NAKEUPFACE Stress Zero Cleansing Stick

Hey guys! I’ve been busy going to the gym lately that I barely had time to post anything here. However, during one of my travels, I was inspired by how gorgeous the hotel bathroom was and thought that it’s a great opportunity for me to take photos for my blog there, and so I did. I just transferred to my sister’s place last month and the lighting was quite bad there, so even though I had time to take photos and write a review, I couldn’t because I don’t want my posts to look like shit. Even though I know that the photos that I upload here are not even of great quality and they’re not even edited… I at least try to give myself some dignity by taking them with good lighting. If I had more time to focus in this blog, I would have had more effort in displaying my creativity here. However, my current schedule and resources make it hard for me to exert my full-on ~*photography*~ skills. Hahaha.

 

Anyway, enough with that. Let’s just focus on the subject of this post, which is the Nakeupface Stress Zero Cleansing Stick:

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I’ve heard about cleansing sticks from some of the youtube skincare channels that I follow. I’ve always thought of buying one but I didn’t think that the products that they showcase in their channels were sold in my favorite online stores, so I didn’t put much thought in buying one at first. But later on I realized that it would be a very great convenience for me, a person who frequently travels, to bring with me a cleansing stick instead of the usual cleansing balm and foam. Thus, I scouted Althea Philippines for some cleansing sticks that looked promising. I had a lot of choices, actually. But this one stood out among all of them. (I actually had quite a hard time choosing because all of them seemed good for my skin.)

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So since this is a 3-in-1 product, I first apply it on my bare skin like how I would use my regular cleansing balm. At first I was a bit hesitant to apply it without wetting my face first because it might tug on my skin and result to more wrinkles, but apparently it’s very smooth to apply and the green tea bits weren’t rough enough to cause any irritation. Just be gentle on putting the balm on your whole face.

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What I love the most about this cleansing stick is that it smells like the spa! If you have ever gone out for a facial treatment (I get mine at Flawless SM Lanang 1-2 times a month), they will tell you to smell this certain essential oil before starting the whole process–some spas just smell it it once you enter. I don’t really know what the essential oil is exactly, but whatever it is, it has that de-stressing property that it shares with this product, which is probably why this one is called “Stress Zero”

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After applying the balm to my whole face, I simply put a small amount of water over it and massage it for a few seconds before I wash it all away. It doesn’t foam that much, which is normal according to it’s Althea page. But nonetheless it does its job well.

What I can say is that this cleansing stick is very handy and easy to use, it isn’t too big, but it’s small enough to fit in your purse if ever you just want to bring your facial necessities with you. It’s perfect for travelling because it’s lightweight and at the same time, since it’s in balm form, it will not spill all over your luggage.

I don’t really use makeup thus I cannot say if this is effective in removing makeup, but s far, as long as cleansing is involved, it really delivers the 3-in-1 package and the stress zero promise that the product name brings.

This one costs around 800-900php (I can’t really do research because we currently don’t have internet and I’m just using mobile data and tethered it to my computer so I can write this post down.) It’s quite pricey, but considering that it’s 3-in-1 and its 45g, it’s worth it. And by the way, it lasts long.

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My 11-Step Skincare Routine (Part 2)

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Hello everyone! Here I am, back with the second part of my Evening Skincare routine. I posted the first one last week, click this link if you want to check that out. The first one covered the first five steps: First cleanser, second cleanser, exfoliator, toner, and essence. I this part, I’ll be showing you guys the other half of my skincare routine: The serum, face mask, eye cream, emulsion, moisturizer, and lipbalm.

Step 6: Serum

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Etude House Pink Vital Water Serum – This is the very first serum that I have ever purchased, so far I have nothing negative to say about it. It isn’t sticky nor thick, and it doesn’t really cause breakouts. It also absorbs easily, which I like. But aside from that, I have nothing else to say about this. I’m actually not sure what this does although they say that it hydrates the skin. I like the packaging, though. And it’s travel-friendly.

 

 

Step 7: Sheet Masks/Treatments

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I don’t really have a particular sheet mask that I use all the time, I have a stack of like 50 different sheet masks and I choose what I use depending on my skincare needs. Like, if I need moisturizing, I’ll use a honey sheet mask, if I have a breakout, I’ll use Tea Tree. It depends on what I have too. I use at least two sheet masks a week, sometimes I use more whenever I travel because I see to it that I use a sheet mask after a long plane or car ride. I don’t have a lot of favorite sheet masks yet because I’m still in the process of determining which I like, but I’ll make a blog post about it soon!

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The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil – This is the step in which I apply my facial treatments. But so far I only have this oil that I have raved about in this post. But right now, since I don’t get a lot of breakouts anymore, I only apply this when I feel like there’s an acne coming up, or when I feel like my face needs that extra treatment–whenever necessary. Tea Tree Oil was a big help for me in combating acne, and I can never imagine my life without it.

Step 8: Eye Cream  

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Skinfood Salmon Brightening Eye Cream – I wasn’t really sure why I bought this particular product, I was simply itching to buy something new and I wanted an eye cream that’s in a jar. I tried the tester first and I was impressed with how easy the product absorbs into my skin, thus I purchased it. After using this, my eyes looked less dull and I actually looked more alive. There’s only one thing that I don’t like with this eye cream, it sometimes gets caught in my under lashes and it’s really difficult to wipe off.

Steps 9 and 10: Emulsion/Moisturizer/Sleeping Pack

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I have four different products for steps 9 and 10. I don’t use all of them altogether, I only use two a night. My usual combination would be the Etude House Moistfull Collagen Emulsion and The Body Shop Vitamin E Aqua Boost Sorbet. On days when I feel like my skin needs more moisture, I would replace the Aqua Boost Sorbet with the CosRX Ultimate Moisturizing Honey Overnight Mask. There are also days when I feel like my skin needs extra firming so I would use the Aqua Boost Sorbet along with the Etude House Play Therapy Sleeping Pack. The rule here is that I should never use three of any of the above mentioned products at once, and I should never use the overnight mask and the sleeping mask together. Aside from those, I am free to choose any two products a night.

Step 11: Lipbalm

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L’Occitane Ultra Rich Lipbalm – I have gone through many lipbalms before, but I wasn’t really satisfied with any of them until I had this. I would use this in the morning if it doesn’t leave a really thick shine, but my current morning lipbalm is doing a really good job in keeping my skin moisturized the whole day. And this is really good for overnight moisturizing because as it says, it’s ultra rich. I wake up in the morning with really smooth lips unlike before when it would feel dry and sometimes it would even flake and bleed whenever I stretch it into a smile. The only downside of this lipbalm is that I can’t find it individually in our local L’Occitane stores. It always comes with two other lipbalms and I’m not yet sure if I want to buy the whole set. I got this one at the Manchester Airport in the UK a few months back and it’s the only one left in the shelves. I’m almost out of this one, and it seems like I have no choice but to try and find a different lipbalm that would match this one for replacement.

So that’s it for my 11-Step Skincare Routine. It isn’t the perfect lineup for me yet, but I do have a bunch of favorites from this routine that I sure would keep in my skincare essentials. I’m pretty much sure that there will be a lot of changes in this routine over the months, so if you would like to be updated, check my blog from time to time.

Also, I’m very open to suggestions and recommendations. If you have a holy grail product that you truly love, and would recommend. Please let me know! I have a normal skin type with a few dry patches along the T-zone, which means there’s no problem with me trying different products for different skin types.

I hope you guys liked this post, if you have comments or suggestions, please let me know!

XOXO,

Meesh ❤

My 11-step Evening Skincare Routine (Part 1)

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That group photo of my babies sure looks overwhelming! Before anything else, I don’t use all of these products above at once, there are some that I alternate in using while there are some that I only use once or twice a week. It depends on my mood and my skincare needs for that day.

This is my second lineup for my evening skincare routine. I did not exactly run out of anything from the first one, I was just in that “exploring” stage for skincare (since I’m still new to this) so tried and purchased a few products that I found interesting. I retained a few items from my first routine because I found them sufficient and effective for me. I replaced a few of them not necessarily because they don’t work for me, but it’s because I just want to explore my options or because the product is too interesting for me to resist.

I’m going to cut this post in two parts because this one will be really long, and I might bore you guys somewhere in the middle of the post if I give it all in one go. For this part I’ll discuss about the products I’m using for the first five steps: First and second cleanser, exfoliator, toner, and essence.

Read: My 2016 Skincare Routine

Step 1: First Cleanser

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Banila Co.’s Clean It Zero – At first I really wasn’t thinking of doing some double cleansing because I don’t think I need it since I don’t really use makeup. But then lately I became more conscious of my skin and I started using concealer, and thus I found the need to embrace double cleansing in my world.

This was among my top choices for a cleansing balm but it was always unavailable online so I thought of using a cleansing oil instead since I already tried a sampler from one of Etude House’s cleansing oils. However, while I was strolling down the mall, I found this and I purchased it without having any second thoughts. I really enjoyed using this product, it did improve my skincare routine because my skin started absorbing the other products that I apply after I started using this easier –it effectively breaks that barrier that cannot be removed by my regular foaming cleanser but at the same time it keeps my skin healthy by not stripping off all the good oils. I really love this product because it feels very luxurious to apply and it has a scent that I can go on smelling the whole day. I can’t exactly pinpoint if it’s floral or citrus(y), or a mixture of both. All I know is that I love it. I want a perfume that smells like this gem.

Step 2: Second Cleanser

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Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Pore Cleansing Foam – This cleanser is highly recommended for people with oily skin. This isn’t the perfect product for someone like me who has normal skin with dry patches along the nose area, however I didn’t see that as a problem while I was using this. Some say that it might be drying for my skin type, but I think the moisturizers and the other products that I use along with this compensated for it because I don’t feel any dryness at all. However, I am not saving this product from negative criticism. I’d be honest, its not my favorite and I don’t think I will be repurchasing this cleanser once I’m done with it. Simply because it has small beads in it and I don’t really feel comfortable with them especially when I have an ugly acne on my face–I feel restricted from massaging the product on the surface of my skin. It terms of effectiveness, this cleanser does its job well in cleansing, and my face instantly feel refreshed after using this–like all the layers of sunscreen and dust that my skin gathered the whole day were gone.

Step 3: Exfoliator 

Exfoliation is something that I have always been mildly obsessed with. I have not tried any clinical procedure that involves exfoliation–like peeling, whatsoever. But I always get hyped about exfoliating products because I’ve always thought that it is the key to smooth and flawless skin–much like how sandpaper is to wood. My primary goal in skincare is to remove the tiny bumps on my nose that totally looks weird whenever I have makeup on (because it becomes obvious), so I was hoping that exfoliation can help me with that problem thus it is one of my main focuses whenever I go skincare shopping. I’m currently using three exfoliators–one daily, and the other two once or twice a week, depends on my skin condition.

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CosRX One Step Pimple Clear Pad – Both my sister and I use this product. Between the two of us, she’s the one who has oily and more acne-prone skin. After a month of using this daily, her acne lessened and her face started bearing a healthy, dewy shine. In my case, I use this one to three times a day (I’ve Googled it, it’s safe for normal skin.)–depending on my skin condition. I only use it thrice if I have a breakout and my skin needs more care than it should. Otherwise, I use this once or twice during regular days. It is indeed effective in clearing pimples and it prevents breakouts from happening. I went for an Advanced Acne Facial Treatment two weeks after using this and I was actually disappointed because they didn’t do much on my skin. They said that I didn’t have a lot of blackheads and other impurities for them to remove. I feel like I just wasted my money on nothing, but at least I found out that this product really did help clear my skin from the inside!

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Skinfood Black Sugar Wash Off Mask – I use this mask once or twice a week. Usually after I get back from a travel, because we don’t know what kind of pollutants our skin can gather from different places. I leave this on my face for at least 15 minutes and gently wash it off with water. My skin would instantly look lighter and feel smoother after application. What I love the most about this product is the scent, this smells like roasted sugar with a hint of citrus–or honey with it, I couldn’t tell. But the fragrance is really sweet that sometimes I’d stay in my bathroom longer because I would just sniff on this product.

Innisfree Green Barley Gommage Peeling Mask – This one is a really interesting exfoliator. I use this less often than the Sugar Mask–usually when I have a very alive and angry pimple on my face because this one is less abrasive than the other. This peeling mask does a good job in removing dead skin cells as it shows physical results–by physical, I mean physical peeling. It’s fun because you can see lumps of your dead skin cells form as you gently massage this product on your face. Sometimes I use this product on my underarm for exfoliation.

Step 4: Toner

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Etude House Honey Cera Toner – I am so in love with the scent of this product, I sometimes dream of it. This toner has a milky consistency and is very easy to apply. After putting this on my face, I feel an instant surge of moisture because it easily absorbs into the skin. I have never felt any stinging sensation whenever I apply this toner. Anyway, I think this product is what a toner should really be. Relaxing, refreshing, and hydrating. I actually didn’t understand how come this was a toner because I always thought that toners are supposed to remove excess dirt and must be used with a cotton ball. However, upon research, I found out that toners are supposed to tone the skin, in preparation for the next skincare steps. I think this baby does a good job in that. I’m almost out and I really want to repurchase it, I just can’t find it anywhere in both local and online stores.

Step 5: Essence

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The Body Shop Drops of Light Pure Translucency Essence Lotion – They say that the Essence is the essence of Korean Skincare. It’s funny how I have a non-Korean product for this step, and I’m not sure if using this would be better or not because I haven’t tried a Korean Essence yet. However, after a few months of using this, I can attest that it does give what it promises, my skin looks brighter and radiant–it gives an instant glow especially when there’s light. This isn’t my favorite product, I don’t hate it either, but after I’m done with my two bottles* of this, I’ll start curating for a Korean essence so I can compare which product is better. My skincare routine isn’t strict to only-Korean products, although I want to try having an all-Korean routine soon because after all, this obsession is inspired by the 10-step Korean Skincare Routine.

*I have two bottles because this was on my Christmas list, and two of my aunts gave me the same thing. 

So that’s it for the first 5 steps of my 11-step Evening Skincare Routine. Please stay tuned for the next 6 steps which I will be posting somewhere next week. It’s going to be a long post so I hope you guys will like it.

The next six steps can be read here!

If you guys have some product recommendations, especially for the essence, please let me know.

I’ll talk to you guys soon! XOXO,

Meesh ❤

My 8-Step Morning Skincare Routine

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This whole thing is the reason why I look forward to waking up in the morning. I may have mentioned before that as much as possible, I want my face to be clear of any products during the daylight, but almost everything that I read regarding skincare heavily emphasizes the importance of using sun cream. I didn’t care much about using SPF before because I’m only exposed to sunlight for a maximum of thirty minutes a day–my office is a good 15-minute walk from my place. But when I received an SPF lotion from my aunt (not the one featured in this post), I took it as a sign that I should start curating for a morning skincare routine. I tried using a few other products in the morning before I came up with this lineup, it wasn’t easy for me because my face would sometimes end up sticky and greasy the whole day, and I just feel totally uncomfortable that sometimes I skip putting products altogether and simply apply SPF instead. But after a few trials and errors, I was finally able to come up with a lineup that was perfect for my morning skincare needs.

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Calmia Rooibos No Wash Cleansing Water (First cleanser)– First thing that I do in the morning is to apply this on my face with a regular facial tissue. I gently wipe the tissue on my face until I’ve covered everything. I know that double cleansing in the morning may be unnecessary for some people but I just like removing all the excess product that I have applied on my face the night before while I prepare myself  in the morning. And also, there are days when I don’t immediately take a bath in the morning. Sometimes I’ll do it after two hours or five hours–depends on my schedule for the day which may cause last night’s products to stay on my face longer if I don’t use this cleansing water. I don’t want to do all my skincare rituals in the morning without taking a bath first because I know that they’ll be washed away after a few hours and I will have to reapply them. So I just do my first cleansing to keep my face fresh for the meantime.

This cleansing water is indeed effective in removing product residue. Before I had this product, my face would feel slimy whenever I wet it with water every morning. To be honest, sometimes I don’t feel like I’m washing my face enough in because it would still feel loaded with products. But now, not only does my skin feel cleaner and lighter, I would also instantly feel refreshed after using this cleansing water.

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CosRX Low pH Good Morning Gel Cleanser (Second cleanser)– I remember the first time I heard of this product, I wasn’t interested with it because it looked like it came from the pharmacy. But while I was doing my research on the best skincare products, this baby kept on appearing and thus I wanted to know what all the hype was about and purchased it from Althea Korea. Goodness gracious this product is heaven sent! It’s really light but not runny, and even though this is supposedly a gel cleanser, it foams up when you massage it on your face. It also has this amazing therapeutic tea tree scent which made me love this product even more.

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Etude House Wonder Pore Freshner (Toner) -This is a mild alcohol-based toner that promises removing impurities and tighten pores. I wanted to stay clear of alcohol-based toners because they might cause dryness to my skin. But so far this product has not done any harm to my skin and it absorbs really well which makes it perfect for the morning routine.

 

 

 

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CosRX Natural BHA Skin Returning A-Sol (serum) – I use this right after my toner and then wait a few more minutes before I proceed to my next step. I find this product very effective in helping me deal with my acne scars and prevents incoming breakouts from happening. I know that there may be a risk of using this product along with an alcohol-based cleanser (drying+exfoliation), but so far no harm has been done to my skin. After all, this BHA claims that it’s non-drying. Yes, there was flaking, but the flakes only appeared in the areas of my face that had acne which means this product is doing it’s job well. Also, I never feel any stinging sensation whenever I use this product.

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Etude House Honey Cera Priming Eye Serum – Etude House’s Honey Cera Range is my favorite range of products from the said brand basically because of its scent. Which is why this product was on top of my wishlist when I was looking for an eye cream. I love how the applicator gives me a cooling effect whenever I glide this product with it beneath my eyes. It is also easily absorbed by my skin and so far I hadn’t had the experience of my eyes stinging because of this product. After using this for weeks, my eyes appeared more brighter.

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Onsaemeein Perfect Moisture Cream (Moisturizer) – True to its name, this product is indeed the perfect moisturizer especially in the morning time. It has a light creamy consistency that somehow looks like paste diluted with water. Once you start massaging this on your face it turns into watery liquid which makes application even and moisture absorption better. This product also locks in the moisture of the skin to keep it hydrated the whole day.

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It’s My Sun Cream (SPF)– What I love with this sun cream is that it does not leave a sticky film on the face, making it feel like there was barely any product on it. This product has a faint SPF scent which I don’t really mind although I’m not a huge fan of it–I guess it’s just something that all SPFs have. Anyway, this is not really that easy to apply. It does not leave a white cast, but you have to massage the product on your face for a few minutes before it becomes clear of any visible traces of the cream.

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Rituals… Lipbalm – I actually don’t know if this lipbalm is available individually. This came with Qatar Airlines’ amenity kit for business class passengers–and I’m not that business class passenger, it’s my aunt and she just gave me one of her kits. Anyway, I don’t know what’s with these airline freebies but I always like their lipbalms because their fragrance-free and they do keep the lips from chapping unlike other lipbalms that I have encountered. I also use this at night when I put on a clay mask or a sheet mask because there are times when I feel my lips dry up whenever I put on masks.

and that’s all for my morning skincare! I don’t usually put on makeup, but there are times when I use concealer on areas where I have pimples and redness. I love this lineup because I don’t look like I just applied a bunch of products on my face when I go out and face the world. It only leaves a dewy finish that I love. I have not spent a long time with this routine yet so I can’t really say if these products has long term effects, but as of now I am totally loving it.

If you have any product recommendations for a morning skin routine, let me know!

XOXO,

Meesh 🙂