Skincare: 10-step routine

1. Oil Cleanser: Skinfood Black Sugar Perfecting Cleansing Oil 

I love the consistency of it (thin and not sticky), feels like water at first when it’s on your hands but when you start rubbing it onto your face it gets super oily and it helps get rid of makeup and even some waterproof makeup such as eyeliner. However, I have normal to dry skin so my dry skin kind of soaks the oil up so I use two pumps of it for my entire face and neck. It gets the job done and you get so much of it. It’s a must have because the scent smells amazing too. I also love that when you wash it off, it feels like your washing soap off of your face because of the milky consistency it gives off.

2. Water Cleanser: H20 Plus Elements Keep It Fresh Face Cleanser

I’ve used water cleansers before but never religiously like I’ve been the past couple weeks. I received this from one of my ipsy’s bag awhile back and decided to give it a try. The consistency is lightweight and not sticky and once you apply it onto the face it has a cooling sensation. Once you rinse it off the face, it’s sort of foaming but not quite there yet but it’s a wonderful clean feeling on the face and it leaves your face smelling fresh and clean.

3. Exfoliator: Skinfood Wash Off Rice Mask

I know this is suppose to be a wash off mask but I use this as an exfoliator as well. I also have the black sugar wash off mask, and the strawberry black sugar wash off mask as well and I use both of those as exfoliators instead of a wash off mask. Anyways, this wash off mask/exfoliator is really gentle and amazing on the face. It makes my complexion brighter and more supple and firm. The scent it leaves on your face smells divine.

4. Toner: Thayers Witch Hazel Alcohol Free Toner Rose Petal

You all know how much I love this toner hence my November Empties 2017 with my mini red that after I finished it up. I went ahead and repurchased it in the bigger size. I always love buying the travel size products or receiving samples of stuff that I can test out for a couple of days or even weeks so I know what kind of product work and don’t work for me. This is a very good and gentle toner that smells like roses what’s better than that?

5. Essence: SK-II Facial Treatment Essence

I received this in the Soko to Tokyo Soko to Tokyo kit from one of the Sephora’s favorites. I don’t think it’s sold in Sephora anymore but in the kit it included this essence. I believe the kit was around $40 but I bought it straight from Dote. Dote Shopping app is in the app store for apple users and you can receive $5 off your very first purchase along with free shipping! Use code: MV9S 

This is my first essence and it’s wonderful in my opinion, it works wonders and it smells great. It’s lightweight to the point where you can layer it as many time as you want but usually I layer it and pat it onto my face about two times. However, it’s quite expensive for what it is and there are more affordable options out there. Once I finish this baby up, I’ll be trying out a new essence.

6. Sheet Mask: Innisfree It’s Real Squeeze Mask Kiwi

I had a big LOVE for sheet masks. Honestly, today I used a innisfree sheet mask but it depends. My sheet mask varies when it comes to targeting different things such as brightening, firming, moisturizing, skin problems, and etc. Today I wanted to brighten up my skin so I used this sheet mask but sheet masks varies all the time for me. This kiwi scent smelled amazing and was super hydrating.

7. Serum: First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Hydrating Serum

I received this serum from the Ready. Set. Hydrate! Kit I bought at Ulta and the serum itself is super hydrating on the skin and it left a cooling sensation on my skin. It doesn’t really quite smell like anything to me but maybe like a clean smelling scent is how I would describe it. I think I have one or two more uses out of this and I will be finished with this product sooner than later. I plan on repurchasing because it leaves my skin super hydrated. Despite, the stickiness it leaves on the hand I can look past it because I love what it does for my skin.

8. Eye Cream: Murad Resurgence Renewing Eye Cream

I fell in the trap of buying an expensive eye cream… I mean it gets the job done but I feel like all it does so far for my skin is moisturizing and I haven’t really noticed a difference in the appearance of my wrinkles or anything on my eyes. Once I finish this product, I don’t think I’ll repurchase this anytime soon because I feel like there are better options out there for a much more affordable price as well.

9. Moisturizer: First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Face Moisturizer

I initially bought the Ready. Set Hydrate! Kit from Ulta because I wanted this face moisturizer in particular but discovered amazing hidden gems as well. I bought it during one of their 21 days of beauty event a while back for around $22 I believe. I love how lightweight the moisturizer is on my face and it doesn’t leave a greasy feeling. My skin soaks up the moisturizer real fast and it leaves the skin super hydrated.

10. Sunscreen: Missha Mild Essence Sun Milk SPF 50

I never ever really wear sunscreen but I started to wear it right after reading The Little Book of Skincare 1st Ed. By Charlotte Cho and realized the importance of sunscreen so I bought this sunscreen and I’ve been using it daily ever since on my face and on the rest of my body. I’ve been enjoying the light weight feeling of it on my skin and the scent is kind of overpowering for my liking but it’s been good overall.

FTC: This blog post is not sponsored and I bought everything with my own money. All images are my own unless stated otherwise. All opinions are my own. However, the dote code is my referral code so thank you in advance if you end up using it (:

Doublefisting Review: Innisfree It’s Real Squeeze Mask in Green Tea and Tea Tree

I used the green tea one in the morning and it was super moisturizing for my skin since I need that moisture since my skin tend to be dry in the morning even with all my skincare steps during the night. It’s been in the low thirties over here so the heat at home been going on and off every few minutes. It smells exactly like green tea and is filled with essence. I love that it left my skin dewy throughout the morning even when I rubbed the excess essence into my skin.

I decided to use the tea tree one during my nighttime routine because throughout the day I don’t know why a pimple just decided to show up out of no where it’s visible but it’s not super big or anything. I took out the sheet mask after my cleansing and toning and placed it on my face ASAP lol. I chose this particular sheet mask for the night because it claims to help with the appearance of skin problems and also keeping the face moisturized. I noticed it helped a bit by making it less visible but my pimple was still there nonetheless but I’m sure if I were to keep using this sheet mask a couple more times I’ll see results immediately.

FTC: This blog post is not sponsored and I bought everything with my own money. All images are my own unless stated otherwise. All opinions are my own.

Doublefisting Review: Innisfree It’s Real Squeeze Mask in Bamboo and Lime

Third time, second day of #doublefisting two sheet masks a day… I decided to try out the Innisfree it’s real squeeze mask bamboo and lime this time around since both sounded promising to me.

The bamboo one claimed to keep the skin moisturize and give off a dewy look while the lime claimed to leave the skin looking bright and clear. Similar statements but said in a different way. I found both of this sheet mask to be pretty similar to one another hence the statements.

The only differences between the two is pretty much the scent of them. I never really familiarize myself with the scent of bamboo so it was interesting that it’s in a sheet mask and the lime one smelled like lemonade to me so I enjoyed that a lot.

I did the bamboo one during my morning skincare routine and the lime during my nighttime routine. Both masks were left on for about twenty minutes and then were removed and as the instructions states to pat the excess essence into the skin and I did and noticed my skin looking dewy and bright.

To be honest, I wasn’t that excited to try the lime mask because I thought it would leave a sticky residue onto my skin but surprisingly it didn’t so I was extremely happy about that. All in all, they were both amazing masks. And if you haven’t already please give Innisfree sheet masks a try! I am definitely enjoying them so far.

FTC: This blog post is not sponsored and I bought everything with my own money. All images are my own unless stated otherwise. All opinions are my own.

Doublefisting Review: Innisfree It’s Real Squeeze Mask in Strawberry and Bija

I’ve been pretty occupied with college apps and spending time with my family and relatives that I haven’t had time to test out the method of doing two sheet masks a day to notice any differences. Today is my second time #doublefisting and again with the Innisfree It’s Real Squeeze masks line since I have a variety with different treatments for the face. And I love that I have different ones to try out each time considering that they are affordable and use natural ingredients. I just love that it’s simple and good for the face.

For the AM, I used the Innisfree it’s real squeeze mask strawberry after my double cleanse and toner. I noticed that this sheet was different than the other ones that’s I’ve tried because the sheet was thinner versus the thicker sheet like the shea butter one. Again, the sheet was drenched in essence and it smelled so amazing because who doesn’t love strawberries scented things. I loved that my face smelled like strawberry even after taking the sheet mask off. It made my skin super soft and noticeably brighter after thirty minutes of rubbing the excess essence into my skin. I noticed I’m a fan of berries one versus other masks so far from Innisfree but that’s just my preferences others could beg to differ.

For the PM, I received the Innisfree it’s real squeeze mask bija in the mail because I emailed the customer service sometime last week about missing these sheets in my order and they replied back stating that they’ll send them to me as soon as possible and it was super quick delivery considering they are from New York. I’m impressed and will continue ordering from Masksheets. I’ve talked about them in my previous posts since I ordered plenty of sheet masks that will probably last me for awhile. Anyways, I loved the idea that this sheet stood out to me compared to other Innisfree masks because it’s job is to clear up skin due to skin problems such as pimples and what not which is a plus in my book.

FTC: This blog post is not sponsored and I bought everything with my own money. All images are my own unless stated otherwise. All opinions are my own.

Review: Innisfree It’s Real Squeeze Mask Acai Berry

This is the third time trying out a different type of Innisfree mask: It’s Real Squeeze Mask Acai Berry and it smells heavenly. Like the other Innisfree masks that I’ve tried so far, the mask was drenched in essence as usual and I used this mask during my nighttime skincare routine after my double cleanse and toner. I  left this mask on my face for about twenty minutes or so like the mask recommends. When I took the mask off, my face was soaked in essence and then I started massaging my face so the remaining essence would absorb into my skin and within a few minutes it was gone. It didn’t leave my face sticky or anything but left my skin smoother and firmer. You just have to try out this mask because it smells amazing and it’s super affordable.

FTC: This blog post is not sponsored and I bought everything with my own money. All images are my own unless stated otherwise. All opinions are my own.

Doublefisting Review: Innisfree It’s Real Squeeze Mask in Shea Butter and Black Berry

I love sheet masks and have always used a sheet mask two or three times a week, or basically whenever I had the time to do one. I had always stuck to that general routine. However, ever since I heard about the term #doublefisting I had always know that it had to be something to do with wine, and it was that you’re sipping on two glasses of wine instead of one. Isn’t that what you’re thinking too?

Apparently it’s a trend to use two sheet masks a day, versus using one or doing it every other day. I decided to put this to the test and try out two different sheet masks today since I had recently placed quite a large order from masksheets.com

For my morning routine I went with the Innisfree It’s Real Squeeze Mask Shea Butter sheet mask. I went with my basic skincare routine before opening it up. I wanted something that was hydrating and something that would soothe my dry patches around my nose that I usually get whenever it comes to the colder season so this was the perfect one.  I had trouble getting it out of the packaging as you can see because I was afraid that I’ll ruin the mask itself but eventually I was able to open it up with no problem.  It smelled amazing and was filled with essence but not quite as much as the Leaders Insolution Vita Brightening Renewal Mask that I tried out yesterday and reviewed on my blog. But it certainly is better than other sheet masks that I have tried out in the past. I left it on for twenty minutes and then took it off and rubbed the excess essence so that it can absorb into my skin and I noticed that my dry patches were gone and was smooth and visibly less noticeable. I went on and finished the rest of my skincare routine and went off with my day.

During the night, I went with the Innisfree It’s Real Squeeze Mask Black Berry instead of using the same sheet mask as before. I wanted to use a different mask to target a different area of my skin and this time it was to hopefully decrease my wrinkles.  Earlier in the morning, I had trouble opening the sheet mask so this time I decided to be smart about and shook it until the sheet masks wasn’t near the opening but instead was at the other end. I opened it and it was the same cotton sheet as the previous one but this time with a different scent and different claims for the skin. After the twenty minutes had passed, I took my sheet mask off and didn’t really notice a difference other than that it’s hydrating and smoothing but I’m pretty sure if I were to use this for a long period of time I would notice something. Overall, I’m pleasantly pleased with these masks and would continue to repurchase these because I love that it makes my skin plump, glow, and hydrates the skin.

FTC: This blog post is not sponsored and I bought everything with my own money. All images are my own unless stated otherwise. All opinions are my own.

Review: Leaders Insolution Vita Brightening Renewal Mask

If you know me personally, you know I’m obsessed with sheet masks. I love using one whenever I have at least 15-20 minutes to spare or other times I would be wearing one while I’m studying or doing homework. I have never tried leaders cosmetic before and have always wanted to try their sheet masks.

I ordered a couple of these sheet masks leaders Vital Brightening Renewal Mask from masksheets.com . Honestly, I was super skeptical about this site at first because I have never heard anyone talk about this website before. And being the little detective I am I had to google and make sure that this website was legit. I saw a review by Asian Beauty on reddit and that review sold me.

At this point I thought wow, this website is legit. I placed an order and as you know it I got my shipment in two business day? Talk about fast delivery and I’m so happy I got all my sheet masks except I was missing two out of the many sheet masks that I ordered. I emailed costumer service and is waiting on a response so I’ll go ahead and update you guys on that once that’s being taken care of.

My first impression of this sheet mask is that it’s in such a sleek and simple packaging which makes it super cute and practical. Once I opened it up I was amazed that the cotton sheet mask was drenched in essence which was a plus since most of the sheet masks that I have tried aren’t super drenched in essence so it explains why it dries quicker than the average 15-20 minutes on the face. It smells amazing in my opinion and I can’t pinpoint what it smells like, you just gotta try this sheet mask out. I love that it’s super cooling and hydrating once it’s on your face. It really did brighten up my complexion like it said it would.

Once you take the sheet mask off, you do notice that your skin is super shiny and it looks as if it’s oily but once you pat the excess essence into your face and neck and wait till it’s fully absorbed into your skin. You’ll see that your skin is glowing too. I’m super happy with the results of this mask and I’m absolutely in love with leaders now. If you read all the way through, the best part about this mask is that it’s only $1 on masksheets.com compared to a retail value of $5.

FTC: This blog post is not sponsored and I bought everything with my own money. All images are my own unless stated otherwise. All opinions are my own.

Monthly Empties: November 2017

My long awaited N O V E M B E R empties. Sorry, I’m five days late it’s finals week and I finished my last final today so I’m thrilled because that means it’s winter break! I have more time to post on Instagram and on this website posting empties, favorites, hauls, and reviews ☺️ but also focus on grad applications to pursue my masters degree.

❤ – like, 🙄 – eh, & 👎🏻 – dislike

1. Thayers witch hazel in rose petal my very first toner I ever tried in my life actually and it’s amazing. It makes my skin feel nice and hydrate my dry patches on my face and on top of that it smells like roses and I enjoy the scent. I went ahead and repurchased it in the full size already and is using it still but once I run out I want to try other toners out there in the market.❤️

2. First aid beauty facial radiance pads believe it or not it was my first cotton pad exfoliating product I used as well. I generally use this in the morning after cleansing and it woke me up in the morning because it smells nice and it’s cooling to the skin. My skin texture has gotten a lot smoother using this and my blackheads are literally almost gone but at the same time I don’t have much blackheads compared to other people. I will definitely repurchase this after I finish up my other exfoliant products. ❤️

3.Murad rapid age spot and pigment lightening serum, a deluxe sample size I received from a gift with purchase at Ulta. It’s honestly nice and I did notice that it brighten my skin and lighten my dark spots. However, I didn’t enjoy the sticky feeling I would get after application. I don’t think I would be repurchasing this anytime soon. 🙄

4. Murad hydro-dynamic ultimate moisture, again a deluxe sample I received from Ulta. I loved using this especially at night because I felt like it locked in the moisture and kept my skin hydrated throughout the night. The only down side is that it’s quite expensive but I think it’s worthwhile because you only need a tiny amount of this. I will repurchase after I finish up my other moisturizers. ❤️

5. Too faced better than sex mascara original deluxe and full size product. My first mascara that wasn’t runny after a long day of wearing. I used it up but I felt like it clumped my lashes together and I would find myself trying to separate it with a lash comb. It does give it volume but not the way I wanted it to be. I don’t think I’ll repurchasing this anytime soon as I found a better mascara that gives me the volume and length I want in a mascara.🙄

6. Purlisse blue lotus seed mud mask and exfoliant, a deluxe sample I received from my ipsy bag. I love that it’s not tightening on the skin to the point I can’t move my face and I also love that it goes on easily and it smells wonderful. One of my favorite mud mask I have ever tried. I will definitely repurchase once I go through my stash of masks. ❤️

FTC: This blog post is not sponsored and I bought everything with my own money. All images are my own unless stated otherwise. All opinions are my own.