Hello guys, it’s me again! I started investing in skincare around November last year. I was just looking for a simple solution to a major skin breakout until I got hooked with all the skincare methods and started trying out different products, and eventually creating a blog for it. Through the months of various trials and errors in skincare, I have learned a lot on how to take care of my skin through not-so-extensive research (Google and other blogs) and personal experience.
Hello everyone! Here’s another review for Nivea. I remember purchasing this because I had to go to Baguio City for a few days and I needed something that would prevent my skin from drying. I did not bother that much with a moisturizer before because I was afraid that my psoriasis would react badly with drugstore products. The last moisturizer that I used for my body was bought from my dermatologist and I have already stopped going to the clinic for years–ditching the moisturizer and other products as well because my skin had been tamed already, and was already doing good after months of medication. My skin didn’t need extensive observation anymore and thus I stopped going to the dermatologist and maintained my skin’s good condition with the prescribed anti-psoriasis ointment and soap. I was hesitant in trying other products for my skin because it might flare up and trigger my psoriasis.
I didn’t think I would ever need anything else for my skin (except for my face) until a recent trip to the United Kingdom where the weather ranged from 8 to 13 Celsius left my hands all itchy and flaky. It flared so bad that I was ashamed of using them in public. Big red patches stare right back at me every time I do simple things that involved using my hands. I thought I would never encounter skin problems during the trip because I used moisturizer on my face and brought my handy-dandy anti-psoriasis ointment with me–after all, I didn’t have any skin problem when we went to Hong Kong on a December without using any moisturizer. But boy, I was wrong. Thus, when I found out that we were going to Baguio, I made sure to bring a moisturizer with me.
Of course, I was hesitant to purchase a random moisturizer from the drugstore without any dermatologist or health practitioner telling me which is good and which is bad. I had to rely on my judgement thus I chose something from a brand that I have been using for years, Nivea. Although I know that the whole body must be moisturized, I only used Nivea’s Refreshingly Soft Moisturizing Cream on my hands and feet. I’m still not that keen on slathering products all over my body, thus I only chose to put this cream on areas that might be exposed with the coldness and air. They need moisture the most because they will be battling with the dryness first among everything else.
It’s a very lightweight cream which spreads pretty easy on the skin without leaving any stickiness which I liked. A small amount goes a long way and it does not take much time before the skin fully absorbs the product. After application, the skin feels really soft and supple–although the product feels more like a lotion than a cream, it isn’t slippery thus it is very safe to be applied on the soles of the feet. I usually apply the cream in the morning after I take a bath and in the evening after I’m done with my nightly rituals. I don’t really carry this around thus I cannot apply it in the middle of the day, but I don’t think it’s that necessary because I don’t feel my hands and feet drying up at all.
Also, this product kind of smells like the usual Nivea products–I can’t really put a finger on it. Baby wipes? Baby powder? All I know is that I feel like a baby whenever I have this cream on because it smells like something you would use for a newborn.
Overall, I think this is a great moisturizing cream for the hands and feet. My only problem with this product is the packaging because for something really light and soft, application can get a little messy sometimes–not to mention, unhygienic. I would prefer creams with consistency similar to this to be put on a squeeze bottle to avoid using and wasting too much product. Also, this isn’t something that anyone can carry around for every day use because as I have said, it’s pretty much inconvenient to use a tub whenever or wherever compared to a squeeze bottle that you can just squeeze on your palm and put the cap on anytime and anywhere.
This moisturizing cream is very useful for colder weathers. Very moisturizing and it smoothens the skin. It prevents the skin from drying and flaking.
What’s your trusted hand and feet cream?
I’ve had this product since January and I have been using it at least twice a week, usually the second night after every travel. And so far, I think this jar of mask could last me two years because it has a lot of product in it and I don’t really need to use a whole chunk of it to cover my whole face.
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I love how fine the texture of this product is, it isn’t sticky and it’s not tacky at all, application is really smooth despite the thickness. A little goes a long way! It easily dries and it washes off with no hassle.
After washing off, the skin feels lighter and soft. This product is supposed to remove pimple-causing oils and other impurities from the face, and I really appreciate the fact that my skin does not feel dry after application. However, there was this one time that I accidentally put a bit of this clay on my lips, and it left my lips feeling really dry for like a week or two. No amount of my trusty lipbalm helped me with bringing back the moisture on my lips. I even tried using some exfoliators on them, hoping to remove whatever effect of this product left on my lips, but I think this mask was way too much for my lips that it completely changed whatever structure my skin had. It’s both a good thing and a bad thing because if I didn’t have this experience, I wouldn’t appreciate the power of this clay mask on my skin. It’s bad because even though my lips didn’t break due to the dryness, it would flake and it would feel extremely uncomfortable.
Using Nivea’s Lip Butter Raspberry Rose helped me solve my lip problem. If any of you guys encounter such unfortunate incident, lip butters will save your day.
Anyway, as for this product’s participation in clearing acne– I can’t really say if it helps lessen it, but I know that it doesn’t inflame any present breakout nor does it cause one. This might help in drying the acne, it’s just that I don’t really feel it.
As for the scent, it does not really have a particular scent. It simply smells like earth and clay.
This mask if meant for those with normal to dry skin types. Those with dry skin don’t have to worry about this product drying your skin further–it sucks out impure oils and leaves all the good nutrients in your skin which is why I would still feel refreshed and my skin would feel soft once I was this mask off.
For those with oily skin, another variant of this product, the Innisfree Super Volcanic Clay Mask is for you.
I totally recommend this product to everyone who does skincare. I think this is a basic. If you’re into Korean Skincare, this is a staple that you need to have.
What is your favorite face mask/clay? Let me know!
Yay! Another box of my beloved skincare products from Korea! I have had a couple of transactions with Althea Korea already, but some of them does not really count as a “haul” because they were Althea Boxes–a pre-selected set of products that follows a certain theme and sold collectively per box. In this haul, I handpicked each and every item in the box. Thus, this by far is just my second Althea Korea haul. It actually feels weird that this is only the second, I feel like I buy something from Althea almost every other week.
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As much as possible, I try to avoid buying too many products, especially when I still have something that I can use. However, I don’t want to purchase products individually. A single product always has to go with something when I buy them. The items in this haul had been sitting in my Althea bag for quite some time already, I just don’t have enough reason to checkout. Thus, when I realized that I was already running out of toner, I decided that it’s already time for me to do my second haul.
Also, I had a 10% discount code for reviewing one of my purchases (wait for Althea Korea to email you and offer a discount when you review your latest purchase), I also had 100 referral points from my sister’s successful purchase through my referral code. I actually love and hate this point system that they have because it always makes me come back. Also, the one month expiration of the 10% discount coupons does not really help at all. Not using them and using them will make me regret things either way.
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Here’s a list of the products from my haul and why I bought them:
Benton Snail Bee High Content Skin (885php)– As I have mentioned earlier, I was prompted to make this haul because I was running out of toner. This one from Benton wasn’t really my first choice, but just as I have finally decided to order, my toner of choice ran out of stock. Since purchasing a toner was a necessity, I went and looked for another toner to purchase and found this. I have always wanted to try incorporating Snail Mucin in it on my skincare routine, and I have always trusted the bees for skin nourishment. This seemed to be a popular product, so I decided to go with this instead.
Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask (740php)– I’ve been wanting this for the longest time. Lately, I’ve been looking for lipcare products that will replace the ones in my current routines, especially my evening routine because I’m almost out of my current lip balm. This gave me the opening to finally decide and purchase this lip mask. I have read and watched reviews about this and I have been really curious because it’s a mask. It seemed more appropriate to use before bedtime compared to the regular lip balm.
CP-1 Raspberry Treatment Vinegar (350php)– Raspberry had been my hair’s signature scent for three years until Watsons stopped selling Clairol Long Term Relationship Shampoo and Conditioner. I did not know where to find my beloved hair treatments anymore and I couldn’t find anything that had the raspberry scent with it until I found this product. Also, I’m looking for something that will tame my hair so I can quit going for a hair rebonding treatment every year. Hope this product helps me.
Innisfree No-Sebum Mineral Powder (260php)– My sister purchased this product in her haul and I tried it once. It totally helped reduce the shine/dewy effect of my sun cream in the morning and I love how it’s not as cake-y as my current face powder, so I decided to get one for myself.
Innisfree Daily UV Protection Cream (No Sebum) (494php)– This, I think is the less popular sun protection cream from Innisfree. I can understand because this only has SPF 35 while the other one has SPF 50. However, while I was comparing both products, this one is said to have a matte finish–and you know how much I prefer a matte finish compared to the dewy finish of most skincare products. This is perfect for mornings especially when I’m in a hurry and I have no time to fix my greasy-looking face after a layer of moisturizer and other skincare.
All in all, including the discount, this box costs P2,356.10. Not bad for 5 items.
I’ve made it a rule that whenever I do a haul, the total must be less than 2,500php. Which is why although I still have a few more items in mind, I decided to save them for my next haul and hope that they won’t be out of stock when that day comes. I don’t want to buy a lot of things all at once, especially when they’re not that necessary yet. And I also don’t want to find myself broke after buying a truckload of products that could wait until I use them. I need to budget my expenditures to sustain my skincare obsession and my other needs. I’m not forcing myself to buy products so I’ll have something to talk about–I don’t have that much allowance and space in my pad for that. Also, I still have a few products that I haven’t reviewed yet–I don’t see myself running out of things to post in the near future. I’ll just buy things according to necessity, and of course, curiosity.
Also, I am not a perfect person, and there may be times when temptation is strong. However, I will still try my best and be a good and responsible girl.
P.S. My next Althea Korea haul is an exemption because it’s my birthday gift for myself.
Until my next haul,
Caring for my lips is something that I cannot just take for granted. I have really dry lips and a day without applying any form of moisturizer on it leaves it chapped and sometimes it would crack and bleed. Ugly, I know. Which is why I’m very particular with the lip products that I use.
I have mentioned it before that it took me a very long time to find a lip balm that would satisfy my needs. I have a lot of lipbalms in my closet, hidden, because I made the mistake of purchasing them–hoping that they would help me give my lips the life I wanted it to have. They’re not generally bad, but they’re not just enough for me. But finally, I was able to find the lip products that were totally effective this year. However, I accidentally put some of Innisfree’s Jeju Volcanic Pore Clay Mask on my lips and it totally changed its texture. Suddenly, all the lip products that I was using wasn’t enough and I had to find other means to rescue my drying lips (and no, kissing won’t solve this problem.)
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I have been eyeing this particular lip butter from Nivea since last month. I was curious because it’s raspberry and I totally love the scent of raspberry. Also, Nivea is a brand that I have always trusted and I have been using their products way before I became brand conscious. Anyway, my lip problem prompted me to finally buy this lip butter. I wasn’t really hoping that this would save me because I thought that exfoliating is the answer. However, I still wanted to try this product out for the heck of it.
Also, I’m already running out of my L’occitane lip balm. I was thinking that if this lip butter works good on me, I might convert to using this instead. Although lip balms are said to be more focused on repairing and moisturizing the lips and they stay longer than lip butters. There’s nothing wrong with trying, right?
I wasn’t really expecting any drastic change from this lip butter, lip products had always disappointed me since I started using them.
So this is what it looks like. Guys, I cannot stress enough how good this product smells like. It’s totally heavenly! It reminds me of Skittles and Laffy Taffy. Too bad it didn’t taste anything like that.
Its consistency is obviously buttery–creamier than the usual lip balm. It easily glides on the lips and it leaves a pinkish cast, which didn’t bother me at all. This lip butter also easily melts so I had to reapply it once or twice a day to keep my skin moisturized.
After a few days of using this product, I noticed that my lips were starting to go back to normal after the mishap that my pore clay mask caused. I’m not a skincare expert so I can’t really say how my mask changed my lips’ texture and how this product reverted it back to normal. It’s probably because this lip butter restored the moisture that the volcanic clay mask absorbed. Well, this only shows that both products does their jobs well. (I’ll post a review on my Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Pore Clay Mask soon.)
Since then, I’ve been using this product daily. The constant reapplication didn’t bother me at all because I am totally in love with its scent, and the moisture that it provides was enough for me to feel good about my lips once more.
This product will be perfect for colder weathers because of the instant moisture that a small amount of it gives to the lips. Given that fact, I’m sure that this product will last me a really long time. I’ve used this for weeks now and yet it looks like it was only slightly used.
The only thing that needs improvement with this product is the packaging, it’s quite difficult to open. Aside from that, this lip butter is definitely a favorite.
BeautyMNL is an online store based in the Philippines that sells beauty products such as makeup and skincare from different brands, both local and international.
I’ve been meaning to try out BeautyMNL for a very long time now, but whenever I’m ready to purchase something, it’s either out of stock or totally cheaper in Althea Korea. Thus, my plans on buying something from their website gets postponed every time. There is one particular non-korean skincare product that I really wanted to purchase from BeautyMNL but it only costs 750php, and I can’t find anything non-korean that I like from their website and I wanted to avail of the free shipping. I was actually getting worried because that item was already in my cart, and the other things that I put in it on standby just gets out of stock after a day or two–I was afraid that one day, I may not be able to buy the product that I really wanted to have.
Which is why, the free shipping that came along with the launch of their BeautyMNL app was a savior for me! I didn’t have to worry about paying extra for the shipping fee nor do I need to add things that are mildly interesting in my cart to avail of free shipping. It actually took me a few days before finally deciding to buy something, because I really hate buying one single product for online transactions. I was thinking that I was already a bitch for ordering a free sample kit from Althea Korea without buying anything, but oh well, I think I may need to absorb the fact that it is okay to do single purchases online. I don’t have to feel bad about it.
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So there, I went and made my very first purchase at the BeautyMNL app.
It was indeed a thrill! The transaction was smooth and easy. I immediately got my confirmation email from PayPal regarding the payment, and BeautyMNL also sent me an email about my purchase
I ordered the item on March 17, Friday. The website says that if you live outside Manila, chances are delivery will take 3-5 days. It didn’t say weekends didn’t count, so I was hoping that I will be able to claim my package at least the following Wednesday the most. So while waiting for any update, I keep coming back and forth to my Orders page, hoping that an update would appear:
I was a bit bothered because the information says that I ordered two items, when in fact I only ordered one. It doesn’t show two items either when I checked. However, since it didn’t affect the amount that I paid and I don’t think it causes my order any trouble, I just shrugged it off. (But I was hoping that there would be a freebie or something…)
On Tuesday, March 21, I got an update from BeautyMNL via email. They informed me that my order has been shipped.
They provided me with the tracking number of my order. However, I tried checking its status at the given website and it says that the number provided has no tracking record. I waited two days before tracking it again, but still it says that there are no records found.
I didn’t receive any update from BeautyMNL, the Zoom Courier website, and my trusted LBC branch where I always pick up my online purchases until March 24, Friday. This made me worry because it has already been a full week since I placed my order, and yet I had no idea where it is.
So, while I was travelling to Cagayan de Oro City in the afternoon of March 24th, I decided to send BeautyMNL an email inquiring about the whereabouts of my order. Their customer service representative replied shortly after, and informed me that there was a mistake with the tracking number that they provided, but my order is ready to be picked up at LBC later that day, all I need to do is to wait for LBC to send me a text message about it. Surely, I received the message a few hours after my exchange with BeautyMNL’s representative.
Since I’ll be out of town for the weekend, my order had to stand by in the LBC store until the following Monday when I dropped by to claim my parcel. However, there was another problem because my package was addressed to my nickname. It was still me, but my nickname is completely different from my full name and LBC won’t allow me to get my item until the courier (Zoom) that forwarded it to them sends them an email about it.
Well, I did put my full name as the authorized person to claim my package. However, I think Zoom was not able to forward the information that I provided when they sent my package to LBC. I once again emailed BeautyMNL regarding this, and their customer service representative was very keen in facilitating my emails.
I also like how friendly and informative their emails are. They actually give me the answers that I need and they give additional information about my item even though I didn’t ask for it yet. I have had experiences with other customer representatives giving me generic answers to my questions which wasn’t much of a help. I like how BeautyMNL’s people make you feel like you’re important.
The day after, I was finally able to get my product!!!!
I ordered My Scheming’s Blackhead Removal Activated Carbon Mask Set for two reasons:
- I wanted to try a charcoal peel off mask and this one had good reviews.
- Ella Chen endorses this product. I am a really huge fan of this Taiwanese actress, I followed her for years and watched every movie and drama that succeeded Hana Kimi Taiwan.
It had a small dent but I guess these things are simply unavoidable. As long as the products are fine, then dents should not be a problem (although I would really love to receive my products in perfect condition.)
This transaction with BeatyMNL might not be as smooth as I wanted it to be, but it didn’t discourage me from purchasing other products from them in the future. I was taken good care by their customer service and they were really quick to respond to my concerns. Well, as long as I can still get my product in good condition and I don’t have to do extremes such as pay additional fees or go to far places just to fix my problems, then it’s fine. Events like these are likely to happen when online shopping. Although I admit that I am partly at fault for registering with my nickname. I already changed it to avoid the same problem in my next order.
I’m still quite bothered as to why it says that I ordered two items. But I guess the other item is for the free shipping promo whatever to be applied to my order. Aside from that, I think everything’s fine. Their app is neat at it doesn’t lag at all. It’s really convenient and risky because I’m afraid I might just do random purchases while browsing though their products on my phone during my free time! Haha. I still can’t think of any suggestion on how they can improve their app because I think it’s fine the way it is. Kudos to BeautyMNL!
Since I posted this a week later after this whole incident, I’m not sure if their free shipping is still available. But you can try and check it out!
I will be reviewing the Mask Set that I purchased soon. Wait for it!
This holy grail acne-fighting pad from CosRX is an instant favorite for me and my sister. I first came across this product last January when I was reading some beauty blog–I can’t exactly remember if it was from BeautyMNL or Charlotte Cho’s Klog, but I remember it saying that this will be one of those skincare products that will definitely make 2017 a better year–or something like that. Since I have a penchant for exfoliators, and I have read a lot of good things about this product, I included it on my first Althea haul and bought it for 1,000php. Before I got my package, I saw this baby in our local Watsons store and it’s remarkably cheaper at 665php each box. There was only one left so I convinced my sister to get it for herself. She’s struggling with her acne due to puberty and oily skin, thus it wasn’t really difficult to persuade her to get this product. I’m also lucky because she believes in anything that I say! Haha.
I first started using this product both day and night, and sometimes, if I have time, I would also use it in the afternoon. After two weeks of using this two-three times a day, my face became clearer and I noticed that less acne were appearing on my skin. I also went for a facial treatment after a few weeks, and the lady there told me that I don’t have that much blackheads anymore (I was wondering why they barely did any pricking on my skin) and I guess I owe that to the exfoliating power of this product.
I grew up thinking that exfoliators and pimple-clearing products may cause drying or irritation so I’m always careful in using such products. I’m actually quite unsure of how I’d use this at first because I’m afraid that I might end up with red patches all over my face–but these pads were really gentle and non-drying. Since then, this became a must-have staple on my skincare and though it’s quite bulky, I bring it with me in all my travels. Also, I do think that I need this more whenever I travel because I can also use the pads to cleanse my face whenever I’m too tired to do all of my skincare rituals.
My sister’s experience with this product made me believe in its power even more. She has tiny red bumps all over her forehead before she had this exfoliator. Now, I don’t see my sister that often so whatever change happens to her face, I notice. After a week or so of using these pads, I noticed that although her face still has pimples all over, it looked tamed and smooth. From angry red bumps they became pink and light. I also noticed that her face looks more dewy than oily. Thus I can say that this does have a positive effect on her skin.
I do have a small concern, though. I bought mine at Althea while she bought hers at our local Watsons store. I didn’t notice this before but right when I was purchasing my second tub from the famous drugstore, I noticed a difference on the boxes from Althea Korea and Watsons.
The one on your left hand side is from Althea Korea, while the one on the right is from Watsons. As you guys can notice, the one from Watsons looks quite blurry in contrast to the very clear packaging of the one from Althea. After realizing this, I started wondering… are the CosRX products from Watsons actually counterfeit? Knowing that the ones from Watsons are almost half the price cheaper, I started to worry.
I then started checking everything else. The material used for the box, the size, the tub used for the pads, and the pads itself–they’re all the same. All the same except for the front portion. There seems to be no difference with the product itself, because when I was still using my tub from Korea, I would leave it in my apartment whenever I go home and use pads from my sister’s tub that was bought from the said drugstore. I didn’t notice any difference at all. Plus, the one from Watsons had a very positive effect on my sisters face–she actually started panicking when there was only a few pads left on her tub and she can’t find another one of these in all the Watsons outlets that she has gone to. Thus when she saw my tweet saying that I found CosRX in SM Lanang, she begged me to buy her these pimple clear pads for her birthday.
Over all, I still do think that the ones from Watsons are authentic. There might be a slight difference in the packaging because of the distribution. However, if ever it will be proven that the pimple pads from Watsons are indeed counterfeit, I will proceed purchasing my supply from Althea Korea despite the huge price difference. We should all support authentic products no matter how good the counterfeits are, because the real producers deserve the income, not the copycats.
I totally recommend this product to everyone, especially those who are struggling with acne. The mild exfoliation prevents impurities from clogging up in our pores and helps us in making our skin appear brighter, fresher, and smoother.
Hope this post helps you in your skincare journey. If you know anything about the CosRX products locally available in Philippine drugstores, please let me know!