Monthly Favorites: November2018

To be honest, I was sick the most part of November so the products that’s here are more soothing and relaxing as I have been reaching out to products that will make me feel better as I have spent the better part of the month lying in bed.

Girl Undiscovered Pink Skies Beauty Balm


Promising to be the skin salvation for any situation, the Pink Skies Beauty Balm from Girl Undiscovered claims to soften and heal any part of the skin that needs it – lips, cheekbones, cuticles, heels, or any rough patches. It contains olive fruit oil, beeswax, coconut oil, sweet almond oil, propolis extract, limonia acidissima bark extract, neem leaf extract, cinnamonium cassia bark oil, macropiper excelsum leaf extract, and moringa olifeira seed oil. This balm uses all natural ingredients, is cruelty-free, and doesn’t use parabens or synthetic fragrances.

The color and packaging are to die for, it’s simple and luxe, and it looks too precious. Now that we got that out of the way, let’s talk about the actual product. I thought the balm would be on the heavy side because of its oil ingredients but it’s light to the touch. Even if I swirl my fingers inside the tub numerous times, it doesn’t feel heavy. Not balmy at all, which is usually the case. Most balms would feel heavy on the lips like you couldn’t eat or drink. Definitely not this one.

It applies evenly and has a slight aromatherapy smell to it. I like that it doesn’t just cover and sit on top of your lips, it dissolves into a light oil-like texture and feels lightweight on the lips, which I like. Because of that, it also doesn’t get easily removed, especially on my lips. It immensely helps whenever my lips get chapped, which happened twice when I started using this. I got colds, which made breathing difficult and it resulted in extremely dry lips. As soon as I felt that my lips are drying, I put this on knowing I will wake up with softer lips. It’s a bit of a miracle, actually. It would take other balms two to three days for me to see results but with this one, I can see and feel softer lips overnight. It also helps lessen the sting while it heals the chapped parts, which I have never experienced with other balms before. I also like using this before applying matte lipsticks to protect my lips. That light pink sheen is also a plus, especially for days when I don’t want to put anything on my face. I love it, honestly, and I would definitely recommend this to those looking for a natural balm that’s no-fuss, lightweight, and less balmy than other lip products.

This product was provided by @girlundiscovered for review. Available for $32 at

Laneige Water Bank Eye Gel


Having dry under eyes was a baffling revelation to me, someone who has an oily skin. I honestly never paid too much attention to it. All I know is I have a face that easily gets oily. Then I started playing around with under eye concealers and everything seemed to apply patchy or they settle on the few lines I have. Yes, I have fine lines around my eye area. Not because I smile a lot but because I’m in my 30s. The acceptance of aging is for another story but that battle for finding the perfect concealer made me realize that I have dry under eyes.

That’s how this skincare game added another level for me to conquer: finding a moisturizing #eyecream. When I received the Water Bank Eye Gel from Laneige, a brand that has never failed me, of course, I will have to try it.

This eye gel has the Hydro Ion Mineral Water Technology which uses micro-sized particles of hydro ionized mineral water to penetrate the eye area, prevent dryness, and protect the skin from external aggressors. It also contains natural bilberry extracts to alleviate stress around the eyes, active agents extracted from palm to moisturize the skin, quinoa extracts to protect the skin from dryness and damage, natural olive oil to help retain moisture and smoothen the skin texture, and tillandsia extract. This is also a cruelty-free product that is formulated without parabens and phthalates.

This smells exactly like their face and eye sleeping masks but feels much creamier. It also doesn’t give that velvet finish. Instead, it’s fast absorbing, so fast that I use twice the amount of product I usually use on my eye area. Also, it’s cold. I mean that in the best way. It’s refreshing to the eyes that it’s a nice touch to my morning routine. It gives that extra jolt a person who loves sleep too much would enjoy. It’s extremely hydrating, which suits my dry and dehydrated under eyes.

If you like the texture, smell, and benefit of Laneige’s Water Bank line and in search for something that will soothe and moisturize your eye area, you will definitely enjoy this. This product was provided by Tractenberg and Co. for review. Available for $36 at

Doc Block Daily Facial Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 55


Taking in mind that being photographed is not a rare occurrence for most people anymore, dermatologist Dr. Garth Fisher created Doc Block. Right now, #docblock offers two #sunscreen products – one for the body and one for the face.

Their Daily Facial Sunscreen SPF 55 promises to provide optimal blendability on all skin tone and photostability. This looked really creamy and white in my hands so I was a bit skeptical. I thought for sure this would be too heavy for my oily skin and would give my skin a white cast. However, it applies thinly and sinks in fairly quickly, without any white cast. It’s not matte, there’s a slight creaminess to it and it leaves a softly moisturized finish. I’ve tried using this under a bb cream, a sheer coverage foundation, and a full coverage one without any problem – even in photos. I am even brave enough to say that this helps balance my skin’s oil production because I get oily less easily when using this. This, together with my moisturizer, keeps my skin hydrated all day, preventing it to be greasy-looking. This product was provided by Doc Block Sun and MBA Partners LLC for review. Available for $44 at

Borghese Roma Radiante Revitalize and Firm Mask


Using marine exopolysaccharide, sodium hyaluronate, and the chlorella vulgaris extract, the Radiante Revitalize and Firm Mask ($50) promises to help diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, provide moisture and elasticity, and deliver a youthful glow.

The term sleep like a queen might have this mask in mind. I mean it is gold and shiny even when applied and it has a cooling sensation as it dries. It doesn’t tighten on the skin as well, just relaxing. There’s no pulling or tightening and it doesn’t completely dry. The first time, I was 15 mins in and it still looks the same way I applied it. I can attest to its revitalizing and moisturizing effects, however, the diminishing fine lines that it promises to provide is not visible to the eye. I like applying this during the weekday when my skin is doing good but needs a little kick to glow. This product was provided by Borghese Roma for review. Available at

Dear Klairs Midnight Blue Calming Sheet Mask


As a fan of kbeauty, I have heard about Dear Klairs and have even tried some of their products. They adhere into making minimalist products, in both design and ingredients, and aim to make the skin healthier and stronger. Best suited for sensitive skin, they do not use harmful chemicals and is cruelty-free.

Designed to calm and balance down the skin, the Midnight Blue Calming Sheet Mask ($30 for 10 pcs) contains erythritol, willow bark extract, and centella asiatica extract. It uses a rayon sheet for comfort and bamboo charcoal powder and tea tree leaf oil to cleanse pores and prevent blackheads. I like using this sheetmask after using a strong exfoliator as it feels cooling. It has a minty feel and its soothing benefits can be felt longer than other sheetmasks. I would recommend this for those who have acne prone skin. It leaves the skin relaxed, soft, and calmed.

These products were provided by dear_klairs and wishtrend for review. Available at

Warm Weather Beauty


Warm weather is a time for friends, vacations, and tans. For some, it is also a time for sweat, sunburns, overexposure to the sun. Similar to how we use particular products to our face for the winter, we also need to do some changes at this time. There are just some products that work best when the sun is up.

Cleanse Like You Mean It. For someone with oily skin like me, I rotate two cleansers during the warmer months. I use the Clean Bee from Farmacy daily for gentle but effective cleansing and the Exfoliating Cleanser from Zo Skin Health for those days when I’ve been outdoors for too long. This helps to remove all that extra grime and dirt my face encounters during the day. For removing makeup, which I never forget even after a long night, I go for the All Clean Balm from Heimish or the Under the Waterfall Crystal Cleansing Water from Girl Undiscovered. You bet, I have cleansed my face half asleep. Yes, I created a huge mess in my bathroom but I didn’t wake up with a pimple the morning after.

Exfoliate after Being Outdoors For Too Long. Twice a week, I use a more decongesting mask during these warmer months because I breakout more at this time. Oily skin types get greasier and if we’re outdoors for too long, there are more things we encounter that will clog our pores. I use the Sailor by CB Gentle Resurfacing Mask midweek to refresh and rejuvenate my skin or the Cleansing Clay Exfoliant from Alchemy Holistics if my face is really feeling clogged. I also use my trusty Sukari Baby Facial from Drunk Elephant during the weekends to get that renewed skin feeling after a week under the sun.


Clear, Bright Skin. Since I break out more during these warmer months, I go for toners and serums that will help prevent these. I also always use a more hydrating toner like Ultra Botanic Skin Water from A by Bom to hydrate my skin and help keep the oil at bay. I follow this with the Biologique Recherche P50 to help me eliminate blackheads and breakouts. I use the P50 sparingly as because of its strength and alternate this something gentler, like the Le Dew Aloe Facial Refresher Mist.

To treat my skin concerns, I use the Vitamin C Serum from Mad Hippie Skincare evens and brightens the skin tone. This serum is also great from those moments that can’t be helped – when breakouts and, consequently, dark spots can happen as this fast-tracks fading those pesky dark spots. I always reach for the Moisture Serum from Pyunkangyul to hydrate and moisturize the skin. Whenever I use this, I don’t get that oily throughout the day.

It’s Warm but It Doesn’t Mean You Shouldn’t Moisturize. Even with oily skin, long exposures to the sun can cause your skin to dry out. Keeping your skin hydrated and moisturized is key. For the face, I use the True Aqua Bomb from Belif, which is a gel-type moisturizer that soothes, moisturizes, and hydrates the skin after a long day. In the morning, I use the Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet from Caudalie in the morning because it’s lightweight, dries matte, and it reduces the redness around my nose.


Don’t Forget About the Rest of Your Body. The rest of my body is as dry as my skin is oily. The All in 1 Beauty Aid Cream from Touch In Sol is a savior as it contains ceramide to provide a non-sticky and easily absorbed moisture to the skin. For my hair, I use Prose to condition my hair. They customize their products from season to season, to address climate concerns like humidity, UV, wind, and pollution and they base the formula on your zip code.

For my hair, which gets drier as the temperature rises, I like to keep it natural and use the Mai Tai Spritzer Sea Salt Spray from Dry Bar. With this, I can just loosely twist my hair, spray this on, leave it for 15 mins, and I will get beach waves that will last for 6 hours before I see a slight limping. If I want a more stylized look, I will reach for the Fatboy Hair Sea Salt Pomade as this doesn’t make my hair look frizzy, especially at the ends. It can make my hair look undone and but not crazy. It’s also great for creating a tousled look. Both products also get you in a good mood because they both smell beachy.


If I’m looking to glow, I go to the Plum Rose Organic Body Oil from Coast Sydney Botanicals. It’s not sticky and it creates a subtle sheen, which of course looks great while you’re lounging outdoors. Most importantly, however, we need protection. I usually reach for No Excuses from Julep, which I use for every day. When I’m going to the beach or know that I’m going to be under the sun for too long, I use the Urban Environment Oil-Free UV Protector from Shiseido it’s light, oil-free, and appears matte when applied to my skin.

Of course, we need some color. Makeup Sticks are my go-to for this time. Multi-purpose products are paving the way to packing light after all the Lip Crayon from Axiology in Bliss as it gives me the perfect salmon pink lip. For natural-looking rosy cheeks, I go for the Cream Blush from Nui Berlin in Pititi. It’s a lifesaver because I can use this on my eyes as well. For a punch of highlight, I use Glossier’s Haloscope in Topaz for a dewy sheen.

With this long list, I can now focus on how to pack them all.