My Beauty Tips

Monday, November 03, 2014
Hello my bumblebees! Let's greet November too! I'm about to share my own beauty advices to you right now. Actually it's been a long thought indeed to share these tips, so I hope you like this kind of post. Before we begin this post, I'll explain my skin type and condition first, therefore if you have similar skin type or condition with me, I hope you'll find these tips helpful. Also, kindly do understand we all have different skin reaction to certain ingredients, meaning what works on me, might not work on you at all. Let's get it started!

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The model in the picture above is Park SoRa, she's the face of Korean fashion line Stylenanda as well as the cosmetic line, 3CE. I'm going to put her in every illustration for this post because, umm, she's like the Korean beauty goddess! LOL. I mean her skin is flawless already, and that explains why every 3CE product she wears is just convincing! Instead of me (like whoaaa), I'm just going to use her image as the illustration in every tip I'll share.

Well well.. Moving on to my skin type and condition~ I have an oily combination skin, oily on the T-zone, but the rest are normal. My main skin problems are whiteheads, blackheads and acne marks. And here are my own beauty tips, including the products that I use with the budget-friendly alternatives:

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1. Cleanse your face thoroughly

By cleansing your face, I mean double-cleanse! Especially when you're wearing makeup, yes including those CC and BB creams, because your facial wash can't cleanse makeup 100%. I use cleansing milk and cleansing water for the first stage, and if I'm wearing eye makeup, I'll definitely erase it with a makeup remover too.

Splurge: Clarins Water Comfort One-Step Cleanser, Lancome Galatéis Douceur
Save: Bioderma Sébium H2O, Maybelline Clean Express Eye & Lip Makeup Remover

The second stage of double-cleanse is to wash your face. I wash my face with the help of Etude House Wonder Pore Brush, because it will help to clean the clogged pores too. After washing my face, I would just wipe it dry with tissue instead of rubbing it with towel.

Splurge: Clarins Gentle Foaming Cleanser
Save: Etude House Wonder Pore Whipping Foaming

Finally, this is an optional step. However, this step is totally essential for me, it's called exfoliating. I find that my skin has been better because of exfoliating. I do this every once a week at night. Before exfoliating, I steam my face with hot water. Just pour the water into a large bowl and place a towel over your head and lean over the steaming water. Let it be for 5-10 minutes. I'd usually listen to some relaxing songs instead of putting it on timer.

Splurge: Clarins Gentle Refiner
Save: Biore Double Scrub Bright

Both of the exfoliators are very gentle to my skin so I recommend it to those who have oily combination skin like me, though I'm not sure how it'll react to sensitive skin. After exfoliating my face, I'd followed it with facial mask. This step is necessary to close the open pores from the steaming treatment.

Splurge: Mizon Pore Clearing Volcanic Mask
SaveBedak Saripohatji

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2. Tone and hydrate your face

Oh so many products that I've mentioned. Now moving on to the second tip, it's to tone and moisturize your face. I can't stress it anymore that toner and essence might look unessential, but IT IS VERY ESSENTIAL as it benefits my skin so much. First of all, toner will help you to close the pore. Second of all, it helps to remove makeup residue. Lastly, it will also help you to restore the skin's pH balance. Use a cotton pad for this step.

Splurge: Avène Eau Thermale Spring Water
Save: Etude House Wonder Pore Freshner

For my skin hydration, I use an essence right after the toner. What I notice the most after religiously using a face essence is that my skin is brighter than ever!

Splurge: Laneige Original Essence White Plus Renew
Save: Secret Key Starting Treatment Essence

There has been a confusion on how to apply an essence, for me it depends on the texture. If it's watery and runny like the Secret Key, I'd use a cotton pad. However, if it's watery but not runny like the Laneige one, I'd just apply it with my bare hands and dab it until it absorbs to the skin.

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3. Moisturize your face

For moisturizer, I use different type moisturizer during the day and the night. Mainly because each moisturizer has different function. It's honestly difficult for me to compare the splurges and saves, because you get what you pay, you know, so the results are incomparable. While I use Clarins for the day, it really saves my day, you can just read my full review on the link and the Kiehl's cream is just magically effective to reduce wrinkle! I just turned 23 so I obviously don't develop facial wrinkle yet, but I swear it helps to fade my neck wrinkle! The only downside of this product is the smell, but it's okay for me as long as it benefits my skin.

Splurge: Clarins Beauty Flash Balm, Kiehl's Powerful Wrinkle Reducing Cream
Save: Mizon Snail Recovery Gel Cream

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4. Protect your skin from UV rays

I think I've talked about sunscreen quite a lot, such as the usage, the types, and the importance of it. I can't skip this step and I even don't want to walk out from my house if I don't wear them. I even wear sunscreen when I'm home because UVA can penetrate glass, you know! So especially after my routine chemical peeling treatment, it is more than necessary to wear sunscreen for me. Oh, btw, yes I do facial and chemical peeling treatments once or twice a month in order to keep my skin clear. I find that these treatments are the key to my smoother face since my main issues are whiteheads, blackheads and acne marks. However, I don't recommend you to follow this too. Please ask a doctor first, as chemical peeling is only performed by the doctors.

Splurge: L'Occitane The Immortelle Brightening Shield
Save: Missha All Around Safe Block Essence Sun

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5. Use light makeup

Here's the funny fact about my skin. Whenever I use heavy makeup, my skin tends to breakout, I guess it's true that the skin needs to breathe? So that's why I don't use face primer unless it's extremely needed! I don't use foundation as well, about this one I guess it's because I just don't own a foundation? LOL... I have been thinking of buying foundation because I think I need coverage for my dark circles and acne marks, but then again, that's what concealers are for. So I hesitate...

Splurge: Laneige Water Base CC Cream, Make Up For Ever Lift Concealer
Save: Tony Moly BCDation, Bourjois Healthy Mix Concealer

Alright then, those are the five beauty tips that I have for you bumblebees! Feel free to email me if you have further questions that you don't want to disclose on the comment box. Hopefully you find these informations useful ;)

P.S: I've tried all the products that I mentioned above. Thus, I only share the ones that I thought worth every penny.
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38 comments on "My Beauty Tips"
  1. Love 3CE! I have the Bioderma and I love it. Have the freshner also, but it's just OK. I find it a bit drying, actually. Did you find that too?

    Great tips Mitch!

    Tiff | AMtoPM

    1. What is your skin type if I may know? I don't experience the dryness at all, instead it controls the oily part on my skin :)

  2. Ahhh Park Sora is definitely the Korean beauty goddess! As well as Pony from pony's beauty diary as well ♥_♥ Thanks for sharing these tips, I have been troubled skin that's hard to manage!! I'm really loving the 'splurge or save' idea!! I find that a lot of the times, drugstore products work pretty well :)


    1. I love Pony Pony too, she explains both skin care and makeup really well, it's so enjoyable to watch her tutorial :D You're welcome, dear!

  3. thanks for sharing this <3 OMG park sora is sooo pretty :)

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  5. Thanks for the tip! I always double cleanse and it helps my skin a lot :)

  6. I really need to get better at toning. I'm much better at cleansing than I was but toning.. I don't know why but I hate doing it!

    Corinne x

  7. These are such great and practical tips Mitch! It's so important to use products that are right for your skin type. I definitely try to do all of these things.

  8. I normally cleanse, tone, serum and moisturise, and then spot treatments if I need them! I need to exfoliate more, but I've run out! Thanks for the save or splurge options :)

    India / Touchscreens & Beautyqueens

  9. Holy wow, this is the best beauty tips post I've read. Not only did you cover all the essential steps in order, I love the recommended products and the guarantee that you've tried all the products. I'm definitely bookmarking this!

    Another Beautiful Thing

  10. You have a fabulous skincare routine! Love the products you use! A routine is so important to have.

  11. All great tips. I often forget to moisturise my skin it in the winter it needs it the most Lucy

  12. The essential steps in skin care.

  13. Such great tips and product choices

    Jennifer Jayne xx

  14. Great tips - I agree, I always double cleanse skin…it just feels a lot better!! :)

    Layla xx

  15. Good tips!
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  16. Great tips, Mitch! I love posts like these! xoxo
    Luxury Haven

  17. This was so very helpful to me thanks a whole lot!:)x x

  18. Great tips, I have quite sensitive skin and react to a lot of products, right now I'm looking for a new toner, going to look where that treatment essence is, thanks xx
    Gabrielle Isabella

  19. Oh wow, I feel as though I'm really skimping on my routine now.. although I think I've known this for quite sometime! At some point, I'll get my act together :) If I'm right in saying that this post features you, then you are unbelievably beautiful with a fantastic complexion! :)


  20. thanks for the awesome tips. now i need to go wash my face and follow some of your steps before heading to bed! lol

    Chie | The Brown Eyed Fox

  21. Lovely tips! I think wearing moisturiser and light makeup are my favourites. There's nothing worse for me than someone with heavy makeup. I think beauty products are there to enhance what we have, not to make us look completely fake. Plus I agree it's not good for the skin either. x

    Speaking Beauty UK | Nars, Urban Decay, YSL GIVEAWAY

  22. Thank you for the tips~^^ personally after I used 3CE, I found that the brand was overrated. But I love Park Sora~

  23. Beautiful write-up!! :) I love the model's face - good gosh!

  24. aww thank you for sharing these tips to us Mitch!

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  25. woahhh, park sora sooooooo pretty >,< #envy hahaaha. i think i need to buy toner soon, thanks for sharing :)
    @freddy_friday blog

  26. I often double cleanse my skin as well! I personally love the Bioderma H2O you mentioned in the post, I always have a huge bottle of it in my bathroom!

    Glam O’Clock | Beauty Blog

  27. Nice. These are some amazing tips.

  28. Great tips mich will come in very handy
    You look adorable
    Happy Friday x

  29. Come ti trucchi bene
    sei brevissima.


  30. Che bel post con ottimi consigli.

  31. Anche le foto sono molto significative.

  32. Sei molto brava.


  33. Great tips and very straight forward and do-able too! With my dry skin, I definitely find that toning and moisturizing especially are the steps I have to be really religious with :)

  34. great tips and that model is so beautiful I love Korean people.
    Zeynab x
    The Beautifully Disastrous

  35. Great tips! I wish I had more patience to actually go out and do it xD


  36. Good to know that you can back up the products, having used them yourself. If I could go back in time I would tell myself it doesn't matter if you have oily skin, you still need to moisturize regularly.