Review: Leiania House Of Beauty Virgin Argan Facial Beauty Oil

Hello readers! I’m changing my routine and making it more suitable for hypersensitive skin. I’m dealing with rashes, redness and dryness from time to time. Remember the first time I got hooked with argan oil? I wanted to use “liquid gold” again but this time I found a cheaper one. I was browsing BeautyMNL’s website and came across Leiania House Of Beauty. They have 15ml pure argan oil for only 200 pesos. How cheap is that? I added it to my cart and the next day I got my order.

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Description:
Formulated with 100% cold pressed, virgin, unrefined Moroccan argan oil rich in vitamin E, essential fatty acids, and proteins; enhances and improves skin texture and tone; helps boost elasticity and moisture levels; diminishes the appearance of wrinkles and scars; treats acne, eczema, and psoriasis; relieves inflammation and irritation; neutralizes free radicals; softens and smoothens; works to regulate sebum production; plumps up, firms, and tightens; hydrates and enhances hair growth; repairs brittle and damaged tresses; nourishes cuticles; lightweight and easily absorbed; gentle even on hyper-sensitive and allergy-prone skin; handy 12ml roll-on fits your handbag

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Pros:
– Affordable, 15ml for 200 pesos
– Locally available on BeautyMNL
– Glass dropper bottle
– Gives glowing skin
– Gives hydration
– Skin feels soft and smooth in the morning
– Did not cause breakouts
– Did not trigger my contact dermatitis

Cons:
– None

It says in the description that’s in a roll-on tube but I’m glad they changed the packaging. I’m going to say it again, I’m very pleased with glass dropper bottle for oils. Brands usually use the one with pump which is messy and not travel friendly. In fact, I dropped this one time and it didn’t break. Another thing that I like is it’s very affordable. This product is also good if you want to start adding oils in your routine. Its comedogenic rating is 0 but we all know anything can block pores. I keep coming back to it because it’s less likely to block pores compared with other kinds of oil.

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It has the same effects with my previous brand. It gives glowing skin from within. It’s not something that you can get with makeup/highlighters. It gives enough hydration. When my skin is still damp, I like to press it on to be absorbed quickly. My skin feels soft and smooth in the morning when I wake up. It doesn’t give me breakouts and doesn’t make my rashes worse.

I’m using this especially when my dermatitis is so dry and itchy. It relieves the itch and softens the look of my desert-like skin. Yes, I’m in drought right now. It doesn’t cure the rashes but it definitely gives relief. I can’t think of any negative experience while I was using this. I can say that it’s safe for my hypersensitive skin.

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Review: Althea Petal Velvet Sunaway

Last month, I received a package from Althea. It’s their first product for sun protection. I have been testing it out for almost two weeks now. You know me, I only post reviews once I completely tested out a product. 😉 I just known the importance of sunblocks when I started to have combination skin. Lately it’s cold in the morning and then it’s either hot or it rains after a few hours. It’s important to use products that are comfortable in different weather conditions like this.

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Description:
Give your skin the look and feel of soft flower petals with this moisture-filled, velvety sunscreen. Filled with premium Damask rose extracts, Althea’s Petal Velvet Sunaway uses advanced micro particle technology to protect the skin from UV rays while giving it a petal-like finish.

Ingredients:

WATER, CYCLOPENTASILOXANE, ZINC OXIDE, DISILOXANE, PROPANEDIOL, TITANIUM DIOXIDE, DICAPRYLYL ETHER, METHYL METHACRYLATE CROSSPOLYMER, PELARGONIUM GRAVEOLENS FLOWER OIL, SALVIA OFFICINALIS (SAGE) OIL, POGOSTEMON CABLIN OIL, CITRUS AURANTIUM BERGAMIA (BERGAMOT) FRUIT OIL, ROSA DAMASCENA FLOWER EXTRACT, PEG-10 DIMETHICONE, STEARIC ACID, ALUMINUM HYDROXIDE, VINYL DIMETHICONE/METHICONE SILSESQUIOXANE CROSSPOLYMER, SODIUM CHLORIDE, TRIETHOXYCAPRYLYLSILANE, 1,2-HEXANEDIOL, SORBITAN CAPRYLATE, GLYCERYL CAPRYLATE, POLYGLYCERYL-6 POLYRICINOLEATE, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, ETHYL HEXANEDIOL, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL

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Pros:
– Affordable, 55ml for 480 pesos on Althea
– Travel-friendly packaging
– SPF 50+ PA++++
– Lightweight
– Easily absorbed
– Gives hydration
– Makes skin look fresh
– Mattifying
– No flashbacks
– Stays on even when skin’s sweaty

Cons:
-Scent is too strong for me

The first thing I noticed was the packaging. It’s travel-friendly. It’s secured and no need to worry about any spillage. It also has a ball mixer inside like in spray paints so shaking the product won’t be time consuming. I skip my moisturizer because this alone provides enough hydration for the day. It’s easily absorbed and feels lightweight on the skin… Which is usually a problem for other sunblocks. I love its brightening effect. It’s not too much, just enough to make the skin look fresh. If you’re oily, you’ve experienced skin darkening at some point. This works well for that.

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I’m also impressed with its longevity. It stays on even if I sweat a lot. I didn’t feel the need to reapply throughout the day. But of course, you still have to reapply after every 2 hours if you’re staying under the sun for a long time. It doesn’t interfere with makeup application. It’s mattifying and actually helped my makeup to stay longer. It’s also fine for both hot and cold weathers.

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The collage above is a test for flash photography. The left photo has no product. I applied Sunaway in the right photo. It gives little to no flashbacks at all. Based on the ingredients, it doesn’t have any artificial fragrances. Which is a good thing but this has a powdery scent. I love that scent but this one is too strong for me. It goes away after a few minutes though.

Overall, this is a good product if you’re looking for something that’s light and long lasting while giving you maximum sun protection. It stays on even for sweaty skin. It can be used for all weather conditions since it gives hydration. This is very affordable and a 55ml tube will last for a long time. You can get this one on Althea and it’s also available in a set with their powder. 🙂

Review: Human Nature Sunflower Beauty Oil

I’m back on exploring local brands again. Recently, I had a bad flare up of rashes again so I needed to “protect” those areas. We bought Human Nature’s bestseller last month. I was hoping it could at least lessen the redness and itching caused by rashes. It’s my first sunflower oil so I won’t be able to compare it with other brands.

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Description:
A cult beauty classic rich with moisturizing and nourishing vitamins A, D & E this holy grail oil has earned its place as a well-known and well-loved miracle worker.

Ingredients:
Premium cosmetic-grade sunflower seed oil

Pros:
– Very affordable, 50ml for 199 pesos at Sesou branches
– Can be used as makeup remover
– Can be used as moisturizer
– Gives glow
– Quickly absorbed
– Helps to heal blemishes
– Reduced my itching
– Did not cause breakouts

Cons:
– Pump bottle is not travel friendly

Neutral:
– Might be too heavy for the skin depending on the weather and your activities

I tried using this to remove my makeup first. It really did melt all my heavy makeup. After cleansing, I used it as moisturizer for flaky areas. It smoothened those areas. I like that it gives a subtle glow too! I can definitely see it even under my makeup. I also noticed that my blemishes dry and heal quicker than usual. It did not cause breakouts even on my oily t-zone. While there was no improvement on redness, it did reduce the itch and provided comfort while I had rashes caused by dermatitis.

It’s quickly absorbed if you press it down lightly with your palms or by gently sweeping on the skin. If you’re in a hurry, just dab at tissue and proceed to your makeup routine. Your tissue paper should be organic or at least unbleached if you have hypersensitive skin like me.  Just putting it out there.

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The only down side is the packaging. It’s not travel friendly. From my past experience with other products, oils are easily spilled out from a pump bottle. Spillage will be avoided if oils are in amber glass bottles with droppers. It’s now a factor for my next purchase.

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I’m neutral about its heaviness. In my opinion it’s ideal as night treatment since we’re living in a country that’s hot and humid (& messed up. lol). But you can also use this during the day if you’re just in an air-conditioned place. Your activities like commuting and exercising should also be factors on your skin care decision-making.

Overall, using this turned out pretty well although it’s not a cure-all for dermatitis. Dermatitis is also linked in the body’s health so don’t just rely on topical treatments. The only thing that I want was to reduce the itch and it delivered. It’s multifunctional and one of the most affordable oils out there. I was a bit hesitant because sunflower oil has high comedogenic rating, meaning it has a high chance of blocking pores. Each skin is unique so trying out products is always a trial and error. But if you never try, you’ll never know~ Yes, that’s a Coldplay reference.

Review: ROYAL SKIN 24K Gold Snail Soothing Gel

This is the first moisturizer I reviewed this year. You know how much I loved snail products before. I’ve experienced its healing properties and I was blown away. I wanted to try it again and see if it still works on me. I got Royal Skin’s Soothing Gel in my past Althea haul. I chose it because it’s very affordable. I was hoping it could be a moisturizer for maintenance.

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Description:
It moisturizes and soothes sensitive and dry skin by external stimulation and maintains moist skin. Quick absorption without stickiness. Okay for infants! It excludes paraben, artificial color, benzophenone talc, mineral oil, silicone oil and animal substances. Multi-purpose gel for face and body.

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Pros:

  • Affordable, 150 pesos at Althea
  • A lot of product, 300 ml
  • Can be used on face and body
  • Absorbed easily
  • Gives enough hydration
  • Doesn’t interfere with makeup application and longevity
  • Did not make my skin oilier
  • Did not emphasize pores
  • Did not cause breakouts

Cons:

  • Product label at the bottom has no translation
  • Might contain alcohol and/or fragrance

Neutral:

  • Can make you look shiny if you use more than enough

I tested this for a week. I like how it’s easily absorbed in a few seconds. It hydrated my skin and smoothened out my dry patches. Some moisturizers can make my pores look bigger but this one didn’t. It didn’t interfere with makeup application and longevity. It actually made it last longer than usual. Makeup application was a breeze.  I also used this at night. I woke up without feeling like an oil slick. It did not cause breakouts, redness and no stinging. I also love to use it on the body especially after a hot day.

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The only con I could think of is the product label has no translation and there’s no ingredients list. You have to Google it. It might have alcohol and fragrance so watch out if you have sensitive skin. Since it’s gel type, it made my face look shiny when it’s used alone. There was no huge difference in healing breakouts in my case. It’s not surprising since it has only 30,000 ppm concentration. That’s 3% if you convert it to percent.

Final thoughts, this gel is okay as a maintenance. Meaning if you don’t have other issues aside from dehydrated skin. This will instantly hydrate skin without feeling heavy and oily. It’s refreshing especially if you put it in the fridge first.

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!

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.

First Impression: Flawless White Plus Cream

I’m dealing with lots of hyperpigmentation. Flawless’ resident doctor recommended their White Plus Cream to lighten spots. She knows I have contact dermatitis. She said it’s difficult to cure my acne because of it. I agree with her. She only recommends superficial products like this which is risky for my condition. Total amount of products she recommended was 15k pesos. Oh hell naw. I wont spend that amount on anything I’m not confident with. I checked and felt skeptical because of the ingredients. I still bought one because it’s the most affordable in the list and I also have dry patches that need moisturizing.

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Description:

Lightens the skin tone, evens out discolorations and hyperpigmentations

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Pros:
– Available locally at Flawless clinics and some SM Department Stores
– Simple plastic packaging
– Little goes a long way
– Moisturizes dry patches
– Doesnt look oily when absorbed
– Skin feels soft

Cons:
– Php 780 is quite expensive for a 15g tub
– Strong floral and powder scent
– Feels heavy
-Triggered my contact dermatitis

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I used this for 3 days as spot treatment for dry patches and dark spots. It effectively moisturized dry areas. It’s a thick cream so you’ll only need a small amount. Once absorbed, it doesnt look oily. It’s more like dewy. My skin feel so soft when I used this. The packaging is sturdy and can be brought while you’re travelling.

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Unfortunately, it triggered my contact dermatitis. I have rashes on sensitive areas mainly on the cheeks. It must be the lactic acid, emulsifying wax, peppermint extract or the fragrance…. Which reminds me of what a grandma would use. It feels a bit heavy. It’s not for commuting or other activities that involves sweating. This is ideal for night time on dry and mature skin. Its dewy finish makes skin look healthy. You can get this in their clinics and some SM Department Stores.