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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: 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: MINISO Lemon & Aloe Cleansing Wipes

3 Jun

You guys know that I have tried Mumuso’s wipes before. All these shops are popping up. I hopped in the bandwagon again.😅 This is my intro review for Miniso. I roamed around and the first thing I noticed was their lemon cleansing wipes. It’s so big and I love products with lemon extracts. The aloe variant was just an impulse buy.

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ALOE WIPES

Pros:
– Affordable, 99 pesos for 30 sheets
– Each sheet is in a plastic pack
– No breakouts/contact dermatitis
– Great for traveling

Cons:
– Contains citric acid


LEMON REFRESHING WIPES

Pros:
– Affordable, 99 pesos
– 80 sheets
– With hard plastic seal
– Thick sheets
– Sheets are bigger compared to others
– Moist enough to remove makeup
– Removes all my makeup (bb cream, concealer and powder foundation)
– No breakouts/contact dermatitis

Cons:
– Contains citric acid


As you can see from the pros and cons, I prefer the Lemon Cleansing Wipes. Great price for the amount of sheets. The hard plastic seal will keep them moist. It completely removed my makeup. Aloe variant is more for freshening up. Carry it in your bag and/or wallet. They’re individually packed so it’s ideal for traveling. It wont take up much space in your bag.

I’m liking Miniso’s big paper bag for every purchase. It’s giving me Uniqlo and Muji vibes. Ooh fancy!😛 I’ll try more of their products soon. I’m on the waitlist for their bestselling Rose Toner. That one is hyped here in Manila. Let’s see if it will meet my standards.

What do you recommend from this brand?☺

Beauty products used by the Titas of Manila

27 May

I grew up with my titas (aunts) around me. I’ve seen the products they were using 15 years ago. They all made me curious but I never had the courage to try them before. I decided to post this to reminisce my childhood with you guys and introduce these products to our foreign readers.☺


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This little pink container was always on my tita’s vanity table. She applied this daily and  it has instant whitening effect. Its texture and look reminds me of a stick concealer. You should apply it in small amounts to make sure your face will still match with your neck’s color. You can get this at Mercury Drugstore for less than 20 pesos.


Perla


A dual function soap that’s available at supermarkets. It is originally marketed as a detergent bar for clothes. It’s also widely known as face and body soap. People claim it has mild formula because of the coconut base. I remember we made soap sculptures using this in primary school (elementary).


Eskinol Facial Cleanser

This is a toner applied after cleansing and before moisturizing. I started to use the anti acne variant when I was 15 years old. My aunt has the whitening variant. That one has powder at the bottom. You have to shake the bottle first. Gently swipe it with a cotton ball/pad. This is a staple for some. I can still see titas buying this although it’s marketed for younger generation (teens to early 20s) now. This is available at supermarkets and drugstores. 75ml is 30 pesos, 135ml is P50 & 225ml is P70.


Calamansi

“What should I use to lighten a part of my body?” Our aunts would say “calamansi!”. This fruit is used for cooking, sauces, drinks and skin care. It has a good amount of Vitamin C. This is ideal if you’re on a budget and you’re patient. You can see results gradually if you’re consistent. Cut it in half and gently rub it on the desired area. Leave it on overnight or for a few minutes if you have sensitive skin.


Johnson’s Baby Oil


It is commonly used as baby’s moisturizer. There’s a warm feeling after application which is great after bath. It’s made of mineral oil with a little bit of fragrance. Grown ups are also using this specifically for hair treatment. It locks in moisture which makes the hair softer. You can apply this all over or on the ends of your hair. Leave it on for a few minutes or overnight then rinse in the morning. Mineral oil has a chance of blocking pores so change your pillow case after. It’s available at supermarkets and drugstores.


I used Eskinol and calamansi before. I’m still skeptical with the rest. Are you familiar with any of these? Which one would you like me to try? Comment down below your favorite classic products.

My Top 5 Makeup Removers

18 Feb

I’ve been doing reviews since this year has started. Honestly, I’m already getting tired of it. So we’ll do the Top 5 series this week. I’ve tried a lot of makeup removers since I got into skin care. I have extremely oily and sensitive skin that’s prone to breakouts. I’m skeptical to use new products. Most of them are okay and some became my favorite. For the past six years, here are the products I’d gladly repurchase.


Skinlite Make-up Cleansing Tissues

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I’m using this for 2 years now since I couldn’t find Purederm’s Acne Cleansing Wipes. It has green tea, chamomile, sage,  lavender, rosemary, aloe, ginseng and allantoin for cleansing. Its size, texture and performance are the same with Purederm’s. No breakouts too. I usually get mine in the beauty section of Landmark Makati. 30 sheets for Php 89


Etude House Every Month Cleansing Tissues

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This has many cleansing ingredients too. It’s packed with broccoli, tea tree, garlic, camellia leaf, apple, rice bran, aloe, avocado, blueberry, oatmeal, spinach, cucumber, walnut & wine extracts. What I like most about it is its size. It’s bigger compared to other makeup wipes. One sheet is actually big for my full face makeup. I could get the most out of it and remove everything. Available at your local Etude House branches and kiosks. 15 sheets for Php 128 / 50 sheets for Php 248


Purederm Acne-Cleansing Wipes

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I think this is phased out already but this was my first ever favorite. The cloths are moist enough to remove my full face makeup. It had no specific scent in my opinion. I was using this when I had many breakouts. It did not aggravate my acne. I remember this was under 100 pesos too.


Loreal Refreshing Micellar Water

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My first micellar water. It has minimal ingredients. It really feels refreshing while you’re wiping off makeup. It feels like I’ve already washed my face. No sticky feeling. It says no need to rinse but I still proceed to my face wash and other steps because we can’t skip those. I didn’t break out while using this. This is good for 6 months use after opening. 250ml for Php 225


Etude House Real Art Cleansing Oil – Moisture

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Cleansing oils are for heavy duty makeup. I’ve only used one and it’s from Etude House. I followed the instructions after I posted my full review on this. The results were better. My makeup melted away plus it foams up when rinsed with water. It added moisture to my skin. A great prep step especially if you’re using a drying face wash. Little goes a long way. It has a light lemon scent. It did not cause breakouts. 185ml for Php 848

My Favorite Youtubers: Skits, vlogs, beauty, lifestyle & health

16 Jul

I used to watch music videos on Youtube in 2006. That was a long time ago. Haha! I found out there are other contents aside from music. I have a lot of favorites but I selected the top on my list.

Skits & Vlogs

Kevjumba / Kevin Wu
My first ever favorite Youtuber. He did skits, rants and vlogs. Probably the first content creator to “vlog”. He’s a realist and discussed real world issues. I like that his dad were in some videos too. We rarely see a parent to participate in those especially if it requires acting. He’s inactive now but at least we can still watch his old videos. I’m following his blog. He’s back in college. I wish him all the best.

Nigahiga / Ryan Higa
A very smart and punny guy. Yes, punny. He consistenly gives quality content. He puts so much effort. His friends do too in making costumes, filming and editing. As with BTS, I think he didnt change even if he’s successful now. It’s like I’m still watching the Ryan Higa in 2006.

TheDominicShow / D-trix
I knew him because of YTF. Friends with Kevjumba, Ryan Higa, Victor King and Andrew Garcia. He does skits, choreography and food challenge. That’s what makes him unique. I like to watch choreos aside from skits and vlogs. He’s a member of Quest Crew. They won Season 3 of America’s Best Dance Crew.

Superwoman / Lily Singh
I saw her in my recommendations. She uploads on a weekly basis too. I love that her jokes are not offensive. I think she’s like outgoing. She spreads so much positivity and I like that personality.

Beauty

Wayne Goss
I found his channel when I searched for acne scar remedy. He said he used to have acne. I can’t tell. He’s just gorge! He’s a pro makeup artist. Most of his reviews are high-end brands. They’re straight to the point. He’s into skin care too. I like that he doesnt follow the instagram makeup.

Patrickstarrr
I watched his “The Power of Makeup”. I instantly liked him because he loves full coverage. Full coverage is my thing. I find it very satisfying when I see him do his foundation routine. He’s a makeup artist. His style is more of drag queen. He does tutorials, transformations and vlogs. He’s Filipino and family oriented. I can see that in his vlogs. It’s refreshing to see guys who like makeup.

Makeup Geek
A makeup brand owner. Marlena knows what she’s talking about. She’s the only youtuber who thoroughly discusses product ingredients. That’s why her brand is easy to trust. In her reviews, she also mentions an ingredient which might not be good for a skin type. She’s honest about her own products too. She says the pros and cons whether it still has a faulty packaging or work in progress. The best thing is she accepts constructive critisms and suggestions to make her brand better.

RealAsianBeauty
I found her blog maybe 5 years ago. She used to have acne. She shared the treatments she has undergone. She’s very patient in answering all my acne-related questions. Yes, all; comment and private message on Youtube, email and blog comments. I felt that she really wanted to help make my skin better too. I think she’s the first Philippine-based creator who reached 500,000 subs.

Ana Victorino
I immediately subscribed to her channel when I saw her entry for Etude House. Her entry was unique. She uses a lot of local drugstore brands in her tutorials. That’s what I like about her. Her videos make me want to buy more local products. I asked her what brush quality does she recommend for different uses. Synthetic for liquids and fine hair for powder.

Lifestyle & Health

Charles Gross
He’s a perfume and bag collector. He used to sell bags so he definitely knows his thing. He lives in New York and he recommends places to visit there. He has story time about sales associates, customers, experiences and sex. I can tell that he’s naturally classy, not the in-your-face type.

Grav3yardgirl / Bunny
Bunny does makeup tutorials, DIYs, product tests, fashion and other hauls. My favorites are “Does This Thing Really Work” and “Pintertest”. I can tell that she’s real and down to earth. She also has tea vlogs where she talks about experiences, anxiety and etc.

Beckie0 / BeckieJBrown
I watched her Lush hauls. She used to work there. Now she’s a full time vlogger. She has anxiety / OCD. She discusses about it. A big help for me since it’s not talked about in our country.

How about you, who are your favorite content creators? Let us know. Also, please recommend other beauty related creators.☺

BB Creams under 500 Pesos ($10)

1 Jul

I was looking for an affordable face makeup. I dont spend much on them and if I did I always want them to be priced 500 pesos and below. I searched on different online malls. I decided to make a list for you guys so we have many options. All products in here are available in-stores and in department stores except for Avon.

I’m not sure if I should’ve not included their descriptions because they all work the same. But I did anyway since they differ in SPF, weight and added ingredients.


Below 300 Pesos

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Rucy’s Vanity Gleamy BB Cream (30ml) – ₱200
Has Spf 20. A 5-in-1 BB Cream that perfectly covers skins imperfections giving your skin a natural flawless skin look. Combines as foundation, moisturizer & concealer in one. Reformulated to matte finish. Available in 2 shades.

Ever Bilena Advance BB Cream (50ml) – ₱220
Available in Anti-Wrinkle or Whitening. A whitening, foundation and moisturizing cream all rolled into one. It provides a flawless coverage while concealing blemishes and dark spots and protecting the skin from the harmful rays of the sun.

Pond’s Flawless White BB Cream (25g) –  ₱299
Clinically-proven to lighten blemishes and dark spots with GenActiv™, a combination of Niacinamide and 12HSA, that controls melanin production; brightens and evens-out skin tone; protects skin from harmful rays with SPF30 PA++; helps with oil control; natural light to medium coverage with dewy finish; non-sticky, non-oily formula with light, clean scent. Available in 2 shades.


Below 400 Pesos

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Holika Holika Petite BB Cream (40ml) –  ₱325
Spf 25, 30 & 45. Available in Shimmering (with pearl powder), Bouncing (with caviar components), Clearing (with tea tree oil), Moisturizing (with hyaluronic) and Aqua (with green tea & glacial milk).

Celeteque Brightening Multi-Benefit BB Cream (30ml) – ₱325
BioWhite™ to help reduce wrinkles and lighten dark spots. BioBenefity™ which provides brightening benefits. Laricyl to immediately minimize pores. Silica for absorbing excess sebum. SPF 15 for daily sunscreen protection.

Avon Skin Goodness Moisturizing/Whitening BB Cream (18g) –  ₱349
Has Spf 20. It feature a light to medium coverage and a thin and highly spreadable formula. It also has moisture essence which leaves the skin refreshed and moisturize. Enriched with Vitamins A, C & E

Belo Whitening Kojic Tranexamic BB Cream (50ml) – ₱349.75
Protect your skin from the sun and keep it rosy and smooth using Whitening Kojic Tranexamic BB Cream by Belo. It has tone correcting formula that evens out skin tone and leaves a flawless natural finish, Kojic Acid and Tranexamic Acid which whiten skin deeply and reduces the appearance of stubborn dark spots, and SPF 50 and PA+++ that protects skin.

4U2 Celebrity BB Cream (20g) – ₱384
Specially formulated to deliver bright, even, natural skin tones. Celebrity BB Cream has SPF 35. It acts as a make-up base, foundation and sun screen. Apply all over the face with fingers, sponge or brush applicator.

Holika Holika Sweet Cotton Pore Cover BB Cream (30ml) – ₱385
Has spf 30. Delivers medium to full coverage; helps control sebum with sugar and cotton extracts; melting cotton candy texture leaves a soft, smooth, fresh look; lotus water minimizes the appearance of pores; peony extracts protect skin from environmental pollution; moisturizes, nourishes, and protects skin. Available in 2 shades.

Tony Moly Delight Petite Cotton BB Cream (30g) – ₱398
Covers and conceals imperfections; moisturizes, nourishes, and minimizes the appearance of wrinkles with Hawaiian deep sea water and mild bebe calming complex; formulated with enhanced sebum-control function; brightens and whitens skin to leave it looking radiant, even in tone and texture; protects with SPF 36 PA++.

Maybelline Super BB Cream (30g) – ₱399
Delivers high coverage with a natural-looking finish; formulated with a mineral guard filter and anti-pollution, anti-oxidation properties; protects skin from dirt, dust, and heat; shields against harmful UV rays with SPF50 PA++++; smoothens, brightens, and evens out skin tone; blurs the appearance of large pores, acne scars, and dark blemishes. Available in 2 shades.


Below 500 Pesos

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Loreal True Match BB Cream (30ml) – ₱400
With Spf 30. True Match BB cream is a smooth milky emulsion with a touch of tint for natural coverage and a luminous satin finish. A super-blendable, true to skin tone BB Cream. Available in 3 shades.

E.L.F. BB Cream (28ml) – ₱450
Mild formula gives an even, flawless finish; formulated with a light pigment that looks natural on skin; primes skin for makeup by minimizing fine lines; nourishes and hydrates skin with Vitamin E, jojoba, aloe, and cucumber; protects against sun damage with SPF 20. Available in 3 shades.

Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery BB Cream (33g) – ₱450
2-in-1 formula works as a weightless BB cream while providing long-lasting, double UV block sun protection, SPF 50; breathable and natural-looking coverage conceals lines and pores; Aqua-rich technology allows for blendable application; contains finely milled brightening powder for enhancing facial contours.

Pond’s Age Miracle BB Cream (25g) – ₱499
Formula oxidizes to adapt to all skin tones; sheer, buildable, natural-looking coverage; conceals spots, blemishes, fine lines, and wrinkles; effectively lightens dark pigments with GenActive ingredient; nourishes skin like a moisturizer; provides UVA/UVB protection with SPF30. Available in 2 shades.

Pink Sugar It’s Awesome BB Cream (30g) – ₱499
Available in 4 shades. Delivers medium coverage for a smooth, poreless finish; nourishes skin with green tea extracts, aloe vera, and antioxidants; moisturizes, smoothens, and corrects skin tone; protects against UV rays with SPF 25