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Andalou Naturals Apricot Probiotic Cleansing Milk | Non-GMO Botanics for Dry, Sensitive Skin

I’ve found so far what has proved to be more than worthy as my replacement cleanser by Andalou Naturals at Healthy Options and it’s actually cheaper than my previous, well-loved Cleansing Milk.  This is the Andalou Naturals Apricot Probiotic Cleansing Milk for Dry & Sensitive Skin (from the Age Defying range, when it’s something THAT specific, it’s usually good).  My skin is short of REJOICING at the moment.  I was supposed to blog about this new probiotic, ph-balanced no-nasties formula in a week but it’s made such a difference in 3 days of using it day and night that I can’t stand not telling you about it.  That’s a step UP from the performance of my previous cleanser which maintained, minimally soothed, and hydrated my pretty good skin but didn’t clear up small problems which kept repeating themselves.  This new Andalou cleansing milk costs nearly Php300 LESS than my old one.   It’s a first in my book that their “Age Defying” range (purple themed) is the selection that’s particularly formulated for “dry & sensitive skin” (they have other ranges for varying skin types) and the words “probiotic”, “fruit stem cells” and “cleansing milk” just made me give this a go since I needed a replacement soon.  This performed well beyond my expectations as a slightly more affordable cleansing substitute.  When this light cleansing cream (it’s more a lightweight cream that emulsifies than a milk) glides over your face at first you’re like “How can something that at first feels like nothing do something?”…trust me, for me it did more than just “something”.  On the first day a few minutes after I rinsed this off I knew my skin liked this and a few hours later I knew I had just made a major, personal discovery but I let 3 days pass to further validate my observations.

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Andalou Naturals Apricot Probiotic Cleansing Milk for Dry & Sensitive Skin, Php549.00 178ml

“Fruit Stem Cell Complex and probiotic microflora calm irritation and stimulate cell turnover for improved dermal immunity. Nourishing aloe vera, apricot and borage oils gently loosen and remove make-up and impurities, while restoring intracellular moisture and a healthy glow.  For clean, nourished skin and a restored complexion.” – ANDALOU NATURALS (PH Balanced & Hypoallergenic)

INGREDIENTS:
Aloe Barbadensis Juice*, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Oil*, Vegetable Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglycerides, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Oil, Prunus Dulcis (Almond) Milk, Glyceryl Monolaurate, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetyl Alcohol, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Probiotic Complex (Alpha-Glucan Oligosaccharide, Polymnia Sonchifolia Root, Maltodextrin and Lactobacillus), Fruit Stem Cells (Malus Domestsica, Solar Vitis) and BioActive 8 Berry Complex*, Resveratrol, Ubiquinone (CoQ10), Vitis Vinifera (Grape Seed) Polyphenols, Allantoin, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Mangifera Indica (Mango) Butter, Hibiscus Rosa-Sinensis Extract*†, Rosa Canina (Rosehip) and Borago Officinalis (Borage) Oils*, Phenethyl Alcohol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Agathosma Capensis (Buchu) Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil*
*Organic † Fair Trade Made naturally without GMO’s, gluten, paraben preservatives, petrochemicals, phthalates, sulfates, synthetic colors, dyes and fragrances. Verified Gluten-Free 100% Eco-friendly, Vegetarian & Cruelty-Free, All Andalou products have been tested by the Food Allergy Research & Resource Program (FARRP)

Most of you have read about my being disappointed that Le Couvent Des Minimes French skincare is soon about to leave SM and Philippine shores by end of March and you also know I’ve been highly dependent on their Beneficial Rose facial range, especially the cleansing milk and moisturizer (I have about less than 2 half bottles left of LCDM cleanser).  Andalou Naturals I’ll admit is a bit of a risk substitute because niche botanical brands like Andalou in niche stores like Healthy Options sort of give you an uncertain feeling about how long their ranges will be around for but for now I’ll just be grateful I found a replacement. It still contains Rosehip which I believe in as a skin ingredient.  That word “restored” up in the product description is exactly how my skin began to feel after 2 days minimum.  Andalou Naturals botanical use of berries and plants reminds me of Essie Button’s favorite skincare brand Antipodes.  When I researched “probiotics in skincare” what came up in the search was another highly-acclaimed, but nearly unreachable, Tatler awarded foreign brand Aurelia Skincare, the range that advanced skin facialist and expert Caroline Hirons and Youtuber ChelseaWears highly recommend (Caroline likes the cleansing balm, Chelsea loves the serum).  Note, C. Hirons is the expert and Chelsea of ChelseaWears on YouTube is the honest everyday consumer like you and me who swears (sometimes excessively) by the Aurelia Revitalize & Glow Probiotic Serum.  We  DO NOT have Aurelia Skincare locally but my guess is Andalou Naturals at Healthy Options comes close as a good-enough budget version with the probiotic benefits of the Age Defying range for Sensitive skin (something that sounds tailor fit for me).  Read more to get my full review, this is sort of a long one because I talk about my skin and mention probiotics among other things.

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My “No Makeup” Makeup Edit | One Face, Five Products

Lots of you liked this look yesterday, I was getting lots of likes for it on both Instagram and Facebook in both my personal and blog accounts.  This  was primarily shot to show the use of the lip and cheek product I featured but people kept giving me feedback on how they loved the look as a whole.  It really is the most minimal sort of makeup I would ever wear usually on weekends or when with family (which is often), a “no makeup” makeup look if you will.    Cue the acapella version of “True Colors”.  I feel like I cast myself in a Dove ad ‘coz of this photo.

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I put this look on the other day before heading out to visit my grandfather and since many of you liked it so much I’ve decided to share all five products I used to create it.  It also just occurred to me that I didn’t need to use a makeup brush in general, I only did at the very end to do some buffing and retouching but I didn’t really need to.  The look requires minimal effort and you can use your hands for every step except the brows and lashes.

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1.  BECCA Luminous Skin Colour Ultra Sheer Foundation in “Camel” SPF 25 (they were at Adora last I remember, hope they’re still there, my niece got me this in the US, any sheer base you have will do)

2. NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in “Ginger”  user friendly because of the wand and its creamy consistency, sets to a matte finish, good enough for spots as well as under the eyes.

3. K-Palette Real Lasting Eyebrow Pen in “01″ This is one of the closest local brow pens we have to match that phenomenal SUQQU Pen Lisa Eldridge always uses.  It’s water and sweat resistant and doesn’t give the drawn-on brow effect, it gives a more natural look

4. L’Oreal Shocking Extensions Waterproof Mascara - This is the US mascara that does it all for me, volume, length, waterproofing, and superb curl hold.  A good local one is L’Oreal Double Extension Curl Waterproof OR Majolica Majorca Edge Meister Waterproof.

5. Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge in Powder Pink  – Enough said about this awesome lip and cheek product, the color is what makes it rock, I’ve reviewed it in FULL here.

 

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It’s also the sort of look guys and people who know us best tend to appreciate, minimal, radiant, and fresh.  For girls who have problematic skin just switch the sheer base for a foundation with more coverage.  I like this look, I shall be doing this on myself more often this summer.

 

Yummy Calchews Chocolate | Chewable Calcium Bites

This isn’t your usual beauty post, but I’ve really been taking these!  Calchews are chewable calcium supplements but I do want to mention them after they were sent to me.  I find myself chewing them randomly in the car or in places where I shouldn’t be falling asleep, once a day.  What helps me want to take them is they come in yummy flavors of Caramel or Chocolate.  I like Chocolate because it tastes like an easier to chew version of my childhood favorite, Tootsie Roll candy, it really, really does.

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“CalChews is the only calcium supplement in the market that is enriched not only with Vitamin D3 but also with Vitamin K – vitamins essential for optimum bone health.  Calcium is one of the most important minerals that our body needs. It is essential to maintain strong bones and healthy lifestyles. It has also been found to contribute to weight management, strong teeth, and helps with PMS and mood swings.  Vitamin D3 and Vitamin K both provide the perfect combination for a more superior Calcium Supplement. Vitamin D3 is essential for proper calcium absorption that helps prevent bone diseases such as osteomalacia and osteoporosis.  Vitamin K ensures that the full benefit of calcium is directed to where our body need it most – our bones. Vitamin K is the vitamin that binds Calcium to our bones.”  (NOTE: Not sugarfree, not suitable for those with diabetes.  Contains Vitamin K, consult your Doctor first if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, or taking blood thinning medication.) Size/ Price: CalChews Chocolate 15s / Php 180.00,
CalChews Caramel 15s / Php 180.00 *sponsored*

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I actually have to STOP myself from taking more than one a day coz of how yummy they are  (these are calcium supplements so you’re not supposed to snack on them, haha)!  Zoomed in on the chocolate one it actually looks like a brownie.  If you hate taking supplements these might help change your mind.

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Calchews are Available for Php 180.00 for 15pcs. at:
Mercury Drugstores Nationwide / Watsons Drugstores / South Star Drugstores / Rustan’s Supermarket / Landmark Supermarket / Robinson’s Supermarket

Social Media:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CalChews
Website: http://calchews.com/
Twitter: http://twitter.com/CalChews
Instagram:@CalChewsPH

Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge “Powder Pink” | Lip & Cheek Spring Perfection

It’s summer over here and spring ovah theh *jazz hands* *mid-air heel click*.  I gave summer a pretty huge head-start on the blog this year so let’s continue to give spring a bit more of the limelight until it finally…actually gets hot (anyone feelin’ me on this? where’s the heat?!).  I have one little thing that was given to me at a recent event that impressed me so much when I cropped and color-balanced my photos (to match what I see in real life).  This review wasn’t planned until I put this Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge stuff on which is cream color for lips and cheeks, that much of an impact yes, the nanosecond when your mind blurts out “Wow, ganda pala nito”.  These aren’t necessarily just sheer by the way, they’re creamy packed with pigment but can be sheered out  depending on the amount you pick up with your finger or brush.  It’s pretty much sheer to moderate creamy color  coverage in a compact formulated to suit cheeks as a cream blush, too.

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“A best-selling, multitasking cream color that gives cheeks and lips a healthy, natural-looking flush.” Php1500 at local Bobbi Brown counters

I was dashing out the door getting ready to meet my grandfather at my aunt’s place and then, albeit annoying, this ” first, let us take a selfie” moment happened…at age 30 (creeps backward from spotlight).  Read more to see why I was so taken in by this stuff, seriously, the impact was of course when I put it on.

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Le Couvent Des Minimes Complete Moisturizing Cream | Bye Bye to the Brand :(

It’s frustrating that my favorite working facial skincare range, Le Couvent Des Minimes is pulling out of the Philippines but I won’t be pretentious and say I’m depressed, I’ll live, but grr.  It’s skincare for goodness’ sake.  In case you didn’t read my past reviews Le Couvent Des Minimes is a French skincare range that is part of the brand family of L’Occitane and Melvita and I was more than pleased that SM actually brought it in about a year ago.  The packaging is gorgeous and is like a more affordable version of L’Occitane (almost half price).  The Beneficial Rose facial range is perfectly suited to my skin type, dry-sensitive.  It’s not purely vegan as a brand like 100 Percent Pure but the amount of botanical ingredients integrated into the LCDM formulas is impressive and I like that the range is paraben-free and tries not to include mineral oil.  I had a strong feeling this botanically sound brand wouldn’t last here…one thing might be is that the brand name is not easy to read for many Filipinos.  Even I get lazy to say the whole brand name when someone asks me what facial cleanser I use and that’s not very good for word of mouth marketing.  I’ll survive and maybe I’ll find something that works for slightly less, but I really must say that I’m super annoyed that LCDM (it’s a mouthful) is being phased out locally from SM department stores probably due to the lack of volume sales.  It’s still available in Europe and here Le Couvent Des Minimes has a US website so for those with GCASH amex or relatives in the States you’re still good I guess.  Sigh*.  My favorite product from the range, their Gentle Rose Cleansing Milk is practically sold out already, salesladies had none to offer.  They still had this accompanying moisturizer to the cleansing milk, and I’m nearly tweaking my own ears for not giving the sister moisturizer a go last year.  This is LCDM’s Beneficial Rose Complete Moisturizing Cream

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KEY INGREDIENTS: Aqua/Water, Glycerin, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Damask Rose Floral Water, Rosa Centifolia Flower Extract, Sunflower Seed Oil, Gallic Rose Seed Milk, Wild Rose Seed Milk, Wild Rose Hip Polyphenol, Rosemary leaf extract, Vitamin E

Clearance sale at SM 50% off, Php649 from Php1299

 

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To appease my sad discovery that the Gentle Cleansing Milk was no more, I got this Beneficial Rose Complete Moisturizing Cream (now on clearance sale at 50% off, Php649 from Php1299) which they are still selling, NO mineral oil, parabens or colorants.  So it seems I’m on a moisturizer kick, I reasoned with myself that it ought to be the last thing I try before the brand disappears from the face of Manila.  Read more to get the full review.

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