Monday, August 24, 2015


I asked several women whether they prefer going to salon or dyeing their own hair. Not surprisingly, majority of them chose home dye kits. Aside from the obvious reason home dyes are cheaper, according to these women, dyeing their own hair also saves them time. It’s quicker to use, just half an hour of waiting, and they get to do their work-stuff while waiting.

While I personally think that salons are still the best way to go because they can certainly do it better, I still prefer doing DIY Hair dye on my hair especially that I don’t have much time and there are moments when you don’t want to deal with “makulit” na stylist. If you know what I mean.

When it comes to DIY-Hair dyes, I’m not really that adventurous in trying out different brands of dyes. Ever since I started dyeing my hair, I have only used Etude House Hair Bubbles for my hair. I told you, I’m not a PRO in hair dyeing, for me, “the simpler, the better!”  I really like EH Hair bubbles, it’s as simple as shampooing my hair.

BUT after using this Loreal Fashion Excellence on my hair, I’ll never go back. Read more to know why.


Excellence brings you intense, visible color and is infused with Hi-Shine Complex. It comes in six newest shades delivering only the richest care for the richest color. Unlike other commercial hair-dye, Excellence contains triple care formula: Micro-cerca essence + amino acid + collagen – powerful combination to protect, strengthen and replenish iar. Hair is silky-soft and efficiently resists breakage from combing. 


The Box comes with:
Pre-color serum
Protective crème colorant
Crème developer
Protective conditioner
Instruction manual

• HOW TO •

I was actually torn between Ashy Nude Brown and Golden Nude Brown. In the end, I opted to go for Ashy Nude Brown because it’s closest to my hair color and since it's the color that matches the brow products I have.

TIP 1: Hair color absorbs better in dirty hair. By dirty, I mean, do not wash your hair prior to hair coloring, not even the night before. I didn’t washed mine – hence, the dull, oily and lifeless hair.

TIP 2: Apply petroleum jelly around your hairline to prevent staining. 
I’m ready, let’s start dyeing!

Apply PRE-COLOR Serum to protect your hair!

Wear your gloves starting this process. Mix the Protective Crème Colorant (STEP 2) into Crème Developer (STEP 3) bottle. 
Close the bottle and shake it! The shaking process warms up the bottle, how cool is that!

Take the cap off and add the comb cap head onto the bottle. 
Oh no, I think I’m doing it in a wrong way! Haha! My sister told me that when dyeing my hair, it’s better to start at the roots. 
Just continue brushing the hair dye from roots to end until your hair is entirely saturated with hair dye.

I applied my hair dye through sections to avoid patchiness. 

Hair coloring isn’t as easy as I thought it would. But, technically, this is my first time to use a hair color like this so it’s understandable. It was really a struggle to apply the product evenly at the back of my head.To add to the burden, I take photos in between steps.

Anyway, after I have completely covered my hair with the dye, I pinned it up (like a bun) --- good thing my sister saw me and she was  like, “NOOOO! You should let your hair down so that the color will be even when you rinse it off”. 

The instruction says that I should wait for 30 mins before rinsing it off. I waited for an hour, just to be safe. 

Rinse your hair and apply the Protective conditioner.
I swear by this! It’s the best after-color conditioner I’ve tried. It is way better than the conditioner (hair treatment as they call it) that came with my Etude House Hair bubbles. 


TADA! They say that Ashy nude brown shades are best suited for women with Cool-toned skin. But it wasn’t bad on me. I feel like this color made my skin appear more vibrant. 
Ashy Nude Brown – is great for subtle tweak.  It won’t dramatically change your hair look but it’s a good color to start with especially for beginners. 
I’m inlove with this hair dye because it made my hair silky-smooth! I had my hair dyed at Salon and I swear, my hair has never felt this soft. I can’t stop touching my hair. The conditioner that came in Excellence is really, really excellent! I wish Loreal could sell it separately – or maybe, I should start trying out their Conditioners for colored hair. 

My review doesn't end here -- Just like me, YOU CAN GET THE CHANCE TO TRY THIS FOR FREE! 

LOREAL Paris Philippines is giving away LOREAL FASHION EXCELLENCE to three (3) lucky readers! Stay tuned, I will post the mechanics of the giveaway here this weekend! 

Until then, my loves!

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Saturday, August 22, 2015


To make a review on  false eyelashes is quite a challenge for me. You see, putting false eyelashes is one of the things we would probably skip on our daily makeup routine. Aside from the fact that it’s no way easy to apply, I find it quite uncomfortable to wear throughout the day. I normally save them for very, very special occasions. (so rare that I have to write “very” twice!)

Honestly, I’ve only worn false lashes thrice: in an event back in my college years, on my sister’s wedding and on my college graduation! And you know what, those false eyelashes did not fail me! 

No mascara – not even 3D mascara – could do it better than false eyelashes.


Kara Eyelashes are newest brand of false eyelashes being sold at Kalm Cosmetics. I actually received five styles to review – but for today, I’ll just review four eyelashes they sent me.  


Kara Beauty false eyelashes are the new method of enhancing the length and thickness of your natural eyelashes dramatically. Each Kara Beauty's eyelash is individually hand-crafted with utmost attention to detail offering professional quality at reasonable price. Exceptionally made using the highest quality Natural Human Hair.

  • Kara lashes are made with 100% human hair
  • Handmade for natural look in a range of various styles
  • Easy to apply. May be re-used up to three weeks
  • Comfortable and safe to wear

Kara false eyelashes are 100% HUMAN Hair! I like human hair eyelashes because they're lighter and and more comfortable to wear than any synthetic eyelashes.

• 747XS •

Please take note that I already used this lashes before I took these photos. Hnece the glue on its band
The most light-weight – and definitely, the most natural-looking among all the lashes I received, as if I’m just wearing mascara – but better. This lashes comes in variety of sizes: XS/S/M/L.
I would recommend this to girls with really short and thin lashes -- it's a great lash design if you just want to enhance your eyes and make it pop. I think this will look great on monolids, too.

• #213 •

This one is my favorite, so far! The thing with 747XS is that I find it to short for my liking, it’s almost as long as my real lashes – which is great if you want natural-looking lashes. 
Like 747XS, the bristles of #213 are shorter in the inside and longer outside --  this kind of design really makes my eyes appear wider and more awake! It gives my eyes a boost in length and thickness but not overly done.  

• #415 •

It’s really hard to distinguish #213 and #415 on these photos but 415 has more hairsThe designs of both lashes are very comparable except that the #415 has longer bristles inside than #213. 
Since this one is longer and thicker, it’s obviously less comfy to wear than #213

• WSP •

WSP – I think it stands for Wispies. These are pretty long and thick eyelashes. 
On my eyes, I find it too long and quite festive. If you are going for a bold / dramatic look, you might want to try this one.


Overall, I really like these lashes! #213 is my favorite from the lashes I received. #747XS and #213 are great for a subtle enhancement. #415 sits between natural and dramatic false eyelashes look. If you want to be a bit showy, go for WSP. 

Though the level of comfort varies, generally, all these lashes did not irritate my eyes. The only struggle I experienced is that because WSP is way too long for me and has the same length from inner to outer-- somehow blocks my vision. I recommend trimming it especially near the inner corner of the eyes. 

All the lashes have invisible banding. 

You can get these for only Php 120 at Kalm Cosmetics.

Someone messaged me on my facebook account when I posted a picture of these lashes. She asked if I could do a comparison review between Kara lashes and Red Cherry Lashes. 

Well, I haven't tried Red Cherry just yet. But I'm guessing that the quality of these lashes are very comparable. I noticed that they do come in almost same designs, they have similar names for most of the lashes and both brands are made in Indonesia.

If you are looking for a cheap alternative (but still with great quality) as Red Cherry, you might want to consider buying this one.

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Friday, July 17, 2015


Ciracle products were never new to me! I heard them from my friends who were sponsored by The WishTrend way back years ago, but I never got the chance to try these because I thought they’re not available locally! To my surprise, you can find Ciracle products at some selected Department stores like SM Megamall, Makati, South Mall and North Edsa. You can also get them at Watson Mall of Asia and Edsa The Block. Even the famous Kryz Uy and Laureen Uy featured their products HERE and HERE.

I also discovered that you can also shop online thru their website HERE. They offer free shipping anywhere in the Philippines! I spent half an hour browsing on their products. Ughh! Everything seems so promising! But because I couldn’t buy everything, I just picked 2 products to test out: Ciracle Daily Peeling Wash Gel and Repairing V3 Cream! And here are my thoughts on their products!!! (three exclamation means I’m super excited! LOL)



I picked Daily Peeling Gel because the product reminds me so much of Cure Natural Aqua Gel. The obvious difference is the latter is in clear gel while this one is white– looks like a cream. Also, Cure Nature Aqua gel is Japan-made while Daily Peeling Gel is made from Korea.

I noticed in Asian countries like Japan and Korea, they’re very particular with their Exfoliating products. It should be gentle on skin. In Western countries, they prefer harsh scrubs. No wonder, microdermbrasion and chemical peels are so popular in those countries. 

But the thing with Microdermbrasion, chemical peels or other marketed exfoliation creams/scrubs, if you use them too often, it will hurt your skin. Daily Wash Peeling Gel was named like that for a reason. Unlike other marketed exfoliation, this was formulated to exfoliate skin gently. Hence, the name “Daily Wash.” Don’t quote me here, but I assume that this gel is gentler than Cure Natural Aqua Gel since Cure recommends using their product only twice weekly. 


1. Without wetting your face and hands, squeeze out adequate amount of this gel and apply it into your face. Take note that Ciracle will work best on dry skin, and less efficient if you have wet skin. Make sure that your face and hands are dry before using this.
2. Gently making round circle, massage the gel for 30 seconds to 1 minute to remove dead skin. As you work the product into the skin, white particles will form. I don’t think that these are your dead skin. I suppose that these particles will help you exfoliate your skin. I think of it like the tiny bits in typical facial scrubs.
3. Rinse it off with lukewarm water. 

After using the product, my feels really clean yet it doesn’t feel dry. When my sister first tried it on her skin, she got really excited. She’s like a kid who learned her first ABCs. 

I use this after my long, tiring day at work. It effectively removes my makeup even without the use of makeup removers. But please take note that I only use light makeup for everyday.  

On mornings, it removes all excess oils on my face! I love how it brightens up my skin and makes it feels clean! 


Another product that I’ve really loving is the Reiparing V3 Cream which I believe is one of their best selling creams. 

If you search google, you’ll find great reviews on this product! 

This product is so famous because it contains Snail mucus and Centella Asiatica (medicinal herb). Snail creams became popular about years ago due to its healing properties. There are studies in US where snail creams were used to treat skin burns. 

It was in 2011 when I first tried out Elicina Creams, a snail cream from Chile. I made a detailed review about it on this blog. The reason why I stopped using it is because they stop selling it here in the Philippines in 2012. Boo! Snail creams are very good but pricey! 

Thankfully, I found this Repairing V3 Cream. It isn’t cheap but considering that it’s a snail cream, holy cow, it’s a good deal! Actually, the price is on a par with Olay and Loreal creams.

The Ciracle Snail V3 Cream is a very moisturizing cream. Ciracle says that you can use this on morning and evening. But I prefer using it in the evening only. 

While writing this review, I decided to apply half cream of V3 cream on my face and half with Olay Day Cream. The side with V3 Cream feels more moisturized. However, since it’s more moisturizing, I don’t know if it’ll work under my makeup. I’m guessing that my makeup might slide off my face. Again, that’s just my guess! I have yet to try it! 

The moisturizing effect of this cream is really good, I remember during the storm “Egay.” The weather turns really cold and it made my skin drier. To add to the burden, I use Kojie san, a kojic soap, as my daily facial soap. This cream has been my Holy Grail product during those kinds of days. I couldn’t emphasize enough how moisturizing it is.

Aside from the instant moisturiizing effect it gives, I haven’t seen huge difference yet on my skin. But it’s okay, I have only used the product for less than a month! I’m excited to see how it will work on my skin! 


Ciracle products didn’t disappoint me! In fact, I’m considering adding these to my skin regime.
Other promising products I’ve been really, really curious about are:

Ciracle Skin Renewal Home Peeling Pads – which is a gentle exfoliating treatment for home-use. The set costs around Php 1,090. 

I’m also eyeing on their blackhead products since I have huge problem on my blackhead. They have Cotton mask for only Php 1,190 which contains 20 sheets. The Pore Control Blackhead off sheets sound great too! 

I’m quite intrigue with their Enzyme powder wash! It’s a powder wash because it’s initial powder but once you wet it and it will make foam. Hence, the name!

I love clays masks! Ciracle has Jeju Volcanic Clay mask (Php 990) and Water Sleeping Mask (Php 1,290). Jeju Volcanic Clay mask is something you apply during the day (or night) but you have to wash it off while Water sleeping mask, you can just leave it overnight. 

Radiance Eye cream is quite affordable too! Php 990 only. Unfortunately, it’s currently out of stock!

Of all products, I’m most curious about this Pimple Solution Pink Powder. Since I’m so exposed to pollution (I commute and has 10 rides back and forth from work to home daily), my skin breaks out more often than before. Ciracle pink solution powder is a fast-acting formula that reduces acne. It contains sulphur and salicylic acid.

Have you tried Ciracle products?

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Thursday, July 16, 2015


Not too long ago, I started my small online business. I chose facebook as my medium in selling my items simply because the market is already there and it’s free! I was okay with it at first, but it was hard to keep track of all orders. I use spreadsheet to keep track of my inventories, and write down paid orders! To add to the burden, I’m a full-time employee working from Monday to Friday and a review center instructor on Saturdays. On Sundays, supposedly my rest day, I spenT my time doing my inventory and tracking everything – not to mention, I do meet-ups too! Can you just imagine the hassle? Haha! 

Lately, I found myself searching for a better platform (that can provide me an easy way to track and manage the orders). Thankfully, a sexy and charming (*smile*) blogger friend of mine, Eyah, suggested me to try out Shopee Philippines application (you can download it on your android or iphone)! Believe me --- it’s a life-saver – or atleast, it made my life so much easier!  


1. I get to chat with my customers in case they have inquiries about the product

2. I can instantly share my listings on my various social media platforms such as facebook and instagram.

3. Buyers can rate my shop – which help me build my credibility to all future customers

4. The Seller Assistant is awesome! – you get free application with a virtual assistant. Isn’t it the coolest thing? Seller Assistant helps me organize my listing, keep track of my orders and manage my customers – ALL FOR FREE!


1. Easy browsing! The banner updates me for the best sales and deal!

2. I can follow the seller I want to get instant updates on their listing

3. I’m guaranteed that I won’t be scammed. Shopee has this cool payment feature called “Shopee Guaranteed.” All payments you sent will go directly on Shopee account. The payment will be sent to sellers only after the buyer confirm that he/she received the order.

If you are into online shopping, I guarantee you --- you will enjoy this app! They have flash sales every 8pm, up to 50% off! 

My shop was chosen to be included in their Flash Sale promo yesterday! 

Lanvin Eclat and Lacoste Red were discounted to Php 500 – the lowest price we ever offered! 

Marikina bags were down to Php 400 and our original Adidas cap (we purchased from Europe) for only Php 350!

No need to pay for shipping fee because Shopee and KikaySimaria got you covered! We’re offering all items for free shipping! Including those items not included in the flash sale! 

Just look for “kikaysimaria store” or search for my username: eloisaco20. See you there!

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Sunday, July 5, 2015

Tester Perfumes: What are they?

My love for perfume is just as big as my love for makeup. That’s why I told myself that if ever I’ll be fortunate to have a business of my own, I would choose to sell perfumes and makeup --- because these are the things I won’t get tired of. You know what they say, always make your passion part of your work. Even in business!

“Choose a business based on what you love doing because a business built upon a passion is usually more successful because it allows you to do what you love” --- wikihow.

My business is pretty small and young. I started selling perfumes more than a month ago and I really enjoyed it! Sniffing perfumes and trying them out were the best things about this business! Not to mention the overwhelming feeling whenever I get messages from my buyers that they’re very happy with the perfumes they got. Priceless! 

In this post, I’ll talk about tester perfumes (what are they), how to choose your fragrance, tips in using fragrances and the best sellers in my store.


I started buying tester perfumes about 7 years ago. I usually buy tester perfumes at Greenhills. I’ve been a loyal user of tester perfumes because they’re pretty cheap. Plus, I don’t mind sacrificing the fancy boxes.

In case you’re interested, I owned original perfumes too. I have aunties and cousins living in the US. Whenever they visit us here in the Philippines, they’re always giving us “pasalubongs” like chocolates and perfumes. 

Basically, what are tester perfumes? I asked google to help me explain what are tester perfumes,

Perfume Testers are created to help promote the fragrance. They are provided to large retail stores to allow their customers to "test" the actual Perfume before buying it. It is the same Perfume that one finds in full size bottles. Testers may come in a variety sizes and forms of  packaging. Some are offered in simple generic plain white or brown boxes with or without a cap. Some bottles may have "Tester" or "Demonstration" written on the bottle. Some are even without boxes, while others may come ornately wrapped. Regardless of packaging, the quality of the Perfume is not affected. The contents of testers are the same as in the standard full priced packaged item. One can enjoy their favorite Perfume at the lowest prices”

• What's the difference between US Testers and Dubai Testers? •

None, actually! There are sellers claiming that they’re selling US Testers. The quality is exactly the same as all other testers being sold online. Don’t be fooled by paying huge amount of money. 

I don’t call my testers as US or Dubai, they’re simply testers. It has the exact scent as the retail version in malls but varies in longevity. 

Again, US and Dubai tester being sold online are exactly the same. If you want to prove it yourself, try to buy an exact fragrance from a seller selling Dubai and US, and you'll be surprised!

• How to choose your fragrances?•

First, perfumes are classified according to concentration.

Eau de Parfum
Eau de Toilette
Eau de Cologne

Eau de Parfum is the most concentrated while Eau de Cologne is the least concentrated. But the fragrance still varies depending on the brand of perfumes. Sometimes, the EDT of one brand is better and longer lasting than EDP of the other brand.

Men’s fragrances are rarely sold as EdP. You can check out the list of the tester perfumes available and its concentration on my store. similarly, women’s fragrances are rarely sold in EdC concentration. Why is that? Men’s perfumes are normally stronger than Women’s and making it in concentration like EdP can be quite overwhelming. 

Also, there are brands like Chanel No 5 that offers EdP and EdT variants. Interestingly, the scent of EdP is very different to EdT because Chanel uses different perfume oil mixtures for each variant. Same thing goes with Chanel Chance. 

We usually choose our scent according to our body chemistry, age and at what time will you wear your perfume.
Fragrances have notes: top note, midnote and base note. Our perfume changes over time. This is the reason why sometimes we wonder why a scent smells great on other people and not on you. I cannot really explain why molecules react with our skin differently. But it’s a fact that I just accepted. 
Age also affects our choice of fragrances. I remember when I was in my teenager years, I love fruity and sweet fragrances. But now that I’m on my 20s, I prefer fragrances that are light, fresh and citrusy. Based on my experience as a seller, those who are under 20s, they want fragrances that are fun. 20s preferred citrusy, fresh and light like D&G Light Blue and Lanvin Eclat. Those in 30s are into floral-fruity (majority, floral scent) like Bvlgari Omnia Amethyste. For women above 40s, they are fascinated with heavier, sexy, a bit musky and spicy types of fragrances like CK Euphoria. Women, like my lola, opt for fragrances that have powdery scent but still heavy. 
For day time, we usually want to wear something light and fresh. EdT and EdC are usually the best way to go. If you use heavy perfumes during day time (and summer), the scent can be quite overpowering. 
I try save heavy-fragrances for night time.. However, cold weather can be an exception as I can wear heavy perfumes even during the day.


*Based on the number of sold items*


#1 Bvlgari Omnia Amethyste

Being the #1 Bestseller, I set my expectations too high for this one. The top note is very sophisticated, a floral-powdery scent -- blended perfectly together. From top to base note, everything is just so soft and gentle. Though I'm a guilty citrusy-scent lover, I really appreciate the soft-floral-powdery scent of this one. The scent blends even better on my skin after taking a bath!

#2 Lanvin Eclat
I  was actually holding and sniffing this perfume and D&G Light Blue while doing this review. At first spray, D&G Light Blue smells like a strong lemon scent but it tones down into a softer citrusy smell. On the other hand, Eclat starts a bit strong (but still softer than d&g light blue) but eventually warms into a soft floral scent with a hint of sweetness. It’s very feminine yet refreshing. The top-midnote has that citrusy-scent – perhaps the reason why it kind-a reminds me of D&G Light Blue. This perfume is seriously so long-lasting!

#3 D&G Light Blue
For many yrs, this has been my fave perfume for everyday. It's light, clean, very refreshing -- making it ideal fragrance for daily use and during summer! On me, it smells like citrus, with a hint of woody musk. other days, the scent reminds me of a fresh ocean and lemons. smile emoticon 
The scent is comparable to my other fave scent, Eclat by Lanvin. Light Blue is a tad more citrusy while Eclat is more feminine 


#1 Lacoste White Men
Clean, fresh and the simplicity of the scent are probably the reasons why this fragrance is one of my top picks for men’s fragrances. The scent isn’t too complex and not too masculine – could be unisex, or at least I wouldn’t mind spraying it on me! 
I get a sharp citrus, quite airy but not so much the sweetness. The unique-citrusy hint in this fragrance makes the perfume appropriate for long, sweaty day. I really like how it smells on clothes even at the end of the day. (blends nicely with my sweat, really!)

#2 Davidoff Cool water
The safest perfume a man could wear. From the name to the bottle, you’ll know that “sea water” will be its main note. I like it in hot weather, I like it even more during cold weather. I usually spray this on my pillow and I can sleep the entire day. So just imagine your man wearing this scent, getting up would probably be the last thing you want to do.
Davidoff cool water (men) version is quite masculine at its top note. However, as it warm down, the scent becomes more unisexual. I have 2 girlfriends wearing this version, though it’s for men. 
Bvlgari Aqua and aqua marine are both also “oceanic”-type of fragrances, but this one just less manly and fresher. 

#3 212 Men
Another fave of mine for guy fragrances. This perfume is quite versatile, can be worn during day or night. The opening is a strong green scent with a citrus-touch. It’s very fresh but not light, quite masculine actually. As it unfolds, the spicy-ginger scent becomes more noticeable. Eventually, it tames into a nice, floral scent that has the right sweetness! 

• Where to Order•

There are tons of online sellers selling Tester perfumes. Beware, as some other sellers are selling "Singapore/China" testers and claiming it to be "Dubai/US" tester. Singapore/China testers have much lesser quality. 

Anyway, in case you don't have "suki" online store yet, you might want to order Tester perfumes on my site. 

Click HERE to visit my shop. 

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