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San San HD Liquid Foundation | Budget-friendly HD Makeup

22 Jan

I had been waiting to get my hands on this ever since I saw this in a Cosmo ad. It was just around December that it was released on the HBC near our house and so I tried swatching the three shades, Natural, Beige and Olive. Beige was my match and I gladly purchased it for only ₱195.IMG_8810[1]

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KRAVE’s 12HD Liquid Foundation in Almond | For that Korean-looking skin!

23 Dec

It’s almost a year of having this foundation but since I only get to blog if I have free time, I was not able to do a review on this earllThis one is the upgraded version of their previous liquid foundation which is now phased out. I still have the previous version in Ricotta and I got to attest that this is 10x better than that. Their packaging and quality greatly improved.

Krave 12HD Liquid Foundation

Product Description

Whitening, Lifting & Nourishing with 12 active ingredients in 1

Incredible 12 in 1 active ingredients infusion to give you ultimate results of covering your imperfections and major signs of skin aging like hyperpigmentation & fine lines. Maximum coverage, lifting, lightening & nourishing formula to transform your beauty instantly and naturally. Light weight & water based that allows your skin to breathe.

30 ml / 1.01 fl. oz.
 ₱730 ( previously ₱985)

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Too Cool for School BB Foundation | Very Handy for Girls on the Go

23 Aug

Too Cool for School is a new Korean brand which recently launched here in the Philippines. Thankfully, BDJ Box had included it in the last July BDJ Box.

I fancy the cute packaging — it’s almost like that of Etude House’s. I think it has a long brand name but hey, with its acronym, TCFS — I think it is fine.

Product Description

The travel-sized version is perfect for girls always on the go, as this BB Cream quickly covers all skin imperfections for a natural, flawless skin! It has SPF 37 PA++, so you’re always protected wherever you go.

Too Cool for School BB Foundation

I haven’t been to any of the two stores they recently opened (SM Mall of Asia and SM North Edsa) so I don’t have any idea if this BB Foundation has other shades or other variants. The one I got is the sample size, 219php, which I think will last me months because I don’t need to put a plenty amount to cover the whole face. The packaging is very convenient and can fit the smallest kikay kit.

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Maybelline Clearsmooth All-in-One Shine Free Cake Powder | Pretty Powerful Compact

14 Jul

This came in the May BDJ Box and I was very happy that I got the perfect match for my skin tone. The Maybelline Clear Smooth All-in-One Foundation has been in the market for a year already. I actually have the refill even before I got the travel sized one. I think the case is very cute with its pastel pink packaging and the label in front.

Maybelline Clear Smooth All-in-OneThe refill, which is only 2×2 inches in size, retails for only 149php and I chose it over the 249php palm-sized compact with a mirror and a sponge case. The SA told me that there had been complaints about the powder being easily “broken” if it is in the palm sized compact so it’s better to purchase the refill. Unfortunately, even the powder inside the refill broke — the middle part fell as if it’s only filled with air. But before that happened, I brought it with me everywhere I went. Now I just bring with me the one I got from BDJ Box.

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REVIEW: KRAVE’s Luxurious Perfection in French Latte

24 Apr

I have been loving Krave’s Complexion Perfection in Hazelnut yet I think it is a bit dark on my skin so I got myself another shade from the second type of their loose powder foundation. Luxurious Perfection loose mineral foundation has more beneficial ingredients than Complexion Perfection.

I chose the shade French Latte since it is for individuals who have fair skin with yellow undertone.

20130423-173027.jpg Product Description:

LUXURIOUS PERFECTION loose mineral foundation with Levomenol, Allantoin, Golden Jojoba, provitamin B5

HYPOALLERGENIC
NON- COMEDOGENIC (won’t clog pores)
NON-ACNEGENIC (won’t cause acne break outs)
NANO PARTICLE FREE

Experience our chemical-free, buildable coverage Luxurious Perfection which provides a natural SPF, poreless dewy finish and are enhanced with skin-soothing and anti-bacterial properties such as Allantoin (skin regeneration), Alpha Bisabolol (anti-bacterial/inflammatory), ProVitamin B5 (potent skin moisturizer) & Golden Jojoba oil (aids in the reduction of acne & regulates sebum production)
giving your skin an amazing radiant and healthy glow while providing you a flawless, air-brushed appearance. Hide the look of fine lines, wrinkles, acne scars, hyper pigmentation and other minor facial imperfections with just a few brush strokes without ever feeling dry, heavy or looking pasty and chalky.

SKIN BENEFICIAL KEY INGREDIENTS:

1. ALLANTOIN which comes form the comfrey root used for its healing, moisturizing, soothing and anti-irritating properties. It is moisturizing and keratolytic, meaning that it causes keratin in the skin to soften. 

2. LEVOMENOL is obtained from the Chamomile plant that contains high concentration of Panthenol that effectively stimulates the healing of the skin and is a superb ingredient use to soothe irritated skin.

3. ProVitamin B5 acts a shield to protect the skin from allergens, skin irritants that can cause acne, rosacea & contact dermatitis, great moisturizer too.

4. GOLDEN JOJOBA decrease your skin production of oil, fights the regulation of too much sebum of the skin & controls the formulation of acne.

Application:
Shake the jar and dab your brush in a swirling motion, tap it to remove excess powder & apply to your face in circular motion until desired coverage is achieved.

*Best to use with
OIL ELIMINATOR & SKIN HYDRATOR to achieve an oil free long lasting make up or MIST SPRITZ make up setting spray/ refreshing facial mist 

PRICE:
3 grams net weight P300
6 grams net weight P550

sealed!

sealed!

One of the things I love about Krave is that they keep their products sealed. This guarantees us that the product is kept clean, fresh and good as new.

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So how does this differ from the Complexion Perfection? The shades and the beneficial ingredients give it the term “Luxurious Perfection”.

???????????????????????????????I use this now daily since the weather is very humid and I cannot stand it. I don’t use foundations and bb creams nowadays because I feel they are heavy on the skin. Despite them being ‘light’, I still feel moisturizer and sunscreen is enough.

I have a love-hate relationship with this mineral powder foundation. I love that it gives medium coverage and can stand the summer’s heat. Thought there are times I feel it is melting and is too obvious on my face, especially when the heat is too much to bear. It gives a buildable coverage (light to medium) that lasts for hours. It gives the same matte and velvety finish I get from Complexion Perfection! It is also great as a setting powder for bb creams and foundations but I prefer using this alone. What I don’t like is that is I use it on top of any liquid or cream makeup product, I end up with an obvious white cast. I think the shade is a little lighter than my skin tone. I am actually in the middle of Hazelnut and French Latte.

Since I don’t use any liquid or cream makeup bases this summer season, I rely on this. As I said, for me and my skin, it works better when worn alone.

sealed sifter to prevent messy powder

sealed sifter to prevent messy powder

In addition to this, I add oil eliminator and skin hydrator on top to keep my oiliness at bay.

What I love about this:

(+) It is a product of Krave Minerale Cosmeceuticals that means it is:

  • USDA certified organic
  • cruelty free
  • PETA approved
  • free from talc, paraben and fragrance

(+) Products are formulated and manufactured in USA.

(+) It has 3 Filipina friendly shades to choose from.

(+) It hides imperfections, conceals blemishes and evens out skin tone

(+) It looks so natural, and gives a “no makeup, makeup look”.

(+) It has buildable coverage from medium to full.

(+) It has great coverage even when worn alone.

(+) It is a great setting powder for cream and liquid foundations [mineral or not].

(+) It gives a velvety matte finish.

(+) It keeps oil at bay.

(+) A little goes a long way.

(+) Great even for those with sensitive skin! [I had no breakouts with this.]

(+) It is long wearing especially when used with a primer and oil eliminator and skin hydrator.

(+) It has natural sun protection. [I still apply sunblock to be safe]

What I wish:

(-) There are more shades to choose from.

(-) It won’t melt away on my skin.

(-) It doesn’t give white cast on photos.

(-) Packaging can still be improved.

(-) It was cheaper.

Overall: I like this especially when used alone… Unfortunately, I won’t buy another of this anymore and will just finish the 6g jar I have. I guess I will just stick with the shade Hazelnut.

 

 

 

REVIEW: KRAVE’s Complexion Perfection in Hazelnut

27 Mar

I am into mineral makeup but haven’t really tried any in loose powder form. I think that it is a waste of money since loose mineral powder foundation gives only the sheerest coverage.

Krave’s Complexion Perfection in Hazelnut was an exception.

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This 3g of mineral powder foundation sells for 255php. Since this belongs to the poreless series of Krave Minerale, this is on sale for 10% discount. Not bad eh? Most are confused since it is posted in Krave’s page that this is 15g and the other is 30g. The 15g and 30g they are talking about is the jar itself and the amount of product that can fit in the jar.

Product Description:

COMPLEXION PERFECTION loose mineral foundation
Oil Balancing foundation
Broad spectrum SPF

PRICE:
3 grams net weight P255
6 grams net weight P495

HYPOALLERGENIC
NON- COMEDOGENIC (won’t clog pores)
NON-ACNEGENIC (won’t cause acne break outs)
NANO PARTICLE FREE

Protect and beautify your complexion with one of our superb micro-formulated mineral foundation formulas with the benefit of chemical-free sun protection while giving you a flawless, air-brushed appearance. This product is so pure that applying less is more. 

All ingredients are carefully chosen for purity. Full-coverage sunscreen to protect and nourish delicate skin while offering the coverage and matte finish for a beautiful poreless perfect complexion without experiencing any skin irritation.

Application:
Shake the jar and dab your brush in a swirling motion, tap it to remove excess powder & apply to your face in circular motion until desired coverage is achieved.

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I honestly have no expectations with this since I am not a big fan of loose powder foundations. But ever since I have tried it the very first time, I am a convert!

tried it for the first time at home! great coverage!

tried it for the first time at home! great coverage!

I actually have the product since September 2012 as you can see in the picture above. For almost seven months of usage, the tub is still half full. It is great since a little goes a long way!

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The packaging is not so catchy since it is just housed in a plastic glass jar with a sifter and a twist cover. The label can also be improved since I think it is just a printed sticker. This comes with a powder puff but I refused to use it simply because brushes are more effective for me.

I got the shade in Hazelnut (fair/semi-fair skin with yellow undertone). There are 4 shades that is perfect for Filipina skin tone. You can actually check it out here.

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It gives my skin an amazingly matte and velvety finish!  This is the only powder I’ve tried that gives this effect. It has a uildable coverage that ranges from medium to full. It is also great in setting foundation (liquid or cream) and still gives the same velvety effect.  I actually am not a fan of concealers and I am thankful that this powder is quite effective in concealing minor acne marks and hyperpigmentations even if worn alone. What I love most is that it has great coverage that lasts for hours long –— a first from a loose mineral powder!

When topped with oil eliminator and skin hydrator, it keeps me looking fresh and oil-free all day (or at least 8hours straight)! Retouching is a thing of the past with complexion perfection and oil eliminator!

I am very much amazed with this powder from Krave. I trust it so much that I use it with every event that I go to – birthdays, weddings, parties, meet and greet, photoshoot!

Here are some photos where I used this baby:

Krave's 1st anniversary, same day as my uncle's wedding, 9pm

Krave’s 1st anniversary, same day as my uncle’s wedding, 9pm

matron of honor at my uncle's wedding

matron of honor at my uncle’s wedding

family dinner at KKK

family dinner at KKK

family photoshoot at Great Image

family photoshoot at Great Image

What I love about this:

(+) It is a product of Krave Minerale Cosmeceuticals that means it is:

  • USDA certified organic
  • cruelty free
  • PETA approved
  • free from talc, paraben and fragrance

(+) Products are formulated and manufactured in USA

(+) It has 4 Filipina friendly shades to choose from.

(+) It hides imperfections, conceals blemishes and evens out skin tone

(+) It looks so natural, and gives a “no makeup, makeup look”.

(+) It has buildable coverage from medium to full.

(+) It has great coverage even when worn alone.

(+) It is a great setting powder for cream and liquid foundations [mineral or not].

(+) It gives a velvety matte finish.

(+) It keeps oil at bay.

(+) Great even for those with sensitive skin! [I had no breakouts with this.]

(+) It is long wearing especially when used with a primer and oil eliminator and skin hydrator.

(+) It has natural sun protection. [I still apply sunblock to be safe]

What I wish:

(-)The packaging can still be improved.

(-) It may be a bit pricey for some but I think it is priced fair for me.

Overall: I am a convert in trusting loose mineral powder foundations because of this. I trust this more than any other loose mineral powder I have and I highly recommend this product!

Now I am looking forward to Krave’s HD triplex!!!

REVIEW: Jazzy Cream Foundation

8 Mar

Meet my HG foundation: Jazzy Cream Foundation.

I’ve been reading good reviews about this so when I saw it on sale at Ms. Gem’s blog, I asked about it. It was about 80% full for half the price. It came with the box too so I felt it was well used and taken cared of!

jazzy

The ingredients are listed at the back of the box. Uh-oh there is paraben and dimethicone… but I have no plans of using this daily so it’s alright with me.
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The cream foundation is housed in a twist to open black plastic tub. It is not as sturdy as it looks though. The only problem with tubs are there is a risk of double dipping. Double dipping is not entirely hygienic and the cream foundation may get more bacteria than it can have.
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This 20g of cream foundation from James Cooper Jazzy Collection retails at 550php in leading dpeartment stores. It is reasonable enough for me with the coverage it gives. But since I got it at Ms. Gem’s blog sale, I think I only paid 250php. I wasn’t sure at first if I am going to get this since it is hard for me to look for a foundation that matches my skin really well. This shade is in CF04.  I think this has a pink undertone but it works great for my yellow to neutral skin undertone.
When you open the container, you will see drops of oil on top of the foundation. The ingredients can be seen on the box. Don’t think that this has oxidized or expired. This is normal for cream foundations which has oil in its ingredients.
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What makes this my HG foundation is that it has everything I need: gives full coverage, makes skin flawless without caking and lasts throughout the day.
It gives full coverage with just one layer. I don’t use concealer just because and this really covers the hyperpigmentations I have. I love how it makes my skin look flawless. I like that I only need a little amount for my whole face because a little goes a long way. It can also double up as a concealer because it covers the blemishes and lightens the skin my under eyes. The foundation lasts the whole day, especially if used with primer and set with loose powder foundation.
I use this only on special occasions because it feels heavy on my oily-sensitive skin. I use this on events where picture taking is a must. Here are some pictures where I used this baby.
I remember using this foundation on January 12 where 2 events were held: wedding and Krave’s event.
maids of honor at our uncle's wedding

maids of honor at our uncle’s wedding

at the Krave's 1st anniversary party with hubby

at the Krave’s 1st anniversary party with hubby

entry for Great Image's contest

entry for Great Image’s contest

Before I forget, here is a product swatch:

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What I love:
– it is my HG foundation
– it has no pungent smell
– gives full coverage that you don’t need a concealer
– doubles up as a concealer and may be applied only on problem areas
– lasts throughout the day (especially if used with a primer and a setting powder)
– it does not cake even if used alone
– it does not oxidize or turns darker/ lighter on skin
– it is very creamy and a little goes a long way
– a small tub lasts me a long time
– may be applied with a sponge or a brush
– easily available at department stores
– 20grams for 550php is good for me
What I wish for:
– it has SPF
– it comes in a squeezed tube/ pump bottle (for a cream foundation?! WHY NOT?! )
– they include a mirror and a sponge if they keep it in a tub
– they don’t include parabens
Will I repurchase: YES!