What’s in a product name? As we’ve seen in the skincare world, there are practically a million different ways of labeling products in order to create very specific-sounding distinctions. (e.g. first essence, essence, oil-in-essence, etc.) It begs one to ask, “What even is this, and is there any real difference?” Well, there are products out there that certainly deserve the unique labels.
I was initially confused by just what the Althea Korea Pore Purifying Serum Cleanser (PHP 430) was until I began using it. Let me enlighten you…
Althea Pore Purifying Cleanser
Quick Specs: 150 ml / 5.07 fl. oz. ; made in Korea ; dermatologist tested
Ingredients: Water, Peg-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Cyclomethicone, Isononyl Isononanoate, Dipropylene Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Extract, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Mentha Arvensis Leaf Extract, Glycerin, Citric Acid, Hydroxyacetophenone, Disodium Edta, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Citrate, Butylene Glycol, Fragrance
The other day, I got to thinking about my cleansing habits. I can’t imagine going without the two-step method of using a designated makeup remover first (micellar, bi-phase, cleansing oil, etc.) followed by a foaming facial wash. But when I was in high school and college, I only used to go for a heavy foam, heavy-duty (read: drying) facial wash and and proceeded with a cotton soaked with an alcohol-based toner. In retrospect, yikes.
Anyway, I’m much more particular about cleansers nowadays due to my dry skin. And since I’ve read a lot of raves about Aveda products, I decided to give Aveda Botanical Kinetics Purifying Creme Cleanser (USD 25 for 5 fl oz / 150ml) a shot.
Quick Specs: made in USA
Random Personal Update: I pledged 20 books on Good Reads, and I’ve still got 8 books to go before the end of the year. Still going through a lot of YA thrillers, because that’s often the way to get me to finish a book within 10 days. (Meaning, I elect to lose sleep to go through a page-turner.)
Also, re-watching the entire Harry Potter series in time for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. It’s something of a personal tradition that started with every HP book release. Only then, I used to re-read the books. I don’t have the time to do that now, so the condensed 2-hour version should suffice. (BTW, have you guys seen the fanart of the HP-themed shadow palettes? Merlin’s beard, please let them become a reality!)
Buuut, going back to beauty, here are my latest empties. There’s quite a bit of them this time:
Clockwise from Top-Left: Nivea Extra White Firming Body Lotion, The Body Shop Shea Body Butter, Nivea Creme, Zenutrients Rich Cocoa Body Butter
If I had to rate my beauty product usage, the Top 3 High Turnover/Most Used Items in my collection are lotion, makeup remover, and face wash (in that order). Now, if I had to rate my makeup remover types by matter of preference and frequency of use, it would be cleansing gel/cleansing oil, micellar water, and bi-phase makeup remover. The first is because it’s convenient and doesn’t require cotton pads. Micellar water becomes the default when the former isn’t available, while bi-phase is just for waterproof mascara days.
The micellar cleanser I’m currently testing right now is a bottle of Biore Perfect Cleansing Water that I got on a trip to Malaysia. (From the local reviews I’ve read, the Philippine counterpart appears to be exactly the same in formulation, save for it being unscented.)
Quick Specs: 90 ml ; made in Vietnam
Korean beauty, more fondly known to beauty junkies as K-beauty, has got me to seriously ponder branding and marketing. What makes you want to buy their products, even the more obscure brands? Is it the cutesy packaging? Celebrity endorsements/blogger raves? A killer name? The look of the contents inside? In my case, Chica Y Chico Killing Star Cleanser (PHP 340 from Althea Korea) attracted me with its badass name, then drew me in with a cleverly crafted infographic.
Chica Y Chico Killing Star Cleanser
Quick Specs: 150 ml ; made in Korea