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

New Brow Tip For The Kilay-Challenged

You guys! I just learned this super cool trick from Jane Iredale’s global educator, Shawn Towne.

Use a credit card as a stencil when you're filling in your brows with powder!

Use a credit card as a stencil when you’re filling in your brows with powder!

Pretty cool, right? It works super well when you’re defining the upper part of your eyebrows. This part is always challenging for me, because sometimes, you just end up making your brows thicker when your initial line isn’t drawn on straight. With the credit card as a guide, you get a precise line from the get-go.

Full and fierce! Super love how he tweaked my brows!

Full and fierce! Super love how he tweaked my brows! P.S. I’m also loving that highlight. I used the Jane Iredale Glow Time Mineral BB Cream (yes, I totally relapsed).

Check out the fantastic brow powder he used (and more reviews + another #FOTD) after the jump! Continue reading

My Current Products On Rotation

Oh boy! Summer is in full swing, guys. Can you believe that the temperature was 93ºF today and might even reach 97ºF on Sunday? #melting

Skincare and makeup picks for the past few weeks!

That’s why I’ve been testing a few new products to see if they’ll help me stay fresh and pimple-free even though the weather is crazy hot.

I’ve been using these for about two weeks now, and so far, I’ve been happy with the results. If you’re looking for beauty ideas and insights on how you can beat the heat this summer, keep reading! I’ll tell you how the products above (from Jane Iredale, NARS, Happy Skin, Elizabeth Arden, Shu Uemura, and ArtDeco) are helping me beat the heat.  Continue reading

Sparkle TV: DIY Organic Pimple Clearing Solution

I just uploaded a new YouTube video on my sparkly channel! If you’ve been following my blog, you know that I’m a big fan of Apple Cider Vinegar. I started drinking it to help make my body more alkaline and it’s really helped clear up my zits from within.

Rashmi suggested that I drink Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar (P349 at Healthy Options) every morning to help balance my body. It's the most trusted brand in the market!

My go-to brand: Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar (P349 at Healthy Options). It’s the most trusted brand in the market!

After more research, I learned that you can also make a little solution (similar to a toner) and use it to help clear up pimples that have already surfaced. I like using this because it’s organic and natural solution. It works pretty well on my skin and it’s so easy to make, too. Watch and learn—it’s the best organic solution I’ve tried yet!

 
I really hope you guys are liking the videos :) I plan on posting a new one every Wednesday, so make sure you subscribe to the channel here to stay updated! ♥

Apple Cider Vinegar For Acne?

A new pal, Rashmi, a practitioner of alternative and complementary medicine, gave me an interesting insight about my recent acne issues. She mentioned that one of the reasons my skin might be flaring up is because my body isn’t alkaline. This really got my attention because I didn’t realize that being acidic could cause breakouts!

Rashmi suggested that I drink Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar (P349 at Healthy Options) every morning to help balance my body. It's the most trusted brand in the market!

Rashmi suggested that I drink Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) every morning to help balance my body’s pH level. It’s the most trusted brand in the market because it’s organic and non-GMO certified.

My first thought: Isn’t ACV acidic? How can this make my body alkaline? After some research, I learned that ACV is actually an alkaline-forming drink—like lemon water. This means that on the outside, lemons and ACV are clearly acidic. But once you drink it, it becomes akaline-forming in your body because your stomach produces very little acid to digest it (more info here!). Of course, it’s always important to consult with your MD first before you try any of these things to make sure it’s right for you.

Umm...there are floating bits in my drink. But that's totally normal for raw, unfiltered ACV. Just shake well!

Umm…there are floating bits in my drink, but that’s totally normal for raw, unfiltered ACV. Just it shake well before pouring! P.S. Got this bottle at Healthy Options for P349.

At first, I wasn’t thrilled at the thought of drinking vinegar first thing in the morning…but I was willing to do it for the sake of clear skin (hahaha, beauty is obviously my real motivation to stay healthy, guys). Another thing: I was also worried that my hyperacidity might act up, but Rashmi assured me that my tummy would be fine—and it totally was! Yay!

I’ve been drinking it for about 2 weeks now and I noticed that my acne flare-ups aren’t as intense anymore, the pimples are getting smaller, and they heal much faster. More importantly though, I have more energy throughout the day! I did a little more research and saw that it does help reduce fatigue and aches in your body (read more ACV health benefits here!).

Curious about how I take my apple cider vinegar? It’s actually a pleasant experience and my mornings aren’t complete without it anymore. Click on the link to check out my recipe! Continue reading

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