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!




Aritaum Ginger Sugar Lip Scrub Review

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

That’s all for today!


Meesh ❤

My Birthday Haul from Althea Korea


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Until then,

Meesh ❤