Updated AM/PM Skincare Routine for 2018 (A.K.A. first phase of my 2018 skincare goals)

Hey guys!

New Year, new skincare routines! Yay!

I’m now done with my Christmas/new year skincare shopping, and I have already posted my hauls in this site (check them out here, and here.) It is now time for me to reveal my latest morning and evening skincare routines with the products I just purchased.

If you want to know to know my 2018 Skincare Goals, I wrote about it here.

It has been a long time since I posted an updated skincare routine here, and that’s primarily because for the past few months, there was not much of a change in my skincare routine (in fact, some of the items from my last skincare routine can still be found in these new routines!) and I’m afraid that if I post them after just a few product changes, it will be boring and it will look like I just posted the same routine–some products just take forever to empty up!!! However, I will write down some of the other products that I have used prior to this routine and after the last skincare routine that I have uploaded, just to keep things in order.

(related: Update: All-Korean Evening Skincare Routine)



  1. Oil CleanserBanila Co. Super Size Clean It Zero Cleansing Balm. This is actually a repurchase because I used the same oil cleanser before I started using the Jamong Cleansing Balm and the Etude House One Shot Sherbet Cleanser. I actually liked this balm better than the two other balms I have used, thus I decided to go back to this.
  2. Foam CleanseriSkin New York Deep Cleanser. After using the Cosrx Good Morning Low PH cleanser, I used the Banila Co. Clean It Zero Foam Cleanser for about a month before I started using this. There wasn’t anything wrong with the Banila Co. cleanser, it’s just that I had my face cauterized and my skincare clinic suggested that I use this cleanser for maintenance. I didn’t want to risk it thus I decided to buy this cleanser.
  3. TonerBenton Snail Bee High Content Skin. Yes. I still have this product with me. No complaints! Even though I’m not really sure what it does to my skin…
  4. EssenceCosrx Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence. Prior to this I had Nature Republic’s Honey Real Nature Essence, Etude House’s Honey Cera Essence, and as well as their Wonder Pore Tightening Essence. I’m not yet done with these essences from Etude House, but I decided to have a break from the both of them and use this Snail essence from Cosrx twice daily because it has been so wonderful to my skin and I feel like it will be more effective if I apply it daily. However, I’m still planning on using the essences from Etude House soon. Actually, I only use the pore tightening essence on the nose area which is why these two always come together. I might use both of them in the morning and then this essence from Cosrx in the evening after a few weeks.
  5. SerumIt’s Skin Power 10 Formula VC Effector. I only had Dear Klairs’ Freshly Juiced Vitamin Drop between this and the serum that I had in the last skincare routine that I posted.
  6. Eye CreamInnisfree Orchid Eye Cream. I was supposed to use this for the evening to replace my Skinfood Salmon Brightening Eye Cream, but when I did, I noticed that my eyes weren’t getting any brighter. So I continued using my Skinfood eye cream in the evening and started using this orchid eye cream in the morning. Also, let me just say that this is totally perfect for morning use because it’s so easy to apply and it blends well with makeup.
  7. Oil – Organic Alley Rosehip Oil. Ooooooh! This is a new section. I am now introducing beauty oils to my skincare routine–as part of my skincare goals. So far, so good.
  8. Moisturizer – The Face Shop 99% Aloe Vera Gel. Before this, I was using the Nature Republic 92% Aloe Vera Gel but I ran out of it and I wasn’t able to order it online. This was the closest dupe that was locally available so I bought this instead. Needless to say, I still prefer the one from Nature Republic.
  9. Sun cream – Biore UV Perfect Face Milk SPF 50+ PA++++. I use a lot of sun creams. My choice depends on the event or the situation of the day. Whenever I’m at home, I usually just use the Belo SunExpert Face Cover SPF40 PA+++. But whenever I go out, I use this one from Biore.

This is not yet the perfect morning skincare routine for me. I have a love-hate relationship with the Organic Alley Rosehip Oil because it makes my face look really oily and it seems like it never absorbs into the skin, it just sits there the whole day. But ever since I added this oil in my routine, my skin has become more soft and flawless than ever!!!!!!! And I can really feel it after I wash my face and I haven’t applied anything to it yet, it feels great and it looks great and I’m totally in love with it (which makes me not want to do my skincare routine anymore because it’s freaking flawless!!! But I can’t not do my routine, of course. It’s the reason why it’s THAT flawless.)

I first applied it after my Aloe Vera Gel because I feel like it’s heavier than the gel, but then it started pilling. However, it does not leave an oily residue on my face. And then I tried applying it before the gel, and it feels like there’s no point of applying the gel anymore because the oil is too heavy, it seemed like I’m layering too much. But this time, there’s no pilling.

I’m not sure if it is my skin, or if it is my skincare line-up, or if it is the way I applied the rosehip oil and the aloe vera gel, but I really want to have rosehip oil in my routine. I had no problem with any oily residue or product pilling before I added the rosehip oil, so the center of this issue is my oil and how do I correctly apply it? There are a lot of other people out there who uses rosehip oil on their face on a daily basis that didn’t have any problem with it… but here I am. I’m thinking that it might be because the rosehip oil that I’m currently using isn’t cold pressed. But whatever the problem may be, I will find a way to solve it and I will have rosehip oil on my face. I will get both things I want. Lol.



  1. Oil Cleanser – Banila Co.’s Clean It Zero
  2. Foam Cleanser – iSkin New York Deep Cleanser
  3. Toner – Etude House Berry AHA! Bright Peel Boosting Serum. I know that the label says serum, but the product instructions say that I should use it like a toner, and so I did. (see full review here)
  4. Essence – Cosrx Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence
  5. Serum – It’s Skin Power 10 Formula VE Effector. I really didn’t have a serum on my night routine because I already had the Boosting Serum from Etude House. But when I bought this, I realized that Vitamin E is very much safe to use with AHA. Since then, I reintroduced serums in my night routine. (I’m already thinking of the next serum to buy as I type.)
  6. Eye Cream – Skinfood Salmon Brightening Eye Cream. I’ve had this one since forever, and I don’t think I need another Eye Cream in the next few months. However, if you guys have suggestions, feel free to comment below. I honestly don’t know how to pick an eye cream.
  7. Emulsion – Nature Republic Argan 20 Steam Emulsion. This is my second emulsion, ever. The Etude House Moistfull Collagen Emulsion lasted me one complete year, and I am hoping that this will also last a year, if not longer.
  8. Night Cream – Nella Honey 1 Snail Ultra Moisture Cream Premium. I also used my Nature Republic Aloe Vera gel in the evening, and when I ran out of it, I started using The Face SHop 99% Aloe Vera Gel. However, I wanted to change my night cream so I briefly went back to my very first sleeping mask, which is the Etude House Play Therapy Sleeping Mask. (see routine here) That mask had been with me since forever, and I thought that I don’t really need a firming mask that much, so I went and bought this cream from Althea. (see haul here)
  9. Lip Mask – Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask. This lip mask has been with me since forever, and it smells so good, I am in love with it. I think I started using this around April last year, and I’m still barely halfway through the whole bottle. Totally worth the price, if you ask me.

This first phase of fulfilling my Skincare Goals for 2018 is more focused on adding Snail products in my routine, hence the Cosrx Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence and the Nella Honey 1 Snail Ultra Moisture Cream Premium. I never really had the chance to incorporate Snail Mucin in my 2017 Skincare Routines except for the Benton Snail Bee High Content Skin and the occasional Snail sheet mask because all of the snail products that I wanted to have were always out of stock in Althea and BeautyMNL. Back then, having snail mucin in my routine was not really much of a goal, it’s more like something that I was willing to try (but I never got the chance lol). This year, since the occasional Snail sheet mask from Etude House has proven that Snail does indeed do wonders on my skin, I have decided that it should have more participation in my skincare routine. I actually feel like I have been missing a huge part of my Korean beauty obsession because I don’t have any snail mucin product.

Also, I currently have two It’s Skin Power 10 Formula Effectors in my skincare routines. I wanted to try the whole line on my skin because it looks so fun and colorful. However, trying the whole line isn’t really high on my priority list right now because I have an ideal skincare routine in my mind which involves more Cosrx, Klairs, and The Ordinary products. But if ever I need a certain serum and my first choice of serum is not in stock, I might go for another It’s Skin Power 10 Formula Effector instead.

For the second phase, I want to add more actives in my skincare routine. But I have to do it really slowly because I don’t want to traumatize my skin by having too many active products. I might start with what I’m familiar with first, which is a stronger Vitamin C serum, AHAs and BHAs. But to be honest, the second phase depends on what items are available in the market. Because I’m also looking at beauty oils, but I need to do more research about it seeing that my current rosehip oil is not that much of a delight to use (maybe it’s because of the products I used during the routine, because it absorbs perfectly when I massage it on my arm), but I have noticed some positive changes that can be attributed to that beauty oil.

And honestly, this AM/PM skincare routine isn’t the perfect skincare routine for me. But I really like what it’s doing to my skin.

Before I end this post, I would just like to remind everyone that I have a normal-dry skin type. My nose area is acne prone.

If any of you guys use beauty oils, please tell me how you incorporate it in your routines. Also, does it make your face look really shiny? Or does it absorb well? Comment down below!




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!




Best of My 2017 Skincare (Blogversary Post!)

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!!!! I know it’s already the 17th on January and I should have posted my best of 2017 around December last year, buuuuut— today is my blog’s 1st year anniversary, which is more or less the anniversary of my skincare obsession, so I think it will be more fitting if I post this today. Therefore, this blog post serves two purposes. One, is to cap up my whole year of skincare and two, to celebrate the birth of this baby. Happy Birthday, Mimarosa!!!! (I hope that I can update you more often this year, and I hope you get more followers, and viewers, and readers. Lol)

Anyway, so to celebrate… I will be posting the best skincare products that I have tried for the past year. I will only be mentioning one product per skincare step so this post won’t be too lengthy. Please bear in mind that even though these are the best skincare products for me, that does not mean that using them all together at once is the perfect skincare routine. All the products that I will be mentioning here were used in different times along with different products, and some of them cannot be used in one skincare routine.

Sooo… let’s start!

FIRST CLEANSER – Banila Co.’s Clean It Zero Cleansing Balm

13258894_BI think this is the cleansing balm that I have used for the most part of the year. Mainly because after using my first regular tub, I bought a different cleansing balm and when I ran out of it, I decided to repurchase this one in the supersize tub. I love it’s fruity-flowery scent and I love how easily it melts on my skin. I actually broke a pledge I made with myself when I repurchased this because I wanted to try different products before settling to, yknow, one product. But I liked Clean It Zero so much that I can’t imagine myself using another cleansing balm aside from this. Thus, this year, I need to remind myself not to repurchase this later and try another balm.

SECOND CLEANSER – Cosrx Low pH Good Morning Gel Cleanser


I have used a couple of second cleansers for the year, and to be honest, I’m not really particular with my cleansers which is why I never posted any review about them. However, if I were to choose the best one, it would be this. I like how lightweight this product is and how easy I can massage it on my face. It’s very gentle and mild, but I can say that it does its job in cleaning. Also, one bottle lasted me 10 months. That’s a good bargain, if you ask me.


EXFOLIATOR – Skinfood Black Sugar Wash Off Mask

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There are a lot of different types of exfoliators, yknow, chemical and physical exfoliators. AHA and BHA, etc. and these exfoliators are completely different from one another. However, I have decided to give the Best Exfoliator of 2017 slot to Skinfood’s Black Sugar Mask Wash Off. Basically because this was my very first physical exfoliant and I immediately loved it. Of course it came to my mind that I should also try another exfoliator, but I didn’t see the need to do so because I still had this. Although I also have another exfoliator from Innisfree, I didn’t like it as much as I liked this.

I didn’t want to categorize this along with my chemical exfoliants because I think they’re two completely different things. And I think of chemical exfoliants as toners and not as exfoliators. Also, I really like this exfoliator because it’s very relaxing compared to the other exfoliants I had for the whole year. (read full review here)

CLAY MASK – The Body Shop Tea Tree Skin Clearing Clay Mask


This clay mask is my second most used clay mask for the year, next to Innisfree’s Jeju Pore Clay Mask. However, even though this isn’t the most used, I consider it my best clay mask for 2017 because of its texture. It’s rich and creamy and it doesn’t feel hard on the face when it dries. Also, it has a minty feel that makes me feel refreshed whenever I use this mask. (read full review here)


TONER – Etude House Honey Cera Toner


This toner is actually the reason why I am so obsessed with the Etude House Honey Cera line. I also bought the eye cream, lip balm, and essence–not all at once, though (I bought and used them in different periods.) I am just so in love with its light milky texture that easily absorbs into the skin. This also smells really good–I can’t begin to explain how it smells because it’s been a year since I last used ths but it kind of reminds me of those milk bath soaps that babies use. Also, my skin feels really soft and supple every time I use this toner.

ESSENCE – Nature Republic Honey Real Nature Essence


I was actually so impressed at how wonderful this product is. Mainly because I bought it out on a whim. I haven’t heard of it before, but I trust the brand and I trust what honey can do to my skin so I gave it a shot. Apparently, that random purchase was one of my best purchases for the year. I immediately noticed its effect on the first time I used it. My skin was immediately brighter and moisturized. My only problem is that I ran out of this essence after two months. This is definitely a holy grail essence for me. (real full review here)

SERUM – Dear Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin Drop


This serum is soooo soooo sooo amazing I think it was the one which made the biggest impact on my skin. My acne scars disappeared and my face became brighter… and I actually felt like my skin looked younger because it sort of retexturized my skin and removed all the dullness and fine lines. This is one of the best products ever. Hands down. I don’t even know how to describe it faithfully enough to make you guys realize its wonders. I guess you’ll have to get a bottle yourself and experience the wonders of this product. (read full review here)

EYE CREAM – Skinfood Salmon Brightening Eye Cream


To be honest, I have mixed feelings about this eye cream because I am pretty much sure that this isn’t the best eye cream out there. It’s just that this one was the one I decided to purchase and it lasted me the whole year. It has a tendency to sting my eye from time to time because it’s really light and I can’t seem to measure the enough amount I should use because I always end up getting too much and it takes forever to massage it on my lower eye. However, I still appreciate this product and I consider this product the best of my 2017 because it really does its job in brightening my eyes. I mean, I get a lot of restless nights due to work but people never see any trace of stress on my face because I don’t have dark under eyes. And I have to say, not having dark under eyes when you only get to sleep three hours a night is a miracle.

SHEET MASK – Etude House Manuka Honey Mask


If you guys have been following my blog, you’ll notice that I haven’t posted any sheet mask review nor was I ever specific when I talk about sheet masks–I just refer to them as sheet masks in general. That’s because I’m still looking for the best sheet mask for my skin and I wanted to to a “10 Best Sheet Masks” post because posting about just one sheet mask does not feel enough for me. However, since I have to tell you guys the best of my 2017 in this post. I think Etude House’s Manuka Honey Mask has been the most effective sheet mask that I have used so far. I was immediately amazed by this sheet mask on the very first time I tried it because my face became really soft–like, baby soft the morning after I used this mask. Since then this has been my go-to sheet mask.

EMULSION – Etude House Moistfull Collagen Emulsion


To be honest, I really didn’t like this product during the first few weeks when I was using this. It was too sticky for me and I was new to skincare thus stickiness was a big issue to me then. However, as months went by, I came to accept the feeling that skincare gives me, and actually, I realized that this emulsion isn’t that bad! If anything, it helps in keeping my skin moisturized and prevents it from flaking, especially in the nose area. I think this product has a huge participation in making my face look dewy and healthy. To be honest, this was the only emulsion I was ever able to try for 2017 thus it does not really have any competition for being the best emulsion. However, that does not mean that it won because I had no other choice. I mean, if I didn’t like this product, I could have easily bought another emulsion. But I didn’t, I stuck with this product until its very last drop, which means it’s good enough for me.

MOISTURIZER – Nature Republic 92% Aloe Vera Gel


Much like the Etude House Moistfull Collagen Emulsion, I really didn’t like this product at first because I had a huge breakout after using this for the first time, and then I used too much product on my face which made it sticky so I stopped using it for a while. After some research and stuff, I decided to use this product again and I was finally able to realize how useful and effective it is. It’s actually very lightweight and it easily absorbs into the skin as long as you don’t apply a lot of product. A coin-sized amount of this is already too much, since a little amount is enough to cover the whole face. (See full review here)

SUN CREAM – Innisfree Daily UV Protection Cream No Sebum 


I have used a lot of sun creams over the whole year, but I keep coming back to this one. Mainly because it’s very easy to apply, plus it has a matte finish which makes it convenient for me to use especially when I’m in a hurry in the morning. When I started using skincare, applying products in the morning didn’t really sound appealing to me because I don’t want to deal with the shiny residue that the products might leave when I apply them–which means I will have to take time and effort to apply loose powder to make it less shiny. But this one solves that problem. It’s only 35SPF but I’m barely exposed to the sun, thus this cream from Innisfree does the job perfectly for me.

To be honest, I try to avoid buying products unless I’m running out of the current product I’m using because I know that stashing will only result to throwing away unused and expired products. And I don’t want to spend my money on something that I’ll just abandon halfway through and remember only when it’s already two years old and expired. Which is why I didn’t have a lot of other options in some of the products stated above. This 2018, I still don’t know how my skincare shopping and selection will be like, but I’m now more focused on addressing my skincare problems, and not just trying on some products that looked interesting whatsoever. Last year, I got so excited with this hype that I just kept on buying and buying what I can find until I realized that I had too much already–which explains the lack of hauls in the later part of the year.

This year, I’m planning to be more careful and specific with my products. Right now, I’m doing research on my current skincare concerns which are the blackheads, scars, and pores on my nose. I hope that I can get the flawless nose that I have always dreamed of by the end of the year. And I hope you guys will be with me for that journey.

I am so excited to start another year with this blog. So for everyone who’s been following and reading this blog, thank you so much! I mean, I didn’t think that anyone would even give a damn about this blog but I receive notifications almost every day that someone has followed, liked, and commented on my posts. You guys don’t know how happy that makes me feel. I’m also happy that some of us are getting familiar with each other, I honestly don’t know where I can find an online community like a forum that solely talks about skincare–particularly Korean skincare. But I have you guys!!! And I think you guys are enough ❤

Once again. I thank everyone for staying with me this whole year. For those who has commented and left suggestions and stuff, I really appreciate everything. I still consider myself a baby when it comes to skincare and blogging, and you guys made it so easy for me to take my baby steps.

Sooo… here’s to another year of Mimarosa! And for more years to come! Also, for beautiful and flawless youthful skin!


Product Review: Skinfood Black Sugar Mask Wash Off

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

(Related: 2016 Skincare Routine )

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


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

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


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


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

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

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

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

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

Until then ❤


Update: All-Korean Evening Skincare Routine


Hey guys! It’s been quite some time since my last post and I’m really sorry for that. I’ve been traveling here and there, and I didn’t have enough time to write a post. Anyway, here I am right now with my updated Evening Skincare Routine!

Before anything else, I would like to emphasize that all the products in this routine came from Korean brands and this is the very first lineup in my history of skincare where every single product is Korean. I consider this as a big step for me and an achievement. I’m not saying that none-Korean products aren’t good, but my skincare routine is patterned after the Korean routine and it’s not easy to let go of my non-Korean skincare favorites. But I wanted to experience this All-Korean routine at least once in my life so… here we go.

(Related: 2016 Skincare Routine)

(Related: My 11-step Evening Skincare Routine (Part 1)My 11-Step Skincare Routine (Part 2))

  1. Oil Cleanser – Hopegirl Jamong Cleansing Balm
  2. Foam Cleanser – Skinfood Tea Tree Moisture Cleansing Foam
  3. Exfoliator – Skinfood Black Sugar Mask Wash Off
  4. Toner – Benton Snail Bee High Content Skin
  5. Essence – Etude House Moistfull Collagen Essence
  6. Serum – Innisfree Tangerine Vita C Serum
  7. Sheet Mask – To be honest, I don’t use any particular sheet mask. I just buy what looks interesting and add it to my stash…
  8. Eye Cream – Skinfood Salmon Brightening Eye Cream
  9. Moisturizer – Nature Republic 92% Aloe Vera
  10. Night Cream – Caolion Pore Tightening Memory Sleeping Mask
  11. Lip Cream – Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask [Berry]

11 products all in all! Lip creams aren’t usually mentioned or included in the famous 10-step Korean Skincare Routine, but I find using a lip product at night a necessity. I do use clay masks and other treatment products whenever needed, but these 11 products are the core of my routine thus these are the only items that I included here.

Unlike my other blog posts about Skincare routines, I didn’t write a short review on any of the products mentioned above because I’m planning on writing individual reviews on each and every one of them in my succeeding posts. So, if you want to know more about any item in this routine, just wait for my post in the coming days or weeks!

That’s all for now and I hope you liked this update.


Meesh ❤

Product Review: Skinfood Bitter Green Clay Soothing Mask


Hello everyone! Let me tell you about my least used clay mask. Before you think about forgetting about giving this product a try, I would rarely use this mask because I decided that this would be my going home mask–which is the mask that I would be using whenever I go to my family’s home. Thus, I purposely left it there to save myself from the hassle of bringing it every time I go home. I only stay there during weekends, but there are also times when I have something else to do during Saturdays and Sundays. So, I would only get to use this product at least once or twice in two weeks.

This setup does not really have a relation on how effective this product is. It just so happened that among all my clay masks, this wasn’t handpicked (I got this from Althea’s Anti-Pollution Box), thus, to put it frankly, I wasn’t as excited to use this compared to the other masks that I have, making it easier for me to leave this at home and to be separated from it for weeks. After all, the promised effects of this product perfectly fits my clay mask needs whenever I’m home.


Skinfood’s Bitter Green Clay Soothing Mask has wheat sprout, kale, celery, broccoli, and cabbage which are effective ingredients for detoxification and removing impurities. Perfect for a weekend relaxation treat! However, due to all the bitter green food used for the creation of this product, the scent of this mask can be quite off-putting. Just imagine–all five vegetables put in a blender and mixed together–imagine how that would smell and that’s probably close to the scent of this product. Eek. But I was able to get used to it after a couple of uses.


The clay comes in a light green color and light consistency. It also contains luffa powder which made it quite grainy, but still gentle on the skin. A small amount of this product can go a long way, which actually made me doubt how to use this product at first because it’s super light and the whole tub was 145mL, more generous than the other masks that I see around. It seemed like it can be for every day use, or it has another purpose that I still don’t know up until now. However, since this product is a clay mask, I used it the way I would normally would with masks.

After cleansing, I would put a small amount enough to cover my whole face and let it sit for 15 to 20 minutes, and then I rinse it off any carry on with the rest of my skincare routine.

This product does not feel heavy on the skin. It does give off a very light cold sensation (or probably this feels cooler than other clay masks because it’s lighter than them). It’s not difficult to move my face with it because it does not give that tight uncomfortable feeling. It’s very easy to rinse off, and I like how the grainy particles act like gentle exfoliators on the skin.

After washing this mask off, my face feels calm and smooth. It does not irritate the sensitive parts of my face (my cheeks and nose area.) It does not cause any stinging sensation when applied.

I would love to use this more often, but my face needs the extra care that this clay provides when I’m home. Simply because first off, before going home, I commute a lot. Therefore my face is exposed to more pollutants compared to my daily office-home-mall/gym routine. Also, I don’t have with me my usual skincare products so the change of chemicals might cause a little redness and irritation.

Overall, this is a really great product and I would recommend this to everyone who loves at-home pampering. The only downside is the pungent smell, but it wears off after a few minutes of wearing this mask. I wasn’t a total fan of the scent but surprisingly, my sister loved it (a guilty pleasure? lol). But I think it would be better to get samples of this product first to know if the scent is tolerable because there might be some people out there who has a sensitive sense of smell.

That’s all for this review and if you have your personal clay mask favorites, let me know through the comment box!

To flawless skin,

Meesh ❤

My 11-Step Skincare Routine (Part 2)


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


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


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!


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  


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


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


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!


Meesh ❤

My 11-step Evening Skincare Routine (Part 1)


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


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


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.


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!


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


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


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 ❤

Sample Review: Skinfood Royal Honey Essential Toner and Emulsion


This blog post is another addition to my TO PURCHASE OR NOT TO PURCHASE? Series. I just decided not to put that phrase on the title anymore because it’s too long. Anyway, for this review I’ll be talking about Skinfood’s Royal Honey Essential Toner and Emulsion. This is actually one of the first few samples that I had—way before I started this blog, which is why I’m almost out of the toner (as you can see in the photo above.) I use this along with another Skincare sample duo from Skinfood (I’ll be doing another blog post about that soon.) whenever I travel. If I used this product alone for consecutive days, I think this will last me a week–enough for me to decide if I really liked the product or not.

(I don’t know if it bothers you, but I talk about both the toner and emulsion as one because they both go together, like bacon and eggs. But I’ll be reviewing the two products individually.)

I actually stole this from my mother when she bought some products at Skinfood. Stole, as in the moment the cashier offered her the samples, I took them and told her they’re mine. My mom just rolled my eyes on me and took her shopping bag. I wanted to have Royal Honey samples because I love honey products, they’re absolutely moisturizing and I feel my skin become plumper whenever I use something with honey on my face. Therefore whenever I see a product with honey on it, I immediately decide that it’s for me.

Anyway, here’s are my thoughts:

Essential Toner – It has a watery consistency which makes it easy to apply. It also doesn’t take long until you feel your skin absorb all the product. My skin instantly felt hydrated after application. The only bad side of this toner is the scent. It smells really old, which isn’t surprising because Royal Honey is aged honey. However, I didn’t like it because it also makes me feel old. My goal in using skincare products is to look and feel young and fresh. That scent makes me feel the otherwise.

To purchase or not to purchase? Nope. I would highly recommend this product for other people because I know it’s a good one. But then I really didn’t appreciate the smell. I’m quite particular with the fragrances, so a single scent that I don’t like will instantly put me off–the only thing that will make me put up with a scent that I don’t like is when I desperately need the product, like if it’s prescribed by the doctor. But if it isn’t necessary, it’s a no.

Essential Emulsion – I actually liked this product. It was difficult to get an ample amount of the product off the container due to the stickiness. But once applied to the face, the stickiness instantly fades after a minute or two and the skin immediately feels smooth and soft. This product does not have the odd scent that the essential toner had–which is a plus for me.

To purchase or not to purchase? Probably. I’m not yet sure if I should invest in emulsions because I think moisturizers and overnight creams work best for my skin. However, if ever I decide to make emulsions a staple in my skincare routine, this would be among my choices.

Also, I have realized lately that Skinfood products are way more expensive in their physical stores here in the Philippines compared to online stores–they’re like twice the price! So I don’t think I’ll be purchasing from Skinfood that often (in physical stores) unless if I like the samples that they are offering.

That’s all for this review. If you have questions or suggestions, let me know 🙂


Meesh ❤