PRODUCT EXPERIENCE: Miniso Compressed Facial Masks

Hello everyone! Miniso–a Japanese fast fashion designer brand just recently opened in SM City Davao last August. This got me really excited because as much as I love Korean Skincare, I am a big fan of Japanese products. I remember back when I was still a student in college, I would purposely go to Manila before going to Dumaguete just so I can buy notebooks and pens from Muji, and clothes from Uniqlo. I don’t know how the Japanese does it, but their products are really good–and I didn’t even notice that I preferred Japanese products until much later. To be honest, I didn’t have any idea what Miniso was when I found out that they opened here in Davao, but I still got excited because it’s Japanese.

It was so funny because during my first visit in Miniso, I was with my mom and there were sooooooooo many people inside the store that we decided not to buy anything yet because the line’s too long and everything was chaotic. All we did was look around and yknow, did some window shopping on the products we think we might purchase. And one of the items that caught our eyes was this:IMG_4182 (1)

Compressed Facial Mask Sheets! It really looks interesting because it’s different, and it looks like small candies. When I saw this, I immediately told my mom that I will get one of these soon when we go back to do some shopping. Sure enough, in our second visit, my mom got the white ones while I got the black.

I was really excited to try this and see how it works because if ever this facial mask was good, I can skip hoarding tons of sheet masks and just pop one or two of these in my bag whenever I travel and bring my preferred serum or essence with me (the thing that I would soak this with.

So anyway, here’s how an individual compressed sheet mask looks like:

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According to the packaging, the sheet mask must be soaked in ‘essence toner’ for it to decompress. I honestly have no idea what an ‘essence toner’ was, but yknow some Asian products, they have completely different terms for different products, and you have to be savvy enough to know what they actually meant. Well, since most sheet masks are soaked in Essence, I chose The Body Shop’s Drops of Light Pure Translucency Essence Lotion.

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I actually got this Essence Lotion as a present last Christmas, and I used this in my very first skincare routine, but I wasn’t able to finish all of it because I wanted to try more Korean products. Thus, I just put this is my shelf in case I feel like using it again.

(related: 2016 Skincare Routine)

So to test the facial mask, I got an old container and put the compressed sheet mask in the middle.IMG_4190 (1)

And I put two to three drops/squirts of the essence lotion on the product. I did this while I was putting clay mask on my face, thinking that after washing the clay mask off and applying my other products, the compressed mask will be soaked enough to open up and I can use it before I apply my emulsion and moisturizer.

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So, after 20 minutes of letting my clay mask dry, washing it off, applying my essence, serum and eye mask, the compressed mask didn’t look like it would decompress anytime soon, so I decided to transfer it on a smaller container where it can be filled with more essence. I added two more drops/squirts (I honestly press the bottle for the product to come out so I guess I can call it ‘squirts’ lol) for good measure.

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After a few more minutes, I got tired of waiting and decided to press the compressed mask to force the essence in so it can finally decompress.

So yeah, after almost an hour of frustration, it finally decompressed and it looked like this:

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I have to be honest, it was a disappointment because I applied more product that I usually would apply on my face on this and yet this doesn’t even feel wet enough to be a sheet mask. Yknow, sheet masks are usually soaking wet and oftentimes there will still be product dripping out of the mask once you remove it from the packaging, while this one looked really dry. I didn’t bother using it on my face anymore because I didn’t want to add anything to my disappointment anymore.

Anyway, my brother got another compressed mask and put water on it, and after a matter of seconds, it decompressed. So maybe I thought it was my fault because the essence was too thick and the mask couldn’t absorb it completely. Thus, after a few days, I did a second experiment with my Etude House Wonder Pore Freshner.

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After all, the mask’s packaging said ‘essence toner’ and maybe they really meant ‘toner’, or maybe there might really be an ‘essence toner’ in Japan, I don’t really know. If you guys know anything, please comment down below.

This is how to looked like before I added toner on it (by the way, a freshner is a toner too.):IMG_4314 (4)

After three squirts of the freshner, it immediately turned into this:IMG_4316

It decompressed fast and it’s ready to use. IMG_4318

But then again, I didn’t use this on my face because the Wonder Pore Freshner is alcohol-based and I didn’t want my face to be soaked in anything alcohol-based for too long. I do use this freshner from time to time, but I don’t think it is advisable to use it as a sheet mask.

Final verdict: I guess you guys can say that I don’t like putting this sheet mask on my face based on the fact that I didn’t in the two experiments. To be honest, I don’t think I will be using these compressed sheet masks anytime soon, or whenever I travel, because first, I need to find an appropriate product to soak this with, and second, I would actually need to put more than what I usually apply on my face on this product for it to work. Lastly, in my own opinion, I think it will be more space savvy to use the readily soaked sheet masks than using these whenever I travel because I still need to bring another bottle of product to use this. While in regular sheet masks, I can just put them anywhere in my own convenience. However, I would recommend these compressed masks for people who likes experimenting, and for those who has watery products and would want to reinforce it’s effects on the face with a sheet mask.

Before I end this blog post, I would just like to clarify that the goal of this post is to share my thoughts and opinions on a certain product and I, in any way, has no intention to degrade or dignify Miniso in any form. I’m just stating my honest observations, hoping that I can help the people out there who are interested in this product.

Since Miniso has a lot of products in their store, expect that I will be posting other reviews from the items in their store soon. I hope you’ll be around to read that once more,

Until next time,

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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 ❤

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What are your daily beauty essentials? Let me know!

XOXO,

Meesh ❤

Product Review: The Body Shop Vitamin C Glow-Protect Lotion SPF30

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Vitamin C is said to have anti-aging properties that will prevent the skin from wrinkling plus it also gives the skin that glow, making it appear radiant, fresh, and younger. It also evens out the skin tone, which means this can be handy when it comes to getting rid of acne scars.

All of the things mentioned above are something that I would die for my skin to have, thus, knowing that the Vitamin C range from Body Shop offers all of those good things to my skin, it became on top of my skincare product wishlist. This SPF30 was actually a Christmas gift to me as a result of a slight misunderstanding–I originally wanted the Vitamin C Glow Boosting Moisturizer. Anyway, I wasn’t bummed out that I got this product instead because I have been reading a lot of articles about skincare and all of them are screaming on how important SPF is–and I’m not using SPF–I had to intention to until I got this product. I took it as a sign from the universe and thus my morning skincare routine was born.

But that’s another story.

(READ: My 8-step Morning Skincare Routine)

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(I know I put too much for a sample, I’m sorry.)

The lotion has a quite heavy consistency with a really strong orange scent. It isn’t my cup of tea but I’m quite sure that other people will enjoy the citrus-y fragrance. It doesn’t leave a sticky residue and it doesn’t produce an unpleasant shine. I actually thought that this product will be a favorite on my first application. However, as I decided to incorporate a whole set of products for my morning routine to go with this SPF, it becomes heavy and shiny and uncomfortable. It actually worries me because the stickiness might accumulate dust and dirt on my face, making it a breeding ground for pimple-causing elements.

The uncomfortable shine and stickiness can be reduced with concealer and face powder, though. But as for someone like me who prefers my face bare during the morning, a tiny unusual feeling on my face gives me discomfort.

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This was my arm after I spread the product evenly. If you compare both photos, the fine lines were instantly reduced and the promised “glow” is present. It doesn’t leave a whit cast at all which is a major plus.

With continued use, I noticed that my face actually did look and feel younger. It looked more alive than ever–trust me on this, I used to look like a zombie all the time. The Vitamin C is really doing its wonders and this SPF really does its job in protecting. I didn’t have any breakouts!

However, as I have mentioned before, this product does not have a nice reaction to other skincare when layered. That has been my problem with this which is why I preferred using a different SPF that goes neatly with my routine. Also, even though there are times when my face wouldn’t feel that sticky or heavy, the seemingly-oily shine was just too much. To put it simple, the look that this SPF gives me when used with other products does not gather compliments, it gathers curious questions from people around me–which I don’t like. I only use this product indoors, where people wouldn’t see me because I still want to receive all the good minerals from this lotion.

I think this product is meant to be used for the summer, where people won’t judge a person’s face because there’s a shiny film of sunscreen on it. I also think that not getting a shiny film is also possible with this product as long as the previous products have been completely absorbed by the skin and the surface is dry. I think this will also work fine with people who use makeup on a daily basis–this might just give that seemingly natural dewy glow that can replace those highlighters.

That’s all for today. What’s your trusty SPF? Please leave a comment below.

Thanks!

Meesh 🙂

Product Review: The Body Shop Vitamin E Aqua Boost Sorbet

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Hello everyone! In this post I’m going to share about one of my most favorite skincare products so far, The Body Shop Vitamin E Aqua Boost Sorbet.

This sorbet is one of the very first skincare products that I purchased. I saw this while I was checking out our local Body Shop store, and I immediately became curious of what this would do. It does not look like your average moisturizer because it’s a sorbet and it says that it will give my skin an aqua boost. After some deliberation, I bought this product and used it as soon as I got home. Well, it did sting me for the first few days–which was justifiable because my face was experiencing a major catastrophe back then, with breakouts and dry patches everywhere. I was hoping that this moisturizer would help me with my skincare problem, and although there were times that I wanted to cry because this did hurt me–I still kept on using it because I can feel the positive effect on my skin and it was more satisfying than ever.

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The sorbet had a nice pinkish color in the jar but becomes transparent when taken in smaller amounts. It does not feel heavy at all though once applied, you can actually feel the product leaving a thin layer on your skin that somehow feels like a barrier designed to lock up all the other products that were applied before it.

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This product feels very luxurious on the skin. It has a soft-silky texture and the skin immediately feels moisturized after a few seconds of applying this product. I am actually in love with how supple and soft this product makes my skin, there was actually this one time when I used this and nothing else on my face for daytime, and I cannot stop touching my face! It’s just so soft! It feels like a baby’s cheek. Even my cousin was amazed on how soft my cheeks were.

After I ran out of this product (it lasted me two months), I thought on not repurchasing it just so I can try other moisturizers on my skin–but I wasn’t really satisfied with anything so I just went and bought another jar! Unlike my earlier experience with this sorbet, my face does not sting anymore whenever I put this on. Which means, my face was so much better than it was before.

The only downside of this product is that it has comedogenic properties which can clog pores and cause breakouts. I was actually upset when I found out about it, but so far this sorbet hasn’t done any harm to my skin. Although I did have a few breakouts while using this product, I’m pretty much sure that it wasn’t caused by this sorbet. However, it might just be my skin. After all, I have normal acne-prone skin with a few dry patches along the nose area. But since this product is designed for all skin types, I think it will work best especially for those with dry skin. As for people with oily skin, i would recommend trying it out on the tester first because I can’t promise the probability of you guys not having any breakout while using this comedogenic product.

I use this product at night, as shown in my evening skincare routine. But this product is also good for daytime, and it can also serve as a primer before putting on makeup. It’s not sticky and it gives a matte finish which is actually my favorite thing about this moisturizer.

Overall, this is a really great product. Totally moisturizing and softens the skin. I can never imagine my day without this product. Trust me, I tried!

So that’s all for my favorite moisturizer. I hope this review helped you in your skincare choices. Until then!

XOXO,

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 ❤

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