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.

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Ellis Faas Luxury Make-Up | Now Available on StrawberryNet HK

Who is Ellis Faas?  She’s a Dutch make-up artist whose professional expertise, ingenuity, technical skill, and keen creative craft eventually spawned her self-named makeup range which is nothing short of chic, high-end, and futuristic all at once.  The Ellis Faas makeup range starting from November is now available here from StrawberryNET HK, which means…hello…we have access to it!  Hers was one of those product launches that hit the news near the end of 2009 before it was officially released in February of 2010 and when I caught wind of it it felt like the sort of brand I’d never ever get to touch because it’s just so…far up there.  It’s even way more up there and exclusive than the luxury brands at boutique counters you can waltz over to in high street department stores.  Ellis Faas only happens to be one of the best and most gifted makeup artists in the world.

Photo from ianthayu.com

Having worked for many years in her career with top designers and brands like L’Oreal Paris Ellis is most famous for her own range of products which exactly presents itself as the world’s ultimate makeup arsenal like no other.  Read more to see what the products look like and what I mean when I say that.  I’ve also included a video review by Lisa Eldridge on this product range at the end of the post.… To full post & COMMENTS...

Droplets of Nature All-Natural Dishwashing Liquid – Works like Joy but isn’t like Joy

I recently mentioned that I used Joy Antibac dishwashing liquid to clean my makeup brushes in my post the other day, right?  Had I tested this other product sooner, this, not Joy, would have been part of the feature.  Meet a locally available dishwashing liquid concentrate brought to us by Droplets of Nature  and is just as effective as Joy (actively foams, too) plus is made from surfactants derived from potatoes, corn, and coconut.  If you’re iffy about using Joy on cosmetic brushes (I personally am not) substitute Joy in this brush cleaning tutorial with this.

ECO-FRIENDLY DISHWASHING LIQUID (in photo: 500ml bottle)

“Our dishwashing liquid is made from potato/corn based surfactant, which is listed as Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) by the US Food & Drugs Administration. * Highly Concentrated (a tiny drop is enough for 4 to 6 pieces of plates or 5 tablespoon of the dishwashing liquid can be mixed to one cup of water for the most economical way)  With Cinnamon and Peppermint Essential Oils.” 

//PRICE: P156 > 500ml //P285 > 1 liter

Effective | Concentrated | Paraben-Free | Phosphate-Free | SLES-free | Biodegradable | Not tested on animals (has the cruelty-free bunny seal)

You know, it foams like a dream on dishes as well as makeup brushes, our cook who’s been with us since before I was born (over 30 years) just said so a few minutes ago “Aba, Jul MABULA siya! (it’s very bubbly)”. Plus you know the essential oils in it helps provide the slip needed to remove food grease, because oil removes oil, then the foaming action rinses out well.  The concentrate is not as runny in consistency as Joy is, it’s thicker, it’ll remind you more of a liquid gel hand soap when you pump it out, but it works so well as a brush cleansing alternative.  A few pumps, I’d say about 2 or 3, diluted in 1 cup of water is enough to do probably 10+ dishes if you’re frugal with the proper use of the sponge.  I know it doesn’t beat Joy’s 1 drop to like half a liter of water but that also tells you how chemically intense Joy is.  Now, am not about to go on an ANTI-JOY rampage here, okay?  I’m just presenting an eco-friendly alternative.  Check out how many brushes I cleaned yesterday with this, you see the solution amount in the bowl.

in photo: Ecotools bronzing brushes, 2 Charm brushes, and an Ellana XL buffing brush

You know what, after doing these brushes (using my Deep Cleansing Method in this previous post) with about a 3/4 cup solution of water and Droplets of Nature’s dishwashing fluid…my hands didn’t itch AT ALL as they usually do after I use Joy. What you’re seeing in the bowl is how much solution (water + dishwashing liquid) I used to clean these 5 big, fluffy, dense makeup brushes yesterday which are separate from the set I cleaned the other day, and that solution had some left over afterwards.  Now that these brushes are dry from yesterday, they look and feel like when they were new.  Normally if I do this many makeup brushes with Joy (lathering them up in my left hand repeatedly) my hands tend to itch after I rinse.  Now, I know what you’re thinking, what about what it can do in the Anti-bacterial department?

(it looks a little green here, but that’s just the photo from their site.  The true color is shown in my first photo)

For anti-bacterial properties it doesn’t say anything specific but it does say it’s loaded with cinnamon and peppermint oils.  There have been recent as well as older studies that show Cinnamon’s effectivity in the anti-microbial department, and this dishwashing liquid contains lots of cinnamon oil, so much that you can definitely smell the cinnamon and peppermint when washing the dishes, isn’t that pleasant and great for this holiday season?

“Cinnamon’s essential oils also qualify it as an “anti-microbial” food, and cinnamon has been studied for its ability to help stop the growth of bacteria as well as fungi, including the commonly problematic yeast Candida. In laboratory tests, growth of yeasts that were resistant to the commonly used anti-fungal medication fluconazole was often (though not always) stopped by cinnamon extracts.

Cinnamon’s antimicrobial properties are so effective that recent research demonstrates this spice can be used as an alternative to traditional food preservatives. In a study, published in the August 2003 issue of the International Journal of Food Microbiology, the addition of just a few drops of cinnamon essential oil to 100 ml (approximately 3 ounces) of carrot broth, which was then refrigerated, inhibited the growth of the foodborne pathogenic Bacillus cereus for at least 60 days. ” – source: WHfoods.com

Nothing like getting a bit of Christmas-y aromatherapy while doing household chores.  Don’t worry about an aftertaste being left on your plates, it rinses off extremely well.  I also like the peace of mind this brings when you’re eating off of a plate that you know has been cleansed with something all-natural.  You can purchase this product online here via  Shopinas.com AND in regular retail via Cash & Carry; Landmark; DutyFree Philippines; Finds; Bora Budget; Pepper Jack; Echostore International Freeport; Numa; Baby Land; Baby Step; Buy Low Supermarket. 

//PRICE: P156 > 500ml //P285 > 1 liter

To learn the method I use to clean my makeup brushes where you can substitute Joy for this product, click here.

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*product provided by brand for review



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Cleaning My Makeup Brushes – Two Ways that Work for Me as a Pro

Welcome to brush cleaning tutorial # 533,381 *LOL*.  It’s true!  There are hundreds if not thousands of brush cleaning tutorials online offered by amateurs and experts alike, not to mention a whole variety of brush cleaning sprays, fluids and cleansers available on the market.  In my opinion, brush cleaning shouldn’t triple the cost of your already expensive trade as a makeup artist if you are one nor should it painfully mark up your hobby as a beauty blogger or cosmetic enthusiast.  Brush cleaning is something that has to be done, as long as you own makeup brushes and use them, you must know how to clean them properly.  Today, I’m going to share with you what products I use and how I’ve been cleansing my brushes as a professional.  I use Make Up For Ever Brush Cleanser which contains Alcohol and Tea Tree Oil (I’ve just used up the last few spritzes, it lasted me 1 year and a half) for spot cleaning before each job and Joy Ultra Dishwashing Antibacterial Detergent (with Safeguard) for deep  cleansing after every 3-4 major makeup jobs.

One of the first things that Camille, my French makeup teacher, shared is that what absolutely works brilliantly for deep brush cleansing surprisingly is the cheapest, non-moisturizing, stripping soap you can find, great plus if they’re antibacterial “Sometimes ze cheaper ze soap ze better eet iz for the brushes, just get zat really cheap soap”.  Those are usually the tiny complimentary white soaps you find in resorts or hotels (she says she stocks up) or yes in my case, grease-stripping dishwashing fluid.  The principle of cleaning brushes is quite straightforward and surprisingly simple and if some of you have noticed that your brush heads no longer retain the same shape or feel as when you bought them (clumped bristles that don’t snap back to shape, greasy feel, or worse funny smell) then there is certainly something wrong in the way you are cleansing them even if you are using the right products.  I’m sharing this because I know, I’ve cleaned my brushes wrong a few times before.  Your brushes should feel soft again once completely dry and look like new, save for perhaps some discoloration because of product.  I’m not fond of brush cleaners that require you pour then SOAK brushes in them, they’re often wasteful and more expensive.  Click Read More to see the two ways I use step-by-step to 1.) Spot clean my brushes and 2.) Deep clean my brushes.… To full post & COMMENTS...

Meet Estee Lauder’s Global Artist Blair Patterson – Reserve an Exclusive Gift Thru Me!

It’s delightful that in today’s modern age we are able to witness some of the world’s best makeup artists demonstrate their techniques online, especially via YouTube or blogazine sites.  It’s still even more special however to witness them weave their magic IN THE FLESH!  Tomorrow afternoon at Edsa Shangrila Hotel you can watch Estee Lauder’s Global Makeup Artist, Blair Patterson, demonstrate his expertise right before your very eyes.

Meet Blair Patterson tomorrow, Saturday, October 13, 2012, 430pm at the Lubang Function Room, Edsa Shangrila HotelTo avail of the MakeUp Workshop purchase P3,000.00 worth of GCs redeemable for Estee Lauder products in Rustan’s Makati and Rustan’s Shangri-la and mention that you are purchasing to join the workshop tomorrow.

To avail of the exclusive gift at the workshop through partner bloggers like myself here’s how:  If you reserve through me, meaning saying you’re interested in the workshop through me and I’ll tell them so they make a list, you still have to pay the GC workshop fee in advance like everyone else at  Estee Lauder Makati or Shangrila counters (which kinda serves as tuition and materials) BUT you’ll be on the list I pass onto them and will get an exclusive bonus gift during the workshop.  So those who are interested in this lovely meet and greet + makeup demonstration plus want a bonus gift, let me know!  Email me with the email Subject: “PURE COLOR PURE EXPERTISE Workshop Bonus” and include your full name, email, and mobile phone details at probinsiyana@gmail.com.  Don’t forget to stay updated with events and promotions follow Estee Lauder PH on FB.  Hope to see you tomorrow!… To full post & COMMENTS...

Charm Luxe Flat Top Brush – Quick Review and HD Video Demo!

When this product for review by Charm Makeup Brushes arrived for me as a bonus along with its award-winning “barangay” from the 14-pc Vegan set (yes, they’ll be up, soon) I was overcome with excitement.  I was always wanting something similar to the flat top  Sigma F80 which Lisa Eldridge used  in only 2 or 3 of her videos including this Minimal Makeup one.  I get a sense that this Charm Luxe Flat Top brush I was sent is the best value local dupe for the one Lisa uses.  I still love my Ecotools big Bronzing buffer brush for fast overall application but this is great to use on people with smaller features and its smaller size makes it easier to refine makeup in harder to reach areas on the face.

“Created with densely packed, ultra soft, synthetic bristles, the Charm Luxe Flat Top Brush ensures you a wonderful time in front of your vanity mirror as you enjoy the silky softness of the Charm Luxe Flat Top Brush, and see flawless results with it.  It’s great for applying loose mineral foundation, or pressed foundation, to ensure even, buildable, flawless coverage on the face!PRICE: PHP600.00, SHIPPING: FREE @ BeautyAndMinerals.com

Base: MUD Make Up Designory Cream Foundation applied with Charm Luxe Flat Top brush

What a lot of people haven’t realized locally about  kabuki and big dense buffing brushes is they can be used for cake/cream/liquid bases as well and not just for mineral and powder foundation.  Lisa made that point in her Minimal Makeup video.  In fact brushes like this one do a good job of bringing out the pristine quality of these foundations because briskly but gently buffing in a circular motion over the skin warms up the product and applies it in a way that doesn’t “mask” your entire face.  I’m even inclined to call the buffing method kind of a “manual” airbrush technique because people have asked me before if I used an airbrush to apply my makeup because they thought I did.  Here’s a simple HD video demo of one way I do just my base using the Charm Luxe Flat Top brush and a few other products.

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