Almost A Full Face of AB Makeup Reviews

While I realised this is a fairly generalising statement I find myself drawn to the sheer more natural looking makeup of East Asia. So my goal for this year was to try create my HG face, and after trying a couple of Asian makeup products I was sold, so I challenged myself to try fill in the gaps with some Asian products. I don’t often go all out with makeup and my minimalist day to day face is generally foundation, eyes, lips and done, though recently I’m getting more of a full face natural look because I love some of these products. 


I have normal leaning dry skin. My main concerns are redness, pores and hydration maintenance. Lighting wasn’t my friend when I took the photos so I retook them on a different day and my arm looks darker/warmer. I have edited them to try and be as close to real life for the product.


So this a slightly abridged version as I already have HG eyeliner, mascara.


Missha Colour Fix Eye Primer. I don’t know why I was all like ‘meh I don’t need a primer, they’re just unnecessary’ because holy crap this stuff is amazing. My eyeshadow lasts all day. It looks white in the tube but it definitely applies more transparent, though still with a white cast. It does offer some grab for the eye shadows and slightly boosts the colour. I haven’t experienced any creasing on my slightly hooded eyes. It doubled the wear of my sheerer eyeshadows which usually last 4 hours. They did fade a bit but again sheer and they were still there even if a bit dull. With a bit more pigmented shadows they still as amazing as when they were put on. I have semi-oily lids and my eyes look matte up until I take it off.

3CE Back to Baby Base – Cream Yellow and Sky Blue
Cream yellow – I originally got this as foundation mixer for foundations and are too dark and too pink. It works really well for that. I do also occasionally use it on it’s own or under makeup. I did try the green primers but they seemed to enhance the redness while making everything else look ashy. Then I had it recommended that olive undertones should primer with blue and someone else suggested priming with yellow. Blue does work but as I have a sheer foundation it just shows as a bright patch. Yellow doesn’t entirely get rid of it but it does a really good at minimising it. If I’m using it all over I’ll mix it with a bit of moisturiser and apply and then tap on more coverage where I need it. I would also say the finish is slightly very dewy. 
Sky Blue – I got this to add to foundations to make them a bit more olive and I find that this works great for it as well, but again it has a white base so it will also slightly lighten the foundation.



Aritaum Styling Eye Palette
I have a full review post here if you want to read it but I’ll give a short version of my thoughts here. I still really love this palette. I’m kinda re-deciding about buying different palettes but I’m very happy with the mattes. I often use the first shade as a one eyeshadow look and the second shade as a contour. I find that the shimmer shade looks really good with the sponge applicator provided so I recommend keeping that and I find it brings out the red in the shade more. 

For contour I use the second shade in my Aritaum Palette – mild sun. I was really surprised at how natural it looks. From front on it can look a little heavy but from the side it’s pretty much perfect.


A’Pieu Moist Creamy Concealer – Frozen
I can’t remember how I found this but it’s supposedly a dupe for Nars Creamy Concealer. Not gonna lie it’s not my favourite concealer. It’s very thick so I little bit goes a long way. I find that it separates and goes cakey on my cheeks when I apply it. At first I thought it was my powder but it’s definitely the concealer. I’ve also tried mixing some with a moisturiser to see if that helps and nope. Still cakey. It is a pretty high coverage concealer, you can still see some of my redness showing through. I think this might be because my skin is on the dryer side that it’s drying out and caking.

3CE Glossing Waterful Concealer- 01
This is my favourite concealer currently. It’s a very watery texture that I hope you can see in the photo. I find that this is perfect for undereyes and despite looking orange in the tube and when you first dot it on it lightens up a bit when you spread it out and it looks really nice on my under eyes. It definitely has a dewy finish but nothing a bit of powder can’t fix. I have dark circles but they’re not the darkest and this does a fairly good job of covering them with a thin layer. However if you build it up it will turn orange (depending on your skin tone). I find I get fairly good coverage with a thing layer but I wouldn’t consider it a heavy duty concealer. Unless I find a better formula for me I’ll repurchase this when I run out.


3CE Glossing Waterful Foundation – Milk Ivory
This is the first foundation I’ve tried from the bottle that looked good. It is a sheerer coverage but you can build it up to a light coverage. Sometimes I don’t like the sheer coverage, like when I’m wanting to use blush, but it does even out my skintone. It matches my face alright and because it’s sheer I can get away with it but I do usually mix in my yellow primer as seen in this post. It doesn’t last all day but it does fade gracefully, well as gracefully as anything can on my face. I’m not the biggest fan of the glow so I do tone it down with some powder, which also helps minimise the transferring.


Innisfree Mineral Highlighter – Sugar Candy
I don’t often use highlighter and not with this foundation, however I was interested in trying a AB highlight just for interests sake. I chose the Innisfree Mineral Highlight. I chose the shade Sugar Candy and I was impressed. I just kinda went ah whatever when choosing some face products because I couldn’t find any reviews on them. I have the Balm Mary-Lou which I like I find it can be quite overpowering at times. The Innisfree highlighter is an off white highlight with subtle gold glitter. I don’t want to say glitter per se but yeah. Sometimes it can be a bit too glittery for me but if I apply it with a light hand I can get the glow I’m looking for.


3CE Face Blush – Maybe
I was kinda disappointed at how this turned out. I was hoping for a pinkier pinky peach but unfortunately it pulls more orange on my skin, I was hoping for something closer to the swatch. It has a nice natural sheer coverage, giving that hint of colour from within look. I’ve seem some people say it has a bit of fall out but I haven’t experienced any.


Etude House Face Colour Corset – 4 Light Shading Corset
I’ll be honest; I’m a bit meh about bronzers in general, no particular reason they just haven’t caught my eye. So I randomly chose the closest AB bronzer I could find that wasn’t a contour. Though… a lot of the shades are warm. This caught my eye because a it’s cheap and b I originally discovered it through the Etude House Aloha V-line Slim Maker and I’m a sucker for Polynesian themed things so I went digging. Couldn’t get the newer V-line Slim Maker but found this instead. I was surprised at how small the compact was and how much i don’t hate it. It’s a sheer glittery tan, a couple of shades darker than my skin. YOu can’t see it in the photo but it’s riddled with glitter. I was a bit apprehensive about putting it on my face because I really didn’t want to look like disco ball. However I find it gives a subtle hint of a tan to my face and I can’t tell there’s any glitter. It lasts all day as far as I can tell. It piqued my interest in bronzers a little bit but not enough I consider them a necessity. 


Aritaum Idol Brow Mascara – 5 Dark Brown
I really like this product, however the shade just isn’t right for me. It stays all day and gives a tint to my eyebrows. However my eyebrows are medium/dark brown with a cool undertone and this has a very warm undertone and is slightly too light. 



Holika HOlika Pro: Beauty Bloody Oil Tint – RD801 Bloody Vampire
I ordered this on a whim as my other lip product hadn’t turned up and I’m somewhat pleasantly surprised. First starters this looks exactly like blood. I found that I really need to rub it into my lips to get a good tint. I do like the tint it leaves, and I acknowledge that this is a tint so I’m not expecting amazing -any- opacity but I kinda wish it had moore… oomph I guess. Or at least left my lips looking a touch more bloody. It does a great job of making the inside of my lip look like fresh blood so now I have something to try and dupe. The scent is a bit meh. My friend thinks it smells like grape, I think it smells like… rancid grape. Probably won’t repurchase it but it has got me a bit more interested in lip tints and stains. And reinforced me wanting to find something that looks like blood. I find that it does stain dry patches differently so it makes me look like a surprise vampire.

Peripera Peri’s Ink Velvet – 12 Pure Peach
I  a theory, whenever the universe hears me wanting to love a product it makes it so I hate it. I was super excited for the new Ink the Velvets to be released. There were a couple of shades I was umming and ahhing over but the peach caught my eye. I‘m not a fan of the colour but the formula. OMG. I am so happy I tried this. I got it in the shade pure peach. When I first apply it it looks like a neon pastel orange… I’m pretty sure that’s not a thing but that’s the best destriptor I can think of. It dries down to the normal orange leaning peach I usually get. Which I feel like it’s a bit too bright for me. However the stain it leaves behind is surprisingly wearable. I’ve been playing around with it and my favourite application method is to apply a little bit with a lip brush which gives me that instant soft peach. Sometimes it looks a little too bright and other times it look perfect. I’ve also found that scraping off as much product from the applicator and then applying to my lips gives a nice look. I love the formula it goes on nice and smooth. In saying that if you have flaky skin on your lips it will cling to it. The fresh colour doesn’t last super long but the stain it leaves behind is really nice. I’ve actually ordered two more shades and as soon as I can find shade 8 I’m going to buy it. But I do have to say I’ve been wearing this everyday and sometimes I’ll catch myself in the mirror and be like… my lips look good is it the stain or has it worn off?


3CE Fixer Spray

I’m surprised at how well I like this. So according to this Reddit post here I think this is actually a setting spray which I use to set my makeup before applying another spray. It takes away the powdery look and meshes everything together. By that I mean I got bored one day and tried ‘touching up’ my foundation to see what happened. Even though I had already applied foundation, powder and spray it actually looked alright. I wouldn’t recommend doing that though but it goes to show how good it is at removing the powderyness. Although I am super happy with this, I did notice that Aritaum has one that’s available in NZ and cheaper than this so if I can find the ingredients list I might try that before repurchasing this.

And done. The 3CE products are ones I’m happy to repurchase. I would say the Aritaum Palette is good for a beginner or someone wanting to try sheer eyeshadows. I cannot recommend the eye primer enough (It was $15NZD!). The Innisfree highlighter and Etude House ‘bronzer’ are probably gonna stick around in my daily makeup bag for a while. Blush has already been swapped out. Gonna keep using the brow mascara until I run out then try something from one of my favourite brands; Eye of Horus. I wear the Ink Velvet daily if I’m going for a ‘natural’ look and can’t stand the oil tint. Though I keep it to remind myself that I can get bloody lips. One of my goals to create a ‘makeup wardrobe’ so a few key products that I really like and are reliable and I think through doing this I’ve found a few products I’m happy to add to this list. My main annoyance was liking the formula but not the colour and then not finding a colour in a formula I like. 

Kevyn Aucoin The Etherealist Fondation

I have so many mixed feelings about this foundation. I want to love it but I can’t. It’s a lightweight medium coverage foundation with a satin finish.


I got the second lightest shade EF-02 which is the lightest yellow shade and it’s an amazing match for me, when first applied. However it does oxidise, not enough that my face is bordering on Trumpish but enough that you can see a difference where I’ve blended it down my neck, by a shade or two. Freshly applied it’s a great summer match for me, similar to Nars Sheer Glow in Gobi. I think the Etherealist foundation is a touch more yellow/green. This foundation with a tiny bit of blue mixer is a pretty spot on colour match.


It’s meant to be a semi-satin finish but I would describe it as more satin. You can definitely it has light reflecting properties when on the face. It gives a very nice lit from within glow. This can be toned down a bit with powder. Even though I have normal/dry skin, I find that any amount of oil can make already glowy foundation look super dewy, especially since they’re formulated for dry skin. This foundation is no exception. However freshly applied and after blotting it gives a beautiful lit from withn glow.


I find this applies best with fingers which isn’t my favourite way to apply foundation. However it does gives a beautiful skinlike finish without being too dotty on me. I generally pat over my face with a puff once I’ve blended it in. In saying that when it applies well it’s amazing, when it doesn’t I really don’t like it. If my skin isn’t in tip top condition it doesn’t look the greatest. My best application was following a full skincare routine including exfoliating.


I wouldn’t consider it the longest wearing foundation. I tried it from 9am to 8pm. Despite a terrible application, it faded somewhat gracefully. However I have applied it from 2pm to 8pm and it looked the same as when I first applied it. This is also a foundation that I would consider to improve with wearing it. Which sounds really weird but my natural oils kinda help blend it into the skin, or maybe the shiny helps hide terrible bits. When it’s good it’s a great foundation and I really like it, however it’s very hit and miss.


Now packaging is a semi-important thing for me, it’s not something I look for in reviews but I know some people like to read about it. The foundation comes in an airless pump. It looks elegent but there’s nothing stopping the product from accidentally coming out if the lid is pressed, or rather nothing stopping the lid from accidentally being pressed. If you travel a lot you’ll need to decant it. Additionally, the hole where the foundation goes out gets dirty really fast and get on everything if you don’t clean it up.  However, I do like the pump. I only use half a pump for my whole face and it’s easy to dispense just the right amount with minimal wastage.


Final Thoughts

I think this foundation is a good shade match. The formula and application are finickity, when applied well it’s great when applied not well… I will wipe it off and either start again or give up.



Finish: Satin
Coverage: Light Medium
What is it: Kevyn Aucoin The Etherealist Foundation
Price: 92 NZD
Would I repurchase: Maybe
Rating: 3/5

A’Pieu Milk One Pack Sheet Masks Review (Whole Range)


So the first Korean sheet mask that I tried was the A’Pieu Peach and Yogurt mask which I loved the smell of, but when I let the essence sink in it left my skin looking super oily. Usually I very easily get put off brands by a bad product, even though logically I know that one bad product doesn’t represent a company. Then I saw the A’Pieu Milk One Pack Sheet Masks and I thought they looked interesting. I bought some from NZ at $2.50 each and some from Korea at ~$5 for 3. I have normal skin maybe leaning dry and live in NZ. The mask shape seemed to fit my face well, with no slipping. Please bear in mind I do routinely use a silicone mask cover.


Green Tea Milk – Soothing (MRP)
This was the first one I tried and it convinced me that sheet masks aren’t entirely terrible. I’m not a fan of green tea, and a couple other food items, so I generally stay away from products containing them. I was a little bit annoyed at how much I liked this. It has a very light fresh green tea scent, slightly sweet. It didn’t leave my skin looking greasey straight after. And it seemed to minimise my redness a little bit. The next morning my skin looksed really nice and smooth. The redness was toned down but it didn’t last. There was enough extra essence to almost fill a sample container and that provide enough extra essence to cover my face 3-4 times.


Coffee Milk – Firming (RP)
I’m one of those weird people who doesn’t like the taste of coffee, though mochas are growing on me, but loves the smell of it. As in I’ve seriously considered filling a container with coffee beans and putting my brushes in it. This mask smells amazing! I actually like smushed my nose into it to smell it. At first I could tell it definitely smelled like coffee, but it wasn’t coffee as I knew it Jim! After much consideration; me trying to suffocate myself with the mask because it smells so good. I’ve decided it smells like an iced coffee. Definitely coffee but not say a flat white. Anyways enough about the smell. I decided to try squeezing out a little extra essence as I feel like with the previous mask there was quite a bit left on the mask. In the end, with the leftovers in the foil, I filled a sample container. My face did, dare I say it, feel  firmer after it. I’m going to try it a couple more times to be certain it has an effect. In saying that because of the smell even if it does nothing I would happily stash some away in my self care box for bad days. My face did look a touch shinier straight after but it wasn’t greasey looking.


Chocolate Milk – Smoothing (WNR)
Oh man, this mask annoys me so much. Since I’ve been pleasantly surprised by the smell of my other masks, I was hoping this one would be good as well. Especially since I love chocolate. To me I only get faint hints of chocolate every now and then. It smells quite artificial to me and was very cloying. And it gave me a massive headache, that bordered on a migraine. I tried sniffing it the next day and yup headache inducing. I also gave some to a friend to smell and they said coconut which was actually my first thought. Thinking about it I think it smells like cocoa body butter. I definitely saw a smoothing affect with my pores. Which annoys me because I can’t stand the smell. I probably won’t repurchase and will stash my current extras away for when my skin is looking terrible… or cut them up for just my cheek area. Honestly this made quite a few of my pores disappear, albeit temporarily. 


Coconut Milk – Moisturising (WNR)
I’m still not sure what this smells like, I get a tropical coconuty soap vibe. But it’s not very coconuty. Like there’s definitely coconut but it’s not like I’m smothering my face in coconut milk. It’s an alright scent for me but there’s this milk hint that gives me a headache. It leave my skin feeling soft and moisturised.

White Milk – Hydrating (WNR)
The only think I could think of was sour milk. It was the acidic smell of sour milk it was just off, like milk but not. I was expecting it to smell like the milk lollies, nope. I did not like the scent at all. I only managed 10 minutes before it made me feel sick and I had to take it off. I actually ended up using a different mask to try hide the smell. In saying that inbetween when I took the mask and let the essence sink in, before deciding that I couldn’t stand the smell anymore, my face did feel hydrated. 


Strawberry – Brightening (MRP)
I was very surprised at this mask. Since the previous ones have gone from bad to worse I was dreading trying this mask. However I was pleasantly surprised. It smells exactly like strawberry hubba bubba. I do admit I don’t have much experience with brightening products so I can’t compare but my skin definitely looked brighter when I took it off. I might repurchase this but I think I need to recover from the other ones first. It has definitely got me interested in trying some more brightening products.


Banana – Nourishing (MRP)
The last one I needed to complete the collection. This smells exactly like banana candy, and I was pleasantly surprised. It definitely made my skin feel super moisturised and helped a little bit with hiding my pores. My face felt kinda sticky when it dried down, after about 10 minutes or so but I may not have waited until it was fully dry before moving on.


Overall summary
I think overall I was disappointed, not because they were ineffective but because they’re unsuable for me. I saw great results with the coffee, chocolate, white, strawberry masks but the scents make them pretty much unbearable for me. However in saying that I would definitely recommend them if as they were effective for me. I just find that I’m fairly sensitive to scents so strong scents can be overwhelming so keep that in mind.


All the masks had a positive effect on my face, for some the scents makes them unusable. Coffee was the best scented one and had a firming effect. Chocolate had an amazing affect on my pores but I can’t stand the smell. The rest all did what they said they do, but these two were the best for me. Would recommend if you’re not sensitive to smell, none of them broke me out.

Anyone thinking of trying these? Or have tried them? Let me know what you think!

My (First) 10 Step Skin Care Routine

My Skin Care Routine


So it’s been a couple of months since I talked about starting AB and I thought I would give an update with my beginning routine. Just so I can compare in a couple years down the track to see how things have changed.


Step 1. Oil Cleanser
I’m still using my dermologica Precleanse even though it’s so expensive. I’m still on open to a good alternative. I love that they updated the packaging; it now comes with a pump which dispenses the perfect amount for my face. It is pricy at $67 for a bottle.

Step 2. Foam Cleanser
This is one step I haven’t found a good one for. I’ve tried a couple western ones and a couple AB and I haven’t found ones I like.

Step 3. Toner
I actually have two toners for this step, although I don’t really class one as a toner. It’s the Son and Park Beauty Water, it’s meant to be a toner-slash-exfoliator-slash-cleanser. I generally use it before my actual toner. I don’t know if I would consider it an essential in my routine but I shall keep using it until I’m almost out and then leave it for a bit to see if it makes a difference.
My actual toner is the Nature Republic Hawaiian Fresh Toner. This has don some wonders in making my pores less noticeable. Will definitely repurchase for sure.

Step 4. Exfoliator
I have two exfoliators that I use the NeoGen Bio Peel Guaze Wipes in wine and a peeling gel. I really love the pads and they smell amazing.

Step 5. Essence/Serum/Ampoule
I generally consider this the bulk of my routine I apply my Mizon Hyaluronic Acid 100 first then Skinfood Watery Berry Serum, then Nature Republic Hawaiian Fresh Serum and finally Etude House Wonder Pore Tightening Essence. The first two I am determined to remain in my routine. The Hawaiian Fresh Serum I’m on the fence about but I do like it, the scent just puts me off a bit. I’m not sure about the Etude House Essence.

Step 6. Emulsion/Lotion
To Buy Primera Wild Peach Emulsion

Step 7. Eye Cream
I have some pretty noticeable creases under my eyes. I didn’t expect any product to make a difference but I was pleasantly surprised when the Skin Platinum Grape Cell Eye Cream made a slight difference. I’m pretty sure it’s only temporary but I also use it as a cover over a serum.
Step 8. Sheet Masks
I am meh about sheet masks. Shock gasp horror. I haven’t found one that gives me an immediate noticeable difference like other people have said but here’s a photo of my collection. I generally use these on Sundays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Plus any other bad day as part of my self care or when my skin is down.

Step 9. Cream/Sleeping Mask
I hate creams with a burning passion.  I find them really think though I have one I’m itching to try so I usually go for a gel one instead of a traditional cream and so far it’s worked out well for me. I generally use the gels in the morning as they sink it quicker. I use creams at night when it doesn’t really matter how fast it sinks in and then I top it off with a sleepibng mask

Step 10. Sunscreen
AB has made me fall in love with sunscreen. While it still has the sunscreeny smell I love the way it just melts into my skin and I can’t feel it on my face. This is obviously a morning only thing.


So that’s my ’10-step routine’ I’m really happy with how my skin is at the moment. 


My (Kinda) DIY Cushion Foundations

I love cushion foundations, or rather I love the idea because I can’t for the life me find a match. DIYing a cushion to be the perfect sounds… well perfect however mixing products is not a good idea. You risk bacteria and mold growing in your cushion. So I got to thinking how can I use then cushion compacts that don’t fit me? I can’t keep a mixture for long but I really want to use these compacts. I’m also a big believer in it’s not the cushion that makes them so good, it’s the puff. So here are two different cushion foundation DIYs.


Method 1
If you’re like me and mix a foundation daily whether that be lighterners, darkeners, undertone, moisturiser etc. I often have to mix foundations and I hate the feeling of foundation on my hand and I don’t have a mixing palette.

What I do is I clean out a cushion compact, save the foundation because hey you never know I might miraculously wake up matching it. (I usually just decant a little bit into a container and send it to a friend.)


Then in the morning I mix my foundation in the now emptied and cleaned compact. Usually my mixture makes enough for one application and a bit. The leftover bit I take with me for touch-ups.

Still not amazing hygienic and still compromising the formula but I don’t mind as it’s only going to be use in a few hours, if at all. You don’t have to mix if you don’t want to, I can see this working with a few products you want to layer, just be aware that the puff does soak up quite a bit of product.


Method 2.

I like this for traveling. This was actually my original idea until semi-necessity required the first one. For this you’ll need a shallow sample container like this. Those aren’t the exact ones but similar. I’d recommend measuring the internal area to get an idea of how small you need. Place your foundation, I do not recommend mixing, in it and place in the compact. Add a spatula and an alcohol wipe and you’re done. I usually wipe the spatula and drop the foundation on the puff holder and spread it around a bit then use the puff to apply. Originally I wanted to use a small airless pump but good luck finding one the right size. If you’re wanting to try this I suggest measuring your compact first and then the container you want to use note; the standard sample cases won’t work and the YSL ones won’t either. I had to go on a mission to find them. You can put a little bit of blue tack underneath it if it jiggling around annoys you. If your spatula doesn’t fit you can hide it under your puff but I’ll imagine it will get dirty quite fast.


I’m actually thinking of modifying method 2 into a full face palette. As in take a magnetic palette, put in your powders and either attach some magnetic tape or blue tack it down for cream products. I’ve always wanted to have a full face palette for travel. Gimme a couple months to find everything haha. I can’t imagine liquids going well… Actually new goal: an entire travel skincare routine in a palette.

Starting Asian Beauty

It’s taken a while for me to get fully interested Asian beauty products; skincare and makeup. Skincare has always interested me but I was never able to do much research except for high end products which I feel are a little ridiculous for  a terrible at habits teenager. Then my best friend introduced me into k-dramas, which lead to kpop which has lead to k-beauty and in general Asian beauty products though I do focus on k-beauty as it is easily accessible to me.

I’ve generally picked up a product at the supermarket to try and found it really thick and heavy and it just sits there on my skin. I would have to force myself to keep up with it even though I was excited to be doing something. Then I discussed a few korea beauty products and went hmm. Dig some digging and some more and kinda fell in love with the philosophy. Although I’m not absolutely certain what my skin is. I usually say normal skin, maybe leaning a touch to the oily side.

My focus with Asian skincare is mostly anti-aging or age halting? I guess what I mean is that it’s just maintenance and making sure it’s healthy. Other than that my other issues are large pores and redness. While my slight OCD tendencies lead me to wanting to have a full 10 step routine I feel like that would be a bit too much. In saying that toners and serums are my jam from messing around with those awesome samples you get. It’s also a part of my self care routine.

I currently have a very simple routine which combines western products and Asian products:

Oil Cleasner (PM) – Dermologica precleanse
Foam Cleanser – Still searching but switch between a couple
Toner – Beauty Water (kinda toner kinda not. I use it as a cleansing water/pH balancing toner.)
Toner -Nature Republic Hawaiian Fresh Clear Toner
Moisturiser – the Face Shop Arsainte Gel
Sunscreen (AM) – Etude House Sunprise Watery light Sunscreen.

I also thought I would do a wee bit on my current routine and why as I a complete newb chose these products. Spoiler because they looked/sounded interesting and I found some decent or no reviews. The Beauty water is an exception which you can read about here. But I‘ve finished patch testing it so I’m confident to keep using it.

Nature Republic Hawaiian Fresh Clear Toner
I chose this as I really wanted to try out an Asian hydratingish toner, even though this is on the astringent side. While I’m currently patch testing it, my first impression have been pretty good. I realise that pore size is mostly genetic but I was checking my face and my pores were way less noticeable.I’m kinda convinced that this is a temporary thing but still super happy with it. I also love the way it quickly sinks into my skin.

the Face Shop Arsainte Eco-Therapy Crystal Water Super Gel

I chose this mostly because it looked interesting. I don’t particularly like the feeling of creams on my face, so I thought I would try a gel for a change. This is supposed to be cooling and if it does nothing else other than that I’m still pretty happy.


Etude House Sunprise Watery Light Sunscreen
I’m pretty sure I chose this because it was the cheapest. I’m very impressed tbh. I’ve never liked using sunscreen. I don’t want to say I have sensory issues but I am quite sensitive to feeling something on my skin; mostly face and hands. When I was growing up I would try to be diligent about sunscreen but I really hated the feeling and would wash it off as soon as possible. Trying this left me pretty much speechless. It glided on and sunk it super fast. Well it takes 10-15 minutes for it to full sink in but I can’t really feel it on my face. And I’m not saying this is a wonder product specifically but it has opened my eyes up to AB sunsccreens and how light they are.

I have a long wishlist of things I want to try and will maybe get when I start running low on the things I’m trying. Because I’m just starting unless something makes a noticeable different to my face I’m happy to keep doing the patch testing  thing and switch things around.

I’m planning on doing an update in a couple of months with how I get on with my routine, so check back for that! 

Do any of you have a skincare routine? What does it look like?