My Skin Journey

It has been a while since my last post, been really busy with work since we are all working overtime preparing for the holiday rush orders.

I have been drafting this and some few posts since last Nov 1 and I only got time to finally finish it today. So here it goes…

Like so many human being  I have been suffering from acne & blemishes as long as I remember, to be more exact I started having acne a year after I had my first period and it was also around the time I started using whitening cream which made things worst!

For the past years, I had tried almost everything — drugstore products, high-end products, medicines and going to different skin clinics but to no avail 😦 My self-esteem and self-confidence has been affected as you can imagine. I often cover my face with my hair. Bangs has been my bestfriend but it has really been bad for my skin, causes more acne on my forehead. Sometimes days before my period is when my skin would breakout. It came to the point that I would sometimes cry myself to sleep, feel so depressed and to the extent that I would miss school, or until now work because I do not want to get out of the house. ( yes!that bad)

When I was in college I tried to face and solve my skin problem. I went to a dermatologist that prescribed birth control pills to reduce my breakout and it worked although occassionally I would still have few pimple but its more bearable. It have few side effects like my eating pattern, I feel bloated and tired a lot of times. I became so dependent on it even though I know that it was unhealthy after reading few articles about it. So I tried to get off of it and the acne came back and it was like double whammy! My skin breakout really bad.

Luckily I was introduced by a family friend to another dermatologist which was quite expensive; I was given a face injection, put on an acne diet and a very strong oral medicine (I fogot the name). I was diagnosed that the root cause of my skin problem was hormonal imbalance. The treatment worked perfectly, it was my clearest and best skin I had ever had but since the whole treatment program was expensive I was not able to continue so I went back to birth control pills since it was a lot more cheaper which was a bad choice…

Birth control pills, even though I was using the same brand did not work like it used to. It became worse when I started working. I started having breakouts in my chest and back but taking birth control pills is better than taking nothing at all. Years of being on and off pills I finally stopped taking it after being diagnosed with ovarian cysts, my Ob Gyn has stopped me from taking it, of course the outcome is very predictable.

Finally stopping from taking birth control pills for the past few years I had the worst skin breakouts – on my face,back and chest… I also had start having scars…

Its just crazy! It has been affecting my life badly and I had finally decided to put an end to this. I have decided that for the remaining month of 2016 will be about my health. No more excuses, just actions to have a healthier and glowing skin. It’s my top priority. I dont want my skin problems stopping me from being the best I can be and to experience life to the fullest. A 360 degrees change in lifestyle.

I will be sharing my journey to a healthier life and clearer skin 🙂

Subscription Addiction: September Ipsy Glam Bag 2016

A wonderful day to everyone!

For me, I had a very peaceful and quiet long weekend with my family, as you all now it was holiday here in the Philippines…

As you all now I’m a big fan of Ipsy, because you get different products in full-sized or deluxe-sized and super cute makeup bags all for $10.00 . And it’s also a great way to start your makeup collection. I really hope they would start shipping internationally as well, looking forward for that day to come.

Anyway back to my last Ipsy post for this month ( I  had unsubscribed  with Ipsy, and I will resubscribe on January since my aunt is on vacation here in the Philippines. 🙂 )

For their September bag their theme was GLAMAZON, and here’s what I got, for this post I’ll be sharing the products’ websites and their costs:

  1. Bellapierre Cosmetics – Mineral Blush – Autumn Glow 4g – $20.00

This is so pretty, it gives you that healthy glow that looks very natural plus it suits my combination skin (oily+dry).

You can also check their website for more products: http://www.bellapierre.com/

 

2. Amie Naturally Kind – New Leaf Exfoliating Polish Trial/Travel Size – £1.50

This one smells good. It leaves your skin fresh and it did not breakout my skin given that I have a very sensitive skin. I used it only 2-3 times a week to exfoliate my skin.

You can also check their website for more products: http://www.amieskincare.com

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    3. Naked Cosmetics – Naked Advance Aloe Cream – ($59.99 for full-size)

At first I thought this was a lotion but after reading few reviews and blogs about it I found out that this was a moisturizer, you can use in your face and whole body. Not really a big fan of the scent but aside from it works pretty well. I used it on my cheeks especially when my skin is peeling like crazy it tends to happen when the when their is a drastic change in the weather. yeah! my super sensitive skin.

You can also check their website for more products: http://www.nakedcos.com/

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    4. Pixi by Petra

The lipstick came in a cute deluxe-sample size, this is one of the popular brands in subscription boxes in the Philippines. It feels lightweight like lip balm on the lips, long lasting and moisturizing. If your interested to try Pixi by Petra products you can purchase it on Glamourbox.ph, they also have a set “Pixi – Perfectly Pixi Glamourbox” that costs only 1,290.00Php that includes; Pixi Book of Beauty Minimal Makeup  6 x 2.7g (1290.00Php), Pixi Lash Booster Mascara Blackest Black  7g (840Php), Pixi Shea Butter Lip Balm Sweet Peach  4g (420Php), Pixi Makeup Melting Cleansing Cloths  40 cloths (499Php) and Pixi Glow Tonic 15ml (390Php). All the products in the box comes in full size so it’s worth every penny.

You can also check their website for more products: http://www.pixibeauty.com/ and for Glamourbox.ph website:http://www.glamourbox.ph/home/2100-perfectly-pixi-glamourbox.html

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PICK OF THE MONTH:

   5. Tarte – Tarteist™ Lash Paint Mascara ($23.00 full-size)

This one is really good, aside from my favorite vloggers and beauty gurus raving about this product it really does wonder to your lashes 🙂 It makes my lashes long and no smudging.

You can also check their website for more products:http://tartecosmetics.com/

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That’s it for now 🙂 I have also tried Lip Monthly will be sharing how I subscribed, the cost and the products that I got 🙂

‘Til then…

Subscription Addiction: August Ipsy Glam Bag 2016

Another week has passed, hope you all are having a great one 🙂 For me a typical week at work plus a friday night out has gone by…

So back to my super late Ipsy update; the theme for August was really cute, fun, sugar, sweet and everything nice 🙂

I like really their theme its very girly and sweet, and to start with they got 2 designs for the glam bag; I got the one with purple hair and like cosmetics crown. so cute!

So here’s what I got:

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It Hair care 12-in-one amazing leave in Treatment

 

It smells soooooo good! And I love it because it was full size.

A highly efficient Leave in Treatment as opposed to a leave in Conditioner. 12-IN-ONE Amazing Leave in Treatment repairs, protects and strengthens hair, providing 12 amazing benefits with results driven ingredients including our exclusive Abyssinian Oil. Protects & Strengthens, Fights frizz and Repairs split ends and breakage. (Description from Ipsy website)

 

 

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This works: In transit camera close-up

 

The product was just fine, my biggest concern that my BB cream doesn’t work well with it.

This mask-moisturizer-and-primer-in-one instantly preps your skin for photo-perfect makeup. Posh Spice is a fan (and we bet David likes it too). Evens, plumps and brightens skin instantly. Hyaluronic Acid, Argan Oils plus a hit of Caffeine help erase signs of fatigue. (Description from Ipsy website)

 

 

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Nyx Born to Glow Liquid Illuminator in Gleam

 

Just gorgeous! I don’t usually use highlighters but this one highly recommended.

Oh, do glow on. Lightweight and lustrous, this illuminator hits the highlights and delivers just the right dose of shimmer and shine. Easily blends into skin for a natural look. Wear it alone for summer. Look radiant with minimal coverage. Gleam is a golden peachy pearl shade that leaves you looking lit from within. (Description from Ipsy website)

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Formula X Nail Polish in Dollface

 

Only needs two-coating, and looks very nice 🙂

Pretty in baby pink. Neutral enough for that dream job interview and your hot date afterwards.Enriched with ShineXcel™—a luminescent ingredient that amps up the shine. Long-lasting, incredibly rich color leaves us swooning. No parabens, sulfates or phthalates (Description from Ipsy website)

PICK OF THE MONTH: 

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Trust Fund Beauty : Liquid Lipstick in K-Bye

This is my product of the month 🙂 I love the shade and that its not drying. It has that matte finish but feels satin on your lips.

Hello, lipstick of our dreams. This gorgeous mauve-y nude is the perfect right-now shade that’s an even more perfect transition into fall.Breathable matte formula (doesn’t suck the life out of your lips! Cocoa Butter and Coconut Oil smooth and condition and 10 free, which means no nasty ingredients like parabens and GMOs. (Description from Ipsy website)

That’s pretty much it 🙂 till then…

Subscription Addiction: Ipsy Glam Bag July 2016

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I must say that bag is so pretty  At first look the design looks like candies

While it’s raining and pouring constantly here in the PH or some parts of Asia its summertime in the USA last July so the theme for July Ipsy Glam Bag was #HotSummerNights.

They got lot of goods to keep your summer looks on point and mostly long-lasting and melt-proof products.

I actually was checking all their sneak peaks – they released 5 sneak peaks of their July 2016 Ipsy Glam. They got EM cosmetics, Bareminerals, Revlon and Benefit cosmetics just to name few.

So here’s what I got: ( Lucky me! I got 3 things I liked in the sneak peak 🙂 )

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LUXIE ROSE GOLD SMALL ANGLE EYE BRUSH 215 – $10.00

“With soft synthetic bristles, this cruelty-free makeup brush supports vegan beauty. With cutting edge antibacterial coating, this brush maintains its high quality and remains clean and fresh over time.”

This was my favorite product in my bag, I have heard so many good reviews about it. I like that its soft yet very sturdy so it’s perfect when applying eyeliner, its definitely a must in your makeup brush collection. And this product itself  is already cost the of your subscription. You can also check their other products on their website –  http://www.luxiebeauty.com/

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The Balm Cosmetics – Meet Matt(e) Trimony : Matt Kumar

The sample package was so cute, this was my second favorite 🙂 This was like the third installment of the Meet Matte Palettes. So i already tried this the pros; very pigmented, easy to blend, definitely not powdery even when using your brush and long lasting. As for the cons; a little chalky. But all in all I might purchase the full size palette.

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Trestique Mini Highlight: Maldives Luminescent

A new generation cream-gel highlighter. Formulated to glide on skin with a soft, silky touch, highlighting and brightening skin with a veil of subtle shimmer.

It so compact and very simple to use.Instant glow and go. – https://trestique.com/

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EVA-NYC : Get Glossed! Hair Serum

This smells so good I can’t get enough of it has this very refreshing scent of vanilla. I thought at first that it might give my hair an oily feel and look but to my surprise it didn’t. It just gave that dash of shine. http://eva-nyc.com/

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ModelCo Mini Power Lash Black Mascara

As you can see I haven’t opened it yet because I still haven’t finished the mascara I’m currently using and they tend to really dried up easily I’m not really sure about this but I don’t really  want to risk it. But you can check more of ModelCo Products in their website –http://www.modelcocosmetics.com/shop/cosmetics

So that’s it for now. til my next post 🙂

Subscription Addiction:My Ipsy GlamBag Subscription

Yes!!! After 3 long months waiting I finally got hold of my Ipsy Glam Bags! A big thanks to my aunt, who have been spoiling me endlessly ever since 🙂

Anyway just quick story how I got to know Ipsy, I was browsing through Kathleenlights Youtube videos (Another Beauty Vlogger I follow)  and there I saw lots of  IpsyBag Unboxing Video then I was hooked.

What is Ipsy?  Ipsy is a monthly subscription Bag created by Michelle Phan.  “ipsy” comes from the Latin word ipse, meaning “sense of self.”

Each month you will receive a Themed Glam Bag that contains 4-5 beauty products; it can be on a samples or full sized. I like that you can get high-end products on it as well plus the bags are really pretty 😍.

All for only $10 a month. (around 500Php) Shipping is free in the U.S. and USD $4.95 for Canada.

Sadly they are only currently shipping to the U.S. and Canada. So I have to ask my aunt to subscribe on my behalf, you can do the same if you got a family member or friends living in US. Lets just hope and pray that they will soon expand and hopefully to include Asia (fingers-crossed). Cos they mentioned in their website that – In the future, they may expand to other regions, so stay tuned! (Im definitely looking forward to that)

To start your subscription you will first take a quiz – so they can create your Ipsy Glam Bag according to your preference.

I like that you can  monitor and track your Ipsy Bag once it’s shipped out, and you can have a preview of whats in your bag in their website. You can also earn points just by reviewing the products you have received and use these points to purchase products they are offering.

Pretty much the value of your GlamBag is higher than your subscription cost so it’s worth it and you get to try different products monthly. I have 3 Ipsy Bags; July, August and September and I’m really excited to share with you it’s content 🙂 So stay tuned for my next blog post!

Til then…