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

What’s Your Take On Real Beauty?

When I was growing up in the ’90s, I wanted to be just like supermodel Cindy Crawford. I idolized her for her beauty and her energy. I loved the fact that she was smart (she was the high school valedictorian), struggled with insecurities because of her legendary mole, and she was just sooo cool. C’mon, do you even remember MTV’s House of Style? Watch the video below to get a feel of what it was about!

Young ladies are luckier now because a beauty revolution is brewing. More and more women are being celebrated for their own uniqueness—from the color of their skin to the texture of their insanely curly hair. When I was younger, I didn’t realize that I was desperately trying to fit a mold that just wasn’t made for me. I think that’s why I’m so enamored by the speech that Oscar winner, Lupita Nyong’o, gave at the Essence magazine’s Annual Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon.

I know that awards season just capped off with the Oscars a few days ago. I should be writing about red carpet looks I loved, the hair looks to cop, and more secrets to glowing skin—and I probably will soon. But for now, I’d like to take this chance to remind each woman here to take time to appreciate your own intrinsic beauty. Just look inside for a minute and reflect: Did you feel beautiful when you were growing up? Why did you feel that way? How did that belief affect the way you see yourself now?

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Lupita’s eloquent and heartwarming speech really inspired me to take a hard look at my own journey with beauty. As a teen, I never thought I was ugly. But I never thought I was beautiful, either. It was a weird, in-between thing that left me neither confident nor insecure. Looking back, I wish I could silence my own inner beauty critic and just, well, give myself more love—even if I wasn’t 5’10” like Cindy Crawford. At the same time, though, I’m grateful for what I went through. It made me dig deep and encouraged me to find my own identity. I wasn’t tempted to build my inner foundation on my looks. Instead, I found value in developing other aspects about myself—like appreciating the art of the written word and finding my own voice through writing.

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Women can be hard on themselves and I’m no exception. I wrote this post hoping that it’ll remind you to be kinder to yourself and learn to value how beautiful you truly are—inside and out. Like Lupita, this is my dearest wish for both you and me:

That you will feel the validation of your external beauty, but also, get to the deeper business of being beautiful inside.”

Do you have any beauty insecurities? What did you do to overcome them? Share your inner beauty secrets below! You never know who you might be inspiring! ♥