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The Face Shop Mini Pet Floral

19 May

I always drop by The Face Shop shop whenever I see one. Declaring (repeatedly!) that The Face Shop is one of my favourite brands is an obvious understatement. Anyway, one lunchtime when I couldn’t resist going to the mall, I knew I had to check out The Face Shop even though I don’t need anything.

And then I saw this (I actually have three – one I gave away and the other one is still unopened)…

The Face Shop Mini Pet Floral

The Mini Pet Floral is an uber-cutely packaged hand cream which was launched here around 2-3 months ago. Aside from Floral, there are actually three more variants – Fruit, Baby and the newest one, Sweet.

First Impressions: The cute package with a kitty peeking out the pot is so adorable to ignore. Though it may look bulky, it is really small at around 2 inches in height and the base measures at 1 inch in diameter. It can easily be tucked into my big office purse so the mini pet comes with me to work. It is a little unhygienic though as I have to dip my fingers in the pot every time I apply the hand cream.

Scent: The Mini Pet series is a perfumed hand cream. According to The Face Shop Thailand Facebook, Floral is inspired by Dior’s “Addict to Life”. I haven’t really smelled that perfume but Mini Pet Floral does not contain that overpoweringly heady floral scent. I’m not really into floral scents (well, except for cherry blossoms!) but this one is very mild and with only little hints of flower scents (but I can’t figure out what flowers they actually are).

Hand Cream: It does not really moisturise or soften my hands that much but it can counter the effects of the drying hand wash we have in our office toilet, so it’s good and helpful enough for me.

Price: THB245 (at 30 grams) =approximately US$8.50 It is probably reasonable if for the novelty of the packaging but there should be similarly-priced hand creams with better moisturising effects.

Availability: The Mini Pet hand creams are available at The Face Shop. There are several The Face Shop shops that can be found in Bangkok and other areas.

Do I recommend/ buy again? Yes, if you like cutely-packaged products but if you are looking for a moisturising hand cream, the mini pet may not be the one for you. And will I buy again? I have an unused one, remember? 😉

*** I realised that it will be such a waste to just chuck it in the recycling bin when I finish so I’ll recycle it myself and make it as a paper weight. Do you think it’s a good idea? 🙂

What’s your favourite hand cream? Care to share?

Hope you’re all enjoying your Saturday!

Cheers 🙂

P.S. If you haven’t entered my Thank You and Birthday Giveaway, please don’t forget to join and check it out here.

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essence Glisten Up

5 May

Hi everyone! I would like to show you a swatch of essence Glisten Up. Glisten Up is a sheer aqua green nail polish with green/ neon-ish green with holographic microglitters. I used Caronia Blue Chill as my base colour and I was glad to choose a complementary colour.

Caronia Blue Chill 1 and 2 coats (nos. 1 & 2) – essence Glisten Up 1 and 2 coats (nos. 3 & 4)

(I’m sorry for the picture quality…)

Caronia Blue Chill swatch (in first picture)

Products Used: Revlon Top Coat – essence Glisten Up – Caronia Blue Chill – Skinfood Nail Vita Base Coat

Like I have mentioned in my earlier posts, I am not really a “green” person but trying this nail polish combination definitely made me a convert. The green is actually a “feel good” colour that is easy and pleasant to the eyes.

What I especially like about using Glisten Up and Blue Chill is that a duochrome effect was created as a result of the combination.

The mixed colour is very pleasing to the eyes. Looking at my nails gave me a cooler disposition in this very hot Bangkok weather. My nails even remind me of the ocean and mermaids. I really can’t help but look at my nails all the time. What do you think?

And now, I want to go to the beach! 🙂

Hope you all have a happy weekend!

Cheers 🙂

Weekend Haul at CentralWorld & Siam Paragon

22 Apr

Hi everyone! How did you spend your Sunday?

It’s a really hot today again here in Bangkok so after I heard Mass, I decided to go to CentralWorld and indulge in the mall’s free air conditioner and give mine a rest check out the USA Fair. There were booths ranging from American schools and airlines, to American Embassy and importers of American products. The products were on discount prices but as much as I want to hoard chips, chocolates and the like, I can’t because I recently had an acid reflux attack 😦 so I have to behave.

Anyway, on to my loot…

Bare Foot Softening Foot Lotion – Bare Foot Self-Warming Foot Scrub – Facial Peel-off Mask – Bare Hands Hydrating Hand & Elbow Butter – Feeling Beautiful Facial Clay Mask

I was really planning to buy the face masks at Boots but I can’t decide which one to get. I was happy I got them at a really good deal. I haven’t tried any of these products… I hope they work well. Have you tried any of them?

Finesse Volumizing Conditioner – Voortman Fudge Chocolate Chip Cookies – Finesses Volumizing Shampoo

I don’t know why I bought these three products but I grew up using Finesse shampoo and conditioner so I just want to smell and remember the good old times. Like I said, I can’t eat chocolates at the moment so I will just be sharing this pack to the office tomorrow 😉

I really wasn’t feeling that well so I did not make an effort to check out each of my favourite shops in the mall. On my way to the skytrain, I realised that I need to grab some soup, chicken and crackers so I went to Gourmet Market at Siam Paragon.

Aloe Vera Herbal Conditioner – Organic Virgin Coconut Oil – Aloe Vera Herbal Shampoo

I was glad I saw these three items. I was looking for fresh aloe vera because I recently have been experiencing hair fall so I should be using only herbal hair care products. I hope to see good results from using them. Do you use organic products as well?

The day went by fast and it’s back-to-work Monday tomorrow again! I hope you had a fun weekend. Are you looking forward to going to work tomorrow?

Cheers 🙂

Revlon Whimsical

18 Apr

I finally got my hands on a Revlon Whimsical! Yay! I wasn’t expecting to see one at Watson’s but I was glad I did 🙂

Here’s a quick post with swatches using essence gel-look top coat and my Skinfood Gunnpang Nail (a matte top coat). I used Boots 17 Bolt from the Blue as the base colour since Whimsical is also more of a pastel blue colour.

I only used one coat of Revlon Whimsical since I don’t like to many glitters but I will try with a double or triple coat next time.

no top coat used

I was disappointed with the 17 Bolt from the Blue because it was so thick and sticky which makes the application hard to manage. It got streaky, too.  This is my first time to try a 17 nail polish so I can’t really compare with the others. I reckon, though, that the bottle given to me was old (I just forgot to take a picture).  I don’t think I’ll be using it again but I just couldn’t be bothered returning it to Boots. I’m not sure how customer services works in Boots, more so with returning a used nail polish.

 with essence gel-look top coat

essence gel-look top coat looks alright but I don’t think it made my nails extra shiny. It took forever to dry, too so bubbles formed. I thought it was dry after an hour but I still smudged my nail polish. My solution? I used Skinfood Gunnpang nail, a matte top coat. I just love this one because it dries fast and smoothens the streaky and smudged bits.

 Products Used: Skinfood Nail Vita Base Coat, 17 Fast Finish Bolt from the Blue, Revlon Whimsical, essence gel-look topcoat, Skinfood Gunnpang Nail (not pictured but can be seen here)

I like Revlon Whimsical especially that it’s not overpoweringly glittery. I like the look of it thinly spread on the nails. I will be trying this again with a different base polish and top coat. I already got Revlon’s top speed top coat so I know I’ll be in good hands (pun unintended).

Have your tried Revlon Whimsical yet? Did you like it? Care to share?

Cheers 🙂

Revlon Top Speed Fast Dry Enamel Ocean

15 Apr

I haven’t bought a Revlon nail polish in a long time but when I saw Revlon Whimsical and Jaded in one of the blog posts, I know I have to get my hands on them, too. There was no Jaded at the drugstore but I was giddy with excitement when I saw Whimsical! I got Whimsical and other nail polish colours as well as Revlon Top Speed Fast Dry Enamel Ocean (that’s a mouthful!).

Description: Revlon Top Speed Fast Dry Enamel has “a built in top coat which delivers a salon smooth finish. Available in 32 cool colors that set in 60 seconds”.

I don’t own and haven’t really tried a dark green nail polish on my finger nails , especially for work, but since I’m on a holiday, I decided to give it a go. Revlon Ocean is actually a duochrome. It looks bright green with blue undertones, or shall I say, teal. It’s hard to capture it in my camera, though.

What I like most about it is that the colour makes my hand looks brighter and fairer. I was happy to get this colour.

Swatches

no flash

with flash

natural light

Review

First Impressions: I’m always on a quest for fast drying nail polish so I was enamored by its “Top Speed” name. I kind of liked the silver brush handle which gives it a more chic look.

Consistency: Not watery nor thick, it was easy to manage but I had to act fast because it does dry quickly.

Colour: Shimmery duochrome – bright green/ teal

Smell: None

True to claim?: It dries fast so I have to be quick in my application. I don’t know why bubbles formed, though. Or perhaps, there was a fan when I did my nails? One coat of Ocean looks opaque enough but I suggest for a double layer to make the nail polish last longer. I didn’t know that no top coat is needed so I still used one.

bubbles formed 😦

Price: a little less than US$5.00

Durability: I changed my nail polish after three days even though there we no signs of chipping yet.

Availability: Revlon can be found in leading drugstores and department stores here in Thailand. I have seen the Ocean variant in a drugstore and two department stores I recently visited.

Will I purchase again?: I got two more Revlon nail polish and I will definitely repurchase new colours next time.

Two days after my manicure, I experimented to see how the shimmery Ocean would appear with a matte top coat. So, I used a layer of my Skinfood Gunnpang Nail over it.

no flash – matte

with flash – matte

… and I loved it! Applying a matte top coat gave the colour a different shade. Does it look more of a moss green colour?

Nail polish is love! Are you into Revlon nail polish as well? What’s your favorite so far? Care to share?

Cheers 🙂