I might not buy sheet masks anymore.

Sheet masks might be the most popular item in the AB community. A lot of people I follow on Instagram are sheet mask fiends. I have nothing against sheet masks, they’re great! They’re great for when you need a boost in hydration, brightening, or whatever else skin concern you might have. They also feel luxurious after a long day. Popping on a mask that has been in the fridge is the best.

I have been mulling over this decision for a few weeks now but I have come to it: I might not be buying sheet masks anymore. This all boils down to one big beef I have against sheet masks: the waste.

The Philippines (I live here), despite being a relatively small country, is the third worst plastic polluters of oceans and that breaks my heart. I’m not an aggressive recycler, mostly because our country doesn’t have the proper mechanisms in place for recycling, but I try to do my part in reducing my non-biodegradable waste. I switched to menstrual cups from sanitary napkins and tampons. I avoid using straws when I eat out and I’m planning to buy my own washable straw, bringing our own bags when going grocery shopping.

But still, I can’t completely avoid waste, especially in this community. I often daydream about refilling my skincare bottles from big jugs in stores, but that would be a logistical nightmare as well as a big contamination risk at both ends.

Human Nature (a local brand) thankfully has a Balik Bote, Bigay Buhay program, I can bring empty HN bottles (and I have a lot) to their branches, which are then sold to junkshops and proceeds are used to support Gawad Kalinga communities. According to an HN customer rep, “[junkshops] or a partner third party have equipment that will properly recycle the bottles to perhaps raw material that can be remolded into different bottles or other material”.

The Plastic Solution has the ecobrick project where you cut up clean plastic packaging into tiny pieces and stuff them tightly inside plastic bottles. The thing is, I rarely buy drinks which come in plastic bottles.

Innisfree offers incentives for bottles brought back but they have no physical stores in the Philippines yet.

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I still might make use of compressed sheet mask tablets though, if I’m really pressed for a treat yo’ self kind of day. Daiso sells a 15-pack one which comes in just one little thing of plastic, tablets are not individually wrapped.

That’s basically it. Unless I am getting sheet masks for free or as gifts, I will not be purchasing them anymore. It might seem silly for some but it makes me sleep a bit better at night. My face will still be okay without them.

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PvP: Human Nature Hydrating Toner v Hada Labo Gokujyun Hyaluronic Lotion

Hey I’m starting a new series again! Very heavily inspired by honestandlocal‘s #ABBattle, PvP (product vs product, ayyy) takes two very similar Asian Beauty products and compare them on claims, ingredients, and actual benefits on my face (or other parts of the body).

For the first post of the series, let’s take a look at the locally-produced Human Nature Hydrating Face Toner and the widely-loved Hada Labo Gokujyun Hyaluronic Lotion.

Ever since I started a proper hydrating routine, my face has not been as oily and my skin texture has vastly improved. I had this dry scaling issue due to dehydration, it was not peeling, but it was noticeable especially when I tried to put on face makeup.

TL;DR: Human Nature wins hands down. An affordable, locally-produced toner that hydrates like no other.Read More »

Skin Watchers Ceramizing Essence Toner: A Review

CLAIMS: The Skin Watchers Ceramizing Essence Toner is an enriched toner and essence combination that is effective in helping your skin retain its essential moisture, protecting your skin from harmful environmental factors, nourishing your skin, and boosting the natural radiance of your skin.
It is formulated with Glycerin to help keep your skin moisturized, Hyaluronic Acid, which can absorb more than 800 times its own weight, and Ceramide, which protects the skin from damage, thus preventing moisture depletion. It is also formulated with Vegetable oriented Squalane, which is moisturizing and improves the skin’s elasticity, and Macadmia Seed Oil, which creates a moisture protection layer.
INGREDIENTS: Water, Dipropylene Glycol, Glycerin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Glyceryl Acrylate/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Phytosqualane, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Coptis Chinensis Root Extract, Arctium Lappa Root Extract, Citrus Medica Limonum(Lemon) Fruit Extract, Humulus Lupulus(Hops) Extract, Hypericum Perforatum extract, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Leaf Extract, Saponaria Officinalis Leaf/Root Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Water, C14-22 Alcohols, C12-20 Alkyl Glucoside, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Polysorbate 60, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Dimethicone, Ceramide 3, Cetearyl Alcohol, Lecithin, Hydrogenated Macadamia Seed Oil, Betaine, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder, Xanthan Gum, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Arginine, Carbomer, Allantoin, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Caprylyl Glycol, Chlorphenesin, Disodium EDTA, Parfum
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TL;DR: I don’t know about this guys, I really wanted to love this but I can’t see a difference when it’s in my routine or not. And I’d rather not have the strong scent.

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EYENLIP Pure Cotton Perfect Cover BB Cream: A Review

CLAIMS: Contains moisturizing ingredients to cultivate moist and soften skin. It gives vitality to sensitive skin. It is fresh and non-sticky making it able to withstand water. Covers even narrow areas of dulled dark circles, freckles and blemishes. Base makeup trend item that displays clean and even skin tones.
INGREDIENTS: Water, Cyclomethicone, Titanium Dioxide, Butylene Glycol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Propylene Glycol, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, 4-Methylbenzylidene Camphor, Zinc Oxide, Mineral Oil, Sorbitan Olivate, Microcrystalline Wax, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Dimethicone, CI 77499 (Black Oxide of Iron), Allantoin, Betaine, Sodium chloride, Glyceryl Caprylate, Caprylyl Glycol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Morus Alba Bark Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Mesembryanthemum Crystallinum Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Disodium EDTA, Fragrance
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I rarely use face makeup on normal days because I’m too lazy. And I haven’t tried a lot of BB creams because I swore to myself to focus on skincare first before trying to find a good BB cream or foundation. I don’t want to pile on cover-up if I still have a bunch of acne.

BB creams from Korea are always a mixed bag for me. I have recently tried the Missha M Perfect Cover BB Cream in #21, too, and I found that Korean BB creams are too pink for me. I am yellow toned for the majority of my skin, except my very pink face. So I always end up with this pasty white face perched on a yellow neck.

The sweet people from Beauty in Seoul Philippines [ Instagram | Facebook ] sent me a small thank you package for my reviews, and this BB cream was one of the items inside. I have only heard of this brand from Beauty in Seoul itself, and I haven’t tried anything from it. It’s also pretty hard to find resources and reviews about this product so let’s get this ball rolling.

TL;DR: Wrong shade/tone for me but I love the product.Read More »

Céleteque Dermoscience™ Hydration Facial Moisturizer: A Review

CLAIMS: CÉLETEQUE DermoScience™ Hydration Facial Moisturizer’s unique hydrogel formulation provides skin with optimum hydration within 2 weeks of usage. This best selling moisturizer leaves your skin hydrated without the greasy feel and contains Triple Moisturizing System – Glycerin, Provitamin B5 and Aloe Vera, that work deep down to provide lasting relief from skin dryness. Hypoallergenic and safe for everyday use.
INGREDIENTS: Water, Dimethicone, Glycerin, Panthenol, Hexylene Glycol, Carbomer, Aloe barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Extract, Sodium Hydroxide, Disodium EDTA, DMDM Hydantoin, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Citric Acid
[ SOURCE | SKINCARISMA ANALYSIS ]

This moisturizer has so many good reviews on blogs and in the Instagram skincare community. I used this a long time ago when I was starting to dabble in moisturizers but barely knew anything about a good routine. I can’t remember why I stopped using it, but when I saw how Charm and Kat (and many others I follow) loved this product, I decided to order it off Lazada and give it another shot.

TL;DR: Good thing it was cheap because I really don’t like it.Read More »

Being an adult: Romantic relationships.

As mentioned in my entry post for this series, when I was younger, I wanted to be married by 26 and have my first kid by 27. Well I am 26 right now and I am not married nor am I pregnant. I have been with my boyfriend for eight years now, and while we have discussed that we want to get married (to each other) someday, that’s not really possible right now.

I met my boyfriend (let’s call him Daniel because that’s his name) back in junior year college. He was in a class with some of my friends while I had that period free. I was hanging around the class because there was this guy I had a crush on (not Daniel) in the class with them. The instructor was really nice though and he let me sit in with the class and even made me participate in the discussions. Of course the guy I liked didn’t give me the time of day, and I was okay with that. I told myself during that phase of my life that I didn’t want a boyfriend. I was having a nice time, I was with my friends and it was my favorite subject.

One day I was sitting with this one friend, whispering to each other and she pointed me to this guy who she thought had a nice smile. I looked over and the guy (it was Daniel this time) did have a nice smile. He was this tall, lanky kid with glasses who looked like a nerd. He always had a Rubik’s cube in hand so he was (still is) most definitely a nerd. But he also always had this really warm smile whenever I saw him. So like a true child of the internet, I stalked him through social media the instant I got home that day. I saw on one of his profiles that he liked this band I also liked so I took the chance and messaged him and we got to talking online almost every day.

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Benton Papaya-S Sun Cream: A Review

This product has been kindly provided by Benton for free in exchange for an honest review.
Claims: Benton’s Papaya-S Sun Cream is Benton’s second physical & chemical suncream designed for outdoor activities. Papaya-S Sun Cream has the highest sun protection factor available in Korea, SPF50+ / PA++++. Mixed with chemical and physical sunscreen agents, the suncream effectively blocks both UVA and UVB, and helps to protect skin from external stressors. Also, niacinamide and adenosine in the formula help to achieve a bright and smooth complexion.
Ingredients: Carica Papaya (Papaya) Fruit Water(43%), Titanium Dioxide, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Zinc Oxide, Octyldodecanol, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Pentylene Glycol, Niacinamide, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Diethylamino Hydroxybenzoyl Hexyl Benzoate, Glycerin, Bis-Ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine, Aqua (Water), 1,2-Hexanediol, Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate, Magnesium Sulfate, Beeswax, Aluminum Hydroxide, Dimethicone, Propanediol,Hydrogen Dimethicone, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Carica Papaya Seed Oil(5000ppm), Glyceryl Caprylate, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Panthenol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Beta-Glucan, Carica Papaya (Papaya) Fruit Extract(750ppm), Xanthan Gum, Xylitylglucoside, Anhydroxylitol, Xylitol, Adenosine, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Bud Extract, Disodium Adenosine Triphosphate, Papain(100ppm), Algin, Glucose, Geranium Maculatum Oil
First impressions about this product posted on my Instagram.

Anyone even vaguely familiar with the Philippine skincare game know that papaya is the MAIN ingredient in whitening products since forever so I was kind of surprised to start seeing it in more international products recently.

The Benton Papaya–S Sun Cream SPF50+/PA++++ has 43% Carica Papaya Fruit Water, Carica Papaya Seed Oil, and Papain.

I’ve always had trouble with sunscreen. Those I’ve tried that seemed okay for even months at a time will suddenly break me out. I’m always on the search for my HG sunscreen. When I got chosen to review Benton‘s new suncream, I was excited but also wary because of a few ingredients that I’m on the lookout for. The full ingredient list is found above, if you want to run it through cosdna.com, but I have been using skincarisma.com purely because of it’s better aesthetics.Read More »