Bench Organics Haul

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Hey guys! My first haul post for 2018! I actually bought these items on the last week of 2017. And to be honest, these items sparked my interest in exploring local beauty products.

So, I was in Mactan Cebu International Airport when I first saw these organic products from Bench. I already got curious because it’s something new, and it’s something that I’d like to try. However, I didn’t buy anything yet because I’m at the airport on my way to Dumaguete and I really didn’t want to bring too many hand-carried items/bags with me on the plane. I bought these products at Robinsons Place Dumaguete shortly after.

By the way, if you do not know what Bench is, Bench is an international clothing brand from the Philippines that also sells a few beauty products. I’m not really sure as to when they launched Bench Organics, but I go to a Bench store at least once a month and last month was the first time I saw these products on their shelves.

I will explain more as I go through the products I bought so here they are:

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Bench Organics Argan Oil from Morocco

This was actually the product that really caught my eye. As you guys know, I’ve been trying to find the perfect products for my hair because I’m trying to make it less dependent of salon treatments. I have tried several drugstore shampoos that has Argan Oil on them and they worked perfectly on my hair. Now, I know this bottle of Argan Oil from Bench Organics is more geared to be used on the skin, but since it’s just an oil and the bottle also indicated that it can be used for the hair (it’s on the back, btw, idk why this photo looks entirely different from my other shots but please forgive my inconsistency) so I got myself a bottle. I also use it as a body oil if I feel like it, but I really bought this oil for my hair.

(related: Watsons Hair Care Haul)

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Bench Organics 92% Aloe Face & Body Mist

(I lost the cap of this huhu sorry) Buying this wasn’t really part of the plan because I only meant to buy the Argan Oil. However, I realized that I don’t really own a mist yet, I bought one before but I can’t find it anymore. Thus, I decided to get this bottle. I know for a fact that Aloe Vera is good for my skin and I thought that having a mist will be helpful especially when I need to awaken my senses when I feel sleepy or tired.

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

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Bench Organics spf 50+ pa+++ Aloe Cool Sunblock

I was actually contemplating if I should get this sunblock because I already have a lot of sun creams. However, I don’t have a spray-type one and I thought that this would be convenient for reapplying sunscreen. You know, I don’t really follow the “re-apply your sunscreen every two hours” rule because I find it too tedious especially when I have makeup on–like, I have to re-do my makeup if I want to reapply my sunscreen every two hours and who has time for that? Which is why I decided to get this product. Because with this spray sunblock, I don’t have to massage the product on my face after spraying it on. I just have to pat it until my skin absorbs the product and I’m done. There’s less risk of ruining my blush and other makeup (although I only use blush most of the time.) I’ve actually started using this already. As soon as I wake up, I grab this sunblock and spray it on my face before breakfast because I’m too lazy to do my morning routine yet. It’s the most convenient sunscreen that I have ever had yet. I’m not sure if it is as effective as other SPF products (who really knows, anyway?) but I find comfort in knowing the fact that I applied sunblock before facing the sun.

I don’t really know if there are other Bench Organics products out there because these three were the only items that I was able to see in the Robinsons Dumaguete branch. And since I had enough Christmas money to buy all three, that’s what I did! Haha. I can’t really say if I will be looking forward to trying the other products from Bench Organics because I’m not really a big fan of the brand (but I don’t hate them!), but I might probably buy other products from the same brand if I find it interesting or useful for me. It really depends. But so far, these items that I have shown you guys hasn’t disappointed me and I have been using them every day ever since I first opened the product.

I hope you guys found this post helpful. And for my fellow Filipinos out there who can easily access these products, go ahead and try them! Let’s support our own products!

That’s all for today and I hope you enjoyed reading this post! Till then,

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Skincare Presents that I got for Christmas

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SUPER BELATED MERRY CHRISTMAS TO EVERYONE!!! I know you’re probably wondering right now as to why I posted a Christmas-related blog four weeks after Christmas and right after I posted a new year themed post (kinda) (check it out here). Well, I have been out of town ever since Christmas break and I only came back last week. The past three weeks has been filled with a lot of fun and relaxing activities that I never got the chance to open my laptop–not even once. Thus, I decided to start writing my blog posts when I go back home to Davao after I’m done with my three-week Christmas vacation.

Before I left for Dumaguete for Christmas, I posted my wishlist and skincare wishlist on this blog. If you have read those already, then you guys already know what I wanted for Christmas. If you haven’t, it isn’t too late to check them out yet. Hahaha!

Anyway, I actually got the Innisfree Orchid Eye Cream weeks before Christmas because my cousins went to Korea for the sembreak and I specifically asked them to buy me that eye cream, so they did! Thus, I didn’t include it on this list–even though it’s the only item that I wanted for Christmas that I actually got. (Sad, but, I’m happy with what they gave me.)

So, my family has been awfully aware that I have this obsession with Korean Skincare, and I’m actually really touched that they took note of that when buying me Christmas presents. I did not ask for these things, nor I am aware of these brands… but I am very much excited to try all of them.

Here’s a list of everything Skincare that I got for Christmas, as shown in the photo above:

Crielf Cream Blender Black Truffle Brightening Mask

Echopop Lip Balm Vanilla Banana

Echopop Lip Balm Watermelon

Purederm Snail Cell Illuminating Multi-step Treatment

Dongwha Red Ginseng Soap

Lululun Face Mask in Pink

Jeju Farm Aloe Face Mask 

Pure Smile Juicy Strawberry Point Pads

The Odbo Sunblock Pact

I didn’t try any of the sheet masks yet because I wanted to do a bit of research before trying. Because the last time I used an unfamiliar sheet mask that someone gave me, I had a huge breakout that took weeks to get rid of. The only thing that I have tried from the list is the Odbo Sunblock Pact, and even though it’s an unfamiliar brand for me, I know for a fact that it is from Korea hence I feel safe in using it.

Also, I’ve been trying to find information about the Crielf masks because when I google about it, the brand appears but it doesn’t show much information about the mask. It’s mostly all about the Essence from the same brand. Though I’m quite confident that this mask is good, and it is authentic from Korea. I just want reassurance about what this product can do. So guys, if you have heard about it… or about any of the products listed above, comment down below and tell me about it. I’d love to learn more about these gifts.

Sooo… that’s all for today. I hope you enjoyed this post!

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Best of My 2017 Skincare (Blogversary Post!)

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!!!! I know it’s already the 17th on January and I should have posted my best of 2017 around December last year, buuuuut— today is my blog’s 1st year anniversary, which is more or less the anniversary of my skincare obsession, so I think it will be more fitting if I post this today. Therefore, this blog post serves two purposes. One, is to cap up my whole year of skincare and two, to celebrate the birth of this baby. Happy Birthday, Mimarosa!!!! (I hope that I can update you more often this year, and I hope you get more followers, and viewers, and readers. Lol)

Anyway, so to celebrate… I will be posting the best skincare products that I have tried for the past year. I will only be mentioning one product per skincare step so this post won’t be too lengthy. Please bear in mind that even though these are the best skincare products for me, that does not mean that using them all together at once is the perfect skincare routine. All the products that I will be mentioning here were used in different times along with different products, and some of them cannot be used in one skincare routine.

Sooo… let’s start!

FIRST CLEANSER – Banila Co.’s Clean It Zero Cleansing Balm

13258894_BI think this is the cleansing balm that I have used for the most part of the year. Mainly because after using my first regular tub, I bought a different cleansing balm and when I ran out of it, I decided to repurchase this one in the supersize tub. I love it’s fruity-flowery scent and I love how easily it melts on my skin. I actually broke a pledge I made with myself when I repurchased this because I wanted to try different products before settling to, yknow, one product. But I liked Clean It Zero so much that I can’t imagine myself using another cleansing balm aside from this. Thus, this year, I need to remind myself not to repurchase this later and try another balm.

SECOND CLEANSER – Cosrx Low pH Good Morning Gel Cleanser

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I have used a couple of second cleansers for the year, and to be honest, I’m not really particular with my cleansers which is why I never posted any review about them. However, if I were to choose the best one, it would be this. I like how lightweight this product is and how easy I can massage it on my face. It’s very gentle and mild, but I can say that it does its job in cleaning. Also, one bottle lasted me 10 months. That’s a good bargain, if you ask me.

 

EXFOLIATOR – Skinfood Black Sugar Wash Off Mask

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There are a lot of different types of exfoliators, yknow, chemical and physical exfoliators. AHA and BHA, etc. and these exfoliators are completely different from one another. However, I have decided to give the Best Exfoliator of 2017 slot to Skinfood’s Black Sugar Mask Wash Off. Basically because this was my very first physical exfoliant and I immediately loved it. Of course it came to my mind that I should also try another exfoliator, but I didn’t see the need to do so because I still had this. Although I also have another exfoliator from Innisfree, I didn’t like it as much as I liked this.

I didn’t want to categorize this along with my chemical exfoliants because I think they’re two completely different things. And I think of chemical exfoliants as toners and not as exfoliators. Also, I really like this exfoliator because it’s very relaxing compared to the other exfoliants I had for the whole year. (read full review here)

CLAY MASK – The Body Shop Tea Tree Skin Clearing Clay Mask

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This clay mask is my second most used clay mask for the year, next to Innisfree’s Jeju Pore Clay Mask. However, even though this isn’t the most used, I consider it my best clay mask for 2017 because of its texture. It’s rich and creamy and it doesn’t feel hard on the face when it dries. Also, it has a minty feel that makes me feel refreshed whenever I use this mask. (read full review here)

 

TONER – Etude House Honey Cera Toner

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This toner is actually the reason why I am so obsessed with the Etude House Honey Cera line. I also bought the eye cream, lip balm, and essence–not all at once, though (I bought and used them in different periods.) I am just so in love with its light milky texture that easily absorbs into the skin. This also smells really good–I can’t begin to explain how it smells because it’s been a year since I last used ths but it kind of reminds me of those milk bath soaps that babies use. Also, my skin feels really soft and supple every time I use this toner.

ESSENCE – Nature Republic Honey Real Nature Essence

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I was actually so impressed at how wonderful this product is. Mainly because I bought it out on a whim. I haven’t heard of it before, but I trust the brand and I trust what honey can do to my skin so I gave it a shot. Apparently, that random purchase was one of my best purchases for the year. I immediately noticed its effect on the first time I used it. My skin was immediately brighter and moisturized. My only problem is that I ran out of this essence after two months. This is definitely a holy grail essence for me. (real full review here)

SERUM – Dear Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin Drop

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This serum is soooo soooo sooo amazing I think it was the one which made the biggest impact on my skin. My acne scars disappeared and my face became brighter… and I actually felt like my skin looked younger because it sort of retexturized my skin and removed all the dullness and fine lines. This is one of the best products ever. Hands down. I don’t even know how to describe it faithfully enough to make you guys realize its wonders. I guess you’ll have to get a bottle yourself and experience the wonders of this product. (read full review here)

EYE CREAM – Skinfood Salmon Brightening Eye Cream

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To be honest, I have mixed feelings about this eye cream because I am pretty much sure that this isn’t the best eye cream out there. It’s just that this one was the one I decided to purchase and it lasted me the whole year. It has a tendency to sting my eye from time to time because it’s really light and I can’t seem to measure the enough amount I should use because I always end up getting too much and it takes forever to massage it on my lower eye. However, I still appreciate this product and I consider this product the best of my 2017 because it really does its job in brightening my eyes. I mean, I get a lot of restless nights due to work but people never see any trace of stress on my face because I don’t have dark under eyes. And I have to say, not having dark under eyes when you only get to sleep three hours a night is a miracle.

SHEET MASK – Etude House Manuka Honey Mask

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If you guys have been following my blog, you’ll notice that I haven’t posted any sheet mask review nor was I ever specific when I talk about sheet masks–I just refer to them as sheet masks in general. That’s because I’m still looking for the best sheet mask for my skin and I wanted to to a “10 Best Sheet Masks” post because posting about just one sheet mask does not feel enough for me. However, since I have to tell you guys the best of my 2017 in this post. I think Etude House’s Manuka Honey Mask has been the most effective sheet mask that I have used so far. I was immediately amazed by this sheet mask on the very first time I tried it because my face became really soft–like, baby soft the morning after I used this mask. Since then this has been my go-to sheet mask.

EMULSION – Etude House Moistfull Collagen Emulsion

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To be honest, I really didn’t like this product during the first few weeks when I was using this. It was too sticky for me and I was new to skincare thus stickiness was a big issue to me then. However, as months went by, I came to accept the feeling that skincare gives me, and actually, I realized that this emulsion isn’t that bad! If anything, it helps in keeping my skin moisturized and prevents it from flaking, especially in the nose area. I think this product has a huge participation in making my face look dewy and healthy. To be honest, this was the only emulsion I was ever able to try for 2017 thus it does not really have any competition for being the best emulsion. However, that does not mean that it won because I had no other choice. I mean, if I didn’t like this product, I could have easily bought another emulsion. But I didn’t, I stuck with this product until its very last drop, which means it’s good enough for me.

MOISTURIZER – Nature Republic 92% Aloe Vera Gel

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Much like the Etude House Moistfull Collagen Emulsion, I really didn’t like this product at first because I had a huge breakout after using this for the first time, and then I used too much product on my face which made it sticky so I stopped using it for a while. After some research and stuff, I decided to use this product again and I was finally able to realize how useful and effective it is. It’s actually very lightweight and it easily absorbs into the skin as long as you don’t apply a lot of product. A coin-sized amount of this is already too much, since a little amount is enough to cover the whole face. (See full review here)

SUN CREAM – Innisfree Daily UV Protection Cream No Sebum 

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I have used a lot of sun creams over the whole year, but I keep coming back to this one. Mainly because it’s very easy to apply, plus it has a matte finish which makes it convenient for me to use especially when I’m in a hurry in the morning. When I started using skincare, applying products in the morning didn’t really sound appealing to me because I don’t want to deal with the shiny residue that the products might leave when I apply them–which means I will have to take time and effort to apply loose powder to make it less shiny. But this one solves that problem. It’s only 35SPF but I’m barely exposed to the sun, thus this cream from Innisfree does the job perfectly for me.

To be honest, I try to avoid buying products unless I’m running out of the current product I’m using because I know that stashing will only result to throwing away unused and expired products. And I don’t want to spend my money on something that I’ll just abandon halfway through and remember only when it’s already two years old and expired. Which is why I didn’t have a lot of other options in some of the products stated above. This 2018, I still don’t know how my skincare shopping and selection will be like, but I’m now more focused on addressing my skincare problems, and not just trying on some products that looked interesting whatsoever. Last year, I got so excited with this hype that I just kept on buying and buying what I can find until I realized that I had too much already–which explains the lack of hauls in the later part of the year.

This year, I’m planning to be more careful and specific with my products. Right now, I’m doing research on my current skincare concerns which are the blackheads, scars, and pores on my nose. I hope that I can get the flawless nose that I have always dreamed of by the end of the year. And I hope you guys will be with me for that journey.

I am so excited to start another year with this blog. So for everyone who’s been following and reading this blog, thank you so much! I mean, I didn’t think that anyone would even give a damn about this blog but I receive notifications almost every day that someone has followed, liked, and commented on my posts. You guys don’t know how happy that makes me feel. I’m also happy that some of us are getting familiar with each other, I honestly don’t know where I can find an online community like a forum that solely talks about skincare–particularly Korean skincare. But I have you guys!!! And I think you guys are enough ❤

Once again. I thank everyone for staying with me this whole year. For those who has commented and left suggestions and stuff, I really appreciate everything. I still consider myself a baby when it comes to skincare and blogging, and you guys made it so easy for me to take my baby steps.

Sooo… here’s to another year of Mimarosa! And for more years to come! Also, for beautiful and flawless youthful skin!

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