Review: Simple Micellar Cleansing Wipes

Today’s review is for the cleansing step. There’s a Landers store that just opened a few weeks ago near our area. So we stopped by and bought some items. Of course, I had to see the cosmetic brands in there. It’s just the same with S&R. There’s Cetaphil, Dove and Ponds. I bought Simple’s wipes. I heard a lot of good things about it.

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Description:
Simple Micellar Cleansing Wipes combining gentle and effective cleansing in one convenient product. These face wipes are made with our clever cleansing bubbles called Micelles which are smart enough to gently lift make-up and impurities out, including waterproof mascara, and unclog pores while instantly hydrating skin with just one wipe. Made with skin-loving ingredients, multi-vitamins and triple purified water Simple Micellar Wipes leave your skin feeling fresh and hydrated, perfect when you’re on-the-go.

Ingredients:
Aqua, Cetearyl Isononanoate, Benzoic Acid, Ceteareth-12, Ceteareth-20, Cetearyl Alcohol, Citric Acid, Dehydroacetic Acid, Disodium EDTA, Glycerin, Glyceryl Stearate, Panthenol, Pantolactone, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Citrate, Tocopheryl Acetate

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Pros:
– Affordable, around 199 pesos at Landers for 25 sheets
– Available locally in Landers and department stores
– Oil-free
– Fragrance-free
– Effectively removes full coverage face makeup (foundation, concealer and powder)

Cons:
– Stung a little
– Triggered my contact dermatitis
– Tissue is rough for sensitive skin
– Smells like soda cracker

As you can see from the cons, I’m kind of disappointed that it triggered my contact dermatitis. It removes full coverage makeup just like the other wipes I’ve tried. It smells like soda cracker, just like Etude House’s Baking Powder Pore Cleansing Tissues (Oil Type). It leaves a film but goes away in seconds. Even if it goes away, it’s best to proceed with your facial wash. It stung a little and the tissue was rough for me which caused mild redness for a few minutes. I didn’t see anything special about it except that it’s free from fragrance, oil and color. This is ideal for someone who wants to avoid those and if you do not have hypersensitive skin.

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Review: Physiogel Daily Moisture Therapy Dermo-Cleanser

Few months ago, I consulted a dermatologist about my dermatitis. She prescribed a cream and also told me to try Physiogel’s Cleanser. I used Cetaphil before and didn’t really like the oily feeling it left my skin. I went to a supermarket and bought a small bottle of Physiogel. I was skeptical to try thinking it would have the same effect on me.

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Description:
Mild and gentle soap-free cleanser. Appropriate for frequent use with or without water. It is formulated to leave skin feeling clean and soft. Hypoallergenic, pH-balanced

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Pros:
– Affordable, 120 pesos for 60ml
– Faint scent
– SLS free (Sodium Lauryl Sulfate/Sodium Laureth Sulfate)
– Doesn’t leave film
– Removes oil
– Moisturizing
– Skin felt clean without the dryness

Cons:
– Triggered my contact dermatitis

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This is better than Cetaphil when it comes to consistency and feeling after rinsing. It has a faint scent, smells “clean”. It’s moisturizing without leaving film. Good to know that it’s SLS-free. Best thing is it does remove oil. My skin felt really clean and there’s no tight feeling.

Sad thing is it triggered my dermatitis. I’ve been using fragrance-free products for many years now. So the fragrance in it must be the culprit or the third ingredient Cetearyl Alcohol. This is a mild cleanser which can’t remove makeup. I didn’t put it in cons because most cleansers can’t really do that. That’s the job of makeup remover.

I bought the smallest size. The biggest bottle is around 400+ pesos. I think it’s reasonably priced. This will be a good fit if you’re not sensitive to fragrance. It’s available in supermarkets and department stores.

Review: Cerave Hydrating Cleanser Bar

I have dry patches all over my cheeks and forehead due to dermatitis. Dry and flaky skin can make the skin’s defense weak. It can cause breakouts, which happened to me. My sister and I used a liquid ceramide cleanser before. The doctor prescribed it and we bought it from her clinic. It did moisturize and repair our skins. From then, I knew ceramide is great for strengthening the barrier and repairing dry skin. I looked for an alternative and Cerave is the drugstore version. They have the liquid and soap bar. It’s not as famous as Cetaphil here in country so I had no luck with the liquid one. I found the cleanser bar and gave it a try.

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Description:
Areas of concern: Cracked and chafed skin, dry skin, facial cleansing, gentle exfoliation, itchy skin, psoriasis prone skin.

Developed with dermatologists, CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser Bar effectively cleanses and hydrates without disrupting the protective skin barrier. This creamy foaming bar, with 3 essential ceramides and hyaluronic acid, contains 5% CeraVe Moisturizing Cream to lock in moisture while removing dirt and oil.

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Pros:
– Affordable
– Doesn’t melt easy
– Ideal the for body
– Lathers well
– Did not trigger my contact dermatitis

Cons:
– Doesn’t completely cleanse skin
– Leaves a film
– Caused breakouts
– Did not lessen dry patches

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I only have a few things to say about this. The soap doesn’t melt easily but lathers well. It will last for a long time especially if you cut it in half. It felt like it didn’t clean my skin which caused the breakout. It leaves a film which is normal for “hydrating” products.. But it did not help with my dry patches. I think this bar is better for body use instead. The lather and film it gives are not bothersome for me if used on the body.

Although it did not trigger my contact dermatitis, I still don’t like how it feels on the face. This kind of cleanser whether liquid or bar is likely to break me out. I guess I have to buy the one from the doctor’s clinic. I expected a lot from this product. I really want to like it. As much as possible, I don’t post negative reviews anymore but honestly it didn’t work for me.

Have you tried a cleanser just like this? Please leave a comment below. I’m in need of suggestions. 🙂

Review: Benton Cacao Moist and Mild Serum

Hello readers! I’m back to do a quick review of one of my recent moisturizers. I reviewed the cream version of this last year. I really liked it but find it quite heavy for my oily skin and the weather here is always hot. I’m glad Benton came out with a serum type. Just in time for the summer!😊

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Description:
Cacao Moist and Mild Serum is a hydrating & nourishing serum that is smoothly absorbed into the skin. The serum is suitable for dry skin and skin with a poor oil-water balance because hyaluronic acid hydrates and minerals from high cacao content nourish skin. The serum helps to keep skin revitalized and glossy. Free of colorant, fragrance, alcohol, and PEGs.

Ingredients:
Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Extract, Butylene Glycol, Aqua (Water), Dipropylene Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Pentylene Glycol, Glycerin, Sodium
Hyaluronate, Centella Asiatica Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Polygonum Cuspidatum Root Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Extract, Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract, Salix Nigra (Willow) Bark Extract, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Flower Extract, Madecassoside, Allantoin, Zanthoxylum Piperitum Fruit Extract, Pulsatilla Koreana Extract, Usnea Barbata (Lichen) Extract, Betaine, Panthenol, Carbomer,  Arginine

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Pros:
– Affordable, 30 grams for $17
– Simple plastic serum bottle
– Gel-like consistency
– Fragrance-free
– Quickly absorbed
– Lightweight
– Did not cause breakouts

Cons:
– Not for very dry patches

You know what I like most about Benton? They keep their packagings simple. I’d rather have a product that’s in a simple bottle but works than something that looks fancy and doesn’t do anything. It’s in a plastic bottle but it’s sturdy. I dropped it once and it didnt crack. The consistence is a gel serum. It’s lightweight and doesnt feel like I’ve put it on. It’s absorbed by the skin in a few seconds.

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It doesn’t interfere with makeup. I applied makeup smoothly over it. It doesn’t make my skin oilier. It does give off a glowy finish making skin look healthy. If you’re confident in bare skin, you’re good to go with this. Good news if you have sensitive skin like me, it’s fragrance free. We all know fragrance can cause irritations. This is ideal for all skin types. The only con for this is it doesn’t smoothen my very dry patches.

But overall, it’s a good product to moisturize the skin layers. It has a lot of good ingredients, as expected of the brand’s mission. I find that it instantly nourished and hydrated my skin plus the fresh look it gives. If you have normal to oily skin, you can use it all year round, not just in summer. ☺️

First Impression: Flawless White Plus Cream

I’m dealing with lots of hyperpigmentation. Flawless’ resident doctor recommended their White Plus Cream to lighten spots. She knows I have contact dermatitis. She said it’s difficult to cure my acne because of it. I agree with her. She only recommends superficial products like this which is risky for my condition. Total amount of products she recommended was 15k pesos. Oh hell naw. I wont spend that amount on anything I’m not confident with. I checked and felt skeptical because of the ingredients. I still bought one because it’s the most affordable in the list and I also have dry patches that need moisturizing.

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Description:

Lightens the skin tone, evens out discolorations and hyperpigmentations

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Pros:
– Available locally at Flawless clinics and some SM Department Stores
– Simple plastic packaging
– Little goes a long way
– Moisturizes dry patches
– Doesnt look oily when absorbed
– Skin feels soft

Cons:
– Php 780 is quite expensive for a 15g tub
– Strong floral and powder scent
– Feels heavy
-Triggered my contact dermatitis

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I used this for 3 days as spot treatment for dry patches and dark spots. It effectively moisturized dry areas. It’s a thick cream so you’ll only need a small amount. Once absorbed, it doesnt look oily. It’s more like dewy. My skin feel so soft when I used this. The packaging is sturdy and can be brought while you’re travelling.

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Unfortunately, it triggered my contact dermatitis. I have rashes on sensitive areas mainly on the cheeks. It must be the lactic acid, emulsifying wax, peppermint extract or the fragrance…. Which reminds me of what a grandma would use. It feels a bit heavy. It’s not for commuting or other activities that involves sweating. This is ideal for night time on dry and mature skin. Its dewy finish makes skin look healthy. You can get this in their clinics and some SM Department Stores.

Review: Torriden Cellmazing Centellareal Soap

The challenge to find a cleanser is still not yet over for me. I’m taking a break from my holy grail tea tree cleanser. So I’ve been switching to different products until I find a good one. Let’s start this year with Torriden’s soap. This was in my past haul. I visited Althea’s website again and I couldn’t find its product page. I don’t know what happened. Now I dont have its description.😧

Anyway, here’s what it looks like

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There’s a date stamped on the plastic. I’m hoping it’s the manufacturing date.

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Pros:
– Affordable
– SLS/SLES-free
– Has a clean scent
– Doesn’t melt quickly
– Gives enough lather
– Doesn’t dry out skin
– Doesn’t leave film/sticky residue
– Skin feels clean

Cons:
– No ingredients list on the label

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I got this on Althea’s website at 178 pesos (approx $3). It’s 100g and has a square cut unlike the usual soaps. I suggest cutting it in half if you have small hands like me. Keep the other half in a dry place. That also helps with the curing process. This soap has a clean scent which reminds me of medicine/hospital.😅 It doesnt melt easily but it gives enough lather. It doesn’t leave a film when rinsed. My skin doesn’t feel dehydrated and there’s no tightening.

There’s no ingredients list on the box. But you can see it in the description found on Torriden’s website. Centella asiatica or gotu kola is its main ingredient. It has anti-inflammatory properties. The brand claims that it’s SLS and SLES-free. Those are used to make lather but can cause irritations to some. It’s nice that they are not needed to make this soap.

I consider this a maintenance if moisture and hydration are your concerns. I didn’t see any improvements on existing acne. It doesnt heal them or cause breakouts. It’s a basic cleanser. Good choice if you’re just starting to get serious with your skin care routine. Or if you’re using drying medications or products.

Althea Shopping Experience + Haul Unboxing

Lately, there’s no product in malls that caught my attention. So I went back to online shopping. I knew Althea since the first day they opened but never really ordered from them. It’s the only cosmetics shop in Korea that accepts cash on delivery payment (COD) for Philippine-orders. It is a good thing. Most Filipinos do not use card for transactions. We’re more comfortable with cash payment.

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I ordered from Althea last Monday. They sent an email about my order confirmation right away. Updates can also be seen in your account. Here’s the time table:

Monday
January 15 (around 1PM) — Order received and Processing order

Tuesday:
January 16Preparing for shipping

Wednesday
January 17Shipped with tracking number

Saturday
January 20Received my order

And here’s the complete tracking from Korea to our house in PH

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They update the online tracking fast unlike other couriers. You’ll receive a text message from the courier notifying you that your order will be delivered within the day. The delivery guy will also send a text asking if you/someone can receive the package. If no one is available, you can tell the guy and they’ll deliver it the next day. After 5 days, my package was delivered right at my doorstep. Best of all, I didn’t have to pay 112 pesos for customs tax and duties.

I’d recommend COD if there’s someone at your home who’ll pay & receive your order. But for me, it was difficult to do that because I’m sort of living alone. So if Im not at home, no one’s gonna receive it. The staff at our lobby can do that for me if my package was paid already. I’m going to use card or bank transfer next time.

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Everything was in bubble wrap even if the box itself is already protecting the products. There were no dents on the product boxes. I signed up on the site way back. I already have a wishlist of products. I ran out of concealer and almost finished with my moisturizer. I was looking for serums and found a lot on their website.

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Onsaemeein Galactomyces
I’ve never tried this active ingredient before. But I know it became a trend in k-beauty community. Onsaemeein offers it in 100%, no other ingredients included. I’m using this for more than a week now. My skin feels tight like I had botox. I’m liking it so far. I’ll review this after a month.

Calmia Oatmeal Therapy Cleansing Tissue
I needed a new makeup remover because Bench/ Cleansing Baby Wipes are rough which in my opinion is not good for facial skin. I just tried Calmia tonight. The tissue is soft and big enough to remove my full coverage makeup. It smells good too. I just wish they were 30 to 50 pieces.

The Saem Cover Perfection Dual Concealer
I only wanted to try The Saem’s liquid concealer. But I know I’ll be looking for a cream variant in case I’m not satisfied with the coverage. I bought this duo to test both of them in half the price. The weights are different from the solo cream and liquid concealer. I’ll see which one I like better then I’ll buy that alone next time.

Torriden Cellmazing Centellareal Soap
I was also looking for a facial wash. I’m taking a break from my favorite cleansing soap. I got this one on sale. Centella Asiatica is one of the main ingredients based on the website description. I’m using this for a week. I’ll do a full review on this after a month.

RiRe Luxe Full Cover Concealer
This one’s just an extra order. I added it in my cart because it’s so affordable. Where can you see a concealer worth 140 pesos, right? The packaging doesn’t look cheap. I havent tried it yet. It claims to give great coverage. It weighs 1.5 grams so I’m hoping little goes a long way.

Overall, I’m satisfied with my shopping experience on Althea’s website. They have different payment options like paypal, credit card, cash on delivery and bank transfer. I received the products in great condition. I’ll buy again from them once I’ve finished these all up. I’m already window shopping and adding some items on my wishlist. There are unique finds here like unpopular brands which are promising.