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MY CUSTOM FAKE TAN, PROFESSIONALLY TESTED

There was something I whipped up slash concocted during my shoot for KC’s Closet (blogged about that here) that was highly effective.  It wasn’t particularly mentioned to me in advance but KC required a subtle more summery complexion which would also include tanning her arms.  These are things you learn on the job, that there will be random requests you didn’t foresee and you will have to make adjustments accordingly or be innovative.  I wouldn’t go so far as to say that I was extremely innovative, I just did what I could to meet the demand for lack of a specific product.  Having bronzing and tanning products for body as well is a default requirement for any makeup artist, that had slipped my mind for that day.  Had I not run out of my Chanel Soleil de Tan/Bronze Universelle bronzing balm I would have used that without question, but I used all of that up.  So, I improvised and this combo served me well.

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MAC Cosmetics Face & Body Foundation in C7, This Works In Transit Camera Close-Up Moisturizer/Primer Php1977 Sephora PH

An equal dollop of each mixed on the back of my hand saved the day, it did occur to me that I was speedily using up the only tiny bottle of my favorite This Works In Transit Camera Close-Up moisturizer lol, but KC’s neck, arms, and back were worth it.  It is after all, Victoria Beckham’s favorite priming moisturizer in recent years, information relayed by the one and only Val Garland.  Someone like Victoria tweeting about one specific product usually kind of breaks the internet temporarily.  MAC Face and Body foundation  is a thinner, runnier foundation also sold in jumbo bottles (Jigs Mayuga stocked up loads for the last Bench Naked Truth lingerie show).  It is hailed as one of the most flexible on-set liquid foundations that doesn’t contain SPF and looks like actual skin.  It is a modeling and fashion industry standard known for its thin, runny consistency, transfer-proof formula (best for changing clothes) and its juicy but not excessively dewy finish.  It carries nearly invisible but buildable coverage and also works if set with powder.  Makeup artists also love the fact that MAC Face & Body foundation comes in options of Jumbo wholesale and/or travel-friendly size bottles. Read on to see the results of the combo I used.

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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.

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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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