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Review: By Wishtrend Mandelic Acid 5% Skin Prep Water

7 Oct

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’s 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.  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. 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.  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.☺

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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: 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!😉

My 300 Peso ($6) Haul From BeautyMNL

19 Mar

Hello readers! I’ve been MIA these past few weeks but now I’m back with a haul. I’m a reviewer on BeautyMNL and earned some credits. I bought 5 products using the reward. I think I managed to get the most out of it. The technique here is to watch out for announcements about free shipping so you’ll be able to add more items on your cart.

Here are the five products that I got:


ZENUTRIENTS Balancing Tea Tree Soap

Description: Cleanses, purifies, and balances skin with acne-busting tea tree oil; leaves skin feeling refreshed and invigorated; made with the best blend of natural ingredients with no artificial additives

I’m about to run out of my current cleanser. I need new ones to try. Zenutrients has been in the market for quite some time now and is well-known local brand. I read all reviews about their tea tree soap. I know what to expect. As a realist, I have to look at the good and bad sides. I’ll find out if it’ll work for me after a month. It’s 100 grams for 88 pesos


LUX White Impress Body Wash

Description: Exquisitely created by Master Perfumer Nicole Mancini; features the sheer, sparkly notes of peach, apple, and bergamot; features a unique triple-action system containing natural mulberry extract and honey; enriched with minerals and antioxidants; leaves skin soft, smooth and more radiant

I’m going to give this to my sister. She’s into body wash. It’s a part of her de-stressing routine. I prefer the bestseller variant but it was sold out. White Impress is next to it based on the 4-star rating on the site. It’s 220ml for 120 pesos.


JERGENS Mild Soap

Description: Softly cleanses with a rich lather that won’t strip away essential moisture; all-natural formula is safe for sensitive pelts; refreshes and rejuvenates with a light fragrance for a silky, supple feel

My current cleanser for contact dermatitis was prescribed by my dermatologist. I read its ingredients list and honestly I dont think it has enough cleansing properties. But it doesn’t break me out which is surprising. It’s quite pricey though and I needed an alternative. Jergens Mild Soap has similar ingredients. It’s 135 grams for 36 pesos only. The price can’t be beaten.


CARONIA Green Tea Hand Sanitizer

Description: Purifies skin by killing 99.9% of germs; nourishes and moisturizes the hands; leaves behind a hydrated feeling.

I wash my hands like crazy! Minimum of 10 times daily. Yes, I know I’m “OC”. It’s uncomfortable for me if I can’t wash my hands when I’m out of the house. I want a little sanitizer or alcohol that I can carry in my bag. I got Caronia’s 50ml hand sanitizer for 35 pesos only. I chose Green Tea because well… I like green tea. There are other variants like Lavender, Eucalyptus and Watermelon.


SWAN Royalex Round Latex Sponge in Pink

Description: Flat shape and rounded edge allows for seamless makeup application even in hard-to-reach spots; travel-friendly size.

I had 23 pesos left in my credits. Sinagad ko na. I found this 20-peso sponge. I’ve always had white ones. Actually I bought it because of the colors. It’s available in purple, green, orange, blue, pink, light pink and Red. I chose pink because it’s the cutest in my opinion. I think you can use it for liquid, baking and powder foundation.

Review: SKIN FOOD Yuja Water Whitening Ampoule in Serum

7 Jan

Yuja Water is one of Skin Food’s releases last year. I was looking for a serum that isn’t too strong and can freshen up my face. I have big hopes for this that it won’t trigger my contact dermatitis. I’m using this for two months now. It’s about time to review it.

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Description:
Whitening synergy ampoule. Contains yuja extract and moisturizing yuja oil from uncontaminated Goheung city. Moisturizing whitening synergy ampoule effective for treating freckles. After toner application, massage 1 to 2 drops on the entire face by popping the capsules.

Ingredients:

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Pros:
– Affordable, got it on sale for less than 1000 pesos from a korean-based store
– Available through online shops and at their local branches in PH
– A bottle contains 44ml of product
– Lemon scent
– Watery consistency
– Did not trigger my contact dermatitis
– Gives light hydration
– No stickiness
– Quickly absorbed
– Did not cause breakouts
– Brightening effect for glowing skin

Cons:
– Slow in whitening

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There’s no ingredients list on the label. I just searched it on CosDNA and the photo above is the result. This is in my Best Products of 2016 for many reasons. First, I love serums with watery consistency. It gives my oily skin enough hydration. No sticky film so it’s easy for me to apply makeup after.

Second, it doesnt break me out. Only few moisturizers do not make my skin irritated. Third, it’s a brightening serum which helps me to get that glowing skin. Expect that it’s slower to lighten dark spots. That’s the only con if you’re dealing with hyperpigmentation. It’s confusing because there’s “whitening” in its name but description on their website says it’s for brightening.

I still think it’s one of the best moisturizers I’ve tried. I rarely finish creams and serums but I’m sure with this one. I’ll use it all up because it does not cause breakouts and gives enough hydration for me. I’d recommend it to normal to oily skin.

June – July 2016 Favorites

31 Jul

It took a while for us to select these products. I combined them because I didnt want to make a short post. I use the same routine but I added new items. Products for sunburn and skin repairing. I also included my favorite food and music.


Skin Care

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Skinlite Makeup Remover Wipes
Etude House Every Month Cleansing Tissue is always sold out in stores. This became my favorite. Purederm is its sister company. It has 30 sheets for 89 pesos ($2) only. How affordable is that? It removes my makeup with just one sheet. It’s in plastic packaging and box. You’re sure that they wont dry out. It’s always available in Landmark Department Stores.

SKQIN Dual Sissi Mask (Gold & Silver)
I felt that my skin wants extra hydration. These masks fit my face shape perfectly. It wont slide off. I can move freely. It moisturizes skin like a baby’s bum.

Gloria’s Lavender Soap
My sister bought a soap set during our Boracay trip. The first thing we used was the lavender soap. We’re using it until now that we’re back home. We are obsessed with lavender. Even our diffuser is in that scent.

Foodaholic Snail 100 Soothing Gel
This gel helped to soothe our sunburn. It calms the skin right away. Instantly, like few seconds after application. We use it for the whole body because it’s not sticky. No residue and it feels like we didnt apply anything.

My sister knows that I love snail. She saw me using TM’s line in 2011. She finally tried the magic of snail slime. Her sunburn and peeling on the face got better in just 2 days of using Foodaholic Snail Soothing Gel. She loves it now!

Rucy’s Vanity Whitening Lotion
I bought foundation and it matches my face skin tone. But my neck, chest, arms and legs became dark when we went to the beach. I’m using this lotion on my neck and chest. Hoping it would at least help to whiten those areas.

Most products in this post are for hydration. My skin felt super dry when we’re in the plane. Probably because of the pressure and lack of air. I could really feel it and it’s uncomfortable.


Food

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Fries
I kept on eating fries these past few days. I know it’s unhealthy. I’m trying to control myself. I’m craving for Potato Corner’s cheese flavor and McDonald’s. Aaaah. So good!

Dunkin Donut Choco Butternut
My all time favorite donut. It’s just right and not too sweet. They said choco butternut is now in the premium line. It just got thicker. Nothing changed with its taste.


Music

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Green Day
I’ve been listening to Green Day songs lately….. as in everyday. Some of my favorites; Give Me Novacaine, Boulevard of Broken Dreams, American Idiot, Wake Me Up When September Ends, 21 Guns, Holiday, Good Riddance, Basket Case and the 9-minute song, Jesus of Suburbia. I grew up listening to them. I want to see them live someday. Their fans say they sound so good in live concerts. Punk rock will always have a special place in my heart. One of my most favorite genres.


What were you obsessing on for this month?

Face Masks under ₱500 ($10) for Oily & Acne-Prone Skin

8 Jul

Here’s another list for Under 500. I was looking for masks to try since my favorite is always out of stock. Can you guess what it is?

I prefer masks in tubs. You’ll get the most out of them. Usually they weigh 40-100g. That will last for 2-6 months or even more if used once or twice a week… especially those in powder form.

I selected products that I think have more beneficial ingredients for the skin compared to others. And by that I mean little or no chemicals. The best thing is 4 out of 5 products in this list are from Philippine/local brands.


Snoe White Vitamin C Rich Calamansi Detox Clay Mask (40g) – ₱249

63282272bf96f5135f75ae2413260adbCalamansi is rich in vitamin C and Alpha Hydroxyl Acids (AHA). It is a natural astringent that can eliminate blackheads and can dry up pimples. This mas is made of pure botanicals, herbs and select ingredients like activated bamboo charcoal and kaolin. It absorbs impurities and control excess oil to detoxify and renew your skin from deep within. Revitalize skin and help protect against the appearance of aging.


Nekkid Manila Green Tea & Tea Tree Mud Mask (100g) – ₱400

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The perfect mud mask for oily skin or acne-prone skin! This mud dries up and heals pimples fast without over drying the skin or dehydrating it which can cause more breakouts. Green Clay balances the skin and only attacks acne. What we love about this mask is that you can apply is for bacne (back-acne) as well! Ingredients: French Green Clay, Green Tea Leaves, Baking Soda, Tea Tree Essential Oil


Nekkid Manila Oatmeal & Chamomile Tea Mud Mask (100g) – ₱400

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This is our original mask (and a best seller too!), a blend of colloidal oatmeal mixed with bentonite clay which is very hydrating to the skin. Ingredients: Colloidal Oatmeal, Bentonite Clay, Chamomile Tea Leaves, Chamomile Essential Oil, Chamomile Extract, Vitamin E


Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay (454g) – ₱420

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Clays have been used for centuries to beautify and refresh when used as a facial mask. This deep pore cleansing, 100% natural healing clay will leave your skin feeling refreshed and clear. 100% Bentonite Clay. Beneficial for facials, acne, body wraps, clay baths, foot soaks, chilled clay for knee packs. Can be used with water or apple cider vinegar. Available at Healthy Options.


Lush Cosmetics Mask of Magnaminty (120g) -₱425

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I had to include this. Of course it’s my favorite. Makes dirt a distant memory. It isn’t technically a daily ‘facial wash’; it’s actually a deep cleansing face and back mask. China clay and fresh peppermint reach deep down to pull the debris from your pores, giving you that delightful tingly-clean sensation. We add loads of aduki beans to exfoliate flaky or dry skin, vanilla absolute to calm redness and honey to soothe. Our inventors created this to be the ‘ultimate face mask’, intense but not harsh or abrasive on the skin.


Clay What You Want Whitening Detox Drying Mask (40g) – ₱499

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A super-cleansing detox whitening mask that will help clear acne eruptions. This activated bamboo charcoal clay mask dries out existing pimples and oil and helps clarify problematic, acne-prone skin. Contains crown wood fern, moringa and tea tree oil.


Although they wont feel drying, remember they are all clay-based. Clays are very detoxifying. Depending on your skin, use them once or twice a week only even if you dont experience dryness. Just to maintain skin’s ph level while cleansing.