Monday, August 31, 2015

Review: Safeguard Derma Sense Sensitive Skin Facial Cleanser

Identifying Information
Product name: Safeguard Derma Sense Sensitive Skin Facial Cleanser, 50mL
Price: PhP 119.00 50mL, PhP 199.00 100mL
Description: "Safeguard Derma Sense gently cleanses sensitive skin, removing dirt, impurities and excess oil, while maintaining your skin's natural defense layer. Non-comedogenic. Suitable for Daily Use."
Product Origin: Thailand
Where I bought it: Watsons, SM Supercenter Pasig
History: One weekend back in July, my family decided to have a "staycation" somewhere in Mandaluyong. I packed everything I needed except for a facial wash! My mom only had Cetaphil with her but because I'm not a fan of it, I headed down to 7-Eleven to look for a sachet of facial wash. Unfortunately, the 7-Eleven I went to didn't have any sachets available. What they did have was a small tube of Safeguard Derma Sense cleanser for acne prone skin so I got that. I tried it out for some time but when I started using my topical acne medication regularly, the salicylic acid in that facial cleanser started to sting my skin. Because of that I decided to give their sensitive skin cleanser a try. I've been using it for 3 weeks now.

Physical Examination:
Safeguard Derma Sense Sensitive Skin Facial Cleanser tube

Friday, August 28, 2015

Review: Nature Republic Fresh Green Tea 70 Toner and Emulsion

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Product name: Nature Republic Fresh Green Tea 70 Toner and Emulsion, 180mL/6.08 fl. oz. 
Price: PhP 545.00 each
Description: "Containing Boseong's fresh green tea leaves, the moisture-supplying toner/emulsion takes care of sensitive skin with its refreshing feel. The 7 Non-Added Formula System with the high green tea water content makes the Fresh Green Tea brand line feel more refreshing. The 7 Non-Added Formula System is free from paraben, talc, triethanolamine, animal-derived ingredients, mineral oil, benzophenone and artificial coloring."
- "Contains Polynesia Blue Lagoon Water MD 101: The blue lagoon water, which is purified from the blue coral reef of Polynesia in the South Pacific Ocean, is loaded with the minerals that provide an excellent moisturizing function. The water helps to strengthen the skin's moisture retention capability."
- "Boseong's fresh green tea sprouts are concentrated with catechins and vitamin C, making the skin clear and healthy."
(Taken from the Nature Republic official website: toner and emulsion
Product Origin: Korea
Where I bought it: Nature Republic, Atrium, SM Megamall
History: I purchased these during the 1st week of August 2015 and I've been using them regularly since then together with the Real Nature Acai Berry essence I reviewed here.

Physical Examination:
Nature Republic Fresh Green Tea 70 Toner and Emulsion boxes

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Review: Nature Republic Real Nature Acai Berry Essence

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Product name: Nature Republic Real Nature Acai Berry Essence, 50mL/1.69 fl. oz.
Price: PhP 545.00
Description: "Whitening essence from nature"; Natural ingredients provide rich moisture and nourishment and prevent roughness and dryness of skin
Product Origin: Korea
Where I bought it: Nature Republic, Atrium, SM Megamall
History: I bought this during the first week of August 2015 and I've been using it daily since then.

Physical Examination:
Nature Republic Real Nature Acai Berry Essence inside its box

Monday, August 24, 2015

Review: Bifesta Eye Makeup Remover

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Product name: Bifesta Eye Makeup Remover, 145mL
Price: PhP 298.00
  • "For eye and lip; Cleanses powerfully yet remains moisturizing and gentle to skin; contains Vitamins B and E for added skincare."
  • Gentle Water-Based Formula: Derived from skin toners that contain oil dissolving moisturizing agents. Oil contained in makeup is lifted quickly without tugging, and gives skin ample moisture while cleansing thoroughly.
  • Highly Effective Emollient Oil Layer with Water Base: Dual effect of water and oil layer thoroughly removes even the most stubborn, waterproof mascaras; High cleansing power ensures that no rubbing or tugging is required to protect eyelashes and delicate skin around eyes.
Product Origin: Japan
Where I bought it: Watsons, SM Supercenter Pasig (where I buy about 70% of what I own hohoho)
History: I've had my first bottle for several months now. I can't even remember exactly when I bought it. :))

Physical Examination:
Bifesta Eye Makeup Remover
Left: My first bottle, Right: the back-up!

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Review: 3W Clinic Natural Make-up Powder in 21 Light Beige and 23 Natural Beige

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Product name: 3W Clinic Professional Natural Make-up Powder in 21 Light Beige and 23 Natural Beige, 30g
Price: PhP 265.00 + shipping fee
Description: "Mixed with transparent white powder and fine porous silica multi coating powder. Excellent blooming effect without shine creates bright complexion. Silky touch remains moisturizing feeling without flakes for hours." (from Korea Department Store)
Product Origin: Korea
Where I bought it:
History: I got this during the first week of June 2015 and I've been using it regularly as a setting powder since then. In all of the selfies/selcas I've posted on my blog since July 2015 with make-up on, I have this powder on my face. :)

Physical Examination:
3W Clinic Natural Make-up Powder in 21 Light Beige and 23 Natural Beige

Monday, August 17, 2015

Review: Holika Holika Aqua Petit Jelly BB in 02 Aqua Neutral

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Product name: Holika Holika Aqua Petit Jelly BB SPF 20 PA++ in 02 Aqua Neutral, 40mL
Price: PhP 625.00 + shipping fee; in Holika Holika shops this retails for PhP 755.00
Description: "Jelly BB makes moist and bouncy jelly skin. Has jelly texture that helps spread evenly and creates fully hydrated and shiny skin. It is also perfect for covering up facial blemishes. Mint water hydrates facial skin, and marine jelly complex makes soft and bouncy skin."
Product Origin: Korea
Where I bought it:
History: I've had this for about a month now and I've been using it regularly since I got it. Prior to ordering this I read a lot of reviews as usual so I was pretty excited when it arrived! 

Physical Examination:
Holika Holika Aqua Petit Jelly BB 02 Aqua Neutral box, bottle and sponge

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Review: Peripera Peri's Tint Marker in Orange Stain and Pink Stain

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Product name: Peripera Peri's Tint Marker in No. 2 Orange Stain and No. 3 Pink Stain, 4mL
Price: PhP 295.00 + shipping fee
Description: "Fresh absorption for bright looking lips. Long lasting waterproof type. Hot, vivid color." (taken from Korea Department Store)
Photo from Peripera Malaysia Facebook page:
Product Origin: Korea
Where I bought it: - My favorite online make-up shop!!!
History: I saw this lip tint on several Instagram posts by online shops and I got curious about it because it looked so pigmented. I own a tint marker from The Face Shop but I don't like it that much so when I saw that Kkochipida had this Peripera one in stock for a really affordable price, I did not hesitate to order! Other shops sell these tint markers for about 400-700pesos each. O__O I've had these two tint markers for almost 2 weeks now. 

Physical Examination:
 Peripera Peri's Tint Marker Orange Stain and Pink Stain boxes

Monday, August 10, 2015

Review: 3M Nexcare Skin Care Acne Patch

***Discussion part is long because I added some studies and articles to it to make it more substanstial. There are also some pictures with exudates on the acne patch that may make you feel uncomfortable.***

Identifying Information
Product name: 3M Nexcare Skin Care Acne Patch Ladies
Price: PhP 145.00
Description: Water-based material that acts like a sponge to absorb the oily secretion, fluid or pus; Act as a barrier over the acne to reduce hand contact and infection; Waterproof yet breathable to improve healing
Product Origin: Singapore (?); It doesn't specifically indicate on the packaging where this was manufactured; however, the address of 3M in Singapore was on the box so I assume that it was made there. I will provide the exact information once I find it.^^
Where I bought it: Mercury Drug; So far I've only seen these patches in 4 branches:
> Mandaluyong City EDSA Central Pavilion
> Pasig City Meralco Commercial Strip (beside The Medical City)
> Makati City Comembo branch
> Pasig City Frontera Verde Fun Ranch
History: I discovered acne patches during my first trip to Korea in 2011. My friends and I saw many girls with a circular sticker or two on their faces and we later learned that those were patches designed to deliver anti-acne ingredients such as salicylic acid and tea tree oil to hasten the pimple's healing process. Those medicated acne patches were very thin, transparent and made of plastic. The acne patches I'm reviewing today are made of a different material. I will elaborate on that in the discussion part below.
I stumbled upon these ones from 3M Nexcare a few years ago while buying some medical supplies from the Mercury Drug branch beside The Medical City. I had no idea if it would work on my pimples or not and it was more of an impulsive buy but I am so glad that I bought them! 

Physical Examination: *Warning: Photos with exudates on acne patch ahead!*
3M Nexcare Acne Patch box front

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Review: Missha The Style Beautiful Tint in Moisture Red

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Product name: Missha The Style Beautiful Tint in Moisture Red 
Price: PhP 599.00
Description: "Give your lips both moisture and color with this Beautiful Tint Gloss. The soft brush tip makes it easy to apply. The ingredient, Xylitol, gives your lips a cool and refreshing feeling. Choose from different colors to express your look of the day, whether that may be lovely, casual, or elegant." (taken from Missha US website)
Product Origin: Korea
Where I bought it: Missha, SM Center Pasig (Formerly known as SM Supercenter Pasig; I usually just call it SM Hypermarket though. Guess I was calling it wrong the whole time hahaha. >.<)
History: This Missha lip tint was one of the lip products included in the video of Meejmuse (Jen Kim) entitled Must-Have Holy Grail Korean Products. I wanted to link the video here but unfortunately it was taken down by YouTube for reasons I don't really know. Jen reuploaded the video so here it is. I passed by Missha during one of my regular trips to SM Center with my boyfriend to check if they had it and they did so I immediately bought it. Aaahh, watching YouTube videos and reading blog reviews make me want a lot of makeup products! Anyway, I've had this for several months now and though I don't use it regularly (because I have numerous lip products waaahh), I do like it! 

Physical Examination: 
Missha The Style Beautiful Tint box front

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Review: Hurraw Lip Balms in Chai Spice and Mint

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Product name: Hurraw! Chai Spice Lip Balm and Mint Lip Balm, 0.15oz/4.3g
Price: PhP 280.00
Description: (taken from their website) "Hurraw! Balm started out of pure intent; a personal obsession to create the perfect balm: all natural, vegan, made from premium raw, organic and fair trade ingredients, complete with a bunch of natural and fun flavor options! It also had to meet some tough criteria... Criteria: Super smooth, not draggy, not sticky, not sweet, not too glossy, not too smelly, never grainy, long lasting; plus, it had to hold up to being in a back jeans pocket all day without melting! It took us several obsessed years to formulate Hurraw! Balm and put it through all the rigors. We love it, use it, and hope you do too."

Taken from the official website of Hurraw:

Chai Spice: "Nothing compares to the spicy-magical-garam-masala-ness of chai tea!  It’s been a favorite since we first experienced it out of a huge cast iron cauldron in Arizona circa 1992! Chai done right! Now we get our chai on all day long with our chai spice lip balm! It's not quite like a milky coffee shop chai latte… but the real deal; a real blend of black pepper, cinnamon, clove, anise, and vanilla. Spicy divinity!"

Mint: "The awesome tingle and crisp. The icy scent of our mint lip balm reminds us of those old peppermint patty commercials :) We get our organic peppermint oil from Oregon's Willamette Valley. It's the best mint we've found and oh so unique! A long lasting minty treat for your lips!"
Product Origin: USA
Where I bought it: Purchased online from
History: I purchased these two balms some time in June 2015 and I have been using them daily since then. The first one I tried was the Chai Spice variant because I love Chai flavored stuff like teas/lattes. Last week I opened the Mint one because my curiosity got the best of me. I initially wanted to save it until I'm done with the Chai Spice one or my other lip balms (I have several lip balms waiting to be used up >.<) but gaaah, I gave in to the temptation of opening it. Well, at least I can talk about it here in my blog now. 

Physical Examination:
Hurraw lip balm in Chai Spice and Mint