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┬áso 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.


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).

No automatic alt text available.

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.