It's common for celebrities to collaborate with their favorite brands, but to put up their own makeup empire? That's a different level entirely! That's why we were excited when top endorser and actress Anne Curtis announced her makeup line, blk cosmetics. It's attuned to her personal philosophy of keeping it simple and fuss-free when it comes to makeup. She partnered with industry mainstay, Jacque Yuengtian-Gutierrez, to ensure that she could bring her vision of "uncomplicated beauty" to her fans!
We had potted aloe vera plants on our window sill while I was growing up. Aside from providing succulent décor, we would often use the plant itself for various skin, hair, and medicinal purposes. It was our family’s equivalent to Windex in My Big Fat Greek Wedding, and hummus in You Don’t Mess with the Zohan. For us, it was the solution to burns, scratches, pimples, scars, thinning hair, and more! We would simply pluck a leaf from the plant, squeeze it on the affected area, and let it do the job.
It seems that scientists have been showing interest in this miracle plant, as well. Recent studies* have shown that aloe vera and cape aloe extracts have skin-healing and barrier-strengthening properties.
Some of you may know that I started beauty blogging while I was in college almost ten years ago. I was a poor student in UP Manila, but I had some income from freelance writing gigs so I could buy makeup here and there. Still, I'd save up all my allowance and eat the cheapest lunch everyday just so I can shop for things to review! I started with drugstore brands but eventually worked up to pricier but better products.
I remember that one of the very first "expensive" things I bought was a Prestige palette in Beauty Bar. I remember going inside the store so many times, exploring and swatching everything, before deciding on that 750-peso face and eye palette.
There was a point earlier this year when I resigned myself to bad skin forever. I was sleeping past midnight, subsisting on fast and junk food, living a sedentary lifestyle, and just really stressed out because CURSE ADULTING THAT’S WHY. I got my hands on some cult favorite skincare that I thought would solve my problems but all it did was break me out in the most horrible way. It was a nightmare, and my previous skincare routine could no longer undo the damage and catch up with my crappy lifestyle.
After weeks of ugly suffering, I told myself that it was time to reclaim my skin and wounded self-esteem.
As a dry-skinned gal, I didn't think I needed to set my look with powder until I began to notice the foundation on my nose would disappear after just a few hours of wear. It would happen even though I was using a long-wear formula and my face hadn't oiled up much! I've learned to apply a bit of setting powder after since then, and it has honestly made a difference in how much longer my makeup lasts!
If you're a newbie at this like I am, it's good to know that there are great budget options available. But what if you want to invest in something that's HG quality? Well, that's where the rest of the PV team chimed in!
Hoarding is one of the occupational hazards of a self-confessed beauty addict. Still, while it is common, it can become wasteful when you consider all that money spent on products that were used only a few times then set aside. However, these personal care items are called that for a reason - they've touched your face, hands, mouth, and even eyes! Why would anyone (barring close friends and family who don't have laway-swapping issues) want your pre-loved cosmetics?
Hello, Autumn! Okay, while the Philippines might not have an actual “fall season,” we can still live vicariously through our makeup looks and all the amazing products that are coming out. #WorkWithWhatYouveGot, right?
From super bright and nostalgic eyeshadow palettes that remind us of our childhood, to the most gigantic shade range expansion by Tom Ford, we’ve got your eyes, lips, and nails covered! Grab a cuppa, and read up on a new way to get your caffeine fix and how Maybelline may just be bringing out their most epic mascara yet. Oh, and did we mention Kylie’s new Lip Kits? You’re welcome, PV girls!