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MY MINI LUXE SKINCARE GIVEAWAY ‘TIL MAY 26

You guys know how I love to sweetly bait you all with a little giveaway love after a long absence.  Pardon the silence, two relatives from the same side in sad separate ways just happened to pass away on the same day early this week.  I was quiet before that took place but it extended my absence even longer.  So just before we begin our beauty journey once again I thought this time I’d turn on the cuteness with these miniatures in a giveaway.  Five of my high end skincare favorites all in mini form for one of you to own, aren’t they adorbs?  This giveaway is open until May 26th 12am (start of that day) and is nationwide only.

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VMV Hypoallergenics Armada Sport 70 Sunscreen, Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair, Pixi Glow Tonic (exfoliating toner), Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Multi-Purpose Dry Oil, and Aveda Botanical Kinetics Intense Hydrating Soft Creme

If I was going to use these products in order, for an evening session, I’d begin with the Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Oil all over my face to use as a cleanser/remover at the same time (note it doesn’t emulsify) and clear the makeup muck and residue off my face with a small wet, or very damp, flannel or towel (with excess water wrung out), making sure to remove any oily residue.  Mascara comes off so easily this way with the NUXE oil and it doesn’t sting my eyes.  Then next I’d go in with Pixi’s Glow Tonic exfoliating toner, do a quick sweep, leave it on for then apply a serum suited for sensitive skin like Estee Lauder’s Advanced Night repair which I’ve been using more regularly than any other serum for almost 3 years now.  If I’m feeling like I need a bit more plumping I’ll finish off with the Aveda Intense Hydrating Soft Creme moisturizer in the evening or the VMV Armada sunscreen (Sport 70 or Face Cover) instead during the daytime since it’s a sunscreen that feels like a light moisturizer anyway.

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ANDALOU 1000 ROSES MOROCCAN BEAUTY OIL

My late grandfather once said a couple of years ago that he wanted to give my maternal grandmother, 1000 roses…because she was the mother of his 9 children, and the love of his life.  The nostalgia that came over my mother when I showed her my recent beauty find was priceless.  Mom loves the scent of rose and I spotted this Andalou Naturals 1000 Roses Moroccan Beauty Oil while at Healthy Options yesterday.  It is GMO-free, sulfate-free, vegan and cruelty-free plus contains some of my favorite ingredients like jojoba, rosehip, hyaluronic acid, cranberry, and rosa centifolia oil.

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INGREDIENTS:
Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower), Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba), Rosa Canina (Rosehip), Punica Granatum (Pomegranate), Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry), Camelina Sativa, Argania Spinsosa (Argan) and Hippophae Rhamnoides (Sea Buckthorn) Oils*, Fruit Stem Cells (Alpine Rose, Malus Domestica, Solar Vitis) and BioActive 8 Berry Complex*, Soothing Complex: [Hyaluronic Acid, Magnolia Officinalis Bark, Phoenix Dactylifera (Date) Leaf Cell and Boswellia Serrata (Boswellin) Extracts], Sorbitol, Caprylic/Capric Triglycerides, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Aloe Barbadensis Extract, Camellia Sinensis (White Tea) and Aspalathus Linearis (Rooibos)*^, Citrus Tangerina (Tangerine) and Pelargonium Graveolens (Rose Geranium) Oils*, Rosa Centifolia (Rose) Oil

1000 Roses® Complex: Rosewater and rose essential oil evoke sensual and euphoric enhancing qualities with harmonizing constituents to soothe and soften delicate, dry, and sensitive skin.  Skin Soothing Complex (Hyaluronic Acid, Magnolia Bark, Boswellin and Date Leaf Extracts): Provides a protective moisture barrier with sensitivity pathway blockers to alleviate inflammation and inhibit skin reactivity.

The scent is a lovely true rose scent since it contains both Rose Geranium and Rose Centifolia oil.  I got this one for myself initially because my gift for Mom was different, but my brother has decided to treat her to this as well since it reminds her so much of my grandfather.  The initial texture and effect on my hand and eventually on my face was like the Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate but for only Php750 (more than 3x less the price of the Kiehl’s one).  I immediately remembered my grandfather with warmth…and since my Pai facial oil was nearing its past suitable mark I picked this up.  If you couldn’t afford a huge bouquet of roses and your mom isn’t quite into flowers and more into beauty products you may want to consider this as a last minute gift for her.  Available at Healthy Options, the range has several other products like creams and toners as well as a starter set with 4-5 travel size products.  This lovely video by Globe by the way, moved me to tears yesterday, indeed we all tend to overlook the constant concern our mothers have for us, let’s cherish them always.

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(SOLD) GENTLY USED CLARISONIC MIA 2

*UPDATE – SOLD to Genzel Habab*

I’ve had this lovely limited edition, polka-dotted pink Clarisonic Mia 2 sonic facial cleansing brush apparatus since 2014 (since my NYC trip) and it has served me well for the handful of times I’ve used it, which amounts to about 8-10 times.  *SOLD* I’m putting it up for sale (for Filipino residents only) not because I don’t love it, I do, it’s just that I don’t go to the beach or travel outdoors as much as I could be throughout the year (and that’s when I use it), in short, I don’t use this often enough.  The Clarisonic Mia 2 has two buttons for two cleansing speeds/intensity.

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The device has never been dropped, charges and performs like new and it only has mild water droplet stains visible under direct light.   Read on for more photos (ebay link removed after SALE was made).

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THE CAMPAIGN SORTIE BEAUTY EDIT

I’ll be jetsetting tomorrow and I’m just starting to get my gear together and charge everything like crazy.  I can barely remember what it was like to move stealthily sometimes from vehicle to vehicle on the campaign trail and document behind the scenes during the peak of summer.  I remember being armed with miniDV tapes and a camcorder.  I recall running alongside pickup vehicles to catch up, sometimes having to run and climb into the back before the whole convoy left me behind.  We’re not exactly Katniss this year, but we’ll have to step up.  You’re looking at my beauty picks for Kiko Pangilinan’s upcoming campaign sortie.  From what I know, it’s going to be hot, hot, hot!

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The book is about Kiko Pangilinan’s 2007 campaign when he decided to run as an independent candidate and won.  It was just nice to throw in a throwback.  This year he is running on the slate of the Liberal Party.  In 2007 I was just barely developing an interest in makeup and beauty so I have no recollection of what I brought that time.  Read on for a closer look at this edit and the full list.

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MY CUSTOM FAKE TAN, PROFESSIONALLY TESTED

There was something I whipped up slash concocted during my shoot for KC’s Closet (blogged about that here) that was highly effective.  It wasn’t particularly mentioned to me in advance but KC required a subtle more summery complexion which would also include tanning her arms.  These are things you learn on the job, that there will be random requests you didn’t foresee and you will have to make adjustments accordingly or be innovative.  I wouldn’t go so far as to say that I was extremely innovative, I just did what I could to meet the demand for lack of a specific product.  Having bronzing and tanning products for body as well is a default requirement for any makeup artist, that had slipped my mind for that day.  Had I not run out of my Chanel Soleil de Tan/Bronze Universelle bronzing balm I would have used that without question, but I used all of that up.  So, I improvised and this combo served me well.

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MAC Cosmetics Face & Body Foundation in C7, This Works In Transit Camera Close-Up Moisturizer/Primer Php1977 Sephora PH

An equal dollop of each mixed on the back of my hand saved the day, it did occur to me that I was speedily using up the only tiny bottle of my favorite This Works In Transit Camera Close-Up moisturizer lol, but KC’s neck, arms, and back were worth it.  It is after all, Victoria Beckham’s favorite priming moisturizer in recent years, information relayed by the one and only Val Garland.  Someone like Victoria tweeting about one specific product usually kind of breaks the internet temporarily.  MAC Face and Body foundation  is a thinner, runnier foundation also sold in jumbo bottles (Jigs Mayuga stocked up loads for the last Bench Naked Truth lingerie show).  It is hailed as one of the most flexible on-set liquid foundations that doesn’t contain SPF and looks like actual skin.  It is a modeling and fashion industry standard known for its thin, runny consistency, transfer-proof formula (best for changing clothes) and its juicy but not excessively dewy finish.  It carries nearly invisible but buildable coverage and also works if set with powder.  Makeup artists also love the fact that MAC Face & Body foundation comes in options of Jumbo wholesale and/or travel-friendly size bottles. Read on to see the results of the combo I used.

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