Indicative from the title this was supposed to be posted after Halloween. Sigh, yet again life got in the way, I’ve had these photos since last week then my laptop was dying so it had to make a trip to the computer hospital. Apparently after nearly 5 years my 17″ gi-normous baby needed a total internal detox and simultaneously I wasn’t feeling well. After Halloween and all that makeup or facial exposure to masks lots of faces are probably in need of soothing rejuvenation. Facial masks are the way to go, but some people with sensitive skin are afraid certain masks are too intensive or they don’t get the ingredients in them. This mask in particular by Flawless distributed French brand, Novexpert is pure power you needn’t fear.
( PRICE: pHP2000.00 at select Flawless Clinics). Repulp Mask instantly restores comfort giving baby soft skin in 10 minutes with S&D hyaluronic acid and collagen boosters. Similar to the Repulp Cream it “re-plumps” and regenerates deep from within the skin targeting cells to act younger. The natural ingredients work wonders providing dramatic results without a single chemical ingredient. Main benefits of use are firmness, toning, nourishment. It was created by Dr. Colletta, a serious wonder product that gives essential anti-ageing protection for stressed out skin subject to cold,sun, pollution or dryness.
Ultra-effective Seaweed combined with Commiphora stimulates collagen.
- 0% Preservatives
- 0% Paraben
- 0% EDTA
- 0% Phenoxyethanol
- 0% Silicone
- 0% PEG
Aqua (Water),Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Behenyl Alcohol, Butylene Glycol,C10-18 Triglycerides, Glycerin, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, GarciniaIndica Seed Butter, Candelilla/Jojoba/Rice Bran Polyglyceryl-3 Esters, GlycerylStearate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Parfum(Fragrance), Arginine, Hydroxystearic/Linolenic/Oleic Polyglycerides,Trehalose, Cetearyl Alcohol, Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, MicrocrystallineCellulose, Glyceryl Caprylate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Tocopherol,Bisabolol, Galactaric Acid, Laminaria Ochroleuca Extract, Ximenia AmericanaSeed Oil, Biosaccharide Gum-2, Sodium Hyaluronate, Cellulose Gum, SclerotiumGum, Xanthan Gum, Phytic Acid, Citric Acid, Sodium Carbonate, Commiphora MukulResin Extract, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Seed Extract, BrassicaOleracea Italica (Broccoli) Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, PunicaGranatum Fruit Extract, Silybum Marianum Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis(Rosemary) Leaf Extract.
The mask is more of like a dense moisturizer, it’s not one of those types that hardens on your face like plaster. Some like that stiffening action, but some find that a bit too intense. If you are one of those types who’s allergic to a lot of things, this might just be the mask for you. It focuses more on soothing hydration. It’s foolproof, you slather a generous amount on your face for 10 mins then rinse it off, if I’m not mistaken Origins have a quick mask like this one. The texture is a little bit like classic Nivea cream but not as heavy and it rinses off easily. Then pat your face dry.
I used the Novexpert repulp mask again a few days ago after costume festivities, it wasn’t quite like an overnight turnaround like when I used the Bioderma Cicabio cream, but it did cleanse, hydrate, and calm my skin. I noticed one thing the day after, no redness even without makeup which says quite a bit in terms of gentleness and anti-inflammatory ingredients. The highly acclaimed Novexpert skincare range is available at select Flawless Clinics. I’m keen on trying the repulp cream next which is the accompanying moisturizer to this lovely mask. Find and contact your nearest Flawless clinic here.
Just in case you want to check if they stock Novexpert in the one nearest you :).
I have a new goodie from The Body Shop but before I get to that I need to backtrack a bit. When I personally experienced the Emma Hardie cleansing balm nearly every UK skincare enthusiast was raving about last year my complaint was in our tropical weather the balm just wouldn’t hold its consistency. You had to keep it refrigerated and to be honest unless you had warm running tap water (which not everyone does here) it wouldn’t emulsify super well and just flanneling it off with a damp face towel without rinsing is a total turn-off for overt rinse maniacs like us Filipinas. It made my skin feel great though and I agreed that natural cleansing oils or balms were the way forward in facial skincare especially for people like me who do have lazy nights where I just want to take my made-up face off and cleanse with one product. I still like my Andalou Apricot Pro Biotic Cream Cleanser but that doesn’t remove makeup. I was hoping for a less expensive alternative that 1. Acted like a cleansing balm but didn’t come in a jar 2. Be mostly based on natural, fairly sourced ingredients without mineral oil, and 3. Retain its consistency locally. I got my checklist ticked off when I found Body Shop’s Nutriganics Softening Cleansing Gel Oil which contains fair trade Babassu oil extracted from the nuts of the wild babassu palm tree, found on the outskirts of the Amazon rainforest….and by the way,yes, it does emulsify with water, very well.
Contains Fair Trade Babassu Oil, 99% of Total Ingredients are from natural origin, 45% of ingredients are from organic farming, natural and organic certified by ECOCERT, NO PARABENS and NO SILICONES
Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Oil , Aqua (Solvent/Diluent), Glycerin, Sucrose Laurate , Sucrose Palmitate, Orbignya Oleifera Seed Oil, Benzyl Alcohol, Salicylic Acid, Limonene, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Citral, Linalool , Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil , Citronellol , Arginine, Buddleja Davidii Extract , Thymus Vulgaris Extract, Malva Sylvestris Flower Extract, Foeniculum Vulgare Oil, Citrus Nobilis Peel Oil, Vanilla Planifolia Fruit Extract, Litsea Cubeba Fruit Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis Peel Oil, Sodium Benzoate, Thymus Vulgaris Oil, Potassium Sorbate, Rosa Damascena Flower Oil.
Price: about Php795 for 100ml at Body Shop boutiques
HOW TO USE: Apply a pea sized amount to dry makeup-free skin, or a peso coin sized amount if you have makeup on. Yes, don’t wet your face first or else it will emulsify instantly, when that happens you miss out on the oil treatment which removes makeup while treating skin and provides the opportunity for a good facial massage.
When you’ve spread the product all over your face and have the oil consistency on, a circular facial massage is highly recommended before rinsing to remove makeup, dead skin and dirt. Then apply water to the face to have it emusify, do circular motions again to properly cleanse and rinse. Repeat if necessary.
What I like about this product is for a mid-ranged price you’re getting something that is well sourced, nearly 100% organic and on lazy nights it moves makeup when you massage it in and yes really does feel like an oil-based cleanser or balm that you can store well even in a tropical climate since it comes in a tube. On the nights when I do have the energy to use makeup remover first and then finish with this I get an exceptionally thorough cleansing experience. It’s just good to know something like this also has your back on lazy days if you want to skip makeup remover. You can also try Lisa Eldridge’s facial massage routine before rinsing with water, you don’t have to do the whole 20mins, you can cut it down if you like.
I also have a bonus favorite for this post, the only drawback for me on it is it’s highly scented, it didn’t break me out but I would prefer it unscented. From the Body Shop as well I also like this Vitamin Aqua Boost Sorbet cooling facial moisturizer with Vitamin E and Soybean Oil.
24-Hour moisture quench, aqua light texture
The cooling effect isn’t weird, not like menthol at all, it feels very fresh, sort of like the comfort that after sun products provide on the skin. It hydrates the way Clinique’s Moisture Surge gel moisturizer seems to do and with a zero greasy feel and matte finish. It does contain some silicone but that makes it a great thin moisturizer beneath makeup because it also acts as a primer. Most likely great for girls with normal to oily skin…though I would recommend patch testing it on an area of the face for the day from the Body Shop boutique first before purchasing since it is scented, just to be sure you don’t react. If you don’t it’s a good one to have if you’re not into greasy or cream moisturizers. It comes in a frosted glass jar at 50ml. Err, I’m forgetting the price at the moment but I think it was around Php1200 or a bit more. Yes a bit pricy, I think the packaging has something to do with that.
I’m glad The Body Shop has ventured out with their Nutriganics range for example to bring us fairly sourced more natural skincare options, and I also like that they’re developing new formulas and textures in skincare like with the Aqua Boost sorbet. Stop by your nearest Body Shop boutique at anytime to spot the new items they have to offer, I didn’t think they’d stepped up in many ways and offered many new things beyond their usual until I dropped in for a proper visit.
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…
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.
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.
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.
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