Review: Nu Skin ageLOC Gentle Cleanse & Tone

Bonjour Bella!

If you’re already in your late 20s like me, I’m sure you’re quite concerned about preventing and minimizing signs of aging. You might have noticed some fine lines and dark spots starting to appear on your face. In my early 20s, I’ve started applying sunblock and moisturizer daily. But I think I started too late since I was more exposed to the sun’s harmful UV rays back when I was still studying. Now, I have visible fine lines across my forehead. -_-‘

Aside from fine lines, I also have a few dark spots due to acne. These are the reasons why I’m am so into moisturizing, brightening, and anti-aging products even at a relatively young age.

ageLOC Gentle Cleanse & Tone with hand towel and headband

ageLOC Gentle Cleanse & Tone with hand towel and headband

About a month ago, I’ve received a bottle of ageLOC Gentle Cleanse & Tone, one of the products from the award-winning ageLOC range of Nu Skin. ageLOC is Nu Skin’s premier brand for targeting the signs and sources of aging.

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NOTD: OPI Heart Throb

Bonjour Bella!

I used to have nail arts done (by my sister Mariah) or change my nail color every week. I mostly stuck to shades of red, pink, and blue though.

Anyway, now I have to do my own nails and I have to wear muted colors. In my line of work, the nail color of choice is NATURAL (or at least close to it).

Thus, I’ve been searching a long time for a nail color that is safe to wear at work. So in my search for the perfect “safe for work” nail polish, I entered the world of Sephora, where I can literally spend hours looking, touching, and trying out all the products. Imagine my happiness when I went to the NAILS section and my frustration when, after being there for more than an hour, I still couldn’t decide on which color to get.

I ended up leaving without buying anything… and then going back there the next day to try almost all the shades again. This time though, I ended up purchasing Heart Throb by O.P.I.

OPI Heart Throb

OPI Heart Throb

O.P.I Heart Throb has such a beautiful soft pink color. It’s pretty sheer so I needed to apply two coats for the color to really pop out. This is like the “perfect nude” equivalent in the world of lipsticks. I love how it makes my nails look healthy and beautiful.

OPI Heart Throb

OPI Heart Throb

As you can see, the color is really nice and buildable. You can add a layer of glitter polish if you’re going out to a party. You can also add a French tip for a well-groomed look. It’s a great color for work or school. Agree? :)

OPI Heart Throb

OPI Heart Throb

This O.P.I nail polish applies very smoothly. I love how it lasts very long and doesn’t chip very easily. I wash the dishes every day, cook, and do laundry once a week so I was really amazed when it lasted for a whole week without chipping off. This nail polish is really worth every dollar. :)

O.P.I is comparable to Orly and China Glaze. I have used all 3 brands and I am really happy whenever I use them. These 3 brands have a wide range of colors. They’re all easy to apply and lasts at least a week. :) Really good value for money!

Sometimes, I couldn’t find the colors that I want in certain shops because they have no more stocks. Thus, I’d have to come back another day or just visit another store, which is just too tiring and troublesome for me. Thankfully, there are online stores which offer nail polishes for sale!

Thank God for online shops like Zalora. :) Zalora Philippines carries the top nail polish brands online. They have Orly, China Glaze, Zoya, VOV, and more. Do check them out especially if you’re the type of girl who changes nail color daily or weekly. Hehe!

xoxo,

Monique

Review: Biore Micellar Cleansing Water

Bonjour Bella!

Are you familiar with the saying, “Don’t sleep with your makeup on”?

I know that sleeping with makeup on does horrible things to our skin. But sometimes I just feel so lazy. And if I’m so tired, I totally forget about it. :(

Before, I’ve been using a variety of cleansing foams and cleaning oils. Cleansing foams remove most makeup but not waterproof ones and they tend to make my skin dry. Cleansing oils effectively remove makeup including those that are waterproof. It also gives excellent hydration… however, I tend to get breakouts after using them.

In short, I haven’t found the right makeup remover for me. That’s why, I’m always on the lookout for products that would help me easily remove all my makeup, including waterproof ones, and keep my skin clear and hydrated.

Weeks ago, I received a bottle of Biore Micellar Cleansing Water from SampleStore.com.

Biore is hailed as the No. 1 Makeup Remover brand in Singapore and Japan. Just last month, they launched a new product which is an addition to their current makeup remover line of products. Biore Micellar Cleansing Water is a water-based makeup remover that has high cleansing power yet gentle enough to be used for all skin types.

Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Dipropylene Glycol, PEG-12 Laurate, Butylene Glycol, PEG/PPG/Polybutylene Glycol-8/5/3 Glycerin, PEG-8, PEG-6 Caprylic/Capric Glycerides, Sodium Citrate, Sodium Methyl Stearoyl Taurate, Citric Acid, Disodium EDTA, o-Cymen-5-ol, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Soluble Collagen, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Leaf Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben

It is made with Natural Mineral Water from the Japanese Alps for a gentle and soothing formula. Enhanced with Watery Micellar Technology, it is able to remove more traces of makeup in just 1 wipe, as compared to other makeup removers. The Watery Micellar Technology means that when the product is in contact with our skin, it forms micelles (spherical liquid crystals) that are effective in trapping small quantities of oil that are present in makeups. The micelles basically “dissolves and lifts” makeup and dirt off our faces.

It also contains Enriched Collagen and White Tea Extract for brighter, softer, and suppler skin. And it has an antibacterial formula that helps prevent pimples and breakouts, and minimizes pores for a clearer and more refined complexion. This product is free from oil, fragrance, alcohol, and colorants. It is hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic so it doesn’t cause irritation and it doesn’t clog pores. In addition, it is ophthalmologist-tested, which means it can be used safely around the eye area.

I though that all the product’s claims are too good to be true. So I decided to give it a try and see if the product really delivers what it claims to do.

This product is very easy to use. Just pump an appropriate amount onto a cotton pad. Use the soaked cotton pad to gently wipe off makeup. There is no need to rinse after use. If you need to remove eye makeup (mascara and eyeliner), place the soaked cotton pad onto closed eyes and let it stay there for about 5 seconds before gently wiping off. Repeat until all traces of makeup are removed. Usually, I need about 2 pumps of the product to completely cleanse my face.

The following are pictures of me removing my makeup.

As you can see, it easily and effectively removed all traces of makeup. I like how it’s very lightweight and refreshing to use. It doesn’t make my skin feel sticky or oily as well. I love how it’s easy and gentle to use even for those with sensitive skin like me. After using it for almost a week, I never had any breakouts. Hurray! What I love most is its “no rinse” feature. No need for extra steps to clean my face so I save time and money as well. :)

A 300 mL bottle costs $18.90 and it is available in all pharmacies, hypermarkets and supermarkets, and major department stores. This product is really very cheap and it works so well.

I highly recommend this to anyone looking for an affordable and easy way to remove makeup that is gentle to use for all skin types. :)

If you want to try this product, just head on to SampleStore.com to get your own free sample.

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xoxo,

Monique

Review: Nivea Body Intensive Moisture Serum SPF 25

Bonjour Bella!

My days are spent mostly inside an air-conditioned room. Because of this, my skin tends to get really dry and rough. I’m drinking around 2 Liters of water per day but I find that it isn’t enough to keep my skin well-hydrated.

Aside from that, my skin is also exposed to the hot Singapore weather every single day. Exposure to the sun makes my skin dry and itchy. Plus, it makes me have uneven skin tone. :( My colleagues can testify to how my skin gets really red especially after being exposed to the sun.

These are the reasons why I’m always on the lookout for a good moisturizer that will help keep my skin become smooth, supple, and healthy.

Because of my constant search for the perfect moisturizer, I now have a shelf full of all types of moisturizers. I have creams and lotions for all parts of the body (from face to feet). I also have body oils and body butters. But among all of these, my current favorite is the NIVEA Body Intensive Moisture Serum with SPF 25. (This product actually reminds me so much of the Nivea Intensive Moisture Body Milk that I have been using back in 2012 up to 2013.)

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Unboxing: BellaBox September 2014 “Urban Vibes” Beauty Box

Bonjour Bella!

I’ve received something fabulous in my September Bellabox, which I just received this afternoon. :) I’m so excited to share what’s inside my Bellabox so I immediately grabbed my iPhone and took photos.

This month’s theme is “Urban Vibes”. The word “urban” makes me think of people living in a fast-paced world who want everything instant. People who want to have the latest–whether in technology, fashion, or beauty. With that in mind, I got the feeling that I’ll be getting  products from NEW brands. Or at least, those that I’ve never heard of.

So let’s start the unboxing.

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