VMV Hypoallergenics: ARMADA Face Cover 45 & Post Procedure Barrier Cream 50+

VMV1VMV Hypoallergenics offers a pretty wide range of options when it comes to sun protection, but the one I like for day-to-day use is the ARMADA Face Cover 45 (1,715.00 Php). VMV recommends it for those who spend most of their time indoors and also for those who like to wear makeup, as it has a mattifying, primer-like effect. It’s lightweight and not sticky at all, plus it makes a pretty good base for when I wear mineral powder foundation (and that’s pretty much every day). I take sun protection very seriously, so when I say I use this stuff daily, I mean it. Can’t imagine life without it.

I also love ARMADA Sport 70 (2,350.00 Php) but that is really only necessary for when I’m at the beach or in some other extreme outdoor situation. So one day I had the sudden urge to buy something between the 45 and 70 SPFs. The only options are the ARMADA Face and Body Shield 60 (1,885.00 Php) and the ARMADA Post-Procedure Barrier Cream ( 1,325.00 Php). I went for the latter, as you can see in the photo above.

Although they differ by only 5 “protection factor points” (lol please clue me in on the correct way to express that if you are aware!), Face Cover 45 and the Post-Procedure Barrier Cream differ quite a bit. I should have known based on the names, but here’s a little comparative post for your benefit anyway:

VMV2Post-Procedure Barrier Cream on the right and Face Cover 45 on the left.

The Post-Procedure Barrier Cream is actually a pure physical sunscreen, which means that it blocks out any harmful rays using its physical composition. No chemical sunscreen (but pleas note that chemical sunscreens are not “bad” per se) means that this is a THICK and powerful sunscreen that makes for ideal protection for the delicate skin of infants and hypersensitive skins. It also contains coconut-derived Monolaurin for antibacterial disinfection and antioxidant green tea. This is really best for use after a procedure (duh) like a peel or laser treatment that leaves your skin extra sensitive to sun exposure. Not for day-to-day use for sure.

Face Cover 45 is a medium-weight cream and unlike the Post Procedure Barrier Cream, it blends into skin and sits comfortably. As I said, it leaves a nice matte finish, so it’s great for use under makeup or even alone, if you’re a low maintenance kind of girl. An SPF of 45 suits my lifestyle because I do walk in the sun at least once a day and I am always under some harsh fluorescent lights in school (VMV sunscreens protect against the full spectrum of harmful light: indoor and outdoor UVA, UVB, Infrared and Visible Light).

VMV3Obviously-opaque versus blendable and creamy.

There are both great sunscreens, but don’t make the same mistake I did in assuming the the Post Procedure Barrier Cream is actually wearable on a daily basis. Hehe. You can also check out ARMADA Face Cover 30 if you are barely ever in the sun (it isn’t mattifying though) and the ARMADA Face and Body Shield 60, which is what I probably should have picked out instead of the Post Procedure Barrier Cream. 

If you’re in the market for a nice sunscreen for daily use, I can’t stress enough how awesome Face Cover 45 is. If you don’t yet use sun protection on a daily basis, let me tell you– your future self will thank you for making the commitment right now.

Check out VMV Hypoallergenics’ website and Facebook page for more info!

My 5 Favourite Lip Glosses!

Hi guys! HAPPY HALLOWEEN! :) I don’t really get into it as a holiday, but if you’re Trick or Treat-ing, good for you! Candy was always the best part of Halloween for me. Then you get too old for it and you only use it as an excuse to dress all slutty (Mean Girls!) — we all had that phase… right? Lol, I was once a slutty soldier. I cringe! Anyway, I don’t have a Halloween-themed post for today or anything, but I’m working on uploading my October favourites video at the moment. It’s taking much longer than expected, so I decided to go ahead and let this post loose first. :) MFLG1Meet my five favourite lip glosses! :) I discovered the wonders of a good gloss late in my “makeup life” because I thought that all glosses were glassy, tacky, hair traps. They were just messy things I couldn’t be bothered with. Then I had the chance to try a mini lip gloss from Urban Decay (the one that comes with the NAKED 2 palette) and my mind was blown! It was the perfect texture, comfortable on the lips, manageable when it came to trapping hair, and it smelled of mint (love!). That gloss would undoubtedly be a part of my favourites now if I still had it. Sucks that UD is not available here, but I will definitely buy a full size one day! For now though, these lippies are keeping me quite happy:

1. VMV Hypoallergenics Lip Gloss in Coquette Rosette (1,000 Php) – This lip gloss is more like a liquid lipstick. It’s completely opaque. I use it alone most of the time because it makes little difference if I wear it over a lipstick. You do have to be careful about rubbing your lips when this is on because it kind of balls up when you do that, but if you don’t have that habit, this will wear for ages!

2. MAC Cremesheen Glass in Colour Saturation (2, 450.00 Php for a set of 4) – I only have three MAC glosses and they’re all from the set I got last Christmas (gave one away). This cremesheen glass is my favourite because the colour is a beautiful purple/plum with a hint of pink in it. The name Colour Saturation is apt. You do get a punch of purple from this and you can wear it both alone or layered over a lipstick to alter the shade. On its own it’s not quite opaque but it’s definitely not sheer either. Your lips will show through the veil of shiny purpleness in the prettiest way! This spreads evenly and wears for around 3 hours without eating or drinking. Smells of vanilla just like MAC lipsticks, but it has faded over time.

3. Bobbi Brown Lip Gloss in Rose Sugar 3 (approx. 1,300.00 Php) – This is the lip gloss that I can wear over top of my MLBB lipsticks without altering the colour too much. It just adds a shine that really lasts. This is the only gloss that has lasted on my lips for an entire day out (approx. 6 hours?), keeping its shine and just resting really comfortably on my lips. Smells of cookies!

4. Stila Lip Glaze in Sugar Plum (approx. 1,300 for Christmas set of 8 / 800Php individually) – The only one in the bunch with a brush applicator! This one works like a click pen. You twist the end opposite the brush to dispense product and then just swish it on with the brush. You don’t get too much product, but the way it’s pushed out means there isn’t any going to waste, whereas when you have gloss in a tube, you can’t always get everything. Still, 0.05 oz is very little product. Buy these in Christmas sets and save yourself from spending the full price!

5. Mini Shu Uemura Gloss Unlimited in PK 70 C (700.00Php for a set of 2 travel sized minis) – Got this one off Taste Central thinking it was a set of two big ones. Oops! Oh well, it’s a cute size and it was my own fault for not checking. I love the formula of this though! Very smooth and not tacky at all. Because of the milky pink colour, I use this when I want to lighten a lip stick or make it more like a pastel.

To see swatches and close-ups of the applicators, click on through! :) 

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Skin Care Regimen (3rd Quarter 2013)

It took a while but I think I’ve finally found a good skin care regimen to fit my current needs. I’m still struggling with the oiliness in my skin when I wear makeup, but I think I have found a balance when it comes to cleansing and nourishing my skin. As I’ve mentioned before, my dermatologist put me on a regimen for combination skin when previously I had been treating my skin as though it were dry (which it used to be — very dry). I saw my derma again just yesterday and I didn’t have any new pimples to show her at the time, but I do still get the occasional blemish. She told me to keep applying the same products and to use the medicine she gave me three times a week (I had been applying it only when pimples popped up). I also have quite a bit of hyper pigmentation left over from dried up pimples, but those will fade in time. What’s important is that my skin is now much more balanced and less prone to pimples.SCR1These are the products I’ve been using to keep my skin balanced and clean and I just thought I would share them with you today. I do think that it is important to note that skin care is incredibly specific to every individual and so even if you also have combination skin, these will not necessarily work for you. I will however do my best to share what I can about the products, maybe helping you kick off your research in a way too.

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Skin Diaries: July 14, 2013

It’s been two weeks since I was supposed to go see my dermatologist for another check up (bad patient, bad!). I have classes during the week and my derma’s hours are just not the best for my schedule, so it’s been a struggle to even set an appointment… but I have been keeping up the regimen she gave me and while I do still have pimples (mostly on my forehead), I have noticed that my skin is happier in general.

SC1I use the Hydra Balance Gentle Cream Cleanser and the Superskin 2 Toner in the morning and at night. At night I also apply the acne medicine I was prescribed while in the morning I make sure to wear SPF before I go anywhere. The cleanser and toner are both great and I would definitely recommend them to anyone who has combination skin. The cleanser never dries out the drier areas of my face too much and neither does it leave the oilier areas too slick. The toner on the other hand makes my skin feel hyper clean and I can really feel it attacking any existing pimples.

Aside from the actual products being pretty darn good, having a set routine is generally a very good thing for anyone’s skin. It’s just kind of difficult to implement one when you’re used to trying out different products all the time, as I have always been wont to do. Hehe! Your skin hasn’t fully reacted to a product until you’ve been using it consistently for six months, apparently. Can’t remember where I heard that but it does make sense. So this skin dilemma has been good to me in that aspect, I suppose.

As for the makeup I’ve been using after the change, I started by just using much thinner layers of the products I already have and also using a setting spray (UD’s DeSlick). That made a difference for sure but I did still have to pull out the blotting papers sheets often during the day. On a side note, the Clean & Clear blotting sheets are the only ones I use. Any other brand just sucks when compared. I then decided it was time to look for a good setting/blot powder. The one I have been using is a sheer pressed powder that I can take with me for touch ups throughout the day. I have been using it to set my face at the beginning of the day too and it has made the biggest difference. Post on that product coming up soon! :)

Skin Diaries: June 10, 2013

In my last post I talked about my skin’s history and the latest (and biggest) bump along the road it has encountered. I’ve been following the regimen prescribed by a VMV (Hypoallergnics) dermatologist strictly for nearly two weeks now, and my skin has shown significant improvement. I even have dry-ish cheeks again–which she told me to expect–but my forehead and the areas close to my nose are still pretty oily. I have found that my sunscreen (L’Oreal UV Perfect) provides enough moisture during the day time and that not applying a moisturizer at nigh isn’t so bad. After a couple of hours my skin will have produced enough oil for me to feel “normal,” but any longer than that and I feel oily again.

The pimples are less angry… but they are still there and I even had a couple of new ones pop up over the weekend. Now I’m going to do something I haven’t done before… for the sake of documenting this (painful) journey back to better skin…

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My Skin: A History

Way before my obsession with makeup started, I was already incredibly attentive to my skin. At the age of 9 I had to apply creams and lotions here, there, and pretty much all over my body because I had skin asthma. Dermatologists always told my mom that I would outgrow my rashes and hypersensitivity before I hit 12 but by the time I was in my early teens the end was nowhere in sight. I learned to handle my skin asthma and very dry skin by slathering my face and body with extra virgin olive oil and sometimes I had to rely on steroidal creams for when the rashes were really bad. I was a diligent little patient, determined to rid myself of all those terrible discomforts and inconveniences.

By the time I was 18, my skin asthma was pretty much under control and would only recur when the weather changed suddenly… but the years of  using steroidal creams left me with white patches all over my body and on my face. As a consequence of being so unevenly coloured, I learned to use two things: sunscreen and (shocker!) makeup. Makeup–as you might be able to glean from my blog– has been a big part of my life starting from around when I was 19. Now while the skin asthma problem had significantly subsided by that time, I still had very dry skin. So dry that if I skipped on moisturizer (both face and body) for just one day, I would turn into a scaly, flaky, tight-skinned mess. It was easy for me to deal with that since I had already developed a solid habit of moisturizing like a mad woman. My simple facial care routine that consisted of a gentle cleanser (usually the regular Cetaphil), no toner, and Physiogel AI cream as moisturizer. That worked well for me for a happy three years. I guess all good things really do come to an end because exactly one year ago all that started to change (dun dun duuuun–lol, dramatic eh, no?).

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