Join Me Next Saturday For A Beauty Workshop!

You guys! I’m going to have another workshop next Saturday!

The theme? Mastering your own beauty!

The theme? Mastering your own beauty! Text 0917-8018080 to reserve your slot :)

I’ll be working with pro makeup artist, Bambie Carlos, and she’s going to work you guys through perfecting your day-to-night makeup looks. As for me? I’m going to be spilling all of my skincare secrets! There will be surprises, beauty raffles, and a few freebies that you’ll be able to take home, too. Here are the deets:

Master Your Own Beauty Workshop
Date: May 21, 2016 (Saturday)
Time: 1-4 p.m.
Venue: The Healing House, Wack Wack Village, Mandaluyong
Workshop Fee: P2,800
*We have limited slots only, so reserve your spot by texting 0917-8018080 or emailing tina.healingcircle@gmail.com.

We designed this skincare and makeup workshop to be fun, interactive, and focused on y-o-u! We want to help you feel more confident in your own beauty, so Bambie and I will give you personalized tutorials that will help you highlight your assets and make you feel more beautiful. Bring all of your products (skincare, makeup, brushes) and we’ll teach you how to maximize your loot and what color combos will work well with your skintone.

I’m super looking forward to getting a chance to hang with my sparkly readers and answer all of your beauty questions. And trust me–you guys will love Bambie! She’s such a pro at making everyone feel like their prettiest self! Hope to see you guys next Saturday! ♥

My Current Skincare Routine

I attended an intimate beauty event a few weeks ago for the 10th anniversary celebration of Kanebo’s Impress line. It’s their most prestigious skincare line to date, and I was intrigued to learn that it has a quiet (but strong) following amongst the elite. It’s like they’re trying to keep it a secret!

Their star product is the Impress Lotion, P6,000. It's supposed to give your skin luxurious moisture while toning and prepping it for the next steps in your routine.

Their star product is the Impress Lotion, P6,000 for 150ml. It’s supposed to give your skin luxurious moisture while toning and prepping it for the next steps in your routine.

The Impress range is an anti-aging line that works in two ways: by healing DNA damage caused by UV rays (with suginori, an extract from red seaweed) and by fighting your body’s natural aging process (with anti-oxidants to stop free radicals). Sounds like a win-win to me!

I used the 10th Anniversary Impress Lotion Kit from Kanebo, P6,000. It's valued at P11,000 with all the products–but you get all this for the price of the150ml lotion.

What I used: the 10th Anniversary Impress Lotion Kit from Kanebo.

This kit is valued at P11,000, but priced at P6,000—and they’re selling out fast, too! What’s inside: the Kanebo Impress Lotion II (150ml), Emulsion II (40ml), Cleansing Cream (60g), and Creamy Soap (60g). So when you do the beauty math, it’s like you’re getting 3 free products for the price of one 150ml lotion.

I wanted to try a different approach this time when it comes to testing skincare this time. Keep in mind that I test out new products every week, so I usually have at least five different brands in front of me. So rather than just pick out one or two products from the kit, I decided to test the entire line for a change. TBH? It was a relief! It simplified my routine because I didn’t have to think about mixing-slash-matching products anymore. I just had to follow the steps!

Find out how this technique worked out for me after the jump! Continue reading

Review: Leaders Derma Soul Bright Mask With Acai Berry

I tried a new Korean face mask last week!

Leaders Derma Soul Bright Mask with Acai Berry, P78.

Leaders Derma Soul Bright Mask with Acai Berry, P78.

It’s formulated with one of nature’s most powerful anti-oxidantS (acai berry) to help fight the signs of aging. And because it’s a brightening mask, it’s also supposed to help lighten and clears up spots and blemishes with the help of niacinamide.

Here's a closer look at the sheet. Basically, it says it's supposed to help tired-looking skin.

Here’s a closer look at the sheet. Basically, it says it’s supposed to help get rid of your skin troubles.

And boy oh boy, did I have ’em! My skin looked super tired because of all the traveling and holiday parties I hit last month. Hehe! That’s why I knew I needed to use this mask to help give my complexion a major glow boost.

No English translation here, but I did see the numbers 15 to 20.

No English translation here, but I did see the numbers 15 to 20. I’m guessing that’s the number of minutes you have to leave the mask on.

I usually like to read directions first, but since I don’t know how to read Korean, I just decided to treat it like any other mask.

My step-by-step guide on masking and find out if it was able to help me get my glow back after the jump! Continue reading

This Just In: Mario Badescu & L’Occitane Skin Loot

I got a special beauty delivery this week and just dove right in! Check them out below:

Mario Badescu Botanical Exfoliating Scrub, P1,650.

Mario Badescu Botanical Exfoliating Scrub, P1,650.

What It Is: A gel-based face scrub that helps get rid of residue, dead skin cells, and excess grime. Its goal is to banish dullness and give you clearer, younger-looking skin via its unique combo of finely ground Ecuadorian ivory palm seeds and nourishing botanicals (like ginger, ginkgo, green tea, aloe and coconut). The best part? It’s suitable for all skin types.

It's light and you can barely see the exfoliating grains because they're super fine.

It’s light and you can barely see the exfoliating grains because they’re super fine.

First Impressions: I always turn to a gentle scrub whenever my face starts to look dull and lifeless. I used this right after my trip to Singapore to help get rid of the sunscreen gunk and I feel like it refreshed my complexion. What I liked the most was how fine the grains were, so I didn’t have to worry about microtears on my skin. As for the scent? Aside from the hint of coconut, you’ll barely notice it. It’s kinda pricey for a scrub, but this is one of the products I invest in because it can make or break your skin.

L'Occitane Shea Face Soothing Fluid. It's 100% natural!

Up next: L’Occitane Shea Face Soothing Fluid. It’s 100% natural!

What It Is: A comforting oil that has two skin-saving ingredients—shea oil (known for its nourishing properties) and marula oil (known for its anti-oxidant properties and fine texture for quick absorption). It’s made for dry and sensitive skin that’s exposed to urban environment, so it’s perfect for city gals who want to give their complexion some TLC.

First Impressions: As far as oils go, this one is pretty light and has a dry finish (you just need to really massage it into your skin). It smells like baby powder and I noticed that it leaves my skin feeling comfortable even though I only used a few drops. It’s recommended that you use this at night to help reverse the damage that occurred throughout the day. If you’re prone to breakouts though, it might be best to avoid this formula.

Want to do more beauty spying? I have two more moisturizers from Mario Badescu and L’Occitane for you to scope after the jump! Continue reading

What’s In My Vanity Kit—Travel Edition!

If you’re following me on IG, then you already know that I’m in Davao for the weekend!

The dilemma when flying in for work? Packing your makeup!

The struggle when traveling? Packing your makeup! You never know what you’ll need!

I’m here for a little bit of work, since the girls of Browhaus flew me in to give a talk at the Abreeza Fashion Forum (I’ll write more about that soon). I always overpack, so I wanted to bring more travel-friendly goodies with me for this trip.

Ta-daaa! So proud that I didn't even bring a full-sized foundation! Hehe!

Ta-daaa! So proud that I didn’t even bring a full-sized foundation! Hehe!

Okay, okay—I’ll ’fess up. I do have another bag filled with more skin and makeup goodies (I can’t help it!!). But these are basically the essentials I used (and usually bring) when I fly. Here’s why:

I always pack a sachet of the Cure Aqua Gel to exfoliate all the sunscreen residue and a face mask to restore moisture. This always saves me from travel-induced breakouts.

I always pack a sachet of the Cure Aqua Gel to exfoliate all the sunscreen residue and a face mask to restore moisture. This always saves me from travel-induced breakouts.

I also bring a tiny bottle of My Amazing Blow Dry Secret to make sure my hair looks better in photos. It also speeds up my blowdrying time, which apparently, can be bothersome if you’re rooming with someone. I also pack a small pack of mints, of course!

This side, I'm very proud of! Hehe, they're all so tiny!

This side, I’m very proud of! Hehe, these makeup items are all so tiny!

More about the makeup saviors I brought after the jump! Continue reading

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