Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream

It’s funny how, despite being one of the all-time bestsellers of a brand that’s been around forever, I’ve only now come to realize why the Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream (PHP1,850 / 50ml) has the status it has. And it even took me four other Kiehl’s products to finally get to this one!

Quick Specs: made in USA

Ingredients: Aqua/Water, Glycerin, Cyclohexasiloxane, Squalane, Bis-PEG-18 Methyl Ether Dimethyl Silane, Sucrose Stearate, Stearyl Alcohol, PEG-8 Stearate, Myristyl Myristate, Pentaerythrityl Tetraethlhexanoate, Prunus Armeniaca Kernal Oil/Apricot Kernal Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Persea Gratissima Oil/Avocado Oil, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetl Alcohol, Oryza Sativa Bran Oil/Rice Bran Oil, Olea Europaea Fruit Oil/Olive Fruit Oil, Chlorphenesin, Stearic Acid, Palmitic Acid, Disodium EDTA, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Carbomer, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis Oil/Sweet Almond Oil, Xanthan Gum, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Hydroxide, Tocopherol, Glycine Soja Oil/Soybean Oil, Pseudoalteromonas Ferment Extract, Myristic acid, Hydroxypalmitol Sphinganine, BHT, Salicylic Acid, Citric Acid

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Bask Botanik Uplifting Face Serum

2021 seems to be the year of the F.O. for me. And I mean Facial Oils! In the ever-changing state of my gradually drying skin, I have found that following up a moderately rich moisturizer with a few pats of oil does wonders in locking more moisture in. Perhaps my skin wasn’t dry enough back then, so I hadn’t yet learned to appreciate the benefits… But here we are now, and I’m currently oiling up with the Bask Botanik Uplifting Face Serum* (P600 / 30 ml).

Quick Specs: made in the Philippines

Ingredients: Helichrysum, Frankincense, Geranium essential oils, blended with Rosehip carrier oil

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In Her Element Rose Radiant Moisturizer

At this point in my life, I have come to accept that I am becoming a creature of habit. When I find a product I really, really like, I am more inclined to repurchase rather than replace it with something else. Unfortunately, you can’t control discontinuations by the brand that forces you to move on. *shrugs* And that was the case with trying the In Her Element Rose Radiant Moisturizer (PHP 695 / 30 g) after being such a fan of the brand’s Rose Gel Serum Moisturizer.

Quick Specs: made in the Philippines

Ingredients: Aqua, Sodium Acrylates/Beheneth-25 Methacrylate Crosspolymer (and) Hydrogenated Polydecene (and) Lauryl Glucoside, Dimethicone (and) Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Rose Extract (and) 1,2-Hexanediol, Centella Asiatica Extract (and) Butylene Glycol (and) 1,2-Hexanediol (and) Ethylhexylglycerin, 1,3-Butylene Glycol, Boron Nitride, Niacinamide, Phenoxyethanol (and) Ethylhexylglycerin, Glycerin (and) Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (and) Aqua (and) Cetyl-PG Hydroxyethyl Palmitamide (and) Hydrogenated Lecithin (and) Ceramide NP (and) Cholesterol, Glycerin (and) Larix Sibirica Wood Extract, Dimethicone (and) Cetearyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Carbomer, Triethanolamine, Tetrasodium EDTA, Parfum

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Bask Botanik Under Eye Night Roller

I just ran out of eye cream, and the product that replaced it in my routine has gone down a slightly  different path… Have you ever tried a facial oil, but for the eyes? I can now officially say that I have, and my first experience is with the Bask Botanik Under-Eye Night Roller (P300 / 10 ml).

Quick Specs: made in the Philippines; recommended for night use

Ingredients: lavender, lemon, frankincese essential oils , blended with rosehip carrier oil

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In Her Element Low pH Rose Radiant Cleanser

Back in my teens, the facial cleanser was THE skincare product I was most game to hoard. The rationale was that I would use it 2-3 times a day anyway, so it would run out fast and I would be able to try so many brands. But as my skin started to settle down and beauty tech advanced further, I realized that cleanser formulas varied greatly. It’s not just about the foaming action and scent anymore. You have to consider pH levels and general skin compatibility, in addition to the ingredients list.

So next up for me is the In Her Element Low pH Rose Radiant Cleanser (P495 / 112 ml) which, from the name alone, already ticks one of the boxes.

Quick Specs: made in the Philippines

Ingredients: Aqua, Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Acrylates Crosspolymer-4, Citric Acid, Centella Asiatica Extract (and) Butylene Glycol (and) 1,2-Hexanediol (and) Ethylhexylglycerin, Rose Extract (and) 1,2-Hexanediol, 1,3-Butylene Glycol, Triethanolamine,  Glycol Distearate, Phenoxyethanol (and) Ethylhexylglycerin, Niacinamide, Parfum, Tetrasodium EDTA

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