The Face Shop: Freshian Volumizing Mascara Review

I have been a fan of waterproof mascaras all my life because I have always wanted everything to be in place without worries of lines going down my face if it rains or when your tear ducts go ballistic and start pouring out emotions.

But tonight, I left my makeup kit at home and stayed with my best friend before coming to work tonight. We ran through her make up kit and with her being a cosplayer, she had so many interesting stuff that got me going… “ooh… what’s this?”..”and this?” … “and this?… ☺

One of the things that caught my eye was this mascara:


Freshian Volumizing Mascara by The Face Shop

I have researched about The Face Shop before as it confused me whether it’s a line from The Body Shop. But it turned out it wasn’t. The Face Shop is from Korea while The Body Shop started from the US.

…. And since I’ve never used any of their products before, I felt the strong urge (lol) to try their Freshian Volumizing Mascara. and boom ! —-

—- Vamped up lashes, hunykins! ♥ ♥ ♥


(Sorry for the dark circle under my eyes, I’ve been working (late) on a lot of things lately. xoxo)

Anyhow, although I didn’t put much effort into curling my lashes, I immediately saw how this mascara gave “Ooomph” to my short lashes. It did look like I was wearing some falsies.

Pros: This was just too perfect for those days that you would want to go for after that big-eyed look.

Or those nights where you wanna pull off those smokey eyes. Yeah. Definitely *this* for that added drama.

I was joking with my bestfriend that this mascara isn’t for those cutesy “meow-meow” nights but for those “purrrrrrrrr…….♥” and “rawrrrr” nights.

And this definitely and -instantaneously- puts you in the mood to vamp up the rest of your eyes — and the rest of your clothes too.

One coat is “ooh-lala”… Two coats are like… Imma say it again… “RAWR!”

So I read a few pros about non-waterproof mascaras – they are, in general, not clumpy or too hard to remove so most people would recommend this type as your everyday mascara. Also, I’ve read from somewhere that our everyday masscara should NOT be waterproof.

This product also has no sting. no scent. and it dried clean and quick.

Just that black, eye-defining, lengthening and volumizing effect. 

Cons: This mascara is not waterproof. Yes, it can smudge and run down. So you might want to wear this on days where you are definitely sure that no water can damage your beautiful mascara. Definitely not for dramatic days like graduation, special dates (i.e when you feel like he’s going to propose! ha! 😀 ) or weddings. ♥♥♥

So I have been wearing this for 5 hours now. 😀 and nope, it hasn’t smudged yet. Probably because I’m in an air-conditioned office too. But none-the-less, I will get one of these! Effect is so good it actually wins over my smudge- and waterproof Maybelline Hypercurl Mascara. But I’m still keeping my Maybelline for those days. ☺



Beauty on a Budget: Maxipeel Concealing Cream– The Matte-finish, No Make-up-Look Make-up Base with SPF 20

Anybody would kill for a whitening, mattifying make-up base that conceals scars, flaking and blemishes and has SPF. I could think of top brands that cost more P1000 but here’s something new – all these benefits for less than P100. (Sorry, I forgot how much it costs. XD)

How I came across Maxipeel Concealing Cream:

At first I thought that Maxipeel isn’t a brand that I would want to get into since this brand is known for their strong astringents (Maxipeel 1, 2, and 3) that are used to peel off skin (but on the process,the skin gets burned by the sun and one ends up with darkened, burnt skin).

However, they’ve managed to become a Megabrand in 2008 which meant that their sales have reached the P1 Billion benchmark – now that should say a lot about the trust that Filipinas give them.

Moving on, I came across this product last year while i was living with my older cousin. She recommended it and told me that her acne scars lightened with the daily use of this product. As I read through the product’s label, I learned that it has SPF20 and claims whitening benefits. So I tried it.

MaxiPeel Concealing Cream - fair

Consistency: Thin

Color: Light Brow, with a yellowish undertone, easily blendable.

Coverage: Low, can conceal eye bags and help lighten scars but can’t hide reddish zits or heavy acne scars.

As  a make-up base: I tried putting this on and putting BB cream on top of it. But let your skin absorb this product first as it tends to form clumps under the BB cream.

Whitening benefits:  The product instantaneously lightens your skin tone and I haven’t used this solely for weeks to know if it can significantly provide skin whitening. It does promise an improvement on your skin tone in an early as 7 days.

Final Verdict: I’d classify this as make-up-on-the-go. Like a 5-minute make-up routine. This would probably be something that I’d put on early in the morning (gotta love the SPF bonus!) if I was running really late for work or school, just to even out my skin tone. Then I’d probably just dab on a lip and cheek tint on my lips and apples and that’s it – school/work ready.

Under regular circumstances, I’d still prefer my BB cream. I’m a fan. 🙂

Also, since the consistency is thin, it doesn’t feel heavy on the face and after putting this on, you’d look like you’re just mattified with this really fresh, no-make-up look. Perfect for those beach getaways too.

Also, I’ve been thinking, I guess if I were a boy and I would want light make-up, this will be my go-to-product. This product is also perfect for those who do not like or isn’t comfortable wearing a face full of make-up.

If you want to try this product, they have a sachet version of this which could last you a good 7-10 days. Please let me know what you think if you did try. Just hit Comment below. 🙂

NOTE: They’ve changed the packaging already. I just don’t have the picture of the new packaging with me now. Peace out. xoxo