Brands · Cleansing · Cosmetics & Skin Care · dermatitis · Dove · Face · Random Stuff · Skin Care

Review: Dove Sensitive Beauty Bar

I was browsing BeautyMNL’s website to find cleansers suitable for sensitive skin. You know that fragrance should be avoided if you have sensitive skin. I’ve read reviews on this Dove variant. Some use it on the face, body and some even use it down there. Their dermatologists recommend this because of its fragrance-free formula. My doctors recommended Cetaphil and Physiogel which did not work for me. I had to look for another cleanser. It’s less than 50 pesos. It wouldn’t hurt to try, right? I’m using this for almost 3 weeks now and I’m ready to share my experience.

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Description from Dove’s website:
This sensitive skin bar brings you the classic Dove cleansers and ¼ moisturising cream in a fragrance-free, hypoallergenic bar that’s gentle enough for sensitive skin. Suitable for daily use, it helps protect skin’s natural moisture and can be used on your hands, body or face. Get the gentle skin care for sensitive skin that you deserve – try Dove Sensitive Beauty Bar.

Ingredients:
Sodium Lauroyl Isethionate, Stearic Acid, Sodium Palmitate, Aqua, Lauric Acid, Sodium Isethionate, Sodium Stearate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Palm Kernelate, Glycerin, Sodium Chloride, Zinc Oxide, Tetrasodium EDTA, Tetrasodium Etidronate, Alumina, CI 77891

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Pros:
– Affordable, 47.75 pesos only at Mercury Drugs
– Accessible
– Fragrance-free
– Gives enough lather
– Doesn’t leave a slimy film
– Easy to rinse
– Multifunctional
– Glowing skin every after use
– Did not cause breakouts
– Did not trigger my contact dermatitis

Cons:
– Has that waxy feeling
– Not really for heavy cleansing

Neutral:
– Doesn’t prevent breakouts

I’m using this alternately with Althea x Get It Beauty Masks. I really do not like the original Dove because it leaves a film but this sensitive variant doesn’t. I rinse it off with water for 10 seconds. I just don’t like that it gives waxy feeling which has been an issue for me with their bars. But despite that and me having oily skin, I did not experience breakouts. This isn’t intended for heavy cleansing. This won’t remove makeup and won’t prevent breakouts. My main concerns right now are moisture and avoiding contact dermatitis. I prefer to use other cleansers after working out. Make sure your cleanser matches with your activities. I use this when my skin’s irritated and/or I had a day without intense sweating, commuting or cleaning the house.

This is very accessible. Most of the supermarkets, department stores and drugstores have it. Eliminating fragrance whether natural or artificial can really make a difference for sensitive skin. This has the same lather as their other bars. As I said above, it’s multifunctional. You can use it for face, body, “down there” and for moisturizing purposes. I also noticed that my skin’s glowing from the inside when I’m using this. Similar to “glass skin”. Best of all, it did not cause allergic reactions.

It seems like Dove’s releasing new products. Have you tried anything from them lately? By the way, I’ll make a list of cleansers for sensitive skin. Please watch out for that!

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Brands · Cosmetics & Skin Care · Face · Foundation

Review + Coverage Test: The Face Shop Ink Lasting Foundation Slim Fit in N203

Hello readers! It’s been a while since I talked about liquid foundation. I have been struggling to find a shade light enough from drugstore brands. I had an opportunity again to shop on Althea and stumbled upon this new product from The Face Shop. I always assume that I have to get any shade with 23. I’m usually natural beige in korean bb creams. Guess what? I got the wrong shade again. It’s too dark on me but still it’s not that obvious if I put a separate concealer on top and setting powder.

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Description from Yesstyle:
A light fitting liquid foundation which perfectly covers blemishes with wrinkle improvement and sunscreen protection functions, creating sleek and glowing skin.
The combination of red and blue pigment helps brighten up dull skin tone, leaving bright and clear skin whole day long. Effectively retains skin moisture to achieve smooth and moisturized makeup for hours. How to use: Take a moderate amount and gently spread over face according to the skin texture. Slightly dab the foundation to enhance makeup adherence.

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Ingredients:

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Pros:
– Affordable, 670 pesos on Althea
– Locally available at TFS branches and Althea for online
– Does what it claims, it literally looks just like second skin
– Doesn’t dry out the skin
– Lightweight
– Did not cause breakouts
– Doesn’t accentuate pores
– Can cover redness and mild hyperpigmentation
– Subtle dewy finish
– Airbrush finish

Cons:
– Has fragrance
– Doesn’t cover extreme dark spots
– Available in 4 shades only
– Gives flashbacks

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I’m using this for 1 week already. There isn’t any breakout. Let’s get to the positives first. I like that it feels light. It doesn’t dry out the skin and doesn’t accentuate dry patches or huge pores. As you can see in the photos above, it covers redness really well and also light spots like my mole. It has a subtle dewy finish even if it’s set with powder. Right now I have combination skin so I don’t mind the glow it gives. It does what it claims, it just looks like my second skin after application. This is for everyday natural makeup that’s ideal for work. It has an airbrush finish that can make the face look flat. I think something is not appropriate for school if you have to bring your color back with all the brow, contour, highlight and blush.

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The coverage is light to medium. The upper part is applied with a dabbing motion using my finger. A brush was used for the bottom part. Since this has dewy finish, it isn’t long lasting. It fades after a few hours even if set with powder or spray.  The glow is still there throughout the day but I’m not after that. The fragrance is not in the last part of the ingredients list. It has this light floral-powdery scent like your usual bb cream. It has 4 shades only and I got the wrong shade. Korean cosmetics always have SPF and flashback is an issue. N203 is dark on me but it’s lighter than my color when there’s flash. I wouldn’t wear it on night outs and other events with flash photography.

Am I satisfied? Yes and no. Yes for the lightweight feel and no for the coverage. Other BB creams have better coverage than this. I’d wear it during day time. Like I just want to look a little prepped with glow and cover mild blemishes. It’s perfect for no makeup look. I won’t recommend this on extremely oily skin and if you’re commuting in a hot and humid country.

Brands · Cleansing · Cosmetics & Skin Care · dermatitis · Face · Human Nature

Review: Human Nature Nourishing Facial Wash

I went to a department store last month and found Human Heart Nature’s shelf. I heard a lot of good things about this local brand. I’ve also visited their website many times just to see what I will try in the future. I’m looking for a good cleanser that wont cause rashes. I’m not even concerned about blemishes anymore. I read reviews about their Nourishing Facial Wash. Good thing there’s a small size available.

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Description:
100% Natural | Hypoallergenic
Mild & gentle cleansing
Care for your delicate skin without the sting – with tomato extract and mild moisturizers that help soothe skin and keep it soft, supple and healthy inside and out.

Ingredients:
aqua (water), decyl glucoside (coconut-derived), sodium lactate (sugarcane-derived), sodium gluconate (sugarcane-derived), glycerin (vegetable-derived), coco-glucoside, glyceryl oleate (coconut-derived), dicaprylyl ether (vegetable-derived), Solanum lycopersicum (tomato) fruit extract, dehydroxanthan gum, levulinic acid (plant-derived), fragrance (all-natural), farnesol, linalool, phytic acid (rice-derived), p-anisic acid (anise seed-derived), citiric acid

Pros:
– Accessible; available online, in department stores and supermarkets
– Very affordable, 50ml for Php 79.75 and 200ml for Php199.75
– Little goes a long way
– Gives enough lather
– Non sticky and doesn’t leave a film
– Skin feels fresh after rinsing

Cons:
– Triggered my contact dermatitis

Neutral:
– Could feel there’s a slight tightness

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It’s very affordable and accessible. I bought it in Landmark Makati. It has a gel consistency. Its lather is enough to clean the skin. It doesn’t foam up unlike other cleansers. I did not notice any film or slimy texture after rinsing. My skin felt really fresh every time. I like to use it especially after my workout. This has a powder scent. I prefer that scent on my clothes instead. I like to add water while lathering it to dilute its concentration. I thought doing that would lessen its strength but after a few days, my whole face was itchy. Fragrance is not the last ingredient so that’s why or it could be the Sodium Lactate, Farnesol and Linalool. These ingredients have a safety rating of 4 on CosDNA. Safety rating should be 1 or 2 to be considered safe/unlikely to cause irritation. If this wasn’t the culprit of my rashes, I’d definitely want to use it again.

I was confident to try it because it’s natural. Lesson learned, natural isn’t always good in skin care and chemical-based ingredients are not always bad.

Aritaum · Brands · concealer · Cosmetics & Skin Care · Foundation · It's My · Lips · Make Up · Royal Skin · THE FACE SHOP · Tony Moly

Unboxing: Althea Angels Welcome Gift + Haul

In my past haul, I ordered from Althea and shared my shopping experience. If you haven’t heard of them, they’re selling korean cosmetics, ranging from popular to new brands. Did I mention they have different payment options? You guys know that many here in our country are still comfortable paying cash instead of credit/debit cards. You can pay through credit card, Paypal, convenience stores, over the counter (OTC) banks, online bank and cash on delivery (COD) in selected areas. Since I really like my past order from them, I applied to become one of their ambassadors last month. I’m very thankful and I didn’t expect to be selected. Here’s what I got:

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Althea Real Fresh Skin Detoxer Set

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They teamed up with Get It Beauty to create 2-in-1 cleanser packs. That’s new in my skin care vocabulary. There are two variants; Rose and Green Tea. Rose is for balancing out skin’s moisture while Green Tea is for soothing. How to use? Apply on dry skin while massaging then rinse with water. They have subtle foam than can be easily washed off. Since they have real bits of rose and green tea, there might be a slight color change.

Bag, mirror and pouch

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I planned to change my makeup bag and their pouch just came right on time. There’s also a cloth bag included which I’m planning to use daily or as a shopping bag. The mirror is probably one of my favorites. It has a small handle that makes applying makeup easier.


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It’s My Angle Foundation Brush
I’ve never had a makeup brush before. This brush was in my wish list. It’s the perfect opportunity to get it. I chose this mainly because I can buff or just simply swipe the foundation with it for a smooth finish. I’m still testing it and observing if there’s a change in the bristles after washing for a couple of times.

The Face Shop Ink Lasting Foundation Slim Fit in N203
I always have a hard time finding the right shade from drugstore brands. I decided to give k-foundations a try again. I chose the darkest shade which is N203. I based the shades from Youtube reviews rather than looking at their photo swatches. It was a bit dark on me when I first swatched it but made it work. Click here for full review.

Tony Moly Delight Tony Tint in 01 Cherry
I already reviewed their Tony Tint last 2012. That one is watery, sets quickly and pigmented. While Delight Tony Tint has a gel consistency and gives subtle color. I just picked this for my sister because she’s obsessed with tints lately.

Aritaum Full Cover Liquid Concealer 2017 Edition
Aritaum released a new version of their bestselling liquid concealer last year. I reviewed the old version which you can read here. This one’s in a 5g tube with wand applicator. I havent fully tested its strength yet but so far I’m liking it. Full review and coverage test soon!

Royal Skin 24K Gold Snail Soothing Gel
I’m still searching for a moisturizer. I miss using snail products so I picked this soothing gel. I looked for the ingredients and it contains alcohol and fragrance. If ever I’ll use this on the face, I’ll just avoid the areas prone to contact dermatitis. Of course, there will be a full review on this as well.

Have you tried any of these products? Which one got you interested? 🤔

Brands · Cosmetics & Skin Care · Face · Skin Care · skin1004

Review: Skin1004 Madagascar Centella-Asiatica 100 Ampoule

I have been eyeing on this for years. I wanted to try products that are easily accessible but majority of them did not work for me. So I finally decided to get Skin1004’s Centella Asiatica Ampoule. This ingredient is known for calming the skin. I’m glad it’s available on Althea’s website. I had high hopes for this to work since it only has one ingredient.

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Description:
Skin1004’s Madagascar Centella-Asiatica 100 Ampoule is one of those products you never knew you needed before trying it out. This gentle yet potent concentrate is made with Centella Asiatica extracts that contain 30% asiaticoside, 30% Asiatic acid, and 40% madecassic acid for bright, rejuvenated skin. This lightweight ampoule can be used in a couple of ways including being mixed with your favorite cream, saturated in cotton pads as a mask, or even mixed with water to create a mist that you can use throughout the day.

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Pros:
– Affordable, 880 pesos on Althea
– 100ml of product
– Feels like water
– No stickiness
– Doesn’t interfere with makeup
– Pure ingredient
– Lightweight
– Hydrating
– Oil control and didn’t make my skin oilier
– Didn’t cause acne breakout

Cons:
– None

Neutral:
At this point, I don’t know if this triggered my contact dermatitis. I’m in the process of detoxing inside of the body. The rashes could be the side effect of detoxing.

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I have combination skin now. The dry areas are weak because of dermatitis. Moisturizing the barrier is the best way to strengthen and avoid rashes. I want something that’s light and with less ingredients. It’s probably not the best idea to test a product when I’m also detoxing inside. I also applied this on my wrist (one of the skin’s most sensitive areas) and other parts of the body and didn’t experience itching, redness or sting. It doesn’t prevent breakouts and slow in healing existing blemishes. Well, probably because it’s natural and mild.

It’s very affordable. You’ll get 100ml of product which could last for months if used only  on the face. The texture is like water and isn’t sticky. It’s also hydrating without heavy or over moisturized feeling. It also doesn’t interfere with makeup application. In fact, it made my makeup intact. My skin is well hydrated while I was using this. It helped with oil control throughout the day but not in the morning after sleeping.

It only has one ingredient. It’s ideal for those who are looking for a simple moisturizer or if you’re just starting to build up your routine.

Brands · Cosmetics & Skin Care · Fashion21 · Foundation · Make Up

Review + Coverage Test: Fashion21 Perfect Stick w/ Tea Tree Oil SPF50

I was searching for a new foundation and concealer. I wanted it to be from a local brand again. There are two products I found with good reviews. San San HD Pen Concealer and Fashion21’s Perfect Stick. San San has positive reviews when it comes to coverage and staying power…. But I’m a germ freak and it has a built in brush. So I decided to go for Fashion21. The brand is available in department stores.

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Description:
Our already-Perfect Stick gets an extra boost of perfection with the addition of tea-tree oil to challenge facial blemishes. Goodbye, pimples and acne! This is aside from the existing benefits of SPF 50+. This stick is perfect for normal to oily skin, and comes in four tea-themed shades. It is best finished with Fashion 21 Loose Powder or the Pressed Powder with Cucumber Extract.

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Pros:
– Available in department stores
– Local brand
– Affordable, 195 pesos
– 11g of product
– Mild tea tree oil scent
– A little creamy
– Easy to blend
– Good coverage for redness
– Covers most of my spots
– Light to medium coverage

Cons:
– Doesn’t last long, make sure to prep and set your makeup!
– Has talc

Neutral:
– Has a slight powder finish

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Fashion21 is a local brand but this product is made in Taiwan. Just putting it out there. This is one of the few foundations that’s close to my skin tone. Milk Tea is the lightest shade and with yellow undertone. It glides on smoothly and easy to blend. It has light coverage and can be built up to medium or full depending on how you apply it. Tea tree oil is the last ingredient which gives a mild scent. I don’t expect makeup with anti acne ingredients to heal blemishes. Makeup does not go deep inside the pores unlike skin care products.

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It doesn’t last long but a primer and setting powder will fix the problem. I’m neutral about the powder finish. If you have dry skin, moisturize first because this can accentuate dry patches. Setting powder is a must for oily skin. Others use it as foundation for the whole face. I like to use it as concealer. It’s buildable to medium coverage so I just blend the edges and not touch the part where I need to cover. It’s not as good as my trusty ol Catrice Camouflage Cream but 11 grams of concealer? Why not? It doesn’t hurt my wallet since it’s 195 pesos only and easily accessible. I’ll explore this brand more.

Brands · Cleansing · Cosmetics & Skin Care · dermatitis · Face · Simple

Review: Simple Micellar Cleansing Wipes

Today’s review is for the cleansing step. There’s a Landers store that just opened a few weeks ago near our area. So we stopped by and bought some items. Of course, I had to see the cosmetic brands in there. It’s just the same with S&R. There’s Cetaphil, Dove and Ponds. I bought Simple’s wipes. I heard a lot of good things about it.

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Description:
Simple Micellar Cleansing Wipes combining gentle and effective cleansing in one convenient product. These face wipes are made with our clever cleansing bubbles called Micelles which are smart enough to gently lift make-up and impurities out, including waterproof mascara, and unclog pores while instantly hydrating skin with just one wipe. Made with skin-loving ingredients, multi-vitamins and triple purified water Simple Micellar Wipes leave your skin feeling fresh and hydrated, perfect when you’re on-the-go.

Ingredients:
Aqua, Cetearyl Isononanoate, Benzoic Acid, Ceteareth-12, Ceteareth-20, Cetearyl Alcohol, Citric Acid, Dehydroacetic Acid, Disodium EDTA, Glycerin, Glyceryl Stearate, Panthenol, Pantolactone, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Citrate, Tocopheryl Acetate

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Pros:
– Affordable, around 199 pesos at Landers for 25 sheets
– Available locally in Landers and department stores
– Oil-free
– Fragrance-free
– Effectively removes full coverage face makeup (foundation, concealer and powder)

Cons:
– Stung a little
– Triggered my contact dermatitis
– Tissue is rough for sensitive skin
– Smells like soda cracker

As you can see from the cons, I’m kind of disappointed that it triggered my contact dermatitis. It removes full coverage makeup just like the other wipes I’ve tried. It smells like soda cracker, just like Etude House’s Baking Powder Pore Cleansing Tissues (Oil Type). It leaves a film but goes away in seconds. Even if it goes away, it’s best to proceed with your facial wash. It stung a little and the tissue was rough for me which caused mild redness for a few minutes. I didn’t see anything special about it except that it’s free from fragrance, oil and color. This is ideal for someone who wants to avoid those and if you do not have hypersensitive skin.