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Age: 30s

Location: Manila

Skin Type: Combination

Skin Concerns: Fine lines under the eyes, occasional dark circles and blemishes

I developed an interest in skincare during my late teens — I started wearing sunblock when I was 17. On the other hand, I started wearing full-on makeup when I was 27. I am mostly self-taught. My mom and sister couldn’t care less about skincare regimens, and they consider me the vainest one in the family. They both have good skin, by the way. I’m thankful to have good genes, but  I just felt that it wouldn’t hurt at all if I took care of my skin and wore a bit of makeup every now and then to make me feel beautiful and to be at my best.

Still, I consider myself to be pretty low-maintenance  — I’ve never had a facial, and when my skin is good I let it breathe and I don’t put on anything at all (except sunblock when I’m going out). I am also comfortable walking around barefaced.

When I started my journey to discovering skincare and beauty products, I looked up to blogs and beauty editors. I felt that they had the best job in the world — road testing a lot of products and then writing about them. I wanted to be like that too, someday, but I didn’t know how to pursue my passion.

Many years later (I’m 29), I am just as passionate about skincare as I was 10 years ago. Add to that the myriad of products that I have tested over the years. Some worked, while others didn’t. I feel that as a consumer I deserve value for money when it comes to skincare and makeup. These products need to deliver results, and they should be safe, especially for long-term usage. When I discovered the TIA website and community, I was very much impressed with the wealth of information on beauty and skincare, which is beyond mass marketing and big budget advertisements. I learn so much every day! It’s good to know that technology and research have come a long way and up to now we’re still discovering a lot of ingredients that are beneficial to the skin. At the same time, it’s great that consumers are being informed about ingredients that may be harmful to the skin in the long run. These developments empower a lot of people, including me.

My current work as a researcher involves several business sectors, including mining and energy — totally nothing to do with beauty! I’m so happy to be a part of the TIA community because it allows me to pursue my passion, which is to test beauty products and write about my experiences. The TIA community, together with my beauty blog, lets me express my opinions and share my thoughts on beauty and skincare. Truly a dream come true for me!

Articles By Hazel

  • September 4, 2015

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    Pure Glam Hair Repair

    Today's stressful environment can definitely affect our hair in a negative way. I  am not fond of any hair treatments myself, because I do not color or curl/straighten my hair that often, but constant blow drying and exposure to everyday pollution and other elements leave my hair frizzy and dry. I need a product that is easy to use and incorporate in my rather simple hair care routine. So I am quite pleased to review Pure Glam Hair Repair ($24.99) because I felt that I need to address my hair concerns before they get worse.

    This hair treatment boasts of organic ...

  • April 24, 2015

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    Royal Nectar Bee Venom Eye Cream

    Now that I'm in my 30s, I am keener to try anti-aging products that target my major concerns in the eye area, namely fine lines and dark circles. A good eye cream is hard to find, and I'm quite picky with what I use because I want long lasting results.

    The Royal Nectar Bee Venom Eye Cream ($35 in the shop) is made in New Zealand and boasts of natural ingredients. It includes manukah honey and ...Read More...

  • February 18, 2015

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    Briogeo Be Gentle, Be Kind Cleansing Shampoo

    by Hazel

    I thoroughly enjoyed my Briogeo Volumizing Conditioner so I was pretty excited to try the Briogeo Be Gentle, Be Kind Cleansing Shampoo ($19). My hair is pretty thick, not damaged, and the wash and wear type — it suffers from occasional dryness due to constant use of hair dryers. I'm increasingly on the lookout for organic products, so I'm quite pleased to have discovered Briogeo. 

    The shampoo is ...

  • October 17, 2014

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    Briogeo Blossom & Bloom Volumizing Conditioner

    I've tried dozens of shampoos and conditioners for my hair, and although they do work, I am still on the lookout for a good product that will help me maintain my hair. I'm in my 30s, and I'm quite low maintenance with my hair, which means I just cut it every six to eight weeks; I don't go for color or monthly treatments, and sometimes I even skip conditioner. The problem with silicone-based conditioners is that they can weigh my hair down, and there is significant build up after long term use, wh ...Read More...

  • July 23, 2014

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    Elizabeth Dehn for One Love Organics Vitamin C Body Oil

    Now that summer is almost over, I am looking for a product that will keep my skin moist and supple and at the same time help it recover from those frequent trips to the beach. I found my solution with Elizabeth Dehn for One Love Organics Vitamin C Body Oil ($58). The nice thing about this is that it contains facial grade ingredients incorporated into a luscious body oil. The result is a potent mix of vitamin C Ester, papaya enzymes and organic shea oil that moisturizes and brightens the skin. 

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