Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Proactiv Daily Oil Control - Review, Photos, Swatches

Troubled with oily skin? You are not alone.

Living in a tropical country, having oily skin is pretty common. I have an oily/combination skin. My problem area is my T-zone (forehead, nose and chin). I also have some dry patches on the sides of my nose and the area on my forehead above my eyebrows, which makes my skin regimen a little more complicated. 

Having an oily T-zone really makes me depend on mattifying powders and oil blotting films. But sometimes, they are not enough. :( Because I also have dry patches, I have to balance out the mattifying products I use with my moisturizers. I recently found a skincare product that would help me with my battle against oiliness.

Proactiv Daily Oil Control is a non-comedogenic, oil-free product that helps in eliminating shine. How does it work? It gently balances the skin's oil levels, without totally stripping out the moisture. It still keeps the skin hydrated and healthy-looking without the shine. It's light, oil-free formula contains ingredients that are specially designed to reduce sebum levels while controlling acne blemishes.

The Proactiv Daily Oil Control is ideal for men and women with oily skin because it controls and balances the oil levels and gives a matte finish after using it. 

What are the benefits of using Proactiv Daily Oil Control?
1. It helps control oil and other impurities that may cause pores to clog.
2. It helps to add moisture to the skin without a greasy feel.
3. It helps control sebum production that can cause skin imperfections.
4. It helps prevent makeup from streaking throughout the day.

How do I use it?
With clean fingertips, I just apply a thin amount on my face after cleansing. But I only apply this on my T-zone. I avoid the areas with dry patches because they will be more apparent once I apply my makeup. Makeup is best applied on clean and moisturized skin, so I only use this on the areas that need oil control. It's gentle on my skin, no stinging at all. It has a clean light scent, almost unnoticeable. It also has a cooling feeling. It dries pretty fast, too. It turns matte a few seconds after application (see last photo below). It really helped in controlling and minimizing the oiliness of my T-zone, saving me from using a lot of oil blotting films daily.

How does it complement the Proactiv 3 Step System?

Just a thin layer of Daily Oil Control reduces excess facial oil and balances your skin's natural oil level to get rid of shine. It also keeps makeup from streaking and helps keep pores from clogging while it hydrates skin, so it's great for your complexion. Directions: Use after Repairing Treatment. Apply a thin layer to entire face with fingertips.

Just so you know, here are the key ingredients of this product:
Decylene Glycol – a highly effective moisturizer and oil controller
Silicone blend – provides a moisture barrier to soften, soothe, and hydrate the skin
Nylon-12 – absorbs excess oil, and provides anti-shine properties

Proactiv Daily Oil Control

PROS: mattifies the skin gently yet effectively, perfect for people with oily skin, doesn't irritate my skin, locally available, complements the Proactiv 3 Step System really well, can be used under makeup

CONS: I won't recommend it on dry patches or people with dry skin, a little pricey


 I will definitely repurchase! 

Where To Buy:
Proactiv Daily Oil Control, Php899 (50ml)

Proactiv Online Shopping: http://my.proactiv.com.ph

Proactiv Door-to-Door Delivery Hotlines:
Metro Manila Landline: (02) 729-2222
Globe Provincial: 1-800-8-729-8888
PLDT Provincial: 1-800-10-889-4444
Mobile No.: 0917-801-8888

Proactiv Mall Kiosks
Ground Floor, Glorietta 2 - Contact Number: (02) 388 2848
2nd Floor, Trinoma - Contact Number: (02) 380 3801
Ground Floor, Marquee Mall - Contact Number: 0935.834.1523

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Big Fish International: Exception Music Festival on Dec 14, 2013

On December 14, 2013, Saturday, get ready for  the second installment of the Philippines’ first and biggest outdoor music festival---SMART Music & SPINNR present EXCEPTION MUSIC FESTIVAL

The event is a project of BIG FISH International---the country’s leading dance event-organizing company. Set to take place at the Circuit Event Grounds in Makati City, the festival will feature some of the most major global artists in Electronic Dance Music (EDM) today. 

Headlining acts are Chicago-based group Krewella, who have recently gained popularity around the world for their club anthems, “Alive” and “Live For the Night”; the legendary songwriter and producer, Chicane, will also be performing his best known hits at the concert, live with his band. Other well-known artists set to grace the festival are Arty, Jes, Giuseppe Ottaviani, Solarstone, Menno de Jong, Estiva, Ashley Wallbridge, who came to the Philippines last year for Big Fish Summer Energy in Boracay, and DubVision, who performed in CLUB HAZE (BGC) last October 12 of this year.

This event is done in cooperation with the following:  Presentors SMART Music and SPINNR, Major Sponsor Folded & Hung, Official Residence Diamond Hotel, Official Music Channel MTV Asia, Official Media Partners: Mellow 94.7, Radio High 105.9, The Philippine Star, Business Mirror, Business World, Gala Magazine, UNO Magazine, Circuit Magazine, Clavel Magazine, ClicktheCity.com, PhilippineConcerts.com, Inquirer.net, PhilStar.com, Bworldonline.com, PEP.ph, Focalcast Network, Media Magnet, College Publication Partner The Benildean. Special thanks to: O Music & Video, Gold’s Gym, Police, Brothers Burger, and Stoked,Inc., and all our partner bloggers!

For EARLY TICKETS go to www.SMTickets.com or call (02) 470-2222. For VIP TABLES and other inquiries call theBIG FISH Hotline:  (02) 808-8080

For more information log on to www.ExceptionMusicFestival.com, or Facebook.com/ExceptionMusicFestival.Visit our Facebook pages: Exception Music Festival, BigFish International, and follow us on Twitter: @ExceptionMF, @BigFishManila. 


Saturday, November 30, 2013

Book Review | The Doctors’ Secrets to a Lifetime of Clear Skin by Drs.Katie Rodan

I've always loved reading short novels. To be more precise, I love reading stories wherein I can relate to, or somehow possible to happen to me. It's probably why those love stories that involve vampires don't appeal to me.

I do love reading books about tips or how-to's. They're very useful, practical and most of the time, works! I'm particularly loving this booklet "The Doctor's Secrets to a Lifetime of Clear skin" by Katy Rodan, M.D., and Katy Fields, M.D.

It's a short but packed with information that anyone will use. Some of them most of us know already, but a lot of them really made more sense and validate (or invalidate) some myths about skin care. This booklet is an easy-read guide with 30-doses of skin-care wisdom from the Stanford-trained dermatologist who revolutionized the treatment of acne by creating Proactiv Solution.

Some of my favorites are:

6: Turns out, you are what you eat... Sometimes.

We were told that by eating chocolate or something equally indulging will cause breakouts. Not necessarily true. It all depends in how we (our body) individually reacta to certain food.
My dermatologist for the longest time told me to stay away from shellfish, because Iodine can cause breakouts (it really affects our hormones, apparently). That really broke my heart because I love shrimp and mussels! :| But I found out, I can have them and not suffer with breakouts if I have them in moderation.

So my tip for you is before sacrificing food for the sake of vanity, try to jot down the food you eat (like a food diary). If you happen to experience breakouts because of a certain food, try staying away from it and see the difference.

20: Poor pores and follicle follies

I have BIG pores. Yes, I admit, and I've been battling with it ever since my teenage years. But what can I do? It's in my genes. Both of my parents have them, so it's something I will have to accept sooner or later. :|

My dermatologist told me the size of my pores don't matter, as long as it's not clogged up with too much oil ane dead cells. But my problem is, because they're big, they're not just embarassing, the size makes it more vulnerable to build-ups that causes pimples! :(

I read here that some topicals containing glycolic, salicylic acid or retinol can help tighten them up. I should probably try looking for some of those then.

There are so much more to share about this fabulous booklet, but I'd rather you enjoy it yourself. :)
This booklet comes FREE with every purchase of Proactiv 30-day or 60-day kit from Watsons, SM Department Stores, Proactiv mall kiosks, and Proactiv door-to-door delivery. The book is included in the kit, so you don't have to ask for it when you order.

It is fun to read! It's even perfect for people with short-attention span like me. Each item is short but complete, plus it doesn't use any boring or never-heard-of medical terms. I'm sure you'll enjoy it as much as I did. :)

Monday, November 18, 2013

"We Love Pastel" Launch at SM City North EDSA

Pastel colors have always been synonymous to fresh, girly, innocent and young. But the ever-changing and forever-innovating fashion world had spun pastels into a style statement that now also means bold, edgy and strong by putting them on hair: yes, pastel hair colors is what's hot right now.

The idea wasn't new to me at all given I have friends who are dyeing their hair quite often, sporting colors from lavender to blue. I'm also fascinated with Helga's hair so I'm an avid fan of hers. ;)

Now Filipinas are becoming more open-minded with new and liberating style ideas and statements. More and more women today are experimenting with their looks. Some are growing out their hair while some are chopping inches of them. We're no longer hindered by a specific mold or type of what is beautiful when it comes to hairstyle (or fashion). This liberation is so worth celebrating.

So why don't we push it a little further by introducing the idea of pastels as hair color? :)

SM City North EDSA and Watson's, together with partner brands, launched "We Love Pastel". This is an event dedicated to everyone - from beauty enthusiasts to professionals - to celebrate and embrace this fresh new trend of wearing non-conventional hair colors.

The launch started out with a mini fashion show on how ladies can sport pastel hair: from casual, bohemian, corporate to a semi-formal outfit. I particularly love the model with the blue hair because she reminds me of Katy Perry in California Girl. ;) The event was hosted by the very lovely Kim Jones.

Fashion bloggers Doms and Alyssa being interviewed by Kim.

Even Krispy Kreme came in the party all pastel-ed up! <3

I got so excited when I learned about this event. I've been dyeing my hair (lighter each time) for the past year. Right now, I'm donning Sparkling Blonde from Palty, which is one of the brands that's participating in this series of events. ;) 

I got to meet some of the lovely people from Palty Philippines. They instantly knew which shade I was wearing, and they proudly "showed me off" to their new clients. Hahaha! I even got to talk to some of their customers wherein I shared my experience with Palty.

Lucido-L, also a Japanese brand that I've been eyeing on,  did my Goldilocks-inspired curls for today. They used a heat-protectant serum that makes my hair more shiny the more I use a flat iron. Cool, right? 

My hair didn't feel greasy nor weighed down. I also love it's scent! This product definitely helped in keeping my curls in tact until I have to wash my hair. :)

Fashion blogger Alyssa is having her hair done. :)

David's Salon, the first legit salon I went to when I was just a teenager, was also there. :)

I failed to take a decent photo of their model who's sporting a straight black hair with fire engine red streaks! It was so badass.  I'm excited to get a color like that! Lol well at least let's start small like an ombre? Lol.

Revlon, Vidal Sassoon, L'oreal, Claire's and Tresemme was also there. :)

What I got to take home with me? Hair products and sweets overload!! <3

Please don't forget to drop by the We Love Pastel area at the SM City Center of SM City North EDSA. From November 15 to November 30, the latest hair dye products are available with promos and discounts. 

On November 23 and 30, a Pastel Hair Makeover in partnership with Watson's brands will take place. Style Me Pastel by David's Salon will happen November 22 and 29, it's a free hair makeover session with top stylists from David's Salon.

See you all there! <3

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Blonde Hair | Palty Sparkling Blonde Hair Color

Yes, I finally did it. I went ALL the way. I've finally succumb to my innermost desire when it comes to my hair: I'm finally sporting blonde hair, and I did it on my own. *pat on the back*

I was browsing the beauty section of Landmark Makati when I saw Palty. I've been familiar with this brand, firstly because it's Japanese (I'm such a sucker for Japanese products) and because I know how awesome and effective their hair coloring kits are. I've seen them in Hong Kong and online, and finally they're here.

I chose the lightest shade I could find, which is Sparkling Blonde. I always choos the lightest one because hair dyes tend to be a little darker on my once applied. My brother shrieked when he saw the box because it's sooo bright, I told him it wouldn't look that way at all. I WAS WRONG. But I'm so happy to be wrong this time. ;)

BEFORE dyeing my hair 

AFTER dyeing my hair

I only applied it for 30-45mins max (I usually let hair dyes stay for at least an hour) and man, it really worked it's magic and I'm blonde in less than an hour. Achieve na achieve niya yung color sa box! At first I was freaking out because I'm supposed to go out on a date the next day (not a good idea. Lol) but I ended up loving it (and my date did too, I think. He's been calling me Japonesa since then. Lol). 

I'm sorry I didn't get to take photos of the contents 'cause I wasn't supposed to do a post about this. Anyway, this is the best DIY hair coloring kit that I've ever used. It didn't irritate my scalp or hair though it has bleach in it. The smell didn't bother me (or maybe I'm finally used to it). This is a liquid type so it comes with a bottle as a container instead of a tub. The instructions are pretty easy to follow too. The obly downside for me is it didn't come with a cape so I had to open my extra Lolane kit. Haha. I'm sorry I forgot the exact price, but it's around PHP550-580. 

By the way, you can only find Palty's bold hair colors in Landmark. Watson's doesn't carry them because their market is apparently "conservative"... :|