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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: SkinWhite Powerwhitening Face Cream Powder

16 May

Almost two months ago, while I was doing the grocery, I found this in the buy 1 take 1 section. I haven’t been there again so I don’t know if it is still on sale. I only got it for 56php for buy1 take1!  What I  am very sure of is this is widely available and is not hard to find in your local department stores, drugstores and groceries!

This is my first time to try a product coming from Skin White and I was a bit doubtful if this works. But hey, for the price, I guess it is worth the risk.


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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

NON- COMEDOGENIC (won’t clog pores)
NON-ACNEGENIC (won’t cause acne break outs)

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.


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.

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 

3 grams net weight P300
6 grams net weight P550



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.

???????????????????????????????I thought the label was part of the glass jar cover…until I opened it!

???????????????????????????????I am not really a fan of the sponge/powder puff that comes with their product because I prefer to use brushes. It helps keep the product from coming out of the sifter, though. I also love the fuchsia glass jar but I can’t help but notice that this same jar is available in leading department stores.l

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: Human Nature Perfect Coverage Mineral Foundation

4 Feb

I fell in love all over again with Human Nature when they released the very first organic makeup foundation last May 2012. I have been using this since they first released it and I still obsessed with it.

I keep the box because it screams femininity, simplicity and elegance. The product and packaging delivers likewise.IMG_0095


The elegant purple compact is sturdy and sophisticated. I don’t mind toting this with me anywhere I go without the worry of having the powder all over my things. I also noticed that the powder foundation stays intact unlike the previous human nature mineral powder.



The sponge applicator, which is soft (not rubbery, like some drugstore makeup brands provide), is housed perfectly on a separate space in the compact. There are holes to let the sponge “breathe”. I only use the sponge when I am out and needed to do some touch ups. Oftentimes at home, I use a kabuki brush to buff the foundation on my face to give the sheerest coverage.


There are 4 shades available to suit Filipina skin. Take your pick from Vanilla (light), Honey (fair), Caramel (medium) and Toffee (morena).

I got the shade Honey. At first, I thought my shade was Vanilla since I have been using the lightest shade, Orient Pearl, in the mineral pressed powder but when I swatched it, it was way too light for me. I give it to Human Nature for concocting the perfect shades that match Filipina skin tone well.

Human Nature 100% Natural Perfect Coverage Mineral Foundation is unlike other mineral makeups in the market. This is the first mineral foundation to be pressed. Other mineral makeups are in powder form which can be a little messy to handle, especially when  you tote it around with you. 

I was worried then that I had to spend 475php to get a new one, but then Human Nature offered powder refills! I guess the demand was great that they had to come up with refills. Powder refills are a huge bonus since you save money and you don’t end up wasting packaging. They also provided a new sponge along with the refill.

What I love most is that whenever I use the compact, I always receive a “Hey Gorgeous!” greeting! Who wouldn’t love to be called “gorgeous”?!


This is a great everyday foundation that looks so natural, hides imperfections, conceals blemishes and evens out skin tone. Not to mention it stays on for 5 hours straight! No touch-ups at all! It gives light coverage when applied with a brush, medium coverage when applied with a sponge. Coverage is also variable depending on the layer you put on. At times, I also use it to set my tinted moisturizer or bb cream and it makes the effect more matte and the makeup last longer.

This product is also affordable, given that it is a mineral makeup. Most mineral makeups in the market are expensive and is not totally talc-free and toxin-free. It is suitable for all skin types, even those with sensitive skin can use this. I for one have oily-sensitive type of skin but this did not break me out at all. It also makes me proud that this product is made here in the Philippines.

There is only one problem with this, it somehow melts and cakes on me. I guess it cannot stand well with the humidity of our country. I just blot with a single ply tissue paper and I’m good again.

What I love about this:

(+) It is a product of Human Nature (I just love HHN!)

(+) It has 4 Filipina shades to choose from (swatch them first to prevent choosing the wrong shade if you’r going to shop online)

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

(+) It looks so natural on me

(+) I had no breakouts with this!!!

(+) It is long wearing.

(+) The packaging is so lovely and there’s a “Hey Gorgeous!” greet every usage!

What I don’t love:

(-) It has no SPF.

(-) It sometimes melts and cakes especially when it’s humid.

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

Overall: I am satisfied and I highly recommend this product!

Review: KRAVE’s Oil Eliminator and Skin Hydrator

13 Dec

After months of using this, I can now post a legit review about it.

This is Krave‘s best seller. No doubt that this sells like pancakes.


OIL ELIMINATOR and SKIN HYDRATOR with Pearl powder(mineral primer & finishing powder)

3 grams net wt. P285

NON- COMEDOGENIC (won’t clog pores)
NON-ACNEGENIC (won’t cause acne break outs)

OIL ELIMINATOR and SKIN HYDRATOR is translucent so it won’t interfere with other mineral makeup colors you are wearing. Plus, it is specifically formulated to virtually erase the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles & large pores when applied.

Our formula includes 2 of the healthiest ingredients:
1. PEARL POWDER that aids in healing, skin brightening, anti-wrinkling, and sun protection. It also exfoliates the skin and promotes new cell regeneration.
2. SODIUM HYALURONATE the world’s powerful skin hydrator which brings balance to your complexion & keeps your make up application fresh all day long.


Secure plastic wrapped it to maintain its freshness. As you can see there is more space here than the powder. The powder is translucent and finely milled and is very much easy to apply.


I am glad I got the new one which is easier to open and close. Krave improved their packaging and I am pretty sure that they are preparing for more products to be released.


I didn’t use the sponge that came with it. I only keep it to prevent too much powder from coming out of the sifter.


I use this as a primer and a finishing veil. This works not only for oily and combination skin. Dry skin can also benefit from it since it is a ‘hydrator’.

I can say that it really prevented my skin from being oily throughout the day. It keeps makeup fresh and dewy. But that’s not the only thing there is to this little one. It also prevents ‘caking’. It also controls skin ph since sometimes, my skin turns darker after applying powder foundation. Some powder foundation darkens and cakes on me. But when I use this, there were no color changes in my skin. With this, no worries that your makeup will melt, cake, or darken. Amazing, right?

Here’s a summary of my likes and dislikes:

(+) USDA certified organic without parabens

(+) hypoallergenic, noncomedogenic, non acnegenic, nano particle free

(+) great primer! It keeps skin’s ph level to prevent any oxidation due to skin’s acidity.

(+) makes skin smooth even if you’re going to apply liquid or cream foundation

(+) translucent powder disappears into your skin and does not interfere with any makeup shade

(+) keeps oil at bay for a long time!

(+) advanced anti-aging!

(+) tightens pores and brightens my skin giving it a healthy glow

(-) Only available in 1 size, 3g.  Wish there was a bigger version for this.

(-) Wish it came with a mirror.

Here’s a proof:

with my two brothers :)

with my two brothers 🙂

This pic was taken last October 10. We attended a  kiddie birthday party in SM Storyland. Of course I felt tired because I went with my daughter to more than 10 rides. But my makeup is still fresh. Thanks to Krave! 🙂

Products I used in the photo: Oil Eliminator and Skin Hydrator, Maybelline liquid foundation, Krave’s Complexion Perfection in Hazelnut, Human Nature eyeshadow in sweet innocence, Human Nature tinted lip balm in Flame Tree.

Hands down to Krave for creating this innovative product!

Human Nature Mineral Make Up

23 Aug

I guess one of the best decisions I made in life is to become an HHN dealer. I believe in their advocacies and I salute them for being pro-Philippines, pro-poor, and pro-environment. I believe that this is a win-win situation. I get to buy and use world class products without spending too much. I get only the benefits organic products offer (HHN offers only the good!). I don’t harm Mother Nature and I get to give back to the poor. I registered not to sell but to enjoy the 25% discount privilege of dealers. Here is a link if you want to become a dealer too.

Human Heart Nature Mineral Pressed Powder 

I’ve stopped using pressed powders a long time ago since my dermatologist did not approve of the binders and chemicals that compact powders have. I didn’t even try any make up range since I was sort of ‘banned’ by my derma. The only product I use then was TBS lip balm.

I was skeptical to try the MMU (mineral make up) range since I was scared of having break outs. Then again, I decided to give it a shot. And I’m so happy I did!

This pressed powder is LOVE.

Choosing a shade online is quite hard so I bought my mineral make up range in HHN Manila branch so I can test and swatch products. I got the mineral pressed powder in Orient Pearl (which has a yellow undertone). Island shell turns reddish pink on me. I just love the shade so much since it goes invisible on my skin. It is really made for Filipina skin because the shades are just so close to our skin tones.

without flash (orient pearl)

It’s light and very easy to apply with the sponge that came with it. I can feel my skin breathe because it does not give a thick, cakey feeling like other pressed powders I know of.  It gives light coverage and zaps oiliness in an instant. I am totally hooked with this product! I did not have any breakouts at all.

The only problem I have is its cracking. I did not bother taking pictures of the cracked orient pearl since it has been replaced immediately. Less than a week, I have my new compacts! I had two compacts swapped already. What’s good is that the HHN staff, especially in Manila branch, was very accommodating.

here is a shot of the back part of the compact. complete details!

Here’s to sum up my likes and dislikes with the pressed powder

(+) 100% natural

(+) pro-Philippines, pro-poor, and pro-environment

(+) great in controlling and preventing oil

(+) suitable even for sensitive skin

(+) gives light coverage

(+) did not cause any breakout on my skin

(+)great shades – perfect for Filipina skin

(+) affordable!

(-) does not conceal blemishes and dark spots

(-) no SPF

(-) easily cracks and most of the products go to waste, though newer batches don’t crack anymore