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

Why Sunscreen Makes You Breakout

Here’s my theory: It’s probably because you only use soap to wash it off at the end of the day. I think that whenever you apply sunscreen (or use any product that has SPF), then you’ll also need to use a makeup remover to clean your skin effectively. I’ve actually been using this skin trick for years and it’s definitely helped me keep my complexion pimple-free during summer!

My current fave: DHC Deep Cleansing Oil. A friend (hi, Maika!) got this for me from Japan and I'm hooked!

My current fave: DHC Deep Cleansing Oil. A friend (hi, Maika!) got this for me from Japan and I’m hooked! P.S. Leave a comment if you want a review!

If you want to cop my technique, here’s what I do: I double-cleanse by using an oil-based makeup remover first before lathering up with my facial wash. This trick helps melt off any residue from my sunscreen and it also helps get rid of excess oil, sweat, and dirt that stick to my skin. But if your skin is extra sensitive, you can try using a gentle makeup remover like Bifesta (it’s water-based) or Bioderma before you wash your face. That’ll work, too!

Do you breakout whenever you use sunscreen on a daily basis? Try this skin trick and LMK if it works for you! ♥

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! ♥

Beauty Q&A: Skincare Issues

I’m getting more and more emails from my sparkly readers! *happy dance*

Y’all are sending such fabulous (and challenging!) beauty Qs to me, so I thought I’d set aside a post each month to answer them.

What do you think I should name my new segment? Cast your vote in the comments section below!

What do you think I should name my new section? I’m kinda leaning towards “Ask Nicole” or “Beauty Q&A” since it’s straightforward, but cast your vote in the comments below!

So let’s get this Q&A party started with this sweet email that I received from one of my readers over the weekend. She really had a lot of questions for me!

So happy to hear you enjoy reading my blog, Ana! But do try to sleep earlier—it's better for your skin! :)

So happy to hear you enjoy reading my blog, Ana! But do try to sleep earlier—it’s better for your skin! :)

I looooove talking about skincare, so I really took my time and thought about the best answers for Ana’s specific beauty dilemmas. Check out my answers the jump! Continue reading

Awesome Face Mask For Pimples!

Guys! This face mask from Leaders is fab-u-lous!

Leaders Teatree Relaxing Skin Renewal Mask, P98 at BeautyMnl.com.

Leaders InSolution Teatree Relaxing Skin Renewal Mask, P98 at BeautyMnl.com. It’s a Korean brand dermatologists and skin specialists.

After my trip to Hong Kong, I could feel that my skin was on the verge of a breakout for two reasons: the sweat and oil from all the walking around and I didn’t get to bring my trusty Apple Cider Vinegar with me. Ayayay!

I have a hard time trying to figure out what Korean masks usually do, so I like how there's a chart you can refer to on this mask.

I have a hard time trying to figure out what Korean masks usually do, so I like that there’s a chart you can refer to on this mask.

Some of the masks have the same problem levels (for skin trouble, over sebum, and pores), so make sure you read the fine print. I was actually debating about whether I should go for the Leaders mask that helps calm breakouts by boosting moisture. But since my flare-ups were due to excess oil, I went for the one with tea tree (this ingredient is really good for fighting pimples!).

Keep reading for my tips on how I made this mask work. It even helped my cystic acne! Continue reading

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