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

My Murad Youth Cam Experience

The last time I tried a high-tech skin analyzer was back in 2006 or 2007. It was the scariest thing ever and I vowed not to do it again…until now.

For some reason, I felt brave enough to try the Murad Youth Cam. It was going to check my pore score!

For some reason, I felt brave enough to try the Murad Youth Cam. It was going to check my pore score! P.S. Posted these on Snapchat! Follow me @beautyandsparkl to see what I’m up to each day :p

I was asked what my primary skin concerns were (I said sun damage, discoloration and wrinkles) and the machine scanned my face based on that.

The procedure's quick and painless, but it's kinda stressful because all your skin sins will finally be revealed!

The procedure’s quick and painless, but it’s kinda stressful because all your skin sins will finally be revealed!

I was so nervous and started to panic when I saw the results. I take really good care of my skin (duh!), so getting bad test scores would mean that I’m a failure in the beauty department. And that I would have to take more drastic measures to get my skin back on track. Yikes!

Curious to see my results? Check them out after the jump! Continue reading

Anti-Aging For Your Body?

Gosh…I hate to break it to you guys, but even the skin on your body ages. I read in Allure magazine that sometimes, your arm flab isn’t really fat. It’s loose skin that’s caused by sun damage or aging! Yikes!

That's why I was relieved to see that Murad launched the Youth Builder Body Series. It's basically anti-aging for your body!

That’s why I was relieved to see that Murad launched the Youth Builder Body line. It’s basically anti-aging for your body!

Being lazy to apply sunscreen and lotion can cause the elasticity of your skin to loosen faster—like a cheap scrunchie or hair tie. So if you want to keep the telltale signs of aging away a little longer (or if you’re exercising a lot and want to boost how toned you look), using firming lines like this (regularly!) can help you keep things tight.

More deets about the ingredients in Murad’s Youth Builder Body line and the products I think are investment-worthy after the jump! Continue reading

Sunday Sparkle

Did you guys know that Dr. Howard Murad (yes, the same guy who created the skincare line) actually writes inspirational books? I only found out last week!

Here's a look at one of his books. According to the Rustan's gals I gabbed with, Dr. Murad is a huge ball of positivity.

Here’s a look at one of his books. According to the Rustan’s gals I gabbed with, Dr. Murad is a huge ball of positivity.

I like to play with fate a little, so I just flipped the book randomly and asked for the message that I was meant to receive. And here’s what I got:

Thanks for my love note, Universe!

Thanks for my love note, Universe!

I’m sharing this little message with you just in case you need to hear it, too. There’s nothing wrong with being special, so don’t shy away from it! You are worthy, you have something to offer, and you can make a difference. ♥

Tried & Tested: Murad Rapid Collagen Infusion

I got a surprise from Rustan’s!

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Murad Rapid Collagen Infusion, P3,550.

What It Does: It’s an anti-aging treatment that you use with before your moisturizer. It’s clinically proven to reduce lines and wrinkles, plumps up dehydrated skin, and it’s fast acting for those who want to see results ASAP (it claims to reduce lines in just two hours).

The Key Ingredients: Collagen Support Complex helps the skin absorb and retain water while supporting natural collagen and elastin in your skin, Winged Kelp aims to boost hydration and suppleness, and Cellular Hydrolock to naturally increase cellular water level and relieve dry, irritated skin

Take a look at this image from Murad.  It also claims to reduce fine lines and wrinkles in just two hours. I want to time it next time and excited to try it on my undereye area.

Take a look at this image from Murad—looks promising!

Do you think it worked on me? Click on the link to find out! Continue reading