Review on Asian Secrets Lulur Whitening Body Scrub

Asian Secrets: Lulur Whitening Body Scrub (Price: PHP80 Approx USD1.80)
(Javanese beauty ritual with Green Tean and Vit. E)

What is Asian Secrets: Whitening Body Scrub?
Asian Secrets Lulur Whitening Bocdy Scrub is a beauty treatment inspired by a most luxurious ritual called Lulur. The ritual was orignally intended for the bride to be in order for her skin to be beautiful and whitens before her wedding day. Lulur originated from the royal palaces of Java. This traditional treatment are still used by Indonesian women today.

The benefits of Asian Secrets Lulur Whitening Body Scrub:
1)      It gently exfoliates the skin and removes dead skin cells to soften the skin
2)      Frequent usage can reduce skin pigmentation and evens out skintone
3)      Contains Vitamin E and Green Extract that could protect skin from harmful radicals and keep skin healthy and young looking
4)      Ingredients contains Squalene and Olive Oil that can help maintain moisture of skin.

How to Use:
Scrub all over skin especially on dark areas while it is dry and rinse with water. User Daily.

Water, Polyethlene, Stearic Acid, Mineral Oil, Cetyl Alcohol, Camelia Sinensis (Green Tea) Extract, Olive, Glyceryl Sterate SE, Glycerin, Squalene, Titanium Dioxide, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Potassium Hydroxide, Tocopheryl Acetate, Allantoin, Butyparaben, Sodim Lactate, Fragrance Carommer.

 My Reviews:
The Likes:
1)      Dermatologist tested; Hypo-allergenic- suitable for all skin types
2)      Consistency is Silky smooth
3)      Skin will feel extra smooth and soft after every wash
4)      Gentle scrub that is safe to use everyday as it contains Squalene and Vitamin E for moisture
5)      Available in All Watsons/Leading SuperMarkets
6)      Able to gradually lighten dark spots such as Knee/Elbow areas

The DisLikes:
1)      Contains PARABEN

My Verdict:
I absolutely LOVE this scrub!!!! At first, I was quite hesitant to try this scrub because I’m afraid that it would  dry and peel my skin just like other whitening products does. But all those worry are nonsense as it does NOT dry nor peel my skin at all. Infact, this scrub even provide sufficient amount of moisture to keep skin soft and smooth after every wash. As for whitening effect,  I have yet to see significant results since I’ve been using this for only 2 weeks long. But I did notice that my knees/elbows (which are my dark areas) are gradually lightening EVENLY. 

Recommend and Buy Again: Double Yes!

Rate it: 8/10

Neutrogena: Hydro Boost Range Review

What is Neutrogena- Hydro Boost Range all about:

Featuring its innovative Progressive Release System, Hydro Boost not only releases moisture steadily into skin for continuous all-day hydration but also addresses the root causes of inner skin dryness. Combining advanced hydrating elements that replenishes and repairs skin from within, Hydro Boost protects skin from the damaging effects of air-conditioning, late nights and the harsh rays of the sun, resulting in smoother, supple skin.
The unique formulation contains highly purified hyaluronic acid which absorbs up to 1,000 times its weight in water and releases it into skin steadily over time, and olive extract, derived from highly purified olive oil, which effectively rebuilds skin’s natural moisture shield, preventing moisture loss. Dermatologist tested, its oil-free and non-comedogenic formulation is also instantly absorbed into the skin and hydrates with a non-greasy feel.

1)      Hydro Boost Mousse Cleanser 150ml (Price is PHP445, approx USD10.30)

What it claims: Cleanses and balances the skin’s moisture level. The foamy lather washes away impurities without drying the skin, thanks to a special hydrating agent that restores skin’s natural moisture balance.
      My Review:
      The Likes:
1)      Nice elegant packaging in clear light blue easy to dispense pump bottle
2)      The consistency of the mousse is ULTRA  soft, silky and light
3)      Skin will feel soft, smooth and calm after wash
4)      Nice refreshing ocean blue scent
5)      Hydro-gentle cleanser yet able to remove dirt residues
6)      One single pump is enough to cleanse the entire face; able to last long
7)      Suitable for sensitive skin, dermatologist tested

The Dislikes:
1)      Ingredients contains Paraben
2)      Might be a little expensive compared to other cleanser
3)      Only selected Watson’s carries this Line; Not available in ALL Watson’s

2)      Hydro Boost Clear Lotion 150ml (Price is PHP458, approx USD10.60)
 What it claims: Immediately tones and refines skin without causing tightness. It gives a shower of fresh hydration for a dewy complexion.

My Review:
      The Likes:
1)      Skin will feel hydrated and soft immediately after patting to skin
2)      Gentle toning formula that is suitable for sensitive skin
3)      Dermatologist tested and Oil-Free

The Dislikes:
1)      Ingredients contains Paraben
2)      Only selected Watson’s carries this Line; Not available in ALL Watson’s

3)      Hydro Boost Water Gel 50g (Price is PHP830, approx USD19.30)

What it claims: Contains purified Hyaluronic Acid and Olive Extract, which continuously   release moisture to the skin’s surface while boosting skin cell’s ability to retain water.

 My Review:
      The Likes:
1)      Absorbs immediately into skin; Skin is fully hydrated and could lasts for hours
2)      Skin will feel refresh, calm and moist upon application
3)      Suitable for sensitive skin
4)      Dermatologist tested and Oil-Free

The Dislikes:
1)      Ingredients contains Paraben
2)      Might be a little expensive
3)      Scent might be a bit strong for those with sensitive smell
4)      Only selected Watson’s carries this Line; Not available in ALL Watson’s

4)      Hydro Boost Essence (Price is PHP999, approx USD23.20)

What it claims: This rich essence has powerful hydration properties to keep skin plump, bouncy and supple.

My Review:
      The Likes:
1)      Able to balance out skin hydration
2)      Pea-sized pump is enough for entire face, would last long
3)      Can work as a immediate relief if suffering from extreme dryness on skin (weather condiions)
4)  Skin will feel soft, hydrated and radiant after application
5)  Suitable for sensitive skin
6)  Dermatologist tested and Oil-Free

The Dislikes:
1) Ingredients contains Paraben
2) Might be a little expensive
3) Only selected Watson’s carries this Line; Not available in ALL Watson’s

My Verdict for the entire Range:
Crazy weather, unhealthy diet plus hormonal imbalance will result to EXTREME BAD SKIN A.K.A. = ME! But thanks to Neutrogena Hydro Boost Range, it really helps my skin stay hydrated and was able to slowly heal those DRY and RED patches I developed from massive use of acne products. At first I was quite skeptical on trying this range, because my main problem is Acne NOT dryness. But after using for 2weeks long, surprisingly it did improve my skin into more radiant and healthy looking.

For the past years, I’ve always thought that since I have oily skin I should only buy products that targets on oily/acnes treatments. However, most of the products for oily/acne skin can cause dullness, dryness and peeling of skin. Even though our skin might seem oily but our skin still needs sufficient amount of water in order for skin to stay moist, radiant and healthy looking. Thus, the reason why Neutrogena Hydro boosts range was able to provide good results in balancing skin hydration.

Will you recommend it/Buy again?: Double Yes!
Rate: 8/10

(PS: There is one more item included in the range which is the Hydro Mask but the Watson branch I went into didn’t have it anymore thus I was not able to add it up here.)

Drugstore(Watson) Hauls + Reviews: Pure Beauty, PureDerm,Himalayas and Finesse

1)      Himalayas Herbals- Acne-N-Pimple Cream 30g
(PRICE= PHP280, approx USD6.50)

What it claims:
1)      Effectively controls acne and pimples and prevent future breakouts
2)      Reduces and heal Skin inflammation
3)      Keeps Skin Soft

Main ingredients:
Barbados Aloe, Five-leaved Chaste Tree, Silk Cotton Tree

How to use:
Apply required amount to affected areas twice daily

My Reviews:
The Likes:
1)      All ingredients are herbals= SAFE and suitable for all skin type
2)      The cream is powdery soft makes it very easy to apply
3)      The texture is creamy thus a pea size amount is enough, product would last long.
4)      Available in all Watsons

     The DisLikes:
      1) Works pretty slow

      My Verdict:
      This product is just for controlling and preventing pimples NOT actually healing them. I usually pricked on my acneS thus resulting them into an inflaming REDDISH one but this cream can actually reduce and soothe the inflammation

     Will you recommend: Yes.
     Rate: 7/10

2)      Pure Beauty- Super Brightening Night cream 50g
(PRICE =PHP 449, approx USD10)

What it claims:
1)      Helps fight against pigmentation and dullness while you sleep. 
2)      Melts into skin for enhanced penetration and boosts the whitening effect overnight. 
3)       Results in refreshed, rejuvenated and radiant skin.

Main ingredients:
Aqua, Paraffinum, Glycerin, Acetate, Morus Bomybycis Root Extract, Nucitera Flower Extract, Shea Butter, castro Oil Cabomer, Arbutin, Paraben etc.

How to use:
Use at nighttime on cleansed and toned face. Apply adequate amount onto face and neck and gently massage.

My Reviews:
The Likes:
1) Nice packaging

     The DisLikes:
1)      Contains Paraben
2)      Might be a little expensive
3)      Might be a little oily when applied

      My Verdict:
      I don’t know about this product. I finished the entire product but I don’t see any whitening or improvement on skin. It does NOT even keep my skin soft or smooth.

     Will you recommend: NO.

     Rate: 2/10

3)      PureDerm- Spot Reducer Gel Patches (30patches)
(PRICE =PHP 99, approx USD2.34)

How it works:
Placed the gel patch on the pimple overnight, and get visibly reduced redness in the morning. It penetrates deep into the skin to heal it faster.

Active  Ingredients:
Salicylic Acid (0.5%)

      My Verdict:
Though it is easy to use but it does NOT heal/cure pimple, it simply reduce the redness of the acne.

    Will you recommend: NO.

     Rate: 5/10

4)      Finesse- Self Adjusting Curl Defining Mousse
(Price= PHP350, approx USD8)

What it claims:
1)      Gives Silky soft curl definition
2)      Contains Silk and Soy proteins that protects hair with a coat of conditioning
3)      Able to provide shine to your hair
4)      Unique Self adjusting formulat that can results to a consistently beautiful hair

How to use:
Shake can well, Turn upside down dispense into palm, Rub hands together. Apply to working fingers evenly through hair.

Ingredients mentioned:
Water, Isobutane, Dimethyl Ether, Hydrolzed Soy Protein, Propane, Parfum, Stereath-2, DMDM, Laureth-23, Cyclomethicone

My Reviews:
The Likes:
1)      Alcohol Free/SIN alcohol
2)      Foam is super silky soft
3)      Super Light and NON-sticky formula

     The DisLikes:
     1)      Strong Smell; scent similar to a car freshener (dizziness)
     2)      Won’t be able to hold curls that long, would only last for around 2-3 hours

      My Verdict:
  The formula is good; super light and silky but the smell is extremely bad. The smell is super strong and it   makes me dizzy.

     Will you recommend: If you are okay with the smell of a  car freshener then go if NOT then skip this.

     Rate: 6/10

Review on L’Occitane- Immortelle Brightening Cleansing Foam

Immortelle Brightening Cleansing Foam claims:

Can lighten skin complexion as this was enriched with Immortelle floral water and citrus fruit peel. Clinical testing of this product over a 3 week period showed an improvement in the evenness and radiance of skin.

Price: PHP1,450 (approx USD33)

Ingredients mentioned:
Carmomile, Gentian, Immortelle, Mandarin Satsuma Tree, Parsley, Red Rasberry and Strawberry

My Reviews upon using it for a month long:

The Likes:
1)      Gentle and Foamy suitable for all skin types
2)       Able to wash off  dirt and residues thoroughly
3)      Skin will feel soft, smooth and calming
4)      Very hygienic pump bottle
5)      Only a small pump is sufficient to cleanse the entire face
6)      Suitable for Sensitive acne prone skin

The Dislikes:
1)      Too expensive for just a Foamy cleanser
2)      Only available in L’occitane’s Store

Recommend and Buy Again: No

RATE IT: 5/10

Review on Etude House: O2 White Cleansing Foam and Cloud Bubble Oil

Etude House Vitamin C 02 White Cleansing Foam (150ml/5.07oz)
Price is PHP590 (approx USD13)

What it claims:
1) Soft and creamy facial foam penetrates deep within skin's layers to brighten, clarify and detoxify skin of skin-darkening melanin.
2) Ability to whiten and give skin a fair and radiant glow.

My Review after using the entire tube:
 The Likes:
1)      Paraben Free

The Dislikes:
1)      Skin will feel VERY tight and a bit DRY
2)      I developed cystic acne upon using this cleanser
3)      Did NOT notice any brightening or whitening of skin
4)      Might be a little expensive
5)      Only available in Etude House Shop

My Verdict:
Definitely NOT going to buy it again nor will I recommend it.
A total waste of money as it doesn’t do what it claims and it gives me Cystic acne! Sheesh!
Rate: 1/5

Etude House Cloud Bubble Foam (yellow bottle-For Oily skin) 200ml
Price is PHP400 (approx USD9)


What it Claims:
1) Cleansing Oil that is rich in foam.
2) Gently yet thoroughly removes all traces of make up.
3) Suitable for all skin types.

My Review after using it for around 1 week long:

The Likes:
1)      Dispense pump which makes it hygienic

The Dislikes:
1)      Since it is in foam substance; makes it too difficult to use on removing make-up
2)      After using this, skin felt dry
3)      NOT able to remove make-up thoroughly
4)      NOT intended for Eyes/Lips areas
5)      Expensive and is only available in Etude House Shop

My Verdict:
Definitely NOT going to buy it again nor will I recommend it.
A total waste of money as it can’t even remove make-up thoroughly.

Rate: 1/5

Just some nonsense inside note:
I just don’t understand why a lot of people are raving for Etude House products. Am I the only person in the world experiencing “not –so-good” effects upon using EH products?  I’ve tried 3752423142332 products from EH but almost all of them sucks on me. Despite that, I still continue trying out their products.

The main reason why I still continue trying out EH stuff is merely because it is a Korean Brand(we all know Koreans have the nicest skin in the entire universe) and the packaging of their products are so DAMN CUTE!!! How could anyone resists such a kawaii packaging and pinkie stuff eh?  Do you think I should still continue trying out Etude House product or just giveup? =(

Review: Kanebo Freshel Moistlift BBCream SPF 23 PA+

Review on Kanebo- Freshel Moistlift BBCream SPF 23 PA+ (Medium Beige)

What is Kanebo Freshel MoistLift BB cream?

A lightweight, yellow-toned BB cream in lotion formulation easily spreads on to deeply moisturize skin and act as a makeup base. Sheer formula provides light coverage, covering up minor skin imperfections to create the look of a flawless and even-toned complexion. SPF 23 shields skin from UVA and UVB rays to prevent premature skin aging and darkening. Contains collagen, hyaluronic acids &silk essence.

The Likes:
1)      Easy to blend and spreads out evenly (it literally just glides through my skin)
2)      Consistency is light but not runny
3)      Able to even out skintone and conceal redness of skin
4)      Does NOT create white cast (unlike most of Korean BB creams)
5)      Won’t look cakey nor greasy/oily
6)      Does NOT break me out (I have sensitive oily skin)
7)      Has SPF23++, no need to apply any sunblock
8)      Fragrance free thus NO weird smell

The DisLikes:
1)      Comes only with one shade (Medium Beige) which is best suited for NC15-20.
2)      Not locally available; difficult to find
3)      Might be a little pricey (Price PHP1,080 or USD25)

My Verdict:
This is by far the lightest and easy to blend BB cream I have ever tried. This is the only BB cream that doesn’t break me out. It creates a natural dewy finish.

How I Use it?
I apply primer first then spread out Kanebo Freshel MoistLift BB cream evenly. Lastly, add few strokes of translucent powder.

My Rate: 9/10
Will you recommend it? YES

I bought my Kanebo Freshel MoistLift BB cream here

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