Your Best Beautiful with Olay Deep Moisture Body Wash

Have you ever been in search of that perfect moisturizer for your body? If you’re the type who’s not too keen on applying lotion day in and day out, then finding a soap or body wash that provides moisture that lasts all day long should be your main priority so that you can skip the lotion ritual.

We all know that as we grow older our skin’s ability to retain moisture deteriorates. The less moisture how skin has, the more brittle it becomes and dry skin is prone to developing more wrinkles than oily or moisture rich skin.

Of course, the most natural way of preventing your skin from drying up is keeping yourself hydrated with water. Drinking at least 8 glasses of water a day goes a long way. However, a little help from reputable brands goes a long way as well.
Olay Pack

Two weeks ago, I received the above package from Olay. I was fortunate enough to be one of the few who selected to try these items products out and this couldn’t have come at a better time. Like I said, our skin loses moisture as we grow old, and I’m one of those people in search of that perfect moisturizer.

The Olay package included an 8g Olay Total Effects Day Cream (SPF 15) and a 200ml Olay Deep Moisture Body Wash. But what I’d like to talk about is the Olay Deep Moisture Body Wash.


Olay Deep Moisture Body Wash

The first thing that catches one’s attention is that this product promises to give you “deep moisture that outlasts your day”. A tall order if you ask me since I’ve gone through different soaps and body washes that promise the same but couldn’t really deliver. The best they could do is give me 4 to 6 hours, sometimes shorter depending on the weather.

How do I know this? I just do the classic test—scratching any surface of my skin with a fingernail. By noon or a little after, I see whites streaks everytime I scratch myself. So I was pretty strict with Olay’s item of choice.

I love it! If it’s moisture that lasts, really, this is the product to beat. Although it’s suggested that Olay Deep Moisture Body Wash be used with a loofah or wet puff, I decided to use my own hands. Normally, body washes lather enough if your rub it on your skin long enough. It’s not the case with this one.

Thick and heavy, but not sticky, consistency. The first thing I noticed is that the consistency of the body wash is quite thick and heavy so creating a rich lather may be a bit difficult. Personally, I’m fine with tiny soap bubbles. Rich lather and thick bubbles are usually signs that the product has SLS/SLES—a chemical that is often found is soaps and can cause skin irritation. I look at the ingredient list at the back of the bottle and it shoed no SLS/SLES, which is a big plus!

It’s also non-sticky during application and even after rinsing.  But considering that moisture is the priority, a sort of slippery skin after toweling it dry needs a little getting used to.

Relaxing scent. Another plus point is the scent. The ingredient list only gave a generic “fragrance” in its listing so I can’t really identify what it is. But since it says on the bottle that this variant of body was is “deep moisture with honey”, I’m guessing that I’m taking a whiff of honey—a scent I find relaxing.

#MoistureThatLasts. This is actually the hashtag for Olay Deep Moisture Body Wash. The insert included in the package I received included a caption “24 hours of non-sticky moisturization for your body”. Indeed! I can’t vouch for the 24 hour duration but I can guarantee that the moisture lasts as long as your waking hours, provided that you did not sweat or exposed your skin to a cold environment for long.

Applying Olay Deep Moisture Body Wash always feels like I’m applying body wash and lotion in one and after rinsing, it’s the lotion that stays. It’s a great time saver but it doesn’t skimp on the time providing my skin with moisture. So it’s really a great deal.

Olay Deep Moisture Body Wash


Tips: For best results, I suggest any of the following:

  • Wet puff or sponge first. Apply Olay Deep Moisture Body Wash on a wet puff or sponge first, then create the lather on the puff/sponge before applying on your body.
  • Body instead of loofah. If you’re using loofah, it’s better to apply the body wash all over your body using your hands, then with a wet loofah, rub it where you applied the body wash to create lather.
  • Stay. If you have the time, try leaving on the lather for a minute or two before rinsing it off.
  • Use warm water. If you have the option, pour warm or lukewarm water over your skin before using the body wash. The heat will awaken your pores making the absorption of the moisture faster.
Disclosure: I am not, in any way, being compensated for this post. Sharing my experience is optional but there is a chance to receive other special items from Olay if I do share my experience. However, rest assured that all thoughts and opinions are my own, unless otherwise stated.

Unboxing: May 2015 BDJ Box

May 2015 BDJ Box

Summer is winding down and the rains have begun to pour. But even with this off again on again weather, skin care should never be neglected. Even when the weather’s begun to cool, it doesn’t mean that you can skip the moisturizer. The weather doesn’t moisturize our skin, we do. And as the sun dips behind the rain clouds, we can maximize healing our sun exposed skin and kiss dry goodbye!

Kiss Dry Goodbye!

wpid-wp-1432879683470.jpegThat is the theme of the May 2015 BDJ Box. Another skincare goodness to revitalize the skin. If you’re like me, you probably made the most of your summer, going to the beach and spending time under the sun—to the detriment and sometimes abuse of your own skin. So when I got this month’s BDJ Box, with all  products providing ways to moisturize the skin, I almost jumped for joy (almost because I have a sprain so I really can’t jump).

If last month’s BDJ Box was all about skin exfoliation and whitening, May 2015 BDJ Box continues that deal plus a moisture boost. I mean, if you’re going to remove the tanned layer of your skin, you might as well be prepared to take care of the new layer waiting to be revealed.

May 2015 BDJ Box

10ml each Himawari Dear Beauté Oil in Shampoo and Conditionerworth Php695 per 500ml
8ml each Pure Savon Classic FLoral White/Lily & Rose Blend Scent worth Php545 per 300ml
4pcs of 3g Cure Natural Aqua Gel worth Php1,500 per 250ml

50ml Garnier Skin Naturals Light Complete Whitespeed Multi-Action Whitening Serum Cream with SPF19/PA+++ worth Php265
50ml Garnier Skin Naturals Light Complete Whitespeed Multi-Action Brightening Scrub worth Php 84
2pcs of 14g Cetaphil Daily Advance Moisturizing Lotion worth Php675 per 85g
45g Aloe Derma Pure Aloe Vera Gel worth Php280

3pcs of 23g Dermal Collagen Essence Masks in Royal Jelly, Olive, & Rose worth Php70 each
1 pack Nivea 3-in-1 Exfoliating Wipes worth Php140

6.2g FS Powder Blush worth Php350
2pcs of 100g Colgate Optic White Plus Shine worth Php115 each

Impressions

Can you guess the products that I’m excited about? Yes, it’s the first batch of items above—the Japanese Beauty Bundle—especially Cure Natural Aqua Gel. I’ve tried a sample at Beauty Bar once and I really liked the effect but I didn’t buy one because I didn’t like its effect on my wallet. It’s much too expensive. But with 4 samples to try, I might just buy one for myself.

If you’ve noticed in some of my review posts, I’ve been trying out different facial masks lately (the last one was a Tony Moly mask sheet). So having another three to try is much appreciated.

The Nivea 3-in-1 Exfoliating Wipes brings me back to my July 2014 BDJ Box. In that post I said I might review this product. I haven’t and I haven’t even used it all up yet. This may or may not be a good sign but I’ll give it another try and see if there is something worth mentioning.

Speaking of something worth mentioning, I don’t really know how Colgate Optic White Plus Shine connects with Kiss Dry Goodbye. I don’t know about you but it’s really off topic. Same is true with the FS Powder Blush but since I like all sorts of makeup, I have no complaints on this one.

The Garnier line seems okay but as with the Pond’s exclusive BDJ Box, it may take a while before I can try them out, especially the whitening serum cream. However, Cetaphil Daily Advance Moisturizing Lotion will be used up in no time although I plan to save it for any future travels I may have.

Right now, I’m on the fence with Aloe Derma Pure Aloe Vera Gel because it’s all new to me as with the two others in the Japanese Beauty Bundle. They don’t excite me as much but I’ll make time to give them a go.


If you’re interested to have your own BDJ Box, you can register and buy through their website here. Or if you’re wondering if there are other beauty subscription boxes out there, you might find my post on beauty subscription boxes useful.

Review: Human Nature Safe Protect (100% Natural)

A year ago I posted a review of Human Nature’s 100% Natural Safe Block, the first ever sunblock I’ve encountered that didn’t leave me with sun burnt skin, skin discoloration, and acne breakouts. This time, Human Nature Safe Protect, also 100% natural, is a new innovation by Human Nature, which I feel most sun lovers and beach goers would love to and should keep whenever they’re out and about.

Fast Facts

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Price/Size:
Php 299.75 / 50g
Php 649.75 / 200g

Ingredients:
Cocos nucifera (coconut) oil, Ricinus communis (castor) seed oil, hydrogenated castor oil, zinc oxide, Helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, caprylic/capric triglyceride, dicaprylyl ether, Cera alba (beeswax), Glycine soja (soybean) oil, fragrance (all-natural), glyceryl caprylate, tocopherol (vitamin E), p-anisic acid

Product Description: ABCs
ARMORS against skin-aging UVA rays.
BLOCKS skin-burning UVB rays with SPF 30 deflecting 97% of UVB rays.
CARES for coral reefs. SafeProtect is free from parabens, oxybenzone, benzophenone and ethylhexylmethoxycinnemate that cause the bleaching of corals when washed off.

♥ No White Cast ♥
White Away! You’ve asked for it, so we’ve formulated a sunscreen with all the protection you need – and none of the white film. Don your daily sun protection today!

Source: Human Nature

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Impressions

SPF 15 vs. SPF 30

Honestly, I was confused at first why Human Nature (HN) would introduce a new sun block with an SPF that is double than its previous. HN Safe Block has SPF 15 while HN Safe Protect has SPF 30. I distinctly remember during one of the magalogue turnovers introducing HN Safe Block that you don’t need a high SPF.

SPF 15 already blocks 93% of the harmful UVB rays while SPF 30 will block 97%, which does not really make much of a difference.

But now, Human Nature introduced one that has exactly that—SPF 30 to block an extra 4%. So initially, I was a bit disappoint thinking that Human Nature will stick with the SPF 15.

Quality

I love the texture of Human Nature Safe Protect and scent is as heavenly as HN Safe Block. It feels like I’m just applying regular lotion but with extra protection from the sun.

In my review of Human Nature Safe Block, I said:

The application is smooth, leaving a white film of protection just like any sunblock.

With Human Nature Safe Protect, there’s no white film but the protection is there. If you love taking pictures of yourself with beautiful beach views or while in the sea, it can be quite frustrating to have that white film all over your skin. I find that Human Nature Safe Protect, with its “No White Cast” formula, gets rid of this problem. Who would want to look like a clown?

Strength

The lack of white cast does not lessen the strength of Human Nature Safe Protect. After applying the product, you’d see a dewy shine left on your skin. That’s the protection. It’s also water resistant so if you take a dip in the pool or the sea, you’ll see the water form beads on your skin. This is very helpful against swimming pools that have a more chlorine than the others. Human Nature Safe Protect keeps the chemical at bay.

I used Human Nature Safe Protect on three different occasions—my trip to Boracay, to Pagudpud, and to a day in Amana Water Park—and I enjoyed every minute of my time under the sun.

Value

Human Nature Safe Protect is more expensive that Human Nature Safe Block, but I guess that comes with the “No White Cast” formulation and the higher SPF level. I think it’s a reasonable price, especially if you think about protecting not just your skin but the environment as well. My time in the sea has always been more enjoyable knowing that I am not doing any harm to the environment and I feel much closer to nature this way.

My comment, however, as with the previous one, I wish the sizes were more diverse. Human Nature Safe Protect has only 50g and 200g sizes that are too small and too big, respectively, for any one person to use.

Verdict: 10/10

I love Human Nature Safe Protect. Yes, I was initially disappointed and confused because Human Nature seemed to detract from what it said before about SPF levels but that’s business. What I care more about is the fact that Human Nature Safe Protect has better formulation—“No White Cast”—and I think it improved from its predecessor, which is expected. And if you noticed, the packaging is much better and I like the stencil pakiwan.

So yes, it’s a 10/10 and I recommend, because I’m sure you’re still squeezing one more beach outing before summer ends officially, that you buy one and see and feel the difference for yourself. I will definitely buy this again.

Disclaimer: I am a Human Nature Dealer but I strive to give a fair and objective opinion on Human Nature products. After all, I am a consumer of the products myself.

Fab Five Beach Must-Haves

Do you love summer—the sun, sand, and sea? If you do and you always have at least one beach outing a year, then you’re already a veteran when it comes to surviving the summer heat and enjoy your time under the sun. If not, then you should at least have these Fab Five things with you. Forget about everything else. These are your basic necessities.

Fab Five Beach Must-haves

Fab Five Summer Survival Kit

String Backpack | Shades | Flip-flops | Beach Blanket | Skin Survival Kit


1. String BackPack

I cannot stress the importance of having this item. Not only does a backpack free up your hands, a string backpack keeps your items safe from thieving hands. String backpacks are also travel light so you can put them in your luggage and just use them when you’re going to the beach.

There are different kinds of string backpacks out there, some are waterproof. Personally, I love this one, which I got from a yoga retreat I participated in last year. It’s made of hard cloth but very durable and washable when it gets dirty. Even though it’s not waterproof, I have waterproof pouches I use to protect my gadgets.


2. Shades

The eyes need as much protection from the sun as our skin. The eyelids are not enough to shield your eyes from the sun’s rays. For those with lighter eyes, sensitivity to and the risks of sunlight damages are higher. You can get eyelid cancer or cataracts, among others, if you leave your eyes unprotected.

So when you’re going outdoors, make sure to have your trusty shades with you. Better if it has UV protection. I got mine from Eye Channel (not Chanel), which I really love as it’s perfect for the beach. I call it my Sepia shades. You can guess why.

For more information about eye protection from sunlight, I got my source here.


3. FLip-FLops (or Slippers)

Flip Flops

But don’t let a pair of destroyed flip-flops from letting you enjoy a night of partying.

The sandy beach can become a desert in no time and harsh on your feet as the sun’s rays. So make sure to have soft and durable flip-flops with you to protect your soles. Rubber is not the only option but if you plan to run along the shore, I’d advise to use rubber slippers because it resists salt water better.

Mine’s from Salvatos, a prize I won from BDJ Box (thanks again!). It’s durable and ideal for traveling as it folds in the middle and has a pouch to separate it from my other items. I’ve walked miles along the beach and on concrete with this. I’ve tested this as well, walking knee deep in the sea and on rocky sand. I couldn’t recommend a more fitting brand to use and bring along with me in my travels than this.


4. Beach Blanket

If you like lounging by the beach whether to get a tan or read a good book, then you’d want to invest on beach blankets. Lounge chairs are not enough if you want to be able to lie close to someone or if you just want to play board or card games with your friends on the beach. A beach blanket is necessary.

Mine is not a beach blanket really but a bath towel—an ultra absorbent one. But I find that Towelite can double as a beach blanket and better than using the bath towels from the resort you’re staying at. It’s also travel friendly—you can fold or roll it to the size to want.


5. Skin Survival Kit

Our skin is the largest organ of the body. According to National Geographic, an adult carries about 8 pounds of it and covers about 22 square feet. So normally, it’s the first thing you’d think of protecting when going to the beach.

It’s your choice what products you use. For a kikay like me, I turn to these items:

♥ Sunflower oil. It’s my first line of defense. Applied after taking a shower and before going out of the hotel. Contrary to what you might think, sunflower oil is not greasy and is easily absorbed by the skin so you won’t get that icky feeling.

If you’re sensitive to most sunblocks, consider using sunflower oil as your sunblock as it has qualities that help shield the skin from the sun’s rays. (You can find other ways to use sunflower oil here.)

♥ Sunblock. The most common protection you can give your skin. I have two fail-safe sunblocks, both without chemicals that harm the seas. It doesn’t matter what level of SPF your sunblock has. Just make sure to re-apply when you’ve been in the water or have been sweating for too long as the SPF may drop.

(I’ve reviewed Human Nature Safe Block here if you’re interested. I’ll be posting my review of Human Nature Safe Protect soon so be sure to come back or follow along with me on my social media accounts at the bottom of this page.)

♥ Citronella oil. This one I use on a case to case basis. If you’re the type to lounge at night or do some partying outside, then I advise you to protect your skin from insects, especially if you’re going to a tropical beach. Citronella oil is a natural insect repellent but you can use citronella lotion if the scent is too much for you.

♥ Balms. Another I use on a case to case basis. What happens if you forgot to apply sunscreen or been under the sun for too long and get sunburn? What if you get a headache from last night’s partying? I have two of the best balms I could get my hands on.

One has peppermint, eucalyptus, and bergamot extract that work magic to cool the skin and ease the senses. If you have motion sickness, this is your cure. (I’ve shared in a previous post fab five ways to use this balm.)

The other dispels any skin discomforts I have. In my last beach trip,  I was tested the product to see if it will ease the sunburn I got after staying too long under the sun. Overnight, the sting of the sunburn was gone. So if you have a balm like this, be sure to have one in your kit.


Next time you go to the beach, make sure you have these fab five items with you. What’s basic to bring to the beach for you may be different to another person. You may even have a different set altogether. If you do, I’d like to know what your fab five beach must-haves are.

Unboxing: April 2015 BDJ Box

Sad as I am to have my summer vacation over, coming home and unboxing my BDJ Box—my April 2015 BDJ Box—help put a smile on my face. This month’s BDJ Box is filled with awesome goodness that makes me wonder whether the BDJ Box Team knows when a bella needs a much needed pampering after days of frolicking under the sun. I mean, this month’s BDJ Box mostly contain items that one would normally buy once the tan lines have settled.

BDJ April Box Contents

Usual to beauty subscription boxes, the the April 2015 BDJ Box contains an assortment of brands, namely MyChoice, Tony Moly, Asian Secrets, Mustela, FS Cosmetics, and Revlon. Some are makeup while the rest are for skin and body care.

April 2015 BDJ Box

100g MyChoice Pure Herbal Soap worth Php 55
225g MyChoice Bubble Scrub Shower Salt worth Php 100
20g MyChoice Anti Acne Whitening Facial Cream worth Php 100
22ml MyChoice Perfume Spray worth Php 60

18ml Tony Moly Intense Care Snail Foot Mask worth Php 198
2ml appx Tony Moly Luminous Glow Aura CC Creamworth Php 1,098 per 30ml

100g Asian Secrets Lulur Whitening Facial Scrub worth Php 120
6pcs of 20g Asian Secrets Lulur Whitening Body Scrub worth Php 15 each

5ml Mustela 2 in 1 Hair and Body Wash worth Php 520 per 200ml
5ml Mustela Hydra Bebe Body Lotion worth Php 790 per 300ml
2pcs of 10ml Mustela Stretch Marks Double Action worth Php 1,750 per 150ml

9g FS Cosmetics Lash Extravagance Mascara worth Php 350
7.5g Revlon Highlighting Paletterworth Php625

Product List and Description

Product List and Description

Impressions

Honestly, I’m quite happy with this month’s BDJ Box as several of them are brands and products that I’m curious about but didn’t find the need to buy them yet. The BDJ Box Team did that for me. I’m talking about Asian Secrets and a few of MyChoice products.

I swear, the lot of these seem to cater to us who have spent too much time in the sun and would like to exfoliate and perhaps bring back our normal skin color, not that I don’t like my now bronze skin color. There are whitening products like the MyChoice Pure Herbal Soap (I got Natural Papaya variant) and Asian Secrets Lulur Whitening Facial Scrub and Whitening Body Scrub. Products for exfoliation moisturizing are also included like MyChoice Bubble Scrub Shower Salt and Tony Moly Intense Snail Foot Mask, the latter I can see myself using on my sand-worn feet.

BDJ April Box stickers and catalogue

Motto of the Month

A lot of thought seems to be put into the April 2015 BDJ Box, which is really touching and for that, I give it an A++ mark.

As always, on the makeup side of things, I’m excited to try another mascara and am looking forward to testing Revlon’s Highlighting Palette. At least I’ll test the latter after my tan subsides. I don’t think this shade will work well on tanned skin.

For the rest, I might use them or give them to someone who will better appreciate them. The Mustela set is definitely catered for mothers so I’ll probably give that to my cousin, although I might keep the Mustela Stretch Marks Double Action for myself. Haha!


If  you’re interested to have your own BDJ Box, you can register and buy through their website here. Or if you’re wondering if there are other beauty subscription boxes out there, you might find my post on beauty subscription boxes useful.

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Find anything you like in the April 2015 BDJ Box? Let me know and I’ll review that one first.