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.

#PerksOfABella: The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf

The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf—or what is more commonly known as CBTL—has been one of my go to coffee shops when I was still in law school. The ambiance is nice and relatively quieter, their tea line is to die for, and they provide free WiFi to their Swirl card holders. To me—then a law student needing a caffeine fix, a quite place to study and to freely access the internet to read/download cases online—these things highlight my experience with CBTL.

Years later, CBTL still provides the same experience. But now, it’s a place to meet and catch up with friends over tea/coffee (sometimes with a cake slice or some food), to meet potential clients, and to unwind. And the experience is all the more worthwhile when you have added perks and discounts c/o Belle De Jour (BDJ) Power Planner.

Perks: CBTL


Ever since I started using BDJ Power Planner in 2010, the CBTL coupons have always been the first to be used up. Perks include a Buy 1 Take 1 Tea Latte of choice, a free iced tea per purchase of a salad, and so forth. But the best perk for me is that the BDJ-CBTL coupons allow me to share the experience with friends, family, and colleagues.

A few months ago I shared one coupon with my friend at CTBL Trinoma. She ordered a Spicy Tuna Linguine Pasta while I ordered a large Mocha Latte and Chef’s Tuna sandwich. With her pasta, my friend got a free chocolate chip cookie (worth Php 55) while I got a free Chicago Cheesecake slice (worth Php 125) from my sandwich.

Unfortunately, there’s no coupon for the large Mocha Latte but I used my BDJ Power Planner Lifestyle Card (BDJ card), instead, to get a free upsize (worth Php 15). The BDJ card has other uses but that’s a topic for another blog post.

All in all, my friend and I received Php 195 (around $4.30) worth of perks. Plus, I got to bond with her longer because we had more to eat. 😉

Chef's Tuna sandwich

Chef’s Tuna sandwich

There’s also a Buy 2 Get 1 free Ice Blended Drink among the BDJ-CBTL coupons. This one I shared with a colleague at CBTL, Greenbelt 5. It’s too bad that there were only 2 of us, I ended up drinking the free drink. It’s a good thing that CBTL has non-fat milk and sugar options to keep the calories and other unwanted stuff at a minimum. At least I got to try 2 different drinks that day—my favorite Mocha Latte and the other was an amazing flavor, Creme Brulee.

It goes without saying that the cheapest ice blended drink would be the one made free. This was the Mocha Latte worth Php 185 (around $4.11) while the others cost Php 195 each. The added perk was I got to know this colleague better over that (large) cup of latte. That goes a long way.

Buy 2 Get 1 Free Ice Blended Drink

L: Creme Brulee | R: Mocha Latte


You may say I could’ve had these experiences even without the added perks. Sure! But I never would have tried the chocolate chip cookie, never would have ordered that slice of Chicago Cheesecake on top of ordering a filling sandwich, and never would have tasted that intriguing Creme Brulee ice blended drink. So I’m thankful I get to enjoy these little things.

CBTL

PS: The Chicago Cheesecake was served later on but we forgot to take a picture of it before gobbling it up. 😉

Unboxing: June 2015 BDJ Box

Another exclusive box got its way to my front door. The first thing I thought: if the June 2015 BDJ Box reverted to its previous size, then what’s inside is probably expensive. Meaning, most of the items will be in sample size. Correct!

June 2015 BDJ Box

Bioderma exlusive BDJ Box for June 2015

June 2015 BDJ Box: Bioderma

10ml Sensibio Tonique worth Php 1,658 per 250ml
2ml Sensibio Eye Contour Gel worth Php 1,248 per 15ml
5ml Sensibio AR worth Php 1,668 per 40ml
8ml Atoderm Intensive worth Php 1,418 per 200ml
8ml Atoderm Preventive worth Php 1,998 per 200ml
8ml Atoderm Cream worth Php 1,598 per 200ml
5ml Sebium Global worth Php 1,318 per 30ml
2ml Cicabio Creme worth Php 998 per 40ml

Of course, as is the way of BDJ Box, exclusive boxes do not mean you won’t get any bonus items. So there are two items inside worth mentioning:

8ml The Body Shop Lip and Cheek Stain worth Php 795
1pc The Body Shop voucher worth Php 200

inside June 2015 BDJ Box

Impressions

Have I ever mentioned that I’m a hoarder of cute and small things? Well I am and my dilemma is this: how do I begin trying out these samples when they are so cute and small? I still have a lot of small samples from my previous BDJ Boxes (think Benefit) although I’ve finally started using them (after 10 years…) Hurray! But this one may take another 10 years. >.<

That aside, I’m looking forward to trying them out, one way or another. These remind me of the products recommended by my dermatologist when I was regularly visiting her for my acne treatment—both in purpose and price.

What I’m excited about is the Sensibio Eye Contour Gel because goodness knows I need it with all the computer staring I’ve been doing lately.

The moisturizers are also welcome. I’ve been trying out one product lately and almost finished with it because it’s so good to my skin. I’d like to try other moisturizers as well and see how they affect my skin’s constitution as well as the makeup I apply.

Product Catalogue

A comment on the Php 200 The Body Shop voucher. This only works if you buy at least Php 1,000 worth of its regular priced items. That’s the catch. But it’s all good. I’ve been eyeing some of The Body Shop’s tea tree items and this voucher came just in time. ^_^

Pond’s Exclusive: Unboxing BDJ March Box

Pink will always be my favorite color. So when a pink laden BDJ box appeared on my doorstep—not to mention the BDJ social media accounts hinting on flawless skin, I knew it just had to do something with Pond’s products. I was right and I couldn’t be any happier.

Pond’s Exclusive: Unboxing BDJ March Box

Items

100g Pond’s Pearl Cleansing Gel  worth Php 155.00
30ml Pond’s Flawless White Ultra Luminous Serum worth Php 480.00
50g Pond’s Flawless White Dewy Rose Gel worth Php 399.00
2pcs of 25g Pond’s Flawless White BB+ Cream worth Php 299.00 each
50g Pond’s Flawless White Re-Brightening Night Cream worth Php 340.00
Bonus 50g Pond’s Pearl Cleansing Gel as gift for a friend
5pcs WHAT MAKES YOU DIFFERENT MAKES YOU BEAUTIFUL power stickers
Product Catalogue

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Thoughts

Yet another steal from BDJ beauty subscription boxes. I must say that there is something about a brand exclusive box that gives it a more luxurious touch. I really love the items for the month and am excited for the Pond’s Pearl Cleansing Gel, Pond’s Flawless White Ultra Luminous Serum, and the Pond’s Flawless White BB+ Cream.

1. Pond’s Pearl Cleansing Gel

It’s sweet of Pond’s to provide a smaller cleansing gel for us to share with friends. It’s a smart marketing strategy, too. Although if you’re not generous, you can always keep it to yourself or sell it to someone. As for myself, a friend already called dibs for the the bonus cleansing gel.

2. Pond’s Flawless White Ultra Luminous Serum

The Pond’s Flawless White Ultra Luminous Serum for me seems to have the most potential, although I found the long name a bit obscure and doesn’t really describe what it is, other than a serum. But a look at the fine-print like product description at the back of the box says that it’s a potent anti-pigmentation serum. So it should prevent any discoloration on the skin and even out skin tone. They should have said so in the first place or even on the actual container. It gets confusing.

3. Pond’s Flawless White BB+ Cream

Even though BB creams—whatever may be the brand—don’t seem to match my skin, I still can’t help but give them a try. The box includes two shades: light and beige so it won’t be problem matching it to my skin color. Maybe this will be the one to finally match my skin (fingers crossed).

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Fancy anything in BDJ’s March Box?

Kawaii Must-Haves: Unboxing BDJ January-February Exclusive Box

Just when I began unboxing january-february kawaii must haves BDJ box exclusiveworrying whether my the BDJ box for January 2015 got lost during delivery, it turned out that for the first two months of 2015, BDJ would combine the two boxes into one exclusive box.

First thing I thought upon realizing this was: Oh no! I think I just wasted my money! I dislike paying for two things and then receive just one, which was my sentiment at the time. But considering the actual price of the items inside, the box is worth more than four boxes.

Items

300ml Bifesta Cleansing Lotion Bright Up worth Php 419
50ml Lucido-L Treatment Oil Straight worth Php 295
70ml Lucido-L Styling Milk Straight worth Php 295
2.8g Pixy Eye Shadow worth Php 315
3.5g Pixy Blush On worth Php 345
12.2g Pixy Two Way Cake Fit worth Php 275
10g Pixy Coverlast worth Php 325
30ml Sunkiller Perfect Strong A worth Php 495
5pcs Rock it and own it! sticker
BDJ Box Team message and product catalogue
Kawaii Must-Haves Magazine

bdj box kawaii must haves all items

Thoughts

Price

The box is definitely more than I bargained for. Each BDJ box is worth Php 580, two boxes being Php 1,160. The total amount of the items in the January to February box is, as you may have already computed, Php 2,764. Since I’m the type to always make such computations, having a combined box isn’t such bad of a deal.

The consequence of this, however, is that the delivery becomes unpredictable. For the duration of my subscription to BDJ beauty boxes, this is the first time that they have combined two boxes. I do hope that they wouldn’t make this a habit.

Size

Another good thing about this box, which is almost always that case with BDJ boxes, is that all items are in full sizes. There are no deluxe or sample packs as what most beauty subscription boxes often fill their boxes with. So if I happen to like a product, then I’d have full use of it. On the flip size, if I don’t like a product, then I’d have to the remaining of the full size to either finish off or giveaway/sell.

bdj box kawaii must haves rock it and own it sticker

Contents

When it comes to the items themselves, I have mixed feelings. There are repeat items such as the Pixy Two Way Cake Fit and Blush On, which I got in last year’s BDJ April Box. There’s also the Sunkiller Perfect Strong A, which I got in one of the two BDJ Elite Boxes I bought in July.

As for the Pixy Eye Shadow, although this is a different shade from last year’s, I already have this particular shade having one the Stick It To Win It promo. I have no complaints for this one. I love this particular shade!

For the rest of the items… I’m especially excited with the Bifesta Cleansing Lotion Bright Up. Lately, I’ve been testing different makeup removers and this one I’ve always been curious about.

For the Lucido-L products, I’m not sure if I’ll use them as I have digitally permed (now just wavy) hair and these are for straight hair.

Lastly, with the Pixy Coverlast, I’m neither disappointed nor excited. My skin’s losing its oiliness lately, something I’m not too happy about, so I may or may not try it out. We’ll see.

All in all. I’m not entirely happy. Only the cleansing oil got me excited. I think it shows considering that it took me this long (weeks) before I really opened up the package for an unboxing. I do hope the March box will be an improvement in the sense that there’d be no repeat items.

If you’re interested for a review of any of the above items, just give me a shout out in the comments below so I can prioritize them. I hope you’re not as disappointed as I am when you got yours.