Top Shelf Talk | Updated Skincare February 2015

Since I saw one of my followers and online IG inspiration, Sarah Loves Makeup, suddenly get featured on IntoTheGloss.com for her ITG Top Shelfie I figured I’d join in.  Who knows, right?  You simply shoot your current products on your bathroom shelf or wherever shelf you keep them and use the hashtag #ITGtopshelfie in your post.  If it snaps up the Glossy gang’s interest they’ll contact you and request to feature you and give you what basically is a global introduction at the top of the beautysphere.  So whether or not this makes it up there here it is.  My current skincare picks (which I update on the blog every 6 months anyway).  I’ve linked the individual reviews to the products listed below.

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NEKKID Beauty Cleansing Cream, Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair II serum, L’Occitane Fresh Gentle toner, 100 Percent Pure Tomato Lycopene Face Cream moisturizer, Burt’s Bees Intense Hydration Cream Cleanser with Clary Sage, Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting  8% Glycolic Acid AHA Gel, and unseen in photo is the Yves Rocher Micellar Water with tea in it which I used to remove any remaining makeup.

The serum mentioned which is Estee Lauder’s Advanced Night Repair can be used day or night contrary to popular opinion, it was Guardian beauty journalist and Pretty Honest book author Sali Hughes who cleared that up.  Estee Lauder’s ANR, quite a gentle serum, is actually quite a stable,healing formula and is even safe to use on children NOT as a facial treatment but more of like a healing formula over arms or legs, over itchy, irritated skin patches like at the beach for example if something external sets off a reaction.  It was one of their global makeup artists who told me in person that while on holiday he takes this away with him and has used it now and then on his nieces or nephews if ever they got a reactive skin itch, he would smooth it over that area to soothe them.  My favorite item in this post is actually my delicate glass tasseled sparrow jar for cotton pads (I ran out hence the balls), which is a gift from Mom.

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It’s so delicately fashioned and light I thought it was plastic when she first gave it to me, it isn’t, it’s real glass, it actually looks like it was glass blown, maybe not but maybe yes.  This is my favorite top shelf thing of the moment.  What’s yours?

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NEW Happy Skin InstaBeauty Blur Cream | Primer Foundation With Benefits

It’s a little funny, in a positive way, that booming local beauty brand Happy Skin first came out with their Silicone-Free foundation over a year ago and now they’re presenting one that offers the benefits of a silicone primer base and more.  It just proves they’re out to help everyone.  It’s true some people would rather live with less or no silicone in facial products but others who don’t react can benefit from it’s filling and smoothing properties.  This new product can be worn alone or under your makeup to help mattify and extend its staying power (sort of like what the brand Living Proof does for hair-styling) and also boasts some stable yet active age-defying ingredients to help keep the years at bay.  Presenting Happy Skin’s new Insta Beauty blur cream primer foundation which is basically a smoothing, mattifying silicone-based primer with a generous amount of tint.  This is waterproof-ish primer I was talking about that wouldn’t come off in my previous review of NEKKID Cleansing cream, all my makeup came off with the cleanse but the layer of this was left behind underneath and I had to use a makeup remover to finish the job.

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HAPPY SKIN InstaBeauty BLUR CREAM PRIMER FOUNDATION Php1299.00 click here to purchase (domestic & global shipping available)

“This unique primer foundation provides a light tint veil that corrects and blurs away skin imperfections. It refines large pores, fills in lines and wrinkles, and instantly mattifies, too! It contains the tried and tested anti-aging ingredients Retinol and Peptides to make skin plump and smooth. High penetrating Vitamin C helps boost the production of collagen. Super Vitamin E moisturizes & protects while this pre-makeup primer keeps makeup in place all day.” Happy Skin Cosmetics are also available at Plains & Prints outlets, Beauty Bar, and Rustan’s

An aunt of mine in her 40s (but looks like shes in her early 30s) a couple of months back was constantly getting fresh compliments about her makeup.  I love custom creation stories like hers.  She told me that based on the tips I gave her and videos I’d been sending she had personally created her own base routine which delivers a difference that works for her and she would diligently do it just with fingers.  She had begun blending Porefessional silicone primer together with another base or BB Cream she was using to create a blurred tinted base which looked like she had a fresh, shine-free yet radiant complexion with less visible wrinkles and pores.  She had steps when she told me this tale, how some areas of the face only received the primer and other areas the blend of her base with the primer.  Now this product here by Happy Skin could have technically been the birth-child of my Tita’s experiment, in reality it isn’t, but it is a very closely related makeup concept.  I believe if she knew this product existed (I haven’t told her yet) she’d be onto this item in a millisecond.  Click through to get the full post and see how it looks on my skin.… To full post & COMMENTS...

Becoming a Grit and Grace Woman | Women on a Mission

It isn’t fresh news and all that big, but nearly two weeks ago on Instagram I was chosen to be a Grit and Grace woman to follow by GritAndGrace.co (@gritandgracewomen), an inspirational group based in San Francisco with the aim to connect, encourage, and promote women who share and live Spiritual lives to inspire others in their niche calling.  The feature itself is nothing huge in earthly terms really, just a Follow Friday blast if you think about it, but this meant a lot to me personally because I was inserted alongside all these amazing, beautiful women of varying ethnicity (but mostly American I think) who all love the Lord.

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FOLLOW US! @blessmybag, @jokotadeshow, @jessigreenny, @styleskinny, @thecreativeporcupine, @jilliandolberry

 

The G&G gals just went out, pulled my photo, and did it.  If you think about it, pretty daring, they just grabbed one of my photos from my blog and stuck it in there, lol, but I’m totally game like that and I’m glad it was one of the good ones.  The way I discovered this happened was a notification on Instagram popped up while I was backstage doing makeup work during The Ultimate Valentine Concert (Gary V, Regine, Lani , and Martin Nievera), and I was like on IG and saying “…wait a minute, that’s me…in a poster…with who?!  Who are these women, oh, oh my how cool is this?!!!” and I was like prancing here and there backstage being a shameless show-off to the road manager, my partner hairstylist, and everyone else who couldn’t care less in the middle of an ongoing pop concert really, LOL.  I was just sooo flattered and chuffed to the bones.  I followed them all and a few days later was totally inspired and moved by this post of Amanda @thecreativeporcupine.  I’ll be posting a post from each of their accounts here so you get a glimpse of their uniqueness.

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We’re not all beauty bloggers, some are crafty, some are fashionistas, some are homemakers, but Jessi and I are in the style and beauty department I believe and someone has designed a dayplanner with an inspirational format.  It’s inspiring how God has broken the mold of each one of us.  I noticed right away that the Grit & Grace team in graphics and layout really know what they’re doing (notice all our faces are practically the same size from different photos).  What was cool was I think I was already following @jessigreenny if I’m not mistaken or vice versa before we were both chosen to be part of the same Follow Friday set.  Feel free to correct me, Jessi, if you’re reading this but you were already a familiar face!  Follow all of us if you haven’t on Instagam and don’t be shy to comment or say hello!… To full post & COMMENTS...

NEKKID Unscented Cleansing Cream | Gently Gets Your Face Nekkid

Local indie bath and body beauty brand NEKKID has slowly been making waves, sweetly entering the biz with supple jazz hands under the intimate direction of seasoned professional makeup artist, Sabs Hernandez-Dy Liacco.  You may have remembered me mentioning indie brand Haus of Gloi in the past, sadly their international shipping costs have hiked up a great deal, making me have to stop repurchasing my favorite bubbling scrubs for now.  I was sent a couple of items from Sabs’ brand to try, but I totally zoned in on NEKKID’s Unscented Cleansing Cream for obvious reasons.  It has an ingredients list I can count on less than both hands.

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NEKKID Unscented Cleansing Cream Php350 for 200g, click here to purchase

INGREDIENTS: Almond oil, beeswax, xanthan gum, pure aloe vera gel, vegetable glycerin, Vitamin E oil, Vitamin A oil

“I didn’t want to include chemicals na hindi ko ma-pronounce, so it’s for women who wear light makeup talaga.  Xanthan gum is used as a thickening agent lang in both food or in cosmetics, it is also used as a stabilizer in cosmetic products to prevent ingredients from separating it’s the almond oil that dissolves the makeup fast (light makeup, not waterproof makeup) , and the vegetable glycerin makes the skin retain moisture.”

– SABS HERNANDEZ DY-LIACCO, The Makeup Maven

I’ve tried this lovely cleanser twice and for the price of Php350 and for the amount you get it is great.  The texture is like cold cream but it goes slippy over the face (thanks to the almond oil and aloe) then emulsifies well when combined with water, it’s not like those cleansing creams out there that pretend to be more than just a cream but don’t rinse off with water properly, you will get a proper rinse with this I assure you.  I noted that it removed most, but not all of my makeup (the primer I had underneath was sort of waterproof) but it just means if you go over your face quickly with makeup remover first even in a dash this cream can help finish the job for you.  If you wear light mineral makeup and/or non-waterproof foundation that will certainly come off. This feels extremely similar to the Burt’s Bees Intense Hydration Cream Cleanser I talked about a few posts ago, but with a much shorter ingredients list and no fragrance, *clicks heels in mid-air*.  I highly recommend this for girls with dry to sensitive skin.

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It goes on slippy coz of the Almond oil which allows for some massage action and it rinses off cleanly, just what I want in a cream cleanser.  Perhaps the only suggestion I’d like to put out is that they perhaps make a smaller 100g version in a pump bottle or tube that’s easier to bring for travel (and will extend shelf-life), but I see this cleanser still coming along on beach trips with me because hydrating facial massages are in high-demand after baking under the tropical sun.  It’s probably also a good comforting after-sun cleanser for your tender face.  NEKKID Beauty products are currently not yet consigned anywhere for retail but for now you can explore the brand and purchase their products here at NekkidManila.Weebly.com.  I’m so proud of you Sabs, and so excited for more stuff from NEKKID Beauty!… To full post & COMMENTS...

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