An Attempt on a 7-11 Skincare Routine

A 7-11 Skincare Routine? What the hell is that?

Hey everyone! A few weeks ago I was forced into creating a skincare routine based on the skincare products sold at 7-11. I thought that I would be able to go home that day and spend an hour with my beloved Korean products when I was informed that we were staying overnight. Mortified and skincare-obsessed, I went to the nearest 7-11 to get myself some toiletries for the overnight stay.

Toiletries: Shampoo, conditioner, soap, deodorant, and my beloved skincare products.

To be honest, I was quite skeptical about the idea of creating a routine from 7-11. I thought I’d only buy a facial wash, moisturizer, and SPF. But there were so many items in the store that I decided to buy other products that can be used as part of the routine. 7-11 didn’t have everything, but I managed to buy five skincare products from the famous convenience store.

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Oil cleanser: none was available. I was thinking of buying wet tissue, but decided against it. (But wet tissue is available at 7-11)

Foam cleanser: Cathy Doll Acne Solution Serum + Foam Cleanser. I was completely unfamiliar with this brand, but I have seen these cute skincare products all over various 7-11 stores and I have been interested with them for the longest time. I could have bought a foam cleanser that I was familiar with, but this was my chance to buy this so I chose this one instead.

Toner: Pond’s White Beauty Pore Conditioning Toner. I used this product a few year ago, when I was still a teenager and skincare was something new and very experimental to me. I can’t remember if using this actually had an effect on my face, all I know is that I didn’t have any allergic reaction to it, so I guess this was a safe choice. I didn’t want to be too experimental with the line of products I’ll apply on my face.

Essence: Cathy Doll Milky Splash Essence. Same with the foam cleanser, this seemed interesting. Also, it was the only Essence available at the store, so I needed it.

Serum: N/A.

Eye Cream: N/A.

Sheet Mask: There were various masks available at the store, but I didn’t want to use a sheet mask that night so I didn’t bother buying one.

Emulsion: N/A.

Moisturizer: Nivea Creme. Nivea is one of my trusted brands and I actually own a moisturizing creme from the same brand (read review here), so I didn’t think twice in getting this product. I have my full trust on Nivea.

SPF: Olay 7 in One Total Effect Day Cream (normal SPF 15). I admit that this isn’t the best choice for an SPF because it’s basically makeup and it’s SPF 15. But I was hypnotized by the description in the packaging that I decided to go for this instead of a regular suncream. IT HAD SO MANY BENEFITS!!!! I WANT FLAWLESS SKIN, I WILL BELIEVE ANYTHING THAT TELLS ME I CAN HAVE FLAWLESS SKIN!!!

I can’t remember how much all of these costed me, but I’m pretty much sure it’s less than 700PHP (because that’s the total amount of everything I bought including the other toiletries and two sachets of Nestea’s Milk Tea.)

When I was on the way back to our room, I was pretty much excited to try all of these products and write a review about it on this blog. But then it came to me that I will be introducing a whole new line of skincare products on my face at once, and I had experienced a very bad breakout in the past for putting so many new chemicals on my face, and I was afraid that it might happen again, especially with these products that I have never tried before–and some products that I only bought out of curiosity.

Hence, I ended up only using the foam cleanser and the Nivea Creme moisturizer instead. I simply kept the other products in my stash so I can use them in the future.

By the way, does anyone of you guys want me to try anything from this 7-11 haul? Please do comment below so I can use it and make a review in the future.

Thanks for reading and have a great day!

Meesh ❤

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What’s In My Bag: My Go-To Beauty Essentials

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Hello everyone! I feel like it’s been a while since my last post. I usually update 2-3 times a week, but I wasn’t able to schedule new posts recently because I just spent a few days in Palawan last week without a laptop with me, thus I wasn’t able to write new content. Also, I’m trying to get my life back together by going to the gym more often (I only go once to twice a month before! Lol) and by enrolling in a foreign language class. All of these made me quite busy. But don’t you guys worry! I won’t give up on this blog just like how I gave up on the million other blogs that I had before this. I have a list of content that I’m planning to write during my free time. And I do have a lot of things to say and share in this blog. Stay tuned for that!

Anyway, let’s talk about my go-to beauty essentials. These are products which can be found in different pockets of my bag. I do have a specific pouch dedicated to my beauty essentials that I bring with me all the time, but there are just some items that I use more often thus I place them in pockets that are much more easier to access. The products in this post are all the beauty items that you can find in the bag that I carry every day.

Maybelline White SuperFresh Powder Foundation – To be honest, I only carry this around for the mirror. I used to apply this on my face on a daily basis, but I noticed that it gets cakey over time, especially on the area where the rim of my sun glasses sit, so I stopped using this daily. I still reserve this product for days when I need full makeup.

The Body Shop Vitamin C Glow Protect Lotion (see full review here) – I find this product very useful especially on days when I do not have enough time to do a full morning skincare routine. I just massage this lotion on my face after washing and apply powder and I’m done! I do notice that even though I wasn’t able to follow both my morning and evening routines, as long as I use this sun lotion, my face looks brighter and clearer. Since using this on top of other skincare products makes my face tacky, I utilize the wonders of this cream by using it whenever I’m at home–or as I have said, whenever I don’t have enough time to do a full routine.

Lizard Lips Lip Balm – This lipbalm is actually something that I have in my bag all the time, but I only remember that it exists when I see it. This isn’t my main lip balm, but I do use it whenever I need a quick fix.

Etude House Big Cover Concealer Stick – This product is very effective in hiding unwanted spots on the face. Although I cannot say that it fully hides everything, it reduces the appearance of the spots until it’s unnoticeable. Also, this concealer is very easy to apply because of the stick form. It isn’t messy and it easily blends on the skin.

Celeteque Acne Solutions Acne-Clearing Concealer – I apply this on areas with acne before I put the Etude House Big Cover Concealer Stick. Because although I’m confident with this concealer’s healing properties, it does not give much coverage.

Celeteque Acne Solutions Acne Spot Corrector Gel – I actually started incorporating this gel in my daily routine, before I put on my cream. I simply apply this product on my acne and massage it through until it’s fully absorbed. This gel is great for acne emergencies because it can be brought everywhere without worrying that it might spill all over my bag, and it easily absorbs without leaving a shiny cast.

Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation + Concealer – I don’t use this as much as I use the Etude House Big Cover Concealer Stick, but this product comes very handy whenever I need full face coverage–usually when I feel haggard and tired and my face looks dull. This somehow covers that dullness and the bags under my eyes efficiently.

Nivea Raspberry Rose Lip Butter (see full review here) – This is my go-to lip product! I apply this as often as whenever my lips feel dry. I simply cannot leave the apartment without this.

Innisfree No Sebum Mineral Powder – I just recently got this from my latest Althea Haul. I’m not really a fan of powder, I went through puberty without it. But this product somehow changed my view on powders! I apply this after I put my sunscreen in the morning and my face actually looks brighter and feels smoother after. I don’t really reapply this because there’s no need to, it lasts the whole day. But I just bring it with me in case some emergency happens.

If you guys can notice, the products that I bring with me every day are just concealers and other items geared towards protecting the skin and hiding imperfections. I’m not really a fan of doing everyday makeup, although I’m starting to put a small amount of blush on my cheeks every now and then just to add a bit of color. Also, I use some lip color from time to time especially when I feel like I look dead. But that’s just about it. I like to keep my face bare but flawless (which is quite impossible) thus the number of concealers and powders that I have with me. However, I’m starting to experiment with the makeup that I have hidden in my room so there’s a huge possibility that more cosmetics might be added to my daily makeup essentials. But as of the moment, I’m satisfied with the few products that I have in my bag.

What are your daily beauty essentials? Let me know!

XOXO,

Meesh ❤

Product Review: Nivea Refreshingly Soft Moisturizing Cream

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Hello everyone! Here’s another review for Nivea. I remember purchasing this because I had to go to Baguio City for a few days and I needed something that would prevent my skin from drying. I did not bother that much with a moisturizer before because I was afraid that my psoriasis would react badly with drugstore products. The last moisturizer that I used for my body was bought from my dermatologist and I have already stopped going to the clinic for years–ditching the moisturizer and other products as well because my skin had been tamed already, and was already doing good after months of medication. My skin didn’t need extensive observation anymore and thus I stopped going to the dermatologist and maintained my skin’s good condition with the prescribed anti-psoriasis ointment and soap. I was hesitant in trying other products for my skin because it might flare up and trigger my psoriasis.

I didn’t think I would ever need anything else for my skin (except for my face) until a recent trip to the United Kingdom where the weather ranged from 8 to 13 Celsius left my hands all itchy and flaky. It flared so bad that I was ashamed of using them in public. Big red patches stare right back at me every time I do simple things that involved using my hands. I thought I would never encounter skin problems during the trip because I used moisturizer on my face and brought my handy-dandy anti-psoriasis ointment with me–after all, I didn’t have any skin problem when we went to Hong Kong on a December without using any moisturizer. But boy, I was wrong. Thus, when I found out that we were going to Baguio, I made sure to bring a moisturizer with me.

Of course, I was hesitant to purchase a random moisturizer from the drugstore without any dermatologist or health practitioner telling me which is good and which is bad. I had to rely on my judgement thus I chose something from a brand that I have been using for years, Nivea. Although I know that the whole body must be moisturized, I only used Nivea’s Refreshingly Soft Moisturizing Cream on my hands and feet. I’m still not that keen on slathering products all over my body, thus I only chose to put this cream on areas that might be exposed with the coldness and air. They need moisture the most because they will be battling with the dryness first among everything else.

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It’s a very lightweight cream which spreads pretty easy on the skin without leaving any stickiness which I liked. A small amount goes a long way and it does not take much time before the skin fully absorbs the product. After application, the skin feels really soft and supple–although the product feels more like a lotion than a cream, it isn’t slippery thus it is very safe to be applied on the soles of the feet. I usually apply the cream in the morning after I take a bath and in the evening after I’m done with my nightly rituals. I don’t really carry this around thus I cannot apply it in the middle of the day, but I don’t think it’s that necessary because I don’t feel my hands and feet drying up at all.

Also, this product kind of smells like the usual Nivea products–I can’t really put a finger on it. Baby wipes? Baby powder? All I know is that I feel like a baby whenever I have this cream on because it smells like something you would use for a newborn.

Overall, I think this is a great moisturizing cream for the hands and feet. My only problem with this product is the packaging because for something really light and soft, application can get a little messy sometimes–not to mention, unhygienic. I would prefer creams with consistency similar to this to be put on a squeeze bottle to avoid using and wasting too much product. Also, this isn’t something that anyone can carry around for every day use because as I have said, it’s pretty much inconvenient to use a tub whenever or wherever compared to a squeeze bottle that you can just squeeze on your palm and put the cap on anytime and anywhere.

This moisturizing cream is very useful for colder weathers. Very moisturizing and it smoothens the skin. It prevents the skin from drying and flaking.

What’s your trusted hand and feet cream?

XOXO,

Meesh

Product Experience: Nivea Raspberry Rose Lip Butter

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Caring for my lips is something that I cannot just take for granted. I have really dry lips and a day without applying any form of moisturizer on it leaves it chapped and sometimes it would crack and bleed. Ugly, I know. Which is why I’m very particular with the lip products that I use.

I have mentioned it before that it took me a very long time to find a lip balm that would satisfy my needs. I have a lot of lipbalms in my closet, hidden, because I made the mistake of purchasing them–hoping that they would help me give my lips the life I wanted it to have. They’re not generally bad, but they’re not just enough for me. But finally, I was able to find the lip products that were totally effective this year. However, I accidentally put some of Innisfree’s Jeju Volcanic Pore Clay Mask on my lips and it totally changed its texture. Suddenly, all the lip products that I was using wasn’t enough and I had to find other means to rescue my drying lips (and no, kissing won’t solve this problem.)

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I have been eyeing this particular lip butter from Nivea since last month. I was curious because it’s raspberry and I totally love the scent of raspberry. Also, Nivea is a brand that I have always trusted and I have been using their products way before I became brand conscious. Anyway, my lip problem prompted me to finally buy this lip butter. I wasn’t really hoping that this would save me because I thought that exfoliating is the answer. However, I still wanted to try this product out for the heck of it.

Also, I’m already running out of my L’occitane lip balm. I was thinking that if this lip butter works good on me, I might convert to using this instead. Although lip balms are said to be more focused on repairing and moisturizing the lips and they stay longer than lip butters. There’s nothing wrong with trying, right?

I wasn’t really expecting any drastic change from this lip butter, lip products had always disappointed me since I started using them.

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So this is what it looks like. Guys, I cannot stress enough how good this product smells like. It’s totally heavenly! It reminds me of Skittles and Laffy Taffy. Too bad it didn’t taste anything like that.

Its consistency is obviously buttery–creamier than the usual lip balm. It easily glides on the lips and it leaves a pinkish cast, which didn’t bother me at all. This lip butter also easily melts so I had to reapply it once or twice a day to keep my skin moisturized.

After a few days of using this product, I noticed that my lips were starting to go back to normal after the mishap that my pore clay mask caused. I’m not a skincare expert so I can’t really say how my mask changed my lips’ texture and how this product reverted it back to normal. It’s probably because this lip butter restored the moisture that the volcanic clay mask absorbed. Well, this only shows that both products does their jobs well. (I’ll post a review on my Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Pore Clay Mask soon.)

Since then, I’ve been using this product daily. The constant reapplication didn’t bother me at all because I am totally in love with its scent, and the moisture that it provides was enough for me to feel good about my lips once more.

This product will be perfect for colder weathers because of the instant moisture that a small amount of it gives to the lips. Given that fact, I’m sure that this product will last me a really long time. I’ve used this for weeks now and yet it looks like it was only slightly used.

The only thing that needs improvement with this product is the packaging, it’s quite difficult to open. Aside from that, this lip butter is definitely a favorite.

XOXO,

Meesh ❤