The Style Mermaid by Kisty Mea

The Style Mermaid | Kisty Mea • MAC Ruby Woo
Every girl must have at least one red lipstick. ;)
Updated Entries: MAC Angel Lipstick Review and MAC Freckletone Lipstick Review
One of the best selling MAC Red lipsticks. The other one is Russian Red, which is redder and darker. Both are matte lipstick, so they can be very drying but has an amazing staying power. I prefer the Ruby Woo than the Russian Red because it’s brighter and slightly pinker; it’s a very retro red. 
Face of the Day

Very Pin-up Girl-ish here. <3
MAC Ruby Woo: Hit or Miss? Definitely a HIT!!!

MAC Ruby Woo

Every girl must have at least one red lipstick. ;)

Updated Entries: MAC Angel Lipstick Review and MAC Freckletone Lipstick Review

One of the best selling MAC Red lipsticks. The other one is Russian Red, which is redder and darker. Both are matte lipstick, so they can be very drying but has an amazing staying power. I prefer the Ruby Woo than the Russian Red because it’s brighter and slightly pinker; it’s a very retro red. 

Face of the Day

Kisty Mea | MAC Ruby Woo

Very Pin-up Girl-ish here. <3

MAC Ruby Woo: Hit or Miss? Definitely a HIT!!!

The Style Mermaid | Kisty Mea • Real Techniques Review/Makeup Tips
Real Techniques are make-up brushes designed by Samantha Chapman of Pixiwoo fame. The brand is a beauty blogger favorite because it is often featured in either their monthly favorites and every day make-up routine.
What makes these brushes unique? The Real Techniques line has a color-code system and each color corresponds to a key step in make-up application: Flawless Base (gold/yellow), Enhanced Eyes (purple), and Perfect Finish (pink). This color-code system, in my opinion, makes the process of applying make-up a whole lot fun and easier because I&#8217;ll instantly know which brush to use. Not to mention, these brushes also use names as reference instead of numbers. 
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The Core Collection is part of the Flawless Base and is consist of the following:
Buffing Brush —Although meant for powder and mineral foundation, I use this as my blush brush. A lot of bloggers love this brushes, including Zoella. Contour Brush — From the name itself, this brush helps contour my face. Use this brush to get that the soft, diffused look. 
Pointed Foundation Brush — My least favorite from the set. I&#8217;m having a hard time blending my liquid foundation with this brush.
Detailer Brush — You can use this as a concealer or lipstick brush. I adore how it &#8220;fits&#8221; under my eyes, so I don&#8217;t have to use my fingers in blending anymore. Of course, I just have to be careful not to apply too much concealer. 
The Starter Set (no photo, sorry!) is part of the Enhanced Eyes and is consist of base shadow brush, deluxe crease brush, accent brush, pixel-point eyeliner brush, and brow brush. The reason why I&#8217;m not including this in my review is because I don&#8217;t apply eyeshadows that often. I&#8217;m still figuring out how to use them properly. :)

The Stippling Brush is my favorite brush! It&#8217;s an individual brush, meaning it was not part of any of the collection. I love this brush because I get that airbrushed look/effect. See the photos below to get what I mean. ;) 
A Few Make-up Tips

In case you&#8217;re wondering why my face is darker than the rest of my body, here&#8217;s the back story: I lathered a body lotion with SPF15 that day. I wanted to get rid of the bottle already, so I decided to use whatever is left&#8230; And voila! But the foundation is just right for my skin. 

Verdict
Maybe it&#8217;s too early to say but I absolutely LOVE these brushes! &lt;3 For me, make-up used to be a chore but with these brushes, the whole process of beautifying myself is so much fun. I can&#8217;t think of any reason to hate or dislike these brushes, because they&#8217;re really easy to use.
The collection set comes with a pouch but most of the brushes can stand on its own. But still, I just have to rave about the innovative pouch. You can fold the pouch and let it stand on its own by just pulling the string. 

On the photo above, I decided to combine all brushes in one case to save space. I&#8217;m also using brush protectors from Suesh.
The whole thing only cost me PHP2600 (Including shipping to Singapore!) and it&#8217;s cheaper than my Bloom 6-pc. Brush Set (PHP2450, Beauty Bar) and MAC Glamour Daze Brush Set, but is 10x better and prettier. The only problem is that they&#8217;re not locally available in the Philippines. Kalm Cosmetics claim that they&#8217;re an authorized seller of these products though.
Real Techniques Core Collection and Stippling Brush: Hit or Miss? Definitely a HIT!!!

Real Techniques Review/Makeup Tips

Real Techniques are make-up brushes designed by Samantha Chapman of Pixiwoo fame. The brand is a beauty blogger favorite because it is often featured in either their monthly favorites and every day make-up routine.

What makes these brushes unique? The Real Techniques line has a color-code system and each color corresponds to a key step in make-up application: Flawless Base (gold/yellow), Enhanced Eyes (purple), and Perfect Finish (pink). This color-code system, in my opinion, makes the process of applying make-up a whole lot fun and easier because I’ll instantly know which brush to use. Not to mention, these brushes also use names as reference instead of numbers. 

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The Style Mermaid | Kisty Mea • DGJ Organics Hair Care Review
Visiting England did not only change my perspective, but also the way I take care of my hair. Did you know that those stuff they put on regular shampoo and conditioner can actually do more damage than help your hair? When I found out about this, I immediately bid goodbye to salon-based products and their evil silicones, and said hello to organic and hair care products that actually works! &lt;3
I would like to introduce the DGJ Organics, an organic hair care developed by celebrity hairdresser and colourist Daniel Galvin Junior. I honestly never heard of the brand before but it was organic and only cost £5.99 (PHP380) per (250ml) bottle. I thought that was pretty cheap for a UK product that claims to be organic and SLS-free. 
[[MORE]]For the duration of my BBE trip, I used the DGJ HairJuice Honeydewmelon Shampoo and DGJ Glossy Brunettes Conditioner.

DGJ HairJuice Honeydewmelon ShampooFor an organic product, this shampoo lathers really well. I don&#8217;t even have to apply water for it to lather. But what I really love about this shampoo is the smell. It has this citrus melon scent that&#8217;s not too overpowering. &lt;3
This shampoo is created for everyday use, but it&#8217;s not that drying&#8230; unless you keep it for more than 3-5 minutes. It will clean your hair but it&#8217;s not powerful enough the remove the excess oil on my scalp. :( This is my first time to switch to organic products, and I have to say my hair looks a lot healthier after 3 weeks of usage. 
DGJ HairJuice Honeydewmelon Conditioner I used this conditioner when I came home from the BBE. To be honest, there&#8217;s nothing special with this conditioner. No magic powers or whatsoever. It will basically just condition your hair, provided you leave it for 3-5 minutes. I guess this conditioner is ideal for people who are neither brunettes or blondes.  

DGJ Glossy Brunettes Conditioner I purchased this conditioner for two reasons: The HairJuice Conditioner was out of stock on my first night in London, and I couldn&#8217;t leave the shower without applying conditioner. I wasn&#8217;t interested if it&#8217;ll improve the color of my hair, since that&#8217;s usually bullsh*t.
But this product made me a believer!
The product contains Cocoa Bean and Walnut that will help develop and enhance depth of color and shine in dark and auburn tones. And after two weeks, my brown hair became more and more noticeable. 
Note to Self: When I go blonde next year, I need a bottle of their Glossy Blonde collection. 


DGJ Hangover Care The aim of the product was to transform tired and dull hair into glossy tresses that look and smell fabulous. A perfect remedy for your hung-over locks that have been through a hard day’s work and a long night partying. 
The shampoo works like a charm, only it has lavender scent. In my opinion, the scent smells like it&#8217;s medicated but relaxing nonetheless. Due to my recent scalp condition, the conditioner and treatment is giving some serious build-up. But does wonders to the rest of my hair. 
VERDICT
PROS: It&#8217;s an affordable organic product. The HairJuice Shampoo smells sooooo nice, even my boyfriend likes it! The Glossy Brunette Conditioner works, at least, for my dyed hair. My hair looks a lot healthier! &lt;3
CONS: The accessibility of this product. You can only order this through Waitrose or their online website, and it is certainly not on Amazon, Ebay or HQHair. May not work for people with oily scalp.
I really wish there&#8217;s another way to repurchase because I would really want to try their Argan Oil Collection (a new release!). 

DGJ Organics Hair Care Review

Visiting England did not only change my perspective, but also the way I take care of my hair. Did you know that those stuff they put on regular shampoo and conditioner can actually do more damage than help your hair? When I found out about this, I immediately bid goodbye to salon-based products and their evil silicones, and said hello to organic and hair care products that actually works! <3

I would like to introduce the DGJ Organics, an organic hair care developed by celebrity hairdresser and colourist Daniel Galvin Junior. I honestly never heard of the brand before but it was organic and only cost £5.99 (PHP380) per (250ml) bottle. I thought that was pretty cheap for a UK product that claims to be organic and SLS-free. 

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G-Lish Make-up Beauty Review

Another make-up review! Only this time, I’ll briefly talk about a cosmetic product that is locally made! #ProudPinoy :D

G-Lish is a local make-up brand in the Philippines. It is the brainchild of friends who wanted to provide Filipino girls with cute and trendy cosmetics, at really affordable prices. I always see their stall whenever I’m in Megamall but never had a chance to try their products. So when they gave me an opportunity to try their products, who am I to say no? They were generous enough to send me a facial mist spray, body butter, and three lip and cheek tints to try.

The first product I tested was the G-Lish Hydra Mist in Aloe Vera. It’s basically a facial mist, aim to keep your skin hydrated. To be honest, I wanted to like this product but the strong Aloe Aera scent threw me off. I’m not really into scented anything, since I have a very sensitive nose. One bottle is worth PHP150 though and that’s about 5x cheaper than Evian’s facial mist.  

The second product I tested, which I for some strange reason forgot to take a solo photo of, is the Summer Berries, a strawberry and pomegranate whipped body butter. I absolutely love body butters. I used this almost all throughout my BBE trip, mostly to keep it callous-free from all that walking. Highly recommended! One tub cost about PHP80.00.

They also sent me lip and cheek tints in three variants/flavors: Berry Blush, Pink Crush, and Nude Rush. They’re all quite pigmented and my instincts told me not to apply too much in one go. My favorite among the three is the Pink Crush because it gives that faint pink glow. I don’t like my blush to be noticeable because, for me, if you notice the blush, then it means I applied too much. 

Currently, they have five boutiques all over the metro. You can visit them at ATC, SM Megamall, TriNoma, Sta. Lucia, and at Southway Square in Zamboanga. You can also purchase their products online by clicking here.

I would like to apologize profusely [to my sponsors] for not making a review within the agreed time frame. I became so busy with BBE that any blog-related concern had to be postponed. But I did tested these products while I was in the UK.

The Style Mermaid | Kisty Mea • Meet The Tastemakers
Everyone, I&#8217;d like to introduce to you this wonderful online shop called Taste Central, a retail partner of the famous deal sites, Deal Grocer. The people behind Taste Central describes themselves as a happy, people-pleasing bunch who are obsessed of one thing: Good taste. They&#8217;re tastemakers.
What I like about their aim is that they don&#8217;t just simply upload products and expect them to sell (Trust me, I know some online stores whose only aim is to make money&#8230; I find those really so annoying). The team behind Taste Central are very meticulous. They make sure everything, from the web experience to the details of the products that they are selling, will be presentable and beautiful.  
Their website is very easy to use and, quite frankly, pleasing to the eyes. I had a lovely time browsing their website because all of products were all beautifully taken, clear and detailed. I had a hard time choosing which one I should buy first. Here are some of the items I loved: 

As yoou can see, they&#8217;re all pretty but the item I loved the most was Heima&#8217;s Have Love, Will Travel wall art (first photo above) in teal. 
There&#8217;s so much to rave about Taste Central, ok. But I think the best is the fact that most of the items in their catalog are 20-30% off! So, if you purchase the wall art directly from Heima Store, it will cost you PHP5,900 (USD144). But Taste Central is selling it for PHP 4,720 + PHP 100 delivery/shipping fee! I was able to save at least a PHP 1000, and we all know that a thousand bucks can go a long way. ;) Convenient and cheaper, without sacrificing good taste! 
That sounds fantastic, how do I join? Joining Taste Central is easy peasy. All you need to do is visit Taste Central, click the Become A Member button on top and enter your details. You can also use Facebook and your DealGrocer account for a faster account set-up. It&#8217;s free, and if you invite your friends, you can even earn credits worth PHP 500! 
By the way, Mother&#8217;s Day is coming. Do you have any idea on what to give to your mother? Check out their Mother&#8217;s Day Collection here.
Note: The item I purchased is semi-sponsored.

Meet The Tastemakers

Everyone, I’d like to introduce to you this wonderful online shop called Taste Central, a retail partner of the famous deal sites, Deal Grocer. The people behind Taste Central describes themselves as a happy, people-pleasing bunch who are obsessed of one thing: Good taste. They’re tastemakers.

What I like about their aim is that they don’t just simply upload products and expect them to sell (Trust me, I know some online stores whose only aim is to make money… I find those really so annoying). The team behind Taste Central are very meticulous. They make sure everything, from the web experience to the details of the products that they are selling, will be presentable and beautiful.  

Their website is very easy to use and, quite frankly, pleasing to the eyes. I had a lovely time browsing their website because all of products were all beautifully taken, clear and detailed. I had a hard time choosing which one I should buy first. Here are some of the items I loved: 

Taste Central Wishlist

As yoou can see, they’re all pretty but the item I loved the most was Heima’s Have Love, Will Travel wall art (first photo above) in teal.

There’s so much to rave about Taste Central, ok. But I think the best is the fact that most of the items in their catalog are 20-30% off! So, if you purchase the wall art directly from Heima Store, it will cost you PHP5,900 (USD144). But Taste Central is selling it for PHP 4,720 + PHP 100 delivery/shipping fee! I was able to save at least a PHP 1000, and we all know that a thousand bucks can go a long way. ;) Convenient and cheaper, without sacrificing good taste! 

That sounds fantastic, how do I join? Joining Taste Central is easy peasy. All you need to do is visit Taste Central, click the Become A Member button on top and enter your details. You can also use Facebook and your DealGrocer account for a faster account set-up. It’s free, and if you invite your friends, you can even earn credits worth PHP 500! 

By the way, Mother’s Day is coming. Do you have any idea on what to give to your mother? Check out their Mother’s Day Collection here.

Note: The item I purchased is semi-sponsored.