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What happens when you lose Z’s and what you should do RIXREVIEWS: Laneige Water Sleeping Mask | K-Beauty

These past few weeks (or maybe months), I’ve been lacking sleep. It’s either I sleep at 3 or 4 in the morning, or I don’t sleep AT ALL. And this is NOT good for my body, as well as for my skin.

I’ve been having breakouts lately – on the forehead, cheeks, jawline, and all the other possible places for pimples to appear. And I know exactly why they keep coming back.

Now, how can my skin be at full rest, if I myself do not give it the so-called “Beauty Sleep”? So, what really happens to our skin when we lack sleep?

1. Cortisol level is UP to the heavens!

Cortisol, in layman’s terms, is a stress hormone. The more sufficient sleep we have, the lower the level of cortisol. It is naturally reduced as we sleep. Now, low cortisol level allows our skin to regenerate. So, if we don’t sleep, the cortisol level goes up causing breakouts and prevents our skin to heal properly. Our skin will age faster if we don’t have enough Z’s than when we do have enough sleep.

2. Our skin gets dehydrated!

As you’ve read in #1, when we lack sleep, the stress hormone called cortisol increases. This destroys collagen – something that keeps our skin smooth and elastic. The skin becomes dehydrated causing fine lines and dark circles.

Ever noticed how much and how easily we perspire when we sleep? That’s because when we sleep, our body rebalances hydration and recovers moisture. So, if we don’t sleep, it’s like depriving our body from doing what it’s supposed to do.

3. Our skin becomes dull.

Our blood cannot flow efficiently all over the body when we do not have enough sleep. This leads to lack of oxygen in the blood. Our skin will look less radiant, more blotchy or ashy.

4. It’s going to worsen our skin’s existing problems.

If you, like me, already have pimples lodging on your face, more will appear if you sleep less. I haven’t been getting enough sleep, so newborn baby pimples appear somewhere on my face. I may have been able to treat some, but there were new ones that came out.

5. Our skin gets prone to skin diseases!

When we do not have enough sleep, our immune system weakens. We do not only get sick, but also our body develops immune-related skin diseases such as eczema.

There may be more reasons why we need proper and sufficient sleep. These five things alone should already have convinced you to stop staying up late at night. (Too addicted to K-drama? hmmh…. I don’t blame you! I’m as guilty as you are! 😀 )

If you’ve got your hands full and your work is up to your eyeballs, and you think it can’t be helped, then there’s one product I am super loving at the moment I recommend…

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This is Laneige Water Sleeping Mask. Want to have skin as nice as Song Hye Kyo even if you’re puyat (wakeful)?

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Photo grabbed from their website

Claims: Overnight mask that gives the skin a lively, well-rested appearance the next morning thanks to its Sleep-tox™ purifying effect.

So last night, I added this to my night skin care routine. This routine is for the nights I don’t scrub and use masks. I washed my face, applied my pimple solution and serum, then finished it with Laneige Water Sleeping Mask.

It smells super refreshing and relaxing. I can’t lay a finger on it, but it’s really so good! It has a texture of a gel, only it’s not as thick and clumpy. It applies smoothly on the skin and does not feel sticky at all. Waking up was the best part! I’m not lying, you guys! My skin felt and looked plump and well-moisturized! Busog na busog sa moisture! OMG!

It felt like I wore a facial mask the night before. I believe it has also helped my pimple solution to work well, because it gave my skin all the good stuff it needs.

According to Laneige website, this product has SLEEP-TOX™ technology that purifies skin during sleep. It helps rejuvenate and normalize skin that is often fatigued during the day (or even at night!) 

It also has MOISTURE WRAP™ that helps retain moisture throughout the night. Some of its active ingredients are Hydra Ion Mineral Water, evening primrose root extract, and Hunza apricot extract, that when absorbed by the skin, it will look and feel as if you’ve had a good 8 hours of sleep!

This mask also has skin-soothing agents that gently help the skin to recover overnight. It’s super light and non-comedogenic (won’t clog your pores!).

Moreover, the reason why I feel so relaxed the more I smell it, is because it has aromatic SLEEPSCENT™. “It is specially developed for Laneige Water Sleeping Mask that is an AMOREPACIFIC original. It allows our skin to relax and rest, boosting its ability to regenerate.”

Ingredients: Water, Butylene Glycol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Glycerin, Cyclohexasiloxane, Trehalose, Sodium Hyaluronate, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Root Extract, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Fruit Extract, Beta-Glucan, Chenopodium Quinoa Seed Extract, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Magnesium Sulfate, Zinc Sulfate, Manganese Sulfate, Calcium Chloride, Potassium Alginate, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Polysorbate 20, Dimethicone, Dimethiconol, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Propanediol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Stearyl Behenate, Polyglyceryl-3 Methylglucose Distearate, HYDROXYPROPYL BISPALMITAMIDE MEA, Inulin Lauryl Carbamate, Alcohol, 1, 2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Carbomer, Tromethamine, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance, CI 42090 

I have a small pot, which is 15ml. It only costs P160! Great deal, huh?! I knowwww! This is just the perfect size to try it out before buying the larger tub. The larger tub has 70ml and it only costs P850! Well, if you know where to buy.

Take note that other online shops sell the 70ml tub for P980 to P1,600. But Gabistar Korean Beauty & Talent, Product Magazine offers this amazing product for a much lower price! Yep! P850 only!

Final thoughts:

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This is definitely a MUST-HAVE! I will surely get the larger one!

I think this is also perfect for the owls in call centers. Since they don’t usually get the recommended 6-8 hours of sleep, this product will help them look as if they do!

Would you try it? Just in case you want to try it, contact Gabistar on Facebook and, do me a favor, tell them you found them here on my page when placing an order. (Thanks!) Also, you can PM me on my Facebook page!

Watch Song Hye Ko’s Laneige Water Sleeping Mask CF here:


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RIXREVIEWS: Sooper Beaute Baby Skin Snail Serum + Tomato Extract

  • Snail… Slow shelled slug…

One of the things I am not really fond of.

It turns out, though, that snails are super beneficial to our skin; and this tiny bottle holds the magic within!

What makes this serum even more special is the fact that it also has tomato extract, which we all know is absolutely amazing for our skin!

“Ang kamatis ay pampaganda ng kutis!”

According to experts, snail extract, also called snail mucin, has hyaluronic acid, glycoprotein enzymes, Vitamin E, antimicrobial and copper peptides, collagen, elastin, and allantoin.

Before we get to my review, let’s dive in deeper into this snail juicy goodness!🐌

  • Hyaluronic Acid keeps skin plump and firm.
  • Glycoprotein enzymes diminish the appearance of wrinkles keeping our skin youthful looking.
  • Vitamin E keeps our skin healthy and is also a good antioxidant.
  • Antimicrobial and copper peptides kill bacteria, virus, and fungi.
  • Collagen and elastin reduce the typical signs of ageing. They maintain both the elasticity and firmness of our skin.
  • Allantoin has healing properties and stimulates cell regeneration.

Basically, all these difficult words just mean they’re all our skin’s best friends!

As for the tomato, just in case you dozed off in your Science and Health class, it is packed with nutrients, antioxidants, Vitamins A and C, and folic acid! Tomatoes help shrink pores, fight acne, freshen skin, and even out skin tone.

Now that we all know the benefits of snail and tomato extracts to our skin, let’s move on to our review.

A few days ago, as I was browsing Instagram for serums, I stumbled upon this really cute product from Sooper Beaute. It’s called the Baby Skin Snail Serum + Tomato Extract. It’s really small (15ml) and affordable (P180). People who had used this serum were raving about this product and so I decided to give it a go.

Service

My parcel came yesterday afternoon, that’s about 3 days after placing my order through their website. I also appreciate the fact that they kept me posted on my order. I received e-mails and private messages on Messenger when my order was confirmed, being prepared, and was shipped out.

Packaging

The serum is housed in a small frosted glass bottle with a very cute but detailed label. It comes with a dropper, which I like because it avoids spillage and over-dispensing of product.

Ingredients

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Let’s break down the ingredients a bit. Just a quickie.

So Agua is water; Carbomer is for the texture; Glycerine acts as a protective layer to prevent moisture loss; Phenoxyethanol is a non-irritating preservative; Lactic Acid reduces acne breakouts and appearance of wrinkles; Matricaria Chamomilla has natural healing and skin protective properties; Hamamelis Virginiana is also known as Witch Hazel that’s a good skin conditioner and anti-inflammatory; and finally Lycopersicum Esculentum, which is more commonly known as tomato.

Hmmh… Looks like the company needs to edit some of the spellings in their label. 🙂

Everything listed is apparently safe and essential.

  • Scent

It smells amazing! It actually reminds me of Victoria’s Secret perfume – not that it smells exactly like one! It just has that certain fragrance to it that I love.

  • Texture and Consistency

It’s quite watery and not at all oily. It does feel moisturizing once applied on the skin, not dry but not tacky either. Did I mention that this serum is PINK?!

  • Price

As mentioned above, P180 is not bad at all! The bottle might be small, but I think it’s perfect for those who just want to try out some products first, without spending so much on something that may or may not be effective. It’s really budget-friendly, even students will be able to purchase one.

Final thoughts:

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I DM-ed Sooper Beaute and asked them if this serum could be used with the DIY Compressed Facial Mask. The answer was positive, so I’m definitely trying it on Monday (my mask day!) I’ll be creating a separate post for that so watch out for it!

Would you try this serum? What’s your favorite at the moment? Don’t forget to leave a comment below! See ya!

In case you missed my IG Stories, you can watch here:

I tried it with DIY Compressed Mask with my sister. Watch our video here:


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Taking Facial Care More Seriously

Taking care of my skin wasn’t my top priority back then. I thought constant washing and cleansing was enough. I didn’t use to think that facial care would even be a necessity.

As years went by, my hormones started changing (and raging) causing breakouts and acnes. I have tried light chemical exfoliation and basic facial treatment in Flawless ONLY ONCE (which by the way, really, really, cleared my skin BUT has left ugly scars. T_T )

I used several toners and no-peel exfoliants… irregularly. I am so inconsistent in almost everything. One week, I religiously kept my regimen, the next week, I didn’t.

Hence, my unpleasant textured skin. I initially thought I had combination skin, but later realized that the dry patches were just dead skin cells that needed exfoliating; which revealed my true skin type – oily. SUPER oily.

Years back, I heard that moisturizers are a major no-no for oily skin types. I later learned that moisturizers are just as important for oily skin as it is for dry skin. Removing a lot of oil from our skin actually makes it produce more oil. If our skin is properly moisturized, at least it will think that there’s enough oil making it produce less than it usually does.

So basically, we have to wash/cleanse, exfoliate, tone/hydrate, and moisturize. Koreans have 6-step and even 10-step skin care routine, making almost every beauty enthusiast in the world really hooked.

This is just my personal routine, which, by the way, only started the other night. And this is the MEDYO lazy version:

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  1. Remove makeup. I use two products when removing my makeup: Holika Holika Daily Garden Lip and Eye Remover in Olive for my eyes and lips; and micellar water for my entire face. I am currently using Maybelline.  I use makeup remover for my eye makeup, because most of the products I use are waterproof, so micellar water isn’t enough. Skip this step if you don’t have makeup, of course.
  2. Cleanse. After removing my makeup, I wash my face with Faith Hope Love Coffee Soap. It has real coffee bits that help remove dead skin cells and thoroughly cleanse my face. It also smells super good! Hello, coffee lover! I love using it in the morning and in the evening. I’ve cut it into four smaller blocks and I’m now on my 3rd block.
  3.  Exfoliate. To completely make my skin clearer and softer, I use Skin Food Black Sugar Mask twice a week. Immediately after washing, I take a reasonable amount of product and massage it all over my face. Application isn’t a problem as the product glides on the skin easily. It may just be quite abrasive because of the real sugar bits, so I make sure I do it really gently. It smells super good – sugary and citrusy. I concentrate on my cheeks (my problem area), chin, nose, as well as my jaws. I leave it on my face for 10-15 minutes. After that, I wash it off with water, preferably lukewarm water.A good alternative for this is the iWhite Korea 2-Minute Whitening Miracle Wash Off Mask. I swear it’s super good and affordable, too!
  4.  Tone. I’m currently using Nivea Mattifying Toner.  I got mine on a 50% OFF Sale at Watson’s and I regret not getting two!

    Nivea Mattifying Toner
    Enriched with Ocean Algae & Hydra IQ
    – tones the skin deeply and removes residues
    – reduces excess sebum and oil with its mattifying formula
    – maintains skin’s natural moisture balance.

    Anyway, I just apply an appropriate amount of product onto a cotton pad and gently apply it on my skin. You can also apply it with your hands. Put a few drops of the toner on the palm of your hand, rub your palms together, and gently pat it all over your face.

  5.  Apply Essential Oil/Ampoule. Actually, whichever you prefer using or have in your kit. As for me, I use AND LOVE Terra Merita Natural Oil Cocktail and Watering Cocktail. I only have the sample sizes and I hope I knew where to get the (LEGIT) full-sized bottles.
    To be honest, using this alone after washing my face is already enough. It has made my skin SUPER smooth, properly moisturized, and feeling really healthy! I just gently spread the oil all over the face, and with my warm fingers, I massage it for a few minutes. Then put a few drops of the watering cocktail on my palm and pat it all over my face.
  6.  Apply Sheet Mask. I wasn’t a huge fan of sheet masks; but I have honestly started to enjoy them now. Take any mask of your choice, tear it open, squeeze the liquid-based formula first before you take out the mask, and apply it all over your face. You may also wanna pop it in the refrigerator first to make it more refreshing!Anyway, once you’ve taken all the serum, carefully unfold the mask and place it on your face. Gently pat and leave it on for 15-20 minutes. It actually depends on the brand or kind of sheet mask you’re using, so make sure you check the label first. Do not rinse, use all the serum and let your skin absorb it. You can also apply the rest of the product on your hands, elbows, knees, ankles, feet, or any part of your body that you think is drought-stricken (LOL!)
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    Day 1. Dewy Tree Aqua Panda Mask

    This is the Dewy Tree Aqua Panda Mask I received from YEF Philippines. I can’t really lay a finger on how it smells, but it reminds me of dried mangoes. Hehe! I find the concept really cool. Unlike the other plain-looking masks, this one has a face of a panda printed on it. It even has a bamboo shoot in the mouth! Cute!

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    Day 2. Jein 8 Sasaspa Facial Essence Mask

    This is the Jein 8 Sasaspa Facial Essence Mask, which is also included in the YEF Philippines package. It smells and feels super refreshing. According to the instructions on the back of the packet, it should stay on for 20-30 minutes, much longer than the Panda Mask.

  7. Moisturize. This is the final step. Once the liquid from the sheet mask has dried, my skin already feels a little tacky. I take a pea-size amount of my A-Skin Moisturizing Gel and gently massage it all over my skin. It’s clear gel and a little goes a long way. It has a really subtle scent – nothing irritating.

 

And that’s it! And what do I get when I wake up in the morning? A very happy skin that feels super healthy, supple, soft, and smooth! That’s just after Days 1 and 2! How much more if I do it regularly?

You do not need to follow every single step every day, since exfoliation is only done twice a week. It takes 46 to 60 minutes over all, including the “waiting time” in between application. You can do it while watching TV or Korean dramas (watch VOICE if you haven’t yet), or even while reading a book, or browsing the internet. You can also do NOTHING while you wait! You know, give yourself some “ME” time, free your mind of all the toxic work or PEOPLE!

*wink* *wink*

If you love makeup, make sure you also pay a lot more attention on your skin. If you want a better finish and make your makeup look good and last longer, you need a smooth and healthy canvas. And of course, after using all that makeup, make sure you free your skin – your PORES! If not, you’ll end up blaming your makeup for giving you breakouts when the real reason is you!

I do not have the most beautiful skin, it really isn’t even pretty. But trust me, I’ve had WORSE! It’s never too late to take care of our skin. Pamper it. Love it. Make it your best friend! 😉


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RIXFIRSTS: “JAMSU” Technique Using Spray Bottle | The Beauty Bakery Witch Hazel Facial Mist

Goss Method… Backstage foundation… And other beauty hacks found in different blogs and tutorials…

I have tried these, but none of them truly ever worked on me. The oiliness of my face is beyond normal. It can get oily even within an hour of the application of my makeup. You can imagine how frustrating it is to see your makeup caking up and getting patchy when your day isn’t over yet. I can’t even make beso-beso!

Recently, a weird technique has been popping up on Facebook, so I went to YouTube to check it out. So, there’s this foundation technique that’s been really popular nowadays and it is said to originate in Japan.

Many who have tried swore by its effectivity and that it has truly made their makeup last longer.

So I decided to dive into the trend!

This foundation technique is called “JAMSU”. “Jamsu” (잠수) is the Korean term for “diving” or “submerging“. A number of beauty enthusiasts all over the world have tried their hands on this technique, as well!

Basically, you have to submerge your fully-powdered face into cold water for 20-30 seconds and this will make your makeup set better and last longer.

However, I tried the other method, which is the more convenient one – the Spray Bottle Method! I used The Beauty Bakery Witch Hazel Facial Mist.

All you need to do, is to apply your makeup as you normal do. As for me, I moisturized, primed, and put on my foundation. You can also apply concealer and your cream contour and highlight (depending on your preference).

This is were the whole routine changes. Instead of baking only some parts of your face, you put on powder all over your face – Kabuki style. Meaning, it should be more than the amount you normally apply. Make sure that it is even. If you have fair skin, use baby powder; but if you’ve got tanned or darker skin tone, translucent powder will be a better choice.

After applying the powder, submerge your face in a bowl of cold water. If you’ve got normal to dry skin, you need to do it for 15-20 seconds; and 30 seconds for oily skin. The drier the skin, the shorter the time.

As for me, I used my facial mist. I sprayed it all over my face until my face was completely soaked and had started dripping. I dried it with a paper towel. Do NOT rub. Gently pat and let it dry.

You will notice how smooth your face is and the foundation looks flawless. You will also notice the excess powder sitting on top of your face. Gently dust it off with your brush.

Then finish your make up as normal.

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Before leaving the house, lemme take a selfie! That’s around 1:30 in the afternoon.

I have tried several techniques but this one is the best I’ve tried! No exaggerations there. I have never been this satisfied! 

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After 3 hours! Normally, in 3 hours, my face wouldn’t look as fresh. It only looked like I’ve just applied it. It was a hot and humid day, mind you!
Blotted out at 5 PM, that’s almost 4 hours. Minimal transfer, guys! Trust me, normally my foundation is all over the place! Including my collar!😒
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My oil factory in full production at 11 PM. So that’s about 10 hours after application.

Watch my video below and see how it went:

Comment below what you think of this technique and if you’ve tried it, let me know if it worked on you.

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