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Review: MUMUSO Cleansing Wipes

15 Apr

Mumuso and Miniso are already popular for pinay beauty junkies. At first I was confused. Thanks to a blogger who explained their difference. Miniso is a japanese brand while Mumuso is korean. These stores are like the drugstore Muji.

Mumuso has wide makeup and skin care range. You know what that means. I have to try them personally. I went to their store in Venice Grand Canal Mall. I’m surprised that most of the items are 99 pesos only. I bought this pink cleansing wipes and the aloe variant which my sister gave for my birthday.


Pros:
– Accessible, Mumuso is still adding up stores in the metro
– Very affordable, 99 pesos ($2) for 2 packs.
– Has hard plastic lid
– Each pack has 30 sheets.
– Powdery scent
– Did not cause breakouts
– Thick sheets
– Completely removes my medium-coverage makeup

Cons:
– The sheets might not be moist enough to remove heavy/full coverage makeup

It did not cause breakouts or contact dermatitis. Yay, answered prayers!😛 It has powdery scent, k-brands refer to it as cotton. Its hard plastic lid ensures that the tissues will stay moist. The tissue is thick enough to remove my medium coverage makeup. Here’s my makeup routine if you’re wondering: cream concealer ➡ powder foundation (applied with sponge) ➡ brow pencil ➡ lip tint/lipstick.

So if you’re a full face type of person (primer, foundation, powder, eyeshadow, setting spray and etc.), you might need two sheets to completely remove your makeup. That’ll be too much work in my opinion. But the price can’t be beaten. 99 pesos for 60 sheets? This is my new favorite. I recommend it for light to medium coverage makeup.

Review: T.N. Dickinson’s Witch Hazel

18 Mar

Hi readers, did you miss me? Haha. I was on a short break from blogging. I needed to sort all my new product reviews. My last post was a hit. And in relation to that, I’ll talk about my #1 favorite toner. Last month I bought a tiny bottle of T.N. Dickinson’s Witch Hazel. People are raving about it. I wanted to know what’s so good about it. I’m using this for 1 month+ now.


Description:
The only 100% natural astringent that effectively cleanses, soothes and treats everyday skin irritations, without overdrying or leaving behind irritating residue.

Ingredients:
All natural witch hazel (100%)

Pros:
– Affordable, 58ml for 85 pesos & 237ml for 269 pesos
– Available locally at Healthy Options branches
– Has one ingredient only
– Watery
– Non-drying
– No film & no sticky residue
– Adds little hydration
– Stops the blemish from getting bigger
– Helps to heal acne / breakouts

Cons:
– None

Neutral:
– Has medicine-like scent

I’m sure you’ve heard about this product. I’m very happy that it’s affordable. It’s actually cheap compared to other toners I’ve used before. It’s pure witch hazel and that’s equivalent to 14% alcohol. That’s enough to cleanse the skin without causing dryness. Great toner if you’re into a minimalist routine. It’s non drying. It hydrates my skin without leaving film or stickiness.

I still get breakouts when I’m on my period. But I observed this toner helps to heal them in a few days, the fastest is 2 days. You know that a spot going to be a cystic acne when it starts to hurt. In my experience, this toner stops that from happening. I highly recommend it for normal to oily skin. You can get this at Healthy Options.

What’s your favorite toner?

Review: Quick FX Pimple Eraser

16 Oct

I see sachets of Quick FX and Beauty Fix in most Watsons stores. Sakto, I’m looking for a spot treatment for my recent breakout. As a cheapskate, I always look for cheaper alternative before buying expensive ones. Last month, I bought a sachet of Quick FX Pimple Eraser together with Beauty Fix Nose Pack. This is delayed post again because I needed 3 weeks to fully observe its performance. You guys know skin care products take longer to review than makeup. 🙂

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Description:
Helps to dry up and diminish pimples. Reduces dark spots due to scarring, helps protect skin against the sun. With Glycolic Acid that rejuvenates and evens out skin tone. With Salicylic Acid that helps prevent and treat acne. With Zinc Oxide that helps control inflammations and relieves skin against irritation and rash. 

Ingredients & Instructions:
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Pros:
-Affordable, 50 pesos ($1) for 10g
-Accessible, available in most Watsons stores
-Sachet-type packaging with cap for no spills
-Did not cause irritations
-No stings
-No sticky feeling
-Has Salicylic Acid and Glycolic acid as anti bacterial while Niacinamide for brightening
-Helps to dry up acne, small or cystic ones

Cons:
-Has lots of comedogenic ingredients like Myristic Acid, Glyceryl Stearate, Stearic Acid and Cetearyl Alcohol. Mineral Oil and Cetearyl Alcohol are some of its main ingredients

I still included comedogenic ingredients as a con for you guys who are bothered by them. I was skeptical to buy one in the store when I saw its ingredients. Our skins are differen so reactions will vary for all products. Now here’s what it looks like. It’s a lotion-y type spot treatment. No sticky or oily feeling. I apply it as directed. Dab it on the pimple and let it absorb.

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I find it effective whether I got a small pimple or cystic acne. I can see progress each day when I apply it. In my experience it usually takes 2 days only for a cystic acne to dry up. To me that’s fast compared to other spot treatments. There are times that it can cause mild peeling and I like it. That’s when you know its salicylic acid is working. It minimizes the risk of getting dark marks. It’s important for my thin skin because I get hyperpigmentation easily. Overall, it’s effective for me aside from that it’s really affordable. I’m glad I came across this great product.

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.

First Impression: Etude House AC Clinic Intense Pink Powder Patch

9 Apr

This week’s theme is spot treatment again.

I want my body to heal acne naturally but I’ve been slacking on vegetarian lifestyle. I stopped taking my multivitamins too. So I broke out again, mostly whiteheads.

What a great excuse to try another patch.😂 An impulse buy and a gift from my sis. This is just a first impression post because a whole packet lasted for only 3 nights in my case.

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Description:
Formulated with Pink Spot Powder, direct spot application adhesive patches care with translucent coverage.

Instruction:
Leave on for 8~12 hours. For day or night time application Continue reading

Dupes for Mario Badescu’s Best Sellers

8 Apr

A lot of my blog’s readers are mostly students and those who are on a budget like me. This is a bonus post since it’s my birthday today. I want to share some products which I’m targeting to get. Those shouldnt be kept as secret. Haha.

Mario Badescu is known for their anti-acne treatments. The brand is quite expensive for me. I thought I should share dupes of their best-selling Drying Lotion and Buffering Lotion. These are spot treatments and priced at 1,095 pesos ($23) each based on Rustan’s Website. If you want to save a few bucks, keep on reading. 🙂

Let’s see their descriptions first

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Mario Badescu Drying Lotion: The Drying Lotion is a fast acting, effective acne spot treatment. Formulated with salicylic acid, calamine and other quick-drying ingredients, this product will shrink ugly whiteheads virtually overnight while you sleep. While other acne spot treatments can irritate and dry delicate or sensitive skin, this product is safe and effective for all skin types.

Mario Badescu Buffering Lotion: Specially formulated for oily, troubled skin, our effective overnight Buffering Lotion helps clear painful, under-the-skin blemishes while preventing further breakouts. Contains gentle ingredients to normalize skin and help reduce the size of blemishes. Continue reading

Review: LUSH Tea Tree Water Toner

2 Jan

First review for this year. It has to be skin care… Because I love skin care so much. I’ve been obsessed with my LUSH routine. I finished up my Wonder Pore and this product’s next in line. I’m using this toner for a month already.

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DESCRIPTION:
Oily, dull or tired skin brightens up with a routine spritz of Tea Tree Water. Cleansing tea tree, juniper berry and grapefruit waters keep skin looking fresh and balance skin tone. Light and refreshing Tea Tree Water reduces redness and clears excess oil without drying so you can put your best face forward.

INGREDIENTS:
Tea Tree Water (Melaleuca alternifolia), Grapefruit Water (Citrus Paradisi), Juniperberry Water (Juniperus communis), *Limonene, Fragrance, Methylparaben.

PROS:
-Cruelty-free
-Affordable; Php 325 for 100ml & Php 625 for 250ml
-Short list of ingredients
-Has tea tree, grapefruit and juniper berry water which are antiseptic
-Alcohol-free
-Multifunction; toner, mist and setting spray
-Mattifying
-Slightly helps to control my oiliness
-Did not cause breakouts

CONS:
-Has paraben & perfume
-Might not provide enough hydration

Other people use this as makeup setting spray. It’s because of the mattifying effect. I don’t do that because it’s still skin care. Skin care products are supposed to go inside the pores.

My cleanser is drying and this toner doesn’t provide enough hydration if I use it directly on a cotton ball alone. What I like to do is spritz it on my face and let it soak in for a while. After that, I spray some on cotton ball(s) and swipe it on my skin. This method gives me hydration while toning.

Overall, I like it because it freshens, hydrates and mattifies my skin. I found that my makeup holds on better and a lot longer when I started to use this toner. Little goes a long way so it’s reasonably priced and cruelty-free too! 😊