Thanks to the Kardashians, contouring has become a huge trend in the makeup world. It always looks so simple and easy when you watch the Insta videos, but it another story when you have to start shading and strobing all by yourself.
It’s easy to get overwhelmed when you’re first starting out, but don’t worry. With a little patience, practice and a loooot of blending, I promise that you’ll be able to do it like a pro soon enough. In the meantime, check out some of the highlighting & contouring tricks that I’ve learned along the way. These little tricks really made my makeup life a lot easier!
Tip #1: Cream Formulas Are Best For Contouring Newbies. This is because they’re easy to blend and you can always use your sponge to erase any mistakes. When shopping, go for a color that’s one to two shades darker than your regular foundation. This will help the shadows look more natural and wearable if you’re at work or on a date.
Been using the Sleek MakeUP Cream Contour Kit in Medium lately and I love how easy it is to blend!
The different shades allowed me to play around with stronger contours for events. I was also able to use the lighter shades as a concealer—yay for multi-tasking products!
Tip #2: Have Oily Skin? Opt For Powder Formulas.
This is especially true when it comes to your highlighter since the goal is to look dewy—not greasy. Because powders can absorb excess oil, this formula will last longer on your skin and it can even help control excess shine. The only challenge? Powders are harder to blend, but you can make life easier for you by investing in the right brushes (I prefer an angled brush for contouring and a mini fan brush for highlighting). Continue reading →
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.
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.
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.
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 →
Women (and men!) keep complaining to me about their oily skin dilemmas—and I don’t blame them! The summer heat has been crazy, so your skin’s really bound to produce more grease this time of year.
To help you control your oily skin sitch a little better, I came up with a quick list of things you should STOP doing. Make sure to take note!
1. Stop overwashing.
It’s a toughie, but washing your face too much can actually make your skin think that it’s too dry. And then it will compensate by producing more oil. Pretty counterproductive, huh? If you really must wash your face more than twice a day, just use a non-foaming cleanser in between to avoid parching your skin.
2. Stop skipping your moisturizer.
Again, this goes back to the whole “your skin thinks it’s dry” issue. During summer, I still moisturize (I’m currently using this), but I only do it at night to keep my complexion balanced. I use a heavier cream since I spend a lot of time in an airconditioned room, but if you want to use something lighter, try a gel formula.
3. Stop ramming blotting sheets on your face.
I recently read that one of the reasons why you breakout during summer is because people press those oil-control sheets onto their face so roughly (I’m guilty of this, too!). Why? When you’re heavy-handed, it can push some of the dirt and oil into your pores as well. So blot shine away gently (like you’re trying to lift off a stain on your shirt) and just reach for an extra sheet if you need it.
Are you guilty of these oily skin no-nos? Sound off below! ♥
I first heard about Bioderma from my friend, Kat. I tried it when I crashed at her place and forgot to pack my makeup remover. She told me it was actually one of Gwyneth Paltrow’s favorite beauty finds at French pharmacies!
Saw this on GP’s site, Goop. Click here to read about her other French beauty picks.
Fortunately, we don’t have to travel all the way to France anymore to try this because it’s already available at selected derma clinics—and soon, even at Watsons! I scored a sneak peek during the launch and got to check out the other products from the French brand. Let’s take a look:
With my favorite beauty addicts! Fashion & beauty editors Iya and Sandra and my Team B love, Tina. At the bottom, that’s Bioderma distributor Nikki Tang, celeb stylist Alyanna Martinez, and MAC sponsored makeup artist Jigs Mayuga.
Our host for the event, makeup artist and model Bianca Valerio. I was really surprised (and kilig!) when she told me how much she liked my blog! Thank you, Bianca! Hearing that really makes all the long nights worth it <3 P.S. Sandra and I were totally drooling over your dress!
Now on to the good stuff…
The cult favorites: Bioderma Sensibio H20 Micellar Solution is perfect for those with dry, sensitive skin. One bottle is actually sold every 3 seconds around the world! The Bioderma Sébium H20 Micellar Solution is for those with oily or acne-prone skin since it has anti-bacterial properties. Both are P650 each for 100ml.
Bianca actually gave me a great tip. Since she has combination skin, like most Pinays do, she uses the Sébium formula over her T-zone and the Sensibio over the rest of her face. It’s actually a great way to give your skin what it needs on specific areas of your face if you have the budget.
For more of my thoughts about this makeup remover and to check out the other products Bioderma is bringing in, clickity-click! Continue reading →
I finally got an answer! Remember when I told you about how BB creams gave me cystic acne? Now I know why!
As a beauty journalist, I always start as skeptic (which probably explains my serious face) and research about the real reason behind beauty dilemmas. So I interviewed Dr. Jennie De Jesus, associate dermatologist of the Aivee Clinic, about BB creams.
I had been using BB creams for years, which is why it took me so long to figure out that this was the trigger. All I know is that once I stopped using my beloved BB creams, my breakouts went away (more details here). BUT WHY??? I desperately needed a medical explanation for this, so I was thrilled when Dr. Jennie had an answer.
Click to find out the real reason why BB creams aren’t for everyone—especially if you have oily skin. Continue reading →