Goodness in beauty just got exciting. Do we ever find terrific budget dupes in the skincare department? Dupes in skincare of course have nothing to do with “payoff” or “finish” and more to do with the overall effect on your skin whether instant or over time. The question arises, is your skin left feeling the same wonderful way or in the same good condition as when you use the more expensive product you originally liked? I’ve praised the Pai Rosehip Bioregenerate oil several times over the last year and a half. That Pai oil was one of the skincare products I tried that delivered a difference OVERNIGHT when I mixed just a few drops with my moisturizer, relieving irritation and rebalancing my skin back to it’s supple self. But gosh it’s pricy and hard to source from the UK or Singapore. I’ve mentioned a couple of times that I prefer naturally sourced facial oils to serums for treating and nourishing my sensitive skin. My mother came home with a treat from Human Nature last night and my eyes widened, and as far as I can tell it’s the newest birth from their product range. Say hello to Human Nature’s Pure 100% Natural Rosehip Oil. Say hello to it for Php695.00, for a high grade treatment oil that isn’t bad. Human Nature claims it’s actually a multi-purpose treatment oil that can be used on any area of skin that needs healing or rebalancing. I wouldn’t even hesitate to try it on chapped lips or for ultra specific cases like soothing the browbone or upper lip area after you’ve waxed, shaved, or tweezed even. Mainly, however I prefer to use it to treat my whole face. Yup, you bet this went straight onto my face last night, two drops with my moisturizer.
INGREDIENT: 100% Natura Pure Rosehip Oil
“Step into the light with a new chapter of healing with Human Nature’s 100% natural, pure, premium grade Rosehip Oil. Cold-processed from top-quality rosehip fruit hand-picked and ripened to perfection, each potent drop is rich in vitamins and essential fatty acids that help improve skin elasticity, assist in skin regeneration, and reduce uneven pigmentation.
- Vitamin A and Beta Carotene help improve the turnover of skin cells
- 80% Fatty Acids (Omega 3, 6, 9) assists in regenerating and rebuilding the skin
- Vitamin C helps brighten the appearance of skin
Bridge skin recovery to radiant rebirth and let clearer, younger-looking skin spring forth.”
Pure is potent, that’s for certain. First, let me say, hats off to the gorgeous packaging, hello?! It’s a dainty glass bottle which suggests that Tarte’s Maracuja Oil (same push dropper) and Estee Lauder’s Advanced Night Repair eloped and had a beautiful budget baby…no, really LOOK! Even the box looks nice in photos. Did I mention the Heaven-sent fact that the product is fragrance free? I love how like a handful of us who have our ears to the ground are really starting to GET IT, what we actually need to be better in the local beauty industry. Look at me being all Michael Bay-ish with my flares. You’d think next up some Human Nature products were going to walk out hero style in slow motion to save the world.
The consistency of the oil is less dense that that of the Pai Rosehip Oil and more like Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate in liquid form. I put two drops into my moisturizer and slept overnight with it and woke up to rebalanced better skin. There was a small skin issue that felt instantly relieved by my use of this. Recently I’ve been having a bit of a problem with a small area on the right side of my face, a case of some ingrown hair near my jaw and ear causing pore inflammation or premature zits, the medical term being mild folliculitis which is an inflammation of some of the hair follicles near the sideburns by my right ear. My mistake was I kept trying to pick and pull in that area, or tried to tweeze the hair, but the problem would resurface. I was told recently by a dermatologist at an event that regular glycolic exfoliation helps prevent this (which of course I wasn’t doing). When I put two drops of this Rosehip oil with my moisturizer in one night the inflammation or irritation of the pores in that area=was reduced by half and is already better.
Tonight I actually want to try applying this purely and directly on the affected area without my moisturizer and see if this helps heal it more quickly over the next week. Overall just like the effect I get with the Pai Rosehip Oil my skin feels nourished and rebalanced and what I like is there’s no greasy feel in the morning when I wake up. I’m so happy I’ve found a local facial oil alternative it ticks all the boxes that matter AND it’s proudly Pinoy! You can purchase Human Nature’s Pure Rosehip Oil for Php695.00 from their online site shop here or check out Human Nature at their retail outlets, find a store near you from this list.
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!
“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’s – HappySkinCosmetics.com #happyskinbeauty
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.
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.
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
This is sort of a different mix, today is beauty blogging with a swirl of what’s personal in it. Many of you know it’s been a rough couple of weeks for me since we got home from hospital with Dad. While I haven’t been able to set my mind on certain things like makeup and cosmetics for anything other than work lately there are still a couple of beauty bits I won’t be without now simply because they’ve just basically been helping me feel better throughout all this. This post has to be one for the books in the sense that at a time when the last thing I wanted to think about was “stuff” this stuff just had to be around because they just worked period. Thankfully now we’ve hired a temporary nurse for Dad so that eases lots of the tension in the daily to-do area. Today, I did want to share about the products that bring me temporal comfort right now and sort of…cushion the scenario if you will. These are simple comforts that function as a sort of outer balm for my inner well-being. That’s what a bit of beauty or wellness loot can sort of help to achieve, right? Especially if they really excellently do what they’re supposed to. So straightaway now, here are my current feel-good picks.
1.) Burt’s Bees Fabulously Fresh Peppermint & Rosemary Body Wash (available at Beauty Bar)
I was having one of those teary-eyed low moments in the shower from stress (we girls get that when things are tough, right, no shame in it at all) and decided to try something different to change it up. I pulled this from my new Burt’s Bees arrivals and brought it with me to my Tita’s house when I slept over and to my surprise when I lathered it up in the shower the minty aromatherapy-ish scent filled the bathroom and GET THIS, GIRLS, I actually SMILED, I kid you not, the freakin’ bath gel made me smile upon catching the first whiff. Then I caught myself and stopped and looked at the bottle for details coz I thought it was like a Twilight Zone moment, you know, being in tears but then suddenly smiling by yourself in the shower LOL. Good job, Burt’s Bees, you can be sure I’m getting the full size of this, I hadn’t had a moment with a bath gel like that ever.
Yesterday’s morning walk…
2.) G Stuff “Touch of Awakening” Eucalyptus Rosemary and Thyme Massage Oil (Php500+ for 250ml)
Next to prayer there’s nothing that relieves anything faster than touch therapy. Seriously speaking, I don’t know how many bottles of this G stuff we’ve already consumed as a family for massages. The smell of Eucalyptus and Rosemary transports you from the bad to the good in just a few minutes. This is hands down (literally) my favorite massage oil because it doesn’t sit on top of the skin and after you actually feel soft instead of greasy! Like you know how sometimes after a massage you want to take a shower because of the oily feeling? It’s the opposite situation with this, I actually have a complete shower and scrub prior to the massage and after the massage I just go over myself with a dry towel and I feel super baby soft and put my clothes back on. One cousin of mine when she was abroad consumed a whole bottle which we gave her like super quick because it kept dry skin away better than any other cream or lotion she had with her. According to her it was working so well that when she ran out she fell into a bad mood lol! She kept asking where we got this. The products of the brand G Stuff are Virgin Coconut Oil based and the brand provides livelihood opportunities for local communities since profits go back to them. The G Stuff boutique we go to is at Rockwell but will try to edit in other locations where you can get them.
Prayers on paper…
3.) HURRAW Earl Grey Lip Balm (Vegan/ Cold pressed)
I’ve mentioned this way too many times, but yes it is a source of comfort to me. HURRAW, my favorite lip balm brand on the planet did the world a good thing when they thought up their Earl Grey Lip Balm. It’s my favorite tea flavor in a vegan cold-pressed oil lip balm, need I ask for more? Emma Thompson as P.L. Travers in Saving Mr. Banks said “Tea is balm for the soul.” Inquire via Cutieverse.com or @cutieverse on Instagram for where to get Hurraw locally
4.) Diptyque’s VIOLETTE (violet floral) scented candle 6oz $60, NYC
This Violette candle was a birthday gift from my cousin in NYC. We were happily exploring along Bleecker Street last April and we walked into Diptyque and as a sweet birthday gesture she told me she’d get this for me when she saw me smelling it. We have Diptyque locally but last I checked Rustan’s doesn’t stock this particular scent which is special. The smell of violets is unique because it’s a sweet floral…so there’s a tartness that isn’t fruity, I know it’s hard to imagine, you can only know what I mean if you smell this candle. To be clear, I haven’t lit this yet, but I will most likely tomorrow evening since the weather has cooled down already. What I have been doing recently is I have been taking it to my nose and sniffing it because it just smells sooo pretty.
5.) Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment Cream (with Avocado)
The normal thing would be to leave your eye cream at home, but as of a few weeks ago this made its home in my handbag for quite awhile, nestled anything but neatly in the side-pocket of my bag along with the ugliness of receipts, earrings, and my Earl Grey Lip Balm. Since the upset of our peaceful routine at home I hadn’t been putting much makeup on with the exception of mascara, brows, and concealer. I’d also been getting dryness around the eye area so seeing this in my hand bag it’s easy to remember to swipe some on my lids and under my eyes before or after I apply my mascara. It hydrates and absorbs quickly and does have that nourishing quality about it since it contains avocado. I needn’t mention to you anymore that this is Lisa Eldridge’s eye cream of choice at the moment, really not the least bit necessary to mention that, right? LOL. What also sold me on this was YouTuber Zoella’s testimonial of what it did for her eyes which were having a massive seasonal allergic reaction and dryness reaction(she said the skin under her eyes cracked) at the same time to something else. She couldn’t put anything else on with the exception of this eye cream by Kiehl’s which made it all better according to her.
“And now, Lord, for what do I wait? My hope is in Thee…” Psalm 39:7
We all go through some tough times and while I know for now this is but a season for me and my family it’s always a comfort to know there are simple steps we can take to being better and becoming better in general. I’m also grateful for the people who have sincerely cared about us and helped us whether through prayer or encouraging words. While personally and spiritually tried in these moments I’m deeply joyful, thankful, and excited for what God has in store for the next season in my life. I’m learning how to trust without the need for the “Why”, because that’s what true trust is all about, believing what He says and that He loves and cares for each one of us as we need Him to. The Father really knows what He’s doing all the time, even if we can’t see the sunlight which is actually always, always above and beyond the rain, but it’s never gone, just out of sight sometimes. I take comfort in knowing that His plan for each one of us is custom made and nothing at all is by accident. He will complete His work in us when He chooses to and to see it unfold will bring unspeakable joy.
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.
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
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.
I’ve reviewed the multi-purpose Dr. Woods Liquid Castile Soap range before here in this post which is practically the local dupe for the acclaimed Dr. Bronner’s castile soap range abroad. I’ve been using Dr. Woods to shampoo or deep clean my makeup brushes. Hundreds (possibly perhaps thousands by now) of beauty enthusiasts, makeup artists, and bloggers have taken to using gentler product alternatives to shampoo their makeup brushes so that facial skin is less likely to negatively react upon their use. Just when I thought my brush cleansing options couldn’t get any better, they did. I’m not saying I’ve got the scoop on these being new out, they’re probably not new, but I’m glad I spotted them. The solid bar soap versions of my favorite Dr. Woods Liquid Soaps. I purchased these for under Php250.00 each at Healthy Options.
My favorite variants are the unscented Baby Castile Soap for Sensitive Skin and the Peppermint Invigorating variants. – Php250.00 at Healthy Options
What makes it so much simpler to use is that now, unlike before, I don’t need to go through the whole process of diluting the liquid soap with water. I can just have my soap in a tray nearby, soak my brush, do several brush strokes over the soap bar, and begin lathering in my hand, then rinse. It’s that simple, no more mixing, measuring or diluting.
Here is a brush I just shampooed and dried after with a kitchen towel. A good thing to note is for some reason the soap potency in the bar seems stronger than the liquid range, just a few strokes with a wet brush over the cake and it lathers up manually on the brush very generously. It’s also a better alternative for makeup artists who travel a lot, just find a sturdy soap case to keep it in. Head on over to Healthy Options if you’d like to try out this range of castile soaps.