My Skin's New BFF

I know it’s already too late for me to discover the benefits of a face moisturizer. You see, I don’t put anything on my face. Not even loose powder. I just cleanse my face with soap and water and that’s it! Although my acne problem has been solved (Thanks to my dermatologist and to Sansacne!), I noticed that my skin is dry and dull. It’s not scaly and itchy. Just plain dehydrated. For that I am still thankful because I know I can deal with the dryness by using a face moisturizer.

Using facial moisturizers is one of the simplest ways to keep skin soft and supple.  
Facial moisturizers penetrate the skin deeply, nourish skin cells,
and retain the essential moisture to keep skin soft.
Our skin needs moisture to stay healthy.  
If it lacks moisture, it becomes dry and cracked.   
This gives harmful bacteria a chance to enter the skin and cause all sorts of infections.  
So, simply put, dry skin is something we need to avoid 
 if we want to stay away from skin problems.  
This is why it is important to use a good moisturizer.

How do I choose a moisturizer that suits my skin? That’s the ultimate question I had in mind. With a gazillion of commercial products available in the market today, it seems hard to find the perfect one to address my skin needs.

So I made my research online and visited beauty forums to see what ladies like me have to say about the brands they have tried and tested. One of the most promising moisturizers based on the reviews given online is Celeteque. I bought one for P134 from PCX in Powerplant Mall.

Celeteque combines three moisturizing ingredients (triple moisturizing system):

(i) Pro-Vitamin B5- a deep penetrating moisturizer that provides long lasting relief from skin dryness.

(ii) Aloe Vera- a natural extract that moisturizes, softens and soothes skin.
(iii) Glycerin- binds water to the skin preventing moisture loss, making skin soft and smooth.

I have been using the moisturizer for two weeks now and I can say that it works well in keeping my skin hydrated, soft and smooth. As you can see in the photo, the moisturizer is colorless (and fragrance-free). Also, the size of the tube opening allows me to control the amount I squeeze out and therefore minimize spillage and waste. Moreover, the packaging is so handy and very convenient to bring anywhere, especially during outdoor activities and out-of-town trips when skin needs instant moisturizing. 

Being water-based and oil-free, it feels so light on the face. It feels like I didn’t put anything at all. No greasy and sticky feel. My skin absorbs it easily and even during the afternoon my face doesn’t get oily. This I swear- I didn’t get any breakouts since I started using Celeteque. So I am assuming my skin loves it!

How about you? What moisturizer do you use?



I envy girls who are blessed with long, attractive eyelashes. Mine are short and sparse. I have always wanted thick, lush-looking eyelashes because they create an intense and dramatic look and can enhance and brighten one’s face instantly. My friends suggest I get extensions but honestly I don’t want one because I don’t think I can maintain and care for them properly.

I did some research on how to enhance the growth and thickness of eyelashes and one of the suggestions I have read is to apply castor oil on them. Since this is the cheapest and most convenient way (castor oil can be bought from drugstores), I tried my luck. I bought a small bottle of castor oil from Mercury Drugstore. It costs around P30 plus.  For almost a month I was diligent to apply it on my eyelashes before going to sleep. I then got busy at work and was too lazy to do the application until I totally forgot about it. Two weeks ago I saw my castor oil bottle filled with dust already so I threw it straight to the trash bin.

I also tried applying Vaseline to my eyelashes but since it is oily, it doesn’t get easily absorbed. Whenever I would go to bed, I could feel that oily thing seeping through my eyes. I was afraid I might get an eye irritation or even lose my sight so I stopped using it.

My office mate C told me to trim my eyelashes so that they will grow fuller. I told her that it is effective on babies and kids only. I remember my high school friend C who has  gorgeous eyelashes because her mother trimmed them when she was a baby.  Eventually, her lashes grew beautifully you can actually balance a match stick on them. Anyway, I didn't trim mine because I am afraid they will never grow back.

I saw this while surfing the net.
“Our award-winning Eyelash Tonic helps nourish weak lashes prone to breakages. 
The brush coats each lash from root to tip with beneficial botanicals. 
Use as a mascara base or simply on its own to help create healthier-looking lashes. 
Ginseng, aloe and swertia japonica protect, nourish and condition.”

DHC (Daigaku Honyaku Center) is a famous beauty brand from Japan. It is a manufacturer of cosmetics and health food supplements and is headquartered in Tokyo.

I bought my eyelash tonic on Ebay for P399 with free shipping. It is colorless and odorless and has a gel-like consistency. The instruction is to apply it just like regular mascara twice a day- once in the morning and another in the evening.

What I like about the product is that it is not oily and heavy when applied to the eyes. On the other hand, I don’t like the application brush as it is hard and stiff so it gets really painful when I accidentally prick my eye ball when I apply to the eyelashes on the corner of my eyes.

I have been using it for almost a week. No visible results yet. I do the application as instructed and I plan to do so until I finish it. No more lazy times for me please! I really want to achieve my dream lashes.

I saw the Ardell Brow & Eyelash Growth Accelerator Treatment Gel in Watson’s last Friday. There are also lots of great reviews about the product. It costs P580, quite more expensive than DHC. Nope, I didn’t buy one yet, although I admit I was itching to do so! I thought I might as well finish the DHC first and see if it will give me good results.  Otherwise, I will go back to Watson’s and buy Ardell.

Do you know any product that might help me? Share it here pretty please.. :)