Soul Sunday Tokai Aloe Mist Review

After running out of my Josh Rosebrook’s Toner, I decided to pick up Soul Sunday’s Tokai Aloe Mist toner from Urban Outfitters.

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The ingredients online did not list that this toner contains Witch Hazel in it, which is an astringent. If you spray it directly on your face even with your eyes closed, the acidity still lingers and burns your eyes when you open them. It’s not terribly uncomfortable, but I purchased a spray toner to eliminate the use of cotton pads or having to waste product by pouring it into my palms. With this, I would have to spray the toner to my palms, then dab it onto my face, avoiding the eye area.

I just wish the brand put more thought into the practices of a spray toner.

I would give this 2/5.


Long over due update

It’s been awhile since I updated my skin progress. I’ve tried so many products since my last entry, and finally found products that work for me.

For the first time in awhile, people have been complimenting my skin and telling me how good it looks. This was something I thought would NEVER be possible for me.

Here is my current routine:


  1. Cleanse face with Klurskin’s Rose and White Tea Gentle Glycolic Cleanser

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  2. Rinse 7 times with cold water
  3. While my face is still wet, I pat on my toner: Laneige Skin Renew Toner  (this is an average toner and I will not be repurchasing once I’m out) laneige-perfect-renew-skin-refiner-ex
  4. Moisturize: Benton Snail Steam Cream (I found mine on ebay)  -benton-snail-bee-high-content-steam-cream-50g
  5. Then I go in with my sunscreen- I am currently using Mentholatum Sunplay Skin Aqua Sunscreen SPF 50. This sunscreen contains NO alcohol, instead it contains hyaluronic acid which helps to hydrate the skin while protecting it from sun damage 81tWD2LK3yL._SL1500_
  6. For makeup, I changed my routine from BB creams (skinfood, face shop, dr jart, etc) to POWDER FOUNDATION. I feel like this helped my skin improve tremendously. BB creams/CC creams/foundations all contain a lot of oil. I noticed that no matter how thoroughly I washed my face, I would continue to break out. I’ve used Bare Minerals and Alima, but found that W3ll People Altruist Mineral Foundation worked the best for me:



1. I get a towel and wet it with warm/hot water, then I gently wipe the foundation/sunscreen off

2. Go in with Klurskin’s Rose and White Tea Gentle Glycolic Cleanser using 2 pumps 35727635_000_b

3. While my face is still wet, I pat on my toner: Laneige Skin Renew Toner

4. While my toner is still slightly wet, I use Klurskin’s Hyaluronic + Vitamic C serum. This serum is THE BOMB. It is packed with so many ingredients that are essential for your skin, just read the ingredients below:

INGREDIENTS: *Aloe Vera Juice, Distilled Water, Vitamin C, Hyaluronic Acid, *Lavender Oil, *Chamomile Flower Extract, *Marigold Extract, Potassium Sorbate, Co-Enzyme Q10, Alpha Lipoic Acid, *Vitamin E, Vitamin B12- Bio Active Complex (Vitamin B), Silk Amino Acids, Ferulic Acid, *Jojoba Oil, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Citric Acid, Kosher Vegetable Glycerin. *ORGANIC INGREDIENTS


5. I let the serum soak into my skin for 3-5 mins then moisturize with either the Benton Steam Cream or Shea Terra’s Argan, Zafron, & Camel Milk Lait Creme. My skin feels sooooo soft and bright in the morning after using Shea Terra’s Creme


This is the most current picture of my skin, it was taken few minutes before publishing this post at a cute cafe in Pasadena, CA. I do have light powder foundation on, but nothing else. My skin is naturally slightly flushed so it might look like I have blush on.


It’s been a long journey to get my skin to its current state. If my skin got better, so can yours.


These photos are taken with my Mac PhotoBooth; hence, the quality isn’t the best.

However, these pictures still show the bumpiness off my skin due to inflamed acne. Here is my progress:





See what I mean? The lighting isn’t perfect but it still manages to capture the bumps/inflammation.

So in the last photo (which was taken like 5 minutes ago) my skin still has few whiteheads, not a lot. If anything, the texture has gotten much better, and I am left with dark pigmentation scars. If you have an recommendation for dark spot treatment, please let me know! I’ve tried lemon, but it’s way too acidic for my skin. Baking soda didn’t do much for me. Manuka honey did nothing. Vitamin C might’ve helped a little… I’ve also ordered Skin Apotheke Ubtan Scrub which has been raved by beauty guru EpicBeautyGuide and customer reviews, but it hasn’t done much for me.

Living Nature: Balancing Line

Having acne is exhausting.. Searching for the perfect product that matches and heals your skin is truly a mission.

I don’t know how much more money I need to pour to find the perfect product/line for my skin.

Recently, I purchased Living Nature’s Balancing line from

I purchased the purifying cleanser, hydrating toner, balancing day lotion, and balancing night gel. 

First off, my skin type is oily/combination, and Living Nature’s balancing line is supposed to be ideal for people with this skin condition. The first week of using this line wasn’t too bad. However, the more I continue to use these products, the more I find that my skin is dehydrated and becoming tighter/drier. 

I let the company know about this adverse effect, but their only advice was for me to try their vitalising line……. With each product ranging from $30-40, I found their response a bit rude..

I will have an updated photo with my skin. I feel let down and disappointed (again) from yet another skin care line that failed to deliver.

Dr. Alkaitis For Acne

I should’ve written a review for Dr. Alkaitis much earlier.

The ingredients for this line is natural, organic, pure, whatever. 

It may work for people with normal or dry skin, but for people with acne-prone skin, I would NOT recommend this line. 

You won’t get a fully clean feeling from the cleanser, the toner and soothing gel smells like alcohol, the oil (which was raved as “liquid gold” did absolutely nothing for my skin, and the day and night cream were too greasy and smelled terrible.

I feel that the line will cater much better towards mature skin.

I appreciate the brand’s effort to using clean ingredients; however, it was a total miss for me.

The Dreadful Acne Photos (viewers discretion advised)

These photos are from 2 weeks ago. Since then, I had a detox peel by an esthetician in Los Angeles. My face was scarred from extractions for 3 days after, and it took a whole week for the raw skin to recover. After all that pain, I’m not sure if it did much for my skin.

From the pictures, there are tons of clogged pores, scars, whiteheads, and some cystic acne.

Products I’ve been using:

  • Desert Essence Jojoba Oil as sunscreen remover
  • PCA perfecting sunscreen
  • Dr Alkaitis Face Wash
  • NuSkin Enhancer (as moisturizer)

I will update with progress photos, after there is a bit more progress.

Feel free to leave any advice or comments down below.