Raised in a religious society, the thought of inserting a reusable menstrual cup inside my vulva was way too creepy with Hellraiser movie scenes playing inside my head – the Female cenobite speaking in a harsh voice and Pinhead torturing a willing victim, his flesh torn into pieces ( insert interesting sound effects). Looking at the cup’s rim feels as though Pinhead’s ripping my vaginal flesh with a period cup. I tend to exaggerate things. You don’t want to get inside my ugly head. I’m sorry.
For girls coming from third world countries, the idea of using a menstrual cup might sound weird and too advanced. But sanitary pads are your silent killers. Sanitary pads materials contain chemicals that you don’t want to be near your vagina. And nobody can ever convince me to wear tampons. Like sanitary napkins, tampons have medical side effects. Wearing a feminine cup is my last resort.
If you check some menstrual cup reviews online, they always have the best things to say about DivaCup. One of the reasons why I didn’t choose DivaCup is because it’s too pricey so I chose EvaCup instead.
Personal Review of Anigan’s EvaCup Feminine Cup
Anigan’s EvaCup is based in California, USA. The company focuses on producing safe feminine hygiene products for women, especially menstrual products such as period cups, first period kits, menstrual accessories such as warmers to ease menstrual cramps, and stain-free period panties.
What I like About The Cup ♥
I love the packaging, it’s too hip and cute. I’ve seen the packaging of DivaCup but EvaCup has better packaging, making first timers like me feel less nervous about shoving a cup inside. It gives the impression that getting your period is okay because you have the choice to use colorful cups to make you feel better.
Also, you can easily bring your cup with you because it includes a colorful pouch that doesn’t say you’re carrying a feminine cup with you.
Simple Color and Design
EvaCup’s design is okay, nothing really unique about it except that it looks manageable. It’s easy to clean because it doesn’t have ridges like other cups. It looks simple and easy to use, nothing complicated with the design, which is good news for first-time users.
I chose a pink period cup because it makes me feel warm and girly. Anigan EvaCup has many cute cup colors available, which is fun because you’re more occupied about choosing your favorite colors rather than thinking negatively about your period and how it’s going to change your way of life in a very short period of time.
A first time cup user surely has doubts when it comes to menstrual leaks. I was skeptical the first time I inserted it. It was the second day of my period and it wasn’t heavy flow unlike the first day. There was no leakage and I was comfortable not wearing any pads at all. I don’t usually have heavy bleeding during my menstrual cycle. I don’t know with other girls who really have heavy period flow. Based on some personal reviews, one of the reasons why users love EvaCup is it doesn’t leak. Be reminded that the capability of a cup to hold fluid depends on the heaviness of your menstrual flow.
Safe and Comfortable
It would be a big lie to say that I felt comfortable with the cup the first time I used it. Perhaps the biggest reason why it felt alright was the fact that it’s made from silicone. The cup is flexible yet firm inside, enough to convince you that your menstrual blood won’t gush out from the cup. I didn’t feel any ridges or sharp objects inside me, contrary to what my mind was telling me the first time I laid my eyes on the cup’s stem.
Reusable and Affordable
As compared to DivaCup, one of the popular feminine cup brands online, EvaCup is cheaper. The price depends on who’s selling it but it’s being sold for $18.99 to $24.99. I bought my EvaCup Single Pack for only $24.99. Imagine the amount of money you need to spend every month for your sanitary pads or reusable tampons. You’re lucky if your country doesn’t impose taxes on feminine hygiene products. If you read some menstrual cup reviews submitted by real users, you will find out that while DivaCup is indeed a household name in the world of menstruation cups, there are still users who prefer EvaCup simply because it’s affordable and the quality is competitive with the other expensive cup brands.
Easy To Clean and Sterilize
Anigan website ideally suggests using a microwave to sterilize the silicone menstrual cup. However, if you’re traveling, you can sterilize it by pouring hot water in the cup. Like I said, its simple design makes it easier for me to clean my cup, no ridges to worry about.
Step by Step Instructions
Although there are detailed video instructions online, it’s still a relief to know that EvaCup’s packaging contains detailed instructions that are very helpful for first-time users like me. The box has a tiny booklet that shows step by step instructions on how to properly insert the cup.
What I Don’t Like About The Cup Χ
Apart from the design, the sizing of the cup is also considered one of the important factors to determine what menstrual cup brand you should buy. Menstrual cup brands have different sizes.
I’ve read in some reviews that Asian consumers usually have problems with the cup sizes. In my case, I chose the Size 1 Small EvaCup thinking it would fit me because Asians are petite and smaller than other races. When the menstrual cup was delivered to me, I was already worried about the size. When I saw the cup, I was a bit disappointed. Although the cup was cute and flexible, I was still upset about the sizing. In the website, it was stated there that EvaCup Size One is for women who haven’t given birth yet (vaginally) and who are considered young adults with petite body types. I’m not petite, I have a semi medium body size and I’ve given birth through C-section but the cup was large and long for me. I’ve read testimonies and comments from cup users with the same brand and only a few of them complained about the size. Perhaps the majority of the users are Americans or Caucasians.
Read the cup size details carefully. If you’re Asian, check testimonies from Asian users and get suggestions from them.
I love that the body of the cup is soft and flexible. However, though the rim is soft, it feels thick inside. I find the rim’s thickness uncomfortable even after a number of insertion trials. The rim is firm inside yet I feel like it’s too wide and too thick for me.
Although a lot of girls prefer short-stemmed cups, I prefer longer ones. Maybe because it makes me feel at ease that my vagina won’t swallow up the cup and if it does, I can easily pull it out. Of course, I’m exaggerating scenarios. I’m a bit uncomfortable with EvaCup’s short stem but like I said, it depends on your vagina’s length or depth.
Inconvenient and Time-Consuming
The idea of emptying the feminine cup after every three or four hours can be exhausting. Bathroom trips can be much of hassle especially if you’re busy working in the office. Also, you’re lucky if your bathroom has hot water so it’s easy to sterilize the cup even when you’re at work. You can actually buy a menstrual cup with a collapsible sterilizing cup if you’re going to buy Anigan’s Period Kit. I’m planning to buy a cup one of these days. My problem is that I need to have it shipped here in the Philippines, which means I have to spend money again for the shipping fee.
I love my EvaCup. The cup’s simple design helps me stay calm and feel at ease. It doesn’t look intimidating, its color and simplicity are comforting. I’m not a tampon user and I haven’t used tampons before. It’s quite a challenge for menstrual cup companies to market their products in a country where tampons are never heard of and sanitary pads can be bought even in small grocery stores in suburban areas.
Although the legitimacy of the cup’s safety claims needs a lot of time for users to confirm, it still makes me feel better that I’ve switched from sanitary pads to menstrual cups. According to the company’s website, Anigan’s EvaCup is made from high-grade medical silicone and the materials are FDA approved so you don’t need to worry about getting cancer or any serious medical conditions through wearing tampons or sanitary pads. One of the major reasons why women consider wearing menstrual cups is basically because of our increasing concerns about the safety of pads and tampons.
I would surely recommend EvaCup to my girlfriends. Although I’ve never tried using other cups, I think EvaCup is the best choice because it’s much more affordable than other cups with the same quality standards. Also, I’ve never experienced any allergies since I started using EvaCup. Time to say goodbye to allergies from using sanitary pads.
After checking some online user comments and reviews, I realize that size is an important factor in rating a menstrual cup. It would be great if the company will produce smaller cups for Asian cup users like me.
I’ve read about vaginal infections experienced by most girls wearing EvaCup period cups. Fortunately, I’ve never experienced any infections and I’m still in a healthy relationship with my cup. I hope the company takes much time to check such complaints and reevaluate the cups. There are other possible reasons why they experienced infection, for instance, if the cup wasn’t properly sterilized after using it or if they have extra sensitive vaginal area.
Where to buy menstrual cup
You can buy menstruation cups online. Check the rating and reviews by real users. There are other menstrual cup brands to choose from, for instance, Lunette Cups and Super Jennie feminine cups.
I’m sorry for reminding you about some graphic scenes in Hellraiser movies. I love the Female cenobite and it would be interesting if they can show menstrual blood stains on her leather robe. Menstruation is beautiful. Womanhood is beautiful.
Korean cushion foundation products like AprilSkin Magic Snow Cushion are all the rage. The popularity of Korean soap operas gave way to the rise of Korean beauty products in the market. Admit it, we are all drawn to dewy Korean skin. Every girl in my generation dreams to find the best tip on how to achieve that youthful and glowing Korean skin. The first tip is to get rid of your acne scars. After my laser tattoo removal, I realized there are so many things you can do with the PicoSure laser technology – you can instantly get rid of your pimple marks in less than 20 minutes.
I don’t know with you but I wasn’t very much into Korean beauty products like BB creams, moisturizers, and lip tints that make you look Korean until I finally got my own April Skin Magic Snow Cushion just to end my curiosity and check what the hype was all about.
And it really isn’t just all hype. It is a Korean cushion foundation that is a perfect combination of BB and CC cream but with a much more impressive formula. So yes, it’s not your ordinary traditional foundation, in my opinion. I decided to buy a cushion foundation for the first time and write my AprilSkin Magic Snow Cushion review.
The April Skin Magic Snow Cushion (SPF50+,PA+++) case is semi-matte and the whole package somehow gives an impression that they aren’t playing around. The packaging is beautiful, though it’s not the usual cute Korean cosmetic packaging you would expect. This is April Skin shade #21.
Now you see the powder puff and the mirror. By the way, peel off the cover and you’ll like the awesomeness of this mirror.
The sponge is soaked with the formula. It doesn’t spill and doesn’t get messy unless if you take out the sponge.
What I Like About The Product
Gives a fresh and dewy feel
It has a cooling effect and builds up on your skin. It also gives a smooth natural finish and moisture. It easily absorbs and has a flawless effect and can really brighten your face. A lot of bloggers say it’s semi-matte. It does look semi-matte in the first few minutes of application but I think after a few more minutes it becomes dewy and gives your face a much more moisturized soft look.
This is really my problem with liquid and powder foundation. They’re too cakey and heavy. I like AprilSkin because the cushion is too light and thin on the skin.
It actually has SPF50 to protect you from redness, sunburn and premature aging. Honestly, using products with high SPF makes me feel good about myself. Girls go crazy over cosmetic products with high SPF.
I applied it to my face at 3pm and to test if it’s really long lasting, I let it stay overnight without washing my face. I woke up and was surprised how it still covered my pores (not fully though) even without reapplying.
It conceals dark spots, pores, and pimples
I have dark under eyes and somehow April Skin works as a concealer too. I don’t need to use loads of concealer to hide the dark circles around my eyes.
Not messy and has good packaging
The cushion is not messy at all. You can drop the whole thing without feeling too guilty about breaking it. Actually a few months ago, I broke my compact powder, got frustrated and opted to choose my Naturactor and bought a liquid foundation instead.I have dark under eyes and somehow April Skin works as a concealer too. I don’t need to use loads of concealer to hide the dark circles around my eyes.
Unlike other foundation, April Skin prevents aging skin
When I got the product, I was a bit disappointed when I found out that it was too light. I checked inside and felt cheated because if you squeeze the soaked sponge, you’ll notice that there’s only a small amount of liquid foundation. The content is too small for its price. Lesson: Don’t expect too much.
The cushion is not refillable
Most face powders are refillable. This cushion isn’t. I think one of the things buyers should consider when buying powders is if it can be refilled.
Sometimes it looks too light on your skin
It’s hard to buy foundation and face powders without knowing the right shade for you. Some products have different shades that complement different types of skin. Maybe the shade is too light for my skin type or what. But it’s okay I think it depends on the application.
The powder puff isn’t soft
After weeks of constant use, the powder puff looks dirty and not really soft when you pat it on your face. Or maybe I’m just really used to using my own fingers or brush whenever I use face powders or liquid foundation. Every now and then I sanitize my powder puff and use antibacterial liquid soap.
To be fair, the product is really nice. I like the fact that it moisturizes my face and it’s perfect for me because I have oily skin. I chose the April Skin Magic Snow Cushion Black because according to their website, it’s the best choice if you live in a tropical country like the Philippines. Although this product is already expensive, I think it’s an alternative to a more expensive product like Laneige.
Will I repurchase?
For sure! Buying Korean cosmetics online is just one of the things that make me feel better about aging.
Amazon – $16.99
FaceBook and Instagram Sellers – 900php to 1500php
My first PicoSure laser tattoo removal experience was the biggest struggle in my life. My second was tolerable, thanks to the genius who discovered anesthesia. The tattoo removal cost is high yet worth it. Here are my before and after photos, they are unfiltered to clearly view my laser tattoo removal results.
Redness of the treated area is common. Pain level is 7/10
Slowly healing; first time to experience itchiness
After a month
(Please ignore the white spots because I had it tattooed using white ink.)
First Session VS Second Session
The second session is obviously a big improvement – the green ink is almost invisible. And yes, no scars.
Overall Comparison of Laser Tattoo Removal Results
Blisters are expected, as what I mentioned in my previous blog post
I probably had an infection because I stayed in a hot and humid place for a week so the treated area became really dry. It was too itchy so I was tempted to continuously scratch it until it became red. I was supposed to use the aftercare cream for two weeks more or until the areas are completely healed but I only applied the cream for a week.
Tip: Never look for cheaper alternatives, always use the cream given by your doctor
After a month
The result in my first session was better than the second one perhaps because of the infection.
Overall Comparison of Laser Tattoo Removal Results
Healed the fastest; the blisters only lasted for a day
After a month
Another session might completely make the blue ink visible. As what I’ve noticed blue and green inks are easy to treat.
Overall Comparison of Laser Tattoo Removal Results
Basic Things To Know About PicoSure Laser Tattoo Removal
Cream vs Injection
To start with, if you’re planning to get your tattoo removed, always choose the anesthesia via injection. It works like magic. My comment on using numb creams: It’s like having that part of your tattoo session when the artist starts deeply shading your tattoo. But it’s more painful and less tolerable.
The Color of Your Tattoo Ink Matters
Yes, if your tattoo was done by a professional. The most difficult colors to treat are red and yellow. Based on my experience, the green and black ones are the best colors for PicoSure treatment.
As you can see below the picture, the red lips of the woman are still visible. Even her orange hair and yellow colored eyes. Please ignore the white spots because I had it tattooed using white ink. What a desperate move to remove tattoos laserless.
Not 100% Pain-Free
Another brilliant idea that my doctor shared with me is that you can request for an anesthesia via injection without being scared of needles by applying numb cream first before the injection.
Shaving is Everything
One of my regrets during my first PicoBlast session was I didn’t shave. I had anesthesia alright but it was a bit painful each time the light hits the hair on my skin. So if you’re going to have the laser tattoo removal on some hairy parts of your body then start shaving.
Treasure Your First 15-20 Minutes Feeling Invincible
Your first fifteen to twenty minutes during your laser tattoo removal session could be one of the best times of your life. After those triumphant moments, suffer the stinging pain that will last for a day or two.
Q and A About Picosure Laser Tattoo Removal
Here are some of the questions (I’m not really good at Q & As but will try to give relevant answers) some curious readers asked me about PicoSure:
Why should I choose PicoSure over RevLite?
I’ve never tried RevLite treatment and never seen its before and after photos. However, based on my doctor’s experience he admitted that one PicoSure session is equivalent to almost ten to fifteen sessions of RevLite. RevLite costs almost 8500php per session. If you’re smart enough, you can figure it out.
“PicoSure both heats and fractures the ink so that’s why it’s more efficient.”
How painful is PicoSure?
If you’re using the PicoSure machine only to treat acne scars then it’s not painful. Tattoo removal procedures are painful. But you can have anesthesia via injection so it’s pain-free. You can only feel the stinging pain after the anesthesia wears off.
What will my skin look like right after the treatment? Should I expect scars?
Expect your skin to be a bit swollen. Also, expect blisters. I didn’t experience any scars in my first session so I think you’ll be alright.
How long does it take for my skin to completely heal?
It depends on how you care for your treated skin. Mine started healing after two to three weeks. Don’t forget to use the cream prescribed by your doctor.
Does the age of my tattoo matters?
I think it does. The older the tattoo, the better. It’s not just the age but also the quality of the ink, how deep the ink is placed and if it’s done professionally.
I didn’t include some other questions because they’re too scientific and I’m afraid I don’t have the knowledge to answer them. My advice is to go to the doctor who can perform your PicoSure treatment so he or she can do the assessment himself/ herself.
If you’re too worried about the pain, you should start worrying about the needle injection and not the whole session itself. You have anesthesia so why worry?
If you’re interested and want to know more about PicoSure and tattoo removal cost, you better check some clinics that offer tattoo removal near you or if you’re living in Davao City you may contact:
Dr. Neil Oropeza
Address: 64, Rizal Extension, Dermhaus Clinic, Davao City, 8000 Davao del Sur
You are trapped in a black hole. You like to listen to Matchbox 20 because the songs remind you of your ex who is obsessed with Mars and constellations. You wait for the stars because you want him to listen as you passionately tell him the stories of the constellations in your own terms, how the universe gave birth to millions of stars guided by gods, arguing the flaws in his hypotheses. You know he would be half amused. You despise the fact that he can clearly explain what parallel universe is yet he cannot explain feelings, the death of love and the sudden death of your stars. Constellations failed to interpret your pain.
And you struggle to move on.
So how do you really move on? Let me count the ways:
Forget being an indoor person. You’ve mourned for the same person for a week. Perhaps after a week or two, you will mourn no more. Reconnect with your old friends and enjoy long distance backpacking trails with them. Get busy buying new trekking equipment. The long walks might remind you of your walks together, of those fights that were never left unresolved and his sweaty palms that you strangely find sexy. But none of those memories matter anymore. Like the stars, they’re dead.
Enjoy the sunrise
Feel the wind
If you’re living within Davao City, here are some hiking routes you can check out:
Mt. Hamiguitan (San Isidro, Davao Oriental)
Mt. Puting Bato (Samal Island)
Go to the Gym
Exercise can heal a broken heart. Physical pain is the best distraction. Besides, being in a new crowd of strangers is therapeutic. You can do yoga to relax your mind. Or you can try boxing if you find yoga boring. You will have a sexier body, good mental health and new gym buddies. And you will start to build your confidence. Breakups can lower your self-esteem. You tend to doubt your self-value. The best part is you will learn to rediscover yourself.
Throw away your old heels and buy a new pair of running shoes
Have a Personal Project
Get yourself distracted. If you are into photography, make a portfolio of the pictures you’ve taken. Or you can change something in your bedroom. Check some bedroom decoration ideas or home renovation tips online. Repaint your room. Find some DIY projects on Pinterest. Learn a new skill.
Other personal project ideas:
If you love playing the guitar or drums, find other musicians and form a band. Create an album.
Write a poem. Experience catharsis. Or write a book.
Go on a significant trip. Refresh your mind.
Read books related to gardening and landscaping ideas
Try New Restaurants
Good food can feed a broken soul. Try visiting some restaurants near your place. Most girls are comforted by sweet words and foods. Guys heal their hearts eating grilled meat with different types of barbecue sauce. We have our own coping mechanisms. Our love for food is in our system. Every bite provides a sense of peacefulness and satisfaction. Unsurprisingly, good food is way better than your ex. (No arguments from Sheldon Cooper).
Like the constellations, you are visible yet imaginary. Unlike the constellations, you are fragmented; disconnected.
If getting a tattoo for the first time makes you want to punch the person next to you, then getting a tattoo removal is a bloodbath. I didn’t feel something when I had my spinal anesthesia, it was a piece of cake. I had almost five trials before the anesthesiologist hit the right spot (it was my fault anyway). The after effect of the laser removal was worse than a heartbreak. It felt as though I was being skinned alive.
It took me months before finally deciding to undergo a tattoo laser removal. Honestly, I don’t have any regrets about my tattoos. I’ve had my tattoos for years and grew accustomed to them. But as you grow older, you have to adjust to the demands of your society and prioritize your career plans. And my career plan includes applying for a job that requires me to be tattoo-free.
Last year, I was curious about a pain-free laser tattoo removal cream that targets pigmented blood cells. It claims to be painless and cheaper as compared to the total cost of tattoo removal in some derm clinics. The problem with tattoo removal creams is that it’s quite a challenge to determine which one is really effective and won’t damage your skin.
When I first visited Oroderm in Gaisano South, they suggested Rev Lite laser treatment. They didn’t have PicoSure treatment in that branch and Rev Lite was the best option. I had a consultation and was told that I might have to undergo ten sessions for my tattoos to be completely invisible. The tattoo removal cost using Rev Lite treatment is 8000php per session with a 1-month interval. It is economical as compared to Picosure.
PicoSure was introduced last year. As stated on its website, “it delivers ultra-short pulses of energy to shatter tattoo ink and skin spots resulting in greater clearance faster, in fewer treatments with improved recovery time.” It’s popular because it’s not just for removing tattoos but basically removing acne scars. Using organic oils may remove dark spots but it takes a lot of time and patience. Some people are actually using potatoes to treat skin pigmentation but I’m not sure if it’s truly effective. So if you’re interested to know how to lighten dark nipples and how to get rid of pigmentation and dark spots right away, then PicoSure is your best choice.
The Belo Medical Group gained the highest number of patients who underwent Picosure laser treatment. I didn’t choose to have my tattoo removal laser at Belo Medical Group because I was afraid of the extra charges. Instead, I went to Oroderm and was welcomed by Dr. Niel Oropeza.
My PicoSure Laser Tattoo Removal Experience ( First Session )
Choosing Your Type of Anesthesia
I was given two options: applying numbing cream or injecting a local anesthetic. I chose an anesthetic cream and until now I still blame myself for not doing my research properly. Unfortunately, the cream didn’t completely numb my tattooed skin. Until now, it’s still on top of my list as one of the things I wish I knew before I got my laser tattoo removal.
The assistants applied cream and wrapped the tattooed area with plastic or Saran wrap an hour before the procedure. This is necessary since the heat will help activate the cream.
I decided to have the local anesthesia injection for my last laser tattoo removal. The doctor needed to inject almost thirty shots for this area. The shots were a bit painful yet tolerable. It was very effective in making the whole procedure pain-free, making me regret why I chose the cream during the first three procedures.
The Laser Tattoo Removal Procedure
Here’s a video of the PicoSure laser tattoo procedure
Laser and chilled air
Swelling after the laser treatment; pain level: 10/10
So how painful is laser tattoo removal? Almost ten to twenty minutes after the laser treatment, the throbbing pain seemed unbearable. I took pain relievers and applied cream before wrapping them with plastic. I went to a gig and drank alcohol after my laser tattoo removal. I felt fantastic. Believe me, the alcohol was a big help although I knew aspirin with alcohol was a major no-no.
What To Expect After The Laser Removal Treatment:
Expect swelling minutes after the laser treatment. By this time, the anesthesia wears off and the treated area becomes extremely painful that you don’t even want to touch it.
Redness on the tattooed area
The treated area becomes red and swollen, which is pretty normal after the laser treatment. It would feel as though you were skinned alive. As what I’ve noticed, the redness is noticeable on hard-to-treat parts.
Minutes after the anesthesia wears off, you will experience swelling, redness and throbbing pain all at once. If you don’t have a high pain tolerance, you can take pain relievers right away.
After 4 Days:
I got scared when I saw blisters all over the treated areas. I thought something terrible happened like an infection or something. Then I remember that during the consultation, the doctor told me that I may or may not have blisters after the treatment. The blisters could go on for almost two weeks. But rest assured that with Picosure, you won’t get suffer from scars.
Day 2: The trick is to never touch the area; the blisters are normal
PicoSure Laser Tattoo Removal Results ( Before and After Photos )
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Why I love PicoSure
Though it’s not economical, the result is worth it.
The blisters are temporary; after three or four weeks they’re completely gone
PicoSure’s results are faster than RevLite’s. Many doctors claim that a PicoSure session is equivalent to ten Revlite sessions
PicoSure is safer since laser pulses were shortened to within a trillionth of a second
Although you cannot deny the fact that undergoing a Picosure laser treatment is a bit expensive (considering the fact that I only paid 36000php per session including the cream that I had to use right after the procedure), the results are satisfactory. If you’re living in Davao, I recommend Oroderm and look for Dr. Neil Oropeza. He’s very professional and is very transparent about the charges. He can explain and provide specific details that you need to know about PicoSure.
Dr. Neil Oropeza
Address: 64, Rizal Extension, Oroderm Clinic, Davao City, 8000 Davao del Sur
Having your tattoos removed might break your heart. It broke mine. My first PicoSure laser tattoo removal experience was painful yet refreshing. It felt as though I’ve survived long backpack trails, going to the bathroom without your favorite book, or BOREDOM. May I live forever.
I already finished my third Picosure session. You can view my laser removal before and after photos and compare the results here.
How many times have you ever felt heartbroken over some overpriced face bronzers, lipsticks or makeup brush sets? Expensive beauty cosmetics are such lovely heartbreakers. The thing with cheap cosmetic products is that they can make or break your beauty routines. And because you did not spend much money you know that if they fail you, it doesn’t hurt that bad. Let’s face it nobody has high expectations for cheap products. But just because they’re affordable or cheap doesn’t mean they won’t work. Miracles do happen.
TheBalm Mary-Lou Manizer aka “The Luminizer” is an all-around honey-hued highlighter. You can use it on your eyelids, on the apple of your cheeks, under your eyes and above your brows. You can also apply it on the bridge of your nose. Basically, it aims to enhance your skin, rather than to mask or conceal it. In my case, the dark circles around my eyes are a bit unnoticeable whenever I use highlighters though I still use my Naturactor Cover Face.
I had a fun make-up session with my niece and decided to take photos using The Balm face highlighter. The make-up is lighter since I didn’t want her to use too much foundation on her face.
Her under eyes are slightly highlighted
Highlighted her cheeks
Highlighted her nose
Why You Might Love It
It’s cheaper but it works (almost ) like any other branded highlighters in the store
It contains a ton of product (like seriously) that you won’t be buying another one anytime soon
It really shimmers and brightens your face as long as you know the right places to highlight
It hides the dark circles around my eyes
The packaging is cool and edgy plus it comes with a big mirror
It’s easy to use especially for beginners
It’s a 3 in 1 product: you can use it on your cheeks, eyelids or under your eyes or brows. It works as a highlighter, eyeshadow and shimmer powder.
Why You Might Not Like It:
(If you like online shopping and you happened to buy it online, even if it’s carefully wrapped) There’s a big chance that if the product is delivered, it would spill like loose powder. Though it looks compact, it does have the tendency to spill out into the lid when you put it inside your bag. This is the reason why I can’t bring it anywhere I go.
It’s quite powdery. But you can always apply it with a wet brush.
It doesn’t stay for a long time.
Use a setting spray to wet the brush before application.
If you have dark circles around your eyes like me, then take advantage of its shimmer to achieve a summery look.
I’ve tried Benefit High Beam and it doesn’t work for me. It’s oily and lacks glow. I mean if I’m going to buy a liquid highlighter, I would buy Jeffree Star’s Liquid Frosts. My Mary-Lou Manizer works perfectly fine and it doesn’t cost a lot. Whether you’re an expert when it comes to highlighting or still a beginner, this highlighter is one of the decent highlighters today. For $24 (1032php), it’s a great steal, quantity wise. Although if you want something cheaper than $24, you might want to check out Wet and Wild’s highlighters. If you want to invest in a good quality highlighter, check Jeffree Star’s highlighters. There are different unique shades to choose from and they come in huge pans so it’s a good deal.
Contouring became extremely popular because of Kim Kardashian. Bronzers and highlighters can completely change how you look. Makeup can do magic, it doesn’t matter if you’re using drugstore or luxury products. If applied properly, highlighters can actually make your face glow to make you look younger and healthier. And so far, my Mary-Lou Manizer is doing its job.