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My Top 5 Toners for Oily Skin

19 Feb

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

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Massive Empties for 2015 + Announcement

27 Dec

I dont know why I still keep the packagings and boxes even if I used them up already. Is it just me?

Some empties are not included in the photo but I’ve finished them this year. As usual, they are categorized. This is also a recap of my previous reviews. I will link all my reviews so you can check them out.

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Makeup remover:

Cleanser:

Toner:

Mask:

  • LUSH Mask of Magnaminty Self-Preserving – review here

Moisturizer:

Spot Treatment:

Acne scar/pit Treatment (for newly formed scars):

Soap:

Makeup:

  • MAYBELLINE Clear Smooth Shine Free Do-It-All Foundation – review here
  • MAYBELLINE Clear Smooth All In One Shine-Free Foundation – review here
  • TONY MOLY Face Mix Cover Pot Concealer – review here

This is my last post for 2015. I hope you’re enjoying the rest of the holiday season! Happy new year in advanced. See you in 2016! 🙂

Btw, I’m going to have local giveaways next year. Philippine residents can join for now. Just to celebrate and say thank you to all my blog’s readers. One or two of my top commenters (which are PH residents) will automatically receive goodies aside from the giveaway winners. Thank you for the support guys! I truly appreciate it. I might even have international giveaways. Who knows? 🙂

Wish List: Products for Oily & Acne-Prone Skin

12 Dec

Hi readers! I’m feeling festive since September! I’ve listed products that I’m very interested to try out. I’ll probably get them real soon. I’m in a “haul ban” because I bought a lot of stuff these past few months. I’m most interested in these products. I still have a long list. I just dont want to have a long post.

Most products mentioned below are specifically for oily and acne prone skin. I categorized them according to their use; cleanser, moisturizer, mask, spot treatment and sunscreen. The prices are included too in case you’re interested. 🙂

CLEANSERS

THE BODY SHOP Tea Tree Cool & Creamy Wash – P395
I saw this in their store last Christmas season when I got the tea tree facial wash and toner. I searched for reviews on it. Bloggers say that it really does not dry out their skin / no tight feeling.
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SNOE Shoo-zit! Wash Away Those Zits Deep Cleansing Acne Wash – P349
I want to try this for SO long. It has few ingredients but some of them are antibacterial for acne like honey, salicylic acid, mulberry and Purefix. There are other cleansers that have few ingredients too but are useless and do not even clean the skin.
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 MOISTURIZERS

LUSH Enzymion – approx. P1,200
I watched Lush hauls and their SAs recommended Enzymion for Youtubers who have oily skin. From the reviews, this cream mattifies the skin. It has cocoa butter, avocado oil and evening primrose oil. Hmmmm, I’m not sure about that. We’ll see if ever a generous SA will give me a sample.
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LUSH Full of Grace serum bar – £8.25 (approx. P586.46)
A serum in a solid form? This is such an innovative idea in my opinion. It has 2 butters which aren’t really for oily skin but I still want to try it. Why? because it has calamine powder. Calamine powder is the main ingredient in my holy grail cleanser. Maybe I should get this when I’m older.. older meaning less oily skin. 😉 This is not available in the Philippines. I’ll order from the U.K. website if ever since they have cheaper price compared to our neighbor countries.
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LUSH Vanishing Cream – approx. P1,500
They claim that this is their lightest moisturizer. Most youtubers who have oily skin love it. They said it sinks in quickly. It has witch hazel and rose water to calm the skin. But it has butter and oils just like Enzymion, Full of Grace and other Lush moisturizers. I hope I’ll get a sample one day before I can finally decide to get a full size pot.
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BURT’S BEES Acne Solutions Daily Moisturizing Lotion – P1,450
I was randomly browsing an online shop and saw this. It has salicylic acid, willow bark extract and witch hazel. Those 3 ingredients are tempting me. There are also other ingredients that I’m not familiar with so I’m still skeptical to get a full size bottle. Why are the stores in the Philippines rarely give out samples? 😦

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MASK

MARIO BADESCU Drying Mask – P1,145
I was looking for other face masks with calamine since I can’t get my hands on Lush’s Catastrophe Cosmetic fresh face mask. This one has few ingredients and it has what I’m looking for! It’s only 50g though.
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SPOT TREATMENT

SNOE Shoo-zit! Dip & Dry Acne Drying Lotion – P449
This is like your Etude House and Mario Badescu spot treatment. The only difference is its affordability. You’ll get the same 20ml. Dip a cotton bud and gently apply it on the spots.
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SUNSCREEN

VMV Hypoallergenics Armada Face Cover 30 – P815
My skin is so thin especially on the face. I get dark spots easily even if I dont touch blemishes. I have never used a sunscreen in my life aside from makeup’s spf. I know it’s bad. I’m skeptical to use one. My skin is not used to creams and  it can only handle up to spf 30. Based on the reviews, this VMV product doesn’t feel heavy on the skin.

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Gender-Neutral Gifts for Php1000 ($20) & Below

8 Dec

Im back with another gender-neutral gift ideas. Some of the products mentioned below can also be considered for a family.

Ferrero Rocher 30 pieces – approx. 564.50 pesos
There are luxury chocolates that you can get from shops. This is an option if you want to get a gift even when you’re in a supermarket. A safe choice because like I said, everyone loves chocolaaaaaaaaate! Did you get that? It’s a Spongebob reference. Price estimate from Pinoy Chocopile.
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Bath Origins Reed Diffuser – 680 pesos
We deal with a lot of stress everyday. The nicest thing that we can do is to treat ourselves after a long day. Reed diffuser is great for that. The scent relaxes the body and it gives fragrance to your room or house. Available in Lavender, Bamboo, Powder Room, Mulberry, Woodstock, Crisp, Foliage and Citrus. I highly recommend the lavender sent.
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The Body Shop Mixed Shower Gels Gift Set – 795 pesos
This box contains Satsuma, Mango, Strawberry, Moringa shower gel. Each bottle is 60g. A same brand that I mentioned in my other post. The Body Shop releases a lot of sets during this season. They also have good deals for gift sets such as Buy 2 get 1 free. 🙂

Mixed Shower Gels Gift Set

Zalora or Beauty MNL Gift Cards – 1000 pesos
If you still dont have an idea about what they want, give them gift cards. You wont get stressed on deciding! Zalora carries a lot of products for men and women. They have clothing, accessories, shoes, fragrance, skin care, body care and makeup. Beauty MNL offers makeup, skin/body care, fragrance and accessories for men and women. 😉 click here for Zalora ; click here for BeautyMNL

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other gift ideas:

Gifts under Php200 – CLICK HERE!
Gender-Neutral gifts under Php 500 ($10) – CLICK HERE!
Food/Drink gifts under Php 500 ($10) – CLICK HERE!

Tea Tree Oil Products in PH

6 Dec

Tea tree oil is a well known anti-acne ingredient. What are its other uses? It is applied to the skin (used topically) for infections such as acne, fungal infections of the nail (onychomycosis), lice, scabies, athlete’s foot (tinea pedis), and ringworm. Source: WebMD

At first, I didnt like it but I fell in love with it when I saw the effects on my skin. I made a list of products from different brands which are accessible. They are available at shopping malls. You don’t have to order them online.

Please take note, not all tea tree oil products are the same. They differ depending on the other ingredients included. 


DESERT ESSENCE ECO-HARVEST® TEA TREE OIL

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This is the best in this list because it has one ingredient only and that is Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil. Description: Using strict sustainable agricultural practices, a federation of plantation owners who embrace the Australian Tea Tree Environmental Alliance, produce this pure Tea Tree Oil that is guaranteed free of herbicides, pesticides, and chemicals. For external use only. Their 15ml size is available at Healthy Options for Php 539 


THE BODY SHOP Tea Tree Oil

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This is the first tea tree oil I’ve known because it’s a raved product all over the internet. You’ll get 10ml for Php 495 to 565 ($10 to $12). direct link to their website

Ingredients: Aqua (Solvent/Diluent), Alcohol Denat. (Solvent/Diluent), PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil (Emulsifier), Polysorbate 20 (Emulsifier), Melaleuca Alternifolia Leaf Oil (Natural Additive), Limonene (Natural Additive), t-Butyl Alcohol (Denaturant), Calophyllum Inophyllum Seed Oil (Skin Conditioning Agent), Citral (Natural Additive), Leptospermum Petersonii Oil (Natural Additive), Denatonium Benzoate (Denaturant), Tocopherol (Antioxidant).


ZEN ZEST Tea Tree Oil

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I got this instead of TBS because it’s way more affordable. You’ll get 15ml for Php 150 ($3+), I couldn’t compare its effects since I haven’t tried TBS yet. Click here for my full review


HUMAN HEART NATURE Tea Tree Heritage Oil

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I think this only came out last year or 2 years ago. It’s great because you’ll get a 30ml bottle for only Php 295 ($6+). direct link to their website

Ingredients: Caprylic/capric triglyceride, Melaleuca alternifolia (tea tree) leaf essential oil


GIGA Tea Tree Oil

From the past reviews of bloggers, this costs around Php 160 ($3+) for 10ml. It’s 220 pesos on Lazada’s online shop. direct link to their website
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Please let me know if you have other tea tree oil-based products that I can include in this list…. something that can be bought in-stores if possible. 🙂

Gender-Neutral Gifts Under Php500 ($10)

5 Dec

Christmas season is definitely here! So I came up with gift ideas. These are gender-neutral. Meaning everyone can use them. You dont have to ask yourself questions like”which one’s for women, for men and etc.?”

These are soaps and shower products because I’ve been addicted lately to that range. Filipinos love to take a bath/shower because it’s summer here all year round. So why not give bath products for Christmas from local and international brands? 🙂

LUSH Shower Jelly – 245 pesos (100g)
This is a soap but in jelly form. It’s a fun gift for kids and for kids at heart. Santa’s Belly is a Christmas edition. It has apple scent and glitters in it. Also available in the regular line; Whoosh, Needles and Pines, 93,000 Miles, Refresher. For Halloween and Christmas limited edition; Nightwing, Santa’s Belly and Snowman Jelly. Priced at 245 pesos each for 100g.
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Potter and Moore Creightons Bath and Shower – 275 pesos
“Pamper your world with with this intensely creamy, and indulgent bath and shower cream. Love your skin and give it a real treat.” This bath and shower range from Potter and Moore will definitely last long. Each bottle contains 500ml. Available in Coconut & Honey, Lime & Grapefruit, Mango & Papaya, Raspberry & Pomegranate, Vanilla & Macadamia. You can get these at all Beauty Bar branches and online.
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Human Heart Nature Cool Yule Gift Set – 299 pesos
“Get this perfect little trio for chill Kris Kringle barkada gifts.” It comes with Clean Cotton Scented Cleansing Bar (120g), Cool Burst Sanitizer (50ml), Clarifying Shampoo (200ml) plus Big Christmas Box & Sleeve. It’s not just for barkada, it’s a perfect gift for families. Tipid pa. *wink*

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Bath Origins Soap in a Crate set – 370 pesos
If you do not want to worry about packagings/gift wraps, this one’s for you. This set of 3 soaps come in a crate which is eye catching. You can choose your own soaps from their range; French Lavender, Olive Leaf, Olive Oil, Shea Butter, Aloe Vera, Banana Soap, Goat Milk, Charcoal, Oatmeal & Honey, Chamomile, Beeswax, Eve’s Garden, Tea Tree and many more. Click here to view their soaps.

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The Body Shop Gift Cube Set – 395 pesos
You also dont need to worry about wrapping this because it comes in a box. This set has 60ml shower gel and shower cream or lotion depending on the scent you choose. Available in Argan, Fuji Green Tea, Honeymania, Moringa, Olive, Satsuma, Shea and Strawberry. Click here for more info.
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other gift ideas:

Gifts under Php200 – CLICK HERE!
Food/Drink gifts under  Php 500 ($10) – CLICK HERE!
Gender-Neutral Gifts for Php1000 ($20) & Below – CLICK HERE!

Review: The Body Shop Tea Tree Skin Clearing Facial Wash

14 Feb

Today’s review is about my current facial wash. I got it on sale last year. So I grabbed the opportunity. We all know TBS has amazing sales throughout the year. This was also included on my wish list.

Description:
This daily-use facial wash for blemished skin gives clearer-looking skin when used as part of a regular regime.
-Removes excess oil without over-drying skin
-Helps remove impurities
-Gentle enough for daily use

Packaging:
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Pros:
– huge size (250 ml)
– a bottle will last for months
– original price is 595 php, fairly priced with that bottle size.
– little goes a long way
– doesn’t lather too much unlike facial foams
– didn’t cause breakouts
– I love its herby scent
– Doesn’t sting
– Has cooling/minty effect
– It instantly wakes up my tired skin, especially the eyes
– Easy to rinse
– Somehow helps to dry acne but I think the toner’s more effective when it comes to that.

Cons:
– doesn’t completely remove traces of makeup (well, that’s the function of toners..)
– doesn’t prevent breakouts

Overall, this is one of my favorite cleansers. It has anti bacterial tea tree and I really love its cooling effect which wakes me up especially in the morning.