PRODUCT REVIEW: My Scheming Blackhead Removal Activated Carbon Mask Set

(Some photos are taken from Google)

About a year ago, I made my very first BeautyMNL purchase. I bought the My Scheming Blackhead Removal Activated Carbon Mask Set for 750PHP with free shipping because they had an ongoing promo then ūüôā (usually your order should reach 1,500 to avail of free shipping, more details about my purchase here.)

I specifically wanted this product because it is endorsed by my all-time favorite Taiwanese actress, Ella Chen.


(If you are a fan of Ella Chen, or if you love Taiwanese dramas, comment down below!)

Of course, Ella Chen isn’t the only reason why I wanted this product. I also wanted this because I needed a peeling mask, and I’ve known about it since forever but I didn’t know where to find one that I can put my faith into. My cousin bought a peeling mask from Watsons a few months before I bought this, and it did nothing to her. I also had a peeling mask from The Face Shop but I wanted a black one so I can really see all the gunk that it got from my nose. Thankfully, one of my friends (who is also in love with Ella Chen) told me about this, and thus I decided to give it a try.

(related: The Face Shop Jeju Volcanic Lava Peel Off Clay Nose Mask review)


This set comes with three products, the Deep Pore Sebum Softener, which softens the sebum around the nose area. The Blackhead Removal Activated Carbon Mask itself, and the Skin Clarifying Pore Treatment Essence, which tightens the pores after the removal of blackheads.

By the way, for anyone’s information, our pores are just pores. We cannot really do anything to open or close them. The ‘hot spa’ thing or steaming that they do is to simply soften the pores so that it will be easier to remove excess sebum and dirt, it does not really ‘close’ them. However, there are ways we can reduce the appearance of pores by tightening them, thus using ice cubes.


What I like about this product is that it comes with an instruction card. I have been using this set for a long time now, but I still consult the instruction card every single time I use it. I tend to forget the instructions because I don’t use this on a daily basis. Also, I want to make sure that I’m doing the right thing.

So, I just follow what’s in the instruction card. I massage the Deep Pore Sebum Softener¬†on my nose area for five minutes. I usually apply three drops because I don’t want the product to dry before five minutes is over, but if ever it dries out, I just add another drop. I honestly don’t know if I’m doing it the right way, but I also don’t think that I should massage my nose when it’s already dry because it might cause minor scratches on my skin. However, when five minutes is up, I just pat it dry and proceed to the second step.

This step is actually the most difficult for me because I have really low tolerance for heat. However, I still find my way to put hot water on a clean washcloth and put it over my nose for a few minutes. I usually fold it several times until I think the heat is already tolerable and safe to put over my nose, and then when I feel like it’s getting cold, I just unfold it and put the warm parts over my nose until the three-minute mark is over. To be honest, I don’t really time this step, I just wait until I feel like it’s already good to go.

After I’m done with the hot spa (which by the way aids in softening the pores, making it easier for them to cling on to the mask), I apply the Blackhead Removal Activated Carbon Mask evenly all over my nose area. It is important to apply it evenly so it would be easier to remove later on, because there will be less chances that the mask would tear off while you’re trying to remove it. It usually takes about 15 minutes until the mask completely dries, but I don’t really time this step as well, I just wait until the whole mask has dried up before I decide to remove it. It is also important to make sure that it’s already dry to avoid the mask from breaking or tearing up while you’re removing it. Also, it has to be completely dry for the blackheads and whiteheads to successfully cling on to the mask.

What I like about this product is that it doesn’t hurt when you peel it off. Unlike other nose packs and nose strips, this one doesn’t stick that much on the skin. Thus, there’s no painful tugging and pulling when removing this. As a matter of fact, I only massage through the edges of the mask until it peels off. I take that peeled portion of the mask and pull the whole thing from it without even feeling like the whole thing is pulling off my skin. It’s so light and skin-friendly. I am actually really against using pore strips because the constant tugging will result to wrinkles, and most of them aren’t even black, so there is far less satisfaction compared to using this mask. I only use nose strips whenever I’m in the mood to do something different, or whatever. I can’t really explain. There are just some days when I’m bored and I’m like, “Oh! I have some nose strips that I haven’t used! Might as well use them now!” and to be honest, although I don’t like using nose strips, I still buy some because they look so much fun. Much like face masks.

Anyway, even though removing this mask is a total breeze, it is really effective in removing blackheads and whiteheads. You can see all the gunk in the mask strip once it’s removed. (I don’t have photographic evidence, because I’m not comfortable with showing the whole internet the dirt that is on my nose. But I promise, this product does its job well.) I am so amazed at how easy it is to peel off and at how strong the sebum were able to cling on to the mask. I cannot explain the science and chemistry behind it, it’s probably the sebum softener or the hot spa, but it happens.

So after that, I do the final step, which is to apply the Skin Clarifying Pore Treatment Essence.¬†This is to soothe/minimize the pores after the whole procedure. So that’s it, my nose feels absolutely cleaner and looks a lot more brighter after.

This is a question I had in my mind before, but I cannot seem to find answers in the internet–when does my blackhead removal rituals fit in my skincare routine?¬†I don’t know how other people does it, actually. But I usually do it before or after I cleanse my face. I would usually finish the whole blackhead removal and wait half an hour or so before I start my skincare routine–which means applying the cleansing balm and proceeding to all the next steps. But there are also days when I do my double cleansing first before I start the blackhead removal, in which I would apply a toner after removing the mask and before applying the Skin Clarifying Pore Treatment Essence exclusively on my nose area, while applying my regular essence on the rest of my face. If I have a lot of time, I do this in the morning.

I honestly do think that this is one of the best blackhead removal masks out there because this doesn’t cost so much pain to remove blackheads unlike the other masks that I have heard of. I think this will work perfectly well with people who has sensitive skin and low pain tolerance. I recommend this to everyone who wants their blackheads removed. While I don’t consider this as a holy grail, I still think this is an awesome product and I would rate it 8 out of 10.

What is your favorite blackhead-removing product? Are peeling masks like this really commendable? Or should I just use BHAs and head to the facial spa for blackhead extractions every now and then? Comment down below!




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!




Bench Organics Haul


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

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

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

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


Bench Organics Argan Oil from Morocco

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

(related: Watsons Hair Care Haul)


Bench Organics 92% Aloe Face & Body Mist

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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 РInnisfree 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: 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!



My Skincare Wishlist 2017

Hey guys! So a few weeks ago I posted about my¬†My Christmas Wishlist 2017, which is mainly about everything that I wanted for this Christmas. The list only included two skincare items which are the Tony Moly Ferment Snail Skincare Set and the Innisfree Orchid Eye Cream. Of course, even though I’m all about skincare, a girl has other needs too.

However, that does not mean that they’re the only two products on my skincare wishlist–I’m obsessed with skincare, of course there’ll be more than two items in the list. I only put the two main items in my skincare wishlist because I’m afraid that if I put everything that I want, I won’t be able to get anything except skincare. (yes, I do have a life outside skincare) sooo… uhm, yeah. Here’s the list of Skincare items that I would love to have soon. I might purchase them, or bribe someone to give them to me as a gift–or just like any other millennial, ask(beg) my parents to buy them for me.

  1. Neogen Real Fresh Cleansing Stick (Green Tea)


I have seen this cleansing stick a number of times around different skincare articles and videos, and I really need a good cleansing stick since I already ran out of my previous one. This one seems to be a good product so I thought I’d give it a try. If this was easy to find in the Philippines, I would have bought it a long time ago already. But it’s not in my trusted websites and I’m not sure where else to go to soo… I’ll just have this in my wihslist in case someone I know goes out of the country and finds this (but if you guys know a good website, please let me know.)

2. Etude House Honey Cera Emulsion


Have I mentioned how in love I am with this certain line from Etude House? Nope? Please remind me to blog about it. Lol. Anyway, I have tried the toner, lip balm, and eye cream from the Etude House Honey Cera Skincare lineup and I am totally loving every single one of it. Sadly, I don’t know if Etude House has faced out the Honey Cera line or the local flagship stores just don’t want to sell them or whatsoever, but they have been off the shelves for months. However, they’re still available in the Etude House Global website, thus there might still be a hope for me to get my hands on the other Honey Cera products. If you’re asking why I chose the emulsion among all others, it’s because I really don’t know any other emulsion and knowing that the Honey Cera line is good for me, I think I will love this product.

But guys, if you can recommend a good emulsion, please comment down below. It would be a great help, thanks!

3. Dear Klairs Supple Preparation Toner


I have read that this toner is great on hydration and my skin is always in dire need of good hydration. Also, I have already tried and tested the Dear Klairs brand and it has done wonders to my skin.

(related: PRODUCT EXPERIENCE: Dear Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin Drop)

4. Cosrx Advanced Snail 96 Snail Mucin Essence

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The only snail anything that I have in my Skincare routine is the Benton Snail Bee Skin and the occasional snail mask from Etude House. Knowing that Snail Mucin does wonders to my skin, I’d like to incorporate more of it in my routine. Since the Essence is the heart of Korean Skincare, I think having a snail essence will give me positive results. Yknow, I’m really picky when it comes to my serum and essence because I think these two products has the most effect on the skin, and I’m really specific with the ingredients of them… which is why I am extra meticulous when it comes to finding the next essence or serum I’ll be using.

5. Drunk Elephant C-Firma Day Serum 


Just like most of the products in this wishlist, I have watched reviews about this product and from what I have gathered, this is the perfect Vitamin C serum not only because the product is holy grail itself, but the packaging is totally perfect for Vitamin C. I honestly think that getting my hands on this product is literally grace from the heavens because it’s quite expensive–I don’t know if anyone is willing to spend all that money in one product when you can get like, at least 5 products with the money. Also, I don’t know where to get this product locally. But I am hoping that someday, I’ll be able to use this product and experience its wonders first hand.

There you go! I’m cutting this list to five, because if I put everything that I want in this list, this blog post will never see its end.

Honestly, I don’t know how this post can help anyone whatsoever, but I still want to put this here for the sake of sharing. I do hope you find this post entertaining. And if you have a skincare wishlist, please comment down below or send me a link if you blogged about it.

Until then,