“And I have no concept of time other than it is flying…” – Alanis Morrisette, All I Really Want
I can’t believe the first quarter of 2018 is already ending. I always feel like time passes by too quickly I can hardly keep up!
Anyway, I have been meaning to post my favorite makeup and skin care items, but I don’t know why I haven’t done so. 😅 Since it’s already the end of March, I guess it’s just fitting that I post my first quarter faves!
99.9% of the products in my possession are all close to my heart, but these quarterly favorites that I’ll be posting are the ones that I’ve been using repeatedly from the time this year started.
Hey there, Playmates! How’s it going? I’ve had a couple of bad weeks, but no worries! I’m holding up.
Anyway, this isn’t about me, it’s about this really affordable beauty box that I discovered on Instagram mid-June. It’s called the Kikay Beauty Box by Wink and Pout Cosmetics on FB or @wapcosmetics on IG.
They curate three boxes with different themes. Each box only costs P399. If the items were sold separately, they would cost about P500.
There are also options for buyers if they want to get either of the two cute tin boxes with an additional payment of P50, or just the regular box. I got the black tin one and I’m still thinking of what to use it for. It’s a nice storage for stationery, makeup, etc.
Let me show you the three Kikay boxes:
Lip Care and Bare
This box consists of four lip products:
1 Pil’aten Lip Mask that replenishes, moisturizes, and nourishes the lips (P40)
1 Lip Fuel Lip Scrub that evens out lip texture and removes lip discoloration (P80)
1 Isabelle Dupont Lip Balm that moisturizes and protects lips from cracking or drying (P120)
1 Isabelle Dupont Lipstick which is a HALAL certified product (P250)
Total Cost: P490
This box consists of six (6) products that can give you a “pinkish glow on your face and lips”.
1 AT Organics Lip and Cheek Tint (P110)
1 Daiso Eyebrow Pencil (with refill)
1 Daiso BB Face Cream
1 Pil’aten Pore Strip
2 Compressed Face Masks
2 Beauty Sponges
Unfortunately, I don’t know how much the other products are and they’re not stated on their posts as well.
Finally, the box that I purchased from them…
Work and Play
This box consists of six (6) products as well, which are perfect for those who “work and have fun”.
1 Isabelle Dupont Lipstick
1 Pil’aten Lip Mask
1 Daiso Eyebrow Pencil (with refill)
1 set of 3 Eyebrow Stencils
2 Beauty Sponges
3 DIY Compressed Facial Masks
Now, let me give you my two cents on this box.
Let’s start with the lipstick.
WAP Cosmetics have 7 shades of the Isabelle Dupont lipsticks namely: Lady Boss, Shameless, That’s Vouge, Sultry, Sweet Pea, Winterblush, and Burnished Vamp.
I initially thought it was a Philippine brand, but upon research, I learned that it wasn’t. Isabelle Dupont is a brand of GIZ Cosmetics, which is based in Turkey.
When I placed my order, they let me choose the shade and I chose Winterblush. It’s a pretty YLBB (Your Lips But Better) shade, which is pinkish nude and little mauvey.
I like how smooth and creamy it feels as it glides onto my lips. It feels moisturizing and lightweight. My only trouble with it is that it clings onto the dry areas of my lips, so it tends to look patchy up close. It’s just like my Makeup World Pucker Up Lipstick in the shade Berlin. So lip scrubbing and moisturizing are highly recommended when using this lippie.
Another plus for me is that I don’t feel anything strange in my mouth and throat whenever I wear it.
Let’s now move on to the Daiso Eyebrow Pencil. I had never tried any Daiso makeup so I was quite excited to try it. I like the fact that the shade they gave me is brown, because it is the color I usually wear on my brows.
The packaging kinda feels flimsy, but after twisting the nib several times, it seems to hold up well. So yeah, to get the product, simply twist the nib that looks like the one on any ball point pens. The product itself is about as long as an average thumb, and you get two spares so it can go a long away.
This pencil creates fine strokes so you can draw fake brow hairs for a more natural look. It doesn’t go off easily and does not smudge. I’m impressed! It also comes with a spoolie, so an A for convenience!
With this eyebrow pencil, I also tried using the brow stencil. It was my first time, but surprisingly, it was not an epic failure! The set comes in three different shapes, numbered 1, 2, and 3. One is arched, the other one is straight, while the other one is rounded. I used No. 1, the arched one.
The angle is not too high, so I didn’t end up looking like a villain. It’s really easy to use; perfect for beginners!
I personally think that you can use it as a pattern when shaving or plucking your brows. Simply put the stencil in place, trace the shape with a brow pencil, and then remove whatever that’s outside the line.
With a stencil, I think it can make doing our brows a lot quicker and easier. The only thing to watch out for, is the angle. Make sure your brows are parallel to each other.
As for the beauty sponge, I got two of them – a pink and a purple. I used the purple one and I think it feels like my Swan Pro Egg Blender, only smaller. It does not expand and it’s too firm. You can squish it, but it isn’t bouncy. It DOES blend the foundation and the concealer pretty well, though, but nothing particularly special about it.
I also used it for baking with my loose powder, and it wasn’t bad at all.
Watch it in action in my Bold & Edgy Red Makeup Look video:
By the way, I received a free Blackhead Pore Strip as a freebie and I’d like to create a separate blog post for that, as well as for my Pil’aten Lip Mask and DIY Compressed Face Masks.
Overall, this box isn’t bad at all, since it is really affordable. It’s recommended for students or anyone who doesn’t wanna splurge.
In addition, I give their service two thumbs up! I placed my order morning of June 15th. They sent me an invoice in the evening of the same day. I settled my payment the next morning, June 16th, then they shipped out my parcel that afternoon. My parcel arrived on the 17th!
The box was completely and carefully covered in bubble wrap and the items in the box were also wrapped separately. I love the fact that they had handwritten thoughtful notes and helpful instructions. See how much love they put into their boxes!
Oh, and also, you can Mix & Match and make the box more personalized! Check out WAP Cosmetics on Instagram or on Facebook.
So what do you think of this box? Which item/s do you think is/are the most interesting?
Hey there, Playmates! Today, I wanna share with you my favorite makeup items or tools for the months of January to June.
Just remember! The products shown under a certain month, may not have been purchased in the same month. There were times it took me a while before I truly appreciated a certain product.
So without any further achuchuchu, let’s get started!
Colourette Colourstick in the shade York
Eversince I got this, I had been wearing this lippie for the whole month! It’s from their Morena Love Collection. As you can see, it is a delicious greige shade that has a little more brown tone to it. I LOVE bold lipstick shades, so when this particular shade came out, I knew I had to have it. PLUS it’s pigmented, made with natural ingredients, moisturizing, and local!
EB Advance LTD Liquid Lipstick in the shade Rich Vino
Another local brand that made into my faves list is this EB Advance LTD Liquid Lipstick in Rich Vino. In all honesty, although I had some Ever Bilena products, I never used to be a fan. But this particular product changed everything. When matte liquid lipsticks boomed, a lot of Pinoy brands released their own line, but – let’s be honest – a lot of them weren’t even close to those of the expensive foreign brands. Then this happened. I’m really impressed that for its really REALLY low price point, I hit a jackpot. The color pay off and the pigmentation left me open-mouthed. It felt comfortable on the lips, too. It lasted for hours, and did not budge when I ate or drank. It faded a little but retouching was never a problem. Just remember that it does not dry down to matte in a snap; it usually takes minutes before it completely sets.
Where I bought it: Watson’s
Colourpop Ultra Matte Lip and Ultra Satin Lip
For this month, the first on the list are these liquid lipsticks from Colourpop. These were my first Colourpop, to be honest, and that’s when I fully realized why this particular brand gets a lot of love. It’s not just because it’s affordable, but because it does work amazingly! I got two Ultra Satin – Hutch and Calypso; and one Ultra Matte – Notion. Despite the fact that I prefer Ultra Satin than Ultra Matte due to its creamy finish, I still love using either of them whenever I go out. I feel unfazed when I have any of them on my lips; I just know I won’t look stupid with patchy lips.
This isn’t makeup, but this is one of my must-wears this month. It’s a leather bracelet from @gingerandaki and it was included in my Saladbox. As you can see, it’s super simple, but that’s why I adored it. I am in love with its simplicity. The magnetic locks add class to it. I wore this every single day I went out and I felt naked without it. Because of this, it started to wear out, and I need to get a new one!
This has become a total must-have for me. Since it’s got 9 eyeshadows and 9 lip colors, what more can you ask for? The pigmentation is amazing. The eyeshadow shades, which are matte and shimmery, are good for day to night looks; the lip colors look and feel good on the lips. I didn’t use to like the lip products but as I kept on wearing them, I started to appreciate them. They actually feel good on the lips and they can stay on for hours! It’s convenient for travelling; you won’t need too many products in your kit.
Price: $14.50 (I got it in a bundle so the price was lower.)
Where I bought it: BH Cosmetics
BH Cosmetics BH Liquid Eyeliner
Another one from BH Cosmetics, this is the BH Liquid Eyeliner in Black. I got this in a bundle, along with the Shaaanxo Palette. I. LOVE. THIS. PRODUCT. Next to my all-time fave Tony Moly Back Gel Liner, this is my go-to eyeliner. It’s easy to use. It does not clump or cut off during the application. It glides smoothly. It lasts all day! (And all night when I fell asleep with my makeup on!) I highly recommend this product.
Price: $4.99 (Watch out for promos! Sometimes it’s free!)
Where I bought it: BH Cosmetics
Faith. Hope. Love. Coffee Soap
I have two separate blog posts where I mentioned this particular product. Please click the links below:
My first high-end brand! Haha! Who wouldn’t be excited to have these?! These are from a friend who works in Dubai. Getting a minis set is so much better than getting only 1 or 2 full-sized products. In this set, I get 4 gorgeous red shades – 3 mattes and 1 metallic. The ones with matte finish are Heartbreaker, Material Girl, and Famous. So that leaves Showgirl. I have used all these shades and have tested their performance. I am in loooove! It has a really thin consistency, but the pigmentation is CRAZY!
This is Kay’s (aka Mojito Monologues on YouTube) newest line – her very own organic lip creams. I had them in March, but it really hit me last April. I used them almost every day both on my lips and my cheeks. The cooling sensation soothes my lips while giving off a natural color. They’re also really easy to blend, so using them on my cheeks was never a problem. They’re also transfer-proof once they completely set. I have two out of five shades namely: Naked (nude with a hint of pink); and Vamp (a dark shade of red).
Terra Merita Natural Oil Cocktail; Watering Cocktail
I got a handful of product samples from Mara when she came home for Christmas. I was quite hesitant at first, mainly because all the details were written in Japanese. (Thanks, Google Translate!) Basically, it’s a natural facial oil that moisturizes your face. It comes with hydrating liquid that also acts as a toner. Continuous use of this product gives a positive result.
Beauskin Invisible Pores Foundation
I have oily skin so I always stayed away from foundations with dewy finish. So when I got it back in April, I felt a little disappointed because it was super dewy, BUT I did love it because it truly minimized the appearance of my pores PLUS it is lightweight. My skin looked really smooth most especially after baking and setting it with loose powder. When we stayed in Baguio for three days, this was my go-to foundation. I thought this foundation was the better choice since it was cold in Baguio. Matte foundations turn really patchy when the weather is cold.
This is one of the prizes I received from YEF Philippines. This is not your ordinary shampoo. When it says it clears our scalp and hair from oil, dandruff, and excess sebum, it DOES clear all the dirty stuff! But remember to use a conditioner afterwards, as it could feel a little dry. If you have oily scalp and hair, I highly recommend it! It’s a bit pricey though, so I guess I’ll have to start saving up while I’m halfway down the bottle.
These are my first Real Techniques makeup tools and I finally understand why they’ve gotten so much love from many makeup enthusiasts. They work like magic! I love how the Expert Face Brush (the big one) blends my foundation nicely and pushes the product into the pores, giving it a medyo flawless na look. The Miracle Complexion Sponge works just as fine, so I can’t really tell which I like more. The Deluxe Concealer Brush can also be used as a blending brush for eyeshadows, but it also does what it was built for. It blends the concealer seamlessly. The only trouble, perhaps, is that it’s too small that working on the undereye takes a longer time.
Korean sheet masks have finally taken a huge space in my heart! I was never a fan; I didn’t understand what the fuss was all about, until YEF Philippines gave me three awesome sheet masks, and that’s when my love blossomed! I used sheet masks for 5 consecutive days as a treatment or therapy for my terrible skin. Moisturizing is the key to make other facial products work more effectively! It softens the skin making it easier for the skin to absorb any product we apply. Then, I set a schedule for my home facial treatment every Monday and Thursday. (See: Taking Facial Care More Seriously)
Price starts at P25
Where you can buy it: BeautyMNL, YEF Philippines, and many other online shops (make sure they’re legit!)
Skin Food Black Sugar Mask Wash Off
I had seen so many positive feedbacks on this product and the moment I learned it was one of the prizes I received from the YEF PH giveaway, I was thrilled! Although I started using it the previous month, it only started really getting into me three weeks ago. I didn’t regularly use it last month, until I began my own skin care routine this month. I love this product from the smell to its texture to what it actually does to my skin after rinsing. My skin feels uber clean and smooth afterwards, I know it really does remove the nasty stuff on my face. The best thing about this product – it’s made with natural ingredients!
Silisponge is a clear makeup sponge made of silicone. Hence, the name!
It claims to cut our use of foundation since it does not absorb the product, unlike other beauty sponges or makeup brushes. It is also said to be much easier to wash. In addition, it is believed to make the foundation look flawless.
Up close, it looks like this:
It actually looks like a huge jelly candy! It’s soft and smooth.
Yesterday I tried it out and, well, it isn’t gonna be a product that I will rave about. Sure, I used less foundation. Sure, the application was smooth. BUT, I felt like it didn’t blend my foundation well enough. I had to use my oval brush just to make sure my foundation blended properly.
It felt really soft on my skin, but it couldn’t reach some areas of my face. My face is textured, I have bumps and holes and pimple marks.
First, I pumped a small amount of foundation, (perhaps half a pump?) on my Silisponge. I put small dots all over my face using the unique sponge, then blended the product in circular motion. Then patted the Silisponge gently on my face.
But I felt like it was not enough, so I took my oval brush and blended more.
I know there are many others who love their Silisponge and they say they can use it without needing a brush or an egg blender. As for me, just for the sake of not wasting something I spent my money on, I’ll continue using it for the initial application of my foundation. Then, finish off with my favorite oval brush.
Here’s my final look from yesterday:
Should you buy this? It isn’t that pricey so I guess it’s worth a try. But I don’t think it could be a replacement for brushes or sponges.
What do you think of the Silisponge? Comment below and let me know what you think!