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My Facial Skincare, June 2012 – Less is More

I often get questions about skincare, but I personally can’t credit AWESOME skincare or anything like that when it comes to my skin.  I just genetically have good skin thanks to my Japanese ancestry on my mother’s side.  I do know what works well for me though and what doesn’t irritate my face.  Oh, if you’re missing a sunscreen product and makeup remover it’s because a few of my favorite makeup bases already contain SPF20 and above and I don’t wear makeup everyday, so my current makeup remover can have a standalone post of its own soon.

Clockwise (products linked to blog reviews): 1. The Face Shop Rice Water Bright Cleansing Foam, 2. Dickinson’s Pore Perfecting Toner, 3. Obagi Medical Elastiderm Eye Cream, 4. Nivea Baby Smoothy Cream moisturizer

I look for products that maintain the good skin I have and that don’t have a lengthy list of unnecessary ingredients in them.  They don’t have to be purely organic I just prefer the list of ingredients to be shorter rather than longer.  I sometimes throw in one or two random “steps” or skin products I want to try on certain days, but these four items are the ones I really stick to.  I don’t use Dickinson’s Witch Hazel toner on a daily basis since it’s not alcohol free, but I use it alternately on days where I feel more oily after using makeup, plus also to slowly kill off whiteheads that are forming.  My belief is less is more so if your skin isn’t in dire need of a certain product why add it to the conga line?  How many skincare products are part of your daily routine?… To full post & COMMENTS...


Crabtree & Evelyn Summer Hill Hand Therapy Cream – Remembering Lola and “Lindas Manitas”

This is my mother’s hand cream not mine.  Mom has always liked Crabtree & Evelyn and a former boss of hers recently gave this 100ml tube of their award-winning hand therapy cream to her which converting from the site should cost about Php850.00.  I wouldn’t call it your run-of-the-mill type of hand cream, its consistency is like a hand butter without the greasiness and it absorbs very quickly into the skin.  Hand creams remind me of a Spanish blessing my Lola used to sing over my hands while she’d cradle them in hers then let go and we’d rotate our palms together in the air.  My paternal grandmother spoke Spanish a lot but the blessing itself also has an Argentinean origin.  I do remember these words…they bring back memories and Mom seriously believes Lola’s recited blessing helped my hands grow beautifully (I seriously don’t like my nail shapes though).  Actually, some people have asked in the past if they could audition my hands for commercials or photograph them.

“Qué lindas manitas que tengo yo. Linda y bonita que Dios me la dio.”

ENG: Look what pretty hands I have, Pretty and beautiful that God gave to me.

INGREDIENTS: Water, Glycerin, emulsifying wax, isopropyl myristate, butyrospermum parkii (shea butter), stearic acid, caprylic/capric triglyceride, sucrose distearate, cyclomethicone, triethanolamine, dimethicone, cetyl alcohol, cetearyl alcohol, behentrimonium methosulfate, bisabolol, sucrose stearate, allantoin, fragrance, sorbitol, sodium pca, sodium lactate, proline, benzyl salicylate, disodium edta, hydroxyisohexyl, 3-cyclohexene, carboxaldehyde, hydroxycitronellal, linalool, butylphenyl, methylpropional, hexyl cinnamal, citronellol, eugenol, phenoxyethanol, methylparaben, ethylparaben, propylparaben, butylparaben, isobutylparaben.

Crabtree & Evelyn’s Hand Therapy cream contains shea butter to gently moisturize hands, a quick note to purists out there it isn’t at all paraben-free but I honestly can’t get over how it makes my hands feel and smell though.  I’m sure the process of formulation is of the highest quality and I love the dainty, feminine product design.  The Summer Hill scent is a light, pure and simple peppery, soapy floral which is exactly what you’d like your hands to smell like, clean.  I’m glad that it rehydrates hands without that annoyingly thick filmy feeling afterwards that some lotions give, like a suffocating, unseen pair of gloves.  My hands feel claustrophobic with that sensation from other hand creams, we’re not a dry country but working hands still need some TLC.  The product comes in an a collapsible aluminum tube like the Embryolisse moisturizer I had, and what’s lovely about tubes like this even though they’re a bit heavy is they keep the cream cool (especially nice to refrigerate), you get every bit of the product out down to the last squidge and it’s more environment friendly.  I’m on the lookout for a smaller tube of this, I’m hoping there’s a tinier 50ml one…ahh and minutes later, the Crabtree & Evelyn website reveals that there is and it would cost about Php550-600.  Crabtree & Evelyn have local boutiques at Greenbelt, Robinsons Galleria, Robinsons Place, and SM Megamall.… To full post & COMMENTS...


Oilatum Natural Repair Face Cream – Great for Rebalancing and Soothing Irritated Skin

This Oilatum Natural Repair Face Cream is actually Nicola Chapman’s (Pixiwoo) drugstore moisturizer of choice and that’s how I first heard about it.  I tend to have sensitive, reactive skin because of past hit-and-miss ordeals with skincare, weather changes, exposure, and certain allergens around the house.  I also have a patch of mild eczema that resurfaces once in awhile on my inner arm crook.  When I heard Nic rave about this cream for the first time over a year ago on their Pixiwoo YouTube channel it sounded like the kind of cream I needed to have on hand for reactive flare-ups.  The brand, Oilatum by Stiefel, does not go unrecognized in my book since a cousin of mine who dealt with skin asthma always had the other regular local Oilatum cream and soap in his bathroom years ago.  Nic almost never fails to use this as her moisturizing primer before her makeup tutorials on their makeup channel.  As with most brands today, Oilatum put out this variant with more natural ingredients to appease sensitive consumers who are trying more and more to veer away from products with harsh chemical formulations.

“Oilatum Natural Repair Face Cream is an annivative new therapy specially formulated to intensively nourish and help repair your skin’s natural barrier.  It penetrates deeply to rehydrate facial skin relieving tightnesss and irritation and leaving it feeling smooth.  Suitable for dry and sensitive skin.  Free from fragrances, preservatives, and emulsifiers.  Light enough to be used under makeup. Ideal for everyday use.

Sorry to those interested in getting this it isn’t available locally, it’s sold in Boots in the UK, I put out a search on Ebay for it last year and was blessed to have found a reliable seller at the time plus the expiration date was nearly 2 years away so it was certainly new stock.  Truth is, because I do have random bouts with my skin I am sort of a face cream junkie (bitter memory of a thrown out unfinished tub of MooGoo floats by, it turned out to be too rich for a tropical zone) and at first when I got this Oilatum one I didn’t like it the first time around, because at first I thought it was also just a bit too rich, though not as rich as Embryolisse which I like.  I thought it was making my skin react at first but I was not sure because I was switching products around  at the time.  Now I’ve rediscovered it and found out its use for other skin conditions, and am so glad I got it.  Read more for the full post with ingredients and what got this back in my bag.


OLAY Regenerist Wrinkle Relaxing Cream – Mom gives it a go for 4 days

I never planned to road test any anti-aging products on myself.  Essentially I still haven’t at all except for the eye cream I use, but I had a willing candidate for this Olay review, my mother who used Olay nourishing face lotions for many years in the past.  Olay kindly sent me a bottle of their Regenerist Wrinkle Relaxing cream, a breakthrough anti-aging moisturizer which is supposed to hydrate, nourish, soothe the skin and reduce the blatant appearance of lines and wrinkles and show results within a window of 10 minutes from the first application, I’ve got you now, huh?

“Regenerist’s revolutionary wrinkle fighter combines Olay moisture with advanced micro fillers to smooth skin’s surface, relaxing the appearance of wrinkles while the formula with biopeptides + a B3 complex hydrates to reduce the appearance of even deep lines in 14 days **, *vs other Olay Anti-aging products  **with continuous use “

I made my mom try this from the morning of April 16.  We began by taking a photo of her without the product at all and with the product applied after 5-10mins.  Read more to get the full post and review.


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