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. ^_^

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.

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.

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?

Review: Clinique Makeup Remover for Lids, Lashes, and Lips

With different types of makeup out there with different strengths and qualities, it sure wouldn’t be a surprise for cosmetics brands to invest on a product to remove the pile of junk they encourage their customers to wear. I don’t mean to disparage but when we put too much or just the right amount of makeup, it feels quite “junk-y” at the end of the day and for me, all I wanted was to get rid of it effectively. Wouldn’t you?

Most of my makeup are on the lids, lashes, and lips. Having combination to oily skin that’s also prone to pimple breakouts, I apply little on my face so I invest on those three instead.

My daily makeup routine for my lips, lashes, and eyes consist of matte lipstick that resists smudging, waterproof mascara, and a choice between eyeliner pencil, waterproof liquid eyeliner, and waterproof eyeliner gel. Therefore, I’m likely to invest on good makeup removers, especially one that can effectively remove that junk on my eyes.

If you’re like me, then Clinique’s take the day off makeup remover for lids, lashes & lips is a good investment.

Review: Clinique Makeup Remover for Lids, Lashes, and Lips

clinique take the day off makeup remover

Fast Facts

Disclaimer: I got mine as a gift from a friend so I’ll be getting my info from the Clinique website instead.

Price:  Php3,2511
Volume: 125ml (mine’s 50ml)

Ingedients:
Water, Isohexadecane, Dimethicone, Cyclopentasiloxane, Trisiloxane, PEG-4 Dilaurate, Lauryl Methyl Gluceth-10 Hydroxypropyldimonium Chloride, Hexylene Glycol, Sodium Chloride, Potassium Phosphate, Dipotassium Phosphate, Dipotassium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol2

Product Claims:
Works for all skin types.
Dissolves and “lifts away” long-wearing makeup, even waterproof mascara.
Non-irritating, non-stinging.
Ophthalmologist tested. Appropriate for contact lens wearers.3

Directions for use:
Shake well.
Apply with a cotton ball.
Wipe off.
Rinse before applying makeup.

IMPRESSIONS

Strength: 10/10

It does what it says it does. I’ve never encountered such an effective makeup remover and I’m just basing this on how it made my life much easier when removing my eye makeup.

For review purposes, let’s use my right eye as an example. Here I’m  wearing Heroine Make’s [waterproof] Impact Liquid Eyeliner and Benefit’s They’re Real waterproof mascara. I let the makeup stay overnight (skin care/beauty tip: you shouldn’t sleep with makeup on) so the eyeliner may have smudged a bit into my lashes.


What I normally do when removing eye makeup is to use massage the serum/oil using my fingers onto my lids and lashes and then wipe off with tissue. I do this twice.

For Clinique, it’s not in a pump bottle, I use cotton buds—each end to each eye.

Here’s what it looks like after the first massaging.


After the second massaging and wiping…


You can see how thin and lacking in eyeliner and mascara my eye is after using Clinique’s makeup remover. If you’re still not sure, here’s a shot of my finger and the cotton buds after the first round of eye makeup removal.


If you’re still not sure, here’s a shot of my right and left eye (closed because I look cross-eyed if they’re open) to see the difference.

closed eyes before after comparison

Price: 7/10

Other than the fact that I got mine free (thanks friend!), the price for this one is way up there, around Php26 (0.50-0.60 USD) per 1ml, more expensive than Shu Uemura’s OB Fresh Pore Clarifying Gentle Cleansing Oil. But considering the strength—stronger than Shu Uemura’s—and since most of my makeup is on my eyes and it takes just a little of this to remove it, then I guess it’s worth the price to pay.

Verdict: 9/10

Right now, Clinique’s makeup remover for lids, lips, and eyes is my favorite so I just had to make a review and share it. It really does its job on that department and it’s quite easy to use.

Just a note to share while I was researching on the product but I could have gotten this wrong, but according to beautypedia, Clinique sometimes tests its products on animals.

“Clinique is categorized as one that tests on animals because their products are sold in China. Although Clinique does not conduct animal testing for their products sold elsewhere, the Chinese government requires imported cosmetics be tested on animals, so foreign companies retailing there must comply. This requirement is why some brand’s state that they don’t test on animals “unless required by law”. Animal rights organizations consider cosmetic companies retailed in China to be brands that test on animals, and so does the Paula’s Choice Research Team.”

I just hope the one I got was not animal tested.

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Do you have any thoughts on Clinique’s makeup remover for lids, lashes, and lips you’d like to share? Or do you have a makeup remover that’s just as strong, if not stronger? Share them in the comments below. 🙂