My Kikay Kit Essentials

Sunday, June 24, 2012

I am the type of girl who doesn't mind carrying almost everything in my bag. I hate it when I can't find something I need and realize I left it at home. This holds true to my clinic accessories, reading and writing materials, gadgets and most importantly my touch up bag or kikay kit as most of us fondly call it

It's been my routine to bring all the stuff I use on my face in the morning. These things include  toner, moisturizer, powder, makeup palette, makeup brushes, lip balm, lipstick, oil blotter, mirror, tweezers, nail cutter, cotton and q-tips. Needless to say, that's quite more than a few pieces and though most of them are in travel sizes, they still take up much space in my bag. I never realized I could cut down on them until one day when I accidentally left my kit and all I had in my bag was a lip tint and a comb. My first reaction was how on earth will I go through the day without my touch up kit? But surprisingly, I did survive with just 2 among the array of things I bring everyday.

Though I still find myself stuffing my kit with things I could leave home without, I am happy to say that in the past days I am able to survive carrying only a small pouch containing just the essentials. So without editing out a single thing, I snatched my kikay kit from the bag I used yesterday to show you my never-leave-home-without beauty essentials.

This is a nice pouch I got as a freebie from Clinique Trinoma when I bought their eye serum and loose powder. It actually came with other free Clinique trial products like the turnaround concentrate and instant facial masque, superdefense moisturizer with SPF 25/PA+++ and high impact lipstick with SPF 15 in RSVPink.

Anyway, the size of this pouch is already an achievement for me because my previous kit is twice larger than this. This kikay kit holds all of the following essentials to get me through the day.

(1) Clinique derma white brightening loose powder in translucent glow (20 g) is the powder I prefer bringing because it's perfect for touch-ups. It comes with its own application brush and it does miracles by restoring your skin's radiant glow.

(2) Physicians Formula happy booster glow and mood boosting blush in rose (7 g) is the blush I use for touch ups during humid days because it livens up your complexion while keeping it oil free.

(3) Smashbox O-Glow intuitive cheek color (15ml) is my other go-to blusher especially during the cold season when my skin tends to look dry. This happens because low temperatures deplete the skin its natural lipid layer which keeps it from drying out. The gel based formula not only gives you a natural blush but it also helps moisturize your skin. Click here to see my previous review on this.

(4) The Body Shop brush on bronze (23 g) is my all time favorite bronzer. These are small meteorites intended for the entire face but I've been using this as an eye shadow and I love the way the color matches my dark eyelids. I never thought I'd find the right shade that best suits me until I got to try this.

(5) The Body Shop tweezers perform really well when it comes to grabbing even the shortest hair. The chiseled edges are also perfect for removing fine hair without any breakage. It comes in a small pouch so you won't have to worry about scratching the containers of other beauty products in your kikay kit.

(6) She Uemura eyelash curler is the only tool I love using for my short and sparse eyelashes. Click here for my separate review on this must have item. 

(7) Tony Moly magic blossom mascara is another favorite that I discovered just recently. It gives your lashes just the right length and volume without smudging and flaking over time. Click here for a full review.

(8) Vaseline lip therapy in cherry (10 g) is one of my recent favorites when it comes to preventing and treating dry, chapped lips. It's in a small squeeze type tube, has a soft texture that spreads smoothly on your lips and gives off a subtle cherry taste. 

(9) Tony Moly berryberry magic lip tint has totally raised the bar on quality lip products in the market. This affordable yet high performing brand has proven that not all products that work come with a hefty price. You may click here for a detailed review.

(10) Kleenex oil control film has replaced my old brand in the past years. This surprisingly affordable oil blotter leaves your face oil free and fresh after each use.

(11) Hello Kitty lip brush has proven to be an effective tool for me since I started using it with my Vaseline lip therapy. The soft bristles work well by spreading lip products evenly and easily. This came with other make up brushes in a cute set which I got as a gift. Please click here to read my review on this as part of the set.

(12) Goody compact mirror is truly a must have for every kit. As the name implies, this is a small compact containing a regular mirror and a magnifying mirror essential to all kikay kits.

There you have it, a list of the things I consider essentials in my kikay kit (plus a mini review on each). Though I still have more than a few things cramped in my bag, believe me, this is far better then what I used to stuff my kit with. How about you? What are your kikay kit essentials? 

  • Products in this entry: 
    • Clinique derma white brightening loose powder in translucent glow (20 g) from Clinique kiosk in Trinoma, Php2,100 ($49)
    • Physicians Formula happy booster glow and mood boosting blush in rose (7 g) from Ulta, buy 1 take 1 promo, Php 515.57 ($11.99)
    • Smashbox O-Glow intuitive cheek color (15ml) from Beauty Bar Trinoma, Php 1,350 ($31.39)
    • The Body Shop brush on bronze (23 g) from The Body Shop in SM North Edsa, Php 900 ($21)
    • The Body Shop tweezers from The Body Shop in SM North Edsa, Php 555 ($12.90)
    • Shu Uemura eyelash curler from Shu Uemura kiosk in Trinoma, Php 1,090 ($25)
    • Tony Moly magic blossom mascara from Tony Moly in SM North Edsa, Php 370 ($8.60)
    • Vaseline lip therapy in cherry (10 g) from Landmark in Trinoma, Php 75 ($1.74)
    • Tony Moly berryberry magic lip tint from Tony Moly in SM North Edsa, Php 198 ($4.60)
    • Kleenex oil control film from Landmark in Trinoma, Php 99 ($2.30)
    • Hello Kitty lip brush as part of a set from Sephora, Php1,075 ($25)
    • Goody compact mirror from SM North Edsa, Php 99 ($2.30)
  • Price of each product may have changed over time.
  • All products mentioned in this entry are personal preferences and are in no way intended to be used for any type of advertisement.


  1. Do you need a lip brush for the tony moly lip tint?

    1. No, you don't need a lip brush to apply Tony Moly lip tint. Actually it's best applied with your fingertip rubbing against your lips. The color seems to show off more than when you apply it using a lip brush. I've read before that colorless lip tints turn into a pinkish hue because of the warmth created from friction between your fingertip and lips on application. So when you apply this using a lip brush, not much warmth from friction is created hence you get less color out of it. Hope this helps!