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Krave Clear Queen Gentle Makeup Remover | First Step to Clearer Skin

9 Sep

If you have been reading my blog way back, you would have come across this proud Philippine brand, Krave Minerale Cosmeceuticals. My uber sensitive, oily acneic face did not go haywire with any product I used with them. I have been loving their new products lately so now I am raving about one of their newest products – the makeup remover named CLEAR QUEEN.

Product Description

CLEAR QUEEN gentle makeup remover
100% Naturally produced

with Grapeseed, Golden Jojoba and Lemon extract to gently cleanse the skin without clogging the pores.

P250 / 100ml nt wt.

Clear Queen contains an all-natural formula that will take off even the most stubborn waterproof eyeliner and mascara and leave your skin supremely clean and soft. Perfected with an aromatic fragrance derived from essential oils and not synthetic perfumes.

HOW TO USE:
to remove makeup, use a cotton ball. Wash face with soap and water after.

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Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque | New Found Love

28 May

The face masks I’ve been using are finished so I was on a hunt for a new one. I get masks from BDJ Box but I am not a fan of those masks in a sachet, where you stick the wet tissue/cloth type on your face.

I was watching a youtube video of ShebbyChic one night and I saw her use Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque as an overnight acne spot treatment for her face. When we were out one weekend, I dropped by Healthy Options in SM North Edsa and was looking for the tube with the old packaging. The SA told me Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque changed their packaging, but the amount is still basically the same. I got this for Php 395 for 8 oz of product! Steal!

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Godiva LicoWhite™ Whitening Lotion with SPF 15 | Leave it to Licorice

25 Apr

I was not sure if I tried this particular brand already so I tried to get a sample from Sample Room. And when I received my purchase, I knew then that it was my first time to try it.

Godiva LicoWhite Whitening Lotion with SPF 15

 

Product Description

Godiva LicoWhite Whitening Lotion with SPF15 helps even out skin discolorations caused by age, scarring and pregnancy. It provides sun protection as it moisturizes to keep skin soft and smooth. Godiva LicoWhite Whitening Lotion with SPF15 contains Glabridin, a powerful skin whitening ingredient from licorice extract that is both effective and gentle to the skin. It is safe for continued use for longer-lasting whiter skin.

Full size: 100ml

Price: PHP 120

Sample Size: 8 sachets of 6ml

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Unboxing November 2013 BDJ Box

7 Nov

It is such a surprise to get the BDJ Box this early!!! Usually, BDJ Boxes arrive mid month, every month. The November box was an exception because some already received this Nov4 or even earlier.

I was so excited because for the first time, I am going to receive two boxes. 🙂 I won the BDJ Box 7-day Challenge last September. If you want to know which product I used, you can view it here.

“Blushing Beauty” is this month’s theme. With that, the BDJ Box team put together products designed to get us Bellas blushing.

November 2013 BDJ Box

Here is a sneak peek of the products:

The Cream Factory Bath Cream

ZA Perfect Solution Restoring Collagen Cream

Oil of Argan

Canmake Powder Cheeks in PW05

Revlon Colorburst Lipgloss

Yves RocherNaturelle Eau de Toilette

Saforelle Gentle Cleansing Care

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Krave Mineral Concealer | My First Concealer

12 Aug

This was my very first concealer! “Was” because as of this writing, I do not have this anymore. I gave this away since I don’t use it often and because I am a newbie in concealer, I find it a bit hard to use. I took notes about my experience with this before I gave this away so no worries regarding the deets below.

At first glance, you may think that this does not work at all. Don’t be deceived. The packaging may look flimsy and cheap but did you know that this is the first organic concealer in the market? Thanks to Krave Minerale Cosmeceuticals for coming up with this.

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This concealer looks a lot like a lip balm since its container is exactly like one. You need to rotate the bottom part to use the concealer. The label looks simple but it is filled with the needed info one is looking for.

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SNOE Rogue Deluxe Complete Lip Care | All You Need in a Lip Product

6 Jun

I am very grateful for Snoe Beauty because they were the very first to invite me to attend a bloggers event. The Snoe Team are all very accommodating and approachable. Not to mention they offer great product innovations that work and are worth every peso! All their products have eye-catching packaging and details!

One of the first items I’ve tried is from their makeup line — the lipstick that is labeled “Rogue Deluxe.”

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Product Description

Snoe Rouge Deluxe P399 4g

Buttery Crème Finish. Rich Color. Complete lip care Argan . Sunflower. Macadamia. Grape seed. Avocado. Rosehips

Snoe’s Rouge Deluxe is an oil-infused rich and creamy lip color in the season’s hottest hues. It will hydrate, nourish, and revitalize lips. While delivering long-lasting color, this product works to smoothen and soften the lips, making your pout extra kissable. Edited to only the most fashionable shades, it’s impossible to pick just one.

WITHOUT:- Parabens- Sulfates- Synthetic Fragrances- Synthetic Dyes- Petrochemicals- Phthalates- GMOs- Triclosan

Directions: Prep lips with an application of Snoe’s BesoBalm. For best results, apply with a lip brush, first applying to center of lips, and then blending outwards.

I got the shades X1 Heavenly Pink and X12 Vintage Rose. Quite pole to pole isn’t it? X1 is a pastel pink shade and X12 is a mauvy nude pink shade. Both shades work well on my yellowish skin tone.

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Snoe Rogue Deluxe X12

Everything is to love about this — the packaging, the ingredients, the shade, the pigmentation and color pay-off, the buttery-cream texture, the moisturizing feel, the comfy wear and the creamy-satin finish.

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REVIEW: St. Ives Invigorating Apricot Scrub (Fresh Skin)

25 Apr

I have been seeing St. Ives Apricot Scrub when I was young and thought that it may be really working. Since I already have the St. Ives Collagen Elastin Moisturizer, I thought of getting this one too. Actually, I’ve had this for a year now. Even before I got myself Human Nature’s Vanilla Body Scrub.

I actually bought this to serve as a face scrub which I have none. But as said in the label, “Great for face and body”, this is a great multi-tasking product. Yippee! Talk about hitting two birds with one stone…

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St. Ives Invigorating Apricot Scrub for Fresh Skin has the same container and net amount of the moisturizer. It comes in a big plastic tub that contains the rich, thick face and body scrub. It’s also great to find all the information needed in the container. What’s not okay is that, since it is like a sticker, it may get ruined or erased with usage. But hey, it is bearable.

Exfoliates to reveal smooth, radiant skin —as the label says.

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APPLICATIONMoisten face with water. Dispense product onto fingertips and massage over face. Rinse with water. Avoid direct contact with eyes. In case of contact with eyes, flush thoroughly with water. For best results, use 3 to 4 times per week.

PRODUCT CLAIMS

Oil-free • Non-irritating • dermatologist-tested • 100% natural exfoliants • 100% natural extracts • Formulated without parabens and phthalates • Made without animal ingredientsKEY INGREDIENTS

  1. APRICOTS are known to contain one of the highest levels of carotenoids (think vitamin A) and super-effective antioxidants. All of this natural power might seem, well, too powerful, but they are actually quite gentle and nourishing and they help make fresher, more nourished skin beautifully possible.
  2. CORN KERNEL MEAL is actually flour ground from dried corn. It’s a soft, but gently powerful all-natural exfoliant that promotes skin cell turnover and regeneration. Cornmeal makes softer-feeling, fresher skin possible.
  3. WALNUT is known for its hard shell, but when it’s ground, it becomes an amazingly effective, all-natural exfoliant ingredient in our scrubs. Not only are walnuts plentiful on the planet, they also help newer, healthier skin come to the surface.

I still use this as a face scrub twice a week. On lazy days, I use this for both face and body so I don’t have to switch to another body scrub. As you can see in the picture, the scrub is unlike any other. Other scrubs have a creamy consistency with a little granules on the side. This one is more on the thick-full-scrub that you don’t feel any creamy-foamy-wash. When you apply it, you can feel the apricot scrub in every part of your body.

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I love the fresh scent of apricot this scrub has! The scent of the key ingredients combined — apricot, corn kernel meal and walnut yields a refreshing, invigorating feel. I also love that the scent stays for quite a while even after I step out of the shower. I just follow the no-brainer application tip of just rubbing it on your moist skin and rinsing it off. As I am massaging the product on my face and/or body, I can really feel the tiny beads exfoliating. Upon rinsing it off, my face and whole body felt very fresh! My skin also felt very smooth. It really exfoliates and reveals soft, smooth skin. Since I use this as a face scrub more often, I think I am having less breakouts.

I use this at least twice a week . I make sure to apply moisturizers after to keep my skin soft, smooth and hydrated.

Reasons why I love this:

(+) The scent is really invigorating

(+) It doesn’t sting, itch, irritate and dry out my skin.

(+) It doesn’t leave any residue after rinsing.

(+) It exfoliates to reveal and make skin feeling soft and smooth

(+) It works best with lotions/moisturizers.

(+) It is a 2-in-1 product that you can use for both face and body.

(+) It is not tested on animals and made without animal ingredients.

(+) Made with 100% natural exfoliants and 100% natural extracts

(+) Oil-free and non-irritating [that is why it is great for both face and body]

(+) Dermatologist-tested

(+) Formulated without parabens and phthalates

(+) Complete information on the product: ingredients, expiration date, etc.

(+) Available in leading department stores

(+) affordable for an enormous size of 283g/239php!

What I wish: 

(+) It came in a squeeze tube to prevent product contamination.

(+) It came in more scents!

OVERALL: I recommend this product to anyone looking for a good face and body scrub.

REVIEW: St.Ives Timeless Skin Collagen Elastin Moisturizer

2 Apr

I first heard of this product from a friend from my Graduate studies. She convinced me into buying me one for myself because she super loves this.

Actually, I’ve had since I was pregnant (2011). I was looking for a natural/organic moisturizer to replace my chemical moisturizers and my friend told me about this. We both love spending hours in the beauty section of department stores, just checking out and testing products. And when we got on the aisle filled with St.Ives products, I finally gave in and bought one.

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I stayed away from products that may harm my baby so I began switching to natural alternatives. At this time, I still haven’t registered to become dealers of Human Nature and Krave Mineral Cosmeceuticals.

I’ve had this for almost two years now and the tub is almost a half empty. I use this religiously back then morning and night. I gradually changed into using HHN moisturizers so this tub sort of went on a hiatus. Now I am incorporating it again in my beauty regimen.

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Rewind to the past, what made me buy this was actually the tag and its size.It only costs 239php for 10 ounce jar! HUGE, right?! It having collagen and elastin came in second and it being made without parabens and pthalates came in third.

When I first saw opened this I was thinking why they did not put a cover lid for the product or why they did not seal it in plastic.  You twist open the cap and you see (or get) the product straight…a little bit unhygienic, though. Then I forgot about it because the smell got me. I absolutely love its fresh, earthy, natural scent!

Since I am not a big fan of double dipping, I only get what is on the lid. I also transferred some to a smaller container to prevent the product from getting infected easily. It has a silkt texture and creamy, watery consistency that is not too thick and not greasy at all.

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I used this after washing my face. I did not use toners before so I moisturize right after. My skin feels clean and refreshed after applying it. I felt my skin was hydrated and moisturized. It doesn’t leave my skin oily too. I love it!

I started using this again just this March when the weather has become hotter. This is lightweight and does not feel heavy on my skin. It is just right for summer since it almost has a gel like consistency. It makes my face a bit dewy, which is fine with me. I always put on sunblock after a layer of this since it has no sun protection. I use this at night too and I always wake up with a soft, smooth skin sans the oil. I also apply it on my lips at night and hoping it will make it plumper. Haha!

I haven’t really seen my “lines” visibly reduced though my skin does look fresher, softer and smoother. I plan to continue using this until I finish this. This stuff goes a very long way. It lasted me almost two years and I think it can last a little longer.

What I love about this:
(+) No Parabens and Pthalates
(+) Dermatologist tested and Non comedogenic
(+) Not tested on animals

(+) Has collagen and elastin properties that are great anti-aging boosters

(+) Lightweight and great for summer
(+) Hydrates and moisturizes my skin
(+) Makes my skin soft and smooth
(+) Cheap for 239php for a big 10 ounce jar!
What I don’t love:
(-) I have not seen any noticeable improvement on the lines that are starting to appear on my eye area.
(-) It has no sun protection.
(-) The packaging. I wish it comes in a pump bottle or squeeze tube though.
Will I repurchase? Yes!
Overall: I love this! I recommend this to anyone who is looking for an affordable moisturizer that work.

REVIEW: KRAVE’s Visibly Rosy Mineral Veil

1 Apr

I got this free from the gift certificate during the first anniversary of Krave Minerale Cosmeceuticals. If you haven’t read about the event yet, click here.

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This is a new product and I knew I have to test it for myself.

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Product Description:

VISIBLY ROSY mineral veil
with Rose hips & Kosher rice extracts 

Pinkish finish, Regenerating, Healing & Soothing

6 g Net wt. 0.21 Oz.

Get rid of pale & lifeless skin.This mineral veil can help reduce the appearance of large pores & can brighten up dull skin tone.
Achieve a natural pinkish glow with the infusions of Rose Hips & Kosher rice extracts that promote skin regeneration and provide wonderful results in soothing and healing sun damaged skin. It promotes the skin’s condition helping it produce more collagen and elastin.

NON- COMEDOGENIC
NON- ACNEGENIC
NANO PARTICLE FREE
CRUELTY FREE

INGREDIENTS:
Oryza Sativa (Rice) powder, Mica, Zinc Oxide, Silica, Rosehips extract, Carnauba wax. MAY CONTAIN: Tin Oxide, Chromium Oxide Green, Ultramarines

DIRECTION FOR USE:
Apply it as a powder or on top of your loose foundation. Remove the cap & invert the applicator sponge into the jar & apply it directly into your face. Can 

???????????????????????????????I love the great improvement in the packaging of their products. It is so sophisticated and sleek. The box has everything you needed to know about the product. Expiration date, description, address of the company and other important labels needed.

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The packaging is such a multitasker. It has a built in mirror and  a sponge that you can actually use any time, any where. Hello to hassle free touch ups!

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The visibly rosy mineral veil is a finishing powder you can layer over your liquid or powder foundation. The pink powder is translucent and disappears into skin. It makes the skin even toned and more radiant. It lessens dark spots and hyperpigmentations. It really gives a pinkish white finish on the whole face. With rose hips and kosher rice extract to boot, it helps promote skin regeneration, produce more collagen and elastin and heals sun damaged skin.

Your skin will achieve a healthy glow without the white/p

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Here’s a picture after I took a shower and done with the cleanse tone moisturize protect steps. I just used L’oreal BB cream after fruittee poreless toner and added Visibly Rosy Mineral Veil.

It didn’t really give much coverage but it improved my uneven skin tone and lessened my pale olive skin.
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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 the power of rose hips and kosher rice combined.

(+) Though it’s pink, it is translucent and can be layered on top of your makeup.

(+) It gives very, very light coverage but may be worn alone or on top of your skincare for glowing skin.

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

(+) It yields a healthy pinkish finish.

(+) It has heals and soothes sun damaged skin.

(+) It gets rid of pale skin and evens out skin tone.

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

(+) It has great packaging with mirror and built in sponge applicator.

(+) Hassle free touch ups!

(+) A little goes a long way!

(+) It works best with Oil Eliminator HD.

(+) Fair enough for 6g at 520php.

What I wish:

They make blushers like this!

Overall: Though it’s summer time and tanned skin is in, it is still great to see healthy glowing skin! Thumbs up for this innovation! I recommend this to all and I will definitely repurchase.

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!!!