Empties March 2016 : Skincare and Makeup Cleansers

by - 15 March

I was going to name this February Empties but I just recently finished a couple more products so I went with March. Here are mini reviews from my trash again. Yay!

Evian Natural Mineral Water Facial Spray | 150ml | PHP 349

It's an aerosol mineral facial mist. You can refresh your face/makeup or set your makeup. It works well. I mean it's just special water from the glaciers. I think mineral water or purified water in an atomizer will work just as well. I just wanted to try if it gives a finer mist — It doesn't. There're are still some droplets from the nozzle and it got worse as I used it.

I also feel iffy about using aerosols. There aren't CFC's anymore to most aerosols but still, it adds to my carbon footprint. Pass.

  • Hydrates - Check
  • Helps fix makeup - Sets yes.
  • Freshens - Sure I felt refreshed.
Ingredients: Pure Natural Evian Mineral Water. Propelled by Nitrogen.

Avon Naturals Body Care | Papaya and Soy Milk Shower Gel | 200ml net

Just a regular body wash gel with SLS. What's new. Smells good and didn't strip my skin of its oils. Didn't notice my skin lightening so there's that. It was a gift and I didn't want it to go to waste. It's okay. Wouldn't repurchase.

Lightens and moisturizes with:
  • Papaya Fruit Extract - Papain lightens, smoothens and softens skin
  • Soybean extract - Rich with skin balancing nutrients
  • Hydrolyzed Milk Protein - Skin conditioning properties
Ingredients: Water, SLS, Glycerin, Cocamide Mea, Sodium Chloride, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Polysorbate 20, Fragrance, Disodium EDTA, Peg-150, Pentaerythrityl Tetrastearate, Phosphoric Acid, Hydrolyzed Milk Protein, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Carica Papaya Fruit Extract, Glycine Soja (soybean) Seed Extract, Methylisothiazolinone

Physiogel Daily Moisture Therapy - Dermo Cleanser | 300ml | Php 350

Didn't break me out and very gentle for my sensitive skin. Same as other soap-free gentle creamy cleansers marketed for sensitive skin — SkinKlens, Cetaphil, Vecirin. Would recommend for kids and adults who have sensitive (or dry) skin or are allergic to most cleansers/soaps out there.

  • For Dry and Sensitive Skin
  • Mild and gentle
  • PH balanced
  • Soap Free
  • Clinically tested by dermatologists
Ingredients: Aqua, PEG-75, Cetearyl Alcohol, Disodium Phosphate, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Methylparaben, Citric Acid, Butylparaben, Propylparaben, Parfum


Biore | 150ml | PHP 299

This #1 selling cleansing oil from Japan came to the Philippines a couple of months back and I was so happy that they did because I love cleansing oils for removing makeup. It just makes makeup removal easier and removes even waterproof mascara. Yes. 10/10 would repurchase.

  • No greasy feeling after use - Check. Skin feels moist, plump but not greasy.
  • Gentle and mild on skin - Check. My skin's quite sensitive
  • Refreshing fragrance - Like apples? Very fruity
Ingredients: Mineral Oil, Peg-12 Laurate, Isododecane, Water, Isopropyl Palmitate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Polyglyceryl-2 Isostearate, Decyl Glucoside, Polysorbate 85, Glyceryl Oleate, Isostearic Acid, Isostearyl Glyceryl Ether, Isostearyl Glyceryl Pentaerythrityl Ether, Myristyl Alcohol, Alcohol, Citric Acid, Phosphoric Acid, BHT, Fragrance, Tocopherol

Rucy's Vanity Whitening Body Lotion | 100ml | PHP 120

It's a non-sticky, moisturizing body lotion. Smells good and decent. Again, I can't prove the whitening factor of this but it's cheap and it works.


  • Makes your skin whiten, soft and elastic.
  • Protect your skin from free radicals, contaminations and irritations.
  • Contains extracts of aloe vera, portulaca, moraceae, centella and green tea to calm and soothe skin.

Yay cheap Korean beauty products!

Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) seed Oil, Butylene Glycol, Dipropylene Glycol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Macadamia Tegrifolia Seed Oil, Cyclopentasiloxane, Beeswawx, Dimethicone, Sorbitan Stearate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Sodium Hyaluronate, Fragrance, Methylparaben, Carbomer, Triethanolamine, Butylparaben, Prunus Persica (peach) Fruit Extract, Betaine, Camellia Sinesis Leaf Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sophora Angustifolia Root Extract, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Allantoin, Disodium EDTA, Niacinamide


ZA True White Day Protector SPF 26 PA ++ | 35g net weight | PHP 495

A really really good everyday face moisturizer with sunscreen. It's easy to spread using the fingers (you don't need a lot), feels light on the skin (absorbs/dries quickly) and isn't drying nor is it sticky/greasy. The finish is natural / demi-matte and it doesn't have a strong scent to it. I also never broke out. The SA said people really clamor to get this because it works well as a makeup primer, probably because of its finish. Super dry skinned people might want something more hydrating to accompany this.

The packaging is also slim and compact and has a slim nozzle tip so you only get what you need. 10/10 would (repurchase) recommend it to anyone looking for a nice everyday non-sticky moisturizing sunscreen. It's a measly 26 PA++ but you can double up the sun protection with a foundation/bb/cc that has SPF as well if you're planning on being out in the sun the whole day.

  • Has vitamins C, E and Minerals
  • Protects skin from UV rays while also brightening and moisturizing
  • Veils skin with a bright, pearly radiance that enhances skin tone for a healthy look
Ingredients: Aqua, Cyclomethicone, Dipropylene Glycol, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Titanium Dioxide (nano), PEG-10 Dimethicone, Butylene Glycol, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Titanium Dioxide, Alcohol, Isostearic Acid, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Aluminum Hydroxide, Stearic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Trisodium EDTA, Methylparaben, Potassium Hydroxide, Silica, Sodium Citrate, Stearyl Glycyrrhetinate, Polysilicone-2, Fragrance, Tocopheryl Acetate, BHT, Citric Acid, Magnesium Chloride, Citronellol, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Linalool, Calcium Chloride, Tocopherol


Kiehl's Lip Balm | 15ml | $7

Works well for my constantly chapped dry lips. It honestly feels and smells like regular petroleum jelly so if you're trying to save regular vaseline works just as well. But if you're after their other ingredients like Vitamin E, Squalene, Aloe Vera and Wheat Germ Oil then maybe you can check this out.

  • Helps soothe dry lips - Yep!
  • Temporarily protects lips
  • Shields from drying effects of wind/cold weather
Ingredients: Petrolatum, Squalane, Lanolin, Triticum Vulgare Germ Oil / Wheat Germ Oil, Pentylene Glycol, Tocopherol, Caprylyl Glycol, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Allantoin, Aloe Barbadensis Extract / Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract. Ingredients are subject to change at the manufacturer's discretion.

The Face Shop Herb Day Cleansing Cream | 150ml | Approx PHP 250 - 300

It's a very oily cleansing cream. Whenever you use a cleansing cream, you always have to follow up with your normal face cleanser. I think this goes for most makeup removers. It breaks down makeup well except waterproof mascara - there're still traces left so a separate eye makeup remover is needed. Very affordable and economical - you only need a teaspoonful at most. I use this in conjunction with a damp muslin cloth/face towel or wet wipes. Similar to Etude's Tea Time Cleansing Cream but Etude's has more product. 10/10 would recommend.


  • For all skin types
  • Suggested for dead skin cells
  • 5 Combined Cereal / 5 Grain Extract
Ingredients: Water, Mineral Oil, Dipropylene Glycol, Isopropyl Myristate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Polysorbate 60, Cetearyl Glucoside, Sorbitan Olivate, Dimethicone, Hordeum Distichon (Barley) Extract, Pancum Miliaceum (Millet) Seed Extract, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Extract, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Seed Extract, Phaseolus Radiatus Extract, Salva Officinalis (Sage) Leaf Extract, Aspalathus Linearis Extract, Lilium Candidum Flower Extract, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Extract, Borago Officinalis Extract, Centaurea Cyanus Flower Extract, Glycerin, Lauric Acid, Carbomer, Butylene Glycol, Potassium Hydroxide, Disodium EDTA, Caramel, Methyl Paraben, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance

Mentholatum Lip Balm SPF15 Lemon | 3.5g | Around Php 120 - 150
Would recommend just for the SPF 15. It doesn't fix flaky borderline bruised lips, but it's a decent clear mentholated lip balm. You actually need SPF for your lips so check out lipbalms with SPF. Decent buy. Came in a 2-pack so it's super cheap.

Can't find the ingredients :( Sorry!

What have you finished up lately? Any skincare/makeup?


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