Product Experience: CosRX One Step Pimple Clear Pad

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This holy grail acne-fighting pad from CosRX is an instant favorite for me and my sister. I first came across this product last January when I was reading some beauty blog–I can’t exactly remember if it was from BeautyMNL or Charlotte Cho’s Klog, but I remember it saying that this will be one of those skincare products that will definitely make 2017 a better year–or something like that. Since I have a penchant for exfoliators, and I have read a lot of good things about this product, I included it on my first Althea haul and bought it for 1,000php. Before I got my package, I saw this baby in our local Watsons store and it’s remarkably cheaper at 665php each box. There was only one left so I convinced my sister to get it for herself. She’s struggling with her acne due to puberty and oily skin, thus it wasn’t really difficult to persuade her to get this product. I’m also lucky because she believes in anything that I say! Haha.

I first started using this product both day and night, and sometimes, if I have time, I would also use it in the afternoon. After two weeks of using this two-three times a day, my face became clearer and I noticed that less acne were appearing on my skin. I also went for a facial treatment after a few weeks, and the lady there told me that I don’t have that much blackheads anymore (I was wondering why they barely did any pricking on my skin) and I guess I owe that to the exfoliating power of this product.

I grew up thinking that exfoliators and pimple-clearing products may cause drying or irritation so I’m always careful in using such products. I’m actually quite unsure of how I’d use this at first because I’m afraid that I might end up with red patches all over my face–but these pads were really gentle and non-drying. Since then, this became a must-have staple on my skincare and though it’s quite bulky, I bring it with me in all my travels. Also, I do think that I need this more whenever I travel because I can also use the pads to cleanse my face whenever I’m too tired to do all of my skincare rituals.

My sister’s experience with this product made me believe in its power even more. She has tiny red bumps all over her forehead before she had this exfoliator. Now, I don’t see my sister that often so whatever change happens to her face, I notice. After a week or so of using these pads, I noticed that although her face still has pimples all over, it looked tamed and smooth. From angry red bumps they became pink and light. I also noticed that her face looks more dewy than oily. Thus I can say that this does have a positive effect on her skin.

I do have a small concern, though. I bought mine at Althea while she bought hers at our local Watsons store. I didn’t notice this before but right when I was purchasing my second tub from the famous drugstore, I noticed a difference on the boxes from Althea Korea and Watsons.

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The one on your left hand side is from Althea Korea, while the one on the right is from Watsons. As you guys can notice, the one from Watsons looks quite blurry in contrast to the very clear packaging of the one from Althea. After realizing this, I started wondering… are the CosRX products from Watsons actually counterfeit?  Knowing that the ones from Watsons are almost half the price cheaper, I started to worry.

I then started checking everything else. The material used for the box, the size, the tub used for the pads, and the pads itself–they’re all the same. All the same except for the front portion. There seems to be no difference with the product itself, because when I was still using my tub from Korea, I would leave it in my apartment whenever I go home and use pads from my sister’s tub that was bought from the said drugstore. I didn’t notice any difference at all. Plus, the one from Watsons had a very positive effect on my sisters face–she actually started panicking when there was only a few pads left on her tub and she can’t find another one of these in all the Watsons outlets that she has gone to. Thus when she saw my tweet saying that I found CosRX in SM Lanang, she begged me to buy her these pimple clear pads for her birthday.

Over all, I still do think that the ones from Watsons are authentic. There might be a slight difference in the packaging because of the distribution. However, if ever it will be proven that the pimple pads from Watsons are indeed counterfeit, I will proceed purchasing my supply from Althea Korea despite the huge price difference. We should all support authentic products no matter how good the counterfeits are, because the real producers deserve the income, not the copycats.

I totally recommend this product to everyone, especially those who are struggling with acne. The mild exfoliation prevents impurities from clogging up in our pores and helps us in making our skin appear brighter, fresher, and smoother.

Hope this post helps you in your skincare journey. If you know anything about the CosRX products locally available in Philippine drugstores, please let me know!

XOXO,

Meesh 🙂

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My Sister’s Very First Althea Korea Haul

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Finally, a decent photo on my blog! Before anything else, I would like to express how happy I am that I was finally able to post an artsy photo here because taking instagram-worthy shots is actually one of my favorite things to do, it’s just that my current job made it impossible for me to take photos during daytime and find areas where I can take some nice shots. Which is why most of the photos is this blog were obviously half-baked, or were just taken for the sake of visual aid. I apologize for that–I try my best to put creativity in my photos. But as of now, the only decent place where I do all the photography is the very small table in my apartment that can barely get good lighting. However, I still try my best to make my instagram look fancy, go on and check it out!

Okay, I’m not with my irrelevant rambling. The real post starts after this sentence!

I’ve just started obsessing over skincare products a few months ago. I’d bring something new almost every week and tell my mom, my aunt, and my sister about it. Since my sister is a really huge fan of Korean dramas, the Korean products that I bring home are always something that would interest her. She’d ask me questions about this and that, and ask me to suggest products for her oily and acne-prone skin, and I would gladly answer. I gave her some of my products and allowed her to try on some of my favorites. Slowly, she started doing her own research for her skincare needs and would ask me for help on where to find them.

Of course, I seized the moment and gave her my referral link to Althea Korea. She’s still a student thus discounts and other promotional events would really mean a lot to her savings. March is her birth month thus she had a few extra bucks to spend for herself, and I’m just glad that she chose to spend her birthday money on skincare! So there, I helped her choose the products that I think would be perfect for her.

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My sister has oily skin thus I suggested that she get something that has Tea Tree in it. We also had to consider her budget so we got the cheapest one that we can find in the website. She had so many tabs opened but ended up choosing Natural Pacific’s Tea Tree Fresh Essence. She has always enjoyed my clay masks and wanted to have one for herself. Thus she got Innisfree’s Super Volcanic Pore Clay Mask–I’ve read that this one is designed for oily skin, while the non-super one (which I have) is for those with normal skin. I think she’s done her research well and read a few good things about Innisfree so she bought the No-Sebum Mineral Powder and the Perfect UV protection cream. As for the last product that she bought, (the honey-colored bottle up there)I really have no idea what that is. The whole package is in Korean she she told me that it’s something for the hair. So, I’m like, okay! Your money, your choices.

She couldn’t wait to get her hands on her package and she kept on pestering me about it. I’m equally as excited for her as she was, but I know the drill already when it comes to Althea Korea. I told her to keep calm and stay classy. Lol. She tracked her package almost every day and when she found out that it’s ready for pickup, she asked me to come with her.

I live in a dorm and my sister lives at home, and I wouldn’t allow her to open her package without me so I told her to open her package in a nearby coffee shop so I can also see what’s in it. She was so excited that she wouldn’t even let me help her get all the packaging tape off the package. Lol.

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Look at that satisfied look on her face!

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Checking out the items she spent her money with. (Is this worth it? Am I sure with what I’m doing? Lol)

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My sister with her children! For more generations to come!

I haven’t heard anything from her ever since she got her products. But I do think that she’s loving all of them because if she isn’t, I’ll be the first person to know. I’m going to see her in a while and give her some of the products from my own shelf that I think would be better for her and ask her of her opinion on the products she bought.

If you would also like to enjoy the discount that my sister benefited with in this haul, click this link and enjoy shopping!

To more hauls,

Meesh ❤

 

Product Review: Purederm Spot Reducer Gel Patches

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Acne trouble is one of my primary skincare concerns. It s a common belief that people get pimples due to oil stuck in the pores, but the thing is, I don’t have oily skin and I have really tight pores–which means, almost all of those acne combating products that are supposed to dry or tighten pores might not solve my problem. I asked an esthetician about my acne problem, and I’m pretty much sure I just wasted my time on consulting her because all she said was, “you still have pores, thus you skin will always be prone to acne.” (non-verbatim). She didn’t give me a satisfying answer, because I wanted something to be done in order to lessen or to completely eliminate recurring pimples on my face, and what she said did not really help with anything. So I guess I’m all on my own now. Solving my acne problems with my own techniques, experimenting with trial and error.

Ever since I started focusing on skincare, the appearance of acne on my face did lessen–but I still have them from time to time. A few weeks ago, two pimples decided to squat on my left cheek. I didn’t do much about it, because I was hoping that they’d just go away. But after a week, they’re still there, so I decided to buy pimple patches for them.

(I was not really religious with my skincare routine when the pimples decided to come up. I was sick, and then I had to wake up at around 2 in the morning because of my travels, I really didn’t have much time for myself.)

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I have never tried these pimple patches before, although I did use pimple patches to help me with my acne in the past–there were times that they were helpful and there were times when they weren’t. I haven’t heard much about these from Purederm, I just bought them out of curiosity and hope–hope that they’re effective.

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This is how my face looked like prior to applying the patches. Forgive me for the photo quality, I honestly need more practice. Also, my face looks oily here because I just wiped my face with the pimple pads from Cosrx.

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As you guys can see, these patches are meant for overnight use and is obviously not to be worn over makeup during the day–there are patches for that but I don’t think they’re effective since all they do is cover the pimple. However, this one is medicated with salicylic acid which has been proven to be effective in fighting acne.

These patches are sticky and they’re really not that difficult to apply unlike other patches that I have tried. By the way, when using pimple patches, the skin must be dry from any product or else it will not stick well and fall off.

So there, I placed the patches on my skin and went on with my usual routine and left it there overnight. The next morning, I actually saw a significant change on my acne.

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As you guys can see, both pimples looked tamed and flat. They weren’t as red as they were the night before.

This product says that it visibly reduces redness in days–which means that overnight usage will not magically erase the whole thing. It has to be used repeatedly until the redness is gone.

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This is what the patches looked like as I took them off. As you guys can see, there were two small white dots on each patch. Those were the puss that they sucked from my acne.

I once again used the gel patches on my acne the night after, and this is what my cheek looked like on the second day:

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To be honest, I don’t see much difference. If you guys were wondering why my face looks dry or less oily here compared to the photos above, it’s because I didn’t use my cleansing water before taking this photo. This is my authentic “I woke up like this” skin and face.

I have to be honest, but my decisions the night when I decided to put my second patch might have affected its result. My skin wasn’t completely dry yet before I put the patches on my skin thus it didn’t have a really tight grip on it while I was applying my other skincare products. Some product might have penetrated the pimple area–and it may not be as secluded as it should be to work effectively overnight.

Thus, on the third night, I made sure that my face was completely dry before I stuck the patches on. I waited a few more minutes after washing before I put the patches on my acne. The next morning, this is how my face looked like:

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I didn’t see any difference from my pimple’s appearance from the other night. The redness and the size of the acne was still the same.

Although I am glad that these patches managed to tame down and flatten my pimple, I don’t think it will really help in healing them. As you guys can see, there was no progress during the three days that I used this product, the only significant change was on the first day, and after that the two acne marks remained as they were. I didn’t use the patched further because I decided that I would put other treatments on my acne instead because I think the main purpose of these patches is to simply cover the acne and prevent impurities from further infecting it.

This product is only effective if you want to flatten your acne–well, it is a spot reducer after all. While I don’t think that this is the best go-to product when it comes to breakouts, using a gel patch would be essential to taming down angry pimples. It’s really helpful if you want your skin’s surface to look flat and smooth the next day, but you will still need to use a concealer for the imperfections.

My final verdict? I’ll still keep this product and use it once or twice for a fresh pimple. But I wouldn’t rely on it. I will continue scouting for a gel patch that would satisfy my skincare needs.

Hope this review helped you, and I hope you find the perfect products for your flawless skin!

XOXO,

Meesh 🙂

The Face Shop Real Nature Sheet Mask Haul

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Hello everyone! I was at Cagayan de Oro City a few weeks ago and I had some free time to roam around. Luckily, our hotel was located near Limketkai Mall so I went there and found their local The Face Shop store. They have this 5+5 Real Nature Sheet Mask sale, in which you basically get 5 and get another 5 for free. I just couldn’t resist how much of a good deal this was, and started grabbing a few sheet masks.

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I actually availed of this promo last January in The Face Shop Ayala Abreeza Mall in Davao City, I think the sale lasted up until Chinese New Year only, so after that, their sheet masks there were back to their normal prices. I was actually surprised when I found out that the one in Limketkai Mall still had the sale on-going, so I grabbed my chance. I was only supposed to get 10 sheet masks, but there were others which seemed interesting so I decided to get 20 instead.

These sheet masks are regularly priced at 65php each. A set of 5+5 costs 325php. Since I got two sets, I paid 650php all in all for 20 sheet masks.

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I got two of the others because I had 16 different sheet masks in my bag already and nothing else seemed interesting for me, so I just got another pack of those that I really liked–or those that I really wanted to try. I chose to have two of honey, shea butter, kelp, and rice sheet masks.

If I use sheet masks at least twice a week, it will take me 10 weeks to finish using all of these–that’s almost three months! At least I don’t have to worry running out of them anytime soon.

I’m still in search of my favorite sheet masks and I’m positive that some of them will come from this haul.

Where do you get your favorite sheet masks? Let me know!

XOXO,

Meesh 🙂

Product Review: The Body Shop Vitamin E Aqua Boost Sorbet

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Hello everyone! In this post I’m going to share about one of my most favorite skincare products so far, The Body Shop Vitamin E Aqua Boost Sorbet.

This sorbet is one of the very first skincare products that I purchased. I saw this while I was checking out our local Body Shop store, and I immediately became curious of what this would do. It does not look like your average moisturizer because it’s a sorbet and it says that it will give my skin an aqua boost. After some deliberation, I bought this product and used it as soon as I got home. Well, it did sting me for the first few days–which was justifiable because my face was experiencing a major catastrophe back then, with breakouts and dry patches everywhere. I was hoping that this moisturizer would help me with my skincare problem, and although there were times that I wanted to cry because this did hurt me–I still kept on using it because I can feel the positive effect on my skin and it was more satisfying than ever.

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The sorbet had a nice pinkish color in the jar but becomes transparent when taken in smaller amounts. It does not feel heavy at all though once applied, you can actually feel the product leaving a thin layer on your skin that somehow feels like a barrier designed to lock up all the other products that were applied before it.

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This product feels very luxurious on the skin. It has a soft-silky texture and the skin immediately feels moisturized after a few seconds of applying this product. I am actually in love with how supple and soft this product makes my skin, there was actually this one time when I used this and nothing else on my face for daytime, and I cannot stop touching my face! It’s just so soft! It feels like a baby’s cheek. Even my cousin was amazed on how soft my cheeks were.

After I ran out of this product (it lasted me two months), I thought on not repurchasing it just so I can try other moisturizers on my skin–but I wasn’t really satisfied with anything so I just went and bought another jar! Unlike my earlier experience with this sorbet, my face does not sting anymore whenever I put this on. Which means, my face was so much better than it was before.

The only downside of this product is that it has comedogenic properties which can clog pores and cause breakouts. I was actually upset when I found out about it, but so far this sorbet hasn’t done any harm to my skin. Although I did have a few breakouts while using this product, I’m pretty much sure that it wasn’t caused by this sorbet. However, it might just be my skin. After all, I have normal acne-prone skin with a few dry patches along the nose area. But since this product is designed for all skin types, I think it will work best especially for those with dry skin. As for people with oily skin, i would recommend trying it out on the tester first because I can’t promise the probability of you guys not having any breakout while using this comedogenic product.

I use this product at night, as shown in my evening skincare routine. But this product is also good for daytime, and it can also serve as a primer before putting on makeup. It’s not sticky and it gives a matte finish which is actually my favorite thing about this moisturizer.

Overall, this is a really great product. Totally moisturizing and softens the skin. I can never imagine my day without this product. Trust me, I tried!

So that’s all for my favorite moisturizer. I hope this review helped you in your skincare choices. Until then!

XOXO,

Meesh ❤

My 11-Step Skincare Routine (Part 2)

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Hello everyone! Here I am, back with the second part of my Evening Skincare routine. I posted the first one last week, click this link if you want to check that out. The first one covered the first five steps: First cleanser, second cleanser, exfoliator, toner, and essence. I this part, I’ll be showing you guys the other half of my skincare routine: The serum, face mask, eye cream, emulsion, moisturizer, and lipbalm.

Step 6: Serum

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Etude House Pink Vital Water Serum – This is the very first serum that I have ever purchased, so far I have nothing negative to say about it. It isn’t sticky nor thick, and it doesn’t really cause breakouts. It also absorbs easily, which I like. But aside from that, I have nothing else to say about this. I’m actually not sure what this does although they say that it hydrates the skin. I like the packaging, though. And it’s travel-friendly.

 

 

Step 7: Sheet Masks/Treatments

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I don’t really have a particular sheet mask that I use all the time, I have a stack of like 50 different sheet masks and I choose what I use depending on my skincare needs. Like, if I need moisturizing, I’ll use a honey sheet mask, if I have a breakout, I’ll use Tea Tree. It depends on what I have too. I use at least two sheet masks a week, sometimes I use more whenever I travel because I see to it that I use a sheet mask after a long plane or car ride. I don’t have a lot of favorite sheet masks yet because I’m still in the process of determining which I like, but I’ll make a blog post about it soon!

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The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil – This is the step in which I apply my facial treatments. But so far I only have this oil that I have raved about in this post. But right now, since I don’t get a lot of breakouts anymore, I only apply this when I feel like there’s an acne coming up, or when I feel like my face needs that extra treatment–whenever necessary. Tea Tree Oil was a big help for me in combating acne, and I can never imagine my life without it.

Step 8: Eye Cream  

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Skinfood Salmon Brightening Eye Cream – I wasn’t really sure why I bought this particular product, I was simply itching to buy something new and I wanted an eye cream that’s in a jar. I tried the tester first and I was impressed with how easy the product absorbs into my skin, thus I purchased it. After using this, my eyes looked less dull and I actually looked more alive. There’s only one thing that I don’t like with this eye cream, it sometimes gets caught in my under lashes and it’s really difficult to wipe off.

Steps 9 and 10: Emulsion/Moisturizer/Sleeping Pack

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I have four different products for steps 9 and 10. I don’t use all of them altogether, I only use two a night. My usual combination would be the Etude House Moistfull Collagen Emulsion and The Body Shop Vitamin E Aqua Boost Sorbet. On days when I feel like my skin needs more moisture, I would replace the Aqua Boost Sorbet with the CosRX Ultimate Moisturizing Honey Overnight Mask. There are also days when I feel like my skin needs extra firming so I would use the Aqua Boost Sorbet along with the Etude House Play Therapy Sleeping Pack. The rule here is that I should never use three of any of the above mentioned products at once, and I should never use the overnight mask and the sleeping mask together. Aside from those, I am free to choose any two products a night.

Step 11: Lipbalm

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L’Occitane Ultra Rich Lipbalm – I have gone through many lipbalms before, but I wasn’t really satisfied with any of them until I had this. I would use this in the morning if it doesn’t leave a really thick shine, but my current morning lipbalm is doing a really good job in keeping my skin moisturized the whole day. And this is really good for overnight moisturizing because as it says, it’s ultra rich. I wake up in the morning with really smooth lips unlike before when it would feel dry and sometimes it would even flake and bleed whenever I stretch it into a smile. The only downside of this lipbalm is that I can’t find it individually in our local L’Occitane stores. It always comes with two other lipbalms and I’m not yet sure if I want to buy the whole set. I got this one at the Manchester Airport in the UK a few months back and it’s the only one left in the shelves. I’m almost out of this one, and it seems like I have no choice but to try and find a different lipbalm that would match this one for replacement.

So that’s it for my 11-Step Skincare Routine. It isn’t the perfect lineup for me yet, but I do have a bunch of favorites from this routine that I sure would keep in my skincare essentials. I’m pretty much sure that there will be a lot of changes in this routine over the months, so if you would like to be updated, check my blog from time to time.

Also, I’m very open to suggestions and recommendations. If you have a holy grail product that you truly love, and would recommend. Please let me know! I have a normal skin type with a few dry patches along the T-zone, which means there’s no problem with me trying different products for different skin types.

I hope you guys liked this post, if you have comments or suggestions, please let me know!

XOXO,

Meesh ❤

My 11-step Evening Skincare Routine (Part 1)

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That group photo of my babies sure looks overwhelming! Before anything else, I don’t use all of these products above at once, there are some that I alternate in using while there are some that I only use once or twice a week. It depends on my mood and my skincare needs for that day.

This is my second lineup for my evening skincare routine. I did not exactly run out of anything from the first one, I was just in that “exploring” stage for skincare (since I’m still new to this) so tried and purchased a few products that I found interesting. I retained a few items from my first routine because I found them sufficient and effective for me. I replaced a few of them not necessarily because they don’t work for me, but it’s because I just want to explore my options or because the product is too interesting for me to resist.

I’m going to cut this post in two parts because this one will be really long, and I might bore you guys somewhere in the middle of the post if I give it all in one go. For this part I’ll discuss about the products I’m using for the first five steps: First and second cleanser, exfoliator, toner, and essence.

Read: My 2016 Skincare Routine

Step 1: First Cleanser

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Banila Co.’s Clean It Zero – At first I really wasn’t thinking of doing some double cleansing because I don’t think I need it since I don’t really use makeup. But then lately I became more conscious of my skin and I started using concealer, and thus I found the need to embrace double cleansing in my world.

This was among my top choices for a cleansing balm but it was always unavailable online so I thought of using a cleansing oil instead since I already tried a sampler from one of Etude House’s cleansing oils. However, while I was strolling down the mall, I found this and I purchased it without having any second thoughts. I really enjoyed using this product, it did improve my skincare routine because my skin started absorbing the other products that I apply after I started using this easier –it effectively breaks that barrier that cannot be removed by my regular foaming cleanser but at the same time it keeps my skin healthy by not stripping off all the good oils. I really love this product because it feels very luxurious to apply and it has a scent that I can go on smelling the whole day. I can’t exactly pinpoint if it’s floral or citrus(y), or a mixture of both. All I know is that I love it. I want a perfume that smells like this gem.

Step 2: Second Cleanser

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Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Pore Cleansing Foam – This cleanser is highly recommended for people with oily skin. This isn’t the perfect product for someone like me who has normal skin with dry patches along the nose area, however I didn’t see that as a problem while I was using this. Some say that it might be drying for my skin type, but I think the moisturizers and the other products that I use along with this compensated for it because I don’t feel any dryness at all. However, I am not saving this product from negative criticism. I’d be honest, its not my favorite and I don’t think I will be repurchasing this cleanser once I’m done with it. Simply because it has small beads in it and I don’t really feel comfortable with them especially when I have an ugly acne on my face–I feel restricted from massaging the product on the surface of my skin. It terms of effectiveness, this cleanser does its job well in cleansing, and my face instantly feel refreshed after using this–like all the layers of sunscreen and dust that my skin gathered the whole day were gone.

Step 3: Exfoliator 

Exfoliation is something that I have always been mildly obsessed with. I have not tried any clinical procedure that involves exfoliation–like peeling, whatsoever. But I always get hyped about exfoliating products because I’ve always thought that it is the key to smooth and flawless skin–much like how sandpaper is to wood. My primary goal in skincare is to remove the tiny bumps on my nose that totally looks weird whenever I have makeup on (because it becomes obvious), so I was hoping that exfoliation can help me with that problem thus it is one of my main focuses whenever I go skincare shopping. I’m currently using three exfoliators–one daily, and the other two once or twice a week, depends on my skin condition.

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CosRX One Step Pimple Clear Pad – Both my sister and I use this product. Between the two of us, she’s the one who has oily and more acne-prone skin. After a month of using this daily, her acne lessened and her face started bearing a healthy, dewy shine. In my case, I use this one to three times a day (I’ve Googled it, it’s safe for normal skin.)–depending on my skin condition. I only use it thrice if I have a breakout and my skin needs more care than it should. Otherwise, I use this once or twice during regular days. It is indeed effective in clearing pimples and it prevents breakouts from happening. I went for an Advanced Acne Facial Treatment two weeks after using this and I was actually disappointed because they didn’t do much on my skin. They said that I didn’t have a lot of blackheads and other impurities for them to remove. I feel like I just wasted my money on nothing, but at least I found out that this product really did help clear my skin from the inside!

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Skinfood Black Sugar Wash Off Mask – I use this mask once or twice a week. Usually after I get back from a travel, because we don’t know what kind of pollutants our skin can gather from different places. I leave this on my face for at least 15 minutes and gently wash it off with water. My skin would instantly look lighter and feel smoother after application. What I love the most about this product is the scent, this smells like roasted sugar with a hint of citrus–or honey with it, I couldn’t tell. But the fragrance is really sweet that sometimes I’d stay in my bathroom longer because I would just sniff on this product.

Innisfree Green Barley Gommage Peeling Mask – This one is a really interesting exfoliator. I use this less often than the Sugar Mask–usually when I have a very alive and angry pimple on my face because this one is less abrasive than the other. This peeling mask does a good job in removing dead skin cells as it shows physical results–by physical, I mean physical peeling. It’s fun because you can see lumps of your dead skin cells form as you gently massage this product on your face. Sometimes I use this product on my underarm for exfoliation.

Step 4: Toner

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Etude House Honey Cera Toner – I am so in love with the scent of this product, I sometimes dream of it. This toner has a milky consistency and is very easy to apply. After putting this on my face, I feel an instant surge of moisture because it easily absorbs into the skin. I have never felt any stinging sensation whenever I apply this toner. Anyway, I think this product is what a toner should really be. Relaxing, refreshing, and hydrating. I actually didn’t understand how come this was a toner because I always thought that toners are supposed to remove excess dirt and must be used with a cotton ball. However, upon research, I found out that toners are supposed to tone the skin, in preparation for the next skincare steps. I think this baby does a good job in that. I’m almost out and I really want to repurchase it, I just can’t find it anywhere in both local and online stores.

Step 5: Essence

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The Body Shop Drops of Light Pure Translucency Essence Lotion – They say that the Essence is the essence of Korean Skincare. It’s funny how I have a non-Korean product for this step, and I’m not sure if using this would be better or not because I haven’t tried a Korean Essence yet. However, after a few months of using this, I can attest that it does give what it promises, my skin looks brighter and radiant–it gives an instant glow especially when there’s light. This isn’t my favorite product, I don’t hate it either, but after I’m done with my two bottles* of this, I’ll start curating for a Korean essence so I can compare which product is better. My skincare routine isn’t strict to only-Korean products, although I want to try having an all-Korean routine soon because after all, this obsession is inspired by the 10-step Korean Skincare Routine.

*I have two bottles because this was on my Christmas list, and two of my aunts gave me the same thing. 

So that’s it for the first 5 steps of my 11-step Evening Skincare Routine. Please stay tuned for the next 6 steps which I will be posting somewhere next week. It’s going to be a long post so I hope you guys will like it.

The next six steps can be read here!

If you guys have some product recommendations, especially for the essence, please let me know.

I’ll talk to you guys soon! XOXO,

Meesh ❤

Sample Review: Skinfood Royal Honey Essential Toner and Emulsion

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This blog post is another addition to my TO PURCHASE OR NOT TO PURCHASE? Series. I just decided not to put that phrase on the title anymore because it’s too long. Anyway, for this review I’ll be talking about Skinfood’s Royal Honey Essential Toner and Emulsion. This is actually one of the first few samples that I had—way before I started this blog, which is why I’m almost out of the toner (as you can see in the photo above.) I use this along with another Skincare sample duo from Skinfood (I’ll be doing another blog post about that soon.) whenever I travel. If I used this product alone for consecutive days, I think this will last me a week–enough for me to decide if I really liked the product or not.

(I don’t know if it bothers you, but I talk about both the toner and emulsion as one because they both go together, like bacon and eggs. But I’ll be reviewing the two products individually.)

I actually stole this from my mother when she bought some products at Skinfood. Stole, as in the moment the cashier offered her the samples, I took them and told her they’re mine. My mom just rolled my eyes on me and took her shopping bag. I wanted to have Royal Honey samples because I love honey products, they’re absolutely moisturizing and I feel my skin become plumper whenever I use something with honey on my face. Therefore whenever I see a product with honey on it, I immediately decide that it’s for me.

Anyway, here’s are my thoughts:

Essential Toner – It has a watery consistency which makes it easy to apply. It also doesn’t take long until you feel your skin absorb all the product. My skin instantly felt hydrated after application. The only bad side of this toner is the scent. It smells really old, which isn’t surprising because Royal Honey is aged honey. However, I didn’t like it because it also makes me feel old. My goal in using skincare products is to look and feel young and fresh. That scent makes me feel the otherwise.

To purchase or not to purchase? Nope. I would highly recommend this product for other people because I know it’s a good one. But then I really didn’t appreciate the smell. I’m quite particular with the fragrances, so a single scent that I don’t like will instantly put me off–the only thing that will make me put up with a scent that I don’t like is when I desperately need the product, like if it’s prescribed by the doctor. But if it isn’t necessary, it’s a no.

Essential Emulsion – I actually liked this product. It was difficult to get an ample amount of the product off the container due to the stickiness. But once applied to the face, the stickiness instantly fades after a minute or two and the skin immediately feels smooth and soft. This product does not have the odd scent that the essential toner had–which is a plus for me.

To purchase or not to purchase? Probably. I’m not yet sure if I should invest in emulsions because I think moisturizers and overnight creams work best for my skin. However, if ever I decide to make emulsions a staple in my skincare routine, this would be among my choices.

Also, I have realized lately that Skinfood products are way more expensive in their physical stores here in the Philippines compared to online stores–they’re like twice the price! So I don’t think I’ll be purchasing from Skinfood that often (in physical stores) unless if I like the samples that they are offering.

That’s all for this review. If you have questions or suggestions, let me know 🙂

XOXO

Meesh ❤

SM Mall of Asia Skincare Haul

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SM Mall of Asia offers a variety of skincare brands that can be found in almost every corner of the mall. Once or twice a month, I get the chance to visit this place because the area that I stay at whenever I’m in Manila is only a good 10-minute ride away.

I didn’t care much about the skincare stores and brands that this mall had until last year, I remember going to MOA almost every day for two weeks straight because I had nothing else to do during the vacation and I barely remember looking at skincare/makeup stores during that time. I was more focused on clothing and books. So imagine my surprise when I saw Banila Co. in their department store. Without thinking twice, I immediately grabbed a few products from their shelves because I will never know when will be the next time I’ll visit MOA.

I only intended to purchase something that will break my 100ophp bill because I had to pay a friend after he paid for my dinner, thus getting the 980php-worth Banila Co. Clean It Zero Cleansing Balm does not definitely fulfill my goal during that time. So, to break another 1000php bill, I added two more sheet masks (which aren’t pictured above because I already used them.)

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I bought Banila Co.’s Mr. Skin Doctor Ampoule Mask Sheet– Moisturizing Care and Pore Care. I’m sorry I completely forgot to take a photo of the Pore Care.

After a few days, I went back to MOA and purchased the rest of the items showcased at the very first photo on this blog post.

Banila Co. Essential Mask Sheet (Sebum Care and Pore Care) – I originally wanted the clay mask, but since I already have too many mud/clay masks/packs, I decided to go for the sheet masks instead.

The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil – I unfortunately ran out of this in the middle of my travel. Thus, I was tea tree-free for around three days. If you guys read this blog post then you would know how much I love this product, I can’t live without it.

Origins Out Of Trouble  Mask – I have mentioned in this sample review that I am going to purchase this product. Although it’s actually pricier than I thought it would be–I thought this would only cost around 800-900php so I had to hide my surprise when the saleslady told me that it costs 1500php! That’s almost twice my estimated price. But I have this trait that whenever I decide on doing something, I’ll do it. And I really loved this product, I know I’ll regret it if I don’t purchase it.

Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask – I have also mentioned in this blog post that I’m going to purchase this product full size. So, same story as the Trouble Mask here. I must get an award for keeping my word.

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Anyhow, Origins gave me these samples. I still have some samples from Origins that I haven’t tried yet in my stash, but I do plan on reviewing them soon.

 

 

 

These are the samples that they gave me:

Dr. Weil for Origins Mega-Mushroom Skin Relief Soothing Treatment Lotion

Origins Three Part Harmony Foaming Cream to Oil Cleanser

Dr. Weil for Origins Mega-Mushroom Skin Relief Advanced Face Serum

Origins Three Part Harmony Oil-infused Serum for Renewal, Repair and Radiance

So, that’s all for this Skincare Haul. I might probably go shopping again the next time I go to MOA, I did find other products that I wanted to purchase while I was strolling around but I had my priorities and I had to keep my wallet alive. I will definitely go back for Laneige, Tony Moly and Khiel’s soon. I hope you guys enjoyed this haul!

XOXO,

Meesh