VMV Hypoallergenics Boldly Glow Coconut Oil Skin Bloom Blush Sticks

The most-awaited “skinnocent” blush stick from 100% Filipino brand, VMV Hypoallergenics, has now arrived. The Boldly Glow Coconut Oil Skin Bloom Blush Stick is made with moisturizing/antioxidant coconut oil produced in their own USDA-certified organic farm in Leyte, and absolutely does not contain parabens, preservatives, phthalates, fragrances, and allergens. Chock-full of anti-inflammatory and anti-acne monolaurin (a disinfectant derivative from coconut oil), it’s the skin-friendliest blush stick to date.

My love affair with VMV Hypollergenics started in high school (that was decades ago) because my Mom was such a staunch fan of their makeup, most especially their defunct loose powder. So you could say I grew up with VMV being a staple in our bathrooms and vanity table. I remember all the old products and weird product packaging — does anyone remember the white plastic containers that fuse together for travel (ala jigsaw puzzle)?

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Pixi Multi-Balm in Wild Rose

I’m writing this in sweltering Manila, eating my Chia Pudding (that I made myself, thankyouverymuch), and thinking about our upcoming wake boarding activity this weekend. As someone who’s a fan of the sun (I use copious amounts of sunscreen, don’t worry), my beauty routine has been whittled down to just the essentials. Not that I have an array of makeup products at my disposal in the first place. But I really can’t imagine being all dolled up at the beach with full-on contour and foundation (check Instagram, people do that) — It’s too hot and sweaty to have to pile on anything else save for sun protection.

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But I get it, we still have to look decent at the beach. So, in the pursuit of looking at least glow-y poolside or at your next surf destination, I’ve turned to multi-purpose and skin-friendly brands and products. Less stuff in my carry-on, less stuff to fuss about.

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Black is Back: Ella Naturals Active Charcoal Mud Mask

With all the layers of makeup, skin care, and gunk that bombards our face every day, we need to spike up our skin care routine regularly. Aside from the usual cleanse-tone-moisturize and bi-monthly facials, another good way to improve, detox, or boost moisture in skin is to use a mask.

I’ve favored detox masks more than anything, especially since my complexion is more on the combination type with somewhat oily T-zone. I am currently enjoying Ella Naturals’ Active Charcoal Mask made by fellow blogger, Gellie Abogado.

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If you’re my Instagram contact (if not, go ahead and follow me at @kirasworld), no doubt you’ve seen my IG stories applying the mask and making fun of myself once to twice a week. Lovely playlist courtesy of my Spotify, of course.

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Be Reunion Ready with your L’Oreal Holiday Survival Kit

It’s Christmas! And you know what that means? Parties, lots of food, booze, and endless reunions with relatives and friends. As much as I love celebrating, there will always be that encounter with a nosy Auntie who will ask you those dreaded questions:

“May boyfriend ka na ba?” 

“Parang tumataba ka yata?”

As offensive as it may sound, these questions are usually asked lovingly and out of sheer concern. If this is your first time, don’t be alarmed as this is a tradition that Filipinos ask relatives whom they haven’t seen in a while. It’s sort of the counterpart to the American way of asking: How are you?


Now before you roll your eyes or lash out at your over-inquisitive Auntie, the best defense is to practice grace under pressure. Smile and answer politely while looking at her in the eye — do not flinch but steer clear of the death stare (don’t overdo it!). While you’re at it, make sure you’re glammed  up with these L’Oreal holiday picks.

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Pop Beauty Permanent Pout in Razzle Rose

Personally, I find mauves and rose colors a little bit tricky to pull off. It seems too vintage-y, too blah. It’s definitely not the option I’d reach out for when I desire a pop of color — I save my deep reds and my coral pinks for that. But with the brown and mauve trend now, it’s time to give this seemingly boring hue a second chance.

One of our new matte discoveries is Permanent Pout  from Pop Beauty, the trendy sister of popular UK skin care brand Pixi by Petra.


Get pouty with this full-coverage lip paint’s velvet, matte finish. Extremely long-wearing and kiss-proof, these lip colours are 6 shades of audacious! Lasts all-day & all-night. Paraben free. Not tested on animals. 

Price: Php750

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