Skincare

POND’s Flawless White BB Cream SPF 30 | Photogenic Dupe for my Shiseido Hydrating BB Cream

This is practically the first POND’s review I have ever done, because this product gets a huge thumbs up from normal-to-sensitive-combo-skin me.  I put this review up quickly because it looks so good in photos, and I keep checking myself in the mirror ‘coz I’m pretty impressed I’m totally ignoring the fact that it’s a whitening product.  It just looks exceptionally good and photogenic on the face for a grocery and department store brand base.  It not sticky, not greasy and lifts the complexion when you put it on and I’m surprised the Light shade which looks a wrong sort of grey tone before application actually helps counteract sallow tones on my face (if we’re talking perfect shade I’m a blend of both shades but I like how Light lifts my face in appearance, but I mix a little bit of Beige in).  For normal skin gals, you won’t even need to set it with powder, maybe at the very least just have blot sheets handy this summer if you use this.

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“Looking for the best BB Cream*? The Pond’s Institute developed Pond’s Flawless White BB+ Cream (Php299.00)—a whitening cream and lightweight foundation in one—giving both skin care and makeup benefits. Use Pond’s BB+ Cream to achieve a flawless, no-makeup look.

Special Ingredient

GenActiv™

Two potent ingredients, Niacinamide and 12HSA, regulate the genes that control melanin production.

 

  • Compared to other BB Creams, it is less likely to cause pimples because it’s less sticky and helps control oil the whole day. No need to apply powder afterwards.
  • Compared to a CC Cream, it gives better coverage without the sticky feeling, aside from Pond’s expert skin care formula.

 

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I like Pond’s as a brand and all their efforts to bring new affordable products out, it’s just that my mareklamo face usually doesn’t do too well with a few of the other products they have that are scented, but like for example who doesn’t love their classic Cold Cream?  This BB Cream base is scented, but not heavily, I had to swatch, smell, and repeat to really spot how much fragrance was in there, not that much, thankfully.  Click to continue reading the full post and see high-definition photos of me wearing this product.


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Top Shelf Talk | Updated Skincare February 2015

Since I saw one of my followers and online IG inspiration, Sarah Loves Makeup, suddenly get featured on IntoTheGloss.com for her ITG Top Shelfie I figured I’d join in.  Who knows, right?  You simply shoot your current products on your bathroom shelf or wherever shelf you keep them and use the hashtag #ITGtopshelfie in your post.  If it snaps up the Glossy gang’s interest they’ll contact you and request to feature you and give you what basically is a global introduction at the top of the beautysphere.  So whether or not this makes it up there here it is.  My current skincare picks (which I update on the blog every 6 months anyway).  I’ve linked the individual reviews to the products listed below.

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NEKKID Beauty Cleansing Cream, Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair II serum, L’Occitane Fresh Gentle toner, 100 Percent Pure Tomato Lycopene Face Cream moisturizer, Burt’s Bees Intense Hydration Cream Cleanser with Clary Sage, Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting  8% Glycolic Acid AHA Gel, and unseen in photo is the Yves Rocher Micellar Water with tea in it which I used to remove any remaining makeup.

The serum mentioned which is Estee Lauder’s Advanced Night Repair can be used day or night contrary to popular opinion, it was Guardian beauty journalist and Pretty Honest book author Sali Hughes who cleared that up.  Estee Lauder’s ANR, quite a gentle serum, is actually quite a stable,healing formula and is even safe to use on children NOT as a facial treatment but more of like a healing formula over arms or legs, over itchy, irritated skin patches like at the beach for example if something external sets off a reaction.  It was one of their global makeup artists who told me in person that while on holiday he takes this away with him and has used it now and then on his nieces or nephews if ever they got a reactive skin itch, he would smooth it over that area to soothe them.  My favorite item in this post is actually my delicate glass tasseled sparrow jar for cotton pads (I ran out hence the balls), which is a gift from Mom.

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It’s so delicately fashioned and light I thought it was plastic when she first gave it to me, it isn’t, it’s real glass, it actually looks like it was glass blown, maybe not but maybe yes.  This is my favorite top shelf thing of the moment.  What’s yours?

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NEKKID Unscented Cleansing Cream | Gently Gets Your Face Nekkid

Local indie bath and body beauty brand NEKKID has slowly been making waves, sweetly entering the biz with supple jazz hands under the intimate direction of seasoned professional makeup artist, Sabs Hernandez-Dy Liacco.  You may have remembered me mentioning indie brand Haus of Gloi in the past, sadly their international shipping costs have hiked up a great deal, making me have to stop repurchasing my favorite bubbling scrubs for now.  I was sent a couple of items from Sabs’ brand to try, but I totally zoned in on NEKKID’s Unscented Cleansing Cream for obvious reasons.  It has an ingredients list I can count on less than both hands.

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NEKKID Unscented Cleansing Cream Php350 for 200g, click here to purchase

INGREDIENTS: Almond oil, beeswax, xanthan gum, pure aloe vera gel, vegetable glycerin, Vitamin E oil, Vitamin A oil

“I didn’t want to include chemicals na hindi ko ma-pronounce, so it’s for women who wear light makeup talaga.  Xanthan gum is used as a thickening agent lang in both food or in cosmetics, it is also used as a stabilizer in cosmetic products to prevent ingredients from separating it’s the almond oil that dissolves the makeup fast (light makeup, not waterproof makeup) , and the vegetable glycerin makes the skin retain moisture.”

– SABS HERNANDEZ DY-LIACCO, The Makeup Maven

I’ve tried this lovely cleanser twice and for the price of Php350 and for the amount you get it is great.  The texture is like cold cream but it goes slippy over the face (thanks to the almond oil and aloe) then emulsifies well when combined with water, it’s not like those cleansing creams out there that pretend to be more than just a cream but don’t rinse off with water properly, you will get a proper rinse with this I assure you.  I noted that it removed most, but not all of my makeup (the primer I had underneath was sort of waterproof) but it just means if you go over your face quickly with makeup remover first even in a dash this cream can help finish the job for you.  If you wear light mineral makeup and/or non-waterproof foundation that will certainly come off. This feels extremely similar to the Burt’s Bees Intense Hydration Cream Cleanser I talked about a few posts ago, but with a much shorter ingredients list and no fragrance, *clicks heels in mid-air*.  I highly recommend this for girls with dry to sensitive skin.

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It goes on slippy coz of the Almond oil which allows for some massage action and it rinses off cleanly, just what I want in a cream cleanser.  Perhaps the only suggestion I’d like to put out is that they perhaps make a smaller 100g version in a pump bottle or tube that’s easier to bring for travel (and will extend shelf-life), but I see this cleanser still coming along on beach trips with me because hydrating facial massages are in high-demand after baking under the tropical sun.  It’s probably also a good comforting after-sun cleanser for your tender face.  NEKKID Beauty products are currently not yet consigned anywhere for retail but for now you can explore the brand and purchase their products here at NekkidManila.Weebly.com.  I’m so proud of you Sabs, and so excited for more stuff from NEKKID Beauty!… To full post & COMMENTS...

Create DIY Summer Sheet Masks | NIVEA Cleansing Wipes and Your Hydrating Mist

Between Lisa Eldridge’s sparking a storm with her Korean haul and Pat McGrath mentioning her staple mask selection for surviving fashion week it isn’t a wonder that sheet treatment masks are having quite a moment globally and they are more commonly an Asian find.  If you don’t know what a sheet mask is they’re packeted treatments for the face and are essentially what appears to be a wipe but are pre-cut to fit the face and juiced up with either a hydrating, rejuvenating, or serum treatment.  One of my first few features on this blog were Korean sheet masks which I tried with Mom.  The only thing that turns me off about sheet masks is I’m very particular about what goes on my face and sometimes even with the convenience of hundreds of variants sealed in large sachets to choose from…I’d like to know what’s on mine exactly since I break out easily with certain chemical combinations.  So I thought why not DIY my own using  my NIVEA Gentle Facial Cleansing Wipes?

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NIVEA Gentle Cleansing Wipes are great for creating sheet masks for me because they’re alcohol-free, and contain almond oil, and Hydra IQ for added hydration, but you can jazz them up with your own toner/spray treatment.

(25 pcs. Alcohol-Free) w/ Natural Almond Oil & Hydra IQ Php140 “removes makeup and waterproof mascara”

I didn’t research on DIY sheet masks…the concept came suddenly (I’m sure not very originally, it’s a natural possibility that comes to mind looking at a face wipe), and eventually presented itself as something very obvious given the material of wipes.  My favorite wipes of the moment are the NIVEA Gentle Cleansing Wipes which I think, given that they’re alcohol-free and made for sensitive skin, would make very good summer sheet masks.

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These would be good when juiced up with either an After Sun spray or your favorite toner because truthfully no wipe is wet enough to be a sheet mask, they all need help to be something more.  This takes a bit of time and like me you might end up with a couple of wrong ones but trying to get it right for me became therapeutic, and unfolding them to see how off I was at first made me laugh.  It’s a laught trip thing to do with friends at the beach for example.  Click through to the full post to see how I did my DIY sheet mask.… To full post & COMMENTS...

L’Occitane Alcohol-Free Fresh Gentle Toner | Soo Nice it’s Got Me Toning Again

I side-stepped that blessed second skincare step for a year.  For the whole of 2014 for some reason I’d lost my love for toning in my skincare routine, I just went for the bare minimum at one point, cleansing and moisturizing and I think I had the odd very rare day of exfoliation.  My skin was breaking out in the last quarter and was reeling from neglect especially from the months of September to November last year.  I was loitering about Central Square mall the day before Valentine’s and I really didn’t believe I’d find anything I needed in L’Occitane. not meaning to snub them but I always saw it as the brand I’d give to other people but never really purchase for myself because nothing interested me other than their Almond Shower oil back then…until I sprayed this lovely liquid over the back of my hand which smelt tenderly of a romantic, sleepy summer.  First word that came to mind when I smelt L’Occitane’s Fresh Gentle Toner was “beach”.

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L’Occitane Fresh Gentle Toner, Php1050.00

“The two-in-one Shea Butter Gentle Toner removes make up as it tones and refreshes.  The Gentle Toner is a gentle alcohol-free toner that respects all skin types. Enriched with shea extract and floral waters (orange blossom , cornflowers), it completes make-up removal and tones skin. Your skin will be soft and your complexion will feel fresh.”

I found that this for me is like a slightly more emollient, comforting version of Bioderma crealine.  It hydrates with glycerin and floral extracts of orange blossom and cornflower.  This toner-slash-makeup-remover-slash-moisture-kick is also supposed to be used as a refreshing mist to top up your skin (body can be, too) in the middle of the day, but unlike Caudalie’s best-selling face mist this at least won’t hurt the eyes.  It can be confusing because they also have a L’Occitane “Fresh Face Water” in the US and this one I have is listed as the “Fresh Gentle Toner” on the L’Occitane Australia website.  The key of mine is in the two French words following Tonique Douceur on the bottle I have, Nettoie & Demaquille “cleans and removes makeup”…so I guess that’s the difference of this from just the Gentle Toner Tonique Douceur without “Nettoie & Demaquille” on the bottle. Can one product really do this much?  Cleanse, remove makeup, and tone?  I was just so happy about how the back of my hand felt after spraying this from that tester of theirs, really hydrated and soft, and the dried foundation splotches on the back of my hand were gone.  Click to read the full post, LOL yea I know what a brochure of an intro.  I never cease to amaze.… To full post & COMMENTS...

NEW Burt’s Bees Intense Hydration Cream Cleanser | SALE Php278 ‘Til Feb.14 Only

I’ve totally given up foaming facial washes for about nearly three years now, it has totally eliminated my frequent allergic facial reactions of the past.  I was  enjoying the fact that my G Stuff Moringa & Multi-Fruit Cream wash worked super-duper well with my Clarisonic Mia 2 when it came to facial cleansing.  I use the Clarisonic three times a week if I’ve been wearing more makeup and just twice if I haven’t .  The Clarisonic device beautifully stirs up and emulsifies the cream wash over my skin leaving it very silky.  What I’ve not super been enjoying is the fact that the scent of G Stuff’s wash (while fragrant, not stinky, you might like it) is just not my type, it’s quite a detergent sort of smell (but I can assure you it doesn’t contain any).  I will continue to hold my breath for the next few weeks while using that Good Stuff up(it really is), that’s just how it is when the smell gets to you.  Thankfully, just yesterday I spotted Burt’s Bees Intense Hydration Cream Cleanser which has clearly gone on a major mark down in Beauty Bar for their Valentine promos, major being down to Php278 from what used to be Php795.  Yea I know, what a huge price drop, making this promo price about half the price of any facial wash I’ve been using in the last couple of years like the Andalou one which also contains probiotics.  Let me tell you…this stuff is creamy and slippy, emulsifies, loves my face, and has a pleasant, mild scent.  My Clarisonic Mia 2 reciprocates fondly.  You don’t need a Clarisonic to enjoy this, it’s just as lovely between fingertips.

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SALE Php278.00 Until February 14 (Reg.price Php795) at Beauty Bar

Intensely hydrates, removes, dirt, oil, and makeup, and with Probiotic technology (lactobacillus…yakult?! lol)

“Our cream cleanser proves nature can create the most remarkable of things. Inspired by the Clary Sage plant’s ability to trap and retain moisture in its harsh environment, our natural cleanser hydrates your skin while leaving it super soft and oh-so supple.”

INGREDIENTS: aqua (water, eau), stearic acid, glycerin, sodium lauroyl glutamate, zea mays (corn) starch, ricinus communis (castor) seed oil, parfum (fragrance)*, citrus aurantium dulcis (orange) oil, salvia sclarea (clary) extract, lactobacillustheobroma grandiflorum seed butter, cera alba (beeswax, cire d’abeille), cocos nucifera (coconut) oil, olea europaea (olive) fruit oil, jojoba esters,hydrolyzed jojoba esters, citrus medica limonum (lemon) peel oil citrus aurantium amara (bitter orange) peel, polymnia sonchifolia root juice, zinc oxide, alpha-glucan oligosaccharide, propanediol, maltodextrin, tocopherol, xanthan gum, glycine soja (soybean) oil, arginine sodium lauroyl lactylate, potassium sorbate, sodium benzoate, phenoxyethanol, amyl cinnamal, citral, eugenol, hydroxycitronellal, limonene, linalool. _x000D_*natural fragrance

 

I didn’t like their other one, the Deep Cleansing Cream which had like a menthol effect that irritated my skin.  I had a hunch that this Intense Hydration one would be good and I love it when something totally exceeds my expectations.  It’s always a plus for me if a cream cleanser works well with a Clarisonic and rinses off easily without making your skin feel stripped.

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It contains 5 types of nourishing natural oils (no mineral oil) which you can feel within the cleanser glide over your skin under your fingertips, helping move makeup but not feeling greasy at the same time.  The formula emusifies beautifully when water comes into play.  Which is why I need to tell all of you because all those tubes of undiscovered intensely hydrating facial bliss are sitting on the Burt’s Bees counters with a fabulous formula that also sings with your Clarisonic (if you have one) at a super happy price until February 14.  Grab some skin love if you need a new 99% natural gently hydrating cleanser before the Burt’s Bees Vday promo ends in Beauty Bar.… To full post & COMMENTS...

TRAVEL TRILOGY Trip 1 | BOHOL and tag-along beauty…

Like I said in one of my Instagram captions.  The whole world has a major crush on Philippine shores.

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The first beach trip of the year was fine because Bohol remains pristine no matter what seems to happen.  I say fine because we had two days of rain which took the middle chunk of our stay but I shot the only two days of sun we had, the day we arrived and the day we left LOL.  What a tease of a trip weather-wise, my brother’s flight was cancelled, but the days with sun were gorgeous.  I just want to take you guys to places with me through a handful of posts…in some way, not challenging Lonely Planet’s info powers to any degree, mind you, promise.  As many of my Instagram followers already know, I was in Bohol for my Dad’s 70th.  It isn’t our home province but my parents have a couple of friends who own a resort, and so do I but note please, no one asked me to write this.  I just wanted to.

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BEAUTY NOTE: The subtle-but-makes-a-diff highlight across my cheekbone is thanks to a tiny tube sample of LAURA MERCIER Radiance primer, a new fave.  Swimwear provided by @roxyPH

To side-step for a moment, Boracay, another beach which is a well-known Philippine resort hub, is fun and scenic in strategic areas, with incomparable silky white sand shorelines and aquamarine water, but to be honest…and everyone can be honest about it, I get the feeling it hasn’t been maintained and preserved well enough.  I hope somehow we can find a balance between commerce and eco-tourism for that well-loved place which brings so many people together.  Bohol, on the other hand, while it may not be the spot-on place for young people thirsty for a bar-hopping or isle-clubbing rendezvous or endless aqua sports, it is still today home to quite clean shores (they get more debris and the odd piece of trash after storms) and crystal-clear sea water with lots of marine life…which is a sign.

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BOHOL BEACH CLUB, Panglao

Foreigners and locals alike will always find respite here and breathtaking surroundings exist for divers as well, especially in Panglao.  Despite the recent earthquake Bohol has pulled itself together quite well.  By the way, I’ve included the toiletries I chose to pack and makeup as well but chose to lay off the in-depth description and just listed the products :).

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THE SKINCARE, clockwise (sort of lol) : Yves Rocher Micellar Cleansing Water (Toning Makeup remover),Terramycin Triple antibiotic ointment, VICKS Vaporub (coz I was still raspy), Glamglow mask sachet (didn’t get to use it but saving it for the next trip), Daylong (by Cetaphil) After Sun Repair Lotion, Clinique Even Better Dark Spot Defense SPF45, Bioderma Cicabio Creme (every morning before SPF), Daylong (by Cetaphil) Kids SPF50 Face and Body sunscreen lotion (fragrance-free, very water resistant), Hygienix alcohol hand spray, Le Labo Rose 31 Shower Gel and Shampoo (from Fairmont Hotel, the conditioner is gone because it was awesome the moment I tried it at the hotel), Kiehl’s Creamy Avocado Eye Treatment, Avene Gentle Milk Cleanser (according to Mom it’s sold out in many places but a kind saleslady gave her deluxe samples.)

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 THE MAKEUP, clockwise: Pixi Bronzer in Subtly Suntouched, Pixi Endless Silky Eye Pencil in “BronzeBeam”, K-Palette Real Lasting Eyebrow Mascara, Physician’s Formula Black Waterproof Eyeliner, REVLON Colorstay Automatic Lipliner in “Mauve” (best drugstore brand lipliner for me), Marionnaud #37 Eyes crease brush (currently my best Php78 eye brush for blending my Pixi pencils and Laura Mercier caviar sticks over my lids as eyeshadows, great for hooded eyes), NARS #3 blending brush travel size (came w/ NARS And God Created the Woman Eyeshadow kit), Soffia flat top angled kabuki, Majolica Majorca Lash Expander Edge Meister Waterproof mascara (pink butterflies), Tarte Maracuja Oil deluxe sample (my only hair product and helps with stubborn mascara), Maybelline Instant Age Rewind the Eraser undereye concealer (from Duane Reade, NYC), Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Oil-Free SPF 20, MAC Face and Body foundation (C2 for NC30), MAC All That Glitters eyeshadow, Benefit BeneBalm, Laneige Waterdrop TintKevyn Aucoin Lash Curler, Tweezers, Happy Skin PH Eye Love View EyeBrow Duo (Pen and Pencil), Laura Mercier Radiance Primer, Laura Mercier Caviar Stick in Cocoa, Clinique Chubby Stick Intense in Heftiest Hibiscus, Burt’s Bees Lip Shimmer in Caramel, and HURRAW! Earl Grey Vegan Lip Balm

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“I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.”
C.S. Lewis

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My Bath, Body, & Skincare Picks 2014

For a whole chunk of last year after Dad recovered from his stroke and when I got sick for a bit I sort of went on a beauty hiatus.  Then of course the holidays came and for most of the first 2 weeks of January I’ve been sick again with the flu that half the Philippines has right now  (tell me ’bout it, I called a friend and her officemate in the background was coughing).  It wasn’t a flat out choice that I made, beauty just wasn’t a main priority for a long while ’till just before Thanksgiving.  But we’re back and these were my bathroom and bedroom best from last year.

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So because I wasn’t so hyped up by beauty buzz for quite awhile I was reaching for things for my personal upkeep with less self-consciousness so to speak, but of course I still had my preferences and was happy to find my current signature fragrance in 2014.  The list is pretty pared down compared to like a year ago.  However I think you’ll like that most of them are readily available here in department stores or local groceries.  Click on to get the details.… To full post & COMMENTS...

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