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

Beauty Alert: #WatsonsGreatWhiteSale

Did I tell you that I had a mini hosting gig for Watsons?

On stage facilitating a fun, little skincare trivia game for the #WatsonsGreatWhiteSale event.

That’s (teeny-tiny) me on stage facilitating a fun, little skincare trivia game for the #WatsonsGreatWhiteSale event.

The Watsons team asked me to think of beauty tidbits and questions to ask the guests. The point was to get them to share all of their whitening tips with everyone, because when it comes to skincare, there’s always something new to learn!

One of the questions I asked: Name some of the best whitening ingredients you should look for.

One of the questions I asked: Name some of the best whitening ingredients you should look for.

What are your answers? Mine are niacinamide, vitamin C, lycopene, glutathione, and papaya. There are more of course, but the point here is to highlight the importance of knowing what ingredients are in your products. You really have to read the label and know what you’re getting before you buy—especially when it comes to skin whitening!

But really, let's talk about the juicy parts of skin whitening—problem areas like your armpits, neck, knees, and elbows.

Now let’s talk about the juicy parts of skin whitening—problem areas like your armpits!

Yes, guys. There’s really an IG account dedicated to reposting fabulous-looking, Pinay armpits (also known as kili-kili). I am quite kili-kili conscious, so I have a few fabulous tips I can share on how you can help whiten them. In fact, the technique I use is also applicable to your neck, knees, and elbows also!

Curious? Read more about it after the jump! Continue reading

Pond’s x Happy Skin Exclusive

It’s beauty workshop time with Pond’s!

The ensemble? All white, of course! P.S. Bought my dress from @veranoph in case you like off-shoulder stuff as much as I do :)

The ensemble? All white, of course! P.S. Bought my dress from @veranoph in case you like off-shoulder stuff as much as I do :)

I’ve been in the beauty industry for years and I still enjoy listening to tips from more experts. There’s always something to learn!

Celeb makeup artist, Jigs Mayuga shared his tips about BB cream. Beauty guru, Agoo Bengzon, shared her 3 skin basics.

Celeb makeup artist, Jigs Mayuga shared his fab BB cream tips. And on the far left is beauty guru, Agoo Bengzon. She talked about her 3 skincare basics (cleanse, moisturize, and protect).

Now when it comes to makeup, they also talked about how the “No Makeup Look” trend is here to stay. The real trick to pulling it off? You have to take care of your skin.

And that's where this gorgeous kit comes in! It was filled with lots of Pond's and Happy Skin goodies, so we could practice our skincare and (no) makeup skills.

And that’s where this gorgeous kit comes in! It was filled with all the skincare and makeup basics you’ll need from Pond’s and Happy Skin!

What really got everyone excited was when they announced that Pond’s and Happy Skin Cosmetics are collaborating! For every P700 purchase of Pond’s products at Watson’s, you get a FREE mini lipstick from Happy Skin—and it’s really super cute, you guys. Want to see what it looks like? Let’s do some IG stalking!

Soo cute! I'm a fan of the Happy Skin Shut Up & Kiss Me line (reviews here and here), so this is a tote-friendly treat!

Ooh…cute, right? I love small lipsticks (I don’t like carrying bags so much), so I can just stuff this in my pockets. Follow @PondsPh on Twitter for more deets!

I’m a fan of the Happy Skin Shut Up & Kiss Me line (reviews here and here), and really, their shades flatter Pinay skintones so well. I heard that some hardcore fans and beauty girls even collect all the Happy Skin lippie shades. So…in case you’re one of them, get ready to shop because Happy Skin created a new and exclusive shade just for Pond’s! It’s totally perfect for the #NoMakeup look, too.

Want to check out what the actual lipstick color looks like? Clickity, click! Continue reading

Work Life: SkinMatters.com.ph

Remember when I told you I had an exciting project in the works? I made the big reveal on my Instagram last Thursday!

I'm the new editor-in-chief of SkinMatters.com.ph!

I’m the new editor-in-chief of SkinMatters.com.ph! Follow my IG account here for more exciting scoops.

In a nutshell, SkinMatters is your online skin expert. It answers all your basic concerns about skincare and gives you the info you need to deal with your beauty dilemmas. We work with Google trends, so we can find out what the top skin searches are and create our editorial lineup around that. My favorite feature on the site? The “Ask A Derma” section. You can get a FREE consultation with a licensed dermatologist who’s a member of the Philippine Dermatological Society. It doesn’t get any more legit than that!

Here's a quick look at the website! Click on the photo to visit and take a look at all the fun articles we have for men, women, and teens!

Here’s a quick look at the website! Click here to visit and take a look at all the fun articles we have for women, men, and teens!

I’m very honored and really grateful for the opportunity to head the editorial content of this site. As you know, I’m all about skincare and am truly a die-hard beauty geek. I like that we don’t pitch or recommend products in the actual articles. Instead, we talk about the ingredients that can help you achieve you skin goals. This way, you know how to read the labels in the cosmetics aisles and you can be more sure that what you’re buying is really worth your hard-earned cash.

It all began with a meeting! I'm sitting on the couch and taking a sneaky shot of some of the most brilliant minds in the cosmetics industry. That's Unilever's Apples Aberin, Jules Gollayan, and 1DMG's Jill Aquino.

It all began with this meeting! I’m sitting on the couch and taking a sneaky shot of some of the most brilliant minds in the cosmetics industry. That’s Unilever’s Apples Aberin, Jules Gollayan, and 1DMG’s Jill Aquino.

Not everything in publishing is glitz and glam—it’s actually a lot of hard work! The photo above is basically Day 1 of the project. I had to come up with a lineup of 100++ articles for the website, discuss the tone and feel of the writing, and just pitch the vision I had for editorial. It was so different from working under a magazine and I was really out of my comfort zone here. It was the first time for me to be head something this big and work with such an intimidating team. I was very overwhelmed, but everyone was very supportive. Thank God it went well!

And thank God I wasn't in it alone! We had the best beauty writers for contributors and I had the best editors on the core team. Say hi to Leslie Lee and Camyl Besinga—they totally kept me sane during the project!

And thank God I wasn’t in it alone! We had the best beauty writers for contributors and I had the best editors on the core team. Say hi to Leslie Lee and Camyl Besinga—they totally kept me sane during the project!

Both these girls are former managing editors of Cosmopolitan Philippines, so they’re very O.C. and have a wonderful work ethic. Leslie was my managing editor and Camyl was my copy editor. We worked 12-hour days and spent the weekends editing, just to make sure we would meet our deadlines. I’m so grateful I got to work with them again! They really kept my spirits high while we were running through the content.

After we do the initial editing, we would go over each to the articles with the rest of the team. We'd discuss photos, titles, look for typos, and sift through each piece to see how we can improve it.

Once editorial finishes with the initial editing, we would go over each of the articles with the rest of the team. We’d discuss photos, titles, look for typos, and sift through each piece to see how we can improve it.

Want to see the work that went behind creating the website?? Take a peek at my journey as the new editor-in-chief after the jump! Continue reading

Pond’s BB+ Cream Blowout Winner

Woo-hoo!! Congrats to the winner of the Pond’s BB+ Cream Blowout!

Hi @jayresa03! Email your name, contact info, and address to nicole@beautyandsparkle.com. The Pond's team will take care of shipping these goodies to you.

Hi @jayresa03! Email your name, contact info, and address to nicole@beautyandsparkle.com. The Pond’s team will take care of shipping these goodies to you.

Oooh…I just love giving beauty products away! I actually have another giveaway lined up soon, so keep checking the blog for updates! Happy Friday, my loves! ♥

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