My Lip Care Routine (2018)

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ADVANCED HAPPY VALENTINES DAY GUYS!

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!

XOXO,

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

Hey guys! I’m here to share my 2018 goals for my beloved skin. Over the Christmas break and the whole month of January, I had ample time to reflect and evaluate myself and my skincare routine. I have been watching videos in Youtube about some people trying out the 10-step Korean Skincare routine for a week or two, and some of them noticed visible changes immediately. Since I have been religiously doing my skincare routine for a year now, just like these Youtube bloggers, I have noticed the changes in my skin too—but that does not mean that I don’t have skin issues any more. I still have a few problems to deal with, and watching those videos has inspired me to go on with my skincare routine this year and to become more attentive when it comes to choosing the products that I use so that they can effectively help me in eliminating or lessening my skin concerns.

During the first few months when I started strengthening my focus on skincare, I have noticed a dramatic change in my skin. However, as months passed by, I just started getting used to my new skin that I don’t even notice the changes that much, which sometimes made me think that my skincare isn’t helping me that much. You know that feeling when you tend to forget what you have because you’re so used to having it already? That’s somehow what I felt especially when I still see my skin troubles seemingly obvious on my face. However, the constant unsolicited compliments from family and friends saying that my skin looked so much better gave the constant validation that I needed. Also, I have become this person that people go to when they have skincare questions or such which made me have this confidence with what I’m doing. These people believed in me, thus, I shall also believe in myself.

But that confidence and belief is not fooling me. I still have skincare concerns that I would like to address. Last year may have eliminated more than half of my problems, thus, this year, I will try to get rid of my remaining skin concerns and try out other skincare practices that I haven’t tried this year yet.

Here’s a photo of me before trying out Korean Skincare:

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This photo was taken October 2016. I just had my hair rebonded (hence the “dooooonneee” caption)

Here’s a photo of me 11 months into Korean Skincare:

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I was inside a fitting room, and honestly, the lighting was good.

Have you noticed the difference between the two?

 

Looking at my October 2016 selfie, I honestly thought I looked good in that photo when I posted it a year ago. But right now, even before I saw my current photos, I just cringe at the confidence I had when I posted it.

Now, I’m pretty much aware that both photos were taken in different lighting and different situations. but I doubt that my skin would ever look that dull and lifeless if I took a selfie right now.

(see also: A compilation of my Skincare Routines posted in this blog)

(disclaimer: I did not undergo a nose lift. I purposely angled my face like that so my nose would look better.)

Seeing these before and after photos of my face and based on my own observations. My year of skincare has done the following to me:

  • It brightened up my skin. It looks more alive and healthy. Before, I would always feel like my face is dull and I look dead, but now, even on my most tiring days, I feel like I still look fresh and alive whenever I look at the mirror.
  • My acne scars has disappeared. I really didn’t care much about my acne scars, to be honest I didn’t really notice them before. But looking at my old photos made me realize their existence in my life… and I am more than thankful that they are gone now.
  • I don’t get as much acne as I used to. And when I do, they don’t stay for much long. Before, getting rid of an acne is really a problem for me. During my first few months into skincare, my acne problem was really something I had a huge focus on. Well, to be honest, I don’t really get a lot of acne, but yknow, if you’re trying to make your face flawless, a little pimple can be a huge bummer. I was able to finish three bottles of The Body Shop’s Tea Tree Oil (see review here) in the first few months of 2017 became pimples just keep on appearing on my face. But later on, they slowed down and they don’t really stay for much long. I actually bought a fourth bottle of Tea Tree Oil from The Body Shop around May last year, and I never really got to use it that much so it ended up with my sister. I think my regular chemical exfoliation, and trips to the facial spa has a huge participation in keeping my acne at bay.
  • My skin became more softer. It wasn’t generally rough before. But I noticed that it became more supple and it felt more gentle.
  • I don’t flake that much anymore. I have combination dry skin, which means my T-zone area can sometimes become really dry when it’s cold. And when that happens, my nose area would flake. In the last six months, I didn’t experience any flaking at all even though the temperature is really cold.
  • Less redness. If there was girl human version of Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer, that would be me. I don’t actually remember a time when my nose area wasn’t red before I invested into skincare. Now, redness isn’t an issue at all!
  • Eyebags became less prominent. They’re still there, and they still get dark at times. But they’re not as horrifying as they were before. I don’t recall anyone telling me that I looked tired or I looked like I lacked sleep in the past few months.
  • Fine lines were reduced. Or their appearance gradually slowed down. I don’t know. But given all the stress that the past year have given me, it is a miracle that I still look my age. I’m only in my early 20s so fine lines and wrinkles are not really an issue for me, but I still want to mention the fact that my skin just felt really great and young and there wasn’t a day when I worried about my wrinkles whenever I was doing my skincare routine–I just realized that there was a point in my life when I was freaked out about the lines forming in my forehead, but now? They’re not so freaky anymore.

(read:Best of My 2017 Skincare (Blogversary Post!))

So, those are the main things that I have noticed in my skin for the past year. I am really grateful that I became more conscious about my face and I have discovered the 10-step Korean Skincare Routine, because if it wasn’t for skincare, then my life would probably be dull and honestly, I wouldn’t be very happy about my existence.

I’m very satisfied with what my 2017 skincare adventure has done to my skin, however, there are still areas that needs a little more love. If you would look closely at my September 2017 photo, you would notice that it isn’t really that flawless–there are some bumps and dark spots that needs to be taken care of. And this year, I will make sure of that.

Here are my 2018 skincare goals:

  • Focus on taking good care of my nose area. My nose is my most hated part of my face. It is one of the main reasons why I started investing in Korean Skincare and it is still the reason why I am not that confident in taking selfies. I have been to several skincare clinics for facials, and they would always say something about my nose. However, they’d say that it isn’t really obvious or visible so I shouldn’t be really bothered, but I am bothered. I went to a Belo clinic for a facial once and the girl who did my facial discouraged me from having anything done. However, my latest facial at SM MOA Flawless had me thinking. The girl kept on telling me things about the pores on my nose and such that it stuck on my head. So now, all I want to do is to focus on making it look better. I really didn’t invest on blackhead/whitehead removal that much last year save for the occasional facial and daily AHA. But this year, I will try to be more religious with using nose strips and nose masks.
  • Get rid of the bumps, redness, and sunspots on my face. they’re not as prominent as before, but they’re still there. And if there’s a way where I can make my skin better, I will try.
  • Try more local products. They’re generally cheaper than most skincare products, and  lot of them are organic. I trust that Filipino brands are good too, they’re just not as recognized as other skincare brands because it isn’t really something that the Philippines is known for.
  • Invest in beauty oils. One of the things that I wish I should have been last 2017 was to be more aware of beauty oils and other skincare ingredients. So, this year I will try to do my best to be more familiar with beauty oils and to start investing on them. I currently have Tea Tree Oil, Argan Oil, and Castor Oil in my stash and they have been wonderful to me, so I’m thinking of expanding my collection this year.
  • Take more care of my lip balm-dependent lips. I cannot live a day without lip balm because my lips always feel dry, or sometimes they have this weird texture that I really can’t explain but only lip scrubs can successfully get rid of. This year, I really want my lips to feel normal–something that wouldn’t make me want to run to the drugstore and buy a lip balm just because I didn’t bring any and my lips were starting to feel weird (this happened, srsly.) Anyway, I’ve been trying this lip care routine for some time now, it’s something that I do when I’m doing my skincare as well and I’m posting about it soon so I hope you guys can read it!

This is a really lengthy post and I honestly don’t know if anyone will be patient enough to read everything from top to bottom. But I really had a good time writing this because this whole post is basically my skincare past, present, and future. I just hope that my future will be bright, supple, and flawless. Wish me luck!

XOXO,

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Bench Organics Haul

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Hey guys! My first haul post for 2018! I actually bought these items on the last week of 2017. And to be honest, these items sparked my interest in exploring local beauty products.

So, I was in Mactan Cebu International Airport when I first saw these organic products from Bench. I already got curious because it’s something new, and it’s something that I’d like to try. However, I didn’t buy anything yet because I’m at the airport on my way to Dumaguete and I really didn’t want to bring too many hand-carried items/bags with me on the plane. I bought these products at Robinsons Place Dumaguete shortly after.

By the way, if you do not know what Bench is, Bench is an international clothing brand from the Philippines that also sells a few beauty products. I’m not really sure as to when they launched Bench Organics, but I go to a Bench store at least once a month and last month was the first time I saw these products on their shelves.

I will explain more as I go through the products I bought so here they are:

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Bench Organics Argan Oil from Morocco

This was actually the product that really caught my eye. As you guys know, I’ve been trying to find the perfect products for my hair because I’m trying to make it less dependent of salon treatments. I have tried several drugstore shampoos that has Argan Oil on them and they worked perfectly on my hair. Now, I know this bottle of Argan Oil from Bench Organics is more geared to be used on the skin, but since it’s just an oil and the bottle also indicated that it can be used for the hair (it’s on the back, btw, idk why this photo looks entirely different from my other shots but please forgive my inconsistency) so I got myself a bottle. I also use it as a body oil if I feel like it, but I really bought this oil for my hair.

(related: Watsons Hair Care Haul)

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Bench Organics 92% Aloe Face & Body Mist

(I lost the cap of this huhu sorry) Buying this wasn’t really part of the plan because I only meant to buy the Argan Oil. However, I realized that I don’t really own a mist yet, I bought one before but I can’t find it anymore. Thus, I decided to get this bottle. I know for a fact that Aloe Vera is good for my skin and I thought that having a mist will be helpful especially when I need to awaken my senses when I feel sleepy or tired.

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

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Bench Organics spf 50+ pa+++ Aloe Cool Sunblock

I was actually contemplating if I should get this sunblock because I already have a lot of sun creams. However, I don’t have a spray-type one and I thought that this would be convenient for reapplying sunscreen. You know, I don’t really follow the “re-apply your sunscreen every two hours” rule because I find it too tedious especially when I have makeup on–like, I have to re-do my makeup if I want to reapply my sunscreen every two hours and who has time for that? Which is why I decided to get this product. Because with this spray sunblock, I don’t have to massage the product on my face after spraying it on. I just have to pat it until my skin absorbs the product and I’m done. There’s less risk of ruining my blush and other makeup (although I only use blush most of the time.) I’ve actually started using this already. As soon as I wake up, I grab this sunblock and spray it on my face before breakfast because I’m too lazy to do my morning routine yet. It’s the most convenient sunscreen that I have ever had yet. I’m not sure if it is as effective as other SPF products (who really knows, anyway?) but I find comfort in knowing the fact that I applied sunblock before facing the sun.

I don’t really know if there are other Bench Organics products out there because these three were the only items that I was able to see in the Robinsons Dumaguete branch. And since I had enough Christmas money to buy all three, that’s what I did! Haha. I can’t really say if I will be looking forward to trying the other products from Bench Organics because I’m not really a big fan of the brand (but I don’t hate them!), but I might probably buy other products from the same brand if I find it interesting or useful for me. It really depends. But so far, these items that I have shown you guys hasn’t disappointed me and I have been using them every day ever since I first opened the product.

I hope you guys found this post helpful. And for my fellow Filipinos out there who can easily access these products, go ahead and try them! Let’s support our own products!

That’s all for today and I hope you enjoyed reading this post! Till then,

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Product Review: Nature Republic California Aloe Vera Cleansing Tissue

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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)

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

DIRECTIONS

Use proper amount on your face and spread it evenly.

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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.

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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!

XOXO

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Product Review: Skinfood Black Sugar Mask Wash Off

Skinfood’s Black Sugar Mask is one of my very first skincare products as it was very popular during the first few months of 2017–right when my skincare obsession has started. This product has been featured several times in my skincare routine posts but I have never written a full-on review about this baby ever since. But that does not mean that this amazing exfoliator isn’t a gem.

(Related: 2016 Skincare Routine )

(Also related: Update: All-Korean Evening Skincare RoutineMy 11-step Evening Skincare Routine (Part 1)My 11-Step Skincare Routine (Part 2))

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(Disclaimer: please do not mind the black spots on the lid, my cleaning lady used to splash water ALL OVER MY BATHROOM leaving all of my skincare products wet, and unfortunately the label of this product was printed on paper, hence the black spots.)

I use this sugar mask at least once or twice a week, I don’t bring it with me during my travels but I make sure that I use this before I fly to somewhere else and immediately the night after I get back home..or to my dorm.

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After leaving this on my face for 15-20 minutes, I would wash it off and apply a clay mask to my liking next. It’s usually Innisfree’s Jeju Volcanic Clay Mask, if not, it’s Body Shop’s Tea Tree Skin Clearing Clay Mask. I don’t know if anyone does this as well, or if applying a clay mask after using an exfoliator is advisable, but I like doing this because I feel like my skin will absorb more of the nutrients coming from the clay mask after exfoliation. After all, the Black Sugar Mask is meant to remove dead skin cells and other impurities that might cause the clay mask to not fully take effect on the skin. Also, whenever I get my facials, they always end it with a mask. I think this also helps close the pores that were opened by the exfoliation and it tames the skin after all the mild scrubbing.

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So this is how it looks like. It has a honey-like texture packed with tiny grains of sugar, as you can see in the photo. It also has a very sweet sugary scent which reminds me of burnt sugar. IMG_5534

For people with delicate skin, this black sugar mask can be quite rough for you guys so you might want to mix this with a few drops of your toner or melt the sugar a bit before you massage it on your face. What I do is that I don’t wipe my face off after washing it so it’s still wet when I apply the sugar mask.

I don’t really massage the mask on my face because I’m afraid that it might cause friction and skin breakage, so I just gently apply it on and even it out before leaving it on for 15-20 minutes. Unlike other masks, this one doesn’t dry or harden–its texture basically stays the same as when you applied it so you don’t have to worry about waiting for it to dry or whatsoever.

After 20 minutes, I rinse it off using water and look back on a clearer reflection of my face in the mirror. My complexion looks brighter and my skin feels as soft and smooth and supple as a baby’s. I love how this exfoliator seems to give immediate results with no side effects. However, I advice you not to use this when you have an open pimple or a scar as this might worsen your skin problem.

I totally recommend Skinfood’s Black Sugar Mask to people whose skin does not have a strong reaction to physical exfoliants, like people who has normal to dry skin types. I’m not very eager to repurchase this because I might still find other wash off masks that my skin will like, but I definitely love this product and I am glad that this was my first ever sugar mask–I had no regrets. Also, this has been with me for a year already so it’s totally worth it.

Until then ❤

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BLK cosmetics haul

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Miniso Skincare and Beauty Haul

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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