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REVIEW: Gluta-C Intense Whitening Original Body Lotion Spf 25

15 May

My 4th Sample Room purchase is another product from Gluta-C. It is the Gluta-C Intense Whitening Original Body Lotion Spf 25. I thought of getting together with the soap. I already wrote a review on the Gluta C soap which you can view here.

I love using lotions since I was a kid. I always see my Dad (you read that right! it’s my dad!) slathering lotion after every bath heal his dry skin and prevent it from coming back. Mom would find it sticky to use lotions all the time but she uses it too – once in a while.

So there, I got this addiction for lotions (a.k.a. moisturizers) from Dad.

When I saw that there was a full size sample in Sample Room, I got it too! I have been meaning to try this one but since I have a collection of lotions already, hubby did not want to buy one for me.

Let’s get it on with the review.

The 125ml arrived all sealed and bubble wrapped. I love receiving sealed products because I won’t have any doubts about it and it prevents spillage too!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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: 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Unboxing Feb BDJ Box

18 Feb

This came in on the 16th of February, two days after Vday. Well who wouldn’t want a post Vday gift? Not me.

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Very sleek packaging, right? This red cover is a given of what’s inside. A box filled with Shiseido products! There’s also another full sized freebie included in this month’s BDJ Box.

I am always beyond contented with BDJ Box. They really make sure that you get more than what you pay for. They also know how to take care of their Bellas because they only provide the best of the best.

What’s inside:
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Shiseido White Lucent Intensive Spot Targeting Serum
Shiseido White Lucent Intensive Brightening Mask
Shiseido Benefiance Wrinkle Resist24 Night Emulsion
Shiseido Benefiance Wrinkle Resist Balancing Softener
Shiseido Perfect Rouge Lipstick
Nippon 5-Minute Touch-Up Kit
Shiseido vouchers
“Light up” stickers
And a bonus Celeteque cleansing oil! 🙂
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Really excited to try them!
Have you subscribed to BDJ Box? What are your thoughts about it?

REVIEW: SNOE Parallel Pigments CC Cream

10 Feb

Just when we thought BB creams are enough, come CC Creams. What is a CC Cream? It stands for Color Control or Color correcting Cream.  BB cream is primarily a skincare product with SPF to boot. CC cream is an improved version of the BB cream, developed to give the same skincare benefits of the BB cream with more nourishing ingredients to provide better coverage.

Snoe Beauty Inc. is the first to release CC Creams in the Philippines! YAY! You really have to give it to Snoe to keep up with the cosmetic trends. Here are the CC Cream samplers I got from the Snoe Beauty Blogger’s Event I attended last November 2012. You can check it out here.

Snoe Beauty Inc. calls it Parallel Pigments CC Cream. 

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It comes in 4 shades, namely:

  • Lavander – will brighten sallow skin
  • Wheat – gives a subtle glow to dull skin and will boost radiance.
  • Grass – covers red blemishes and blotchy skin
  • Honey – covers bluish under-eye circles, bruises, facial veins

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Snoe Parallel Pigments CC Cream Color Correction Complexion Cream

Banana. Guava. Acai Berry

.42 OZ 12g

Parallel Pigments CC Cream was developed to retain all the skincare benefits of BB cream with added nourishing ingredients and the additional aim to provide more effective color correction. 

Contains: Banana- provides antioxidant Vitamin C, vitamin B6 and Manganese for healthy skin. Guava- Vitamin K, C &lycopene to treat skin discoloration, such as dark circles, spider veins, rosacea, acne irritation and overall splotchiness, skin healing and prevention of DNA damage Acai berry- Most powerful and nutritious fruit in the world. Contains the highest level of antioxidants than any other fruit.

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It has a smooth texture and a creamy consistency. It is not thick and heavy like other BB creams I’ve tried. Don’t be deceived by the colors because it really corrects the imperfections. It sort of neutralizes those skin problems that needs to be hidden or corrected.

It is sheer and does not really give enough coverage, but liquid foundation and loose powder can do the trick in achieving more coverage. I only need a pea sized amount for my whole face because a little goes a long way. Most of the time, I use lavander just on my under eye area and it acts like a concealer in brightening my dark circles.

There’s also a big plus that makes me want to smell it. I get giddy whenever I use it because of the yummy scent it has! Thanks to the ingredients like  banana, guava and acai berry. The scent comes off naturally after you apply it, though. I am just not sure of the sun protection factor it gives since it is not indicated so I still apply my trusted sunblock from Belo Essentials.

Defintely going to try out the other two variants from Snoe!

My 2nd try of Sample Room

4 Feb

Sample Room is a sampling website wherein you get sample sizes or full sizes of different brands by using your points. You only need to pay for the shipping fee for your items.

I don’t always get my first choice here in Sample Room because samples are flying like crazy!   What I get is what’s left, which works for me luckily.

Here are the two samples I got:

AHAVA Essential Day Moisturizer (Normal to Dry Skin) 15ml sample size that I got for 75 points and Moringa-O2 Malunggay Herbal Moisturizing Lotion 125ml full size for 25 points.

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From Sample Room:

AHAVA Essential Day Moisturizer

 Essential quickly absorbed hydrating day cream. Boosts the skin’s natural moisture for long lasting comfort. Powered by Osmoter™ for natural moisture leaving the skin feeling fresh, supple and soft, gaining back its natural glow.

Usage – apply daily on clean face and neck.

Full size: 50 ml

Price: PHP 1,495

Sample Size: 1 pc. 15 ml

Moringa-Ocombines powerful multi-vitamins, antioxidants and minerals from Malunggay, Olive Oil and Omega to deeply nourish and moisturize dry and sensitive skin. Moringa-O2 is best recommended for those with the following skin conditions:

· For dry and sensitive skin

· For itchy skin

· Aging skin

· Skin asthma and Keratosis Pilaris

Full size: 125 ml

Price: PHP 129.75


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On AHAVA Essential Day Moisturizer:
Texture: 4/5
Smell: 4/5
Absorption: 5/5
Hydration: 5/5
Overall Experience: 4/5
I have oily, sensitive skin yet I still think this works great on me. I only needed to use a pea-sized amount of this product. It has a semi-thick texture that is perfect for those with dry skin. But unbelievably, it absorbs quickly and does not feel heavy at all. It also gives great hydration to my skin. It did not end up greasy and left skin moisturized all day. With all this, I think it is priced too much, given that it only moisturizes. I guess this would be better if it has more benefits and sun protection.
On Moringa-O2 Malunggay Herbal Moisturizing Lotion:
Texture: 4/5
Smell: 4/5
Moisture: 5/5
Smoothness of Skin (post usage): 5/5
Overall Experience: 5/5
I take Moringa caps as supplements because of the health benefits it gives and it helps increase my milk supply (I still breastfeed my 2year old daughter). Seeing that there is a lotion made from it, I know I have to give it a try. Moringa-O2 is such an amazing product. It has a great texture – not too thick and not too watery. It does not feel greasy at all. It also has a refreshing scent to it which smells like green tea. I love lathering it on after bath because it keeps my skin hydrated, moisturized, soft and smooth for a long time! I use this at night though since I am not sure of the sun protection it gives. I am definitely going to buy one when my sample runs out. This is such a steal for its price!!!
Check out sampleroom.ph for more details!

 

 

REVIEW: Celeteque Dermoscience Anti-Wrinkle Collagen Gel

27 Dec

This product has a lot of firsts on the list, somehow making it special.

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This is my first sample room product purchased. This is my first ever product from Celeteque.

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It is also my first gel moisturizer!

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I have been using the Celeteque Dermoscience Anti-Wrinkle Collagen gel for only five days and I can see that my skin has been less oily as it has been. I’ve been reading that the most suitable moisturizer for oily-skinned gals is a gel based moisturizer. So I was really happy to be seeing one in Sample Room.

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I loved the simplicity of the packaging, yet I think some informations are missing… like the expiry date, ingredients, etc. A little goes a long way with this, that a pea-sized product is enough for the whole face. I am not a fan of its smell though.

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Since I am new with gel moisturizers, I find that its absorption takes longer than the usual cream moisturizers I’ve tried, but it’s just fine with me. I love the ‘collagen’ most. I really haven’t seen visible wrinkle reduction but I think this product is very promising. I think I need to use this longer to see results. Overall, I love this and would buy it when I finish the one I have.

REVIEW: Human Nature 100% Natural Cleansing Oil

18 Dec

This is one of my favorite products from Human Nature. I’ve pledged to myself to be kind to the environment and to myself so I am trying to incorporate organic in everything I use. Sunflower cleansing oil is an addition to that.

Product Claims:

100% Natural

Take it all off with our premium cleansing oil. It gently erases all traces of makeup, even the most stubborn waterproof mascara! Just apply on your face and wipe off. It works double-time too – whereas most cleansing oils and make-up removers are packed with chemicals that strip your skin, ours is a naturally healthy oil which actually conditions your lashes and nourishes your skin.

Did you knowMineral oil, commonly used in personal care products, can actually clog pores. It works by sitting on the skin’s surface, thus blocking pores and impeding the skin’s ability to release toxins. It also dries skin and speeds up premature skin-ageing.

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I am really not into using makeup daily, just powder to nix the oil in my face. I thought a makeup remover like this was relatively unimportant. Until I tried Human Nature Sunflower Cleansing Oil!

This is the first and only makeup remover I have used… and I am not planning on switching to any other product other than this one. Let me tell you why.

I started using this around May this year. And as you can see, the bottle is still half full. Well, I don’t use this everyday since I don’t wear makeup on a daily basis.

First of all, one pump is more than enough for the whole face. I pump a small amount of product in my palm, rub my hands together and pat it gently all over my face. I let it settle for about 5-10 minutes then use a cotton ball to wipe my face. Magically, it dissolves and strips away the makeup and dirt accumulated in my face.

Second, I don’t have to tug my face and eyes just to remove the stubborn waterproof mascaras, it melts them away just that. Easy peasy right? It doesn’t end there, once all the oil and makeup are wiped off, soft, smooth skin is revealed. I just follow it up by rinsing with a facial wash,then using a toner and moisturizer.

Third, it has a faint citrusy scent that somehow relaxes me after a long day.

Fourth, I use the remaining oil in my palm in my hair. It is like a hair serum since it softens my hair and keeps frizz away.

Fifth, I use a drop of this as my body oil/inshower moisturizer and my skin feels soft and supple.

Sixth, the price is relatively inexpensive for 200ml of natural product. The new version is 5ml less than the old one. I just wish there is a 50ml version for this so we can bring it along whenever we travel or have a sleepover at my parents’ house.

Seventh, the packaging and the pump bottle is improved and I can’t help myself to get a hold of a new one so I will have a reserve. As you can see, the pump is significantly changed, making it look more sleek and elegant.

better pump, better packaging

better pump, better packaging

I can’t get enough of the hearts on this bottle! I am now inspired to use this more often! Yay for hearts!

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Have you tried this yet? What are your thoughts about it?