHIC DESCRIPTION BELOW, YOU’VE BEEN WARNED!

uhmmmm, well, the effect is quite instant.  although i admit, that the marks you see below, at the time no longer has its ‘eye’ or so i thought(!) the drying up process of my wounds was pretty pretty fast!  which i attribute to wearing this mask.  the scab that my immune system formed was pretty stiff!  no plasma was coming out, you know, the ooze that’s midway between yellow with a hint of red?  plasma the medium of blood and other particles such as your platelets and wbc’s and other particles.  and there you have it.  i slept easy knowing that my wounds are semi dry and that i wouldn’t reopen them with my frisky fingers while i’m asleep.  yeah, i sleep-zit-pop.  hahaha lech (though i’m not making it up! i wake up sometimes with a little blood under my finger nails!)

Likes:

  • no strong scents
  • 1000mg mucin!
  • cooling effect 
  • helped dry my zits, the photo’s above were taken last saturday, by sunday the ones around my jaw were dry, unpoppable. the one near my nose had a little surprise but i got that out THEN it dried out. and by monday, i just looked like i fought with a derma instead of having had a treatment with a derma! tenginangyan
  • it was NOT goopy but just silky slick.
Dislikes:
  • the nose cover, ang hirap pong huminga so i had to fold it over my nose.  pang parrot ata ito
  • the packaging, similar to what i disliked in the last snail mask i tried, this thing was double wrapped and sandwiched in plastic inside a plastic!
Neutral:
  • the price – the price is pretty competitive so i can’t argue with it.  (meaning pantay sya sa presyo ng ibang korean stores)
Do I recommend? – oh yeah! 
Will I repurchase? – definitely

so yeah i’m totally sucked in to this snail therapy thing.  and i’m glad i have oily combination skin or i’d dry my skin out completely hahaha choz!
has anyone else tried snail stuff?!

Disclaimer:  though this bb cream is a gift with purchase Nature Republic didn’t pay me to do this review.  I also do not know how much the full size of this at Nature Republic Phils. And by the way I do not know what md water is, hehehe baka may magtanong, hindi na ko nag-google.

It’s been a very toxic week with the sniffles, and a culmination of three months work is upon me and I needed something quick and easy for my daily face, no mess or fuss.
This is actually what I needed this week.  Something simple, nothing too fancy with a bit of protection and coverage.  the really nice and really mild baby powder scent is a sweet bonus.  I’m glad this freebie is in that kind of upside down squeeze tube and makes it more hygienic and tidier to keep and reuse.  Either my skin is extra dry because of the season, the colds I had this week, or the tension but my skin appreciated this bb cream that I think is really for combination dry skin.
Only my nose would get oily and would get that way only after 3-4 hours has passed already.  I actually no longer retouch with powder and only blot the oil from my nose. It has spf25 pa++ enough for indoors.  The scent, awww I really like the johnson baby powder scent, yung normal.  It lasts all day, too, I just haven’t tested it walking around in heat or humidity.
 It didn’t break me out and it’s not too reflective in flash photography.  The coverage though, is well, very light.  I like the shade though, it suits me.  A touch of setting powder helps, but overall if you have redness and scars to hide then have your concealer around.  Pore coverage is minimal as well.  but at least, it’s quite easy to remove 😉
  I recommend this bb cream for those short trips to the market when you’d need some sun protection and not look like the walking dead.  Will I purchase the full size?  I think I’ll try out Nature Republic’s other bb creams specially the one for oily combination skin.

Some of you may have read on my previous post visiting nature republic at the sm north the block, 4th level – here.  well i’ve since gone back and actually did the rest of my Christmas shopping there.  i got this on my first visit.  because in real life it looks like a blue kinda baby pink that’s kinda soft.  it just so happen my cam and the lighting made it salmon kinda looking.

it has a satin glossy finish.  but when i wore it the other day it really reminded me of milan.  though on the swatches, you’d wonder why.

so on the lips, the only difference is the finish.

and here’s the side by side comparison. (note that underneath both lip products i applied a thin coat of my lipstick base reviewed here and a thin application of my lip concealer reviewed here to make sure that the real shades of both lip products would come out)

ayan, oh ha parang dalagang pilipina hahaha demure kunwari, hahaha chos 😛


Aspect Nature Republic Nyx
Shade Match almost exact dupe of Milan  except that the nyx is has a matte finish
Coverage Need to apply several coats, this is sheer Need to apply several coats to get the pigment on the lips
Finish satiny gloss matte
Lasting Power lasts even after a meal kisses off even when it has dried on the lips already
Lasting Power -part 2 unless you eat how you first apply it will remain that way til you take it off Nice upon initial application then cracks after 2-3 hours revealing the cracks & lines of your lips
Effect on the lips Moisturizing Dries my lips
Price less than PhP500 around PhP300

Dude, i’m not hating Nyx ok?  i like how intense the shades are, i like the price i just don’t get what the big deal is.  this is like my 3rd comparative review?  and clearly there are other lippies out there.  and just cuz it has amazing color and it’s way cheap doesn’t warrant the hullabaloo.  these soft matte lip creams cake up after about an hour or two on the lips, so you end up applying gloss to spread the pigment around and touch it up.  so what the hell is the point of it being matte if you’re gonna have to apply gloss on top of it to keep it looking fresh?

i had the revlon colorstay ultimate liquid lipstick my review of which is here same consistency/formula where the cream or in that case the liquid lipstick’s pigment/product won’t stay put when your applying it on the lips then when it does set, it REALLY sets, so when you move your lips when you speak, it cracks what you applied, oh ha ano ito clay?  i actually liked the revlon even if a gazillion people hate it.  the revlon didn’t tell me it was matte, all the publicity about that was just about having one application, the color and balm in one (rather than having the double ended gloss and tint or color).

I’m getting a lot of questions from our fangirl teens on what makeup to buy but at a cheap price.  naturally, there’s only uber inexpensive brand i always say, clue, it’s a brand endorsed by Dara.  

True that the nyx is really cheap, but at around 300 then you buy a lip balm or gloss at let’s say 95 na nivea, why not just get one lip product that’s actually priced at 400?? less stuff for you to put in your kit pa.

so dude, i’m not hating on nyx, i’m just presenting facts as i see them.

Like they say, you get what you pay for…very little product in a tiny tube that you can’t see if you have anything in there left, and the cracked finish, not to mention the chapped lips after a day of wearing the nyx.

So yeah, Korean this Korean that, left and right…and why not? for a little more all you have to do is go to a mall and there you have your options at least 7 (to 9) brands that have a kiosks and shops in our malls in the metro.

if you like western products then by all means.  if you like nyx then prepare more than 300ish since you will need a good lip balm to use in conjunction with the soft matte lip cream.

do i like this nature republic bloom kiss? well it’s not the best, it’s like the revlon colorburst carnation, exactly the same, even the pigmentation is just as sheer.  just that the colorburst is a tad more expensive than this NP bloom kiss (revlon, locally that is).

for our young ladies who just want a sheer wash of color on their lips, this or301 is just right for you.  it’s your lips only better kind of shade 😉

there i said it hahaha

Finally, i have the chance to visit Nature Republic, but i didn’t go all the way to sm lagro.  this is the boutique in SM North, the block, on the 4th level.  since i didn’t know where it was, i had to ask two information desks at sm dept store and main mall.  neither information desks knew where it was and their listings were at the time, have yet to be updated.  but i hear this shop opened last november, my visit was last dec 10.  but oh well, eventually, sm admins for north edsa would update their listings. 

i eventually found it thanks to google and my phone and beauty bloggers that wrote about it.

and here’s Jang Geun Suk.  He’s the lead actor in You’re Beautiful and Marry Me Mary. 

Nature Republic used to be endorsed by Rain, which is how i found out about this brand.  but now Nature Republic has Jang Geun Suk, Kara, and JYJ.  that’s pretty amazing for a cosmetic brand as the talent fee for these folks is by no means peanuts.

the shop itself is pretty big, about the size of etude house or slightly bigger a few floors down.  and you have your basic makeup, the only difference would be the price range and packaging.  and possibly the formulation of the skin care and makeup itself.

and i ended up with a small haul, i got a baked shadow, a lippy to match the shades in the baked shadow, an israeli but from korea volcanic ash mask thingie something, a couple of lip glosses with spf for Christmas gifts several bb cream samples, a membership card that entitles me to a 10% discount from now on, one JGS clear file, and a JGS zip lock packet and that paper bag.  

I had them reserve for me a 3 step black head removing thing.  so hopefully i get a text soon LOL.

by chance the store manager was there and i asked her as to when they would open up shop in mega, the sales lady and not the store manager immediately and enthusiastically answered, ma’am next year na! oh ha, i jokingly replied, ah eh next year is already in 2weeks! LMAO ay honga naman ang sagot, sabay defensa ng manager, next year, december din, oh ha, mabuti kalog din ako, gets ko na joke rin lang yun hahaha eh kung maselan ako 😛   oh sya sige surprise na lang.