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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?

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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.

Where to get Pure Argan Oil in PH

1 Jan

Hello readers! It’s 2017 and I didn’t want to skip the first day of the year without posting anything. I’m so into argan oil lately and it was included in my Best Products of 2016. It is used for moisturizing the skin, hair, body and nails. It has antioxidant and antibacterial properties. It is also used for sensitive skin issues like eczema, dermatitis and acne. I’m using one for almost a month and I love it so much. I thought all pure argan oils were expensive. Surprisingly, there are many local brands that offer this amazing oil for under 1000 pesos.

Let’s discuss first what are the things you should consider when buying pure argan oil.

  1. 100% Pure Argan Oil should be indicated in the ingredients list. No other ingredients/fragrance/perfume should be written on the label.
  2. Its packaging should be in a dark glass/plastic bottle. In this way, you’re sure that you’ll get all the benefits from it
  3. It has a nutty scent in my opinion
  4. It should be absorbed within 4 minutes and wont leave very oily residue

Here are the available brands in the Philippines. You can get them in-stores or online.


ORGANIC ALLEY
Price: Php 499 – 30ml
Php 750 – 50ml
Available at Sesou branches & on their official website

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OIL OF ARGAN 
Price: Php 600 – 30ml
Also available at Sesou branches & on their official website

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BEAUTY BAKERY
Price: Php 850 (original price)
Available on BeautyMNL.com

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LUMIERE ORGANICEUTICALS
Price: Php 880 (original price)
Available on BeautyMNL.com

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V&M NATURALS
Price: Php 925 (original price)
Available at their branches & on BeautyMNL.com

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SNOE BEAUTY
Price: Php 799
Available at their branches, official website and Zalora

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I hope you’ll find this helpful. This is my future reference too. There are only two oils that do not break me out, Maracuja and Argan. I’ll be reviewing the Organic Alley this month. If you know other affordable brands aside from these, please let us know so I can edit this post. 🙂

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: Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay

18 Dec

Finally, I’ve tried the most raved mask in our country. Pinay beauty junkies swear by this product. You guys know that if something’s for acne prone skin, I gotta have it. It was out of stock in Healthy Options Bonifacio High Street. I went to their SM Aura branch and there are lots of stocks there! It’s like I’m in heaven. Hahaha! I was shocked when I saw the tub. It was huge!

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DIRECTIONS / HOW TO USE (from their Website):

Mix AZTEC SECRET INDIAN HEALING CLAY with equal parts of apple cider vinegar* or water. It is best to use a glass, pottery, or wooden bowl. Stir the mixture until it is a smooth paste – add more clay or liquid as needed. Apply 1/8 to 1/4 inch thick layer of clay to the face or other areas and let it dry. Drying times vary, but times are generally 5 minutes for delicate skin and 15- 20 minutes for normal skin. You will feel a pulling and tightening sensation.

Remove clay by washing with warm water. A slight redness may appear after removing the clay. This is normal and will disappear in approximately 30minutes. AZTEC SECRET INDIAN HEALING CLAY helps to remove dirt and impurities from the pores of the skin. The clay is beneficial for deep pore cleansing of the skin.

Now you can enjoy the benefits of clay in your own home. One pound cf AZTEC SECRET INDIAN HEALING CLAY makes 10-15 clay packs. Clay can be used by the whole family men and women. Mix some up and FEEL YOUR FACE PULSATE.

NO ADDITIVES, NO FRAGRANCES, NO ANIMAL TEST NO ANIMAL PRODUCTS.

* Use only 100% apple cider vinegar. Raw is preferable Discontinue if rash appears. For external use only. 

INGREDIENTS:
Bentonite: 100% pure.

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PROS:

  • Affordable, Php 429 for 1 lbs (454 grams)
  • Available locally at Healthy Options
  • Little goes a long way
  • Can last you up to a whole year
  • I didn’t experience redness after use
  • Saw an improvement on majority of my breakouts
  • Dried up some acne after one use

CONS:

  • Can be too drying

NEUTRAL:

  • Sometimes I can feel there’s too tight feeling

Put it in a plastic bowl and remember to use plastic or wooden spoon to mix it. Dont use metal spoons/bowl as it may affect the clay’s full benefits. I’m surprised that it’s very affordable. It’s a 1 pound tub that can last me for a year or even more. I have very sensitive skin especially now that I have dermatitis. I only use it once or twice a month for deep cleansing. I find that the clay alone is quite strong for my oily skin so I don’t use apple cider vinegar. I mix it with water only. I didn’t experience redness although it’s quite strong.

As for breakouts, I’m surprised that it dried out some acne after one use. From angry red bumps, they turned into whiteheads. They didn’t hurt anymore. Well of course I saw the effects the next morning. I highly recommend it for blemished skin. It doesn’t require rubbing so it won’t irritate your skin. It’s easy to take off with warm water.

Sheet masks don’t work in my opinion. That’s just for relaxing. Go for clay masks if you want something that’s effective.  This is the perfect product if you’re looking for affordable anti acne mask that can last for a long time.

November 2016 Haul: Yadah, SKINFOOD, Aztec Secret, THE FACE SHOP, Vaseline, Loreal

3 Dec

Hi readers! I apologize again for being inactive. I’m currently using new skin care. I broke out again and needed to change my old routine. They take time, 1 to 2 months before I can post reviews. I’ve already reviewed three products in this haul.

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Yadah Anti-Trouble Bubble Foam (100 ml) – Php 625
Yadah is a korean brand. I found out about it through local bloggers. They have skin care and makeup. I searched the ingredients of this and I must say they’re better than most drugstore and high end anti-acne cleansers out there. I’m using it for almost 3 weeks now. I’ll post my review when I reach the 4th week. This is available at all Beauty Bar branches.

SKINFOOD Yuja Water Ampoule in Serum (42 ml) – Php 900
Yuja Water is the latest line of Skin Food. I chose the serum type because I want my moisturizer to be watery and quickly absorbed. This has 30% concentration, highest compared to the other products in this line. I’m using this for 2 week now. I preordered this when it was on sale.

Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay Mask (400 g) – Php 435
This mask is raved by skin care enthusiasts here in our country. They mix it with apple cider vinegar. I prefer plain water. I think ACV might be too harsh on my sensitive skin. I’m using it once a week. It’s very affordable. The tub is huge! And can last for a long time. It’s available at all Healthy Options stores as well as the Bragg ACV.

THE FACE SHOP Herb Day Cleansing Tissues (20 sheets) – Php 125
We ran out of makeup remover. I usually buy our makeup remover in department stores. It was out of our way. We went to High Street for dinner. The only option I can think of was The Face Shop. Full review here

Vaseline Lip Therapy Advanced Healing (10 g) – Php 69.75
An impulse buy that I’m thankful for. It’s the best lip moisturizer in my opinion. It instantly hydrates and chapped lips are gone in few minutes. It’s in a hygenic tube packaging. You can bring it anywhere. Full review here

Loreal True Match Liquid Concealer (7 g) – Php 300
This is my 2nd tube. I like that it’s lightweight and blends easily. It’s liquidy so expect that it’ll only give light coverage. I got it on sale for 300 pesos. Original price is 400 pesos. Once I’m done, I’ll try Covergirl’s Ready Set Gorgeous Liquid Concealer. Full review here

So what’s in your haul last month? Have you started your Christmas shopping? 🙂

Review: Vaseline Lip Therapy Advanced Healing

26 Nov

Today we’ll talk about skincare. I have a bad habit of lip biting and it got worse. My lips became dry. The causes? Trying matte lipsticks or I’m anxious these past few weeks.

Short story: I was at the mall, lip biting while looking at the ceiling. A guy walked towards me and he said something. I didnt hear it because I was wearing my headset. He was so close, invading my personal space. I’m sure it was a cat call. I ran fast. I forgot my habit means something else to others. I rushed in the department store after that to buy this lip treatment. I dont want that to happen again.

I chose this over the other famous drugstore brands because this has 100% petroleum jelly.

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Description:
– Protects and relieves dry chapped lips, while locking in moisture to help them heal
– Instantly softens and soothes dry lips
– Locks in moisture to help lips recover from discomfort
– Made with triple-purified Vaseline® Petroleum Jelly

Ingredients:
100% Petroleum Jelly, Flavor

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Pros:
-Affordable, 69.75 pesos
-10g will last long
-Tube type packaging for easy application, avoiding mess
-Instantly hydrates lips
-Reduces the appearance of chapped lips

Cons:
-None

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There’s after taste but it will be gone in a few seconds. It tasted like gas. I searched how petroleum jelly is made. It came from oil rigs.😱 From About.com ” petrolatum was discovered as a paraffin-like material coating oil rigs. Since then, it has been used in various ointments…” That explains the name but the good news is petroleum jelly-based products today have multiple processes and they’re safer compared to old ones.

I highly recommend this. It’s one of the best lip moisturizers out there. I like the tube type packaging because it’s hygienic. You can also choose the one in a tub if you need bigger size. I dont have to spend a lot to relieve dryness. I’m all about that drugstore price. Haha! Aside from using products, make sure you’re drinking enough water daily! 🙂

Btw, I’ll post my November haul tomorrow. Mostly skin care and one of them is a hyped face mask. 🙂