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Review (Skin Care): NARUKO Shine Control and Blemish Clear Toner

So, I emptied another skin care product and it’s time for a review!

One time in the office, my office mates and I somehow talked about skin care products. I was just starting to explore on skin care at that time and I didn’t know much (well, I knew a lot less than what I know now XD). One of them mentioned about a toner that she only buys online, if I remember correctly, and which she only use 2 drops of every time. She said her face started to clear up since then and didn’t had problems about being oily anymore. She also mentioned only buying one big bottle and it would last her for a year.

So I got curious and searched about it. But now, I’m not sure if I actually got the product that she mentioned. XD Anyway, I emptied out my Nivea toner and decided that I should give what my officemate mentioned a try. I thought this was it and I was able to buy it from Watsons. They also have other products from the same brand but I chose this one since I’m oily skinned and have blemishes. It’s a little bit pricey (okay, a lot), so my fiance told me to buy the smaller available size and see if it’s effective for me first.

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Experience:

The 30mL bottle that I bought lasted me for a little over a month (a few days more than a month). two drops won’t do it for me (otherwise, I tend to exert more pressure when swiping) so I put a few more drops on my cotton and wipe my face with it after I cleanse in the evening. I use less product in the morning since I don’t have much to wipe away. It gives a cooling sensation when applied and had a scent that’s similar to eucalyptus oil that my Mom used to apply on me when I was young.

I had a break out after a few days of using the product. My face was already clearing up at that time and I was really disappointed. I thought it was only because I had my menstruation coming, but new pimples continuously appeared even when I’m regularly changing my pillowcase. I also mentioned that my pimple scars became lighter before (while I was still using my previous toner), but turned darker while I was using this product. The life span of my pimples also extended while I was using this toner.

Rating: 5/10

It’s too expensive and it didn’t work for me. I went back to being super oily skinned, had break out, my pimples had extended lifespan and the scars they leave became darker. I think I’m still generous for giving it a 5. I’m giving it some points because maybe, just maybe, I had some faults in using it, too. Like, I ate a bit more junk food than I used to while using this product, and that might have an effect. But I don’t know. I also ate junk food before but I still noticed positive difference when I used the previous products.

Also there’s alcohol in the ingredients list which I think, from what I read and watch around, is bad and too drying for the skin. There’s witch hazel too, that they say is good for oily skinned people but I think is not good for me. I’m still testing this out though.

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I won’t buy this again. The price I pay for the 30mL bottle of this toner can already buy me a 200mL bottle of my Nivea toner. I’m going back (and might stick to that for a while since my Mom also bought me another new bottle, so now I have an extra).

How about you? Do you have an experience on this product? Does this work well for you? Tell me about it in the comments section bellow. 🙂

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Review (K-drama): Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo

I’ve been obsessing with this series for a while now. I really enjoyed this one. I’m not sure how K-drama reviews be of any help to anyone, but I’m still doing this to remember which series I really enjoyed.

Genre:

Romance Comedy

Synopsis:

The story tells us about Kim Bok Joo’s sophomore college life at a sports university. It revolves around her doing really good at her sport, weightlifting, but having troubles about other aspects of her life: friends, family, love life and herself.

Rating: 9/10

I’m a little generous with this one because I really enjoyed it more than I expected. I’m quite bored with school set dramas before I watched this one since I’ve watch so many of this kind already.

 

I watched the show again with my boyfriend/husband to be and I still can’t get over with my “kilig“. Still can’t get over the show, until now, so since I also bought an Etude BB cream just recently, I decided to try it out and imitate Kim Bok Joo’s look. My niece tagged along and did her own make-up, too. XD

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Review (Skin Care): Watsons Chamomile Calming and Softening Facial Mask

My friends gave me sheet masks for my birthday (it was then when I first tried leveling up my skin care game) but I didn’t try them immediately because there’s a warning in the package that it shouldn’t be used on damaged skin. I didn’t know what is considered damaged, and I have oily and pimple prone skin, so that made me cautious about the product.

I decided to try one today because I thought I will never really know whether or not sheet masks are effective for me if I don’t try. Also, if I try it later and my skin react in a bad way, it will be harder to treat the damage and I will stress about time constraints (since I’m doing all of this to improve and eventually clear my skin before my wedding) which will then worsen my skin situation.

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Anyway, let’s move on to the review.

Experience:

I tried this one before sleeping. I washed my face with Aveeno Clear Complexion Foaming Cleanser then toned it twice with Nivea Aqua Effect Mattifying Toner. Then, I put on the mask.

I had quite a hard time trying to make the mask stick to my face. It had small holes for the eyes and I worried that products could get into my eyes if I’m not careful. The lip hole was quite small as well, which also made me worried about unintentionally getting product into my mouth.

I was trying to make the mask stick and I get excess product in my hands, so I spread them on the back of my hands, on my neck, elbows, arms and knees (because they’re dry). The package said that I should put the mask on for 15 to 20 mins. But as I was waiting, the back of my hand started to itch and I noticed that it got red and had bumps (like mini mosquito bites). I slightly panicked, but since I don’t feel anything on my face, I continued to wait for my 15 minutes to finish. Then my arm started to itch as well. I removed my mask after a short while. I had it on for more than 10 minutes but under the suggested 15 minutes.

I didn’t notice anything really bad when I removed it so I just removed the product that was in my under-eye (because they say that part has thinner skin and is more sensitive than other parts of the face) and let the rest of the product on my face be absorbed (or evaporate, whichever happened faster). It feels sticky when it dried. I got conscious after some time (around 40 minutes) and worried that it will cause new pimple to show up the morning, so I rinsed my face.

I woke up with slightly paler pimples though. I guess the mask was effective for calming. Some of the bumps seemed more flat as well the next morning.

Rating: 7/10

This is my first sheet mask so I don’t have anything to compare it with so far. Overall I’m giving this mask 7/10 because it was hard to put on and make it stick to my face, especially in the area around my nose and mouth. The holes for the eyes, nose and mouth were a little too small which made the mask hard to adjust. I don’t like that it’s sticky after it dries, though maybe sheet masks tend to feel like that since they’re packed with essence. But, I liked that it was effective even when I rinsed my face to get rid of the sticky feeling. It seemed to really calmed and soothed my skin, and it showed when I looked at my pimples the next morning. It also didn’t make my skin extra oily. img_6038

Also, it’s really cold last night and my skin reacts like I have skin allergy whenever it gets too cold. So, maybe the redness and bumps were actually caused by that and it wasn’t an allergic reaction to the mask’s solution. They were gone after some time as well. I didn’t feel any kind pain, tingling or stinging while the mask was on, so I’m now assuming that the damage mentioned in the warning refers to damage caused by too much sun exposure, burns or wounds.

It wasn’t so bad. I was too afraid for nothing. XD I can now use the rest of my sheet mask collection with less worry.

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Review (Skin Care): Innisfree Super Volcanic Pore Clay Mask

I have large pores and an oily skin. And though I love it because these traits are what makes me look younger than my age, it also is a problem for me since these also make me acne prone. I mentioned before how I was never pimple free even when I’m not having my period and even now that I’m way past puberty.

I learned that clay masks are best for oily skin, and when I was first looking for skin care products to try, this clay mask is being featured at the online shop that I was checking out. It had a lot of good reviews and also heard from a friend that the brand has really good skin care products, so I bought it.

The Innisfree Super Volcanic Pore Clay Mask promises to draw out dirt and sebum, chemically exfoliate your skin and free it from dead skin cells, tighten your pores and give you a cooling sensation and moisture.

Directions:

Apply the mask over your entire face, leaving the eye and lip areas after washing and toning your face. Enjoy the mask for at most 10 minutes then rinse everything off.

Experience:

I’ve been using this mask for around two months now. I’m not using it religiously and regularly yet. I’m trying to use it at least once a week, but I sometimes get too lazy and go beyond a week before using the mask again. XD

While the mask is on, I can really feel a cooling sensation. I put it on even on the parts where I have pimples and I don’t have any problems with that. The sensation it gives really is relaxing. Over time, I can also feel the tightening, so I try to smile a bit while the mask is on (Hahaha!). After rinsing, my face feel so soft and smooth. My chin sometimes feel a little rough because of white heads and I also get very small bumps on my jaw line. This mask take all of these off. Pimples that are really red and irritated are soothed and are less inflamed after I use this mask. I feel that it really does what it promises to do.

I used to still put on aloe vera soothing gel after using this mask, but I noticed that I get way oilier the next day when I do this, so I stopped (putting moisturizer on after the mask). I realized that this mask was already enough for my skin (on days when I use it) and I don’t need more moisture than what it already gives. My skin feels fresh and clean for days when I use this mask.

Rating: 9/10

It’s really good and I love it! Although I’m really happy and satisfied with this product I’m giving it a 9 since it’s my first clay mask and I may found other clay masks that are as effective or better than this one.

[Pro tips]

  1. Apply the mask evenly on your skin and put just enough amount that you don’t see your skin through. Applying too thinly may not give you the full benefit of using the mask while applying too think layer will be wasteful.
  2. Don’t let the mask totally dry. Don’t wait for it to flake out that you can touch it and flakes would fall off. If you touch your face and it don’t transfer anymore, then it’s ready. Gently wipe the mask off with a towel wet with warm water. Rinse off whatever’s left on your skin, also with warm water, then rinse with room temperature water. Pat your face dry with clean towel.
  3. Make sure your face can handle the warmth of the water you’re using to take the mask off. Your face might be irritated if you use water that’s too hot for you. Don’t trust your hands too much. XD The skin on your hands is way thicker than the skin on your face, and the skin on your face is more sensitive, so just be careful with the temperature.
  4. You might not need to moisturize anymore after this mask if you’re oily since it already offer hydration.

I bought this mask online from BeautyMNL, but you can also get it from other online stores like ALTHEA and InnisfreeWorld.

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Skin Care Routine

I never cared about skin care before. When I was in high school, my mom would usually tell me how oily my skin was so I just sometimes put on some loose powder on. I never had a regular skin care routine, I always had facial wash available for me to use but still there were days that I don’t use it at all. The most that my face would get in those days would be some splash of water during shower. I was so lazy (and dirty, some of you might think), I know, but I thought that I was constantly having pimples because I was in my teenage years and that’s what’s normal. It was easy to dismiss my skin’s condition as something that every teenager experience and convince myself that my pimples, even though they’re constantly there, isn’t severe to be considered acne. I thought I could just wait until I get past this stage.

So I’m way past my teenage years now and I just recently just tried to learn more about skin care, and I already mentioned in my previous posts how this interest started. Others are lucky enough to not mind their skin care habits and still have good, healthy looking skin. I on the other hand is still struggling with constantly having pimples and have a very oily skin. I started following a skin care routine since November last year. I also started trying out face masks and some pimple treatment. I noticed that I don’t get pimples as big, red and inflamed pimples as I have before. They’re smaller in size and sometimes not too bumpy or inflamed. I also noticed that my skin got a lot less oily than I usually normally had. And so, I’m sharing with you my current skin care routine since it’s working out well for me so far.

Step 1: Cleansing

Iimg_6029 tried using what I always used before more regularly but it didn’t work quite well for me. I usually try Pond’s new cleansing products. I used to stick to their whitening facial foam just because it’s packaged in pink tubes. Recently they introduced a new pimple fighting foam, so I tried using it regularly for around a month. It still didn’t do what it promised, which was supposedly to rid your skin from pimple causing dirt, which helps you get rid of current pimples and should in turn serve as prevention from new ones to emerge. I finished up the small tube that I got and decided to try other brands. Right now I use Pasjel’s Oh My Egg Acne Formula for cleansing. I foam it and leave it on my skin for a minute before rinsing it off. I do this step twice if I went out or I feel I was exposed to extra dirt that day.

Step 2: Toning

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I used to use Pond’s Pinkish White Toner before this one but I don’t think it did anything if not cause another pimple to emerge. I thought it wasn’t right for my skin type (which I didn’t consider before when choosing skin care products), so I decided to switch before using it all up. I saw Nivea Aqua Effect Mattifying Toner one time when I went to the grocery with my mom one time and decided to try this one out. I don’t exactly understand what toners do, but they say that it prepares your skin for the next steps. I notice that my face really was less oily after using it.

Step 3: Moisturizing

I img_6031only put day creams on my face before, but looking back, I think putting it caused pimples as well. I used to put Pond’s White Beauty Day Cream, but when I got more observant with what happens on my skin and noticed it, I stopped. I think even its Acne Prone formula had the same effect on me (I’ll give this one a second chance one of these days). I read somewhere that cream moisturizers are too much for oily skinned people to take, which may have cause the pimples to show up when I put them. I learned that aloe vera gel gives moisture and soothes the skin. Right now I use the Nature Republic Aloe Vera Soothing Gel as a moisturizer. I pat it all over my face after toning.

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These 3 steps is what I do in the morning and at night before I sleep. I squeeze in a few more steps whenever I feel a bit less lazy, notice a few new bumps or just wanted to pamper myself. I learned that exfoliating is a must, at least 2 to 3 times a week. For that, right now, I use St. Ives Blemish Control Apricot Scrub once every two days, at night after cleansing and before toning. I gently scrub my problem areas with it and leave it on for around 45 seconds before washing it off with tap water. I noticed that my face becomes smoother after regularly doing this. Some people get sensitive though and said that this only did harm for them, but it’s working quite well for me. There’s a warning at the back of the tube anyway, and I think you won’t over dry your skin if you don’t overdo it and if you make sure you moisturize after.

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I also recently learned about witch hazel and how it’s good in promoting skin healing, reducing inflammation, and is a natural antioxidant. Many says it has other benefit as well, and is really good for the skin. I found this The Beauty Bakery Clarifying Witch Hazel Facial Mist and bought this online. I added it to my routine and spray it on after toning and before moisturizing.

I also put on mask at least once a week. They say that clay masks are best for oily skin. Right now, I’m using Innisfree Super Volcanic Pore Clay Mask and put it on for around 10 minutes after toning and before moisturizing. It has a really relaxing and cooling effect, and my skin feels soft and smooth after. I’ll do a review on this product soon.

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As I have mentioned, I think this routine really helped in keeping my face calmer in terms of oil production. I usually get pimples whenever I forget to change my pillowcase or if I don’t get enough sleep, and they used to be really red and inflamed. I think my skin care routine helped keeping these pimples way smaller and less inflamed (hurt less too!) than what I get before. I know what I do is not (yet) perfect for me, but I feel that these helped me a lot. I’m still planning on trying out other ways to keep my skin healthy and I will be working on ways to keep the routine as simple as I can and still get it to work. I don’t really like spending too much on this, money and time wise. Although, I really enjoy using facial masks, it gets too expensive doing this regularly in the long run. I want to eventually just put mask to relax from time to time. I also want to learn and switch to making my own mask and DIY them to cut the cost.

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Review (Skin care): Maybelline Micellar Water

I wanted to try out putting make-up because I thought I would need the skill soon. I have an oily, acne prone skin, and I was worried that putting on make-up will make my skin condition worse. This is why I always tried to not be interested in make-up.

So I tried putting on Maybelline Clearsmooth All-in-one Powder Foundation, filled in my brows with a Nichido eye pencil, put on some liquid eye liner and mascara also from Nichido, some powder blush and a Maybelline matte lipstick. I used to have trouble removing make-up. This is the most complete full face make-up routine that I can do. I don’t have eye-shadows and BB or CC creams are too expensive for me, I fear that they will expire before I even feel the need to use them. I lose confidence rather than gain them when I have make-up on, for some reason, and I feel more beautiful bare faced even with all the pimples that I usually have. I really try to only put on a little of each product since I feel shy and uneasy whenever I wear make-up, but whenever I try to remove my make-up, the products on my face seem to be too much that the process of removing them seem endless. No matter how many times I wipe and rinse my face, I still feel and see some make-up product on it. I tend to rub my eyelid, with wet coton and q-tips, excessively trying to remove liquid liner and mascara that are still left behind after all the wiping and rising. I didn’t buy make-up removers before because I thought that I’ll never be able to use all the product in a bottle since I don’t wear make-up much and I don’t want to spend too much on something that I will not be able to use and utilize.

And then, this product was introduced. This Micellar Water is kind of an all-in-one product. It promises to remove make-up, cleanse your skin, act as toner and hydrate. It has no fragrance, alcohol free and oil-free.

Experience

I put a little on a cotton ball and swipe it on my face. You can easily see the amount of make-up it can remove with one swipe. I try to utilize all of the cotton, turning, folding, opening inner the part and all that to get all possible side and wipe make-up off my face with it. I move on to a new cotton with Micellar Water if I feel like the cotton I’m using can’t hold anymore make-up product. I like that I only need to gently swipe the cotton ball on my face and it gets the make-up product off it and onto the cotton ball, no need to rub harshly.

I also like that it’s gentle on the eyes. I once put too much Micellar water on a cotton ball that I used to remove my mascara and eye liner. I intended to pat and gently wipe my lid off eye make-up but kind of pressed on the cotton ball in the process, squeezing out some Micellar water which eventually made its way into my eyes. It didn’t sting at all, it almost felt like my own tears. I saw make-up removing products that are specially made for your eyes, but with this Micellar water in the market, I don’t think anyone would need those anymore.

There was also a time that residents water line was cut off temporarily for some fixing and I was too lazy to get water outside of my room, so I skipped my whole night skin care routine and only cleansed my face with this. It promised to remove dirt, tone and moisturize after all. I was surprised that I actually had less oily face the next morning and had no new pimple.

The only thing maybe that I’m not so fond of about this product is that it’s a bit sticky on the face if it’s the last product you swipe on. But for me, it’s tolerable. The stickiness subsides over time anyway.

Overall, I really like this product. It performs well and stays true to its promised effects. It’s “sulit” since a 200mL bottle costs around 200php, way cheaper compared to other make-up removers, and also cheaper to other Micellar water from other brands.

Have you tried this already? Let me know what you think about it and share your experience in the comment section bellow. 😀

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Review (K-drama): Oh My Venus (2014)

Hi there!

So I also mentioned before that I’d write about other things that consume my time these days, and one of them is watching (a lot) of Korean dramas. I will try my best not to include spoilers in these kind of posts because that would ruin your experience if you’re planning to watch it as well. Maybe in drama reviews/reflection (whatever this can be considered to be, I’m really not sure), I’ll warn you if I do want to say something that would give away something else. So, if you don’t want spoilers, you can just stop reading from there. Maybe I’ll also tell you where you can continue reading again. Moving on…

Genre:

Romance, comedy, drama

Synopsis:

Oh My Venus, which was released in 2014, was a story about an extremely beautiful girl whom every teenager in town had a crush on. She dreams about about becoming a lawyer someday and be a woman with both beauty and brains. In pursuing this dream though, she eventually became negligent of taking care of her body and became over weight.

The story revolved around her having problems and eventually splitting up with her long term boyfriend and meeting a new guy who will help her get back to her old beautiful and sexy (in other words, healthy and fit) self.

PS: if this synopsis is still detailed for you, let me know and if you can, also suggest how I can improve it, so I can write them better for you next time and not give something away. 🙂

Rate: 8/10

I’m kind of biased about this and I will be honest to you about it. The lead characters, and their working out scenes, the lead guy being strict and disciplined, the girl’s working out and organization struggles, to name a few, really reminded me of myself and my fiance. This really added to my experience of watching it and I really enjoyed it. Maybe because of this, the humor we’re extra funny for me than it will be for you.

I always find having super rich guy falling in love with an ordinary girl from a poor/commoner family and their struggles (usual family problems, relationship not being approved by elders in the family, and them trying to break the relationship) too typical for a drama series. But though this had a similar set-up,  it stayed away from the usual pattern, and I really liked that.

I like how their relationship struggles were not caused by people trying to tear them apart, but their own inner conflicts that they have yet to resolve. I also like how the series showed different kinds and sources of loneliness felt by different people, how differently they handle it, and how this loneliness cause misunderstandings and complications.