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

Unboxing: Memebox From Korea (Part 2)

Remember when I told you all about the Memebox I got? It’s an international beauty box that ships the hottest and best-loved Korean cosmetics straight from Seoul! Click here to check out their website!

I got the Memebox Special Skincare box. This comes with 4 to 8 full-sized products and deluxe samples.

I got the Memebox Special Skincare box! It’s customized to reveal everything you wanted to know about Korean skincare. Ooh-la-la, lots of brands I’ve never even heard of!

At first, I was a bit apprehensive and disappointed that there was no makeup inside. Skincare samples are quite tricky, since you never know if it’ll trigger a breakout. But here’s what’s surprising: After testing the products for a little bit, I was actually impressed by them!

Here’s a closer look at some of my immediate favorites from the box:

The Secret Key Super Plumping Jelly (worth $77). This was just delicious!!

The Secret Key Super Plumping Jelly (worth $77). This was just delicious!!

It's like Jell-O in texture and it smells light and fruity, too. I really had to stop myself from tasting it. What's even better is it's cooling on the skin, easily absorbed, and non-greasy.

It’s like Jell-O in texture and it smells light and fruity, too. I really had to stop myself from tasting it. What’s even better is it’s cooling on the skin, easily absorbed, and non-greasy.

Benton Snail Bee High Content Essence (worth $18). Instead of water, this essence use snail secretion filtrate, bee venom, and EGF to cleanse rough, damaged skin from external stresses and pollution.

Benton Snail Bee High Content Essence (worth $18). Instead of water, this essence use snail secretion filtrate, bee venom, and EGF to cleanse rough, damaged skin from external stresses and pollution.

A closer look at all the K-Beauty products after the jump! Continue reading

Tried & Tested: Murad Rapid Collagen Infusion

I got a surprise from Rustan’s!

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Murad Rapid Collagen Infusion, P3,550.

What It Does: It’s an anti-aging treatment that you use with before your moisturizer. It’s clinically proven to reduce lines and wrinkles, plumps up dehydrated skin, and it’s fast acting for those who want to see results ASAP (it claims to reduce lines in just two hours).

The Key Ingredients: Collagen Support Complex helps the skin absorb and retain water while supporting natural collagen and elastin in your skin, Winged Kelp aims to boost hydration and suppleness, and Cellular Hydrolock to naturally increase cellular water level and relieve dry, irritated skin

Take a look at this image from Murad.  It also claims to reduce fine lines and wrinkles in just two hours. I want to time it next time and excited to try it on my undereye area.

Take a look at this image from Murad—looks promising!

Do you think it worked on me? Click on the link to find out! Continue reading

New Store Alert: Philosophy Manila

I got to take a peek at the biggest Philosophy store in the world! And it’s right here in the Philippines!

Talking shop with Philosophy's brand manager, Ryan Cu. Check out the store at the Mega Fashion Hall in SM Megamall.

Talking shop with Philosophy’s brand manager, Ryan Cu. Check out the store at the Mega Fashion Hall in SM Megamall.

This beauty brand is one of my favorites because it always delivers and the packaging is just so delicious! I love how uplifting it is, too. Philosophy actually takes pride in the fact that they believe in miracles and in the beauty of everyone (yay, me too!).

Yummy, right? I got to try the Philosophy Shampoo, Shower Gel & Bubble Bath in Melon Daiquiri, P1,245.  The fresh, fruity scent makes it the perfect, multi-purpose product for summer travel.

Yummy, right? I got to try the Philosophy Shampoo, Shower Gel & Bubble Bath in Melon Daiquiri, P1,245. The fresh, fruity scent makes it the perfect, multi-purpose product for summer travel. My hair always smells sooo good after I use it as a shampoo.

If the brand is new to you, the store actually makes it easy for you to shop. If you don’t know what to buy, just go through the products on their Fab Five wall. These are their ultimate best-sellers. Tip: Go for Hope In A Jar. It’s their award-winning moisturizer and it’s Oprah’s favorite, too.

Be on the look out for this wall!

Be on the look out for this wall!

Get the scoop on my fave scent and skincare picks from Philosophy (and see more photos of the store) after the jump! Continue reading