[HOW TO] Shop smart online

I did an Instagram poll not too long ago asking if my audience liked to purchase their skincare/beauty products online or instore and surprisingly, a lot of them preferred to shop online. As a fellow beauty lover, I am quite the same. I prefer to not have any real-life interactions and prefer to shop freely. There are countless online shops everyone seems to shop at. My favorite online stores to shop at are:

Amazon
Yesstyle
EBay
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There are other shops I do shop at however, I prefer shopping from these sources because I usually can find products I enjoy at a very fair price.

My tips finding a good bargain or a hidden gem:

  • When shopping anywhere, see if there is a drag box available on the shop menu where you can ascend items from lowest to highest price.
  • Always look for a sale tab to check out what the store has promotions/offers for that week.
  • Coupon codes are usually available on the front page of the website, sent to your email (be sure to double-check your junk mailbox), and also, some online reviewers may have a discount code for you to use to look around before you check out.
  • Take your time and look through categories on the shop because unlike instore, we won’t be followed around and asked if you need help so you can self serve and also do your own research prior to committing to a purchase.
  • If you shop on eBay, sometimes sellers give you the option to “make an offer“, which means you can haggle your way to finding the best price for your item. I believe you get about 3 chances so make some reasonable offers because the seller needs to make money as well.
  • I always get excited when there are new releases, specifically if they’re from my favorite brands. Most online stores have a “NEW” items tab for you to check out their new store releases.

Watch out for counterfeits!

  • It’s really difficult at times because sometimes when a brand is really well-known and popular, you may come across a counterfeit. There are a few ways you can dodge counterfeits on eBay and Amazon.
  • Do your research, always look up comparison photos between the authentic and counterfeit because you would be very surprised how well these items can be replicated.
  • For eBay, check for reputable sellers with a HIGH amount of orders and reviews. Be sure to look specifically at the negative reviews to sell what people were complaining about to avoid the same issue occurring to you.
  • For Amazon, it’s a bit different simply because eBay tends to be a platform with resellers while Amazon actually has retailers and also third-party sellers. If you were to purchase from a third-party seller and they were fulfilled by Amazon, the third-party seller ships the product to Amazon then Amazon ships the item to you. This does not mean that Amazon will check if whether your item is authentic or not.
  • If you’re really unsure, search up the seller’s name on google to find any additional feedback or reviews on their products and legitimacy. I would look into finding long, detailed reviews and ones that provide actual images, rather than generic answers that are short and sweet. Don’t be fooled with the “verified purchase” beside their names because some businesses actually think they’re sneaky enough to hire people to create fake accounts, purchasing their own products and writing an amazing review.

In no way, I am trying to scare you all but rather share some precautions I take when online shopping because you truly never really know. If you have any further questions, please feel free to drop me a comment below or DM me on instagram!

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[REAL TALK] Influencer survival guide and Genuine content/ product reviews

Hey friends, I wanted to start on a new series for my blog where we can discuss, rant and share our experiences with similar issues from topics that aren’t really discussed. I want to welcome both creators and also non-creators to join me on this topic.

Disclaimer: This post was made to open a discussion and allow people to whether influencer or not, see the ugly side to social media reviews and what to look out for.

Today’s topic, I will be shedding some light on product reviews. Whether it’s on youtube, Instagram, Makeupalley, Sephora or Influenster. There are billions of reviews on the internet, some are helpful… some, not so much. I specifically want to target Instagram reviews today. I personally don’t trust Instagram review for multiple factors.

  • You may come across some brands have really close deadlines when you receive the product – leaving you with limited time to try out the product and have an opinion on it.
  • Some influencers (big or small) are afraid of giving bad reviews about products simply because they want to be on the brand’s good books – this can be harmful to the community and also those who are just consumers because the information listed/review is inaccurate and not truthful.
  • There are some influencers I have caught where they just misinform their audience, whether that was done or purposely or not, I am not aware of that. Brands sometimes make insane claims about their products and I think influencers should be responsible for what they choose to say for and about the product. It’s vital for influencers to do their research about the brand, ingredients, and products prior to posting. I’ve been seeing a lot of posts where people just copy and paste the product description of the brand’s website. This is irresponsible behavior and needs to change.
  • Take everything you see through the internet with a grain of salt. Brands will sometimes as you to write POSITIVE reviews on Sephora. Shady, I know. This is why I usually check reviews on youtube or blogs because these are evergreen content, you can always access them and people are likely to the tell the truth when exposed in that sort of nature. I find a lot of people are more comfortable speaking freely on blogs rather than Instagram (there’s also no character limit).

My tips how to survive as an influencer at any size:

  • Whether you’re big or small, stay humble and always stay true to yourself and create genuine content.
  • Be serious about yourself and brand because no one will take you seriously if you most certainly don’t. Hold yourself accountable to things you post and say on social media and own it!
  • Stay professional, I know it’s funny and some of us may think it’s “cool” to be vulgar on social media but at the end of the day, remember that you have an audience of all sorts of ages. Be respectful and thoughtful with the content you choose to share to your audience.
  • Set up a schedule for everything you do. No, not an internal schedule in your brain. An actual one! One that you can refer to, whether’s it’s on your phone as an alarm clock or calendar.
  • Ask yourself if whether you are here for the long term or short term and set some goals what you want to achieve and your end game goal. We often get sidetracked with ideas and what our peers are doing with their accounts. What do YOU want to do with your account? Think, plan and make it happen.
  • If you dislike the products you’ve tried and feel “uncomfortable” to share your feedback, you don’t have to post it at all. What’s worse? Misinforming your followers and readers or being honest and critical? You decide. I personally will post it anyway because I know my negative/honest feedback will always help someone!
  • Don’t be afraid of being honest. A lot of brands will understand and take your feedback, you could benefit others and also the brand by providing them your honest feedback and experience. And if a brand, dislikes your feedback simply because it wasn’t positive then forget them! At the end of the day, it looks bad on them because they don’t know how to handle criticism.
  • You should with brands you enjoy and have experience with. Never settle for less and work with just any brand even if you feel bad rejecting.
  • Never take things personally especially on social media. There are trolls, people who are unaware, brands that may reject your PR inquiry. Point being is, you need to understand that there are people that won’t see you eye to eye and you may face rejection. Brands will always welcome you try again later. Learn to take “no” as a positive answer and give yourself the opportunity to level up your content game.
  • Never see rejection as a failure, always try and try harder every time. If you give up so easily, that means you never really wanted it and if you make excuses for yourself… one after another, that means you were never really passionate about it. You just wanted something to come to you easily and fast.
  • Most of us already think our content is perfect or/ and does not need to change. Truth is, sometimes we need to welcome change and accept it so that we can see growth. How will you know if you don’t even try? 
  • Be patient with yourself, experiment around, change your content and learn what works and what doesn’t. Step out from your comfort zone and try something new!
  • Don’t buy things for the sake of the gram. It’s just silly. Do you see how silly that sounds even reading that? Check out my blog on decluttering and getting organized, where I discuss being more of a smart shopper.

 

I hope this helped you and if you’re curious to know more about this subject or want me to share something along on the lines to this topic, please feel free to suggest it in the comment section or DM me on Instagram. I love hearing from you all! I hope you all have a fantastic and blessed week.

 

[ANTI-HAUL] Vol. 3

It’s been a long while since I’ve done one of these and well, I can tell you guys one thing – all the things I’ve said in my previous anti-hauls are things I still stand by. I’ve purchased a ton of things in the past simply because I fell into the hype of things and they turned out to be products I don’t care for nor reach so I think it’s important to share these sorts of things to remind ourselves and others that we just might not want it as much as we thought we do.

Disclaimer: Some of the products I will be mentioning are owned by controversial people however, I’m only speaking about the products themselves, not the people behind them.

KYLIE SKIN (ENTIRE LINE)

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I’m not even sure why I’m listing her on my anti-haul but I’ve tried her lip products in the past and quite like them. Would I repurchase them? Absolutely not, I prefer Colour Pop lippies and they’re super affordable compared to hers. There’s so much controversy over her walnut scrub when people forgot that Ole Henricksen has one out as well and there doesn’t seem to be any negative/backlash on that scrub; makes me question if consumers are just biased and use to bashing on celebrities. I also find it quite odd that she doesn’t have an oil cleanser/cleansing balm or even an SPF product. Anyway. I wish her the best for this skincare line.

HUDA BEAUTY NEON OBSESSION PALETTES

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I would be lying to all if I didn’t admit that I was going to purchase the Neon Pink one. That was the very first one that attracted me from this line however I already own one of her mini obsession palettes in gemstone and also her desert dusk palette. They’re both nice products however I just don’t reach for them and I’ve tried better shadows. I would not recommend anyone to get her standard palettes. You’re better off getting the mini palettes because there’s quite a bit of product and usually really fun, neutral colours to work with.

BODY SHIMMER PRODUCTS

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There is way too much buzz on body shimmer products from Patrick Ta to ABH and Huda Beauty. Guess who’s not buying those products? -points at self- I get the whole idea of wanting to look like a shimmering, glowing goddess for summer but if anyone who knows me, I am pretty much anti-tanning. Although I respect those who enjoy tanning, I’m not a fan of it. You will likely see me hide under shades, wearing pants/mostly long sleeves and holding a UV umbrella. I know, I’m quite extreme but this is coming from someone who is a hermit and also doesn’t want to tan.

ANY COLOUR SPRAY TEMPORARY HAIR DYES

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I know this is a fun concept, I get it, however, I don’t think it’s worth damaging your hair. Remember when hair chalking was a thing? I don’t think this is any different from hair chalking. What it is basically depositing pigment into the hair and it washes right off. Sounds harmless right? Wrong. The U.S. FDA announced that “the products may contain ingredients such as dyes or colorants, chemicals, and preservatives, which are not allowed and may cause allergies and adverse reaction on the scalp, head, eyes, and skin.” I’ve had my fair share of moments dying my hair whacky, bold and fun colours but those days are over for me. I think if you want something temporary, just wear a wig. I personally would never put an aerosol can with hair dye in it anywhere near me. It most certainly wouldn’t be healthy to breathe in.

If you liked any of the products that I mentioned in today’s anti-haul, please continue to enjoy them. This is just my personal take in what products that simply don’t interest me.

Anyway, that’s it for today, folks! Until next time. 🙂 Please feel free to share what things you will be anti-hauling this month/year.

 

 

[Lesson] Cleaning & Declutter

I recently went on a mass declutter and actually took out my drawers and got rid of more makeup that I imagined to get rid of. During the process, I found myself quite eager to get rid of the products. I assumed I would be uncomfortable and sad from it but guess not. It was about time to declutter anyway. As a small beauty influencer, I still do receive quite a bit of PR and that quickly can accumulate a lot of space. So what I did for myself was, I kept products that were new aside so I can pass it forward to family and friends. I threw away old, expired makeup because no one wants to use that! Some products were only used once, which sucks!

What I learned from this declutter:

  • (For influencers) – Do not accept PR that you do not care for.
  • Do not purchase products that are not something I would use for the long-term – a lot of my purchases were for short-term use and that’s extremely wasteful.
  • Just because products with pretty packaging are pretty to look, doesn’t mean you need it.
  • If you already own that shade or a similar shade, do not get it. No one would notice the difference.
  • If there’s a sale, doesn’t mean you should buy anything from that sale. There’s always going to be a sale. Use up what you have first then considered buying more later.
  • Just because someone owns something nice, doesn’t mean you need to go out and purchase it. You are an adult now, understand and remember that you have priorities and bills to pay.

What I should be asking myself before I make any beauty purchase:

  • How many uses can I get out of this?
  • How long is the shelf life on this and does it make sense to own it now or later?
  • Will room temperature changes affect the product or not?
  • Am I allergic or sensitive to any of the ingredients listed?
  • Is this the correct shade for me? Have I swatched it at the store/read the colour description carefully?
  • How much product do I have left for my _____? example: foundation, lipstick and etc.
  • Is it a necessity or a want? Can it wait?

For those of you who are social media on a regular daily basis or with friends who are shopaholics, I know how hard it can be at times to not give in but just remember that if it does not spark joy or something you will use for the long term for yourself, why buy it? I’m always on social media because it’s part of what I do. I sometimes fall into the trap of buying things I don’t need because I saw it on my feed. I follow a big mix of different beauty accounts; some are drugstore, affordable beauty and some are boujee/high-end accounts. The high-end ones always get me because either the packaging looks great or it’s super popular on social media where you would see it at least once a day.

I hope you found this helpful in some shape or form, I thought I might shed some light on a topic that people do not normally talk about.

[REVIEW] Rovectin Skin Essentials Aqua Activating Serum

Hello friends, I’m back with another review and it is another Rovectin product!

Thank you Jin & Sungman from Rovectin for sending over some goodies for me to try. This is the 2nd product I have been testing out this past 2 months.

Available on: Yesstyle | StyleKorean

Brand Story

Rovectin was originally created for cancer patients suffering from dermatologic side effects caused by anticancer treatment and radiation therapy. Recommended by doctors and dermatologists, Rovectin offers the most advanced skincare formula developed by global cosmetic producer, HCT Group, upheld at the highest level of efficacy and safety standards, even on the most vulnerable and sensitive skin.

Rovectin truly believes that beautiful and healthy skin plays a huge role in a person’s quality of life. They strive to successfully address skin-related concerns and individuals who suffer from irritated skin conditions and provide them a solution to enhance their confidence. In addition to contributing a portion of profit to cancer-related NGOs, Rovectin has closely worked with patient groups and has held educational sessions at specialty care centers for cancer survivors.

Claims

  • The deep-hydrating Aqua Activating Serum helps address the problem of dehydration of the skin while revitalizing and brightening it.
  • Formulated with the Aqua Cell Activator™, including Hyaluronic Acid, Selaginella Lepidophylla, and Vitamin E, the powerful serum fuels your skin with hydration and nutrition while promoting smooth and firm skin.
  • Contains the updated components of Peptide to penetrate deep into the skin for improving the appearance of wrinkles and lines as well as addressing the signs of aging.
  • Free from Paraben, Mineral Oil, Artificial Fragrance and Coloring, and Steroid.

How to use:

1. Prep your skin with toner or essence.
2. Dispense a moderate amount of the serum and spread evenly on your face.
3. Pat for better absorption.

Ingredients

water, propanediol, glycerin, 1,2-hexanediol, niacinamide, isononyl isononanoate, adenosine, arginine, sodium hyaluronate, aloe barbadensis leaf juice, acrylates/c10-30 alkyl acrylate crosspolymer, caprylic/capric triglyceride, ammonium acryloyldimethyltaurate/vp copolymer, amodimethicone, trehalose, pvp, butylene glycol, ethylhexylglycerin, acetyl hexapeptide-8, disodium edta, tocopheryl acetate, peg-11 methyl ether dimethicone, malachite extract

Key Ingredients:

  • Adenosine is yeast derived and has proven anti-wrinkle benefits due to its ability to energize skin’s surface so it looks smoother and younger.
  • Aloe Vera is one of the most well-known, popular ingredients in skin care that treats damaged, wounded, irritated and sensitive skin. It contains anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, humectant and soothing properties that can prevent the skin from further irritation.
  • Vitamin E Acetate is a powerful antioxidant that helps fight against free radical damage, promotes cell regrowth and heals the signs of aging by providing moisture and skin strengthening properties to protect barrier and moisture loss.

My Skin Type and concerns:

Combination | PIE | Congested | Dehydrated | (Occasionally) Sensitive

My thoughts

Firstly, I wanted to comment that I really respect this brand and for what they stand for because there aren’t really that many brands that are specifically available to the public where they cater their products to medically treated patients. Most products for medically treated patients are mainly prescription based so it’s really refreshing to a brand so passionate on not only helping patients recover and heal but also offer them a better quality life. When we are comfortable in our own skin, we start to feel a lot happier. Specific ingredients were picked to formulate these products to ensure that they are effective and mild enough where it doesn’t irritate the skin.

My initial reaction to this packaging was how awesome it looked! It had nice frosted packaging and the choice of font, design of the bottle looked really cool. I also liked how it had a pump to it and how easy it was to control the amount of product you want to be dispensed. I found the serum VERY cooling and hydrating! It has such a lovely gel consistency to it applies beautifully into the skin. Although there is no visible residue to this product, I found it leaving a slight tack consistency to it, nothing unbearable but I thought I might want to point that out.

TIP: If you ever stumble across any tacky products, simply apply moisturizer on top of it and the tack/stickiness should go away.

Overall:

  • Texture: 5/5 – This has a lovely gel texture to it and spreads so beautifully into the skin. It leaves the skin cool, soothes and refreshed. It dries to a matte finish on the skin and appears to look like skin.
  • Scent: 5/5 – There is no detectable scent to this and I found it very comfortable to wear. I personally prefer products without fragrance because they are potential irritants, most scents do bother me and it’s an unnecessary addition to the product.
  • Price: 4/5 – For a serum, I think the price is quite fair for what you’re getting. I think a lot of the reason why it is priced the way how it is because the technology, science, development involved in this to create this product and the fact that it is created for specifically medical treated patients.
    Performance: 5/5 – I find it effective and does exactly what it claims.
  • Packaging: 5/5 – I have no complaints with this packaging. Everything about it is great and even though the packaging
  • Overall: 4/5 – It’s a nice product, I had no issues using this product and am happy with it! This is something that would be PERFECT for summer simply because of the lightweight gel consistency to it and how cooling and hydrating it is. I believe those who have oily skin, would really appreciate a product like this.

 

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MAKEUP ROUTINE w/ CONAIR BEAUTY TOOLS

Hello friends, I hope you’re all having a wonderful week so far! I’m back to share two fantastic and affordable beauty tools with you all!
If you follow me on Instagram, you would know that I posted on these goodies a while ago and in case you missed a post, here it is! INSTAGRAM POST 🙂

There’s a lot of beauty tools in the market from facial massagers, LED skincare treatments, makeup application tools and etc. I think most of us use a beauty tool in our life. Before we had ACTUAL beauty sponges, I was using my fingers to apply foundation/face products because it worked and they’re completely free! What I mean by actual beauty sponges, there is a lot in the market that absorbs far too much makeup. I find the ones that have the ability to expand, absorb less makeup. Correct me if I’m wrong but I’ve had better experiences with those than the traditional makeup square sponges that you can buy in bulk; those absorb pretty much all the product I tried to apply on my face.

Brill Communications x Conair was kind enough to send out some of their new makeup applicators to try out and share with you guys. I wanted to show you all how I use them and how they’ve made my makeup application game a lot easier simply because they are multi-function and are not limited to only foundation/bb cream application.

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Let’s start off with the brush set first, this is my favourite out of the two products simply because of the interchangeable heads and the fact how travel-friendly it is. It’s compact and the powder brush applicator is really soft. The sponge applicator head allows you to blend in foundation, cream blush, and cream bronzer.  How awesome is that? It just melts right in the skin and you can also wet it so it can expand. The brush applicator allows you to evenly apply powder-based products. I used this with my face powder and powdered blush and I liked how it had an even and seamless application.

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As for the beauty sponge, it may look like a standard sponge but it’s actually battery operated and offers a one-speed sonic advantage. Top it off, it has a stand! I know for sure I have trouble storing my makeup sponges because they pretty much bounce off everywhere and with this stand, it makes things easier and you can easily find it too. Now if you’re a fan of the concept of an oscillating sponge, you can simply just remove the stand/battery and just use it as a regular sponge. Like any beauty sponge, this can be wet and is super easy to clean; it’s not stiff like some generic brands and I find it’s quite comparable to my favourite Danielle, Real Techniques and Eco Tool Sponges. I find this expands really easily and it’s really bouncy, making application super easy.

TIP: For control and precise application, place your finger in the sponge’s hole and apply makeup throughout your face. You can also wet this sponge and it expands quite a lot. A lot more than a competitor brand. It also absorbs a minimum amount of makeup so you’re wasting that much product when using this.

Thanks for tuning in for this week’s blog post. If you’re interested in seeing more beauty related posts, please feel free to request what you would like me to share next. Hint: check out my Instagram feed and scroll around to see what you want me to review about or dupe.

 

[REVIEW] GLOSSIER CLOUD PAINTS

I’m sure everyone has heard of this brand at one point in their beauty journey. Glossier is known for its minimalist and natural makeup. Their skincare products never really intrigued me however their beauty products such as the wowder, balm dot coms and last but not least… their cloud paints! I only own 4 of them and I must say, I think I made some fantastic choices.

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Glossier Cloud Paint
10 ml ~ $22 CAD or buy the duo set and save $8 ($32 CAD)

Get 10% off your purchase: Shop Glossier

The shades I own are: 

Storm – red, brick plum shade ~ this my HG, it makes my cheeks look flushed and radiant. Be very careful with this one, I would apply thin layers of this because it’s extremely pigmented and can quickly give you that clown-like appearance. I think this shade would be best for fall-winter. Maybe even spring.
Haze – cool tone magenta ~ out of all of them, I find this one the most difficult to use. I have fair-light skin so I would have to apply really SMALL amounts of this at a time to blend into my skin. It’s really dark and I find this would be best on deeper skin tones.
Beam – light coral ~ I think it’s safe to say that this is my 3rd favourite and it’s definitely perfect for spring and summer.
Puff – cool tone baby pink ~ this is my 2nd favourite out of the 4 I own and it gives me that innocent, youthful appearance.

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Overall:

  • Texture: 5/5 – It’s a unique gel-like consistency and spreads really nicely into the skin.
  • Scent: 5/5 – No scent to it, which is fantastic because we all know fragrance is quite unnecessary in makeup and skincare products. They add no beneficial value or factor to the product.
  • Price: 2/5 – There is a VERY small amount of product in these little tubes however you really only need a dot size amount on each cheek. It really depends on how you see this is. Personally, I find it a bit expensive for what it is. My canmake cheek and lip creams are $10 less than this and work just the same. In fact, I think they’re pretty close dupes to the cloud paints however the cloud paints have more unique and “natural” skin like blush tones.
  • Performance: 5/5 – Long lasting, lasts throughout the day and does not disappear. Be very careful when applying this and do not press too hard on the tube to get too much product out. In addition, be sure to screw on the lid tightly after use because this stuff dries up real fast if you don’t.
  • Packaging: 3/5 –Practical, easy to travel with. I’m not quite sure how difficult it is to get the product when you’re close to the end of the tube, but I’m sure it’s not different than any other tube-based packaging. I’m sure we all are familiar with how annoying it is to squeeze the remaining toothpaste out from the tube, hopefully, it won’t be that way.
  • Overall: 4/5 – I love cloud paints, regardless of the fact that they are so pricey. I have worn mine every single day since I’ve gotten them (3 months ago) and I still have more than half the product left; goes to show you that never underestimate a product because it appears to be little or small.

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[PART 1] Understanding Your Skin + My Experience (How I Learned to Understand My Skin)

Hello friends! I hope you all are having a fantastic week so far, today’s blog post is going to be a bit different from what I normally post. I wanted to step aside from my usual weekly review posts and try to share some tips and my experience with my skincare journey. I hope this can help you.

The beginning…

How I got into skincare, what made me want to make the change…

I was never too serious about my skincare game until I reached my early 20s. I use to rely on makeup wipes and just a cleanser to do the trick however I wasn’t wearing that much makeup back then so I can give myself some slack for that. Between the ages of 15 to around 20, all I used was a foaming cleanser, toner, and moisturizer. Remember those drugstore skincare gift sets? Neutrogena? Olay? Yeah, I got those as gifts so I would use those. I actually got into skin care when I noticed changes in my skin around when I was 22. My skin was not as clear/healthy as it was during my late teenage years. I also had a terrible history of picking my acne in my early teenage years where they would scar up. During the time, it didn’t bother me but man, I quickly regretted it as I got older. Around the age of 23, I started to introduce double cleansing into my routine and also serums. Just adding double cleansing in my routine was a huge game changer itself simply because it removed so much makeup off my face. I almost felt disgusted to think back all the previous years of not removing my makeup properly. Anyway, why dwell in the past when you can make a change moving forward, right?

My skin type and concerns…

is combination, dehydrated and PIE. I have very mild texture and some blackheads on my nose that can be very difficult to get rid of.

My early skincare sins

We all make mistakes and learn from them.

I stated one of my skincare sins and that was not double cleansing earlier but honestly, during that time – the learning tools that people had back then were mainly on youtube and even YouTubers made mistakes as well. I remember I would reference an entire regimen a youtube shared because I thought it was best for my skin type. Keep in mind that Youtube back then was a whole different ball game than it is now, there were a lot of amateurs who were enthusiasts and also all about DIY.

One of the worst products I used on my skin that I’m almost for sure damaged my skin was St Ives. Apricot Scrub, and I’m almost positive you have heard or have seen this before. This product has probably been around for decades and to be quite frank with you, I don’t see this effective by any means as a facial scrub; Perhaps it would be more effective as a body scrub of some sort.

Another skincare sin I used to do quite a bit was to wipe and towel dry my face with a used towel. Now, I don’t mean like a week old but I’ve used the towel at least once or twice and have been guilty of using it again. This may seem harmless but all the trapped bacteria, oil, and gunk from the previous use are likely to still be on it. It’s always good to towel dry with a fresh, clean towel. I would suggest you buy 5-7 facial towels/cloths for your face and wash them once a week so you have a fresh towel every time. They’re relatively affordable and you can find them pretty much everywhere. I get mine from Miniso and they usually come in cute little patterns or characters on them.

Don’t believe everything you hear, are suggested and see…

We need to keep in mind that youtube/influencers/peers are not medical professionals who can assist you with your skincare needs. You would have to go visit a dermatologist and have a proper consultation because as much as you love and trust your peers, their feedback and suggestions may not be right. The last thing you want is to damage or irritate your skin because you used the wrong product on your skin; your skin is so fragile and you should treat it with respect. This is not limited to skincare only, diet is very crucial and even environment can have irritants to irritate the skin.

Take a closer look…

Whether you have the time now or not, I want you to look at your skin closely and describe to yourself what you see. Texture, spots, patches, dryness, oiliness, redness, dehydration, whatever that might be and write it down on a piece of paper. Of course, there are skin types and I’m sure most of you understand or have an idea what your skin type may be but these are skin conditions. You need to be specific on what you see to be able to understand what you can do to treat your skin.

Here are some examples I would ask myself.

Example:
You see spots on your face.
The questions you should be asking:
Are they different colours?
What colour are they?
What region of the face are they in?

You have oily/combination skin but you have dry patches on certain parts of your face.
The questions you should be asking:

The more specific you are, the better because the chances of you being able to find images on online that match to your skin condition are higher. I’m not saying to self diagnose your skin condition but to have a better understanding of what it could potentially be. I know not everyone can afford the time and money to see a dermatologist so it’s better to do research and have some understand than none whatsoever.

My current skincare sins

I am still quite guilty for still doing these from time to time. I still rub my face against a towel to dry my face after cleansing and I still take scorching hot showers because I can and I will. I know it’s bad for you and dries out your skin terribly but that’s probably the only skincare sin that I will continue to do. From time to time, when I see a breakout appear and it’s raised… I have the tendency of trying to pop it if a pimple patch does not resolve it.

What I know so far and I have I’ve been treating my skin:

I’ve learned to exfoliate 2 times a week and not to do it so frequently. I’ve been also avoiding overusing/or using any AHA based products in general because it can do more harm than help my skin. The last thing I want is to have a weak or broken barrier then having to repair it because we all know how much that can be a pain.

Here is the list of products I have been using and have been working out for me:

  • Kose Softymo Speedy Cleansing Oil / Commleaf Cleansing Balm
  • Youth To The People Kale Cleanser
  • Unpa Cosmetics Bye Bye Cica Toner
  • Klairs Supple Preparation Unscented Toner/Tiam B5 Toner
  • Iope Bio Essence Intensive Conditioning Essence
  • First Aid Beauty Retinol Eye Cream
  • Florishe Camellia Full Blossom Serum (get 10% off your purchase click here.)
  • Klairs Vitamin Drop Serum
  • CeraVe Moisturizing Cream

If you have any questions or wanted to know something I did not cover in today’s post, please feel free to drop your suggestions below! Til next time, bye for now!

 

 

 

 

 

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[REVIEW] LANEIGE EYE SLEEPING MASK

 

 

I’m sure most of us know what eye creams, eye patches, and eye masks are and some of us use them but have you ever heard of an eye sleeping mask before? Laneige is well known for its sleeping skincare range. They already have their original sleeping mask, lip sleeping mask and now… eye sleeping mask!

Now that it’s springtime where I am, my eyes are heavily itchy and irritated from all the pollen in the air and my sleeping patterns are not exactly the greatest (but I’m working on it, ok?) so I definitely was intrigued by this product. Thank you so much to the Jolse team for gifting me this product to try out and review. Please be sure to check out their online store for fantastic deals and products. Their mega deals have products that start at 50 cents and also, they offer free shipping worldwide.

25 ml ~ price may vary between $30 ~ $44
Available on: JolseStyleKorean | Amazon

Claims

This is the very first ever leave-on eye mask that can provide deep hydration throughout the night, depuff and soothe fatigue eyes. It’s cooling ceramic massage applicator allows you to control and target specific areas on the eyes and for even application. Laneige created an eye moisture wrap technology that helps treat, soothe and maintain long-lasting and deep hydration while you sleep.

This product is free of parabens and phthalates, dermatologist tested and LANEIGE does not test ingredients or products on animals.

Ingredients

Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Dimethicone, 1,2-Hexanediol, Hesperidin, Caffeine, Beta-Glucan, Saccharomyces Cerevisiae Extract, Chenopodium Quinoa Seed Extract, Magnesium Sulfate, Calcium Chloride, Manganese Sulfate, Zinc Sulfate, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Adenosine, Triethylhexanoin, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/Beheneth-25 Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Glyceryl Caprylate, Propanediol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Potassium Hydroxide, Peg-14m, Disodium Edta, Fragrance.

Key Ingredients:

  • Saccharomyces Cerevisiae Extract is a fermented ingredient that allows absorption into the skin. It’s also known as “baker’s yeast”.
  • Caffeine has fantastic soothing and antioxidant properties that can temporarily depuff the eyes, reduce the appearance of dark circles and tighten the skin.
  •  Adenosine is yeast derived and has proven anti-wrinkle benefits due to its ability to energize the skin’s surface so it looks smoother and younger.
  • Ascorbyl Glucoside is a stable form of Vitamin C combined with glucose (sugar). It provides antioxidant and skin replenishing benefits.

My Skin Type and concerns:

Combination | PIE | Congested | Dehydrated | (Occasionally) Sensitive

My thoughts

Initially, I found the applicator really chunky at first when I pulled it out of the container, however, as I used it more and more I got used to it. I also did not understand why the product was in this kind of container because how exactly do you even get the product at the very bottom out? I know I have not reached the bottom yet but these are several concerns I noticed right off the right that I want you all to keep in mind.

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Overall:

  • Texture: 5/5 – This is the original sleeping mask’s sister but a more lightweight feeling. I would describe this texture like a water-based gel and it spreads really nicely on the skin. You will notice that it will dry up into a slightly tacky consistency but it’s not uncomfortable and if you layer your skincare products on top, you’re likely to not even feel it.
  • Scent: 4/5 – No scent. Even though it says there is fragrance at the very bottom of the ingredient list, I do not smell anything. Which is nice because I find my eye area quite sensitive and I’m not going to take my chances applying products that have fragrance (irritant) under it. I’m also very milia-prone under the eyes so I have to take precautions using any sort of eye product.
  • Price: 3/5 – Price will vary where you purchase this from however I found it relatively expensive at Sephora. If you’re interested in trying this, I would recommend you to purchase it off Jolse because it’s a fantastic k-beauty shop and everything is a lot more affordable than most retailers!
    Performance: 5/5 – It was a very pleasant experience, I would definitely recommend this to those who suffer from puffy eyes because this really does the trick and does exactly what it claims to do. Like I said before, I am milia-prone so a lot of eye products out in the market don’t always work for it. I’m very thankful that this did not give me any milia and I found it really lightweight where my skin could breathe.
  • Packaging: 3/5 – Eh. It looks aesthetically pretty because of the frosted glass packaging give it’s that extra fancy appearance to it but I’m still questioning why they ended up choosing this sort of packaging because it’s just not sanitary by any means and it’s weird! How do you even get the product out from the bottom? shake it? hold it upside down?
  • Overall: 4/5 – I like it! For some reason, I think I may repurchase it simply because I enjoyed the product however I do hope by then that they decide to change up the packaging to be more hygienic. Overall, I’m pretty pleased with the results it has given me. The skin under my eyes feels refreshed, plumped and as a matter of fact, I found it even brighter!

 

 

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