Fresh scents and super sunblocks | Lifestyle.INQ

OCTOBER 27, 2022

Bulgari Fragrances are known for being unobtrusive, classy and understated.  It’s a scent one can smell only when one is within two feet of the person wearing it, and the smell is clean.  For summer though, I want to add “fresh” to that mix, which its fragrances seem to lack.

Bulgari Omnia Coral seems to have broken the mold.  What makes the difference is the addition of Wolfberry and Pomegranate to the otherwise subtle blend of Bergamot, Water Lily, Hibiscus, Cedar and Musk.  The within-two-feet rule still applies, but now there is a mouth-watering fresh mixed in with the clean.

The typical SPF 30-50 sunblock we use daily is ideal for occasional direct sun exposure. Try Super Protection Sun Blocks for Outdoor Sports and the Beach.

If you are headed for the beach or find yourself outdoors for a prolonged period of time this summer, you may need something thicker and stronger.

Please remember to reapply generously every two to three hours. Make sure first application has been applied 20  minutes before you face the sunny world.

Beach sunblocks for body are  Beach Hut SPF 100, Hawaiian Tropic SPF 70, VMV Armada Sport SPF 70, Belo Sun Expert SPF 60, Nivea Sport SPF 50.

They are thick, broad-spectrum and almost waterproof; they can withstand saltwater and excessive perspiration. But the elements still break them down, so reapplication is necessary.

Beach sunblocks for the face are Beach Hut SPF 65, Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection SPF 50, VMV Armada SPF60,  Sunplay Super Block SPF 130.  Those with higher SPF for the body may be used for the face, but be warned that they sting like crazy when sweat lands in your eyes.

Skin smoother

Ever wonder how drag queens end up looking better than women when all-dolled up?  A trip to the MAC counter was all it took to find out.

Prep+Prime Skin Smoother (P1,950) is a velvety skin primer in a compact. It is applied to a clean face, fills in gaping pores and fine lines, giving the makeup that follows a perfectly smooth surface to glide on for even application.

It also contains skin softeners that provide moisture without the oil so the creams and powders that follow have something to adhere to, making makeup stay on longer. So, one little pack grants you perfection with staying power.  Tip:  Apply with a synthetic foundation or stippling brush.

Youthful, flushed cheeks signal shy, demure, innocent and young.  MAC has five satin and one frost shades at P1,300. If you are oily, stay away from Full of Joy (lavender frost), which looks great on dry dull skin of any skin tone, and stick to the five satin shades.

Those with very pale cheeks will love Pink Tea (beige pink) as they do not have to be cautious about applying to much, unlike with the other shades.

Light to medium can wear all shades but will look super in Love Cloud (bright mid-tone pink) and Peony Petal (bright blue pink).

Deep tan-, olive- or dark-skinned? Modern Mandarin (Red Orange) and Immortal Flower (Bright Peach) will look great on you. But they may make others look burned when applied with a heavy hand.


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