A blog that gets nerdy for beauty

Author: Anne Porter

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Why Use Moisturizer? Here’s What Happens if You Don’t

It’s about time to stop looking at our moisturizers and lotions like cinnamon in your coffee– smells good but not necessary. Our skin is a living organ, exposed to the harsh environment conditions. It needs proper care to perform its function properly which includes daily moisturization. Like all other living cells in our bodies, skin cells need water to perform its biological functions.  If that is not enough to convince you of its importance, here are 4 reasons you should think about the next time you skip your moisturizer: 1. Skipping moisturizer compromises skin barrier When this happens, skin is more…

Seminars and Trainings: Make good first impressions with these beauty advice

Yeah I’m going to give you an advice right now on how to present yourself when attending seminars/training like I’m some sort of an expert. Well maybe I’m not the best dressed nor the one with the best #MUOTD. However, I have the right intentions: arrive on time, be comfortable and present your self in a way that supports your professional competence. Dress smart, because you know you are. I guess that’s reason enough to convince you to stick with me and read further. When attending seminars and training, building my professional network is a priority. I try to get to…

How I deal with dark spots from acne (post acne hyperpigmentation)

Being someone who blogs and reads a lot about beauty and cosmetics doesn’t mean I have better skin than most of the human population. On the contrary, my skin frustrations gave birth to the cosmetic nerd that I am today. Though skin products improved my skin condition, pimples still sprout out of nowhere- thanks to my fluctuating hormones. After several attempts to a proactive approach to skin care, I have finally decided to rest the fate of my mortal face to the workings of my womanly hormones. To deal with this, I learned the reactive approach: dealing with post acne…
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What Cosmetic Claims Actually Mean and How They May Have Deceived You

The beauty and cosmetic industry is a tough competition. Many new products are emerging every year and each has their own way to stand out from the rest. To any cosmetic product, cosmetic claims are important marketing tools because of their role in buyer decision process. As consumers, you should know that cosmetic claims are not always the accurate description of the product and will always have underlying “buy me” intentions. Let’s talk about these cosmetic claims and what they actually mean.  It will surprise you how most of them can be very deceiving. 100% Natural / Made with NATURAL…
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Make up primers: The Science and why you would want to buy one

If you think make up primers are just unnecessary waste of time and money, well hold on to that thought, you non-believer. Let me share to you what make up primers do and how it can vamp up your foundation.   How do make up primers work? Make up primers are applied on face just before your foundation and all other color-cosmetics. Primers work by filling in the lines and pores so that make up doesn’t pool within the uneven surfaces of the skin   Is moisturizer not enough? Moisturizers are great when applied on face before make up to…

Drugstore product favorites: My Facial Cleansing Routine

Coming home tired and groggy almost everyday gives me little time (and energy) to go through complicated facial skin care steps. I am sharing to you my wonderful Watsons drugstore finds that pretty much cover my entire facial cleansing routine. These babies are cheap but don't compromise performance –that’s why I’m a fan. 1.Biore Cleansing oil This one is actually bought in Taiwan. I hoarded Biore products when it was on sale in all Watsons-Taipei stores. It’s available in all Watsons stores in the Philippines too. How I use my cleansing oil: It’s the first step in my double cleansing…
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What every Filipina should learn from Korean skin care routine

Just few years back, skin care for me was soap, toner, night cream and that’s that. Having naturally tan Filipina skin, the only skin care products I used were those that whitens the skin. I never used moisturizers because I though I was "too oily" to moisturize.  Discovering Korean skin care routine made a huge influence in my personal skin care journey. Here are the things that I learned, which I think, every Filipina should too. 1. Whitening shouldn’t be the goal of every product If your skin care routine looks like this: ...then pay close attention to this section.…

Korean skin care ingredients: The Science of Bee Venom and other unusual ingredients

From kimchi, korean noodles, k-pop music to your “oppas” from your favorite k-drama, Korean skin care products are no exemption to the things we embrace from Korean culture. So, what’s up with this rave for Korean skin care products? Why do bloggers and skin care fanatics swear by these? If you’ve seen Korean dramas, I'm sure you’ll notice something about every Korean celebrity: Perhaps this made you think: Maybe their stuff does work, No? If you are new to Korean skin care, one thing that would probably surprise you is the unusual ingredients they use in their skin care products.…
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How to (and how not to) get rid of your blackheads

Blackheads are total bummer. I understand how frustrating stubborn blackheads can be. The golden age of my blackhead-infested face was during my high school years. Even if back then I could afford an expensive full-coverage foundation, it still cannot hide those tiny facial potholes.  It covered the whole surface of my nose - almost like a strawberry. My blackheads and my frequent acne breakouts was then the beginning of my mild obsession to skin care products (that later on got to its peak during college). As my college professor says “a well-defined problem is a problem half solved”. If you…

Your ultimate guide to shopping cosmetic products online

90% is a pretty good estimate of the skin care and make up products I own that were bought online. Besides feeling the excitement of a 12-year old while waiting for my packages to come, I see several advantages why I prefer shopping cosmetics online. WHY ONLINE SHOPPING IS PLAIN AWESOME Aaah, the convenience – This is how online stores have revolutionized consumer shopping experience. Who doesn’t want to avoid the traffic, cashier ques, and lifting your ass up to walk in to the store? Reviews and Ratings – Go to the mall beauty department and every sales lady you encounter will…