This year, since Kylie Cosmetics by Kylie Jenner had been launched, people all over the world have been going gaga over her lip kits! And just this August, Kylie has launched her limited edition Birthday Makeup Collection that contains 8 different cosmetics!
It was said that every single item in this limited-edition collection is infused with real gold, the product is slightly pricier than her usual items. Most of the new releases have never been sold before by Kylie Cosmetics, but the gloss, matte metal lipstick, and Lip Kit are all $1 more than usual.
We all know that her products are very expensive and not to mention, hard to obtain for they are always out-of-stock (especially the limited editions that get sold out in a blink of an eye!), I am lucky to get my hands on to the Kylie Lip Kit in Leo and Kylie Metal Matte Lipstick in Gold!
First, I'll be reviewing the Kylie Lip Kit in Leo
As we all know, this shade is part of Kylie Cosmetics Birthday Edition, which expectedly, is also one of the first items to get sold out! People thought that they can no longer buy it for it was gone forever but Kylie Jenner surprised us and brought it back and you've got to love her for it! She definitely outdid herself and restocked it yet again.
This time though, the packaging that we got here is no longer the same black & gold combo packaging but the usual one with the white background. Nevertheless, this shade is still hard to get a hold of!
Kylie Cosmetics Australia Lip Kit Contains:
1 Matte Liquid Lipstick (0.11 fl oz./oz. liq / 3.25 ml) and 1 Pencil Lip Liner (net wt./ poids net .03 oz/ 1.0g)
Leo is a bold burgundy shade which most beauty enthusiasts call as the perfect fall shade! I personally don't wear dark lipsticks that much but when I do, it makes me look so fierce like I can intimidate anyone in the world! Hahaha!
Kylie Lip Kit in Leo has a quality that is better than I expected! The lip liner is easy to use as it glides and applies smoothly on the edge of my lips without smudging while the matte liquid lipstick has opaque pigmentation and has a very long-lasting formula which stays on for 6 hours in my case! It smells nice too like sweet vanilla doughnut! I had to wipe my lips with makeup remover several times to completely remove them! Wow!
The reason why it exceeded my expectation is because I've heard from other makeup enthusiasts and bloggers that Kylie liquid lipsticks are very similar with Colourpop's matte liquid lipsticks' formulation which to some people's disappointment, are drying on the lips and crumbles like liquid powder after an hour of wearing. It may be a case of getting a bad batch, I ain't sure, but this Lip Kit that I have tried has great quality! If all the other lip kits are this great, I wouldn't mind the price that much anymore! Hehe! Well, I'm still surprised to be honest!
Kylie Lip Kit i Leo is being sold for $30 in the US plus the shipping fee. Here i the Philippines, it is priced for Php1,950-Php3,000 depending on who the seller is. It sucks that imported items get way more expensive here nut yeah well, that is just the way it is!
Now here's Kylie Metal Matte Lipstick in Lord
Kylie Jenner has a taste for all things gold. If you are just like us, you will definitely adore this golden lipstick that screams "Hail Cleopatra!!!" once you wear it on your lips!
A girl can never have enough gold, so when everyone saw the Lord Metal Lip Kit, they went ballistic!!! Lord is a "true metallic gold, " compared to the King K Metal Lip Kit, which is a "soft, metallic gold" with deeper, bronzy undertones.
Kylie Cosmetics Birthday Edition Metal Matte Lipstick in Lord is a gold-infused cosmetic that gives an opaque metallic matte finish in just 1-2 swipes!
In fairness, it isn't drying and applies easily on the lips. It smells vanilla sweet-ish too like the other Kylie liquid lipsticks. I rarely see a golden lipstick that has a pigmentation this good! I love it!
Now my only problem is, where and when shall I wear this?
Kylie Cosmetics Lord Metal Liquid Lipstick, $30, kyliecosmetics.com
Kashmir's Story of Survival
Last month, me and my husband experienced one of the hardest times in our lives, it was something so strong that it challenged our faith. Today I have decided to write this story about how our newborn daughter fought for her own life and survived a toxic illness.
Last Oct 30, 2016, I gave birth to a baby girl whom we named Vermilion Kashmir. She weighed 3kg and looked pretty healthy. Before they released me from the recovery room (I had a repeat CS), I was told by the nurse that she is in perfect health.
For another 3 days, I stayed in the hospital room for recovery while my baby stayed in the nursery, because there, we were sure that she's well taken good care of. I visit her there multiple times a day to breastfeed, while I was away, babies there were given pasteurized breastmilk.
During the 3 days that we were in the hospital, my daughter did not show any signs of illness, she looked VERY HEALTHY! Even our pedia gave us the go signal that she is in perfect health.
Before we got discharged from the hospital on the night of Nov. 2, 2016, we were told that the baby was fine, so no worries. We drove home happily and worry-free.
After getting discharged, we went straight to my parents' house. I needed my mom's help to take care of my newborn while I'm still recovering from the excruciating CS operation.
This is how she looked like at her 6th day of life. She started sleeping more and more and I feel she's becoming more lethargic. Despite of my instinct that something feels quite not right, I thought it might be "normal" because newborns sleep a lot but I didn't know anything at all, given that I am not a person familiar with anything medical.
We even took her to a newborn photo shoot at her first week in life because we thought that everything was fine. She looked just fine here and in her shots, she looked so pretty and cute!
Like most normal parents, we wanted to have a beautiful newborn photos of our child for the sake of good memories. The photo below was taken by Ms. Claudine Cervantes Callanta of Larawan Mo Studio. They specialize in shooting babies, so cute!
All was well until she slowly showed signs of illness that are kinda bothering: stool with blood, vomiting brown stuff, and she was losing weight despite of me exclusively breastfeeding her all day!
We took her to the hospital right then and there when she refused to breastfeed from me nor to bottlefeed formula. She vommitted a lot but doesnt want to feed anymore. She looked so weak!
November 7, her 8th day in life, is her pediatrician's first scheduled appointment for her very first check-up. Upon weighing her, she lost a lot of weight already 2.4kg from her initial 3kg weight!
And as all parents dreaded to hear, she was diagnosed with severe late onset sepsis. She was critical and her health was deemed toxic.
It is called late onset when the illness showed up late, when it didn't appear right away after birth. After our checkup with the pedia, she was immediately brought and confined in the NICU (newborn intensive care unit) to be stabilized with medicine right away. At the time we had no idea how serious the problem was.
That day was one of the busiest and saddest times. Since I am the mother, I was being called back and forth by the nurses and several doctors for interview: where and when did I give birth, why I had a CS, did I get any infection during pregnancy, what medicine did I take, what vaccinations had been done to my baby, etc. It was all too tiring.
After a few hours, they came with the diagnosis that apart from late onset sepsis, my child's inflammation in her digestive system MIGHT need a surgery. We were told that the equipments in Marikina Valley Hospital won't be enough for her case so they recommended that she should be transferred to a tertiary hospital who can handle her severe case much better like UST Hospital. We all know how expensive it is there but all for the sake of our child's safety we agreed to have her transferred there.
I was even told by the two pediatrician doctors in the hospital,
"Mommy, ngayon pa lang sinasabi na namin sa inyo, please prepare yourself fully, hindi talaga maganda ang kalagayan ng baby nyo ngayon. Sobrang kritikal at toxic na po talaga. 50/50 po ang buhay nya ngayon. Ipagdasal nyo po ung baby nyo, it might save her life. Kapit lang."
It was so dreadful to hear that, nakakapanghina, to be told even in the most polite way possible, that your child MIGHT die. I was alone during the interviews and I was stopping myself from crying, telling myself all the time to have "grace under pressure" and to stay focused and strong!
My husband on the other hand was fixing and dealing with the financial stuff. You see, all the banks were already closed that late afternoon and we had to pay the hospital that time in full so we can get discharged then transferred, not to mention, we had to prepare the payment for the ambulance and for the deposit in UST Hospital. In less than 24 hours, we spent almost a hundred thousand already just for the bills alone, what more for the days to come. It was indeed stressful for us and our families of course, but still, we trust and thank God for He makes a way and provides.
Our daughter has been confined in UST-NICU from Nov. 8 up to Nov. 18. She spent more than a week not being given breastmilk, only nutritional supplements being given to her through OGT (the tube inserted inside the mouth up to the stomach).
During her stay, there were lots of x-ray's and series of blood tests and all that that were done to her. Thankfully, she didn't need to undergo surgery in her digestive system anymore after a series of tests that say that there are no intestinal obstructions of any kind.
All that was needed to heal her were antibiotics, which they had to change twice because the infection was so strong. We asked the doctors what could've had been the exact cause of her sepsis but even that, they couldn't tell us, blah blah blah...
In her last few days of stay there, she was finally allowed to drink breastmilk through OGT at first, then by cupfeeding, and for her last two days there, through direct breastfeeding from me.
USTH doctors and nurses did a really good job in taking care of her and healing her severe case during her stay. If only we can afford to spend hundred thousands more for medical budget, we would have chosen to finish her medications there but since the hospital billing in UST was getting more and more expensive per day already, not to mention, too far from our house in Rizal, we decided to have her transferred in a private hospital that we can afford better and is nearer our house. All that was needed is for her antibiotics to be continued there.
After getting the go signal for transfer from the head doctor in UST who's looking out for her, we transferred her in a different hospital. On November 19 midnight, she got admitted, this time, I can share the room with her already.
There in a private room, I can finally stay with my baby 24/7 so I can take good care of her better. I started excusively breastfeeding her, as we all know, a mother's breastmilk and touch therapy help the infants in recovering faster.
See the photo above? She was finally regaining all the weight she lost. Now, she's back at her 3kg birth weight! Tumaba na ulit ung cheeks nya and looking healthier day by day! It's painful though to see her receiving injections for her swero, madalas kasing maalis since malilikot talaga ang mga babies gumalaw. Sigh..
We stayed 5 days in the new hospital to finish her antibiotic medication. I had sleepless and tiring nights too. Kashmir was breastfeeding almost every 2hours, ayaw pa nyang magpalapag at bitawan ko sya kasi iiyak.
It must had been very traumatizing for an infant to get confined in the incubator tapos mag-isa lang sya nakahiga doon at hindi naman pwede na 24/7 kaming kasama sa NICU nung nasa UST pa sya. Tapos masakit pang mainjectionan and matapang din ung mga antibiotics nya. She cried everytime na bibigyan sya ng antibiotics. I was told na mahapdi daw rin kasi yon, kaso wala eh, kailangan nya un. Kaya kahit na mahirap, nag-tiyaga rin akong bantayan at alagaan sya ngayong magkasama na kami sa kwarto. Kahit spoiled pa sa karga and yakap, basta gumaling lang sya!
This was our last night there in the hospital. I stayed with Kashmir 24/7 while her dad stayed in the room at nights. Our 2 yr old toddler Hyper, thankfully was being taken good care of by her beloved lola, my mother-in-law. Laking pasasalamat din namin na we can rely on her to take care of her grandson everytime we need someone to look after him when we are busy especially during these hard times. Hindi pa kasi siya pwede sa hospital mag-stay, napaka-likot! Haha! Terrible two's nga kung tawagin!
On the 10th day of her antibiotic, which makes her 18th day hospital confinement, they took blood sample from her for the test. Kailangan mag-normalize and test results nya, kung hindi, mapapatagal pa ang hospital stay namin.
Finally, at last, at the 10th day of her new antibiotic, her blood tests revealed that her C-reactive protein and White Blood Cells level are now normal, meaning, wala na siyang inflammation and sepsis infection. In short, magaling na sya! Yeheyyyyyy! How happy we were na madidischarge na kami at makakauwi na rin ng bahay sa wakas!
Sabi ng mga doctors, it is healthy for infants na mapaarawan every morning para makakuha sila ng Vitamin D. Hindi kasi ako mahilig magpaaraw kaya daddy nya ang gumagawa ng pagbibilad with her. Syempre dapat kasali si Hyper, hindi siya magpapaiwan sa loob ng bahay, hehe! He loves his baby sister so much!
These two kids are the reason for my busy-ness. Hehe! For now, Full-time stay-at-home-mom muna ang peg ko. Di bale, makakabawi din naman tayo sa career kapag medyo malaki na sila. :)
Here she is now, growing healthy on her way to recovery! Ang hobby nya ngayon is "Ëat, Sleep, and Repeat" halos buong araw magkasama kami sa room, hindi pwedeng mawala ng more than 30minutes si mommy sa tabi nya, talagang magigising, hehe!
Naisasama na rin namin siya sa labas ngayon, basta sobrang minsan lang naman lalabas, sa hindi mausok at hindi marumi na lugar, yung sandali lang dapat kami, at walang taong may sakit na lalapit sa kanya or hahawakan sya. Must have na lagi siyang may protective cover.
So far, we brought her out of the house 3x already, during the two 1st birthday parties of our friends' babies and one at the beauty event that I had to attend to. Sandali lang naman ung mga lakad namin na un and we made sure that nobody sick comes near her kasi bawal. Okay na si baby Kash ngayon, she is growing healthier and more adorable day by day.
Me and my husband learned a lot from this experience.
First, to let go and let God handle everything in our lives, to always pray when we seek for His grace and to thank Him for everything. He is the one who provided us with our daily neccessities and all the blessings given to us so He has the right to take away whatever He has given.
Since I was a kid, I have always believed at the existence of God and His powers and that there is a purpose for everything BUT I have never ever prayed that hard in my life before. When my daughter got confined, I was begging God to spare our daughter's life, that He heal her, na wag muna siyang kunin sa amin. I prayed that she gets to enjoy childhood with us her parents, that she gets to grow old and have a family of her own here on Earth, na dapat anak ang naglilibing sa magulang and not the other way around. I understand how painful it must be for a loving parent to lose a child, much more an innocent baby.
Second, to be grateful of all the blessings which includes our parents, families/relatives, our friends and everyone else who prayed with us for Kashmir's healing. We also thank those who gave us moral support and of course, those who reached out to us to share some contribution for Kash's hospital expenses. One day, we will be able to give back to all of them and to share God's love and blessings to others who are in need.
We would like to share this Bible verse from Psalms 116:
1 I love the Lord, because he has heard
my voice and my supplications.
2 Because he inclined his ear to me,
therefore I will call on him as long as I live.
3 The snares of death encompassed me;
the pangs of Sheol laid hold on me;
I suffered distress and anguish.
4 Then I called on the name of the Lord:
“O Lord, I beseech thee, save my life!”
5 Gracious is the Lord, and righteous;
our God is merciful.
6 The Lord preserves the simple;
when I was brought low, he saved me.
7 Return, O my soul, to your rest;
for the Lord has dealt bountifully with you.
8 For thou hast delivered my soul from death,
my eyes from tears,
my feet from stumbling;
9 I walk before the Lord
in the land of the living.
10 I kept my faith, even when I said,
“I am greatly afflicted”;
11 I said in my consternation,
“Men are all a vain hope.”
12 What shall I render to the Lord
for all his bounty to me?
13 I will lift up the cup of salvation
and call on the name of the Lord,
14 I will pay my vows to the Lord
in the presence of all his people.
15 Precious in the sight of the Lord
is the death of his saints.
16 O Lord, I am thy servant;
I am thy servant, the son of thy handmaid.
Thou hast loosed my bonds.
17 I will offer to thee the sacrifice of thanksgiving
and call on the name of the Lord.
18 I will pay my vows to the Lord
in the presence of all his people,
19 in the courts of the house of the Lord,
in your midst, O Jerusalem.
PRAISE THE LORD!
Now, my baby is already 1 month and 1 week old. She is getting heavier and a bit chubbier na rin. We are so happy because she looks like na parang hindi nagkasakit!
This experience taught me to be more patient, more loving, more grateful, and more considerate to other people., It taught me to fully embrace the role of being a mom and to be thankful of being blessed with my family - a husband who is a good father and adorable kids who are loving.
So to everyone else who is struggling right now, whatever that might be, just trust in God and believe in the power, the skills and talents that He gave you, that with Him, you can conquer everything. God bless us all!
I am so thankful that God saved and healed our daughter! Now she's developing just like any other healthy 1 month old babies! We can't wait to spend Christmas with her! It is going to be her first one!
So, my dear readers, what else are you thankful for that happened this year? Any inspiring stories you care to share with me?
The Off Price Show Experience
The Off-Price Show brings a whole new retail concept showcasing premium lifestyle brands at off-price discounts.
I know it must be a little bit late but I still wanna share my shopping experience at The Off Price Show. This event was held at the World Trade Center last October 14-16, 2016.
There were lots of gadgets, accessories, toys, shoes, branded clothes such as Bershka, H&M, Tomy Hilfinger, Crocs, Melissa, Jack & Jones, Pull & Bear, Brooks, Prince, Puma, Native, Manhattan Portage, Loinsdale plus more lifestyle brands that offered up to 50%-80% off discount!
I was 35 weeks pregnant during that time, luckily, I was still able to walk around so I was able to do some shopping, hehe! I took some photos of what's happening inside, check 'em out!
Here I was with the awesome people behind this event: Mr. Errol Dantes and Ms. Diane Bernadez!
mGuess where I went to first and foremost? Well, my favorite skin care brand had also joined the event!
Here's Natura Organics selling their organic and natural facial and body care at tempting discounted price! They have products such as soaps, moisturizers, body lotions, shampoo and conditioner, etc made for adults, babies, and pets!
And so, I wandered at the area more....
There were accessories, gadgets, and clothes for men, women, and kids being sold at the event. There were also some children's school items and toys on sale too! Oh my, who doesn't love getting a good deal huh?
Here's my husband and I shopping for our clothes as well! Who can resist discounts and Buy 1 Take 1's? Hehe!
With so many items to choose from for men, women, and children, it was indeed overwhelming to see lots of branded items being sold way cheaper than the usual price in the mall!
Being at The Off Price Show is like attending a fashion bazaar inside a mall's department store. You can carry a shopping basket, pick up all the items you intend to purchase in every kiosks, before paying all of them at the counter. It is actually more convenient to shop like that instead of bringing out your wallet every time you buy something from each brand.
Ta-dahh! Finally we're done shopping! Nakakapagod din coz ambigat na ng tummy ko dyan! Good thing, they have a special lane put there specifically for the convenience of the elderly, the people with disability, and the pregnant women just like me! How great that was!
It was fun going there and I hope they hold another event like this very soon with more brands such as more female accessories, fashionable shoes, and cosmetics by that time! Hehe!
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The OFF PRICE Show
Skin White Solutions Cosmetics: BB Silk Cream, Kissmark Tinted Lip Balms, Lip Cheek Hooray Tint
Skin White Solutions is a local brand from the Philippines that are selling skin-whitening products. Now I will be making a quick review of some of their new cosmetics that are made with natural ingredients!
Skin White Solutions BB Silk Cream in Light looks too fair on my facial skin tone but after a few minutes, it miraculously blends well with my face. With just the right amount of product, about 3/4 of a Philippine Php 1.00 coin, it feels light on the skin, nothing heavy and sticky.
This is how it looks on me. Coverage is decent, it evens uneven skin tone and gives medium coverage on dark spots and acne scars. For red pimples, using a full-coverage concealer in addition can fully cover it.
Dry, chapped lips can be a major turn off. These lippies will keep your lips hydrated and kissable all the time!
Enjoy luscious lips with Kissmark Tinted Lipbalms for only Php150.
My new favorite tinted lip balms! Well-moisturizing and has a buildable sheer to opaque glossy finish! They are well-pigmented like you're using a satin lipstick! Love love love it!
Brave Nude - warm peachy nude
Melon Peach - warm peachy-pink
Barbie Pink - bright carnation pink
Hot Pink - bright blue-based pink
Plump Purple - blue-based pink-purple with more lilac tones
Violy Violet - red violet berry
Strawberry Red - true blood red
Barbie Pink and Hot Pink looks similar to each other but B.P. is more "reddish pink" while Hot Pink is more "bluish pink" in person. Violy Violet looks light at first application but turns into a deeper shade as several minutes pass by depending on one's natural lip pigmentation.
Skin White Solutions Lip Cheek Hooray!
Lip & Cheek Stain in Charming Paris!
(Price: Php 150)
This bottle comes with a brush applicator (similar to that of a nail polish) attached at its cap that you can use for putting the product on your cheeks & lips.
The scent is fruity, the stain lasts for 2-3hours on the cheeks (depends on what your skin type is), and an hour or two on the lips unless you eat a greasy meal. The color looks more natural too like you've just eaten reddish-pink candies!
To know more about Skin White Solutions products and pricelist, visit them at: https://www.instagram.com/skinwhitesolutions
The Soapery Butterscotch Body Sugar Scrub is indeed one of my favorite go-to relaxing scrub for those days when I just wanna stay in our own bathroom yet enjoy the benefits of a salon-like scent experience.
Using this is like putting luxury on your skin! Ahhhhhhhh it really feels goooooood while scrubbing this lemme tell you, no kidding!
It is an emulsifying sugar scrub that turns foamy and silky when it gets in contact with water. It is very easy to use as well, just use the spoon included in the packaging to scoop out the contents, put on wet skin then rub to your heart's delight!
- sugar bits are rough enough to slough off dead skin cells yet the oil helps on moisturizing the skin during exfoliation so you are left with soft, smooth, and glowing radiant skin!
- choco-hazelnut: it's like putting desserts on your skin! Oohlala!!!
Therefore, this product is worth every penny because you get 300grams of product with ingredients that are not "tinipid" every spoonful of product delivers such great results! This exceeded my expectations in sugar scrubs!
Will I buy this? Yes, definitely!
This is the kinda scrub that I couldn't live without!
To know The Soapery's products and price list, visit them at:
Founder of Astral Crystals.