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Review: Dove Sensitive Beauty Bar

I was browsing BeautyMNL’s website to find cleansers suitable for sensitive skin. You know that fragrance should be avoided if you have sensitive skin. I’ve read reviews on this Dove variant. Some use it on the face, body and some even use it down there. Their dermatologists recommend this because of its fragrance-free formula. My doctors recommended Cetaphil and Physiogel which did not work for me. I had to look for another cleanser. It’s less than 50 pesos. It wouldn’t hurt to try, right? I’m using this for almost 3 weeks now and I’m ready to share my experience.

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Description from Dove’s website:
This sensitive skin bar brings you the classic Dove cleansers and ¼ moisturising cream in a fragrance-free, hypoallergenic bar that’s gentle enough for sensitive skin. Suitable for daily use, it helps protect skin’s natural moisture and can be used on your hands, body or face. Get the gentle skin care for sensitive skin that you deserve – try Dove Sensitive Beauty Bar.

Ingredients:
Sodium Lauroyl Isethionate, Stearic Acid, Sodium Palmitate, Aqua, Lauric Acid, Sodium Isethionate, Sodium Stearate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Palm Kernelate, Glycerin, Sodium Chloride, Zinc Oxide, Tetrasodium EDTA, Tetrasodium Etidronate, Alumina, CI 77891

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Pros:
– Affordable, 47.75 pesos only at Mercury Drugs
– Accessible
– Fragrance-free
– Gives enough lather
– Doesn’t leave a slimy film
– Easy to rinse
– Multifunctional
– Glowing skin every after use
– Did not cause breakouts
– Did not trigger my contact dermatitis

Cons:
– Has that waxy feeling
– Not really for heavy cleansing

Neutral:
– Doesn’t prevent breakouts

I’m using this alternately with Althea x Get It Beauty Masks. I really do not like the original Dove because it leaves a film but this sensitive variant doesn’t. I rinse it off with water for 10 seconds. I just don’t like that it gives waxy feeling which has been an issue for me with their bars. But despite that and me having oily skin, I did not experience breakouts. This isn’t intended for heavy cleansing. This won’t remove makeup and won’t prevent breakouts. My main concerns right now are moisture and avoiding contact dermatitis. I prefer to use other cleansers after working out. Make sure your cleanser matches with your activities. I use this when my skin’s irritated and/or I had a day without intense sweating, commuting or cleaning the house.

This is very accessible. Most of the supermarkets, department stores and drugstores have it. Eliminating fragrance whether natural or artificial can really make a difference for sensitive skin. This has the same lather as their other bars. As I said above, it’s multifunctional. You can use it for face, body, “down there” and for moisturizing purposes. I also noticed that my skin’s glowing from the inside when I’m using this. Similar to “glass skin”. Best of all, it did not cause allergic reactions.

It seems like Dove’s releasing new products. Have you tried anything from them lately? By the way, I’ll make a list of cleansers for sensitive skin. Please watch out for that!

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Brands · Cosmetics & Skin Care · Face · Foundation

Review + Coverage Test: The Face Shop Ink Lasting Foundation Slim Fit in N203

Hello readers! It’s been a while since I talked about liquid foundation. I have been struggling to find a shade light enough from drugstore brands. I had an opportunity again to shop on Althea and stumbled upon this new product from The Face Shop. I always assume that I have to get any shade with 23. I’m usually natural beige in korean bb creams. Guess what? I got the wrong shade again. It’s too dark on me but still it’s not that obvious if I put a separate concealer on top and setting powder.

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Description from Yesstyle:
A light fitting liquid foundation which perfectly covers blemishes with wrinkle improvement and sunscreen protection functions, creating sleek and glowing skin.
The combination of red and blue pigment helps brighten up dull skin tone, leaving bright and clear skin whole day long. Effectively retains skin moisture to achieve smooth and moisturized makeup for hours. How to use: Take a moderate amount and gently spread over face according to the skin texture. Slightly dab the foundation to enhance makeup adherence.

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Ingredients:

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Pros:
– Affordable, 670 pesos on Althea
– Locally available at TFS branches and Althea for online
– Does what it claims, it literally looks just like second skin
– Doesn’t dry out the skin
– Lightweight
– Did not cause breakouts
– Doesn’t accentuate pores
– Can cover redness and mild hyperpigmentation
– Subtle dewy finish
– Airbrush finish

Cons:
– Has fragrance
– Doesn’t cover extreme dark spots
– Available in 4 shades only
– Gives flashbacks

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I’m using this for 1 week already. There isn’t any breakout. Let’s get to the positives first. I like that it feels light. It doesn’t dry out the skin and doesn’t accentuate dry patches or huge pores. As you can see in the photos above, it covers redness really well and also light spots like my mole. It has a subtle dewy finish even if it’s set with powder. Right now I have combination skin so I don’t mind the glow it gives. It does what it claims, it just looks like my second skin after application. This is for everyday natural makeup that’s ideal for work. It has an airbrush finish that can make the face look flat. I think something is not appropriate for school if you have to bring your color back with all the brow, contour, highlight and blush.

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The coverage is light to medium. The upper part is applied with a dabbing motion using my finger. A brush was used for the bottom part. Since this has dewy finish, it isn’t long lasting. It fades after a few hours even if set with powder or spray.  The glow is still there throughout the day but I’m not after that. The fragrance is not in the last part of the ingredients list. It has this light floral-powdery scent like your usual bb cream. It has 4 shades only and I got the wrong shade. Korean cosmetics always have SPF and flashback is an issue. N203 is dark on me but it’s lighter than my color when there’s flash. I wouldn’t wear it on night outs and other events with flash photography.

Am I satisfied? Yes and no. Yes for the lightweight feel and no for the coverage. Other BB creams have better coverage than this. I’d wear it during day time. Like I just want to look a little prepped with glow and cover mild blemishes. It’s perfect for no makeup look. I won’t recommend this on extremely oily skin and if you’re commuting in a hot and humid country.

Brands · Cleansing · Cosmetics & Skin Care · dermatitis · Face · Human Nature

Review: Human Nature Nourishing Facial Wash

I went to a department store last month and found Human Heart Nature’s shelf. I heard a lot of good things about this local brand. I’ve also visited their website many times just to see what I will try in the future. I’m looking for a good cleanser that wont cause rashes. I’m not even concerned about blemishes anymore. I read reviews about their Nourishing Facial Wash. Good thing there’s a small size available.

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Description:
100% Natural | Hypoallergenic
Mild & gentle cleansing
Care for your delicate skin without the sting – with tomato extract and mild moisturizers that help soothe skin and keep it soft, supple and healthy inside and out.

Ingredients:
aqua (water), decyl glucoside (coconut-derived), sodium lactate (sugarcane-derived), sodium gluconate (sugarcane-derived), glycerin (vegetable-derived), coco-glucoside, glyceryl oleate (coconut-derived), dicaprylyl ether (vegetable-derived), Solanum lycopersicum (tomato) fruit extract, dehydroxanthan gum, levulinic acid (plant-derived), fragrance (all-natural), farnesol, linalool, phytic acid (rice-derived), p-anisic acid (anise seed-derived), citiric acid

Pros:
– Accessible; available online, in department stores and supermarkets
– Very affordable, 50ml for Php 79.75 and 200ml for Php199.75
– Little goes a long way
– Gives enough lather
– Non sticky and doesn’t leave a film
– Skin feels fresh after rinsing

Cons:
– Triggered my contact dermatitis

Neutral:
– Could feel there’s a slight tightness

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It’s very affordable and accessible. I bought it in Landmark Makati. It has a gel consistency. Its lather is enough to clean the skin. It doesn’t foam up unlike other cleansers. I did not notice any film or slimy texture after rinsing. My skin felt really fresh every time. I like to use it especially after my workout. This has a powder scent. I prefer that scent on my clothes instead. I like to add water while lathering it to dilute its concentration. I thought doing that would lessen its strength but after a few days, my whole face was itchy. Fragrance is not the last ingredient so that’s why or it could be the Sodium Lactate, Farnesol and Linalool. These ingredients have a safety rating of 4 on CosDNA. Safety rating should be 1 or 2 to be considered safe/unlikely to cause irritation. If this wasn’t the culprit of my rashes, I’d definitely want to use it again.

I was confident to try it because it’s natural. Lesson learned, natural isn’t always good in skin care and chemical-based ingredients are not always bad.

Brands · Cosmetics & Skin Care · Face · Skin Care · skin1004

Review: Skin1004 Madagascar Centella-Asiatica 100 Ampoule

I have been eyeing on this for years. I wanted to try products that are easily accessible but majority of them did not work for me. So I finally decided to get Skin1004’s Centella Asiatica Ampoule. This ingredient is known for calming the skin. I’m glad it’s available on Althea’s website. I had high hopes for this to work since it only has one ingredient.

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Description:
Skin1004’s Madagascar Centella-Asiatica 100 Ampoule is one of those products you never knew you needed before trying it out. This gentle yet potent concentrate is made with Centella Asiatica extracts that contain 30% asiaticoside, 30% Asiatic acid, and 40% madecassic acid for bright, rejuvenated skin. This lightweight ampoule can be used in a couple of ways including being mixed with your favorite cream, saturated in cotton pads as a mask, or even mixed with water to create a mist that you can use throughout the day.

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Pros:
– Affordable, 880 pesos on Althea
– 100ml of product
– Feels like water
– No stickiness
– Doesn’t interfere with makeup
– Pure ingredient
– Lightweight
– Hydrating
– Oil control and didn’t make my skin oilier
– Didn’t cause acne breakout

Cons:
– None

Neutral:
At this point, I don’t know if this triggered my contact dermatitis. I’m in the process of detoxing inside of the body. The rashes could be the side effect of detoxing.

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I have combination skin now. The dry areas are weak because of dermatitis. Moisturizing the barrier is the best way to strengthen and avoid rashes. I want something that’s light and with less ingredients. It’s probably not the best idea to test a product when I’m also detoxing inside. I also applied this on my wrist (one of the skin’s most sensitive areas) and other parts of the body and didn’t experience itching, redness or sting. It doesn’t prevent breakouts and slow in healing existing blemishes. Well, probably because it’s natural and mild.

It’s very affordable. You’ll get 100ml of product which could last for months if used only  on the face. The texture is like water and isn’t sticky. It’s also hydrating without heavy or over moisturized feeling. It also doesn’t interfere with makeup application. In fact, it made my makeup intact. My skin is well hydrated while I was using this. It helped with oil control throughout the day but not in the morning after sleeping.

It only has one ingredient. It’s ideal for those who are looking for a simple moisturizer or if you’re just starting to build up your routine.

Brands · Cleansing · Cosmetics & Skin Care · dermatitis · Face · Simple

Review: Simple Micellar Cleansing Wipes

Today’s review is for the cleansing step. There’s a Landers store that just opened a few weeks ago near our area. So we stopped by and bought some items. Of course, I had to see the cosmetic brands in there. It’s just the same with S&R. There’s Cetaphil, Dove and Ponds. I bought Simple’s wipes. I heard a lot of good things about it.

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Description:
Simple Micellar Cleansing Wipes combining gentle and effective cleansing in one convenient product. These face wipes are made with our clever cleansing bubbles called Micelles which are smart enough to gently lift make-up and impurities out, including waterproof mascara, and unclog pores while instantly hydrating skin with just one wipe. Made with skin-loving ingredients, multi-vitamins and triple purified water Simple Micellar Wipes leave your skin feeling fresh and hydrated, perfect when you’re on-the-go.

Ingredients:
Aqua, Cetearyl Isononanoate, Benzoic Acid, Ceteareth-12, Ceteareth-20, Cetearyl Alcohol, Citric Acid, Dehydroacetic Acid, Disodium EDTA, Glycerin, Glyceryl Stearate, Panthenol, Pantolactone, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Citrate, Tocopheryl Acetate

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Pros:
– Affordable, around 199 pesos at Landers for 25 sheets
– Available locally in Landers and department stores
– Oil-free
– Fragrance-free
– Effectively removes full coverage face makeup (foundation, concealer and powder)

Cons:
– Stung a little
– Triggered my contact dermatitis
– Tissue is rough for sensitive skin
– Smells like soda cracker

As you can see from the cons, I’m kind of disappointed that it triggered my contact dermatitis. It removes full coverage makeup just like the other wipes I’ve tried. It smells like soda cracker, just like Etude House’s Baking Powder Pore Cleansing Tissues (Oil Type). It leaves a film but goes away in seconds. Even if it goes away, it’s best to proceed with your facial wash. It stung a little and the tissue was rough for me which caused mild redness for a few minutes. I didn’t see anything special about it except that it’s free from fragrance, oil and color. This is ideal for someone who wants to avoid those and if you do not have hypersensitive skin.

Brands · Cleansing · Cosmetics & Skin Care · dermatitis · Face · Physiogel

Review: Physiogel Daily Moisture Therapy Dermo-Cleanser

Few months ago, I consulted a dermatologist about my dermatitis. She prescribed a cream and also told me to try Physiogel’s Cleanser. I used Cetaphil before and didn’t really like the oily feeling it left my skin. I went to a supermarket and bought a small bottle of Physiogel. I was skeptical to try thinking it would have the same effect on me.

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Description:
Mild and gentle soap-free cleanser. Appropriate for frequent use with or without water. It is formulated to leave skin feeling clean and soft. Hypoallergenic, pH-balanced

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Pros:
– Affordable, 120 pesos for 60ml
– Faint scent
– SLS free (Sodium Lauryl Sulfate/Sodium Laureth Sulfate)
– Doesn’t leave film
– Removes oil
– Moisturizing
– Skin felt clean without the dryness

Cons:
– Triggered my contact dermatitis

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This is better than Cetaphil when it comes to consistency and feeling after rinsing. It has a faint scent, smells “clean”. It’s moisturizing without leaving film. Good to know that it’s SLS-free. Best thing is it does remove oil. My skin felt really clean and there’s no tight feeling.

Sad thing is it triggered my dermatitis. I’ve been using fragrance-free products for many years now. So the fragrance in it must be the culprit or the third ingredient Cetearyl Alcohol. This is a mild cleanser which can’t remove makeup. I didn’t put it in cons because most cleansers can’t really do that. That’s the job of makeup remover.

I bought the smallest size. The biggest bottle is around 400+ pesos. I think it’s reasonably priced. This will be a good fit if you’re not sensitive to fragrance. It’s available in supermarkets and department stores.

Brands · Cleansing · Cosmetics & Skin Care · dermatitis · Face

Review: Cerave Hydrating Cleanser Bar

I have dry patches all over my cheeks and forehead due to dermatitis. Dry and flaky skin can make the skin’s defense weak. It can cause breakouts, which happened to me. My sister and I used a liquid ceramide cleanser before. The doctor prescribed it and we bought it from her clinic. It did moisturize and repair our skins. From then, I knew ceramide is great for strengthening the barrier and repairing dry skin. I looked for an alternative and Cerave is the drugstore version. They have the liquid and soap bar. It’s not as famous as Cetaphil here in country so I had no luck with the liquid one. I found the cleanser bar and gave it a try.

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Description:
Areas of concern: Cracked and chafed skin, dry skin, facial cleansing, gentle exfoliation, itchy skin, psoriasis prone skin.

Developed with dermatologists, CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser Bar effectively cleanses and hydrates without disrupting the protective skin barrier. This creamy foaming bar, with 3 essential ceramides and hyaluronic acid, contains 5% CeraVe Moisturizing Cream to lock in moisture while removing dirt and oil.

Ingredients:
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Pros:
– Affordable
– Doesn’t melt easy
– Ideal the for body
– Lathers well
– Did not trigger my contact dermatitis

Cons:
– Doesn’t completely cleanse skin
– Leaves a film
– Caused breakouts
– Did not lessen dry patches

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I only have a few things to say about this. The soap doesn’t melt easily but lathers well. It will last for a long time especially if you cut it in half. It felt like it didn’t clean my skin which caused the breakout. It leaves a film which is normal for “hydrating” products.. But it did not help with my dry patches. I think this bar is better for body use instead. The lather and film it gives are not bothersome for me if used on the body.

Although it did not trigger my contact dermatitis, I still don’t like how it feels on the face. This kind of cleanser whether liquid or bar is likely to break me out. I guess I have to buy the one from the doctor’s clinic. I expected a lot from this product. I really want to like it. As much as possible, I don’t post negative reviews anymore but honestly it didn’t work for me.

Have you tried a cleanser just like this? Please leave a comment below. I’m in need of suggestions. 🙂