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Kate Somerville Goat Milk Cream | 80% Organic For Sensitive Skin

Let’s all sit back and look at this moisturizer, the ingredients of which are as good as Glinda.  Kate Somerville’s Goat Milk Cream was included in one of Caroline Hirons’ oh-so-rare Hall of Fame standalone posts in October 2011 in which she labeled this as “an absolute must-have”.  It’s an unusual formulation in a good way because it targets combination sensitive skin (Hello, Me) and provides a certain level of defense and treatment against acne.  My aunt brought this home for me from L.A. last week, she picked it up from Sephora.

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In case you were wondering, no, I did not paint my nails to match the product (haha), my chipped nails were already painted when my Tita gave this to me, haha (incidentally the shade is Revlon “Charming”, yes it does match the product pot perfectly).  To confirm the luxury on this, check out the nifty pump that ensures you won’t spoil the product in side!  Fancy, eh?  I’m almost certain the luxe pot is what partly made this hit $55 at the counter.  One full pump by the way is enough to do your face and relevantly your upper neck as well.  But what’s great is you actually have an option.  If the pump annoys you and you really want to get to the very bottom of the whole pot to scrape out the cream towards the end you can just twist off both the lid and pump together at the pot’s silver neck like on any normal product pot lid to get cream out the normal way.

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For years, Ancient Egyptians used goat milk to heal and nurture skin; their skincare wisdom bears following. This natural wonder continues the great tradition, lavishing skin with infusions of milk proteins, vitamins, and amino acids.

INGREDIENTS: Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Goat Milk, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Emulsifying Wax NF, Stearic Acid, Glycerin, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Tocopherol, Phenoxyethanol, Xanthan Gum, Salix Nigra (Willow) bark Extract, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Mannan, Melia Azadirachta Seed Oil, Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary) Extract, Tetrasodium EDTA, Citric Acid. Php55 for 50ml, SEPHORA

It’s a lovely aloe-based rich cream that’s fragrance-free and just has that natural light milky smell that isn’t annoying.  The density, texture and consistency is comparable to NIVEA’s classic cream in a blue tin (told you it was rich).  The KS Goat Milk Cream is actually thicker than I thought and so for the local climate I still prefer the texture of the Za Restoring Collagen Cream.  I imagine abroad this Goat Milk Cream could pass as a day cream in a dry country but out here in the tropics, during the day, unless your skin is super dehydrated or you work in air-conditioned areas it’s just a bit too rich for me.  I’m not too sure this would be okay for oily skin locally, acne prone skin yes, but highly oily skin maybe not.  However I used this overnight and when I touched my face the next morning, I woke up to smoother, softer and even in some areas clearer skin because it cleared up some small patches of rashes and potential zits along my jaw and on the side of my face.  The key is to not to apply too much.

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The great thing to note about this moisturizer is that as far as I can tell it is silicone and nasties free, so any smoothness or softness you get is a genuine positive skin reaction.  The Kate Somerville Goat Milk Cream is a trustworthy luxury moisturizer that’s nice to look at and set on your bathroom counter and can be used as a day or night cream according to your preference.  I may not like the thicker texture of the cream itself but I do love the genuine supple effect on my skin in the morning when I’ve worn it overnight (without any artificial smooth-ers) and the fact that it doesn’t break me out and does prevention is great.  Improved skin is what mainly matters and this certainly delivers.

 

REVLON Brow Fantasy Duo | Brows Both Ways

I’d like to thank my friend Rinka for showing me her own Revlon Brow Fantasy Pencil Gel Duo, otherwise I wouldn’t have known about this really.  The saleslady said these arrived last week or something.  Simple things that work two ways are great for pushing, push push…this is good.  This is something women with sparse brows need all the time.

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REVLON Brow Fantasy Php570+ (purchased personally at PCX) – This product actually comes in four (4) shades and to my surprise wow, all four for now are available locally.  If I heard the saleslady right the shades are light blonde light brown, brunette, and deep brown.  Brunette and Deep Brown have already sold out in some stores like the one I went to in Alabang Town Center.

It’s nice to see Revlon doing more drugstore products we actually really need on a daily basis.  I love that they’re doing classic staple products that tick the right boxes.  Read more to see before and after shots of application and get the full review.

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The Cream Factory Lathering Bath Creams | Goat Milk Glory!

In just a few weeks the once-a-day bathers will become twice-a-day bathers.  Summer heat is creeping up on us with a few cool nights making their last visits.  I was super excited late last year to have been invited by the Cream Factory team to check out the brand.  The Cream Factory is a goat milk centric bath and body range, their biggest product group being their ever popularly fragrant Bath creams and each have an added natural ingredient to flag a specific skin benefit.   The ones I have are the Goat’s Milk and Honey and the Goat’s Milk and Avocado, each type has its own distinct scent (the smells are unrelated to the botanic ingredient).  Essentially, these are shower gels infused with the goodness of goat milk and botanical essences but I do think the word “cream” has a better ring to it, the goats would be pleased.  Just how great are these?  They’re pretty much the most luxurious mid-range liquid body soaps I have ever tried.  Had these existed while I was in grade school I would have collected the bottles for my dolls and pretended the milk man delivered to their doorstep daily (an “upcycle” tip for you mommies).

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 THE STUFF INSIDE – “Water, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl, Betaine, Cocamide DEA, Decyl Glucoside, Glycerin, Glycol Stearate, Fragrance, Polyquaternium-39, Sodium PCA, Honey/ Avocado Extract, Goat’s Milk, Citric Acid, Tetrasodium EDTA, Sodium Chloride, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methyisothiazolinone

NO Pthalates, formaldehyde, mineral oil, or toxic petrochemicals.

VARIANTS – Goat’s Milk & Almond: The Detoxifying Soap, Goat’s Milk & Jojoba: The Clarifying Soap, Goat’s Milk & Yogurt: The Soothing Soap, Goat’s Milk & Seaweed: The Revitalizing Soap, Goat’s Milk & Cinnamon: The Purifying Soap, Goat’s Milk & Avocado: The Radiating Soap, Goat’s Milk & Acai Berry: The Age-Defying Soap, Goat’s Milk & Witch Hazel: The Rejuvenating Soap, Goat’s Milk & Honey: The Germ Killing Soap

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That certainly looks like “dessert for the skin” doesn’t it?  What I love about these bath creams is they don’t aggressively lather up, they gently lather up in a silky way and my skin doesn’t feel stripped of moisture after.  Plus the scent, oh my the well-rounded sophisticated scents, they have some that are a little bit more on the sweet slightly fruity or slightly floral side but I’ll have you know they also have clean non-gourmande soapy scents.  The most unisex scent I smelt was their Goat’s Milk and Witch Hazel (seriously smells just like Safeguard White) and the next best neutral scent would be the Seaweed one.  My favorite scent is Avocado, it’s a clean scent with a slightly sweet note in there, Jojoba is pretty nice, too.  These bath creams just really make showering something to look forward to.

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THE CREAM FACTORY IS AVAILABLE IN:
– Beauty Bar (Powerplant Mall, SM Mall of Asia, Shangri-La Plaza, The Podium, Robinsons Galleria, Eastwood Mall, Gateway Mall, Trinoma Mall, Robinsons Place, Greenbelt 5, Alabang Town Center, Lucky Chinatown Mall, Glorietta 2)
– Rustan’s Fresh (Glorietta, Powerplant Mall, Shangri-La Plaza, San Antonio Plaza, Katipunan, Cuenca Park)
– Mercury Drugstore (Rockwell, Glorietta 4, Trinoma, Shangri-La Plaza, Robinson’s Galleria, Pasong Tamo Makati, Scout Borromeo, Glorietta, Cash and Carry Makati, BF Homes Paranaque, Greenhills Shoppesville, Katipunan, Greenbelt, ACR Rodriguez, Better Living Paranaque, People’s Support Makati, San Juan Greenhills GS, Makati GL, Greenhills Office, Trinoma LG, Meralco Pasig, Bonifacio Global City Taguig, MDC 100, Sanjuan C Greenhills)
– Robinsons Department Store (Galleria, Magnolia, Ermita)
– Landmark Department Store (Quezon City, Makati)
– SNOE (SM Muntinlupa, SM Center Pasig, SM Valenzuela, SM Center Las Pinas, SM City Sucat, SM City Sta. Rosa)
– SM Supermarket (SM Megamall, SM Aura)
– SM Hypermarket (SM Mall of Asia, SM Center Pasig)
– Blowout Bar Manila (G-02, Rada Regency, Rada St. Legaspi Village, Makati)

ALSO AVAILABLE IN:
http://www.pormada.com/
https://glamourbox.ph/index.php
http://bdjbox.com/

They come in a handy regular 221ml size (Php699) and a whopping 1000ml family size.  The regular 221ml sizes also come in triple bundle packs of 3 different scents.  They recently also came out with some awesome body scrubs which you should seriously check out.

 

Plants Versus Zombie | Spring Skincare February 2014

I had a quick revisit of my skincare regimen to note what I’ve been using most regularly to keep from looking like the deadly undead.  I just observed my winning streak with these bits of skincare.  I haven’t had any allergic reactions or breakouts in nearly a year.  I noticed a growing trend, pun unintended.  Given that four of these six products are available locally and reasonably priced for the amount I think I’ve got pretty good plant-charged skincare picks on hand.

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I’ve reviewed most of these products individually and have also included those links below.  Please note that my regimen has become less “strict” and more of an “as needed” situation when it comes to application.   So I don’t use ALL of these together daily, the combination changes.  Of course the cleansing milk I use everyday, it is hydrating enough for me to sometimes skip moisturizer, but not all the time.  I didn’t include body products but just for details’ sake I’ve been using my LUSH cosmetics vegan solid soaps for the past few months.  The only two imported products are the 100 Percent Pure Tomato Lycopene Cream and the Pai Facial Oil, the rest are available locally.

MAKEUP REMOVER – The Body Shop Camomile Eye & Lip Makeup Remover (bi-phase) 150ml Php650 (goes on buy 1 take 1 sale sometimes).  The one I used to buy a lot was the L’Oreal Gentle bi-phase which was Php300 a couple of years back but now according to Mom it’s now up to about Php500+?  That’s what she told me, will double check and the L’Oreal one gave me red itchy skin after makeup removal.  For a hundred more I’d rather use the Body Shop’s Camomile one. A little goes a long way with this makeup remover so one bottle hangs around longer and my face doesn’t itch.  I like it mainly for eyes because Bioderma Crealine doesn’t remove waterproof mascara well enough for me.

FACIAL CLEANSER – Le Couvent Des Minimes Beneficial Rose Gentle Cleansing Milk Php799 (Non-foaming, No Mineral Oil) goes on buy 1 take 1 sale  at major SM Department stores- “With 3 Beneficial Roses” If that’s not skin love I don’t know what is, LOL. This also contains wild rose hip polyphenols to further nourish skin after cleansing.  I’m on my third or fourth bottle of this stuff.  On a super lazy night I can even skip makeup remover sometimes thanks to this.  If you massage this directly on top of made up skin for longer periods before rinsing off with water it also is able to break down most base and eyelid makeup.  You can you can use a cotton pad so you can see what’s coming off.

TONER – Moringa O2 Malunggay Herbal Facial Toner Php80 (Alcohol-Free)  I use this just as needed, not everyday but it’s what I want in a next step after cleansing and it’s alcohol free, it also has an aloe water base that hydrates and soothes the skin afterwards.  I also use it with cotton to ensure my skin has been purged of all grime and makeup.

DAILY MOISTURIZER – 100 Percent Pure Tomato Lycopene Face Cream $34 USD (No toxins, No Mineral Oil) Mom got me this from San Francisco airport is the purest botanical moisturizer I’ve ever owned.  The ingredients list, as you can see in the standalone review, speaks for itself.  Key plants are rose, cucumber, tomato, carrot, avocado, pomegranate and more.  Note…even though it is not artificially scented it DOES NOT STINK as an organic product, there a very, very light tomato after scent which disappears once skin has absorbed it.  This one I like to use day or night.  It’s a powerful yet gentle overnight miracle worker for me when coupled with a few drops of the Pai Rosehip facial oil.  It’s a light moisturizer, not as rich as the next one.

TREATMENT MOISTURIZER - Za Perfect Solution Restoring Collagen Cream Php725 (No Mineral Oil, with Hyaluronic Acid)  I’ve come to like this just recently, I misjudged it by its name and packaging.  It’s the more chemically charged one in this group but it isn’t that bad sort of cream.  In that fuschia pink pot it looks like nothing botanical and the “anti-aging” description turned me off at first, but boy did I misjudge this.  I was way wrong. It is quite simply a moisturizer packed with glycerin collagen, hyaluronic acid, yuzu seed extract, apricot juice, marine elastin, Vitamin C, Vitamin E and moisturizing minerals.  It certainly backs up the list with how it makes my skin feel.  I choose to use this as a treatment cream when I feel my skin needs a bit more hydration locked in.  I like how the skin surface feels plump and supple about half an hour after the cream sinks in.  The only thing I would change about this is I’d make it fragrance free, but it doesn’t break me out anyway.  Best overall description for me is this is like a lightweight version  of Clinique’s yellow Dramatically Different Moisturizer +.  It gives the same type of lasting hydration but with less stickiness and more softness, plus for hundreds of pesos less.

FACIAL TREATMENT OIL – PAI Bioregenerate Rosehip Facial Oil $31 USD A friend based in SG ordered this for me from the Pai UK Website a year ago and I’m almost halfway down the bottle after a year because you only use two drops with your moisturizer on nights when you need it.  Yasumi of Worship Blues blog turned me on to this.  From what I can tell we have a similar complexion and facial skin type (sensitive to dry combo, plus she’s Japanese and I have Japanese ancestry).  A few drops of this with the Tomato Lycopene cream before bed and I wake up to perfectly rebalanced skin.  I try to use this once to twice a week.

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So that’s my updated skincare edit.  I really use these products on a regular basis now so believe me when I say they work for me as a person with dry to sensitive skin.  I didn’t just think of putting a bunch of products together for the sake of an edit.  More or less I’ve been posting my updated skincare products every six to eight months, (here’s the previous post) on the blog.  I just have to say what a plant powered group this one turned out to be…goodbye, zombie “zkin”.

The Upside Down Cat Eye | Gregory Arlt for Vogue Japan Inspired

I have been truly, truly enjoying the sun in my room now between the hours of 330-530pm.  It makes random “bEditorial”makeup shoots like this in my bedroom possible.  I was very inspired by an image I spotted in  MAC MUA Gregory Arlt’s Instagram account, a professional who has dubbed himself the “beauty exorcist”.  If I’m not mistaken he was here a few weeks or months ago teaching a MAC masterclass to some professional artists.  Gregory is a professional celebrity and high fashion makeup artist who’s done celebrities like Gwen Stefani, Lily Allen and many more.  I was kind of feeling bleh at the whole kitty flick trend which is practically everywhere and this was my chance to play around for fresh perspective.  Here is my version of Gregory Arlt’s upside down cat eye look which he did for an editorial in Vogue Japan.

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I actually began the look without the melon eyeshadow that you can sort of spot in the photos, I nearly forgot to add it later on.  Without the melon eyeshadow to lift the the eyes this is what it looks like, it’s kind of okay, but it ends up a bit lackluster and it makes the look cold and sci-fi instead of fresh.

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I don’t look too happy either in this one hahaha!  So melon eyeshadow is needed.  I prefer it with the happy melon toned eyeshadow from the MAKE UP FOR EVER Arty Blossom Spring Palette.  Here is the photo of Gregory Arlt’s work for Vogue Japan that inspired me and the products I used to do it on myself.

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PRODUCTS USED – MUD Cream Foundation, Ellana Pressed Mineral Foundation in French Vanilla (certain areas only), MUFE Super Matte Loose Setting Powder #14, Missha Perfect Concealer, MAKE UP FOR EVER Arty Blossom Spring Palette (Limited edition ’til end of February) Bobbi Brown Sepia Ink (Brown) Gel Liner, Makeup Factory Black Automatic Waterproof Eyeliner, K-Palette Brow Pen, Revlon Lash Potion Waterproof Mascara, MAC Peach Blossom lipstick

 

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I’ll just explain the part about the eyeliner.  I basically used the Bobbi Brown Sepia gel liner to create the stroke making sure my tapered tips ended soft with less intensity, if they weren’t soft enough I’d correct with some concealer and a fine brush, then I used the K-Palette Brow Pen to perfect the ends without using black.  The only black I used was on the inner lower rims of my eyes just the way it’s also done on the model, black inside, brown outside.

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Too much blue steel projectioN, not used to it…let’s fix that, there you go.  Just couldn’t resist posting one of me smiling after all those steely looks!  This is more like me than any of the other photos!  All photos were shot by me, myself, and I in my bedroom, we make a good team, don’t you think LOL!  Have you ever tried executing a trend makeup look on your own with a reference?

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