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

Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer Trio

Here’s one of the best beauty buys of the season!

For me, what differentiates a good makeup artist from a great one is the amount of prep work they do on the skin before they apply foundation. If you’re dying for that glow, you really have to start with a good primer!

This set is perfect for experimenting, since you get to play around with the whole range.

This set is perfect for experimenting and they’re travel-friendly, too! Get this so you can gauge which one is best for your skin before investing in a full-sized bottle.

Your skin changes per season, so it’s nice to have a mini set you can play around with. You can also mix and match the primers on your skin to score natural-looking highlights, like this:

Since the weather is cold and my skin is dry, I used the hydrating primer (in blue) all over my face. Then, I added a hint of the luminizing primer (in bronze) from the end of my brows until my cheekbones.

Since the weather my skin is dry, I used the hydrating primer (in blue) all over my face. Then, I added the luminizing primer (in bronze) from the end of my brows until my cheekbones. P.S. Like my eye makeup? Read what I used here—it’s from Smashbox also!

Fun, right? Keep reading—I’ll show you when each tube is ideal for the skin finish you want! Continue reading