Treat Your Scars Effectively With Contractubex

Wednesday, January 8, 2020 Philippines


Doing activities in our daily life, we cannot help but attain a wound whether it is small or big that develops into a scar. We cannot prevent it no matter how safe we wanted to be. Something will eventually hurt us physically or emotionally. (Di naman po ako humuhugot. Gusto ko lang kayo patwanin LOL)

Anyway, as a nurse, I know that Contractubex is commonly prescribed at the hospital as home medications for discharge for superficial wounds together with Mupirocin. To understand better on how it works...let us first learn something about scars. 

A scar is attained through wounds through cuts, stabs, bites, or even burns that affects the epidermis and dermis. Sometimes it heals without scarring but most of the times, it leaves an ugly scar. In my case, I find it as also an ugly reminder of my clumsiness. Basically, scar is the new tissue formed from healing the open wounds. Basically, this is the best time to treat scars: when the wound is finally closed.

They say that early treatment while the wound is healing is the best prevention for scar formation. Back when I was in high school, my surgeon prescribed me with Tea Tree Oil for facial wash to help prevent formation of scar from the mole that was removed from my cheek. It lightened my scar but did not recovered, you can still see the mark. Nowadays, it is a good thing that gels like Contractubex is now available in the market. 

How does Contractubex help us? The gel has a unique formula with three specific medical effects that supports physical scar healing and ensures minimal scar visibility. The three benefits are: prevents excessive scarring, reduces redness and itching, and improves elasticity and softness. As advised by Contractubex, we should apply it directly after wound closure to minimize scar visibility. Depending on your wound, it may take from three to six months of application. Patience is the key but its worth the effort when it is effective. 

How to use Contractubex? Apply gently and massage on the area (from the center and outwards to the edges) in a circular motion at least two to three times a day for three months. Apply on closed wounds only and avoid contact with eyes, inside of the nose or mouth. 


I tested it on my skin but all I have are minor abrasions and I was not able to observe its effectiveness on deeper tissue damage on myself. So far though, I liked the gel's consistency. It is not thick that leaves a warm feeling on the skin. In fact, the gel has a cooling effect on my skin. Since it is a gel form, I did not have a hard time spreading it on the target point. 

I used the gel on my skin abrasion that are healing and it healed well without leaving a scar. However, this is a minor wound. I was not able to test it on deeper scars or wounds. (Wag naman din sana pa-try sakin. LOL)

I plan to use it if it can still be effective on my old scars but it may take years to see if it is still effective in lightening the scar. 

Last, for a ointment, it has a floral scent that I did not expect. 


Application can be tedious to make it more effective. All I advise is that you must have the patience! 

Buy again? 100%

Overall Rating: 5/5

Price: 602php

Where to buy? Any drugstores. 

Just to share, the company also released a product called Contractubex Intensive Patch which is suitable for convenient overnight application. But since it is a bigger patch, I am reserving it for bigger wounds so I was not able to test this one yet. I think though, this is also an effective treatment because the wound will be soaked with the patch overnight. For at least six to twelve hours. 

Jo Malone: English Pear And Freesia Body & Hand Lotion

Tuesday, January 7, 2020 Philippines


Sometimes, I cannot help but splurge! Specially for things that I know will make me feel more confident and happy. Just like this Jo Malone's hand and body lotion. I already have the English Pear perfume and I know that the time will come that I will also have this hand and body lotion variant. Combining the perfume and lotion helps the perfume last longer. 

Not only that, it can also be nicely paired with Peony and Blush Perfume of Jo Malone which I will also be reviewing soon here on my blog! 

This English Pear and Freesia has a unique scent that I love. It is a combination of something floral and fresh. It has no sweetness at all and it suits me best! 

If only it is not that expensive, I will use it daily! LOL. But for now, I use it on special occasions only. 

To know its complete list of ingredients, refer to the photo below:

Each bottle weighs 8.5 ounce and costs around 3,000-3500php. You can buy it directly on Jo Malone stores at Podium or Trinoma. It is also available at Rustan's Department Stores Beauty Section. 

Shop SM: What You Can Find + My First Haul

Monday, January 6, 2020 Philippines


Where do you usually go to buy your essentials? One of the places that I frequently visit is Shoemart (SM) Malls. Why? Because most of their items are affordable and their department store have everything that we need: from shoes, clothes, furniture, appliances, home supplies, and even beauty products! Not only that, SM can be found almost everywhere specially their grocery store - Savemore and the bills payment kiosks. SM simply makes everything more convenient for their clients by having it all complete inside their malls. It is surely a one-stop shop place. 

Now it just keeps on getting better because I recently discovered SM's online shop, ShopSM. Imagine, you can now avoid people in getting your must-haves just by shopping online. This is one of the best news I received for December 2019 - my go to shop is now available online!

There are many categories that you can visit on their site, it is divided into women or men, kids, home, beauty and the items that are currently on sale. 

I first checked out the department store bags because I was looking for a new red bag. My old red leather bag badly needs a replacement. To my surprise, some of the shoes, wallets, and bags are on sale! These bags are Parisian and it is on sale up to 50% off! 

With so many choices, I finally chose one. The one that I got was included on the sale for only 299.87php instead of 599.75php. It is the Parisian Ladies' Zillna Handbag with Sling Strap. The design reminded me of colors usually used by Lacoste or Louis Vuitton's old Papillon shaped bag. This style is not bad for 300php!

After checking out all the items on the other categories, I finally clicked on my favorite category, my happy place - SM Store beauty section. This is the part of the SM's department store that usually takes me time to finish. I love to explore each and every aisle and I am scared that I might forget something that I may need. 

The beauty section is dedicated for SM Health and Beauty products. There are many products on beauty section that were discounted as well. My favorite brands like CosRx and Biore are available in the SM Beauty Online. 

After adding everything that I needed on the cart, checking out is easy. I have the options of paying it via cash on delivery or paying it online via credit card. For this transaction, I preferred the cash on delivery. For Metro Manila, the shipping fee costs 99php. Also, do not forget to add your SM Advantage card or Banco De Oro Emerald card, you can also gain points for every transaction at ShopSM. 

I hope you find this post helpful and start shopping at SM online store! :) Have a great time shopping everyone!

Redwin: Vitamin E Cream With Evening Primrose Oil

Sunday, January 5, 2020 Philippines


According to my niece who gave this moisturizer to me, this is a famous moisturizer being used at Australia and has been a holy grail to most of them. That is why when she went to Australia for work, she bought me one to try. 

The packaging reminded me of old style of moisturizers that we seldom see on our mother's vanity area. I feel like I already seen this one before but I know that it will be my first time to try it. 

Based on Redwin, it is known to be an effective moisturizer that reduces visible signs of aging. Since it also contains Vitamin E as its one of main ingredients, well it pretty much sums up that it is good for the skin. Having all the right formulas in one tub, it is designed to assist users specially for those with dry or sensitive skin. 

To learn more about this moisturizer's ingredients, refer to the photo below: 


This moisturizer weighs 300g and I know that this will last me for at least a few months! 

It has a creamy texture that is why I can both use it for my face and body. Just make sure to practice it in a hygienic way. Even though it is creamy, it is easy to spread to my skin - even in a small amount! I know that you think that since it was creamy and thick that it will feel sticky, heavy and warm on skin but amazingly, it is not! It feels light and after a few minutes, it got fully absorbed by my skin. 

The thing that I love most about this moisturizer is that it smells like powder! So I feel fresh whenever I use it. 

A week after continued use (once a day at bedtime) my skin looks better in terms of hydration, my skin is usually dry and I needed the use of primer for liquid foundations to glide on smoothly on my skin. Now, I can skip the primer if I wanted to. It is now easier to glide on makeup on my hydrated skin. 

The moisturizer is great for those who needs a hydration boost for the skin. Besides for the hydration, I did not notice any other effects on my skin like lightening or making my pores look smaller. I guess it will be best to partner this with your other skincare products. 


Since it came from Australia, there is no official stores yet here in the Philippines. I can see others selling it on bazaars or Shopee but I think the price is too much. According to my niece, she bought it for less than 500php in Australia.

Since it is in a large tub, I find it quite hard to bring along with me when I travel. Though buying travel containers at Beabi will quickly solve it! 

Other than these reasons, I see no other issues in using this product. 


Buy again? 100%

Overall Rating: 4/5

Price: 500php (more or less at Australia), Shopee sells it for 700-800php. 

Where to buy? Online stores in the Philippines

Shiseido: Ultimune Skincare Set

Saturday, January 4, 2020 Philippines


Reviewing the Ultimune Serum is already not new to me since I already reviewed my fondness about it before. But this set is another whole story. I remember it was being sold on Shiseido Stores for 12,000php since all of the bottles are full sizes. It was offered for a discounted price of 9,000php I think, if I remember it correctly during one of my visits. Of course, I did not buy it even with the discounted price since I feel that its too much. 

However, my first Luxasia sale, I encountered this Shiseido Ultimune Skincare Set at the booth of Shiseido and would you believe that they are selling it for only 2,500php! I knew then that it was the right time to finally purchase it. 

The box comes with a facial wash, softener, and the Ultimune Serum itself. Just the Ultimune bottle alone for only 2,500php is already worth it! 

1. Deep Cleansing Foam Internal Power Resist

The bottle weighs 125ml and it lasted me for almost two months with daily use. I pair it best with my Foreo Luna Play Plus because it has a smooth and foamy consistency. It is designed to oily and blemish-prone skin. I have a dry to combination skin and it still worked well with me though. 

As shared by Shiseido, this cleanser helps remove impurities while softening and strengthening the skin. Immediately after use, I noticed that my skin feels smooth and soft without any feel of residual from the facial foam. Other than that, I do not notice any whitening or lightening on my skin. So if with the price of a facial wash like this one, I am not that impressed. This regularly costs around 1,800php. 

Oh! It smells nice too, as expected from a Shiseido product. 

The ingredients are not fully listed in the set. 

2. Internal Power Resist Softener

This is my second time to use a Shiseido Softener. The first one is Shiseido's Ibuki Softener that sadly was discontinued already. If I will compare it to the Ibuki Softener, this one is almost fragrance-free and it has a thinner consistency - like water-based. 

This comes in a 150ml bottle (but I think they also sell it in 300ml bottles) and costs around 2,500 more or less. According to Shiseido, this is like a preparation for the skin. It will infuse immediate hydration to balance the skin and it increases the skin's defense against stressors. (Not to be sarcastic but can I use this to wet people that causes me stress? LOL!)

I agree with the hydration that it gives on my skin but if you have a tendency to be oily, try this in samples first. It takes time before it can be fully absorbed by my skin. Besides that, it leaves a shiny look on my skin but not the glow that I wanted. LOL. 

If I will choose between the Ibuki Softener and this Internal Power Resist, I feel much more comfortable with the Ibuki line and I think it gives more positive results for my skin.

3. Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate

I know that this is not my first time to use it but I really cannot find in my blog my first review about it. I reviewed it during my early days in blogging. I am not sure if it got deleted or I did not put a correct label for it that is why it does not show when being searched for keywords. 

Anyway, I will review it again for this post. LOL. I do not mind though since this is the best product that Shiseido ever created! At least for me. 

You know that thought that if I have the money to spend for skincare, I will definitely re-purchase this again and again. But this serum is really expensive! This 50ml bottle costs 5,500php! If not for the sale at Luxasia for only 2,500php for the set, I may not have re-purchased it. 

There is something about this serum that I know its helping in making my skincare routine a success. Others thought that this is already the serum that you can wear alone for skincare. But Shiseido designed it like a primer for your serums. It helps in preparing your skin to absorb whatever you put after. 

It gives an immediate improvement on skin. Skin feels softer, smoother, and brighter...only if it is more affordable I can use it more on a daily basis. Even my sisters loves this serum! 

I am so thankful I managed to get the last two sets during the Luxasia sale! I gifted the other one to my sister! :) 

SilkyGirl: No-Sebum Mineral Powder

Friday, January 3, 2020 Philippines


Do you set your makeup? If not, you should know that to make your makeup last longer and well-blended, you need to set it up after (and before too if you have a primer). One thing to set it up is to use a powder if you do not have a setting spray. 

For me, I use any matte or mineral powder. For example, I could also use this Silkygirl No-Sebum Mineral Powder as a setting powder. Let us check this one out!

Type: Mineral Powder

Shade: Not applicable. This one is white or translucent when applied. 

Weight: 5g

Product Description and Ingredients: 

This powder comes with its own puff. To avoid overflowing of powder, do not remove the whole sticker that covers the holes. I usually just cut it in half so that I can control it better when pouring the powder out. 


The powder besides setting the makeup can control the sebum (or oil) in our skin. So if your skin tends to get oily when a makeup is applied, you can try this powder if it will for you. In my case, it did prevent oiliness in my skin though my skin is naturally dry. 

As a setting powder, it did prolonged the makeup on my face. Even without a setting spray. 

The powder was made with natural mineral and ingredients and more importantly it was not tested on animals. 

Since it has a translucent shade, it can be used with any skin colors. In terms of shade, it does not make any difference to my shade. But if you look more closely on before and after use, it made it seem like my skin is smoother and my pores smaller. 

Fragrance-free. Affordable.

It is small with its own puff - perfect for travel-buddy. 

Cons: None noted. 


Overall Rating: 5/5

Buy again? 100%

Price: 299php

Where to buy? Robinsons supermarkets and Department Stores, Landmark and Ever Gotesco Department Stores. 

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