September Skincare Favourites! Beauty

It’s been a while since I posted an article, but I wanted my next article to be focused on skincare, as I have always believed that a great makeup canvas starts with beautiful skin.

For the past months that I’ve been M.I.A, I’ve been quietly putting to the test a couple of skincare products that have caught my attention. These are the products that have shown great promise initially, and I’ve decided to take the next step with by testing further (a.k.a put through the ringer).

If you’re like me who’s waging a never ending war with acne, aging skin and wrinkles, then GIRL, have I got the inside scoop for you. Read on, and feel free to thank me later.

NATURE REPUBLIC’s Bee Venom Line

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As someone who has had a long standing battle with acne for what seems like FOREVER, I didn’t think it would take a Korean wave hitting the Philippine seas for me to find the ultimate solution to my acne problems.

I was just about to call it quits on my skin until I absentmindedly walked in, shoulders hunched in defeat, to a nearby Nature Republic branch. Nobody even asked me to go to Nature Republic that day to try anything. I was literally wandering around Megamall, just passing time, until I found myself at the doors of Nature Republic. I remember it was my time of the month then when I went, and the breakouts seemed bigger and nastier than before. My previous breakout hadn’t even healed yet, and there I was, with a fresh batch of angry, red eruptions on my face.

I guess it’s safe to say that the Nature Republic saleslady took one good look at my face, pitied its state, and gently proceeded to suggest a good Acne treatment.

Cue in, Nature Republic’s Bee Venom line.

At first, I only bought the pimple patch (P235, 1pack=18patches) and the spot treatment (P525, 30ml) from the Bee Venom Line. I didn’t want to apply the spot treatment and patch to my entire face (in the event this didn’t work out for my skin), so I ended up just placing the spot treatment and the patch to the biggest pimple on my face – just to give it a go. Come morning, I was very surprised to find that my troubled spot got significantly smaller and less angry looking. Don’t get me wrong, the spot wasn’t completely gone, but the difference was certainly noticeable, and definitely encouraging. After using it for 2-3 more days, the spot completely flattened and healed, and I was beyond ecstatic. In those 3 days, I applied the spot treatment whenever I have a freshly cleaned face, and I used about 2 patches, per spot, per day. I found that the longer the pimple patch stays unmoved on your face, the more chance your skin has of absorbing the medicine and healing (6-8 hours of wear time should be enough).

If you happen to run out of patches, don’t despair. The spot treatment should also work fine on its own. Personally, the patch for me is just another added layer of medicine which the skin can certainly benefit from, but not something that will render other Bee Venom products completely ineffective, if it’s not there.

After much success, I ended up also buying the Bee Venom emulsion (P695, 120ml) and cleansing foam (P545, 150ml) – and let me tell you, it was the BEST decision I’ve ever made. Buying these two has completely changed my skincare routine. Even though the Bee Venom line contains salicylic acid, I found that it’s completely safe to use 2-3x a day, without leaving your skin feeling sensitive and dehydrated. In fact, the bee venom, combined with the salicylic acid, is actually the best kind of care you can offer to your sensitive skin! Apparently, bee venom skincare advocates claim that the ingredient works by tricking the skin into thinking it has been stung by a bee, springing the body’s restorative and healing abilities into action – which is why their products are so effective, and work efficiently on a lot of customers.

Another great thing about the Bee Venom line is their Emulsion. I’ve swapped out my old moisturizer for this one, and I have no intention of looking back. Not only does the emulsion work in tandem with the rest of the Bee Venom line to prevent and treat acne, it’s also a GREAT base for my makeup!!!

As someone with combination skin (but leaning more towards the oily side), usually, the common issue I keep encountering with my makeup is how it easily breaks apart on my nose area and in between my brows.  However, with the Bee Venom Emulsion, I have been pleasantly shocked again and again at how good this keeps my makeup together! I can’t even begin to tell my fellow oily skinned sisters just how transformative and groundbreaking this emulsion is for the skin! Plus, it just gives you the most dreamy, dewy glow (If that’s your shtick. If not, powder is your friend!) as the day wears on!

I think it’s safe to say after a full page of raving, that I STRONGLY encourage all of you (both women AND men), to give Nature Republic’s Bee Venom Line a go. You don’t even have to have acne prone skin to give it a try. It’s simply a GREAT skincare line all around that also happens to specialize in preventing and treating acne prone skin. I can proudly and confidently say as well that I’m not so bothered by acne anymore every time my hormones act up, because I know I have a great secret weapon to keep the acne at bay. Price-wise, Nature Republic has always been very reasonable, and you get A LOT of product for the amount you pay for. They also have other available products in the Bee Venom line (toner, facial mist, etc.), but if this is your first foray into Nature Republic goods, and you’re slightly unsure about buying the entire line immediately, I highly recommend that you try out the facial wash, emulsion & spot treatment first!

HELIX-D’s Ageless Eye Serum

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When I got this in the mail, I admittedly was a bit hesitant at first. I’ve played with a couple of eye serums in the past and frankly, never really saw that much of a difference (or none at all) in the results – so safe to say, my skepticism wasn’t completely unfounded.

It actually took me a while to open this box. I’ve had it lying around my vanity area, silently calling out to me whenever I’d pass it to open it.

Fast forward to today and boy do I regret not trying this out sooner.

The first time I used this, it was before bed time, to ensure that the formula gets a chance to work its magic overnight. The morning after, the difference wasn’t just immediate, but NOTICEABLE. Not only did it brighten my under eye area, it was tightened, de-puffed and the smaller wrinkles around my eyes seemed to have vanished! I was in SHOCK. I wanted to scream at the top of my lungs, and broadcast it to anyone who would listen that I found the most effective eye serum out there in the market right now – but I contained myself. I didn’t want to jinx myself but announcing this discovery too soon.

I played with this product for another month to really put it to the test, and I’ve even tried it on my friends as well – and the results were always consistent. Call me crazy, but after a month of use, I feel like it didn’t just improve the condition of my eye area, it’s improved the overall state of my skin as well. The product doesn’t promise to do that, but it somehow managed to affect the other areas of my face too!

To say that I’m beyond impressed by this product is a ridiculous understatement. I’ve looked into Helix D’s technology further and it seems that the reason why their formula is so powerful is because of their Dual Liposomes Technology, which essentially, protects the full potency of its active ingredients until they come into contact with your skin. Other skincare brands have always prided themselves in utilizing the newest, most active ingredients as the key to their product’s success. However, ingredients don’t work if they can’t penetrate the skin. More often than not, these products only work on the surface of the skin. With Helix-D’s carriers using a unique, Low Polar Friction-Free Delivery System (LFDS), the ingredients it carries passes through the cellular lipids into the deep co-layers of the skin and delivers the actives to help improve and repair the damaged areas of the skin.

Combined with the most cutting edge ingredients today and the Double Helix-D Delivery System (DHDS) – which protects active ingredients from being neutralized by the skin’s natural defense mechanisms and using the same technology pharmaceutical companies use to provide time-release delivery, DHDS releases the actives in multiple stages, exactly where they are needed to effectively treat your skin – you have one of the most powerful and effective eye serums to combat aging, dark circles and wrinkles in your eye area.

Helix-D’s Eye Serum and other Helix-D skincare products are available at SM Beauty in SM Aura, SM Makati, SM Megamall, SM North EDSA, and SM Mall of Asia. It’s quite an investment at P3,980 (35ml), but trust me when I say that it will all be worth it! Also, a little goes a long way with this product, as you only need to apply a pea sized amount per eye, so you’ll definitely have this sucker for a while!

PURE MARULA FACIAL OIL by John Paul Selects

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For the record, I want to be upfront and state that my knowledge of beauty oils has been very limited thus far. With my combination skin (leaning towards oily), I tend to stay away from oil based products. The one beauty oil that I’ve truly enjoyed and continued to use has only been Nuxe’s Huile Prodigieuse.

Since I didn’t want to risk being an oily mess by using this in public, I opted to try this product out at the safety of my own home. Like the Helix-D eye serum, I only used this at night before going to bed, so that the ingredients get a chance to penetrate my skin and work its magic.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with John Paul Selects’ Marula Oil (or Marula Oil in general), it is basically Africa’s best kept beauty secret in a bottle. This product is a multi-functional, anti-aging premium facial oil that is specially formulated for the face and neck, and is a naturally soothing treatment that provides intense hydration, protection, and rejuvenation to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles for soft, radiant skin.  This facial oil is also suitable for all skin types, and contains a high content of fatty acids, resulting in fast absorption to leave skin smooth with a matte finish.

Although this beauty oil claims to do a lot of delicious stuff for your skin, I can attest that it indeed does DO all that it claims to do. Combined with Helix-D’s eye serum, I now feel that my skin’s biggest anti-aging concerns have been addressed, and I no longer feel ill equipped when it comes to combating aging skin.

In case you’re still doubting the power of John Paul Selects’ Marula Oil, do know that not only has it been clinically proven (and the only doctor endorsed beauty oil in the world) to contain a great deal of antioxidants and omega acids, it can also be used alone as a highly effective anti-aging moisturizer, added to other facial products to boost their efficacy, soothe skin after facial treatments or sunburn, or used as a perfect makeup primer.

Price wise, the 30ml bottle is at P2,980 and the 50ml is at P4,980. It may sound a little steep, but if it helps to soothe the damage to your wallet, keep in mind that Marula is derived from wild-harvested, hand-selected Marula nuts by East African women who are working to help bring livelihood to their communities.


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Makeup and skincare investigator. I probably spend way too much time trolling beauty counters, playing makeup with friends, and doling out skincare advice -- warranted or not. I have 10-12 step (depending on the day) skincare routine, and YES, I enjoy every single luscious minute of it.Follow my adventures on Instagram (@valerieg86)!!!

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