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

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

Sweaty Palms (And Underarms) Fix With Strip Manila’s #NoSweat

I’m just going to say it: I get really sweaty sometimes. Haha! I know it’s normal, but I kinda always felt self-conscious about it. I don’t like raising my arms up in public and I always worry that my palms might be sweaty if I shake someone’s hand. That’s why I didn’t think twice when I was invited by the girls over at Strip Manila to try their new #NoSweat treatment.

Matchy-matchy with Tab and Monique of Strip Manila. As you can see from the time stamp, I waited 9 weeks before writing this to gauge how well the treatment would last.

Matchy-matchy with Tab and Monique of Strip Manila. As you can see from the time stamp, I waited 9 weeks before writing this to gauge the treatment’s lasting power and side-effects.

Here’s what the Strip #NoSweat treatment is all about: It aims to control hyperhidrosis (or excessive sweating) on your hands, armpits, feet, and even the groin area. The machine uses infrared laser technology to go beneath the skin and deactivate your sweat glands. Bonus: It also helps banish body odor, so you won’t have to apply deodorant anymore. Is it painful? Not really. It’s a laser, so it does gets really hot. Still, I think anyone dealing with excess sweat will tell you it’s worth the discomfort.

Okay, enough tech talk! Let me walk you through the treatment process:

You enter the treatment room and there's the #NoSweat machine. The aesthetician turns it on at this point, so it can warm up.

You enter the treatment room and there’s the #NoSweat machine. The aesthetician turns it on at this point, so it can warm up.

Step 1: They conduct a "Sweat Test" to see how much you really, well, sweat. They begin by cleansing the area to be treated and swiping some iodine over it.

Step 1: They conduct a “Sweat Test” to see how much you really, well, sweat. They begin by cleansing the area to be treated (either your hands, feet, groin, or underarms) and swiping iodine over it.

After that, they sprinkle powder all over your hands. You'll see why soon!

After that, they sprinkle powder all over your hands. You’ll see why soon!

Then, they'll ask you to make a fist (or close the area tight) to make you sweat. Once the powder + sweat + iodine mix...

They’ll ask you to make a fist (or close the area tight) to make you sweat next. And once the powder + sweat + iodine mix…

...the areas become darker and turn purple (look at my pinky to see!). That's where most of the sweat comes out and where the aestheticians can concentrate the treatment.

…the spots that are the sweatiest become darker and turn purple (like on my pinky finger!). This also helps the aestheticians know which areas they should concentrate on.

They did the same technique to my underarms and they said I’m not as sweaty as I thought (phew!). In some extreme cases, the iodine areas turned completely purple. Want to see more? Check out the actual procedure after the jump! Continue reading

How To Avoid Breakouts At The Beach

Whenever I go to the beach, I usually expect a pimple or two to pop up either during the trip or a few days after I get home. Such a hassle! The main reason for my breakouts: Sunscreen!

Wait, wait, wait—it’s not because sunscreen is bad ha. It’s just that the constant reapplying (combined with the sweat and saltwater) was just too much for my pores. To help get rid of the residue, I realized I needed to pack a good exfoliator to get rid of excess film on my face.

My beach musts! I snagged a bottle after trying a sample sachet from BDJBox. I use the bottle when I'm at home and save the sachets for when I travel.

My beach musts! I first tried Cure through the sample sachets in BDJBox and snagged a bottle soon after. Since the bottle is too huge to lug around, I’ve been saving the sachets for when I travel.

Cure Natural Aqua Gel (P1,500) has become one of my beauty staples because it gets rid of dead skin cells and pore-clogging dirt without rough or painful microbeads. When I’m at the beach, I just use this on the second or third night to banish sunscreen residue and apply an intense moisturizer right after. And guess what? Haven’t had an angry pimple since! Of course, you should only use this if you’re not sunburnt or peeling. Otherwise, you risk wreaking more havoc on your skin.

Want a more detailed review? Click here to see what else I wrote about this product on BDJBox.com. It’s got lots of other uses! It’s also my fellow Beauty Minister’s, Kate Alvarez, secret to whiter armpits! ♥

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Dealing With Hair Loss—Part 1

Ok people, I’m about to get personal.

Last year, I noticed that my hair started falling out more than usual. It started because I had an operation to remove a cyst and then got a digiperm a few months after (bad beauty call–I should’ve resisted the chemical hair treatment for a bit more). Based on all the experts that spoke at the hair events I went to, I knew that it was normal to shed up to 100 strands a day. But in my panic, I got O.C. and actually began counting each strand that fell while I shampooed and dried my hair (around 80 was my worst). #hairpsycho

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Despite this, I knew that it wasn’t normal for my body to be shedding this much. One by one, I began to seek out and eliminate the probable causes and see what I could do to fix the problem. Looking back, I basically took a three-pronged approach: I first had to nourish my body, then change my hair products and styling habits, and learn how to manage my stress.

Since this post is Part 1, I’ll discuss how I worked on nourishing my body. Here’s how I got my scalp, hair, and health back on track.  Continue reading