Update: All-Korean Evening Skincare Routine

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Hey guys! It’s been quite some time since my last post and I’m really sorry for that. I’ve been traveling here and there, and I didn’t have enough time to write a post. Anyway, here I am right now with my updated Evening Skincare Routine!

Before anything else, I would like to emphasize that all the products in this routine came from Korean brands and this is the very first lineup in my history of skincare where every single product is Korean. I consider this as a big step for me and an achievement. I’m not saying that none-Korean products aren’t good, but my skincare routine is patterned after the Korean routine and it’s not easy to let go of my non-Korean skincare favorites. But I wanted to experience this All-Korean routine at least once in my life so… here we go.

(Related: 2016 Skincare Routine)

(Related: My 11-step Evening Skincare Routine (Part 1)My 11-Step Skincare Routine (Part 2))

  1. Oil Cleanser – Hopegirl Jamong Cleansing Balm
  2. Foam Cleanser – Skinfood Tea Tree Moisture Cleansing Foam
  3. Exfoliator – Skinfood Black Sugar Mask Wash Off
  4. Toner – Benton Snail Bee High Content Skin
  5. Essence – Etude House Moistfull Collagen Essence
  6. Serum – Innisfree Tangerine Vita C Serum
  7. Sheet Mask – To be honest, I don’t use any particular sheet mask. I just buy what looks interesting and add it to my stash…
  8. Eye Cream – Skinfood Salmon Brightening Eye Cream
  9. Moisturizer – Nature Republic 92% Aloe Vera
  10. Night Cream – Caolion Pore Tightening Memory Sleeping Mask
  11. Lip Cream – Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask [Berry]

11 products all in all! Lip creams aren’t usually mentioned or included in the famous 10-step Korean Skincare Routine, but I find using a lip product at night a necessity. I do use clay masks and other treatment products whenever needed, but these 11 products are the core of my routine thus these are the only items that I included here.

Unlike my other blog posts about Skincare routines, I didn’t write a short review on any of the products mentioned above because I’m planning on writing individual reviews on each and every one of them in my succeeding posts. So, if you want to know more about any item in this routine, just wait for my post in the coming days or weeks!

That’s all for now and I hope you liked this update.

XOXO,

Meesh ❤

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Watsons Hair Care Haul

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One of my frustrations in life is getting gorgeous hair. I really envy people who has naturally soft and manageable hair. Mine requires at least one rebond session per year so it would look decent enough for the public. I was actually hoping that since I’ve been rebonding my hair since 2009, it would adapt to the chemicals and other stuff that they put on my hair and be independent from rebond sessions soon.  But still, after a few months or so, the medicine starts wearing off as I slowly turn into a human with a bird’s nest on top of my head. It’s so frustrating and I can’t do anything about it. I always have to go back to the salon if I want to look presentable, even though I really want my hair to be treatment-dependent.

I had this haul thinking that maybe, if I gave my hair extra care, I won’t need to go to the salon anymore. This is my attempt to make my hair look better.

TRESemme Split Repair Shampoo and Serum – I originally wanted to buy the conditioner from this line along with these two, but I wasn’t so sure that my hair would react nicely to it. Since these products are focused on repairing, I was thinking that they might not do much in making my hair softer or smoother so I opted for a different conditioner that will surely give my hair the softness that it needs. Anyway, I particularly chose these two products from TRESemme because one of my major hair problems are my split ends–like, they cover almost half the length of my hair! I’m not really sure because I’m not a hair care expert, but I’m hoping that fixing my split-ends problem is a good start for me to have the nice, shiny, and manageable hair that I’ve always wanted.

Dove Hair Therapy Straight and Silky Conditioner – I wasn’t really a fan of Dove before, because the first time I tried it, my hair just became more unruly. However, I gave Dove a second chance a few months ago and I immediately loved how it made my hair feel lighter and softer. I would have bought the Shampoo from this line too, but I’m eager on solving my hair problems so I decided to buy something else.

Golden Fabulouz Keratin Argan Oil Hot Oil Treatment – When I had my hair rebonded October last year, the salon lady told me that I need to undergo Hot Oil treatment every month for maintenance. Of course, I didn’t do that because it’s quite expensive and honestly I think it’s too extravagant to go for a hot oil treatment every month. While I still have it on my mind to go to the salon for the said maintenance one of these days, I was hoping that this would help lock in the medicine from my rebonding session a few months ago.

I didn’t know that this product was on a buy one take one promo until the cashier informed me. Thus, I just picked up the first thing that I saw in the shelves for my take one (I didn’t want the long line of buyers in the cashier to wait longer because of my indecisiveness). Golden Fabulous Keratin Hot Oil Cream with Green Tea seems to be a good choice, to be honest, I was also looking at this one while I was looking for stuff to buy.

Ellips Hair Vitamin Hair Treatment – I really wanted to try this before because it looks really interesting and I’ve always wondered if products like this does wonders to the hair. I honestly think that keeping something like this is my regimen is a really huge step, so I’m hoping that this hair vitamin will do me good.

I’m fairly new to this hair care thing, and to be honest, I’m not expecting stellar results from all these products immediately. It might take time before my hair actually starts absorbing all these chemicals that will change it. But I’m hoping to notice an improvement after a few months with this set of products. Just like my skincare, this will be a trial and error process, and I know finding the prefect set of hair care products for me will take some time. However, I’m willing to enjoy the journey to having fabulous hair. I’ll write a review for some of the products in this haul soon and make my recommendations.

As I start my quest for the perfect products for perfect hair, please help me by giving me tips and suggestions in the comment box. Any recommendation will be greatly appreciated.

To better hair days and flawless skin,

Meesh ❤

 

The Body Shop Tea Tree Skin Clearing Clay Mask Review

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Hey guys! It’s been a long time since I last wrote anything about The Body Shop. It’s one of the readily-available brand in my country thus I have a lot of products from them my stash. This clay mask in particular, is actually the very first clay mask that I have ever owned my entire life. IMG_9446

I particularly chose The Body Shop’s Tea Tree Skin Clearing Clay Mask because upon buying this, I had been using their Tea Tree Oil and it did wonders in helping me get rid of my acne. Also, since it says “suitable for blemished skin,” I was hoping that it would also help in improving the overall appearance of my skin–which involves getting rid of my acne marks and other imperfections.

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I would normally use this particular mask at least once a week, usually on days when I feel like my face had gathered extra dirt and/or I feel that there’s an incoming pimple. The label here says “Apply a generous layer unto cleansed akin. Leaver for 10-15 minutes, rinse off.” and that’s exactly what I do. They say generous, thus I apply generously. IMG_9434

I just realized that it looks like cake frosting in this photo… yum! But it has a completely different consistency. Unlike frosting, this clay mask has a muddy texture and feels very smooth upon contact–making it easier to glide the product through my whole face. It is in mint green color which reflects the properties of the product itself. Green is commonly the color used for Tea Tree products, and this particular mask is in a cool, refreshing shade just like how it gives a cooling sensation to the skin.

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Unlike other clay masks that gives a tight feeling as it dries, this one somehow manages to make the skin feel hydrated the whole time as it sits on the skin while it does its wonders. You will still feel the skin tighten, and I don’t really know how to explain this, but this product is so cool and hydrating that you actually need to touch your face to check if the mask has dried yet. Also, the clay may appear quite thick and pasty, but it turns transparent as it dries. On some areas where there are more clay than the others, it simply turns greener.

To be honest, I really didn’t appreciate this product on the first few months that I started using it because I thought that it was really difficult to remove and I was not really sure if it does its work well. However, as time passes by, I realized that ALL facial masks are difficult to apply and the wonders of clay masks does not happen overnight. You have to be very religious and consistent in applying it on your face on a weekly basis to realize its effects. I noticed that this Tea Tree mask does help in preventing breakouts because there was a time when I would only use this after I come back from a travel and still the after effects of not focusing on skincare for a short 2 to 3-day trip would haunt me. However, when I started using this BEFORE and AFTER I travel, I don’t get breakouts anymore! Which is quite surprising because I always expect a pimple to suddenly somewhere in my face in the middle of my trip. Now, it’s either I get a small red mark or two–which simply goes away after a few days, or none at all. Amazing, right? Soon after, I’ve learned to love this product and use it more often.

I would totally recommend this product for anyone who has dry, acne-prone skin. This mask is our savior.

XOXO,

Meesh ❤

Etude House Berry Delicious Cream Blusher Review

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And it’s makeup time! As you guys know, this blog is mainly dedicated to skincare but that does not definitely mean that everything here will be about skincare, skincare, and skincare. I will be talking about other stuff from time to time. After all, this blog is supposedly a personal blog–it’s just that I’m currently obsessed with skincare hence the plethora of skincare reviews and hauls.

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In this post I will be talking about my current favorite blusher, which is the Etude House Berry Delicious Cream Blusher in the shade Grapefruit Strawberry. It got this at a nearby Etude House store because I needed to put some makeup on for an event and I wanted a soft peachy shade of blush on my cheeks.IMG_9440

Here’s a photo of my bare hand for comparison. The blusher is really light thus I need to show you guys how it looks like without makeup.

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And this is my hand with the blusher applied. As I have said, it’s very light and it’s very unnoticeable. If you’re going for a dramatic heavy look, this blusher is not for you.

Koreans are well known for their very minimalist approach to cosmetics, they even coined the “no makeup makeup look” in which they use makeup to conceal impurities and enhance features of the face, but it’s so light that no one will notice that it’s makeup. It looks very natural and it will of course leave those who are not aware of this trend in awe because of the perfect skin complexion that seems to be inborn, but was in fact enhanced with makeup.

I myself isn’t a big fan of makeup, and I just barely started using lose powder on a daily basis. And nowadays I’ve been adding this blusher to my routine from time to time–just to give my boring face some color and life. What I like about using this is that it makes me look like I have a natural blush—that’s I’m just blooming, that’s all. I honestly thought that people in my office noticed that I put on some blush the day I started using this and they just didn’t comment about it. But after two weeks of wearing this blusher on a daily basis, one of my officemates remarked, “Wow, you’re wearing blush on today.” and I was completely blown away. I became a little worried because I might have applied too much blush for her to notice it, but she said that it looked nice so I just let it be.

After that, there would be a pattern—there were days when they notice that I have used a blusher and there were days when they don’t. I guess it really depends on how much makeup I put on my face. I would prefer them not noticing the extra color on my cheeks, but I guess it can’t be helped. And, after all, I get compliments instead of judgement whenever I put more than needed. It’s a win-win situation.

That’s all for now!

XOXO

Meesh ❤

Aritaum Ginger Sugar Lip Scrub Review

Hiya guys! Today’s blog will be featuring Aritaum’s Ginger Sugar Lip Scrub that I found in Althea Korea for 260php.

IMG_9430I don’t really remember how I stumbled upon this product. All I remember was that I was looking through a certain category at Althea when I found this and remembered that I needed a lip exfoliator. Before finally deciding to buy this product, I tried looking for other lip products and exfoliators, but I think this is the only one that really suited my needs.

IMG_9410 I don’t actually follow what Althea Korea says on how to use this lip balm. They said that all you need to do is apply a small amount on the lips and massage it for a minute or two then rinse. What I do is I apply them on my lips, massage for a minute or two, and just leave it there. Anyway, I usually use this product upon going home—a few hours before I officially start my skincare routine. Thus, I still wash it off, only a few hours later. So far no harm had been done on my lips so I guess what I’m doing is okay.

IMG_9412 As you can see in the photo above, this lip scrub has sugar beads and walnut peel powder (the brown dots) on it which works to removes dead skin cells on the lips as it hydrates the lips with Shea Butter.

The product itself has a faint ginger scent and actually tastes like white sugar on the lips. it’s really soft and sensitive, thus one light tap or swipe from the container will give you enough lip scrub to cover the whole lips.

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The photo above shows how the product looks like after you massage it for a few seconds. The sugar beads are almost gone, but there’s still a film of lip balm present which can be easily wiped off if desired.

I still haven’t experienced any long term effect of this product–like, I don’t think that my lips became smoother or plumper (?) after I started using this product. But, I can feel it effectively remove dried lip butter on my lips and my lips feel fresh and new after using this–like I don’t need to wash off any lip product on my lips for it to feel lighter because this lip scrub somehow does the trick.

I really can’t say anything negative for this product. It’s a total bargain! It is quite inexpensive compared to other lip products and does its job well. Totally commendable. Anyone who wants to give their lips a good exfoliation should try this–especially people who uses a lot of lip products can benefit from this lip scrub.

That’s all for today!

XOXO,

Meesh ❤

Product Review: Skinfood Bitter Green Clay Soothing Mask

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Hello everyone! Let me tell you about my least used clay mask. Before you think about forgetting about giving this product a try, I would rarely use this mask because I decided that this would be my going home mask–which is the mask that I would be using whenever I go to my family’s home. Thus, I purposely left it there to save myself from the hassle of bringing it every time I go home. I only stay there during weekends, but there are also times when I have something else to do during Saturdays and Sundays. So, I would only get to use this product at least once or twice in two weeks.

This setup does not really have a relation on how effective this product is. It just so happened that among all my clay masks, this wasn’t handpicked (I got this from Althea’s Anti-Pollution Box), thus, to put it frankly, I wasn’t as excited to use this compared to the other masks that I have, making it easier for me to leave this at home and to be separated from it for weeks. After all, the promised effects of this product perfectly fits my clay mask needs whenever I’m home.

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Skinfood’s Bitter Green Clay Soothing Mask has wheat sprout, kale, celery, broccoli, and cabbage which are effective ingredients for detoxification and removing impurities. Perfect for a weekend relaxation treat! However, due to all the bitter green food used for the creation of this product, the scent of this mask can be quite off-putting. Just imagine–all five vegetables put in a blender and mixed together–imagine how that would smell and that’s probably close to the scent of this product. Eek. But I was able to get used to it after a couple of uses.

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The clay comes in a light green color and light consistency. It also contains luffa powder which made it quite grainy, but still gentle on the skin. A small amount of this product can go a long way, which actually made me doubt how to use this product at first because it’s super light and the whole tub was 145mL, more generous than the other masks that I see around. It seemed like it can be for every day use, or it has another purpose that I still don’t know up until now. However, since this product is a clay mask, I used it the way I would normally would with masks.

After cleansing, I would put a small amount enough to cover my whole face and let it sit for 15 to 20 minutes, and then I rinse it off any carry on with the rest of my skincare routine.

This product does not feel heavy on the skin. It does give off a very light cold sensation (or probably this feels cooler than other clay masks because it’s lighter than them). It’s not difficult to move my face with it because it does not give that tight uncomfortable feeling. It’s very easy to rinse off, and I like how the grainy particles act like gentle exfoliators on the skin.

After washing this mask off, my face feels calm and smooth. It does not irritate the sensitive parts of my face (my cheeks and nose area.) It does not cause any stinging sensation when applied.

I would love to use this more often, but my face needs the extra care that this clay provides when I’m home. Simply because first off, before going home, I commute a lot. Therefore my face is exposed to more pollutants compared to my daily office-home-mall/gym routine. Also, I don’t have with me my usual skincare products so the change of chemicals might cause a little redness and irritation.

Overall, this is a really great product and I would recommend this to everyone who loves at-home pampering. The only downside is the pungent smell, but it wears off after a few minutes of wearing this mask. I wasn’t a total fan of the scent but surprisingly, my sister loved it (a guilty pleasure? lol). But I think it would be better to get samples of this product first to know if the scent is tolerable because there might be some people out there who has a sensitive sense of smell.

That’s all for this review and if you have your personal clay mask favorites, let me know through the comment box!

To flawless skin,

Meesh ❤

My Birthday Haul from Althea Korea

 

IMG_9277Yes, you’ve read it right, it’s my birthday haul! I just turned a year older last month (April), and with that, I decided to gift myself a box of Korean skincare products from Althea. You might be wondering: what’s so special about this haul? I buy stuff from Althea every month and surely, a box like this sounds quite normal for me.

First of all, it is special because I bought it using the birthday money that I received. Second, this box has eight items in it–more than the usual number of items that I would get. And third, this whole haul slightly costs more than the amount that I would usually spend for an Althea Haul.

Also, on my birthday itself, I received 100 Points from a purchase made using my referral link. Thanks Car! You really made me happy! You guys should check out her blog, she likes talking about skincare and beauty as well. I used those points, along with a 10% off code because I reviewed a previous purchase, for this haul.

Sooo… what are the products that I got for my birthday haul and why did I get them?

Despite this being a gift for myself, the items that I bought are items that I actually need. These items are backups of the products that I’m using in my current skincare routine that I’m about to run out soon. The only items that I bought out of curiosity were the Innisfree Capsule Recipe Packs–I’ve decided to hold buying clay/mud masks because I have way too many already and I’m not sure if I can use them all before they expire.

Innisfree Tangerine Vita C Serum – After everything that I’ve learned about Vitamin C and the wonders that it can do to my skin, I’ve decided that it should be on my daily routine. Originally, I wanted Dear Klairs’ Freshly Juiced Vitamin Drop, but it was out of stock just when I have decided to do a haul. I opted for this one instead because although I’ve only heard of the product the moment I searched “Vitamin C” on Althea’s search box, I’m quite confident with Innisfree.

Caolion Pore Tightening Day and Night Glowing Duo – I was running out of my current day cream and I was quite torn if I should repurchase or try a different cream. Adding this product to my list was the most difficult decision that I did with this haul. Firstly because I only wanted a day cream but when I searched for the Caolion day cream alone, it was much more expensive compared to buying this duo. Also, I was really thinking of putting this product off the list because it’s more expensive than my current cream. But then again, the day cream has EVERYTHING–I mean, EVERYTHING–that I want on my face. Rice Bran Water! Honey Extract! Snail Secretion Filtrate! My favorite ingredients! I cannot say no to this baby. The night cream didn’t sound as tempting to me as the day cream, but it won’t hurt me to try. So I decided t give it a go. (But deep inside me I still want to keep an extra bottle of Onsameein’s Perfect Moisture Cream.)

Aritaum Ginger Sugar Lip Scrub – after all the lip fiasco that I had the past few weeks, I realized that having a lip scrub would be handy. So I put this in my bag.

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Innisfree Capsule Recipe Packs – In Canola Honey, Green Tea, and Aloe. These are ingredients that are quite famous for doing wonders to the skin thus I decided to purchase them. Also, I’m a frequent traveller. It would be easy for me to bring masks in smaller containers like this than to bring a large tub.

Elizavecca Gold CF-Nest White Eye Bomb Cream – I found this product in the sale section of Althea. I’m almost out of my current daily eye cream (Etude House’s Honey Cera Priming Eye Serum) and I didn’t want to use my current night eye cream during the day, so I searched for a lightweight eye cream for my morning ritual. The advertising they had at the Althea website had me. It was so convincing! They say that this can help lessen the wrinkles and brighten the under eyes so that the user would look more alive and fresh. I just hope that it’s true.

Milky Dress Take Care Mist – I’m not really familiar with the brand Milky Dress, but I saw this product while I was looking for a face mist in Althea and it looks promising. It’s also inexpensive (320php) so I decided to give it a try. I realized that I should start bringing a face mist with me especially whenever I travel because my face can get really dehydrated during the plane flight or during half day-long road trips with no access to fresh air.

Dear Klairs Rich Soothing Sheet Mask – These sheet masks are quite popular among bloggers and other skincare enthusiasts, so I decided to add two of them on my list too experience its wonders first hand.

All in all, the products in this haul are mainly “try” products. By try products, I mean products that aren’t really popular, or products that are quite unnoticed by a number of people (although they came from famous brands) but they seem to deliver good effects based on the advertising. I honestly don’t remember reading or watching about the majority of the products above. I just chose what I can find in the website. I thought that it would be a good practice to try out new products rather than just going with the trends. Although of course, when it comes it skincare, the trends are very reliable because they’re already tested and there’s a huge percent that they would work wonderfully compared to the probability of these not-so-discovered products giving us flawless skin. I guess having my wishlisted products out of stock also has an upside because it forces me to try these products.

Right now, I’m thinking of buying a new essence and a Korean acne solution cream/gel. Also, although I’m staring to love my current emulsion, I’m now researching which emulsion I should purchase next. So guys, watch out for the next haul!

Also, if you want to enjoy a 350php discount from Althea Korea, sign up through this link!

Until then,

Meesh ❤