Saturday, June 22, 2019

A Week With Facial Oils

No, not the oils on my face that I am regularly spouting waiting for someone to profit off of it to make fossil fuel or power transportation devices. 

It's these babies right here. 

I never thought I'd see the day where I would apply oil on my (already very) greasy face and can actually get away with it. I kid you not. For reference, I have sensitive, acne-prone skin that has been on Vitacid 0.025% (retinoic acid) for the past year or two.

It all has to do with the ratio of oleic acid and linoleic acid on your skin. I'm thinking of doing a separate post on in-depth about these two. Long story short, I read that people with blackheads and acne prone skin has a lower level of linoleic acid compared to oleic acid. However, if you have severe acne or fungal acne, I recommend that you consult with your doctor before applying these on your skin.

Upon contact with the oil, my skin turns red with a few bumps and whiteheads all over the surface. The grease level increases so much that it can reflect sunlight and ignite a small fire for camping. Too much?

My skin feels soft and smooth in the morning as if I have just used an industrial skin softener, even though it's totally non-existent. There are no clumps of acne on my skin and it even calmed an already existing single acne on my chin. Dare I say there is a slight glow on my cheeks now?!

Let's start with Tamanu Oil. It has a nutty, earthy scent that may be slightly overbearing to the senses. There hasn't been much research done on this plant, but one of them said that Tamanu oil contains an ingredient called calophyllolide that has anti-inflammatory properties. This is one of the reasons why it is suitable for those with acne, eczema, etc. 

Technically, you're supposed to apply the oil as the last step of your skincare routine to help lock in all the moisture. I feel that Tamanu oil takes forever to sink in (even though it does eventually), unlike Hemp oil that doesn't linger. Also, I like combining tamanu oil with my body moisturizer. My arms and legs were hydrated and smooth for a day.

Both oils gave me soft, smooth and supple skin in the morning with a slightly greasy T zone. I prefer hemp oil because of its lightweight consistency and how it sinks in faster than tamanu oil. I still can't stand the scent of hemp oil that kinda smells like damp, raw, young mung bean sprouts mixed with dirt. If you like that scent, hey, kudos to you, dude. You're gonna like this oil.

Moving on to Safflower Oil that is supposedly (also) great for acne prone skin because of the linoleic acid content. I think my skin didn't quite like this one as I noticed a small bump on my face the morning after I applied this on my skin. I'll give this another try sometime next week.

Grapeseed oil is probably one of the most famous oils out there, despite the lack of research or papers on it. If eaten, it contains vitamin E which is a good source for antioxidants. It doesn't have a strong scent and applies easily on the skin. I feel that this is heavier compared to hemp oil (which feels light).

One of the oils I hear works wonders for blackheads is Jojoba oil. It claims to "suck up" all of the comedones inside the pore because of the "like dissolves like" principle. How can I NOT be intrigued by such a brilliant idea?

I tried cleansing my T-zone with Jojoba oil on my dry face and just rubbing it in for a good 5-10 minutes. It hasn't worked miracles to a point that it sucks up all of the blackheads on my nose, but it does remove some of the less stubborn and smaller blackheads on my nose. I can't believe I'm saying this but I LOVE THIS OIL.

Some of the blackheads that are left behind I extracted manually. I noticed that the extraction process became easier because they just came out fast. They don't have a thick and gooey consistency.



After a week of using oils for my facial area, I am quite impressed by how soft, smooth and supple my skin feels. I haven't noticed any acne or breakouts anywhere on my face. The redness on my cheeks has minimized as well. I think I'll continue using this for a month and update you later on. Deal? Until then, I'll see you later~

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Sunday, June 16, 2019

15 Years

Heyo~ I am having the most annoying headaches slash migraine as I'm writing this post. It's a Saturday night and we're at home because a) I am having a cold and b) G is currently working from home. 


We planned on celebrating our anniversary this year somewhere nice in the city. Just a casual dinner probably. We don't usually celebrate it with cakes and presents, but we've been together for 15 years this year, it's a nice number, so hell yeah to celebration, lol.

Now, here's the thing. I am someone who gets pumped when reading the reviews of the restaurant,  but upon seeing the traffic being all red on google maps, my laziness goes WAY UP.

And that's what happened. I wanted to go to Nomz Kitchen at Grand Indonesia for a lunch date, but it was crowded that we got lazy just thinking of going there. We ended up in one of our favorite restaurants ...

Holy Cow Pantai Indah Kapuk.

We got our usual order of steak with a side of french fries and chatted about stuff. Oh, we tried out the meatball with a creamy sauce and it was surprisingly delicious! I didn't take pictures of the meatball because we got too excited that I forgot to do that. :D

Dessert is up next and we planned on trying the gelato shop at PIK called Latteria. The parking, though. Amazingly stuffed.

Jam packed.

Like sardines in a can.



We went home straight after looking at it.

I just bought a slice of G's favorite cheesecake and a slice of chocolate cake for me for dessert at home. Thank you, Go-Food!

G went back to work and I watched a few episodes of Black Spot on Netflix. He has tons of work when it's the middle of the month. I'd say that was a day (anniversary) well spent because we get to do the things we like and spent time together. Here's to another 100 of these!

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Thursday, June 6, 2019

Etude House Soon Jung 5-Panthenoside Cica Balm Review

Hello, lovelies~ My blog used to be post after post of just skincare reviews, tips, and routines. Back then (in 2010-2013), skincare wasn't as big as it was right now. People prefer foundation reviews, over serum reviews. However, I am still in love with skincare products and procedures even after all those years of not blogging.

One of the first skincare products that I am currently loving for my combination-oily skin is an Etude House product. Luckily, this didn't break me out (horribly) like other EH products on my skin. Let me introduce you to ...