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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Friday, August 8, 2014

Beauty Blossoms in Manila with Pixy!

On August 6, 2014, Mandom Philippines Corporation officially launched its Japanese cosmetics brand PIXY, at Whitespace Manila.  PIXY cosmetics made its way into the Philippines after showering beauty across Japan, Indonesia, and Malaysia to bring the best of truly Asian beauty! With the arrival of Pixy, flawless skin, girlish shades, and big beautiful eyes that you see on Japan’s most fashionable streets have never been closer at hand! No need to hit the drugstores of Tokyo to try your favorite Japanese looks - the best is coming to your doorstep!

PIXY is a Japanese-formulated and Indonesian-manufactured make-up line which flatters skin tones, while infusing the same light-reflecting, skin-perfecting properties, making Japanese cosmetics high in demand. 

In each gleaming compact and sleek tube, Pixy offers the best of the ladylike “gal” trend with a twist: it’s now affordable, wearable, and incredibly easy to do. Pixy acts as your loyal beauty companion: each pretty pink product fits neatly in your handbag, promising to awaken your youthful glow and creative spirit no matter where you are!

“Mandom is excited to bring Pixy here to the Philippines because we believe our purpose is to contribute to the beautiful, healthy and pleasant living.  Filipinas have an innate happiness and natural beauty.  Pixy allows women to enhance this beauty by offering quality products to highlight their Truly Asian Beauty,” shares Hiroyuki Mitsuoka, President of Mandom Philippines.

Every woman should have a beauty philosophy that reflects their personality. With this in mind, for their Philippine launch, Pixy designed 2 exclusive looks directly inspired by the biggest catwalk in the world: the city of Tokyo. 

Are you Tokyo Kawaii or Tokyo Glam? The only way to find out is to give each one a try! At affordable prices, you don’t have to limit your makeup fantasies any longer. So what are you waiting for? Get PIXYfied!

Pixy is available in Watsons and distributed by Mandom Philippines Corporation. 

To know more about PIXY, visit their Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/PIXY.TrulyAsianBeautyPH. 

Photo shows: The Mandom Philippines Corporation’s  President and CEO, Hiroyuki Mitsuoka (left to center); General Manager of Sales and Marketing, Hirotsugu Ohashi (center); Marketing Associate for All Ladies Brand, Olaiza Sunga (far left), and Product Planning Specialist Jacqueline David Calanoc (2nd to right) join makeup artist Xeng Zulueta after she gave tips and tricks with models Ana Leticia (2nd to left) and Luany Ayumi (right of center) at the PIXY Product Launch on August 6, 2014, at Whitespace Manila.

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Thursday, August 7, 2014

Virginia Olsen Minerals in Bronze Sparkle and Earth

I have been blogging for God knows how many years, but I still have many beauty products that I have yet to try. Loose pigments are one of the products that I have been really curious to try ever since. I have swatched some of these but I never had a chance to really use them.

So when I received an email from Virginia Olsen to try out their amazing eyeshadows, I undoubtedly said yes!


VIRGINIA OLSEN MINERALS


Virginia Olsen says,

“Virginia Olsen is 100% natural, paraben free, bismuth & talc free, and pure mineral make-up suitable for women of any age, ethnicity or skin type. Our formulations are calming to the skin, making them ideal for women prone to sensitivities; and being fragrance-free, they are particularly compatible with delicate skin, giving a sheer, natural, flawless coverage. Further, our makeup unlocks the therapeutic properties of zinc oxide and the natural sunscreen provided by titanium dioxide.”

Virginia Olsen sent me two (2) loose pigments: Bronze Sparkle and Earth and their newest eye primer.

BRONZE SPARKLE
 
EARTH

EYE PRIMER


• PACKAGING •


The full size loose pigment has a screw-top type kind of packaging, which in my opinion is perfect for loose eyeshadows. 
You can see the name of the eyeshadows at the bottom of the packaging, together with the ingredients.


• PERFORMANCE•


Since this is my first time to use loose pigments, I have to admit that it wasn’t really easy at first. Unlike pressed eyeshadows, loose pigments require a little-know how for you to make it works. 

Loose eyeshadows are really messy to apply, and more prone to fall-outs. But these are highly pigmented. After series of trials and errors, I finally discovered the right way of applying loose eyeshadows. And here is the result of my experimentation. Tada!!
Isn’t it the prettiest, ever?

The first thing that I would like to note in using loose pigments, use Sponge-eyeshadows applicator! I tell you, it makes the application a lot easier as it gives you more control on the product.

And when applying the loose eyeshadows on your lids, use patting motion to minimize fall-outs. There will still be fall-outs, yes, that’s why I recommend doing your eyes first before doing the rest of your face (foundation/concealer).

Next, these loose pigments are best applied with Virginia Olsen Milerals Eye primer. This eye primer has a gel-like consistency that’s goes very smooth on skin. I find it weird at first to have this kind of consistency for an eye primer but to tell you frankly, this kind of texture was specially made for loose pigments. 
The gel-like consistency binds the pigments together. Without the eye primer, the loose pigment gets all over my lids.

Lastly, you can use foiling method in applying these loose pigments. I used foiling method to apply Earth on my crease area. Foiling is basically applying the loose eyeshadows with mixing medium or water. In my case, I used my ever reliable skindinavia spray! I sprayed Skindinavia spray on a mixing board then mixed my earth eyeshadows on it. Once I’m happy with the consistency and pigmentation, I started applying the wet eyeshadows on my crease area using my crease brush.


• OVERALL •

I really, really like VO Mineral eyeshadows. The pigmentation of their eyeshadows is really great! 
I would recommend it to all makeup artists or just anyone who want to explore more about cosmetics and create beautiful and fun makeup look. 

But for a typical-office-person who has little time for makeup, you might find this product a bit hassle. Loose pigments are really messy to apply, which is why I try to avoid using loose pigments especially when I’m in hurry. 

Have you tried using loose pigments? Which do you prefer, loose pigments or pressed? Share your thoughts! 

By the way, don't forget to join my ongoing giveaway. You can win KATE TOKYO products and TQE Reseller Package!

Until then, my loves!
xoxo,
kikaysimaria

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KIKAYSIMARIA FACE AND BODY SET!

It has always been my dream to have my own cosmetics and makeup brushes line. It’s quite hard, yes, but not impossible! There is a saying that goes, “If your dreams don’t scare you, they aren’t BIG enough!” 

More than two months ago, Princess of The Queen’s Essentials offered to give me my own skincare line set. I was rather scared. Am I ready for this? Imagine, a skincare line will be named after me. 

But then, through words of encouragement from my sisters who promised to support me, I agreed to give it a try.

The whole process, planning to launching, took us more than 2 months. This set was customized according to my preference. After I finished deciding on what kind of products I would like to have, she sent me just samples of my set to test it out. I have been religiously using all the products from my set and these are really something that I would definitely use! 


KIKAYSIMARIA SKINCARE LINE!

In the making: 
Of course, the first things that came into my mind when Princess mentioned about having my own skincare line were “Anti-aging” and “Whitening.” I want something that I, myself, will be happy to use. That’s why I opted to create a skincare line with whitening and anti-aging benefits. I also made sure to make affordable products without compromising its quality. I personally tried and tested every item in this set. 

Moreover, this product was thoroughly researched through the help of our chemist from DOST REGION 5.  

KSM OBAGI BLEND
PHP 120

"Potent Tri-active Beauty Bar – enriched with the best combination of Arbutin with lemon peel extract, Kojic and Glutathione. This bar is made of unique blend that helps whitens, rejuvenate skin and removes blemishes."
This has got to be my fave product on my set! I absolutely love this soap. I use it every single day and I’m not kidding, it works really wonderfully on me!

I like to soak the soap for 2-3 mins on my face; it will give you stinging sensation – that’s when you’ll know that the product actually works.

After washing your face, your skin will feel a bit dry. That’s normal, my dear! Whitening soap really makes skin dry. This is why you have to use a good moisturizer to bring back the moisture on your skin. You can use whatever moisturizers you have, I personally recommend Olay products or of course, my very own Collagen with Emu Oil Cream.

COLLAGEN TONER
Php 120
"Collagen toner exfoliates dead skin cells. Regenerates skin cells and stimulates collagen production. "

KSM Toner works just like the typical marketed toner but with added benefit of a collagen. I actually only uses toner at night, but it’s okay to use it during daytime. It’s just that I prefer using toner at night where my skin feels dirtiest after being exposed to pollution the entire day! It removes traces of oils, makeup, dirt, whatnot! 

COLLAGEN WITH EMU OIL CREAM 
10g Php 99
"Our Collagen cream is infused with Emu Oil to maximize the anti-aging result and provides deep moisturizing on skin. Emu Oil acts as barrier to seal the skin and retain moisture." 

I thought of adding Emu Oil on my collagen cream because I’m a believer of Emu Oil. Emu oil possesses numerous beneficial effects on skin. You can google it yourself and discover the wonderful benefits of using emu oil. 

I recommend using this twice a day after washing and toning your face. You can even use this underneath your makeup.

GLUTATHIONE LOTION with CUCUMBER SCENT 
Php 250 (SPF45)
"Glutathione lotion is packed with anti-oxidant, anti-aging, skin lightening and moisturizing agent. "

We originally ordered D&G Light Blue scent; unfortunately, we had problems with the manufacturing and price. So we have to shift the scent from D&G Light Blue to Cucumber. Nevertheless, the cucumber scent is soooo refreshing, perfect after-bath lotion!!
It has this clip that secure the pump from dispensing out product while inside your travelling bag.

The entire set costs around Php 500 which I personally think is just the right price tag considering that you’ll get FACE and BODY products in one set. We are also selling the products individually.

You can order the entire set at The Queen’s Essentials. By the way, I have an ongoing giveaway on my blog where you can win a RESELLER PACKAGE from TQE, which includes KSM set! Try your luck ladies, who knows, this might be the work that you’ve been looking for! Link HERE.
To those who already purchased KSM Set, I hope that you’ll enjoy using these are much as I have enjoyed the selection and planning process of this set! 
Share with us your experiences through a blogpost, facebook shoutout or even just a tweet. Just tag me @kikaysimaria and @the queen’s essential so we can see your post! 

Hopefully with your support and positive feedbacks, this won’t be the last of the KSM X TQE Collaboration.

I thank God for every moment that I feel afraid for my dreams, because I know that with it comes bigger challenge in my life. And that challenge will help me to grow each day. 

Thank you everyone for making this set possible! Now, I’m crossing out one thing on my “dream” list!
xoxo,
kikaysimaria


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