Review: EMK Beverly Hills Skincare

Have you heard of this brand? I remember seeing it on social media, but I didn’t really pay much attention to it…until I got an email from local actress, Carla Abellana. After glancing through the info she sent me about the products and seeing that Reese Witherspoon also uses the line, I caved and decided to give it a try!

The first thing I tried: the EMK Bloom Toner.

Carla sent me a customized kit to help balance my skin. I was super excited when I saw that it included the EMK Bloom Toner (US$44, 200ml).

I rarely get to test toners, so I was curious to see if using one would really make a difference on my skin. Honestly, though? I think I’m still in denial about the fact that I really need to use one (probably because toners from my generation were spiked with alcohol). But let me tell you—it’s good to add one to your routine because toners nowadays are usually filled with essences and help your skin absorb your creams better.  Continue reading

Review: Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentrè

When I found out my Mom was going to Europe, it gave me an excuse to ask her to buy me something fabulous from the local French pharmacy.

The Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentrè. It's a French skincare brand that I first heard about from Goop.

The Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentrè. It’s a French skincare brand that’s been a staple in their pharmacies since the 1950s. I first heard about it from Goop and have been dying to try it ever since.

I was still hesitant to try it, since I was worried it might be too thick for our climate. Since it’s crazy hot in Manila right now, I was concerned that it might end up doing harm on my sensitive skin. But when I saw how glowing and radiant my Mom’s skin was getting with each day (she also bought a tube for herself), I caved and gave it a try.

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Here’s what it looks like up close. It’s very easy to squeeze (like your toothpaste), so maintaining the shape whenever I use it is kinda making me OC. Haha, I’m so weird ;)

After popping the seal with the tip of the cap, I squeezed a teensy bit out to check out the texture first. I noticed that it was very rich and a little on the thick side, but it melted into my hand right away—like butter. Since I’m very paranoid about breakouts, I just applied two tiny dots over the dry patches of my cheeks. I wanted to see how my skin would react to it first.  Continue reading