The Reluctant Stylista

Prior to my recent Baler surfing trip that burned off parts of my face and half my back, I’d been having really good skin days.  I have a feeling I owe it to my relatively new skincare regimen, so I’d love to share these fab finds with everyone. I don’t think I’ve found a skin-specific product I’ve liked so much since Human Nature sadly phased out their royal jelly nighttime moisturizer. A few months ago, I actually switched to using Virgin Coconut Oil in place of my regular night moisturizer. It’s quite economical and works well enough, but it’s not always the most ideal to use depending on the weather.  Plus, I probably wouldn’t recommend it to people who are prone to acne, as it is comedogenic (though I’ve heard it does wonders for warts, scaly and scarred skin).

That said, I’ve recently come to try alternatives that I probably wouldn’t have come across if it weren’t for BeautyMNL and Tala Scents, which are some of my favorite online beauty haunts right now. Those are where I got these babies:

MY Prime Anti-Aging moisturizer and Tala Scents

Hyaluronic Acid with Vitamin C Serum, My Prime Transformative Night Cream and Vitamin C Anti-Aging Serum


I don’t have problematic facial skin, so it’s quite rare for me to notice if a product is doing an exceptional job. After a week’s use of Tala Scents’ Hyaluronic Acid with Vitamin C Serum and Vitamin Anti-Aging Serum and My Prime’s Transformative Night Cream, I was visibly less oily during the day (I have combination skin) and the skin under my chin was smoother. Prior to this, I actually thought that slight imperfection was normal. I can’t even remember a time when the skin on my chin and neck was as soft and smooth as the rest of my face like how it is now. My nose (where I sometimes get whiteheads) is also smoother, with hardly any bumps, like I’ve just exfoliated and gotten a facial. I couldn’t stop touching it.

My Prime Transofrmative Night Cream

My Prime Transformative Night Cream ($69). This little jar of wonders already impressed me as soon as I uncapped it. I couldn’t figure out at first how I was supposed to use the contents until I realized it’s a pump-style tub. It squirts out a tiny amount of product which is ingenious–this means you don’t expose the rest of it to the elements and so it’s less prone to bacteria. And you don’t have to worry about the oil on your fingers contaminating the product, either. The cream is quite thick, like paste, so the fact that it feels so light on the skin still boggles my mind. Its unscented, anti-aging formula is quickly absorbed by the skin and leaves a matte finish. I don’t wake up with my usual oily face anymore.

I was happily surprised with the results from Day 1. So after a week of use without any problems, I decided to do a quick search as to why it was so effective. Apparently, it’s made with Pili and Moringa oil–both ubiquitous in the Philippines. In fact, I encountered a write-up in an American website discussing age-old beauty traditions in the Philippines involving these products that I am completely unaware of. I know we eat pili and moringa and they have health benefits aplenty but this is the first time I’ve experienced them at work with a really amazing moisturizer. I’ve yet to read a review that doesn’t rate it with 5 stars, with users ranging from very dry skin to oily ones, and that’s quite a feat. More reasons to love this brand? My Prime products are vegan, cruelty-free, with the pili and moringa oils sustainably harvested by Filipino farmers. I will definitely be on the look out for more of their products.

Good news: it’s back at BeautyMNL and currently at 50% off (so it’s P1,300)!

Ingredients: Purified Water, Glycerin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Ceteareth-20, Glyceryl Dilaurate, Sodium Cocoyl Alaninate, Moringa Oleifera (Moringa) Oil, Canarium Ovatum (Pili) Pulp Oil, Algae Extract, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Pectin, Chlorella Vulgaris/Lupinus Albus Protein Ferment, Buddleja Davidii Extract, Squalane, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Caprylic/Capric Triglycerides, Allantoin, Hyaluronic Acid, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Panthenol (Provitamin B5), Polysorbate 20, Lecithin, Retinol Molecular Film Fluid, Mangosteen Extract, Platycarya Strobilacea Extract, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Mallotus Japonicus Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Phenoxyethanol (and) Caprylyl Glycol (and) Sorbic Acid, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate

Tala Scents Hyaluronic Acid with Vitamin C Serum (P430). I haven’t found a really good serum for regular use since I stopped using Burt’s Bees’ Radiance Serum (it had become too heavy for everyday use and I’ve developed an allergy with some bee products). This serum is great because a tiny drop goes a long way–it’s easy to spread and light on the skin so you can use it even during daytime before slathering your moisturizer. It contains hyaluronic acid which is a popular anti-aging ingredient due to its exceptional ability to retain moisture–better than any other known natural or synthetic polymer. It can also reduce inflammation, so it’s good for any type of skin, even an acne-prone one.

I’m not too fond of the slight metallic scent I detect but it might be just me. Kira sampled it while we were in Baler and her first reaction was “Ang bango“. I like both serums of Tala Scents, but if I had to choose just one, it would be this simply because I can use it for day. Oh, and did I mention it’s organic?

Bonus for island babes who love their dose of vitamin sea: this serum contains aloe vera, which can help with scarring and sunburn. Because my nose is totally gross and peeling right now, I’ve been religiously using this.


Tala Scents Vitamin C Serum (P450). Any beauty junkie worth her salt knows that Vitamin C is one of the best ways to perk up your skin, whether it’s applied topically or ingested. This serum feels heavier than the Hyaluronic Acid one, but it does smell infinitely better. No surprise there, as its ingredients include green tea, hibiscus and rose damscena. It also contains Vitamin A and E to help boost collagen production. I use this only at night before My Prime Transformative Night Cream and I find it amazing that I don’t wake up with an oil slick for a face.

And yes, it’s also organic! Tala Scents is a new Filipino brand which specializes in 100% natural and organic beauty products, using USDA/ECOCERT-certified ingredients.


All in all, I’m very satisfied with my new skincare discoveries and I feel confident in saying that I will repurchase once I’m done with my current stock. These are basically my HG skincare products right now. Someone or something has to be incredibly convincing for me to change out of this routine.

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