I bought more makeup than skin care products in 2013. But I feel like there were more days when I didn’t wear any makeup. I remain to be a skin care girl.

My 2013 life-changing skin care realization was, I was spending so much effort bringing moisture back to my skin with moisturizers, but not so much in preventing moisture from getting stripped off.

Cleanser – Face Wash

I started using cream cleansers and they made a world of difference. My skin has been clear of acne for the majority of the time in recent years; but it never looked as glow-y as it does now — considering I haven’t been sleeping enough.

I started with the no-rinse Lush Ultra Bland but it was too troublesome for everyday use. Then, I switched to two of Olay’s rinse-off cream cleansers, but both has polyethylene micro-spheres (microbeads) which is proven to be causing pollution in the ocean. These beads are made of plastic which means they don’t biodegrade, and since they’re very small, it’s impossible to remove.

So, I stuck with VMV Re-Everything Cleansing CreamIf I remember right, I bought mine at 40% off.  The regular price is Php 930 — it’s too expensive for a cleanser.  I might switch to a cheaper VMV cream cleanser after I finish the tube. I’m eyeing VMV Moisture Rich Creammmy Cleansing Milk.

In the latter part of the year, I started borrowing/ using E’s Olay Advanced Cleansing System. I just use the brush — not the whole system which consists of the brush + the cleanser that comes with it. I only use it on an as needed basis, when I start to notice consecutive days of overall skin roughness. On estimate, I use it thrice a month — at most.

Scatterbraintures 2013 Skin Care Favorites

Cleanser – Makeup Removers

If I wore makeup during the day, I wipe my face first with a cotton pad soaked with either Bioderma Sensibio or Casino Soothing Water Cleanser. Both are micellar water solutions. I still wash with VMV’s cream cleanser afterwards.

I like Casino’s more because it’s very cheap and works the same as Bioderma. I bought mine from Rustans Supermarket for Php 86 buy one get one deal (regular price: Php 170 for 200ml). Unfortunately, I think Casino is going to be phased out. Not too many people know about it, and I don’t see it at Rustans Supermarket or Shopwise anymore. I’ve only seen it once on a beauty blog: An Artechoke: Casino Soothing Water Cleanser.

On the rare occasion that I use mascara or waterproof eyeliner, I use Laneige Eye and Lip Waterproof Makeup Remover which is sooo good I don’t want to try any other eye makeup remover anymore. It can remove the stubborn-est of all budge-proof makeup, It can remove Japanese waterproof fiber mascaras, waterproof eyeliner/gel liners, matte and retro matte lipsticks, liquid matte lipsticks, and lip stains in one easy swipe — no incessant rubbing and tugging necessary.


I don’t use toner except during that time of the month when I get 1 or 2 pimples. On those days, I use VMV Superskin 3 Toner (not pictured).  The toner is alcohol-based so I avoid it when possible.


On most nights, I go straight to putting on moisturizer after washing. My favorite is Andalou Naturals’ Probiotic + C Renewal Cream (not pictured). I should’ve repurchased this, and I intended to. It just so happened that when I entered a Healthy Options store, with the sole intention of buying the moisturizer, my hand moved on its own and grabbed Andalou Naturals Turmeric + C Serum instead. The cream and the serum come from the same brightening line.

Since my skin doesn’t need much moisturization lately, probably because I don’t use foaming cleansers anymore, I don’t feel the need to use a separate moisturizer after the serum. If someday, the latter won’t be enough, I’ll buy the cream again.

Every 2 or 3 nights, I apply tretinoin after the serum. I used to rotate between brands but in 2013, I noticed that I’ve been sticking to Stieva-A Cream Forte 0.1%.

Daily Sunblock

On mornings, I put on Kanebo Allie UV Long Keep Gel SPF 50+ PA++++ right after washing and toweling my face dry. This is the best sunblock I have ever tried. My fellow oily faced ladies out there, you all know how difficult it is to find an everyday zinc oxide sunblock for the face. If you’re still looking for one, please spare yourself the trouble and look no more, THIS is what you’re looking for.

I promise I’ll make an in-depth review of this sunblock in as long a post as necessary. I don’t see myself looking for something else until this is phased out, but I doubt that Kanebo will do that (here’s me conjuring the universe).

Body Lotion

I wasn’t as diligent in applying body lotion as putting moisturizer on my face. That is until recently, when I started using Andalou Naturals Body Lotion.

I don’t like the scent of the variant I bought, Mandarin Vanilla. It smells like an odd concoction of honeysuckle and orange-flavored cough syrup.


This lotion is the epitome of balance in a body lotion — not too thin, not too thick, absorbs well, and is not greasy. It doesn’t leave an oily film but it gives the skin a nice sheen. It makes the skin look smoother too. Think of it as a dewy-fier for the body — like an overall body highlighter without the shimmer.

I’ll try Clementine Ginger next time. I hope it smells better.

To recap, here’s the list of my most loved skin care products of 2013:

  • VMV Re-everything Cleansing Cream
  • Olay Advance Cleansing Brush
  • Bioderma Sensibio Micellar Water Solution
  • Casino Soothing Water Cleanser
  • Laneige Eye and Lip Waterproof Makeup Remover
  • VMV Superskin 3 Toner
  • Andalou Naturals Probiotic + C Renewal Cream
  • Andalou Naturals Turmeric + C Serum
  • Stieva A Cream Forte 0.1%
  • Kanebo Allie UV Long Keep Gel SPF50+ PA++++
  • Andalou Naturals Body Lotion

I am very pleased with my list. I feel like my ‘search’ for favorite skin care products is somewhat over. What it took to reach this point is a different story, but I’ll talk about that in a separate post.

P.S. I apologize for the poorly taken photo, I just want to put this post up ASAP. I’ll try to replace it with close-ups. No promises though. Happy 2014 everyone!!!


Hi, I’m Rae and I am a scatterbrain. I am in my 30s and I write in this blog from the Philippines. I spend a tiny portion of my time de-stressing with makeup and skin care. Email: scatterbraintures@gmail.com | Instagram: @scatterbraintures


  1. Hi Ate Rae! I’m looking for really good products to use and I stumbled in your blog. Quite interesting products you have here. I was just wondering where you bought the Kanebo Allie product? Is it still available here in the Philippines and for how much? I tried searching but I can’t find a place to buy it personally. Can you help me? Thanks! I love your blog po. Awesome in-depth reviews! :)

    • Rae Reply

      Thank you Ellie!

      I buy Kanebo Allie at the Beauty Section of The SM Store or at the bigger Watsons store (eg those in MOA, Megamall, SM North). There’s also Kanebo at Landmark.

  2. chechejacela Reply

    rae!!!! where did you buy ung olay cleansing brush? saka how much? :)

  3. Happy new year Rae! Glad to know that your skincare search is almost completed. That’s a good way to start the new year :)

    I certainly hope that you review Kanebo’s sunblock. I’m still searching for the sunblock that my skin will agree with. Most face sunblocks I’ve tried are breaking me out and if not that, its either I have issues with the formula or the consistency is too much of a hassle to bear with.

  4. OMG! I didn’t know about the beads, good thing I’m not using it. Thanks for the list Rae! I’m looking forward to try some of them. I would love to try the Casino cleanser! :( Sayang if they will discontinue :(

    • Hope you can grab a few bottles. Even if it were to be discontinued, at least it’s cheap.

  5. Happy New Year Rae :) I used VMV cleanser before but it was really expensive, I’m still searching for the best cleanser, I need affordable yet effective on dry-sensitive skin. Now, I only used VMV lipstick.

    God Bless :)

    • Happy New Year Glenn! Sobrang mahal no? Will probably hoard the Creammy Moisture Milk kapag sale. Mahaba naman yung shelf-life nila.

      Ok sana yung cream cleanser ng Olay, 299 lang, but the polyethylene issue bugs me.

      Have yet to try a VMV lipstick, pero if I’ll get one, I’ll probably go for Debauchery :D

  6. Happy New Year Rae. so the beads from Olay cleansers are plastic? no wonder I smell plastic whenever I use the free sample that I got from the advanced cleansing system and it might also be the culprit for the bumps in face right now (thanks for letting me know)

    • Not just Olay though, check the ingredients of anything with exfoliating beads. It might be Polyethylene. Polyethylene is supposed to be ideal because they can make it perfectly round with no sharp edges, unlike ground walnut shells or other ‘natural’ scrubbers that can create tiny tears on facial skin. But it’s not worth it if it literally kills fishes.

      Happy new year to you too, Arya :)

      • I just have to rely on diy scrub then or scrubs that are sugar based and just use a regular daily cleanser

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