facial care

Recent Beauty Find: Nature Republic C.C. (Complete Control) Cream

More than six months in and I am still loving the first of the Nature Republic beauty products I have gotten my hands on. I am especially loving the Nature Republic’s Collagen HD Blusher, which lasts me practically the whole day.

nature republic beauty products

Nature Republic sent over a few more products last week and I am totally digging the Nature Republic C.C. (Complete Control) Cream. I have used it thrice since and I love how it evens out my skin tone without looking so heavy. While my usual BB cream will give me the full coverage look, this CC cream just looks so fresh and light. It has given me no breakouts too! That is definitely something to take note of when using a brand new skin product. When it does, it can go either way – either it is designed to do some purging or it really is not for your skin.

Nature Republic C.C. Cream

Nature Republic C.C. Cream comes in three variants. Pure Cream Tinted, Makeover Cream Color Change and Holic Cream Whitening

nature republic cc cream tinted

What I am currently using is Nature Republic CC Cream Super Origin CC Cream Tinted with SPF 30 PA++. The tinted part allows me to use it with nothing else on top of it, which really is a dream! While some CC creams will have you use a BB cream on top of it, this one is ideal for lazy girls like me. I really would rather apply one product on my skin and that’s that. I do not even have to bother with the sunblock because the SPF 30 will take care of that. Sweet! 🙂


Working from Home Wearing Innisfree Shea Butter Mask

There is probably no other job on earth (except perhaps for those who are in the cosmetics department) that can have you work as your face is plastered with a mask like this — Innisfree Shea Butter, specifically, for me, for this time being. It’s like seeing the twin sister of phantom himself (is he had any), this time with a full mask. I was supposed to upload a photo of me with a mask but was way too shy. My eyes gave my illness away. I have been under the weather for a good month now. The stress of settling back home must have triggered my allergy attacks.
Innisfree shea butter mask

As I found my skin being too tired than usual lately, I pulled out this Innisfree Shea Butter mask from one of my recent Saladbox subscription boxes. The label is mostly in Korean yard sign printing. But that did not stop me from using it. I always knew anyway that Shea butter has some real good moisturizing and hydrating qualities, so Innisfree Shea Butter Mask, it is. I love that it is infused with the blend of herb complex water and essentially ingredients from nature. Natural ingredients always get the upper hand with me. 🙂

Inside the Innisfree Mask

Shea butter-enriched sheet mask soothes and hydrates dry skin for a dramatic improvement in its moisture level after every use. Thick sheet masks are also steeped in herb complex water, treating skin to a steady stream of vitamins and minerals that perk up a drab complexion while strengthening its natural moisture barrier. 

peeled off innisfree mask


LeVon Magic Facial Cleanser with Vitamin Beads

After using Dickinson’s Witch Hazel Pore Perfecting Toner for the longest time, I found a facial cleanser that I love more than Dickinson’s — LeVon Magic Facial Cleanser with Vitamin Beads. I was not too sold out a first. But after the hubby personally vouched for it and showed me his visibly lightened and clearer face, I knew I just had to go try it  for myself. 🙂

LeVon Magic Facial Cleanser with Vitamin Beads, P155.00

What sets LeVon Magic Facial Cleanser apart from other facial cleansers is its vitamin beads. In all my years of using facial care products, I have learned that not all facial cleansers are kind to the face. Some, in its function to cleanse, strips away the skin’s needed moisture. LeVon does not do that. In fact, it moisturizes as it gets rid of dirt and excess oils which cause pimples, blackheads and whiteheads that cannot be eliminated by soap and water alone. The vitamin beads in this facial cleanser is responsible for making our face clear, firm, smooth, soft and  healthy.


Avalon Organics Vitamin C Hydrating Cleansing Milk and Renewal Facial Cream

In my attempt to rest my skin from using a product that I love but is kind of drying my skin out, I grabbed a hold of Avalon Organics Vitamin C Hydrating Cleansing Milk and Renewal Facial Cream from my favorite health and beauty store, Healthy Options.

First off,  as per package, Avalon Organics Vitamin C Hydrating Cleansing Milk is a soap-free cleansing  agent with antioxidant protection. What it claims:

  • Skin Nourishing
  • Antioxidant Intensive
  • Sun-Aging Defense
  • For Normal to Dry Skin
  • 100% Vegetarian Ingredients
  • No Animal Testing
  • Paraben Free
  • EU Compliant

Hydrating Cleansing Milk has Vitamin C, Lemon Bioflavonoids and organic White Tea gently removes impurities while moisturizing the skin and protecting its natural balance from free radical damage generated by sun exposure.

All of what is said in the package are more than fine by me. I love its being vegan and does not contain all the other ingredients a lot of our usual and locally available beauty products have. (more…)

Dickinson’s Original Witch Hazel Pore Perfecting Toner

One of the items I have a photo of from my first Health Options post was that of Dickinson’s Original Witch Hazel Pore Perfecting Toner. More than a couple of months since I started using it and I think my skin is loving it.

Dickinson’s Witch Hazel Pore Perfecting Toner 2 fl.oz. (59ml) retails for P59 (approx. $1.40)

I have since been using Dickinson’s Witch Hazel Pore Perfecting Toner in place of Nautreal’s Facial Cleanser. The ingredients of the latter being Licorice Extract, Mulberry Extract and Witch Hazel. My skin is finding the former to be friendlier and non-drying. Somehow after a couple of months of using Nautreal Facial Cleanser, I noticed my face becoming drier than usual.

 Dickinson’s Witch Hazel Pore Perfecting Toner is non-drying and good for all skin types. It gently cleanses and conditions pores to maintain clear, smooth and balanced skin.  What I love best about it is it is 100% All Natural.  This toner is designed to:

  • refine pores
  • remove and control oil
  • soothe irritation
  • locks in moisture

Directions for use: Use daily after cleansing or before applying skin treatments. Moisten a cotton ball or pad and apply to face and neck. For best results, use in the morning to prepare and evening to repair for naturally soft and beautiful skin.


Kikay Corner’s Clean & Clear Post Valentine Giveaway

Because my Hearts Day was mostly spent in the hospital taking care of my little Valentine, thus this Clean & Clear Post Valentine Giveaway. I have a whole bunch of other products lined up to be given away that you pretty ladies might want to watch out for as well.

Clean & Clear Essentials Moisturizer, Deep Action Cleanser, Oil Control Powder, Active Clear Speed Clearing Gel

I have done a lot of brand switching lately. But that does not mean these lovelies should go to waste. Especially because I had, once upon a time, benefited from this brand. Take for example, the cystic pimple that zapped out the next morning by Clean & Clear Acne Control Kit. But this particular bunch has been stashed away, untouched for months now.

And the easy peasy Contest Mechanics:


Beauty Find: @Nautreal Skin Care Products

It was in November last year when the hubby had his warts cauterized at Facial World in Timog. The scabs left some pronounced scars, which were all practically taken cared of by my hubby’s current favorite skin care product, Nautreal.

Before we got hold of Nautreal, the scars were holding up even after almost a couple of months since the cautery procedure.

Almost 2 months after the wart removal procedure, the scab marks were still all over the place.

Three weeks of using Nautreal Beauty Products and the scab marks have faded a great deal. Most of them, to some degree are  non-existent. The two marks that remain on the hubby’s left cheek are his moles. The ones that used to surround them on the former picture, which were scars from the scabs are practically all gone! And he sure is a whole tad fairer. Now, you know why he’s glowing and all, the next time you see him.  Here’s the bonus, the screaming pores that used to sit around his nose, which have been there since time immemorial are all gone! G-O-N-E!   Just recently, I showed him his “before” and “after” photos, he was so thrilled that he told me to make sure we don’t run out of their products!



I first encountered the Nautreal Beauty Products during the Noel Bazaar at the World Trade Center. It was our girls night out. Bff Beth threw us a Wensha Spa treat. My friends and I figured while we’re there, we might as well check out the bazaar right smack our favorite spa place. Amidst all the various stuff on sale, real and knock off brands, cigar specials and even food stuff, I was taken aback when I saw this sign on Nautreal’s corner that says, “See Results in 1 Week or Your Money Back.” Now, that’s something we don’t see around everyday. That is one brave statement. You just don’t say things like that when you are not sure that you can’t deliver. You just don’t. So I just had to stop and have a look-see. (more…)

Flawless Power of P999 Week 5: Flawless Facial Treatments

Normally, facial treatments from flawless will range from P490-P560 per session. But Flawless regulars can avail of Flawless Power of P999 running from November 1 to 5, 2010 – you are getting three facial treatments for the price of P999. Now that’s another value for your money.

The types of regular facials you can choose from are:

  1. Acne Control
  2. Oil Control
  3. Age-defy
  4. Whitening
  5. Real Gentleman


Jet Peeling by Active White

Jet Peel is said to be an effective superficial peel that helps rejuvenate the facial skin. As a late bloomer when it comes to facials, I decided to give this one a shot. Jet peel makes use of pressurized oxygen to accelerate a liquid agent to supersonic velocities creating an exfoliating and whitening effect on the skin. Per Session a client will be charged with P300. But if it will come with a full facial, price tag will be P800.


Kikay Corner’s Flawless White Advanced Facial Experience

I was especially impressed during my first facial treatment from Flawless during my Easy Peel experience. Although that got me glued where I was for a few days, it was actually worth it as I stepped out of the house with a more radiant glow as the dead skin peeled off by itself. I decided to have the Flawless White Advanced Facial in the same branch where I had my Easy Peel done – SM Marikina Branch. The best Flawless branch I have ever been to, I should say. I really cannot emphasize this enough in my posts. I love that the doctor gave me the freedom to use whatever whitening regimen I most comfortable with. What was mainly emphasized during the consultation with Dra. Candao was that if there a best time for me to use a whitening regimen, this would be it – right after the Easy Peel Procedure done on me. Most beauty centers I know would practically shove their products to their clients. Hard selling is a major turn off for me and there is none of this in Flawless.

The Regular Flawless White Facial (P560) does the job of exfoliating the dead layer of the skin. The Whitening Mask that is applied during the former contains non-toxic and non-photosensitive substance that lightens and evens out the skin tone for clearer and luminous skin. The Flawless White Advanced Facial (P880) is a step up as it restores the balance of the skin for crystal clear and rosy look by moisturizing and smoothening of the skin. Noticeably brighter complexion, a more even skin tone, transparency in old acne scars and discoloration from the sun.