My Top 5 Toners for Oily Skin

Continuing our series with oily skin toners. The products in this list are mostly drugstore prices. You can find something that will fit your budget for sure. Range is from 85 pesos to 895 pesos. Skin care doesn’t have to be expensive. You just have to find the perfect match for your skin.


T.N. Dickinson’s Witch Hazel

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I havent posted a full review on this yet. But I like it so much that it became the top 1. It’s pure witch hazel, no other additional ingredients. According to webMD: “Witch hazel leaf extract, bark extract, and witch hazel water are used as astringents to tighten the skin. They are also included in some medications to give those products the ability to slow down or stop bleeding. Those medications are used for treating insect bites, stings, teething, hemorrhoids, itching, irritations, and minor pain.” It helps to control my breakouts. No sting, non drying and no sticky film. I recommend it for all skin types. 59ml bottle is priced at 85 pesos. There’s a huge bottle but I forgot to check the price. Both sizes are vailable at Healthy Options branches.


Etude House Wonder Pore Freshner

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I have bought this twice. It claims to maintain skin’s PH balance. I observed that it’s not drying although it has alcohol. It won’t leave film. It didnt control breakouts but I like how my skin feels so clean after this step. Others are using this as facial mist. Just put some in a spray bottle. Its pore minimizing only lasts for a few minutes up to an hour for me. I usually get the 250ml and it lasts for 4 to 5 months. You can get this at Etude House branches. 250ml for 548 pesos while 500ml is at 898 pesos.


Celeteque Hydration Alcohol Free Toner

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I forgot how many times I’ve finished up a bottle of this. This was my go-to toner when I still had moderate breakouts. I also buy this when I’m on a tight budget. Haha! It also has witch hazel. It feels like it gives off a film. Don’t worry it will only last for a few seconds. It feels like I dont have to apply moisturizer anymore after this. But I still do anyway just to be sure. You can get it at supermarkets, drugstores and department stores. 65 ml for 80 pesos and 120 ml is at 129 pesos


Lush Tea Tree Water Toner

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You guys know I’m a lushie. This toner is made of Tea Tree Water, Grapefruit Water, Juniperberry Water. It’s alcohol free as well. It wont provide hydration alone and no film. So I like to spray it on my face first and then spray again on a cotton ball. It is really mattifying. It controls oil and my makeup holds longer when I use this toner. Others are using it as a setting spray. You can get this at Lush stores in Metro Manila. Php 325 for 100ml & Php 625 for 250ml.


The Body Shop Tea Tree Skin Clearing Toner

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I got a bottle when it was on sale. It has tea tree scent which I love. I find it relaxing. It also controlled my breakouts. You have to shake it first because there’s powder at the bottom. That powder helps in mattifying skin. I recommend trying their tea tree line when they’re on BOGO (Buy One Get One) sale. It usually happens in Christmas season. You can get this at The Body Shop branches & kiosks. 250ml for 650 pesos

My Top 5 Makeup Removers

I’ve been doing reviews since this year has started. Honestly, I’m already getting tired of it. So we’ll do the Top 5 series this week. I’ve tried a lot of makeup removers since I got into skin care. I have extremely oily and sensitive skin that’s prone to breakouts. I’m skeptical to use new products. Most of them are okay and some became my favorite. For the past six years, here are the products I’d gladly repurchase.


Skinlite Make-up Cleansing Tissues

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I’m using this for 2 years now since I couldn’t find Purederm’s Acne Cleansing Wipes. It has green tea, chamomile, sage,  lavender, rosemary, aloe, ginseng and allantoin for cleansing. Its size, texture and performance are the same with Purederm’s. No breakouts too. I usually get mine in the beauty section of Landmark Makati. 30 sheets for Php 89


Etude House Every Month Cleansing Tissues

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This has many cleansing ingredients too. It’s packed with broccoli, tea tree, garlic, camellia leaf, apple, rice bran, aloe, avocado, blueberry, oatmeal, spinach, cucumber, walnut & wine extracts. What I like most about it is its size. It’s bigger compared to other makeup wipes. One sheet is actually big for my full face makeup. I could get the most out of it and remove everything. Available at your local Etude House branches and kiosks. 15 sheets for Php 128 / 50 sheets for Php 248


Purederm Acne-Cleansing Wipes

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I think this is phased out already but this was my first ever favorite. The cloths are moist enough to remove my full face makeup. It had no specific scent in my opinion. I was using this when I had many breakouts. It did not aggravate my acne. I remember this was under 100 pesos too.


Loreal Refreshing Micellar Water

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My first micellar water. It has minimal ingredients. It really feels refreshing while you’re wiping off makeup. It feels like I’ve already washed my face. No sticky feeling. It says no need to rinse but I still proceed to my face wash and other steps because we can’t skip those. I didn’t break out while using this. This is good for 6 months use after opening. 250ml for Php 225


Etude House Real Art Cleansing Oil – Moisture

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Cleansing oils are for heavy duty makeup. I’ve only used one and it’s from Etude House. I followed the instructions after I posted my full review on this. The results were better. My makeup melted away plus it foams up when rinsed with water. It added moisture to my skin. A great prep step especially if you’re using a drying face wash. Little goes a long way. It has a light lemon scent. It did not cause breakouts. 185ml for Php 848

Review + Swatches: Tony Moly Delight Magic Lip Tint in 03

It’s been a while since I talked about Tony Moly. This was the second korean brand that I got hooked with. I’ve always wanted to try their lip tints. My sister gave me one in 03 Red Berry. Yes, again. She’s really not into these colors. Haha! Welp, more for me! This will be a quick review since there isn’t ,uch to talk about lip tints in general.😛

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Description:
A clear gel-type tint moistures the lips with the ingredient extracted from the berries and turns your lip color into a gorgeous deep pink after putting on.

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Pros:
– Cute packaging
– Smells like berry
– Affordable, 228 pesos
– Did not cause dryness
– Long lasting

Cons:
– Quite sticky

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There are many reasons why it’s one of their bestsellers. It has a simple but cute packaging. We cant analyze the ingredients. I couldn’t find the ingredients list on their website. It smells good and I want to eat it. Haha! It’s affordable and long lasting. I swatched it on my arm and tried to remove it with running water. I had to rub it and use a cloth. It adds a little moisture so it did not cause chapped lips. The only con I have for this is it’s quite sticky. I think it helps with longevity. I recommend it for everyday use. This is for any occassion especially if you want a gift under 500 pesos.☺

Review + Swatches: Maybelline Lip Flush in RD03

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching. So this week is for lip colors. This is perfect if you want to get that kissable lips in time for Feb. 14. Hahaha. I don’t, I just want to add life to my pale lips. Lip Flush is a dupe for Laneige’s Two-Tone Lip Bars. Well, you have to be realistic with these lippies. Color pay off depends on your natural lip color. I’m not into that style but my sister gave this to me so why not?

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Description:
Get just the right touch of sensuous shine with our Lip Flush lipsticks! Get a sensuous sheer pout in 1 swipe! Infused with natural food grade pigments. Ultra creamy formula with shea butter for 12 hours moisture.

How to use:
STEP 1: Start at the center of your upper lips to the outer corners of your mouth.
STEP 2: Finish by gliding across the entire bottom lip.

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Pros:
– Affordable, 299 pesos for 3.9 grams
– Packaging is nice and the lid doesn’t loosen up
– Smells like cherry
– Has natural color selection for everyday use
– Glides smoothly
– Has a bit glossy finish
– Great color payoff

Cons:
– Can accentuate dry lips just like other products
– Doesnt last long depending on your activities

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imageI know it claims to have shea butter for moisturizing. Always remember, don’t rely on makeup such as lip sticks/glosses if you have dry lips. That is solved with body hydration and skin care lip balms. It doesnt last long on me because I eat and drink a lot in a day and I have the habit of lip biting.

Now let’s move to the positives. I like the idea of this lipstick. You dont need to apply concealer. Unlike the traditional gradient style where watery lip tint is used. That method is quite messy in my opinion. K-drama fans are looking for this. I think 299 pesos is a steal. The one from Laneige is so expensive.

I like the packaging of Maybelline lipsticks in general. The lids don’t loosen up even if you use them daily. It’s secure in my makeup bag. The colors of this range leans to natural colors. They’re not distracting for everyday use at school or work. It has glossy finish which helps to slightly moisturize my lips.

I dont use this for its purpose. I blend it instead. The darkest color in RD03 gives life to my lips. I observed even women are looking at my lips. Maybe they want to ask what I’m wearing. Hahaha! I highly recommend this for daily use and for k-beauty addicts.

Review: Sooper Beaute Pimple Away Day Cream

Yesterday, we reviewed body care products. Continuing our local theme this week with Sooper Beaute’s spot treatment. I found out about this brand from Instagram reviewers. I have read a lot of positive feedbacks. BeautyMNL reached out to me before and they gave products of my choice. And as usual, I wanted skin care. I found this day cream when it was on sale. I got it for 100 pesos.

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Description:
Spot treatment designed for use in the morning; formulated with lemon extract to dry up active breakouts; helps lighten scarred skin and prevent dark marks caused by acne. Suitable for oily, acne-prone skin. Use as a spot treatment on pimples every morning ONLY. Avoid direct sun exposure.

Ingredients:
Deionized Water,Cetyl alcohol,Stearyl Alcohol,Caprilyc/capric triglyceride,Glycerin,Hamamelis Virginiana (witch Hazel) Extract,glycerin,leptospermum Scoparium Branch/Leaf oil,chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower extract, Triethanolamine,Salicylic acid, purefix-Dryoteris Mas Root Extract, Azelaic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Citric Acid, Citrus limon.

Pros:
-Affordable, 100 pesos when it was on sale. Original price is 120 pesos for 10 grams.
-Did not cause irritations/contact dermatitis
-Little goes a long way
-Has many natural antibacterial ingredients
-Helps to minimize small acne

Cons:
-Tub is too big for product’s actual amount
-Need to pat a few times to be absorbed
-Not effective for cystic/big acne
-Label was difficult to read

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Am I satisfied? On a scale of 1 to 10, I’d rate it a 7. Natural ingredients take some time to be effective but they’re safer than chemicals. I did not expect that it will make a difference even in small blemishes. I was wrong. It’s effective for small ones. I did not see drastic change on cystic acne though.

I experienced mild peeling on spots where I applied it. Is it just me? I like the peeling because it minimizes hyperpigmentation. It has citrus limon. I assume it’s included for its cleansing ability, not as fragrance. The cream has mild scent but I couldn’t describe what exactly it is. Dont worry because it will be gone once absorbed. Another plus for not causing irritation. With the results I got, I’d recommend it for those with mild acne. You can get this on SooperBeaute.com or BeautyMNL.com

The last con has nothing to do with the product’s performance. But when it comes to packaging, color combination is important so the texts are easy to read. The label has yellow background, the product name should be pink or dark colored instead of white.

Got any local review requests? Comment down below.😊

Review: Ever Bilena Naturals Soap, Hand & Body Lotions

Hello readers! This week’s reviews are for local/Philippine brands. Let’s start with Ever Bilena, one of the leading cosmetic brands. They emailed me a few weeks ago to try their skin care products. EB Naturals range has kojic soap with papaya/collagen, face & body sunscreen with moisturizing/whitening and body lotions with argan oil, milk, cucumber, papaya, collagen, citronella.

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Papaya Soap

Description: infused with Papaya extract that helps whiten skin and reduce appearance of uneven skin tone.

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It smells like candy at first. It reminded me of Fruitos candy. But when you smell it again, you’ll notice the papaya scent. It has papaya extract which is a trusted whitening ingredient here in our country. This soap also has Salicylic Acid, an anti-acne and antibacterial. It’s good for cleansing the skin. It doesnt melt easily, 90 grams will go a long way. It lathers quickly. I felt squeaky clean and I like that for the body area. My skin was not too dry after rinsing. If you’re not into that, lotion is your next step. I’ll continue using this and see if it will minimize bacne and lighten spots.


White Hand & Body Lotion – Papaya

Description: Made with Papaya extract, to help make your skin fairer and more radiantly beautiful. With UV protection to keep you safe against harmful rays of the sun.

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Its consistency is like your usual lotion. But I was surprised that my skin absorbed it quickly. Out of all the lotions I’ve tried, this is the most fast-absorbing one. It gives enough moisture and hydration. It has a lightweight feel and no stickiness. My skin feels like skin after application. I sweat a lot so I prefer non-sticky products. I also use public transportation. You know all the heat and pollution we experience daily. I must say this lotion is commuter-friendly.


Daily Sunscreen Whitening Lotion

Description: It has Vitamin E and Shea butter to keep skin moisturized. It also has Licorice extract to lighten skin. It has UVA/UVB protection to shield the skin against harmful rays of the sun.

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Its texture is thick and mousse-like but feels light on the skin. It doesnt come off easily even if I’m sweaty. If you’re going for a swim, always reapply sunscreen every 2 hours. That’s a general rule even if a product is long lasting. No need to worry about sticky film. It claims to be non-greasy and I approve of that. I also consider this commuter-friendly. Aside from sunscreen ingredients, it has Allantoin (moisturizing & healing), Shea Butter (moisturizing), Licorice for whitening and Vitamin E.


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You can use the lotions for 2 years after opening. I’ll probably finish these bottles in less than a year. Out of all the products in this range, my favorite is Papaya Hand & Body Lotion. I love the scent and my hands look younger when I use it. I’m using these for almost 2 weeks on my sensitive skin. They did not trigger dermatitis/eczema. Since I have pale white skin, it’s quite difficult to see whitening results from products. What I did notice is they brightened my skin and made it look glowing.

Sunscreen protects us from the sun’s harmful rays and avoiding skin cancer.  Everyone should have sunblock for face and body. The heat is increasing and it’s more harmful for our skin. I’m guilty of not using one when I was younger. Last month, I was thinking of including it in my routine. Ever Bilena came just in time.

Visit everbilena.com.ph to check out/shop for the rest of their skin care line and makeup.

Review + Before & After: Maybelline Clear Smooth All in One Oil Control Two-Way Cake

I switched back to my all time favorite powder from Maybelline. I was surprised it’s now a two-way cake. You can use it dry or with a wet sponge. I was bothered at first because my dermatologist told me to stay away from two-way powders as it’s heavy for the skin. I want coverage so I’m still using it anyway.

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Description:
Maybelline Clear Smooth All in One is a shine-free powder foundation that provides good coverage and keeps you looking naturally beautiful.

Ingredients:
Talc, Perlite, Titanium Dioxide [Nano] / Titanium Dioxide, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Dimethicone, Aluminum Hydroxide, Stearic Acid, Silica, Methicone, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Squalane, Parfum / Fragrance, Tocopherol, Linalool, Bht, Geraniol, Hydroxycitronellal, Citronellol, Cetyl Peg/Ppg-10/1 Dimethicone, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnama

I got the lightest shade, 02 Nude Beige

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Pros:
-Affordable, refill is 169 pesos for 9g
-Accessible, you can get it in department stores, drugstores and supermarkets
-Can be used wet or dry
-Has SPF 32
-Has more coverage than the old formula
-Light to medium coverage
-Great for setting makeup
-Didnt cause breakouts

Cons:
-Might get cakey
-Might feel heavy for others
-Need more shades

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It can get cakey depending on the base/foundation you’re using. Use a brush instead if your liquid foundation is already mattifying. Just be careful as it can be “too matte” if applied with the sponge. We know too much matte can suck the life out of our skin. Apply highlighter if needed. It felt heavy the first time I used this Maybelline powder. I got used to it and it doesnt bother me anymore.

I noticed that it gives more coverage than the old formula. Take note that I’m applying it dry with sponge. I just used a wet sponge in this review to test its coverage alone. You can get light to medium coverage. It’s great that they didnt change the price! This variant only has 4 colors until now. Lightest shade is a bit dark on me. More skin tones should have this great stuff. This is still the best powder in my book. Hands down.