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Asian Makeup Haul

25 Jun

My taste for makeup knows no limits! Well, my wallet would disagree. Ha.

From my previous trips to both China and San Francisco, I’ve brought back a few items that seemed just too good to pass. The products stem from a variety of different Asian brands, categories, and uses. What many of them have in common are series of hype and reviews garnered lately on the internet that have prompted me to check it out myself.


Here is the first batch of items (listed from left to right):

  • Etude House Bubble Tea Sleeping Pack: Black Tea
  • Canmake Perfect Stylist Eyes: #3
  • Miniso Hello Kitty Eyeshadow
  • Les Merveilleuses De Laduree Cheek Brush
  • Kiss Me Heroine Make Volume and Curl Mascara: Black
  • Shu Uemura Anti/Oxi Cleansing Oil: Green Tea
  • Etude House Fresh Cherry Lip Tint: OR201
  • KAO Megurhythm Hot Steam Eye Mask: Bulgarian Rose


Second Batch (listed from left to right):

  • [Samples] NOV III Cleansing Foam and Washing Cream
  • Daiso Makeup Brush Holder
  • Daiso Charcoal Face Wash (I had such a great experience with these before that this time, I decided to buy two!)
  • Dolly Wink Liquid Eyeliner: Black
  • Sana Soya Milk Whitening Milky Lotion

I’m already using the Shu Uemura Cleansing oil and yes, it’s literally one of the best makeup removers out there. No tugging or pulling. It removes all kinds of hard makeup from the face. As for the others, I’m excited to try them out.

What do you think of my haul? Do you recognize any of these items? Let me know in the comments! Thanks for reading!


My Current Skincare Routine

3 May

It’s tempting to forgo any skincare routine after a long day. Take, for example, this picture: you walk into your house, you’re hungry, you’re tired, the cake of makeup is still sitting on your face. Just the thought of summoning whatever energy you have left to wash your face is already taxing enough, never mind applying the toner, mask, serums, creams afterwards…

There were many days/nights when I decided to cheat, thinking that once or twice wouldn’t make a difference. At times, I made myself believe that toner alone would suffice. I learned the hard way when craters of clogged pores and blackheads started to accumulate on a face that was once clear and bright.


Long ago, I discovered a Korean skincare routine that, overtime, just proved to be too lengthy to fit into the schedule of a busybee like me. So, instead of abandoning it all together, I decided to adopt and tweak it into my personal routine while still keeping the philosophy in tact.

Step 1: Remove makeup


If you don’t wear any makeup (all the power to you), then you can go ahead and skip this step. For those of you who apply foundation on a typical day, you should understand the importance of investing in a good makeup remover to minimize the daily tugging on your face as you remove the makeup. I currently use the Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil (green tea antioxidant version), which I consider to be the best makeup remover by far because the formula is so excellent at removing all the traces of makeup that I never have to follow up with a cotton ball or q-tip. Using two squeezes of the pump, I massage the oil onto my dry face (still full of makeup) first, followed by wetting my face with a small amount of water just enough to emulsify the oil. You will know when the emulsification process has begun because the oil will become slightly foamy. As you massage the oil around your face, make sure to get your eyelids also to remove the eyeliner and mascara. The last step includes a thorough rinse with H2O. Then, viola! Makeup-free.

2. Facial Cleanser


For some people, the cleansing oil gives their face an adequate amount of cleansing. However, I like to follow up with a foamy face cleanser in the shower to remove any further impurities. I bought this Sumi Charcoal Facial Cleansing Foam from Daiso. I underestimated this cleanser until I saw how clean and refreshing my face became after using it. You can tell my enthusiasm for this product by how little of it is left in the tube!

3. Exfoliate



Next, I follow up with the Skinfood Black Sugar Mask or Omorovicza Refining Facial Polisher, depending on my mood. Tbh, I enjoy using the sugar mask a bit more. I tend to leave my face a little damp. Then, scooping up a dollop around the size of my thumb, I spread and massage the product until it evenly covers my face. Rinse off after 15 min. and the result is a smooth canvas free of the dead skin cells that weighed down your complexion previously. I suggest you wrap up your hair in a scrunchie because sticky hair strands covered in sugar is not something that you want.

4. Tone


Next, I apply the Innisfree Green Tea Moisture Skin–which have been mentioned countless times in my other posts–with a cotton pad onto my face. I’m almost out of this product and would definitely buy another one when the time comes. The refreshing feeling, combined with the heavenly scent, puts you in a better mood almost instantly.

5. Serum


Sometimes I’ll use a moisturizer or coconut oil, but nothing can beat the BareMinerals Active Cell Renewal Night Serum. A few drops of this essence is enough to bring out the best of your complexion in the morning. It’s just too bad that the company no longer sells or restocks this product because it’s one of the best serums I’ve ever laid my hands on. I suppose I better ready myself for another serum when this bottle runs out (which is definitely happening soon).

6. Eye Cream


I’ve got a drawer full of eye creams. But the one that I find myself using a lot is the Ole Henriksen Ultimate Lift Eye Gel, which serves to depuff your eyebags after a tiring day. And yes, it does work (for me, at least). I take a small amount with my ring finger and gently apply it to underneath my eyes. A moment later, you should feel a slight burning, which means that the formula is working. The only bags I like are Louis Vuitton ones!

7. Face Mist


Then, to top it all off like the frosting on the cake, I like to spray a few spritz of the Omorovicza Queen of Hungary Mist, which I got from my last Sephora Haul. I find this mist really hydrating for my face and can also be used as a great pick-me-up at anytime during the day.

What are some skincare products that have worked for you in the past? Leave your comments below. I would love to hear about them. Thanks for reading!

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