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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. ☺

My Top 5 Toners for Oily Skin

19 Feb

Continuing our series with oily skin toners. The products in this list are mostly drugstore prices. You can find something that will fit your budget for sure. Range is from 85 pesos to 895 pesos. Skin care doesn’t have to be expensive. You just have to find the perfect match for your skin.


T.N. Dickinson’s Witch Hazel

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I havent posted a full review on this yet. But I like it so much that it became the top 1. It’s pure witch hazel, no other additional ingredients. According to webMD: “Witch hazel leaf extract, bark extract, and witch hazel water are used as astringents to tighten the skin. They are also included in some medications to give those products the ability to slow down or stop bleeding. Those medications are used for treating insect bites, stings, teething, hemorrhoids, itching, irritations, and minor pain.” It helps to control my breakouts. No sting, non drying and no sticky film. I recommend it for all skin types. 59ml bottle is priced at 85 pesos. There’s a huge bottle but I forgot to check the price. Both sizes are vailable at Healthy Options branches.


Etude House Wonder Pore Freshner

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I have bought this twice. It claims to maintain skin’s PH balance. I observed that it’s not drying although it has alcohol. It won’t leave film. It didnt control breakouts but I like how my skin feels so clean after this step. Others are using this as facial mist. Just put some in a spray bottle. Its pore minimizing only lasts for a few minutes up to an hour for me. I usually get the 250ml and it lasts for 4 to 5 months. You can get this at Etude House branches. 250ml for 548 pesos while 500ml is at 898 pesos.


Celeteque Hydration Alcohol Free Toner

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I forgot how many times I’ve finished up a bottle of this. This was my go-to toner when I still had moderate breakouts. I also buy this when I’m on a tight budget. Haha! It also has witch hazel. It feels like it gives off a film. Don’t worry it will only last for a few seconds. It feels like I dont have to apply moisturizer anymore after this. But I still do anyway just to be sure. You can get it at supermarkets, drugstores and department stores. 65 ml for 80 pesos and 120 ml is at 129 pesos


Lush Tea Tree Water Toner

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You guys know I’m a lushie. This toner is made of Tea Tree Water, Grapefruit Water, Juniperberry Water. It’s alcohol free as well. It wont provide hydration alone and no film. So I like to spray it on my face first and then spray again on a cotton ball. It is really mattifying. It controls oil and my makeup holds longer when I use this toner. Others are using it as a setting spray. You can get this at Lush stores in Metro Manila. Php 325 for 100ml & Php 625 for 250ml.


The Body Shop Tea Tree Skin Clearing Toner

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I got a bottle when it was on sale. It has tea tree scent which I love. I find it relaxing. It also controlled my breakouts. You have to shake it first because there’s powder at the bottom. That powder helps in mattifying skin. I recommend trying their tea tree line when they’re on BOGO (Buy One Get One) sale. It usually happens in Christmas season. You can get this at The Body Shop branches & kiosks. 250ml for 650 pesos

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.

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: iWhite Whitening Vita Facial Wash

25 Sep

I needed to take a break from my holy grail cleanser. How many times do I have to say this? Haha. I went on grocery shopping and saw this in the beauty section. I was skeptical with its ingredients but I think it’s decent compared to other drugstore face wash.

Many skin care addicts are getting iWhite Korea products. Here are some reasons why I gave in too. 1) It’s accessible, available in 7 Eleven stores and supermarkets. 2) It’s affordable, they have packets for each product aside from full size tubes.

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Description:
iWhite Korea Whitening Vita Facial Wash is a deep cleansing wash that removes excess oil and eliminates skin impurities while it whitens, revitalizes, and improves skin condition to reveal your skin’s radiance. It is infused with Vitamins C & E which help fight cellular damage, acne, and wrinkles. Contains natural active ingredients that also help: Prevent pimples & other skin irritations ; Maintain firmness of skin.

Ingredients from biocostech.com.ph:

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Pros:
-Accessible
-Affordable, 159 pesos
-Little goes a long way
-Has aloe, allantoin, triclosan, vitamin c and vitamin e
-Doesnt dry out skin

Cons:
-Has a lot of comedogenic ingredients citric, lauric and myristic acids and they’re on top. Meaning they’re the most active.

It claims that its active ingredients are mulberry and panax ginseng extracts. I just wish they didnt separate them from the rest. That way I’d know if they are in the first line. Always remember top most ingredients are active ones.

I didnt see any change in texture, acne and whitening. Take note that I’m using this for 2 months already. I’m not sure if it contributed to my past breakouts. This has active comedogenic ingredients. I wouldnt mind if they were last on the list. My period breakouts while using this were a lot compared before. Let’s say 5 to 6 blemishes. I’ve been doing a freelance job so that must be the main reason. I had to write 4 articles per project. That’s stressful for me.

image.jpegWhat I like about it is it lathers quickly. You only need pea-size to cover the entire face. It has creamy texture. Its texture and scent remind me of Pond’s cleansers. Skin feels clean without dryness and tightening. It doesnt feel “hot” or heavy while washing unlike what I felt with Pond’s. The price is affordable too. You can get the sample size, 10ml if you want to test it first before buying the tube. Do I recommend it? Only for those who don’t have problematic skin.

Updated Skin Care Routine – August 2016

4 Sep

It’s been 3 months since I shared my updated routine. I needed to change it up a bit because my skin got used to some products. Now, how do I introduce a new product in my routine? I give it 1 to 2 weeks. For example, cleanser. I try it out for 1 week. If it’s okay then I’ll add the new toner and so one. That way it’s easy for me to determine the culprit in case I have irritation or breakout. It’ll be difficult if you use all new ones at the same time. Just like in makeup.

Makeup remover

Skinlite Cleansing Tissue

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Yup, I still prefer tissues over other makeup removers because I’m lazy. I also find that they remove makeup better. It feels refreshing while removing all makeup. I’m a full coverage freak. I use liquid foundation, concealer and powder foundation and it works fine. I still buy the same brand. It’s only 89 pesos (approx $2). It’s difficult to switch when I already found something cheap that works.

Cleanser

iWhite Whitening Vita Facial Wash

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I needed to take a break from my favorite cleanser so my skin wont get used to it. That being said it will still be effective when I return to it and as usual I need to find a substitute for a couple of weeks or months. This is my first time to try iWhite Korea. So far it’s okay. Full review next week!!!

Mask

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6567310095548416_grandeLush PH imports their products from Japan. A staff said Mask of Mag is usually available once a month or once every two months. I got tired of waiting for it to be back in stock. Sheet mask is always to the rescue when we need to pamper ourselves. We got these from Etude House. Not really a fan of sheet masks but these will do for now.

Toner

Klairs Supple Preparation Toner & Etude House Wonder Pore Freshner

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I’m using two toners. Klairs when I want extra hydration or in the morning. Supple Preparation Toner minimizes the appearance of wrinkles on my forehead. I reach for Wonder Pore if I had a long sweaty day of commuting, exercising, on a hot weather or whenever I want extra cleansing.

Moisturizers

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Feeling the magic of slime again. Snail slime is good for brightening, anti ageing and calming. Gel type moisturizer is light and nice for oily skin. I’m staying away from anti acne moisturizers because they make my pores look bigger.

Aquaphor and Hydrocortisone
I still use these whenever my dermatitis flares up. Aquaphor is my savior for reducing itch and redness. It also prevents flaking and wounds. Followed by Hydrocortisone after the skin has calmed down. There’s no cure for this. It’s sad that we have to deal with this forever. Oo, may forever pala! 😧

Spot Treatment

Klairs Midnight Blue Calming Cream

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Its purpose is spot treatment only. I like to apply it on spots that were left from acne. You know those red spots and sometimes they’re flakey. This is also good for moisturizing those. It smells great and feels relaxing. Click here for full review

I thought you have acne prone skin? I didnt see a zit zapper in this post.” I have hormonal acne but the main cause of my breakouts is stress. Stress = hormonal imbalance. I minimize that issue with relaxing/de-stressing at the end of the day. Everyday.

Have you added something new in your routine? Let us know what’s your favorite skin care last month.💜

Review: Klairs Supple Preparation Facial Toner

6 Aug

Hey guys and gals. I have a new skin care review for you today. I’ve been introduced to Klairs through Wishtrend.com. You might have seen Supple Preparation Facial Toner in some of their videos on Youtube. I really wanted to test it out and see why beauty addicts love it so much. Luckily, Wishtrend emailed me again for another opportunity and they sent me a bottle of the upgraded version.

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Description:
KLAIR’S toner hydrates and calms sensitive skin post-cleansing and tidies the skin texture to smoothen while maintaining the optimal pH balance to help the absorption of other products as well. With a various plant extracts and soothing ingredients blended together for a calming formula, the non-irritating, super hydrating toner can be used for sensitive skin as well.

Ingredients:
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Pros:
-Huge size, 180ml
-Has lots of plant ingredients
-No fragrance
-Alcohol free
-The dispenser avoids spills
-Easily glides on the skin
-No sting or redness
-Can be used as toner or mask
-Instant hydration
-No irritation or breakouts

Cons:
-A bit pricey

I’m 22 years old and I’m changing my skin care routine from anti-acne to moisturizing products now. I’m using this toner for two weeks already and so far so good. It not as runny like water or the usual toners. It comes out in drops to avoid spills and prevents you from wasting anything. Making sure every cent is worth it. I use 3 to 4 drops on a cotton ball everytime.

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Its consistency reminds me of ampoules, a little thick but very light and liquidy once it’s spread. It has a lot of moisturizing oils but it’s not sticky or oily/no film. I was praying not to have blemishes while using it. I’m so glad I didnt have those. It quickly hydrates my skin. It feels like I dont even need to use my Aquaphor. But I still do anyway. Remember that we should use cream/serums even if our toners are hydrating.

It can also be used as a mask based from Wishtrend’s recommendation. Just get some facial cotton sheets and load it up with this. Use it for 10 to 15 minutes just like a sheet mask. You guys know that I love it when a product has different uses. This is in my latest skin care routine. The whole set will be posted by the end of this month.

I’d recommend this to those:
Who want a hydrating toner
With sensitive skin
Who dont want alcohol in products
In their 20s

P.s. I just found out that this brand is against animal testing… which I was hoping for korean brands. You can get this on Wishtrend for local and  international orders; BeautyMNL for PH orders.

So, have you tried any of Klairs’ products? Let us know what are your thoughts them or any product suggestions. ☺