• Papa Recipe Bombee Honey sheet masks
    Facial skincare

    Skin Ready For Spring: Papa Recipe Bombee Honey Sheet Masks

    Beauties, how is lockdown going for you? I sincerely wish for you to be as well as it is possible within the circumstances.  Me, I consider myself very fortunate to be able to stay home without very serious consequences, and I’m not one of those people who must be out and about or else the house walls close in on them… but, as much as I usually tend to be fairly chill in the face of bleak outlooks, I am feeling the lack of close physical contact with my loved ones, plus the interminable pile-up of bad news that there’s no way to prevent or stop. One happy thing I…

  • L'Occitane Bouquet de Vanille body cream and lip balm
    Bath and body care

    ‘Nilla Notes: L’Occitane Bouquet de Vanille & Yves Rocher Nuit Vanille

    Today’s post is for fellow lovers of vanilla, while the fresher weather after April rains lingers in my area… in my case, vanille is among the few gourmand scents that I love almost in any way, shape or form, so today I bring vanilla-scented reviews from L’Occitane and Yves Rocher. L’Occitane Bouquet de Vanille Ultra Soft Cream and Lip Balm. I’d used L’Occitane’s lipbalms and shea butter body products before, and though they are pricey, I end up going back for more after a while… anyway, I like this lip balm’s consistency, halfway between balm and gloss; which is odd, because as a rule, I’m not much of a gloss…

  • Too Cool For School Egg Mousse Pack
    Facial skincare

    Too Cool For School Egg Mousse Pack & Pumpkin Sleeping Pack

    I have to say, I feel kind of sheepish about having Too Cool For School products in my routine, given that, as the name indicates, this brand’s geared toward the schoolgirl-aged, or at the most the college crowd; I am neither of these things, and I haven’t been for some time. Still, I’d had my eye on the Too Cool For School Egg Mousse Pack for a while, only I refused to pay what Sephora asks for a brand that can be found in shops like Jolse for almost half the price, even taking into account shipping costs, plus any possible shakedown by customs. So when I saw it on…

  • SexyLook Moisturizing Black Mask
    Facial skincare

    Spring sheetmasking: SexyLook Moisturizing Black Mask & MediHeal Mask Dress Code Blue

    Wedding and banquet season is in full swing in my part of the world, so it’s convenient to have some tricks up your sleeve prior to the odd invite that may drop in your mailbox. So if you’re into sheetmasking, make yourself comfortable… I’m going to go ahead and say that, after trying these sheet masks, I absolutely recommend them both for pre-party preparations. MediHeal Mask Dress Code Blue Though these can be found in any decently-stocked Asian beauty outlet, I actually bought these in Incheon Airport in Seoul, where I had to stop for a brief layover. Good thing it was brief, because close to the departure lounge there…

  • Organic Rose Otto Lip Serum by Dr. Organic & Douglas Naturals lipbalm
    Facial skincare

    Organic Rose Otto Lip Serum by Dr. Organic & Douglas Naturals lipbalm

    I looove roses, I do, but as soon as Valentine’s starts creeping round social media and shop windows, suddenly the world is all via GIPHY But! the truth is that deep down I find collective nonsense like this entertaining, so I’m playing too, and today I bring roses… well, not really: I do bring lipbalm, though, which is a necessity for me at this time of the year; lately I’ve been using this Douglas Naturals lipbalm with organic pomegranate extract, and the Organic Rose Otto Lip Serum by Dr. Organic. Lipbalms and I, a tale of devotion (& a brief disgression) First off, I want to make one thing clear:…

  • La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo +
    Facial skincare

    🌻Love You, Love You Not… La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo + & Anthelios SPF 50+

    One of these products I like very much, the other… not. In fact, I can’t bring myself to apply the latter now, so I stopped using it, or rather, I don’t use it on my face, which is what is made for. The product in question is La Roche-Posay Anthelios SPF 50+ invisible face mist. I bought this one at the end of summer, when days were still long, so when it was time for me to go home the sun was still shining bright. Desperately seeking protection: La Roche-Posay Anthelios SPF 50+ invisible face mist Those of you who have stopped by my blog before will likely be aware…

  • Peter Thomas Roth mask set
    Facial skincare

    Peter Thomas Roth Mini Mask Magic Set

    Other than my regular pore-cleaning clay masks, I use masques maybe once in a blue moon, so when I saw this Peter Thomas Roth Mini Mask Magic sample pack for sale at Sephora, I couldn’t grab it fast enough: this format was made for me, commitment-phobe and lover of sample sizes that I am. The rare times I use the “fancier” kind of masques is more for the “spa” experience (and a touch of superstition) than anything else. On the whole, I have more faith in the benefits of daily discipline than in a product that’s typically applied twice or thrice a week at the most (not counting actives, of…

  • The Ordinary Retinol 1% and Hyaluronic Acid 2%
    Facial skincare

    Nessie does DECIEM: The Ordinary Retinol 1% and Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5

    Not long ago, I decided to give in and see what was all the fuss about The Ordinary, and I may just be the last beauty blogger to have done so… I can hear a mother’s voice in my head saying: “if the other bloggers jump off a bridge, would you do it too?”. Well, yes, it looks that way… there’s not much about left to be said about this Canadian, cruelty-free, and highly affordable brand that most of you don’t know already, after all the buzz in blogs and social media; in fact, I almost passed it by (because I’m oh so cool and countercultural and such), but I…

  • Ecotools Brushes and TONYMOLY Bamboo Gel
    Bath and body care,  Facial skincare,  Makeup

    Bamboo Beauty Review: Ecotools Brushes and TONYMOLY Bamboo Gel

    I’ve been eyeing the Ecotools brushes for ages, and now these are mine mine mine… there isn’t much more left to be said about this brand, which has certainly become popular in the Spanish beauty blogosphere and beyond, with good reason: they are great value for the price, and as eco-friendly as a consumer product can get. As for the TONYMOLY bamboo gel, I bought this after an unfortunate incident with a DIY mask (an aside: learn from my mistakes and leave this stuff to those who know what they’re doing); long story short, I used up the last bit of aloe gel I had left to calm my skin…

  • Ecobeauty micellar water & Dewytree sheetmask
    Facial skincare

    Keep Cool, Fool: Ecobeauty Micellar Water and Dewytree Hyaluronic Acid Sheetmask

    This summer, as usual, I’m not having the least trouble in attaining the world-famous goal of 8 glasses of water a day, everyday… I keep a steady supply within reach at all times; nevertheless, despite my enormous intake of water, I’m not seeing the fabulous changes on my skin that so many sybils of the beauty world promise… oh well, another beauty myth that just doesn’t work for me for whatever reason. Anyway, lately the topic of water and hydration is never too far from my thoughts, and of course, today’s reviews reflect that. Ecobeauty Micellar Water First, a silly factoid about me: I’ve never used micellar water before. I’ve…

  • It's Skin Hyaluronic Acid Moisture Toner
    Facial skincare

    Review: It’s Skin Hyaluronic Acid Moisture Toner

    I’ve seen the It’s Skin serums almost everywhere by now (been eyeing the licorice one, as well as the Q10), but hadn’t gotten around to trying anything by this brand until a few weeks ago, when the It’s Skin Hyaluronic Acid Moisture Toner made me curious, and I decided to take it home. First impressions In case you’re not familiar with the maker, this is a Korean brand with a clinical/cosmeceutical concept, probably better known for their ubiquitous Power 10 Formula serums (those color-coded ones that can be found anywhere with a decent K-beauty stock). The product itself is a moisturizing toner in the Korean sense, that is, a thin,…