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    The Estee Edit⎜New Beauty Brand

    I’ve been very keen on the development of The Estee Edit because 1) I love Estee Lauder as a brand, 2) because I love Irene Kim (ireneisgood on Instagram), and finally 3) it’s Kendall Jenner. All that put together was a good enough reason to pick up a few things when they finally were brought out in SephoraRead more

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    My Beauty Picks #5⎪February

    February has been about missing the summer. Makeup was all about orange. It involved constant obsession with Giorgio Armani‘s lip pencil in no. 6, a hot vibrant orange. You can read more about it here. If you pair that with the Hourglass “Muse”, which is a neon coral, you’ll get that perfect summer shade. 
    As for blush, Shu Uemura blush [read here] in “Soft Orange 542” has hit home run for me. Orange has a tendency to make you look tan-n-er but because this particular shade is so light, it has the affect of brightening the face. I recommend to people who are tan, and are afraid that this might be too light. What I love about it is that the color stay power is amazing! You know how makeup gets oxidized throughout the day, and soon the color you saw when you first applied by the end of the day, looks like a different color? Well, this blush is amazing because the color you first see is the last color you’ll see before you take it off!

    MAC eyeshadows are still a bit daunting. There’s just so many to try, use, experiment with. I’m slowly getting a feel for what suits me. I find that it’s not enough to go off recommendations, but to really try them and see if they suit your skin tone. Two particular eyeshadows have been en pointe for me. First is the MAC “Soba” which is a brown-tan gold-shimmer eyeshadow. Perfect for defining the eyes without making you look like you have too much going on. It’s soft, and it’ll do the slight defining you need- and sometimes LESS IS MORE. You add mascara to your eyes, and you are set. 
    Another shade that I’ve been loving wearing on its own is MAC “Paradisco”. Such. a. pretty. shade. I would’ve never imagined picking this one out of their many colors to buy! After much research and swatches, seeing it on people with similar skin tone as me, I went for it. Although it looks like a scary pink-red, when you swatch it you’ll see how soft it is. What I do is dust this all over my lids, very lightly. What you get is the no-makeup-makeup-look. A soft eye that has a slight pink but barely there look, and somehow, it works. If you want something natural yet feminine, try this one out! I love the effects of it so much. 
    Then, for the final summer-reminsciencing product. Burberry Sheer Concealer No.2. Not only is the color highlighting, but something in it (pearls maybe?) helps the face look young, glowing, and healthy. Gotta love that, right? 

    In terms of skincare, I’ve got to give a round of applause to two particular products: IPKN “Pore Fresh Cleansing Foam”. Best detoxifying cleanser by far! I got off of foaming cleansers after the beauty world has informed the world how bad foaming cleansers can be on the skin. I went for gel cleansers, balms, oils, etc., But what I took this product out for a try, I put the rest of my mild cleansers away. Because, this did the job. I haven’t used clay masks ever since. There was no need to, because this did what cleansers are supposed to do.
    Take the guck out. 
    Another product that blew me away unexpectedly was Mario Badescu‘s “Drying Cream”. [read here] I mean, I know Mario Badescu always gets it right, but I didn’t expect it to get it this right. I don’t know how it does what it does, but it’s a miracle product. It gets all those fine oily bumps on your face. It does, I swear. This cream kind of soaks up all the nasty oil heads, and soon you are left with a clean bump less layer of skin! I usually apply this only at time, since it is a thick consistency- even when you put very little on. You take a little, rub until invisible. Your face gets a bit white because of the product. You sleep, wake up the next day with a smooth skin. Within two days, small little bumps were gone. 
    I call that a miracle. 

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    ATOMY: Again Serum

    For the troubled, sensitive, dehydrated skins! Read on: 
    Excuse the over-exposed flash. Not a single picture of this product came out well 🙁

    I always feel cautious when writing about skincare. The thing about skin, especially for those who have troubled skin, is that the skin continuously evolves and changes through season, age, and well… hormones. That means, a product that may have lifted your skin from the depths of despair, may probably be a futile product for you a year from now. Hence, to swear by a skincare product is a very cautious deal.

    Therefore, this product I am introducing in this post is something that has helped me immensely these past few weeks. However, depending on the climate of where you live and what “type” of skin you have at the present moment, this will make matters different for each and every one of you.

    So, what is this product that has been the most reached and loved skincare these past few weeks? It is ATOMY‘s “Again Serum” from their Calming System range. Atomy is a Korean brand that sells body and skincare products. They have recently launched their luxury skincare lines, and of them is their Calming System range. It is specially made for those with extra sensitive and troubled skin. Someone introduced me to these products at the peak of my “sensitive and troubled” skin period.

    The Calming System comes with a toner and a lotion, and of course, this serum. I have used all of the toner and lotion without a chance of reviewing them. What was left was this serum, and what I really want to talk about is, in fact just this serum. Their entire line has this citrus scent to it, and instinctively I thought it would be troubling on my skin (citrus acid). But on the contrary, for products with such a strong citrus scent, they were absolutely calming on my skin, even on days when I had done chemical/enzyme peeling on my face.

    Of late, my skin has become immensely dehydrated. On top of being oily, I also felt constantly dry. I was spraying facial mists all throughout the day, but nothing would help the feeling of a cracked dry skin! After trying a bunch of facial oils, I thought I needed something water-based and truly hydrating. The only thing I could think of was a serum, and the only serum I had at the time was this.

    The reason why I had this leftover and not the toner and lotion was because according to the directions these products come in, the serum was supposed to be used very little at first then gradually used more and more. I thought, by reading the directions, this was some super sensitive stuff. Hence, I had put it off. But in need of a serum, I tried using this and goodness! My skin was instantly hydrated. Instantly!

    It is truly water-based so it feels so light. It also has a citrus scent and is a bit orange too. You put it on after toner, then finish it off with a cream or lotion. The next day, my face had a glean of hydration and radiation! It worked extra well with my Mario Badescu night creams. It helped anything on top of this serum to actually sink DEEP into my skin. You know how oils or creams can sometimes feel like it is just sitting on top of your skin or just skin-deep? The outer layer may look hydrated, but it doesn’t feel like it’s soaked your entire empidermia? Well, this completely changed that!

    My breakouts diminished, and most of all, my face felt comfortable. I didn’t see my makeup crack or my skin looking tense or troubled. As you know, hydration has nothing to do with oiliness. But it did help unnecessary oil buildup, and just, I could not be more impressed!

    I am also finished with it. I have made my sister use it to get her aspect of things, but unfortunately, she hasn’t used it consistently so I have no reliable feedback from her. But as for me, this has been more than pleasing. Whether in the coming summer, this would be continuously work well, I’d have to see. But so far, it has been oh-so-pert!

    Though ATOMY is a Korean skincare brand, you can buy it here or read more about it here.

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    ATOMY: Again Serum

    For the troubled, sensitive, dehydrated skins! Read on: 
    Excuse the over-exposed flash. Not a single picture of this product came out well 🙁

    I always feel cautious when writing about skincare. The thing about skin, especially for those who have troubled skin, is that the skin continuously evolves and changes through season, age, and well… hormones. That means, a product that may have lifted your skin from the depths of despair, may probably be a futile product for you a year from now. Hence, to swear by a skincare product is a very cautious deal.

    Therefore, this product I am introducing in this post is something that has helped me immensely these past few weeks. However, depending on the climate of where you live and what “type” of skin you have at the present moment, this will make matters different for each and every one of you.

    So, what is this product that has been the most reached and loved skincare these past few weeks? It is ATOMY‘s “Again Serum” from their Calming System range. Atomy is a Korean brand that sells body and skincare products. They have recently launched their luxury skincare lines, and of them is their Calming System range. It is specially made for those with extra sensitive and troubled skin. Someone introduced me to these products at the peak of my “sensitive and troubled” skin period.

    The Calming System comes with a toner and a lotion, and of course, this serum. I have used all of the toner and lotion without a chance of reviewing them. What was left was this serum, and what I really want to talk about is, in fact just this serum. Their entire line has this citrus scent to it, and instinctively I thought it would be troubling on my skin (citrus acid). But on the contrary, for products with such a strong citrus scent, they were absolutely calming on my skin, even on days when I had done chemical/enzyme peeling on my face.

    Of late, my skin has become immensely dehydrated. On top of being oily, I also felt constantly dry. I was spraying facial mists all throughout the day, but nothing would help the feeling of a cracked dry skin! After trying a bunch of facial oils, I thought I needed something water-based and truly hydrating. The only thing I could think of was a serum, and the only serum I had at the time was this.

    The reason why I had this leftover and not the toner and lotion was because according to the directions these products come in, the serum was supposed to be used very little at first then gradually used more and more. I thought, by reading the directions, this was some super sensitive stuff. Hence, I had put it off. But in need of a serum, I tried using this and goodness! My skin was instantly hydrated. Instantly!

    It is truly water-based so it feels so light. It also has a citrus scent and is a bit orange too. You put it on after toner, then finish it off with a cream or lotion. The next day, my face had a glean of hydration and radiation! It worked extra well with my Mario Badescu night creams. It helped anything on top of this serum to actually sink DEEP into my skin. You know how oils or creams can sometimes feel like it is just sitting on top of your skin or just skin-deep? The outer layer may look hydrated, but it doesn’t feel like it’s soaked your entire empidermia? Well, this completely changed that!

    My breakouts diminished, and most of all, my face felt comfortable. I didn’t see my makeup crack or my skin looking tense or troubled. As you know, hydration has nothing to do with oiliness. But it did help unnecessary oil buildup, and just, I could not be more impressed!

    I am also finished with it. I have made my sister use it to get her aspect of things, but unfortunately, she hasn’t used it consistently so I have no reliable feedback from her. But as for me, this has been more than pleasing. Whether in the coming summer, this would be continuously work well, I’d have to see. But so far, it has been oh-so-pert!

    Though ATOMY is a Korean skincare brand, you can buy it here or read more about it here.

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    BREAKOUTS!

    I haven’t been talking about skincare much. However, there are a few things here and there that are worth a bit of mention I feel! Of them is the following:

    During the end-of-the-year sale at SPACE NK, I went crazy. They were having an 80% sale on selected items and those items were pretty good. Apparently, I wasn’t the only one. I put about 15 items in my online basket and by the time I was ready to checkout, more than half of them were sold out. I mean, I’m talking about Tocca candles for $8. Seriously?!? But all the candles I added to my cart were never sent to me. They were instantly sold out. It sucked even more that I didn’t get to know I wouldn’t be getting it UNTIL the only batch I was to receive actually came, with that disappointing notice that the rest were gone. Okay, still I was able to pick up TWO of these Dr. Sebagh BREAKOUT powder and cream. I never heard of this before, but the title was good enough for me. Then I saw this thing was selling for about $90 and I thought… it must be of some good value, right? (a bit materialistic, I admit). But it was on a super sale… something like $30? Come on, it doesn’t hurt to try?

    So I received it, read the directions, and read up on some of the review. It seemed pretty fantastic. The cream is a really really thick cream. You are given about six(?) powder tubes. What you do is take about .5 powder and an equal amount of cream and mix it up together. Then you apply soothingly all over your face.

    The thick paste like consistency did not feel drying. I thought it would but surprisingly, my felt no tensing at all! And seriously, it keeps oil away. The next day after I applied this at night, I had less oil production! They recommend you use this cream and powder combination at night time. Then, during the day, since the cream might be too thick, you can mix a bit of powder with your own moisturizer. I’ve tried that too and it feels wonderful!

    Quoting from the website:

    Dr Sebagh says:

    Activate by mixing the powder with the cream to let this potent formula clear, calm & mattify a problem skin. For the best skin balancing results use Breakout Foaming Cleanser morning & night, and the Deep Exfoliating Mask twice a week.

    I don’t try to use it day and night, first because it’s pretty expensive and I just don’t know if I could afford this when it’s not on sale……. and second, because I have my usual daycare skincare. If anything, I use this when I feel especially oil or when my hormones are working up! I think this would be great in the summer, but I have yet to await the coming season.

    So far so great. Only problem? The price, but hey. If you’re up for something that keeps breakouts at bay, keeps oil levels down, and helps your overall skin… maybe this expensive combo is worth it!

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