Review: Cerave Hydrating Cleanser Bar

I have dry patches all over my cheeks and forehead due to dermatitis. Dry and flaky skin can make the skin’s defense weak. It can cause breakouts, which happened to me. My sister and I used a liquid ceramide cleanser before. The doctor prescribed it and we bought it from her clinic. It did moisturize and repair our skins. From then, I knew ceramide is great for strengthening the barrier and repairing dry skin. I looked for an alternative and Cerave is the drugstore version. They have the liquid and soap bar. It’s not as famous as Cetaphil here in country so I had no luck with the liquid one. I found the cleanser bar and gave it a try.

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Description:
Areas of concern: Cracked and chafed skin, dry skin, facial cleansing, gentle exfoliation, itchy skin, psoriasis prone skin.

Developed with dermatologists, CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser Bar effectively cleanses and hydrates without disrupting the protective skin barrier. This creamy foaming bar, with 3 essential ceramides and hyaluronic acid, contains 5% CeraVe Moisturizing Cream to lock in moisture while removing dirt and oil.

Ingredients:
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Pros:
– Affordable
– Doesn’t melt easy
– Ideal the for body
– Lathers well
– Did not trigger my contact dermatitis

Cons:
– Doesn’t completely cleanse skin
– Leaves a film
– Caused breakouts
– Did not lessen dry patches

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I only have a few things to say about this. The soap doesn’t melt easily but lathers well. It will last for a long time especially if you cut it in half. It felt like it didn’t clean my skin which caused the breakout. It leaves a film which is normal for “hydrating” products.. But it did not help with my dry patches. I think this bar is better for body use instead. The lather and film it gives are not bothersome for me if used on the body.

Although it did not trigger my contact dermatitis, I still don’t like how it feels on the face. This kind of cleanser whether liquid or bar is likely to break me out. I guess I have to buy the one from the doctor’s clinic.ย I expected a lot from this product. I really want to like it. As much as possible, I don’t post negative reviews anymore but honestly it didn’t work for me.

Have you tried a cleanser just like this? Please leave a comment below. I’m in need of suggestions. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Review: Benton Cacao Moist and Mild Serum

Hello readers! I’m back to do a quick review of one of my recent moisturizers. I reviewed the cream version of this last year. I really liked it but find it quite heavy for my oily skin and the weather here is always hot. I’m glad Benton came out with a serum type. Just in time for the summer!๐Ÿ˜Š

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Description:
Cacao Moist and Mild Serum is a hydrating & nourishing serum that is smoothly absorbed into the skin. The serum is suitable for dry skin and skin with a poor oil-water balance because hyaluronic acid hydrates and minerals from high cacao content nourish skin. The serum helps to keep skin revitalized and glossy. Free of colorant, fragrance, alcohol, and PEGs.

Ingredients:
Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Extract, Butylene Glycol, Aqua (Water), Dipropylene Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Pentylene Glycol, Glycerin, Sodium
Hyaluronate, Centella Asiatica Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Polygonum Cuspidatum Root Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Extract, Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract, Salix Nigra (Willow) Bark Extract, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Flower Extract, Madecassoside, Allantoin, Zanthoxylum Piperitum Fruit Extract, Pulsatilla Koreana Extract, Usnea Barbata (Lichen) Extract, Betaine, Panthenol, Carbomer,ย  Arginine

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Pros:
– Affordable, 30 grams for $17
– Simple plastic serum bottle
– Gel-like consistency
– Fragrance-free
– Quickly absorbed
– Lightweight
– Did not cause breakouts

Cons:
– Not for very dry patches

You know what I like most about Benton? They keep their packagings simple. I’d rather have a product that’s in a simple bottle but works than something that looks fancy and doesn’t do anything. It’s in a plastic bottle but it’s sturdy. I dropped it once and it didnt crack. The consistence is a gel serum. It’s lightweight and doesnt feel like I’ve put it on. It’s absorbed by the skin in a few seconds.

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It doesn’t interfere with makeup. I applied makeup smoothly over it. It doesn’t make my skin oilier. It does give off a glowy finish making skin look healthy. If you’re confident in bare skin, you’re good to go with this. Good news if you have sensitive skin like me, it’s fragrance free. We all know fragrance can cause irritations. This is ideal for all skin types. The only con for this is it doesn’t smoothen my very dry patches.

But overall, it’s a good product to moisturize the skin layers. It has a lot of good ingredients, as expected of the brand’s mission. I find that it instantly nourished and hydrated my skin plus the fresh look it gives. If you have normal to oily skin, you can use it all year round, not just in summer. โ˜บ๏ธ

Review + Coverage Test: Dermacol Make-Up Cover in 208 & 210

This is my favorite post so far. Today’s going to be about my favorite foundation. Dermacol is a brand from Czech Republic. Their Make-up Cover was raved last year. I ordered samples of 208 and 210 just to see which one fits me. Read the rest to find out more about this famous product~

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Description:
The clinically tested, extreme covering Make up Cover was created as the first of its kind in Europe and one of the first in the world. The license for this foundation was eventually sold to Hollywood. It contains 50% pigments, which makes it a weapon against skin imperfections. DERMACOL MAKE-UP COVER provides PERFECT COVERAGE even in thin layers and is the perfect corrector for dark under-eye, unpleasant spots and skin blemishes. It completely covers acne, loss of pigmentation, post surgical bruising, tattoos etc. It may be used on the entire face or body for color correction, darkening or lightening the skin tones, and ensuring ideal balance. It is widely used as a professional make-up for photo or film shoots, modeling and for festive occasions.

Ingredients:
Cant find it on their website

Pros:
– Affordable
– Comes in many shades
– Little goes a long way
– Tube-type packaging
– Medium to full coverage
– Doesnt accentuate textures
– Smoothens skin’s appearance
– Can be used as concealer
– Did not trigger my contact dermatitis

Cons:
– Feels heavy
– Wears off after a few hours
– Can get cakey

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Both shades dont match me again. Haha! 208 is too light and 210 is too dark. I mix them with my other foundations to get the right color.

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I’m glad that this product is very affordable. You can get the full size for less than 1000 pesos. But beware of fakes. Buy from trusted sellers only. This foundation was specifically made as stage makeup. My skin is so “snatched” when I’m using this. It’s so smooth that it looks unrealistic. You have to apply contour, blush and highlight. Or wait for it to set before you head out.

Now for the coverage test:

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It’s the only drugstore foundation that gives great coverage, in my opinion. I like that it doesnt emphasize my textures compared to other foundations. I have oily skin but I prefer this over matte finish. Now for the down side; it can feel heavy. I mix it with other products instead. If you want to use it alone, apply it with a damped sponge to reduce heaviness. It also wears off after a few hours. The longevity will depend on your activities like commuting or staying the whole day in an airconditioned place.

This product is great for covering hyperpigmentations. It would be great for formal events as stated in the description. This is not for people who like natural no makeup look. You will look snatched for sure and that’s what I like personally. Have you tried this? What shade is your match?

First Impression: Flawless White Plus Cream

I’m dealing with lots of hyperpigmentation. Flawless’ resident doctor recommended their White Plus Cream to lighten spots. She knows I have contact dermatitis. She said it’s difficult to cure my acne because of it. I agree with her. She only recommends superficial products like this which is risky for my condition. Total amount of products she recommended was 15k pesos. Oh hell naw. I wont spend that amount on anything I’m not confident with. I checked and felt skeptical because of the ingredients. I still bought one because it’s the most affordable in the list and I also have dry patches that need moisturizing.

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Description:

Lightens the skin tone, evens out discolorations and hyperpigmentations

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Pros:
– Available locally at Flawless clinics and some SM Department Stores
– Simple plastic packaging
– Little goes a long way
– Moisturizes dry patches
– Doesnt look oily when absorbed
– Skin feels soft

Cons:
– Php 780 is quite expensive for a 15g tub
– Strong floral and powder scent
– Feels heavy
-Triggered my contact dermatitis

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I used this for 3 days as spot treatment for dry patches and dark spots. It effectively moisturized dry areas. It’s a thick cream so you’ll only need a small amount. Once absorbed, it doesnt look oily. It’s more like dewy. My skin feel so soft when I used this. The packaging is sturdy and can be brought while you’re travelling.

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Unfortunately, it triggered my contact dermatitis. I have rashes on sensitive areas mainly on the cheeks. It must be the lactic acid, emulsifying wax, peppermint extract or the fragrance…. Which reminds me of what a grandma would use. It feels a bit heavy. It’s not for commuting or other activities that involves sweating. This is ideal for night time on dry and mature skin. Its dewy finish makes skin look healthy. You can get this in their clinics and some SM Department Stores.

Review: The Saem Cover Perfection Ideal Concealer Duo in 1.5 Natural Beige

I like to use concealer instead of thick foundations to cover hyperpigmentation. In my past Althea haul, I bought The Saem’s concealer because it was on sale. I tried it for a month. I have a love-hate relationship with it. I thought 01 is too light for me and 02 is too dark for me. So I had high hopes that 1.5 will be the closest shade for me.

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Description (from Althea’s website) :
The Saem’s Cover Perfection Ideal Concealer Duo comes with both a liquid (evens out larger surfaces areas like under the eyes) and a cream concealer (cover up smaller spots like blemishes and scars) on either end to complete a gorgeous canvas. This dynamic duo also contains SPF of 27 and 28, keeping your skin protected from the sun all day. Size: 4.2g + 4.5g

Ingredients (from Althea’s website) :

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– Affordable, got it for Php360
– Simple and travel friendly packaging
– Fair amount of product
– Little goes a long way
– Light to medium coverage
– Liquid covers redness and minimal dark spots
– Cream covers spots that are darker

Cons:
– Limited shades
– 1.5 looks orange on me
– Can accentuate dry patches
– Gives intense flashbacks
– Caused my breakouts
– Wears off throughout the day

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For my skin condition, I’d say both the liquid and cream can give light to medium coverage. It can be full coverage if your concerns are only redness and minor spots. I can’t describe the exact scent of it. It smells like wax and a little hint of paint but it goes away. It didn’t bother me. A second layer of the liquid covers my redness really well. One layer of cream gives good coverage.

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Korean makeup is really nice but I dont like that majority of them have SPF. This gave intense flashback when I used my phone’s camera. Cream has SPF 27 while the liquid has SPF 28.ย  It looks orange on me in natural lighting but looks white on me with flash. So saan ako lulugar? Haha! It caused my recent breakout of cystic acnes.

This is a really good concealer if you dont have sensitive skin. It will probably impress you if you can get your shade match. Both have good coverage and very affordable. It can last for 2 to 3 months max if you’re using it frequently. This is not for events where there’s flash photography. Always moisturize and prime first to avoid dry patches. I just dont like that it broke me out. Until now skin hasn’t recovered from it yet.

Skin101 Consultation + Pimple Injection

My breakouts were more than usual these past few weeks. I searched for clinics offering pimple injection. Skin101 has lowest price so far. I called my preferred branch to ask for the costs:

Doctor Consultation: Php 300
Pimple Injection: Php 50 per piece

The process was smooth. All I had to do was to fill up a form with my details. Then I waited for less than 5 minutes to get to the treatment room. An aesthetician did the procedure. If you’re not confident about that, you can ask their doctor to do it plus consultation fee. I didnt have problems because I was at ease with my aesthetician. She tells me everytime when she’s about to inject the solution. Thanks to her I was mentally prepared for every shot. Haha! She was very nice and didnt do sermon. May iba kasi pinapagalitan ako. Like hey I can’t stop my breakouts. This isn’t my choice.๐Ÿ˜…

I’m writing this after 24 hours. All the cystic acne have subsided already. I’m satisfied with it and the cost did not hurt my wallet. It’s for cystic acne without pus, ideal if you just want to get rid of it fast or if you have an event the next day.

*Note that this treatment can cause depressed scars if the amount of IL is too much. That’s the risk you have to know.

Skin101 Market Market doesn’t have scheduled appointments. All clients are walk-in. I went there in the afternoon on a weekday. The clinic is usually packed on weekends. Doctors arent available daily so if you want a consultation, call your preferred branch first and ask for the sched. Phone numbers are listed on their website.

Review: Alba Botanica Acne Dote Deep Pore Wash

Hello readers, sorry if I’m taking too long to post reviews. I’m back and I made a lot of drafts. Let’s start with another skin care. I found out about Alba Botanica’s cleanser when I went to Healthy Options years ago. Since then, it’s in my wish list.

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Description:
– fights breakouts even after you rinse
– 70% tested saw clearer skin in just 7 days
– 2% salicylic acid acne medication

Clean them up with this powerful, botanically effective acne wash. Formulated with zit-zapping Salicylic Acid and Willow Bark Extract, this lathering cleanser digs deep into pores to unclog the gunk, helping banish existing zits and prevent new ones. You’ll be cleaned up and ready to go with squeaky clean skin.

Ingredients:
Aqua (Water), Coco-Betaine, Disodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Sodium Chloride, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Glycerin, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil(2), Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil(2), Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil(2), Azardirachta Indica Leaf Extract(1), Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract(1), Carum Petroselinum (Parsley) Extract, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Melissa Officinalis Leaf Extract, Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract(1), Urtica Dioica (Nettle) Extract, Alcohol(1), Citric Acid, Dehydroacetic Acid, Benzoic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Citral, Limonene, Linalool (1)Certified Organic Ingredient (2)For scent only

Pros:
– Affordable, around 300+ pesos
– Simple plastic packaging
– Available locally in SM Department Stores and Healthy Options
– Cooling
– Fruity scent
– Pushes out bumps, whiteheads and blackheads
– Smoothens skin

Cons:
– Takes time to rinse
– Leaves a film
– Triggered my contact dermatitis

I wanted to try this but I was afraid it’ll be too strong for me. My sister bought a bottle last month. I’m seeing blackheads and whiteheads that are not yet on the surface of the skin. It’s my chance to test its magic. I want to get rid of bumps but they cant be pricked yet. I thought this cleanser was the reason of my breakout before but it’s not. The pimples were in the location of black/whiteheads I mentioned. So it definitely pushes everything out I couldn’t prick.

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It has a citrus scent which reminds me of Fruitos candy.๐Ÿ˜› It’s cooling because of the peppermint. It doesnt foam up well unlike other cleansers. It’s gel type which leaves a film. I never liked the feeling of it and it takes time to rinse. After washing it off, it’s a little drying and tightening. Immediately follow it up with a toner and moisturizer. This cleanser has 2% salicylic acid which is a good treatment alone in my opinion. You can also use a spot treatment if you want.

Too bad it triggered my contact dermatitis. Peppermint, orange and bergamot oils can be irritants. If it did not irritate me, I’d use it regularly in my routine. I feel refreshed when I use this especially after a workout or a long day of wearing makeup. This is a strong cleanser. Its ingredients are ideal for oily skin that isn’t sensitive with moderate to severe acne. It will clean out pores so the skin can breathe.