7/29/2014

Yves Rocher Sebo Vegetal Review









When I first heard of the word "Sebo" I immediately thought of "Oil" since the word sebo means oil also in Filipino. Who would expect the word actually came from a French Ancestry. Yves Rocher is a famous French skincare brand that's available here in the Philippines. I will be reviewing their latest line for oily skin. It claims to minimize pores, control oil, and target acne. Does it do what it claims? Let's see.

I was able to try their Sebo Vegetal 7-day sampler which includes the following products:


  • Sebo Vegetal Purifying Micellar Water 2 in 1 - 295php 200ml
  • Sebo Vegetal Pore Minimizing Serum - 1195 30ml
  • Sebo Vegetal Zero Blemish Gel Cream - 795php 50ml

Sebo Vegetal Purifying Micellar Water 2 in 1 Review
The toner has a cool feel on the face, and has a mild grassy scent. I didn't see any instant or long-term difference after using this for 7 days. It made my face feel cleaner, yes. I prefer using this at night rather than daytime because even if it is marketed as a toner or cellular water, it gave a sticky feeling on my skin upon use making it a bit uncomfortable to layer on with makeup.

Ingredients: Aqua/water/eau, methylpropanediol, centaurea cyanus flower water, butylene glycol, peg-40 glyceryl cocoate, phenoxyethanol, benzyl alcohol, sodium coceth sulfate, oleth-20, parfum/fragrance, scutellaria baicalensis root extract, caprylyl glycol, sodium benzoate, tetrasodium edta, citric acid, potassium sorbate. 

KikaySiKat Rating - 3/5 stars ***

Sebo Vegetal Pore Minimizing Serum Review
Another ironic product. It's a serum that is suppose to mattify the face but it still leaves a sticky feeling. I didn't recognize any improvement with my pores or my skin's oilliness. One reason could be that I have a combination skin rather than oily.

Ingredients: Aqua/water/eau, glycerin, alcohol, silica, dimethicone, hydroxyethyl acrylate/sodium acryloyldimethyl taurate copolymer, zea mays (corn) starch, malic acid, centaurea cyanus flower water, zinc gluconate, aphloia theiformis leaf extract, sodium hydroxide, salicylic acid, parfum/fragrance, scutellaria baicalensis root extract, sodium benzoate, potassium sorbate, citric acid. 

KikaySiKat Rating - 2/5 stars **

Sebo Vegetal Zero Blemish Gel Cream Review
Out of all 3 products that I have tested this is my favorite. It helped dried out that one cystic pimple on my chin and works as a nice day mattifyer to keep your face shin-free. It controlled a bit of oil on my nose and cheeks for a good half a day's worth but I'm not so sure if that's a good thing. Oil production help keep our skin younger as we age. I guess having combination skin, this doesn't do well for me. People with oily skin would probably appreciate this product more

Ingredients: Aqua/water/eau, glycerin, methylpropanediol, alcohol, zea mays (corn) starch, silica, dimethicone, hydrogenated coco-glycerides, glyceryl stearate se, sesamum indicum (sesame) seed oil, aphloia theiformis leaf extract, ammonium acryloyldimethyltaurate/vp copolymer, salicylic acid, parfum/fragrance, glyceryl stearate, xanthan gum, zinc gluconate, potassium hydroxide, tocopheryl acetate, scutellaria baicalensis root extract, tocopherol. 

KikaySiKat Rating - 3/5 stars ***

What I think?
The set, unfortunately is not for me. I would gladly try other Yves Rocher products from their line but I don't think I would be repurchasing this one.

Who do I recommend this to?
Girls and guys with oily skin should give this a try.


KikaySiKat Rating 3/5 stars



Yves Rocher Products L-R: Serum Foundation, Rinsing  Vinegar (FAVE!), Pure Light Foundation, Lipsticks
I can't wait to review the Raspberry Vinegar. It's my favorite Yves Rocher product that I have tried and I could buy it again and again. It works miracles for my limp hair!

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

Bridge Way SM North EDSA The Block, Quezon City 
(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

G/F TriNoma, Quezon City
(632) 576.3662

G/F Centrio CDO
(0915) 333.0793


7/28/2014

Salad Box + Missha Korean Beauty Makeover Contest




Kikays! I'm so excited to announce that we'll be holding another contest after the success of last month's Skinfood x Salad Box Black Sugar Gold Contest. Let me know if you have any questions!

Salad Box and Missha is partnering to give you an awesome makeover experience with me and other bloggers at SM North this August 2nd. Winner will get the following below.


PRIZES


Missha Makeover with ME! <3


Missha Products

Salad Box Gift Sets

HOW TO WIN (2 Steps)

STEP 1 
Complete the following tasks on RaffleCopter



STEP 2

1.  By getting the photos from Missha websites from across all countries, post three Missha 
products that are included in your Dream Makeup Kit.


2. Share (publicly) your entries at Facebook and Instagram with hashtags #MisshaSaladbox
and #SBMisshaxKikaySiKat - be sure to tag Saladbox, Missha, and Kaycee Enerva in your 
posts!

3. Online contest will end on Tuesday, July 31st, at 3PM. Winner will be chosen by the 
Saladbox team and will be announced at 8PM that day. 


5. The winner will be undergo a makeover with me on August 2nd, Saturday, at Missha’s branch in SM North Annex during the Phase Two of the contest.



IMPORTANT: The winner of the online contest should be available and shall attend the Phase 
Two of the contest on August 2, 2014. Saladbox and Missha will not shoulder any transportation 
and/or accommodation expenses of the winner during the contest’s Phase Two.



PHASE TWO: Makeover Contest at Missha SM North Annex

1. All bloggers and winners are expected to arrive at the venue, Missha SM North Annex, on 
or before 1PM on Saturday, August 2nd.

2. Each blogger will do a makeover to her winner using Missha’s newest collections.

3. Three winners will be chosen that day. Winners will be awarded special gift sets from 
Missha and Saladbox subscriptions.



THE BEST OF LUCK TO EVERYONE!


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My Clothes Buffet Manila Experience - SHOP ALL YOU CAN!


Last July 22nd, My busy blog day and one of the happier days of my life. I was invited by Pretty Penny Productions to a one-of-a-kind shopping experience I would never forget. It was a treat! A "Mini Clothes Buffet Experience"

Now, you must be scratching your heads right now and asking yourselves "What's clothes buffet?"
For just 1,999php It's an event where you get 15 minutes to shop everything you can and put it in a zip pouch that you are provided with. There are different clothes amounting to 30,000 stylish pieces from your favorite brands all in one place. WOW. 

My Personalized Pouch
I know 15 minutes is a reaaally short amount of time to shop and it will add pressure. I was imagining cat fights starting with people wanting the same clothing but thankfully it was surprisingly peaceful (yet panicky!)


HOW IT WORKS 

  1. Grab your clothes! Make sure it can fit your pouch!
  2. Zip zip zip the pouch
  3. Keep what you got
It's that simple!

WHEN IS THIS AND WHERE?

It will be held at Ariatto Penthouse, Il Terazzo QC on October 17 and 18

HOW DO I JOIN THIS EVENT?

Purchase tickets for your slots on the Clothes Buffet Manila website for 1,999 payable in Credit card, Paypal, or Bank Deposit


With the rest of the bloggers
The last time I had a super fun shopping spree like this was at the Adidas #MyGirls Event to get all my sportswear! As much as I love shopping at Divisoria to get fashionable finds (See my: Shopping Guide to Divisoria) time really doesn't allow me and you need to be there the whole day to find what you want! Thankfully, Clothes Buffet Manila offers a hassle free and super fun shopping experience plus all the brands you want without the craziness of Divisoria or going to individual mall shops!

The Sample Clothes Rack
Styles are separated into 3 styles. Festival Madness, Girls Night Out, and Smart Chic. I was already eyeing some of the clothes way before the buffet started and I was crossing my fingers to get a hold of them. I stayed in Festival Madness and Girls Night Out the longers, they seem to have more of the styles I wanted. Cute, sexy, chic, and comfy!





Ladies working on the folding table! Keep rolling! I was focused the entire time. I wanted a balance of quality vs quantity so I got a couple of quality pieces, and then grabbed easy to fold and roll items before the clock stops ticking. I have to be honest, I regret just grabbing and going, I should have gotten more quality items I can wear when I go out.


I got 10 pieces. Hooray!


The Shopping Bag and Goodie Bag
Thanks to their sponsors, we also received a lot of nice things such as skin care samples from Evee and Bangkok Face and Cosmetics from MakeupHub.com.ph. I can't wait to review the Bangkok Face Gem Fruit Pudding Cream and Lotus Sparkling Mask, I just tried them last night and I think it's love at first use.






Here's what I got!

As much as I wanted to get more, I wanted the Black Forever 21 dress so much even though the fabric is bulky that I sacrificed 50% of my pouch space for it. I know I can get as much as 20 pieces if I wanted to! The rest of the tops are made out of cotton, silk, and chiffon that can be worn at daytime or at nighttime. I also got cute mid-riffs from Apartment 8 Clothing to show-off my post-pregnancy belly. LOL. I also got these cute pair of shorts from Just G to match! (I'm giving away some of the pieces I got here on my August Commenter of the Month Give-away so stay tuned..)




CLOTHES BUFFET MANILA TIP #1

Decide what you already need and want to have before going in. It's nice to have something already in mind so you can go to the style rack that you want to shop instead of wasting time asking yourself "Umm.. what do I want again?"

CLOTHES BUFFET MANILA TIP #2

If you want to get a bang out of your 1,999php without sacrificing quality. Go for light fabrics such as silk, cotton, and chiffon. There are tops, dresses and skirts available that can easily be rolled to a small unit to fit TONS in your pouch

CLOTHES BUFFET MANILA TIP #3

Purchase an extra slot or 2. It's YOUR day to shop so why not make the most out of it. I suggest purchasing more slots from the other time schedule so you can have more pouches to fill in. The first experience would already show you what styles you want, and in case you miss anything, you can get on your 2nd or your 3rd try.






Visit their website at www.clothesbuffetmanila.com to BOOK your slots now! Limited slots are available so HURRY!!!!


KikaySiKat wearing a top from Gingersnaps grabbed from Clothes Buffet Manila

Congratulations to Pretty Penny Productions for the success of your launch! Clothes Buffet Manila. Your team is awesome and I'm sure your event will be a smashing success! Hope to have season 2, season 3, season 4, season infinity and beyond!


Picking the Right Attire for Special Events



Fashion conscious women sometimes make a fuss out of their everyday outfits more so if there are special events or gatherings that they have to attend. Fashionista or not, finding the right attire for social events is a dilemma that should be taken seriously. Showing upat a party wearing the wrong attire can cause you some level of embarrassment and lessen your chances of enjoying the party. On theother hand adhering to the event’s dress code can help you create apositive impression. It doesn’t really matter if your outfit came fromyour closet, a designer boutique, or MrCostumes as long as it fits theoccasion then you are on the right track.

The best way to ensure that you are dressed properly for an event isto check the dress code. Formal gatherings usually have their dress codes printed in their invitations but there are also events that leave the choice of attire to their guests’ discretion. If there is no specified dress code then it is best to stick with informal attire that calls for formal or collared shirts and trousers for men and cocktail dress that is somewhere in between a smart casual and formal attire for women. Those who are attending themed events may want tochoose outfits that fit the chosen theme.

There are some fashion pieces from current trends like slogan shirts,floral or animal prints, and lace blouses that can be mixed and matched with classic pieces to fit a period themed event. Small gatherings with family and friends are great opportunities to play with outfits that reflect your personal style because these are eventsthat allow you to “come as you are”. However, you should also check the names of other guests as there may be people whom your family would like to impress. In this case it is better to err on the side of caution and stick to outfits that are presentable or smart casualwear.


7/27/2014

Fit Food Manila Diet Delivery Review




An honest to goodness review on one of the latest diet delivery services in Metro Manila. Photos, reviews, and more down below. I have to be real, I don't subscribe to these every week. I do so once in a while when I feel like my schedule will get cramped and when budget allows.

As I mentioned before in my previous experience, I have certain criteria when it comes to reviewing diet delivery services:
  1. It should be appetizing
  2. It should be filling
  3. It should taste good
  4. Food variety
  5. Good customer service


Another reason why I subscribe to such diet delivery services is not because I want to lose more weight, but it really feels nice to have someone else prepare your meal for the whole day, the whole week. I no longer need to decide where to go, what to cook, especially during weekdays where we can all be busy working and doing more important things. Won't you agree?

Fit Food Manila Menu for the day


How much is Fit Food Manila's Diet Delivery Service?

1200 calories - 18 500php + 250 delivery fee - 3 meals 2 snacks - 5 days

Where does Fit Food Manila deliver?

Anywhere in Metro Manila


The shawarma rice in the middle is a personal fave


It's the first time diet delivery food actually tastes yummy. "Hindi tinipid" Each meal is well thought of and the variety of what you it in a week is appreciated. Unlike other delivery services where they serve you a piece of meat + different sauce. You know Fit Food Manila's dishes are prepared to ensure it also tastes good. Pinaghirapan ba.




You get 5 meals. 3 main meals and 2 snacks. The snack, well, I'd like it better if they prepared the snacks too like simple pastries or sweets instead of things we can already buy at the supermarket like quaker cookies or fruits. The main meals is a different story. They are flavorful and filling. It's like I'm not eating diet food at all. You also get to try different healthy rice from red rice, brown rice to even the more expensive
black rice


Toasted Clubhouse Sandwich


My favorites this week from fit food manila is their clubhouse sandwich for breakfast and beef shawarma rice for lunch. I popped the sandwich in the oven toaster for a few minutes to make the bread crispy and grabe, ang sarap talaga. The beef shawarma rice is love! The garlic sauce perfectly compliments the black rice and well seasoned beef.



Being a working blogging mom, I rarely have enough time to prepare daily dishes and rely on eating out. I can only cook during weekends so diet delivery services such as Fit Food Manila is a blessing indeed! I got to try their service for free for a week but to tell you the truth, I'm more than willing to spend and subscribe from them again next time.


Find them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/fitfoodmanila




oh and a SPECIAL TREAT
to my followers and readers.
Simply include the code "FITFOODSIKAT2014" and automatically slash
100 pesos off your TOTAL bill when you order from them.



KikaysiKat Rating 5/5 stars



7/26/2014

Rainy Day Makeup Tips




Do you love the rain? Because I do! The cool breeze, the sound of rain drops on the roof. It's calming. It's bed weather. The type where you'd just like to stay at home, cozy while eating a bowl of your favorite soup.

 Sadly this isn't the case for most of us. As much as we'd like to stay in the comfort of our homes, most of us have to go out in to the world, facing the storm, to go to work or wherever we have to be. Then, the thing we dread, when our makeup smudge, smear, melt because of the humidity and moisture; even with an umbrella.

How do we protect our makeup from the rain?? Here's several tips!


Rainy Day Makeup Tip #1 - BB Creams are your Best Friend



BB Creams are quite notorious for being waterproof and hard to budge. It's better than most foundations It's natural finish makes your skin glowing and flawless amidst the gloomy weather. Here are several waterproof BB creams I have tried already.

As much as I'd want to review long-wearing makeup such as Revlon Colorstay, it just looks too unnatural and heavy to wear during daytime.


Rainy Day Makeup Tip #2 - LipCote Your Lips



If you don't have a lipcote, a long-wearing lipstick such as Max Factor's Lipfinity will do the trick. What they do is instead of coating your lips with just pigment, their product infuses it with a film of gel that ensures the pigment stays on and on even with drinking, or droplets of rain. 

Retouching lipstick is easy but won't it be nice if everything just stayed put?


Rainy Day Makeup Tip #3 - Glasses to protect your Eye Makeup



I rarely wear eyeshadows but I BARELY wear eyeglasses because I have 20/20 vision. But when I want to ensure that my eye makeup stay put, I use extra protection and wear eye glasses. It becomes windshield for our eyes. 

We all know this, even with a good primer, if our eyes get caught in the rain and a LOT since the wind drives it in, it fades, it melts, it smears. Eyeglasses give us an extra layer of protection. We can take it off when we arrive at our destination


Rainy Day Makeup Tip #4 - Dead Give-away but Get a Good Mascara!



Japanese mascaras are THE BOMB when it comes to waterproofing. My favorites are Heroine Make (they also have waterproof eyebrow pencils) and Majolica Majorca because they are not so expensive as high-end brands but works even better!
These little buggers will keep your lashes curled, primped, and pretty despite heavy rains!

Rainy Day Makeup Tip #5 - 2 Words. Benefit. Benetint.



If you don't have budget to buy benetint. Ellana's Lip and Cheek Tint also works like a charm! I prefer using tints instead of powder blushers when it's raining hard outside because once you smooth it on, it sticks. The humidity and moisture won't melt off your blush leaving your cheeks still rosy. It will look natural too. It will make you look like you're just naturally flushing because of the chilly weather


Hope you enjoyed my tips! I do this often recently because as you know, tag-ulan nanaman sa Pinas!
Stay pretty!






7/25/2014

La Tentation De Nina Fragrance Review





Note to Readers: YES this is a FULL review of the perfume rather than an event coverage. Read on read on. I didn't receive any complimentary perfume bottles or what-nots because I wasn't able to really attend the full event. I am writing this review because I really love perfumes!

Last July 22nd, I was invited to numerous events that I tried my best to manage my time. First one up was the very intimate press launch of La Tentation De Nina held at Poetry and Prose Patisserie at Shangri-La Plaza. As much as I would love to cover the event, I wasn't able to attend fully and just drop by because of time constraints. However, I had the opportunity to spray on the latest fragrance from Nina Ricci and being the frustrated pinay perfumista that I was, tried to put my olfactory senses on full force despite my colds & allergies to review this scent for you!



It's better to smell the perfume ON YOUR SKIN than on paper. I just did not have the photo of me smelling my wrists haha


La Tentation De Nina Perfume Notes

Base - White Musk, Vanilla, and Sandal Wood

Middle - Macarons, Lemon, Almonds, Rose, Raspberry

Top - Bergamot

Main notes according to my nose - Sandal Wood, Vanilla, Raspberry, Macarons

La Tentation de Nina, Nina L'Elixir, Nina, Nina L'eau

Staying Power

An average of 6 hours and I can still smell it on my wrists

Sillage (How it emanates from your body)

It has a soft sillage that only those who are near you can smell. It's a very sexy, sweet, and intimate fragrance


KikaysiKat Tip: Staying power and Sillage (pronounced as See-arge) are different. Sillage is how people smell it from you. You know, when a lady walk past you and it's either you wrinkle your nose from foul smell or close your eyes because she smells like an angel

Review

I've always been a Nina Fan ever since their first perfume came out which was the original Nina perfume that I received as a gift. My boyfriend loves the scent on me, he tells me I smell like a princess whenever I wear it. 

My broken Nina bottle. Lost cap. Almost empty. Sad really :(


Being a Nina perfume fan, discovering that they made an edgier fragrance for us is a delight. The neon pink bottle is very eye-catching giving the notion that this Nina is the aggressive type BUT the fragrance still says otherwise. The scent still smells soft and princessy to me, none of the edge. They were probably looking for that via the lemon and rose notes but it still gets overpowered by the sweetness of Macarons.


If you are a fan of powdery and sweet scents this is a must for you! The bottle would be a nice addition to your growing collection.



KikaysiKat Rating 4/5 stars







7/24/2014

Asian Secrets Facial Scrub Review


I received this a couple of weeks ago for review and I can't wait to share with you guys what I think. Companies who appreciate reviews, either good or with constructive criticisms are to be admired! Here's what I think on Asian Secrets Facial Scrub

I've always been a fan of Asian Secrets Body Scrub because of how great it smelled! Think of "Tommy Girl" perfume in a whitening scrub form. I love to slather it on my dry skin before I take a shower and when it gets rinsed off my body, I can see how dirty the water looks! Hahahahaha! 




I did not dare put the Asian Secrets Body Scrub on my face, it seems to harsh. It's nice to discover that they finally made Asian Secrets Facial Scrub, something we can finally use on our sensitive faces. 

If you don't know yet, the term Lulur came from Indonesia which means to "coat the skin" it is a ceremony in which the bride partakes before her wedding to ensure she's at her beautiful best.



Just so you know, this is a snapshot of my leg and not my face. I can't imagine having a face this hairy ala Moon of Desire. The whitening facial scrub has a very mousse-like texture with bits of scrub you can feel. I prefer having more particles in my facial scrub, makes it feel more clean.

It feels nice to slather on my face because it's soft like whipped cream BUT I cannot let this stay too long or else it will sting. I don't know which ingredient causes that sensation but no matter how gentle I scrub, it will sting. Maybe it shouldn't be left on your face too long?

I can't say much about its whitening effect BUT I can say it's one of the better facial scrubs in the market. Because it uses natural exfoliating beads. Have you heard of companies being sued for poisoning the waters because they use "plastic" beads in their scrubs. I won't mention brands but most face scrubs use plastic beads instead of natural ones. 


Retail Price:  50g - PHP70.00 & 100g - PHP120.00

This and St. Ives uses natural exfoliating beads that is environment friendly. 

What face scrub do you use? I'm curious if you use something different that we can all try. 


Kikaysikat Tip: You have to use a separate facial wash after this scrub because to ensure your face is truly clean after




KikaysiKat rating 3/5 stars




7/23/2014

WINNER Announcements: Salad Box x Skin Food x Black Sugar x KikaysiKat




Finally! I'm so glad we're ready to announce the winner of Skinfood and Salad Box's Black Sugar Contest that we held a couple of months ago. I'm going to contact you via instagram! You just won 2,500 worth of Black Sugar Gold Skincare courtesy of Skinfood and Salad Box. Scroll below to see if you won!







So congratulations to you @twistoffate20 and I hope you like your prize! I will message you via instagram to get your shipping details.



It's hush hush but to those who are reading, there's an upcoming event where 1 lucky reader get's the chance to be with me and get a makeover for a  makeup competition and win kikay makeup goodies! *ehem*Korean Makeup* Ehem* Missha*  So keep visiting to get first dibs!

For other giveaways, the July Commenter of the Month is still up til end of July, so you still have the chance to win win win!. But wait til August. MORE winners. BIGGER prizes.





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