Evening Skincare Routine – End of 2017 Update

I had my teeth cleaned a few weeks ago and my dentist mentioned how good my skin looks. I usually attribute skin compliments to whatever foundation I’m wearing, but I wasn’t wearing any foundation that day so it must be my skincare routine for the second half of the year (the last time she saw me was August). I thought, it’s about time I post this long overdue installment. Click the link for my Morning Skincare Routine. Step 1. Remove Makeup (First Cleanse) I just finished my PureVivi Micellar Water, my favorite cleansing water! This is what I use on nights when…

Morning Skincare Routine – Mid-2017

Save for when I don’t sleep or when I have my period, my skin has been behaving really well. I’ve been trying out different brands and products over the past several years, but I generally stick to the same active ingredients –vitamin c (or its derivatives), retinoids, niacinamide, and spf (zinc oxide and titanium dioxide). Since February, though, I have been sticking to the same products and I noticed I’m no way near getting bored of them. My skin is far from perfect but I think it moved past a plateau, thanks to the new products I switched to. I’m…

New Products I NEED to Rave About feat. Laneige, Etude House, and PureVivi

I find it a chore to write about hauls, which I prefer just calling ‘new purchases’. But recently I bought products that are so good it would be a disservice to beauty blogosphere if I didn’t share them. PureVivi Cleansing Lotion for Sensitive Skin I used to say all micellar water products are the same. Well, I’m taking that back. This makeup remover not only removes makeup, it also makes my skin look better. It wasn’t apparent to me the first few times I used it because it’s hard to isolate which product is doing what–and I was testing out…

A Review of Biore’s Makeup Removers*

*While I was not compensated for this post, the products featured were sent to me for PR consideration. Some of Biore’s makeup removers* are finally here! I was a little disappointed that the makeup cleansing milk I once bought from a Taiwanese grocery store is not included in the makeup remover line launched recently. But I’m happy with the products that Biore made available. I received this lovely pink bucket of makeup removers two months ago and here’s what I think about them (in order of what I like most): Biore Cleansing Oil Wipes I wasn’t looking forward to using…

Bioderma Sensibio DS+ Creme Road Test Results

While not sponsored, this post features a product included in a subscription box that I received as a press sample. When I first saw the contents of the June 2015 BDJ Box*, in my head, I asked — Why are the samples so tiny? I had a feeling that many people will not appreciate that the box contains mostly 5ml tubes of moisturizers. But being the moisturizer junkie that I am, I felt happy that I can now try out other products that Bioderma has to offer. Prior to getting the box, the only Bioderma stuff I’ve used are two variants…

Maxi-Peel Exfoliant Solution Review

The 5-years-ago version of me, would never have foreseen the present me writing about Maxi-Peel Exfoliant Solution, but here we are. I was (and still am) annoyed by the kutis-artista* tagline and the inference that to achieve “kutis-artista”, you must have whiter skin. I stumbled upon this product when I was looking for a cheaper, more accessible alternative to products that a dermatologist prescribed me, CHAT 2% solution. The active ingredients in CHAT 2% are Clindamycin Phosphate, Hydroquinone, Alum, and Tretinoin. I couldn’t find a product with these actives except for a toner being sold at Belo Clinics (also labeled…