Face Care Products: Nature Republic 92% Aloe Vera Soothing Gel

Yay or Nay? Yay!
Php 200 (via Shopee seller) but P245 in Nature Republic stores

With transparent inner cover

I am running out of Neogen so I wanted to explore what moisturizer I could buy at much lesser cost. I thought of the Aloe Vera gel hype and discovered that Nature Republic is the original hype starter. I saw reviews of other copycats like Bench and Mumuso — many say those were sticky and left some users with zits after usage. I didn’t want to risk that even if they were cheaper than Nature Republic. And c’mon, at Php 245 for a 300ml tub?! It’s worth the purchase.

Upclose view of the transparent gel

Great points about this compared to Neogen and Laneige (though I enjoyed using them):

  • Cheaper at only P245 (or score it at lower price like I did via Shopee)
  • Gives same moisturizing and more cooling effect
  • Huge 300ml amount will last longer

Comparing the size of Nature Republic and Neogen

I read how some people use it though I primarily use moisturizers for my dry skin (e.g. some parts of my face, eye area, scabs, elbows, knees, slightly burnt skin area if any). Some use it as an aftershave moisturizer. Some also swear that it’s nice for scalp (dandruff is flaked skin from a dry scalp after all). Not sure if it can be used for the actual hair strands (for taming wild hair, I guess?).

I saw that it contains spearmint so I guess that’s the reason why it’s more cooling than Neogen and Laneige. I have mixed feelings about the alcohol content though. I know it’s nice for sanitation purposes but I have oily skin so putting this on my face may cause me to oil some more. I can only use minimal and on needed areas only if I I’m going to apply it on my face.

Like what my URL dictates, this is an unpaid review. It was reviewed out of either whim or rant/rave.

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Face Care Tool Review: Miniso Facebrush

Yay or Nay? Yay!
Price: Php 199

Stumbled upon Miniso Philippines‘ new SM Megamall branch last October. There were many people since it was only the 2nd day since they opened. I wasn’t planning on buying anything but they do have lots of cute and quality products (better than Japan Home). Sadly, I couldn’t find We Bare Bears plushies (I’m a fan especially of Ice Bear). The other plushies available were still cute and fluffy though; I felt happy hugging some of them.

Lo and behold, I found cool facial brushes at affordable prices! I was contemplating if I should get the Php 749 sonic facial brush (a dupe of clarisonic) that comes in pink and blue colors. I thought the 3 AA battery requirement will be a future hassle to me so I opted for the cute P199 manual brush set instead (it only comes in pink color).

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Miniso Facial Brushes (photo from Miniso Philippines Official FB account)

It’s handy since it is best to give our faces a good clean scrub once or twice a week (especially if you’re an oily person living in polluted Metro Manila like me). The bristles are soft and it reminded me of the shaving foam brush barbers/groomers used. After usage, the drying stand helps keep everything hygienic. The 2nd silicone attachment gives a bit rougher but squeakier clean scrub and should be used not as often as bristle attachment. I think the silicone attachment would be good for cleaning makeup brushes, too (talk about multipurpose).

I read the box and it says that the product was designed in Miniso Japan but was made in China. Still, it doesn’t feel so cheap though the price is a steal! The bristles haven’t shed so far.

I also got to buy some Miniso branded cool art pens & markers which were a steal (3 for Php 99)! Usually, those are pricey in NBS and art shops.

I like the idea that we can use our SM advantage card or BDO rewards card in Miniso, too! Those points have helped me get some freebies from Watsons many times.

 

Like what my URL dictates, this is an unpaid review. It was reviewed out of either whim or rant/rave.

Face Care Products Review: Affordable Topical Acne Treatments

I now have a good acne wash and awesome pimple patches. But I still haven’t found the best acne topical spot treatment for me until now.

Panoxyl has been banned from Mercury Drug stores and I don’t know why. It stung and left a dark mark but it rid pimples fast. Soon, I learned to open and mix a capsule of Clindamycin with my toner but haven’t done that since they stopped allowing over-the-counter purchasing of antibiotics. I used to drench some cotton in the concocted tonerand patch up pesky acne and it would dry up fast.

I changed my toner from alcohol-based to water-based (micellar water) since I realized that alcohol toners don’t complement oily face. It helped lessen my oil. I tried Witch Hazel as well and it worked for me as a toner but it’s a bit pricey so I’m sticking with micellar water (great as makeup remover, too).

I tried consuming Lactoferrin pills but I was still developing some pimples. I noticed it lessen my oiliness but it weirdly darkened my skintone. I read others experienced the same thing so I stopped. It was a bit pricey as well.

After a while, I realized that most of my acne are hormonal — deep-seated or malalim ang hugot and mostly in the chin area. I discovered dairy causes acne (the growth hormones in dairy does not do well with my hormones). I am trying to have minimal to zero intake of dairy (soy milk and almond milk are now my friends). My no-dairy diet helped with my acne problem but there are still times when I can’t help but consume or accidentally consume dairy (crazy how sooooooo much food items have dairy in them! #sadlife). PMS breakouts also happen every month so I still needed an effective topical spot treatment. My facial wash helps mattify and reduce the swelling of acne while micellar water helps with extra cleansing and moderates my skin’s PH balance BUT I still needed a spot treatment to battle the acne head on.

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I tried Pond’s Anti-acne Leave-on gel (Php 180) and it doesn’t do much for me. I massage and massage it on my problem area and I can feel a very slight difference in terms of reducing the swelling of acne but it’s not my miracle spot treatment. But it’s moisturizing so I guess itwould be ideal (and might actually work?) for those with dry skin.

I tried Celeteque’s Acne Spot Corrector Gel (Php 169 but was able to get a discounted one at Watson’s for around Php 90) and boy did it not do anything significant for me.

My sister raved about the Human Nature Acne Defense Solution Gel (Php 199.75). It was good as a protective layer against pollution to prevent pimples but it did not treat spots. It flakes up after drying (like dried glue) which can be noticeable to anyone quite near your face.

I tried Quick FX pimple eraser (Php 59) and I didn’t notice anything before because I was using it on my acne marks! I thought it was a skin lightening treatment post-acne. It even contains all the wonder ingredients (Glycolic acid, Salycilic acid, Zinc Oxide, Vitamin C)! So now that I snapped out of my stupidity, I tried it on my inflamed acne and it significantly reduced the swelling. The pain of the newly swollen one went away, too. For Php 59 per sachet, it’s my miracle spot treatment! It comes in a tube form now (forgot the price but it’s affordable).

I also tried Belo AcnePro Pimple gel (Php 150) and it has a bit of an odd smell. I felt like it doesn’t do as much as Quick FX. I tried the Belo Acne Pro Treatment toner, too, and it was so-so. It contains a bit of alcohol so it mildly causes oiliness. But like I said, I’m sticking to micellar water. I am currently trying Nivea Aqua Effect Mattifying Toner and it feels nice. I am not sure if my pores became smaller but I noticed that it lessens the oil on my face compared to my old astringent/toner, similar to the effect of Witch Hazel on me.

All of the mentioned topical treatments I tried do not sting like Panoxyl. All of these are self-bought as well so my reviews are always honest/unbiased.

Since my pimples are hormonal, I will undergo Skinstation’s Anti-Acne Facial with AcneLight Therapy soon. I’ll avail the 8k package for 10 sessions (+1k for elite membership since the package is available only for elite members, sigh). It’s cheaper this way than paying per session.

Like what my URL dictates, this is an unpaid review. It was reviewed out of either whim or rant/rave.

Before You Dispose…

Wouldn’t you want to get most out of everything you buy or use? I know I do.

Here are some of the things I do which you may want to try:

  1. Lemons – When I finally squeeze the juice for my drink or meal I am preparing, I wipe the lemon on the kitchen sink so I can naturally clean and deodorize it. Or it can be cut up into a few slices and thrown into a small net pouch as a natural fragrance in a room. This can be applied to calamansi as well.

    Lemon and water Free Photo

    Image source: freepik.com

  2. Coffee – If you grind / brew your own joe, save the grounds. I don’t grind / brew my own but I do drink / steep my joe from coffee bags though and after sipping all the joe it has to offer, I cut open the bags and use the grounds as face scrub. It can be used as body scrub, too. Some people discovered far more uses for used coffee grounds.

    Morning Coffee 3 Free Photo

    Image source: freepik.com

  3. Silica Gel Packets – I keep them in my storage containers to avoid unwanted moisture/humidity. I keep one in my gym bag and one in my shoe bag, too.
  4. Old Calling Cards – I’ve got three boxes of these. I read somewhere that they’re good for avoiding smudges when using mascara, which is true. But I also use them as stick-on greetings cards to presents (at least the receiver will know that it really was from me lol). They may be used as labels on jars or containers, too.
  5. Bubble Wrap – Sanitize it first then store produce in it (e.g. eggs, grapes, etc) to avoid damaging the food. Some handy tools like nail cutters/pedicure tools or skincare tools to protect and prolong them. Plus, they won’t get lost easily. Or, just simply pop every stress away using the bubble wrap.
  6. Small eyeshadow compact – If it’s not refillable by your preferred brand, melt the remaining unreachable content of lipsticks and mold it in the empty small eyeshadow compact. Now that’s maximizing two items at the same time. It can be a useful compact for fake lashes, too, if they fit.
  7. Old Brooch – Unless you can pull it off, brooches are a bit matronly in terms of accessorizing. If you got one as a gift or as an heirloom, just remove the pin part (with a pair of plies or wire cutters) and hot glue the brooch onto a hair clip to serve as a nice  hair accessory.
    Image result for brooch hair accessory

    Image source: Pinterest.com

    Like what my URL dictates, this is an unpaid review. It was reviewed out of either whim or rant/rave.

Best Convenience Store Eats

I have tried a lot but not all (because I have eyes and I could see some food are not worth trying, lol). Here’s the list in case you find yourself wanting to eat and only a convenience store is nearby.

Family Mart:
Chicken Nuggets
Chicken Poppers
Mushroom and Cheese Empanada
Hotdogs
Korean Town Ramen
Lasagna
Ham Ziti
Sushi Tray (4 pc — egg, kani, shrimp, spam)
Shakes
Lemon Square
S’mores Brownies

711:
Nuggets (cheaper by P4 than Family Mart & comes with nugget sauce)
Gourmet Penne Pasta
Silog Breakfasts (microwaveable)
Salted Egg Custard Siopao
Blue Dot Asado Siopao

Mini Stop:
Tattoos corn chips
Frozen Chocolate cake
I don’t like Kariman because it’s just bread and oil lol. I don’t like the rice toppers. They’re cheap and taste cheap, too. Haven’t tried the Fried Chicken though. BF keeps telling me it’s good.

I haven’t tried Lawson yet. For K-Circle, I was forced to try it before because it was the only place nearby in my previous office location. The food there sucks, real bad.

Like what my URL dictates, this is an unpaid review. It was reviewed out of either whim or rant/rave.

Face Care Products: Neogen Black Volume Cream Set Review

Yay or Nay? Yay!

My Neogen Code 9 Black Volume Cream Water Capping System has been with me for quite a while now. I used up all of my Laneige first and now, I am actively using my Neogen. I got both items from O Shopping PH. They’re almost quite the same — very moisturizing, not sticky, has a decent scent, hypoallergenic. But the free White Sparkling Cream somehow resembles Laneige Water Sleeping Mask_Ex more (in watery consistency and color). The black Neogen has a more gel like consistency. It’s not that black/opaque though when you dab some onto your skin. Maybe they came up with this black Neogen to attract the male market..?

neogen code 9 jar and contents

Neogen Code9 Black Volume Cream

neogen-dipped finger

Neogen gel-like consistency

It doesn’t cause any breakout (unless you put this on and immediately walk out into the harsh polluted city environment. You got to let it seep in your skin first and use powder/makeup to help protect your skin from dirt and other elements.)

The free samplers that came with it, I gave to my friends so they can experience Neogen, too. 🙂 The Neogen set is a good buy price-wise. I am not a fan of lotions (hate the sticky/slippery feeling) so I like moisturizers.

 

I tried the Laneige Water Sleeping Pack_Ex Review as well, read here:
https://unpaidreview.com/2016/08/29/face-care-products-laneige-water-sleeping-pack_ex-review/

 

Like what my URL dictates, this is an unpaid review. It was reviewed out of either whim or rant/rave.

Face Care Supplement: Unilab Lactezin Pills Review

Yay or Nay? Undecided yet.
(Update: Nay! I stopped it already since it’s a bit pricey to have as a beauty regimen and I don’t see great improvements. I just updated my face care routine with Witch Hazel toner instead of Pond’s/Eskinol toner.)

I’ve seen the TV commercial and the Facebook ads. I got curious since I suffer from oily skin and the occasional pimples especially during PMS (Sigh, cystic acne can go fck themselves. Seriously. They leave nasty dark spots, too). I read the sponsored blog posts, too, so I got a bit skeptic.

It claims (from the Unilab website) to be anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory, and anti-oxidant. It also says that “Lactezin is a natural and safe alternative or complementary therapy for the treatment of acne containing Lactoferrin, Vitamin E and Zinc.”

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The packaging matches the pill. They’re both pink. The light pink color is just washed out in this photo.

I’ve been taking these caps (slightly smaller than average capsules but still bigger than an Immodium capsule) for almost a month now. After the first day of taking this, I woke up to a darker facial skin tone. I saw an FB comment from the Lactezin FB page asking why she got a darker skin tone, too. Lol no direct answer from the page, only advising her that she’ll see improved results after a few weeks or she may also talk to a physician if she’s unsure of taking the pill.

I continued to see a slightly darker facial skin tone after a few more days and with still oily skin. But now 3 weeks after, I can see less oiliness from my skin. But, I still suffer from PMS cystic acne (Damn it. Thank God for acne stickers!) I guess this supplement doesn’t really help with hormonal pimples. But let’s see, I plan to take this for two months. (Update: I stopped at almost 4 weeks because I don’t see great changes. I just updated my face care routine and Witch Hazel works great for me. Even my roommate liked Witch Hazel, too! I also eliminated dairy in my diet or keep it minimal at most. Dairy has growth hormones which can greatly aggravate my hormonal pimples.)

If I don’t get any satisfactory results, I’ll have to stop taking it because these caps are costing me P40/day (It is priced at P20 per capsule). But it’s actually cheaper than AcneCare brand if you compare and compute prices.

The Lactezin capsules are available in Watsons and Mercury Drug Stores.

 

Like what my URL dictates, this is an unpaid review. It was reviewed out of either whim or rant/rave.

Face Care Products: COSRX Acne Pimple Master Patch Review

Yay or Nay? Yay and Nay!

Clinical Skin Care COSRX Acne Pimple Master Patch

Resealable packaging is nice. Lots of Korean text but everything is almost translated to English. It has a bit of a medicinal smell when you open it but I don’t hate it. There’s a manual inside, I didn’t read nor took a photo.

I bought mine from Beautymnl.com 🙂 It was always sold out and I finally got to score one recently! Because I couldn’t easily procure the raved COSRX pimple patches, I’ve been using the Watson’s Mia Care Acne Patch every time a zit decides to appear on my face. I must say that Mia Care does a good job which is why I often buy it. Plus, I get to earn SM advantage points when I buy there. Tee-hee!

Anyway, since I have had experience with acne patches before, I couldn’t help but compare them. This is why COSRX is a Yay and Nay product for me.

Yay because it has a good price (P180 for 24 stickers). Mia Care will cost you around P300 for 24 stickers (2 boxes) unless you can still find their Christmas bundle (2 boxes) which costs around P250. The COSRX brand does it’s job pretty well. It sucks pus like it’s supposed to and helps reduce the bumpiness of the zit. I’m okay with repurchasing IF I won’t be able to shop for Mia Care.

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9 big patches, 5 medium-sized patches, 10 small patches (Had to open the torch of my camera because it was really dark in my room)

Here are the reasons why it’s COSRX is Nay for me:

  • The variation in sizes make it easier for the user. But I think having large stickers get me more bang for my buck because I can just cut up the stickers if I need to patch up a small zit.
  • The exterior of the sticker has a bit of shine so it slightly looks more visible compared to Mia Care’s matte exterior.
  • I easily oil up and I felt that the COSRX slid easily from my face compared to Mia Care.

With these Nay factors, I’ll just use the rest of my COSRX at night, while sleeping.

 

Like what my URL dictates, this is an unpaid review. It was reviewed out of either whim or rant/rave.

Face Care Products: MiaCare Spot Care Patch for Day Review

Yay or Nay? YAY!

Pimples are the worst. They bring us nothing but pain — ugly redness, yucky pus, scars. Why do we even get them?

Anyway, if you’re trying to hide or speed up the drying process, the Mia Care Pimple sticker is good to try. I’ve seen people wear acne patches when I visited South Korea in 2015. They’re only noticeable upclose. I use them for my big ugly cystic pimples. After a day of usage, the “head” of the pimple does come out (sticking to the patch like whiteheads/blackheads sticking to an effective pore strip or peel off mask hehe but I don’t recommend using these acne stickers for removing whiteheads/blackheads though).

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These pimple patches come in 12 per box and costs P150 at Watsons. They’re nude in color and tries to hide zits. I cut up a sticker in half or quarters whenever I need some for smaller zits. Para tipid! 🙂 I like them because they help shield my pimples from pollution (hello, Manila commute) and from my hands (I sometimes touch them unconsciously, tsk).

They’re supposed to be medicated but I don’t feel any sting or pain whenever I apply them which is nice. I tried the Bench pimple patches (only P22 for 8 stickers) but they don’t do much good for me. They’re also very noticeable on the face since they’re bigger in size and not opaque with a beige color. I used them while sleeping since they’re cheaper compared to the MiaCare Spot Care Patch for Night. But I don’t feel any improvements with the Bench acne stickers.

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These stickers don’t help reduce acne marks though so you better reach for another product to help you with those dark spots.

I tried the hyped COSRX Acne Pimple Master Patches as well and here’s my review on it: https://unpaidreview.com/2017/02/03/cosrx-acne-pimple-master-patch/

 

Like what my URL dictates, this is an unpaid review. It was reviewed out of either whim or rant/rave.

Face Care Products: Laneige Water Sleeping Pack_Ex Review

Yay or Nay? Yay!

Got this as a gift. Being an oily girl living in a humid world, moisturizers aren’t my thing. But owning some for a while now has proven its use to me.

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The Laneige Water Sleeping Pack_EX has a mild, relaxing scent yet it does not give me any allergic reaction. I have a history of skin asthma so I am happy that this product does not give me any redness/itchiness. Unlike lotion, it does not leave a heavy or slippery feel to the skin which I like. I am not a lotion user.

To test how moisturizing it is, I used some on my elbows and true enough, my elbows felt softer and moisturized.

One night, I had a mild finger burn once (clumsily burnt myself a little with boiling hot water for bathing), and I used it to soothe the pain. It was effective rather than dipping my fingers in cold water for a long time (not to mention the ugly trapping of water in the burnt area). It’s fast absorbing. I applied more whenever I felt like the pain was coming up again. The next morning, the pain was gone and it did not leave any mark/scar.

It’s an amazing product. Safe to use on break-out prone face, too, unlike the Clinique Moisture gel.

I’ve tried the Neogen Black Volume moisturizer as well, read here:
https://unpaidreview.com/2017/03/15/face-care-products-neogen-black-volume-cream-set-review/

 

Like what my URL dictates, this is an unpaid review. It was reviewed out of either whim or rant/rave.