July 25, 2011

Review: Kanebo Kate Mineral Powder Foundation SPF 15

Kanebo Kate Mineral Powder foundation in OC-B

Product Info from KATE:
Advanced mineral powder foundation that is gentle on the skin with reliable visible pore coverage. With the new double-effect mineral powder (skin protection & visible pore coverage), this advanced mineral foundation creates soft and smooth skin.

* With SPF 15 PA++
* Multiple moisturising ingredients (olive oil, jojoba oil & almond oil)

* Paraben (preservative) free
* Ultraviolet- absorber free
* Fragrance-free

Note: This foundation contains mineral powder coated with water-retentive seaweed-derived material.

RETAIL PRICE: Php 900.00 at Kanebo counters.

WEIGHT: 11 grams

SHADES : Available in 3 shades.
* OC-B
* OC-C
* OC-D

* i love the minimalist white compact.
* powder is finely milled
* its mineral makeup and good for our skin
* OC-B matches my NC20 skintone
* looks like 2nd skin & does not cake even with frequent touch-ups
* feels lightweight
* unscented
* no allergies
* sponge included is soft.
* good oil control. I only retouch once during the day.
Note: I have normal skin with slightly oily t-zone.

* KATE is not yet available here in Cebu city.
* coverage is sheer so it does not cover pimple marks etc. At first I was expecting a medium-full coverage coz this is labelled as a "Powder Foundation".

* use the protective plastic sheet as barrier to prevent the sponge from contaminating the powder foundation.
* always wash the sponge to avoid breakouts. I'm using Joy anti-bacterial dishwashing liquid for my powder puffs, sponges and brushes.
* you can also use a kabuki brush to apply this powder to set foundation/bb cream.

Mineral makeup lovers or anyone who wants a sheer coverage powder. I think this suits ladies with dry, normal or combination skintypes.

I love the oil control and how natural it looks but I need a medium coverage powder to cover my pimple marks. (see pic below)

More pics (click to enlarge)

Sorry its already empty, I got too excited I forgot to take pics before opening =P

Please don't mind my super dry hands haha

Left: My bare cheek
Right: with Kate Powder Foundation

See how sheer the coverage is?!
It evens out my skintone but my pimple marks are still visible.
I broke out really bad this past few weeks *sad*

Till next time,

Disclaimer: Products were sent for PR purposes.
This is not a paid review and is solely based on my honest opinions.

July 20, 2011

Review: Skin79 Super Plus Hot Pink BB Cream

Product Info from SKIN79:
* Lighter feel and sebum control - more powerful sebum sebum-controlling ingredients kava & pursiane extracts will exhibit an oil-free soft skin that is not sticky.
* Up the water absorption - helps skin retain moisture & display a moist & smooth skintone.

* All day whitening & wrinkle skin care - the skincare that changes dark & dry skin into transparent & clear and maintains wrinkles to show a smooth and elastic skin.

* 10 in 1 non-stop solution - whitening + wrinkles + sebum + moisture + skin barrier + UV + perfection + corrects skintone + skin adhesion + base makeup. The complete BB cream for a busy person.
* Protects against UV radiation - SPF 25++ PA protects UVA & UVB, and protects your skin at all times.

RETAIL PRICE: Regular price is HK$224 (about Php 1,300) but I got this on sale for less than Php 1,000. I bought this during my Hongkong trip a month ago.

WEIGHT: 40 grams

SHADES : Available in 1 shade only.

* super cute hot pink packaging
* the pump dispenses just enough amount product ; I only need 2 pumps for my face & neck.
* has SPF 25
* texture is a bit thicker than Purederm but not as thick as Dr. Jart Silver label.

* offers sheer to medium coverage.
* no whitish cast
* brightens my face like other BB creams

* not available locally. If you want to buy one, try Ebay or Multiply shops.
* available in only 1 shade and fits NC20-35 skintones IMO.
* oil control is so-so, after 3 hours my t-zone starts to look shiny (when used without primer).
* has a greyish undertone (see side by side pics with Dr. Jart)
* oxidizes during the day

* After washing your face, apply right after skincare products.
* For oily skin, apply primer prior to BB cream application. Set with loose powder/pressed powder with good oil control.
* To avoid looking cakey, blot your face first using oil absorbing sheets before applying powder.
* Please remove all traces of BB cream/makeup before going to bed to avoid clogging your pores.

Ladies with dry-normal skin that needs minimal coverage.

Okay so this is the 9th BB cream that I've tried. I wish the staying power is good and the shade is kinda lighter coz I'm acidic, but that can be fixed using a good primer and a lighter shade of powder.

My all time favorite is Dr. Jart Silver Label because of its coverage and staying power. I even asked my bro in law who's based in Hongkong to buy a back-up for me coz its much cheaper there. Will post swatches of all my BB creams soon (I alternate using Missha Perfect cover #13, Purederm Magic BB cream, Skin79 and Dr. Jart Silver label).

More pics (click to enlarge)

List of Ingredients
Tangerine oil - grants liveliness
- whitening

Ceramide 3 - supplies moisture
Sunflower seed, rice bran, ivy & green tea - skin protection
- improves wrinkles and elasticity

- supplies nutrition to skin

Dr. Jart Silver label vs. Skin79 Super Beblesh balm

When blended

If you plan to purchase online, please beware of FAKE Skin79 BB Creams.
To check whether its authentic or not, check out this post from Little Makeup Box.

Till next time,

July 16, 2011

Review: Kanebo Kate Gel Eyeliner

Kate Gel Eyeliner in BK-2

Product Info from KATE:
A waterproof gel type eyeliner for a long-lasting finish.

RETAIL PRICE: Php 660.00. Available at SM malls.

WEIGHT: 2.5 grams

SHADES : Available in 6 shades.

* waterproof (see pics below)
* easy to remove with eye makeup remover
* very creamy and pigmented
* glides like a dream - does not tug my lids.
* pot is made of glass thus preventing the gel eyeliner from drying easily compared to plastic pots.
* no smudging, flaking, and fading throughout the day.

* KATE is not yet available here in Cebu city.
* No free brush included. Am I asking too much?! hehe

* always keep the cap tightly closed.
* always clean your eyeliner brush after using with a cotton pad + a few drops eye makeup remover.

Anyone who loves/wants to try gel eyeliners.

I recently dyed my hair 2 shades lighter (I used Revlon Colorsilk Light Golden brown #54) and using a black eyeliner during daytime looks too harsh on me, so this is an alternative to a jet black shade to soften my face.

More pics (click to enlarge)

Notice the tiny gold specks/shimmers?

I meant blackish-brown with gold flecks.

Placed my hand under running water for a few seconds and rubbed it 20x.
Staying power is amazing noh?!

What's your favorite gel eyeliner brand and shade?

Till next time,

Disclaimer: Products were sent for PR purposes.
This is not a paid review and is solely based on my honest opinions.

July 14, 2011

Something new from Revlon & SLEEK Makeup

From Revlon - I got these 2 days ago.

Revlon Photoready Two Way Powder Foundation
Revlon Custom Eyes Shadow & Liner


From SLEEK MakeUP - these arrived today.

From the Carribean Collection 2011:
Sleek I-Divine Palette in Curacao
Sleek Pout Polish in Bonaire
Sleek Blush in Aruba

Sleek I-Divine Palette in Oh So Special

Visit their Facebook page:

Excited?! Me too!
Will post product reviews soon =)

Till next time,

Disclaimer: Products were sent for PR purposes.

July 8, 2011

Review: Kanebo Kate Blendzone Eyeshadow Duo

Kate Blendzone eyeshadow in GD-1

Product Info from KATE:
An eyeshadow palette with two shades that can be used individually or mixed, and can be easily blended for a fine gradation.

RETAIL PRICE: Php 780.00

WEIGHT: 1.6 grams

SHADES : Available in 8 shades.

* non-chalky; powder is finely milled
* good staying power even without primer
* color didn't fade throughout the day
* sheer but buildable color
* creamy, easy to blend
* has a crystal-like see through window so that you can easily see the colors.

* if you're not a fan of shimmery eyeshadows.
* KATE is not yet available here in Cebu city.

* use the sponge tip applicator if you want a heavier look, or an eyeshadow brush if you want a sheer wash of color.
* if you have oily lids, prime your lids before applying eyeshadow. I'm using Too Faced Shadow Insurance or L'oreal HIP cream shadow paint in Secretive.

Anyone who loves shimmery eyeshadows!

I usually prefer neutral shades when it comes to eyeshadows. The shades that I got are versatile coz it can be used for day or night looks. This is the first time I've tried an eyeshadow from a Japanese brand and I really love the its creamy texture.

More pics (click to enlarge)
Kate Blendzone eyeshadow duo in GD-1

Without primer | With primer


1. Darkest shade applied close to the lashline.
2. Mix the 2 shades and apply it on the crease.
3. Highlight the browbone and the inner corners using the lightest shade.

Till next time,

Disclaimer: Products were sent for PR purposes.
This is not a paid review and is solely based on my honest opinions.

July 5, 2011

What's in my makeup kit (travel edition)

As promised, these are the makeups I brought with me during my recent Hongkong trip. I didn't bring a lot, just necessities. The makeup bag and pouch were gifts from my mom, and I bring these always when I make out-of-town trips.

When opened

What's inside the black floral bag

From top left:
(you can click the pink/purple links for product reviews)
Ben Nye Blue Neutralizer NB-01 (undereye corrector)
MAC Mineralized Skinfinish in Gold Spill (i use this as bronzing powder)
In2it brow color (I use the lightest shade)
Ben Nye Banana Visage Poudre (transferred the contents to a small tub)
Shu Uemura Eyelash curler
Wet n wild Eyeshadow Trio in Egyptian Sands (i brought this instead of the NYX Nude on Nude kit coz this is more compact)
MAC Graphic Garden Eyeshadow Palette
Styli-style Brow Liner in Taupe (i use this on top of the In2it brow color)

What's inside my retouch kit (purple pouch)

From top left:
Gatsby powdered oil control sheet
Clean and clear oil control film
Blush brush
Ecotools Kabuki brush (for powder)
Revlon Creme Gloss in Fiercely Fuchsia
Revlon Colorburst Lipgloss in Pink Pop
EOS Vanilla bean lipbalm (I forgot to bring my Carmex lipbalm in tube)
Maybelline Clear Smooth powder Spf 18 in Nude Beige


From left:
Lancome travel eyeshadow brush
Unbranded angled brush
Sembem Eyeshadow brush
Ecotools Crease brush - i use this to apply loose powder on my undereyes to set concealer.
Everyday Minerals Angled brush - to apply MAC MSF on my cheekbones/temples

Till next time,

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