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So I missed the launch of Philip Lim collection for Target few weeks ago. I went about lunch time and was disappointed to see all bags completely wiped out. I browsed the clothing section and to be honest, I was less than enthused. Unwilling to go home empty-handed, I headed to the beauty aisle, hoping to find something pleasant. 

Aloha Pacifica! I see you got demoted to a lower shelf meant for a toddler's eye level. Not selling much? Okay let's cash in something for you.


Pacifica Mystical Supernatural Eye Shadow Palette ($14, 0.25 oz / 7.0g) is a sequel to Enlighten Eye Brightening Mineral Eye Shadow Palette which I have reviewed early this year. This palette features four iridescent shades that can take you from day to night.


Opal is pinkish white. I use this to highlight my brow arch and inner eye corner.
Celestial is golden beige. I use it mostly for my lids.


Moonbeam is mauve-gray. I use it mostly on my crease.
Stargazer is blue-violet. I like to use it for outer eye corner and lower lash line.


Ingredients:
Opal
Ingredients: Mica, Zinc Stearate, Ethylhexyl Stearate(Plant Source), , Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Carthamus Tinctorius(Safflower) Seed Oil, Macrocystis, Pyrifera (Brown Kelp) Extract, Panax (Ginseng) Root Extract. May Contain: Silica, Dimethicone, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Tin Oxide, Titanium Dioxide, CI 7789, Ferric Ferrocyanide  CI77510, Iron Oxides C1 77491,  CI 77742, C177499.
Moonbeam
Ingredients: Mica, Zinc Stearate, Ethylhexyl Stearate(Plant Source), , Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Carthamus Tinctorius(Safflower) Seed Oil, Macrocystis, Pyrifera (Brown Kelp) Extract, Panax (Ginseng) Root Extract. May Contain: Silica, Dimethicone, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Tin Oxide, Titanium Dioxide, CI 7789, Ferric Ferrocyanide  CI77510, Iron Oxides C1 77491,  CI 77742, C177499.
Celestial
Ingredients: Mica, Zinc Stearate, Ethylhexyl Stearate(Plant Source), , Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Carthamus Tinctorius(Safflower) Seed Oil, Macrocystis, Pyrifera (Brown Kelp) Extract, Panax (Ginseng) Root Extract. May Contain: Silica, Dimethicone, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Tin Oxide, Titanium Dioxide, CI 7789, Ferric Ferrocyanide  CI77510, Iron Oxides C1 77491,  CI 77742, C177499.
Stargazer
Ingredients: Mica, Zinc Stearate, Ethylhexyl Stearate(Plant Source), , Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Carthamus Tinctorius(Safflower) Seed Oil, Macrocystis, Pyrifera (Brown Kelp) Extract, Panax (Ginseng) Root Extract. May Contain: Silica, Dimethicone, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Tin Oxide, Titanium Dioxide, CI 7789, Ferric Ferrocyanide  CI77510, Iron Oxides C1 77491,  CI 77742, C177499.

The packaging is made from a sturdy cardboard with magnetic closure and plastic cover. The eyeshadows are moderately-pigmented and a tad powdery. For a brighter color pay-off, I recommend applying it wet. Applied over eye primer, they don't crease and budge. The wear time is about eight hours, pretty decent I must say!

For this FOTD (Face of the Day), I used Opal on brows and inner eye corner, Celestial on lids, Moonbeam on crease, and Stargazer on outer corner, upper and lower lash line.


Have you tried anything from Pacifica yet? my local Target doesn't carry all their products so I'm checking out the website now....

Kathryne



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    Oh Marc you had me at hello again! You know I was floored with your highliner gel eye crayon roco(coa) and you mesmerized me with truth or dare lust for lacquer lip vinyl. Although your Tease palette didn't seduce me enough, here I am feeling like a sexy vixen wearing Th(ink). Only Th(ink), haha!

    Th(ink) Highliner Gel Eye Crayon ($25, Sephora) is a dark blue retractable eye pencil. While it primarily functions as an eyeliner, I also use it as my eyeshadow base. It's creamy, pigmented, and totally budge-free.

    Ingredients:

    Vitamin E and Rosa Canina Seed Extract, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Isohexadecane, Isododecane, Polyethlene, Synthetic Wax, Silica, Ceresin, Polyisobutene, Methicone, Rosa Canina Seed Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Iron Oxides (Ci 77499).


    For this smoky blue eye makeup, I used Th(ink) both as an eyeshadow base and eyeliner. And can I say that it just made a $5 e.l.f. eyeshadow palette look posh? Think about it.


    Have you tried anything from MJ yet?

    Kathryne





    Don't let the photo deceive you, it's the same woman my lovely readers! 

    Dark undereye circles are probably the most common dilemma millions of us women can relate to. But what exactly causes them? Let me count the ways....

    (Source: Mayo Clinic)
    1. Genes
    2. Asian or African descent
    3. Aging
    4. Lack of sleep
    5. Stress
    6. Medical issues such as allergy, anemia, liver problems, etc.

    It's 4 out of 6 for moi, what about you? Fret not, there's always a quick fix for that. Either you splurge on laser treatments or camouflage it with makeup. It's completely your choice but today I'm sharing how I hide my dreaded dark circles.



    Steps:
    1. Start with a clean face. Wash, tone, moisturize. Wear sunscreen during daytime.
    2. Apply eye cream or gel. Skip if you have extremely oily skin.
    3. Apply foundation as you normally would.
    4. With your ring finger or concealer brush, apply concealer (I prefer 2 shades lighter than my normal skin tone) in a triangular pattern, as shown in the photo.
    5. Blend and buff onto skin with concealer brush, then set with loose transparent powder.
    6. Keep eye makeup neutral and skip black eyeliner.
    7. Use flesh-toned, white or champagne eyeliner to line waterline. Highlight inner corner with champagne eyeshadow. This brightens the eye area.
    8. Curl and coat lashes with black mascara. Need pointers on how to make those lashes curled all day? I have a tutorial here.

    Is there anything makeup can't do?

    til our next quick fix beauties,


    Kathryne


    // PR Sample //

    I know what you're thinking. A scrub is a scrub. As long as it exfoliates and removes dead skin cells, there's really nothing much we can talk about it. To a greater degree, you are absolutely right. So I should probably stop writing now.

    Okay I take that back. Not all scrubs are made the same. Some are gentle, some are overly abrasive, the rest so-so. I use body scrub everyday. Excessive exfoliation you say? But see I don't feel completely clean unless I scrubby dubb dubb the bod.

    Now let's talk about ingredients. If you have used sugar-based scrubs then you know it's a magnet for ants. Right now, I am extremely irritated with the sudden attack of black ants in our house. Not too long ago, HubZilla was puzzled to see ants marching in our bath tub. I secretly bit my tongue, it's the effin' body sugar scrub from Walmart!

    Time to switch up. I received this body scrub from Perlier for being an iFabbo member. Volcanic, thermal, Italian. Fancy words that convinced me to use my virtual coins to try this brand. But is it any better?


    Perlier Volcanic Thermal Spa Thermal Scrub ($25, 200ml/ 6.7 fl oz) features a combination of ingredients sourced from a hot spring located in Abana Terme, in the province of Padua, Italy. These concoctions promise to help optimize skin's elasticity and combat visible signs of aging.

    Ingredients: Aqua, Glycerin, Polyethylene, Sodium Polyacrylate, Pumice, Silica, Olivine extract, Parfum, Imidazolidinyl urea, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methyllisothiazolinone, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Hydroxyisohexyl 3- Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde, Linalool, Hexyl Cinnamal, Cl 42090 (Blue 1).

    I haven't been to the acclaimed hot springs of Padua but it is said that Romans, kings and queens from bygone era go there to relax and rejuvenate. Hmmm, add that to my bucket list then!

    Hot spring waters aside, I have but three statements to summarize my experience with this body scrub. First, the pumice beads really exfoliate. They are dense enough to feel that it does the job. Second, because it has olive extract, it feels gentle on the skin. Third, no ants mama!

    However, I am not a fan of the scent. It's not awful but it's lacking in the oomph factor. I was expecting more of a spa-slash-breezy fragrance.

    While the beads (made from volcanic rocks) may have true long-time benefits, I take it with a grain of salt when a brand hypes on anti-aging. Everybody gets old. Wrinkles will appear. It's only a matter of time. Fact of life, you can't escape old age.



    Kathryne

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    While at Sephora the other week, I treated myself to a rather pricey blending brush. I mean at $30, this gotta do wonders, right?




    According to Make Up For Ever, "this supple blending brush is a very popular tool among professional MUAs. It is good for blending and shading; can also be used for highlighting or clearing away fallouts; great for cream, loose and compact powders; made from synthetic fiber and beech wood".

    Sephora made it sound fancier. Read this: "After five years in development with makeup artists and fiber experts, MUFE aims to revolutionize brush craftmanship. The 100% fiber brushes are available in 76 handcrafted styles. Every brush has gone through 25 production stages by 30 craftsmen and has been checked for quality 50 times"

    Woooow! Typical maketing for you guys.

    Now let's hear what this makeup passionista a.k.a Moi has to say. "242 brush is flared, rounded, with very soft bristles. It's versatile because I can use it for my crease, lid, even brow arch. I can't vouch for the superior quality claim yet because it's relatively new but I promise to update this post whenever possible".



    Have you purchased anything from MUFE yet?

    Kathryne



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  • //Own purchase // PR sample //

    Fall is here, I can literally taste it <insert Starbucks pumpkin spice latte >.

    Copper, bronze, orange, green. Don't you just love it when leaves change color when fall season comes? I do, and that's exactly my inspiration for today's eye makeup. My brain is dead-tired and lacking in creativity as I write this post so let's just call it Autumn Eyes, duh?!


    Products used

    Eyes: 
    Kat Von D eye primer
    Kat Von D Ludwig palette 
        (dime bag) shimmer green eyeshadow, on lids and lower lash line ; 
        (baroque) shimmer olive green on outer corner
    Stila In the Know palette ~~~> check out my review
        (fire) matte brick orange on crease; 
        (air) matte flesh on brow; 
        (ebony) matte black on lower lash line
    Marc Jacobs Highliner gel crayon Ro(co)coa on waterline ~~~> check out my review
    Stila smudge stick (stargazer) on upper lash line ~~~> check out my review
    Eddie Funkhouser Quattro mascara ~~~> check out my review

    Face:
    Hydroxatone Anti-Aging BB Cream ~~~> read review
    Salma Hayek Nuance concealer ~~~> read review
    Face It Oil Cut Powder Pact (review soon)
    Mac Warm Soul on cheeks
    Hourglass Superficial Mirage bronzer ~~~> read review

    Lips:
    Sonia Kashuk nude lip liner
    Givenchy Le Rouge 206 Rose D'Exception (review soon)

    Fun Facts: all FOTDs I feature are the actual makeups I wear at work. I take face photos in the morning, probably shoot 40+ pics (more sometimes), then rush myself to work. 

    'til next time beauties,

    Kathryne









    Truth be told. Blogging expanded my makeup arsenal, to include products that garnered rave reviews overseas. Koh Gen Do, as most of you makeup aficionados know, is a high-end Japanese skincare and makeup line. I purchased few items when it was featured on Hautelook {invite link} a month or two ago. Love or leave? read on.


    I was excited to try this blush from the Fresh Face collection (regular retail price $41, 0.10 oz/ 3g). Available in three shades, I picked up 101 Coral Pink.

    Ingredients:
    Talc, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Silica, Dimethicone, Zlnc Laurate, Barium Sulfate, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Lauroyl Lysine, Dimethicone/Methicone Copolymer, Magnesium Myristate, Tocopherol, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dlmethicone Crosspolymer, Squalane, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Trimethylsiloxysilicate,Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Vinyl Dimethicone/Methicone Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, Methicone, Ultramarines, Zinc Oxide, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides

    What it is: A blush that uses natural ingredients. It has emollient oils that provide long-lasting moisturization to the skin. The disc-shape powder adheres itself to the skin while the round powder smoothes the face.


    Much as I like loose mineral powders because they claim to be more natural, I am not a fan of messy fallouts. I know you OCD people can relate. So when I saw how cute and clever the packaging was, I thought this would solve my whole ordeal. Another triviality, what more can I say, hahaha!

    While I like the subtle coral pink this blush gives, I am disappointed with the "novelty" of the packaging. It won't even dispense the powder without me tapping it with all might and power! It's too much work for moi! So I tried applying it in two ways:

    (1) Tapping it on my wrist, then pick up some powder with a blush brush. It hardly picks up anything! Fail # 1
    (2) Directly tapping onto my cheeks. Ouch, I don't want bruised cheeks! Again, it won't dispense unless I tap hard. Fail # 2

    I also found it unsanitary to be directly using the puff to apply and blend the powder. I should've thought about this even before making a purchase (Geez, common sense where art thou when I needed you the most?!!) Also, because of the vigorous puff tapping and cheek-blending, it sort of erases my foundation. Packaging malfunction? Your guess is as good as mine.

    So I'll keep it short but not sweet, I am not impressed with this blush. Will it stop me from exploring the brand more? No. One bad egg does not spoil the fun that is makeup. In fact, I have another Koh Gen Do review coming up soon so stay tuned for that.

    Kathryne



    Bold, dark, plum lips. Just like red, the key to rocking the darkest of lips this fall is to make it your focus. Keep eye makeup subdued and play up your puckers with different shades of plum. Need some pointers? read further bella.

    1. Exfoliate and moisturize lips. Mix two drops of olive oil with a pinch of sugar, then gently scrub lips for one minute. Apply lip balm.
    2. Line and fill in your lips with plum lipliner. 
    3. Go matte, stained, glossy, even ombre. Here are some plum lippies from my stash:

    // Own purchase //


    Rimmel Kate 04 is dark plum, almost black plum on lips. Check out my gothic makeup tutorial to see how it looks.

    Wet n Wild Sugar Plum Fairy 908C is matte pink berry.

    Wet n Wild Cherry Bomb 918D is matte dark berry.

    Marc Jacobs Truth or Dare Lust for Lacquer Lip Vinyl is glossy purple berry. You can read my review here and see if it's right for you.

    Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture 26 Violine Surrealiste is glossy purple-pink stain.  

    On Moi: WnW Sugar Plum Fairy + Marc Jacobs Truth or Dare

    Ready to rock plum?

    Kathryne

    // PR Sample //

    If you are a subscription box fanatic, you may have heard or read about the personalized box curated by a team of fashion-forward gals based in Milwaukee and NYC. Aptly named Wantable, they aim to bring the best beauty and style products that make you want for more.

    The concept is similar to other subscription box services. You create your profile, take either makeup or fashion quiz, pay one time for $40 or subscribe for $36/ month, then wait for the box-full of awesomeness to arrive.

    I saw you almost choked with the monthly fee but it's for a reason gurl. You're not receiving samples but 4-6 full size premium makeups or 3-4 boutique jewelry pieces. 

    I received the September box for review purposes. I decided to go with accessories just to give my makeup junkie alter- ego a brief time-out. So I took the quiz and was very specific with what I love, like and dislike. I don't like rings, headbands, wood, acrylic, among others. I love classic, glam, boho, bracelets, watches, sunglasses, gold, silver, etc. 

    Four days later, my box came. I got worried because the box wasn't taped properly. It's like somebody tried to open (or steal) it. I hurriedly check if the items were missing, thankfully they're intact.

    Right on point. Sunglasses, bracelet and hoop earrings. Fabulous!


    Command Sunglasses ($20), Jacqueline Bracelet ($32), Luz Earrings ($22). Total retail value= $74


    I am big on hoop earrings. They glammify my work scrubs, mind you, haha! But seriously, whether at work or out for errands, you'll find me wearing hoops 95% of the time. These Luz earrings are made with crystals set in silver tone. Dressed down or up, this pair is right up my alley.


    This is a gorgeous bracelet that I can wear on its own or layered with my bangles. It's easy to pair it with anything: LBD, trousers, tunics, denims, maxis, midis. The faux rhinestones and emerald can't be missed, they're eye candies!


    Now let me preface that I don't expect Chloe sunglasses to be included in my box so to find a decent pair (or a replica at that) is a bonus. These are oversized sunnies that command attention.

    And because I was pleased with my September box, I wore all three pieces for my casual Sundate with HubZilla yesterday.

    OOTD: gray maxi (TJ Maxx), black studded thongs (Guess), lime green satchel (Kate Spade)

    What say you?

    Kathryne




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  •                                                                                                                                            // PR Sample //

    Ohlala, it's the return of pumpkin spice latte! At least that's how I associate the beginning of fall.

    But espresso aside, how do you transition from summer to fall? Do you shop for new clothes and accessories?

    I define my style as laid-back glam. I go for casual clothes but I glammify with accessories. Adding a statement scarf is a great way to achieve effortless styling. That's why it's important to own at least one good quality scarf that you can wear from one season to the next.

    FRAAS recently debuted its Fall/Winter 2013 collection featuring reversible scarves in varying hues and textures ($40). The sample I received is a soft mix of viscose and acrylic material, and measures 14 x 72 inches. One side has stripes, the other plain purple. There are several ways I can wear this scarf but for a chilly movie date with Hubzilla, I like to pair it with cropped jeans, white tee and my metallic TOMS wedges.

    FRAAS scarves are sold worldwide in department and specialty stores, select online retailers, fraas.com, Amazon, among others. You can also order direct from the company by calling 212-575-0191.

    What's your favorite fall accessory?

    Kathryne

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    My experience with Asian products is very limited so when Korean brand The Face Shop opened a new store last month (about 15 min-drive from home), I bought several makeups and skincare products to try. Like a clueless kid wandering inside a candy store, I randomly picked products based on (1) novelty (2) packaging (3) just because.

    CC Cream or color-correcting cream claims to even out skin tone, protect skin from the sun, prime and hydrate the face. What's particularly intriguing with this Ageless CC Cream is its ability to "adjust to your skin color". It is white from the tube but becomes tinted when blended and buffed onto the skin. Quite a novel idea? let's see.


    But does it really adjust to my skin color? Be my gracious judge missy.


    Before photo is au naturel
    After 5 minutes: Initial application revealed a somewhat ashy look.  It must have been the effect of sunscreen, and so I thought.
    After 15 minutes: It adjusted to my skin color albeit a tad darker.

    Ingredients:
    Water, cyclopentasiloxane, ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate, cyclohexasiloxane, methyl trimethicone, dimethicone, glycerin, PEG-10 dimethicone, niacinamide, methyl methacrylate crosspolymer, phenyl trimethicone, sorbitan isostearate, zinc stearate, dimethicone/vinyl dimethicone crosspolymer, disteardimonium hectorite, magnesium sulfate, dimethicone/PEG-10/15 crosspolymer, mica, dimethicone crosspolymer, triethoxycaprylylsilane, Argania spinosa kernel oil, adenosine, diamond powder, palmitic acid, aluminum hydroxide, polyerster-1, stearic acid, silica dimethyl silylate, distearyldimonium chloride, tocopheryl acetate, 1,2-hexanediol, methylparaben, propylparaben, titanium dioxide (C1 77891), iron oxides (C1 77491, C1 77492, C1 77499), fragrance. 

    The real skinny. This product has a dewy finish, something I avoid since I have oily skin. To reduce the amount of shine, I used blotting paper, then set it with a matte powder. The wear time is about five hours. It did oxidize which made my face look darker than my neck. The only consolation? it's not the oompa loompa orange, haha!

    Kidding aside, it's not a bad product but it's one of those that didn't work for me. My grease ball face is no match to the extra hydration this CC cream provides. However, if you have normal or dry skin, you may reap better results with this product. Let me point out too that since this is exclusively sold in-store, finding it online might be a struggle (your best bet would be e-bay). 

    How much? $15 trial size (20 ml), about $30+ full size.



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  • So I thought of whippin' out a dramatic eye makeup today, 'yanno just to change things .

    Curious to see how I created these vampy green smokey eyes? read further bella!



    1. Use a dark eye base for intensity. It looks unflattering at first but trust me, it's gonna get better.
    2. Pat dark green eyeshadow on eyelids.
    3. Apply bluish-green eyeshadow on crease.
    4. Blend grayish-taupe from the top of the bluish-green eyeshadow with a fluffy crease brush.
    5. Wing-out with black liquid eyeliner
    6. Line waterline with black pencil eyeliner
    7. Pat yellow green eyeshadow on inner 1/2 of the lids
    8. Lightly blend the yellow green eyeshadow to create a soft transition effect. Smudge lower lash line with green and gray.
    9. Apply 2-3 coats of mascara (or falsies)


    Here are the products I used:


    1 Kat Von High Voltage Eye Primer (Skin)
    2 Kat Von D High Voltage Eye Primer (Smoky)
    3 Kat Von D Sin-Full Lash Mascara
    4 Kat Von D Tatto Liner (Trooper)- review here
    5 Milani Liquid Eye Liquid-Like Eyeliner Pencil- review here
    6 BFTE Tease (bluish-green with gold specks)
    7 Inglot Pearl 420 (grayish-taupe)
    8 BFTE Mischief Maker (shimmer dark green)
    9 Inglot AMC 58 (yellow green with tiny gold specks)
    10 Inglot Pearl 429 (blue)
    11 Milani Shadow Eyez (03 Champagne Toast)



    'til my next smokey eyes feature,

    Kathryne





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