Thursday, April 24, 2014

Kanebo KATE Colorcious Diamond Eye Shadow Palette in BK-1

Hello loves!

I love eyeshadows. I use them every time I go out of the house. But let's face it, eyeshadows are hard to finish, especially if you have more than a dozen palettes (like me). I do try to avoid buying them just so I don't regret it when they get too old and I still haven't hit the pan. I'm sort of frugal so I feel bad when things get wasted. :P

But when I saw this palette while I was browsing a Kanebo stall at SM Makati, I wanted to buy it. 

The shades aren't unique but I just love how it looks, it's awesome pigmentation, and how silky they feel when I swatched them.

Anyway, here's some info from the website:

A 5-shade eye shadow palette featuring the shades and shine of colored diamonds to create beautiful, lustrous, and wide eyes as the shades are applied
It's available in 8 sets of shades.

I really like that it looks like beautiful, glittery rocks—like raw diamonds!

It's my first time to own a powder eyeshadow from KATE. I really liked the eyeliners that I've tried from the brand and I also read some great reviews about their BB's, foundations, and eyeshadows so that's why it was easy for me to buy this. Haha!

Anyway, it comes with a double-ended applicator. I guess the thinner one is for sharp lines and dark shadows like using them as eyeliners.

Here's a closeup of the palette.
It is composed of warm and cool tones that would look awesome for a smokey look.

Here are the swatches!

And below is an EOTD of how I usually wear it during daytime (yes, that's a daytime look for me... drama much?).

Staying power of the eyeshadow is pretty decent but it can stay all day with a good primer. The shadows feel silky but there are some chunky glitters on some shadows which I don't really mind. Blending is very easy and the shades go well together.

Overall, I'm liking the palette. It's not really unique because I've seen palettes from other brands with almost the same shades. But I do love how it looks and how it performs and at least I get to keep a palette from the brand. :P

What do you think of this? Do you own an eyeshadow from KATE too?


Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Canmake Powder Cheeks in PW05

Good evening ladies,

I bring you a short review of the Canmake Powder Cheeks in PW05

I love how straight-forward the packaging is, nothing too fancy yet nothing that looks overly cheap.

Plus the size is perfect for travel and it's been my travel blush ever since I got it.

And again, the notes are all still in Japanese. I do that in the coming days, there is an English version.

So the shade is somewhat near Dawn's favorite shade, Salmon Pink. As you can see, it has a little shimmer to it and is quite lovely and elegant looking.

The accompanying brush is also a marvel as it is really soft and takes up a good amount of pigment.

I am not sure if this is synthetic or real hair. 

So here it is swatched on Dawn's hand. See how beautiful it is? It gives off a natural blush on the cheeks. 

However, I do believe this shade is more suited for fair skinned individuals like Dawn because when I used it...

It kind of just blended onto my cheeks and disappeared. Sorry about all the oiliness, I wasn't able to check my face before taking the shot and I had been running around errands on a very hot afternoon. Anyway, going back to the blush. On ladies with skin tones like mine, it requires a little more pigment to show. Apply it once and it just lightens the area a little bit and no pink tones visible, so you'd need to apply a couple of times to achieve the same effect it has on fairer toned individuals.

So, overall, this blush is so-so for me. I do like it since it's travel-friendly, the brush is amazing, and the color is great. 

The discouraging thing about it is that it does not turn out as lovely on me as it does on girls with fairer skin tones. In the launch event they talked about this being the ideal blush for lazy women as,  they could simply spread the blush on their cheeks when they're on the go but I did not feel it like that since I did have to build the color up. It's still a great blush nonetheless.

That's it for this post. Hope you try it as well. Do tell me if it works for you if you're skin tone is similar to mine or darker.


Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Nail-a-Holics: A budget-friendly spa experience?

Hello ladies,

Today I share with you my foot spa experience at nail-a-holics nail salon & spa SM San Lazaro branch. Do know that this happened 2 weeks ago, hours before my sister's debut.

So, I was from 24 hour hospital duty that day and it had not occurred to me to take pictures of the whole thing and place as I was not expecting to post about it. I genuinely thought that the service would be ok and that it's not super extraordinary that I'd go blog about it. Anyway, I originally thought that their foot spa as well as the hand spa (if that was the term for it) already included a manicure/pedicure with it. Unfortunately, they did not so I took the 700 peso package which included the foot spa and mani-pedi.

Around this time I was really looking for some good massage for my feet as the past few rotations have been a torture to them and I've been suffering mild aches and pains on my soles. And since I've read a good deal of reviews from nail-a-holics, I was expecting a good service.

So now, let me share to you the experience.

I am not that picky about certain things and I guess I don't get easily grossed out but I just can't stand seeing their towels, the seats, and the throw pillows. I know that the branch had been there for quite sometime, but I think it's only appropriate that they do change the sheets on the seats or throw pillows once every 2 months or what. The seats look exactly like they've been sat on by a lot of people and all the sweat and dust have stuck on them. The towels were battered and a little dark so you know that they've been using those probably since the store started and they've only been washed and rewashed. I wouldn't have any problem with that if I had had this service with some mani-pedi lady from my province or some salon where it only costs around 50 to 100 for both hands and feet, but, to have your business named nail salon and spa, I think an occasional spring cleaning to keep with appearances is necessary. Maybe dispose of those unsightly towels and wash those seats. I don't know if this is only in SM San Lazaro branch, but even so, shouldn't they maintain quality of their equipment in all branches?

Next, I really would have let things go since probably this is the "norm" in other nail spa as I've only been to three. However, when your feet still feels similar to velcro when you're walking on your bed I cannot let that go. Let me make it clear that the lady who did my foot scrub was nice, but I guess she overdid the scrubbing a little? I have never had this experience with my two previous foot spa and I do not understand how it could even stay like that for more than 2 weeks. Here's a picture of my soles.

Lastly, I did say I wanted a good massage for my feet. On my previous experience of foot spas, they do thoroughly massage not just your soles but also includes your calves/your legs and they ask you how hard or how soft you'd want it. Here, however, there was no such questioning, she did not ask if I wanted it hard or soft. Ok... I don't really mind either way. But the massage was only good at first, then in less than 10 minutes she was done with both foot and leg. The only massage she did for my legs was two "karate chops" and it was done. What was that? It was the same for my hands.

I was in a hurry that day so I asked if they had a nail dryer or a quick dry solution, which they had... so she put liberal amount of the solution on my nails and it looked like I had eaten a really oily piece of meat with my bare hands. It did dry up quick but after a day, the nail color started looking like they had bubble underneath and it looked so ugly I peeled it off my hand. Yes, peeled.

So overall, I was not happy to have spent 700 pesos for that service because I know I'd be able to get better service with the same amount or even less. So I do hope they try to take some of the suggestions especially the first one. Anyway, I won't be going back there anytime soon.


Monday, April 21, 2014

Laura Mercier Second Skin Cheek Colour in Barely Pink

Hey lovelies!

Just sharing this super old post... it's been in my drafts list for so long. But just in case some of you are wondering what this particular blush's swatch looks like, then this post can be a bit helpful. :P

Laura Mercier Second Skin Cheek Colour in Barely Pink

I actually don't have this anymore because this shade is too light for my liking. :P

It has a light peachy pink shade. It looks really nice on skin especially if your skin is fair. See the swatch below:

I love the pigmentation of Laura Mercier blushes. I would like this shade more if it's a little darker so that it would look more natural on my cheeks. Maybe I'll get another shade someday. :)

And that's all for now. Going to watch some TV series for the rest of the evening. :P


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