June 2017 Skincare empties – high-end & drugstore 

If you are interested to see what I think about these skincare items and whether I will repurchase, please keep reading 🙂

My skin: combination & acne prone with concerns around aging and enlarged pores. 

First up are two facial mists from Mario Badescu and Tarte.

This is the second time I’m trying out the Mario Badescu rose water facial toner. I didn’t like it the first time as I feel it didn’t do much to my skin and the sprayer is not great. I’ve come around to like it better this time. I started spraying it onto cotton pads and then applying all over the face after cleansing and it’s a good toner (esp. for the price) as the final step of my cleansing routine. 

  • Repurchase? Maybe/Likely

I didn’t like Tarte rainforest of the sea mist. It has a very strong citrus scent that’s too much for my taste. The sprayer squirts our large drops of water which makes it an unpleasant experience if you plan to directly spray it onto the face.

  • Repurchase? No 

Next are a few cleansing products including the Bioderma micellar cleansing water, Shuumuera cleansing oil and First Aid Beauty radiance face pads



The pink version of Bioderma micellar water (catered towards sensitive skin) is my favorite micellar water at the moment. It removes face makeup instantly without leaving any film on your skin or overdrying it. I tried the Garnier micellar water in the past which is supposed to be a dupe for this and I don’t think it’s an exact dupe in terms of how your skin feels afterwards although the Garnier one on its own is pretty good as well for the price. 

  • Repurchase? Yes, already did

The cleansing oil from Shuumuera is good but I’m trying out two other cleansing oils so will not be repurchasing in the short term. I don’t like the First Aid Beauty pads as much as I thought I would.  It’s supposed to exfoliate your skin and make it glow. I don’t think the results are convincing enough while they stung my face a little bit. 

  • Repurchase? No

Next up are three face serums including two vitamin C ones. Unfortunately I will not be repurchasing any of these. The Truth Serum from Ole Henriksen used to be a favorite of mine but I didn’t have much experience with vitamin C products back then. Now I start to develop my own taste for vitamin C ingredients and formula and this serum feels too silicone heavy, and is not potent enough.

  • Repurchase? No.

Next up are two trial size products from SKII and Elizabeth Arden


The SkII facial treatment essence continues to be a holy grail product for my skin type as it really helps balance out the PH level and reduces the chance of breakout. 

  • Repurchase? Yes, already did

The Elizabeth Arden prevage line is an expensive anti-aging line under the Brand that’s particularly popular in Asia. While this moisturizer with SPF did help with brightening the skin, it’s a bit too heavy for the summer time, and the strong fragrance is a turn off for me.

  • Repurchase? No

Lastly are two new opens from Shisedo & Missha. You will see them in my next empties post 🙂

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March skincare empties & SK-II Facial Treatment Essence Review

Hey guys! Hope you had a good weekend! Today I wanted to share a short post of skincare empties and one item that I strongly recommend for those with combination skin type and adult acne issues.

Although I threw theses empties away a few days ago, I didn’t actually use up all these in March. I don’t have a gigantic face 😅 Some of these actually last quite a long time. Here are all five cuties!  

3 of them are full size products:

The product that has become my long-term favorite is the SK-II facial treatment essence. This is a holy grail product for me and has greatly relieved my adult acne concerns! I started to have breakout maybe a few years ago, and had to cover these up with makeup during the day, which only made it worse. I tried so many different products and was never content until I tried this. It is amazing!!


How does it work:

Apply it as the 1st step in your skincare routine after washing your face at night (I only use it at night). Some say applying it with a cotton pad can maximize its effect.  

You can then apply toner, serum, cream as usual after this. I usually skip the toner step after this. It skins into your skin quickly  and you will notice that your skin becomes less oily and no longer have breakout as often after using it consistently for 2-3 weeks.

I wouldn’t recommend it if you have dry or super sensitive skin but this is the best friend for combination and oily skin. I’ve used up two bottles in the past year and have already started another one. This is a skincare staple I can’t live without now!

If you have to find a con in this almost flawless product, it’s probably it’s price tag. It’s expensive. I usually stock it up during sale (the Sephora is still going on) or bought it from Asia (it’s cheaper there as it’s an Asian brand). A big bottle lasts 5-6 months for me so it becomes more affordable if you calculate its cost per use.

Do you have any skincare product you can’t do without? If you have any questions about any other products in this post, let me know 🙂