Before Using Tretinoin, Here are 6 Things to Consider

Follow my blog with Bloglovin Tretinoin (all-trans retinoic acid) is probably the most studied anti-aging and anti-acne skin care ingredient. I’d be surprised if you’re a skin care addict and you haven’t heard of it. It has 50+ years worth of scientific evidence to back it up. If you’ve read the positive reviews from long-term tretinoin users, you might get tempted to go to your nearest drugstore and buy a tube. Before you do that, please read this post first. Disclaimer: I am neither a dermatologist nor a cosmetic chemist. I can only share my experience with tretinoin stuff I…

Kick-off: 30 Days of Real Food

I started 30 Days of Real Food yesterday.  My diet for most of the 1st quarter was unhealthy. In my 2018 Focus Points post, I said: I’ll start strength-training and building some muscle I’ll get my waist-to-height ratio to 47% by the first quarter of the month; and I’ll achieve a fasting blood glucose of < 80 mg/dl waking up None of that happened.  I’m disappointed in myself, but I’m trying to get over it by focusing on what I can do instead. Rules I’m following the rules from the Whole 30 website (click the link to find the specifics…

Maybelline Super Stay Matte Ink in 45 Escapist | Review and Swatches

The Maybelline Super Stay Matte Ink line is a game-changer. They are the most long-lasting AND comfortable matte liquid lipsticks I’ve tried. A friend sent me two shades as a gift. One of them is Escapist (45), a blackened bluish red. I love the color against my light-medium olive skin with strong yellow undertones. Note: All of the photos shown below were taken at the end of a workday comprising of one meal, 2 coffee drinks, and several trips to the water station. The lipstick feels very tacky upon initial application. It is opaque and there’s no need to apply…

Purge Pile 2018 – Vol. 1

Semi-regularly, I go through my vanity to look for stuff to give away so they don’t go expired with me. Unfortunately, I found 4 products that went bad. It could be hard to believe but I loved all of them. This is the reality of buying more than you need; You could end up with many things going bad if you’re not on top of shelf lives and expiration dates. The Face Shop Miracle Finish Long-lasting CC Cushion | V205 Dark Beige This is one of the face bases that got me a lot of compliments. It’s skin-like, semi-dewy, diffuses pores,…

Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle Lipstick

Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle in Freckle Fiesta | Review and Swatches

Finally, I own something by Fenty Beauty! Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle in Freckle Fiesta was my last purchase in 2017. I’ve been purchase-free since! I love Riri but I didn’t want to buy anything from Fenty Beauty just because Rih has her name on it. I waited for her to come out with a matte lipstick in a relatively wearable shade I like.   Color Freckle Fiesta is a medium terracotta-toned orange. The color is more vibrant than I thought it would be it’s nowhere near as bright as MAC Lady Danger. It’s still somewhat muted. Formula The lipstick is full-coverage,…