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Maxipeel Fresh & Natural Skin Purifier (Glycolic Toner) | PART 1 Possible Dupe for Clarins Exfoliating Toner?

If you are allergic to AHAs (Alpha Hydroxy Acids) or do not employ toning as a step after cleansing then move on from this post, it is not for you.  If you’re into acid toning and exfoliation have a seat, put up your feet, relax your face.  Believe me when I say in all honesty I never thought I’d be blogging about Maxipeel on my site and this is NOT a sponsored post.  I am a bit of a skincare snob because I have highly sensitive skin and am VERY hard to please when it comes to skincare.  I don’t test and try out EVERY single skincare facial thing which is for the face, my face is a sacred place.   Especially, no offense, Maxipeel, *peace* but on this site honesty reigns, and well-fit pun unintended, let’s FACE it, the brand is not primarily known for gentle skincare products.   However, this new product they’ve launched, the Skin Purifier (cough* toner please) is on so many levels quite different from the rest they currently have.  I’ve made the jump and patch tested it and so far it is crazy different in what could possibly be a very good way.  Now available at Watsons is Maxipeel’s Fresh and Natural Skin Purifier which LOL is essentially what they are hesitating to call a glycolic exfoliating toner.  It is what it is, an AHA toner.  It’s got salycilic and lactic acid thrown in for good measure.  Read thoroughly and I suggest wait for my PART 2 post before dashing out and trailing a cloud of smoke to buy it.  I will tell you though, my first impression is good…quite good.

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MAXIPEEL PURIFIER INGREDIENTS: Alcohol Denat., Aqua (water), Niacinamide, Glycolic Acid, Lactic Acid, Salycilic Acid, Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Sodium Ascorbate, Tocopherol, Retinol, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Fragrance, Tetrahydrodiferuloylmethane, Bisabolol, Menthol

For Sampleroom.Ph members the Maxipeel Fresh & Natural Skin Purifier is available for sampling here, last I checked there were 207 samples left, 53 had been taken already.

When the delivery of Maxipeel’s Fresh & Natural Purifier arrived for me to review (they strangely refuse to call it a toner), I didn’t think much of it at first glance, until I inspected the ingredients list.  It looked extremely familiar.  Upon my first overnight impression with this product today I phoned my mother asking what time she’d be home (my laptop is broken, repairmen say motherboard and processor will soon die) so I could put a post up straightaway.  I was excited because of my overnight patch test experience.  Along the lower part of my jaw only I swabbed this product on before bed last night and I woke up with that area being baby-butt soft and smooth compared to the rest of my face.  For once, at long last, I believe Maxipeel may have hit the nail on the head with a NEW product that the local market has been thirsting for and needing to understand the use of, an affordable exfoliating glycolic acid toner, which apparently, Maxipeel prefers to call a Skin Purifier (wrinkles nose).  My take on this product will be recorded in two parts, today you will have my first impressions from my patch test.  This toner is not alcohol-free but effectively countered by glycerin for a non-drying soothing effect making the Maxipeel Skin Purifier somewhat comparable to the acclaimed Clarins Exfoliating Brightening Toner, a C. Hirons’ favorite, but the Clarins one has more Glycerin.  You can read about that Clarins product separately here and in her 2015 Top 10 Acid Toners here, she also somewhat defends its alcohol content.

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CLARINS EXFOLIATING BRIGHTENING TONER ING.: WATER/AQUA,ALCOHOL,GLYCERIN,BUTYLENE GLYCOL,TROMETHAMINE,GLYCOLIC ACID,PPG-5-CETETH-20,TARTARIC ACID,CELLULOSE GUM,ARGININE,TAMARINDUS INDICA EXTRACT,DISODIUM EDTA,SALICYLIC ACID,LAMIUM ALBUM FLOWER EXTRACT,PARFUM/FRAGRANCE,SAMBUCAS NIGRA FLOWER EXTRACT, HYDROLYZED OPUNTIA FICUS-INDICA FLOWER EXTRACT,PHENOXYETHANOL, SORBIC ACID, MIMOSA TENUIFLORA BARK EXTRACT, SODIUM BENZOATE,ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN,POTASSIUM SORBATE, BENZYL SALICYLATE, GERANIOL, CITRONELLOL, BENZYL BENZOATE,BUTYLPHENYLMETHYLPROPIONAL, HYDROXYISOHEXYL 3-CYCLO HEXENE CARBOXALDEHYDE, LIMONENE, HEXYL CINNAMAL

I know the Maxipeel team would rather not call it a toner for some odd marketing reason, but it is what it is, they should run with what it really is nalang in my opinion (so market won’t be confused).  So far believe it’s an immediately effective and active toner for the price if used properly and sparingly.  The brand claims a “purging period” where it may draw out sudden spots and an army of blackheads or whiteheads for some of you at the beginning, the Hirons, however, does not professionally believe in purging periods.  She says if you begin breaking out you should stop whatever it is and move on.  Skin tells you flat out what it does not like.  Now, it’s a different thing if the product that causes initial purging is medically prescribed by a dermatologist, that’s where you can stay on board in a sense and allow the cycle to complete.  The price of the Maxipeel Purifier is a somewhat scary only Php79 peso mark…but perhaps it’s possible with a parallel example in the world of cameras, you never know, this toner could be our cheap nifty fifty (50mm), the effective but ever so necessary and usable lens you need all the time.  We shall see.  Click through to read the rest of my initial observations and thoughts.

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My No Makeup Makeup Video JULY 2015

I’m really beginning to enjoy how my IKEA Glasholm desk has changed my life in terms of productivity just in the last 3 days.  For one it’s easier to film videos now that my camera and tripod can go on top of my desk and shoot me with a full blast of window light.  So, yes, I did film another video and wow, a miracle, only 11 minutes in total!  That means I’m either getting better at shooting or editing.

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Products Used in My No Makeup Makeup Video:
MAYBELLINE Age Rewind Treatment Concealer “Medium”
BOBBI BROWN Skin Weightless Powder Foundation “2.5 Warm Sand”
ELLANA MINERALS Concealer Powder “Radiant”
BARE MINERALS All-Over Face Color “Warmth”
K-PALETTE Real Lasting Brow Mascara
MAC Cosmetics Blush “Harmony”
SHISEIDO Glow Enhancing Primer
VIRGINIA OLSEN Loose Pigment in “Fairydust”
MAJOLICA MAJORCA Lash Expander Edge Meister Waterproof Mascara
REVLON ColorStay Lipliner “Rose”
TOO COOL FOR SCHOOL Glam Rock Lipstick (sorry there’s no English name on the back, it’s Korean)

It isn’t the most PERFECT no makeup makeup tutorial (I’m almost sure I can do a better one once my shoot setup improves) but it perfects what I believe in terms of amounts of product and the types of tones.  I’m still at a point where my makeup application on myself when I’m NOT filming is a couple of notches better compared to when I’m filming myself.  It’s all about learning to brush off the tension, and self-conscious spirals I guess, I’m much better at this video thing but I’m still learning.  Thank you all for being warm and patient.  You can watch my No Makeup Makeup Video here or watch it from the embedded player below.

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My New Flototto PRO Chair in Snow White | The Glass Desk Workspace Sequel

Back on the home front, I anticipated the arrival of a thing of beauty, that was actually already mine for months but was in storage.  So, sorry if this non-beauty post is slightly redundant, but it just had to be written.  Without a decent and equally classy desk before I just didn’t have the heart to pick up my beautiful chair from my aunt who along with her German husband are the local distributors for Flototto products through BOOGI, their premium modern furniture store at LRI Design Plaza in Makati.  I’ll put it plain, these aren’t cheap chairs, but they are ergonomic, flame-resistant, and thanks to German durability will last a lifetime or more.  A lot of love, thought, and care went into the design of the entire Flototto furniture range.

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Meet the enchanting Flototto PRO Wood Tetrapod Chair which I photographed today, and only now I discover that the shade name is Snow White, obviously destined to be paired with my glass table (her glass coffin remember? I’ve got my tales sorted).

 

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Its ergonomic design encourages good posture and comfort, even when carrying the chair to transfer it to another location you will sense that the design works with you, and not against you.  I experienced this ease of mobility while carrying the chair downstairs to take a photo of it.  I figured I’d do a workspace post sequel since many of you have not seen the very final outcome of my workspace overhaul now that it is complete with my Flototto chair.  By the way, I do not own a Macbook Pro, my current laptop is practically dying. This one is my mother’s…I borrowed it to edit another video that I have actually just uploaded today.  This is how my workspace finally looks.   Click through to see the full post and more photos.

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New Beauty Stuff YouTube Video x An Actual Tutorial

After 3 whole weeks, I finally almost sort of get the vlogging setup I’ve always dreamed of.  I overhauled my bedroom, got an affordable desk, and all that made filming in my safe and comfy zone rather than in our living room way more possible and picturesque!  Watch the video here or in the player below this image.  I will post the list of products but I’ll edit that in tomorrow morning because I am falling asleep right as I type this.  The products are mentioned and typed into the video.

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The All-Natural Sea Sponge | Fanny Serrano’s Choice “Beauty Blender”

Ayaw ko ng plastic…for the skin” said the make-up master as he began priming the model’s face with clean water using this beauty blender-sized Spongebob.  Don’t we all agree with that line on another level?  Ayaw natin ng plastic.  Apparently natural sea sponges are Fanny’s true way to go when it comes to using clean water as a mixing and buffing medium with his makeup products.  He claims his makeup withstands the utmost heat and humidity (sometimes longer than airbrush makeup) when he literally waterproofs the face with his specifically applied layers.  I’m sorry to say though in respect for now I am withholding specific source details on how I purchased these (he has a special source somewhere in the country) to protect Fanny’s peace, resources, and privacy.

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They wash well and as long as most water is squeezed off they air-dry beautifully.  To return them to their most natural, soft state before use and also to naturally disinfect I might try steeping them in cold water with a dash of sea salt, this is not yet tried and tested but I plan to experiment.

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Since I was invited to learn from him he warmly said I could purchase them directly from him and no, they weren’t expensive.  He uses this as a tool to bring out the best in his wet application of his FS Cake Foundation powder (the rectangle compact).  I love the look of these sea sponges because they’re such a lovely naturally dim yellow shade and none of them have the same shape.  Fanny specifically sources them in these beauty blender sizes.  They remind me of that scene where the birds help Cinderella bathe in the original Disney animated feature, you can watch that scene here at 2:25.  When I was a child I was always fascinated by the sponge in that scene, how one large sponge managed to give Cinderella a full bath LOL, and sometimes I recall rewinding that part.  Apparently that dream was a wish my heart made.… To full post & COMMENTS...

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