Review: Garnier Pure Active Multi-action Scrub

I have been seeing a dermatologist for months already but there are times when I get frustrated with the result I am getting though I know that it takes months (some even years!) to treat acne. There are times when I want to try every anti-acne product I found on the market at once hoping to hasten the treatment. That shouldn’t be the case, I know, but when your self confidence is at stake, you just have to take the matters into your own hands.

Before my recent trip to the derm (and new regimen), I dropped by Watsons to find something promising. I found this Garnier Pure Active Multi Action Scrub and after reading the labels, I decided to get it while hoping that it could be the answer to my prayers. But is it? Read my review...

Product Description. Visibly fights six signs of acne.


Review: Lauat Herbal Hair Treatment Shampoo

Hello everyone! It’s been awhile since I made my last product review and I truly miss my bi-weekly blog posts. But my schedule has been really crazy lately; looking for things to fill the new apartment (tiring!), extra workload, doctor’s appointments (dermatologist and ob/gyne), daughter duties and tita duties (playing badminton with the boys, fixing their gadgets/internet connection problem, crocheting bracelet for them since they are not allowed to have loom bands, etc). When can I find time to blog? Maybe if I sacrifice my rest (aka time-off-the-computer), then this blog will surely be as active as before. But then, rest (and sleep!) is something I cannot trade over other worldly possessions so I made a painful choice of sacrificing my blogs. As what I have said on my previous post, this arrangement will have to linger until the next couple of months. Once I’m settled to my new place, everything will be back to normal... I hope!

Anyway for this post, I will be talking about the shampoo I recently tried in the hopes of treating my super annoying dandruff. After finishing a couple or so bottles of Nanny Rose’ Gugo Lawat Shampoo, I decided to try a similar product, the Lauat Herbal Hair Treatment Shampoo. This one is a bit cheaper than the latter but is the price justifiable? Find out...

Product Description:
Discover nature's gifts for healthy beautiful hair.
Enjoy the combined nourishing benefits of:
  • Lawat (Litsea glutinosa)
  • Gugo (Entada phaseoloides)
  • Virgin coconut oil (Cocos nucifera)


Review: Human Heart Nature 100% Natural Perfect Coverage Mineral Foundation

If you are a regular reader of my blog, you know that I have been battling acne since October 2013. Due to this problem, I decided to stop using anything that is not prescribed by my derma and avoided putting on makeup most of the time… well except for concealer to hide those ugly and embarrassing monsters. I’m afraid that using such products can derail the treatment which I wanted to get over with as soon as possible as my case of acne is getting really costly and embarrassing.

But then, there are times when I really need to look a bit more polished than usual so I decided to scour the internet for makeup that is recommended to people with skin issues such as mine. And since I have been trying to minimize the use of chemicals, I went on to look for natural cosmetics.

Given that the Human Heart Nature Iloilo branch is just a few minutes from my office, I decided that I should get this brand so that I never have to pay for shipping and I can see/test the actual product before buying. Before my store visit, I checked their website first to get ideas what to buy later on. I love that their site publishes honest product reviews from real people and offer refunds to people who are not satisfied with the product. Goes to show that they are confident about their products.

Do I feel the same about this foundation? Find out...


June Finds

Half of the year is gone! Whew! I have been very busy lately thus explains the scarcity of my posts. Not only I have limited time to spare for my blog but it seems like I am also running out of topics to post. My creative juices probably went into hiding when serious matters (like earning a living) took over my brain. LOL! And I’m afraid things will remain the same until August or September. Hopefully, things, or at least my blogging activities, will go back to normal when the time comes.

My battle with acne isn’t over yet. During the early days of June, I became quite frustrated with my face (and rebellious with my dermatologist) that I decided to try something I haven’t used before.

  1. St. Ives Naturally Soothing Body Lotion (Oatmeal & Shea Butter). It’s not the first time that I used a St. Ives lotion but it’s a first time for this variant. I love its scent! It’s indeed soothing, and more...
  2. Garnier Pure Active Multi-action Scrub. This is what I was referring to above. I bought this on impulse, out of frustration of my face. So how do I find it? You’ll know when I review this product soon.
  3. Lauat Herbal Hair Treatment Shampoo. Here at Rural Dame, I have been vocal about my hair problems (falling hair, dry hair, etc) hence my attempt to find a better shampoo shouldn’t come as a surprise. After a few bottles of Nanny Rose’s Gugo Lawat Shampoo, I decided to try this one hoping for it to be better and more effective.
  4. Human Nature Perfect Coverage Mineral Foundation. Ever since the attack of the killer pimples, I minimized and eventually stopped using blush on, foundation and pressed powder of any kind. Most of the time, I would just apply a thin concealer over my acne scars. But at some point, I see the need to use foundation for me to look a bit polished especially when attending events hence I decided to buy this.

Not in the picture:

Clarifying Liquid (Dermatologist). This is one of the meds I got from my dermatologist. I am using this twice a day (morning and night) after washing my face with acne bar which I also got from her.

Epiduo (Adapalene + Benzoyl Peroxide). I have been reading about adapalene and benzoyl peroxide on acne forums but I haven’t read about this particular product. I was kinda hesitant to get this because of some negative reviews but I promised myself to obey what my dermatologist is telling me to do so I bought along with my other medication.

I will definitely review these products but I just have to find time to do so.


Stronger, Costlier… My New Acne Medication

Pimples are annoying! They are often out to ruin a good day. And what makes them more annoying is the fact that you spent heaps on medication, let you experience temporary relief and after you loosen a bit on your regimen, they’re back with a vengeance. Raging, red and plain ugly!

After weeks of contemplating whether or not to go back to my derma (you know I always feel hopeful that my pimples will go away on their own), I finally gave in and poured my heart out to her. Well not really, I just voiced out my frustration over these recurring monsters.

During my previous treatments, she prescribed my doxycycline, any brand. But this time, she moved me to lymecycline, specifically Tetralysal. Ouch because Tetralysal costs Php 88 at Mercury (Php 83 at Erin’s Family Pharmacy). I need to take the med once a day for 14 days. She also prescribed Epiduo (Adapalene + benzoyl peroxide). As I see it (based on threads I read on forums), Adapalene is already a higher form of acne medication. It should be applied on the face twice or thrice a week only (maybe because it is indeed strong). One small tube costs Php 1200 from her (Php 1280 from Mercury and Php 1155 at a local drugstore I mentioned above). Additionally, I’m also on anti-acne bar and clarifying toner from her own formulation.

While the medicines are expensive, I have seen improvements three days into this regimen. The occurrence of new pimples lessened, the existing ones heal faster and whiteheads/blackheads are easier to get rid of.

It also helps that I have someone guarding what I eat. LOL! My derma gave me (again!) a list of foods I need to avoid and yes, the bf checked it. Now, he is the one reminding me that a particular food I want to eat is off limits. :D

It’s been a week since I started this new regimen and so far things are going the way I want it. One more week and I’m off of this medication.

I’m also seeing my OB/Gyne to find out if my acne hormonal. I will talk about it on a different post.


Birthday... and Trading!

Ever since I learned about stock trading, I have always wanted to try it. Like other ideas or projects I am about to pursue, I felt hopeful about it (naturally!). However, since I was too young at that time, I didn’t take it seriously thinking that no one in the stock market will take me seriously as well. And besides, finding a reputable stock trader is too tedious of a task for a young lady like me so that dream remained a dream for years.

More than a year ago, I was introduced to BPITrade, BPI’s online trading platform, and my dream of getting my hands into stock trading was reawakened. I researched heaps about it and processed my application. A few days after I submitted my application to a BPI branch near my office, I got an email asking me to submit a government-issued ID since I only submitted my company ID. Since my government-issued IDs that time were expired if not damaged or contain spelling error, my stock trading dreams took a back seat once again.

It took me one year (who has time and patience to deal with government offices?) to fix the necessary documents and finally activate my account. It was supposed to be my birthday gift to myself last year but since it didn’t come into fruition, I made sure to activate my account before June 2014, in time for this year’s birthday and made my first ever stock purchase on my birthday. Sweet!

I find buying stocks more addicting than buying shoes or bags maybe because I am hoping to gain from it in the future. I am so eager to add more to my portfolio but I still have to eat and pay the bills in addition to a big milestone that will happen to my life in a few months so I can only add a small amount to my “shopping money” every pay day.

Nevertheless, I’m just happy with the gift I have always wanted to give myself for years. Cheers to more birthdays, more knowledge about trading… and yes, more profits! :D


Home Office Dreams

I’ve always been dreaming of working at home… in a pretty home office. But that is not possible at the moment as there are other things that must be prioritized right now. However, I am hopeful that I’d be able to reach this dream in a couple or so years… provided that no baby gets in the way.

As early as now, however, I have already started gathering inspiration for me to keep working (and saving!) to realize this dream.


SM CIty Iloilo Sale

Buy 1 Take 1 on bags, wallets and apparels. Promo runs from June 01 - 15, 2014. 

Folded & Hung
30% off on all items. Promo runs from June 01 - 30, 2014.

Buy 3 tees for Php 800. Promo runs from June 01 - July 24, 2014.

10% on selected regular priced items.  Promo runs from June 01 - 15, 2014.

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