Sunday, August 31, 2014

Kate Tokyo Colorcious Eye shadow Palette

Kate Tokyo is known for their eyeshadow palettes. My friend who happens to be a hoarder of Kate products recommended their eyeshadows to me and I’m pretty happy with this palette because I never had anything like this before (I don’t own a lot of palette, by the way!).


KATE TOKYO COLORCIOUS EYE SHADOW PALETTE


Kate Tokyo say, 
The shine of colored diamonds creates wide eyes. A 5-shade eye shadow palette featuring the shades and shine of colored diamonds to create beautiful, lustrous, and wide eyes as the shades are applied


• PACKAGING •


I noticed that they are minimalist in designing their packaging. Their packaging is either in white or black, I honestly prefer black. It looks more sleek! 


This eyeshadow comes in a plastic compact with clear windows. The three eyeshadows in the middle have diamond-like effect in their plastic windows.


When you open the palette itself, you’ll notice that the three center eyeshadows are embossed and have a jewel-like shape. I would say, these three eyeshadows are the “main” shades of this palette.


• SHADE •


The shade I have is called “GN-1.” I think GN stands for Green. I actually bought this palette because of this moss-green shade. This kind of green will look flattering on brown eyes.



• PERFORMANCE•


The eyeshadows in this palette have different textures, depending on their usage. 


The highlight and dark color have silky-smooth texture, the powders are very soft and smooth! The highlight color has an iridescent shine; it has a gold-sheen that looks really great as a highlighting color. The highlight reflects light and draws attention to your inner tear duct or brow bone. 

From left to right: Highlight color, Dark color (contour), sparkling eye color shadows (rosegold, moss green and silver)
Unlike the highlighting and contouring shades, the three eye color shadows have chunky glitter finish. Rather than pearlized finish, it has sparkly effect. Hence, the name "Colorcious Diamond."
 
If you’re having hard time working with this kind of eyeshadows, I highly recommend you to use primer prior to the application of this product. It helps the shadows stick together. Also, apply the shadows in patting motion to lessen fall outs. 


• OVERALL •


Most of my palettes are in either matte or pearl-finish, which I really adore! Those kinds of finishes are flexible for any kind of occasions, or any time of the day. In my opinion, this Colorcious palette from Kate Tokyo has more fun and playful finish due to its chunky glittery-texture. 

I would say, this palette is not suitable for everyday wear but would definitely be a great palette for events where you want to stand-out, like parties, special events or even night outs! 

Here are my pictures wearing all the shadows on my eyes!

I added Eye of Horus Pencil Liner on my waterline to make the color more alive and fun!
I used silver on the inner tear duct, green as eye color, the dark shade to contour, rosegold to soften the contour and finally, the highlighting color on my brow bone. 
What do you think of this makeup look?  I hope I nailed it! Let me know what you think of this makeup look! 

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Monday, August 25, 2014

Kate Tokyo Mineral Powder Foundation

Thank God for the long vacation, I finally had the time and energy to make this review for you; I feel like I owe you guys a lot of reviews ^_^

I’ve been meaning to share with you this product that I’ve been really, really loving… it’s my Kate Tokyo Mineral Powder Foundation. I’m on my second refill--- which I’m about to hit pan. Good thing, I still have a one more refill with me for back-up! 



KATE TOKYO MINERAL POWDER FOUNDATION

Being a beauty blogger, I normally change my powder every now and then to test out other products but I might stick for this baby a little longer because I'm so inlove with this powder foundation. 


Kate Tokyo says,

Airy powder reliably covers visible pores to create fade-free and shine-free smooth skin.
-SPF15 PA++
-Double-effect mineral powder *1 (skin protection and visible pore coverage)
-Multiple moisturizing ingredients (olive oil, jojoba oil and almond oil)
-Paraben (preservative) free
-Ultraviolet-absorber free
-Fragrance free


• PACKAGING •


This powder foundation does not come with a case; the compact is sold empty, you have to purchase the refill of this compact separately!

The powder case is plain white with black text, very minimalistic. The case has a built-in mirror.
The compact is travel-friendly, it’s quite small (about 2 x 2.5) and can fit small pouches! 
For every refill purchased, you’ll get a good quality sponge (that you can really use!) inside the box. 

I really like the idea of having to buy the compact and the refill separately because it’s more economical and not to mention, more environmental-friendly.

However, I personally think that the compact is way too overpriced. If not for the Gift certificate I got, I wouldn't really think of purchasing the case. Though, I might consider purchasing the other black case that they are also selling (from Kate Powder Foundation for Cover). 

The Kate Tokyo Mineral Powder foundation case retails for Php 420 (pretty expensive, right?) while the refill itself for Php 900. 


• SHADE •


Even though the shade selection is quite limited, I’m lucky to find a shade that matches my skintone. My shade for this powder is OC-C

• PERFORMANCE•


This powder lived up to its promise to provide an airy powder that reliably covers visible pores. It feels light on skin, it doesn't feel like I'm wearing a powder foundation.

The texture of this powder on skin is amazing; it feels sooooo soft and smooth! 

This powder has light to medium coverage. If you have bad scars on face due to acne, you may want to apply concealer underneath this powder to cover and hide imperfections. As for me, I’m quite happy with the coverage it gives my face. 

The finish is really wonderful, it's like a second-skin (because it looks natural) but only-better! It evens out my skintone, hide minor imperfections and doesn't look cakey at all! The last foundations I fell inlove with like these were In2it foundation and Mac Studio foundation; unfortunately, I broke out with both powders.

On this picture, I used the sponge included in the refill to apply the product at the back of my hand, as it provides more coverage that way. However, on my face, I prefer to use a kabuki brush to apply this powder. The powder looks way, way better with brush than a sponge. 

• OVERALL •


This product is definitely a must-have! I use this powder every single day. It has velvety smooth finish, has moisturizing benefits, fragrance-free, paraben free, SPF and PA that protect skin from both UVA and UVB! Most foundation in the market contains only UVB protection (SPF).

Among all the products I’ve tried from Kate Tokyo, this is my second favorite product. Kate Brow Gel being the first. 

PROS
  • Refill and compact are sold separately
  • feels really light on skin
  • velvety smooth finish
  • Fragrance-free
  • Paraben free
  • Has moisturizing properties
  • Has SPF15 PA++
  • Mineral makeup - gentle on skin
  • Decent staying power

CONS
  • Expensive

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Friday, August 15, 2014

KATE Tokyo Powderless Foundation

Recently, I find myself recommending KATE Tokyo products to some of my readers and friends.  Kate Tokyo is one of the brands of KANEBO, a big company in Japan that owns several other brands like Lunasol, Coffret d’or and Sensei. I’ve tried most of Kate Tokyo products from eyeliners to eyeshadows to powders… whatnot! And I could honestly say that their products are really worth buying! 

I absolutely love their Kate Mineral Powder Foundation; it’s actually my HOLY GRAIL product. The Brow gel mascara is soooo good that I use it every single day. I love their BB Gel because it gives me a decent amount of coverage unlike most BB creams available in the market. I can’t wait to share with you my thoughts on these products soon on my blog! 

But for now, let me share with you my thoughts on one of their best-selling products.


KATE TOKYO POWDERLESS FOUNDATION

KATE Tokyo says,

"Smoothness and excellent coverage of a liquid foundation and the silky and beautiful finish of a powder foundation at the same time. A new liquid foundation that turns into powder the moment it touches the skin. SPF20 PA++"

For each purchase of Powderless liquid foundation, you can get a free sample size of Kate Tokyo Quick Remake Liquid for Cover
Kate Tokyo Quick Remake Liquid is Kate's first ever Makeup fixer. It's like a touch-up powder in a liquid form.
Kate Tokyo Quick Remake is a promising product since it provides 3 effects: moisturizes skin, fixes foundation fading and removes unwanted shine. Just like Powderless foundation, it turns into a powder finish.


• PACKAGING•


This Powderless liquid foundation came into a very light-weight plastic bottle pump packaging. 
The pump that came with it has a good quality; it's pretty controllable, you can actually get a pea size amount of the product – not all liquid foundation pumps can give you that kind of control. 
A little goes a long way, I still use the tiny little powderless foundation in sample size bottle I received when I attended KATE Tokyo event.


• SHADE •


I normally get one shade lighter than my skintone since my foundation tends to oxidize on my skin. I’m NC30 in Mac and the shade recommended to me by the SA is OC-C. It’s the same shade I have in my Kate Tokyo Mineral Powder Foundation.

• PERFORMANCE•


This liquid foundation is true to its name, “powderless foundation” since you really won’t need powder to set this liquid foundation. To all my newbie-to-makeup readers, liquid foundations are normally damp and sticky on face. This is why you need to set it with powder. Powder adheres to the sticky part of your foundation and seals it to make it lasts longer throughout the day and to avoid that oily-looking skin. 

Bare Face
With this liquid foundation, you can definitely skip applying powder since the liquid foundation itself turns into a powder finish in 15 seconds after it touches your skin.  
This powderless foundation provides medium coverage; it can conceal minor imperfections such as redness of face, uneven skintone and some acne scars. This gives my skin a semi-matte finish which I love because I don’t like my skin to be too matte nor too dewy.

With Powderless Foundation


• OVERALL •


I recommend this powderless foundation, especially if you have normal to oily skin-type. For those who have DRY skin, you might find this product a little harder to work with. I highly recommend using primer and moisturizer underneath so that this foundation will glide easily on your skin. 

Overall, I really like this product. It gives my skin a good amount of coverage, it’s non-sticky and very light-weight. Moreover, it provides my skin the right amount of glow! 
Although it requires no-powder, you still may opt to set this with setting powder. 

PROS
  • Long-lasting
  • Has a nice semi-matte finish
  • No need to use powder
  • Packaging is light-weight
  • Pump has a very good quality, it doesn't dispense much product
  • Has SPF 20 PA++ (can protect your skin from UVA and UVB)
  • You get a free sample size of Kate Tokyo Quick Remake Liquid for every purchase of Kate Tokyo Powderless Foundation

CONS
  • Quite pricey at Php 1,200 (but honestly, one bottle will lasts you forever)
  • For individual with dry skin, this foundation has the tendency to sink into fine lines and cake. It emphasizes dry patches if skin is not well-moisturized
Get a chance to win some of these Kate Tokyo prizes if you join my on-going giveaway. Link HERE



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Thursday, August 14, 2014

BDJ BOX UNBOXING: JULY 2014

They say, “It’s better late than never.” 

Last August something, I finally received my long-awaited BDJ Box. When BDJ emailed us about a month ago that BDJ box will be delayed, and will be delivered on the last day of July instead of 2nd-3rd week of the month, I was rather disappointed. But then, I told myself, maybe the box is late because they are preparing something special for the subscribers! After all, they promise that BDJ box for month of July will be thrice the amount of the subscription price.



BDJ BOX UNBOXING: JULY 2014

“Seriously?!” – the first word that came out of my mouth when I first saw what’s inside this JULY’S HUGE Box! The box theme is PURE AND SIMPLE. The box contains everything a woman needs to survive a day! In spite of that, these are not really something I would expect to receive from a BDJ Box. Most of the products are grocery-items, I mean, something that we probably have been buying regularly --- which defeats the reason why I subscribed to BDJ box. I personally subscribed to BDJ box because I want to discover and try out more beauty products that I never thought of purchasing for myself. 

On the brighter side, after a few deep breaths I realized that these are really something that I would use. At least, I did not spend Php 580 for nothing! Surprisingly, I find myself reaching for most of the products in the box. Hehe! Anyway, here are the items inside my BDJ Box! 

Let me start with the products that I don’t really care to products that I absolutely love, ‘cause come on, we all want happy ending, right?

First thing on my list, 
Pink Sugar Fine Fragrance Mist 
the reason behind that BIG and BULKY packaging. 
The scent BDJ sent me is called “Forbidden Apple and Vanilla Orchid” 

Enchanted Eyeshadow Palette 
which I already have given away. 
Envie Aestheticare and Medspa

Nivea Anti-Perspirant Invisible Spray
I also gave this to my friend. I really don’t use antiperspirant spray. I’m happy with Milcu, LOL.
Vitress Instant Relax and Vitress Hair Solenn 
I’m still thinking whether to use it or give it away. 
I have bad experiences with this kind of products ‘cause they tend to weigh down my hair and I don’t go for that kind of look.
Celeteque Back Acne Spray 
which I might use one of these days. I’m reserving it in case I’ll get bacne again. 
Keratin Complex Travel. 
This two are highly recommended by salon specialists especially after Brazilian blowout. I’ve been wanting to try this BUT I FIND IT TOO PRICEY. I’m so happy that this product was included in July box because this is something I really like to try but wouldn’t risk paying the full-size price of the product. 
Hygienix Hand Spray and Hand gel sanitizer. 
Might be silly, but these are absolutely one of my fave products from the box. 
I always bring these two with me, I really love the scent. I get the feeling that some people would think that I’m so maarte ‘cause I keep using this every now and then, forgive, I can’t help it, I really, really love the scent of these products!
Nivea In Shower Conditioner. 
I’m really curious about this product when I saw this on commercial. I have tried this product and surprisingly, I like it. This is perfect for summer days (or during hot days) because you get the same moisturizing benefit of lotion minus the greasy-feel of it. I might purchase the full-size of this lotion soon. 
Nivea Pure Effect Exfoliating Wipe. 
This one, I didn’t really expect to like so much but I did! It’s a 3-in-1 product that removes makeup, clean the face and exfoliate it. The exfoliating part is really gentle, I like using this wipes after washing my face. THE SMELL OF THIS WIPES IS SOOOOOO GOOOOD and the smell stay on the skin.

Overall, I think July Box isn’t as bad as it seems. I first rant about it because I’ve waited longer than usual. I was actually expecting for more makeup goodies (being a makeup blogger) yet I’ve only received one eyeshadow palette. In spite of that, I still think that Php 580 is still worth it since the amount of the items are still way more than what I paid for. 

How about you? What are your thoughts on July BOX?

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Sunday, August 10, 2014

GREAT VALUE PLUS: DAVIDOFF COOL WATER FOR WOMEN

Shopping is fun, but the process before and after shopping may not! The hassle of going to mall, lining up on the cashier and all that stuff! Ugh! Good thing, someone genius created online shopping. And it has improved dramatically since then!

I recently discovered this amazing ALL IN ONE Kind of Online shop, you know, a shop that offers wide variety of items from watches to perfumes to electronics… everything! Name it, they have it!


GREAT VALUE PLUS


If you search Great Value Plus on google, you’ll see that they are also Ebay’s Power seller. They have sold thousands of items already starting 2008; you can read the reviews about the shop yourself. 

Just recently, Great Value Plus decided to launch their new website to provide maximum shopping experience. I’ve been into their website several times already and I just love how easy-breezy browsing on their shop. They have Interactive Product demos – along with high resolution images in multiple angles with additional point of view through detailed video to help the customer visualize the actual product.

As for the payment option, you can pay however you want and whenever you want!! You can pick Credit card, bank deposits, bayad center, cebuana or even CASH ON DELIVERY, if you hate the hassle of going to the bank! Oh, the convenience!! 

Did I mention that they offer FREE SHIPPING too? Where have you been all my life, Great Value Ph! 

Anyway, last August 8 I ordered Davidoff Cool Water for Women for only Php 1,399. It’s on sale from Php 2299!

The order was processed and delivered the day after. Surprisingly, I received the item in less than 24 hours from the time I placed the order. 


• DAVIDOFF COOL WATER •


I’ve been wearing D&G light blue scent for years; it’s been my go-to scent every single day. But this time, I decided to try out this Davidoff Cool Water; after all, it’s on sale! 

I’m really glad I ordered Davidoff Cool Water! It smells like ocean-- fresh and clean! The scent is soooo refreshing.I would say, this scent is perfect for young ladies. 


• OTHER PRODUCTS THAT I LIKE FROM THEIR SHOP•


XOXO Women's XO5503 Gold-Tone Rhinestones Bezel Bracelet Watch
Php 1599

I’m a huge fan of GOLD watches! It’s actually my weakness, I just love anything gold! Gold is definitely my new pink! 

Happy Call Double Grill Pressure Pan (Non Stick) - 32 cm
 Php 1,299

Our pressure pan has been one of the best buys of the year for our Kitchen tools. We purchased a pressure pan, Philkraft, for Php 8,900. Crazy, right? But it’s worth it! If you’re looking for cheaper alternative, you might want  to try this Happy Call Pressure pan

ROTATING "GLAM CADDY" COSMETIC ORGANIZER - HOLD UP TO 200 ITEMS
Php 699
OMG! Do I even need to explain to you why I want this? The simple acrylic lipstick holder costs me about Php 200 which can hold 6 lippies at most. While this can hold up to 200 items for only Php 699. Great deal!

Lipodress - The Seamless Body Shaper Magic Dress Utimate 3 in 1 garment
Php 299
Don’t judge me! Hahaha! But I really need this!! LOL

How about you, my loves, what are your favorite finds from the Great Value Plus? Don’t forget to LIKE their Facebook fan page HERE and visit their WEBSITE! 

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