Morning Skincare (last summer’s morning skincare routine)

I try to use few products in my morning routine and they have to be moisturizing, hydrating, and with sun protection. Review of each product will be in order of my routine.

L’Oreal Revitalift Radiant Smoothing Cream Cleanser

I love this cleanser! It’s moisturizing and doesn’t make my skin oilier. It does have a creamy consistency. A pea-sized amount goes a long way, lathers a bit–not so much that feels it would strip my face dry, and smells like fresh bath if that makes sense.

I haven’t seen this specific cleanser locally, but this is only USD6.99 (for 50ml) in the L’Oreal website. It’s nice to have discovered an affordable cleanser. Now it would be better if this is available in stores. If it is, please let me know.

Aqua/Water, Sodium Cocoyl Glycinate, Coco-betaine, Glycerin, Sodium Chloride, Titanium Dioxide, Acrylates/c10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Benzyl Salicylate, Butylparaben, Citronellol, Ethylparaben, Glycol Distearate, Isobutylparaben, Linalool, Methylparaben, PEG-14M, Phenoxyethanol, Polyquaternium-39, Propylparaben, Salicylic Acid, Sodium Benzoate, Sodium Hydroxide, Fragrance

BeautiControl Facial Spa Regenerating Tonic with PHAs

I feel like I’ve been using this toner forever. Well, it’s my fault. I used this only when I travel, but I thought I should use it up as I’ve had this for a while now. Besides that I like its leak-proof plastic-packaging, it would prevent my skin from going cray after a long flight and with the change of environment.

But I noticed it barely smoothens my skin. Most likely it really doesn’t because I still have to use other acids. Beautypedia‘s expert review states this toner has high pH for the PHA to do its thing. Also, my skin would feel dry if I accidentally use too much. So I’m kind of wary for those with dry skin to use this even though this is supposedly for normal to dry and sensitive skin.

Water, Butylene Glycol, Gluconolactone, Lactobionic Acid, Polysorbate 20, Tocopheryl Acetate, Achillea Millefolium, Arnica Montana Flower Extract, Chamomilla Recutita, Symphytum Officinale, Ceramide 3, Resveratrol, Arginine, Milk Lipids, Sodium PCA, Sodium Hyaluronate, Allantoin, PPG-26-Buteth-26, Caprylyl Glycol, Polyquaternium-67, Ethylhexylglycerin, Glycerin, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Xanthan Gum, Synthetic Wax, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Hydroxyethyl Behenamidopropyl Dimonium Chloride, Sodium Hydroxide, Citric Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Sorbic Acid, Chlorphenesin

Rohto Melano CC Intensive Anti-Spot Essence

The Rohto Melano CC Intensive Anti-Spot Essence used to be in my evening routine, but didn’t notice any difference until incorporated in my morning routine.

It is an anti-spot essence formulated with active Vitamins C and E. It reduces appearance of pores and acne, reduces redness, treats acne marks, and prevents dark spots and pigmentation among others. When I started using this in my morning routine, my face got better!

This is better than the previous Vitamin C I used. I think I want to stick with this one, but sometimes I can’t help it and I’ll still try others. It’s good to know though that I have a sure fallback.

This contains 20ml of essence, which I thought was a lot for the seemingly thin tube. I find the packaging makes this convenient to bring for travel. The previous Vitamin C I used was best stored in its box and in the fridge, so I never brought it anywhere even when I had a few trips that were weeks long.


Ascorbic Acid, Isopropyl methyl phenol (bactericidal and antioxidant component), Dipotassium Glycyrrhizinate (anti-inflammatory component)

BeautiControl Facial Spa Defend & Restore Moisture Creme SPF20

This is another BeautiControl product that is for dry skin. It still works for my oily skin though. Maybe because my skin is more of dehydrated?

I love this moisturizer because it has SPF, so there are times I would skip a separate sunscreen especially when the foundation I would use has SPF too. The moisturizer could take a while to dry after application, but it doesn’t leave a greasy residue.

Sadly, I ran out of the moisturizer a week after I posted the (cover) photo in Glam Love’s IG. I hope I can find an alternative to this.


Homosalate, Oxybenzone, Octisalate, Avobenzone, Octocrylene; Inactive Ingredients: Water, PEG-8 Beeswax, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cetyl Alcohol, Butylene Glycol, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Glycerin, Stearyl Alcohol, Butyrospermum Parkii, Ceteareth-6 Olivate, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Acetyl Hexapeptide-37, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein, Proline, Adenosine Triphosphate, Acetyl Tyrosine, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Panthenol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Resveratrol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Citrullus Lanatus, Allantoin, Sodium PCA, Xanthan Gum, Citrulline, Ceteareth-20, Silica, Synthetic Wax, Steareth-20, Carbomer, Hydroxyethyl Behenamidopropyl Dimonium Chloride, Polysorbate 20, Polyquaternium-67, Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Chlorhexidine Digluconate, Methylisothiazolinone, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate

Nivea Sun Protect Plus Waterproof UV Milk SPF50+ PA++++

At first use, the Nivea Sun Protect Plus Waterproof UV Milk reminded me a bit of the Biore UV Perfect Bright Face Milk SPF50+. The former is better because it didn’t leave a very silky, powdery matte feeling and hasn’t caused me breakouts. It is lightweight, doesn’t leave a whitecast, and is great for use under makeup.

I believe what I have is the 2016 version. Based on Ratzilla, this has been repalced or discontinued just this year.


Zinc Oxide, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Diethylamino Hydroxybenzoyl Hexyl Benzoate, Bis Ethylhexyl Methoxyphenyl Triazine, Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Alcohol, Dimethicone, Trisiloxane, Neopentyl Glycol Dicaprate, Cellulose, Isononyl Isononanoate, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Hyaluronic Acid Hydrolysis Alkyl (C12-13) Glyceryl, Yellowfin Bark Extract, Ethylhexyl Triazone, Methicone, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Acrylates/Dimethicone Copolymer, Triethoxysilane Caprylyl Silane, Magnesium sulfate, Aluminum Chloride, Tocopherol Acetate, BHT, Phenoxyethanol

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