Quick announcement before I proceed with my post for today:
I want to extend my early apologies as my post will start coming out a little bit slower in the coming days as I have new responsibilities that needs my 100% focus. Not to worry, however, as I assure you all posts will still be of A1 quality before it gets published.
And also, thank you so much for the 50+ followers I’ve gained so far! It’s a relatively small milestone but you guys are my motivation to write and share more of what I know and what I have learned in my 22 years on this beautiful Earth.
Cheers, and read on!
If you haven’t read my blog post about skincare tips yet, please do give it a go as I’ve shared some of my fool-proof goodies right there.
Like mentioned in that post, even if I don’t have a routine per se, I do like getting a few products around to keep my skin protected, moisturized, hydrated and basically in tip-top shape all the time.
Without further ado, here are some of the products I keep in my vanity table that I love:
Tarte, Maracuja Oil. As mentioned in that post, this oil is one of my favorite serums to use before sleep, especially when my skin is dehydrated from smoking too much and it’s causing me to break out badly. I’ve also recently discovered that it works great as a replacement for primer (since I noticed that my Maybelline Baby Skin primer was caking my face HARD) by using just a drop to spread out a thin layer on the face before applying my foundation. It really smooths out my makeup. One travel-size bottle of this baby lasted me quite a long time so if you’re not yet convinced to get this, definitely try the small one first!
Bioderma, Sensibo H20 (for Sensitive Skin type). I’ve seen the hype about micellar water and this brand in particular even two years ago but never go to try it till a few months back. It works like magic as a makeup remover, I’m telling you. I felt like no matter how heavy my makeup is, it was able to take all of it. And that’s what micellar water products are for by the way, in case you don’t know it — it removes or separates oils and gunks and products away from your face. What I love about this in particular is it doesn’t leave an oily residue and even nourishes and hydrates the face a little bit after makeup is removed, plus there’s absolutely nothing to dislike about it.
(Today, I bought a big bottle of this as I was running out and got a free bottle of the one for Combination Skin as well, along with other sample kits of their other products so I’m going to test out those in the coming weeks and give you a review next time!)
Humphrey’s, Alcohol-Free Toner in Cucumber Lemon and Lilac. Along with micellar water, I’ve also seen a couple of witch hazel products going around in the past year or two. I was initially thinking of Thayer’s to try but it smelled a bit too strong and alcohol-y when I checked it so I backed out, then I saw this little baby one time at the pharmacy and I just had to check it out. I absolutely raved for these, even my sister is now a convert for it. It’s a very light and refreshing toner, and doesn’t leave any stinging feeling or redness on the face since it’s alcohol-free, unlike previous or supermarket brands I’ve used before. For some reason, it also have helped clear my skin a bit especially when it’s dull.
Burt’s Bees, Spot Acne Treatment. I’ve honestly only tried this product because I love Burt’s Bees branding as well as their lip balms but after a couple of uses with this bad boy, I know I can swear by it. It is like liquid gold to me now. Before you try it out, please know that this one smells quite strong and it’s a particularly serious product which consists of salicylic acid. You have to apply just a reasonable amount on a cotton bud then dab it in the acne/pimple and it will dry up and shrink in a couple of days. No need for you to worry about popping a mad as hell acne and letting it scar as this is your go-to helper.
(I’m looking forward to try out other Burt’s Bees products. If you’ve tried them out and would like to recommend me some, do leave them in the comments box below!)
Origins, Active Charcoal. One of my favorite masks as it deeply cleanses pores and blackheads, which is quite important for someone like me who puts makeup on almost everyday. I don’t have specifics when using this, but I do slather it on whenever I feel like my face needs some extra TLC.
(I’m also quite interested in getting a box of Origin masks samplers at some point this year since they’re also quite a hyped skincare brand. If you’re interested in that as well, let me know!)
Aztec Secret, Indian Healing Clay Mask. Of course, almost everybody loves this product and swear by the gods and the goddesses for its healing wonders. Some have even used this for their scalp, hair and body because it works THAT good. This is what I call my emergency fix or beyond-repair mask. If I feel like my skin’s condition is too much for my usual products to repair, I bring out this big boy. It’s like putting a refresh on my face. I do highly recommend this product, however I would suggest not using it before a big event or special occasion as your face might need some time to rest and glow after use.
Here are just a couple of things that I use to get my skin nice and pretty. I hold off about my favorite Lush face masks for now as that will be for another post with the other products I love from that brand. In my next skincare post, I will either share with you guys more skincare tips or give you some natural ingredients you can incorporate in creating DIY skincare products.
Also, while I’m at it, I’m interested to know where you get your products from? Do you purchase them from pharmacies, supermarkets or makeup stores like Sephora or Ulta? Half of my products are from pharmacies and half are from Sephora and I do think pharmacy ones are more affordable and works the best for specific skin types. How about you? What do you think about this?
How about you? What are your go-to skincare products?