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    Simple Cleansing Water⎜Compatible with Bioderma Miscellare

    This stuff aka Simple’s Cleansing Miscellar Water is amazing, totally compatible with the famous Bioderma Miscellare H20 makeup remover, and if you didn’t know, I swear by Bioderma‘s Miscellare H20, much like everybody else 🙂 But the one I’m raving about today is the Simple Cleansing Miscellar Water. I have been searching for something to replace the still hard-to-get Bioderma Miscellare H20, which is available but still expensive! And since I can’t make the trip to Paris any time soon, I had to find something. Read more
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    Evening Skincare Routine

    I thought it was about time to do an updated skincare routine, but this time, dividing the topic into an Evening and Morning part. I decided to start with my Evening Skincare Routine because this is the time I spend the most time taking care of my skin. It’s the best time to get your skin to recover and reconstruct overnight, and prep your skin for a dewy start in the morning!

    I am currently so happy with my skin and I think I owe it to this routine. By all means, don’t take everything I say as something permanent because I especially switch up my skincare, a lot. I think switching up skincare it crucial with hormonal changes, climate change, and whatever else gets in the way!

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    I wanted this video/post to be a way where we can all share our skin troubles and give each other advices. This is my advice, but leave a comment below and tell us what some of your advices are.

    My very first advice for good skin is hydration. I explain it in the video, but for those of you who are more “readers” than “watchers”, I’ll ramble on here in this post if you don’t mind! My skin is combination-to-oily, sensitive, very dehydrated, and acne-prone skin. I call it, the worst of all things put together. I battled with acne and just bad skin all throughout high-school, and then a bit through college. Then I suffered from adult acne and went through Acutane and other laser treatments.

    Besides drugging my body with Acutane nothing else seemed to work. I stopped taking medicine for my skin when I saw how much negative effects it had on my body. Since then, I’ve been trying to find products that work for me.

    I’ve come to the conclusion that my skin behaves well when I feed it water-based, water-infused products. These are products that are not just creams and butter-y products that are heavy and block the pores. I favor products that feel like water in some cream or gel form that hydrates the skin for hours. You can see by the products I talk about, what those products all have in common. Water.


    Removing makeup
    I start by removing my makeup with the all-too-well-known Bioderma Miscellare Crealine H2O. It’s simple. Take a few cotton pads. Dap it with this magic water. Wipe your face. Makeup off. Boom!

    But here’s a note to remember. Don’t replace this for a proper cleansing session! You want to let the Bioderma be a preliminary step, and then go on to really washing your face with a good cleanser.

    Cleanser
    I currently use two cleansers on and off. Both I love, both I’m almost done with, and both I will repurchase again! One is the IPKN Pore Refresh Cleansing Foam. Don’t care anymore what skincare gurus say about foaming cleansers, because at the end of the day, this particular cleanser gets deeeeeep into my pores and really washes everything out and away! I use this in the morning sometimes too, and I have no trouble with it at all 🙂
    The other cleanser is the Clinique Take the Day Off cleansing balm. The only balm I’ve used. Seems pretty good. It does the job, takes the remainder makeup off, cleanses skin, makes it feel fresh… what more to say?

    Toner
    I’m a toner junkie. If there is something I will never leave out, it is toner. Peeps, do tone your skin. It preps the skin for all that luxurious product you apply afterwards. It cleanses the skin somehow too! I am a total fan of the Mario Badescu toners. All of them, but in particular the Cucumber Cleansing Lotion. I know it says lotion, but don’t be put off by it. It is a toner.
    What I featured in my video though was the Seaweed Cleansing Lotion. Equally good, more gentle because it is for the dry-skinned peeps. It has “witch hazel” that took the skincare blogs by storm! So if your looking for an alternative to the Pixi Glow Tonic you might consider this. But *cough cough* I prefer the Mario Badescu one!

    First Level Aqua
    I have no name for this stage. The product is called a serum, but it feels too light to be anything really. It just feels like water. I call this the “First Level Aqua” because I like to use a really replenishing, hydrating, water-infused product before I begin with proper serums and creams. This is because when a water-infused product lays as the foundation to my other skincare, I find that thicker and heavier products soak in better!!! And that’s so important for me.
    Currently I’m using the ISOI Bulgarian Rose Blemish Serum. All natural, no chemicals, and gel-type serum that feels exactly like water that doesn’t drip off. It soaks into the skin in less than a few seconds because the skin loves it. It’s like watering a tight skin, and giving it instant satisfaction.

    Serum
    After I lay a good foundation for the skin, only then do I apply a thick oil-based serum. Currently, I am loving the Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate. When I used this oil serum by itself without a water-based foundation, it did nothing. My skin did not eat it up. But with a good water foundation, this did sink it deeply and I found my skin improving so much. It’s helped with the scarring and blemishes and overall good skin quality!
    As a side note, I also like to use the Mario Badescu Vitamin C serum at times. That also is an oil-based thick serum great for acne-skinned, hyper-pigmented skin types.

    Second Level Aqua
    I am sandwiching products by layering them with water, water, water! I recommend this light-weight moisturizer to everyone! It is the Missha Water Supply Essence. It replenishes the skin, and your skin will love it. That is all. It’s just so great, and it is thicker than the ISOI product and lighter than a regular moisturizer so it’s that perfect layer to go on top of my serum.

    Third Level Aqua – final
    I want my skin to remain nourished all night. I’m going to finish everything with the thickest and heaviest product. But don’t be put off by the sound of “heaviest”. It is still a gel and it will help your skin remain bouncy and youthful. It is the Missha Cell Renew Snail Cream. I talk a bunch about this in my last monthly favorites here: May Favorites
    It’s a great finish off!

    Eye Cream
    I either do this at the beginning or at the end. Either way, I like to take care of my under eyes before I regret it later on! I currently using the Kiehl’s Avocado Eye cream. Great hydration and not too heavy on the skin!

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    Non-makeup Beauty Bag Essentials

    These items have been a non-stop hand reach this past month. Even if you’re not a beauty girl, I think most girls carry these few items in their handbag somewhere. I chose my favorites that I found in my pouch that aren’t makeup.

    A hand lotion is a must. I found this travel-friendly version from Bioderma and it’s lovely. Although personally I’ve been loving and preferring This Works Deep Sleep Dream Cream, I chose the Bioderma because the scent of the Dream Cream is that of natural essential oils, and not everyone really gravitates towards it. I absolutely love the scent, but just in case, I like to carry a more mild scented lotion around, such as the Bioderma Repair Hand cream. They are though, both great for the parched hands!
    For lips, I’ve been endlessly using the Nuxe Reve de Miel lip balm. It’s by the far the thickest consistency I’ve ever used. it’s a honey content that has little beads that I use to exfoliate my lips. I recently went skiing, and this thick balm totally helped my lips stay in supple condition for the whole day! I love it so much, and it lasts forever because of the thickness of the balm. I also love that it’s in a glass pot. It feels so luxurious.
    For the people who have anxiety, I recommend This Works Deep Sleep Stress Less rollerball. You can dap it (or roll it) on your pulse points, and you can waft it every now and then. The scent is also similar to their Dream Cream, full of essential oils and herbal scents but it really does help relax and refresh yourself. I like to just sniff it when I feel a little anxious, and it clears your mind in the freshest way!
    Finally, I have a pretty scent that I like to carry around. Recently, I have fallen head-over-heels for the Fresh Hesperides Grapefruit fragrance. I have since been trying to get a hold of it, but it seems to be sold out each and every time I am at Sephora. I am hoping to catch a VIB sale soon at the same time this is back in stock so I can purchase it with some discount. On one note though, I do NOT recommend a rollerball. I never quite understand the likes of it. It isn’t hygienic at all, and times when you are wearing something and some fuzz of your sweater, say, is on your skin, then as you roll this over that, it’ll eat up the fuzz as well. Soon or later, you’ll have this liquid perfume full of little fuzzes collected from rolling it on your skin throughout the day. Perhaps you’re only supposed to apply this after a shower? But then, what’s the point of carrying it around! Anyway, next time I’m getting this, I will purchase it as a spray. But by all means, this is the prettiest, freshest, most feminine smelling stuff ever! It truly is light and clean, fresh and ever so pretty. I don’t have anything like it, and I am in absolute love with it.
    I sometimes chuck them into my bag carelessly, while other times, I’ll put them in my Tory Burch makeup pouch. I, however, usually carry more than these four– makeup bits of course.
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    Non-makeup Beauty Bag Essentials

    These items have been a non-stop hand reach this past month. Even if you’re not a beauty girl, I think most girls carry these few items in their handbag somewhere. I chose my favorites that I found in my pouch that aren’t makeup.

    A hand lotion is a must. I found this travel-friendly version from Bioderma and it’s lovely. Although personally I’ve been loving and preferring This Works Deep Sleep Dream Cream, I chose the Bioderma because the scent of the Dream Cream is that of natural essential oils, and not everyone really gravitates towards it. I absolutely love the scent, but just in case, I like to carry a more mild scented lotion around, such as the Bioderma Repair Hand cream. They are though, both great for the parched hands!
    For lips, I’ve been endlessly using the Nuxe Reve de Miel lip balm. It’s by the far the thickest consistency I’ve ever used. it’s a honey content that has little beads that I use to exfoliate my lips. I recently went skiing, and this thick balm totally helped my lips stay in supple condition for the whole day! I love it so much, and it lasts forever because of the thickness of the balm. I also love that it’s in a glass pot. It feels so luxurious.
    For the people who have anxiety, I recommend This Works Deep Sleep Stress Less rollerball. You can dap it (or roll it) on your pulse points, and you can waft it every now and then. The scent is also similar to their Dream Cream, full of essential oils and herbal scents but it really does help relax and refresh yourself. I like to just sniff it when I feel a little anxious, and it clears your mind in the freshest way!
    Finally, I have a pretty scent that I like to carry around. Recently, I have fallen head-over-heels for the Fresh Hesperides Grapefruit fragrance. I have since been trying to get a hold of it, but it seems to be sold out each and every time I am at Sephora. I am hoping to catch a VIB sale soon at the same time this is back in stock so I can purchase it with some discount. On one note though, I do NOT recommend a rollerball. I never quite understand the likes of it. It isn’t hygienic at all, and times when you are wearing something and some fuzz of your sweater, say, is on your skin, then as you roll this over that, it’ll eat up the fuzz as well. Soon or later, you’ll have this liquid perfume full of little fuzzes collected from rolling it on your skin throughout the day. Perhaps you’re only supposed to apply this after a shower? But then, what’s the point of carrying it around! Anyway, next time I’m getting this, I will purchase it as a spray. But by all means, this is the prettiest, freshest, most feminine smelling stuff ever! It truly is light and clean, fresh and ever so pretty. I don’t have anything like it, and I am in absolute love with it.
    I sometimes chuck them into my bag carelessly, while other times, I’ll put them in my Tory Burch makeup pouch. I, however, usually carry more than these four– makeup bits of course.
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    Best of 2013.

    I am spending the day before New Years at home, relaxing and cleaning my room. I thought I’d spend a few hours in the morning to film my Best of 2013 Beauty Favorites video while I could, so that I can post the video by tonight. Filming a video takes longer than one would think, and editing it is just a whole heck of a chore! But now that I’ve got it done, I feel I can concentrate more on finishing this day with a more reflective note.

    As always, it’s pretty difficult to pick and choose “the favorites” of the entire year. I am one of those people that buy something after much research and review-reading. Once I decide to keep it in my collection, that means I love it. To choose the best from all the ones I love is seriously difficult. So, I just gravitated towards picking the ones I “used” the most instead.

    I divided it up between skincare and makeup bits. Watch the entire video here:

    I realize that there are so many products that I love but couldn’t mention. I also realized that in the video, I forget to talk about two things that are actually right there! That’s what happens, I guess, when you just wing things through. The first one is a hand cream: Rose of Bulgaria Hand Cream and the other is Nars Laguna Bronzer.

    I also want to do a special mention to NEOM Candles because I enjoyed them so much this year. Although I wanted to stock up when I went to London, I just couldn’t find them anywhere in the department stores I visited. I may have to just order it online! But really, NEOM candles have been just amazing and I highly recommend them as well.

    On a final note, I wish everyone a Happy New Year! 2013 has been one heck of a year. Thank you to all my subscribers, readers, and followers. I truly appreciate all of your feedback! I hope to continue blogging next year with better content and format on both my blogs and Youtube channel.

    I hope all of you the best in 2014 🙂

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