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Here’s a quick one for you.  With the arrival of advanced marine botanics skincare line Algenist comes this bottle of beauty from their Genius range, a line of skincare formulated to nurture maturing skin but gentle enough for younger skin to try.  I personally was not given this full size to try, this was just the tester of their Algenist GENIUS Ultimate Anti-aging Bi-phase peel.   I wish they’d used a different word as opposed to Anti-aging in the product name, something like “Clearing” or “Brightening” (“Ultimate brightening bi-phase peel” has a nice ring to it).  The double hyphen in the product name gives me a mental itch.

Ultimate Anti-Aging Bi-phase Peel Php4650 (Rustan’s)

“For the first time ever, this bi-phase formula combines the powerful effects of a peel with the nourishing benefits of Microalgae Oil. Glycolic and salicylic acids work together for gentle, highly effective skin exfoliation and renewal while Microalgae Oil leaves skin feeling soothed, nourished, and deeply conditioned. The two phases combine to offer an unparalleled experience – the effectiveness of a peel, with the luxurious benefits of an oil. “

INGREDIENTS: Water, Isohexadecane, Glycolic Acid, Chlorella Protothecoides Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Sodium Hydroxide, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Algae Exopolysaccharides, Shikimic Acid, Menthyl Ethylamido Oxalate, Salicylic Acid, Plukenetia Volubilis Seed Oil, Niacinamide, Pentylene Glycol, Dextrin, Polydextrose, Algae Extract, Sorbitol, Oleyl Alcohol, Propanediol, Crithmum Maritimum Extract, Amylopectin, Phenoxyethanol, Benzyl Alcohol, Disodium EDTA-Copper, Haematococcus Pluvialis Extract, Potassium Sorbate, Zanthoxylum Bungeanum Fruit Extract, Disodium EDTA, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Passiflora Incarnata Flower Extract, Oenothera Rosea Extract, Sea Water Extract, Tocopherol, Sodium Benzoate, Fragrance.

You shake it and top and bottom ingredients combine, smooth on with a cotton pad (reminds me of an old bi-phase shampoo on the market in the eighties) wait bout a minute or two then rinse with water, yes it requires a light rinse or spray with warm water and wipe it off.  Waiting longer with it on top, we were told, does not intensify the treatment.  You can wipe it away a couple of minutes after I’m guessing the soothing ingredients float on top of the more active ingredients like oil on water.   Again, the formula isn’t perfect, and it isn’t alchohol or fragrance-free, but there are soothing ingredients to counter that.  It contains glycolic as well as other safe acids to gently exfoliate the face.  I liked the difference I saw on the back of my left hand in comparison to my right hand when I tested it, sorry there’s no photo of that here because the venue was kind of dim and I don’t have a full-sized sample of this.  I wouldn’t say the difference was like night from day but you could spot the difference and feel it. My left hand was cleared of an ashy overlay which could only have been pollution and dead skin on a date together.  Most of that is lifted away and banished by Algenist’s bi-phase peel.  I advise using this product at night as it contains AHA acids like glycolic acid and if used during the day follow up with facial sunscreen to protect.  Using this liquid exfoliating toner by the way, no matter how cool it feels over the skin is not a substitute for true cleansing.  Stay tuned though, this wasn’t the Algenist item awarded by Allure’s Best in Beauty…there was something else.… To full post & COMMENTS...

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So, this is as spontaneous as it gets.  Sleepover = true skincare stories.  Ever so randomly last night, a teenage cousin of mine with acne-prone, reactive skin spilled the details on her current skincare swat team.  The line-up is to say frankly, not edited but as real as can be, because they were all on her bathroom counter in sincere disarray from daily use.  We gathered them ’round to compress for this family photo (I really have a good laugh inside when people yell out “compress” because it’s just everyone’s thing).  I’ve seen my cousin’s face months before all this, it was shiny, sensitive, and eruptive.  This time though, her face was clear and not shiny with no sign of acne on the horizon.


Please note that this selection is not used simultaneously and was formed gradually with the added supervision of her dermatologist.  The products may or may not work for you in the same way or may not be recommended for you.   Read on for the full regimen post and what she told me about each product.



Moringa-O2 Malunggay Herbal Facial Toner | A Local Alcohol-Free hydrating Toner

With all the Caroline Hirons mania since the MUA Pixiwoo sisters featured UK’s very own pro skincare guru on their BodyTalk channel people like myself have been waking up and switching up on skincare.  I sense a bead of sweat rolling downward for several brands since hundreds of thousands of people have begun to furiously check ingredients lists wanting a proper and safe revamp for their faces.  I’m not one to completely fuss and throw out everything but I have been zooming through my current staples wanting to finish them up since I’ve got a Ms.Hirons sort of “haul” (ugh, hate the word but it helps you envision) coming through beginning of next month.  Recently I’ve realized that not everything she recommends has to be imported, she simply goes on like a broken record about ALCOHOL-FREE when it comes to toners and now at least I’ve got something, and it’s proudly Filipino.


KEY INGREDIENTS : Aloe, Glycerin, Witch Hazel flower water, Moringa (malunggay leaf extract), Omega (sunflower oil), and Olive Leaf Extract. Php 95.00 (available in Watsons, SM Supermarkets, SM Savemore, SM Hypermarkets, and Robinson’s Department Stores)

I like that Ms. Hirons is not legalistic about ingredients she doesn’t like but she just says better if they’re not in a product at all, are neutralized by another ingredient in the mix, or are near the bottom of the ingredients list (meaning only the least, tiny amount).  We know that she’s sweetly supportive and devoted to Emma Hardie skincare, the range she forever supports, and what she goes on and on for miles about is their Lift and Sculpt Moringa range.  Moringa my friends is MALUNGGAY…Pinays wake up…we’ve got some great Malunggay stuff going on at the moment, like the Moringa-O2 skincare range for instance by the makers of Gluta-C, the range has been around for a couple of years but only recently has it been aggressively marketed via social media and I’m glad their team sent me the range to try.  I’ve quickly become a fan of the Moringa-O2 Herbal Facial Toner  just in the last few hours so I decided to give you a short review.  What I like about this toner is everything about it being hydrating and charged with natural goodies and the only thing I dislike is that it’s scented, once again…they didn’t have to…really, I’d much rather they didn’t, right?  FRAGRANCE FREE wins faces every time people, come on.  The scent however is light and pleasant and doesn’t stay on your face, it smells similar to Elizabeth Arden Green Tea.


This is the moment, I have to get it out, because I need to stress this.  DO NOT SUBSTITUTE TONER AS MAKEUP REMOVER PLEASE.  TONER IS NOT MAKEUP REMOVER. TONER WILL NOT HELP IF YOU HAVE MAKEUP IN THE WAY.  So please kindly remove your makeup with a proper makeup remover, CLEANSE (if you can use an SLS free cleanser better), and then use a toner.  I apply the Moringa-O2 Facial Toner on with my favorite cotton pads (Delon from S&R if i’m not mistaken, the round ones with a smooth side and textured side) 2 dashes to the textured side of the pad to help get excess grime off, then 2 dashes to the smooth side to apply again for added hydration and overall clean.  This really did not make my skin feel tight in the slightest and my face felt refreshed, plump, and happy, it also helped my skin better receive my DermaE Hyaluronic Acid Hydration Serum (my Hydraluron dupe) afterwards followed by my moisturizer, layering the 3 didn’t clash on my face which surprised me in a positive way.  While it’s alcohol-free still DO NOT try taking this near your eyes by the lash line because it’s scented…you can take it around the eye area, on eyebags, just don’t get too close.  It left my skin cool and refreshed without alcohol thanks to soothing Aloe and Witch Hazel blossom water which comprises the base of the toner preventing any sort of parched feeling.  The leave-in goodie for your skin is the Moringa Extract which is steadily in the center of the ingredients list indicating it’s got a good amount of this, moringa has healing and balancing properties that nourish the skin.  I wouldn’t wonder too much about the benefits, if there are any, of the Sunflower and Olive Leaf extract since they’re so far down the list this contains too tiny amount.  Anyhow, it’s good to know they’re in there, better good than bad.  At Php95.00 this toner is a local drugstore gem.  Follow Moringa-O2 on Facebook for more product updates and information.To full post & COMMENTS...


Caudalie Beauty Elixir “Eau de Beaute” – Not Your Average Facial Mist

Hearing about this Caudalie Beauty Elixir get heaps of praise from the respectable pro UK makeup artist, Lisa Eldridge, from UK vlogger Fleur, and my current fave Brit vlogger, Vivianna was enough to convince me to pick up a small bottle from Sephora here in Singapore.  It’s super lovely and smells amazing.  It’s not at all your regular sort of face spray, it’s not just “water” it has ingredients that do more than just wet your face.  I actually feel aggravated pores relax when I spray this on and flaky parts become hydrated and this provides an invigorating burst of stress-busting aromatherapy that’s herbal but doesn’t make you smell old or like a salad.  I even lightly spray this on top of my makeup as Lisa does after a long day and press in with my palms and it sort refreshes whatever makeup you’ve applied as long as you didn’t over-apply your base.


“Inspired by the “elixir of youth” used by Queen Isabelle of Hungary, this treatment smoothes features, tightens pores, and gives the complexion a burst of radiance. an excellent base for make-up, this water awakens the skin in the morning and livens it up before a night out. Part-toner, part-serum mist of essential oils and plant active ingredients.  For all skin lacking radiance. Beauty Elixir is an exceptional anti-dull complexion treatment and a wonderful after-shave for men.

USE: Shake well before use.  Close your eyes and mist onto the face before applying your moisturizer and at any time of the day.  0% Parabens, Absolutely NO Sulfates, Synthetic Dyes, Petro-Chemicals Phthalates, GMOs, Triclosan.  Against animal testing.  100% Natural Fragrance. Active ingredients: Grape, orange blossom, rose, organic balm mint, rosemary… 

Caudalie is a French brand that champions the use of loads of natural ingredients that are expertly processed together to create gentle skincare for specific skin needs.  This beauty elixir is not just good for your skin, what’s also nice to do is, as Lisa recommended, spray it twice onto your hands and rub your palms together if you’re absolutely stressed or nauseous then cup your hands over your nose and inhale the natural fragrance this provides…instant relaxation.  I wouldn’t be surprised if this would be a lovely after-sun spray as well.  I got the smaller 30ml bottle from Sephora, Marina Bay Sands for SGD$23.00 but all Sephora outlets that carry Caudalie skincare should have it (about Php600+, that’s cheaper than in U.S.).  There’s a bigger 100ml size bottle as well but I forgot how much that one was, twas about over $30 SGD I think.… To full post & COMMENTS...


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...


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