No other compliment gets our feelings fluttering as much as, “Wow, you’re blooming.” And it’s because we know that when we’re blooming, whatever beauty we’re exuding isn’t only from what people can see on the surface—it’s from within!
Rissa Mananquil-Trillo, co-founder of the cult-favorite, skin-caring makeup brand Happy Skin, puts it perfectly: “The beauty of a woman is different when she’s happy—when she’s blooming.”
That’s why Happy Skin—the brand that best understands that skin looks its most beautiful when it’s cared for—is dedicating its 2015 limited edition summer collection, Beauty in Bloom, to blooming and blossoming women everywhere. “We want women to experience a different kind of summer this time—one when they can look and feel as fresh as a blooming flower,” explains Rissa. “And we really took our time figuring out which colors we wanted to use for the collection, because we wanted to come up with shades that make women blossom into their most beautiful,” co-founder Jacqe Yuengtian-Gutierrez adds excitedly. “And we did!” These 5 beauty must-haves are:
1. Shut Up & Kiss Me Moisturizing Lippie in Bride-to-Be and Hold My Hand
When temps are on the rise, it’s crucial to use a moisturizing lippie. “The skin on the lips is one of thinnest,” explains Rissa. “It’s one of the most neglected, too, that’s why it’s a must to keep your lips nourished during this time of the year, when it’s most prone to dehydration from the heat.” Happy Skin’s best-selling Shut Up & Kiss Me Moisturizing Lippie is loaded with hydrating Shea butter and skin-protecting collagen. Both part of the blossoming pink family, Bride-to-Be swipes on as a fresh, rosy pink, while Hold My Hand is more of a nude shade with a red undertone. Available for P599 each, P999/box of 2.
2. Shut Up & Kiss Me Lip & Cheek Mousse
When Happy Skin launched last summer’s Shut Up & Kiss Me shades, two hues proved to be instant favorites: the bright pink Summer Crush and the mauve The Morning After. Shares Rissa, “So many people declared it as their favorite lippies on social media. Some even begged us to make it part of our permanent lippie lineup!” Due to public demand, Happy Skin is bringing both shades back, this time as lip and cheek mousses. It’s everything you want in a dual-purpose tint: blendable, buildable, friendly-for-all-skin-types, plus it works like a charm in all kinds of weather. “Even when it’s humid, it never feels greasy or oily. It also hydrates so it’s perfect to use in cold places,” adds Rissa. Another bonus? “It protects the lips with SPF 15!” Available for P699 each, P1,199/box of 2.
3. Get Cheeky With Me 2-in-1 blush in Bride-to-Be and Just Peachy
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“Peach and pink are the two most flattering colors for all skin tones,” Rissa emphasizes. “Now, women no longer have to choose between the two -— they can have both in one palette!” First-time makeup users need not be afraid of the bright colors in the pan, because “We’ve studied the best marriage of pink and peach hues that will leave a perfect flush on the cheeks,” says Rissa. “Just sweep your brush across the pan,” she suggests.
The limited edition Get Cheeky With Me also comes with a Cheeky Cheat Sheet that teaches users how to apply blush, depending on the shape of their face. “We’ve always been a fan of putting cheat sheets in our packaging so makeup newbies can still enjoy our products,” shares Jacque. Adds Rissa, “Besides, makeup should always be easy and effortless for women!” Available for P799.
4. Eye Am The One Holy Grail Mascara in Perfect Black
After more than a year of working on the perfect formula and brush, Happy Skin is proud to announce that it’s making this one part of its permanent collection!
"We’re happy to say that this Holy Grail mascara does everything a mascara should,” adds Jacqe. “It lengthens, volumizes, and curls lashes, and the effect lasts all day long!” And because no mascara is worth losing your lashes over, Happy Skin made sure that the formulation removes effortlessly with warm water, even going as far as infusing it with moisturizing hydrolyzed silk to protect damaged lashes and Swertia Japonica extract to stimulate lash growth.
Happy Skin also set out to find the perfect brush after creating the perfect formula. “It was tricky, because we wanted to make both first-time and advanced mascara users happy,” says Rissa. The Maximeyes brush, a two-fiber brush that lifts and separates lashes, has been proven to curl lashes more by a whopping 76 percent, compared to a regular brush that only curls up to 20 percent more. “The angled dip in the brush also ensures that the right amount of product is picked up every time,” explains Jacqe. And though the Holy Grail mascara can be removed easily with warm water, that doesn’t mean it’s smear-friendly! It’s still smudge-proof, sweat-proof, tear-resistant, and sebum-resistant. Seriously, is there anything this mascara can’t do? Available for P899.
5. InstaBeauty Blur Cream
A lightweight product that evens out complexion, fights shine, minimizes pores, and blurs fine lines, this one works like the Photoshop tool! The Blur Cream is an innovative beauty product that makes imperfections disappear in an instant.
“Every woman wants to look beautiful instantly,” says Rissa. “But here at Happy Skin, we do that while keeping your skin happy. Other primers and blur creams in the market are either greasy or do not provide coverage at all, so you still have to slather on an extra layer of makeup to remove shine or to cover up. That can aggravate skin,” she adds. Enter the InstaBeauty Blur Cream, which already leaves a light tint veil and gives your face a breathable, powder-like finish that lasts the entire day!
“This is for women who need a one-stop-shop product to get their face ready,” says Jacqe. But how you choose to use the InstaBeauty Blur Cream is entirely up to you: on its own, it gives light coverage; as a primer, it sets makeup impeccably; for touch-ups, it works to mattify oily skin. The Blur Cream also spoils your complexion with anti-aging ingredients like retinol and peptides, collagen-boosting C vitamins, and skin-protecting vitamin E. Available for P1,299.
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Happy Skin products are available at Rustan’s Makati and Shangri-La, Beauty Bar, Plains & Prints, The SM Store, Watsons, and at happyskincosmetics.com.