Gone deep into the ocean of Mermaid Island

Since I started creating content for my blog site and my Youtube Channel, I have been looking for an interesting and unique concept to review, then came 2017, organic skincare and cosmetics became a trend in the marketing industry and so the search for the most unique local brand started.

What qualifications fall in the ‘unique’ list? First, the concept must be original and one of a kind in the town/country. Second, it must be really interesting. So interesting that it catches the attention of many people and makes people want to try it before it becomes famous. Third, it must be in trend or start a new trend.

I have encountered few organic local brands already since the search began, and it was a fun journey for me. I learned a lot from testing the products and interviewing the manufacturers and brand owners.

This year, 2019 a new discovery left me in awe. It was unique, magical, organic and locally made – just what I’m looking for.

It is unique in a way that no one has done it in town (yet). The concept is well thought of – from the contents of the products, to its names, up to its packaging.

The brand I’m talking about is none other than MERMAID ISLAND. Mermaid Island is owned and managed by a beauty and lifestyle blogger, Via Tancuan. It is an organic cosmetics and skincare line. Based on the brand name ‘Mermaid Island’, the concept is a magical world under the sea theme. You can read more about the backstory here.

Went deep to gather the facts

Fact: if Ariel is real she’ll absolutely love this brand.

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What I really love about Mermaid Island is how well thought and eye-catching the packaging of each product is. It’s fun and unique, it’ll make you turn back and check out what kind of product it is. Each product has a unique and creative name which I find brilliant. The packaging is eco-friendly. It’s witty and I love it!

Oh there’s more… Mermaid Island products are natural and vegan friendly. It’s safe for all ages. Everything is gentle and non-toxic and safe for all ages, even pregnant and lactating moms. You can read more about the brand here.

Treasures of Mermaid Island

Bath & Body Products

  • Boy Next Shore – A Shampoo bar for men
Photo by Mermaid Island

I really like this shampoo bar, I know it’s for men but I love its smell. It smells like Calvin Klein perfume.

It’s gentle on skin and my husband said it didn’t make his scalp itch and after using it he didn’t have a dandruff.

  • Deep Seacret – Shampoo bar for women with dry and damaged hair

I like this shampoo bar. It smells good and like the shampoo bar for men, it’s gentle on skin. I didn’t have dandruff after using it.

The product doesn’t melt fast and it didn’t make my hair rough and dry. It actually made my hair soft, which is really great.

  • Anti Bact-Coral Green Landterm – Hand Sanitizer

I never go out without this sanitizer. It helps me keep my family have clean and protected hands. It’s amazing because it’s safe for kids too. It’s also like a moisturizer, amazing! The sanitizer isn’t irritating on the skin and doesn’t give us a rough palm.

It smells like baby powder and I kind of got addicted to it. The smell goes nearly an hour (if you’re touching a lot of things) after using the sanitizer. Whenever I notice that the smell is gone I squeeze a pea size on my hand to make my hand smell good again.

  • Cathfishccino – Lips plumper and exfoliator

I am amazed by this product. Catfishccino is infused with Macadamia Oil, which keeps your lips hydrated and exfoliated. It’s a mix of Coffee Robusta and Arabica and it stimulates blood flow and increases collagen production so our lips can stay soft and kissable, sultry and extra pouty.

Cosmetics

  • Seaside Balmer – Matte Butter Lipbalm

I like the shade of this Seaside Balmer – nude. I thought I can’t pull off a shade like this but I was wrong.

I like the formula of this one because it’s not hard to apply. Even though it’s matte it’s still moisturizing and easy to take off.

This lipbalm smells nice and doesn’t have a flavor.

  • Beach Perfect Waving up in Vegas

Beach Perfect collection is a Lip, Lid, and Cheek Clay Stain. It’s all natural and safe for all ages. Other than it smells good, it tastes nice too. Don’t worry it’s non-toxic. In fact, like their other products breastfeeding and pregnant women can use this too.

What I like about Waving up in Vegas is that it has the perfect shade for any event. When you apply it and spread it evenly, you’ll see that the pigment is consistent, it doesn’t go any darker.

It’s long-lasting and flawlessly turns into matte texture. Like the lipbalm, this clay stain is pretty moisturizing and hydrating too.

  • Beach Perfect Cod Romance

This Cod Romance is a lighter shade of Waving up in Vegas. They almost have the same formulation- this shade is more matte than the other one.

This shade is perfect to use as a blush on, it looks natural on the cheeks and it smells nice, you won’t worry about doing ‘beso’ with the people you meet.

Those are the treasures I got from Mermaid Island. In case you missed it, you can read the inspiring story behind this brand here.

For orders and other inquiries, visit their facebook page and instagram account.

Get ready with me using Mermaid Island’s products:

Tried Another Skin Care Routine To Get Rid Of My Acnes

You’ve seen the other skincare products that I’ve used for the past months. I skipped August because I didn’t want to worsen my acne problems before my wedding day. Right after the wedding which was held on August 18, I was busy with moving out of my parents’ house and moving into my husband’s house. After days of cleaning and adjusting I continued trying out new skincare products.

DISCLAIMER : What works for my skin might not work for yours and vice versa. Please do a skin test for 24 hours especially if you have a sensitive skin before using any products just to make sure that it would not harm your skin. For irritated skin and allergic reactions, consult an expert.

I used these items for the whole month of September once a day every afternoon, after my son’s class.

First, I wash my face using water only then I cleanse my face using Tomatox Foaming Cleanser by Skinwerx Essentials to remove the excess dirt (those dirt that went deep into my skin). I love its smell so much that I wanted to leave it on my face like a toner LOL You can tell that it works really well after a a week of using it because it makes your face smooth and soft.

Anyway, I left it for 2-3 minutes then I wash it off with water only and then I mix water, Bentonite Clay Mask (also from Skinwerx) and 3 drops of Bath & Blends‘ Argan oil all together. After that, I’ll cover my face with the mask and leave it on for 30 minutes or more (until it’s completely dried).

This mix is gold! Why? The Argan Oil itself can help you lessen the breakout and it also makes your skin soft and smooth. It smells nice, very natural, I like it. Mixing it with an effective mask that can lighten your dark spots and also lessen breakouts is a great way because it’ll make the process faster and more effective.

When the mask is already dry I just wash it with water and Bath & Blends’ Activated Bamboo Charcoal Soap to deeply clean my skin, which I love because of it’s lightening effect and its deep cleansing feature. It’s all natural and not harmful to any types of skin.

I air dry my face and put on Tomatox AHA Serum from Skinwerx Essentials on my face to give me that pinkish glow and smoother and softer skin. I also use Bath & Blends’ Lashes & Brows Grower to make my lashes thicker and longer. Then I’ll just leave both on until evening.

Overall, I love that it lessen the breakouts and it didn’t itch nor gave me an allergic reaction.

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Anyway, I am super thankful for these products for helping me out, especially to the brand representatives/owners for trusting me and for being patient.

In addition to that, I am happy to announce that I’ll be having a skincare giveaway soon, just to let you Sweeties try out the same (or more) products that I have used and reviewed here on my blog and also on my video blogs.

For orders and inquiries, visit their facebook pages; Skinwerx Essentials & Bath & Blends and follow them on instagram; @skinwerxmain & @bathandblendsph.

Road to Glass Skin with Queen Bhean

We all love a good skin care routine, and I want to share the products I used for my skin care routine for each month and the effects of each products. Let me start with the ones I used last June 2018.

DISCLAIMER : What works for my skin might not work for yours and vice versa. Please do a skin test for 24 hours especially if you have a sensitive skin before using any products just to make sure that it would not harm your skin. For irritated skin and allergic reactions, consult an expert.

Since I started blogging I’ve been trying on different cosmetics and skin care products, and last June gifts from few brand owners started arriving unto my doorstep, and I can’t figure out other ways to express my gratitude but to give them a feedback and at the same time give you an idea about the brands that can help us (or not) take care of our body/skin.

The first brand of skin care products that arrived were from Queen Bhean. Queen Bhean caters products that are infused with Korean Jeju Ginseng and Cucumber Extract mixed with other ingredients that can help the products give the users a Korean Glass like skin. Sounds promising, but a lot has confirmed this claim.

Products used and its effects

Facial Cleanser & Make up Remover 250 ml

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This facial cleanser works really well for me, it removes make up and dirt quickly. Its scent is so good, loving it every time I use it. It’s not itchy and it doesn’t have that icky feeling.

Clay Mask 100ml – Php 200

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Rinse after removing those dirt, then apply QB Clay Mask that has a cool feeling. It lessens breakouts and lightens your dark spots. It’s anti-acne which is so awesome. You’ll feel relaxed and fresh after using this. It’s perfect for a DIY Spa day for yourself (or with friends, whatever you prefer). Imagine laying down listening to a good music. Don’t worry, you’ll smell fresh too because this product smells so good.

Facial Wash 100 ml – Php 200

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After mask, rinse using QB Facial Wash (and water). What I love about this product is its cooling effect. It’s so refreshing and relaxing. My skin didn’t become dry. It helped tighten my pores. SO COOL!

Pore Correcting Toner 100 ml

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QB’s toner smells nice too and effective. It lightens dark spots quickly and tightens your pores even more.

QB Essence 30 ml – Php 300

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This QB Essence is the next product you should put on after air drying the toner. It has SPF 50 that protects our skin from UV. It is said that it has collagen to prevent wrinkles and fine lines. This essence serves as a moisturizer and pore minimizer. The essence keeps the skin hydrated.

Wonder Cream – Php 250

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It is called Wonder Cream for a reason. This cream comes with a SPF 30 to protect the skin from the harmful rays of the sun. It is filled with whitening and anti-aging ingredients like Koijc Acid, Glutablend Collagen, Jeju Ginseng and more. This is the last product I use on the whole face.

Eye Wonder 15 ml – Php 220

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Say bye-bye to those unwanted bags under your eyes with this cool Eye Wonder from Queen Bhean. Not only that it smells good, but it’s relaxing too. While applying, it’s as if you’re rubbing an ice, no, it doesn’t hurt, but it’s cold and it feels so good.

In general, I can say that the products are perfect to use during summer. Well, in our case, since it’s really hot in the Philippines, every day is a perfect day to use QB products because all of it has a cool feeling on the skin whether it’s still wet or dry. It is known to be effective to any skin types, tho I have read and watched about the other reviews I can’t still claim that yet. I just used it on me and my hubby. My skin type is combination, and my hubby’s skin type is oily.

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All of their products have a Cucumber infusion that keeps your skin hydrated which will give you a healthy skin, and a Jeju Ginseng which protects the skin from the external environmental factors such as smog, pollution and UV.

For orders and inquiries visit their facebook page.

Thanks for reading this long review. I hope it’s helpful!