Sunday, April 29, 2012

On jellyfish mishaps and dermatologist-recommended lotions

So sorry for not posting for so long! I recently transferred to a new role for my non-makeup related job, which also has an earlier schedule than what I'm used to. End result is that jet lagged feeling where I end up sleeping during the time I usually allot for writing reviews. Anyway now I think I'm more adjusted to my new work schedule, so hooray, I'm blogging again!

Moving on to more beauty-related concerns, last week I went to the beach and ended up getting stung by a jellyfish. It definitely left a mark - I actually felt it wrap around my leg.

I went to a doctor in our office clinic the next day and was prescribed some antibiotics to get rid of any toxins left from the jellyfish sting. However the marks turned a darker shade of red (almost purple) and became really itchy two days later so naturally I became worried that the sting might actually have permanent repercussions (a.k.a. scars).

Since it wasn't getting better, I rushed to a dermatologist and got a prescription for anti-allergy meds and an ointment to flatten the welts. The derma also recommended that I keep my legs moisturized since dry skin is one of the triggers for the itchiness. Being my usual inquisitive self, I asked if there are any specific ingredients that I should avoid for lotions - I wouldn't want to use something that might make my leg worse off, of course! To that, she just said that I should avoid lotions with fragrance since it might irritate the skin. Since I'm a Cetaphil fan, it was the first lotion that came into mind when she mentioned "fragrance free", so I asked if that one was okay. She then replied that it was okay to use, but if I'm willing to spend on lotion anyway, then I might as well buy the Physiogel lotion since it was much better than the Cetaphil one.

So I did end up buying it. I was thinking that it might not be fair to review a lotion that a dermatologist recommended since it would definitely be good, but I did want to give you guys more details on why exactly this lotion is fantastic!

Read on for the review :)

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Carmex Lip Balm - Original Flavor

Carmex lip balms seem to have been around for quite a while now, although I noticed that they never got to be as big as Chapstick lip balms, at least in the Philippines. It's one of those products that often seem to appear in the "What's in my bag" section of fashion/beauty magazines, but if you ask an average non-kikay Filipina, they've never seemed to have heard of the brand. This purely based on my observations of course, don't shoot me if I'm wrong ;) 

So if you've ever wondered how well these did in the lip moisturizing department, read on for the review!


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