Back to Blogging and Hand Cream Capsule Reviews

It’s been years since I posted blogs in a consistent manner. Lately though, I’ve had a sudden urge to get back into it. Maybe it’s because my job involves a lot of digital communication so it makes me want to explore it further on a personal level. Maybe it’s because of all the advancement in mobile productivity that enables me to blog straight from my hand phone. Maybe I’m jelly of all the PR packages active bloggers get and I want in on the action. 

(That last bit is a joke. Don’t blog for the sole purpose of getting freebies, kids. It’s tacky.)

Whatever the case may be, I’m glad this old space of mine in the blogosphere is still here. 

But I digress. Today I want to talk about skin care. 

Those who know me personally would know how passionate I am now on the subject of skin care and delaying the signs of physical aging. There’s a lot of talk everywhere about products for the face and neck but body care seems to be lagging a bit behind. 

I’ve been super into hand moisturizers lately, since I feel my hands are feeling tighter and drier than usual. I searched in The Project Vanity Community, a fairly newly formed Facebook group of Philippine-based beauty enthusiasts, for recommendations but didn’t find any and I was too lazy to trawl through other forums lol. So, I thought I’d go ahead and try a few things and share my thoughts online instead. 

This whole love for hand creams started with the leftmost one tube in the photo above. It’s from Marks and Spencer (cocoa butter variant), an old present from a colleague. I loved using it so much that it’s now thoroughly emptied. It wasn’t sticky, it dried quickly and didn’t leave a greasy film. It was everything I wanted in a hand cream for daytime use. 

To replace the M&S tube, I picked up a few alternatives from the department store.

Skin Doc Heal with Jojoba Oil (2nd from left) is super cheap, priced less than Php 100 for a 60ml tube, which was why it was so appealing to me. However, it didn’t work for me at all; it left my hands still feeling tight and dry. I suppose it’s my fault for not reading the ingredients list before impulse buying, the alcohol content in this product is quite high. Hard pass.

Beauty Fix Honey Vanilla (3rd from left) fared better, as it was slightly more moisturizing than Skin Doc and it was also below the Php 100 price point. I found it too heavy for daytime use, though, especially since I work full time in an office and use my hands a lot. I feel like its weight causes it to take a while to dry down, and it leaves a slight greasy film on the skin which I really do not like. I’ve set it aside for nighttime use just because I feel bad for wanting to throw away a second tube, but will likely not repurchase.

Most expensive of the threesome is The Body Shop’s, which is half the size of both Skin Doc and Beauty Fix but more than twice the price at Php 235 for a 30ml tube. 😥 I love TBS and the brand’s advocacy, but DANG that price difference tho. So I was happy and relieved to find that it worked out the best for me! It was super moisturizing, non-sticky and non-greasy. I now leave this on my work desk, and I might get another tube for my purse. 

Skin Doc and Beauty Fix are available in Watson’s and SM Beauty Departments. The Body Shop is also available in some SM Beauty Departments.

So yeah, for anyone here who’s on the lookout for good hand creams, I hope this helps! If you have recommendations, I’d love to know also! 


I am a marked woman

I always said I liked tattoos, but I didn’t want to get one because it was so permanent. I never even thought about how painful it would be to get one. I thought very little about the fact that I might not be able to donate blood anymore, or worse, contract a blood borne disease. All I cared about was…what if I wake up one day and realize that I don’t like it anymore? Or whatever I imprinted on my skin isn’t really “me” anymore? Hassle, pare.

And think about it, how would it look like when I’m all old and wrinkly and saggy? Nyerk.

But so much has already changed for me these past couple of years that now I find some comfort in minor things that are constant. Before I knew it, one random day I just said, “Okay. I want to get inked.”

With that, my kaladkarin friend and I set an appointment at Gene Testa’s in Robinson’s Galleria so I can get this on my skin:

"I solemnly swear that I am up to no good"

Any close friend of mine would know where that line is from. If you don’t, shame on you, our friendship is a lie. Hahaha!

In fairness, it wasn’t as painful as I thought it would be. I saw episodes in Miami Ink where clients would pass out from the pain, so I kinda expected tears or at least a heavy stream of curses and complaints. Not bad. I also expected the pain to be like a series of needles poking at you continuously, but in actual, I think it felt more like my skin was being burned.

I am LOVING the tattoo so far! I think even when I do get all wrinkly and saggy, I can still say I’m a badass grandma.

Beauty Binging

I went on a trip to Watson’s very recently to replenish my usual supply of toiletries. But since it was payday, I couldn’t resist picking up a few new items to sample.

1. Body Builder Volumizing Hair Cream
2. Celeteque Alcohol-Free Toner
3. Garnier Pure SOS Anti-Blemish Pen
4. Myra-E VitaGlow Tinted Moisturizer (Ivory)

I don’t break out very often (thank you, genes) so I haven’t had the chance to try the anti-blemish pen yet. Not that I’m looking forward to a pimple, but I have to wait for one before I could see if Garnier’s SOS thing is effective.

I’ve been using everything else for a week now, and I have to say, I’m very happy with my purchases. Maybe I’ll write a separate review for each if I’m not too lazy.