July 24, 2016

Before They Go: Skincare

I've been trying to minimized the stuff that I have to somehow de-clutter my space and my mind.  So far not so good but I guess I'll start again by looking into my skincare and bodycare.  Here are the items that will definitely say goodbye to me with mini reviews.

Let's start with these items that works but I have to let go of them because either they are already expired or because I don't need them anymore (I don't use make-up for the past few months): Purebeauty Cleansing Oil-In-Gel, Lacvert Pure Deep Cleansing Oil and Shiseido Perfect Whip Foam.

Purebeauty Cleansing Oil-In-Gel is a gel in texture kind of makeup remover that turns into a nearly oily state once applied to the skin.  Being a gel, it's cooling and can give that relaxing feeling when massage into the skin.  This is enough if you only wear light make-up but you'll definitely do a lot of massaging, tugging and pulling when it comes to heavy make-up like dark eyeshadows and eyeliner.

Lacvert Pure Deep Cleansing Oil is the first and only proper cleansing oil that I tried and it change the way I look at double cleansing.  I only use foam cleanser before and I noticed that the cotton pads that I used when toning is always brown and I tell myself "Oh my toner is really good, it removes residue from my cleanser".  But I got curious about double cleansing and cleansing oil so I tried one and glad I did because the brown thing in the cotton pads is actually bb cream.  I haven't tried any other cleansing oil so I can't compare but this one from Lacvert is satisfying, I really wish that it's readily available here in the Philippines.  It easily removes make-up, it's not oily to the skin as it melts into something milky when I incorporate water while massaging my face and it leaves my skin feeling moisturized.

Shiseido Perfect Whip Foam really creates a thick, rich, dense foam even if I only use a dot of it.  It can cleanse without stripping the moisture of the skin, it's actually a great cleanser for any skin type.
I don't think I'm getting another one though in the near future since my face is acting weird for a couple of months now (probably because I'm getting old and because of my environment and diet???).  By the way, this is super cheap in Japan (I had someone get this for me in Japan for I think less than Php200 ($4)).

I'm not too lucky with this second set though and I completely waste my money - they are either too strong or they just won't work.

Etude House Wonder Pore Modeling Ultra Clear
I had high hopes with this since I read a lot of praises with the toner from the same line.  This powder to clay mask is cooling like a toothpaste but it gives my skin an itch every after use and I don't feel like it does something significant.  I don't recommend this at all!

Pure Beauty Natural Sun Cream Daily
This is just too heavy and sticky and oily too.  Whenever I use this, I feel like my face collected dirt by midday and it seems like my pores are clog by the end of the day.  I also noticed that a yellowish liquid almost like an oil separates from the rest of the sunblock if I don't shake it well prior to use.

C20 (OST) Vitamin Sleep 9 to 5 Crema
The serum counterpart of this one is raved by many and this cream also have some great reviews because of it's brightening powers and apparently, also diminishes the appearance of spots and other discoloration and blackheads! So I got thrilled when I finally got my hands on it.  Unfortunately it's too strong for me that my skin started peeling and I got bumps and itch all over my face.  It hurts to use this so I stop.

IOPE Essential Line and Wrinkle Care Eye Cream
This worked the first few weeks that I used it, I can see some improvements with the lines under my eyes.  Great I said to myself, finally a solution to my bad looking undereyes.  But after a month, I noticed that I kept on scratching my eyes  and overall my eye area became sensitive.  I think this is just too strong for my skin.

3 Things to Remember in Skincare
1.  "If it ain't broken, don't fix it"
Please keep this in mind!  I have to learn the hard and expensive way don't make the same mistake pretty please.

2.  "Know your skin"
Know your skin type, its sensitivity and its needs.  Don't just slap products just because you feel like it or it's the newest trend or because your favorite blogger/youtuber recommended it.  It's YOUR SKIN/FACE not theirs!  Product reviews like mine are just opinions base on our experience that may or may not help you.

3.  "Intensive Research"
Do a research or better, visit a professional.  Also remember to do a patch test first (some give samples for you to try).

I have other products but I'm already running out of words.  But I hope this post helps :)


  1. I've always wanted to try the Shiseido cleanser but taken aback because of their prize... I honestly don't understand the disparity on prizes in their products!
    And those 3 points about skincare... true! The basics in my opinion.

    1. probably because of taxes. Shiseido is already a high end brand in our countey yet in Japan it seems that it's the mid range.
      Thanks Idoia


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