I haven’t been turned on by a good holiday set in ages, that’s until Laneige global Korean makeup artist Cat Koh demonstrated the use of this particularly fabulous one with glee. I saw, I liked, they gave and that was that.
LANEIGE SPARKLING PARTY HOLIDAY SET 2014 (Php 1650.00) available at SM Aura, Robinsons Magnolia and other branches.
FROM LEFT: LANEIGE Water Drop Tints in “Neon Pink”, and “Raspberry Pink”, Nail Glitter Polish in “Golden Bubble” and “Pink Wine”, and Sparkling Dust eyeshadow duo in “Pink Dust” and “Gold Dust.”
Happy Day since it is limited edition (while supplies last, and they only brought in a little over a hundred of these…or so they say)! Seriously pretty and exquisitely done rosy sparkle is about to float your boat, and the packaging…sigh. Click Read More and see for yourself! You’ll also see close up photos of me trying these out.
Indicative from the title this was supposed to be posted after Halloween. Sigh, yet again life got in the way, I’ve had these photos since last week then my laptop was dying so it had to make a trip to the computer hospital. Apparently after nearly 5 years my 17″ gi-normous baby needed a total internal detox and simultaneously I wasn’t feeling well. After Halloween and all that makeup or facial exposure to masks lots of faces are probably in need of soothing rejuvenation. Facial masks are the way to go, but some people with sensitive skin are afraid certain masks are too intensive or they don’t get the ingredients in them. This mask in particular by Flawless distributed French brand, Novexpert is pure power you needn’t fear.
( PRICE: pHP2000.00 at select Flawless Clinics). Repulp Mask instantly restores comfort giving baby soft skin in 10 minutes with S&D hyaluronic acid and collagen boosters. Similar to the Repulp Cream it “re-plumps” and regenerates deep from within the skin targeting cells to act younger. The natural ingredients work wonders providing dramatic results without a single chemical ingredient. Main benefits of use are firmness, toning, nourishment. It was created by Dr. Colletta, a serious wonder product that gives essential anti-ageing protection for stressed out skin subject to cold,sun, pollution or dryness.
Ultra-effective Seaweed combined with Commiphora stimulates collagen.
- 0% Preservatives
- 0% Paraben
- 0% EDTA
- 0% Phenoxyethanol
- 0% Silicone
- 0% PEG
Aqua (Water),Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Behenyl Alcohol, Butylene Glycol,C10-18 Triglycerides, Glycerin, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, GarciniaIndica Seed Butter, Candelilla/Jojoba/Rice Bran Polyglyceryl-3 Esters, GlycerylStearate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Parfum(Fragrance), Arginine, Hydroxystearic/Linolenic/Oleic Polyglycerides,Trehalose, Cetearyl Alcohol, Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, MicrocrystallineCellulose, Glyceryl Caprylate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Tocopherol,Bisabolol, Galactaric Acid, Laminaria Ochroleuca Extract, Ximenia AmericanaSeed Oil, Biosaccharide Gum-2, Sodium Hyaluronate, Cellulose Gum, SclerotiumGum, Xanthan Gum, Phytic Acid, Citric Acid, Sodium Carbonate, Commiphora MukulResin Extract, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Seed Extract, BrassicaOleracea Italica (Broccoli) Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, PunicaGranatum Fruit Extract, Silybum Marianum Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis(Rosemary) Leaf Extract.
The mask is more of like a dense moisturizer, it’s not one of those types that hardens on your face like plaster. Some like that stiffening action, but some find that a bit too intense. If you are one of those types who’s allergic to a lot of things, this might just be the mask for you. It focuses more on soothing hydration. It’s foolproof, you slather a generous amount on your face for 10 mins then rinse it off, if I’m not mistaken Origins have a quick mask like this one. The texture is a little bit like classic Nivea cream but not as heavy and it rinses off easily. Then pat your face dry.
I used the Novexpert repulp mask again a few days ago after costume festivities, it wasn’t quite like an overnight turnaround like when I used the Bioderma Cicabio cream, but it did cleanse, hydrate, and calm my skin. I noticed one thing the day after, no redness even without makeup which says quite a bit in terms of gentleness and anti-inflammatory ingredients. The highly acclaimed Novexpert skincare range is available at select Flawless Clinics. I’m keen on trying the repulp cream next which is the accompanying moisturizer to this lovely mask. Find and contact your nearest Flawless clinic here.
Just in case you want to check if they stock Novexpert in the one nearest you :).
I have a new goodie from The Body Shop but before I get to that I need to backtrack a bit. When I personally experienced the Emma Hardie cleansing balm nearly every UK skincare enthusiast was raving about last year my complaint was in our tropical weather the balm just wouldn’t hold its consistency. You had to keep it refrigerated and to be honest unless you had warm running tap water (which not everyone does here) it wouldn’t emulsify super well and just flanneling it off with a damp face towel without rinsing is a total turn-off for overt rinse maniacs like us Filipinas. It made my skin feel great though and I agreed that natural cleansing oils or balms were the way forward in facial skincare especially for people like me who do have lazy nights where I just want to take my made-up face off and cleanse with one product. I still like my Andalou Apricot Pro Biotic Cream Cleanser but that doesn’t remove makeup. I was hoping for a less expensive alternative that 1. Acted like a cleansing balm but didn’t come in a jar 2. Be mostly based on natural, fairly sourced ingredients without mineral oil, and 3. Retain its consistency locally. I got my checklist ticked off when I found Body Shop’s Nutriganics Softening Cleansing Gel Oil which contains fair trade Babassu oil extracted from the nuts of the wild babassu palm tree, found on the outskirts of the Amazon rainforest….and by the way,yes, it does emulsify with water, very well.
Contains Fair Trade Babassu Oil, 99% of Total Ingredients are from natural origin, 45% of ingredients are from organic farming, natural and organic certified by ECOCERT, NO PARABENS and NO SILICONES
Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Oil , Aqua (Solvent/Diluent), Glycerin, Sucrose Laurate , Sucrose Palmitate, Orbignya Oleifera Seed Oil, Benzyl Alcohol, Salicylic Acid, Limonene, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Citral, Linalool , Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil , Citronellol , Arginine, Buddleja Davidii Extract , Thymus Vulgaris Extract, Malva Sylvestris Flower Extract, Foeniculum Vulgare Oil, Citrus Nobilis Peel Oil, Vanilla Planifolia Fruit Extract, Litsea Cubeba Fruit Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis Peel Oil, Sodium Benzoate, Thymus Vulgaris Oil, Potassium Sorbate, Rosa Damascena Flower Oil.
Price: about Php795 for 100ml at Body Shop boutiques
HOW TO USE: Apply a pea sized amount to dry makeup-free skin, or a peso coin sized amount if you have makeup on. Yes, don’t wet your face first or else it will emulsify instantly, when that happens you miss out on the oil treatment which removes makeup while treating skin and provides the opportunity for a good facial massage.
When you’ve spread the product all over your face and have the oil consistency on, a circular facial massage is highly recommended before rinsing to remove makeup, dead skin and dirt. Then apply water to the face to have it emusify, do circular motions again to properly cleanse and rinse. Repeat if necessary.
What I like about this product is for a mid-ranged price you’re getting something that is well sourced, nearly 100% organic and on lazy nights it moves makeup when you massage it in and yes really does feel like an oil-based cleanser or balm that you can store well even in a tropical climate since it comes in a tube. On the nights when I do have the energy to use makeup remover first and then finish with this I get an exceptionally thorough cleansing experience. It’s just good to know something like this also has your back on lazy days if you want to skip makeup remover. You can also try Lisa Eldridge’s facial massage routine before rinsing with water, you don’t have to do the whole 20mins, you can cut it down if you like.
I also have a bonus favorite for this post, the only drawback for me on it is it’s highly scented, it didn’t break me out but I would prefer it unscented. From the Body Shop as well I also like this Vitamin Aqua Boost Sorbet cooling facial moisturizer with Vitamin E and Soybean Oil.
24-Hour moisture quench, aqua light texture
The cooling effect isn’t weird, not like menthol at all, it feels very fresh, sort of like the comfort that after sun products provide on the skin. It hydrates the way Clinique’s Moisture Surge gel moisturizer seems to do and with a zero greasy feel and matte finish. It does contain some silicone but that makes it a great thin moisturizer beneath makeup because it also acts as a primer. Most likely great for girls with normal to oily skin…though I would recommend patch testing it on an area of the face for the day from the Body Shop boutique first before purchasing since it is scented, just to be sure you don’t react. If you don’t it’s a good one to have if you’re not into greasy or cream moisturizers. It comes in a frosted glass jar at 50ml. Err, I’m forgetting the price at the moment but I think it was around Php1200 or a bit more. Yes a bit pricy, I think the packaging has something to do with that.
I’m glad The Body Shop has ventured out with their Nutriganics range for example to bring us fairly sourced more natural skincare options, and I also like that they’re developing new formulas and textures in skincare like with the Aqua Boost sorbet. Stop by your nearest Body Shop boutique at anytime to spot the new items they have to offer, I didn’t think they’d stepped up in many ways and offered many new things beyond their usual until I dropped in for a proper visit.
Whoever thought a NEW Filipina cosmetic brand like Happy Skin could make the world-class waves that they have in just one year? I never would have guessed that Happy Skin would be able to penetrate the market this relentlessly and in the most positive way. A year has gone by and we celebrated at Vanilla Cupcake Bakery yesterday, we who have stood by them, offered support, and watched them grow are prouder than ever. Congratulations, Jacqe Yuengtian-Gutierrez and Rissa Mananquil-Trillo, we continue to stand by you! Happy Skin’s online store at HappySkinCosmetics.com by the way is now officially operational WORLDWIDE. Mabuhay ang mga Pinay!
Here’s a sneak peek at some of their new stuff with full reviews to follow
Many I’m sure did not have the slightest suspicion early on that a Pinay beauty brand would ever so suddenly and FINALLY give Filipino women what they deserve, a range of better cosmetics manufactured with close supervision that give payoff and safer formulas. I’m already making the positive comparison between them and Bourjois, the well-loved French drugstore brand, we’ve got our own brand that stands at par and it is Happy Skin! Congratulations, girls. Can’t wait to take pictures and show my readers your new items!!
So if you weren’t able to catch my last Ellana Minerals Makeup Workshop, HEADS UP! We are officially having a REPEAT of the Poreless Perfection workshop that I will be teaching this Saturday, October 18th from 1-4PM at Ellana Minerals Headquarters, La Fuerza Compound (side entrance), Pasong Tamo, Makati. Total workshop fee is Php2500.00 inclusive of reservation fee and Php2000 consumable on Ellana products after the workshop! Register and reserve here at this link for your slot
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 inclusive of reservation fee and 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.
Hope to see you there, this Saturday! Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions. There’ll be yummy food and drinks, too! Reserve your workshop slot now at this link!