Review: L’OREAL Refreshing Micellar Water

Loreal just released their micellar water in the Philippines this month. It’s the Refreshing variant. I’m using it for almost 3 weeks now.


HIGH PERFORMANCE, HYPO-ALLERGENIC! Gentle even on sensitive skin type! Micellar Water is highly recommended for OILY skin type. See the magic for yourself with micelle ingredients originated from Europe which acts like magnet to remove all impurities.

Ingredients and CosDNA Analysis by mark791004:screenshot_2016-10-22-18-42-17-1

-Affordable, 225 pesos, got it on sale on BeautyMNL for 175 pesos
-250ml is huge and can last you for 2 to 4 months
-Few ingredients, oil and paraben free
-Did not trigger my dermatitis
-Did not cause breakouts
-No sting
-Feels refreshing
-Effectively removes makeup
-Non sticky and no film

-None in my opinion, but you have to use it all up because it expires in 6 months. It doesnt have paraben or other preservatives. Take note if you’re a hoarder and you like to try other makeup removers

Sometimes I like to skip the toning step because this removes all my makeup. That step only. I still use cleanser, moisturizer and spot treatment. Brands are marketing micellar water as “no need to wash” product. Remember that you still have to do your skin care routine even if it says no wash/rinse. Or maybe that’s just me. I’m paranoid of not cleansing my skin completely.

I minimize swiping cotton on my skin. I’m avoiding wrinkles. It has 8 ingredients only. A great addition to a minimalist skin care routine. I’m using it 5 times per week. 6 months are enough to use it all up. I recommend it to those with normal, combination to oily skin types.

You can get this in department stores and on🙂

What’s your ride or die makeup remover?🙂

Review: Quick FX Pimple Eraser

I see sachets of Quick FX and Beauty Fix in most Watsons stores. Sakto, I’m looking for a spot treatment for my recent breakout. As a cheapskate, I always look for cheaper alternative before buying expensive ones. Last month, I bought a sachet of Quick FX Pimple Eraser together with Beauty Fix Nose Pack. This is delayed post again because I needed 3 weeks to fully observe its performance. You guys know skin care products take longer to review than makeup.🙂


Helps to dry up and diminish pimples. Reduces dark spots due to scarring, helps protect skin against the sun. With Glycolic Acid that rejuvenates and evens out skin tone. With Salicylic Acid that helps prevent and treat acne. With Zinc Oxide that helps control inflammations and relieves skin against irritation and rash. 

Ingredients & Instructions:

-Affordable, 50 pesos ($1) for 10g
-Accessible, available in most Watsons stores
-Sachet-type packaging with cap for no spills
-Did not cause irritations
-No stings
-No sticky feeling
-Has Salicylic Acid and Glycolic acid as anti bacterial while Niacinamide for brightening
-Helps to dry up acne, small or cystic ones

-Has lots of comedogenic ingredients like Myristic Acid, Glyceryl Stearate, Stearic Acid and Cetearyl Alcohol. Mineral Oil and Cetearyl Alcohol are some of its main ingredients

I still included comedogenic ingredients as a con for you guys who are bothered by them. I was skeptical to buy one in the store when I saw its ingredients. Our skins are different from each other. The reactions will vary, same with all skin care products. Now here’s what it looks like. It’s a lotion-y type spot treatment. No sticky or oily feeling. I apply it as directed. Dab it on the pimple and let it absorb.


I find it effective whether I got a small pimple or cystic acne. I can see progress each day when I apply it. In my experience it usually takes 2 days only for a cystic acne to dry up. To me that’s fast compared to other spot treatments. There are times that it can cause mild peeling and I like it. That’s when you know its salicylic acid is working. It minimizes the risk of getting dark marks. It’s important for my thin skin because I get hyperpigmentation easily. Overall, it’s effective for me aside from that it’s really affordable. I’m glad I came across this great product.

Review + Photo: Beauty Fix Nose Pack

Whitehead and blackhead are difficult to remove unless you get regular facials and if you know how to use comedone remover. I went to Watsons again (dakilang tambay sa Watsons) to buy packet-sized products. I heard some of them are effective including Beauty Fix’s Nose Pack. I got the Oil Control & Detoxify variant.

This was scheduled last week but it didnt do anything when I first tried it. It was a fail because I have a habit of squeezing my nose using my fingers. I needed another week to see if it works. It was so difficult to break my habit. Haha!😅 total testing period is two weeks.


Controls and detoxifies nose skin,removing dirty looking blackheads and whiteheads. Loaded with active ingredients that will soften and protect your nose skin

Sorry I did not take a photo. I left the sachet on my bed and it magically disappeared again.😱 I’ll update this part soon.👍

-Affordable, it’s below 30 pesos for 5g
-Accessible, available at Watsons stores
-Little goes a long way
-Easy to peel off
-No oily or sticky residue
-Gets those whiteheads

-Smells like alcohol. It fades once the pack is dry


There are still some left on my nose as expected. I understand since most of black and whiteheads are deep in our pores. There’s a right tool for that. Overall, I think it’s a good product considering its price. It can be used twice a week according to the instructions. You dont have to spend a lot to pamper and take care of your skin. Thank you drugstore brands! Hihi.😁

BeautyMNL Shopping Experience + Tips

Happy Sunday readers! As promised yesterday, I’ll share my shopping experience on BeautyMNL. I’m from Metro Manila and I included a timeline… So you have an idea about the process. I got shopping tips in this post too.


I placed an order last Tuesday, October 4, 2016. I got an email notification right after checking out. They have order tracking on the website as well. It was easy to check the status of my order. Next day delivery for Metro Manila and 3-5 days for other locations. Of course you have to look into the weather condition and make sure you or someone is at your home/delivery address to pick it up.


I got a text and another email the next morning (Oct. 5) at 8am. Reminding me that it was shipped and on its way already. Since it was raining hard that day, the delivery guy notified me to wait for a few minutes. He arrived at around 4:30pm.


My order came in a resealable bag with paper inside. I’m a hoarder of shopping bags. I’ll probably keep and reuse it. They sealed Loreal’s Micellar Water with tape. Making sure it wont spill while in transit.


I also ordered Detail Mineral Pressed Powder. I was quite nervous since pressed mineral is more delicate compared to other powders. I’m glad it doesnt have any damage. It was packed in thick bubble wrap. Everything was in perfect condition even the other products’ boxes. They’re not distorted and no crumples



  • Include the name of your authorized receiver when filling up your details if you can’t personally attend to it.
  • Check your account and email for updates on your parcel
  • Write reviews on their site to gain credits. You can use credits to purchase.
  • BeautyMNL has product releases and sale events. Sometimes they’re ahead of store branches. It’s best to subscribe to their newsletter to get the best deals! I receive newsletters at around 8am every day. Did you know the best selling Colourpop lippies are now available on their website?😉

I’m very satisfied with my whole experience. They offer special freebies too. I got 2 freebies, one full size soap and a packet of shampoo. I wished there was an online store dedicated for cosmetic junkies like me, from drugstore to high-end brands. Finally there’s one that’s based in the Philippines. I dont have to worry about customs tax anymore.👍😀

I’d like to remind you guys that they have an ongoing giveaway. For those who like to take selfies, join their #selfieMNL contest for chance to win a Printster polaroid of your gorgeous face and a PHP200 BeautyMNL GC. Click here for the complete details.

BeautyMNL Haul: Skin Care, Makeup and Body Care

It’s been 2 months since I posted a haul. I’m back with another one. This time it’s from a local/Philippine-based beauty website. BeautyMNL carries hundreds of local and international brands from drugstore to high-end. They have korean brands as well. COSRX, Klairs, Innisfree, Tony Moly and YET to name a few. I got the opportunity to order from them.

My haul is a mix of products with high ratings, bestsellers and a new release:

Loreal Refreshing Micellar Water


 Micellar water became a huge hit last year and many brands are releasing their own version. Loreal just released one here. I received a newletter from them telling me this was on sale. I knew I had to get it. Can’t say no to discounts. This is my first skin care product from Loreal. It only has 8 ingredients. It’ll be a good makeup remover especially if you’re a minimalist like me. Full details here

Detail Mineral Pressed Powder

Detail MakeOver is a local/Philippine brand. Mineral Pressed Powder caught my attention because of its size. It’s 10 grams for 199 pesos ($4). It’s such a steal compared to other powders. They have matte liquid lipsticks and palettes as well. Full details here

Maybelline ColorSensational Matte in Clay Crush


Now this is THE trend for lipstick addicts. If you want brown shades for a drugstore price, go for Maybelline’s Creamy Matte Brown line. Yes, they are perfect! I know the bestselling colors are quite difficult to find in-stores. Good thing all shades; Nude Embrace, Daringly Nude, Clay Crush, Nude Nuance & Burgundy Blush are available on their website.

Sooper Beaute Pimple Away Day Cream

This pimple cream is one of the bestsellers. Sooper Beaute is a local brand. I found out about them on Instagram. I’m seeing many positive feedbacks after using their products. I’ve been stessed lately and it’s automatic for me to get breakouts. I’m using this cream since the day I got the package. I’m liking it so far. This will probably be the first one to be reviewed here on my blog. Full details here

Baroness Green Tea Mask

A new korean brand in PH. They have different face masks but I chose green tea. We all know green tea is good for calming and detoxing. It’s great for oily and acne prone skin. Full details here

Golden Cup Balm

This menthol balm received high ratings from reviewers. It has a relaxing and soothing scent. I got the 4g tin to test it first. We all know menthol balms are pinoys’ savior when we get sick. We use it if we have fever, colds, cough, muscle pains and etc. I’ll use this mainly for muscle pains and especially for my severe migraines. Full details here

Instantly Ageless Eyebag Remover

When this came out, it was all over social media. I watched some before and after videos to see its purpose.I was really amazed on how quick you’ll see its effect. I knew I had to see it for myself. It’s like instant botox without the needle. I ordered this because I have malar festoons also know as eye bags on the mid cheek. It’s a difficult condition to treat. I dont know how I got them, from lack of sleep or hereditary. I’ll share my own before and after photos in my full review. Full details here

Olay Skin Whitening Bar with Rose & Milk & Black Beauty Shampoo with Conditioner

I got these two as freebies. A good combination of sample and full sized items. Black Beauty comes in a 10ml-sachet while Olay Whitening Bar is 90g. Its size is enough on my short hair for at least two uses. You can use Olay Whitening bar for a long time.

So far I’m using two items in this haul. Can’t wait to use the rest! Which one would you like to try in this post? Share them below. My whole shopping experience will be posted tomorrow with bonus tips!😉

By the way, if you like taking selfies (I know you do❤️), join their #selfieMNL contest! You’ll get a chance to win a Printster polaroid of your gorgeous face and a PHP200 BeautyMNL GC. Click here for the complete details.

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.


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


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

-Has a lot of comedogenic ingredients citric, lauric and myristic acids and they’re on 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. Always remember top most ingredients are active ones.

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.

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

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!


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

-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:



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.