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Happy Skin NEW Zz Zit Zapper Cream SPF20 | Oil-Free Grapefruit Goodness

If you liked Happy Skin cosmetics’ Ss Second Skin cream which boasted of its smoothly effective silicone-free formula as a wearable everyday base, then get ready for this!   Introducing their new Zz Zit Zapper Cream which is basically the Ss Cream but sheerer and with the power of Grapefruit antioxidants and skin brightening ingredients.  The Happy Skin team has never ceased to amaze me thus far with their awesome new products and they just keep rolling prettily with the punches.  Congrats Gals, you’ve come out with yet another good one!

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“This non-silicone foundation does not clog pores and is infused with Grapefruit Extract. Rich in antioxidants, grapefruit is touted as the new skin care secret. It effectively prevents skin acne and sebum oxidation, the trigger that starts pimples. It keeps troubled skin soft & supple, too. Wonder food Yoghurt Extract treats and minimizes the growth of acne bumps & plugs, and also serves as a skin brightener helping lighten scars & blemishes. Licorice Stem & Root Extracts act as anti-irritants that help reduce redness & irritation, thanks to their anti-inflammatory and skin soothing properties. Salicylic Acid helps exfoliate pores and eliminate the clogging residue that causes breakouts. This contains SPF 20 PA++ and is suitable for all skin types especially blemished skin.” Php1299 at Beauty Bar, Plains and Prints, and Rustan’sHappySkinCosmetics.com #happyskinbeauty

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One thing that came to mind when I saw this new Zz Cream release at a private bloggers’ launch last week was the ever popular Origins’ VitaZing, remember how popular that daytime base was about a year and a half ago?  It’s still an old favorite of many US and UK beauty enthusiasts till now.  It was the product to throw on when in doubt or on a lazy day.  Origins’ VitaZing was mainly a moisturizer with barely there coverage and it improved the complexion by depositing a complexion lifting radiant sheen while treating the skin as you can see in this photo example here. Well, Happy Skin’s Zz cream is similar.  It provides more coverage than VitaZing while also encouraging the development of brighter healthier skin, this formula is also better for oily skin since it’s oil-free and has some controlling properties.  While the Zz Cream claims to help treat and protect troubled oily skin it is still safe and suitable for all skin types, including sensitive types like mine.  Here’s a before and after shot.

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In these shots I’m wearing no base makeup at all and then in the after shot I applied the Zz cream evenly over my face and neck just with my hands and put on their classic lippie in “Crushing on You”.  I think the whole Origins VitaZing craze sort of explains to me why Happy Skin’s Zz cream has come out only in one shade.  It’s not mainly supposed to be a makeup base range as much as it is a complexion boosting treatment with coverage for skin that needs more fight to it against skin evil and pollutants.

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If you feel that the universal shade is still slightly too light for your own skintone even if it’s sheer my tip is to balance it out by setting it on top with your own shade of pressed powder to help balance the color and make it your own.  Happy Skin products are available at Beauty Bar, Rustan’s, and Plains and Prints outlets. Follow Happy Skin on Instagram @happyskin_PH and post your happy skin experiences using the hashtag #happyskinbeauty :)

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Celebrity MUA Gregory Arlt’s Desert Isle MAC Palette Picks

Hot off Instagram 2 hours ago Celebrity MUA Gregory Arlt posted the complete list of his custom to-go MAC palette contents, his desert island picks for blush and eyeshadow.  If you haven’t heard of the name Gregory Arlt, you should know him whether you are a budding makeup artist, beauty blogger, or makeup enthusiast.  He does professional makeup for the likes of Gwen Stefani and burlesque artist Dita Von Teese, those are only two names among many well-known people he does work for but those two say more than enough right?  He’s traveled the world giving beautifully done makeup demonstrations on behalf of MAC cosmetics.  “Like American Express, I don’t leave home without it!” he says.  For those among you looking to build a very wearable collection with MAC only products let his selection lead the way.  :)  It was BIG of him to share and I thought lots of you would want to know :).  You can follow him on Instagram and Twitter via @gregoryarlt

 

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Blushes: Well Dressed, Pinch O Peach, Margin, Style, Fleur Power, & Pink Swoon. Shadows: Dazzlelight, Shroom, Rice Paper, Phfloof!, All That Glitters, Naked Lunch, Kid, Omega, Coquette, Malt, Cork, Motif, Espresso, Embark, Shadowy Lady

 

Life, Makeup With Music, and Me :)

Hi, yes I know a bit of a huge setback there huh, but yes I am still here.  For those of you who haven’t been following my social media updates on the FB page and Instagram my father had his third hospital confinement since I arrived from New York in April.  He was confined in April, in May overnight for something different, and this June for another stroke.  While I was in New York he had already suffered from a handful of minor acute strokes and my mother was updating me via mobile while I was abroad.  When I came back I found that my father had quite significantly changed from how I remember him before I left for New York City, he was kind of  mentally grasping sometimes to complete statements he wanted to make, or he wanted to make a joke but would lose the thought and become sad, and my heart would melt with empathy.  God has been faithful because Dad is still well enough to walk around and play golf with assistance, but sadly his memory has been somewhat affected.  Right now he has a bunch of medications, follow-up checkups, and a restricted diet we all have to be hawks about since he has no caregiver so I’ve been having to adjust and I’ll admit I haven’t been 100% a saint about it half the time.  I’ve been having to deal.  Thank you for being understanding in this time of the blog being somewhat blank momentarily but please believe me when I say I really do not intend for it to stay this way for much longer, I want to be back AS IN BACK and with a bang.  In fact, I wanted to share something today.  While I was looking for some other older music by Regina Spektor I came upon one of her music videos, and while I might be the last person on the planet to see the art direction of her 2012 video release “How” (which is like a modern female rendition of Unchained Melody in my head lol)    I was absolutely delighted by the art direction and how beautifully styled Regina was that it has inspired me to blog again and create future features for the blog despite the circumstances.

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I like how porcelain skin was made the brief but done in a way that was somewhat vintage but not too dated.  I like that the makeup is present, noticeable, but applied in a restrained manner so that it doesn’t clash with the quirky yet effective art direction.

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There’s something muted yet simultaneously vibrant at the same time about this video.  I love how they made her coral lips the key vibrance in the art direction.  A current lipstick favorite right now in the blog community that people are raving about and that I’ve seen look similar online is Clinique’s Matte Mandarin from their new generation Long Last Soft Matte range (which isn’t a dead matte) lipstick and it is not yet available here on counters, I inquired at the Clinique Boutique (don’t you love how that rhymes) at SM Aura.  MAC Lady Danger would probably be close but a little more intense orange-y red, but Clinique Matte Mandarin which I saw Ruth of AModelRecommends wear and apply over here on YouTube looks to be somewhat of  a better softer match.  Embedded below is Regina Spektor’s quirky yet wistful music video for her song “How”.

Andalou Naturals Age Defying Starter Kit | Try 5 Deluxe Samples for Less

My appreciation for Andalou Naturals Apricot Probiotic Cleansing Milk goes without saying, it works well with or without my Clarisonic Mia2 and I have been wanting to try out their Super Goji Peptide Perfecting Cream and the Bio8 Berry Fruit Enzyme Mask from the same range.  But I have  a couple of full sized moisturizers and a serum on hand that I’ve currently been going through and you know how it is, that wouldn’t make sense to buy 2 full sized products both for full price.  I did note however that I’d used up most of my travel size mini skincare items which I take along with me on trips out of town or on overnight events, which led me to get the Andalou Naturals Age Defying Range starter kit which includes the cleansing milk I use as well as the two other items I wanted to try, the Perfecting Cream and Fruit Enzyme Mask.

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FRUIT STEM CELLS – Renews dormant Cells, awakens cells to behave younger, repairs damaged cells, increases cell longevity and vitality, regenerates healthy cells, stimulates healthy cell production.

for dry, very dry, and sensitive skin types. Php995 starter kit at Healthy Options

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It also comes with a toner and Night Cream.  At Healthy Options, you get all 5 Deluxe Travel sized samples for Php995, if you’ve got a rebate voucher on you as a frequent Healthy Options shopper then even better.  If you have sensitive to dry skin I highly recommend getting this to try out the range I like.  I also like how the back of the box is very clear about what each product does and there are Directions for Use at the back of each tube.  I highly appreciate brands that package their products in a way so that they try not leave out anything in terms of product info and application, plus this range does the job well without irritating my skin.  To be safe, if you want to try the starter kit for the first time do a small patch test first of any product along your jaw or neck before trying any on your entire face.

 

Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua Skin Perfecting Base | No Wonder They Love It

This has been around for a couple of years now.  It’s been generally labeled by the brand as an ultra light foundation and it’s been hailed by a healthy number of bloggers as the sheer, tinted moistie-ish (serious vocab butchery right here) luxury base that many of them return to when in doubt.  It’s even been used a number of times for red carpet looks.  Behold the unrivaled Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua.

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“The tiniest drop of this new hybrid fluid creates a fresh, natural complexion. Skin looks refined and feels refreshed, creating an exquisite makeup experience. The fluid formula has a soft, water-light texture, and comes in 10 shades that match perfectly to skin’s undertones, whether pink or beige. Dermatologist-tested. Noncomedogenic. Oil- free.

Winner of Allure magazine’s ‘Best of Beauty’ award for Best Light Coverage Foundation, 2013.” – source: Nordstrom 

The premium brand name apparently lays only partial claim on why it is well-loved.  I see and know why now.   I’ve been reaching for it constantly ever since I bought it in Duty Free HK for about $USD 51 on the way to New York last April.  I totally get it now.  CHANEL Vitalumiere Aqua truly has a special quality of its very own.  It’s been reviewed nearly countless times online but who cares  it certainly deserves a spot on my blog because of how much I use it, I think I’m going to run out soon.  Read more for the full post.

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