August 25, 2014

The Saem On The Blackhead

There's a time that I've been obsessed with clearing the blackheads on my face that I hoarded blackhead appropriate products (masks, pore strips, cleansers and the like).  This gel cleaner from The Saem is the second to the last item that I got and it's interesting because it says "steam" in the name.

What's more interesting is the gel cleaner's color...the ash like particles (it is said to be volcanic ash) makes the transparent gel looks gray.  Now getting back on the "steam" word, The Saem On The Blackhead Volcanic Steam Cleaner heats up once contact with skin and I really panicked the first time I used it because I thought my skin is burning but overtime I got used to it (tip: rub the cleaner between your hands first before applying unto face if your skin is sensitive with heat or you just have sensitive skin in general).  The very concept of this gel cleaner is to mimic the heat from steam towel to open up pores and remove black and whiteheads and sebum.

The yellow-orange particles burst and intensify the heat of the gel cleaner.  According to, the gel will turn into oil but I didn't observe that and now that I'm reading the instructions on how to use it, I found out that I'm using this too much:  I use it on a daily basis whereas it is recommended to use it 2 to 3 times a week only, yikes!  Good thing it's not that harsh and it doesn't dry out my skin (that's a relief).  Anyway, as an everyday cleanser it does loosen up the blackheads and sebum on the skin thanks to it's  heating feature but most of the time I have to pluck or use pore strips to completely remove the blackheads that are sticking out (the blackheads won't freely detached from the skin).  Also, I don't think it can remove make-up as I see lots of brownish residue on my cottonpad (when I apply my toner).

The heating part is really interesting and can help save time when hot/steam towel is not readily available (like in my case).  You can purchase this at and use to get a $5 voucher upon registration.

Fancied de Lata: Pasta in Tuna White Sauce

I think this is the ultimate fancied de lata recipe that I make because aside from the pasta (and the cream which is in tetrapack but there are creams that are in cans too) every ingredients that I use are in cans.

Pasta in Tuna White Sauce

500 grams pasta, cooked
1 can button mushrooms, sliced
1 can (around 300ml) evaporated milk
2 180 g cans hot and spicy tuna (I usually drain the liquid from one of the can but retain the other)
1 250 ml all-purpose cream
2 cloves minced garlic (or more, hear your heart's desire on this)
1 tsp. oil
salt and pepper

How to:
1.  Heat oil and saute the garlic over low heat.
2.  Add the mushrooms and saute until it sweats.
3.  Add the tuna.  Then the milk.  Stir until just combined.
4.  To thicken the sauce add the all-purpose cream,  Stir slowly until sauce thickens.
5.  Turn off heat.

6.  Combined the cooked pasta and sauce.
7.  Serve/plate and enjoy.

If you wanted an herby/refreshing version, add some freshly chopped basil.  Yum!

August 24, 2014

Holika Holika Pig-nose

Holika Holika Pig-nose Clear Black Head Cleansing Sugar Scrub (why is the name so long???) is something that I hate in the beginning but that hatred turned into love when I accidentally learned how to properly use it.  This is a physical kind of scrub from; the name itself, sugar plus balm (the balm which has been a buzz in the youtube world which is said to be a better cleansing "agent" than other type/form cleansers? not sure, soon I'll find out since I'm going to use one...will try to compare it with oil, foam and other types of cleansers that I already use *cross finger*) and I can't believe that it has pink clay (I just found this out as in this very moment) or is it the balm that I'm looking at right now (I swear it looks like a balm!)).  Moving on, this one also has lemon extracts which explains the citrusy scent of the scrub and aloe vera, both of which is said to provide a brighten complexion and nourish skin.

If you are thinking that this will magically remove the blackheads on your face then you are wrong, this balm didn't promise that (based on the description I found in the net).  Instead it says that the soft white sugar exfoliate the skin removing dead skin cells and allowing for the easier extraction of blackheads and other impurities from pores while the pink clay (which I think is the balm) help absorbs excess sebum.  Seems like your ordinary sugar scrub but the "balm" makes this scrub a bit special as it makes physical exfoliation/scrubbing much enjoyable and easier.

The balm/pink clay keeps the sugar from sticking to the face for better exfoliation and at the same time it already cleanses the skin and it can even remove make-up.  I just hate the sticky feeling it gives though so I either use a mild cleanser after or just lightly scrub my face again with a konjac jelly.  Or as directed, just wash off with lukewarm water (I don't have the luxury of having a hot and cold faucet so I rely with the konjac jelly).

I said in the beginning that I hated this at first just because I thought that the sugar is just too harsh for my skin but it turns out that I'm just exerting too much pressure.  One day I just absent-mindedly put this on my face (I think I'm daydreaming) and after like a minute, the sugar just dissolved and my skin was exfoliated without being hurt-no redness and harshness felt.

Overall, it's a good light scrub (if use properly) that loosens blackheads and sebum and makes extraction much easier.

p.s. I got the description info from  You can purchase this at and use to get a $5 voucher upon registration.