Skin Care Review || Nu Skin ageLOC Gentle Cleanse and Tone


As I’ve gotten older, I’ve slightly cut back on my makeup purchases and splurged more on skin care. My skin is not as easy to maintain compared to when I was in my teens or early twenties. There are lines that won’t seem to go away (!!!) and tiny bumps that appear when I don’t get enough sleep or when I fuss too much at work. Now that I’m nearing my thirties (SAD), I’ve realized it’s better to splurge or invest in my skin rather than makeup. Investing in a smooth and clean base is better than buying the most expensive cover-up out there.


Last week I was invited to the Nu Skin Expo and was lucky enough to go home with the ageLOC Gentle Cleanse and Tone which is part of Nu Skin’s ageLOC Transformation Set.
According to Nu Skin, ageLOC™ Gentle Cleanse & Tone is a luxurious foaming cleanser that combines cleansing and toning into a single step. It gently cleanses, purifies, replenishes, and hydrates skin, preparing it to receive advanced anti-aging ingredients. An effective time saver, this dual-action formula helps maintain skin’s natural healthy pH and delivers an infusion of ageLOC™ to the skin, targeting the ultimate sources of aging, while leaving skin feeling refreshed and youthful.”

I’ve tried maaaaaany products that claim to give a more youthful appearance and sure, after using it for a couple of months, I’d notice a change— but not enough to make me stick with it forever. Contrary to most products in the market, the Nu Skin Gentle Cleanse and Tone delivers it promise ad there’s a noticeable change right away. I’ve been using the product for a week now and it’s amazing how well it works on my skin. My face looks more taut, no usual little bumps caused by stress in the office, and it looks so much brighter even without my weekly routine of exfoliating. What I like about this is that it cuts back on prep time for leaving the house since it aims to combine cleansing and toning in one bottle. I love this product to bits. I was adamant to try it out first since my skin is ridiculously sensitive , but so far no breakouts!


Product Design:

This I really have to stress. Many products I use have a pump that releases more product that necessary—which I hate since it’s a total waste of product. Nu Skin’s Gentle Cleanse and Tone has a pump that disposes just the right amount of product. Nu Skin recommends three pumps for washing your face, but in my case two can suffice. 


Key Ingredients:

ageLOC – Nu Skin Technology that target the ultimate sources of aging
Betaine – retains water thus increases skin hydration
Mild Sufracants and Glycerin – cleans the skin while maintaining the skin’s natural lipid barrier

Pros:
+ Cleans the skin without leaving it too tight—I’ve noticed many cleansers like this and it causes breakouts for me
+ Nice, gentle scent
+ Cuts short my morning prep time—perfect for those who are always in a rush in the morning
+ Good for sensitive skin
Cons:
-     Can’t buy the Nu Skin ageLOC Gentle Cleanse and Tone on its own—has to be part of a set that might be too pricey for some (But hey—it already comes with a moisturizer, serum, and makeup base!)

Nu Skin ageLOC Galvanic Spa


During the expo I was also given the chance to try the much raved about Galvanic Spa. It claims to restore the skin’s natural vibrancy and to smoothen the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. I was dubious up until I sat on the chair for procedure and saw the results—and boy was I surprised.


{Before and After the ageLOC Galvanic Spa Procedure—hello brighter complexion)

Not only did it feel like a face massage, it also really brightened up my face and gave it a more sculpted appearance! I was set to meet up with my boyfriend after the Nu Skin expo and I was thrilled when he said I was glowing. Yay for Nu Skin! The Galvanic Spa works hand in hand with the ageLOC Transformation Set so you can just imagine how amazing your face will look and feel when you incorporate this in your skincare routine.

Interested in trying out the Nu Skin ageLOC Galvanic Spa and Transformation Set? Do head on to www.nuskin.com for more information. You  can also get in touch with them through their Twitter and Facebook accounts.

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Curated Links


1. Have you heard? LOL's out-- emojis in. (wired.co.uk)
2. Dorm room decor that you can incorporate into your own home. (domino.com)
3. Because a lady can never have too many red lipsticks-- there are a gazillion shades after all. (ohhappyday.com)
4. Are you an extrovert, introvert or an ambivert? (purewow.com)
5. A rooftop apartment to rule them all... (thesundaychapter.com)
6. This simple, but oh so chic ensemble makes me wish I could wear a coat in Manila. (lefashion.com)

Beauty Beliefs


Over the years I've accumulated a bunch of beauty beliefs from magazines, beauty bloggers, my mom and my aunts, friends, etc. Some might seem downright ridiculous (putting on a swipe of mascara, a dash of baby powder, and then another swipe of mascara again to make your lashes thicker -- THIS WORKS BY THE WAY), while some seem harmless enough to try. I'm pretty adventurous when it comes to trying out beauty tips and (even products), but I've remained faithful to those I found really work:

1. Never go to bed without washing your face.

2. Wash your face a maximum of twice daily. Overwashing could leave your face chapped or irritated. Also, overwashing could kick oil glands to overdrive thereby increasing the oil on your face.

3. Avoid touching your face.

4. Exfoliating twice or thrice a day can do wonders for brightening up your face. Make sure to find one that is gentle enough for your face. I highly recommend Cure Natural Aqua Gel, which is readily available in Beauty Bar and Rustan's.

5. Having oily skin is not an excuse to skip on moisturizers. Moisturizers are not just for people who have dry skin. There's a moisturizer for every skin type.

6. Drink lots of water. 

7. Groom your brows. Your eyebrows frame your face so it's vital that you shape them well. For those who are not too confident about grooming your brows on your own, you can have it done professionally for a while and once you're familiar with the shape to maintain-- just remove the stray hairs on your own. 

8. Weekly face mask sheets. I've read that Korean women use face mask sheets every night-- and we all know how bright and supple their faces are. I'd do this every night too but that might burn a serious hole in my pocket. Incorporating face mask sheets into your weekly beauty routine however, will really do wonders for your skin. I've tried face mask sheets from Watson's and these are the ones I normally buy

9. Avoid alcohol-based products. It does not take much to make my cheeks flush-- and if you're the same way, you might want to reconsider alcohol-based products as these will just make your face flare up more. 

10. Keep out of the Sun and use sunscreen. If your job entails being out in the sun all day, do lather on sunscreen. You might like the effect of having a bit of color on your skin but prolonged harsh sun exposure could bring skin problems in the future. No time in the morning to put on sunscreen on your face? Opt for products that have SPF. 

I'm always interested to know about beauty beliefs/routines of other ladies. Care to share yours? 

Pop of Peony

{Old Navy denim jacket, SM Department Store Top, Bazaar find Peony print skirt, Shoebox Ballet Flats}

If there's one thing I like about the rainy season, it's that I can throw on a light sweater or jacket/ layer clothes. The top and peony print skirt on their own look formal for a Sunday meant for walking around the mall, so I thought I'd break the formal look with a denim jacket. Opted for ballet flats in lieu of heels since no one wants to wobble around in heels at the mall. 






Beauty Review || MAC Ruby Woo


Been a while since I used red lipstick! MAC's Russian Red used to be my favorite but my tube had to retire so I thought of trying MAC's Ruby Woo. I was in the market for a retro, very pin-up girl kind of red and research has led me to Ruby Woo.


MAC describes Ruby Woo as: "Very matte vivid blue-red [Retro Matte]". Retro Matte is right. The red shade on this one is such a classic. I get a lot of compliments when I have this on! It really helps brighten up my face even though I've just groomed my brows and just had this on. The classic red helps you look put together. 


Right of the tube it looks too glossy red, but once you put it on... it's the best retro red lip I've tried. If you're familiar with matte MAC lipsticks you know that their matte variants can be really drying. This is no exception. I tried this on in a freezing MAC counter and there was significant tugging involved to get the product completely on my lips. So moisturizing your lips is necessary before you put this on.



What I love about red lipsticks-- MAC red lipsticks in particular, is that after much gabbing, eating and drinking, the color fades a bit but leaves a very nice stain on the lips. When I want it to last really long though, I put on two layers, and with a tissue on my lips I dust loose powder on it. 

Pros:
+ excellent color payoff
+ leaves a nice stain on the lips as opposed to other red lipsticks that fade away completely or leave a liner-like stain around the lips
+ a little goes a long way, one swipe is enough-- you can layer on though if you want the product to last longer on your lips
+ doesn't melt on the tube! I have a bunch of lip products that could not withstand the recent Manila heat. This one was unfazed by all that though-- if anything it made application a lot more smoother/easier.

Cons:
- some might find this a bit pricey (it retails for P1000 in MAC Counters)
- very drying

Will I buy this again?
Definitely! If you love a retro, very matte red lip, this is the product to get. It's such a classic red lipstick. 

How does it compare to MAC Russian Red?
MAC Russian Red is a bluish-red lip too but it on the darker side. You can read up on my review on MAC Russian Red HERE


Vested Interest

{Uniqlo Linen Shirt, Terranova Oversized Vest, SM Department Store White Distressed Mini Skirt, Tonic Lace Up Flats}

I've been looking for an oversized vest for months before I saw this in Terranova. I loved it so much that I also got it in white. I love that the fabric is not so flimsy, it's made like an oversized blazer sans sleeves. I can finally get away with layering since it's much cooler now. 




Five Things


{new catchall for my rings from H&M}

A few weeks ago I was allowed to go on leave from work for a week-- It was a welcome change to my routine of getting up early and getting home so late. I normally clock in at around 9 a.m., clock out at around 7 p.m., and due to traffic I'd get home from work at around close to 9 p.m. So a week of sleeping in and doing nothing seemed like a pretty good idea. That was until around Day 2. I was done with errands so I had a lot of free time on my hands-- it drove me crazy to not have a purpose everyday! Fast forward to the week after, I was more than happy to be back in the office, and *kind of* swamped with work again, AND feeling fulfilled that I got to accomplish something at the end of a long day. Sometimes it just takes a switch up in routine to change your perspective on things.


{Revlon Colorstay Polish in Stormy Night}


{Got this Elephant Pendant as a birthday gift from a friend}


{Finally got my hands on a retro red matte lip-- review will be up soon!}


{Usual uniform: Boyfriend jeans from Terranova}
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