Physiogel Free in my Skin Movement

To be honest while I do know about Physiogel, I've never used it before. I have sensitive skin but Physiogel has never crossed my mind as a possible solution to my skin dilemmas (dry patches, allergic reactions, redness/rosacea etc). One major reason being lack of information.

Good thing I was invited by First Tier Branding Solutions (thanks guys!) to learn more about the brand. #IgotSchooled

Last July 15, 2015 at Shangri-La Manila - Makati, I was invited to the unveiling of the new Physiogel look and introduction of the #FreeInMySkin movement along with a fun quiz. (more about that later)

Shangri-la Manila Makati

I'm seriously obsessed with this butter
Free in my skin. Physiogel

I was formally introduced to GSK (Glaxo Smith Kline) and its flagship skin health brand Physiogel and what they stand for.

  • GSK is one of the world's leading research-based pharmaceutical and healthcare company and is commited to improving helping people do more, feel better and live longer.
  • Physiogel is no. 1 most-prescribed brand by Dermatologists.
  • Contains Physiogel Biomimic Technology® that works to soothe and repair the skin's natural moisture barrier.
  • Non-comodegenic and Free from soap, preservatives, colorants and fragrance.
Physiogel's latest campaign aims to enable Filipinas to be self-aware and free themselves from skin insecurities like dry and sensitive skin.

71% and 61% of Filipinas have sensitive face and body skin, respectively.

Patti Grandidge and Bianca Valerio

Patti Gradidge (TV host, model/entrepreneur and blogger) admitted that having dry and sensitive skin held her back a little as she would always be thinking of what others see/ would say about her skin. Needless to say Physiogel changed all that.

Justin Lladoc and Dr. Maria Teresita Gabriel

Physiogel Old Look

Physiogel's New look!

The fun little quiz they added to their campaign gives you a list of things (ala bucketlist) to do to be more confident and free. Took the quiz twice just to see if I'll get a different result. Take the quiz too!

My results!

Freedom List challenge
Still got the same result but I don't mind at all. I like it! Although the list changed a little so that's nice. It doesn't have the same five items for each personality.

Physiogel Loot

Thanks for the invite! Currently loving the dermo-cleanser and my sister is thoroughly enjoying cream.


PS. Have you heard about Physiogel?
PPS. Do you have sensitive and/or dry skin? What have you used to remedy it? 
I've been so obsessed with this web drama lately because...

  • It has 2NE1's Dara and Winner's Seung Yoon.
  • The second guy is SUPER adorable. SUPER ADORABLE.
  • The acting is nice. Most of the time it falls in the typical "K-drama style" of acting and the sound effects are most of the time completely unnecessary but I get it (it did come from a web-comic after all) I think they wanted the show to be edited "comic-style" hence the sounds effects.
I don't know for how long this show will run but I'm enjoying it, more than I initially thought I would.

Edit : I just watched the ending. It was cute.

Facebook. It has really become my news portal. Not just for news about who got married, who broke up and who got promoted in my friends' list but daily tidbits regarding politics, disasters, science (Hey Pluto!) and gender issues.

A shift dress. Fancy-speak for daster.

About the weather. How come it was so hot yesterday?

Jazz for sleep on Spotify aka the best player in the world which has forever trumped iTunes in my laptop.

Mellow. Must be all that jazz... And all that jazz

That there will be a lot of movie releases this year and the succeeding year.

The Kat Von D Shade and light eye palette, Stila's Mind palette and Tarte's Tartelette palette.

A solid matte palette. Or a palette with a lot of mattes in it. Any suggestions?

For calmer but windier weather.

Shawill Coloring Eyebrow Pen Review

It's been a while since I posted my first impressions on this cheapy eyebrow pen. (here) And I decided it was about time I make a full review on it after testing for more than a month already.

Shawill Coloring Eyebrow Pen Review

If you're not familiar with eyebrow pens, think eyeliners but watered-down and made for the eyebrows. It's supposed to be easy to apply, easy for the brows (no hairs sticking to waxy pencils) and natural looking. (you can mimic hair strands because of the pen tip)

NOTE : Ingredient list is nowhere to be found even online.

As one can expect from Asian beauty companies, cutesey is something we do quite well. The stripe design and pastel pink evokes the sailor-vibe and I quite like it. The pen itself is pretty typical, plastic with a brush tip and ball bearing inside to mix the product.

Shawill Coloring Eyebrow Pen Review

According to the Sales Attendant there're only two shades — dark brown and light brown. The dark brown is in a blue pen.

Despite being light brown, I find the formula really pigmented for an eyebrow pen.

"But hey isn't the fact that it's pigmented, good?"

No. It's a different ball game when it comes to eye brow products, namely pen types. The "sheer-er " the better. Also when doing brows, you want to slowly get into it so it won't look harsh and too drawn-on.


I go in with a light hand and start outlining the outer edges of my eyebrow. Then with a spoolie in hand (or a cotton bud or finger) I spread it out. It tends to dispense a LOT of product especially if you press down or shake it beforehand.

Shawill Coloring Eyebrow Pen Review

I sweat quite a bit but I wouldn't classify myself as oily so this lasts on me the whole day. Not saying that this is oil-proof though because this melts on my sister (she has really oily skin).

It looks a little patchy because if I keep on lining it it just appears darker and darker almost black so I confine it to the outline of my brows and the ends. I completely gave up putting "hair-like" strokes to the front. To blend everything, make it budge-proof I put on Wet N Wild waterproof black mascara.

Shawill Coloring Eyebrow Pen Review


Pass on this one. I don't "hate" it but I did try to like it. I really did. It's cheap. The color is natural (if sheered out) and I think it looks okay on the ends of my brows but when I try to draw "brow hairs" on the inner part of my brow it just looks like I DREW brow hairs on the inner part of my brows.

Shawill Coloring Eyebrow Pen Review

It doesn't come off as natural (in person. Looks quite nice in pictures though.) at all. I don't know if I haven't gotten the right way to do it or I just suck. Apart from not looking natural, it's not oil-proof, waterproof or smudge-proof. (I think the whole point of eyebrow pens are that they're waterproof and/or smudge-proof)

Ugh...I hate wasting money. Anyway, I'll keep playing around with it from time to time, just to annoy myself but for the most part I'm going back to my trusty old pencil.


PS. Have you tried this or any other brow pens? What do you think about brow pens in general?

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fake etude house cushion makeup

I was in Tiendesitas a couple of days back and came across this store that sell makeup. So like a moth to a flame I found myself walking in that direction.

I could tell within the first few seconds that a lot of the items were counterfeits / replicas. (Naked 5 anyone? How about a Naked 6 palette?) There were some authentic makeup as well, like Physician's Formula, Maybelline and L'oreal and I know 100% they're authentic but I believe they've been tampered with because when I was trying to look for the expiration dates, curiously they're nowhere to be found.

It's pretty easy to guess why no?

fake etude house cushion makeup box

Anyway, as there were a lot of counterfeit US makeup there were counterfeit Korean makeup as well. I wasn't surprised about that since I've seen a lot of sellers with counterfeit BB creams, lip tints, powders etc in their product lists. What I was surprised about was that there's a replica of an Etude cushion compact.

Color me impressed.

fake etude house cushion makeup box

fake etude house cushion makeup box

fake etude house cushion makeup box

fake etude house cushion makeup box
I've only seen images of the boxes online but I'd say to an untrained eye, they're completely identical. The only obvious factor in the box design (and the compact) is that the gold element of the design in the front is skewing a little to the left when it's supposed to be centered with the rest of the elements.

fake etude house cushion makeup compact

fake etude house cushion makeup compact
Now I'm gonna tell you straight-off, I'm not adventurous / reckless / stupid enough to actually try this on my face. Because

  1. It's fake.
  2. Even if the cushion was sealed, which it was, it wasn't a very secure seal. It was haphazardly slapped on just to be "as close to the original one as possible" I bet.
  3. It smells nice like really fragrant shampoo or fabric softener.

fake etude house cushion makeup compact
The cushion case feels very much like the Authentic one. It also has the same matte finish and of course inside you can find the standard Etude cushion puff.

Luckily I bought a real one way back so I can compare. The angle is off, but they're really the same size in reality.

fake etude house cushion makeup puff

fake etude house cushion makeup compact

fake etude house cushion makeup swatch

This concludes my sort-of review, sort of ramble post. I really wanted to get this out there because I myself prefer online shopping and getting deals in general. I hope this post will make people aware that there are such things out. So if you think you're getting the real stuff and a lot of my points were ticked off in your head. Dance the macarena then walk away.

I hope you guys found this post informative. Until next time!


PS. I bought this compact for a whopping Php 350. Such money. Wow. Much cheap.
PPS. There are only three makeup stores in Tiendesitas as of writing this. Two of them have store signs. And those two sell authentic as f*** makeup. 
PPPS. I've cleaned out the compact and put in my concocted base. Yay.