Aug 18, 2017

ClearAscar Review

I've been using ClearAscar, a product of Unilab, for more than a month now. Last June 26, I posted this on Instagram and used it on my sister's scar, but I found out that it's not a scar but a little skin warts. I then used it on my closed wound scar resulting a keloid ~ caused by a huge Carbuncle (Pigsa/Boils) ~ more after the product details later.
Product Details:
ClearAscar™ Scar Gel contains a unique blend of naturally occurring silicones. Silicone has been shown to improve the appearance of scars by reducing their redness, and by flattening and softening scars. clearAscar™ Scar Gel aids in the management of old and new hypertrophic (such as burn and wound scars) and keloid scars resulting from general surgery, injuries, wounds, and burns. clearAscar™ Scar Gel is an opaque, white gel that is essentially odourless, and forms a clear film when applied on the skin. clearAscar™ Scar Gel is available in 6g and 15g tubes.

What is in the Product:
ClearAscar™ Scar Gel contains a unique blend of naturally occurring silicones. Silicone has been shown to improve the appearance of scars.
Direction for Use:
  • Make sure that the affected skin is clean and dry.
  • Apply a very thin layer of clearAscar™ Scar Gel to the affected area 1 to 2 times a day. Do not massage the gel into the area.
  • Allow the gel to dry completely (about 2 to 3 minutes). clearAscar™ Scar Gel may stain clothing if it is not completely dried. To help speed drying, a hair dryer may be used.
  • Once dry, clearAscar™ Scar Gel can be covered with pressure garments, sunblock or cosmetics.
Use ClearAscar™ Scar Gel for a minimum of 3 months or until you no longer see an improvement in your scar. Larger or older scars, and burn scars may take longer to improve.

Price: Clearascar’s suggested retail price is P 418.95 for the 6g and P 761.20 for the 15g.
This is what I mentioned from the first part of this post. I'm afraid that this may turn to skin keloid so I took action to prevent that to happen. It's around 1-1.5 inch scar~really big one for a boil :(
I've been applying it for more 6 weeks and I've seen great result! As of now it already cleared up.

Aug 16, 2017

Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Pore Clay Mask

The last time I tried Clay Mask - in Powder Form, I break out the next day after using it. Now, I bought this one from Innisfree: Jeju Volcanic Pore Clay Mask.

I always like to try best sellers from brands, ended up going for this product from Innisfree.

Price: Php 550 from Althea Korea
For first time orders, you may use my Althea Korea referral link to get up to ₱200 off when you signed up and make a purchase!

Product Details from Althea Korea:
Oily or combination skin, rejoice! Clay has long been known for its cleansing properties and as an effective sebum controller. The Jeju Volcanic Pore Clay Mask functions in 3 ways: removes sebum, brightens your skin tone, and cares for troubled spots.
Rich in Jeju volcanic scoria, the masks goes deep into pores and get rid of impurities while absorbing excess sebum to revive your skin’s natural moisture balance
The result is skin that is visibly improved, and one that feels softer and smoother, for easier makeup application.
This jar version is a thick mask texture but still easy to apply.

Regarding pore shrinking? not even a little worked for me but it does cleanse my pore and brighten my face prior to application of the mask.


Aug 15, 2017

Silky Girl Matte Junkie Lip Cream

Silky Girl released 9 shades of their newest Matte Junkie Lip Cream and I'm blessed to receive 5 colors namely:
  1. Retro
  2. Glamour
  3. Rebel
  4. Vintage
  5. Vixen
Plus 4 more other colors!
Price: Php 249
Product Details:
This kissproof and transfer resistant lip color applies like a liquid lipstick that dries to a matte finish. It stays on your lips through day and night activities requiring minimal touch-ups.


  • Lightweight
  • Fragrance-free
  • Carmine-free
  • Paraben-free and
  • Not tested on animals
SILKYGIRL is now marketed at over 5,000 cosmetics counters in Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei , Indonesia, Philippines and Jakarta. From this, I can honestly say that the colors are Southeast Asian skin tone safe! Maybe I should also check their foundations too!
Thoughts:

  • Doe foot applicator is the best for liquid matte lipstick
  • Dries fast
  • Has a little glitter when wiped but it's only visible on skin, not on lips
  • A variety of colors to choose from! #3 Rebel & #4 Vintage works on my skin the best!
  • Lasts for 3 hours for me and starts to fade when eating or drinking but doesn't dry out the lips



Find out more about SILKYGIRL
Official Website: www.silkycosmetics.com
Official Instagram: www.instagram.com/silkygirlcosmetics
Aug 14, 2017

Althea Petal Velvet Powder

 Lots of Shopping sites released their own line of products. This time, Althea Korea released their very first brand product: Althea Petal Velvet Powder. I hope they'll add more from their brand products soon!
Product Details:
Althea Says: Althea's very own product range is here, and we're starting off strong with the Petal Velvet Powder! This debuting beauty is a translucent powder that sets makeup and leaves behind a silky finish to the touch. Infused with oil from Althea seeds, this powder works to keep sebum production at bay without drying out the skin for a radiant, fresh look, all while giving out a gentle scent. Keep your makeup looking great all day or dust some on to stay shine-free!
Size: 3g
Price: Php 210
You may buy the product from Althea Website.  If it's your first time planning to purchase, you may use my referral link to get up to P200 off.

 Packaging:
  • Comes with a Pink Box
  • Soft White Puff with Pink Ribbon holder
  • Compact Container
 Inner sticker message:
"Hello Beautiful! Please remove this sticker before use." - Althea
Thoughts:
  • This is a translucent powder, I'm not expecting any coverage at all but I'm after the sebum control and pore blurring effect. It did control my sebum after application that holds a matte-velvet texture for 4 hours (AC office). It did minimize pore appearance but it didn't hide everything.
  • No breakouts after using it for 1 week
  • No white cast effect! Yay!
  • It's a 3g product worth Php 210. Fairly priced product in my opinion.
  • Has a mild floral scent
  • The powder is well milled
  • Can be used as well to set makeup


Disclaimer: The service is sponsored by Althea Korea. I am not paid to do this post.
Aug 12, 2017

Salted Egg Potato Chips

Salted Eggs Potato Chips? What's that? I just saw these in different food events in several malls and I find them a bit pricey for potato chips, yet there are still people who purchase. I learned that most raved potato chips or some even say it started in Singapore where there are the brands Irvins and The Golden Duck. Thanks for my father for bringing them at home last quarter this year.

Let's start with Irvins Salted Egg, my father told me there's a queue in purchasing this yellow pack of potato chips and minimum order to purchase.
105gr - Small Pack - S$ 8

When I'm in the Airport, most probably that certain passenger carrying the Yellow Duck Plastic Bag is from Singapore. It's one of the most MUST BUY PASALUBONG from anyone coming from Singapore, mostly requested by most millennials.
Now that I mentioned this to one of my friend now based in Singapore, he told me to try a different Salted Egg Potato Chips from The Golden Duck. I'll tag an acronym for this as TGD. Cheaper + more chips but of different taste too!
125gr = S$7 
We got these from 7-11 Store
There's a big difference between the two:

  • TGD tastes sweet with a spicy kick. Irvin tastes more on the salty side.
  • The price and the weight of product
  • I find the TGD less oily~ at least for the batch I got
  • Irvin's have bigger chip cuts, while TGD I got contains smaller potato chip cuts.
Honestly, they are not created the same and doesn't taste the same. Probably if you would like the Sweet Spicy taste, go for The Golden Duck. If you preferred salty, go for Irvin's.

Personal Choice: The Golden Duck :)


Aug 7, 2017

How to Spot Fake Nature Republic Aloe Vera Gel

Aloe Vera gels are every where and come in different packaging such as tubs, sprays, lotion, essence. My personal favorite (and my sister's too!) is the Nature Republic Soothing & Moisture Aloe Vera 92% Soothing Gel. It's often out of stock in Nature Republic Philippines stores, I often check with Landmark Makati, then go to Althea Korea Shopping website. For first time orders, you may use my Althea Korea referral link to get up to ₱200 off when you signed up and make a purchase!

One day I checked Shopee Philippines Flash deal banner:
Shopee posted this banner of NR Tub sold for only P70! Regular price is P100! What?!
Shopee Philippines caters different sellers, they also have sellers who also sell the legit tubs but I am getting strict with sellers and counterfeit brands. This time, they didn't screen their sellers/products carefully and even add it to their flash deal banner sale!.tsk tsk. 

Why I'm alarmed about this product? I saw it from a post of DailyVanity.sg (link), that a Malaysian got hospitalized due to allergic reactions from the fake Nature Republic Aloe Vera Gel. Prayers for this lady, hoping for a fast recovery.

We purchased the tubs for more than 2 years, prices didn't really get that low. P245 from Official NR Stores in the Philippines and P180 from Althea Korea - but minimum purchase required if you like to have your orders shipped for free.

The price looks fishy for me, I then went to Divisoria and Binondo for a meal and store check. There there! saw several green tubs together with other counterfeit products. Normally sold for P80-100 probably cheaper if you're getting wholesale orders.

Let me help me you guys if you're planning to purchase the tubs (this might help you a lot if you're buying online). I'm comparing my Genuine Nature Republic and this Fake one from a Shopee Seller. I purchased online (Shopee) because I already know what to expect from Divisoria.

Genuine is slightly bigger than the Fake tub. 

Colors of the cover sticker are more of the darker green for genuine and moving to the yellow green side for the fake one. Also check carefully the prints here - fonts, droplets, a line above the 300ml for the fake.

Tub shape also differs. Cap cover should be bigger than the base packaging.

 Bottom sticker

 Embossed 'NATURE REPUBLIC' for Genuine Tub

 should be visible on the cover sides and bottom part too!

Gel Consistency

It's really hard to tell by just looking at it. I'll skip the skin testing for my face sorry readers but I don't like to take the risk. The smell of the Genuine, has a great aloe scent, while very little from the fake one. I find the Genuine Nature Republic Aloe Vera Gel spreads to a thin layer and runnier than the Fake, it's a bit thicker. I'll update a photo about the consistency soon!

So those are the keys in distinguishing the genuine vs. fake Nature Republic Aloe Vera Gel. Be careful when buying online.

Disclaimer: Please always check date posted of the blog, May no longer be updated due to brand and manufacturer change in packaging over time and per country as well. I personally bought these products and I can't afford to always buy them whenever there's a change in packaging. 

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