Perfume Wish List

I’ve been a subscriber of Charles Gross on Youtube for a couple of months now. He’s living for perfumes. He loves to read magazines and gives his opinions on the brands and products. Most of the magazines he reads have perfume samples. There’s a folded section where you can smell the scent.

I was never into perfume but I think it’ll change soon. My sister loves perfumes. Me and my sister went to a coffee shop for breakfast. I got bored and chose ELLE from the rack while waiting for the rest of our orders. I was sipping a cup of coffee while going through the pages. That’s “bougie”. Haha.

There are perfume samples in that edition and oh my glob, I’ve never smelled anything similar to those scents. So they were added on my wish list.

Here’s an updated list:


D&G Light Blue

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The Dolce&Gabbana Light Blue perfumes represent the aroma of sparkling summer days yielding to evocative evenings, of warm flesh and roused ardour. They describe a story in which man meets woman. The Designers are extremely proud of Light Blue’s legacy, which includes several perfume awards. Dolce&Gabbana Light Blue featured in an exhibition at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York as one of the century’s most groundbreaking scents.


Chanel No.5

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The now and forever fragrance. The ultimate in femininity. An elegant, luxurious spray closest in strength and character to the parfum form. The sleek, portable signature bottle is perfect for the dressing table or travel.


Giorgio Armani Si

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This luminous fragrance has been created for the modern woman who’s strong yet feminine, sophisticated yet charismatic. She embodies the very essence of chic Italian elegance and style. Sì Eau de Parfum is a modern chypre, reinvented with deep blackcurrant nectar, airy florals and musky blond wood. The scent is at first delicate, then lingers with mystery and later makes you remember her.


Ralph Lauren Romance

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The women’s fragrance that evokes the timeless essence of falling in love. Discover the sensual essence of velvety woods, extravagant florals and seductive musk.

Spray on lavishly for a distinctly feminine sensuality.


I dislike fruity and sweet scents. I think I’m allergic to those. I had the worst colds when I smelled a fruity room spray. Most of the products mentioned above are gender-neutral in my opinion…. Although they’re in Women’s collection. I love the fresh smell like I just got out of the shower. It’s the only scent that do not cause me to sneeze.

If you can recommend other perfumes, please feel free share them.

Updated Skin Care Routine – May 2016

Hello everybody! I updated my skin care routine because I had to. The weather seriously affected my skin. The temperature in Manila is usually up to 35 °C (92°F) and the heat index can go up to 40°C or 100 °F. As a result, I have sebbohreic dermatitis

My sister has dermatitis too. Her dermatologist prescribed cleanser and creams. She allowed me to use them too.

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CLEANSERS:

Ceramide Cleanser
A skin with dermatitis lacks ceramide which is needed to moisturize skin’s layers. It’s a support to lessen dryness and crustiness. I’m thankful because my sister shared this. She got this in her dermatologist’s clinic at Makati Med.

Lush Fresh Farmacy
I use this when I’ve worn makeup on a long day. It makes me feel clean! Full review here


MASK:

Lush Mask of Magnaminty
The best face mask I’ve tried. I keep coming back to it although it’s always out of stock. I told the SA it’s so hard to get one and asked when it is usually available. She said it’s either every month or every two months. Full review here


TONER:

Etude House Wonder Pore Freshner
I’m on my 2nd bottle. It’s refreshing and doesnt dry out my skin. I still moisturize after because it has alcohol. That’s known for pore minimizing. It doesnt help with my pores though. Full review here


MOISTURIZERS:

Etude House AC Clinic Gel Lotion
I use this for the rest of my face. I’m on my 2nd bottle now. I couldnt find any dupe for it. It’s lightweight and hydrates my acne prone skin. Full review here

Clobetasol with Aquaphor Cream
This is for severe dermatitis flare ups. It’s applied twice a day on the affected areas for 3-5 days.

Hydrocortisone Cream
It’s applied when dermatitis flare ups are subsided/mild. It’s also applied twice a day on affected areas for 3-5 days. I’m using this as maintenance too.


Skin will look normal again once a flare up is gone. There is no cure for Dermatitis. All we can do is to control it by soothing and calming it. Extreme heat, sweat, health and intestine problems are some of the causes. Avoid everything that can trigger it because it’s really difficult to calm it down. It takes 3 to 7 days in our case. Click here to know more about it and its causes:

Types of eczema: click here

Sebbhoreic Dermatitis: click here

Review: Belo Kojic + Tranexamic Acid Intensive Whitening Bar

Trying more local/Philippine brands are in my New Year’s Resolution for 2016. It’s almost half of the year and this is the first local brand I’ve used. We can tell that I’m failing and I’m not good at new year’s resolutions. Haha!

Anyway, I bought this because it has salicylic acid for acne unlike other whitening soaps. I got it for my dark spots too. Kojic soap dries my bacne (back acne) before so I gave this a shot.

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Description:
BELO’s most intensive whitening bar yet that boasts of the unique combination of today’s two most powerful whitening actives.

Kojic Acid is an organic compound that effectively inhibits the production of tyrosinase and melanin, giving skin a visibly lighter appearance. Tranexamic Acid is a peptide proven to inhibit inflammation and melanin formation. It is ideal for stubborn dark spots that do not respond to other skin lightening ingredients.

Size: 65g

Other information & Ingredients:

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Pros:
-Affordable, Php 59 ($1.25)
-Has 4 exfoliating ingredients (Salicylic, Lactic, Kojic and Tranexamic) compared to other brands
-No peeling/micropeeling
-More on brightening, not whitening
-Has salicylic and lactic acid for acne
-Helps to dry my pimples even cystic acne

Cons:
-Melts easily
-Stings the eye, avoid that area
-Too harsh if used daily on the face because of its exfoliating ingredients
-Triggered my dermatitis

It quicky dries up blemishes. Even my cystic acne doesn’t last for a week. As for whitening, I didnt see any drastic change on my dark spots because they are deep. It’s more of brightening effect that gives you glowing skin.

Its active ingredients are 4 types of acid. That’s quite strong. This is definitely an exfoliating bar. Do a patch test first if you have sensitive skin. Be sure to apply moisturizer after and lotion for the body. Apply sunblock if you’re going out.

I suggest using it only on the area where there’s a blemish or where you want to whiten. I highly recommend this for drying blemishes especially bacne.

First Impression: SKQIN Dual Sissi Mask – Gold & Silver Sissi

These were included in Wishtrend’s package. My first impression is they all look weird. They’re not like your regular sheet masks. Which is way better in my opinion.

There are 2 variants, Gold sissi for anti-aging and moisturizing while Silver Sissi is for anti-aging and brightening.

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Gold Sissi: The product which has the instant improvement for wrinkles with filling moisturizing that has lifting effect.

Silver Sissi: The instant improvement for wrinkles with filling moisturizing, the instant whitening with using BIO BRIT 3 Complex through the long study.

PROS:
-Affordable, a set of 5 sheets is priced at $17. It’s discounted now on Wishtrend’s website for $15.75
-Sheets are thick and wont rip apart
-Light lemon scent
-The ear part does help to match any face shape
-Good amount of essence to make the sheet moist
-This mask covers my entire chubby face including the jaw area. Normal sheet masks neglect that area.
-Doesnt slide off and I can move freely
-Moisturizing and calming

CONS:
-None so far

Here’s my selfie. I put it on then watched tv while eating ice cream cake. Haha.

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It’s my first time to try a mask that covers the jaws too. I thought they’re just made to help you get that v-shape. These were also designed to fit any face shape. It does feel like that because all parts of my face absorbed the essence.

The silver variant has instant whitening after every use but it’s only temporary like other brands. Both variants are moisturizing but I prefer the gold one because I have dry patches right now.

Overall, these are good addition to any routine. No breakouts for me. They’re like customizable masks because they’ll fit with your face shape. It wont slide off so you can do whatever you want while it’s on your face. I’d totally recommend these.

Get them on Wishtrend.com

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.😂