Day 4 of Harry Potter themed skincare challenge

Day 4 of the #SparklesandNarglesChallenge and for today the theme is “Thestrals”

Manifesting as black, skeletal, bat-winged horses, but invisible to all who have never been truly touched by death.”


But for this challenge we get to a more lighter interpretation of a Thestral, which is products that need more appreciation or hype from the skincare community.

Before I get into the products, I’d just like to share that here in the Philippines we also have our own skincare brands which are all just starting out but are doing well. Personally, I believe in the “Sariling Atin” concept, which basically means “ours” in English. As a consumer, I think its s important that we should stick to or at least try out locally made products. There are so many good brands here that just need the proper platform, and what’s a more better way to do that than by supporting these local indie brands.

While I worked at a gym last 2016, I had a client to whom I talked to. I gushed about how beautiful her skin looked knowing that she was probably in her mid-50s. I asked what products she was using and she plainly told me that she used some products that were locally made. I continued to ask as to how come not from international brands to which she replied that, they won’t fit with our weather here. From that conversation 2 years ago, I still truly believe that local brands can cater the needs for Filipinos better.

So now I can finally present my entry for Thestrals…

First, is this Facial Serum from Rrawph. It has lavender and lavender bud extracts which are excellent in fighting acne, heal and prevent breakouts. Grapeseed oil is also in the ingredient list making this oil a great moisturizer. Rraw has different products skincarw, but doesn’t stop there! They also have products for haircare and body care as well, making it a great brand for newbies and long time skincare junkies.

Second , is my V & M Naturals Sake Ferment Face Mask. I know what you’re thinking, what is sake doing in skincare? For your information, sake or rice ferment is a great ingredient for anti-aging, pore reduction and skin brightening. This mask is rich in amino acids which helps exfoliate the skin leaving it supple and bright.

I love this mask! It slightly stings especially around the sensitive areas around my face. But, after 20-30 minutes, but really I usually keep it on for almost an hour since it doesn’t dry up, it leaves my face smooth and bright which I love! As for pore reduction, it does really work well, it helps with easy absorption of products I apply after. And you also guessed it right, it smells like beer, which makes it so relaxing when I apply it on.

Do I repurchase these two? Uh, how about a definite YES! I love them so much! This is the second bottle I have of my serum and I have yet finished my previous bottle. I keep things in stock in case I run out of things.

Hope you liked my review and hope you have a happy, sunny day!

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