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.
My skin had an urge for a skincare purge. The current skincare arsenal for this update has turned out to be quite minimal! Though they be few though they are potent and with just these four products my skin has been feeling calm, clean, and supple. Not every item is used daily but I haven’t been reaching for anything more than beyond these four…for now. What a drastic dial down, no? On the contrary, my skin has never felt more on the way up. I just realized in the last week that I had practically no whiteheads this month when I cut down to these four, nearly next to none.
THE CREAMY CLEANSER – Andalou Naturals Apricot Probiotic Cleansing milk (Php500+ @ Healthy Options)
While I went on and on genuinely last year about Les Couvent Des Minimes’ Beneficial Rose Cleansing Milk the truth is that one is over Php200 more expensive than this one by Andalou Naturals, their Apricot Probiotic Cleansing Milk which I have reviewed individually here. There is something just organically spot on with how this cleanser makes my skin feel after, it doesn’t feel stripped I also like that this creamy cleanser works quite well with this next gadget.
THE GLAM GADGET – The Clarisonic Mia 2 ($149.00 @ Macy’s NYC)
Yes, when I was in New York City, US I went for it and got myself a Clarisonic Mia 2 for my birthday (using a Macy’s gift card thanks, Tita Marisu) which now boasts 2 speeds. I got the limited edition polka dot one (though I’m kind of wishing I got the plain baby pink one). My mistake was in assuming this whole time that the Clarisonic brush-heads spin when they actually just make gentle sonic vibrations that cause the bristles to gently cleanse and exfoliate the skin’s surface without causing irritation, they also sell different brush heads separately. The Clarisonic Mia 2 also pulses in the midst of cleansing when it’s time to move to another area of the face. I use this about every other day, something like a Mon, Wed or Fri. It nicely preps the skin surface to receive serums, facial oils, or moisturizers.
THE SERUM YOU SHOULDN’T BE SCARED OF – Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair (New Improved, Synchronized Recovery Complex II)
As stated by lovely skincare expert, Caroline Hirons’ via her blog here, the improved version of Estee Lauder’s NEW Advanced Night Repair is apparently a much better offering than its predecessor, right off the bat it contains way less silicone. “It is oil and fragrance-free and non-comedogenic, thus suitable for sensitive and acnaic skins…” and now it also contains a lot of good hyaluronic acid to plump up that pretty fez. I put 2 drops of it on at night after cleansing before my moisturizer (up next) and I don’t get any sting or itch with this and I wake up to a visibly “corrected” skin surface. I use it like twice or thrice a week.
THE MILKY MOISTURIZER – Kate Somerville Goat’s Milk Cream (for sensitive skin) $50+
When I first got this I thought this highly acclaimed moisturizer would be too rich for me, but when I started using less skincare in conjunction with it this product had room to shine (I don’t mean visually) on its own and it works beautifully applied minutes after my gentle Estee Lauder NEW Advanced Night Repair Serum before bed. It’s got a neutral milky scent and sinks in well overnight and I don’t wake up sticky. It does the job of coating your skin treatment really well.
The result of when I’ve just used all 4 of these products in sequence, which was last night, is today’s skin…what a joy. My face feels clean, hydrated, not sticky, and properly reset for the rest of the week, and for some reason I can’t feel a single whitehead or congested pore, even now that it’s 950PM, a long time already from last night my face still feels this way now, baby butt-ness.
In the past, probably over a year ago, I received a couple of bottles of the Hygienix Antibacterial Spray from a random loot bag. What blew me away was not just the clean scent and effectiveness of disinfecting Ethyl Alcohol but the awesome type of fine spray mist that the bottle provided.
“Anti-Bacterial Hand Spray is packed in a unique handy spray bottle formulated with moisturizers to keep hands soft and smooth. It has dual-scent technology that is cool and refreshing” – available in 55ml and 20ml at Php25 and Php39.50
It’s also one of the freshest and better smelling disinfectant products I have come across and since it mists so well and so finely it’s a great staple to have in my professional makeup kit to help disinfect newly washed hands before working on clients. Hygienix the brand also provides other ethyl alcohol based disinfecting products for your personal use, from regular ethyl alcohol to their own version of hand sanitizing gel, the brand Hygienix certainly does the job of properly disinfecting for your well-being. Hygienix products are available at SM, Robinsons Supermarkets and Department stores, 7/11 stores, Mercury Drug and more places nationwide.
And finally, what has been a mystery for too long a time isn’t just who the giveaway winner is, but it also happens to be what prizes are in store for my blessed NYC giveaway winner :) I’d like to congratulate CHE (firstname.lastname@example.org) for you have won these lovely beauty “pasalubong” items from New York City! I will for sure have sent you an email requesting for your shipping and contact details minutes after this post goes up. The La Roche Posay Serozinc toner spray is actually a bonus item I threw in because a friend gave me two which came not from NYC, but from Europe :D So I thought whoever the winner was would love that since it is also a Caroline Hirons recommendation (the Pixiwoo sisters spray it on in this video interview with skincare expert Caroline). Serozinc Zinc-Sulfate Spray toner for the face helps prevent breakouts and speed up the healing process of existing zits, it also preps the face well for moisturizer. A list of all the prizes I’ve picked is provided below.
THE PRIZES FOR THE WINNER! – First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Polish (Exfoliator), Maybelline Full ‘N Soft Mascara Waterproof (my favorite easy-wear mascara), Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer (Particularly for dark undereye circles, the shade I got was a MAC NC25-30 match, darker shades were often out of stock or tricky to spot), La Roche Posay Serozinc (Zinc Sulfate Spray Solution), Mario Badescu Oil Free Moisturizer, Mario Badescu Fruit and Vitamin Hand cream sample, Urban Decay Naked Skin Beauty Balm primer sample.
Thanks to all you girls who joined my “Guess Where I’m Going Giveaway” last month, I was actually in New York City (see this post here) with my cousin and we met up with some friends and had a wonderful time there. Japan isn’t the only place with cherry blossoms in the springtime by the way! Cherry blossom trees were blooming in so many places in New York City especially in Central Park and West Village :). So remember if you want to see cherry blossoms in the springtime, Japan isn’t the only destination to consider :).