Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Belo Intensive Whitening Kojic Acid + Tranexamic Acid Extra Moisture Bar Review


Belo Intensive Whitening Kojic Acid + Tranexamic Acid Bar
Bought from: Sampleroom
SRP: 59.75/65g

Right after I heard Belo's launching  a new soap--which is, by the way, quite interesting with all the claims to be whitening but non-drying--I told myself that I should give that a try. I am not really into lightening my complexion right now but I am after making it more even toned. When Sample Room had this on their list, I immediately spent my points to get myself a bar together with the Belo Intensive Whitening Body Cream which, I think, is best when paired up. Anyway, in this blog post, I will be sharing my thoughts about this soap, it's pros and cons and everything in between! Keep on reading!


CLAIMS

BELO’s most intensive whitening bar yet that boasts of the unique combination of today’s two most powerful whitening actives. (1) Kojic Acid: An organic compound that effectively inhibits the production of tyrosinase and melanin, giving skin a visibly lighter appearance. (2) Tranexamic Acid: A peptide proven to inhibit inflammation and melanin formation. It is ideal for stubborn dark spots that do not respond to other skin lightening ingredients.

INGREDIENTS

TEXTURE

Since this is a glycerin-based soap, it's not as opaque as other bars. It's kinda jelly-looking and is tinted orange (due to Kojic) and a bit sticky when you try to smoothe your fingers to it. Surprisingly, this soap does not melt easily on soap dishes but you might want to cut them in tiny bars before use to prolong its life, which I did so this lasted me for more than two weeks.

APPLICATION

I am using the soap twice a day, twice per bath time to ensure accuracy of review. I usually let it sit on my skin for more or less 10 minutes and see for myself how much drying it can be (of if it won't dry it at all which is impossible, of course, for water can also suck out skin's moisture alone).


PERFORMANCE

The soap does not lather very much when applied so you really have to apply a few more times when you are cleaning your skin. Unlike other Kojic soaps, this does feels a bit less drying and won't irritate the skin. Sometimes, when I leave Kojic Acid Soaps on my skin over time, it gives me the wrinkled and taut skin and worse, itchiness and irritation happen. However, since this soap does not lather much on the skin, I feel like it does not do much in cleansing away all day's dirt and oil accumulated on it. With this, I still prefer the old Kojic Soap from Belo which lathers well enough to give me a squeaky clean feeling. Anyway, you can restore moisture by applying excessive amount of lotion afterwards. Still, I wouldn't ignore the fact that this soap is best for face usage because it feels very gentle on skin and won't contribute to parched pelts and breakouts.

Considering the tiny size  of this bar, I wouldn't have high expectations in terms of its lightening capabilities. However, it is effective in exfoliating the skin and bring out a brighter and even more radiant complexion and works better when paired with other Belo products.


OVERALL THOUGHTS

Overall, I would say that this soap is not bad at all, but is less effective than the old Belo Intensive Whitening Bar from Belo in terms of whitening the skin. However, if you have dry skin but still want to dry soaps that are Kojic Acid-based, then you might want to give this a try without the risk of getting excessive flaking of skin or dryness. This is safe to use whatever skin type you have and in my experience, didn't break me out.

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Friday, August 25, 2017

Belo Intensive Whitening Body Cream Kojic Acid + Tranexamic Acid Review


Belo Intensive Whitening Body Cream Kojic Acid + Tranexamic Acid
Bought from: Sampleroom
SRP: P199/150ml

Whatever the season is, I always make sure to keep my skin well-hydrated and healthy-looking. There's just this uncomfortable feeling whenever my skin feels taut and dry (they even look wrinkled!) and it makes me hate the thought of premature aging even more. And since I have mentioned premature aging, we all know that sun's harmful rays are the main cause not just of that ever-dreaded problem, but most skin troubles as well like hyper pigmentation and skin darkening. While I'm tempted to get a tan once in a while, bringing back the old complexion takes a lifetime. Best solution that would work for me, I guess? A body cream that keeps my skin soft, smooth, hydrated, bright and sun-protected without the sickly heavy feeling. Good thing, I have here my tube of Belo Intensive Whitening Body Cream that does all these without making me spend tons of bucks!

CLAIMS AND INGREDIENTS

PACKAGING

The packaging comes in white and orange combination--signature color of Belo Intensive Whitening line and it displays all necessary information such as claims, ingredient list, manufacturing and expiry dates, cautions, etc. I have always had this fondness in products that comes in tube-type packaging for easy dispensing of products and sanitary use. It's better than those that comes in bottles or pump bottles because scraping the product down to bottom is not at all possible. At least with tubes, all you need is some light tap and the liquid formula would slide off easily.

SCENT

The scent smells very fresh and clean just like most products from Belo. Those who are sensitive to scents will surely not find it any off-putting.


TEXTURE / CONSISTENCY / EASE OF APPLICATION

The product comes in a creamy white texture and the consistency is not too thick nor too runny. It's just like most drugstore lotions but what I like most about it is how it get absorb easily by the skin and you don't have to wait a long time before it fully dries. The formulation is very lightweight and you would not feel any greasiness afterwards. I have tried several lotions before and some of them feels really sticky once it combines with sweat and I did not experience it with Belo Body Cream.



PERFORMANCE

This body cream really moisturizes my skin effectively and keeps it glowing, soft and smooth. However, those with really dry and scaly skin may opt for something with thicker formulation--a lotion that's infused with, say, cocoa butter or oatmeal. But if you are someone like me who are not fond of using sticky lotions in day time, you would definitely like Belo Body Cream for it has whopping SPF 30 that would protect your skin when you're outdoor doing chores.

I am not after the whitening effect but I am looking forward t have a more even-toned skin, the reason why I opt for whitening lotions. I'm having bad cases of uneven skin tone as an aftermath of summer, unfortunately, so I'm in need of something that would balance my complexion. Using this for weeks with the thought that a miracle won't happen overnight (lol), I can see that it's able to give my skin that bright and glowing complexion. Although this product wasn't able to help me significantly yet in this department, I would still continue using this for more substantial effect.

In terms of its SPF, I highly suggest that you reapply especially once you perspire since the effectiveness might worn out after a few hours. Also, don't forget to use an umbrella and don't stay too long under the sun. Don't underestimate its power! I am using this lotion with the new glycerin-based soap of Belo and since they both have Kojic Acid as the primary ingredient, skin is more sensitive to the sun. I remember one night going home and after one tired day, I decided to take a bath only to figure out my arms turned darker than the area where I had my wrist watch on!


OVERALL THOUGHTS

I love Belo Intensive Whitening Body Cream Kojic Acid + Tranexamic Acid and I highly recommend it to everyone especially to those who are on the lookout for a cream that's lightweight, good-smelling, spf-based and effective in giving skin that bright and healthy aura! Just to let you know, Belo Intensive Whitening Body Cream Kojic Acid + Tranexamic Acid is widely available in leading drugstores, supermarkets and department stores nationwide!

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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Make Gift Giving Hassle-Free with GC Regalo!

You've gone in and out of boutiques several times in malls and you still haven't fully decided what to give someone? You dragged your friend or someone else just to help you pick the best option only to end up knowing you just wasted a whole bunch of your time and effort just because they wouldn't like what you've just bought or wouldn't fit them well? You went home with a box of chocolate cake and end up knowing that mocha is much preferred? I'll give you a tap on your back 'cause I got you. You can't blame them, but it's frustrating all the same.

I guess what makes us even more frustrated is when we expected they will go sentimental even over the simplest thing we took pride in giving them because we thought we've figured out what they want when we really haven't after so many attempts. How could they not like it after you've almost stressed yourself out thinking what to give? However, people change and so are their fondness for something. You can't give an old hag some chocolate cake, you know? You can't give your brothers some fitted shirts when they are almost bloated. You can't give even the most fashionista mom some mini skirt she just complimented a few days ago. Maybe she wants to see you wear it and not ever imagine wearing it herself. In the end, it seems like it's all your fault.

But still, you keep on trying. How could a few disappointments stop you from giving when it's thousand folds more satisfying to see the people that you love smile in appreciation? How could a simple "thank you" makes you remember that love is for all season? Now that Christmas and a few birthdays are just a few months away, thinking of what else to give them is becoming more and more challenging.

What we could give...

Letters. While it's given that we could do simple things for them like cooking food and buying their cravings or even sending them personalized items, writing a letter that's full of love and appreciation undermines all the material things that we can give. There's just something special with letters that seem to hold promises and you'll keep looking back at it no matter how many years have passed.

Favorite things. Admit it, we won't have the guts sending stuff to someone who we don't know very much. One of the fool-proof gift giving ideas that we can give someone is something that is close to their heart--something that they are inclined or passionate about. It makes them appreciate the present even more because you remembered what they love.

And now, I've got here a unique solution that would make gift giving extra special!

SODEXO PREMIUM PASS / SODEXO GIFT CHECK / SODEXO GIFT CERTIFICATE

It's the #1 gift certificate in the world with over 9,000 partnered establishments to choose products from!


SM GIFT PASS / SM GIFT CHECK / SM GIFT CERTIFICATE

It's the official gift certificate of the #1 mall in the country!


You might haven't think about it yet but some gift certificates is a win-win gift idea for all occasions! It's like giving them the best gift ever for they have the liberty to choose from thousands of merchants on what to get for themselves whether it's for some clothes, food, groceries, leisure...almost everything under the sun! You can also include a personal message when you send this to your recipient. With this, you don't have to stress yourself out thinking what would they like and you save strength for bulky gifts as well! 

These wonderful gift ideas are made possible by GC Regalo for it offers the best hassle-free solutions to your recipient. And another thing about it is that it offers the lowest price online and you don't have to spend for shipping for a minimum purchase of P2000! Start the gift-giving now and make everyone happy!

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Mary Kay Timewise Matte Wear Liquid Foundation in Ivory 5 Review


Mary Kay Timewise Matte-Wear Liquid Foundation
Bought for: P392 | Original Price: P750
From: an online shop

I really like standing by until products I have been watching out for for the longest time get on sale. Last month, when this cult-fave foundation--the Mary Kay Timewise Matte-Wear Liquid Foundation--was sold at almost half of its original price, I didn't have to think twice and immediately grab one for myself. Just imagine the happiness of getting something authentic at such steal deal...oh, I think I don't have to explain. ;) More than anything else, I'm really ecstatic to have tried something others are long been raving about! To know more about this foundation, please keep on reading!

CLAIMS

Infused with vitamin E and a blend of peptides, the result is skin that instantly looks firmer, younger and healthier. It’s the perfect age-fighting foundation for combination to oily skin, visibly reducing the appearance of pores, fine lines, wrinkles and skin imperfections. It provides all-day shine control and oil control without a heavy makeup look or feel. It gives skin a long-lasting, matte finish. Color stays true hour after hour. In 23 skin-perfecting shades. Transfer- and humidity-resistant.


PACKAGING

Looks like the seller didn't pay attention on my request to pack the item properly before shipping out since I have to take a decent picture of the product. She ended up even writing my name on the box and not securing it with a bubble wrap so just please...excuse the slightly distorted box.

Anyway, the packaging is very simple and travel-friendly. The size of the tube wasn't even the size I expected. It's small and lightweight so it's suitable to bring on getaways. The shimmery light pink tube looks nice too. However, I am having a huge problem storing and dispensing the product since it tends to leak and create a mess with the screw cap. Comparing it to other tubes and bottles of foundations, I think Mary Kay didn't put much effort in the packaging, no worries though, as they did not compromise the quality of the foundation itself!


SHADE

It claims to be available in 23 shades but there are only few shade selections being sold here in the Philippines. Commonly they are Ivory 5, Beige 2, Beige 4 and Beige 5. I took the risk and picked up Ivory 5, taking in great consideration all hand swatches online, and surprisingly, I think I got the correct shade.

Ivory 5 is a light beige in shade and has a yellow undertone, perfect for Asian complexions. It didn't look pale after application and my face also doesn't look like it's not matching the color of my neck.



SCENT

There's slight detectable scent to it cause it's very subtle so I don't think anyone would find it a little overwhelming.

TEXTURE / CONSISTENCY / EASE OF APPLICATION

The foundation is a bit runny and consistency is thinner than most foundations that I have. The product dries fast (probably because it's oil free, thus the excellent absorbency power) so make sure to blend it before it dries in patches lol. I would say that you won't have to have awesome blending skills to be able to achieve a really nice and flawless finish because this foundation sets easily on the skin effortlessly without any greasy or heavy feeling. Your skin would feel like it has nothing on but would not impart too much of a bare feeling so it would still be something that is comfortable to wear no matter what the season is. The best thing is that it won't look cake-y and won't set on the folds of your skin even if it dries matte and shine-free.



COVERAGE

I provided swatches of the foundation above and from a very small amount, it was able to even out the skin tone, reduces the appearance of pores and reduce hyper pigmentation in an instant with the use of my Real Techniques Miracle Sponge. With one application, it's able to give skin a sheer coverage which is perfect if you want to sport a fresh and natural look and is buildable to medium if you apply some more. I don't prefer second layer though because the foundation would tend to look patchy. But if you are to do so, I highly suggest that you use a damp sponge all throughout to control the product easier and give it more time to move. Make sure to set it with a good setting powder to seal the foundation in place.


LONGEVITY

After a good 4 hours (with no retouch), my face is as oily as how it used to but it does not feel greasy or sticky and I'm not having any issues with comfort in wearing. Although, I can say that once I oil up pretty bad, the foundation tends to transfer onto where it touches first--whether on tissue papers or on my cloth and even on my oil blotting papers, thus, the need to retouch with powder. However, I notice that my foundation is as good as new after I blot out excess oils, so it stands strong, I dare say. Good job! It still needs some hard work before we discover a drugstore foundation that does not oxidize on the oiliest of skin, but I'm glad I found Mary Kay Timewise Matte Wear Liquid Foundation!


OVERALL THOUGHTS

It's really nice having makeups with skin care benefits on it so they tend to do multiple stuff on the skin. It's a good thing Mary Kay incorporate makeups on their anti-aging line for people like me who are too lazy to put a lot of stuff on the face. This foundation is highly recommended to all of you who are looking for affordable foundations with good coverage, lightweight finish and skin care benefits. For girls who have drier skin type, use the luminous variant which are more hydrating but as they say, same coverage and as awesome formulation as the matte wear variants.

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Friday, August 18, 2017

August Wishlist

What's really magical about listing down all your wishes is that you'll get to be more motivated and determined to work harder to save for things you like to own. When you are too lazy and almost to the point of giving up, wishlist came to mind and you find yourself putting so much effort on what you are doing. There's nothing wrong about spoiling yourself after a good hard work every now and then as long as you don't depend on anyone. Sabi nga nila, "Kapag may tiyaga, may nilaga". Anyway, the point of this blog post is to share with you my wishlist this month. These are the stuff I am currently saving up for.

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ANELLO BLACK LEATHER BACKPACK

I just want a stylish black back pack that goes easily with any outfit and that is easier to carry than handbags.

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KEDS CHAMPION WHITE SNEAKERS

Although I already bought a much affordable pair of white sneakers from H&M, I still want Keds Champion White Sneakers lol.

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HIGH WAIST DENIMS

Well...it's just that I've got tons of jeans but none of those are high waist that I consider snug-fitting. I know there are so many high waist jeans available online and in malls but I can't find something which fits 24 waist line. Feel free to comment below if you are selling one, I'll buy them in light blue, dark blue and black! :)


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OPPO MIRROR 5 PHONE

So I feel like my old Oppo Neo 5 which I have for years now is finally retiring, which is why. Yes, I have an old phone which I treasure and cherish so much because I do a lot of things on it--sometimes, I think my life is in there. I'm not really into gadgets, so maybe a newer Opp phone will do, not necessarily an Oppo Mirror 5.

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TOSHIBA 1.5 TB TOSHIBA CANVIO 3.0 PLUS PORTABLE HARD DRIVE IN BLACK

Well, I just want something where I can store my movies without filling up my laptop's capacity.

Even though you have enough money to buy all the things you love right now, don't forget to save some as you'll find something you'll love harder the next time around. ;)

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Online Shopping and Selling With Shopee Philippines


First of all, I was not sponsored in any way to do this post. It's just that I have realized that I have my Shopee Philippines App installed in my old Oppo Neo 5 for two years straight now. I do not intend to let go of it either until the end of time (oh diba, may forever with Shopee!). There's just too many of good experiences I had with Shopee Philippines that I think it deserves some feature, you know. This is just a little way of showing my appreciation and commendation to all the people behind the growing online shopping destination.

I love shopping online--it's my escape after a stressful day even way back when I was still studying and up until now that I am working (means more moolah to buy things!). Oh, how I missed visiting malls but being a night-shifter, I lack the time from now on. Good thing, online shopping has been made more convenient that we can shop while we lie down on bed and expect the parcel right at our doorstep.

MY EXPERIENCE -- AS A SELLER (@hannapoleng)

I started selling stuff on Facebook years ago to clear my closet and declutter. I switched to Ebay, to OLX, down to Instagram and two years ago, to Shopee. I remember why I first created my Shopee account. It was recommended by a friend who, like me, started selling preloved stuff. She received free delivery for her shop when she signed up which is a very good thing since online buyers preferred that. It's just a very wonderful feeling whenever we get to have our ordered items free of shipping, right? Anyway, I send her some of my clothes for her to post on her account and I noticed that my items got sold out faster. I eventually took the leap and signed up and there it began. I just use my Shopee account to sell preloved items but after 2 years, I am so happy that I was able to find mothers to my (over) 500 items consisting of clothes, skin care and other apparels.

I know that the free shipping helped me out a ton. I can also put my items on discounted prices as easy as 1, 2, 3 which means more buyers! I just wish Shopee Philippines won't kick me out the group.

MY EXPERIENCE -- AS A BUYER

With all the promotions Shopee Philippines has to offer, I even wonder why they are not losing money (lol). Seriously, you'll love a lot of things once you signed up for an account! Here are the things (and more) which make Shopee Philippines a cut above the rest.

  • Free shipping or discounts on shipping fee. This is for approved shops only. You will get free shipping for orders above P500 and discounts on shipping fee for less than P500. Every now and then, they are also having promotions that on certain days, items worth P100 or P250 will be charge P0 for shipping.
  • Best Customer Service Experience. This is the only shopping destination that I get instant replies every time I have disputes over something I sold or purchased. They reply within 24 hours and they make sure to update you with the status of your inquiry. Best customer service indeed.
  • 50% discount / P150 off to selected items every Monday and Saturday / P100 off every Tuesday / Flash Deals. They are the only online shop that give away vouchers worth P150/P100 every week on selected items.
  • Orange Days. They have what they call Γ“range Days wherein a lot of items are on their unbelievable sale prices, you'll surely want to hoard a lot!
  • Weekend Sale. They are hosting weekend sale (and yes, that's every week, Friday-Sunday), with items are as low as 90% off!
  • Easy browsing. Items are well-categorized so you won't have any problems browsing. You can filter items depends on their category, prices, etc!
  • Guarantee of safety. The best thing about Shopee Philippines is that they hold all payments so both seller and buyers are protected. They give both buyers and sellers multiple options for the best transaction experiences ever. Which other site offer refund/return arrangements as easy as a click? Buyers have the power to raise disputes if they did not receive the item or allow Shopee to release payments to the sellers once they receive their orders.
  • The latest: Shopee Wallet. Shopee now does not direct all payments on your registered bank accounts, but keep them in what you call 'Shopee Wallet' which you have the options to deposit on your bank account or use to pay items just in case you want to buy some items. Ex. I sell stuff online so all earnings accumulate on my Shopee Wallet which I also use to buy stuff online. The best thing about it is that Shopee Wallet, a virtual wallet, is one of the payment methods so you don't have to pay over the counter. Just as long as you have sufficient balance on your wallet then you can choose it to pay your items.
  • Shopee Coins. Ex. P100 worth of product is equal to 100 points which are also equal to P1 which you can use to get a more discounted price on your order.
  • Easy tracking of parcels. No need to provide waybills for buyers can track their parcels as soon as the rider picked up the item.
  • They can hold items for up to 5 days. Once you choose Bank Transfer as your mode of payment, you are given 5 days to settle your payments so there's no need to rush. You can switch paying from Bank Transfer to Shopee Wallet, etc within that 5 days so you get all the guarantee that the items are yours!
  • You can make offers and leave feed backs to each other. There are ways to communicate with sellers/buyers for even better transactions!
    • Portability. Earn and shop anywhere, anytime with ease!

    WHAT I FIND DISAPPOINTING
    • Couriers does not arrive sometimes even after scheduling pickup twice.
    • It takes time before a single transaction gets completed. I'm not taking it against Shopee but there are failed pickups so reordering is necessary (sometimes, buyers don't cooperate anymore once order has been canceled or once they already receive the item.) Shopee are allowing days to transfer payments on wallet and it takes days as well before it gets reflected on the bank account if you prefer to deposit it).

    Up until now, people are asking me where I shop online. Whenever I tell them where, I get confused faces asking me, what's that? Is it like Lazada/Zalora? It's a bit saddening to know that they haven't heard of Shopee Philippines when, for me, it is, by far, the best shopping destination. I even get proud of myself whenever I figure out they had consider my recommendation.

    Whooo, I've said a lot! Don't disappoint me, Shopee, I am counting on you for more memorable shopping and selling experiences! ;)

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    Belo Baby Talc-Free Powder Review


    Belo Baby Talc-free Powder, 65g
    Bought for: Free with points | SRP: 219.75
    From: Sampleroom

    For me (and some people) who oils up real excessively, powder is something that keeps me going especially during hot and humid season where sweat mixed up with oils--turning me into a huge grease ball. As much as I'd like to wash my face more often, the idea of dusting some powder over washing the face to get rid of oil sounds even more possible and convenient given the very limited time I have (feeling artista lang, bes?). With thatI have always been fond of using baby powders to instantly freshen up just because I hate using makeups on a dirty face (Is it just me?). Anyway, apart from the ever famous Johnson's Baby Powders, here is another one that's committed to be safe and free from any harmful chemicals. Sounds promising and I got sold!


    CLAIMS (as per Sample Room)

    A gentle powder that’s made with zero talc and provides all-natural protection from diaper rash. Made from certified natural and fine milled rice and maize that absorb moisture to keep baby's skin soft, fresh and dry. Carefully formulated without talc, gluten, phthalates, parabens, dyes, and most common allergens. Hypoallergenic. Dermatologist-Tested. Perfect for all skin types.


    PACKAGING

    The product comes in a bulky tub with 65g of powder inside. It is completely sealed upon purchase and displays necessary information. For me, this is harder to utilize than those usual powder bottles wherein you just have to twist the cap and tap until you dispense the exact amount. Belo Baby Powder has a puff inside that you can use to seize the powder but is messier to apply 'cause the powder tends to slide off before you get to apply it on your skin. Also, I find that the puff (made of something like microfibers) is a bit irritating. I won't take it against Belo Baby Powders, it's just that I am not fond of using puffs ever since, I prefer brushes or my hands.




    SCENT

    The product has a subtle sweetness to it. If you have tried Belo Body Wash and Lotion for kids, you'll know they have almost exact scent. It's not overwhelming and I'm sure even ladies out there will love it!

    TEXTURE / EASE OF APPLICATION

    The powder looks very white and pure, a little bit awkward to the touch because it feels like touching corn starch (why not, it's one of the main ingredients lol). It feels rough and dry as well--perfect for those with oily skin because it absorbs moisture effectively. With this, I think those who perspires a lot will find this amazing in that department. Although, given the texture of this, I won't recommend it to those with dry to normal skin type because it feels really drying. I like that this powder is finely-milled, sets easily on the skin without leaving any white cast. I even tried setting my foundation with this, and it looks good cause it imparts brightening effect without overdoing it.


    PERFORMANCE

    We've all probably heard that talc--primary ingredients among most powders--are fatal when inhaled and is carcinogenic, meaning they are linked to cancers and other respiratory diseases. It's better to know that there's Belo Baby Powder which is made of all-safe and natural ingredients like fine-milled rice and maize that does exactly the same. Even though I am still doubtful about the harm brought by talcum powders, it's better to indulge in safe products, better be safe than sorry, right?

    Another thing I like about it is how it effectively controls oil and instantly makes my skin shine-free with only a little amount to use. It did not cause me to breakout nor trigger any adverse skin reactions. Even if it's meant for baby use, it won't pain you to keep this as a setting powder for your daily makeup as well.


    OVERALL THOUGHTS

    I like Belo Baby Talc-Free Powder but I must admit that it terms of texture and ease of application, I would still prefer those with talc on it because they are smoother and able to blur out pores. Though safety comes first so I won't argue anymore.If you are very meticulous with what you are using for yourself and for your little ones, consider using Belo Baby Talc-Free Powder and you won't have a single regret.

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    Friday, August 11, 2017

    Skinature Second Skin Mask Brightening in Goat Milk Review


    Skinature Goat Milk Brightening Second Skin Mask
    Bought for: Free | SRP: P130
    From: Althea Philippines
    Also available: Bird Nest and Collagen

    Recently, I am experiencing breakouts again on certain areas of my face--mostly from jaw and chin going downwards to neck. I think this results from having irregular sleep and stress due to work which I can not prevent. Having a graveyard shift is not really healthy for the body so I'm trying very hard to eat properly and maintain a good diet with frequent vitamin intakes to combat fatigue and stress. I even stopped using anything on my face but my holy grail Cetaphil Gentle Cleanser to keep my skin from further breakouts, irritation and dryness. To make long story short, I thought that some mask sheet treatment would calm my face and is one of the best way to pamper myself. I, then, tried Skinature Goat Milk Brightening Second Skin Mask which Althea sent me during their 2nd birthday. For my thoughts, please keep on reading.


    CLAIMS (as per Althea)

    Moist Skin By Water Supply. Skin vitality care and discharge of skin waste keeps the skin healthier. It also recovers moisture balance which was broken by skin dehydration and excessive sebum secretion and soothes tired skin.

    Skin Texture Improvement By Dead Skin Cell Cleaning. Lactic component in goat milk removes old dead skin cells to make the skin smooth and moist with no skin irritation.

    Strong Skin By Strengthened Barrier Against External Factors. Goat Milk which contains most similar components with mother's milk, maintains the original health of the skin and helps keep the skin healthy regardless of external factors (stress, environment, etc.)

    PACKAGING

    The product, for me, is really cute and classy with that very simple yet neat design and matte white packaging. Inside is a well-moistened piece of mask sheet which according to them is made of 100% cellulose texture using natural cotton which makes the skin absorbs all the nutrients it has while still being compatible and non-irritant especially to those with sensitive skin due to its soft and highly adhesive properties.


    APPLICATION

    The mask sheet fits my face very well and is moistened enough to be left on your skin for an hour without fully drying. Even after I take the mask off from its case, I still notice that there are lots of essence left inside which I use to moisturize my neck, elbows, hands and feet. I even had a few to reapply on the mask sheet once it turned a little bit dry. To hasten the absorption, I stayed in front of the air-conditioner and dang! It feels so refreshing!

    SCENT

    It has a subtle floral scent which is not overwhelming.


    PERFORMANCE

    I haven't tried a lot of mask sheets before but among all the few brands, this one has the most lightweight formula. The product sets easily on the skin without any sticky feeling but is enough to moisturize especially those with dry skin. Usually, mask sheets leave a very greasy and sticky feeling once dried but Skinature was able to produce something more lightweight and is more suitable to those with oily skin like mine. This is still excessively moisturizing for my super oily skin, but I did not get any uncomfortable feeling which is already something so it stands out among the rest. Also, it's claim to brighten the skin is true enough and I noticed that on first use. My skin looks so hydrated, healthy and firm after using the mask (see photo below).

    I told you that I am currently experiencing breakouts and using this overnight trigger even more of those dreaded infections. The nest day I woke up with a few tiny itchy cystic red bumps on my skin (those with pus!).

    Sorry for my messy hair. I'm not combing it until it gets dry. :D

    OVERALL THOUGHTS

    I am still contemplating whether or not this is a steal considering that I get a few cystic breakouts the next day. They may or may not result from the mask though 'cause just like what I have said, I am having serious case of breakouts right now but nothing cystic. Still, if you want to try something that's even more lightweight, hydrating and brightening, you might want to give Skinature Second Skin Mask a try!

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    Wednesday, August 9, 2017

    Nlighten Underarm Cream Review


    Nlighten Underarm Cream
    Bought for: P1095
    Bought from: an online shop

    Just as I was shopping online, I came across this underarm cream which carries another Korean brand I have been hearing good things about -- Nlighten. We've probably heard of their best-selling soap and cushion but I didn't know they have underarm cream as well. Just in time 'cause I just emptied my favorite RMK Whitening Deodorant and according to the description, it is also a gentle anti-antiperspirant and deodorant cream. I was, at first, skeptical in getting myself a tube because it was seriously expensive (a little over P1000?) but saving time in applying a separate moisturizing underarm cream and deodorant is really promising and this simply got me sold.


    CLAIMS (as per Nlighten)

    Nlighten Underarm Cream is formulated with ten (10) powerful botanical ingredients, i.e. star lily, shea butter, pomegranate, mulberry, fig, ginkgo, black rice, blueberry, green tea and houttuynia cordata. This gentle anti-perspirant and deodorant cream promotes instant brightening effect and effectively helps in reducing dark spots and other visible hyper pigmentation. Through its special actives, this underarm cream helps maintain a bright and soft underarm and inhibits odor causing germs keeping you fresh and active all day long.

    Formulated without Paraben, Phenoxy Ethanol, Benzophenone, Triethanolamine, Talc, Petrolatum, Mineral Oil, Synthetic Pigment and SLS.


    PACKAGING

    The product comes in a white tube with a silver screw cap which is very travel-friendly. To be honest, I am kind of liking the whole idea of white and silver because it looks simple but neat and classy. It displays all important information such as claims, directions for use, precautions, ingredients, and even the expiration date ( printed on the bottom of the box and at the bottom of the tube. The slim nozzle dispenses the product easily and hygienically without any waste.

    SCENT

    The product has a bit of a floral scent which I really love. I don't think anyone would find this off-putting. It actually reminds me of something which I forgot lol.


    TEXTURE / CONSISTENCY / EASE OF APPLICATION

    The product comes in a creamy white formulation that blends and dries easily on the skin without any stickiness or uncomfortable feeling. It creates strong white cast once you mistakenly put too much so be careful. Also, you might want to limit application to a very small drop since it tends to set and cling on the lines of the skin which is, by the way, not a very good sight. Once you figure out the right amount to put every usage, you will be surprise because you'll notice that it brings slight brightening and softening effect on the skin without looking awkward (see photos below). I thought it will not look good on my skin since I have yellow undertones but this instantly adjusts to the complexion.



    PERFORMANCE

    Although this product gives instant brightening effect, it did not  give off a permanent lightening effect on my skin even after using it overtime. You might want to use this one if in case you are attending a special event and you are not confident to show off your underarms because this tends to blur out underarm imperfections and make it look so soft and smooth. Also, this slows down hair growth and prevent chicken skin from developing after waxing or shaving. The creamy formula moisturizes my underarms well and makes it look a bit more presentable lol.

    What I don't like most about it is the fact that it makes my pits perspire even when I'm inside an air-conditioned room.Usually, I don't smell anything awful even without the aid of a deodorant, but whenever I use this, I always get embarrassed at the end of the day because my pits' having this unpleasant smell--I just couldn't wait to get home and take a bath.


    OVERALL THOUGHTS

    It has been months since I last give a product a failing score. If this product isn't as expensive as it is, I wouldn't mind forgiving all of the disappointing things about it especially it has done me something good. If you would ask me if I would repurchase, it's a no. Would I highly recommend it? Not at all.

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    Sample Room Green Tea Shampoo, Conditioner, Body Wash and Lotion Review



    Sample Room Essentials
    Bought for: Free
    From: Sample Room

    A few weeks ago, I received a loot from Sample Room from being chosen as the Roommate of The Month from March-May and apart from few makeup pieces, I also received some bath essentials with Sample Room's brand name and logo in its packaging. And so they have come up with their own new line of bath products? Well, that's something new! I'm glad I am one of the first people who got the first dibs on it. 

    In this blog, I would just share my experience with their Green Tea Shampoo, Conditioner, Body Wash and Lotion which I have used recently. They came in 50ml (I believe so) pump bottles that are travel-friendly and are tinted blue and it only took me exactly a week to finish everything. Here's what I have to say!


    GREEN TEA SHAMPOO

    Given the packaging, I find this product the hardest to dispense since the formula is much thinner than the others so I have to pump A LOT of times before I get the amount I need to lather my hair. It smells exactly like Green Tea which I really love! The formula was slightly tinted green but the blue bottle enhances the shade even better so it appears a little bit olive from the packaging.

    This product has a thin and runny consistency and I find it hard to create suds from it. Those with thicker manes may have problem with that. Also, upon using it, I developed itchy scalp and I had a bad case of dandruff. I tried washing my hair even more thoroughly than usual for the succeeding uses and I even skipped conditioner, but to no avail. I guess my skin wasn't used to a certain ingredient this product might contain. :( 

    GREEN TEA CONDITIONER

    This conditioner smells like Green Tea as well with a hint of mint--very soothing to the senses. It relaxes hair strands 'cause my hair appears straighter whenever I use this and the shampoo. However, my hair gets tangled more often and although it looks shiny on the outside, it feels a bit stiff and rough. You get what I mean? Lol.


    GREEN TEA BODY WASH

    The body wash looks like the shampoo in consistency and shade, smells almost exactly the same as well but this one is my second favorite just because it makes my skin feels hydrated after wash. It does not strip the skin off its natural moisture even though it does great in cleansing the skin. It lathers on quite easily and a little goes a long way.

    GREEN TEA LOTION

    The lotion is pearly white in shade, smells like Green Tea but with a slight hint of Eucalyptus mint which smells very soothing not just to my skin, but to my senses as well. The fragrance  lingers for few more minutes after application and it very much reminds me of Elizabeth Arden's Green Tea Perfume. The lotion blends and absorbs easily on the skin without the heavy greasy feeling. After application, my skin was always super soft and smooth! It gives off some powdery/velvety feeling without dryness. I am used to SPF-based lotion (this one does not have it), but I consider this as an exemption. I just simply love it! 


    OVERALL THOUGHTS

    The Green Tea Body Wash and Lotion are something you should try! I just don't know if they are already selling these or if these are meant to be sold but just in case, you might want to keep on the lookout. They came in a cute mini canvas bag as well which I am now using to store my daily essentials lol. I don't have a rough estimation of the prices right now but soon maybe.

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