The ₱350 21-piece Unicorn Make-up Brush Set: A Review

Upon ordering, the Unicorn Make-up Brush Set has an average user rating of 4.6/5 out of 79 reviews so my expectations were a bit high. Does it live up to the hype? Keep on reading to find out!

As a stay-at-home mom, I seldom go out and if I do, I usually just dab a bit of powder, stain my lips and line my brow. So hindi ko naman talaga kailangan ng make-up brushes. My family has recently been invited to attend a wedding and so I took the opportunity to get myself a new set of make-up brushes and chanced upon this Unicorn set online.

First Impression

I ordered the item April 15 and received it on the 25th. Based on the reviews, it should just take 2 to 3 days to get the item but since I ordered it right before a long Holiday break, understood naman na hindi nila fault yun.

Each of the brushes were individually wrapped. No loose hair anywhere. Brushes were soft and I fell in love with its color! Ang lakas maka-bakla! Haha! If it was meant to resemble a Unicorn’s horn, it surely worked.

Daming plastic!

Test Run

The set is made up of 21 different types of brushes so it was a bit overwhelming. What I did was to group them by their tips’ shape and found there were similar brushes but is of a different size. Parang madaya ah? Char. Nag-google ako to check yung iba ibang klase ng brushes and its use pero di ko pa din talaga difference nila, honestly.

So ginamit ko nalang kung ano madampot ko. The only thing I would note is that too much of the product is left on the brushes, madami siyang na-absorb na product but kaunti lang nata-transfer sa mukha/ skin ko. It also makes the brushes harder to clean after use. I tried using make-up remover, mineral oil and soapy lukewarm water but to no avail.

The Verdict

Is it worth it? For me, no. Mura ang brushes pero sayang ang make-up. Two months after purchase, hindi ko na masyado ginagamit. Display nalang siya.

What makes the other make-up brushes expensive is the type of hair na ginamit for the brush. So I guess it really pays to invest in quality brushes. For this one, you definitely get what you pay for.

Soooo, which brand of make-up brushes would you recommend that’s worth investing on? Let me know in the comments section!

The ₱300 Non-stick Grill Pan: Is it worth it?

This pan has an average user rating of 4.7/5 (out of 852 reviews). Mga 1 month kong binalik-balikan ito sa Lazada para magbasa ng reviews bago ako bumili. Is it worth the buy? Read on to find out!

First Impression

I ordered the item on March 25 and received it the next day. HOORAY for the fast delivery. The item was well-packaged. The pan looks sturdy. I like the foldable handle kasi easier to store BUT… may BUT pero more on that later.

Upon removing it from the box, a strong smell of plastic greeted me. I thought it may be from the bubble wrap because the actual pan smells okay. Hinugasan ko siya pero hindi pa rin talaga nawala yung amoy.

Looked similar to the boxes of pans which can be bought from bazaars and night markets.

Test Run

I then tried making sunny side up egg to test it out. The pan was slightly indented upwards sa gitna which made the egg white run to the side. Pero in fairness, non-stick talaga siya.

The pan heated up quickly and the plastic-y smell came back stronger – strong enough to give me a minor headache. Naluto naman yung egg and inamoy ko, wala naman siyang amoy. Natakot lang talaga ako kainin kaya tinapon ko. Sorry egg. Hahahaha!

I sent the seller a message and normal lang daw yun kasi bago yung pan. Since di ko naman pwede i-return or refund kasi di naman defective, tinago ko nalang thinking pwede ko naman i-resell sa Garage Sale.

After a couple of days, I decided to give it another shot and cooked meat on it. I was surprised to learn that the smell is gone and everything else went well.

The Verdict

To answer the question – is it worth it?

YES! Especially if you are on a tight budget. I mean, it gets the work done. I’ve been using the pan for at least a month now and is fairly happy with it. Unlike sa regular frying pan, hindi masyado naso-soak sa oil yung niluluto ko and minsan butter lang or no oil at all.

No grill marks, sad reacts only.

BUT… ito na yung BUT. Yung foldable handle. May certain angle siya na kapag ni-lift mo yung pan, magco-collapse siya habang may laman yung pan na mabigat (i.e. meat). Hassle diba. Pero in time, you’ll learn naman yung proper way of handling it and yung technique.

The other thing that makes me sad is that I was expecting for my meat to get grill marks since it is a grill after all and there wasn’t any. (Mas soshal kasi kung may grill marks eh, diba? )

So tingin niyo, safe na ba talaga kainin yung mga niluto dito sa pan? Hahaha! Tell me what you think in the comments section.