Complexion

POND’s Flawless White BB Cream SPF 30 | Photogenic Dupe for my Shiseido Hydrating BB Cream

This is practically the first POND’s review I have ever done, because this product gets a huge thumbs up from normal-to-sensitive-combo-skin me.  I put this review up quickly because it looks so good in photos, and I keep checking myself in the mirror ‘coz I’m pretty impressed I’m totally ignoring the fact that it’s a whitening product.  It just looks exceptionally good and photogenic on the face for a grocery and department store brand base.  It not sticky, not greasy and lifts the complexion when you put it on and I’m surprised the Light shade which looks a wrong sort of grey tone before application actually helps counteract sallow tones on my face (if we’re talking perfect shade I’m a blend of both shades but I like how Light lifts my face in appearance, but I mix a little bit of Beige in).  For normal skin gals, you won’t even need to set it with powder, maybe at the very least just have blot sheets handy this summer if you use this.

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“Looking for the best BB Cream*? The Pond’s Institute developed Pond’s Flawless White BB+ Cream (Php299.00)—a whitening cream and lightweight foundation in one—giving both skin care and makeup benefits. Use Pond’s BB+ Cream to achieve a flawless, no-makeup look.

Special Ingredient

GenActiv™

Two potent ingredients, Niacinamide and 12HSA, regulate the genes that control melanin production.

 

  • Compared to other BB Creams, it is less likely to cause pimples because it’s less sticky and helps control oil the whole day. No need to apply powder afterwards.
  • Compared to a CC Cream, it gives better coverage without the sticky feeling, aside from Pond’s expert skin care formula.

 

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I like Pond’s as a brand and all their efforts to bring new affordable products out, it’s just that my mareklamo face usually doesn’t do too well with a few of the other products they have that are scented, but like for example who doesn’t love their classic Cold Cream?  This BB Cream base is scented, but not heavily, I had to swatch, smell, and repeat to really spot how much fragrance was in there, not that much, thankfully.  Click to continue reading the full post and see high-definition photos of me wearing this product.


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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...

Create DIY Summer Sheet Masks | NIVEA Cleansing Wipes and Your Hydrating Mist

Between Lisa Eldridge’s sparking a storm with her Korean haul and Pat McGrath mentioning her staple mask selection for surviving fashion week it isn’t a wonder that sheet treatment masks are having quite a moment globally and they are more commonly an Asian find.  If you don’t know what a sheet mask is they’re packeted treatments for the face and are essentially what appears to be a wipe but are pre-cut to fit the face and juiced up with either a hydrating, rejuvenating, or serum treatment.  One of my first few features on this blog were Korean sheet masks which I tried with Mom.  The only thing that turns me off about sheet masks is I’m very particular about what goes on my face and sometimes even with the convenience of hundreds of variants sealed in large sachets to choose from…I’d like to know what’s on mine exactly since I break out easily with certain chemical combinations.  So I thought why not DIY my own using  my NIVEA Gentle Facial Cleansing Wipes?

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NIVEA Gentle Cleansing Wipes are great for creating sheet masks for me because they’re alcohol-free, and contain almond oil, and Hydra IQ for added hydration, but you can jazz them up with your own toner/spray treatment.

(25 pcs. Alcohol-Free) w/ Natural Almond Oil & Hydra IQ Php140 “removes makeup and waterproof mascara”

I didn’t research on DIY sheet masks…the concept came suddenly (I’m sure not very originally, it’s a natural possibility that comes to mind looking at a face wipe), and eventually presented itself as something very obvious given the material of wipes.  My favorite wipes of the moment are the NIVEA Gentle Cleansing Wipes which I think, given that they’re alcohol-free and made for sensitive skin, would make very good summer sheet masks.

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These would be good when juiced up with either an After Sun spray or your favorite toner because truthfully no wipe is wet enough to be a sheet mask, they all need help to be something more.  This takes a bit of time and like me you might end up with a couple of wrong ones but trying to get it right for me became therapeutic, and unfolding them to see how off I was at first made me laugh.  It’s a laught trip thing to do with friends at the beach for example.  Click through to the full post to see how I did my DIY sheet mask.… To full post & COMMENTS...

CoverGirl TruBlend Translucent Pressed Powder | Close Drugstore Dupe for MAC MSF Natural

A decent compact setting powder (not powder foundation) that has just the right finish isn’t always an obvious choice at the drugstore or department store for me.  I’m super picky with powder texture which registers so obviously over my normal skin and I easily break out with allergies if the formula isn’t good enough.  I don’t refer to all, but there are some powders that suck which you still have to hunt through, honestly, lol.  Some are chalky, some are too heavy, the buttery ones break and the ones with the right finish have the wrong shades.  That’s why in the past I easily hit pan on my MAC Mineralize Skin Finish Natural compact (still the old packaging, they’ve updated) which ticked all the right boxes and that sadly has ultimately gotten more expensive.  Noticing that lifted yet subtle sheen on Marj Sia’s bare face at a luncheon last year (she claimed MAC MSF Natural was the only thing she had on her face that day) rekindled my desire for MAC MSF Natural’s lit from within translucent finish.  With summer around the corner I’m already counting the remaining cool days that I can still use my bases without the need to set them.  It is a niche sort of powder that one, translucent mineral powder with sheen baked into it, Hourglass deliver similarly with their ambient lighting powders.  All those are lovely because they set your summer base without totally killing its sheer natural finish with coverage.  Out of the blue, this TruBlend pressed powder which was sent to me by the CoverGirl team surprised me because lo, and behold, I got nearly the exact same effect from a drugstore product, MAC MSF has a tad bit more coverage.  There may be a nudge more super subtle glow in this one than MAC MSF Natural but I can hardly, as in hardly tell the difference.

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“Silky, smooth formula adapts to your skin tone for a natural, no-makeup look. Specially designed to work with the truBLEND Collection.”

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I have the CoverGirl TruBlend shade in #2 Translucent Light which matches my MAC MSF Natural one in Medium.  I also noticed if you look closely there is some detectable glint from the grains of MAC MSF, while in the CoverGirl swatch there doesn’t seem to be any, it’s more of a very light pearl sheen, translucent veil of color.  If I’m not mistaken I remember reading on the box (which I threw away last night, tsk lol) that it was also mineral based.  Note though, the powder texture in the compact to the touch of a finger isn’t convincing at first and is no smooth operator.  You may actually think just by touching it that it isn’t any good, ‘coz it isn’t soft it is in fact a little grainy to touch.  Regardless of what I think feels cheap it picks up well on a brush and deposits beautifully over my skin.  I can’t say the same for dry skin, you’d probably have to exfoliate and moisturize to be safe.  I like to apply this power with a duo fiber brush so it doesn’t pick up too much product.  If you’d like to pick up more product use a more dense buffing brush like a kabuki.  Click through to see the full post and me wearing this over a sheer BB cream base.… To full post & COMMENTS...

L’Occitane Alcohol-Free Fresh Gentle Toner | Soo Nice it’s Got Me Toning Again

I side-stepped that blessed second skincare step for a year.  For the whole of 2014 for some reason I’d lost my love for toning in my skincare routine, I just went for the bare minimum at one point, cleansing and moisturizing and I think I had the odd very rare day of exfoliation.  My skin was breaking out in the last quarter and was reeling from neglect especially from the months of September to November last year.  I was loitering about Central Square mall the day before Valentine’s and I really didn’t believe I’d find anything I needed in L’Occitane. not meaning to snub them but I always saw it as the brand I’d give to other people but never really purchase for myself because nothing interested me other than their Almond Shower oil back then…until I sprayed this lovely liquid over the back of my hand which smelt tenderly of a romantic, sleepy summer.  First word that came to mind when I smelt L’Occitane’s Fresh Gentle Toner was “beach”.

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L’Occitane Fresh Gentle Toner, Php1050.00

“The two-in-one Shea Butter Gentle Toner removes make up as it tones and refreshes.  The Gentle Toner is a gentle alcohol-free toner that respects all skin types. Enriched with shea extract and floral waters (orange blossom , cornflowers), it completes make-up removal and tones skin. Your skin will be soft and your complexion will feel fresh.”

I found that this for me is like a slightly more emollient, comforting version of Bioderma crealine.  It hydrates with glycerin and floral extracts of orange blossom and cornflower.  This toner-slash-makeup-remover-slash-moisture-kick is also supposed to be used as a refreshing mist to top up your skin (body can be, too) in the middle of the day, but unlike Caudalie’s best-selling face mist this at least won’t hurt the eyes.  It can be confusing because they also have a L’Occitane “Fresh Face Water” in the US and this one I have is listed as the “Fresh Gentle Toner” on the L’Occitane Australia website.  The key of mine is in the two French words following Tonique Douceur on the bottle I have, Nettoie & Demaquille “cleans and removes makeup”…so I guess that’s the difference of this from just the Gentle Toner Tonique Douceur without “Nettoie & Demaquille” on the bottle. Can one product really do this much?  Cleanse, remove makeup, and tone?  I was just so happy about how the back of my hand felt after spraying this from that tester of theirs, really hydrated and soft, and the dried foundation splotches on the back of my hand were gone.  Click to read the full post, LOL yea I know what a brochure of an intro.  I never cease to amaze.… To full post & COMMENTS...

The Imaginary Vday Wishlist | If Price or Place Were No Object

Where we are can kind of suck sometimes when it comes to stuff at the frontier of modern beauty.  While I’m glad more brands have joined the global ones already present in the market, the ranges are far from updated and nowhere near as complete, hello, Clarins doesn’t even have their makeup here, we only have the skincare.  Where is is this rambling headed?  Towards an imaginary Vday wishlist…life of course goes on without any of these things but I thought I’d put this selection out there for you to see as an imaginary edit…what I’d like if price or place where no object.

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Top to Bottom: Paloma Picasso for Tiffany’s Handwritten Love ring (Mom has her petite “X” earrings in yellow gold), Whistles Mini Verity backpack black leather, Sunday Riley Juno Hydroactive Cellular Face Oil, Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM lens, Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in “Amazing Grace”Clarins Instant ConcealerReturn to Tiffany Rubedo heart earrings, Clarins Instant Light Lip comfort oil (seen here in the Original and ever elusively sold out Raspberry formula)

I was also thinking about Tiffany & Co. the 5th Avenue jewelry hotspot I wasn’t able to hit while in NYC.  I don’t mean I wish there was one here, I wasn’t able to go in the US.  I didn’t have any plans to purchase anything from there, the visit was supposed to be like a tour in honor of a memory.  I wanted to have a peep inside and then have a foodtruck breakfast outside and take a selfie, there’s always a next time.  I know, it would have been such a touristy thing to do but here’s why.  It was the one place there which would supposedly remind me of my paternal grandmother the most.  She would tell me stories of how she loved the place while we watched Breakfast at Tiffany’s together.  Lola said when she was there it was not always to buy, but she loved the staff, the service, and appreciating the precious beautifully feminine pieces they had there.  She also sang Moon River along with me passionately, it was the only song I’d ever heard her sing like that…once in awhile she would also hum Claire de Lune or Nat King Cole songs.  Her eyes used to light up like gems before at the mention of Tiffany’s.  Also did you know, I heard from someone married to a Tiffany executive that Tiffany’s only offer a major half price discount once, on a person’s first engagement ring purchase, it’s a discount that will not be offered again in the same lifetime precisely because they like to honor that value. I’ll go through my other faves in quick random, no-order, this-is-my-blog style today, coz I’m just not in the mood to be like super structured right now, have work later and tomorrow and haven’t eaten breakfast.

For style I’m sure like half the female planet is already making the Whistles Mini Verity backpack that Zoella “showed and told” online a major sellout, who won’t like its simple, small but just rightly sized real leather design?  I believe there’s a silver version which might be an ASOS exclusive if I saw it right.  Regarding the Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L camera lens it’s Canon’s priciest 50mm with their widest opening, meaning it’s awesome for close-up shots with beautifully boke’d backgrounds and great for low light…in other words a beauty blogger’s dream lens.  As you can see in this sample photo:

vdafave_canonBy the way, I like that Charlotte Tilbury lipstick not just because of the name, if you click on the CT link you will see the color “Amazing Grace” is just gorgeous, a more modern, more neutral coral with less of a yellow undertone.  Sunday Riley does modern skincare and they do the science battle with botanical weapons of mass reconstruction.  Juno is one of their more gentle facial oils which they say consists of extracts from Broccoli, Carrot, Chardonnay Grape, Black Cumin, Cranberry Seed and a berry seed blend of blackberry, blueberry, and raspberry.  Yea, I’ll take my face to-go please.  On the Clarins stuff, if you haven’t heard Guardian beauty guru Sali Hughes say “I can’t rave about this concealer enough” about Clarins’ Instant Concealer in that wonderful Brit accent of hers then you should on her SaliHughesBeauty channel,that was ’bout before Christmas last year.  Then Caroline Hirons, skincare madame, flashed that new Lip comfort oil  of theirs at her camera in her recent New Stuff video and the dim part of the world (like over here) without Clarins’ newest releases semi went gaga.

Do you have an imaginary Vday wishlist?  Or one probably that hangs around all year in the fluffy cloud above your head?  Mention one or two things you wish for in the comments whether it’s because you can’t get it here or can’t afford it at the moment.  I can’t make your wish come true but I do know that sharing wishes with other people is a happy sort of release.… To full post & COMMENTS...

NEW Burt’s Bees Intense Hydration Cream Cleanser | SALE Php278 ‘Til Feb.14 Only

I’ve totally given up foaming facial washes for about nearly three years now, it has totally eliminated my frequent allergic facial reactions of the past.  I was  enjoying the fact that my G Stuff Moringa & Multi-Fruit Cream wash worked super-duper well with my Clarisonic Mia 2 when it came to facial cleansing.  I use the Clarisonic three times a week if I’ve been wearing more makeup and just twice if I haven’t .  The Clarisonic device beautifully stirs up and emulsifies the cream wash over my skin leaving it very silky.  What I’ve not super been enjoying is the fact that the scent of G Stuff’s wash (while fragrant, not stinky, you might like it) is just not my type, it’s quite a detergent sort of smell (but I can assure you it doesn’t contain any).  I will continue to hold my breath for the next few weeks while using that Good Stuff up(it really is), that’s just how it is when the smell gets to you.  Thankfully, just yesterday I spotted Burt’s Bees Intense Hydration Cream Cleanser which has clearly gone on a major mark down in Beauty Bar for their Valentine promos, major being down to Php278 from what used to be Php795.  Yea I know, what a huge price drop, making this promo price about half the price of any facial wash I’ve been using in the last couple of years like the Andalou one which also contains probiotics.  Let me tell you…this stuff is creamy and slippy, emulsifies, loves my face, and has a pleasant, mild scent.  My Clarisonic Mia 2 reciprocates fondly.  You don’t need a Clarisonic to enjoy this, it’s just as lovely between fingertips.

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SALE Php278.00 Until February 14 (Reg.price Php795) at Beauty Bar

Intensely hydrates, removes, dirt, oil, and makeup, and with Probiotic technology (lactobacillus…yakult?! lol)

“Our cream cleanser proves nature can create the most remarkable of things. Inspired by the Clary Sage plant’s ability to trap and retain moisture in its harsh environment, our natural cleanser hydrates your skin while leaving it super soft and oh-so supple.”

INGREDIENTS: aqua (water, eau), stearic acid, glycerin, sodium lauroyl glutamate, zea mays (corn) starch, ricinus communis (castor) seed oil, parfum (fragrance)*, citrus aurantium dulcis (orange) oil, salvia sclarea (clary) extract, lactobacillustheobroma grandiflorum seed butter, cera alba (beeswax, cire d’abeille), cocos nucifera (coconut) oil, olea europaea (olive) fruit oil, jojoba esters,hydrolyzed jojoba esters, citrus medica limonum (lemon) peel oil citrus aurantium amara (bitter orange) peel, polymnia sonchifolia root juice, zinc oxide, alpha-glucan oligosaccharide, propanediol, maltodextrin, tocopherol, xanthan gum, glycine soja (soybean) oil, arginine sodium lauroyl lactylate, potassium sorbate, sodium benzoate, phenoxyethanol, amyl cinnamal, citral, eugenol, hydroxycitronellal, limonene, linalool. _x000D_*natural fragrance

 

I didn’t like their other one, the Deep Cleansing Cream which had like a menthol effect that irritated my skin.  I had a hunch that this Intense Hydration one would be good and I love it when something totally exceeds my expectations.  It’s always a plus for me if a cream cleanser works well with a Clarisonic and rinses off easily without making your skin feel stripped.

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It contains 5 types of nourishing natural oils (no mineral oil) which you can feel within the cleanser glide over your skin under your fingertips, helping move makeup but not feeling greasy at the same time.  The formula emusifies beautifully when water comes into play.  Which is why I need to tell all of you because all those tubes of undiscovered intensely hydrating facial bliss are sitting on the Burt’s Bees counters with a fabulous formula that also sings with your Clarisonic (if you have one) at a super happy price until February 14.  Grab some skin love if you need a new 99% natural gently hydrating cleanser before the Burt’s Bees Vday promo ends in Beauty Bar.… To full post & COMMENTS...

What’s in Her Bag?| TRICIA CENTENERA Wears Beauty

Behold, Tricia Centenera cometh.  Soon to be crowned queen to YouTube’s Super Selfie King, Gabriel Valenciano, this Downunder-grown Filipina babe walks her line and evokes her own strain of effortless glamour.

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There’s a sensitive difference between countless fashion wannabes who throw on every “it” piece together and others who make limited style declarations and let their appearance speak for itself.  Tricia is of the regal latter, she’s a beautiful creature who knows what she likes, seals her lips with a smile, and wears it all well.  Since she has a knack for fashion and wardrobe pieces that stand out her makeup is more often than not very wearable and she has her own menu of what works for her.  Click through to the full post to find out what’s in her beauty bag.… To full post & COMMENTS...

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