November 2016 Haul: Yadah, SKINFOOD, Aztec Secret, THE FACE SHOP, Vaseline, Loreal

Hi readers! I apologize again for being inactive. I’m currently using new skin care. I broke out again and needed to change my old routine. They take time, 1 to 2 months before I can post reviews. I’ve already reviewed three products in this haul.

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Yadah Anti-Trouble Bubble Foam (100 ml) – Php 625
Yadah is a korean brand. I found out about it through local bloggers. They have skin care and makeup. I searched the ingredients of this and I must say they’re better than most drugstore and high end anti-acne cleansers out there. I’m using it for almost 3 weeks now. I’ll post my review when I reach the 4th week. This is available at all Beauty Bar branches.

SKINFOOD Yuja Water Ampoule in Serum (42 ml) – Php 900
Yuja Water is the latest line of Skin Food. I chose the serum type because I want my moisturizer to be watery and quickly absorbed. This has 30% concentration, highest compared to the other products in this line. I’m using this for 2 week now. I preordered this when it was on sale.

Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay Mask (400 g) – Php 435
This mask is raved by skin care enthusiasts here in our country. They mix it with apple cider vinegar. I prefer plain water. I think ACV might be too harsh on my sensitive skin. I’m using it once a week. It’s very affordable. The tub is huge! And can last for a long time. It’s available at all Healthy Options stores as well as the Bragg ACV.

THE FACE SHOP Herb Day Cleansing Tissues (20 sheets) – Php 125
We ran out of makeup remover. I usually buy our makeup remover in department stores. It was out of our way. We went to High Street for dinner. The only option I can think of was The Face Shop. Full review here

Vaseline Lip Therapy Advanced Healing (10 g) – Php 69.75
An impulse buy that I’m thankful for. It’s the best lip moisturizer in my opinion. It instantly hydrates and chapped lips are gone in few minutes. It’s in a hygenic tube packaging. You can bring it anywhere. Full review here

Loreal True Match Liquid Concealer (7 g) – Php 300
This is my 2nd tube. I like that it’s lightweight and blends easily. It’s liquidy so expect that it’ll only give light coverage. I got it on sale for 300 pesos. Original price is 400 pesos. Once I’m done, I’ll try Covergirl’s Ready Set Gorgeous Liquid Concealer. Full review here

So what’s in your haul last month? Have you started your Christmas shopping?๐Ÿ™‚

Review: Vaseline Lip Therapy Advanced Healing

Today we’ll talk about skincare. I have a bad habit of lip biting and it got worse. My lips became dry. The causes? Trying matte lipsticks or I’m anxious these past few weeks.

Short story: I was at the mall, lip biting while looking at the ceiling. A guy walked towards me and he said something. I didnt hear it because I was wearing my headset. He was so close, invading my personal space. I’m sure it was a cat call. I ran fast. I forgot my habit means something else to others. I rushed in the department store after that to buy this lip treatment. I dont want that to happen again.

I chose this over the other famous drugstore brands because this has 100% petroleum jelly.

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Description:
– Protects and relieves dry chapped lips, while locking in moisture to help them heal
– Instantly softens and soothes dry lips
– Locks in moisture to help lips recover from discomfort
– Made with triple-purified Vaselineยฎ Petroleum Jelly

Ingredients:
100% Petroleum Jelly, Flavor

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Pros:
-Affordable, 69.75 pesos
-10g will last long
-Tube type packaging for easy application, avoiding mess
-Instantly hydrates lips
-Reduces the appearance of chapped lips

Cons:
-None

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There’s after taste but it will be gone in a few seconds. It tasted like gas. I searched how petroleum jelly is made. It came from oil rigs.๐Ÿ˜ฑ From About.com ” petrolatum was discovered as a paraffin-like material coating oil rigs. Since then, it has been used in various ointments…” That explains the name but the good news is petroleum jelly-based products today have multiple processes and they’re safer compared to old ones.

I highly recommend this. It’s one of the best lip moisturizers out there. I like the tube type packaging because it’s hygienic. You can also choose the one in a tub if you need bigger size. I dont have to spend a lot to relieve dryness. I’m all about that drugstore price. Haha! Aside from using products, make sure you’re drinking enough water daily!๐Ÿ™‚

Btw, I’ll post my November haul tomorrow. Mostly skin care and one of them is a hyped face mask.๐Ÿ™‚

Review + Swatches: Maybelline ColorSensational Creamy Matte Brown Nude Lipsticks

I’m trying to keep up with my scheduled posts. This week is for lip products. Nude colors become a trend again. Thanks to celebrities. Main reason has to be Kylie Jenner. Haha. Of course we want to follow what’s “in”. Luckily, Maybelline made their matte shades. They noe have a separate line for these colors called Creamy Matte Brown Nudes. Some colors in this line are quite difficult to get in-stores. We’re glad we got the ones we liked.

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Description:
Buttery-soft formula applies rich and creamy; delivers vibrant, opaque color payoff; glides onto lips seamlessly for comfortable wear; long-lasting formula with a shine-free, velvety finish
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Pros:
– Accessible
– Affordable, each lipstick is 299 pesos and weighs 4.2g. Sometimes it’s less 50-100 pesos if on sale.
– Silver and sturdy plastic packaging
– Love the shades
– Does not melt easily
– Creamy/buttery
– Glides on smoothly
– Pigmented

Cons:
– Can be drying

Neutral:
– Doesn’t last long in my experience

Here are the swatches on my lips. I softened the photos below to make them smooth because my lips were dry that time.
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Nude Embrace has brownish salmon color. Clay Crush is brownish red just like clay pots. Nude Nuance is dark brown. My favorite has to be Clay Crush. It looks natural in real life. At least for me because it’s the closest to my lip color.

They glide smoothly like butter. They don’t melt easily despite the consistency/texture. They are also pigmented. Nude Embrace is a light color so I had to apply a second layer. I only did one layer for the rest. A down side for this is it can be drying…. Just like other matte lipsticks. Be sure to moisturize before or overnight which is better. Neutral about the longevity. I eat and drink a lot in a day. But it can last as long as I’m not eating yet and that rarely happens because I’m always hungry. It also depends on habits like lip biting.

This is one of the most affordable trendy lines in the market today. I still know other brands that are cheaper by the way. But go for Maybelline if you’re looking for a brand where you can try on lippies right away.

You can get these at Maybelline counters in department stores or online through BeautyMNL.๐Ÿ™‚

Review: Detail MakeOver Mineral Pressed Powder in Fair

This is just my second time to use a local brand this year. Wow, I’m really good at doing my 2016 New Year’s Resolution, huh? ๐Ÿ˜… I was looking for something that could replace my ride or die powder foundation, Maybelline Clear Smooth All in One Foundation. Last month, BeautyMNL got in touch with me to try their shop. I found out about Detail a.k.a. Detail Make Over on their website. I’m glad I did. Read the rest of this post to find out.๐Ÿ˜‰ย P.S. I did not edit the other photos’ brightness and contrast so you’ll get the shade reference.

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Description:
Keeping oil at bay is no longer a problem with our Mineral Pressed Powder. This finely-milled powder keeps your face shine-free while allowing your skin to breathe with its matte lightweight finish. Comes with a sponge and mirror for easy touch ups all day. Available in 4 shades: Fair, Light, Natural, and Beige.

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Pros:
-Very affordable, 10 grams for only 199 pesos ($4)
– Nice packaging, has mirror and compartment for the sponge
-Few ingredients
-Fragrance free
-Fair matches my skin tone really well
-Little goes a long way
-Helps to minimize pores, not completely but it helps.
-Completely matte and has slight airbrush finish
-Feels light on the skin
-Has good oil control. That’s surprising because I have extremely oily skin.

Cons:
-Can be chalky if applied too much
-Can settle in creases

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I am surprised that this amazing product is 199 pesos only. You’ll get 10 grams compared to other powders. Its packaging has a compartment for the applicator. It has few ingredients so there’s less chance of irritation. I only need to swipe the sponge on the powder a few times to completely cover my entire face. This does not give coverage but it’s good for setting makeup. You can use this alone and you’re good to go. Lucky you, you have clear skin.๐Ÿ˜€ I noticed that it can help to minimize pores. Again, not completely but the change in their size is noticeable.

I love this mineral pressed powder because it’s lightweight on the skin. It’s like I’m not wearing anything. I’m also surprised it has good oil control. I have extremely oily and sweaty skin. I would normally blot my face every 30 minutes but not with this powder. I only blot every 2 hours, max.๐Ÿ˜

I highly recommend it for oily skin! This is matte and has slight airbrush finish. If you still want to try it and you have dry skin, make sure you moisturize properly first. Apply it using a brush instead of the sponge. For dry to normal skin, you might want to consider applying highlighter. Or you can wait for your skin to oil up just like my skin to still get your “natural hightlight”. We don’t want to look flat.๐Ÿ˜‰

Now the real question is… did this beat my ride or die Maybelline Powder Foundation? I have to say yes!!

Review: Calmoseptine Ointment for Dermatitis

Hi readers. Sorry I’ve not been consistent on posting during weekends. My dermatitis flared up again for 2 weeks now and I can’t try as many products as I used to. I think it was triggered because I always eat lunch late at around 3pm or I’m just emotionally stressed. So we’ll discuss a dermatitis a.k.a. severe eczema relief for today’s review.

How did I find out about this product? I’m a member of a local makeup group on Facebook. They share everything that’s beauty related. Many liked Calmoseptine for acne and itch. I’m glad a sachet of it is only 38 pesos. That’s not even $1 if you convert it. I got mine at Watsons Pharmacy counter in SM Aura.

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Description:

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Directions & Ingredients:

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Pros:
-Affordable, 38 pesos per sachet
-Little goes a long way
-Has cooling effect because of the menthol
-Relieves and soothes itch
-Temporary relief for my dermatitis

Cons:
-To me it smells like paste (glue) at first. It smells like menthol after a few seconds.
-I dont suggest using it under makeup

Now here’s what it looks like:

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You guys know that calamine is probably one of my most favorite ingredients. My holy grail cleanser from Lush, Fresh Farmacy is made of calamine, sea salt, tea tree oil, lavender oil and chamomile. It’s really good for calming the skin. Some parents even use it as their kids’ body soap for psoriasis. The popular calamine lotion is used to soothe itch from chickenpox.

This is an affordable alternative for that. It soothes my itchy rashes from dermatitis. It also has cooling effect for added comfort. As for acne, I didn’t see that it’s effective for that. Also, I dont suggest using it under makeup. It’s an ointment so it’s thick. It can make your makeup look cakey. But overall, this is a great product for itch. It can be used for babies and adults. It’s another affordable relief for dermatitis just like Aquaphor.

Oh, I’ll be trying Aquaphor next time. Please leave a comment below if you know anyone or any store in the Philippines selling Aquaphor. I’m in need of that too.

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.

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Description:
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.

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Pros:
-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

Cons:
-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 BeautyMNL.com๐Ÿ™‚

What’s your ride or die makeup remover?๐Ÿ™‚

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.๐Ÿ™‚

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Description:
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.ย 

Ingredients & Instructions:
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Pros:
-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

Cons:
-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.

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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 usuallyย 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.