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Bioderma Cicabio Soothing Repair Cream | Bioderma Skincare Soon via Watsons

The beautysphere is buzzing with the arrival of Bioderma in Manila soon at Watsons.  Makeup artists hoard their famous Sensibio Crealine micellar water for makup removal but the French Pharmacy range actually has an entire range of skincare for varying skin types.  You know, a huge makeup post was supposed to go up, and it will perhaps tonight, but I decided to put this in the lead for today due to a lasting, immediate first impression I got from something I received…given the weather change and my skin kind of being here and there in terms of condition.  I just received my Bioderma French skincare items yesterday from their launch and I used this Cicabio Cream of theirs (suitable for adults, children, and babies) which is sort of supposed to be a targeted repair treatment for tender, irritated skin. I went beyond the suggested use and decided to apply it before bed like a light moisturizer to see what it would do.  Amazingly enough, without the aid of a serum or treatment oil, this did nothing short of  help fix and rebalance my entire face in just one night!  And yes, it is fragrance-free…

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Properties: Fragrance-free formula. Colorant-free. The beige colouring is natural and comes from the active ingredients.  Prevents the bacterial proliferation, hypoallergenic.  The first repair care for damaged, irritated, non-oozing skin that accompanies every stage of epidermal reconstruction.

• Cicabio Crème targets every stage of skin reconstruction to promote perfectly restored skin.
• The synergetic combination of Resveratrol and Copper promotes high-quality skin regeneration.


• The Copper-Zinc complex prevents bacterial proliferation.
• Hyaluronic acid, a major skin component recognised for its regenerating capacity, provides optimal moisturising.


• Cicabio Crème’s Antalgicine® Complex, a BIODERMA innovation, rapidly relieves the sensation of discomfort and reduces the urge to scratch.


• The patented natural D.A.F. complex (Dermatological Advanced Formulation) increases the skin’s tolerance threshold.

Ingredients
WATER (AQUA), GLYCERIN, ETHYLHEXYL PALMITATE, FRUCTOOLIGOSACCHARIDES, ZINC OXIDE, OCTYLDECANOL, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, POLYACRYLAMIDE, MANNITOL, XYLITOL, RHAMNOSE, LAMINARIA OCHROLEUCA EXTRACT, COPPER SULFATE, ZINC SULFATE, SODIUM HYALURONATE, VITIS VINIFERA (GRAPE) VINE EXTRACT, ASIATICO-SIDE, ASIATIC ACID, MADECASSIC ACID, C13-14 ISOPARAFFIN, OCTYLDODECYL XYLOSIDE, PEG-30 DIPOLYHYDROXYSTEARATE, CAPRYLIC / CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE, LAURETH-7, LAURETH-3, HYDROXYETHYLCELLULOSE,ACETYL DIPEPTIDE-1 CETYL ESTER.

40 ml tube PRICE: PHP915.20 (from select dermatological clinics and soon (within this month probably) from major Metro Manila SM Watsons retail outlets (SM Megamall, SM Southmall, SM North Edsa, SM Aura, SM Makati, SM Mall of Asia). Price abroad is about $16.95 USD.

Bioderma Cicabiois really a NEW repairing range.  The Cicabio Cream contains hyaluronic acid, grapevine extract, and the active ingredient Antalgicine® which helps soothe any itch or irritation.  It was originally purposed for minor skin damage (after sunburn or a skincare reaction), irritation/inflammatory breakouts, or as skin aftercare  following  intense dermatological or laser treatments.  While I wouldn’t specifically recommend it for daily use like a regular moisturizer on your entire face (though it is gentle enough because it was also developed for babies) I would if your skin happens to be having a bad spell and needs a reboot.  I recommend applying this before bed and if you’re sensitive only apply to affected irritated areas (best to show it first to your derma if you are unsure)…usage 2-3x a week maybe.

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If some of you have been itching (pun unintended) to try skincare like Hada Labo, Embryolisse, or Oilatum Natural Repair (made popular by Pixiwoo’s Nic Chapman) I’ll tell you now that with Bioderma Cicabio cream it’s like someone took all 3 of those products, took the best parts about them, and made them work together in one gentle product with its own highly researched and tested formula.  If you’ve been wanting to try a moisturizer or cream that compares with Embryolisse (but is fragrance-free) try this, it’s less rich on the skin and doesn’t leave a greasy finish.  The price is quite reasonable for a 40ml tube as long as you use it only twice to thrice a week before bed.  I really wouldn’t use it everyday because of a couple of active ingredients.  It’s a bit too rich to slap on in the morning as a day cream but leaves my skin feeling awesome the next morning when used overnight.  I’d also be inclined to use this in the crook of my arm and behind my knees where my eczema patches tend to flare up once in awhile.  Watch out for this at the Watsons stores I mentioned above, it should be available I’m guessing mid or late October and retails at Php915.20.

 

Join My SEPT. 27 Ellana Makeup Workshop!

A huge, huge hug to the team of Ellana Minerals!  This coming September 27 , Sat, from 1-4 PM I’ll be teaching a workshop at their La Fuerza Makati showroom (near Don Bosco on the outside of San Lorenzo Village, Makati.)  Hoping to see you there :)  To find out how to join the details are here beneath the poster or go directly to this Ellana link here to reserve your slot. :)  Downpayment for the reservation by the way is Php1000.00 (not sure why the workshop link says Php500 at the moment..maybe they updated the downpayment amount), don’t worry just add the reservation fee option to your cart at that link and you’ve reserved a slot.

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Ever wonder how to get a pore-minimized, flawless complexion that stays with you all day?  Want to know how to do the perfect look for the office and transform that into a smashin’ party evening look?

Let Singapore-trained makeup artist Julia Arenas show you how with Ellana Mineral makeup! This 3-hour workshop includes in-depth, hands-on demonstrations on techniques that you can apply to your everyday routine. The fee is only P2,500 (downpayment for reservation here at this link) and includes a P2,000 gift certificate to Ellana Minerals and snacks during the  event.

To sign up, head on over to this Ellana link here to get your slot. We only have 10 slots so hurry before they get filled up!

We hope to see you there!

If you’ve fretted and fussed over mineral makeup and powder products and also products like eyshadow, contour, and blush then this is the workshop for you.  Learn how much powder to put on where to apply and other tips, shortcuts, and tricks I like to use as a professional.  Hope to see you there!  Don’t hesitate to leave any questions in the comments or email me at probinsiyana@gmail.com.

 

 

Flower Tips, Literally | Blossoms bright, bring me light…

A little quiet over here yes, been a bit more busy as a bee would be, so it’s no wonder I’ve been hovering over these and pruning them to my heart’s delight.  A tip for keeping flowers perky is to not just immediately dunk them in a vase of water as is but to do so after first cutting the bottom tips of each stem at a diagonal angle so they don’t clog up when touching the bottom of the vase.  Also trim any leaves near the bottom of the stems so they don’t drown and rot in the water making the water bad for the flowers to take in.  Once you do this and leave them for a few hours so they can drink, come back later and touch the petals you’ll notice if some of them were wilting when you first bought them they’ll suddenly feel perked up.  To keep flowers alive longer do the same diagonal trimming of stem tips every few days (daily if you’re OC) and change the water everyday to every other day.

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“Delight yourselves in God, yes, find your joy in him at all times. Have a reputation for gentleness, and never forget the nearness of your Lord. Philippians 4:4 JB PHILLIPS version”

I inserted a blossom as a garnish into my Sola iced tea this morning to cheer myself up (for mum flowers make sure it’s only the blossom, no stems or leaves).  I popped the airtight cap on the bottle first for safety, drank a bit to make space, closed it and shook up a storm to get foam and poured it into a glass, tada, al fresco worthy iced tea.  I’ve been a bit under the weather deep inside, so apologies for the sudden calm over here.  God is faithful and He’s been bringing me closer to Him in ways I never thought possible.  As it turns out I needed a bit of diagonal trimming myself.  On the brighter side, there’s something real exciting by the way I have to show once I receive the photos, can’t wait to share that with you.

Color Bucket Cosmetics from Luxola | Pop Color at Happy Prices + 20% Storewide Discount Code!

I actually don’t immediately go for brights when it comes to cosmetics, but I couldn’t resist playing with the formulas by Korean brand Color Bucket when Luxola gave me a few items to try last week.  I was particularly blown away by the bright blue Flash Pop Up Geller automatic eyeliner.  Teens should go straight for the excellent bright eyeliners, they do not disappoint at all.  Thank you LUXOLA.com for the opportunity to try these.  The bright blue eyeliner is going straight into my pro-kit for a test shoot with models this Wednesday!  I seriously plan to get the other shades in the bright range since the prices are quite affordable.  I was also sent an emerald green glittery version of the pop-up geller pencils, which might be put to good use this coming holiday season.  By the way the Luxola team were kind enough to provide me with a special STOREWIDE discount code for my readers to avail of! Enter discount/promotion code LX-JULIAA at the Luxola.com online checkout so you can enjoy 20% off your LUXOLA storewide purchase (not just for Colorbucket). This code is valid till September 30, 2014!  If I were you I’d start Christmas shoppin’ for the gals using that code!

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Flash Pop Up Geller eye pencil 0.5g (₱ 587.50), Lip Flash Jam 9g (₱ 587.50) from LUXOLA SG

“Color Bucket brings to you the most amazing collection of beauty and skin care products around the globe. The vast product line by Color Bucket includes lip flash jams, hair crayons, eye sebums, lip sticks and much more. These wonderful and quirky products help you in easily pulling off the trendiest and bold looks you always wanted. With these top quality products made available to you by Color Bucket in Philippines you can now try all the new, cool looks with a perfect, profess.”

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The Flash Pop-up eyeliners aren’t just eye candy, the formula applies brightly and lasts the whole day, if you try soaping it off you’ll have a bit of work cut out for you…it’s super long lasting, you’ll need a bi-phase or oil-based makeup remover to get it off.  It also makes an excellent eye base for pastel blue eyeshadow if you’re planning to test out a Twiggy 60s look like I did for a retro party.

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Honestly, I wouldn’t exactly wear all these shades together but for the case of happily showing you what they look like on I’m flying 80s today.  Their Lip Flash Jam (I was sent Electric jam) is somewhat like a less long-lasting OCC lip tar fit for teens.

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The lip flash jam still packs a punch of pigment compared to regular lip gloss but I think in terms of longevity you would have to reapply after a meal or two.  A great thing I discovered about it is it’s great to use as a cheek tint, too!  Color Bucket cosmetics also do Hair Chalk (Hair Crayon Stylist) for the adventurous among you, my hair was a bit too short for me to effectively test the product, but if you do try the hair chalks out I suggest applying them on damp to dry hair so the pigment shows up faster.  Enter discount/promotion code LX-JULIAA at the Luxola online checkout so you can enjoy 20% off your LUXOLA storewide purchase (not just for Colorbucket). Code valid till September 30, 2014! 

Color bucket cosmetics are available online from LUXOLA.com here. They ship really quickly to the Philippines, you should expect an order to arrive within 3-4 working days at most.

 

 

Pixi Beauty Bronzers | In “Suntouched” & “Summertime”

These are my new favorites.  What I’ve discovered about Pixi powder cosmetics is they have an excellently minimal amount of fallout with pigment you can build and a finish that doesn’t disappoint.  Even their mineral eyeshadow palettes have impressed me, but what had me completely zoned in next to their Endless Silky Eye pens are these beauty bronzers.  They’re sheer but not “meh” and have this ethereal satin finish that isn’t shimmery, there’s a bit of sparkle in the rosier beige, lighter shade “Suntouched” (which is like Tarte’s Amazonian Clay honey beige blush “Exposed” with a hint of rose) but nothing overwhelming or unattractive.  There’s one more shade in the range called “After Beach” glow which is more peach, but I don’t think they brought that one in locally.  My only pet peeve is it isn’t in a mirror compact but hey MAC blushes don’t have mirrors either, besides with formulas like these, I don’t care if I need to screw off a lid to get to it.

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PIXI Beauty Bronzers available for Php1040.00 from Glamourbox.ph online here and retail outlets like Pure Beauty and Commonthread Rockwell.

Silky, perfectly-pigmented bronzer that perks up skintone while looking natural + super soft kabuki for easy application.

This deluxe bronzing powder gives your complexion the warmth and luminosity of naturally sunkissed skin. Hydrating, silky-smooth & long-wearing, it also protects against free radicals.  Kabuki brush included.

Beneficial ingredients and what they do:

  • Mica provides dense natural pigment
  •  Vitamin E protects the skin

My current favorite is “Suntouched” which, I’m almost sure, is like a compact powder version of Bourjois Cream compact blush in shade 01 which Ruth of AModel Recommends loves as a drugstore favorite.  The other shade “Summertime” is an obvious contour product or bronzer, I love that it goes on light and you need to build it up so that you won’t go overboard.  By the way both of these are also lovely as subtle eyeshadow shades.  They have a sheer satin finish that give a great wash of color over the lid.

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“SUNTOUCHED” on bare skin

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“SUMMERTIME” on bare skin as  bronzer/contour product

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Each bronzer comes with a kabuki brush that is so soft to the touch you’ll be glad they came together. The palette on the left is the Mineral Eyeshadow Palette in “Copper Peach” which is so, so pretty and pairs up perfectly with my Endless Silky Eye Pencil in Bronzebeam which I reviewed here.  Review on the palette, soon.  Follow @pixibeautyPH and @pixibeauty on Instagram for more updates.

PIXI UK is also available at Ava.ph, seektheuniq.com, Pure Beauty boutiques (Serendra & Alabang Town Center), Commonthread Rockwell & Greenbelt 5, Plana Forma and select Snoe outlets.

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