Best of 2017: Skin Care

2017 was easily the year I shamelessly surrendered to skin care. From trendy Korean cult-favorites to readily available Western and local drugstore staples, I’ve tested products that have given me my best skin yet. From suffering from the worst breakout of my life during the first quarter of the year to having supple, chok chok skin […]

Product Empties: Skin Care

The year is about to come to an end, and it baffles me how quickly time has passed! For 2017, I’ve managed to discover some holy grail skin care products, as well as others worth staying away from. Presenting my beloved Empties 2.0: Skin Care edition – gathering dust bunnies in an abandoned corner of […]

Skin Care Basics: The Non-Negotiables

So, you’ve been meaning to get into skin care but don’t know where to start. The infamous “10 steps Routine” fashioned by the Koreans sure is overwhelming – and not (always) necessary – so let’s break it down to the basics a.k.a steps you shouldn’t compromise. Let’s talk about the *non-negotiables* you should have in […]

My Personal Skin Care Routine (+ Tips to Make Your Own)

Skin first, make-up second. A year after my life-changing education on skin care, I’ve skipped the daily medium to full coverage foundation and opt for a light tinted moisturizer or BB Cream – except on the occasional whole day event. I forego the thick cream concealer, sans the acne, and use a brightening liquid concealer […]

Plump, Hydrated Skin with SON&PARK Beauty Water

(SON&PARK Beauty Water from Shop Pibu, P1,200) If you’ve been neglecting a toner in your routine all these years, it’s about time to include one! It restores your pH level – retaining moisture to the skin – and prepares it for the rest of the steps leading to better absorption and protection. You basically add […]

Skin Care Products to Treat and Prevent Acne

I never had to go through bad acne as a teenager – it’s probably my dry skin and genes (thanks, Ma!) – so when I had the *worst* breakout of my life in February which lasted until May, I didn’t know what to do. After panicking trying to figure out what caused it (most likely […]

Korean Skin Care 101: The Double Cleanse

In the age of magical cleansing and micellar water, removing make-up is easier than ever. Now, why would anyone of sound mind want to complicate their lives with a 2-step method to add to their already staggering daily checklist? Elisa, can you not? What is the double cleanse? The double cleanse is a staple for […]

Fading Acne Scars with Dear, Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin Drop

Dear, Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin Drop (Althea Korea, P1,010) I’ve been suffering from the worst breakout of my life since February. It started with a huge pimple on my nose, then it transferred on my cheeks and chin. The constellation of distressing acne’s made me so insecure. I took a break from my BB Cream and went […]

Reading List: The Little Book of Skin Care

I was (am) in my early 20s, still using the classic Pond’s Cold Cream to remove make-up, a generic Western facial wash that stripped my skin of moisture, and a harsh alcohol-based toner – masabi lang na I was doing something for my skin. I was clueless, hoarding the latest in beauty knowing I can cover up my skin […]