Beauty Roundup: Foundation backlash, P&G's indie acquisition, and new skincare from Origins

Perfect skin and a gorgeous pop of color - that’s exactly what this week’s roundup is all about! We dive headfirst into Calvin Klein’s first fragrance in 13 years and the gorgeous Hollywood actresses who went barefaced for the campaign. K-beauty fans will swoon over 3CE’s latest collection, which will have your lids, cheeks, and nails popping! Need more? The cult fave beauty sponge has launched their very own foundation, and shopping for makeup is made ever easier with an in-store app. Read on to get full deets!

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Staff Picks: The empties we hoard and how we reuse or throw them away

I remember feeling impressed rather than shocked when I found out that Kim had kept all her empties from the past two years. Although it's hard to rival SIX GIANT BAGS of boxes and packaging, she is not the lone hoarder in the PV team. Now that she's finally gotten rid of her stash of junk, I think it's time the rest of us come clean. In this edition of the PV girls' staff picks, we 'fess up on our own empties collections, how we store them, and why we just can't seem to let go!

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A throwback to the 90s with Claudia Schiffer’s makeup line, now in the PH

Supermodel Claudia Schiffer has had a lot of time to ruminate on her makeup collection – she was the 90’s It Girl and has had a very active three-decade old career. That’s countless years spent having makeup done on herself, so who better to create a line than the woman who has served as the muse of countless photographers and fashion designers?

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The PSA on PHA: Why this new acid may be the key to gentler exfoliation

One of the reasons I enjoy watching K-dramas so much is because they give me #skingoals; both male and female actors always seem to have smooth, glowing complexions! I've always been more of a skincare addict than a makeup junkie, so the Korean beauty concept of glass skin definitely appealed to me. In a jiffy, makeup can be used to mimic the look but I wanted something that was a bit more permanent. Was it at all possible to get my skin to look like glass, without needing a K-idol budget?

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DHC Deep Cleansing Oil: Is this better than the Shu Uemura one?

This was a last-minute airport purchase as I was speed-walking to my departure gate at Narita. I had a few loose coins which I typically save for boxes of Royce chocolate as pasalubong, but this time I gave in and finally tried DHC! It's a popular skincare brand in Japan but they're especially famous for their cleansing oils that some say are better than Shu Uemura. I think that it does give Shu a run for its money!

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Beauty Roundup: Sweet peaches on Sephora, new Ellana lippies, and Ever Bilena’s newest face

Happy weekend, everyone! Finally we can get to relax a bit. I’m sure it’s been a crazy busy week for all of you, so this week’s roundup has all the elements to put a smile on your face. We’ve got everything from the newest and peachiest collection on Sephora PH, to Ever Bilena’s newest face (she’s so gorgeous it hurts), and even a shade expansion from our most loved mineral brands. Let’s hang out and chill!

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New Now: The limited edition Kiehl's packaging that's inspired by the PH

While one can reasonably expect for a homegrown brand to celebrate its roots, it's quite a statement for a global powerhouse to fête the Filipino! Last month, Kiehl’s commemorated National Independence Day with a pop-up store at the SM Mall of Asia Atrium. The theme was ‘Kiehl’s Loves the Philippines,’ during which they showed an exhibit of the brand’s history as well as interactive stations that celebrate Filipino cultural icons.

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A detailed look into Bobbi Brown's new weightless, full coverage foundation

Let me be clear: not everybody needs liquid foundation. It's nice to have, but if you already have pretty good skin then a layer of powder (with coverage depending on your preference) over primer (depending on how dry or oily you are) could be all you need for a great, long-wearing base! I often go out with just that especially if I don't really need to look photo-ready or dressed up.

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"Lifestyle diseases" and how to get ahead of them before it's too late

We've often talked about "self-care" here on PV as taking the time and effort to look after yourself. It can be as simple as slapping on your favorite sheet, going for a full-on home spa session, or getting your tips and toes done at the parlor. But there is more to self-care than beauty and pampering, and the long queue that snaked through the Meralco Theater lobby for the Watsons World of Wellness event was a happy reminder that people haven't forgotten what really matters.

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Beauty Roundup: KC Concepcion’s beauty collab, Huda Beauty in the PH, and a gold bar highlighter!

Happy that it's the weekend? Here are four more reasons to perk up your spirits! We’ve got the scoop on Huda Beauty finally reaching PH shores, and how KC Concepcion is incorporating women empowerment in her latest beauty collab! We’ve also got a luxury shampoo for fur babies, and an epic gold palette that will you look and feel like a million bucks. So, relax and read on!

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Budget Beauty: Under P700 face mists that we're loving right now

I was late to the face mist party as was the rest of my skincare routine. Liz shared about getting into the misting habit as early 2013, which unfortunately was circa 3 BB (Before Beauty) for me. Now that I regularly use mists, I wish I’d started using them earlier! Before I thought face mists were just an excuse for beauty brands to sell overpriced water in a spray bottle. When I finally got to try it though, I was de-mist-ified as to why they’re so popular. Good ones truly do hydrate my skin whether I'm wearing makeup or not.

Still, I’m glad that I got into it when I did, as I’m so spoiled for choices. I’ve tried quite a few PV-approved mists, as well as awesome finds for under P500. Here are more mists that deserve to be in our radar!

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Healthy Options Haul: What to get OTHER than the Aztec Clay

If not for cult favorites like the Dickinson’s Witch Hazel Toner and the Aztec Healing Clay, Healthy Options isn’t always an obvious choice when shopping for beauty products. If you’re conscious about avoiding certain ingredients or sticking to vegan formulations though, this is the place to be!

I recently scoured the Healthy Options to find more products that are cruelty-free, vegan, and don’t contain sodium lauryl or laureth sulfate (SLS and SLES), artificial colors, or parabens. Though Healthy Options may be pricier than regular groceries (for isn't that what it is?), they also have inexpensive finds that can meet more stringent beauty standards. Can you believe that I scored this entire haul for just P1,588?

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The Makeup Battle: Which is the best one out of five local eyeshadow palettes?

If you didn’t already know, the Philippine beauty scene is on fire. There have been waves of proudly Pinoy brands that are gaining recognition for releases that can easily compete with foreign brands in terms of quality and pricing. We’ve already featured local liquid lipsticks previously, so let’s complete the look with some noteworthy eyeshadow palettes!

I tried out five local eyeshadow palettes and did a wear test for each. I didn’t apply any eyeshadow primer underneath to see which ones offer the best color payoff and crease-resistant formula. For reference, I have dry skin that oils up on my T-zone later in the day.

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A millennial's reflections on trying anti-aging skincare for the first time

At 21, I often struggle with #adulting. I’m still learning how to be smarter with time management and planning for the long-term, and had never had to deal with very adult things like taxes until my internship. So when Den asked me to try Celeteque’s Advanced Anti-Aging line, I was initially baffled. Am I not too young to be worrying about wrinkles? Then I realized that it makes sense to use anti-aging products BEFORE my skin actually needs them. Prevention is better than cure, after all! But how could I adapt that concept into my own state of mind?

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Beauty Roundup: Egg-shaped foundations, “woke” skincare, and Riri eyeliner

How is June already over? We may have bid sunny blue skies goodbye, but these beauty updates are perfect for chasing the rainy day blues away! This week’s roundup includes a foundation in a form we’ve never seen before, and Tarte’s new sister brand for skincare. We’ve also got new lippies from Ever Bilena and a mysterious collab for Happy Skin! Read on for the good news!

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Lipstick powder, really? Here's what to expect from the new Revlon Color Charge line!

If you love bright pops of color in your look then I think the new Revlon Color Charge collection might be right up your alley.  This just recently arrived in the Philippines and has lipsticks, lip powder (!), nail polish, blush, powder pigment, and eyeliner. I've been testing out the new products these past few days, so here are my thoughts plus loads of swatches!

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Starstruck: Here's exactly what to get from local celebrity makeup collabs

The glitz, the glamour, the star power: Makeup brands collaborating with the who’s who of the entertainment industry may be a tale as old as time, but it’s a move that often spells success for both brand and celeb alike. Fans are thrilled to get their hands on something with their idol’s stamp of approval, and beauty lovers get to discover some cool new stuff that might make fans out of them yet. And so you get some exciting team-ups that’ll go down in beauty history such as Becca x Chrissy Teigen, Victoria Beckham x Estee Lauder, Jennifer Lopez for Inglot, Patrick Starrr x MAC, and Gigi Hadid x Maybelline!

Not to be outdone, Pinoy celebrities are bringing their creative chops into the fray. In the last two years, we’ve seen more and more homegrown talents collaborate with big beauty brands, or even go as far as to start their own cosmetic companies altogether.

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Are LED acne treatments effective? Let's look at the research

Acne is a common problem that affects many, and while it may not be a life-threatening disease, it's a condition that can affect quality of life. Last year, I had to deal with the worst acne of my life and it honestly affected my self-esteem. Fortunately, I found a solution in the use of retinoids, and recently discovered that the combination of AHA and BHA works so well on my skin.

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