Light Moisturiser for Combination Skin

I’ve decided to steer away from heavy creams and moisturisers from now on (except in the middle of winter probably) because I am still breaking out and I’ve given up trying to fight it with anti-acne products. I think the cause is much more complicated: perhaps stress, combination skin type, the weather, etc. I don’t get too many pimples at a time but I get them regularly nowadays 😦

So far, I’ve only tried two light moisturisers and thought I’d do a little post promoting them lol.


Apart from the simple, minimalist design, I really adore Muji’s Moisturising Milk (Light) for its watery consistency and effective hydration. There are more moisturising ones from the same line but I picked the Light one. True to its name,  it feels light and offers the right amount of moisture for my face. The ingredients are apparently gentle too. Just did some research and saw that it’s made for sensitive skin. It’s also affordable. Forgot how much exactly, I got it in Taiwan, but the conversion is definitely less than Php 200 for a 50ML bottle. I’ll most likely purchase the bigger bottle next time.

Before I knew that the Muji Moisturising Milk is free of those irritants (e.g. paraben, fragrance), I thought I’d buy another light moisturiser that has more natural ingredients (yes I’m out of control, I just bought a ton of other skincare products last month and I barely use them).  Since Ecostore recently started their skincare range, I decided to try their light moisturiser, made for combination/oily type. I’m lucky it was on sale at the supermarket for 19.99 NZD. If it was the original price (26.99 NZD) I probably won’t be too keen. I tried it for the first time today and the most noticeable effect so far is the powdery scent once it’s settled. I like it. Hopefully it doesn’t break me out. I also like that is has more nourishing, natural-based ingredients compared to the Muji one.


skincare splurges

I am no beauty blogger (I don’t know anything about makeup) but I’m finding myself more and more interested in skincare. Thought I’d review these items so I’m reminded which ones to retain in my regimen and which ones never to repurchase. What happened to being a minimalist? Well, I blame acne, curiosity and heartbreak. It’s expensive, yes, but also very exciting to try new products! It doesn’t help (or does it?) that New Zealand is kinda obsessed with natural/earth-friendly stuff and I’m a sucker for those haha.



CELETEQUE Hydration Facial Wash

Bought it in the Philippines because it’s supposed to be gentle on the face. But I find it too drying! Which is ironic because it has “natural moisturizing factor”, whatever that is.

NEUTROGENA Oil-Free Acne Wash (Pink Grapefruit Foaming Scrub)

I like the smell and how it thoroughly cleans my face. HOWEVER, it is also drying (my face is extra dry in New Zealand because of the weather huhu). Microbeads are also bad for the environment but I would probably still buy a bigger bottle. Sue me.

CLINIQUE Anti-Blemish Solutions Cleansing Gel

Expensive but I was desperate to get rid of my pimples. I’ve seen some improvements on my face but I’m not entirely sure if it’s due to this product.

CROP Purifying Mud Mask

I like that it’s mostly derived from natural ingredients. It does sting a teeny bit though. I won’t repurchase because I am too lazy to use it. It’s something I could do without.

BIORE Deep Cleansing Pore Strips

I’m very satisfied. I saw how much accumulated dirt/blackheads it removed from my face. Gross but effective. It’s expensive though so I plan to use it only once or twice a month.



LUSH Breath of Fresh Air Toner Water vs. SUKIN Hydrating Mist Toner

Both earth-friendly! Sukin is cheaper for its size but I definitely prefer the smell and spray quality of Lush. I have no idea what it does to my face exactly but it feels refreshing. Will probably purchase Lush again.


NIVEA Rich Regenerating Night Cream

Its thickness is perfect for the cold months. I love how it makes my skin feel and look hydrated and “fresh” hehe (especially upon waking up). Hopefully, it’s not blocking my pores because I want to use this forever. Might not be suitable in PH weather though.

ESSANO Regenerating Facial Moisturiser

Rosehip oil is supposed to have a ton of benefits so I bought this. Huge bonus that it’s environment-friendly and mostly derived from natural sources. I like it but not crazy about it.

AVEENO Skin Relief Moisturising Lotion

This one’s for the entire body. I had an itchy skin phase and I think this helped cos I’m no longer itchy LOL. Effective on very dry skin like mine.


NEUTROGENA Ultra Sheer Clear Face (SPF30)

SPF30 + non-comedogenic / oil-free are awesome qualities but I find it too sheer/thin for my dry skin. I could put on moisturiser prior but I prefer sunscreen that already acts like a moisturiser. Will try another sunblock next time.

BY NATURE Hydrating Day Creme (SPF15)

I used to wear this everyday! It’s a moisturiser and sunscreen in one product, but I got paranoid that it’s blocking my pores. I’d rather go with non-comedogenic products moving forward to lessen my breakouts. I also prefer higher SPF.



Didn’t see a difference the first few times I used it. I feel like the Clinique products did a much better job treating my acne.

CLINIQUE Anti-Blemish Solutions All-Over Clearing Treatment

I prefer the cleanser. I think that would’ve been enough. I would like it better if this product is more moisturizing. I could skip it most days and just use it on really bad breakouts.

MAC Studio Finish Concealer (with SPF35)

I’m still learning how to apply it properly. So far, it’s failing to conceal my blemishes. I’m sure it’s either just my general lack of makeup skills or it’s not the right color for my skin tone.






Today was the first day of our 6 day “long weekend”. I made plans to make the most out of this Tuesday doing nonwork stuff and I was quite productive! I got to do things I actually enjoy.

I caught the last day of the Cinema One Originals, a local independent film festival. I’ve been a fan for a few years. The three films I watched this year were all pretty special (Baka Siguro Yata, Miss Bulalacao, Manang Biring).

Just outside the cinemas were shelves of bargain books. I went crazy and bought 8 — 5 of which are hardbound! These are exactly the things that excite me and would go out of the house on a holiday for: independent films and books on sale!

Cool find: Tucked inside one of the books (Zadie Smith’s) was a plane boarding pass from 2007. Secondhand books are awesome!

Hungry for Humor (Part II)

-Do yourself a favor and devour everything Adrian Bliss makes. This London-based creator is incredibly funny and talented. He recently started “Vlogvember”, where he uses deadpan humor to make fun of usual video blogs (vlogs), and I already cannot get enough! His Vlogs from the Future are brilliant as well. Oh, and his tweets are gold. The guy surely lives up to his last name.

-Treat yo self with some Parks and Recreation (if you haven’t yet; I am quite late to the party). It’s the only show I watch these days. Lovable, crazy bunch of people working for the local government. Leslie Knope? More like Leslie Yup. Or Leslie Yes. Because everyone agrees this show rocks.

Shoulda Woulda Coulda


Covers like this make me want to leave the NGO path to try my luck in the publishing industry (again). I chose my course, AB Communication, because I wanted to create magazine covers and content but the industry snubbed me. I’m pretty happy where I am but I will forever admire the artistry in magazines / of the people behind.

Incidentally and interestingly, this cover is the brainchild of Ad man David Guerrero and was inspired by the iconic Volkswagen ad. A few years ago, I was pretty sure I would go into advertising.

I’m currently doing neither and part of me still wants to pursue.

More learnings and personal realizations:

1) Comedy is hard and (I already know this but I am reminded again) it is not my forte. I was a witch in our basic acting play. It was hard to act crazy and bubbling with energy because I am the complete opposite.

2) Part of adulthood is accepting that you can’t stay friends with a lot of people . Most adult relationships are fleeting. Even if someone is so inspiring you want them to be part of your life forever, majority of the time it just cannot be.

3) I love theater. I love acting. I love it so much it hurts my heart because I can’t do it often. It hurts when I’m part of something because it’s over soon. It hurts because I am limited. Too limited. I know I have potential but I’m scared that potential might not be fully realized. It’s heartbreaking but I need to accept it. But I still love it and I will embrace it and I will try and try and try.

4) It’s one of the few things I don’t mind losing sleep for. I can’t emphasize enough how sleep-dependent I am. How sleep is my only escape and how it’s the only time I’m not overthinking and feeling anything. Being an introvert and depressed, everything is much more exhausting. Going out, meeting people, doing things. But these last two months, I did those! I gave up my weekends, slept a little, I went out of the house, did things, took public transport to unfamiliar places, rode the MRT at rush hour, and made new acquaintances (people I liked and probably never going to meet again. See #2).

5) There’s something about staying backstage while the play is ongoing, which is almost as magical, probably more intimate (?) than what happens on the actual stage. I can’t explain it but it gives me feels.

6) I can go on and on about everything I love about being part of a production and how happy and heartbroken it makes me feel but… I gotta go back to work. Life goes on. Galaw galaw din. Yan tayo eh.

Post-Prod Feelingsss

Acting/Theater is one of my favorite things. Sadly, I can’t and don’t do it often. But recently, the past two months to be specific, I enrolled in a basic acting workshop. Part of me wanted to regret joining ONLY because it robs me of sleep. Being an easily tired person, it was difficult. I barely get enough sleep on weekdays because of work and I had to wake up early on Saturdays for the workshop. And oh the commute! Why do I have to live so far away?

But I enjoyed the sessions a lot. Even if we had to go through a challenging warm-up before each session, even if most of the acting exercises required physical and emotional cooperation, I didn’t feel tired inside the studio. Even the weekday practices in preparation for the showcase… I showed up! I went a bit reluctantly to be honest but I still went and that’s really saying something because after work I’d rather go home than anything else.

The whole experience was full of learning and unlearning. Some of my takeaways are: Acting is not analyzing/thinking too much. Acting is about choices. It’s about connection, reaction and being in the moment and trusting your instincts. Taking the plunge. Not being selfish. And teamwork of course! I am thankful to and for the people I met: interesting, inspiring, fun budding actors and patient, hardworking, passionate mentors. You know that part before a show when the cast and crew hold hands in a circle to pray, give words of encouragement and pass energy to one another (we call it “bilog” in Enta)? I love it! You can tell everyone is nervous yet excited. I love the feeling of belonging, community and sharing one ultimate goal: to have a good show.

I’m glad I took the plunge, so glad that I cried on my way to the office this morning because it’s over. I will miss everything about it (except the hassle of commuting and lack of sleep hehe).