Review + Before & After: Klairs Midnight Blue Calming Cream

Klairs released a new product last March 10, 2016. It’s their first spot treatment, Midnight Blue Calming Cream. It’s my first time to try this brand.

They sent a jar to me and I received it om the last month. Btw, I had red itchy rashes that time because the weather is too hot. The temperature here can reach up to 40°C or 100°F. I know, my skin is freaking sensitive. It was the best time to try this cream. I wanted to include before and after photos.

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DESCRIPTION:
The Blue Cream is made for calming rather than moisturizing to rapidly soothe the skin in response to an irritation. You only need to apply a small, adequate amount to target areas.

Guaiazulene, its key ingredient is a plant-based component extracted from camomile oil. It has a natural violet color, which gradually turns the cream into a gentle blue color after the blending process.

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It’s best used at night to assist skin regeneration & to prevent makeup from breaking the protective layer.

INGREDIENTS:
Water, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Caprylic/Capric , Triglyceride, Centella Asiatica Extract, Sorbitan Stearate, Cetyl Alcohol, Shea Butter, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Jojoba Seed Oil, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Glyceryl Stearate, Stearic Acid, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Extract, Ceramide 3, Polysorbate 60, Bees Wax, Chlorphenesin, Tocopheryl Acetate, Xanthan Gum, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl, Acrylate Crosspolymer, Morus Alba Root Extract, Triethanolamine , Broccoli Extract, Lavandula Lavender Oil, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil, Lemo) Peel Oil, Orange Peel Oil, Cananga Odorata Flower Oil, Guaiazulene, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Lecithin, Acetyl Glutamine, SH-Oligopeptide-1, SH-Oligopeptide-2, SH-Polypeptide-1, SH-Polypeptide-9, SH-Polypeptide-11, Bacillus/Soybean/Folic Acid Ferment Extract, Caprylyl Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol

PROS:
-Classy packaging (glass jar)
-Reasonable price, $24.50
-Hygienic, a spatula is included
-Has lots of flower and other natural extracts
-Rich and thick cream so little goes a long way
-It can last for a year although it’s only 30ml.
-Did not cause breakouts
-Has light cooling feeling, like menthol
-It’s also moisturizing
-Great for calming irritated areas

CONS:
-Contains alcohol and stearic acid

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The redness and crustiness have subsided. I hope you can see it in the photos above.

I know I should’ve taken them on a normal lighting but my skin was so gross that time.

I was skeptical at first becauase it has stearic acid, a comedogenic ingredient. I was bothered before but I use it almost everyday and I did not have any negative reactions.

Overall, I’m satisfied with it. My skin feels calm and relaxed when I put it on. It cools my skin. I like that it sinks in pretty well. It doesn’t feel heavy if you use the right amount. I have extremely oily skin but it did not cause breakouts. Besides, it’s just for affected areas, not for the whole face.

It’s also made with ceramide which is responsible for moisture barrier. Good for parched skin. It’s reasonably priced in my opinion because it can be used for 12 months after opening. I would consider to purchase a jar once I use it all up.

You can get this on Wishtrend. Click here to redirect to the store.

Have you tried this or any Klairs product?

April 2016 Birthday Haul

My birth month is done already? That was fast. I dont celebrate my birthdays and never had parties. I just like to get stuff off my wishlist so I did a small haul again. Most items here are gifts from my sister and collaboration with Wishtrend. Let’s start

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SKIN CARE

BELO Tranexamic Kojic Acid Soap
I bought this to lighten my dark spots. I find that it’s too harsh because it has 4 types of acids. I only use it on breakouts. It dries acne fast.

ETUDE HOUSE AC Clinic Spot Patch
An impulse buy and my sister got it for me.

ETUDE HOUSE Wonder Pore Freshner
Another gift from my sis. I’m not yet sure if I will declare it as one of my holy grails.

KLAIRS Midnight Blue Calming Cream
Wishtrend sent this to me. It has lavender which is one of my favorite ingredients. It has ceramide too that’s needed for my dry flakey flare ups. I’ll post my full review next week!

LUSH Mask of Magnaminty
I was praying and asking signs if this mask is available then I should get another tub. If not, it’s time to try a new one from another brand. To my surprise it’s available when I visited their store.

LUSH Fresh Farmacy
My all time favorite cleanser. I took a break from using this for almost a month now. I want to have it on hand just in case I like to go back to it.

SKIN & LAB Dr. Color Effect Red Serum
This is a sample size in my recent Wishtrend package. It’s a raved product in 2014 or last year. Maybe I’ll do a first impression post soon.

SKQIN Dual Sissi Mask Moisturizing & Brightening
These masks were added to Wishtrend’s package as a bonus. I’m so glad they gave us 4 masks. I’m excited to try them out. It’ll be my first time to try a mask that also gives love for our chin area.

MAKE UP

MAYBELLINE Clear Smooth All in One Powder Foundation
I set my concealer with this foundation. It’s so matte and adds coverage to my  makeup. It’s really affordable, 169 pesos (approx. $4)

BODY CARE

GOODAL Cherry Blossom Hand Cream & THE FACE SHOP Kakao Friends Hand Cream Apeach Cherry Blossom
Gifts from my sister again. I’m spoiled. Haha. It’s spring time in Korea and now brands are releasing cherry blossom lotions.

ACCESSORIES

ETUDE HOUSE Lash Curler for Monolid
Another gift from my sister. I actually prefer the silver curler because it’s more affordable. But my sister said this rose gold one looks even better.

There’s not so much in my hauls, right? I’m trying to reduce hoarding or making impulse buys. I’m having a hard time storing them. Haha. Aaaaah, sometimes the beauty world is tiring for me with all the consumerism and hyped up products.

April 2016 Favorites

A lot of things have happened this month. Stressful stuff but I still had time to switch products and use them all up. I’m going through my stash because I dont want to waste anything.

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SKIN CARE

BELO Kojic + Tranexamic Acid
My skin got used to my holy grail cleanser. I took a break from it and tried this soap. My main problem is dark spots and I need to lighten them. I noticed this soap has Salicylic and Lactic acid for antibacterial and exfoliation. It’s too harsh for the whole face. I’m using it on breakouts only. Full review will be up soon!

COSRX AHA 7 Whitehead Power Liquid
My current spot treatment. It’s effective to turn my cystic acne into a whitehead/that stage when it’s healing and about to dry out. I think its formulation is too strong so I dont use it for big areas on the face.

MAKE UP

THE FACE SHOP Lovely Me:Ex Stick Concealer
I lack sleep these past few weeks and my undereye area became darker. I’m reaching for TFS stick concealer to cover my dark circles. It does the job and it’s not cakey.

ETUDE HOUSE Oh M Eye Line
I think I need a liquid liner with thinner brush. I’m just using it all up. I’m practicing how to do winged liner on my monolid. I’m getting the hang of it. This liner is good for beginners because it’s easy to remove. It crumbles and doesnt smudge when you remove it.

BODY CARE

JERGENS Hydrating Coconut
I love to use this at night. It smells so good and the scent relaxes me. It’s sinks in the skin quickly and doesnt leave sticky/oily feeling.

ACCESSORIES

ETUDE HOUSE My Beauty Tool Lash Curler for Monolid
I didnt know there’s a curler specifically for monolid. It grabs the lashes easier and curls them up effectively.

BEAUTY BAR Compact Mirror
Im confident to use this mirror because my flaws are not prominent when I look at it. It has two sides, regular and a magnified one. Nope, it’s not like in the department stores. Those mirrors at makeup counters are too magnified that they just show flaws. Haha. It’s their strategy too, I guess.

MUSIC

SS501 – Love Ya
I watched Boys Before Flowers again and finished all episodes in 3 days. I was focused on Gu Jun Pyo before. This time, I was into the character of Kim Hyun Joong, Ji Hoo. I missed his group SS501 after watching the drama. Love Ya is my favorite song. I started listening to it again everyday. Seriously, it’s my LSS. I still support their group despite his issues. I’m glad their sub-group SS301 performed this year.

2NE1 songs
2NE1 is my one and only favorite girl group. They changed the Kpop game to fierce and badass in 2009. The whole fandom of blackjacks were devastated on YG Entertainment’s statement. Minzy didn’t renew her contract and she’s leaving the group. I kept on watching their last performance as 4 members at Mnet Asian Music Awards 2015. We’re waiting for their comeback for too long while the other members are doing side projects. Maknae was kinda left out. No, I’m not blaming the girls. The management should’ve done something. This is the negative side of being an artist/celebrity, income and projects are not fixed.

So that’s it. Sorry this post has too much text. I need to reduce my ramblings.😂

Review: LUSH Charity Pot Hand & Body Lotion

You thought I was taking a break from being a lushie, huh? Naah. I’m back with another Lush review.

They donated for different causes worldwide with the help of Charity Pot Hand & Body Lotion. Everything they earn from it will be donated to the chosen charity. Lush will only get VAT/tax which is a government regulation.

I planned to get a tub of this but I want to know where will the proceeds go. It was for CARA Welfare Philippines. It’s a local animal shelter and clinic. You know how much I love dogs.

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Description:
Now in a self-preserving formula, this is a gorgeous body lotion that does a lot of good – and not just for your skin! With a new, delicately floral perfume of ylang ylang and rosewood oils in a hydrating cocoa butter base, moisturizing with Charity Pot will leave your skin subtly perfumed and touchably soft. This rich and generous cream now contains seven ingredients sourced from our sustainable SLush Fund projects around the world. With every purchase of Charity Pot, we donate 100% of the price (minus the taxes) to small, grassroots organizations working in the areas of environmental conservation, animal welfare and human rights. You end up with velvety, beautifully-scented skin AND you’re doing a world of good with every pot purchased—nicely done

Ingredients:
Water, Fair Trade Olive Oil, Glycerine , Organic Jojoba Oil, Moringa Oil, Fair Trade Cocoa Butter, Stearic Acid, Fresh Aloe Gel , Fair Trade Shea Butter, Triethanolamine, Geranium Oil, Rosewood Oil, Ylang Ylang Oil, Fair Trade Vanilla Absolute, Cetearyl Alcohol, *Citronellol, *Coumarin, Geraniol, *Linalool, *Limonene, Fragrance.

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Pros:
-Reasonably priced, Php 495 for 95 grams…
-because it’s packed with natural ingredients like butters and oils
-Powdery and vanilla scent
-Paraben-free
-Best lotion so far. It’s high quality and cannot be compared to drugstore brands
-For a good cause

Cons:
-Can leave sticky film if applied too much

It’s rich and thick lotion so it’s quite sticky, not for a hot and humid weather. It immediately gives moisture. Little goes a long way because this is full of butters and oils. Great for dry skin and for my wrinkly hands. I’m pretty impressed with its ingredients. It’s reasonably priced because of those plus you’re helping an organization.

I highly suggest this in winter season. For us in the PH and other tropical countries, this is great as a night treatment.

Vitamin C Serum in Different Concentrations

Vitamin C serums became popular in 2014 and 2015. Some people are allergic to high percentage of vitamin c. I thought I should make a list starting from 5% to the highest conentration. It is best to start low and gradually work your way up so your skin won’t get irritated.

I included their descriptions and ingredients to help you decide. You can analyze them on CosDNA.com. They have a generator and all you have to do is to copy & paste the ingredients list. Btw, You can easily order these online or you can go in-stores for Mario Badescu.


Klairs Freshly Juicy Vitamin Drop

It is designed with key ingredients directly from nature and concentrated pure vitamin C for an innovative multi-solution, non-irritating formula to revitalize, maintain, and transform your skin ! Don’t be discriminated against because of sensitive skin anymore, and experience the power of C with the Freshly Juiced Vitamin Drop ! It cotains 5% Ascorbic acid that is suitable for all skin type and ages even if you have very sensitive skin.
freshly-juiced-vitamin-drop-klairsIngredients: Water, Propylen Glycol, Ascorbic Acid 5%, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Centella Asiatica Extract, Citrus Junos Fruit Extract, Anise Fruit Extract, Citrus Grapefruit Fruit Extract, Nelumbium Speciosum Flower Extract, Paeonia Suffruticosa Root Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Polysorbate 60, Broccoli Extract, Chaenomeles Sinensis Fruit Extract, Orange Oil Brazil, Sodium Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Disodium EDTA, Lavandula Angustifolia Lavender Oil, Camellia Sinensis Callus Culture Extract, Larix Europaea Wood Extract, Chrysanthellum Indicum Extract, Rheum Palmatum Root Extract, Asarum Sieboldi Root Extract, Quercus Mongolia Leaf Extract, Persicaria Hydropiper Extract, Corydalis Turtschaninovii Root Extract, Coptis Chinensis Root Extract, Magnolia Obovata Bark Extract, Lysine HCL, Proline, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Acetyl Methionine, Theanine, Lecithin, Acetyl Glutamine,SH-Olgopeptide-1, SH-Olgopeptide-2, SH-Polypeptide-1, SH-Polypeptide-9, SH-Polypeptide-11, Bacillus/Soybean/Folic Acid Ferment Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Caprylyl Glycol, Butylene Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol


Mario Badescu Vitamin C Serum

It contains 7.5% Ascorbic Acid to reduce discoloration and brighten skin. Formulated with Hyaluronic Acid to retain skin’s natural moisture and Collagen to enhance skin’s firmness and elasticity.
OP_VitaminCIngredients: Propylene Glycol, Aqua, L-Ascorbic Acid, Cucumber Fruit Extract, Panax Ginseng Root Extract,Sodium Hyaluronate, Collagen,Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Lavender Flower Extract, Lavender Oil, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Hexylene Glycol


Paula’s Choice Resist C15 Super Booster

It is a concentrated, light-as-water liquid treatment product designed to supercharge your Paula’s Choice serum, or it may be used alone. A blend of 15% stabilized vitamin C (l-ascorbic acid) at a pH of 3.0, antioxidant vitamin E, ferulic acid, and peptides repairs visible signs of aging and stimulates collagen production for smoother, brighter, and firmer skin.
ihwx.bbadf89f-831f-4ed9-b8e6-a03b9b3d4900.300.200Ingredients: Water, Ascorbic Acid, Ethoxydiglycol, PPG-26 Buteth-26, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Tocopherol, Ferulic Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate, Acetyl Octapeptide-3, Glycerin, Panthenol, Sodium Metabisulfite, Triethanolamine, Phenoxyethanol.


OST / C20 Original Pure Vitamin C Serum

Best awards winner 2013, 2014 ! Faster vitamin c effects with added peeling function. Combine 20% L-ascorbic acid with natural antioxidants to help prevent premature signs of aging. This serum will protect, soften and moisturizing your skin!
vitamin-c20-serum-ostIngredients: Water, Ascorbic Acid, Ethanol, Sodium Lactate, Butylene Glycol, Glucose, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Rosa Davurica Bud Extract, Safflower Flower Extract, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil Sodium Hyaluronate, Bis-PEG-18 Methyl Ether Dimethyl Silane, Diethoxyethyl Succinate, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Xanthan, PEG-180, Gluconolactone, Beta-Glucan, Orange Oil,Zinc PCA, Panthenol, Niacinamide, Glycerin, Tocopheryl Acetate, Lecithin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Ubiquinone, Diisopropyl Adipate, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben


OST / C20 Pure Vitamin C 21.5 Advanced Serum

The new and improved formula has been designed with less ingredients for more effects. Made with simpler ingredients directly from Mother Earth, the Pure Vitamin C21.5 Advanced Serum has been created with a sheer 21.5% of pure vitamin C for the maximum nourishment. When everyone said it was impossible,

Just for you, We increased the level of vitamin C and hydration while lowering the stickiness and ingredients for a healthier, pure formula to replenish moisture while restoring suppleness to the skin. Rejuvenate and nourish with the new and improved, all-natural upgraded formula to restore balance and moisture to your skin today.

pure-vitamin-c215-advanced-serum-c20Ingredients: Hippophae Rhamnoides Water (70%), Ascorbic Acid (21.5%), Sodium Lactate, 1,2-Hexanediol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Panthenol, Cassia Obtusifolia Seed Extract, Allantoin, Xanthan Gum, Ethyl Hexanediol

Klairs and COSRX are now available on BeautyMNL

Hi guys. I read an email about this news. This post is late but I hope it’ll still be informative. These brands became popular in the k-beauty world last year. There are so many preorder requests here in the Philippines. You can now get their bestsellers without preordering from Korea.

downloadfileKlairs’ bestsellers on BeautyMNL.com:

  • Supple Preparation Toner
  • Black Sugar Polish
  • Illuminating Blemish Cream (currently sold out)
  • Rich Moist Soothing Serum
  • Rich Moist Soothing Cream

Click here to visit Klairs

+¦+e_¦í++My favorite brand, COSRX is also on the website. 25 products are available there:

  • Acne Pimple Master Patch
  • Snail 92 All In One Cream
  • Advanced Snail Power Essence
  • AHA/BHA Clarifying Toner
  • AHA 7 Whitehead Liquid
  • BHA Blackhead Power Liquid (currently sold out)
  • Summer Pore Minish Serum
  • Blackhead Silk Finger Ball
  • Centella Blemish Ampule
  • Galactomyces Whitening Essence
  • Honey Ceramide Eye Cream
  • Honey Ceramide Full Cream
  • Hyaluronic Acid Foam Cleanser
  • Hyaluronic Acid Essence
  • Hyaluronic Acid Cream
  • BHA Skin Returning A-Sol
  • BHA Skin Returning Emulsion
  • One Step Pimple Clear Pads
  • Propolis Light Ampule
  • Centella Blemish Cream
  • Honey Overnight Mask
  • Rice Overnight Spa Mask
  • Aloe Soothing Sun Cream
  • Good Morning Gel Cleanser
  • Make Me Lovely Cream

Click here to see COSRX

Hope this will help in your future hauls!☺❤

Helpful Websites For Cosmetics & Skin Care Concerns

Hey guys. I’ve been browsing a lot lately so I thought I should share some of my favorite websites. I rely on these for decision making before buying any product or before proceeding to a dermatology treatment.

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RealSelf.com

RealSelf has dicussions on dermatology, dentistry and cosmetic surgeries. Get answers from doctors. This website allows me to ask questions from real doctors for free. They answer back usually 3-5 days after your post has been approved. It’s best to include photos of your concern so the doctors have an idea how it looks like. Patients rate their doctors, review treatments and give out before and after photos. Doctors have their own photo results from the treatments they’ve performed too.

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CosDNA.com

This website lets its users to analyze skin care and cosmetics using a generator. You can save it so others can see it too. Ingredients list determines if I will buy a product or not. If I dont find the list on  brands’ websites or blogger reviews, this is my savior. Here’s an example. Remember to input one (1) ingredient per line only.

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reddit.com

I get reviews from this site especially on newly released korean skin care. Those that you cant find on blogs and shop reviews yet. I think the members there are more advanced and updated than anyone else. They have threads for each product. You can find discussions about the ingredients and mini reviews. It’s all in one.

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For acne-prone skin products and treatments, I rely on Acne.org members’ experiences. There are other helpful information like comedogenic and non comedogenic ingredients. Members give thorough review on dermotological treatments too and they usually provide before and after photos and updates on post-treatment. They give out tips that are easy to remember. Example: things to do to soothe and heal blemishes. ZIIT: Zinc, Ibuprofen, Ice, Treat. Visit the website for full explanations on this tip.

I hope this post made sense and I hope someone will find it informative. What’s your favorite website for cosmetics? :)😊