Beauty: Collective Haul

Beauty, Hauls, Travel

Hi everyone!

Today I’ll be sharing with you a massive collective haul post.  To be honest, I’ve been trying not to post any hauls since I feel like all I ever post are hauls, but I just couldn’t help it.  I think haul posts are so much fun!  I can blog hop for hours just looking at haul posts. haha!

Last weekend, I realized I’ve been stacking all of my newly purchased makeup to one side of my vanity area instead of putting them where they should be.   I usually put them away after shooting the items for a haul post.   After seeing how much stuff I’ve accumulated, I figured it is time for me to write another one.

We have a lot of ground to cover so I divided the products into different categories.

Tip: if this photo looks too dark to you, adjust the brightness of your screen.  I edit photos using maximum brightness to maintain photo quality.

Are you ready to see my recent purchases? It’s a mix of beauty products I hoarded from my recent trip to Hongkong, gifts, online shopping and sale shopping. Now I kind of feel guilty.  Kind of.

Let’s start with Skincare, shall we?  Honestly, I’m not big on skin care since I’m really lazy.  However I am a total hand cream hoarder, and I love trying new bath products.

Yep. I’m a sucker for body creams and hand creams alright.

Bath & Body Works Triple Moisture Body Cream

These were gifts from a tita who recently had a vacation here in Manila.  I love using these, but since they are really thick and sticky, it doesn’t sit well with Philippine weather.  Whenever I use this during the day and I start sweating, it turns into a sticky mess.   I still use it during the evenings though.  This type of body cream is perfect for use during the cold season because it is formulated for use in countries with temperate climate.

The Cream Factory SCRUB-in-a-TUB

(Goat’s Milk and Almond – Yummy Variant P699.00)

My current favorite body scrub!  I just love the scent and fine texture of this product.   The quality is very comparable to more expensive brands.  Most luxury brand scrubs are notable for their non-abrasive texture that still effectively exfoliates your skin.  If you’re on the hunt for those kinds of scrubs, you should definitely try this product!

I posted a review about this scrub recently.  You can read that here.

available at stand alone SNOE Stores & Pormada.ph

The Body Shop Absynthe Hand Cream (100mL)

(HKD 130 for 2 tubes)

Don’t you just hate it when your hands get all dry in the mornings?  I tend to have dry, papery textured hands in the mornings so I make it a habit to slather hand cream on before heading out of the house.

I also keep a tub of body butter on my office desk and another one in my bag so I can moisturize my hands when necessary.

This Absynthe hand cream from The Body Shop is one of my favorites.  Absynthe is a new line from Body Shop.  I didn’t like it at first, but the fresh herbal scent grew on me and now, I prefer this over the Almond one.  I love that it’s  light, hydrating and non-sticky.

This 100 mL tube would cost you more than 1000 bucks here in Manila though, so when I visited their outlet store in Hongkong and saw that they’re selling these for half the price, I had to get two.

Le Couvent des Minimes Gentle Cleansing Milk

(P799.00 for 200mL)

I first heard about this product and brand while browsing Bless My Bag and Julia was raving about this cleanser.  She’s one of my favorite beauty bloggers as her site isn’t overtly commercial and I really like her thorough and honest product reviews.

Le Couvent des Minimes is a sister brand of L’occitane, but it is a more affordable line.

I saw their booth in SM Aura last February and I was pleasantly surprised to find that they were having a 50%  off sale on all of their products.  I remembered Julia’s review so I got one bottle to try.  Upon checking the rest of the products from the line, I opted to purchase a pillow mist and mint lip balm as well.

Regular Price: Gentle Cleansing Milk P799.00 || Lip Balm P499.00 || Good Night Pillow Mist P864.00

It was a good, albeit impulse, purchase since I loved every single one of these!  I had a mini panic attack when I read Julia’s post that the brand is being phased out of Manila so I rushed to SM Aura last Friday to stock up on the pillow mist and several things I wanted to try.

Out of curiosity, I asked the saleslady if they really are pulling the brand  out and she told me that they are not and in fact, they just restocked some products because the brand was doing well the past few months.  I was even able to get an extra bottle of the cleansing milk that seems to just fly out of their shelves!

I still purchased several items though just to be on the safe side. lol! They just might change their mind and pull out later anyway.  *fingers crossed*  I have the entire Rose Skincare line now and I’ll be reviewing that soon. 🙂

Le Couvent des Minimes products are on 50% off sale in selected SM Department stores until March 31, 2014.

Being the hoarder that I am, my trip to Hongkong wouldn’t be complete if I didn’t load up on Japanese beauty products.

Luminous Change Falsies in # 10 & 12

(HKD 68.00 each from Sasa)

Japanese falsies are awesome, and I really looked for the ones that looks like demi-wispies because they look more natural than the ones that are uniformly cut.  I already murdered a pair from #12 though. haha!

Andrea Individual Lash Adhesive

(HKD 28.00 at Sasa)

This isn’t anything special, but I needed adhesive for individual lashes and these were really cheap and latex free.  It can be a bit of a pain to remove though since it’s the type that hardens when it dries.

(L-R) Style & Noble False Lash Applicator and Shiseido Lash Curler

(HKD 68.00 & 72.00 respectively from Sasa)

I usually just stick on my falsies using my hands but one of my favorite YouTubers, Wayne Goss, uses a special tweezer like this one to apply falsies so I picked one up to try.

I don’t see the deal about expensive lash curlers, but I figured I should give it a try before making a judgement so I picked up this Shiseido lash curler.  I kind of regret it.  I’ll post a review about this soon and a comparison with my favorite lash curler by Grip.

Stila Written in the Stars palette

This was a  pasalubong from another tita who visited from the States.  I’m not sure how much this is but I do know this is from Stila’s 2012 holiday collection.

The eyeshadows are pretty good and easy to blend, although they aren’t as good as Urban Decay shadows.  I really love the packaging and product placement.  It might be impractical though since the shape of the pans will make it hard to pick up the product when it’s almost out.

I’ve used this palette a couple of times already and it is a good everyday palette.  It’s not something that you have to have, since it doesn’t have any unique shades, but it’s nice to have a neutral eyeshadow palette.  You just can’t go wrong with them.

Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette

(P2500.00/USD 52.00)

I’ve been a big fan of Urban Decay eyeshadows since I got my hands on the Naked 1 palette over 3 years ago.  The texture of the eyeshadows are just phenomenal.  All the shades are super smooth, blendable and incredibly pigmented, so I don’t mind shelling out some extra money for these palettes.

However, it took me a while to jump on the Naked 3 bandwagon (and completely ignored the Naked 2 craze) because I feel like they’ve overdone the entire Naked line already.  Remember Naked Basics and Naked Flushed?  Oh, let’s not even start on the face powder and highlighters.  It’s just too much.

Another reason is I detest anything pink.  As much as I love makeup, I’m not a total girly girl and I avoid owning anything in pink if I can help it.  There’s nothing wrong with it if pink is your favorite color.  It’s perfectly fine.  Personally though, I feel like pink and I will never mix well.  I feel like it screams “girly-girl over here” and that is just not my thing.

Anyhoo, long story short, I have an automatic aversion to pink.  Naturally, I didn’t have any eyeshadows in that color family either.  It wasn’t until Nikki Tiu of askmewhats.com gave me a pinky eyeshadow palette that I tried using the color for my eye makeup.

I was surprised to find that it’s actually a flattering color on me.

As I continued to use that eyeshadow quad, I couldn’t quite decide if I should get the Naked 3 palette.  In the end, I obviously did and I was lucky to find it at such a low price.  Online stores usually sell this for P2900.00 up to P3500.00, but I only had to pay P2500.00 for mine.  Just 100 pesos more than the US price.

So far, I am enjoying this palette.  I don’t go all out and use all the pink hues all at once though.  I’ll be posting a more thorough review on this palette soon.

available at bonmarchepage.com and @bonmarchepage on instagram

Sidebar: I thought of getting the Naked 2 palette as well and I could have, just to have the complete set, but I figured some of the Naked 2 shadows are in the Naked 1 palette and some of the darker shades in Naked 3 are similar to some Naked 2 eyeshadows so I decided not to buy it.

Who knows, maybe I’ll get sucked into it eventually.  Or not.

Heroine Make & Fairy Drops Platinum Mascara

(HKD 65.00 & 118.00 from Sasa)

I have a hard time finding mascaras that retains the curl of my lashes, but I’ve been hearing a lot of good reviews about Fairy Drops and the much more obscure Heroine Make mascara so I bought a few to try it out.

Fairy Drops is more expensive since it is more popular and already repackaged for distribution in Sephora stores.  Heroine Make is slowly gaining popularity as well so make sure to try this before they start repackaging it.

Both mascaras are excellent in adding length, lift and volume.  Something that even Lancome Hypnose cannot do for my lashes.

Dolly Wink Brow Tint in Cocoa & Makemania Brow Tint

(HKD 89.00 & 59.00)

I use three products to fill-in my brows every single day. The last product is the brow tint.  My natural hair is black but I like to fill-in my brows with a grey-brown brow powder so I need to use a brow tint to lighten my brow hair.

I haven’t used these yet, but I’m definitely posting a review once I do.  I just need to finish my The Face Shop Brow tint first.

Dolly Wink Brow Pencil & K-Palette Brow Pencil

(HKD 65.00 & 55.00 at Sasa)

I use brow powder to fill in my brows, but it takes me about 10 minutes just to get it perfectly filled-in, and there are times when I simply do not have the patience or the time to do that.  I think brow pencils are the most convenient brow makeup to use because it’s so easy to use.  You can have perfectly filled-in brows in less than five minutes.

I like my brows to look ash brown instead of black or red brown, and Dolly Wink Cocoa is just perfect for me.  I haven’t tried the K-palette one but I’ve used the liquid pen before so I think they will be pretty similar.  It’s good too but it has a red undertone which I’ve come to dislike in the past few months.  Nevertheless, I’m reserving judgement until after I use it.

This part of the haul has been long overdue.  Got these items online last November.  (see what I meant by overdue? haha!)

Real Techniques Brushes – Sam’s Picks set

(P1750.00 – The Vanity Zone)

I’ve had my eye on this ever since it came out.  I like the multipurpose brush and buffing brush, but they aren’t available individually, plus I didn’t really care for the other brushes that comes with them in a set, so this is a great way to get both brushes.  I like all of the brushes in this set except for the flat foundation brush.  IDK, I like flat foundation brushes but I think this is way to small for a foundation brush.

Still, I think this is a good brush set.  Although, I don’t recommend this for makeup beginners as it doesn’t have all of the basic brushes you will need.

Revlon Matte Balms

(Sultry, Elusive, Mischievous, Shameless)

(P520.00 at The Vanity Zone)

The first time I saw a review on this by a Youtuber, I knew that I had to have the purple one right away.  Unfortunately, it takes a while for new Revlon products to arrive here in Manila.  I had these pre ordered last year and I got them way back in November, but I never got around to posting about them.  I also ordered a couple of other colors, but the more intense shades are your best bet when it comes to this product.  Sultry and Shameless go on smoothly and opaque in just one swipe.  They also stain and fade evenly.  I find the other two lacking in pigment and staying power.

Overall, these are great!  Since I like my lip color to be matte, I prefer this over the kissable balm stains and the lacquer balms.

I’m thinking of getting Striking and some of the nude shades now that these are more widely available. You can now get these in Revlon counters for P575.00 each.

K-palette Kuma Concealer, Bourjois Healthy Mix Concealer, Flower Cream Blush

(HKD 95.00, 109.00 and 23.00 respectively.  All items are from Sasa)

For someone who used to dislike concealers and cream blushers, I’ve been purchasing too many of these lately.  I blame it on tanning and the summer heat!  It’s making me reach for products that feels lighter on the skin without sacrificing the staying power.

My skin has gotten a lot darker recently so most of my face products no longer match my skintone.  </3 It’s a sad thing, I know.  BUT it still works to my advantage because I finally got to use the Kuma Concealer that I couldn’t use before.  It used to be a shade too dark once it oxidizes, but now it’s a perfect match.  I’ve been using this just to cover up blemishes and my under eye circles before setting it with powder.  It evens out my skin tone perfectly and it doesn’t crease or budge the entire day so it works out pretty well.

Because I’ve been using it a lot, I used up about a third in a month so I restocked when I was in HK.  It costs less that P600.00 there but if I buy it here it will cost P900.00.  The 50% markup is just cray!

While I was in HK, I remembered reviews about Bourjois.  I’ve seen their products in Singapore last 2012 but I wasn’t really enticed to purchase any of it since I haven’t seen reviews on it.  After seeing a lot of rave reviews, plus the fact that their products are manufactured by the same company that makes Chanel cosmetics, I would be insane not to try it out right? 😛 Unfortunately, the cream blushes aren’t available in HK and the other products were just so-so so I settled for the Healthy mix concealer.  I’ll let you know how it goes.  🙂

Last thing in this section is this wonderful bargain find!  HKD 23.00 for a cream blush?!  Crazy kind of awesome! I picked one up to try and the coral shade is just perfect if you want to get a sunkissed look.  It’s not a cream to powder finish cream blush so it’s easier to work with.  It doesn’t streak and it sets into a dewy finish which is really lovely.   This is a bit hard to find because it’s in the bargain bin where everything is just dumped together and you’re left to scavenge for hidden gems.

Bourjois Maxi Format Makeup Remover (HKD 59.00)

This was a great find in a Bonjour store in HK.  It works just as well as the Lancome Bifacil makeup remover but you get so much more product at a lower price.

Rosy Rosa Point Makeup Remover

(HKD 40.00 from Sasa)

I’m curious about this as I haven’t tried any on-the-spot makeup remover yet. However, haven’t used this yet so I can’t tell you if it works well.  In any case, the pencil format makes it easy to use and carry around in a makeup kit.

Caudalie Hand and Nail Cream, Caudalie Lip Conditioner and Lavshuca Eye Liner

(Caudalie set HKD 75.00 Lavshuca liner HKD 70.00)

If you’ve been reading my old blog, you would know that I am a big fan of Caudalie.  The hand cream is one of the best I’ve tried and this lip balm is really good! I favor lip balms that aren’t viscous or too slick.  This one hits the perfect note between the two.

I’ve been using the K-Palette eyeliner for a while now and while I do like it, it is pricey at P800.00 for an eyeliner.  Even the P600.00 price tag in HK is expensive. I was browsing online and I saw several posts on the Lavshuca eyeliner.  It was more afforadable at HKD70.00 so I thought I should give it a try.  I’ll give this a whirl once I finish my current line up of eyeliners. 🙂

Beauty Bargain Tip: In case you are in HK and you plan to shop for beauty products, make sure to canvas for prices of products in several Bonjour and Sasa stores first.  It can be overwhelming as the way they display items are just crazy!  I suggest that you check Sasa to see if they have the items that you want as they have the most organized display of stocks, then check Bonjour if they carry that item then compare the prices.  A lot of items are usually HKD 10 cheaper in Bonjour, especially the Dollywink, K-palette and Heroine Make products.  This is something I learned a little too late.

WHOOHOO! We’re finally done!  I feel like I’ve been typing on and on with this post! CRAY!

I’ve been using some of the stuff in this post for a while now and they are definitely going to be in my favorites for the month of March!  Watch out for the next posts!  I’ll be posting about my March Favorites and Summer beauty essentials.

I hope you guys enjoyed this post.  Let me know if there’s a product you’d want to see a review on.

As always, thank you for reading!

xx

Erika

Review: Make Me Blush Nail Spa & Beauty Lounge

Beauty, Reviews

Hi Everyone!

Last weekend, I was invited to try a newly opened nail spa in the New Manila area, and I am so excited to share my review with you guys!  I intended to have this post up way earlier, but things have been so crazy in the office lately, I never had the time to just sit down and write a post.

So finally, here I am on a Friday night, having a date with my laptop so I can share my thoughts on Make Me Blush Nail Spa & Beauty Lounge.  No hard feelings there.  I swear. 

But before we start, let me give you a visual tour of the place.

I love the retro design of their signage! ❤Make Me Blush Nail Spa & Beauty Lounge Exterior

Make Me Blush is located on the 3rd level of Hemady Square Building in E. Rodriguez Avenue.  It’s pretty near my place so I didn’t have a hard time looking for the building.  Hemady Square is a newly opened mall, so all of the tenants, including Make Me Blush, have only been open for about a month or so.

This is what will greet you upon entering the spa.  It’s evident that the design was well thought of and executed.  I like the hushed ambiance.  It made me feel like my stress was slowly melting away. Oh, did I mention that the marketing girl in me really appreciated how the color scheme of the spa matched the signage and mini posters?   :p

As you can see, they offer an impressive array of services.  From makeup to hair styling and waxing, right down to massage and the usual mani-pedi options, they really meant it when they said “Beauty Lounge”.  You could spend an entire day in here to be pampered from head to toe.  I know I would.

You know what the best part is though?  The full body massage is excellent and it’s only P380.00.

I am NOT kidding!

But anyway, let’s move on before I start divulging all the details.

I love the whimsical interiors and airy atmosphere.  The spa has a higher ceiling compared to other nail salons I’ve been to, and in my opinion, this makes for a better ambiance.

Can you believe these chairs are from the 1960’s?  Alyssa, the owner of Make Me Blush Spa, had these chairs re-upholstered and painted to look new again.  Gorgeous no?

These bird-cages-turned lamps are such a nice touch!

Make Me Blush also offer makeup and hairstyling services, so one of the sections of the spa is reserved for those services. Isn’t this makeup area the ult? One day I will have my very own makeup mirror and vanity area just like this one. 😛 haha!

There was a separate area if you want avail of the hairstyling services but I didn’t take photos since someone was having her hair done.  She might be uncomfortable with having her photo taken.

They also have this private massage room.  Can you guess what the folded thing is?  No?  It’s a pair of disposable short pants. :))  Personally, I prefer to get a massage without it, but it is a nice touch.  I think customers who aren’t comfortable about getting a massage sans their outerwear will appreciate this.

So now, let’s start with the highlight of my visit.  The mani-pedi session.

I love, love, LOVE nail polish and having my nails done.  Can you believe I was totally uninterested in makeup and other beauty products about 2 years ago?  I only appreciated makeup when I started working for a fashion magazine.  Nail polish, however, is a different story. I just can’t get enough of the stuff!  My mom keeps on scolding me when I buy more. haha!

As much as I enjoy doing nail art and painting my nails, it is such a treat to have my nails done by someone else every now and then.

In Make Me Blush spa, the nail technician will bring this tub of warm water to soak your feet for a few minutes.  They will use this to soak your feet and soften your nail cuticles.

Hello there scuffed toe nails

My toes, in the process of getting buffed, shined and polished.  They use  Klean Color base and topcoat, but for the nail color. you have the option to choose other brands for a minimal additional charge.

Color play

I always have a hard time picking just one color. lol!

I ended up picking Orly Purple Crush for my toenails.  It’s funny though because this is definitely not purple.  But whatevs. I’m starting my transition to summer colors early this year.

Ate is painting my toes here.  Excuse the chubby foot.

For manicures, they will give you this tray so you can wash and soak your hands on the white containers filled with warm water.

I had a hard time picking another color for my hands, but this Essie Butler Please polish was just the perfect summer blue color!

See what I mean?  I’m thinking of getting a bottle of this since it’s seriously gorgeous and I just love Essie nail polish!

Ta-dah! ❤

I didn’t catch the nail technician’s name and she didn’t have a name tag 😦  But she did a really nice job and she really helped me move stuff around since I couldn’t pick up my bag or look for my charger, lest I undo the nail polish she just applied on my nails. :))

I waited until my nail polish was dry before going for a full body massage.  I love massages and I like to get one at least once a month, so I was really happy when my friend arranged for a massage to be part of the services I will be trying.

I couldn’t take any photos though so I can’t show you, but the masseuse was great! She took care of the knots and lamig on my back and she constantly checked with me if I was okay with the amount of pressure she was using.

The massage was supposed to be one hour only, but unlike other spas, they focus more on giving you a nice massage rather than cutting it short so they won’t go over the allotted time.   Quality service right there!  I couldn’t believe the massage was only P380.00

I am definitely coming back for a massage soon.

This is the basic menu of the services they offer.  I think the prices are more affordable compared to other salons, but their services are just as good.

Overall, I think Make Me Blush Spa and Beauty Lounge is a great concept. They made a lot of beauty services available in one place and that is really convenient if you need to have several things done. It’s great that the establishment is in an accessible area, but at the same time, the mall is not crowded.

If you live in the New Manila area, you should definitely check this place out.  It’s worth a visit just for the massage alone!

Visit the Make Me Blush Facebook page to find out more about the services they offer. 🙂

As always, thank you guys for dropping by.  I’ll talk to you again on my next post.

xx

Erika

Lifestyle: What’s in my Bag?

Lifestyle, Personal

Hi everyone!

I’m back for a quick post.  Today I’m going to share with you what I have been carrying around in my bag lately.  I just thought this would be an interesting post because, being the nosy person that I am, I love reading blog posts about purses and what people usually carry in their bags.

Now, if you want to know what I have in my bag, read on.

I am a bit of a pack rat so I usually carry a ton of stuff in my bag.  Hence, I need to have a roomy purse all the time.

Cobalt Blue Balenciaga Giant City Bag

This Balenciaga bag may look small to you but it is surprisingly roomy!  It can hold a lot of things and the best part about it is I don’t have to worry about breaking it since it’s really sturdy.

I’m not a total bag hag, but I am particular about bag quality, so I like to invest in nice bags like this one. 🙂 The fact that it can go with any outfit I decide to throw on doesn’t hurt either.

So this is everything that was in my bag.

Told you it’s pretty roomy. 

Gadgets schmadgets + them chargers

You might be scratching your head at this point, but yes, I have to have two separate phones and an iTouch too.  Why?  Well, I like to use the  iTouch for music and games.  That way my music library and games won’t mooch off memory space in my phone.

Aaaand I have two mobile phones because one is my personal phone and the other I use for work.

Beauty Booty

Now it wouldn’t be my bag if it didn’t have a beauty stash.  I don’t bring that many lip products all the time.  It just so happens that I haven’t cleared out the lipstick pocket in a while. *excuses* lol!

A closer look of my emergency beauty bag.  I’ve had this one for a while.  The brushes are part of MAC’s Glamour Daze collection, and I keep a selection of makeup in the other pocket.  They’re nothing special but what I have here can get me through any makeup emergencies that could occur.

Let me know if you’d like to see a separate and thorough post about this.

Sunnies from Sunnies by Charlie and Eyeglasses from Mike Nuosl

Now these are the two things I really can’t leave behind.  I hate driving without sunglasses on, unless it’s evening time and I can’t work in front of the computer for long without my glasses because it hurts my eyes.

My eyesight isn’t that impaired but I just prefer wearing glasses with multi coated lenses to protect my eyes.

2014 Moonleaf planner, 16GB Flash drive and my Parker pen

I know people usually keep their schedules on their mobile phones nowadays, but there’s something about keeping a planner that actually motivates me to organize my schedule and everything else in my life.  There are times when I accidentally leave my planner behind and it always feels like I lost a limb.  I’m that attached and dependent to this thing.

Of course it has to have a pen to go with it.

Flash drive – you never know when you’re going to lose internet connection.  Oh wait, you get disconnected right when you need to send a huge file.  Drat.  This is why I keep a flash drive handy.  Always.

I’m notorious for always keeping candies and snacks in my bags.  The army of ants swarming towards my bag should clue you in… Just kidding!  Well maybe not.

Anyway, I always keep a pack of sours and chewing gum in my bag.  Girl’s gotta have her sugar stash.  I add a bar of granola bar or two whenever I feel like it.  Just because.

Last, but not the least are my wallet and house keys.

Now these are the things we should always carry around with us, because really, what would you do without money and keys to your house?

These along with car keys and my powerbank are super essential to me, but I forgot to include them in the photos.  Perhaps I’ll include them when I need to create an updated version of this post.

So far, that is everything I tote around in my bag. There’s not much in here, actually.  If I did this post when I was still commuting… well let’s not go there. haha!

Thank you for reading up to this point!  I hope you enjoyed reading this post, because I had a lot of fun writing it. 🙂

See you guys on my next post!

xx

Erika

Beauty: Review on The Cream Factory SCRUB-in-a-TUB

Beauty

Hi guys!

First of all, I want to thank you for visiting my new blog!  I’ve been so excited about my own “.com” and after purchasing it last week, I couldn’t concentrate on anything because I was so stoked about having a brand new canvas to paint <or write> on.

So after going through my beauty stash, I figured it would be best to kick off this blog with a product review.  After a serious case of indecisiveness, I finally decided that a review on The Cream Factory’s SCRUB-in-a-TUB would be the perfect first post for my new blog. I have the Yummy scrub, which has a chocolate base in the Goat’s Milk and Almond variant! Now that name is a mouthful.

If you read beauty blogs religiously, I’m pretty sure you already know about The Cream Factory.  I did a review on their bath creams in my old blog, and I freaking love the stuff so I was really excited when I received an email from the Because Inc. team saying they’re giving me one of their awesome scrubs to try and review! ❤

Now let’s have a look at the scrub!

The Cream Factory Scrub-in-a-Tub Yummy in Goat’s Milk and Almond

P699.00

Once you get a whiff of this scrub, you will understand why they felt the need to include a “Don’t try to eat this stuff” warning on the label.  It smells HEAVENLY and it looks seriously delish!

See what I mean?  You could easily mistake the stuff for chocolate ganache!

I have a confession to make.  While trying to pick which scrub I like best,  I accidentally smeared a glob of it on my nose.  All because I was too eager to get a whiff of it.  I’m embarrassing, I know.

SCRUB-in-a-TUB is available in 3 variants, the Salty, Creamy, and Yummy.  As you can see in the photo above, each scrub has it’s unique ingredient that will exfoliate and hydrate your skin.

It was so hard choosing between the Salty and Yummy variants, because I was torn between trying something new and going for a classic scrub.  I love how the Salty scrub is such a great exfoliant, yet it is still gentle to the skin.

In the end though, I picked the Yummy scrub because it’s something different and new to me.

So what’s so good about the Yummy scrub?

It has cocoa bean bits.  Aside from exfoliating, the antioxidants in the cocoa bits “awakens” your skin and makes it look brighter and softer.   What I love the most about this is it’s the middle ground between the Salty and Creamy scrubs.

When I tried the creamy scrub, I could feel the fine and subtle walnut sprinkles on my skin but I felt like it’s too gentle for me.   Meanwhile, the salty scrub is very thick and although it isn’t harsh on the skin, it’s really meant to be used on the body.  Read: It’s for hardcore scrub fans.

I’m somewhere in the middle.  I like scrubs but I don’t want to overdo it, so the Yummy scrub is just perfect for me.  It’s grainy enough for body use and gentle enough for the face.  I love using this as a facial scrub once a week because I feel like it really cleanses and brightens my skin.  That’s a big plus for me since I wear makeup almost everyday.  There are times when I forget to exfoliate and the deep seated makeup residue on my skin causes breakouts.

I’ve had this scrub for 2 weeks and I’ve been using it on my face once a week and twice a week for the body and it is AMAZEBALLS.

I used the scrub on my face last Friday evening and when I woke up the next day, my skin looked extra fresh and bright.  😮

Disclaimer:   The Because Inc. team told me that if you want to use these as facial scrubs, the Creamy one would be your best bet,  especially if you have sensitive skin because it is the most gentle variant.  While it works for me, I wouldn’t recommend  using the Yummy scrub on your face if you’re not used to scrubs because it could have adverse effects.  Remember, what works for me doesn’t necessarily work for everyone else. 

Now that I’ve given you my two cents on the product, let me show you what it looks like and how it works!

You can clearly see the cocoa bits in the scrub.

When massaged onto the skin, the scrub turns white.  It will slough off the dead skin cells and leave your skin feeling and looking fresh and clean.  Your skin will smell like chocolates too. *wink*

See?  The back of my hand looks so fresh and hydrated. 🙂

On the photo above, you can see all the different The Cream Factory ingredients!  Each ingredient has it’s unique beneficial property, so don’t choose your The Cream Factory product based on the fragrance alone.  Make the most out of your choice by choosing what would be good for your skin as well.  After all, the products are meant to be dessert for your skin. 😉

As for me, I love Almond and Cinnamon the most! They both smell great and I always feel refreshed after using the bath creams!

I’m about to finish my bath creams though, so I need to repurchase them soon… If only I don’t have a hard time picking between Cinnamon and Almond… haha!

But I digress.

Overall, I love The Cream Factory SCRUB-in-a-TUB.  They are pricey at P599.00 (Creamy), P699.00 (Yummy) and P799.00 (Salty) but we’re talking about premium products made with the best ingredients there are so, I think they are really worth the money.

I will definitely repurchase when I finish my tub, but maybe I’ll get the Salty one next. 🙂

What about you?  Have you tried any of The Cream Factory products yet? I would love to hear from you!

Until my next post!

Cheers,

xx

Erika

P.S.  The Cream Factory SCRUB-in-a-TUB are available at stand alone SNOE stores within Metro Manila, but you can get select variants online at pormada.com.ph too. 🙂

P.P.S.  A little birdie told me that The Cream Factory is having a promo on their bath creams right now!  If you purchase a large bottle of Bath Cream (26 oz.) you will get a 7.5 oz bottle of bath cream for free!  You can avail of this promo in Robinsons Dept. stores only though, so head on over to Robinsons Galleria, Magnolia or Manila! Or else I will hoard them all and leave nothing but crumbs for you. harhar! 😛  I’m kidding!  You can thank me for the tip later.