Makeup · Skin Care

Aloe Talk: Bench Organics 92% Aloe Face & Body Mist

When you hear Aloe Vera mist, the first thing that comes to my mind as a K-beauty fan is the Nature Republic’s 92% Soothing Aloe Mist. A lot of people love the gel type that’s in the tub, since it’s a very versatile product that offers more than 12 ways that you can use it. You might be thinking– wait, we’re supposed to be talking about the Bench Organics 92% Aloe Face & Body Mist, right? Well, the best way to start this review is to compare the two since there are a lot of similarities with regards to the 92% Aloe content, the scent, packaging, etc.

First of all, I’m a huge fan of the Nature Republic’s Aloe Mist. I’ve emptied about 3-4 bottles of that until I decided to look for an easier and possibly cheaper alternative– the Bench one. In the Philippines, the Nature Republic Aloe mist is about P330+. I forgot the exact price but if you have their membership card, they offer about 10% discount with your purchase. I use the mist to freshen up my face when it feels too hot outside. Sometimes, when I have rashes on my face or slight irritations, I just spray this on my entire face before I slap on my moisturizer. As much as I love this specific aloe mist, I’m having problems getting my hands on it. The nearest mall that I could find it is not a store but a small kiosk in the mall. Unfortunately, the aloe mist is always out of stock. Plus one on the Bench Organics 92% Aloe Mist already, because almost every mall in our city has a Bench store in it. Another plus one, because it’s only P218 per bottle.

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It contains 5.1floz/150ml which is the same as the Nature Republic one.

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What surprised me about this Bench Organics Aloe mist is that it smells exactly, like literally exactly like the Nature Republic one. What kind of sorcery is this? I told myself that maybe it’s because that’s what aloe really smells like. But really? I remember trying out another Aloe Vera gel in a tube that I purchased in Watson’s, I can’t remember the brand since I tossed it in the garbage years ago (because that’s where it deserved to be!) and it didn’t smell like that. It smelled like glue, so I’m pretty sure that’s not how Aloe is supposed to smell like.

But I won’t further question those two brands on why they smell 100% the same. Because I honestly think that they both work just fine and since the Bench Organics is cheaper, plus highly available almost everywhere for me, I’m choosing it over the Nature Republic one.

It hydrates, yes.

It freshens you up, yes.

It soothes your skin, yes.

Although, I’ve heard other people use it for setting their makeup. But I find that every mist that I use makes my makeup melt instead of setting it. I’m not sure if it’s because it just doesn’t work well with my makeup or what. So I never really use it as a setting spray. However, whenever my brow pomades start to dry up, I just spritz a little of this Bench Organics Aloe Vera mist and it instantly revives the texture of the pomade. What a lifesaver, right?

Another plus one for this Bench Organics Aloe Vera mist is that I like the spray better than the Nature Republic one. I find that the Nature Republic Soothing Aloe mist sprays random big droplets of the product on your face, while the Bench Organics one sprays evenly all over your face. I think that the spritzer itself makes a huge difference for a misting product to work well. If I was going to splash my face with big chunks of liquid, I should have just doused my face with the aloe mist instead.

 

Final Rating:

Bench Organics 92% Aloe Vera Face & Body Mist – 4.5/5

Nature Republic 92% Soothing Aloe Mist – 3/5

 

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Skin Care

5 Beauty Products That Are Not Worth Splurging For

 

There are a lot of beauty products out there that claim to be able to do a tremendous amount of improvement for your skin along with a jaw-dropping price tag. Do not get fooled! There are a lot of products out there that are advertised in such a way that can make you feel like you need it despite the price, but you actually don’t. Expensive doesn’t always mean it’s better. Sometimes, it’s the other way around.

Most of us already know that before we could find our holy grail products, whether it’s skin care or makeup, it takes so much time, effort and money just to finally find one that fits all your needs and criteria for a holy grail status. Now, we all hate having to spend and waste our hard-earned money for things that don’t really do what it claims to do. In this post, we will tackle some of the things that you need to think twice about before splurging a huge amount of money. Below is a list of 5 beauty products that are not worth splurging for.

 

1. Expensive Facial Cleansers

How long do you even use a facial cleanser on your skin? I’m pretty sure it’s less than a minute or two before you start rinsing it off. After that, it’s going down the drain along with the dirt and gunk you just washed away from your face. So why spend so much money on expensive facial cleansers? Facial cleansers are often used to balance your skin’s pH and/or remove dirt or makeup on your face. Although some cleansers offer additional benefits such as exfoliating and brightening– those are fine and very possible. But anything too extreme is slightly questionable in my opinion. Like how can a minute or two of slathering my face with a cleanser claim to do things such as shrink my pores? Remember, you rinse the product off! Even facial masks that offer great results requires about 15-20 minutes of being on your skin to get maximum benefits. Yes, you do need facial cleansers to wash your face because bar soaps are never a great option because it’s too acidic and it can lead to breakouts. But splurging on expensive facial cleansers are just really not worth your buck. As long as the cleanser does a good job in cleansing and it doesn’t break you out, I think that’s already a thumbs up for the brand.

2. Expensive Toners

Toners are usually meant to remove the makeup residue that your cleanser failed to remove, balance the pH levels of your skin if your cleanser is too acidic and to prep your skin for the next skin-care steps. Again, any other brand that you prefer will probably do. I think that it’s better to splurge on other beauty products such as serums or creams instead, since those are the ones that have greater benefits because of the higher concentration of good ingredients that can really improve your skin condition.

3. Sunblock with very high SPF

Just because you went out under the sun with your face and body covered with an SPF 100 sunblock, it doesn’t mean your skin is safe from damage. Just a little side story from my own experience, I was in the beach with a couple of co-workers during a beach outing. I was sporting an SPF 30 sunblock while my friend was using an SPF 100. She felt secure that she wouldn’t get burned under the sun because she was using such a high SPF sunblock. Now, kindly refer to the break down below.

SPF 15 = Blocks 93% of UVB radiation

SPF 30 = Blocks 97% of UVB radiation

SPF 50 = Blocks 98% of UVB radiation

You see, there isn’t really a big difference on the performance of your sunblock even with such a low SPF one. So, why the high price tag along with the high SPF? Back to my story: At the end of the day, my co-worker still got sunburn and a very obvious tan. As for me, my skin looked pretty much the same before I even stepped out in the sun. I was still this fair light skinned me. Why? Because I reapplied my sunblock and she didn’t. She was so confident that the high SPF will protect her skin even after a long exposure under the sun. Bottom line, it’s not really about the high SPF that makes a sunblock do its job properly. Another thing to consider is that in the market, the higher the SPF of the sunblock is, the price tag also doubles up–some, even triple. Now ask yourself, is it really worth it to splurge on an expensive one?

4. Expensive Makeup Removers

Makeup removers are like facial cleansers. They just remove makeup and usually get rinsed off after even if it was the emollient balm type one. I haven’t really seen any makeup removers that claim to do anything other than leave your skin feeling hydrated or supple after removing your makeup. This is a no brainer. Don’t splurge.

5. Pore-Minimizing Products

One thing that’s proven and scientifically tested is that your pores don’t open and close. So if a product claims to shrink your pores, what’s the truth in that then? The pores that you currently have now will be the size of your pores until you get older. Environmental factors may seem to affect the size whenever you would check the mirror, but that’s mainly because your face has probably been producing more or less sebum, or even sweat, making it look enlarged. However, that doesn’t mean that your pores are opening and closing.

Although there are products that claim to make your pores less visible, that’s a different story. Products with silicone or pore-filling primers are different. A better alternative to purchasing pore-minimizing products is to get yourself something that can deep cleanse your pores to avoid clogging and making your pores look more enlarged because of whiteheads and blackheads.

6. Bonus: Cute Packaging

If you like K-beauty, then you’re probably splurging on products with extremely adorable packaging that seems to beckon you from afar. Most of us are guilty of that! A product or two that has bunny ears for your lip gloss cap is fine–but if it’s becoming such a habit–Stop yourself. I have never really found a product with adorable packaging that has delivered good results. That’s just me, though. I bet you guys don’t even use those products that you bought just because it’s shaped like a banana or a cat.

For those who have money to spend, go ahead and do whatever floats your boat. In the end, it’s your skin and your wallet. Let’s admit it, a little healthy splurging here and there is fine as long as it’s something that your skin actually needs. I’m just here to remind the whole lot of you that there are other skin care products that are worth splurging for and there are products that are not.

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Reviews · Skin Care

Yay or Nay: CosRx Low pH Goodmorning Gel Cleanser

The Korean brand CosRx is becoming a staple for most asian women lately in terms of skin care. Almost every beauty blogger/vlogger that I see recommends something from their brand and this gel cleanser was always on their list. CosRx has an extensive array of skin care products that can cater to almost any skin problem that you may have. From acne-prone skin to dry sensitive skin, they have the perfect products for you.

Basically, the CosRx Low pH Goodmorning cleanser has a pH level of 5.0~6.0 which is the optimum pH level needed on your skin. It is a soft subacid cleanser that balances your skin and provides a daily exfoliating effect through the natural ingredient BHA. It also has Citric Acid that helps in brightening your skin and deep cleansing. It can also be used by all skin types even for those who have sensitive skin because it is very gentle.

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It is in a 150ml tube. It’s actually very affordable for P349 (On sale when I bought it!) in Shopee because of the big size. A little goes a long way too, so this can last for a very long time!

The Ingredients: Water, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Lauroyl Methyl Isethionate, Polysorbate 20, Styrax Japonicus Branch/Fruit/Leaf Extract, Butylene Glycol, Saccharomyces Ferment, Cryptomeria Japonica Leaf Extract, Nelumbo Nucifera Leaf Extract, Pinus Palustris Leaf Extract, Ulmus Davidiana Root Extract, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Flower Extract, Pueraria Lobata Root Extract, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Allantoin, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Betaine Salicylate, Citric Acid, Ethyl Hexanediol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Sodium Benzoate, Disodium EDTA

It smells strongly of tea tree. Which seems a little strong the first time I used it. But after a while of continued use, it started being bearable.

Before anything else, I just wanted to include the cleansers I was using alternately on my face before I switched to the CosRx Low pH Goodmorning gel. In the morning, I would use a collagen facial wash from my dermatologist for a gentle cleanse. If I wore makeup during the day, I would use my Cathy Doll Makeup Remover Toner & Serum Foam Cleanser to remove what’s left of my makeup after using the Garnier Micellar water. If I wasn’t wearing any makeup, I would use my Celeteque Acne Solutions gel cleanser at night.

Disclaimer: Don’t get me wrong, I love using the products stated above. They don’t break me out and I have been using those products for more than a year already. I just really wanted to try the CosRx!

Now, I wanted to include the previous list of cleansers I was using because I noticed that after a week of using the CosRx Goodmorning gel cleanser, I didn’t really notice any significant improvements on my skin. Yes, it was a very gentle cleanser that is great for using in the morning when you don’t really have much to clean on your face. But on days when you have makeup on, whether it was just a BB cream or something heavier like a foundation, I honestly suggest that you use another cleanser. I used to have whiteheads on my nose area, but blackheads were something I didn’t really struggle from. When I started using the CosRx cleanser, I started getting more and more of those blackheads on my nose area. Since I wasn’t struggling with blackheads before, I didn’t know anything about it or what causes it. So, I googled it and that’s where I found out why I was suddenly getting these black dots on my nose.

Below are usual causes of blackheads: (there are more…)

  • Age, hormonal changes that triggers a spike in sebum.
  • Androgen, the male sex hormone, triggers greater secretion of sebum and a higher turnover of skin cells around puberty. Both boys and girls experience higher levels of androgens during adolescence.
  • After puberty, hormonal changes related to menstruation, pregnancy, and the use of birth control pills can also bring on blackheads in women.
  • Overproduction of skin cells by the body can cause blackheads.
  • The blocking or covering pores by cosmetics and clothing.
  • Heavy sweating.
  • Environmental factors such as : humidity, grease, etc.

After looking at the long list of causes (that I didn’t list down anymore), I figured mine was being caused by a possible clogging of pores due to the cosmetics residue. The CosRx Low pH Goodmorning gel cleanser is very gentle, to the point that it fails to remove 100% of any makeup residue that your micellar water/makeup remover failed to remove. Yes, it is non-drying and it leaves your face nice and soft in the morning when you use it. It is also good for sensitive skin, as it did not break me out and it didn’t inflame or irritate my skin in any way. But I find that it is only effective when you don’t have much to clean on your face. Probably just on moments where you just want to remove the excess oil on your face or rinse last night’s skin care products. Although it says ‘Goodmorning Gel Cleanser’, some people use it at night as well and they’re fine with it. But for my preference, I would like something that can thoroughly clean my face from any makeup residue in order to prevent the clogging of my pores. I don’t exactly think it deep cleanses.

Others also use cleansing tools in order to maximize the use of this gentle cleanser. They use Konjac Sponges or Cleansing Brushes along with it in order to improve the cleansing power. I have dry to combination skin and I find using tools such as those on a regular basis makes my skin drier, since you’re adding an exfoliating device. I would prefer using the CosRx cleanser on its own, but the fact that it fails to remove any hard dirt and gunk on your face doesn’t really make it an amazing product for me. Although, it does help my dry skin somehow, as I wash my skin 2-3 times a day and this cleanser doesn’t leave my skin feeling tight and dry afterwards. I love that aspect of it.

I switched up my cleansing routine again but continued incorporating the CosRx Low pH Goodmorning Gel cleanser for those times that I’m not wearing any makeup or in need of dire cleansing. I still rely on my Cathy Doll Makeup Remover Toner & Serum Foam Cleanser to fully remove any makeup residues and it works just fine. On days when I feel like my skin needs a little acne-care, I use my Celeteque Acne Solutions gel cleanser at night instead of the CosRx.

Would I repurchase?

Although I do love that it’s very gentle and non-drying, I dislike the fact that I have to purchase 2-3 cleansers aside from this one in order to do the all-around job for me. I’m trying to fix my overall skin care routine in order to lessen the cleansers I’m using, like probably adding acne-care on my toner or something, but still. For something that is well-raved about, I kind of wished it did more than just lightly cleanse. If I want to keep repurchasing this, I will end up switching up and looking for more products to use in my routine. Which is a bit tedious and costly to be honest. Plus, I’m already using a line of CosRx products on my existing routine. I’m on a 50/50 on this. But I’ll keep on trying to make this work for now.

Rating?

Until I am able to justify the improvements it did for my skin, I’m going to give this a 3 out of 5… For now. But I just wanted to clear out that I do love the cleanser because it’s very gentle and helps with my dry skin, but I needed that extra oomf with my skin care and this doesn’t make that much of a difference.

Would I recommend?

I would definitely recommend this for those who doesn’t have a lot of issues that they want to correct on their skin. Someone who’s looking for a low pH cleanser that won’t irritate their skin. This is a good cleanser despite of what I personally think about it and I would still recommend it to those who are not looking for something extra in their products. Plus, I find it very affordable for its size.

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Reviews · Skin Care

Skin Woes & Empties: St.Ives Timeless Skin Collagen Elastin Moisturizer

It’s a sort of a unique phenomenon when I manage to finish up a bottle or a tub of skin care product. I’m still in the search of that staple for my skincare routine that I would repurchase over and over again because it has worked wonders on my skin.

Lately, I’ve gone from breaking out to having itchy, flaky and inflamed skin due to irritations because of my constant search for amazing skin care products. I was an impatient little puppy a few weeks ago that I used two to three new products in my routine and I couldn’t figure out which one was causing the irritations. After a few more weeks of trial and error, I managed to eliminate the culprit. Everyone was raving about the Missha Time Revolution Essence and I wanted to try it for myself, so I purchased a bunch of trial sachets along with my CosRx Low pH Goodmorning Gel Cleanser, Mizon Snail Recovery Gel Cream and Mizon Snail Repair Eye Cream. Only to figure out after a few days that the Missha TRE has made my skin worse than it already is.

I was aware of my lack of judgment for introducing all of those to my skin all at once. But again, I was so desperate to finding something that can help my skin recover. I figured that I had to use moisturizers to soothe the inflammation and flakiness, so I started looking for another moisturizer because I thought that the St.Ives Timeless Skin Collagen and Elastin Moisturizer was not doing the job. I came across the CosRx Ultra-Moisturizing Lotion with Birch Sap and purchased it, then replaced my St.Ives Moisturizer.

Long story short, I ended up wanting to re-purchase my almost empty St.Ives Timeless Skin Collagen and Elastin Moisturizer after my long search for a better one. The main reason why I decided to keep looking for moisturizers other than this, is because I could not justify the benefits it gives my skin. Sure, it was very cheap for such a huge tub, but I simply cannot think of anything that makes it “work”. I was probably underestimating it because it was so affordable and I haven’t really seen famous bloggers using this. Before I purchased this moisturizer back in 2015-16, I remember reading somewhere that Collagen does not exactly work together with Elastin in the anti-aging department in order to achieve awesome results. Something along the lines of those ingredients cannot work alone for it to be effective. Like it lacks another ingredient to make it active or something. Well, I can’t be all scientific on this as I have no enough knowledge to prove my claims, so I took the blogger’s word for it. But anyway, here I am with an almost empty tub of St.Ives Timeless Skin Collagen and Elastin Moisturizer and absolutely loving it.

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Below is the information I found from the St.Ive’s website:

Collagen Elastin Moisturizer St. Ives

See ya later scale-agator. Nourish your skin with the goodness of 100% natural moisturizers (Safflower seed oil). Infused with hard-working collagen and elastin this hydrating formula will help capture that fresh-faced glow we all love.

 

SAFFLOWER SEED OIL


A lesser known relation of the sunflower, the safflower is a thistle-like plant with red, yellow and orange flowers. Don’t be deceived by its prickly looking exterior, the oil is known to help to smooth and moisturize skin.

Our safflowers come from all around the world, as far away as Australia and Argentina and lots of places in-between. The flowers are picked by hand and refined to extract the oil, which is 100% pure.

Ingredients

Water (Aqua, Eau), Mineral Oil (Paraffinum Liquidum, Huile Minerale), Propylene Glycol, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Stearic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Triethanolamine, Carbomer, Cetyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, Disodium EDTA, Fragrance (Parfum), Ethylhexylglycerin, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Hydrolyzed Elastin, Linalool, Hexyl Cinnamal, Coumarin, Geraniol

I actually really regret purchasing so many items to add to my skincare when all the while, I have loved the St.Ives Collagen and Elastin Moisturizer but failed to appreciate it. I have damaged my skin so much that after a week of it being inflamed and extremely stingy, it started peeling and being scaly after a few more weeks. I was so devastated and I was very desperate for my skin to heal. I began reducing my skincare routine to cleansing and double moisturizing. I used to use a cleanser-toner-moisturizer-eyecream-oil serum in my routine, but since I was trying to help my skin recover, I minimized the products I have been using.

It’s been 3 days and I can say that my skin has improved so much and I honestly don’t think it was the fact that I lessened the products I’ve been using on my face. It’s good to take note that when I minimized my skin regimen, I went back to using the old products my skin was used to. I completely removed the new ones that I was unsure of. During those days and weeks that my skin was at it’s worst, I realized that only the St.Ives Collagen Elastin Moisturizer did not feel stingy against my skin. It gave my skin a fresh, cooling and soothing feeling after I apply it on my face after cleansing. That was the reason why it was the only product that I could pretty much tolerate applying to my face. My face was less flaky, itchy and scaly immediately after 3 days of continued usage. I also tried using Nature Republic’s Aloe Vera Gel, but due to its alcohol content, my skin just felt drier, so I switched to this.

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This moisturizer is really underrated. It’s a very simple yet an amazing product that can work wonders for your skin. It also smells very nice and I love applying it at night because of that. However, I use this 2-3 times a day and it works just fine. During the day, I’m okay with applying this under my makeup, as it gives my skin a healthy looking glow without looking too oily. Although, I don’t think that I can recommend this to those who have oily skin especially when using it under your makeup because it can get quite heavy. But for someone who has dry combination and sensitive skin like mine, it works just fine. My skin drinks this up easily. Another good thing about this moisturizer is that I don’t think I need an eye cream to add to my skincare routine anymore. It hydrates my under-eye nicely and it makes my concealer application easier. I still don’t know how I can justify how this moisturizer works on my skin, but I can truly say that I am in-love with this and I will definitely keep repurchasing.

If you want a moisturizer that does the job without any complicated claims, I highly recommend this to you. It’s a simple moisturizer that doesn’t have too much gimmick going on but definitely excels in the moisturizing department. Just an additional use for it too: I spilled this once and I didn’t want to waste it, so I scooped out the spilled contents and used it as a lotion. (Don’t get me wrong though, it wasn’t dirty or anything. I just didn’t want to keep using it on my face.) This product is so moisturizing that it works amazing even as a lotion. I find that it really locks in the moisture on your skin and it doesn’t have a sticky feel to it. Since this product is a whopping 10oz/283g product for such a cheap price, (P200+ something in the Philippines, available in Watson’s and other grocery stores.) using it both as a facial moisturizer and a body lotion is not exactly a bad idea. Just make sure that you use a spatula to scoop the contents out to prevent contamination.

Would I repurchase?

Definitely! Over and over again.

Rating?

I’m giving this a 5/5 because it was the only product that truly helped my inflamed and irritated skin!

Sig

 

 

Reviews · Skin Care

A Love-Hate Relationship: Mizon Snail Recovery Gel Cream

I finally decided to purchase this Mizon Snail Recovery Gel (Cream) after a long contemplation of whether to buy it or not. Reviews over the internet are confusing. There are those who like it and those who hate it. Sure, there’s always something like that about makeup or skin care products since everyone’s skin will be different from each other. However, there was a higher percentage of dislikes among those who have tried this Mizon Snail Recovery Gel. Yet, here I am with this pink tube of snail gel on my vanity.

 

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Nothing too special about the packaging. It’s just a baby pink tube that I actually find very cute because of the color. I also love that it’s in a squeezy tube, not a tub.

 

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It contains 45ml (1.52 fl. oz.) per tube with 74% snail secretion filtrate.

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The packaging has an expiration date indicated.

First of all, what was the reason behind me purchasing this product despite of the higher percentage of negative reviews? Everyone was saying that it was nowhere near ‘hydrating’ when it was labelled as a ‘moisturizer’. In my personal opinion, upon reading the English part on the packaging, it didn’t say anything about being hydrating. So, I wasn’t expecting it to be hydrating either. However, it was the percentage of the snail secretion filtrate that had me wanting to buy this, plus, it’s in a gel form that is claimed to be lightweight. Perhaps, there was more to this pink tube than being a failure to be an actual moisturizer.

I have dry combination skin that is sensitive. I have recently tested that I’m not allergic to snail filtrates, so I started venturing into that category with my skin care. As far as I know, snail secretion filtrates aid in the cell turnover of the skin. It quickens the process of cell turnover and heals your skin faster. This also helps in reducing the appearance of your blemishes.

I also have dry patches on my under eye area and some on my cheeks. I wanted to get rid of that, but despite the lack of moisturization this Mizon Snail Gel has, (According to the reviews of others) I believe that the quicker cell turnover will remedy my dry patches to an extent.

After that long introduction and sharing of feelings, here’s the actual review.

Is it moisturizing?

No, I also don’t find it moisturizing. However, it did improve the texture of my skin. The small bumps that I had on my cheeks and chin are now gone, only after using it everyday, 2x a day, for a week. It did lack on the moisture department, but I think that was mainly because I had dry skin and this is a gel-type almost water-based product. I think products like these are meant to cater to those who have oily skin but wanted to add a moisturizer in their routine for balance. But for someone who has really dry skin, this is not something that you can use alone. Don’t treat this as a moisturizer. It does something far more than just to moisturize! I believe that this Mizon Snail Recovery Gel is good in healing your skin and not to moisturize alone.

What surprised me about this product is the first time I have used it. I woke up to a smoother and brighter looking complexion after using this the night before. It was then that I knew that this product really works wonders for your skin regardless of the lack of moisture and plumpness that it gives.

Although, for a product that claims to be multi-functional, it doesn’t seem to do much at all aside from heal your skin. But it’s a very affordable snail product, so if you’re just looking to try one that won’t hurt your budget, I guess this can be right for you. I purchased this via Shopee app, this is on sale for only P289 each.

Will I re-purchase?

I will continue to use this until I have used up the tube and I will give you guys updates. As of today, I happen to still have a love-hate relationship with this product. I do love the fact that it made my skin brighter and that it improved the texture, but since I have really dry skin, I would honestly prefer something that can moisturize, improve the texture of my skin and brighten it up all at the same time. I dislike the fact that I have to layer on a couple of different products just to achieve the results I want. Since I have very sensitive skin, doing so may lead to breakouts or irritate my face. So I try to keep my skin care on a minimal level.

I just wanted to shed a different light to this Mizon Recovery Snail Gel and remove it from the moisturizer category as I don’t think it’s the strength of this product. If you have oily skin, has a couple of blemishes that you want to fade, or you want to remedy uneven skin texture, this product may work for you but don’t expect it to deliver extreme results.

Rating?

I would rate this product a 3.5 out of 5. Simply because it was meant to suit other skin types and not mine. However, I would love to continue using this as it does a fine job in brightening and smoothing out the texture of my skin. It wasn’t that bad to be honest, I would be loving this so much if there was an added variety that can cater to a drier skin type!

Sig

 

 

Makeup

Dermacol Make-up Cover Foundation Review

The Dermacol Make-up Cover is known for being an extremely high coverage foundation that can cover up pretty much anything, even tattoos.

I don’t exactly have a lot to cover or conceal on my face except for slight blemishes on my cheeks, redness on certain areas and my uneven skin tone. I have never actually tried a lot of high coverage foundations because they always tend to be matte and too drying for my already dry skin. I have yet to encounter a high coverage foundation that will not accentuate the dry patches on my face and emphasize my dry under eyes. This is the main reason why I knew I had to get my hands on this Dermacol Make-up cover– it does not claim to be matte nor dewy.

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It has a sleek metallic tube that looks very nice. It also contains 30g of product and claims to be waterproof, hypoallergenic and with SPF 30.

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In the Dermacol website, it says:

The clinically tested, extreme covering Make up Cover was created as the first of its kind in Europe and one of the first in the world. The license for this foundation was eventually sold to Hollywood. It contains 50% pigments, which makes it a weapon against skin imperfections. DERMACOL MAKE-UP COVER provides PERFECT COVERAGE even in thin layers and is the perfect corrector for dark under-eye, unpleasant spots and skin blemishes. It completely covers acne, loss of pigmentation, post surgical bruising, tattoos etc. It may be used on the entire face or body for color correction, darkening or lightening the skin tones, and ensuring ideal balance. It is widely used as a professional make-up for photo or film shoots, modeling and for festive occasions.

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It has an expiration date written at the back of the box.

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I have the shade 218 that has a yellow undertone. I believe 218 is the go-to shade for Filipinas who are medium to fair skinned.

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The product is sealed and you’re 100% sure that it’s brand new.

This is not available locally in the Philippines, so you have to source it and buy from online shops like Shopee. I bought mine from Girllabph for P880. (I love Girllabph, the seller is very accommodating and I’m a frequent buyer in her shop. She sells 100% Authentic US/UK Makeup.)

In buying Dermacol Make-up Cover Foundation, the key to making this work is finding your perfect shade. I find that picking the wrong shade will not look good as it is a very full coverage and a thick foundation that lasts longer than your color correcting powder.

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The consistency is thick but creamy. A little goes a long way. This tiny little drop will already be enough to cover half or your entire face already. Feel free to add more if that’s what you prefer.

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Here’s how it looks like once blended. It looks darker on my arm but on my face it matches well. Note that my arm doesn’t have any primer or moisturizer before the Dermacol was applied, so it looks rather patchy.

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Photo was taken with flash. No flashbacks!

I mentioned above that the key to making Dermacol work well is to find the right shade for your skin tone. Especially if you’re trying to make it look like your skin but better. This will be tricky since you’re ordering online and you will be guessing on which shade is the right one for you. Another good thing with Shopee’s Girllab, is that she sells testers for only P180 for each 4g tube. The testers are cheaper than the full-size so you wouldn’t feel too bad about spending for a few tubes just to get your right shade. However, if you’re thinking that a little goes a long way and you can do away with buying just the tester…. I actually considered that at one point. But I was liking this foundation so much that I had to buy the full-size just to make sure I don’t run out. (It’s already too obvious that I like this foundation!)

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Now, back to the review. I personally think that all the claims that they have with this foundation are true. It really does have extreme coverage, it is waterproof as well. This review was honestly really hard to do because I had to stop myself from just saying I love this and I’m speechless. This stays on forever on your face, until you decide to remove it. Although it said waterproof, I didn’t have any trouble removing it using my Garnier Micellar Water.

Below, I’ll just write a quick list of the PROS and CONS for easier judging.

PROS:

  • Extremely full-coverage.
  • Hypo-allergenic.
  • Waterproof but very easy to remove. (However, I still double-cleanse just to make sure there are no more residues.)
  • It won’t budge anymore after it has completely set. For me, it was transfer proof.
  • You can either set it or not. It depends on your preference. It works fine either way.
  • Does not set into a flat matte finish, it’s very much like your skin but better. Has a little bit of a healthy finish, almost velvety with a very slight glow.
  • Does not look cakey as long as you blend it well and use ample amount.
  • It was lightweight for me. (Although it will probably depend on how much you put.)
  • Doesn’t oxidize.

CONS

  • Not applicable for daily use, probably just on special occasions, photo shoots, events, etc.

Before anything else, I just wanted to explain why I think that this is not applicable for daily use. Yes, it is very lightweight on the skin. It doesn’t feel heavy at all and it does say that it’s hypo-allergenic. However, I was so happy about how this foundation looked on my skin that I started using the tester every day for a week. My skin was fine, no immediate breakouts or whatsoever. But– a week after, I started getting tiny pimples on the areas that I apply this foundation. (Note: I only had the tester tube that time and the full-size tube hasn’t arrived yet so I was just using it as a concealer and not all over my face.) I’m not 100% sure if it was the Dermacol that caused those tiny pimples, it wasn’t anything serious. It wasn’t cystic or anything, just tiny little pimples that can pass as bumps. I had about 3-4 of those tiny little pimples after the next 2-3 days. I stopped using Dermacol to rest my skin and the bumps still continued to be there but it started to heal. Thus, the theory that this might have been the cause of my little breakouts. I still love this foundation though, it’s just not good for everyday use as it might have too much pigment that can possibly clog your pores, regardless of how lightweight it feels on the skin. Which is why I recommend double-cleansing in order to make sure that you have removed any residues of the makeup on your face.

Anyways, I prefer applying this using a damp sponge. I know that using damp sponges could lessen the coverage, but it blends the foundation seamlessly on your skin. It looks more natural and less cakey. If you don’t need too much coverage or you don’t have a lot of areas that you want to conceal hardcore, I find that it’s better to be applied with a damp sponge. I also don’t recommend using your fingers with this, it’s harder to blend that way and the thick creamy formula makes it hard to manipulate with just the warmth of your fingers. I’m not sure if this will work well with a brush either unless of course, you’re aiming for that perfect and flawless coverage. You can always use two application methods for this, a damp sponge for areas that are prone to caking or areas that don’t need too much coverage and brushes for areas that need more coverage.

This foundation will work well for photo shoots, special events or occasions. Longevity wise, this can probably last as long as you want it to. The longest wear test that I can do with this foundation is probably up to 8 hours and it still looks flawless! I oiled up a little in my nose area but it’s nothing that a blotting paper can’t fix. You don’t really need to touch up the rest of your face aside from your T-zone if you’re oily or combination skin type. It creased a little on my dry under eye area after a while, but nothing too extreme. You can just fix it with your damp sponge and you’re good to go. And don’t get me wrong, I find that after the initial touch up for the creasing, you don’t have to do fix it again. It’s probably excess foundation or something. But I think it’s because this foundation should not be layered too much, a little really goes a long way. The thinner the application, the better it seems to look. Plus, what’s the purpose of it being 50% pigments when you’re going to layer it on like crazy? I honestly think that even a dot-sized amount can cover up most of your skin imperfections already. Don’t go cray cray with this.

I may have said more PROS than CONS, but I still cannot get myself to rate this a 5 over 5. I would still give it a 4 or maybe a 4.5. Mainly because this was so good and I wanted to use it every day, but unfortunately it gave me tiny pimples. It wasn’t anything that my skincare regimen couldn’t handle, but since I rarely get pimples, the fact that I started having them is not fun at all. I’m currently having a love-hate relationship with this foundation now and I will probably post an update regarding this foundation after a month or so.

I have laid out all the positive things this Dermacol foundation offers, so if you think that your skin isn’t all that sensitive and you think that this foundation will work well for you than it did for me, or if you’re just planning to use this on special occasions, then you might really love this.

Will I repurchase? I’m in the search of a concealer now and this Dermacol tube will probably last until next year, so I don’t know. I just purchased a highly raved Korean Brand concealer called The Saem Covertip Perfection Concealer and I’m going to figure out if I love that more than this Dermacol foundation. Until next time!

Sig

 

 

 

Makeup · Reviews

L.A. Girl Pro Conceal HD Concealer Review

When I first started liking anything makeup related in general, this L.A. Girl Pro Conceal HD Concealer was all over beauty blogs and YouTube. Some refer to it as a cult favorite and it was really raved about. Who wouldn’t be tempted to buy something that’s in that ‘holy grail’ status for most?

We have L.A Girl counters here in the Philippines and I was so excited about checking it out for the first time. This was 3 years ago, I think.

So I purchased my first L.A Girl Pro Conceal HD Concealer in Robinson’s forum. The shade I purchased was creamy beige I think and the mall price was somewhere between P395 or P495.  (Please note that 3 years ago, I was new to buying my first few makeup essentials for my kit. Plus, I wasn’t brave enough just yet to start buying makeup products that are P300+ unless it’s a foundation. In short, this is a very big decision as per my budget.) As per the SA, the creamy beige was the lightest shade available in the PH. The first time I swatched it on my hand it looked fine. It seemed to blend well on my skin and it looked like a perfect match, the SA said so too. Since I’ve already read tons of good reviews about this concealer, I didn’t hesitate to immediately buy it.

The regret started about 30 minutes after.

It oxidized. It became freakishly orange against my fair skin tone and I was like–OH MY GAWD. Sure, the coverage was awesome but I didn’t want orange under eyes paired with my fair toned cheeks. I tried making it work by putting it under lighter makeup, but with L.A Girl’s extreme coverage, as soon as my foundation base has faded, I’m left with weird orange streaks under my eyes and orange polka dots on my cheeks because of the blemishes I tried to conceal. I stopped making it work. The shade was so wrong.

So, after my scary experience with that previous shade, this year, I came across the Shopee app. It has a lot of legit stores that sell US/UK/Korean/Japanese makeup. The selection is crazy, just go find yourself a legit seller that sells 100% Authentic makeup products. Note that there are fakes too so buy at your own discretion.

I saw the L.A. Girl Pro Conceal HD Concealer again and it retails for about P180-P250. It’s cheaper than the mall price and it has a wider range of shades to choose from.

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It’s the same product that I’ve used before, I just chose a lighter shade and hoped that I got the right one this time.

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I got the shade Light Ivory. As per Google, it’s the second lightest shade available.

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The previous shade I bought was creamy beige and the Light Ivory is waaaaayyy lighter. I knew I could always make lighter shades work because I could use it for highlighting. It was a better way to start than stark orange shades.

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Here’s how the shade translates to my arm. It looks fine, right?

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When blended. (Is it still there???)

Here’s where the real review starts. When you look at the picture above, it blended almost into nothing. That’s supposed to be good, right? Well, not until you really want to conceal something and your concealer just vanishes once blended… That’s not good. With a concealer that’s as pigmented as this, a little should have gone a long way. But for some reason, the way this concealer blends depends on how much product you put. (Well, isn’t that wasteful?) At first I thought that this concealer was fake, but I have ordered a bunch of products on that shop in Shopee and the rest performed well. It was just this one that failed. I also compared my previous concealer that I bought in the mall, and it looked pretty much the same. 101% the same so I knew it couldn’t be fake.

The thing is, you have to squeeze out a lot of product in order to get the most out of it. I’ve used this tube for about a week and it’s already 50% empty. It’s an affordable buy for P180-P250 but still, this is a raved product. I expected more from it. But then, if it works on them, it won’t always work for me.

I’m not a fan of the packaging/applicator as well. A brush tip applicator isn’t the easiest to work with. You can barely control the amount of product it dispenses. It’s either you can’t even dispense anything, or it dispenses a sh*t ton of product. A doe foot applicator would be highly appreciated or just a simple squeezy tube would have been better.

I also have dry combination skin and even with moisturizer and a primer underneath, this concealer looked very patchy under my eyes. It accentuated my fine lines and dryness. You have to work around it quickly, as it sets very fast.

I guess it will only work for those who have oily or normal skin. I blend this with a damp sponge and no matter how much I try to thin it out, I’m left with the same outcome every time. Not sure if it was really not meant for my skin type or what.

The shade I picked wasn’t all that bad. However, don’t get scared when you dispense it on your skin because the pigment itself looks very off. But once you blend it, it tones down.

Coverage wise, I’d still say it’s a medium, despite how it didn’t make my skin look flawless. I had better experiences with concealers than this one.

I just think that this product is too overrated. The shade range is also a bit off. I don’t think anyone is that orange or yellow. Be careful on choosing your shades especially if you’re buying it online. The swatches in google look lighter than the actual shade. My skin isn’t that fair and the second lightest shade is still a shade darker than my actual skin tone. If you’re fairer than me, I suggest that you try Korean brand concealers instead.

Would I repurchase?

No. I have recently found something so much better and I think I found my HG concealer/foundation!

Sig

 

 

 

Reviews · Skin Care

Lily’s Touch Snail Serum Review

Snail filtrates in skin care has been a growing trend nowadays. Brands are going back to basics with their all natural skin care products.

Today, we will talk about the Lily’s Touch Snail Serum. Below is how the product looks like.

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“Contains a patented technology using secretion filtrate of snails that encourages the skin to repair itself. Snail secretion filtrate diminishes appearance of dark spots and discoloration of skin.”

In the Lily’s Touch official website, it says:

Snail serum was popularly used in Ancient Greece as an ingredient to reduce inflammation. It is known for its regenerative properties and facilitates the restoration of damaged tissue and replenishes moisture in skin. It is also effective in treating acne and scarring.

Snail serum contains a patented technology using secretion filtrate of snails that encourages the skin to repair itself. Snail secretion filtrate diminishes appearance of dark spots and discoloration of skin.

It is the perfect product if you want to slow down the ageing process of your skin.

Good for:

Dark under eye, scars, melasma, warts, visible pores, dark circles, puffy bags, wrinkles, uneven skin-tone, and dull skin.

Snail slime becomes latest beauty must-have as mollusc mucus is touted to clear acne, heal scars and beat wrinkles.

The science behind snail slime as a viable beauty cream is mostly derived from lab studies where the effects of the slime have been tested on a variety of cell cultures. In these studies, research suggests that snail slime will stimulate the production of elastin and collagen, increase fibronectin protein production, and stimulate increased proliferation of fibroblasts. The perfect thing if you want to slow down the ageing process to a snail’s pace.

Slime harvested from the creatures is the key ingredient in new range of anti-ageing products.

The makers claim they can make users appear six years younger in just four weeks. The benefits for human skin were discovered by Chilean snail farmers who noticed their skin healed quickly without scarring when they handled the creatures which were being exported to France.

  • Dermatologist tested
  • FDA approved
  • Tried and Tested
  • Mercury free
  • Paraben Free
  • All Natural ingredients

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It retails for P550 per 30ml bottle in their website, but is usually on sale via Shopee app for about P275. Always check with the seller regarding the expiration dates especially if the item is on sale.

Again, here’s a list of my skin issues if you haven’t seen them on my other posts.

  • Redness around my nose and below my chin.
  • Uneven skin-tone.
  • Dull skin.
  • Dry to Combination skin, oily on the T-zone.
  • Blemishes on my cheeks.
  • Large pores.

These are the things that I wanted to correct when I decided to purchase the Lily’s Touch Snail Serum. I’m currently using their best-selling Lily’s Touch Miracle Cream as a part of my morning routine, but for my night time skin care routine, I needed a potent serum to cure or improve my skin woes overnight.

I have been using this serum for more than a month now. I still haven’t seen any drastic improvements on my skin, considering I have been using this 3 times a week with intervals.

3 times a week with intervals instead of everyday, because I noticed that with everyday use, I tend to have more whiteheads on my nose and chin area. I think it’s because it’s very thick and oily on the face, probably clogs my pores to an extent. I feel the need to exfoliate 3 times a week instead of 1-2 because of this.

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It doesn’t break me out, nor did I have any allergic reactions. I’ve read that there are people who get allergic reactions to any type of snail filtrate products. So if you want to try this out, start with patch tests first.

It has a scent that’s hard to explain. No, it doesn’t smell like a snail. It’s something between powdery or your grandmother’s old makeup or perfume. It’s not that bad at all, I personally don’t mind it since I usually apply it at night.

Don’t go overboard in applying this. A little goes a long way. Just make sure that you distribute it on your face in small amounts so it’s easier to blend and spread. If you apply too much, it will feel tacky and warm against your skin. Almost as if your skin is saying that it’s suffocating and it can’t breathe. The first time you use this, you will notice a slight tingling sensation. It’s somewhat itchy but after awhile, the tingling sensation goes away. It’s not an allergic reaction, at least for me it’s not. The next day, I woke up to glowy soft skin that looked so hydrated and healthy.

However, the moment I washed it, I could barely see the difference. It seemed as if the product was only working when it’s on your skin. But the moment you wash it off, you’re back to your old skin but slightly better.

I don’t recommend using this during the day, since it feels very heavy on the skin and it doesn’t set or dry even after hours of application. It stays oily and tacky until you decide to wash it off.

The reason why I keep on using this product, despite that I hate the feeling of having a thick oil against my skin, is because it did improve my complexion in a way. Whenever I feel like my skin feels so patchy and dry, I would apply this at night and I’d wake up with a better and normal skin without the dry patches or bumps. After I wash it off, it does feel dry again but without the patchiness. I would just apply moisturizer and my skin looks and feels so much better. I think that this serum is a decent moisturizer than can remedy extreme dryness overnight. It does claim to ‘encourage skin repair’. But the rest of its claims is something I haven’t seen. I don’t think it lightened my blemishes, nor did it shrink my pores. Also, I think that this isn’t meant for everyday use, probably just on days that you feel like your skin needs a pick-me-up.

If you’re looking for a snail serum that will work wonders for your skin in all aspects, I honestly don’t think that this will deliver the best results. It’s a so-so product, given too much credit because Lily’s touch is known for their best-selling Miracle Cream that’s patronized by local celebrities. That’s the main reason why I purchased it, regardless of how very few reviews are available online for this product. Although I wouldn’t say that this is a bad product, it’s actually a decent one.

Would I repurchase?

The 30ml bottle is a lot and it will last you for a long time. However, in the Lily’s touch website, it says that it’s best consumed within a month. I don’t think that you can use all of it in a month, since you’re basically just using 3-4 drops of it for your entire face. I’m not sure if I’d repurchase, there are probably better snail serums out there, especially in K-Beauty brands.

Sig

 

Makeup · Reviews

Wet & Wild Megaglo Contouring Palette Review

The Wet & Wild Megaglo Contouring Palette is probably one of those products that “YouTube Made Me Buy” it. It was raved so much by Pinay YouTube bloggers that I decided to finally buy my second contouring palette.

I was  late bloomer. I wanted to find my perfect base first, before I ventured into the more complicated side of makeup such as contouring. I wasn’t exactly in the search of my holy grail contouring palette because I haven’t really found my holy grail base just yet.

My first contour-blush palette was from E.L.F, which I wasn’t really a fan of, because it was too patchy for me and the blush felt so gritty and rough in texture, I stopped buying contouring palettes in general because it’s not something I really use everyday and I feel like my first experience in E.L.F’s contouring palette ruined the whole thing for me. (A lot of people like that blush-contour palette though, it just didn’t work well on me.)

 

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I bought my Wet & Wild Megaglo Contouring palette in Shopee for P340 each. It took me quite a while to finally check that item out after it has been on my cart for more than months already. I wasn’t sure if I needed it, but I finally gave in after watching series of YouTubers rave about it.

I bought the shade Dulce De Leche. It will suit those who have light to fair skin tones. For those who are morena or darker, there’s another shade called Caramel Toffee that’s available.

I saw this in Landmark Makati’s Wet & Wild stall once, it was sold for P495 if I remember correctly, but it seems to be out of stock already as per the SA. I’m not sure for how long it will be out of stock, but before I bought this, I would always check their counter whenever I would go to Landmark and it’s always unavailable. I recommend that you buy this online instead, since it’s cheaper. Just make sure that you buy from legit online sellers.

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It contains 0.44oz or 12.5g. It’s one heck of a big pan. It’s honestly very cheap for P340 and it will probably last you forever.

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Here are the swatches. Seriously, the pan is almost as big as my fist.

Be careful when applying this product. A little goes a long way. Lightly just tap your brush on the palette, don’t drag your brush heavily against it. Make sure you tap the excess from your brush before you apply it on the hollows of your cheeks, as it is very pigmented. It’s very powdery and very finely milled. The palette’s surface easily gets scraped by rough brushes, so make sure you use a soft brush.

This contouring palette is great for beginners. It’s very easy to use and blend. Although I’m not sure if it actually lasts for a long time, because whenever I would use this, when I get home after a 4-8 hour lakwatcha, I find no trace of the contour in my face. Even with my base still intact. I don’t exactly have the habit of checking my entire makeup when I’m outside, I usually just notice my lipstick/liptint above anything else once it’s gone. I just avoid looking pale and sickly when I’m out.

I do think that this is good for your everyday makeup look where you want to have a great mix of light and shadows for more emphasis on the dimensions of your face. It’s probably not for those fully made-up looks for parties and events because of the product’s longevity.

However, the highlighting shade in this palette is not something I actually use. It’s matte and has no traces of sheen to it, so it’s just like a setting powder but not an actual highlighter. It seems to have a bit of a pigment on the swatch, but it blends into my skin seamlessly and adds no coverage or whatsoever. I don’t think it highlights at all. You won’t have much use for it if you have your own favorite setting powder.

But who am I to complain? It’s very cheap for P340 and it’s such a big pan.

This is a very good product if you’re new to contouring palettes. It’s very pocket friendly and easy to use as well. No expertise required in using this. Just contour, blend and you’re good to go.

Would I repurchase?

More like… Will I ever run out of this product? I would rate it a 4 out of 5. Not bad, Wet & Wild!

Sig

 

Makeup · Reviews

Cathy Doll AA Cream First Impression Review

When Cathy Doll first launched here in the Philippines, I wasn’t an immediate fan. We were walking around SMDC Jazz Mall Makati when we saw this Cathy Doll stall in front of the Hypermarket. It was the packaging of the products that immediately caught our eye. (Pink and metallic tubes with animal prints too!) Most of the products they had in that stall were glutathione and whitening lotions.

First of all, I’m not a fan or a user of whitening products.

My skin is already fair and I don’t exactly feel the need to use whitening products to improve my complexion. Plus, when one of my friends tried the lotions, her arm turned all white and soapy. Even with constant rubbing, she couldn’t make the lotion blend and melt into her skin. (I think most glutathione lotions are like that, they’re thick in consistency and very hard to blend into the skin. It has an instant whitening effect.) We were frightened and we all laughed and walked away.

Sooo….

The first time I fell in-love with Cathy Doll products is the moment I tried the all-in-one Makeup Remover + Toner + Serum + Foam Cleanser. (But that’s not what we’re going to review today!)

Now, let’s talk about the Cathy Doll AA (Automatic Aura) Cream in the shade Natural Beige. I bought this in Watson’s for P649 in a 50g tube. (It’s a little expensive for me, considering it’s a bit of a small tube. But I used to love Etude House’s BB Cream that’s 60g for a P850 something per tube, so what the heck, there’s not much difference.)

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As to what I’ve read online, AA literally means Automatic Aura. So it probably means that this cream will give you that instant healthy glow on your skin. It also contains tea tree oil that’s known for helping with acne problems. It also has a SPF of 45 PA+++ which is good, but probably won’t look good in flash photography.

The first thing that came to my mind when I tried this Cathy Doll AA Cream for the first time is that the shade range isn’t good. Even for a Filipina that has a fair to light complexion, this will probably look ashy to them, but probably less, compared to those who are morena. It’s not yellow undertone, it’s slightly pinkish. (Although I’ve heard that the AA Cushion has a yellow undertone compared to this one even with the same shade names.)

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It has a slightly watery consistency, but not too runny.

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Swatches on natural lighting. After blending into the skin.

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With flash. Gosh, that’s light and ashy. Good SPF though, it’s SPF 45 PA+++!

This AA Cream really did brighten my skin and gave it a glowy look. Although my skin tone isn’t really for pinkish toned bases, so it looked a little off and had to be corrected or topped off by a yellow-toned powder.

When I used this AA Cream, I knew I was going to sweat a lot but I was relying on it’s SPF so I tried it anyways. Longevity wise, after I’ve sweat for about 2 hours, I noticed that the coverage wasn’t as good as when I applied it.

Again, here’s a list of my skin issues if you haven’t seen them on my other posts.

  • Redness around my nose and below my chin.
  • Uneven skin-tone.
  • Dull skin.
  • Dry to Combination skin, oily on the T-zone.
  • Blemishes on my cheeks.
  • Large pores.

Coverage wise, this AA cream offered a light to medium. I’m not sure if it was buildable, I didn’t try because it already looks ashy against my fair yellow-toned skin. Adding more product will already make my face look ghostly and unappealing. It did even out my skin tone, but did not fully cover the redness around my nose and below my chin.

The scent was okay, I’ve heard a lot of reviews about the tea tree scent and they love it. It’s very mild and barely noticeable after a few minutes of putting it on. As for the tea tree ingredient, I’m not exactly acne prone nor do I suffer from intense acne to the point that it’s bothering, so I didn’t really mind if the ingredient was there or not.

The shade range needs to have more variety, especially those that can cater to Filipina skin tones. It can be easily corrected by a setting powder, but if you’re that type of person who prefers bases that can act as an all in one foundation+powder, this isn’t the product for you. It sets into a slightly dewy, slightly tacky base. I have dry combination skin but I still prefer setting this with a powder to avoid the sticky feeling on my face. It’s not transfer proof as well, so yeah, just set it.

It’s good for every day use. It’s definitely lightweight, as it claims to be ‘air light’. It didn’t break me out as well, I tend to have rashes on my cheeks whenever a product feels too heavy on the skin.

If you’re going to be doing physical activities and you’ll be sweating a lot, it will only last for about 1-2 hours. If you’re going to be staying in a cool place where you won’t be moving around and sweating, it will last for about 4 hours, I guess.

Would I repurchase?

Probably not until there are more shades available that look better on my skin tone. I also find it to be on the expensive side if this is something that you’re just going to wear on a daily basis for errands, work, etc. It doesn’t even last on my skin that long even if I set it with powder. My daily basis would probably consist of sweating a lot, so I’d prefer something that won’t slide off of my face as soon as I start to sweat. My iWhite Korea BB Holic Everyday BB Cream has probably performed better than this in my opinion, except for the lack of SPF of that product. But coverage wise and shade range, I’d really prefer that one.

I would rate this a 3.5 out of 5. Mainly because I’m not a fan of the shade range and I think that’s the most crucial part in loving a base product.

Sig