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Review: Benton Papaya-S Sun Cream SPF 50

11 Aug

I’m very careful to try sun blocks because  I’ve used some before that broke me out. I just had a chemical peel so I have no choice but to add sun protection. Benton released new products and that includes Papaya-S Sun Cream. I like that this brand doesnt include unnecessary ingredients. They gave me a review opportunity ttry their sun cream. Just what I needed.☺

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Description:
Benton’s Papaya-S Sun Cream is a physical & chemical sunscreen designed for outdoor activities.

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Ingredients:
Carica Papaya (Papaya) Fruit Water(43%),  Titanium Dioxide,  Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Zinc Oxide, Octyldodecanol, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone,  Pentylene Glycol, Niacinamide, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Diethylamino Hydroxybenzoyl Hexyl Benzoate, Glycerin, Bis-Ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine, Aqua (Water), 1,2-Hexanediol, Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate, Magnesium Sulfate, Beeswax, Aluminum Hydroxide, Dimethicone, Propanediol, Hydrogen Dimethicone, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Carica Papaya Seed Oil(5000ppm), Glyceryl Caprylate, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Panthenol, Butyrospermum  Parkii (Shea) Butter, Beta-Glucan, Carica Papaya (Papaya) Fruit Extract(750ppm),  Xanthan Gum, Xylitylglucoside, Anhydroxylitol, Xylitol, Adenosine, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Bud Extract, Disodium Adenosine Triphosphate, Papain(100ppm), Algin, Glucose, Geranium Maculatum Oil

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Pros:
– 50 grams of product
– Simple tube packaging
– SPF 50
– Doesnt have tons of alcohol
– Subtle powdery scent
– Light and milky texture
– Feels light on the skin
– Satin finish
– Minimal flashback/whitecast
– Did not trigger my contact dermatitis
– Did not cause breakouts

Cons:
– None

This variant is for outdoor activities. Perfect for me to test its performance. I sweat a lot and I commute daily. It has milky texture and quite liquid-y. It’s easily spread and sinks in faster than others. Skin has sheen/satin finish once absorbed. Surprisingly, it doesnt feel heavy and didnt make my skin oilier. I tried it under makeup and had no problems. It doesn’t wear off easily  and doesn’t interfere with other products.

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Under very bright lighting, I saw minimal whitecast. But that can be fixed if you apply the right amount evenly. I tried to take photos with flash and here’s the result. It only gave minimal flashback. It’s not that noticeable if you ask me. If you’re going to an event, make sure your foundation and powder have no SPF because it can intensify flashbacks.

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Best thing about this is it doesnt have tons of alcohol unlike others. We all know what alcohol can do to our skin in the long run. It has SPF 50. It’s already a high protection for me. I’m glad it didnt broke me out. Probably because of it’s light texture and added natural ingredients like papaya water, seed oil and fruit extract.  Would I recommend this? Yes! It has high SPF and lasts throughout a day of commuting. It didnt aggrevate my dermatitis so it’s safe for sensitive skin. I’ll always look up to this brand for making high quality products.

Review: Yadah Anti Trouble Bubble Cleanser

10 Dec

We’re back at it again with a review! This is one of recent cleansers. I found out about Yadah when I was strolling in a Beauty Bar store. This korean brand has skin care and  makeup. I got to know more about it through local bloggers.

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I told you guys before that I had a massive breakout again. I finally know the reason. It’s the Vitamin D supplement that I was taking.  I stopped it and switched to plain Vitamin C tablets. Other causes were Vitamin B and Zinc.

And that being said I need to minimize the disaster. After researching about the ingredients of this bubble cleanser, I decided to buy one.

Description and Ingredients:
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Pros:
-Available in-stores at Beauty Bar and online
-Affordable, around Php 625
-100ml is big enough
-Few ingredients means less risk of irritation
-Has Salicylic Acid, Aloe, Chamomile,  Rosemary and Sage extracts for calming and antibacterial
-Doesn’t sting my eyes
-One pump is enough for me
-No tightness and doesnt dry out my oily skin, not moisturizing but it’s not drying

Cons:
-Cocamidropropyl Betaine is a possible irritant

Neutral:
-Lemon scent once your spreading it but it wont leave any smell once it’s rinsed off.

How it looks like:
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Overall, I’m very satisfied with this cleanser. It has great number of antibacterial extracts. Cocamidropropyl Betaine is the only risky ingredient. It makes the product foam up. Just be careful as some people are irritated to it.

As for minimizing breakouts, I think it did a good job. I did not have new blemishes while I was still using it. I cant promise you that it will prevent breakouts completely. You might think 100ml wont last long for a foam cleanser. I’m using this for 3 weeks and I’m not even halfway through. I think it’s super sulit considering it has my favorite calming ingredients.

Review: Rucy’s Vanity Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner

20 Aug

It’s been a while since I posted about eye makeup. I rarely buy products for eyelids because mine are so small. The only acceptable thing for me and noticeable is eyeliner.

I was looking at the bath and cosmetics section in a supermarket few weeks ago. I told myself I’m not going to buy anything. I changed my mind when I saw the kiosk of Rucy’s Vanity. It’s a korean brand with affordable makeup and skincare, if you guys didnt know. Range is from 80 ($2) pesos to 300 pesos ($6). Their liquid liner was on my wishlist so I had to get it.

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Description:
7ml. Long lasting Water-proof eyeliner with deep black pigmentation that last whole day without smudging

Ingredients:
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Pros:
-Available online and in-stores; department stores and supermarkets
-Affordable, 160 pesos ($3)
-I like simple packaging and no spills
-Long-lasting
-Easy to remove with makeup remover (it’s a pro because I’m a newbie in makeup)
-No smudge
-Thin brush applicator
-It’s easy to create sharp wings with this
-Perfect for monolids like mine

Cons:
-I dont think there’s any.

Testing it with water

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I rubbed them thrice after testing with water. The 3rd photo above shows the results. There are some gaps but majority stayed in place. Who would actually rub their eyes when they have eyeliner on? Hahaha. Keep in mind that it’s easily removed with makeup wipes/remover. A plus for me because we’re all about avoiding fine lines.

Please excuse my messy brow. I cant do much with my monolid. I could draw the simplest line with it. 2 coats are enough to make it dark and cover everything. I have warts on the area so going through it twice fills gaps. It dries in a few seconds. I’m oily but there’s no smudging. It lasts the whole day too. No allergic reactions.

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This is by far my favorite liner aside from the fork pen Yni-Picturesque. Its brush makes it easy to create thin and thick wings. The price is amazing too.  Just because something’s affordable doesnt mean it’s low quality. Here’s a proof. I highly recommend it. Next on my list: their BB cream and mascara. I’ll get them soon. Most of the time they have discounts. Check out their website rucysvanityph.com.

Or you can get them in-stores. Here are their locations. I got this personally from Rucy’s Vanity Facebook page.

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First Impression: Ever Bilena Advance Shine Free Foundation in Almond

17 Jun

We took a break from reviews last week. It’s time to do another one. It’s under First Impression because I only used it for a short period. It’s my second time to post about a local/Filipino brand. I need more!!!☺

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Ever Bilena is known for affordable makeup. We bought this for an event but didnt use it. It was just on the table. I decided to test this foundation. I loved their liquid concealer. I was curious if this will work too.

Description & Ingredients:

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Price:
Php 145 (approx. $3)

Scent:
Reminds me of marshmallow/vanilla

Finish:
Dewy & semi-matte

Consistency:
Runny

Pros:
-Very affordable
-Available at drugstores, watsons and supermarkets
-Simple plastic packaging
-Big enough, 30ml
-Little goes a long way
-Not cakey
-It doesnt feel heavy

Cons:
-has comedogenic ingredients; stearic acid, parabens, mineral oil, dimethicone
-in my opinion, vanilla scent is okay for lipsticks and not for face products

Performance:
It’s in a simple plastic tube which is nice. The only problem is the dispenser/hole is too big. Better be careful on squeezing out the product.

It’s liquidy and not cakey at all. It’s a little dewy, definitely not shine free. It wont be exaggerated if you’re using the right amount. It’s easy to remove so you have to set with powder even for dry skin.

It’s dewy because mineral oil is the second ingredient. Mineral oil can clog pores so I suggest using moisturizer and primer first. That way you have a barrier for your skin and makeup.

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It reminds me of most bb creams. It has sheer/light coverage. For full coverage peeps like me, this is not for us. It can cover mild redness though. It’s slightly sticky but that’ll be gone after setting with powder.

Surprisingly, it’s lightweight and doesnt feel uncomfortable. It’s a good addition if you’re looking for something that adds glow. This is okay for those who dont need coverage, starting with makeup or for no makeup look.

Review: Belo Kojic + Tranexamic Acid Intensive Whitening Bar

13 May

Trying more local/Philippine brands are in my New Year’s Resolution for 2016. It’s almost half of the year and this is the first local brand I’ve used. We can tell that I’m failing and I’m not good at new year’s resolutions. Haha!

Anyway, I bought this because it has salicylic acid for acne unlike other whitening soaps. I got it for my dark spots too. Kojic soap dries my bacne (back acne) before so I gave this a shot.

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Description:
BELO’s most intensive whitening bar yet that boasts of the unique combination of today’s two most powerful whitening actives.

Kojic Acid is an organic compound that effectively inhibits the production of tyrosinase and melanin, giving skin a visibly lighter appearance. Tranexamic Acid is a peptide proven to inhibit inflammation and melanin formation. It is ideal for stubborn dark spots that do not respond to other skin lightening ingredients.

Size: 65g

Other information & Ingredients:

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Pros:
-Affordable, Php 59 ($1.25)
-Has 4 exfoliating ingredients (Salicylic, Lactic, Kojic and Tranexamic) compared to other brands
-No peeling/micropeeling
-More on brightening, not whitening
-Has salicylic and lactic acid for acne
-Helps to dry my pimples even cystic acne

Cons:
-Melts easily
-Stings the eye, avoid that area
-Too harsh if used daily on the face because of its exfoliating ingredients
-Triggered my dermatitis

It quicky dries up blemishes. Even my cystic acne doesn’t last for a week. As for whitening, I didnt see any drastic change on my dark spots because they are deep. It’s more of brightening effect that gives you glowing skin.

Its active ingredients are 4 types of acid. That’s quite strong. This is definitely an exfoliating bar. Do a patch test first if you have sensitive skin. Be sure to apply moisturizer after and lotion for the body. Apply sunblock if you’re going out.

I suggest using it only on the area where there’s a blemish or where you want to whiten. I highly recommend this for drying blemishes especially bacne.

Review: Etude House Mascara Remover One Shot Clean

2 Apr

My sister got this freebie for buying P1,000+ worth of Etude House items. She bought the Lash Perm and this a good GWP for that. 🙂

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Description:
The mascara remover easily removes even waterproof mascara.

Ingredients:
Cyclopentasiloxane, Water, Hydrogenated Poly(C6-14 Olefin), Dipropylene Glycol, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Rosa Centifolia Flower Water, Sodium Chloride, Caprylyl/Capryl Glucoside, Allantoin, Betaine, Benzophenone-4, Butylene Glycol, Alcohol Denat., Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Propylparaben, Fragrance(Parfum), Red 4 (CI 14700), Blue 1 (CI 42090) Continue reading

All about skin care/cosmetic ingredients

24 Jan

READING INGREDIENTS LIST
Ingredients are listed in order. The ingredients on the top most or those which comes first have the most concentration in a product. The ingredients at the end part have the least concentration/ littlest amount.

For example: Lush Vanishing Cream

Linseed Infusion, Water, Rose Water, Lavender Honey Water, Cold Pressed Grapeseed Oil, Honey, Stearic Acid, Cold Pressed Organic Jojoba Oil, Witch Hazel Extract, Fair Trade Shea Butter, Cetearyl Alcohol, Triethanolamine, Camellia Oil, Lavender Oil, Neroli Oil, Geranium Oil, Glycerine, Tincture of Benzoin, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool, Fragrance, Methylparaben, Propylparaben

Linseed is its first ingredient and that’s the most active out of all the rest. Next in the concentration is water and rose water. Then looking at the bottom, it has little amount of parabens.

PARABENS
A lot of cosmetic addicts are avoiding parebens because of “health risks”. I’ve always panicked when I find out that a product I’m using has one. Turns out they didn’t do anything to me. Besides, parabens are usually the last ones in ingredients lists. Meaning, it’s only a little amount. I still avoid it on my underarms though but I dont see it as a big deal anymore for facial products. Here’s a link to find out more about this: Click here

SCIENTIFIC NAMES
I used to avoid ingredients that’s too “scientific” for me or those I can’t even pronounce. I immediately thought of them as chemicals/bad on the skin. Well, not all chemicals / in scientific names are bad. Just like;
-Alpha Hydroxy Acid = Glycolic / Lactic Acid
-Beta Hydroxy Acid = Salicylic Acid
-Retinol = vitamin A
-Ascorbic acid = vitamin C
-Tocopheryl acetate = vitamin E
-Hamamelis virginiana = Witch Hazel
-Vitis vinifera = Grapeseed oil

You just have to translate them and research on the internet about their functions, where they are derived and possible side effects.

NON COMEDOGENIC VS. COMEDOGENIC
Non-comedogenic means that it won’t block pores / wont aggravate acne

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Comedogenic ingredient is the other way around, they have risks of blocking pores and aggravating acne. (depending on your skin)

NOTE: Brands can easily label their product non-comedogenic even if there are comedogenic ingredients in it. The best way to confirm that is to check every single ingredient listed.

Some people are fine with comedogenic ingredients like coconut oil, sunflower oil, olive oil and avocado oil. For me, everything has risk of irritating the skin no matter how a product is labeled (non comedogenic or not). All products will depend on your skin

HELPFUL LINKS:
Comedogenic ingredients: Click here

Paraben Myths (in case you missed the link above): Click here

I’ve already memorized some comedogenic ingredients. Not all but at least I can remember some and especially the common names so it’s easier for me to shop on the spot. I suggest you do the same or at least save the list on your phone.😊