March 14, 2013

My Recent Travel Buddies: Samples Review

I see a good weather from where I am right now and would love to take vacation but of course I have to work for a living >_<  besides I already took some time off from my office desk job last week to visit my mom in the province.

Anyway, traveling is a hassle if you you bring loads of stuff, right?  But who can blame a girl who take lots of products with her on an escapade not just for beauty but for comfort?  Since I started to be aware of the needs of my skin,  I use around 8 to 10 products (cleansers included) that are mostly in bulky container.  I can't bring them all and I like to travel light and so bringing samples is a no brainer.

Let's start with Skin Food Energy Color Kit which comprises Carrot Sun Cream SPF30 PA++,  Aloe Vera Cleanser and Orange & Mint Body Wash.  The cleanser is pearly white in color while the body wash reminds me of Johnson's baby shampoo.  Both gives an ample amount of bubbles and there's no question about their cleaning prowess because they always leave my skin squeaky clean.  Not liking their scents specially the Aloe Vera Cleanser, it just smell so weird to me.  I used these two for around 10 days already and I still have a few left (good for another 3 day vacation I guess).  Next, the Sun Cream which has an SPF30 PA++ which I'm not liking so far but it's already summer here in the Philippines and protection from Mr.  Sun is a must.  I not much into sun creams or sunblocks or sun screen as it gives me a white/grayish cast, sticky feeling and the weird smell and this sun cream from Skin Food has almost the same effect (a little lighter, okay) but it's a protection for my skin so I used it when I'm under the sun, besides applying it is very tolerable I just have to pat and pat the cream plenty of times for the white cast and stickiness to disappear.
1.Aloe Vera Foaming Cleanser 30ml
 This soft, refreshing cleansing foam contains aloe extract that soothes sensitive skin, and cucumber extract to moisturize skin, while cleansing.
* Use:  Foam a desired amount by rubbing in wet hands, and massage gently and thoroughly onto face.
Rinse with warm water.

2.Orange & Mint Body Wash 30ml
 Fine foaming body wash with orange and mint extracts to deliver vitality and energy to the body. 
 * Instruction:  Apply an appropriate and spread onto the shower ball during shower and foam up to massage over the entire body and rinse.

3.Carrot Sun Cream SPF30 PA++ 10ml
  A sunscreen contains the nutrient-enriched extract of organic carrots grown in pure water from Jeju Island and keeps your skin healthy .
 *Formulated without 6 chemicals: Parabens, dyes, alcohol, animal-derived ingredients, artificial fragrances, and sulfates.
 *To use:  After your daily skincare regimen, apply liberally onto your face, neck, arms, legs, and other areas that are easily exposed to UV sunlight.  For best results, apply at least 15 to 20 minutes before sun exposure
Another item from Skin Food is the Fresh Apple Sparkling Pore Serum.  The name kind of confused me:  I thought it would be transparent and liquidy with an apple cola~ish smell but it's not.  It's in cream/lotion type with a white color and a green papaya smell ( I want apple *_*).  This serum takes time to absorb and feels like I used an emulsion (it's a bit heavy for a serum).

Next are some aqua based cream:  Nature Republic Super Aqua Max Moisture Watery Cream (pink is for dry skin) and Missha Super Aqua Ultra Waterfull Cream.  These two are also heavy for my liking.  I'm not sure if it's just the hot weather or because I'm already used to Etude House Moistfull Collagen Cream but these two provides enough moisturize to my dry skin and makes my skin a little plumber (two sachets is not enough to judge their long term effects).  No breakouts two plus I like the smell of the Missha cream.
SKIN FOOD Fresh Apple Sparkling Pore Serum
 ▶ Product description 
-Formulated with unripe apple and soda water
-Provides pore clearing and trouble caring effects simultaneously.
-Removes dead skin cells and makes skin soft, smooth and elastic
-Refreshes and clarifies skin during the day

NATURE REPUBLIC Super Aqua Max Moisture Watery Cream
▶ Type:For dry skin
▶ Product description
 -Formulated with oceanophyte, collagen, hyaluronic acid, MD101
 -Provides moisture and prevents evaporating
 -Maintains watery skin for a long time.

Super Aqua Ultra Waterfull Cream
Highly moisturizing cream activates the moisture preserving ability of the skin to stop the cycle of dryness
1. Ultra moisturizing cream that has been inspired by the moisture preserving ability of desert plants to keep skin moisturized for all seasons.
[Providing ultra skin moisture]
Solution1. Aqua lock
Imperata cylindrica extract creates a protective shield that prevents moisture from evaporating and from skin adapting to harmful elements
Solution2. Aqua Sponge
Adenium extracts absorb moisture like a sponge to increase skin elasticity
Solution3. Aqua Tank
Baobab tree extract activates the moisture energy inside the skin to stop the cycle of dryness
And lastly E'thym O2 Water Balancing Toner and Water Moisture Lotion from TheFaceShop.  The O2 Balancing Toner effectively removed the  dirt residue left behind after washing my face but I'm not liking the lotion because it clumps into white particles.  These two also are quite strong that I feel a little stinging after the third use  (looking at TheFaceShop website, I found out why).  They both have a nice smell though:  clean and citrusy.
E'thym O2 Water Balancing Toner
-For Oily to Combination Skin
A toner that has an aloe extract helps smoothen and moisturize the skin.

E'thym O2 Water Moisture Lotion
-For Oily to Combination Skin
A moisturizing lotion that has a touch of water helps keep the skin smooth and moist.
So that's it (pancit hehehe).  Enjoy the weather and don't forget to relax and enjoy so have a vacation!

Thanks for reading. Till then. Bye!


  1. I like using samples on trips too! But last time I had to use samples because I had to pack everything a couple of days before I moved out, I got some breakouts and the pores on my face became big again and it was a disaster DX I would probably keep an anti-pore/blackhead cleanser full size and use samples that I know they won't break me out! Nice post :)

    1. thanks Eva. breakouts is one of the downside of using samples :( I ordered a serum for my pores too, hope it'll be the solution to my big pores on the cheek area


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