Review: iWhite Whitening Vita Facial Wash

I needed to take a break from my holy grail cleanser. How many times do I have to say this? Haha. I went on grocery shopping and saw this in the beauty section. I was skeptical with its ingredients but I think it’s decent compared to other drugstore face wash.

Many skin care addicts are getting iWhite Korea products. Here are some reasons why I gave in too. 1) It’s accessible, available in 7 Eleven stores and supermarkets. 2) It’s affordable, they have packets for each product aside from full size tubes.

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Description:
iWhite Korea Whitening Vita Facial Wash is a deep cleansing wash that removes excess oil and eliminates skin impurities while it whitens, revitalizes, and improves skin condition to reveal your skin’s radiance. It is infused with Vitamins C & E which help fight cellular damage, acne, and wrinkles. Contains natural active ingredients that also help: Prevent pimples & other skin irritations ; Maintain firmness of skin.

Ingredients from biocostech.com.ph:

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Pros:
-Accessible
-Affordable, 159 pesos
-Little goes a long way
-Has aloe, allantoin, triclosan, vitamin c and vitamin e
-Doesnt dry out skin

Cons:
-Has a lot of comedogenic ingredients citric, lauric and myristic acids and they’re on the top. Meaning they’re the most active.

It claims that its active ingredients are mulberry and panax ginseng extracts. I just wish they didnt separate them from the rest. That way I’d know if they are in the first line. Remember ingredients on the top are the most active.

I didnt see any change in texture, acne and whitening. Take note that I’m using this for 2 months already. I’m not sure if it contributed to my past breakouts. This has active comedogenic ingredients. I wouldnt mind if they were last on the list. My period breakouts while using this were a lot compared before. Let’s say 5 to 6 blemishes. I’ve been doing a freelance job so that must be the main reason. I had to write 4 articles per project. That’s stressful for me.

image.jpegWhat I like about it is it lathers quickly. You only need pea-size to cover the entire face. It has creamy texture. Its texture and scent remind me of Pond’s cleansers. Skin feels clean without dryness and tightening. It doesnt feel “hot” or heavy while washing unlike what I felt with Pond’s. The price is affordable too. You can get the sample size, 10ml if you want to test it first before buying the tube. Do I recommend it? Only for those who don’t have problematic skin.

Review + Swatch: Catrice Eyebrow Stylist in 030 Brown-Eyed Peas

I have only tried 5 brow products in my life including this new review. I dont know why brows became so important. I gave in. Hah. I’ve read and watched few reviews on Catrice products in general. I want to explore the brand since it’s underrated. I looked for a brow pencil that’ll give natural finish. I went to their kiosk and asked the SA if they have one. She was watching me the whole time. I didnt have a choice but to buy this. It’s not her fault btw. I just felt uncomfortable. It would be awkward if I return the item. Haha.

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I lost the other lid. I did my makeup while sitting on my bed. I dropped it and magically disappeared.

Description:
Spot on: center stage for the eye brows – the Eye Brow Stylist comes in a practical pen-shape and convinces with its simple yet accurate application. It creates perfect eye brows thanks to the professional brush, which helps to apply the powdery texture on the eyebrows for a natural finish. Never go without again!

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Pros:
-Long pencil that can last for months
-Natural finish
-Buildable to “Instagram” / thick eyebrows

Cons:
-No sharpener included
-Quite expensive, 279 pesos
-Doesnt stay on for a whole day on my oily and sweaty skin

Here’s what it looks like and swatches:

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It’s a pretty standard item. I just dont like it because 1) no sharpener, good thing we have one at home for this size. 2) It’s quite expensive for a brow product without sharpener / is not retractable. 3) It’s not long lasting for my oily skin. I had to retouch the outer brow part.

The good side: It’s longer compared to other pencils. It gives natural finish although it’s made of wax.. which is great for everyday. It’s buildable to Instagram brows if you want. You can control the thickness to look “beat”.

Catrice and Essence have the same parent company. They’re cruelty free according to Cruelty Free Kitty. I like brands with good ethics. It seems like Catrice has higher quality face products compared to other drugstore brands… I’ll explore their products further. Starting with the bestsellers.

Review: Loreal True Match Super-blendable Concealer in Light / Fair Neutral

It feels like I’m slacking off. I haven’t prepared drafts. I usually have 4 drafts which are good for 2 weeks. I’m into writing stuff aside from this. I’ve been creating articles but I want to get back to blogging. Just giving an update.

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Anyway, I’m still looking for great concealers. We went to Loreal’s kiosk and my sister got me this concealer. I chose Light / Fair Neutral N 1-2-3. True Match line is their bestseller. It’s unusual for drugstore brands to offer wide shade range. This line has foundation and liquid concealer. They have colors for neutral (which is what I got), warm and cool undertones.

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Description:
This oil-free concealer is formulated with Opti-Blend Complex to even your skin tone while concealing acne blemishes, imperfections, and dark undereye circles. Vitamin E and Pro-Vitamin B5 are added to nourish, strengthen and revitalize skin cells.

Ingredients: from makeupalley.comscreenshot_2016-09-18-19-38-13-1Pros:
-Available in different colors
-I like the brush applicator instead of doe foot wand
-Semi matte finish
-No oxidization
-It’s easy to blend
-Can brighten up the undereye area
-Not cakey
-Does not break me out

Cons:
-Light coverage in my opinion. It doesnt cover my dark spots

I prefer its brush applicator instead of doe foot wand. It looks like this. It gets a lot of product. I can get the most out of it. I tested it on my dark spots. I’m not satisfied because it has light coverage only.

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But I’m impressed when I used it for dark circles. It’s not cakey. It’s liquidy but not runny that’s why it’s easy to blend. Here’s a before and after photo.

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As for the price, I think I’m neutral. It’s 400 pesos for 5.2ml. I cant argue with that because they have many shades for a drugstore brand especially their foundation. It doesnt oxidize on me which is great! I’m acidic and sometimes I look like cheetos while I’m wearing products with oxides. Do I recommend it? I do but only if you’re dealing with dark circles and mild hyperpigmentation.

Klairs BB Cream Giveaway Winner + Announcement

My first ever giveaway has finally ended. I picked the winner in random and of course checked if they followed the mechanics. Subcribing to WishtrendTV on Youtube, followed our Instagram and liked my blog’s facebook page.The chosen one will get a full-sized Klairs Illuminating Supple Blemish BB Cream from Wishtrend! I’d like to thank them for giving us another opportunity.💕

And the winner is……

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Congratulations!!! I’ll dm you with the details I need to ship your prize. Thanks to everyone who joined. We truly appreciate your effort.💗

Dont worry I’ll have another giveaway in December. Please watch out for that!😃 If you have any suggestions for gender-neutral products, leave them below.😊

August 2016 Favorites

August is over and you know what that means…. our monthly favorites!😅 There’s not much skin care and cosmetics in this post. I’m saving them for full reviews for the coming weeks. Lately I’m more obsessed with Youtube and music.

Skin and Body Care

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Been using this for the whole month of August. I’m taking a break from my favorite cleanser again. I was wandering at the personal care section in a supermarket. This is decent in my opinion compared to other brands there. I’m going to have a full review on this next week.

Dove Lemon Body Wash
A body wash with lemon-y scent. Perfect in the morning to wake me up and boost my mood. It’s non drying. It doesnt leave film unlike the Dove bar soap. I recommend using citrus scented bath products in the morning.


Makeup

Menow Kiss Proof
This lipstick has been my favorite for many months. I forgot which shade I got but it’s the perfect brown nude for me. It’s matte finish so you better moisturize before applying it. It lasts all day even when I eat and drink. It’s so affordable too. My sister got it for less than 150 pesos ($3). The only downside is it needs to be sharpened.

Catrice Eyebrow Stylist in 030

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An impulse buy because I always feel pressured when a sales associate is near my personal space. Somehow I’m glad that I got one. I go ham on my brows especially if a pencil is waxy like the jumbo eyebrow pencil from E.L.F. This Catrice pencil is made of wax too but the application is light and natural. I’ll post a full review on this soon!


Fragrance

Bench Bambino It’s Safe For Me Cologne

cpc1100b_3It will always be my favorite. I’m using it since 2010 in high school. It has powdery / baby scent. It’s a fresh scent for me like a baby just had bath. I dont know how to describe it exactly so I got the description on their website.  A mixture of powder-floral fragrance with hints of fruits and sweet musky drydown. It lasts all day and it’s only below 200 pesos ($3). My classmates asked me what my perfume was. A friend actually bought one too.


Food

Reese’s Peanutbutter Cups
I eat a cup after dinner in moderation like once a week. It’s little treat. It’s like the Filipino chocnut but in bigger size.☺


Youtubers

Shane Dawson
I’m really into his conspiracy theories and trying out food menu. His conspiracy theories made me curious and sometimes they scare me. I like the 9/11 and Scary Plane Crashes. I like his food videos too because they’re always funny. One thing that really had me cracking up was the French Fry Challenge: link here

SariReanna
I’m still on a hunt for full coverage foundation. Sari Reanna has a lot of first impression videos on them. I like to watch youtubers with acne prone skin like me when it comes to foundation and concealer… because they have honest and accurate opinion. You can see if it has full coverage or not. Unlike those that dont even have a blemish claiming something’s full coverage. Like really?


Music

Green Day

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Yup, their songs are still stuck in my head. Especially this month because they released a new single, Bang Bang. It’s on their Facebook page and Spotify. The rhythm reminds me of American Idiot and their older albums. That’s what I like!!! They have a new album and you can preorder it now. New album. I guess that means they’ll have a world tour…… hopefully Manila will be included. Pleaseeeee.

A1a1
We saw Backstreet Boys and Westlife. Our list is not yet complete but finally ticketnet announced A1 is coming back to Manila. I was waiting for them. I’m a fan since the late 90s. I was in kinder or grade school back then. We already bought tickets. We’re so excited to see them and hear their hits live!☺

The Chainsmokers
imagesWe saw them last August 19 and it’s one of the best out of all the EDM events we went to. What I like about their songs is you can dance and sing along to them. If you’re following me on Instagram, I’m sorry if I fangirled too much and for filling your newsfeed with photos and videos from that night.👍

That is it you guys. Do we have any similar favorite this month?

💫 Dont forget to join my international BB cream giveaway. It will end tonight at 10pm Philippine time.☺ click here to join💫

Updated Skin Care Routine – August 2016

It’s been 3 months since I shared my updated routine. I needed to change it up a bit because my skin got used to some products. Now, how do I introduce a new product in my routine? I give it 1 to 2 weeks. For example, cleanser. I try it out for 1 week. If it’s okay then I’ll add the new toner and so one. That way it’s easy for me to determine the culprit in case I have irritation or breakout. It’ll be difficult if you use all new ones at the same time. Just like in makeup.

Makeup remover

Skinlite Cleansing Tissue

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Yup, I still prefer tissues over other makeup removers because I’m lazy. I also find that they remove makeup better. It feels refreshing while removing all makeup. I’m a full coverage freak. I use liquid foundation, concealer and powder foundation and it works fine. I still buy the same brand. It’s only 89 pesos (approx $2). It’s difficult to switch when I already found something cheap that works.

Cleanser

iWhite Whitening Vita Facial Wash

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I needed to take a break from my favorite cleanser so my skin wont get used to it. That being said it will still be effective when I return to it and as usual I need to find a substitute for a couple of weeks or months. This is my first time to try iWhite Korea. So far it’s okay. Full review next week!!!

Mask

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6567310095548416_grandeLush PH imports their products from Japan. A staff said Mask of Mag is usually available once a month or once every two months. I got tired of waiting for it to be back in stock. Sheet mask is always to the rescue when we need to pamper ourselves. We got these from Etude House. Not really a fan of sheet masks but these will do for now.

Toner

Klairs Supple Preparation Toner & Etude House Wonder Pore Freshner

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I’m using two toners. Klairs when I want extra hydration or in the morning. Supple Preparation Toner minimizes the appearance of wrinkles on my forehead. I reach for Wonder Pore if I had a long sweaty day of commuting, exercising, on a hot weather or whenever I want extra cleansing.

Moisturizers

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Feeling the magic of slime again. Snail slime is good for brightening, anti ageing and calming. Gel type moisturizer is light and nice for oily skin. I’m staying away from anti acne moisturizers because they make my pores look bigger.

Aquaphor and Hydrocortisone
I still use these whenever my dermatitis flares up. Aquaphor is my savior for reducing itch and redness. It also prevents flaking and wounds. Followed by Hydrocortisone after the skin has calmed down. There’s no cure for this. It’s sad that we have to deal with this forever. Oo, may forever pala! 😧

Spot Treatment

Klairs Midnight Blue Calming Cream

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Its purpose is spot treatment only. I like to apply it on spots that were left from acne. You know those red spots and sometimes they’re flakey. This is also good for moisturizing those. It smells great and feels relaxing. Click here for full review

I thought you have acne prone skin? I didnt see a zit zapper in this post.” I have hormonal acne but the main cause of my breakouts is stress. Stress = hormonal imbalance. I minimize that issue with relaxing/de-stressing at the end of the day. Everyday.

Have you added something new in your routine? Let us know what’s your favorite skin care last month.💜

Review + Before & After: NYX Above & Beyond Full Coverage Concealer in 03 Light

I wanted to try this for many years. Just wasnt sure if it was worth it. I was debating if I should get the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer or this one. I was strolling in the department store again. Yup, dakilang tambay ako doon.😅 Collection’s stall was in another store. I got lazy so I picked this one instead. I expect a lot from cream concealers. Always go for cream concealers if you want better coverage.

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Description:
Obscure imperfections and blur away problem areas with one of our Concealer Jars. Now available in 10 more shades to accommodate an even wider range of skin tones, this creamy formula stands up to the villains of unwelcome imperfections with a vengeance

Ingredients:
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Pros:
-Affordable, 360 pesos
-Has ingredients list on the label
-7g, big compared to other jar concealers
-available in many shades
-Little goes a long way
-Did not break me out
-No oxidization/darkening
-Not as oily as other cream concealers
-Medium coverage for my skin condition

Cons:
-Cakey
-Not good for textures
-Doesnt last the whole day for my oily and sweaty skin

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It’s medium coverage for me. I have to add a second layer for my dark spots. I can see that it’s cakey even if I also dab the second layer. I always wait for few minutes up to an hour before I go out so it’s settled down. It starts to look like skin when I blot with tissue. It has oxides but I’m glad it didnt oxidize/turn orange on me.😃imageIt’s not as oily as other cream concealers. Unfortunately it’s not long lasting for me. I dont use primers but I tried other concealers that stayed on the whole day. Its finish leans to semi-matte. As for textured skin; it can emphasize textures like acne, dry patches and acne scars/dents. Wait for it to settle just like what I do if you’re planning to get this. It can look weird on sweaty skin. I’m very sweaty and it can settle to sweat forming like little circles. Be sure to dab tissue right away to avoid it.

It’s not the best concealer for me but it’ll do for now. Do I recommend it? I recommend it for normal to oily skin and if you dont need much coverage.

Have you tried this or any NYX product? My next target is Catrice cream concealer. If you have recommendations, please share it with us.😊

✨✨✨Btw, my international giveaway is still open. You can join until saturday, Sept. 10, 2016 10pm Philippine time! Click here to join.✨✨✨