Empties 2019 | Vol 2 – Simple Micellar Water, Althea Face Wash, and Safeguard Dermasense Review

A review of Safeguard Dermasense for Acne Prone Skin, Althea Korea Contour Cleanser, and Simple Micellar Water.

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Skincare Samples

Declutter Diary: Skincare Samples

Last weekend I went through my stuff to collect skincare samples and I threw them all away. I wish I took a photo of everything but I forgot. Above are some of the samples I had. I decided not to give them away because most (if not all) samples have shorter shelf-lives compared to their full size counterparts. Samples usually don’t have the expiration date printed on the label too. From now on, I’ll either use samples as soon as I get them or I’ll just decline them. The number of purchases I made from the samples I tried is…

COSRX Two In One Poreless Power Liquid – Review / Empty

Disclaimer: The product (COSRX Two-In-One Poreless Power Liquid) featured in this post was sent by @theskincarecurator for PR consideration. All thoughts are my own. I’ve been using this almost daily for several months now and I’m currently on my 2nd bottle (repurchased). It has a watery gel consistency but runny enough to apply with a cotton pad. Before we had water filter installed, I used to apply one layer with a cotton pad first because water in our residence building leaves rusty brown watermarks on the dish drain. I like to imagine I was wiping rust off my face. Then…

Pixi Glow Tonic-Soaked Gauze

DIY Glycolic Acid 5% Peel with Pixi Glow Tonic

I’ve always avoided Glycolic Acid due to a bad breakout I experienced almost a decade ago from Neostrata 10% Glycolic Acid and Derma E Glycolic Acid Cleanser and Toner. I thought I’d give th active another shot when I started using The Ordinary Peeling Solution and realized that it had glycolic acid, but didn’t break me out. I also didn’t experience any untoward reaction from several Glycolic Acid Facial sessions with Aesthetic Science Clinic. Maybe the key to not breaking out, at least with my skin, is to rinse off glycolic acid after a few minutes. 🤷 This is what the RN/esthetician…

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…