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i’ve been using the naked 2 palette for almost 2 weeks, trying out different looks. before i go into my review, here are some pictures of the naked 2 palette as well as a side by side comparison with the original naked palette:

the colors are absolutely divine! 🙂 i think this is one of the best palette ever created in terms of color combination.

here’s a close up look of the colors:

a side by side comparison with the original naked palette (on top). as you can see, naked 2 is more cool-toned (more pinkish undertones) while the original is warmer (more brown/orange undertones).

what i like:

– lovely lovely colors

– honestly, i dont think you can ever go wrong with urban decay palettes. their eyeshadows are one of the best in the industry (for me). very pigmented and long lasting!

– packaging is sooo much better than the naked palette. i love that this came in a tin container with a larger mirror! the original one was a bit too flimsy for my taste

– i also like that the palette comes with a dual-sided brush (shading and blending). you can get away with using the brush that it comes with 🙂

– colors are suitable for work and for school and very easy to work with

– they added blackout, which is a true matte black! works great wonders in transitioning your eye makeup from day to night look (just add black on the outer v).

what i dont like:

– i find that some of the colors are not as pigmented as i want them to be 😦 works best with primer

– there are just too many shimmery / glittery colors in the palette. i would have preferred if they have added more matte colors in

– some of the shadows are similar or the same as the ones in the naked palette. it would have been better if they created a palette that will compliment the original one (and not look almost the same)

– chopper and YDK (which is a loveeely color) tends to fallout! but i discovered that if you apply primer first, such as NYX jumbo pencils, you get less fall out. oh and also make sure you tap your brush before applying your shadow.

– not much crease color; colors in the palette are more of lid colors

mrskendz’ verdict: ****

as an individual palette (not comparing with the original), ill give this 4 out of 5. why just 4? because i think they could have done better by adding more matte colors for crease. although the colors are pretty, i find that they work best as lid colors. oh and i do find that some shadows (verve and suspect) doesnt really show up nicely unless you have a good base underneath (such as a paintpot or nyx jumbo pencil)

however, i still strongly recommend this especially for people who are just starting playing or using makeup! i survived with this palette alone for two weeks (and i think i can survive for another two weeks). so get your palette now! hurry while supplies last as this beauty is really hard to get by! (got mine from digitaltraincase for P3500)

here are some pictures of me using different combinations of the shadows in this palette:


MAC Painterly paint pot, booty call (lids), tease (crease) and busted (outer v)


NYX Jumbo Pencil in Yogurt, with YDK (lids) and Busted (crease)


blackout with chopper on top



piston (lids), blackout (crease – very lightly)



suspect (all over)


chopper (lids) and snakebite (crease)

nyx jumbo pencil in french fries and snakebite (all over)

hope you found this post helpful! 🙂 lemme know if you have any question.

good night!

xo, kendz

as soon as i found out that selected thebalm products were on sale at beautybar, i immediately went for a quick look. most of the products were 40% off!

i actually got a few items and i absolutely LOVE all of them! some of the items i got were these three amazing eyeshadows!

clockwise from top: sexy stacey – a nice grayish-silver, caught in the act courtney – a reddish brown color and all about alex – a golden green color (very unique!)

i really love these eyeshadows! the texture is soft and smooth and it’s very easy to apply and blend out. these shadows are not chalky nor powdery. the pigmentation is superb and the colors are wonderful – very wearable and doesn’t crease! the only thing i don’t like is the packaging. i like that the packaging is earth friendly and biodegradable but on the other hand, it feels so flimsy 😦

oh and did i mention that each shadow costs only P371.25 (original price is P675)????? at 0.12 oz, this has got to be the cheapest shadow i have ever purchased! (they are bigger than MAC shadows!)

here are swatches of the shadows:

see how pigmented these are? the swatches were made with one swipe only!

im not sure up to when the sale will run, but if i were you, i’d head out to your nearest beauty bar to get one or two or three of these shadows!

last December when we went to Hong Kong, one of the things that i got was the bioderma sensibio h20 micelle solution. i have heard raves about this especially from makeup gurus in youtube – so i decided to give it a try.

what it is, is basically a makeup remover in a water based form.

here’s the product description from the BIODERMA website:

• At the cutting edge of innovation, BIODERMA has pioneered micellar solutions. Specially formulated for sensitive, normal to dry skins, the Sensibio H2O micelle solution gently cleanses face and eyes. It removes water-resistant make-up.
The micelles contained in its formula effectively micro-emulsify impurities while maintaining the skin’s balance (soap-free, physiological pH).
• Soothing and decongesting active ingredients prevent the feelings of irritation often caused by cleansing.
• Sensibio H2O guarantees excellent cutaneous and ocular tolerance (tested under ophthalmological supervision).

i’ve been using it since December and i must say that this is really one of THE best makeup removers around! i’ve tried all sorts of makeup removers (lancome, chanel, bobbi brown, kiehls, shu uemura) but this by far, is my favorite! HG product indeed.

why? first and foremost – it’s NOT oil based. i hate oil-based makeup removers because the oil tends to migrate to my eyes! oil based removers tend to have their perks – it gets the job done especially in removing waterproof makeup. but this BIODERMA sensibio h20 does exactly that! sans the oil. iiiii loooveeee it!!!!

i got 2 boxes of the 3pc set from watsons hong kong. the set came with 3 bottles in different sizes – a travel size, a 250ml and a 500ml. im sorry i forgot how much it is but i think it’s approximately P1500-P2000. sorry i really forgot to keep the tag.

here’s a road test of the product so you see exactly what i mean:

clean cotton wet with bioderma

crazy looking lady hahaha was trying out different eyeshadows last night 😛 i had on urban decay eyeshadow and mac blacktrack fluidline.

ze cotton after the “clean up”

the result. good eh? i just pressed the cotton on my eyelid and gently wiped my makeup away. this is just with one wiping!

what i like:

– it really really really removes even the toughest / most waterproof makeup

– a little goes a long way

– it doesnt leave any residue on my skin

– it doesnt make my skin feel dry / irritated. totally not harsh on the skin!

– no pulling of the skin required!!! you just need to gently wipe with a cotton to get the job done

– works on everything – eyes, face and lips

what i don’t like:

– not available in the philippines 😦

– the price is a bit steep but i think this bottle will last me at least 6 months!

mrskendz verdict: *****

truly one of the best makeup remover i have ever tried. i will definitely repurchase everytime i go to singapore or hong kong! will stock up on this for sure! 🙂


i don’t know why i never thought of trying out the red lippies of MAC! i am now hooked with MAC lipsticks all over again! i really really believe that i found my HG red lippy!



here’s me wearing VIVA GLAM I



what i like:

– perfect red lip color for me! i LOVE it soooo much! and i do think this color will suit a lot of skintones!

– although it’s a matte lipstick, it’s not too drying

– makes my teeth look super duper white!

– it stays on your lips for a long time, and even when it fades, it leaves a very nice stain on your lips

– the best part is, ALL proceeds of VIVA GLAM lipsticks go to AIDS fund! (beauty for a cause indeed)

what i don’t like:


mrskendz’ verdict: *****

i really believe this is the BEST red lipstick for my skin tone. it’s full on red but still subdued enough that you can wear everyday (i wear it at work!). it’s not a bright red like russian red, it’s actually more maroonish than bloody red.

really LOVE this and will definitely repurchase!

oh, in case you guys are wondering, here is a list of the other products im wearing:

eyes:  MAC club with MAC black fluidline

cheeks – NARS deep throat (the red lip color made it look more red than pink in the picture!)

introducing Laura Mercier’s Caviar Stick Eye Colour

this is one of the products that i have never heard of until i tried it over the counter. none of the youtube gurus that i follow has ever used this product before… and i wonder why not?

description from the laura mercier website:

Inspired by Laura Mercier’s cult classic Caviar Eye Liner, Caviar Stick Eye Colour offers a new technique to enhance the smoky eye look. In a range of eight beautiful shades, this creamy formula provides endless options for a flawless smoky eye. Each convenient stick is long-wearing, transfer- and crease-resistant. The colour glides onto lids and blends easily with a rich colour payoff.


with one swipe directly from pen (see how pigmented these are???)

from left to right: khaki, jungle, amethyst, cocoa and plum

slightly blended out:

from left to right: khaki, jungle, amethyst, cocoa and plum

what i like:

– one word to describe these – amazeballs!  it is truly long-wearing (i had it on and went to the gym. it was still in-tact after an hour of core training and an hour of zumba!) and crease-resistant.

– these are so versatile… you can use them on their own or as shadow base.

– very pigmented! you need a tiny bit for your entire eye! a little truly goes a long way

– the colors are basic colors that will suit most skin tone

– no need to sharpen these sticks, you just need to twist up and down


what i don’t like:

– once applied, it only takes like 5 seconds before it becomes smudge-proof… blend immediately.


msrkendz’ verdict:

one of my most favorite beauty product at the moment. i will definitely re-purchase when i finish one. i most especially LOVE the cocoa color – it’s what i used for this FOTW >>>

it is a bit pricey (around P900 per) but for the quality of this product, i think it’s well worth it! 🙂

among the high end brands, MAC’s eyeshadows are the best priced for the quality they give. definitely a bang for your buck! At P900, I think each pot will last you for almost a year (yes even with daily use). my first ever MAC shadow was waaaayyy back in college and until now, i still have a love affair with them 🙂

what i like about MAC eyeshadows are:

– MOST of the MAC eyeshadows are highly-pigmented so you really need just a touch for each application. for added intensity, the shadows can be applied with a wet brush.

– MAC eyeshadows come in different finishes such as FROST, Veluxe, Veluxe Pearl, Satin, Matte and Lustre.

i have to say though that i am NOT a fan of the FROST finishes which have chunky glitters on them… i feel that those are more prone to fall outs that the rest of the finishes.

– there is a HUGE number of colors to choose from.

what i don’t like:

– not all colors are carried here in the philippines *boo!*

– some of the best colors were released as limited edition!

– 3 words – out.of.stock  which happens most of the time (here in the ph)

presenting my MAC eyeshadow collection… 😀

i know i know… but i didn’t buy it all in one go!!! :p

from left to right: shroom, rice paper, brule, woodwinked, wedge

from left to right: amber lights, patina, bronze, mulch and cork

from left to right: jest, shale, satin taupe, sketch, beauty marked

from left to right: gorgeous gold, espresso, carbon

i separated these colors because i use espresso and carbon almost everyday while the gold just seems out of place :p

my top 5 favorites from the entire collection would have to be:

espresso, carbon, patina, sketch and woodwinked! 😀

my next step is to transfer the eyeshadow into my MAC 15-palette pan! hehe wish me luck!!!

until next time! ohhhh and please drop by soon for my give-away! 😀

The new Revlon Colorbust Lipglosses (P575 at all leading drugstores or department stores) are so lovely to look at! The colors are all sooo wonderful. To be honest, I started with one lipgloss and because i loved it so much, I added a few more to my collection 🙂

Description from the website:

Lips that shine with killer color. This weightless gloss makes lips pop with 5X more shine than patent leather

A pop of weightless color with vivid, mirror-like shine. Outshines everything but you!
•Micro-crystal formula for 5X the shine of patent leather
•Plush applicator shaped to curves of your lips for smooth, even application of color
•Revlon ColorBurst’s Elasticolor™ technology for rich color with a weightless feel
•Moisturizers and anti-oxidants such as sweet almond oil and vitamin E conditions and improves lip texture
•Available in 15 vibrant, on-trend shades

ingredient list

the applicator

swatches from left to right: bordeaux, strawberry, (to update name), rose gold and gold dust

what i like:

–  feels weightless on the lips compared to other lipglosses i have tried.

–  not so sticky nor tacky

–  pigmented enough to wear alone (except for gold dust which i like to apply over lipstick)

– all colors can be worn on top of lipsticks for added oomph or to “color correct”

– each gloss comes in .20fl oz. that’s one of the biggest tube of gloss i’ve ever seen

– the applicator is really nice and really adapts to the curves of your lips

– does not dry my lips, lips feel smoothr

what i don’t like:

– it has a certain smell and taste  that some people might not like

– it’s not as long lasting as i want it to be

– you need at least two swipes to get an even application

– some of the colors are actually sheerer / lighter as compared to how they look in the tube

mrskendz’ verdict: **** (4 out of 5 stars)

for those who love lipglosses, i would recommend these… the price is really unbeatable and the colors are nice as well! i will definitely purchase more if they release new colors 🙂

i bought this lipstick because of this video by eman (a makeup artist based in canada and one of my favorite youtube guru). i just lovveeedd how her lipstick looked! as soon as i saw the video, i texted floe (of essence’s rob place manila) to find out if they had stocks available. lucky me, they had a couple left! 🙂

Description from the NARS website:

NARS Semi Matte Lipstick in Funny Face (a wonderfully fun fuschia)

A modern semi-matte lipstick that provides full-bodied, velvety color in a highly pigmented and non-drying formula.

  • Long-wearing, full-coverage finish
  • Rich, vivid shade range from neutrals to high-fashion hues
  • Patented blend of conditioners and antioxidants hydrate, nourish and protect lips

possible dupes: Revlon Colorburst Lipstick in Fuschia (P575) (below, left) although Revlon has a glossier finish.

what i like:

1. the color pay off is amazing! 🙂 it truly gives a full-coverage finish

2. though the formulation is semi-matte, it doesnt dry out my lips…

3. stays on for a long time

4. im in love with the color! it’s fun and bright but not too bright for work. (i’ve tried it at work and to my relief, no one was too shocked with the color.)

5. i can wear this with an almost bare face! the lipstick just brightens up my complexion.


what i don’t like:

1. it’s a bit pricey… at P1,250 per tube, i can’t afford to wear it on a daily basis!

2. i need to retouch/check my lips often especially after eating. or i risk looking weird… like im wearing a bright line around my lips and nothing else. hehe


mrskendz’ verdict: **** (4 out of 5 stars)

i would have given it a 5 out of 5 but it’s just too expensive. but i will keep re-purchasing this when i run out!

i still prefer the finish of NARS Funny Face over Revlon Fuschia because of the opacity and payoff of the color. Revlon goes “sheerer” and doesn’t last as long. But both are great lipsticks! 🙂




part 2 of my sigma brushes review is the make me up set (in make me crazy which has the purple handles)

make me crazy set

from Sigma: Introducing the new ‘Make Me Up’ collection! Our best selling professional 12 brush kit now comes in beautiful colors and inside a durable and multifunctional container! Besides protecting your brushes, this exclusive container transforms into two stylish brush holders!

this is how it looks like when opened – 5 face brushes and 7 eye brushes

all the brushes have names and number coding

unlike the previous set – where i loved all three brushes, for this set, i have to say that there are a few pieces that i can live without… i’ll review each brush for your reference and i will try to compare with similar MAC brush counterpart if i have the it – just for the sake of comparing 😀

the descriptions were copied from sigma’s website.

Eyeliner – E05 – An extra-fine tipped synthetic fiber brush that delivers a precise, firm, even stroke to line the eyes.

this is a great eyeliner brush for gel eyeliners. i used to use bobbi brown’s ultra fine eyeliner brush but i find that this gives a more precised and thinner line. great for when i want really subtle eyeliner look.

Pencil – E30 – Precise application of color on the crease, outer corner, and upper and lower lash line. Also ideal to smudge out pencil liner. Natural bristles.
great for smudging eyeliner and applying color in the crease area.

compared to the MAC 219, the MAC is more dense than the E30 which is better for smudging out color. but the E30 is more tapered at the ends which is better for a more precise application of eyeshadow on top of eyeliners or highlight color in the inner corner.

Tapered Blending – E40 – Rounded and tapered top. Specially designed to apply and blend color on the crease. Natural bristles.
this brush does what it says on the description above. it is great for blending color together especially at the crease area. i also like this brush for applying highlighter on the brow bone or on the cheeks.
compared to MAC 224, the E40 is fluffier however, the MAC is more tapered in the end which is better for applying color in the crease area. (disclaimer: the 224 that i have came from a set, so it might not be the same replica as the original 224 brush)
Eye Shading – E55 – Soft and dense with a rounded finish. Can be used to apply pressed or loose eye shadows and pigments. Ideal to build intense color on the eyelid. Natural bristles.
the bristles are a bit flimsy… not so good at packing in colors. and i do get a lot of shedding from this brush compared to the other brushes in the set!

im not sure if i should compare it to the 239 or the 242 but both brushes are actually very different from the E55. the 239 is closer but the E55 is wider and more tapered.

Large Shader – E60 – Flat shape is ideal for application of cream formulas and eye shadow primers. It also works great with loose eye shadows or pigments. Can be used to apply color all over the lid or precisely on the lash line. Natural bristles.
good for applying color in one sweep and for applying color on your lower lash line. however, the bristles feel a bit stiff for a natural bristled brush – for me it actually feels more synthetic than natural.

compared to MAC 252, the E60 is less dense and the 252 is softer and better for applying eyeshadow.

Small Angle – E65 – Essential for the application of gel or cream eyeliner on the upper and lower lash line. This brush is also excellent for filling out the eyebrows. Synthetic bristles.
this a great brush for eyeliner – makes cat-liner application so much easier! 🙂 great for applying eyebrow shade as well.
Medium Angled Shading – E70 – Angled, tapered, flat top. Ideal to apply highlight shades underneath the eyebrow and on the inner corners. It can also be used for a precise application of darker shades on the crease area. Natural bristles.

ok i have to say that i am NOT a fan of this brush… the angle is a bit off and the longest part just feels too flimsy. i tried applying eyeshadow on the crease area but it’s so bad that i get a single line of color! i tried using this on the eyebrows and it doesn’t work as well.

Large Powder – F30 – Very dense with a rounded top. Ideal to apply powder products on face and body. Natural bristles.
i like this brush! great for applying powder to set foundation or bronzer for contouring (since i have a huge face! hehe)
Large Angled Contour – F40 – The angled shape makes this brush ideal to apply blush or contour shades. Natural bristles.
soft and gentle on the skin… i like using this for applying blush or for contouring. the only problem i have with this is that i wish the bristles are more packed.
Duo Fibre – F50 – Specially designed to generate an airbrushed finish when used to apply liquid foundation. It can also be used to apply blush, highlight shades and loose pigments. Blend of synthetic and natural bristles.

great for applying / buffing out blush. not so recommended for foundation because the bristles are a bit ‘scattered’ / flufflier / rounder ??? (can’t find the right word… please refer to picture below)

compared to MAC 187, i still prefer the 187 for foundation application.

Foundation – F60 – Can be used to apply liquid or cream foundation. It is also recommended to apply moisturizers and conceal large areas. Synthetic bristles.
i use this to apply liquid foundation and cream blush and it worked quite well.

compared to the MAC 190, the F60 is more tapered which i find better for applying foundation in hard to reach area such as the corner of the nose or under eye area. although the brush bristles in the 190 is softer on the skin.

Concealer – F70 – The rounded, tapered, flat shape makes this brush ideal to conceal the under eye area. It is also recommended for a precise application in small areas. Synthetic bristles.
(sorry the brush is a bit dirty teehee) i love this concealer brush for applying concealer in the undereye area! 😀
price: $99 or P4,500
mrskendz’ verdict: highly recommended!
out of the 12 brushes, i actually dislike only 2 or 3 brushes so i think it is still worth having. great for everyday personal use and for beginners 🙂

the first brush set i got from Sigma was the Synthetic Face Kit, and from then on, i got hooked with Sigma Brushes! (i have 3 sets now) they are really high-quality brushes at an affordable price!

From Sigma: The Synthetic Face Kit contains three face brushes for high definition, flawless makeup application. The brushes in this collection feature exclusive Synthetic filament, specially designed to apply powder and liquid products without absorption into the fibers. The shape, density and height of the filaments were carefully engineered to perfectly buff products onto the skin, resulting in a high definition effect.

F80 – Flat Top Kabuki

The F80 Flat Top Kabuki brush is perfect for applying and blending liquid, cream, and powder products onto the skin. The flat surface allows perfect buffing with flawless results. Features synthetic Sigmax HD fibers.

see how amazingly dense the brush is??? i super love using this brush! though it’s made of synthetic material, it doesn’t feel harsh on the face at all! 🙂 actually all three products are really dense which is awesome!

F82 – Round Top Kabuki

The F82 Round Top Kabuki brush simplifies precise makeup application under the eyes and around the nose. This brush is also perfect for achieving flawless coverage using liquid and powder products. Features synthetic Sigmax HD fibers.

i love using this brush for applying mineral powder and this also works great for applying foundation. i alternate this with the F80 brush.

F84 – Angled Top Kabuki

The F84 Angled Top Kabuki brush is the perfect brush for precise, yet blended application of products on the cheeks. It seamlessly applies cream, powder and liquid products. Features synthetic Sigmax HD fibers.

i love using this for applying cream based blushes such as my NARS multiple. i don’t use it often with powder brushes though… i find it hard to blend out the color of the powder blush with this brush.

what i like:

– these brushes are really of high quality and i love the fact that it’s not so expensive!

– great for applying liquid and cream products; makes foundation application truly fool-proof

– gives a very flawless finish

– because of the density of the brushes, you don’t waste any product because it doesn’t get absorbed in the brush (as compared to using sponge applicators)

– i have washed these brushes several times and i have not gotten any fall outs yet! it’s truly amazing

– really really feels smooth on the face

– sigma ships internationally! so you can order your brush online!

what i don’t like:

though there are some sigma brushes that i don’t particularly care for (will get to that soon), that is not the case for this set. i love love love every thing about this set! i haven’t owned anything like this before and these are definitely going to be a staple in my kit!

price: $42 or P2,500

mrskendz’ verdict: highly recommended!

i am soooo glad i discovered sigma! they are heaven sent! now i don’t have to spend sooo much for high quality brushes.

if you are skeptic and you don’t want to pay for all three brushes, i highly recommend that you get the F80 flat top brush. i believe that is the best brush in the set and can be used for different purpose as well 🙂

hope you guys liked this review… i have 2 more sigma brush sets to review so stay tuned!



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