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Fashion and Beauty

Beauty bargains to look for on 11.11

CULTURE VULTURE - Therese Jamora-Garceau - The Philippine Star

Smart shoppers know to wait for monthly sales to score their desired items. Here are some great deals and beauty discoveries to consider in the 11.11 sale tomorrow.

Get up to 90% off on biggest one-day sale

Fans of homegrown beauty brand Issy & Co. should take advantage of its biggest one-day sale tomorrow on Lazada and Shopee.

I highly recommend Issy’s Skin On the Go line of Active Skin Tints and Weightless Loose Powders, which was an instant hit when it launched a year ago.

After gathering customers’ feedback, Issy launched Skin On the Go 2.0: “It felt so nice for customers to tell us what they want and, as a brand, we're here for them,” said Joel Andrade, Issy & Co. cofounder and creative director.

New and improved: Issy & Co. Active Skin Tint, Active Concealer and Weightless Loose Powder

Skin On the Go 2.0 offers new and improved formulas, three new shades of the Active Skin Tint (bringing the total to nine), a new Radiant shade added to the three Weightless Loose Powders, and a highly requested addition to the line:  a new Active Concealer in nine shades to match the tints.

Makeup artist Slo Lopez, who used her expertise to develop Skin On the Go, advises getting two concealers: one in your shade to conceal blemishes, and another in a lighter shade for under the eyes. Another Lopez pro tip is mixing the Skin Tint with the concealer if you want fuller coverage.

I love the new Radiant Weightless Loose Powder (P349), which has champagne pearls.  Sweep it on lightly with a powder brush and say goodbye to unsightly shine, and hello to a seamless golden glow.

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Issy & Co. goes on sale tomorrow at Lazada and Shopee.

Sunscreen on sale: Anessa Gold Perfect UV Sunscreen Skincare Spray SPF 50+ PA++++

Golden deals today and tomorrow

Anessa’s new Gold Perfect UV Sunscreen Skincare Spray SPF 50+ PA++++ will be on sale during 11.11. This new variant of Japan’s No. 1 sunscreen from Shiseido has the same strong UV-protection technology and 50%-skincare ingredients of Anessa’s Gold Milk and Gold Gel, but it’s now in a spray bottle for fast application, perfect for those on the go.

It’s waterproof — able to withstand water and sweat — and dig this:  you can use it not only as a makeup primer but also as a setting spray. It disappears into your skin, leaving no white cast or greasy feel.

Another exclusive deal is when you preorder Anessa’s Suncare Gold trio of milk (offering the strongest UV protection), gel (light, fresh texture) and spray, you’ll save 20% (a P4,970 value for P3,979) and get free gifts valued at P1,478, namely  full sizes of Senka Perfect Whip facial cleanser and Anessa’s whitening sunscreen.

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Anessa is available at www.lazada.com.ph.

Floral dream: Acca Kappa Sakura Tokyo evokes the delicate fragrance of cherry blossoms.

Japan’s cherry blossoms captured

Yesterday I was reminiscing about Japan, and how much I missed it:  that time we stayed at a ryokan in Kyoto, the food trip we took in Tokyo, and most of all the cherry blossoms in spring, when the trees would burst into clouds of flowers, and petals would rain down on the streets like pink and white snow.

Acca Kappa evokes that lovely experience with Sakura Tokyo, a range of products that capture the delicate scent of cherry blossoms.

Acca Kappa’s Muschio Bianco has long been one of my holy-grail skin scents, and Sakura Tokyo is the floral equivalent of that, with its top notes of Nashi pear and neroli; heart of cherry blossom, freesia, water lily and rose; and base of heliotrope, sandalwood and musk.

The home fragrance diffuser with reeds is formulated with high-quality natural oils and makes for elegant décor wherever you place it, filling your room with the delicate fragrance of sakura.

The pretty pink soap is triple cold-milled and formulated with vegetable-based, moisturizing ingredients.

The Sakura Tokyo body lotion is dermatologically tested and contains artichoke extract and caffeine to balance skin elasticity and provide an anti-sagging effect.  Applied via massage on a regular basis, it makes skin look firmer and smoother.

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Acca Kappa is available exclusively at Rustan’s The Beauty Source and Rustans.com.

Clean lipsticks that will leave you wild with desire

Renowned beauty expert and celebrity makeup artist Rose-Marie Swift's award-winning Wild With Desire lipsticks are now available in the Philippines exclusively through Adora department store. The series is a set of 17 highly coveted lipsticks, each one bold and richly pigmented, and perfect for every complexion and occasion. The set is housed under her company RMS Beauty, an international color cosmetic line that boasts an ultra-luxurious catalog of natural makeup and organic skincare products that contain only the highest quality ingredients in their purest state. The brand is considered a pioneer and steward of clean beauty with its complete and versatile portfolio that is free of toxins and chemicals and formulated to heal and nourish the skin.

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RMS Beauty is available at Adora.

Shimmery lip care in a tube

I’ve been a longtime fan of Clarins Lip Comfort Oils, and have gone through many tubes.  I prefer them to gloss because of their lip-care benefits: they make my dry lips feel so moist, hydrated and plump-looking with organic macadamia, hazelnut, and jojoba oils.  They even have subtle fruit flavor.

Now these already excellent lip products have gotten even better with a dose of shimmer. Lip Comfort Oil Shimmer combines intense pigments with highly concentrated fine pearls to enhance lips with beautiful, 3D shine, available in eight shades:  01 Sequin Flares, 02 Purple Rain, 03 Funky Raspberry, 04 Intense Pink Lady, 05 Pretty in Pink, 06 Pop Coral, 07 Red Hot and 08 Burgundy Wine.

These colors looks bright and vibrant and make lips look even plumper, plus they come in colorful new tubes with a more lip-hugging applicator.  What’s not to love?

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Clarins is available at Rustan’s The Beauty Source and Rustans.com.

Up to 67% off and 31 free gifts with purchase

YOU Beauty is offering various promos on its big 11.11 Christmas sale: Buy one product and get up to 31 free gifts; get up to 67% off and receive up to 11 free gifts; and buy any three items and get 33% off tomorrow only.

I’m a fan of YOU Beauty’s new NoutriWear+ series of Velvet Liquid foundations and Complete Cover concealers, which make your skin look flawless yet feel so light and look so natural.

Litestay technology and Soft Light-diffusing Powder create a breathable, lightweight film that feels like your own skin but with full coverage of up to 24 hours. It also helps control excess sebum without leaving your skin feeling dry. Immortelle C-Lock Essence provides antioxidant properties and claims to help reduce fine lines, nourishing the skin.

The series is also formulated with key ingredients such as Centella Asiatica extract, commonly used in serums, plus SPF 25 & PA +++ UV protection.

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YOU Beauty is on sale tomorrow at the brand’s official stores on Shopee and Lazada.

7 Days to healthier-looking skin

Bioten, the Greek brand committed to natural beauty, has joined the seven-day trend with its Vitamin C Brightening and Anti-aging line.  Its featured product is Vitamin C Brightening & Anti-aging Αmpoules, which contain seven vials of a powerful, 5% complex of vitamin C and a brightening amino acid to be used once a day.

Combined with the Bioten Vitamin C Energizing and Anti-aging Day Cream and Night Cream, which also contain stable and high-tolerance vitamin C, 100%-natural orange and lime extracts rich in antioxidants, and a unique combination of active ingredients, they promise to help you achieve beautiful, healthy-looking skin in a week.

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Bioten is available at Lazada.

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