Treat Yo Self - The Ultimate Guide to Pampering

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I am known for being the patron saint of pampering amongst my friends — they come to me for lingerie advice (for my lingerie favorites, here you go), we have Femme Night where I pamper them with girl group playlists (you can have some too), face masks, mani-pedi’s, hair braiding, and full access to my makeup collection. I am, despite my perma-sullen facial expression and closet full of leather, a super ultra girly girl. And bathtime is my sacred ritual. It makes you feel so much better! You sit and soak in your feeilngs and then get to wash the bad ones down the drain, if only for awhile. I want to share with you all my favorite things for ultimate #treatyoself nightly wonder. Let’s get to it.

One - The Soaps and Washes.
I’m putting these together because you might not have a bathtub, but you still gotta pamper yourself. I revolve shower products depending on how grumpy I am (the grumpier, the better smelling the products, so I can stew in the water and just sniff myself to feel better. that isn’t weird right?)

I have talked about my obsession with the Malin+Goetz Rum scent before, this is the bar soap version whereas I talked about the candle. I also love tea + more earthy smells (or baked good smells) so I gravitate towards those. LUSH cannot be forgotten here, but my favorite shower+gel products are limited edition Christmas ones and aren’t available right now. (For reference: Jilted Elf Shower Jelly and Twilight Shower Gel)

This is going to be a long, in depth post, so jump the cut for more.

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I was just wondering how satisfied you were with the Skinfood fermented pomegranate whitening mask. I'm looking for something to use for acne scarring and was curious as to if it worked for you.

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indecisivespice

Meh to be honest I’d pass on it. BUT! I haven’t used it every day so I can’t truly give you an honest review about it yet, when I’m back home I’ll pick it up. I feel like it’s kind of thick and tingly though, I’m not a huge fan from the last time I remember using it.

I do, however, really enjoy using the My Beauty Diary White Truffle Whitening Mask on a weekly basis, I definitely notice a difference in how visible my scars are. In fact, I use it the night before every photoshoot or filming I have to do because I know it will just magically lighten my scarring (however temporarily) and make covering up any hyper-pigmentation so much easier the morning after.

Products I’ve been liking recently~ (ノ◕ヮ◕)ノ*:・゚✧
Here are a couple products that I am loving right now. Most of them are products I already had in my collection, which is always nice - shopping your current collection is always a good thing.
REN Glycol Lactic Radiance Renewal Mask ($55) | link: Purchased a gift set from Sephora including this mask a little over a month ago, and I’m hoping it will jump start my acne scar reduction with the other topical products I’m using. I quite like it - for the newer scars, it takes away almost all of the redness and for the older scars, slowly but surely it helps. Pleased so far with this product’s performance, but we’ll see.
L’Oreal Infallible Eyeshadow in Bottomless Java 800 ($6.99) | link: I have quite a bit of these eyeshadows (swatched a part of my collection here) and love them because they are one of the few formulas where I don’t have to use a primer before application. Loving using this as an all over the eye color slightly winged out, a great lazy day eye makeup look.
CoverGirl Queen Collection Lipcolor Lipstick in Classy Coral Q500 ($6.99) | link: The funny thing is that I have been trying to use a different lipstick every day and I found this in my drawer and…I love it. On my lips it shows up as a terracotta coral with a tad bit of red. It’s beautiful~ I want to get more colors like this; terracotta is an interesting color. It last for around four hours and both of us really like the CoverGirl Lip Perfection lipstick line - check here for swatches/mini-reviews. 
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Products I’ve been liking recently~ (ノ◕ヮ◕)ノ*:・゚✧

Here are a couple products that I am loving right now. Most of them are products I already had in my collection, which is always nice - shopping your current collection is always a good thing.

  1. REN Glycol Lactic Radiance Renewal Mask ($55) | link: Purchased a gift set from Sephora including this mask a little over a month ago, and I’m hoping it will jump start my acne scar reduction with the other topical products I’m using. I quite like it - for the newer scars, it takes away almost all of the redness and for the older scars, slowly but surely it helps. Pleased so far with this product’s performance, but we’ll see.
  2. L’Oreal Infallible Eyeshadow in Bottomless Java 800 ($6.99) | link: I have quite a bit of these eyeshadows (swatched a part of my collection here) and love them because they are one of the few formulas where I don’t have to use a primer before application. Loving using this as an all over the eye color slightly winged out, a great lazy day eye makeup look.
  3. CoverGirl Queen Collection Lipcolor Lipstick in Classy Coral Q500 ($6.99) | link: The funny thing is that I have been trying to use a different lipstick every day and I found this in my drawer and…I love it. On my lips it shows up as a terracotta coral with a tad bit of red. It’s beautiful~ I want to get more colors like this; terracotta is an interesting color. It last for around four hours and both of us really like the CoverGirl Lip Perfection lipstick line - check here for swatches/mini-reviews. 
Following up Chi-Chi’s Most Worn Summer Tag, I thought I’d do it as well — my makeup and beauty routines are way different in Taipei because I only brought my favorite products, and out of that, I use the same 6 daily and the rest, never. So this is going to be probably really boring. I’ll do the makeup portion in a different post.
Starting with skincare: 
Shiseido Revital Moisturizer $74.70 - This is actually my Aunts, she has a lot of Shiseido products and uses them pretty much exclusively. This is the softest, most luxe moisturizer I’ve ever applied, I think it probably (undoubtedly, actually) has a buttload of silicones (pleasant image, yes??) because there is no way it can make my skin feel so smooth without containing lots of them. Nevertheless, I’ve been using it every day and I really will miss it when I have to leave it behind. It’s so expensive. 
Shiseido Hada Senka Mineral Sunscreen UV SPF 27++ PA $11.90 - Got this because it was the biggest size of sunscreen available at an affordable price in Taipei, and I really have grown fond of it and it’s quick absorption and the formulation. It’s definitely nothing at all like conventional U.S sunscreens, it’s more of a lotion or milk texture than gross chunky U.S brand and it doesn’t smell as weird. 
Kose Softymo Deep Cleansing Oil $13.30 - this is in our favorites tag for a reason, I won’t reiterate my love for it here. 
Coppertone Sensitive Skin SPF 50+ Face Sunscreen - I’m not like, a huge fan of it, I prefer the Senka formulation. It has that dreaded white cast on your skin and it takes forever to settle in and stop being shiny. I wouldn’t recommend it over anything else, but I use it when I go bareface and I intend to finish it because it doesn’t break me out. 
@ Nature Tea Tree Pore Freshener EX $14.60 - My other toners weren’t doing the job I wanted, and I wanted something to help battle my acne. This does the job of toning and helping battle my acne and counteracts redness. 
Shiseido Urban Environment UV Protection Cream Plus SPF 50 $64 - It almost physically pains me that this sunscreen costs so goddamn much, because it’s awesome and smooth and absorbs nicely and does everything the Coppertone one fails at. 
My Beauty Diary Sheet Masks $13.60 - I do one every 5 days approximately, at the end of the week or the night before I go out partying. They make my face glow, feel hydrated and plump and alleviate redness and make me feel pampered and queen like. I really love them and have a scary arsenal of them in my luggage to bring back. 
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Following up Chi-Chi’s Most Worn Summer Tag, I thought I’d do it as well — my makeup and beauty routines are way different in Taipei because I only brought my favorite products, and out of that, I use the same 6 daily and the rest, never. So this is going to be probably really boring. I’ll do the makeup portion in a different post.

Starting with skincare: 

  • Shiseido Revital Moisturizer $74.70 - This is actually my Aunts, she has a lot of Shiseido products and uses them pretty much exclusively. This is the softest, most luxe moisturizer I’ve ever applied, I think it probably (undoubtedly, actually) has a buttload of silicones (pleasant image, yes??) because there is no way it can make my skin feel so smooth without containing lots of them. Nevertheless, I’ve been using it every day and I really will miss it when I have to leave it behind. It’s so expensive. 
  • Shiseido Hada Senka Mineral Sunscreen UV SPF 27++ PA $11.90 - Got this because it was the biggest size of sunscreen available at an affordable price in Taipei, and I really have grown fond of it and it’s quick absorption and the formulation. It’s definitely nothing at all like conventional U.S sunscreens, it’s more of a lotion or milk texture than gross chunky U.S brand and it doesn’t smell as weird. 
  • Kose Softymo Deep Cleansing Oil $13.30 - this is in our favorites tag for a reason, I won’t reiterate my love for it here. 
  • Coppertone Sensitive Skin SPF 50+ Face Sunscreen - I’m not like, a huge fan of it, I prefer the Senka formulation. It has that dreaded white cast on your skin and it takes forever to settle in and stop being shiny. I wouldn’t recommend it over anything else, but I use it when I go bareface and I intend to finish it because it doesn’t break me out. 
  • @ Nature Tea Tree Pore Freshener EX $14.60 - My other toners weren’t doing the job I wanted, and I wanted something to help battle my acne. This does the job of toning and helping battle my acne and counteracts redness. 
  • Shiseido Urban Environment UV Protection Cream Plus SPF 50 $64 - It almost physically pains me that this sunscreen costs so goddamn much, because it’s awesome and smooth and absorbs nicely and does everything the Coppertone one fails at. 
  • My Beauty Diary Sheet Masks $13.60 - I do one every 5 days approximately, at the end of the week or the night before I go out partying. They make my face glow, feel hydrated and plump and alleviate redness and make me feel pampered and queen like. I really love them and have a scary arsenal of them in my luggage to bring back. 
Went shopping again out of boredom (ahh, luxury) at Watsons, which is basically like Duane Reade here. Got more face masks (ONE CAN NEVER HAVE ENOUGH, OK), some cotton pads, blah blah blah. I’m mostly excited about the Cleansing Bar which I am assuming is like a different version of Cetaphil and this pencil liner which is AMAZING when I swatched it. It is so multidimensional and it refuses to budge after like 3 seconds after you apply it! My jaw dropped, I literally rubbed my hand until my skin was red but it just DID NOT MOVE. I’ll swatch it and do reviews of the face soap and masks and whatever if you want me to.  High-res

Went shopping again out of boredom (ahh, luxury) at Watsons, which is basically like Duane Reade here. Got more face masks (ONE CAN NEVER HAVE ENOUGH, OK), some cotton pads, blah blah blah. I’m mostly excited about the Cleansing Bar which I am assuming is like a different version of Cetaphil and this pencil liner which is AMAZING when I swatched it. It is so multidimensional and it refuses to budge after like 3 seconds after you apply it! My jaw dropped, I literally rubbed my hand until my skin was red but it just DID NOT MOVE. I’ll swatch it and do reviews of the face soap and masks and whatever if you want me to. 

D.I.Y Skincare from Your Kitchen

Masks, scrubs — they can add up to a lot of money. If you don’t want to fork over the cash it’s ok, you can still use these products you most likely have around your house. 

  • Sugar - Unrefined sugar is the best imo. Add olive oil and you have a face scrub and/or lip scrub. 
  • Yogurt - Plain vanilla yogurt! So moisturizing and wonderful for dry, dehydrated skin. You can mix this with lemon juice, aspirin, avocado, etc for great mask for acne prone, dry, sensitive skin. 
  • Lemon Juice - Like I said above, you can mix it with yogurt, or you can also whiten your yellow nails by soaking them in some lemon juice for a few minutes. It also fades acne scars and can be used as a toner.
  • Olive Oil - can be used as makeup remover, as moisturizer, or a hair mask. 
  • Avocado - mash it up and make a conditioner, moisturizer, or face mask.
  • Coconut Oil - good for your hair and face. Basically bathe yourself in it.
  • Aspirin - I know this isn’t really in your kitchen, but you probably have it around. Make sure it’s uncoated aspiring. If you mix a few tablets with a drop or two of water, it makes a great acne treatment.
  • Rosewater -a really good, non-drying toner.
  • Oatmeal - makes for a great face mask. 
  • Baking Soda - for whitening teeth.
  • Egg Whites rub ‘em on and let ‘em dry, they’ll firm your skin up and minimize your pores.

What have I missed? Leave an ask or reply/reblog and we can make this list even more expansive!