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My Skin Care Picks

After putting all that makeup on your face, looking oh-so fabulous, the next thing you need to do is pamper your skin. Applying makeup actually means that you have things on your face that you are not confident about. A healthy skin makes you put lesser and lesser efforts in putting makeups, so doing your best to keep your skin fresh and blooming is still the best way to more beautiful.


Here are some of my picks and routine.


1. Facial Wash – It must be the most basic one since this is the foundation of your daily regimen. Picking which facial wash depends on your skin type (e.g. oily, dry, combined and some have acne problems).


As for me I have a combined skin type where the T-zone is very oily while my cheek area is really dry, so it’s kinda confusing which facial wash to choose and again, I tried many.


What worked for me best is NEUTROGENA DEEP CLEAN FACIAL WASH. I just think it is the most neutral and hypoallergenic face cleanser I’ve used.

Here are also some suggestions for other skin types:

a.) Oily Skin – Body Shop’s Seaweed Cleansing Face Wash

b.) Dry Skin – Origins Checks and Balances Frothy Face Wash or Nivea Gentle Cleansing Cream



c.) Acne Problems – Clean and Clear Continuous Acne Control or Cetaphil Facial Cleanser


These products worked for me well but for some it may not but there are just some basic things or rules to consider in choosing your wash. Remember that oily skin needs the foaming washes while the dry ones needs the non-foaming ones.

2. Exfoliant – Another important step in skin care is exfoliating; the removal of dead skin. I’ve used Clinique’s 7 Day Scrub and Garnier’s Gentle Exfoliating Scrub but  St. Ives Apricot Scrub worked for me the best.


Take note that exfoliating when done too much can be really damaging to the skin, so make sure you limit your scrubbing to 3-4 days a week.


3. Toner – As cleaning the skin thoroughly becomes very very vital in your regimen, toning your skin is too. Toners keeps your skin and pores tight.


Pond’s White Beauty Pore Conditioning Toner does the job perfectly for me but I can’t find one here yet so I used Etude House Skin Malgeum and it did work wonderfully.


4. Eye Cream – I’ve always had a hard time getting rid of my dark circles and fine lines under my eyes but Body Shop’s Nutriganics Smoothing Eye Cream did great wonders! Loved it to bits!

5. Day Moisturizer – You have to keep in mind that your Day moisturizer should have a higher SPF. Going under the sun or not, sunscreens play a vital role in keeping our skin young and healthy! Remember that UV rays equates to older skin, so stay away from the sun for as long as you can.


Since most of us are working indoors, we need a sunscreen/moisturizer that are light and non-greasy that allows the skin to breathe. Clinique’s Super Defense SPF25 Cream and Neutorgena’s Ultra Sheer Dry Touch Sunblock are my best picks!


6. Night Moisturizers – During the day, we protect our skin from the harsh UV Rays and pollution but we have to make sure we let our skin rest and get it’s proper nourishment at night. To do that we have to invest more time and money in picking your night creams. Don’t get impatient in finding the one that is the best for you.
I’m still not through with searching  but i’ll pick Etude House’s Collagen Moistful Cream as it moisturizes my skin really really well! Another would be Aveeno’s Intensive Night Cream.




Here you go! I hope I helped out a bit! If you have queries, please feel free to message me! Or if you have other good inputs, please do share them! Love to hear from you!

Good day, Beauties! Remember, there are no ugly women, there are only lazy ones! So start experimenting and look for your most effective beauty regimen! Go Go!



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My Makeup Picks

Make-ups! Who really doesn’t wear one? I don’t think there is someone out there who has a stable job but doesn’t wear ANY makeup at all; even the ones without work does! But despite of it being so basic and essential, there is a vast selection and varieties that makes it hard for every woman out there to choose.What is really good for you is something only you can decide on.

I was lucky that there is a Sephora Shop near my place and I could just drop by anytime to pick anything! It’s like a department store for make-ups and skin care essentials. So heavenly!

So, I did a little bit of research and here are my top picks. I’m hoping it could help you in some way. Don’t hesitate to message me if you have questions or whatevers!


1. Primer – Well, totalbeauty.com once stated that “Not to Prime is a Crime!” and I certainly believe them. It is important because it smooths out the surface of your skin filling in the very fine lines that avoids streaks, visibility of pores and flaking.


I bought Smashbox’s Photo Finish Primer and it was so awesome. I needed to attend a wedding and I usually use foundations on these special occasions and this product really made my makeup long lasting and fresh-looking.


2. BB Cream – I thank God for letting the one who invented this product be born into this world! This wonder cream is making my whole life so easy! It’s a primer, moisturizer, foundation, sunscreen and gives your face a healthy glow.


I’m a huge fan of Korean BB Creams and I currently use Etude House’s Collagen Moistfull BB Cream as my everyday base. I also use the same skin care line and I’m definitely happy about the results. My skin is always well moist and fresh. NOTE: When I use BB Cream, I tend to skip applying the Primer as it only works well for me when I use it with powder foundations.



3. Concealers – Totally common but which one is the best?  As for me, it’s Laura Mercier’s Secret Camouflage. Celebrity makeup artists call it the godfather of concealers and I really believe so. It’s thick and opaque making it easy for you to blend and cover.


4. Loose/Pressed Powder – For me, this one is for re-touching in midday just when your face gets a little bit oily. With this purpose, I use Clinique Blended Face Powder and I apply it using a brush.


5. Fixing Spray – According to professional makeup artists, this one is necessary to set the makeup and prolongs the hold. I’ve never really found one here yet. But they say, Kryolan, MAC, Make Up Forever have these.


6. Translucent Powder – I’ve only got to use one for a party that I wanted to make my skin look like it has tiny glitters on it, something sheer. It’s something like a Pressed Powder but it’s translucent and it doesn’t affect the color of your skin tone.

I’ve tried ELF Matifying and it was okay, but as I went around Sephora, I found Guerlain’s Meteorites Pearl and it has a very cute packaging! I wanted to get one but it is just too pricey. It is still on my bucket list!

7. Blushes – I’m really not into blushes that much, I only wear them depending on the venue and the event for the day. I use NARS’ Cream Blush and it’s just perfect.

8. Mascara – I have a very short and few lashes that’s why I mostly depend on mascaras that I don’t go out without it. I’ve tried various brands and nothing comes close to Cover Girl’s Lash Blast but since it’s not readily available here in Doha, I tried looking for more and I found NARS’ Larger Than Life Volumizing Mascara. It did the job for me.

9. Neutral Eye Shadows – In reality, I can’t find the time to really wear one everyday. But these are still handy for those days that you just have the extra time. I’ve always kept Cover Girl’s Eye Enhancers in my make up kit.

10. Eyeliner – Together with my mascara, this is also a must-have. I’ve always looked for the perfect eyeliners as much as I searched for the perfect mascaras and I’ve found it in the grocery store. Maybelline’s Colossal is the best I’ve seen yet.

11. Eyebrows – Some may have disregarded shaping their brows but this is important too as it gives our face that outline that perfects the look. For this, I’ve used ELF’s Eyebrow kit and Etude House’s Drawing Eye Pencil and they are just perfect for the job!

12. Lipsticks – Last but definitely not the least, lipsticks! I got my plump lips from my dad and it’s just wonderful to put all shades and color all the time. You can usually find a MAC or Clinique lipstick in one of my bags and some gloss from NARS and Victoria’s Secret!

No Deje De Correr

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Hear hear hear! Here’s the playlist I’ve put on repeat as I do my newest addiction; Running! Most of the tracks are in Spanish, thus, the track list title.

  • Mal de Amores – Juan Magan
  • International Love – Pitbull ft. Chris Brown
  • Phoenix – Fall Out Boy
  • Loco – Enrique Iglesias ft. Romeo Santos
  • El Perdedor – Enrique Iglesias ft. Marco Antonio Solis
  • Timber – Kesha ft. Pitbull
  • Boom Boom Mama – Da Family
  • DJ Dale Play – Mara
  • Danza Kuduro – Don Omar ft. Lucenzo
  • Rabiosa – Shakira
  • Bouje – J. Perry ft Admiral T