How Micellar Water Saved My Skin (Dry Skin Fixes-Part 1)

I’ve been chasing after my skin’s lit-from-within glow for a while now, so I thought I’d do a beauty series about how I got my complexion back on track. I’ve had oily-combination skin all my life, so when my skin type changed to dry and sensitive, it took me a loooong time before I figured out which skincare combos to use.

My bare skin now and a little brow. Finally feeling like my glow is starting to come back!

My bare skin—saved with the help of micellar water—and a little brow. It’s still kinda dry, but you can see what it looked like last month here—red, dull, and kinda splotchy.

So my first plan of attack was to save my dry skin was to switch to a non-foaming facial wash. The only problem? Creamy cleansers make me feel like I’m not getting a good-enough clean. Could be my imagination, but sometimes, I feel like there’s still dirt and bacteria mixed with the residue I feel after I rinse or wipe it off.

That's why I was so happy I found this in my stash! It's La Mer The Cleansing Micellar Water, P>>>.

That’s why I was so happy I found this in my stash! It’s the La Mer The Cleansing Micellar Water.

I know, I know. You’re probably wondering what the heck micellar water is…and what’s it really supposed to do anyway? *cracks knuckles* Well, let me tell you! 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

Why Your Moisturizer (Probably) Isn’t Working

Ever felt like all the creams you slather on are, well, just sitting on top of your face? Like when you wash your face the next morning, you can still kinda feel the residue on your skin?

Then you might need this! Burt's Bees Intense Hydration Nourishing Facial Water, P1,250.

Then you might need this! Burt’s Bees Intense Hydration Nourishing Facial Water, P1,250.

It’s an additional step in your regimen (you use it after you tone and/or before your moisturize), but it helps your skin in three important ways:

  • It balances the pH level of your skin. This is important because facial washes tend to make your skin acidic, so this can help keep acne and dryness away.
  • It preps your skin for hydration. The technology allows the creams you apply to penetrate beneath the surface.
  • It locks moisture in. The top layer of your skin has a hydro-lipid barrier, which traps the moisture underneath. The facial water helps keep this layer is healthy even if you’re stressed, hormonal, or abusing your skin with harsh cleansers.

I’ve been using it for a few days now and I’m amazed by how soft my skin feels immediately after applying the moisturizer. Seriously, guys. I know this may seem like another product that you don’t think you need, but give it a try before you make any decisions. My suggestion: head to the Burt’s Bees counter (store locations here), swipe a few drops over your right hand, and apply moisturizer on top. Then on your left hand, just apply the moisturizer and observe. You’ll notice that your skin will feel softer and more comfortable.

Think you’ll add this to your skin routine? Leave a comment and let me know! ♥

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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

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