Daily Luxe: Estee Lauder Crescent White Brightening Powder Makeup SPF 25

Just before I went to the US over the holidays, I got dibs on Estee Lauder’s latest cult offering. Their Crescent White Full Cycle Brightening range launched locally last month is taking Asia by storm being carefully formulated to be used as a comprehensive, 24-hour brightening system. It promises to be gentle enough for year-long use, dermatologist & ophthalmologist tested, and non-acnegenic (big yay for me!). As with most skin care systems, every step’s well thought of to work with the other products within the same product range. What’s said to be great about this range is that for something so potent and effective, it’s only worth 5 steps before makeup.

Crescent White Full Cycle Brightening Cleanser Php 2000
This ultra-gentle foam thoroughly cleanses skin of impurities without disturbing its protective moisture barrier. Calming ingredients complement the regimen’s NEW Light Cycle QD Complex and help minimize irritation that can contribute to excess melanin.

Crescent White Full Cycle Brightening Moisture Treatment Lotion Php 3150
Infusing skin with the exclusive NEW Light Cycle QD Complex, this Japan Quasi-Drug Whitening & Anti-Inflammatory (China Special Function Spot) formula helps correct the look of dark spots and prevent new ones from forming. Skin is revitalized with a surge of hydration and prepared to maximize benefits from the formulas that follow.

Crescent White Full Cycle Brightening Spot Correcting Essence Php 5650
The key to this all-new brightening regimen, this high-performance essence evens skintone and significantly reduces the look of dark spots. Dullness disappears until light seems to come from deep within. Pure and potent, the Japan Quasi-Drug Whitening & Anti-Inflammatory (China Special Function Spot) formula features the complete NEW Light Cycle QD Complex.

Crescent White Full Cycle Brightening Moisture Creme Php 3900
This Japan Quasi-Drug Whitening & Anti-Inflammatory (China Special Function Spot) skin-cushioning creme helps strengthen skin’s moisture barrier, help correct the look of dark spots and prevent new ones. Skin feels smoother and more supple, looks more translucent, even-toned and bright.

Crescent White Full Cycle Brightening UV Protector SPF 50/PA++++ (PA+++ in China) Php 2600
Lightweight and fast-absorbing, this high-level SPF 50/PA+++++. Fortified with UVA/UVB protection, powerful anti-oxidants and soothing anti-irritants soothe and calm skin and help protect against oxidative damage. Skin is left looking brighter and more luminous. The formula’s smooth, lightweight texture is easy to apply and primes skin for makeup application.

What I got as a media sample from this range is the Crescent White Brightening Powder Makeup SPF 25 (powder refill Php 2500, empty compact Php 800). It creates a super flawless look over right about any primer I use. It’s nicely long-wearing (6-8hrs of indoor wear), non-caking, and helps me control oil and minimize pore appearance throughout the day. The powder is SO FINE whether you apply it by brush or sponge. I love this powder a lot — much better and comfortable to wear than most of the high end powders I’ve tried in the past.

More product shots and FOTD after the cut! :)

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Melt-Proof FOTD Must-Haves

Just over the weekend, I must have received anywhere from 7-10 queries on  what foundation’s best to be used in this 38-41C Manila weather. I don’t use public transportation to and fro the office on a daily basis but I feel your pain — the moment I get in the car, I immediately brew a deadly makeup meltdown! :(

I’m tad partial to powder these days because my complexion these days is just SO oily but liquid and cream formula’s still queen in the arena of utmost flawlessness. I gathered all of my superstars the last 3 weeks and these are the formulas that stood and won the test of Manila heat and humidity:

Let’s break the roster one by one from left to right, shall we? Coincidentally, they’re also arranged from the lightest and sheerest to the most tan and most opaque. :)

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Panda Eyes Begone!

Pandas are without a doubt — one of the most irresistibly beautiful animals out there. C’mon! How can you resist these cuties!

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Oohs and awws aside, our faces (specifically our eye area) morphing into a panda’s ain’t cute. Here’s how I’ve been holding up lately due to the sleeplessness and poor diet (I’m too tired to have dinner!):

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Double whammy: I need look well-rested everyday. I have to work double time on this because I also work at night so looking puyat is status quo. To avoid looking like a panda (contouring my cheeks is another story LOL), here are the products I’ve been reaching out for more and more lately:

My New Anti-Panda Look Must-Haves from Estee Lauder (like my collection name?):
Stay-In-Place High Cover Concealer & Extreme Zero Smudge Mascara

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Just Like Fireworks But Better: Estee Lauder Pure Color Five Color Eye Shadow Palette in Angel Peach

Before I go on professing my love for this new palette from Estee Lauder, the true star of this blog would like to send her new year greetings.

Happy New Year! Please don’t mind my nails, I just broke our nail cutter into 3 pieces. :)

We had a very quiet new year here in our home — only the second time (celebrating here) within the 27 years I’ve been a resident. My family is very small (only 8 humans and 5 legged babies), affording us to have intimate celebrations year after year. After all the fireworks have been set out, I went out to see my friends and ended up having breakfast for the road. They say that you will be with the people whom you started the year with for the rest of the year and I honestly wouldn’t have it any other way.

Chihuahua, the South, then Recovery Food. WIN!


Now on to the fireworks in my makeup boudoir… :)

I’ve been toying around my Estee Lauder Pure Color Five Color Eye Shadow Palette in Angel Peach (Php 2500) for almost two months now. It’s been one of my go-to palettes recently for day to night affairs because it’s compact, versatile and downright photogenic — both on the pan and on my lids.

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Estee Lauder Holiday 2013 Fragrance and Makeup Sets

The holidays are undeniably here! From #christmastree hashtag overload to Christmas carols blaring in our malls, the pressure to start (or complete if you’ve been good!) shopping’s building massively day after day! :)

For your go-to gal pal, the bestest mom in the world, in laws you ought to win, or even yourself, Estee Lauder has all things pretty and beautiful. Check them out below as you might be able to cross out some of those names & gifts off your lists.

Beautiful To Go
Php 3350

Pleasures To Go
Php 3200

Holiday Makeup Artist’s Portfolio
Php 3900

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