Monday, November 17, 2014

Introducing the New Look of Shu Uemura, Powerplant Mall

Shu Uemura, the well-renowned make Japanese makeup brand, has revamped its flagship store in Powerplant Mall showcasing the new look of the brand. Inspired by Tokyo, the store now looks vibrant, sensorial and alive, with everything interactive, colorful and dynamic.

The vibe in the store feels different! The new environment allows customers to explore and try the products from the brand. The feel of Tokyo is very present -- from the color down to dynamism. 

During the exclusive event, guests were joined by the ShuMASTERS in a walk-through the six (6) key sections of the store: ShuATELIER, ShuSKIN, ShuLASH, ShuBEST, ShuLIVE, and ShuGIFT.


At the heart of the store is the ShuATELIER which showcases all makeup products of Shu Uemura. The area allows customers to try the products by themselves without being intimidated.


ShuSKIN highlights the skincare products of the brand. It has the best-selling cleansing oils and moisturizers. 

In the ShuLASH section, customers get to discover the iconic collection of Shu Uemura eyelashes. From the most natural-looking ones to those grand and festive ones, Shu Uemura definitely has it.


Customers can watch behind-the-scenes videos and makeup demonstrations of Kakuyasu Uchiide, International Artistic Director of Shu Uemura, and the rest of the team in the ShuLIVE section.

Gifts with purchase? Shu Uemura still has it in the ShuGIFT area. Customers can readily look at collector's items, limited editions and new collections being showcased at this area!

Don't have enough time to walk around the store? No worries, the store has an area where the brand showcases the bests and must-haves from the brand.

With all these in tow, the store is set to deliver a more exciting and fun beauty experience! Visit the Shu Uemura at 2F Powerplant Mall and experience the Tokyo feel of the store!

♥ Jes ♥

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Monday, November 10, 2014

Current Skincare Routine

After the traumatic skin issue I underwent and with all these scars left on my face, I now I am not in the best position to share with you my skincare routine. But my heart was telling me that you are worthy to know what products helped me in battling with the issue and what products are worth using and are safe to the skin after my skin problem. So here you go!
After the skin issue I had, I became picky with the skin products I used. Come on, burnt skin was hell! After a good run of topical and oral medications, my skin is now healed. Not totally, though. I still have scars to deal with but nonetheless, everything was fine. My skin is no longer tight. No more traces of burns can be seen. No more itchy spots and zits. Without the scars, I can say that my skin is back.

I had to completely change my skincare routine to make sure no products will cause me irritations. And after weeks of using it, I am glad to say that these products help my skin recuperate. Without further ado, let me present to you my current skincare warriors!

These are the products I use in an everyday basis, except the Cure Natural Aqua Gel which I use once a week. So far, everything is working fine on my now delicate skin. 

Skincare Routine: DAY

For the day routine, I make sure my skin is well-moisturized and well-protected.

Burt's Bees Daisy White Facial Cleanser, Facial Toner and Moisturizing Cream
Since I have to make sure that routine is starred with safe and effective products, I decided to make the half of it are is 99% natural. If you would notice, I have 3 Burt's Bees in my routine. That is how serious I am to going sides with natural, safe and effective products. The Burt's Bees Daisy White line, formulated with Daisy Extract, is clinically proven to brighten skin and help diminish the appearance of pigmentation and discoloration. The effects may not be seen dramatically but I can attest how this set slowly works on the scars and blemishes I have on my face.

The facial cleanser (Php 795.00) is very gentle on the skin. It removes light makeup and makes the skin feel soft and supple. The facial toner (Php795) is so-so in my opinion. It helps in further removing makeup and makes my skin feel refresh. The funky smell makes it off for me but nevertheless, it works okay. My favorite in the bunch is definitely the moisturizing cream (Php 1650)It moisturizes my skin very well that lasts for the whole day. It is lightweight and non-greasy. For some reasons, I feel that it works great as a primer. I just wish it has some SPF in its bag too.

Shiseido Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate
I cannot thank Sampleroom enough for introducing this product to me. I use it after cleansing my face as an overall serum. Immediately after use, I notice that my skin feel soft and supple. It helps in defending the skin from signs of aging, environmental factors and stress. A bit expensive, yes, but it is worth it! I am sure going to save up for a full-sized of this baby!

L'Oreal Revitalift V-Shaper
My face has been big and puffy, thanks to broad jaws and pig-out sessions. This may sound too pathetic, but I fully rely to L'Oreal Revitalift V-Shaper in making my face look slim and sculpted. This serum is formulated with Pro-Tensium and Anti-Puffiness system (caffeine and Escin) which help in micro-circulation and eliminating puffiness in the skin. To enhance product's efficacy, I apply it on my face in a downward, massaging motion. It's effectiveness is yet to be seen, but I love how it makes my think that my face is thin just by using it. I hope it prevent my face from showing signs of weight gain. :)

Belo SunExpert Face Cover SPF 40
Though I am in an airconditioned room most of the time, I make sure I pack my skin with UV rays protection. I am loving the Belo SunExpert line simply because they are lightweight and non-greasy. Sunblocks adds a layer of protection on the skin to stop the UV rays from adding signs of aging onto the skin and given that my skin turned to be delicate and sensitive, I need all the protection there is. 

Skincare Routine: NIGHT

My night skincare routine is not as complicated as my day routine. It consists mainly of L'Oreal Revitalift V-Shaper, Shiseido Ibuki Refining Moisturizer Enriched and an eye cream.

Shiseido Ibuki Refining Moisturizer Enriched
This moisturizer is more intensive and heavier compared to the Burt's Bees Moisturizer Cream, thus, I use it as a night cream. It moisturizes my skin very well, making it look fresh in the morning.The formulation it has helps in correcting discolorations too!

Eye Cream

Using an eye cream when you reach your twenties is a must. Eye creams help in hydrating the area around the eyes and preventing collagen damage. Early signs of aging show in the eye area so make sure to be equipped with the best weapons. Lately, I am loving the Philosophy Eye Hope. It works well in hydrating and moisturizing the delicate undereye area while it battles with my dark circles.


On days hormones start to kick, I include the Belo Essentials Acne Pro Pimple-Fighting Gel Face Wash and Pimple Gel in my routine. These work awesome, believe me. Check out my review of these products HERE.


Once a week, I exfoliate my skin and my favorite exfoliant of all time, hands down, is the Cure Natural Aqua Gel. Its formulation gently gets rid of dry cells making the skin look brighter and smoother. Read my review of this product HERE.

This is how my skin looks now. Scars are still visible but I am positive that those will be gone in no time. What happened to my skin weeks ago was tough and I no longer want my skin to undergo the same trial again. The scars I now have in my skin are constant reminders that I should only trust and use products that are safe and effecttive. Lesson learned, indeed. 

Looking at the bright side of this incident, I can not truthfully test the coverage of face makeup! Stay tuned for my reviews of foundations, BB creams and face powders!

♥ Jes ♥

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Tony Moly Luminous Baby Aura CC Balm

Before my skin condition went berserk, I was in the midst of trying new face products and one of the many I was trying and loving then was the Tony Moly Luminous Baby Aura CC Balm

I am not so much of a fan of CC creams. Though I like the luminosity it gives the skin, I find most to be too white and too luminous for my liking. Honestly, I was a bit apprehensive in trying the Tony Moly Luminous Baby Aura CC Balm but the uniqueness of its packaging got me. 

Unlike the usual CC creams,  the Tony Moly Luminous Baby Aura CC Balm comes in a cute pact. It claims to be a 5-in-1 product -- primer, moisturizer, pore filler, bb cream and aura effect. The product has 2 swirls: the beige is the actual CC cream and the white is the moisturizer. 

I got the shade Natural Beige. The beige swirl looks perfect on my skin but once it mixes with the moisturizer, it becomes a tad white for me. Still bearable, though. It gives my skin a nice coverage in just one layer. Layering it up covers most of my skin's blemishes. The finish is semi-matte but it gives a luminous effect making the skin appear smooth and glowing.

Left: without | Right: with one layer of Tony Moly Luminous Baby Aura CC Balm

I LIKE that it ...
  • comes in a compact.
  • is travel-friendly.
  • has a sponge that works is perfect for the job. The compact also has a mirror!
  • gives a nice coverage.
  • stays on for long hours, about 5-7 hours on my skin.
  • makes my skin look glowing and luminous.
  • is able to cover minor skin blemishes.
  • easy to apply.
  • can be used as a primer.
  • is moisturizing on the skin.
  • is lightweight.
  • doesn't feel greasy.
  • is available in all Tony Moly stores for Php948.00.

I DON'T LIKE that it ...
  • has no SPF.

This is how the Tony Moly Luminous Baby Aura CC Balm fares on me. I love using it as an under eye concealer because it highlights the area making my face look awake and radiant. It doesn't crease too! Since the shade Natural Beige look a bit white on me, I balance the look with a bronzer. For a flawless finish, using concealer on blemishes might still be needed. In my case, I am pretty good with the coverage it gives.

The Tony Moly Luminous Baby Aura CC Balm did change my view on CC creams. This compact is now a staple in my everyday kit and I can't wait to have my skin totally healed so I can use this baby again!

For more information, visit Tony Moly Philippines' official website at Like Tony Moly Philippines on Facebook, follow @tonymolyph on Twitter and Instagram for more updates and promos.

♥ Jes ♥

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Himalaya Herbals on Sampleroom!

Sampleroom has definitely aced it in letting consumers try the gems in the market, for FREE by the way, first before actually getting full-sized products. Himalaya Herbals has been in the Philippines since July 2013 but it was just recently that I got to know and use these personal care products. All thanks to Sampleroom for having a good run of these products!

Himalaya Herbals product range consists of facial washes, creams, moisturizers and toothpaste. It is not another personal care brand in the market because their products contain 100% Herbal Actives and are highly effective and safe. 

Soon, I'll be raving about the Gentle Exfoliating Daily Face Wash, my favorite in the bunch. For now, head over to Sampleroom to get yourself a sample of these products for FREE


♥ Jes ♥

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Monday, October 27, 2014

BYS Pro: Budget-friendly PRO-level makeup!

Are you lusting over pro makeup but don't have the budget for it? Fret not, BYS got you covered! Just recently, to celebrate their 2nd year in the Philippines, BYS released a line of professional level makeup within the reach of all makeup enthusiasts.

One of the biggest strengths of the brand is its ability to develop new products and take them to market at an affordable price. It is the story behind their Pro Makeup line. In the celebration of BYS 2nd year in the Philippine market, the brand introduced their newest products that are at par with performance but retailed at a fraction of the price of better-known brands.

Among the new products that rolled in BYS outlets were the following:

Foundation Primers

Photo from BYS Philippines' Facebook page

Lip Tars

Lip Colour Sticks

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Photo from BYS Philippines' Facebook page
Here's Earth giving the new eyeliner a try!

And my heart skipped when I saw this cheek palette. I am so getting this!

BYS has indeed proven that it is possible to produce innovative products without those crazy products. Check out BYS in Watsons and SM stores and get your hands on these pro-level makeup!


♥ Jes ♥

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