Thoughts on Micellar Water + Empties (Bioderma, Casino Expert, and Bifesta)

After finishing bottles and bottles of micellar water, I now declare the product as a permanent in my nightly skin care routine. I still don’t think it falls in the must-have category — it’s nice to have but I can live without it.

If you’re not familiar with micellar water, I’d like to welcome you to beauty internet universe. Hi! You must be new here. Micellar water is a makeup remover that is basically just water with surfactants that are mild enough to leave on the skin. A more intelligent explanation can be found here: What is micellar water and how does it work?

I’ve tried 3 brands: Bioderma, Casino Expert, and Bifesta

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I think they’re all somewhat the same. All of them are gentle enough, all of them are not good at removing waterproof makeup (obviously, because they are mostly just water), and all of them can not remove every trace of makeup in one go. Continue reading

This Month in Lipsticks feat. T LeClerc, Melt, Sophie Paris, etc. | Purge and Purchases

Lipstick Class Picture

I got a little crazy with lipsticks this month. I know there are still a few more days until the official end of August, but I probably won’t be buying any more tubes.

T. LeClerc Le Rouge Theophile Matte

T. LeClerc got me most excited this month.

T LeClerc Cerise Poudre

I don’t know much about T. LeClerc, much less their matte lipstick line — le rouge theophile matte. There are only 6 shades in the line and I picked out two: Cerise and Poudre. Cerise is a muted brick red and Poudre is THE my-lips-but-better shade I’ve been looking for.
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On Subscription Beauty Boxes

I said never again.  I guess I have a thing for eating my words.


As I said before, the beauty box bandwagon is not the wisest thing to jump onto for me. Because ~ First, I don’t exactly enjoy surprises. Second, I don’t care for what’s new in the market.

That said, I find BDJ’s past offerings of grocery items very appealing.  By grocery items, I meant full size shampoos, lotions, and other hygiene stuff.  I don’t often get the chance to linger that long in the health and beauty section of the supermarket. I thought subscribing to the BDJ box would be an excellent way for me to try new soaps and shower gels, hehe. Yes, I’m being for real here.

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A Step-by-Step Skin Care Routine: How I Would Use Maxi-Peel Exfoliant Solution

Disclaimer first. I’m not using maxi-peel anymore and I probably won’t use it again in the near future. I’m currently on tretinoin cream and it’s been working great. Also, I didn’t start treating my acne with maxi-peel. I initially used the stuff that a dermatologist prescribed me which included a product that is similar to maxi-peel. If you haven’t seen that post yet, I recommend reading that first before proceeding with the rest of this post (Read: My Acne Prescription from Aesthetic Science Clinic).

Maxi-Peel Solution

If I were to use maxi-peel again, I would do it like this:


I would start with the lowest strength and at a frequency of once a week — even if it might not be strong enough, even if my skin could tolerate #2 or #3. The following week, I’d use it twice, and so on.

I’d also buy an opaque spray bottle and cotton pads.
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Flat Out Fabulous: A MAC Retro Matte Lipstick

Lipstick. Again.

Before I discovered Bobbi Brown creamy matte lipsticks, MAC retro matte was my favorite lipstick formula. But if I’m not mistaken, it used to come only in one color — Ruby Woo. I used to own Ruby Woo and while I loved the formula, the color was just too overwhelmingly bright for me.  When I found out that MAC is making some of the limited edition retro matte lipsticks part of the permanent line, I almost made it my life’s mission to collect them all.

MAC Flat Out Fabulous Lipstick on Medium Olive Skin Tone

I ended up getting 3 from the line (excluding Ruby Woo): Fixed on Drama, All Fired Up, and Flat Out Fabulous.

MAC Flat Out Fabulous Retro Matte

MAC describes Flat Out Fabulous as a bright plum matte.  I’m not sure if this is what bright plum looks like. I think it’s fuchsia with a tinge of Heroine.

MAC Flat Out Fabulous Heroine Radiant Fuchsia
T-B: Sophie Paris Koshize Radiant Fuchsia, MAC Flat Out Fabulous, MAC Heroine

Hollie compared this to NARS Schiap while Donna was reminded of NARS Funny Face. I have yet to see for myself.

I like this color a lot.  It’s one of those pinks that exude power more than cutesy-ness — it’s very woman boss. It’s the lipstick I wear when I don’t want to wear red but want to feel like I can take over the multiverse.

PS. I’m disappointed the Fixed On Drama was not made part of the permanent line.