This is what we think of the Ever Bilena x Kris Aquino Collab (with swatches!)

Earlier this year, the announcement of Kris Aquino’s partnership with beloved local drugstore beauty giant Ever Bilena was met with much excitement by fans and beauty lovers alike. Knowing that the Queen of All Media is famous for being very particular (especially when it comes to the self-confessed makeup lover’s beauty stash), we were also eager to see how Kris’s meticulous preferences would translate into the collaboration’s releases.

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We tried six products for blemishes, and here are the results after two weeks

Getting breakouts can be annoying but dealing with its hyperpigmented aftermath is the real headache!

Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, or PIH, happens when injury or inflammation causes increased pigment production on the injured part of the skin. PIH is characterized by flat, red, brown, or even black spots on the skin, and can occur in different parts of the body. One of the common causes of these dark spots is acne, but you can also get it from other skin injuries like psoriasis or burns.

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Tiis ganda no more: These new contact lenses promise everyday comfort

“Tiis ganda” may be a common experience but it doesn't always ring true. Beauty can go hand-in-hand with comfort, and style can fit well with practicality. For eyeglass wearers, there are many chic design options available and you can even tailor your makeup to work with your specs. But there are occasions when that great pair of prescription glasses just aren’t convenient to use, like when attending special events or doing sports. That’s when contact lenses come to the rescue!

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Beauty Roundup: New Pink Sugar shades, a "stretchy" Benefit foundation, and a Filipina beauty endorser

Happy long weekend, everyone! We hope you're all getting to enjoy a bit of sun after several days of rain. This week’s roundup includes a very special story of a fellow Pinay in Hollywood who just landed an incredible beauty deal. Of course, we’ve also got the lowdown on all things new from MAC Cosmetics, Benefit, Too Faced, and Pink Sugar because the beauty world is busy and buzzy!

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Don't think for a minute that BB creams can take the place of skincare

I was blowdrying my hair at the country club after tennis when I heard two women conversing about their makeup routines. One woman said, "You just really need BB cream. It's already sunscreen, moisturizer, primer, anti-aging, and foundation in one!" Her friend was obviously impressed by this and went on to ask about which BB creams are good to try. I wanted to butt in and give my feedback but I didn't know them and it might be weird, so instead I'm writing this post in the hopes of helping everybody out!

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All P600 or under: This is the battle of the brow powders

When it comes to makeup, it seems like every Filipino beauty fan is obsessed with having perfect arches. It takes some practice even to do easy, breezy brows and it can be overwhelming to have so many types of brow products to choose from. If you’re just starting out, brow powders are one of the easiest eyebrow formulations to master! It’s a good pick for any kind of brow, and you can find budget-friendly options for under P600 and under P500.


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Ganda With a Bang: Vice Cosmetics x Bang Pineda makes edgy accessible

While comparisons to similar celeb-preneur labels such as Kylie Cosmetics and Jeffree Star abound, there’s no denying that Vice Cosmetics - much like its famously unkabogable founder - is a brand all its own. Formulated based on the #GandaForAll philosophy, Vice Cosmetics’ debut launch promised luxury quality at mass-market friendly prices, and featured true-matte shades that were simultaneously trendy and wearable. Still, while this first launch definitely brought fashion-forward mattes to the mainstream market, there was a conscious effort to “tone down” on the hues and finishes: to be “relatable” instead of reflecting Vice Ganda’s trademark edgy style.

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Beauty Roundup: Victoria Beckham’s skincare line, K-beauty rebates, and Dior’s most affordable line yet!

Summer may be over but the heat is in full force with this week’s roundup! We’re talking about the latest update on Victoria Beckham’s possible new skincare line (YAS HONEY!) to our childhood dream coming true thanks to Crayola. Dior’s latest offerings bring luxury within reach, and there's something new from L’Oreal! Althea PH’s also has a rebate promo to help us save while stocking up on our K-beauty essentials. Happy reading!

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Drugstore Sunscreen Roundup: Kojie San's new sunscreens are all under P500

The very first sunscreen I ever purchased was a Kojie San sunblock. It came in a little white and orange bottle, and I picked it up from a convenience store when I realized I didn't have any sun protection for my beach trip. Not gonna lie - that formula turned out to be greasy and scented but I cared more about preventing sun damage than being comfortable!

The brand is best known for its amazing kojic acid soap for lightening skin (I love using this as a body exfoliant!), so it only makes sense that they also offer products that protect skin from sun damage. No one likes a sticky, heavy sunscreen, and so I was happy to see that Kojie San has made great improvements in their formulas since I last tried them.

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Celebrate Independence Day with the Lustrous Freedom Sale!

When it comes to enjoying art in everyday life, there’s nothing quite like makeup. Using brushes, mixing colors, and creating beauty is an artistic process, and for many makeup users, it’s also a form of self-expression. Even if there are restrictions on what you can wear to work or school, you can own your beauty with a choice lipstick or bold eye look!

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Beauty Roundup: MAC Minis, Beautyblender’s newest face, and some sizzling Sephora finds

Are you ready for the week ahead? Let’s get you pumped and warmed up with some hot beauty news! Between MAC Cosmetics’ adorably mini collection and another designer collab for L’Oreal, the rare mix of affordable luxury is something to look forward to! The cult fave sponges of Beautyblender got a makeover as well as a new ambassador, and we’re going loco for coco at the newest additions to Sephora. There’s always something new with Kim Kardashian-West, and they’re dropping in just a few days. Let’s get started!

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How to get the Korean Girl Crush look

Late last year, the PV Team chat was in a tizzy when we realized that B. by BANILA became available online. Some of us (the identity of whom begins with an S and ends with AMANTHA) may have even bought a couple or more items. While B. by BANILA has been available both online and offline for quite some time, they only officially launched last May 8.

Banila Co, the mother brand, strives to create “skincare for makeup” – or skincare that’s so good, you wouldn’t need makeup! With that in mind, their product offerings tend to focus on skincare and a few base products. To complete the look, they created the sister brand B. by BANILA to mold the complete package of a “girl crush.”

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This is what green, lavender, and peach color correctors are for

If you've seen my makeover by Pinoy Big Brother and The Voice head makeup artist Eman De Leon, you'll know how much he loves the Revlon Eye Primer + Brightener pen. This was released years ago, however, and seems to have been discontinued! I remember I had it some time ago and liked how it can brighten dark areas even though it doesn't have a lot of coverage. Lucky for us, Revlon just recently released something similar - the Photoready Color Correcting Pen (P725).

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Althea Bare Essentials: A 3-piece kit that aims to simplify your skincare regimen

We’re no strangers to the wonders of Althea, the online shop that delivers K-beauty treats, so when we heard that they were coming out with a skincare line (on top of a powder release last year), we were thrilled because it just made sense!

With information generated from sales, reviews, and customer feedback, Althea is in the perfect position to understand the K-beauty consumer’s mind. And what did they think the Althea fan want? Apparently, a skincare line designed for all skin types that simplifies the daily regiment into just three steps! Positioned as a makeup prep set, Althea claims that “great makeup starts from great skin,” which probably explains why glycerin (which is used to improve skin’s smoothness and moisture content) lists high on the set’s ingredients.

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Beauty Roundup: Star-studded makeup lines, dessert lip glosses, and something new from The Ordinary

How is it the end of May already? The beauty world has been keeping busy, and there's more stuff to look forward to this week! The Queen of Pinoy media has finally revealed her makeup collab with the biggest local makeup brand, while a Victoria’s Secret Angel is coming out with her own cosmetics line. We're also looking forward to tasting, I mean, testing the lip-smackingly good lip glosses from MAC. Amid the drama, The Ordinary has released a not-so-ordinary new offer, and we're thrilled to see some #GirlPower as a woman takes over as CEO of one of the biggest beauty companies in the world!

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