SkincareReview

Current Skincare Favorites - March 2019 Edition

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Hello everybody! So It’s been a hot minute since I’ve written about skincare - and honestly, I kinda miss it. These days, you can find most of my skincare reviews on my Instastories, as I often talk about the latest products that I’m trying all the while never forgetting to include my usual favorites. Since it’s been a while since my last skincare themed blog post, I thought I’d share my recent skincare go-tos with you all in today’s March 2019 edition of Current Skincare Favorites!


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SPF


You recognize the saying “Mom always says don’t leave the house without a sweater?”. Well, Michelle always says don’t leave the house without sunscreen! Honestly, you and your skin will thank you years later down the road when you begin to notice the first signs of crow's feet and wrinkles (I’m in my mid-20s and already spy forehead wrinkles, eek!). If I could go back in time, I would have totally started an in-depth skincare routine as early as my teenage years. However, let’s not focus on what we didn’t do in the past, but instead, what we can do in the present.

My number one go-to SPF product of all-time at the very moment is Dermalogica’s Prism Protect SPF 30. Honestly, I ended up trying this product due to an influencer campaign that I agreed to, but I also have to say that I am HOOKED on this product. Not only does it feel like a hydrating moisturizer, but it also contains SPF 30 so that your skin is protected by the harmful UV rays that the sun exudes. Additionally, it is not too sticky or chalky, but very hydrating for my skin! These days, I bring the Prism Protect with me to work if I don’t have enough time to apply it at home before I leave the house in the morning (gotta beat that morning rush hour traffic, ya feel me?). At work, I apply this SPF product liberally all over my face and neck right before I do my makeup. If I go sans-makeup for the day, then I consider this sunscreen as the last step of my morning skincare routine instead.

Buy the Dermalogica’s Prism Protect SPF 30 here.


Toners


For some reason, March has been the month of trying out more Asian skincare brands in specific, but I have no complaints about that whatsoever! Also, I asked you guys recently on an Instagram poll if you prefer Asian skincare or American skincare, and a whopping 85% of you voted for Asian skincare! I never realized that the love for Asian skincare among my followers was extremely high, but I’m also happy to learn that you guys had a chance to try Asian skincare products!

I’ve always been a long-time fan of Sulwhasoo, a high-performance Korean skincare brand that honestly made me fall in love with the actual concept of having a multi-step skincare routine. Something about this Korean brand just literally makes my face feel like a million bucks whenever I use their skincare, LOL - honestly, it has to do with the lightweight texture and post dewy glow I see when I look at the mirror after applying a few Sulwhasoo products to my face.

Two Sulwhasoo products that I’ve tried recently include the Snowise Brightening Water (aka a toner) and the First Care Activating Serum. For the Snowise Brightening Water, you can shake the bottle and pour a few drops into a soft cotton pad before gently applying it all over your face.

Before switching over to Sulwhasoo, my previous go-to toners included TULA’s Pro-Glycolic 10% PH Resurfacing Gel Toner, Bliss’ Rose Gold Rescue Toner Mist, and BABOR’s Rose Toning Essence. TULA carried the first gel toner that I ever tried, and I loved how this product was more thick and gel-like (since I’m not always a fan of too watery substances). In other words, TULA’s toner made me feel like their product actually made a difference in my skin, whereas some toners just feel like plain water. Bliss is honestly a new brand that I’ve recently picked up, but I love the floral scent that my nose picked up when I spritz a couple sprays on my face. As for BABOR, this is a German skincare brand that I’ve also been a long-time fan for and have no complaints about any of their high quality products, especially their Rose Toning Essence.

Buy the Sulwhasoo Snowise Brightening Water here.

Buy the Sulwhasoo First Care Activating Serum here.

Buy the TULA Pro-Glycolic 10% PH Resurfacing Gel Toner here.

Buy the Bliss Rose Gold Rescue Toner Mist here.

Buy the BABOR Rose Toning Essence here.


Serums


Once my toner has been completely absorbed into my skin, that’s when I apply serum - my favorite step of any skincare routine! Serums are designed to deliver powerful ingredients into one’s skin and I can literally feel the difference in the texture of my skin every time I reach the serum skincare step.

One current serum that I’ve been obsessing over is Innisfree’s Intesive Hydrating Serum With Green Tea Seed. For the last few months, I’ve been using nothing but this serum and I’m almost out of my first bottle (and proud of it!). The green tea carries an intriguing scent, and I just love the way my skin feels super hydrated and dewy upon application.

If I’m doing my morning skincare routine specifically, I either opt for Drunk Elephant’s C-Firma Day Serum or Dermalogica’s BioLumin-C Serum. Everybody raves about Drunk Elephant products so I knew I had to try their serum out. Meanwhile, I am infatuated with Dermalogica’s BioLumin-C Serum so much that I stocked up on 2-3 extra boxes as soon as mine runs out! Talk about being a crazy skincare lady alright.

All in all, you can thank serums for that glowy complexion that all skincare bloggers show in their Instastories.

Buy the Innisfree Intesive Hydrating Serum With Green Tea Seed here.

Buy the Drunk Elephant’s C-Firma Day Serum here.

Buy the Dermalogica’s BioLumin-C Serum here.


Moisturizers


I’m so excited that I can finally share with you guys the ONE favorite moisturizer I’ve been using for the last several months - introducing Algenist’s GENIUS Sleeping Collagen! Not only did they spoil us with a sample of this product at their Christmas Blogger Brunch event, but they also gifted us a personalized GENIUS Sleeping Collagen at their 2019 event on the rooftop of The Jeffrey Hotel. And by personalized, nothing gets better than seeing the top of your moisturizer lid say “Sweet dreams, Michelle!”. Adorable, just plain adorable.

You have to try it for yourself, but I love how this moisturizer leaves my face feeling extremely moisturized and soft to the touch. The texture is thick and packed with essential ingredients to nourish your skin, the most important one being collagen. At their rooftop event earlier this year, I asked my esthetician too many damn questions (that she was more than delighted to answer, LOL) in regards to the purpose of collagen and why our skin needs it so badly. Long story short, she mentioned how the older we get, the less our body is able to produce collagen. Thus, we need to play our part and introduce collagen back into our skin in the form of a collagen-packed moisturizer. Collagen serves as the key to youthful, radiant skin and helps eliminate fine lines, wrinkles, and all other sorts of side effects that come with the natural process of aging.

Don’t question collagen, just get it.

Also, one more product that I wanted to give a shoutout to was VENN Skincare’s Age-Reversing All-In-One Concentrate. I was recently testing out this product one weekend, and LOVE the innovative idea of packing all of the ingredients of a toner, serum, and cream into one product. Talk about convenience at its finest! VENN Skincare is a luxury based Korean beauty brand, and their concentrate is designed to improve your skin’s complexion in a minimal amount of steps. Totally fell in love at first application (is that even a sensible phrase? LOL).

Last but not least, I wanted to conclude this skincare review section by mentioning a brand and product that I was referred to by one of my blogger besties, Huyen from @huyentxo. Huyen visited California not too long ago so that she can create aesthetic content (with and without me) all the while trying bomb SoCal food. Of course, when bloggers travel out-of-town, they have to carry their skincare favorites! While downloading all of the raw photos she took of me in her hotel room, I had the chance to raid her skincare stash and ended up trying her PhytoQuench Hydrating Day Lotion by ApotheCARE Essentials. This face lotion smelled absolutely AMAZING and I wish I owned a bottle myself! Not gonna lie, it’s awesome to have friends that love skincare just as much as you do so you can talk about what you love (and don’t like) about various skincare brands and products. All in all, it all comes down to both skin type and personal preference, but I write these blog posts so that I can share MY favorites with you all!

Buy the Algenist’s GENIUS Sleeping Collagen here.

Buy the VENN Skincare Age-Reversing All-In-One Concentrate here.

Buy the ApotheCARE Essentials PhytoQuench Hydrating Day Lotion here.


Eye Creams


I’ll be honest when I say that I haven’t been over-the-top sold by any eye creams that I’ve tried out recently. However, the eye creams that I am using at the moment include BABOR’s Eye Cream (the version I use is discontinued, noooo!), Dermalogica’s Total Eye Care With SPF 15, and Innisfree’s Intensive Hydrating Eye Cream With Green Tea Seed. All of them are amazing in their own way, but in all honesty, I am still looking for that one eye cream that I’ll never stop raving about. If you have any recommendations, send your girl a DM stat! ;)

Buy the Dermalogica Total Eye Care With SPF 15 here.

Buy the Innisfree Intensive Hydrating Eye Cream With Green Tea Seed here.


Masks


I just have to be upfront with y’all and say that I’m a pretty lazy masker. If I don’t feel like I have a free 20 minutes in my day (which to be honest, I usually don’t LOL), I will not mask for what feels like an eternity. However, ever since I received a facial from the OSEA Skincare Studio in Venice, I was introduced to a bomb mask that I’ll never forget called the Red Algae Mask. Not only was this specific mask used during my facial, but it was recommended by my esthetician since it is designed to target and reduce blemishes all the while minimizing pore appearance. Because I have cystic acne on my chin, it was highly recommended that I use this mask once a week.

When it comes to OSEA Malibu’s skincare collection, I can guarantee that you will absolutely love their products due to their vegan ingredients and cruelty-free measures.

Buy the OSEA Red Algae Mask here.


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Do you prefer reading skincare product reviews or watching them on Instastories/YouTube? What are your current skincare favorites?

Talk to me in the comments below - let’s chat!


Photography By:

Huyen Tran (@huyentxo) of www.huyentxo.com


Outfit Details:

Necklace: Kendra Scott

Dress: Showpo (A lovely gift from Huyen! ;) )

Booties: ALDO Shoes


July 2018 Skincare Favorites

Michelle from Missmisschelle shares her favorite skincare products that she has tested and loved in the month of July 2018.

May 2018 Skincare Favorites

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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!

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Cleansers


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.

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SoniClear Petite Antimicrobial Sonic Skin Cleaning Brush


Precleanse:
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!

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Dermalogica Precleanse


Cleanser:
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!

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Instytutum Cleansing Milk
Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel


Exfoliators, Toners, Pore Refiners, & Acne Creams


Exfoliator:
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.

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Instytutum Triple Effect Peel
Burke Williams H2V Buff Refining Exfoliant


Toner:
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!

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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.

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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.

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Dermalogica Breakout Control


Serums


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.

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Instytutum Serum


Oils


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).

Shop:
Pixi Beauty Jasmine Oil Blend


Moisturizers


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.

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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!

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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.

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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,

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