Genius New Product or Total Gimmick: The Origins Maskimizer

If you like face masks, Origins has a range of some twelve or thirteen to choose from. The most popular ones are the Clear Improvement charcoal mask, the Drink Up Intensive mask, and the Out of Trouble mask. I own all three of those, plus the new Original Skin retexturising mask, and they are all really great. I have my eyes on the Ginzing refreshing mask to try next because I love the moisturiser from that range, but I was popping into Boots to restock my charcoal mask when I caught sight of a new product: the Maskimizer (£ 18.50), which is a “skin-optimising mask primer.”

Origins says that the Maskimizer is a “(p)riming mist with Marine Algae Complex (that) helps hydrate, soften and optimise the appearance of skin so it’s fully prepped to enhance your mask experience.” DSC06413Sounds a bit gimmicky, eh? It’s either gimmicky or absolutely brilliant — and I wouldn’t have picked it up if not for the special offer that brought its price down to just about £7 if I bought it together with my fave Origins mask. Like I said, I was in need of a new charcoal mask, so I thought: why not! I could test it out with all of my other Origins masks as well. 

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Ellana Mineral Cosmetics: Let’s Make It Last Makeup Primer*

LMIL1Ellana’s Let’s Make It Last Primer (450.00 Php for 30g)** is a silicone-based liquid primer that is “designed to hold your makeup and control oil all day.” This primer smooths over pores and fills fine lines with “light-diffusing minerals.” While it’s meant to prime the surface for mineral powder foundation, I’ve tested this under liquid foundations as well and it does help to extend wear in general. What is interesting about this primer is that while it controls oil, it also nourishes the skin at the same time. One of the ingredients is Argan Oil–the Moroccan liquid gold that has gained popularity over the past couple of years (for good reason). So when you use this primer, it’s working double-time for you by holding your base of the day in place and looking to the future by nourishing your skin. How awesome is that?

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Review: Bare Minerals Prime Time Foundation Primer

A few years ago when I was just starting to get into makeup, the Smashbox Photoready primers were huge. Everyone was talking about them, nearly every girl had one, and of course I wanted one, too. At the time it sold for around 950 pesos and I really saved up for it, only to find that I didn’t get on with it at all. I had purchased the most basic of the options (there’s a green one, purple one, and various other ones for different skin concerns) and I felt like I was slapping pure silicone on to my face. To me, it was the most uncomfortable experience ever. Others loved the velvety feel, but my skin felt starved for air! As a consequence, I don’t buy  Smashbox products (also because they are grossly overpriced!) and since then I have only ever purchased two other primers: the Laura Mercier radiance primer, which I like to use as a highlighter, and the Bare Escentuals bareMinerals Prime Time foundation primer (900.00 Php at Bon Marche and listed at $23 on the Bare Escentuals website), which I’ll be talking about today.
BMPT1Sorry about the little rant, it’s just annoying that bad experiences can put you off from trying out other things that could potentially be great. And great is exactly what Prime Time is! 

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Rave Review: theBalm’s Put A Lid On It!

theBalm is a cosmetics brand that I loved from the moment I first set eyes on their packaging. The first products I actually picked up and tried were the liquid Time Balm concealer and the Shady Lady eyeshadow palette (Vol. 2) and from then on it was not just love but obsession. Not that obsession is greater than love but… you get the point. Huge plus that their products are paraben free and the company is cruelty-free (they don’t test on animals). If you visit their website, you’ll see Wheezie the pug in the upper right corner, and if you read about theBalm’s team, you’ll see a love for dogs runs in the company. So adorable. I like getting to know brands like theBalm…
TBP1…by both reading about their company and buying their stuff, like Put A Lid On It (625Php), their uh-mazing eyelid primer. The packaging is, as usual, super cute but the real best part about all of theBalm’s products that I’ve tried is that what’s inside the packaging is even better. 

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