Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Snoe Parallel Pigments AKA CC Cream

What makes CC Cream special?

CC cream, also known as Color Control cream, is an improved and refined blemish balm cream or Beauty Balm created and developed in Korea. BB cream was originally formulated in Germany and has in recent years gained a huge following in Asia and is quickly making its way to Europe and the USA for its skin-regenerating properties. CC cream is now also widely used in Asia to provide natural-looking skin coverage. While BB cream was manufactured primarily as a skincare product, CC cream was developed to retain all the skincare benefits of BB cream with added nourishing ingredients and the additional aim to provide more effective skin coverage. CC cream is the newest miracle beauty product available and was formulated with technology originating in industry-leader Japan and further developed in Korea.
The benefits of CC cream is said to include high SPF rating to ensure protection from damaging UVA and UVB rays. It also treats and covers uneven skin tones more effectively and blends with skin tone better than BB creams that sometimes appear too light on certain skin tones. A lighter texture than that of BB cream also allows for smoother application with a less oily finish, while remaining extremely nourishing to the skin. The end effect is said to be surprisingly natural and flawlessly radiant complexion than that of BB cream. -Wikipedia




Wish granted. My family and I went out last night to do some rush Christmas shopping. Mom was in the mood, so she bought me this and a bottle of Emu.tox. Hooray! :) I'm assuming it's her post birthday presents for me. Hehe.


Parallel Pigments CC Cream was developed to retain all the skincare benefits of BB cream with added nourishing ingredients and the additional aim to provide more effective color correction.
Contains:
Banana- provides antioxidant Vitamin C, vitamin B6 and Manganese for healthy skin.
Guava- Vitamin K, C & lycopene to treat skin discoloration, such as dark circles, spider veins, rosacea, acne irritation and overall splotchiness, skin healing and prevention of DNA damage
Acai berry- Most powerful and nutritious fruit in the world. Contains the highest level of antioxidants than any other fruit.

Directions:


Prep skin prior to makeup application. This product can be applied with fingers, brush or sponge onto entire face or in areas requiring correction. Pat or stipple into skin a sheer layer making sure to cover all angles, lines and uneven surfaces before foundation. Set with finishing powder.

Price: 399 pesos for 12g





Comes with a doe-foot applicator for precise application. Now this might be an issue for some as double dipping is unhygienic. It might even affect your makeup's longevity. Personally, it's fine with me. I just hate the fact that I can't maximize a good 'ol product because I can't reach the sides of the tube. :)


Swatching :) I've bought the shade in Honey (covers bluish under-eye circles, bruises, facial veins & birth marks). There are three more shades mainly: Grass (covers red blemishes and blotchy skin), Wheat (gives a subtle glow to dull skin and will boost radiance) and Lavender (brightens sallow skin). 





I love how light and fluid the consistency is. It blends and spreads easily too. Correct me if I'm wrong (still a make-up noobie, okay?:P), but the finish is satin. Or maybe semi-dewy.

Testing, testing!! :)

*with one layer, spread on both eye circles :)
Before:

No Make-Up! 
After:

Snoe CC Cream + Mineral Foundie (brushed lightly)
*if you've noticed, i'm sort of peeling in some parts of my face :) that's due to my glycolic toner :)
I don't look too much wasted now, do I? Considering the fact that I cried and slept late last night (couple's squabble). Hehehe. I do feel much better now, thanks to this! Make-up therapy <3

Overall Review:

- CC Cream isn't sticky, it's moisturizing but it doesn't make me oily (but too be safe, set with powder or maybe Snoe's Poudre Extraordinaire).
- it did not dry nor crease on my undereyes
-buildable coverage
-no flaking, no patchiness
-THE SMELL! Omg it smells sweet and yummy :P may pagka-amoy banana :)
-it makes my skin radiant
-brightening
- a little goes a long way
-more benefits than bb cream
-the packaging is ok, you can bring it anywhere (it's like a big concealer =))

I'm not sure if I'll be buying Wheat because Honey already did its job! Haha! I might try Lavender and Grass. :) I'll be updating this post a week after, as I will be road testing this baby for a few days to see if there'll be any changes plus. So there.

till next time!!

Have you tried any of Snoe's new products? Comment below! Let's talk! :)








Sunday, December 16, 2012

Krave Mineral Organic Liquid Foundation and Complexion Perfection Mineral Powder



KRAVE MINERALE COSMECEUTICALS (Official website)
is a Philippine company & brand of mineral make up & organic skin care products that are all formulated & manufactured in the USA by a GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice) compliant facility. Products are imported from the US and legally distributed in the Philippines with all the necessary regulatory requirements from the United States of America and from the companies that formulates & manufactures the whole product line. The ingredients in all our products have been assessed, approved and certified in compliance with the EU Cosmetic Safety Regulations and US-FDA (The United States- Food and Drugs Administration).
       
I was supposed to post this a few months ago, I think last October pa unfortunately I forgot the password of my laptop and had to reformat :( <//3 Anyway, enjoy! I'll be uploading more posts soon! Promise! :P


 Wow, time flies so fast. I remember accepting a friend request from Krave about a year ago, when it was still starting up its online shop. I said to myself, "Ohh. Very Nice. Another pinay mineral make-up brand." From that point on, I stalked its page. Album per album, blog per blog. Although it took me several months before I got myself a few products to try. Better late than never! :P

Here are the products that I purchased:



 Organic Liquid Foundation in Ricotta and Complexion Perfection in Hazelnut

I love how they named the shades after food.

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Organic Liquid Foundation (Ricotta) -  Php385.00 (20 ml)

Detox your make up kits and replace your old liquid foundation with our Flawless Finish Liquid Foundation that has no skin damaging preservatives & irritating chemicals and are infused with skin soothing organic ingredients of Rosemary, Carrots, Jojoba, Aloe vera & Vitamin E that will promise to enhance your skin tone & gives you a broad spectrum of SPF in just a few fingertip blends. A unique liquid foundation formula that replenishes your skin with skin beneficial actives, that is not greasy nor oily. Achieve a flawless and radiant look in just a sec. No sponge/taclon brush needed for application, just your beauty finger tips. 
APPLICATION:
Due to the 95% organic contents in our formulation, it is best recommended to Shake well before use to avoid color separation inside the bottle. Pump a pea size into your fingertips and apply evenly on your face and neck. Apply Complexion Perfection or Luxurious Perfection loose mineral foundation for a complete make up regimen.


Ingredients:
Aloe barbadensis (Organic Aloe) Juice, Simmondsia chinensis (Organic Jojoba) Oil, Titanium Dioxide, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Mica, Zinc Oxide, Dimethylaminoethanol (DMAE),Limnanthes alba (Meadowfoam) Oil, Daucus carota sativa (Carrot) Oil, Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary Extract)






So cute. So tiny. A tube will probably last you a month.





Swatches:








   Too light for my skin tone huh?




Upon blending



It's barely noticeable anymore. :)



Packaging: Packaging is okay. I just think it would be better if the tube had a long, thin nozzle so that I'd have better control over the amount. Plus!! I accidentally dropped mine (clumsy) while I was applying and gush, went the foundation. It spilled over the floor. I nearly cried. There goes 3 ml of my 20 ml product. SAYANG!!!! Grr.

Color: Please do not be turned off by the shade! Haha I know it looks sort of pasty white but I tell you when you're wearing it, it hardly looks noticeable. Au naturale! I recommend you pair it with Krave's mineral foundation. :) 

Texture: Light. It is as if you're applying milk to your face :) Although you might have a hard time blending, IF you're too slow in spreading the foundie. But when you blend it well it really looks nice.

Coverage: Sheer - medium; It can conceal minor redness, blemishes here and there. Then again, it's my opinion. It may work for you, but not for me.

Fragrance: Imo, I don't smell anything fishy. Haha. Although I was hoping it did smell a bit sweet because of its skin loving ingredients hehe :P

Oil Control: Considering my combi skin and the environment, it did manage to control oil pretty well. I'm not saying that it's "Oh wow no oil, oh my gosh I'm oil free" because seriously there's no such thing as completely oil free here. You know how humid it is here in Manila :( 

Finish: Matte. I love how this alone can brighten my skin without looking dewy. 


Complexion Perfection in Hazelnut - Php 255 (3g)




Protect and beautify your complexion with one of our superb micro-formulated mineral foundation formulas with the benefit of chemical-free sun protection while giving you a flawless, air-brushed appearance. This product is so pure that applying less is more. Oil Balancing foundation. Broad spectrum SPF.
All ingredients are carefully chosen for purity. Full-coverage sunscreen to protect and nourish delicate skin while offering the coverage and matte finish for a beautiful poreless perfect complexion without experiencing any skin irritation.

Application:
Shake the jar and dab your brush in a swirling motion, tap it to remove excess powder & apply to your face in circular motion until desired coverage is achieved.



Why hello there :)







Open sesame!


Swatch:

Close enough.

Coverage: Medium, buildable coverage

Fragrance: None

Oil Control: Good oil control :)



Before and after photos upon using both products:

Bare face, after shower and drying of hair haha I know I look weird </3



All made up and ready to go out! 
Products used:

Krave Organic Liquid Foundation
Krave Complexion Perfection Mineral Foundation
In2it Lip and Cheek Tint 

Don't you just love the finish?  Natural, poreless, bright, and breathable :)
Plus there's no sticky feeling! 
No caking!

Love love my krave products <3

Better than bb cream. Definitely more beneficial than bb cream :)

My skin feels happy, health and radiant.

And that's my daily make up! I rarely shape and shade my brows, nor do I put on any trace of eye make up. Of course there are times that I do want to look like a head turner or an asian doll, but I feel better and more of myself with less on. 


Repurchase? Yes! I will definitely buy more products :) Next on my list is the concealer! And maybe the Panacea oil too! I am definitely recommending Krave to you guys! :)


Craving too?

Check out their Facebook page here! You will find a lot of beautiful girls who all agree with me - Krave is love<3 

Have you tried any of Krave's products? Tell me! Comment below :)
Leave your links btw if you want me to follow back :) let's follow each other! :)

Will take more pics :) More products to be reviewed! Hope you like my post :)

xoxo! :-*