Officially a #RustansBeautyAddict: Perricone, MD Stash


Can’t even begin how delighted I was upon receiving this goody bag. As you all might already know by now, I’m IN LOVE with the skin care and now a make-up brand: Perricone, MD. A few weeks back, I was already sent a package that had their No Foundation Foundation SERUM and their No Concealer Concealer. I posted about it on my IG and well, pretty much raved about it everywhere else. This week, lo and behold, another package from the brand arrived, now with more of their highly rated products: No Foundation Foundation, No Lipgloss Lipgloss, No Mascara Mascara and No Blush Blush. The gist of why I love this brand is how Perricone MD prides itself on their dermatologist-studied and tested items. They’re very meticulous about the details, adding in specific ingredients to address specific target areas.

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The best thing about their foundation serum, foundation (not serum) and blush is that all are formulated in a way which the product spreads on so smoothly. They aim to perfect the no make-up make-up look and well, they’ve done well. It’s light, breathable and it doesn’t cake- which I deem very important. In this Philippine weather, you kind of need to invest on products like that- especially if you’ve found those compatible with your skin.


   No Foundation Foundation : an anti-aging treatment that has SPF 30. Its benefits are due to the use of Alpha Lipoic Acid which is scientifically formulated to help minimize the appearance of wrinkles and enlarged pores while improving the appearance of skin texture.


No Blush Blush: anti-aging treatment also with SPF 30. This restores the appearance of lift and volume and imparts a healthy color to highlight the cheeks. It makes use of DMAE which is scientifically formulated to help firm and tone the appearance of the skin.

Their No Concealer Concealer is nothing short of amazing. It says on the box that this doesn’t crease. I have an odd crease on my right under eye for some reason so when I apply product on, after just a bit, you’ll already notice a slight line. Must have I applied concealer with more pressure on that side? I don’t know. Well, for whatever reason, I have a crease and it gets pretty obvious with other concealers. This one works well for me. It creases JUST A BIT (I think it’s inevitable as I have already stretched my undereye to that point) and it isn’t obvious unless you look very closely. But who gets that close to your face, right? Haha. Oh and one thing you might not like (that is totes okay with me) is its smell. It doesn’t smell like vanilla or usual foundation but I say that that may be a good thing. That shows us that they don’t add unnecessary ingredients that may be detrimental to our skin in the long run. Sometimes, fragrance could even be the cause of your skin irritation. Sensitive skin will appreciate this.

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The No Mascara Mascara is good. My lashes aren’t very long. Mark’s lashes are way prettier than mine so I’m taking this with me everywhere. It works well for me so it might for you, too. Give it a shot.


No Mascara Mascara: an anti-aging lash treatment with a universal, deep color. It nourishes, defines and lifts lashes. It makes use of Neuropeptides that are scientifically formulated messenger molecules that help boost the appearance of suppleness and firmness.

The No Lipgloss Lipgloss is “Kara-approved.” Haha! We all know how I’m more inclined to anything matte so for me to recommend this glossy one, you’re good to go. It gives the right pigment that you’d want for everyday use. Not too much, not too little- just right. If you’re aiming for the natural glow, this is the one for you.


No Lipgloss Lipgloss : an anti-aging treatment with SPF 15 that is to enhance youthful color and definition. It gives a natural, glossy finish. This also makes use of the Neuropeptides used in their No Mascara Mascara.

For those who need to compare products or for those who need to test them out first before placing an order, good news: they’re all available in Rustan’s The Beauty Source! I used to only see this brand in the States, specifically Sephora so ya’ll are all lucky that Rustan’s brought it in for you guys.

Even better news: Rustan’s has a BEAUTY ADDICT CARD that you can all avail to complement your shopping habits. If you’re a skin care + make-up junkie like me, then we have been blessed with this genius idea. If you already spend a lot (sometimes more than you should- I’m guilty of this. Hehe) on beauty products, why not avail of something that will give you extra benefits AND special offers? It’s hitting two birds with one stone. Any customer of legal age and with a minimum of ONLY Php 2,500, can apply through a digital application in-store to become a Beauty Addict member.

There actually already is an event this month so I suggest that you get this card so we can shop together and talk about make-up in person. You know how passionate I am about anything skin care/ make-up so this should be a field day for us. It’s not open to all. It’s a big thing so it’s by invite only and for those who have their Beauty Addict Card (which is so easy to get). #AreYouABeautyAddict? If you apply for the Beauty Addict Card in the store, you will also get an exclusive invite to this biggest beauty event of the year. Come celebrate beauty with Moet and all your other favorite brands at #RustansBeautyAddict. See you guys there! #OPENTHENOW #MOETMOMENT #CELEBRATETHENOEW

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Facial Products: Tried & Tested!


Would you look at that? Blog post #2 is in session (Already? -insert shy monkey emoji-). I would like to extend my gratitude to everyone who has taken the time to click on the blog link, to share the tweets and to congratulate me on this new endeavour of mine. It’s one foot in the water but you all have been ever so supportive. Now, now, Kara. Let’s not get all sentimental on this. After all, your blog is still in the works. Here goes a topic that a number of you, internet friends, have asked me about through comments, mostly DM’s. I’ve tried to answer you in bullet points but I suppose you have more questions in mind? Hopefully this will help!

WARNING: This is quite a long post. Not every entry will be this long but I just felt the need to go the extra mile to explain these products because the details are important. If you’re okay with that, then go ahead and scroll down. Enjoy!:)

It’s about time I start delving into what makes up my skin care regimen but before that, I thought I should let you guys know that everyone differs when it comes to skin categories. I’m under the combination skin type meaning I am both dry and oily (I know. It’s complicated. Simply put, I’m oily on my T-zone and dry on the other parts of my face–especially around my nose and under my eyes). I’m aware that I go on and on and on about my facial care on Instagram but never did expound on why I consider the products I’ve posted about my must-have’s. So here I am, listing down my staples.

1. Clinique’s dramatically different moisturising gel


There isn’t a day that goes by without me using this. This is a product that I must have with me everywhere I go. Seriously speaking, I even have the travel-size version of it just because I will never permit my face to go dry. Right after I shower from a workout, I apply. Right after I wipe off the make-up from a shoot, I apply. When I wake up from a nap and my face feels dry from lying down on the pillow on one cheek, I apply. You get the gist. Plus, notice that it says gel. Clinique has the same product but in a lotion formula. This works really effectively but I’ve found it to make me all oily pretty quickly. The gel formula says in its description that it is oil-free. I decided to give it a shot and I’m very happy with its consistency and result. Complete hydration, very light, dries fast (I hate products that take so long to dry. Especially because I always moisturise before putting any make-up on) , spreads on smoothly AND it comes with a pump (very important! I also hate it when I accidentally squeeze too much product out. What a waste). If you are of the pure dry skin type, go on and get yourself the lotion formula. If you are the oily type, girl, I highly recommend this one.

2. MAC’s Lightful C Marine-Bright Formula Softening Lotion


L-O-V-E. I use this EVERYDAY. I apply this once a day usually in the morning, before my moisturiser. I personally use this mainly as a toner but it seems to give me other benefits that I’ve noticed over time. Okay, first off, this is an EXCELLENT toner. It removes dirt off your face in a swipe. I’m not exaggerating. Go to a MAC store with nothing on, feel free to even wash your face before it. Look for a tester and wipe your entire face with it. You’ll be surprised at how much residue is left even after cleansing your face. Second, it is non-drying AND it provides moisture. Take note, those are two different things. “Non-drying” just means that it doesn’t dehydrate your face while “moisturising” means that it leaves your skin feeling instantly refreshed. A product can have one of the two, both or none at all. Trust me, there’s a difference. I’ve found that this softens my skin as well. This “Lightful C” line of MAC in particular (I’ll talk about their other products of the same line in another post). Off the bat, not having read reviews or their product claims, this leaves my skin feeling revitalised and bright. It smells so good as well! I love products that smell like fresh linen (Pro: makes your face smell amaaaaze. Con: those with super sensitive skin might not be too happy about this). Honestly though, it’s not cheap but it’s not that expensive either. If you’re comparing it to drugstore toners, yes, it’s a bit pricey but I promise, #NoRagrets. Just a little bit on a cotton pad is enough. It’s a big bottle of 150mL so it will last you a long time. Remember: you pay for the quality. You pay for the results.

3. KHIEL’s Hydro-Plumping Re-Texturizing Serum Concentrate


Good for moisturising but bad for make-up. Thus, I use this only at night. What I do not like about this is that it leaves my face super shiny and this takes forever to dry and sink into the skin. What I love about this is how it makes your face feel like you’ve used a facial masque x 1000000. I use this when I’m in dire need of skin rehydration. When I’m on my period (come on, girls. Don’t get all maarte here. I’m telling you as it is. That’s a good thing. Haha), this comes in handy. I feel like my skin is so flushed out and my face is as dry as the desert. This saves my skin during those days. It’s supposed to smoothen the fine lines and “intensively hydrate the skin’s deepest surface layers”. Well, I can’t comment on the smoothening of fine lines but it’s surely on-point on the intensive hydration. If you’ve been following me on Instagram for quite a while, you’d know that Khiel’s has always been big on my list. They’ve never failed me. I put this on at night and I wake up with extremely soft skin. I’d take this with me if I were to go on a trip to a place that will suck the moisture out of my face. Haha!

4. Origins’ Original Skin Renewal serum with Willowherb


This product gives me the glow I want when I’m brave enough to go somewhere with zero make-up on. If you are wondering what makes this different from the MAC Lightful C Softening Lotion that I’ve mentioned above, there are 2 main differences I’d like to point out. Uno, this does not act as a toner AT ALL. It does not remove the dirt off your face and I would not use this with a cotton pad. I’d pump this once or twice on two fingers, dot it all over my face then spread it with both hands. Dos (Is that even right? Using “uno” now seems so much cooler and I’ve never used “dos” before as an ordinal number but whatever. Haha!), this has a very fine shimmer effect. Anyone who I have talked about make-up or nail polish with knows that I stray away from anything with shimmer, except of course if it’s meant to be a highlighter. I’m a matte kind of gal and well, this serves as the ONLY exception–LITERALLY THE ONLY EXCEPTION. The “glitter” or “shimmer” is very subtle so I suppose that’s what I should give the “glow” credit for. It smells good as well, that’s another plus. Also, I think it’s very essential to mention that Origins is a brand that takes pride in its use of natural products. It’s formulated WITHOUT parabens, sulphates and phthalates and is free of synthetic fragrance and synthetic dyes, petro-chemicals, GMOs, and triclosan. BOOM. For organic product junkies, a path my Mother is veering me towards, here you go!

5. kieHl’s Micro-blur Skin Perfector


THANK GOODNESS FOR PRODUCTS YOU CAN APPLY OVER MAKE-UP. What a dilemma it is to have a face you have worked very meticulously on and yet unable to retouch after. You question touch-up’s and you hesitate to blot your face because it might ruin the foundation/powder you have spread on so evenly, the contour you have brushed on so carefully or the blush you have already gently blended in with your highlighter, right? Well, you have Kiehl’s to thank for this product. It’s lightweight, it minimises the appearance of pores and it refines the skin’s texture; I also have no idea how they did it but it’s made in a way that when applied over a baked face, it won’t ruin whatever make-up you have on. It’s amazing. They made me try it during a Kiehl’s event and can you just imagine the hesitation then? I still needed to take photos and there was no way I was going to ruin my make-up even before getting an Instagram-worthy photo! The lady who I was assigned to was nice enough to give me the facts about it to assure me that it’s safe to apply this without messing anything up. True enough, I tried it on and my make-up remained intact. The creases under my eyes lessened and my face did look more evened out. This is good for retouches especially for those who are conscious of their pores. Good thing I listened to the skin expert!

6. KIEHL’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate



The last but not the least out of my SKIN care product staples. I don’t think I really need to explain why this is a favourite. I think everyone has seen this on a number of people’s must-have’s and I completely understand why. This is a product you use overnight, by the way. If I have a shoot the next morning or if I have an event that I’m required to arrive with no make-up on but still look fresh, this is what I put on the day before. It’s a concentrate that has a number of essential oils and distilled botanicals packed into one formula. It comes with a dropper so just a few squeezes and you’re good. This is a bit pricey for the 30mL bottle it comes in but it’s worth every cent. Kiehl’s states in their product claim: “works with the skin’s natural nocturnal activity – when skin is most receptive to repairing itself from daily aggressors – to dramatically restore skin”. I was sold on just reading that. It’s not like a toner that you have to wait until it dries completely. You have to massage it gently and wait for it to sink in, especially if you twist and turn at night. Don’t put it to waste. Sayang naman. Baka it will end up on your pillow lang. It works. It helps. The reason why it’s a customer favourite is completely valid.

So there you have it: six of my skin care favourites! Don’t worry. I’ll be blogging about facial masques, eye creams, make-up, etc. next time! Sorry if my posts are a bit lengthy. I’m really going the extra mile to describe these products, so you wouldn’t have to research on them and have to experiment yourselves! I hope I got to answer most if not all of your questions. If you have more inquiries, feel free to comment! I will answer you right away in case the others are wondering the same thing.

REMEMBER: Always take care of your skin! Anyone can look like an artista in full-on make-up. Iba pa rin ang natural beauty. Everyone is born beautiful so let’s do our part and take care of what we are blessed with. I loooove make-up. You know that! But I personally believe that clear, healthy skin is one of the best assets of women ( men, too!). SKIN IS IN.

Until next time! Let me know what else you want me to write about. Maybe food the next time around? I’d love to hear from you.❤

Nivea Skin Firmness Check

Hey, girls! (Assuming that whoever will be reading this post will be/are girls. Haha!) So this is my very first legit blog post considering that I micro-blog solely through Instagram. If you follow me on my social media accounts, you would have probably noticed by now that I like to enumerate my favorite beauty products, food items, inspirational quotes and personal tidbits of my life every so often. In light of this, I feel as if Instagram, Twitter more so, are good for my self-proclaimed “reviews” but not what is best for your questions and for my answers. Here I am now, on a blog, ready to give it a shot. (So do cut me some slack! I’m a relative first-timer at this. Let’s see what I can cook up for you guys)

First up is the #NIVEASkinFirmnessCheck event! Oh man, you guys can’t even imagine how nervous I was for this. I barely wear shorts, skirts or anything that shows off my legs because quite honestly, I’ve always been so insecure about my skin! I’m very meticulous when it comes to my facial care but when it comes to my body, I’m much more lenient and much less matiyaga with the lotions, serums, etc. I was so anxious when they told me that I have to jump on trampoline in shorts and  as they have the back of my legs zoomed into! I don’t even have the guts to show off my legs and now this? *gasp*


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Thank goodness that NIVEA sent over their Extra White Firming Body Serum SPF 33 and their Instant White Firming Body Lotion SPF 15 products for me to use weeks before the event. Almost immediately, upon opening the package, it’s as if my heart let out a huge sigh of relief and I was confident because they’ve sent what I had considered “back-up.” Haha. Without any second thoughts, I started using them both day and night until the day of the #NIVEASkinFirmnessCheck itself arrived.


Lo and behold my internet friends, it was a success. My heart was beating out of my chest as I took those stairs up to the trampoline and as I jumped for their slow-mo video takes. They showed me the results right after and as I peeked through my fingers covering my eyes, I saw that there truly was an improvement. I can’t say I have ZERO cellulite signs because come on, who has totally zero trace of ’em anywhere right? (Well, if you don’t have any, well, good. for. you. Let me guess. You use NIVEA? Hehe) We watched it together with Mark and my sister and would you look at that? My legs did look smoother AND firmer! Sometimes, you really are left in awe by what science can do, you know?


They asked me a few questions about my present skin care before jumping on. As you can see, I look half-focused on answering and half-thinking about what’s going to happen on that trampoline. You can’t blame me!


I tried to make it look all Lacoste, but failed miserably.


Look at all those lights! There was a huge HD camera behind me by the way. That tiny one in front was for event purposes. See what I mean?

*PHEW* Now that part was over and dealt with, I moved on to the digital tests they had on touchscreen tvs for us to try out. They asked us a number of questions such as “How often do you workout?”, ‘How many glasses of water do you drink in a day?”, “Do you smoke?” and more just so they can roughly estimate the lifestyle we’ve been living by. I answered mine truthfully and well, THANK YOU NIVEA, my result came out as : REALLY FIRM. Yes. Dodged another bullet.





You see these 3 grids? Okay so this is how it works. The first grid is the “ideal” grid. They put 9 sticker dots on the back of my leg before the Skin Firmness Check to see if my skin will move far from the “ideal” lines. The second grid is an example of how a “non-firm” skin would result to in the video. To compare, they overlap the “ideal gird” and “your grid” to see how far the lines deviate from the “ideal.” The less, the better.

On to the ball pit! Hey, this is a no judgement zone, everyone. I’ve always wanted to jump in one, okay? For some reason, there was a time when ball pit playgrounds were hyped up but I never had the chance to check out a branch. My eyes sparkled as my peripheral vision picked this section up, almost like a sensor in the movies. There were children in it but that didn’t stop a 5’11” girl like me from joining in on the fun! Dragged my sister who seemed embarrassed that such a tall lady was having as much fun as the 4 year-olds in there. No biggie. I knew she’d have fun and well, she did. She emerged from that ball pit like a victor– just like her Ate. Haha!


This is me about to help my sister out. This photo got me thinking. She looks so happy. Maybe I should have left her there. Just kidding! (Photo from @NIVEAPhils)






Went on to the juice bar after that because, my, was I tired. They had cold drinks, not to mention healthy ones, ready to quench the thirsts of those having way too much fun (and that includes me.) I may have took home a few bottles for Mark, my sister and me. Shhh.

I had the privilege as well to go live on Facebook logged into the official NIVEA account and I took all y’all on a mini-tour around the event with me. I hope you guys felt my excitement because you know that even on my Snapchat, I do my best to make you guys feel like you are right next to me, experiencing every event together side by side.

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Well, that wraps up my very first blog post! I really could not have chosen a better first event to write about. NIVEA, you do the world so much good. I applaud you for successfully bringing back my confidence when it comes to being more secure in shorts and in skirts. You really do help girls like me achieve our #SkinsBestYears. Thank you!