NadineAmanDUH x Zalora

Hey guys! I currently teamed up with Zalora for a surprise for all you beauty and fashion enthusiasts out there. We’ll be giving out a 15% discount on your first purchase at zalora.com.ph. Just use the code ZBAPTURO before you check out on your online shopping.

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Done with your purchase? Let me know your thoughts at the comments section of this blog. I may give out another discount. 🙂 Enjoy shopping!

Five Friday Faves: Ways to clean your makeup brushes

Makeup brushes and sponges are tools that are very essential for me when I do my makeup and I’m pretty sure that all of the makeup lovers out there would agree with me or for some it’s the holy grail of makeup application. Though I admit that I still use my hands when I apply my foundation, concealer, blush and eye shadow.

And I just wanted to highlight the importance of cleaning your makeup brushes/sponges.
How dirty brushes affect your skin
While your bristles pick up pigments, they also collect dirt, oil, and bacteria—and this affects Beauties with sensitive or acne-prone skin the most! “This buildup can be transferred to your skin and cause breakouts,” says Dr. Tanzi. The risk of infection is lower with blush and face powder brushes since they are not coming in contact with wet areas like the eyes and mouth, which can harbor more bacteria and viruses.
Click here to read more from original article

Having that said, I honestly don’t clean my makeup brushes once a week. Sometimes it takes a month for me to clean it. What I do is every time after I use it, I dab my brush on a cotton ball with toner on it. And I suggest for you guys not to do what I do.

Before I really don’t know how to clean my makeup brushes, so what I do was I pour makeup remover on each brush and clean the bristles using my fingers on running water. It does the job but it does take a toll on my makeup remover too. Since then I’ve done some research of how to clean your makeup brushes the “home made way” since I really don’t want to spend big on makeup cleaners. (My mindset was: I’m not a makeup pro to spend a lot on those kinda stuff) Soooo, here are my Five Friday Faves that show Ways to clean your makeup brushes.

1. Cleaning makeup brushes using a dishwashing liquid and extra virgin olive oil
The video below is an old school youtube tutorial from Michelle Phan and until now I still do this kind of cleaning with my makeup brushes. Personally I use baby oil instead of
extra virgin olive oil. I recommend this tutorial because the dishwashing liquid disinfects while the oil conditions the brushes.

2. Cleaning makeup brushes using baby shampoo + warm water

Basically the concept from the first video is just the same. But I rarely do this since I don’t have a stock of baby shampoo at home and would not use adult shampoo as an alternative since it has different chemicals on it. I recommend this because the baby shampoo is mild on the hair and warm water removes bacteria. Note:WARM not Hot. Hot water might cause the bristles of the brush to fall out.

3. Cleaning makeup brushes with Beauty Blender Solid Cleanser + MakeUp Washing Brush Egg
I honestly don’t knoe where to buy the Beauty Blender Solid Cleanser besides online but I personally think that you can use baby soap instead. I just purchased a MakeUp Washing Brush Egg but haven’t used it. On this video it’s finally making sense to me now. And for me, among these 5 ways to clean your makeup brushes, this is my most favorite way to clean makeup brushes. I really really recommend this tutorial and having the MakeUp Washing Brush Egg.

4. Cleaning makeup brushes with makeup remover + kitchen towel
Now why kitchen towel instead of a regular tissue? It’s because a kitchen towel does not tear easily. I use this method if I’m too lazy to prep materials and go to the kitchen sink. The video below is as easy as 1-2-3, but I have to admit it’s somehow a waste of makeup remover/cleanser.

5. Cleaning makeup brushes with dishwashing liquid + makeup remover + baby oil and the MakeUp Washing Brush Egg
Last but not least. My own MakeUp brushes/sponge cleansing technique. I don’t have it on video since I’m blogging from the hospital right now (and I am recovering). My technique is like a mash up of the tutorials 1 to 4. As seen on the photo that I created below. These are the tools to be used.

So, on a clean tray or plate (preferrably white) pour the dishwashing liquid (40%), baby oil (40%), and makeup remover (20%). I did include percentages on them just for you to gauge the amount of product to put on the plate or tray. Then, grab all your dirty makeup brushes and sponges and put them aside near the tray/plate then one by one, starting with your brush, swipe the mixture in circular motion, once you have a thick consistency with the makeup residue, grab your makeup washing brush egg and brush it under running tap water. And place your cleaned brush on a neat towel or kitchen towel aside if you prefer. I do recommend to clean all the brushes first and then make another set of mixture for the sponges. The difference of the cleansing technique with the sponges is that you have to squeeze it several times to ensure that all of those makeup residue are out and brush it on the makeup washing brush egg.

And there you go! I hope today’s blog made you realize how important it is and how easy it is to clean your makeup brushes and sponges because it’s for your own skin. I want to know your ideas too by leaving it on the comments section below. Thanks again for reading! 😉

Five Friday Faves: Beauty hacks

When it comes to products. Not only beauty products, I believe that it has lots of use and it can become an instant remedy. I’m talking about general stuff here guys. But since this is a beauty blog, I want to share some hacks that I’ve learned through the years that I have applied personally. Let’s get started!

1. Dried up eye liner pencil?
Use a lighter to heat your eye liner pencil for just a few seconds only. The heat will slightly melt the eye liner, making it easier for you to apply it again on your eye brows or eye lids. Remember: heat it for a few seconds only!

2. Broken eye shadow palette?
Head to your toiletries and get your alcohol (isopropyl or ethyl, it doesn’t matter). Pour it on the broken eye shadow palette and piece it together and flatten it with your fingers. Leave it for 30-50minutes until it totally dries up. Voila! You’ve got your eye shadow palette pieced back together again!
TIP: You can also use the same technique on a broken foundation face powder.

 

3. Hair and scalp too oily and sweaty?
Now this I sweat it really works for me especially when I’m done with my workout and I don’t want the feeling of oily and sweaty hair and scalp. Grab a baby powder and put a good amount in your palm if you have long hair. Then comb your hands on your hair and massage it. The powder will absorb the excess oil and sweat. No need to worry that it will leave white spots on your hair. As long as you’ll towel it off or even just a tissue, will do the trick! Plus this beauty hack gives your hair volume too!

 

4. Dry lips?
Of course you wouldn’t want to apply your lipstick on dried lips. There are instances that there’s this dryness even if you applied your lip balm. Then this means your lips needs a little exfoliating. You can apply your favorite lip balm or even a petroleum jelly on your lips then head to your kitchen’s cupboard to get a half teaspoon of sugar (or even less) then scrub it on your lips. This will help buff out the dead skin off from your lips then wipe it off with a tissue then you’re good to apply your lippie. And why sugar and not salt? Because sugar is somehow rounder than salt and incase your lips are chapped or wounded, at least the sugar won’t burn or sting. Got it? Good!

 

5. Almost dried up mascara?
Yep you’ve read almost because it this technique that I honestly use on my mascaras but I just have a feeling that it wouldn’t work on totally dried up mascaras. So last but but not least of my five fave hacks… Boil water enough for a tea or coffee cup. Once your poured the hot water on your cup, soak your mascara on the cup. Leave it for 15-20 minutes then remove it from the cup and dry it. Since your mascara was heated, it’s easier to apply it again on your lashes.

There you have it guys! It’s good to know these hacks for us ladies especially to my fellow beauty addicts out there because this is a matter of beauty emergency and we wouldn’t just want to throw our products away or just use it for it’s sole purpose only.

Also I want to know your ideas or if you have your beauty hacks too! I would love to read them and let’s share it with each other by leaving your comments below. Thanks again for reading! 😉

Beauty fix: Face Mask

It’s been a hectic week for me and I’m pretty sure that you have experienced work-related or school-related stress. And don’t you just hate that if it shows ok the face? Honestly, no matter how much amount of makeup you put on to cover up especially the eye area, the tiredness will still show on your face or at least the makeup can slightly cover up but there’s this uneasy feeling on your face caused by stress.
To combat this, I sleep with a face mask on. And yeah, this year I’ve been addicted to Korean Face Mask. Like the one that you can see below.

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And I’ve been using the 365 Daily Mask from Watson’s. And it’s one of my favorites because it’s mild, hydrates my skin and VERY affordable! This one only cost me 55 pesos. And tonight I’m trying this Renewal and Anti-Oxidant mask also from Watson’s and this facial goodie is for only Php 27.50! And so far I am loving it!

I am a fan of using face masks coz it’s my easiest way to pamper my skin from all those dirt and stress and for not having a facial for several months now. It’s my beauty fix from tired skin. So when I wake up the next day your face feels moisturized and hydrated. I personally recommend that you should use one too. There are varieties of face masks that you can try with different benefits such as pore minimizing, whitening, anti aging and etcetera. But what I believe is that the most important factor there is the hydration of the face.

I would love to hear your beauty fix too by leaving it on the comments section below. Thanks again for reading! 😉

How to effectively whiten your skin

Nowadays, skin color is not big of an issue anymore because people have different preferences. Some people prefer tan to darker skin tones, or pale to olive skin tones. But whatever skin tone you got, as long as your skin is soft and smooth, you’re ok with that. Love your own skin! 🙂

I dedicate this blog to all Filipinas out there who are so into whitening. I’ve read a lot about whitening stuff and watched some interviews. It just appears to me that Filipinas are obsessed with whitening and smoothening products.

Having a lighter and smoother skin tone in this country actually is a social status. That’s definitely not a lie. According to Mendoza, the skin whitening industry is prolific in many countries that are in the process of improving socioeconomically, especially the Philippines. In these developing countries, skin-whitening products are highly popular among the lower class, as darker skin has been associated with undesirable characteristics, such as low income and inferior social status. (Read the original article here)

So how to really effectively whiten your skin? Don’t get me wrong. I’m not against any skin color. Again, skin color or skin tone is a matter of preference. And I am self-confessed that I’m one of those Filipinas who wanted lighter skin. Honestly speaking, I have a slightly fair skin tone and I guess yellowish undertone. But I have an “uneven” skin tone. And I believe I was just introduced to a solution to that kind of problem.
I’ve been using L-Gluta White together with Royal C both from Royalè.

L-Gluta Power Glutathione Capsule is unique in its own way. What made this product stand out is its ultimately powerful formulation. In order to make this supplement more potent, Royalè combined L-Glutathione with some of the world’s most potent antioxidants: Vitamin C, Vitamin E and Grapeseed Extract — which is said to be 20x more potent than Vitamin C and 50 times more potent than Vitamin E.
(Click here to read more about L-Gluta Power)

More reasons to drink this holy grail of lightening is that it effectively lightens the skin (this is only a side effect actually) through inhibiting tyrosinase — an enzyme that plays an important role in the production of melanin. Also it boosts our immune system. I just learned that lack of Glutathione is said to be a contributory factor in some of the most dreaded degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, cataracts, cystic fibrosis, cancer, etc. Another factor which is a that it detoxifies. It’s considered as a precursor that helps our liver to flush out harmful chemicals that have entered our body.

I drink this along with the Royalè-C which increases the absorption of the L-Gluta Power Glutathione capsule. And I’m happy to know that it’s more tummy-friendly and effective than the usual Ascorbic acid because it contains Sodium Ascorbate (a non-acidic form of Vitamin C.)
In fact it is becoming more and more popular nowadays because of it is easily absorbed by the body — thus, boosting the immune system faster and more effectively.
(Click here to read more about Royalè-C)

Now you know more about what I use to lighten and brighten your skin from within. It’s time I introduce to you what I’ve been using recently on my body.

Been using this soap for awhile now and I just love its mild scent and fragrance I notice that doesn’t melt easily and this lasts longer than of the average soap.
The L-Gluta Power Whitening Soap effectively whitens the skin and evens out skin tone. It is also known to reduce dark spots, freckles, pimple marks and it does rejuvenates the skin through mild exfoliation. Besides Glutathione it has Vitamin E for antioxidant protection and nourishment.
(Click here to read more about L-Gluta Power soap).

So there you have it. I personally believe its a perfect whitening package plus if you wanted to include the lotion as well. In a months time I’ll be blogging about how effective the products are to me. But honestly right now I’m seeing slight visible changes. I can see that my skin is more bright compared to last week.(Photo below taken earlier today)

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I included some links below for you guys to see more reviews about these products that I’m using from Royalè and if you have decided to start using these products from Royalè I hope you enjoy it as much as I do and you can share your experience on the comments section below. Thanks again for reading! 😉

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L-Gluta Power Soap review 1

L-Gluta Power Soap review 2

L-Gluta Power Glutathione capsule review 1
L-Gluta Power Glutathione capsule review 2

Five Friday Faves: Hair care products

For the majority of my whole existence I can’t count anymore how many times I’ve changed my hair shampoo. I never really had a major favorite. And as most of beauty magazines advice is to change your shampoo at least every 3 months. As for me, as long as the shampoo smells good, has lotsa bubbles and washes my hair I’m already good with that.

But my hair care doesn’t stop from washing my hair. I want to share with you guys my five favorite hair care products (mostly hair conditioning products) on today’s blog.

1. L’oreal Total Repair Hair Mask
Honestly, my hair is totally damaged from the sun and from several hair coloring that I’ve done in the past. I kept on trying several hair masks that I usually see in the department store or drug store but I didn’t feel it’s doing any good besides as a hair conditioner. So I stumbled upon this L’oreal Total Repair Hair Mask. It feels good on my hair (smells good too) and it’s consistency is very thick and when I rinse my hair it does feel different from your usual conditioner. And even if my hair is already dry, the roughness and frizziness lessened. The major content of this hair mask is ceramide and I personally think this is the particular content that makes it different from all other hair mask. I highly recommend it especially if you like to color your hair a lot and even for those who have virgin hair. Youbneed to treat it with some TLC at least once or twice a week with this hair mask.
2. Pantene 3-minute Miracle Conditioner
Now this! I use on a regular basis. The consistency of this conditioner is thicker than your usual conditioners but less thick than a hair mask. It just feels so creamy and relaxing on my hair during shower and even if I blow dry my hair or just towel dry it and not comb it. It doesn’t get tangled and it’s less frizzy. So I personally recommend this one if you don’t spend too much on hair conditioners coz it’s affordable too.
3. Herbal Essences conditioner
The one on the photo is in Hello Hydration. But I prefer all of the variations of Herbal Essences conditioners. Though I admit it doesn’t conditions as much as the Pantene 3-minute miracle but I’m really in love with its scent. Most of their conditioners smell like botanical or sometimes fresh and slightly fruity. I recommend this for spa-feels while in the shower. Very relaxing!
4. GIGA Nature’s Therapy Hair Treatment
I’m not even sure if I’m going to consider this one as a hair mask because most of the hair masks are the ones that you use while your hair is still wet. This one is a hair treatment that you apply while your hair is dry. I love it because it’s all natural. It contains virgin coconut oil, aloe vera, peppermint, patchouli and lavender. And I love anything that is minty. I advise that you wrap your hair with a plastic wrap and leave it more than 20 minutes on your hair and shower away and rinse well with shampoo. It leaves your hair smooth, less frizzy and for me it felt like it has more volume.
5. Vitress Hair cuticle coat
If I’m in the mood for a sleek look or I simply want to tame my locks, I use Vitress Hair cuticle coat. At first I really don’t know what it’s for and I’m a bit hesitant to use it because I’m thinking that my hair might look oily but I was wrong! It actually tames the frizz and it gives it a fresh-looking shine or rather a healthy-looking shine.
TIP: I also put a half pea-sized amount of Vitress on the lower part of my hair so my pony tail looks neat underneath too. And also a few on the sides near the ears will do.

There you have it! Those are my five favorite hair care products that I have tried and tested and until now I’m still using at least three of those. Let me know in the comments if you have a different experience with my favorite hair care products! Thanks again for reading! 😉

Ways to flawless lashes: My DOs and DON’Ts

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Besides focusing on my eyebrows when doing my makeup is I pay extra attention when I put mascara on my eye lashes. I’m self-confessed that I always always mess up my mascara. It usually gets into my eyelids or under my eyes and the ever typical problem: the clumps.

That being said, I’ve come up with my proven ways on how to get neatly done lashes or should I say flawless lashes.


DO: Curl your lashes and make sure that your eye lash curler is not damaged. Especially the rubber part where you primp your lashes. Sometimes the rubber gets torn, resulting for your eye lashes to get stuck there.
DO: When pulling out the wand of your mascara, remove the excess mascara by twisting it upwards or leaving the excess on the inner tube of your mascara. This prevents your lashes from clumping due to excess mascara.
DO: Look straight. Not upwards. Not downwards. When applying mascara. I find it better rather than looking upwards coz I noticed that’s always the time that I accidentally put mascara on my eyelids.
DO: Have an eye lash comb/brush ready while applying mascara. What I do is I comb my eye lashes after a few swipes to prevent it from (again) clumping. I also comb my eye lashes while its still on the eye lash curler.

DON’T: ever. EVER curl your eye lashes right after applying your mascara. Worst case is that your eye lashes might stick on the curler and rip your lashes off when you remove your eye lash curler. (Yep. It can happen)
DON’T: Heat your eye lash curler with a blower. I know that you’ve read it several times on different websites but I strongly suggest No. I’ve done this before and I end up slightly burning the sides of my outer eye and eye lid. Always remember that the skin around the eyes are the most sensitive ones so be extra careful with it. Just curl it for a few minutes repetitively will do the trick.
DON’T: Dust powder on your eye lashes before putting on your mascara. I personally think that applying powder on your eye lashes before mascara is a beauty myth because I’ve tried it several times and it seems that if you apply powder first, then your mascara, it doesn’t really add volume to your lashes but it adds factor to the clumping.
DON’T: Forget to apply mascara on your lower lash lines. Those mini hairs on your lower eye lids needs some accentuating too. It enhances the shape of your eyes.

Those are my DOs and DONTs in having flawless eye lashes. Your eye lashes doesn’t have to be really thick and long for you to love it as long as you know how to manage it, you can manage all throughout the day! Honestly, my lashes are long and a bit sparse but I still love curling and putting mascara on them. I hope you liked what I shared today on the blog. Thanks again for reading! 😉

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Tuesday Top 3: My After-Makeup-Must Regimen

For some of us girls (especially to us working girls), makeup is like second nature. It’s a routine at the start of your regular working day where you put so much concentration on. Am I right?!

As for me, I really love putting makeup on as much as I love removing it from my face when I come home from work. (You can view my blog on my Top 3 MakeUp removers here)

It really is important to remove all those makeup and residue but it doesn’t stop there. So I wanted to share with you guys my recommended regimen that I religiously do after removing my makeup. Because it is very essential for us to have our face totally clean. What we don’t know is that excess makeup and dirt is still on your face and still clogs your skin’s pores. Yeah it does!

Let’s go back to the basics!

Cleanse.
You might be hearing this for a thousand times but this routine is there for a reason. Personally I go for the typical so-called mild brands such as: Cetaphil, Celeteque, Dove and I even go for mild baby soaps or baby’s body wash. But recently this soap was introduced to me called SKN Optimum White from Royalè .

SKN Optimum White

I’ve been using this soap for a few days now and honestly I find it actually good! It’s not too foamy, it doesn’t sting and after rinsing it, my face doesn’t feel dry nor it feels too moisturized. Because if you feel like your face is still extra moisturized from rinsing, it means the soap residue is still there. And the major catch here is that this soap is formulated to lighten your skin (you can use it on your body too!). It reduces hyperpigmentation, dark spots and acne scars resulting to an even skin tone and improved texture. Plus, it provides a moisturizing formula that effectively combats skin aging. Intensely lightens and moisturizes skin with its blend of botanical extracts that bring out the skin’s natural glow and radiance. So I highly recommend this one.

Apply Toner.
The toner’s role is to restore your skin’s natural pH levels which were usually altered during cleansing. As for me, I go for the mild ones. Those toners that doesn’t have a strong smell and doesn’t sting. You should opt for a toner that is low in alcohol content. Personally I use the following (whichever):

Belo Pore Refining Toner, Gluta C Intense Whitening Toner, Ponds White Beauty Pore Refining Toner, or Nivea Aqua Effect Mattifying Toner. I’ve been using these for years and so far I didn’t have any allergic reactions to it and face doesn’t feel dry after applying any of these toners.
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: DON’T. EVER. Ever skip applying toner. Besides it cleans deeply your pores, again it restores the natural pH levels of your skin.

Moisturize.
Last but not least, is to moisturize. And I’m very scrupulous in picking out the moisturizer for my face. Before I’d always go for something whitening or mattifying since I find my face oily but I don’t like the feeling that my face is dry to touch, so it’s pointless that you applied moisturizer. So I went for those anti-aging kind of moisturizers. And I actually like the effect on my face, it feels so smooth and I for some point it smoothens the fine lines on my face. However there’s this feeling of thickness on my face and the feeling gets heavier since my skin is slightly oily. Just recently I discovered this moisturizer called L’opulent Leur Brightening Cream also from Royalè and I’ve been using it for a few days now.
Though it’s not an anti-aging cream but it does promote that anti-aging feels. The L’opulent Leur Brightening Cream promotes long-term skin luminosity and lessens the appearance of dark spots and blemishes. Here’s a photo below right after I cleansed, toned and moisturize with L’opulent.

After cleansing, toning and using L'opulent Leuer Brightening Cream.

After cleansing, toning and using L’opulent Leuer Brightening Cream.

I’ve been using it for at least 2-3 times a day and it doesn’t give me that heavy or thick feeling on my face. I personally use this as a makeup base or primer and it helps my makeup glide smoothly on my face.

I hope you guys liked today’s Tuesday Top 3. I’ll be posting more about beauty. I also included links how you can shop for these newly found beauty products. Thanks again for reading! 😉

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SKN Optimum White