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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

See you in a few weeks,

Meesh ❤

 

Watsons Hair Care Haul

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One of my frustrations in life is getting gorgeous hair. I really envy people who has naturally soft and manageable hair. Mine requires at least one rebond session per year so it would look decent enough for the public. I was actually hoping that since I’ve been rebonding my hair since 2009, it would adapt to the chemicals and other stuff that they put on my hair and be independent from rebond sessions soon.  But still, after a few months or so, the medicine starts wearing off as I slowly turn into a human with a bird’s nest on top of my head. It’s so frustrating and I can’t do anything about it. I always have to go back to the salon if I want to look presentable, even though I really want my hair to be treatment-dependent.

I had this haul thinking that maybe, if I gave my hair extra care, I won’t need to go to the salon anymore. This is my attempt to make my hair look better.

TRESemme Split Repair Shampoo and Serum – I originally wanted to buy the conditioner from this line along with these two, but I wasn’t so sure that my hair would react nicely to it. Since these products are focused on repairing, I was thinking that they might not do much in making my hair softer or smoother so I opted for a different conditioner that will surely give my hair the softness that it needs. Anyway, I particularly chose these two products from TRESemme because one of my major hair problems are my split ends–like, they cover almost half the length of my hair! I’m not really sure because I’m not a hair care expert, but I’m hoping that fixing my split-ends problem is a good start for me to have the nice, shiny, and manageable hair that I’ve always wanted.

Dove Hair Therapy Straight and Silky Conditioner – I wasn’t really a fan of Dove before, because the first time I tried it, my hair just became more unruly. However, I gave Dove a second chance a few months ago and I immediately loved how it made my hair feel lighter and softer. I would have bought the Shampoo from this line too, but I’m eager on solving my hair problems so I decided to buy something else.

Golden Fabulouz Keratin Argan Oil Hot Oil Treatment – When I had my hair rebonded October last year, the salon lady told me that I need to undergo Hot Oil treatment every month for maintenance. Of course, I didn’t do that because it’s quite expensive and honestly I think it’s too extravagant to go for a hot oil treatment every month. While I still have it on my mind to go to the salon for the said maintenance one of these days, I was hoping that this would help lock in the medicine from my rebonding session a few months ago.

I didn’t know that this product was on a buy one take one promo until the cashier informed me. Thus, I just picked up the first thing that I saw in the shelves for my take one (I didn’t want the long line of buyers in the cashier to wait longer because of my indecisiveness). Golden Fabulous Keratin Hot Oil Cream with Green Tea seems to be a good choice, to be honest, I was also looking at this one while I was looking for stuff to buy.

Ellips Hair Vitamin Hair Treatment – I really wanted to try this before because it looks really interesting and I’ve always wondered if products like this does wonders to the hair. I honestly think that keeping something like this is my regimen is a really huge step, so I’m hoping that this hair vitamin will do me good.

I’m fairly new to this hair care thing, and to be honest, I’m not expecting stellar results from all these products immediately. It might take time before my hair actually starts absorbing all these chemicals that will change it. But I’m hoping to notice an improvement after a few months with this set of products. Just like my skincare, this will be a trial and error process, and I know finding the prefect set of hair care products for me will take some time. However, I’m willing to enjoy the journey to having fabulous hair. I’ll write a review for some of the products in this haul soon and make my recommendations.

As I start my quest for the perfect products for perfect hair, please help me by giving me tips and suggestions in the comment box. Any recommendation will be greatly appreciated.

To better hair days and flawless skin,

Meesh ❤

 

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 ❤

My Sister’s Very First Althea Korea Haul

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Finally, a decent photo on my blog! Before anything else, I would like to express how happy I am that I was finally able to post an artsy photo here because taking instagram-worthy shots is actually one of my favorite things to do, it’s just that my current job made it impossible for me to take photos during daytime and find areas where I can take some nice shots. Which is why most of the photos is this blog were obviously half-baked, or were just taken for the sake of visual aid. I apologize for that–I try my best to put creativity in my photos. But as of now, the only decent place where I do all the photography is the very small table in my apartment that can barely get good lighting. However, I still try my best to make my instagram look fancy, go on and check it out!

Okay, I’m not with my irrelevant rambling. The real post starts after this sentence!

I’ve just started obsessing over skincare products a few months ago. I’d bring something new almost every week and tell my mom, my aunt, and my sister about it. Since my sister is a really huge fan of Korean dramas, the Korean products that I bring home are always something that would interest her. She’d ask me questions about this and that, and ask me to suggest products for her oily and acne-prone skin, and I would gladly answer. I gave her some of my products and allowed her to try on some of my favorites. Slowly, she started doing her own research for her skincare needs and would ask me for help on where to find them.

Of course, I seized the moment and gave her my referral link to Althea Korea. She’s still a student thus discounts and other promotional events would really mean a lot to her savings. March is her birth month thus she had a few extra bucks to spend for herself, and I’m just glad that she chose to spend her birthday money on skincare! So there, I helped her choose the products that I think would be perfect for her.

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My sister has oily skin thus I suggested that she get something that has Tea Tree in it. We also had to consider her budget so we got the cheapest one that we can find in the website. She had so many tabs opened but ended up choosing Natural Pacific’s Tea Tree Fresh Essence. She has always enjoyed my clay masks and wanted to have one for herself. Thus she got Innisfree’s Super Volcanic Pore Clay Mask–I’ve read that this one is designed for oily skin, while the non-super one (which I have) is for those with normal skin. I think she’s done her research well and read a few good things about Innisfree so she bought the No-Sebum Mineral Powder and the Perfect UV protection cream. As for the last product that she bought, (the honey-colored bottle up there)I really have no idea what that is. The whole package is in Korean she she told me that it’s something for the hair. So, I’m like, okay! Your money, your choices.

She couldn’t wait to get her hands on her package and she kept on pestering me about it. I’m equally as excited for her as she was, but I know the drill already when it comes to Althea Korea. I told her to keep calm and stay classy. Lol. She tracked her package almost every day and when she found out that it’s ready for pickup, she asked me to come with her.

I live in a dorm and my sister lives at home, and I wouldn’t allow her to open her package without me so I told her to open her package in a nearby coffee shop so I can also see what’s in it. She was so excited that she wouldn’t even let me help her get all the packaging tape off the package. Lol.

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Look at that satisfied look on her face!

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Checking out the items she spent her money with. (Is this worth it? Am I sure with what I’m doing? Lol)

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My sister with her children! For more generations to come!

I haven’t heard anything from her ever since she got her products. But I do think that she’s loving all of them because if she isn’t, I’ll be the first person to know. I’m going to see her in a while and give her some of the products from my own shelf that I think would be better for her and ask her of her opinion on the products she bought.

If you would also like to enjoy the discount that my sister benefited with in this haul, click this link and enjoy shopping!

To more hauls,

Meesh ❤

 

The Face Shop Real Nature Sheet Mask Haul

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Hello everyone! I was at Cagayan de Oro City a few weeks ago and I had some free time to roam around. Luckily, our hotel was located near Limketkai Mall so I went there and found their local The Face Shop store. They have this 5+5 Real Nature Sheet Mask sale, in which you basically get 5 and get another 5 for free. I just couldn’t resist how much of a good deal this was, and started grabbing a few sheet masks.

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I actually availed of this promo last January in The Face Shop Ayala Abreeza Mall in Davao City, I think the sale lasted up until Chinese New Year only, so after that, their sheet masks there were back to their normal prices. I was actually surprised when I found out that the one in Limketkai Mall still had the sale on-going, so I grabbed my chance. I was only supposed to get 10 sheet masks, but there were others which seemed interesting so I decided to get 20 instead.

These sheet masks are regularly priced at 65php each. A set of 5+5 costs 325php. Since I got two sets, I paid 650php all in all for 20 sheet masks.

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I got two of the others because I had 16 different sheet masks in my bag already and nothing else seemed interesting for me, so I just got another pack of those that I really liked–or those that I really wanted to try. I chose to have two of honey, shea butter, kelp, and rice sheet masks.

If I use sheet masks at least twice a week, it will take me 10 weeks to finish using all of these–that’s almost three months! At least I don’t have to worry running out of them anytime soon.

I’m still in search of my favorite sheet masks and I’m positive that some of them will come from this haul.

Where do you get your favorite sheet masks? Let me know!

XOXO,

Meesh 🙂