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

Sparkle TV: Happy Skin Makeup Kit Unboxing + Giveway!

I got to collaborate with homegrown brand, Happy Skin, and unbox their limited edition Served On A Silver Platter Makeup Kit (P1,999). It’s actually a great starter kit for those who are building their makeup collection and it’s super easy to use, too. Watch the video below for all my tips (and see how you can win one of your own—we’re giving THREE away!).

 
So guys, if you want to win a kit, you know what to do! Just remember to leave a comment on my YouTube channel here, so that I know that you’re joining and tell me why you want to win. Hehe, I forgot to mention that in the video. I’ll announce the winners on May 31, 2016 and will inform them by replying to their comment on my YouTube channel.

Good luck and don’t forget to give me a thumbs-up if you like the video and want to see more unboxings! ♥

Review: Tarte Cheek Stain

I’ve been using this practically every day, so obviously, it’s beauty  l-o-v-e.

Tarte Cheek Stain in Flush, SGD$49 (about P1,700).

Tarte Cheek Stain in Flush, SGD$49 (about P1,650).

I finally bought this at Sephora Singapore after lusting for it for years (since 2014, guys—that post here). The shade actually looks super dark on the Sephora website (click here to see it), so just use my photos as a reference. It’s more accurate!

See that jelly-like texture? It will give you the perfect, natural-looking flush you're looking for.

See that jelly-like texture? It will give you the perfect, natural-looking flush you’re looking for.

I love that you can apply it straight to your cheek (no brush needed!) and just blend away with your fingers. It’s buildable and the shade really will look good on all complexions. Though it says that it can last up to 12 hours, I would say 6 to 8 hours is more accurate. But even if the color fades, you’ll still look fresh by the time you get home. If I know I’m going to have a long day ahead, I dust this Shiseido blush over it to boost its lasting power.

If you want to see what it looks like on me, watch my video here! Oh, and don’t worry! If you want to buy this, you can find it on Calyxta.com. It’s about P200 more, but still worth it! ♥