DIY: Tawas Whitening and Deodorizing Water (Alum)


Okay Kaycee, What the eff are you talking about?! WTF is tawas whitening water?! Well folks I'll share you both the folklore and the facts. This DIY has been running in my head for a few years now (yes years.... to write or not to write OMG) and I need to de-clog so here I am in the middle of the night talking to you guys about the magical wonders of TAWAS. It's cheap, you can buy it anywhere and it looks like cocaine LOL na palaging ginagamit na props sa mga eksena sa pelikulang pilipino! 

FULL HOW-TO and DIY at the end of the post!

Folklore (or so they say)

Well, when I was 15 we had neighbors. Hot twins and their equally MILF mom who walks around in their tank tops showing off their super flawless paper white skin. Really! You can really see their veins na sa puti! My mom noticed me staring at them so she told me "Hey, you know their secret? I heard they use Tawas as their final rinse when bathing..." and I was like "oooooooh" but because of my laziness. I never tried it my self....until... TODAY.



TAWAS (ALUM) BENEFITS

Tawas is a safe natural way to control body odor or deodorant. Tawas is hypoallergenic, easily washable, it is not an antiperspirant thus it does not clog the skin pores. Tawas works by eliminating the odor causing bacteria so the body would not smell while maintaining the natural way of sweating. Tawas is applied by gently rubbing the crystal in the armpits or feet while the area is damp from showering or washing. Tawas leaves an invisible layer to the areas it is applied. The crystal has no scent and gives 24 hour protection.

Tawas as astringent
Tawas acts as astringent in small cuts to stop bleeding and infection. 
Tawas is also used as a soothing agent during or after body hair removals by waxing or shaving.
Tawas is also used to treat hemorrhoids. Tawas powder dissolved in five parts water has been used to shrink hemorrhoids and stop them from bleeding
Powdered alum is commonly cited as a home remedy for canker sores.
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Tawas as mouthwash
Tawas is also used as mouthwash to protect against tooth decay and gum diseases. Tawas is used as an ingredient in some toothpaste and commercial mouthwash.

Tawas for skin lightening
Tawas is also commonly used as an ingredient in most whitening products such as soap, lotion and creams.




How to Make Tawas Whitening Water

1. Take a bath, shampoo, soap, etc.
2. Rinse
3. As FINAL RINSE put the tawas inside your bath tub or pail (timba) and use this as your FINAL RINSE

You may feel a little bit extra squeaky clean at first but yes you will smell nice the whole day. I've been using the tawas rinse for 1 week now and I'm loving it. I do smell nice and my skin seems more... radiant than usual. Nakakatamad nga lang (I'm getting lazy to do it all the time

Also see: DIY Bleaching Cream

Try it for yourselves and let me know how it works for you okay?!


Okay Kaycee, What the eff are you talking about?! WTF is tawas whitening water?! Well folks I&...

Review: NARS Audacious Lipsticks (Natalie, Michiyo, Rita)



Brand NARS
Product Audacious Lipstick
Shades Natalie (coral), Michiyo (pink), Rita (red)
Price 32USD

Okay, I was planning to relax, watch Daredevil on Netflix (I'm already on episode 11, I binge-watched Jessica Jones first lol) after a tiring yet fun day consisting of PTA meetings, working out at the gym, and attending a painting sesh earlier this afternoon at Sip and Gogh for a cosmetic event when my brain won't stop. The thoughts about what I need to write, what I want to write, how I want to write it and everything else goes beyond the physical. The flesh may be weak, but my will to blog is stronger! Do you ever feel the same? No matter how exhausted you may seem, you still have that yearning to.. well "work"

Review round-up at the end of this post!

Today I'll be sharing with you an impulsive purchase because the devils in my head whispered their way into saying "buy these lipsticks, this will be your last... you need another RED right? Oh.. that bright pink also suits you.. how about another MLBB shade. Perfect you have all 3. Now buy it.. buy it now... good job..." then after a few weeks I realized, I only needed the red lipstick (Rita). Dang!!!

Well I wanted the red because I was searching for a Ruby Woo dupe but with better formulation. Damn that lipstick is as hard as a crayola!


Well, NARS Audacious Lipsticks comes in 40 different shades and this formulation is permanent (yey!). Accordin to Nars, Its luxurious, pigment-rich formula glides on intense, full-coverage color in a single stroke. A specially embossed bullet, dressed in a matte-black metallic case, reveals a strikingly sculptural design. Housed in a modern, matte-black metallic case with a magnetic closure.

SWATCH/PHOTOS

NARS Audacious Lipstick in Natalie (coral)
Natalie Audacious Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a "flamingo." It's a brightened, medium pink-coral with a semi-matte finish and warm undertones.

NARS Audacious Lipstick in Rita (red)
NARS Rita Audacious Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a "scarlet." It's a medium-dark, neutral-to-warm-toned red with a semi-matte finish.

NARS Audacious Lipstick in Michiyo (on my mom hihi, pink)
Michiyo Audacious Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a "shocking pink." It's a brightened, medium-dark fuchsia pink with cool undertones and a semi-matte finish.

REVIEW


Packaging - Love love love the magnetic snap closure. It's black, matte, sleek and looks expensive (well it is huhuhu)

Coverage - opaque! one swipe and you're done!

Staying Power - Very long wearing. It can last all day if you don't eat nd drink. BUT BUT BUT if you do .. it feathers and bleeds to death. All 3 shades. When I was with my boyfriend (who's a bit OC) he keeps on wiping the sides of my mouth because he told me it looked like I was spitting blood (I was wearing Rita)

Texture - Creamy

Scent - plasticky

Will I re-purchase? If I owned a pig who lays golden eggs, yes why not.


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 Bleh. Not good. Not bad. It's like... nothing...so I'll just give it away.
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)



Brand  NARS Product  Audacious Lipstick Shades  Natalie (coral), Michiyo (pink), Rita (red) ...

Review: Snow Whitening Lotion and Cream


Brand: SNOW
Product: Snow Whitening Lotion & Snow Whitening Cream
Price: Lotion (799hphp) Cream (1499php)
Where to buy? vidanutriscience.com / Watson's / SM Beauty / Leading Department Stores and Drugstores

Whew, now don't get me wrong. I am a satisfied user of mySlim Yerba Mate Juice Drink and Snow Whitening Soap from the makers of Snow Glutathione Capsules, Vida Nutriscience. That's why I was so excited when they launched their whitening lotion and whitening cream last year. I was given samples to try too, lucky me! I'm no hypocrite. I LOVE WHITENING PRODUCTS. It gives me that boost of confidence I never had when I was bullied back in highschool.However, after  using the product for 2 months it did not perform as I expected so I gave the remaining amounts to my cousin instead. Dun dun dun. I didn't take photos. I usually take photos of the products prior to my review but since I gave this one away I'll be using the photos from their creators. 

Continue reading for my review 

DESCRIPTION

Snow Skin Whitening Cream has Elite 7 Skin Whitening Actives that whiten and lighten the skin while reversing skin problems such as dark spots, age spots, acne marks, old scars, uneven skin tone and melasma.

INGREDIENTS


IBR TCLC ® (Tomato Colorless Carotenoids), IBR-Snowflake ®, 7 Plant Extract from the Swiss Alps, BearBerry Extract, Alpha Arbutin, Beta Glucan, Phenylethyl Resorcinol

HOW TO USE


After cleansing and toning, apply a generous amount into your face.



DESCRIPTION

Snow Skin Whitening Lotion gives you Elite 7 Skin Whitening Actives for skin whitening as well as skin protection and cell repair. It also keeps up with its promise of non-carcinogenic and ultimately safe yet most beneficial ingredients.

INGREDIENTS


IBR TCLC ® (Tomato Colorless Carotenoids), IBR-Snowflake ®, 7 Plant Extract from the Swiss Alps, BearBerry Extract, Alpha Arbutin, Beta Glucan, Phenylethyl Resorcinol

HOW TO USE

Apply generously all over the body and use it as a regular lotion.

REVIEW


Price - It's expensive okay? It's a product almost in the same price range as high-end skincare

Packaging - It has a sanitary and efficient airless pump packaging that prevents you from wasting product, which is very good. Kudos.

Texture - This is the difference of the lotion vs the moisturizer (which both you can use for face or body) the lotion has a thinner more spreadable consistensy while the moisturizer is thicker and mousse-like. 

Scent - It smells pleasant, barely noticeable by my olfactory senses. Like freshly bathed.

Does it work? For skin lightening? After 2 months of consistent usage I saw no visible effects which is very unfortunate :( but for keeping the moisture in, yes. It's quite pleasant to use after bathing because of it's light and non-sticky texture my skin felt instantly softer. It is too expensive/pricey for the minimal results it gave to me.

Will I buy again? Nope.



Rating: 3/5 

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 Bleh. Not good. Not bad. It's like... nothing...so I'll just give it away.
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)

Brand: SNOW Product: Snow Whitening Lotion & Snow Whitening Cream Price: Lotion (799hp...

OOTD: Get Ready with Me - Sporty Flirty Date Night


Who dresses up here depending on their mood? Raise your hands weeee! I do and for this particular day, I wanted to look sexy, sporty, flirty and casual. 

As for my makeup, I wanted to keep it fresh sweet and simple. I used my favorites and tried and tested brands from Happy Skin, MAC, NARS, The Balm, Benefit Cosmetics, K-Palette, Heroine Make and In2It.


I wanted to wear it with my hello kitty cap but I hesitated so I left it at home LOL

I don't have a tripod and no one really takes any of my fashion OOTDs so I decided to take selfie shots inside dressing rooms. This one is in Uniqlo LOL. I always buy my basics there like shirts, jeans, and bottoms there anyways.




Date Day! Ryan and I barely go out to the mall because our schedules are really busy (well maybe his is more hectic hahaha) but we really make time for one another and that's what counts right? It's tough to have a celebrity boyfriend. I get paranoid and scared all the time. Okay he's not John Lloyd or anything but still @_@ there are still groupies to watch out for. I guess I have to be stronger for us. and trust my man more. I'm hoping for the best! 

Can I ask for your prayers? hehe.. My heart has experienced enough trauma already. As of now it's still "on-repair" but I decided to give it a shot. Final shot to love.

Who dresses up here depending on their mood? Raise your hands weeee! I do and for this particu...

#Luxights IG Give-Away!


Being a working-single mom / beauty & lifestyle blogger, it's inevitable to avoid stress. Busy days definitely deserve #LuxNights. Pamper ourselves in sheer delight with the soap or bodywash' luxurious fragrance! @heyitsmekaycee @luxph #LuxKikaysikat

There’s no better time to be a woman than right now. It’s a moment to celebrate, as we watch women like you leading meetings and conquering the most challenging of tasks, always dressed in an unapologetically feminine fashion.



How would you like to indulge in #LUXNights? You're in luck because LUX is giving away three (3) #LUXNights gift packs consisting of LUX Body Wash (250ml bottles of 4 variants, a bath puff, and a to-do list). Just follow the simple mechanics below to join:

1. Follow @heyitsmekaycee and @luxph on Instagram.

2. Share a photo with matching caption telling us why you deserve to have your #LUXNights on Instagram. Tag @heyitsmekayccee and @luxph and use the hashtags #LUXNights and #LUXKikaysikat so we can see your entries. 

You can send in multiple entries but you can only win once.

Winners will be announced by @luxph on Instagram. There are several bloggers holding this giveaway and LUX will be eliminating duplicate winners so each person can only win ONCE. Prizes are for PICK-UP ONLY in Makati City.

For more information about #LUXNights, log on to http://www.houseoflux.com.ph


You always push yourself to accomplish as much as you can in a day, never stopping until you’re sure you’ve done an excellent job. At the end of your productive day, when all the boxes of your to-do list have been ticked, don’t you believe you deserve to treat yourself and indulge in what makes you feel special?  

For many women, this treat means a shopping spree on payday weekends, or an occasional trip to the spa – but with the ton of things you go through daily, you deserve an indulgent treat waiting for you at the end of each busy day. And what could be more indulgent than bathing with perfume?

The new LUX Perfumed Bar Soap and Body Wash Collection allows you to bathe with Perfume Every Day, and promises to be the luxurious indulgent treat every woman deserve – ending your busy days with #LUXNights. With fine fragrances crafted by Perfume Experts from New York, London and Paris, LUX offers you different scents to choose from such as Magical Spell, Soft Touch, White Impress and Love Forever.

On February 2, 2016 at the House of LUX in SM Makati’s Beauty Hall, LUX talked about how women of today deserve to treat themselves after a long busy day by bathing with perfume with LUX body Wash. Brand Ambassador, Solenn Heusaff, together with the LUX team, also demonstrated just how to do this by launching her online film showing how her ‘Busy Days deserve #LUXnights, and sharing a simple yet indulgent way to treat yourself. Catch Solenn’s #LUXNights video through this link: http://tinyurl.com/LUXnights

After choosing your preferred scent, you can indulge by following this ritual:


1.      POUR a coin-sized amount of LUX Body Wash on a bath puff


2.      RUB the bath puff to form a luxurious lather


3.      MASSAGE the bath puff all over your body to enjoy bathing with perfume

With the new LUX Perfumed Bath Collection, every busy day will now be celebrated with an indulgent #LUXnight that every woman deserves.

Try new LUX Perfumed Body Wash 100ml for PHP55 (SRP) and LUX Perfumed Bar Soap 110g for PHP39 (SRP.)


#LUXNights #BatheWithLUX

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