MY KOREAN FACIAL VLOG AT ORACLE AESTHETIC CLINIC

It took awhile but my vlog on my Korean Facial experience at Oracle Aesthetic Clinic, the world’s leading Korean dermatological and surgical beauty clinic finally uploaded without errors or freeze-frames.  You can read all about them here.  As I write this part of the paragraph, the internet, it seems, at the moment has taken the quickest route to sabotage my smooth upload moment.  The upload has stopped twice and been reset twice on YouTube.  It’s moving slowly now and finally progressing.  Oracle Skin Clinic is a Korean chain of dermatological clinics acclaimed by their  use of advanced technology, their trust in medical expertise, and their application of gentle skincare products in their treatments.

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The Pomegranate mask, a finishing touch on one of the most gentle, yet effective clinic facials available locally today, the Oracle Korean facial (FULL FACIAL Php3500.00, 50% off for first timers).

ORACLE AESTHETIC CLINIC  2/F Republic Glass Bldg., #196 Salcedo St. corner Soria St., Legazpi Village, Makati, Metro Manila

When my aunts had a sister sweep of the facials halfway in they were already thanking my mother for recommending the clinic because they were raving that it was the best facial experience they’d ever had.  One of those aunts of mine has even more sensitive skin than mine and is married to a German so her standards are wayy up there, but she was the first one to say it was the best.  I got my slot a few days later on Black Saturday and I opted for the Korean Facial treatment with no extractions.  Read on to see a few more shots of my aunts during their facial experiences at Oracle Skin Clinic before watching my vlog video at the end of this post.


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MY MORNING SKINCARE ROUTINE

Hi, at long last I got a video up!  The camera work on my Morning Skincare Routine video is a bit shaky sorry about that but Mom really did her best, she helped me that morning get it done, God bless her.  Drink Bonamine nalang before watching, lol.

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1. Safeguard Derma Sense Cleanser for Sensitive Skin (fragrance-free)
2. NIVEA Soft Moisturizer (bought in Japan)
3. This Works In Transit Camera Close-Up Moisturizer
4. VMV Hypoallergenics Armada Face Cover Sunscreen SPF45
5. NYX BB Beauty Balm in shade “Natural” (oil-free)

Of course you understand that on some days I don’t get to use all of the ones mentioned here.  Sometimes, I leave out one or two of these in the rush, but right now these are all the products I’ve been reaching for before I’m out the door in the morning.  Click continue to get to the video.To full post & COMMENTS...

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.… To full post & COMMENTS...

Baviphat Under My Skin Moisturizing Primer | Seriously Brings It.

The thing about primers is I’ve never EVER purchased one for myself or even fully reviewed a decent one properly…ever. I tried the Laura Mercier Hydrating primer which was great in finish but the smell made me gag (something off about it). I have had my handful of primer samples flow in and out of my stash through the years but I never really paid attention…until now. The Glambox PH Airbrush team invited me over to experience their system of products (which will be a separate post) and unexpectedly before the airbrush trial I was paying way more attention to the primer that was applied on me by their MUA which happened to be this one, by Korean cosmetics brand, Baviphat. It brings it. This is somewhat of an incomplete review because I haven’t tried it with traditional makeup just yet but as a makeup professional I can already feel that this will work really well. It feels and smells just perfect. I’m telling you for me…dizzizit. Call me corny but I like that it says “Secret Recipe” in tiny writing at the bottom which sort of implies that it’s not like any other primer in the ballpark.

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Baviphat Under My Skin Moisturizing Primer Php890.00 | Available at Glambox Airbrush Studio | 0922-8200172 | glamboxcosmetics@yahoo.com | The GlamBox Beauty Studio, Unit 2C, Value Point Building, 227 Salcedo St. cor. Gamboa St., Legaspi Village, Makati

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You get 35ml in a glass bottle with a pump. I love the simple straightforward packaging. It’s a glass bottle that says Primer, what more do you need? My only con is the ingredients are in Korean at the back probably but I know Baviphat is a good brand so I wasn’t too concerned. The thing that most often annoyed me about other branded primers was firstly they often didn’t smell right and secondly they felt like they added too much silicone so my face felt like it had a smothering layer over it (sometimes it felt like I wanted to fan my face) or even felt itchy. I wanted a primer that made my skin feel fresh but at the same time did the job of smoothing the surface. Baviphat’s Under My Skin Moisturizing primer smells like a sensitive baby product (fresh but light) it feels like it hydrates the skin on contact and provides just the right amount of silicon priming needed (on my face anyway) to prep the surface for makeup. The MUA at Glambox told me that for her it works perfect under airbrush product as well as traditional makeup. I instantly asked her what she was applying on my face because it smelt perfect and felt good. She showed it to me and said they sold it in the studio and this is her favorite. Now, it’s mine, too.

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Davines Authentic Moisturizing Balm | Hair, Face, and Body Multitasker

This product seriously rocks. I like it A LOT. It’s a massive multitasker!  When December dryness hit last year I felt all scratchy hair, face, and body-wise.  Just when I thought I wouldn’t encounter a hair product that could make me feel a  difference with my short pixie-do this Authentic Moisturizing Balm (98% natural derived stuff) for hair / face / and body surprised me. For those who aren’t fond of rich herbal scents you may or may not like it. Mom and I love its smell, it smells real and naturally fragrant (reminds me a bit of rosemary). It’s got organic carthame oil, shea butter, jojoba, safflower, and sesame and Vitamin E.  I got this off Sampleroom.ph for Mom but I ended up liking it, she hasn’t tried it coz she still has other stuff to consume.  It contains NO parabens, silicones, fake colors, or PEG.

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I’m naughty ‘coz  I sort of enjoy the first-come | first-get commotion when the limited edition stock goes up on Sampleroom.ph .  I shamelessly elbowed my way in to get this full size from Sampleroom for 80 SR points when there were only 2 left. It kind of reminds you of L’Occitane when you look at the tube. Don’t you just love the packaging? The label reminds me of the brand, Tokyo Milk. I didn’t expect this to actually work but it actually sort of emulsifies a bit (not too much, when water hits it! On hair as a conditioner it hydrates, softens, smoothens and enhances radiance (I have short hair and I noticed!). On face I like it as a cleansing balm that removes light makeup (not waterproof makeup) when I’m in the shower and doesn’t leave your skin dry. For the body it’s great for legs that need a moisturizing boost (shins and feet especially) but I still follow with a bit of lotion after. You don’t have to use this wet all the time. I used it on hands like a normal hand cream the first time I received it and it just completely resurrected my dry fingers in seconds and I was like omigawrsh, what a winner. It costs Php1250 for a 75ml tube and is available at salons that carry Davines products. I’ll get the branches and edit them in here.… To full post & COMMENTS...

My Facial Skincare | December 2012

The last feature I did on my facial routine was 6 months ago and that was reviewed here, so I guess a quick update is in order because my skincare has quite grown up in a sense but there is one item that hasn’t changed as you’ll notice below.  I’ve become more conscious of ingredients and I recognized some sensitivity and an increase in dryness skin-wise and I’m sure that has to do with 30 being just around the corner.  I’ve retreated from toners, even organic ones like Dickinsons because December brought in dryness.  I’m not the sort of person who stays completely loyal to products for years.  Naturally, my sensitive skin gets bored then at a certain saturation point begins to subtly reject skincare products I use for weeks or months on end.  I just wait for it to tell me when it’s due for a switch.  So far for the past 1-2 months these products have been my facial friends, some have been reviewed, some are waiting in line.  It’s a split down the middle on availability…3 are locally available and 3 are imported if I’m not mistaken.  Ignore the toothbrush.  Reviewed items are posted as links.  The funny thing is I noticed how great my skin was after using this team for a week before I was confined for dengue fever at the end of November.  The significant difference in my routine now is the added factor of deliberate nourishment and intense moisturizing after cleansing, aka steps to stay young longer with good organic stuff LOL (I refuse to say anti-aging…”doh!”).

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CLOCKWISE: Pevonia Botanica Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser, ORIGINS Drink-up Intensive Overnight moisturizer/mask, St. Ives Moisturizing Olive Cleanser, (underneath St. Ives) depotted Nivea Baby Smoothy Cream Moisturizer, Pai (UK) Rosehip Bioregenerate facial oil, Shiseido Extra Gentle Cleansing foam.

The moisturizers have become a vehicle for the active weapon.  My new favorite thing is my Harper’s Bazaar Awarded “Pai Rosehip Bioregenerate Facial Oil” which carries vitamins like Pro-Vitamin A, non-irritating active botanicals, carotenoids, and anti-oxidants that penetrate the skin surface with the help of a quick absorbing moisturizer.  Pai  is an organic skincare brand based in the UK known for its multiple type ranges suitable for sensitive skin.

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My friend Trixie in Singapore ordered it for me and since they only ship as far as SG and not to the Philippines she brought it home for me when she visited a few weeks ago.  I just use the cap dropper to add 1 drop of the Pai facial oil to my moisturizer (the smell is a bit foodie since it’s organic, it may not appeal to some) and massage it into skin before bed.  My Nivea Baby Smoothy Cream is my day moisturizer (mostly but sometimes I will use it at night) and right now I alternate it with the tropical fruity smelling Origins Drink Up Intensive as my night moisturizer…it’s not really a mask like it says it is.  Both those moisturizers do the job of making sure that while I sleep good things are happening in the facial department and I wake up super hydrated on the surface anyway.  With this new “step” added into my routine before bed I was burning up at the hospital but I was there with even better, more supple, rosy skin with no tiny bumps or rashes.

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I’ve not been one of those people who without fail night after night performs the same skin ceremony, but I’ve been more consistent this month especially at night before bed.  I now see why it’s important to have a regimen, so that the benefits compound and give you a completely unmistakeable result…just like exercise which…huhu…after dengue I desperately need to get back to.  Friends might mock these remarks and say “Julia…duh…you were born with great skin”.  Yes, I was born with soft, clear skin…that unfortunately reacts to almost anything new or sub-standard I might happen to put on it, so 7 times out of 10 there’ll be a set of whiteheads/rashes as a result camped in unnoticeable patches/groups on irritated areas that only I can feel (and pick at, TSK!) and only my Mom notices visually.  With this skincare team though, I’ve not been getting those little things.  Some spots have only resurfaced because of the late nights and rich food the past Christmas holiday week.  I recently organized my products with this acrylic container which was a gift so they wouldn’t clutter my bathroom counter.  I will take the time later on to review the remaining things I haven’t individually, but at least this gives you a glimpse of my skincare arsenal of the moment.

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The LUSH Times 2012 Catalog + LUSH King of Skin in a Tin

This LUSH Times catalog, which by the way you need to get at your LUSH store NOW (did I mention that it’s free), is the most awesomely edited cosmetics catalog slash price list I’ve come across.  It’s already the third day since I came home with it and I’m still opening it up to browse through it.  The LUSH Times is just bursting with what I need and want to know about all the LUSH products they have on hand and it’s all “embroidered” together with great written copy, lovely photos, and proper layout.  If you’re a beauty blogger you most certainly need this in your life.  I’m so glad the saleslady stabbed my shopping bag with it at the last minute…she nearly forgot they had some issues when I was walking out, I just happened to ask about the price of one more item.  I also love that it’s not glossy and is made of recycled paper.

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I also left the store with my own tin of King of Skin Php475 which is basically a solid lotion/body butter bar which melts into your skin full of good things like avocado, almond, virgin coconut oil, and what else… *nosedive into LUSH times*…Rose, Frankincense, Bananas, Jojoba, and Oats, too…what’s not to love skinwise, right.  I just stuck mine in the ref because it’s a bit melty and the ants were trying to get at it even with the tin (ants know the good stuff from the bad)!  Read more to see what I love about the LUSH times (more photos of its insides) and my compressed thoughts on LUSH King of skin.… To full post & COMMENTS...

St. Ives Moisturizing Olive Cleanser – Cleans & Oh Joy, Removes Makeup!

I got this sort of by accident and it turned out to be the most unexpected multi-tasker.  My FACE SHOP Rice cleanser went missing after some sleepover and I ended using up my Clean & Clear Deep Pore Purifying Cleanser which took awhile (big tube) and at the end my skin started feeling tight or bored with it and sought rotation.  When I finished that one at the same time I had also run out of makeup remover.  At PCX I spotted this St. Ives Fresh Skin Moisturizing Olive Cleanser and saw that it was about Php220+ for a good size, 200ml the thing was I THOUGHT it was an emulsifying oil cleanser like the Shu one (I was obviously in a rush).  It turned out not to be but it’s a foaming cleanser that contains Olive Oil Peg-7 Esters and Olive Leaf Extract which contains super anti-oxidants.  What impresses me is, I’m not kidding, it actually removed my makeup and most of my mascara (Benefit They’re Real mascara was dribbling down on contact with this) without making me cry!

“KEY INGREDIENTS: Both OLIVE OIL and OLIVE LEAF EXTRACT are rich in skin-softening glycerides, which means they not only cleanse gently, they can help to improve your skin’s appearance with easily absorbed moisture. They also offer multiple benefits.

With all natural anti-oxidants • Non-irritating • dermatologist-tested • 100% natural extracts • Formulated without parabens and phthalates • does not contain animal ingredients.”

The bottle does say at the back ” avoid direct contact with eyes”.  Once the cleanser foamed up I had it all over my made up face (not reading lol) because stupid me, I thought it was an emulsifying OIL CLEANSER right, the appearance and packaging is a bit confusing because it doesn’t say foaming or oil, but it looks like an oil inside.  I noticed my Benefit They’re Real Mascara began coming off super fast as the cleanser began gently foaming, so did my foundation and powder, and hey, that mascara is quite water resistant/waterproof as many girls who’ve reviewed it have said.  I also slowly realized my eyes weren’t hurting (pls. note it may be different in your case), even when I took the foaming cleanser with my fingers into my lashline, eyes tightly shut, as it quickly removed my eyeliner and eyeshadow.  I opened one eye to check and it wasn’t painful.  I thought I was imagining things.  I washed my entire face and rinsed in disbelief…realizing that I didn’t have to use makeup remover and my face was completely clean, PLUS it didn’t feel tight.

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“The precious qualities of olive oil are offered in one multifunctional ingredient. Olive Oil PEG 7 Esters are water soluble and provide outstanding emolliency and conditioning with virtually any product—lotions, creams, shampoos, conditioners, scrubs, facial cleansers, etc. In addition, Olive Oil PEG 7 Esters have qualities which allow them to be used as a co-emulsifier (HLB 11) and solubilizer.” – TheHerbarie.com

I have a feeling that the whole experience of my makeup coming off is complete proof that this cleanser does contain olive oil.  I can’t explain how a regular foaming cleanser would be able to shift makeup off skin otherwise so the Olive Oil peg7 Esters and the anti-oxidant powers of olive leaf extract take this up another notch.  Now the only minor disadvantage this product has is the scent and it isn’t major enough to throw me off because this just leaves my skin so fresh, makeup-free, and soft.  The scent isn’t bad but the first note that hits you is mildly funky, kind of like chalky  (in scent).  It is strange at first because I think they tried to mask or balance the olive extract scent (which is a bit strong) with fragrance and the combined result was a little weird to say the least.  It even smells a bit OFF just in the first note but once it foams up it smells nice when the fragrance kicks in and once you wash it off there’s no scent left on your skin.  No biggie for me, I’m just saying because it may or may not bother some of you, but in my opinion the fact that it doesn’t smell PERFECT proves it contains natural ingredients that are for real.  I purchased this wonder cleanser for about Php225.00 from PCX and I’m so glad that I had no clear idea how it worked because it surprised me in a good way.  I recommend still removing eye makeup completely after by going through lashes with a cotton bud/pad and regular makeup remover or lite mineral oil.… To full post & COMMENTS...

Human Nature Eucalyptus Hand & Foot Salve – Smells Like…

…as in seriously smells like Storck Eucalyptus Menthol candies which bear an intense blast of the past for me.  One whiff of this locally available hand & foot cream by Human Nature as you put it on and you will tell me “OMIGAWRSH, yes!” just as my mom and fellow bloggers did when I said so to them at a recent gathering.

Contains Eucalyptus essential oil plus oregano, spearmint, lemon balm extracts and a cooling sensation brought on by menthol, with coconut/palm derived glycerin and sunflower seed oil to hydrate hands and feet.

100% NO HARMFUL CHEMICALS – Free of parabens, mineral oil, silicones, pthalates and other toxins.

I’ll be honest when I say I wish there was more to it than its incredibly nostalgic scent, but a note on that is there’s that lemon note at the end that doesn’t quite land smoothly scent-wise, kind of like an off-tangent sour note after the refreshing whiff of eucalyptus.  I put this on and I was like “Omg, Storck!” then when that moment passed I was like “Hmmm, okayyy…nothing significantly holy grail like on the skin…”  It does the job of moisturizing, but not in a more impressive way than any other low to mid-range hand lotion.  At the back of your mind you might feel better about it being toxin-free and smelling uniquely uplifting, but I definitely want effects that I can feel pronto and not just something to slather on.  They say it’s because of “synthetic feel modifiers” that other products feel great on the skin but I don’t agree with that entirely because I have tried organic stuff that does give me supple payoff.  For the price of Php130.00 , I think it’s generally a good buy, especially for people who easily experience nausea and need some aromatherapy to put on to take dryness dizziness away.  You can purchase this from the Human Nature site here, local delivery.… To full post & COMMENTS...