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The Guess Where I’m Going Giveaway | Win Beauty from My Destination!

Yes, I’m still here…this blog is still alive. It’s been a whirlwind of days suddenly preparing for this journey abroad. I’ll be away almost 2weeks, of course will inject blogging whenever I can :D. With lots of love from family I’m about to be whisked away to a certain place. I thought I’d have some fun this time. This giveaway is open to the rest of you, I mean that I’m not allowing friends who are a part of my personal private Facebook account to join (blog FB fans and other readers you guys are ok). Sorry, guys, my private FB friends, you already know too much so I’ll have to exempt you. This will be simple, no Rafflecopter needed either. Choose from these 4 cities and Tell me in the comments below where you think I’m headed. (Copy paste or type from the Multiple choice answers beneath the photo) From the batch of those who answered correctly I shall select a random winner to give a beauty “pasalubong” to :). I shall select a winner roughly after 1 week.

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A. TOKYO, B. LONDON, C. NEW YORK, D. PARIS

Belo Sun Expert SPF50 Transparent Mist | Invisible High Protection

I’ve mentioned Belo Sun Expert sunscreens in the past and I love how their sunscreen lotions feel “better” over the skin compared to some regular sunblock formulas that can feel super pasty and sticky.  I’ve tried their standard SPF60 sun expert body lotion and the SPF40 sun expert facial lotion.  Both kept me protected from the slightest burn during a whole day football tournament my brother had over a year ago, I think I only reapplied once on my shoulders in the afternoon and the formula didn’t give me difficulty when soaping in the shower afterwards.  I didn’t think they could do better but when team Belo sent me a Sun Expert package this new product caught my eye.  Sunblock with high protection that you’re not supposed to see!

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BELO SPF50 TRANSPARENT MIST, Php449.75 100ml (Non-sticky, quick-drying, cell protection, hypoallergenic) suitable for face and body
DO NOT SPRAY DIRECTLY ON FACE, spray on hands first then apply to face.
• Provides broad-spectrum protection against UV rays
• With Cell Protect® Technology that strengthens the skin’s defense system, maintaining healthy skin while preventing accelerated premature skin aging
• Anti-aging • Sprays at any angle • Quick absorbing with even coverage • Non-sticky •Water resistant •Immediate effectivity (no waiting time) •Mild cooling effect •Paraben-free
• Hypoallergenic and dermatologist tested (precaution: flammable prior to drying)
What I like about this product is that you can’t see it, it’s practically invisible…though I would like to fully understand better how it provides high SPF50 protection information is somewhat limited.  It’s great applied under makeup and I’ve tried it under Benefit Cosmetics’ BIG Easy cream and once this transparent mist has set (after about 5-8 minutes) it didn’t mess with that makeup base which I applied on top which is a wonderful thing for a sunscreen for makeup lovers in the summer.  If I’m not mistaken it’s a rare, invisible high protection formula that shouldn’t flash back on cam (but don’t take my word for it, test it yourself, on that point I am assuming).  I patted and spread it across my clean face after spraying it onto my palms first.  Read more to get the full review.

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Happy Skin Domination! | Ltd. Edition Summer 2014 & New Stuff

When I arrived at the Happy Skin Cosmetics summer launch yesterday high above the city at 71 Gramercy I could hardly believe that practically everything I saw there excited me to pieces.

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Happy Skin makes this your happiest and hottest summer! The Happy Skin limited edition Turn Up The Heat Summer 2014 Collection features three (3) new sizzling shades of their bestselling lippie and two (2) new summer hues of blushes that deliver the same promise of a natural flush as their original blushes.

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It’s pretty much like Happy Skin has expanded to become for us what Bourjois is for the UK beauty lovers, a solid, mid-range beauty range with products that delight as well as deliver.  The news is that with the moisturizing lippies alone in terms of volume sales they are selling at a rate of 100 lippies a day!  Happy Skin has launched their 2014 limited edition summer makeup collection which includes 3 lippie shades (that you can buy individually or as a better value box set) and 2 blush shades.  Read more to see the rest of the post, Happy Skin’s local answer to Bioderma, and more new stuff now available in stores by the brand!

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Tarte Amazonian Clay Airbrush Powder Foundation | Great, But We Have Something Similar

When I saw that the raves and positive reviews about Tarte’s Airbrush Full Coverage powder foundation had actually crossed the Atlantic via Estee of Essie Button I was quite curious.  Western beauty bloggers and vlogging gurus in the western hemisphere can go on and on day or night about mounds of newly launched liquid bases, luxury or drugstore, but it’s unusual to hear western girls rave about a powder foundation.  This one certainly got them talking and now I sort of see why but later on in this post I’ll tell you why I was amused, it’s because we have something similar to this locally, not 100% as good but pretty darn close in my opinion.  Let’s focus first on this one by Tarte.

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Introducing the latest addition to the Amazonian clay foundation line for total complexion perfection! Amazonian clay full coverage airbrush foundation delivers flawless, natural-looking coverage that lasts, while the skintuitive™ formula invigorates skin tone and texture for a youthful complexion. Powered by Amazonian clay enriched with the Earth’s natural, light-reflecting gemstones, this moisture-rich powder buffs on smoothly for waterproof, 12-hour coverage that won’t settle into fine lines and wrinkles. Available in 11 shades to perfectly complement a wide range of skin tones and undertones, this innovative foundation also employs a custom mesh delivery system for a fool-proof, mess-free application every time. ($36.00 Sephora)

The range comes with 11 shades which is a pleasing, reassuring thought for all who might be interested.  I have the shade “light-medium neutral (‘light to medium skin with yellow and pink undertones’)” which is a spot on match for someone in between MAC NC30 and NC35 coloring.  I decided not to get the Tarte airbuki brush for application since I already have something that works just as well by Ecotools, it’s larger, covers in half the time and has a handle (the Ecotools bronzing/buffing brush).  Powder foundations that are mineral or clay based like this are great for those with sensitive, oily, or even acne-prone skin who need a break from the onslaught of chemically enhanced liquid foundations.  This powder foundation doesn’t cake or apply unevenly.  Read more to get the full post with photos after application.

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