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So let’s get right to it – here is my most recently updated “glossy”
I know most girls will understand, I have an armada of beauty products in my bathroom and dresser. I use different products depending on my moods or depending on what my skin or hair needs for that particular moment.
Bath/Shower time for me consists of shower cream or gel – my ultimate favorite is Dr.Bronner’s Peppermint Castile Liquid Soap. I heard they were available locally at Healthy Options before but I buy mine in bulk in the States, either at Whole Foods or Costco. The minty smell wakes me up in the morning and tingly feeling is very refreshing. I also use this when I want to feel really squeaky clean. If I’m in the mood for something more moisturizing I grab Palmolive Naturals’ Milk and Honey Soft Moisture body wash(I super love the scent!) or Delon’s Olive Body Wash. They’re both available locally and very affordable, too(S&R is having a buy one take one for the Delon body washes right now!)
I have since colored hair and I’m kind of obsessed with keeping it moisturized so I’ve been using Klorane’s Pomegranate color-safe shampoo. I buy this at Guardian or Manning’s in SG/HK(they were on sale for SG$ 28 for 2 bottles!! amazing!!). On other days, I still use Dove hair products as well as Zenutrient’s wonderful Argan Oil x Chamomile line – local and organic and it works!
As I’ve mentioned on IG, my most favorite hair care discovery of the past 5 years has got to be dry shampoo. I have oily, fine asian hair and I almost always need to shampoo my hair everyday and that’s just going to fry your hair. So whenever I see dry shampoo either in Sephora or some other drug store abroad, I have to get it. And believe me, I’ve tried so many brands but Klorane’s Dry Shampoo with Oat milk is my FAVORITE. The smell is pretty good and it doesn’t leave your hair wire-y plus it’s not that expensive(as compared to the likes of Oscar Blandi or Living Proof). I hoard these whenever I see them at drugstores abroad!! It is so worth lugging 4-5 cans per trip. BELIEVE ME.
For skin/facial care, I am still an ardent Clarisonic user. I use a variety of face cleansers – Beauty Formula‘s Tea Tree Exfoliating Facial Wash(For breakouts or PMS-ing skin), Fresh’s Soy Facial Cleanser(For times I feel like my skin needs some gentle care) and Aesop’s Amazing Facial Cleanser(For times my skin needs a refresher). For toning, I still reach out for Bioderma’s Sebium H20. I use Neutragena’s Oil-free Moisturizer for Combination skin in the daytime while I combine Dior’s One Essential Serum and Aesop’s Oil-free Hydrating Serum at night.
For skin prepping, I’ve discovered a wonderful pre and post make up mist from Korean brand Innisfree(I know, the brand name!! LOLs!) and it’s called Mineral Glow Fixer Mist. Whatever it is, I love it. I spritz a little before putting on primer. Speaking of primers, I used to not care about primers but they’re amazing products. Primers smooth out imperfections like wrinkles and fine lines(I KNOW.) and also helps your foundation and other make up products adhere to your skin. I love Laura Mercier’s Foundation Primer Protect which has SPF 30 sunscreen because I love dual purpose products. My new go-to foundation though is LM’s water-based Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide foundation. It is very light and you only need a few drops for light to medium coverage. It is also buildable at times when you need to cover up blemishes. After foundation, I dab a little bit of Burberry beauty’s Fresh Glow under my eyes and high plains so can look…fresh It’s also nakaka bagets(girls in my demographic will love this!)
And not sure why I added these in this group but I love Vaseline’s Spray & Go Cocoa Radiant lotion – it’s best for people who hate sticky and thick body lotion. I also like the slight lip moisture of EOS lipbalms(love the packaging too!)
I’ve started to put more effort in doing my eyes every day for work. It helps in making me look more like a serious adult, I guess. LOL.
Brows – I wasn’t into filling in my brows because I thought I looked like a tranny but when I discovered Happy Skin’s Eye Love View Eyebrow duo pencil, I was kind of hooked. It has a very fine pen at one end and a slight crayon on the other. And since I’ve dyed my hair several shades lighter than my natural color (and I’m scared shitless of coloring my brows as well), I went looking for a chocolate ash eyebrow pencil and the best one I’ve found so far is Dolly Wink’s! I also love my Nichido eyebrow gel – it’s cheap and it works.
Lashes – I have virtually none so I don’t really bother – but I am loyal to my Chanel curlash(because it’s horribly chic) and Armani’s eyes to kill mascara whenever I decide to focus on my lashes.
Eyeliner – I just discovered this but I used to use just a cheap Nichido taupe eyeliner but after reading something online on the best products as reviewed by an actual Sephora sales person, she swore by Marc Jacob’s Highliner gel eyeliner. I was a bit skeptical and then I was like schlepping around Sephora and decided to try it out, it is THE BEST. Stop whatever you’re doing and get this EYELINER – unbelievably intense color, this eyeliner doesn’t tug and glides on smoothly. It is like a gel eyeliner in pencil form and it’s waterproof and it’s always the right amount of sharpness. My favorite product RIGHT NOW.
Eye shadows – I’m a sucker for NAKED eye palettes. My initial favorite was Naked 2, it was just really my kind of colors and it’s easy to use plus it’s so worth the price. I decided to purchase the Naked Basics 2 to lug around in my every day kikay kit which is good for touch ups. The first time I saw Naked 3 online I wasn’t that impressed as the palette is mostly rose-toned and again, schlepping around Sephora makes you buy things and N3 is now my favorite – the rose tones aren’t too intense and you can build a nice day time look, while the darker colors in the spectrum allow for a dramatic night time eye. Very versatile! The Armani Eyes to Kill quad is also a nice compact to bring with you in your bag as it has range and depth as well.
Lips – Unlike the intense reds I used to favor, I’ve shifted into a more nude/old rose/taupe range the past 12 months. I’ve been traveling a lot for work and I can’t just bring all my lipstick stack so I choose colors that I can use for business meetings as well as post-work cocktails/dinner. So my current go-to is the classic Armani lipstick in 502 while depending on my moods or occasions, I like to use Tom Ford’s Indian Rose, Armani’s Rouge Ecstacy in 575, Burberry beauty’s Rosewood, Shiseido’s PK 302. For nights out, I like those Armani Lip lacquers – intense color and not too shiny. If I want sheen, I dab Fresh’s Sugar Honey.
Nails – Like a true tita, I am now more into neutrals and my new favorite is Dior’s Incognito. Lovely nude/pink which is a tad lighter than Chanel’s Rose Confidentiel. Perfect! I also still favor a few colors from Chanel like Tendresse, Frenzy and Secret. If I want a darker color, Jin Soon’s greyish blue is pretty and Chanel’s Taboo is a shiny version of the classic Rouge Noir. Of course, Seche Vite is the best top coat. BAR NONE.
Fragrance – I like ro mix and match scents as well and these are in my current mix – Francis Kurkdjian’s Amyris Femme(I use this sparingly because it was a gift and a little on the expensive side – only for special occasions! LOL), Agua De Colonia de los Reales Sitios de Espana(If the name doesn’t say it all – it’s classic spanish-style cologne. I got this from the shop at the Palacio Real in Madrid), Le Labo’s Fleur d’Oranger(a little splurge gift to self – fancy but goes a long way!) and Fresh’ Hesperides (citrus-y but not too sweet, lovely during the summer heat!)
I LOVE samples! They’re the best way to try out things you wouldn’t normally purchase because you’re either too cheap or can’t figure out if it really works. It’s also good to use these when traveling. Here are some of my favorite haul.
Angel Jacob is an actress, TV personality and model. She is currently the host of MEDTALk on Solar News Channel where she discusses anything and everything related to health concerns with two guest doctors every week(airs Tuesday nights, 7-8pm) and Philippine realty TV on ABS-CBN News Channel(co-hosted with a fellow glossy boy – Gabe Mercado) which features the best the brightest in world of local real estate(topics range from home loans, picking lots and scouting around for condo units).
Recently, she started working on a new teleserye for ABS-CBN, entitled MIRABELLA playing along side Julia Barretto. She has wrapped up working on an independent film entitled SILONG with Piolo Pascual and Rhian Ramos.
Over and above everything else, she is a proud mom to her 20-year-old daughter, Arielle. 24/7/365.
Here is a look at what I use on a regular non-working day. The stuff I use for work is a different story altogether…
It’s a very simple and fuzz free routine. Let me start off by sharing with you the stuff I use on my face.
1. Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentrate (I found this seller on Instagram @dgtaltraincase, or I ask friends who go to Paris to get me several tubes) – according to google it’s French for milk-cream concentrate, it keeps my skin moisturized and it also removes the dirt and grime I have accumulated during the day. I have this technique … I gently massage with light pressure in a circular motion, on my face and neck and tissue off after around two minutes, preparing my now soft, velvety skin for the next product … by the way, I also use it more generously on those occassions when I have to wear heavy mae-up, like during events, and shoots.
2. Aknicare Cleanser – a non-drying, clear gel facial wash that helps me deal with adult acne (an occasional zit or 2, from too much make-up I guess). I use this on my face twice daily.
3. Fresh Sugar Face Polish – fine, sweet smelling grains to scrub away more dirt and grime for deeper cleaning. I probably do this around twice a week. It also acts as a facial mask when left on for about 5 mins, then I rinse it off. My face feels so fresh and clean right after. Oh, and you don’t need too much of it, just a little will do the trick!
4. Lancome Eye Make-up Remover – for me the best eye make-up remover in town. One or maybe even two swipes of the product using cotton, and all that eyeliner, eyeshadow and masacara look there they were even there in the first place. Oops, made this singit, I just had to. I don’t normally wear heavy mascara and eyeliner on a non-working day.
5. Bioderma – no rinse face-eyes-neck wonder! This soothing, non-drying make-up remover is a staple inside my make-up kit (for work, I have the cute travel size), my bathroom (large almost empty bottle in the picture, which reminds me I have to order again, also from @dgtaltraincase) and extra ones for just in case purposes. On a non-working day, it helps remove the concealer, blush and occasional eyeliner and mascara, even lipstick. On days when I use heavy make-up, I find it relaxing to use, maybe because it has no smell making my removing make-up ritual, such a pleasant experience. It takes me less than five minutes to remove all the gunk on my face.
Moving on to the other products I use on my face …
6. Aknicare Treatment Lotion – the applicator is like a roll-on which makes it fun to use, I roll it all over my face when I have occasional break-outs. It smells mild, but acts like an astringent in drying up the little bumps on my face. When I wake up in the morning after leaving it on overnight, the bumps have dried up, whew!
7. Skin Medica Illuminating Eye Cream – a light cream which takes care of brightening the under eye. During days when I don’t feel like using concealer, this cream gives me the confidence to do just that. Again, I have a special technique in applying the product, I carefully pat then massage it on the eye area. This goes on my eye area twice a day. I also use it on my lips! Because the skin on our eyes and lips are very similar and sensitive (and prone to those “lines”).
8. Helix Aspersa Muller – my day and night cream. The amount I use depends on the kind of weather we have. During cooler months when my skin tends to get dry, I use a generous amount. During the summer, when I notice my skin getting oily I use only a fair amount instead. I also use this on my eye area, and my lips. Since it’s on my face already why not distribute it evenly, even after I have already applied my eye cream/lip cream.
9. Caudalie Spray – where do I begin … it’s one of those products you have to hoard, haha! I feel my skin tighten, I feel each and every pore moisturized, I notice that healthy glow, skin feels so supple … so clean. I enjoy spraying it as the last step when doing make-up. I have the travel size, which goes inside my gym bag, travel bag, make-up kit and my everyday bag.
10. Zen Nutrients Tea Tree Deodorant Spray – the cooling, soothing, anti bacterial effect on my underarms keeps me feeling fresh on a regular basis, even when I workout or spend long hours at a shoot. I like you apply it by spraying, I find that it is gentler that way.
11. La Roche-Posay 50+ sunblock – I never leave home without applying sunblock. As we age we get those unwanted sun spots, applying sunblock daily( which starts at an early age, I started using sunblock when I turned 20, medjo late na ata yun) can prevent that from happening, or at least minimizing the sun’s effect on our akin. It’s liquid consistency makes it easy to apply, again, using the same technique as the other products I put on my face. I hoard on this stuff when I go to Hong Kong since I can’t get it here.
Moving on to my favorite scents :
During the day I alternate between Sparrow’s Summer Solstice and Clarins Eau Dynamisante. I like the fresh, citrusy scent of Summer Solstice (made by make-up artist Cat Cantada) I have one bottle inside my gym bag, inside the bag I bring to shoots, one inside the bathroom, and one bottle inside the bag I use on a daily basis. I like that Clarins has that mysterious fresh scent, I can’t quite describe it …let me try … it has that freshness I like in a scent but this time with a more sophisticated appeal.
And speaking of a more sophisticated appeal CDG 3 has the smell of incense without it being too overpowering, a slight hint of flowers with that musky appeal which doesn’t get me or my companions dizzy.. I use this scent at night (the bottle in the pic is empty, time to get myself a new one).
I spray these scents all over my body, even on my hands. Just in case I have to shake somebody’s hand.
Bath time …
I only have four products when I take a bath …
1. My Dove Intense Repair Shampoo and Conditioner – I color my hair a lot, and I realize that it damages my hair. Dove keeps my hair healthy, strong and manageable, because feeling good starts from the top (haha, I just had to say it) I’m a Dove girl and I love it!
2. Dove cream bar – my sensitive skin thanks me for this!
3. Soap and Glory Sugar Crush Body Scrub – Bathtime is more enjoyable with this product around, with almond oil, macadamia grains and crushed brown sugar, and lime I’m sure you would want to stay longer in the shower.
Lotion time …
1. Nature’s Gate Colloidal Oatmeal – my un-scented lotion for when my sensitive skin needs more attention.
2. Soap and Glory Sugar Crush Body Butter – just like the body scrub version, but this time with a bit more lime for you to smell and enjoy. It’s butter like consistency makes it perfect to use even during the summer.
3. Zenutrients Coco Mint Foot Lotion – the packaging says : softens, smoothens, deodorizes and protects … I agree!
4. Caudalie Hand and Nail Cream – I have this thing for washing my hands all the time. This hand and nail cream keeps and protects my hands from drying (made from crushed grapes aid in delaying the aging process of our skin on our hands) and keeps my nails looking healthy and strong (just like my hair).
5. Caudalie Divine Oil – I use this oil as my after sun protection, and on days my skin craves for that oil soaked skin feel. During warm summer nights, it gives just the right amount of glow to the skin. It’s lovely, delicate scent, has that relaxing effect on me.
Nail polish :
Dior Vernis – I have other shades, but I always go back to this deep burgundy shade. I find it sophisticated, and very chic! (this was the shade I was wearing on the cover of the Rogue Magazine October issue) One day I will pay attention to the other shades I have, but for now my nails are happy with this one.
My Pylones, nail cutter. I’m a sucker for packaging!
My everyday make-up essentials –
1. Bobbi Brown Concealer in Medium – just a small amount in the eye area and it does the trick, most especially on days I lack sleep, it brightens up the eye area in an instant, making it look like you have nothing on. I skip powder, and go straight to my eyebrows.
2. Laura Mercier eyebrow pencil – I like my eyebrows thick, the soft and feminine kind of thick. I cando this myself without looking like I played with my brows. The color blends well with my hair color and skin tone.
3. Lancome + Alber Elbaz Doll Eyes Mascara – how could I resist the packaging, it adds that extra personality to my everyday make-up kit. Plus even without curling my lashes I get that “doll like” effect I want. And, it’s waterproof!
4. Chanel eyeliner in Braun – I only use eyeliner when I remember. During those days when I feel like opening up my eyes, I run the liner back and forth (about 4x) inside my upper inner eye, and the close and open my eyes so that the liner on top travels down to the lower area of my eye, giving me that smudged effect (which I only do at night).
5. The Lip Scrub Brown Sugar by Sarah Happ – I make sure to scrub my lips before applying lip balm or lipstick, that way my lips are always clean, smooth, and moisturized. Plus lipstick stays on longer.
6. My favorite red lipstick – Clinique Ready To Wear!
7. My favorite bordeux lip – Dior Addict Black Tie , for me, the perfect deep berry lip!
8. Bobbi Brown creamy matte Crushed Plum. This color makes my lips and cheeks happy and healthy. The rich plum color, that can be used as a stain during the day, and a bolder deeper lip at night. This color also serves as my blush,The excess on my lips I swipe on my cheeks, that’s why on a regular non working day, I can do without having blush inside my bag.
9. Caudalie lip conditioner – I have this in every corner of the house, I am a big fan of moisturized and supple looking lips! I use this in preparation for lipstick. I use it at night before I sleep. I always have this inside my bag! During days I want my lips to rest from all that color this is all your’ll find me wearing.
I must admit though, I’m a lipstick addict, the other stash is inside my make-up kits for shoots and events. My make-up artists prohibit me from taking a trip to the lipstick counter, haha! But I always manage to sneak in a few tubes behind their back.
10. Lancome x Alber Elbaz eye shadow – it used to contain this pretty light pink eyeshadow. One day, I dropped it and everything scattered on the floor, so I decided to make it my mirror, it’s the perfect size, nice and handy, and the packaging makes it easy for me to spot inside my make-up kit.
And finally …
Moroccan Oil Treatment – the third step in my hair care routine, while my hair is wet, I apply a small amount to the ends and gently massage the product until I feel I have covered all the ends. It protects my hair from sun’s heat and the heat from the blowdryer (which I only use during shoots). On a regular day, I let my hair dry naturally.
as told to divasoria
Thank you, Tammy, Cecile and Therese for leading me to this wonderful story from the Wall Street Journal.
photo by Tammy David
In Philippine City, Salon’s Revival Signals Hope after Haiyan
Some Residents of Storm-Ravaged Tacloban Are Rebuilding Their Lives, Despite Long Odds
By Chun Han Wong
TACLOBAN, Philippines—Typhoon Haiyan wiped out a lot of businesses when it barreled through this port city in November, including Rosita Imperial’s 27-year-old beauty salon in a downtown shopping mall.
Just eight weeks later, she opened a new location in a tiny storefront across from a funeral parlor. By February, her receipts were almost back to where they were before the storm.
The quick turnaround in Ms. Imperial’s business is a reminder that for all the devastation in Tacloban—more than 2,500 of its 220,000 residents were killed—many residents are finding ways to rebuild some semblance of their former lives, despite long odds.
Much of the city still lacks electricity, while construction snags have slowed a government push to relocate displaced families in semipermanent homes. More than 12,000 businesses are idled or closed for good. Some Filipinos have questioned whether Tacloban will ever fully recover.
But some residents, through a combination of ingenuity, grit, and raw necessity, are getting on with their lives. Dozens of banks and restaurants have reopened, and hundreds of small street-side stalls have sprung up.
In some cases, store owners such as Ms. Imperial are getting a boost from residents seeking simple pleasures that remind them of life before the storm.
“People still go to the salon because when they look at the mirror and find themselves looking haggard—that will add to their problems,” said Eunice Julian, a 59-year-old retired civil servant and longtime regular at Ms. Imperial’s salon, after walking in for a pedicure.
Ms. Julian’s husband of 32 years, Oscar, died from medical complications caused by diabetes four days after the typhoon. She believes he would still be alive if proper medical care had been available at the time.
“It feels good to come here and meet friends,” she said.
By her own admission, the 57-year-old Ms. Imperial, known as “Rose” to her clients, and her family were among Tacloban’s luckier residents. Her house survived the typhoon with only its roof blown off.
But her “New Rose Salon,” previously housed in a dank, aging shopping mall downtown, was trashed by churning storm waters. When Ms. Imperial returned a day after the storm, she found the floor caked with putrid sludge, furniture smashed, appliances useless, and her stock of hair products all but washed out.
“I felt despair. My salon was my sole source of income,” recalled Ms. Imperial, who opened the store in 1986 after about five years in apprenticeship at a local beauty parlor. “But I didn’t cry. All I could think of was where I could get capital to restart my business.”
New Rose Salon had been her life. It helped raise her three children and two nieces, and paid for her house. And, as she soon realized, others in her community also had a stake in the salon.
A month after the typhoon, Ms. Imperial received a call from a friend and regular customer. “I’d like to get a manicure and have my hair colored. Could you come by my office?” asked the friend, Carmen Soan, Ms. Imperial recalled. The beautician promptly agreed.
Caring for one’s appearance is “a way of moving on from the typhoon,” said Ms. Soan, an administrative officer at the Department of Health’s regional office in Palo, a neighboring city of Tacloban. “My white hair was starting to show and my nails were getting very dirty,” she said.
Soon after that, Ms. Imperial said, requests for house calls started rolling in, roughly two to three times a week. Encouraged by the demand, she pushed harder to reopen her salon.
Failing twice to secure relief funds from a Taiwanese charity, Ms. Imperial in mid-December turned to the Perpetual Help Credit Cooperative Inc., a local credit union, and borrowed 20,000 Philippine pesos ($450). Every penny would go toward rebuilding her salon, because she “couldn’t spare a thought for anything else,” not even her damaged house, she said.
Ms. Imperial then found a new storefront—a rudimentary 3-by-3-meter space alongside a busy street in downtown Tacloban near an upmarket hotel. Although the rent–at 8,500 Philippine pesos a month–is somewhat pricey compared with her old store, “the location is great for pulling in walk-in customers,” she said.
Her husband, Floro Gerona, objected because it was too close to a funeral parlor. But “I told him if we’re not taking this space, I’m going to go to Cebu and open a salon there,” she said. “And he gave in.”
Soon after she agreed on a lease in early January, Ms. Imperial installed an electric fan, mirrors and a wash basin retrieved from her old shop. She also bought a small generator for the lights using money borrowed from a friend. She used the electric fan to dry customers’ hair at first because she no longer had blow dryers (though she later bought some supplies during a trip to Cebu).
Yet almost immediately, the new New Rose Salon was pulling in clients as word spread that Ms. Imperial was back in business.
“Maybe it’s because I don’t charge ‘Yolanda prices,’ ” she said, referring to large markups that some other businesses have resorted to since the storm, which is known locally as Typhoon Yolanda.
“Maybe people just want to look good and feel better about themselves.”
—Tammy David contributed to this article.
Such an inspiring story of Filipino hope and perseverance! As women, we all know the power and confidence that beauty and wellness contribute to one’s self. Tammy had a brilliant idea of helping out Aling Rosita by donating our unused beauty tools and products. She is planning to send out a box full of these precious products to Tacloban.
The response has been overwhelming with just a few posts on facebook and now we are taking this to you, fellow glossy girls!
If you want to continue to help to the rebuilding of Tacloban after the devastation of Typhoon Haiyan, consider putting together your unused beauty products or old but working styling tools such as hairbrushes, hair dryers, curling/straightening irons, etc.
For coordination, kindly email me through firstname.lastname@example.org
Danella Yujuico Yaptinchay came back to the Philippines after nine years of living and studying abroad and started two companies dedicated to servicing the startup and entrepreneurial scene here in the country. She is managing director of a services company providing backend support to small businesses called Full Suite. Recently, she started a media company called Homegrown with some like-minded and awesome individuals, which produces multi-media content for and about startups in the Philippines.
Although I like pampering myself, I usually go for the most straightforward routine possible with the most natural products I can find.
Who doesn’t love a good shower? I am currently loving the coconutty-buttery smell of Organix’s Brazilian Keratin Therapy shampoo and conditioner — not to mention how great my hair feels when I dry it after washing. I also use Nature’s Gate Tea Tree shampoo and conditioner on some days to keep my scalp cool and soothed.
For my body, I alternate between Zenutrients’ Cotton Mint & Tea Tree soap, which keeps me squeaky clean, and Dr. Bronner’s Pure-Castille Liquid Soap in Peppermint which leaves me tingly in all sorts of places (this is one of my all-time favorite products! Divasoria’s note – MY FAVE TOO!).
My skin is on the dry side, and Cetaphil Lotion does the job of keeping me moisturized after I shower. My other trick, which I discovered only recently, is taking Himalayan salt with my water daily. I noticed that my skin is so much more hydrated– my face feels so much more supple now than it did a few weeks ago. My secret weapons for dealing with irritated skin (face) are the Avène Soothing moisture mask (which I leave on at night, it just gets absorbed) and a Hydrating Mask for Sensitive Skin by The Laboratory of Flowers. The second one is from a line of essential oil products which I learned about from my aromatherapy teacher.
When getting ready, my regiment for my face is fairly simple: I use the Creamy Eye Treatment from Kiehl’s then use Kiehl’s Clearly Corretive Dark Spot Solution for the areas kissed by the sun, after which a layer of Sensitive Skin Face Oil (at night) or Cream (in the morning), both from The Laboratory of Flowers also. Of course, I use sunblock every day. I like Neutrogina’s Ultra Sheer sunblock. I use the Kiehl’s Skin Brightening Exfoliator about twice a week to give my face a little scrub.
At the end of the day, I remove makeup with L’Oreal’s Gentle Lip and Eye Makeup Remover and wash my face with a Soap-Free Wash I buy from my dermatologist.
Makeup-wise, I get a lot of my tips and tricks from my sister Iya, who’s a makeup artist (check out her site: tintediya.com). The products I can’t live without are my tweezers, eyelash curlers, mascara, blush and basic lipstick. I use Tweezerman to clean my brows in-between grooming from Browhaus. My eyelashes are very straight, so I use a Shiseido eyelasher curler specifically made for Asian eyes and/or a heated eyelash curler to keep them curled all day. I am addicted to this drugstore brand of mascara I bought in Japan called K-Palette 1 Day Lash Perm; I do use Maybelline mascaras as well. For blush, I’m currently using the Bobbi Brown Pale Pink Pot Rouge for Lips and Cheeks — it stays on all day! My absolute favorite lipstic is Antigone from Chanel’s Rouge Coco Shine line. It’s very, very light and natural-looking.
When I’m feeling blah, I use Laura Mericier’s Tinted Moisturizer to even out my skin tone and bring some color to my face. I also use Bobbi Brown Bronzer and some eye makeup, but you can see from my palette that the colors I use are very basic! I use the Bobbi Brown Long-wear Gel Liner in black to help enhance my eyes. I try lipsticks from time-to-time, but I can’t use the matte or heavier colors very often because my lips chap very easily. Currently in my stash are Chanel, Tom Ford and Nars.
I get my nailpolish influence from my sisters. My staples are the Chanel and Essie lines, along with Seche Vite for the base and top coats.
I am very sensitive to smells, and like the lighter, cleaner scents for myself. My all-time favorite scent is the Green Tea with Mint fragrance from L’Occitane — problem is, it’s been discontinued so I’m rationing it! The close backup for this is L’Occitane’s Eau Universelle . I also use 4711 as a nice day fragrance and Annick Goutal’s Petite Cherie for the evening.
as told to divasoria
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Trixie Yutuc is an HR executive in charge of recruiting for one of the top 3 petroleum companies in the Philippines. She is a chemist who had stints in logistics, operations and sales and counts watching TV and movies as well as playing golf and traveling as her hobbies.
1. I have morena combination skin that goes through extremes of oily and dry, sometimes at the same time. I have not outgrown the teenage phenomenon of having a pimple breakout during hormonal spikes.
2. My hair is wavy and is a natural de-humidifier ergo it absorbs a good amount of moisture resulting to a bouffant hairstyle worthy of a Falcon Crest casting (Gasp! I just revealed my age! LOL!). I regularly have my hair Keratin treated to manage the frizz and puffiness.
3. I am a make-up amateur. I do not have the skill or the patience to put the whole make-up shebang on myself.
4. I consider myself a high-maintenance-easy-on-the-budget chick. My essentials include a mix of steals and splurges that balance out in the end.
Dove Shampoo and Conditioner. I rotate between the blue and pink variants. Dove makes my hair feel healthier and more manageable plus it doesn’t make my scalp itch. The pink variant makes my hair less puffy although not totally straight but I’m ok with it. This leaves my hair smelling really good for at least 24 hours and it doesn’t cause acne and backne!
TRESemme Smooth and Shine Mask. I’ve been using this for months and it was great for when my hair was longer and the ends were getting dry. It’s good to use every other day to keep ends from getting too brittle. Of course, this won’t make your hair trim-proof, but this helps make the trim-length as short as possible.
Kerastase Chroma Sensitive Rinser. Treated hair should be washed with no- or low-sulfate shampoo so this is what I use to clean my hair every after 2 days of regular washing. This feels like a conditioner and does not lather much. Although even with that, this leaves my hair soft and clean smelling.
Kerastase Samples. Hooray for free samples when you buy Kerastase products! The tiny bottle here is for volume enhancing. Not pictured is my new discovery and next on my list: Bain Cristal Thick. Tried it a few times and it makes thick hair so light feathery and yet very tame and manageable. And it’s the best smelling of all the Kerastase products so far for me.
Kerastase Oleo Relax Serum. After air drying my hair, I use this to tame some shorter strands near the roots and to smoothen out the ends. Works like magic!
Sunsilk Weather Defense Serum. I use this when I know I’ll be under the sun during the day and also when it’s extra humid. This has UV shield and prevents your hair from becoming a moisture magnet.
Safeguard Active Deo-Cool Blue Soap Bar. Those TVCs with amoeba-like animation on people’s bodies really got to me when I was young. So if I feel the need to be 99%-germ-free clean, this is what I use. Not only does it smell good, it’s also PAMET recommended!
Dove Go Fresh Moisturizing Body Wash (Grapefruit and Lemongrass Scent). I love the citrujs-y smell of this wash and how soft your skin feels after bathing. It moisturizes your skin but does not leave you feeling like you need to rinse yourself a little bit more.
Vaseline Total Moisture Aloe Fresh. This has a light formulation, fresh scent and is easily absorbed by the skin, which are the top 3 things I look for in a body lotion! This lotion does not make you feel sticky, even when you start sweating – perfect for our very humid weather.
Nivea Intensive Moisture Serum (SPF 25). I use this when I know I’m going to be out under the sun for a significant period of time during the day. It keeps me from getting too sunburned without having to make me feel like I have gooey sun-block on.
Nivea Extra Whitening Cell Repair & Protect Body Milk. It also has a light formulation and is easily absorbed by the skin. This one helps even out my skin color when I get an unfortunate and unexpected sock/shirt -tan from golf or a watch-tan from long hours of driving (I got this during my stint in Sales when I was assigned in Central Luzon.).
Dove Go Fresh Cucumber and Green Tea Scent Deodorant. Underarm protection that doesn’t irritate skin, discolor clothes and has a very mild scent that doesn’t compete with your cologne and makes you smell manang-ish.
Neutrogena Deep Clean and Clean & Clear Deep Action Cleanser. I find that rotating the two allows me to help keep my skin from developing “immunity” to a product. I normally use either of the two to wash my face of dirt and make-up at night and to prep my skin for the day in the morning. Both work the same way for me and helps control oil and reduce the occurrence of pimples.
Dove Beauty Bar. When my combination skin decides to change seasons and switch from La Nina to El Nino, I switch to this because it helps keep my skin from drying out and adds just the right touch of moisturizing without the oily feel.
Olay Total Effects 7-in-1 Moisturizer with Cooling Essence. I put this on every other evening before going to bed. I love that it’s cooling effect which is a perfect pre-sleeping therapy. It smells great too!
Neutrogena Ultra Sheer (SPF 50). I love this moisturizer and sun block in one because after application, it doesn’t feel like you have anything on. You don’t even need a lot because it spreads out easily and gets absorbed just as fast. And you can use it under make-up.
Body Shop All-In-One Face Base (05). The coverage of this powder base is good and yet still sheer enough to look very natural.
Body Shop Lip and Cheek Tint. Best. Product. Ever. This product adds just the right amount of color to your cheeks to keep you from being mistaken for the next -best-thing…in The Walking Dead. It may take some practice to get the application right but once you get the hang of it, you can’t go wrong.
Maybelline Pure Blush Mineral (Rose). I brush the apples of my cheeks with a little bit of this for that added oomph of color. This has a tiny bit of shimmer so it helps polish off the flushed look.
MAC Studio Careblend Pressed Powder (Medium Plus). I use this sheer powder to keep the shine away without adding more layers of make-up on my face.
MAC Brow Set (Show Off). My eyebrows are out of this world. I would say they’re Vulcan because if not trimmed and managed, I would end up with Spock-brows. This gel helps keep my brows at bay and fills in lighter areas to make my brows look fuller and less…well, alien.
Maybelline Baby Lips Lip Balm (SPF 15) in Cherry Kiss and Menthol. My lips are prone to drying and cracking so I use lip balm a lot. Cherry Kiss adds a hint of color when used. On a particularly warm day, I use Menthol because of the cooling sensation you get, especially when you’re in front of a fan or A/C. I remember my derma telling me that lips suffer from sun damage too and need to be protected hence the SPF. Pucker up!
Jo Malone Verbenas. This is my favorite scent in the whole universe. This is similar to the one by Loccitane but I find that this one lasts longer and is a little bit more sweet-smelling. This makes me feel pretty and happy. I hear they’re discontinuing this scent. *Presses panic button*
Elizabeth Arden Green Tea. Also a favorite, I like this because it’s mild and fresh-smelling. It makes you feel like you just came out of the bath.
D&G Light Blue. This is my go-to fragrance for formal events. The scent is stronger and attention grabbing but not too heavy. And it doesn’t make me dizzy!
Johnson’s Baby Cologne and Denenes. Now who doesn’t want to smell like a baby? Whenever I just want to smell light and fluffy like a newly bathed infant, I splash on either of these colognes and I instantly feel like I’m 3. All I need is baby powder all over my body.
I like to take care of my hands, feet and nails so my regular me-time includes a visit to Nail Tropics in Eastwood to have a mani-pedi every 2 weeks. My polish of choice would include Jessica in Stark Naked and LA Colors in Sheer Beige for nude nails and Essie in Ups and Orly in Bus Stop Crimson for red nails.
I don’t invest in expensive make-up because: 1. I don’t have a lot of events wherein I use them, 2. I don’t really know how to put them on and 3. I have a ton of MUA friends who are willing to help with #2.
Of course, I always want to be prepared. In the event wherein I need to do my own make-up, I bring out my Break-In-Case-of-Emergency Kit.
The Body Shop Nature’s Minerals Foundation (05). This is very easy to apply, non-sticky and has great coverage. Plus, I love using the Kabuki brush.
The Body Shop Shimmer Cubes (Pallete 06). This adds the just the right amount of shimmer to the lids and the colors are easy to blend with each other. The neutral tones are perfect for make-up amateurs like me.
The Face Shop Brush Eyeliner. This is also easy to use because of the pointed tip which helps with the application even with your eyes going 10 blinks per second.
Maybelline Colossal Kajal. A tad thicker than the brush eyeliner, this is a good eyeliner to use for more defined eyes (Think: Kardashians, Princess Jasmine). This is Racoon-eyes-proof so it’s hard to remove so be prepared with your potent eye make-up remover. It takes practice to learn how to use, though. PS. I’m still practicing…so thank God for How-To videos on You Tube.
Maybelline Unstoppable Lash Extension. Replaced by the Illegal Length mascara, I love that this actually adds fibers to your lashes to extend them. Hello Betty Boop eyes!
Maybelline The Magnum Volume Express Mascara. I have normal length lashes that are stick-straight. I find that after curling my lashes and putting this on, I have thicker and longer lashes worthy of all the batting that the eyes can do.
Body Shop Lip Liner (Pink Brown) + Smashbox Lip Enhancing Gloss (Candid). I learned this from my wedding MUA. Define and fill in the lips with the lip liner and then add gloss to create soft pinkish-nude shimmery lips. Again, this duo is fool proof for make-up amateurs.
Channel (Mademoiselle), MAC (Brave) and The Body Shop (53). I’m not a fan of lipstick so thanks to my friends who so generously give me make-up, I now have 3 basic shades I can use: brownish pink, nude pink and red.
as told to divasoria