5.24.2015

Quote of the Week



5.16.2015

Quote of the Week

5.13.2015

Review: Glysolid Glycerin Cream

To someone who has family or friends working in the Middle East, this Glysolid Glycerin cream is a common item often found in balikbayan boxes (but this product originated from Germany). My cousin would always send a couple or so big tin tubs for my uncle (his father) who is diabetic and whose dry skin, calluses, scars and other skin problem should be treated early early to prevent wounds that could lead to amputation. Since one big tub would last a very long time and he still has unopened tubs left, my aunt gave one to me.

I have been using this on my problematic skin for two or three months already so I am sharing to you my review of Glysolid Glycerin Cream.

Product Description

GLYSOLID works as a skin softener, keeping your skin supple and flexible. It forms a light "Shield" on your skin that protects from dehydration, and calms and soothes irritated skin. More than that, it effectively stimulates cell regeneration. Its ingredients promote the healing of small injuries, nicks and cuts.

Review

Packaging and Appeal. The product comes in a red tin tub similar to the blue one of Nivea creme. The cream doesn’t look like cream at all but more like a combination of cream and jelly. I find this a bit of a challenge to apply and spread on the skin since it is too thick. And since it is too thick, a little goes a long way. You just have to rub it really well for even application.

I really have nothing against the packaging or appeal of this product except that the tub packaging always has questionable reputation when it comes to hygiene. I think it would be better if this product comes in tubes, which is true with other products from the company. But since the one I got is in tub, I just have to make sure that my hands are clean before dipping them into the tub or better yet, use a clean spatula or something to prevent contaminating the rest of the cream.

Effectiveness. The product claims to moisturize and soothes dry skin and I can prove it to be true. It moisturizes and soothes the skin almost immediately and improvement can be seen after two or three uses when applied to cracked heels. For more than a couple of months, I have been applying this cream almost everyday on my stomach area loaded with scars and I literally see improvement. Old scars have lightened significantly and small ones have even vanished. (I am close to wearing bikini tops, alright! LOL)

Just recently, I tried applying very small amount to my face after taking a shower at night and I have yet to see any negative reaction and the good thing is, I do not wake up to an oil slick face. In fact, my skin looks a bit better now and what used to be the dry areas (cheeks and around the jaw) are no longer dry and micropeeling.

Scent. Glysolid has a very faint smell that is neither floral or masculine. It just smells clean like most “fragrance-free” products.

Ingredients. Glycerin and Allantoin

Price. I got mine for free but upon checking their website, the 3.38 oz tub costs $10.95 which when converted to local currency is between Php 470 - 490. I think it is in the affordable side since the big tub can probably last for a year when used by one person only.

Availability. While this product is affordable, it is not widely available in the country yet. If you are buying online, shipping cost can make it expensive. If you have relatives based abroad specifically the Middle East, you can ask them to buy for you as it is usually cheaper there (sometimes cheaper than online store).

Rating

Aspects Rating
Packaging & Appeal 3/5
Effectiveness 4.5/5
Scent 4/5
Ingredients 4/5
Price 4/5
Availability 2.5/5
Overall Rating 3.7/5

Conclusion

Glysolid Glycerin Cream is a great product to address extremely dry skin, cracked heels and even lighten scars. It is safe, effective and affordable. It is not widely-available though so you may need to buy online or ask relatives abroad to buy for you.

5.09.2015

Quote of the Week

4.15.2015

Review: Daylong SPF 50+

It’s summer in the Philippines once again! Those who are in the tourism industry especially beach resorts are definitely seeing a surge in the number of guests coming over. But before you frolic in the beach in your colorful bikinis, wide-brimmed hats and sunglasses, remember to always protect your skin from the harmful rays of the sun. Sunscreens are a hit during this time of the year but in a tropical country like ours, it should be a hit the whole year. Yes, the use of sunscreen is not for summer or outdoors only. Everyday use is recommended even if you will be out in the sun for just a few minutes.

In this post, I will be reviewing the sunscreen I am using daily - the Daylong SPF50+. I have been using this for four months already so I think it’s about time that I review this product.

Product Description

Suitable even for sun-sensitive skin or oily skin that is prone to breakouts. This formulation is oil-free,  easy to apply, absorbs quickly, and nurtures skin with vitamin E. Photostable UV filters offer very high and effective UVA, UVB and IR protection. Without additional preservatives, emulsifiers, or perfumes.

4.12.2015

March Finds

The first quarter of 2015 is already over and it’s now time for my monthly finds post. This month has been particularly hectic for me, with my mother being sick, our plans to move back home to be with her and our trip to Dumaguete - Siquijor, my life, or at least my schedule is in chaos. Everything seems to pass by me quickly it’s overwhelming. In fact, I thought I won’t be able to post my finds for March since I rarely have time to check out and try new stuff but during the last few days of the month, I managed to snatch some items while shopping for the things I use regularly.


Nichido Eyebrow Pencil. If there is one part of my face I paid little to no attention to, it’s my brows. I can go out of the house without grooming them and I won’t care. But for some reason, I recently found myself obsessing about neat and precisely-shaped brows. So, I plucked the “out-of-place” brows gradually and eventually shaped them for the first time. They’re nowhere perfect but at least close to what I want them to look like. So I bought this“tool” I bought for my practice.

Nichido Brow Gel.  Despite shaping them, my brows tend to have a mind of their own and taming them can be rather difficult. I knew I needed something to keep them in place and I found this for practice purposes also.

Human Heart Nature Acne Defense. Pimple has always been my enemy. Everyday, there is always one or two somewhere in my face and I panicked when they are increasing or not getting better because of the depressing pimple-situation I went through last year. Since I ran out of my trusted anti-pimple gel (Epiduo), I decided to try this from Human Heart Nature. They are way less expensive, natural and many users claim it to be effective. I am hoping that this somehow works so that I’d be able to save money (1 Epiduo = 6 HHN Acne Defense).

4.05.2015

Review: Check Inn Pension Arcade-Dumaguete

Any Siquijor trip is not complete without dropping by Dumaguete City since this is the doorway to that awesome island of fire. During our trip, we planned to spend a night in this small city to enable us to rest since traveling from Iloilo takes not less than six hours by ferry and bus. With this, an overnight stay in the city is very much needed to enable us to rejuvenate for the next days’ island escapade.

Given the volume of tourists (especially foreigners) flocking the city, finding a place to stay is less likely a problem since affordable hotels are almost everywhere. One of the those hotels is Check Inn Dumaguete. During a trip to Bacolod City, we have stayed in their Bacolod Branch (near SM Bacolod) and so far, we are satisfied with the hotel that the husband to book this. He initially booked a family suite room which is good for five persons but unfortunately, one of our companions backed out at the last minute thus we negotiated with the front desk if we can switch to a smaller room to save. Thankfully, they agreed without drama… or additional fee, cancellation fee or whatsoever.

Photo credit: Check Inn Pension

Rooms

The room we got is special deluxe good for three persons. It has one single bed and one double size, toilet and bath as well as cable TV. Wide enough for three persons, the room is on the 3rd (or was it 4th?) floor located near the elevator and reception area, where the router is probably located, hence we have internet access even inside the room. Oh yeah real time updates!

The toilet and bath is clean although the control of shower can be a bit challenging at first (to open/close the shower, you have to use the knob of the heater, not the knob of shower itself).

Overnight stay costs Php 1000 which became Php 333 when divided to three. Not bad, right?

3.31.2015

Siquijor Tourists Spots in One Day

(All photos belong to Michael Sabido, unless otherwise stated.)

It’s been two weeks since our Dumaguete - Siquijor rendezvous and the “high” I usually get when traveling is already waning. So before I forget the details about our trip, I am making this entry now not just for future travelers looking for information but also for myself, to remind me what took place and the beautiful spots we’ve been to in this island.

The day after we arrived in the island is our scheduled tour or what the local drivers call coastal tour. The tour involves going around the island in just one day. We circled Siquijor in just one day, like we did in Camiguin. Well, the island isn’t that big thus made it possible for everyone to visit the tourists spot in just one day even if they are scattered throughout the island. From the resort where we are staying in Solangon, San Juan, below is the list of the places we visited.

Capilay Spring Park

This was our first stop shortly after we left Coral Cay Resort. There is nothing spectacular about this resort except the water filling the huge pool comes from the spring somewhere in this pool. Since it was a weekday, there’s no other tourist aside from us. Our driver said that it is okay to swim in the pool but we opted not to as the water is not that inviting although we know that they’re clean since they’re flowing, not stagnant. Besides, it is kinda awkward (at least for me) to swim in an outdoor pool located in the heart of the town. It is not even enclosed in a fence to provide swimmers a little bit of privacy, away from the eyes of motorists. This one is a public place so entrance is free of charge.

Century-old Balete Tree

Our next stop was the famed century-old balete tree. While researching online about the tourists spots in the island, I was kinda hesitant to visit this particular area because I thought it is located deep in the forest that would require us to hike a creepy path but that is not that case. The site is conveniently located along the highway and it is actually far from creepy. The tree is indeed huge and the dipping pool is filled with fishes where you can avail their “fish spa”.  Like the Capilay Spring Park, there is no spectacular view or activity here but since it is popular (and probably a Siquijor trip is not complete without this), might as well drop by for a few minutes and enjoy the moment with the fishes. This is located in the town of Lazi.

Lazi Church and Convent

Also known as San Isidro Labrador Parish Church, the church with its huge convent is made with coral stones and hardwood. It is also part of the National Cultural Treasure and is also nominated for UNESCO World Heritage. The upper portion of the convent houses the Siquijor Heritage Museum and the ground floor serves as school for local children.

Cambugahay Falls

From the highway, getting to the falls probably took us 10 minutes, or less. I love it here! The falls aren’t too high like the other waterfalls I have seen but they are wider and the water is more beautiful. There are lots of shallow area also so a non-swimmer like me can enjoy.

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