Ysa Papaya Soap Review


It's been a habit of mine that whenever I run out of soap, I purchase a different one to try. I am a believer that our skin can get immuned to whatever we are using even if it is effective for us so it's nice to have change ocassionaly.

I remember the first time I've used YSA Papaya Soap (orange) back when I was in highschool. I loved it because it was cold pressed, all natural, and smelled really good. It smelled like lavender. It also worked like miracles on pimples. However, as the years go by, the quality depreciated. My favorite YSA soap was no longer cold pressed, it turned into another generic whitening soap bar that takes a long time to melt. It wasn't pure anymore. It was full of fillers. They even put in the label "improved formulation" but to be honest it was the opposite.

When I dropped by the local Watsons store nearby, I spotted something different. A green papaya soap. They say that a papaya fruit's enzymes are more potent when it is green than ripe. The YSA papaya soap (green) was also marketed as an acne soap. Give YSA a 2nd shot? Why not?





Pros

  • It still smells like lavender
  • It did not make my skin dry
  • My skin feels clean and well exfoliated after using
  • The bar of soap lasts long
  • It says on the ingredient's list it still uses natural ingredients like Virgin Coconut Oil
  • It did help drying my bum acne -_-

Cons

  • It's not cold-pressed
  • An ingredient says it has an "anti-inflammatory agent"; just that. What is it? They should've told us
  • It's quite pricey at more than 75php
  • It's not that potent in terms of whitening

Will I be repurchasing?

I don't think so. It's really not that special of a bar of whitening soap and there are better ones out in the market. 

Disconnected


Today,  everything seems like a dream. I don't feel anything. Like a speckle of dust floating around an empty space.  Something you can only see if you look hard enough. 

I don't feel happy. I don't feel sad.  I don't feel angry.  I don't feel anything.  I  smile,  I frown,  I laugh,  not because I feel like doing them but they seem like the appropriate reaction. 

If I died today I couldn't care less.  I feel like my soul was stolen away from me.  I feel empty. Hollow. 
Bring me back my soul. Someone. Save me. 

Tatiomax Glutathione Review Part 1


Greetings earthlings! A lot of you who have been following me on instagram(@kikaysikat) are asking what's that new glutathione supplement I've been taking along with my other daily supplements. It's that large liquid gel capsule in that photo above.

I take my Cal-Mag-Zinc from healthy options for managing my Tourettes. You know, that nerve condition where you just involuntarily twitch? Some people have vocal tics some have muscle tics. Fortunately I have the muscle one, so don't expect any sudden shouts or curses from my end. Did you know that glutathione also keeps the tics at bay since it's an anti-oxidant?





This was sent to me by Ageless Beauty Potions for a review consideration. They sell a lot of different glutathione brands in their shop. What got my attention in this is the whopping 1600mg content. Well, if we disect the ingredients a bit it has:

  • L-Glutathione 1200mg
  • Hydrolized Collagen 200mg - This is new for me. According to wikipedia.com
  • A preclinical study investigated the effects of oral ingestion of hydrolyzed collagen, along with vitamin C and glucosamine, suggested that the moisture content of skin, its viscoelastic properties, and smoothness benefit.[7]



Initial Thoughts

It smells legit. Glutathione smells like rotten eggs due to nitrogen and this one smells like it. It's in liquid form and not powder meaning faster absorption in our body. The thing is it's a huge dosage in one intake I sometimes prefer taking glutathione in separate dosage because the excess just gets excreted in our urine. Sort of like when we take vitamin C that's time released. 


Day 1: Under natural light. No Makeup.
This would be my before shot of taking Tatiomax. Together with proper skincare and using protective sunscreen let's see what would Tatiomax do to my skin in 1 month. I will be taking this for 1 month and will give you a full, complete, detailed, and unbiased review of this product together with an "after" shot.

Scent Swatch Review - For Scents Inspired By..


How often do you change your fragrance and how do you wear your perfume? I have a favorite  and that's Narcisso Rodriguez EDP and EDT both for daytime and nighttime but sometimes I sway to try different scents when I get tired of them but I keep going back to my favorite of course. Do you have a signature scent? I wear my signature fragrance when I'm going out on a date, meeting, or anywhere I would like them to remember me by how I smell. Sort of like an imprint.

I was fortunate enough to receive a few gifts from scent swatch and they're based on my perfoume favorites like Blvgari Omnia Crystalline and Jo Malone's White Jasmine and Mint. Oooh a Black XS inspired perfume to for Mr. John Castle! These scents come in small atomizer bottles with simple but classy label. Scent Swatch manufactures designer-inspired scents for those who are on a budget. Not everyone can afford to put on an expensive perfume on a daily basis right?




Review

I love it! Most designer-inspired fragrance brands are actually FAAAAR from what the actual perfumes smell like but Scent Swatch is different!  I own the original Blvgari Omnia and I must say Scent Swatch really captures the feel of the fragrance upon initial spray. It also lasts long too, look at the bottle, their fragrances are in Eau de Parfum.  After the scent settles down on my skin it transforms into something lighter, albeit fresher. Take note, these are scents like. While it cannot capture the exact scent, like Crystalline's sharp citrus notes on the first spray while it warms down too a woody musk by the time you go to the heart. It still retains the heart which is the white florals. 

Since it's just 90php per bottle (10ml) it doesn't feel wasteful spraying it throughout the day, you might not even do this because it lasts long!

Kikaysikat Tip: There are several type of perfume concentrations which varies on how long lasting and pure the scent is. This is in order from strongest to weakest: Eau de Parfum, Eau de Toilette, Eau de Cologne.  



Will I buy again?

Certainly! They're affordable at 90php per bottle and it's cute to give as gifts! They have a wide array of fragrances to choose from too! I hope they make a version of Narcisso Rodriguez!

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Beauty Blossoms in Manila with Pixy and My Pixy Makeup Review Week #GetPixyFied


Hello! How's everyone doing? The past few days, if you've been following me on twitter or instagram I've been pretty gloomy and down lately, the reason? Most probably PMS. Too much info I know! But I know you girls can relate that when it's our time of the month. Not to sound materialistic but sometimes, the best way to relieve ourselves from stress and depression is to prettify ourselves by dressing up, or primping with makeup!

We were invited to the exclusive launch of Pixy Cosmetics at Whitespace Manila a few weeks ago and I was so excited because it's a Japanese makeup brand! I'm a huge fan of Japanese cosmetics because when their products really does what it claims to do. No hullabaloo. The theme was pink, cherry blossoms, and tokyo kawaii!

Kawaii means CUTE in japanese ^_^; Did I mention I learned some nihonggo a few years back?



Each invitee was given Pixy products to try placed in this cute pink bucket. Hosted by the lovely Patty Laurel, we were given a brief introduction of Pixy cosmetics.



They also had a special guest, famous makeup artist Xeng Zulueta who taught us a lot of makeup tricks we can use on a daily basis using Pixy Cosmetics.

Makeup Tips from Xeng Zulueta

  1. An atomizer is your best friend - Use an atomizer spray with water to create a more natural finish to your makeup. A final setting touch. 
  2. A good 2-way foundation can take you anywhere - If you have a good foundation, you can also use it as concealer if it has good coverage. Pixy's 2-way powder foundation actually does the trick!
  3. You can use eyeshadow as blusher - She used the wine colored eye-shadow as a blusher because her makeup set accidentally didn't have a blusher inside. Blessing in disguise right? She's so flexible that she used the eyeshadow as blush and actually looked so good on the model I wanted to use mine as blush too! Pixy's eyeshadow texture is silky, fine, and well pigmented. Never chalky.





I felt like going there as a modern-day princess so I wore a chiffon tulle skirt with a vintage cropped top to give it the modern twist. You can also check out my lookbook page as I occasionally post my OOTD's there.




PIXY is a Japanese-formulated and Indonesian-manufactured make-up line which flatters skin
tones, while infusing the same light-reflecting, skin-perfecting properties, making Japanese
cosmetics high in demand.

In each gleaming compact and sleek tube, Pixy offers the best of the ladylike “gal” trend with
a twist: it’s now affordable, wearable, and incredibly easy to do. Pixy acts as your loyal beauty
companion: each pretty pink product fits neatly in your handbag, promising to awaken your
youthful glow and creative spirit no matter where you are!

“Mandom is excited to bring Pixy here to the Philippines because we believe our purpose is
to contribute to the beautiful, healthy and pleasant living. Filipinas have an innate happiness
and natural beauty. Pixy allows women to enhance this beauty by offering quality products to
highlight their Truly Asian Beauty,” shares Hiroyuki Mitsuoka, President of Mandom Philippines.

Every woman should have a beauty philosophy that reflects their personality. With this in mind,
for their Philippine launch, Pixy designed 2 exclusive looks directly inspired by the biggest
catwalk in the world: the city of Tokyo. Are you Tokyo Kawaii or Tokyo Glam? The only way
to find out is to give each one a try! At affordable prices, you don’t have to limit your makeup
fantasies any longer. So what are you waiting for? Get PIXYfied!


L-R: 

Woohoo, I'm going to post a "Pixy Makeup Review Week" series on my blog where I will feature my Pixy favorites. *ehem ultimate makeupcake* *ehem eyeshadow* *ehem lipsticks* *ehem actually almost everything you see here* 

Wait.. I can't help it. There Ultimate Makeup Cake is HG material. It gives my skin a flawless smooth glow and having acidic skin, the foundation did not oxidize!!! Imagine that? No more stress on getting something "one shade lighter"


Pixy is available in Watsons and distributed by Mandom Philippines Corporation.

To know more about PIXY, visit their Facebook Page http://www.facebook.com/PIXY.TrulyAsianBeautyPh

How's Your Heart Lately?



Enough with the mumbo jumbo of press releases and product reviews.  As much as I enjoy attending and having these blog perks I kinda miss my freedom of expression. I hope you don't mind if I shit my thoughts for a while.

The past few days if you have been following my twitter or instagram I've been posting hints of loneliness in my posts.  Bad for my kikay-giddy image? I guess.  I'm not sure.  Maybe brands would appreciate the fact that I'm a real person,  flawed and unperfect.  We can't be cheery all the time can we? Jaded.

I got this coined term from Liz (projectvanity. com)  where some "famed"  bloggers would be so clouded and overwhelmed with all the perks that thyry actually forget why they're doing this in the first place.  To share what we love and know to readers or we can also rant about what we don't like so much so you can be aware.

In terms of my personal life,  pardon if I vent but it is indeed a challenge to extinguish demons I create in my mind. I get paranoid sometimes and think that people,  even those I love,  would do things that would hurt me like betrayal and abandonment. I wonder if anyone could relate to this.  Trauma from the past maybe?  To those who has been following this blog,  you know my story of how my husband left me and my son alone around 3 years ago.

Should we always blame the past?  If we think logically we can all agree that once we forgive and learn,  we can get on and move forward with our lives ; learning to love again,  learning to trust again.  It's only and always fear that is holding us back from opening ourselves again to others. This is not just in romantic relationships mind you,  it can also be applied to friendships.  I need to open my heart to be able to finally fully express myself.
I need to focus on what's real and what is. 

How's your heart lately?


Fit Food Manila Favorites

Mushroom Omelette with Cream Sandwich


Among the Diet Delivery Services in Metro Manila that I have tried (I tried A LOT) Fit Food Manila is one of the few that really focuses on the taste of their food and not just calorie count to 1200. They think about what their subscribers would feel.

While I did love most of their meals, I'm featuring here few of my favorites that I wish would keep coming back to their menu.
Pesto Toast

Pork BBQ with Brown Rice

Maha Blanca

Mexican Salad

Japanese Meal Day!
Healthy shouldn't mean bland, that's what most deliveries do. Fit Food Manila really fits the bill in serving you delicious and healthy meals!

#SwapYourLifestyle - Tomato and Swap Watch DIY Event



Well, it's not news that you can customize your watch bands and straps but how would you feel to know that you can also customize the face of your watch, and even use loom bands as a strap! Neat! Tomato and Swap Watch just has exactly that. 

Last week together with other blogger DIY events, Tomato and Swap Watch invited different celebrities and bloggers to a DIY Swap Watch event  #SwapYourLifestyle we were given the chance to make our own customized watches however we want them! Including the face print. You can even use photos from your phone as background, how cool is that?



They offered a lot of sweet treats! Yummy pretzels from Auntie Anne's, cupcakes from 12 cupcakes, and donuts from Gavino. Goodbye flat tummy! Hello to bad carbs! Hey, it's okay to indulge once in a while. The snacks are so yummy!



This is the "Loomies" area where you can have your very own Swap Watch in loomband form. I think this is the best type of novelty idea because loombands are so "in" right now and it brings out the creative genius in you. It's also nice to give the straps as gift to friends or you can have your own "barkada swap watch design" ala loom.






Nope this is not my watch. I had mine in black straps with rainbow holographic background but since I had to rush of back to work I have to wait for my watch to be shipped hopefully next week



LoL I had to take a photo with my childhood crush Mike Tan. I had a crush on him back in college during his Starstruck days. I was really rooting for him to win and he did!




Shopped for a few items at Tomato thanks to their GC that is meant to be used for that day only *panic* I'm happy with what I got! I had to make an additional payment of 100php because I exceeded the 2,000 limit hehe.

SWAP Your Lifestyle!

It has been an exciting year for SWAP! The brand never stops from giving you fun crazy ideas to mix and match your own SWAP combos with your everyday outfits, on different occasions, anytime of the day! It’s SWAP, Your lifestyle!

And as we continue our journey with you, we give you the latest offering of SWAP – the SWAP DIY (Design-It-Yourself)!  This feature allows anyone to have their personal design or photo (hello selfies!) turned into a SWAP Watch! How cool is that?!  For only P1000, you can already have your personalized SWAP watch and pair it with your choice of strap color!

And to make your SWAP more personalized, we recently joined the bandwagon and launched our SWAP Loom! Now you can create your own rainbow loom strap with your designed pattern:  flipside, crisscross, pentalock, or whatever design you can. For only P350, you can avail these SWAP straps ready for looming! 

Both are exclusively available in Tomato online store, shop.tomato.ph/time/swap/DIY

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Cosmo Skin Glutathione Review



This is a throwback thursday post! Why? Because Cosmo Skin Glutathione was one of the first few brands of glutathione I tried almost 10 years ago. I started taking this back in college so yeah, you guess how old I am now. Cosmo Skin boasts a variety of effect that their glutathione formulation can provide, from removing blemishes, to preventing skin aging up to weight loss! That's too much!

It's quite affordable too at 1,350php for a bottle of 30 capsules. Not bad eh? The thing is, when I took this for 2 weeks, it gave me huge cystic acne. I was sure this was the culprit because I wasn't taking anything else. While it did made my skin look more radiant and fair, I just couldn't take the pimples anymore. Sure some people might say it's a "detoxification" process of glutathione.

But after trying several glutathione brands already, I discovered there's no such thing as a detox process. It's either the formulation suits your body's chemistry or not. Unfortunately, Cosmo Skin didn't, but I would like to give them a second chance again since I took their gluta 10 years ago pa.

While it's on my list of glutathione to try again, I'm praying it won't give me acne or irritation this time. Remember readers, if any product gives you adverse reaction. STOP using it right away, your body is rejecting it. 

Price of Cosmo Skin and Where to Buy?

Cosmo Skin 30's         P1,350
Cosmo Skin 60's         P 2,475 (Savings of P225 vs Cosmo Skin 30's)

Cosmo Skin Elite Collagen 30's       P680

Cosmo Skin GSE 30's P900
Cosmo GSE 5+2 promo pack P150 (savings of P60)

Cosmo Savers Pack   P2,070 (bundle of Cosmo Skin 30's and Cosmo GSE 30's savings of P180)
Cosmo Beauty Savers P2,775 (bundle of Cosmo Skin 60's and Cosmo Cee 60's savings of P405)

Cosmo Cee 10's        P85
Cosmo Cee 60's        P480 (Savings of P30 vs Cosmo Cee 10's)

Cosmo Body 60's       P900
Cosmo Body 5's         P86.50

Cosmo Skin Collagen Hand and Body Cream   P149

Cosmo Skin Kojic Soap                 P89
Cosmo Skin Collagen Soap           P89
Cosmo Skin Whitening Soap         P140
Cosmo Skin Exfoliant Soap            P99
Cosmo Skin Whitening Soap 2+1 Promo Pack P280   (Bundle of 2 Soap with 1 Soap Free. Savings of P140)

Euphoria Maxx for Men 2's  P44
Euphoria Maxx for Men 30's P645


*All Cosmo Products are available at all Watsons Outlet
and selected Southstar Drug and Rose Pharmacy outlet


Yves Rocher Raspberry Vinegar Rinse Review





Quick post! I'm currently in love with this very unique product from our favorite french brand, Yves Rocher. It's best-selling Eclat Radiance Rinsing Vinegar. I got this out of a whim among my Yves Rocher haul because it seemed like the most interesting. While it's not the first time I've heard of rinsing hair with vinegar, it's the first time I've heard of vinegar made of raspberries. I was hesitant at first as it might stink my hair, but it didn't! Before I go on to the review here's an explanation of hair vinegar rinsing



The use of vinegar with a variety of plants or essential oils for cosmetic purposes can be traced back to the Romans and was fashionable during the nineteenth century as vinegar de toilette.

The outer layer of the hair, the cuticle, covers the hair shaft and protects it like the bark on a tree. The cuticle is made of overlapping layers of long scales that lie along the surface of the hair like shingles on a roof. It is the condition of the cuticle scales that determines whether you are going to have a bad hair day.
When the cuticle is in good shape, is unbroken, and lies flat, your hair has a smooth appearance. When the layers of the cuticle are tightly knit together, the light is able to reflect off the cuticle. This is what makes hair shine! The cuticle opens when we shampoo our hair. When the cuticle layers are open and not knit together, the hair will feel rough, coarse and brittle. The hair will absorb the light rather than reflect it, which gives the appearance of dull and lifeless hair.

Vinegar removes scaly build-up and residue from hair shafts and closes the cuticles. Since residue coats the hair causing it to look dull, removing residue gives your hair more shine. By closing the cuticles, the hair slides more easily and there will be fewer tangles. Vinegar has a tonic action that promotes blood circulation in the small capillaries that irrigate the skin.
http://www.chagrinvalleysoapandsalve.com/idascorner/shampoo-hair/make-your-own-natural-vinegar-hair-rinse






How to Use

The bottle is ingeniously designed as the hole is just the right size to drip the exact amount of liquid you need to pour on your hair. I just shake it directly on my head, be careful not to put some on your eye as it will sting. After applying on my hair, I massage my scalp and hair to ensure the vinegar is evenly distributed. It smells so yummy like skittles!


Pros

  1. My hair feels clean but not dry afterwards
  2. Having limp hair, this does not weigh my hair down and even helps build more volume
  3. Smells like raspberry skittles. Yummy!
  4. Convinient and easy to use with its easy squirt bottle
  5. Closes hair cuticles, and prevent split ends!

Cons

  1. A bit on the expensive side but I tell you it's worth it!

How much does it cost and where can I buy this?

It costs 595php at Yves Rocher branches near you.

Will I repurchase?

An easy yes. This makes a HUGE difference on my hair's health. Last week when I got a haircut and made my hair shorter, I vowed to take good care of my tresses and grow it long and healthy.


Where to buy Yves Rocher Products in the Philippines?

Level 2 SM Aura Premier
C5 Road cor MH del Pilar Drive, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City


G/F TriNoma, Quezon City (632) 576.3662
(632) 921.3948

G/L SM Southmall, Las PiƱas City
(632) 478.2252

G/F Paseo Solano Wing Ayala Center Cebu, Cebu City
(6332) 266.1458




KikaysiKat Rating 5/5 Stars




Fashion Finds at Divisoria



This is a quick post for everyone! Last weekend, my aunt discovered this super cool area in Divisoria where you can find cheap dresses with price that ranges from 250php - 450php. She mentioned this because last time I saw her I complemented her dress that I thought was expensive, it looked liked it to me. It fitted her very well.

Years back I made a Shopping Guide to Divisoria post because of how much I wanted to help people and inform them that it isn't really that much of a hassle to go to that place, there are areas for comfort now like the 168 mall and the Lucky China Town for the higher tier of the crowd. This is the place where suppliers get the items they sell on-line. I would love to join the bandwagon and sell these too but I'm still having second thoughts!

Divisoria is a place where you can find everything and anything you want as long as you have the patience and know how to bargain. I posted bargaining tips at my shopping guide to help you and I think I'm going to update it soon because a lot has changed since then (remind me?)

Here are some of the items I got that day. I would've went further and go crazy but I wanted to stay strict on my allotted budget for that day. 


Bras for 150php each - 2nd Floor 168 Mall near the food station

Zebra Print Jumpsuit - 450php - Streets of Divisoria

Fun Colorful Romper - 250php - Streets of Divisoria

Classic Maxi Dress V-Neck - 450php - Streets of Divisoria

BodyCon Illusion Dress (This fits soooo good) - 250php - Streets of Divisoria



Abstract Sleeveless Jumpsuit - 450php - Streets of Divisoria
With the right shoes and accessories these babies can go anywhere. I don't mind saying I got it from Divisoria, it's not where your clothes come from anyway. As long as you can wear it with confidence, it fits you well and it has the style you like. It doesn't matter if it's from a high-end brand or from a thrift shop! Don't you agree?

Have you ever shopped in Divisoria? How did you find the place? I'd love to hear your experience there! Let's chit-chat and share great finds and stores we discovered and disqus below.


You might also like these other posts:
Cheap Fashion Finds Tank Tops at 168
Cheap and Chic Accessories from Divisoria

Shopping Guide to Divisoria

#BensimonDIY - Customize Your Own Bensimon Pair!


Tis the season of DIY events for brands. It's nice to know that PR agencies are starting to make the events more fun and interactive to those who are attending it such as the bloggers and celebrities. Not your usual "Speaker here-Discuss product here-eat here-lootbags here-send out press kits here" PR agencies are really getting creative and I'm proud!

Last week I was invited to Bensimon Philippine's DIY Design Your Own Bensimon Event where we had the chance to get into our creative hats and customize our own sneakers. A table was setup for the attendees and we were given a pair to play around with. The table had all sorts of crafty items like colored pens, paint, bleach, glitter, glue, sequins and a whole lot more. I sat down for a few 5 minutes and said to myself "Ok I'm overwhelmed and don't know what to do"

To those who aren't famiiar, Bensimon is a Parisian brand of sneakers. They are well known for comfort chic! Their shoes are flexible you can bend em at will! 






My blank canvass. What to do what to do. Hmm..


I always loved gold. It makes anything fabulous! White and gold, hmm not bad, I could go wild with my design but I decided to keep it simple because I want to pair a lot of outfits with my Bensimon shoes



Then I couldn't help it, I just had to add this teensy weensy detail at the back. A star. Because as a believer of the law of attraction, I want to feel like a STAR every time I wear these :)

My working table
I finished designing my shoes in 15 minutes, I wanted to stay a bit more but I felt awkward. The invitees there seem to be familiar with each other already >_< I was too shy that time. Do you feel that way sometimes? I loved my shoes so much though! I feel like wearing them all the time!!!!!! They don't have any laces because they're slip-ons and they fit perfectly too.


I wore my pair the following day on Tomato's Swap Watch event. It matches really well with my dainty denim dress from Just G

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