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The Style Mermaid | Kisty Mea • Healthy is the New Beauty
A few days before my anticipated El Nido trip, the Neutrogena’s PR team invited me to attend their intimate Skin Re-Treat event at The Den, Marriot Hotel. Featuring Neutrogena’s well-loved skin care range: Deep Clean facial cleansers, the Ultra Sheer sun protection range and Hydro Boost gel and water-based moisturiser, the event was all about the brand’s new beauty philosophy: Healthy is the New Beauty. 
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Our hosts: Ella Reyes-David, Neutrogena’s senior brand manager; Kim Jones, their brand ambassador; and Clarissa Mendoza, their guest dermatologist, gave us a briefing about the importance of taking care of our skin and demo of their products. I honestly don’t want to bore you all with the details of what happened during the event, but you can just visit their Facebook page for more information.

What I really want to talk about is their Neutrogena® Ultra Sheer Dry Touch Sunblock. The sunblock was one of the goodies I’ve received from the PR team; and because I was going to El Nido for the weekend, I decided to bring it with me. 
I really hate applying sunblock because they’re usually sticky and leaves a huge amount of white residue, but it wasn’t like that with Neutrogena’s sunblock! In fact, applying the sunblock lotion was so fuss-free because it was non-sticky and did not leave any residue, which means I can also use it on an everyday basis… not just whenever I’m going to the beach! Oh, and did I mention that it has SPF50, UVA/UVB protection and non-comodogenic? Such an amazing product for only PHP509.25! 
So, if any of you are hitting the beach, or been looking for a sunblock to add to your daily beauty regime, then you better try Neutrogena’s Ultra Sheer Dry Touch Sunblock. I highly recommend! 
Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. I was invited to their event and the sunblock was part of the goodie bag. 

Healthy is the New Beauty

A few days before my anticipated El Nido trip, the Neutrogena’s PR team invited me to attend their intimate Skin Re-Treat event at The Den, Marriot Hotel. Featuring Neutrogena’s well-loved skin care range: Deep Clean facial cleansers, the Ultra Sheer sun protection range and Hydro Boost gel and water-based moisturiser, the event was all about the brand’s new beauty philosophy: Healthy is the New Beauty

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Hair Care Diaries: Vidal Sassoon Premium Base Care Treatment 

This Vidal Sassoon product is the first item I ‘purchased’ from Sample Room, the Philippines’ first ever beauty and lifestyle sampling website. And because the website is giving me a sample to try before I buy, I expected that I’ll only receive a sample size of the product but I was surprised that the Vidal Sassoon came in its full 169ml glory. The package also came with a small bottle of Celeteque DermoScience Advanced Anti-Aging Anti-Wrinkle Ultra-Hydrating Cleansing Oil (wow what a mouthful) as a freebie. 

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The Style Mermaid | Kisty Mea • {Review} Tarte Cosmetics: Dollface Blush
Tarte Cosmetics has finally set foot in Singapore last year and, even if I did not intend to, I broke my shopping ban because I’m curious about their best-selling Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush. The blush is described as “a long-wearing, supremely soft blush infused with Amazonian clay harvested from the banks of the Amazon River and naturally baked by the sun.” Wow, it sounds like a typical baking process of a cake or something.  [[MORE]]
But first, let’s take a look at the pretty packaging:  

The blush cost around S$45 (PHP1500), exclusive of taxes. </3 I came home with an empty wallet, but I have no regrets because 1) Sephora gave me a Prime, Shine & Define Tarte-To-Go Kit for free (worth S$25, I believe) and 2) my chosen blush, Dollface, is seriously one beautiful blush. 

'Dollface' is the perfect shade of light pink. Tarte recommends this shade on fair skin tones and when paired with brown eye shadows. I chose this blush color because I love soft pink blushes. Considering how light the blush is, it is also expected to be blendable and buildable. But more importantly, it gives me that natural glow finish!
My rule when it comes to blushes is that it shouldn’t be distinctively noticeable, otherwise it means you’ve applied too much (Deniece Cornejo is the perfect example. Sorry, I just couldn’t help myself and make that reference). But with this blush, too much still looks natural. In fact, I applied a lot on the photos for post! 
Update (as of March 8): This blush looks great with my golden blonde hair!
Although it’s not really a concern for me, this shade will only last for 6-8 hours instead of the 12-hour Tarte promise. Aww. 
The ‘Dollface’ shade might not be everybody’s cup of tea, especially for girls with medium or deep skin tones, but I definitely recommend Tarte’s line of blushes to anyone who wants to invest in a good quality blush. You can avail them at any Sephora Singapore branch or from Stuff in Style.

{Review} Tarte Cosmetics: Dollface Blush

Tarte Cosmetics has finally set foot in Singapore last year and, even if I did not intend to, I broke my shopping ban because I’m curious about their best-selling Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush. The blush is described as “a long-wearing, supremely soft blush infused with Amazonian clay harvested from the banks of the Amazon River and naturally baked by the sun.” Wow, it sounds like a typical baking process of a cake or something.  

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The Style Mermaid | Kisty Mea • {Review} Benefit Brow Zings Eyebrow Kit
Ahh! My impulsive Sephora buy last November (I apologize for the backlog, lol!). Cariza, who visited for the weekend, was contemplating if she should purchase Benefit’s “Hello Flawless” foundation, and I told her that I’ll buy this eyebrow kit if she’ll buy hers. Wow this friendship. 
My original plan was to wait until I can get my hands on e.l.f. Cosmetics’ eyebrow kit because it’s 10x cheaper than Benefit’s obviously. I’m talking about a $3 vs $30 difference here. But if you’ve been inside a Sephora store, you’ll know how hard it is to leave empty handed. 
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But you know what? I don’t regret buying this. I like the packaging and works like a charm. 
The kit contains a pigmented wax for shaping (the darker color) and a natural-shaded powder for setting. It also comes with a tweezer, two brushes (a hard angle brush and blending brush) and an instruction pamphlet lesson.
Note: The case is really compact and sturdy, and so much better than the eyebrow kit I bought from Catrice Cosmetics. 
Why I Really Made The Purchase? 
I like to define my eyebrows using the Sourcils Poudre by Dior or e.l.f. Eyebrow Filler & Lifter. I find it easier and much more convenient to just use an eyebrow pencil BUT when I complement it with an eyebrow kit, my brows look 10x better! I also asked Cariza for an opinion, and she also said that my brows look fuller and neater! <3
I’m $30 short but with better looking brows. 

{Review} Benefit Brow Zings Eyebrow Kit

Ahh! My impulsive Sephora buy last November (I apologize for the backlog, lol!). Cariza, who visited for the weekend, was contemplating if she should purchase Benefit’s “Hello Flawless” foundation, and I told her that I’ll buy this eyebrow kit if she’ll buy hers. Wow this friendship. 

My original plan was to wait until I can get my hands on e.l.f. Cosmetics’ eyebrow kit because it’s 10x cheaper than Benefit’s obviously. I’m talking about a $3 vs $30 difference here. But if you’ve been inside a Sephora store, you’ll know how hard it is to leave empty handed. 

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