Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Derm E Refining Vitamin A and Glycolic Cleanser

Hi everyone! Since this is my first review, I wanted to start off with something positive by sharing to you a product that I mostly have good things to say about.

I bought the Derm E Refining Vitamin A and Glycolic Cleanser (phewf what a moutful) because I was interested in the glycolic acid content and I was looking for something that'll make me less dull-looking, one that could give me daily exfoliation. I don't want people to start worrying that I'm on drugs since I look like I'm on it. I thought it was my slur but no, it's my skin. Preferably, I was looking for one that could also help in removing makeup. This product had great reviews online so as soon as I got to pass by a Healthy Options store (I picked mine up at the MOA branch), I didn't hesitate to buy one despite the steep price, which was around 660php.

I like that the packaging has a pump on it. Totally into those. However, it's not ideal for traveling. If I'm not mistaken, I think the same product also comes in a big tube squeezey type. I don't mind that this isn't travel friendly though since it gives me an excuse to buy a cute little packaging that I can pour some of this product to.

It says that you have to place a small amount but I find that you have to make a full pump in order to get a decent lather. Them Japanese face cleansers totally messed up my mind and bumped my standards when it comes to lather and foam.

For the product itself, I would say that this really does a great job in removing foundation, eyeshadow and liquid liner. In particular, the products I had on my face were the Etude House BB Cream, K-palette liquid liner and a Sephora eyeshadow palette. I'm impressed at how the cleanser were able to wash away all these. However, it doesn't remove my mascara that much and it leaves me raccoon eyed. Even after I used my eye makeup remover on my mascara, the residue won't budge and I am still left with slightly raccoon eyes. Ok ok I get it cleanser, I was a raccoon in my past life. But I find it so strange that it can remove everything else yet does not do much on mascara.

After washing, I found that it didn't leave a film, nor does it dry out my skin which is a huge plus on my book since glycolic acid or chemical exfoliants are usually drying. I didn't get that tight feeling but my face felt thoroughly cleansed. It also didn't aggravate my oiliness but it didn't control it either. What I really didn't like though is the fragrance, ekkk! I don't know how to describe it exactly, but it somewhat reminds of me of pencil shaving. EWW! Maybe other people won't mind the scent, it isn't as bad as I say it is, but I'm just not into this woody floral scent. Good thing the scent disappears after a while.

I have been using this for about 3 months now and I'm not sure if it's because of this wash only, but I noticed that my skin's texture does look finer and smoother.

-removes makeup
-cleanses oily skin
-does not aggravate oily skin
-does not dry out skin
-skin looks a bit smoother, texture is more refined

-doesn't remove mascara that well (I'm always left with raccoon eyes)
-has fragrance, period. Even though you're into fragrance, I find the scent off-putting.
-a whole pump is needed to make a decent lather.
-packaging is not travel friendly

Would I buy this again? Yes.

Who would I recommend this to? Those that are looking for a cleanser that does a decent job in removing oil and makeup without drying out skin. I recommend though that you use a makeup remover first because this cleanser works best in removing residual makeup. Also, this cleanser may refine your skin-- it lessens the dullness a bit and makes it look smoother.

Alright that's it for now. Hope you find my very first review informative. :)

First Post!

If by chance in the future I get asked what my first post for this blog was, I can immediately reduce the risk of embarrassing myself because I can legitly say that THIS post is my first, and not a post about-- for example-- my crush. Or that movie that many people ended up hating. Or me raving about a boy band that I would be shy about in the future. Or the time I stepped on poop. Twice.

So much for not embarrassing myself. I'm doing a great job already.

So what should my first post be about? Well, I'd rather have an uneventful and boring one rather than a ridiculous one.

Perhaps I could tell you a little about this blog. Honestly I was debating about whether this blog should be exclusively about beauty. Beauty is the one that made me want to make a blog. My friend and I are so inspired that we could not help but share our thoughts, ideas, and finds in a blog. But since I also have other blog worthy things going on in my life such as travel, events and perhaps foodie stuff, I couldn't decide whether I should go beyond just blogging about beauty. But since this is just new and we can't nit pick through life, I decided to go with the flow, see what happens.

One of the biggest reasons for my hesitation is that I don't wish to reveal my identity. Not yet at least. For now, I'm happy just to share my thoughts with you and hope that someone out there would enjoy, be informed and even be inspired by our posts.

So what kind of beauty blog is this? First what do I mean about beauty? Really, in this blog, you can expect "beauty" in all its senses-- whether it be about makeup and skincare or even a philosophical discourse on aesthetics or the beauty that shines within a person or anything that's nice and pretty to look at, we consider all senses of beauty in this blog.

However, we will focus more on makeup and skincare since it was this sort that inspired us to start this blog. We just have so much we want to share with you!

So why is this blog named "Beauty and Nothingness"? My friend and I are philosophy majors who didn't know what to name this blog and we needed to poop out a name quick before we lost all enthusiasm about starting this blog. I didn't want to think too hard on this so the first thing I did was to come up with a name that complimented my blog name which is Chloe De Beavoir, a name inspired by a female french philosopher called Simone De Beavoir. Immediately, the name I thought that would compliment this was something related to her, I suppose, her soulmate lol named Jean Paul Sartre. One of his most popular works is "Being and Nothingness" and BAM! There it is. Beauty and Nothingness. We'll decide in the future what other puns we can make out of this.

What else can you expect from this blog? Honestly, I just have more time in my hands which is why I can blog but it's actually not the best time to be doing it since I have to budget my money even more carefully. Unlike before I could just buy and try things as I wish because I have my good ole parents to support me. Still, I think that there's so much I could talk about and share with you, and somehow I can still get a hand on some awesome beauty finds.

Also, I am not a typical beauty blogger. In fact there are times that you could consider me as an anti-beauty blogger. For instance, if you ask me what's in my bag, I would tell you "nothing" (coz like, yenno, I blog in "Beauty and Nothingness" hyuk hyuk hyuk. Achievement unlocked: first pun. Let's hope that that'll be the last). I normally don't bring my bag. Just my wallet and phone. And if I do bring a bag, that's literally the only stuff I bring. Also, if you ask me what my everyday makeup routine is, I'd say none to this as well. I don't go out with makeup except on special occasions, or when I want to kick someone's butt by looking pretty. However, it doesn't mean that there isn't anything I can contribute to the beauty blogging world. I like trying things out especially in skin care and I have a legit reason to wear makeup now since I will be starting with work soon, one that requires us to wear moderate to heavy makeup. So definitely, I will be testing makeup products as well and sharing to you what I think.

I like looking at pretty stuff and sometimes I will just post a photo of something cute even though it isn't functional. Like these purple brushes. Obviously I love purple and that's the only reason I bought it. Other than that, I wouldn't recommend these to intermediate makeup users.

I bought this in the department store of Mall of Asia. The stand was cute too I should have taken a photo of it for you to see.

OH! And in case you're wondering why I already have 70+ followers, it's because this used to be my personal blog. But I changed everything about it-- deleted my posts, changed the layout, changed my name etc. so most of you probably have zero clue as to who I am.

Anyway, this post is too long, and I'm too excited to start sharing things with you. I already have a couple of posts lined up so I hope you would stick around. I'm looking forward to meeting you all and it would be awesome to hear from you as well. But if no one out there's interested in reading this blog, then that's too bad. BECAUSE! I'm obviously really awesome and you're missing out (hyuk hyuk hyuk! By the way, that's my drunken "I'm so pathetic" laugh). Also, since I have a combination type of skin, you will benefit from my reviews. So whether you have dry, oily, normal, combination, or even dry-oily (oily because of dry skin), I got yo back. Or not, if you're not reading my blog..

Ok I talked waaay too much. You're probably thinking, ugh this post is too long I won't bother reading it anymore lol. It's ok. But like I said, I can now legitly say that this is my first blog post and that I didn't blog about something I'd be embarrassed about in the future, like slipping on a banana. Woohoo! Ok maybe a little. But whatevs. Alright alright, abrupt ending!