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Kikay Corner’s Christmas Gift Ideas 2015

A list of what to give your loved ones this Christmas.

It’s exactly 25 days until Christmas, are you officially done with your shopping list? For the first time in forever, I can actually say I am done with holiday shopping! I realized that it’s a general tone for people to sound quite burdened when it comes to checking off Christmas lists, I’m choosing the other road this time around. This year, I resolve to being thrilled to be blessing the people I love. Not that I didn’t enjoy giving the past years, but unlike before, I now refuse to be weighed down by the pressure of having to give. Besides, the Bible verse is timeless: “It is more blessed to give than to receive.”

It has been an eventful year and I have been truly blessed by the people I’ve come across with – whether they are new ones or have spent time with a bunch of old friends as we nurture this gift called friendship.

Here’s hoping to share with you my personal picks for Christmas Gift Ideas 2015.

1. Presence.

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Merriam-Webster perfectly defined for us what presence mean. And as seemingly corny as it sounds, it truly has been an elusive thing these days. We’ve exchanged our presence for social media “connection,” and even when we’re with our loved ones, we tend to still be stuck, heads down, eyes glued on our smartphones. I’m guilty as charged. Obviously with my own albeit trivial online presence, I tend to check how my published posts are doing. But I’ve been doing better these days at being “present,” and hope to do better as I spend more time with family this holiday season.  As costless as “presence” seem to sound, it actually can cost us our default, which is to get hold of our smartphone. Offer the gift of your “presence” and have a real, meaningful conversation and quality time with the one you love. The gift of undivided attention is priceless!

  1. ASUS ZenFone 2 Laser

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Okay, before you get driven off the wall and begin to point out the many ways I’m contradicting myself, allow me to say that it’s really a matter of balance. (more…)

Céleteque DermoCosmetics, the Benefits of Makeup and Skincare in One #CeletequeDermoCosmetics #2XBeautiful

SkinCare and MakeUp in One

It’s always, always a no-brainer for me, I’d totally choose purpose over popularity, a product that delivers over the status quo, in a heartbeat. I’m notorious at going against the flow. I want what works period. And if something does two purposes in one go, that is the bomb!

So when Celeteque sent an invite for the launch of Celeteque DermoCosmetics, which claims to deliver the benefits of makeup and skincare in one, that sure is one event I won’t dare miss.

CELETEQUE DERMOCOSMETICS

 

Céleteque Dermo, the trusted brand for cutting-edge skincare technology, has everything that she needs. It has established itself as a skincare staple—in countless women’s beauty regimen, with its extensive, customized and expert line of dermatologist-tested, hypoallergenic, and clinically-proven products. Now, the brand is taking it up a notch higher with another pioneering Dermo breakthrough with its new makeup line that fuses cosmetics with skincare: Céleteque DermoCosmetics.

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My Before and After Celeteque DermoCosmetics Makeover 

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Cosmix School of Makeup Artistry

It has been more that three years since I took the Personal Beauty Make Up Course Maquillage Professionnel by Make Up Forever. I intended to blog about it but life got in the way. 🙂

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Above is a collage of a few of the photos I took in the 15 hour Personal Make Up Course that I enrolled in with the pretty girls I am with in the above photos. I can’t believe this was three years ago! Time flies. I was meaning to level up but I had my priorities right in line. I would still love to learn more about make up artistry still. Maybe later when I get the chance.

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#AirbrushedLookEveryday with @MaybellinePH Dream Liquid Mousse

It is always fun to get first dibs to new things. Before we flew down South last weekend, I got a hold of Maybelline’s Dream Liquid Mousse with its Duo Fibre makeup brush! I love the Perfect Airbrush coverage that it claims to be able to deliver. I have never tried airbrush makeup before because of the hefty amount that came with it. Understandably, this new makeup innovation got me all curious.

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Airbrush Finish

Maybelline Dream Liquid Mousse in Classic Ivory (more…)

Affordable Makeup Brushes from Tmart!

Something I will always love about blogging is getting first dibs on stuff that I would otherwise just wait for people to rave over before I give a second look.

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 Another product I received in the mail is a parcel from www.Tmart.com – Professional Makeup Brushes, no less! 🙂

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22pcs Professional Cosmetic Makeup Brush Set 

 And they are in pink! Woot! 😀

The 22 pcs professional makeup brush  set has the basic brushes. It has the all over face powder brush, blush brush, angled brush for contouring, a small blush brush, a fan brush that I absolutely love. (more…)

In Search for the Best Mineral Makeup

The first mineral makeup brand I have tried and actually loved was Babydoll. That was back in 2005. To date, I have not really tried very many brands that have made a considerable impact on me that made me really jump fence and say, “It’ll be mineral makeup for me from here on out.” My leaning towards organic and things natural should easily have me do the switch.

The latest mineral makeup I have tried were that of Virginia Olsen Minerals from my December Saladbox. Yes, I love the blush’s pigmentation. But I have yet to try their other products. A few mineral makeup enthusiasts who have reviewed different products have been raving over Pure Body Beauty Mineral makeup. I love that all of their products are free of gluten, parabens, artificial colors, fragrances and talc. Were never tested on animals are Hypoallergenic.

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Pure Body Beauty offers free shipping for purchases over $50.00. (more…)

Officially Charmed by Charm Travel Pro V.3 Makeup Brush Set

In all my makeup wearing years, I have never exactly understood the significance of make up brushes until my first day of Personal Makeup Course at Maquillage Professionnel last month. Before Charm Travel Pro V.3 Makeup Brush Set, I used to own a decent one that I bought on a whim but never got to use as much. All because I really was clueless how. I tried to use them for what they are for (thanks to YouTube), but always find myself going back to my good ‘ol fingers to do the job. Not this time. I have come to acquaint myself to each and every brush. Thanks to my teachers over at Maquillage Professionnel, there really is nothing like a professionally done canvas.  Just to give you an idea, the hubby is so convinced even that he allows me to apply on him his BB cream (it’s his SPF cream) with the stippling brush. Even he can see the difference of how much smoother and more even the application is using the stippling brush.

The Charm Travel Pro Makeup Brush Set comes in this sophisticated packaging which practically spells all the fab places you can bring your kit to. It’s way too pretty I can’t bring myself to stash it in the bin despite its now battered corners.

Its pretty color screams to be oh so me! If you haven’t noticed, I have had this hotpink watermark for my photos in this blog and it has been my color since forever! The color itself spells love for me. It was days after Sophie handed me this that I actually got to use them and fell in love with them since. Before I show you the picture of how it looks like nowadays (I’ve practically used and abused the set since I got hold of them), here are photos I took when it was still brand spanking new. (more…)

Kanebo and Elite makeup sponges

It was only during the recent Personal Makeup Course that I took at Maquillage Professionel that I learned to appreciate the use of makeup brushes. Before that, I was a sponge/puff girl through and through. Leaving my brushes stashed away since forever. Now that I have the Charm Travel Pro v3, I honestly can’t figure out how I managed all my make up wearing years without these brushes. My review post about it soon. 🙂

I always knew Kanebo was a good brand, so when this makeup sponge cost me P300 (approx.$7), I was certain that there is a good reason behind it.  The fine print on the package is in Japanese. Save for the brand Kanebo, the only English words on the package are “make up sponge” and the sticker that reads who its local distributor is. Go figure!

The Elite Model’s Fashion make up sponges are cheap. It claims to be recommended by Elite Models. Which by the way, I don’t buy. 😛 It’s not cheap cheap, like most disposable sponges are. But the package does come cheap with two sponges for only P165 (approx. $4). It is the latex kind. I bought this before I got hold of my Kanebo sponge last June, which I figured as non-latex. Elite latex sponges are not exactly my favorite. It can be an alternative. Can do the job, even. But it’s not the best, for sure.

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Revlon Brow Fantasy Pencil & Gel in 105 Brunette

I confess, my love affair with my favorite drugstore brand, Revlon, goes wayback.  I have a few Revlon posts to prove that: Revlon Khol in Midnight Blue, Revlon Colorstay Eye makeup, Revlon Warehouse Sale, et.al. I have since appreciated other drugstore brands like Elf and Maybelline. But it was not until my one week Personal Makeup Course in Maquillage Professional last week did I found out what I was missing. Because I was not born with enough brow hairs to even have them shaped, I am left to fashion to them manually every time. So the major keys are the skill to properly shape the brows and the tool/s that is/are used. My mom has tried to convince me time and again to get a tattoo done like hers to save myself the trouble of having to shape them every time. There is a better alternative to that nowadays – the Eyebrow Resurrection that Brow Haus is offering — I will blog about that later. As for the tattoo, that won’t be an option for me.

A great alternative to Make Up For Ever’s Eyebrow Corrector #0 is the Revlon Brow Fantasy Pencil & Gel in Brunette (pictured above) which retails for PhP 575 (approx. $14).

So during my course at Maquillage Professionel last week, I totally fell in love with Make Up For Ever‘s Eyebrow Corrector #0. We were told that all students are entitled to 10% off in the duration of our class. But the thing is, both their outlets in Serendra and Shangri-la have run out of the Eyebrow Corrector #0 and #2. I used both interchangeably during the course.

Make Up For Ever Eyebrow Corrector (above photo), which sells for more than PhP 1,200 (approx. $31) locally is the best that I have used to date. When I went to their Serendra outlet, I was told that it might not be until September til they have new stocks. And there was no way I was waiting until then. So I went to every possible beauty stall in the mall looking for the best alternative. Revlon is great at offering dual ended products – just like the Revlon Matte Luxurious Kohl Eyeliner. (more…)