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.ย 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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Skin101 Consultation + Pimple Injection

My breakouts were more than usual these past few weeks. I searched for clinics offering pimple injection. Skin101 has lowest price so far. I called my preferred branch to ask for the costs:

Doctor Consultation: Php 300
Pimple Injection: Php 50 per piece

The process was smooth. All I had to do was to fill up a form with my details. Then I waited for less than 5 minutes to get to the treatment room. An aesthetician did the procedure. If you’re not confident about that, you can ask their doctor to do it plus consultation fee. I didnt have problems because I was at ease with my aesthetician. She tells me everytime when she’s about to inject the solution. Thanks to her I was mentally prepared for every shot. Haha! She was very nice and didnt do sermon. May iba kasi pinapagalitan ako. Like hey I can’t stop my breakouts. This isn’t my choice.๐Ÿ˜…

I’m writing this after 24 hours. All the cystic acne have subsided already. I’m satisfied with it and the cost did not hurt my wallet. It’s for cystic acne without pus, ideal if you just want to get rid of it fast or if you have an event the next day.

*Note that this treatment can cause depressed scars if the amount of IL is too much. That’s the risk you have to know.

Skin101 Market Market doesn’t have scheduled appointments. All clients are walk-in. I went there in the afternoon on a weekday. The clinic is usually packed on weekends. Doctors arent available daily so if you want a consultation, call your preferred branch first and ask for the sched. Phone numbers are listed on their website.

Review: Alba Botanica Acne Dote Deep Pore Wash

Hello readers, sorry if I’m taking too long to post reviews. I’m back and I made a lot of drafts. Let’s start with another skin care. I found out about Alba Botanica’s cleanser when I went to Healthy Options years ago. Since then, it’s in my wish list.

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Description:
– fights breakouts even after you rinse
– 70% tested saw clearer skin in just 7 days
– 2% salicylic acid acne medication

Clean them up with this powerful, botanically effective acne wash. Formulated with zit-zapping Salicylic Acid and Willow Bark Extract, this lathering cleanser digs deep into pores to unclog the gunk, helping banish existing zits and prevent new ones. You’ll be cleaned up and ready to go with squeaky clean skin.

Ingredients:
Aqua (Water), Coco-Betaine, Disodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Sodium Chloride, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Glycerin, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil(2), Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil(2), Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil(2), Azardirachta Indica Leaf Extract(1), Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract(1), Carum Petroselinum (Parsley) Extract, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Melissa Officinalis Leaf Extract, Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract(1), Urtica Dioica (Nettle) Extract, Alcohol(1), Citric Acid, Dehydroacetic Acid, Benzoic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Citral, Limonene, Linalool (1)Certified Organic Ingredient (2)For scent only

Pros:
– Affordable, around 300+ pesos
– Simple plastic packaging
– Available locally in SM Department Stores and Healthy Options
– Cooling
– Fruity scent
– Pushes out bumps, whiteheads and blackheads
– Smoothens skin

Cons:
– Takes time to rinse
– Leaves a film
– Triggered my contact dermatitis

I wanted to try this but I was afraid it’ll be too strong for me. My sister bought a bottle last month. I’m seeing blackheads and whiteheads that are not yet on the surface of the skin. It’s my chance to test its magic. I want to get rid of bumps but they cant be pricked yet. I thought this cleanser was the reason of my breakout before but it’s not. The pimples were in the location of black/whiteheads I mentioned. So it definitely pushes everything out I couldn’t prick.

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It has a citrus scent which reminds me of Fruitos candy.๐Ÿ˜› It’s cooling because of the peppermint. It doesnt foam up well unlike other cleansers. It’s gel type which leaves a film. I never liked the feeling of it and it takes time to rinse. After washing it off, it’s a little drying and tightening. Immediately follow it up with a toner and moisturizer. This cleanser has 2% salicylic acid which is a good treatment alone in my opinion. You can also use a spot treatment if you want.

Too bad it triggered my contact dermatitis. Peppermint, orange and bergamot oils can be irritants. If it did not irritate me, I’d use it regularly in my routine. I feel refreshed when I use this especially after a workout or a long day of wearing makeup. This is a strong cleanser. Its ingredients are ideal for oily skin that isn’t sensitive with moderate to severe acne. It will clean out pores so the skin can breathe.

Review: Torriden Cellmazing Centellareal Soap

The challenge to find a cleanser is still not yet over for me. I’m taking a break from my holy grail tea tree cleanser. So I’ve been switching to different products until I find a good one. Let’s start this year with Torriden’s soap. This was in my past haul. I visited Althea’s website again and I couldn’t find its product page. I don’t know what happened. Now I dont have its description.๐Ÿ˜ง

Anyway, here’s what it looks like

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There’s a date stamped on the plastic. I’m hoping it’s the manufacturing date.

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Pros:
– Affordable
– SLS/SLES-free
– Has a clean scent
– Doesn’t melt quickly
– Gives enough lather
– Doesn’t dry out skin
– Doesn’t leave film/sticky residue
– Skin feels clean

Cons:
– No ingredients list on the label

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I got this on Althea’s website at 178 pesos (approx $3). It’s 100g and has a square cut unlike the usual soaps. I suggest cutting it in half if you have small hands like me. Keep the other half in a dry place. That also helps with the curing process. This soap has a clean scent which reminds me of medicine/hospital.๐Ÿ˜… It doesnt melt easily but it gives enough lather. It doesn’t leave a film when rinsed. My skin doesn’t feel dehydrated and there’s no tightening.

There’s no ingredients list on the box. But you can see it in the description found on Torriden’s website. Centella asiatica or gotu kola is its main ingredient. It has anti-inflammatory properties. The brand claims that it’s SLS and SLES-free. Those are used to make lather but can cause irritations to some. It’s nice that they are not needed to make this soap.

I consider this a maintenance if moisture and hydration are your concerns. I didn’t see any improvements on existing acne. It doesnt heal them or cause breakouts. It’s a basic cleanser. Good choice if you’re just starting to get serious with your skin care routine. Or if you’re using drying medications or products.

Althea Shopping Experience + Haul Unboxing

Lately, there’s no product in malls that caught my attention. So I went back to online shopping. I knew Althea since the first day they opened but never really ordered from them. It’s the only cosmetics shop in Korea that accepts cash on delivery payment (COD) for Philippine-orders. It is a good thing. Most Filipinos do not use card for transactions. We’re more comfortable with cash payment.

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I ordered from Althea last Monday. They sent an email about my order confirmation right away. Updates can also be seen in your account. Here’s the time table:

Monday
January 15 (around 1PM) — Order received and Processing order

Tuesday:
January 16Preparing for shipping

Wednesday
January 17Shipped with tracking number

Saturday
January 20Received my order

And here’s the complete tracking from Korea to our house in PH

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They update the online tracking fast unlike other couriers. You’ll receive a text message from the courier notifying you that your order will be delivered within the day. The delivery guy will also send a text asking if you/someone can receive the package. If no one is available, you can tell the guy and they’ll deliver it the next day. After 5 days, my package was delivered right at my doorstep. Best of all, I didn’t have to pay 112 pesos for customs tax and duties.

I’d recommend COD if there’s someone at your home who’ll pay & receive your order. But for me, it was difficult to do that because I’m sort of living alone. So if Im not at home, no one’s gonna receive it. The staff at our lobby can do that for me if my package was paid already. I’m going to use card or bank transfer next time.

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Everything was in bubble wrap even if the box itself is already protecting the products. There were no dents on the product boxes. I signed up on the site way back. I already have a wishlist of products. I ran out of concealer and almost finished with my moisturizer. I was looking for serums and found a lot on their website.

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Onsaemeein Galactomyces
I’ve never tried this active ingredient before. But I know it became a trend in k-beauty community. Onsaemeein offers it in 100%, no other ingredients included. I’m using this for more than a week now. My skin feels tight like I had botox. I’m liking it so far. I’ll review this after a month.

Calmia Oatmeal Therapy Cleansing Tissue
I needed a new makeup remover because Bench/ Cleansing Baby Wipes are rough which in my opinion is not good for facial skin. I just tried Calmia tonight. The tissue is soft and big enough to remove my full coverage makeup. It smells good too. I just wish they were 30 to 50 pieces.

The Saem Cover Perfection Dual Concealer
I only wanted to try The Saem’s liquid concealer. But I know I’ll be looking for a cream variant in case I’m not satisfied with the coverage. I bought this duo to test both of them in half the price. The weights are different from the solo cream and liquid concealer. I’ll see which one I like better then I’ll buy that alone next time.

Torriden Cellmazing Centellareal Soap
I was also looking for a facial wash. I’m taking a break from my favorite cleansing soap. I got this one on sale. Centella Asiatica is one of the main ingredients based on the website description. I’m using this for a week. I’ll do a full review on this after a month.

RiRe Luxe Full Cover Concealer
This one’s just an extra order. I added it in my cart because it’s so affordable. Where can you see a concealer worth 140 pesos, right? The packaging doesn’t look cheap. I havent tried it yet. It claims to give great coverage. It weighs 1.5 grams so I’m hoping little goes a long way.

Overall, I’m satisfied with my shopping experience on Althea’s website. They have different payment options like paypal, credit card, cash on delivery and bank transfer. I received the products in great condition. I’ll buy again from them once I’ve finished these all up. I’m already window shopping and adding some items on my wishlist. There are unique finds here like unpopular brands which are promising.

October Faves: ASMR, Makeup, Skin & Body Care

I’m back with my latest favorites!โ˜บ It’s been weeks since I posted on this blog. I received messages on Facebook this month and that inspired me. Hello Maggie and Jacqueline!โ˜บ

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ASMR

I listen to Autonomous sensory meridian response or ASMR before going to sleep. It gives me a tingling feeling mostly on the head/hair. At first, I thought it was weird but it really is effective. I just dont know how will I explain this to someone in real life. Haha! It relaxes my mind and body. My favorite artists are MassageASMR, ASMRsurge, ASMRsoundspace, Rapunzel, My favorite sounds are hair cut, slow tapping, lids, ear cleaning, metal dental picks and kinetic sand.

Makeup

Dermacol Make-up cover in 110
I ordered 2 testers of this raved foundation. I chose 110 because it leans to yellow undertone. It’s not full coverage in my opinion but I use less concealer over it. It’s creamy and easy to blend. I have combination skin now. It can accentuate dry areas. So be sure to moisturize especially for dry skin. It’s a stage makeup. I look “snatched” when I use it. Skin looks smooth and totally flat without blush and contour. The longevity is good too.

Skin Care

Purederm Q-10 Makeup Cleansing Tissues
My favorite makeup remover isnt available for a month now. I needed to find a replacement that’s less than 100 pesos. This variant is 89 pesos in Watsons/SM Department Store. The others like Collagen & Argan is at 108 pesos. I really cant tell the difference in the ingredients. I always go for the cheapest. ๐Ÿ˜›

Desert Essence Cleansing Bar Tea Tree Therapy
This is my face wash for almost 3 months now. This is one of the few cleansers that did not irritate me. No initial purging when I used it for the first time. It doesnt leave any residue/film. It heals my breakouts in as early as two days. You can get this at Healthy Options branches for 299 pesos.

Olivarrier Fluid Oil
This is a fast absorbing oil. It’s pure Squalane. I was worried because Squalane has a comedogenic level 1. It can block pores and cause breakouts for some. Luckily, I didnt get any negative reactions from it. I use this twice a day on wrinkle prone areas like undereye and sides of mouth. Argan oil is liquid gold because it gives noticeable glow. Squalane gives a subtle glow.

Body Care

Benton Shea Butter and Coconut Hand Cream
My hobby lately is washing clothes. I’m back to working out. I wash my clothes immediately to avoid germs and odor. This hand cream from Benton is my savior. It’s quite thick which instantly gives moisture. It makes my skin soft. I apply this every night as intense hand treatment. I just dont like the scent. I reminds me of butter. Like I’m marinating something. ๐Ÿ˜…

That’s it for my favorites. They’re only few, right? I guess I’m not a hoarder anymore.๐Ÿ˜› My audience ranges from 12 to 23 years old. I’m trying to use products that are locally available. I know it can get expensive sometimes for young people. So comment below if you have any review request. I have local brands lined up.โ˜บ

 

Review: By Wishtrend Mandelic Acid 5% Skin Prep Water

It’s been a while since I collaborated with Wishtrend. I got excited to receive a mail from them again. This time, they gave us the chance to try their own brand’s newest product. It’sย By Wishtrend Mandelic Acid 5% Skin Prep Water.

Now what is Mandelic acid? According to Hira, a resident pharmacist from Skin Store, it is an alpha hydroxy acid derived from bitter almonds. It’s gentler than glycolic acid. My dermatologist recommends mandelic peel for sensitive skin.

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Description:
Mandelic Acid 5% Skin Prep Water is a hydrating and nonirritating exfoliant that can be used daily. Formulated with Mandelic Acid, which can be used without any irritation even on sensitive skin, the Mandelic Acid 5% Skin Prep Water is an exfoliating treatment that improves the skin tone and texture while boosting the effectiveness of other products.

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How to use:

  1. ย Before the toner, gently wipe and pat the product on your face using a cotton pad.
  2. Limit the use of this product depending on your skin type. (For sensitive skin, we recommend 2-3 times a week)
  3. For morning use, please make sure to apply sun-lotion after using the product.
  4. We recommend not to use this product with other facial scrubs, AHA/BHA, and Vitamin C products.

Ingredients:

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Pros:

  • Huge bottle, 120ml
  • Fairly priced, $22
  • No spillage
  • Fragrance-free
  • Dries/sinks in quickly
  • Doesn’t sting except for open wounds/breakouts
  • Non-sticky
  • Skin did not get red while using this
  • Mildly exfoliates skin
  • Can help with minimal pigmentation

Cons:

  • I was bothered by castor oil at first

Personally, castor oil in products bothers me. It was one of the culprits of my past breakout. But I tried this Madelic Acid and didn’t have a problem. It’s probably because castor oil is at the bottom of its ingredients list. Bottom part = less amount. Since this is an acid, I do not apply this on areas prone to contact dermatitis. It can sting for open wounds/cuts like breakouts.

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It expires in 12 months after opening. That’s enough time to get you through a 120ml bottle. There was no spillage even if I turn the bottle upside down. It has watery consistency. It doesn’t feel sticky unless you apply more than enough. It’s fragrance free. A plus for those who are sensitive to scents like me. It smells like COSRX’s AHA BHA Toner which is also fragrance free.

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There are two ways to apply it. Gently pat on with your palms. Or if you want more exfoliation, gently swipe it on skin using cotton pad.ย I prefer cotton pad because it’s more effective and helps other products to absorb.

It doesn’t irritate or cause redness unlike my acid-based products in the past. I use this twice a week and will build up to 3 times a week. Ideally at night. It will help to lighten spots with continuous use. I dont think it’ll be enough for deep spots though.

Exfoliating is important. It removes dirt, excess oil and dead skin cells. This is mild and won’t overpeel skin. Dont worry, there’s no flaking. It’s only a micropeel. You wouldn’t notice it. ย I’d recommend it to all skin types as long as you dont have dermatitis or eczema. Apply by palm if you have dry skin. The rest can use cotton pad. Follow with a moisturizer.โ˜บ