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 »

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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
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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 »

I bought a menstrual cup: an update.

It’s been about five months since I got my menstrual cup, about five cycles I have been using it. I thought it would be nice to give an update on my experience and what I’ve learned about this whole thing.

I feel like this has been the best decision of my menstruation-having life. Let’s take it back when I was still using pads and the occasional tampon.

My period rarely starts on the same date each month. It could be early a few days but more often late a few days to even more than a week. I use a period tracker app but my actual period likes to be a jerk. This uncertainty meant I had to constantly be on alert on the onset of my PMS symptoms because I would never know when I would start bleeding. I start getting stabbing pains a few days before my period actually starts but that could still mean right the fuck now or five days from now. Wearing a pad prematurely was a regular occurrence when I was so sure but still got nothing. But with the cup, I could just slip it in when the stabbing pains start and not worry about it. Most of the times I don’t even notice that my period already started because I don’t feel anything, which leads to the second thing.Read More »

Holika Holika Pig-nose Clear Blackhead: A Review

Claims: This is a 3-steps kit perfect for pore control.  The first step opens your pores which allow for removing blackheads easily.  The second step removes blackheads.  The third step to minimize pores.
Ingredients:
Step 1 – Water, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Butylene Glycol, Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Leaf Extract, Viscum Album (Mistletoe) Extract, Juniperus Communis Fruit Extract, Arctium Majus Root Extract, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Leaf Extract, Caprylyl Glycol, Saponaria Officinalis Root Extract, Hypericum Perforatum Extract, 1,2-Hexanediol, Propanediol, Illicium Verum (Anise) Fruit Extract, CitrusMedicaLimonum(Lemon)FruitExtract, Chrysanthemum Indicum Flower Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Melissa Officinalis Leaf Extract, RosmarinusOfficinalis (Rosemary)LeafExtract, Aspalathus Linearis Leaf Extract, ThymusVulgaris(Thyme)Flower/LeafExtract, Jasminum Officinale (Jasmine) Extract, Vaccinium Myrtillus Fruit/Leaf Extract, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar Cane) Extract,   Acer Saccharum (Sugar Maple) Extract, CitrusAurantiumDulcis(Orange)FruitExtract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Fragrance(Parfum)
Step 2 – Water, PVP, Dimethicone Copolyol, Kaolin, Titanium Dioxide, VP/VA Copolymer, Propylene Glycol, Methylparaben, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Fruit Extract, CI 17200
Step 3 – Water, Glycerin, Propanediol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hydroxyethylcellulose, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Erythritol, Trehalose, Caprylyl Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Disodium EDTA, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Illicium Verum (Anise) Fruit Extract, CitrusMedicaLimonum (Lemon) FruitExtract, Diospyros Kaki Leaf Extract, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Fruit Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Fruit Extract, Chlorphenesin, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance(Parfum)
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What people most commonly refer to as blackheads or whiteheads, often concentrated on the nose, are actually sebaceous filaments (SFs), tiny collections of sebum and dead skin cells around a hair follicle, which usually takes the form of a small hair-like strand [source]. SFs are normal features of the skin [source]. Blackheads (open comedones) and whiteheads (closed comedones) are the result of a clogged pore that may include dead skin cells, dirt, impurities, cosmetics build-up, and sebum [source].

TL;DR: SF = normal skin feature, blackheads/whiteheads = acne.

However, on oily-skinned people, SFs can be very noticeable because of the amount of sebum produced. These have been a problem for me ever since I hit puberty, even before I had proper full-blown acne when I turned 19/20. I have been very wary of nosestrips since I went down the /r/SkincareAddiction hole. Physical extraction (through nosestrips and squeezing) could break capillaries underneath and stretch out pores, and contrary to popular belief, pores cannot shrink, back to it’s original size once stretched out or be smaller that what your genes assigned you.

Okay, after all of that, let’s get to the actual review. Again, I got these on sale for PHP58 each (from PHP98 each) from one of Beauty in Seoul’s [ website | Instagram ] sales.Read More »