Johnson’s Active Kids Shiny Drops Shampoo

I don’t think anyone is ever too old to use baby products. Lol. I actually remember very well the taste of Gerber applesauce and peach. And I can use baby shampoo for washing makeup brushes and shampooing my hair. So when I saw Johnson’s Active Kids Shiny Drops Shampoo (PHP 131 for 200ml) on Sample Room, I wanted to see if it would be like what I remember.


Johnson’s Active Kids Shiny Drops Shampoo

Quick Specs: made in Malaysia



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Moringa-O2 Malunggay Herbal Moisturizing Lotion

The erratic weather hasn’t been so kind. Scorching heat and sudden rain has caused the air to be so thick and heavy. It’s definitely May and summer is starting to come to a close. But instead of focusing on the negative parts of summer 2015, I prefer to elaborate on Moringa-O2 Malunggay Herbal Moisturizing Lotion (PHP 129.75).

Moringa-O2 Herbal Moisturizing Lotion

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Burt’s Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream

Taking care of my hands was a practice ingrained in me when I did my culinary internship at a local hotel. All that cookie- and cake-making resulted in dry skin, dead nails, and perpetually milky-smelling fingers. Since it was part of the job, I didn’t find the experience earth-shattering. However, I tried to take the extra measures at home to combat the icky hand situation. Hand creams and salves rapidly became a staple.

Burt’s Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream from Sample Room reminds me of those days. When you work with your hands for a living, going that extra mile with your skin care products actually makes a difference. I kinda wish I had this back then. Read on and I’ll tell you why…

Burt’s Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream

Quick Specs: regular size is at 17 g (PHP 450)

Ingredients: prunus amygdalus dulcis (sweet almond) oil, beeswax, citrus medica limonum (lemon) peel oil, theobroma cacao (cocoa) seed butter, euphorbia cerifera (candelilla) wax, beta-carotenerosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf extract, tocopherol, helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, glycine soja (soybean) oil, canola oil, vegetable oil


  • Dressed in a cute tin, this product looks to be safe for travel as the cuticle cream stays solid at Philippine room temperature. It hasn’t melted and messed up the sides of the tin, so the outside hasn’t become slick. However, I’ve only been using it before bed, so I can’t guarantee that it won’t burst open inside a purse.
  • The scent has got to be the most distinct feature of this cuticle cream. What makes it so special is that the lemon scent is completely natural, unlike those artificially-scented, industrial-strength cleansers out in the market. If I had this two years ago, the lemon would’ve helped gotten rid of the perma-milk smell on my fingers. That, or it would’ve combined to give a whiff of lemon curd. Win-win.
  • To this day, my nails still take a beating. It’s the constant using of nail polish, this time, that’s the culprit. I like how a cuticle cream can help with nail recovery. At least, I’ll get some of that moisture back.
  • In addition to keeping my cuticles healthy, I’ve been using this as an all-around hand salve. It doesn’t get too greasy, so it multitasks nicely.


  • After a while, I’ve noticed that the sides of the cream have loosened from the tin, but the solid mass stays firmly in place. Nothing to worry about. The effectiveness of the contents hasn’t changed, either.


  • It’s on the pricey side for a cuticle cream per se. If you use this for more than that, it would be a more reasonable purchase.

Verdict: The lemon scent is so addictive, it’s making me crave for lemon bars. If you’re looking for a product that’ll make your hands smell like you’ve been baking lemon meringue pie, go for Burt’s Bee’s Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream.

Pond’s Dewy Rose Gel

I can feel summer fast-approaching. Can you? Summertime heat in the Philippines can be so punishing, so it’s time to tweak the skincare regimen again from the cool of December to the swelter of March. I’m replacing the heavy, creamy moisturizers with their lighter, gel counterparts. Let’s start the summer skincare with Pond’s Dewy Rose Gel from Sample Room.

Pond’s Flawless White Dewy Rose Gel

Quick Specs: available in 10 g (PHP 149) and 50 g (PHP 399)  ; made in Thailand ; clinically/dermatologically tested


Five Things about Pond’s Dewy Rose Gel:

  1. The jar packaging of the smaller size, though not particularly pretty, is functional and sturdy. It even has a hard plastic stopper on the mouth of the jar to prevent the gel from getting smooshed against the lid. That makes it lightweight and easy to take anywhere.
  2. If Pond’s White Beauty Pearl Cleansing Gel has a strong perfume smell,  Dewy Rose Gel is different. You may find this funny, but I’m actually getting the scent of a sweet sparkling wine. I don’t mind it so much as it neither smells bad nor lingers, and it’s probably from the denatured alcohol content.
  3. It’s an easily-absorbed gel that doesn’t become too watery when melting on the skin. As with a lot of gel moisturizers, there is a refreshing sensation when applying this. The formula is gentle, and I have had no untoward reactions with the alcohol or the dimethicone content. My skin feels hydrated but non-greasy, so I think this would work best with oily skin types.
  4. When you first see the gel inside the jar, you’ll be surprised to find that it is packed with a pearly pink shimmer. I don’t know if this is supposed to contribute to an instant brightening effect, but it doesn’t look shimmery once the gel has been smoothed on to the skin.
  5. Both sizes are affordable. The smaller one makes for a reasonable trial size, while the bigger one at 50 g is a fair amount of product to get inside that pretty jar.

Verdict: My skin adjusts through the seasons, so there is a time when a gel moisturizer is good to have on hand. A mild and affordable option, Pond’s Dewy Rose Gel is widely-available and worth the price.

Pond’s White Beauty Pearl Cleansing Gel

As a true 90’s kid, Pond’s was naturally a part of my early skincare routine from the get-go. Especially at that awkward tween age when my girlfriends and I were starting to get serious with personal hygiene—what with the sudden onslaught of oily skin and angry hormones— a Pond’s facial wash was always part of at least one girl’s beauty kit.

Remember Alexandra Escat as the face of Pond’s?

Imagine my delight at getting a blast from the past in the form of the new Pond’s White Beauty Pearl Cleansing Gel from Sample Room.

Diamonds and Pearls

Oxygenated gel bubbles

Quick Specs: available in 50 g and 100 g ; made in Thailand



  • Get a load of this clear, low-foam gel. It’s different from the Pond’s facial washes I’ve tried before, but that’s not a bad thing. This gel is also generally milder than what I remember, so it might be a better fit for sensitive skin. When I immediately switched to this face wash, my skin did not suffer any breakouts.
  • Non-drying. Skin feels clean without the tightness. (I distinctly remember tightness post-wash from the foamy formula in my high school days.)
  • This sample size of 15 g is wonderfully handy for travel. It’s not as bitin (lacking; contents are not enought) as in the case of a sachet. Instead of a tear-off sachet, how about Pond’s selling this 15 g tube as their trial/travel size? I’d get one to put in my purse for emergency face washing sessions.


  • I can’t speak for whitening, but the hydrolized pearl won’t hurt. Fairness will probably take months of continued use.


  • The scent is a little too strong for my liking. It reminds me of a perfume my mom used to wear when I was younger, which is not bad in and of itself. Some might find this overwhelming, though.

Notice how classic beauty brands have been coming up with completely different formulations lately? Bring it on! It’s these revamps that keep the products adapting to our needs.

Verdict:  Pond’s Pearl Cleansing Gel gives me a fresh face without the dryness. Even if I don’t follow it up with any moisturizer, it doesn’t exacerbate my dry spots. Thumbs up for this new release!