March Favorite

Hey Pretties,

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Just wanna say Hi to you all. Sorry I’ve been so inactive in my blog these past weeks, kinda “cheat” with the swimming pool as the weather’s been so warm (if not hot) here. I’m super late this month to write this, I know. But here we go with my super simple favorite of March. I’ve been in a very minimal product to use in March, so I use one palette to get a complete look.

1. Nyx Ultimate Bright Palette

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Since it’s spring already, I’ve been really digging the colorful tone in my eyes and this palette is a perfect fit for that. Personally, these are the tones of color that I will use in my eyes if I’m asked to do colorful eyes

2. Nyx Sweet Cheeks Blush Palette

This palette is beautiful! No kidding, all the shades are very wearable and have enough pigmentation to be used eyeshadow too. I’ve been using this palette a lot since I got it, especially for the days that I just want a very minimal makeup that makes me look put together

3. Physician Formula Butter Bronzer

I’m trying to get my tan back but not really a fan of self-tanning products so this bronzer has been a really best friend for me in the month of March. I use it pretty much all over my face because it has a very subtle bronze, matte and looks really good just like face powder. You can also build it up without looking muddy or cakey.

4. Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Water Foundation

Great formula for my oily skin, very liquidy but still have decent natural coverage that I like. Full review on this foundation was on my last post. It’s also buildable to medium coverage when I need it. This foundation also mixes very well with my moisturizer as a tinted moisturizer

5. Formula 10.0.6 Shine Free Moisturizer

You guys know that I’m super oily, so the less product for me the better. I’m obsessed with this moisturizer ever since I got it. It does keep the oil at bay, help my face looks dewy (not oily) and help to make my make up stay put longer. It has a light creamy consistency, and apply very well when I mix it with liquid foundation (I’ve been mixing it with my Tarte or Mac Face and Body Foundation)

6. Mac Prep + Prime Fix+ Rose

You guys know all the drill about Mac Fix+, and this one is just those good stuff with rose scent added. Love it to intensify eyeshadow, prep my skin before foundation and also setting up my makeup.

Do any of you like to “cut corner” in putting on makeup 😉 just to make it faster to get ready?

Let me know in the comment below if you like less makeup product when it’s spring-summer time

Peace out!

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February Favorite + March Rotation

Hey Pretties,

It’s that time of the month again to review what you’ve been putting on your face. I start to like doing this kind of post as this reminds me to be more selective in buying products in the future (yeah right, like it’s possible haha…) well, at least I try not to buy everything 🙂

So without further due, let’s just get into them

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Makeup

  1. Tartelette Amazonian Clay

Y’all know that I’m trying to pan this palette this year so no wonder this now becomes my February favorite. I’m doing pretty good in using this palette. Not only because it’s basically a really solid palette for everyday look, but also for the so many matte shades that I can reach for every time I create a look, whether it’s for the crease or to set the eye shadow primer. I do mix this palette with others for some pop of color.

Side note: I don’t do as good with my Lorac palette though. I know I put it on my palette rotation and I did use it for a couple times this month, but my next favorite is the reason why I failed to use the Lorac palette more.

  1. Tartelette In Bloom

I know, I know, I’m terribly late to the hype of this palette. But, what can I say, since I got this on Valentine day I can’t stop using it. It smells so good (kinda similar to the Too Faced chocolate palettes scent) and the colors in this palette, especially the shimmer ones are STUNNING.. I don’t regret at all to choose this over the Tarteist Pro Palette when my husband asked me which one that I want. I feel I can use this palette a whole lot more that the Tarteist Pro, because yes the Tarteist Pro has more shades but it’s more warm tones. I love that the In Bloom palette is more neutral and daily use friendly. No wonder it’s on many people favorite (PS: Kandee Johnson and Kathleen Light love this palette so much)

  1. Too Faced La Crème in Juicy Melons (*)

I am not a fan of liquid lipstick, never was and never will. So, yes even though it’s kinda ‘old style’ I still and will always love conventional lipstick. It’s called lipstick so it should be a stick for the lips, and yes it should be in a stick form J Well, this lipstick in particular is so comfortable on the lips, creamy not greasy and has such a pretty warm pink tone. It doesn’t have the best staying power and I do have to re-apply it throughout the day but I don’t mind at all. I’d prefer to re-apply my lipstick over and over again but my lip doesn’t feel dry and I still can get away without exfoliating them every single day

  1. Milani Baked Blush – Luminoso

Again, another super late hype on a product. I really wanna bang my head and scream “where have I been?” This blush is sooo pretty. Well, I guess I don’t have to say much on this one. Pssst, I’m on the mission to get some other shades from this baked blush line. I do mix this blush with BH Cosmetics floral blush too. The BH blush is more on the shimmery side so I don’t use it as much

  1. Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer(*)

Hey everyone, my name is Fenica and I’m a chocaholic. I’m obsessed with this sweet delicious thing since I was a kid. You all know that good stuff about this thing. It’s a chocolate-y brown completely matte bronzer with enough warmth to bring some life to my slightly pale skin during the winter. Who am I kidding? I don’t only use it on winter of course. This bronzer is so good and quite versatile I might say. It’s suitable for light-medium skin tone but even if you’re fair you can still put this on without looking muddy. I use this yummy bronzer for contouring too.

PS: I don’t have any contouring product, always use my bronzers for contouring.

  1. Benefit Roller Lash Mascara – Mini Size

I just realized when I organized my makeup I have some mini mascara from my purchases so I’m gonna put mascara in my no buy list until mid of the year. I love this mini size Roller Lash so much. The curve wand is really nice to apply the mascara on top and bottom lashes. It gives nice natural curl even without curling you eyelashes first. I will definitely put this on top of the list of my favorite mascara and probably get the full size once I’ve used up all my other mascaras.

  1. Essence Pure Nude highlight

With my oily skin and big pores, blinding glowy rainbow highlight is not on my attention when I put my makeup on. I produce my own highlight on my skin J but anyway, this nude highlight really got me. It gives just enough subtle glow to balance out my matte products that I cake up on my face. I use this on top of my cheek, and a little on my cupid bow to give that lips a fuller look.

Skincare 

Check my Instagram for picture of these products

  1. Formula 10.0.6 PM Perfector

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If this isn’t a best friend for oily skin girl, I don’t know what is. I bought this at almost the end of January, and I can already see the difference in my skin in about a month using it intensively. It really helps to balance my skin condition. Before using this cream, I always woke up with greasy oil all over my face, yes all over my forehead, cheek, nose, and chin. After using this amazing cream, I notice that it’s only my nose that’s still so greasy when I wake up. It’s great that Formula 10.0.6 sent me some products and this PM Perfector is included so I have backup. A little note, if you have dry skin I don’t think this night cream will do much for you because it doesn’t feel hydrating but it’s soothing and feel tightening when you first apply it. After it’s absorbed it’s just nice smooth skin feeling, and not much hydrating going on.

  1. Treat Beauty Lip Scrub

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Holy Moly if I don’t hold myself I would have chewed this thing up. It smells so delicious, and taste sooo good too. I’m a lazy girl to the core, so if I can do something the easiest way, be sure that I will do it. I’m a fan of winter but I hate that my lips get dry so bad during that time of the year (it’s already above 75 degrees here, so winter is over here in SC) I love this lip scrub as much as I love conventional lipstick, because Treat Beauty makes it in the form of lipstick (the size is 0.5 oz, regular lipstick size is 0.11oz) Just apply this like you apply regular lipstick, well massage and rub it a little more and you’re good to go. Highly recommend this, it’s convenient, easy to use, travel-friendly and of course, smell delicious 😉 (Pssst..they’re always free shipping so you can buy only one product without paying shipping)

NOTE : Sad to say the Laneige sleeping mask and the yoghurt one makes my skin much more oily than usual so I stop using it. On the plus side, this will be a good alternative for the PM Perfector for the dry skin.

Now, as for the products that I’m putting on my March rotation are :

  1. Nyx Avant Pop
  2. Nyx Sweet Cheeks blush
  3. Nyx Strobe of Genius
  4. Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Water Foundation
  5. Maybelline Fit Me concealer

What’s your favorite during the month of love? Is there any of your favorite (or product you don’t like) that’s on my list here? Drop me a comment or two down below

Peace out!

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Ulta Sephora HAUL 1

Hey y’all

If you follow me on Instagram, you probably already known that I did a little haul last week. So without further due, let’s see what I got

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here are the “damage”

From Sephora

  1. Kat Von D Lock It Concealer ($26)

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This was actually a repurchase after I’m out of this product in October last year. I’ve been using Tarte Shape Tape as the replacement, which is a really good concealer of concealer (you guys know all the hype around the Shape Tape) but I still miss the Kat Von D one so much. Stay tune for the review and comparison of these two BOMB concealer

  1. Too Faced Love Flush Blush in Love Hangover ($26)

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There is no particular reason why I bought this. I guess because of the cute packaging and still in the vibe of Valentine (yeah, right!) It has a really soft texture and the color is BAM! in your face. You need to use a very light hand for this blush because it’s so beautifully pigmented

From Ulta

  1. Formula 10.0.6 Seriously Shine Free Moisturizer ($ 6.99)

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Since I’ve been trying their mask and got some other products sent to me (thanks Formula 10.0.6) I fall in love more and more with their products. I’ve emptied my St Ives Collagen Moisturizer (Girls, it took forever to use up that giant jar 😀 ) Spoiler, this one lifts up to its claim as a mattifying oil-free moisturizer. I’ve been using it since last Friday and let me tell you this, I put this moisturizer to the test. The longest record it hold so far is yesterday when I looked shine free for a good 7 hours, no touch up, no blotting! so excited! Aaaand it doesn’t break your bank 🙂

  1. Nip Fab Exfoliate Glycolic Fix Serum ($14.99, as of right now when I posted this it’s on sale for $ 12.74 on Ulta website

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I’m aware that now I’m in my late 20s and I have to start the anti aging skin routine.  this serum is how I started to intensify my skincare. I’ve tried some Body Shop serum before but I didn’t really use it much. It was more on and off relationship with my previous serums until I can’t use it anymore cause it’s expired. I have more awareness now that I started to see a fine lines in my under eye area. I decided to give this serum a try as I’ve seen some good reviews about it on YouTube and Instagram post. The price is also very reasonable so why not.

  1. Burt Bees Eye Makeup Remover ($ 5.99)

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Another impulsive side of me made me clicked the added to my bag button, and Holy Moly how I’m falling in love with this! You don’t need long time to know if you like a makeup remover right? Well at least that’s why I feel and yes, again, I’m in love with this pad. It’s a thin cotton pad that you can just wipe it on your eyes and it’s good to go. It doesn’t burn my eyes, no tingling sensation and  it took out the super pigmented Kat Von D eyeshadow and Better than Sex mascara easily.

  1. Loreal Infallible Blend Artist Foundation Blender ($ 7.99)

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Just because I can’t justify myself again to spend $20 for Beauty Blender and I’m bored with Real Technique sponge (still love it though, still have RT sponge as backup too) This foundation blender feels more bouncy and a tad bit firmer than Real Technique one. Texture wise it’s more similar to the original Beauty Blender. Overall, it’s nice but I feel that this one absorb more product than the RT one.

  1. Physician Formula Butter Bronzer ($ 14.99)

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For the sake of my longing for summer, I need to bring this back to my collection. You guys already how good it is, smell so good, and lift up to their name for it’s really buttery soft. This bronzer is really subtle, and the color is lighter Too Faced Chocolate soleil bronzer. It’s more similar to the Milk Chocolate one.

Well, that’s part 1 of my haul this time 🙂 Have any of you done a makeup haul recently? Let me know what you bought and what do you think about it? March will be a no buy month for me so I would love to know what should I get when I’m back on market 😉

PS : Nyx Haul coming up soon 😉

Hope you all had a great weekend and amazing week ahead!

Formula 10.0.6 Face Masks

Disclaimer : Some of the items here are sent to me for review purpose. However, all the opinions and thoughts written are all mine and based on my personal experience with the products.

Brand Review

For all of you who are not familiar with Formula 10.0.6, this brand started in 1933 by a chemist and dispensed exclusively by pharmacists. It has a really good history for teenagers back in 80s – 90s. They relaunched the brand with the current sleek modern packaging back in 2009, and completed their collection with the facemasks for every skin need in 2014. So it is not necessarily new brand, but I can say this is an oldie but a goodie.

You can find them at Ulta or their website, and all masks are $6.99 for 3.4 Fl. Oz or 100 ml.

First time I found Formula 10.0.6 was when I made my trip to Ulta around end of last year, in the search of replacing my Origins charcoal mask (Girl, that mask is good but dang it’s so pricey!) The first product I try from them were some face masks and night cream. (Review on them are on my previous post)

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In my opinion, Formula 10.0.6 is a great brand that really deserves more love from the Beauty Community. They have such a great choice of product that really under-rated because of all the Big Beauty Gurus or YouTubers are so overwhelmed with the expensive mud mask, magnetic mask, magic mask or whatsoever. What’s important for me about skin care is how effective they are, and how well it suit my skin. Doesn’t matter if it cost a fortune, if it doesn’t suit me I won’t use it. Formula 10.0.6 happens to be the one that works very well for my skin need and doesn’t cost an arm and leg to get it.

So without further due, let’s see what they got

Pore Be Pure Skin Clarifying Mud Mask

Type : Regular cream mask

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This is my favorite mask so far. With my big pores and  oily skin, this mask really helps me to minimize pore. I used to ignore people saying that I need to put on face masks twice a week to help my skin, but once I started using this mask I want to use it everyday. It smell so refreshingly good (all the masks here do all smell GOOD) and within first 2 weeks I started using it, I noticed that my pores are shrinking, my skin is also less oily. After washing it off, my skin fill firm, tight (in good way) and really soft.

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Type : Peel Mask

Base : Papaya + Citrus

I have quite sensitive skin, and there’s a nice little tingling effect when I put on this mask the first time but once it dries down I can’t feel it anymore. First time I put this on, I notice it helps with pore minimizing too. My pores visibly look smaller and skin look smoother from the first use. For the past week I have been using the peel mask and mud mask almost everyday interchangeably, and I can really see the difference especially when applying foundation. Peel mask also helps to remove your dead skin cell that can make your skin look dull. I feel that my skin feel more plump after using the peel masks, instead of tightened like when i use the mud mask.

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Type : Peel Mask

Base : Raspberry + Acai

Yes you read it correctly, I do use Illuminating Peel Mask for my oily skin. The illuminating here is not to make you skin look more dewy, but it’s leaning to a brightening effect. I notice that it helps to brighten my skin in the area where I have darkened acne scar. Sometimes for the day when you’re lazy to wash your face over and over again, peel mask is really fun to use. Aside from the smell that’s also amazing, this mask also helps to minimize pore. I notice that it also help to reduce the texture on my skin, especially if you exfoliate first before you put on the mask. The difference with the get your glow on, this peel mask takes a little longer to dry. The after effect is not as plump as the Get Your Glow On, but it feels more hydrating.

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Type : Regular cream mask

Base : Bilberry + Neroli

For you my Girl with combo skin, I feel this will be suitable for you. I combine this with the Pore Be Pure mask on my face. I feel that this is more suitable for oily skin, especially when you are having break out.  It is definitely refreshing to use, don’t question me on the smell cause it smell awesome just like the other mask. My skin feels smoother after using this, not as tightening as Pore Be Pure though but it has more calming and soothing effect.

There’s one more mud mask that I haven’t tried, it’s the Deep Down Detox Mud Mask and  one other peel mask, Be Berry Smooth Peel Mask (this one is moisture rich, which I don’t think it suits oily skin type). Let me know if have tried or about to try any of these.

Final Words:

Formula 10.0.6 face masks are really under-rated. They deserve more hype, not only because of the quality of their product, but also how affordable they are. For you who love to do skincare at home, these masks are worth to try and are a really great options. You can choose the mask type that’s right for your skin type and suits your skin need, or combine them. I would suggest to try one of their mud mask and one of the peel mask to start with, so you can get to know which formula that suits your skin, or which one that you prefer. If you want to try all of them, that is totally fine cause they’re so affordable. I can get 5 mask for the price of 1 mask of my previous face mask 🙂

Special note for my oily girls out there, since I myself an oily girl 😉 : Pore Be Pure Mud Mask and Be Berry Clear Peel Mask will be your best friends

January Favorite + February Rotation

Hey Pretties,

I’m a self procrastinator, so here I am in the second week of February discussing my January Favorite

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  1. Sweet Peach Palette

You guys, this palette is going up to my favorite palette list really fast. This is the palette that I constantly reach for almost everyday since I get it. In fact, this is one of the palette that I’ve been using non stop for straight for a month. The colors here are so wearable for every day look. I personally not always reach for warm tones but this palette makes me loving warm tones more and more. And yes, the smell is also another reason why I love this palette so much. It’s just so refreshing to put your makeup on and have a nice sweet smell while doing it.

  1. Sugar Pop

Even though this is a very colorful palette and I need other palette to tone down the colors, but this is a really nice palette. I’ve mentioned this palette before (check it here) With the spring is just around the corner, I believe this palette is gonna be a staple accessories for my other neutral palette.

  1. Mac Lipstick Giddy and Sunny Seoul

Y’all know I have special place in my heart for Mac lipstick. This two shades are very wearable for everyday look. Giddy is more nude pink while Sunny Seoul has brighter pop of pink. Yes, I’m guilty for having so many nude pink lipstick

  1. Elf Blush Palette

First time I got this, I feel that these blushes are kinda dry and I don’t like the texture that’s not buttery soft. But my oh my, it’s pigmented, and blends sooo nicely on the cheek. You can also mix the colors in this palette to get the blush tone you like.

  1. Rimmel Scandaleyes Kajal liner

I’m not a fan of wing eyeliner, so my choice for eyeliner is tight line or just a simple liner on the lash line. Rimmel eyeliner doesn’t play game when they say it’s waterproof. These pencils stay put on my eyes, glide smoothly and doesn’t budge, doesn’t smear. With the price of $3.49 the quality of this liner is definitely high up there.

  1. Formula 10.0.6 Mud Mask

I was trying to find a more affordable mask to replace my Origins Charcoal Mask and came across this brand at Ulta. Instant result in minimizing and clearing pores, firm and tight skin without making my face feel pulled. I mentioned this in my skincare routine before, and I love love love it. I’m thinking to try their peel mask next as skincare variation. The scent of their products are also really nice and refreshing.

For this month, here are the products that Im trying to use more :

  1. Lorac Pro Palette
  2. Tarte Amazonian Clay Matte
  3. BH Cosmetics blush
  4. Laneige Mask
  5. Too Faced La Crème Lipstick
  6. Essence eyeliner pen

PS: Giveaway is happening on my Instagram Head out there for the chance to win some beauty products

Ciao!

AM/PM Skin Care Routine

Hey Lovelies,

I do not, by all means, have the most flawless skin, but I would like to share with you guys my attempt to take good care of my skin. Here are the products I use, started with my skin condition so you can see if these products might be suitable for you.

Enjoy!

SKIN CONDITION

  1. Oily skin with visible pores on my nose and inner cheek (near the nose)
  2. Visible dark circle with fine lines (the aging is real)
  3. Hormonal acne

MORNING ROUTINE (This routine is a must and I never skip any of this product anytime, anywhere)

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  1. Cetaphil Daily Cleanser for Oily Skin

This has been my best friend for about 7 years now. I struggled to find the right face wash for me until a friend of mine suggested this. It’s really gentle on the skin, and controls my oil without making my face feels stiff. I usually went through a break out phase when I change face wash, but not with this one. Wouldn’t change this with anything.

  1. Clean and Clear Deep Cleansing Toner

Another long time best friend of mine. CleanNClear has been with me even longer, probably since high school so it’s been forever. This toner helps to prevent blemishes, acne, and control oil too. It smells kinda strong, almost like rubbing alcohol, which I’m totally fine with it, my skin always feel so refreshed and cool after using it.

  1. St. Ives Timeless Skin Collagen Elastin Moisturizer

Wow, that’s a mouthful name! I have never used moisturizer because of the classic mistake, more moisturizer = more oily. Nope, that’s not the case with this moisturizer. I believe I’ve reviewed this in my 2016 favorite,(here) Long story short, not oily, moisturize my skin very well and make my skin feel firm not stiff (kinda like jello haha…)

EVENING/NIGHT ROUTINE

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  1. Noxzema Classic Clean

This gives me the best feeling to strip of my makeup off without exfoliation. I have big pores problem and definitely need to deep clean my face everyday especially after putting my makeup on. But, I just can’t stand using face scrub, even the gentle one, everyday. What I notice was that the facial scrub made my pores more visible, and make my face feel so dry afterward. Noxzema has that nice cooling and tingling effect on the skin, it also smells so good and refreshing (eucalyptus – just in case you are not fan for this scent). Within the first 2 weeks of usage I can see the difference on my pore, it look tighter and less visible.

  1. Clean and Clear Deep Cleansing Toner

For the night time, I use less toner than in the morning. In the evening, I use the toner only to make sure that there’s no makeup left on my skin.

  1. PM Perfector by Formula 10.0.6

This is a more recent product that I started to use. I noticed fine lines under my eyes and some dry patches, so I try to get more moisturizer and anti aging product on my skincare regime. First time using it, it felt really nice on the skin, absorbed quickly and my skin feel softer in the morning. Oh, one more thing Formula 10.0.6 products have really nice scent. This night cream has fruity sweet scent (It’ said blackcurrant and licorice on the packaging)

  1. Vaseline Petroleum Jelly

I use this for a lot of things. For night skincare regime I put this under my eye as an eyecream ( I read the article about this on Pinterest) I also put this on my lips as a lipbalm, I mix it with honey and sugar for lipscrub too. Well basically, this product will always go with me anywhere I go 🙂

Weekly Routine

  1. Pores Be Pure Skin Clarifying Mud Mask

This mud mask is a big help for my big pores! It smells really nice too! I try to put on facemask at least twice a week. At first I didn’t believe that you need to dedicate so much time to take care of your skin, but after trying this product, I’m addicted to it! It really cleans up your pores, noticeable shrinking pores after using it, and refreshing effect. Not to mention this mask makes my skin look more refreshed and not looking dull.

  1. St Ives Green Tea Scrub

We can’t deny that exfoliation is very important. I limit myself to exfoliate to twice a week only. I exfoliate in the middle of the week, and on weekend to relax. Usually followed by putting on the face mask after exfoliation. Exfoliation really helps to reduce the texture on the skin, especially dry flakes from acne scare.

FINAL WORDS

Finding the right skincare is not easy, and it does take a long time to adjust, but it is really important and necessary. Give a new product a try at least for 2 weeks on your skin to see whether it suits you or not. It’s never too early to take good care of your skin, however please make sure that you use the right product and what’s necessary for your skin and age. I personally didn’t really pay attention to skincare product (moisturizer, face mask, night cream) until I reached 25. A good face wash based on your skin type, and toner for my oily skin girls out there are enough to begin with.

Let me know what’s your skincare routine, Girls or if you have any product suggestion for my skin condition =D

Peace Out!