New York Winter Skincare Routine (Day-Night!)

Two months into New York winter and I’m proud to say my skin is still doing great! Winter has been on and off here. Some days are a lot warmer (like Spring), some days, the temperature is negative. It’s always best to prepare your skin for sudden changes in weather!

If there really is anything I can’t live without when we talk about beauty, it’s skincare (yes, more than makeup *gasp*). I love how skincare products can refresh you in the morning, and relax you before bed at night.

I change up the products I use quite often depending on the climate and on my mood (lol), but for the most part, the steps you see below are pretty much what I follow everyday. Read on to see my day and night skincare routine in New York! I’ve marked in PINK my holy grail/favorite products πŸ˜‰


1: MAC Lightful Marine Bright Formula Cleanser
This is my first tube of facial cleanser from the Lightful range. I’d say that this is a pretty good foamy cleanser that slightly brightens the face and gets rid of dirt, but nothing more. The smell is fresh but there is this slightly chemical after-smell that I don’t like (but can ignore). It doesn’t smell as good as the softening lotion in the same range though. I wouldn’t mind trying other cleansers once I finish using this.

2: MAC Lightful Marine Bright Formula Softening Lotion
THIS IS MY HOLY GRAIL DAY TONER. I cannot love this product more!
I think I’ve used more than 5 bottles of this already.
You know how after cleansing your face, you’d think your face is already clean? This toner will surprise you because of the dirt it’s able to pick up even after cleansing! I love the citrus-y smell, and it leaves my skin looking glowy. If you haven’t tried this, you must ASAP!

3: MAC Lightful Marine Bright Formula Essence
This is also the first time I’m trying this in the Lightful range. I can’t say so much yet as I’ve only started using this, but so far it’s just been okay, not phenomenal. It wouldn’t hurt me if I didn’t include this in my morning skincare. It does plump my skin though. But most of the time, it simply feels like an extra layer of moisture on my face.

4: The Face Shop Yehwadam Revitalizing Eye Cream
I’ve discussed The Face Shop’s Yehwadam line before. This eye cream is dense but it takes some time to become absorbed. My eye concern isn’t so much on dark circles, but more of dryness, so what I look for in an eye cream is simply for hydration.

5: Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream | The Face Shop Yehwadam Revitalizing Cream
I switch between two moisturizers during the day (because why not).

If you want a moisturizer that stays on your face, you should try the Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream! When I apply this on, my dry skin is instantly replenished, and it can withstand whatever dryness I’m about to face during the day. It’s fragrance-free too. Love love love this product!

I alternate the Kiehl’s cream with The Face Shop’s Revitalizing Cream. I love the herbal smell and this cream leaves my skin so supple after application. I wouldn’t use this cream in the summer though as it can get too thick.

6: The Face Shop Natural Sunscreen
Sunscreen is one of the products you don’t really have to splurge on because you can get through them quite quickly! I love this sunscreen because it’s hydrating but not shiny (ugh I hate shiny sun screen), and it’s a great base for makeup.

7: Carmex Lip Balm
Another ride-or-die product! I just love this lip balm to death! It has SPF 15, and it leaves my lips deeply moisturized. It has a slight minty feeling on the lips and the moisture actually sinks in rather than just sit on top of your lips.


Before I go into my night skincare routine, I use 1-2 of these makeup removing products depending on how heavy my makeup is (or if I’m wearing any at all) during that day.

Biore Cleansing Oil
This is a dupe to Shu Uemura’s cleansing oil. I use this when I’m wearing heavier makeup. I love the smell, and it removes waterproof makeup really well! I massage this onto my dry face and work it with water until it comes off.

Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water
I normally use Bioderma’s Micellar Water, but I’m currently trying Garnier’s version! I love this product especially since it’s a fraction of the cost of Bioderma. I use this every night before using a facial cleanser.

Simple Kind To Skin Cleansing Wipes
This is for those lazy days when I just want to remove my makeup fast. It removes makeup pretty well and it has no funky smell, but I’m not really a fan of the material of the wipes as it can be pretty rough on my sensitive skin.


On to my night routine! I use some of these products during the day so I won’t elaborate so much on those! πŸ˜‰

1: MAC Lightful Marine Bright Formula Cleanser

2: The Face Shop Yehwadam Revitalizing Toner
I use this toner to prep my skin before the next steps. It’s a refreshing and simple toner to have in your skincare routine. I don’t think it does anything special though.

3: Sheet Masks
When my skin needs extra help, I put a sheet mask on. They’re available everywhere lately. There are masks for every skin concern – be it acne, dryness, uneven skintone, etc.! It’s a great way to give your skin the boost it needs! I usually put one on the night before a big shoot or event. πŸ˜‰

4: The Face Shop Yehwadam Revitalizing Eye Cream

5: Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Serum
How can I live without this product???
This is a product that my mom has used since her early 20s. She was actually the one who told me to start using this.

You apply this before your moisturizer at night, and when you wake up in the morning your skin looks so fresh and blemish-free. I live for this product. It’s worth every cent!

6: The Face Shop Yehwadam Revitalizing Serum
I think this is my favorite product from this line. Whenever I don’t use Estee Lauder’s ANR Serum, I use this (sometimes I like to “save” my ANR serum lol). I also put this in the morning sometimes! It’s a way for me to amplify my basic moisturizer.

7: Fresh Rose Deep Hydration Cream
I’ve just discovered this product recently. It has a cucumber-y fresh (pun unintended) smell which I love so much. It’s not greasy but it’s dense enough to keep my dry patches away. It goes so well with my Estee Lauder serum. ❀

8: Dr. Belmeur Daily Repair Moisturizing Lip Balm
I’ve actually used this lip balm in winters of both Seoul and New York. It lives up to its name! It doesn’t sink in as fast as Carmex, but I love applying this before bed as it gives me enough hydration throughout the night. Those indoor heaters can be so harsh on our skin while we sleep!

A bare-faced me!

Those are all the products I use day and night here in New York.

I love trying new products so let me know your recommendations! I’ll be trying them out once I finish what I currently have (I hate wasting products haha).

I’ll be posting my skincare wish list soon too. See you in my next post! πŸ˜‰




Moisture Touch Lipsticks Review (Cool-toned edition!)

Happy New Year! Hope you all had an amazing holiday break.

What better way to start the year than with another lipstick swatch post (lol I just love lipsticks)?

In the 3-day workshop we had in Seoul with The Face Shop, a professional image consultant helped us find our personal color. Mine happened to be cool-toned (not warm, to my dismay lol), so I brought home with me 6 cool-toned lipsticks to start wearing.

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The Face Shop Moisture Touch Lipsticks

The formula of The Face Shop’s Moisture Touch Lipsticks, are very creamy and opaque. If you want a lighter coverage on the lips, you can slightly dab the lipstick on your lips and blend with your fingers after. For a more opaque finish, you can apply the lipstick straight to your lips even with just one swipe.

These lipsticks are so moisturizing that I don’t feel the need to apply lip balm before it! It’s perfect for those who have dry lips.

Here I’ve swatched the lipsticks on my lips. Mouse over the images to see the specific names of the lipsticks.

Which one do you think looks best on me? I personally love Purple Fantasy! Let me know what you think. πŸ˜‰




*The Face Shop Moisture Touch lipsticks come in 20 amazing shades. Available in Manila by February 2017!

3 Days in Seoul with The Face Shop

Last December 14, I was luckily flown by The Face Shop Philippines to Seoul, for a 3-day workshop as they introduced their latest product ranges coming this 2017. It was perfect because I really wanted to visit Korea this Christmas but due to some circumstances I couldn’t do so. I haven’t been to Korea in almost 2 years so it almost seemed foreign to me again!

Traveling to the same place always feels new and different because of the changes caused by time and the people you spend it with.


Christmas lights greeted us at our hotel in Myeong Dong

Day 1: Food and Shopping in Myeong Dong

We arrived early evening on the 14th of December, so we pretty much had the night free to ourselves. Since we were a few minutes’ walk away from Myeong Dong, the busy shopping and food haven of Seoul, we decided to start our shopping and eat lots and lots of street food!

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Yummmm POTATO!
Amazing view from our hotel room

Day 2: Product Introduction and Make-up Workshops

On the second day, we woke up early as we had a full day ahead. The Face Shop products were introduced to us in the morning, and we had a chance to learn K-beauty makeup techniques from celebrity makeup artist Mr. Kim Seung Won.

Miracle Cushions
Moisture Touch Lipsticks, Yehwadam Skincare, Dr. Belmeur Skincare
My roomie Chelsea! ❀
Fancy schmancy lunch
MMM steak!
Mr. Kim Seung Won teaching us how to achieve that K-beauty look!

For Korean makeup, less is always more. They always try to achieve a more youthful, cute-sy look.

Instead of layering more makeup, Koreans like to layer skincare and apply as little makeup as possible:
FACE: very light BB cream/foundation, concealer (if needed)
BROWS: no-arch straight eyebrows for a youthful look using minimal eyebrow pencil and brow mascara
EYES: eyeshadow close to the lid (not all over), mascara, liquid liner
CHEEKS: pinky blush on the apples of your cheeks, NO contour
LIPS: gradient lips are still in! Apply BB cushion all over the lips, then apply your lipstick of choice in the center of your lips. Blend outwards to get a natural lip-gradient look

The finished look!

After the day’s activities we headed over to Itaewon to a restaurant called Maple. Korean barbeque night it was!

MORE FOOD after the workshops!

Day 3: Finding Our Personal Color, Herb Tea Making, and Soap Making Classes

Ms. Ji-yeon Lee, professional image consultant

Our third and last day (*sobs*).

All along I thought that I had a warm-toned skin, but upon the professional color-test done by Ms. Ji-yeon on me, she mentioned that I am actually cool-toned!

Colors that go well with warm-toned skin vs cool-toned skin

This meant that the colors on the right go well against my skin, vs the colors that you see on the left. She says that it’s important to know your personal color to make better color choices that will make you look the best that you can. Choosing your personal color can be applied to the color of your clothes, your hair, and your makeup.

Personally, I still love wearing warm-toned eyeshadows, but maybe I’ll make a little more effort now to try and incorporate cooler-toned makeup once in a while.

Herb tea-making time as shown by Tea Coordinator Ms. Bo-eun Lim
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How pretty is the set-up for our tea making?

We were taught the proper etiquette of making and serving tea using Korean traditional herbs that were used to make the Yehwadam skincare line! I’m a little too clumsy for this but I tried! haha.

I call this the Yehwadam mocktail: Milkis soda + cherry blossom syrup + ginseng tea! So good for you!

Next up: soap making!

Soap making led by handcraft artist Ms. Ko-woon Lee

Right after making the soap (which was super fun), we had to rush to the airport as we had to catch our evening flight.

Seoul’s sunset waving goodbye
Bye Seoul! It’s been real

It’s been such a busy 3 days with The Face Shop but it was great fun!

Thank you again The Face Shop Ph for flying us out to learn the tricks of Korean makeup, have soooo much good food, and see Seoul in a different light!


Korean Skincare: The Face Shop’s Yehwadam and Dr. Belmeur Lines

The Face Shop’s Yehwadam Line: coming out January 2017 in Manila
The Face Shop’s Dr. Belmeur Line: coming out April 2017 in Manila

If you think that Korean skincare products can’t get any better, you have it wrong! The Face Shop Korea just came out with their latest skincare lines called Yehwadam and Dr. Belmeur.


Look at this cute packaging ❀

When we talk of skincare made from traditional herbs, we may think that it’s only for more mature women. The Face Shop’s Yehwadam line breaks that misconception!

With the idea of using Korean natural ingredients to balance vital energy and blood circulation, this line consists of a thick but non-sticky formula that has anti-wrinkle functions and intensely moisturizing benefits – perfect for women in their 20s-30s.

Yehwadam Ingredients (L-R): Goji Berry (glow), Safflower (skin tone improvement); Korean Ginseng (revitalizing)
(L-R) Revitalizing Toner, Revitalizing Emulsion, Revitalizing Serum; (Top) Revitalizing Eye Cream; (Bottom) Revitalizing Cream

Lightweight formula instantly refreshes and moisturizes the skin after cleansing

Apply to further revitalize the skin

Serum (the star product of the line!)
Formulated with extracts of seeds, roots, flowers, and fruits from Korean herbs to give you that healthy glow
Sticky at first but smooth when applied on skin

Eye Cream
Highly dense, balm-like cream to moisturize the eyes
Can be applied to other areas that get dry such as the sides of the nose, or around the lips

Apply this revitalizing cream to seal all of the products in! πŸ˜‰


(L-R): Foam Cleanser, Toner, Ato Salt Cream, Moisturizer

From the French word “bel” which means lovely/happy, Dr. Belmeur is actually not a name of a dermatologist, but it is the Face Shop’s very own cosmoceutical* line to solve the daily concerns of people with sensitive and/or oily skin types!

As city people, we are all familiar with clogged pores due to the fine dust surrounding us (boo pollution!). Dr. Belmeur is here to save us – without irritating our skin!

*cosmoceutical: skin solutions that combine cosmetics with dermatological plant-based ingredients
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Comes in cute travel-friendly sizes too! (L-R): Cleanser, Toner, Moisturizer, Ato Salt Cream

All these products are fragrance-free, formulated with no additives, and dermatologically-tested so they are all gentle enough for everyday use.


DSCF2568.JPGThe star product of the line though is the Dr. Belmeur Ato Salt Cream. It contains 8% dead sea salt to provide deep moisturization and itch-relief for dry skin.

I tried this myself and I’m glad that I have found a new product that can help with my skin asthma! I applied this before going out to a -8 degree weather in Seoul. My skin stayed moisturized all throughout the cold day.


Yay for Korean skincare products! Hope you give them a try. It won’t disappoint. πŸ˜‰

Stay warm!