Celeteque DermoScience Hydration Facial Moisturizer

Now that it’s summer, one of the hottest ones yet as predicted by PAG-ASA, more gals would be apprehensive in moisturizing with their creamier, heavier moisturizer. No one likes that sticky, heavy, greasy feeling! Celeteque DermoScience Hydration Facial Moisturizer, that widely-popular heaven-sent product for oily-skinned gals is also every-woman-of-varying-skin-type’s savior.

Me? I use it all year long. I do dabble with the occasional maitry-lang-for-the-sake-of-it moisturizer . But I always come back to my first moisturizer love.

From their website:

CÉLETEQUE DermoScience™ Hydration Facial Moisturizer has Triple Moisturizing System that contains Glycerin, Provitamin B5 and Aloe Vera that work deep down to provide lasting relief from skin dryness. Its unique hydrogel formula provides the skin with optimum hydration without the greasy after-feel.

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Product Critique: iWhite Korea Aqua Moisturizing Cream

Happy hot summer day ladies! Deym, I’m sweatin’ buckets these days! Do share your secrets to beating the heat, pretty please!
Today, I have for you a review of a great product that keeps my facial skin hydrated despite the unforgiving and glaring heat of the sun!
I was running out of my moisturizer then and iWhite Korea’s Aqua Moisturizing Cream came into my life just in the nick of time! I’ve been using it ever since I received the package sent by iWhite Korea.
Don’t you just hate it when you slather on your moisturizer and you end up feeling sticky and hot especially during the day? This moisturizer will knock out that dilemma!
The moisturizing cream is housed by this simple yet functional tube. I find the design pretty and the light blue color relaxing. ☺
Here are the important information on the product, printed at the back:

Product Description:
A water-based moisturizer refined by Bio-Nanotechnology, making it more potent, giving the user a more radiant and fair complexion. It revitalizes and improves skin condition, protects skin against cellular damage and premature aging, maintains elasticity and firmness of the skin and leaves a cool and refreshing feeling. iWhite Aqua Moisturizing Cream is ideal for all skin types.

What makes this moisturizer oh-so-good for your skin:
Mulberry Root Extract
It contains arbutin which inhibits melanin production. It helps even out our skin tone and reduces the appearance of dark spots. It also helps in cell regeneration. It’s also touted as a natural alternative to hydroquinone!
Panax Ginseng Root Extract
It reduces wrinkles and refines skin, promotes skin regeneration, helps in collagen production and helps removes scars.
Aloe Vera
Who doesn’t know the many benefits of aloe vera? From our ancestors to modern times, it’s a popular ingredient in many skin care and hair products! It protects and soothes our skin from sunburn, inflammation, redness, itching, and other allergies. It acts as a natural moisturizer and hydrates the skin sans the greasy feel. It contains salicylic acid and Vitamins C & E. It makes our skin firm, smooth and glowing. It can also help remove stretchmarks and blemishes!
Green Tea
Green tea contains Vitamin B for skin regeneration and Vitamin C for collagen production which aids in skin strengthening and repair, as well as anti-bacterial agents that help keep acne at bay.
I love looking at the cream. It’s sky blue!
Witness the magic right before your very eyes!
From cream (actually it’s more gel-like if you follow the traditional definition of a cream)…
……………….

…to refreshing moisture!

Yeah, I know. My eyes went wide when I first used it!
Couple that with feeling the product change as you apply it on your face!
I use this as my moisturizer both in the day and at night, after washing my face and toning. I also use it after every White Korea Whitening Pack session!

My take on the product loves and grrs style!
LOVES…
* Effective at hydrating my skin and is quickly absorbed
* My face feels soft and smooth right after using it!
* Oil-free and feels light on the skin! This is heaven-sent!
* I love, love, love the fresh and cool sensation it imparts on my skin!
* Perfect for our hot and humid weather especially now that it’s summer!
* People of different skin types can use this! (Oily, combi or dry)
* No irritation or breakouts occurred upon usage
* Can be used under makeup as it will not make your foundation or powder cakey
* A great joy to apply. I don’t find the transformation gimmicky at all. Instead I find it necessary (and entertaining heehee).
* I like the product’s color. Really representative of the refreshing feeling it gives the user.
* The scent is nice and mild
* Affordable and easy to get hold of
* Will last you a month more or less depending on the amount you use
* You have the option to try it out first via the sachet version
* You can easily see the expiration date printed on the tube/sachet (will expire in 3 years as seen on my tube)
GRRRS…
* Doesn’t have SPF. Just follow up with a light sunblock or day cream
* I don’t know how to tote the sachet version around inside my bag without the product spilling out all over the other contents of my vanity kit. I ended up bringing the tube instead
VERDICT:
I love this product and I will surely repurchase! Don’t let summer break your skin routine by removing the moisturizing step! I recommend iWhite Korea’s Aqua Moisturizing Cream because it definitely fits the bill and is affordable too!
iWhite Korea Moisturizing Cream retails at  Php169 for a 50g tube and Php 20 for a 6g sachet. Available at all leading drugstores and supermarkets.

A little background on iWhite Korea:

iWhite Korea is a brand launched by Biocostech Philippines back in 2004. They are a skin care brand formulated in Korea that specializes not only in lightening/whitening the skin but also in improving its overall texture by infusing natural plant extracts in their products that are refined through
Bio-Nanotechnology.

Aside from the Whitening Pack and Aqua Moisturizing Cream, they also have a dirt-removing Nose Pack (black packaging), Moisturizing Facial Wash (purple and white packaging), Facial Cream with sunscreen (golden yellow and white packaging), and whitening Gluta Berry body soap.

I would love to try their facial wash and facial cream with sunscreen next! I’ve yet to use the Gluta Berry soap that was also sent to me. Hopefully, I’d be able to make a review on it soon!

Disclaimer: This product was sent to me by iWhite Korea of Biocostech Philippines for review purposes. All opinions are mine and are based on my own experiences in using the product. What have worked for me may or may not work for you so please do a patch test first!
For the latest on iWhite Korea’s products and promos:
Have you tried this moisturizing cream?
Share your thoughts! ☺
P.S. What are your secrets to surviving this summer heat?

Product Critique: Vanilla & Co. Drops of Dew Milky Almond + Honey

Moisturizing, as I’ve finally embedded in my mind, is a very important part of a person’s skin care routine. I didn’t take it seriously until my last years in college. So now, I’m really trying to make up for the lost time (I’m so sorry my dear skin) after some portion of my life that I spent staying up late to complete requirementS with a capital S and to study for exams. Yeah, you can just imagine how horrible my skin was before. If it had a choice, I bet it would’ve filed for a divorce and I’d be muscle tissue and bones exposed.
Oops, sorry for being morbid. I must be adopting the language of the books I’ve been reading lately. (I’m trying to finish Warm Bodies now. Thank you Alice for posting that trailer! It reminded me to read this book! ☺)
Anyway, I’m running out of my Celeteque Hydration and Olay moisturizers (before those I used Myra in the red and white tube) and a few days ago, I was contemplating on buying from another brand just to test it out. Then I saw this pretty bottle sitting on my vanity, only slightly used up.
Say hello to Vanilla & Co. Drops of Dew!
I used this as body moisturizer a while back before I decided to use up my other lotions first.
I got this bottle from Zalora for Php199.

Vanilla & Co. is a Filipino company with an array of food-scented skin care, bath and body products. I’ve first read about this brand from Helen’s post on their Watermelon Hair and Body Mist.
 
Drops of Dew was described on Zalora as a light yellow cream, but I see milky white. Maybe I wasn’t able to distinguish the slightest lean towards yellow well? 😛 It comes in a plastic spray bottle.
I really dig the pinup girl on the label. Hehe. Love vintage prints.

Here’s the product description, directions for use and ingredients list.
I was a bit confused with Zalora’s description and the ingredients list on the bottle. The product description said it has seaweed extracts, olive oil and milk (do they make up the natural moisturizing factors part of the list?) but it wasn’t clearly stated on the label. Hmmm…
So, here’s what I think about this product, in Loves and Grrs style.
Loves…
The Milky Almond + Honey scent is just heavenly! It’s one of those scents that you have to resist the urge to lick and/or eat your skin. Upon spraying, the coconut scent is evident but not cloying, then it dries to a nice sweet milky scent. It also has that “baby powder on a baby” smell going on. Smell devilishly nice check! (Though it’s angelic to me, not devilish) It also comes in Vanilla, though I haven’t seen it on Zalora’s website.
I find the texture similar to Myra moisturizer, so it’s not sticky. It has a watery consistency that’s easily absorbed by my skin and the resulting smooth and silky feel is amazing. Temptingly soft, check!
I love that it’s a body and facial moisturizer in one. The 150 mL bottle will probably last me more or less a month of daily use, but I don’t mind repurchasing.
My face doesn’t end up being oily when I use this. No breakouts so far.
Affordable.
Against animal testing! ☺
Grrs…
 
It doesn’t have SPF, so a separate sunblock is still required.
It might not be moisturizing enough for those with dry skin. A heavier moisturizer is recommended before applying this for proper moisturizing.

I have to spray numerous times to get my desired amount for my body.

Not readily available in major malls’ department stores and supermarkets. You have the option to order online (through their website myvanillagirl.com, Zalora, or Lazada) or visit Sesou Nature Source (Robinsons Place Manila, Robinsons Magnolia, Glorietta 1, Trinoma, Market!Market!, Alabang Town Center, Festival Mall).
For consideration:
“It creates another layer of protective skin barrier when applied over make-up.” I haven’t used this on top of makeup yet, so I’ll just let you know in a future editing of this post if it really doesn’t smudge and mess up the makeup. The prospect of it being a good makeup sealer is exciting.
Hurray to Vanilla & Co. for being against animal testing!

Overall, I like this product. I would consider trying out their other products as well! I’m curious about their Moisturizing Hair and Body MistGoat’s Milk Vanilla ScrubChocolate Oil (!!!)60 Seconds Tress Tamer, Moisturizing Witch Hazel Beauty Tonic, Olive Cucumber Beauty Exfoliant, Witch Hazel Vitamin Beauty Creme and heck, even their Linen Spray. Yeah, I’m curious about everything! 😛

You may visit Vanilla & Co.’s Facebook page and website by clicking on these links:

When you get the chance, do give it a try ladies!
How about you, what keeps your skin smooth and supple these days? 
Enjoy the rest of your long weekend! ☺

Product Critique: Human Nature Moisturizing Night Cream

A product that has been receiving a lot of love from me lately is Human Nature 100% Natural Moisturizing Night Cream with Plant Collagen. I wasn’t able to try the phased out Human Nature Night Moisturizer Royal Jelly and Aloe Vera, but I’m glad I didn’t let this one pass me by.
PRODUCT DESCRIPTION from the website:
Skincare magic while you sleep! Plant collagen casts a spell for enchantingly renewed skin by morning.
Become an overnight sensation! Plant collagen works its magic while you sleep, when skin absorbs most nutrients. A host of other skin-essential vitamins and minerals help stimulate the regeneration of cells so you wake up to a smoother, more supple skin and a refreshed healthy glow.
 
 
PRODUCT INFORMATION on the packaging:
Helps stimulate the regeneration of your skin and infuses it with maximum moisture while you sleep.
100% No harmful chemicals

Catch up on beauty sleep as our Night Moisturizing Cream works its magic overnight. Plant collagen infuses skin with maximum moisture as skin-essential vitamins and minerals help stimulate the regeneration of cells. Wake up with a refreshed, healthy glow!
INGREDIENTS:
water, isostearyl hydroxystearate (vegetable derived), dicapryl ether (vegetable derived), caprylic/capric triglyceride (coconut derived), glyceryl stearate, glycerin, Persea gratissima (avocado) seed oil, Helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, stearyl alcohol, Aloe barbadensis (aloe vera) leaf juice, natto gum (soybean-derived), tapioca starch, glyceryl caprylate (coconut oil, palm and glycerin-derived), xanthan gum, fragrance (all natural), anisic acid (anise seed derived).

NET WT. 1.7 fl. oz. (50 ml)

PRICE: Php149.75 (bought at Php139.75 as introductory Beauty Blowout price)

With that product description from the Human Nature website, I really couldn’t resist trying it out. I originally wanted to purchase the Moisturizing Day Fluid (with 15 vitamins and minerals!) with this, but it was OOS! I still haven’t bought one, though they’ve replenished on the third week of January. I’ll buy one soon and do a review on it as well! ☺
I’ve already mentioned before that I used to hate moisturizing any part of my body because of the heavy, sticky feeling lotions leave me. This goes for my facial skin as well. But having thick creams and moisturizers as the only option is now a thing of the past and women who are not dry-skinned and are on the oily/combi side can have their pick of lightweight moisturizers in the market.
One of such moisturizers that I had the joy of discovering is Human Nature’s Moisturizing Night Cream! It has a light texture and it’s easily absorbed by the skin. Though initially, it would feel a bit greasy, it dries out and is absorbed in a short period of time. No clogged pores, irritations and breakouts for me so far! My face went from SOS to SSS! Soft, smooth, and supple! I had to avoid touching my face because I liked how it felt, heehee. My face has that glow to it when I wake up, I’m just too shy to show my morning just-woke-up-di-pa-nakakapagtoothbrush fez here. 😛
Things noteworthy about this product are it doesn’t have parabens, phthalates, mineral oil or other toxic substances and it has plant collagen! Why rave about products containing collagen? Studies have shown that people, upon reaching their mid-20s, will start to lose collagen which is the fibrous protein essential in keeping those fine lines and wrinkles (gasp!) at bay and maintaining the skin’s elasticity and firmness (say hello to ageing… horrifying! alarming!). While plant collagen (phytocollagen) has a lower absorption rate than animal collagen, it is considered a safe alternative due to concerns about diseases and allergies that might be acquired from animal sources. Another possible source of collagen is fish, aptly called marine collagen. Collagen may be ingested as a capsule or liquid, injected, or applied topically as a cream. I prefer the third option. 😛
For more info about collagen and its different types, you may click HERE, HERE, and HERE.
Loves…
  • Organic and all-natural, free from harmful chemicals
  • Packaging is nice
  • Light texture
  • Hasn’t caused breakouts, doesn’t clog pores
  • Moisturizes well
  • The SSS effect (soft, smooth and supple)
  • I’m ok with the price
  • Expiration date is indicated on the bottle
Grrrs…
  • doesn’t have SPF
  • smells like an antibiotic
 
Rating: 9 out of 10!
Verdict: I love this product! If not for the scent, I’d be giving it a perfect score. 😛
Word of warning: Not everyone’s skin may be compatible with this product. A friend developed breakouts and we suspect that she’s allergic to an organic ingredient in the moisturizer. Do a patch test first!If you find out that your skin is okay with this product, then by all means, enjoy the benefits! ☺