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…

2018 Focus Points

Not considering everything happening in the world, my 2017 ended well. I started the “Year of Rae” project where I would make deliberate changes to get more of my sh*t together. I was supposed to document this for accountability but the looming thought that I need to write about my activities afterwards, as I simultaneously figure out how I would do what I need to do felt overwhelming. I focused all my efforts on ‘just doing it’ which ended up being a good decision. In 2018, I want to focus on 3 areas–personal finance, health and fitness, and personal growth. I’ll…

Lipz Diva Silky Matte Lipstick in Lucky Review and Swatches

One of my recent most used lipsticks is Lipz Diva Silky Matte Liquid Lipstick in Lucky. I love the formula! It dries down matte and sets completely. This is one of the more comfortable and lightweight matte liquid lipsticks I’ve tried (note, however, that I generally like matte liquid lipsticks). The consistency is thin and it moves with the lips once it dries, if that makes sense. It doesn’t transfer on mugs / cups unless you’re drinking a fatty coffee or hot chocolate or anything topped with whipped cream. It remains presentable after non-greasy meal and it doesn’t get tacky…

Althea Petal Velvet Powder Review

Finally had enough time to test out the Althea Petal Velvet Powder (Note: This product was sent to me for PR consideration). TLDR; while I generally dislike white loose powders, I am ok with this. The powder is micro-fine and soft to the touch, as it says in the claims. I had concerns that it would look ashy on me–and it does, but upon initial application. Buffing it in and waiting for my oils to come up (which doesn’t take a while) solves the problem. Oil control is decent. My nose and forehead starts to show noticeable (but negligible) shine…

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…

LOreal Infallible Stay Fresh Foundation Review

L’Oreal Infallible 24H Stay Fresh Foundation Review

I got very excited when I saw L’Oreal Infallible 24H Stay Fresh Foundation (Shade 150 Radiant Beige) at Watsons (P700). It’s rare to find a matte super yellow olive-toned drugstore foundation locally. I liked this foundation the first few times I used it. But I was applying it sheer and buffered with sunblock. It doesn’t look bad as a wash of color-type of base. It can even out my skin tone but it doesn’t do much for skin texture problems. I guess I initially liked it because it’s yellow AF. As for the claims…   No Transfer: Not True It’s…