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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: Ever Bilena Naturals Soap, Hand & Body Lotions

4 Feb

Hello readers! This week’s reviews are for local/Philippine brands. Let’s start with Ever Bilena, one of the leading cosmetic brands. They emailed me a few weeks ago to try their skin care products. EB Naturals range has kojic soap with papaya/collagen, face & body sunscreen with moisturizing/whitening and body lotions with argan oil, milk, cucumber, papaya, collagen, citronella.

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Papaya Soap

Description: infused with Papaya extract that helps whiten skin and reduce appearance of uneven skin tone.

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It smells like candy at first. It reminded me of Fruitos candy. But when you smell it again, you’ll notice the papaya scent. It has papaya extract which is a trusted whitening ingredient here in our country. This soap also has Salicylic Acid, an anti-acne and antibacterial. It’s good for cleansing the skin. It doesnt melt easily, 90 grams will go a long way. It lathers quickly. I felt squeaky clean and I like that for the body area. My skin was not too dry after rinsing. If you’re not into that, lotion is your next step. I’ll continue using this and see if it will minimize bacne and lighten spots.


White Hand & Body Lotion – Papaya

Description: Made with Papaya extract, to help make your skin fairer and more radiantly beautiful. With UV protection to keep you safe against harmful rays of the sun.

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Its consistency is like your usual lotion. But I was surprised that my skin absorbed it quickly. Out of all the lotions I’ve tried, this is the most fast-absorbing one. It gives enough moisture and hydration. It has a lightweight feel and no stickiness. My skin feels like skin after application. I sweat a lot so I prefer non-sticky products. I also use public transportation. You know all the heat and pollution we experience daily. I must say this lotion is commuter-friendly.


Daily Sunscreen Whitening Lotion

Description: It has Vitamin E and Shea butter to keep skin moisturized. It also has Licorice extract to lighten skin. It has UVA/UVB protection to shield the skin against harmful rays of the sun.

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Its texture is thick and mousse-like but feels light on the skin. It doesnt come off easily even if I’m sweaty. If you’re going for a swim, always reapply sunscreen every 2 hours. That’s a general rule even if a product is long lasting. No need to worry about sticky film. It claims to be non-greasy and I approve of that. I also consider this commuter-friendly. Aside from sunscreen ingredients, it has Allantoin (moisturizing & healing), Shea Butter (moisturizing), Licorice for whitening and Vitamin E.


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You can use the lotions for 2 years after opening. I’ll probably finish these bottles in less than a year. Out of all the products in this range, my favorite is Papaya Hand & Body Lotion. I love the scent and my hands look younger when I use it. I’m using these for almost 2 weeks on my sensitive skin. They did not trigger dermatitis/eczema. Since I have pale white skin, it’s quite difficult to see whitening results from products. What I did notice is they brightened my skin and made it look glowing.

Sunscreen protects us from the sun’s harmful rays and avoiding skin cancer.  Everyone should have sunblock for face and body. The heat is increasing and it’s more harmful for our skin. I’m guilty of not using one when I was younger. Last month, I was thinking of including it in my routine. Ever Bilena came just in time.

Visit everbilena.com.ph to check out/shop for the rest of their skin care line and makeup.

Best Products I’ve Used in 2016

30 Dec

This is a combined post for skin/body care, makeup and fragrance. I’m posting reviews weekly for 1 year straight. It’s always trial and error. Some are hits and some are misses. It took a while to sort and add them to this list because I’ve used tons of products this year. I selected the ones that gave quick results and ones I kept using.


Skin Care

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SKINLITE Makeup Cleansing Tissues
I keep coming back to this makeup remover. It’s below Php 100 only for 30 sheets. Good for one month. It’s accessible for me too. I get mine in Landmark Makati. You can find it in the Hair and Accessories section. It’s on a shelf with other wet facial tissues and cotton.

LOREAL Refreshing Micellar Water
Loreal’s makeup remover made it in my list. First, it’s affordable too for Php 225. Second, it’s really refreshing. You can feel it instantly in the first swipe. It’s available in-stores at Loreal counters in department stores. You can also get it online on BeautyMNL.

AZTEC SECRET Amazonian Healing Clay
I immediately saw its effectiveness after one use. No kidding. I woke up the next day with majority of my breakouts were reduced and about to be dry. You can get this powerful mask at Healthy Options in the Philippines. It’s around Php 429. You can order it online on Aztec Secret’s official website.

VASELINE Lip Therapy Advanced Healing
This lip product is powerful. Probably because it contains 100% petroleum jelly. It’s in a hygenic tube. You can easily apply it just like a normal lip gloss. There’s no mess and you can bring it anywhere. If I can remember, it costs Php 69.75 in Landmark department store.

Beta-N Cream
This was prescribe by my dermatologist. I had contact dermatitis caused by using kojic acid soap on my face. This cream gave instant relief and hydrated my irritated flakey skin. My skin started getting back to normal after using this twice a day for 3 days. I used this for 10 days together with antihistamine, an oral medication.

SKIN FOOD Yuja Water Ampoule in Serum
I ordered it straight from Korea. This serum made it on the list because it’s one of the few serums that dont cause breakouts. It contains 30% yuja extract. The highest concentration in the line. No sting and feels light on the skin too. Full review soon!

ORGANIC ALLEY Argan Oil
I had second thoughts if I should include it because I just got it this month. But I like how it makes my skin glow. I apply it twice a day around my eye area, cheek bones and temples. The glow can be seen even under my makeup. No need for highlighters. I’ll do a full review soon. I still have a lot to say about this product.


Makeup

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DETAIL MAKEOVER Mineral Pressed Powder
This beat my all time favorite Maybelline Clear Smooth All in One Powder Foundation when it comes to staying matte. It’s also affordable. 199 pesos for 10g. Aside from that, their Fair shade suits my skin tone perfectly. You can get this at their kiosks or on BeautyMNL.

CATRICE Eyebrow Stylist
I wasnt impressed with this at first. It’s not long lasting for others. But for me, it lasts throughout the day. I can easily shape and fill in my brows with this. I think I’m finally mastering my brows. Haha. It’s 278 pesos, quite expensive for a brow pencil… but it’s longer compared to othets which can last for months.


Fragrance

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BENCH Bambino
I bought this cologne again after a long time. This has been my favorite since I was in high school. It’s affordable and long lasting. A small bottle is around 85 pesos while the big one is 135 pesos.


Body Care

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DOVE Purely Pampering Shea Butter Beauty Bar
I usually dont like Dove products because they leave film. My sister got me hooked with their Shea Butter variant. It smells amazing! It’s been cold lately and my skin needs additional moisture. It’s cheap too. It’s priced at 55 pesos.

Review: LUSH Santa’s Belly Shower Jelly

20 Feb

Hi everyone! It feels like I’m slacking on skin care reviews lately. I havent changed anything in my routine. For now, I’m finishing up all the products in my past hauls. And this product is in my haul last month. It was on my Lush wish list. It was actually my goal to try one.😊

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Description:
This deep red jelly is full of Christmas magic. Star anise infusion, and fresh apple and grape juices are blended into the soft seaweed base to brighten and cleanse skin, and for their sweet, fruity scents. Biodegradable golden stars are sprinkled throughout for a dash of happiness. Keep the whole jar in the freezer, then bring it into a hot shower for a stimulating and refreshing apple-scented lather!

How to use:
Crush it into a shower pouf to create a rich lather or rub directly on your body. Try freezing (or chilling) first for an especially cool, refreshing shower or bath experience. Shower jellies also make great shampoos and add lots of softness and shine to hair.

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Ingredients:
Star Anise Infusion, Sodium Laureth Sulfate,  Propylene Glycol, Fresh Apple Juice, Red Grape Juice, Carrageenan Extract, Fragrance, Bergamot Oil, Rose Absolute, Organic Neroli Oil, Orange Flower Absolute, Golden Stars, Propylene Glycol, Mica, Iron Oxide) , *Limonene , *Linalool , Lilial , Red 4 , Red 33 , Methylparaben , Propylparaben

Pros:
-Affordable, Php 245 (approx. $5)
-Cruelty-free
-Little goes a long way
-Gives enough lather
-Fun to use
-Smells like apple
-No sticky residue/film
-Skin feels soft and smooth

Cons:
-Very limited stocks when it comes out during the holidays here in Manila
-Drying if overused
-Has parabens
-Has sodium laureth sulfate

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Overall, I’m liking it so far. I feel like a kid again whenever I’m using this & the Fun bar. It smells like apple, one of my favorite scents! You can also freeze it for a cooling effect. This is a Christmas item and too bad the stocks here in Manila were very limited. I bought the Santa’s Belly gift set just to get this one.

I recommend this to everyone especially to kids. Just take not that it’s not for eating!😊

Gender-Neutral Gifts Under Php500 ($10)

5 Dec

Christmas season is definitely here! So I came up with gift ideas. These are gender-neutral. Meaning everyone can use them. You dont have to ask yourself questions like”which one’s for women, for men and etc.?”

These are soaps and shower products because I’ve been addicted lately to that range. Filipinos love to take a bath/shower because it’s summer here all year round. So why not give bath products for Christmas from local and international brands? 🙂

LUSH Shower Jelly – 245 pesos (100g)
This is a soap but in jelly form. It’s a fun gift for kids and for kids at heart. Santa’s Belly is a Christmas edition. It has apple scent and glitters in it. Also available in the regular line; Whoosh, Needles and Pines, 93,000 Miles, Refresher. For Halloween and Christmas limited edition; Nightwing, Santa’s Belly and Snowman Jelly. Priced at 245 pesos each for 100g.
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Potter and Moore Creightons Bath and Shower – 275 pesos
“Pamper your world with with this intensely creamy, and indulgent bath and shower cream. Love your skin and give it a real treat.” This bath and shower range from Potter and Moore will definitely last long. Each bottle contains 500ml. Available in Coconut & Honey, Lime & Grapefruit, Mango & Papaya, Raspberry & Pomegranate, Vanilla & Macadamia. You can get these at all Beauty Bar branches and online.
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Human Heart Nature Cool Yule Gift Set – 299 pesos
“Get this perfect little trio for chill Kris Kringle barkada gifts.” It comes with Clean Cotton Scented Cleansing Bar (120g), Cool Burst Sanitizer (50ml), Clarifying Shampoo (200ml) plus Big Christmas Box & Sleeve. It’s not just for barkada, it’s a perfect gift for families. Tipid pa. *wink*

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Bath Origins Soap in a Crate set – 370 pesos
If you do not want to worry about packagings/gift wraps, this one’s for you. This set of 3 soaps come in a crate which is eye catching. You can choose your own soaps from their range; French Lavender, Olive Leaf, Olive Oil, Shea Butter, Aloe Vera, Banana Soap, Goat Milk, Charcoal, Oatmeal & Honey, Chamomile, Beeswax, Eve’s Garden, Tea Tree and many more. Click here to view their soaps.

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The Body Shop Gift Cube Set – 395 pesos
You also dont need to worry about wrapping this because it comes in a box. This set has 60ml shower gel and shower cream or lotion depending on the scent you choose. Available in Argan, Fuji Green Tea, Honeymania, Moringa, Olive, Satsuma, Shea and Strawberry. Click here for more info.
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other gift ideas:

Gifts under Php200 – CLICK HERE!
Food/Drink gifts under  Php 500 ($10) – CLICK HERE!
Gender-Neutral Gifts for Php1000 ($20) & Below – CLICK HERE!

Review + Before & After: Jergens Hydrating Coconut Moisturiser

21 Nov

Hello readers! Our theme this week is body care. To start off, I’ll be reviewing a product from a trusted brand, Jergens. It’s always recommended by a lot of dermatologists… Including my brother’s doctor. I’m not skeptical to use this because I know we have the same sensitive skin.

I was lucky enough to receive a sample. Oh boy, it’s a full size bottle! ❤️ I’m ready to share my thoughts after using it for quite a while now. 😊✨

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Description:
Jergens Hydrating Coconut Moisturiser helps you reveal deeply luminous, visibly softer skin. This unique formula contains an illuminating HYDRALUCENCE blend. Restore your skin’s deep luminosity to reveal skin that’s never looked so beautiful

Ingredients:
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Pros:
– Affordable
– Simple packaging
– I love its scent! It’s very relaxing & coconut-y
– Quickly absorbed
– Feels light on the skin
– Skin feels silky & smooth
– Softens the skin
– Doesnt feel sticky or oily even when I’m commuting! ❤️
– Gives subtle glowing effect
– Did not cause irritations

Cons:
– Has paraben

Before and After
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My skin is sensitive and this did not cause irritations. I’m very sweaty too. That’s the reason why I dont use lotions during day time. Im glad this one met my expectations. I road tested this, literally. I applied this and went out to observe while I was commuting. It was not sticky nor oily at all. It sinks in the skin and gives complete moisture while feeling light. My skin is still hydrated even if it’s washed off after taking a bath. If you want instant glowing skin, this is for you. It’s also nice on the shoulders, chest and legs while wearing sleeveless top or dress. It’s like a highlighter but for your body.✨ Overall, I’m impressed and my sensitive skin approves this lotion. 😊

Review + Before & After: Nature Essentials Underarm Set

26 Sep

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Do you have underarm problems? No need to worry! Organic products are here to solve them.❤️ I was lucky enough to receive these products from Nature Essentials. I have dark marks on the underarms for as long as I can remember. Im glad I received this set. It took a long time before I made a review. I wanted to give my honest opinion about these. I also want to show before & after photos as much as possible.

Nature Dream Soap
This is a 100g soap and it’s huge. It’s too big for my hand so I suggest you cut it in half. I think it’s easier to hold that way. It lathers quickly and pretty well. The scent is fruity and orange-y which is not too strong. It’s easy to rinse and doesnt leave film on the skin. I leave it on my whole body for 5 minutes. It instantly gives my skin glowing effect right after stepping out of the shower. My skin is fairer after using this soap for a month. It also dried up the acne on my back. Yay for that! 🙂 ❤️
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