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Review: DESERT ESSENCE Cleansing Bar Tea Tree Therapy

17 Sep

I visited Healthy Options again last month. They caught my attention. The store has a lot of imported products from brands I never heard of. Aztec Secret Healing Clay Mask and TN Dickinson’s Witch Hazel to name a few bestsellers. I went through their shelves of skin & body care. I found many cleansers. It took me 30 minutes to decide what to buy. I chose Desert Essence’s Tea Tree bar soap for many reasons.

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Description:
Cleans and enriches all skin types. Softens skin with a silky, smooth finish. Works great as a prep for shaving. Moisturizing Jojoba Oil, soothing Aloe Vera and the antiseptic properties of our Eco-Harvest® Tea Tree Oil make this one therapeutic bar of soap. The refreshing, natural, vegetable-based formula can be used on your face and body. Made with sustainably harvested Palm Oil, certified by RSPO.

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Pros:
Available locally at Healthy Options
– Affordable, 299 pesos
– Huge soap, 142 grams
– Few ingredients
– Doesn’t melt easily
– Give enough lather
– Not over-drying
– Fresh tea tree scent
– Heals pimples as early as 2 days
– Did not cause breakouts
– Did not trigger contact dermatitis

Cons:
– None

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Let’s cut to the chase. This is one of the best cleansers I’ve used! 142 grams for 299 pesos is really affordable. You’ll get the most out of it because it doesn’t melt easily. Its shelf life is 12 months after opening. It’s a huge soap so I cut it in 3 parts. I keep the rest in a cabinet.

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It gives enough lather to cleanse and remove oil. Its base is Saponified Palm and Kernel Oils so there’s a squeaky clean feel. It’s not over-drying though. I still recommend applying toner and moisturizer after. There’s Jojoba oil, Tea Tree oil , Aloe and Sodium Chloride… great balance of cleansing and moisturizing.

Best part about this soap is it heals pimples fast! Cystic acne can be dried up in 2 days. I don’t need to apply spot treatment anymore. There was no initial purging the first time I used it. You know that breakout you get when you use something new a.k.a “adjusting stage”. It didnt trigger my contact dermatitis. It’s safe for sensitive skin. So far this is my best purchase this 2017.😍❤

I saw Desert Essence’s liquid cleanser too but that one’s coconut oil based and has more ingredients. I prefer this because I’m trying to have minimal products in my routine. The brand also has 100% pure tea tree oil. It’s available locally. I might get that when I visit the store again.☺

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Review: LUSH Herbalism Face & Body Cleanser

1 Sep

I wanted to get my hands on this ever since I knew Lush. Their cleansing rolls are unique. They’re the first to make this kind of formula. Lushies on Youtube usually recommend Herbalism out of all their cleansing roll variants. I finally bought one to see if it’s worth it.

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Description:
Battling with oily, troubled skin? Cleanse with the power of herbs. Our gentle green giant has an exfoliating, deep-cleansing base of kaolin clay and rice bran to mop up excess oils, and a toning blend of rosemary, nettle and chamomile to leave skin feeling fresh, clean and calm. Herbalism gets its color from chlorophyllin, which is extracted from alfalfa plants: it’s rich in nourishing vitamins and minerals and helps to balance out your skin’s oil production. Say hello to clear, balanced skin!

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How to use:
Take a small amount in your hand, add a little water and mix into a paste. Massage into skin to gently cleanse, then rinse clean. Use all over your body for soft skin everywhere!

TIP:
Water activates clay. Before getting a chunk of this, make sure your hands are clean and dry. You dont want to get water in the tub because the rest will be ineffective already.

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Pros:
– Most of its ingredients are natural
– Free from artificial preservatives
– Smells good in my opinion
– Innovative product
– Little goes a long way
– Gentle exfoliant
– Non drying and adds moisture
– Skin feels soft and smooth
– Did not trigger my contact dermatitis
– Did not cause breakouts

Cons:
– Wont remove makeup if used alone
– Can be quite expensive if bought in Manila because it expires in a few weeks

It’s made from Kaolin clay, rice vinegar, rose and chamomile. These are known for their cleansing and soothing properties. It’s self-preserving, meaning the rice vinegar acts as natural presevative. Some people think it smells bad. To me, it smells good. It has a subtle vinegar-y and fresh scent. It’s like I’m one with nature. Haha!

The ground almonds are exfoliants. I thought it would be harsh but I was wrong! It’s gentle and did not irritate me. Note that you have to use gentle motions with any kind of scrubs. After rinsing, skin feels soft and smooth. I got dry and flaky patches from using an antibiotic cream for dermatitis. The main reason why I bought this is to help in moisturizing. It does the job without making my skin oilier. FYI, flare up was gone already when I used Herbalism.

I have two cons for this. It doesn’t remove makeup residue if used alone. Always use makeup remover before doing your routine. I use this for double cleansing when I had long day. I rinse my cleansing soap first then this. I use this alone when I’m just at home or did not wear makeup. Some reviewers complain about the green tinge after rinsing. I didn’t experience that when I saw the cotton ball after toning.

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Oh hey it’s you again Tetsu! Thanks for making this. Anyway, it’s quite expensive here in Manila. Why? Because we dont have our own Lush Kitchen (a.k.a factory). The stocks are imported from Japan. Cleanser rolls here can be used up to 6 weeks only before they expire. Little goes a long way so it’s quite difficult to use it all up. I bought one last August 15. It’s 545 pesos. The SA told me it was just delivered. Nag improve na yon. Dati kasi 3 to 4 weeks lang expired na. This is reasonably priced if bought in other countries with Kitchen. Fresh batches expire after 4 months. You’ll have enough time to finish a tub.

I use this at night only. Others prefer it twice daily. I just don’t want to over exfoliate. It’s clay based already so I skip my trusty aztec healing mask. Overall I really like Herbalism. This will be a staple for me if we have our own Lush Kitchen. I’d recommend it for all skin types that are not prone to breakouts.

Review: Himalaya Herbals Purifying Neem Facial Wash

18 Jun

This is my first “drugstore” cleanser for this year and first Indian brand as well. Meaning it’s something you could easily get almost anywhere. I bought a small tube in SM Department Store. It’s been three weeks already. I think I’m ready to share my experience with it.

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Description:
Purifying Neem Face Wash is loaded with the natural goodness of neem, a time-tested natural ingredient revered for its antibacterial property, which keeps Pimples at bay! It is also enriched with Turmeric, an antiseptic agent that soothes skin, leaving it healthy, clean and radiant! Himalaya Herbals Purifying Neem Face Wash, is a soap-free herbal face wash that helps prevent pimples by removing impurities, unclogging pores, while being extremely gentle on skin as it is formulated with 100% herbal actives and is free from skin harming chemicals like Paraben, SLS/ SLES. Daily use of this face wash avoids deposition of pimple-causing bacteria, oil and dirt and prevents occurrence of pimples. This face wash is suitable for all skin types (normal, oily, combination, sensitive) & is best for acne-prone

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Pros:
– Affordable, 50 grams for 69 pesos at Watsons
– Simple tube packaging, no spills
– Love the fragrance
– SLS-free
– Milky lather
– Non drying
– Doesn’t leave film or sticky residue
– Did not cause breakouts
– Did not trigger contact dermatitis

Cons:
– Didn’t do anything on existing breakouts

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I brought this for our Hong Kong trip. The tube had no spills. It has milky and powdery scent which reminds me of Lactacyd. It doesn’t have a rich lather because it’s SLS-free… But it’s enough for cleansing in my opinion. It doesnt leave sticky or slimy film when rinsed. It’s very affordable and accessible. You can get this in supermarkets, drugstores and department stores.

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Neem extract is new to me so I was quite nervous to try this facial wash. Thank goodness it did not cause purging unlike other cleansers. I first knew about Neem extract from Phina’s Little Factory Cure Soap…which I’m planning to buy soon. I think this cleanser did not heal my existing breakouts. That’s the only down side I could give. So I’d recommend this for sensitive skin, mild acne and for maintenance.

Have you tried this product? What’s your all time favorite cleanser?

Updated Skin Care Routine – May 2017

20 May

It took months to revamp my routine. Changing products should be one at a time. That’s the most important thing we should remember in cosmetics. Doing so will help you determine the culprit when you have irritations/breakouts. It’s confusing if you’ll use all the new products you’ve bought. The last time I updated my routine was in August 2016. I must say it changed a lot.


Skinlite & Mumuso Makeup Cleansing Tissues


I’m still using the same makeup remover. I prefer wipes because I’m a lazy person. They both do the job for me. They completely remove my everyday makeup (bb cream, concealer, lipstick and brow pencil). Note that I do not use eyeshadow, eyeliner, mascara, blush, bronzer, highlighter. Full review here & here.


Zenutrients Soothing Green Tea Glycerin Soap


My recent review was about this soap. It’s a maintenance soap. Green tea is good for calming and smells fresh. Ideal for sensitive skin and those who have mild to no breakouts. My 138 pesos was worth it. It’s very affordable. It doesnt melt easily. I’m also using this on the body depending on my mood. Full review here


Aztec Secret Healing Clay Mask


I dont even know when will I finish a tub of this. It’s HUGE! I havent even used 1/4 of it. It’s pure and effective for oily skin. I only use this twice a month because it’s too strong for me. It’s best rinsed with warm water. You can use mix it with plain water or apple cider vinegar if you do not have sensitive skin. Full review here


T.N. Dickinson’s Witch Hazel


This is probably my holy grail toner. It has one ingredient only. That’s 14% of alcohol. Gentle and effective enough to remove dirt. It’s just like water. No stickiness and film. It’s very affordable too. I think this 237ml is 270 pesos at Healthy Options branches. Full review here


The Ordinary Lactic Acid 10% + HA 2%


I gave in to the Youtube trend. I bought some products from The Ordinary. The brand caught my attention because of their ingredients and straight-to-the-point product names. We don’t need cheesy marketing names, right?☺ Lactic Acid 10% is first on my list. I used this for one week (every other day). I noticed superficial peeling. It’s been a month now and my skin is still peeling. I use this as spot treatment only. Mainly for dark spots and pimples. Full review coming soon!


The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%


My second product from the brand is their Niacinamide serum. It’s ideal for brightening and for oily and acne prone skin. It has a very light consistency. I’m using this for 2 weeks now. Same with Lactic Acid 10%, it’s too early to tell its effects. But I’m liking it so far. Full review coming soon!


Organic Alley Argan Oil


This is the safest oil for oily skin. It’s doesnt block pores unlike other oils. Im using this at night. Mostly when I feel dehydrated. It makes my skin glowy. I use this daily under my eyes and on the cheek bones. It helps to smoothen out skin. I find it easier to apply makeup over this. Full review here


Beta-N Cream


What is Beta N? According to NetDoctor, “Betamethasone and neomycin cream is used in short courses to treat inflammatory skin conditions (like eczema, dermatitis, rashes) when milder corticosteroids have not been effective and when the condition is either already infected or likely to become infected.” This is our ride or die. If ever my contact dermatitis flares up, I apply this cream. It calms the skin even in one use. It’s very effective. I can’t live without it.


This is the best routine I’ve got so far. What’s your holy grail skin care? Please share them below so we can all check it out.😊

Review: ZENUTRIENTS Soothing Green Tea Glycerin Soap

11 May

My dermatologist prescribed a glycerin-based soap which I ran out of. It’s quite expensive so I looked for alternatives that I can get at the mall. Zenutrients is first on my list. It’s one of the most well-known local brands today.

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PROS:
– Affordable, 138 pesos for 100 grams
– Accessible, can be bought in Zenutrients kiosks and stockists
– Few ingredients
– Smells amazing
– Doesn’t melt easily
– Did not trigger my contact dermatitis
– Doesn’t leave film, greasy or sticky feeling
– Skin feels clean and fresh

CONS:
– None

The soap has translucent appearance like gulaman/jello. There are bits of green tea leaves on top. #Aesthetic. It’s very affordable for its size. I struggled holding it when it was new. Haha! I’m going to cut it next time. Zenutrients’ tip: keep the other half in a dry and cool place so its curing process continues. Water evaporates by doing that which makes the soap last longer.

It has few ingredients. Perfect for minimalists. My skin is unpredicatable with coconut oil which bothered me at first. Sometimes that oil is okay, sometimes it’s not. Thank goodnes this soap works for me. Now for the effects, I think it caused one or two pimples in the first week. My skin was adjusting but it did not happen again. It’s safe to use for sensitive skin. No redness and rashes. It has enough lather for my liking. No hot or heavy feeling as well. It’s not like other products where you’ll get intense heavy lather.

This did not prevent nor cause breakouts. It’s a maintenance soap for me. Overall, I like it a lot.☺👍 I’m planning to try their other variants; Pure Glycerin (for extra sensitive skin) and Turmeric & Lemon. I observed all the dermatologists I’ve consulted to recommended glycerin soap. Probably because it’s mild and moisturizing. Get this kind of base especially if you’re sensitive or scared of irritations.

Pure Argan Oil: My New Favorite!

23 Apr

Hello readers. I was “MIA” because now I’m totally in control of my buying behavior. I’ll discuss that in another post. But today, I’ll share my new holy grail skin care. *drum roll please* It’s pure argan oil!


Why did I decide to use this? Although I have oily skin, I need deep treatment and hydration at night to avoid wrinkles at a young age. I searched for non comedogenic oils that can be used on oily skin. Argan is on the list. It’s actually affordable if you buy from our local brands like Organic Alley. I made a list of tips and brands where you can get this oil below 1000 pesos. Click here.


PROS:
– Affordable, 30ml for 499 pesos
– Little goes a long way
– I personally like its nutty scent
– Did not make my skin oilier
– Did not cause breakouts
– It does help with healing blemishes
– Deep hydration
– Skin is soft and smooth after application
– Gives me glowing skin, no need for highlighters!

CONS:
– If you’re living in a tropical country like me, this moisturizer might be heavy for day time. But you can get away if you’re staying in an airconditioned place like school or office.

I read on another post that argan oil also has sun protecting properties and that’s great. This will instantly give you radiant glow. You just need a little amount for the whole face. It is absorbed in 3 to 5 minutes. Apply some on your cheek bones and you won’t need a highlighter. Dab a tissue after and proceed to your makeup routine. You can mix it in your foundation too if you have dry skin.

Here’s a sample photo. *please excuse my brows* You can see the glow even if I applied matte powder foundation using a sponge.

My oily skin loves this as night treatment. I focus on wrinkle-prone areas like undereye, nasal folds and smile lines. It hydrates my skin without causing breakouts. I like to use it especially after my pure clay mask. It helps to dry blemishes in less than a week. Not as fast as chemical-based products but it does the job. Skin feels soft and smoother, that’s most noticeable result that you can get from this. I highly recommend it for all skin types.

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.