Review | Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Pore Cleansing Foam & Toner, and Whitening Pore Sleeping Pack

Greetings, guys!

Are you visiting South Korea anytime soon? Do you like Innisfree or at least curious about the brand? Are you still in search for a good facial wash, toner, and/or moisturizer?

In this post, I’m going to feature three Innisfree products I got in my trip to South Korea last November 2016.

  1. Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Pore Cleansing Foam
  2. Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Pore Toner
  3. Innisfree Whitening Pore Sleeping Pack

Innisfree to me

I wasn’t actually a big fan of the Innisfree brand. It was just last year that I got myself an Innisfree No-Sebum Mineral Powder via Beauty MNL. I chose it among the various options, as I know Koreans to have good skin and as makers of the best organic skin care products out there.

(Well, I liked how the mineral powder didn’t cause me any break-out, but I didn’t repurchase due to coverage – just plain white loose powder, and because application is messy, and product is pricey for the size.)

My trip to Myeongdong

Anyway, back to my trip to Korea last year, I got so excited when I saw Innisfree outlets all over the place! I told myself I’d be hoarding before I fly back to Manila. And so, on our second day, we started shopping in Myeongdong and my happy hour began!

Click this to read about my my shopping experience in Myeongdong.

Cleanse, tone, and moisturize

Because I believe that beauty is skin deep, cleansing, toning, and moisturizing are more important to me than putting nice make up. So, when I entered the biggest Innisfree store I could find in the area (there were many stores in that street alone!), I began scanning the shelves for a facial foam, toner, and moisturizer.

The three items below were my picks and I’ve been using them for six months now (yes, they lasted that long and I think they’d still do for 3 more months!):

Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Pore Cleansing Foam

Promise: Purify pores and cleanse dull-looking skin.

Price in Korea: 5,600 KRW (PHP 237.08)

Price in the Philippines: PHP 517.00

My review: Well, being a writer, I fell for Innisfree’s promising words of fighting off sebum with its Jeju Volcanic pore line. Basically, that’s what we need facial foams for – to purify pores and keep us from having dull-looking skin, right? Well, after using this product for 6 months, I can say it lived up to its promise. With just a small amount of foam, my face feels really clean and purified after every wash. Texture is thick and really foamy when applied to wet face.

Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Pore Toner

Promise: Enriched with volcanic cluster and green complex from pure Jeju island, this line helps control excessive sebum for soft skin.

Price in Korea: 12,600 KRW (PHP 533.42)

Price in the Philippines: PHP 1,189.00

My review: I couldn’t live without toner ever since I discovered just washing your face is not enough. A toner is supposed to remove excess oil that would lead to sebum build-up in your face, and that’s exactly what this Jeju Volcanic toner does. It has a distinct smell, but not as strong as the toners I’ve tried before. I like how it leaves my skin matte after every use – ideal before applying moisturizer. I’d definitely repurchase even if ordering it online now would cost a lot (should’ve hoarded in Korea)!

Innisfree Whitening Pore Sleeping Pack

Promise: Whitening pore line takes care of your skin tone, dark spots, and skin texture for transparency.

Price in Korea: 12,600 KRW (PHP 533.42)

Price in the Philippines: PHP 1,356.00

My review: After removing all traces of oil in your face, you should close your pores with a good moisturizer. The reason I didn’t get the Jeju Volcanic Pore Lotion is that I fear it wouldn’t give my skin the moisturizing it needs (since the line is supposed to fight off sebum). Well, I could be wrong with that statement, yet I was right for choosing this pore sleeping pack! It looks strange, but smells nice – a bit fruity. This sleeping pack doesn’t leave my skin oily and it, indeed, improved my skin tone and texture, as it lightened dark spots.

I like that Innisfree puts a one liner promise to their products. It helps buyers identify which among the many Innisfree products would solve their skin problem. It can also mean the brand knows each of its products so well, right? The pressure is on them to live up to each promise they’ve put in the label.

I couldn’t think of any cons for all these three products other than the price, as there are a lot of much cheaper options. But as for me, I’d stick to Innisfree products because they are organic, don’t seem harsh to the skin, and effective for my oil problems. After all, you should be investing in good skin products, right? Especially since we are talking about face here!

Brace yourself for the Before and After photos below!

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BEFORE (Nov 2016)

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AFTER (May 2017)

That’s it, guys. More beauty product reviews coming up. Don’t forget to cleanse, tone, and moisturize every night before you sleep!

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Review | Envy Me Salon @ Robinsons Galleria

My hair was so dry, I had to do something.

After inquiring at a number of salons around my work area, I ended up at Envy Me Salon, Robinsons Galleria. The lady told me they have a promo for the Brazilian treatment every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

They also told me they accept credit card (although I paid in cash), which is one good thing for women like me who like paying by schedule. Lols.

I went there after office. Here are some photos to show you how big and nice the salon is for one that offers affordable services:

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After examining my hair, they recommended the Brazilian BlowStraight treatment (P1,499, but P2,499 every Thursday to Sunday).

They – 2 women had to work on my big hair – started off by washing my hair.

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Then, they applied the chemical. It stings a bit when the hair touches the area around your eyes.

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Took a shot of the pricelist for you, guys.

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Did I forget showing the wash area?

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They had to wait for some time for my hair to absorb the chemical before ironing it. Again, two ladies had to do it.

After that, they washed my hair again and spread the treatment all over it. The lady asked me, “Ma’am, are you comfortable? We need to wait for 5 minutes before washing off the treatment.”

The time passed and my hair was once again ready for rinsing. After that, they blowdried it.

The next photo will be the greatest before-and-after photo you’ll see this week:

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I was satisfied and happy with the result that I gave the two Ate’s  a tip that made them smile!

Envy Me Salon’s Brazilian BlowStraight treatment is good for 2 months, they said. It will straight thick curly hair like mine, but it isn’t permanent like Rebond – perfect for those who don’t like to be among the mainstream rebonded heads, hehe.

What I also like about this treatment is that you can have your hair colored before the process. If only I arrived early, I’d have my hair blondied again.

I recommend this salon and give it 4.5 stars! The place is spacious and neat, and they have nice staff who aren’t noisy & do not cross-sell that hard. You’ll feel they want to deliver good results and not just to finish the job.

I left the salon at exactly 8 PM after coming in at 6:15 PM. The procedure was that quick.

Let’s see how long the ‘good hair days’ are gonna last!

Review | Eyelash Extension at Asia’s Lashes, Ortigas

This Monday morning, my colleague Ruby was so eager to make our eyelash extension plan happen before her birthday next month. She began convincing me by saying I’d look better in my Korea trip photos with long lashes. In the end, I gave in and asked her to start comparing salons, with led us to Asia’s Lashes in Cityland Megaplaza, Ortigas, Pasig City.

We went there after work. It was the highlight of our day. So excited to look like Betty Boop.

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Interior of Asia’s Lashes, Cityland, Megaplaza, Ortigas

The staff attended to us quickly. I told them I’m taking photos to blog about the experience. After having a short discussion on the lash length Ruby and I want to have, they asked us to lie down inside across each other. We went for the 599 PHP unlimited synthetic lashes – medium.

I didn’t take photos of the mini-beds, as I’m so excited, but they were all pink and same with the ones in most derma clinics. Not as comfy, though. The process took more than an hour and despite the process permitting me to sleep with my eyes closed, I didn’t because of my bed. It was uneven. I kept moving my head to relieve myself.

The process was fast. They put some tape under my eye. I smelled the glue – which smelled like glue gun – and knew the friendly staff was getting to it. She stuck the synthetic hairs by pieces, slowly without causing me any pain. It only hurt a bit on my right eye for some seconds. Could be because some glue got into my eyes, but it was bearable and I didn’t feel the need to bother Ate.

She finished off by spreading the lashes, equally distributing them to cover the rest of my eyelid. Another staff came to us and commented, “Is it 10?” to which the staff working for me replied, “Yes, her true lashes are of the same length.” Hearing this made me feel relieved, thinking it doesn’t look too fake then.

I heard Ruby talking again, which means she’s done. The lady began touching my foot and in a matter on 10 minutes, Ate told me she’s finished with me also. She used a mini-fan to dry the glue, before asking me to sit down. That position enabled her to fix my lashes and make sure that I can open my eyes comfortably.

The other staff were there to make us laugh with witty “hugot” lines. I think one of them just broke up with her boyfriend. Before truly leaving the bed, I told Ate about my discomfort and she told me they’ll do something about it, smiling. She was so nice.

Ruby was so pretty! As you can see in the before & after photos above. This is me below.

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The staff handed to me their #ASIALIZED prop, knowing I’ll feature them on my blog. I asked them to join Ruby and I in some photos since we liked their service!

We have to go back to have it removed after 30-40 days and some have fallen off already. Ruby and I agreed to have the ‘human hair’ option in March 2017, which costs 1,500 PHP. They sometimes offer it at 20% off.

Thanks to the friendly, funny, and professional staff of Asia’s Lashes, Ortigas!

Review | Be Organic Virgin Coconut Oil Shampoo & Conditioner

ALL NATURAL and SULFATE-FREE, it says in each bottle.

Had to do something about my seemingly never-ending battle with forehead pimples. After trying different products to dry them and keep my face from being oily, I realized there is one thing I haven’t done yet, which is to change the products I use on my hair.

Since I have thick, wavy hair that is so damaged because I have started straightening it at 4th Grade (yes, you read it right), I’ve always opted for strong shampoo and conditioners over the mild ones. By strong, I meant those made of chemical mixtures I couldn’t even pronounce, hoping they would tame my frizz.

Since then, I’ve always had pimples at my back and forehead.

And it’s just last week that I decided to go for organic hair products.

I browsed through the many choices on my favorite online beauty product catalog that is BeautyMNL. They sell a variety of good products, local and international, offer them at discounted prices sometimes, and deliver nationwide. I have ordered thrice and always get them the next day! Never late!

I got the Be Organic Virgin Coconut Oil Shampoo and Conditioner since they are the cheapest at only P 170 each with awesome reviews by customers.

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Be Organic Virgin Coconut Oil Shampoo and Conditioner, 250 ml

They promise to moisturize and repair hair with plant powered VCO and healing oils.

After reading the reviews in BeautyMNL, I wanted to give it a try immediately since they are organic and rich enough to solve frizzy hair problems, they said. They smell natural and minty, like the shampoo would really clean my hair.

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Back of Be Organic VCO Conditioner

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Back of Be Organic VCO Shampoo

I will use these two tonight and update you on the result. Let me get back to you after a week, I’d probably see some major change in the texture of my hair by then. I also hope it would alleviate my itchy scalp problem caused by dandruff.

Let’s see how my hair would look like after a week –  in my Seoul trip photos, which I’d blog about before this month ends!

I recommend BeautyMNL to you guys. They don’t make you wait, offer authentic products, easy payment options, and respond fast via e-mail.

Good night!

Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay Mask Review

Finally got myself this clay mask and its apple cider vinegar sidekick yesterday from Healthy Options, SM Megamall!

Way cheaper than I thought. My total bill was only P 654P 225 for 475 ml Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar + P 429 for 1 lb Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay Mask. Ordering in Lazada would cost you around P 1,200.

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Had to contemplate whether to buy this product or not for some months for the following reasons: 1) prices online were expensive; 2) other masks need not to be mixed anymore; and of course, 3) for fear it may not work on me.

Click the following to know why Bentonite Clay and Apple Cider are good for the skin.

My Skin Type

I have Combination Skin Type. My forehead (fivehead, actually) is always oily, same with my nose, while my cheeks stay fine throughout the day. Just like my family and friends, I also wonder why my forehead pimples almost never disappear, when the rest of my face stays clear. This has been my problem for quite a while now, even if I get facials monthly.

So I got really interested when I saw a friend’s post about this clay mask, saying it helps her save money on facials. It lead me to a research on the product and a lot of good reviews globally! Just had to know where I can get the two on the lowest price possible.

How To Use

To get started, you need non-metal spoon and bowl, and a non-metal brush to spread the mask onto your face. Ratio is 1:1 – 1 spoon of clay: spoon of  apple cider vinegar. Mix until it becomes a paste, but don’t let it dry. Start painting your face!

You’ll smell the vinegar in the whole room, haha! As they say, you’ll feel your face pulsate and tighten. Then it hardens, becomes odorless and starts to crack.

Here’s how my face looked right after washing with warm water:

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(Sorry, too lazy to resist the call of my bed.)

My face feels so clean and smooth! It freed my clogged pores at first use. Hopefully, it would actually help me save money on facials, as it solve all my pimple and white/blackhead problems after some time. Planning to use it twice a week.

Will post a follow-up review after a month! Have a great weekend, everyone! 🙂

The Measure Of A Great Woman Is How She Deals With These 5 Negative Emotions

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Since the beginning of time, the word ’emotional’ has been tagged to women and seldom (if not never) to men. They say we take things personally and overthink an innocent situation until we self-destruct.

We chase drama like a drug, then we get high, wasted and tired. Women are just like that: the more we drown in a sea of emotion, the more we feel alive.

This is written from the perspective of a woman in her early 20’s, with a 65-year-old mom, two decades-older sisters. I’ve also graduated, and been in the corporate world for almost three years now with few, but fierce female professionals. What I really mean is, I’ve seen woman in all her form and I stand firm in my claim: The measure of a great woman is how she deals with negative emotions.

It’s the common factor among women. You feel before you think, but never let the opposite sex or anyone use it against you. Accept it, be self-aware, snap yourself out of “the feels” and walk on the logical road. The greatest women know they have emotions, but never let their emotions take over.

As positive emotions require nothing but joy from any woman, let’s focus on the negative ones, which are the real test. Here are top five negative emotions women battle with every day and which differentiates the greats from the commoners:

Hate

Life is unfair, and some people are simply unreasonable. It’s a fact you probably wouldn’t realize until you accept that not everyone is your friend.It’s easy to hate when someone does you wrong, but when it happens, remember you have the option to let go. Instead of hating and stressing yourself out, let go of the negative emotion and remind yourself that hate won’t change anything or anyone. Love can, so love yourself and move on.

Disappointment

Expectations are inevitable, especially if you’ve invested all you’ve got into a venture, plan or relationship. You’ve given your all, but then suddenly things don’t turn out the way they should.

People betray you and efforts go to waste. In these situations, a great woman gets hurt and feels pain, but is able to acknowledge the sweetness of second chance and the promise of a new day to start over.

Jealousy

Women experience jealousy more than men because unlike most of them, you know exactly what you want regardless how young you are. So when another woman gets the very thing you’re working for – material possession, beauty, career or guy – it would hurt like hell. Jealousy wouldn’t belong in the 7 deadly sins if not for a reason. However, if you’re a great woman, you’ll try to be happy for the object of your jealousy, knowing your time and reward will come.

Guilt

Nobody’s perfect and every woman does something unbecoming once in a while. Every day, you may feel guilty because of lying out of selfishness, or being unfair and causing harm to others. Guilt is a thief of the night, literally, as it robs you off precious times of sleep. Great women deal with it by breaking down for a while and then apologizing to the aggravated party. If possible, as often it is, they don’t let the sun down with guilt in their heart.

Self-pity

This is probably the most addictive of all negative emotions. Everyone just love playing victims in difficult situations, as it calls for sympathy and appreciation. How pathetic. Great women, when something bad happens to them, don’t act as losers and instead own up to their mistakes. They know so well that self-pity is born out of selfishness, it won’t bring them anywhere, and facing unfairness and problems head on leads to maturity.

Great women deal with difficulties and drama like a winner, consistently. They never accept defeat by overwhelming negative emotions. For a while they only break, never back down. So ladies, accept that you can’t control everything in life, but you can win everyday by being in control of your emotions.