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Belo Sun Expert SPF50 Transparent Mist | Invisible High Protection

I’ve mentioned Belo Sun Expert sunscreens in the past and I love how their sunscreen lotions feel “better” over the skin compared to some regular sunblock formulas that can feel super pasty and sticky.  I’ve tried their standard SPF60 sun expert body lotion and the SPF40 sun expert facial lotion.  Both kept me protected from the slightest burn during a whole day football tournament my brother had over a year ago, I think I only reapplied once on my shoulders in the afternoon and the formula didn’t give me difficulty when soaping in the shower afterwards.  I didn’t think they could do better but when team Belo sent me a Sun Expert package this new product caught my eye.  Sunblock with high protection that you’re not supposed to see!

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BELO SPF50 TRANSPARENT MIST, Php449.75 100ml (Non-sticky, quick-drying, cell protection, hypoallergenic) suitable for face and body
DO NOT SPRAY DIRECTLY ON FACE, spray on hands first then apply to face.
• Provides broad-spectrum protection against UV rays
• With Cell Protect® Technology that strengthens the skin’s defense system, maintaining healthy skin while preventing accelerated premature skin aging
• Anti-aging • Sprays at any angle • Quick absorbing with even coverage • Non-sticky •Water resistant •Immediate effectivity (no waiting time) •Mild cooling effect •Paraben-free
• Hypoallergenic and dermatologist tested (precaution: flammable prior to drying)
What I like about this product is that you can’t see it, it’s practically invisible…though I would like to fully understand better how it provides high SPF50 protection information is somewhat limited.  It’s great applied under makeup and I’ve tried it under Benefit Cosmetics’ BIG Easy cream and once this transparent mist has set (after about 5-8 minutes) it didn’t mess with that makeup base which I applied on top which is a wonderful thing for a sunscreen for makeup lovers in the summer.  If I’m not mistaken it’s a rare, invisible high protection formula that shouldn’t flash back on cam (but don’t take my word for it, test it yourself, on that point I am assuming).  I patted and spread it across my clean face after spraying it onto my palms first.  Read more to get the full review.

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Happy Skin Domination! | Ltd. Edition Summer 2014 & New Stuff

When I arrived at the Happy Skin Cosmetics summer launch yesterday high above the city at 71 Gramercy I could hardly believe that practically everything I saw there excited me to pieces.

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Happy Skin makes this your happiest and hottest summer! The Happy Skin limited edition Turn Up The Heat Summer 2014 Collection features three (3) new sizzling shades of their bestselling lippie and two (2) new summer hues of blushes that deliver the same promise of a natural flush as their original blushes.

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It’s pretty much like Happy Skin has expanded to become for us what Bourjois is for the UK beauty lovers, a solid, mid-range beauty range with products that delight as well as deliver.  The news is that with the moisturizing lippies alone in terms of volume sales they are selling at a rate of 100 lippies a day!  Happy Skin has launched their 2014 limited edition summer makeup collection which includes 3 lippie shades (that you can buy individually or as a better value box set) and 2 blush shades.  Read more to see the rest of the post, Happy Skin’s local answer to Bioderma, and more new stuff now available in stores by the brand!

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Tarte Amazonian Clay Airbrush Powder Foundation | Great, But We Have Something Similar

When I saw that the raves and positive reviews about Tarte’s Airbrush Full Coverage powder foundation had actually crossed the Atlantic via Estee of Essie Button I was quite curious.  Western beauty bloggers and vlogging gurus in the western hemisphere can go on and on day or night about mounds of newly launched liquid bases, luxury or drugstore, but it’s unusual to hear western girls rave about a powder foundation.  This one certainly got them talking and now I sort of see why but later on in this post I’ll tell you why I was amused, it’s because we have something similar to this locally, not 100% as good but pretty darn close in my opinion.  Let’s focus first on this one by Tarte.

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Introducing the latest addition to the Amazonian clay foundation line for total complexion perfection! Amazonian clay full coverage airbrush foundation delivers flawless, natural-looking coverage that lasts, while the skintuitive™ formula invigorates skin tone and texture for a youthful complexion. Powered by Amazonian clay enriched with the Earth’s natural, light-reflecting gemstones, this moisture-rich powder buffs on smoothly for waterproof, 12-hour coverage that won’t settle into fine lines and wrinkles. Available in 11 shades to perfectly complement a wide range of skin tones and undertones, this innovative foundation also employs a custom mesh delivery system for a fool-proof, mess-free application every time. ($36.00 Sephora)

The range comes with 11 shades which is a pleasing, reassuring thought for all who might be interested.  I have the shade “light-medium neutral (‘light to medium skin with yellow and pink undertones’)” which is a spot on match for someone in between MAC NC30 and NC35 coloring.  I decided not to get the Tarte airbuki brush for application since I already have something that works just as well by Ecotools, it’s larger, covers in half the time and has a handle (the Ecotools bronzing/buffing brush).  Powder foundations that are mineral or clay based like this are great for those with sensitive, oily, or even acne-prone skin who need a break from the onslaught of chemically enhanced liquid foundations.  This powder foundation doesn’t cake or apply unevenly.  Read more to get the full post with photos after application.

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So, Le Couvent Des Minimes Skincare Isn’t Leaving?!

I wasn’t wrong, but I wasn’t right either…according to a certain reader, anyway, and this time I was so happy to be wrong.  Basically it began when one reader months ago hinted that I should stock up on my favorite Le Couvent Des Minimes Gentle Cleansing Milk because a certain saleslady in SM told her Le Couvent Des Minimes Skincare was soon going to vanish completely from SM Watsons beauty floors, and true enough they seemed to forever be on sale, which was worrying me.  ‘Til finally I went to SM myself 2 weeks ago to see if rumors were true and if I could still score a bottle.  They were completely sold out of the cleansing milk in SM Makati and the salesgirl there told me with her own lips that the brand was going to be pulled out soon, in fact it had already been “pulled” from several branches.  Then suddenly, something odd, another reader, E, as we shall call her, checked in SM Aura and they had just FULLY, FRESHLY, restocked on Le Couvent Des Minimes a few days ago.  I was like “What?!”.  According to her, the saleslady over there naman confirmed that they had started pulling out of various SM branches but then suddenly, as the story goes, the “owner” or person in charge changed her mind about pulling out and fully restocked on LCDM.  Sooooo…

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Just showing last year’s holiday set which features the two products I like most from LCDM’s Beneficial Rose range (Cleansing Milk and moisturizer).

So please pardon the misinformation but it really was very confusing since more than one saleslady confirmed LCDM being pulled out and a couple of readers kept warning me to restock because that’s also what they were being told, but like I said I’m happy I was somewhat wrong this time.  I wonder how long it will be before they restock all the Le Couvent Des Minimes counters, or if they’ll be keeping this brand exclusive to certain branches of SM beauty only.  Right now “E” says you can find the brand at SM Aura, if I elbow you there don’t take it personally, haha!

Benefit’s New Summer Swag! | Big Easy Oil-Free Base & LolliTint

Perk up that summer selfie with Benefit Cosmetics’ two new “babes”, these makeup bits are as cute as ever!  This summer step out with Benefit’s two new eye-catching products.  First in line is their NEW Big Easy Oil-Free Liquid-to-Powder base (“Better Than BB”) with SPF35 to protect gorgeous you from harmful UV rays, and candy-crushin’ Lollitint their lilac/orchid color-of-the-year inspired (aren’t we hyphening lots today) lip and cheek tint.  I’m going to use both these products together when I show you because it just makes a whole lot more sense that way :).  This is a quickfire reaction and review!

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BIG EASY SPF35, 35 mL / 1.18 US fl. oz. (Php2000.00)- BIGGER than BB! Why? Two reasons. First, big easy balances moisture & controls oil. Second, the cushiony liquid-to- powder formula melts in like a cream, yet finishes lightweight & velvety like a powder.  This multi-balancing complexion perfector gives light-to-medium natural coverage to even out skintone and conceal imperfections.  Non-comedogenic. Oil-free. (Available in 6 shades)

LOLLITINT 12.5 mL / 0.42 US fl. oz. (Php1700)- Our candy-orchid tint treats lips & cheeks to a “pop” of dreamy sweetness. It’s the flirtiest flush you can get from a bottle…and its smudge-proof, smooch-proof color lasts from A.M. to P.M. Talk about stain power!  (For a heavenly flush apply hervana orchid-blossom blush on top of lollitint.)

First thoughts on BIG Easy, it’s basically, generally Benefit’s version of BB Cream.  The coverage is sheer to moderate and I’m pretty sure you can build it up, however it does tend to feel moderately heavy because of the higher level of sun protection.  It smells mildly of standard sunscreen, the smell that the general, urban public have on them when they head out to shore, nothing offensive.  The smell is clean and standard issue.  I like the non-dewy, fresh finish of this, OOTDs in the sun will need less blot sheets on hand.  Read more to get the full review, see application, and also check out Benefit Lollitint!

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