Review: MUJI Cleansing Oil for Sensitive Skin

Since I’m going through Topical Steroid Withdrawal, I can only try few products. I don’t want to use cleansing tissues anymore because they can scratch the skin. I switched to oil-based remover last year and I’m glad I did. I was using Human Nature’s sunflower oil but I find that it can build up and eventually clog the sink. I poured hot water in the sink to dissolve it. Not a major issue, it’s just that I’m lazy. Haha! So I decided to look for another product. I went to MUJI Greenbelt and found their cleansing oil. I read a lot of positive reviews online so I came back and got myself the travel-sized bottle.


Description from MUJI Singapore website:
The oil component of this cleansing oil is 100% plant based (mainly olive oil), making it gentle on the skin. ・Fragrance free・Artificial color free,・Mineral oil free・Paraben-free・Alcohol free・Allergy tested (This does not mean that the product does not cause allergy to anyone)
How to use:
Take an appropriate amount on your palm, and massage into the makeup and dirt. Then, rinse thoroughly with cold or lukewarm water.
Ingredients:


Pros:
– Affordable
– Locally available, 50ml for 265 pesos
– Free from potential irritants like fragrance, alcohols, colorants and mineral oil
– Easily rinsed off
– No oily or sticky residue
– Easily removes my full coverage makeup
– Did not trigger my contact dermatitis
Cons:
– Clogged my pores which resulted to breakouts

I use a few drops on my palms and then apply in circular motions. It becomes milky once I start rinsing with water. Now for its performance, I’m very impressed with how easily it removes my makeup. In just few circular motions, bam! I’m bare-faced already. It also feels hydrating without leaving a film or oily residue.

This would’ve been the best makeup remover for me if it didn’t clog my pores. I already found a way to prevent the breakouts though. I use a blackhead remover tool on the clogged pores. Removing black/whiteheads prevents me from having breakouts.

Now that I know that olive oil is pore-clogging for me, I’m going to be cautious about it when I look at product labels. If I use water-based remover, the makeup will just get stuck on spaces of my flaky skin. Still, I find that this cleansing oil works well for my combination skin in terms of removing makeup without triggering my contact dermatitis.

A lot of their products intrigue me. Have you tried anything from this brand?😉

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Review: Althea Milk Peel Cream Mask

Hello readers! You’ve probably heard about this product already. I’ve been trying it for a while and I’m ready to share my thoughts. Althea has been releasing unique products lately. I’m glad to try them out for you guys! This was sent to me but as always, everything is based on my sensitive skin’s experience.

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Description from their website:
Give your skin a big gulp of hydration with the refreshing peeling powers of Althea’s Milk Peel Cream Mask! Containing both AHA and BHA extracts, this gentle but effective exfoliator transforms from a clay to a whipped cream lather, whisking away dead skin cells to prevent flakiness. It’s also formulated with casein protein from milk to revitalize and moisturize the skin. The result is radiantly smooth, healthy skin that’s bouncy to the touch!

How to use:
Dampen the skin and apply an even layer onto the skin, massaging till a rich lather forms. Leave on for 30-60 seconds before rinsing away with warm water.

Ingredients:
Water (Aqua), Kaolin, Glycerin, Disiloxane, Bentonite, Propanediol, Myristic Acid, Methyl Perfluoroisobutyl Ether, Stearicacid, Methyl Perfluorobutyl Ether, Potassium Hydroxide, 1,2-Hexanediol, Palmitic Acid , Ethylhexylglycerin, Milk Proteinextract, Disodium Edta, Gaultheria Procumbens (Wintergreen) Leaf Extract, Gluconolactone, Glycolic Acid, Titaniumdioxide (Ci 77891), Fragrance (Parfum), Coumarin*, Hexyl Cinnamal*, Citronellol*

Pros:
– Fairly priced at ₱ 490 on Althea’s website/app
– Innovative
– Multifunctional, mask pack and cleanser
– Lightweight
– Gives hydration
– Brightens skin after rinsing
– Skin is soft to touch
– Smoothening

Cons:
– Fragrance is strong for me

This mask to cleanser product is innovative. Perfect for those who want to save time or for those who still want to step up their skin care game. Not everyone has the time to use tons of products, right? It has this thick creamy texture. Surprisingly, it feels light and doesn’t feel hot either. Skin is brighter after using. It’s probably the milk protein in it. Milk usually do that based on previous products I’ve tried. My skin felt soft, smooth and hydrated as well. I’d still recommend to follow up with moisturizer after if you have dry skin.

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As you can see in the photos above, it just looks like cream from the start. Then it slightly lathers up after a few seconds. How cool is that? Since its fragrance is strong for me, I only use this on oily areas that are not sensitive. I lack exfoliation on those areas.

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Overall, this is good addition in a routine. It mildly exfoliates with AHA and BHA, doubles as mask and cleanser. It’s like a treat to yourself after a long day to bring back that fresh look. Milk is beneficial not just for the body. It’s also great as an ingredient for skin care. It’s nourishing, can strengthen and make skin feel baby soft.

Review: Althea Pore Purifying Serum Cleanser

I love the feeling of removing makeup after a long day. It’s like the skin could breathe again. When it comes to cleansing, the texture and feeling are very important to me. Last month, Althea sent their latest product.  Serum cleanser? That’s new to me. They’re really stepping up the skin care game. I was intrigued how simple it looks and if it will work wonders.

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Description:
A purifying cleanser with a serum-like formula. Removes makeup, dirt and oil without drying out the skin. Balances the pH levels of the skin to ensure it stays healthy

How to use:
Dampen the skin and apply on a small amount. Gently massage onto the skin in circular motions for 5-10 seconds before rinsing off with water.

Ingredients:
Water, Peg-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Cyclomethicone, Isononyl Isononanoate, Dipropylene Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Extract, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Mentha Arvensis Leaf Extract, Glycerin, Citric Acid, Hydroxyacetophenone, Disodium Edta, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Citrate, Butylene Glycol, Fragrance

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Pros:
– Fairly priced, ₱ 430 for 150ml on their website
– Simple packaging
– Little goes a long way
– Non-drying
– Lightweight
– Effectively removes my makeup
– Doesn’t leave film or oily feeling

Cons:
– Has fragrance

I tested it on different methods. I swiped the cotton twice to remove makeup. I find that using it alone is better. It’s economical because there’s really no need for cotton. You’ll only need a few drops on your palms then gently go on the skin in circular motions. The makeup melted so easily! It felt hydrated, smooth and soft to touch after rinsing.

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It’s also easy to rinse with water. There’s no film, sticky nor oily residue at all. It felt like my skin’s already clean. I still used a second cleanser ’cause I prefer it that way. Others skip the second cleanse and they just proceed to toning right after.  The name itself describes the texture. It’s runny and light like a serum. It’s watery that I thought it won’t remove my full coverage makeup but it did! Doing circular motions helped to break down my makeup in a few seconds. Skin felt really fresh afterwards.

The only downside is it has fragrance like most korean cosmetics. It’s only a subtle scent though. I sure hope they’ll remove it or make another one that’s fragrance-free because I really like how it worked on my skin. This could’ve been a staple in my routine. This performed better than my sunflower oil. I’m going to give this a go again after my TSW. Overall, this is a great makeup remover. It removes makeup fast and no need to wash it off with cleanser or soap. All you’ll need is water. Great after a night out or for when you’re really tired or lazy but still want to take care of your skin. 😉

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.

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.