Yes, my dear friends. The 10-step skin care is now history. It turns out that long and complicated skin care can tire our skin, too! What better way to do our skin care routine than cutting it short with less products?
That’s why Althea Korea has come out with revolutionary new products that will completely change our lives!
Eversince the Korean wave reached the Philippine shores, Filipino men and women alike have adapted Korean style not only their fashion but also the way they want their skin to look like.
Koreans like the “chok-chok” effect – the dewy, bouncy glowing skin effect. In order to achieve that, they apply layer upon layer of moisturizing products, such as toner, serum, emulsion, mask, mist, and any cream that screams moisture.
Filipinos never liked this effect before, since it makes us look greasy. Any shine on our skin was a major no-no. Most of us have oily skin, so we’ve all aimed for a super matte finish.
Fast forward to now, we’ve started to appreciate the youthful glow on our skin, even without putting on makeup. And if we DO apply makeup, we’d like a smooth and healthy canvas for a more flawless looking finish.
However, with our busy schedule, I doubt that 100% of the people who do the 7-step or the 10-step Korean skin care routine have done it religiously. There will always be one person who has skipped a day or two (or even three!) because of exhaustion.
About a month ago, my friend Mayeth (who’s also a YouTuber) and I decided to make a collaboration video and she came up with the idea of creating a graduation look. It’s not for graduates, though! It’s for the graduates’ moms (or guardians)! 😃
Being mudras ourselves, we both agreed on using affordable products that are locally available. I initially thought on doing a full-face of Ever Bilena products, but with all the messy things in my work area, I couldn’t find my brow pencil anywhere. 😅
Though most of the makeup items that I used were from Ever Bilena, there were a couple of items that were from a different brand.
These past few weeks, my Facebook feed had been bombarded with posts about people in queues just for a tub of a particular Indian Healing Clay. Some of them had known it and loved it, while others were probably just jumping on the bandwagon. Some of them didn’t even know what they were for, but there they were, stuck in No. 69, 78, or 100. Some even posted in groups asking how the product was used, right AFTER making a purchase.
I mean, shouldn’t we know first what we are lining up for? That before spending money on a product, I believe we must give it some thought beforehand.
But I cannot deny that I got curious myself. Why would it be hyped if it weren’t good, right? Lucky me, I was given the opportunity to try out something from a different brand that promises the same effect. (Thanks, Ms. Cha!) Since it contains 100% Natural Calcium Bentonite and Green Clay, it claims to effectively cleanse and detoxify, while healing the skin.
Since it was my first time to try an Indian Healing Clay mask, I had to educate myself and make a lot of research.
First of all, I’d like to thank Ms. Trish of Opulence for sending over their Time to Glow Face Brightening Set. Rest assured, everything I’m writing here is purely my honest opinion. Everything is going to be based on my personal experience.
Prior to this I had a different routine, which consisted of some other local products, Korean brands, and Opulence White + Renew. I stopped using the other products for a good seven days, and used only the products from Opulence. I wanted to be sure that any changes that would occur were solely because of these products.
Back in October of last year, I was lucky to be a part of the first Meet & Greet and the third blog-versarry of MJ Perez of Vanity Room Philippines! The event was fun-filled and was truly inspiring. I loved that he wanted to share his blessings, not only to us – his friends/followers, but also to the less privileged children.
After the charity event, we had a sumptuous dinner at Dong Juan where we also played fun games and received loot bags filled (literally) with skin care products!
The product is housed in a round transparent acrylic pot with white screw cap. The label has all the basic information that you’ll need to know – what it is for, the amount of product in the container, what it is made of, where and when it was made, how to use it, and when the expiration date is. Continue reading “#RIXREVIEWS: OPULENCE Time to Glow White + Renew”→
First things first, let me begin this post by telling you some things that must be considered:
I had not used any toners before I got this. It’s been ages since I last used one.
I was having a bad skin day when I received it – more like bad skin dayS – so my skin was rough and I had several pimples on my forehead, somewhere on the cheeks, and around the mouth area.
I’m not a doll so I don’t have a perfect skin. I’ve had pimple marks and scars and that’s that.
I don’t get facials. The first and the last time I did was at Flawless Sta. Rosa back in 2016, and that’s how I got my huge pimple scar on my right cheek underneath my eye. I had an acne when I went there, and my attendant pricked it.
Of course, this is not the only product that I’m currently using. However, I can tell that the results I got was from this product, since the other products were already being used even before I had the toner.
This product was sent to me to try and review.
DO NOTE, THOUGH, THAT I ALWAYS GIVE MY SUPER DUPER HONEST OPINION AND I BASE EVERYTHING ON HOW I FEEL DURING THE PROCESS AND HOW GOOD THE OUTCOME IS. SO IF I SAY I LOVE IT, THAT MEANS I LOVE IT, AND IF I SAY I HATE IT, THAT MEANS I HATE IT.
ALSO, REMEMBER THAT NOT BECAUSE IT WORKS FOR ME, IT WILL WORK FOR YOU. BUT WHO KNOWS? RIGHT? BETTER TRY IT AND SEE FOR YOURSELF. 😉
“My skin is 24 karat gold when the sun hits it.” – Kevin Gates
Previously, I posted a product from Nature Skin Secrets and that was their Detox Mask with Black Combo. I honestly loved the result the product gave me, so despite the lack of information on the labels and my messy first time experience, I still recommend this mask. It’s just a matter of knowing how to properly use it.
Fortunately for me, the kind people behind the brand loved my review so they sent me a couple of their other products to try. They even included a cosmetic bowl with a spoon and a brush. (Thanks so much, Ms. Maui and Ms. Cecil! 💕)
One of the perks of having attended Glamcon MNL last January 21st was being able to get free samples from participating brands. One of those brands was Naruko.
Naruko was founded by Niuer, whom everyone in Taiwan refers to as the “Beauty King”. The brand was awarded the “Best New Brand 2010” in Taiwan and China, and for three consecutive years (2008-2010), it was considered as “the most outstanding contribution to beauty”.
If you go to a Philippine supermarket or drugstore, you’ll notice that a lot of skin care products’ main ingredients are papaya, calamansi and/or lemon extracts, and glutathione. All of which are known to lighten skin color. A lot of Filipinos (women included of course! I’m talking about people of the Philippines in general, just to be clear) prefer fairer skin to tanned skin.
Others embrace their Pinoy colors, while others (me included) do not really aim to look mestiza but at least lighten some dark areas on the body. There is NO problem, though, if a person wants to achieve a fairer skin. It always depends on what WE want for ourselves, not what OTHERS want. 😉
My father used to tell me never to kneel without anything protecting my knees from the floor. The friction would make my knees darker and that wouldn’t look good. Unfortunately, being a little girl who wanted to be as carefree as a boy, I often failed to do as I was told. Not only my knees, but also my elbows. I’m not also really confident with my pits, too, and I felt like it’s high time I make my skin happy and myself confident. They’ve been in the dark for so long! 😀
I’ve tried a lot of commercial products that promised to whiten skin “in just 1 week!”. I knew it was codswallop, but I was too forgiving I still gave them a try. Oh well, it was a complete waste of money.
Later on, I was convinced that a thorough treatment at a dermatologist would be my only chance. Then again, MJ Perez, the blogger behind the successful Vanity Room Philippines, proved that there ARE products that truly work. Though I haven’t really tried the products he has recommended, I’ll definitely give them a shot.
Last week, my aunt introduced to me a local skin care brand. It’s called BN Whitening Shoppe. I checked their page and their products seem promising. Its main company is in Davao City and my aunt said that she had friends and colleagues in Australia who used BN products and swore by their effectiveness.
So, here are the products that I got:
Cheek and Lip Tint
Claims: Smudge on this kiss-proof, see-through color for lips & cheeks that lasts for hours!
They have three shades: Orange, Red, and Plum. However, in other pages, they say, Orange, Pink, and Plum. Mine’s the red/pink one. 😀
Well, from the tube, the product looks red, but it’s more like reddish pink when applied. It does not indicate which shade it is; that’s one of the cons. It’s watery but gel-ish. Because of this, it is much easier to blend. It stains beautifully on my lips as well as on my cheeks. I’m surprised by its pigmentation and longevity. A little amount goes a long way. It lasted me all day and I love how natural it looks.
I’ve been using it for five days now and I have not had any breakouts. By the way, here are the ingredients:
I lightly squeeze the tube and apply the product directly onto my lips then I use my ring finger to spread it all over my lips. If you don’t want to have pink stain on your finger, use a Q-tip or a lip brush. However, the fingers are the best tools to spread it evenly on the cheeks.
I’m really happy with this product! This is better than the lip tints I’ve tried that are too watery.
Underarm Whitening Solution
Claims: Conquer sweat and odor with this wonder solution!This underarm whitening solution would surely help your armpits be free from odor-causing bacteria and will keep them sweat-free all throughout the day! What’s more, unlike other deodorants, its light and clear so no need to worry about staining your clothes or a film/cream build-up causing he underams to darken.
I have only been using this product for five days. I have not seen any major changes yet, but I noticed that my pits ARE a tad bit lighter than they usually are! Also, I am impressed by how true their claims are when it comes to sweat and odor. I did NOT sweat – not even a little I swear – the entire day. Eversince I used this product, I’ve stopped using my deodorant. That alone is impressive, because deo is always a must-have for me. (I just want to be 100% protected. It’s hard to take a risk you know.)
What I do is, after taking a bath and drying my pits, I put a few drops onto a piece of cotton and apply it all over. It has a slight cooling effect upon application. It has the smell of alcohol, but I don’t think it is super irritating.
I have high hopes for this product because in just a short period of time, I’m seeing some of its potential.
By the way, if you’ve been following this blog, you’ll know that I’m using an oatmeal scrub from another Pinoy brand. It’s almost empty now and I’ll be including that in my ‘product empties’ post. I’ll let you know what I think about it. But to give you a heads-up, I still can’t show you a before and after photo. 😀
As for this product, as promised, if there are any major changes, no matter how embarrassing it could be, I’ll post a photo here.
Pink Whitening Soap
Claims: Helps lighten skin through its mild formulation and promotes smoother skin. Use regularly to improve skin fairness and correct blemishes.
First of all, I LOVE the packaging! I’m not into flowers, but it does give this soap an extra oomph! As the name suggests, this is a pink soap with the logo stamped on the top. It has that floral scent, well I guess there won’t be flowers on the packaging if it doesn’t.
Here are the ingredients:
Kojic Acid, Coco Nucifera, Water, and Fragrance
As we already know, Kojic Acid lightens the skin tone. Recommended usage is day and night. You must lather for 5 minutes to get better results.
Unfortunately, among the things that I got, this is the only one I have not tried yet. I have just finished the last block of my coffee soap; and I have won a magical soap from Lily’s Beauty Potion (owned by a fellow Potterhead, yay!) I initially wanted to try that Harry Potter inspired soap first, but since it has not arrived yet, I’ve started using the Extreme Whitening Face and Body Soap, which you’ll be reading below. 😉
My sister, Mikk, is currently using it and she said it smells good. She also cuts it up into smaller blocks to make the soap last longer. She said the soap melts pretty quickly so make sure you place it somewhere that does not collect water.
Extreme Whitening Face and Body Soap
I have the small bar which is 55g, and is retailed for only P55. They also have it in a bigger bar, which is 220g, for only P195. I’ve just used this twice and my first time pleasantly surprised me! According to the instructions:
Use while bathing day and night. Lather onto your body to reveal lighter and healthier looking skin then rinse well immediately. GENTLY RUB. Pat dry and apply moisturizer.
The bar was wrapped in a transparent plastic and was so sealed that I squished the edges of the soap as I tried to remove the covering. It does not have any distinct scent, but it has that very subtle soap smell.
It did not have much foam as I lathered it all over my body, but the soap felt really smooth. I focused on areas that need more attention – you know, the dark areas. Hehe! However, it stung my groins because of some irritation going on down there. Also, I only saw the instructions AFTER I used the soap. Galing, noh?!
When I was done showering, I just let my body dry a little, then started rubbing my skin gently. I can see something (like libag haha!) coming off and noticed the sudden change in my skin. It looked radiant and light. My skin also felt cleaner, if that makes sense.
It just feels a bit drying afterwards, so moisturizing is a must-have. BN recommends their Extreme Whitening Lotion for best results, but I’m currently using a Korean soothing water gel at the moment.
This product claims to whiten skin in as early as 5 days… Hmmmh… We’ll see about that.
These past few weeks (or maybe months), I’ve been lacking sleep. It’s either I sleep at 3 or 4 in the morning, or I don’t sleep AT ALL. And this is NOT good for my body, as well as for my skin.
I’ve been having breakouts lately – on the forehead, cheeks, jawline, and all the other possible places for pimples to appear. And I know exactly why they keep coming back.
Now, how can my skin be at full rest, if I myself do not give it the so-called “Beauty Sleep”? So, what really happens to our skin when we lack sleep?
1. Cortisol level is UP to the heavens!
Cortisol, in layman’s terms, is a stress hormone. The more sufficient sleep we have, the lower the level of cortisol. It is naturally reduced as we sleep. Now, low cortisol level allows our skin to regenerate. So, if we don’t sleep, the cortisol level goes up causing breakouts and prevents our skin to heal properly. Our skin will age faster if we don’t have enough Z’s than when we dohave enough sleep.
2. Our skin gets dehydrated!
As you’ve read in #1, when we lack sleep, the stress hormone called cortisol increases. This destroys collagen – something that keeps our skin smooth and elastic. The skin becomes dehydrated causing fine lines and dark circles.
Ever noticed how much and how easily we perspire when we sleep? That’s because when we sleep, our body rebalances hydration and recovers moisture. So, if we don’t sleep, it’s like depriving our body from doing what it’s supposed to do.
3. Our skin becomes dull.
Our blood cannot flow efficiently all over the body when we do not have enough sleep. This leads to lack of oxygen in the blood. Our skin will look less radiant, more blotchy or ashy.
4. It’s going to worsen our skin’s existing problems.
If you, like me, already have pimples lodging on your face, more will appear if you sleep less. I haven’t been getting enough sleep, so newborn baby pimples appear somewhere on my face. I may have been able to treat some, but there were new ones that came out.
5. Our skin gets prone to skin diseases!
When we do not have enough sleep, our immune system weakens. We do not only get sick, but also our body develops immune-related skin diseases such as eczema.
There may be more reasons why we need proper and sufficient sleep. These five things alone should already have convinced you to stop staying up late at night. (Too addicted to K-drama? hmmh…. I don’t blame you! I’m as guilty as you are! 😀 )
If you’ve got your hands full and your work is up to your eyeballs, and you think it can’t be helped, then there’s one product I am super loving at the moment I recommend…
Claims: Overnight mask that gives the skin a lively, well-rested appearance the next morning thanks to its Sleep-tox™ purifying effect.
So last night, I added this to my night skin care routine. This routine is for the nights I don’t scrub and use masks. I washed my face, applied my pimple solution and serum, then finished it with Laneige Water Sleeping Mask.
It smells super refreshing and relaxing. I can’t lay a finger on it, but it’s really so good! It has a texture of a gel, only it’s not as thick and clumpy. It applies smoothly on the skin and does not feel sticky at all. Waking up was the best part! I’m not lying, you guys! My skin felt and looked plump and well-moisturized! Busog na busog sa moisture! OMG!
It felt like I wore a facial mask the night before. I believe it has also helped my pimple solution to work well, because it gave my skin all the good stuff it needs.
According to Laneige website, this product has SLEEP-TOX™ technology that purifies skin during sleep. It helps rejuvenate and normalize skin that is often fatigued during the day (or even at night!)
It also has MOISTURE WRAP™ that helps retain moisture throughout the night. Some of its active ingredients are Hydra Ion Mineral Water, evening primrose root extract, and Hunza apricot extract, that when absorbed by the skin, it will look and feel as if you’ve had a good 8 hours of sleep!
This mask also has skin-soothing agents that gently help the skin to recover overnight. It’s super light and non-comedogenic (won’t clog your pores!).
Moreover, the reason why I feel so relaxed the more I smell it, is because it has aromatic SLEEPSCENT™. “It is specially developed for Laneige Water Sleeping Mask that is an AMOREPACIFIC original. It allows our skin to relax and rest, boosting its ability to regenerate.”
I have a small pot, which is 15ml. It only costs P160! Great deal, huh?! I knowwww! This is just the perfect size to try it out before buying the larger tub. The larger tub has 70ml and it only costs P850! Well, if you know where to buy.
I think this is also perfect for the owls in call centers. Since they don’t usually get the recommended 6-8 hours of sleep, this product will help them look as if they do!
Would you try it? Just in case you want to try it, contact Gabistar on Facebook and, do me a favor, tell them you found them here on my page when placing an order. (Thanks!) Also, you can PM me on my Facebook page!
Watch Song Hye Ko’s Laneige Water Sleeping Mask CF here: