I’m beaming with delight and it’s all thanks to Shiseido Philippines and blogger friend, Sophie Uy. I’ve got something special that I’m about to sort of embark on as well as a makeup item to give you lovely readers today, but before we get to that nationwide giveaway prize, be still your beating heart…patience is a virtue, we’ve got to start at the beginning. I’ve got a full 7 days to take two wonderful skincare items out for a “road spin”. Something by Shiseido suddenly got us bloggers “arrested” just the other day at the Shiseido Pop-Up Beauty Lounge at SM Makati, which will by the way be there until March 31st for purchases, facials, and free consultations. It’s amazing how one mention of revered cosmetics brand, Shiseido, drew quite a huge bunch of us Filipina beauty bloggers together…and on a weekday, too. To be honest, my mother and I are quite a couple of Shiseido fan-girls I tell you. The first main product the bloggers were introduced to, The White Lucent Intensive Spot Targeting Serum, coupled with a brightening mask, is designed to nourish skin, help radiance resurface, and help lighten or eliminate unwanted spots brought about by small clusters of hardened melanin beneath the surface of the skin.
1. SHISEIDO White Lucent Intensive Spot Targeting Serum – crushes melanin,
2. SHISEIDO White Lucent Brightening Mask – ejects melanin
Getting ready here for my skincare treatment, this was shot in the middle of having my own makeup removed by a Shiseido lady. Here I am side by side with Sophie Uy of Beautynomics who has already been using the White Lucent serum several days ahead of me, she’s naturally a shade or two fairer than me.
On that day we were being presented with Shiseido’s White Lucent Intensive spot targeting serum and the partnering brightening mask. The serum is a targeted treatment containing their proprietary “Melano crush” to cause spots to, in theory break apart into finer particles or disintegrate. Our White Lucent 7-day skincare challenge involves the twice daily use of the White Lucent serum coupled with the intermittent use of the brightening mask on top of it every few days. Click “Read more” to continue to my experience at the Shiseido Pop-up lounge and get to the Rafflecopter widget at the end for my single Shiseido giveaway.
The serum itself is a translucent milky consistency that is pleasantly scented, but the scent isn’t too overpowering and neither did it cause me to break out in any way minutes later. I love the quality of a skincare item that’s potent but does not irritate sensitive skin. It says a lot about the high level of ingredient processing done for Shiseido.
2-pumps for each facial application, morning and evening.
We were corralled into the Shiseido Pop-Up Beauty Lounge approximately pair by pair (Noah’s Ark? lol) to experience both the serum and brightening mask followed by a delicately applied layer of Shiseido Spring collection makeup directly over the skincare. Upon the Shiseido attendant’s application of the serum on my skin I immediately noticed absolutely no irritation or itching. After letting the serum settle for a few minutes she applied the brightening mask over the top, stretching it over the contours of my face. Boo.
It was the White Lucent brightening mask that sort of made me feel “something happening” on my face. The function of the serum with its “Melano Crush” ingredient is to crush the melanin and the brightening mask supposedly “ejects” the crush melanin afterwards. There was a tingly sensation that was neither a sting nor an itch, so that was pretty interesting for me. To actually feel something actively transpiring across the surface of your face with no pain or itch is new for me. After the facial treatment, which you don’t rinse off, even with makeup on my skin felt supple and smooth, my facial pores seemed smaller which is probably why my skin felt so smooth. So technically yesterday was actually sort of like Day 1. I was supplied with 2 more brightening masks for my 1 week White Lucent challenge. The point of the whole 7-day challenge beginning today is to witness the disappearance or lightening of these pigmentation spots and tiny blemish scars. I have more of them on the left side of my face than on my right.
The dark spots at the beginning of our challenge are still very visible so this is a proper “before” sort of photo. We can check for the contrast in the results after Day 7. Check back with the conclusive post in a week to see the benefits of my White Lucent skincare challenge. Remember, the Shiseido Pop-Up Beauty Lounge will be there at SM Makati until March 31. As part and parcel of this skincare trial I will sort of need your help, lovely readers, but those who help, in my opinion, should be at least given the chance to be duly rewarded. So the way you can “help” is actually by joining this Shiseido giveaway, isn’t that a COOL way to help? Giveaway open nationwide only.
HOW TO JOIN MY SHISEIDO SPRING 2013 GIVEAWAY
This giveaway is open nationwide until Feb.28 12am (GMT +8). All you need do is follow the mandatory steps and exact instructions via the Rafflecopter widget below. You’ll notice that the first required option is to “Tweet about the giveaway”, please remember DO NOT CHANGE THE DEFAULT TWEET provided for that option because I already included the proper hashtag there #ShiseidoWhiteLucent. Here is my exclusive Shiseido giveaway prize up for grabs for one blessed reader/follower.
From the soon to be released Spring collection I will be giving away this super-duper pretty Shiseido Luminizing Satin Eye Color Trio in the colorway RD711. Use the Rafflecopter widget below this photo which will give you 5 mandatory actions to complete in order to be officially entered into the giveaway, no actions provided for additional points.