Skin care

Belo tinted sunscreen

Having a good sunscreen is a necessity right now. May it be for the beach or everday, sunscreen helps us take care of our skin while we carry out with our activities.

Recently, Filipino YouTubers have been raving about this product. That was probably a sponsored post but I still decided to try it out myself.

Product description:

Belo SunExpert Tinted Sunscreen is rated SPF50 and PA++++ for broad spectrum protection against harmful UV rays. Its light tint benefits from Tone Adapt Technology that evens out your skin tone and conceals fine lines, wrinkles and dark spots. And it has Cell Protect defends against premature skin aging.

From: the sample room

Price

I got my 10ml tube for less than 200 pesos. Im not sure if it’s 150 or 199.

Application

This product says that it should be applied with the hands. This product dries quickly but gives you time to work it in and blend it.

Feel/Appearance

It doesn’t feel tacky nor drying. It sets as a matte finish. Sheer coverage for this one so for me having the tint is unnecessary. If you have flawless skin then yes, but my redness still shows up.

I also saw that after wearing it for quite some time, it settles in my pores. I also wouldn’t recommend this to people with dry skin because it might flake out on you.

Longevity

The coverage is sheer from the start so I don’t think it lasted long but I’m sure the sun protection lasted long.

Packaging

It comes in a squeezy tube for both sizes. Hygienic and travel friendly.

Overall thoughts

It’s an okay product, however, I will not repurchase it. I don’t like that it settles on my pores. I would just use my regular sunscreen since it doesn’t give much coverage anyway.

Skin care

Jeffree Star Cosmetics Lip Scrub

My love for lipstick both have pros and cons. One of the cons is that it leaves my lips dry and chapped.

I have finished my lush mint julep scrub and tried one of the youtube’s raved about lip scrubs: jeffree star cosmetics’ velour lip scrub

About the product

Lip Scrub “Pancakes & Syrup” from the Star Family Collection!

Use our delicious sugar based lip scrub to prep your lips before applying any liquid lipstick. Take a scoop out and rub your mouth in circular motions. Lick away excess (yes, it’s edible!) or wipe off with a tissue.

This product is: Vegan. 100% cruelty-free. Paraben & Gluten-Free. (30G. / 1OZ.)

Ingredients: Sucrose, Glycerin, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Silica, Fragrance (Pancakes & Syrup), Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Tocopherol, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, CI 168 (Caramel).

Grabbed from jeffree star cosmetics website

Use

I think the small tub will last for a long time since I only swirl the pads of my ring finger on top of the tub and that’s enough for my whole lips.

It’s not as rough as the one from Lush but it has the same immediate effect. However, I feel that the effects wear off easily and more consistent use is needed. I forgot to use this for 2-3 weeks and that left my lips a little rough.

Effect

Initially this did leave my lips smoother and exfoliated. Lipsticks applied better right after this was used. However, I suggest this to be used regularly to get the full effect.

Overall thoughts

Currently using this one and I am not disappointed with the product. Bonus that JSC is the only one with this flavor for a lipscrub 🙂

Skin care

Human Nature Lavender Mint Cleansing bar

I’m a sucker for anything with lavander and/or mint. I love how it’s relaxing and it smells so good.

When I saw this cleansing bar in All Day Supermarket, I immediately had to try it. Bonus points that it’s from an all natural local brand.

About Human Nature

Generally, human nature is a pro-Philippines, pro-poor and pro-environment products.

About their products

OUR NATURAL PRODUCTS

Human Nature is the first range of affordable and genuinely natural products in the Philippines.

The origin of each Human Nature product belongs to Mother Earth’s own laboratory of moist rich soil, sunshine, and dew. Our ingredients are more than inspired by nature – they are nature itself, carefully selected, deftly distilled and perfectly blended in each bottle.

We take pride in the science that goes into every product. Each one is formulated by Filipinos in our Natural Care Labsbased on the latest breakthroughs in green chemistry and manufacturing.

Human Nature was the first cosmetics and personal care company in the Philippines to be awarded the distinction
of being truly cruelty-free by the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), the largest
animal rights organization in the world. Human Nature was also the first and is the only Filipino
company to have signed PETA’s statement of assurance against animal testing.

Human Nature is the first and only Philippine home and personal care brand that is a member
of the Natural Products Association (NPA).

NPA is the largest and oldest nonprofit organization in the US dedicated to the promotion of
natural manufacturing and protecting of consumers’ health and environmental safety.

The NPA Seal certifies compliance with the NPA Standard for Personal Care Products on natural
ingredients, safety, responsibility and sustainability. This seal is given to products that pass the
following strict standards:

  • The product is made with at least 95% natural ingredients, excluding water
  • Ingredients come or are made from a renewable resource found in nature, and processed without harm to the environment
  • None of the ingredients pose human health risks as shown by peer-reviewed third-party scientific literature
  • The product is not tested on animals
  • The product must list all ingredients on the label

from their website

The lavender mint cleansing bar

As my first product from human nature, I have to say that I love this product. True to the claims, it keeps my skin smooth and supple with just a few washes. This soap smells really good and helps in calming me down when I’m stressed. It’s good since I start my day calm and collected making me ready for the day.

It’s packaged well, it could compete to foreign and more commercial brands with a paper box. The soap itself is packaged in plastic, which I wish they did without to stay true to their pro-environment cause.

A con would be that I feel that I went through it quickly. Probably because of its ingredients, the soap felt softer and it melted quicker than most bar soaps.

Overall verdict

I am currently in my second bar of soap. I love this product and I would continue to use this product. This made me want to try more from this brand.

Skin care

15 days of lipstick: Dior Lip Maximizer Collagen Activ

I’m not a huge fan of pumping glosses because I feel that my lips are already okay the way it is and I also hate anything that would have a tingling feeling on my lips however, I still tried out to see if it works.

Product Information

What it is:
Dior’s must-have accessory for luscious, full lips.

What it does:
Give your lips a kiss of instant volume and shine with this invigorating lip plumper. The rich blend of collagen and marine-based fillers smooth and moisturize the appearance of the skin, leaving lips gorgeous and voluptuous. After just 15 days of use, your lips will look noticeably fuller and more defined. Smile big and enjoy the tingly, cooling effect of this formula, rather than the sometimes-painful sting associated with other lip plumpers. The soft vanilla-mint scent and sheer pink tint make this lip necessity gorgeous alone or as a volumizing base or topcoat.

What else you need to know:
Dior Addict Lip Maximizer Plumping Gloss was born from backstage beauty secrets, taking inspiration from makeup artists who used extreme measures like pepper powder to achieve the perfect runway pout. Now you can get the same glam results in an instant with this feel-good, delicious formula—pepper-free, of course.

Price

This costs $33.00 based on the sephora website.

Quality

I can’t review this based on my usuals which is color payoff or longevity since this is more of lipcare rather than an actual lip makeup. We’ll go to a different path, a narrative this time.

So how it went:

I wore this product alone to see if it at least has a sheer tint to it. Product description said that it’s more tingly than painful but it wasn’t the best feeling for me either. It was a tolerable kind of “pain” but as I have said, I am not a fan of anything tingly and painful on my lips. To describe it, it’s more of a light burning sensation which mind you lasts for quite a bit.

It was translucent for me. No tinge of pink whatsoever which was disappointing for me.

Using it once didn’t impress me, I didn’t notice an instant plumping effect which to be honest some lip plumpers do with just one application.

Overall thoughts:

Not a huge fan. It’s too pricey for me and it didn’t wow me. I wasn’t a fan of the burning sensation also.

I know people have been raving about this but it’s not for me.

Skin care

Skin potions Tomato Juice Serum


The struggle to hide my very visible pores is real. I have been looking for products to help minimize the appearance of pores. Benefit’s porefessional works but that’s just temporary and I want to incorporate something on my skincare regimen to help permanently minimize the appearance of my pores.

I stumbled upon this local and infused with natural ingredients product that allegedly gives brighter complexion with minimized pores and I had to try it for myself.

Product description:

CLAIM TO FAME: An all-natural essence that targets common skin ailments
FAST FACTS: Formulated with natural tomato and aloe vera extracts; brightens skin for a radiant, glowing look; helps restore skin’s natural pH balance; minimizes the appearance of enlarged pores; reduces irritations and inflammations such as acne; relieves and heals sunburnt skin; fights free radicals with an antioxidant powerhouse that includes vitamins A and C, lycopene, and proteins

Grabbed from beauty mnl

Price: 

I bought mine from beauty mnl for 280 pesos (5 USD) for a 30 ml bottle.

Before I started using this, I had visibly large pores and textured skin. I am in between combination to dry skin. There would be days when I could have an oily t-zone and dry cheeks and chin and other days I would just have dry skin all over my face.

Packaging:

This comes in an air-tight pump bottle with cover and was sealed when it was delivered to me.

Application and feel:


I use my pointer and middle finger to apply the product to my skin. This is a gel-like translucent product. This is easy to apply and not sticky to the skin. This is also lightweight although this could take 30-50 seconds before you feel that it is absorbed by your skin.


Scent
:

I was expecting it to smell like tomato but it actually smells like candy or cotton candy. To be honest, I am disappointed because having a different scent would mean that it has additional ingredient that we could do without for it to be more natural.

Benefits:

This actually makes my skin feel slightly more hydrated and it does feel smoother and less textured after almost a month of use. There is minimal changes with the appearance of pores although it did do something. Below is a photo of my current skin after a month’s use.

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Overall thoughts:

I would repurchase and continue using this product. Even if the appearance of pores is only minimally decreased, it made my skin soft and less textured. It’s also affordable and is worth it for what it does.

Skin care

Laneige Water Sleeping Mask

Korean skincare is on a roll! Laneige is one of their highend brands. Personally, I think korean skincare emphasizes more on hydration and their intricate cleansing routine.

Laneige water sleeping mask is one of those raved about products and I got myself a deluxe sample size to try it out.

Product description:

Find out the secret to well-rested skin with Sleeping Care.

Skin tends to become rough and dull as it is exposed to harmful elements on a daily basis.

Choosing the right skincare products to help the skin recover overnight can change your skin condition significantly. That is why Laneige recommends sleeping skincare.

NEW Laneige Water Sleeping Mask

Skin deserves extra pampering at night! Experience the all-new Water Sleeping Mask, which will give your skin a much-deserved rest overnight (launched in 11 countries worldwide on April 1, 2015).

Four advantages of Water Sleeping Mask!

Detailed 

description

Find out the secret to well-rested skin with Sleeping Care.

Skin tends to become rough and dull as it is exposed to harmful elements on a daily basis.

Choosing the right skincare products to help the skin recover overnight can change your skin condition significantly. That is why Laneige recommends sleeping skincare.

NEW Laneige Water Sleeping Mask

Skin deserves extra pampering at night! Experience the all-new Water Sleeping Mask, which will give your skin a much-deserved rest overnight (launched in 11 countries worldwide on April 1, 2015).

Four advantages of Water Sleeping Mask!

Is your skin getting the rest it deserves? The secret to well-rested skin lies in night skincare.

1. Skin purifying effect: SLEEP-TOX™ technology purifies skin during sleep, keeping it in optimum condition

SLEEP-TOX™ technology’s purifying effects help to rejuvenate and normalize skin that is often fatigued and sensitized by stress during the day. This helps the skin to achieve a well-rested appearance the next morning.

2. Skin moisturizing: MOISTURE WRAP™ helps skin retain moisture throughout the night

The dense beta-glucan moisturizing shield (network) consists of active agents such as Hydro Ion Mineral Water, evening primrose root extract, Hunza apricot extracts, and more so that skin fully absorbs the goodness during 8 hours of sleep.

3. Skin soothing: contains skin-soothing agents that are gentle on sleeping skin, helping it recover overnight

Ultra-mild, safe formula that can be worn overnight / Non-comedogenic, sensitivity tested.

4. Aromatic SLEEPSCENT™ helps you relax during sleep

SLEEPSCENT™ specially developed for Laneige Water Sleeping Mask is an AMOREPACIFIC original, allowing skin to relax and rest and boosting its ability to regenerate.

Grabbed from laneige website

Price:

The full size of this product costs around 1200 pesos (23 usd) for 70ml tub.

Application:

Following the suggested application. This applies easily. You only need 4 dots and it can already cover the rest of your face.

Scent:

It has a mild lavander scent to help in relaxation but this does not linger for long. Once it is applied evenly to the face, the scent fades away.

Feel:

This is lightweight and is not sticky to the face. You can still enjoy your sleep even with this on. You can also feel that this is being absorbed by your skin easily even upon first application.

Benefits:

This really leaves your skin hydrated and smooth the next day. Upon regular use, skin feels more supple and looks glowing.

Overall thoughts:

I would probably buy the full size of this because of it’s hydrating properties. This is a good lightweight overnight mask for people with dry skin or combi skin.

Skin care

Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask

Being a lipstick junkee and one that loves matte liquid lipsticks, my lips go through a lot and can be dry and rough at the end of the day and that is not cute.

I have been loving my lush mint julip scrub to help exfoliate my lips but additional help wouldn’t hurt and I decided why not try a lip sleeping mask.

To be honest, laneige is the first one that I know to have a sleeping mask like this. I feel like those mask sheets for your lips are a bit gimicky but I still might try that in the future, for now let’s see how this mask works.

Product description:

Special care with lip sleeping mask!

Vitamin-C rich Berry Mix Complex™, containing raspberry, strawberry, cranberry, blueberry, and gojiberry, melts dead skin cells from the lips and wake up to a smoother and suppler lips.

1. Berry Mix Complex™

Berry extracts rich in vitamin C and anti-oxidants act on dry, rough lips, making them smooth and supple.

2. MOISTURE WRAP™

LANEIGE’s patented moisture technology forms a moisturizing film which helps to retain moisture and lock-in active ingredients such as hydro ion mineral water, evening primrose root extract, and Hunza Apricot extract for skin to absorb throughout the sleep.

3. 4 sweet refreshing scents

Lip Sleeping Mask [Berry] 

Raspberry, Strawberry, Blueberry…

– Contains a pleasant, sweet berry scent
Lip Sleeping Mask [Grapefruit] 

Grapefruit, Sweet Citrus

– Refreshing sweet scent of sugar-preserved grapefruit
Lip Sleeping Mask [Apple Lime]

Lime, Lemon, Grapefruit, Green apple, Sweet

– The scent of freshly harvested apple lime
Lip Sleeping Mask [Vanilla]

Sweet Milky Caramel, Creamy

– Comforting vanilla scent provides soft fragrance

Grabbed from laneige website

Price

I got my deluxe sample size only but the full size retails at around 890-1200 pesos (17-23 usd) depending on where you’ll buy it.

Application

Since I only have a sample size, I use my finger to spread this on my lips just as I would with petroleoum jelly. However, with the full sized one, they have a spatula included for it to be more hygienic.

Scent

Mine is strawberry scented which does not linger and is very mild. It’s very pleasant and not irritating.

Feel

This feels like a really slippery lip gloss. It doesn’t have the sticky feel that everyone hates. It’s not too lightweight but isn’t heavy as well. You’d know that you put something on your lips but it’s not something that will bother you.

Benefits

This really does leave the lips smooth and hydrated the next day. I feel that my lipstick applies more evenly and smoothly whenever I use this the night before.

Overall thoughts

This product works well. It’s probably a little better that most lip balms and offers a longer lasting effect but I think it’s still too expensive for what it does.

I recommend you use this with your favorite lip exfoliator for it to work wonders!