[INFLUENSTER] Olay Regenerist Cleansing Whip


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Again, from my second ever VoxBox.

This is the perfect fall/winter cleanser for my kind of combination skin. I love that it doubles as a daily exfoliator.

olayclay1Hello hello!

I’d like to begin with what a terrible time Autumn is, for my kind of combo skin. It’s when my skin freaks out from the subtle change of weather, when it decides to accumulate dead skin cells (even more so than usual) and create this horny outer shell that I refuse to call skin. Leather, more like.

This type of skin makes it harder for my moisturizer to seep in, leading to less moisture in my skin, leading to more leather, more pain on my behalf.

So exfoliating “just the right amount” becomes my mission, as overdoing it causes cystic acne to pop up and overstay its welcome.

olaywhip2There are fine micropolishers within the lather of Olay Regenerist, just enough to exfoliate the skin without aggravating it.

Some exfoliators tend to cut into my skin, leaving it open for contamination, the plague, and terrible little whiteheads… but this actually cleared up my skin. Plus, my skin feels baby soft now. Love.

olaywhip3Ingredient list.

I’ve been using this for three days and already my skin feels fresher 🙂 It’s a nice morning wake-me-up cleanser/exfoliator.

olaywhip4By the way, the lather is real. A pea-sized amount suffices for my morning cleanse because it lathers up like crazy. This can will probably last me months even with daily use…

And try this as a body exfoliator when you’re taking a bath. Love the way it makes my skin feel after.

[Influenster] Olay Pink Mineral Complex Mask


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Hello my second ever VoxBox.

I’ve been meaning to branch out with masks, as I’ve been using (and reusing) my Herbivore Blue Tansy & Innisfree Volcanic Clay combo to death. This swooped in just in time.

olayclay1This was the Olay VoxBox, a winner, if I say so myself. Love both products.

It’s saying something that I can get excited about cleansers and masks, which tend to lean boring in my spectrum of daily beauty products. But hey, what works works.

olayclay2Nice and simple. Easy to use. And best of all – travel friendly.

Most clay masks I’ve used came in either huge tubs or heavy, metallic containers, and while I do love excess & sturdiness, it’s hard to find the perfect clay mask for traveling. I usually have to make do with a foil sample or a hastily-packed-sample-in-a-contact-case… that sometimes dried out mid-travel.

This feels like a good mask for traveling. It’s not messy like some stick-form products can get, and it’s a good decent size.

olayclay3How to use 🙂 As simple as it gets.

I personally like to get the tub running while I apply this. The warm steam opens up my pores.

olayclay5So here’s the embarrassing part.

I initially didn’t realize this was a cap. Was just fascinated by how smooth the product was and wondered if this was water-activated as it just didn’t seem to be getting onto my skin…

Well. It’s a cap. Do not be foolish like I was. Thank god no one was around to see it.

olayclay6Here’s the product sans cap. Still lovely and smooth….but actually goes on skin as opposed to its plastic counterpart.

There’s a nice fruity scent to the mask that’s not overpowering.

olayclay7On application, the mask turns your face into one of an Oompa Loompa. It’s not chalky, goes on smooth, and does its job without completely depleting your skin of moisture.

Best of all, it left my skin glowing after rinsing. Some clay masks briefly irritate my cheeks and nose area, but this didn’t flare up my rosacea. And my skin wasn’t dried out the next morning, so a win overall!

Screen Shot 2018-09-11 at 9.17.13 PM.pngProduct details from Olay itself.

2017 December Empties


Technically, these are empties I’ve been hoarding since October (minus the Rip-Van-Winkle status old makeup items I chucked way before in an attempt to spring clean)

Once again, I listed my empties according to these two categories.. but these are mostly items I’ve saved. Likely, I liked them enough to keep for months!

  • Loves (will/already have repurchased)
  • Likes (likes enough to use it again someday)
  • Underline (already repurchased)

2017empties_2December FS/DS Loves!

  • Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Serum (Saves me from flaking skin)
  • Soap&Glory Smoothie Breakfast Scrub (Best body exfoliator. Smells like heaven.)
  • Dior Diorshow Iconic Mascara (One of the few mascaras that doesn’t give me panda eyes)
  • L’oreal Hydrafresh Moisturizing Cream (Moisturizer that doesn’t feel greasy or peel when applying makeup)
  • E Nature Birch Juice Hydro Sleeping Pack (great sleeping mask)
  • It’s Skin Powder 10 Formula Gf Effector (great essence)

December FS/DS Likes!

  • Etude Hydro Glow on Primer (perfect for glowy makeup. non-greasy)
  • Davines Love Shampoo (unlike other Davines shampoos, the smell is great)
  • Su:m37 Essence (costly but good)
  • Nexxus Therappe Shampoo (smells delicious and doesn’t dry my hair out)
  • Maui Moisture Shampoo Hydrate + Shea Butter (hydrating. smells great.)
  • Tata Harper Clarifying Mask (smells great and works as an okay exfoliator)
  • Lush Rose Jam Bath Gel (smells like a confectionary)

Empties Category:

2017empties_3Hair&Body: 3 FS + 4 DS

2017empties_4Skin: 3 FS + 5 DS

2017empties_5Makeup: 2 FS + 3 DS

+ Bonus: Empties from some time in Spring 2017.


The Body Shop – Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter


Price: $16 (on sale: $9.60)

Caroline Hirons turned me to this gem. I’m kinda in love with it.

I have combination skin that runs dry and oily, prone to breakouts–especially with oils. Most cleansing oils don’t work for me; even if there’s one that works, the journey doesn’t seem worth the payoff. (Those breakouts are easy to trigger but hard to exterminate)

This cleansing butter is perfect for those who’s got a love-hate relationship with oils.

camomilebutter_2Here’s the off-white miracle balm that gives in softer than real butter. It …

  • Gets make up off
  • Doesn’t leave a residue
  • Is not drying
  • Is gentle. No breakouts.

It is a bit of a hassle to manage. Your hands should be clean before touching the butter, lest you contaminate the rest.

camomilebutter_3Here’s a teeny red heart. (Cameo: BH Cosmetics Lip Liner in “Retro”) It’s cute but has to go.

Spread a mini dollop of cleansing butter on the teeny heart.

camomilebutter_4The butter melts into a gentle, oily gel when in contact with warm skin.

Rub gently in a circular motion for about a minute then wash off the residue. There will be nothing left behind.

For my evening double cleansing, I use this right after a swipe of Bioderma. Everything goes off and my skin is left moist, not dry.

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$16 might be a tad pricey, but the Body Shop often has promotions like this where everything goes on sale (and free shipping to boot).

I often stock up on 2-3 of these during the sale. That lasts me for half a year or more.


[REVIEW] Tatcha – Polished Rice Enzyme Powder

Rice Enzyme Powder1

[Tatcha Polished – Classic/Gentle Rice Enzyme Powder]

Full Size: $65

Travel Size: $15

I first came across this baby when Sephora was offering the “polished” promo. That generous promo code got me one $15 travel-size rice enzyme powder, and ever since, I got hooked!

A back-up was a must. Luckily, Tatcha offers a “Complimentary travel size Rice Enzyme Powder with your first purchase” when you sign up for their newsletter. It’s like they read my mind. 

Rice Enzyme Powder2This was my Tatcha baby haul:

  • Travel Size Luminous Mist ($15)
  • Polished Gentle Rice Enzyme Powder (Promo Code: WELCOMEGIFT)
  • 3 Free Sample Packets

I love love love it when luxury brands carry travel size. It allows an affordable option for everyone who wishes to trial the brand without breaking the bank. 

Shipping was swift enough; I ordered on Jan 24, got shipping confirmation on Jan 25, and received my products on Jan 28. Awesome free shipping, no minimum.

Rice Enzyme Powder3Rice Enzyme Powder4On a side note: one thing I adore about Tatcha is their luxurious packaging. Even the tape on the box is unique and in accordance to their brand. And doesn’t the abundance of purple just scream royalty? 

Although those days of purple signifying royalty are long past us, this whole color scheme still feels luxurious, at least to me. 🙂

tatcha rice powder5There are four types of powders available: 

  • Gentle Rice Enzyme Powder
  • Classic Rice Enzyme Powder
  • Deep Rice Enzyme Powder
  • Soothing Rice Enzyme Powder

I currently use the “Gentle Rice Enzyme Powder” and “Classic Rice Enzyme Powder.”

tatcha rice powder11These are the ingredients, for anyone who’s interested.

tatcha rice powder6The tubs are plastic and sturdy. Pretty light. There’s a small flap you can slide open to get the product.

tatcha rice powder7Direction instructs “half a teaspoon of product on wet hands,” but I always flick out a smaller amount and use it twice daily, once in the morning and once in the evening. A little goes a long way. I’ve had this little tub for more than a month now, and there still more than half left. 

Currently, I’m hoarding two more of these travel sizes, so I’m set for 6 months!

tatcha rice powder8This is how much I use at a given time. Once you rub the Gentle Rice Enzyme powder between your wet hands, it turns into a white-beige granular paste. Add more water, it foams lightly. Cover your face and rub gently. 

tatcha rice powder9The paste has a nutty fragrance that smells heavenly.

It reminds me of “미숫가루 (Mi-sut-garu),” which is a mixed-grain powder that Korean people mix with water or milk (sometimes with honey) to create a nutty/grainy drink. I love that drink, so needless to say, I loved the enzyme powder. Swear I almost need to stop myself from tasting it.

tatcha rice powder10tatcha rice powder12The Enzyme powder makes my skin feels clean and refreshed. Not the squeaky-clean type of feeling that leaves you dry, it just feels lightly exfoliated and less oily. Plus, even with daily use, the powder doesn’t break out my sensitive skin, a quality I much I appreciate in an exfoliator. 

The feeling after use reminds me of the “Ssal-ddu-mul (water leftover after washing rice) washing method (쌀뜨물 세안법)” in South Korean culture.

It is said that rice-washed water is great for your skin. You basically rinse rice, throw away the first batch of water, pour more water in, rinse again, and drain the water into a tub. With this tub of rice water, you wash your face like you would with normal water, ending with light splashes of regular tap water to cleanse away lingering impurities.

Can’t say that’s my HG method of pampering skin, but it does have a similar effect to using Tatcha’s rice enzyme powder.

Rice Enzyme Powder1Product aside, I just love the packaging.

Considering the price point, I feel Tatcha knows what it’s doing with its packaging. Not somewhere I can walk out with an armload of goodies, but snagging one of their beautiful products can make me feel happy enough to feel like I did!

I would recommend this to:

  • Anyone in need of gentle, daily exfoliation.
  • Those with combination skin leaning oily.
  • Those who love Mi-sut-garu?

PS: Would you use this? Do you see this replacing your daily exfoliator? 🙂