Muji Mild Cleansing Oil: A Review

The Muji Cleansing Oil has been in my routine for over a year now. I started off with the Sensitive version, which was thicker in consistency and more expensive. I found this Mild version easier to work with, but with the same effects so I stuck with this.

Claims: Contains olive oil and jojoba oil which helps remove makeup quickly. Infused with apricot juice and peach leaf extract as natural moisturizing components.
SELRES_237317ae-a881-46b3-8235-9907513It’s a bit difficult to find an ingredient list from the internet and the list on the bottle is in Japanese. And from Vanity Rex’s post, it seems that the English ingredients on the stickers cannot be trusted.
Ingredients list from Vanity Rex’s translation efforts:Hydrogenated polyisobutene, PEG-7 glyceryl cocoate, Ethyl oleate, Sorbitan oleate, Olive oil, Jojoba oil, Hybrid sunflower oil, Dipropylene glycol, Orange flower water, Water, Butylene glycol, Tocopherol, Peach leaf extract, Apricot juice, Glycerin, Propylparaben, Butylparaben
Ingredients from Skincarisma:C13-16 Isoparaffin, PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Ethyl Oleate, Sorbitan Oleate, Ozonized Olive Oil, Jojoba Oil/Macadamia Seed Oil Esters, Triolein, Dipropylene Glycol, Rose Flower Water, Water, Butylene Glycol, Propylparaben, Butylparaben, Tocopherol, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Juice, Prunus Persica (Peach) Leaf Extract, Glycerin

TL;DR: A light, fragrance-free cleansing oil that removes virtually any trace of every makeup I own and emulsifies like a dream.

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Human Nature Hydrating Line: A Review

Okay, it’s been a long time coming, but I am finally writing up this review about my favorite Human Nature Products: the Hydrating Creamy Wash and Hydrating Face Toner. If you have been following my Instagram even for a little bit, these products are very often featured. These have been in my routine since about this time last year, which was around the time I discovered a cleansing oil that worked for me pretty well, too. And these products have shoved me into the skincare sinkhole I am in now.

Let’s get to it.

Claims: 
Creamy Wash – Transform skin that’s dull and dry to supple and hydrated with nature’s moisture boosters and nutrient-rich moringa – an overflowing well of antioxidant vitamins E, C and A. Step out into the limelight with skin that’s oh-so-soft and moisturized.
Face Toner – High time to skip those harsh toners that hurt and dry the skin. Treat yourself to the moisturizing and refreshing caress of this unique blend of plant collagen and moringa seed extract.
Ingredients:
Creamy Wash – aqua (water), sodium cocoyl isethionate (coconut-derived), stearic acid (vegetable-derived), decyl glucoside (coconut-derived), coco-glucoside (coconut-derived), glyceryl oleate (coconut-derived), glyceryl stearate (vegetable-derived), glycerin, fragrance (all-natural), xanthan gum, levulinic acid (rice/corn-derived), Moringa pterygosperma (malunggay) seed extract, p-anisic acid (anise seed-derived), phytic acid (rice-bran-derived)
Face Toner – aqua (water), glycerin, gluconolactone (corn-derived), sodium benzoate, Moringa pterygosperma (malunggay) seed extract, natto gum, hydrolyzed corn starch, Beta vulgaris (beet) root extract, sodium lactate (sugarcane-derived), sodium gluconate (sugarcane-derived), xanthan gum, fragrance (all-natural)
[ UPDATE: Apparently, HN has updated the toner’s ingredient list with ethyl alcohol because the supplier didn’t think it was significant enough to include in the list. I am very bummed out by this. Thanks kobecow for the heads up. ]
Face Toner UPDATED – aqua, glycerin, moringa (malunggay) seed extract, hydrolyzed corn starch, beet root extract, sodium lactate, sodium gluconate, natto gum, xantham gum, sodium citrate, citric acid, fragrance, gluconolactate, ethyl alcohol, sodium benzoate
[ sources: 1, 2 ]

TL;DR: I love both products, they are HG status for me and I don’t think I have tried any other cleansers from when I started using the Creamy Wash. The toner also beats out the Hada Labo Gokujyun Lotion in my book. These are paraben-free, sulfate-free, and alcohol-free [ UPDATE – The toner is not alcohol-free, see list above ]. The last one is particularly important to me as I like my face products to be without alcohol as much as possible, especially cleansers and toners.

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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 »

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 »