Beauty review: K-Palette



Over the holidays I received some samples of K Palette (1 Day Tattoo) Real Lasting eye liner and eyebrow liner from the exclusive distributors. It took me a while to try it because the word “tattoo” scared me. I did a bit of research first and found some very positive reviews of this Japanese product. So I tried it and loved it. I even made my own amateur video demo below.


Both eyeliner and eyebrow liners come with a micro fiber brush applicator that allows full control and ease in application. The claim to fame of this product – and what makes it the “holy grail” of many makeup artists is that it stays put for 24 hours! Even if you cry, sweat or get rained on, your 1 Day Tattoo liners will stay on. And don’t fret about removing the product because all it takes is soap and water. No need for eye makeup remover.


I did further research and found that the waterproof eyeliner has been rated consistently as one of the top selling eyeliners in Japan, with 10 million pieces sold since its inception in the market a few years ago. It has also won  several best selling eyeliner awards year after year since its launch in Singapore. The eyebrow liner works so well. It has translucent ink so that you don’t get over-darkened eyebrows. It stays on all day even if you sweat. It is also smudge-proof. No need to retouch all day.


I was very intrigued with the product so I asked my makeup artist friend Xeng Zulueta if she’s heard of K-Palette. Her answer, “Ofcourse! I’ve been using it on you for years.” She discovered K-Palette years ago during her Shu Uemura makeup training days in Japan. I told her that the product is now available in the Philippines, exclusively at Beauty Bar. Each liner retails for P895.


xeng zulueta
Xeng Zulueta


I asked Xeng to share some tips for my readers. This is a product that many makeup professionals swear by. But it is also very popular among regular folk and novices. Here are Xeng’s tips.

Eyebrow liner:
1. Use the darker eyebrow pen when eyes are bare. Have an eyebrow brush handy and brush in the direction of the growth of the hair when blending.
2. For made up eyes/smokey eyes, opt for the lighter eyebrow pen to soften the over all look
3. W a light misting of hairspray, brush eyebrows into place to set

1. If your eyes are prone to veins and redness, opt for the black instead of the brown
2. Have a pointed q-tip handy to correct mistakes and smudge the liner
3. Try my anti-droopy eyeline technique: start lining the upper lash line outward going inward, using the 3rd to the last eyelash as starting point.
4. Wipe the eyeliner on a damp tissue to avoid clumping of powder/eyeshadow/concealer on the brush tip.


Here’s the little demo-slash-review of K-Palette Eyebrow liner. Don’t laugh.


The good news is, we are giving away six of these award-winning KPalette liners (3 eyebrow and 3 eyeliners). Open to anyone with a Philippine address.  Just join the raffle through my rafflecopter program. All steps are mandatory. You increase your chances of winning if you log-in everyday and Tweet about the contest through rafflecopter.

Winners will be chosen at random by rafflecopter on Monday January 30. I’ll be announcing the winners on January 31st.

If you’re curious about KPalette, check them out at any Beauty Bar outlets nationwide.


a Rafflecopter giveaway




One day sale of Angpao bags



I’ve been looking forward to this. Last year National Book Store had a one-day sale of Angpao Bags during Chinese New Year. It was filled with so many goodies – a best-seller book, school supplies, office supplies, craft supplies. They sold it for P500 each but it was worth over P1,000. I bought eight bags and saved them for Sophia’s 8th birthday party. I gave them out as her lootbag.

This year — TODAY — National Book Store is doing it again. Only today.


Annual 1day sale of AngPao bags in National BookStore. Over P1,000 of goodies for only P500. Jan 23 only
This year’s Angpao bag.


All these for only P500. (The value is over P1,000). Today only, at National Book Store.



Reiss giveaway



Here’s an awesome giveaway from one of my sponsors, Reiss. We’ll be doing it via Rafflecopter, so just follow all the steps and you should qualify for the raffle. Please note that anyone from anywhere in the world can join this raffle. Just like anyone can order online through the Reiss site and have it shipped… even to the Philippines. Prices are in USD or UK. Do check out the site as they currently have things marked down with major sale prices. Even the Duchess of Cambridge’s Reiss shola dress, reissued as the Lola in steel blue has been marked down.

Here’s a preview of Reiss Spring Summer 2012.

Kate middleton
The brand rose to our consciousness (at least mine), after the Duchess of Cambridge wore a white Reiss dress in her official engagement photo. She wore the dress again during their Canadian visit.


The Spring Summer 2012 line is inspired by 90s minimalism.


They refer to the clean lines from past Calvin Klein campaigns, and the sex appeal and cut of vintage Jean Paul Gaultier.


The injection of prints enhances this further, as sheer fabrications are overlaid on bold rainbow graphic prints. Prints of various colours are also pieced together or inserted with sheer panels.


Playing with proportions, fabrications and layering ensure that the clean lines of the 90s silhouettes feel fresh and modern. Layering separate items in new lengths creates a distinct softness and heralds a ‘new way of dressing,’ which is both feminine and wearable.


I’m waiting for this one to go online. Love, love, love the lace and nude lining.


For our Reiss giveaway, up for grabs is this Marley wallet priced at $170. We were supposed to have done this giveaway last month but I got so caught up with our local events. So now the wallet has been marked down to $136. It is a lovely leather wallet with a contrasting leather trim and bamboo closure. Winner gets either indigo or fawn, subject to availability. All you have to do is follow the steps at the end of this post.


Marley wallet


Just follow the easy mandatory steps from Rafflecopter. The program monitors everything. And you can have more chances of winning if you Tweet about it everyday through this site and Rafflecopter. The raffle is open to anyone around the world. The raffle is open from now, December 23 to December 29th January 2, 2012. Winner will be chosen by Rafflecopter’s randomizer program. Winners will be announced on the evening of the 2nd. The wallet will be sent to you by Reiss. (By joining this raffle you authorize Reiss to have access to your email address).

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Loot raffle



I’m trying something new – rafflecopter. I’ve got a very nice giveaway from one of my sponsors coming up. But before I do that, I wanted to try this rafflecopter thing so I never have to manually count your entries again. This is supposed to do everything by lottery. And it’s supposed to be easy for all of us. So this is going to be a quick 24 hour raffle.




I’m giving out stuff I’ve accumulated – some swag from press releases and some I bought myself. Only one winner will win all of these –

1. Olay Total Effects anti-aging serum

2. Guerlain Blanc de Perle Lightening UV Base

3. Liquid eyeliner

4. Notebook from Fox International Channels

5. A pair of Havaianas flipflops

6. Foldable headphones

7. Cath Kidston wallet (real from London, not fake)

8. Olay Body Bars

9. Issey Miyake’s A Scent 50ml EDT

10. Joe Fresh bracelet

11. Baby pillows from Babies Direct – tiny pillows you can use in your car. 400 threadcount. So soft! Same ones I gave out from my baby shower.


This is going to be a quick raffle – like 24 hours. All you have to do is follow all the mandatory steps mentioned below. I hope there are no kinks in the system. If there are, please let me know.

Open to anyone with a Philippine address.



Spots, Stripes and Flowers



I was in Cebu last Monday for Urban Zone. We were the guests of Radisson Blu. It was an intense overnight trip. I shot three show spiels and one house all in a day. Then I flew back the next morning. As always, I loved being in Cebu. Wish we had a home there.


Stripes & spots today. #cathkidston
This was me going home, rushing to see my family. Unfortunately, our plane was stuck in the air and couldn’t land in the congested NAIA runway. So that delayed everything. Plus, the stress.


Because some have already asked thru Twitter, I shall answer now. My striped dress, I have a few of these, is from Muji. This is my uniform when I don’t want to think about what to wear. Shoes are Pedro Garcia cork platforms. My day bag was an LV Speedy. And my that cute spot carry on is a Cath Kidston Spot Overnight Bag. This is the one Cath Kidston sent me a couple of months ago. Same one as Kate Middleton’s.


Cath Kidston
Last week, I did a styling gig for Metro Home magazine. I brought out my Cath Kidston Spray Flowers Teapot. It was the perfect table accessory. It prettified the table so well. I can’t wait for the issue to come out.


And because they’re my sponsor, Cath Kidston“>here.