Capsule Review: Pond's White Beauty and Acne Clear Products

/ Thursday, October 19, 2017
Pond's is arguably one of the most popular skin care products in the Philippines. You can ask anyone and you would know that it has a great brand recall. It may be due to it's affordability and availability. Their products also address some of the most common concerns of the Filipina woman - whitening and staying spot and pimple-free.
I have recently wandered through the hallowed beauty aisle of a local grocery and chanced upon these Pond's products. I can vaguely recall that Pond's Facial Wash and Creams were among the first beauty products that I tried as a teenager. Sachets are always a great way to sample products so I grabbed some and also a small version of one of its toner. Let's see how my experience went.


Pond's White Beauty Pinkish White Facial Foam
Washes away dead skin cells and dullness to reveal your pinkish white skin
Details and Ingredients of  Pond's White Beauty Pinkish White//Price: Php 
Will I buy the full size?
Maybe. I'm just neutral about it. But it's not a bad choice.
Sometimes, a facial foam is a facial is a facial foam and there is nothing really remarkable about the experience of using it. Well, my skin felt soft after using it. It didn't feel tight or dry. I didn't get any breakouts while using it. If you love wearing makeup, you ought to pre-cleanse before using this because it can't really clean deeply as I still see some residue if I use this alone for cleansing. It says that it washes away dead skin cells and dullness to reveal a pinkish white skin but a cleanser can only do so much. If you don't back it up with a cream or sun protection, there's a huge chance that optimal whitening may not be achieved.

Pond's Acne Clear Toner
Enriched with Salicylic Acid, Tea Tree Oil and Pore Tightening Essence
Details and Ingredients of Pond's Acne Clear Toner//Price: 
Will I buy it again?
Yes! Definitely! My skin feels fresher, smoother and cleaner every time I use this. It doesn't sting and it really helps in minimizing my pores, even just for a while. I was having a breakout along my jawline and this toner just came in time. I have not had a single zit in that area, or anywhere in my face since I started using it. Salicylic Acid and Tea Tree Oil has always been good to me. :)

Pond's White Beauty Spot-less Rosy White Day Cream
Powdery Finish Day Cream for Oily Skin prone to pimple marks
Details and Ingredients of Pond's White Beauty Day Cream//Price: 
Will I buy the full size?
Maybe. More on the Yes side of Maybe. :)
I love the brightening effect that this product gives to my face. It does give a powdery, even dry finish however it doesn't keep my face oil-free for long because I am quiet oily. I have also observed that my face heats up when I have this on - so it traps the heat and I just sweat a lot. I think the sweat contributes to the oiliness too. The package also doesn't specifically say if it has any SPF so it's a bummer since we all know how necessary any amount of sun protection is.
But I still gave it a maybe since it makes my face look bright and glowing. There are days that I really need something like this. :) I just partner is with a good ol' powder like the Maybelline White Superfresh which mattifies my skin and has an SPF 34. And keep a hanky at bay.

Here's a dollop of the Facial Wash and the Day Cream.

XO,

Carissa
Pond's is arguably one of the most popular skin care products in the Philippines. You can ask anyone and you would know that it has a great brand recall. It may be due to it's affordability and availability. Their products also address some of the most common concerns of the Filipina woman - whitening and staying spot and pimple-free.
I have recently wandered through the hallowed beauty aisle of a local grocery and chanced upon these Pond's products. I can vaguely recall that Pond's Facial Wash and Creams were among the first beauty products that I tried as a teenager. Sachets are always a great way to sample products so I grabbed some and also a small version of one of its toner. Let's see how my experience went.


Pond's White Beauty Pinkish White Facial Foam
Washes away dead skin cells and dullness to reveal your pinkish white skin
Details and Ingredients of  Pond's White Beauty Pinkish White//Price: Php 
Will I buy the full size?
Maybe. I'm just neutral about it. But it's not a bad choice.
Sometimes, a facial foam is a facial is a facial foam and there is nothing really remarkable about the experience of using it. Well, my skin felt soft after using it. It didn't feel tight or dry. I didn't get any breakouts while using it. If you love wearing makeup, you ought to pre-cleanse before using this because it can't really clean deeply as I still see some residue if I use this alone for cleansing. It says that it washes away dead skin cells and dullness to reveal a pinkish white skin but a cleanser can only do so much. If you don't back it up with a cream or sun protection, there's a huge chance that optimal whitening may not be achieved.

Pond's Acne Clear Toner
Enriched with Salicylic Acid, Tea Tree Oil and Pore Tightening Essence
Details and Ingredients of Pond's Acne Clear Toner//Price: 
Will I buy it again?
Yes! Definitely! My skin feels fresher, smoother and cleaner every time I use this. It doesn't sting and it really helps in minimizing my pores, even just for a while. I was having a breakout along my jawline and this toner just came in time. I have not had a single zit in that area, or anywhere in my face since I started using it. Salicylic Acid and Tea Tree Oil has always been good to me. :)

Pond's White Beauty Spot-less Rosy White Day Cream
Powdery Finish Day Cream for Oily Skin prone to pimple marks
Details and Ingredients of Pond's White Beauty Day Cream//Price: 
Will I buy the full size?
Maybe. More on the Yes side of Maybe. :)
I love the brightening effect that this product gives to my face. It does give a powdery, even dry finish however it doesn't keep my face oil-free for long because I am quiet oily. I have also observed that my face heats up when I have this on - so it traps the heat and I just sweat a lot. I think the sweat contributes to the oiliness too. The package also doesn't specifically say if it has any SPF so it's a bummer since we all know how necessary any amount of sun protection is.
But I still gave it a maybe since it makes my face look bright and glowing. There are days that I really need something like this. :) I just partner is with a good ol' powder like the Maybelline White Superfresh which mattifies my skin and has an SPF 34. And keep a hanky at bay.

Here's a dollop of the Facial Wash and the Day Cream.

XO,

Carissa
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We recently ended up at Maria's Kitchen one lazy afternoon, since we were looking for a place to chill out and to get our tummies filled. We is me, my husband and our daughter. Maria's Kitchen is one of the popular food spots in our town. While waiting for our orders, I  kept myself busy by taking random snaps inside the place. Blogger duties, ayt?

Anyway, if I may describe the setting at Maria's Kitchen, I'd say it feels very homey. It's literally a home too, anyway, because it is located inside the compound of the owner's home. The garden, to be exact. The structures are a mixture of old and new; wood and metal and other knickknacks. You see old photos and books, figurines and other old things which had been re-purposed. Even the broken umbrellas and peeling off paints seem to just blend in well.
Anyway, one of the things that I love about this place is the presence of greens which keeps the whole place looking clean and fresh. Let's check out the photos after the jump.


Vintage Feels
Celestine also busied herself with her own thing, perusing the swing, slide, and seesaw. I kept running after her but decided to give up because we can't stop her from being a child. Can we now?
Up up and away!
When you walk the slide because it's too short for you.
Pretty ingenious, huh? Yes, that's a faucet and it works.
This here is one of the eye-catching stuff at Maria's Kitchen. Celestine couldn't help keep coming back to it.

#PusuanMoNa, bes. 
Like I said, this place has an abundance of trees, plants and foliage. I noticed this heart-shaped plant and then I realized that there are plenty of these scattered around the area.
Mabuti pa ang halaman may puso. Ikaw wala! #corny #hugot
The Food
It's a bummer that I failed to take photos of the menu. But fret not, I think I can recount the lineup and the prices from my mind. The menu is composed of burgers, sandwiches and desserts. The burger's prices start at Php 99.00. This here, is the most expensive one which comes at Php 139.00. It's called the Maria's Overload and it's huge. I knew that I won't be able to consume it all by myself so I didn't bother ordering another one for my hubby. Sharing the calories is caring, dahlings. :) Meanwhile, our daughter only wanted fries, so she gladly gobbled the whole plate of.

Maria's Overload//Price: Php 139.00
Sandwiches are priced at about Php 50.00 to Php 70.00 while the fries are Php 25.00. A pitcher of their chilled juices cost Php 50.00, and it's good for three people. I think their desserts are priced no more than Php 100.00. Pretty affordable, huh.

Maria's Kitchen is located at Bahay ni Jose, Pascual B. Gutay St., Brgy. Sabang 2, Allen, Northern Samar, right across St. Francis College.

XO,
Carissa

PS.
We took some snaps of ourselves too. :)

I could almost hear my mother's voice saying: "What on earth are hand creams for? Do you really need one?" :)
I won't say it's a necessity; I could do without one.
But...I saw this hand cream on Althea and it came with an affordable price tag so I thought that I could treat my hands with some luxury without having to spend a million bucks.
Come take a look.


What Is It?
The BoomdeAhDah Water Drop Hand Cream promises to moisturize and keep the hands refreshed with a light finish. It is enriched with Gardenia Extracts to add vitality to the skin. It also comes with a pleasant floral scent.

Ingredients 

Errrm...

In Action
The consistency of this hand cream is unlike any hand cream that I have tried before and it is certainly not what I have expected. I expected it to be creamy like a lotion but it turned out to be somewhat like a primer in texture. However, a few seconds after application, almost immediately after contact with a warm hand, it just melts and turns into water drops. The watery drops feel like sweat or tears, but not in an icky way. It is easily absorbed by the skin and doesn't leave a greasy feel. My hands certainly feel soft and moisturized. It smells really good too. It has a floral scent and I wish I would be able to find a perfume that smells as good as this.

If there's any downside to this product, it would be that I have to keep on reapplying because the scent doesn't last long.

XO,
Carissa
Despite my busy schedule, I have managed to finish one book for September. Hurray for that! Between work and motherhood, I was able to squeeze in Ramsom Riggs' Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children. Books, they keep me young at heart. ;)

It took me quiet a while to finish this book because I'm only able to read a few pages before I doze off. In my teens I would have devoured this in one go. However, when I reached the climax of the story, I really made an effort to wake up at odd hours so that I would be able to finish it before I start the day.

The book contains some creepy-looking vintage photos and it really sparked my curiosity. I even thought that it's a horror story of some sort. However, when I started reading I felt at ease because of the many familiar elements in the book. Even the writing style is familiar. We have a teenage boy for a protagonist. Hello Harry Potter and Percy Jackson! :) Jacob Portman is just as adventurous as those two gentlemen, respectively.

I learned from the beginning of the story that he has a grandfather and it easily reminded me of my own. I don't know if grandpas are all the same but mine is just like his: loves to tell tale tales; so tall that you don't even know if its for real or not. But I enjoy it all the same. At the mention of monsters, I could almost tell that his grandfather will die and that he will try to search for the monster who killed him. I also knew that he will find out the truth about those vintage photos that his grandfather showed. That's the only part I could predict though. The rest...

I felt like I was Jacob himself who was at a loss about this certain Miss Peregrine and her home for those peculiar children. Did they even exist? Were they really creepy? I was basically speed-reading that part where he sees the peculiars for the first time. Like he had to meet Miss Paregrine first before I take a break from reading. Ha ha.

I was just in awe as Jacob was, when he found out the truth about the peculiars. It was like finding Neverland. And I knew that he couldn't get too happy because there's always a hitch somewhere around the bend.

I can't wait to read the next books:


XO,
Carissa
Someone's busy making sandcastles. 

While I try to get us three, in one photo.

We keep our feet on the ground.

We look forward to what lies ahead.

XO,
Carissa :)
Here's a long overdue review of the L'Oreal Paris Infallible Stay Fresh Foundation in Shade 104 Golden Beige.
Price: Php 525.00, discounted from Php 700.00
Where I Got It: www.beautymnl.com
Labels & Packaging
I love the glass bottle. It's sleek and makes it feel expensive. The pump is absolutely great. It has never failed me and I'm able to get just the right amount of product.

Ingredients
I hope you can read that. LOL.
In Action
I love the consistency of this liquid foundation because it's not runny, just the right amount of creaminess. In my experience though, there's a bit of tug during application so it's better if I use it with a moisturizer or a primer underneath. It is easily absorbed and sets easily so I prefer using it with a damp sponge. 
Left: a dollop//Right: blended out
Check out the coverage in this photo. It may look like 104 Golden Beige is tad too light for my skin but I am a acidic so by the time the foundation oxidizes it's my right shade. I applied half of my face with this foundation and I bet you can see the demarcation. It covered my baggies well, huh?
Based on the label, it says that there's :
-No transfer
-No Visible Imperfections
-No Visible Shine
-No Dry-out
-No Mask Effect
If I have to be specific about these promises, based on my experience, here are my opinions point by point.
-There are minimal transfers once the foundation is set. Unless you rub it off on purpose of course.
- It covered some of my imperfections, like my baggies but my pores and scars are still pretty much visible.
-No visible shine upon application but of course I'm an oily gal so by noontime, I expect oils to seep.
-No Dry-out? Not applicable to me because I'm pretty much oily.
- I agree that there's no mask effect. It blends pretty well, specially if I use a damp sponge.

Overall
Of course, it still boils down to one thing: do I love it or not.
TBH, I see a huge difference on my skin when I put this foundation on. It may not totally cover all my imperfections but it already does a heck of a job just by brightening and evening out my complexion. I get the help of a primer for my pores.
It's lightweight and doesn't feel messy on my face even if I sweat a bit. It pretty much stays on my face the whole working day and with just a touch up with powder on the 4th or the 5th hour of wearing this, I still look fine. I don't know if you can stay fresh for 24 hours as its name claims but I'm not willing to try wearing this for a whole day. LOL. 
Yes I love it and it's gonna stay on my list of good foundations. When I run out of this one though I will try the other L'Oreal variant, the  matte one that comes in a tube.

XO,
Carissa
PS. With a little help of setting powder and primer, here's how the foundation looks on me.

Hi! This hefty box arrived in the mail the other day and I was so excited to open it. It's from Althea, my favorite shop for K-Beauty products. I love checking out their site, even if I have no plans to purchase. I've only shopped twice and I have blogged about my previous shopping experience with them and you can read it here

I've been on a makeup buying ban since March because I want to consume all the current makeup products in my stash. I decided to focus on skin care products instead and Althea is really a haven for such. The last time I shopped with Althea, the products didn't come in a box. This time though, it's boxed and it feels extra special. Like getting a gift, LOL. Without further ado, here are the contents of my Althea box.


These are the contents of the box and I will be going through each of them one by one.

It's Skin Power 10 Formula Q10 Effector 
"Just like drops for your eyes, It's Skin's Power 10 Formulas are little drops that improve and target problems according to your skin's needs. This Q10 Effector is enriched with Coenzyme-Q10 that's found naturally in the skin to restore vitality and resilience to the skin. This lightweight, fast-absorbing concentrate applies on without leaving behind any sticky residue while instantly hydrating the skin. With anti-aging properties, this product promotes regeneration of skin cells so that you have a supple, radiant complexion."
This is a serum, I think. I have zero experience when it comes to serums and I will certainly make a separate post about this in the future.

ONSAEMEEIN Perfect Moisture Cream 
Another one or improving the condition of my skin. Will it give me the kutis Koreana that everyone dreams of? Honestly, I'm not aiming for that. I just want to improve the moisture level of my skin so I hope this product helps.

BoomDeahdah Water Drop Hand Cream in Gardenia
Because my hands need some TLC too. Ayt? And might I add: it smells really good. I hope I can find a perfume that smells exactly like this.

The FaceShop Herb Day 365 Cleansing Foam in Lemon
 What a huge one this is. It's gonna take some time before I empty it out. 

Boomdeahdah Mask Sheets in Pomegranate, Honey and Rice
Mask sheets. For all the times that I'm not too lazy to put one on. LOL. I wish I were more religious about putting on a mask every Saturday. Here they are: one for Firming, one for Nourishing and one for Brightening.

***
And that's it, guys! Not a lot, right? Anyway, I ordered it on September 20th, and it arrived October 4th. Fresh from Korea, yes. I will be pampering myself with these products over the weekend.
And hopefully I will be able to post some reviews about them.
See you around!

XO,
Carissa
I've got a feeling this'll be a monthly thing and I am finally getting the hang of being a stage mother.  :) Last month we had Buwan ng Wika, and for this month, Tin was part of the Kindergarten Festival of Talents. Competitions for different talents were held in her school. She was part of the creative dance competition. 
They danced to the tune of "Basketbol" and they were all dressed accordingly. 
My baby is all dolled up!
Her costume was made by Mommy Neneng (her grandmother).

Here's a clip of half of the dance routine.  Cute little things!

And the winner is...... Team ACES!
The kids together with the kindergarten teachers of Allen Central Elementary School.

***
Every experience should bring lessons and I know that, young as my daughter is, she has learned something beyond wiggling her butt or jiggling those pompoms. She has made a conscious effort to rehearse everyday, and bugged us in case we forgot. She has definitely learned a thing or two about taking instructions. And now she knows how it feels to win.

For me, I never thought I could get bleary eyed watching  a rendition of a song by Viva Hotbabes. But, here we are. :)

XO,
Mummy Cassie

It's that time of the month again, when I give myself the proverbial pat in the back for emptying all of these products simply because: waste not, want not. :)

Human Nature Balancing Facial Wash & Human Nature Balancing Face Toner
I bought this pair in the middle of May and it took me roughly four months to consume them both. These two make up one of my favorite wash-toner combos. Now that I've emptied them I will try other brands but no matter how far I stray they will remain among my dependable ones. They are specially designed for oily skin so they are a boon to my existence. 


Details/Ingredients of the Human Nature Balancing Facial Wash.
Details/Ingredients of the Human Nature Balancing Toner.


Avon Scent Essence Lime Verbena
Goodbye my little freshness in a bottle. I hope I can try the other variants.

Pink Sugar It's Awesome BB Cream in Beige
L'Oreal Paris Color Riche L'Extraordinaire Moisturizing Matte Lippie in Jardin Pamplemousse
Nichido Final Powder in Ivory Glow
All of these products have been reviewed here before so you just click on the clickables for more details.

SkinWhite Naturals Whitening Lotion Papaya Milk 
Finally consumed the entire bottle. I didn't like the formula though, it was too runny and felt greasy on the skin.
Details and ingredients of the SkinWhite Naturals Whitening Lotion.
'Til my next empties post!

XO,
Carissa