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,…

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…

I’m Not Getting Post-Pimple Dark Marks Anymore, and Here’s How I Think I’m Doing It

That’s right. I don’t get extremely dark spots anymore. I don’t think it’s genetic because I used to get them every after a pimple heals. I have a feeling that what I’m doing now is preventing dark spots from occurring. I’m usually left with a faint brown mark that I’m comfortable not concealing. To my friends who are asking how I don’t get dark spots, this is for you. Before, I used to dry the hell out of my pimples. I used to use very drying spot treatment products like benzoyl peroxide (e.g. Panoxyl) cream, salicylic acid, and other alcohol-based…

MAC Heroine Lipstick Review and Swatches: A Relatively Wearable Purple

I recently edited my lipsticks and finally decided on which colors/ products to keep — and yeah, Heroine made the cut. If you showed me a swatch of Heroine a year ago, I’m sure I would not use wearable as a word to describe it. Funny how “wearable” changes over time.   The color on the tube is a really crazy scary color.  I almost just ignored it when I saw it. It seemed like an impractical buy — something I can only wear to costume parties (and I don’t go to costume parties). But being the stubborn woman that I am, I swatched it on my lips.  I didn’t want what-ifs lingering at the…

Result: 14-Day No Soap Experiment Using Lush Ultra Bland

This is the conclusion post of my 14-Day No Soap Experiment using Lush Ultra Bland.  If you haven’t read the intro yet, please click this – Intro: 14-day No Soap Experiment Featuring Lush Ultra Bland. It took a lot of effort to do this experiment and I’m not happy to report that I wasn’t able to use this for 14 consecutive days as my cleanser. I skipped a day (but more on that later). First, let me tell you how to use Lush Ultra Bland. As you can see in the photo, the product is very thick. It’s like Dairy…

Olay Age Protect Anti-Aging Cream: Emptied and Reviewed

I’ve already tried a lot of Olay moisturizers: Oil of Olay, Age Protect, Total Effects (Normal, Gentle, and Blemish-prone), Regenerist Superstructure SPF 30, Natural White Night Cream, and Natural White SPF 24. Of all of them, Age Protect is my favorite. It’s straightforward and BS-free. Even the name is clear cut, unlike the fancy-sounding “Regenerist.” I got to know about it when I was looking for the discontinued Olay Total Effects Blemish-prone Skin variant. Since that variant wasn’t available anymore, I looked for any other Olay moisturizer that has salicylic acid on the label—this one does. I almost didn’t buy…