November 03, 2016

Experiencing laser hair removal with Skin House

I'm no stranger to laser hair removal. In fact, I've had a number of sessions done to my underarm area before. Unfortunately I didn't complete the required amount of sessions because I had to fly back to Tokyo at the time so I wasn't able to reap the full effects of it.

Lasering unwanted facial hair was another process I've been considering for a long time but never got around to it, mainly because all the establishments I checked out were way beyond my budget. I almost resigned myself to the fact that I'd have to continue plucking and shaving my face everyday until I got an e-mail from Skin House asking me if I wanted to try out their Gentlemax Pro for hair removal. Cue the angelic choir!

Skin House currently has two branches; one in Quezon City and another in Pasig. I think they're moving their QC branch elsewhere within the area though, so for now I can't give the address for it. Being from the Makati area though, I opted to drop by their Pasig branch located inside Pioneer Centre. Thankfully the clinic was easy to find!

If you're planning to visit yourself, as soon as you enter through the main entrance of Pioneer Centre supermarket, take a left and head up the escalator. You can't miss it!

October 18, 2016

Dear Beauté Himawari Oil In Shampoo and Conditioner (Volume & Repair)

When I was living in Tokyo, I observed a commonality among a lot of Japanese women: their hair tended to look really healthy and shiny. I rarely saw any of them with hair that looked dry or frizzy, even if many Japanese women regularly color their hair and use heat-styling tools everyday.

I then concluded that it must be their hair care products! Aside from the different hair serums and masks, even their regular shampoos and conditioners play a huge part. After all, it is the basis of hair care. One brand I saw almost everywhere and noticed was quite popular were the Dear Beauté Himawari shampoos and conditioners. Not surprising since, in Japan, they're pretty affordable too.

This particular set is their Volume & Repair line meant for limp, dry hair. They do have one another 'regular' variant for dry, frizzy hair as well. Now, my hair is thick, dry, and frizzy so it seems the latter would suit me better, but since I cut my hair quite short I realized I do need more volume in my hair to compliment its length.

October 03, 2016

Jeunesse Anion Sanitary Napkins

When it's that time of the month, all we want is to feel fresh and comfortable, right? I mean, aside from those dreaded cramps and persistent backaches, you're also plagued with constant paranoia that you've stained the back of your jeans or that new dress.

Amidst the pain and general feeling of ugh, the last thing I want to be doing is constantly checking my own backside and/or running to the bathroom, whether at home or out and about, for a quick and necessary change. Plus, that relatable not-so-fresh feeling which lingers is the icing on the unpleasant cake.

Finding the right brand of sanitary pads isn't easy though. You have to take into consideration variety, effectivity, price, and even availability. So when I was sent the entire range of Jeunesse Anion Sanitary Napkins and tried them out for myself, I found that it ticked all the right boxes!

The Jeunesse Anion range consists of five different products, so there's something for every woman out there and her unique cycle and lifestyle...

August 22, 2016

Maybelline Micellar Water

There's nothing like having a fresh, clean face at the end of the day, right? Especially if you've been wearing makeup throughout most of it. To remove mine, I like to employ 3 steps that involve cleansing wipes, a cleansing oil, and finally a face wash.

Wipes are not a staple though and I'll sometimes switch it up for a cleansing water instead, so I decided to try one of Maybelline's newest products, the Maybelline Micellar Water.

Maybelline says... Removes all makeup and UV products • Hydrates • Removes trapped dirt and dust, refines pores • Freshens like a toner • No need to rinse • Suitable for sensitive skin

No Fragrance, Alcohol free, Fresh and Oil free

THE SECRET? Makeup absorbing micelles: Act like genuine micro-captors to absorb dirt and makeup residues. RESULT: Instantly and effectively removes light makeup including BB while skin stays extremely fresh, soft, and hydrated.

August 08, 2016

Rimmel Match Perfection foundation

One drugstore brand I really wanted to try when I first got into blogging was Rimmel. Unfortunately, back then it wasn't available locally so I had to wait until I was given the opportunity to take a trip to Guam where I grabbed a few Rimmel goodies from their local Target.

One of the products I got was the Rimmel Match Perfection foundation.

"Traceless coverage foundation with Advanced Smart-Tone technology for perfectly flawless skin under any light. Enhanced with Sapphire Radiance for an illuminating glow. Lasts all day. UVA/UVB protection."

Now what I have is the older version of the product since I got this way back in 2014. In fact, I think the packaging and/or formulation has been changed at least a couple of times already. If you check the Rimmel website, it looks significantly different to mine.

Speaking of formulation change, I know the newest version is supposed to be more moisturizing and has SPF20 instead of the SPF18 mine has.

July 25, 2016

Himalaya Herbals Refreshing & Clarifying Toner

Some years ago, I used to be obsessed with banishing every trace of dirt and makeup on my face. That's good, right? Well, of course! But what's bad is that I tended to use harsh astringents to do that. Not only was I more of a skin care newbie, but those astringents just worked so well that I kept using them!

What I didn't know though was that they were stripping my skin of necessary moisture and instead of helping me get rid of my then persistent acne, it would sometimes make it worse thanks to the high alcohol content they usually had. Thankfully, over time, I incorporated more gentle toners into my skin care regime and discovered that they worked just as effectively (if not better) minus the harshness.

The Himalaya Herbals Refreshing & Clarifying Toner is something I picked up on a whim. It being alcohol-free and targeted towards combination skin, which I have, sparked my interest!

Himalaya Herbals says, "An alcohol free formulation that deep cleanses pores and refreshes to keep your skin oil-free without over drying. Lentil deep cleanses pores, Citrus Limon a natural astringent and cleanser, tightens pores and Boerhavia Root extract controls excess oil secretion to leave your skin clear, soft and radiant."