Archive | April, 2013

REVIEW:AVON SSS Glutathione Lotion with Marula / April BDJ Box 7-Day Challenge

30 Apr

Our family went out for a swim on a lazy Thursday and though I religiously applied my Nivea SUN Protect and Refresh Invisible Cooling Mist every two hours, I still had a slight bit of tan.

with my cousins

with my cousins

Thankfully, I remembered I have something in my April BDJ Box that can help me. It is the AVON SSS Glutathione Lotion with Marula. 

Product Description

Skin looks and feels renewed and rejuvenated in just 12 hours! Infused with Glutathione, a powerful anti-oxidant, this leaves skin radiantly glowing and more youthful looking. It is a lightweight moisturizer that improves skin’s clarity and makes skin look whiter immediately after the first application. Formulated to help decelerate melanin production and gives dark skin with a fairer skin tone.

Dermatologically tested. 

Direction: Use twice daily. Smooth all over body.


I have been introduced to AVON SSS lotions when I was a kid. My aunts all raved about it, saying that it was effective and has a nice smell. Not so long ago, I have tried a variety of AVON SSS lotions. I don’t apply it as often as I should because I am such a sucker for moisturizers that I end up using what I want at the moment. Oh, SSS stands for Skin-So-Soft, in case you didn’t know.

I was happy to receive a full size of this lotion and would really finish this. For 250ml of product, you only pay 350php or less if you get it from an Avon lady. Avon offers discounts almost monthly!

This was the first lotion I grabbed when we arrived home after the swim. I placed it in the fridge so I can enjoy it more when it is chilled. It served as my after-sun(burnt skin) moisturizer.

The consistency of this lotion wasn’t different with any Avon SSS Lotions I’ve tried. It has this rich, almost-thick consistency but is not heavy on the skin. It is great for every day use because of its lightweight, moisturizing formula. What makes this stand out is that it is infused with Glutathione, a powerful anti-oxidant, that helps control and decelerate melanin production. Also enriched with Marula, Africa’s “miracle oil”,  it deeply hydrates and nourishes the skin.

It helps renew skin dullness and helps lighten dark spots brought about by sun exposure and skin aging. It solves the dryness of my skin and keeps it that way. It is very effective. In just a few days of using this, I noticed that there is visible improvement on my skin’s texture, tone and hydration. It kept my skin looking and feeling healthy, nourished and glowing.

It is also very easy to apply but takes a bit of time to dry up and be absorbed by the skin. I also love the scent that it has which stays for a while. I use this twice a day, morning and night, after I take a shower.

What I Love:

(+) It is from a trusted brand, Avon.

(+) It is infused with Glutathione and Marula that helps control melanin production.

(+) It makes skin soft and smooth.

(+) It makes skin moisturized and hydrated.

(+) It keeps it healthy looking and glowing.

(+) It makes my skin more even-toned.

(+) It works fast. Visible improvement can be seen in just a few days usage.

(+) It has a nice scent to it.

(+) It is lightweight and very easy to apply.

(+) Affordable.

What I wish:

(-) It is quickly absorbed by the skin.

(-) It has SPF.

(-) It is available in leading department stores and not only thru Avon ladies.

I made a day chart wherein I recorded my skin observations daily for 7 days.


Day 1 – Tanned skin it is! Hello to uneven skin tone, too. But it kept my skin from getting dry. 

Day 2 – There was not much change on my skin color but the skin tone has somewhat came even-toned. Soft skin can be felt.  

Day 3 – Slight change can be seen on my skin. My skin felt smoother and softer.

Day 4 – My skin has improved a lot from Day 1. I can also see a gradual decrease in the tan. It made my skin silkier, softer and smoother.

Day 5 – The skin on my whole body seemed to feel renewed and revitalized with daily use.

Day 6 – Hydrated, healthy, glowing skin I can see you now…

Day 7 – Great improvement on my skin! It has kept my skin moisturized, healthy and even-toned. YAY! 

I believe with continued use, it will help my skin achieve its most natural fairness. It will prevent getting sun spots on my skin and keep it healthy and moisturized.  

OVERALL: I highly recommend this product to anyone who wanted to see an improvement on their skin’s texture, tone, smoothness and overall health in a few days time.  

REVIEW: Sastid Soap

25 Apr

Just recently I went swimming with my relatives, a birthday celebration of our cousin, Jumela. Though I was religiously applying my current favorite sunblock Nivea Sun Protect and Refresh Invisible Cooling Mist SPF 50, I ended up with a bit of tan and heat rash in my tummy.

The heat rash was gone clean after 5 days of using Sastid Soap.

I was introduced to this little baby when I was pregnant way back 2010.  I had rashes all over my body which were very itchy and I had pruritus all over. I cannot take in medications so anti-pruritic creams were prescribed. Together with the cream, Sastid Soap was also prescribed. Then after undergoing lab tests, I found out that I have gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM). The pruritus I have was a symptom of my GDM.

Sorry for the little history back there…

On now for the review of this soap.

Since my tummy was really itchy after our swimming, I first tried putting on my baby’s human nature sunflower baby oil. It relieved the itch at first but it remains after an hour. I couldn’t bear it anymore so I asked hubby to buy me my trusted sulfur soap, Sastid. But when I was fixing my closet, I found one! I have a stock of this that I totally forgot about. Thankfully, I found it right on time.


I really love the pink box and the complete information it has. Brand name, generic name, grams, indication, manufacturer and distributor and their addresses, etc. The picture below contains the formulation, direction, indication and precaution.


I don’t know how it retails now but back then it was sold for 160php. I remember showing a prescription upon buying this but I guess other pharmacies sell this without the prescription. The soap is 100g and is brown with logos of Stiefel and Sastid.


It has Stiefel on one side and Sastid on the other.

I am addicted to taking a bath. Most days, I take a bath twice a day. This summer season, I take a bath at least four times a day. I use this like a regular soap  making sure all affected areas of the skin are covered by the lather. I leave it on for a few minutes and then rinse thoroughly with water.

For the first day, the itchiness lessened and the redness on my skin started to ward off. On the third day, the rashes were almost invisible and the itchiness was no longer felt. On the fifth day, my skin is back to normal! YAY!

Though the rashes were gone already, I am still using this. I will probably switch to a regular soap or body wash soon.


Its mechanism of action is antifungal/keratolytic and its indicated for the treatment of various skin disorders such as seborrhea, acne and oily skin.

What I love about this:

(+) A product of GSK, a trusted brand

(+) It has a very cute pink packaging with complete information.

(+) It is available in local pharmacies although some may need some prescriptions.

(+) It has a sulfur-y smell and lingers on the skin.

(+) It is also a great body deodorizer. [I don’t use deo when I use this.]

(+) It relieves itchiness after every bath.

(+) It cleans really well and treats the skin immediately.

(+) It works fast! [My tummy has rashes all over and this made it clear again for just 5 days!]

(+) It doesn’t sting my skin but too much use may dry out my skin.

(+) It may be used for the face too!

(+) It lasts for a long time because a little rub gives a good lather.

(+) It has a 3-year shelf life.
What I wish:

(-) It was cheaper. Other sulfur soaps are sold for less than 100php and this one retails for 160php.


Overall: This is my go-to product for itchiness/rashes or any skin problems that come my way. I trust this and it really works!  I will definitely repurchase. I have to stock again!

REVIEW: St. Ives Invigorating Apricot Scrub (Fresh Skin)

25 Apr

I have been seeing St. Ives Apricot Scrub when I was young and thought that it may be really working. Since I already have the St. Ives Collagen Elastin Moisturizer, I thought of getting this one too. Actually, I’ve had this for a year now. Even before I got myself Human Nature’s Vanilla Body Scrub.

I actually bought this to serve as a face scrub which I have none. But as said in the label, “Great for face and body”, this is a great multi-tasking product. Yippee! Talk about hitting two birds with one stone…


St. Ives Invigorating Apricot Scrub for Fresh Skin has the same container and net amount of the moisturizer. It comes in a big plastic tub that contains the rich, thick face and body scrub. It’s also great to find all the information needed in the container. What’s not okay is that, since it is like a sticker, it may get ruined or erased with usage. But hey, it is bearable.

Exfoliates to reveal smooth, radiant skin —as the label says.


APPLICATIONMoisten face with water. Dispense product onto fingertips and massage over face. Rinse with water. Avoid direct contact with eyes. In case of contact with eyes, flush thoroughly with water. For best results, use 3 to 4 times per week.


Oil-free • Non-irritating • dermatologist-tested • 100% natural exfoliants • 100% natural extracts • Formulated without parabens and phthalates • Made without animal ingredientsKEY INGREDIENTS

  1. APRICOTS are known to contain one of the highest levels of carotenoids (think vitamin A) and super-effective antioxidants. All of this natural power might seem, well, too powerful, but they are actually quite gentle and nourishing and they help make fresher, more nourished skin beautifully possible.
  2. CORN KERNEL MEAL is actually flour ground from dried corn. It’s a soft, but gently powerful all-natural exfoliant that promotes skin cell turnover and regeneration. Cornmeal makes softer-feeling, fresher skin possible.
  3. WALNUT is known for its hard shell, but when it’s ground, it becomes an amazingly effective, all-natural exfoliant ingredient in our scrubs. Not only are walnuts plentiful on the planet, they also help newer, healthier skin come to the surface.

I still use this as a face scrub twice a week. On lazy days, I use this for both face and body so I don’t have to switch to another body scrub. As you can see in the picture, the scrub is unlike any other. Other scrubs have a creamy consistency with a little granules on the side. This one is more on the thick-full-scrub that you don’t feel any creamy-foamy-wash. When you apply it, you can feel the apricot scrub in every part of your body.


I love the fresh scent of apricot this scrub has! The scent of the key ingredients combined — apricot, corn kernel meal and walnut yields a refreshing, invigorating feel. I also love that the scent stays for quite a while even after I step out of the shower. I just follow the no-brainer application tip of just rubbing it on your moist skin and rinsing it off. As I am massaging the product on my face and/or body, I can really feel the tiny beads exfoliating. Upon rinsing it off, my face and whole body felt very fresh! My skin also felt very smooth. It really exfoliates and reveals soft, smooth skin. Since I use this as a face scrub more often, I think I am having less breakouts.

I use this at least twice a week . I make sure to apply moisturizers after to keep my skin soft, smooth and hydrated.

Reasons why I love this:

(+) The scent is really invigorating

(+) It doesn’t sting, itch, irritate and dry out my skin.

(+) It doesn’t leave any residue after rinsing.

(+) It exfoliates to reveal and make skin feeling soft and smooth

(+) It works best with lotions/moisturizers.

(+) It is a 2-in-1 product that you can use for both face and body.

(+) It is not tested on animals and made without animal ingredients.

(+) Made with 100% natural exfoliants and 100% natural extracts

(+) Oil-free and non-irritating [that is why it is great for both face and body]

(+) Dermatologist-tested

(+) Formulated without parabens and phthalates

(+) Complete information on the product: ingredients, expiration date, etc.

(+) Available in leading department stores

(+) affordable for an enormous size of 283g/239php!

What I wish: 

(+) It came in a squeeze tube to prevent product contamination.

(+) It came in more scents!

OVERALL: I recommend this product to anyone looking for a good face and body scrub.

REVIEW: KRAVE’s Luxurious Perfection in French Latte

24 Apr

I have been loving Krave’s Complexion Perfection in Hazelnut yet I think it is a bit dark on my skin so I got myself another shade from the second type of their loose powder foundation. Luxurious Perfection loose mineral foundation has more beneficial ingredients than Complexion Perfection.

I chose the shade French Latte since it is for individuals who have fair skin with yellow undertone.

20130423-173027.jpg Product Description:

LUXURIOUS PERFECTION loose mineral foundation with Levomenol, Allantoin, Golden Jojoba, provitamin B5

NON- COMEDOGENIC (won’t clog pores)
NON-ACNEGENIC (won’t cause acne break outs)

Experience our chemical-free, buildable coverage Luxurious Perfection which provides a natural SPF, poreless dewy finish and are enhanced with skin-soothing and anti-bacterial properties such as Allantoin (skin regeneration), Alpha Bisabolol (anti-bacterial/inflammatory), ProVitamin B5 (potent skin moisturizer) & Golden Jojoba oil (aids in the reduction of acne & regulates sebum production)
giving your skin an amazing radiant and healthy glow while providing you a flawless, air-brushed appearance. Hide the look of fine lines, wrinkles, acne scars, hyper pigmentation and other minor facial imperfections with just a few brush strokes without ever feeling dry, heavy or looking pasty and chalky.


1. ALLANTOIN which comes form the comfrey root used for its healing, moisturizing, soothing and anti-irritating properties. It is moisturizing and keratolytic, meaning that it causes keratin in the skin to soften. 

2. LEVOMENOL is obtained from the Chamomile plant that contains high concentration of Panthenol that effectively stimulates the healing of the skin and is a superb ingredient use to soothe irritated skin.

3. ProVitamin B5 acts a shield to protect the skin from allergens, skin irritants that can cause acne, rosacea & contact dermatitis, great moisturizer too.

4. GOLDEN JOJOBA decrease your skin production of oil, fights the regulation of too much sebum of the skin & controls the formulation of acne.

Shake the jar and dab your brush in a swirling motion, tap it to remove excess powder & apply to your face in circular motion until desired coverage is achieved.

*Best to use with
OIL ELIMINATOR & SKIN HYDRATOR to achieve an oil free long lasting make up or MIST SPRITZ make up setting spray/ refreshing facial mist 

3 grams net weight P300
6 grams net weight P550



One of the things I love about Krave is that they keep their products sealed. This guarantees us that the product is kept clean, fresh and good as new.

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???????????????????????????????I am not really a fan of the sponge/powder puff that comes with their product because I prefer to use brushes. It helps keep the product from coming out of the sifter, though. I also love the fuchsia glass jar but I can’t help but notice that this same jar is available in leading department stores.l

So how does this differ from the Complexion Perfection? The shades and the beneficial ingredients give it the term “Luxurious Perfection”.

???????????????????????????????I use this now daily since the weather is very humid and I cannot stand it. I don’t use foundations and bb creams nowadays because I feel they are heavy on the skin. Despite them being ‘light’, I still feel moisturizer and sunscreen is enough.

I have a love-hate relationship with this mineral powder foundation. I love that it gives medium coverage and can stand the summer’s heat. Thought there are times I feel it is melting and is too obvious on my face, especially when the heat is too much to bear. It gives a buildable coverage (light to medium) that lasts for hours. It gives the same matte and velvety finish I get from Complexion Perfection! It is also great as a setting powder for bb creams and foundations but I prefer using this alone. What I don’t like is that is I use it on top of any liquid or cream makeup product, I end up with an obvious white cast. I think the shade is a little lighter than my skin tone. I am actually in the middle of Hazelnut and French Latte.

Since I don’t use any liquid or cream makeup bases this summer season, I rely on this. As I said, for me and my skin, it works better when worn alone.

sealed sifter to prevent messy powder

sealed sifter to prevent messy powder

In addition to this, I add oil eliminator and skin hydrator on top to keep my oiliness at bay.

What I love about this:

(+) It is a product of Krave Minerale Cosmeceuticals that means it is:

  • USDA certified organic
  • cruelty free
  • PETA approved
  • free from talc, paraben and fragrance

(+) Products are formulated and manufactured in USA.

(+) It has 3 Filipina friendly shades to choose from.

(+) It hides imperfections, conceals blemishes and evens out skin tone

(+) It looks so natural, and gives a “no makeup, makeup look”.

(+) It has buildable coverage from medium to full.

(+) It has great coverage even when worn alone.

(+) It is a great setting powder for cream and liquid foundations [mineral or not].

(+) It gives a velvety matte finish.

(+) It keeps oil at bay.

(+) A little goes a long way.

(+) Great even for those with sensitive skin! [I had no breakouts with this.]

(+) It is long wearing especially when used with a primer and oil eliminator and skin hydrator.

(+) It has natural sun protection. [I still apply sunblock to be safe]

What I wish:

(-) There are more shades to choose from.

(-) It won’t melt away on my skin.

(-) It doesn’t give white cast on photos.

(-) Packaging can still be improved.

(-) It was cheaper.

Overall: I like this especially when used alone… Unfortunately, I won’t buy another of this anymore and will just finish the 6g jar I have. I guess I will just stick with the shade Hazelnut.




BDJ BOX Beauty Social Event

23 Apr

Last March 24, I attended the BDJ Box Beauty Social Event with my hubby and baby, my brother and his girl friend. Everyone is welcomed but the pre-registered ones are prioritized. We signed up and confirmed our registrations and got a pamphlet like this:


I was scheduled to attend two talks: Beauty Questions Solved and All Dolled Up. Both of which I attended standing behind the audience since my little girl cannot sit still.



We were a bit overwhelmed to which booth we should visit first. After the 1pm talk, I visited each booth one by one. There are some booths with plenty of people around so I wasn’t able to squeeze myself in.

Here are some of the participating booths and happenings in the event:


Karla and I also got our shot in the Brow Haus’ free upper lip threading…and it hurt! I look funny I know but that was the proper position. The skin on the upper lip should be stretched. Oh well it was our first time and my upper lip felt amazingly smooth!


We also had our chance at the nail art section. I wanted the lemon but there were only 5 pieces left so I had to choose another. I just chose cupcakes for the other 5 pieces. Lemons for my left hand and cupcakes for the right. My little girl was busy posing at the booths decors.


This was our only picture there. Haggardness and all, we managed to smile because we were happy ladies that day.20130423-172913.jpg

Of course we didn’t come home empty handed. We love the loot bag. Though we weren’t able to use the Shiseido voucher inside the loot bag, we were still happy with the event.



Thank you so much BDJ BOX Team! It was nice meeting you all. Congratulations on the success of this event. Looking forward to more events with you…

REVIEW: L’oreal Base Magique Transformin Smoothing Primer

22 Apr

I never knew makeup primers are a need for a great look. All along I thought moisturizers are enough to serve as our skin’s barrier to makeup. Finding this in Cosmo magazine made me think otherwise.

??????????????????????????????? I tried searching for primers that have positive reviews and this was one of them.


L’Oreal Paris Base Magique Transforming Smoothing Primer had a 25% discount when I got it last December. Its SRP is 945php though. Here are the product descriptions and ingredients printed in the box.




L’Oreal Paris Base Magique Transforming Smoothing Primer is basically a primer that is used to make skin smoother and the makeup last longer.

It comes in a glass jar that looks so sophisticated and sturdy. It contains 15g of product and will really last you a long time since all you need is a little amount for your whole face.



This is my first (cream) primer. I use L’oreal on special days when I know I won’t have any time for touch ups and makeup checks at the mirror. There is another organic mineral powder primer that I have and that is Krave’s Oil Eliminator and Skin Hydrator.

It is as its called —  base magique and transforming smoothing primer. It is designed to prep and protect the skin, minimizes pores and mask wrinkles and uneven skin texture. The “transorming” formula has a velvety powdery texture and it diminishes appearance of fine lines and pores. It also helps absorb oil and prevents oiliness for a whole 12 hour.  It is also very easy to use with your fingers and enables easy glide-on application of any type of foundation.


How I apply it:

  • Using a spatula or just my clean finger, I get a little amount and rub primer between my fingers to pread the product before I apply on my face.
  • I dab on problem areas such as the T-zone and the cheeks then just spread with my clean fingers again.
  • I let it set for about 5 – 10 minutes before I proceed with foundation application.

Here are some pictures of events I attended and have used this:

family dinner at KKK

family dinner at KKK

great image collage



What I love:

(+) It has a smooth, velvety cream powder texture that makes it easy to apply with fingers.

(+) It makes skin feels super soft and smooth.

(+) It minimizes the appearance of pores, especially around the nose and cheek area.

(+) It disappears and blends well into skin.

(+) It does not feel heavy or thick.

(+) It reduces shine all day and makes skin look matte.

(+) This makes cream, liquid and powder foundation application easier!

(+) It makes foundation look better and you end up with better pictures.

(+) It helps foundation stay on your skin — no melting and/or caking.

(+) Makeup stays longer with this base primer on.

(+) May be used alone or under foundation.

(+) Sturdy and sophisticated glass jar packaging.

(+) It will last you a long time since a little goes a long way.

(+) Fair price of 945php for 15g of product.

What I wish:

(-) It came in a squeeze tube or pump bottle.

(-) It doesn’t have too much silicone.

(-) It makes me breakout (tiny zits) sometimes.

Overall: I am absolutely loving this primer and I have been using this especially on special days and occasions. I recommend this to oily skin gals like me and to any lady who wants smoother skin. 


Unboxing April BDJ BOX

20 Apr

BDJ BOX is really full of surprises! As I was dreaming of another “labeled” box, came in a variety of summer goodies. Everything inside this box is perfect for summer… Perfect in the sense that it is timely. These products will help us keep our cool and stay fresh all summer long!


What’s Inside the Box:

There are 5 full size products, 2 sample sizes, Goody clips and elastics, a bonus nail polish remover wipes, 5 “I see the beautiful in YOU” stickers, 3 sachet samples and 3 vouchers!


Let’s look into it one by one, shall we?


Bifesta Age Care Cleansing Lotion, 300ml for 419php

Conveniently remove your makeup with the power of oil cleansing minus the oily feeling! Bifesta Cleansing Lotion is Japan’s first ever water based makeup remover that not only cleanses, but nourishes deep down the skin. Use this to cleanse your face after a long day of wearing makeup.


Garnier Light Intensive 3 in 1 Whitening Essence Mask, 19ml for 89php (2 masks) – full size

Reveal radiant and hydrated skin with Garnier’s intensive 3in1 whitening essence mask. Its three major contents help lighten skin tone, remove dead cells, refine texture, retain water inside the skin for hydration. Great refresher for tired, dull skin, may be used before makeup! See a blooming, glowing YOU! For best results, use this 2x a week.


AVON Anew 360 White Day Cream 30ml for 799php – 15g full size is inside the box

“Get rid of impurity, transform into flawless skin.” Anew 360 White Day Cream is specially designed for Asian women with its advanced formulation to help moisturize all day long while reaching a radiantly white skin.


Celeteque Hydrolyzed Moisturizing Mist 120ml for 349php – full size

Beat the heat with a mist! Use before makeup to prep your skin with a moisture. Celeteque Hydrolyzed Moisturizing Mist is formulated with Fuji water that contains minerals for skin rejuvenation, elasticity and suppleness. Use this in the middle of the day for an instant refresh.


AVON SSS Glutathione Lotion with Marula 250ml for 350php – full size

Infuse your skin with a powerful moisturizer! Avon’ s #1 Skin So Soft Lotion is now enriched with Africa’s “Miracle Oil” – Marula, that deeply hydrates and nourishes the ksin. Use this twice a day and feel the difference!


REVLON Nail Art Moon Candy 7.68 ml for 375php – full size

Have a rocky candy finish with Revlon’ s limited edition nail art duos! Rock your nails with a holographic glitter top coat illuminated by the dark cream base coat and get fab cosmic look.


Selena Gomez Eau de Parfum 100 ml for 2950php

Embody the smell of fruity bouquet blending with musk, dewberry and purple freesia notes. Selena Gomez’s head turning perfume is perfect for this summer scent as final touch to your outfit of the day. Embody the star’s fresh and sweet perdonality with Selena Gomez Eau de Parfum.


Goody Slide-Proof Pins and Elastics, 2 clips 2 elastics for 449.75php

Fix your hair in style! Use a Goody classic – slide-proof bobby pins – to avoid hair kinks! Have a finely styled ‘do while avoiding unwatned pimples caused by hair covering your face. Use Good Elastics to tie your hair up and you are good to go!

*I already used the 2 elastics and my daughter has them so I wasn’t able to include it in the pic.


Candi Nail Polish Remover Wipes 30pcs for 65php

No mess, no spill – just easy to use. Meet your new nail polish remover buddy! Candi helps you remove your nail polish hassle-free. It doesn’t just help you, but it keeps you from dry nails and fingers! Its acetone-free feature transforms your nail time into fun time.

Vouchers and sachet samples:

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April and May boxes are sold out! Have you subscribed for the June BDJ Box yet?


REVIEW: Nivea SUN Protect and Refresh Invisible Cooling Mist

15 Apr

I was eyeing this particular sunblock and I was bribing my hubby to buy me this. I only use regular lotions with spf15 but since sun’s hot rays are strong all year long, I thought it will be better if I increase the sun protection factor I am using. Thanks to sampleroom, I am able to try this one out!

nivea sunblock

Alcohol Denat., Butane, Isobutane, Propane, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Homosalate, Octocrylene, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Ethylhexyl Salicylate, Butylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, Dibutyl Adipate, Glycerin, Bis-Ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine | Polysilicone-15, Menthol, Acrylates/Octylacrylamide Copolymer, Aqua, Linalool, Limonene, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Benzyl Alcohol, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Eugenol, Citronellol, Coumarin, Parfum.
For my third try of sample room, I got this and C-Lium Fibre capsules. Check out sample room for their amazing products that you can try without shelling out money. You will only pay 100php (shipping fee) per order.
The packaging is very sturdy yet a bit bulky to bring everyday. You can just leave it in your locker or workplace where you spend your day.
The sunblock is such an innovation because it is far from the old sunblocks I have used. Regular sunblocks are heavy, sticky, leaves a white cast and has a distinct sunblock smell. Nivea SUN Protect and Refresh Invisible Cooling Mist has none of the above mentioned. This sunblock just like its name, is an invisible mist that has a watery consistency. Just like other aerosol sprays, you have to shake the bottle first and spray directly (except the face). The aerosol spray makes sure that the product is evenly distributed. It also has this addicting sweet and fresh smell that is far from the classic sunblock smell. I find myself really applying it often!
The white tint is actually the sunblock mist. It doesn’t last at all and it turns invisible in a matter of seconds. I just rub it to distribute the product thoroughly.
The sunblock dries quickly so you have to rub it immediately to distribute the product into your skin. Your skin ends up having a healthy bronzy glow from the sunblock’s finish. It is as if you applied oil on your skin. This product is water- resistant meaning you can use this when you’re swimming. But hey, you still need to re-apply every two hours to make sure you are protected from the sun’s harsh rays. What makes this great is it lets you reapply with ease since you just have to spray again.
Though it is a bit bulky, I bring this with me everywhere I go. I use it everyday especially when I am going out during 10am-4pm. It really beats the heat, cools me down, protects with spf50 and freshens up my skin.
My Sample Room Review:

With Nivea SUN Protect and Refresh Invisible Cooling Mist, putting on sunblock is such a breeze. No more greasiness, no more heaviness, no more sunblock beach smell. This product is such an innovation. I find myself applying this more often because it is so easy to apply. I just shake a little and spray on. The cooling effect refreshens my skin and sort of beats the heat. I also love the smell! This really doesn’t feel like a sunblock at all but it gives all the protection I need! Perfect for everyday use!

What I love about this:

(+) high sun protection factor (spf 50 PA+++)

(+) no greasy feel

(+) gives a refreshing and cooling feel every application

(+) user friendly because it is easy to use

(+) water resistant

(+) smells amazing unlike the old sunblocks that has that distinct sunblock smell

(+) gives skin a healthy glow

(+) sturdy packaging

(+) available in all leading department stores

(+) fair enough for 550php for a 200ml of aerosol can

(+) can be a bit bulky to bring but you get your money’s worth with its weight

What I don’t love: NONE!

Overall: I recommend this to anyone who wants an easy to use sunblock that has high sun protection.


REVIEW: C-Lium Fibre (Capsule)

10 Apr

For my third sample room purchase, I chose the Nivea sunblock and C-Lium Fibre capsules.



Sample Room Product Description

C-lium is made of 100% natural psyllium that has 14 times more natural fiber than oatmeal or cereal to help eliminate the signs of aging.

• Helps lowers bad cholesterol levels

• Aids in controlling blood sugar levels

• Helps eliminate excess fats

• Helps promote good digestion

*No Approved Therapeutic Claims

Take 5 capsules twice a day with at least a half glass of juice or favorite beverage. Drink a glass of water immediate after.

Vitamin and mineral supplements should be taken 2-3 hours before or after intake of C-Lium Fibre. For better weight and blood sugar management, take 30 minutes before meals. Drink plenty of water all day. Regular daily intake recommended.

Full size and Price:

C-Lium Fibre Capsule Jar 400’s — P 715.00
C-Lium Fibre Capsule 500’s — P 1,100.00
C-Lium Fibre Capsule 50’s — P 110.00

Sample Size: 60 capsules for 6 day use

I wanted to try this out since I have constipation most of the time. I drink plenty of water (more than 3 liters a day actually) and still am constipated. I don’t know how or why. So I thought of trying this out…


I did not follow the recommended dosage though. I think it was over. And since this is a supplement, it would not hurt decreasing the dose.


For the first five days, I only take it before bedtime and have increased it now to two capsules a day.I take one capsule twice a day, 30 minutes before meals.


Here is my sample room review:

Taking this for 5 days now. I am suffering from constipation and this has helped me immediately. At first I thought I was having a stomachache then my tummy felt bloated. That was then I thought that it is the C-Lium Fibre (capsule) working. I only take these before bedtime and when I wake the next morning I am all ready for the comfort room. I still incorporate the usual activities of eating healthy, drinking plenty of water and exercising, though.

What I like about this:

(+) No preservatives and other chemicals, only pure 100% psyllium fiber.

(+) Affordable for only 6php per capsule.

(+) Helps maintain healthy cholesterol level for a healthy heart.

(+) Reduces the absorption of fat.

(+) Helps sustain healthy blood sugar.

(+) Maintains digestive health and regularity.

(+) Maintains healthy digestion.

(+) Works well if combined with proper diet, increased fluid intake and exercise.

(+) Improved my bowel movement and stool consistency.


What I wish:

(+) They alter the dosage. I felt changes with just one to two capsules a day.


OVERALL: I recommend this to anyone who wants to maintain overall wellbeing and a healthy lifestyle.

REVIEW: St.Ives Timeless Skin Collagen Elastin Moisturizer

2 Apr

I first heard of this product from a friend from my Graduate studies. She convinced me into buying me one for myself because she super loves this.

Actually, I’ve had since I was pregnant (2011). I was looking for a natural/organic moisturizer to replace my chemical moisturizers and my friend told me about this. We both love spending hours in the beauty section of department stores, just checking out and testing products. And when we got on the aisle filled with St.Ives products, I finally gave in and bought one.


I stayed away from products that may harm my baby so I began switching to natural alternatives. At this time, I still haven’t registered to become dealers of Human Nature and Krave Mineral Cosmeceuticals.

I’ve had this for almost two years now and the tub is almost a half empty. I use this religiously back then morning and night. I gradually changed into using HHN moisturizers so this tub sort of went on a hiatus. Now I am incorporating it again in my beauty regimen.


Rewind to the past, what made me buy this was actually the tag and its size.It only costs 239php for 10 ounce jar! HUGE, right?! It having collagen and elastin came in second and it being made without parabens and pthalates came in third.

When I first saw opened this I was thinking why they did not put a cover lid for the product or why they did not seal it in plastic.  You twist open the cap and you see (or get) the product straight…a little bit unhygienic, though. Then I forgot about it because the smell got me. I absolutely love its fresh, earthy, natural scent!

Since I am not a big fan of double dipping, I only get what is on the lid. I also transferred some to a smaller container to prevent the product from getting infected easily. It has a silkt texture and creamy, watery consistency that is not too thick and not greasy at all.


I used this after washing my face. I did not use toners before so I moisturize right after. My skin feels clean and refreshed after applying it. I felt my skin was hydrated and moisturized. It doesn’t leave my skin oily too. I love it!

I started using this again just this March when the weather has become hotter. This is lightweight and does not feel heavy on my skin. It is just right for summer since it almost has a gel like consistency. It makes my face a bit dewy, which is fine with me. I always put on sunblock after a layer of this since it has no sun protection. I use this at night too and I always wake up with a soft, smooth skin sans the oil. I also apply it on my lips at night and hoping it will make it plumper. Haha!

I haven’t really seen my “lines” visibly reduced though my skin does look fresher, softer and smoother. I plan to continue using this until I finish this. This stuff goes a very long way. It lasted me almost two years and I think it can last a little longer.

What I love about this:
(+) No Parabens and Pthalates
(+) Dermatologist tested and Non comedogenic
(+) Not tested on animals

(+) Has collagen and elastin properties that are great anti-aging boosters

(+) Lightweight and great for summer
(+) Hydrates and moisturizes my skin
(+) Makes my skin soft and smooth
(+) Cheap for 239php for a big 10 ounce jar!
What I don’t love:
(-) I have not seen any noticeable improvement on the lines that are starting to appear on my eye area.
(-) It has no sun protection.
(-) The packaging. I wish it comes in a pump bottle or squeeze tube though.
Will I repurchase? Yes!
Overall: I love this! I recommend this to anyone who is looking for an affordable moisturizer that work.