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The Body Shop Nutriganics Softening Cleansing Gel Oil | A 98% Natural Option and a Bonus Fave

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.

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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

INGREDIENTS:

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

 

 

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One Year of Happy Skin Makes Us Happy | Online Store Now Worldwide & New Stuff

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!

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Here’s a sneak peek at some of their new stuff with full reviews to follow ;)

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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!!

 

My Ellana Minerals Workshop, THE REPEAT! | For Oct.18, Saturday, Makati

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

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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 probinsiyana@gmail.com if you have any questions.  There’ll be yummy food and drinks, too!  Reserve your workshop slot now at this link! 

Bioderma Cicabio Soothing Repair Cream | Bioderma Skincare Soon via Watsons

The beautysphere is buzzing with the arrival of Bioderma in Manila soon at Watsons.  Makeup artists hoard their famous Sensibio Crealine micellar water for makup removal but the French Pharmacy range actually has an entire range of skincare for varying skin types.  You know, a huge makeup post was supposed to go up, and it will perhaps tonight, but I decided to put this in the lead for today due to a lasting, immediate first impression I got from something I received…given the weather change and my skin kind of being here and there in terms of condition.  I just received my Bioderma French skincare items yesterday from their launch and I used this Cicabio Cream of theirs (suitable for adults, children, and babies) which is sort of supposed to be a targeted repair treatment for tender, irritated skin. I went beyond the suggested use and decided to apply it before bed like a light moisturizer to see what it would do.  Amazingly enough, without the aid of a serum or treatment oil, this did nothing short of  help fix and rebalance my entire face in just one night!  And yes, it is fragrance-free…

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Properties: Fragrance-free formula. Colorant-free. The beige colouring is natural and comes from the active ingredients.  Prevents the bacterial proliferation, hypoallergenic.  The first repair care for damaged, irritated, non-oozing skin that accompanies every stage of epidermal reconstruction.

• Cicabio Crème targets every stage of skin reconstruction to promote perfectly restored skin.
• The synergetic combination of Resveratrol and Copper promotes high-quality skin regeneration.


• The Copper-Zinc complex prevents bacterial proliferation.
• Hyaluronic acid, a major skin component recognised for its regenerating capacity, provides optimal moisturising.


• Cicabio Crème’s Antalgicine® Complex, a BIODERMA innovation, rapidly relieves the sensation of discomfort and reduces the urge to scratch.


• The patented natural D.A.F. complex (Dermatological Advanced Formulation) increases the skin’s tolerance threshold.

Ingredients
WATER (AQUA), GLYCERIN, ETHYLHEXYL PALMITATE, FRUCTOOLIGOSACCHARIDES, ZINC OXIDE, OCTYLDECANOL, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, POLYACRYLAMIDE, MANNITOL, XYLITOL, RHAMNOSE, LAMINARIA OCHROLEUCA EXTRACT, COPPER SULFATE, ZINC SULFATE, SODIUM HYALURONATE, VITIS VINIFERA (GRAPE) VINE EXTRACT, ASIATICO-SIDE, ASIATIC ACID, MADECASSIC ACID, C13-14 ISOPARAFFIN, OCTYLDODECYL XYLOSIDE, PEG-30 DIPOLYHYDROXYSTEARATE, CAPRYLIC / CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE, LAURETH-7, LAURETH-3, HYDROXYETHYLCELLULOSE,ACETYL DIPEPTIDE-1 CETYL ESTER.

40 ml tube PRICE: PHP915.20 (from select dermatological clinics and soon (within this month probably) from major Metro Manila SM Watsons retail outlets (SM Megamall, SM Southmall, SM North Edsa, SM Aura, SM Makati, SM Mall of Asia). Price abroad is about $16.95 USD.

Bioderma Cicabiois really a NEW repairing range.  The Cicabio Cream contains hyaluronic acid, grapevine extract, and the active ingredient Antalgicine® which helps soothe any itch or irritation.  It was originally purposed for minor skin damage (after sunburn or a skincare reaction), irritation/inflammatory breakouts, or as skin aftercare  following  intense dermatological or laser treatments.  While I wouldn’t specifically recommend it for daily use like a regular moisturizer on your entire face (though it is gentle enough because it was also developed for babies) I would if your skin happens to be having a bad spell and needs a reboot.  I recommend applying this before bed and if you’re sensitive only apply to affected irritated areas (best to show it first to your derma if you are unsure)…usage 2-3x a week maybe.

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If some of you have been itching (pun unintended) to try skincare like Hada Labo, Embryolisse, or Oilatum Natural Repair (made popular by Pixiwoo’s Nic Chapman) I’ll tell you now that with Bioderma Cicabio cream it’s like someone took all 3 of those products, took the best parts about them, and made them work together in one gentle product with its own highly researched and tested formula.  If you’ve been wanting to try a moisturizer or cream that compares with Embryolisse (but is fragrance-free) try this, it’s less rich on the skin and doesn’t leave a greasy finish.  The price is quite reasonable for a 40ml tube as long as you use it only twice to thrice a week before bed.  I really wouldn’t use it everyday because of a couple of active ingredients.  It’s a bit too rich to slap on in the morning as a day cream but leaves my skin feeling awesome the next morning when used overnight.  I’d also be inclined to use this in the crook of my arm and behind my knees where my eczema patches tend to flare up once in awhile.  Watch out for this at the Watsons stores I mentioned above, it should be available I’m guessing mid or late October and retails at Php915.20.

 

Join My SEPT. 27 Ellana Makeup Workshop!

A huge, huge hug to the team of Ellana Minerals!  This coming September 27 , Sat, from 1-4 PM I’ll be teaching a workshop at their La Fuerza Makati showroom (near Don Bosco on the outside of San Lorenzo Village, Makati.)  Hoping to see you there :)  To find out how to join the details are here beneath the poster or go directly to this Ellana link here to reserve your slot. :)  Downpayment for the reservation by the way is Php1000.00 (not sure why the workshop link says Php500 at the moment..maybe they updated the downpayment amount), don’t worry just add the reservation fee option to your cart at that link and you’ve reserved a slot.

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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 includes 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. We only have 10 slots so hurry before they get filled up!

We hope to see you there!

If you’ve fretted and fussed over mineral makeup and powder products and also products like eyshadow, contour, and blush then this is the workshop for you.  Learn how much powder to put on where to apply and other tips, shortcuts, and tricks I like to use as a professional.  Hope to see you there!  Don’t hesitate to leave any questions in the comments or email me at probinsiyana@gmail.com.

 

 

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