Review: Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter in Lollipop

I received my first (and only, so far!) lip butter in the July BDJ Box, the Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter in the shade Lollipop. It took me quite some time to review and swatch it, and I am now finally able to share it with you.

julybdj09

The bullet comes with a nice frosted pink cover with a cross hatch pattern, while the actual bullet is silver with a square base. The shade name is found at the bottom.

julybdj12 julybdj10

The lipstick glides on smoothly and doesn’t tug. It moisturizes the lips pretty well even without the use of lip balm underneath. The lasting power of the color is just average at about three hours, but the moisturizing factor does stay on longer than that.

julybdj11

When swatched on my lips it comes out a looking a little sheer in the photo, but it’s actually is a lot brighter looking in person. The top part is my bare lips, while the bottom has two layers of Lollipop.

revlonlollipop1

This lip butter costs Php525 and is available in many supermarkets and drugstores at Revlon counters. Revlon is not cruelty-free.

Pros: attractive packaging; widely available; very moisturizing; shade is a nice bright pink

Cons: a little steeply priced; not cruelty-free

Review: Revlon Photoready BB Cream

One of the things I got from the BDJ Elite Box Girls Night Out is the Revlon Photoready BB Cream. I’m a big fan of BB creams as they are very versatile and multifunction as well. This Revlon BB Cream is no exception, as it has SPF 30 and also claims to be a Skin Perfector. Let’s see this baby in action.

girlsnightout05

This tube comes with 30ml of product, and has a twist cap and spout system that many BB creams have. It dispenses with a squeeze and you can control the amount that comes out. It’s not runny at all, but is not the thickest BB cream I’ve seen. I received the shade 020 Light Medium and is possibly the darkest BB cream I have. The good thing is that it actually seems like a pretty good match for my skin tone (which means I have been using the wrong shades of the other BB creams!).

revlonbb2

From my bare face (only skin care applied at this point)…

revlonbb1

I applied the Revlon BB cream using a foundation brush. There is barely any change from the bare face. This is a sign of good skin tone match! It has good coverage and is able to conceal my nose pimples quite well. It does nothing for the pores however, and I didn’t use a primer here.

revlonbb3

Here is the complete look. I used my Nichido finishing powder to seal everything in. I’ve so far tried this on twice, and it hasn’t made my skin react.

revlonbb4

Pros: great shade match, good coverage, price, has SPF30, sensitive skin friendly

Cons: not cruelty-free

Unboxing the BDJ Box Elite: Girls Night Out

I’m admittedly bitter about some things that happened lately, but I will choose to focus on the bright side. I got the second BDJ Elite Box to make myself feel better about things, and I have to say that it did cheer me up! I received this over the weekend and I eagerly took pictures for the unboxing.

The first thing I noticed is that there is no box. Yes, you heard that right. This Elite Box does not actually come with the big elite box that I got for the first one. It came in with a cardboard sleeve, and a humongous black pouch! The pouch is bigger than I expected, and a lot more glam too!

girlsnightout01girlsnightout02

Here are the products included in this Elite Box (they all fit into the pouch!).

girlsnightout03

As usual it came with the set of cute cards that discuss each product, and included the size of the product included, and the price of the full-sized product (note: the product included is not necessarily all full sized as I’ll show you below).

girlsnightout16

As there does not seem to have an order specified in the curation cards, I’ll do another Tellie and present them in the order of my preference.

1. Benefit It’s Potent Eye Cream

girlsnightout13 girlsnightout14

I definitely bought this set mainly for this product. I was a little sad that it was not full sized, but was only a teeny tiny 0.1oz sample. It’s great that I will be able to try this out as I’m still on the search for my HG eye cream and this is actually in my short list of eye creams to try. The full sized product is 0.5oz, and costs Php1800, so this sample should cost Php360. Benefit is largely cruelty-free. Update: Benefit does not test finished products on animals, but they do not guarantee the same for ingredients or chemicals. Thanks Carina for the info!

2. Fairydrops Platinum Mascara

girlsnightout08 girlsnightout09

I’ve been reading raves about this mascara, primarily from Liz of Project Vanity, and I’ve always wanted to try it out. The price is a little steep at Php1195 for a tube of mascara so I’ve never gotten the nerve to buy one. Since it’s included in this Elite Box this is also a big reason why I purchased the box. I don’t have information on Fairydrops’ stance on animal testing. Update: Fairydrops is most probably a cruelty-free company as they are carried by Beauty Bar and BB’s brands are mostly CF.

3. Revlon Photoready BB Cream Skin Perfector

girlsnightout05

I’m a big fan of Revlon, and have been wanting to try their BB creams for some time. Unfortunately they are not entirely a cruelty-free company so I’ve decided not to buy from them. However I will not turn my nose up when it is included in the Elite Box. I got the shade 020 Light Medium and I hope this is a good match for my skin tone. This is a full sized tube, 30ml, and costs Php725.

4. Goody So Bright Brush

girlsnightout06

Goody is one of those brands that I deem “nice to have” because of the price of the products. I believe that they have good quality products, but it really is a little steeply priced for me. This Elite Box has one of their brushes! It’s just a standard hair brush (good quality though!) but it already costs Php399.75. I have made a preliminary test of this and I love how it feels on my scalp. I got the pink version which is my second-favorite color. I don’t have information on Goody’s stance on animal testing.

5. L’Oreal Paris Extraordinary Oil

girlsnightout04

This would have been higher on the list, had I not just acquired the Lucido-L Hair Treatment from the SM Beauty Box. I am starting to be a fan of hair oils and this bottle seems really luxurious. Perhaps the heavy glass bottle (breakable!) and the gold sheen just screams luxury, but I’m definitely hoping this is a performer. This 100ml bottle costs Php499. L’Oreal is not cruelty-free.

6. Ralph Lauren Big Pony Fragrance

girlsnightout07

Now this would have been lower on the list, except I’m actually out for a replacement for my everyday fragrance (I ran out of my FCUK body spray). BDJ gives you the choice of the four variants of this fragrance, and I chose RL Yellow (pear and mimosa). It turns out to be a roll on fragrance which is a first for me. I love how this smells so far. This 10ml roll on tube costs Php750. RL is not cruelty-free.

7. Nippon Cleansing Kit

girlsnightout10

This is low on the list because I don’t really need a new makeup remover (I’m already contented with my current combo of Bifesta Cleansing Lotion and Celeteque Cleansing Oil). What I’m interested in is the Parian Wipe, which is a brush cleaner. The round sponges are a bonus and will definitely be used in the future. The total cost of this kit is Php410. I don’t have information on Nippon Esthetics’ stance on animal testing.

8. Covergirl Liquiline Blast Eyeliner

girlsnightout11 girlsnightout12

The reason that this is last on the list is called Eye of Horus Eyeliner. This Covergirl eyeliner basically has the same function as the EoH one and I’m not even using that often. This one costs Php450. I don’t have information on Covergirl’s stance on animal testing. Update: Covergirl is not cruelty-free.

Bonus: Goody Come Play! Invite

girlsnightout17 girlsnightout18 girlsnightout15

This would actually be #3 on the list since I would really want to go to this event!

My impressions of the Girls Night Out Elite Box: I love that almost all the items in this box is full sized. Only the Benefit eye cream and the brush wipes and sponges are the sample sized ones. It also seems that the products really do tie in with the overall theme of the box (Girls Night Out) and I can see myself really using almost all of the products in that respect. I love the pouch as well and would not scoff at using it as my clutch for an event.

Value review: The total value of the box is around Php4700, which is around 3 times the cost of the subscription (Php1680). Most of the value is in the first three items, which I would have paid to buy. All the other items can be considered free, and is definitely such a great value. To be honest the Covergirl eyeliner is the only one I didn’t want to get from this. And I get a nice pouch too! I’d say this Elite Box is a great buy.

Unboxing the July BDJBox

Oooh, a back-to-back unboxing! Welcome to my unboxing of the July BDJ Box, the last box in my quarterly subscription. Wanna see what’s inside? Come take a look!

Warning: Photo-intensive post ahead. [You can click on each image to make it larger.]

First of all, the package came in an unusually large box. I wasn’t able to get a picture, but the usual BDJ Box was accompanied by a nondescript white soft cardboard box wrapped with brown paper. It was heavy! I’ll show you what’s inside that box later.

As usual, upon opening the BDJ box we are greeted by the welcome cards and the inspirational stickers. There didn’t seem to be an official theme name, but I gather from the welcome card that this box is for “me time”. It’s for self pampering, and the products are made to reflect this.

julybdj01julybdj06

It was accompanied by a second welcome card which is exclusively from the brand Dove. I grew up with Dove and to me the name suggests gentle soaps that will not irritate skin. BDJ included a whole range of full-sized (!!!) Dove products with this month’s box for us bellas to try. This apparently is what is inside that white box.

julybdj02

The third welcome card is an announcement regarding the BDJbox website revamp. They will be opening their online store soon! I’m excited to see what they will be offering.

julybdj04

Here are the backs of these three cards (click to embiggen).

julybdj03 julybdj26 julybdj05

Let’s move on to the contents of the boxes! First let’s tackle the usual BDJ box. This is in the order listed in the first welcome card.

First up we have the largest item in the box: Beach Hut Sunblock. It’s in an aerolyzed form which means it’s a spray-on type of sunblock. It makes application very easy and fast, and it has pretty good spf (SPF75, PA++). No more excuse to skip the sunblock even in the rainy season, especially if you expect to be out in the sun for a significant part of the day. I like Beach Hut and I don’t mind receiving this one at all. It’s definitely full sized, and costs Php399.

julybdj08

The next three items are makeup! Woo hoo! This first item is Too Cool for School BB Cream. Have I already mentioned that I am addicted to BB creams? I am so happy to receive this, and from a brand I have never tried too! I’ve been hearing a lot of good reviews of TCfS and I can’t wait to try this out. It is the travel-sized version (I can’t find how much product is in this tube) so it’s really cute and tiny. It comes sealed for your protection, and has a 12-month life upon opening. The full name of this item is actually TCfS After School BB Foundation Lunch Box with SPF37/PA++. A BB cream-foundation hybrid? Very intriguing! This costs Php219.

julybdj13 julybdj14 julybdj15

Next we have Enchanted Eyeshadow in After Midnight Smokey Eyes. It’s a 3-color eyeshadow palette which comes in a black plastic case with a nice big mirror and a two-ended sponge-tip wand. It promises to be long wearing. My palette comes in baby blue, light gray, and dark gray. Now that I have discovered a use for the darkest shadows (as eyeliner!), I am quite happy to receive this palette. I am an eyeshadow enthusiast and I never pass up the opportunity to learn more. This is also a brand I’ve never tried nor heard before. This palette costs Php179.

julybdj16 julybdj17 julybdj18 julybdj19 julybdj20

Lastly for the makeup items is Revlon ColorBurst Lip Butter in 075 Lollipop. This is my second Revlon lippie. This looks like it’s going to be a nice bright pink, and as it is lip butter I assume it will be quite moisturizing. This costs Php525.

julybdj09 julybdj10 julybdj11 julybdj12

Next we have a foot-pampering item, the Foot Appeal Mask. It is what they call peeling socks, which I assume will exfoliate the feet and reveal soft new skin. I haven’t tried anything like this before, so this is bound to be an interesting experience. This pack costs Php279.

julybdj21 julybdj22

Lastly we have a Sure Slim Voucher. Forgive me if I don’t sound excited about this, because I’m not. This is the third voucher I received for the same service and I still don’t intend to use it. What is weird in this iteration is that it’s included as an actual item according to the welcome card, and is assigned a value of Php1500 (since it’s Php1500 off for the weightloss program).

julybdj23

Before I move on to my impressions of this box and the value review, let me present to you the contents of the Dove box. It contains eight full sized items: (2x) Damage Therapy Intense Repair Shampoo (180ml, Php106 each), (2x) Damage Therapy Intense Repair Conditioner (180ml, Php108 each), Damage Therapy Intense Repair Treatment Mask (200ml, Php235), White Beauty Bar Moisturizing Milk (135g, Php52.50), Whitening Original Anti-Perspirant Deodorant Roll-on (40ml, Php83.50), and Whitening Original Anti-Perspirant Deodorant Aerosol (169ml, Php170). Quite a huge haul! As I have received the L’Oreal set last month, I will probably not need hair care for the rest of the year.

julybdj24 julybdj25

My impressions of the July BDJBox: What I like about this box is the amount of makeup products. I love receiving new items to try, and I like the fact that two of the three are brands I haven’t tried before. I also don’t mind receiving the Dove pack, since I like the brand. The only thing I have against it is that it’s a household name and is pretty much known everywhere. It’s just fortunate that I’ve never tried the hair care line so this is a good opportunity to do so.

Value review: The total value of this month’s box is Php2570, including the Dove pack but excluding the voucher. (I refuse to include voucher values!) This is over four times the value of the subscription cost of Php580! The Dove pack alone is worth Php969 already. Subscription is still quite worth it!

Did you get a July box? What are your thoughts about it?

Review: Revlon Ultimate Suede Lipstick in Supermodel

bdjelite13

One of the best items I received in the BDJ Elite Box is the Revlon Ultimate Suede Lipstick. The shade I got is 045 Supermodel, which is mostly an MLBB shade for me. It’s a dark wine shade with a hint of purple.

ultsuede1 ultsuede2

As it is suede, it ends in a matte layer. I applied a thin layer of lip balm before putting on this lipstick. Here is how it looks like.

ultsuede3

My lips are naturally pigmented, but this lipstick enhances the color even more. Supermodel is also quite a professional shade, and is safe to be worn to school or office. It’s not very long lasting though; I got about 2-3 hours wear on this. This costs Php575 and is available from Revlon counters (most drugstores, department stores, and supermarkets have them).

Pros: great MLBB shade; availability

Cons: price; not very long lasting; transfers

Unboxing the first BDJ Box Elite

BDJ released their first Elite BDJ Box (Summer Indulgence) about a couple of months ago. I didn’t sign up for it because I couldn’t afford it at the time. Fortunately, Martha (The Beauty Junkee) hosted a contest in instagram with an Elite box for a prize, and I won it!

Even if there are already lots of unboxing posts of it, I’m still going to post mine as well as my thoughts on each item.

Warning: Photo-intensive post ahead!

bdjelite01

The box is much bigger than the regular BDJ box, but it still has the distinctive BDJ logo and design.

bdjelite02

That premium box feeling extends when you open it. Instead of the stiff paper sleeve you get a pink cloth sleeve. And instead of the standard welcome card, you get a pack of product cards that describe each item in detail.

bdjelite18 bdjelite17

Very elegant looking cards.

bdjelite03

This is what you see upon opening the box. Lots of interesting items going on here! Let’s go left to right.

bdjelite06

First up we see a familiar item. This is the 100ml version of Celeteque Advanced Anti-Aging Anti-Wrinkle Ultra-Hydrating Cleansing Oil (whew!). As you well know I am a huge fan of Celeteque, so I am very glad to get this. According to its card it costs Php599, but on Celeteque’s website it costs only Php369.

bdjelite08

Next we come to a pair of Davines hair products. This is the Nounou Shampoo which is made for color-treated hair. Unfortunately I don’t have colored hair, so I might not be able to use this. Or, maybe this means I should go out and have it colored! This item is a 75ml sample, which costs Php306.30 (full size 250ml, Php1020).

bdjelite09

And we also get the matching Nounou Conditioner, still for color-treated hair. It’s again 75ml, Php325.83 cost (full size is 250ml, Php1085).

bdjelite14 bdjelite15

For the first time, I am not displeased on getting a perfume sample. This one is Juicy Couture Viva La Juicy La Fleur. Check out that bottle! It looks pretty fancy, and the scent is very pleasant as well. This is a 5ml sample, which costs Php186.67 (full size 150ml, Php5600). Its corresponding product card carries a voucher that allows one to get a free Juicy Couture goody bag with Php4000 worth of items when purchasing 100ml/150ml of any JC fragrance at Rustan’s Makati. Unfortunately it only had 1 month validity and has expired last June 1.

bdjelite10

This next one is a sample tube of Ahava Essential Day Moisturizer. I have heard a lot of good things about Ahava, and I am looking forward to trying this out. There were some Ahava samples released by Sample Room but I wasn’t able to catch any of it, so it’s great that BDJ has one in the elite box. This is a 15ml sample, which costs Php448.95 (full size 50ml, Php1495).

bdjelite04 bdjelite05

This one is the most controversial item in the box, as I’ve read in other blogs that this expires soon. This is ISkin New York Daily Sunshield SPF25. Of course I lost no time trying this out and used this as my main sunshield for a few days. Unfortunately my sensitive skin reacted to it and made my face itchy and red. I’ll give this to my mom as she has a more robust skin. This is a full sized tube of 57g, and costs Php2900.

bdjelite07

This one is a full sized tube of Neutrogena Ultra-Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock SPF50. According to its product card this can be used for both the face and body. Too bad as we’re firmly into the rainy season these days, but I will definitely keep this for my next outings. This 88ml tube costs Php509.25.

bdjelite11 bdjelite12 bdjelite13

I’m quite happy that there is one makeup item in here, and it happens to be a lipstick! I got Revlon ColorStay Ultimate Suede Lipstick in 045 Supermodel. I am so pumped up about this! I’ve been seeing posters of Olivia Wilde wearing them and I wanted to try them out. Supermodel is a deep mauve shade. This lipstick costs Php575.

bdjelite16

Lastly we get a SureSlim voucher, which we saw before. It’s basically the same thing except this time it’s only Php1500 off.

My impressions of the BDJ Elite Box Summer Indulgence: On the overall this is a very sulit box, with a pretty varied range of brands. In particular I love getting the Revlon lipstick, the Ahava moisturizer, and the JC fragrance. It’s just that the Davines hair products are not for my hair type, which is the secondary reason why I didn’t buy this box.

Value review: For some reason the printed costs on the card for the sample sized items were mostly incorrect, if basing the sample’s cost on the full sized item’s price. The sample prices I put here are the ones I calculated, not the ones on the product cards. The total value of the items are Php5046, which is more than twice the cost of the subscription (Php1950). Unfortunately, almost half that cost is in only one item (ISkin sunblock). The ones I was really interested in costs a total of only Php1210.62, which wouldn’t have justified the subscription price.

I’m quite lucky to have own this box, and got to try these items for free. Thank you so much, Martha!

Unboxing the June BDJBox

It’s that time of the month! BDJ Box time! The month of June is the month where we explore The Science of Beauty. Yes, this is the theme of the month, and I find it quite intriguing. Let’s check out this box!

Warning: Photo-intensive post ahead. [You can click on each image to make it larger.]

junebdj01

This month’s theme (The Science of Beauty) basically concentrates on the key ingredients that target specific problems or issues. They claim that it took hours of research to develop these products. Here are two welcome cards included in the box. One is the standard welcome card that discusses the theme, while the second one concentrates on a brand I’ve never heard before: Kinerase. We’ll discuss that further on in the post.

junebdj03

This is how the box looked like upon opening. As you can see it’s pretty packed with products, although you might notice that the majority of it is the black-and-pink L’Oreal products.

junebdj02

The first three products are the three products in L’Oreal Paris’ new line: Fall Repair 3x. This line, as the name suggests, specifically targets and addresses hair fall through the use of Arginine. I would have been totally thrilled in getting these, if I hadn’t just bought the whole line recently (check out my latest haul post). The shampoo and conditioner are the 90ml small size ones (Full size 200ml, Php110 and Php119), which costs Php49.55 and Php53.60 respectively. The Leave-In Tonic is full sized, which costs Php259.

junebdj06 junebdj05 junebdj07

The next one is a full sized tube of Physiogel Intensive Cream (50ml). It is a moisturizer that claims to have a Derma Membrane Structure Technology, something that will work towards hydrating the skin. It can be both for the face and for targeting dry areas of the body like elbows and knees. Unfortunately, this already came out in a previous box, my first one: November BDJ Box. And to be honest I haven’t actually tried it yet. Maybe this time I’ll set aside a period to test this out. This 50ml tube costs Php574.50.

junebdj08

Next we have two makeup items, which made me really happy! The first one is a lipstick. Woo! It’s Avon Vitaluscious Lipstick in 400 Reviving Red. It looks like a pretty red lippie, and this would be my second red one (the first is from Flormar). I have big expectations of this lippie due to Liz’s review. This costs Php299.

junebdj10 junebdj11 junebdj12

The second item is an eyeliner but it doesn’t stop there. It’s a dual-ended eyeliner from Revlon! Talk about sulit! This one is called Revlon Photoready Kajal in Blue Nile. This eyeliner is an intense eyeliner (the blue end) and brightener (the white end) in one! I love that I got a blue shade. I like bold colors and I expect that I will love this one. This costs Php525.

junebdj13 junebdj14

One of the features of this month’s box is the introduction of the brand Kinerase. It specifically introduces the plant-based antioxidant Kinetin, which aims to improve the overall health of the skin. A more in-depth discussion can be found in the included booklet (below). Note the monthly inspirational sticker. “You are stronger than you seem; more beautiful than y ou think.”

junebdj04

Two Kinerase product samples are included in my box. These are the Gentle Daily Cleanser (5ml) and the C6 Peptide Intensive Treatment (5ml). The first is obviously meant to cleanse the face, while the second one sounds more like a serum to be applied after cleansing and toning. I am eager to try these out. These cost approximately Php70 and Php500 respectively (Full size: Cleanser 200ml, Php2800; Peptide 50ml, Php5000).

junebdj09

My impressions of the June BDJBox: On the overall I am not displeased by this box. It just so happened that I just purchased the three hair products before this and I do feel that the box made it a bit redundant. On the other hand I am quite pleased to receive the two makeup items, as well as the chance to try out the new skincare brand. I’d rate this month as good, but not great.

Value review: The total value of this box is Php2330.65, which is again way more than the subscription cost. [Note: The monthly subscription cost for BDJ Box is now Php580.] The only thing I don’t like about that is Php500 of this box value is in only 5ml of product (Kinerase Peptide Treatment). However, I really do like receiving the lipstick and the eyeliner.