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Cetaphil's Free Skin Check-up

Who would say no to a Free Skin Diagnosis?

I was one of the first bloggers to try this Cetaphil's Skin Check up. :) Cetaphil is known for their gentle on skin products. :) I am proud to say that Cetaphil is one of the first skin care products I've used. I've tried using their products back when I was in High school, and I am now working. How time flies! :)

So this is how their machine looks like. :)

The procedure is simple, you place your chin on the designated part of the machine, close your eyes and wait for 30 seconds or less to see results. If you are familiar with autorefractor which is used during eye examination, they are basically the same, in feature. The only difference is your eyes are closed during this face diagnosis. Haha.

Analyzing Results. . . .Scary face! HAHA. :P


Results

Wrinkle
Thin wrinkles start to form because of the decrease of skin elasticity caused by lack of sebum and moisture and inactive skin revival. It is necessary to protect skin from UV-ray which is a cause to languidness and to stimulate activation of epidermis cells, and to use functional cosmetics to increase elasticity of dermis. Facial massage is more helpful.

Sebum (U)
The secretion of sebum is very little. Unless oily element is supplemented consistently and properly, there is a high possibility that your skin can be severely dry. Please enhance the luster of skin by use of facial massage and pack, and prevent thin wrinkles from forming around eyes which are particularly dry by use of specialized products. It is highly recommended to use lukewarm water than hot water, which can make sebum easily washed off. Also, frequent washing is not desirable.

Wrinkles forming around eyes is so correct! :)

Pore
Pore are normal-sized or a little large. Your skin may need pore-care products and astringents to treat enlarged pores properly and it is essential to prevent pores from getting larger. It is good to enhance the luster of skin by use of facial massage and pack in cold weather which may not your skin dry.

Pigmentation
Skin color is dark and generally discoloration and freckles are considerably much seen. It is essential to do skin deep cleansing or peeling for skin revival and activation and to use UV-ray blocking products and to do base make-up properly. It is also essential to do regular massage and nutrition pack 2-3 times a week and to use specialized functional whitening cosmetics and to stimulate skin metabolism by high nutrition supplement.

This is the part where I am skeptic. First of all, my skin is not dark. My friends are jealous with my porcelain type of skin. Hihi. Second, I don't have freckles. :) Lastly, I don't need to use whitening cosmetics. If I do, I would definitely look like a clown. Lol.

Anyway, if you are going to notice, facial massage is mentioned few times in the results. I don't usually do facial massage, but I believe this is the great time to include this in my skin care routine. Maybe I'll have another blog entry for this. :)


Age of Skin:

26

According to Cetaphil's skin expert, I don't have to worry much, for my skin just looks 3 years older than my age. But as an O.C. type of person and as a blogger of skin care products, this is a wake up call for me. I may look 18 or 19 years old in person, but the condition of my skin is a different thing. I must be careful of the products, I use and will use in the future. 


I would like to thank Cetaphil Philippines for this Free Skin Check Up. This is definitely helpful for everyone, especially those who don't visit their dermatologist. Once in a while, we must check our skin condition 'cause no matter what we do and who we are, our skin matters!

Ow! Cetaphil also have a promo this Christmas Season. Buy 2 bottles of Cetaphil Gentle Cleanser, get an additional free bottle! :) Too bad, they don't have promo for Cetaphil Oily Skin Cleanser. Soonest, please? :)

For those who want to experience this free check up, you may visit Cetaphil booth at SM Mall of Asia Department Store (Beauty Section). :)

By the way, it is my first time to visit this Prism Plaza in Macapagal. It is a nice place to chill with friends! :) This is just across Mall of Asia. :)




This is a 360 video of me at Prism Plaza. Hello guys! :)

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Glam Works Nose Pore Strips Review

Are you bothered by blackheads or whiteheads which toner or facial wash can't remove?

My answer is a BIG YES! I have dilemma with blackheads, particularly on my nose. The easiest but totally the most painful way to totally remove these -----is through Facial treatment. Since I am an advocate of "No to pricking" campaign during facial (HAHA), I have to find alternatives. For years, I have been using this cheap yet effective nose pore strips.



There are few choices for the nose strips depending on your need. My favorite strips are Classic and Charcoal.


Classic instantly removes pore-clogging dirt, oil and blackheads. It helps reduce the appearance of pores with regular use.


On the other hand, Charcoal instantly removes pore-clogging dirt, oil and blackheads. 


Charcoal also absorbs into the pores on your skin and draws out the dirt and oils that are blocking the pores. It also helps reduce the appearance of pores with regular use. What I like about this Charcoal strips is that you can clearly see your absorbed blackheads since the strips are color black.

Direction for use: 
1. Wet nose area thoroughly with clean water, nose strip will not adhere if the skin is dry.
2. With dry hands open the nose strip sachet and peel the nose strip off the plastic liner.
3. Apply nose strip with the shiny side facing your skin, smoothing out any bubble.
4. Allow to dry approximately 10-15 minutes.
5. When the strip has dried, slowly peel the strip off starting at the edges then pulling towards the center.
6. Remove any residue left on your nose with water.

Pogi Points:

1. Affordable! For 100 bucks, you can use these for 3 months (one strip per week). What a steal, right? :)

2. It's available locally. You can buy this at leading drugstores nationwide. I bought mine at Watsons.

3. It does make my nose feel smoother. I don't know, but I love seeing blackheads stuck on strip. Haha.


Downside:

1. There are times when the strip absorbs few blackheads.You should master the art of adhering or else, it may either be too dry or too wet.

2. 3-5 days after using the strip, blackheads seem to double in number. You must use this regularly.


Mr pogi says:

I'll be giving Glam Works Nose Pore Strips a PERFECT POGI POINTS of 5/5 

Still, nothing beats Facial Treatment since it can perfectly remove blackheads, without missing any. But of course, prepare for the consequences-- TEARS! Tears from eyes during pricking, and Tears from wallet for paying the monthly treatment. HAHA.

P.S. I'll also be reviewing one of the most raved blackhead removal by bloggers, Daisso Natural Pack Peel-Off Mask. Watch out for that! :)


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Nature Republic Philippines featured my review on their page. Look! :)


Here's the link of my posts:

Because of overwhelming support and collaboration I receive, I decided to manage a Facebook page. :)



Kindly like Mr. Pogi Tips or https://www.facebook.com/mrpogitips on Facebook, to be updated. :) For collaboration, invites, reviews, sponsorship, PR events and advertisement inquiries, just send me an email at kl.octavo@yahoo.com. :)

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My Zalora Experience

I have mentioned on my last blog entry (Click Here) that I'll be trying to order at Zalora. Finally, I had the chance to shop from them. :)

Yes, it is not my first time to order at Zalora. I had my first experience 2 years ago, but that was not for personal use. It was a gift for my friend. So basically, this is my first hand experience ordering and receiving products from Zalora.

Lucky I was given a voucher, and tried to look for items I like. There are a lot of variety to choose from. Zalora is truly a one-stop shop, online. :) Take note: they have branded items too! :) Honestly, I had a hard time deciding for items I'll order not because I don't like their products, but because I would love to buy a lot! Hihi. :) What I ordered? My all-time favorite, P-U-L-L-O-V-E-R! :) It is indeed perfect for this kind of weather, isn't it? :)

After choosing the products I wanted, I then proceeded to check out. I filled up the needed information for delivery. I have seen Cash on Delivery or COD as a mode of payment, meaning you'll only pay for your order, once received. That's a good thing! :)

According to their email, I'll receive the parcel 5-7 days, since I am living in Cavite.

Not like any other online stores, you can track your order/s online thru Zalora's website. :) I checked mine at 1:19 AM the day I placed my order. It was indicated that my order was on the way to the hub.


The next day, my brother called me that the parcel was already waiting for me. I was totally AMAZED with Zalora's service. :) I just tracked the order hours ago, and I was not expecting it would be on my hands, on that day. :)

FAST TRANSACTION it is! :)

Timeline:

October 13, 2015 (4:16 PM) -placed an order
October 14, 2015 (1:19 AM) -tracked the order 
October 14, 2015 (11:20 AM)- received the order


I like how classy their packaging is. :)


 My name is also printed on the parcel. :) Added points! :)


So here are the items I ordered- the twin pack pullovers. :)

What I like about my experience is it's absolutely HASSLE FREE! :) Everything you wish for is just a click away. You can buy anytime, anywhere. :)

I also love the THRILL it gave me. :P

So here's a picture of me wearing one of the twin pullovers I got:

Tada! :)

Again, thank you Zalora, and to Ms. April. Till next time! I'll definitely be ordering again. :) 

Be thrilled and amazed, like me! Visit their site at http://www.zalora.com.ph/ :)

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Nature Republic Part 2

Since I am enjoying my first batch of Nature Republic products (Here's my review), I went back to their SM North boutique to look for more holy grail. :)


Here are the products I bought:



Aloe Vera 92% Soothing Mist

As we all know, I do have combination skin so I tend not to use moisturizers nor mist. I don't know, but there is an assurance of breakout if  I use one of those. All these years, it was just a week ago that I have decided to give this mist a shot.



What's more appealing is that it can be sprayed from head to foot. So basically, this is the counterpart of their Aloe Vera Soothing Gel.

The sales attendant told that I can use this twice a day- morning, for setting make-up; and evening, after toner. In my case, I use this 3-4x a day. HAHA. Why? I am falling in love with this product. It gives a refreshing and hydrated look, but controls oil too! Perfect for those who want to have a matte look, like me. :)

The mist is concentrated when sprayed. I have to transfer it to another bottle. Glad I'd bought this travel spray bottle back then. :)

It could have been better if they have it in mist bottle. Nonetheless, I will re-purchase this. :)


Nature's Deco Cleansing Sponge

According to its packaging:

A bath sponge that gently removes impurities and dead skin cells without irritating your skin.



The texture of the sponge is like loofah or styrofoam.

Since it was my first time to use sponge for face, what I did was directly scrub it on face WITHOUT SOAKING IN WATER. Result? The feeling was like using a sand paper on face. Yes, I was excited. Haha. After that carelessness, I let the water be absorbed by the sponge. From a loofah-ish texture to a soft and bendable sponge! :) I then started putting facial wash, and gently rub the sponge on face. There was a harsh feeling at first, but I started to enjoy it later on! :) After rinsing, I noticed that my skin felt smooth, and did glow. :)

This will definitely be included on my daily routine. :)


Concealer brush

Concealer is a must during days when I don't have enough sleep, especially on my dark circles. When I have to, I only use index finger to set concealer, and I'm good.


According to a Youtube post,

Applying concealer with a brush is a great way to both deposit the product onto the skin and to blend it smoothly into the surrounding areas.

I have to give it a try! :)

Catrice Camouflage Concealer applied on hand

Left: blended using finger ; Right: blended using NR concealer brush

If you want to have even application of concealer, and heavy coverage, you may need this concealer brush. On the other hand, if you prefer light coverage, you may use your finger.

Of course, I got these cute free samples. :)

Aqua toner and Aqua emulsion

I must admit that Nature Republic is my newest favorite Korean brand. Some of us may prefer popular brands when looking for good products, but Nature Republic is really the dark-horse in the competition. They have a lot of promising products to discover, at an affordable price. :)

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Couple Pullovers from Zalora

Yuletide is fast approaching. As the song goes, "It's the season to be jolly!" :) Aside from the true meaning of Christmas, and gifts which everyone expects, I am always looking forward to COLD WEATHER! :)

Why? It's the perfect time when I can wear my all-time favorite fashion statement. :)

If you are my Facebook friend, you will notice that I have been into pullovers or sweatshirts these days. I am a patron of H&M, Zara, Aero, Jack & Jones, Pull bear and OVS. I was able to get good finds in Mogao and American Boulevard too. :)





I remember one Christmas in the Philippines when the term SMP or Samahan ng Malalamig ang Pasko was a hit among netizens and Filipinos. Yes, I am a forced member of this circle. Haha. That's the reason why I love pullovers during this season; no one's making Christmas warm. Hihi.

By the way, who associated romantic love to Christmas Day? Well. :)

Since we are already talking about Christmas and love (lucky for those who have. Haha.), why not achieve a look that you both will look good together? :)

Nowadays, couples express their love not only with one another, but also with how they dress- saying everyone, "WE ARE IN A RELATIONSHIP." I know some girl friends who buy men shirts just to have that "couple shirt" look. Worry no more, I have found a place where you and your love one, can look cute in matching couple shirts. . . .ZALORA! :) Zalora is the Asia's leading online fashion destination.

This site is not new to me. I already bought a Sunnie as a gift from their website. Upon browsing, I am also planning to buy some stuff from them. Don't worry, I'll make a review too! :)  



Isn't it cool? :) You can now let everyone show your love, at the same time keeping you on trend. ;) Perfect gift this season. :) I have searched their prices, and yes, a STEAL! :)

You may check out Zalora's other cool matching couple shirts HERE! :)

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Nature Republic

Today, I have found the cheapest, yet quality-wise Korean cosmetics and skin care products boutique here in the Philippines. :) It's. . . . Nature Republic! :)

Nature Republic is a South Korean cosmetics brand. Created in March 2009, Nature Republic is a cosmetics brand that utilizes natural ingredients for their products. The brand's philosophy is 'A Sense of the Beginning'.

I finally had the chance to visit their boutique at SM North EDSA. :)

My initial plan is to buy their BB Cream by Flower, which I read a lot of good reviews, but unfortunately, it was not available. I tried to look at other displayed products, and in my surprise, they're all cheap! :)

These are the products I bought:



Aloe Vera 92% Soothing Gel

I am looking for a good serum, but I was overwhelmed with the number of serums they offer. Upon testing, the sale attendants keep on mentioning their Aloe Vera Gel. "This is our BEST-SELLER Sir." I was hesitant to buy since it sounded like another moisturizer, until they had showed me the poster I posted below. I hope after seeing this, you'll also go to the nearest Nature Republic boutique. HAHAHAHA.


You read it right. The product can be used from head to foot. :) Amazing, isn't it? This is my first time to encounter a product that can be beneficial to all parts of the body.






(You may click the image to enlarge details.) 


It doesn't just look nice, it smells good too! :)

I tried using it on my face. My initial reaction? It makes my face soft. It is also gentle on skin. I haven't had any allergic reaction.

I am always worried when using moisturizers, because most of them, make my face too oily. This Aloe Vera Gel keeps my face hydrated without being oily. :) I started using this every morning and night, after toner. :)

For a 300ml container, it only costs 245 Pesos or 6 Dollars! What a steal! :)

No doubt this is a BEST-SELLER. A must try product for Pogi Guys and Ganda Girls out there! :)

Eyebrow Pen

Because I was influenced by my favorite guy Youtube guru,  this is the time I am officially including eyebrow pen as part of my daily routine. :)







Look at before and after picture! :) Why is it just today that I have decided to use pen on brows? HAHA.

Bloggers are right. You must highlight the 3 important parts of your face- eyes, lips and cheeks. I have noticed that I can now leave the house with just a balm and defined eyebrows. :)


Here are also free sample products I got:


What I love most about samples is that I somehow discover new products I'll soon buy, or not to buy the product, because I was not delighted with the result.

All in all, I am happy with my Nature Republic experience. I also want to commend store attendants from SM North EDSA boutique. They are so accommodating, and answer all of my queries. I'll definitely be coming back. :)

MOA botique, please? :)