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  • Smitten again am I by two particular shades from the VMV Hypoallergenics lipstick range, one after the other. This is a makeup discovery that caught me off guard.

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HOW I USE THE ALPHA-H GENTLE DAILY EXFOLIANT

This isn’t a liquid acid toner like Alpha-H’s liquid gold glycolic exfoliant.  At first, when I purchased the Alpha-H Gentle Daily Exfoliant (with Kaolin clay and Papaya and Pineapple enzymes) on sale last year via Luxola (which is now Sephora PH) I was hoping it was sort of a “milder” version of Liquid Gold, for sensitive skin perhaps.  It is a more gentle product but in a totally different department.  It wasn’t what I expected (imagine my surprise upon seeing it was in powder form) but I’m not disappointed.

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Alpha-H Gentle Daily Exfoliant w/ Papaya & Pineapple Php2345 from SEPHORA PH (that’s the regular price, I got it on sale last year for about Php1500 or less, or you could sign up then wait and see if they still do the birthday discount 🙂  I availed of a 20% birthday discount last year when it was still Luxola.) 

INGREDIENTS:

Kaolin, Solum Diatomeae, Bentonite, Maltodextrin, Ananas Sativus Fruit Extract, Carica Papaya Fruit Juice, Citric Acid, CI 77891.

Technically, this is what we would call a quick, rinse-off mask but then it doesn’t quite coagulate like one, it sits on the skin deeply but doesn’t harden because application is thin.  It’s simpler and much more gentle since you don’t keep it on for long.  Read on to see what it looks like and see an instructional video.

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MY LOCAL LIP KIT MADE REAL BY INGLOT

While we’re all enjoying the nude or blush lip trend once again allow me to show you yet another local alternative to those lip kit things that broke the internet.

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I’ve “shipped” my own lip kit couple, Inglot’s new HD Matte Lip Tint (Php1150 available at INGLOT beginning today) in #17 together with my fave MAKEOVER lipliner in Natural from SM.  Read on to see how this lip kit dupe looks on my lips.

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THE BEST BODY CREAM I’VE TRIED BY NUXE

That title is probably the heaviest claim on the lightest and nicest non-sticky but deeply penetrating body cream I’ve ever put on.  The best part is, the Nuxe Body Fondant Firming Cream smells of the spicy, slightly floral warmth of summer, too, with almond and orange flower petals.  The scent is attractive but not overwhelming, the texture is buttery but not greasy, win.  Straight up, no questions asked, this is an expensive product but for a body cream with this quality and effect I would eventually save to repurchase it if I ran out.  The texture is too dreamy to describe in full with words.  You have to try it.

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NUXE BODY FONDANT FIRMING CREAM (No.1 firming care product in French pharmacies) Php2250 for 200ml from Rustan’s the Beauty Source.

“This double-acting firming and anti-ageing body cream with Orange Blossom and Almond Blossom petals has an instant firming effect. Its divine texture is perfect for massaging into target areas which have started to sag (thighs, stomach, chest and arms). It quickly sinks in, leaving skin soft, firm and more toned.”

I wouldn’t vouch for its firming effects on body sagging.  I just love how it smells and makes my skin feel softly nourished.  On the whole I’ve always been a body cream skeptic, especially in this humid country where anything heavy and sticky eventually takes the backseat on the shelf.  At first you say upon opening a tub of cream, “Oh this is lovely, and it smells nice…” but usually only time and how empty that huge pot or jar is will tell how well it was really working for you.  In tropical beauty a lot of tubs of heavy cream go unloved and unfinished.  On the contrary, I have a massive feeling that by the end of summer this tub of mine will be halfway gone.  I’ve reapplied it twice since I first tried it this afternoon and rubbed it onto my mother’s shins just to have another excuse to apply some more before this post, and I’ve reapplied it just now on myself.  Read on for the full post.

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FS COSMETICS BLUSH RELAUNCH “TWINKLE TAN”

I attended the NEW FS Cosmetics launch party a couple of days ago and was quite excited for this launch because this is a local industrial makeup brand I’ve always had in my kit.  They have products that flat out just do the job.  The powder formulas are exceptional, one time a certain network executive I do makeup for asked me if I was using Chanel while I was applying the FS powder foundation in Mocha on her due to the scent (the powder is lightly scented but not overwhelming).  I don’t have my full press package yet (it’s on its way), but I’m fine with the delay because I didn’t want to choose shades and colors from a jpeg file of swatches online.  I did take pictures at the event, and one of the first things that won me was this FS Cosmetics blush in Twinkle Tan , another beige pink which compares well to NARS madly but is just slightly more rosy and a touch more obvious in photos and super beautiful in person.

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FS blush in Twinkle Tan, second from left (will update this space with the price in a while).

Below is a glimpse of other new products they also have, like the loose powders with built in brushes that detach and re-attach to the lid, textures are comparable to Laura Mercier translucent setting powder.

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To be rid of the elephant in the room (since it is there no matter what I type anyway) the FS Cosmetics range was formerly associated with Fanny Serrano for several years but their collaboration contract with him ended in 2011, as most collaboration contracts do.  So FS Cosmetics, now known as Features and Shades, has relaunched with the same makeup formulas we like, more sturdy and new-looking packaging, plus existing bestseller shades and some new shades and products also.I managed to personally experience the new line at the event  and make a list of what REALLY impressed me there and one of them was the blush I mentioned (that is until another blush caught my eye, haha).  Read on to see me wearing it.

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IKEA ADD-ONS FROM FURNITURE SOURCE PH

I’m back in the rolling rumble of the city and I’m so glad I cleaned again last time so now that I’m back again in the flat it’s still cozy to come back to.  I make it a habit to do a real scrub down and disinfecting of our little personally old-yet-new rented space every time upon returning then once again before I leave (the polluted fluff of the area does gather even if just under a week).  We clean religiously to avoid getting sick or itchy in any way.  We may not be the neatest two on a daily basis, but we can’t stand dirty surroundings.  We can live with clutter but our tolerance for dirt is low because of our allergic reactions (afflictions apparently can be teachers in disguise).  My teenage brother maintains our place by sweeping and mopping when I’m not around, washing the dishes, taking out the trash, and doing his laundry.  We like our floor to be so clean we can take our bare feet to it.  Once we’re six months in we’ll probably take my Mom’s high-powered rainbow vacuum cleaner over the entire place, but it will have an easy job by then since we clean so regularly.  This time upon returning to the flat I was delighted to finally to oversee a relative’s repair guy install our IKEA Melodi pendant ceiling lamp (Php950) which has just lifted the central room of our kitchen-dining area entirely.

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The IKEA Melodi pendant lamp is I think their most affordable ceiling lamp in the whole category, but it still makes a dramatic difference when you hang it thoughtfully.  It hangs here with an bright part-warm part-cool 9-watt LED bulb that I’m glad isn’t too yellow (GES from ACE Hardware have this warm-cool blend) that’s beautifully diffused by the faux/frosted plastic shade.  Lots of people ask me if IKEA is now officially in Manila, the answer is no, but Furniture Source, the helpful resellers of IKEA and other foreign brands of homeware, have been around for ages bringing in some new designs by ikea together with bestseller faves.  You might remember this post on the Php3,500 IKEA Glasholm desk I purchased from Furniture Source Philippines last year for my room in the South(@furnituresourcephils on IG) and this follow up post still with the same IKEA desk but paired with a Flototto pro chair which was a gift.  Read on to see more photos and more home items and repair tasks I kept busy with yesterday, plus Furniture Source PH sent me a surprise because of my blog posts featuring them!

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