I love to multitask, so I also love products that can multitask, especially when it comes to makeup and skincare. I like skincare that addresses various skin concerns and simplifies my routine without depriving me of what my skin needs. I like makeup that covers up what I want hidden, enhances what I want to flaunt, all while infusing my skin with ingredients that it needs to look healthier and more beautiful. So yes, I like beauty brands that can effectively integrate skincare and quality makeup.
One of the brands that found a way to integrate skincare that stimulates and supports the skin’s natural restorative functions with a base makeup line—just what we need—is Japanese brand Koh Gen Do. Available in several countries including USA, Korea, China, Hong Kong, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, Australia, and of course the Philippines, Koh Gen Do’s integrated skincare and makeup are loved by women the world over. Even A-list Hollywood celebrities like Jennifer Lawrence, Blake Lively, and Jessica Alba use and swear by its products.
I’ve been using Koh Gen Do’s makeup products since it was first introduced in the Philippines, and my favorites include the Moisture Foundation that leaves a nice, smooth finish; the Moisture Concealer that effectively covers dark spots and dark circles under my eyes; and the translucent Face Powder to set my makeup and make it last longer. How about you, do you use Koh Gen Do, too? What are your faves?
Whether you’ve been using Koh Gen Do for years or would like to try it out for the first time, there are three new products that we must add to our Christmas Wish List (and hope one of our BFFs would get it for us as a gift) or perhaps just get it for ourselves so our skin looks its best when we attend all those holiday parties and reunions: the Maifanshi Aqua Foundation, Cleansing Water, and Face Mist.
Maifanshi Aqua Foundation (P2,750)
If you want a perfect finish with a natural glow, the reformulated Maifanshi Aqua Foundation is worth a try. It helps you achieve the same flawless, glowing result after getting a facial treatment with a new weightless, budge-proof formulation, all while reducing discoloration, dullness, and enlarged pores. Its improved radiance, increased coverage, and longer wear are certainly the things you want out of your foundation that seems quite an investment but is totally worth it.
This breathable foundation boasts high adhesion, skin color correction, double water-repellent coating, and ultimately helps prevent white casts—no need to worry about uneven skin tone, especially when you use flash photography at parties. What I love? The foundation feels so light on my skin and provides awesome coverage yet blends so well—it just looks like I have really good skin! Plus, it contains Bretagne Sea Water and moisturizing ingredients that protect the skin from dehydration due to environmental stressors. Multitasking, check!
Cleansing Spa Water (Makeup Remover, 380ML, P1,995)
Koh Gen Do’s famous Cleansing Water, the Thermal Spring Water Makeup Remover, finally made it to Philippine shores! This gentle “water” makeup remover doesn’t require rinsing; all you need is to moderately saturate a cotton pad with it—I love its super nifty pump!—and gently swipe on skin to effectively remove dirt, excess oil, and other impurities, even waterproof makeup. It’s perfect for quick and easy cleansing on-the-go, wherever you are. It’s so ideal for this season when we’re too tired from back-to-back holiday parties and braving the holiday rush (and horrid traffic) since it totally reduces the time we spend cleansing our face before bedtime. Now we really have no excuse to hit the sack with makeup on (even when we’re drunk).
Here’s why I love it: Nourished with 95% moisturizing ingredients, it also hydrates, plumps, and firms delicate skin like a serum without causing irritation or leaving an oily or sticky residue! Imagine, not only do you cleanse, you moisturize and treat skin, too! How’s that for multitasking? It’s formulated with Spa Blend Water—a blend of mineral-enriched hot spring water, Betula platphylla japonica juice, and six herbal extracts that protect and nurture skin. No wonder this cleansing water has been loved and trusted by entertainment industry professionals and actors for its quality and unwavering results.
Herbal Spa Mist (Face Mist, P1,595)
Now, if you’re really tired and busy and just can’t be bothered to complete your 3-step, 7-step, or much less your 10-step skincare this holiday season, here’s something you must always have in your bag and your bedside table: this Herbal Mist, which leaves a 99% moisture-packed veil that hydrates, refreshes, supports, and revitalizes skin. This multi-functional face mist helps relieve five skin challenges—dehydration, enlarged pores, oiliness, makeup creases, and redness—with Spa Blend Water, made of Japan’s deep thermal spring water which contains eight anti-aging botanical extracts and natural moisturizing ingredients that improve skin texture.
One spritz instantly cools skin, maintaining its healthy balance and protecting it from UV rays and many environmental stressors that can cause skin damage. It also lifts the senses with a fresh herbal scent made of blended aromatic oils from three natural herbs, calming and rejuvenating you throughout the day. Lightly spray this serum-like mist anytime, anywhere, under or over makeup as desired for skin comfort and touchups—it will not disturb your makeup. It’s skincare made easy and smart with just one bottle, so never leave home without it this season (don’t worry, the bottle is light and slim enough to fit in your handbag). It’ll be your skin’s best friend.
And just in case you were wondering, all three products have no artificial colors, fragrance, petroleum-based mineral oil, paraben, or alcohol.
In the Philippines, Koh Gen Do is exclusively distributed by Stores Specialists, Inc., and is available at Beauty Bar stores located at Central Square in Bonifacio High Street Central, Alabang Town Center, Eastwood, Glorietta 2, Greenbelt 5, Power Plant Mall, Shangri-La Plaza, and TriNoma. Visit beautybar.com.ph, Beauty Bar’s Facebook, or ssilife.com.ph for more information.