Catching Up: Going Back to Basics.

Catching Up: Going Back to Basics.

Practicality is a big word for me. I’m not sure if you will call it being thrifty or cheapskate. But who cares? if we alll know that the value of our money decreases over time. When it comes to my personal care needs I make
sure that #1 it is AFFORDABLE. I have spent my money on products that I’ll just once or thrice then just toss or dump it somewhere in my room, I’ve realized over time that I don’t need to spend extra more money on basic personal care or hygienic products I use on a daily basis. Well if there are cheaper alternate products I can use with same function and quality.

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So Soft Wet Wipes (Lemon Scented, it also has the unscented variant).
Suited for makeup removal. I use this after I got home from work to remove my makeup and any traces of dirt on my face. For just 29 bucks at Watsons (orig.price is 35). It has 20 wipes in one pack . Compared to what i usually purchased at Watsons which is 45pesos for 2 packs of makeup remover wipes which 10 wipes per pack. For me, makeup removers shouldn’t need to be fancy unless your skin is really senstive. Others actually just use regular baby wipes as their makeup remover. Anyways, you still wash off your face after.

Eskinol Spotless C Calamansi Toner
Yeah this one is just 29 bucks too. I opted for this instead of purchasing another bottle of Kojie San Toner which is 43 or 44 Pesos. It might be a bit a harsh on your skin but this toner claims to lighten blemishes or dark spots and even whiten your skin. I just don’t see any need to buy Kojie San Toner even though I love the product, My mild acne or pimple still shows up once in a while. What made me decide to reunite with this toner is because of an IG post of a blogger whose acne was worst back then. I asked her what toner she use and she said Eskinol Spot Less C. It removes any traces of dirt and makeup on my face well. Lightening? I don’t know I still rely on my TRETINOIN CREAM 0.025% for my acne blemishes or redness.

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119 Pesos Lippies

LA Colors Matte Lipstick ( Shade: Caramel Cream)
I was browsing thru Zalora’s online shop when LA Color Lipsticks catches my eye because of course it is affordable. I got my first LA Colors lipstick which is the Moisturizing Variant, shade is Pink Sand, But I didn’t like it since it is too shiny on my lips and the color makes me look pale. So I got this Matte variant of theirs. The shade Caramel Cream suits my skin tone. It is more on the coral shade I think, I’m sorry I’m not familiar with how to categorize lipstick shades. But I love the color on my lips. Being a cheap lipstick it is the color will not lasts on your lips. You may need to reapply it as needed.

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LA Colors Moisturizing Lipstick. Shade is Pink Sand. 119 Pesos only.

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LA Colors Matte Lipstick in Caramel Cream. 119 Pesos only.

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Other shades to choose from LA Colors Matte Lipstick.

Avon Simply Pretty Sweet & Sassy Split Lipstick

I’m not sure how long this product has been in Avon but I just discovered this a few days ago after borrowing a colleague’s brochure. What made me order it is because it has 2 shades in one lipstick for a price of one, It has 3 shades: Passionate Pinks, Rich Reds and Captivating Corals. I choose Rich Reds because the colors are bolder and fierce, I didn’t go wrong because I was looking for a shade of lipstick that is more on the Berry shades. I was also surprised that this lipstick is pigmented and semi matte, Longevity is 4/5. I was surprised that after 4 hours I still can see the color on my lips. I was planning on purchasing the Captivating Corals shade. Well, I hope they still have it in their upcoming brochures. Guys this lippie is worth a try for 119 pesos only.

ITS LIKE BUYING 2 LIPSTICKS IN ONE PRICE!!!!

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Avon Simply Pretty Sweet & Sassy Split Lipstick in Rich Reds. (1st swatch: DARK, 2nd swatch: LIGHT, 3rd swatch: COMBINED)

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Avon Simply Pretty Sweet & Sassy Split Lipstick available in Avon brochures.

Lipsticks on my Lips

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From the top: LA Colors Moisturizing Lipstick in Pink Sand LA Colors Matte Lipstick in Caramel Cream Avon Simply Pretty Sweet & Sassy Split Lipstick (left and right shades)

BodyXpert Stretch Mark Lotion

Long ago, I’ve posted a review on an anti-stretchmark topical treatment known in most countries around the world. The brand is called Bio Oil. I’ve consumed 2 bottles where each bottle costs P495.00 which for me is quite hefty. But thinking how the product goes a long way, you just need to save up at least P150 each month to be able to purchase a new one. On my case, since I wasn’t able to save up that amount due to unexpected expenses, I stopped using it. It indeed help in my stretchmarks dilemma but not to the extent that it erased or diminished those lines. I mean if you’ve read my post or review about this product there is no topical or over the counter treatment that will eliminate it in an instant. Sort of like your fairy godmother uses her magic wand and does it all for you.
I stopped looking for treatments since all of the products you can find at a local drugstore are priced almost the same (P400 plus and up). But just this Sunday, I was surprised to find a stretchmark product that really suits my budget. My boyfriend and I went to Watsons Megamall after watching a movie so that I can buy him a nose pack that I’m using. As I got what I’ve been aiming to buy, I was trying to look around and luckily got to the section of stretchmark products. As I said to myself, yeah they’re all priced the same (Glyderm, Bio Oil, Palmers). To my surprise this product catch my eye. The brand seems new to me since this is the first time I saw this at Watsons. I checked the price, I was in awe how affordable it is add to that that it is discounted also, I even verified it to the sales rep. if the price is correct. So without hesitation I grab it and pay for it.

BodyXpert Stretch Mark Lotion

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What the box looks like. It is very sleek and sort of eye catching.

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At the back of the box,where you can find the information and what the product is made of.

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Unboxing. This is what it looks like inside a tube containing 120ml. of the product.

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This is what the product looks like.

Product Features
BodyXpert Stretch Mark Lotion is enriched with Cocoa Butter and Vitamin E that help reduce the appearance of stretchmarks.
This is just a partial review so far since I just started using it.

Pros:

Easily absorbed by the skin. The consistency is runny that is why during application the skin absorbs it easily
It is non sticky and non-greasy.
The smell is nice. When I open the flip top tube, I immediately check on the smell.
Packaging is good. For this product so affordable, I cannot complain about the packaging, The box looks sleek.The tube is not messy.
Very affordable. It is discounted at a price of P119 from P149. Even though it is priced at P149 I would still purchase it.
Is it effective? As I mentioned from my previous review or blog about Bio Oil, there is no topical product that would diminish stretchmarks completely, In my almost 3 weeks of using this product, my tummy felt smooth and soft for almost 8-10 hours. It seems to lighten it also but not to an extent. I’m not sure if this would change if I continue using it for months. Let’s see. But honestly, I’m quite impressed on how this product performs. I’m not expecting too much from it since this is really cheap compared to most anti stretchmark products in the market.

Cons:
My only complain so far is the accessibility or availability of this product in the market. It seems to me that you can only purchase this at Watsons and probably at SM Dept. Stores.
From the looks of it, the stocks might be limited.

Recommendations: As it says in the packaging, you can use this before, during and after pregnancy. I would highly recommend this to moms or mom to be out there who are budget conscious
like me. Instead of jumping to high end stretchmarks treatment you can try this as a start.
**I would be updating this post after few months of usage.

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Eskinol Spot Less White

So here is my partial review of this product which is Eskinol Spot Less White. I know Eskinol is one of the toners or let’s say astringents known here in the Philippines. I remember the ad of this product wherein its endorser way back when I was a kid is the famous actress Vilma Santos. From what I remember, my mom had use this before. A trusted brand since 1945 and the pioneer of Facial Care in thePhilippines, Eskinol remains to be the #1 and will continue to grow the Deep Cleanser segment.

Eskinol Spot Less White Facial Deep Cleanser (with Pure Calamansi Extract)

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Eskinol Facial Deep Cleansers contain Micro-cleanse Anti-Bacterial Formula that removes pimple-causing dirt left from washing with soap. It also removes excess oil and make-up to make your skin truly clean. Use Eskinol Facial Deep Cleanser and avoid pimples and other skin problems from coming back.

It claims to whiten and reduce dark spots or blemishes as early as 1 week.

I’ve read blogs and reviews on this most of them saying it is effective.

Partial verdict:

Compared to Gluta C toner this seems to clean my face better. I just noticed my cotton has accumulated more dirt when I use the Eskinol than Gluta C. I like the smell of this toner it is not too strong with a Citrus hint (since it has Calamansi Extract). It doesn’t dry that much too. Very affordable for 29 Php or close to 30 bucks for the small bottle. You can find this in any drugstores or leading supermarkets.

For the whitening part? I might give this a week or two. I have fair skin though. My indication for this would be my pimple marks and blemishes if it would lighten or remove it totally.

The downside might be its alcohol content but I don’t think I might be bothered by that.  I mean most toners have alcohol in it.

*update on this will be posted. Soon.

**Update as of 06\12\15– It’s been a long time since I last used this. After this I used the other variant, which is the Eskinol Classic White Facial Deep Cleanser but it didn’t help on my acne. As you all know I’m only using Kojie San Toner + Cleanser now.