Update: All-Korean Evening Skincare Routine

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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.

XOXO,

Meesh ❤

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Product Review: Skinfood Bitter Green Clay Soothing Mask

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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.

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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.

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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)

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

Step 6: Serum

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

 

 

Step 7: Sheet Masks/Treatments

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

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

Step 8: Eye Cream  

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

Steps 9 and 10: Emulsion/Moisturizer/Sleeping Pack

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

Step 11: Lipbalm

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

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

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

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

XOXO,

Meesh ❤

My 11-step Evening Skincare Routine (Part 1)

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

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

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

Read: My 2016 Skincare Routine

Step 1: First Cleanser

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

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

Step 2: Second Cleanser

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

Step 3: Exfoliator 

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

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

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

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

Step 4: Toner

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

Step 5: Essence

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

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

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

The next six steps can be read here!

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

I’ll talk to you guys soon! XOXO,

Meesh ❤

Sample Review: Skinfood Royal Honey Essential Toner and Emulsion

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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 🙂

XOXO

Meesh ❤

UNBOXING: Althea Anti-Pollution Box plus CosRX Natural BHA Skin Returning A-Sol (also, an LBC rant.)

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I have always dreamed of opening a box of goodies filled with random items. It kinda gives that feeling that I’m receiving a present–although it’s from myself, I didn’t handpick the products inside the box and I don’t know if I’m going to like it or not. So it’s as if I just received a gift from someone else. It has the uncertainty of liking everything in the box but at the same time all the things in it are something that I’d be glad to receive.

Which is why I am so happy that Althea has special edition boxes–in which each month they come up with a certain theme and gather 6 or more products in that theme, put it in a box and sell it in a heavily discounted price–much like a subscription box, but with Althea Boxes, you just have to choose the boxes that you want to have. You are not compelled to subscribe monthly and pay for boxes that you might not be interested with. Also, these boxes usually come with full size products but they have almost the same price as subscription boxes. Subscription boxes on the other hand, are filled with sample-sized products with only one or two in full size. I can really say that Althea boxes are really inexpensive and worth the investment

When I placed an order on Althea’s Anti-Pollution Box, I was originally thinking about purchasing a sunscreen and a cleansing oil in Etude House. And since I am a skincare crazy woman, I was also thinking of buying some other things like a new eye cream, moisturizer, etc. (whatever I may find interesting) as well. And I know that if I get both the sunscreen and cleansing oil, I will not have enough budget to buy other products. For a moment there I was crazy thinking of what items should I prioritize when I go shopping, and that’s when I thought of this Anti-Pollution box. It has both the cleansing oil/balm and the sunscreen that I want, and it has other products that looks quite interesting as well. So without batting an eyelash, I went to Althea’s website and purchased the box along with CosRX’s Natural BHA Skin Returning A-Sol (these babies sell out like crazy so when I saw them available, I immediately put it in my bag!)

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The Anti-Pollution Box costs 1,450php at 71% off (originally worth 5,020php) while the CosRX Natural BHA Skin Returning A-Sol costs 810php. I also used 150 points and a coupon code that they gave me from my previous purchase. All in all this package only costed me 1,972.3php. I saved 3,857.7php!

Click here if you want a discount from Althea.kr 🙂

I wasn’t really expecting on getting the limited edition Chinese New Year box because I placed my order on February 1st, but I’m glad I was able to get the box! It had an Angpao along with it so I guess I will be going back to Althea within the month (the discount coupon is only available until February 28th)

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The box has a few dents, which is obviously unavoidable because of the shipping–and I’m totally okay with it because at least I was still able to get my hands on this box. I almost went gaga thinking that this box might have been lost in the shipping or even worse, stolen.

My first purchase in Althea was really smooth, I got the items in less than 10 days. Although the delivery man had trouble looking for my house–but that was the only problem I encountered with that transaction. This one, on the other hand, gave me sleepless nights.

Upon checkout, they gave me a notification that shipping may be delayed due to the holidays. Well, yeah, I was expecting that but I was also kinda hoping that Althea will still be the amazing online store that she is and would give me a fast transaction with only one or two days delay. But then again a week has passed and still they didn’t email me that my package has been shipped so I kinda worried and emailed their customer service. Their customer service representative immediately replied the day after but he only told me that my package will be delayed–which honestly wasn’t the answer I was hoping to get. I sent them a question asking what is the specific status of my purchase and they gave me a generic answer. I was a bit disappointed, but gladly the “Your Althea.kr order has been shipped” email arrived in my inbox the next day. I was immediately relieved.

Days before that I decided to change my shipping address because I’m thinking that no one might be home when my order arrives so I emailed them to deliver it in the nearest LBC branch so I can pick it up there instead. This request was processed immediately and the shipping address was changed. Kudos to Althea to that!

However, when my package arrived, I was out of town and a guy from LBC called me, asking for some clarifications regarding the shipping address. I then asked him if I can still pickup my package on Saturday (he called on Monday, February 13th) and he said that all packages has 10 days pendency before they return the package to the sender.

So the whole week I was busy doing some work stuff, LBC kept on texting me every day to get my package, and I did reply saying that I’ll get it on Saturday. I was thinking that things were going smooth for me until…

I decided to track my order.

It says on the LBC website that my package was already claimed by me. WOW. And it was already 1am that time so I can’t contact LBC regarding the status of my package. I got really worried, I can’t sleep–I immediately started thinking about life, my previous mistakes, my dreams that never materialized into reality and how I was unhappy about some things going on–basically I just had an existential crisis (well, I do have existential crisis, but it was enormously heightened that night). I had to bother a few friends through text and chat because I really needed someone to talk to. At around 3am all my depressing thoughts lowered and I was able to sleep– but not quite peacefully because I woke up two hours later. By that time I was already thinking of accepting the sad truth that my package is now gone and I just have to go on with my life and forget about it. On the other hand I was ready to prove that it wasn’t me who claimed my package in case it was indeed claimed by someone pretending to be me. I was already thinking of presenting them the text messages that I sent saying that I’ll pick it up Saturday and showing them my boarding pass as proof that I wasn’t in town to claim my package. Basically I was in the middle of giving up and fighting. I’m getting so worked up just because of this. I even hated myself for ordering too many skincare products. I thought this was my punishment for being vain.

So, moment of truth, the moment I arrived in the airport, I immediately rushed to my LBC branch to pick up my package–or to debate with the people there– I was calm the whole time because I was still hoping that it might just be an error on LBC’s side and it turns out that IT WAS INDEED AN ERROR.

My package was unclaimed. No one signed my name in that list that they had. I COULD HAVE NOT HAD MY MIND GOING CRAZY IF I DIDN’T TRACK MY ORDER ON THE LBC WEBSITE.

SO LBC, IF YOU’RE READING THIS, GET YOUR SHIT TOGETHER. 

Although this error gave me so much stress and triggered the emotional damage that I’ve been trying to conceal since the beginning of time, I’m just glad that I was able to have my hands on my precious skincare products. I don’t know how LBC handles cases of lost or stolen packages, but I do hope that they give great compensation because even though my babies were safe, we don’t know what might happen next. I still have a lot of plans for my online shopping which needs a lot of LBC’s involvement.

This is just one mistake, or possibly misunderstanding. I still trust the Hari ng Padala.

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Look at all them pretty things! You guys have no idea how happy and how relieved I am to see them. I thought I lost them forever, but now they’re safe in under my care.

These are all the products inside Althea’s Anti-Pollution box. I won’t be discussing each product one by one here so if you want information on them, click this link.

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They put the CosRX Natural BHA Skin Returning A-Sol in a separate box since it’s not included in the Anti-Pollution box. I’m happy about this because that means more boxes! I use these things for storage because I’m a mess at all times. And they’re pretty, who wouldn’t love them?

I’m still thinking of how I would incorporate these items in my daily and nightly skincare routine. Since all of these products are light, I think they’re perfect for morning use, but of course some of them will be used for my evening routine too. I can’t wait to start using all of them. You guys are definitely going to see more of these products in my future posts.

Before I end this post, here’s a link that will give you a nice discount from Althea.

Until then! XOXO,

Meesh

2016 Skincare Routine

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Before I start introducing all these products one by one, I will be discussing a brief history of my nightly skincare routine.

When I was younger–up until now, actually. I believed in accepting whatever you have, flaws and all, because I thought that these things makes you who you are. Your uniqueness is the beauty that was given to you so instead of hating yourself for it and trying to change who you are, just accept your flaws and find the beauty in them, your life will be so much easier. Therefore, I didn’t really have a skincare routine. I had a facial wash before but I wasn’t really religious in using it, sometimes I’d forget to wash my face before going to sleep or I would completely skip washing my face with soap because I thought it was unnecessary.

I was 19 when I started focusing on skincare. I still had the same thinking as before, I still loved myself the way I am. The only difference is that I learned that to love myself, I also have to take care of myself. And one way of doing that is by taking care of my skin and keeping my face smooth and healthy. Because honestly, imagine being loved but being taken for granted. Is that fair? No. You have to take care of the things that you love so those things will love you in return. Thus, my skincare routine.

I’ve come a long way since then. I had been using the same products on my face for three years when I finally decided to try and change my routine. So I went to the mall, I went through the skincare products that they had and bought some of it, did a little more research about skincare and searched for the products that my face really needs, and that’s when I started obsessing about these things.

This skincare routine that I’m about to introduce is my very first batch of skincare products in trying to pamper myself. This isn’t perfect for me, I still have some products here that I want to replace–and of course there are some that I would love to keep because I can feel them doing something. However, though this isn’t my holy grail set of products, they’re still good and they still work really well as individual products.

So without further ado, I’ll begin with my cleansers:

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The Body Shop Seaweed Deep Cleansing Gel Wash – I wasn’t actually planning on buying this but during that time I was looking for a cleanser that I can use in the morning and this product was on sale so I decided to give it a shot. Although my skin isn’t oily AT ALL (like whenever I use those blotting sheets on my face, they would still look good as new.) It doesn’t dry up my face. I rarely apply moisturizer and anything else in the morning which means this product is usually the only thing that I have on my face for the whole day, and so far I have no complaints. It leaves my face smooth and soft–it’s really gentle. The product has a watery consistency that I sometimes fear that it might spill all around my bathroom floor if I don’t shut it tight after using. Also, I have to be careful in squeezing the product out of the tube because I might squeeze more than what I need. What I like the most about this product is that it’s very light on the skin and it doesn’t foam up. It gives my skin a break from all the products that I applied the night before.

Skinfood Tea Tree Moisture Cleansing Foam – I used to use this product in the morning and at night because I really love how it feels against my skin when I’m using it, and it smells really great too. My problem is that, as I have said earlier, I rarely apply anything on my face in the morning and this cleansing foam leaves my face feeling sticky after I’ve washed it with water. In the first few days I thought I wasn’t rinsing my face well which is why I can feel a bit of residue on my face, so I became more conscious on how I rinse my face in the morning and that’s when I realized that I wasn’t the problem, it is the product. Hence, I looked for another cleanser to use in the morning. Aside from that, this product is really good. A pea-sized amount of this product is already good for the whole face. And it doesn’t sting me when I have breakouts which is good.

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Etude House Honey Cera Toner – This product is one of my favorites! What I love the most about this toner is the scent. It smells like baby lotion which gives me the feeling that this product is very mild and safe for the skin. It has a milky consistency and it feels very smooth and the skin immediately feels very soft and moisturized once applied. I honestly would love to make this product my toner forever. But sadly, it’s not anymore available in any of the Etude House branches located in my city. I think they eliminated the whole Honey Cera range except for the Eye Serum (which I later bought). I want to consider this product as my holy grail toner and I would definitely recommend this product for all skin types.

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Skinfood Black Sugar Mask Wash Off – Who does not know this product? When I first started reading online articles regarding skincare, this was one of the few products that was repeatedly mentioned by many different beauty gurus and skincare experts. I usually use this twice a week after the toner because I was afraid that the scrubbing might cause irritation. I have also tried using this before applying toner and it didn’t cause any irritation or redness. The Korean skincare routine suggests that exfoliation should be done after cleansing, but what I do is that I put on toner first, and then this product, let it stay in my face for 15 minutes and I rinse it off. After that, I put a thin layer of toner once more and then proceed with the rest of my routine. It really depends on what works for you. The results after using this product is immediate, my skin feels softer and smoother and it looks lighter. It feels good, in general. This is definitely one of the products that I would love to repurchase.

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The Body Shop Skin Clearing Clay Mask – I also got this product on sale (okay, I bought most of my The Body Shop products at around November-December thus sales are EVERYWHERE). I was just really curious and I really wanted to try on clay masks and I’ve read that Tea Tree is good in treating acne and breakouts so I got this product. I usually use this product before and after I travel to somewhere else just so I can get that little bit of protection from breakouts. To be honest, I wasn’t really that impressed with this product although it has this cooling sensation when applied. It was very difficult to wash off and it takes forever to dry. But I would recommend this to people who are acne-prone.

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The Body Shop Drops of Youth Eye Concentrate – On my first time trying to use this, I was really confused because I didn’t know that you have to pump it first before using! I thought that there was something wrong with the product because when I tried the sample in their shop, it was perfectly fine and I immediately fell in love with it, but when I had the actual product in my bathroom, I didn’t even know how to use it! Good thing I kept the box, so I read the instructions once more and finally knew how to get this thing working. Also, I don’t know if I’m just unlucky or if this applies to everyone who has this product, but the metal ball does not roll at all–well, it does, when I apply pressure, but I wouldn’t put that much pressure around my eye area because it will probably do more harm than good. I don’t think this little glitch has an impact on the effectiveness of this product, but it surely minimized the luxurious feeling that you’re supposed to have when applying it when the metal ball is rolling.

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Etude House Sheet Masks – The one pictured above isn’t particularly my favorite sheet mask but it’s the only one I had when I was taking photos for this post. I wouldn’t elaborate much about sheet masks here because these things are disposable and  can only be used once per pack, thus you can purchase any kind of sheet mask depending on what you like or what your skin needs as of the moment and then use a different one on your next session. I usually add sheet mask on my skincare routine two to three times a week for 15 to 20 minutes and they have immediate results. My face looks supple and brighter and softer the morning after I used a sheet mask.

Moisturizer:

The Body Shop Vitamin E Aqua Moisture Surge – Now, I don’t know where the individual photo for this product went, but it was on the family picture as posted at the very top (it’s above the tea tree mask.) This moisturizer is also one of my favorites because my skin really feels soft and smooth after using it. Plus, it leaves a matte finish which I really liked and it’s not sticky at all. I’ve read somewhere that this product has comedogenic properties but it seemed like my skin isn’t affected by it, which is really nice for me because I wouldn’t want to give up this product. After applying this, it’s so much easier to put on makeup. I would definitely recommend this especially during the cold months.

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The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil – Well I guess by now it’s pretty much obvious that I’m into Tea Tree products. This Tea Tree Oil is very effective in treating acne because it immediately dies the acne once you apply this in the affected area. I apply this in areas with acne until they’re completely gone–or until the acne dries out. I’ve read somewhere that tea tree oil will burn you if you use too much, but it didn’t burn me yet despite the fact that I use it a lot. I guess that really depends on your skin type.

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Etude House Play Therapy Sleeping Pack (Firming Up!) – Finally, this is the very last product that I use in my skincare routine. Frankly, I don’t really know if this product is necessary or what because I feel like it does not really do anything, or maybe that’s just because I’m using it wrongly. I apply this after the moisture surge from The Body Shop and I think the reason why I can’t feel this product doing anything to my face is because the moisture surge was too thick. However, before I had the moisture surge, I just use this after my toner and it leaves my face feeling moisturized and firmer the morning after. And it isn’t sticky too, which is nice.

Lip balm:

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L’Occitane Shea Butter Ultra Rich Lip Balm – Not a lot of skincare routines that I found in the internet has lip balm on their list, but I really do think that this step is very necessary. Even before I started investing in skincare, I was already religiously applying lipbalm on my lips every night. I have tried a lot of different lip balms before, but this one did the trick. I originally found this one in one of those airplane kits that they give out for free and instantly fell in love with it the moment I started using it. My only problem was that I didn’t know where to find a full size version of it because my city only has one L’Occitane store and they only have the stick version of this product. I didn’t purchase it thinking that the reason why this product was effective for me was because it was in a tube. Luckily, when I went to the UK a few months back, I found this in the Duty Free of the Manchester Airport. This was the only one left in the shelf so I immediately bought it. If there were more of this in that shelf, I could have purchased at least two or three more because I really don’t know when I’ll come across this product ever again. This lip balm really did a great job in moisturizing my lips and the best part here for me was that it doesn’t smell like anything nor does it taste like anything. A few days ago I just found out that this product is now available in our local L’Occitane branch, but it comes in a set along with other lip balms. I might purchase it and give the others a try, but honestly they don’t look as promising as this was to me.

So, that concludes my very first Skincare routine. I repeat, this isn’t perfect, nor the best set of products for my face. I’m just posting about this because I wanted to remember the first set of products that I used on my face when I started focusing on skincare. I still have a long way to go, I’ve been busy reading articles, watching videos on youtube and finding more information about skincare so I can improve my routine and have the best products for my face.

I’m very excited to try out other products on my face and I’m more than willing to learn how to take care of it and make it look younger and healthier. There will be more posts and products to be seen in this blog in the future.

Until then,

XOXO Meesh