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COMFY OVERNIGHT CONFIDENCE WITH MODESS | Ad

I have those days when I’m just not sure, don’t you?  However, there are some things that have stayed constant in my life through the years, like the product I’m mentioning today.  Even if it is a sort of an “unmentionable” hey, this is a REAL ladies’ blog and for ladies sometimes life doesn’t get any more real and hazy for us than when our periods swing ’round.  Yes, I said the P word.

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I don’t like to be constantly checking during that time.  Real challenges require real confidence and confidence does grow where reassurance is sown.  Read on to see what provides my overnight reassurance.

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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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