Yay or Nay: CosRx Low pH Goodmorning Gel Cleanser

The Korean brand CosRx is becoming a staple for most Asian women lately. Almost every beauty blogger/vlogger that I see recommends something from the brand CosRx. This gel cleanser was always on the top of their list and I became very curious. CosRx has an extensive array of skin care products that can cater to almost any skin problem that you may have. From acne-prone skin to dry sensitive skin, they have the perfect products for you.

Basically, the CosRx Low pH Goodmorning cleanser has a pH level of 5.0~6.0 which is the optimum pH level needed on your skin. It is a soft subacid cleanser that balances your skin and provides a daily exfoliating effect through the natural ingredient BHA. It also has Citric Acid that helps in brightening your skin and deep cleansing. It can also be used by all skin types even for those who have sensitive skin because it is very gentle.

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It is in a 150ml tube. It’s actually very affordable for P349 (On sale when I bought it!) in Shopee because of the big size. A little goes a long way too so this can last for a very long time!

The Ingredients: Water, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Lauroyl Methyl Isethionate, Polysorbate 20, Styrax Japonicus Branch/Fruit/Leaf Extract, Butylene Glycol, Saccharomyces Ferment, Cryptomeria Japonica Leaf Extract, Nelumbo Nucifera Leaf Extract, Pinus Palustris Leaf Extract, Ulmus Davidiana Root Extract, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Flower Extract, Pueraria Lobata Root Extract, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Allantoin, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Betaine Salicylate, Citric Acid, Ethyl Hexanediol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Sodium Benzoate, Disodium EDTA

It smells strongly of tea tree. Which seems a little strong the first time I used it. But after a while of continued use, it started being bearable.

Before anything else, I just wanted to include the cleansers I was using alternately on my face before I switched to the CosRx Low pH Goodmorning gel. In the morning, I would use a collagen facial wash from my dermatologist for a gentle cleanse. If I wore makeup during the day, I would use my Cathy Doll Makeup Remover Toner & Serum Foam Cleanser to remove what’s left of my makeup after using the Garnier Micellar water. If I wasn’t wearing any makeup, I would use my Celeteque Acne Solutions gel cleanser at night.

Disclaimer: Don’t get me wrong, I love using the products stated above. They don’t break me out and I have been using those products for more than a year already. I just really wanted to try the CosRx!

Now, I wanted to include the previous list of cleansers I was using because I noticed that after a week of using the CosRx Goodmorning gel cleanser, I didn’t really notice any significant improvements on my skin. Yes, it was a very gentle cleanser that is great for use in the morning when you don’t really have much to clean on your face. But on days when you have makeup on, whether it was just a BB cream or something heavier like a foundation, I honestly suggest that you use another cleanser. I used to have whiteheads on my nose area, but blackheads were something I didn’t really struggle with. When I started using the CosRx cleanser, I started getting more and more of those blackheads on my nose area. Since I wasn’t struggling with blackheads before, I didn’t know anything about it or what causes it. So, I googled it and that’s where I found out why I was suddenly getting these black dots on my nose.

Below are usual causes of blackheads: (there are more…)

  • Age, hormonal changes that trigger a spike in sebum.
  • Androgen, the male sex hormone, triggers greater secretion of sebum and a higher turnover of skin cells around puberty. Both boys and girls experience higher levels of androgens during adolescence.
  • After puberty, hormonal changes related to menstruation, pregnancy, and the use of birth control pills can also bring on blackheads in women.
  • Overproduction of skin cells by the body can cause blackheads.
  • The blocking or covering pores by cosmetics and clothing.
  • Heavy sweating.
  • Environmental factors such as humidity, grease, etc.

After looking at the long list of causes (that I didn’t list down anymore), I figured mine was caused by clogging of pores due to cosmetics residue. The CosRx Low pH Goodmorning gel cleanser is very gentle, to the point that it fails to remove 100% of any makeup residue that your micellar water/makeup remover failed to remove. Yes, it is non-drying and it leaves your face nice and soft in the morning when you use it. It is also good for sensitive skin, as it did not break me out and it didn’t inflame or irritate my skin in any way. But I find that it is only effective when you don’t have much to clean on your face. Probably just in moments when you just want to remove the excess oil on your face or rinse last night’s skin care products. Although it says ‘Goodmorning Gel Cleanser’, some people use it at night too. Personally, I prefer something that can thoroughly clean my face from any makeup residue in order to prevent the clogging of my pores. I don’t exactly think this product deep cleanses.

Others also use cleansing tools in order to maximize the use of this gentle cleanser. They use Konjac Sponges or Cleansing Brushes in order to improve the cleansing power. That can actually do the trick, but I have dry to combination skin and using exfoliating tools on a regular basis makes my skin drier. I would prefer using the CosRx cleanser on its own, but the fact that it fails to remove any hard dirt and gunk on your face doesn’t really make it an amazing product for me. Although, it does help my dry skin somehow. I wash my skin 2-3 times a day and this cleanser doesn’t leave my skin feeling tight and dry afterward.

I switched up my cleansing routine again but continued incorporating the CosRx Low pH Goodmorning Gel cleanser when I’m not wearing any makeup or in need of dire cleansing. I still rely on my Cathy Doll Makeup Remover Toner & Serum Foam Cleanser to fully remove any makeup residue and it works just fine. On days when I feel like my skin needs a little acne-care, I use my Celeteque Acne Solutions gel cleanser at night instead of the CosRx.

Would I repurchase?

Although I do love that it’s very gentle and non-drying, I dislike the fact that I have to purchase 2-3 cleansers aside from this one in order to do the all-around job for me. I’m trying to fix my overall skin care routine in order to lessen the number of cleansers I’m using. I’m thinking of adding maintenance acne-care products, but still. For something that is well-raved about, I kind of wished it did more than just lightly cleanse. If I want to keep repurchasing this, I have to improve on the other aspects of my skincare routine. That’s a bit tedious and costly, to be honest. I’m on a 50/50 on this. But I’ll keep on trying to make this work for now and I don’t want it to go to waste.

Rating?

Until I am able to justify the improvements it did for my skin, I’m going to give this a 2.5 out of 5… For now. But I just wanted to clear out that I do love the cleanser because it’s very gentle and helps with my dry skin, but I needed that extra oomph with my skin care and this doesn’t make that much of a difference.

Would I recommend?

I would definitely recommend this for those who don’t have a lot of issues that they want to correct on their skin. Someone who’s looking for a low pH cleanser that won’t irritate their skin. This is a good cleanser despite what I personally think about it and I would still recommend it to those who are not looking for something extra in their products. Plus, I find it very affordable for its size.

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Skin Woes & Empties: St.Ives Timeless Skin Collagen Elastin Moisturizer

It’s a sort of a unique phenomenon when I manage to finish up a bottle or a tub of skin care product. I’m still in the search of that staple for my skincare routine that I would repurchase over and over again because it has worked wonders on my skin.

Lately, I’ve gone from breaking out to having itchy, flaky and inflamed skin due to irritations because of my constant search for amazing skin care products. I was an impatient little puppy a few weeks ago that I added two to three new products in my routine and I couldn’t figure out which one was causing the irritation. After a few more weeks of trial and error, I managed to eliminate the culprit. Everyone was raving about the Missha Time Revolution Essence and I wanted to try it for myself, so I purchased a bunch of trial sachets along with my CosRx Low pH Goodmorning Gel Cleanser, Mizon Snail Recovery Gel Cream and Mizon Snail Repair Eye Cream. Only to figure out after a few days that the Missha TRE has made my skin worse than it already is.

I was aware of my lack of judgment for introducing all of those to my skin all at once. But again, I was so desperate to finding something that can help my skin recover. I figured that I had to use moisturizers to soothe the inflammation and flakiness, so I started looking for another moisturizer because I thought that the St.Ives Timeless Skin Collagen and Elastin Moisturizer was not doing the job. I came across the CosRx Ultra-Moisturizing Lotion with Birch Sap and purchased it, then replaced my St.Ives Moisturizer.

Long story short, I ended up wanting to re-purchase my almost empty St.Ives Timeless Skin Collagen and Elastin Moisturizer after my long search for a better one. The main reason why I decided to keep looking for moisturizers other than this, is because I could not justify the benefits it gives my skin. Sure, it was very cheap for such a huge tub, but I simply cannot think of anything that makes it “work”. I was probably underestimating it because it was so affordable and I haven’t really seen famous bloggers using this. Before I purchased this moisturizer back in 2015-16, I remember reading somewhere that Collagen does not exactly work together with Elastin in the anti-aging department in order to achieve awesome results. Something along the lines of those ingredients cannot work alone for it to be effective. Like it lacks another ingredient to make it active or something. Well, I can’t be all scientific on this as I have no enough knowledge to prove my claims, so I took the blogger’s word for it. But anyway, here I am with an almost empty tub of St.Ives Timeless Skin Collagen and Elastin Moisturizer and absolutely loving it.

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Below is the information I found on the St.Ive’s website:

Collagen Elastin Moisturizer St. Ives

See ya later scale-agator. Nourish your skin with the goodness of 100% natural moisturizers (Safflower seed oil). Infused with hard-working collagen and elastin this hydrating formula will help capture that fresh-faced glow we all love.

Safflower Seed Oil


A lesser-known relation of the sunflower, the safflower is a thistle-like plant with red, yellow and orange flowers. Don’t be deceived by its prickly looking exterior, the oil is known to help to smooth and moisturize skin.

Our safflowers come from all around the world, as far away as Australia and Argentina and lots of places in-between. The flowers are picked by hand and refined to extract the oil, which is 100% pure.

Ingredients

Water (Aqua, Eau), Mineral Oil (Paraffinum Liquidum, Huile Minerale), Propylene Glycol, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Stearic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Triethanolamine, Carbomer, Cetyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, Disodium EDTA, Fragrance (Parfum), Ethylhexylglycerin, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Hydrolyzed Elastin, Linalool, Hexyl Cinnamal, Coumarin, Geraniol

I actually really regret purchasing so many items to add to my skincare when all the while, I have loved the St.Ives Collagen and Elastin Moisturizer but failed to appreciate it. I have damaged my skin so much that after a week of it being inflamed and extremely stingy. It even started peeling and being scaly after a few more weeks. I was so devastated and I was very desperate for my skin to heal. I began reducing my skincare routine to cleansing and double moisturizing. I used to use a cleanser-toner-moisturizer-eye cream-oil serum in my routine, but since I was trying to help my skin recover, I minimized the products I have been using.

It’s been 3 days and I can say that my skin has improved so much and I honestly don’t think it was the fact that I lessened the products I’ve been using on my face. It’s good to take note that when I minimized my skin regimen, I went back to using the old products my skin was used to. I completely removed the new ones that I was unsure of. During those days and weeks that my skin was at it’s worst, I realized that only the St.Ives Collagen Elastin Moisturizer did not feel stingy against my skin. It gave my skin a fresh, cooling and soothing feeling after I apply it on my face after cleansing. That was the reason why it was the only product that I could pretty much tolerate applying to my face. My face was less flaky, itchy and scaly immediately after 3 days of continued usage. I also tried using Nature Republic’s Aloe Vera Gel, but due to its alcohol content, my skin just felt drier, so I switched back to this.

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This moisturizer is really underrated. It’s a very simple yet an amazing product that can work wonders for your skin. It also smells very nice and I love applying it at night because of that. However, I use this 2-3 times a day and it works just fine. During the day, I’m okay with applying this under my makeup, as it gives my skin a healthy looking glow without looking too oily. Although, I don’t think that I can recommend this to those who have oily skin especially when using it under your makeup. It can get quite heavy. But for someone who has dry combination and sensitive skin like mine, it works just fine. My skin drinks this up easily. Another good thing about this moisturizer is that I don’t think I need an eye cream to add to my skincare routine anymore. It hydrates my under-eye nicely and it makes my concealer application easier. I still don’t know how I can justify how this moisturizer works on my skin, but I can truly say that I am in-love with this and I will definitely keep repurchasing.

If you want a moisturizer that does the job without any complicated claims, I highly recommend this to you. It’s a simple moisturizer that doesn’t have too much gimmick going on but definitely excels in the moisturizing department. Just an additional use for it too: I spilled this once and I didn’t want to waste it, so I scooped out the spilled contents and used it as a lotion. (Don’t get me wrong though, it wasn’t dirty or anything. I just didn’t want to keep using it on my face.) This product is so moisturizing that it works amazing even as a lotion. I find that it really locks in the moisture on your skin and it doesn’t have a sticky feel to it. Since this product is a whopping 10oz/283g product for such a cheap price, (P200+ something in the Philippines, available in Watson’s and other grocery stores.) using it both as a facial moisturizer and a body lotion is not exactly a bad idea. Just make sure that you use a spatula to scoop the contents out to prevent contamination.

Would I repurchase?

Definitely! Over and over again.

Rating?

I’m giving this a 5/5 because it was the only product that truly helped my inflamed and irritated skin!

Update: My 65-year-old grandmother was starting to get bothered by her sagging skin and fine lines. So here I am to the rescue! I gave her a new tub and told her to use it at least twice a day. Guess what? She loved it! I also noticed that her skin really did improve. It seemed to be a lot more supple and her fine lines aren’t too visible anymore because her skin was plumper now. This product is really amazing even for mature skin.

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A Love-Hate Relationship: Mizon Snail Recovery Gel Cream

I finally decided to purchase this Mizon Snail Recovery Gel (Cream) after a long contemplation of whether to buy it or not. Reviews over the internet are confusing! There are those who like it and those who hate it. Sure, there’s always something like that about makeup or skin care products, since everyone’s skin will be different from each other. However, there was a higher percentage of dislikes among those who have tried this Mizon Snail Recovery Gel. Yet, here I am with this pink tube of snail gel on my vanity.

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Nothing too special about the packaging. It’s just a baby pink tube that I actually find very cute because of the color. I also love that it’s in a squeezy tube, not a tub.

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It contains 45ml (1.52 fl. oz.) per tube with 74% snail secretion filtrate.

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The packaging has an expiration date indicated.

First of all, what was the reason for me purchasing this product despite the higher percentage of negative reviews? Everyone was saying that it was nowhere near ‘hydrating’ when it was labeled as a ‘moisturizer’. Personally, upon reading the English part on the packaging, it didn’t say anything about being hydrating. So, I wasn’t expecting it to be hydrating either. However, it was the percentage of the snail secretion filtrate that had me wanting to buy this, plus, it’s in a gel form that is claimed to be lightweight. Perhaps, there was more to this pink tube than being a failure to be an actual moisturizer.

I have dry combination skin that is sensitive. I have recently tested that I’m not allergic to snail filtrates, so I started venturing into that category with my skin care. As far as I know, snail secretion filtrates aid in the cell turnover of the skin. It quickens the process of cell turnover and heals your skin faster. This also helps in reducing the appearance of your blemishes.

I also have dry patches on my under eye area and some on my cheeks. I wanted to get rid of that, but despite the lack of moisturization this Mizon Snail Gel has, (According to the reviews of others) I believe that the quicker cell turnover will remedy my dry patches to an extent.

After that long introduction and sharing of feelings, here’s the actual review.

Is it moisturizing?

No, I also don’t find it moisturizing. However, it did improve the texture of my skin. The small bumps that I had on my cheeks and chin are now gone, only after using it every day, 2x a day, for a week. It did lack in the moisture department, but I think that was mainly because I had dry skin and this is a gel-type almost water-based product. I think products like these are meant to cater to those who have oily skin but wanted to add a moisturizer to their routine for balance. But for someone who has really dry skin, this is not something that you can use alone. Don’t treat this as a moisturizer. It does something far more than just to moisturize! I believe that this Mizon Snail Recovery Gel is good for healing your skin and not just moisturizing.

What surprised me about this product is the first time I have used it. I woke up with a smoother and brighter looking complexion after using this the night before. I can describe it as being able to fake a good night’s sleep. It was then that I knew that this product really works wonders for your skin regardless of the lack of moisture and plumpness that it gives. It repairs it, makes it look less dull.

Although, for a product that claims to be multi-functional, it doesn’t seem to do much at all aside from healing your skin. But it’s a very affordable snail product, so if you’re just looking to try one that won’t hurt your budget, I guess this can be right for you. I purchased this via Shopee app, this is on sale for only P289 each.

Will I re-purchase?

I will continue to use this until I have used up the tube and I will give you guys updates. As of today, I happen to still have a love-hate relationship with this product. I do love the fact that it made my skin brighter and that it improved the texture, but since I have really dry skin, I would honestly prefer something that can moisturize, improve the texture of my skin and brighten it up all at the same time. I dislike the fact that I have to layer on a couple of different products just to achieve a well-moisturized face. Since I have very sensitive skin, doing so may lead to breakouts or irritation. So I try to keep my skin care as minimal as possible.

I just wanted to shed a different light on this Mizon Recovery Snail Gel and remove it from the moisturizer category as I don’t think it’s the strength of this product. If you have oily skin, has a couple of blemishes that you want to fade, or you want to remedy uneven skin texture, this product may work for you but don’t expect it to deliver extreme results.

Rating?

I would rate this product a 3 out of 5. Simply because it was meant to suit other skin types and not mine. However, I would love to continue using this as it does a fine job in brightening and smoothing out the texture of my skin. It wasn’t that bad, to be honest, I would be loving this so much if there was an added variety that can cater to a drier skin type!

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L.A. Girl Pro Conceal HD Concealer Review

When I first started liking anything makeup related in general, this L.A. Girl Pro Conceal HD Concealer was all over beauty blogs and YouTube. Some refer to it as a cult favorite and it was really raved about. Who wouldn’t be tempted to buy something that’s a ‘holy grail’ status for most?

We have L.A Girl counters here in the Philippines and I was so excited about checking it out for the first time. This was 3 years ago, I think.

So I purchased my first L.A Girl Pro Conceal HD Concealer in Robinson’s forum. The shade I purchased was creamy beige I think and the mall price was somewhere between P395 or P495.  (Please note that 3 years ago, I was new to buying my first few makeup essentials for my kit. Plus, I wasn’t brave enough to start buying makeup products that are P300+ unless it’s a foundation. In short, this is a very big decision as per my budget.) As per the SA, the creamy beige was the lightest shade available in the PH. The first time I swatched it on my hand it looked fine. It seemed to blend well on my skin and it looked like a perfect match, the SA said so too. Since I’ve already read tons of good reviews about this concealer, I didn’t hesitate to immediately buy it.

The regret started about 30 minutes after.

It oxidized. It became freakishly orange against my fair skin tone and I was like–OH MY GAWD. Sure, the coverage was awesome but I didn’t want orange under eyes paired with my fair toned cheeks. I tried making it work by putting it under lighter makeup, but with L.A Girl’s extreme coverage, as soon as my foundation base has faded, I’m left with weird orange streaks under my eyes and orange polka dots on my cheeks because of the blemishes I tried to conceal. I stopped making it work. The shade was so wrong. It oxidizes really bad!

So, after my scary experience with that previous shade, this year, I came across the Shopee app. It has a lot of legit stores that sell US/UK/Korean/Japanese makeup. The selection is crazy, just go find yourself a legit seller that sells 100% Authentic makeup products. Note that there are fakes too so buy at your own risk.

I saw the L.A. Girl Pro Conceal HD Concealer again and it retails for about P180-P250. It’s cheaper than the mall price and it has a wider range of shades to choose from.

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It’s the same product that I’ve used before, I just chose a lighter shade and hoped that I got the right one this time.

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I got the shade Light Ivory. As per Google, it’s the second lightest shade available.

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The previous shade I bought was creamy beige and the Light Ivory is waaaaayyy lighter. I knew I could always make lighter shades work because I could use it for highlighting. It was a better way to start than stark orange shades.

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Here’s how the shade translates to my arm. It looks fine, right?

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When blended. (Is it still there???)

Here’s where the real review starts. When you look at the picture above, it blended almost into nothing. That’s supposed to be good, right? Well, not until you really want to conceal something and your concealer just vanishes once blended… That’s not good. With a concealer that’s as pigmented as this, a little should have gone a long way. But for some reason, the way this concealer blends depends on how much product you put. (Well, isn’t that wasteful?) At first, I thought that this concealer was fake, but I have ordered a bunch of products from that shop in Shopee and the rest performed well. It was just this one that failed. I also compared the previous concealer that I bought in the mall, and it looked pretty much the same. 101% the same so I knew it couldn’t be fake.

The thing is, you have to squeeze out a lot of product in order to get the most out of it. I’ve used this tube for about a week and it’s already 50% empty. It’s an affordable buy for P180-P250 but still, this is a raved product. I expected more from it. But then, if it works on them, it won’t always work for me.

I’m not a fan of the packaging/applicator as well. A brush tip applicator isn’t the easiest to work with. You can barely control the amount of product it dispenses. It’s either you can’t even dispense anything, or it dispenses a sh*t ton of product. A doe-foot applicator would be highly appreciated or just a simple squeezy tube would have been better.

I also have dry combination skin and even with moisturizer and a primer underneath, this concealer looked very patchy under my eyes. It accentuated my fine lines and dryness. You have to work around it quickly, as it sets very fast.

I guess it will only work for those who have oily or normal skin. I blend this with a damp sponge and no matter how much I try to thin it out, I’m left with the same outcome every time. Not sure if it was really not meant for my skin type or what.

The shade I picked wasn’t all that bad. However, don’t get scared when you dispense it on your skin because the pigment itself looks very off. But once you blend it, it tones down.

Coverage wise, I’d still say it’s a medium, despite how it didn’t make my skin look flawless. I had better experiences with other concealers than this one.

I just think that this product is too overrated. The shade range is also a bit off. I don’t think anyone is that orange or yellow. Be careful about choosing your shades especially if you’re buying it online. The swatches in Google look lighter than the actual shade. My skin isn’t that fair and the second lightest shade is still a shade darker than my actual skin tone. If you’re fairer than me, I suggest that you try Korean brand concealers instead.

Would I repurchase?

No. I have recently found something so much better and I think I found my HG concealer/foundation!

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Lily’s Touch Snail Serum Review

Snail filtrates in skin care have been a growing trend nowadays. Brands are going back to basics with their all natural skin care products.

Today, we will talk about the Lily’s Touch Snail Serum. Below is how the product looks like.

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“Contains a patented technology using secretion filtrate of snails that encourages the skin to repair itself. Snail secretion filtrate diminishes the appearance of dark spots and discoloration of the skin.”

In the Lily’s Touch official website, it says:

Snail serum was popularly used in Ancient Greece as an ingredient to reduce inflammation. It is known for its regenerative properties and facilitates the restoration of damaged tissue and replenishes moisture in skin. It is also effective in treating acne and scarring.

Snail serum contains a patented technology using secretion filtrate of snails that encourages the skin to repair itself. Snail secretion filtrate diminishes appearance of dark spots and discoloration of skin.

It is the perfect product if you want to slow down the ageing process of your skin.

Good for:

Dark under eye, scars, melasma, warts, visible pores, dark circles, puffy bags, wrinkles, uneven skin-tone, and dull skin.

Snail slime becomes latest beauty must-have as mollusc mucus is touted to clear acne, heal scars and beat wrinkles.

The science behind snail slime as a viable beauty cream is mostly derived from lab studies where the effects of the slime have been tested on a variety of cell cultures. In these studies, research suggests that snail slime will stimulate the production of elastin and collagen, increase fibronectin protein production, and stimulate increased proliferation of fibroblasts. The perfect thing if you want to slow down the ageing process to a snail’s pace.

Slime harvested from the creatures is the key ingredient in new range of anti-ageing products.

The makers claim they can make users appear six years younger in just four weeks. The benefits for human skin were discovered by Chilean snail farmers who noticed their skin healed quickly without scarring when they handled the creatures which were being exported to France.

  • Dermatologist tested
  • FDA approved
  • Tried and Tested
  • Mercury free
  • Paraben Free
  • All Natural ingredients

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It retails for P550 per 30ml bottle on their website but is usually on sale via Shopee app for about P275. Always check with the seller regarding the expiration dates especially if the item is on sale.

Again, here’s a list of my skin issues if you haven’t seen them in my other posts.

  • Redness around my nose and below my chin.
  • Uneven skin-tone.
  • Dull skin.
  • Dry to Combination skin, oily on the T-zone.
  • Blemishes on my cheeks.
  • Large pores.

These are the things that I wanted to correct when I decided to purchase the Lily’s Touch Snail Serum. I’m currently using their best-selling Lily’s Touch Miracle Cream as a part of my morning routine, but for my night time skincare routine, I needed a potent serum to cure or improve my skin woes overnight.

I have been using this serum for more than a month now. I still haven’t seen any drastic improvements on my skin, considering I have been using this 3 times a week with intervals.

3 times a week with intervals instead of everyday, because I noticed that with everyday use, I tend to have more whiteheads on my nose and chin area. I think it’s because it’s very thick and oily on the face, probably clogs my pores to an extent. I feel the need to exfoliate 3 times a week instead of 1-2 because of this.

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It doesn’t break me out, nor did I have any allergic reactions. I’ve read that there are people who get allergic reactions to any type of snail filtrate products. So if you want to try this out, start with patch tests first.

It has a scent that’s hard to explain. No, it doesn’t smell like a snail. It’s something between powdery or your grandmother’s old makeup or perfume. It’s not that bad at all, I personally don’t mind it since I usually apply it at night.

Don’t go overboard in applying this. A little goes a long way. Just make sure that you distribute it on your face in small amounts so it’s easier to blend and spread. If you apply too much, it will feel tacky and warm against your skin. Almost as if your skin is saying that it’s suffocating and it can’t breathe. The first time you use this, you will notice a slight tingling sensation. It’s somewhat itchy but after awhile, the tingling sensation goes away. It’s not an allergic reaction, at least for me it’s not. The next day, I woke up to glowy soft skin that looked so hydrated and healthy.

However, the moment I washed it, I could barely see the difference. It seemed as if the product was only working when it’s on your skin. But the moment you wash it off, you’re back to your old skin but slightly better.

I don’t recommend using this during the day since it feels very heavy on the skin and it doesn’t set or dry even after hours of application. It stays oily and tacky until you decide to wash it off.

The reason why I keep on using this product, despite that I hate the feeling of having a thick oil against my skin, is because it did improve my complexion in a way. Whenever I feel like my skin feels so patchy and dry, I would apply this at night and I’d wake up with a better and normal skin without the dry patches or bumps. After I wash it off, it does feel dry again but without the patchiness. I would just apply moisturizer and my skin looks and feels so much better. I think that this serum is a decent moisturizer that can remedy extreme dryness overnight. It does claim to ‘encourage skin repair’. But the rest of its claims is something I haven’t seen. I don’t think it lightened my blemishes, nor did it shrink my pores. Also, I think that this isn’t meant for everyday use, probably just on days that you feel like your skin needs a pick-me-up.

If you’re looking for a snail serum that will work wonders for your skin in all aspects, I honestly don’t think that this will deliver the best results. It’s a so-so product, given too much credit because Lily’s touch is known for their best-selling Miracle Cream that’s patronized by local celebrities. That’s the main reason why I purchased it, regardless of how very few reviews are available online for this product. Although I wouldn’t say that this is a bad product, it’s actually a decent one.

Would I repurchase?

The 30ml bottle is a lot and it will last you for a long time. However, in the Lily’s touch website, it says that it’s best consumed within a month. I don’t think that you can use all of it in a month, since you’re basically just using 3-4 drops of it for your entire face. I’m not sure if I’d repurchase, there are probably better snail serums out there, especially in K-Beauty brands.

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Wet ‘n Wild Megaglo Contouring Palette Review

The Wet & Wild Megaglo Contouring Palette is probably one of those products that “YouTube Made Me Buy”. It was raved so much by Pinay YouTube bloggers that I decided to finally buy my second contouring palette.

I was a late bloomer. I wanted to find my perfect base first before I ventured into the more complicated side of makeup such as contouring. I wasn’t exactly in the search of my holy grail contouring palette because I haven’t really found my holy grail base just yet.

My first contour-blush palette was from E.L.F, which I wasn’t really a fan of, because it was too patchy for me and the blush felt so gritty and rough in texture, I stopped buying contouring palettes in general because it’s not something I really use every day and I feel like my first experience in E.L.F’s contouring palette ruined the whole thing for me. (A lot of people like that blush-contour palette though, it just didn’t work well on me.)

 

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I bought my Wet & Wild Megaglo Contouring palette in Shopee for P340 each. It took me quite a while to finally check that item out after it has been in my cart for more than months already. I wasn’t sure if I needed it, but I finally gave in after watching a series of YouTubers rave about it.

I bought the shade of Dulce De Leche. It will suit those who have light to fair skin tones. For those who are morena or darker, there’s another shade called Caramel Toffee that’s available.

I saw this in Landmark Makati’s Wet & Wild stall once, it was sold for P495 if I remember correctly, but it seems to be out of stock already as per the SA. I’m not sure for how long it will be out of stock, but before I bought this, I would always check their counter whenever I would go to Landmark and it’s always unavailable. I recommend that you buy this online instead since it’s cheaper. Just make sure that you buy from legit online sellers and make sure that they pack the package properly. You don’t want to be looking forward to a brand new contour palette and end up with a broken, and an unusable one.

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It contains 0.44oz or 12.5g. It’s one heck of a big pan. It’s honestly very cheap for P340 and it will probably last you forever.

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Here are the swatches. Seriously, the pan is almost as big as my fist.

Be careful when applying this product. A little goes a long way. Lightly tap your brush on the palette, don’t drag your brush heavily against it. Make sure you tap the excess from your brush before you apply it on the hollows of your cheeks, as it is very pigmented. It’s very powdery though, but very finely milled. The palette’s surface easily gets scraped by rough brushes, so make sure you use a soft brush.

This contouring palette is great for beginners. It’s very easy to use and blend. Although I’m not sure if it actually lasts for a long time because whenever I would use this, when I get home after a 4-8 hour lakwatcha, I find no trace of the contour in my face. Even with my base still intact. I don’t exactly have the habit of checking my entire makeup when I’m outside, I usually just notice my lipstick/lip tint above anything else once it’s gone. I just avoid looking pale and sickly when I’m out.

I do think that this is good for your everyday makeup look where you want to have a great mix of light and shadows for more emphasis on the dimensions of your face. It’s probably not for those fully made-up looks for parties and events because of the product’s longevity.

However, the highlighting shade in this palette is not something I actually use. It’s matte and has no traces of sheen to it, so it’s just like a setting powder but not an actual highlighter that illuminates. It seems to have a bit of a pigment on the swatch, but it blends into my skin seamlessly and adds no coverage or whatsoever. I don’t think it highlights at all. You won’t have much use for it if you have your own favorite setting powder.

But who am I to complain? It’s very cheap for P340 and it’s such a big pan.

This is a very good product if you’re new to contouring palettes. It’s very pocket-friendly and easy to use as well. No expertise required in using this. Just contour, blend and you’re good to go.

Would I repurchase?

More like… Will I ever run out of this product? I would rate it a 4 out of 5. Not bad, Wet & Wild!

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Cathy Doll AA Cream First Impression Review

When Cathy Doll first launched here in the Philippines, I wasn’t an immediate fan. We were walking around SMDC Jazz Mall Makati when we saw this Cathy Doll stall in front of the Hypermarket. It was the packaging of the products that immediately caught our eye. (Pink and metallic tubes with animal prints too!) Most of the products they had in that stall were glutathione and whitening lotions.

First of all, I’m not a fan or a user of whitening products.

My skin is already fair and I don’t exactly feel the need to use whitening products to improve my complexion. Plus, when one of my friends tried the lotions, her arm turned all white and soapy. Even with constant rubbing, she couldn’t make the lotion blend seamlessly into her skin. (I think most glutathione lotions are like that, they’re thick in consistency and very hard to blend into the skin. It has an instant whitening effect.) We were frightened and we all laughed and walked away.

Sooo….

The first time I fell in love with Cathy Doll products is the moment I tried the all-in-one Makeup Remover + Toner + Serum + Foam Cleanser. (But that’s not what we’re going to review today!)

Now, let’s talk about the Cathy Doll AA (Automatic Aura) Cream in the shade Natural Beige. I bought this in Watson’s for P649 in a 50g tube. (It’s a little expensive for me, considering it’s a small tube. But I used to love Etude House’s BB Cream that’s 60g for a P850 something per tube, so what the heck, there’s not much difference.)

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As to what I’ve read online, AA literally means Automatic Aura. So it probably means that this cream will give you that instant healthy glow on your skin. It also contains tea tree oil that’s known for helping with acne problems. It also has an SPF of 45 PA+++ which is good, but probably won’t look good in flash photography.

The first thing that came to my mind when I tried this Cathy Doll AA Cream for the first time is that the shade range isn’t good. Even for a Filipina that has a fair to light complexion, this will probably look ashy to them, but probably less, compared to those who are morena. It’s not yellow undertone, it’s slightly pinkish. (Although I’ve heard that the AA Cushion has a yellow undertone compared to this one even with the same shade names.)

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It has a slightly watery consistency, but not too runny.

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Swatches on natural lighting. After blending into the skin.

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With flash. Gosh, that’s light and ashy. Good SPF though, it’s SPF 45 PA+++!

This AA Cream really did brighten my skin and gave it a glowy look. Although my skin tone isn’t really for pinkish toned bases, so it looked a little off and had to be corrected or topped off by a yellow-toned powder.

When I used this AA Cream, I knew I was going to sweat a lot but I was relying on it’s SPF so I tried it anyways. Longevity wise, after I’ve sweat for about 2 hours, I noticed that the coverage wasn’t as good as when I applied it.

Again, here’s a list of my skin issues if you haven’t seen them in my other posts.

  • Redness around my nose and below my chin.
  • Uneven skin-tone.
  • Dull skin.
  • Dry to Combination skin, oily on the T-zone.
  • Blemishes on my cheeks.
  • Large pores.

Coverage wise, this AA cream offered a light to medium. I’m not sure if it was buildable, I didn’t try because it already looks ashy against my fair yellow-toned skin. Adding more product will already make my face look ghostly and unappealing. It did even out my skin tone but did not fully cover the redness around my nose and below my chin.

The scent was okay, I’ve heard a lot of reviews about the tea tree scent and they love it. It’s very mild and barely noticeable after a few minutes of putting it on. As for the tea tree ingredient, I’m acne prone but I don’t suffer from intense acne to the point that it’s bothering, so I didn’t really mind if the ingredient was there or not. I do break out from time to time, especially when I use products that my skin doesn’t like, but it’s nothing my skincare can’t fix.

The shade range needs to have more variety, especially those that can cater to Filipina skin tones. It can be easily corrected by a setting powder, but if you’re that type of person who prefers bases that can act as an all in one foundation+powder, this isn’t the product for you. It sets into a slightly dewy, slightly tacky base. I have dry combination skin but I still prefer setting this with a powder to avoid the sticky feeling on my face. My hair sometimes sticks to my face if I don’t set it. It’s not transfer proof as well, so yeah, just set it.

It’s good for everyday use. It’s definitely lightweight, as it claims to be ‘air light’. It didn’t break me out as well, I tend to have rashes on my cheeks whenever a product feels too heavy on the skin and I didn’t experience that at all.

If you’re going to be doing physical activities and you’ll be sweating a lot, it will only last for about 1-2 hours. If you’re going to be staying in a cool place where you won’t be moving around and sweating, it will last for about 5 hours or more. Using the baking technique can also make this last on a hot weather.

Would I repurchase?

Probably not until there are more shades available that look better on my skin tone. I also find it to be on the expensive side if this is something that you’re just going to wear on a daily basis for errands, work, etc. It doesn’t even last on my skin that long even if I set it with powder. My daily basis would probably consist of sweating a lot, so I’d prefer something that won’t slide off of my face as soon as I start to sweat.

I would rate this a 3.5 out of 5. Mainly because I’m not a fan of the shade range and I think that’s the most crucial part of loving a base product.

Update as of 8/17/2018: I’m still using this! I still hate the shade but bronzing your face and setting it with a yellow-toned powder does the trick of getting rid of the ashy color. Another thing that I failed to mention in the review is that the longer it stays on your face, the better it seems to look during the day. But again, too much sweating can cause the product to slide off. The excessive ashy color fades after a while and you’re left with a naturally brighter and healthy looking complexion.

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Mumuso Oil Control Spray Review

As a beauty enthusiast, (or simply the “kuripot” girl in me) the moment I see an affordable option for my skincare or makeup, I feel the need to try it immediately.

The rise of K-Beauty or J-Beauty cheap finds in the market are booming in the Philippines now. Stores like Daiso, Miniso and Mumuso are expanding like crazy and can be found in most Ayala Malls & SM Stores now. Aside from cute stuff and other anik-anik, these stores have skincare and make-up options that are available for as low as P99. Some, even cheaper.

In this post, we will be reviewing this affordable Oil Control Spray by Mumuso.

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I purchased this in The Ayala Malls The 30th Mumuso Branch for only PHP149.

It contains 120ml of product in a spray can.

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Ingredients are written in Korean. If you are allergic to certain cosmetic ingredients or if you have sensitive skin, it is best to do a little research before trying this. It’s better to be safe than sorry.

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The claims of this product is very simple– to help in oil control. If you’re an oily skinned gal, this will help you keep the shine at bay.

Since this is supposed to keep you from oiling up during the day, you’re supposed to spritz this on your face before putting your makeup on. Let this dry for a few seconds or minutes, before proceeding to do your foundation.

I have dry combination skin. (Oily on the T-zone, dry on the cheek area.) On some days that parts of my face are not too dry, this Mumuso Oil Control Spray works amazing on its own even without a moisturizer. It may have oil-control properties, but it doesn’t dry your skin out. It has that cooling sensation once sprayed on your face. It feels as though your skin is being prepped from not feeling warm during the day. Not only does it help control the oil, it keeps your face feeling cool and fresh. It’s perfect for that warm Philippine weather.

Here’s a short breakdown of this oil control spray’s pros and cons.

PROS:

  • Affordable for P149.
  • Readily available in Ayala Malls & SM Store Mumuso branches, etc.
  • Sleek and nice packaging.
  • Provides oil-control for up to 5 hours depending on your skin type.
  • Provides a cooling sensation, helping you feel fresh underneath the makeup.
  • Light fresh lemon scent.
  • Did not break me out.
  • Can be used to set your makeup as well. But is best used underneath.
  • Hydrating even though it has oil-control properties.
  • Lightweight.

CONS:

  • The one I bought has a defective spray can. It’s very hard to press and does not dispense the product properly.
  • Does not prolong the wear of your makeup.

Overall, this Mumuso Oil Control Spray is an affordable yet good product. I will rate it a 4 out of 5 because it’s cheap and it delivers it’s claims quite well. There may be better oil-control sprays out there in the market, but for those who are just beginning to get into products like this, you will definitely appreciate this one. It’s very inexpensive and will probably last you about 5 months or more, depending on how you use it.

Will I re-purchase? Only if I don’t find any other oil control sprays that delivers better than this. But I would definitely recommend that you try this!

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iWhite BB Holic Everyday BB Cream Review

First of all, I’m not a foundation person. As much as I would like to use high coverage foundations, I have yet to find a suitable one for my Dry to Combination skin. High coverage foundations are rejected by my skin. Even with a good routine of skin prepping and priming, these kinds of foundations seem to flake off in just a matter of less than an hour.

I live in the Philippines and we pinays are no stranger to the excessive heat and pollution. “Pawis kung pawis”, as they say. Not just in the summer months, but almost every day. It is not advisable to use heavy coverage foundation on a daily basis if your daily activities are physical in nature. When mixed with sweat, it can clog your pores and lead to breakouts.

My never ending search for a base that provides decent to good coverage and good for every day wear has lead me to try this iWhite BB Holic Everyday BB Cream.

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Here’s a photo of the iWhite Korea BB Holic Everyday BB Cream. I am in the shade Light. There are two shades available: Light & Beige.  Light the lightest and Beige the darkest. I have heard so many good reviews about this product. It is said to have the consistency of iWhite Korea’s Aqua Moisturizer. It is available in a tube for PHP159 and sachet for PHP24.50 in Watsons.

I will no longer post the long list of ingredients as it is readily available online anyway.

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Here’s how the consistency looks like. It’s not runny when you first dispense it on your hand. But as soon as you blend it, it starts getting liquidy. Almost like a water-based moisturizer that melts into your skin seamlessly.

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With this product, a little goes a long way. (Please excuse my furry arm.)

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This is how it looks after it is blended. It looks a little pinkish on my yellowish pinay skin tone. But it can be fixed by a yellow-toned setting powder. It doesn’t look ashy when it’s blended out.

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On natural light. It’s not patchy looking, nor cakey looking. It looks very natural.

Below, I will list the issues that I have with my skin. This is so you can understand what I want to correct and what I look for in a BB Cream/Foundation.

Here’s a list of my skin issues:

  • Redness around my nose and below my chin.
  • Uneven skin-tone.
  • Dull skin.
  • Dry to Combination skin, oily on the T-zone.
  • Blemishes on my cheeks.
  • Large pores.

My Views:

I find this BB Cream great. I would rate it a 4 out of 5 just because of the coverage. This is good for daily use and would probably work on those with very little skin imperfections. It provides little to no coverage. It will slightly even out your skin-tone, but will not brighten and make it look like its glowing. (At least for me, it wasn’t like that. I think it’s because of the slightly pink undertone.) I find that this BB Cream works well when topped with a concealer and setting powder. On my skin, I personally don’t think that it’s okay on it’s own, considering the very little coverage it can give. I love that it’s lightweight though, it’s good for those quick errands that you don’t exactly need to be all flawless and fully made up. This BB Cream is slightly buildable, but only up to 2-3 layers only. The consistency is too liquidy when blended, almost as if it just melts on the previous layer you just blended in. Building the product up won’t exactly give you a medium coverage, just a slightly more evened out skin-tone. This is not matte nor it is dewy. It’s a little bit of both, depending on how you use it or set it. I’m not entirely sure if this has oil-control properties as well. Although I find that it does not make you “oil up”. Since it’s water-based, it’s not oily or tacky on the face at all. It has a serum-like feel and it sets on your face almost immediately after application. It feels very fresh on the skin, I think it’s because it’s like a water based moisturizer that blends and melts into your skin nicely.

Would I repurchase? Only if I don’t find another BB Cream that’s as lightweight as this with an added coverage. But I would probably still use and empty out this tube that I purchased. It’s not that bad at all. I actually love this but I do think it needs more improvement. iWhite needs to make more bases that are medium to full coverage! I love most of their products and I do find myself reaching out for this BB Cream most of the time when I’m not aiming for something that has high coverage.

PROS:

  • Affordable for PHP159/P24.50.
  • Easy to blend.
  • Very lightweight.
  • Good for everyday use.
  • Did not break me out.
  • Very cute packaging!
  • It has a fruity grapefruit-like scent.
  • You don’t need brushes or sponges to blend it out.
  • Smooth application.

CONS:

  • Has very light coverage.
  • Can last up to 3-5 hours on your skin.
  • Availability of the product will depend on your location. I don’t think all Watson’s outlets has this.
  • Limited shades.
  • Pinkish undertone instead of yellow.
  • Slightly buildable.

That’s all for this review. Until next time!

Sig