Let’s talk about lashes.
The history of fake eyelashes can be quite creepy. Did you know that in the 1890s some women had to use needles to put their lashes in place? So yes, if you’re into mink false eyelashes and you don’t completely agree that beauty is pain, you’re quite lucky you weren’t born in those times. It’s ironic how women had to deal with such kind of torture in the past while in today’s generation, it’s one of the biggest trends in the beauty community.
Being physically beautiful is a process. Having your hair bleached could mean completely damaging it or putting on cosmetic products might cause skin irritation or allergies. Going to your eyelash salon and getting an eyelash perm regularly could be mean being happy with your lashes or losing them completely. As for me, I’m still having doubts about eyelash perming and eyelash extensions so I’ll choose false lashes for now.
Here’s my review of Esqido Mink False Eyelashes, my before and after photo and the truth about beauty lashes:
They’re Real Fluffy
Esqido makes mink lashes so it’s not surprising that they’re extremely soft and fluffy. I chose Esqido Nimbus falsies, they’re almost full volume yet they don’t feel too heavy. Normally, I would choose the normal and natural looking lashes because I’ve tried some lashes in the past and I wasn’t really happy using them. They were too heavy and would constantly strip off. When I saw the Nimbus lashes, among other different options, I decided I should give it a go. I’ve been wearing them ever since.
My Nimbus lashes are great to wear for special events. As you can see, even from afar they’re really noticeable and beautifully dramatic, completing my whole look.
They’re Easy To Wear (Good for Beginners Too)
When I learned how to do makeup, I was discouraged to use falsies. Perhaps putting lashes on was the biggest challenge for me, next to having perfectly identical winged eyeliner. I learned through practice. My Esqido Nimbus lashes are easy to wear since they’re soft and flexible. With my lashes and a nude liquid lipstick or even just a little bit of Korean lip tint, I’m good to go.
It’s also easy to remove them so your natural lashes are safe. They’re not too sticky at all.
They Are Paired With Brush-On Lash Glue
A brush-on glue is what every girl needs. I’ve tried glue in tubes and using them was such a pain in the neck. It became troublesome when I already used half of the tube. I’m finally saying goodbye to glue spills. Thanks to the smart people who thought of brush-on applicators for making our lives easier.
I don’t know with other girls but I always run out of lash glue. It’s partly not my fault because most false lashes I bought before had small glue tubes. It’s actually one of my frustrations. It can be frustrating especially when you’re ready to put on your lashes and you suddenly realized that you run out of lash glue.
FYI: The lash adhesive is sold separately.
They Come in Different Styles
I chose a pair of Nimbus lashes and I got the exact style that I really wanted. Thanks to Esqido’s lash guide, it’s easy to choose your style based on your eye shape and lifestyle. The lash guide is helpful for first-time false eyelashes users. When I tried the lash guide and was asked about my lifestyle, I also made a quick evaluation of my fashion style and the events I attend to in order to help me choose a pair. I was honestly overwhelmed by different lash styles and would love to get more pairs.
They’re Truly Reusable
Of course, most falsies can be reused but sometimes you just don’t feel like reusing them for hygienic purposes. I used my Esqido Nimbus lashes a couple of times and they still look alright. If you’re scared that you might find mites living in your lash extensions (a woman found mites in lash extensions), maybe a good pair of falsies that you can easily remove and sanitize is what you need, unless if you know basic eyelash extension care.
The Packaging Will Blow Your Mind
I appreciate a good packaging. The whole packaging is an important factor to make me buy a certain product. Esqido’s packaging will truly blow your mind. It looks simple yet classic, something that you can put inside your makeup bag and you know it doesn’t mess up.
They Ship Fast
I’m living in the Philippines and usually, when you order products from foreign countries, you have to wait for months to get your package. Luckily, I only waited for ten days I guess, not that bad. Also, the shipping fee is free for orders over $75.
Esqido Lash Glue
The lash glue packaging is quite sophisticated. It’s also easy to use and remove. The fact that it’s a brush-on glue is good news because it means faster and easier application. Also, no spills. It’s easy to remove and dries fast. From my experience, I put on my Esqido Nimbus lashes for almost 12 hours and they were still in place so yes, the lash adhesive is a good one.
Esqido Nimbus Lashes
What I Don’t Like About Esqido Lashes
- They’re not playing when it’s mentioned on the description box that some lashes are medium to full volume. They can be heavy, but no too much. Like I said, I’ve tried other lashes that are too heavy you would feel really uncomfortable. Esqido lashes are tolerable.
Months before I got my package, I’ve checked some studio lashes near me thinking it would save time putting on lashes when needed, but somehow I managed to get through the day with my falsies, giving me more options and styles to choose from. Maybe there are other good false eyelashes brands out there, but for now, I’ll stick to Esqido lashes.
So yes, women, also men, do some weird and painful things for beauty and it’s perfectly fine.
My third PicoSure tattoo laser removal session was more of a reunion with the staff and Dr. Neil Oropeza. It was also a reunion with the familiar surgical lights, machines, Dr. Neil’s Star Wars Lego collection you can’t miss when you’re heading towards the beauty rooms and the familiar traumatic pain of the laser machine not to mention the injections.
Getting tattoos can be quite painful but I didn’t realize that removing them can be thrice the pain. Well, actually saying that it’s thrice the pain is an understatement.
I’ve mentioned in my first session that choosing topical anesthetics over injections is a bad idea. Since I can be a chronic complainer when it comes to handling pain, Dr. Neil thought of using the topical anesthetic not for the laser treatment but for the injection instead.
My goofy face, pretending everything is going to be okay and that the pain will soon go away right after the laser treatment.
Before My Third PicoSure Laser Tattoo Removal
As you can see, the yellow ink is still visible after having two PicoSure sessions. The yellow ink is just too stubborn, even the red one. That’s why Dr. Neil thought of trying out RevLite for the yellow and red ones.
I got this tattoo on my back five or six years ago. This was my last tattoo and the ink was pretty thick so I’m not surprised that it took two sessions (and maybe two more) for the ink to fade away.
The blue ink is still visible. Aside from yellow and red, blue can also be a difficult color to remove though not as difficult as the two colors mentioned.
Yellow ink is still visible
PicoSure Laser Tattoo Removal Before and After Photos
Why Choose PicoSure Over RevLite
RevLite is using heat energy to remove tattoos (like other traditional laser treatments) and we all know that heat can do some damage on the skin. PicoSure breaks down ink pigments making it easier for the tattoos to fade away. It only uses shockwave effect. Since the light pulses are only a trillionth of a second long, it causes less damage and zero skin scars during the laser treatment.
- Using RevLite laser treatment means more sessions, thus, suffering more. You can achieve better results with the Picosure laser for only a few sessions.
- RevLite may work wonders in any ink color (though it doesn’t work well with black ink). PicoSure works best with black, green and blue while it struggles to remove orange, yellow and red ink colors.
I’ve talked to some people who had their tattoos removed and shared our thoughts about tattoo laser removal. I learned about their opinions about RevLite Q-Switched Laser Treatment based on their personal experiences. Here are some things I’ve learned from them:
- Most patients are not satisfied with RevLite Q-Switched Laser Treatment. ( Q-Switched laser treatment is allegedly an ideal method to remove spots, freckles, and tattoos) One patient shared she’s already on her third session but the tattoos are still very visible.
- It takes almost eight to ten RevLite sessions to achieve the results you get when you’re on your first Picosure laser session.
- The age, color and the kind of tattoo ink used are major factors why removing tattoos can take up to five or six sessions.
There are a couple reasons why your tattoos and your removal session didn’t work out. It could be the laser machines or how well your skin handles the treatment. Having tattoos used to be a lifetime commitment. Thanks to technology for giving us the best options.
Dr. Neil Oropeza
CM Recto Corner Rizal Ext., St., Davao City
082-2273643 / 082-2820008
I’m the type of person who buys everything online – from my shoes and beauty products to sports equipment and kitchen tools. It’s not easy to buy imported and local beauty products here in the Philippines because they’re mostly available in physical stores or some of them aren’t available in the country. BeautyMNL is one of the leading beauty stores online that offers a variety of products celebrating beauty and femininity.
BeautyMNL sent me an email offering to give me credits and do a site test run review and to try the products they’ve chosen as well. Here are my thoughts:
What I Love About BeautyMNL
The website is very responsive and my shopping experience was hassle free and very convenient. I got my order confirmation email hours after I placed my order.
I love reviews. The site has a customer review section below a specific product, which is really helpful. The reviews are genuine and now that I’m aware of such reviews, each time I search products, I go directly to the review section.
Also, the discounted items are just irresistible! From the first to the last time I checked BeautyMNL, so many products are still on sale, it’s making me crazy!
I got my package two weeks ago and was very excited to try them. Here are my sincere thoughts:
Facial Oil in One (Keeping It Smooth) by Nature Review
While the thought of applying oil on your face may seem unappealing at first, the fact that it’s organic and made of natural ingredients might convince you to buy one.
When I turned 28, I started to feel worried about my aging skin and started searching for tips on how to spot damaged skin. I’m worried about having fine lines so I started applying moisturizers and sunblock creams to moisturize and protect my skin. I’m using Human Nature Sunflower Beauty Oil to naturally lighten my dark under eyes, organic bleaching soap with rosehip and calamansi, tomato toner, castor oil for my hair, cucumber facial mist and other organic local products. You see, I’m very much into anything organic.
Here’s my review of Facial Oil in One By Nature:
What To Love About The Product
It’s 100% natural and organic
The facial oil has no chemical preservatives and artificial coloring. It’s actually a mixture of organic avocado oil, organic sunflower oil, organic jojoba oil and tomato extract. Instead of applying one certain type of oil on your face, you’re using a combination of different organic oils.
It softens and moisturizes
I normally apply the oil on my face at night and my face feels softer in the morning. My face feels moisturized so instead of using my regular moisturizer, I’m now using this oil even at daytime since I’m at home most of the time.
It’s safe for babies too
Because it’s organic, you can also use the oil for your child without worrying about harmful chemicals that most products have. Maybe an ample amount will do.
Non-sticky and unscented
I was worried when I opened the package and found a facial oil bottle among the other items. I’ve tried some beauty oils before and some of them can be sticky and messy. This facial oil isn’t that sticky as compared to other oils. It quickly absorbs to the skin yet it doesn’t dry up. Although I’d want my oil to be scented to give me a relaxing feeling, I think it’s better for an oil to be unscented because synthetic fragrance is not good and sensitive skin reacts to fragrance ingredients.
It doesn’t spill
I’m not a big fan of pump bottles but this one’s better than the ordinary bottles most companies use for their oils. It doesn’t spill because it’s in a pump bottle.
What To Not Love About The Product
None. I love everything about the oil!
Facial Oil in One By Nature is natural and organic. It’s also affordable because it’s only 290php. I love supporting local beauty products that are biodegradable and environment-friendly. Trust men, you can never go wrong with organic products.
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Shiseido Tsubaki Oil Extra Intensive Damage Care Shampoo Review
I’m careful when it comes to using hair products because of my bleached hair. As a person who stays at home most of the time, I don’t really use hair conditioner products or hair masks unless if I’m going to attend an event where I need to have a healthy looking hair.
Facts about Tsubaki oil:
Tsubaki oil, or Camellia japonica oil strengthens hair and it helps bring back your hair moisture. It also protects hair from damage because of using hair dryer and hair iron.
I love Shiseido products. I’ve tried Shiseido Tsubaki Hair Conditioner Shining and it made my hair look shiny and natural. Here’s my review of Shiseido Tsubaki Oil Extra Intensive Damage Care Shampoo:
What To Love About The Product
It makes your hair look shiny and natural even without hair conditioner
My hair is damaged and it’s expected that it’s going to be dry and frizzy especially if I don’t apply hair conditioner. After using the shampoo, my hair was shiny and it looked really natural.
It makes your hair softer
Here in the Philippines where it’s always hot and humid, having a dull dry hair is quite normal. I turn to hair masks and conditioners. I don’t always have time to make DIY organic coconut oil hair treatment so I have to use commercial conditioners instead.
One of the reasons why we use hair conditioners is to have softer hair. What’s amazing about the Shiseido Tsubaki shampoo is that it makes your hair softer and somehow moisturized. It’s empowering not to use hair conditioners to have smoother hair.
What To Not Love About The Product
Your hair feels rough while wet
Your hair doesn’t feel soft when it’s still wet. It only feels smoother when it gets dry.
It’s a bit disappointing to know that the shampoo doesn’t make your hair smell good. I think shampoos just don’t make your hair feel clean but they should also make your hair smell like flowers or anything feminine.
The Shiseido Tsubaki Oil Extra Intensive Damage Care Shampoo is one of the best shampoo brands I’ve ever tried. It makes your hair look natural and healthy. It’s not a cheap shampoo brand I tell you, but it’s totally worth it.
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Made by David Organics Orange and Vanilla Dry Shampoo Review
With a chemically damaged hair like mine, washing my hair is one of the most heartbreaking things in the world, next to being dumped through social media. My bleached hair is dry and it gets drier everyday because I need to wash my hair unless I want it to look like a fake wig. Once a month, I try to make my own coconut hair treatment oil yet one of the saddest things about applying coconut oil on your hair is that it slightly smells and can be disturbing especially if you’re in an event or a party where people are sitting next to each other.
What I learned about bleached hair is that it shouldn’t be washed all the time, no overexposure to the sun and most importantly, use a dry shampoo instead of the regular one. I’ve always wanted to buy one but I don’t want to spend too much dinero on popular dry shampoo brands like Toni and Guy or Tresemme. Thanks to BeautyMNL for sending me a dry shampoo that’s natural and organic.
Here’s my review of Made by David Organics Orange and Vanilla Dry Shampoo:
What To Not Love About The Product
Smells sweet and nice
The dry shampoo smells better than Gee Your Hair Smells Terrific. Well, what do you expect from an orange and vanilla dry shampoo powder? I love that it makes everybody believe that you just sprayed hair fragrance spray. One of my problems whenever I skip washing my hair is the smell of dust and dirt. It’s a relief that it absolutely smells terrific, making you feel refreshed all day.
It absorbs dirt and oil
A dry shampoo’s job is to absorb oil and dirt and so far, Made by David’s dry shampoo did absorb oil. You just need to massage your hair and blend.
I love how it increases my hair volume as long as the powder reaches the roots or oily parts of the hair.
Majority of beauty consumers realize the importance of reliable beauty product containers only when they travel or when they’re spilled inside their bags or pouches. I love that the powder doesn’t spill and the cap is reliable.
The product is way cheaper than other popular brands like Tony & Guy. It’s being sold for only 250php at BeautyMNL.
Nobody can resist a cute packaging. The color of the packaging is too cute you won’t ever think twice of carrying the product with you anytime anywhere. Also, I love that the bottle is made of plastic and not glass so you don’t need to worry about breaking it.
Made by David Organics is a local brand and I always recommend local beauty products to my friends simply because they know what suits our needs. Also, local products are sometimes organic and use less harmful chemicals.
What To Not Love About The Product
The powder residue might make you sneeze
I don’t have severe allergies and no history of allergic rhinitis. I’ve always hated powdered products and I must say that the powder kept me sneezing for a long time. If you are sensitive when it comes to dust particles and powder, I recommend putting very small amount of powder on your scalp. Don’t forget to blend the powder on your hair with enough patience.
Spray nozzle works better
I was a bit surprised when I opened the product because I expected that it was going to be a dry shampoo with spray nozzle. It didn’t have a nozzle so I realized it’s a bit troublesome to use a powdered dry shampoo.
A bit messy if not done properly
Using a dry shampoo can be messy for first time users. The first time I used it, the powder was all over my forehead.
Made by David Dry Shampoo makes your hair look shiny and healthy at a very affordable price. It’s convenient especially if you’re always on the go because it’s lightweight. Also, the best thing about it is it makes your hair sweet smelling.
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I love my BeautyMNL haul! It’s nice to get to try the products and share my experience. BeautyMNL doesn’t just sell products but they also share beauty related articles. You can check their in-house magazine Bloom and read customer reviews here.