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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!!

 

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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.

 

 

Pixi Beauty Bronzers | In “Suntouched” & “Summertime”

These are my new favorites.  What I’ve discovered about Pixi powder cosmetics is they have an excellently minimal amount of fallout with pigment you can build and a finish that doesn’t disappoint.  Even their mineral eyeshadow palettes have impressed me, but what had me completely zoned in next to their Endless Silky Eye pens are these beauty bronzers.  They’re sheer but not “meh” and have this ethereal satin finish that isn’t shimmery, there’s a bit of sparkle in the rosier beige, lighter shade “Suntouched” (which is like Tarte’s Amazonian Clay honey beige blush “Exposed” with a hint of rose) but nothing overwhelming or unattractive.  There’s one more shade in the range called “After Beach” glow which is more peach, but I don’t think they brought that one in locally.  My only pet peeve is it isn’t in a mirror compact but hey MAC blushes don’t have mirrors either, besides with formulas like these, I don’t care if I need to screw off a lid to get to it.

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PIXI Beauty Bronzers available for Php1040.00 from Glamourbox.ph online here and retail outlets like Pure Beauty and Commonthread Rockwell.

Silky, perfectly-pigmented bronzer that perks up skintone while looking natural + super soft kabuki for easy application.

This deluxe bronzing powder gives your complexion the warmth and luminosity of naturally sunkissed skin. Hydrating, silky-smooth & long-wearing, it also protects against free radicals.  Kabuki brush included.

Beneficial ingredients and what they do:

  • Mica provides dense natural pigment
  •  Vitamin E protects the skin

My current favorite is “Suntouched” which, I’m almost sure, is like a compact powder version of Bourjois Cream compact blush in shade 01 which Ruth of AModel Recommends loves as a drugstore favorite.  The other shade “Summertime” is an obvious contour product or bronzer, I love that it goes on light and you need to build it up so that you won’t go overboard.  By the way both of these are also lovely as subtle eyeshadow shades.  They have a sheer satin finish that give a great wash of color over the lid.

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“SUNTOUCHED” on bare skin

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“SUMMERTIME” on bare skin as  bronzer/contour product

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Each bronzer comes with a kabuki brush that is so soft to the touch you’ll be glad they came together. The palette on the left is the Mineral Eyeshadow Palette in “Copper Peach” which is so, so pretty and pairs up perfectly with my Endless Silky Eye Pencil in Bronzebeam which I reviewed here.  Review on the palette, soon.  Follow @pixibeautyPH and @pixibeauty on Instagram for more updates.

PIXI UK is also available at Ava.ph, seektheuniq.com, Pure Beauty boutiques (Serendra & Alabang Town Center), Commonthread Rockwell & Greenbelt 5, Plana Forma and select Snoe outlets.

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