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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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A TRUE TEEN’s ACNE-PRONE SKIN ARSENAL

So, this is as spontaneous as it gets.  Sleepover = true skincare stories.  Ever so randomly last night, a teenage cousin of mine with acne-prone, reactive skin spilled the details on her current skincare swat team.  The line-up is to say frankly, not edited but as real as can be, because they were all on her bathroom counter in sincere disarray from daily use.  We gathered them ’round to compress for this family photo (I really have a good laugh inside when people yell out “compress” because it’s just everyone’s thing).  I’ve seen my cousin’s face months before all this, it was shiny, sensitive, and eruptive.  This time though, her face was clear and not shiny with no sign of acne on the horizon.

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Please note that this selection is not used simultaneously and was formed gradually with the added supervision of her dermatologist.  The products may or may not work for you in the same way or may not be recommended for you.   Read on for the full regimen post and what she told me about each product.

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MY BUDGET SUMMER MAKEUP EDIT 2016

I get the random comment about my makeup recommendations being safe for normal and clear skin types.  A good number of you out there, I’ve observed, prefer more coverage.  So, for today’s budget  summer makeup look I am sporting more coverage and a heavier less dewy finish, more than what I’d personally wear.  For those among you who like things more packed in and shine-free I give you this edit.

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In the look I do not use the eyeliner but I’ve still added an eyeliner recommendation.  Read on for more on the look and product details.

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CATRICE Sun Glow Matte Bronzing Powder

I haven’t been fortunate when it comes to the recent bronzers I’ve picked up…the last three bronzing compacts I’ve owned have all smashed somehow halfway due to random accidents.  My Yves Rocher bronzing powder duo *sniff* dropped at my cousin’s wedding, now phased out locally, my Topshop matte bronzer in Mohawk from the UK that fell before I got to review it (fell off a desk during a job, I’ve pressed it back into the compact but it’s a mess to work with), and my last one which was a heartbreaker, none other than the Pixi Shape and Shadow contour compact (which is awesome by the way).  I’ve picked up a new one from the department store that’s mid-range to affordable in pricing.

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CATRICE Sun Glow Matte Bronzing Powder 020 Deep Bronze (Darker Skin…umm, but not really) Php399.00 SM Beauty

Accidents have recently happened to my favorite bronzers when I’m not even halfway in, but never to my blush or powder compacts…strange.  God bless and protect this next one.   I don’t have the budget anymore for something high end and I spotted this Matte Bronzing Powder by Catrice for Darker Skin (which ironically is suitable for medium to fair skin), in SM immediately and swatched it.  I’m pretty glad I did, because it’s wonderful.  Read on for the full post.

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THE NEW PHP129 MINT POLISH

I have another new and different polish favorite, it’s a mint but it isn’t stereotypically that baby turquoise aqua hue.  Meet Essence’s “Like An Unforgettable Kiss” collection polish in 02 Always on My Mint. 

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It’s more green than blue, like a hazy sea foam with more yellow and I dare say a tiny hint of grey (this is more noticeable in real life).  It leans more towards pistachio.  Read on for the full post.  

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TOP 5 SUNSCREENS SORTED BY SKIN TYPE

Let’s save our skin from the early onslaught of sun damage this summer (and all year round), shall we?  Here are five locally available non-sticky sunscreens to choose from depending on your skin type.  Prices vary greatly but I chose each one based on suited skin type…five for five.

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Cetaphil DAYLONG Light Gel SPF50, NIVEA Sun Protect & Moisture, VMV Hypoallergenics Armada Sport 70, Shiseido Wet Force S SPF50, Belo Sun Expert SPF40 Face

Out of these five sunscreens I have used three.  The two other sunscreens I have applied but not tested under long sun exposure but people I know and am about to mention have used them already.  Read on to get a closer look at which skin type each sunscreen suits and why I like them.

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