Skincare Options For Your Specific Skin Concerns

Okay, you guys. I have been trying some major skincare products recently and I thought I’d put them all together in one post. I categorized everything according to skin concerns, so it’ll be easier for you to sort through the products based on your current skin need. You ready? Let’s do this!

1. If You Want…Matte Skin
Practically every Pinay I talk to complains about the fact that her skin looks shiny or oily. If you want to control your grease production (or at least curb it while you’re wearing makeup), these goodies from Benefit can help.

That's the Benefit Porefessional Matte Rescue Gel, License To Blot, and Instant Wipeout Masks set.

That’s the Benefit Porefessional Matte Rescue Gel, License To Blot, and Instant Wipeout Masks set.

The Skin Lowdown: The mask is fun to use (watch how here) and it’s a great way to cleanse your pores of unwanted dirt and oil. As for the water-based mattifying gel, I like applying this on my T-zone when I don’t want to wear makeup and just want to look fresh all day sans retouching. Meanwhile, the License to Blot stick is fantastic for touch-ups. It has invisible blotting spheres that zaps shine for up to six hours and the stick is shaped like a diamond, so you can get apply it over the corners of your face easily.

2. If You Want…Smaller Pores
The reason your pores look big is because there’s dirt and oil trapped in there. This means that you need something that’s gonna get in there and do some deep cleaning!

Check out the Algenist Multi-Perfecting Pore Corrector Concentrate if you want tighter pores.

Check out the Algenist Multi-Perfecting Pore Corrector Concentrate if you want tighter pores.

The Skin Lowdown: It has alguronic acid (so it has anti-aging benefits) combined with salicylic acid (to exfoliate and cleanse pores). I usually apply a moisturizer after I use this because it’s not super hydrating, but this lightweight, oil-free serum did help refine and brighten my skin. Full disclosure: my pores aren’t too huge to begin with, so I didn’t see much of a difference. But research results showed that 90% of the 100 women they tested noticed that their pore size minimized within four weeks of use.

3. If You Want To…Control Oil Production.

I started taking new vitamins recently and it made my face (and scalp!) super oily. It was weird, because my skin would feel grimy even after I washed my face. So I added these goodies from Bioderma into my routine to help balance my complexion again.

From left to right, that's the Bioderma Sébium Pore Refiner, Sébium Akn Smoothing Purifying Care, and the Sébium H20 Purifying Cléansing Micelle Solution.

From left to right, that’s the Bioderma Sébium Pore Refiner, Sébium Akn Smoothing Purifying Care, and the Sébium H20 Purifying Cléansing Micelle Solution.

The Skin Lowdown: I wanted to control my skin’s oil production without overdrying it, so I would use the Sébium H20 Purifying Cléansing Micelle Solution after I wash my face. Yup, after! It’s actually more of a makeup remover, but since it’s also a cleansing water, I would swipe it over my skin to get rid of leftover oil (think of it as a substitute for toner). After that, I’d apply the Sébium Akn Smoothing Purifying Care in the morning. It helps prevent your pores from getting clogged, so it served as a barrier between my skin and makeup to help prevent breakouts. Loved this complexion balancing formula because after 2 to 3 weeks, my skin went back to normal!

More skincare recos for anti-aging, pimple-clearing, and dry skin after the jump! P.S. There’s an event invite also for Murad if you want to join us for a fun Makeup Mixology class! Continue reading

Review: Perricone MD “No Makeup” Makeup Line

I am obsessed with everything from Perricone MD. Their skincare delivers fantastic results (even though it may not smell so good—read about it here), and now, their “no makeup” makeup line is becoming something I constantly use.

These have earned a spot on my vanity table and in my travel kit!

These have earned a spot on my vanity table and in my travel kit!

My ultimate favorite will always be Perricone MD’s No Foundation Serum (find out why here!). If you’re just starting out and want to invest, this one’s a must. But if you’re already hooked and want to explore more from the line, here’s what I have to say about these three products.  Continue reading

New Brow Tip For The Kilay-Challenged

You guys! I just learned this super cool trick from Jane Iredale’s global educator, Shawn Towne.

Use a credit card as a stencil when you're filling in your brows with powder!

Use a credit card as a stencil when you’re filling in your brows with powder!

Pretty cool, right? It works super well when you’re defining the upper part of your eyebrows. This part is always challenging for me, because sometimes, you just end up making your brows thicker when your initial line isn’t drawn on straight. With the credit card as a guide, you get a precise line from the get-go.

Full and fierce! Super love how he tweaked my brows!

Full and fierce! Super love how he tweaked my brows! P.S. I’m also loving that highlight. I used the Jane Iredale Glow Time Mineral BB Cream (yes, I totally relapsed).

Check out the fantastic brow powder he used (and more reviews + another #FOTD) after the jump! Continue reading

Review: Maybelline V-Face Contour by Face Studio (Giveaway Inside!)

Do you remember this feature from Preview magazine? I was asked to talk about my favorite makeup move—strobing! But after interviewing Camie about why she loves to contour, I’ve been experimenting with it a bit more. And besides, these new products have been making it super easy for me.

But how could I resist these? Contouring looks so easy with the new Maybelline V-Face Contour line by Face Studio.

How could I resist these babies? Say hi to the new Maybelline V-Face Contour line by Face Studio! P.S. Make sure you read this post until the end for the giveaway!

Can you guess what they’re trying to get you to achieve with this? It’s the enviable (and trending) “V” shape for the face! You can totally sculpt a thinner nose and face with this if you want to, so I thought I’d give it a try!

Whenever I try new looks, I love looking for celeb pegs! This time around, I went with Angelina Jolie.

Whenever I try new looks, I love looking for celeb pegs. This time around, I took my inspo from Angelina Jolie.

When I was researching, I was surprised to see that she actually liked using pretty pops of pink on her cheeks during red carpet events. There’s always a little sculpting underneath to emphasize her gorgeous cheekbones, but it’s very minimal. Based on the photos I saw on IG, I also noticed that she only darkens the contour shadows during photoshoots + movie promos.

After putting my liquid foundation, I used the MaybellineV-Face Duo Stick, P499.

So now that I have my peg, I can start contouring! I applied my liquid foundation first and then I used the MaybellineV-Face Duo Stick, P499.

I placed tiny swipes over the hollows of my cheeks, along my temple, jawline, and the sides of my nose. For the highlighter, I placed it over the highest points on my cheeks and my nose bridge. My first impression? Loved the highlighter, was iffy about the color of the contour cream (keep reading—swatches later!). But surprisingly, when I applied the contour on top of my skin, it was the perfect shade for Pinays! Super subtle!

Clickity-click to read my review of the other products, see swatches + what it looks like on me, and to find out more about the giveaway! One lucky reader will get to take all these home!! Continue reading

Review: Benefit’s New Brow Products!!!

You guys! Benefit Cosmetics is finally launching their newest brow products on July 1! That’s more reasons to get excited for Fridaaaaay :)

These are the three products that I use the most from their collection.

These are the three products that I use the most from their collection.

I’m not going to beat around the bush here. Benefit’s brow game has drastically improved. The formulations are better, there are way more shades to choose from, and the magic wand-inspired packaging? Super gorgeous!

What a difference, guys! Follow me on Snapchat (@beautyandsparkl) for more makeup scoops!

What a difference, guys! Follow me on Snapchat (@beautyandsparkl) for more makeup scoops!

I recently tried Ka-Brow! and if you want an Instagram brow, get that! The cream-gel formula is perfect for creating definition and using a brush allows you to control the gradation of color a lot better. The color was too dark for me though (I got #4), so I really use these three more. Continue reading

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