• GlamGlow FlashMud Brightening Treatment Pixi Glow Tonic
    Facial skincare

    The Hype Stuff: Pixi Glow Tonic & GlamGlow FlashMud Brightening Treatment

    Have you been naughty or nice during the post-holiday sales? I’ve been a perfect saint, if I do say so myself, though that’s mainly because it’s too cold for me to go out, and besides, I have stuff in my stash that I want to use up first. Still, for anyone who’s thinking of taking a small bite or two of the sales these days, today I talk about a couple travel-sized reviews. Pixi Glow Tonic Unless you’ve been living under a rock in a distant planet, far away from skincare, you’re probably at least aware of the mega hyped Pixi Glow Tonic. Which is why I almost skipped over…

  • The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% Solution
    Facial skincare

    Review: The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% & Lactic Acid 10% + HA

    Isn’t everybody just sick of seeing The Ordinary all over SM and beyond? There simply isn’t a nook or cranny in the beauty blogosphere where this brand hasn’t gotten to; their products are like glitter, or like cockroaches (and their tune), or like Madonna, and her tunes… nevertheless, I haven’t escaped either: I’ve been using their Lactic Acid 10% and their Salicylic Acid 2% for months now. I’ve no problem admitting that I’m a fangirl of acids, so it strikes me as more than a bit odd that DECIEM includes all the warnings it does about using them. In fact, I can recall a few instances in which founder Brandon…

  • I Love... Lemon Sorbet Body Butter
    Bath and body care

    I Love… Lemon Sorbet Body Butter, Shower Gel and Whipped Sugar Scrub

    I’d seen this brand often in my frequent trips to cosmetics shop, but its products never caught my eye: even so, one fine day I decided to give the I Love… Lemon Sorbet shower gel a sniff, and it was just as the brand name said: ooh, come to me, yummy, caloric-smelling lemon meringue pie. Yes, pie, even though it’s called Lemon Sorbet, but who cares; it smells like lemon pie and it’s delicious. It’s a sweet scent, as one can expect, but the citric touch combined with the baked crust tinge save it from being one of those cloying, dull drugstore products. It’s not that I’m a committed hater…

  • Peter Thomas Roth mask set
    Facial skincare

    Peter Thomas Roth Mini Mask Magic Set

    Other than my regular pore-cleaning clay masks, I use masques maybe once in a blue moon, so when I saw this Peter Thomas Roth Mini Mask Magic sample pack for sale at Sephora, I couldn’t grab it fast enough: this format was made for me, commitment-phobe and lover of sample sizes that I am. The rare times I use the “fancier” kind of masques is more for the “spa” experience (and a touch of superstition) than anything else. On the whole, I have more faith in the benefits of daily discipline than in a product that’s typically applied twice or thrice a week at the most (not counting actives, of…

  • CK IN2U Her and L’Occitane Verveine
    Bath and body care

    Scents of this summer: CK IN2U For Her & Verveine by L’Occitane

    I am what could be termed a perfume serial monogamist: when I open one, I wear it without alternating with any other until is all used up, and then and only then I’ll start a new one, which is never the same one, and rarely it is one I’ve used in the past. Nevertheless, this summer I broke with that long habit forced by circumstance: in late spring I started using “IN2U for her” by Calvin Klein, and not long after that I decided to switch to “Verveine” by L’Occitane. CK IN2U For Her I got this months ago for my birthday, and when I opened my gift I thought…

  • Skin Perfecting 2% BHA exfoliant
    Facial skincare

    Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid – a comparison

    Several months ago I ordered a mini-size of the Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting BHA Liquid exfoliant (the 2%), to compare with RESIST Daily Pore Refining Treatment 2% BHA Liquid from the same brand, which I already reviewed some months ago. First off, I have to say this system of offering trial sizes is one of the major reasons why I tend to prefer many of Paula’s Choice’s products… I’ve gotten several months of frequent use from this deceptively small bottle: a few drops of product, applied two or three times a week, are enough for the job, so it’s ideal for using for long enough to decide whether the product…

  • Review Paula's Choice AHA & BHA
    Facial skincare

    Trying out: Paula’s Choice RESIST AHA and BHA

    In late August I ordered these Paula’s Choice RESIST AHA and BHA trial sizes from PC’s Spain site. These little guys have lasted quite a while, though now it’s time to think about a reorder. Would I buy this in full size? We’ll get to that in a moment. I haven’t used many Paula’s Choice products, but I’ve been familiar with this brand through founder Paula Begoun’s Cosmetics Cop site and books, which I first read when I was about 17 (wow, time really flies), and since that time I’ve kept her advice in mind when choosing products, though not always to the letter. Thank goodness, since over time I’ve…