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

Sunburn Relief: Tony Moly Pure Eco Aloe Gel

Did you spend a little too much time under the sun? Then you might want to check this out!

Tony Moly Pure Eco Aloe Gel, P348. This Korean beauty find contains 92% aloe.

Tony Moly Pure Eco Aloe Gel, P348. This Korean beauty find contains 92% aloe.

This soothing gel helps moisturize and soothe sensitive skin. I like that it’s free from toxic ingredients like triethanolamine, artificial dyes, paraben, mineral oil, and benzophenone. That’s super important when your skin is burnt from UV rays, because applying too many chemicals may cause more irritation. You can use it on your face and body, too!

Such a lovely tub of jelly! It feels cool on your skin, but you can pop it in the fridge for more relief!

Such a lovely tub of jelly! It feels cool on your skin, but you can pop it in the fridge for more relief.

Initially, I thought I would use this for sunburn emergencies. But since I’m pretty diligent about sunscreen, I had to test it sans UV burns. Here’s what’s surprising: It feels great on normal skin also and you can substitute this for your regular lotion. I like that the scent is light and refreshing. Plus, it also works well to relieve itchy bites (I had some on my arm and the redness went away immediately after application).

The texture of this jelly is practically water-like, since it melts into your skin quickly.

It’s absorbed quickly, but just like real aloe, it can feel a little sticky. I don’t find it bothersome on my skin, just on my fingers and palms when I’m typing away on my keyboard or phone.

The texture of this jelly is practically water-like, since it melts into your skin quickly. I suggest you use a spatula or tiny spoon to scoop out tiny dollops at a time. With the tiny amount in the photo, I was already able to moisturize my entire arm. You only need thin layers of this aloe gel on your skin to get rid of any tightness or itchiness. I’ll be using this a lot over the summer—will just have to make sure I wash my hands after to get rid of the sticky feel.

Will you be using this to soothe sunburn? And what’s your take on gel formulas? Leave a comment and let me know! ♥

Soothe Your Sunburn

So many people headed to the beach over the Holy Week break! If you didn’t apply (or re-apply) your sunscreen and are now suffering the consequences, check out this article I wrote for Cosmo.ph. It’s filled with beauty goodies that can help reverse UV damage and soothe scorched skin. ♥

Click on the image to read the article!

Click on the image to read the article!