Here's my current toner.  And yes, Neutrogena is on my blog again.  Is it your drugstore favorite too?  Anyway, let me share a quick review.

So, why did I pick this?  Actually, not sure.  I was looking for a "temporary toner" because the one I really want which is Skinfood's Steam Milk Essence Mist was no longer on sale that time.  I bought this at 339.75 php.  Not bad right?  It's 200 ml already.

It's basically a toner that targets blackheads and minimizes pores.  Some of the labels are in Chinese so I can't explain it for you.  HAHA!

This one is a member of the Deep Clean line.  There's also a facial oil cleanser, facial scrub and more.

The bottle looks nice and very "Neutrogena".  I haven't experienced any spills as well, so it's safe to bring anywhere.

The product description also states that it can help prevent new blackheads from forming.  The formula is called BHA.  It removes dead skin cells and also controls excessive oil.

This toner is oil-free and contains salicylic acid (0.5%) and benzoic acid too - good for acne treatment.

What I love about it:

  • Removes makeup residues
  • Cleanses well
  • Leaves a cooling sensation right away
  • Doesn't leave a "botox-tight" feeling
  • Not drying
  • Targets pores and blackheads
  • Affordable
  • Dries fast
  • Cleanses well
  • Suitable for oily skin
  • No breakouts/irritation


  • Might irritate the eyes
  • Scent is a bit strong (like alcohol)
  • I can't feel the oil-control properties
I did not use a makeup remover here.

In terms of pore size and blackheads removal, I can't still say that it's 100% effective.  It's hard to tell, really.  

Overall, I think this one's a nice drugstore toner to try.  Maybe when the weather here in Manila gets better, it would be more effective. :)

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Receiving a gift is exciting.  But receiving a gift when you least expect it?  Man, it's awesomesauce!  I'm not even talking about a typical present here.  This one means a lot because it's something I don't usually get and basically, it's for my #poochoopoochoo blog.  HAHA!

Nuff said, here's what I got from iWhite the 3rd time around!

It shocked me when I saw the mystery box.  I had an idea that it's from iWhite but little did I expect that they'd sent me each piece of all of their products.  Woah.  Thank you soooooo much!

I've already tried everything even before I started blogging.  Well, except for the cream.  Oh yes, I'm a fan.  HAHA!

There are 2 things that surprised me the most.  One, all of these iWhite babies are in their new packaging.  I love the design, definitely a standout in store counters.  #goodjob  Two, there's an unfamiliar bottle containing a sticky liquid.  It's called Purifying Essence and it's used to prep the pores before applying the nose pack.  

Look at mah favorite blackhead killer!  Looking good!

Here's the rest of the goodies.  I now have a summer skin care set - complete from facial wash to whitening mask.

I've already tried doing a mini facial at home using some of these products.  I'll tell you more about the mask and essence in my upcoming posts.

You can find iWhite in our local convenience stores and drugstores.  Go and try this brand!  It doesn't cost much and works great too.

Thank you again, iWhite!

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I totally forgot about this!  WTH!  This is what I wore in a wedding I attended 2 months ago.  Actually, I already shared the posts for the hair and makeup here and here

Anyway, do you like this cotton candy dress too?  As a matter of fact, it's a very simple piece - spaghetti straps and flared like a skater skirt.  I decided to highlight it's simplicity and natural beauty so I said no to too much accessories.  No belt, no necklace.  Just this eye-catching, extra-long pair of earrings.  

What do you think?

Dress from Apartment 8
Earrings from Call It Spring

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One of the most loved drugstore skin care brands is St. Ives.  They are well known for their natural ingredients such as green tea, chamomile, oatmeal and the people's favorite, apricot.  I think that's their top-selling line.

When you search for an affordable but effective facial scrub, this one will definitely be in the list.  It's a classic ever since.

Blemish control apricot scrub by St. Ives deserves to be raved about.  It's made of 100% natural exfoliants and it's pareben-free too!  It targets acne because it contains salicylic acid.

Actually, at first I had no plans of buying this product.  But when I spotted this baby from Watson's counter, I was surprised because I didn't know that it's available in a smaller tube.  What a perfect timing for me to try and test it.

If I remember correctly, it costs around 70 php.  Very cheap, right?!  It will last a month or two when used 3 to 4 times a week.

So, maybe you're wondering, what's with apricot?  Truth is, I haven't seen one in person.  I don't even know what it tastes like or smells like.  According to St. Ives website, apricots are known to have high levels of carotenoids, related to Vitamin A.  When it comes to skin benefits, there are a lot but one that's very remarkable for me is the prevention of blackheads.  You know how I hate those annoying and ugly bastards.

Blackheads will keep clogging our pores and even after removing them, they will come back.  So, what we need is a great facial scrub.  Make sure to include it in your weekly skin care routine.

So, what do I love about this orange scrub?  First, the soft and supple feeling after rinsing it off.  The formula does not contain microbeads, so you'll really feel the "beads" as you massage it on your face.  Good thing is, it's not too abrasive but sometimes, I can't help but really rub it around my nose a.k.a. blackheads hideout.  :P

The scent is sooooo good as well.  Hmmm.. how can I describe it?  Let's see.  For me, it smells like soap, a little fruity, but not irritating.

It cleanses the skin, but it doesn't remove makeup very well.  It leaves the skin a little moisturized.  I didn't encounter breakouts too.

To be honest, I can't really tell if it helped in preventing and removing my blackheads.  However, it somehow maintained my skin's elasticity and I didn't feel any dryness or dullness after using it for a several weeks.  That means, it works amazing as an exfoliator.

Have you tried this scrub too?  What is your fave St. Ives product?

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What can you say about my aircon top?  HAHA!  (aside from the fact that it's all wrinkled)  Do you like the back detail too?

When we prepared the Chic Fusion collection, we made sure that every piece would be appropriate for summer.  We wanted to give you breathable clothes, something that would give you comfort and help you survive the intense humidity this season.  With this top, you'll definitely beat the heat.  For that extra oomph, come on and show that sexy back of yours.  :)

Actually, I got the black version of this top because I really love the fabric.  This teal one is still available, so get it now if you want it too!

What do you think?

Top and Maxi Skirt with Slit from The Chic Closet

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