PRODUCT REVIEW: Nature Republic Honey Real Nature Essence

Hey guys! I don’t know if I have mentioned this before, but honey is one of my most favorite skincare ingredients. I have been in love with it ever since my very first honey-infused skincare product (I don’t have a review for it, but it’s the Honey Cera Toner from Etude House.) and after that, I have always been in the look for the best honey skincare products around.

It was last September when I thought of doing some skincare shopping at SM MOA when I came along this essence. I have honestly never heard of it before, but the aloe vera gel from the same brand did wonderfully on my skin, so I was confident with Nature Republic. I specifically chose honey to be the main ingredient for my essence, because as they say, essence is the heart of skincare. To put it simply, I want honey to be on the heart of skincare because I don’t think any other product did me good as much as honey did (well, except vitamin C and snail mucin, but let’s talk about that later.)

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

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

(related: PRODUCT EXPERIENCE: Dear Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin Drop)

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This particular essence uses Manuka Honey which is great on moisturization and helps in healing acne. It also repairs scars and fights ageing. To be honest, I didn’t know that this essence from Nature Republic uses Manuka Honey when I bought it, I only found out about it when I researched about this product in the internet–and damn boy, it made me happy. I know for a fact that my skin loves Manuka Honey because it reacts positively to Etude House’s Manuka Honey sheet mask. Anyway, let’s not talk about that here, let’s just focus on this baby:

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The bottle claims that it will provide rich moisture and nourishment and prevent roughness and dryness of the skin. 

In my experience, on my first time using this product, I was not really impressed by the smell–it was too nature-y for me, however, the scent also gave me validation that I’m putting an all-natural organic product on my face. Which, in my case, justifies the not-so-perfumey scent.

I forgot to take a photo of the product itself. But imagine this: it looks and feels like honey, but less shiny and less yellow-ish. The substance was honey-like, too. Except that it isn’t as sticky as honey. At first it may seem thick, but it easily applies evenly on the skin. Also, it absorbs easily. I use this product both morning and evening and there’s no way in hell I’d use something that will make me look like I slathered a pound of oil on my face in the morning–which means this essence is safe for your morning routine.

What I noticed when I first used this product was that my skin felt more moisturized and I actually feel like the product is doing wonders from beneath the skin, because my skin was immediately smoother and softer.

Before using this product, my nose used to flake from time to time. Now, it never happened. I did not feel or notice the need for any moisturizing reinforcement. This essence does its job well.

The only downside of this essence is that it easily runs out. I’ve only had it for like a month, but I don’t think it will last until the second week of November. Thus, if you plan on buying this, this is not for a long-term engagement. Buy two bottles, or start thinking of the next essence that you are going to use the moment you pump this on your palm.

Overall, I think this is a great product for those with sensitive, combination, and dry skin. This will work perfectly during the cold. I would definitely repurchase this in the future.

Hope this review helped you!

XOXO,

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PRODUCT EXPERIENCE: Dear Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin Drop

It is about time that I talk about the product that changed my life! I have already mentioned on this blog post about the wonders of Vitamin C, thus I will not dwell on how this serum from Dear Klairs should work, instead I’ll tell you guys how it worked for me.

As you guys know, I got this product last June from an Althea Haul (related: May 2017 Althea Korea Haul (Also, where was I the past few days?) and I immediately started using it the week after I got my box. Mainly because this serum has been on my wishlist for the longest time, but I was only able to purchase it last May because it always goes out of stock in Althea. Also, the amazing effects of my Body Shop Vitamin C SPF got me really stoked to try anything that has Vitamin C on it.

Since I have read that people with sensitive skin should test this first before applying it directly to the face, I first tried using it by mixing two drops of this serum on my Nature Republic Aloe Vera Gel. As expected, it didn’t have any result in the first application, but I somehow loved the feel of the mixture on my face. It wasn’t sticky, and it absorbed fast–leaving a really smooth and supple finish. It was a completely different texture from just putting the Aloe Vera Gel alone.

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

So, for a month I used Dear Klair’s Freshly Juiced Vitamin Drop in the same way, every morning and evening. Guys, you know that I started using Korean Skincare since January 2017, and I have noticed positive results on my face, people were saying that I look whiter and my skin looked smoother–but, only after using this product did I really feel like there was something phenomenal going on. While I was still mixing it with my moisturizer, I noticed that my skin cleared up. Small scars slowly disappeared and the hyperpigmentation on my face was gone. There was this area on my left temple that has a bluish shade that has been there since forever–and although no one really notices it because it only looked like small hair, I notice it every time I look in the mirror. But after religiously using this Vitamin C serum, I just can’t find it on my face anymore, and that simple change amazed me to the core.

Thus, after a month of mixing it with my moisturizer. I’ve decided to start applying it directly on my face after my essence. My skin had a positive response to this change, and I’ve noticed that my face actually looked brighter and my skin texture became even. There were less bumps, and I have said this once and I said it again, the skin was smoother, and somehow, it looked very different from my skin before. Also, I started using this in the morning alone because I have a different AHA serum in the evening.

IMG_5082This is how my Dear Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin Drop bottle looks like now. As you can see, the shiny label is almost erased off.

Now, you guys might think that I am overpraising this serum from Dear Klair’s because I also use other products and those other products might have also contributed to the wonders that is happening to my skin right now. But guys, mind you, among all the products that I currently use, this one is the most that I have been religious to. There was not a day I never used this, and I bring this to my travels–and when I’m travelling, my skincare routine changes, but this one remains in the routine. The only difference is that, I use this product twice, both morning and evening when I’m travelling. I only use this in the morning on normal days.

After a month, I changed my essence and I realized that the essence was thicker than this serum. Thus, to follow the light to heavy order, I decided to apply this first before my essence–and that has been going on for almost a month now. And things are still doing good, and doing better.

It started turning yellowish after three months of using it. However, according to my ~*research*~, the slight change of color of this product does not affect its effectivity because of the kind of Vitamin C used here. (check this out for more info)

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It still feels warm on the skin when applied up until this very day. I’m halfway done with the whole bottle and I have been using it for five months now. Therefore I can say that is serum is really worth every single penny I’ve spent on it.

I haven’t decided yet if I should repurchase it later or if I should look for a different Vitamin C serum to try. But guys, this product is so good, I’m not sure if anything else can be better. I recommend this to everyone who wants better skin, and for those who might have sensitive skin, just put two drops of this on your moisturizer so it wouldn’t come too strong.

By the way, for better results, leave it on your face for 10-20 minutes before applying the next product.

I hope this post helped you a lot, and if you have other vitamin C suggestions, please comment down below.

Thank you and I hope we all achieve that smooth glowing skin that we all want! ❤

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PRODUCT EXPERIENCE: Miniso Compressed Facial Masks

Hello everyone! Miniso–a Japanese fast fashion designer brand just recently opened in SM City Davao last August. This got me really excited because as much as I love Korean Skincare, I am a big fan of Japanese products. I remember back when I was still a student in college, I would purposely go to Manila before going to Dumaguete just so I can buy notebooks and pens from Muji, and clothes from Uniqlo. I don’t know how the Japanese does it, but their products are really good–and I didn’t even notice that I preferred Japanese products until much later. To be honest, I didn’t have any idea what Miniso was when I found out that they opened here in Davao, but I still got excited because it’s Japanese.

It was so funny because during my first visit in Miniso, I was with my mom and there were sooooooooo many people inside the store that we decided not to buy anything yet because the line’s too long and everything was chaotic. All we did was look around and yknow, did some window shopping on the products we think we might purchase. And one of the items that caught our eyes was this:IMG_4182 (1)

Compressed Facial Mask Sheets! It really looks interesting because it’s different, and it looks like small candies. When I saw this, I immediately told my mom that I will get one of these soon when we go back to do some shopping. Sure enough, in our second visit, my mom got the white ones while I got the black.

I was really excited to try this and see how it works because if ever this facial mask was good, I can skip hoarding tons of sheet masks and just pop one or two of these in my bag whenever I travel and bring my preferred serum or essence with me (the thing that I would soak this with.

So anyway, here’s how an individual compressed sheet mask looks like:

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According to the packaging, the sheet mask must be soaked in ‘essence toner’ for it to decompress. I honestly have no idea what an ‘essence toner’ was, but yknow some Asian products, they have completely different terms for different products, and you have to be savvy enough to know what they actually meant. Well, since most sheet masks are soaked in Essence, I chose The Body Shop’s Drops of Light Pure Translucency Essence Lotion.

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I actually got this Essence Lotion as a present last Christmas, and I used this in my very first skincare routine, but I wasn’t able to finish all of it because I wanted to try more Korean products. Thus, I just put this is my shelf in case I feel like using it again.

(related: 2016 Skincare Routine)

So to test the facial mask, I got an old container and put the compressed sheet mask in the middle.IMG_4190 (1)

And I put two to three drops/squirts of the essence lotion on the product. I did this while I was putting clay mask on my face, thinking that after washing the clay mask off and applying my other products, the compressed mask will be soaked enough to open up and I can use it before I apply my emulsion and moisturizer.

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So, after 20 minutes of letting my clay mask dry, washing it off, applying my essence, serum and eye mask, the compressed mask didn’t look like it would decompress anytime soon, so I decided to transfer it on a smaller container where it can be filled with more essence. I added two more drops/squirts (I honestly press the bottle for the product to come out so I guess I can call it ‘squirts’ lol) for good measure.

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After a few more minutes, I got tired of waiting and decided to press the compressed mask to force the essence in so it can finally decompress.

So yeah, after almost an hour of frustration, it finally decompressed and it looked like this:

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I have to be honest, it was a disappointment because I applied more product that I usually would apply on my face on this and yet this doesn’t even feel wet enough to be a sheet mask. Yknow, sheet masks are usually soaking wet and oftentimes there will still be product dripping out of the mask once you remove it from the packaging, while this one looked really dry. I didn’t bother using it on my face anymore because I didn’t want to add anything to my disappointment anymore.

Anyway, my brother got another compressed mask and put water on it, and after a matter of seconds, it decompressed. So maybe I thought it was my fault because the essence was too thick and the mask couldn’t absorb it completely. Thus, after a few days, I did a second experiment with my Etude House Wonder Pore Freshner.

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After all, the mask’s packaging said ‘essence toner’ and maybe they really meant ‘toner’, or maybe there might really be an ‘essence toner’ in Japan, I don’t really know. If you guys know anything, please comment down below.

This is how to looked like before I added toner on it (by the way, a freshner is a toner too.):IMG_4314 (4)

After three squirts of the freshner, it immediately turned into this:IMG_4316

It decompressed fast and it’s ready to use. IMG_4318

But then again, I didn’t use this on my face because the Wonder Pore Freshner is alcohol-based and I didn’t want my face to be soaked in anything alcohol-based for too long. I do use this freshner from time to time, but I don’t think it is advisable to use it as a sheet mask.

Final verdict: I guess you guys can say that I don’t like putting this sheet mask on my face based on the fact that I didn’t in the two experiments. To be honest, I don’t think I will be using these compressed sheet masks anytime soon, or whenever I travel, because first, I need to find an appropriate product to soak this with, and second, I would actually need to put more than what I usually apply on my face on this product for it to work. Lastly, in my own opinion, I think it will be more space savvy to use the readily soaked sheet masks than using these whenever I travel because I still need to bring another bottle of product to use this. While in regular sheet masks, I can just put them anywhere in my own convenience. However, I would recommend these compressed masks for people who likes experimenting, and for those who has watery products and would want to reinforce it’s effects on the face with a sheet mask.

Before I end this blog post, I would just like to clarify that the goal of this post is to share my thoughts and opinions on a certain product and I, in any way, has no intention to degrade or dignify Miniso in any form. I’m just stating my honest observations, hoping that I can help the people out there who are interested in this product.

Since Miniso has a lot of products in their store, expect that I will be posting other reviews from the items in their store soon. I hope you’ll be around to read that once more,

Until next time,

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My Christmas Wishlist 2017

Hello everyone! It’s almost Christmas time! And just like everyone else, I have a few things that I would be more than happy to receive wrapped in colorful paper with Santa Claus illustration and ribbons.

It has been our family tradition for us to submit our Christmas Wishlist so our godparents would actually know what to get us for the most awaited time of the year. Thus, every year, we think of something we really want and give the list to our parents so they can circulate it among their siblings. But as time went by, letting them know what we want is so much easier through internet and group chats. I just recently created this collage and sent it to my family’s group chat in Messenger, so now I know that everyone has seen this list, and everyone knows the things I want which means I will be more thankful than disappointed once I open those pretty presents. (Just kidding, I’m always thankful. But it’s so much better to be thankful for something you actually want to be thankful for.)

Without further ado, here’s a visual presentation of my wishlist for Christmas 2017:

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  1. Nike Air Max Thea (black) – If you have been following this blog, you might have read a post or two about my musings in the gym. I was never a fan of rubber shoes, but I think I’ll be more inspired to go to the gym if I had shoes that I can easily match with any gym OOTD. My current gym shoes are in neon pink, and although I know that no one really cares about anyone’s gym outfit color coordination, and the gym isn’t really a fashion arena where anyone is only there to flaunt their active wears. But it would really inspire me more often if I can have a good OOTD at the gym, and that can be achievable if I had my rubber shoes in a neutral color. Hence, for this year I want this pair of Nikes.
  2. Innisfree Orchid Eye Cream – I’ve been looking for this eye cream ever since I started with Korean Skincare, but it’s not in my favorite online shops. I’m thinking of buying it in the official Innisfree website. But I think it will be more rewarding if I get this as a gift instead–because I know whoever gifts me this, went through high and low to get me this majestic eye cream.
  3. Swatch watch in style Climber Flowery – I lost my only decent dress watch around January this year, hence I’ve been using my FitBit Alta in all occasions. I have had a nice dress watch from Swatch before and I loved it because it looks so elegant and I feel pretty and girly whenever I wear it. I wanna feel that way again, and I want to have an appropriate watch to wear on special occasions. Thus, this is on the top of my wishlist. I actually marked this as most wanted item because it’s the most expensive. Hahaha.
  4. Casio Rose Gold watch – this was a random entry. I just saw someone post about this watch on Facebook, and I loved the color–I’m into pinkish hues lately.
  5. Tony Moly Ferment Snail Skincare Set – I found this skincare set in SM MOA, but I didn’t buy it because I honestly thought that it’s too pricey. But I really wanted to try it out because I know for a fact that snail is good for the skin.
  6. Laduree keychain – I AM A MACARON ADDICT. Need I say more? Although this is just a keychain and other people might find it stupid to spend a certain amount of cash for something that isn’t even that useful, I want it because I love Laduree and it’s pretty. And owning one would make me feel that my Laduree obsession has been validated. Yes, we all need that kind of validation sometimes.
  7. FitBit Alta Strap in white or gold – My current strap is in black and is in size LARGE which means it looks like I’m wearing an oversized bangle instead of a smart watch (I don’t know what you call these things??) on my arm. I’ve been looking for a smaller strap in white or gold–which better fits me and anything that I wear.
  8. Leatherette backpack – We were in Siargao a few weeks ago and I noticed some people using a leatherette backpack and I thought it looks cool, and it’s convenient and savy. Not to mention that it’s fashionable too. Backpacks aren’t really my thing. But if someone gifts me this… well, things might change.

Sooo… that’s it for my Christmas Wishlist. This is actually the ~main~ wishlist. Yknow, the things I really want to have. Since this is mainly a skincare blog, I will be posting a skincare wishlist too one of these days. The two skincare items in this list are my two main wishes, if I had a choice then I would put all of the skincare that I wanted in this list, but I am human too and skincare isn’t only the thing that I want in this world. Haha! I had to choose the items in this wishlist carefully because I don’t want to be disappointed on Christmas day, but at the same time I don’t want to pressure my possible gift-givers. Heh. Just wait a few months and we’ll see if they actually got me anything from this list. I might post a “what I got for christmas” blog later on.

But as of now, just wait for my other posts. I have so much in mind!

See you 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 ❤

Nature Republic 92% Aloe Vera Gel Review

Hey everyone! I’m back with a review for one of my favorite skincare products, Nature Republic’s 92% Aloe Vera Gel. 

 

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This is actually one of the very first products that I bought when I was still starting with Korean Skincare. To be honest, I really had no idea how famous this was when I added it to my cart, I only added it because I needed to reach a certain amount of purchase in Althea Korea to avail of a discount and I didn’t know what else to add on my cart so I went to their best sellers tab and found this. It looks promising and I’v actually heard a lot of good things about Aloe Vera so I chose this one.

(related: Althea Korea Skincare Haul)

I didn’t start using this immediately because I was using a moisturizer that I really loved back then, and I felt like this product was a skincare basic and I wanted to explore more so… I kept this gel in my stash for months before I finally incorporated it with my daily routine.

(related: Product Review: The Body Shop Vitamin E Aqua Boost Sorbet)

(also related:2016 Skincare Routine)

I first tried using this around February, it was traumatizing because the day after, I got a really horrible breakout and pimples were all over my face (and pimples were never all over my place before!!!) so I got discouraged with this thinking that I may have had an allergic reaction to it. After that, I didn’t bother with any product with Aloe Vera in it, afraid that I might get uglier.

But then I gave this gel a second chance when I used it to help me sooth a burning sensation on my nose area after I had colds, I think I was wayyy to rough when wiping my nose with a tissue which scratched the skin surface. Clearly, I cannot continue with my skincare routine because putting product on the affected area hurts like hell. And since this was a soothing gel, I tried putting a chunk of it on my nose area for thirty minutes. After that, my skin felt so much better and I was actually able to do my routine without feeling any pain.

Also, another factor that made me take the risk of using aloe vera once again was the fact that I used an unfamiliar sheet mask on my face the day I tried this gel. That sheet mask was just given to me and I tried googling it but nothing came out—I tried it anyway. I was weighing the possibility that the sheet mask might have caused the breakout and not this gel. With it’s satisfying effect on my skin, I was convinced that this aloe vera can never be something I’m allergic with.

Thus, before anything else, do some research with your products first before using them, aaaaaand avoid introducing two new products at once to your skin. It will be hard for you to decipher which one caused a reaction, whatsoever.

(related: Skincare Tips to Live By)

Anyway, I started using this Aloe Vera gel on a daily basis around May or June, and so far it has been good to me. At first I didn’t like it because I was never a fan of the “dewy glow” that everyone has been raving about, I’m more like a matte type of person, but I was able to solve my problem with that by using loose powder.

What I like the most about this gel is that it isn’t heavy, I can use it in the morning without worrying that my face might end up too sticky or too oily for the world to see. This actually started off as my day cream until I ran out of my evening cream and since I still had a lot of this product and it feels like I won’t be running out of it soon, I started using this in the evening as well, although there are times when I use a heavier moisturizer or cream instead because there are days when my nose area would just flake and it needs extra moisture.

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But I still prefer using this on a daily basis because I never felt any burning sensation on my face anymore since the day I started using this, and I’m actually starting to appreciate the dewy finish that this product has every night after I’m done with my skincare routine.

My most favorite thing about this gel is that it’s very inexpensive yet there’s a lot of product and it could probably last for a year if used moderately. I only need a small scoop (less than the size of a small coin) to have my whole face covered. It’s totally worth the price!

I think the only downfall of this product is that it’s too bulky, hence it’s not really travel friendly and since the gel is too light, and it’s in a tub without a scoop, it can be unhygienic. I personally scoop my product using a spatula that I got from a different cream. I would appreciate this Aloe Vera gel more if it’s in a squeeze bottle, or something more travel friendly. As for the volume and the price, I have no complaints–I totally got wayyy more than I paid for, and for a gel that has very visible results after a short time of using it, I would say that this product is indeed an investment and I wouldn’t hesitate to stash this in my drawer. Although I honestly think that there’s no need to stash because this product doesn’t run out easily and it’s better to just buy one when you’re running out of the tub you’re using (in my own opinion.) but that depends on your preference. Either way, I would still recommend this for all skin types.

That’s all for Nature Republic’s 92% Aloe Vera Soothing Gel. I hope this review helped you in some way, I’ll be back with more skincare stories soon!

 

XOXO,

Meesh 🙂

Skincare Tips to Live By

Hello guys, it’s me again! I started investing in skincare around November last year. I was just looking for a simple solution to a major skin breakout until I got hooked with all the skincare methods and started trying out different products, and eventually creating a blog for it. Through the months of various trials and errors in skincare, I have learned a lot on how to take care of my skin through not-so-extensive research (Google and other blogs) and personal experience.

So in this blog post, I will be sharing the skincare tips that I have learned, and applied on my day-to-day skincare routine. I have proven that these methods are effective for me, and I think that they are effective in general. However, before anything else, I would like to clarify that I am in no way a skincare expert and what I will be writing here is only for the sake of sharing and suggesting for those who would like to start investing in skincare and for those who are new 🙂
So, without further ado, here are my skincare tips to live by:
1. Make time for your routine. I always make sure that I start doing my routine at 9PM. Just like any other activity, your skincare routine needs to have a slot in your evening schedule. In this way you can avoid being too lazy to do it (after a full day of various activities) or forgetting about it. This is to train your mind, and your body to be more religious in doing your skincare by making it a priority at a certain time. After doing your skincare, you can proceed doing whatever it is that you need to do, (study, watch TV, etc.) with a more relaxed state of mind.
2. Never forget to wash your face. There are days when you’re really lazy to do anything and all you want to do when you get home is lie on your bed and doze off immediately. In this case, of course you wouldn’t have enough energy to do a full-on skincare routine. However, you can still be kind to your skin by at least wiping off excess oil and dirt from your face with a cleansing tissue before finally going to sleep. This will help prevent your skin from accumulating dirt that causes pimples.
3. Never forget to wear sunscreen in the morning. At first, I wasn’t really keen on putting anything on my face in the morning because it makes me feel heavy. However, as my skincare obsession progressed, I came to realize that sunscreen is important especially when you slather a lot of products on your face. This will prevent hyperpigmentation and sunburn (which can really happen because there are some skincare products that shouldn’t be exposed to sunlight.)
4. Always start with the lightest product and work your way to the heaviest when doing your routine. Applying a much heavier product before a lighter one might cancel out the effects of the lighter product. You don’t always have to follow the recommended order of products as endorsed by the 10-step Korean Skincare routine. if you’re not comfortable with changing the order of the steps, just make sure that the products you use follow the lightest to heaviest dynamic. After all, it isn’t really hard to find products that follow the 10-step routine because some brands also model their skincare lines from the famous Korean Skincare routine.
 
5. Do not try on more than one new product at once. If you are introducing something new to your skin, you should observe its effects on you for at least two weeks before applying another new product. In this way, you can easily determine if the new product is good for you, and if it actually makes a difference. Putting too many new products all at once may actually do more damage, trust me, this has happened to me before, and it took me weeks to make my face look presentable again.
6. Know your skin type. This is a no-brainer, you have to know what your skin needs before you start buying products. To be honest, I didn’t know what my skintype was when I was still starting with this whole skincare routine thing (of course I had a routine before, but it wasn’t as extensive as this.) and I bought a few items which weren’t really for me (but they were in the hype), so they ended up in my sister’s vanity. If you do not want to spend money on things that aren’t really for you, do your research first before going to the cashier.
 
7. Know which ingredients are effective on your skin. Although some products claim that they’re good for a certain skin type, that does not guarantee that you’ll get good results from it. Therefore, you must know which key ingredients gives a positive effect on your skin so that you won’t have a hard time looking for the next skincare product to buy.
8. Do not be afraid to try on different products. The thing about Korean skincare is that it’s very innovative, skincare brands come up with a new line every now and then to keep with with the latest trends and technology, which means they also phase out some old products. It’s pretty hard to stay loyal on something that might be gone someday soon, right? So my advice is that you keep with with the technology, too. Follow the above-mentioned tip when buying new products, and skincare shopping for new products won’t be as risky.
 
9. Wait for the product to be absorbed by the skin before applying the next layer. If you don’t want your face to be greasy and heave after slathering 10 layers of products, wait until your skin has absorbed whatever gel you applied before putting another layer. This doesn’t take too much time for lighter products, such as the toner. But for heavier products, giving your face that extra massage when applying and waiting for a minute or two will give you better results. Also, there are some products that need more time for it to work its wonders such as the serum, or the essence. Try drinking tea or watching an episode of your favorite TV show first before applying the next product. In the morning, after putting on my moisturizer, I fix my things that I’ll be bringing to work first before I apply my sunscreen so my face won’t look too dewy.
10. Be gentle on the area around your eyes. The skin around our eyes are extra sensitive and is most likely to develop wrinkles faster if it is disturbed by tugging, etc. When applying my eye cream, I use my ring finger because they say that it is the most gentle finger and is less likely to put pressure on the under eyes.
11. Go for facials every now and then. I go to the facial spa at least once a month to have my whiteheads extracted by trained professionals. This isn’t really necessary, but it you want that extra pampering, go ahead and go to your nearest facial spa! It will make you feel better and it will help you in getting rid of your skin problems that you didn’t know you have.
12. Have fun! Doing my skincare routine for me is the most relaxing part of my day, especially when I have a new product to try on. Don’t pressure yourself do commit to doing it if you don’t feel happy or light whenever applying products on your skin, because by the end of the day, it is still your life disposition that will give you that youthful skin 🙂
That’s all! DO you have skincare tips and practices that you’s like to share? Comment down below.
Until next time,
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 happened. 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

What’s in my Skincare Travel Bag? Also, Travelling Skincare Routine!!

Hello everyone! It’s been a while since I last posted anything in this blog. As I have mentioned on my latest post, the month of June had been a very busy month for me. I was out travelling on official business for two weeks. Although my schedule has strained me from blogging, it gave me another topic to talk about, which is my travelling skincare routine.

If you guys have been following me, you’ll know that I travel a lot. And being a skincare enthusiast, bringing my whole skincare routine everywhere with me is quite a struggle. Yknow, all the space that the bottles consume, the possible leakages and breakages, not being able to do a full 10-step routine, and the possibility of forgetting a bottle or two anywhere.

It took my quite some time to finally come up with a travelling skincare routine that isn’t that inconvenient but at the same time, feels enough for my skincare needs.

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Introducing, my travelling skincare bag!! I got this toiletry bag from Beauty Bar SM MOA. I can’t remember the exact price, but I’m pretty much sure it’s less than 500PHP. Aside from my skincare, I also put my other hygiene products in it (that I removed for this photo except for my deodorant, which is neatly tucked on one of the corners of the bag… you can see its cover in the photo.)

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The usual skincare routine has 10 steps, this one, on the other hand, only has 8 steps (excluding the sheet masks, of course), but I personally think that this is sufficient enough to provide my skin its needs.

 

  1. Oil cleanser/ foam cleanser

NAKEUP FACE STRESS ZERO CLEANSING STICK – This 3-in-1 cleansing stick is one of the best skincare products I have because it’s very handy and convenient for travelling. It’s small and light, and since it’s in stick form, I don’t have to worry about spilling it all over my bag. Also, it serves as a makeup remover, oil cleanser, and foam cleanser. So, imagine all the storage space that I was able to save because of this product. Plus, this cleansing stick smells so relaxing, it reminds me of the spa.

2. Toner

BENTON SNAIL BEE HIGH CONTENT SKIN – This product is larger than 100mL thus I wouldn’t recommend putting this on your carry-on baggage if you don’t want it to be confiscated by airport security. I sometimes put this in a smaller plastic bottle to save space, since I don’t really need a lot when I’m out travelling. I actually want to use a spray toner for travelling, and I actually own one, but I think this works better for my skin so I bring this one instead of the other spray toner I have.

3. Essence

ETUDE HOUSE MOISTFULL COLLAGEN ESSENCE – I have dry/combination skin, thus it is important to keep my skin moisturized especially during travels. This is also my daily essence and I bring this with me during travels because it’s small and portable, also, it’s in a plastic container so I don’t have to worry breaking it.

4. Eye Cream

ELIZAVECCA GOLD-CF NEST WHITE BOMB EYE CREAM – This is my daily morning eye cream, but I use this both in the morning and at night during travels because between my two eye creams, this one is much easier to bring around and easier to apply because of the tube container. I prefer to bring this alone for my eye cream instead of bringing two different products because my nightly eye cream is much heavier than this one, thus it’s not something that I can use in the morning without allotting a lot of my time in waiting for my skin to absorb the product. Unlike my day eye cream, it can work for both mornings and evenings.

5. Emulsion

MOISTFULL COLLAGEN EMULSION – I actually have this in full size, it just so happened that I also have a small sample bottle that I got months ago. I simply refill my sample bottle with the same product, and bring it everywhere I go, hassle-free.

6. Moisturizer

ONSAEMEEIN PERFECT MOISTURE CREAM – I don’t really recommend bringing this product around unless you have a proper container for it because it has a glass container, and it might break it crushed inside your luggage. However, I brought this moisturizer with me because my usual moisturizer is BIG AF (Nature Republic’s Aloe Vera Cream), and this is the only light moisturizer that I currently have in my stash that works for me both in the night and day. I also add two drops of Dear Klairs’ Freshly Juiced Vitamin Drop with this cream before applying it to give my face that extra nourishment that it needs.

7. Lip Cream

LANEIGE LIP SLEEPING MASK – I only use this lip cream for my evening routine because I would much prefer use a lighter lip balm during the day. I don’t really bring this product whenever I travel, except when I’ll be away for more than five days. After all, this lip mask is meant to be travel friendly. Also, this is can be very useful when traveling via plane because that long ride can really dry your lips and nothing else can save those lips except for this heaven-sent lip mask.

Aside from the products stated above, I also bring with me a sheet mask or two, depending on the length of travel. I also bring with me COSRX’s Pimple Clear Pads because they’re very useful, especially when I’m too tired to do my evening routine. I also bring with me pimple patches and other pimple solutions, because I can’t really tell when I’ll have a pimple whatsoever.

Last and most importantly, sunscreen. It isn’t in my skincare travel bag because I put in inside my handbag for easier access. I use Innisfree’s Daily UV Protection Cream No Sebum because it has a mattifying effect, which makes things easier for me in the morning due to the fact that I don’t need to put powder anymore–it saves me so much time.

When choosing your skincare products, or whatever kind of product for that matter, there are a lot of things to consider–packaging, weight, etc. I know the above mentioned products does not fully comply with all the things that should be considered, but so far this set of products works for me. I’m still looking for great products that can be brought for travelling. If you have suggestions, please comment down below!

That’s all for this post, sorry if I took so long to publish a new entry. I hope you liked it though!

Until next time,

Meesh ❤