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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Perk up that summer selfie with Benefit Cosmetics’ two new “babes”, these makeup bits are as cute as ever! This summer step out with Benefit’s two new eye-catching products. First in line is their NEW Big Easy Oil-Free Liquid-to-Powder base (“Better Than BB”) with SPF35 to protect gorgeous you from harmful UV rays, and candy-crushin’ Lollitint their lilac/orchid color-of-the-year inspired (aren’t we hyphening lots today) lip and cheek tint. I’m going to use both these products together when I show you because it just makes a whole lot more sense that way :). This is a quickfire reaction and review!
BIG EASY SPF35, 35 mL / 1.18 US fl. oz. (Php2000.00)- BIGGER than BB! Why? Two reasons. First, big easy balances moisture & controls oil. Second, the cushiony liquid-to- powder formula melts in like a cream, yet finishes lightweight & velvety like a powder. This multi-balancing complexion perfector gives light-to-medium natural coverage to even out skintone and conceal imperfections. Non-comedogenic. Oil-free. (Available in 6 shades)
LOLLITINT 12.5 mL / 0.42 US fl. oz. (Php1700)- Our candy-orchid tint treats lips & cheeks to a “pop” of dreamy sweetness. It’s the flirtiest flush you can get from a bottle…and its smudge-proof, smooch-proof color lasts from A.M. to P.M. Talk about stain power! (For a heavenly flush apply hervana orchid-blossom blush on top of lollitint.)
First thoughts on BIG Easy, it’s basically, generally Benefit’s version of BB Cream. The coverage is sheer to moderate and I’m pretty sure you can build it up, however it does tend to feel moderately heavy because of the higher level of sun protection. It smells mildly of standard sunscreen, the smell that the general, urban public have on them when they head out to shore, nothing offensive. The smell is clean and standard issue. I like the non-dewy, fresh finish of this, OOTDs in the sun will need less blot sheets on hand. Read more to get the full review, see application, and also check out Benefit Lollitint!
selfie credit: KC Concepcion #SunDayFunDay #cousins #unfiltered
I’ve found so far what has proved to be more than worthy as my replacement cleanser by Andalou Naturals at Healthy Options and it’s actually cheaper than my previous, well-loved Cleansing Milk. This is the Andalou Naturals Apricot Probiotic Cleansing Milk for Dry & Sensitive Skin (from the Age Defying range, when it’s something THAT specific, it’s usually good). My skin is short of REJOICING at the moment. I was supposed to blog about this new probiotic, ph-balanced no-nasties formula in a week but it’s made such a difference in 3 days of using it day and night that I can’t stand not telling you about it. That’s a step UP from the performance of my previous cleanser which maintained, minimally soothed, and hydrated my pretty good skin but didn’t clear up small problems which kept repeating themselves. This new Andalou cleansing milk costs nearly Php300 LESS than my old one. It’s a first in my book that their “Age Defying” range (purple themed) is the selection that’s particularly formulated for “dry & sensitive skin” (they have other ranges for varying skin types) and the words “probiotic”, “fruit stem cells” and “cleansing milk” just made me give this a go since I needed a replacement soon. This performed well beyond my expectations as a slightly more affordable cleansing substitute. When this light cleansing cream (it’s more a lightweight cream that emulsifies than a milk) glides over your face at first you’re like “How can something that at first feels like nothing do something?”…trust me, for me it did more than just “something”. On the first day a few minutes after I rinsed this off I knew my skin liked this and a few hours later I knew I had just made a major, personal discovery but I let 3 days pass to further validate my observations.
Andalou Naturals Apricot Probiotic Cleansing Milk for Dry & Sensitive Skin, Php549.00 178ml
“Fruit Stem Cell Complex and probiotic microflora calm irritation and stimulate cell turnover for improved dermal immunity. Nourishing aloe vera, apricot and borage oils gently loosen and remove make-up and impurities, while restoring intracellular moisture and a healthy glow. For clean, nourished skin and a restored complexion.” – ANDALOU NATURALS (PH Balanced & Hypoallergenic)
Aloe Barbadensis Juice*, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Oil*, Vegetable Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglycerides, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Oil, Prunus Dulcis (Almond) Milk, Glyceryl Monolaurate, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetyl Alcohol, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Probiotic Complex (Alpha-Glucan Oligosaccharide, Polymnia Sonchifolia Root, Maltodextrin and Lactobacillus), Fruit Stem Cells (Malus Domestsica, Solar Vitis) and BioActive 8 Berry Complex*, Resveratrol, Ubiquinone (CoQ10), Vitis Vinifera (Grape Seed) Polyphenols, Allantoin, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Mangifera Indica (Mango) Butter, Hibiscus Rosa-Sinensis Extract*†, Rosa Canina (Rosehip) and Borago Officinalis (Borage) Oils*, Phenethyl Alcohol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Agathosma Capensis (Buchu) Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil*
*Organic † Fair Trade Made naturally without GMO’s, gluten, paraben preservatives, petrochemicals, phthalates, sulfates, synthetic colors, dyes and fragrances. Verified Gluten-Free 100% Eco-friendly, Vegetarian & Cruelty-Free, All Andalou products have been tested by the Food Allergy Research & Resource Program (FARRP)
Most of you have read about my being disappointed that Le Couvent Des Minimes French skincare is soon about to leave SM and Philippine shores by end of March and you also know I’ve been highly dependent on their Beneficial Rose facial range, especially the cleansing milk and moisturizer (I have about less than 2 half bottles left of LCDM cleanser). Andalou Naturals I’ll admit is a bit of a risk substitute because niche botanical brands like Andalou in niche stores like Healthy Options sort of give you an uncertain feeling about how long their ranges will be around for but for now I’ll just be grateful I found a replacement. It still contains Rosehip which I believe in as a skin ingredient. That word “restored” up in the product description is exactly how my skin began to feel after 2 days minimum. Andalou Naturals botanical use of berries and plants reminds me of Essie Button’s favorite skincare brand Antipodes. When I researched “probiotics in skincare” what came up in the search was another highly-acclaimed, but nearly unreachable, Tatler awarded foreign brand Aurelia Skincare, the range that advanced skin facialist and expert Caroline Hirons and Youtuber ChelseaWears highly recommend (Caroline likes the cleansing balm, Chelsea loves the serum). Note, C. Hirons is the expert and Chelsea of ChelseaWears on YouTube is the honest everyday consumer like you and me who swears (sometimes excessively) by the Aurelia Revitalize & Glow Probiotic Serum. We DO NOT have Aurelia Skincare locally but my guess is Andalou Naturals at Healthy Options comes close as a good-enough budget version with the probiotic benefits of the Age Defying range for Sensitive skin (something that sounds tailor fit for me). Read more to get my full review, this is sort of a long one because I talk about my skin and mention probiotics among other things.