November Skin Care Empties πŸ¦ƒ

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Kose Suncut UV Perfect Essence SPF 50

I didn’t have any empties last month (October). Here are my skin care empties for the month of November! If you missed out on my empties for August and September πŸ‘ˆπŸ»

SOME BY MI Niacin 30 Days Miracle Brightening Sleeping Mask:

I’ve been trying to finish my last jar of SOME BY MI Niacin 30 Days Miracle Brightening Sleeping Mask. I tried using it on my face and body. My experience using it on my face was not that good. The sleeping mask feels very drying on the skin. I could see the skin along my chin cracking. It’s not a good product if you have dry skin. I don’t. I have oily skin, and this sleeping mask dried my skin out like crazy. It helped to temporarily brighten my skin, but the brightening effect faded within a week. Maybe my skin just doesn’t like niacinamide in this product? I just know that it’s very drying and made my skin feel awful. With the rest of the product, I used it on my body and won’t repurchase ever again.

Kose Suncut UV Perfect Essence Super Waterproof SPF 50+ PA++++:

This sunscreen is lightweight, blends into the skin easily, absorbs quick, has SPF 50+ PA++++, comes in a 110 mL bottle instead of something tiny like 40-50 mL (yes!!!), sweat-resistant, water-proof. Ah, how this sunscreen could’ve been perfect because I can overapply and my skin wouldn’t feel sticky or greasy. But, this sunscreen lists ‘ethanol’ as the second ingredient on the list. It smells like alcohol and dried my skin out and irritated it. I couldn’t believe how my skin looked so aged after using it at least once. Sun protection is important, but this product is not for me if it makes my skin look all wrinkly because of how drying and irritating it is. I won’t purchase again. By the way, I also tried it on my body and hands. It made my skin super itchy. I ended up with a bad rash and blisters.

Dear, Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin Drop:

This vitamin c serum feels gentle on the skin. It contains 5% ascorbic acid. The serum didn’t irritate or burn my face. But I wasn’t a fan of the texture of the product. It’s on the oily side. As for fading acne marks, I didn’t see much results using this serum. It didn’t help to brighten my complexion either. Maybe the 5% concentration is just too low for my skin? All I know is that I didn’t see any results while using it. So I wasn’t able to use the whole bottle, the serum turned really orange. It oxidized. Hmmm, note to self, never purchase a vitamin c serum that claims to be formulated with stabilized vitamin c that comes in a clear, see-through bottle. It’s clearly not stabilized. It turned really orange, and I kept it in a dark, safe place. I had to toss the serum out. Not recommended.

Vanicream Mineral Facial Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30:

This is a moisturizer with sunscreen. It feels like a moisturizer. It’s thick, rich, and feels heavy on the skin. I have oily skin, so it felt very rich and heavy on my skin. It left my skin looking more shiny and greasy on the surface, but it helped to moisturize and soothed my skin. I don’t think this is a bad product. It’s just that, it’s only SPF 30, and I’m using another product that contains similar ingredients to the Vanicream that works better for me. This product works to moisturize and protect. It’s not something I need in my life right now. It was nice to try it out.

CeraVe Hydrating Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30 Face Sheer Tint:

One of the products I finished this month that I really like! It contains ingredients like ceramides and niacinamide. The sunscreen moisturizes my skin and helps to brighten my skin up. I haven’t noticed any breakouts using it. I’m still keeping my eye out for any clogged pores just in case! Some things I would love to change about this product is to boost the SPF 30 to 50, make it water/sweat-resistant, and add more shades. The shade isn’t a perfect match for my skin. It does blend into the skin, but I wish it wasn’t too orangey. I wish it was a more natural-looking skin color. As for reapplication, it’s really easy to reapply sunscreen with this product. There’s no white cast. This sunscreen comes in a 1.7 fl. oz. (50 mL) tube. It would be nice if it was larger, especially for the price. It’s 13.99 where I am. It’s not super affordable compared to other sunscreens I have tried.

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel Lotion Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 50:

I figured out that I still had a bottle of the SPF 50. I found it in my bag, lol. And it’s still usable and hasn’t expired yet. I didn’t use it on my face. It’s not the type of product for my facial skin. So I used it on my hands instead. The sunscreen absorbed into my skin very well and quickly. The fragrance was awful. I didn’t like it at all. Since I didn’t use it on my face, I didn’t have to worry about the alcohol content in this product. I used this sunscreen up and threw it out. I won’t repurchase. I hope this is the last Neutrogena Hydro Boost sunscreen that I have, haha!

August Skin Care Empties! 🧴

September Skin Care Empties 😎

My Update on iUNIK Beta-Glucan Power Moisture Serum!

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iUNIK Beta-Glucan Power Moisture Serum

I tried iUNIK Beta-Glucan Power Moisture Serum again this week! Keep in mind that I stopped using all of my skin care products besides a facial cleanser, acne products, and sunscreen. It’s been going well, but I had to take a 3 day break to let my skin rest and heal. I noticed that I still had a bottle of iUNIK Beta-Glucan Power Moisture Serum. I thought I would try it out to hydrate and heal my skin during this short period of time. Also, this serum only has 6 ingredients in it. Here’s the ingredient list: Water, butylene glycol, 1,2-hexandediol, beta glucan, sodium PCA, ethylhexylglycerin. That’s a very short list of ingredients. So what happened when I used it??

Here’s a recap on what this product is supposed to do for the skin. It claims to be hyper moisturizing, nourishing, soothing, and improves skin elasticity. Beta-glucan helps to moisturize and strengthen the skin’s barrier, brightens, and helps with wrinkle care. My skin was irritated from my acne products, and this serum seemed like it would help to moisturize and nourish my skin. The texture of the serum is soft, smooth, and moisturizing on the skin. It’s a slightly thicker serum (compared to other serums I’ve used). Once it fully absorbs into the skin, it leaves the skin feeling hydrated upon application. The moisture from the serum isn’t long-lasting. My skin felt dry after a few minutes. I didn’t use anything else on my skin afterwards. Just this serum. I didn’t reapply the serum either for more moisture. Why would I have to? It should work with a single application, right? One application is all I did. I lasted 3 days on this serum. I tried using it in the morning once, but I didn’t like how it made my skin more oily. I mainly used it at night to hydrate my skin. Sadly, it didn’t work as I thought it would. It dried my skin out terribly. My skin didn’t feel hydrated or moisturized.

Some other issues I had with this serum is that it made my skin feel a little more rough instead of soft and moisturized. My skin felt crusty. It didn’t help soothe, nourish, or brighten my skin. I noticed my skin was more red and irritated as I continued to use it. It could be the star ingredient or other ingredients (or a combination of ingredients/formulation) that my skin didn’t agree with. I noticed new breakouts while using it too. I developed a cyst and a few tiny clogged pores on my chin out of nowhere. Once I noticed the breakouts, I stopped using it immediately. I’m glad I stopped using it before it gets even worse than I have experienced. After using this product, I think my skin is better off just not using anything at all besides what is necessary (cleanser, acne products, sunscreen, or nothing). I was going to try out my other serums and essences since I still have them (still trying to finish them!), but my experience with this serum alone really did put me off from using any other serums or essences on my skin. 3 days of use and I’m already breaking out in acne. I’ll just use the rest of my leftover skin care products on my body instead and be done with them. There’s no going back after this. They just don’t work on my skin.

I hope this review was helpful. Stay tuned for my update on my acne journey coming up this week! πŸ™‚

Review: Eucerin Advanced Hydration SPF 50 Sunscreen Spray with Hyaluronic Acid + Humectants

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Eucerin Advanced Hydration SPF 50 Spray

I have another sunscreen from Eucerin. It’s the Eucerin Advanced Hydration SPF 50 Sunscreen Spray with Hyaluronic Acid + Humectants. It’s the sunscreen spray instead of the lotion. More about this sunscreen: It’s formulated with 5 antioxidants, hyaluronic acid, and humectants for an immediate long-lasting hydrating effect. It’s lightweight and non-greasy. Has a dry-touch finish that leaves no visible residue. It’s a non-alcoholic lotion spray, non-comedogenic (won’t clog pores), hypoallergenic, suitable for sensitive skin, suitable for daily use, formulated for all skin tones. It’s free of fragrance, dyes, parabens, PABA, phthalates, oxybenzone, and octinoxate. Water-resistant (up to 80 minutes) and sweat-resistant. I’ve been using this product for at least a month now. Here are my thoughts and experience on it.

My Experience with Eucerin Advanced Hydration SPF 50 Sunscreen Spray with Hyaluronic Acid + Humectants:

Texture & Application

This sunscreen comes in a spray bottle (60 oz. / 170 g.). The nozzle is very easy to use. To use the sunscreen spray, twist the nozzle until there’s an opening then press down. To close the spray, turn the nozzle until the opening is hidden. I didn’t have any issues with the product getting stuck. I really liked the packaging of this product. When dispensed from the bottle, the texture of this sunscreen is lightweight and bubbly. It has a nice cold, cooling, soothing feeling when sprayed on the skin. The sunscreen is white, but it doesn’t leave a white cast or residue behind. Once rubbed into the skin, it blends into the skin well, but it leaves the skin feeling very greasy. I love that this sunscreen is alcohol-free. One of the reasons why I wanted to try it out in the first place. Unfortunately, this sunscreen burned my eyes and skin. I noticed a tingly sensation on my skin when applied to the skin. So my use of this sunscreen didn’t last for too long. I had to stop using it due to irritation. I ended up using the rest of the sunscreen on my body instead. I think it works better as a body sunscreen rather than a facial sunscreen.

It’s hydrating.

It’s a hydrating and moisturizing sunscreen, but I thought it was too greasy on my skin. I’ve used plenty of greasy sunscreens and this one takes the cake. Besides the burning, I couldn’t deal with the greasiness of the product. It feels uncomfortable on the skin.

It stinks.

The spray is fragrance-free, but it does have smell to it. The smell is very strong (sunscreen/chemical smell) that irritated my skin and eyes. Even though I use it on my body, I didn’t enjoy using it on my body. The smell of the sunscreen is just so strong that it gets into my eyes. I get teary and spend the rest of the day with bloodshot eyes.

Did it clog my pores?

It’s greasy, but I didn’t notice any clogged pores (surprisingly). But, I didn’t use it for long. My skin and eyes became irritated pretty quick. I use it on my body and haven’t had any breakouts. I don’t have acne on my body though.

Final Thoughts

I finally had the chance to try out the Eucerin sunscreens (especially the spray). I’ve been wanting to try it out for the longest time! Too bad, so sad. The sunscreen spray didn’t live up to my expectations and some of its claims like being non-greasy, having a dry-touch (no it didn’t), for sensitive skin (I don’t have sensitive skin, and it burned my skin). I thought the sunscreen was very irritating, and I didn’t enjoy using it. I would think it would be more gentle on the skin due to how lightweight it is on the skin. It feels like bubbles! Also, it contains hyaluronic acid and humectants to soothe the skin. Nope, I was betrayed. My facial skin and eyes didn’t like it one bit. My experience using it on my body was different, but is it worth it? In my opinion, no. I wasn’t impressed with this sunscreen spray for the face or the body. Thought I had found a good alcohol-free sunscreen spray. I guess not. I won’t purchase again.

On the left, the Eucerin SPF 50 Lotion. On the right, the Eucerin SPF 50 Spray. I’ve already finished the lotion. For a full review on the lotion, go here.

Eucerin Advanced Hydration SPF 50

My Acne Journey: 4 Months + 3 Weeks! What I’m Doing to Maintain My Clear Skin. :)

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The Ordinary Ascorbic Acid Powder

I’m nearing 5 months on this journey soon!! My skin officially cleared up after 4 months. I’m just in maintenance mode now. All I’m doing is the basics. I’m glad I got rid of all of those excess amount of skin care products. Currently using them on my body. I have to use them up somehow. It’s still taking forever! 😭 But, lesson learned, I guess, lol. I feel like I should know this already since my skin thrives on a basic skin care routine plenty of times before. I guess it’s called a skin care addiction. πŸ˜‚ Well, let’s check out what went on this week!

What’s new this week?

I stopped using a moisturizer in the morning. Yup, I don’t have a dedicated moisturizer for mornings anymore. I feel like I was using too many products even though it was just this single product. It just felt too much applying that moisturizer on my face in the morning, lol. I noticed more blackheads and sebaceous filaments when I started using a moisturizer in the morning too. It felt like a waste of product and money when I didn’t really need one for AM use. What’s the point of using a product when it’s not necessary? I have oily skin, and it just makes things worse. So I started using a more moisturizing sunscreen instead, so it’s more like a two-in-one deal. The product is La Roche-Posay Anthelios Melt-in Milk Face & Body Sunscreen Lotion SPF 100. I was using La Roche-Posay Anthelios Body & Face Mineral Sunscreen Gentle Lotion SPF 50, but it was too drying on my skin. I got really tired of the white cast and how drying it is. It’s my favorite sunscreen (right now) for touch-ups, but I want a sunscreen that’s more moisturizing. And that is, the La Roche-Posay SPF 100 since I still have it. Here’s my experience with this sunscreen this week!

La Roche-Posay Anthelios Melt-in Milk Face & Body Sunscreen Lotion SPF 100:

I chose this sunscreen because I remember it being moisturizing. I can just skip moisturizer and go straight to using sunscreen in the morning. This helps to cut down my morning routine too. I’m only using a single product on my face. It makes things even simpler. So this sunscreen is very moisturizing on the skin. It feels lightweight without any other products underneath (serums, essences, moisturizers, creams, gels). It made my skin appear a little greasy, but that didn’t bother me too much. It sat comfortably on my skin. I liked that it didn’t dry my skin out. I needed the moisture. But, with this sunscreen, I can’t use it near my eyes. Yes, it burns like hell. It must be the smell of this sunscreen. It has a strong sunscreen/chemical smell to it. Yuck! Not a fan. But even with the negatives, I’ll still use it until I find something else that’s better. It moisturizes my skin and protects my skin. That’s what matters most to me. It hasn’t irritated my facial skin. It works for what it is.

Here’s my experience with some other sunscreens I’m trying to finish up. πŸ‘‡πŸ»

Vanicream Mineral Facial Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30:

This sunscreen feels very soft and soothing when applied to the skin. It rubs in nicely and doesn’t leave residue behind. I didn’t notice a white cast this time either. With this sunscreen, it never sets on the skin. It sits on top of the skin. It leaves my skin shiner and greasier. Since it’s only SPF 30, I’m using it as an indoor sunscreen. I prefer to stick to SPF 50+ sunscreens for everyday/outdoors. It works very well as a moisturizer. It saved my dry skin when it was cracking and peeling. Works well on sensitive skin. It contains ceramides, and I really do love my ceramides. πŸ₯° Keeps my moisture barrier happy. This moisturizer with sunscreen is actually even more moisturizing compared to the Vanicream Daily Moisturizer for Sensitive Skin, in my opinion. It leaves my skin feeling soft and smooth after I rinse it off for the day. So it helps to improve the quality of the skin. I didn’t notice any breakouts after using it this time. Keep in mind that I didn’t use any other products underneath the sunscreen. I feel that this sunscreen has some good qualities, but I don’t like the way it leaves my skin looking shiny and greasy. Plus, it’s only SPF 30. I need a higher SPF for my skin type.

Canmake Mermaid Skin Gel UV SPF 50+ PA++++ (Clear):

I tried this sunscreen again. I still have a few bottles of it left to finish. Applying this sunscreen to the skin was nice and soothing at first. But after it absorbs into the skin, it leaves the skin feeling dry and super tight. It felt like my skin was going crack. I couldn’t move my face. Yes, it absorbs quickly. Yes, it feels lightweight on the skin rather than thick and heavy. But, I’d much prefer a sunscreen that’s thick and heavy than a drying one. My face hurts using it. Reapplying was not fun. By the third application with this sunscreen, my eyes started to burn and the sunscreen pilled near my hairline. So the only way I’ll be able to finish this sunscreen is if I use it with another sunscreen that’s moisturizing. I’ve been using it with Vanicream Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30. Not mixed together, but I layer them. Vanicream helps to lessen the dryness. I only use Canmake when I’m indoors. It didn’t work for me at all. I tanned, burned, and freckled using it outdoors (including reapplying). This sunscreen is so overhyped. It didn’t protect my skin at all. Thinking about it pisses me off, lol.

When I can’t use a sunscreen near my eyes (La Roche-Posay SPF 100!), I use another sunscreen that I still have (trying to finish it). It’s the Neutrogena Sheer Zinc Face Mineral Sunscreen SPF 50. This sunscreen doesn’t burn my eyes, so it works for the eye area. I can’t use it on my face due to it clogging my pores.

I love how my morning routine just consists of sunscreen. πŸ™ƒ It’s so simple. πŸ‘ŒπŸ» I don’t need extra products. My skin’s good. βœ…

New Products??

I thought I wasn’t going to add any skin care products, but I decided to add vitamin c powder. I know, I know, lol. I said I wasn’t going to, haha. I needed an affordable, easy-to-use antioxidant in my routine. Using vitamin c went well this week. No orange 🍊 face. I woke up to a brighter and more even-toned complexion. By the way, I only use it at night. I don’t use anything else on my skin besides sunscreen in the morning. It’s too extra for me. Also, I haven’t worn makeup for a few weeks now. I started wearing makeup then stopped. Might pick it up back up again whenever.

That’s what I did this week. I really didn’t think I would ever use vitamin c again. But, knowing me, I love trying out previous/new products out. πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™€οΈ See everyone next week! I can’t wait!

If you missed out on my acne journey (more like maintaining clear skin journey now, haha), follow the links below!

My Acne Journey: 1 Week In…

My Acne Journey: 2 WEEKS!! 

My Acne Journey: 3 Weeks Results!

My Acne Journey: 4 Weeks Results!

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My Acne Journey: 6 Weeks Results…

My Acne Journey: 7 Weeks Results

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My Acne Journey: 2 Months + 2 Weeks!

My Acne Journey: 2 Months + 3 Weeks Results!

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My Acne Journey: 3 Months + 3 Week Results

My Acne Journey: 4 MONTHS!!

My Acne Journey: 4 Months + 1 Week Results.

My Acne Journey: 4.5 Months + Clear Skin!!

My Acne Journey: 4.5 Months + Clear Skin!!

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Mizon Peptide Ampoule Cream

New week, new results! Here we go! πŸ™ŒπŸ»

It’s been 4.5 months, and my skin is finally clear! I didn’t get any new breakouts this week. I didn’t get any last week either. Benzoyl peroxide is really knocking out my acne breakouts! I had a small initial breakout when I first started using it. Now, my skin just looks so good. It’s amazing! Soooo what now? I do have some acne marks to take care of, but I’m not going to add any new products to get rid of them. Honestly, I just don’t want to spend on brightening serums or whatever. I’ve used plenty to help with acne scars/marks, and I didn’t think they were worth it. I don’t really need them. What I’m going to do is leave my skin alone and simply follow what I’m doing — cleanse, treat, moisturize, and protect. Seems like my skin does better on a basic, plain skin care routine. Everything is going well. Blackheads are gone. Sebaceous filaments I was dealing with have decreased. No new breakouts. D*mn, this is really working, and I love it! So that’s all I’m going to do. Just leave my skin alone and stick to the basics. πŸ‘πŸ»

P.S. I have so many skin care products I have to use up. I’m trying my best to decrease my consumption of skin care products too. 😩 I wonder how long it’s going to take! 😭

Photo: Mizon Peptide Ampoule Cream

You can catch up on my acne journey if you missed out!! 😊

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