PRODUCT REVIEW: Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask

Hey guys!

I have mentioned Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask several times all over this blog and this product has been featured in several skincare routines that I have posted, but I never really did a full review on this god-sent lip saver.

Since I have just recently uploaded my lip care routine (with this product included, of course!) I have decided that it is high time for me to write a full post regarding this lip mask.

(related:My Lip Care Routine (2018))


I purchased the Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask in Althea Korea at around March last year, and I have been using it on my lips every night ever since. As you can see from the photo below, I’m still halfway through the jar and I’ve had this with me for 11 months now! I can say that this product is indeed worth every single peso I paid for.

(related:Second Althea Korea Haul)


This lip mask is contained in a very small pink jar which can be easily mistaken as an eye cream. The product itself is a jelly-type mixture that smells like bubblegum. It is heavenly and I am super in love with the scent of this. I mean, I can probably get high on this! This lip mask is actually very light on the lips, a little goes a long way. Although I don’t really suggest using this in the daytime because it leaves a white cast on the lip area. Also, I suggest that you apply this mask right before you decide to sleep–which means you won’t have to drink water or talk that much anymore because too much lip activity(?) (hahahaha that sounded weird) might cause the product to wear off.


The product comes with a spatula for application. It also comes with a small spatula pouch(?) which is perfect for hygenic and travelling reasons. It used to have a white “Laneige” sign but my over-using faded it away. Anyway, I find this spatula very useful because application is made really easy with this. Also, it’s very light and smooth, and I have no problem in applying the product evenly with this.

I honestly think that this is something every beauty junkie and skinthusiast should have in their routines. It may appear to be pricey for a lip product, but there’s a lot of product in this small jar and I think one jar would at least last a year–depending on how much mask you put on your lips each night. But personally, it is worth the money and I will definitely repurchase this in case I run out of it again.

This Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask gives instant results overnight. After one use, your lips will instantly look and feel plump and smooth when you wake up. It will give you better lip texture with continued use. Aside from that, its very hygienic packaging and heavenly bubblegum scent makes this lip mask a total 10/10 for me. I recommend this for everyone, especially those with dry and chapped lips. This product will be a total help for you.





PRODUCT REVIEW: My Scheming Blackhead Removal Activated Carbon Mask Set

(Some photos are taken from Google)

About a year ago, I made my very first BeautyMNL purchase. I bought the My Scheming Blackhead Removal Activated Carbon Mask Set for 750PHP with free shipping because they had an ongoing promo then ūüôā (usually your order should reach 1,500 to avail of free shipping, more details about my purchase here.)

I specifically wanted this product because it is endorsed by my all-time favorite Taiwanese actress, Ella Chen.


(If you are a fan of Ella Chen, or if you love Taiwanese dramas, comment down below!)

Of course, Ella Chen isn’t the only reason why I wanted this product. I also wanted this because I needed a peeling mask, and I’ve known about it since forever but I didn’t know where to find one that I can put my faith into. My cousin bought a peeling mask from Watsons a few months before I bought this, and it did nothing to her. I also had a peeling mask from The Face Shop but I wanted a black one so I can really see all the gunk that it got from my nose. Thankfully, one of my friends (who is also in love with Ella Chen) told me about this, and thus I decided to give it a try.

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


This set comes with three products, the Deep Pore Sebum Softener, which softens the sebum around the nose area. The Blackhead Removal Activated Carbon Mask itself, and the Skin Clarifying Pore Treatment Essence, which tightens the pores after the removal of blackheads.

By the way, for anyone’s information, our pores are just pores. We cannot really do anything to open or close them. The ‘hot spa’ thing or steaming that they do is to simply soften the pores so that it will be easier to remove excess sebum and dirt, it does not really ‘close’ them. However, there are ways we can reduce the appearance of pores by tightening them, thus using ice cubes.


What I like about this product is that it comes with an instruction card. I have been using this set for a long time now, but I still consult the instruction card every single time I use it. I tend to forget the instructions because I don’t use this on a daily basis. Also, I want to make sure that I’m doing the right thing.

So, I just follow what’s in the instruction card. I massage the Deep Pore Sebum Softener¬†on my nose area for five minutes. I usually apply three drops because I don’t want the product to dry before five minutes is over, but if ever it dries out, I just add another drop. I honestly don’t know if I’m doing it the right way, but I also don’t think that I should massage my nose when it’s already dry because it might cause minor scratches on my skin. However, when five minutes is up, I just pat it dry and proceed to the second step.

This step is actually the most difficult for me because I have really low tolerance for heat. However, I still find my way to put hot water on a clean washcloth and put it over my nose for a few minutes. I usually fold it several times until I think the heat is already tolerable and safe to put over my nose, and then when I feel like it’s getting cold, I just unfold it and put the warm parts over my nose until the three-minute mark is over. To be honest, I don’t really time this step, I just wait until I feel like it’s already good to go.

After I’m done with the hot spa (which by the way aids in softening the pores, making it easier for them to cling on to the mask), I apply the Blackhead Removal Activated Carbon Mask evenly all over my nose area. It is important to apply it evenly so it would be easier to remove later on, because there will be less chances that the mask would tear off while you’re trying to remove it. It usually takes about 15 minutes until the mask completely dries, but I don’t really time this step as well, I just wait until the whole mask has dried up before I decide to remove it. It is also important to make sure that it’s already dry to avoid the mask from breaking or tearing up while you’re removing it. Also, it has to be completely dry for the blackheads and whiteheads to successfully cling on to the mask.

What I like about this product is that it doesn’t hurt when you peel it off. Unlike other nose packs and nose strips, this one doesn’t stick that much on the skin. Thus, there’s no painful tugging and pulling when removing this. As a matter of fact, I only massage through the edges of the mask until it peels off. I take that peeled portion of the mask and pull the whole thing from it without even feeling like the whole thing is pulling off my skin. It’s so light and skin-friendly. I am actually really against using pore strips because the constant tugging will result to wrinkles, and most of them aren’t even black, so there is far less satisfaction compared to using this mask. I only use nose strips whenever I’m in the mood to do something different, or whatever. I can’t really explain. There are just some days when I’m bored and I’m like, “Oh! I have some nose strips that I haven’t used! Might as well use them now!” and to be honest, although I don’t like using nose strips, I still buy some because they look so much fun. Much like face masks.

Anyway, even though removing this mask is a total breeze, it is really effective in removing blackheads and whiteheads. You can see all the gunk in the mask strip once it’s removed. (I don’t have photographic evidence, because I’m not comfortable with showing the whole internet the dirt that is on my nose. But I promise, this product does its job well.) I am so amazed at how easy it is to peel off and at how strong the sebum were able to cling on to the mask. I cannot explain the science and chemistry behind it, it’s probably the sebum softener or the hot spa, but it happens.

So after that, I do the final step, which is to apply the Skin Clarifying Pore Treatment Essence.¬†This is to soothe/minimize the pores after the whole procedure. So that’s it, my nose feels absolutely cleaner and looks a lot more brighter after.

This is a question I had in my mind before, but I cannot seem to find answers in the internet–when does my blackhead removal rituals fit in my skincare routine?¬†I don’t know how other people does it, actually. But I usually do it before or after I cleanse my face. I would usually finish the whole blackhead removal and wait half an hour or so before I start my skincare routine–which means applying the cleansing balm and proceeding to all the next steps. But there are also days when I do my double cleansing first before I start the blackhead removal, in which I would apply a toner after removing the mask and before applying the Skin Clarifying Pore Treatment Essence exclusively on my nose area, while applying my regular essence on the rest of my face. If I have a lot of time, I do this in the morning.

I honestly do think that this is one of the best blackhead removal masks out there because this doesn’t cost so much pain to remove blackheads unlike the other masks that I have heard of. I think this will work perfectly well with people who has sensitive skin and low pain tolerance. I recommend this to everyone who wants their blackheads removed. While I don’t consider this as a holy grail, I still think this is an awesome product and I would rate it 8 out of 10.

What is your favorite blackhead-removing product? Are peeling masks like this really commendable? Or should I just use BHAs and head to the facial spa for blackhead extractions every now and then? Comment down below!



Updated AM/PM Skincare Routine for 2018 (A.K.A. first phase of my 2018 skincare goals)

Hey guys!

New Year, new skincare routines! Yay!

I’m now done with my Christmas/new year skincare shopping, and I have already posted my hauls in this site (check them out here, and here.) It is now time for me to reveal my latest morning and evening skincare routines with the products I just purchased.

If you want to know to know my 2018 Skincare Goals, I wrote about it here.

It has been a long time since I posted an updated skincare routine here, and that’s primarily because for the past few months, there was not much of a change in my skincare routine (in fact, some of the items from my last skincare routine can still be found in these new routines!) and I’m afraid that if I post them after just a few product changes, it will be boring and it will look like I just posted the same routine–some products just take forever to empty up!!! However, I will write down some of the other products that I have used prior to this routine and after the last skincare routine that I have uploaded, just to keep things in order.

(related: Update: All-Korean Evening Skincare Routine)



  1. Oil CleanserBanila Co. Super Size Clean It Zero Cleansing Balm. This is actually a repurchase because I used the same oil cleanser before I started using the Jamong Cleansing Balm and the Etude House One Shot Sherbet Cleanser. I actually liked this balm better than the two other balms I have used, thus I decided to go back to this.
  2. Foam CleanseriSkin New York Deep Cleanser. After using the Cosrx Good Morning Low PH cleanser, I used the Banila Co. Clean It Zero Foam Cleanser for about a month before I started using this. There wasn’t anything wrong with the Banila Co. cleanser, it’s just that I had my face cauterized and my skincare clinic suggested that I use this cleanser for maintenance. I didn’t want to risk it thus I decided to buy this cleanser.
  3. TonerBenton Snail Bee High Content Skin. Yes. I still have this product with me. No complaints! Even though I’m not really sure what it does to my skin…
  4. EssenceCosrx Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence.¬†Prior to this I had Nature Republic’s Honey Real Nature Essence, Etude House’s Honey Cera Essence, and as well as their Wonder Pore Tightening Essence. I’m not yet done with these essences from Etude House, but I decided to have a break from the both of them and use this Snail essence from Cosrx twice daily because it has been so wonderful to my skin and I feel like it will be more effective if I apply it daily. However, I’m still planning on using the essences from Etude House soon. Actually, I only use the pore tightening essence on the nose area which is why these two always come together. I might use both of them in the morning and then this essence from Cosrx in the evening after a few weeks.
  5. SerumIt’s Skin Power 10 Formula VC Effector.¬†I only had Dear Klairs’ Freshly Juiced Vitamin Drop between this and the serum that I had in the last skincare routine that I posted.
  6. Eye CreamInnisfree Orchid Eye Cream.¬†I was supposed to use this for the evening to replace my Skinfood Salmon Brightening Eye Cream, but when I did, I noticed that my eyes weren’t getting any brighter. So I continued using my Skinfood eye cream in the evening and started using this orchid eye cream in the morning. Also, let me just say that this is totally perfect for morning use because it’s so easy to apply and it blends well with makeup.
  7. Oil – Organic Alley Rosehip Oil. Ooooooh! This is a new section. I am now introducing beauty oils to my skincare routine–as part of my skincare goals. So far, so good.
  8. Moisturizer – The Face Shop 99% Aloe Vera Gel. Before this, I was using the Nature Republic 92% Aloe Vera Gel but I ran out of it and I wasn’t able to order it online. This was the closest dupe that was locally available so I bought this instead. Needless to say, I still prefer the one from Nature Republic.
  9. Sun cream – Biore UV Perfect Face Milk SPF 50+ PA++++. I use a lot of sun creams. My choice depends on the event or the situation of the day. Whenever I’m at home, I usually just use the Belo SunExpert Face Cover SPF40 PA+++. But whenever I go out, I use this one from Biore.

This is not yet the perfect morning skincare routine for me. I have a love-hate relationship with the Organic Alley Rosehip Oil because it makes my face look really oily and it seems like it never absorbs into the skin, it just sits there the whole day. But ever since I added this oil in my routine, my skin has become more soft and flawless than ever!!!!!!! And I can really feel it after I wash my face and I haven’t applied anything to it yet, it feels great and it looks great and I’m totally in love with it (which makes me not want to do my skincare routine anymore because it’s freaking flawless!!! But I can’t not do my routine, of course. It’s the reason why it’s THAT flawless.)

I first applied it after my Aloe Vera Gel because I feel like it’s heavier than the gel, but then it started pilling. However, it does not leave an oily residue on my face. And then I tried applying it before the gel, and it feels like there’s no point of applying the gel anymore because the oil is too heavy, it seemed like I’m layering too much. But this time, there’s no pilling.

I’m not sure if it is my skin, or if it is my skincare line-up, or if it is the way I applied the rosehip oil and the aloe vera gel, but I really want to have rosehip oil in my routine. I had no problem with any oily residue or product pilling before I added the rosehip oil, so the center of this issue is my oil and how do I correctly apply it? There are a lot of other people out there who uses rosehip oil on their face on a daily basis that didn’t have any problem with it… but here I am. I’m thinking that it might be because the rosehip oil that I’m currently using isn’t cold pressed. But whatever the problem may be, I will find a way to solve it and I will have rosehip oil on my face. I will get both things I want. Lol.



  1. Oil Cleanser – Banila Co.’s Clean It Zero
  2. Foam Cleanser – iSkin New York Deep Cleanser
  3. Toner РEtude House Berry AHA! Bright Peel Boosting Serum. I know that the label says serum, but the product instructions say that I should use it like a toner, and so I did. (see full review here)
  4. Essence – Cosrx Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence
  5. Serum – It’s Skin Power 10 Formula VE Effector.¬†I really didn’t have a serum on my night routine because I already had the Boosting Serum from Etude House. But when I bought this, I realized that Vitamin E is very much safe to use with AHA. Since then, I reintroduced serums in my night routine. (I’m already thinking of the next serum to buy as I type.)
  6. Eye Cream – Skinfood Salmon Brightening Eye Cream.¬†I’ve had this one since forever, and I don’t think I need another Eye Cream in the next few months. However, if you guys have suggestions, feel free to comment below. I honestly don’t know how to pick an eye cream.
  7. Emulsion РNature Republic Argan 20 Steam Emulsion. This is my second emulsion, ever. The Etude House Moistfull Collagen Emulsion lasted me one complete year, and I am hoping that this will also last a year, if not longer.
  8. Night Cream – Nella¬†Honey 1 Snail Ultra Moisture Cream Premium.¬†I also used my Nature Republic Aloe Vera gel in the evening, and when I ran out of it, I started using The Face SHop 99% Aloe Vera Gel. However, I wanted to change my night cream so I briefly went back to my very first sleeping mask, which is the Etude House Play Therapy Sleeping Mask. (see routine here) That mask had been with me since forever, and I thought that I don’t really need a firming mask that much, so I went and bought this cream from Althea. (see haul here)
  9. Lip Mask – Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask.¬†This lip mask has been with me since forever, and it smells so good, I am in love with it. I think I started using this around April last year, and I’m still barely halfway through the whole bottle. Totally worth the price, if you ask me.

This first phase of fulfilling my Skincare Goals for 2018 is more focused on adding Snail products in my routine, hence the Cosrx Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence and the Nella Honey 1 Snail Ultra Moisture Cream Premium. I never really had the chance to incorporate Snail Mucin in my 2017 Skincare Routines except for the Benton Snail Bee High Content Skin and the occasional Snail sheet mask because all of the snail products that I wanted to have were always out of stock in Althea and BeautyMNL. Back then, having snail mucin in my routine was not really much of a goal, it’s more like something that I was willing to try (but I never got the chance lol). This year, since the occasional Snail sheet mask from Etude House has proven that Snail does indeed do wonders on my skin, I have decided that it should have more participation in my skincare routine. I actually feel like I have been missing a huge part of my Korean beauty obsession because I don’t have any snail mucin product.

Also, I currently have two It’s Skin Power 10 Formula Effectors in my skincare routines. I wanted to try the whole line on my skin because it looks so fun and colorful. However, trying the whole line isn’t really high on my priority list right now because I have an ideal skincare routine in my mind which involves more Cosrx, Klairs, and The Ordinary products. But if ever I need a certain serum and my first choice of serum is not in stock, I might go for another It’s Skin Power 10 Formula Effector instead.

For the second phase, I want to add more actives in my skincare routine. But I have to do it really slowly because I don’t want to traumatize my skin by having too many active products. I might start with what I’m familiar with first, which is a stronger Vitamin C serum, AHAs and BHAs. But to be honest, the second phase depends on what items are available in the market. Because I’m also looking at beauty oils, but I need to do more research about it seeing that my current rosehip oil is not that much of a delight to use (maybe it’s because of the products I used during the routine, because it absorbs perfectly when I massage it on my arm), but I have noticed some positive changes that can be attributed to that beauty oil.

And honestly, this AM/PM skincare routine isn’t the perfect skincare routine for me. But I really like what it’s doing to my skin.

Before I end this post, I would just like to remind everyone that I have a normal-dry skin type. My nose area is acne prone.

If any of you guys use beauty oils, please tell me how you incorporate it in your routines. Also, does it make your face look really shiny? Or does it absorb well? Comment down below!



PRODUCT REVIEW: Etude House Berry AHA Bright Peel Boosting Serum


And now we’re down to the first review of the year!

I have had this Berry AHA Bright Peel Boosting Serum from Etude House with me for more than 8 months already. I bought this after I ran out of my Cosrx Natural Skin Returning A-Sol, and I have used this as my main chemical exfoliant ever since.

(I just noticed that I would immediately run out of product during my first few months with skincare. A bottle would usually last me for about three months, and then I would need to find a replacement immediately. This may be due to the fact that I was still trying to repair my skin which led me to use more product than most skincare users would on an average–and since I was new, there were a lot of work to do. But after the first initial months, my skin tamed down and I didn’t need to use a lot of product anymore. I was then more focused on maintenance than repair.)

So, this boosting serum from Etude House contains AHA (alpha hydroxy acid) which is a chemical exfoliator that works to remove the dead skin cells on the surface of the skin. Thus, this helps in making the skin look younger and brighter. It also does a great deal in clearing up clogged pores which can reduce the appearance of whiteheads and acne.


I first started using this product every other night right after I cleanse as a toner. They might call it a serum, but chemical exfoliants are best used right after cleansing or toning. The box suggests that I use a cotton pad to apply this, but I simply use my hands to do so because I find the formulation of this product a bit thick to be used with a cotton pad with–I feel like more of the serum goes to the pad and not on my face. Despite not going with the instructions, I didn’t have any problem with this product.

After a few months, I started using this every night. I know that it is not advisable to use acids every day but I haven’t had complications with it for the past 6 months (I think?). It really depends on how your skin reacts to acids. If you have sensitive skin, you might want to do a patch test first to see if your skin has negative reactions whatsoever. By the way, I used to travel a lot and I don’t really bring this with me when I’m travelling, so my skin gets to have a break from this chemical exfoliant for a few days every now and then.

Aside from that, I don’t use this whenever I use my Skinfood Black Sugar Mask Wash Off¬†because over exfoliating may lead to irritation. I use my sugar mask 2-3 times a week (or whenever I feel like it, but I make sure that there’s at least two days in between when I want to use my sugar mask.) Also, I don’t use this in the same routine with my Vitamin C serum because it might also lead to over exfoliation and irritation.


This is a lightweight serum that has consistency lighter than gel but definitely a whole lot thicker than water. It smoothly spreads on the face and it absorbs quickly, leaving a matte finish. I usually wait for a few minutes before I apply my next layer of skincare just to make sure than my skin has completely absorb the serum, and for it to have enough time to work its wonders on the skin.


It leaves my face feeling a lot cleaner and fresher every time I use this product. There are times that I travel for more than five days and when that happens, I actually start to miss this product because it just gives me that refreshing feeling that somehow reassures me that my pores are clean therefore I will not have pimples.

That’s it. Ever since I started using this serum, I noticed that I rarely get acne. I don’t get acne on the usual acne spots in my face and when I do get acne, it’s only during PMS. (I don’t really know what I can do about that, but at least I don’t get pimples as much as I do anymore!) Also, my face feels a lot more smoother. No more rough areas anymore except my nose area–which I must admit is requires more work and care than the rest of my face. I also feel like my face is a lot more firmer and healthier, thanks to this product.

I haven’t experienced any irritation and I don’t remember feeling any discomfort with this product.

By the way, I don’t know if it’s just me but this product doesn’t result to visible peeling. Which means I did not go through the process of having to remove a layer of dead skin off my face manually to reveal the newer skin beneath. This serum is very gentle and very safe as long as it is not overused (because it’s acid.)

I liked this AHA serum from Etude House but I don’t think it is something I will repurchase. However, I still recommend this for everyone especially for those who has dry to normal skin types and for those who are acne prone.

I hope you enjoyed this review and this has helped you in any way.

Until next time,


My Lip Care Routine (2018)



Today is February 13, 2018 in my country and I think posting something about lip care would totally be fitting for the coming event tomorrow. *wink* *wink*

Everybody’s been obsessing over their own skincare routines and posting them online, but I rarely do see any post or Youtube video about taking care of the lips. For someone like me who thought that I had perpetually dry and chapped lips, finding a solution to my lip problem is indeed a struggle. Over the past year, I have tried several lip products, because I was looking for the best lip balm, lip mask, and lip scrub for me, hoping that one day, I will be able to find the best set of lip products that will give me those plump, moisturized, and healthy lips I have always dreamed about.

It’s so difficult to be uncomfortable with your own lips and since I’m already into skincare, I also took the time and effort to do research on how to take care of the lips. And the products pictured above has helped me improve the condition of my lips.

Aritaum Ginger Sugar Lip Scrub – I use this product before I start my whole skincare routine, and especially when I have used a liptint or a lipstick. It really helps in removing the pigmentation without rubbing too hard, and at the same time it helps in removing the dead skin cells on the lips. I’m the type of girl who feels the need to swipe lip balm on my lips every two hours or so, and you know, if I don’t get rid of all that balm on my lips by the end of the day, it’s going to dry up and it’s going to feel really clogged up and next thing I know, my lips are already cracking. Thus, whenever I feel like I put too much product on my lips, I use this lip scrub before I brush my teeth and start with my skincare routine. (see full review here)

Lucas’ Papaw Ointment – I have heard of this ointment several times and a lot local celebrities here in the Philippines has this product, so when my friend from Nudie Organics (IG @nudieorganics) told me that they’re selling this, I immediately ordered two. It has been really helpful in healing my chapped lips. Although I have read that this is just an ointment and it should not be used as a lip balm or a moisturizer, I still incorporate this with my daily routine, especially before I apply my lip balm because it really did wonders on my dry lips and it has helped regain its normal texture. I apply this on my lips after I brush my teeth and reapply it at least twice a day.

Maybelline Baby Lips Dr. Rescue Lip Balm – I picked this up at Robinsons Dumaguete when my lips felt really dry and I forgot to bring a lip balm with me. I immediately went to Watsons and purchased two lip balms (I wanted to buy everything, to be honest!) and one of them was this. Out of the two, this was the one I first used. I had mixed feelings with it at first because I love how this has a cooling effect on the lips, but I wasn’t a big fan of the scent… it reminds me of Vicks. But later on I got used to it and this became my go-to lip balm. I use this before my liptint in the morning. In the evening, I would usually apply this on my lips whenever I need to use a mud mask or a sheet mask, or whenever there’s a skincare step that needs some time before I proceed to the next step.

Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask – I totally, totally, totally love this lip mask, especially the scent! IT IS HEAVENLY. I have been using this for around 10 months already, I think. And it has helped me a lot inreganing the moisture of my lips. I would apply this before I get to bed.

I really didn’t plan this up nor did I do any research about lip care routines whatsoever, I just did what I think would be good for my lips and then I realized later on that it is actually a routine. And I wanted to share this to the internet if ever there are girls out there who struggles with dry or sore lips. I hope this post helped you and thanks for stopping by!



Skincare Presents that I got for Christmas


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!


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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 РInnisfree Daily UV Protection Cream No Sebum 


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!


Product Review: Nature Republic California Aloe Vera Cleansing Tissue


A few weeks ago, I was looking for the Nature Republic 92% Aloe Vera Gel in their SM Mall of Asia store, sadly, they were out of stock and all they had was this cleansing tissue. Since it was on sale, (I couldn’t remember exactly, buy 1 take 1 for 399PHP or 499PHP, I think? Anyway, if you have been following my blog, you’ll notice that I hardly mention prices because I’m bad at remembering them! Haha) I decided to buy it. After all, I really didn’t have an on-the-go Cleansing Tissue at home but I always find myself looking for one every now and then, so I thought buying this will be a good investment for me.


Surely, since I have just recently started using makeup on a daily basis, this became so useful for me. I use it immediately when I get home to wipe off the makeup on my face before I proceed using the cleansing balm.

The thing about this is that when you pull one tissue, it has the tendency to pull out one or two more, so I always end up stuffing the extra tissue back inside if less than half of it has been pulled out. If not, I’ll just have to use both tissues. I just recently discovered that I have to hold down the area around the opening when I pull out a tissue so that it won’t release more than one tissue. To be honest, I find it quite tedious.

However, that is not the main purpose of the cleansing wipes. So in this post I’m going to show you guys how well does it actually remove makeup.


So here are a few cosmetics from Clinique and Covergirl. I’ve had them for quite some time now but I rarely used them because I used to be a no makeup person.


I just swatched them on my forearm–prior to that I put BB cream on it. Also, the very dark red swatch there is from Colourpop.

(related: UNBOXING: Colourpop box)


So here’s how the actual cleansing wipe looks like. I put it against a darker background so it can be more visible. As you can see, it isn’t dripping wet, nor it is too dry. It’s just enough so that it won’t leave droplets on the surface you place them on. I also like it because unlike other cleansing wipes, this does not leave my skin dripping wet after I wipe it on. Thus, I don’t need to use a regular tissue or a towel to wipe off excess moisture.


This is how my arm looked like after I used the cleansing wipe to remove all the makeup. No extra moisture whatsoever. It looks like what my arm would usually look like. However, my skin does feel moisturized. I think this may have something to do with the Aloe Vera in the cleansing tissue. It does not sit on the surface of the skin, it immediately penetrates right after contact.


I only used one cleansing tissue to remove all the makeup swatches that I applied on my arm earlier, and all it took was a few swipes. I didn’t have to wipe that hard to remove everything, even the matte lipstick from Colourpop.

Aside from the small problem I have whenever I try to pull out a cleansing tissue, I really like this product and it has been handy for me. I’ve been bringing this everywhere I go, and I say that it is a good alternative whenever I’m too tired to wash my face. It’s gentle on the skin and I don’t need to wipe that hard to remove makeup. Also, I can smell the aloe vera on the product, which I really liked.

This also feels very refreshing when I use it to wipe off excess sweat after a workout–and it doesn’t leave a sticky feeling at all (some wipes leave a sticky feeling, honestly.)

For those who would prefer to bring their wipes in their purses or bags, unless if you bring a really big bag with you, this isn’t the cleansing wipe for you. However, I would highly suggest this as an at-home cleansing wipe–the one that sits perfectly somewhere in your vanity table or bathroom.


Product Review: Skin79 Super Beblesh Balm Triple Functions


They say that skincare is useless if you don’t use SPF. Therefore, I always make sure that I have applied sun cream every time I go outside. Honestly, I was against the thought of applying anything on my face in the morning at first because I didn’t want my face to look too oily, or greasy, or powdery, or clowny whatsoever. But as time went by I realized that I can actually apply makeup and the greasy film of sunscreen can be toned down with the right powder.


Using makeup such as BB creams to double as my SPF never really occurred to me because I honestly thought that they are not as effective as SPF products alone. However, my friend sent me this BB Cream from SKIN79 because she loves me, and I read that it is a highly upgraded sunscreen… I know it might just be for advertising when it’s obviouly more of a makeup than a skincare product. But who cares! this is SPF50, my usual SPF was only 30, thus this one might just give me more UV protection.


The bottle says that SKIN79’s Super Plus Beblesh Balm Triple Functions is focused on Whitening/Anti-Wrinkle/ Ultraviolet rays protection SPF50+ PA+++. It is a highly upgraded sunscreen reduces skin discoloration and skin aging caused by UV A & B. (please ignore the grammar, I’m only copying what’s written on the bottle.)

Phytospingosine and Ceramide as similar ingredients to skin strengthen skin’s protective barrierand maintain skin balance. OSMOPUR-N and Vita-V Complex soothe and protect from skin damage caused by harmful environment to produce moistful and healthy-looking skin.


Use proper amount on your face and spread it evenly.


For my face I only need one pump to cover everything up. I simply blot the product around my face with a beauty blender until everything looks even.


Here’s what my skin looks like without the BB cream.IMG_5548

And here it is with the BB cream.

Generally speaking, I like this product. I immediately fell in love with it the first time I tried it on and decided to use it as my daily BB cream–breaking my “makeup is different from skincare” rule and “no makeup just powder and concealer” rule. Simply because it makes my skin appear more even with or without concealer.

I also like its consistency, not too thick and not too watery. It’s just enough for me to be able to spread the product evenly without worrying that it might cake up. Oh, and that’s also one thing, this BB cream does not cake. However, this leaves a very dewy finish that makes me look not-so-pretty in photos unless if I use loose powder.

Also, I’m glad that my friend gave me the right shade because as you can see in the above photos, there were no much difference between my bare skin and the one with this BB cream except that it looks more even and the red patches and visible veins were gone. Although it highlighted the chicken skin a bit, I don’t think I have that problem on my face so I’m not really bothered by that. Overall, my skin looks younger with this BB cream.

My skin surprisingly had a good reaction to this product. Before, I would stay away from using makeup because I tend to get breakouts when using them. But with this one, I barely got any even though I used this every single day.

I think my only major concern with this is the packaging–it isn’t travel friendly and it looks like something that will be scattered all over your pouch if you don’t securely pack it. Which is why I put this inside its box and place it on a safe place in my luggage where it won’t be crushed by my other stuff–which is by the way, really difficult to do because I tend to pack more than what my bags can allow. I’m thinking of repackaging it to a smaller travel bottle to make it less of a hassle for me to bring it everywhere, But I’m afraid that the product might dry up inside the new container and waste a generous amount of it. So, I’m not sure if putting this in a travel bottle is still a good idea.

Anyway, that’s all I can say about this product. I totally recommend this to everyone and I’m pretty much sure I’m going to purchase this once I run out of it soon.

By the way, the friend that gave me this BB cream from SKIN79 also sells this, and a variety of other beauty products in her instagram page @nudieorganics. Check out her IG if you’re interested!

I hope you found this post helpful!