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...

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.… To full post & COMMENTS...

FIVE UNDER THE SUN FACTS ABOUT ME AND YOU

I’ve never been the most toned beach bum out there but I’ve loved summers in the Philippines ever since my tender years.  My parents took me to the beach every year until I was a teenager at least 2-3 times a year.

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Swimsuit by Roxy Ph, shades by Sunnies (gifts from both brands).

I thought I’d just let loose and tell you a couple of real things about myself and summer then you can tell me your 5 summery facts in the comments.  Scoot over, Olaf.… To full post & COMMENTS...

HOT VALENTINE Beauty Giveaway 2016 | CLOSED FEB.10

We had the Thanksgiving giveaway last year and I had the pleasure of personally delivering the loot to the winner Rafflecopter chose for the first time.  She was really happy and I was pleasantly surprised because she was pregnant!  I know I’ve said this more than once but this Hot Valentine Giveaway is by far one of my most exciting giveaways yet.  A couple of the prizes are items that are so good they’ll make you wonder why I’m giving them away.  Just to be clear, the contents of these pouches are not just Sleek and Happy Skin products.  I always first take my share of the products to review or use to honor the brands.  Both pouches are jam-packed with so many different brands for this giveaway.  I mainly chose these pouches because they’re so well made.  Both these pouches of skincare and makeup will go to one winner.  To join the giveaway you can enlist in the Rafflecopter widget at the end, but first…see an overview of the goodies!

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BRANDS INCLUDED: Benefit Cosmetics, Sleek Cosmetics, Maybelline, Nuxe, Shiseido, Mario Badescu, K-Palette, Leaders Skincare, LUSH, Belo, Pond’s L’Occitane, L’Oreal, Tony Moly, Happy Skin Cosmetics, Santee, Pixi by Petra, L’Oreal, Revlon.

The contents of these pouches are divided into skincare and makeup items.  Read on to get a closer look at the complete list of loot and proceed to the Rafflecopter widget.… To full post & COMMENTS...

NIVEA’s SUN DOLL & THE OFFICIAL VIDEO

One of the 2016 NIVEA Summer Outing’s highlights which certainly delivered on “Aww” points when it was presented to us was the reveal of the NIVEA Sun Doll, a toy developed to teach children the value of applying sun protection.  Imagine our juvenile squeals of delight when we were told after being shown this official Nivea Sun Doll video that we were each about to be given our very own Nivea doll.  Yes, girl and boy dolls are available.NIVEA_baby_doll_02

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Nivea Philippines has not yet confirmed their entry into local retail, but they’d most certainly be very, very welcome here, especially before summer.  Read on to see how UV affects the doll to raise kids’ awareness and watch the official video.… To full post & COMMENTS...

I STILL KNOW WHAT YOU USED LAST SUMMER

January 2016 is being all annoying and walking briskly ahead, so we all know what that means.  In a fluke of some sort last year I managed to NOT post my 2015 summer holiday skincare favorites while being in Balesin.  I kept the evidence as shot from the Mykonos villas.  As you can see, I also thought the title of this post should be island getaway inspired *thunder cracks*.

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YVES ROCHER Detoxifying Teas toning lotion, DIORSKIN Nude Tan BB CREME, Elizabeth Arden 8-hour cream (ointment), Nivea Sun Immediate Sunscreen SPF50, Tarte Maracuja Oil, Macadamia Rejuvenating Sulfate-free shampoo, Bioderma Cicabio Soothing Creme moisturizer (suitable for babies), Avene Eau Thermale Gentle Milk Cleanser, Clarisonic Mia 2

That last one was the summer that did a What’s In Her Bag interview with Tricia Centenera-Valenciano and when I fell back in love with my Clarisonic which I bought on foot in Macy’s NYC in 2014 (it seems just like yesterday, yikes), some don’t agree with using it or find it too harsh.  I just find the Clarisonic extremely suitable in the summer.  I don’t use it for the rest of the year unless I’m having a heavy makeup sort of month.  When I cleanse my face after a sunny day out while traveling I want to be sure I get all the sunblock lotion, sweat, sea scum, beach bits, and light makeup off my skin before my serums and facial oil at bedtime, so I use the Clarisonic.  That’s to help provide a clean canvas for another layer of sunscreen the next day.  If you don’t want to get all gadgety alternately a facial flannel or baby face towel soaked in warm water with a good emulsifying cleanser should also get the grime off your face.  What I like about having the Clarisonic is there’s nothing left over to launder.… To full post & COMMENTS...

Summer Teaser | Sunscreen On Board

It’s nowhere near hot here in Laguna yet, especially at night, but I’ve got my sunscreen regime on standby for summer.  Yes, it’ll be here to melt your lipsticks before you know it. If you’ve been wondering how on earth you might still avail of all these January sales after the vast holiday sale season…here it is, get good sunscreen, skincare, and your tan base shade now. Check out those luxury counters where they might be selling some travel gift sets with some miniatures.  Here are a few sunscreens I own and use (that aren’t expired LOL).  Some know-it-alls have been debating the use of sunscreen etc., I, too, have had those thoughts swimming in my brain.  I don’t believe in “avoiding the sun at all costs” geez, hello, I live on this beautiful planet called earth!  What sort of fanatic vanity would cause me to completely hide from the sun?  I don’t mind tanning but seriously I just don’t want to burn.  Let’s not be pretentious, not everyone on earth has access to advanced sun protection by the likes of Institut Esthederm.  For now I’ll be fine with these.

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It just occured to me that I was blessed with all of these sunscreens* one by one.  Pevonia Botanica’s SPF30 facial sunscreen smells divinely clean and isn’t sticky and it feels intimately formulated when you put it on. These guys were also lovely enough to send me a holiday gift (you guys rock).  Since Pevonia’s SPF is not so high it’s good for days when you go in and out of doors running errands rather than being out in the sun all day. The Banana Boat Ultra Protect SPF80 with aloe I use on my body…sometimes my face, too, if I’d rather bring just one sunscreen with me, it’s got high SPF so more than likely i’ll have it with me for a full day of outdoor activities.  It is also not sticky, dries semi-matte to matte, and if I recall correctly it doesn’t run down your face into your eyes if you sweat.  The Belo Sun Expert (Face) SPF 40 is fragrance-free also not that sticky and its handy size is super convenient for dunking into your handbag. Cristalle Belo, Vicki’s daughter, personally handed this bottle of Sun Expert to me and gave one to Mom as well when we were at a football game last year. I use it usually when I need medium sun protection on both my face and shoulders. Both the Banana Boat and Belo Sun Expert sunscreen lotions are available at leading groceries and department stores nationwide, I believe they’re both just under the Php200 mark (correct me if I’m wrong). Pevonia products are available at their partner spa branches.

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Avene Skincare, The Experts in Sensitive Skin | Now at Selected Mercury Drugstores

If you love hunting through European skincare, as I do, you certainly would have heard of Avene’s range…with its powerful yet gentle sun protection formulas and hydrating mild cleansers.  This cult drugstore brand for sensitive skin, until recently, was only available from drugstores abroad in Hong Kong or Singapore.  It’s mentioned by the like of makeup artists like the UK’s one and only Lisa Eldridge (you knew I was going to say that name) and one of my aunts mentioned before that she was quite dependent on it.  While I’m not quite sure which products from the range they brought in…checking from FB it looks like they brought in most of them.

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They launched here at the end of November just shortly after Black Friday abroad but I didn’t hear about it either…a toast to ye old turtle now, aka yours truly.  To acquire some Avene goodness you only need look in the Mercury Drugstores at either Shangrila Mall Edsa G/f, Glorietta 3 G/f, or Trinoma G/f!  That is if they still have stock on hand.  I’m sorry this update is 2 weeks late.  I’ve not been a local feed reader lately.  I’m really just not the sort with a feed I.V. plugged into me.  However keep yourself up to date on all things Avene in the local scene by liking the Avene Philippines Facebook page here.To full post & COMMENTS...