Pond's Flawless White Ultra Luminous Serum

3:49:00 AM
Pond's Flawless White Ultra Luminous Serum

I've been into face serums these days as my skin has become dull and tired from lack of sleep. I still have the unfinished bottle of Dewy Tree 7cut White Dew Extreme Serum and Hayan Korea's Moisture Ampoule Coenzyme Q10, which of course I haven't done any reviews yet. Ha!

So, anyway.



Pond's Flawless White Ultra Luminous Serum
Pond's Flawless White Ultra Luminous Serum

Packaging

Pond's Flawless White Ultra Luminous Serum comes in a metallic hot pink and silver coated plastic pump bottle. The narrow bottle is a perfect travel buddy as it will fit easily in any purse. The expiration date is also indicated on the bottle.

Claim to Fame

GenActiv™ combines two potent ingredients, Niacinamide (Vit B3) and 12HSA, that regulate the genes that control melanin production.

How to use: 

Use morning and evening, after cleansing your skin. Massage all over face in light, circular motions. 

My experience:


What I love about skin serums is that it is more lightweight than face creams and Pond's Flawless White Ultra Luminous Serum  is no exception. It takes about 2 pumps to use on my entire face. I noticed that there are micro-glitters on my face upon application. I'm not sure if it will show on the picture, but there is! Really. If that (micro-glitters) will make my skin "luminous", then I don't want it! It spells "residue" for me.

I felt slightly greasy shiny and not dewy when I applied it when my skin is already dry. I would suggest to use it right after cleansing when the skin is still a bit damp. I think this serum will work perfectly for normal to dry skin like mine but not for oily skin.

The powdery smell is a bit overpowering but it dissipates as you apply it on the skin. Maybe it's just me but I really like to stay away from too fragrant cosmetics because it just reminds me of the (unnecessary) chemicals on my skin.

 I don't care much about whitening, I'm more concerned about my dark spots because yeah, I was careless with the sun when I was younger. I have one large age spot on my right cheek that is like 4mm in diameter. I actually measured it with a ruler, wouldn't you know? Tehee!

What I like:
  • I like the packaging. It looks classy and expensive.
  • It leaves a powdery scent (I'm on the fence about this, though.)
  • Price is reasonable and available everywhere

What I don't like:

  • Fragrance (I feel it is unnecessary)
  • It is not Paraben-Free

Will I repurchase? Yes!

For me, the price of Php480 (around $11) for a 30ml bottle is reasonable, considering it's a serum and not just a regular moisturizer. Pond's products are also very accessible for purchase because it is available everywhere.

You can read more about Flawless White Ultra Luminous Serum from the Pond's website.

[Point of View] Adult Coloring Books

9:31:00 PM

Adult Coloring Books is all the rage since 2015 when in the US alone, coloring book sales shot up to 12 million copies sold, according to Nielsen's 2015 U.S. Book Industry Year-end Review



I recently joined the colorist bandwagon and bought a storm of coloring books like the Obra series, Johanna Basford's Secret Garden and Enchanted Forest and Millie Marotta's Animal Kingdom.

So what's the hype all about?


Adult coloring books are being marketed as "stress-relieving", "mindful" and "relaxing". There's even a new research that ties coloring with anxiety-reduction and stress relief. We must be careful to note, though, that coloring should be considered as self-care hobby only and does not equate to art therapy. Even the experts from the American Art Therapy Association draws the line:

The American Art Therapy Association supports the use of coloring books for pleasure and self-care, however these uses should not be confused with the delivery of professional art therapy services, during which a client engages with a credentialed art therapist.


My Point of View:


Coloring certainly is a useful distraction, taking me away from my electronic gadgets for periods of time. I can take out my coloring book anywhere, anytime so I don't have to stress over traffic or get impatient while waiing for someone or something.







Kdrama 101 : What to expect when watching Kdramas

11:25:00 PM

***Disclamer: Contains minor spoilers.***

If you're new to kdramas, then it is very beneficial to read this post to avoid severe show culture shock. For most of us who are used to western shows with lots of drugs and sex, watching Korean dramas can be very refreshing. Or frustrating. Depends on how you will look at it.

Below are a few of the most common drama tropes that you will encounter while watching kdramas.

1. The hero/heroine can have some sort of terminal illness or they can die.

 It's not always a happy ending in kdramaland.

In Iris (2009), I was so perplexed when Kim Hyun-jun (Lee Byung-hun's character) was killed at the end. I was lulled into believing he actually have a future with Kim Tae Hee's character Choi Seung-hee. And then at the episode finale, boom!  He was killed by a sniper and I don't know who and I don't know why. In fact, everyone that were left alive in Iris were killed in Iris 2. Arghhh!


Padam Padam... The Sound of His and Her Heartbeats (2011) Yang Kang-chil (Jung Woo-sung) struggled to adjust in society after he was falsely incarcerated for 16 years. He escaped three near-death experiences, already made peace with his mom and found the love of his life. You'd think he will finally get his well-deserved happiness. Nope! He was diagnosed with terminal liver cancer. Ahh! I cried at the unfairness of it all!

2. Contract Marriages and MIL from Hell. 

Arranged marriages are still rampant in kdramaland. So if the heroine is not chosen by the parents and is not a chaebol's daughter, expect the mother-in-law to hate her (to the bone) and will do anything and everything to separate the OTP / throw her out of the house. And there's always that sister-in-law that you'll want to throw your remote (or mouse) at.

3. There are a lot of amnesia-related plots.

Think Master's Sun's Joo Jоong-won (So Ji-sub) where Tae Gong-shil made a deal with the scary-eyed shamanness to get him back to life. Joo Jоong-won loses his memory in the process.

If you've watched Boys Over Flowers, then you know selective amnesia works. After the accident, Jun-pyo (Lee Min-ho) remembers everyone except Geum Jan-Di (Ku Hye-sun). I have to convince myself that it's possible. I don't know much about amnesia, but hell, yeah, okay. Whatever.

4. Corporate Takeovers.

If the male lead character is a chaebol, then expect corporate takeovers and ruthless, greedy relatives to come out and put their hands in the coffers.

5. Disguises.

Just wear shades and no one will ever, ever recognize you.
Disguises
Birth of A Beauty
Extreme disguise tactic?

(Kill Me Heal Me) Oh Ri-jin during her brother's book reading session
And don't make go into gender-bender roles where the heroine cross-dresses to hide her identity because that's a whole new post. :)

6. Birth Secrets

Long lost twin/sibling. Exchanged babies at birth. The hero/heroine grew up dirt-poor but is actually the richest kid in the whole of Korea. A lot of pretend-brothers or sisters.  The mom/dad is not the real mom/dad.

7. Bahair

Once upon a time in the life the hero/heroine, they have to (literally) have bad hair days with terrible permed hair or tacky bowl-cuts, normally paired with glasses, to reflect their current dire circumstances. Don't worry, they will be beautifully transformed into fashionable swans either by life-changing experience or if someone gives them a makeover following a shopping spree.

Before & After hair (Pinocchio)

8. Shower scenes

I'm sure no one wears that towel while in the shower in real life!
My Love From Another Star (Kim Soo-hyun)

Even sageuk / historical dramas have them. Ohlalala!
The Slave Hunters (Chuno)

9. Minimal PDA

Steamy shower scenes are a dime a dozen in kdramas but kisses are few and far between.  Kdrama fans may be awarded with a kissing scene only after a few episodes. Chaste kisses only, mind you! The close-mouthed ones. No tongues, please. And if they ever got to do it, you'll only see ex post facto. They wake up to a  perfect white setting, like the bed would be washed with sunlight and everything is in white. 

So there.

I hope I have given you a  glimpse of what is's like to watch kdramas. I have a continuation of this list, but I'll be posting it on another day. Real life intervenes.

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