My Skincare Wishlist 2017

Hey guys! So a few weeks ago I posted about my My Christmas Wishlist 2017, which is mainly about everything that I wanted for this Christmas. The list only included two skincare items which are the Tony Moly Ferment Snail Skincare Set and the Innisfree Orchid Eye Cream. Of course, even though I’m all about skincare, a girl has other needs too.

However, that does not mean that they’re the only two products on my skincare wishlist–I’m obsessed with skincare, of course there’ll be more than two items in the list. I only put the two main items in my skincare wishlist because I’m afraid that if I put everything that I want, I won’t be able to get anything except skincare. (yes, I do have a life outside skincare) sooo… uhm, yeah. Here’s the list of Skincare items that I would love to have soon. I might purchase them, or bribe someone to give them to me as a gift–or just like any other millennial, ask(beg) my parents to buy them for me.

  1. Neogen Real Fresh Cleansing Stick (Green Tea)

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I have seen this cleansing stick a number of times around different skincare articles and videos, and I really need a good cleansing stick since I already ran out of my previous one. This one seems to be a good product so I thought I’d give it a try. If this was easy to find in the Philippines, I would have bought it a long time ago already. But it’s not in my trusted websites and I’m not sure where else to go to soo… I’ll just have this in my wihslist in case someone I know goes out of the country and finds this (but if you guys know a good website, please let me know.)

2. Etude House Honey Cera Emulsion

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Have I mentioned how in love I am with this certain line from Etude House? Nope? Please remind me to blog about it. Lol. Anyway, I have tried the toner, lip balm, and eye cream from the Etude House Honey Cera Skincare lineup and I am totally loving every single one of it. Sadly, I don’t know if Etude House has faced out the Honey Cera line or the local flagship stores just don’t want to sell them or whatsoever, but they have been off the shelves for months. However, they’re still available in the Etude House Global website, thus there might still be a hope for me to get my hands on the other Honey Cera products. If you’re asking why I chose the emulsion among all others, it’s because I really don’t know any other emulsion and knowing that the Honey Cera line is good for me, I think I will love this product.

But guys, if you can recommend a good emulsion, please comment down below. It would be a great help, thanks!

3. Dear Klairs Supple Preparation Toner

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I have read that this toner is great on hydration and my skin is always in dire need of good hydration. Also, I have already tried and tested the Dear Klairs brand and it has done wonders to my skin.

(related: PRODUCT EXPERIENCE: Dear Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin Drop)

4. Cosrx Advanced Snail 96 Snail Mucin Essence

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The only snail anything that I have in my Skincare routine is the Benton Snail Bee Skin and the occasional snail mask from Etude House. Knowing that Snail Mucin does wonders to my skin, I’d like to incorporate more of it in my routine. Since the Essence is the heart of Korean Skincare, I think having a snail essence will give me positive results. Yknow, I’m really picky when it comes to my serum and essence because I think these two products has the most effect on the skin, and I’m really specific with the ingredients of them… which is why I am extra meticulous when it comes to finding the next essence or serum I’ll be using.

5. Drunk Elephant C-Firma Day Serum 

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Just like most of the products in this wishlist, I have watched reviews about this product and from what I have gathered, this is the perfect Vitamin C serum not only because the product is holy grail itself, but the packaging is totally perfect for Vitamin C. I honestly think that getting my hands on this product is literally grace from the heavens because it’s quite expensive–I don’t know if anyone is willing to spend all that money in one product when you can get like, at least 5 products with the money. Also, I don’t know where to get this product locally. But I am hoping that someday, I’ll be able to use this product and experience its wonders first hand.

There you go! I’m cutting this list to five, because if I put everything that I want in this list, this blog post will never see its end.

Honestly, I don’t know how this post can help anyone whatsoever, but I still want to put this here for the sake of sharing. I do hope you find this post entertaining. And if you have a skincare wishlist, please comment down below or send me a link if you blogged about it.

Until then,

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BLK cosmetics haul

Hello everyone! I’m back with another haul! A few weeks ago, my friend and I went to SM Makati for the sole purpose of buying makeup from BLK cosmetics.

If you don’t know what blkcosmetics is, it is a makeup line by Filipina-Australian actress Anne Curtis. She just recently launched it this year and is available in chosen Watsons and SM Beauty Stores in the Philippines.

Since I’m a big fan of Anne Curtis, and I’m slowly starting to delve into makeup, I cannot just say no to the chance of getting my hands on these beauties. When I realized that I had vacant time in Manila, I made sure that my friend and I would go somewhere that sells BLK cosmetics. Hence, SM Makati.

I first checked the prices in their official website, http://www.blkcosmetics.com.ph/ before deciding what to buy. I was planning on getting eye makeup because I just recently got my very first pair of glasses and I’m afraid that my eyes would look completely different with it. However, I have heard that the lip products are good too, so I decided that if I like something, I would get it. After all, I window-shopped in their website and put one of each product that they offer in the bag (just one shade each makeup) and it only reached around 2,500PHP. Not bad for a whole set of makeup.

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For the lipstick, I chose the Long-lasting Liquid Matte Lipstick in shade Sophisticated, because just like the name itself, it is simple yet it adds color to the lips, it’s not too tacky nor bland for a nude shade. It’s perfect for every day use.

I was actually thinking of buying lipstick from their other lines but then the testers look like they have melted off–I’m not sure if it is because a lot of people try it, or that’s how the product is, but it turned me off. Tip: make sure your testers are in good quality because the tester says a lot about the product.

But that didn’t completely turn me off. Actually, I’m not really sure which shade to buy too and I’m not really a lipstick person, so I decided to buy just one lip product as of the moment. I might come back soon, who knows?

Also, I love how this makeup line decided to produce a pen liquid liner. They’re so easy to use, just like the brand’s tagline–uncomplicated. And I can’t remember how much this Long Lasting Liquid Liner really costs (please check the website I gave earlier), but I think it’s less than 500PHP–cheaper compared to the other pen eyeliners I have encountered in my whole existence. Maybe I’m looking at the wrong places? I don’t know.

To be honest, I don’t know how to do my brows. But I still bought BLK cosmetics’ Brow Sculpting Pencil Duo in high hopes that I’ll learn how to do my brows with the aid of this product. You can see from the photo that it only costs 249PHP. It’s inexpensive, but it looks really classy and IG-friendly.

Last but not the least from my BLK cosmetics haul is this  Contour, Blush, & Highlight Palette in Flushed. I picked this one because I thought this will compliment my skin more compared to the Sun-Kissed variant. It’s so funny because when I was already willing to try this on, I realized that I DON’T OWN ANY MAKEUP BRUSH. Hahahahaha. Soooo, yeah. I will still have to look for makeup brushes before I can start using this. It should be included in my wishlist.

I decided not to buy a foundation yet because I didn’t feel like it–I think I’ll be putting too much makeup on my face if I use a foundation. Although, I do use a BB cream on a regular basis. If and when I decide that I need a foundation, BLK cosmetics will of course be in the line of brands I will consider. But as of the moment, I contented with my current makeup haul with BLK cosmetics and I hope I can come back to SM Makati or they’ll make it available here in Davao so I can buy more lipstick from them. Seriously, I am in LOOOOOOOOOVEEEEE with the packaging.

That’s all for now, and I hope you enjoyed reading this post!

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Miniso Skincare and Beauty Haul

Hey guys! I just recently posted a review on Miniso’s Compressed sheet masks (read here), and even though that didn’t work out well for me, I couldn’t stop thinking about Miniso. The products there are just so cheap and very interesting, I cannot go to SM City Davao without going inside this shop.

And before anything else, no, this is not a sponsored post.

I’m not sure how often they add more stocks, but after a week or two, they added more skincare essentials in their items and, you guessed it, the inner fangirl in me went crazy. Since I gave myself a mental note to only do one Miniso shopping a month (I didn’t post the other one here because it wasn’t skincare related), I had to hold myself back for weeks before buying these items. Those weeks were really hard for me, if you guys knew. I would go to Miniso every chance I got just to get if my beloved items are still in stock and I daydream about the day that I finally get to bring them home at least five times a day–no kidding.

Anyway, when I finally allowed myself to buy these babies, I was over-the-top happy. I bought other items too, I just didn’t put them in this post because they were waaayyyy too domestic: suction baskets, hangers, etc.

So, without further ado, here are the items from my Miniso SKincare Haul:

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Miniso Deep Clean Ultrasonic Facial Cleansing Device – I have always wanted a cleansing brush, but I find them too expensive and I honestly didn’t put too much effort on finding cheaper ones–but they found me, in Miniso! This comes in other colors but of course I chose pink, because, duh, pink.

Miniso Mini Moisturizing Spray Facial Steamer – This product had my curiosity at peak because I wasn’t really sure if it’s similar to those steamers in facial spas, or if it’s just a fancy spray. However, I’m gonna find out about that soon!

Miniso Mini Y-type Platinum Massager – I have heard that massaging the face can help in circulating blood. Also, I have watched some beauty youtubers use a similar product when talking about their skincare routines. I, too, as a skincare enthusiast wants to know what all the hype is all about. And although this is a cheap knock-off of the original massager, I still think it’s worth a try.

Miniso Makeup Blender –  I just recently started using a BB cream so I thought it would be better if I use a makeup blender for it. Sucks that it’s not pink, though.

Miniso Beauty Towels – because I need more towels for my face.

Miniso Facial Brush – Although I bought the electric one, I also bought this one for my travels. Yknow, the other one is too bulky to carry everywhere. This one is small and it will not give me anxiety wondering if it’s still okay.

The battery-operated items didn’t come with free batteries so they had to be bought separately. I didn’t buy skincare products–like the facial washes, toner, emulsions, and stuff because I prefer products from well-known beauty and skincare stores (I honestly think that they put more effort into creating the perfect solution, because that’s their specialty, compared to stores where skincare is only just another line of products from them.)

So, yeah. I’m really excited to try these skincare toys and I hope Miniso won’t disappoint! I’m kinda afraid to use the brush on my face because it might cause breakage, but oh well, that’s part of the process.

I hope you guys enjoyed reading this entry and I’ll talk to you guys soon!

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PRODUCT REVIEW: Nature Republic Honey Real Nature Essence

Hey guys! I don’t know if I have mentioned this before, but honey is one of my most favorite skincare ingredients. I have been in love with it ever since my very first honey-infused skincare product (I don’t have a review for it, but it’s the Honey Cera Toner from Etude House.) and after that, I have always been in the look for the best honey skincare products around.

It was last September when I thought of doing some skincare shopping at SM MOA when I came along this essence. I have honestly never heard of it before, but the aloe vera gel from the same brand did wonderfully on my skin, so I was confident with Nature Republic. I specifically chose honey to be the main ingredient for my essence, because as they say, essence is the heart of skincare. To put it simply, I want honey to be on the heart of skincare because I don’t think any other product did me good as much as honey did (well, except vitamin C and snail mucin, but let’s talk about that later.)

(related:Banila Co., Tony Moly and Nature Republic Skincare Haul 2017)

(related: Nature Republic 92% Aloe Vera Gel Review)

(related: PRODUCT EXPERIENCE: Dear Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin Drop)

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This particular essence uses Manuka Honey which is great on moisturization and helps in healing acne. It also repairs scars and fights ageing. To be honest, I didn’t know that this essence from Nature Republic uses Manuka Honey when I bought it, I only found out about it when I researched about this product in the internet–and damn boy, it made me happy. I know for a fact that my skin loves Manuka Honey because it reacts positively to Etude House’s Manuka Honey sheet mask. Anyway, let’s not talk about that here, let’s just focus on this baby:

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The bottle claims that it will provide rich moisture and nourishment and prevent roughness and dryness of the skin. 

In my experience, on my first time using this product, I was not really impressed by the smell–it was too nature-y for me, however, the scent also gave me validation that I’m putting an all-natural organic product on my face. Which, in my case, justifies the not-so-perfumey scent.

I forgot to take a photo of the product itself. But imagine this: it looks and feels like honey, but less shiny and less yellow-ish. The substance was honey-like, too. Except that it isn’t as sticky as honey. At first it may seem thick, but it easily applies evenly on the skin. Also, it absorbs easily. I use this product both morning and evening and there’s no way in hell I’d use something that will make me look like I slathered a pound of oil on my face in the morning–which means this essence is safe for your morning routine.

What I noticed when I first used this product was that my skin felt more moisturized and I actually feel like the product is doing wonders from beneath the skin, because my skin was immediately smoother and softer.

Before using this product, my nose used to flake from time to time. Now, it never happened. I did not feel or notice the need for any moisturizing reinforcement. This essence does its job well.

The only downside of this essence is that it easily runs out. I’ve only had it for like a month, but I don’t think it will last until the second week of November. Thus, if you plan on buying this, this is not for a long-term engagement. Buy two bottles, or start thinking of the next essence that you are going to use the moment you pump this on your palm.

Overall, I think this is a great product for those with sensitive, combination, and dry skin. This will work perfectly during the cold. I would definitely repurchase this in the future.

Hope this review helped you!

XOXO,

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PRODUCT EXPERIENCE: Dear Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin Drop

It is about time that I talk about the product that changed my life! I have already mentioned on this blog post about the wonders of Vitamin C, thus I will not dwell on how this serum from Dear Klairs should work, instead I’ll tell you guys how it worked for me.

As you guys know, I got this product last June from an Althea Haul (related: May 2017 Althea Korea Haul (Also, where was I the past few days?) and I immediately started using it the week after I got my box. Mainly because this serum has been on my wishlist for the longest time, but I was only able to purchase it last May because it always goes out of stock in Althea. Also, the amazing effects of my Body Shop Vitamin C SPF got me really stoked to try anything that has Vitamin C on it.

Since I have read that people with sensitive skin should test this first before applying it directly to the face, I first tried using it by mixing two drops of this serum on my Nature Republic Aloe Vera Gel. As expected, it didn’t have any result in the first application, but I somehow loved the feel of the mixture on my face. It wasn’t sticky, and it absorbed fast–leaving a really smooth and supple finish. It was a completely different texture from just putting the Aloe Vera Gel alone.

(related:Nature Republic 92% Aloe Vera Gel Review)

So, for a month I used Dear Klair’s Freshly Juiced Vitamin Drop in the same way, every morning and evening. Guys, you know that I started using Korean Skincare since January 2017, and I have noticed positive results on my face, people were saying that I look whiter and my skin looked smoother–but, only after using this product did I really feel like there was something phenomenal going on. While I was still mixing it with my moisturizer, I noticed that my skin cleared up. Small scars slowly disappeared and the hyperpigmentation on my face was gone. There was this area on my left temple that has a bluish shade that has been there since forever–and although no one really notices it because it only looked like small hair, I notice it every time I look in the mirror. But after religiously using this Vitamin C serum, I just can’t find it on my face anymore, and that simple change amazed me to the core.

Thus, after a month of mixing it with my moisturizer. I’ve decided to start applying it directly on my face after my essence. My skin had a positive response to this change, and I’ve noticed that my face actually looked brighter and my skin texture became even. There were less bumps, and I have said this once and I said it again, the skin was smoother, and somehow, it looked very different from my skin before. Also, I started using this in the morning alone because I have a different AHA serum in the evening.

IMG_5082This is how my Dear Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin Drop bottle looks like now. As you can see, the shiny label is almost erased off.

Now, you guys might think that I am overpraising this serum from Dear Klair’s because I also use other products and those other products might have also contributed to the wonders that is happening to my skin right now. But guys, mind you, among all the products that I currently use, this one is the most that I have been religious to. There was not a day I never used this, and I bring this to my travels–and when I’m travelling, my skincare routine changes, but this one remains in the routine. The only difference is that, I use this product twice, both morning and evening when I’m travelling. I only use this in the morning on normal days.

After a month, I changed my essence and I realized that the essence was thicker than this serum. Thus, to follow the light to heavy order, I decided to apply this first before my essence–and that has been going on for almost a month now. And things are still doing good, and doing better.

It started turning yellowish after three months of using it. However, according to my ~*research*~, the slight change of color of this product does not affect its effectivity because of the kind of Vitamin C used here. (check this out for more info)

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It still feels warm on the skin when applied up until this very day. I’m halfway done with the whole bottle and I have been using it for five months now. Therefore I can say that is serum is really worth every single penny I’ve spent on it.

I haven’t decided yet if I should repurchase it later or if I should look for a different Vitamin C serum to try. But guys, this product is so good, I’m not sure if anything else can be better. I recommend this to everyone who wants better skin, and for those who might have sensitive skin, just put two drops of this on your moisturizer so it wouldn’t come too strong.

By the way, for better results, leave it on your face for 10-20 minutes before applying the next product.

I hope this post helped you a lot, and if you have other vitamin C suggestions, please comment down below.

Thank you and I hope we all achieve that smooth glowing skin that we all want! ❤

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PRODUCT EXPERIENCE: Miniso Compressed Facial Masks

Hello everyone! Miniso–a Japanese fast fashion designer brand just recently opened in SM City Davao last August. This got me really excited because as much as I love Korean Skincare, I am a big fan of Japanese products. I remember back when I was still a student in college, I would purposely go to Manila before going to Dumaguete just so I can buy notebooks and pens from Muji, and clothes from Uniqlo. I don’t know how the Japanese does it, but their products are really good–and I didn’t even notice that I preferred Japanese products until much later. To be honest, I didn’t have any idea what Miniso was when I found out that they opened here in Davao, but I still got excited because it’s Japanese.

It was so funny because during my first visit in Miniso, I was with my mom and there were sooooooooo many people inside the store that we decided not to buy anything yet because the line’s too long and everything was chaotic. All we did was look around and yknow, did some window shopping on the products we think we might purchase. And one of the items that caught our eyes was this:IMG_4182 (1)

Compressed Facial Mask Sheets! It really looks interesting because it’s different, and it looks like small candies. When I saw this, I immediately told my mom that I will get one of these soon when we go back to do some shopping. Sure enough, in our second visit, my mom got the white ones while I got the black.

I was really excited to try this and see how it works because if ever this facial mask was good, I can skip hoarding tons of sheet masks and just pop one or two of these in my bag whenever I travel and bring my preferred serum or essence with me (the thing that I would soak this with.

So anyway, here’s how an individual compressed sheet mask looks like:

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According to the packaging, the sheet mask must be soaked in ‘essence toner’ for it to decompress. I honestly have no idea what an ‘essence toner’ was, but yknow some Asian products, they have completely different terms for different products, and you have to be savvy enough to know what they actually meant. Well, since most sheet masks are soaked in Essence, I chose The Body Shop’s Drops of Light Pure Translucency Essence Lotion.

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I actually got this Essence Lotion as a present last Christmas, and I used this in my very first skincare routine, but I wasn’t able to finish all of it because I wanted to try more Korean products. Thus, I just put this is my shelf in case I feel like using it again.

(related: 2016 Skincare Routine)

So to test the facial mask, I got an old container and put the compressed sheet mask in the middle.IMG_4190 (1)

And I put two to three drops/squirts of the essence lotion on the product. I did this while I was putting clay mask on my face, thinking that after washing the clay mask off and applying my other products, the compressed mask will be soaked enough to open up and I can use it before I apply my emulsion and moisturizer.

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So, after 20 minutes of letting my clay mask dry, washing it off, applying my essence, serum and eye mask, the compressed mask didn’t look like it would decompress anytime soon, so I decided to transfer it on a smaller container where it can be filled with more essence. I added two more drops/squirts (I honestly press the bottle for the product to come out so I guess I can call it ‘squirts’ lol) for good measure.

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After a few more minutes, I got tired of waiting and decided to press the compressed mask to force the essence in so it can finally decompress.

So yeah, after almost an hour of frustration, it finally decompressed and it looked like this:

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I have to be honest, it was a disappointment because I applied more product that I usually would apply on my face on this and yet this doesn’t even feel wet enough to be a sheet mask. Yknow, sheet masks are usually soaking wet and oftentimes there will still be product dripping out of the mask once you remove it from the packaging, while this one looked really dry. I didn’t bother using it on my face anymore because I didn’t want to add anything to my disappointment anymore.

Anyway, my brother got another compressed mask and put water on it, and after a matter of seconds, it decompressed. So maybe I thought it was my fault because the essence was too thick and the mask couldn’t absorb it completely. Thus, after a few days, I did a second experiment with my Etude House Wonder Pore Freshner.

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After all, the mask’s packaging said ‘essence toner’ and maybe they really meant ‘toner’, or maybe there might really be an ‘essence toner’ in Japan, I don’t really know. If you guys know anything, please comment down below.

This is how to looked like before I added toner on it (by the way, a freshner is a toner too.):IMG_4314 (4)

After three squirts of the freshner, it immediately turned into this:IMG_4316

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But then again, I didn’t use this on my face because the Wonder Pore Freshner is alcohol-based and I didn’t want my face to be soaked in anything alcohol-based for too long. I do use this freshner from time to time, but I don’t think it is advisable to use it as a sheet mask.

Final verdict: I guess you guys can say that I don’t like putting this sheet mask on my face based on the fact that I didn’t in the two experiments. To be honest, I don’t think I will be using these compressed sheet masks anytime soon, or whenever I travel, because first, I need to find an appropriate product to soak this with, and second, I would actually need to put more than what I usually apply on my face on this product for it to work. Lastly, in my own opinion, I think it will be more space savvy to use the readily soaked sheet masks than using these whenever I travel because I still need to bring another bottle of product to use this. While in regular sheet masks, I can just put them anywhere in my own convenience. However, I would recommend these compressed masks for people who likes experimenting, and for those who has watery products and would want to reinforce it’s effects on the face with a sheet mask.

Before I end this blog post, I would just like to clarify that the goal of this post is to share my thoughts and opinions on a certain product and I, in any way, has no intention to degrade or dignify Miniso in any form. I’m just stating my honest observations, hoping that I can help the people out there who are interested in this product.

Since Miniso has a lot of products in their store, expect that I will be posting other reviews from the items in their store soon. I hope you’ll be around to read that once more,

Until next time,

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My Christmas Wishlist 2017

Hello everyone! It’s almost Christmas time! And just like everyone else, I have a few things that I would be more than happy to receive wrapped in colorful paper with Santa Claus illustration and ribbons.

It has been our family tradition for us to submit our Christmas Wishlist so our godparents would actually know what to get us for the most awaited time of the year. Thus, every year, we think of something we really want and give the list to our parents so they can circulate it among their siblings. But as time went by, letting them know what we want is so much easier through internet and group chats. I just recently created this collage and sent it to my family’s group chat in Messenger, so now I know that everyone has seen this list, and everyone knows the things I want which means I will be more thankful than disappointed once I open those pretty presents. (Just kidding, I’m always thankful. But it’s so much better to be thankful for something you actually want to be thankful for.)

Without further ado, here’s a visual presentation of my wishlist for Christmas 2017:

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  1. Nike Air Max Thea (black) – If you have been following this blog, you might have read a post or two about my musings in the gym. I was never a fan of rubber shoes, but I think I’ll be more inspired to go to the gym if I had shoes that I can easily match with any gym OOTD. My current gym shoes are in neon pink, and although I know that no one really cares about anyone’s gym outfit color coordination, and the gym isn’t really a fashion arena where anyone is only there to flaunt their active wears. But it would really inspire me more often if I can have a good OOTD at the gym, and that can be achievable if I had my rubber shoes in a neutral color. Hence, for this year I want this pair of Nikes.
  2. Innisfree Orchid Eye Cream – I’ve been looking for this eye cream ever since I started with Korean Skincare, but it’s not in my favorite online shops. I’m thinking of buying it in the official Innisfree website. But I think it will be more rewarding if I get this as a gift instead–because I know whoever gifts me this, went through high and low to get me this majestic eye cream.
  3. Swatch watch in style Climber Flowery – I lost my only decent dress watch around January this year, hence I’ve been using my FitBit Alta in all occasions. I have had a nice dress watch from Swatch before and I loved it because it looks so elegant and I feel pretty and girly whenever I wear it. I wanna feel that way again, and I want to have an appropriate watch to wear on special occasions. Thus, this is on the top of my wishlist. I actually marked this as most wanted item because it’s the most expensive. Hahaha.
  4. Casio Rose Gold watch – this was a random entry. I just saw someone post about this watch on Facebook, and I loved the color–I’m into pinkish hues lately.
  5. Tony Moly Ferment Snail Skincare Set – I found this skincare set in SM MOA, but I didn’t buy it because I honestly thought that it’s too pricey. But I really wanted to try it out because I know for a fact that snail is good for the skin.
  6. Laduree keychain – I AM A MACARON ADDICT. Need I say more? Although this is just a keychain and other people might find it stupid to spend a certain amount of cash for something that isn’t even that useful, I want it because I love Laduree and it’s pretty. And owning one would make me feel that my Laduree obsession has been validated. Yes, we all need that kind of validation sometimes.
  7. FitBit Alta Strap in white or gold – My current strap is in black and is in size LARGE which means it looks like I’m wearing an oversized bangle instead of a smart watch (I don’t know what you call these things??) on my arm. I’ve been looking for a smaller strap in white or gold–which better fits me and anything that I wear.
  8. Leatherette backpack – We were in Siargao a few weeks ago and I noticed some people using a leatherette backpack and I thought it looks cool, and it’s convenient and savy. Not to mention that it’s fashionable too. Backpacks aren’t really my thing. But if someone gifts me this… well, things might change.

Sooo… that’s it for my Christmas Wishlist. This is actually the ~main~ wishlist. Yknow, the things I really want to have. Since this is mainly a skincare blog, I will be posting a skincare wishlist too one of these days. The two skincare items in this list are my two main wishes, if I had a choice then I would put all of the skincare that I wanted in this list, but I am human too and skincare isn’t only the thing that I want in this world. Haha! I had to choose the items in this wishlist carefully because I don’t want to be disappointed on Christmas day, but at the same time I don’t want to pressure my possible gift-givers. Heh. Just wait a few months and we’ll see if they actually got me anything from this list. I might post a “what I got for christmas” blog later on.

But as of now, just wait for my other posts. I have so much in mind!

See you soon!

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An Attempt on a 7-11 Skincare Routine

A 7-11 Skincare Routine? What the hell is that?

Hey everyone! A few weeks ago I was forced into creating a skincare routine based on the skincare products sold at 7-11. I thought that I would be able to go home that day and spend an hour with my beloved Korean products when I was informed that we were staying overnight. Mortified and skincare-obsessed, I went to the nearest 7-11 to get myself some toiletries for the overnight stay.

Toiletries: Shampoo, conditioner, soap, deodorant, and my beloved skincare products.

To be honest, I was quite skeptical about the idea of creating a routine from 7-11. I thought I’d only buy a facial wash, moisturizer, and SPF. But there were so many items in the store that I decided to buy other products that can be used as part of the routine. 7-11 didn’t have everything, but I managed to buy five skincare products from the famous convenience store.

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Oil cleanser: none was available. I was thinking of buying wet tissue, but decided against it. (But wet tissue is available at 7-11)

Foam cleanser: Cathy Doll Acne Solution Serum + Foam Cleanser. I was completely unfamiliar with this brand, but I have seen these cute skincare products all over various 7-11 stores and I have been interested with them for the longest time. I could have bought a foam cleanser that I was familiar with, but this was my chance to buy this so I chose this one instead.

Toner: Pond’s White Beauty Pore Conditioning Toner. I used this product a few year ago, when I was still a teenager and skincare was something new and very experimental to me. I can’t remember if using this actually had an effect on my face, all I know is that I didn’t have any allergic reaction to it, so I guess this was a safe choice. I didn’t want to be too experimental with the line of products I’ll apply on my face.

Essence: Cathy Doll Milky Splash Essence. Same with the foam cleanser, this seemed interesting. Also, it was the only Essence available at the store, so I needed it.

Serum: N/A.

Eye Cream: N/A.

Sheet Mask: There were various masks available at the store, but I didn’t want to use a sheet mask that night so I didn’t bother buying one.

Emulsion: N/A.

Moisturizer: Nivea Creme. Nivea is one of my trusted brands and I actually own a moisturizing creme from the same brand (read review here), so I didn’t think twice in getting this product. I have my full trust on Nivea.

SPF: Olay 7 in One Total Effect Day Cream (normal SPF 15). I admit that this isn’t the best choice for an SPF because it’s basically makeup and it’s SPF 15. But I was hypnotized by the description in the packaging that I decided to go for this instead of a regular suncream. IT HAD SO MANY BENEFITS!!!! I WANT FLAWLESS SKIN, I WILL BELIEVE ANYTHING THAT TELLS ME I CAN HAVE FLAWLESS SKIN!!!

I can’t remember how much all of these costed me, but I’m pretty much sure it’s less than 700PHP (because that’s the total amount of everything I bought including the other toiletries and two sachets of Nestea’s Milk Tea.)

When I was on the way back to our room, I was pretty much excited to try all of these products and write a review about it on this blog. But then it came to me that I will be introducing a whole new line of skincare products on my face at once, and I had experienced a very bad breakout in the past for putting so many new chemicals on my face, and I was afraid that it might happen again, especially with these products that I have never tried before–and some products that I only bought out of curiosity.

Hence, I ended up only using the foam cleanser and the Nivea Creme moisturizer instead. I simply kept the other products in my stash so I can use them in the future.

By the way, does anyone of you guys want me to try anything from this 7-11 haul? Please do comment below so I can use it and make a review in the future.

Thanks for reading and have a great day!

Meesh ❤

Nature Republic 92% Aloe Vera Gel Review

Hey everyone! I’m back with a review for one of my favorite skincare products, Nature Republic’s 92% Aloe Vera Gel. 

 

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This is actually one of the very first products that I bought when I was still starting with Korean Skincare. To be honest, I really had no idea how famous this was when I added it to my cart, I only added it because I needed to reach a certain amount of purchase in Althea Korea to avail of a discount and I didn’t know what else to add on my cart so I went to their best sellers tab and found this. It looks promising and I’v actually heard a lot of good things about Aloe Vera so I chose this one.

(related: Althea Korea Skincare Haul)

I didn’t start using this immediately because I was using a moisturizer that I really loved back then, and I felt like this product was a skincare basic and I wanted to explore more so… I kept this gel in my stash for months before I finally incorporated it with my daily routine.

(related: Product Review: The Body Shop Vitamin E Aqua Boost Sorbet)

(also related:2016 Skincare Routine)

I first tried using this around February, it was traumatizing because the day after, I got a really horrible breakout and pimples were all over my face (and pimples were never all over my place before!!!) so I got discouraged with this thinking that I may have had an allergic reaction to it. After that, I didn’t bother with any product with Aloe Vera in it, afraid that I might get uglier.

But then I gave this gel a second chance when I used it to help me sooth a burning sensation on my nose area after I had colds, I think I was wayyy to rough when wiping my nose with a tissue which scratched the skin surface. Clearly, I cannot continue with my skincare routine because putting product on the affected area hurts like hell. And since this was a soothing gel, I tried putting a chunk of it on my nose area for thirty minutes. After that, my skin felt so much better and I was actually able to do my routine without feeling any pain.

Also, another factor that made me take the risk of using aloe vera once again was the fact that I used an unfamiliar sheet mask on my face the day I tried this gel. That sheet mask was just given to me and I tried googling it but nothing came out—I tried it anyway. I was weighing the possibility that the sheet mask might have caused the breakout and not this gel. With it’s satisfying effect on my skin, I was convinced that this aloe vera can never be something I’m allergic with.

Thus, before anything else, do some research with your products first before using them, aaaaaand avoid introducing two new products at once to your skin. It will be hard for you to decipher which one caused a reaction, whatsoever.

(related: Skincare Tips to Live By)

Anyway, I started using this Aloe Vera gel on a daily basis around May or June, and so far it has been good to me. At first I didn’t like it because I was never a fan of the “dewy glow” that everyone has been raving about, I’m more like a matte type of person, but I was able to solve my problem with that by using loose powder.

What I like the most about this gel is that it isn’t heavy, I can use it in the morning without worrying that my face might end up too sticky or too oily for the world to see. This actually started off as my day cream until I ran out of my evening cream and since I still had a lot of this product and it feels like I won’t be running out of it soon, I started using this in the evening as well, although there are times when I use a heavier moisturizer or cream instead because there are days when my nose area would just flake and it needs extra moisture.

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But I still prefer using this on a daily basis because I never felt any burning sensation on my face anymore since the day I started using this, and I’m actually starting to appreciate the dewy finish that this product has every night after I’m done with my skincare routine.

My most favorite thing about this gel is that it’s very inexpensive yet there’s a lot of product and it could probably last for a year if used moderately. I only need a small scoop (less than the size of a small coin) to have my whole face covered. It’s totally worth the price!

I think the only downfall of this product is that it’s too bulky, hence it’s not really travel friendly and since the gel is too light, and it’s in a tub without a scoop, it can be unhygienic. I personally scoop my product using a spatula that I got from a different cream. I would appreciate this Aloe Vera gel more if it’s in a squeeze bottle, or something more travel friendly. As for the volume and the price, I have no complaints–I totally got wayyy more than I paid for, and for a gel that has very visible results after a short time of using it, I would say that this product is indeed an investment and I wouldn’t hesitate to stash this in my drawer. Although I honestly think that there’s no need to stash because this product doesn’t run out easily and it’s better to just buy one when you’re running out of the tub you’re using (in my own opinion.) but that depends on your preference. Either way, I would still recommend this for all skin types.

That’s all for Nature Republic’s 92% Aloe Vera Soothing Gel. I hope this review helped you in some way, I’ll be back with more skincare stories soon!

 

XOXO,

Meesh 🙂