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: Dermal’s Vegetable Placenta Collagen Mask

After a long week of calls, meetings, hearings, reports, and irritations, I find myself looking to my BDJ Box for comfort. I feel like my face is showing my stress and it needs to be revitalized. Opening my BDJ May Box, I took out one of the facial masks inside—Dermal’s Vegetable Placenta Collagen Essence Mask—and tried it out.

Fast Facts

Dermal Placenta Mask
Price: Php 140.00
Size: 23g
Purpose: Firming, Regeneration, Moisturizing
Shelf life: 3 years from date of manufacture
Ingredients: water, glycerin, butylene glycol, turnera diffusa leaf extract, hydrolyzed collagen, aloe barbadensis leaf juice, portulaca oleracea extract, betaglucan, panthenol, tocopheryl acetate, polysorbate 80, disodium edta, xanthan gum, methylparaben, fragrance

Impressions

Use

It’s my first time to use a facial mask on my own. My prior experience with masks applied by some other people was that they’re all cool and calming. Maybe because I was on my own in applying the mask that I got stressed out with Dermal’s Vegetable Placenta Collagen Essence Mask.

I found the instructions at the back of the package lacking. Here’s what the How to use says:

  1. Take out the mask sheet from the pack and unfold it.
  2. First, gently apply the mask sheet around your eye part and then fit your face contours.
  3. Leave on for 15-20 minutes.
  4. Peel off the mask sheet and tab the remaining collagen essence over your face until it completely absorbs to your skin.

It didn’t say what time of day I should use it, the frequency, and what to do before and after use. Normally, when doing my product reviews, I type my first draft during or immediately after use. Since this product requires itself to be adhered to the face for 15-20 minutes, I started drafting this post.

10 minutes into my usage of the mask and searching the internet for additional information to add to this post, I find out that I should have applied toner first on my face before putting on the mask. I also found out that I should be lying down, waiting for the 15 minutes to finish before removing the mask. I was sitting up the whole time, typing this post.

Even though there may not be any consequence in not having done the foregoing, the O.C. in me feels as though I did something wrong and because of this, I won’t be getting the full benefit that the product promised.

So for those who plan to use any Dermal mask, please note the following:

  • Use the product after your have washed your face and applied face toner.
  • Make sure you are lying down while the mask is in place.
  • The product is best used at night.
  • After removing the mask, massage the extract into the skin for easy absorption. Do not wash your face.

Application

As it was my first time, I found removing Dermal’s Vegetable Placenta Collagen Essence Mask from the package and unfolding it a chore. I was afraid of nicking the mask with my nails or dropping it to the floor. It was slippery and didn’t quite agree to being unfolded. I thought it would dry up by the time I’m able to put it on my face.

But pressing it around the eyes first is really the best way. You wouldn’t want the extract stinging your eyes. So after doing this, it was fairly easy to press the rest of the mask around my face. It didn’t quite reach the hairline above my forehead though. There was a good one inch of my forehead exposed.

After the 15 minutes were up, I removed the mask. It was still a bit damp but I was afraid of prolonging the mask on my face. My skin already felt tingly.

After removing, I dutifully massaged the remaining extract throughout my face, especially the part of my forehead and neck not reached by the mask. The massaging portion was what soothed me.

Other than the struggle of unfolding the mask, everything was a breeze.

Scent

I forget what the flower shown in the package is called (the name’s not in the package either) but I believe the scent of the mask is that of the flower in the package. It was on the citrus side. Not as relaxing as lavender but it was refreshing.

The scent was stronger when I removed the mask and massaged my face. I think the longer it stays on the skin and gets absorbed, that’s when the scent fully comes out. How this happens, I don’t know. Maybe through evaporation? (I was never a science whiz >.<)

Verdict: 7/10

I haven’t many experience with facial masks nor am I enthusiastic about them. If not done at a skin clinic, I find that using them can be a chore. Especially after learning that I should’ve been lying down at the time. There’s no option to multitask in a way.

However, my experience with Dermal’s Vegetable Placenta Collagen Essence wasn’t unpleasant. For mask lovers, Dermal could be a good option although I can’t vouch for it.

After an hour of usage, my eyebrows and parts of my face started to get itchy (though not severely so), perhaps because it’s new to my skin. But for those with sensitive skin, you might want to try just one mask or none at all if you can help it. There may be ingredients in it that can irritate your skin.

As for me, I don’t think I’ll spend money on this. Like I said, I’m not a fan of facial masks. Somewhere out there, there might be the perfect facial mask for me. It’s just not this one.

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How about you? Do you have a facial mask you’d like to recommend? Maybe yours is the facial mask that I’ve been looking for. Let me know what you think.