REVIEW: Watsons Camellia Callus Cell Vitamin F Facial Mask

It was a whole day of pampering for me last weekend. I spent the whole day at the salon giving my hair and nails much love. But I didn’t stop there. When I got home, before finally turning in, I tried Watsons Camellia Callus Cell Vitamin F Facial Mask. It was something I bought during one of my kikay moods and at last got around to trying.

Fast Facts

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Price: Php 69.00
Where: Any Watson’s branch
Size: 23ml
Shelf Life: 3 years from manufacture date

Product Description:
Made in Korea; moisturizing and soothing; nourishing; no parabens, alcohol, or lanolin
Effectively helps moisturize and nourish your skin
Helps replenish skin moisture levels and helps maintain your skin’s hydration levels
Helps to soothe your skin, leaving it healthier, and more moisturized after use

Ingredients:
Punica Granatum Extract, Ficus Carica (Fig) Fruit/Leaf Extract, Codonopsis Lanceolata Root Extract, Ceteth-20, Perilla Ocymoides Seed Extract, Althaea Rosea Flower Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Allantoin, Zanthoxylum Piperitum Fruit Extract, Pulsatilla Koreana Extract, Usnea Barbata (Lichen) Extract, Xanthan Gum, Butylene Glycol, Pentylene Glycol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Glyceryl Stearate, Disodium EDTA, Imperata Cylindrica Root Extract, PEG-8, Phenoxyenthanol, Lecithin, Camellia Japonica Callus Extract, Jasminum Officinale (Jasmine) Flower Extract, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Sprout Extract, Brassica Oleracea Italica (Broccoli) Sprout Extract, Brassica Oleracea Gemmifera (Brussels Sprouts) Extract, Glyceryl Linoleate, Glyceryl Linolenate, Parfum, Ceteth-10, Glyceryl Arachidonate, Ethylhexylglycerin, BHT, Coceth-7, PPG-1-PEG-9 Lauryl Glycol Ether, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Butylphenyl Methylpropional

Directions:
1. Remove makeup and clean face thoroughly.
2. Place the mask sheet on your face.
3. Smooth out mask to ensure perfect fit.
4. Leave for 15-20 minutes, then remove. No need to rinse off.
5. Massage the remaining essence into skin until fully absorbed.
6. Recommend to use 2-3 times a week.

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Impressions

Of the masks I’ve tried, I like this product best, which kind of surprised me since it’s cheaper than most of its counter parts. If you’re on a budget or just beginning to learn about facial masks, this brand would probably be your best bet.

Scent

From the moment I opened the package, I smelled flowers and was already hooked. It was a wonderful scent and immediately made me relax when I finally put the mask on. I dreaded the end of the 20 minutes when I had to remove the mask. I just can’t get enough of the flowers!

Application

If the scent was relaxing, the application was perplexing, unfortunately. As with Dermal’s Collagen Mask I tried previously, unfolding the mask was quite a challenge. I’ve tried a few masks between Dermal’s and the current one, but never got the hang of unfolding the masks. I hope they can invent a better way for this.

So as with this one, I was deathly afraid of tearing it accidentally at the edges. Thankfully, it survived. The sad part, though, was that a lot of the essence transferred to my hands, which I could not massage into my face at the time.

After surmounting this challenge, it was easy. Just position it first around the eyes, and you can easily smooth it outwards from there. Make sure to push out any bubbles.

What to expect

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Expect a forehead gap!

Expect a cooling sensation where the essence has been applied. This was quite relaxing in my opinion and which is good, especially for those with visible pores.

If you have a wide forehead, like me, expect about an inch of forehead exposure. I’ve had this problem with past masks so it was already something that I expected. It was still disappointing though.

If you use this before bed time, expect soft skin the next day. I just loved this! My skin didn’t even feel the least bit itchy with this product. A good sign! So, that’s a check on the claims department.

Verdict: 9/10

As I said, this one has become my favorite so far. You will fall in love with the scent of flowers, relax under the cool mask, and wake up with soft, supple skin the next day. Who wouldn’t want that?

Will I buy this again? Without a doubt. The price is also easy on the wallet and so it won’t feel like you’re splurging if you ever want to stick to the 2-3 times a week regimen.

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What’s your favorite facial mask?

REVIEW: Glam Works Charcoal Nose Pore Strips

Hello! It’s been quite a while since I last posted a review even though I’ve been using a lot of new products lately just for the purpose of reviewing them. How productive was that?

Anyway, if you’re subscribed to my blog feed or have liked my page on Facebook, you will know that I’ve done 2 reviews already of Glam Works nose pore strips variants–the classic and the green tea variant. To complete the set, I bought the charcoal variant for review. I was also curious since, lately, fusing charcoal with different skin care products has become a fad.

Fast Facts

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Price:
Php 109.00 for 12 strips

Where: 
Watsons

Duration: 
10-15 minutes

Suggested usage: 
1-2 times a week with at least a 3-day interval

Product description/claims:
(1) instantly remove pore-clogging dirt, oil, and blackheads; (2) charcoal absorbs into the pores on the skin and draws out the dirt and oils that are blocking the pores; and (3) help reduce the appearance of pores with regular use.

Ingredients: 
deionized water, polyvinyl alcohol (PVA), glycerol, ethyl alcohol, PVP, BHT, activated charcoal, dipotassium glycyrrhizate

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Both the back of the box and the back of individual packs have instructions on how to use, ingredients, and other info on the product, which is very helpful.

Impressions

If all charcoal products are like this, then I wouldn’t buy any other product that contains charcoal. In short, I was disappointed with this variant.

Strength

It’s about strength. I’ve said this before with the two other variants, that they’re strength in removing blackheads and whiteheads were just so-so, but it gets the job done if you’re doing it alone. However, with this variant, I did not feel much of a pull and the result was considerably less than when I’m using the other variants. Maybe it’s the adhesive, but that’s what’s supposed to suck out the suckers, right?

Scent

The scent of the charcoal variant is pretty much the same as the classic variant–chemical-ish, although much diluted than the classic. I have no complaints in this department since I’m already used to this type of smell.

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Application

The application does not differ with the other variants–you wet your nose, apply the strip, wait for 10 to 15 minutes, and then you pull. It’s always good to have straightforward instructions. There’s no confusion to be had. But with my experience in this one having less of a pull, I thought that I used the wrong side or probably forgot to remove an additional layer before placing it on my nose. Sadly, I did everything perfectly. It was the product that just failed. 🙁

Verdict: 4/10

You can see that I’m really disappointed in this product. It didn’t come up to the standards and promises it claimed. Little was removed and there wasn’t much of a pull in terms of sucking out blackheads or whiteheads. Except for the edgy feel that the word charcoal and the color black evinces, there is little to be said of Glam Works Charcoal Nose Pore Strips.

However, if you’ve tried this and liked it, then good for you. I guess I’m just used to the stronger classic and green tea variants to be satisfied with this one. I just thought that this was a waste of my money.

Will I buy this again? You can already guess than my answer is no. I will be sticking to the other 2 variants unless a new formulation for this variant will come out.

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Have you tried Glam Works nose pore strips? Which variant do you like?

3 Simple Rules in Dealing with My Sensitive Skin

Nobody but a real princess could have such delicate and sensitive skin.

Like the princess in the Princess and the Pea, I thought that having sensitive skin is a mark of royalty. I thought that if I have such delicate skin, I must be special, I must have special treatment, I must be a princess. So a long time ago, I wished for sensitive skin.

Apparently, I’ve had sensitive skin all my life but it didn’t mean that I am a princess. It only meant that I’m prone to skin irritation against so many things and I am prone to breakouts, lots of it.

I’ve had pimples more than half of my life. Acne, as dermatologists labeled it. For me, it only meant that I was a pimple my face grew out of. I’ve had them since I was 10–on my forehead, then on my cheeks, and then on my neck. I’ve had pimples on my back!

Fortunately, I was too young to know about inferiority complex. My pimples didn’t embarrass me. For me, it had become a part of my life. I’m not the one constantly looking at them so didn’t bother me much. Other people were and the people I care about worried.

I’ve been through a handful of dermatologists, went through a lot of treatments that often hurt, and a lot of money was spent on my acne alone. I especially appreciate the effort my parents and relatives have done to find ways on getting rid of my zits.

Eventually, I got them under control. They’re not totally gone but most have disappeared enough that when I tell my past situation to my recent friends and acquaintances, they just wouldn’t believe I’ve had acne. So I had to dig up my old pictures just to show them the severity of my acne.

This was taken in 2009. Would you believe that this is the cause of just one shampoo that claimed to be a mild shampoo?

Taken in 2009. Would you believe that this was caused by one “mild” shampoo?

Dealing with My Sensitive Skin

Although I’m not a skin expert as I am not a dermatologist, I have, however, become an expert of my own sensitive skin, thanks to years and years of having and dealing with it. Plus, the many dermatologists I’ve been through, especially my last one, have given me sound advice.

Condensing all that I’ve learned, I’m sharing with you three simple rules I live by in dealing with my sensitive skin.

1. Keep it clean.

It’s about hygiene, first and foremost, so I kept my face clean. Dirty skin is a breeding ground for bacteria and I don’t want that! So I was my face: once in the morning, once before going to bed.

Twice a day is enough. Too much washing only strips my skin of its natural oils and will dry it. I felt this during a time when I washed my face every time I felt oil accumulating. Although it felt clean, my skin also felt old. It’s the natural oils that keep it moisturized, supple, and young to the touch and appearance.

While dry skin won’t clog the pores, it becomes prone to wrinkles and is therefore no better than oily skin. So I kept my washing to a minimum.

2. What touches my face?

Even if my face is clean, I take stock of the things that constantly come in contact with it. Chances are, they are the culprits that transfer the dirt on to my otherwise clean face.

If I can’t maintain clean hands, fingers, and fingernails, then I refrain from touching your face. However, I’m quite guilty of resting my chin on my hand. I resolved this by resting my chin on the back of my hand, instead of in my palm. I don’t always get to touch things with the back of my hands as much as I do with my palms.

This was taken in 2012.

This was taken in 2012.

Make-up products and tools also need to be cleaned and sanitized as these can be breeding grounds for bacteria also. So I wash my kikay tools at least once a week. If I can’t, then I refrain from using them. If I apply make-up using my fingers, I make sure their clean before applying make-up.

I have long hair that touch my back and my face. As I can’t always tie it up (aesthetics), I make sure that my crowning glory is clean and without harmful chemicals that can transfer on to my face. But when I’m at home, I keep my hair away from my face.

My pillow cases and blanket need to be regularly washed of course. It wouldn’t do me any good to apply all my skin care regimen at night and have them negated and aggravated by dirty pillow cases and blankets, right?

3. I check the ingredients list.

With my last dermatologist, the first thing she did was change my hair care products. She gave a specific brand of shampoo (not manufactured by the clinic or by her), which was quite affordable. She then have me change my toothpaste. A week later, the pimples on my face and back dwindled. It was a great change!

It wasn’t the products she recommended that helped treat my pimples. It was the absence of the products that I used prior to the change. You see, no matter how you treat your pimples, if it’s actually the other stuff you put on yourself that causes them, then you’d just be going in circles. Imagine, the toothpaste and the hair care products had nothing to do with my face but changing them helped in the treatment because we eliminate two of the products that caused pimples.

My dermatologist explained that it’s the chemicals in the brands I previously used that caused the pimples on my back, forehead, checks, neck, and around my mouth. She didn’t elaborate further on what chemicals I should be avoiding, but I got the gist of it.

So this last tip goes hand in hand with No. 2. It’s not always the dirt. Often, it’s the chemicals. So once I became aware of these things, I did a complete overhaul of the products I use. These included my body wash, make-up, facial wash, toner, shampoo and conditioner, even my laundry detergent and my tooth paste. I’ve become discriminating of anything that comes in contact with my skin and have switched to products that use only natural ingredients.

One thing I strongly advise against is taking on products that contain sodium laureth sulfate or sodium lauryl ether sulfate (SLS/SLES). You will see them in your shampoo, facial wash, hand soap, detergent, and even your toothpaste. It’s the chemical that causes the bubbles we all learned to love and associated with cleaning. Believe me, you don’t need the bubbles. Your skin certainly doesn’t and it will thank you for it as mine did. It’s one of the major causes of skin irritation.

I hope these rules will help you as much as it did me.

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Do you have rules that you also live by when it comes to your skin? I’d like to hear them.

Unboxing: BDJ September Box

After 6 months of wonderful boxes thanks to BDJ Box (March to August), I subscribed to 6 more boxes, my first for the latter being the September box. Now came the less wonderful and sad to say, disappointing of the BDJ boxes I’ve received so far. I hope this gets better.

It’s a big box, again, similar to the July BDJ Box, but unlike the latter, September’s BDJ Box is less appealing, in my opinion. More on this later.

BDJ September Box

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Contents

180ml Cream Silk Daily Treatment Conditioner Hair Fall Defense (Php 134)
180ml Cream Silk Daily Treatment Conditioner Standout Straight (Php 134)
6ml x 4 Godiva LicoWhite Whitening Facial Wash (Php 85 @ 50ml)
60ml Godiva LicoWhite Whitening Toner (Php 60
10g x 2 Pond’s Dewy Rose Gel (Php 150 each)
6ml x 6 capsules x 2 packets Dove Intense Repair Daily Hair Vitamin (Php 75)
200ml Jergen’s Daily Moisture (Php 153)
100ml Jergen’s Ultra Healing Lotion (Php 88)
180ml Beach Hut Clear Spray (Php 390)
4g FS Single Eye Shadow (Php 150)
5ml FS Gel Liner (Php 299)
Voucher PAC Free Make Over worth Php 1,500
Seek the Beauty in Everything You See sticker x 5
Content Catalogue

My Thoughts

More to the point, I believe BDJ Box has recycled some of their products. If not recycled, they gave away those that they can no longer sell. I’m talking about Godiva Cleansing Kit and the Beach Hut Clear Spray. I know the cleansing kit are available to buy at the BDJ Box online store and although I did not receive any Beach Hut sunblock in my previous BDJ boxes, I have a friend who told me that she subscribed to BDJ Box before and got the same exact sunblock. So this must be in the months prior to March 2014.

There's a sticky smudge here, which tells me that this has been in storage for so long already.

There’s a sticky smudge here, which tells me that this has been in storage for so long already.

The nearness of the expiration date says a lot.

The nearness of the expiration date says a lot.

The same with the BDJ May box, this month’s box has a lot of common items and I predict that I won’t be using even half of what’s in the box.

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Truth be told, I have long stopped using Cream Silk (and Sunsilk). I’ve used their combination ever since I can remember but I don’t have any inclination of trying it out anymore. I’ve become sensitive when it comes to the types of chemicals that are left on my hair. SLS or SLES are the major culprits why I’ve been having pimple breakouts on my face and back. It took a long while before I found a dermatologist who informed me of this (hence my eventual awareness to Human Nature).

I’m also a bit hesitant to try the Godiva Cleansing Kit. I’ve become accustomed to my facial care regimen (having tamed my pimple and prevented any adverse reaction) that I wouldn’t want to jinx it, so to speak. I am, however, a curious about Pond’s Dewy Rose Gel so I might try it, emphasis on the might. After all, the Pond’s facial wash line did nothing to alleviate my pimple problem before (it has SLS/SLES).

I already have one FS Gel Liner, in black. Although I got a brown one in the box, I’m not too keen on trying another one from this brand. I didn’t like the formula much. The free eyeliner brush is perfect, though.

Obviously, I will not be using the Beach Hut Clear Spray. I’ve never been lucky with sunblocks, any brand. I always end up with sunburn and pimple breakouts on my face. What do I do then under the sun? I’ve tried Human Nature’s Sunflower Beauty Oil. It’s a good why to tan without any burning, trust me. It even evened out my skin tone and corrected my tan lines. Then Human Nature’s Safe Block arrived and everything was history.

Yeses and Probablies

As I’ve already mentioned, I might try the Pond’s Dewy Rose Gel

Yellow is not really my color so I’m not as happy with the FS Single Eye Shadow that I got. But since it’s makeup, perhaps I can blend it with other colors to make it work.

I’ve already begun using one of the Jergens Moisture Pack, particularly the ultra healing lotion. I remember using an earlier formulation of this (or just an earlier packaging) and it helped during those times that I got sunburn.

Finally, the Dove Intensive Repair Daily Hair Vitamin. I’m very curious about this, more because of the capsules. I’ve never used one before even though there are so many brands available.

Recap

So that’s pretty much it. You can tell by how excited or disappointed I am about certain things by the length of my posts. If it’s in the middle, then you either won’t hear from me about them or you’d be reading a relatively short post.

I sure hope the next box is good. *crossing fingers*

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What do you think?

Unboxing: BDJ July Box

Another month, another unboxing. But if you noticed, we skipped a month because there were some complications in July’s BDJ Box so it was shipped near the end of July instead of the usual first 2 weeks. Not an issue and I think the size of the box, which is bigger than the previous boxes, was supposed to make up for the delay.

BDJ July Box

The BDJ July Box is similar to the BDJ May Box in that the former is filled with assorted products and brands. Again, it’s not a purely makeup box but the products address skincare, hair care, as well as include some protective care.

Contents

July Box contents
6g Enchanted Eyeshadow Palette (Php 199)
20 wipes Nivea Pure Effect Exfoliating Wipes (Php 139)
35ml Nivea Anti-Perspirant Invisible Spray (150ml @ Php 184)
10ml Nivea In-Shower Skin Conditioner (100ml @ Php 109)
50ml Celeteque Back Acne Spray (Php 320)
100ml Hygienix Hand Gel (Php 45)
55ml Hygienix Hand Spray (Php 40)
30ml Vitress Heat Protect (Php 75)
30ml Vitress Hair Repair (Php 75)
89ml Keratin Complex Travel Valet Care Kit (Php 495)
250ml Pink Sugar Fine Fragrance Mist (Php 299 fruity, Php 349 happy, dreamy, naughty)

There’s only one voucher in this box from Envie Aestheticare & Medspa:

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Of course, it wouldn’t be BDJ Box without the monthly encouraging stickers. This month, it’s

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Impressions

I’m not at all enthusiastic about July’s BDJ Box. Although the size of the box is bigger than usual, this did not mean that the contents are “bigger”. There are items inside the box that I don’t care to have or see in a beauty subscription box primarily because they are less than Php 100 and because I can just get them from any store, whether a department store, drug store, grocery, or sari-sari store.

As I’ve said in my previous entries, I like being surprised and this means getting to open a box filled with items that I haven’t tried before and perhaps not even think of trying if not for my subscription. Much too common items don’t have a place in beauty subscription boxes.

Still, the BDJ July Box has redeeming items that I didn’t know existed such as the Nivea Exfoliating Wipes, the Keratin Complex Travel Valet Care Kit, the Nivea In-Shower Skin Conditioner, and the Pink Sugar Fine Fragrance Mist.

There are also a couple of products I’m excited to use like the Nivea Anti-Perspirant Invisible Spray and the Celeteque Back Acne Spray. Indeed, I’ve already started using these 2 to see if they indeed work. I’m thinking of making a review on these 2 items plus the Nivea Exfoliating Wipes, which I’ve also begun using.

All in all, my enthusiasm for the BDJ July Box would have been great had it not been dampened by the all too common products that were included. I just don’t think they belong. However, as I said, the other items livened my spirits as I am as much in to skin care as I am in to makeup. Let’s see how well the products I’m now using will fare in delivering their promise.

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What’s your take on the BDJ July Box? What product would you like to be reviewed? Let me know what you think!