May 2018 Skincare Favorites


Hello everybody, and happy first day of June! I've been wanting to write about the topic of SKINCARE for a while because it has literally become my new obsession as of lately, but I never found the time to shoot all of my skincare products until recently! In this new "Skincare Favorites" blog post series that I've decided to add to Missmisschelle, I plan to share all of the skincare products that I currently use or have recently tried out and will only share my HONEST opinions about each one! If I love a product, you'll definitely understand why after you've tried it for yourself. On the other hand, if a product didn't resonate well with me, I'll also explain what I didn't like about it OR I'll leave it out of this post altogether, heh. Now, let's get on to my top skincare favorites of May!



Cleansing Brush:
Out of all of the months of having a strict skincare routine, I have NEVER incorporated a cleansing brush into my morning or evening routine until just recently. Ever since I added Michael Todd Beauty's SoniClear Petite in the color "English Garden" to my cleansing step, I have been nothing but a happy camper! With cleansing brushes, they really help dig deeply into the skin to eliminate surface dirt and impurities that may reside on your face.

SoniClear Petite Antimicrobial Sonic Skin Cleaning Brush

Never have I took "double cleansing" seriously until I visited the Dermalogica Headquarters for one of their amazing Friday Facials. Throughout my facial, my professional skincare therapist showed and educated me on the various products that she applied to my face. The very first product she used during my facial was the Dermalogica Precleanse, which is an oil-based cleanser that is combined with lukewarm water to remove your makeup. I absolutely LOVE using oil-based products to remove makeup because I personally feel like they do a much better job than your average drugstore makeup solutions or makeup removing wipes. If you're looking for a holy grail product that eliminates a full cake of makeup, the Dermalogica Precleanse is a product that you NEED to add to your evening skincare routine. On days that I wear no makeup, I skip the precleanse step!

Dermalogica Precleanse

Wait, I thought we already talked about a cleanser. Nope! That was the precleanse - aka a cleanser before your cleanser. LOL Michelle, how much more confusing can you be right now?! Well, my friends said that I can confuse them pretty easily so...yeah, I can be pretty confusing LOL. But, let me break it down for ya. A cleanser is used as a secondary cleaning precaution to further remove any dirt or impurities from the surface of your skin. Our faces are exposed to a bunch of bacteria and pollution throughout the day, so it never hurts to double cleanse (aka use a precleanse and then a cleanser right after)! For cleansers, I switch between the Instytutum Cleansing Milk and the Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel. While the Cleansing Milk is a very gentle substance perfect for my sensitive skin, I love how the Special Cleansing Gel creates huge foam bubbles upon use with my cleansing brush - just something about seeing bubbles makes me feel EXTRA clean! I apply either cleanser to my Michael Todd Beauty SoniClear Petite cleansing brush and voila, I have a cleaner face!

Instytutum Cleansing Milk
Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel

Exfoliators, Toners, Pore Refiners, & Acne Creams

An exfoliator serves as an effective way to remove the dead skin cells off of your. After using an exfoliator, you are left with baby butt soft skin. However, I would only recommend using an exfoliator a few times per week, or even less if you have sensitive skin - you want to exfoliate your skin, but you don't want to irritate it! Two exfoliators I currently use include the Instytutum Triple Effect Peel and Burke Williams H2V Buff Refinining Exfoliant. While I switch off between either product 1-2 times per week, they both leave a different, yet refreshing feeling on my face after the application process. While the Triple Effect Peel gets the job done and I feel perfectly exfoliated, the Buff Exfoliator gives me a tingly feeling that leaves my face feeling very refreshed after washing it off in the shower - plus it smells amazing. The results when I use either product? Super soft skin and a happy Michelle.

Instytutum Triple Effect Peel
Burke Williams H2V Buff Refining Exfoliant

Tone, tone, and tone! In the past, I was so clueless as to what a toner did until I discovered the meaning for myself in a random month's issue of Cosmopolitan magazine. In the article, it explained the steps of a standard skincare process perfectly and I loved the article so much that I ended up sharing a photo of the article on my Instastories. Within 24 hours, someone DM'd me and ended up thanking me for teaching me what a toner does! LOL girl, don't thank me, thank Cosmopolitan! ;) Anyways, a toner is used to restore the pH balance of your skin and has the consistency of water. Whenever I apply my BABOR Rose Toning Essence every night, I literally feel like I'm slapping water upon my face but girl, the contents are so much more powerful than water. With toner, I apply a couple pumps into my hand, rub it on my palm for some added warmth, then pat gently around my entire face to allow the substance to absorb. Once it's dry, I move on to a serum!

BABOR Rose Toning Essence

Pore Refiner:
For weeks now, I've been using the Bioderma Sebium Pore Refiner. It has a matte finish that leaves your skin feeling soft and firm and creates a great base for the remaining application process for the rest of my evening skincare routine products.

Bioderma Sebium Pore Refiner

Acne Cream:
After my Dermalogica facial, I was gifted all of the products that they used throughout my facial, including the Dermalogica Breakout Control. I use this acne cream after my toner, but before my serum.

A tip for those who are new to skincare routines - if you ever forget what order to apply your creams and serums, you want to apply your skincare products from the lightest consistency to the most dense.

Dermalogica Breakout Control


Serums are essential for an effective skincare routine, as these are the products that help the absorption process of the ingredients and nutrients from skincare products that will be applied after the serum. The consistency of a serum is thick, and it feels a bit like wet glue, without the stickiness. Sorry that I don't have a better way to explain the consistency, heh. Regardless, I love using the Instytutum Serum or Instytutum Oyster Renewal Serum because it leaves a very dewy glow on my face before I proceed with the rest of my skincare routine. After applying these specific serums to my face, I can safely say that I can never live without a serum in my life again.

Instytutum Serum


So, oils are a relatively new step that I incorporated recently into my skincare routine. Relatively new meaning like 1-2 weeks ago, heh. As much as I heard that oils were amazing for the skin (thanks to Chriselle Lim and Ellenor from SpreadFashion), I just never hopped on the oil bandwagon because I didn't really know which one to get for myself. Luckily for me, Pixi sent me a surprise package in the mail one day and lo' and behold, this mystery gift included a Jasmine Oil Blend. SCORE! As soon as I applied this product to my face, I couldn't stop touching my face - really! You know how people pet dogs and they can't stop? I was doing the same thing to my face, LOL! Call me weird all you want, but the softening effects of this oil were MINDBLOWING. Also, you have to get used to the fact that oils sit on your face for quite a while, so I allow this to absorb a bit longer before applying my other skincare products (10-30 minutes).

Pixi Beauty Jasmine Oil Blend


When it comes to moisturizers, I've been using the Instytutum Lifting Cream for months now. And when I say months, I'm on my second container of Lifting Cream - now you can just imagine how big this product is to last me several months! What I look for in a moisturizer includes hydrating properties, texture, scent, and how it makes my skin feel afterwards. And just as I predicted, my face feels so much more moist, soft, and hydrated after applying this baby on to my skin.

Instytutum Lifting Cream

Eye Creams

Last but not least, we have the eye cream step! Although I use the Instytutum Eye Cream pretty much every night, sometimes I swap out for the Pixi Beauty 24K Eye Elixir once in a while if I want a different eyelifting experience. While the Eye Cream gets the job done and combats dark circles and puffiness under my eyes, I really enjoy the cold touch of the metal rod from the 24K Eye Elixir. Also with the Eye Elixir, you can store it in the fridge before use for that EXTRA wake-up call! Additionally, the Eye Elixir is very convenient and tiny to store in your bag or during travels so I love bringing this baby along on my trips!

Instytutum Eye Cream
Pixi Beauty 24K Eye Elixir

Sunblock & Vitamin C

For this specific section of skincare products, I utilize sunblock and Vitamin C products only in the morning and throughout the day. Although I've only gotten into skincare just a couple months back, it's never too late to start - especially when it comes to protecting your skin with the SPF. This has never been stressed enough, but SPF is vital towards protecting your skin against harmful UV rays. By starting early and taking the necessary precautions to protect your skin daily, you will notice a HUGE effect later on when you get older - in fact, your skin will look a lot more youthful, supple, and healthy than those who didn't bother to apply the proper skincare or SPF protection when younger. When it comes to sunblock, I've used the CeraVe Facial Moisturizing Lotion with SPF 30 for years now and it was highly recommended by my dermatologist. What I love about this particular sunblock is the fact that it simultaneously acts like a moisturizer and sunblock - love, love, love! Honestly, I hated applying sunblock in the past due to the fact that it felt so chalky or sticky, but this facial moisturizing lotion is truly a skincare blessing in disguise. I would highly recommend using this product on the daily before you head out of the house for the day. Additionally, before I apply my makeup, I like to add in the COOLA Daydream Mineral Primer SPF 30 for a protective base to apply my makeup on and for added SPF protection. Literally, I got this primer in January and I'm already half way done! Lastly, I've recently added the application of Vitamin C to my skin thanks to SpreadFashion's helpful skincare advice and I love using Kiehl's Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate. This Vitamin C product contains hyaluronic acid, which is why I always feel a slight tingle upon application, but my skin has never felt more tightened and firm! Additionally, this concentrate is great for eliminating fine lines and wrinkles so I'm happy that I am able to implement a few anti-aging skincare steps while in my mid-20's! Also, I'm running out of this product too so I better restock soon, heh.

CeraVe Facial Moisturizing Lotion with SPF 30
COOLA Daydream Mineral Primer SPF 30
Kiehl's Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate

And that's all I have to share with you guys today in my May 2018 Skincare Favorites! Do you have any favorite skincare products that you rave about to friends or family? Let me know in the comments section below - let's chat! 

Much Love,


Travel-Friendly Skincare You Can Trust For Cold Travel Destinations


One of the best ways that I destress from work and life's problems is to take a weekend getaway to a city that isn't too far from home. Thus, I took up my friend's offer this weekend to visit Big Bear Lake in California because who can pass up gorgeous cabin vibes in the middle of the snowy outdoors? Although I didn't go skiing or snowboarding (which is the reason why a majority of people visit Big Bear), I definitely felt the chilly vibes kick into full gear as soon as I opened the car door. While everybody in my group hit the slopes, I chose to either shoot pictures around the cabin with my camera gear (shoutout to the self-timer option!) or catch up on work in the Airbnb cabin that we rented out. While I'm here, I wanted to share with you guys a few travel-friendly skincare products that I've used for months and some that I just started trying out. Thanks to these products, my skin still feels smooth and moisturized to the touch, even when braving the intense cold for the gram. So, let's get on with the skincare products!

*Use my discount code MISSMISSCHELLE20 for $20 off your entire Pretty Missy online purchase on www.prettymissy.com.


Skin Authority: Acne & Oil Control

I just added Skin Authority's Acne & Oil Control to my morning skincare routine, and I have to say that it works like a charm. The consistency feels exactly like a toner and absorbs fairly quickly into my skin within seconds after application. If you don't know what a toner feels like, it pretty much has the same consistency as water.

After washing my face upon getting out of bed, I apply this product FIRST before applying any other skincare or makeup products on to my face. The Acne & Oil Control acts like a preemptive measure of protection for my face - it specializes in eliminating bacteria and decreasing inflammation.

CeraVe: Facial Moisturizing Lotion

When it comes to sunscreens, I absolutely cannot stand the products that feel sticky or chalky upon application. Luckily for me, I discovered CeraVe's Facial Moisturizing Lotion through my dermatologist and have been using it every day for two years so far. I always apply this product before putting on my makeup look for the day. Because it has the creamy consistency of lotion, my skin absorbs the product really well and I feel that this product offers two deals in one - SPF protection and moisturization. Consider me a lifetime fan of the product.

Bioderma: Sensibio H2O Biodegradable Facial Cleansing and Makeup Remover Wipes

Along with the first product that I mentioned in this blog post, I also added Bioderma's makeup remover wipes into my evening skincare routine recently. If you ask me, I actually prefer makeup wipes over makeup solution any day - I personally feel that they effectively remove more dirt and makeup in one use. This is a product that I can imagine using for years.

However, if we want to get super technical about my makeup removal process, I go through three steps in total. Although it's not pictured in this blog post, I use DHC's Deep Cleansing Oil to remove all of the heavy makeup products that sit on my skin. For a deeper cleansing, I would use the Bioderma makeup wipes as the second step towards cleaner skin. Then, I follow up with Botanics All Bright Soothing Eye Makeup Remover to eliminate any excess eyeshadow or foundation that may reside on the surface of my skin. 

Instytutum: Cleansing Milk

Whether I'm taking a shower before bedtime or ready to hit the pillows, I use Instytutum's Cleansing Milk to clean my face of dirt and impurities after I've taken all of my makeup off (or didn't wear makeup that day to begin with). The product feels very gentle and lightweight, and I apply a dime-sized amount to my finger before lightly rubbing the product on to my face in circular motions. Then, I wash it off with lukewarm water. This is definitely a cleanser I have used for months, and can continue using for months after. After this cleansing step, I'm ready to moisturize!


Bioderma: Sebium Pore Refiner Corrective Care

After cleaning my face but before applying additional skincare products to my face, I apply this product to help shrink and clear my pores. The function of this product is pretty self-explanatory, but I have no complaints whatsoever.

Pixi Beauty: Rose Caviar Essence

Can I just say that this products smells SO damn good?! My face literally feels like royalty when I apply this baby on. Not only is this product super moisturizing, but it has such a mesmerizing floral scent that I'm obsessed with. I wish that it came in a bigger size because I swear I could use this product up within weeks!

BABOR: Soothing Cream Rich

I've used BABOR's products during a six-week trial in the past and can safely say that their products are QUALITY. For this blog post, I've compiled a list of travel-friendly skincare products, but trust me when I say that I also use their cleanser and microsilver concentrates from their DOCTOR RX collection. I didn't bring their Microsilver Concentrates on this particular trip since it was only a three-day trip, but these concentrates are definitely VERY travel-friendly in size (they come in tiny glass bottles!) and do wonders in moisturizing.

Specifically, BABOR's Soothing Cream Rich is packed with ingredients that lead to healthy, moisturized skin, but I will say that this product leaves your face looking very dewy by the end of your skincare routine. If you don't mind the dewiness, then this product is for you. All in all, BABOR is definitely one of my favorite skincare brands of all time.

Instytutum: Eye Cream

I've been using Instytutum's eye cream for months, and I can't ever imagine not using it before bedtime! When applying eye cream, you want to use your fourth finger (ring finger) and gently pat the cream under your eyes on the eyebags section. Also, I heard that you can also apply eye cream on your eyelids as well - doesn't hurt to add moisturize extra, am I right? Since the eye area is very delicate, you want to be very careful and gentle with this area of your skin, and avoid roughly or aggressively applying any creams to this area. I can definitely consider this eye cream to be a winner in my books.

If you enjoyed reading this blog post, please let me know which of these products caught your eye in the comments section below! Since I'm a huge fanatic of skincare, don't be surprised if I post another skincare-related blog post anytime soon ;) Until then, I'll talk to you guys soon!

Much Love,