Le Blanc’s Beauty & ScentStation: Ultra Healing BB Cream and Duo Cream Foundation || Product Review

This is such a long overdue review. I’ve been using these products since last year. Please, do take note that the photos in this post were taken a long time ago. So, if anyone would wonder why I look (slightly?) different, that’s why. Anyway, let’s jump to the review. I will be featuring two products: the Ultra Healing BB Cream and Duo Cream Foundation.

Le Blanc’s Ultra Healing BB Cream remains one of the ultimate bestselling products from the brand — and for many good reasons.

Product Claims:
“Full coverage cream foundation that has many skin benefits and helps reduce acne and scars as it contains the wonder effect of Tamanu Oil and Argan Oil. Specifically made for severe sensitive skin and skin suffering from many different kinds of problems such as psoriasis, skin asthma, acne, severe dryness, and a lot more. Made with 100% pure organic ingredients with super healing properties.”

This product comes in 9 shades (as of June 2017), perfectly suited to Pinay skin tones. I have the shades “LBS1” and “LB01”, which I alternate or mix depending on my (current) skin tone. It is available in two sizes: 10ml Trial Size (PHP 350) and 30ml Full Size (PHP 650).

True to its claims, this BB Cream really does work wonders to the skin! I previously reviewed the Le Blanc’s Tamanu Ultra Healing Face & Body Soap and Serum and I discussed the benefits of Tamanu Oil to the skin. The Tamanu Oil content in this BB Cream makes it a 2-in-1 product, makeup and skin care all in one. It yields full coverage that looks absolutely flawless in person and in photographs. I noticed that the two bottles that I have (bought at different occasions) have different consistencies. One has a thicker, more cream-like consistency; while the other has a thinner, fluid consistency. I don’t know why; but, they both offer the same amount of coverage. On a daily basis, I use only half a pump of product to cover my entire face. That small amount gives me a good medium coverage. My favourite tool to use in applying this product is a paddle brush because it gives a very flawless, seamless finish to the skin. Oh, and speaking of finish, this has a semi-matte/demi-matte finish that sets quickly on the skin.

Pros: To be honest, I love almost everything about this product! It’s my favourite BB Cream. I use this more often than foundation. As for the skin healing properties, I notice that whenever I use this, my active breakouts heal a lot faster. Seriously!
Cons: To keep this product non-comedogenic, it was formulated without waterproof/water resistant ingredients; hence, this comes off easily with sweat or water. (Surprisingly, though, it holds up extremely well against facial oil.) No worries, though, as this can easily be resolved by setting it with a good powder (I highly recommend the Le Blanc’s Mineral Loose Powder or the Le Blanc’s Mineral Finishing Powder. I will review these soon!) and/or a setting spray (Le Blanc’s Matte Drizzle Makeup Setting Spray has just been released this May. I don’t have it yet. I will definitely purchase it and try it out!)

Now, the Duo Cream Foundation is fairly new. It was released in August 2016. It is a cream foundation and concealer in one product. It has a dewy finish and was formulated to be semi-waterproof/water resistant to cater to the customers’ demand for a longer lasting base makeup.

Just like the BB Cream, this offers full and flawless coverage. The only difference is that it is in cream foundation form and has a dewy finish. This comes in 5 shades (as of June 2017). It retails for PHP 599. I find that this one is best applied with a damp beauty sponge/beauty blender because it yields an airbrushed finish.

In this photo, you can clearly see the difference between the Ultra Healing BB Cream and the Duo Cream Foundation, both in terms of shade and finish. You can also see that the Duo Cream Foundation holds up against water.
BEFORE: Bare skin
AFTER: Duo Cream Foundation on the left half, Ultra Healing BB Cream on the right half

As you can see from the before photos, my skin has an uneven tone. I also have a lot of blemishes to cover up. In the after photos, I applied the Duo Cream Foundation to one side of my face and the Ultra Healing BB Cream to the other. Hopefully, you can tell by the photos that the Duo Foundation has a dewy finish while the BB Cream has a semi-matte/demi-matte finish. The BB Cream is also a little bit more yellow/warm compared to the Duo Foundation. The coverage of both is amazing!

Overall, I highly recommend both of these products. My recommendation is that if you have dry/normal skin, go for the Ultra Healing BB Cream. If you have combination/oily skin, go for the Duo Cream Foundation.

These products are available at Le Blanc’s Beauty PH.

 

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. I am not paid to review and promote the brand and products. I paid for the products with my own money and the review is based on my own personal experience. The products that work for me may or may not work for you. 

 

Skin Savers: Le Blanc’s Beauty & ScentStation Tamanu Ultra Healing Soap and Serum

I had clear skin for most of my youth. Unfortunately, in my junior year of high school, I had a really bad acne breakout. It really affected my self-esteem. (Those who follow me from my old blog would know that I refrained from posting photos of my face because of this.) I tried many different anti-acne products. Unfortunately, my acne is cause by hormonal issues. So, topical remedies can only go so far with curing my acne. As I got older, my skin has been on a rollercoaster ride. One moment, it’s clear. The next, I have a bad acne breakout. It’s really tough.

One important thing to note is that as a beauty blogger, I have to try different products for me to be able to review them. So, I don’t really have a solid skin care routine. (I never mix brands, though. It takes me a long time to review products because I like to write my final thoughts once I’ve finished using them.)

Two products that really stood out to me are both from Le Blanc’s Beauty & ScentStation: the Tamanu Ultra Healing Face & Body Soap and the Tamanu Ultra Healing Serum.

Prior to discovering the brand, I was not familiar with tamanu. So, I did my research on it before trying the products.

“Tamanu oil comes from the inside kernel of the fruit bloomed by the tamanu tree, which leads to a pungent, nutty scent and a weird blue-green color. But I wasn’t put off by the aesthetics of the oil once I learned all the amazing ways it can rejuvenate damaged skin.
1. Treating Blemishes
2. Fading Stretchmarks
3. Treating Ingrown Hairs
4. Healing Rashes
5. Soothing Dry Skin
– from Bustle.com 5 Tamanu Oil Uses That Will Heal All Your Derma Woes

Le Blanc’s Beauty & ScentStation actually has an entire Tamanu Ultra Healing Set which consists of the following:

  • Soap – PHP 180 (130 grams)
  • Serum – PHP 550 (15ml) /PHP 800 (30ml)
  • Face Cream – PHP 700 (30ml)
  • Lotion – PHP 350 (120ml)

Product Description:
“Tamanu Ultra Healing Set- A natural treatment for acne and acne scars, eczema, psoriasis, toenail fungus, stretchmarks, age spots, skin rashes, general scarring, dermatitis through to anti-ageing, skin asthma, and other skin problems and irritations.” 

Now, let’s proceed to my review. The Tamanu Ultra Healing Face & Body Soap is very gentle on the skin. It cleanses my skin thoroughly and it helps to speed up the drying of the pimples. I love how this leaves my skin feeling fresh. It does not leave any weird soap residue like some soaps. Personally, I prefer using this on my body, though. It has a slight tendency to give me dry patches on the face. (Do take note that I have dry-combination skin. I have a lot of very dry patches.) Overall, I do love using this on my body where my skin is not fussy. On the face, I use this when I have breakouts. On a daily basis, I use a different soap (also from Le Blanc’s, it is the Chocolate Milk moisturizing soap).

The Tamanu Ultra Healing Serum is my favourite. I use it for a lot of things. I apply it twice a day (morning and night). I use it to prep my face for makeup. I mix it in with my foundations and concealers to thin out their consistency and also to add skin healing benefits. I add this to moisturizer, lotion, and eye cream. I would probably bathe in this stuff. It’s just so good! It also helps with my dry patches, which is why it is a great complement to the Tamanu Soap.

Here’s what my skin looked like after a week of use:

Now, notice how my skin looks much calmer and more refined? Most of my active pimples have dried up and some of the old scars have started to fade. It works very well when it comes to healing my existing skin issues. However, it is important to note (again) that because my acne is caused by hormonal issues, topical treatments can only do so much. These products don’t entirely prevent new breakouts from forming (in my case). The black circles indicate the active breakouts that healed from the use of the products. The red circles indicate new breakouts starting to form.

Final thoughts:

Overall, the Tamanu Ultra Healing Soap and Serum greatly improved my skin’s condition. It truly did the job. I will say that they worked. However, as expected from my acne prone skin, my skin issues have not been resolved completely; and, I do not blame that on the products. (Hormonal acne has to be dealt with using medications, change of diet, etc.)

I highly recommend these products to anyone with skin issues. They really do work! Also, they are both bestsellers here in the Philippines and in the US. So, you can bet that these are really good! I would definitely repurchase these along with the rest of the Tamanu Ultra Healing Set.

Le Blanc’s Beauty & ScentsStation: Flat & Fabulous Super Matte Lip Creams || UPDATED Review and Swatches

(This review is a revised, updated, and reposted entry from my previous blog.)

The hype for matte lip creams is still going strong; and, why wouldn’t it? Matte lip creams revolutionized the world of matte lip colours with their innovative formulas that uniquely differ from one brand to another. Popular brands like MAC, NYX, Maybelline, Milani, Sleek, Revlon, and L’oreal have come up with their own versions of lip creams, ranging from soft mattes to kissproof, transfer-poof, and smudge-proof formulas to suit every lip lover’s taste. What a time to be alive!

However, matte lip products have a known reputation for being dry and sometimes, uncomfortable on the lips; albeit, mostly tolerable. As a person who has very dry lips, my relationship with matte lip products are on a love-hate status. Fortunately, as I was browsing through Instagram one day, an answer to my prayers came. A promotional post from I. Le Blanc Enterprises (@leblancsbeautyph) about a sale on their all natural beauty products. Naturally, I had to go for the lip products!
I purchased the Flat & Fabulous Super Matte Lip Creams. I was able to try the shades Aphrodite, Hera, Selene, and Freya.
Swatches
Le Blanc's Flat & Fabulous Super Matte Lip Cream
PHOTO CREDITS TO MS. IVY LE BLANC (@leblancsbeautyph)

Aphrodite -A beautiful mix of brick red and oxblood red. Love, love, love!

Le Blanc's Flat & Fabulous Super Matte Lip Cream Aphrodite

Selene – Warm mid-tone pink.

Le Blanc's Flat & Fabulous Super Matte Lip Cream Selene

Hera –  Deep purple with fuchsia undertones. A very trendy shade!

Le Blanc's FLat & Fabulus Super Matte Lip Cream Hera

Freya – Freya initially appears to be a midtone brown; but, eventually, its rosy hue comes through and softens the colour into a very flattering rosy brown shade.

Le Blanc's Flat & Fabulous Super Matte Lip Cream Freya
Packaging
I won’t go into details about this because this product is being repackaged into new, classy semi-glass acrylic 8ml tubes. Basically, this (older packaging) is hard plastic and the lip cream itself is applied using a doe-foot applicator. The shade names are indicated at the bottom of the tubes. 
The packaging is very classy! It is made of high quality semi-glass acrylic tubes with gold accents. It feels very sturdy! I find that the applicator on the new packaging is much better and easier to control than the old one.
Scent
Mildly fruity. Barely any scent.
Pigmentation
Do not be fooled by the lip cream’s smaller than usual packaging. This product packs some serious amount of pigment!
Consistency
The consistency of the three older ones (Hera, Aphrodite, and Selene) are on the creamy, moussey texture. The formula of Freya is a bit more fluid. Fret not! This is not a bad thing! The formula performs much better, in my opinion. I don’t know if this is a reformulation or if the packaging’s quality makes a difference with how the actual product keeps in the long run. I suppose the glass acrylic case keeps it fresher.
Finish
These start out very creamy, but eventually settle to a soft matte finish that feels weightless on the lips. Seriously, these lip creams are so light, you will forget that you’re wearing a lip product! Matte and lightweight? YES!
Longevity
These are surprisingly long wearing. Selene was able to survive through a meal without any need for retouching. All shades leave a pleasant stain on the lips when the product itself is gone. Also, it does not leave my lips feeling dry!
Verdict
Overall, I think these lip creams are AMAZING! You are seriously missing out if you haven’t tried these.
Update: You can also use these as cream blush! Be careful, though; a little goes a long way!
Repurchase? 
YES! These are definitely staying in my beauty arsenal.
(Also, Freya is already a repurchase!)
To see more products and information, visit their Instagram account, @leblancsbeautyph.