What are your recent beauty must-haves? Here are mine:

Having oily and acne-prone skin, I am always in search of new products that can somehow manage my issues. Lately, I’m trying to simplify my skincare routine so I settled for salicylic acid-based products. Known as an effective exfoliant, salicylic acid removes dead skin cells and residues that are trapped in between pores. These clogged pores lead to blackheads, whiteheads and pimples. Oil and shine also emphasize pores. 

Wash: I scrub my face gently for 10 seconds then rinse with water.
Tone: After I wash my face, I use this as my toner. It helps control
shine and remove residues

For occasional breakouts, I tried DDF, a sample I received from Sephora as a Beauty Insider. This product has 1.5% salicylic acid. Please note that too much salicylic acid application can lead to over-drying of skin. To address this, I use an oil-free moisturizer in the morning.

I apply this at night. My pimple dried up after 3 days.

For makeups, again, I want to simplify my routine. So it helps if a product is a multi-tasker. I find Philosophy‘s foundation skin-friendly. It is natural-based with built-in moisturizer and SPF. For a separate review on this brand, click here

This is a hybrid tinted moisturizer-slash-foundation.
It is lightweight and gives natural-looking coverage.

Again, one of my problems is open pores. To address it aesthetically, I turn to Clinique Pore Refining Solutions. I use this before I apply foundation. 

With a pea-size, I apply this where pores are prominent.
Cheeks and nose in my case.

To make my foundation last, I use pressed powder where I produce oil the most! (cheeks, nose, forehead). I originally got 100% Pure as a bronzer but found that the shade (Honey) too light to work as such so I used it as my pressed powder. 

How cute is this tin packaging? This brand is 100% all-natural.
It is made from cocoa, coffee, tomato and berries. Yum!
For more info, click here

For my blush-on, I am loving Cargo‘s Catalina. The shade is light-pink which gives a uber-healthy glow.

Lovely shade it is!

For lips, I have been constantly using these two beauties:

I like how LORAC lip gloss turns my drab lips to fab, yay!

I like e.l.f.’s studio line of lipsticks. It can rival some department store brands
in terms of quality at a fraction of the cost. This shade is Bare Brown.

Lastly, for my hair (which has a mind of its own most of the time), I strive to make it look and feel soft with a leave-in conditioner. I use Aussie Hair Insurance. I spritz my hair with this product when it’s still damp and let it air-dry after.

Here’s the video version and some bloopers to make you smile today. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9QWQEn72SGg

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