The shift from twenty-something party animal into Tita of Manila is a gradual one. That is, until you spot your first fine lines—and then it’s like everything is happening way too fast and way too soon.

Recently, I noticed dark circles around my eyes (insert crying emoji here). This new development in the topography of my face threw me into a tizzy! I was suddenly Googling stuff I would never have a year ago and asking myself some Very Important Questions. Did I drink ten glasses of water today? Sleep at least six hours? In the end, I just had to face facts: my skin isn’t as resilient as it used to be.
Luckily, before I spiraled into a full-blown quarter-life crisis, the Universe sent a Beautique package my way. At the BeautyMNL office, we get lots of samples to test-drive, but as it turns out, this fateful gift was just what I needed! Inside, I found the UP&UP Serum, an anti-aging gel-serum that’s supposed to smooth, lift, and brighten skin in a matter of seconds. Golly.

The gelatinous substance is contained in syringe-like packaging—no needle, of course. I like this tongue-in-cheek take on skincare; it seems to hint that this non-invasive product could match a treatment as serious as Botox! The serum works by boosting the production of collagen and elastin in our skin (naturally-occurring stuff that keeps it looking supple and youthful). When that happens, the serum is able to fill up wrinkles and “plump” the skin, but what I was most excited about was getting rid of my dark eye bags. Sounds like an experiment I needed to try!

Here’s exactly how to use the UP&UP Serum—and what went down the first time I tried it.

STEP 1: MIX.

Remove the cap. Push down on the syringe to blend contents together. This will also propel the serum towards the opening of the syringe.

STEP 2: DISPENSE.

Dispense a pea-sized amount of product on a clean fingertip.

STEP 3: PREPARE.

Warm the product between your fingers before applying it to your face.

STEP 4: APPLY ON FOREHEAD.

Dot the serum on the center of your forehead. Spread it outward towards your temples.

STEP 5: APPLY UNDERNEATH EYES.

Dot the serum underneath the inner corners of your eyes. Spread it outward, moving towards your cheekbones.

STEP 6: APPLY ON JAWLINE AND ALONG NECK.

Dot the serum over your chin. Spread it along your jawline and down the column of your neck.

STEP 7: WATCH WHAT HAPPENS.

See that? I was very skeptical that an anti-aging product could work so quickly, but immediately after I had finished applying the serum, I noticed a difference. It blurred the creases around my eyes! My twenty-something canvas was back in business!

THE AFTERMATH

Alas, the results were only temporary. I pumpkin-ed back to my normal self after 24 hours, but it was fun while it lasted. You would have to consider using this product every day to see longer-lasting results. One syringe is good for 10 days, so it’ll take you a long way. You could even use this underneath makeup for flawless application.

Like any other anti-ager, the UP&UP Serum can help slow the skin-aging process, but it certainly won’t stop it. If you think you’re going to be the next Benjamin Button and start aging backwards, think again! Your best bet to beat the clock is starting young: live by SPF, stock up on quality skincare, and get your beauty sleep. It might be time to say goodbye to your bad habits, too—they were never cute anyway.

Beautique’s UP&UP Serum is available right here on BeautyMNL. Get it for P640 on a limited-time sale until March 6 (that’s 20% OFF the original price of P799!).

Solo product photo courtesy of Beautique. All other photos by Erika Gue.