Review: EMK Beverly Hills Skincare

Have you heard of this brand? I remember seeing it on social media, but I didn’t really pay much attention to it…until I got an email from local actress, Carla Abellana. After glancing through the info she sent me about the products and seeing that Reese Witherspoon also uses the line, I caved and decided to give it a try!

The first thing I tried: the EMK Bloom Toner.

Carla sent me a customized kit to help balance my skin. I was super excited when I saw that it included the EMK Bloom Toner (US$44, 200ml).

I rarely get to test toners, so I was curious to see if using one would really make a difference on my skin. Honestly, though? I think I’m still in denial about the fact that I really need to use one (probably because toners from my generation were spiked with alcohol). But let me tell you—it’s good to add one to your routine because toners nowadays are usually filled with essences and help your skin absorb your creams better.  Continue reading

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

My Current Skincare Routine

I attended an intimate beauty event a few weeks ago for the 10th anniversary celebration of Kanebo’s Impress line. It’s their most prestigious skincare line to date, and I was intrigued to learn that it has a quiet (but strong) following amongst the elite. It’s like they’re trying to keep it a secret!

Their star product is the Impress Lotion, P6,000. It's supposed to give your skin luxurious moisture while toning and prepping it for the next steps in your routine.

Their star product is the Impress Lotion, P6,000 for 150ml. It’s supposed to give your skin luxurious moisture while toning and prepping it for the next steps in your routine.

The Impress range is an anti-aging line that works in two ways: by healing DNA damage caused by UV rays (with suginori, an extract from red seaweed) and by fighting your body’s natural aging process (with anti-oxidants to stop free radicals). Sounds like a win-win to me!

I used the 10th Anniversary Impress Lotion Kit from Kanebo, P6,000. It's valued at P11,000 with all the products–but you get all this for the price of the150ml lotion.

What I used: the 10th Anniversary Impress Lotion Kit from Kanebo.

This kit is valued at P11,000, but priced at P6,000—and they’re selling out fast, too! What’s inside: the Kanebo Impress Lotion II (150ml), Emulsion II (40ml), Cleansing Cream (60g), and Creamy Soap (60g). So when you do the beauty math, it’s like you’re getting 3 free products for the price of one 150ml lotion.

I wanted to try a different approach this time when it comes to testing skincare this time. Keep in mind that I test out new products every week, so I usually have at least five different brands in front of me. So rather than just pick out one or two products from the kit, I decided to test the entire line for a change. TBH? It was a relief! It simplified my routine because I didn’t have to think about mixing-slash-matching products anymore. I just had to follow the steps!

Find out how this technique worked out for me after the jump! Continue reading

3 Things I’m Doing After My Beach Trip

If you’re following me on IG, then you know that I hit the beach over the weekend. I usually stay away from unnecessary UV exposure, but I decided to give in this time. The beach was just too inviting and I was dying to feel the warmth of the sun on my (sunscreen-protected) skin!

beach summer skin tips philippines hammock

I also got to shoot a video about my beach beauty essentials. Watch out for it on my YouTube channel soon! P.S. Got this cute maillot from @coralswimwearph. Their new summer collection is coming out this week, so follow them!

I really love it when I’m rocking a healthy tan-slash-glow, but because I know how much harm the sun can do to my skin, I do my best to help reverse the damage STAT. Here are a few of my skin-saving techniques:

1. I load up on water, antioxidants, and electrolytes.
You have to help your body heal from within. This means that aside from my regular H20, I will drink tons and tons of coconut water or buko juice and munch on fruits (watermelon is my usual pick) to make sure I’m well-hydrated.

2. I exfoliate and use a face mask.
Exfoliating is basically how I avoid breaking out at the beach (click here to read about that technique). I’ll do this mid-way through my beach trip and I’ll apply my mask on the day that I get the most sun. This one from Etude House was pretty soothing—I used it after I got burned from stalking the Pope during his last visit to Manila!

3. I use anti-aging creams on my body.
You can use a lotion like these ones from Murad and they’ll work fabulously! But if you don’t want to spend, just apply your regular lotion immediately after you shower to lock in the moisture. Then, go the extra mile by applying your anti-aging moisturizer on your hands, feet, neck, and chest. The skin in these spots are pretty thin and will reveal your age faster, so you want to give it more TLC.

And that’s basically it! I do these rituals for about a week or two (it’s like beauty penance for my skin sins, LOL) and then I go back to my normal skin routine. But of course, if you don’t want to do any extra damage control, at least make sure you always slather on sunscreen and reapply every two hours!

Do you like basking under the sun and getting a tan? Leave me a comment and let me know! ♥

Review: Laneige Time Freeze Eye Serum

During the last quarter of 2015, I had a lot of trouble sleeping. I was going to bed at like 2 a.m. and waking up at 8 a.m. Needless to say, it was horrible and my undereye area was definitely suffering.

 And this was my savior!! The Laneige Time Freeze Eye Serum, P2,500.


And this was my savior!! The Laneige Time Freeze Eye Serum, P2,500.

Prior to using this, I was loyal to these two eye creams (see them here and here). Unfortunately, I noticed that the Estée Lauder one I was using had reached its peak and that it wasn’t doing anything for my skin anymore. So I made the switch!

If you want to reduce the sunken-eye look and lighten your dark circles, keep reading! I’ll talk more about the results I got after the jump! Continue reading

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