I know, I know you’re all like “But you said…” yes, yes I did say I wasn’t supposed to purchase a new facial cleanser since I still had a Kiehl’s mousse action Acai Damage-Reducing cleanser on hand. I really wasn’t supposed to but I ended up buying two, (bad Julia) but really also to prove a point because one (Clean & Clear) was to replace the Kiehl’s cleanser which I found out I DIDN’T LIKE (get to that in a sec) and the second (Face Shop) was a purchase out of curiosity in all things Korean, to check if it worked better than the first replacement. It also turned out this Clean&Clear variant is very good especially for oily skin or if you’ve worn heavy makeup and want it absolutely all off. The Face Shop one is great for normal to combo dry skin. Oh and that one…I didn’t get at a Face Shop boutique, I found a semi “secret” Korean cosmetic shopping area somewhere in Makati where everything costs less because they’re brought here by a Korean who really goes back home.
From left: The Face Shop Rice Water Bright Cleansing Foam Php150.00 50ml tube, Clean & Clear Deep Action Purifying Cleanser (w/Rice Extract) Php135.00 for 100g tube
If you read my “Summerization” post, my expensive BeFine Facial Cleanser from Beauty Bar also had rice and I’m into the whole Asian feel that comes with using skincare with the benefits of the said staple grain. I only had to get that expensive one because I had to make sure my face recovered because it was rejecting my former facial cleanser that time. Because Filipinos love rice so much it fit for me. I didn’t favor the Kiehl’s Acai Damage Reducing cleanser (not in photo) and I really used it about 6 times to try and persuade myself to like it but it doesn’t feel like it cleanses my skin deep enough considering that there are days when I wear makeup plus I’m not fond of the scent. It felt weak as a cleanser. It’s okay naman, kind of like Rosemary, just not my type for the face so I gave it to Mom who likes herb scented light facial washes and she likes Kiehl’s as well. I think in general I don’t like facial cleansers that come with that foaming pump that gives you a light mousse that disappears into a whisper when you rub it between your fingers. I like that mousse pump action only for liquid hand soaps, Dial has a good set of moussing hand soaps from S&R. I like my facial cleansers to be slightly denser, creamier, and have unmistakeable emulsifying, foaming action. Read more to get the full post and my comparison between these two facial cleansers.
OMIGAWRSH…I spotted their video announcement on YouTube and got super excited. I only ever got to buy 1 pair of Renegade Folk shoes and they happen to be my most favorite heels. Back then they were available at bazaars and they had a Multiply Store online which is no longer active but they’ve got a brand spanking NEW RenegadeFolk.com Website here! I’ve used my own pair so often ever since I got them. These are photos from my Samsung Galaxy S Android phone, I use the FREE app Camera 360 when taking mobile photos.
They’re not cheap but they’re not insanely expensive either considering how great their styles and shapes are. I think I scored this pair at a bazaar for about Php1800 or Php2000 2.5 years ago but they’ve lasted me so well and still look really great considering I’ve worn them to so many places. I discovered the brand at their Rockwell bazaar kiosk, bought those shoes and loved them then Renegade Folk disappeared for what looked like was forever, but now they’re back!!! Like them on Facebook, check their website, and watch their YouTube announcement in this video.
Meet Rain, one of the support dancers I made up for another TVC shoot that just aired, Globe Prepaid GoPlay. I had lots of laughs with her and since I had hardly any time to take any other photos here’s one of her. She’s an awesome dancer…and I mean like a super-skilled awesome dancer, and I think her half hot pink hairdo rocks. The makeup challenge in this shoot is that everywhere they danced it was screaming hot and I mean HOT.
The 3 lead celebrities in the TVC were Sarah G, Gerald, and Vice Ganda! It was a non-stop dance fest, imagine take after take for lots of the dancers including some members of the Philippine All Stars dance crew, that means A LOT OF SWEAT, I had to enlist my hairstylist EddieMar Cabiltesto help me out in keeping them fresh. By the way, a lot of the time the makeup for support talents isn’t noticeable on camera, but there’ll be lots of behind the scenes videos coming up very soon where you’ll get to see more of the dance crew Rain auditioned to be a part of for this Globe TVC directed by Adrian Calumpang. Included in the dance crew as well is utterly ripped Ryan Janus Thomas from PBB Unlimited (a taekwando and dance expert) who you can see in this off-beat BTS video by my shoot supervising friend, Syke, it’s hilarious. This is an unlisted video, so it can’t be searched on YouTube, you can only view it where I make it available, like here.
Pardon the sound we were just using a tablet to take the video, but the joke in it was I retouched the girls lying down and Syke (cameraman and my former officemate at UGL) said I was being all “Kevyn Aucoin” like. Little Lynn one of the dancers said it was like doing funeral makeup and I said in that case it was a group casket, they cracked up. Here’s a photo of the one who was taking the video, Syke, he’s the funny guy on the right next to one of Provill’s exec producers, Franny.
Later, later on Rain happily says “Of corpse not!!” over and over to various comments by Syke LOL. As a team all of us worked for 2.5 days and came up with this 30 second ad, there are still some more TVC campaign installments coming up soon and watch out for more upcoming behind the scenes handheld by Direk Adrian Calumpang mismo.
This has taken forever to put up because I was looking for proper before and after photos, I wanted to choose from among my usual photos for the blog so the photos didn’t feel so set up for the challenge. So I chose a before photo from one of my other posts before I was issued the Neutrogena BB-Cream Challenge and I chose an after photo from one of my recent mascara posts. So yes I’m sorry I do happen to be wearing mascara in the after photo, but with the exception of that I have a clear face. I took so long in trying to make out and remember if I put loose powder during my review on the mascara (after photo) because if that were the case I shouldn’t have used that photo but since I can see one minor blemish near my lip I don’t actually think so, I do believe that’s a base free face. This isn’t the complete pledge post yet. The only minor post process I did to both was COLOR MATCH and balance the levels (because the photos were taken on two different days) so the photos were comparable in lighting. No blurring or softening filter was ever applied to either of these photos.
BEFORE NEUTROGENA BB CREAM CHALLENGE (NO MAKEUP) – Date Taken: January 26, 2012
AFTER NEUTROGENA BB CREAM CHALLENGE (MASCARA ONLY) – Date Taken: March 15, 2012
Though the differences are extremely subtle I think I’ve observed a distinguishable more even tone in my skin in the after photo. The blemish came about because I picked at (yes, don’t) a whitehead near my lip that was quite itchy and bothersome. I do find my skin to be not dramatically fairer, but agreeably, slightly fairer coz truthfullyI don’t expect myself to lighten up any more by much. The honesty about my Neutrogena BB Cream use is I used it faithfully everyday only for about 3-4 weeks when stepping out of the house (during the weekly giveaways obviously) then as work came about I rotated it among products in my personal kit. I still had it handy though. Then I started using it again for about 2-3 days between the 5th and 6th week. My final thoughts on the product alone is I love the oil-free light consistency and the beauty in the skin comes forth a few hours after applying it once it has blended with your natural facial oils, it gives a rosy white fairness, not an anemic sort of fairness, at least once the product has mildly set in and oxidized a little bit. Truth be told the single shade itself still leaves me wanting a multiple shade range to come out. I think the shade itself is a half-step too fair for me and it’s a bit of a stretch to say that it’ll suit all skin shades deeper than mine. I love the scent but I find it too strong and would prefer that it were fragrance free. I love the fact that this has no “shimmer” particles whatsoever and I also like the size of the bottle that’s quite handy to bring along. Over all I like Neutrogena BB Cream very much but tend to only put it on when I’m going for a look that suits angel-fair skin. Stay tuned for my style pledge post in which I’ll do the “model” thang for you sorry lot, makeup free! LOL
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