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: 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 First BeautyMNL (mini) Haul + fulfilling my 2018 Skincare Goals

Would you believe????

The first time I ever purchased anything from BeautyMNL was March 2017. Since then, I have been browsing that online shop from time to time, adding and removing things from my cart, but I was never able to proceed to checkout until this January.

(related:My First Ever BeautyMNL Purchase + Newly-launched Mobile App)

The primary reason why I don’t shop that much in BeautyMNL was because last year, I was a huge Korean skincare junkie and it was so much easier to narrow down my Korean Skincare shopping with a Korea-based online shop (a.k.a. Althea Korea).

This year, however, I came up with skincare goals that includes having local products on my routine. Therefore, I think my relationship with BeautyMNL will be a lot more tighter this year. I just actually added a lot of products on my BeautyMNL wishlist, and even though 90% of them were still Korean skincare products, at least I wasn’t closing my cart to just Korean goodies. I also added a hell lot of items from Skin Genie (they’re so cheap!) and other local brands, but before I proceed to checkout, I will have to study these items first and check out reviews online.

Speaking of Skincare goals, this haul was entirely inspired by it. I only bought three items, but not only will they help me fulfill my skincare goals, but I know that they will also play a huge part in my 2018 skincare routines(because there will be more than one, duh.)

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Organic Alley Rosehip Oil – This is actually one of the reasons why I was so eager to hit the checkout button this time (in contrast to all the other times I had in 2017), I have been doing research on beauty oils and Rosehip Oil is definitely the oil that I have been looking for. It helps with scar healing–which is one of the most said comments regarding my nose and chin area (they are not really noticeable, except if you put my face in really bright light and under a magnifying glass.) aside from that, it has anti-aging properties that I don’t really need that much right now, but it’s better to start early. Organic Alley is also a local brand, so this product just hit the right boxes for me.

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

Cosrx AHA Whitehead Power Liquid – I have known Cosrx ever since I started doing skincare and I wasn’t really interested with this product up until lately. I stumbled upon an article in the internet that says this exfoliator can help in reducing little bumps on the face and I was immediately sold. It was just in time because I’m almost out of my current AHA product, and I am guessing that this power liquid is going to be a good replacement.

It’s Skin Power 10 VE Formula Effector – While I was doing research about skincare ingredients that’s good for the skin, a lot of the sites that I found in Google said Vitamin E is really good for my skin, which reminded me of my beloved Vitamin E moisturizer from the Body Shop. (Product Review: The Body Shop Vitamin E Aqua Boost Sorbet) It was one of my very first moisturizers and it has done an amazing job in making my face really soft. I was also looking for a new serum that’s not really complicated–one that I can just throw in my routine without worrying about it reacting badly with another layer of product that might cause irritation and all other types of skincare disasters. Also, I’m really looking forward to trying out this line from It’s Skin so I guess this is a perfect choice for me.

(see also: Althea New Year Skincare Haul (2018))

It took me weeks to finally get my shit together and make a purchase in BeautyMNL, but what really motivated me to proceed to checkout were the freebies. They were giving out Dear Klairs samples!!!!


Who doesn’t love dear Klairs? I have only used one product from their brand (Freshly Juiced Vitamin Drop) and it has completely changed my skincare game. (read review here) It is one of my holy grail products and I love it so much that it has made me believe in the whole brand even though it was the only one I have ever tried from them. But I have watched Youtube reviews of other Dear Klairs products and everyone is crazy about it. And I think that having the opportunity to get samples is something I shouldn’t miss. Because you know, there are products out there that everyone loves but it’s just not for you–and I hope to god that these products are for me. I guess I’ll have to try these four in different times so I’ll be able to see the full result of each one of them… and maybe I’ll write something about it here… just wait for it. Haha.

So that concludes my very first BeautyMNL haul–by the way, if you’re wondering why my title says (mini) it’s because I usually buy 4 or more items to consider it a haul, and there’s only three in this shopping adventure. However, I’m happy with the things that I got and I’m pretty much sure I’ll be back to buy more skincare from BeautyMNL.

I hope you guys enjoyed this post and I’ll see you guys in my next haul!




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:


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:


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!




Althea New Year Skincare Haul (2018)

Hey guys! Another Happy New Year post! I know my recent posts were long overdue, but please bear with me. I have a lot of things to post about, but I don’t want to crowd everything in one go. So, I decided to come up with one blog post per week. In this way, I’ll have ample time to think of blogging ideas and to try other products that I can review.

Anyway, I ordered this box last December 28, 2017 when I was still in Dumaguete. I had it sent to my home address in Davao, so I was not really able to get a hold of this box until last January 14. I was in Manila during the first week of 2018 and I went back to Dumaguete on the second week of the year, and I wasn’t really sure when the box would arrive because I expected that there will be delays because of the holidays, thus, I thought that it would be better if my box will be sent to my home instead. Also, this is actually the second Althea Box that was sent to my house, I would normally just pick it up in my nearest LBC branch, but I think Althea changed their courier with one that does not have any business to do with LBC hence my last two boxes before this had a different “claiming” situation. The first one, I had to pick it up on their office itself. And the second box that I wanted to pick up at LBC was delivered to my current location instead– as in like, they called me and asked me where I was–because they can’t leave my package in LBC.

Okay, so enough of that delivery background story, and let’s focus back on my latest Althea box:


I was actually contemplating if I should buy new skincare stuff from Althea because I wasn’t so sure if I wanted to buy stuff online, or if I should just go skincare shopping in Manila instead. However, seeing that the two items that I have been wanting since forever are available and the new limited edition Happy New Year box sold me. I went and made my final Althea purchase for 2017 at around 2 AM, when I was lying in my bed in a hotel room in Dumaguete, supposedly asleep like everyone else.


(please ignore my ugly nails huhu)

So, the Althea Happy New Year Box comes with this 2018 table calendar and a happy New Year card that comes with a coupon code for a 5% discount (why so frugal? Huhu)


If can remember correctly, they were more generous with their discount angpao last year, I think it was a 10% off–which made me hurry back to Althea’s website and buy my next Althea box. It became a cycle for months–a cycle that I honestly didn’t regret even though almost all of my paycheck goes to skincare.

(related: Althea Korea Skincare Haul)

(see also: My Althea Korea Hauls)


In the above-photo is everything that I bought for this Althea Korea box. I have already taken off all the bubble wraps and pink paper thingies that they usually put for added protection and creativity. If you are new to Althea Korea and you have no idea what I’m talking about, just check out my previous hauls and you’ll get what I mean.

If you have been paying attention to this blog, you might have noticed that I haven’t posted any Althea haul for a long time. The last time that I ordered products from Althea Korea was over six months ago. After that, I would just buy my products from nearby stores whenever I run out of something, or if I’m in Manila, I would go skincare shopping on stores that are not locally available in Davao.

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

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

This Althea haul was something I have been thinking of for a few months now. And to be honest, buying from the local stores are not as fulfilling as getting a box of skincare in the mail. And it actually feels good to have a set of things that I can see beauty gurus in youtube and other beauty bloggers review and rave about. For the past few months, I only relied on my instincts whenever I’m buying a skincare product. But this box finally gave me the happiness of knowing that the product is good even before I tried it.


So this box has 7 skincare products in it, and I will explain why I bought each and every one of them.

Cosrx Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence – I have been fully aware of the wonders of snail mucin ever since I delved into Korean Skincare. I have also known and wanted to own this product ever since day 1 but it’s always out of stock. I have been using Korean skincare products for a year now but I really felt like my Korean skincare journey wasn’t enough yet because I haven’t tried this essence yet. Now, having this baby in my shelf just gives me that fulfillment that I can’t even explain.

Skinfood Rice Mask Wash Off – I have always wanted to try this exfoliant as well. But I didn’t want to buy something new when I still had my Skinfood Black Sugar Mask Wash Off. I guess it was just my lucky day when I was placing my order because I’m almost out of my black sugar mask and this happens to be available. Guys, if you shop at Althea, you know how hard it is to buy best sellers there. Everything is simply out of stock. So I’m glad I was able to catch this baby before it sells out.

Aida Cosmetic Wonder Sugar Lip Scrub and Wonder Butter Lip Mask – Of all the items in this box, these two are the only products that I weren’t really familiar of. I just found them in the search bar and decided to buy both lip products. I originally just wanted a lip scrub because I’m almost out of my current Aritaum Ginger Sugar Lip Scrub, and I really need a lip scrub for the sake of my lips. I decided to buy the mask along with it for fun. After all, one of my skincare goals for this year is to give more love to my lips (by using skincare products, of course! What were you thinking?)

It’s Skin Power 10 Formula VC Effector – I was actually surprised I got two of these… but then I remembered that it was in a 1+1 daebak promo, so I’m really thankful I have two products because I don’t really know when I’ll run out of it then I’ll have to worry about finding my next Vitamin C serum. Anyway, I’m really excited to try this product because I know for a fact that Vitamin C does wonders to my skin. If you have read my Dear Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin Drop review, you’ll know that I worship that serum from Dear Klairs… so you’re probably wondering why I bought this one instead of repurchasing. I bought It’s Skin’s Vitamin C serum for experiment. I simply wanted to know if this product will do my skin good as much as my other Vitamin C products did. And, I’m actually thinking of buying more items from the Power 10 Formula Effector line. I don’t know about you guys, but products in the dropper form has an appeal to me, like, I want them all in my face. Lol. And before I start hoarding all the Power 10 products from It’s Skin, I think starting off with this one will be a good start.

Nella Honey Snail Ultra Moisture Cream – honestly, this wasn’t really my first choice. I really wanted the Cosrx Snail Mucin Cream, but it’s out of stock and I really wanted a new moisturizer. This one sounded good to me because I want something that has Snail Mucin in it and I have always loved Honey in my skincare. I’m not really familiar with this, but I’m positive that this will be something that I’ll love.

Okay, so that’s all for this Althea Haul. I’m really happy with this set of products and I’m really hoping that this year will be a good year to my skin. Last year, I was successfully able to eliminate almost all of my skincare problems. So this year, I’m just kind of focusing on the little things that needs more attention. I will write an entire post about my skincare goals for this year, hopefully I will be able to publish it less than a month after posting this haul. Anyway, stay tuned for that and thank you for reading!




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 – Innisfree 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!