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

Unboxing: BDJBox June 2015

I got a special package in the mail last week!

It's an exclusive Bioderma box from BDJBox!

It’s an exclusive Bioderma box from BDJBox!

Bioderma is a French drugstore brand and it’s got quite a celebrity following (hi, Gwyneth!). I’m a big fan of their makeup remover (I use it on my lips and cheeks) since it’s made for sensitive skin and gals who tend to get acne.

Ooh...I wonder what's inside! I spy the welcome kit and product info sheet. That's always helpful!

Ooh…I wonder what’s inside! I spy the welcome kit and product info sheet. That’s always helpful!

Okay, I’m ready to rip through all the packaging! I hope it’s good! The big reveal after the jump! Continue reading

My Travel Essentials

Last Thursday, I flew to the city of Ilo-Ilo to give a talk about the latest hair and makeup trends—grooming and hairstyling for men included!

Hey, that's me! I had a lot of fun meeting the local designers, makeup artists, and writers in Ilo-Ilo. Thanks to Amigo Terrace Hotel of inviting me!

Hey, that’s me! I had a lot of fun meeting the local designers, makeup artists, and writers in Ilo-Ilo. Thanks to Amigo Terrace Hotel for inviting me!

It was just an overnight trip, which meant that I had a huuuuge baggage allowance. So I opted to be a lazy girl and packed some of my full-sized bottles vs. transferring them to my mini containers. Check out the bath, skin, and hair essentials that I brought:

All the stuff I used for my hair and skincare. Yes, I used every single item here.

Yup, I used every single item here.

Starting from the top left, these are the products:

  1. Bioderma Sensible Dermatological Water Mist to rehydrate my skin on the plane.
  2. Lancôme Youth Activating Eye Cream to banish crow’s feet.
  3. Davines Oi/Oil to nix frizz.
  4. Davines Oi Shampoo for gentle hair washing.
  5. Shiseido White Lucent Total Brightening Serum to lighten my dark spots.
  6. Belo Acne Astringent in case of pimple emergencies.
  7. Pantene 3-Minte Miracle Conditioner to soften my strands.
  8. Burt’s Bees Ultimate Care Hand Cream used as lotion post-flight.
  9.  Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil to remove my eye makeup easily.
  10. Phyto Lacquer Botanical Hairspray to hold my hair in place.
  11. Philosophy Shortbread Cookie 3-in-1 Wash, used as a delicious body wash.
  12. Céleteque Facial Wash to cleanse my face.
  13. Nivea Gentle Facial Cleansing Wipes for easier foundation and lipstick removal.
  14. Hygienix Anti-Bacterial Hand Spray because I like to disinfect everything—doorknobs included!

Gosh, I didn’t realize I use this many products! And my makeup isn’t even included here. Some of the skincare and hair stuff, I’m currently testing. I’m super loving the Davines Oi Shampoo and how it’s treating my strands—I just hope it doesn’t give my scalp flakes! Oh, and I got to try a beauty hack that helps prevent shampoo explosions. Look:

To ensure that it doesn't spill, I cut a piece of plastic (square-sized) and place it over the opening of the bottle before closing the cap tightly over it.

To ensure that nothing spills, I cut a piece of plastic (square-sized) and placed it over the opening of the bottle before closing the cap tightly. Watch out for my review of this sudser soon!

This trick totally worked and I was thrilled that my vanity kit was goo-free when I unpacked! I’m going to keep doing this from now on—especially when I use my mini travel containers. Sometimes, they don’t lock as well if you use them a lot.

How many products do you use daily? My travel count is at 14 (excluding makeup, of course!). Tell me what your number is in the comment section below. ♥

Beauty Directory:
Belo Essentials Click here for clinic locations.
Bioderma
Click here for store locations.

Burt’s Bees Available at Beauty Bar
Céleteqte, Hygienix, Nivea, Pantene Available at personal care stores.
Davines Available at leading salons. 
Lancôme Click here for store locations.
Philosophy 
Click here for store locations.
Phyto
Available at Rustan’s Department Stores.
Shiseido
Click here for store locations.
Shu Uemura 
Click here for store locations.

Bioderma Is Officially Here!

I first heard about Bioderma from my friend, Kat. I tried it when I crashed at her place and forgot to pack my makeup remover. She told me it was actually one of Gwyneth Paltrow’s favorite beauty finds at French pharmacies!

Saw this on GP's site, Goop. Click here to read about her other French pharmacy picks.

Saw this on GP’s site, Goop. Click here to read about her other French beauty picks.

Fortunately, we don’t have to travel all the way to France anymore to try this because it’s already available at selected derma clinics—and soon, even at Watsons! I scored a sneak peek during the launch and got to check out the other products from the French brand. Let’s take a look:

bioderma-philippines-launch

With my favorite beauty addicts! Fashion & beauty editors Iya and Sandra and my Team B love, Tina. At the bottom, that’s Bioderma distributor Nikki Tang, celeb stylist Alyanna Martinez, and MAC sponsored makeup artist Jigs Mayuga.

Our host for the event, Bianca Valerio. Sandra and I were totally drooling over her dress! I was really surprised (and kilig!) when she went up to me and gushed about how much she liked my blog! Thank you, Bianca! Hearing that really makes all the long nights worth it <3

Our host for the event, makeup artist and model Bianca Valerio. I was really surprised (and kilig!) when she told me how much she liked my blog! Thank you, Bianca! Hearing that really makes all the long nights worth it <3 P.S. Sandra and I were totally drooling over your dress!

Now on to the good stuff…

The cult favorites: Bioderma Sensibio H20 Micellar Solution is perfect for those with dry, sensitive skin. One bottle is actually sold every 3 seconds around the world! The Bioderma Sébium H20 Micellar Solution is for those with oily or acne-prone skin since it has anti-bacterial properties.

The cult favorites: Bioderma Sensibio H20 Micellar Solution is perfect for those with dry, sensitive skin. One bottle is actually sold every 3 seconds around the world! The Bioderma Sébium H20 Micellar Solution is for those with oily or acne-prone skin since it has anti-bacterial properties. Both are P650 each for 100ml.

Bianca actually gave me a great tip. Since she has combination skin, like most Pinays do, she uses the Sébium formula over her T-zone and the Sensibio over the rest of her face. It’s actually a great way to give your skin what it needs on specific areas of your face if you have the budget.

For more of my thoughts about this makeup remover and to check out the other products Bioderma is bringing in, clickity-click! Continue reading