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Friday, March 6, 2015

FAN MAIL FRIDAYS: Effective Concealing Of Spots on Dry, Flaky Skin (And then some)

Hello, guys! Today, we're going to talk about concealing spots on Dry skin, plus a little useful info on breakouts on the forehead area.

Dear Martha,

Lately, my super oily skin has been producing mild acne at the top of my forehead and on my cheeks down to the jawline
My current anti- acne skin care routine dries out my cheeks and my upper forehead while my T-Zone still gets completely oily. Ironically, it’s my T-Zone that never breaks out.
I’ve tried covering up my problem areas with my Ellana Primer and Pressed Foundation and setting it with powder, but I soon found that the powder actually highlights the dryness of my problem areas.
What product should I use to cover up this mess while also keeping my T-Zone shine- free?
Thanks, Martha! God bless and more power to your blog!

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Hi Sarah!

Thanks for writing to me. :) Hmmm...looks like you've got combination oily/normal skin and regarding your upper forehead, the misbehaving part of your T-Zone, I think your problem there is caused by something else. I'll tackle the latter too later on.

Are you using anti- acne products that contain Glycolic and Salicylic Acids as the main ingredients? If yes, I suggest give your skin a break for three days-drop the other products and temporarily switch to hydrating products, but retain the spot treatments to still control your acne. If you can't, load up on moisture instead-it's the best way to prevent and control acne because sometimes, acne is just a symptom of dehydrated skin. But of course, consult with a dermatologist first, especially if you have sensitive skin. ;)

Now for your main question Below are four ways to cover up spots on dry, flaky skin effectively and properly. Click READ MORE. :)

Maybelline Color Sensational Red Lipsticks Review + Swatches

Here's a review on Maybelline Color Sensational Red Lipsticks.

Price: P399.00/each
Bought From: Free
Other Locations: Available in all Maybelline counters in leading department stores, drugstores, and supermarkets.


Do you remember when drugstore red lipsticks used to look...err...tacky? They used to look diluted and pinkish to me. :p

Thank goodness it's different now because of Maybelline and their Color Sensational lipstick line-IMO, this line has really great- looking Reds that one won't think they're super affordable!


Color Sensational is Maybelline's color and moisture- rich lipstick line infused with Honey Nectar and Pure Pigments for vibrant, sensational color. This line features 88 shades.

 Detailed review on this product HERE.

Swatching these gorgeous Reds for everyone after the cut!

Thursday, March 5, 2015

5 Sound Reasons To Use An Eye Cream + 5 Great Eye Creams

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I'm a self- confessed Eye Cream freak and I am not ashamed of it-I think Eye Cream is one of the most important beauty products next to lipstick for me!

How long have I been using eye cream? Hmmm...around 4 years perhaps, and that is consistent! A lot may say that an eye cream is just an extra expense that one can skip or a marketing ploy of brands, but based on experience, the skin can really benefit from eye cream (provided that it is good) and the habit. (I've photos below! :D)

I'm sharing five good reasons why you should start the eye cream habit now, plus my favorite eye creams after the break.

Sunkiller Super Lasting Base SPF 50 PA++++ Review + Swatches

Here's a review on Sunkiller Super Lasting Base SPF 50 PA++++.

Price: P495.00
Bought From: Free
Other Locations: Available in select Watsons and SM Department stores


To those who are saying that sunscreen can cause makeup to disappear probably haven't heard of Sunkiller Super Lasting Base SPF 50 PA++++. IMO, this is the friendliest sunscreen to makeup and it's revolutionizing sun protection!


This tinted sunblock from Japanese drugstore cosmetic giant, Isehan, protects skin from UV rays and provides a silky base for makeup that absorbs oil and sweat, and lasts for up to 8 hours. It is fragrance- free and contains Hylauronic Acid and Collagen as anti-aging properties.

Product comes in a soft, easy- squeeze tube with a quirky design. The UV filters in this product are the following: Zinc Oxide, Octinoxate, Avobenzone, and Uvinul A Plus.

Click READ MORE for this must- have for oily- skinned gals and those who commute often!

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Daylong: No Vacation from Sun Protection!

One fine Sunday afternoon and while on our way to pick up some groceries, I asked mom if she was wearing sunblock and she replied no, and reasoned out that "because it's a very cloudy day and the sun is not out anyway" and I was like "Oh noooesss!" Even if it's cloudy or rainy outside, the sun is still there as long as it's daytime! The only time that it's not there is when it's night time!"

You see, the Sun is like God-even if you don't see it, it's still there. I don't know who popularized the idea that the sun is absent on cloudy and rainy days, but I'm here to tell you that no matter the weather, as long as it's daytime, the sun is out to getcha!

Even in the city, UV ray damage is always possible and to keep your skin safe, heed Mary Schmich's advice: WEAR SUNSCREEN.

Daylong spearheads the #NoVacationFromSunProtection campaign to encourage women (and everyone too) to make wearing sunscreen a habit. To help them spread the message, Daylong has tapped five online influencers who represent the multitasking women of today, living dynamic lives and are always out and about in the city. Find out who these influencers are after the jump!

POP Beauty Pop Your Natural Beauty Makeup Set in Honey Haze Review + Swatches

Here's a review on POP Beauty Pop Your Natural Beauty Makeup Set in Honey Haze.

Price: P695.00
Bought From: Free
Other Locations: Available in


The beauty of makeup sets (not palettes, sets) like this one is:

1. It makes life easier by removing the guessing game out of mixing and matching colors.
2. Unlike makeup palettes, the products are packaged individually, which is so sanitary and lets me bring the products with me separately. 
3. If in case I don't like something or everything, I can give it away easily. ;)

So yes, we've got a newcomer here called POP Beauty Pop Your Natural Beauty Makeup Set in Honey Haze. If I'm not mistaken, it's one of the few beauty brands that offer cool makeup sets like this.


This glow- enhancing kit features 3 essential products in skin- warming Honey hues. This product offers another color combination, but at Glamourbox, we only have Honey Haze.

This box contains products that will accentuate the face. I was about to wish that POP Beauty would come up with a face base version of this, but then I thought it could be a hit and miss!


Swatchin' these babies for you after the break!

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

New Pond's White Beauty Oxygenated Pearl Cleansing Gel: Fresh. Gentle. White.

You know what's going to be big in Beauty this year? Hydration. And under this category are Gel- based skin care products-yup, we've all felt the presence of these products last year when a couple of beauty brands introduced gel moisturizers such as Pond's and their Flawless White Dewy Rose Gel, a whitening moisturizer in a refreshing gel form.

This 2015, Pond's stays ahead of the game by bringing us another skin care innovation called Pond's White Beauty Oxygenated Pearl Cleansing Gel, a whitening gel facial wash that is safe even for sensitive skin.

If I could sum up the key benefits of this product (according to Pond's), it would only take three words: FRESH. GENTLE. WHITE.

FRESH- this product comes in an oxygenated gel format that promotes better dirt removal for super fresh and super clean skin.

GENTLE- Note this: most whitening soaps use harsh peels to give you white skin and the downside is these ingredients destroy the lipids, resulting to dull and dry skin. With its non-occlusive consistency, ultra light fragrance, and non- drying and good-for-sensitive-skin formula, Pond's raises the bar in skin whitening by making Pearl Cleansing Gel not only effective, but gentle as well.

WHITE- The combination of Niacinamide, Vitamin B3, and Pearl Essence promises to give you rosy, radiant, and fair skin.

So what do Pond's really mean when they said gentle whitening? It's sometimes hard to believe such claims because almost all brands are saying the same thing also so to demonstrate the claim, Pond's had conducted a mini experiment in their Blogger launch held last week in Aracama, BGC. Click READ MORE and find out what happened in the experiment.

NEKKID Beauty Skin Care: Being Naked Never Felt This Good + Top 5 NEKKID Beauty Products

There's an up-and-coming skin care brand in town and it's by no other than my beautiful Beauty Blogger friend, Sabs Hernandez of The Makeup Maven. Sabs is one of the coolest and funniest Beauty Bloggers I know, and I also believe we were once best friends in another time and place as we both laugh at the same jokes, share the same love for bags, and we're both die- hard food lovers. These are just some of the hundred reasons why I love this girl and why she's one of my closest pals in the Beauty Blogging circle.

This great girl deserves an introduction. Sabs has been Blogging for the last five years and she's been a makeup artist (and a very successful one at that) for the last 10 years, catering mostly to Bridal clients here and abroad. Sabs actually graduated as a chef, but her love for beauty and makeup is stronger so she took this path instead. Occasionally, you'll still see her posting her recipes though @themakeupmaven.

But beyond all her love for pigments, brushes, lipsticks, and blushes, Sabs is also a self- confessed skin care addict, thus she started NEKKID Beauty in September 2014 along with a couple of friends. Oh, to follow your heart and let it amaze you!

Proudly homegrown brand NEKKID believes that more than having a beautiful body, it is also important to have beautiful skin, skin that we feel comfortable in even when we're naked. It's sad that most of the time, we're ashamed of being naked even if it's just with ourselves because we're not proud of how our skin looks and feels-NEKKID wants everyone to know that there's something we can do about that through their products that promise to give everyone smooth, glowing, and healthy skin so we can look and most especially, feel good naked. ;)

Baring further details on NEKKID after the break! ;)
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