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The NEW Shiseido Ibuki Skin Range | Shiseido’s Hydrating Smooth Operators & a Little Help

Blogs are buzzing about this whole range! Buzzzz!! What drew me in was the idea of a skincare range targeted for young adults living and working in a stressful environment, and it’s great that it’s a non-whitening alternative.  Think about it as preventive skincare for the young adults held captive by day to day duties at the expense of their skin.  If  you’re nowhere near middle-aged but want to begin protecting / maintaining what you have and somehow have been put off by whitening ranges this particularly nourishing and hydrating range is for you. Behold the new Shiseido Ibuki Skincare range, a range truly says “Made in Japan”.

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Shiseido Ibuki’s formulas help build skin’s resistance to UV rays, dryness and daily stress by infusing it with long-lasting moisture. Shiseido’s exclusive technology puts your skin in a super-hydrated state, so it can maintain a healthy, more radiant glow.  “The Ibuki line helps prevent all this damage by training the skin-barrier cells to remember their healthy shape. In clinical studies, after four weeks on the regimen (testers used the Gentle Cleanser, Softening Concentrate, and Refining Moisturizer every day), subjects’ skin barrier was stronger and had a higher resistance to external damage—meaning less moisture loss, fewer free radicals, and protected collagen and elastin stores.-Allure”
KEY INGREDIENTS:
Lamium album flower extract (a.k.a. white nettle extract, which hydrates); trehelose, glycerin, and dimethicone (moisturizers); citrus junos seed extract (a.k.a. yuzu seed extract, which boosts collagen)

 “I have never seen ingredients that help cells keep their shape as a way of reducing stress or aging. It’s a novel approach, and the results are impressive,” says Doris Day, a clinical associate professor of dermatology at New York University Langone Medical Center. And while it may be most beneficial to younger women, “this line addresses a depleted skin barrier, which we are increasingly realizing can make skin of any age more vulnerable to damage,” says Ranella Hirsch, an assistant clinical professor of dermatology at Boston University School of Medicine.” – expert source, Allure Magazine online.

AWARDED Alllure Magazine’s “Best of Beauty Breakthrough” Product for 2013
Lots of young women avoid trying more intense anti-aging products simply because the products are too rich or potent for their milder protection needs.  What are younger women to do to prevent early damage other than rely on sunscreen, moisturizer and supplements?  I do believe Shiseido Ibuki has now helped fill the gap in the market.  Samples of these have gone up on Sampleroom.ph and right now I see there are still several samples left last I checked (the set and Softening lotion which I liked during my facial).  So far I’ve put on the moisturizer and eye cream, tried the Softening lotion during the launch facial (my runner up fave), and I do believe I’ve fallen FOR THAT EYE CREAM, look naman at that awesome choice of packaging.  Thank you, Lord for a TUBE instead of a pot for the eyes and I love the rich hydrating feel of it!  Y’all know how unfaithful I can be with eye creams, I just end up failing to commit.  In tube packaging like this though I think I can turn over a new leaf so expect a separate review for this eye cream after a week or so.  By the way I’m going to request some help from you my beloved readers.    There will be a separate giveaway contest post including this image also coming soon (still fixing the mechanics) but I’ve decided to kickoff the campaigning as early as now.  You see, I’ve been given the chance to go to Japan but I need the help of my beloved readers, family, and friends to make it possible.  First off please help me regram, instagram, Tweet, or retweet this image with the 3 hashtags I mention below.
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From now until October 31 I’ll be creating lots of buzz (in between of course other brand reviews), plus even a simple contest with prizes, and you can actually help possibly send me to Japan by helping Instagram, regram, tweet or retweet any of my Shiseido Ibuki Instagram posts with the official hashtags #BlessmybagIbuki to identify that you’re campaigning for me and also important the #shiseidoIbuki #ibukibeautiful and #readyforanythingSkin  hashtags :).  I’ll be creating a separate special contest post with prizes in store to further promote this campaign to try and get me to Japan (I’m being totally honest with you guys) so stay tuned for that and I’ll be explaining more about the use of “BeautyBios” in instagram to be part of that simple contest.  So stay tuned for that.  In the meantime please help me tweet and retweet using the hashtags #BlessmybagIbuki #ShiseidoIbuki and #readyforanythingskin all together.  Love you all!!  A few hints on the upcoming giveaway post to support the campaign to send me to Japan, the prizes including meeting me, me providing a service and you getting featured on the blog :).  More details very, very soon.

B&L Renu Fresh Lens Solution, Can’t Believe My Eyes

Bakit ngayon ka lang…seriously speaking. If this Bausch & Lomb Renu Fresh multi-purpose lens solution had existed in all its comforting glory in the 90s I wouldn’t have given up on contact lenses in high school that easily.

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“Renu Fresh Multipurpose Solution (formerly Renu MultiPlus) is specially formulated to work with your natural tears. Experience the feeling of wearing a fresh pair of lenses cushioned in moisture. Renu Fresh is proven to fight germs, clean lenses, and remove irritating protein deposits daily from your soft contact lenses. Daily use of renu fresh eliminates the need for a separate enzymatic cleanser or daily cleaner…consult your eye-care professional. ”

Removes protein deposits that accumulate during wear, enhances wettability. Removes dirt and debris that deposit on your lens for clearer vision. Effectively kills micro-organisms on your lens. Balances Solution for your lens wearing comfort. (Php295 from Watsons, for soft lenses, including silicone hydrogels)

Renu Fresh Solution is the answer for those who want to wear lenses but hate wearing them. This will win you back. Back in the day, on top of solution, I needed a daily lens cleaner and then weekly/monthly protein tablets to dissolve in to give lenses a reset. This Renu Fresh solution is a 3-in-1 Godsend. It even came with a free lens case.

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I picked this up at Watsons in VMall, Greenhills and in fact I didn’t choose this first, I asked for another brand (cheaper) but the saleslady said this came with a free lens case. Last night I poured this into my lens case where they “renu-d” overnight and now they feel born again, in fact I forgot I had lenses on earlier. I used to get itchy eyes and blink often with lenses using a different solution but not anymore and I’m impressed. It’s more than halfway through the day now and I don’t feel the need to use lubricating drops at all. See your solution, now in a clear bottle. Need I say more?

MOAR Za Plumper Lippies!! Told ya I liked them…

I told you these Za Plumper lippies were good when I reviewed the shade Rose Vintage I was given by Za in the main product review here. Later on in the week after that review and me having used it more times than I could count on both hands I realized these Plumper Lippies are great straight up dupes for Estee Lauder’s Crystal lip range (A Pixiwoo favorite being the shade “Crystal Baby”), the Chanel Rouge Coco Shine range, or the Dior Addict High Shine lipsticks that Korean YouTuber Jen absolutely loves. So all that being said I got MOAR ahem, more…three more to be exact.

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CLOCKWISE: Cinammon Shimmer, Innocent Rose, Sunset Glow

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LEFT TO RIGHT: Sunset Glow, Cinammon Shimmer, Innocent Rose

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They’re shiny but not sticky, not opaque but not too sheer. They’ve got a milky luminous finish with slip but just enough cling to stay on longer. They’re just about the perfect lip products to have if your aim is to have juicy looking, nearly but not quite Kardashian-ish lips without the discomfort from a tube of gloss. Not bad for Php425.00, available at SM Beauty floors that carry Za in their major department stores.

Hello for the Hiatus & a Stellar Sort of Ball

So…someone’s been missing in action. No apologies on my part just a quick explanation, I’ve fallen in love and have been whisked away to some unnamed country and you guys have inherited my vast array of beauty bits. Slow claps awarded…received, wobbly curtsy. More truthfully I’ve been partying, cousin schmoozing, and babysitting from opposite poles of the earth to and fro for a week. One of my cousin’s parents return from abroad beginning of next week, they’ve been away for the past 2&1/2 and an older cousin is going away for a few weeks so I wanted to dedicate some time to some sleepovers and a short lived string of nights out.

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I have so much good stuff to review, share with, and show you guys it’s just that it would’ve been too difficult to lug around my giant laptop (clue that I need a lighter one…). I’m actually typing this from an iPad I have with me…but I don’t like that for some reason when I try and insert pictures on this the posts would get messed up before or the quality wouldn’t be the same as the photos I edit from my laptop. I have to get that one sorted because the iPad 3 should be able to make quality posts. I will do my best to put up the one set of edited photos I have at home by tomorrow…and…to break the product review chain if I’m not too flummoxed by the series of preparations tomorrow for my very first attendance of the Star Magic Ball I’ll see if I can take some photos or video clips to sort of mold a “Get Ready With Me” feature to post the next day. No promises, if a behind-the-scenes epic is too enormous an undertaking I’ll certainly be taking photos anyway at the event to show you guys. Thanks for being kind and absolutely patient with me. That’s a positive declaration, haha.

La Roche-Posay Toleriane Gel Moussant | Cleansing Memories of J&J Ph 5.5

As many of you know, after having followed the advice of Ms. Caroline Hirons foaming cleansers have almost completely gone off the map for me…in general, especially since she said they’re not exactly beneficial for any skin type.  I still have one memory however of a foaming cleanser from my teen years which was the first one that made my skin feel completely different from any other. It smoothed it, calmed pores, and made my face feel softer and more supple than I’d ever had it then and didn’t dry out my skin. That was the J&J Ph 5.5 Facial wash for sensitive skin.  It was the first product I ever got depressed about when it phased out from supermarkets in the 90s, I think I nearly stamped my foot in the grocery lol.  I’ve just used a similar product by La Roche-Posay at someone’s house that brought back those supple memories and when I mentally macro-d in on the label “Ph 5.5″ jumped out at me. This made my skin feel exactly the same as J&J Ph5.5 did way back then.

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This Toleriane foaming wash by La Roche-Posay (my aunt’s since I’m at her place babysitting) is from their sensitive skin range.  I guess if you can’t give up on foaming washes the lesser evil would be to find one with the right PH level for skin, like this one.

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“Sans” means the absence of or none, so it’s fragrance free, soap free (SLS I guess is not the soap indicator), preservative free, and paraben free. Plus it has the same Ph 5.5 level as J&J’s range from before

La Roche-Posay Toleriane sort of has a mild but non-offensive smell, a little like Clinique products because they don’t use scent masking ingredients. “Gel Moussants” or foaming gels by professionally approved brands like La Roche-Posay are formulated by top skin people. So if the whole “foaming cleansers are not the best for you” mantra makes you whine and you just can’t deal, try this. My skin didn’t feel tight afterwards, it felt fresh. If I was to make one exception for a foaming cleanser it would be this. Just remember to follow with moisturizer afterwards. Digital Traincase is an online stockist of La Roche-Posay locally, I think they’re on Facebook and Instagram.

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