My never ending battle with Acne/Pimple

After spending $$$$$ and trying out 85666355634252 products, I've finally find the one that leads me to have a clear and blemish-free skin.

I'm the laziest person on earth so I don't want to use 46258462654 products and follow 7456654343 steps everyday for my skincare routine. 

Here's the products I used:
(Take note: I didn't say perfect skin, Just a clear & blemish-free skin)

PURE BEAUTY (Exfoliating Facial Scrub)
- Price is around $1.50 for a 15ml sachet 
(they don't have a bigger size as this product is quite new so I guess they are still testing the waters. But no worries as the package comes with a cap)
- Contains micro-beads for exfoliation, but doesn't hurt nor overly dry you skin.
- Leaves your skin very clean and free from dead skin cells
- Can remove make-up thoroughly

PANOXYL (soap-free cleanser)
- Price is around $4 for 60ml (it could last for around 1month)
- Can be used together with other acne treatments
- Very mild and doesn't dry skin
- No unpleasant smell

CETAPHIL (oily-skin cleanser)
- Price is around $8 for 125ml (it could last for around a month or two)
- Can be used together with other acne treatments
- Very mild and doesn't dry skin
- Can easily remove non-waterproof make-up
- No unpleasant smell
- Makes your skin so smooth after washing, but not oily at all

 ( 2.5%=mild to moderate acne condition, 5%=moderate to severe and 10%= severe acne condition)
- Price is around $3.50 for 10g (this could last very long depending on the areas you apply)
- Experience mild peeling on the areas you apply (but just on the 1st and 2nd week, your skin will get used to it as time pass)
- Will slowly reduce the size of a cystic pimple normally around 6-7 days. For flat or freshly pump acne, it would disppear overnight

- Price is around $20 for 20g (could last very long as you only apply this to the acne scars)
- Very smooth feeling upon application
- Non sticky and non-greasy
- Ance marks slowly fading

My Routine:
--->If you wear make-up, make sure to remove it thoroughly by using a Make-up Remover (I used Maybelline's). Even though the Pure Beauty does remove make-up but I still suggest to use a make-up remover.
---->After removing all make-up, exfoliate your skin by using the True Beauty Exfoliatin Facial Scrub. Massage it all over your face and leave it for 1-2 minutes then rinse if all off. Though the instruction states that this should only be used once a week, but I used it every other day as my skin is super oily. 
-----> Massage your skin using either Panoxyl or Cetaphil then rinse if all off.
(**Basically I alternate usage of Panoxyl and Cetaphil, today I used Panoxyl and maybe tomorrow I used Cetaphil. It's totally fine as both cleanser are very mild and won't do any harm on your skin.)
-----> Apply a very thin layer of Panoxyl Acnegel on the areas where you have acne/pimple (in my case its on the side cheeks, forehead and chin)
-----> Apply  CONTACTUBEX SCAR REMOVER to the areas that have acne marks. 

Although my skin is not THAT clear yet, but at least it improved a lot by just a facial wash and gel. I'm super lazy but I want effective and fast fast results and above are the products that suits my lifestyle and really really works(plus its not that expensive and all of them are OTC).

Results may vary to other people as we all have different skin condition. Mine is super oily and sensitive and above products works pretty well for me.

2B alternative for Face and Legs Review

Big face and chubby cheeks has always been my problem eversince. So I'll do anything just to get rid of it, if only I have the money I'll definitely rush to a surgeon and lypo it all out. But sadly, I'm so so poor and can't afford it.

So just like any other day, I was browsing various site and came across a product called "2B Alternative". It claims that upon applying for 2-3 months your facial features would look firmer, the square face would disappear gradually and a slimmer facial contour be promoted.

Upon googling, it seems that only Sasa is the only online site that ships to my country. But before even making any purchase, I make sure I read all the reviews and it seems that all of them are quite positive.

Some reviews on Sasa:

 Basically, of all the 203 reviews there are like 90% positive and 10% neutral. Yup, no negative comments at all. As you can see majority of the reviews are in chinese so I guess it is targeted for asian market. I'm quite at ease after seeing all those good reviews, so I quickly purchase it online even though it is DAMN EXPENSIVE USD43.90 for 2 bottles!!!

The instruction is quite easy, simply apply 2B for Face once every day. After cleansing, apply 2 drops on each cheek and the chin. Massage upward gently into the skin until fully absorbed. I was tempted at that time, thinking just 2 drops of this thingy would actually shrink my face to V line.

Since I'm so mad excited, I even check out via express shipment so I had to pay additional USD15!! After 1 week of time, my orders have finally arrived but I'll have to claim it in EMS office. This is my first time ordering via Sasa so I didn't know that I have to go to EMS to pick it up and pay $$$$$$ of fees/taxes whatever self made charges the EMS people states.

(FYI, EMS guys are so evil they charge a lot of nonsense fees such as receipt fee->what the hell, I have to pay for the receipt???!!)

Back to the 2B Alternative for Face review, I'm reviewing this after using two bottles:
--> not oily, non-greasy, no unpleasant smell
--> very easy to apply
--> skin becomes soft upon application

--> IT DOES NOT WORK, my face didn't shrink. I didn't notice any changes on the size of my face

I also purchase the 2B Alternative of Leg, since I have FAT FAT FAT FAT thigh and legs. Thinking it would work miracle for me, here's some reviews in sasa:

2B Alternative for Legs claims that after 2-4 weeks, it limits the release of catecholamines and can lead to the relaxation of facial muscles and possible reduction smooth the shape of legs.

Due to the overwhelming reviews I read, I didn't notice the most important word "Possible" reduction. It simply means it is only POSSIBLE NOT GUARANTEED.

But oh well, bought it already so have to used it. It's MAD EXPENSIVE also $30.90!!
Again, I have finished the entire tube after giving out my review.

--> not oily, non-greasy, non-sticky, no unpleasant smell
--> very easy to apply
--> skin becomes soft and tight upon application

--> experience burning hot sensation that may last around 10-15mins long (but tolerable for me)
--> Despite the Chiliness of the lotion, IT DOES NOT WORK, my legs did NOT shrink nor lose a few inches. NONE, no effect at all

Overall, both products are a total waste of money as it doesn't work for me even though I finished the entire bottle. But I'm kinda curious how come it worked for so many people but NOT me???

Thus I left an honest review (as per below):

But my review got DISAPPROVED!!!and never did it get posted.....Why??? the site didn't even tell me why they disapproved it! The reason there are reviews corner is for us to leave our honest opinion. But why they hell did they reject it???? I even mentioned some plus points like smoother but they still denied it! Ok fine, I know I think the product mentioned you have to finish 3 bottles in order to see visible results. But for the price, if 1 bottle didn't do anything even 3 won't do anything at all!

This really frustrate me so I intentionally leave a good comment for the 2B alternative for Face as per below:

And they APPROVED it!

Which concludes that Sasa ONLY approved positive reviews and rejects ALL the "somewhat" negative comments they received. Can't blame them as they desperately need to attract more blind folded customer (like me) to get hook on their bait.

I'm also not sure if all the reviews stated in Sasa really came from the customers or just some of the people they paid to do so.

I'm not bashing Sasa, as of a matter of fact I still purchase from them because they provide huge range of products plus their shipping is fast. But I just don't understand why they have to rejects the comment placed by their customers.

Maybe its Maybelline!

Recently there's a massive rave for Korean beauty products such as Etude House, The Face Shop, Skin Food, Dr Jart, Missha etc. But trust me, I bought and tried them and it really doesn't work for me. Like for the case of BB cream, I tried Etude/Missha/Skin Food BB cream all of them causes massive breakouts due to oilyness and the base itself are so hard to blend.

Until, I laid hands on Maybelline. I went to their counter and tried all their tester, love them all except for the BB cream.

Here's some of the liquid foundation I bought from Maybelline(Clear Smooth/Minerals Line):

 1) Healthy Natural Liquid Foundation
**Clear Smooth Minerals Liquid Foundation is breathable yet full coverage that gives a healthy luminosity**
(Available in 4 shades: C02 Rose White, N02 Shell Beige, W02 Natural Buff, W03 Apricot Sand)

My review:
-Love this, NOT oily, no trace of any oil, powdery and smooth effect upon application.
-best for oily combination skin

(Rose white is best suitable for fair skin, as it gives you pinkish fair skin)

2) Aqua Gel Foundation
**Water-based formula that gives skin a light and fresh sensation**

My review:
-Love 2x, NOT oily, gives you watery and silky flawless look
-best for dry/oily/flaky skin

3) BB Cream
**Brightens, evens skin, covers imperfections, moisturizes, Protects SPF26**

My review:
-This is the least of my favorite,cuz' it only comes in 1 shade (its a wee bit dark if you have a fair skin)
-Can be oily upon usage, but gives you luminous look
-best for dry combination skin

**Above 3 foundation didn't cause me any breakouts so I guess its quite suitable for acne/prone skin**

Now lets move to Blushers/Powder Foundation:
1)Maybelline Clear Smooth Minerals Healthy Natural Luminous Blush
 **(Available in 5 shades:Fresh Plum, Gentle Pink, Original Rose and Soft Mauve)**

My review:
-Love this blusher as it gives you natural pinkish cheeks
(Don't use their brush, its awful and painful)

 (Soft Mauve is the best shade as it gives you milder and softer natural pinkish look)

2)Mineral Power Natural Perfecting Powder Foundation

My review:
-very easy to apply, but please don't use their brush, its awful and painful to your skin 0.o

(You just have to choose the right shade that matches your skin tone)

Lastly, Mascara's--> every girl's MUST-HAVE!

Magnum Volume Express Mascara
** enriched with collagen formula which plumps every single lash. Dramatic Volume with no clumps transformed, it’s waterproof and smudge free**

My review:
-- luv 3x; very easy to apply, especially to short lashes like me.
-- creates volume and thickness in just 1 brush!
-- totally water proof and doesn't smudge at all

After all the make-ups, we now need a perfect remover to remove them all out
My review on Maybelline's Make-up Remover:

-- thoroughly removes waterproof make-up
-- Not greasy or messy to apply
-- So far the best remover I've ever used
( tried Ever belena, Nichido, Etude House--> they don't remove make-up that thoroughly, you'll still see stains of make-up after washing your face)
I'm not make-up savy and don't wear makeup that often. Just a quick fix on foundation and mascara then I'm off. Maybelline is really great and suitable for my acne prone skin, it doesn't cause any breakouts upon my usage. All the products above can last for 1 whole day without re-applying and the price is really affordable.

Although lots & lots of people are raving about Korean cosmetic but you just have to try until you can tell. I'm Asian and lived in Asia but Korean products sucks for me. Finally, I have found what my skins crave for maybe its just MAYBELLINE =P

Overated products that don't work at all!

As mentioned in my previous entries, I'm suffering from SEVERE acne so I desperately wanted them all out. So I plurged all my savings to buy some expensive products hoping it would cure my breakouts.

1) Shiseido Pureness Blemish Clearing Gel (15ml)- $23
-Instantly reduces excess oil while moisturizing
-Helps keep the pores less noticeable
-Effectively brings new balance to your skin

  My reviews after using it for a month:
- DOES NOT work! though it contains salicylic acid but does NOTHING on my acne/pimple/blemish.

2) VMV ID Facial Cleanser(120ml)- $20
-Thoroughly removes dirt and excess oil.
-Clears up and prevents acne
-Keeps skin clear and smooth.
-Contains Salicylic Acid, for anti-acne, anti-inflammatory and exfoliating action. 

 My reviews after using it for a month:
- face is still oily after washing this cleanser, does nothing on my acne skin.

3) Shiseido Foaming Wash- $34
-A refreshing deep-cleansing foam with purifying granules for gentle exfoliating effects.
-Effectively remove makeup and dulling impurities while retaining essential moisture. 

My reviews after using the entire tube:
I know I mentioned before that this works for me, but this time it doesn't anymore. Although this product is NOT designed for acne prone skin, but I though it might at least stop my breakouts. But sadly, it doesn't.
The only thing I love about this wash is that you will feel super squeaky clean after wash.

4) Panoxyl Wash- $32
-gently removes dirt and excess oil to cleanse and unclog pores on the face.
-effectively penetrates pores, killing the bacteria that cause acne Clears existing acne blemishes and prevents new blemishes from forming.

My reviews after using the entire tube:
I don't like its foaming cream, its supple and hard to wash. The smell is pretty awful with medicinal scent. It would peel your skin on its first week and tend to dries up your cystic pimples. I used it together with the Panoxyl Gel 2.5% so I'm not really sure if this causes the peeling or both. But it doesn't cause redness or irritation, a little itchyness may occur but its tolerable.  Overall it does improve my skin condition but not that rapidly.

5) ETUDE AC Clinic (Red Spot Balm) and Acne Foam Cleanser- $20 (both)
-removes acne causing germs to keep your skin clean all day.
-heals, clarified and soothes facial trouble spots. 
-Specialized target treatment heals and brightens blemishes with a medicated formula.


My reviews after using the entire tube/sqaure bottle:
- For the foaming wash, it DOESN'T work, and worsen my skin condition also. Pimples keep popping out after using. The foaming cream is quite supple and difficult to foam up and smells not that nice. 
-For the Red Spot Balm, its TOO OILY. Smell is quite nice though, blend of citric&mint scent. The cream/paste is difficult to apply even using the spatula provided, the texture is kinda like a toothpaste clay form.
- DOES NOTHING ON MY SKIN, didn't heal nor improve my acne/pimples.

**The first time I saw Etude House, I was so eager to try all of their products since the packaging,store design are so cute, plus its from Korea. But  after trying their numerous skincare and make-up, I DON'T LIKE IT, the products doesn't seem to work for me. It doesn't do what the products claims to.**

Overall, at least all the products above didn't worsen my skin condition (except for the AC Clinic foaming wash). But for the price I pay, its REALLY NOT worthy cuz' it didn't do what the products claims to. So my 2cents, if you wanted to give it a shot, try buying the trial size first. If you can't find a trial size, I suggest buy some other OTC products from the drugstore cuz' its cheaper won't be too hard on the pocket. The fact that you are just testing if it works or not.

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