My Current Skincare Routine For Oily Skin

Hello everyone! Today I’m going to talk about my skincare routine. I’ve spent a few years really trying to perfect my routine so I can help my acne and to this day, I’m still working on it. But the products I’m going to talk about today are things that have really helped me these past few months and I’ve noticed a significant difference when it comes to my skin, so, let’s get started!

Product #1 is not a product but rather a tool. It is the Clarisonic Facial Cleaning Brush

Sadly the brush I have (Mia 2 Cleansing Brush) has been discontinued, so, I have provided for you a very similar product that I do believe will also do the job.

I use this every day when washing my face and it has made my face much cleaner than before. What I do is lather my face with the soap and then rinse my hands so that when holding the brush my hands are clean and won’t be slippery, then I turn on the brush and gently press it against my face.

This brush does not need a lot of pressure when being used and when I use it, I use a more skimming method to cleanse my face. Applying to much pressure would hurt your skin and if you have acne, may even worsen it. For me, when I use this product I’ve found my acne has gone down so much and that it leaves my face feeling smooth and much more refreshed than before.

I have decided not to include my face wash as I recently began to use it and would want a fair review on it before I said anything about it.

Product #2 is the Dickinson’s Original Witch Hazel Pore Perfecting Toner.

It has proved to be one of the most refreshing thing for my face by far. After I wash my face, whether it’s morning, afternoon, or night, I squeeze it onto my hand (rather than using a cotton square) and dab it on my face rather than rubbing it on. I found that by dabbing it onto my face, it sticks more to my face and the product is able to really sink into my skin. Especially when coming from outside or from a workout, after stepping out of the shower, I love using this product. And not only does it feel refreshing, but it also helps me control the oil building up on my face throughout the day.

A tip I would like to mention is that you should wash your face whenever it starts to become oily. This helps your pores stay clean and clear and I have found that by washing at least three times a day (for me) my face has started to feel a lot smoother and the pores have become less noticeable.

Product #3 is the La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo.

After letting the toner dry, I like to use the La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo cream to focus on my t-zones and acne concerned areas. This acne spot treatment is something I have been using on and off throughout these past few years I have found that whenever I use it my skin seems to look much healthier and that is because it really helps my acne. As this is just a spot treatment I do not use it all over my face. This helps me focus on concerned areas and really helps heal my face slowly so that I don’t get new pimples popping up. It doesn’t need a lot of product to cover the areas I need to so I only squeeze a tiny bit on my middle finger and slowly dab it in the necessary areas. This has really helped me along my journey of having better skin.

Product #4.1 is the L’Erbolario Sun Protection Cream.

Sadly, I couldn’t find a link to the exact product from my image so I linked something that is very similar and would most likely do the same job as mine.

I like to use this in the mornings after my other products just as a daily protection throughout the day. While we are in quarantine, this is a good way to prevent any rays that shine through my window as I work in front of it. It’s important to keep your face protected at all times, even when indoors. This has really protected me even from before self-quarantine and has helped me stay protected as I was under the sun for quite a while. But, during self-quarantine, I use this as a great way to keep my face protected even if I’m not going out in the sun as much.

While this is a great product, for my oily skin I found that if I moisturized using this product on my forehead, I tended to get oily much faster, so, I finally realized where the focus areas of my face where for this product. The only area I now use this product for is my t-zone, my cheeks, and my temples. I also make sure I am not using too much product and use very little. I measure it out by putting a tiny bit on my middle finger, even smaller than a penny. I find that that specific amount does the job (although sometimes I squeeze too hard and too much comes out at once).

Product #4.2 is the L’Erbolario Face Cream for Blemished Skin.

While the L’Erbolario Sun Protection Cream is for daytime, I use the Face Cream for Blemished skin for night time. This is a very rich cream that is quick and easy to put on at night. Sometimes when lazy, I’ll dip a clean finger into the cream and take as little as possible and lather it all over my face. I find that this cream is very to use for nightly use especially when sometimes it would be very late when I would brush my teeth and wash my face.

This product takes very little effort to apply and does an incredible job overnight because when it comes to morning time, my face feels smooth and moisturized. When using this, I find my face smooth and my pores seem much cleaner and simply looking in the mirror early in the morning it already looks like I’m awake. I have been loving this product so far and have no complaints at the moment.

Product #6 is the L’Erbolario Eye Contour Gel.

Lastly, let’s talk about eyes. Every morning and evening use this product and gently dab it around my eyes and it was significantly reduced the stress and lack of sleep that gathers around my eyes. It’s really soothing to the skin and sometimes I notice it has some cooling affects to it which is quite enjoyable. It is very easy to apply and I’ve had no trouble using it at all except when I squeeze to much out of it and panic as to where I could possibly put the excess.

Luckily this product ― for me ― has been such a big help for general areas around my eyes, for example, my eye brows, sometimes I’ll even put it toward the outer edge of my eyes. This product has been an absolute help for me and my strained eyes on a daily basis. I love using it and it has helped me a lot when it comes to taking care of my eyes.

And that is all for my skincare routine! I have found each and every one of the products extremely useful for my oily skin and if you have oily skin as well, perhaps some of these products can help you as well.

If you liked and/or agreed with some of these products, I would love to hear your thoughts down in the likes and comments below! See you all next time!

Loves,

Veronica Chen


Five Types of Makeup You Need for Light Coverage

Hi everyone! I’m sorry I haven’t been updating my blog these past few months. Reason for that is that I’m focusing on trying to get my math grade up and that has been a really slow process so I’ve just been focusing on that and I’ve really put all my focus on schoolwork which means I don’t have as much time to write during the week. But, because it’s almost Thanksgiving break and I’m so thankful for Thanksgiving and the break and all my stress has finally been released these past few weeks, I will now be uploading to my usual time of every Saturday’s at 1pm! So let’s get started!

As a student, I tend to wear makeup whenever possible even though I find that it’s slightly hard to do that at 6 am in the morning after showering, so, I came up with five types of makeup that I use and that are simple steps and very easy to use, even for beginners.

I use a lot of these steps but sometimes I don’t even use all five products! But, on the weekend these five products are my go to and I must use it because it’s the weekend and its fun. I feel like all my products have actually been mentioned in previous

Product one is my all time favorite, mascara; the Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara, waterproof and non-waterproof. It’s easy to use and doesn’t need that many coats of mascara to really notice the difference between no mascara vs mascara.

Product two is Benefit Gimme Brow Volumizing Gel. This is the smaller version of the Brow Gel (sorry I’m not entirely sure what it is called). By using this, I don’t at all have to use a pencil for my brows, I just put this on my brows and use a spooly to soften it up. This product is actually already a spooly, but, I use another spooly to soften it up because I find that there can be a lot of product on my brows if I don’t use the extra spooly and I find that my eyebrows are way too dark compared to my face makeup.

Product three is the Sephora brand concealer which I don’t use a lot, but I love its coverage. I find that I never have to use foundation as I don’t always want to use foundation because it provides too much coverage for me on a daily basis if I want to wear something to cover up all the imperfections that I have. I feel like you don’t really need a branded concealer like Too Faced or Kat Von D or others to get a nice type of concealer. Of course, if you want to have one for Too Faced and others, you can. The Sephora brand I found is a cheaper option and has really good coverage for light makeup as well as heavy makeup.

Product four is one of my favorite things, the Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-hour blush in Blushing Bride. I got this because of one of my favorite YouTubers, Kristen Johns because she used it on her wedding day and she did also say that it was really good. So I bought it and after months of using this blush, I can absolutely say that it is amazing. It is very light so I do occasionally have to pack a lot on my cheeks but that is the good thing I find about this product. It lets me put as much as I need with easy control of the product and that is one of the things I love about this product.

Product five is the Sephora Bronzing Powder in the shade Mykonos. I find that it goes great with my skin tone and really gives me definition to my cheeks. I try to use a little less product with this because I find that a little goes a long way with this. Unlike the blush, you really have to use less powder with this. All in all, this product is an amazing bronzer and I love to use it as more of a contour and then a bronzer but both do go great.

Lastly, product six is something I find essential as I have probably the oiliest face out of my entire family. The Kat Von D Translucent Powder. I have the mini powder and I find that I can even bring it to school and it works perfectly. I don’t need to pack too much powder and I don’t have to complain about my face always being extremely oily throughout the day.

Somethings I also like to add is a tiny strip of eyeliner on some occasions. I use The Body Shop eyeliner in the skinny fit felt eyeliner. I love the way how smooth it flows on my eyes and the way the wing forms in seconds. I did try the Kat Von D Trooper Black eyeliner but I found that it really didn’t go on smoothly and left gaps in between. But, I now use The Body Shop eyeliner and it suits me well.

Guys that is all for the products! Now you don’t have to follow these but I found these to be really helpful when I wake up early for school. Makeup is something I really enjoy and I don’t have to hate myself every morning for each complicated step. Each of these products is easy to use and the way it feels on the face is comfortable that sometimes I actually forget I put on any makeup.

So, I’m sorry for the late posts but I do hope you enjoy this one! I hope you’ve had some suggestions on what to buy!

Loves,
Veronica Chen


My Everyday Skincare Routine

Hello fellow readers! Today’s post is all about my skincare routine that I do every day morning and evening.

These products I’ve been using since around mid-July and have been loving them all and truly using them every day.

Every morning and evening I wash my face and in the mornings I usually shower and I use an Avene face wash to use. But, during the evening I use the Bioré: Baking Soda Acne Cleansing Foam and that has really made a difference! I got this at a Target in Boston so I am not fully sure if you can get it at Watsons or Guardians in Singapore. I do know that it’s a nice affordable drugstore cleansing foam and it is one of the products that shockingly made a difference to my face. Before I started to use this product, I found that my face was just filled with pimples and I would just continuously get new ones all the time, but after I started using this cleansing foam, I found that I don’t get fiery red pimples every week and that my face has started to clear up a lot more and I can really see a difference.

The next two products are both Neutrogena products but, I use one every morning and one every night. The first product I use is the Neutrogena Oil-Free Moisture with Sunscreen: Broad Spectrum SPF 15. I use this every morning after washing my face so that instead of using a moisturizer and sunscreen, I have both in one bottle. I’m also lazy, and the fact that this is both moisturizer and sunscreen in one, I find that it really helps during the school day and does not at all break my face out and it does not make my face oily at all by the time I come home.

During the evenings, I use the Neutrogena Oil-Free Moisture: Combination Skin as it isn’t too heavy on the skin at night and I don’t need to use sunscreen at night so I use this product. It is a little oily by the morning but it hasn’t at all broke me out and doesn’t leave my face feel awkward by the next day.

As well as in the evenings, I like to use eye cream along with my moisturizer. I find that my eyelids can get really dry so I use the Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado and it has really helped keep moisture on my eyelids and also treats the under eyes a lot. I don’t have as many dry patches on my eyelids and I don’t have to worry about dry skin coming off during the day.

I don’t usually wear mascara every day but I use it often enough throughout the week that I decided to include this product in. The Neutrogena Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover is one of the most used skincare/makeup products I use. I love to use a cotton pad and just swipe this product over my eyes and I feel that in seconds, all the mascara is off. You do need to shake it beforehand but that is very simple and easy to do. Something I found about this product is that even though it says it is oil-free and that it doesn’t leave an oily residue, I found that whenever I use this product I touch my eyelids and under my eyes and it is extremely oily that I have to wash my whole face in order to get all the oil off. Even if it says it doesn’t leave an oily residue, that has not been true at all so far and I feel that if you want to buy this product, you really have to make sure that it doesn’t leave oil on your lids.

This is probably half of what I actually use but the majority of the skincare products I use are really a once a week thing and not an everyday thing.

After one month of using these products, my mom and dad told me that they thought my face looked so much clearer from before. When I heard that I was really surprised, mainly because I have always thought of my acne as unable to truly be clear, but when they told me it looked much better, I was smiling so hard. Of course, I still have acne, but these days I found myself consistently using these products and not panicking about trying to conceal a new fresh pimple that has appeared on my face.

I just want you to know I have not used any type of medicine of sorts to clear my acne up as I really don’t believe that is the healthiest way. But, something I did do is take my vitamins daily, that was really the only thing I took.

Sorry for the long rants about each product but I hope you like some of these products and would possibly try them out! If you have, tell me what you guys thought about it when you used it down in the comments!

Thank you guys so much for reading and have a great weekend!

Loves,
Veronica Melina


My Go To Eyeshadow Look

Hi everyone! So, it’s been a while since I’ve made something beauty related, so, I’ve finally posted one!

I don’t wear makeup every day as I’m pretty lazy and sometimes I just find that I’m too tired to put it on in the morning at 5 am every day before school. And, I really try not to put on makeup for school as sometimes I might have an accident of some sorts and it ends up looking really bad. That’s probably another thing I’m pretty scared of, having my makeup be ruined in the middle of the day and not notice until I get home.

On the weekends that I go out and hang out with my friends, I love to wear eyeshadow even if I know it will never look like professional makeup artists, clearly.

So I use the Tarteist palette which is a travel sized palette and I find that buying this was the best decision because I really don’t wear eyeshadow that often and I’m not extremely adventurous with eyeshadow colors.

There are 6 total shades, Drive, Stylin, Boss, Hype, Crisp, and Dominate.

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Sometimes, I use every shade and pick one glitter. The glitters are Boss, Hype, and Dominate and my favorite glitter has to be Boss.

First, I always use the Benefit Stay Don’t Stray concealer to set my eyelids as my eyelids are rather oily. So far, this is the best concealer for my eyes as when I use it, it never leaves that weird residue after a few hours of using eyeshadow or eyeliner.

Now on to the good parts.

First, I use Drive, to set the concealer in and act as a base for the rest of my eyeshadow.

Second, I use Crisp all over my lid which I really like because it gives like a caramel-ish type of color to my lids.

Third, I use Stylin in my crease to sort of define my lids. It really gives me some color to my lids and I pack it all in.

Lastly, I use a shimmer. I usually just pick a shimmer that I’m currently liking from my mood, but, I find that I use Boss a lot more than Hype or Dominate.

And that’s all!

Sometimes I put on eyeliner (as minimal as possible even though sometimes it turns out to be a large wing) and I always put on mascara whenever I wear eyeshadow.

Guys I know this lacked an enormous amount of information, but, I thought you guys might want to see what I wear for eyeshadow and what palette I use!

So, thank you guys so much for reading and if you have any suggestions on what you guys want to see next please comment down below!

Loves,
Veronica Chen