What’s In My Bag: My Go-To Beauty Essentials


Hello everyone! I feel like it’s been a while since my last post. I usually update 2-3 times a week, but I wasn’t able to schedule new posts recently because I just spent a few days in Palawan last week without a laptop with me, thus I wasn’t able to write new content. Also, I’m trying to get my life back together by going to the gym more often (I only go once to twice a month before! Lol) and by enrolling in a foreign language class. All of these made me quite busy. But don’t you guys worry! I won’t give up on this blog just like how I gave up on the million other blogs that I had before this. I have a list of content that I’m planning to write during my free time. And I do have a lot of things to say and share in this blog. Stay tuned for that!

Anyway, let’s talk about my go-to beauty essentials. These are products which can be found in different pockets of my bag. I do have a specific pouch dedicated to my beauty essentials that I bring with me all the time, but there are just some items that I use more often thus I place them in pockets that are much more easier to access. The products in this post are all the beauty items that you can find in the bag that I carry every day.

Maybelline White SuperFresh Powder Foundation – To be honest, I only carry this around for the mirror. I used to apply this on my face on a daily basis, but I noticed that it gets cakey over time, especially on the area where the rim of my sun glasses sit, so I stopped using this daily. I still reserve this product for days when I need full makeup.

The Body Shop Vitamin C Glow Protect Lotion (see full review here) – I find this product very useful especially on days when I do not have enough time to do a full morning skincare routine. I just massage this lotion on my face after washing and apply powder and I’m done! I do notice that even though I wasn’t able to follow both my morning and evening routines, as long as I use this sun lotion, my face looks brighter and clearer. Since using this on top of other skincare products makes my face tacky, I utilize the wonders of this cream by using it whenever I’m at home–or as I have said, whenever I don’t have enough time to do a full routine.

Lizard Lips Lip Balm – This lipbalm is actually something that I have in my bag all the time, but I only remember that it exists when I see it. This isn’t my main lip balm, but I do use it whenever I need a quick fix.

Etude House Big Cover Concealer Stick – This product is very effective in hiding unwanted spots on the face. Although I cannot say that it fully hides everything, it reduces the appearance of the spots until it’s unnoticeable. Also, this concealer is very easy to apply because of the stick form. It isn’t messy and it easily blends on the skin.

Celeteque Acne Solutions Acne-Clearing Concealer – I apply this on areas with acne before I put the Etude House Big Cover Concealer Stick. Because although I’m confident with this concealer’s healing properties, it does not give much coverage.

Celeteque Acne Solutions Acne Spot Corrector Gel – I actually started incorporating this gel in my daily routine, before I put on my cream. I simply apply this product on my acne and massage it through until it’s fully absorbed. This gel is great for acne emergencies because it can be brought everywhere without worrying that it might spill all over my bag, and it easily absorbs without leaving a shiny cast.

Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation + Concealer – I don’t use this as much as I use the Etude House Big Cover Concealer Stick, but this product comes very handy whenever I need full face coverage–usually when I feel haggard and tired and my face looks dull. This somehow covers that dullness and the bags under my eyes efficiently.

Nivea Raspberry Rose Lip Butter (see full review here) – This is my go-to lip product! I apply this as often as whenever my lips feel dry. I simply cannot leave the apartment without this.

Innisfree No Sebum Mineral Powder – I just recently got this from my latest Althea Haul. I’m not really a fan of powder, I went through puberty without it. But this product somehow changed my view on powders! I apply this after I put my sunscreen in the morning and my face actually looks brighter and feels smoother after. I don’t really reapply this because there’s no need to, it lasts the whole day. But I just bring it with me in case some emergency happens.

If you guys can notice, the products that I bring with me every day are just concealers and other items geared towards protecting the skin and hiding imperfections. I’m not really a fan of doing everyday makeup, although I’m starting to put a small amount of blush on my cheeks every now and then just to add a bit of color. Also, I use some lip color from time to time especially when I feel like I look dead. But that’s just about it. I like to keep my face bare but flawless (which is quite impossible) thus the number of concealers and powders that I have with me. However, I’m starting to experiment with the makeup that I have hidden in my room so there’s a huge possibility that more cosmetics might be added to my daily makeup essentials. But as of the moment, I’m satisfied with the few products that I have in my bag.

What are your daily beauty essentials? Let me know!


Meesh ❤


Product Review: Nivea Refreshingly Soft Moisturizing Cream


Hello everyone! Here’s another review for Nivea. I remember purchasing this because I had to go to Baguio City for a few days and I needed something that would prevent my skin from drying. I did not bother that much with a moisturizer before because I was afraid that my psoriasis would react badly with drugstore products. The last moisturizer that I used for my body was bought from my dermatologist and I have already stopped going to the clinic for years–ditching the moisturizer and other products as well because my skin had been tamed already, and was already doing good after months of medication. My skin didn’t need extensive observation anymore and thus I stopped going to the dermatologist and maintained my skin’s good condition with the prescribed anti-psoriasis ointment and soap. I was hesitant in trying other products for my skin because it might flare up and trigger my psoriasis.

I didn’t think I would ever need anything else for my skin (except for my face) until a recent trip to the United Kingdom where the weather ranged from 8 to 13 Celsius left my hands all itchy and flaky. It flared so bad that I was ashamed of using them in public. Big red patches stare right back at me every time I do simple things that involved using my hands. I thought I would never encounter skin problems during the trip because I used moisturizer on my face and brought my handy-dandy anti-psoriasis ointment with me–after all, I didn’t have any skin problem when we went to Hong Kong on a December without using any moisturizer. But boy, I was wrong. Thus, when I found out that we were going to Baguio, I made sure to bring a moisturizer with me.

Of course, I was hesitant to purchase a random moisturizer from the drugstore without any dermatologist or health practitioner telling me which is good and which is bad. I had to rely on my judgement thus I chose something from a brand that I have been using for years, Nivea. Although I know that the whole body must be moisturized, I only used Nivea’s Refreshingly Soft Moisturizing Cream on my hands and feet. I’m still not that keen on slathering products all over my body, thus I only chose to put this cream on areas that might be exposed with the coldness and air. They need moisture the most because they will be battling with the dryness first among everything else.


It’s a very lightweight cream which spreads pretty easy on the skin without leaving any stickiness which I liked. A small amount goes a long way and it does not take much time before the skin fully absorbs the product. After application, the skin feels really soft and supple–although the product feels more like a lotion than a cream, it isn’t slippery thus it is very safe to be applied on the soles of the feet. I usually apply the cream in the morning after I take a bath and in the evening after I’m done with my nightly rituals. I don’t really carry this around thus I cannot apply it in the middle of the day, but I don’t think it’s that necessary because I don’t feel my hands and feet drying up at all.

Also, this product kind of smells like the usual Nivea products–I can’t really put a finger on it. Baby wipes? Baby powder? All I know is that I feel like a baby whenever I have this cream on because it smells like something you would use for a newborn.

Overall, I think this is a great moisturizing cream for the hands and feet. My only problem with this product is the packaging because for something really light and soft, application can get a little messy sometimes–not to mention, unhygienic. I would prefer creams with consistency similar to this to be put on a squeeze bottle to avoid using and wasting too much product. Also, this isn’t something that anyone can carry around for every day use because as I have said, it’s pretty much inconvenient to use a tub whenever or wherever compared to a squeeze bottle that you can just squeeze on your palm and put the cap on anytime and anywhere.

This moisturizing cream is very useful for colder weathers. Very moisturizing and it smoothens the skin. It prevents the skin from drying and flaking.

What’s your trusted hand and feet cream?



Product Experience: Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Clay Mask

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I’ve had this product since January and I have been using it at least twice a week, usually the second night after every travel. And so far, I think this jar of mask could last me two years because it has a lot of product in it and I don’t really need to use a whole chunk of it to cover my whole face.

(Related:Althea Korea Skincare Haul)


I love how fine the texture of this product is, it isn’t sticky and it’s not tacky at all, application is really smooth despite the thickness. A little goes a long way! It easily dries and it washes off with no hassle.

After washing off, the skin feels lighter and soft. This product is supposed to remove pimple-causing oils and other impurities from the face, and I really appreciate the fact that my skin does not feel dry after application. However, there was this one time that I accidentally put a bit of this clay on my lips, and it left my lips feeling really dry for like a week or two. No amount of my trusty lipbalm helped me with bringing back the moisture on my lips. I even tried using some exfoliators on them, hoping to remove whatever effect of this product left on my lips, but I think this mask was way too much for my lips that it completely changed whatever structure my skin had. It’s both a good thing and a bad thing because if I didn’t have this experience, I wouldn’t appreciate the power of this clay mask on my skin. It’s bad because even though my lips didn’t break due to the dryness, it would flake and it would feel extremely uncomfortable.

Using Nivea’s Lip Butter Raspberry Rose helped me solve my lip problem. If any of you guys encounter such unfortunate incident, lip butters will save your day.

Anyway, as for this product’s participation in clearing acne– I can’t really say if it helps lessen it, but I know that it doesn’t inflame any present breakout nor does it cause one. This might help in drying the acne, it’s just that I don’t really feel it.

As for the scent, it does not really have a particular scent. It simply smells like earth and clay.

This mask if meant for those with normal to dry skin types. Those with dry skin don’t have to worry about this product drying your skin further–it sucks out impure oils and leaves all the good nutrients in your skin which is why I would still feel refreshed and my skin would feel soft once I was this mask off.

For those with oily skin, another variant of this product, the Innisfree Super Volcanic Clay Mask is for you.

I totally recommend this product to everyone who does skincare. I think this is a basic. If you’re into Korean Skincare, this is a staple that you need to have.

What is your favorite face mask/clay? Let me know!


Meesh ❤

Second Althea Korea Haul


Yay! Another box of my beloved skincare products from Korea! I have had a couple of transactions with Althea Korea already, but some of them does not really count as a “haul” because they were Althea Boxes–a pre-selected set of products that follows a certain theme and sold collectively per box. In this haul, I handpicked each and every item in the box. Thus, this by far is just my second Althea Korea haul. It actually feels weird that this is only the second, I feel like I buy something from Althea almost every other week.

(RELATED: Althea Korea Skincare Haul)

As much as possible, I try to avoid buying too many products, especially when I still have something that I can use. However, I don’t want to purchase products individually. A single product always has to go with something when I buy them. The items in this haul had been sitting in my Althea bag for quite some time already, I just don’t have enough reason to checkout. Thus, when I realized that I was already running out of toner, I decided that it’s already time for me to do my second haul.

Also, I had a 10% discount code for reviewing one of my purchases (wait for Althea Korea to email you and offer a discount when you review your latest purchase), I also had 100 referral points from my sister’s successful purchase through my referral code. I actually love and hate this point system that they have because it always makes me come back. Also, the one month expiration of the 10% discount coupons does not really help at all. Not using them and using them will make me regret things either way.

(RELATED: My Sister’s Very First Althea Korea Haul)

Here’s a list of the products from my haul and why I bought them:

Benton Snail Bee High Content Skin (885php)– As I have mentioned earlier, I was prompted to make this haul because I was running out of toner. This one from Benton wasn’t really my first choice, but just as I have finally decided to order, my toner of choice ran out of stock. Since purchasing a toner was a necessity, I went and looked for another toner to purchase and found this. I have always wanted to try incorporating Snail Mucin in it on my skincare routine, and I have always trusted the bees for skin nourishment. This seemed to be a popular product, so I decided to go with this instead.

Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask (740php)– I’ve been wanting this for the longest time. Lately, I’ve been looking for lipcare products that will replace the ones in my current routines, especially my evening routine because I’m almost out of my current lip balm. This gave me the opening to finally decide and purchase this lip mask. I have read and watched reviews about this and I have been really curious because it’s a mask. It seemed more appropriate to use before bedtime compared to the regular lip balm.

CP-1 Raspberry Treatment Vinegar (350php)– Raspberry had been my hair’s signature scent for three years until Watsons stopped selling Clairol Long Term Relationship Shampoo and Conditioner. I did not know where to find my beloved hair treatments anymore and I couldn’t find anything that had the raspberry scent with it until I found this product. Also, I’m looking for something that will tame my hair so I can quit going for a hair rebonding treatment every year. Hope this product helps me.

Innisfree No-Sebum Mineral Powder (260php)– My sister purchased this product in her haul and I tried it once. It totally helped reduce the shine/dewy effect of my sun cream in the morning and I love how it’s not as cake-y as my current face powder, so I decided to get one for myself.

Innisfree Daily UV Protection Cream (No Sebum) (494php)– This, I think is the less popular sun protection cream from Innisfree. I can understand because this only has SPF 35 while the other one has SPF 50. However, while I was comparing both products, this one is said to have a matte finish–and you know how much I prefer a matte finish compared to the dewy finish of most skincare products. This is perfect for mornings especially when I’m in a hurry and I have no time to fix my greasy-looking face after a layer of moisturizer and other skincare.

All in all, including the discount, this box costs P2,356.10. Not bad for 5 items.

I’ve made it a rule that whenever I do a haul, the total must be less than 2,500php. Which is why although I still have a few more items in mind, I decided to save them for my next haul and hope that they won’t be out of stock when that day comes. I don’t want to buy a lot of things all at once, especially when they’re not that necessary yet. And I also don’t want to find myself broke after buying a truckload of products that could wait until I use them. I need to budget my expenditures to sustain my skincare obsession and my other needs. I’m not forcing myself to buy products so I’ll have something to talk about–I don’t have that much allowance and space in my pad for that. Also, I still have a few products that I haven’t reviewed yet–I don’t see myself running out of things to post in the near future. I’ll just buy things according to necessity, and of course, curiosity.

Also, I am not a perfect person, and there may be times when temptation is strong. However, I will still try my best and be a good and responsible girl.

P.S. My next Althea Korea haul is an exemption because it’s my birthday gift for myself.

Until my next haul,

Meesh ❤

Product Experience: Nivea Raspberry Rose Lip Butter


Caring for my lips is something that I cannot just take for granted. I have really dry lips and a day without applying any form of moisturizer on it leaves it chapped and sometimes it would crack and bleed. Ugly, I know. Which is why I’m very particular with the lip products that I use.

I have mentioned it before that it took me a very long time to find a lip balm that would satisfy my needs. I have a lot of lipbalms in my closet, hidden, because I made the mistake of purchasing them–hoping that they would help me give my lips the life I wanted it to have. They’re not generally bad, but they’re not just enough for me. But finally, I was able to find the lip products that were totally effective this year. However, I accidentally put some of Innisfree’s Jeju Volcanic Pore Clay Mask on my lips and it totally changed its texture. Suddenly, all the lip products that I was using wasn’t enough and I had to find other means to rescue my drying lips (and no, kissing won’t solve this problem.)

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I have been eyeing this particular lip butter from Nivea since last month. I was curious because it’s raspberry and I totally love the scent of raspberry. Also, Nivea is a brand that I have always trusted and I have been using their products way before I became brand conscious. Anyway, my lip problem prompted me to finally buy this lip butter. I wasn’t really hoping that this would save me because I thought that exfoliating is the answer. However, I still wanted to try this product out for the heck of it.

Also, I’m already running out of my L’occitane lip balm. I was thinking that if this lip butter works good on me, I might convert to using this instead. Although lip balms are said to be more focused on repairing and moisturizing the lips and they stay longer than lip butters. There’s nothing wrong with trying, right?

I wasn’t really expecting any drastic change from this lip butter, lip products had always disappointed me since I started using them.


So this is what it looks like. Guys, I cannot stress enough how good this product smells like. It’s totally heavenly! It reminds me of Skittles and Laffy Taffy. Too bad it didn’t taste anything like that.

Its consistency is obviously buttery–creamier than the usual lip balm. It easily glides on the lips and it leaves a pinkish cast, which didn’t bother me at all. This lip butter also easily melts so I had to reapply it once or twice a day to keep my skin moisturized.

After a few days of using this product, I noticed that my lips were starting to go back to normal after the mishap that my pore clay mask caused. I’m not a skincare expert so I can’t really say how my mask changed my lips’ texture and how this product reverted it back to normal. It’s probably because this lip butter restored the moisture that the volcanic clay mask absorbed. Well, this only shows that both products does their jobs well. (I’ll post a review on my Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Pore Clay Mask soon.)

Since then, I’ve been using this product daily. The constant reapplication didn’t bother me at all because I am totally in love with its scent, and the moisture that it provides was enough for me to feel good about my lips once more.

This product will be perfect for colder weathers because of the instant moisture that a small amount of it gives to the lips. Given that fact, I’m sure that this product will last me a really long time. I’ve used this for weeks now and yet it looks like it was only slightly used.

The only thing that needs improvement with this product is the packaging, it’s quite difficult to open. Aside from that, this lip butter is definitely a favorite.


Meesh ❤



Other Stories: My March 2017 Book Haul


When I’m not hoarding skincare products, I’m hoarding books! Not only that, I also make sure that despite the mountain of unread books that I have, I get to read all of them. It wasn’t really a problem during my college days because I had a lot of extra time to read, but right now I can really say that reading is a luxury–especially when it’s an actual book!

As much as possible, I refrain from reading ebooks–unless if they were given for free or if they were purchased. I don’t really have an issue with reading through my phone and my laptop, it’s just that I really prefer giving back to the author for his or her effort in writing a book by purchasing the book. It is my way of supporting the writer and helping him or her gain that recognition. Although I can’t really say if the book is really great because I haven’t read it before purchasing and I’m only basing my judgement on the cover and the reviews, at least I can say that “Oh, this book looks like it’s worth the money!” and if I were an author, if someone finds my work worth paying for, I would be in cloud nine.

Anyway, here are the books that I purchased for the month of March and the reason why I bought it.

My (not so) Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella (Fully Booked, Abreeza Mall) – Sophie Kinsella is my favorite Chick Literature author of all time. I’ve read all of her books except for the ones under her pen name Madeleine Wickham (but I definitely plan on reading them soon.) These days, I wasn’t really as updated about her releases as before so when I saw this book in the mall, I was absolutely surprised and happy and excited–I can’t breathe! I missed Sophie Kinsella so much and the book seemed really interesting and something  I could relate to, so I bought it without thinking twice.

Learning to Fall and Tempting Victoria by Mina V. Esguerra (National Bookstore, SM Mall of Asia) – I first learned about Mina V. Esguerra through a classmate, and she told me that this author often gives free digital copies of her books and short stories on her website, she told me that she writes chick literature which made me really interested in reading her work thus I went to check out her website. I then downloaded and read a few of them and I immediately fell in love with her works. I’ve been looking for physical copies of her books in the bookstores here in Davao, but I never really found one. Good thing I was able to drop by SM Mall of Asia this month and found a lot of her books in the National Bookstore. I was actually meaning to purchase four different books written by her, but I narrowed it down to these two. It was really a tough decision because I wanted all of them. But I realized that if I purchase too many, I may not have time to read all the books that I have, or I may forget that I have them.

The Summer Solstice and Other Stories by Nick Joaquin (National Bookstore, SM Mall of Asia) – The Summer Solstice is a required reading for some literature classes in my university. Too bad I was a transferee and my literature courses were credited from by previous school and thus I didn’t have the luxury of reading this gem by Nick Joaquin during my undergraduate studies. So, when I saw this book, I decided to add it to my cart.

Twisted 8 1/2 by Jessica Zafra (National Bookstore, SM Mall of Asia) – Because Jessica Zafra. I’ve been reading her works since 2015 and they never fail to amaze me. Aside from the fact that they are witty, they also make me think about things. If you enjoy sarcasm and you know better than being offended when awful realities are pointed out to you, read her works!

Son of a Witch by Gregory Maguire (National Bookstore, Abreeza Mall) – I’ve read the first book, Wicked, last 2014 and was meaning to read the whole series but it kinda never happened because I was drowned with schoolwork and I had a lot of books to read in queue. This book was always in my list of books to buy, but I always find something else to purchase instead. It’s not that I didn’t like it, it’s just that I’m hoping to find a trade paperback because it looks prettier and they’re so much easier to read. Too bad I never found one through my years of searching. What prompted me to buy this paperback was when my cousin and I went to watch the Wicked Musical in Solaire last month. I just loved the surge of memories of what I read in the book while watching the musical.  To be honest, I’m quite surprised I still remembered a lot of details!

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho (National Bookstore, Abreeza Mall) – This is one of the popular books out there that I never really had the chance to read. It’s a shame that I only read one book by Paulo Coelho and was never really able to join the hype with his works back then. Oh well, it’s not too late to read anything, so here I go!

Those are my book purchases for the month of March. I honestly wanted to buy a few more books, but decided that I should at least space my purchases because I know I can’t really read them all that fast. I made myself a note that I should at least finish reading two books before I buy another one–or another few. Haha! Also, I still have a few books that I haven’t read prior to this haul, so I’ll have to clear out my unread books too.

At the beginning of the year, I made myself a book challenge in goodreads and I’m currently 8 books behind for a total of 50 books for this year. I’m still hoping I would be able to catch up. After all, it’s just the beginning of the year, a lot of things can still happen!

If you want to check out my goodreads profile, here’s the link.

If you have book recommendations, please let me know! We might have the same taste, so do check out my goodreads if you want to find out what other books I read.

That’s all for now,

Meesh ❤

Sample Review: Iope Moistgen Skin Hydration Set


I got this kit for free from Althea Korea last February. They offered to give a few samples to customers and I was lucky enough to avail of it before they ran out of stock.  (related: UNBOXING: Althea Korea Sample Set) As you guys know, I’m a frequent traveller thus samples are indeed very handy for me. I don’t need to worry about my skincare routine that much and purchase a lot of small bottles where I can put a small amount of my favorite products in because I can use the opportunity to try on my samples instead.

I’ve been using the IOPE Moistgen Skin Hydration set on my last few travels. They’re only 2-3 days long at most thus I cannot really judge the long term effects of the said products, my review will be based on my first impression with the samples involved. It won’t be anything too comprehensive or too critical.

Softener – This has a light consistency which is somehow thicker than water. It absorbs very quickly into the skin.  I can say that it is indeed hydrating. Also, it leaves a slightly sticky film on the face but it goes away after a few minutes.

TO PURCHASE OR NOT TO PURCHASE? Although I like this product because it’s not that heavy, I think there are other toners/softeners there that would fit my preferences better. This product isn’t light enough for me, so, no. 

Serum – Although this serum has a light creamy consistency, I find it quite sticky and difficult to apply–I had to take more than what I originally took from the bottle several times to make sure that my whole face had been covered. However, I can say that this product easily absorbs into the skin.

TO PURCHASE OR NOT TO PURCHASE? I had difficulty with this product with my first few tries thus I am unimpressed by it, so, no.

Eye Cream – I haven’t tried a lot of eye creams yet, but I think this one is my favorite. Too bad I don’t have it in full size. I like it because it’s creamy and it easily absorbs. I don’t need to worry about accidentally putting some products in my eye as I glide it carefully below my lashline.


Emulsion – Although it’s really difficult to get some product from the very small bottle due to its creamy consistency, I liked how smooth and easy it was to apply this emulsion. It also absorbs really quickly, but it still leaves a heavy feeling on the skin especially after all the products applied beforehand. However, that feeling gave me the assurance that this does hydrate the skin as what it promises.

TO PURCHASE OR NOT TO PURCHASE? Definitely among my choices for an emulsion.

Cream – The last among all the products but definitely not the least. This has a light creamy consistency but somehow I find it difficult to apply. This cream is quite sticky–which is an immediate turndown for me… and it feels heavy on the skin.


All the products from this set came from the same line thus each one of them has a common trait with the others–they all have similar scents and they all have a similar hydrating feeling on the skin due to the fast absorption. These products had no negative effect on my skin–I did not breakout nor did it change anything. Also, it barely had a positive effect either. The skin only feels moisturized in the first few hours after application. When I wake up in the morning after a few good hours of sleep, my skin does not feel different at all. Which is quite disappointing because there is a change of skincare routine whenever I use this set–I deviate from my usual products–which means that it should have at least a small but noticeable effect on my skin to verify its effectiveness. My skin didn’t feel extra supple or extra smooth or extra fresh at all unlike when I try new products in which I am blown away by the immediate results. I don’t think this set does anything to my skin at all. Although I am very willing to buy a full size of the eye cream because I really liked its consistency and how smooth the application was.

I don’t really know to whom I should recommend these products, but they might give better results when used regularly. I do think that they are able to give the skin that hydration as long as they are used for a longer period of time. People with dry skin should give this line fro IOPE a try.


Meesh 🙂

My First Ever BeautyMNL Purchase + Newly-launched Mobile App


BeautyMNL is an online store based in the Philippines that sells beauty products such as makeup and skincare from different brands, both local and international.

I’ve been meaning to try out BeautyMNL for a very long time now, but whenever I’m ready to purchase something, it’s either out of stock or totally cheaper in Althea Korea. Thus, my plans on buying something from their website gets postponed every time. There is one particular non-korean skincare product that I really wanted to purchase from BeautyMNL but it only costs 750php, and I can’t find anything non-korean that I like from their website and I wanted to avail of the free shipping. I was actually getting worried because that item was already in my cart, and the other things that I put in it on standby just gets out of stock after a day or two–I was afraid that one day, I may not be able to buy the product that I really wanted to have.

Which is why, the free shipping that came along with the launch of their BeautyMNL app was a savior for me! I didn’t have to worry about paying extra for the shipping fee nor do I need to add things that are mildly interesting in my cart to avail of free shipping. It actually took me a few days before finally deciding to buy something, because I really hate buying one single product for online transactions. I was thinking that I was already a bitch for ordering a free sample kit from Althea Korea without buying anything, but oh well, I think I may need to absorb the fact that it is okay to do single purchases online. I don’t have to feel bad about it.

(RELATED: UNBOXING: Althea Korea Sample Set)

So there, I went and made my very first purchase at the BeautyMNL app.


It was indeed a thrill! The transaction was smooth and easy. I immediately got my confirmation email from PayPal regarding the payment, and BeautyMNL also sent me an email about my purchase

I ordered the item on March 17, Friday. The website says that if you live outside Manila, chances are delivery will take 3-5 days. It didn’t say weekends didn’t count, so I was hoping that I will be able to claim my package at least the following Wednesday the most. So while waiting for any update, I keep coming back and forth to my Orders page, hoping that an update would appear:


I was a bit bothered because the information says that I ordered two items, when in fact I only ordered one. It doesn’t show two items either when I checked. However, since it didn’t affect the amount that I paid and I don’t think it causes my order any trouble, I just shrugged it off. (But I was hoping that there would be a freebie or something…)

On Tuesday, March 21, I got an update from BeautyMNL via email. They informed me that my order has been shipped.

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They provided me with the tracking number of my order. However, I tried checking its status at the given website and it says that the number provided has no tracking record. I waited two days before tracking it again, but still it says that there are no records found.

I didn’t receive any update from BeautyMNL, the Zoom Courier website, and my trusted LBC branch where I always pick up my online purchases until March 24, Friday. This made me worry because it has already been a full week since I placed my order, and yet I had no idea where it is.

So, while I was travelling to Cagayan de Oro City in the afternoon of March 24th, I decided to send BeautyMNL an email inquiring about the whereabouts of my order. Their customer service representative replied shortly after, and informed me that there was a mistake with the tracking number that they provided, but my order is ready to be picked up at LBC later that day, all I need to do is to wait for LBC to send me a text message about it. Surely, I received the message a few hours after my exchange with BeautyMNL’s representative.

Since I’ll be out of town for the weekend, my order had to stand by in the LBC store until the following Monday when I dropped by to claim my parcel. However, there was another problem because my package was addressed to my nickname. It was still me, but my nickname is completely different from my full name and LBC won’t allow me to get my item until the courier (Zoom) that forwarded it to them sends them an email about it.

Well, I did put my full name as the authorized person to claim my package. However, I think Zoom was not able to forward the information that I provided when they sent my package to LBC. I once again emailed BeautyMNL regarding this, and their customer service representative was very keen in facilitating my emails.

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I also like how friendly and informative their emails are. They actually give me the answers that I need and they give additional information about my item even though I didn’t ask for it yet. I have had experiences with other customer representatives giving me generic answers to my questions which wasn’t much of a help. I like how BeautyMNL’s people make you feel like you’re important.

The day after, I was finally able to get my product!!!!


I ordered My Scheming’s Blackhead Removal Activated Carbon Mask Set for two reasons:

  1. I wanted to try a charcoal peel off mask and this one had good reviews.
  2. Ella Chen endorses this product. I am a really huge fan of this Taiwanese actress, I followed her for years and watched every movie and drama that succeeded Hana Kimi Taiwan.

(Related: The Face Shop Jeju Volcanic Lava Peel Off Clay Nose Mask review)


It had a small dent but I guess these things are simply unavoidable. As long as the products are fine, then dents should not be a problem (although I would really love to receive my products in perfect condition.)

This transaction with BeatyMNL might not be as smooth as I wanted it to be, but it didn’t discourage me from purchasing other products from them in the future. I was taken good care by their customer service and they were really quick to respond to my concerns. Well, as long as I can still get my product in good condition and I don’t have to do extremes such as pay additional fees or go to far places just to fix my problems, then it’s fine. Events like these are likely to happen when online shopping. Although I admit that I am partly at fault for registering with my nickname. I already changed it to avoid the same problem in my next order.

I’m still quite bothered as to why it says that I ordered two items. But I guess the other item is for the free shipping promo whatever to be applied to my order. Aside from that, I think everything’s fine. Their app is neat at it doesn’t lag at all. It’s really convenient and risky because I’m afraid I might just do random purchases while browsing though their products on my phone during my free time! Haha. I still can’t think of any suggestion on how they can improve their app because I think it’s fine the way it is. Kudos to BeautyMNL!

Since I posted this a week later after this whole incident, I’m not sure if their free shipping is still available. But you can try and check it out!

I will be reviewing the Mask Set that I purchased soon. Wait for it!


Meesh 🙂

Product Review: The Body Shop Vitamin C Glow-Protect Lotion SPF30


Vitamin C is said to have anti-aging properties that will prevent the skin from wrinkling plus it also gives the skin that glow, making it appear radiant, fresh, and younger. It also evens out the skin tone, which means this can be handy when it comes to getting rid of acne scars.

All of the things mentioned above are something that I would die for my skin to have, thus, knowing that the Vitamin C range from Body Shop offers all of those good things to my skin, it became on top of my skincare product wishlist. This SPF30 was actually a Christmas gift to me as a result of a slight misunderstanding–I originally wanted the Vitamin C Glow Boosting Moisturizer. Anyway, I wasn’t bummed out that I got this product instead because I have been reading a lot of articles about skincare and all of them are screaming on how important SPF is–and I’m not using SPF–I had to intention to until I got this product. I took it as a sign from the universe and thus my morning skincare routine was born.

But that’s another story.

(READ: My 8-step Morning Skincare Routine)


(I know I put too much for a sample, I’m sorry.)

The lotion has a quite heavy consistency with a really strong orange scent. It isn’t my cup of tea but I’m quite sure that other people will enjoy the citrus-y fragrance. It doesn’t leave a sticky residue and it doesn’t produce an unpleasant shine. I actually thought that this product will be a favorite on my first application. However, as I decided to incorporate a whole set of products for my morning routine to go with this SPF, it becomes heavy and shiny and uncomfortable. It actually worries me because the stickiness might accumulate dust and dirt on my face, making it a breeding ground for pimple-causing elements.

The uncomfortable shine and stickiness can be reduced with concealer and face powder, though. But as for someone like me who prefers my face bare during the morning, a tiny unusual feeling on my face gives me discomfort.


This was my arm after I spread the product evenly. If you compare both photos, the fine lines were instantly reduced and the promised “glow” is present. It doesn’t leave a whit cast at all which is a major plus.

With continued use, I noticed that my face actually did look and feel younger. It looked more alive than ever–trust me on this, I used to look like a zombie all the time. The Vitamin C is really doing its wonders and this SPF really does its job in protecting. I didn’t have any breakouts!

However, as I have mentioned before, this product does not have a nice reaction to other skincare when layered. That has been my problem with this which is why I preferred using a different SPF that goes neatly with my routine. Also, even though there are times when my face wouldn’t feel that sticky or heavy, the seemingly-oily shine was just too much. To put it simple, the look that this SPF gives me when used with other products does not gather compliments, it gathers curious questions from people around me–which I don’t like. I only use this product indoors, where people wouldn’t see me because I still want to receive all the good minerals from this lotion.

I think this product is meant to be used for the summer, where people won’t judge a person’s face because there’s a shiny film of sunscreen on it. I also think that not getting a shiny film is also possible with this product as long as the previous products have been completely absorbed by the skin and the surface is dry. I think this will also work fine with people who use makeup on a daily basis–this might just give that seemingly natural dewy glow that can replace those highlighters.

That’s all for today. What’s your trusty SPF? Please leave a comment below.


Meesh 🙂