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BALM BRAND LANOLIPS GETS A NEW LOOK

My first ever post on this blog in 2010 here, which I was reminiscing about, was a thank you post for Lanolips, an award-winning natural Australian balm brand processed from pure medical grade lanolin from sheep’s wool (sheared/skimmed off in a cruelty free manner).  It has always been a great natural alternative to petroleum based ointments and at medical grade is suitable for babies (supplied in hospitals as well).  Lanolips is a multi-purpose and natural salve/balm in the same vein as Elizabeth Arden 8-hour cream and Lucas Papaw Ointment…but not petroleum based.  I thought about how the brand was doing (after ending up in so many top editors’ handbags over the years) and it turns out just under a week ago the brand got a spiffy new makeover!  Being the search queen that I am, I found this huge image of their new look on their Facebook page.

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I remember how my brain strained for vocabulary on the first post, not having properly written an essay or read a decent book for a couple of years because of work.  In 2010, the thrill of my first post on Lanolips (which I ordered after Charlotte of Lipglossiping had posted about it) didn’t end there, a few weeks after my first post I won an online contest by Lanolips, by writing an imaginary letter to Lady Lamb stating why I wanted to win Lanolips, I even gave her an imaginary address.  Read on to see the prize I won nearly 6 years ago, and how Lanolips used to look versus a couple of photos of the new look.

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A TRUE TEEN’s ACNE-PRONE SKIN ARSENAL

So, this is as spontaneous as it gets.  Sleepover = true skincare stories.  Ever so randomly last night, a teenage cousin of mine with acne-prone, reactive skin spilled the details on her current skincare swat team.  The line-up is to say frankly, not edited but as real as can be, because they were all on her bathroom counter in sincere disarray from daily use.  We gathered them ’round to compress for this family photo (I really have a good laugh inside when people yell out “compress” because it’s just everyone’s thing).  I’ve seen my cousin’s face months before all this, it was shiny, sensitive, and eruptive.  This time though, her face was clear and not shiny with no sign of acne on the horizon.

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Please note that this selection is not used simultaneously and was formed gradually with the added supervision of her dermatologist.  The products may or may not work for you in the same way or may not be recommended for you.   Read on for the full regimen post and what she told me about each product.

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MY BUDGET SUMMER MAKEUP EDIT 2016

I get the random comment about my makeup recommendations being safe for normal and clear skin types.  A good number of you out there, I’ve observed, prefer more coverage.  So, for today’s budget  summer makeup look I am sporting more coverage and a heavier less dewy finish, more than what I’d personally wear.  For those among you who like things more packed in and shine-free I give you this edit.

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In the look I do not use the eyeliner but I’ve still added an eyeliner recommendation.  Read on for more on the look and product details.

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CATRICE Sun Glow Matte Bronzing Powder

I haven’t been fortunate when it comes to the recent bronzers I’ve picked up…the last three bronzing compacts I’ve owned have all smashed somehow halfway due to random accidents.  My Yves Rocher bronzing powder duo *sniff* dropped at my cousin’s wedding, now phased out locally, my Topshop matte bronzer in Mohawk from the UK that fell before I got to review it (fell off a desk during a job, I’ve pressed it back into the compact but it’s a mess to work with), and my last one which was a heartbreaker, none other than the Pixi Shape and Shadow contour compact (which is awesome by the way).  I’ve picked up a new one from the department store that’s mid-range to affordable in pricing.

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CATRICE Sun Glow Matte Bronzing Powder 020 Deep Bronze (Darker Skin…umm, but not really) Php399.00 SM Beauty

Accidents have recently happened to my favorite bronzers when I’m not even halfway in, but never to my blush or powder compacts…strange.  God bless and protect this next one.   I don’t have the budget anymore for something high end and I spotted this Matte Bronzing Powder by Catrice for Darker Skin (which ironically is suitable for medium to fair skin), in SM immediately and swatched it.  I’m pretty glad I did, because it’s wonderful.  Read on for the full post.

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THE NEW PHP129 MINT POLISH

I have another new and different polish favorite, it’s a mint but it isn’t stereotypically that baby turquoise aqua hue.  Meet Essence’s “Like An Unforgettable Kiss” collection polish in 02 Always on My Mint. 

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It’s more green than blue, like a hazy sea foam with more yellow and I dare say a tiny hint of grey (this is more noticeable in real life).  It leans more towards pistachio.  Read on for the full post.  

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