Hi guys! I’m baaack! And as you can see, leadiiinglady has got a new look 😉
My blog is now almost 7 months old and so I’ve decided to upgrade to a more sophisticated theme. At first this was more of a hobby but I’ve been enjoying it so much that I think I’m now ready to take it to the next level! I’ve started a few collaborations and so watch out for that. Plus, I’m open to more opportunities and so feel free to send me an email or a dm on Instagram!
Anyway, back to my blog post!
Let’s talk about clay masks.
I’ve always had a love-hate relationship with clay masks. The thing is, it’s really hard to find a good clay mask for sensitive. Most clay masks tend to be very drying and tightening. Aside from that, a lot of them make the skin red and stingy. I personally have sensitive skin and so I really had to find the right one for me.
LUCKILY, I didn’t find just one but TWO perfect clay masks for me and my skin and I’m here to share them with you!
NeoGen Canadian Clay Pore Cleanser
One of my fave masks of all time!!! But tbh, it’s not a leave-on mask. What makes this mask so great is how gentle and effective it is for me. It does not sting whatsoever and it makes my face feel squeaky clean. Like I said, you don’t leave it on your face. You apply it with your fingers and rub it all around in a circular motion. When you first apply it, the mask will bubble (you will look like a cloud hahaha) – after about 5 minutes of spreading it all around, it’ll eventually flatten and that’s the time you wash it off.
The consistency is really bubbly and light (as you can see above) and so it can get a bit messy especially when applied but otherwise, it does what it’s supposed to. After using it, it’s the best feeling in the world! My face feels so fresh and clean – plus my pores appear much smaller and cleaner. It was love at first sight with this mask. I saw it and I just had to buy it after reading so many great reviews! And I am definitely not disappointed 😉
I bought this from BeautyMNL!
The Body Shop Himalayan Charcoal Clay Mask
I’ve only used this twice but I am already in love with this product! I’ve always felt iffy about leave on clay masks because they really tend to dry my skin out but I got lucky with this one!
I’ve been looking at this line from the Body Shop because of all the natural ingredients used. I decided to buy this one because it’s used to mainly purify and that’s what I needed. I was really tempted to buy the other ones too cause they look so pretty but ugh this mask is pretty pricey ($28).
Anyway, I love the ingredients used especially Charcoal and Tea Tree! Charcoal takes off the excess sebum and cleans the pores while Tea Tree helps get rid of bacteria and purifies.
At first I was worried about the smell because of my sensitive skin. The smell is very strong and minty and so I was afraid I was going to breakout but guess what??? My skin didnt have any bad reaction whatsoever. In fact, my skin wasn’t even red once I washed the mask off! It was LESS red and that barely ever happens. Which means that this mask really cleaned and calmed my skin down.
Just a note! When you use the mask, you’ll experience a bit of a cool tightening feeling but that is completely normal! Don’t forget I have sensitive skin and this mask worked for me! And so I’m pretty sure it’ll work for you too! 😉 Since this was such a success, I’m already looking forward to buying more masks from the same line!!!
I got this from The Body Shop for $28!
That’s it for my clay mask post!!! Stay tuned for a makeup post coming soon 💜
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Welcome to my first post of this series: Anti Haul 🌸🌸🌸
Okay. So you guys might be wondering… what kind of post is this?? Why is it called an “anti haul post”?? Is that even a thing??
Well, yes. Yes it is.
I recently got this brilliant idea from one of the skincare bloggers I follow – sharmtoaster! Check her out on Instagram! Apparently, she got this idea from another blogger, Kimberly Clark!
So what is an “anti haul” post? It’s pretty much the opposite of a haul post. I’m going to be sharing with you guys a few things that I have been tempted to buy BUT choose NOT TO BUY because I DON’T NEED THEM. I’m sure a lot of you skincare and makeup addicts out there can relate to me when I say that the TEMPTATION IS REAL. And so this post is here to remind me that there are some things I may want but ultimately don’t need.
I think this is a BRILLIANT idea. Whenever I get tempted to buy some of these products, I will look back at this post and say NO. Because I am a strong woman (HAHAHAHUHU)
Okay, here we go. Time to face the truth.
1. Sunday Riley Luna/UFO Oil
I’ve been wanting to try this brand for the longest time especially their Luna and UFO oil. I’ve heard good reviews about this product, some calling it their “holy grail”BUT I’ve also been hearing reviews saying that it’s not so great for sensitive skin. And so right now I’m pretty much 50-50 when it comes to buying this product. But I think I’ll just let it go, for real now.
The thing is, it’s a huge risk to take especially if you have sensitive skin to get a product with alarming ingredients (I read about it in some reviews) EVEN THOUGH there are some promising words on this product. It’s just not worth all the $$$. I really thought about it. If you’re gonna buy this product for so much money and then let’s say after one try, it irritates your skin – it’ll be such a waste. And such a hassle to return or re-sell.
And the thing is, right now, I DONT NEED it. I’ve got my Herbivore Lapis oil and it has been doing wonders for my skin and so why would I need to try something new that has a good chance of being both wonderful or terrible for my skin. You get me?
2. Kim x Kylie Lip Set
Omg. I’ve had my eyes set on this for a while. But nope, I’ve decided not to get it. Why? Because I have a lot of lipsticks that I hardly use to begin with plus adding 4 more to my collection would just make my dresser messier.
I guess what makes this decision hard is that I’m a nude girl. I know that sounds wrong. But I am. Nude is my go-to shade and so when I saw this set – I immediately wanted it! I’ve been researching on it, reading reviews about it. But I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s not a set I really need.
First of all, the colors look so similar. What’s the diff? Why would I buy a set of four lipsticks and pretty much have only one color? Right? Also, some colors won’t really make a difference when it comes to my skin color. They’ll just all look the same. And so what’s the point?
Sure, they’re a collab with Kim and they look pretty and all. But ask yourself… do you really need them? Or can you get it somewhere else or do you already even have those nudes in your pile somewhere? Think about it.
3. Glossier Invisible Shield
Okay, this has just come out. But even before then, I was already thinking of buying it. I’ve recently gotten into glossier and I’ve been loving the brand and so when they said that they were coming out with an SPF, I said I needed to buy it.I wear SPF everyday.It’s crucial in my everyday routine and so it WAS pretty much a given that no matter the price, I would buy it.
Mmmmmm how about no. It’s just too expensive for a sunscreen. TOO EXPENSIVE. I get that it’s glossier but you can get better SPF somewhere else. I’ve even read reviews that it’s pretty underwhelming and that for me was a major turn off.
I just decided to finish off the SPF I have now which is COSRX and Missha – they are great and AFFORDABLE. And so why do I need to buy the glossier SPF? I don’t. And so I won’t.
4. Milk Matcha Toner
I’ve recently ordered the Milk cooling water and I’m excited to use it – I’ve heard great review about it and I think it’ll really be a great addition to my makeup routine. While ordering the cooling water, I was actually tempted to buy the matcha toner too.
The color is really pretty!!!!! (I’m weak when it comes to pretty colors ugh) And I’ve always wanted to try a stick toner!!! I know that people have said that it’s a bit unsanitary cause it’s a stick – but on the contrary I’ve heard great reviews about it.
Ultimately though, I chose not to buy it. First of all, the price is way above budget and two, I don’t need it. I already have a good toner that works for me. Sometimes, less is more. If you use too many different toners, it might end up making your skin look worse.
I chose to take it easy and just focus on what I have now. And so far, so good.
5. Any Colourpop product
There was a time before when Colourpop first got popular and I bought 10 liquid lipsticks at one time. And guess what? Now, I barely use them. I definitely learned then and I’m definitely going to apply it now.
So far, Colourpop has been coming out with a lot of new things that I’ve wanted – like the whole Alexis Ren line. When it came out, I had my cart ready but I thought about it again and chose to delay it a bit. But now, I realized that it’s better to let it go for good.
They’re pretty and tempting but thinking about it now – they’ll end up like the 10 lipsticks I barely use.
What makes it hard is that they always come up with new things that are just so cute!!!!! You’ll want to buy them because you think you need them but really, you don’t. Highlighters? Lipsticks? Eye shadows? You have that. Like I should tell myself sometimes, “look before you buy”. Meaning look at what you have BEFORE you buy!
6. Shangpree Marine Under Eye patches
I love under eye patches. Loveeeee under eye masks!!! They’re so fun to wear hahaha but aside from that, they really help the part under my eyes. I usually have huge eye bags, plus dry and dark under eyes. So it’s great that they now have eyes masks that I can use everyday!
There’s this one in particular that I’ve been wanting to buy – the one from Peach and Lily. There are these green eye patches that I’ve been eyeing. I think there are about 30-40 pairs? And I’ve heard such great things about them!!!!
But I must say no because I already have a few packs of eye masks to begin with 😦 I confess that I’m a bit of a hoarder when it comes to face masks and eye masks and so it’s a bit easier for me to say no this time around.
7. Jelly Lipsticks with Flowers
Okay so this is a bit petty but I’ve been wanting one for the longest time – they’re just so cut and pretty!!! The packaging kills me hahahaha I’ve been tempted to buy them more than once but I’ve chosen not to. I’ve tried to buy one from HelloGorgeous, Instagram shops and BeautyMNL but each time I’ve left my cart hanging. Cause at the end of the day, it’s not too different from any other lipstick.
It’s just a flower in a lipstick that leaves a pretty pink color. I have to keep telling myself that over and over again. They may say it “changes” according to your mood but that doesn’t really happen. Almost every shade is the same and it pretty much depends who wears it – that’s it.
And so no, super cute jelly lipsticks!!!! I will not give in to you!!!!
8. HUDA Beauty Rose Gold Eyeshadow Palette
I’ve been trying to find a palette with warm tones as well as glittery ones and when I saw this palette I thought it was perfect! But then I saw the price and it wasn’t perfect hahaha it as a bit too expensive for me 😦
Tbh I really spend on palettes because they’re not cheap to begin with but I’m not completely sold on this palette to spend this X amount of money on it. I mean, the colors are sooooo pretty and sooooo pigmented!!! But I’m sure I can find a (bit) cheaper alternative somewhere else.
The colors are similar to a lot of palettes such as Sleek and Zoeva. And so I think it won’t be hard to find an alternative. Personally, I’ve been looking at the Anastasia modern renaissance palette (it’s a bit cheaper) and so far I think I’m going to buy that one when I go to the states. (Yup, I’ll be leaving soon and I can’t contain my excitement and so I gotta save while I can HAHAHAHA)
That’s the end of my anti haul post!!! That was actually a bit fun to write, I’ll admit. I promise myself I won’t buy any of the products listed down here! (I’ll only buy them if I run out or something but tbh that isn’t anytime soon!!!!) I guess what’s left is to stay strong 💪🏻
I hope you enjoyed this post! It’s a bit different from my other posts but again, I think the idea is brilliant!! Maybe you guys should try it out! 😉 What products would you add to your “anti haul” list? 🙂 let me know in the comments section!
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I can’t believe it’s already May??? It feels as if only yesterday was New Year’s Eve. I remember it so clearly in my head 😦
Anyway since we’re starting a new month, I wanna tell you guys about my favorite skincare products during the previous month: April.
April was kinda tricky cause the weather was all over the place! And when the weather is all over the place, I’m bound to have bipolar skin – sometimes too oily, other times too dry. And therefore a lot of skincare products come into play.
I’ve discovered a few products that have done wonders for my skin. Some, I have already even raved about ( I couldn’t wait!!!) And so for those I’ve already talked about, I’ll be linking them to my previous blog posts so you can read more about them!
Anyway here we goooooo ☀️
1. Hello Gorgeous Facial Mask Purifying
This brand has never let me down once since I’ve started using it and so it was no surprise that I absolutely fell in love with their Facial Purifying Mask! This mask pretty much screams PUREEE! My skin has been breaking out recently because of “product x” and so I’ve been trying to bring it back to the light side (see what I did there…. Happy May Sith (6) HAHAHAHA)
This mask has been helping me do that. The number one ingredient I love here is Tea Tree. Tea Tree oil has ALWAYS been good to my skin – no matter in what form. And so I wasn’t afraid to try this out.
This mask is pretty thin compared to your regular clay masks. Although it does have that “tight feeling” as it dries, it did not irritate my skin or cause my skin to become red. In fact, it made my skin feel clean. It also dried my trouble spots and helped them heal faster – which I really needed at the time.
I would recommend this mask to everyone! Especially those of you with troubled skin! It smells good, it works and it’s affordable too! Check @hellogorgeousph Instagram to buy!
2. COSRX One Step Pimple Clear Pad
This is actually one of the very first COSRX products I used. But when I emptied it, I had so many other products to try out which is why I didn’t buy another one. But recently I realized that it did help me a lot back then which is why I got a new tub – and I’m really glad I did!
These are pre-moistened pads that helps exfoliate and clean the skin. The summer heat has been making me really oily and so I’ve been working harder now to make sure that all the excess oil and dirt are cleaned off. And this has been helping!!!
What I love about these pads is that they are so simple yet effective. All you need to do is take one pad and use it to wipe your face – there is no hassle whatsoever. And I just love the feeling after when I feel so clean and light. BEST FEELING EVER.
Here’s a tip though! If you want the tub to last longer, you can consider cutting each pad in half. Because sometimes a whole pad is more than enough! So why not double the amount you have? 😏
This is my go-to peel off mask right now. Yes, I know. Pretty pricey. But guys, THE TUBE IS HUGE. It’ll last me a loooong time!! And so I wouldn’t worry much about the price – but more of the effect 😉
And the effect is beautiful!!!!! This is a simple mask. It’s ingredients – Solomon’s Seal, Japanese Honeysuckle & Honey make this mask relaxing, calming and clarifying. They work to clear the skin and keep it hydrated and plump.
Everytime I feel like my skin is having a bad day or is tired, I put this mask on and I feel so much better. The scent really helps too!!! It’s a simple peel-off mask that reminds me that even on bad days, we girls still have our beauty products 😉
I bought mine in Althea cause it was on sale! Go check it out!!!
4. Hello Gorgeous Caffeine Eye Serum
Who here loves coffee????? 🙋🏻🙋🏻🙋🏻 I am a big coffee drinker. I drink coffee A LOT (but I haven’t been recently cause of my acid reflux problem UGH) anyway, when I saw this eye serum, I just had to get it!!!!
Just so you guys know, I still use my skinfood salmon eye cream!!!! This is just for my dark circles and puffy under eyes.
First of all, I love the scent. It smells like pure coffee. Wonderful. And when I roll it under my eyes, it doesn’t feel oily at all. It feels more like a pasty serum (it’s not thick though) but I feel the super duper tiny grains of coffee and so after rolling it under my eyes, I usually use my finger to further rub it in (but not too much!!!!)
I love this because it complements my eye cream! I was so afraid this was going to dry the skin under my eyes cause my skin I super dry to begin with but IT DIDNT. In fact, it helped my eyes become less puffy. I sleep really late and so that’s a really big problem BUT thanks to my new little weapon – I don’t need to worry about looking like a zombie!!!
Again, if you guys want to try some of these cute AND affordable beauty products, just check out their site or their Instagram page!
5. Mario Badescu Drying Lotion
You can never go wrong with Mario Badescu! I mean, even Kylie Jenner uses this brand and specifically this product.
Acne has always been my problem and so it’s great to have a little medicine here and there. This is my favorite acne fighter!!! The pink drying lotion!!!
It’s powder and liquid in one bottle. Okay, important note: DO NOT SHAKE. It’s not supposed to be mixed. The two are supposed to be completely separated and that’s what makes it work. It’s mostly alcohol and salicylic acid! You dip your cotton bud into the alcohol part until it reaches the bottom and then take it back out. Make sure it’s pink (just saying hahaha)
I love how this product works for me. Whenever I apply to my pimples, it stings a bit (clearly killing the bacteria) and then dries it up. And then tadaaaa the pimple heals quickly right after!!!
It’s a bit pricey for a small bottle but trust me, that’s a LOT of product right there. It’ll be more than enough for you!
You can buy this product in Rustan’s!!! They sell other Mario Badescu products there as well 🙂
6. Tosowoong Dr. Troubex Daily Soothing Treatment
I loveeee my masks 👌🏻 Recently though, I’ve been looking for a mask to help with my troubled skin. I heard great things about this mask and so I decided to buy 3! And I finished them all… in the span of a week. Because I LOVED IT.
This mask has one ingredient in particular which I like – Centella Asiatica Extract! I’ve been using this ingredient in different products for a while and it’s been helping my skin a lot. Mainly in calming it down and helping it heal.
I love using face mask and so it’s great to find one that really suits your needs! It helps cause instead of doing your whole routine, you can just face mask (especially during lazy days hehe) and so isn’t that great???? 😏
This is another product I previously raved about! It has a beautiful shade of blue 💙 hahaha but that’s not the only reason why I love it. It helps balance the oil on my skin as well as calm down my flare ups!
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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Hi guys! So I’m finally posting about my skincare haul ❤️ Lately, I have researching & researching on so many products! And because of that – I ended up buying a lot 😅 I know, I know. It’s a bit overwhelming but hey, it’s the one thing I like to splurge on (aside from make-up 😉)
Anyway, I wanted to share this with you guys because a lot of these things I bought are on a lot of bloggers’ top ten lists!!! Idk, maybe you guys are thinking of buying them or maybe you guys want to try a few of these out. And so for this blog post, I am going to be writing about my first impressions of each product as well as how they’ve been performing so far. This is not an extensive review though since I have only been using these products for a while BUT as soon as I feel that I’ve been using these products enough, I’ll let you know what I REALLY think!
1. DearKlairs Supple Preparation Toner
So I ran out of my COSRX AHA BHA Clarifying Toner and needed a replacement. I wanted to try something new and so I researched for a good one and I stumbled upon this. I read that this toner is very good for sensitive skin because it cleanses and soothes. At first when I tried it, I noticed that it had a strong herbal smell. It’s not “bad” but it’s a bit strong, I’m guessing it’s because it contains a lot of Centella Asiatica which is actually VERY GOOD for healing fresh acne scars and calming down irritated skin. That’s actually one of the biggest reasons why I decided to buy it. I have some fresh scars and irritated skin and I’ve been looking for a toner that could calm it down – not just vitamin c since Vitamin c focuses more on lightening dark spots and not necessarily healing those irritated dry patches. Anyway, so far, this toner has been nothing less but amazing. My skin already feels super smooth. I’ve noticed that my fresh acne scars have calmed down and they’re no longer dry and irritated. I like this toner because I saw changes right away in how my skin felt and how less red it was (cause sometimes I get really red). If you’re looking for a toner for your sensitive skin, this could be it for you!
I bought this in Dara Beauty Market (@darabeautymarket) on Instagram! They sell a lot of Korean beauty products as well as other brands!
2. Heimish All Clean Balm
I know what you’re thinking… “I thought Clean it Zero was her holy grail balm cleanser!!?!” Well, I *think* I may have found something better. This is the Heimish All Clean Balm. This was actually recommended to me by my friend, Raya, who commented on my previous post about my skincare routine. This has been getting a bit of hype recently and so I had to try it because people were comparing it to Clean it Zero which is my absolute LOVE. I decided to… scout the competition… hehe. Plus look at the packaging!!!! It’s just so cute!!! So yeah. It’s around the same price as Banila Clean it Zero, if not a little cheaper. Compared to Clean it Zero, it is much more liquid. When I opened it, it looked like thick white goo. And it kinda gave me more of a herbal smell than a fruity smell like the one I get from Banila. But when I tried it. Omg, it was heaven. It just felt so good on my skin! And guess what?! It was able to take off my waterproof mascara way better than Clean it Zero ever could. And what I really like about it is that it’s much more foamy than oily. When I use Banila, right before I wash, my skin looks super oily cause of the cleanser but when I use this All Clean Balm, it looks more foamy and so I don’t get that icky oily feeling at all. So far, this cleanser has been doing wonders for me! I’m going to finish my Clean it Zero first though since I’m running out anyway and who knows, I might just get another tub of Heimish All Clean Balm!
I got this from The Skin Curator! She sells a lot of COSrx products also!
3. Beauty of Joseon Dynasty Cream
I’ve been seeing a lot of good reviews about this little jar of cream moisturizer. One of the bloggers I follow (one of my favorites and the reason I bought this cream), Snow White & The Asian Pear actually wrote a blog post on this product and that pretty much convinced me that YES I AM GOING TO BUY THIS. At first I thought it was a bigger jar cause it looked big, but when I got it, it was pretty tiny hahaha for a price of P1000+ so yeah pretty pricey BUT definitely worth it. It contains beneficial ingredients such as Niacinamide, Hyaluronic Acid, Vitamin E and Ceramides. And so it’s very good for whitening, elasticity, anti-aging, moisturizing and hydrating! Yep, that’s all in this little jar. So far, this is the only moisturizer I’ve been using morning and night and my skin loves it! After putting it on, my face feels so soft and plump! It hydrates my skin without making it too oily or shiny. My only comment though is that it isn’t moisturizing enough for my dry patches and so I still add a bit more of my COSRX Honey Ceramide moisturizer on those areas for an extra moisturizing kick. Can’t wait to see what more this cream will do for me! It looks very promising!
I also bought this from Dara Beauty Market!
4. Herbivore Blue Clay Detoxifying Treatment Clay Mask
Love. I bought this because I wanted a mask that could calm down my flare ups or troubled times. And this does exactly that. It’s a clay mask and so it’s a bit messy BUT trust me when I tell you that it’s not as messy as compared to the other clay masks. Plus, you don’t need that much powder to cover your whole face! At first I thought, “Wow, this jar is going to be gone by next month.” But NO. It will last way longer than that. Because it doesn’t need that much powder as it doesn’t have to be too thick. So yeah, keep that in mind! I like using this mask because it really calms down my skin. And it doesn’t sting unlike other masks. I have sensitive skin and so I was kind of worried it might get irritated BUT this worked for me. The only thing I may not like about this product though is that it can be a bit drying and so you really have to moisturize after using it. And don’t overuse it! Maybe twice a month would be enough, especially if you have sensitive skin. Remember, less is more!
I bought this from Makeup Depot! Check them out on Instagram!
5. Origins Masks (Drink-up Intensive Overnight Mask & Out of trouble 10-minute mask)
I bought these two in Guam. I’ve been meaning to try Origins masks but they’re a bit pricey in Manila and so I decided to buy them in Guam for $26 each. I’m glad I did because I have been really liking these two! I bought the Drink-up Intensive Overnight mask because I was having trouble with my dry patches and so I wanted to find a mask that would moisturize them and so far this has been doing wonders. It has a fruity smell and so it smells very yummy! It’s the kind of mask that doesn’t leave you feeling oily. Once it’s absorbed by the skin, it doesn’t leave any residue. My skin just feels smooth, soft and hydrated. As for the 10-minute out of trouble make, I bought it cause I wanted a mask I could use for urgent times when I’m starting a breakout and I don’t want it to continue. I had a bad breakout in Guam and so I tested this out and it worked! It contains salicylic acid and zinc oxide which really helps in calming down the skin and decreasing breakouts. I’m going to continue using this and hopefully, my breakouts become less instense!
6. Mario Badescu Haul (Buffering Lotion, Drying Cream, Drying Lotion, AHA Botanical Body Soap, Rose Water Facial spray – not in the picture)
So they started selling this brand in Rustans’ and I decided to try it out because I have heard so many bloggers rave about it – even celebrities. I’ve tried everything except the Soap and so far I’ve been loving them all. The two I really love though are the Drying Lotion and the Facial Spray. The drying lotion is one of my holy grail products! I usually put it on pimples that are exposed – not cysts because that’s not what it works on. It stings a bit when I apply it but I really feel it killing the bacteria and drying out the pimple! And tbh I love that feeling (is that weird) hahaha as for the facial spray, I use it everyday! I was actually considering buying the glossier facial spray instead of this one but the Mario Badescu one is much cheaper and I just think it’s much more practical. It hydrates my skin so well and leaves on a dewy look which I absolutely love!
This was a complete impulse buy. I know that Sulwhasoo is a very good brand and so I decided to buy all these “mini-masks” for P1000 which isn’t bad. I haven’t had a chance to use any of them yet though cause I’ve been really busy and I’ve been using the other products but so far I’ve been reading good reviews on these four masks. I honestly can’t wait to try them out! And for sure I’ll let you guys know how it goes!
I bought this again from Dara Beauty Market! They sell so many good brands for reasonable prices!
8. Simple Micellar Cleansing Water & Oil Balancing Cleansing wipes (not in the picture)
I heard Simple is a really good brand for sensitive skin! You can get it almost anywhere! It’s a British Brand that’s been gaining a lot of hype here in the Philippines! I bought the Micellar Water from Pcx and the wipes from Kmart in Guam. They’re really affordable and so I say, go get em! They’re also very gentle. I use them when I need extra cleansing or when I have a lot of heavy makeup on. I do a lot of cleansing when I wear heavy makeup because the last thing I want is my pores clogged up with makeup. So far, these products have been helping me out with my “triple cleanse process” which I really like! And so YAY.
9. Tosowoong Enzyme Powder Wash
This was another impulse buy from Dara Beauty Market! It’s really affordable and so I wanted to try it out. It’s a powder wash and so it starts out as powder but once you rub it onto your damp face, it’ll turn into a foamy cleanser. I only used it twice so far but during those two times, I really felt it exfoliating my skin. Since they’re pretty much like grains, they really go deep and cleanse and exfoliate your skin. It’s also really fun to use tbh cause it’s powder and so it’s a cool product to have. I need to use it a bit more to have a better idea of how it’s benefiting my skin, but I definitely look forward to it!
10. COSRX Advanced Snail 92 All in one Cream
Snail products have always been good to my skin. I love how these products make my skin feel moisturized and plump. I love my COSRX snail essence and so I decided to try out this cream because I heard it’s been getting so many good reviews. So far it’s been really helping with my fine lines and healing some of my dry patches! It’s a thick white kind of transparent cream with no fragrance at all which I appreciate cause there are times when I get turned off by products with strong fragrances. I use this in conjunction with my Dynasty Cream. I switch between the two and so far they’ve been working great and complementing each other and so they both really help!
11. Pure Actives Emu Oil
I was researching for a good oil I could use with my everyday moisturizer and this is what I found. Emu Oil is said to be good for many things! This oil does everything. It heals, moisturizes, hydrates and even more! I usually mix this with my moisturizer. I put around 2-3 drops. It definitely makes my skin feel so much more supple – as well as “glowy”. I put the oil directly on my fresh acne scars and it healed them plus moisturized them and so later on, they were no longer itchy or irritated but instead soothed. Plus it’s very good for sensitive skin!
Buy it from beautyMNL and try it out now!
12. Mumuso Black Pearl Eye Masks
I love eye masks!!!! I guess it’s cause I have really dark circles under my eyes plus they tend to get dry and so these are a must for me. I used to use the snail kind but I decided to try something new and therefore I bought this one! I love how they’re black! Well duh cause black pearl. But I read that black pearl is a favorite in Korean skincare! And so I was very excited to try these out. I only got to use them once though cause I haven’t found the time BUT when I used the first pair, I definitely noticed a change – my under eyes were much more hydrated and plump. The darkness was still there (wasn’t really expecting it to go away anyway) But when I applied concealer it was much more moisturized and I didn’t have fine lines I usually do and so I’m really looking forward to using them again and seeing the difference! Plus Mumuso is such an affordable Korean brand and so what are you waiting for????
So that was my skincare haul so far! Hope you guys enjoyed it and got an idea of what you want in your shopping cart! 😉 let me know in the comments section if you have any concerns or questions AND if you have any recommendations, comment as well because I LOVE trying new products! And so go go go!
I know I’ve been a bit AWOL but I’m back – for real hahaha next week, I’ll be coming out with two blog posts (hopefully) – one on different kinds of primers and another one on different brands of foundation. I’ll be comparing different kinds and brands! And so if you’re looking for the perfect primer/foundation for you, my posts may be able to help and so stay tuned for that!
Also, I’ll be posting a surprise blog post soon! It’s a surprise because it’s something new that I haven’t done on this blog YET! It’s kind of out of my comfort zone so AHHHH I’m nervous BUT excited too! STAY TUNED FOR THAT 💖
Again, thank you to those who follow my blog and comment or like my posts! This is still pretty new for me and so your support means the world! Also, if you guys have any ideas of more things I can blog about, let me know! I am super open to suggestions and comments! Esp to those of you who are looking for a certain thing. Hit me up! Either comment of email me at firstname.lastname@example.org 💕 can’t wait to hear from you guys!
Hellooooooo! I am back with another post!!! I was actually supposed to post this yesterday but my schedule has been crazy with rehearsals, gigs & all so I only got to post it now 😅
ANYWAY, so many people have been asking me about my current skincare routine and it’s funny cause that was one of the reasons why I started this blog in the first place. Apparently Instagram has a character count??? And sooo, I couldn’t share my skincare routine on Instagram (cause it’s too damn long hahaha) I had to find another way. And I ended up making a full blown blog because of it.
My skincare routine blog post has been receiving a lot of views and comments and so I wanted to post another one which is the updated version because I made a few changes and added/replaced/took out some. And so here it is! Again if you have any questions or concerns, feel free to leave a comment! I will get back to you as soon as I can! 🙂
For this post I used the emojis, 🌞 &🌛! The sun means I use it in the morning, the moon means I use it in the evening and if both are present, that means I use them both morning and evening!
1. CLEANSING BALM (Banila Co.) 🌛
FAVE BALM FOREVER. Like I super love this!!! This is already my fourth tub! So as you can see I love it so much ❤️ I use this every night even when I don’t wear that much makeup because it helps get rid of the impurities and dirt on my skin so that my pores do not get clogged and cause acne! For me, this is a NEED in any skincare routine and so go and buy one now!
2. EXFOLIATOR (Cure) 🌛
This is my go-to exfoliator! At first it may not seem like one because it doesn’t have any beads or grains but once you rub it on your DRY face, you’ll see the magic happen! It ends up taking off all your dead and dry skin! And it’s makes no mess at all! It’s a bit pricey but it’s a huge bottle! It’ll surely last you a few months since you’re only supposed to exfoliate at least 2-3 times a week.
3. CLEANSER (COSRX pH Cleanser) 🌞
So far, this is one of the best cleansers I have ever tried. It’s so gentle yet it really cleans my skin! It takes out all the dirt and impurities! Plus, it even works as a great make-up remover. Whenever I use this to take off make-up, it doesn’t need much! This is my go-to cleanser because after I use, my face always feels squeaky clean!
Another one of my go-to cleansers! I use this one at night only. Unlike other exfoliating cleansers, this one does not dry up my skin! What’s a plus is that it has Salicylic Acid and so it’s great for those prone to acne! And don’t worry cause it works for sensitive skin too. I have sensitive skin and have been using this every night but it never irritated my skin or caused it to peel. That’s saying something!
5. TONER (COSRX AHA BHA Toner) 🌞🌛
By far one of the best toners out there! It is so gentle on my skin! Would definitely recommend this to those of you who have sensitive skin. It doesn’t have much of a scent and it doesn’t sting my skin at all when I apply it. What I also like about this toner is that it makes it easier for me to apply my Vitamin C and chemical exfoliators because it normalizes the pH level of my skin which is what is needed to apply the following products!
6. VITAMIN C (Klairs) 🌛
I tried C21 before but oh was it strong! It didn’t do anything for my sensitive skin except make it even more sensitive. Tbh, it ended up doing more harm than good and so I decided to research for a more gentle vitamin c serum and this is what I found! It’s not too strong and so you won’t see the results right away but you WILL see them. It just takes time! I’d rather take my time than use a stronger product that could do more damage to my skin.
7. DARK SPOT CORRECTOR (Kiehls) 🌛
This is new in my skincare routine. I got this a few weeks back and I have been using it with my vitamin c BUT I only use this for specific areas like for my scars and dark spots. I decided to use this in conjuction with my Klairs Vitamin C because I felt like this specific areas needed an extra push. I use them together and so far they have both been working great for me!
8. AHA / BHA (COSRX) 🌛
I’ve been using BHA but I recently added my AHA. I wanted to try AHA because I wanted to see its effect on my whiteheads. I don’t use it everyday because I feel like that would be too much for my skin. I use it around 3 times a week or more if needed. I’d say it’s been working well for me but a bit of a warning, the smell is pretty unpleasant. And so if you’re sensitive to scents, I suggest you don’t buy it. The BHA on the other hand works well for me! It prevents pimples which I really like plus there is no scent at all and so that’s a plus!
9. ESSENCE (LJH Tea Tree Essence) 🌞🌛
This is another addition to my skincare routine! I really liked my Snail Essence from COSRX but I just wanted to try out another one that could target specifically my oiliness and acne. And so I researched and researched and I found this! I heard this has been working great for those with sensitive skin and I’m glad I decided to try it out because I have been loving it! It really helps calm my skin down especially the redness of my skin. It’s pretty affordable and accessible and so go ahead and buy one!
10. EMULSION (COSRX Natural BHA Emulsion) 🌞🌛
Been using this since the start and I still love it! It’s not just a moisturizer, it also works to make my skin glow as well as “mattify” it. I like using this because it’s very gentle and it really refines my skin texture – making it more smooth and plump! Some people find this unecessary but I’ve had this since the start of my skincare routine and I don’t think I’ll ever let it go!
11. MOISTURIZER (COSRX Honey Ceramide Full Moisture Cream) 🌞🌛
My fave moisturizer ❤ I really love this moisturizer! It is not too heavy, not too light. I have combination skin and so I’m sometimes oily and I have some dry patches and so this moisturizer is perfect for me. I use only a little bit in the morning though and more at night so that I don’t get too oily during the day. This really helps get rid of my dry patches so ugh lifesaver.
12. EYE CREAM (Skinfood Salmon Eye Cream) 🌞🌛
BEST EYE CREAM EVER. I already told you guys before that I have been looking for an eye cream that would help with my “dry” under eyes. And so far, this has been my fave!!! It took me a while to find this one but once I tried it, I instantly saw the difference! The skin under my eyes were no longer dry! Even when I applied concealer! Before my fine lines would be really seen and it looked really bad but thanks to this eye cream, that rarely happens! I apply this every morning and night!
13. SLEEPING PACK (Etude House Sleeping Pack) 🌛
I have been using this sleeping pack since the time I first formed my skincare routine. I was kinda afraid at first that this would make me breakout cause I know Etude House is known for really scented essences and masks but this one doesn’t really have a scent and it’s very gentle on my skin! Plus every time I wake up, my skin always feels hydrated! I’ve had this since last year and there’s still so much product left! So it’s definitely worth the price!
I recently got this but it has already made it to the top of my list. I really wanted to find a strong spot treatment for my acne and so I researched about several brands but I liked this one and it’s now available in Rustans and so I bought it! On my first day of using it, I already noticed the difference! It really shrunk my pimple and dried them out! They were almost gone overnight! Definitely a keeper!
One of my trusty medicated acne patches!!! Whenever I put it on a spot, the next day it’s almost gone! It really works!!! I already wrote a more extensive review on this before so check it out here! 🙂
16. SUNBLOCK (COSRX Aloe Vera SPF) 🌞
My trusty sunblock! Idk what I would do without this sunblock!!!! I used to not wear sunblock because I didn’t like how it clogged my pores and I hated the sticky feeling but I knew I still needed to wear and so I researched for one that would be super light and that wouldn’t cause me to break out. I saw the great reviews of this product and so I bought it and wow it’s amazing!!!!! I never leave the house without it! It actually makes me love putting on sunblock! Which is a big thing for me. If you want a sunblock that doesn’t give you that sticky heavy feeling, this one is for you!
Well there you have it! My current and updated skincare routine! If you guys have any questions or concerns, just leave me a comment and I will get back to you ASAP! ☺️
Btw, I’ll be leaving for Guam this weekend (will write a post about it ahhhh) and so I’m not sure if I’ll be able to post on Friday! But for sure I’ll be posting another blog post soon! Also I’ll be writing about my SKINCARE AND MAKEUP HAUL!!! Ahhhh I recently bought so many products and so I’m so excited to show you guys!!!!! Stay tuned for that 💖
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! 😉
So right before rehearsals, I made sure to take time to write this blog post for you guys! ✨
For today’s post, I decided to do something a little fun! I’m going to be showing you guys what I keep inside my everyday make-up kit. I bring this kit with me EVERYWHERE I go, whether it’s on a roadtrip, to a party or even just a trip to the mall. I cannot live without this make-up bag because it has everything I need 🙂
If you’re wondering what YOU should have in your make-up kit, maybe this post will help you out! Cause tbh, you can never carry around too much make-up 😉
But before we get into what’s inside my make-up kit, here are some quick tips for you guys!
FIRST, make sure to clean your make-up bag regularly. You do not want to have a dirty make-up bag!!! If your make-up bag is the leather or plastic type, be sure to wipe the inside at least every week. You can even use the same soap you use to clean your make-up brushes! Just put a little bit of brush soap on a piece of cloth and use it to clean the inside. On the other hand, if you have a make-up bag made out of cloth, make sure to hand wash it regularly. If later on you realize, the dirt and make-up stains aren’t coming off anymore, it’s best to let go of that make-up bag because it’s time to get a new one!
SECOND, keep your brushes and sponges in a separate bag inside your make-up bag. I personally like putting my brushes and sponges in a separate bag because I feel that this prevents them from becoming dirty. The inside of make-up bags can become pretty dirty because of the foundation marks, excess powder or lipstick stains and so I want to protect my brushes and sponges as much as possible since these are the tools that directly touch my face.
THIRD, try your best to prioritize what to keep in your make-up kit. You wouldn’t want it to be super filled up. It might break or worse, it might damage the products inside the kit. As I said a while ago, yes, you can never carry around too much make-up BUT make sure at least that these are products you need on a daily basis or if ever products you think you’ll need to use later on during the day.
Okay, time to check out what’s inside my make-up kit! 🙂
1. Make-up bag with lots of personality!!!
I personally love it when my make-up bag has a lot of personality. I either choose a bag with a crazy colorful pattern or a bag that has a quote written on it which I can relate to. In this case, it’s the latter. “TOUCH MY TOOLS AND DIE.” What could be better than that??? I just relate to this so much because I am so protective of my make-up. Like, if you touch my make-up without asking, I could literally kill you (half joke) And so for those of you who feel the same way, I suggest you get a make-up bag like this one! Also, if for some reason you lose your make-up bag *knocks on wood*, you’ll have an easier time finding it because of it’s distinct look.
I got this from beabi!!! I love this store!!! They have great organizers for literally EVERYTHING. I love organizing my stuff and so this is one of my favorite stores ❤
2. Blush Brush & Powder Brush Duo
These are the only two brushes I keep in my make-up kit because these are the only two I need for my everyday make-up look: a blush brush & a powder brush. Whenever I feel a bit oily, I reapply some powder on my face. Also, I tend to get a bit pale towards the end of the day and so I got my blush brush so I can apply blush to keep me pink! Again, my everyday make-up look is simple and so these are the two trusty brushes I choose to keep with me in my make-up kit. Note: If you want to make sure they stay clean, be sure to put them in a separate kit inside your make-up bag (preferably a plastic kit so it’s easy to clean)
I’m not really a fan of the color pink (except for nude pink) but then I realized I needed some color in my life and so I decided to buy this hot pink beautyblender and voilà, color!!! Hahaha. I bring a beauty blender with me EVERYWHERE. This is just in case of emergency situations like, my make-up starts to become patchy or I didn’t blend it right or last minute, I need to reapply my concealer. This is one of those “just in case” make-up products but trust me, you will never regret bringing it with you cause one day, it could save you! Be sure to keep it clean though and so put it in the separate kit with your brushes! Best to protect all the tools that directly touch your face!
During my everyday make-up routine, I apply concealer BUT SOMETIMES, the concealer either fades or becomes patchy and so it’s always best to bring your concealer around with you (especially if you have oily skin). I like to carry both concealers with me, the lighter shade (for under my eyes) and the other one for my blemishes.
So far, I’ve been loving these two concealers from the SAEM. The Cover Perfection Liquid Concealer is perfect for under my eyes because it is super moisturizing! My dark circles tend to be really dark cause I’m naturally pale and also my skin there gets dry and so I needed a concealer that would moisturize and cover my dark circles at the same time and so far this has been perfect! The other one has great coverage and so I use it for my blemishes and scars! It’s kind of similar to the NARS concealer and so if you wanna buy the NARS concealer but you’re on a tight budget, this would be the perfect substitute! For more info about these products, I will posting another review soon so stay tuned for that! 😉
Face powder is a big must for me! Especially if you have oily skin, like me. This allows your face to stay fresh and matte throughout the day! If your skin doesn’t work well with loose powder, you could always use pressed powder! Also, a lot of loose powder products come in big containers and so it’s kind of hassle to bring them around everywhere and so I bought this small powder container from beabi (again cause like I said, they have EVERYTHING) and refill it regularly so that I don’t have to bring the big powder container around. This makes it very convenient!
I bring my blush with me everywhere I go. It’s a must. Like a MUST. Because one, I have oily skin and two, I’m very pale (naturally) and so if you put those together, basically the color on my face fades easily. And so I have to constantly reapply my blush. With this particular blush though, I have been reapplying it less because it actually stays longer on my face as compared to my other blush products. This is the Tarte Amazonian clay 12-hour blush by the way in sensual.
Even though I don’t have to reapply this as often as before, I still bring it everywhere with me “just in case”.
7. Nudes & Color
One nude lipstick, one colored lipstick, that’s how I roll. I’m a very indecisive girl and so sometimes when I’m in a rush, I just grab my nude lipstick and head out the door. It’s my go-to shade because it’s simple and classy and so I ALWAYS make sure I have it with me. But then again, it’s great to have some color on and so along with my nude lisptick, I always make sure to have a different shade with me just to spice things up a bit. And for emergency purposes! Let’s say last minute I decide to go to a party or I have a last minute photoshoot and nude just won’t cut it, then I won’t have to worry because I got some color ready in my make-up kit! So that’s a tip for all of you out there! 😉
8. All for the Eyes: Mascara & Eyeliner
Just a note! I don’t put mascara and eyeliner on everyday, just sometimes, but I keep these two in my make-up kit because you never know when you’ll need them! Sometimes in the middle of the day (while I’m out) I just decide, hey, I want to put on some mascara and so I go to the bathroom, bring out my trusty mascara (Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes) and apply! There is nothing wrong with adding a few extra make-up products into your make-up bag thinking you’ll need them later on! And so go ahead and toss that eyeliner and mascara in, you might just thank yourself later!
9. Eyebrow pencil/brush!
I have to admit that eyebrow make-up is a must for me. As you can see it looks very used… that’s because I use this every single day. And I always like to keep it inside my make-up kit, just in case! This is the K-Palette long lasting eyebrow powder. This is my ultimate fave because it pretty much lasts the whole day. I just like bringing it around with me because it makes me feel secure hahaha as I’ve said before, eyebrow make-up is a big thing for me and so I gotta have this in my make-up bag!
Okay. I cannot stress how much this has changed my life. I cannot go ANYWHERE without lip balm. Before I leave the house, I always make sure I have this because UGH I can’t live without it. Sadly, my lips get chapped super easily, I guess it’s cause I’m dehydrated all the time (and so drink water guys!!!) and so lip balm is an absolute must.
This is actually my favorite one right now. It’s not even just lip balm. You can use it for burns, insect bites, wounds. It’s AMAZING. It’s made from Papaya!!!! And so it super moisturizes my lips. The thing is, it’s only available in Australia and so if you have friends or family members who are going there soon, be sure to tell them to get this for you! It’s SUPER affordable 😉
11. Oil Blotting Paper
Shoutout to all of you guys who have oily skin! This is a must for all of us. I do not know how I could last one day without this. Cause normal tissue just won’t cut it hahaha I tend to get oily after a few hours and so I need to use these daily! I use around 2 sheets a day or more especially if it’s really hot (and we’re in the Philippines and that’s pretty often). The good thing is that there are so many different kinds for different skin types and they are pretty much affordable everywhere.
I got this one at Watsons! It’s available in every branch and so no worries! I suggest that this be an important product inside your make-up bag because you wouldn’t want to spend the whole day with a shiny face plus it can also go into your pores and give you pimples!!!
12. Cleansing Wipes!!!
These cleansing wipes are good for a lot of things! They can be used to wipe make-up off your face or clean your hands or for sanitary purposes and so it’s always great to have these inside your bag! It’s important to keep your face and hands as clean as possible and this helps with that. Also, there are many different kinds such as moisturizing wipes, cleansing wipes, baby wipes, etc! And so get the kind that you think you’ll need the most!
Always remember to stay clean that way your skin stays healthy and glowing! I bought these wipes from Miniso(which is like a Daiso-but a bit better hahaha) They sell many things from power banks to face masks! And their products are all affordable and so check them out!
TADAAAAAAA! That’s what’s inside leadiiinglady’s everyday make-up kit!!! Also, I added the links where you can buy some of these products so be sure to check them out! Hope this helped you guys in putting together your make-up kit! 🙂 Super enjoyed writing this post for you guys! ✨
But I really wanna know, what do YOU have in YOUR everyday make-up kit? Comment and let me know!!! 💖
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! 🙂