Mesoestetic Ultimate W+ Whitening Foam and Essence: A Review

A month ago, Caroline from Eiskin Laboratories got in touch with me and offered to send me a couple of products from Mesoestetic for a brand collaboration, in exchange for a review.

Mesoestetic is a brand from Spain which develops a large variety of topical products for anti-aging and professional treatment for over-all skin care.

They sent over two products from the Ultimate W+ Whitening line which I will be reviewing both in this post. Of course I was excited, I needed help in fading acne marks.

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Skincare Routine: Late 2017

This was supposed to go up late last year but life happened! So what better way of celebrating the second month of the new year than a late post?

I’ve had troubled skin for so long that I still get surprised when I start using a new product and it makes my skin get better than it currently is. I thought my skin was doing okay earlier this year with a routine that worked for me but as 2017 went on and I got more into the skincare community, I got recommended and tried a bunch of different products that helped me further improve my skin.

It’s still not perfect. I’m still very red, and I still get breakouts on my chin and neck area, but my cheeks are no longer tight and itchy and visibly flaking. My general skin texture has improved, I forgot how smooth skin can get. And my pores and sebaceous filaments, especially around my nose, has significantly gone down.

I have stopped using sunscreen, though. Everything I tried would eventually break me out. I know it’s number 1 top priority to slather on sunscreen but I just can’t take the constant breakouts all over my face, really.

And it’s actually gotten colder in this part of the world and I had to switch up my hydration layers and moisturizers.

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Skin Watchers Green Snail Hydrating Gel [Reformulated, New Packaging]: A Comparison Review

I recently picked up my small beautynetkorea haul from the post office. Late last year, beautynetkorea had a sale on my favorite hydrating gel’s brand, Skin Watchers. Beautynetkorea is literally the only website I can find with reasonable Skin Watchers prices that can mail to me, so I grabbed the chance to stock up since i was already running out of the small tub I had.

I already reviewed this product last year, but I discovered that not only it was repackaged (now comes in a more convenient tube), it was also reformulated. It smelled different when I opened one tube and it had better effects on me, so I emailed the Skin Watchers customer service to confirm.

Yoon (from Skin Watchers customer service) replied almost immediately and confirmed the reformulation so here I am with a comparison review.Read More »

COSRX Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence: A Review

We all know what this is.

CLAIMS: Made with all-natural domestic 96% snail secretion filtrate, the Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence is a Real Power Essence that transform the skin while keeping in the moisture and encouraging the real power of skin in a healthy way. It replenishes nutrients to the skin to prevent and repair damages and fills the skin with elasticity for a healthier, younger looking skin.
INGREDIENTS: Snail Secretion Filtrate, Betaine, Butylene Glycol,1,2-Hexanediol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Panthenol, Arginine, Allantoin, Ethyl Hexanediol, Sodium Polyacrylate, Carbomer, Phenoxyethanol
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TL;DR: This is an essential for many people in the skincare community and you can count me as one of them. Speeds up healing, soothes the skin, and provides additional hydration to a routine.Read More »

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.

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.
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
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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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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.

Used sheet masks.

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.