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Review: Curél Itch Defense

I got my Curél Skin Care from Influenster last month. Like in any other Influenster products, they are free/complimentary for testing purposes but my opinion is entirely my own. Yes, my dear friends, FREE, no shipping fee even, all you need to do is give a penny for your thoughts on the products that they will send to you.

I already posted my How-To in YouTube but I have not yet totally provided my review on this product. Please take time to watch it, the video is only 1 minute and 22 seconds, before going further.

Gross? Should have I given a warning that you will see my super dry legs? I admit that I usually don’t pay attention to my legs when it comes to my daily beauty routines because my excuse is I rarely, mostly never, wear shorts nor short dresses. I also came from a tropical country and I usually find lotion on my legs icky especially when I get sweaty. So it is understandable that my legs look that horrendous. Plus the fact that my dad’s legs look like that too. Yes, blame it on the genetic card.

Because of my laziness and genetics, I do feel a little itchiness on my legs when it gets extra dry. If there’s an itch, you scratch, right? Horrible reasoning! There was a time that I scratched it too much that my legs looked like that they’ve been scratched by a naughty cat. Blame it on the imaginary cat.

“Enough with passing the blame”, I told myself. Yes, I talked to myself from time to time, don’t you? So I was excited to get qualified to receive the Curél Itch Defense system and I used it right away and took the video at the same time.

Curél Itch Defense Instant Soothing Moisturizing Spray for Dry, Itchy Skin (6 oz)
Curél Itch Defense Instant Soothing Moisturizing Spray for Dry, Itchy Skin (6 oz)

The Curél Itch Defense Instant Soothing Moisturizing Spray (hmm, mouthful!) that I got is full sized at 6 oz. It is in a hair spray-like container, no cover but you can easily twist it to secure the hole. The first time I opened and pressed it, it sounded like a balloon being deflated. Crazy, I thought it was going to blow up. I also got a hard time pressing it that’s why on the video, I put too much because I couldn’t control it. I am not sure if I got a slightly defective top or most probably I am that of a weakling that I couldn’t do things right! Eventually I got used to it then it became easier to press.

As you can see on the video, it almost looks like a hair mousse. However, it is very easy to apply and it is not greasy! I like its texture, and that it is odorless and has an instant cooling effect. It will be perfect for summer but I don’t think it has SPF so probably you can use it when you’re indoors.

Curél Itch Defense Body Wash 1 fl. oz.
Curél Itch Defense Body Wash (1 fl. oz.)

The Curél Itch Defense Body Wash is a good travel size though normally, you can buy it for 10 oz. I was able to use it up for 3 weeks. It is not too sudsy and has no fragrance as well. It claims that it is “clinically proven to stop the itch before it starts”.

I used the two products for 3 weeks. It didn’t have any significant effect on how my legs look externally but they do feel smoother. Even if it’s getting colder here in the East Coast this Fall, I didn’t feel my legs being itchy due to dryness.

Together with the two products, I also got a $1 discount coupon to buy any Curél Lotion.

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So I did.

Curél Ultra Healing Intensive Lotion for Extra-Dry, Tight Skin
Curél Ultra Healing Intensive Lotion for Extra-Dry, Tight Skin

The prices of these products ranges from $6.99 to $8.99. They are dermatologist recommended and has the seal of acceptance from the National Eczema Association so their products are must-try.

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My Favorite Concoction For My Worst Face Days

I have a sensitive skin and it has gotten more sensitive when I arrived here in the US, most probably because my skin is adjusting to the weather, food and everything else in between.

Last Sunday, I woke up looking up like this.

I already put my original “concoction” but before that, my face was scaly, dry and itchy. But you can still see the redness here.

This is not the face you put on instagram and hashtag #IWokeUpLikeThis. 

This is the face you don’t want to see in the mirror first thing in the morning. 

This is NOT what you want to look like two days before your state ID picture-taking.

So I sent this photo to my husband and this was his reaction and my reply to his reaction. 

 

But thanks to a combination of every beauty products that work for me, I was back to normal within 24 hours.

So what’s my secret? An equal dollop of all of the products below.  

My brother-in-law told me about this and how it works for his kids. We bought this at Walmart for $6.72. It makes my skin soft and moisturized.
  
Bought this one at Target for $4.99 and it DEFINITELY relieves the itchiness and redness on my face
 
Because you should always put a sunscreen… Bought this at Target for $8.39
 

As you may noticed, the Aquaphor and the Aveeno Hydrocortisone are almost empty (while writing this post, I am texting my husband to pass by Walmart or Target) because unfortunately, last Sunday was not the only worst face day for me lately. On the other hand, I only use the Aveeno sunscreen when I go out of the house.

 

How Aquaphor looks like when you open it
  
How Aquaphor looks like when it is applied to the skin
  
How Aveeno® Active Naturals Anti-itch Cream looks like when you open it
  
How Aveeno® Active Naturals Anti-itch Cream looks like when it is applied to the skin
  
How Aveeno Smart Essentials Daily Nourishing Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 looks like when you open it
 
How Aveeno Smart Essentials Daily Nourishing Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 looks like when it is applied to the skin

I only use the Aveeno hydrocortisone if my face is red and itchy. I also add another step if I will go out of the house. I blot my face first with a single ply of a facial tissue (as what I’ve learned from Wayne Goss, the famous YouTuber), before I put on my foundation. I usually do this right after I blow dry my hair so my “concoction” will be absorbed by my skin thoroughly and the excess will simply be removed by the tissue. Remember, just pat your face with the tissue ever so gently and don’t rub it.

So far, this works for me. 

I hope to read some of your original beauty concoction too.

    

Unboxing: Human Nature Haul

I always like trying natural products. My skin is very sensitive so if I can, I try to stay away from products with too much harmful chemicals. 

Back in the Philippines, I’ve been an avid fan of Human Nature. Their products are natural and cruelty-free. So I’m glad that I can still purchase their products here in the US by simply going to their website. 

 

  

Free shipping for a minimum of $50. The prices here are already 20% off.
   

 

20% off! Woohoo!
 
Natural, Fair Trade, Cruelty-Free
  

I bought 6 feminine wash for $5.99 each; 2 pieces for each variant
  
     
Each product has an expiration date; not everything has the same expiration date. I will be using this one first.
  

I have been using this a lot for 2 years and I think nothing else is better
 
Natural Baby Wonder Oil for $4.99. I haven’t tried this one yet before so I’m looking forward in using this.
  
100% Natural Purifying Facial Scrub 50ml for $3.99. For me this is the best facial scrub! It doesn’t hurt my face and I use this every other day.
  
Nourishing Face Toner for $4.99. I find that this toner makes my face clean and smooth.
 

All Natural Spray Sanitizers for $1.99 each. I tried this from a friend before and I liked it.
  
Natural Baby Wash for $4.99. I haven’t tried this too before but I’m looking forward to try this on my next shower.
   

I will try to post a review for each product.

You can check the Human Nature products here.

  

Lipstick Love

I love lipstick! It is my favorite make-up. It instantly brightens my mood. It is the difference between me looking like a zombie versus looking like a lady.👻💀

I don’t have as much as others but I want them all to look organized. I have enough lipsticks to make me wear a different lipstick each day in a month, which I try to do.


I went to Amazon to look for a lipstick organizer. Woah! Cheap and free shipping! Hold your horses!

I ordered this last April 17 and I was surprised with the expected delivery date.

 
Oh well, free shipping and for $3.73 only! Beggars can’t be choosers. So I ordered two.

But lo and behold, I got them after 10 days.

 

The packaging is too small so I never thought that it will consist of 2 organizers.
  
All the way from China
  
The box is so thin.
  
So that’s why I heard something jingling inside the box…
  
One organizer is slightly broken
  
But the front is fine
  
The other organizer is perfect
  
Almost all kind of lipsticks can fit in here
  
This L’oreal lipstick doesn’t fit if you put it this way
  
I put it upside down so that it can fit
 
On my vanity table

Even if it arrived slightly broken, overall I’m satisfied with the organizers. First, they are cheap. For $3.73 each, that’s a steal! Second, free shipping, boom! Third, they arrived earlier than expected. And last, almost all of my lipsticks can fit in there.

Now I need to buy more lipsticks!!!

💄💄💄💄💄  

  

  

Cerave Samples

I don’t consistently put lotion on my body because I do find them icky especially when I start sweating. So when I got here in the East coast, the cold and dry weather has definitely required me to apply lotion more religiously or else my skin will end up cracking. 

I went to Target and found this precious gem called Cerave Moisturizing Cream

   

Empty!
 

It’s not greasy, easily absorbed by my skin and lasts all day for me. Pretty much, I emptied this one tub in a span of less than two months.

So I was ecstatic when I found out that I can get free samples from their website. I don’t remember exactly what I did because I was opening multiple browsers at that time trying to find free product samples.😅 I wasn’t even sure that I did it correctly so this is indeed a surprise. 😂

I got the samples in the mail 2 days ago.

For freeeeeee!

  

 

If I only knew…
 
My husband asked, “that’s it?!” I admit. The box did fool me too.
  

Small but beggars can’t be choosers!

I already tried the Cerave Hydrating Cleanser, also the same deluxe size, as a freebie on the tub of Cerave Moisturizer that I bought. I remember that I loved it too especially during the winter. I have a very sensitive skin and it didn’t break me out.

Well, the sample moisturizer is waaay small compared to the tub that I used up but I think this is better than a foil pack. I will put this inside my purse just in case I need some lotion while in motion.🚙

So, do you know any other freebies out there? Please share so I can score some, lol! 😄

  

  

Mario Badescu Free Samples

Yes, you read the word F-R-E-E correctly. No shipping fee. No. Nada.

All you need to do is answer a simple questionnaire on Mario Badescu‘s website so they can customize the samples that they will give to you openheartedly for freeeeee (I do elongate my E’s on the word FREE 😂).

Click the picture to direct you to their website ==> https://www.mariobadescu.com/questionnaire.aspx
Several hours after I answered the questions, I received an email like this…

Excited much!

Almost a week has passed when I finally got my Mario Badescu samples… 

  

It’s great that they also included a guide on how and when to apply their products.

Product Application Page 1

Product Application Page 2
There was also a Product Guide that gives us a brief description of their products and their prices.

A page about their eye creams. They have cleansers, toners/astringents, moisturizers, protective creams, special face creams/emulsions, night creams, masks, exfoliants, sun products, hand creams, bath & body, men’s products, hair products, acne products and kits.

Skin Type classification. Based on the samples that I got, they identified me as “C, D, S”.
Here are the samples: 

Hyaluronic Moisturizer SPF 15

I love everything that has SPF. This one has a faint sweet smell and can be used as a daily moisturizer. I tried it and it’s good for springtime but probably not enough for my face during winter.

Regular price is $24 for 2 oz.

Drying Cream

It smells a bit like vanilla and looks like a mocha ice cream, yum! I swear by it. It effectively dried up the pesky little pimple that has been overstaying for a week on the corner of my mouth. (Side note: I read that pimple on the mouth means I need to eat more veggies and fruits, argh!)

With one dab of this product on my pimple, it dried up overnight! I will surely buy this one.

Regular price for 1/2 oz is $17.

Strawberry Face Scrub

It smells like, um, strawberries! You can find this under the “exfoliants” page of the Product Guide. I haven’t used this one yet because I think my face is still too sensitive for any exfoliation.

Regular price for 4 oz is $15.

Aloe Lotion

At first, I got confused with this one. It sure doesn’t look like a body lotion because it’s too watery. So I checked the Product Guide and it’s under “toners/astringents”. It doesn’t have a distinct smell but it definitely smells nice. I try not to use any astringents or toner yet, especially with alcohol, so I haven’t tried this one. This one has 2% alcohol plus the aloe so it might be tolerable to most people. It comes with 3 sizes: 8 oz ($15), 16 oz ($26) and 32 oz ($45).

Flower and Tonic Mask

This one is very interesting. It says on the guide that it’s a purifying and calming mask that absorbs dirt and oil and calms minor redness and irritation. Redness and irritation are the best two words to describe my face most of the time recently so I’m looking forward in using this mask.

Regular price for 2 oz. is $18

Orange Cleansing Soap

I haven’t opened this one yet and it’s under “cleansers” on the Product Guide. It says that it’s non-oily and non-detergent so I guess it won’t be too sudsy, not so sure about that though. I should better try it first. It comes into 2 sizes: 8 oz for $12 and 16 oz for $20.

Glycolic Eye Cream

I would have loved this sample if it’s on a bottle too. I absolutely in need of an eye cream because wrinkles have been showing under my eyes lately  that were never been there 3 months ago and I didn’t even have my birthday yet! Cold and dry weather, curse you!

Regular price for 1/2 oz is $20.

Bee Pollen Night Cream

I love night creams! I’m appreciating them now that I’m “normal” because I used to work on a graveyard shift so that messed up the purpose of a having a night cream. My dilemma was, “should I put my day cream at night because I’m awake and put night cream during the day when I’m about to sleep?” My circadian rhythm was already so whacked to be even bothered with day and night creams. Oh before I forget (too much side note eh), regular price for 1 oz. of this cream is for $20.

I have to thank a piece of heaven called blogosphere for talking about how to score these free samples. 

I may not become a supermodel like Naomi Campbell, but at least our face is being made by the same company.

 

The Perfect Solution: Mac Haul

A few days before my wedding, I was crying because my skin was horrible. It was dry, flaky, red, wrinkly and my makeup looks chalky when applied.

I told my fiancé (then) to move the wedding date for another month so that my skin can finally adjust to the cold weather.

But he had a better solution. He said he’ll buy me new makeup.

I really thought an angel was rocking her harp when I heard MAKE-UP
I really thought an angel was rocking her harp when I heard MAKE-UP (image: http://www.fg-a.com/animations6.shtml)
So a day before the wedding, we went to Macy’s and went straight ahead to the Mac counter.

Prior to that day, I have always loved Mac. I tried their lipsticks, eyeshadows and mascara before. But I always want to know my foundation shade. The Mac consultant said I’m NC30 for my foundation and Medium Plus for my powder. She used a Moisture Infusion Serum Primer together with the Mineralize Moisture SPF15 Foundation. She tapped a bit of Mineralize Skinfinish Powder on my t-zone then spritzed Charged Water all over my face.

Magic! No redness. No chalkiness. I was ready to get married!

My husband said that I could buy everything that was used on me. (🎶Angels we have heard on high🎶) 

The consultant said that I should also try their brush cleaner.

LOVE LOVE LOVE
The damage has been done
A month after the purchase, I returned the brush cleaner because it didn’t seem to work when I used it for the first time. Lesson: always keep your receipts.

Here what’s left from my Mac haul, approximately 2 months after the purchase with a bit of my two cents.

The Mac consultant used a spritzer to put this on my face. I was disappointed that it only has a regular lotion-like hole.
I would probably love it, and not just like it, if it has a sponge/poof applicator for an easier on-the-go application
I like the 190 brush because it has the right kind of softness and firmness needed to easily apply a foundation. However, I don’t like the 150 brush because it sheds a lot. Just imagine the awkward conversation you have to make when someone has noticed a small black hair-like on your face!
My new holy grail! It’s the right kind of shade and I don’t look too made-up
Any foundation becomes better when you use this
What’s your favorite Mac product?

  

 

When my friend from Texas visited me here at the East coast for my wedding, I whined to her my skin dilemma: I feel like I’m 32 years old. She started thinking for a while and probably made some mental computation and realized that we’re of the same age, “but YOU are 32 years old!”

My skin looks old

Almost got her, lol! However, my skin looked a bit younger when I was at a tropical country. As what I’ve mentioned on my last post, I’m still on a quest to have a better skin. I want my skin to look moisturized and I want to get rid of the small wrinkles around my eyes that suddenly appeared when I got here even though I have more than enough sleep.

So I need another online shopping! I spent $64.66 this time around. Originally, I was thinking of just getting a face mask. But I didn’t want to pay a shipping fee, so I got to reach $50 (excuses 😂).

Story of my online shopping life

What’s Inside: 2 products & 6 samples
Hopefully, this will help my eyelids and the area below my eyes to feel and look hydrated. It looks small though for its price. I forgot to check the product details thoroughly again, tsk.

Origins Eye Doctor™ Moisture Care For Skin Around Eyes Eye Doctor™ Moisture Care For Skin Around Eyes for $36 (15 ml)
I love facial masks that you can leave on your face when you’re about to sleep!

Origins Drink Up™ Intensive Overnight Mask / Drink Up™ Intensive Overnight Mask for $25 (100 ml)
 

Here are the samples I got from Sephora:



I got all Origins products for my first Sephora purchase ever on my own. Is it worth it? Let’s see… 

  

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