Loving A Face Mist

As the days are heating up, I find less of a need to layer skincare on my face. As I’ve already mentioned, my current routine for both morning and night is cleanse, tone, eye cream, and an emulsion or light moisturizer. On the weekends or at night, when I feel like my face needs a little bit of a moisture kick, I reach for my BENTON Honest TT Mist .

This face mist contains hylauronic acid, which is great for keeping skin plump and moisturized, and also contains 85% tea tree leaf water that’s great for fighting acne. For those sensitive to fragrance, this mist has none.

I can’t wait to use this on hot summer days because it has a cooling effect when sprayed. For those who have not tried a face mist, definitely consider getting one with summer quickly coming.


An Empties Update

Not much happening over here with skincare.  I thought I’d do this post now so I could just throw these empties away.  I still haven’t finished any of my moisturizers, serum, essence, emulsion, eye cream, and cleansers.  My Korean skincare products are still going strong, which makes me appreciate their products.  A little goes a long way and they last.  Also my skin has been loving all the pampering.  I’ve had minor pimples here and there, but for the most part, my complexion has been clear, hydrated, and makeup going on nicely.

For those curious about a Korean skincare regiment, please check out SoKo Glam’s website.  It’s a great starting point for those residing here in North America.


Finding a Balance to Accumulating Stuff

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Ever since I read that article, from Allure.com, on “How Much the Average Woman Spends on Makeup in Her Life,” I want to change my own situation so I don’t end up spending a bunch of money on makeup or mindlessly shop for things I think I need but really don’t.  I definitely have goals to invest, to fund my retirement, to travel, and to be licensed in my profession.  All these things cost money, and thus, I should keep my spending in line with my goals.

Thankfully, makeup, skincare, and hair care can last for up to 1-2 years. This year will be a high buying year for said items and at some point will stop once I figure out what I like and what will work for summer and winter months.  Then I can just stock up on refills. This happened to me with clothing and shoes where I just bought a bunch of stuff in the last few years.  I experimented with my style, regretted quite a bit of purchases, purged a lot of clothing from my closet, and eventually found my style.  At the beginning of this year, I gave myself a goal to not buy clothes until June of this year.  Well I’m happy to report that I’ve kept to my word.  I’m stoked for my discipline that I thought to extend my ban until September.  However, I think I can extend my ‘no clothing’ ban until January of 2019, because really, my closet doesn’t need anything new at the moment.  I also think I’ve reached a satisfactory point with my beauty collection except I’ve gotten into eye shadow palettes lately, and I’m sort of obsessed with them.  I’m still playing around with makeup and at some point I’ll get to a stopping point.  But I’m glad I can keep my shopping aligned with my goals so I’m not frivolously throwing money to the wind.

Thus, with all said and done, finding a balance is important to achieving goals.  We’re not all well off to just buy what we please.  We need to budget, sacrifice, and have patience until we can afford our purchases.  Don’t you think?  So I say rotate spending so one year is all about clothes and shoes, and then the next on makeup.

No Where Near Empty – Skincare

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Remember all the Korean skincare products I bought at the beginning of the year and remember how I thought I’d need to stock up on some by the end of April?  Well, I’m no where near empty.  The only refills I’ve re-ordered are the COSRX Moisture Up Pads and the Mizon Snail Eye Cream.  I really want to write an Empties blog post, but I still have lots of face wash, hair oils/mists, moisturizers, and serums to use up.  I mean I guess it’s good to know that these products can last.

The other reason is probably because I’ve been using less skincare lately.  My morning and night routine has been cleanse, toner, eye cream, and moisturizer.  During the day I add sunscreen, but that’s pretty much it.  On days when I feel my skin fairly moisturized, I’ll just cleanse, tone, and then put on Innisfree’s Green Tea Serum.  I really haven’t felt the need to layer moisturizing products on my face like how I was doing in the winter time because it hasn’t been dry over here.

Also, I’ve been lucky with minimal breakouts.  I’m doing well not to touch my face, which is something I’ve realized and quickly learned not to do.  Even hair around my face can agitate my skin and break me out.  So as we continue to have warmer days, I’ll have to see how my face reacts to the weather change and add new products as I see fit for summertime.


April 2018 Favorites

For those following along with me, some of you may already know I’ve spent quite a bit of money on beauty related products in the first part of this year. First with Korean skincare, which then bloomed to a love for all things beauty. As some of you may know, I bought and tried all sorts of stuff and so I’ve compiled a list of my monthly favorites for April 2018. These products have been the ones I’ve gravitated to in the past month and have thus made it to my monthly favorites list. In no particular order, they are:

  1. COSRX Moisture Up Pads – I still love this toner in a pad. It doesn’t break me out and very convenient to use. I’m on my second refill, but just recently placed an order for my third.
  2. Innisfree No Sebum Powder – I love this powder. I seriously think it’s helped keep breakouts at bay since I’ve been using it. These days I don’t even reach for my Clinique Sheer Powder compact that I used to use on the daily. I’ve been using this powder after applying foundation and it’s been great!
  3. Innisfree Green Tea Serum – I’m only halfway done with this bottle and I’ve had it for about two months now. Definitely getting my money’s worth with this one. This product clears up dry patches and I basically use this consistently in my morning and night routine.
  4. The Face Shop’s Single Blush in 03 – Since buying this cute little thing I’ve been using it for my daily makeup routine. It’s just so perfect for daily use because it’s sublte and a nice shade on me.
  5. Mizon’s Snail Eye Cream – Still loving this eye cream. I’ve just placed an order for my second refill because I love this so much.
  6. e.l.f. Beauty Sponge – I haven’t tried the actual beauty blender, but for a fraction of the cost I’d rather stick to cheaper alternatives. Initially, I was applying my foundation with a foundation brush or with my finger, but after watching those GRWM videos, I decided to pick one of these sponges up from Target for $6. Well I’m so glad I did because I love the application. It looks a lot better than applying with a foundation brush and finger.
  7. Clinique Even Better – This has lighter coverage than the Beyond Perfecting foundation (mentioned below), but I prefer it for my everyday look because this one has SPF 15 coverage.
  8. Clinique Beyond Perfecting foundation / concealer – I just recently bought this and I try to use it for my under eyes or on days when I’m feeling extra fancy when I want more coverage.
  9. Anastasia Beverly Hills Soft Glam Eyeshadow Palette – As I’ve previously mentioned, this palette has a wide selection of colors to create a glam or low key look. There’s a mixture of shimmers and matte colors so you won’t get bored with the palette. I bought it with summer in mind, but I think it’s also great for special occasions since they include shimmers. The one draw back about this palette and the next one I’m going to mention, from Naked, is how much pigmentation there is and how much stays on the skin even after wiping off with makeup remover wipes or micellar water. I recently got a sty under my eye probably from left over makeup, and I realize I need to double cleanse if I’m going to continue using highly pigmented eye shadows. Regardless though, the palette shades are so beautiful!
  10. Naked Petite Heat Palette – I love this palette. Its very natural wearing for everyday makeup and can also be for bold looks. The best part is it’s also travel size to fit easily in a carry-on, and a fraction of the cost of the larger heat palette. It’s definitely a good idea to try this size before investing in the larger palette.

What I’ve Spent on “Beauty” This Year

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As a follow up to my previous post on what the average American woman will spend on beauty in her lifetime, I wanted to tally up my own “beauty” purchases to see what my spending has been like for the year and make sure future spending aligns with the budget.

Well I’ve tallied things up, ANDDDD I’ve probably went a little overboard. For skincare, hair care, and makeup I’ve spent close to $800. Gulp. It’s a little hard to digest but I don’t really have any regrets.

In my defense I haven’t purchased that much beauty products in the past 6 years and I’m basically building a base to replenish as needed in the future. Also I was testing out quite a bit of products, especially for my hair, and there are some items that I won’t be re-purchasing again. My husband also shares some of my skincare products so it’s all not for me.

Since I’m happy with the base that I’ve curated, my spending will not be as crazy in the near future. There are sheet masks and other makeup I still want to test out, but I’ll definitely be sure to keep my spending aligned with my budget. I’ll be honest and say that in the next month I’ll be dipping into savings (about $300) to pay for some excessive indulgences (new luxury handbag), testing fees, and study material. As I’ve previously mentioned, it’s expensive to be a professional. You just have to invest in yourself because if not you then who else right?

Anyway, anyone willing to share how much they’ve spent on beauty for the year? Below is my breakdown:

Sephora: $196.09

SokoGlam: $163.70

Peach & Lily: $28.35

Macy’s: $88.28

Amazon: $242.07

Faceshop: ~$33

Target / Japanese market: ~50

Bath & Body Works: $16

On a side note, this is how credit card debt happens. One too many over indulgences for people who really can’t afford buying these things. I probably should write a future post about this because if I wasn’t debt free with little savings, I would probably be digging myself a hole.

My Progress with Korean Skincare

I still love Korean skincare. I’m addicted and I just want to try everything. Ok, maybe not everything, but at least enough to know what my favorite brands are and be able to explain why. Currently, I get a few breakouts here and there, but regardless of my breakouts along my chin, the rest of my skin looks great.

My goal is to prevent early signs of aging and with diligence comes benefits of great makeup application. I think I used to stray from wearing too much because I like a more natural everyday look. Then again I didn’t know any better about skincare, which I’ve realized is an important base for a natural look. With how Korean skincare transformed my skin, I’m actually more curious than ever about makeup. Who knew it was all about a good base for natural application?

Currently with the change in weather, I’m not using as much products as when I first started. I still wash my face twice a day, and it’s not really so much of a wash, but more the use of micellar water to remove makeup or other impurities from my face. That or makeup remover wipes. I still use a toner and on rare occasions I skip that step when I’m feeling super lazy. It’s been many days of feeling this way, since coming back from vacation, so lately it’s been cleanse, toner, and Innisfree’s green tea moisture serum. At night, I’ll put on a moisturizer but that’s really been it. In the morning after applying the green tea moisture serum, I follow up with sunscreen. I guess I’m lucky with Bay Area weather not being so desert dry. With that being said, TGIF folks! Hope you all have a fantastic weekend! It’s finally starting to warm up over here, and finally starting to feel like spring!