Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Revlon Photoready in Natural Beige Review

Finally, a product that was able to inspire me to make a review again. That hiatus got me all rusty. 

So what's so special about Revlon Photoready in Natural Beige?

I'll cut to the chase and go straight to what I absolutely loved about it: 
it's the perfect match to my present complexion!

Like I can pile this on my face without having to cover my neck and it wouldn't look like I'm wearing a mask.

And that is surprising as this foundation only has 8 shades.

There's a catch though. I'm kinda tanned now. I've been to the beach one time too many last December.

That said, there are still other things that I've come to love about this foundation. 

Here are a few.

Packaging
Revlon Photoready in Natural Beige comes in a sturdy pump container. It's large enough so I won't easily lose it. It's small enough to fit in my bag in case I want to carry it around. The pump dispenses the product well. One pump is enough to cover my whole face. The cap isn't loose. But it's plastic so it might break if I keep on dropping it.
Sorry for the messy nozzle.

Other Likes:
Coverage - this can be built up into full coverage
Effectively evens out complexion and partially cover blemishes
Not sticky or greasy - considering it has spf20
It feels very light on the skin
Spf 20 offers enough sun protection
Doesn't have an obvious cast despite the spf
In fact it looks ok in flash photography
No strong smell.
Is ok for my combination-type skin. Doesn't make my skin oily.
Semi-dewy finish that doesn't look oily - I'm more than used to this as I use BBcream a lot.
I don't have to set it if I'm to spend the rest of the day inside an airconditioned room.

Some of the reviews I read in the internet mentioned it looks like it's airbrushed but I wouldn't know as I haven't tried airbrush make-up before.

The only thing that I don't like about it?

It's really pricey here in the Philippines. It probably costs around P900 (Approx 21USD). I honestly wouldn't buy this myself. Besides I have too much foundation/BBCream already. 

Fortunately for me, I got this for FREE!

No, it wasn't sponsored. My sister gave it to me simply because she noticed she doesn't use it at all. In fact she only used it once! She's such an impulsive shopaholic and this is one of the things she bought without thinking even though make-up isn't really her thing.

So would I recommend Revlon Photoready in Natural Beige?

Definitely YES!

It may be pricey, but I think it's worth it. It has been said to be at par with more expensive foundations.

Now for more pictures:


Just foundation - natural light


After setting it with powder and adding some tint on my cheeks.
I used Revlon Colorburst in Mauve on my lips.



With flash. See? You don't really see a white cast.

So as you probably noticed, this review has been shorter than usual. My reviews are going to be like this from now on, just so I won't suffer burnout again.

I'm also using another camera lens. The one I've been using is actually better. The pictures it produces are more detailed and has minimal distortion.

Compare the pictures above with this one:
Picture from a past post. This was taken last year and I'm still fairer here. This is closer to how my face shape looks like in real life, which is between square and oblong.

But despite that, I won't be using my previous lens anymore as I always have to set that one up in a tripod.

So. I hope you guys still find this review useful. 

How about you? What is your current favorite foundation?

Thanks for reading and visiting my blog!

Monday, January 13, 2014

December Laag: Lake Agco, Mt. Apo Natural Park

On our way to Davao last Christmas, we decided to take a detour so we can quickly visit Lake Agco, which is located at Kidapawan.

I can't really give a lot of details on how to get there as we were mostly relying on GPS and asking questions. But you can check out these blogs for more details: pinoyadventurista, nanardxz, and lonelytravelogue

But don't leave just yet! I have pretty pictures to show.


Once we parked our car, we only had to trek our way through this path to get to the lake. As you can tell, the forest is lush and green. It was sunny in Kidapawan when we stopped for lunch there but here, it's cool and the air is fresh.


Finally, a view of the lake through the foliage.

Lake Agco is different from all other lakes I've visited. For one, it is boiling hot. That's steam that you see on the surface of the water, not fog. You can even make hard-boiled eggs using the water at the shore.


While you can definitely NOT take a dive, ride a boat or fish because of the extreme temperature, you can cover yourself with sulfuric mud from the shore instead.

Random people covering themselves with mud.


You can get mud from holes like this one. It's usually very hot and has boiling water at the bottom.



My sister putting beauty mud on her face.


Here we are looking like mud people.

Believe me when I say the mud did wonders to my skin! I had a major break out before this trip and this mud pack dried up most of my pimples.

If only I can visit this place once a month at least. The treatment is just great for my skin type as I suffer a lot from whiteheads/blackheads and pimples during my period.

Of course we didn't leave the place looking like lake monsters. On the other side of the lake is a small man-made pool and we washed off the mud from our skin there. The water on the pool is a mixture of water from the lake and cool spring water so the heat here is tolerable. You can see some people relaxing and swimming around this little pool and I kinda envied them. I probably would have done the same except we can't get our clothes wet because we still had to head straight to Davao after.

Here are a few other structures near where we parked our car.

A souvenir shop. Typical. The items here though seemed more authentic and hand-made by the natives.


A Jacuzzi! You can check out the other blogs I mentioned earlier for more about this place.

Just some more pictures of the lake:



The sizzling shore.




I know this looks gross and polluted but it's natural all the way.


My sister poking a stick at the mud. She exclaimed that it's too deep and soft, almost like quick sand.



And finally, a gif image to show you how the boiling waters at the shores look like.





Thanks for reading!


Friday, January 10, 2014

Tumblr Throwback

I'm so guilty. Once again, I neglected this blog. I haven't even at least visited it since end of November. When December came, there had been more people in the house than usual and family activities required my full attention. Ironically, I've been quite active in tumblr, just because it requires less effort to update my blog there. A lot of time I just post pictures, and most of the effort goes into capturing those pictures and post-processing them. 

Honestly, I don't know how to go back to blogging here. I completely lost interest in beauty blogging especially when I noticed I've been spending less ever since I stopped. Sadly, it must be just another phase that I've outgrown and I actually felt relieved when wasn't doing it that much anymore. That is probably why I felt more comfortable in tumblr lately. I can blog about everything, anything.

Just like other things that became a hype in my life, this one is not leaving me completely so if you still continue to read this blog, there will be a beauty post or two every now and then. But for now, I will be posting some of my favorites from my tumblog

Kids

These are my cousin's kids. They can't get any cuter than that.

Nature



Taking pictures of butterflies can be challenging especially since I don't own a zoom lens. It usually takes me hours before I can get a shot that I'm happy with.


sunflower at my grandma's garden


Water droplets on a milk hedge after it rained


Couple


This is tricky too, trying to get couple shots that don't look too cheesy.

Concert 


Still-life


typical coffee shot.

Cats










Majority of my pictures in tumblr are still cat pictures although there's probably less now. I'm sorry I can't help it. Cats are just good subjects for practice, especially the feral ones I have in the house who won't even go anywhere near me. I made a set before. You can check it here. And I hate to blow my own trumpet but I think I've improved. 

Landscape




I've always wanted to do landscape photography. But I think I'll set it aside for later as it requires more expensive gears and a lot of traveling.

So those are my favorites in tumblr for the last 3 months or so. If you're in tumblr too and you feel like we have the same tastes, maybe we can follow each other? Just add me up and send my a message here: http://sunlitneverland.tumblr.com/
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