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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 (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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Happy 2017!

Happy new year everyone!

In the Philippines, we welcome the new year by gathering and having a feast with the whole family. People also enjoy lighting sparklers and fireworks, but we don’t do that in our home so we just watch our neighbors’ fireworks and firecracker displays. I was a little bored waiting, and wasn’t really doing anything. I thought of doing a song cover but some neighbors already started making noises and their firework displays. Since my niece and I got interested in cosmetics late last year, we decided to put on some make-up and take pictures of ourselves while waiting for midnight. I wasn’t able to take good pictures of the food though because I was too excited (and hungry) to eat. We had ‘kwentuhan’ and ‘videoke’ after eating, and then I invited my niece to try my current favorite mask (which I will review soon!).

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How did you celebrate the New Year? I hope you all had a great 2016 and have an even greater 2017 ahead. Happy new year!

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Review (Skin care): BeautyFix Peel-off Mask Oil Control & Detoxify

Hello!

As I’ve mentioned in my revious post, I’ll be doing reviews for the things I try using, consuming, reading or watching, and this will be the first of many.

I’m learning about skin care at the moment because I’ve been concerned about constantly having pimples on my face, still, and even long after passing through puberty. I wasn’t as concerned before because I was too lazy to care, but now that I’m engaged, I became conscious. I really want to be as beautiful as I can be, have a smooth, flawless as possible, skin on the day of my wedding. And so, I started having regular cleansing routine, and now, trying out products to clear my face with acne and help bring out natural glow on my skin.

Today I will be discussing about (you guessed it, it’s on the title XD) BeautFix Peel-off Max, Oil Control & Detoxify.


I originally planned to use a sheet mask when I did this but it’s package says “do not use on damaged or blemished skin,” and I had 2 big pimples then. I thought this would be perfect since excessive oil production is one of the root cause of clogged pores and blemishes.

Directions

So I did what tas indicated at the back of the sachet. I washed my face with a foam cleanser, I’m using Ponds Acne Solution at the moment, and towel dried my face. I then applied the mask all over my face, trying so hard to avoid my hairs (eyebrows, baby hairs, etc.). I watched videos while waiting for the mask to completely dry and be ready for peeling.


Experience

In the directions at the back it says to wait for 20 mins or for the mask to completely dry before peeling or washing it off. I tried the white version of this mask before and only waited 20 mins back then so I decided to wait for everything to dry this time. It took me around 45 mins, I think, before I peeled it this time. My skin feels like it tightens as the mask dries. It stings (itchy-tickly feeling, very tolerable) a bit, too, especially in parts where your pores are larger or has blemish or small pimple or white heads. It wasn’t 100% dry, but most of it is and only 2 small spots are not. This was my favorite part: I was able to peel almost everything off without tearing it. I had a little residue left on my face which I then had to rinse off with warm water. I also rinsed with room temperature water, towel tap dry my face and patted an ice for a few seconds to help close down my pores. I’m not really sure if that helped though (tell me if you know something  about it or does this as well).

I wanted to put a video for peeling but I don’t have access to such blog feature. One day, someday, I’ll do that.

Results

There’s no noticeable difference between my before and after pictures, but the mask is quite effective when it comes to pulling out black and white heads on your face. I put some mask under my chin as well but it stung (slightly burning sensation, unlike the kind I felt on my face) after a few moments and I panicked so wiped that part out. Aside from that, the only sensation you’ll feel will be the tightening of your face while the mask is pulling out gunks on you skin. After peeling, my skin actually felt fresh, smooth and softer than it was before. You can check the amount of dirt, dead skin cells and sebum the mask was able to get from your face under the mask you just peeled. The mask pulled out less than I expected so I felt like it wasn’t really able to get much of the dirt off my face. Although, it might also be because I’m not really going out often, and my face really wasn’t that dirty. I’m really not sure.

I was oily (-er than I normally am) when I woke up the morning after, though. I guess the oil-control part promised in the package isn’t so effective. This super oily morning face created 2 or 3 new pimples on my face. I’m not sure if this should happen, though some say that they tend to breakout more after they put on mask, that it’s normal and that it will go away more easily, leaving your skin smoother than before. My face actually was oilier days after I used the mask.

It’s been a week since, my face’s oiliness level went back to normal, and a few pimples already appeared and disappeared through out the week. Since I’m new to this kind of pampering, I’m not really sure if this result is normal, good, or bad. Maybe I will be able to tell in the future as I try other masks. If you know whether or not what happend to me is actually the expected result, leave me a comment bellow. 🙂 For more reviews like this, click the like button and stay tuned. Thank you!

[Update]

I had some products left in the sachet after my previous mask session, so I didn’t throw it right away to see if I can still use it. I noticed that dirt is building up again and so I decided to use the remaining product. I only opened the sachet a little the last time and the product in the opening part dried up over time but that also kind of sealed the product inside. I used it and it worked out the same for me.

PS: Be careful in rinsing your face. The instruction said, “Use warm water.” And really, use warm water. but make sure that it’s really warm, and not too hot for your skin. I made a mistake of rinsing my face with a too-hot-warm-water right after I peeled my mask and my skin immediately reacted. I peeled my chin earlier and rinsed it correctly (with a just-right-warm-water) and the too-hot-warm-water didn’t have an effect on it. Anyway, the rest of my face (that was just touched by the mask) became red and lumpy. I kind of panicked and worried that I just ruined my face. I rinsed it with room temperature water and later on dabbed ice on the affected area. The lumps eventually subsided and my face is (thankfully) normal again now. Whew!