'Tas (that's not a word but it is now) been a long time since I last wrote about my skincare routine and it's changed a bit since then for the better. I've been testing out new products and slowly incorporating them into my routine over the past few months. I also bought a bunch of samples from Tester Korea and RoseRoseShop so if I end up buying the full size of any of them after testing, I'll be sure to put it into this post too.
Taking off my makeup is a pain in the ass but it has to be done. Some nights it's therapeutic and other nights it's no different than reluctantly doing the dishes. I have different methods of removal depending on my mood because it's just necessary.
Makeup Eraser: My mom actually bought a knockoff version of this from Primark but I actually really like this? You just wet it, wipe your face with it, and your makeup comes off. The only downside to this is that you'll have to wash this like every other day or so because the makeup doesn't rinse off by itself. I use the pink Zote laundry soap for this and my makeup brushes and it's literally all you'll ever need to clean your shit. Best part is that it's only $1 for a hUGE bar and you can get it from Walmart.
Mario Badescu Cleansing Milk: For when I feel like showing my skin a little extra TLC and giving it some more moisture, I like to use this and wipe it off with a damp muslin cloth. This is especially great for dry skin since it's more of a thicker and moisturizing cleanser, but I have oily skin and I love it. Sometimes I use it as a morning cleanser too if I wake up with drier/dehydrated skin.
Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser: Y'all will never not hear me talking about this cleanser, I always keep a bottle on deck. It's my holy grail makeup remover at this point, especially for eye makeup. I also recently became a Glossier rep so feel free to shop through my link and get a discount ladies!
Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser (again): I use this as a first cleanser, second cleanser, and a morning cleanser because there is nothing this cleanser can't do. It's gentle, has a low pH, and does a good job at cleaning my oily skin without stripping it. I usually use it on dry skin cause I just feel like it works better than way.
B-lab I Am Sorry Just Cleansing Water: I only use this for when I'm lazy and really just too tired to wash my own face. I try not to make it a habit because this is really not a sufficient cleanse for the skin, no cleansing water is in my opinion. But this is made from 92% aloe water and has a bunch of other natural extracts in it to sooth and clean the skin. My skin feels clean but not dehydrated after using this, which I wasn't expecting because this is water after all.
Su:m37 Miracle Rose Cleansing Stick: It's cute. She gets the job done. Ain't no miracle though. My skin tends to feel slightly dehydrated after using this sometimes because it lathers a lot, so I try to only use this after using the cleansing milk so that I have an extra layer of moisture before using this. It's a soapy stick cleanser that smells like roses and has actual rose petals in it, has a low-pH, and is definitely gentle enough to use as a first and second cleanser. I prefer to just use it as a second cleanser though.
Cosrx Vitamin C: I've been testing this for about a month now and I'm loving it. It is sticky and a bit drying despite it claiming to be the opposite, but I'm willing to overlook that because it does such a great job at brightening my skin. I keep this in the fridge because that's what real bitches do with vitamin c. I use this every morning and depending on if I feel like going downstairs to get this, I'll use it at night too. But you don't really need to use vitamin c twice a day. It's a pretty affordable vitamin c serum for how effective it is for $27, and you can get %20 off.
Cosrx BHA Liquid: My baby love. I use this in the morning after my vitamin c and it's almost like a two-in-one. It keeps my pores unclogged but it's also very hydrating so sometimes I don't need to use an essence after this. If you have acne prone skin, get this. That is all.
Drunk Elephant Glycolic Night Serum: This has helped with my dark spots significantly. I've been using it for like a month and some change, I'm gonna be sad when I run out of the mini version cause I sure as hell ain't spending $80 on the full size. Godspeed hoe!
Curology: Will never stop using this. I think most of you know the deal with this already.
The Ordinary 30% AHA + 2% BHA: This stuff is awesome!! I sound like a stoked little white boy who just got some Hot Wheels for his 8th birthday but still. I use this 1-3 times a week and I love it. If you have acne or whiteheads, I would recommend this. It has a serum-like consistency but you're supposed to use it as a mask treatment. I leave it on for 15-20 minutes and each time I noticed that it decreased and dried out any existing bumps and pimples. By the next morning the head of the pimple is hardened and it falls off. This also makes my skin pretty smooth with a little brightening action.
Mizon Water Volume Ex First Essence: I got this in the May Bomibox and I like it. It's a very simple and straightforward essence that's meant to hydrate the skin and it does just that. I use about 3-4 drops of this and my skin is QUENCHED, bitch! I tried doing the 7 Skin Method with this but it didn't work out that well because the more of this you use, the stickier your skin is. So a little goes a long way.
It's Skin Collagen Emulsion: I also received this in my Bomibox and I love it, and I can tell it's gonna last me forever. Like the Mizon essence, a little goes a long way because it's a cream sort of, but it's on the thinner side so it spreads easier. I talked about it a little more on my instagram a little while ago. I use this after my essence and before moisturizing.
Glossier Priming Moisturizer: A nice and simple moisturizer that's not too runny or too thick, it's an interesting consistency because it has the perfect balance of both. It's like a runny cream sort of. Since it's warmer now, I use this as my moisturizer at night instead of the rich version, and sometimes I'll use it in the morning.
Hada Labo Hyaluronic Acid Milk: I've had this for like a year now because one bottle will last you forever, a little goes a long way. I like to layer this with the Priming Moisturizer if I want a little extra moisture since they're both lightweight. But this works great on its own too since it's full of hyaluronic acid and has a light, creamy milk texture.
Glossier Invisible Shield: I wish this came in a bigger bottle because I'm growing to love it. It has a gel consistency and it's clear, so it's perfect for anyone with dark and/or oily skin. It sort of gives your skin this dewy look but it's not overly so, it just makes your skin more light reflective and healthy-looking.
Cosrx Aloe Soothing Sun Cream: A cute little SPF moisturizer! It's about $13 and it doesn't leave a white cast on the skin which is literally all I ask for. Depending on how hot it is, I rotate between this and the Invisible Shield since this is a cream, though it's not heavy at all but just a little more moisturizing.