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Martine de Luna is an award-winning blogger behind Dainty Mom which won in the Best Home & Parenting Blog given by the Philippine Blog awards in 2011, Best of Mom & Dad blogs awarded by Little Steps Asia Hong Kong in 2013. She is a Director for the WAHMderful Life Workshops, a suite of live training and mentoring workshops for Work-at-Home women. She contributes in various websites including Glam-o-mamas and holds workshops on parenting and creative writing plus she does consultancy for women who would like to start their online platforms.
HAIR. I have coarse, thick, unruly hair! So I need to get regular nourishing treatments (keratin; powerdose; hair spa). At home, I rotate shampoos and conditioners, and these have pretty much been my picks in recent months. I normally switch them up every 4-5 days, and every Sunday, I use the Schwarzkopf Essensity Hair Mud on the tips. My regular shampoos are Human Nature’s Moisturizing Shampoo & Conditioner in Mandarin Orange; Avalon Organics Nourishing Shampoo & Conditioner in Lavendar; Dove Hair Therapy for Falling Hair Shampoo & Conditioner. After treatments, I use Davines’ NaturalTech Energizing Shampoo (post-hair spa). I also like Brown Belly’s Sexy Beach Coconut Shampoo (love the scent!). On product-heavy days, I always wash with Body Shop’s Rainforest Balance, and then smooth the tips with Human Nature Sunflower oil when drying.
BATH & BODY: I use a variety of body washes. Yes, I’m kind of a bath & body junkie! I love trying them out, and I eventually stick with seasonal favorites. My roster always includes Johnson’s Baby Milk Bath, the Dove white bar — my must-haves —, Physiogel (for underarms, elbows and for the occasional shaving-of-the-legs when I’m strapped for time to wax). I also always have a good body scrub on hand, such as Brown Belly’s This Scrub Is My Love Body Scrub in Coconut-Lemongrass or St. Ives’ Apricot Anti-Blemish scrub. I’ve also always been into all-in-one soaps, and my favorites are Dr. Wood’s Black Soap with Shea Butter, Brown Belly’s body wash (in that yummy coconut scent) and Dr. Bronner’s Castille Soap in Peppermint. I can use these for my hair, too, when needed, such as when I’m traveling — so convenient! Others: Human Nature feminine wash and Alba Aloe Deodorant Stick.
MOISTURIZING: I have sensitive combination skin, so I have to be religious about moisturizing. For my hands, I always use Mustela Stelaprotect after hand-washing or doing chores like washing the dishes. (Nope, I don’t have a maid to do my house chores, and I love it!) When my hands get extremely dry, I use Moogoo Psoriasis Balm, which is a natural anti-dermatitis treatment, followed by Burt Bee’s Hand Salve, then I wear cotton gloves. Post-bath, I like spritzing on Pevonia’s Dry Oil Mist on my legs and arms. The Elizabeth Arden Green Tea Lotion is for when I do the whole fragrance layering thing, as is the Brown Belly Better Butter Lotion in Island Coconut, which I use when I use the shampoo, body wash and scrub. I end up smelling like a beach babe afterwards, haha. For daily moisturizing (and because I like smelling like a baby), it’s Johnson’s Baby Lotion, which I also use on my son.
FACE: I have a pretty boring facial care regimen, because I just can’t use so much product on my face, or I break out. My mainstays are Tea Tree Foaming Wash, SPF 50 Gel, Skin Nutrient Gel, and a glycolic toner, all from Skin Perfect, where I go for facial treatments twice a month. My toner and facial bar are derma-prescribed. I don’t need a lot of moisturizing, because of my combination skin, so I only use lightweight moisturizers like Celeteque’s Advance Anti-Aging Facial Moisturizer and the Anti-Wrinkle Collagen Gel. For eyes: Pond’s Gold Radiance eye cream does the trick. Twice a week, I use Kiehl’s Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Mask, to help tighten my super huge pores, and I use Kiehl’s Rare Earth Pore Minimizing Lotion daily. For dark spots and blemish marks, I love Human Nature’s Natural Sunflower Beauty Oil.
MAKEUP: I got started on makeup late in life (haha). I don’t wear it daily, but I’ve learned that I need it at my age, at least to brighten me up so I don’t look like a haggard mama. I just use basics, usually recommendations from friends and my derma. If ever I need to get totally glammed up (which is very, very rare), I have one of my makeup-loving friends do me up. (What are friends for, right?) I keep a small makeup bag with me at all times, just so I can get decent on the fly.
For the face: Shu Uemura POREraser; Benefit Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow in Honey; Fake Up Concealer; Shiseido Pureness Matifying Stick. (My Kiehl’s pore-minimizing lotion already does a great job on my face, but I feel I need a bit of help when I’m out of the house, and the matifying stick is a face-saver.)
For my eyes: Benefit They’re Real Mascara (I’m fortunate to have long lashes, so these add some body); Eye of Horus Smokey Eye Pencil; Bobbi-to-Go eyeshadow, which I don’t really use but keep on hand. Lips & cheeks: Like I said, I’m a fan of all-in-1 products, so Benefit’s lip and cheek stains are great for me. Currently, I’m using up the rest of the summer’s Cha-Cha Tint, but I normally use Benetint. I don’t like lipsticks, so I don’t buy them regularly. I’m happy with Terra Tint. I use Carmex daily whether or not I use lip color. Lastly, I always have Body Shop’s Tea Tree blotting tissues on hand, because I get shiny pretty fast.
NAILS & HANDS: I like going to the nail spa, and I always take my mani kit with me when I do. I love Dazzle Dry’s nail system: nail prep, base coat, top coat and polish line. It’s non-yellowing, because it doesn’t contain nitrocellulose. I’ve been using this system ever since I got my hands on it almost two years ago. (Available locally now at dazzledry.ph)
For post-spa nails and daily nare care, I use Earth Therapeutics Nail & Cuticle Care lotion. You can even use this over your polish, to provide nourishment for the nail bed.
FRAGRANCE: I’m a creature of habit, so I’ve stuck with these scents throughout the years. Daily: Mustela Agua di Colonia (alcohol-free), which I share with my son. I like spritzing this on after a shower, if I’m just staying home. Daily, going-out: It’s either Lacoste’s Joy of Pink (or a Touch of Pink) or Elizabeth Arden’s Green Tea or Green Tea Camelia eau de toilette. I also like Ferragamo Incanto Bloom, usually for weekends.
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Katrina Iriberri is a blogger for Pepper.ph and her own personal one at Don’t Ask Me To smile. She is also in finance for one of the biggest consumer goods companies in the Philippines. She is an avid home cook and baker, too.
I think the products I use are a good mix of drugstore/supermarket finds and high-end brands. This is partly because I’m approaching the age where I promised myself that I would start “investing” on my skin and partly because I don’t think I need to spend a fortune on basics (shampoo) and the stuff magazines tell me I can scrimp on (mascara).
For my bath, it’s pretty straightforward. Now that my hair is long-ish again (I used to have a pixie cut), I’m using Pantene Hair Fall Control. I alternate between Olay Body Wash Plus and Safeguard White for my body.
It’s post-bath when things start to get more complicated. My hair is permed curly/wavy and the LE Curling Touch was recommended to me by my Korean hairstylist. I apply it to my damp hair and twirl sections with my fingers to hold the curls. When it dries, my hair is in soft, loose curls that last all day.
I start cleansing my face with Maybelline’s Eye and Lip Makeup Remover. It’s gentle, effective and cheap. At night, I use my Clarisonic Mia with either the cleanser that came with it or with Cetaphil. I LOVE my Mia. My skin has become smoother and I now have less breakouts because of it. If my Mia is still charging or if I just feel like a good scrub, I’ll use St. Ives Apricot Scrub. My skin feels so smooth and clean soft after a good scrub with this. In the morning, it’s just Cetaphil and water for me.
If I do have a pimple or a minor breakout, I’ll treat it with Clyndamycin from my derma. I’ll run a soaked cotton ball over my entire face, but also soak cotton patches and apply them directly on the problematic area.
After all that, I’ll apply Clinique’s Even Better Clinical Dark Spot Corrector. I’ve had issues with dark pimple marks for a while now, and this was the first product that I tried to specifically solve that problem. After eight weeks, my dark spots have faded significantly, some completely. It’s a bit pricey, but it works. In the day, I’ll follow that up with Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Complete UV Moisture SPF 50 sunblock. I’ve been wearing minimum SPF 30 on my face since my late teens, it really is imperative and they really should teach that to girls in school. I like this because it’s light, is non-sticky and you won’t feel it once it’s been absorbed by your skin. You can even wear it under makeup. I also just started using SK-II’s Facial Treatment Essence, but I haven’t been using it long enough to have a verdict on it.
I have dry skin (boo genetics), so body lotion is a must, especially because our office is freezing. On most days, I’ll use the Nivea Baby Gentle Nourishing Lotion. On colder days, like during the –ber months, I’ll switch to Shea Body Butter from The Body Shop. Unlike other body butters, this is non-greasy, feels thick and heavy and smells really nice and nutty. I spent a full winter in South Africa a few years ago and this saved my skin.
My daily makeup routine is so simple, it probably doesn’t deserve to be called that. My lashes are stick-straight so I need the Shu Uemura eyelash curler. I’ll follow-up that up with mascara from Maybelline’s Falsies line. I’m still not convinced that the really expensive mascaras are worth the price, so I’m fine with the myriad of options from the drugstore.
I have my brows groomed in Browhuas and I use the K-Palette Lasting 2-Way Eyebrow stick to fill them in. I’m heavy-handed and used to over-apply color on my brows with my old pencil. But with this, the color and formula is a great balance between translucence and coverage, and I don’t end up looking like a contrabida after applying it. And it really is long-lasting, so my brows look even (or at least as are as even as I applied them) all day.
I’m obsessed with lip balms. I’ve tried so many over the years and the search for the best one ever is still ongoing. The best one I’ve tried so far is Rosebud Perfume Co.’s Strawberry Rose Lip Balm. It glides on smooth, is long-lasting and is really nourishing on the lips. It’s so good that I don’t even mind that it comes in a tin. Their signature product, Rosebud Salve is good as lip balm as well, but is a little greasier. I use this for other things, too, like insect bites, my cuticles, and the calluses on my hands. The other lip balm that’s on rotation right now is this Viktor & Rolf one that I got from the KLM overnight kit. It’s really smooth and creamy and I’m saving it because it’s not commercially available.
For color, I really like Clinique’s Chubby Stick Intense line. I’m still new to wearing makeup everyday to work (as embarrassing as that is to admit), so I’m still not used to the feeling of lipstick. I find it too thick and heavy. So Clinique’s lip color balm is a great compromise. They’re lighter on the lips but give good color. I have Curvaceous Caramel, a pinkish nude and Chunkiest Chili (the names are annoying, I know), a muted brick-red. My one lipstick is MAC’s Russian Red.
If I it’s a special (and non-formal) occasion, I’ll make an effort and use my Bare Minerals. This was given to me as a gift because it’s “makeup for dummies” according to my tita who gave it to me. And it kinda is since the starter kit even comes with a DVD tutorial. Prime Time, is an amazing primer, your face will feel like a infant’s soft behind after applying it. The foundation doubles as concealer, too. All in all, this is a great system for beginners like me.
I’m pretty basic when it comes to nail polish, too. I tried Seche Vite after reading about it on divasoria’s blog. I love it because even when I apply my color unevenly, it looks perfect after a coat of Seche Vite. My colors are pretty basic: Chanel’s Frenzy and Tendresse. I’m still looking for that perfect shade of brick-red, but so far, no luck.
I never really realized this until I lined up my perfumes like this, but I apparently I like light, floral scents: Sarah Jessica Parker’s Lovely (my favorite), Acca Kappa’s Hibiscus, Marc Jacob’s Daisy and Jo Malone’s English Pear and Freesia. But if I had to choose just one scent to wear until the end of my days, it would be Gucci Envy.
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Karrie Bitanga- Paillard owns a PR and marketing firm in Hong Kong called Imagindustries Ltd. which services luxury brands such as Aston Martin, Chanel, Jaeger Le Coultre, Lane Crawford, Moet Hennessy and other leading brands. She moved to Hong Kong in 2005 to work for Hong Kong Tatler organizing the Tatler Ball and magazine launches. After living in Hong Kong for eight years, she considers Hong Kong her home together with her Swiss husband, Guy and 5- year old daughter, Alexandra
Gone are the days when I can I couldn’t care less about my skin. When I was in my 20’s any facial wash from the grocery will do. I never used a toner, moisturizer or sunblock (unless I was at the beach). Oh times have changed!
But, I was always a product junkie, I remember going to The Body Shop in Glorietta when it just opened and went crazy buying all the bath stuff I can get my hands on. I loved products that smelled good, that was always my weakness!
Now that I am in my 30’s, it’s a totally different story! I find myself hopping more for beauty products more than clothing or shoes. Anti-aging is a concern at this age I must say! Let me share with you what products I have grown t love in my attempt to have youthful skin at this day and age.
When I wake up, I like to wash my face with a cleanser that has a pick-me up smell. Lately, I have been using Innisfree’s anti-trouble gel cleanser. It smells of pine trees, which makes it easier for me to get going in the morning. It doesn’t lather so much but I feel this kind of soap is better for my skin.
Another fave of mine is the Wild Rose Balm from Neal’s Yard Remedies. This is the best thing I can put on my face, especially if I have not had a good night’s sleep or am feeling tired and stressed. The texture, aroma of this balm is just like magic, it relieves me of any tension, plus it’s good for my face too. It comes with a white muslin square to wipe off the balm after a few minutes.
After I give my face a good cleanse, I spray on Dr. Murad’s Hydrating Toner. I like toners with a spray top, it’s so much easier for me to put on. I wipe off my face with cotton pads after and feel oh so refreshed. I alternate this with Innisfree Anti- Trouble toner from the same product line of my cleanser.
Then I put on some moisturizer. I always choose a light moisturizer due to the humid weather in Hong Kong plus also breakout with creams that are too rich. I’ve tried a few that are good moisturizers from not so pricey brands such as Avene and La Roche de Posay. But the moisturizer I am using at the moment is a Brightening lotion from Neal’s Yard Remedies.
I tend to use brightening products due to my uneven skin tone. When not in a rush, I use some brightening serums before I moisturize my face and the good ones I have tried so far are Dr. Murad Vitamin C serum, Ole Henriksen Truth serum collagen booster, Peter Thomas Roth Camu Camu power Vitamin C Serum. Next ones on my shopping list are the Neal’s Yard Remedies Brightening Serum and Innisfree Vitamin C Pore serum. I’m such a sucker for brightening products!
The biggest mistake I have made when it comes to skincare is skipping sunblock. The sun in Hong Kong tends to be strong and one day I just found a sunspot on my face that’s bigger than a mole. Unfortunately, this cannot be undone. So I make sure to put on sunblock everyday whether it is sunny or not, I use Elemis Liquid Layer SPF 30. I love that it is non-greasy, light and does not leave white marks on my face.
I rarely wear makeup but when I do, I start off with a light BB cream. One that works for me is Etude House Shini Star. I cannot stand wearing too much foundation and ending up like a Kabuki. Giorgio Armani’s Face Fabric is a good one though, for those days I want to look flawless! I wouldn’t put on BB cream or foundation all the time as I want to avoid clogging my pores. Blackheads are the biggest skin problem I have so the lesser I put on my skin, the clearer my skin gets.
The product I cannot live without is concealer! Unfortunately, I have really dark undereye circles which is genetic so I bring my little MAC pot with me everywhere I go. And if I don’t have any concealer on, I wouldn’t dare go out of the house so you can imagine how precious concealer is for me. I have tried Cle de Peau’s concealer too and it is very good but I find it too pricey, I think MAC Studio Finish Concealer in NC35 gives me good coverage so far.
I just put on a basic face when I am off to meetings or social gatherings. Some of my must-haves include the following:
Eyeshadow- I have palettes from NAKED and Dior but ashamed to say I rarely use them
Eyeliner- I like to use a black liquid eyeliner by Etude House or The Body Shop
Mascara- A friend of mine introduced me to Fairy Drops and I like it so far! Light and does the job! Especially after using my eyelash curler by Shu Uemura
Blush- I like cheek tints and love that of Becca! For cream blushes, I use MAC or Chanel
Bronzer- I love the all in one brush bronzer by Shiseido but was discontinued so Guerlain Terracota Bronzer is another good bet!
Pressed powder- I switch between Chanel, Shiseido and Guerlain Meteorites compact which is my fave at the moment
Lipstick- Sephora, MAC, Dior Addict, Chantecaille, Fresh, Chanel
Hong Kong life is pretty hectic so I always make sure to destress by having a nice bath when I get home from a busy day. My fave bath products are from Zen Nutrients, I love the fact that they are natural and organic, reasonably priced and good for my skin.
Shampoo- Zen Nutrients Sweet Pea and Green Tea shampoo
Soaps and Body Washes- Avalon Organics in Lavender, Zen Nutrients Baby Love Soap, Zen Nutrients Lemongrass liquid soap
Scrub- Zen Nutrients Coffee Scrub (smells good and leaves my skin soft and smooth)
Body Oil- Zen Nutrients Green tea and Ginger oil (good for both after shower and massage)
Of course, my face gets the same kind of pampering in the evening. I love masks and use sheet masks from Innisfree. I have them in different variants: rice, pomegrenate, acai berry and honey (depending on my mood that day) I also use clay masks twice a week: Wonder Pore Clay Clear by Etude House and Innisfree Super Volcanic Mask, both do wonders for my skin.
I don’t really use a “night cream” but the following products have served their purpose: Vitacreme B12, Neal’s Yard Remedies Frankincense Hydrating Cream (this is simply the best!), and Kiehls Powerful Wrinkle Reducing Cream.
On my eyes, I use Origins Plantscription anti-aging eye treatment but I am also excited to try Estee Lauder’s Advanced Night Repair Eye Cream.
*Many of these products are sold on Seektheuniq.com as I share the same passion for beauty with thevainmama herself, Vanessa Mayuga- Santos.
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I haven’t done a full-blown glossy in a LOOOONG time and since I have significantly changed my regimen, I thought of doing one for this week!
I honestly think my skin has never been better – smaller pores and well-balanced. And now that I’m in my mid 30′s(yes, you better believe it), I am willing to spend more on skincare.
So here are my current favorites and then some:
- Aesop Amazing Facial Cleanser – Part of my obsessive Aesop shopping spree earlier in the year, their Amazing Facial Cleanser completely won me over. It is light and cleanses away the grime! I love the herb-y smell. I use this with my Clarisonic(still so in love with it! )
- Aesop Oil-free Facial Hydrating Serum - This hydrating serum is probably one of my “Thank GOD for this” products of the year. My skin feels moisturized but not sticky. I love it!
- Dior Capture Totale One Essential Serum - This was recommended by Cecile D. as she swears by Dior and their skincare line. I was a skeptic but after spending an afternoon at their counter in Saks Union Square, I was convinced! Not cheap but man, this shit works! I use it in between toning and moisturizing. One Essential serum helps your skin recover and regenerates cells! It also makes your other products 4x more effective. I am now a believer. <3
- Dove Pure deodorant – my favorite deodorant!!
- Dove Essential Nourishment Body Lotion – Light and not too fragrant, perfect for those humid Manila days
- Bioderma Sebium H2O – more than just my lazy day cleanser, it serves as my favorite toner too!
- Naked 2 Palette – I finally got one a few months ago and I really think it is well-priced and probably the only eye palette you’ll need EVER.
- Bobbi Brown Sheer finish pressed powder – still my favorite after all these years
- Armani Beauty Maestro Foundation in 6.5 and 4.0 – I first heard about it via ITG Top Shelf of Julia Restoin. Truth be told, I’m not a fan of foundation but this has changed my mind. You only use a drop or two, Maestro will leave your face looking very natural but BETTER. Eliminates discoloration and fine lines. My friend L gave me the 4.0 for my birthday, I got the 6.5 during my NYC trip because I usually want to look a touch darker(try this trick so you can avoid the bronzer step!)
- Chanel Les Beige in #30 – bronzer? chanel? I’m there. It leaves your skin flawless and naturally glowing!
- Burberry Beauty Lip Velvet in Redwood – I use this red-brown matte lipstick almost everyday to make me look more put together for work.
- Tom Ford Beauty lipstick in Indian Rose – There is a sweetness and naturalness about Indian Rose, I love to use this for a sweet daytime look. I even use this at night for a natural “let’s hang out” effortless lips.
- L’Eau Serge Lutens – I had always been intrigued with Serge Lutens fragrances which I first tried in Paris. I found this one in Changi Airport and thought this was perfect for Asiam summers – very light and fresh.
- Amyris Femme Maison Francis Kurkdjian - The very first time I tried this at Adora, I fell madly in love BUT thought the price points were ridic(Hello, Kuripot.com). Thankfully, a friend gave this to me for my birthday this year and I am beyond thrilled. It has a fruity and sweet smell with notes of orange, lemon, amyris and iris. It’s so feminine! Whenever I wear it, I feel like I’m a proper lady.
- Vitamin B Complex – It’s good for your nervous system and metabolism. Plus I also feel like it helps in regulating my moods!
Jackie Go is a hands-on mom to two young kids and a homemaker. She is also behind the popular lifestyle blog “Go Jackie Go” and is a part-time tv commercial and print model. She aims to inspire woken that looking good doesn’t have to be expensive and that being a mom is not an excuse to not to prettify one’s self.
Thank you for including me to be one of your Glossy girls. To be honest, I was at first apprehensive because I don’t really have much to show. I’m very basic when it comes to taking care of myself. I’m a water-soap kind of girl. It wasn’t until I gave birth to my first child that I realized my body, particularly skin can drastically change and that I have to properly take care of it. I’m a make up kind of girl kasi. I have a make up trunk filled with well, make ups. And have learned to wear them since I was in my early teenage years (I had to because of work) and skin care really wasn’t of interest to me until recently. I have to say I am lucky because I have a combination skin (dry and oily) so it’s a bit of a low maintenance thus, I didn’t bother having a skin care regimen. I am still in the process of learning what products work for me. Anyway, for now, here are some of the products that I have tried and tested.
My skin regimen is very basic: cleanse and moisturize. But I’ve added toning recently. Here are my tried and tested products all of which I used even during my two pregnancies.
l-r: Bio-Oil (I use it as a cleanser, make up remover and moisturizer. Works wonders especially to dry skin. I swear by it!), Physiogel Cleanser, St. Ives Apricot scrub (the only scrub I use on my face that I never had a breakout) and Celeteque DermoScience facial wash (one of the mildest facial wash there is and it effective cleans and creates the right amount of suds)
I’m a late bloomer when it comes to skin care. Luckily, there are a lot of online sites that offer sample size products where women can try and test before actually purchasing the regular size. I got this Shu Uemura red:juvenus from Taste Central and as of writing I’m still trying them. So far so good! If I see good results by the time I’m halfway done, I’d buy their regular size. The Shu Uemura cleansing oil works for me too but I find it a tad bit too pricey compared to Bio Oil. Tin Dychiao gave VMV Red Better Flare Up Balm, I used it on my breakouts and it worked. The Celeteque DermoScience Restoritive Firming Day & Night cream are currently my staple skin care products and so far I like them, as they are non-greasy but gives sufficient moisturization. On the leftmost is my dry brush that I got for P88 at Saizen. I use it every other day before I shower to exfoliate my skin, preventing and reducing cellulite. My Eco Tools (they’re soft on skin, cheap and Eco-friendly too) make up brushes are placed inside my ceramic owl container from L’Indochine.
I love anything that gives off a “bagong ligo” scent. Not to mention a supple, not so squeaky-clean feeling after every bath. So I love Olay crème ribbons body wash, Olay bar soap and Camay bar soap and body wash (not in photo). As for body scrub, I recently discovered Asian Secrets. OMG. I love it. The scrub is a bit fine but surprisingly can exfoliate well.
I like trying on different shampoos, I alternate them at least every two days so that my hair doesn’t get immune to it (at least that’s my theory). Since I have dry, falling hair (I blame my hormones) I’m keen on using anti-hairfall and hair thicken/strengthening products.
l-r: TRESemmé Anti-Hairfall shampoo, The Original Mane ‘n Tail shampoo, L’Oreal Smooth-Intense, L’Oreal Hairfall Repair Conditioner, Nature’s Gate Chamomile & Lemon Verbena shampoo, Nature’s Gate Lemongrass & Clary Sage conditioner, Nature’s Gate Biotin shampoo.
Since I have dry skin, lotions have somewhat became an obsession for me. There are tons of lotions and body moisturizers in the market but only a few can really give that moisture without leaving a sticky feeling.
l-r: Nivea Express Hydration body lotion (one of the best lotions I’ve tried), Hollywood Light Summer Lotion (that cucumber scent smells clean and fresh), Kiehl’s Vanilla & Cedarwood Lotion (not only hydrates the skin but makes it supple), St. Ives Mineral Therapy. I also use Aveeno but I wasn’t able to include in the photo.
I have openly said on my blog that my pregnancy with my first child gave me dark underarms. Yes, T.O. talaga. It didn’t lighten immediately after I gave birth. I even underwent underarm whitening treatments. Luckily, I found the perfect deodorants that worked for me. All three are effective and aren’t at all expensive.
l-r: Dove Whitening deodorant, Nivea Dry Comfort, Godiva LicoWhite deodorant (I used this after giving birth to both my kids and it helped lighten my underarms)
I believe (yes beauty queen ang peg) that every woman must look effortlessly beautiful, but sometimes it takes a lil’ bit of effort to achieve just that. Here’s my make up essentials which I use almost everyday.
MAC Brow Set in Beguile, MAC Studio FX, K-Palette Eyeliner, Shu Uemura eyelash curler, Benefit Cha-cha tint.
A girl should never go out without properly shaped and groomed eyebrows and curled lashes (especially if you have long lashes, no need to put mascara), eyeliner to define your eyes, a lip and cheek tint that compliments your skin tone top of with your chosen face powder to conceal blemishes for that perfect effortless look. Since I’m leaning towards morena, I love Benefit’s Cha-cha tint because of its orange tone. It instantly gives a glowy, dewy look on my skin making it more natural look compared to the red or pink tones.
Lastly, I’d like to share with you all my love for lipstick. Because I don’t naturally have red, plump lips, I’ve compensated that by wearing bright colored lipsticks. I have a growing collection I must say, and here are a few of my favorite shades:
l-r: (all MAC) Morange, Pink Nouveau, Milan Mode, Hug Me, Wonder Woman Marquise’d, Viva Glam Nicki, Viva Glam Gaga, Viva Glam Gaga 2, Manilyn Monroe Scarlet Ibis, Archie’s Girls Bright, Archie’s Girls Daddy’s Little Girl, Archie Girl Next Door
I like a lot of scents and each one reminds me of moments or events in my life. I am forever in love with Elizabeth Arden Green Tea. I actually want to collect the different variants. Currently these are my favorites, (clockwise) Elizabeth Arden Green Tea Camellia, Elizabeth Arden Green Tea Lotus, Elizabeth Arden Green Tea Lavender, Elizabeth Arden Green Tea, Kenzo Leau Par, Lanvin Eclat, Lancome Miracle, Sarah Jessica Parker Covet, and Elizabeth Arden Pretty.
as told to divasoria