Review: EMK Beverly Hills Skincare

Have you heard of this brand? I remember seeing it on social media, but I didn’t really pay much attention to it…until I got an email from local actress, Carla Abellana. After glancing through the info she sent me about the products and seeing that Reese Witherspoon also uses the line, I caved and decided to give it a try!

The first thing I tried: the EMK Bloom Toner.

Carla sent me a customized kit to help balance my skin. I was super excited when I saw that it included the EMK Bloom Toner (US$44, 200ml).

I rarely get to test toners, so I was curious to see if using one would really make a difference on my skin. Honestly, though? I think I’m still in denial about the fact that I really need to use one (probably because toners from my generation were spiked with alcohol). But let me tell you—it’s good to add one to your routine because toners nowadays are usually filled with essences and help your skin absorb your creams better.  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

What I’m Testing Now!

I have a lot of products that I’m testing out this month…and it’s driving me crazy! Because I don’t know where to start, I thought I’d show you what’s on my lineup. This way, you can leave a comment and decide which ones you want me to review first. The (beauty) power is yours!

First up: L'Oréal La Palette Nude in Rose and Beige (P800 each) and Color Riche Lipsticks (P400 each).

First up: L’Oréal La Palette Nude in Rose and Beige (P800 each) and Color Riche Lipsticks (P400 each).

I also have a moisturizer and eye cream from French brand, Nuxe.

I also have a moisturizer and eye cream from French brand, Nuxe.

My fave skincare brand! I also have to test the rest of the Perricone MD No Makeup Makeup line, but I already reviewed the foundation here and here.

My fave skincare brand! I also have to test the rest of the Perricone MD No Makeup Makeup line, but I already reviewed the foundation here and here.

More products up for review after the jump! Continue reading

#FOTD

My skin’s been a bit lackluster lately—probably due to all the sugary snacks I’ve been munching on and lack of sleep. But I discovered an awesome beauty hack to fix that problem!

Can you tell I'm running on four hours of sleep?

Can you tell I’m running on four hours of sleep?

I was surprised that so many people said I looked fresh the day I took the photo (if they only knew—hehe!). But the kind compliments confirmed that my foundation trick worked, so natch, I had to share the makeup hack with you guys! More about it after the jump! Continue reading

This Just In: Mario Badescu & L’Occitane Skin Loot

I got a special beauty delivery this week and just dove right in! Check them out below:

Mario Badescu Botanical Exfoliating Scrub, P1,650.

Mario Badescu Botanical Exfoliating Scrub, P1,650.

What It Is: A gel-based face scrub that helps get rid of residue, dead skin cells, and excess grime. Its goal is to banish dullness and give you clearer, younger-looking skin via its unique combo of finely ground Ecuadorian ivory palm seeds and nourishing botanicals (like ginger, ginkgo, green tea, aloe and coconut). The best part? It’s suitable for all skin types.

It's light and you can barely see the exfoliating grains because they're super fine.

It’s light and you can barely see the exfoliating grains because they’re super fine.

First Impressions: I always turn to a gentle scrub whenever my face starts to look dull and lifeless. I used this right after my trip to Singapore to help get rid of the sunscreen gunk and I feel like it refreshed my complexion. What I liked the most was how fine the grains were, so I didn’t have to worry about microtears on my skin. As for the scent? Aside from the hint of coconut, you’ll barely notice it. It’s kinda pricey for a scrub, but this is one of the products I invest in because it can make or break your skin.

L'Occitane Shea Face Soothing Fluid. It's 100% natural!

Up next: L’Occitane Shea Face Soothing Fluid. It’s 100% natural!

What It Is: A comforting oil that has two skin-saving ingredients—shea oil (known for its nourishing properties) and marula oil (known for its anti-oxidant properties and fine texture for quick absorption). It’s made for dry and sensitive skin that’s exposed to urban environment, so it’s perfect for city gals who want to give their complexion some TLC.

First Impressions: As far as oils go, this one is pretty light and has a dry finish (you just need to really massage it into your skin). It smells like baby powder and I noticed that it leaves my skin feeling comfortable even though I only used a few drops. It’s recommended that you use this at night to help reverse the damage that occurred throughout the day. If you’re prone to breakouts though, it might be best to avoid this formula.

Want to do more beauty spying? I have two more moisturizers from Mario Badescu and L’Occitane for you to scope after the jump! Continue reading

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