More than two weeks ago, Anne Curtis released her own makeup line called “BLK Cosmetics”. According to her, BLK stands for ‘black’, her favorite color. She says black is “timeless, uncomplicated, classy, sophisticated, and simple.”
My sister and I purchased a few items from her line on the day it was launched, and finally, I got to film my review on the products. If you want to read my review on the two lippies, please click >> here <<.
On this post, you’ll be reading about BLK Brow Sculpting Duo and BLK Long-Lasting Liquid Eyeliner. These are the two eye products included in their initial release. Both products only have two shades – natural brown and taupe for the brow duo; black and brown for the eyeliner.
Several weeks ago, beauty enthusiasts all over the world got pumped up upon Riri’s release of her own beauty line called Fenty Beauty, with the tagline “Beauty for All”. Here in the Philippines, Anne Curtis, an extremely popular female celebrity has recently released her own make-up line. It’s called BLK Cosmetics. It has the tagline “Uncomplicated Beauty”.
During the launch of her products, Anne mentioned that she has partnered with Jacqe Gutierrez, one of the owners of Happy Skin – another popular local makeup brand. According to Jacqe, Anne has been hands on in the whole process, which I personally think is nice, because it just shows how dedicated and how serious she really is with her brand. It’s apparently not just business for her, and that is important for many consumers, especially for me.
So when I found out that their website was already active on Wednesday the 20th, which was the same day BLK Cosmetics was launched, my sister and I quickly placed an order to get a hold on these ladies! Everything in the collection seems
If you go to a Philippine supermarket or drugstore, you’ll notice that a lot of skin care products’ main ingredients are papaya, calamansi and/or lemon extracts, and glutathione. All of which are known to lighten skin color. A lot of Filipinos (women included of course! I’m talking about people of the Philippines in general, just to be clear) prefer fairer skin to tanned skin.
Others embrace their Pinoy colors, while others (me included) do not really aim to look mestiza but at least lighten some dark areas on the body. There is NO problem, though, if a person wants to achieve a fairer skin. It always depends on what WE want for ourselves, not what OTHERS want. 😉
My father used to tell me never to kneel without anything protecting my knees from the floor. The friction would make my knees darker and that wouldn’t look good. Unfortunately, being a little girl who wanted to be as carefree as a boy, I often failed to do as I was told. Not only my knees, but also my elbows. I’m not also really confident with my pits, too, and I felt like it’s high time I make my skin happy and myself confident. They’ve been in the dark for so long! 😀
I’ve tried a lot of commercial products that promised to whiten skin “in just 1 week!”. I knew it was codswallop, but I was too forgiving I still gave them a try. Oh well, it was a complete waste of money.
Later on, I was convinced that a thorough treatment at a dermatologist would be my only chance. Then again, MJ Perez, the blogger behind the successful Vanity Room Philippines, proved that there ARE products that truly work. Though I haven’t really tried the products he has recommended, I’ll definitely give them a shot.
Last week, my aunt introduced to me a local skin care brand. It’s called BN Whitening Shoppe. I checked their page and their products seem promising. Its main company is in Davao City and my aunt said that she had friends and colleagues in Australia who used BN products and swore by their effectiveness.
So, here are the products that I got:
Cheek and Lip Tint
Claims: Smudge on this kiss-proof, see-through color for lips & cheeks that lasts for hours!
They have three shades: Orange, Red, and Plum. However, in other pages, they say, Orange, Pink, and Plum. Mine’s the red/pink one. 😀
Well, from the tube, the product looks red, but it’s more like reddish pink when applied. It does not indicate which shade it is; that’s one of the cons. It’s watery but gel-ish. Because of this, it is much easier to blend. It stains beautifully on my lips as well as on my cheeks. I’m surprised by its pigmentation and longevity. A little amount goes a long way. It lasted me all day and I love how natural it looks.
I’ve been using it for five days now and I have not had any breakouts. By the way, here are the ingredients:
I lightly squeeze the tube and apply the product directly onto my lips then I use my ring finger to spread it all over my lips. If you don’t want to have pink stain on your finger, use a Q-tip or a lip brush. However, the fingers are the best tools to spread it evenly on the cheeks.
I’m really happy with this product! This is better than the lip tints I’ve tried that are too watery.
Underarm Whitening Solution
Claims: Conquer sweat and odor with this wonder solution!This underarm whitening solution would surely help your armpits be free from odor-causing bacteria and will keep them sweat-free all throughout the day! What’s more, unlike other deodorants, its light and clear so no need to worry about staining your clothes or a film/cream build-up causing he underams to darken.
I have only been using this product for five days. I have not seen any major changes yet, but I noticed that my pits ARE a tad bit lighter than they usually are! Also, I am impressed by how true their claims are when it comes to sweat and odor. I did NOT sweat – not even a little I swear – the entire day. Eversince I used this product, I’ve stopped using my deodorant. That alone is impressive, because deo is always a must-have for me. (I just want to be 100% protected. It’s hard to take a risk you know.)
What I do is, after taking a bath and drying my pits, I put a few drops onto a piece of cotton and apply it all over. It has a slight cooling effect upon application. It has the smell of alcohol, but I don’t think it is super irritating.
I have high hopes for this product because in just a short period of time, I’m seeing some of its potential.
By the way, if you’ve been following this blog, you’ll know that I’m using an oatmeal scrub from another Pinoy brand. It’s almost empty now and I’ll be including that in my ‘product empties’ post. I’ll let you know what I think about it. But to give you a heads-up, I still can’t show you a before and after photo. 😀
As for this product, as promised, if there are any major changes, no matter how embarrassing it could be, I’ll post a photo here.
Pink Whitening Soap
Claims: Helps lighten skin through its mild formulation and promotes smoother skin. Use regularly to improve skin fairness and correct blemishes.
First of all, I LOVE the packaging! I’m not into flowers, but it does give this soap an extra oomph! As the name suggests, this is a pink soap with the logo stamped on the top. It has that floral scent, well I guess there won’t be flowers on the packaging if it doesn’t.
Here are the ingredients:
Kojic Acid, Coco Nucifera, Water, and Fragrance
As we already know, Kojic Acid lightens the skin tone. Recommended usage is day and night. You must lather for 5 minutes to get better results.
Unfortunately, among the things that I got, this is the only one I have not tried yet. I have just finished the last block of my coffee soap; and I have won a magical soap from Lily’s Beauty Potion (owned by a fellow Potterhead, yay!) I initially wanted to try that Harry Potter inspired soap first, but since it has not arrived yet, I’ve started using the Extreme Whitening Face and Body Soap, which you’ll be reading below. 😉
My sister, Mikk, is currently using it and she said it smells good. She also cuts it up into smaller blocks to make the soap last longer. She said the soap melts pretty quickly so make sure you place it somewhere that does not collect water.
Extreme Whitening Face and Body Soap
I have the small bar which is 55g, and is retailed for only P55. They also have it in a bigger bar, which is 220g, for only P195. I’ve just used this twice and my first time pleasantly surprised me! According to the instructions:
Use while bathing day and night. Lather onto your body to reveal lighter and healthier looking skin then rinse well immediately. GENTLY RUB. Pat dry and apply moisturizer.
The bar was wrapped in a transparent plastic and was so sealed that I squished the edges of the soap as I tried to remove the covering. It does not have any distinct scent, but it has that very subtle soap smell.
It did not have much foam as I lathered it all over my body, but the soap felt really smooth. I focused on areas that need more attention – you know, the dark areas. Hehe! However, it stung my groins because of some irritation going on down there. Also, I only saw the instructions AFTER I used the soap. Galing, noh?!
When I was done showering, I just let my body dry a little, then started rubbing my skin gently. I can see something (like libag haha!) coming off and noticed the sudden change in my skin. It looked radiant and light. My skin also felt cleaner, if that makes sense.
It just feels a bit drying afterwards, so moisturizing is a must-have. BN recommends their Extreme Whitening Lotion for best results, but I’m currently using a Korean soothing water gel at the moment.
This product claims to whiten skin in as early as 5 days… Hmmmh… We’ll see about that.
Last week, I received my orders from Sooper Beaute. One of the three things I ordered was this Pimple Away Solution. That time I had some pimple and acne problems so I thought it was just the perfect time to test it out.
On the label, it says it has:
azelaic acid; and
So what good are these ingredients? That’s what we’re going to find out.
According to some sources, salicylic acid is used to fight acne. In addition, it cleans the surface of the skin and helps unclog pores. It is recommended to use regularly because once it’s stopped, pores will be clogged again and the acne will come back.
Manuka Myrtle, aka Leptospermum scoparium, aka tea tree. So it’s just tea tree after all! Oh well, Manuka Myrtle sounds fancy. 😀
Anyways, so Manuka Myrtle aka Leptospermum scoparium aka TEA TREE, penetrates the skin, unblocks our sebaceous glands, cleans and disinfects our pores.
This is used to remove the bumps, lesions, and swelling. It does not only treat acne, but also rosacea and flaky skin!
Lemon extract is a natural astringent that reduces oil and pushes it out of our skin. It also removes pimple marks and spots.
Apparently, all four ingredients mentioned above are absolutely essential to our problematic skin. Having all these ingredients will definitely clear up our skin and treat our acne problems.
In the photo, you can see the other ingredients in this solution. It contains:
Deionized water – it means the water used has been removed of all its mineral ion like sodium, iron, copper, etc.
Witch Hazel Extract – a natural acne treatment and removes excess oil on skin
Vitamin B3 – helps reduce wrinkles, uneven skin tone, and hyperpigmentation; also helps heal acne
No wonder why my pimples actually dried up quite fast!
I decided to use this product for 5 straight days, before giving my final review. I skipped one day after my fourth, though, such a shame. But gladly, it did not have any bad effect.
So, here’s what went down:
Day 1 – two big pimples with pus and lesion above my left brow; one red and swollen pimple above my right brow; one on the left jaw; and one right below my right nostril
Day 2 – all pimples are starting to reduce in size; the one with pus had dried up, but all pimples still had bumps.
Day 3 – all pimples continued to get smaller; still had bumps;
Day 4 – all pimples had gotten much smaller, developed a new one on the right jaw and the left cheek
skipped a day
Day 5 – no more pus; the pimples above both brows reduced to the size of a whitehead; the one below the nostril had totally flattened but left a spot; the one on the left jaw and left cheek had gotten much smaller; no more swelling except for the one on the right jaw. It seemed to develop pus, but no biggie.
I asked Sooper Beaute if this solution could be used all over the face, and they said if there were no irritations, then yes it woud be alright.
Initially I thought of using this just as a spot treatment every time I have pimples, but after learning what all these ingredients are for, I think I will use this on a daily nightly basis. Anyway, I use my Sooper Beaute Baby Skin Snail Serum + Tomato Extract afterwards.
You might think this solution is too strong to be able to treat pimples and acne that fast, but I think otherwise. It doesn’t have any pungent smell; only like a gentle facial cleanser or toner. Despite having to apply it near my eye (three of my “friends” are on my brows), I didn’t feel anything strange. No stinging sensation. But of course, don’t risk it. Never apply on the eyes!
As for the price point, P180 (more or less $3) is already good for 60ml product. It’s not as costly as the ones in the drugstores or department stores, but this is proven effective.
If you have any pimple or acne problems, go ahead and give it a go!
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What do you do when pesky pimples attack your precious face? Which is/are your go-to product/s? Don’t forget to leave a comment below!
If you have problems with pores and are looking for ways to hide them, but you want to stay within your budget, then you’ve made the right decision coming here!
Sooper Beaute Candy POREfecting Cream Foundation!
(Just a little disclaimer lang, this method does not SHRINK pores permanently. This only makes huge pores appear smaller, and smaller pores look even smaller.)
Okay, first and foremost, keep your face clean! This is pretty basic. We all know that a clean face is a MUST. This way, our skin looks brighter and the pores less visible.
Wash your face with your favorite cleanser; as for me it’s the Faith Hope Love Coffee Soap. Coffee has antioxidants and is believed to help tighten pores. It’s better to wash with warm water first, then finish with cold water. Warm water to open the pores and get cleaned; cold water to seal the deal. 😉
Use a cool facial mist before packing your face with makeup. Pop your mist in the refrigerator and let chill. This will freshen up your skin, close your pores, and keep the safe from bacteria and dirt. I recommend the Cucumber Hydrating Mist, also from Faith Hope Love.
Use a silicone-based primer! Primers can be really tricky. If you used too much or if you didn’t let it set properly, your makeup would just slide off easily. (Charged to experience!) Also, remember to pat it on the problem areas; do not rub! There are different types of primer – water-based, silicone-based, and oil-based. Silicone-based primers are recommended to those who have pore-blems. 😉 They sit on top of our skin and have pore-filling properties. Take note that silicone-based primers work much better on silicone-based foundations.
As for this look, I did not use my favorite primer. Instead, I used Sooper Beaute Candy POREfecting Cream Foundation, which also contains Dimethicone. ( Yep it is silicone!) By the way, this is a Filipino brand, formulated and manufactured here!
The product is housed in a squeezable plastic dropper bottle, which is pretty neat because it gives you a better control on the amount of product you want to dispense. The plastic screw cap makes it hygienic and secure. Carrying it around is sooper convenient, since it’s small and lightweight. It usually comes in a box, but mine didn’t. Not that it matters. But hey, I want the box, too!
Since the bottle is too small, there isn’t enough space for the ingredients. If the ingredients were, indeed, printed on the label, I doubt they’d be readable. Mine didn’t come with a box, so I don’t know if they dohave them listed there. So, I headed over their page and checked the product description.
The ingredients are as follows:
I think they really have to double check the spelling… 🙂
Aqua is water; Stearic Acid is an emulsifying thickener with softening effect; Isostearic Acid is a binder; Polysorbate 65 is an emulsifier and a stabilizer for color; Glyceryl Stearate SE* gives the skin a soft and smooth appearance; Dimethicone fills in lines and wrinkles on the face and acts as a barrier on the skin; Titanium Dioxide is a whitening agent and a UV blocker, but stirred controversy due to some theories that it MIGHTbe harmful to our health; Cyclopentasiloxane keeps the moisture locked in; Silica makes the distribution of pigments even; Iron Oxide is for the color; Buckwheat Ferment Extract is used as a natural antioxidant and anti-ageing material; and finally, Bee Venom is said to fight acne.
The other ingredients were excluded because they were either already mentioned in my previous posts or I couldn’t find a proper explanation from a proper source.
*Glyceryl Stearate is said to be comedogenic, so check the ingredients if it has SE after Stearate. If it does, it’s safe. SE stands for Self-Emulsifying.
Learning about the ingredients of the product is truly essential if you want to know which ones are good for the skin and which ones are not. Some of the ingredients are minerals, while some are derived from animals. If you’re vegan, then this is ABSOLUTELY not for you.
It has a gentle candy-like scent that isn’t irritating or over-powering. I guess it wasn’t named such for nothing.
Texture and Consistency
It has a thin consistency, a bit liquidy but not runny. When I put it on the back of my hand, it didn’t move or drip. I really like the texture of this foundation – smooth and really easy to work on. It blends easily and does not dry fast. It isn’t clumpy either so the application is as easy as pie.
This small bottle with 15g of product only costs P180. I think this is budget-friendly, and would be a good choice for those who don’t want to splurge.
This product can be used as it is or as a makeup base. If you want to use it alone, you might want to build it up for a better coverage. One layer of it gives a sheer to light coverage, like how a tinted moisturizer would. It can be used with a brush or a beauty sponge, but as for me, I prefer applying it with my ring finger.
For me, the Candy POREfecting Cream Foundation works perfectly well with Beauskin Invisible Pores Foundation. It’s also silicone-based and it makes the skin look even. I have huge pores and pimple scars, and I’m not kidding when I say they appear smaller with these two products together.
The Invisible Pores Foundation gives you a dewy finish, while Candy POREfecting Cream Foundation is demi-matte – somewhere between dewy and matte. If you’re aiming for a dewy finish, you can leave it as it is. You can also pat on some pressed powder or use a stippling brush. Do NOT swirl the brush! 🙂 If you like a matte finish, then I suggest that you bake your face with loose powder.
REMEMBER! Whichever finish you’re going for, make sure you press your sponge against your skin to get everything blended together. (I learned this technique from Wayne Goss.) I suggest that you do this after applying your foundation and concealer, after baking, and before you dust off the excess powder from baking.
There you have it! For less than P1,000, you can have LESS PORES (if not PORELESS)!
Watch my review on Beauskin Invisible Pores Foundation here:
I also have a video of this dewy makeup look, but it’s still up for editing. I’ll keep this post updated! 🙂
UPDATE: The video’s finally up on my channel! Watch it here:
For now, here’s the final look with these two foundations:
What do you think on Sooper Beaute Candy POREfecting Cream Foundation? Except for the fact that the name is equally long with their other products? What’s your favorite product and technique as of the moment? Care to share in the comment section below?
It turns out, though, that snails are super beneficial to our skin; and this tiny bottle holds the magic within!
What makes this serum even more special is the fact that it also has tomato extract, which we all know is absolutely amazing for our skin!
“Ang kamatis ay pampaganda ng kutis!”
According to experts, snail extract, also called snail mucin, has hyaluronic acid, glycoprotein enzymes, Vitamin E, antimicrobial and copper peptides, collagen, elastin, and allantoin.
Before we get to my review, let’s dive in deeper into this snail juicy goodness!🐌
Hyaluronic Acid keeps skin plump and firm.
Glycoprotein enzymes diminish the appearance of wrinkles keeping our skin youthful looking.
Vitamin E keeps our skin healthy and is also a good antioxidant.
Antimicrobial and copper peptides kill bacteria, virus, and fungi.
Collagen and elastin reduce the typical signs of ageing. They maintain both the elasticity and firmness of our skin.
Allantoin has healing properties and stimulates cell regeneration.
Basically, all these difficult words just mean they’re all our skin’s best friends!
As for the tomato, just in case you dozed off in your Science and Health class, it is packed with nutrients, antioxidants, Vitamins A and C, and folic acid! Tomatoes help shrink pores, fight acne, freshen skin, and even out skin tone.
Now that we all know the benefits of snail and tomato extracts to our skin, let’s move on to our review.
A few days ago, as I was browsing Instagram for serums, I stumbled upon this really cute product from Sooper Beaute. It’s called the Baby Skin Snail Serum + Tomato Extract. It’s really small (15ml) and affordable (P180). People who had used this serum were raving about this product and so I decided to give it a go.
My parcel came yesterday afternoon, that’s about 3 days after placing my order through their website. I also appreciate the fact that they kept me posted on my order. I received e-mails and private messages on Messenger when my order was confirmed, being prepared, and was shipped out.
The serum is housed in a small frosted glass bottle with a very cute but detailed label. It comes with a dropper, which I like because it avoids spillage and over-dispensing of product.
Let’s break down the ingredients a bit. Just a quickie.
So Agua is water; Carbomer is for the texture; Glycerine acts as a protective layer to prevent moisture loss; Phenoxyethanol is a non-irritating preservative; Lactic Acid reduces acne breakouts and appearance of wrinkles; Matricaria Chamomilla has natural healing and skin protective properties; Hamamelis Virginiana is also known as Witch Hazel that’s a good skin conditioner and anti-inflammatory; and finally Lycopersicum Esculentum, which is more commonly known as tomato.
Hmmh… Looks like the company needs to edit some of the spellings in their label. 🙂
Everything listed is apparently safe and essential.
It smells amazing! It actually reminds me of Victoria’s Secret perfume – not that it smells exactly like one! It just has that certain fragrance to it that I love.
Texture and Consistency
It’s quite watery and not at all oily. It does feel moisturizing once applied on the skin, not dry but not tacky either. Did I mention that this serum is PINK?!
As mentioned above, P180 is not bad at all! The bottle might be small, but I think it’s perfect for those who just want to try out some products first, without spending so much on something that may or may not be effective. It’s really budget-friendly, even students will be able to purchase one.
I DM-ed Sooper Beaute and asked them if this serum could be used with the DIY Compressed Facial Mask. The answer was positive, so I’m definitely trying it on Monday (my mask day!) I’ll be creating a separate post for that so watch out for it!
Would you try this serum? What’s your favorite at the moment? Don’t forget to leave a comment below! See ya!
In case you missed my IG Stories, you can watch here:
I tried it with DIY Compressed Mask with my sister. Watch our video here:
Many of us think that we need expensive high end makeup just to create certain makeup looks.
That’s why some resort to using fakeups (short for fake makeups) just because they carry a certain brand’s name. Some people even believe in the so-called “SG Authentic”. C’mon! If a high end makeup costs too low, you should think twice. A high end is a high end, so if it’s way too cheap then that’s shady.
You only need to look around and be a good treasure hunter! There are so many good local products online and instore that are equally affordable but more effective and safer.
You can create simple looks, even bolder looks like what I did here, with local products.
For my eyes and brows, I used three liquid lipsticks which are listed below.
The other non-local product I used was Maybelline Magnum VolumExpress mascara. It’s locally available, though. It can be purchased online or your favorite makeup stores. Mine was bought at SM beauty section. I don’t buy mascaras that often, since they have very short shelf-life (THREE EFFIN’ MONTHS!). I heard that Fashion 21 mascara is amazing, so I’m gonna give it a go next time.
Now, here are the Pinoy products that I used to create a monochromatic look:
Once my primer was set, I applied my foundation with a damp mini beauty sponge that I got from my Work & Play Box from WAP Cosmetics. Since this shade is lighter than my skin tone, I had to mix it with my Makeup World Cover Up Concealer.
I used the shade Vamp on my brows. Because of its thin consistency, it became a perfect base for the other liquid lipstick. I dabbed some product on the back of my hand first and used an angled brush to apply it on my brows.
After putting some concealer on the lids, I swirled my brush all over the rainbow highlighter and applied it on top of the concealer. Doing so creates a light prismatic effect. I also put some on the tear ducts and the inner corners of my lower lash lines.
Since these eyeshadows are shimmery, I added a little bit of the lightest shade on my lid and the topmost shade in the middle (purplish one) on the outer half of my lower lash line.
Where I bought it: The SM Store Beauty Section
EB Advance LTD Liquid Lipstick in the shade Rich Vino
I used a plum liquid lipstick to create a winged eyeliner. Just like what I did with the other liquid lipsticks, I dabbed some product on the back of my hand and used an eyeliner brush for the application. This product sets longer than other matte liquid lipsticks, by the way. Careful not to touch it!
This is the same liquid lipstick that I wore on my lips. Matchy matchy!
I mixed both the contour shades to create shadows on my face, particularly on the hollows of my cheeks, temples, jaw line, and along the edges of my face including the edge of my forehead. I used the lighter contour shade on the sides of my nose, on the groove under my nose, and the crease between my lower lip and chin.
I used the highlighter on the highest point of my cheeks, the bridge and the tip of my nose, cupid’s bow, chin, and a little on my forehead.
Where I bought it: BeautyMNL
Price: P349 (I got it on SALE; Reg. Price – P499)
For my blush, I mixed two shades from this palette. You’ll see which ones I used in the video below. This has a lot of kick ups, so you have to be gentle when picking up some product with your blush brush. This is also very pigmented; make sure to use a light hand.
By the way, this palette has two variants – Blush and Tangerine. As far as I know, the one I got was called Tangerine, because that was what it said on the box. But looking at their website, this palette seems like the Blush one. So, sorry because I, too, am a little confused!
Where I bought it: It was included in the kit during the Enhance Cosmetics Workshop.
But you can get it at: Enhance Cosmetics
After applying my mascara, I carefully put on my falsies. These may not be as soft as the other lashes, but they’re really pretty and affordable. Make sure they’re not too long as they could poke and irritate your eyes.
Where I bought it: BeautyMNL
Price: P75 (SALE; Reg. Price – P100)
So what do guys think? Which brands mentioned above would you like to try? Don’t forget to leave a comment so that we can chika more.
By the way, just in case you didn’t notice, all brands are linked to their Instagram accounts, as well as to the websites where you can purchase them from. So simply click the linked names to get redirected!
I am so happy to see more makeup products that we can call “our very own”. Actually, there are too many now, it’s overwhelming! However, most of them look pretty much the same things, only packaged differently.
Lipsticks, whether they’re bullets, liquid, or tints, are the most common ones. Very, very few come up with eyeshadows, but I think none of them are made here in the Philippines.
I mean, yeah, they’re local BRANDS, but not locally MADE. If you know what I mean…
I noticed that they’re made in China; I’m not saying that it’s bad, it’s just that I hope they’re made here. I’m not sure if they were formulated here and was just manufactured and packaged there; or if they were bought from China, then repackaged and rebranded here.
That makes me wonder, aren’t there any makeup laboratories here in our country?
For lipsticks, I’m sure there are. But for eyeshadows, nah.
Nevertheless, I’m still happy to see that local makeup companies are now coming up with new products – products that are mostly made available by international companies.
Anyways, this is getting longer and nowhere, let me just go ahead and start with the review.
So, as I was saying… I’m happy that local brands are now releasing more makeup products and one of these brands is Detail Make Over by Cosmetix Unlimited. They also have lipsticks, blushes, eyeliners, highlighters, etc. But I think what made them really relevant in the beauty world, aside from their matte liquid lipstick, is their Contour and Blush Effects 4-in-1 Palette. I got mine from Beauty MNL and here’s the first look I created with it:
(By the way, this is quite an old video and I’m sorry for the poor quality! Please excuse my akwardness!)
Detail Make Over recently released their first eyeshadow palettes. I first saw them while browsing Beauty MNL’s website. I looked for reviews, but there weren’t any. So, I decided to just get both palettes and see for myself.
These palettes are really affordable! P265 for a palette with 9 matte eyeshadows? Not bad! It’s got every shade that I’ll need to create a day or a night makeup look. Of course, for such a price point, we cannot expect it to be super impressive.
It doesn’t feel silky or buttery, but it does feel smooth on my fingertips. It’s powdery so it has a lot of kick back with the brush, which is a lot similar with their contour palette.
The pigmentation is not as vibrant as Morphe or Juvia’s, but it’s buildable. This is perfect for beginners, they won’t pack too much product on their eyes by mistake.
The color pay-off is pretty good. What you see on the palette is also what you’ll see on the swatches.
My eyes did not feel strange or become watery, so I’d say it’s safe to use. However, if you’re conscious about paraben, this is definitely not for you. This palette contains paraben so use it at your own risk.
There’s nothing wrong with the packaging, it looks nice and simple. It’s also easier to tell which palette is which, since you can see through the cover. I only wished that, instead of a transparent lid, there should’ve been a mirror as large as the palette.
I love the color selection for both palettes. They both consist of light to dark shades. There are neutrals in them, which are perfect for the crease and the outer V. I super love the green one on the Night palette. I think it’s really close to the one in Kathleen Light’s palette, except that the latter is shimmery.
For me, it’s a palette worth-buying if you are a “beauty on a budget” or simply a beginner. But if you’re into high-end makeup, this is definitely not for you.
Watch it in action here:
So what do you think of these palettes? Leave a comment below if you’ll purchase one and if you already have, let me know what you think!
Detail Make Over, by the way, is going to release new palettes and I am SOOOO excited! I saw their IG Story and I thought these were something to watch out for.
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?
I know I have been raving about this brand for so long and I’m not (not even once!) disappointed. I LOOOVE Colourette Cosmetics!
They have Coloursticks (a collection of creamy matte and matte metallic lipsticks in bullets); LipSnaps (lip and cheek cream in a small tin pan, which I think is going to be phased out); Liq Lacquer (matte liquid lipsticks); and their newest product, ColourTint (lip and cheek oils).
I already have some shades from the first three collections, and I confidently recommend them to all lipstick junkies!
The pigmentation is the BOMB! One swipe is EVERYTHING! Because the bullets are creamy mattes, they feel smooth on the lips, look demi-matte but definitely not drying! These Coloursticks leave a nice stain on the lips, even if they wear off. They smell amazing!
Lip Snaps smell super good, too! They blend smoothly on the cheeks. They give you a lovely flushed kilig look without looking patchy. It also feels really good on the lips and it also leaves a nice stain after some time.
Liq Lacquer has one of the most amazing formula in local liquid lipsticks. It doesn’t feel droughty, but it’s pretty lightweight. I’m not gonna lie, I am not a fan of the scent. It smells like the old-fashioned lipsticks our moms used to own. But no worries! It’s not that bad or intense.
Watch my videos below to know more about these products from Colourette and to see some swatches:
Colourette Lip Snaps in the shade Lit (@15:04 mark)
Colourette Liq Lacquer
Soon, I’ll post a review on their ColourTints, too. I’ve been hearing lots of good things about them, I’m excited!