A blog that gets nerdy for beauty

Author: Anne Porter

Collagen Supplements: Everything you need to know

Though some people may be skeptical about efficacy of oral supplements for skin, let me start with this statement: I am a firm believer of holistic approach to skin care. While  a separate topic on beauty supplements is discussed elsewhere, in this article I will be talking more about the cult-favorite beauty supplement : COLLAGEN. Yeah, I'm pretty sure this isn’t the first time you’ve heard about it and there’s a reason why: it pretty damn works (got a handful of science to prove it). Before we proceed,  I would also like to remind everyone that just like how the effect of topical…

UV damage: The main culprit in early signs of aging

SUN AS A CULPRIT OF UV DAMAGE UV  damage happens when the electromagnetic waves from the sun comes in to contact with unprotected skin. Electromagnetic waves come at different wavelength, the visible light is what we see when the sun is shining. UV, the one that causes skin damage, is not visible to the human eye and is present even when its cloudy outside. UV (ultra-violet) can be classified as UV-A, UV-B and UV-C.  UVB  causes burning and reddening of skin (sunburn) and targets the outermost layer of the skin. It contributes to skin darkening, when exposed to sun. UVA…

Skin care products that you should (and shouldn’t) splurge

I always perceive the world of skin care as a massive hell hole where if you allow yourself to be swallowed in, the journey will be a mixture excitement, satisfaction, frustrations and confusion. If you believe every brand’s claim and follow every celebrity (or blogger’s) skin care routine, it will leave your wallet empty and your shelf populated with unused skin care products nearing their expiration dates (and also probably hating yourself for what you have got yourself in to). Good news: You don’t have to splurge on every skin care product there is, and this is what this article…

Whey protein and Acne: Is your fitness goal taking its toll on your skin?

What we eat and drink affects our skin condition. In the fitness world, whey protein is a basic commodity for increased muscle mass and fat loss. Whey protein is recommended for athletes aiming to accelerate muscle development and repair. However, there are recent studies  investigating the relationship of whey protein in development and aggravation of acne. If that’s the case, Is your fitness goal taking its toll on your skin? WHAT IS WHEY PROTEIN? Whey protein comes from a liquid remaining after milk is curdled and strained during cheese production. The process is followed by drying to remove liquid and…
Dealing with Brassy Hair

Brassy Hair: What Causes It and Tips From An Expert

Have you ever wondered why your caramel brown hair ends up being orange, or your ash blonde turns yellowish within a few months? This discoloration is generally referred to as brassy hair. If you have colored your dark hair to a lighter shade, brassiness is a common problem. What causes brassy hair? First Culprit: Your Hair Chemistry There are several reasons why your hair color is turning orangutan orange. One of which is your hair chemistry, caused by genetics. Yes, being Asian could be a factor. But it has nothing to do with the fact that orangutans are exclusive Asian…
What You need to know about Hair Bleaching

Bleaching (Part 1): What you need to know about hair bleaching

Ash blonde, silver, pastel pink or rainbow hair colors are some of the major hair goals you must have come across Instagram, Facebook or your favorite beauty blogs. Whether you like it in ombre, highlights or full color, if you have dark hair, the only way to go is some serious bleaching. You might have heard or read somewhere that bleaching is damaging, Is it? What does bleaching actually do to your hair? Either you’re someone who already have your hair done or still thinking about it, this is definitely worth a read. How Does Bleaching Work? You must be…
Saving Bleach damaged hair

Bleaching (Part 2): The most helpful guide to saving your bleach damaged hair

Bleaching your hair can damage your hair cuticle, the outermost layer of your hair. If not managed correctly, your hair can get dry, rough and brittle – a total nightmare. If you have found yourself in this hairy ordeal or feel like you’re getting there, don’t get yourself defeated. There is still a way of saving your bleach damaged hair. Remember though that damage has been done and you can't restructure hair to its original state. The following is a helpful guide to make the damage less visible. Let's start with the Do's of Post-bleaching   Feed your hair with proteins Proteins…

DIY Nail Painting – How to Nail it like a Pro

For women whose nails need to be 24/7 fabulous, constantly getting manis and pedis in a salon can be quite pricey. Because we don’t allow poverty (haha) to keep us from having voguish nails, we strive to perfect our DIY nail painting like a pro. Now here are useful tips to actually NAIL IT : 1. Prepping for Nail Painting: Do not cut those cuticles! No, please don’t. Your cuticles serve as a protective seal that prevents infection. One careless mistake and this fashion operation becomes a messy, bloody crime scene – so don’t risk it. Besides, when you remove…

Beauty Products: When Does Packaging Really Matter?

In most beauty products that you purchase, 10 to 40 percent of the price you’re paying comes from the packaging. Many beauty products in the market have very attractive packaging but have very little to offer with respect to product quality. But do cosmetic companies just spend on packaging for aesthetics? For the sole purpose of deluding your eyes? The answer is NOT ALL. Many cosmetic companies invest on packaging to protect their product and their consumers. So when does packaging really matter in beauty products? When you're concerned with product efficacy Retinols, Vitamin C, UV filters and many antioxidants are…

Drugstore Beauty Products That are Waste of Money

Beauty section of  drugstores like Watsons is a happy place for me.  I just love the variety of products they offer at affordable prices! But there are products that I realized are waste of money and will never buy (again). Product marketing is powerful and sometimes it gives us false needs. Many products make us think we need them when we actually don't or we are just carried away by the cute and irresistible packaging (guilty here). Below is a list of the products I am talking about.   Bad Balms Lip balms are easy finds in drugstore beauty products. Don't get me wrong here,…