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

Why Sunscreen Makes You Breakout

Here’s my theory: It’s probably because you only use soap to wash it off at the end of the day. I think that whenever you apply sunscreen (or use any product that has SPF), then you’ll also need to use a makeup remover to clean your skin effectively. I’ve actually been using this skin trick for years and it’s definitely helped me keep my complexion pimple-free during summer!

My current fave: DHC Deep Cleansing Oil. A friend (hi, Maika!) got this for me from Japan and I'm hooked!

My current fave: DHC Deep Cleansing Oil. A friend (hi, Maika!) got this for me from Japan and I’m hooked! P.S. Leave a comment if you want a review!

If you want to cop my technique, here’s what I do: I double-cleanse by using an oil-based makeup remover first before lathering up with my facial wash. This trick helps melt off any residue from my sunscreen and it also helps get rid of excess oil, sweat, and dirt that stick to my skin. But if your skin is extra sensitive, you can try using a gentle makeup remover like Bifesta (it’s water-based) or Bioderma before you wash your face. That’ll work, too!

Do you breakout whenever you use sunscreen on a daily basis? Try this skin trick and LMK if it works for you! ♥

Sparkle TV: DIY Organic Pimple Clearing Solution

I just uploaded a new YouTube video on my sparkly channel! If you’ve been following my blog, you know that I’m a big fan of Apple Cider Vinegar. I started drinking it to help make my body more alkaline and it’s really helped clear up my zits from within.

Rashmi suggested that I drink Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar (P349 at Healthy Options) every morning to help balance my body. It's the most trusted brand in the market!

My go-to brand: Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar (P349 at Healthy Options). It’s the most trusted brand in the market!

After more research, I learned that you can also make a little solution (similar to a toner) and use it to help clear up pimples that have already surfaced. I like using this because it’s organic and natural solution. It works pretty well on my skin and it’s so easy to make, too. Watch and learn—it’s the best organic solution I’ve tried yet!

I really hope you guys are liking the videos :) I plan on posting a new one every Wednesday, so make sure you subscribe to the channel here to stay updated! ♥

This Pimple-Fighting Cream is Awesome!

I usually breakout around that time of the month (hormones, guys) or when I binge on junkfood. Although drinking this has helped lessen skin inflammations significantly, I like using this also.

Yadah Anti Trouble Spot Cream, P250 at Beauty Bar.

Yadah Anti Trouble Spot Cream, P250 at Beauty Bar.

I’ve been writing about this Korean brand a lot (their smudge-proof eyeliner is my fave!). I really like that they try to minimize the use of chemicals in their products. Take this pimple-fighting wonder, for example. It’s free from paraben, colorants, and mineral oil.

Lol, I made an "8" accidentally. But when you squeeze it out of the bottle, it comes out this thick.

Lol, I made an “8” ;) When you squeeze it out of the bottle, it’s seems thick and is balm-like in consistency. It’s actually pretty light though!

Once it’s on your skin, it melts and disappears. You can wear it with or without makeup and it won’t be obvious at all. Now for the info you’re really waiting for: Will it clear up your pimple overnight?My answer (and more deets about the product after the jump! Continue reading

You Guys Have To Watch This!

So this video from YouTuber, My Pale Skin, has been going viral…

I’m going to be uploading my own YouTube videos soon (subscribe here!), so she’s definitely one of the girls I look up to now. I love that she took control, showed her vulnerability, and proved that you don’t have to be so perfect all the time to be beautiful. I dealt with acne for about a year (and my skin is finally calming down from that), and it was horrible. My breakouts were cystic, and even though they weren’t as severe, my confidence still took quite a hit.

You all know I love talking about real beauty and striving for authenticity—and I want to show you that even beauty girls get skin dilemmas, too.

But I’ve learned that it shouldn’t really matter and you have to rock what you got (even if it’s a monstrous zit) and love yourself no matter what.

There are so many issues now about makeup (wearing too much, wearing too little, wearing none at all). When it comes to beauty, you guys know my rule: If it makes you feel good, do it. There are days when I don’t feel like I need makeup to feel beautiful. There are also days when I want to rock a friggin’ smokey eye, y’know. It’s your face, so go ahead and put on whatever makeup look you want—and don’t feel any shame about that.

That said, I do want to thank each and everyone of my readers for all the love and positivity you’ve sent my way!! Seeing things like this really makes me appreciate you all even more. Whenever someone asks me about my readers, I always say that I have the best, the kindest, the smartest, and the sparkliest readers on the Internet. I’m so happy and grateful that you guys are always so supportive and kind. Let’s continue to leave a sparkly beauty trail wherever we go!

Sending love and sparkles to you all! ♥