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Review: Benton Papaya-S Sun Cream SPF 50

11 Aug

I’m very careful to try sun blocks because  I’ve used some before that broke me out. I just had a chemical peel so I have no choice but to add sun protection. Benton released new products and that includes Papaya-S Sun Cream. I like that this brand doesnt include unnecessary ingredients. They gave me a review opportunity ttry their sun cream. Just what I needed.☺

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Description:
Benton’s Papaya-S Sun Cream is a physical & chemical sunscreen designed for outdoor activities.

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Ingredients:
Carica Papaya (Papaya) Fruit Water(43%),  Titanium Dioxide,  Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Zinc Oxide, Octyldodecanol, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone,  Pentylene Glycol, Niacinamide, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Diethylamino Hydroxybenzoyl Hexyl Benzoate, Glycerin, Bis-Ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine, Aqua (Water), 1,2-Hexanediol, Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate, Magnesium Sulfate, Beeswax, Aluminum Hydroxide, Dimethicone, Propanediol, Hydrogen Dimethicone, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Carica Papaya Seed Oil(5000ppm), Glyceryl Caprylate, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Panthenol, Butyrospermum  Parkii (Shea) Butter, Beta-Glucan, Carica Papaya (Papaya) Fruit Extract(750ppm),  Xanthan Gum, Xylitylglucoside, Anhydroxylitol, Xylitol, Adenosine, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Bud Extract, Disodium Adenosine Triphosphate, Papain(100ppm), Algin, Glucose, Geranium Maculatum Oil

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Pros:
– 50 grams of product
– Simple tube packaging
– SPF 50
– Doesnt have tons of alcohol
– Subtle powdery scent
– Light and milky texture
– Feels light on the skin
– Satin finish
– Minimal flashback/whitecast
– Did not trigger my contact dermatitis
– Did not cause breakouts

Cons:
– None

This variant is for outdoor activities. Perfect for me to test its performance. I sweat a lot and I commute daily. It has milky texture and quite liquid-y. It’s easily spread and sinks in faster than others. Skin has sheen/satin finish once absorbed. Surprisingly, it doesnt feel heavy and didnt make my skin oilier. I tried it under makeup and had no problems. It doesn’t wear off easily  and doesn’t interfere with other products.

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Under very bright lighting, I saw minimal whitecast. But that can be fixed if you apply the right amount evenly. I tried to take photos with flash and here’s the result. It only gave minimal flashback. It’s not that noticeable if you ask me. If you’re going to an event, make sure your foundation and powder have no SPF because it can intensify flashbacks.

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Best thing about this is it doesnt have tons of alcohol unlike others. We all know what alcohol can do to our skin in the long run. It has SPF 50. It’s already a high protection for me. I’m glad it didnt broke me out. Probably because of it’s light texture and added natural ingredients like papaya water, seed oil and fruit extract.  Would I recommend this? Yes! It has high SPF and lasts throughout a day of commuting. It didnt aggrevate my dermatitis so it’s safe for sensitive skin. I’ll always look up to this brand for making high quality products.

Review: Olivarrier Fluid Oil from Jolse

7 Aug

Oils are popular in the beauty community lately. One of them is Squalane. It’s being recognized because of its non-oily feel. It’s used in many cosmetic products for its moisturizing properties. There are different types of Squalane. The traditional is derived from Squalene (mostly made of shark liver oil). The other one is plant-based which is more preferred now.

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Many have claimed that it doesnt feel like oil at all. It made me curious and I wanted to know if it’s true. I’ve been also adding pure ingredients in my routine. Luckily, Jolse gave us the opportunity to try Olivarrier’s Fluid Oil. I’d likd to thank them.

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Description:
The freshness and quick absorption provides enough moisture for any time of the year, keeping the skin smooth by making the dead skin cells elastic without blocking the pores. The ingredient similar to the skin will improve the dryness and the roughness of the skin safely. The colorless, odorless, and harmless plant squalane is the only ingredient contained in the product. The single ingredient oil will soothe the tightness of the skin, dry eyes and lips, rough hands and nails, damaged hair, sensitive and weak skin of expecting mothers and babies.

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Ingredients:
100% Squalane

Pros:
– 30ml of product
– Nice packaging and has dropper applicator
– Plant-based, ethical
– Chemical free and no additional ingredients
– Multifunctional
– Feels light
– Sinks in the skin
– Doesn’t feel oily
– Instantly moisturizes dry skin
– Did not cause breakouts
– Did not trigger my dermatitis

Cons:
– Quite expensive, $42
– Has level 1 comedogenic rating

Let’s discuss the cons first $42 is quite expensive for me. The brand is not in the drugstore category. So that explains the price range. It’s level 1 Comedogenic. Although it has that rating, I didnt have breakouts while using this.

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The pros: I prefer oils in dropper bottle like this. There’s no leak so it’s safe for traveling. The best thing is it’s plant-based. It’s ethical and we didnt harm anything. I’m impressed with the texture and performance. It feels like oil at first. But once you apply it on the skin, it sinks in really well. Photos show the before (immediately after applying Fluid Oil) then fully absorbed after a few minutes.

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It does not feel heavy unlike other oils. It moisturizes dry patches immediately. I focus on the undereye, cheek and mouth area to avoid wrinkles. It minimizes the appearance of wrinkles. It’s great to use under makeup if that’s your concern. It has a subtle glow which makes skin look healthy. Not the oil slick look.

Overall, I’m satisfied with Olivarrier’s Fluid Oil. I recommend this for dry skin or if you’re feeling dull. Also, the bottle looks gorgeous. It’s minimalistic and chic. This could be added to your skin care collection.

You can get this on Jolse.com. It is currently discounted for $35.70.☺❤

Review: Skin Potions Snowberry Sleeping Cream Mask

3 Aug

Have you heard about Skin Potions? It was one of the suggested people on my Instagram. I checked out their products and of course I had to start with their bestseller. I ordered a tub on BeautyMNL. Snowberry Sleeping Cream is raved by local bloggers. I saw a review with before and after photos. This product helped to lighten her dark spots. You know I’m all about that. Haha!

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Description:
Lightens to minimize the look of dark spots and hyperpigmentation; helps treat acne to banish breakouts; smoothens and reduces the appearance of stretch marks; soothes insect bites; can also be used as a makeup primer and pore minimizer; protects with SPF45; formulated with papaya extract, bearberry extract, licorice extract, snail filtrate, whitenol extract (mix of potent natural whitening oils), acerola cherry extract, rice bran oil, titanium dioxide and essential oils; leaves a matte finish.

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Pros:
– Affordable
– Cute packaging
– Available in-stores and online
– Little goes a long way
– Smells great!
– Matt finish
– Can be used on targeted areas
– Moisturizes skin really well
– Lightened some spots

Cons:
– Triggered my contact dermatitis
– Can make you look ghostly white
– Not effective for deep spots
– No full ingredients list

Neutral:
– Has SPF

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It costs 450 pesos for 50 grams. It smells like strawberry. I wanted to eat it when I smelled it for the first time. Haha! It comes in a pink plastic tub. I didn’t have a problem with leakage. The cream is thick and can be used as spot treatment too as seen in the photo below. I only need a pea size amount for the whole face. That size is enough to moisturize my skin. It also lighted some of my spots that were not deep. Meaning those spots in the epidermis layer only.

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Now for the cons, I was hoping it wont trigger the areas where I have dermatitis (cheeks and forehead). Sadly, I always get itchy on those areas while I was using this cream. I dont want to waste this so I’m dabbing it on spots instead of applying on the whole face. Don’t overdo the application. It can make you look ghostly white whether you have fair or dark tones. I have pale skin and use this at night only. The active ingredients are on the label. That’s not enough for me. I need the full ingredients list. I cant find it online either. My tub expires in 2019. There must be a preservative in it.

Neutral, it claims to have SPF. The name is sleeping cream mask. So for me it’s automatic to use at night. Sunscreen can irritate skin if used while you’re sleeping. That’s the time your skin needs to breathe and repair. SPF is ideal for daytime.

Do I recommend this? Yes, for those who don’t have sensitive skin and not prone to intense hyperpigmentation. It wont be enough for those who easily get deep and dark spots like me. It is affordable, locally made and many people swear by it. It just didnt work on me. Here’s a tip. You can get it for a lower price during their bazaars and BeautyMNL sales.

Review: Benton Cacao Moist and Mild Cream

2 Jul

I browsed Benton Cosmetics‘ website many times before. I know almost everyone in the K-Beauty world knows their famous Snail Bee High Content Essence. They are more than that. I must say all their products have few ingredients making them concentrated. Two months ago, I had the opportunity to apply as their reviewer. Luckily I was picked!☺ I’m happy to introduce to you their latest product, Cacao Moist and Mild Cream.☺❤

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Few years ago cacao became a popular ingredient in Korea. It’s rich in antioxidants and its oil and butter are good at moisturizing skin. Benton released this product as a light moisturizer for the summer. Im using this for more than a week now and I’m ready to share my thoughts.

Description:
Benton’s Cacao Moist and Mild Cream is a lightweight cream made of healthy ingredients. Having a light texture, even a generous amount of the cream does not leave skin heavy. Cacao extracts and hyaluronic acid help to replenish dry skin, leaving it dewy and vibrant.

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There’s a foil that you have to remove. It’s paraben free so you have 6 months to use it all up after opening.☺

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Pros:
– Affordable
– Simple tube packaging
– 50 grams of product
– Little goes a long way
– Few ingredients
– Fragrance and paraben free
– Cruelty free
– Feels light
– Instantly hydrates skin
– Hydration lasts throughout the day
– Makes skin dewy, soft and plump
– Did not trigger my contact dermatitis

Cons:
– Might be heavy at day time for very oily skin

Let’s talk about price, packaging and ingredients first. It’s $16 for 50 grams. Its plastic tube comes in a box. The box contains all the information you need to know (description, content, manufacturing & expiration dates). Very detailed indeed. The tube makes it easier to control the amount of product. There’s no leak so it’s okay for traveling as well.

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For the product performance, it looks like a lotion-y type of cream. It only takes a few seconds to be fully absorbed. Little amount goes a long way. I just need a pea size to cover all the areas I want. This came just in time because my cheek, nose and chin areas were dry. My skin felt instantly moisturized once I apply it. It feels light but gives intense hydration. I didn’t know cacao can actually do that. It also gives off that dewy plump look in real life. It keeps my skin hydrated throughout the day. I’m very sweaty so I wipe my face often. I still feel moisturized even if it gets wiped off with my sweat or even with water. That’s surprising. It really sinks in the skin.

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Overall, I like it and I’ll continue to use in my daily routine from now on. Good thing it did not trigger my contact dermatitis/eczema. That being said, it’s safe for sensitive skin. If you have oily skin like me, I suggest applying this at night as an intense nourishment. You can use this to spot treat dry patches too. I’d recommend this for all skin types.

Have you tried anything from Benton or what are you planning to try? I personally would like to try their Snail Bee High Content Essence and Fermentation Essence. ☺

Review: The Ordinary Lactic Acid 10% + HA 2%

25 Jun

Lactic Acid 10% is first on my The Ordinary wishlist. They became a hit for pinay beauty enthusiasts. Who could resist concentrated products that are affordable? Not me. Haha! I knew about this brand, thanks to Wayne Goss. I ordered one last April from a local online seller. I’m using this for almost three months now. It has been a love-hate relationship.

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Description:
Lactic Acid is an alpha hydroxyl acid that exfoliates the skin. This 10% formulation offers mild exfoliation and is supported with a purified Tasmanian pepperberry known to reduce signs of inflammation and sensitivity that is often associated with exfoliation.

Directions:
Apply once per day, ideally in the PM. Can be diluted with other treatments to reduce strength until skin develops tolerance. Avoid contact with eyes. If irritation persists, discontinue use and consult a physician. (Sunburn Alert: This product contains an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) that may increase your skin’s sensitivity to the sun and particularly the possibility of sunburn. Use a sunscreen, wear protective clothing, and limit sun exposure while using this product and for a week afterwards.)

Ingredients:
Aqua (Water), Lactic Acid, Glycerin, Pentylene Glycol, Potassium Citrate, Arginine, Triethanolamine, Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, Tasmannia Lanceolata Fruit/leaf Extract, Acacia Senegal Gum, Xanthan Gum, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, PPG-26-Buteth-26, Ethyl 2,2-Dimethylhydrocinnamal, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Ethylhexylglycerin, 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol.

Pros:
– Affordable
– Spill proof packaging
– Few ingredients
– Doesn’t leave greasy feeling
– Did not cause breakouts
– Gives mild peeling/exfoliation
– Can be used as spot treatment

Cons:
– I dont like the scent at first
– Can sting
– Triggered my contact dermatitis

Most of their products are below $15. I’m still wondering how can they do it? I always have a thing for glass dropper. It looks so fancy and medical. Their packaging is spill proof. Minimalists will like its few ingredients just like the rest of their collection. It wont leave a greasy film once absorbed although it’s not oil-free. Hormonal imbalance caused my major breakouts this month. I’m sure this didn’t cause purging. I didn’t have any problem even on the first month of using this.

This can trigger my contact dermatitis. I know this is not for sensitive skin. It’s just that I’m stubborn and desperate to even out my skin tone.😅 So I’m only using this every other day as spot treatment for dark spots and acne. This is an acid that can sting if you have open wound. (Maybe from “accidentally” pricking). It gives mild peeling which will help in lightening spots. I’ve noticed some spots were lightened gradually and acne subsides faster. I’m not a fan of the scent. Others would describe it as burning plastic. But for me it smells like soy sauce.

Others say 5% or 10% concentration for lactic acid doesn’t matter. Your skin will determine which one’s for you. Overall, I still like it despite the cons. It’s very affordable compared to other brands’ products with lactic acid active. I recommend it if you’re looking for mild exfoliant. Don’t forget to wear sunscreen!😉

Review: Himalaya Herbals Purifying Neem Facial Wash

18 Jun

This is my first “drugstore” cleanser for this year and first Indian brand as well. Meaning it’s something you could easily get almost anywhere. I bought a small tube in SM Department Store. It’s been three weeks already. I think I’m ready to share my experience with it.

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Description:
Purifying Neem Face Wash is loaded with the natural goodness of neem, a time-tested natural ingredient revered for its antibacterial property, which keeps Pimples at bay! It is also enriched with Turmeric, an antiseptic agent that soothes skin, leaving it healthy, clean and radiant! Himalaya Herbals Purifying Neem Face Wash, is a soap-free herbal face wash that helps prevent pimples by removing impurities, unclogging pores, while being extremely gentle on skin as it is formulated with 100% herbal actives and is free from skin harming chemicals like Paraben, SLS/ SLES. Daily use of this face wash avoids deposition of pimple-causing bacteria, oil and dirt and prevents occurrence of pimples. This face wash is suitable for all skin types (normal, oily, combination, sensitive) & is best for acne-prone

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Pros:
– Affordable, 50 grams for 69 pesos at Watsons
– Simple tube packaging, no spills
– Love the fragrance
– SLS-free
– Milky lather
– Non drying
– Doesn’t leave film or sticky residue
– Did not cause breakouts
– Did not trigger contact dermatitis

Cons:
– Didn’t do anything on existing breakouts

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I brought this for our Hong Kong trip. The tube had no spills. It has milky and powdery scent which reminds me of Lactacyd. It doesn’t have a rich lather because it’s SLS-free… But it’s enough for cleansing in my opinion. It doesnt leave sticky or slimy film when rinsed. It’s very affordable and accessible. You can get this in supermarkets, drugstores and department stores.

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Neem extract is new to me so I was quite nervous to try this facial wash. Thank goodness it did not cause purging unlike other cleansers. I first knew about Neem extract from Phina’s Little Factory Cure Soap…which I’m planning to buy soon. I think this cleanser did not heal my existing breakouts. That’s the only down side I could give. So I’d recommend this for sensitive skin, mild acne and for maintenance.

Have you tried this product? What’s your all time favorite cleanser?

Review: The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%

4 Jun

I was introduced to this brand a few months ago. Thanks to youtubers especially to Wayne Goss. I visited Deciem’s website and viewed their products. I carefully chose the products that I think would work best for me. One of those is Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%.

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Description:
Niacinamide (Vitamin B3) is indicated to reduce the appearance of skin blemishes and congestion. A high 10% concentration of this vitamin is supported in the formula by zinc salt of pyrrolidone carboxylic acid to balance visible aspects of sebum activity.

Contraindications: If topical Vitamin C is used as part of skincare, it should be applied at alternate times with this formula (ideally Vitamin C in the PM and this formula in the AM). Otherwise, Niacinamide can affect integrity of pure-form Vitamin C (L-Ascorbic Acid).

Directions:
Apply to entire face morning and evening before heavier creams.

Ingredients:
Aqua (Water), Niacinamide, Pentylene Glycol, Zinc PCA, Tamarindus Indica Seed Gum, Xanthan Gum, Isoceteth-20, Ethoxydiglycol, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin.

Pros:
– Simple frosted glass packaging
– Straight to the point product name
– Affordable
– Oil free, silicone free, paraben free
– Watery serum
– No sticky residue
– Feels light on the skin
– Did not trigger contact dermatitis
– Did not cause breakouts
– Tightening effect
– Brightens skin tone
– Somehow healed new breakouts from my period

Cons:
– Skin looks shiny after application
– Little or no improvement on dark spots

Let’s discuss the cons first. I cant tell if it made improvements on my dark spots. Maybe it’s because mine are deep into dermis layer. I know it’s oil free but it makes my skin look shiny after application. Like it’s really polished and edited. I know that’s a good thing but I wasnt ready for that. Haha! It’s unreal. I look like the handsome Squidward below.

I’m liking their packaging and straight to the point product names. I already know its purpose and what are its actives. It’s intimidating for people who are new into skin care. But trust me, we don’t need cheesy names like “Bouncy Skin Moisturizing Cream”. Sorry I just made that name. I’m cringing but I hope you got my point. Haha!

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The serum is watery and it feels light on the skin. It doesn’t leave any sticky residue. Castor oil has a chance of blocking pores and a lot of moisturizers have it. Thank goodness this one is oil free! That’s actually the main reason why I bought this. It helps to heal breakouts from monthly period. I’m glad it didnt trigger my contact dermatitis. So it’s safe to say that it can be used on sensitive skin. My face is brighter and looks alive. I’ve also experienced tightening effect especially on the forehead area. It’s like botox. Overall, this is a great moisturizer for oily skin. It’s very affordable and high quality. I’d repurchase this again.☺