Beauty Inventory | Toners and Essences

Same as last year, I own two (2) toners/ essences. CosRx BHA Blackhead Power Liquid (Php 999 / 100ml beautybar.com.ph) I bought CosRx BHA Blackhead Power Liquid (BBPL) to replace two toners I finished a few months back — CosRx Two-In-One Poreless Power Liquid (TPPL) and AcneDote 2% Salicylic Acid Astringent Toner. The BBPL formula seems to have changed or they have a different formula sold in Korea (I asked a friend to buy this for me when she went there earlier this year). Based on the COSRX website, the Betaine Salicylate in this product is supposed to be at…

Retinoids and Vitamin C Serum Inventory 2019

Beauty Inventory | Actives (Vitamin A Serums) + Reviews

I’ve been using topical retinoids / Vitamin A serums (e.g. tretinoin, adapalene, and more recently, retinol) for more than a decade now. This whole category of products is my ride or die. I decided to permanently switch to retinol from tretinoin because the latter is so fussy to use. A small deviation on the timing of use or quantity applied can result in flakes and dehydrated skin. You also have to quit at least a week before doing any activity involving a lot of direct sunlight, and when you get back on tretinoin again, back to flake-y skin and skincare…

Beauty Inventory | Chemical Exfoliants and Acid Toners

From last year’s 3, I’m down to 2 chemical exfoliators. The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% Solution I only use this on the areas of my face that are prone to blackheads (i.e., my nose). It’s gel-type, and feels and dries like raw egg whites. I wish The Ordinary products have a more elegant texture. I guess they have to sacrifice something to keep their prices low. It took me a while to finish this because I prefer Alba Botanica AcneDote Lotion that also has 2% Salicylic Acid but comes in a cream-type moisturizing base. Anyway, I recently started using this…

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…

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…