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AVON ideal white essence foundation SPF50/PA+++

It is past midnight here in the Philippines, and everybody’s sleeping except for me. I am due to go to work on Saturday, so my boss exchanged my work off tomorrow, because my boss is awesome like that 😄

I have been addicted to foundations right now mainly because of Rhayzelof Youtube. While she does vlogs about all kinds of make-ups, I prefer to write mine down. Here we go on our review for AVON’s new foundation.

1. Packaging : The product comes in a glass bottle with pump on top. I like how it made the product appear premium and feel top of the line when you start handling the product. We all know AVON produce affordable products, but this one really has an air of luxury in it.

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2. Product: The product looks like your typical foundation or BB cream. It has a thick consistency that is not runny when applied at the back of the hand. Because of this texture it does not drip off and makes it easier to apply on the face and neck.

3. Ingredients: From the individual box housing the glass bottle, here are the ingredients

water, homosalate, ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate, titanium dioxide, propanediol, butyloctyl salicylate, benzophenone-3, cyclopentasiloxane, silica, dimethicone, dilauryl thiodipropionate, octocrylene, ceteareth-20, glycerin, peg-8 octyldodecanol, c30-45 alkyl cetearyl dimethicone crosspolymer, phenoxyethanol, cetyl hydroxyethylcellulose, hydrogenated lecithin, stearoxytrimethylsilane, ceteth-2,kaolin, stearyl alcohol, caprylyl glycol, hydroxyethyl acrylate/ sodium acryloyldimethyl taurate copolymer, disodium edta, ethylene brassylate, isohexadecane, polymethyl methacrylate, nylon-12, polysorbate-60, ascorbyl palmitate, tocopheryl acetate, yeast extract/ extrait de levure, glutathione, butylene glycol, fragaria chiloensis (strawberry) fruit juice, ascorbyl glucoside, perilla ocymoides leaf extract, colorants

Nothing extra ordinary here.

4. Performance: Here’a series of photos showcasing the actual performace of the product

Photo at the top left is my bare face at 5am. I applied the foundation using my Ever Bilena retractable brush. I must say I was shocked because the coverage is very very sheer and very shiny. I was disappointed in the beginning because I thought it would be an oily kind of foundation. And since it claimed to be a foundation, I expected full coverage, not a BB cream type of coverage.

As you can see from the bottom left photo, my skin was a bit oilier and darker than the bare faced one. I was really ready to crush this product UNTIL I applied my loose powder to set the look. After application, my skin looked flawless! It felt a little sticky but this was later replaced by a powdery finish. I was quite delighted that this foundation made my concealer glide over smoothly. So off to work I go.

After just half of my day, the powdery flawless look I got at home disappeared into a very dry, lackluster barefaced one. So disappointed in this product. 🤔😐😒

5. Overall rating: 5/10

I haven’t tried building up this foundation’s coverage, but I am pretty displeased by the initial performance. Good thing about it is that it gives a flawless look for a couple of hours. It may be good for dry skinned people, but it definitely did not work for me. It’s just likea tinted primer for me, and after this one bottle I may not repurchase. But who knows, it might work for you.

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San San WW Cream

So I went rush shopping for a BB cream for our Christmas Party last December 23. As I got off the MRT station at Centris , I passed by HBC. I’ve been a fan of the store’s products for a very long time now, but I haven’t visited for quite a while because of my crazy schedule. I haven’t even got the time to check that I don’t have BB cream anymore!

I immediately went inside the store and rushed over the section where all face paints are displayed.I was about to pick up my favorite BB cream when I saw this:

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I have heard of the AA, BB, CC, DD, EE, FF and even GG creams. But not a WW. I chose this one without trying if it will match my skin color, which was a very compulsive move I realized the moment I already paid for it. And I never had the chance to try it on until on the day of the party. It looked good on me so I thought of reviewing its actual performance. Here’s the blow by blow review:

  1. Packaging: I am a fan of HBC’s concept of a tube with a spout. It really makes their BB creams very easy to dispense, and hygienic for long term use. The product comes in a 30 ml tube, good for 15 days for me.
  2.  Product: The contents looks like your regular BB cream. It comes in just one shade that (thankfully) blended with my skin tone. It also has a scent that is not too overpowering.15785373_10154515183554934_1183213344_o
  3. Claims: “A multi-benefit Whitening and Wrinkle Control Cream that evens out skin tone as it nourishes and protects skin from harmful UV rays and free radicals. It also provides a natural looking coverage suited to your skin tone, for a smooth and flawless looking finish. This cosmetic product with dermatological benefits is formulated with Arbutin, Collagen and Hyaluronic Acid to provide whitening, wrinkle control and moisture for a healthier skin.”

Arbutin, Collagen and Hyaluronic acid are generally regarded as safe since the beginning of time. And they have proven efficacy in creams and lotions. To claim though that this product has dermatological benefits is over the top for me. Cosmetics can never have medicinal claims, so the whitening, wrinkle control and moisturizing effect of this product will only last as long as you are using it. No permanent effect should be expected. Dermatologists are Dermatologists, and WW creams are not likely to provide the same effect really.

4. Price: At P220.00, this is one very affordable product. Five starts for it!

5. Performance: Upon application of the product on the skin, I love the cooling sensation it gives. As for the coverage, I am not satisfied with it. I still had to apply a more if I want to build coverage. For the moisturizing claim, I can say yes to this since my skin looked amazing after setting it with Maybelline pressed powder. The whitening and wrinkle control I still have to test.

As you can see, after 1 layer of the product my skin looked a little bit smoother, but there is almost no coverage. It will be a good make-up base though, since it made my concealer glide smoothly over my undereyes. It brighten up my face but no coverage at all. Also, I felt my skin was moisturized, which makes this a tinted moisturizer too.

So I left for work, and two hours later took another photo at the office. As you can see my skin looked amazing under natural light. My nose was a bit oiled up here, but overall I am loving the effect. After the ruckus filled train ride my skin still managed to look like I just got out of my car.

After 12 hours of being a diligent employee, I took another photo. Sadly, there seems to be no more of the fresh-faced look, which was replaced by a “just woke up” one. Had to retouch to get back on track for the night’s event. I had to meet with le boyfriend after work so I has to redo everything.

Overall, I can say that San San WW Cream is a make-up base and tinted moisturizer with cooling effect and long term benefits of skin whitening, wrinkle control and moisturizing. I wasn’t able to keep the ingredients since it was printed on the shrink wrap surrounding the cap, which I tore out. Best used under foundation for a smoother glide. This might even help in the minimalization of streaks caused by make-up brushes and beauty blenders. Speaking of blenders, I might do a review of HBC’s Beauty Blender soon, maybe after the holidays. Happy New Year everyone!

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Blushing Belle c/o Opulence

How have you been my loves! I just finished trying one Glutathione capsule product given to me by my friend at Opulence Skin Philippines. Here’s me blabbering about this experience.

I have always been skeptic when it comes to trying products that I have to ingest, like food supplements, vitamins and even medicine. I’d rather lay down and let myself heal on its own than take in anything that is not a natural part of my inner ecosystem. While other are going crazy about slimming pills, glutathione injections and capsules, I just soak my skin in tons of lotions and creams that can help lighten up my complexion.

But one friend of mine convinced me to try one of their products. I tried this for 30 days, and here’s what I think about it.

1. Packaging

The product comes in a generic wide-mouthed, opaque white medicine bottle. The light blue and white combination of the label exudes a feeling same as looking at the clouds. I would’ve preferred a pink-and-white combination though.

 

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2. Directions:

Since I’m new to this, my friend advised me to take one capsule before sleeping for 2 weeks. On the 3rd week, I was instructed to take one capsule after breakfast and another one before sleeping.

3. Contents of the capsule

Glutathione – in the reduced state, this is a known water-soluble antioxidant and free-radical scanvenger. Please bear in mind that Glutathione’s main function is detoxification of the cells, which has skin lightening side effects.

Vitamin C – increases R-glutathione in red blood cells and improves overall antioxidant protection capacity of blood.

N-acetylcysteine – boosts Glutathione antioxidant activity, promoted detoxification and acts directly as free-radical scavenger.

Vitamin E – helps in the reduction of lipid peroxidation. Again, an antioxidant.

Alpha Lipoic Acid – scavenges free radicals, chelates metals, and restores intracellular glutathione levels which otherwise decline with age

Selenomethionine – increases glutathione peroxidase activity

4. Review

Due to the quasi-medicinal nature of the ingredients listed above, I have linked each of them to scientific journals you can refer to in case you want to learn about how these ingredients interact with each other.

Basically, Glutathione is the central ingredient here, with all the other components aimed at increasing the reduced Glutathione concentration in the blood, or increasing the glutatthione peroxidase activity. It is very important that Glutathione is in the reduced state – meaning it needs to be oxidized. For the benefit of everybody, let me explain this process to you.

In any environment, a pair of reactions occur simultaneously all the time: Oxidation and Reduction. One cannot occur without the other. Imagine you are carrying a very heavy bag containing 10 basketballs. Your normal capacity for carrying basketballs is only 9. Another friend, who is walking with you carries a bag with only 8 basketballs. His full capacity is up to 10. Because you are having difficulty carrying all 10 basketballs, you decided to give him one. So you now carry 9 basketballs, while your friend now has 9. You, with 10 basketballs, is in the oxidized state. While your friend, with only 8 basketballs is in the reduced state. One you transfer one basketball, you become reduced, while your friend becomes oxidized. It’s not this simple, but you know what I mean 🙂

This is the  case with our cells. Free radicals in our cells target to oxidize other cells. to prevent this, antioxidants like Glutathione and Vitamin E interact with the free radicals, ultimately reducing the cells, while having themselves oxidized.

On the first night that I took one capsule, I had to sleep late due to the tons of errands I had to do. Surprisingly, I woke up the next day, with just 5 hours of sleep, feeling like I slept a whole 10 hours. This feeling of freshness lasted up until today. I always wake up like I did nothing the past day.

After 14 days of taking this capsule, I contracted flu. Normally, when I have the flu, you’d find me struggling to stay alive lying on my bed. But this time it’s different. I feel sick, little muscle pains and slight fever. But I can still go to work, exercise and do stuff. I’m wondering if the capsule I’m taking is helping in fighting the  flu.I got well after just three days of feeling sick.

After 30 days, here’s how it worked for me

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I’m not sure if it’s visible here, but my cheeks and lips are more pinkish. My skin overall is less oily, with increased visible smoothness. I would definitely purchase another bottle of this.

AGAIN! I’m reiterating that Glutathione and all other ingredients included in this capsule are intended for antioxidant and detoxification of the cells, with side effects of skin lightening. Always consult a medical professional before taking any supplements, especially if you are under-aged, pregnant, or have existing medical conditions.

Visit Opulence’s sites by clicking the links below:

http://www.theopulenceskin.com/

http://www.lazada.com.ph/shop-face/opulence/

https://www.facebook.com/theopulenceskin/

 

 

 

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Lux White Impress Whitening Body Wash

Happy March! Since this is my birth month, I will be reviewing my personal care travel essentials. As a frequent traveler, I make it a point to have everything that I need in the bathroom wherever I go. Inter-region locations of my work, school and home require me to be very keen on the products that I use on my ME time.

At our home, I like using bar soaps, especially the Kojic acid infused ones. But whenever I travel, I make sure I have a small bottle of liquid body wash stashed inside my kikay kit.

I recently tried Lux White Impress Whitening Body Wash. The label claims it has Whitelight Technology for visibly fairer skin. Let’s dice it up a bit.

  1. Packaging

The product I bought comes in a 100 ml pearlized white snap-top bottle. Problem I encountered here is after a month of using the product, the snap top cap gets plugged with thickened bulk product, making it hard to squeeze.

 

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2. Fragrance

This particular product boasted about being bathed in perfume in its television advertisements. So when I used it for the first time, I was expecting a lot. But the fragrance was a light floral scent, okay for me, but did not meet my expectations. I was expecting a very very perfumed liquid. But come to think of it, this product may be much safe and has less allergens than one that is too fragrant.

3. Product

When poured out of the bottle into my sponge, the product is a creamy white viscous liquid. When applied to wet skin, the foam and lather are quite normal, nothing too special about it. When I rinse it with water, my skin does not feel soft or slippery, it’s just plain wet skin.

4. Price

I can’t remember the price but I think it around P50 – P60.

5. Ingredients

Water, Myristic Acid, Lauric Acid, Potassium Hydroxide, Acrylates Copolymer, Palmitic Acid, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Perfume, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Chloride, Titanium Dioxide, Glycerin, BHT, Tetrasodium EDTA, Etidronic Acid, Microcrystalline Wax, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Stearic Acid, Citric Acid, Sodium Benzoate, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Niacinamide, Methylisothiazolinone, Gelatin, Acacia Senegal Gum, Phenoxyethanol, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Mica, Silica, Xanthan Gum, Benzoic Acid, Dehydroacetic Acid, Tin Oxide, CI 42090, CI 73360, CI 77491, CI 77891

Bold item (Myristic acid, Lauric acid, Potassium hydroxide, Palmitic acid, Stearic acid) indicates that this is a soap-based product, with a pH of about at 8, a basic product. Even with the addition of Sodium Laureth Sulfate and Cocamidopropyl Betaine, perceived softness of the skin was not evident when I used it.

Which makes me wonder why Sodium benzoate is used as preservative here. This is appropriate for acidic products, with pH below 5.00. Good thing other preservatives are present (Phenoxyethanol, Methylisothiazolinone).

Whitening actives here are Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Vitamin C) and Niacinamide (Vitamin B3). Lots of fillers and “skin pearlizing” ingredients are incorporated here, including Microcrystalline wax, Mica, Tin Oxide and CI 42090, CI 73360, CI 77491, CI 77891. I’ve been this product for 2 months now, but no perceived whitening is evident in my skin.

6. Overall rating: 2/5

Per se, the product is a good body wash. It gets the job done, cleaning and perfuming my skin. But it did not meet my expectations, and its marketing claims.

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Beauty Fix Peel-Off Mask Oil Control and Detoxify

Kung Hei fat Choi! I was preparing for an important event tomorrow, so I decided to treat myself to a mask treatment. I was actually looking for iWhite facial mask, but ended up buying something new, out of curiosity.

As a start for the Year of the Monkey, here’s another review for Beauty Fix Peel-Off Facial Mask.

  1. Packaging
               I got the 10 gram sachet from Watson’s. the package looks like thisP_20151219_141550.jpg
               It has an easy open slit at the right bottom side. The package is quite intriguing, since I was used to using iWhite, which is white in color. But for this one, the product is black. My skeptical side was piqued. I had to try this one!
2. Fragrance
               Upon opening the package, the product smells light. When applied on the skin, it is not overpowering and is fit for a product that will stay for a while on your face.
3. Product
               As expected, the product is colored a deep black. It is a viscous cream that feels cool on the skin. It spreads evenly on my skin. But as expected too, it leaves a lot of product on my hands and on the sachet. But the amount I got out of the package is sufficient in covering my whole face with a considerable thickness for easy peeling later on. Here’s how it looked on me
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4. Ingredients
Here’s the ingredient list as stated at the package’s back side
Water, Polyvinyl Alcohol, Pectin, Glycoproteins, Hydrolyzed Rice Protein, Apple Extract, Niacinamide (Vitamin B3), Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Panthenol (Vitamin B5), Titanium Dioxide, Bisabolol, Xanthan Gum, Carbomer, Triethanolamine, Charcoal Powder, DMDM Hydantoin, Parfum
The manufacturer was not indicated in the sachet. The ingredients are generally accepted as safe for cosmetic use.
Charcoal powder is what gives this product the deep black color. The package claims that it controls oil and detoxifies. Charcoal powder does all these. Skin conditioners – glycoproteins, rice protein, apple extract and panthenol keep skin soft even after peeling. Niacinamide has oil controlling and skin brightening properties, while ascorbic acid is a known antioxidant and skin lightening agent. Click on the links for safety of the active ingredients.
5. Price
For P22.00, this product is quite affordable. I’d be keeping this in my weekly skre routine from now on. Happy skin caring!
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Hair Miracle without the Ickyness

Hi loves! It’s been a long while since my last product review. And I so missed trying out new stuff. I was busy about my Master’s degree that I wasn’t able to look anywhere else. Now, its’ our term break, so I’ll surely fill your inboxes with reviews about the latest products from the Philippines.

Tonight, I’m writing about Pantene Pro-V 3 Minute Miracle Conditioner. It’s an intensely conditioning hair care product launched by Procter and Gamble. Here’s my bit by bit usage test results:

  1. Packaging – the product comes in a 180 ml gold tube, making it stand out in the shelves. A premium image is being projected here, since the product has a very appealing packaging, as can be seen below.

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2. Fragrance – When smelled from the bottle, the fragrance is overwhelming But when applied to the hair, the fragrance stays all day, or even 2 days in my case. Fragrance retention may depend on your hair’s chemistry.

3. Application – the product contents is a translucent white cream that is not too thick or creamy. When applied to the hair, it gives a very smooth and soft feel without being too heavy. It leaves behind a volumized hair that smells good, stays soft and shiny all day.

4. Ingredients

Water, Bis-Aminopropyl Dimethicone, Stearyl Alcohol, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Cetyl Alcohol, Fragrance, Benzyl Alcohol, Disodium EDTA, Panthenol, Panthenyl Ethyl Ether, Silk Extract, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, CI19140, CI17200, CI42090

ACTIVE INGREDIENTS. Product contains five hair conditioning actives, listed below

(1) Bis-Aminopropyl DImethicone

(2) Behentrimonium Methosulfate

(3) Panthenol

(4) Panthenyl Ethyl Ether

(5) Silk extract

PRESERVATIVES are Methylchloroisothiazolinone and Methylisothiazolinone. The latter is classified as a sensitizer and is currently being banned for use for leave on products. As for this product, since this is a wash-off type, it is safe to use.

5. Overall

I would rate this product 9.5/10, since it has packed on lots of conditioners that actually work, without weighing the hair down. Panthenyl Ethyl Ether is a light silicone that has the effects of dimethicone but the lightness of cyclic methicones. Recommended for everyday use.

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Belo Whitening and Pore Minimizing Deodorant

Being the curious little goddess I am, I’m going to switch from my ever trusted friend Nivea deodorants to a new player on the block, the Belo Essentials Whitening Antiperspirant Deodorant.

1. Packaging
This product comes in a 25 ml box-type cylindrical roller. The pink and white color of the label always gives me this clean, feminine impression. The only problem is the ball roller inside. It is quite difficult for the product to be applied because the roller is too tightly placed inside the bottle.

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2. Fragrance
Belo’s cosmetic line has the same clean, floral tang to it which I love, especially since this is for the underarms. It can give you a clean scent, but not too overpowering, or the type that says I’M WEARING DEODORANT.

3. Ingredients

Water, Aluminum Chlorohydrate, Steareth-2, Ceteareth-12, Stearyl Alcohol, Ceteareth-20, Distearyl Ether, Dimethicone, Cetearyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Glycerine, Sucrose Dilaurate, Polysorbate 20, Pisum Sativum Extract, Ethylhexyglycerin, Hamamelis Virginiana Water, Butylene Glycol, Kojic Acid, Acetyl Tyrosine, Sodium Sulfite, Aminipropyl Ascorbyl Phosphate, Paeonia Suffruticosa Root Extract, Saxifraga Sarmentosa Extract, Scutellari Baicalensis Root Extract, Glutathione, Fragrance, Hydrolyzed Prunus Domestica, Malva Sylvestis Extract, Mentha Piperita Leaf Extract, Primula Veris Extract, Alchemilla Vulgaris Extract, Veronica Officinalis Extract, Melissa Officinalis Leaf Extract, Achillea Millefolium Extract, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, Tetrasodium EDTA, Chamomile Extract

Again, a lot of ingredients can be seen in this product. Highlighted are the active ingredients and links to their safety reviews.
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4. Performance

As of today, I am quite satisfied with the non-sticky feel of the product. Also, the too tight roller actually ensures that you will not be dripping wet with the product. Just a very thin layer becomes in contact with your skin. Also, my clothes are not yet forming any spots at the underarm area. Will have to check if their claims “7-day whitening” can be substantiated.

5. Overall rating

The product is okay, just like any other deodorant. Performance wise, we’ll still have to check if this can lighten my under theres.

Will revert to you guys for future results 

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Royale Glutathione Face Cream

A friend of mine recently ventured into a new business called Royale Business Club. It’s one of those direct selling businesses in the line of UNO, USANA, and VitaPlus. I know a lot of people – from my classmates at UP Los Banos, to former employees, who went full time in this business, and I can say that it works for them. Unlike for me, when I tried joining UNO back in 2010, I wasn’t able to maintain it. Maybe I wasn’t really a selling type of person… :D.

The curious side of me was piqued when my friend showed me pictures of her before and after using Royale products. There was really a noticeable change in her skin’s texture and tone. So I decided to try one package that includes Glutathione soap, capsule and face cream. I will show you a review of the cream first.

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1. Packaging:

As you can see from the image above, the cream is both applicable during the day and night. It comes in a 25 g airless pump bottle. The airless bottle technology has been trending over the years for its hygienic and unique way of dispensing cosmetic products. Since air is pumped out every time you use a product, less microbial contamination can occur inside.

2. Fragrance

I love the very very light scent used in this cream. It’s floral, citrusy, powdery scent is not overpowering, just gives you a fresh, cool feel.

3. Ingredients

Water, Polydecene, Glycol Stearate, Steareth 20, Dimethicone, Steareth 21, Octylmethoxycinnamate, Titanium Dioxide, Glycerin, Leukocyte Extract, Carica Papaya Extract, L-Glutathione Reduced, Imidazolidinyl Urea, Fragrance, EDTA, Propyl Paraben, Butylatedhydroxytoluene

As you can see from the list, here are the whitening actives that this product uses:

  1. Leukocyte Extract – This is Melawhite, skin conditioning and lightening ingredient.
  2. Carica Papaya Extract – Papaya extract is a very well-known skin whitening ingredient
  3. L-Glutathione Reduced – while experts claim that topical application of glutathione does not dramatically lighten the skin, the fact that they used “reduced” glutathione makes this a very good antioxidant.

Though no SPF was claimed, this product still has UV protecting ingredients:

  1. Octylmethoxycinnamate – UVB filter, protects the skin from sunburn
  2. Titanium dioxide – UVA blocker, protects the skin cells from DNA damage, ultimately leading to age spots and skin cancer

Preservatives used are:

  1. Imidazolidinyl urea
  2. Propyl paraben – though many people scare away from the “paraben” word, I believe this product used this material in accordance to specified ASEAN guideline, so you won’t have to worry about it.

4. Performance

When you dispense a little amount of the product on your hand, you will see a very white, compact cream. I like the way it gives me a feeling of richness and deep nourishment. When you rub the product into your skin, it melts quickly, leaving no white streaks, no sticky feel, and no dragging. Unlike normal day and night creams that make your face looking like a greasy mess, this product absorbs into the skin fairly quickly, leaving a powdery finish. As for the whitening effect, I still have to use this cream for about a month to see the difference.

5. Price: contact your local Royale dealer now!

6. Overall rating

The cream has a fairly direct, simple formulation that delivers what it claims. I have always been a big fan of simple formulations, since this ensures minimal instability, skin reaction and reaction among the chemicals used. I will post again after a month to see if the whitening effect really works.

TIP: READ THE LABEL!

Always use a cream with UVA and UVB filters. Most common ingredients include the following:

  1. Ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate/ Octylmethoxicinnamate
  2. Titanium dioxide
  3. Butyl methoxydibenzoylmethane
  4. Octocrylene
  5. Benzophenone-3/ Benzophenone-4
  6. Zinc Oxide
  7. Homosalate

UPDATE HONEYS!

Here’s a filter-free photo of me after 5 months of using the cream and Gluutathione soap. Be the judge 🙂 ❤

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Moroccan Argan Oil Hair Masque

I have yet tried a new hair product for my hair. To start off, let’s differentiate between these three very popular hair treatments: hair spa, hot oil and hair masque.

Hot oil  heavy oil is used, like coconut oil, jojoba oil, or grapeseed oil, depending on your preference. Used once a week to deeply condition hair.

Hair spa – a cream-like concoction used to condition hair. Used once a week, this treatment is well suited for dry damaged hair.

Hair masque – A hair masque is a deep conditioning treatment for the hair. It is not used every day, but is applied once every week or two to add moisture to hair, prevent frizz and breakage, and make hair soft and shiny. (http://www.wisegeek.org/what-is-a-hair-masque.htm)

As you can see from the definitions above, there’s not much difference in the functions I found. If you can please differentiate this for me, please do as I am not satisfied with these answers. LOL

I had my hair rebonded just two weeks ago. As a maintaining treatment, I tried Moriccan Argan Oil Hair Masque by Mondes Professional. Here’s my dissection:

1. Packaging

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The overall physical look of this jar gives it a very antique feel. Nothing really outstanding, just a bit of earthy tones.

2. Appearance

Upon opening the jar, you’ll find a creamy emulsion with red beads sprinkled all over it. It gives a very rich and deep conditioning sensation that will make you run to your shower and try it at once!

3. Fragrance

This is one of the products with a scent I fell in love with. This has exactly the same fragrance as HBC’s VCO Shampoo. It has a subtle floral scent with pinches of jasmine.

4. Ingredients

Water, Cetyl Alcohol, Cetrimonium Chloride, Polyquaternium 7, Amodimethicone (and) Steammonium Chloride (and) Laureth-3, Behentrimonium Chloride, Sodium Pyrrolidone Carboxylate, Argan Oil, Lactose (and) Cellulose (and) Hydroxypropyl Metylcellulose (and) Jojoba Esters (and) C.I. 77491 (and) Tocopheryl Acetate (and) Ascorbyl Palmitate, Cocoa Butter, Dimethicone, EDTA, Citric Acid, Fragrance, Methylchloroisothiazolinone (and) Methylisothiazolinone

As you can see, this particular hair masque has 12 active hair conditioners that can really repair damaged hair. Two key ingredients in this product are Cetrimonium chloride and Behentrimonium chloride. These two make  very good combination to soften hair strands. And since there is a relatively high amount of citric acid (estimated to be about 0.15% – 0.20%), this product may be a bit acidic, which is good for hair repair (see my previous post about Syoss Shampoo).

5. Verdict on performance

I’ve used this for the first week after my hair treatment, since I have this habit of not shampooing for the first seven days after rebonding. It was a nice product that kept my tresses smelling clean and ladylike all day. Also, it made my day so easy to comb and manage. It adds a lot of shine and bounce too. Rebonded hair look boring and flat. But using this hair masque, my hair was not too flat and even bounces.

 

Try this product. It really works!

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Syoss Shampoo

It’s been a long while since I had an entry for you guys. For this year 2013, I’ve got loads of reviews to share with you on new cosmetic products, books, services and experiences.

Let’s start by tackling Syoss Shampoo and Conditioner. I’ve been using these two products for about two months now. And I love the effect it has on my rebonded hair. I’ll be writing about the shampoo first.

SYOSS MOISTURE INTENSIVE CARE SHAMPOO

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Packaging

From photo above, the shampoo comes in a black bottle with a fliptop cap. Nothing really special about the bottle and label.

Fragrance

The product has a Floral-fruity scent, which I like. When you smell it from the bottle, it doesn’t smell very well. But once you apply it to your hair, the fragrance fills your bathroom. The good thing about the fragrance is, it does not stick to your hair too much. It bothers me when people can tell which brand of shampoo and conditioner I am using. I’m contented with the fresh and clean smell that tells people I washed my hair.

Ingredient list

Aqua, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Disodium Cocoamphodiactetate, PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, PEG-12 Dimethicone, Polyquaternium-10, Glycol Distearate, Laureth-4, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hydrolyzed Keratin, Hydroxypropyltrimonium Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Propylene Glycol, PEG-55 Propylene Glycol Oleate, Panthenol, Laureth-2, Sodium benzoate, Salicylic Acid, Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Citric Acid, Glycerin, Arginine, Sodium Chloride, Sodium Hydroxide, Fragrance, Mica, CI 77891

As you can see from above, there five important active ingredients incorporated into this product. This shampoo has a lot of foam, which makes me feel like my hair is really being cleaned to the roots. And the best thing is, when you rinse your hair, it does not feel dried out. My hair feels smooth and conditioned already. This may be due to the significant amount of PEG-12 Dimethicone. Dimethicone is a heavy silicone that gives hair a “unified” feeling. Hair strands, when coated with silicones, have less friction between themselves, making hair manageable.

One good thing I liked about this shampoo is that it contains solely Sodium Benzoate and Salicylic acid as preservative. This means that the product is acidic, with a pH of about 4.5 to 5.5. Acidic hair products are good for maintaining hair shine and health. When we use basic products, hair cuticle tends to open up, creating a frizzy look. But when we use acidic products, the negative charges in the hair cuticles are essentially neutralized, making the cuticles close in and create a sleek look.

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Overall rating

I would have to rate this as 9.5/10. This is a must try!

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