Laser In A Bottle: Clinique Repairwear Laser Focus Serum

When you reach a certain age, you get to (hopefully) put acne control to the side and anti-aging to the forefront of your skincare program. While I still breakout once in a while (sigh!), I have pretty much slimmed down my skin care regimen to my non-negotiable basics that I toy around (by changing products ) with every 2-3 months.. They’re comprised of the following “essentials”:

  • Oil or water based makeup remover
  • Foaming cleanser when I get up, cream cleanser before going to bed
  • Oil control toner before going out/to work, alcohol-free toner at night
  • Eye cream
  • Oil-free, brightening emulsion to keep the freckles and sun spots at bay
  • Sunblock before going out/to work, moisturizer before going to bed
  • Hydrating mists in during lunch

Taking a cue from Brigitte, I recently added the Clinique Repairwear Laser Focus (serum, Php 3300 for 30ml and Php 4500 for 50ml) into my skin care regimen and I’m glad to share that I just purchased bottle #2. I wouldn’t be too definite that it will work on its own but it nicely married with my current regimen.

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Sneak Peek: Clinique 16 Shades of Beige Collection

The Clinique 16 Shades of Beige Collection

Love neutrals? I hear you! Here’s a sneak peek of what’s to come this March 2014 from Clinique. Taking our love for neutrals in mind, say hello to the limited edition eyeshadow palette and nail enamel collection called 16 Shades of Beige. It’s damn gorgeous for words and universally flattering for every complexion. If sexy and sophisticated’s the look you’re gunning for next year, make sure you watch out for this collection!

Apart from the much awaited, limited edition All About Shadow Neutral Territory 2 (Php 4,200) 8-shade eyeshadow palette, the collection boasts 8 equally highly coveted, A Different Nail Enamel for Sensitive Skins (Php 820 each) in creamy, warm hues. They’re made of naturally nude shades from light to dark making them luxe touches of elegance on our daily ensemble.

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AHOY! It’s Clinique Bonus Time Again!

This September 1 to 15, Clinique gives us massive shoppers another opportunity to discover and fall in love with some of their allergy tested, 100% fragrance-free best sellers. All these beauty candies on the house with your single receipt purchase of 4,500 from September 1 to 15, 2013, while supplies last. For purchases at least Php 5,000, you’ll also snag a Clinique tote bag (one per customer). Sweet deal! :)

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Friday Q&A: On Eyebrow Essentials, Make-Up Removers and more!

TGIF! Reader Q&A’s back! Shoot me an email at phoebeann[at] if you have a nagging beauty question on hand. :)


I like how you “do” your eyebrows. They’re never too drawn (maybe because they’re naturally full?) and not too undone. What do you consider your eyebrow makeup essentials?

Thank you for the eyebrow love. :) You are correct — my eyebrows are pretty full, thankfully even after over plucking them in high school. Honestly, if my lazy bones will take me to the salon to have them professional threaded every two weeks, I’d rather not touch my eyebrows. Then again, I have these trusty eyebrow helpers in tow in my hopes of getting away with “naturally perfected” eyebrows.

When I’m beyond words tamad, I just brush on some Majolica Majorca Brow & Lash Colorist. When I need extra definition, I use the Shiseido Eyebrow Pencil (available in Japan). While it doesn’t hold the hair in place like the Brow & Lash Colorist, I love how I can load up on it without the brows looking too strong. On days when I want to look extra polished, I use the MAC Fluidline Brow Gelcreme. It has more “hold” compared to Majolica Majorca’s Brow & Lash Colorist. To groom my brows with these products, I use a couple of tried, tested and beat up brushes from Charm.

I think I’m ready to commit to more makeup…but I’m scared of breakouts due to not-so good makeup removers. Is this something I should invest on?

Great question! I believe in 2 integral beauty rules: 1) don’t prick your pimples and 2) always thoroughly remove your makeup towards the end of the day. Call it crazy but more than applying makeup, I favour the “ritual” tied to its removal. I never remove my makeup with plain old baby oil just because I never really got around doing so. My first makeup remover’s the classic Pond’s Cold Cream. If you love the local variant (the one that smells like lemons), you have to try the one from the US too. It smells divine – like freshly picked red roses! I love luxe smelling and feeling makeup removers — it’s a great daily treat after a longgggg day. Here are some more faves:

Since I tried the Leyende Multi-Task Cleanser some 3-4 years ago, I don’t remember a day I ran dry of it. I’m hooked on the light almond scent it bears! Based on my experience, this cleanser’s best applied on the face when it’s just lightly misted/damp. It never stings and I can go up to 5 minutes just massaging it all over my face. To remove heavy eye makeup, I like using Clinique Take The Day Off Makeup Remover. Apart from removing the heaviest eye makeup in seconds, this makeup remover never burned my lids. It’s not inexpensive (I can finish a full sized bottle in 8-10 weeks) but in my opinion, it’s worth every penny. The Estee Lauder Perfectly Clean Triple-Action Cleanser/Toner/Makeup Remover is the latest member of the gang. It functions as the name implies where in a pinch, it can be used all the way as a toner. Since the airy foam cleanser transforms to a silky oil upon contact with dry skin, I’m always left with smooth skin everytime I use this. It never emolliates to runny, milky water like my shu uemura Cleansing Beauty Oils (green and yellow pump bottles) but they perform the job very, very closely with each other.

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Arriving This August 2013: Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion+

Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion (DDML) and I go a long way back. If you’ve been reading my blog from way back Swipe Some Gloss (awwwww), you probably remember the day hauled on this stash:

My Clinique Can’t-Live-Withouts circa 2009

For at least 5 years, I’ve been a DDML girl. In 2009, I switched to the Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel out of my dermatologist’s recommendation. Fast forward to June 2013, I’m pleased to share with you that my first Clinique “Yellow Lotion” has been reformulated for the better.

Say hello to Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion+

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