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Review: Ever Bilena Naturals Soap, Hand & Body Lotions

4 Feb

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.

May 2016 Favorites

3 Jun

I’m still going through my stash. I have a long way to go! I told my sister to use them too but she said it’s too much work. Well, it really is when you think about it. But it wouldnt be a problem once you get used to it.

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Skin Care

Clobetasol with Aquaphor Cream
This is a life savior for our eczema/dermatitis. It calms severe flare ups all the time. Severe meaning the skin is red, crusty and wet at the same time. It subsides in just 3 to 5 days. It also takes away the redness.

Hydrocortisone Cream
After a sever flare up, this is the prescribed med by my sister’s dermatologist. It is used for 3 to 5 days too. I actually use this on a daily basis for maintenance. It does a good job.

RUCY’S VANITY Whitening Serum
My face is lighter than the rest of my body including the neck. I’ve been neglecting it so might as well moisturize it twice a day too. I cant use AC Clinic Daily Gel Lotion  for the area because it has alcohol. This serum has the right consistency. It’s very moisturizing without feeling heavy. This is available at selected supermarkets, Rucy’s Vanity kiosks and website [click here].

TONY MOLY Tomatox Massage Pack
Still one of Tony Moly’s bestsellers. You can literally see your skin is brightened after using it. Just a tip, use this continuously to have a long term effect. Little goes a long way so every cent is totally worth it. This is also available on Q-Depot’s website.


Body Care

LUSH New Charity Pot Hand & Body Lotion
I know a lot of you might be tired of seeing Lush products in my posts. I’m sorry. I just couldn’t help it. This lotion is legit! It’s made from butters and oils unlike chemical-based lotions. You’re sure that it’s safe. I like to use this on my hand after washing 10x a day. I use this at night for the whole body as a treat.

THE FACE SHOP Kakao Friends Apeach Hand Cream [Cherry Blossom]
I use this the most as you can see in the photo above. It’s very light and non greasy. I love cherry blossom scent too! It smells sweet, flowery but not overpowering. I like that it’s in a small tube. I might bring another hand cream for our beach trip this month.

I apologize if you think the products in my posts are repetitive. Going through our stash is very important. You’re less likely to hoard if you know what you have. Btw, I’ll be posting a tag tomorrow especially for Filipinos.☺

April 2016 Birthday Haul

1 May

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.

Review: LUSH Charity Pot Hand & Body Lotion

24 Apr

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.

Review: Rucy’s Vanity Acacia Whitening Body Lotion

22 Nov

Im back!!! Continuing with our theme this week, body care… Today’s review is from a Korean brand. Rucy’s Vanity is known for their affordable products… Mostly below 200 pesos ($4). Ranging from skin care, body care, makeup and fragrances.❤️

I’ve been eyeing on this brand for a long time now. Im grateful to receive some products to try out. The first thing I’ve tried is this lotion. Let’s proceed. 🙂

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Description:
Makes your skin whiten, soft and elastic. Protect your skin from free radicals, contaminations and irritations. Contains extracts of aloe vera, portulaca, moraceae, centella and green tea to calm and soothe skin.

Ingredients:
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Pros:
– Available locally, online & in supermarkets
– Very affordable, Php 120 for 100ml
– Subtle fruity & flower-y scent
– Packed with Niacinamide, Beeswax, Shea Butter, Vitamin E; extracts from grape seed, macadamia, peach, aloe & licorice
– Moisturizes skin even if you’re using small amount
– Sinks in the skin
– Doesnt feel sticky/oily

Cons:
-Has parabens

I couldn’t tell for the whitening part but overall, Im liking this product mostly because of the relaxing scent. Flowery & fruity scents are my favorite!❤️ It does its job quickly probably because of essential oils, shea butter & aloe. I have really dry hands and this gives life back to them. I think this is also nice as a gift considering it’s only 120 pesos. Little goes a long way so it’s really worth it.✨

Please do visit their website: rucysvanityph.com

Review + Before & After: Jergens Hydrating Coconut Moisturiser

21 Nov

Hello readers! Our theme this week is body care. To start off, I’ll be reviewing a product from a trusted brand, Jergens. It’s always recommended by a lot of dermatologists… Including my brother’s doctor. I’m not skeptical to use this because I know we have the same sensitive skin.

I was lucky enough to receive a sample. Oh boy, it’s a full size bottle! ❤️ I’m ready to share my thoughts after using it for quite a while now. 😊✨

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Description:
Jergens Hydrating Coconut Moisturiser helps you reveal deeply luminous, visibly softer skin. This unique formula contains an illuminating HYDRALUCENCE blend. Restore your skin’s deep luminosity to reveal skin that’s never looked so beautiful

Ingredients:
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Pros:
– Affordable
– Simple packaging
– I love its scent! It’s very relaxing & coconut-y
– Quickly absorbed
– Feels light on the skin
– Skin feels silky & smooth
– Softens the skin
– Doesnt feel sticky or oily even when I’m commuting! ❤️
– Gives subtle glowing effect
– Did not cause irritations

Cons:
– Has paraben

Before and After
imageLook at that healthy glowing skin! It did not feel greasy. I hope the camera gave it justice.😊 Please dont mind my oldie hand.😅

My skin is sensitive and this did not cause irritations. I’m very sweaty too. That’s the reason why I dont use lotions during day time. Im glad this one met my expectations. I road tested this, literally. I applied this and went out to observe while I was commuting. It was not sticky nor oily at all. It sinks in the skin and gives complete moisture while feeling light. My skin is still hydrated even if it’s washed off after taking a bath. If you want instant glowing skin, this is for you. It’s also nice on the shoulders, chest and legs while wearing sleeveless top or dress. It’s like a highlighter but for your body.✨ Overall, I’m impressed and my sensitive skin approves this lotion. 😊

Review: 3W Clinic Snail Hand Cream

18 Jan

Good evening! It’s time for another review. The weather is really cold and sometimes we experience dry skin. In my case, I always wash my hands and use alcohol. These made my hands look dry, wrinkly and look old. My brother gave this to me for Christmas. This is the first product I’ve used from 3W Clinic although Im eyeing on the loose powder. 😉
The packaging looks like this. It’s in a plastic tube which makes it easy to dispense.

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Pros:

  • huge size, 100 ml
  • nice packaging. Can be put in my bag, no spills.
  • easy to dispense
  • affordable (I searched online that it costs around 150+ php)
  • gives enough moisture, less lines and wrinkly hands after application
  • scent is mild, smells like a regular lotion

 

Cons:

  • contains mineral oil and parabens
  • percentage of snail secretion filtrate is not indicated for those who are curious. This is a must for me especially if it’s a serum/essence.

 

Overall, I still like this hand cream. Hey, Im not biased because it was a gift for me. Haha. 3W Clinic always have affordable prices with quality of course. I want to try more of their product like the loose powder, snail gel, foundation and primer. Can you recommend products from this brand? Let me know in the comment box below. 🙂