New in K-Beauty: Capsule reviews of Ra&Gowoori skincare

At this point in its trendy life, Korean skincare has already established a reputation for being elaborate, famously going into the 10-step territory to recreate that 5-star face care experience at home. It's fascinating for the die-hard skincare junkies but honestly intimidating for beginners and the budget-conscious. After all, there's a very real investment of time, effort, and money into all those steps, but it doesn't mean that being anything less than "extra" means lower quality care. Ra&Gowoori is a K-beauty brand that promises high-quality formulations for the more straightforward set, and it was recently launched in the Philippines.

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Beauty Battles: We compare the five best mattifying primers for oily skin

Waking up early to get ready and perfect your makeup can be quite a chore, so it feels like a complete disaster when your makeup starts sliding off after just 3 hours! Having oily skin can be quite a challenge but you don’t necessarily have to just let your hard work go to waste. A mattifying primer can completely change your makeup game! 

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Shipping your beauty haul from the US to PH is easy - here's how

I shop mostly online these days. That goes for clothes, beauty products, and even groceries! Maybe it's being 30 and and busy that I can't be bothered to brave the traffic, search for things to buy, and carry around stuff back to my place. Going at it online is simply more convenient and painless!

Even so, I've mostly been avoiding shopping from stores abroad simply because I'm afraid of losing my package in transit. I also don't have time to go to my local post office to haggle questionable customs charges and pick up the item myself. I know brands like Colourpop and Beautylish have international shipping but it seems more hassle to have to worry about so many details.

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This is how to care for your hands

Our hands are probably among the most hard-working parts of our body. We use them for most activities, and if you’re anxious about germs like I am, you probably wash your hands a lot of times within the day. While it's a good practice for preventing the spread of disease, this can result to dry and flaky hands. This may also cause your cuticles to become prone to hangnails, which are both unsightly and painful! Just as how we go to great lengths to care for the skin on our faces, we need to show some TLC to our hands.

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We swatched everything! This is how blk Cosmetics does K-beauty

When blk Cosmetics launched in 2017, Anne Curtis wanted to keep makeup simple and uncomplicated. Their initial lineup proved promising and versatile as can be seen in Tellie’s tutorial for creating a K-beauty look for glasses with the blk Cosmetics Highlight, Blush, and Contour Palette. I nabbed the limited edition lipsticks released for Anne’s wedding, and like using the two shades for a gradient lip look.

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The Powder Face-Off: Which local loose powder works best for combination skin?

Not to be outdone by other countries, we Pinays have our fair share of beauty secrets and hacks we swear by. One of our fave budget beauty tips is using baby powder or talcum powder. For many of us, it was a kind of initiation into becoming dalaga, being the only kind of "makeup" that strict high schools allowed for wear. Affordable, multipurpose, and effective, it's something that still finds its way into our kits!

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Staff Picks: One 349-peso concealer, ten hacks

When we think about "multi-tasking makeup", what usually comes to mind are full face palettes and lip & cheek tints. These are definitely great space savers that give more bang for your buck, but I think the true workhorse of any kit is the concealer. To demonstrate just how flexible this one product is, I asked my fellow PV girls to share their favorite concealer hack using Pink Sugar's Our Lil' Secret Concealer. At just P349, this pocket-friendly tube can do more than just brighten the undereye area and cover light blemishes! Here it is in action.

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Beauty News: Summer steals, a golden collection, and new FENTY minis!

Who’s ready for another HOT roundup? We’re turning up the heat on some of the beauty world’s most exciting deals and steals! From Pink Sugar’s FIRST EVER Summer Sale to Happy Skin’s summer-proof makeup, you'll have plenty of options for updating your makeup collection without hurting your wallet. There's a multi-billion (!) dollar deal with a K-beauty brand that has us hoping, and Kat Von D's reveal of a decadent anniversary collection is making all of us swoon. It’s time to get hot and heavy for beauty!

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True Story: How I made my stretch marks disappear in 15 minutes

Confession time: I’ve been plagued by stretch marks on my butt and thighs for years and years. Though they don't usually bother me, I get conscious about wearing swimsuits and opt for styles that feature shorts and skirts. I was resigned to hiding them forever until I heard about Strip Manila's newest offering: a laser procedure called Strip White.

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Editor's Picks: The Fresh Black Tea Kombucha Facial Treatment Essence

Fresh has been around for a while (since 1991 to be precise), but I only got to try the brand when it finally became available at Sephora Philippines last year. I swiftly fell in love with the its focus on naturally-derived active ingredients that are not just mere afterthoughts; I can see how clean and tight the formulations are. Fillers are used sparingly - the price tag reflects that - which means that you get exactly what is promised.

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Beauty Roundup: K-Beauty starter kits, Aaliyah x MAC, and an in-demand mascara

This is no April Fools’ joke, PV girls. This week’s roundup has got the scoop on all things beauty and it’s insanely good! From Too Faced’s epic summer-appropriate sexy kit, to BLK Cosmetics going for hallyu glam, we’ve got kits, new-ins, and a Hollywood celebrity who’s jumping on that beauty bandwagon and possibly coming out with her own makeup line! Excited? I know we are! 

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This is why soap is bad for your face

We strongly advocate the use of low pH cleansers for the facial skin here at Project Vanity. It's not just a matter of preference; low pH cleansers actually function to preserve the acidic mantle that keeps our skin healthy. Unfortunately, there are products marketed for facial cleansing that have high pH levels. They may come in the form of bars, foams, creams or even gels but for this discussion, we'll refer to this kind of cleansers as "soaps". If you use soap to cleanse your face, you may want to stop for a moment and read on why it’s doing you more harm than good.

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The Skincare Addict Reading List: 14 of our favorite online skincare resources

In an era where chok chok beauty dominates social media and glass skin has become the golden standard, more and more people are joining the skincare craze. As much as we want to try out every product that catches our eye though, we all know that building a skincare routine can really burn a hole in our pockets! Though there’s not much we can do about the product prices (except maybe pray for sales), there are other ways in making sure we make informed investments!

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Beauty Roundup: Rihanna’s Body Lava, a K-Beauty recall, and the perfect summer nails!

How was your Holy Week break, PV girls? Hope you got to reflect on what’s important, enjoy the company of friends and family, and treat yourself to some much needed rest and relaxation. If you're feeling meh about being back on the grind, spend a few minutes with PV as we dish on another roundup of all things beauty. K-Beauty fans should not miss the latest update on the Etude House product recall, while the beach-bound may want to pick up a bottle of Happy Skin’s latest summer addition. Our girl Riri will make sure we can all enjoy a summer glow without the risk of sunburn, and Kim K continues to find new ways to be in our vanity with an epic collab. Let’s read up on all things beauty!

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Nadine Lustre x BYS: First impressions plus swatches of all the palettes

Some weeks back, there was a lot of buzz on social media about Nadine Lustre launching her own makeup line with Australian brand BYS. With practically no photos of the actual products and just a few teasers on an Instagram account, all I could back then was stalk the hashtag #LustrousPH and hope for more details before pre-ordering the Limited Lustrous Box Makeup Kit for P2,999. I've been a fan of Nadine since Diary ng Panget and the phenomenal teleserye, On The Wings of Love so it only felt right to add something of hers to my vanity. And so, I slid into Lustrous PH’s DMs.

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You need these three hair sprays in your mane routine

When it comes to hair styling products, Eva NYC has been a pretty reliable brand since they came out in 2012. Their Hungry Hair Oil Treament received good reviews for dry hair, and Kim had a great experience with the Healthy Heat Ceramic Styling Iron. While I’m mostly a wash-and-go kind of girl when it comes to my hair, there are days I do need to be a little more polished than usual. Hair products in spray form are easiest to apply, and you can find one for every kind of hair concern. Here's what I got to try for my low-maintenance requirements:

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Fabulous At Fifty and Beyond: Five Lolas share their beauty routines

This isn’t your Lola’s beauty routine! Or is it? When you’re young and getting into kikay things for the first time, you tend to go hard on trends and do a lot of crazy experiments in the name of staying on-point with your beauty game. But once you’ve had the time to find what practices and products work for your skin and your comfort zone, you also develop confidence in your unique approach to beauty! I wanted to know what women of a certain age prefer when it comes to beauty so I reached out to five Lolas to raid their stash! 

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K-Beauty Hack: This is why Koreans like using real pencils on their eyebrows

If you're part of a Facebook beauty group, chances are you saw the viral post of a Staedtler pencil (used for drawing) was used as eyebrow pencil. While most people might be amused then dismiss it as another crazy hack, I was reminded of an old Get It Beauty episode that featured the famous Korean makeup artists Son Daesik and Park Taeyoon of Son&Park fame. They talked about how they actually use Prismacolour Ebony Pencils for drawing eyebrows!

Fellow writer Kristel (who was based in Seoul for a time) has also mentioned seeing this art material in Olive Young stores and its popularity among Koreans beauty fans - they consider this to be the perfect gray brow pencil. As someone who likes to sketch in her spare time, I was intrigued by this concept so dipped into my pencil case of art materials and decided to try it for myself!

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An exhaustive guide to dyeing your hair in ‘crazy’ colors

About five years ago, pastels, vibrant purples, and neon greens were just hair colors of fantasy characters, or rock stars, or the token ‘cool’ Asian in movies. Maybe you’d see someone with burgundy (but almost brown) hair once in a while, but in general we stuck to our blacks and browns. Fast-forward to today where non-neutral hair color is almost (but not quite) commonplace, especially in art communities and schools that allow it. Lightening and coloring hair used to be really intimidating since products need to be mixed and often had to be sourced online.

Nowadays, we have better access to these "crazy colors", with brands like Sparks becoming available in SM Beauty. If you've been curious to try it out, take advantage of the summer break and this DIY guide to have some fun with color!

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