Powerful female fantasies it's about time we give up

Last Saturday I was at a house party with friends. We had cold cuts and cheese from Santi's, then watched a few Disney films - "Beauty and the Beast" and "Aladdin" among them. It's been a long time since I saw these, so I remember them differently. The nostalgia and wonder will always be there, of course, but I had an interesting insight after watching both movies. I realized that they pander to powerful female fantasies.

"Beauty and the Beast" is a tale as old as time: in it, a woman heals and transforms a damaged man with her kindness and love. Sounds awesome, right? Maybe not. Many females like to think that they are the special one who will change that special man. They go through isolation, abuse, pain, and/or loneliness and sacrifice so much hoping that the one they love will be perfect for them in time. They believe that their love will exorcise the shittiness out of a person.

Sadly, this is rarely the case. That's why the beauty transforming the beast is such a powerful fantasy. We want it so badly to be true, but in the real world, bad men - beasts - will keep to their ways. They will always be Gaston if they grew up arrogant, vindictive, cruel, and with low regard for women.

We want to be the Anna Steele to our Christian Grey, the Bella Swan to our Edward Cullen, the Elizabeth Bennet to our Mr. Darcy, the Shan Chai to our Dao Ming Si. The problem with this fantasy is that in the end, many of us will become damaged ourselves or worse, monsters like the men we want to change. We have to choose those who value AND respect us from the very beginning. Men like these are hard to find and when we do it is difficult if not impossible to divine their true intentions...but they exist. It's just a matter of being patient and being totally fine and happy without a man by our side.

Perhaps though, I am warning moths drawn to fire.

"Aladdin" has a less insidious fantasy embedded in it, but it has its pitfalls just the same. It's about a woman innocent in the ways of the world falling for a man who can show her the world in all its shining, shimmering, and splendid glory. Jasmine, beautiful and perfect, has never been outside of the castle. Finally she meets Aladdin who can take her on a magic carpet ride. She resists at first, but the temptation to experience everything she has missed proves to be too much. She falls in love. He rescues her not only from an evil grand vizier but also from her loneliness and boredom.

One of the good things about this film is that it reinforces a woman's right to say no and to choose her own future (Jasmine rejects several princes in the start of the movie). The downside is that it is pretty much saying that that future must be with a man. He must be the one to open her eyes, to free her. Not her.

I am aware that we women live in a world of glass ceilings and remain powerfully pressured by cultural norms and expectations. But we can get past those limits by bettering ourselves as much as we can, dreaming as big as we can, and working as hard as we can to make those dreams come true. We don't need men to widen our horizons and to save us from our cages. We can do it ourselves, and what's great about DIY-ing our own freedom is that we don't owe jack shit to a man who can take it away when he feels like. We will never be held hostage to their money and their intelligence. 

We can say no. For real. We can say no and succeed with our own strength and wit. We are not unmoving objects subject to the will of those around us. We can be more by ourselves.

Moral lesson: give up the fantasy if you want to be truly happy. I'm not saying we should give up on men. I'm saying that men should not become the center of our world and the hook by which our happiness hangs on so precariously.

An intense and long-wearing eyeliner that's only P395

The older I get, the blacker I want my eyeliner to be. If it's not pitch black then it's not worth my time! Why? Truly black eyeliners stand out more and look fantastic in photos versus glossy liners or those that are just washed-out versions of black. The effect is so nice that I've even taken to layering two eyeliners just to get the blackest black I can eke out of my current collection!

However, while I love the effect, this technique is rather a waste of time and a waste of product besides. I do have rich black liners but the problem is that the pigment is so intense, it ends up smudging in a couple of hours.

But girls, I finally stumbled upon a non-smudging liner that's as black and as matte as sin - and it's less than 400 bucks! Meet the Yadah Auto Gel Liner Good Bye Smudge (P395 in Beauty Bar). I got this as part of the loot bag in an event launching the skincare line. I honestly didn't expect much from this South Korean liner but I was so surprised by how well it performed! It's the best eyeliner I have at the moment...and when you have maybe 30 or 40 eyeliners lying around the house, that's saying something.

The Yadah Auto Gel Liner glides on nicely, needs only one pass to get opaque, and stays on pretty much all day until I take it off. I sometimes wear this to tennis, actually. It fades, but it still doesn't smudge after two hours of heavy sweating! This is a twist-up pencil with a tip sharpener attached in the butt part. Very handy if you like keeping your liners in tip top shape.

I have three colors, with Real Black and Romantic Brown being the ones I use most often. The black is basic, but the brown holds its own - it's also rich in pigment! Super awesome if you're going for a softer eye. Rich Gold is just ok for highlighting, accentuating, or tight-lining on the waterline.

It glides on nicely, as I said, but the tip hardens if you haven't used it for a while. I always make sure that the pencil is capped tightly after every use. Right before I apply it, I warm it up on the back of my hand by simply rubbing it quickly.

Using Real Black here. Is that black or is that black? I love the intensity and the uber matte finish.

Using Real Black here. Is that black or is that black? I love the intensity and the uber matte finish.

Overall, I highly recommend the Yadah Auto Gel Liner Good Bye Smudge if you like eyeliners that are as dark as your soul (lol) and if you have lids that should be mined for oil. Seriously though, the Real Black and Romantic Brown are a must-have! The Rich Gold is just okay for the waterline or for highlighting. ^_^ You can find Yadah inside Beauty Bar stores!  

7 Things I Learned After Writing About Beauty for 7 Years

1. You can skip all of the ~stuff~ except for a good double-cleansing routine, sunscreen, and moisturizer. Makeup is always optional but basic skincare will help you maintain your looks long-term. So, cleanse thoroughly but mildly, use moisturizer religiously, and never, ever skip sunscreen during the day. You might not notice how important it is right now when you're in your early 20s, but I swear to you that it will decelerate your skin's natural deterioration when used regularly. 

Read more on about this in The lazy girl's guide to good skin! However, on top of basic skincare, I would still advise you to use eye cream, serum, exfoliating gels, and face masks to really get bright, improved skin. There's maintenance, and then there's going for the glow.

2. The new things that come out are just slightly better than the last ones in terms of formulation and packaging. You don't HAVE to buy everything because you don't really need them, honestly, but of course limited edition items and new colors you love are worth the spend. Every so often though brands come out with new technology that's a leap from the last, so this is what you have to watch out for! In the last year for example, I'd say foundations and liquid lipsticks have come a long way from previous iterations. They are lighter and a lot more pigmented these days. Cheaper too.

3. There is a product for every skin type, problem, and budget. I mean just look at a drugstore like Watsons or a Beauty by SM Store. Options abound for everyone with a beauty chip on their shoulder! Don't like lipstick because it feels like wax and smells bad? Don't like to spend on expensive bases? Well honey, you just haven't looked around enough. Or read Project Vanity enough hahaha.

Bottomline: there is no reason for you to put up with anything that doesn't work for you!

4. Those tutorials you see on Pinterest and YouTube are useful, but not always realistic. Learn what you can but be prepared to alter that knowledge to suit your own facial features and social context. Like for example, you can't get away with a Kim K contour on a normal day out. You'd look like someone slapped chocolate mush on the sides of your face. On camera though, it'd be fabulous!

5. Don't be miserly about spending on a good dermatologist. I know how tempting it is to believe in a new miracle product touted by the television or online influencers, but it's always still better to check with a licensed derma to know what your skin really needs. Wag matigas ang ulo! And can I just say, do not inject yourself with anything you buy on the internet. I think injectable gluta, collagen, and cocktails of other similar "insta-beautifiers" are popular locally. Just don't. There's no clear regulation of that online.

6. You have to learn how to like yourself and how you look like. Forget about love at this stage - you have to like the person you see in the mirror every morning. Beauty products help to create or restore self-confidence. They are powerful tools in helping to project the image you want to the world. But if you can manage it, you have to know how to be comfortable and happy in your own skin. This is often not found in the best moisturizer or concealer, but inside yourself. 

This sounds cheesy I know, but this is perhaps the best advice I can give you if you want to be truly beautiful: seek mentors, learn new things, go out in the world i.e. travel if you can afford to, make things with your mind and/or your hands, don't expect validation from other people, and just be as awesome as you can make yourself to be. After a while you'll realize that makeup isn't really necessary, but still fun to play with whenever you feel like.

7. This is more of a personal takeaway and will not apply to everyone as it's about blogging. It's painfully easy to be jaded and entitled as a blogger - oh, this happens to me every so often - which is why it's important to remember why I love doing this. Products, events, and payouts are fun to have, but I hate the feeling of coming up with substandard content just so I can have something up every weekday.

I don't want this to be a thing I do automatically. I want my blog to be honest and sincere and useful for everyone who visits looking for beauty advice and recommendations. So whenever I feel like I'm not holding up my end here, I try to slap myself into wakefulness (I guess that's the best word). Like now. 

And that is that. ^_^ How's your week so far? Got anything planned for the long weekend?

Love: Shiseido Speedy Perfect Whip Cleanser

The thing about shopping in a Japanese drugstore beauty chain is the tremendous pressure you will have to face at every corner. You'll see big bins around the store and in-your-face displays of the hottest items and even almost hear them say "BUY ME NOW! OR ELSE YOU'RE MISSING OUT! EVERYBODY LOVES ME!". This is funny because of course nothing is in English. You just know it in your gut plus the price is low enough - on sale even - that you won't feel too bad if it doesn't work out.

Thankfully, I haven't really been disappointed with the Japanese beauty purchases I've made through the years. They work well for the price and do what they're supposed to do, even better at that, so what more can I ask? Anyway, one of the items I picked up during my last trip to Tokyo was the Shiseido Speedy Perfect Whip Cleanser (P550 and available in BeautyMNL). I remember getting this for around 500 yen so that'd be 250 pesos for the bottle. I always see this in stores and on blog reviews so I thought, hey, why not?

I'm glad I got it. It's a thick foam facial cleanser that cleans thoroughly and feels mild enough on my combination skin. I use about three to four pumps on a dry face - no need to lather it up as it's already foamy once dispensed. It's powerful enough to erase light makeup and break down water-resistant sunscreen which makes it perfect for chill, lazy days.

I love that you can just buy refills to pour in the bottle. This goes for all the drugstore Shiseido products in bigger packaging! A refill is priced only slightly lower than a brand new bottle (475 yen) but at least you're recycling a perfectly serviceable one. I had my Tita buy me a few packs when she went to Tokyo too.

The catch? This smells rather cheap. I LOVE that my face feels like it's been washed with an expensive cleanser afterwards, but the experience naturally doesn't feel as luxurious with the Perfect Whip. When compared to my Shiseido Ibuki facial wash this is not going to win in the scent department. It's so...drugstore and basic.

Scent aside, the Shiseido Speedy Perfect Whip Cleanser is a lovely everyday cleanser. I highly recommend it for oily to combi skin! I think it might be too drying for less hydrated skin types. You can find this in BeautyMNL as it happens for P522 a bottle. A bottle can last up to 3-4 months of daily use.

And that is that. Have you tried this cleanser? How did it go for you?

Hair heroes: Moringa-O² Herbal Shampoo, Conditioner, and Relaxing Serum

Given my fine strands unfortunately prone to hair fall, I'm always on the look out for products that can help me strengthen my hair. I've been trying out the Moringa-O² Herbal Shampoo, Conditioner, and Relaxing Serum these last few weeks and I'm pleasantly surprised that they've been good for my hair. My mom loves this line too! We both have fine hair so we share products often. I gave her a sample set a couple of weeks ago and she raved about it when I saw her last week!

My favorite is the Moringa-O² Herbal Shampoo with Argan Oil (P180 for 200ml). This is a clear light green shampoo that gently cleanses hair and has a sweet fruity floral scent. Unlike other clear shampoos, this doesn't make my hair feel like a bush once it dries. It softens like a creamy shampoo but without the heaviness of that type of formula.

It removes dirt, oil, and buildup thoroughly, too. Does it prevent hair fall? I haven't noticed the prevention part, but my hair does look like it has more volume. For P180 a bottle, I'm pretty happy with this. I feel like my hair is a lot less stressed whenever I use this.

The Moringa-O² Herbal Conditioner (P180 for 200ml) is something I use less often. I don't apply conditioners regularly anyway, since they usually weigh down my hair. Once or twice a week is enough for me! The Moringa-O² conditioner pairs well with the shampoo, naturally. It revitalizes my hair when it starts to feel dry.

I feel that the argan oil helps to nourish and strengthen my hair. I love AO for my skin so I'm pleased that argan-infused hair products also work for me. I hear some break out from this particular ingredient - do you?

Finally, I've got the Moringa-O² Herbal Hair Relaxing Serum++ (P200 for 55ml). This is a leave-on product that helps tame frizz and flyaways without the stiffness. It smooths out hair nicely and never feels greasy. It's pretty nice! It feels very similar to my HG Kerastase hair serum which costs around 2.000 bucks.

You'll remember that I loved the MoringaO2 Malunggay Herbal Therapy Oil in the green bottle. This is a richer version of it specifically for the hair!

It has a stronger sweet fruity floral scent though, so I suppose it also functions as a hair fragrance. That's good news if you love the scent, but not so good if you don't. As always, it comes down to preference. I don't mind the fragrance personally. ^_^

This can be used on damp or dry hair. A little goes a long way, so apply sparingly and only at the middle-to-tip parts of your hair.

Overall, I'm happy with the Moringa-O² Herbal hair line. They're affordable and they work as promised; they're also a great alternative to more harsh commercial products. ^_^  

Moringa O2 is available in leading supermarkets, department stores and drugstores nationwide. | MoringaO2 on Facebook

Swatched: Smashbox Double Exposure Eyeshadow Palette

Morning guys! This review was supposed to be part of my post on the new Smashbox bases but since that ran over 800 words, I thought it's best to write a separate one for the palette. The Smashbox Double Exposure Palette (~P2,500 in Beauty Bar) is a set of 14 eyeshadows that are designed to be used both dry and wet. When dry, the eyeshadows deliver a smooth layer of color, but it's when water is added that the pigments really shine.

There are six cool shades, two non-colors (white and black), and six warm shades. It's a good selection of colors that are as striking as they are wearable, but don't expect anything you haven't seen yet. If you have an extensive eyeshadow collection then this might not be a must-have per se, but if you're just starting out or want something comprehensive yet compact enough then this is def worth checking out.

I love the warm shades, particularly Fig, a dusty deep mauve, and Copper, the perfect rich reddish brown for those one-color shadow days. Quartz and Flushed are pretty lid washes! This isn't to say that I don't like the cool colors; the blues and purples look fabulous on my eyes, particularly Midnight and Temper. I do wish that Smashbox included a light matte brown or tan blending color. That would keep me from having to pick up another palette just to soften my eye look.

Used Temper on my lids, followed byCopper on the crease. I added a bit of Noir on the outer-v then popped Haze right in the center of the lids. Finished off the look by placing Veil on my brow bone.

Used Temper on my lids, followed byCopper on the crease. I added a bit of Noir on the outer-v then popped Haze right in the center of the lids. Finished off the look by placing Veil on my brow bone.

The box is cardboard and feels very sturdy. I wish that it was flatter though; it's rather bulky at the base. This bulkiness prevents it from being travel-friendly. This is a studio palette for sure! The double-ended brush is okay - it would've been great if the brush hairs were not so stiff. Maybe I just need to use and wash it several times? I have to see to that.

Overall, I've been enjoying the Smashbox Double Exposure Palette ever since I got it. While the colors won't set your pants on fire, they are reliable, richly pigmented, and stays on well even without primer. With a wet brush they become even more stunning! ^_^ Go for it if you're looking for a well-put together palette for home or studio use. 

How's the week so far? Hope the gloomy weather isn't getting you down!

Softener, moisturizer, and serum in one: The Kracie Hadabisei All in One Mask

My, my, I'm a font of great skincare finds lately. I have so many new favorite things! It usually takes me a while to warm up to the idea alone of using new skincare but I'm feeling bold lately. Fortunately my *ehem* courage paid off. Expect to see some rave reviews of a few facial washes, a gel moisturizer, and mud mask in the very near future. (Hope you've seen my review of my latest HG sunscreen by the way.)

Today I'd like to talk about the Kracie Hadabisei All in One Mask (P795 for 40 sheets, available in Beauty Bar). This is different from all the other masks I've tried because it's actually meant to be used everyday. Yes, everyday, not twice or thrice a week like a normal mask. It can even be used twice a day! This is designed in lieu of skincare rather than an additional step. Ah, the Japanese. What will we ever do without 'em.

Kracie claims that this mask is your softener (or face lotion), moisturizer, and serum in one. This can be slapped on right after facial wash and toner, although I skip toner as I feel that this mask can also cover that step.

I don't use this everyday as I have so many things I've been trying out, but I use it often enough, say three to four times a week...usually when I'm feeling lazy to bother with my normal skincare routine haha. I like how it leaves my skin feeling smooth, hydrated, and nourished. It really does feel like I layered several products on instead of just one! I'm not surprised as the essence in the mask contains hyaluronic acid, collagen, and loads of fruit and plant extracts. It's basically like a booster shot for the skin.

Once it dries, there is no heavy feeling on the skin. Expect a touch of oiliness though, as if you applied a light face oil. You can pat this away with tissue if you're not comfortable then you can go ahead and apply sunscreen followed by makeup in the AM with no trouble.

Unlike other masks, the Kracie Hadabisei mask only needs face time for about 10 minutes. You can move on with your life quickly - very important! It's also comparatively affordable at P20/sheet; most masks clock in at P50 per piece. It's going to be costly if you intend to use it twice a day everyday since that'd be an easy 800 bucks for 20 days only, of course. However if you're looking for a cheaper mask that you can use more often than anything else in the market and not be disappointed by the results, this is a good buy!

I mean, at four times a week usage, one pack of 40 sheets is good for 10 weeks, or about two and a half months. Pwede na!

Shallow, but one of the reasons I like this mask is that it's cute! The cutouts on the eyes and mouth are like panda face-shaped haha.

Shallow, but one of the reasons I like this mask is that it's cute! The cutouts on the eyes and mouth are like panda face-shaped haha.

I like to store my opened pack in the fridge to keep the essence fresh and to give the mask a cooling feel. The pack stands on its own and doesn't take up much space since it's pretty flat; I'm not fond of the ziplock though. It doesn't always stay closed, which can lead the essence to dry out too quickly. Always make sure that the pack is sealed before you leave it in the refrigerator, ok! And only grab a mask with clean hands so as not to contaminate the rest. The masks are not sealed individually.

Overally, I highly recommend the Kracie Hadabisei All in One Mask to anyone who loves masking up. It's particularly handy for lazy daisies who sometimes just want to slap on something quickly  while still reaping the benefits of a full routine. If you like having your skin feel like you carefully layered several products without the effort in veritas, this if made for you (and me!). ^_^

Does this sound like a mask you can get behind? Sound off in the comments!

You can find Kracie inside Beauty Bar. The brand is distributed by Beauty Box Corp.

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New from Smashbox: Photo Filter Creamy Powder Foundation and the CC Spot Concealer

I'm vain enough to want to look good while I'm playing tennis, which means that I always have at least eyebrows, lipstick, and my base on whenever I'm in court. I can't help myself! The challenge though is finding products that will actually stay put after a hundred balls and buckets of sweat later. Lucky me that Smashbox Philippines sent me their newest foundation and concealer some weeks back. I swear they're so good that they can survive an uber sweaty training session! 

Let's start with the new Smashbox CC Spot Concealer (P1,200). This is a highly pigmented, extremely water-resistant liquid concealer. It's so pigmented that a tiny dot is all you need to cover up an extra dark and/or red blemish. This is reinforced by the pointed, felt-tip applicator, much like an eyeliner's. It's bendy so you won't painfully poke yourself but it affords you the precision you need and will not waste precious product.

The texture of the product is runny - it's watery off the tube, but it dries quickly. Emphasis on quickly! Once it sets in about 15 seconds, you won't be able to blend it anymore. This is why you have to work fast with this concealer. Once you dot it, you must pat it down to blend immediately. Otherwise you'll be left with rather solid dots on your face, haha.

You also have to be careful about keeping this capped tightly at all times. The thin runny product could seep out easily if you lay the tube to its side.

As for the shade match, I found a fairly good match in Light Medium. It's half a step lighter than I would like for my spots, but it's easily covered up by the right shade of powder foundation. Btw, this is exclusively a spot concealer. It's too heavy for eyebags!

All that being said, the Smashbox CC Spot Concealer is a major winner for me. It's perfect for those with seriously oily skin, deep blemishes and scars, or (in my case) those engaging in sporty and/or sweaty activities. It will stay on with zero fading during the day, and only minimal fading after an intense workout. I just wish that there's more product in the tube (just 2.26 grams!) but then again you really just need a shockingly tiny amount per use. 

Try this if you need a reliable heavy coverage spot concealer!

Loving the sleek matte compact

Loving the sleek matte compact

The first time I touched the Smashbox Photo Filter Creamy Powder Foundation (P1,950) I honestly thought that it was a cream foundation. It was so velvety to the point of feeling wet to the touch! I was surprised to find out that it's actually powder - not quite anything I've tried before. The texture of this foundation is so smooth and light that it's almost hard to believe that it can pack in a punch when it comes to coverage and staying power.

Technology, guys.

Anyway, this particular foundation is created with light-diffusing polymers that will blur out imperfections and make skin look photogenic - yes, even without filters. This is true. This foundation can make skin look like I'm wearing three layers of makeup (to my eye): a liquid foundation, a powder foundation, and an HD finishing powder. It does look great on camera!

I apply about two thin layers to get heavy coverage. I use a buffing brush to get even application instead of the thin sponge this comes with. However, come retouch time, I use the sponge for convenience.

Here I'm wearing the Smashbox CC Spot Concealer + Photo Filter foundation in Shade 2. It's a good medium yellow shade match, but like the concealer it's just a tad lighter than I prefer. It looks great nonetheless; I'm just being fussy!

Here I'm wearing the Smashbox CC Spot Concealer + Photo Filter foundation in Shade 2. It's a good medium yellow shade match, but like the concealer it's just a tad lighter than I prefer. It looks great nonetheless; I'm just being fussy!

More important to my purposes though is that this stays on my skin even after an intense round of tennis training. Yes, it does fade, but it fades evenly and it doesn't transfer to my towel when I pat my face. I can still see some left over after the work out. It will of course perform better under normal circumstances - it's perfect for events and long days at work!

So yes, do try the Smashbox Photo Filter Creamy Powder Foundation if you're looking for matte, medium to heavy coverage that's absolutely photogenic. This also will not disappoint in terms of staying power! ^_^ It only has SPF10 so it will not have a white cast should you need to wear it in anything involving flash photography. 

Lemme know what you think as always!

You can find Smashbox inside Beauty Bar and at shop.beautybar.com.ph.

My new HG face sunscreen: Bioré Aqua Rich Watery Essence SPF50 PA++++

You can't possibly miss Bioré if you've been to a beauty drugstore chain in Japan. It's prominently featured among the dizzying selection of skincare and tools probably right when you enter. It's that popular! I actually bought the Bioré Aqua Rich Watery Essence SPF50 PA++++ (P420) the first time I went to Tokyo two years ago. Alas, I did not use it for some stupid reason, which I now regret, because THIS STUFF IS SO AWESOME. It's now my Holy Grail sunscreen for my face!

Bioré is recently back again in the Philippines and distributed by Vibelle Corporation, the same distributor of Jergens and Caronia. It's already available in most drugstores like Watsons and PCX. This makes me so happy, because not only is the Aqua Rich so affordable, it's also easily available! No need to go to Japan, Hong Kong, or Singapore. I even saw the brand in the Watsons in SM Aura which is nearest to me.

Now, I just started using this sunscreen about three weeks ago and I am madly, deeply in love with it. It has an ultra-light gel texture, a cooling sensation, and absolutely no white cast. It has a mostly matte, bit of a powdery feel when you touch your face. It has no sunscreen scent. It smells very faintly of alcohol as it's water and alcohol-based.

I did not break out from this sunscreen at all. In fact, I felt my skin started to feel more supple and clear when I started using it! That must be due to the hyaluronic acid, citrus and fruit extracts, and the castor oil in the formula. I love that the SPF is high at 50 with considerable UVA protection as well.

The Bioré Aqua Rich wears well under makeup - an important consideration if you put on quite a bit like I do. It's almost like a primer since it has that powdery, smoothing finish. If you don't wear makeup, this won't make you look like a grease ball. It's so weightless and light in texture that you won't feel it on your skin at all unlike other sunscreens. It also doesn't contribute to my natural oiliness during the day.

Bioré Aqua Rich Watery Essence on my bare face

Bioré Aqua Rich Watery Essence on my bare face

My HG sunscreen before this costs over P2,500 so yes I'm very happy that I finally found a drugstore alternative I can stand by forealz. I've tried many, many drugstore sunscreens before and they work okay, but I always came back to my expensive fave. No more! Now there's Bioré!

So yup massive rave. If you have oily to combi skin and want a weightless, cast-less sunscreen, you have to try the Bioré Aqua Rich Watery Essence SPF50 PA++++. I don't think you'll regret it! If you have dry skin though you might want to go with something more creamy. Bioré has other types of sunscreen available locally so there should be one for different skin types. Just make sure to check it in Watsons, Unimart Greenhills, Rustans Supermarket, Robinsons Supermarket, PCX Personal Collection, and Landmark.

Have I convinced you? I hope I convinced you! It's been a while since I've found an HG to add to my shelf. I will definitely purchase this once I run out!

For list of Bioré outlets and other inquiries, visit their Facebook page at : www.facebook.com/BiorePH or follow them at https://twitter.com/BiorePHL and https://instagram.com/bioreph/

The gadget for soft feet that you don’t know about yet

Let’s talk about feet. Are you happy with yours? I’ve learned to accept that mine aren’t going to look curved and long like a model’s, but I am pleased by their smallness and softness. I’ve never had to deal with callouses or rough spots so I’m lucky enough to have soft soles! Well, until recently. Lately, I’ve noticed that a deep groove has developed on my left foot and it feels tough on the edges. It’s a small thing, I mean I won’t die if it stays there forever - but I’ve always been proud of my soft soles. It rather bothers me to feel it whenever I touch my feet. 

It’s so timely that I got the Scholl Velvet Smooth Express Pedi (P1,685) to try. It’s an electronic foot file that’s designed to give you beautiful, smooth skin after one use. It features a specially- designed Micralumina roller head for effective yet gentle removal of hard skin. It works by rubbing away rough skin in minutes, saving you many trips to the nail salon. It’s easy to use: just clean your feet, switch it on, roll it all over until the surface feels smooth, rinse and then apply foot cream if you wish. 

The roller head feels like a rough nail file. At first I thought I’d get ticklish whenever I use it but, surprisingly, I wasn’t at all! There wasn’t any discomfort. Gross details time: I saw the skin flying away like dust when I first used this. I observed the results after about 5 minutes of filing down each foot patiently. That groove on my left foot that bothered me? It has been smoothed down significantly! There’s still some hardness to it but I imagine it will be gone after repeated uses of the Scholl Express Pedi. 

The unit comes with four batteries already, and you can get replacement roller heads for P550 (set of two heads). You can wash the rollers to remove any skin buildup; simply detach the head first before washing. It’s important to remember that you must use the Scholl machine on completely dry feet - if it’s damp, the file won’t be able to polish down the rough skin. Avoid cream until after you’re done so as to get the best results.

Go try the Scholl Velvet Smooth Express Pedi if you love taking care of your feet and want to save some time and money going to a nail salon. It’s also a good buy if you like manually filing your feet; it’ll certainly save some time, and is a lot more thorough! You can find it inside selected Watsons stores. ^_^

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