The Body Shop Tea Tree Skin Clearing Clay Mask Review

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Hey guys! It’s been a long time since I last wrote anything about The Body Shop. It’s one of the readily-available brand in my country thus I have a lot of products from them my stash. This clay mask in particular, is actually the very first clay mask that I have ever owned my entire life. IMG_9446

I particularly chose The Body Shop’s Tea Tree Skin Clearing Clay Mask because upon buying this, I had been using their Tea Tree Oil and it did wonders in helping me get rid of my acne. Also, since it says “suitable for blemished skin,” I was hoping that it would also help in improving the overall appearance of my skin–which involves getting rid of my acne marks and other imperfections.

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I would normally use this particular mask at least once a week, usually on days when I feel like my face had gathered extra dirt and/or I feel that there’s an incoming pimple. The label here says “Apply a generous layer unto cleansed akin. Leaver for 10-15 minutes, rinse off.” and that’s exactly what I do. They say generous, thus I apply generously. IMG_9434

I just realized that it looks like cake frosting in this photo… yum! But it has a completely different consistency. Unlike frosting, this clay mask has a muddy texture and feels very smooth upon contact–making it easier to glide the product through my whole face. It is in mint green color which reflects the properties of the product itself. Green is commonly the color used for Tea Tree products, and this particular mask is in a cool, refreshing shade just like how it gives a cooling sensation to the skin.

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Unlike other clay masks that gives a tight feeling as it dries, this one somehow manages to make the skin feel hydrated the whole time as it sits on the skin while it does its wonders. You will still feel the skin tighten, and I don’t really know how to explain this, but this product is so cool and hydrating that you actually need to touch your face to check if the mask has dried yet. Also, the clay may appear quite thick and pasty, but it turns transparent as it dries. On some areas where there are more clay than the others, it simply turns greener.

To be honest, I really didn’t appreciate this product on the first few months that I started using it because I thought that it was really difficult to remove and I was not really sure if it does its work well. However, as time passes by, I realized that ALL facial masks are difficult to apply and the wonders of clay masks does not happen overnight. You have to be very religious and consistent in applying it on your face on a weekly basis to realize its effects. I noticed that this Tea Tree mask does help in preventing breakouts because there was a time when I would only use this after I come back from a travel and still the after effects of not focusing on skincare for a short 2 to 3-day trip would haunt me. However, when I started using this BEFORE and AFTER I travel, I don’t get breakouts anymore! Which is quite surprising because I always expect a pimple to suddenly somewhere in my face in the middle of my trip. Now, it’s either I get a small red mark or two–which simply goes away after a few days, or none at all. Amazing, right? Soon after, I’ve learned to love this product and use it more often.

I would totally recommend this product for anyone who has dry, acne-prone skin. This mask is our savior.

XOXO,

Meesh ❤

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My 11-Step Skincare Routine (Part 2)

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

Step 6: Serum

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

 

 

Step 7: Sheet Masks/Treatments

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

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

Step 8: Eye Cream  

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

Steps 9 and 10: Emulsion/Moisturizer/Sleeping Pack

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

Step 11: Lipbalm

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

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

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

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

XOXO,

Meesh ❤

SM Mall of Asia Skincare Haul

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SM Mall of Asia offers a variety of skincare brands that can be found in almost every corner of the mall. Once or twice a month, I get the chance to visit this place because the area that I stay at whenever I’m in Manila is only a good 10-minute ride away.

I didn’t care much about the skincare stores and brands that this mall had until last year, I remember going to MOA almost every day for two weeks straight because I had nothing else to do during the vacation and I barely remember looking at skincare/makeup stores during that time. I was more focused on clothing and books. So imagine my surprise when I saw Banila Co. in their department store. Without thinking twice, I immediately grabbed a few products from their shelves because I will never know when will be the next time I’ll visit MOA.

I only intended to purchase something that will break my 100ophp bill because I had to pay a friend after he paid for my dinner, thus getting the 980php-worth Banila Co. Clean It Zero Cleansing Balm does not definitely fulfill my goal during that time. So, to break another 1000php bill, I added two more sheet masks (which aren’t pictured above because I already used them.)

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I bought Banila Co.’s Mr. Skin Doctor Ampoule Mask Sheet– Moisturizing Care and Pore Care. I’m sorry I completely forgot to take a photo of the Pore Care.

After a few days, I went back to MOA and purchased the rest of the items showcased at the very first photo on this blog post.

Banila Co. Essential Mask Sheet (Sebum Care and Pore Care) – I originally wanted the clay mask, but since I already have too many mud/clay masks/packs, I decided to go for the sheet masks instead.

The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil – I unfortunately ran out of this in the middle of my travel. Thus, I was tea tree-free for around three days. If you guys read this blog post then you would know how much I love this product, I can’t live without it.

Origins Out Of Trouble  Mask – I have mentioned in this sample review that I am going to purchase this product. Although it’s actually pricier than I thought it would be–I thought this would only cost around 800-900php so I had to hide my surprise when the saleslady told me that it costs 1500php! That’s almost twice my estimated price. But I have this trait that whenever I decide on doing something, I’ll do it. And I really loved this product, I know I’ll regret it if I don’t purchase it.

Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask – I have also mentioned in this blog post that I’m going to purchase this product full size. So, same story as the Trouble Mask here. I must get an award for keeping my word.

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Anyhow, Origins gave me these samples. I still have some samples from Origins that I haven’t tried yet in my stash, but I do plan on reviewing them soon.

 

 

 

These are the samples that they gave me:

Dr. Weil for Origins Mega-Mushroom Skin Relief Soothing Treatment Lotion

Origins Three Part Harmony Foaming Cream to Oil Cleanser

Dr. Weil for Origins Mega-Mushroom Skin Relief Advanced Face Serum

Origins Three Part Harmony Oil-infused Serum for Renewal, Repair and Radiance

So, that’s all for this Skincare Haul. I might probably go shopping again the next time I go to MOA, I did find other products that I wanted to purchase while I was strolling around but I had my priorities and I had to keep my wallet alive. I will definitely go back for Laneige, Tony Moly and Khiel’s soon. I hope you guys enjoyed this haul!

XOXO,

Meesh

Product review: The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil

When it comes to skincare, I’m pretty much sure that acne is everyone’s number one problem. Those pesky little dots that ruin the pretty canvas of the face–it’s basically the reason why I started investing into skincare, to wage war against pimples. To be able to do this, I have to be particular with the products that I’m using. Not all skincare is for treating acne, some of them might even trigger your skin and cause major breakout.

One of my most favorite products in treating acne is The Body Shop’s Tea Tree Oil. In fact, ever since I started using this oil, I couldn’t live without it. I’m already on my third bottle and even though it’s a bit pricey (495php) for 10mL, I assure you that it’s worth every penny and it is absolutely effective in combating your skincare’s number one enemy.

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I found out about Tea Tree Oil when I was looking for a face mask and one of the salesladies recommended that I use the Tea Tree Oil Face mask because it help in healing breakouts. That immediately got me. So without thinking twice, I went and purchased the face mask. However, I wasn’t really satisfied with just the face mask because I can only use it 2-3 times a week and I need something that I can use every day to help me with my pimple problem. So I went around the mall and found this in the aisles of The Body Shop store. They had a whole range of Tea Tree Oil products and the lady there was nice enough to help me choose which product might work best for me. She also taught me how to use it and when to stop using it (that I didn’t follow but it didn’t so damage so… I’m just glad my skin can handle my craziness.)

The lady there told me to apply at least two drops each night on the affected area using my fingertips. I should immediately stop using it once the pimple dries because it might burn my skin. What I did was that I generously applied 3-4 drops each night (and sometimes in the morning too!) and I didn’t stop using it even though the pimple dried out already. It didn’t have any negative effect on me (lol thick face haha) but that does not guarantee that it won’t cause any further trouble to other people who might want to use it. If you are planning on purchasing this product, it is best to try it on your arm first before using it on your face. Some websites suggest that this oil should be diluted with water or a few drops should be mixed with your trusted moisturizer instead of directly putting it on your face because it might be too strong for your skin. And to be honest, even though I’m brave enough to use this product more often than I should, there are days that it stung my face soooo bad that I wanted to cry. Which is why I never ever apply this on my bare face. I do all my skincare first–up until the moisturizer before I put this oil because of the risk of it burning my skin.

Also, whenever I use this product, I stay clear in using anything else that has Tea Tree Oil in it because too much might cause our skin to be more sensitive to sunlight and UV rays. This is actually one of the reasons why I decided to start using sun cream. I don’t want a flawless face with patches of black and brown areas all over!

Each bottle lasted me at least a month, but I think if I don’t use it as frequent, it might last for around two to three months. But I also think it depends on how you use it. If you dilute it with water or with your moisturizer, it might last you a long time but if you use it for spot treatment like how I do, it might only last you a few months, but that also depends on how many pimples or trouble areas you have.

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It comes with child resistant caps which I honestly think is genius for this product. You don’t want this strong antimicrobial product spilled everywhere especially when you bring this while travelling. Also, Tea Tree Oil is toxic when ingested therefore taking precautions when having this around, especially where children are present, is necessary.

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I honestly don’t know what this packaging is called. Dropper? But not quite exactly. I think this thing is a stopper because it prevents all the product from spilling all over when you tilt the bottle. And at the same time, it also saves you from the hassle of squeezing the bottle for more product(not like it can be squeezed). It only gives you one drop and you have to wait a few more seconds before it releases another drop of tea tree oil. It’s a good way to keep you from using too much.

Tea tree oil comes with a very light and watery consistency so you have to be careful not to pour too much on your fingertips or the products will only end up dripping on your floor. It comes with a therapeutic scent which is very relaxing, it reminds me of the spa.

This product is recommended for those who has blemished skin according to the package. Aside from taming angry pimples, it can also prevent acne from appearing. I have two trouble spots for acne on my face–the bulb of my nose and my left cheek. Ever since I had this product, I would lightly apply a drop of this on those areas in the evening(and 3 drops on ares that has pimples) and I have never had a pimple in my trouble areas since then. Also, it helped in clearing the acne marks and blemishes I had on my cheek.

I absolutely recommend this product to everyone especially those who has acne problems. This is one of the greatest products that I have tried and honestly I cannot imagine my life without it. Even though you don’t have any pimple on your face, it is still good to have a bottle of this is your skincare kit in case of emergency. It’s very handy and is travel friendly, a great investment for someone who wants to have flawless skin.

If you have your own holy grail product for treating acne, let me know in the comment box!

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