Sephora Collection Therapy Mask

Sephora Collection Therapy Mask
Ginseng Therapy Mask

As I posted on my recent blog entry (Sephora Collection Eye Mask), I purchased the Sephora Collection Therapy Mask to avail of  free delivery by reaching the Php 1300 minimum spending requirement.

I bought the Sephora Collection Ginseng Therapy Mask – 5 Piece and the Sephora Collection Lotus Therapy Mask – 5 Piece out of curiosity. They retail for Php 536 ($11.40).

The 5 piece facial masks comes in a colored circular plastic packaging which I plan to re-use in the future. I think it would be great for storing puffs and sponges. They actually remind me of those colorful CD cases from the 90’s.

These are made in China. Sephora Collection Ginseng Therapy Mask – 5 Piece  are made with ingredients imported from Taiwan and the Sephora Collection Lotus Therapy Mask – 5 Piece are made with ingredients imported from France.

I wanted to buy more, but most of what I wanted to purchase were out of stock.

Sephora Collection Lotus Theraphy MAsk
Sephora Collection Lotus Therapy Mask

Again they come in 10 “flavors” just like the Sephora Collection Eye Mask. Namely:

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Choose any of these products that would suit your skin type and needs.

These facial masks comes in singles too and retails for Php 134 ($2.85). Check out this Sephora Collection Pomegranate Therapy Mask.

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Tor on the couchI decided to try the Sephora Collection Lotus Therapy Mask because of it’s promised benefits : hydrating and soothing. Let me say that before I used this, I left it inside my fridge to cool overnight.

Tearing the packaging is relatively easy. The sheet has a faint delicate scent that I love.The kind of scent I only smell on babies.

Once I removed the facial mask from the packaging, it was dripping wet. It is heavily soaked with product.When I unfolded the sheet, I thought it was too big. But as soon as I started layering it on my face, I have come to realize that it fits my face. I poured what was left of the product unto my palm and started adding it to the face mask with a tapping motion using my fingers.

There was no itching upon initial contact.The coolness of the facial mask helped me relax. I decided to lay down on the couch and dozed off.

25 minutes later, I removed the sheet and realized it was still soaked with product. After folding the sheet, I rubbed it all over ears, jaw area, my neck, all the way down to my chest, on my elbows, on my knees and on other dry spots of my body.

Never waste products. Always try to use everything for all it’s worth.

My skin felt plump. The wrinkles around my eye area are less visible because of the hydrating properties of the mask. My skin looked relaxed and radiant. There was no sign of redness. I had no allergic reaction to it.

This is a keeper.

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WWW.SEPHORA.PH is an online store based in Singapore. Delivery is between 2 to 10 WORKING DAYS. They have a Php 1300 minimum spending requirement to avail of free delivery. Products bought on this site will be delivered straight to your door step. The tax/import duties are already part of your purchase.

To reach the minimum spending requirement to avail of free delivery service, with this purchase, I bought a number of Sephora Collection Eye Masks. Read my blog about them here.

This online store is very reliable. Delivers on time. This is my second purchase with them.

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Sephora has a specific webpage dedicated to specific countries in America, Europe, Oceania and Asia. All you have to do is to register according to your location.  It’s important that you do so because some products are available for delivery on the Singapore site but it’s not available on the Hong Kong or Malaysia site.  Click here to know which Sephora International website you can register through.

Always read the fine print, terms of delivery and payment methods before purchasing anything! Be an informed consumer.

Sephora Collection Eye Masks

This was actually an “impulse” purchase. I have just finished uploading my blog about Skinlite Facial Masks when I started perusing through WWW.SEPHORA.PH. Skin care products were on my mind. I was going through the Sephora Collection page when I saw color. I was seeing pinks, greens, purples, yellows, blues, lavenders.

You see, I get attracted to colors. You should see my t-shirts from Uniqlo.

I had to click on them.

It was the Sephora Collection Eye Mask – Mono collection.

Left to right: Ginseng, Rose, Orchid, and Marine Algae.
Left to right: Ginseng, Rose, Orchid, and Marine Algae.

This came at an opportune time because I ran out of eye masks recently. I have recently discovered that the eye masks of the brand that I have been using for the past two years has been discontinued.  There’s this  Korean brand I have been looking into but, it’s too expensive a purchase. I needed a product that was effective, reliable, easily available and cost efficient.

The Sephora Collection Eye Mask – Mono, as the are called, are sold by piece. They retail for Php 101 ($2.15). Here are the ten different “flavors” of Sephora Collection Eye Mask – Mono and their suggested selling points:

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Since these are singles, I wanted to buy them all to try them out. But Job’s Tears, Pearl, Pomegranate, Avocado, Green Tea and Lotus were sold out.

After adding the available products to my cart, I continued perusing through the site and stumbled upon their Sephora Collection Eye Mask – 5 piece. This retails for Php 402 ($8.55). It’s quite a bargain. Five pieces for the price of four.

Sephora Collection Eye Mask - 5 Piece

Green Tea Eye Mask

The Sephora Collection Green Tea Eye Mask – 5 piece was available and I decided to purchase it. Just like the Sephora Collection Eye Mask – Mono , the Sephora Collection Eye Mask – 5 piece comes in 10 “flavors”. Again, I wanted to buy them all, but money does not grow on trees. I decided to review my cart and purchase only the products that I know I will need based on the working conditions I usually experience and on the different skin types of my private clients (most of them).

The reason why I decided to purchase the Sephora Collection Green Tea Eye Mask – 5 piece is because green tea is a known anti-oxidant with  anti-inflammatory properties. This will help calm down the nerves around the eyes and lessen the appearance of puffy under eyes. I chose Orchid, for that woman of a certain age, Marine Algae for that very dry skinned model, Rose for those who have dark under eye issues, and Ginseng for those with tired under eyes.

The Sephora Collection Eye Mask – 5 piece comes in a plastic case which I like. I’m a stickler for recycling things and I’m already thinking of many useful ways to reuse it.

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The mesh that hold the pads.

I decided to test out the Sephora Collection Rose Eye Mask. This past week, I have been swamped with work while fighting of a minor infection. Aside from waking up early to get to work, I have been waking up at odd hours to take my meds. I needed some “brightening”.

Tearing the packaging is relatively easy. Once opened a faint scent of rose is apparent. The two eye pads were “very wet” when I took them out. There is a thin protective film holds the eye pad; retaining it’s shape. I’m not sure if it’s made of mesh or plastic.

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The half-moon masks as described on the packaging.

I had a little bit of trouble trying to figure out how to place the pads under my eyes. After a few twists and turns, the half-moon masks fell rightfully into place. The sheet starts off close to the inner corner of the eyes and goes all the way to the temples. Creating some sort of lift. Before throwing the packaging, I peeked inside the packaging and saw that there was a generous amount of the gel substance left. I scooped it out with my fingers and patted them unto the pads.

Upon contact, I did not feel any itching. My eyes did not feel irritated. It felt quite cool and minty. Unlike some eye pads out there that “sting” your eyes.   I decided to space out for a few minutes. I was becoming quite relaxed.

20 minutes later I removed the pads, there were no signs of redness or irritation. My under eyes felt firm and looked less puffy. The eye pads has also left it intensely moisturized, making me look less tired; brighter. I believe this eye mask has light reflecting properties which you’ll notice once the gel like substance dries. I noticed a certain “luminosity” on my under eye area.

I went to bed.

The effects are still apparent after a good night’s sleep. After waking up, I can still feel a tautness on my under eye area and the radiance is still there. The most important thing is that there was no redness, no itching; no signs of an allergic reaction.

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These eye masks are a great partner in your skin care routine, especially before you put your makeup on. It will help you relax. Make sure to keep then in your fridge. Before using them for the first time, make sure it has been “refrigerated” over night. The cold will help de-puff any swelling.

If you have the budget, this is great to do two – three times a week. If not, “as needed” will be fine. But do take note that this will not take the place of an under eye cream/treatment.

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Unfortunately, I cannot give you the complete ingredients list because it’s in Chinese.

As stated in the packaging, these eye masks are made in China using imported ingredients from Taiwan (Ginseng, Rose), France(Orchid), Germany(Marine Algae) and Spain(Green Tea).

However, the scientific names of some ingredients are shown in English.

After checking out the Sephora US site I’ve noticed that the package design of the eye masks are quite different. Because of this and the instructions + ingredients list are written in Chinese on the packaging, I have come to the conclusion that these “Made in China” Spehora Collection Eye Masks are sold on the Asian Sephora websites only.

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WWW.SEPHORA.PH is an online store based in Singapore. Delivery is between 2 to 10 WORKING DAYS. They have a Php 1300 minimum spending requirement to avail of free delivery. Products bought on this site will be delivered straight to your door step. The tax/import duties are already part of your purchase.

To reach the minimum spending requirement to avail of free delivery service, with this purchase, I bought the Sephora Collection Therapy Masks in Ginseng and Lotus. To know about my experience with those products, read here

This online store is very reliable. Delivers on time. This is my second purchase with them.

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Sephora has a specific webpage dedicated to specific countries in America, Europe, Oceania and Asia. All you have to do is to register according to your location.  It’s important that you do so because some products are available for delivery on the Singapore site but it’s not available on the Hong Kong or Malaysia site.  Click here to know which Sephora International website you can register through.

Always read the fine print, terms of delivery and payment methods before purchasing anything! Be an informed consumer.

 

 

Nancy

@nancy_blanco_ and I | #makeup by yours truly #hair by @reyarciaga

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Nancy is the sister of my good friend Joshua. I was happy to have been chosen to do her makeup for her very special event.

She wanted her makeup simple and elegant. I couldn’t agree more.

@nancy_blanco_ and I | #makeup by yours truly and #hair by @reyarciaga |

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Nancy | #makeup by yours truly #hair by @reyarciaga |

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Her wedding was held at The Sofitel Philippine Plaza, and was accompanied by a very beautiful sunset.

#sunset. Best wishes Nancy and Jay.

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Here’s a photo taken during our trial makeup my boudoir months prior to her wedding:

Skinlite Facial Masks

Facial masks are quite unappreciated in the Philippines. I believe that this is going to change because I see a lot of them now inside beauty stores. A clear indication that this skin care regimen is “picking up”.

Facial masks are a good addition to your regular skin care routine. You can do it once a week or three times a week; depending on your budget, life style and patience.

I posted this photo on my Instagram page a few weeks ago. It was a very hectic week for me and I needed to relax. I’ve managed to convince my partner to relax with me.

I picked up these facial masks at The Landmark a week prior. They were only Php 59.75 each! I picked up two of the Skinlite  Cucumber Essence Mask and two of the Skinlite Moisturizing Herb Mask.

I picked up the cucumber mask because cucumber, an anti-oxidant,  is known for its hydrating and relaxing properties. I picked up the herb mask because lavender was the photo used in its packaging. I found out when I got home that there wasn’t any lavender on the ingredients list, but an assortment of herbs namely :Portulaca Oleracea, Paenonia Albiflora, Cornus Officinalis Fruit, Polygonum Multiflorum and Angelica Acutiloba.  Most of these herbs contain Ursolic and Oleanolic Acid that has anti-inflammatory capabilities that nourishes + hydrates the skin (this would be good for those who have Dry Skin).

The first thing that I noticed once I opened these facial masks was their fragrance. They smelled so good. The cucumber mask had a fresh and minty aroma while the herb mask reminded me of the perfume “Light Blue” for women from Dolce and Gabbana . It added pleasantness to the experience.

The mask felt cool on our skins, it even made us doze off for a few minutes. After a little  twenty minutes, we took off the masks and noticed that our skin was very well moisturized… plump. While my partner went straight to bed, I spent a few minutes trying to observe for any after effects. So far, none.

The next day when I woke up, I felt quite well rested. Yes, it can have that effect. I then went straight to the mirror to check for any unwanted effects after a number of hours. There were no red spots, no itching, no signs of chemical burns or any allergic reactions. Being quite happy with the results, I decided to make it a part of my kit.

Skinlite Facial Masks are made in South Korea. As we all now know, South Korea is well-known for their skin care products. You can’t go wrong with this.

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I always store the masks inside my refrigerator. Before using one, I make sure that the facial mask has been inside the fridge over night. That way, when it is applied, the coldness of the mask helps in reducing puffiness of the face, closes the pores, and encourages blood circulation; bringing oxygen to the face.

This is good way to start the weekend after a long hectic week at work. A great way to help your skin recover from a wonderful night out with friends. This is also good to use during long haul flights! Keep a few pieces on your hand carry, and pop it on an hour or two before landing.

This is a GREAT way to start your makeup routine. Put this on for 10 to 15 minutes. Keeping still while doing this so that your body temperature goes down; not making you sweat. This slows down your heart rate placing you in a much more relaxed state once you start applying your makeup.

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Now, what might work for me might not necessarily work for you. Make sure to read the proper instructions before using this product.

Always take time to read the ingredients lists before purchasing. Be an intelligent consumer. Only buy products that suit your skin type, skin care routine and budget.

To know more about these products, visit www.skinlite.com

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Emergency Brush Kit

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My old emergency brush kit

If you are an aspiring makeup artist, I suggest that you build an emergency brush kit. Trust me, you’ll need it.

It always happens on a hectic week; in between shows, private clients, Mars taping and TVC shoots. When I am pressed for time, I do a simple cleansing routine on my brushes after work that evening. After cleaning them with a brush cleaner, I put them on a rack to dry; ready to be used the next day.

I get to work and start setting up. As soon as I open my light box, my brush belt is not there. I realize that my brushes are still at home; on the rack beside the kitchen counter.

I panic. Going back home to get them is not an option. Manila traffic is not my best friend. I stop for a minute to think of what to do. It dawns on me. I have a “purse” full of brushes in my back pack. I start to relax.

In my entire professional career, this has happened to me twice. From then on, I have always been mindful of my brushes.

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I never intended to build an emergency brush kit. It just sort of happened.

Early in my career (circa 2009), I had a fascination with double-ended brushes from Laura Mercier. I collected them when she’d release them as limited edition travel sized brushes during Christmas season. It’s practically everything that you’d need to complete a look.

The brushes you can see above are a combination of two brushes released a year apart.  One was sold as a traveling brush set and came with a brush purse. The other one was sold as part of a smoky eye set. Because of this, I practically have brushes for foundation, powder, blush, eye shadow (cream and powder), eyeliner, brows, concealer, and lips.

To this day, I tend to save brushes from used blush sets from Benefit, mainly just for posterity. The brushes remind me of kabuki brushes from Japan.  That small fan brush came with a tester set for some mineral powder from Laura Mercier. I have two C157 brushes from Crown Brush that were a gift from my best friend Nat.

All of these were in a small brush purse that I kept in my back pack. Let me say that these brushes were not really  “kept”, they were constantly being used in conjunction with my full-sized brushes. It even came a point that I used these mini brushes more often than the full-sized ones. I relegated these brushes to “emergency brush set” status after I left my brushes at home for the second time.

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A week ago, I decided to revamp my emergency brush kit. The brush purse has finally out-outlived it’s use.

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Revamped emergency brush kit

 

I now house the brushes in a small container intended for tools. This keeps the bristles from bending out of shape or the brushes from snapping in half.

I’ve added a few brushes that I don’t use on a regular basis. Like the lip brushes from the OCC Lip Tar kit and an old Makeup Forever Lip kit, The Touch Up Brush from Bobbi Brown, The Mac 183 Flat Top Kabuki Brush (currently discontinued) and an Ita Kabuki Brush. I’ve also added some testers (primers and foundations), eyelash glue and a triangular sponge to the mix because “you’ll never know”.

Many of the popular brands have travel brush sets for sale all year round but it’s only displayed prominently around Christmas season. There are some brands that include mini brushes in an eye/ lip palette. You do not have to buy everything in one go. It’s best to check what you have then look around and see what you need.

This is a great idea not only for makeup artists but for ladies out there. Especially those type of women who doesn’t like to splurge on a full-sized brush but appreciates the quality of a well made product. Usually the price of a travel brush set equals to that of a single full-sized brush or even two full-sized brushes; depending on your chosen brand. So choose and spend wisely.

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If you are primarily working in a city like Metro Manila, where traffic is horrendous, back tracking home to get your brushes is not a good idea. TIME is of the essence so it’s always best to be prepared. It pays to have an emergency brush kit in your bag.

 

 

 

Hillarie Parungao

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Hillarie on set under the lights.

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Hillarie and I on set
I first worked with Hillarie years ago for a shoot way before she won Miss World Philippines 2015. She must have been around 19 or 20 then. We really hit it off then, always laughing and talking. She’s very light on the heart. Elegant and charming.

I have been watching her rise through the beauty pageant circuit and I am truly proud of her success.

I wish you all the best dear in all of your endeavors! Good luck!

 

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This girl has amazing cheekbones.
Around early March, I got a series of calls for a project. When I was awarded the project, I was asked by the producer to come in during final casting to take a look at the top two models who were shortlisted for this project.

As I entered the casting area, I just heard “Oi Tor, ikaw pala!”. To my surprised, I looked up and  it was Hillarie. We catched-up for a bit before I was brought to one corner to be briefed by the producer regarding the “look” of the shoot. I got introduced to the other model, Isabel, before I  started working on both girls for their workshop.

 

Once the workshop was over and since casting will be done a few days after, I brought both girls to one side and gave them tips on how to maintain their skin for the IMG_7733upcoming shoot. No salt, no alcohol, and lots of sleep.

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The night before the shoot, I received word that Hillarie was cast as the lead talent. Before heading to bed, I prepared all that I needed to emphasize that beautiful healthy glow that Hillarie inately posses.

Here’s my edit of the tvc:

To see the original along side Judy Ann Santos click here.

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Kris Bernal

Spent the day with the #beautiful @krisbernal today!

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I had the opportunity to work with Kris Bernal when Suzi Entrata – Abrera went on leave from our show MARS.

I have never worked with Kris up until she was booked for the show. But, we know of each other from her past guestings in our show and when I see her on occasions running on the treadmill beside me in Gold’s Gym Timog. Boy she can run!

We really hit it off. She is such a sweetheart. We talked about beauty, skin care, fitness, travels… boys *laughs*. I had a wonderful time with her. I hope she did too.

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Kris and I

Here are some excerpts from the show on her two-day stint as guest co-host on Mars. Enjoy!

Here Kris is seen during the MARS Masarap segment together with Camille Prats, Katrina Halili and Jennica Garcia. Aired on April 7, 2016.

Here Kris is seen during the MARS Sharing Group (MSG) Segment with Camille Prats, Max Collins, and Louise Bolton (Sexbomb Dancer). Aired on April 8, 2016.

Garnier Light Complete Multi-action Brightening Eye Roll On

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Garnier Light Complete Multi-action Brightening Eye Roll-On

I was reacquainted with this product recently when I saw one of the camera crew (from the magazine tv show MARS) whip this out from his bag and started applying it to his under eyes. I observed him with astonishment. Yes, he was male. Yes, men are equally as vain as women. And yes, the desire to have healthier and lighter looking under eyes is universal.

The next day was grocery day. I made my usual rounds at Shopwise Sucat; got all that I need for the house and perused the cosmetics/personal care area. I picked up Garnier Light Complete Multi-action Brightening Roll-on and headed for the cashier. Time to put it to the test; on my self.

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I do like the ergonomic design of the roller pen. It fits perfectly on the hand, making it easy to handle.

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The roller ball tip of the product.

Upon contact, the gel like formula feels cool on the skin. The roller ball tip heightens the feeling + it’s like giving my under eyes a massage. Which is great by the way. It helps drain excess fluids from the area, de-puffing it.

The gel like formula dried in less than a couple minutes. I felt a slight tightening in my under eye area.

I do not have dark under eye circles, so I can’t really say anything in that department BUT I did notice a sheen on my under eyes that reflects the light. I quickly got the box and went to the ingredients list. It’s the Mica that’s doing this. I ended up using this to highlight the area under my brows and on the high points of my cheeks.

After a few days of using this, I didn’t feel any adverse effect like itching nor did I develop any skin disorders such as milia. This looks promising.

Decided to place this on my kit and bring it on a test run.

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Suzi was on leave from the show (MARS) and I had a number of guest c0-hosts sitting on my chair for the past two weeks. These were women of different skin types and skin issues. They were relaxed enough to let me try this on them.

In general, the initial reaction is always how “cool” it felt on the under eye area. It did help them relax a bit on my chair. The slight light reflecting qualities and the “tightening” feeling was noticed from the get-go. The makeup I placed on the under eye area held up and didn’t lead to more than the usual “breakdown”.

They also liked the size of the roller pen. It fits easily in any vanity kit or a small pocket in your purse. Very convenient.

So far so good.

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According to the packaging, the main ingredient of Garnier Light Complete Multi-action Brightening Roll-on is Caffeine and it’s pro-vitamin B5 properties acts as a stimulant. This energizes your under eyes and makes it look less tired.

You are advised to use this continually. You’ll see results such as brighter looking and radiant skin in 14 days. Bags and dark circles in the under eye area are reduced after 28 days. So, be religious.

The ingredients listed are:

Aqua /water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Aluminum Hydroxide, Biosaccharide gum-1, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Caffeine, Caprylyl Glycol, Disodium EDTA, Escin, Guanosine, Hydroxyproline, Imidazolidinylurea, Laureth-7, Methylparaben, Mica, Panthenol, Polyacrylamide, Sodium Hyaluronate, Xanthan Gum (F.I.L. B32720/1).

The ingredient that tightens your under eye area is Guanosine. The light reflecting property of this product, as I stated above, is Mica.

You should know, as stated on the box (verbatim),  Garnier Products are dermatologically tested for tolerance and designed for Asian skin.  This is something that you should consider before buying this product as well. For me, this reads as “it’s is only available for the Asian market”.

Now before using this, always do a patch test on an area on your arm to see if you are reactive to this product. You might be allergic to some of the ingredients listed.

Take note that this product brightens dark under eyes circles and decreases puffiness only. If you are looking for an anti aging under eye treatment and willing to splurge to a certain degree, you can try L’Oreal‘s Revitalift Magic Blur Eye or Revitalift Lazer X3 Anti Aging Transforming Eye Cream.

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Garnier Light Complete Multi-action Brightening Roll-on retails for Php 249 in leading supermarkets and drugstores nation wide. Quite affordable for it’s promised performance.

To know more about this product you can visit www.garnier.com.ph

For the rest of the world, visit dispatch.garnier.com make sure to select the country where you reside to see if this is available or there’s a similar product you can choose from.