Updated Summer Skincare for Combination Skin

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Here is a reader-friendly breakdown, starting with the night-time ritual:

Night Facial Wash:
Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil - Fresh [cleanses off heavy make-up]
or Clinique Liquid Facial Soap - Oily [cleanses off moderate make-up]

Then, follow with alternating Night Treatments for the Face:
A. Treatment 1 [Tu, Thurs, Sat]: Decleor Aroma Cleanse Tonifying Lotion & Decleor Aroma Night Ylang Ylang Purifying Night Balm
B. Treatment 2 [M, W, F, Sun]: Peter Thomas Roth Max Complexion Correction Pads & PTR AHA/BHA Acne Clearing Gel with the Ole Henricksen Truth Serum & Sheer Transformation, & the OH Invigorating Night Gel as a spot treatment [for large, cystic acne/pimples].
*The flat side of the PTR Pad is used for cleansing. The textured side is used for pore refinement.
*I only apply the PTF AHA/BHA gel where I use the PTR Pad: on my T-Zone!

Don't forget your Daily Eye Night Treatments:
Caudalie Vinexpert Anti-Aging Serum for Eyes and Lips
& Shiseido The Skincare Eye Moisture Recharge Gel-Cream

Morning Facial Wash:
w/Treatment 1, use the Clarins One-Step Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser
w/Treatment 2, use the Philosophy Purity Made Simple Cleanser

Morning Pre-Makeup Prep:
Decleor Aromessence Ylang Ylang Purifying Serum [1 Drop]
Decleor Aroma Purete Matt Finish Skin Fluid [Moisturizer - 1 Pump]
Dior HydrAction Visible Defense Hyra-Protective Eye Cream SPF 20
*This product has been discontinued but it can still be found at select Dior counters with left-over
stock. Lancome's Bienfait Multi-Vital SPF 30 Cream is a comparable alternative.

Mask & Exfoliator - Weekly Use Only:
Decleor Aroma Purete Instant Purifying Mask [Clay Mask]
ExfoliKate by Kate Somerville [I now only use this once a week because I use my Clarins One-Step Gentle Exfoliating Wash 3x a week]
*P.S. Cho327, ExfoliKate is gentle enough for teenage acne-prone skin ;)


Ineffective Products:
Korres Quercetin & Oak Antiaging & Antiwrinkle Oil-Control Treatment [aka, a waste of $50 + tax]
*Korres is the most over-rated skincare brand. This is just my opinion but none of their products work for me, though their shower gels do smell nice. Save your money and avoid the hype. I warned you already! =)
Peter Thomas Roth Acne Spot and Area Treatment
*In the summer, I do get an occasional pimple so a spot treatment is nice to have on hand. Sadly, this gentle sulfur acne treatment does not work for me. I will stick to my little sample of the Murad Acne Spot Treatment, which will last me the rest of this year at least, and the OH Invigorating Night Gel.


What happened to my Dior Rituel Nuit and other key products in my last skincare video?
The answer is simple. I use different products during different seasons. I haven't stopped using them because they are no longer effective. I will bring them back out when winter rolls around!

Phew. This took forever. Goodnight, everybody!


Chanel Noir et Or

You all know I covet limited edition, highly-exclusive products. Hence, I HAD to purchase all 4 pieces in the Chanel Noir et Or collection, which I had sent to me from a NY Chanel Boutique. I know there are two but I forget which.

The Chanel sales associate that rung me up, however, charged me a whopping $25 [the cost of ONE varnish, pre-tax!!!] for Fed-Ex 2-day shipping. I was further annoyed when my package actually took 3 days to arrive and on top of that, I had to drive 30 minutes to the most obscure Fed-Ex location to pick it up when there's a perfectly good Fed-Ex right down the street. Okay, that's my little rant for now but I am in LOVE with all four products.

These are my first 3 Chanel nail varnishes. And I'm not quite sure why but I've really been loving nail varnishes these days. It's strange. I'll update this post with photos of the colors on my fingernails soon because I'm going to get a manicure to celebrate my birthday on SUNDAY! And yes, I am finally turning 21 =)

The cake liner and gold shadow duo is out of this world. I love yellow gold and this Chanel shadow is so smooth. I won't say that it's the best shadow I've ever used but the color is to die for and that cake liner, wow! It's so rich and pigmented. It dries to a velvet finish and I'm absolutely obsessed. I wish I had purchased the Limited Edition Brun Cake Liner duo when I had a chance. Maybe I'll get lucky and snatch up the last one at a counter somewhere hehe

Anyway, these pictures are quite awful since I snapped them at night but they're definitely worth a look if you want to pick them up before they're gone! Once I get my nails done, I'll be sure to take pictures in natural light so you can see how beautiful the colors truly are.

P.S. I realize I've been neglecting this blog but believe me, I'll do my best to update it as much as possible from now on!


MAC Art Supplies

Here is a picture of the products I purchased from MAC Art Supplies =)

Greengrease did not show true to color in this particular photo but I will try to capture it again in less cloudy natural light. Thanks for your patience, everyone!

I will have more posted once I buy a new camera charger! Be sure to check out some of the lip product swatches from my March Madness Haul Part 2 =)


MAC Ever Hip Lipstick Giveaway

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And the winner is RUBIX512.

The winner was chosen entirely by random. Congratulations! I will be sending you a message soon.

I know there is only one winner but THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU to everyone who participated! There are many more giveaways to come so please continue to watch my reviews, tutorials, and hauls until then.

I appreciate everyone's support and I hope you all enjoyed this giveaway!

Much love and many thanks,

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