My First BeautyMNL (mini) Haul + fulfilling my 2018 Skincare Goals

Would you believe????

The first time I ever purchased anything from BeautyMNL was March 2017. Since then, I have been browsing that online shop from time to time, adding and removing things from my cart, but I was never able to proceed to checkout until this January.

(related:My First Ever BeautyMNL Purchase + Newly-launched Mobile App)

The primary reason why I don’t shop that much in BeautyMNL was because last year, I was a huge Korean skincare junkie and it was so much easier to narrow down my Korean Skincare shopping with a Korea-based online shop (a.k.a. Althea Korea).

This year, however, I came up with skincare goals that includes having local products on my routine. Therefore, I think my relationship with BeautyMNL will be a lot more tighter this year. I just actually added a lot of products on my BeautyMNL wishlist, and even though 90% of them were still Korean skincare products, at least I wasn’t closing my cart to just Korean goodies. I also added a hell lot of items from Skin Genie (they’re so cheap!) and other local brands, but before I proceed to checkout, I will have to study these items first and check out reviews online.

Speaking of Skincare goals, this haul was entirely inspired by it. I only bought three items, but not only will they help me fulfill my skincare goals, but I know that they will also play a huge part in my 2018 skincare routines(because there will be more than one, duh.)

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Organic Alley Rosehip Oil – This is actually one of the reasons why I was so eager to hit the checkout button this time (in contrast to all the other times I had in 2017), I have been doing research on beauty oils and Rosehip Oil is definitely the oil that I have been looking for. It helps with scar healing–which is one of the most said comments regarding my nose and chin area (they are not really noticeable, except if you put my face in really bright light and under a magnifying glass.) aside from that, it has anti-aging properties that I don’t really need that much right now, but it’s better to start early. Organic Alley is also a local brand, so this product just hit the right boxes for me.

(related: 2018 Skincare Goals (also, BEFORE and AFTER skincare photos of me!))

Cosrx AHA Whitehead Power Liquid – I have known Cosrx ever since I started doing skincare and I wasn’t really interested with this product up until lately. I stumbled upon an article in the internet that says this exfoliator can help in reducing little bumps on the face and I was immediately sold. It was just in time because I’m almost out of my current AHA product, and I am guessing that this power liquid is going to be a good replacement.

It’s Skin Power 10 VE Formula Effector – While I was doing research about skincare ingredients that’s good for the skin, a lot of the sites that I found in Google said Vitamin E is really good for my skin, which reminded me of my beloved Vitamin E moisturizer from the Body Shop. (Product Review: The Body Shop Vitamin E Aqua Boost Sorbet) It was one of my very first moisturizers and it has done an amazing job in making my face really soft. I was also looking for a new serum that’s not really complicated–one that I can just throw in my routine without worrying about it reacting badly with another layer of product that might cause irritation and all other types of skincare disasters. Also, I’m really looking forward to trying out this line from It’s Skin so I guess this is a perfect choice for me.

(see also: Althea New Year Skincare Haul (2018))

It took me weeks to finally get my shit together and make a purchase in BeautyMNL, but what really motivated me to proceed to checkout were the freebies. They were giving out Dear Klairs samples!!!!

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Who doesn’t love dear Klairs? I have only used one product from their brand (Freshly Juiced Vitamin Drop) and it has completely changed my skincare game. (read review here) It is one of my holy grail products and I love it so much that it has made me believe in the whole brand even though it was the only one I have ever tried from them. But I have watched Youtube reviews of other Dear Klairs products and everyone is crazy about it. And I think that having the opportunity to get samples is something I shouldn’t miss. Because you know, there are products out there that everyone loves but it’s just not for you–and I hope to god that these products are for me. I guess I’ll have to try these four in different times so I’ll be able to see the full result of each one of them… and maybe I’ll write something about it here… just wait for it. Haha.

So that concludes my very first BeautyMNL haul–by the way, if you’re wondering why my title says (mini) it’s because I usually buy 4 or more items to consider it a haul, and there’s only three in this shopping adventure. However, I’m happy with the things that I got and I’m pretty much sure I’ll be back to buy more skincare from BeautyMNL.

I hope you guys enjoyed this post and I’ll see you guys in my next haul!

XOXO,

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Althea New Year Skincare Haul (2018)

Hey guys! Another Happy New Year post! I know my recent posts were long overdue, but please bear with me. I have a lot of things to post about, but I don’t want to crowd everything in one go. So, I decided to come up with one blog post per week. In this way, I’ll have ample time to think of blogging ideas and to try other products that I can review.

Anyway, I ordered this box last December 28, 2017 when I was still in Dumaguete. I had it sent to my home address in Davao, so I was not really able to get a hold of this box until last January 14. I was in Manila during the first week of 2018 and I went back to Dumaguete on the second week of the year, and I wasn’t really sure when the box would arrive because I expected that there will be delays because of the holidays, thus, I thought that it would be better if my box will be sent to my home instead. Also, this is actually the second Althea Box that was sent to my house, I would normally just pick it up in my nearest LBC branch, but I think Althea changed their courier with one that does not have any business to do with LBC hence my last two boxes before this had a different “claiming” situation. The first one, I had to pick it up on their office itself. And the second box that I wanted to pick up at LBC was delivered to my current location instead– as in like, they called me and asked me where I was–because they can’t leave my package in LBC.

Okay, so enough of that delivery background story, and let’s focus back on my latest Althea box:

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I was actually contemplating if I should buy new skincare stuff from Althea because I wasn’t so sure if I wanted to buy stuff online, or if I should just go skincare shopping in Manila instead. However, seeing that the two items that I have been wanting since forever are available and the new limited edition Happy New Year box sold me. I went and made my final Althea purchase for 2017 at around 2 AM, when I was lying in my bed in a hotel room in Dumaguete, supposedly asleep like everyone else.

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(please ignore my ugly nails huhu)

So, the Althea Happy New Year Box comes with this 2018 table calendar and a happy New Year card that comes with a coupon code for a 5% discount (why so frugal? Huhu)

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If can remember correctly, they were more generous with their discount angpao last year, I think it was a 10% off–which made me hurry back to Althea’s website and buy my next Althea box. It became a cycle for months–a cycle that I honestly didn’t regret even though almost all of my paycheck goes to skincare.

(related: Althea Korea Skincare Haul)

(see also: My Althea Korea Hauls)

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In the above-photo is everything that I bought for this Althea Korea box. I have already taken off all the bubble wraps and pink paper thingies that they usually put for added protection and creativity. If you are new to Althea Korea and you have no idea what I’m talking about, just check out my previous hauls and you’ll get what I mean.

If you have been paying attention to this blog, you might have noticed that I haven’t posted any Althea haul for a long time. The last time that I ordered products from Althea Korea was over six months ago. After that, I would just buy my products from nearby stores whenever I run out of something, or if I’m in Manila, I would go skincare shopping on stores that are not locally available in Davao.

(related: May 2017 Althea Korea Haul (Also, where was I the past few days?))

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

This Althea haul was something I have been thinking of for a few months now. And to be honest, buying from the local stores are not as fulfilling as getting a box of skincare in the mail. And it actually feels good to have a set of things that I can see beauty gurus in youtube and other beauty bloggers review and rave about. For the past few months, I only relied on my instincts whenever I’m buying a skincare product. But this box finally gave me the happiness of knowing that the product is good even before I tried it.

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So this box has 7 skincare products in it, and I will explain why I bought each and every one of them.

Cosrx Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence – I have been fully aware of the wonders of snail mucin ever since I delved into Korean Skincare. I have also known and wanted to own this product ever since day 1 but it’s always out of stock. I have been using Korean skincare products for a year now but I really felt like my Korean skincare journey wasn’t enough yet because I haven’t tried this essence yet. Now, having this baby in my shelf just gives me that fulfillment that I can’t even explain.

Skinfood Rice Mask Wash Off – I have always wanted to try this exfoliant as well. But I didn’t want to buy something new when I still had my Skinfood Black Sugar Mask Wash Off. I guess it was just my lucky day when I was placing my order because I’m almost out of my black sugar mask and this happens to be available. Guys, if you shop at Althea, you know how hard it is to buy best sellers there. Everything is simply out of stock. So I’m glad I was able to catch this baby before it sells out.

Aida Cosmetic Wonder Sugar Lip Scrub and Wonder Butter Lip Mask – Of all the items in this box, these two are the only products that I weren’t really familiar of. I just found them in the search bar and decided to buy both lip products. I originally just wanted a lip scrub because I’m almost out of my current Aritaum Ginger Sugar Lip Scrub, and I really need a lip scrub for the sake of my lips. I decided to buy the mask along with it for fun. After all, one of my skincare goals for this year is to give more love to my lips (by using skincare products, of course! What were you thinking?)

It’s Skin Power 10 Formula VC Effector – I was actually surprised I got two of these… but then I remembered that it was in a 1+1 daebak promo, so I’m really thankful I have two products because I don’t really know when I’ll run out of it then I’ll have to worry about finding my next Vitamin C serum. Anyway, I’m really excited to try this product because I know for a fact that Vitamin C does wonders to my skin. If you have read my Dear Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin Drop review, you’ll know that I worship that serum from Dear Klairs… so you’re probably wondering why I bought this one instead of repurchasing. I bought It’s Skin’s Vitamin C serum for experiment. I simply wanted to know if this product will do my skin good as much as my other Vitamin C products did. And, I’m actually thinking of buying more items from the Power 10 Formula Effector line. I don’t know about you guys, but products in the dropper form has an appeal to me, like, I want them all in my face. Lol. And before I start hoarding all the Power 10 products from It’s Skin, I think starting off with this one will be a good start.

Nella Honey Snail Ultra Moisture Cream – honestly, this wasn’t really my first choice. I really wanted the Cosrx Snail Mucin Cream, but it’s out of stock and I really wanted a new moisturizer. This one sounded good to me because I want something that has Snail Mucin in it and I have always loved Honey in my skincare. I’m not really familiar with this, but I’m positive that this will be something that I’ll love.

Okay, so that’s all for this Althea Haul. I’m really happy with this set of products and I’m really hoping that this year will be a good year to my skin. Last year, I was successfully able to eliminate almost all of my skincare problems. So this year, I’m just kind of focusing on the little things that needs more attention. I will write an entire post about my skincare goals for this year, hopefully I will be able to publish it less than a month after posting this haul. Anyway, stay tuned for that and thank you for reading!

XOXO,

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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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BLK cosmetics haul

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Miniso Skincare and Beauty Haul

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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An Attempt on a 7-11 Skincare Routine

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Serum: N/A.

Eye Cream: N/A.

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

Emulsion: N/A.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thanks for reading and have a great day!

Meesh ❤

Banila Co., Tony Moly and Nature Republic Skincare Haul 2017

a3AIGdSnHello guys! as you all know, in the first few months of 2017, I’ve been hoarding skincare products from different sellers, may it be online, flagship stores, malls, or wherever I can find anything that promises me better skin. I would get an Althea box once or twice almost every month, and there would be random skincare hauls every now and then. (Check out all my previous hauls here)

To put it shortly: I now have more skincare products than I need. And although it was fun to have all these products readily available for me and experience the wonders of them first hand, I’ve decided to stop impulsively buying them and start being wise and savy with my shopping by only buying a new product when I’m almost out of the current one I’m using.

I was really into the “do-not-buy-unless-you-need-it” state of mind that I actually didn’t notice that I was already starting to run out of products. I keep telling myself, “Oh, I’ll just order from Althea next week,” or “I’ll get myself a new toner from Etude later,” but it never happens. Whenever I see my bottles of skincare with less than an inch of product inside, I always think that it can still last me a week so I always postpone my shopping plans. However, going to Manila always gives me that “I-need-to-waste-my-money-on-something” feeling, which was perfect for my dying skincare routine because I can shop from stores not locally available in my city, and forgive myself from overspending because I’m in a different place. Haha.

The first thing I did prior to going to SM Mall of Asia was list all the products that I need to buy so that I’ll be fully aware of the only products that I should look for. And then I went to MOA with only two thoughts: (1) buy a Banila Co., cleansing balm, and (2) do not buy from stores that can be found in Davao, that’s additional baggage I’ll be wasting!

So, first things first. I went to the department store to get my Banila Co. Clean It Zero cleansing balm, I bought the bigger one because it’s actually cheaper compared to the smaller one considering that this one is almost twice the amount of the regular tub but it’s only 300 PHP more. And I don’t know the next time I will be able to buy this so, it’s a great deal for me.  I also bought the cleansing foam from the same line because I’m already running out of my current morning foam, and I’ve already tried one product from the line, so I guess this isn’t a very risky purchase.

The next store I went to was Tony Moly. I wasn’t exactly sure what products they have there and I didn’t have anything specific in mind, I was just hoping to find something good and inexpensive. Apparently, everything in Tony Moly was expensive and I wasn’t keen into spending a lot of money on a product that I’m not really familiar with, so I just bought sheet masks instead. However, their fermented snail line caught my interest, so I’m gonna write them down on my christmas wishlist. Lol

I went to the next door Nature Republic hoping to buy their famous Aloe Vera gel. Sadly, there was none available, so instead I went around and bought a few products for my skincare. I wasn’t really familiar with the other products from Nature Republic, but since their Aloe Vera gel was wonderful, I trust that their products will be as amazing. I only chose the items with ingredients that I’m familiar with, and has definitely done miracles on my skin. So here’s  the list of items that I got:

  • California Aloe Vera Cleansing Tissue (buy 1 take 1, I figured that I need this for my travels. Because there are days when I get really lazy to even go to the sink to wash my face)
  • Real Squeeze Aloe Vera Toner
  • Honey Real Nature Essence
  • Argan 20 Steam Emulsion

I specifically chose the items for dry and sensitive skin because it’s my skin type. In the past, I would purchase skincare without really knowing if they’re for my skin so I usually end up giving them to my sister instead, and there she is now, out there, with good skin, enjoying my rejects. Anyway, I know better now. Sorry sis, there will be lesser rejects for you in the succeeding months.

I’m not really sure if these products will be embraced by my skin perfectly, so I can’t suggest anything at the moment. However, I might write a product review soon, and I hope you guys are willing to wait for it.

That’s all for now and thank you for reading ❤

XOXO,

Meesh

May 2017 Althea Korea Haul (Also, where was I the past few days?)

Hello everyone! I am so so so sorry, I haven’t updated in a while. I know I promised in my last post that I’ll be posting reviews of the products in my Skincare routine–I’m not really sure if anyone actually looked forward to that; but if anyone has been waiting, I’m really sorry. I’ve been busy and I have been travelling in the last few weeks. Also, I’m trying to be a better gym-goer by going to the gym more often. Thus, I didn’t have enough time to write a blog post.

To be honest, I can’t really promise that I’ll go back to my usual blogging schedule (one ever other day, or thrice a week) because I have a fully loaded schedule ahead of me, and I don’t think I can sit down and write something for this blog until July.

But don’t worry, once I figure things out, I’ll come up with a blogging schedule and religiously stick to it. As of now, I’m still trying to adjust to things. Actually, I’m kinda sad because I have to adjust my gym schedule, my supposed boxing sessions, and my Chinese classes to cater my upcoming schedule. Anyway, I’m positive that I will still be able to do the things that I love despite the busy-ness, I just have to learn how to manage my time.

So, before I run out of time (I’m currently waiting for a phone call), here’s what’s inside my May 2017 Althea Box:

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  • Dear Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin Drop – I shouldn’t be buying this because I still have a vitamin C serum from innisfree. But this product is rarely available so I just took the chance and added it to my cart.
  • Nakeup Face Stress Zero Cleansing Stick – Since I’m living the live of a jet setter, I thought I should invest in a travel-friendly facial cleanser. I chose this because it’s 3-in-1 and it’s really easy to carry around and I don’t need to worry about spills.
  • Innisfree No Sebum Powder Cream – I was actually planning on minimizing my online shopping by only buying what I really need. This purchase happened because I ran out of my Innisfree No Sebum Mineral Powder and I intended to repurchase. However, I realized that the powder would be more suitable for oily skin, and since I have dry-sensitive-normal skin, I searched for a powder for suitable for my skin type and found this. This powder cream is a new product from Innisfree in Althea and I’m just thrilled to be one of the first few people to have it.
  • Innisfree No Sebum Mineral Powder – Although I already put the powder cream in my cart, I was thinking that I may not like it so I still added the mineral powder for backup.
  • Onsaemeein Perfect Moisture Cream – I actually had this cream a few months ago, it came with my Althea Anti-Pollution Box, and I absolutely loved it. Thus, I decided to repurchase.

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Last but not the least–this actually came as a surprise to me– Althea gave me a free CP-1 Ceramide Treatment Protein Repair System Premium Silk Ampoule. Thank you so much, Althea! I’m still looking for the best products for my hair and this one is a delightful addition to my experiment.

That’s all for my May 2017 haul. I ordered it late thus I received it late. Haha! Anyway, I’m starting to realize which products are best for me and which aren’t, thus I’m more careful with the products I buy. I’m just so happy that I’m almost done with my experimental phase with Korean Skincare (although finding the best products will always be an experiment, at least now I’ve narrowed down my options.) I’m not this lost girl who’s very much overwhelmed with the variety of options anymore, I’m now this girl who knows what I want and need. I came to realize that I don’t always need to have the newest, the latest, and the hottest products in store. What I need are the products good for my skin, and it might be something found in the less visited pages of Althea or somewhere else. I’m now more careful with what I buy, and I hope the same thing happens to everyone, especially those who are new to Korean Skincare. Experimenting can’t be avoided, but you have to know your skin first before slathering products on it, or worst things might happen.

See you in a few weeks,

Meesh ❤

 

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 ❤