Leadiiinglady’s Love List: Skincare πŸ‘ŒπŸ»

So many people have been asking me, what are your favorite skincare products? What would you recommend? Do you like this, do you like that?

To answer all of you, I decided to start this new part of my blog called: Leadiiinglady’s Love List πŸ’˜ (LLLL…..L2L2….. L4……) hahaha okay yeah Leadiiinglady’s Love List. This is where I will be writing about my loves or in other words, my faves.

This post in particular is about my personal skincare loves! So for all of you guys who have been asking me about my favorite skincare products, here they are all in one post!

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12 of my favorite skincare products (as of now)

Let’s start with my favorite oil cleanser of all time…

1. Banila Co Clean it Zero

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This is my favorite oil cleanser OF ALL TIME. I cannot stress how magical this beautiful tub is. I’ve been using it EVERY SINGLE DAY. This is already my fourth tub!!! If you guys are looking for a good oil cleanser that isn’t too oily but still manages to clean your face super well, this is the one for you! I prefer this over liquid oil cleansers because after using these kinds of cleansers, my face feels super oily and my skin is oily to begin with and so this doesn’t really help my cause hahaha.

To use this product, all you have to do is use the spatula (it comes with a spatula) and get a spoonful of balm and then spread it all over your face! Spread it very well! Massage your face (but gently!!!) and be sure to take your time taking off all your make-up and the dirt on your face! And then wash your face with warm water. Follow up with your regular cleanser and voila! Your face is clean!

You can buy this on Althea Korea, Zalora, BeautyMNL and a lot of instagram beauty shops!

2. Cure Natural Aqua Gel

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This is my go-to exfoliator! I just got this recently but I’m already in love with it! I’ve been looking for a good exfoliator for months, I’ve tried so many but I couldn’t find the right one. When I got this, it was like love at first sight!!! It really takes out my dead skin like it says it’s supposed to do and afterwards, my skin feels so soft.

Exfoliating is super important! Especially for those of you who have acne scars/combination skin like me. Exfoliating helps take out your dead skin cells and allows your skin to renew. This helps with your post acne scars and it helps even it out! What I also love about this product is that it doesn’t make a mess! plus there’s a lock thingy so you can bring it with you on your travels and not have to worry about it spilling!

You can buy this in the Beauty Bar! It’s a bit pricey but it’s a big bottle and since you’re only supposed to exfoliate at least once or twice a week, this will last you a long time! Remember, a little goes a long way!

3. COSRX Low pH Good Morning Gel Cleanser

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I love COSRX products. Hands down, one of the best skincare brands ever. The products are just so consistent, like I haven’t ran into any “bad” product. And so of course for this post, I’m bound to have a few COSRX products riiiight…. hahahaha.

This is my morning cleanser. It is wonderful. You know that feeling when you wake up with an oily face and all you wanna do is cleanse cleanse and cleanse to get rid of that oily feeling??? This is the best way! It takes off all the excess oil and dirt! But still leaves your face hydrated and soft! And guess what? It also takes off make-up REALLY WELL. I tried it once cause I was curious. And it really took everything off even without me rubbing it in that much!

Plus this cleanser brings your skin back to the normal pH level which helps your skin absorb the essences and serums you put after!

You can buy this on the skin curator, BeautyMNL and other online instagram shops!

4. LJH Tea Tree Essence

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Tea Tree has always worked well with my skin. I guess it’s cause I’m acne prone and it helps get rid of the bacteria and helps soothe my skin when it’s inflamed or red!

I decided to try this essence out because I heard good reviews about it and I’m super glad I did! This really helps my skin! The tea tree in the formula helps prevent acne and heals it when I do have. I would recommend this to you guys who have combination/acne-prone skin! It is super gentle but super effective! Highly recommended! All you have to do is put three drops and pat it all over your face (after toner)!

You can buy this on a lot of online instagram beauty shops!

5. COSRX BHA Blackhead Powder Liquid

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This is another one of my loves from COSRX! This is actually one of the first COSRX products I bought. I’ve always had a problem with acne cysts and I heard that this product helps prevent them and so I decided to try it out.

This is a chemical exfoliator that goes deep into the skin and works to clean the deepest parts to help prevent acne cysts from developing in the first place. I have to say that this super helped me! After I started using this for a while, I noticed that I started getting less pimples even during “my time of the month!”

I’ll soon have another blog post for just my AHA and BHA products to explain more about what they’re for and how you can use them so stay tuned for that! But if you’re using them already, don’t forget to put on SPF everyday because these are VERY STRONG chemical exfoliators and so your skin may a bit more sensitive to the sun!

You can buy this product on the skincurator.com, BeautyMNL or Althea and many more online instagram shops!

6. KIEHL’S Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution

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Kiehl’s may a bit pricey but a lot of their products are worth the $$$! And so, I decided to buy this tiny bottle because I’ve always had a problem with my post-acne marks and I’ve read a few reviews saying this product did a lot for their scars. Since I am getting less pimples now, my aim is to work on my acne marks.

To see if this product really worked, I took a picture of my scars before and after. Since I have been using this product, I noticed that my acne marks have been fading. They’re still there but I noticed that I have been using less concealer to cover them up and whenever I would look in the mirror, I would notice that they wouldn’t be as obvious and as red as they used to be and so I could safely say that this product is really working for me. I only use are 2 drops and so I know this bottle will last a long time and hopefully by the time I finish it, my acne scars would be completely gone.

I would recommend this to those of you who have acne-marks or scars or even sensitive skin because Kiehl’s uses a lot of natural products and so this would be perfect for you guys!

You can buy this at any Kiehl’s branch!

7. My Scheming Face Masks

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These face masks are from Taiwan and they are super cute!!! I mean look at that packaging! I’ve always been a sucker for cute packaging + face masks. I have so many!!!! I abolutely love using them especially during nights when I get too lazy to do my whole skincare routine.

I love how these face masks are affordable and effective! They’re a bit cheaper than korean face masks and if you notice, they are a lot thinner thus it says “invisible mask”.

My favorite out of all the different kinds is the mask with lemon! It really brightens my skin! And helps minimize my pores! I recommend this for those of you who like trying out new face masks and those of you with sensitive skin because these masks are very gentle and easy on the skin.

You can buy this at PCX for only P65!

8. BeautyFix Peel-Off Mask

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I bought this recently because everyone said that this is way better than the normal nose strips. This is supposed to take off all the dirt and whiteheads and at the same time detoxify your skin.

I tried it out and wow I amazed with the results! On the container, it shows the mask all over the face but I decided to only put it on my t-zone. I left it on for about 20 minutes, afterwards, it was dry and ready to be peeled off. I have to admit that it HURT when I was taking it off. It hurt like crazy and so it took a while. But I know it was cause it was REALLY taking off all the dirt and whiteheads. When I looked at the mask, I saw so many and I was so amazed as to how much it took out.

Aside from that, my skin felt super soft!!! As if all the bumps disappeared. I recommend to use this every two weeks as to get rid of all the dirt and whiteheads deep within! This is way better than the regular nose strips you use! You’ll see a difference!

Get this at Watsons now!

9. PIOLANG 24K Gold Wrapping Mask

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What I love most about this mask is that it’s gold. I mean, when I wear it I can’t help but feel like a “Golden Goddess” hahaha it’s really fun to wear! Plus it works πŸ˜‰

This mask works to make your skin glow! And it really does! I like using this before I go out and start my day! I apply it with a spatula (I like using spatulas when I get products in tubs), I make it a bit thick and leave it on for thirty minutes and then I peel it off. Afterwards, my skin is glowing and I’m ready to take on the day πŸ˜‰

You can buy this in Althea Korea!

10. SKINFOOD Salmon Brightening Eye Cream

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This is my go-to eye cream! Eye cream is a must for me because I have dark dry under eyes and so I can’t live without my eye cream. It took me a while though to find the right one. I went through countless kinds before finding this one. But when I did, it was the perfect fit!

What I love about this eye cream is that it’s very affordable and very effective! And the brightness aspect happens right away. After putting it, I notice it brightens my under eye area and what’s a big plus for me is that it is VERY MOISTURIZING which is what I need. When I put concealer under my eye, it tends to become dry and I absolutely hate that and so I really needed something that can keep my skin moisturized all day and this is IT!

So if you guys have the same problem as me, go grab a small tub from Skinfood now! And guess what, it lasts a long time!!!

11. Apie’u Non Co Tea Tree Spot Patch

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When it comes to acne cysts and pimples, this is the patch I use! Especially if they’re still starting out. These are medicated acne patches! I actually wrote a review on this and you can check it out here!

They contain Tea Tree and so again, this product is good for those of you who have combination or acne-prone skin! Whenever I feel a pimple starting to grow, I put this on at night and by the next morning, it’s almost completely gone! This is like my holy grail because one, it’s hassle free! You just put them on and boom, it’s gone! And two, it prevents me from touching them or making them worse. (Do not touch your pimples! The dirtiest body part are your fingers so please DONT)

You can buy this on yesstyle.com! It is very affordable so go go go!

12. KIEHL’S Micro-Blur Skin Perfector

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Last but definitely not the least, another Kiehl’s skincare product! This is actually a sample size. What I like about this brand is that they have a lot of samples and so you can try out their products to make sure it works for you before spending all your money on a normal-sized product. I’ve been collecting samples of this one product in particular and I’ve been loving it so much that I think I’m ready to commit and buy the real thing.

This is a micr-blur skin perfector that works to minimize pores, smoothen the complexion of your skin and improve it in the process. To be honest, I’ve always been afraid of using these kinds of products because I felt that they would clog my pores and would cause more acne. BUT I talked to the doctor at Kiehl’s and she said that this product doesn’t do that and that’s why I decided to try it.

And it has done my skin WONDERS. Coming from an acne-prone girl, this is a big deal!!! hahaha the number one cause of acne is because the pores get clogged and dirt builds up inside it, causing—> pimples. But this product hasn’t given me any breakouts whatsoever!!! And I’ve been using it everyday! Isn’t that great??????? And so for you guys who have been looking for a product like this, go ahead and try this one out!

All you have to do is apply it after applying ALL your morning skincare products! It’s the last step before putting on your make-up! You can buy this at any Kiehl’s branch!

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And so that was my love list for skincare products (as of now), I will be coming out with one again soon! Maybe next month… a whole new list and so stay tuned for that! πŸ˜‰ Again, if you have any questions or concerns, be sure to comment! I will get back to you for sure! πŸ™‚

Buuuut of course, aside from my skincare loves, I also have my make-up loves! And so be sure to check out my next post:

“Leadiiinglady’s Love List: Make-up πŸ’„”

Plus I heard great reviews about my Disney Princess Make-up post and so get ready for part 2 coming out very soon! πŸ˜‰

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Disclaimer: These are my personal opinions and results! Again, if it works for you, it works for you πŸ™‚

My Korean Skincare Routine (Morning & Evening) πŸŒžπŸŒ›

This /long/ post is for those who requested/might be interested/getting into this Korean skincare thing! helloooo, I tagged some of you! πŸ™‚Β hahaha I’m writing this here cause apparently there’s a character limit on instagram which I wasn’t aware of…. ANYWAY

So this is my Korean skincare routine. These are the products I use. (Yup, all of that!) But it varies morning & evening! In this post, I included the products I use, some tips & tricks and a short opinion of each one! πŸ™‚ hope this helps you guys!

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My morning skincare routine is pretty simple.

MORNING

1. CLEANSE: COSRX Low pH Good Morning Gel Cleanser (it makes your skin feel squeaky clean! Very good for you guys with oily skin!)
2. TONE: COSRX AHA/BHA Clarifying Treatment Toner (it brings your skin’s pH to the normal level which is about 5.5! It’s def not too harsh for your skin & helps your skin absorb the other products better)
3. ESSENCE: COSRX Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence (one of my favorites! It really moisturizers my skin and helps lighten my dark spots! And it’s not heavy at all!)
4. EMULSION: COSRX Natural BHA Skin Returning Emulsion (it moisturizes my skin without making it look too oily! In fact, after I put it on, my face looks matte)
5. MOISTURIZE: COSRX Aloe Vera Oil-free Moisture Cream (I have oily skin and so an oil free moisturizer is better for me! Esp during the day! Plus, aloe is good for sensitive skin cause it soothes it when it’s irritated or red)
6. EYE CREAM: Skin Food Salmon Brightening Eye Cream (I just got this but it works wonders! I went through several eye creams before but they never seemed to work for me! I have dark dry under eyes and so I needed something that would really moisturize and brighten that area and so far, this has been nothing but amazing!)
7. SPF: COSRX Aloe Soothing Sun Cream (tbh I never really liked SPF cause I didn’t like the idea of putting sunblock on my face considering that I have sensitive/acne prone skin BUT I decided to try this product anyway because wearing SPF everyday is an absolute MUST for healthy skin!! And so far, I’ve been loving this!!!! It’s not heavy at all and it doesn’t have that strong sunblock smell! I think this is the only SPF that I would ever put on my face hahaha)
8. MAKE-UP CREAM: SON&PARK Beauty Cream (not in the picture – I use this all the time before I put makeup. It pretty much preps my skin and gives me that glowy look that I really like! And it’s not heavy nor does it block my pores! So YAY)

So that’s my morning skincare routine! My nighttime skincare routine on the other hand is a bit… more complicated hahaha and so I’ll write it in parts!

EVENING

DOUBLE CLEANSE
1. OIL CLEANSER: Banila Co. Clean It Zero (I am on my 3rd tub cause this stuff is absolutely amazing! I put on heavy makeup a lot because of all my performances and gigs and so I really need an oil cleanser that takes off EVERYTHING and so far this has been it!!!! Buy it guys! You won’t regret it!!!!)
2. FOAM CLEANSER: COSRX Salicylic Acid Exfoliating Cleanser (I have acne prone skin and so I make it a point to use a cleanser with acne fighting ingredients at night! I only use this at night because I feel that if I use it twice a day, it’ll be too strong for my skin and it might just end up irritating it)
3. ***WATER CLEANSER: SON&PARK Beauty Water (this is optional for me! If I’m washing off super heavy makeup, I use this just to make sure I got everything off my face. If I’m washing off everyday makeup then I usually skip this step)

EXFOLIATION/TREAT
4. TONE: COSRX AHA/BHA Clarifying Treatment Toner
5. VITAMIN C: Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin Drop (I just started using this and so far it’s been very good to my skin. I used to use c21 but it was too strong for me. Instead of helping my skin, it irritated it and so I researched cause I wanted to find something more gentle and I saw this! So if ever you want a Vitamin c serum that’s gentle on your sensitive skin, klairs is the one for you!)
****wait 10 minutes**** (you wait so that your skin will absorb the vitamin c before you put anything else! That way it’ll work better! Also, Vitamin c/BHA/AHA treatments work best on skin with a natural pH which is why before I put these on, I use the toner up there ^ which brings my skin to the normal pH level! If you use another toner that’s more acidic, the treatments may not work unless you wait 30 minutes or so after applying the toner before you put them on)
6. BHA Treatment: BHA blackhead power liquid (I only use BHA because I feel like it helps my skin better. It digs deeper into your skin compared to AHA. AHA is merely just for the surface. But my problem lies within (wow deep hahaha) I used to get a lot of big pimples but when I started using this, they were reduced because this treatment works to prevent them from ever forming! It’s your choice if you want to use both but if you only need one then just use one! It’s always important to only use what you need and not overdo it) ****wait 10 minutes AGAIN**** so that the treatment is fully absorbed by your skin

ESSENCES/AMPULES/ MOISTURIZERS/EYE CREAM (thinnest/most watery—>thickest)
7. ESSENCE: COSRX Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence
8. AMPULE: COSRX Propolis Light Ampule (super gentle on my skin! I love honey/propolis and my skin loves it too so this works for me! It helps plump up my skin and gives me a really nice glow)
9. EMULSION: COSRX Natural BHA Skin Returning Emulsion
10. CREAM MOISTURIZER: COSRX Honey Ceramide Full Moisture Cream (just started using this and it’s really good! It makes my skin so supple and soft! I use this only at night though because it’s thick and sticky and so it might make me too oily during the day considering my skin gets oily! But at night, it’s perfect cause you wake up with moisturized supple skin! and no, it doesn’t clog your pores!!)
11. EYE CREAM: Skin Food Salmon Brightening Eye Cream
12. SLEEPING PACK: Etude House Moist Up Sleeping Pack (I’ve been using this for around 7 months now every single night! It never broke me out and that is a plus considering I have acne prone skin and also since then, I have noticed that I have been waking up to fully hydrated skin! I recommend this sleeping pack for those who are just starting out! It’s really good!)

SPOT TREATMENT/EXTRAS
13. SPOT TREATMENT: Benzac AC (if I see pimples starting out, I usually put this on and it helps get rid of them! This was recommended by my derma before)
14. PIMPLE PATCH: COSRX Acne Pimple Master Patch (when I see those big pimples, I put one on right away and by the next morning they’re flat!!! Like what???? Hahahaha but make sure when you put it on, the area is freshly cleansed and there is NOTHING on it! Cause the patch absorbs the bad stuff and so putting toner/essence on the pimples would prevent the bad stuff from being completely absorbed)
15. LIP SLEEPING PACK: LANEIGE Lip Sleeping Pack (I have chapped lips. Since forever. And so I decided to get something to treat it! I put this on every night and I wake up with smooth and hydrated lips! Which makes me really happy!!!!! It’s kinda pricey but I’ve had this for a few months and it’s not even halfway done so I’d like to think it’s worth it!)

MASK SHEETS/WASH-OFF MASKS

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  1. Skin Food Rice Wash-Off Mask (It brightens up my skin like BAM! hahaha I really love it’s so gentle and it makes my skin feel so soft)
  2. Skin Food Black Sugar Honey Wash-Off Mask (not in the picture – this super moisturises and exfoliates my skin! After washing it off, my face feels so smooth and supple plus it smells wonderful!)
  3. Piolang 24K Gold Wrapping Mask (I personally love this cause its gold hahahaha but aside from that, it really gives me a nice glow! My skin feels so clean and bright after using this peel off mask!)
  4. Mumuso mask sheets (I use different kinds but I love them all! I use some that are for oily skin and the others have snail mucus! These are all ver affordable! You can buy them in up town hehe)
  5. Etude House mask sheets (not in the picture – I started out with these mask sheets! I love how there are different kinds and that they cater to different needs!)
  6. Tony Moly Egg cooling pack (this mask has a cooling effect which tightens your pores and so if you have enlarged pores, this mask is for you!)
  7. Indian Clay Mask (you can buy this in healthy options! This mask super cleans your skin!!!!! the description says that this mask basically gives you a facial! It’s a bit strong and so I suggest that you leave it on for only 10 minutes or so and use it once a week max!)
  8. Glossier Moisturizing Moon Mask (this mask moisturises your skin and leaves it feeling full and hydrated)

Some tips and tricks to remember!

  • Before using a mask sheet, put on your toner! This helps your skin absorb everything better!
  • Use a mask sheet at least twice a week!
  • Exfoliate with a scrub/face brush at least twice a week to get rid of your dead skin cells!
  • Don’t leave masks on past 30 minutes because they could end up irritating your skin instead of helping it!
  • Patch test strong products first before putting them all over your face!
  • When incorporating new products to your skincare routine, do them slowly! Do not just start putting them on morning and evening everyday because they may not be right for your skin!
  • If it doesn’t work for you, it doesn’t work for you. Don’t force it or else you might hurt yourself! Look for a different product. There’s something out there for you!
  • Skincare before make-up! I, for one, love makeup but i learned (the hard way lol) that skincare should always come first! Trust me, it feels so much more amazing to put makeup on HEALTHY GLOWING SKIN! ❀

WHEW. THAT WAS LONG. So that’s my morning & night korean skincare routine! I’ve been on this routine for a few months now and I have been LOVING IT so far!!! It’s important to me to have healthy skin considering that my job requires me to put on makeup a lot and so switching to this routine has done wonders for me! Because skincare before makeup, always. So go go go!!!!

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DISCLAIMER:Β These are my personal opinions based on my own results from using the products above. They MAY not have the same effects on you because all skin types are different! And so just be careful when trying these products! Thank you πŸ™‚

***ALSO!!!! This site is far from done!!! I just posted this because some people were requesting for it! hahaha I’ll be posting other stuff here soon when the site is done! I’ll be posting about beauty/skincare/travel/art/theatre etc etc super new to this so forgive me if im far from perfect 😦 ty loves <333***