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Too Cool for School Character Sienna

Too Cool for School Opens in SM North

Too Cool for School Storefront


After the successful launch of the 1st flagship store of Too Cool for School (TCFS-Philippines) at SM Mall of Asia back in April 19, 2013, comes the grand opening celebration of the 2nd store at SM North Edsa on July 19!

Established by one of the major cosmetic distributors in Korea, Todacosa Co., Ltd., Too Cool for School Co., Ltd., traces its roots to Myeongdong Clothing, an embodiment of Korea’s street fashion, which has been leadsing Korea’s fashion and beauty trend for over 30 years. As a beauty and lifestyle brand conveying the needs of the new generation, TCFS is a title meaning “the coolest among the group, being differentiated and unique.”

Too Cool for School SM North Edsa branchInside the TCFS Store!

And so TCFS embodies the fun spirit of the 21st century generation represented in the characteristic design of the “Girl Story” of a famous British artist, currently working as an illustrator in London and an architecture designer in NY. With his renowned and award-winning Dinoplatz design of TCFS, customers get fun and hip makeup in a very unique packaging.

Meet TCFS’ three iconic Girls & cat:

Too Cool for School Character Sienna

Sienna (in Play Cheek Angel Blusher)
A lovely girl with great interest in people and world. Incidents and accidents never
cease around her, for whom time alone is important, as she loves shopping and
party. Are you not ready to learn more about the magnificent story of a dream
filled girl?

Too Cool for School Character Joey
Joey (in TCFS Makeup Bag)
Boyish style with a passion for music and travel. A smart lady who dreams of
becoming a photo artist, capturing the freedom that comes from traveling. Be
acquainted with her careless but classy, stylish attraction!

Too Cool For School Character Emma
Emma (in After School BB Lunchbox)
An artist who is pure and free like a little girl. She dreams of becoming a writer
telling people about happiness. With her Bohemian style she is always absorbed
with books and movies but she is filled with playfulness and is loved by all.

Too Cool for School Character Max

Max (in Pocket Perfume Max)
A cat with many secrets living with Sienna. He is always worried
about Sienna who is full of curiosity but he is gradually becoming like her.
What is the secret dream of Max who is cute but curiously attentive?

Here’s a fun fact: The brand carries 238 different varieties of products– 65 items for skincare, 134 items for make-up and 39 items for accessories. Bestsellers include Milk Tint- beautiful, moisture rich lip gloss that adds a hint of tint and Kiss Time Ice Beam Glass- Lip gloss that provides vivid color and BEAMS with moisture to plump up your lips!

Currently the international brand has 30 shops running in South Korea, and are now exporting to Hongkong, Taiwan, Japan, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines.

SM MOA BRANCH Level 2, Entertainment Mall, near the south parking.
SM NORTH EDSA Level 2, City Center Mall, across Chowking & Mann Hann restaurant.
Stores are open from 10 AM to 10 PM.


Ladykin At the Party Vividline Pen Eyeliner Review

After being pleasantly surprised with Ladykin’s Youth Activator, I took another leap of faith and purchased Ladykin’s At the Party Vividline Pen Eyeliner, an eyeliner that supposedly lets you draw a vivid line that won’t smudge.


 A box costs Php352, with free shipping until the end of June!

According to the brochure and LadykinPH website, the Vividline Pen Eyeliner boasts a strong waterproof formulation that won’t smear. So lines should not be affected by tears, sweat or oil (a claim that is daunting, considering that I use oil-based and water-based cleansers to remove make-up, right?)

The pen also boasts a fine tipped brush that allows users to create a thin line. The pen is also designed for first-time users and eyeliner beginners (which is cool, because I’m crap at eyeliners!)


Check out the ultra-fine 0.05mm tip


Freshly drawn lines on left; faded lines after vigorous rubbing on right   

I have found that the pen eyeliner dries quickly (around 10-15 seconds), and unlike the old liquid eyeliners I have used, the color doesn’t stick to other parts of my eyelids. Straight up, that makes the pen eyeliner a great deal in my book. But what really disappoints me, though, is that the product’s not entirely sweat proof. Sure, you can use it in cool places like Baguio or Tagaytay, but don’t expect it to last under the sweltering sun in Manila.


 In an air conditioned room, eyeliner stayed put for hours even without primer or foundation!

If you want a cheaper eyeliner than Majolica Majorca, get this one instead! The Ladykin At the Party Vividline Pen Eyeliner is long wearing and doesn’t irritate eyes.

Durability: Three out of five stars (it’s not absolutely fade resistant!)
Ease-of-use: Five out of five stars (anyone who can write with a pen or brush can use this)
Price: Five out of five stars (Php352 is a competitive price!)
Rating: Four out of five stars

LadyKin Vanpir Dark Repair Youth Activator Bottle

Ladykin Vanpir Dark Repair Youth Activator Review

Korean cosmetics are here to stay, judging from the number of Filipina fans who just can’t get enough of anything and everything Korean!

Lately I’ve been eyeing this new Korean brand to hit the Philippine market- LadyKin! I checked out their online website, and one thing really caught my eye:

LadyKin Vanpir Dark Repair Packaging

Ladykin Vanpir Dark Repair Youth Activator

The Vanpir Dark Repair collection is quite expensive, as the line uses Dragon’s Blood, also known as Chroton Lechleriresin extract obtained from trees growing in Peru and Ecuador in Amazon. Dragon’s Blood is allegedly used by Amazon warriors to prevent skin damage, because of its antibacterial and stress relieving and calming effects.

Just like the other LadyKin products, the Youth Activator comes with a bunch of other plant extracts that help relieve skin inflammation and encourage cell renewal. For instance, Centella Asiatica (Gotu Kola) Extract has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory effects, and skin damage prevention effects.

Panax Ginseng Callus Culture Extract, an ingredient found in most other skincare products from LadyKin, strengthens the skin’s barriers and prevents skin damage.

The Youth Activator also contains arbutin and adenosine, both of which help diminish wrinkles and whiten skin.

Here are the 9 benefits you can get from the Ladykin Vanpir Dark Repair Youth Activator, according to the LadyKin website:

1. Whitening and anti-wrinkle care
Whitening agent arbutin and wrinkle agent Adenosine prevent melanin pigmentation and reduce wrinkles for resilient and bright skin tone.

2. Ginseng callus culture extract which helps skin barrier
It energizes and reinforces skin’s barrirs prevent skin damage and improve skin conditions to brighten and energize skin.

3. Simultaneous skin protection and improvement
Ginseng callus culture extract and centenella asiatica extract relieve stress or skin stimulation from external factors for healthy skin.

4. Croton Lechleriresin Extract
These trees grow on the upper parts of the Amazon such as Peru and Ecuador and contain ingredients that prevent skin damage, relieve skin and strengthen skin’s barriers. When the body of the tree is cut or damaged, dark red sap flows as if the tree is bleeding.

5. Improvement of fine wrinkles and skin resilience
Croton Lechlriresin Extract provide resilience to skin and reduce wrinkles for healthy and energetic skin.

6. Purification of complexion through brightening skin tone and blemishes
Rich in vitamins, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Water with polyphenol and vitamin E keep skin tone clear and even.

7. Contains ECOCERT certified Rose Damascena Flower Water and Camellia Sinensis Leaf Water
Rich vitamin and nourishment supply

8. Replenishment of skin’s energy
Creates a moiusturizing film on the surface of skin to prevent moisture evaporation and delivers nourishing ingredients to skin.

9. Does not contain paraben, synthetic color, mineral oil, benzophenone and animal ingredients (The best part, since it proves to be safer on your skin and liver.)

With the skin nourishing ingredients that can help combat wrinkles and even whiten skin, I could not resist purchasing the 50ml product despite the hefty Php1800 price tag. Check out my verdict below.

LadyKin Vanpir Dark Repair in DropperTHOUGHTS:

1. I love the packaging! From the classy box that housed the glass bottle to the nifty silver design, I was hooked.

2. Bottle comes with expiration date and practically everything a cautious beauty maven needs. Even the life of the product upon opening is specified on both the box and bottle (12 months). To make sure I don’t forget, I  wrote the date of first use on the bottle.
LadyKin Vanpir Dark Repair Youth Activator Bottle

3. Easy-to-use dropper I just love using for the convenience!

4. Mild scent doesn’t bother me at all. Although I would have preferred a product free of fragrance, I find the mild scent acceptable.

5. Immediately noticeable skin calming effect! I love that it worked on calming my perennially reddish skin, proving that it works on inflammations and rosacea. I can definitely see myself using this product with my Red Better Care line.

LadyKin Vanpir Dark Repair Youth Activator Trial

6. Skin plumping effect to diminish wrinkles. I have only used the product twice a day for two days, and I have already noticed somewhat lighter lines around my eyes. It helps that I am now working on increasing my fluid intake and revamping my daily beauty regimen.


Value: Four out of five stars (Still a bit pricey)
Efficacy: Three out of five stars (Great for calming redness, but whitening and wrinkle diminishing effects not yet noticeable)

Do check out other LadyKin products at https://www.facebook.com/ladykinph and at http://www.ladykinph.com/index.php.