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Unboxing April 2014 BDJ Box | Exclusive Pixy (Truly Asian Beauty) Box

15 Apr

I attended a Baccalaureate mass last Saturday and commuting home left me lightheaded. It somehow disappeared when I saw this in our living room, waiting for me. Actually I got 2 packages yesterday – one from Sample Room and one from BDJ Box.

I lifted the April BDJ Box and became giddy when it felt heavy again! YAY! Became excited when I saw an Exclusive BDJ Box from a new makeup brand in the Philippines, PIXY. No doubt BDJ Box is the first to let us Bellas try the said brand. This new brand is an Indonesian cosmetics line which is formulated using Japanese technology and ingredients. Truly made for Asian skin, agree?

April 2014 Pixy BDJ Box

April 2014 Pixy BDJ Box

Here are the products inside:

1 Pixy UV Whitening Two Way Cake Perfect Fit Compact 

Pixy UV Whitening Two Way Cake Perfect Matte Refill

3 Ultimate Makeup Cake

4 Colors of Delight Blush-On

5 Colors of Delight Lipstick Silky Fit Semi-Matte Lipstick

6 Colors of Delight Lipstick Silky Lasting Matte Lipstick

7  Colors of Delight Lipstick Silky Fit Satin Lipstick

8 Colors of Delight Eyeliner Pencil

9 Colors of Delight Waterproof Mascara

April 2014 Pixy BDJ Box

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Unboxing October 2013 BDJ Box

14 Oct

Finally! I have been waiting for the October BDJ Box since Saturday because I’ve seen posts in Instagram already. I was wishing to receive their new mascara, The Rocket (Maybelline Blast Off!) whichever box I receive. Among those I have seen were Wild Thing, Femme Fatale, Runway Rock, Sugar and Spice, Scene Stealer… I haven’t seen the last box yet.

October BDJ Box: Scene Stealer

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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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Dare to Wear Maybelline / BDJ Box 7-Day Challenge Make Up Look

27 May

Out of all the drugstore makeup brands, Maybelline is a definite favorite of mine. So guess what I felt when I received full sized samples form my May BDJ Box, ecstatic, of course!

The products included in the 7-day challenge are the following:

  • Maybelline Clear Smooth All-in-One Shine-Free Foundation (To Go)
  • Maybelline EyeStudio LuminEyes, 
  • Maybelline The Hyper Curl Volum Express: Waterproof
  • Maybelline Color Sensational Lasting Lipstick
  • Maybelline Baby Lips Color Lip Balm
Maybelline Clear Smooth All-in-One Shine-Free Foundation (To Go)

Maybelline Clear Smooth All-in-One Shine-Free Foundation in NUDE BEIGE(To Go)

Maybelline EyeStudio LuminEyes in WINE

Maybelline EyeStudio LuminEyes in WINE

Maybelline The Hyper Curl Volum Express: Waterproof

Maybelline The Hyper Curl Volum Express: Waterproof

Maybelline Color Sensational Lasting Lipstick in PEACHY SCENE

Maybelline Color Sensational Lasting Lipstick in PEACHY SCENE

Maybelline Baby Lips Color Lip Balm in BERRY CRUSH

Maybelline Baby Lips Color Lip Balm in BERRY CRUSH

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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: 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

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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.

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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.

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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”?!

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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!