A blog that gets nerdy for beauty

Author: Anne Porter

mom's beauty advice

Beauty Advice I Got from my Mom (and the few ones I refuse to follow)

So there's my mom. Can you believe the woman is 50 years old? Growing up, I've always been the number one recipient of my mom's beauty advice. It kinda' annoyed me during my teens. As I grow older, I begin to appreciate her beauty advice though most of it was delivered in a form of a nag. Always Wear Your Sunscreen "Wear sunscreen even when it’s raining. Wear sunscreen even when your indoors. Wear sunscreen even when you’re indoors and it’s raining." -Mom, 2001 My mom has been an avid user of sunscreens since she started earning during her teenage…

Does Drinking Lots of Water Give You Glowing Skin? Well, Not Really

Beauty magazines and beauty gurus will never get tired of suggesting the idea that the secret to beautiful glowing skin is to drink more water. Besides shifting your body in to hyper-piss mode, does drinking lots of water really give visible glowing skin? A Glowing skin is well hydrated and firm  which is thought to be directly related to the amount of water you drink. Existing scientific evidence shows that that drinking lots of surplus water will not guarantee a glowing skin and here’s why: Significant Improvements were only observed on people who are dehydrated This means that your skin…
myths on lipstick

6 Lipstick Myths I’m Tired of Hearing (and You Should Stop Believing)

Back in my last year in college, I could remember one day when everything was falling out of place: revisions in our design project, repeat experiments for our research and a short notice announcement for an exam. I was so stressed out and couldn’t even figure out which one to prioritize. That moment when I thought I was about to explode, I went to the restroom, took a deep breath, rinsed my face, put on a face powder (that was all I had back then) and wore the Mac Russian Red Lipstick I got from my mom. I knew it…

Facial Cleansing: 9 Ways You’re Doing it Wrong

Before the wide variety of skin products that emerged  in the cosmetics industry today, proper hygiene has been known to be the pillar of proper skin care. Proper cleansing is a crucial step to a healthy skin. Let’s see how you can improve your facial washing technique by going through the list of ways you might be washing your face wrong 1.    Not Washing Your Hands First Let’s start with the basic – clean hands. Wash hands with regular hand soap - because duh… cleaning face with dirty hands is just so wrong. 2.    Using warm water to wash face…

Moisturizer or Serum: Which one works best for you?

What really is the difference? Should you just choose one or both? Moisturizers and Serums have common purpose of keeping moisture in your skin.  A healthy skin should be able to hold enough water to keep its protective function. Moisturizers Do you remember the days when your mom swears by any of these “holy grail” beauty products? What's common between these products is the presence of petrolatum or mineral oil. Mineral oil has been used in the cosmetic industry for decades and was present in almost every moisturizer in the past. As years passed, many types of ingredients are used in…
Hair Dye

Hair Color: Semi-Permanent vs. Permanent Hair Dyes

After turning 27, I decided to finally color my hair pink. It's something I really wanted to do but was stalling for a long time until I realize, "Oh wait, I'm almost 30".  So finally... I used semi-permanent hair dye to color my hair. I did the application myself, at home. However, to achieve such pink, bleaching was necessary. I had my hair bleached by a professional, in a salon. What is the difference between Semi Permanent and Permanent Hair Dye? If you want to pull off a new look, a change in hair color can give a very flattering…

Supplements That I Swear To Have Improved My Skin

Skin care should not stop at you cleansers, toners and night creams . Our diet (and what we supplement to it) dictates the overall condition of our skin. Though some may be blessed with good skin, we cannot discount the importance of nutrition for skin health. Since I’ve got my self into fitness and watched my diet (both quantity and quality of my food), I felt significant changes in my body. I have more energy and much lighter. I was also able to relieve myself with the frequent stomach pains I used to have back in college. Besides how my…
Lactoferrin for acne

Lactoferrin for Acne: The Holy Grail for Clear Skin?

What if you’ve tried every single acne product on the skin care shelves and none of these have cleared up your face yet? While proper skin care routine still plays a very important role in acne management and treatment, there are available oral supplements containing Lactoferrin, that claim to give you the clear skin you always dreamed of.   Lactezin by Unilab   Acne Care by Vida Nutriscience   What is Lactoferrin? Lactoferrin is a protein that is naturally present in tears, saliva, vaginal fluids, semen nasal and bronchial secretions, bile, gastrointestinal fluids, urine and most highly in milk. This protein…
my favorite sunscreen

Sunscreens: My 5 Current Favorite Sunscreen Products

If you are to ask me what the best anti-aging product is, I would say it’s atleast SPF 25 sunscreen with PA++. This is because 80 to 90% of the visible signs of aging is caused by UV damage. The use of sunscreen is a very effective preventive approach in delaying the signs of aging. In this post I am going to share to you my favorite sunscreen products and Why I love using them. Take note though that these are  my current favorites and it may change in the future as I keep on discovering new products. 1. Ponds…
Cosmetic Industry

Things You Need To Know About The Cosmetic Industry

Make up and skin care products have always been a part of our daily lives. We seem to know which are the good brands and which products work best for us. However, how well do you know the workings of the cosmetic industry? Here are some of the things you should know about the cosmetic industry that most consumers like you may not know yet. 1. In the Cosmetic Industry, Most Brands Do Not Make Their Own Products. Before, I thought that making your own make up line means knowing how to formulate a product from scratch – well that…