Technically, this blog is a year and some months old. But on this day last year, I bought a domai...
I'm on a BB roll. Who would have thought? After being reluctant for so long, here I am babbli...
I'm on a BB roll. Who would have thought? After being reluctant for so long, here I am babbling about the second BB cream I've tried. You can't really blame me, though, because it's hard to resist something that promises great results at P25. It's ridiculous! Of course, I wanted to know if the claims are true.
We -- my husband, our daughter and I -- were grabbing snacks at 7/11 when I saw the iWhite BBHolic on one of the stands. I had second thoughts about getting one because as we've established, I'm not a fan of jumping on bandwagons, and I usually let hypes die down before I try a product. It was only P25, though! How can I resist?
The product comes in sachets. Yes, it's a BB in a sachet! I picked up the one in light -- the BB cream is offered in two shades: light and beige -- because it was the only shade available. I felt a bit uneasy at first, thinking the shade would not fit me right but was surprised that it was perfect.
I spread a pea-sized amount of the cream and immediately noticed how watery it was. The texture is akin to a tinted moisturizer, although it provides a bit more coverage. My face looked naturally glowing and dewy.
The product looked a bit ashy on me when I first applied it, but it oxidized (as BB creams do) after a few minutes and matched my skin tone perfectly. It didn't cover my blemishes, but I didn't expect it to. On the up side, it made my face look brighter!
After about five hours of wear without setting powder, I noticed that the shade oxidized some more and delivered a rather red-orange tinge to my face. Oil was already evident on my T-zone and chin, too.
I haven't tried to wear it for an entire day, but you can count on it to look decent for five hours if you have dry skin but are sweaty as sweaty can get. I haven't used it long enough to notice whether it has made my skin better either. But it does contain niacinamide, which is great for anti-aging and works wonders as a sunscreen, too.
My stash has been emptied, but I'm gonna pick one up again when I can. If my title still needs answering: Yes, the iWhite BB cream is worth your time. It's cheap. It works. What more can you ask for?
Doing an at-home peel sounds like a recipe for disaster. But I'd rather kick myself for doing ...
If I haven't mentioned it here before, I'm a sucker for anything DIY. If I can get do something without having to leave the comfort of my home (and save money in the long run), I would. So receiving the IQ Natural 12% Glycolic Pumpkin Mask in the mail was nothing short of pleasant. The milia caused by a product I used has become bothersome, and a peel sounded like just what I needed to help get rid of those unsightly spots.
I'd have to admit that I was surprised and, well, a bit disappointed when I read the ingredients list on the product. It contains ingredients I would normally avoid using on my face like cinnamon and lemon juice. They're not as concentrated, though, so I still took the chance. The three main ingredients of the peel are pumpkin, bilberry and sugar cane extract.
Pumpkin, I've learned, is rich in vitamin C (a good antioxidant) and lactic acid (which helps brighten skin). It also has pore minimizing properties. Bilberry is rich in antioxidants, so it's perfect for trying to rewind your age. Sugarcane extract, to my surprise, is apparently a source of glycolic acid.
After reading up on what I was about to put on my face, I followed the instructions on the label and waited to see whether I will be wowed or frustrated.
After cleaning my face, I applied a thin layer of the product, avoiding the area around my eyes. They say you should wait three to five minutes before rinsing it off with warm water, but I only let it sit on my face for three because I have rather sensitive skin. It stung, as expected, but it wasn't uncomfortable.
Once I've rinsed the product off, my skin felt clean -- like a layer of it was removed, which was exactly what I was hoping for. While there are still lot of bumps on my face, I noticed that some of them were flattened. A few of them also dried up. My dry patches are no longer there either.It was just like a heavy duty exfoliating session. It's been a couple of weeks since I tried it for the first time, and since the glycolic acid in it is only 12%, I'm ready to do another round.
Oils have been part of my beauty regimen long before I started giving my process of trying to achi...
I used baby oil to remove makeup during the two times a year I get to put a face on: a Santacruzan and maybe a relative's wedding. I cleanse my face with soap, and I put baby oil again as a moisturizer. After falling down the rabbit hole that is the beauty world, though, I've discovered and tried products that work better. But an oil would still find its way to my routine. When I started trying double cleansing, it was olive oil that I relied on. It was already in my kitchen, and it worked really well, so yes. I even made numerous iterations of body scrubs and lip scrubs with it.
The Human Heart Nature Sunflower Oil was my first "proper" beauty oil, but it didn't work well for me so I gave it a rest. Perhaps it was wrong for me to cease using beauty oils — I still used olive oil — after my experience with HHN's, but I did. I got my hands on the Huile Solutions Beauty Oil Bright, though, and took it as a sign to give cosmetic oils another chance.
apparently an emollient which helps smooth the skin's texture. I'm still trying to learn the difference of esters from pure oils, so if you're knowledgeable about this subject, please hit me up.
I used it for three weeks, applying and massaging three drops on my face day and night.
The product promises a multitude of benefits — from diminishing pigmentation and fine lines to enhancing the skin's elasticity — and to an extent, it did work.The dark spots on my face have lightened, although they're still quite noticeable. It didn't do much for my red spots, though I wasn't expecting it to address them. My face has become softer, too! But — and I hate that there's a catch to this because I feel like it solidifies my theory about how I will always find a way to see a fault in a product — there's one tiny problem. My milia count is at an all-time high!
The first time I had milia was in high school, and it was also probably because I used oil a lot on my face. Now, it's not exactly the oil's fault because I did skimp on exfoliating a lot during the time I used it. And I'm sure my lack of care in sloughing off dead skin contributed immensely to the gravity of my milia situation.
So, my plan is to have my milia extracted before trying this out one more time. I'll make sure to exfoliate regularly, too, while on it just so I can assess it better.
The Hulie Solutions Beauty Oil Bright retails for P880.
"Mama, your nails look beautiful," my daughter told me as I swipe a coat of Girl Stuff P...
If you've been here before, you already know that I put on nail polish when I'm a bit stressed or frazzled or when it's that time of the month. It helps me focus. It's hard to keep your attention on the brush, though, when a four-year-old asks you questions about nail polish after giving your nails a compliment. I figured she just wanted to have her nails painted again, so I asked her to make sure. (I've been trying to let her do what she wants, so long as it isn't harmful -- nail polish and other beauty stuff included.)
She smiled gleefully, and I started carefully painting her tiny nails.
Since Girl Stuff nail polish claims to be devoid of all the harmful chemicals found in most nail lacquers -- toulene, formaldehyde, dibutyl phthalate, formaldehyde resin and camphor -- I was at ease letting my daughter try it.
The brush on the Girl Stuff nail polish is quite wide, which makes covering an area with lacquer easy. When used on tiny nails, one swipe is just what you need to finish a coat. The polish's opacity, when compared with other brands, is average. Putting on two coats is best.