Of course my blog wouldn’t be the same without reviews of some of my current favorite skincare products. I mean, that’s the whole reason why I came up with this blog in the first place! 😂
I know it’s been a while but here I am with a review (FINALLY) of some of the products I’ve been using for my evening skincare routine!
If you guys have noticed, the weather has been crazy these past few days! There are times when it’s too hot or when it’s too cold – it’s just been very “on & off” lately and so I’ve been adjusting my skincare routine A LOT to compensate for this crazy weather!!! BUT I’ve finally come up with a SOLID skincare routine that’s been going great so far and so I want to share with you guys some of the products that make it awesome!
For this blog post, I will be reviewing the STARS of my night time skincare routine!!! ⭐️⭐️⭐️
1. Heimish Cleansing Balm
I recently raved about this product in my previous blog post but I feel like I haven’t raved about it enough. This is one of my holy grail products! LIKE SERIOUSLY.
I’ve been getting really oily during the day time (cause of the weather) and it’s been making me feel absolutely icky and dirty – I just don’t like the feeling of having too much oil on my face. BUT this cleanser gets rid of all my worries because once I use it, my face feelssqueaky clean AND hydrated at the same time.
Just a note though – it’s consistency is a bit more watery compared to that of Clean it Zero and so it may be a bit messier and may be a hassle for you guys but I personally like it because it makes it easier to lather all over my face!
To be honest, instead of repurchasing my nth (I’ve lost count) tub of Banila Co, I think I’ll be buying another tub of Heimish Cleansing Balm!!! It’s THAT good!
I bought this from the Skin Curator!!! Check out their instagram here!
2. DearKlairs Supple Preparation Facial Toner
After using the AHA/BHA Cosrx Clarifying Toner, I wanted a change. Not because the product was bad but because I believed that there was a better toner out there for me. And wow was I right!!!
The DearKlairs Supple Preparation Facial Toner is gentle yet effective! I love how it’s filled with natural ingredients instead of chemical ones. I especially love that it contains Centella Asiatica! I have just made a discovery that Centella Asiatica works wonders for my skin!!! It calms down my irritated skin especially when I’m beginning to get bad breakouts. Tbh, I consider it a good thing and bad thing that I discovered this because now I am hooked on buying all kinds of products with this ingredient 😅
((I ACTUALLY just bought the DearKlairs Midnight Blue Calming Cream and so stay tuned for a review very soon!!! 😉))
Anyway, this toner has been doing wonders for my skin! My skin doesn’t get all red like it used to and instead appears to be more calm! Plus my dry patches seem to be healing faster. I personally recommend this toner for those of you who have super sensitive skin (just like me) cause this definitely helps with that! Swear!
I bought this from Dara Beauty Market on Instagram! You can buy other Korean Beauty Products from there! Check it out!!!
3. Kiehl’s Breakout Control Blemish Treatment Facial Lotion
I’ve been looking for a product to help prevent breakouts BUT is safe to use everyday. Strong products like that nowadays tend to dry your skin, just like my Benzoyl Peroxide Cream that I still use BUT ONLY for trouble spots and not for everyday use!
At this time, I was looking around Kiehl’s and I saw this – it had me at “BREAKOUT CONTROL”! After reading about it, I was convinced to buy it right away BUT I wasn’t 100% sure if it would work for me and so I settled for 3 samples. And guess what? I used them all up AND LOVED IT. That’s when I said – “I need to buy the full-sized product!!!!!”
This lotion has definitely been keeping my bad breakouts at bay! Yeah, I did get the occasional zit here and there but not as bad as before. And you know what makes this product even better??? IT DOES NOT DRY UP MY SKIN. It doesn’t!!! (Maybe it’s cause I have oily skin but the thing is I do get dry patches and so the fact that I can use this without my skin drying up says something.)
ALSO, this lotion is very thin – I only use a pea-sized amount and after I apply it, my face doesn’t feel greasy. As a matter a fact, when I use it, it doesn’t feel like I’ve applied anything!
One iffy thing I would say though about this product is that it has a strong smell. It’s kinda like a strong herbal smell and so I’m not sure if some of you will like it but personally, I don’t mind it at all because it doesn’t linger.
I would recommend this product for those of you who have oily/combination skin. Not sure about those of you with dry skin cause daily use might not work for you! Use with caution 🙂
4. Dr. Jart Ceramidin Cream
I know, I know. I have a lot of moisturizers. But the thing is, I use them on different days.They’re the easiest to switch around! And I switch them around depending on the condition of my skin or the weather! The weather plays a big part when it comes to skincare. Some days, the heat makes us oily, on other days, the cold makes our skin dry. That’s why I’m always prepared for anything! Rain or shine, my moisturizers got me covered!
Recently though, I’ve been having problems with my combination skin. My t-zone would be oily BUT I would have dry patches on other parts of my face which really annoyed me. And the moisturizer I was using at that time made my t-zone oilier and made my dry patches more apparent!!!!! Talk about double blehhh. And so I needed to find a cream that would not “overmoisturize” my t-zone but at the same time hydrate my dry patches. And so I researched again and I found this wonderful product!!!!
This cream does exactly what I need it to do. It leaves my look NOT TO dewy and at the same time, it fixed my dry patches!!!! Plus this is another product that works to calm down my skin. After putting it on, I don’t feel greasy or heavy, I feel light and hydrated. My skin feels plump and looks just the right amount of dewy which is THE BEST FEELING IN THE WORLD.
For all you oily people with the same problem as me, this might be the cream for you! Warning: it’s pricey and the smell is strong BUT for me, the results it gives makes it all worth it!
I got this from BeautyMNL! Check it out here! Love love ❤
Well there you go! Another review done by leadiiinglady 💜 I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted about skincare but to all my skincare followers, stay tuned cause I have more posts coming your way!!! And a few tips as well especially for this summer heat ☀️
Again thank you for all your support, likes and comments. Much appreciated!!! 💖
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Who here has had frizzy hair all their life? 🙋🏻🙋🏽🙋🏼
Well, welcome to the club! I’ve had frizzy hair for as long as I can remember and since then, it’s been a roller coaster ride, going from one product to another, trying to tame my curls. But throughout the years, I realized, why tame them when you can embrace them? That’s right! Don’t go through the hassle of straightening your hair out every single morning with some hairspray or mousse. Instead, enhance your curls! Make them standout! Make them BONGGA!!!!!
Okay, I get that frizzy hair can be a hassle especially during summer time (I MEAN THIS HEAT IS KILLER) BUT that’s why, I’m here to share with you guys a few products that I’ve been using a lot, to help you rock your curls without having to worry about yourself looking like a caveman (hahahahaha it’s true doe)
Okay, so here are a few of my favorite products for all my “frizzy-friends” out there!!!
1. LUSH R&B Hair Moisturizer
This is one of my favorites. Ever. First of all, it smells amazing!!! It smells refreshing and sweet but not too sweet if you know what I mean. This is actually my second tub! Yeah, I know, it’s a bit pricey (P975 from LUSH) but me getting another tub just proves that this stuff actually works! What this product does is that it moisturizes your hair and scalp. The problem sometimes with frizzy hair is that it can get dry really easy and so it’s great to have something that can hydrate and quench your curls, especially during the excruciating heat of summertime!
What I like about this product is that even though it feels a bit thick, it’s not so heavy. It’s actually pretty light! (Just don’t use too much product! This goes for all the products I mention!) Sometimes, it may feel like you didn’t put enough even after your hair is already full of product. Just relax! It takes time for the products to take effect, you won’t see it right away especially if your hair is wet!
Also, one tub can last you a long time! And so it ends up becoming “sulit” for me. When I use R&B hair moisturizer, my hair is instantly moisturized. This doesn’t necessarily define my curls per say but it definitely prevents my hair from going back to its frizzy dry self.
2. Beach Born Sea Salt Spray
This is the most affordable sea salt spray I ever purchased! It’s only P180 from Beach Born PH. You can check out their Instagram here! What I like about this spray is that it makes me feel like I’ve just come from the beach, even though I’ve literally just come out of my shower. It has a very sea salty sweet smell which I personally like!
Some like applying this after curling their hair but personally, I like applying this right after I shower because it helps define my curls more as they dry without my hair becoming too frizzy! Caution though, don’t put too much, because it can cause your hair to become hard and sticky. And so just take it easy! Just spray your hair a few times and use your hands to crunch up your curls to help define them more! And I swear you’ll look good!
3. 2 Chic Avocado and Olive Oil Anti-Frizz Serum Oil
This is a product I would recommend for those of you who have crazy frizzy hair. Like small curls kind of frizzy. Because this works to calm them down. To be honest, this is an okay product for me because I’m not too crazy about oil products – they just make my hair too oily and so I don’t like using them much. BUT this product can work if you have really dry hair since this product helps hydrate your frizzy hair to prevent it from becoming frizzy.
This product is from Healthy Options and so it’s a bit pricey. This isn’t a bad product but I don’t think I’ll repurchase, at least not for the price. It’s just not for me and my hair. But hey, if your hair is extra dry and you need some serum/oil to fix it up, this could be the one for you!
4. Not Your Mother’s Kinky Moves Curl Defining Cream
This is my favorite among all these products. And this is the latest product I’ve tried. I actually bought this while I was in Guam. And I’ve been loving it ever since!!! It’s just perfect for my hair. The way I like my hair to be is not too frizzy but not too curly either. I like natural waves -and when I tried this product, I got just that. And the smell is so good!!!! It’s grape seed and jasmine extract! HEAVEN.
Anyway, I like putting this on right after I wash my hair cause that’s when it’s most effective. I only put a bit! Afterwards, I finger comb my hair and crunch my curls up to define them more. After my hair dries, it leaves no kind of residue. My hair isn’t sticky. My hair isn’t too oily. It’s just right. The only thing it leaves behind is a lovely scent! I recommend this product for those of you who want to enhance their curls but want a natural kind of look! I don’t know where you can buy this in the Philippines but I’ll let you guys know if I do! If you’re abroad and have the chance, go buy it! You’ll love it, I swear!
5. LUSH Sunny Day Anti Static Hair Detangler
I like this product because it really helps detangle my hair. I’m one of those girls that don’t brush their hair – because if I do, my hair will become really frizzy. And so I finger-comb it. This though results in many tangles and so it’s great for me to have a hair detangler on hand to help with that! And so far, this has been it for me!
It has a Jasmine Citrus-sy scent. It smell fresh which I like. After showering, I like to spray a bit on my hair before applying my hair defining cream! Don’t put too much though or else your hair will get hard and sticky! Just spray a few times and leave it at that! That’s when you finger-comb your hair. As long as you don’t use too much product at one time, it’ll work for you! Also, this product is a bit pricey, it costs P825 at LUSH BUT the bottle lasts for a while (if you use it properly) and so it ends up becoming worth it for me.
So there! Those are 5 products that I think can help you and your frizzy hair out this summer! Frizzy hair can be a hassle for some of you, but embrace it! Learn to love it! You are so lucky to have hair with such volume. You’d be surprised as to how many girls want that kind of hair. So many girls nowadays go through the hassle of curling their hair every single day. For us, all we need to do is put on a little product and BOOM beautiful voluminous hair! And so take care of your hair this summer, girls! Don’t ever ever take your beautiful hair for granted! Now, go out in the sun & have some fun! 🌞
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By the way, stay tuned for more blog posts coming out – one on different foundations, one on primers and one on new make-up looks! These will be coming out on leadiiinglady.com soon! 🌸 AND a rather personal but special post will be coming out soon as well! So don’t miss out!
Til the next post!
DISCLAIMER: These are my personal opinions on my chosen several products. If they work for you, they work for you! If they don’t, I’m sure there are other products out there for you! Be sure to take care of yourselves always! xx
So many people have been asking me, what are your favoriteskincare 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 💘 (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!
Let’s start with my favorite oil cleanser of all time…
1. Banila Co Clean it Zero
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!
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
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!
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
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!
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
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
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
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 😉
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 😉
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
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
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!
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! 😉 Again, if you have any questions or concerns, be sure to comment! I will get back to you for sure! 🙂
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 💄”
Plus I heard great reviews about my Disney Princess Make-up post and so get ready for part 2 coming out very soon! 😉
Another Battle of the ____ post! This is the Battle of the Acne Patches!
This (acne) has been a problem for me my entire life. I cannot stress how much this has affected me while growing up. It affected my confidence and the way I viewed myself. There were times when I tried to cover them with make-up or refused to leave the house. It was crazy. Over the years though, I have learned to deal with it and accept it. I feel better now and my skin has got better but I still get these problems every now and then which is completely normal. But I know now how to take care of it and myself. One of the ways I learned how was through ACNE PATCHES.
I only recently discovered this last year while I was researching on ways to cure acne. The first acne patch I actually discovered was COSRX (since it was a best seller). I loved it! Since then I have been trying out different acne patches to see how each one works.
For this post, I will be showing you 4 different brands of acne patches: 2 non-medicated & 2 medicated! I will also be using my regular criteria and so that’s PRICE, PACKAGING & EFFECT. Hopefully through this review, you find the right acne patch for you!
NON-MEDICATED ACNE PATCHES
1. NEXCARE ACNE DRESSING PATCHES
I read that these were one of the first acne patches ever. These are water-based, stick-on hydrocolloid dressing tapes that work to take out all the bacteria out of the pimple. This leaves it flat and less red. As you can see in the picture below, these acne patches are a bit thick and yellow (as compared to cosrx you’ll see later). This made it harder for them to stay on. In the morning, I would notice that they would already be coming off. So I would say that the stickiness isn’t that great when it comes to Nexcare Acne Patches.
When it comes to what it’s supposed to do, it does its job. But it takes 2-3 days to completely get rid of the pimple (for normal-sized ones). Again, hydrocolloid acne patches work to “suck out all the gunk and bacteria” from the pimple allowing it to heal faster. That being said, these kind of patches don’t work on cysts. They only work on pimples that have come to head. And so just a note: don’t waste these patches on cysts or else you’ll be running out of these very quickly! This comes in two different sizes!
Price: 6/10 (300+ pesos for 18 pieces???)
Packaging: 9/10 (easy to take of the plastic)
Effect: 7/10 (could be better)
I bought this on yesstyle.com for P339! But you can buy this at drugstores as well!
2. COSRX Acne Pimple Master Patch
This is another brand of non-medicated acne patches. This was and is still a bestseller in many online beauty shops so listen up people cause this thing works magic.
This is the first ever acne patch I got! When I first tried it, I was disappointed because it wasn’t working… later on I found out it wasn’t because of the product, it was because of me. I was doing it wrong!!!! When it comes to acne patches, you should put them on right away after cleansing your face! Yup, that’s right. Your face should be BARE! No essences, moisturizers or anything. This is because the acne patch works to absorb the bacteria and so when you put all these things, it’ll end up absorbing the other products, thus, it won’t make your acne better. After I realized I was doing it wrong, I decided to try again and this time IT WORKED!
Compared to Nexcare, you’ll see that the COSRX acne patches are thinner and “whiter”. This is my faveeee because it really does it’s job! I put one on at night and when I wake up, I notice that the middle part is all white (this is all the bacteria and gunk). I take it off and the pimple is flat and less red! Also what I love about this is that it really stays still! I don’t have to worry about it coming off during the night! Also, they come in 3 different sizes which makes it really convenient!
Price: 10/10 (P180 for 1 pack – 24 pieces)
Effect: 9/10 (doesn’t work on cysts)
I bought this on beautymnl.com for P180! You can buy this in almost any online korean instagram shop! 🙂
MEDICATED ACNE PACTHES
3. Mentholatum Acnes Acne Patch
This is a medicated acne patch! Meaning, this inhibits the growth of bacteria and works to heal the pimple. These patches are a little bit thicker. I’m not sure if it’s because they put something inside the patches but yeah, they’re a bit thicker. These are the kind of acne patches you can put on cysts because they work to stop bacteria growth. When I put this on cysts, they grow smaller! What’s also a plus is that it prevents them from getting infected or being touched (cause you shouldn’t touch your pimples!!!).
As you can see, these patches are a bit more “opaque”. They do their job but what I don’t like about these patches are that if you’re the oily skin type, they tend to move around after you’ve worn them for a while or they start to peel off and so it becomes a hassle. Also, this prevents it from working properly. Just a note: don’t expect your cysts to flatten out right away, it takes time! It comes in two different sizes!
Price: 8/10 (P410 for 36 pieces)
Packaging: 10/10 (well protected and easy to come off plastic)
This is actually the thinnest patch of them all which is pretty surprising cause this is a medicated acne patch! What I love about it being thin though is that it looks almost invisible. Like one time I went out and I didn’t notice I still had one on because I couldn’t see it!!!! And so yeah, that’s a huge plus for those of you who want to work on the pimple but need to go out (in public hahaha)
This is my go-to medicated acne patch because it works well with my skin! It sticks so well!!!! Like I even have a hard time taking it off sometimes (but don’t worry, it doesn’t hurt your skin). Also, it works!!! I guess it’s cause there’s a hint of tea tree in these patches to help with inflammation and bacteria. But tea tree may not work for everyone so try it out first! Also, it takes time to heal pimples esp cysts! But it works!
This acne patch comes in two sizes! And I got 10 packs (10 pieces each) for P455! That’s 100 pieces for that price and so what a steal!!!
Packaging: 10/10 (it’s easy to come off the plastic and it’s well protected)
Effect: 9/10 (it doesn’t get rid of the pimple overnight but it helps make it better – it just takes time)
I bought this for P455 on yesstyle.com! Get it now cause it’s a steal!!!! 🙂
So that’s all for my acne patch review!!!!!!! Hope this helped you guys out! 🙂 Just comment if you guys have any concerns or questions! 🙂
Here I have another skincare post for you guys! 🙂 I will be talking about 4 different moisturizers: 2 oil-free moisturizers & 2 cream moisturizers. I titled this post “Part I” because I will be reviewing many more different kinds/types/brands in the future!
The 4 moisturizers I chose for this post are as follows: Céleteque Facial Moisturizer (with Triple Moisturizing System), COSRX Aloe Vera Oil-Free Moisture Cream, Etude House True Relief Moist Cream & COSRX Honey Ceramide Full Moisture Cream.
I chose these four moisturizers because I feel that I have been using them long enough to be able to review them. You might be wondering though… “Why does she have so amny moisturizers???” Well, it’s cause it took me a long while to find the right one. My skin is the combination type and so some areas are dry and some are oily. This really frustrates me because it’s like??? What am I supposed to use then??? I’ll put one kind on my t-zone and another kind on the rest of my face??? Isn’t that a hassle? Yeah, it is when you think about it. Buuuuut I’m really happy because I found the right one for me! And therefore, I don’t need to go through that hassle. (I’ll tell you later which one it or better yet, “they” are 😉
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Anyway, first, let’s talk about the importance of moisturizers. I’m sure you’ve heard that when it comes to putting together a simple skincare routine, only 3 steps are really necessary: Cleanse, Tone & Moisturize. Those are the three basic steps in any skincare routine. And so is moisturizing your skin really important? The answer is YES. Not only does a moisturizer moisturize or hydrate your skin, it also somehow acts as a protective barrier for your skin as it holds water. Moisturizers are also very very important to those who have dry or sensitive skin- it soothes & improves your complexion. It gives your skin the glow it deserves. I mean, who wouldn’t want glowy beautiful skin? And so next time you think about skipping the moisturizer step in your daily skincare routine cause you’re lazy or in a rush, don’t. Or you’ll regret it later. For sure. Also, I’d like to add a short note on being sanitary when it comes to moisturizers especially moisturizers that come in a tub. Many moisturizers like that nowadays come with a spatula. USE THE SPATULA. That way it won’t get contaminated. Don’t forget that the dirtiest part of your body are your fingers. Once dirt/bacteria gets into that tub, it’ll be hard getting it out.
Mmmm but hey, are you having a hard time picking the right moisturizer for you? Maybe this post will help! These 4 moisturizers are very accessible and affordable so no need to worry!
By the way, I’m using the same criteria I used for the oil/water cleansers post! Packaging,, Effectiveness (if it really does what it says it does), Moisturizing skills and Price.
Let’s get to the review! I’ll start off with the Oil-free gel like moisturizers!
***Recommended for Oily skin/Sensitive skin types***
1. Céleteque Facial Moisturizer with Triple Moisturizing System
This is a water-based oil-free moisturizer! This is a very gentle brand and so it’s good for all of you who have sensitive skin. Since this is an oil-free and water-based moisturizer, it’s best for oily type skin because it’s not cream-based and so it moisturizes your skin but doesn’t “over moisturize” it.
This moisturizer in particular is very “wet” when you squeeze it out of the bottle, meaning it’s very watery and slippery (as you can see in the photo below)
When I took this picture, it was actually dripping down my hand. When spread, it takes a while to be absorbed. My skin felt very wet and slippery until it was fully absorbed which took a pretty long time. Just a note: If you were to use this moisturizer before putting on make-up, you should wait a few minutes or else, your foundation would slip and slide hahaha
This is what it looked like after I spread the product all over my hand. As you can see, it’s very wet and shiny and so like I said, give it time to be absorbed. I would recommend this moisturizer to those with oily/sensitive skin. It may look a bit wet but once it’s absorbed, it really does moisturize the skin. For me, I personally just don’t like how wet it feels on my skin and so this isn’t my go-to moisturizer but hey, if it works for you, it works for you!
Moisturizing skills: 8/10
You can get this in PCX for P231!
2. COSRX Aloe Vera Oil-free Moisture Cream
This is another Oil-free moisture cream that I really like. This is my go-to oil-free moisture cream because it isn’t too watery but isn’t “over-moisturizing” either. Plus the Aloe Vera in this product works to soothe the skin especially if it’s irritated or red. And I can tell you it does just that!
As you can see, this moisturizer isn’t as watery as the first. When I put it on my hand, it wasn’t dripping, it stayed put. And so I’d describe this as more of a gel-type moisturizer.
Compared to the first moisturizer I tested, this was absorbed much faster thus it isn’t as shiny as you can see in the photo above. I recommend this moisturizer to those of you who have oily/sensitive skin. This product really soothes irritated skin and so when I’m having bad breakouts, this is my go-to moisturizer. I also use this as my regular morning moisturizer because it’s easily absorbed and therfore I don’t have to wait long until I can apply my make-up.
Packaging: 7/10 (tubs are hard to keep sanitary)
Moisturizing skills: 8.5/10
Price: 8/10 (it’s a bit pricey but I think it’s worth it)
*** Recommended for those with dry/sensitive/combination skin types***
3. Etude House True Relief Moist Cream
This is a cream-based moisturizing cream. I bought this last year because my skin was getting really dry for some strange reason and it got to the point when I just wanted to peel everything off and so I rushed to look for most moisturizing cream I could find and this was the one I ended up buying. Note: these kinds of moisturizers are very good for people with dry skin because it gives enough moisture to get rid of the dry patches/ares on your face.
As you can see from the photo above, it is very thick, almost like a paste. I was kind of hesitant to put this on my whole face especially my t-zone because of the thickness. I was afraid it would clog my pores and so I decided to only put it on my dry patches.
It worked to hydrate those dry patches but I wouldn’t say this is a miracle moisturizer- meaning, it’s a moisturizer I wouldn’t mind replacing (which I did). I just felt that it was too heavy on my skin and not the good kind of heavy. Yeah, it moisturized my dry patches but if there were a better option (which I know there is), I would let go of this one for sure.
Packaging: 7/10 (tubs are hard to keep sanitary)
Effectiveness: 7/10 (it moisturizes but clogs pores)
Moisturizing skills: 8.5/10
Price: 6/10 (super expensive and not super worth it if you ask me)
You can buy this at Etude House for P1,348!
4. COSRX Honey Ceramide Full Moisture Cream
This is actually what I replaced True Relief with. I wasn’t satisfied with it (True Relief) and I knew there was something better and so I did some research and I found this. And to be honest, I am sooo happy I did! Like the previous moisturzer, this is a cream-based one. But the consistency is different compared to True Relief.
It’s kind of hard to explain the consistency of this product. It’s much stickier compared to the other one but less thick. When I apply it on my face, it feels a bit weird at first because of the stickiness but after a while, the feeling goes away. That’s what I like about this moisturizer. It seems thick and really moisturizes your skin but it’s very lightweight.
This is the kind of thick moisturizer that I am not afraid to use all over my face. I actually use this every night (It’s a bit to heavy to use during the day). When I wake up, my skin feels very hydrated and moisturized (after applying this, I always put on my sleeping pack).
The two main ingredients in this product that I really think are stellar are honey and ceramide. Honey really works to moisturize and soothe my skin while ceramide works to keep the moisture locked in as well as the skin firm and healthy. I would recommend this moisturizer for those with dry/combination/sensitive skin. This has caused me no breakouts whatsoever. It’s very gentle and it really does its job!
Packaging: 7/10 (tubs are hard to keep sanitary)
Effectiveness: 10/10 (YAS)
Moisturizing skills: 10/10
Price: 8/10 (not the best price but 100% worth it)
Disclaimer: These are all my personal opinions/views. If it works for you, it works for you! If it doesn’t, I’m sure there’s something out there better for you! Don’t forget to consult your dermatologist 🙂
Okay. Let me start off by saying I’m a coffee junkie.
Usually, I drink up to what??? 2 cups a day??? Yup. I can’t go a day without having my cup of coffee. I think I get this from my dad because ever since ever, I’ve never seen my dad without a cup of coffee-morning…night…afternoon, he has his coffee. It’s pretty obvious that he was the one who introduced me to it and ever since then, I’ve been addicted.
It’s funny because this is actually a big problem for me. Unfortunately, I have hyperacidity and so I would get really tummy aches if I drank too much coffee. There was one time, it got so bad that I had to stop for 2 weeks… but that was as long as I could go. I started drinking coffee soon after BUT THIS TIME AROUND, I always made sure to EAT BEFORE I drank my coffee.
So that’s my personal background.
This blog post is for all you who want to live a healthier lifestyle but are hesitant because you think you’ll have to give up the things you love. Coffee for me could be french fries or potato chips for you. Yeah, the internet may say that you should not eat this or not do that but I personally believe that being healthy doesn’t require you to give up what you love. Because in the end, it’s all about BALANCE, MODERATION & DISCIPLINE.
And so, here are 10 ways you can live a healthier lifestyle without having to give up those things you love:
1. DRINK LOTS OF WATER
THIS IS LITERALLY ON EVERY HEALTH SITE BECAUSE IT IT LEGIT. Water is the most important thing your body needs to function.We need to drink at least 9 cups of water=2.2L every single day. This allows our body to receive all the nutrients and vitamins we need while hydrating and cleansing it in the process.
To be honest, I still need to work on this. There are times when I’m thirsty but I choose to deal with it because I’m lazy to go get water. WRONG. If you are lazy, bring a jug with you wherever you go!!! I’ve even seen pictures of people bringing a 2L jug of water with markings reminding them to finish it! That way water won’t ever be out of reach. Also, if you need constant reminding, download apps that could help like PLANT NANNY. My friends started using this and they said that it really reminds and motivates them to drink water. The more water they drink, the more their plant will grow 🙂
Drinking lots of water is a given to be at your tip top shape. I’ve asked friends who started drinking more water how it has improved their lives and they told me that ONE, they barely got sick anymore, TWO their skin cleared up and THREE they felt more energized and hydrated throughout the day.
Here’s a tip: DRINK A GLASS OF WATER FIRST THING IN THE MORNING BEFORE ANYTHING ELSE. It is important to do this because drinking water first thing in the morning helps purify and cleanse our bodies as well as give us the proper hydration!I do this every morning and it really does magic! Not only do I feel cleansed but I feel more awake and energized!
2. EAT BREAKFAST
A lot of health specialists say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. This is because it is what gives you the energy to make the day AMAZING (really though).
To the people who skip breakfast because they wake up late/have so many things to do/prefer lunch or dinner: I AM YOU.
I like to wake up right when I need to and so I barely have time to eat breakfast. THIS IS NOT GOOD. I learned the hard way when I had really bad stomach pains one day. I thought it was ulcer, LUCKILY it wasn’t. But that’s when I realized it is NOT A JOKE TO SKIP BREAKFAST. Since then, I have always made sure to eat breakfast no matter if I wake up late or I’m busy or I’m in a rush. Because if there’s a will, there’s a way (REALLY).
And so to those who are just like me: find time to eat breakfast! And go for a healthy one! It doesn’t have to be super big or complicated or pretty (like you see in those health blogs hahaha) or anything like that. You could stay really simple. Here are some examples: If you know you’re going to have a busy morning then grab some whole grain cereal (with bananas and strawberries hehe) you can eat while working, if you’re in a rush to leave the house, grab some yogurt on your way out you can eat in the car (try going for zero sugar yogurt!), or if you’re driving, maybe you can get something easy like apple slices or a whole grain sandwich! To be honest, it’s not that hard. And so if you can, go to the grocery store today and get the things you need! So that you can start tomorrow! Trust me, you wouldn’t want to learn the hard way.
3. HEALTHY SNAKCS THROUGHOUT THE DAY
Have you ever had the urge to grab a bag of chips from the pantry? Or a bowl of ice cream from the freezer? Well, I feel you. It isn’t easy. But once you realize that healthy snacks can be yummy too, you’ll never miss those bag of chips again (except maybe after a few days hahaha)
Like I said, it’s about moderation. Make it a point to moderate the junkfood you eat. I like to limit myself to eating junkfood at most, twice a week and the rest of the days I stick to healthy snacks! Healthy food like dried fruits, fruit salad, fruit slices, almonds (hehe) and yogurt! Something I’d like to try are those healthy parfait bowls!!! THEY LOOK SO GOOD. Will find time to try and make them! Will keep you guys posted when I do 😉
4. LIMIT FASTFOOD
This has been the ultimate challenge for me. REALLY. I love Mcdo. I love KFC. I love Jollibee. Like how do I live without them!!! Well, tbh, you don’t have to. Instead LIMIT IT. I limited my fastfood intake to once a week. YUP. And I am telling you now it is VERY HARD. I have to resist and be like NO. Sometimes I give in which ISNT GOOD. But HEY, I’m still human. And I am getting there very slowly!
An idea that will keep you guys SANE is to start at 3 times a week and move down from there. This is especially to those who live in dorms/condos. I know it’s hard to do this but you WILL FEEL HEALTHIER AND HAPPIER when you are able to resist the temptation that is either in the form of super crunchy salty fries or a big-ass juicy burger!!!!! You will feel stronger. I can promise you that! And when you finally do get to eat your one fastfood meal, it’ll taste so much more victorious!
5. CUT OUT SODA & ICED TEA FROM YOUR LIFE
Who here drinks soda/iced tea like it’s their water? Yup. Happens everyday, all the time!!! When you go through a drive through, it’s your default drink. But here’s something to remember for you guys: it’s ALL SUGAR.
Learn to not settle just because you’re lazy to say “no drink” or explain to the cashier that you want bottled water instead. I have given up soda completely and my tummy has never felt better. Iced tea is still a problem for me because unfortunately, it is my default drink, but I am getting there.
Either order water or fresh juice or fruit shakes without sugar! Your body will thank you later and you will feel so much more energized instead of groggy or draggy.
Here we go. My favorite. (Because I am not the type to consistently exercise BAHAHA)
Let’s be real. If you wanna be healthier and lose weight in the process, IT IS NOT JUST ABOUT DIETING. Exercise and dieting go HAND IN HAND. There is not one without the other no matter what. If you stick to just dieting, you’ll end up feeling weak because of the cut down on foods/protein/sugar. Exercise helps your body stay strong and fit. It gets your heart pumping!!! On the other hand, if you just choose to exercise and not moderate your food intake then you’ll have a problem too and that would be the problem of “no effect”. If you exercise but choose to eat all the junk in the world then sure you might look good but you will certainly not FEEL GOOD. It’s different to look good on the outside but feel bad on the inside. Exercise and diet help you feel good both inside and outside.
Here are some tips for those who are just starting out.
– find a type of exercise you enjoy (this could take time – it took me years to find my perfect exercise which I will mention in a bit but trust me you’ll exercise more if you enjoy what you’re doing!)
– take it easy on yourself at the start (if you start so hard on yourself you might be doing more harm than good… take it easy!!! you’ll get to where you wanna be!)
– be CONSISTENT: this is my problem. hahaha I get lazy and so I end up messing up my routine and it SUCKS. If you wanna get somewhere and you want to achieve your “body goals”: BE CONSISTENT. Make a schedule that allows you to be consistent!!!! Do it for yourself because trust me the more consistent you are, the sooner you will see results.
– FIND A WORKOUT BUDDY!!! (THIS REALLY HELPS. I started working out with some of my friends and wow do I feel determined! Because being with them motivates me to do my best. We all have the same goal and we’re reaching it together!)
– be sure to find a routine that covers every aspect: STRENGTH TRAINING, CARDIO & FLEXIBILITY!!!
This is my workout routine, just so you guys know! It is VERY SIMPLE. Even beginners can try it out!
For CARDIO, I run at least 3 times a week. I jog for 30 minutes and then I sprint along my street in front of my house (I do this a few times). I’ve always liked running. It has always been my thing. When I was younger, I was into running sports like softball, handball and relays. And so I knew it would be the perfect cardio exercise for me. Plus my village is BEAUTIFUL and so it inspires me to run! (that’s another tip: find a place to run that inspires you!!!)
For my STRENGTH TRAINING & FLEXIBILITY, I do YOGA. I try to go at least 2 times a week. I started recently and it has been AMAZING!!!! I enjoy it so much! Many people think yoga is just about stretching but NOOOOO. It is way more than that. When I practice yoga, I am able to clear my mind and focus on myself and my body. It makes me stronger inside and out. Also, I love how I am so connected to my teacher during practice. My friend, Cathy Dario, who was also my HS batchmate, is now a yoga teacher after practicing for 2 years. She treats yoga like an art that connects to the mind, body and heart.
All you need to start is a yoga mat, a jug, and determination!
Here’s a tip for yoga: go to a studio/find a teacher who you can connect to. You will appreciate it so much more.
7. NO MEAT THURSDAYS
I recently started this and so far it has been a challenge. I got this idea from an article I read about “saving the world” and so I decided to give it a try. You can actually pick any day you want but try to go meatless once a week. THIS DOES NOT MEAN YOU ARE NOT GOING TO EAT ANYTHING. Some people get lazy to make a salad or look for healthier food and so they prefer to tough it out and not eat. THIS IS NOT RIGHT. Make the effort to go out and get healthy food!!! You are doing yourself and the world a HUGE FAVOR.
8. HEALTHY DRINKS: SMOOTHIES, JUICES & TEA
This is what you should crave for instead of milkshakes or soda floats!!!! Switch to healthier drinks! Have you even seen the drinks they post on health blogs/sites? THEY LOOK SUPER YUMMY.
I noticed though that a lot of the drinks are hard to make because you need a lot of raw ingredients which maybe you currently don’t have on hand. But if that is the case, then start simple! You could squeeze fruits to make fresh juice or blend fruits with ice to make a yummy smoothie! And then if you want to explore more options, then research the raw foods you can buy to make different drinks! You can buy a lot in Healthy Options or on this site: http://healthyhouseph.com! I bought a few things and I’m planning to release another blog post soon about the different drinks I learn to make and so stay tuned! 😉
Aside from juices and smoothies, you can also start drinking caffeine-free tea! Green tea, chamomile and ginger tea are actually really good for you! And what makes them great is that all it takes to make tea is a cup of hot water! You can buy different kinds from Healthy Options! 🙂
9. FIX YOUR BODY CLOCK
TADAAAA every student/working fresh graduates nightmare!!! I mean, with all the work and things you have to do, how is it possible to have a regular sleeping schedule? The thing is, it is possible but it takes DISCIPLINE. It’s all about time management. Like, if you know you have a lot of work to do, then skip the hangout at night with friends (there is always tomorrow or the next day or the next) or if you have a party the next day and you know you won’t have time to do your homework, then find time to get it done as soon as possible. This way when it’s time to sleep, it’s time to sleep and you’re NOT CRAMMING YOUR WORK INSTEAD. SLEEPING IS IMPORTANT.
I know it’s a hard. I would know because I am an owl. I live during the night. But trust me, you will feel so much better once your sleep patterns are regular. I read an article on Time Magazine that said sleeping between 8pm-12mn ensures that you’ll have a good night’s sleep:“Every hour of sleep before midnight is worth two after midnight”. Keep that in mind!
Also, try to keep your waking up times as consistent as possible. Wake up around 8 or 9. You would have had 9 hours of sleep which is PERFECT.
You’d be surprised as to how much work/activities you can fit in the day once you have the right amount of sleep.
10. COFFEE & TEA
Here comes my finale!!! And of course it is about coffee. Going back to the first part of this blog, I am a coffee girl. FOR SURE. NOT QUESTIONS ASKED. And so how can I be healthy? It’s all about BALANCE. I have decided to stop drinking coffee at night and limit it to one cup a day (morning). At night, instead of another cup of coffee, I have switched to detox tea which has been really helpful. It is CAFFEINE FREE btw hahaha. I chose this because detox tea helps clean your system after a long day.
I know that one cup of coffee a day may still seem like a lot but I believe that if I keep going, it’ll eventually go down and I won’t have to be so dependent on it anymore because I will be focusing on other things keeping me healthy. It’s just that you gotta start somewhere. This is where I am… and where I hope to be? Well, that’s still a long way from here. But I’ll get there: slowly but surely.
So those were the 10 ways you could switch to a healthier lifestyle WITHOUT having to give up coffee or the things you love (and staying sane in the process) This is for EVERYONE! Beginners or specialists, young or old, girls or boys, and so GO GO GO.
There’s no better day to start than today!!!
Feel free to comment your ideas on what you can do to live a healthier lifestyle! 🙂
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Disclaimer: These are my personal opinions together with facts from several health sites. Again, if it works for you, it works for you and if doesn’t there’s something out there for you! You do you!!! Also, some of the pictures are not mine! Click the caption to see the real source.