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So My Forehead Decided to Act Ten Years Younger (Not in a Good Way)

Zits. Across my forehead. This is bad bad baaad. It’s like sophomore year in high school all over again.

After finally having a decent skin care regimen to stick to, I succeeded on clearing up my skin of major blemishes and make my complexion glow like a cherub’s for the past few months. That is, until my forehead decided to do a turnabout.

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Last selfie I took more than a month ago before my pores revolted against me. See? I was so glow-y! And with no makeup! =_=

I think it started with the flesh-colored mini bumps I got after trying out the Caviar Peptide Mask from Watson’s. They weren’t pimples, so I was like, “Meh, my exfoliant will take care of that.” But it still persisted. So I tried tea tree oil since it works on small pimples I get every now and then and some of the bumps did disappeared .

But things got REALLY worse after I tried Etude House’s Precious Mineral BB Cream. Since my summer tan already faded and my Maybelline foundation is now a shade darker so it doesn’t match my current skin tone, I was in the look out for a new tinted moisturizer. I was eyeing NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer even though it’s a bit expensive since I think if you’re going to spend a lot of money on makeup, it should be on foundation/tinted moisturizer and mascara. But mom got the BB Cream from her boss for free so I tried it instead.

preciousmineralbbcreambrightfit14000I actually liked the BB Cream. It’s light weight, I liked the pearly finish, and its SPF is as high as NARS’. The only down side I initially noticed was I got more oily than normal, needing two sheets of oil blotters by noon instead of only one. The zits started to appear a week after, one on the cheek, a small one on the jaw line, and another on the forehead. I was pretty sure that it’s the BB cream that’s causing me to break out since it’s the only new product I’ve been using. After two weeks of use, I decided to give the BB Cream back to my mom. I thought giving my skin a rest from makeup would be sufficient to make my zits would go away but nope, still have ’em.

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My forehead as of December 5, looks less awful due to lighting.

Aside from the BB Cream, I guess work-related stress (three weeks of heavy work load WITHOUT SUNDAY REST DAY) and PMS also made it worse. Even my boyfriend and co-workers noticed my zits now. Queen Helene Mint Julep Mask helps in calming the redness but only for a day and my tea tree oil does nothing to heal it now that it’s pretty bad. I’ll try Mario Badescu’s Drying Cream since I’ve read a lot of good reviews from it online, some even said it only takes 2-3 days for the pimples to completely heal. For a long term fix, I’ll be looking for skin care with BHA or retinol in the ingredient list. I’ll just post an update next week if my forehead will get better. I just wish it won’t get any worse.

rozza authorbox wideUPDATE Feb 2014: Okay after more than 2 months since this post, I’m still breaking out. Now it’s mostly along my jawline and chin so there’s a big probability that this is not caused by one product and I’m suffering from hormonal acne. So I guess Etude House’s BB Cream is off the hook(but still too oily for me). I’m currently using their AC Clinic Daily Toner and Moisturizer and Mario Badescu’s Enzyme Cleanser and Drying Lotion(as a weekly spot treatment, too harsh for daily use). I have fewer breakouts now, but my face is still left with dark spots from old acne. Will post updates in the future if my new regimen will clear my face up totally. Wish me luck!

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Pasalubong Shopping with Nanay plus Additional Watsons Haul

I love work-free holidays, they keep me sane from my usual work-slave schedule. You know what I love more than work-free holidays? Retail therapy. Mommy Nanay(our maternal grandma) will be going home to Las Vegas tomorrow so we went shopping two Tuesdays ago(yes, this post is THAT OVERDUE) and bought pasalubongs for our nieces and nephews(cousins’ kiddos). Yna and I love giving books as gifts since we love reading, so off to National Bookstore we went, with Nanay tagging along.

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We chose Filipino published children’s books to teach our pamangkins Filipino values and culture. Most of the books we bought were from Adarna House and Tahanan Books(my favorite client at work hehe).

After our book shopping, we headed for SM Makati for Ate Yna’s lens solution and a new eyeliner for me. I was eyeing the Super Skinny Eye Marker from NYX since it has a lot of good reviews online and I was pretty excited seeing NYX finally on department stores in Manila.  For those who aren’t familiar with the brand, NYX is very popular with dupe hunters and those who love budget makeups from other drugstore brands like Revlon, Maybelline, Wet ‘n Wild, etc. I drew swatches of eyeliners at the back of my hand(since whoever’s crazy enough to use a sample on their actual eyes are risking their peepers with infection, not a pretty picture).

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Tried smudging the eyeliners at home, only Maybelline’s Hypersharp Liner and NYX Kohl Pencil survived.

The marker was more of a MEH than a WOW and more pricey than my old eyeliner from Maybelline, so I tried the other eyeliners on the booth, even the Kohl one which I liked but was not what I was looking for. I need a liquid eyeliner pen for my staple cat-eye and no one can rival Maybelline’s Hypersharp Liner‘s 0.5mm brush tip. So  I marched off to Maybelline’s booth and got a fresh new pen to replace my dried out one which lasted for more than a year.

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Sorry NYX, maybe I’ll have more luck on your Soft Matte Lip Cream.

Aside from my liquid eyeliner, Yna and I also bought a ginormous bottle of vanilla lotion and two face masks.

Camera 360We are crazy for anything vanilla-scented and Watsons Warm Vanilla Sugar Body Lotion did not disappoint. It has a very rich but non sticky consistency and you’ll end up smelling so yummy like a butterscotch bar. We also tried Beauty Buffet’s face masks since it’s so cheap at 2 masks for Php58.00(Php44 when sold individually). I got caviar and biopeptide while Ate Yna sampled the green tea and grape seed one. Their masks are packed with so much essence, after using it for 20 minutes I also wiped it on my underarms, elbows and knees.

Tomorrow would be a holiday again and a long weekend. Hopefully there won’t be any emergency rush jobs that would force me and my co-department mates to go on overtime. I’m really looking forward to long hours of sleep on our magical bed at home in Laguna.

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