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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. It’s 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: Skin Potions Snowberry Sleeping Cream Mask

3 Aug

Have you heard about Skin Potions? It was one of the suggested people on my Instagram. I checked out their products and of course I had to start with their bestseller. I ordered a tub on BeautyMNL. Snowberry Sleeping Cream is raved by local bloggers. I saw a review with before and after photos. This product helped to lighten her dark spots. You know I’m all about that. Haha!

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Description:
Lightens to minimize the look of dark spots and hyperpigmentation; helps treat acne to banish breakouts; smoothens and reduces the appearance of stretch marks; soothes insect bites; can also be used as a makeup primer and pore minimizer; protects with SPF45; formulated with papaya extract, bearberry extract, licorice extract, snail filtrate, whitenol extract (mix of potent natural whitening oils), acerola cherry extract, rice bran oil, titanium dioxide and essential oils; leaves a matte finish.

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Pros:
– Affordable
– Cute packaging
– Available in-stores and online
– Little goes a long way
– Smells great!
– Matt finish
– Can be used on targeted areas
– Moisturizes skin really well
– Lightened some spots

Cons:
– Triggered my contact dermatitis
– Can make you look ghostly white
– Not effective for deep spots
– No full ingredients list

Neutral:
– Has SPF

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It costs 450 pesos for 50 grams. It smells like strawberry. I wanted to eat it when I smelled it for the first time. Haha! It comes in a pink plastic tub. I didn’t have a problem with leakage. The cream is thick and can be used as spot treatment too as seen in the photo below. I only need a pea size amount for the whole face. That size is enough to moisturize my skin. It also lighted some of my spots that were not deep. Meaning those spots in the epidermis layer only.

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Now for the cons, I was hoping it wont trigger the areas where I have dermatitis (cheeks and forehead). Sadly, I always get itchy on those areas while I was using this cream. I dont want to waste this so I’m dabbing it on spots instead of applying on the whole face. Don’t overdo the application. It can make you look ghostly white whether you have fair or dark tones. I have pale skin and use this at night only. The active ingredients are on the label. That’s not enough for me. I need the full ingredients list. I cant find it online either. My tub expires in 2019. There must be a preservative in it.

Neutral, it claims to have SPF. The name is sleeping cream mask. So for me it’s automatic to use at night. Sunscreen can irritate skin if used while you’re sleeping. That’s the time your skin needs to breathe and repair. SPF is ideal for daytime.

Do I recommend this? Yes, for those who don’t have sensitive skin and not prone to intense hyperpigmentation. It wont be enough for those who easily get deep and dark spots like me. It is affordable, locally made and many people swear by it. It just didnt work on me. Here’s a tip. You can get it for a lower price during their bazaars and BeautyMNL sales.

Review: The Ordinary Lactic Acid 10% + HA 2%

25 Jun

Lactic Acid 10% is first on my The Ordinary wishlist. They became a hit for pinay beauty enthusiasts. Who could resist concentrated products that are affordable? Not me. Haha! I knew about this brand, thanks to Wayne Goss. I ordered one last April from a local online seller. I’m using this for almost three months now. It has been a love-hate relationship.

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Description:
Lactic Acid is an alpha hydroxyl acid that exfoliates the skin. This 10% formulation offers mild exfoliation and is supported with a purified Tasmanian pepperberry known to reduce signs of inflammation and sensitivity that is often associated with exfoliation.

Directions:
Apply once per day, ideally in the PM. Can be diluted with other treatments to reduce strength until skin develops tolerance. Avoid contact with eyes. If irritation persists, discontinue use and consult a physician. (Sunburn Alert: This product contains an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) that may increase your skin’s sensitivity to the sun and particularly the possibility of sunburn. Use a sunscreen, wear protective clothing, and limit sun exposure while using this product and for a week afterwards.)

Ingredients:
Aqua (Water), Lactic Acid, Glycerin, Pentylene Glycol, Potassium Citrate, Arginine, Triethanolamine, Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, Tasmannia Lanceolata Fruit/leaf Extract, Acacia Senegal Gum, Xanthan Gum, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, PPG-26-Buteth-26, Ethyl 2,2-Dimethylhydrocinnamal, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Ethylhexylglycerin, 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol.

Pros:
– Affordable
– Spill proof packaging
– Few ingredients
– Doesn’t leave greasy feeling
– Did not cause breakouts
– Gives mild peeling/exfoliation
– Can be used as spot treatment

Cons:
– I dont like the scent at first
– Can sting
– Triggered my contact dermatitis

Most of their products are below $15. I’m still wondering how can they do it? I always have a thing for glass dropper. It looks so fancy and medical. Their packaging is spill proof. Minimalists will like its few ingredients just like the rest of their collection. It wont leave a greasy film once absorbed although it’s not oil-free. Hormonal imbalance caused my major breakouts this month. I’m sure this didn’t cause purging. I didn’t have any problem even on the first month of using this.

This can trigger my contact dermatitis. I know this is not for sensitive skin. It’s just that I’m stubborn and desperate to even out my skin tone.😅 So I’m only using this every other day as spot treatment for dark spots and acne. This is an acid that can sting if you have open wound. (Maybe from “accidentally” pricking). It gives mild peeling which will help in lightening spots. I’ve noticed some spots were lightened gradually and acne subsides faster. I’m not a fan of the scent. Others would describe it as burning plastic. But for me it smells like soy sauce.

Others say 5% or 10% concentration for lactic acid doesn’t matter. Your skin will determine which one’s for you. Overall, I still like it despite the cons. It’s very affordable compared to other brands’ products with lactic acid active. I recommend it if you’re looking for mild exfoliant. Don’t forget to wear sunscreen!😉

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?

Review: The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%

4 Jun

I was introduced to this brand a few months ago. Thanks to youtubers especially to Wayne Goss. I visited Deciem’s website and viewed their products. I carefully chose the products that I think would work best for me. One of those is Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%.

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Description:
Niacinamide (Vitamin B3) is indicated to reduce the appearance of skin blemishes and congestion. A high 10% concentration of this vitamin is supported in the formula by zinc salt of pyrrolidone carboxylic acid to balance visible aspects of sebum activity.

Contraindications: If topical Vitamin C is used as part of skincare, it should be applied at alternate times with this formula (ideally Vitamin C in the PM and this formula in the AM). Otherwise, Niacinamide can affect integrity of pure-form Vitamin C (L-Ascorbic Acid).

Directions:
Apply to entire face morning and evening before heavier creams.

Ingredients:
Aqua (Water), Niacinamide, Pentylene Glycol, Zinc PCA, Tamarindus Indica Seed Gum, Xanthan Gum, Isoceteth-20, Ethoxydiglycol, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin.

Pros:
– Simple frosted glass packaging
– Straight to the point product name
– Affordable
– Oil free, silicone free, paraben free
– Watery serum
– No sticky residue
– Feels light on the skin
– Did not trigger contact dermatitis
– Did not cause breakouts
– Tightening effect
– Brightens skin tone
– Somehow healed new breakouts from my period

Cons:
– Skin looks shiny after application
– Little or no improvement on dark spots

Let’s discuss the cons first. I cant tell if it made improvements on my dark spots. Maybe it’s because mine are deep into dermis layer. I know it’s oil free but it makes my skin look shiny after application. Like it’s really polished and edited. I know that’s a good thing but I wasnt ready for that. Haha! It’s unreal. I look like the handsome Squidward below.

I’m liking their packaging and straight to the point product names. I already know its purpose and what are its actives. It’s intimidating for people who are new into skin care. But trust me, we don’t need cheesy names like “Bouncy Skin Moisturizing Cream”. Sorry I just made that name. I’m cringing but I hope you got my point. Haha!

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The serum is watery and it feels light on the skin. It doesn’t leave any sticky residue. Castor oil has a chance of blocking pores and a lot of moisturizers have it. Thank goodness this one is oil free! That’s actually the main reason why I bought this. It helps to heal breakouts from monthly period. I’m glad it didnt trigger my contact dermatitis. So it’s safe to say that it can be used on sensitive skin. My face is brighter and looks alive. I’ve also experienced tightening effect especially on the forehead area. It’s like botox. Overall, this is a great moisturizer for oily skin. It’s very affordable and high quality. I’d repurchase this again.☺

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.