Review: New Olay Skin Whitening Bar Soap

Profile Photo taken by Ms Sarah Black


Brand: Olay
Product:  New Olay Skin Whitening Bar
Variants: Rose & Milk, Papaya, Vitamin C
Price: 34php/60g 46php/90g 92php/90gx3
Where to Buy? Major retailers nationwide

No judgements. As I've told over and over again on my blog. Let's be real. Some people want fairer skin. Some people want to be tan. I, for one have been using a lot of skin whitening products throughout the years to achieve the fairness I've always dreamed of. The first product I used back in high school was whitening soaps. Thorough the years I've tried and tested countless soaps and almost 90% of the time these soaps sting and feels so harsh. Especially when the lather slips down on sensitive areas. Ouch! Beauty should not mean pain. 

New Olay Skin Whitening Bars in Rose and Mik, Papaya, and Vitamin E


My readers frequently ask me "Ms Kat, what's the most effective whitening soap for sensitive skin?" and I couldn't give them an answer because so far there was none I could think of until now. Please continue reading until the bottom to see my full review.

Yours truly and Mr. Satya Saya, assistant brand manager for Olay Digital and Olay Body (OOTD: Top from Verano.PH, Skirt from Simara Shoes from Comfit)

Olay is already an established skincare brand worldwide. Heck, it's the only brand my grandma would use. She would make me kulit everytime to buy her fave Total Effects Cream and finally they are applying their expertise on skin whitening. Yehey! So I was invited to their #OneWashWonder event and soon after the big reveal my question is. Can it really lighten skin within first use? So off I went to the sink to try the soap ASAP.

So.. I immediately tried it!


Each soap has a Triple Whitening System that exfoliates, brightens, and evens out the skin tone. 

INGREDIENTS






REVIEW


Packaging - I remember reviewing the previous whitening bars of Olay which was dark and mystique. This time around it looks brighter, fresher, more youthful. It immediately stands out among the shelves with its feminine appeal.

Texture - The soap bar is smooth to the touch and when mixed with water, it creates a soft bubbly lather that feels heavenly. This is one of the key features that I love about this soap. Contrary to most whitening soaps I have tried throughout the years. IT DOESN'T STING. NO PAIN. OMG. I'm so happy.

Scent - I selected the Rose & Milk variant to be the first one to test because call me shallow but I love pink! Oh my it smells divine. Like creamy rose ice cream. Reminds me of the couture ice cream they served during the event. It smells creamy and delicious without being sickeningly sweet. 

Does it work? YES. I set my expectations every time I use a new product and I was pleasantly surprised during my initial test during their event. My hands looked fairer in an instant. When I looked closer, it also appeared to have micro particles that looked like really tiny flecks of sparkles that when you look afar the skin looked radiant.

Will I buy again? YES. Of course. I'm so glad they chose me as one of their partners because I'm willing to re-purchase the soaps once I run out. Why? 

Final Thoughts - My heart has been aching for a long time to use a soap that is not harsh and tingly. Something effective I can use on a daily basis. I’ve been using the soap every day since the launch. The new Olay Skin Whitening Bars delivers and definitely did not disappoint. To my readers who've been constantly asking me, yes we finally have it. An effective yet gentle solution to natural skin.



Rating: 5/5



KikaySiKat Rating Scale Guide
1 – It should cease to exist on the planet. 
2 – Troublesome. Caused negative reactions for me or made me feel bad.
3 – Boringly blah blah blah. Not good. Not bad. It's like... nothing...so I'll just give it away to someone who might like it more than I do.
4 – Wow. Amazeballs. It's super effective! I'll keep this in my stash for sure until  I find something better.
5 – It's irreplaceable! *ala Beyonce* (disclaimer:unless it gets discontinued boohoo)

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. I only accept sponsored posts if I truly believe and use the product. 

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20 Easy Gift Ideas for Mother's Day


It's a week from mother's day, do you have a gift yet? This is another impulsive impromptu post because I myself haven't bought one yet for my mom. Mom's are the best! Imagine all the effort they've been through in making sure we grow up to be decent human beings LOL. They deserve all the primp and pampering we can provide so here are some Mother's Day Gift Ideas that's perfect even in the year 3000. 


 Okay, if you don't agree with my ideas I also shared a few DIY's at the bottom of the page so do scroll down until the bottom. 


OH PS, this 2016 Mother's Day falls on the 8th. You're welcome! ^_^

From a Student

We don't have money. We struggle to save our allowances to attend to music festivals and events. (okay I shouldn't include myself I'm a tita na LOL). You want to make your mom feel special albeit the financial frenzy. 

1. GOOD GRADES - Yes. Please study hard. This is enough to make her happy. If it's too late to show-off your grades, at least pass your summer class eh?

2. DON'T GET PREGNANT - Your parents are working hard to let you finish school. Please control yourself. If you can't please take precautionary measures. Contraceptives and avoid f*ckboys from Tinder.

3. MAKE HER A CARD THAT SAYS - I will get good grades and will not get pregnant until after I make a good living. I love you mom. 

From a Working Girl

You work hard. Your mom raised you to be the modern millennial that you are. She deserves all the loving and reward her for her efforts in raising you. Were you able to save enough? Good!  

1. An authentic piece of luxury accessory like a bag or wallet. It's pretty generic I suppose but it's nice to let your mom reap and feel luxurious sometimes don't you agree? Make sure it's authentic, I do have some guides how to spot a fake.

2. A complete make-up kit for someone in her 40's-50's
3. A complete skincare set
  • Facial Wash
  • Toner
  • Moisturizer
  • Sunscreen

From the Rich and Fabulous

Oooh! You're so lucky you're in the Class A-B crowd. I wish I had more friends like you! Haha, kidding aside. Looks like you have the moolah to give your mom whatever money can buy but you know what? Your mom already knows that. Surprise her by getting her things your money can't buy.

1. STAYCATION - Ask her out on a "Stay-cation" weekend complete with spa treatments. Nothing beats rest and relaxation with a loved one. Oh not to mention the quality T-I-M-E.

2. TRAVEL - Is your mom still active? Go out and try an easy hike. The experience will make your bond stronger. 

3. HOME COOKED - If you're still too busy to go out cook her a lavish meal. If you don't know how to cook there are lots of tutorials or not. Whether it's edible or not, it's the thought that counts. 


DIY GIFTS

HUG PILLOW

Simply trace your hands on felt cloth, cut it and sew it on any pillow case. So easy to make. Full tutorial here

Homemade Cookie Butter Jar (full how-to here)

Made with Love Hair Ties

We practically lose one each day so why not give your mom a lifetime supply? Kidding haha. Learn more here

Stone Spa Mat

Simply glue stones on a rubber mat and ta-da!!! Make her feel like she's always in a spa at home. Full info here.


Why I Love You Flipbook Keychain

Despite your shortcomings, remind her you still love her with this carry-on keychain. How to make one here


Sweet Treats Emergency Stash

Fill a medicine box with candies and chocolates instead of usual meds LOL. Full deets here.


WHEW. That's it pancit (noodles). Enjoy and always remember. Moments are more precious than photographs.  


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Part 1: 30 Easy Eyeshadow Ideas Step by Step Tutorial

Imagine 7 ways to add color to your eyeshadow, not just our usual browns

So yep, I scoured the world wide web to curate the best of the best eyeshadow tutorials that I can gather. I LOVE MAKEUP. Personally, I'm a neutral eyeshadow palette kind of gal but I'm leaning towards venturing out into new things. Let's not re-invent the wheel. There are so many talented individuals here, makeup artists or enthusiasts who created these wonderful step-by-step eyeshadow tutorials and inspirations that we can follow.



Inspired by the Sky

This will make you look fresh and younger. Also makes blue eyes POP

Strong eyeliner game for a smokey cat-eye fusion

A blossoming neutral

Emerald Green Eyeliner can also be used as a striking eyeshadow

Inspired by Dita Von Teese. Purrfect for pin-up babes

Pastel love O_O

This is my daily eye makeup actually

Lid wash, for those in a hurry

I will do these someday, maybe tomorrow. Soon. You'll see it on my instagram account if you follow me. Until then, enjoy!
*hugs and kisses*

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Do You Believe in Love at First Taste?



I remember the exact moment I fell in love with my mom's sopas. I was three and got confined in the hospital for dengue. I couldn't really tolerate hospital food even if I need to eat more as it doesn't please my palette so my mom brought me the best bowl of tastiest sopas made with chicken, pasta, broth, soup and love! Now even if I'm already hitting my 30`s I still make kulit my mom to make me sopas because it reminds me of comfort.




Can flavor tell us more about ourselves than we think? Moreover, can people be matched based on their flavor profiles? As experts in flavor, Knorr has discovered how our favorite flavors might mean so much more than previously thought, particularly when it comes to finding love. 



The research behind this new campaign spoke to 12,000 people in 12 different countries, on the ground breaking role flavors play in our lives. With 83% of responders claiming to be more attracted to people who enjoy the same food flavors as them, this fuelled the idea that your personality flavor can truly help in making a meaningful connection and determine the depth and quality of our various relations – whether with family members, friends and peers, or even romantic partners.  80% see flavor as an important part of their everyday life. In fact, 69% of find the idea of trying out new flavors sexy and exciting, and surprisingly, 73% of them would even most willingly give up social media first forever before sacrificing flavor.



Overall, the research reveals how our flavor preferences are just as important when it comes to choosing a partner, as eight out of ten people said they are more attracted to people who share their flavor preferences. A third even said they found someone ordering a dish they disliked a turn off, though one in five is wise to this and admits to choosing a meal they didn’t like to impress a date.



Putting these insights and research to the ultimate test, a social experiment campaign with a twist was created to showcase how flavor can be catalysts to life’s meaningful connections. In a short film entitled Love at First Taste, sets of two complete strangers were paired up in a blind date on the basis on their love for the same flavors. The result? An entertaining film that underpins how each culinary experience and flavor creates distinct memories and feelings with people, discovered using the Flavor Profiler. 

“Having studied the behavioural patterns behind food consumption for over 30 years, this research by Knorr validates something I have long suspected; that food and flavors are a window to our character and our flavor preferences offer a vital insight into our personality,” shared Greg Tucker, Flavor Expert and Psychologist. “So it is no wonder that when pairing up, we seek soul-mates who are also eat-mates, who like the same food and flavors that we do.”

Ready to find out what your flavor profile is? Watch Knorr’s latest film Love at First Taste and be inspired on how strangers became match made in foodie heaven by visiting



 Discover which one of the twelve flavor profiles you are! Take the Knorr Flavor Profiler at myflavor.Knorr.com and share your flavor personality with your Love at First Taste stories online using the official hashtag #LoveAtFirstTaste.

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Review: Skin9dan Black Cleanser from Althea Korea - Deep Cleans Like Magic


Review: Black Pack Cleanser from Korea - Definitely Deep Cleans Clogged Pores

Brand Skin9dan
Product Black Pack Cleanser
Price - 1,200php  560PHP (it's on SALE OMFG)

Gah.. one of my skin pet-peeves are clogged pores. Not only do they look bad in photos, it's itchy and annoying. We are susceptible to clogged pores all the time because of the products we use on our face; makeup, moisturizer, sunblocks. You're tempted to squeeze it am I right? Squeeze the whiteheads, blackheads, and dirt. However, squeezing comedones can do more harm to our skin than good. It will make our pores even bigger, and worse an infection that will mutate your simple
clogged pore into a full-blown pimple with pus (nana! ewww)



As I'm browsing my favorite korean beauty on-line store Althea Korea Philippines, I spotted on of their best-sellers and caught my curiosity. The Black Pack Cleanser. Read until the bottom for the honest to goodness detailed review!

What is Black Pack Cleanser?





HOW TO USE




PRODUCT REVIEW


Packaging - It's in a squeeze tube with a twist-off cap. This type of packaging ensures that no product goes to waste as we can squeeze until it's empty, unlike when it's in an unsanitary jar. Love love love. 

Texture - Thick, like toothpaste.

Scent - Clay, herbal, minty

Does it work? YES. I have 2 cystic pimples on the left side of my cheeks, near my nose (TMI alert!) and because I have an upcoming photoshoot this week (as of writing this) I'm in a terrible rush to get rid of them. I cannot use Kati-Alis on this case because it would make my face dry and scaly.  After 3 consecutive nights of using the Black Pack Cleanser, I'm amazed on how it shrunk the pimples to whitehead size and I'm crossing my fingers it will disappear in a couple of days. 

Will I buy again? YES

Final Thoughts - It's addicting to use. It's like my go-to product now when I feel my skin is getting clogged from all the makeup or sunblock we put on in the morning. It's also my default emergency face mask!

Rating: 5/5 

KikaySiKat Rating Scale Guide
1 – It should cease to exist on the planet. 
2 – Troublesome. Caused negative reactions for me or made me feel bad.
3 – Boringly blah blah blah. Not good. Not bad. It's like... nothing...so I'll just give it away to someone who might like it more than I do.
4 – Wow. Amazeballs. It's super effective! I'll keep this in my stash for sure until  I find something better.
5 – It's irreplaceable! *ala Beyonce* (disclaimer:unless it gets discontinued boohoo)

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