Monday, September 26, 2016

Review: Santa Maria 100% Virgin Coconut Oil

I used calamansi in my underarms because I heard that it helps to whiten skin. However, what happened to My UA is the opposite. The first day felt normal but the next few days, it stings and it gotten dark. Calamansi, the remedy I thought became another problem. It really burned my skin.

So. I'm one of those people who relies to Google whenever I have questions in mind. From a Q&A website, I found out that to cure burned pits is to keep it moisturized by using aloe vera, virgin coconut oil and a vitamin E gel.

I searched in our leading grocery stores here in the Philippines but found nothing so, I consulted again to Google on where to find.

To my surprise, VCO is popular in USA and the oil they used are manufactured here in my country. Odd that I can't find in the grocery. My further research informed me that it can be purchased from the exclusive distributors. Thankfully, some of  the VCOs are partnered in shopping websites, now I won't have to stroll like crazy in malls.

I got this Santa Maria 100% Virgin Coconut Oil  500 ml for only P399. 
Virgin Coconut Oil

So there's a difference between Cold Processed ANH - A No Heat and Cold Pressed. According to the brochure,


"VCO can be produced by two common methods, heated and unheated process. While many virgin coconut oils found in the market claim to be cold pressed, the oil you buy may have been heated after extraction to hasten the lowering of the moisture (water) content.

Virgin coconut oil experts know that unheated VCO is the best. This allows for the retention of monoglycerides and other natural anti-oxidants such as vitamin E, A, and C which serve as a natural preservatives. Heating will destroy these substances leaving only the lauric acid to work alone rather than in conjunction with these micro nutrients."

Compare with the sunflower oils I used that the oil gets hard and sticky outside the bottle after long use, the virgin coconut oil is not. It stays the same as it is. Maybe this is what the statement above is trying to say.

It amazes me that the oil is very crystal clear! Just try looking at it below.



The smell, is of course, has a coconut aroma. That's why I only apply this at night in my UA so that I won't smell bad during the day. I use cotton balls to apply this and it becomes a cleanser at the same time as it removes the deodorant residues. This also has bacteria-killing properties, and can reduce underarm odor. Meanwhile, I apply this in the morning on my hair before I take a bath.

I also sometimes use this as my cooking oil. The taste is something new in my daily dish. Also, it's been said that drinking a teaspoon helps for weight control and constipation. Just drink 1 tbsp 3x a day 30 mins. before the meal. Otherwise, take it anytime of the day.


"For people with cholesterol, take the blood test first, then take Cold Process Virgin Coconut Oil 1 - 3 months, and then repeat the blood test. In general, VCO can improve cholesterol. However, some people may be genetically incompatible with coconut or allergic to it. and therefore should avoid VCO."

My mother also topically applies the VCO on her skin whenever she feels her arthritis and she feels relieved. Indeed it has an anti-inflammatory action.


Would I recommend it? Yes but don't expect immediate improvements as healing will take some time. Extra Virgin Coconut Oil improves collagen cross-linking that helps to improve stretch marks, scars, and fine lines and wrinkles. I can't totally attest to its low blood pressure and losing weight capabilities because I don't have it. But for my readers out there, I hope you can try drinking it and share your experience here in the comment section. Thank you!

PS: Sorry that I don't want to post my UA pics. I just really feel shy. But, from the bottom of my heart, it did improve the condition.

Disclaimer: I have not received any compensation for writing this post and I do not have material connection to the brands, products, or services that I have mentioned. This review is written with genuineness.
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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Review: Origani Exfoliating Salt Scrub

Are you one of those mall strollers who is ambushed by a sales promoter to try a product demo of a body scrub that shows it removes the dirt in your skin?

Yes, Origani Botannica Exfoliating Body Scrub is one of those product demos. One might think that it's an expensive and I don't deny. I have also tried other product demo like Israel's dead sea salt body scrub. Of course, I did not buy it even if I have witnessed and experienced myself that the product is really effective simply because it's not pocket-friendly.

However, Botannica Body Scrub was given to me for free because the SA was so pushy. He is convincing me to buy his products by putting more freebies. And of all the freebies he gave, I can definitely say that this body scrub is THE STEAL!
Origani Botannica Exfoliating Body Scrub

Origani Exfoliating Salt Scrub Botannica is a non-abrasive formula designed to gently exfoliate and scrub dead skin cells off to make the body feel refreshed and vibrant after use. The invigorating salt scrub helps skin stay moisturized and hydrated with the essential oils. Indulge and renew the body's softest side.

All Organi products come in a luxurious packaging and of course, this body scrub did not fail.





Origani Exfoliating Salt Scrub comes in a tub but this one is a plastic tub as compare to the day cream of Origani which is in glass.


The scrub is just like alum but be surprised when you rub it. You can feel and see the oil. See the pic below.
not rubbed

rubbed (see the oil)

If you are a fan or very familiar to the scents of beauty oils in the market, Origani body scrub smells the same but Organi has a distinct smell which you may not like in the beginning of application.
direction

I just put small portions of the scrub on my body parts and rub it on my skin gently. I can start to feel that my skin starts to get smooth because of the oil, but the softness of my skin is the feeling I've never had before. Touching it feels fragile like you'll get wounded easily. If I would rate the softness of my skin after the application from 1-10, I'd rate 10. This is because of the sweet almond oil and olive oil being absorbed into my skin that makes it very supple.
after rinse

before rinse

After applying, I used body scrub sponge to totally remove the skin dirt. In my experience, not using scrub sponge after applying would definitely make your skin soft but the next day, the skin dirt will all come out. Of course, we don't want to end up rubbing our skin at the wrong time.


My mother has dry and cracked heels. I asked her to apply it and after that, it becomes reddish. It looked fresh and it became soft. Even herself is amazed with the result. Unfortunately, I can't provide a photo. I'll update this as soon as I see my mother doing it.

Would I recommend? Yes. While applying, I admit that I don't like the smell but when I already dried myself and begin my day, the scent smells better and luxurious. Also, comparing to the body scrubs I used and from the body scrub service I tried in clinic/salon, Origani Exfoliating Body Scrub is so far the best skin softening and cleansing. If only someone would do the scrubbing for me, it would be the bestEST feeling. Teehee!

Disclaimer: I have not received any compensation for writing this post and I do not have material connection to the brands, products, or services that I have mentioned. This review is written with genuineness. 

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Thursday, August 25, 2016

Review: Nivea Extra White Firming Body Serum


I don't usually put lotion when it's sunny because I hate the greasy feeling when I sweat. However, I walk a mile before I reach my work place which makes me to decide to apply lotion with SPF. I was using Nivea Extra Whitening Cell Repair & Protect body milk for a long while but I did not notice that it does not have SPF. It made me to decide to switch to a lotion with sun protection.


While strolling, I saw Nivea Extra White Firming Body Serum. It has SPF33, PA+++, UVA1, UVA2 and UVB. You already know that if the Sun Protection Factor (SPF) is higher, the user is more protected. Now, let me tell you that SPF is only the measure of protection against UVB rays. UVB rays are usually the reason that makes our skin to get dark when we are exposed to the sun. However, UVA does not show any indication of harm to the skin but same like UVB, it also damage collagen fibers. It’s a good thing that this Nivea Extra White Firming Body Serum covers both UVA and UVB protection.


It also contains vitamin C and Q10. Camu camu is a super fruit that is high in vitamin C that helps to boost skin whitening while Q10, an antioxidant, boosts skin repair and reduces free radicals damage. Serum, as compare to lotion, has more concentrated formula than lotion. It is a perfect combination for skin care, isn’t?   

Comparing to the usual Nivea lotions that comes in a bottle, the packaging of the Extra White Firming Body Serum comes in a squeezable tube. I got mine a 200 ml tube for P295. It’s a white creamy liquid in a floral scent that is thicker than the lotion. It feels sticky at first but when it sets in, you can feel that it already penetrated to the skin because the sticky feeling disappears. 




Would I recommend it? Yes! You can feel that your skin is softer after applying. However, its main highlight that says, EXTRA WHITE, did not take effect on me. I just think that the color of my skin is still the same. So, I am recommending this despite of its whitening fail because it has more beneficial points to the skin like firming and sun protection which you cannot find in other brands. It’s good for daily use for people who get exposed to the sun for a short time. On the contrary, if your work requires longer sun exposure, I would still recommend an SPF and PA+++ lotion like Banana Boat, Beach Hut and among others.

Disclaimer: I have not received any compensation for writing this post and I do not have material connection to the brands, products, or services that I have mentioned. This review is written with genuineness. 
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Thursday, August 18, 2016

Review: Holika Holika Clearing Petit BB Cream

I always include BB cream on my daily makeup as it stands as a foundation to my face and a protection to UV rays. I bought Holika Holika Clearing Petit BB Cream because it only comes in 30 ml and also it is cheaper among the known Korean brands. It has an SPF 30 so it's already a steal for only P325. It is a practical way to try it first in a smaller tube before investing into bigger ones, right? 
Holika Holika Clearing Petit BB Cream

There are varieties of Holika Holika BB Creams. Each color represents each type, so it's easy to know which product should you use. However, the labels at the back of the product are written in Korean so researching on the internet should be done first before going to the mall. 
from Google Image

Its packaging comes in a blue tube that can be squeezed out easily. It contains extracts of tea tree oil and oil absorbent powder that helps clear your skin of blemishes. The smell is lovely and floral. Quite a least thing to expect for BB cream. 


It is more watery than creamy so be careful when applying it to your face as it might spilled your shirt or on any fabric because the stain is not easy to remove. The hole is also bigger than the usual BBs I tried. 

look closely


Its color is lighter than my skin tone so after applying, I needed to wait a little and to blend on my skin. It doesn’t cover acne or scars, but it evens out the skin. It's a BB cream that has a matte effect rather than shiny. However, sweating doesn't count so a touch up of powder after 2 hours of commuting from home to work is necessary. 
left - without; right - with

with on this side
without on this side

again, left -without; right - with

Description: “This is for uneven surface of skin. Tea tree oil extract makes skin clean and it covers uneven surface effectively.” Would I recommend it? Yes, especially that it can be tossed in your bag everyday. The coverage is good for everyday use. It's also cheap but has a high SPF.

Would I recommend it? Yes, especially that it can be tossed in your bag everyday. The coverage is good for everyday use. It's also cheap but has a high SPF.

Disclaimer: I have not received any compensation for writing this post and I do not have material connection to the brands, products, or services that I have mentioned. This review is written with genuineness. 
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Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Review: God's Nectar Nutra Active Replenishing Day Cream

It is my first time to use a day cream, it's unplanned and never came up to my mind that I will. My face is not acne-prone and I have this belief that applying less to face is healthier. However, I have learned by buying a day cream like God's Nectar Nutra Active Repleneshing Day Cream is essential especially for a girl like me who is often exposed to pollution and UV rays because of daily commute.


Applying God's Nectar Day Cream to the face creates a VEIL that stands as a SECOND SKIN to protect the skin from harsh, dehydrating and aging environment.

It makes my skin moisturized because it contains a NATURAL biolipid complex called amisolTrioTM which provides ‘SUPERFATTING’ properties - a protection and perfect moisture balance ergo adhering to the surface of my skin leaving a pleasant, SOFT SILKY FEELING.

It comes in a luxurious tub. Just see for yourself.


From its packaging, I got really excited to use this one. Will I be a goddess-like? Pun.


The cream comes in white. It's thick but not heavy upon application. After washing your face in the morning, dry, and then put this day cream. Leave it for minutes before applying your daily make up for better absorption of the cream in your face. The smell is lovely, smells floral and elegant.


Verdict: Ok. Since it's my first time to use a day cream, I can't totally tell if that's how it's supposed to be. Because it keeps my face moisturized, and my BB cream also makes my face moist, my day ends with an oily face as compared before. On the contrary, my face looks healthy in the morning.

Comparing. So the effect of using this day cream with and without the Manuka Honey Peel has a difference wh. On the right portion of my face, I used beforehand the Manuka. While on the left side, I did not use the Manuka. (pardon my face :p unedited except for the line and texts, light source is equal)


Touching my right face feels matte and less shiny while touching my left face feels a little sticky. (You know when you touch your face and it kinda stops? Yeah, that's what happened on my left face if I touch it). But at the end of the day, without wearing any make up, the appearance and the feeling remains the same.

To sum it up, it only feels awesome in the morning. But anyway, I felt its benefits somehow which makes me to say that my P6,000 for skinvesting is not wasted. Before I end it, this is an organic brand from Australia.


Thanks for reading!

Disclaimer: Some products may not work for me, but can work well for others. This review is simply based on my experience. 
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Saturday, June 11, 2016

Review: Organi Cleanser & Toner


Sweat, pollution, and wearing makeup are the reasons that our skin gets stressed and dirty every day. So, every girl has to clean and tone their faces to maintain the beauty of their skin.

I have mentioned before that I always skip the toning part because I think it’s not totally important on my regimen. Now that I found this 2-in-1 product, Organi Cleanser & Toner (P5,000+), this will help me not to skip using toner at night without putting another effort. Teehee!
Organi Cleanser & Toner


Organi Cleanser & Toner comes in a plastic bottle with net weight of 190 ml. It has gray cap, gold lettering, and transparent bottle. Its bottle showing the orange liquid adds plush factor of its packaging. While I think that it will look orange when I pour it, it is surprisingly almost clear.
camera phone

The smell is like cinnamon or banana but not very prominent. The consistency is not runny and it does not bubble when applied on the skin.



Directions: Gently massage into skin of your face, adding a small amount of warm water. Either use fingertips or a soft face cloth. Rinse well with the appropriate Organi Day Cream or Night Cream which I will be posting soon!!

Will I recommend it? Yes!! It leaves my skin soft and supple. It actually makes my black heads disappear. It makes my skin and pores appear finer and smoother. Downside… it’s pricey.
before

few days later..
after

Pores (esp the nose area) is still visible but blackheads were removed
**selfies are all camera phone

Disclaimer: Some products may not work for me, but can work well for others. This review is simply based on my experience. 
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Monday, April 25, 2016

Review: Origani Hydrating Milk Soap

So I was using an ordinary facial wash to cleanse my face not until I found the goat’s milk soap of Origani Hydrating Milk Soap. The guy who gave me this said that this is what he uses on his face because it really moisturizes his skin. He said that it does not upset the pH balance on our face. But to be honest, whatever he said, it’s the smell that made me to try this out.


Origani’s goat’s milk soap is formulated with pre moisturizers. The rectangular soap comes in soft edges. The packaging looks very classy with thick carton, silver letterings and navy blue bottom. Upon opening, the soap looks cute with a goat carved beautifully and the word Origani is also sculpted on the opposite side.



The smell is very pleasant. It smells like a milk but scented in a luxurious way. How I wish I could share its very promising smell. 


As I try it out, its texture and effect when soaked in water is the same with ordinary soaps we know. The bubbles are the same and it does not melt easily.


Will I recommend it? Yes! While we think that using soap on our face makes our face really dry, it is surprising that Origani is true to its claim that it hydrates my skin very well. It cleansed my face and very moisturized and soft. However, since this one has no whitening formula, the color of my face and my body gets even. I only use this in the morning because I use Organi Cleanser & Toner at night.

Pardon the close up. See how moist it is.
no foundation or cream used.

no make up



Disclaimer: Some products may not work for me, but can work well for others. This review is simply based on my experience. 



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