I’ve mentioned Belo Sun Expert sunscreens in the past and I love how their sunscreen lotions feel “better” over the skin compared to some regular sunblock formulas that can feel super pasty and sticky. I’ve tried their standard SPF60 sun expert body lotion and the SPF40 sun expert facial lotion. Both kept me protected from the slightest burn during a whole day football tournament my brother had over a year ago, I think I only reapplied once on my shoulders in the afternoon and the formula didn’t give me difficulty when soaping in the shower afterwards. I didn’t think they could do better but when team Belo sent me a Sun Expert package this new product caught my eye. Sunblock with high protection that you’re not supposed to see!
BELO SPF50 TRANSPARENT MIST, Php449.75 100ml (Non-sticky, quick-drying, cell protection, hypoallergenic) suitable for face and body
DO NOT SPRAY DIRECTLY ON FACE, spray on hands first then apply to face.
• Provides broad-spectrum protection against UV rays
• With Cell Protect® Technology that strengthens the skin’s defense system, maintaining healthy skin while preventing accelerated premature skin aging
• Anti-aging • Sprays at any angle • Quick absorbing with even coverage • Non-sticky •Water resistant •Immediate effectivity (no waiting time) •Mild cooling effect •Paraben-free
• Hypoallergenic and dermatologist tested (precaution: flammable prior to drying)
What I like about this product is that you can’t see it, it’s practically invisible…though I would like to fully understand better how it provides high SPF50 protection information is somewhat limited. It’s great applied under makeup and I’ve tried it under Benefit Cosmetics’ BIG Easy cream and once this transparent mist has set (after about 5-8 minutes) it didn’t mess with that makeup base which I applied on top which is a wonderful thing for a sunscreen for makeup lovers in the summer. If I’m not mistaken it’s a rare, invisible high protection formula that shouldn’t flash back on cam (but don’t take my word for it, test it yourself, on that point I am assuming). I patted and spread it across my clean face after spraying it onto my palms first. Read more to get the full review.
I wasn’t wrong, but I wasn’t right either…according to a certain reader, anyway, and this time I was so happy to be wrong. Basically it began when one reader months ago hinted that I should stock up on my favorite Le Couvent Des Minimes Gentle Cleansing Milk because a certain saleslady in SM told her Le Couvent Des Minimes Skincare was soon going to vanish completely from SM Watsons beauty floors, and true enough they seemed to forever be on sale, which was worrying me. ‘Til finally I went to SM myself 2 weeks ago to see if rumors were true and if I could still score a bottle. They were completely sold out of the cleansing milk in SM Makati and the salesgirl there told me with her own lips that the brand was going to be pulled out soon, in fact it had already been “pulled” from several branches. Then suddenly, something odd, another reader, E, as we shall call her, checked in SM Aura and they had just FULLY, FRESHLY, restocked on Le Couvent Des Minimes a few days ago. I was like “What?!”. According to her, the saleslady over there naman confirmed that they had started pulling out of various SM branches but then suddenly, as the story goes, the “owner” or person in charge changed her mind about pulling out and fully restocked on LCDM. Sooooo…
Just showing last year’s holiday set which features the two products I like most from LCDM’s Beneficial Rose range (Cleansing Milk and moisturizer).
So please pardon the misinformation but it really was very confusing since more than one saleslady confirmed LCDM being pulled out and a couple of readers kept warning me to restock because that’s also what they were being told, but like I said I’m happy I was somewhat wrong this time. I wonder how long it will be before they restock all the Le Couvent Des Minimes counters, or if they’ll be keeping this brand exclusive to certain branches of SM beauty only. Right now “E” says you can find the brand at SM Aura, if I elbow you there don’t take it personally, haha!
Perk up that summer selfie with Benefit Cosmetics’ two new “babes”, these makeup bits are as cute as ever! This summer step out with Benefit’s two new eye-catching products. First in line is their NEW Big Easy Oil-Free Liquid-to-Powder base (“Better Than BB”) with SPF35 to protect gorgeous you from harmful UV rays, and candy-crushin’ Lollitint their lilac/orchid color-of-the-year inspired (aren’t we hyphening lots today) lip and cheek tint. I’m going to use both these products together when I show you because it just makes a whole lot more sense that way :). This is a quickfire reaction and review!
BIG EASY SPF35, 35 mL / 1.18 US fl. oz. (Php2000.00)- BIGGER than BB! Why? Two reasons. First, big easy balances moisture & controls oil. Second, the cushiony liquid-to- powder formula melts in like a cream, yet finishes lightweight & velvety like a powder. This multi-balancing complexion perfector gives light-to-medium natural coverage to even out skintone and conceal imperfections. Non-comedogenic. Oil-free. (Available in 6 shades)
LOLLITINT 12.5 mL / 0.42 US fl. oz. (Php1700)- Our candy-orchid tint treats lips & cheeks to a “pop” of dreamy sweetness. It’s the flirtiest flush you can get from a bottle…and its smudge-proof, smooch-proof color lasts from A.M. to P.M. Talk about stain power! (For a heavenly flush apply hervana orchid-blossom blush on top of lollitint.)
First thoughts on BIG Easy, it’s basically, generally Benefit’s version of BB Cream. The coverage is sheer to moderate and I’m pretty sure you can build it up, however it does tend to feel moderately heavy because of the higher level of sun protection. It smells mildly of standard sunscreen, the smell that the general, urban public have on them when they head out to shore, nothing offensive. The smell is clean and standard issue. I like the non-dewy, fresh finish of this, OOTDs in the sun will need less blot sheets on hand. Read more to get the full review, see application, and also check out Benefit Lollitint!
I’ve found so far what has proved to be more than worthy as my replacement cleanser by Andalou Naturals at Healthy Options and it’s actually cheaper than my previous, well-loved Cleansing Milk. This is the Andalou Naturals Apricot Probiotic Cleansing Milk for Dry & Sensitive Skin (from the Age Defying range, when it’s something THAT specific, it’s usually good). My skin is short of REJOICING at the moment. I was supposed to blog about this new probiotic, ph-balanced no-nasties formula in a week but it’s made such a difference in 3 days of using it day and night that I can’t stand not telling you about it. That’s a step UP from the performance of my previous cleanser which maintained, minimally soothed, and hydrated my pretty good skin but didn’t clear up small problems which kept repeating themselves. This new Andalou cleansing milk costs nearly Php300 LESS than my old one. It’s a first in my book that their “Age Defying” range (purple themed) is the selection that’s particularly formulated for “dry & sensitive skin” (they have other ranges for varying skin types) and the words “probiotic”, “fruit stem cells” and “cleansing milk” just made me give this a go since I needed a replacement soon. This performed well beyond my expectations as a slightly more affordable cleansing substitute. When this light cleansing cream (it’s more a lightweight cream that emulsifies than a milk) glides over your face at first you’re like “How can something that at first feels like nothing do something?”…trust me, for me it did more than just “something”. On the first day a few minutes after I rinsed this off I knew my skin liked this and a few hours later I knew I had just made a major, personal discovery but I let 3 days pass to further validate my observations.
Andalou Naturals Apricot Probiotic Cleansing Milk for Dry & Sensitive Skin, Php549.00 178ml
“Fruit Stem Cell Complex and probiotic microflora calm irritation and stimulate cell turnover for improved dermal immunity. Nourishing aloe vera, apricot and borage oils gently loosen and remove make-up and impurities, while restoring intracellular moisture and a healthy glow. For clean, nourished skin and a restored complexion.” – ANDALOU NATURALS (PH Balanced & Hypoallergenic)
Aloe Barbadensis Juice*, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Oil*, Vegetable Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglycerides, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Oil, Prunus Dulcis (Almond) Milk, Glyceryl Monolaurate, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetyl Alcohol, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Probiotic Complex (Alpha-Glucan Oligosaccharide, Polymnia Sonchifolia Root, Maltodextrin and Lactobacillus), Fruit Stem Cells (Malus Domestsica, Solar Vitis) and BioActive 8 Berry Complex*, Resveratrol, Ubiquinone (CoQ10), Vitis Vinifera (Grape Seed) Polyphenols, Allantoin, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Mangifera Indica (Mango) Butter, Hibiscus Rosa-Sinensis Extract*†, Rosa Canina (Rosehip) and Borago Officinalis (Borage) Oils*, Phenethyl Alcohol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Agathosma Capensis (Buchu) Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil*
*Organic † Fair Trade Made naturally without GMO’s, gluten, paraben preservatives, petrochemicals, phthalates, sulfates, synthetic colors, dyes and fragrances. Verified Gluten-Free 100% Eco-friendly, Vegetarian & Cruelty-Free, All Andalou products have been tested by the Food Allergy Research & Resource Program (FARRP)
Most of you have read about my being disappointed that Le Couvent Des Minimes French skincare is soon about to leave SM and Philippine shores by end of March and you also know I’ve been highly dependent on their Beneficial Rose facial range, especially the cleansing milk and moisturizer (I have about less than 2 half bottles left of LCDM cleanser). Andalou Naturals I’ll admit is a bit of a risk substitute because niche botanical brands like Andalou in niche stores like Healthy Options sort of give you an uncertain feeling about how long their ranges will be around for but for now I’ll just be grateful I found a replacement. It still contains Rosehip which I believe in as a skin ingredient. That word “restored” up in the product description is exactly how my skin began to feel after 2 days minimum. Andalou Naturals botanical use of berries and plants reminds me of Essie Button’s favorite skincare brand Antipodes. When I researched “probiotics in skincare” what came up in the search was another highly-acclaimed, but nearly unreachable, Tatler awarded foreign brand Aurelia Skincare, the range that advanced skin facialist and expert Caroline Hirons and Youtuber ChelseaWears highly recommend (Caroline likes the cleansing balm, Chelsea loves the serum). Note, C. Hirons is the expert and Chelsea of ChelseaWears on YouTube is the honest everyday consumer like you and me who swears (sometimes excessively) by the Aurelia Revitalize & Glow Probiotic Serum. We DO NOT have Aurelia Skincare locally but my guess is Andalou Naturals at Healthy Options comes close as a good-enough budget version with the probiotic benefits of the Age Defying range for Sensitive skin (something that sounds tailor fit for me). Read more to get my full review, this is sort of a long one because I talk about my skin and mention probiotics among other things.
It’s frustrating that my favorite working facial skincare range, Le Couvent Des Minimes is pulling out of the Philippines but I won’t be pretentious and say I’m depressed, I’ll live, but grr. It’s skincare for goodness’ sake. In case you didn’t read my past reviews Le Couvent Des Minimes is a French skincare range that is part of the brand family of L’Occitane and Melvita and I was more than pleased that SM actually brought it in about a year ago. The packaging is gorgeous and is like a more affordable version of L’Occitane (almost half price). The Beneficial Rose facial range is perfectly suited to my skin type, dry-sensitive. It’s not purely vegan as a brand like 100 Percent Pure but the amount of botanical ingredients integrated into the LCDM formulas is impressive and I like that the range is paraben-free and tries not to include mineral oil. I had a strong feeling this botanically sound brand wouldn’t last here…one thing might be is that the brand name is not easy to read for many Filipinos. Even I get lazy to say the whole brand name when someone asks me what facial cleanser I use and that’s not very good for word of mouth marketing. I’ll survive and maybe I’ll find something that works for slightly less, but I really must say that I’m super annoyed that LCDM (it’s a mouthful) is being phased out locally from SM department stores probably due to the lack of volume sales. It’s still available in Europe and here Le Couvent Des Minimes has a US website so for those with GCASH amex or relatives in the States you’re still good I guess. Sigh*. My favorite product from the range, their Gentle Rose Cleansing Milk is practically sold out already, salesladies had none to offer. They still had this accompanying moisturizer to the cleansing milk, and I’m nearly tweaking my own ears for not giving the sister moisturizer a go last year. This is LCDM’s Beneficial Rose Complete Moisturizing Cream
KEY INGREDIENTS: Aqua/Water, Glycerin, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Damask Rose Floral Water, Rosa Centifolia Flower Extract, Sunflower Seed Oil, Gallic Rose Seed Milk, Wild Rose Seed Milk, Wild Rose Hip Polyphenol, Rosemary leaf extract, Vitamin E
Clearance sale at SM 50% off, Php649 from Php1299
To appease my sad discovery that the Gentle Cleansing Milk was no more, I got this Beneficial Rose Complete Moisturizing Cream (now on clearance sale at 50% off, Php649 from Php1299) which they are still selling, NO mineral oil, parabens or colorants. So it seems I’m on a moisturizer kick, I reasoned with myself that it ought to be the last thing I try before the brand disappears from the face of Manila. Read more to get the full review.