Skin Care: Queenly Routine on a Commoner’s Budget

We will never be royals, but we can definitely pamper our skin like them.

Skin care need not to be expensive to work. You just need to know which will suit you by (1) knowing your skin type (see diagram below), and (2) carefully choosing products suitable to your skin concerns.


By My Beauty Naturally

I recently shifted to goodness, so I’ll be featuring my skin care haul from Human Heart Nature… BELOW P1000.


Please note that I HAVE A COMBINATION SKIN, thus products featured are for OILY to COMBINATION skin types. But fret not! I’ve mentioned some products for other skin types as well.

STEP 1: Remove makeup a.k.a. unmasking

Start with a clean slate. Some prefer micellar waters, some prefer oils. I love using oil-based makeup removers because I find them better in removing stubborn waterproof eye mascaras, which I wear every single day.

TIP: To remove mascara without rubbing the eyes (which is a no-no), soak cotton pad and press onto your eyelids. Let it stay for around a minute to soften or break your mascara. Keep pressing to encourage makeup transfer to the cotton pad.

True to its name, the Gentle Cleansing Oil Makeup Remover effectively removes any masking dirt, oil, and makeup without harming the skin. I like that even though it’s oil-based, I don’t feel too oily after use and removing the excess oils aren’t an issue.

STEP 2: Use Facial Wash, not water, not soap.

I wash my face 2-3 times a day. Facial wash, which has lower pH level compared to soaps, gently removes deep-seated dirt that probably might be hiding under my makeup, in my pores.

TIP: Wet face with warm water to open pores. Massage product (facial wash or scrub) in circular motion. Rinse, then repeat.  Rinse face with cold water to tighten pores.

The Balancing Facial Wash, formulated for oily to combination skin, has mild citrus scent and has gentle microbeads. It effectively controls oil, without drying the other parts of my combi face. FOR Dry skin, use Hydrating Cream Wash. FOR Normal skin, use Nourishing Facial Wash

STEP 2.5: Face Mask and Facial Scrub

With the entire craze on Korean masks, this is easily my all-time favorite skin care product. I use masks 2-3 times a week, or when needed (like everyday). I read somewhere that they “force the skin to absorb the nutrients better”. So with the right face mask, you can achieve your beauty goals faster.

I alternate using masks and scrubs. I use facial scrubs 1-2 times a week. Using a facial scrub instantly brightens skin, as it gently exfoliate, and remove dead skin and deep-seated dirt.

The Detoxifying Mask + Scrub actually makes this step convenient, and cheaper.

STEP 3: Toner to Tonest

Toners cleanse skin further, and prepare it for easy absorption of moisturizers and other treatments.  Like your facial wash, toners have different variants made for specific skin issues. Toners, in general, are water-based so it can easily penetrate your pores, removing hard to reach dirt left behind by the wash. It can also help in balancing your normal skin’s pH.

TIP: Use alcohol-free toners to avoid drying, and damaging your skin.

What I like about the Balancing Face Toner, formulated for oily to combination skin, is that I can feel it working without the sting and redness, which I usually get from chemical toners. FOR Dry skin, use Hydrating Face Toner. FOR Normal skin, use Nourishing Facial Toner

STEP 4: Let your lips do the talking lol

Don’t forget your lips. It’s still part of your face, and an important one. Use a lip scrub to buff dry lips. Then, lock in moisture using a lip balm or petroleum.

Stay Calm! The Human Heart Nature Natural Lip Scrub uses sugar to exfoliate, and sunflower oil, jojoba oil and beeswax to moisturize.

STEP 5: Moisturize

Finally, the last step. This applies to all skin types. Yes, ALL. Moisturizers hydrate your skin making it look visibly younger, and help keep balance your oil-production.

TIP: Use eye creams for targeted eye concerns.

Though I have a combi skin, the Sunflower Beauty Oil still worked for me. A “bestseller and cult classic”, I agree that this is a miracle in a bottle. Read here to know its 23 benefits. FOR Oily and combination skin types, use Lightweight, water-based, oil-free moisturizers to avoid clogging your pores.

Still need help in building your skin care routine? Ask me how.

Your Beauty Advocate,


Skin Care: The Myra Holistic Way

You are not just a princess, but a Queen. -Myra Philippines

So treat yourself as a queen with this holistic duo from Myra: VitaSmooth Hydrating Facial Wash + Myra 300-E Capsules.  While the former nourishes skin from the outside, the latter repairs it from the inside. Now go ahead, flaunt your (regal) skin and carry on.



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The VitaSmooth Hydrating Facial Wash promises to remove dirt and excess oils while maintaining the skin’s natural moisture to keep it “healthy, soft, and young-looking”. \

According to the label (it):

  • Has Moisture Formula  that retains and seals in skin’s natural moisture, keeping it hydrated and more supple
  • Contains French Spring Sea Water (I’m like que) and Aloe Vera Leaf Juice that improve skin elasticity and help keep it smooth and young-looking
  • Enriched with antioxidant Vitamin E beads which protect and nourish skin to help keep it healthy with a youthful glow
  • (Is) Hypoallergenic and Dermatologist-tested. It is mild, effective and safe for everyday use.


MYRA 300 – E

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Myra 300-E is a soft gel capsule that contains 300IU of Synthetic Vitamin E (dl-Alpha Tocopheryl Acetate). According to the label, this supplement has antioxidant properties that can help in renewing and repairing skin cells and tissues of the skin, heart, lungs, muscles and livers. Thus it can help the body:

  • improve muscular performance
  • improve circulation of the blood
  • protect and revitalizes body cells
  • make you look young and feel young



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After 2 weeks of faithful use, I’ve noticed that my cheeks looked healthier, but it didn’t help much on my chin and T-zone. In fact, I had a breakout, so I stopped using it to avoid further damage. But based on this result, I can conclude that this facial wash is still A GREAT PRODUCT FOR DRY SKIN TYPE (I have a combination skin – dry cheeks and oily T-zone, that’s why). Well, it did promise to be hydrating, and not oil-controlling.

As for the supplement, I continued drinking it for another week. It had no side effects, and I noticed that my skin looked healthier and glowing. The only downside for me is that it’s synthetic. So, I might try the Myra 400-e next, which has 400IU of NATURAL vitamin E.

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Myra is available on leading drugstores, supermarkets, and department stores nationwide.

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Keep glowing,


“The ways of right-living people glow with light; the longer they live, the brighter they shine.” Proverbs 4:18 


Makeup: Clinique Crayola Chubby Lip Crayon Box

Clinique, in collaboration with Crayola, gives a playful twist to lip coloring in this limited edition Chubby Lip Crayon Box. It’s a makeup and art material in one packaging! Oh, how can a big girl resist? I literally jumped for joy when I got this box of crayons, orrrr makeup. Too cute. Too cute.

Clinique Lip Balm 3

This set has 8 mini 0.04 oz, sheer to intense finish, moisturizing lip balms: Brick Red, Wild Strawberry, Mango Tango, Melon, Mauvelous, Pink Sherbert, Fuzzy Wuzzy, and Red Violet. I swatched just one shade (because I already gave the other shades away), the Mauvelous, which I think is the most versatile in this set.

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The Mauvelous has a sheer nude color with a hint of pink. Mauve, my go-to color this summer, is perfect for everyday wear and is suitable to any skin tone. With just a swipe, I got the coverage I wanted and my lips looked way better. It didn’t feel sticky, and I actually forgot I was wearing it. It’s Mauvelous indeed!

Wearing Mauvelous. Pardon the dry lips (I should hunt for a lip scrub next)Clinique Lip Balm

Overall, though a bit pricey at $50 (Sephora) or PHP2,500, I still think it’s a steal.


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