Brand Overview: Formula 10.0.6

Founded in 1933, Formula 10.0.6 promises to deliver products that use fresh and natural ingredients for clear and healthy skin. Their products are cruelty-free and are made without dyes, parabens, and sulfates.

Their peel-off masks apply thickly on the skin. They both have enough of a gooey texture for them to apply easily and evenly, albeit stickily, on the skin.

They leave a cooling sensation upon application and while they dry. It took about 30 minutes for each mask to completely dry but I didn’t mind because peeling them was so easy. They don’t leave that much residue and didn’t leave my skin feeling stripped or tight.

The Draw It All Out Skin-Detoxing Mask ($6.99) aims to attract and bind dirt clogged deep within the pores. It contains bamboo charcoal to detoxify pores, absorb toxins, and exfoliate the skin, three different Australian plums to nourish and invigorate, and sugar beet molasses to moisturize. This left my skin smooth and a bit moisturized.

The Sea Side Glow Algae + Sea Clay Skin-Hydrating Peel Mask ($6.99) has marine algae to hydrate and condition and sea clay to minimize the look of pores and soak up unwanted oils. This #peeloffmask made my face feel soft and smooth.

The Thirst No More! Moisturizer ($8.99) promises to be a hydrating moisturizer using a combination of watermelon, lentil, and apple extracts to hydrate and nourish the skin. It also has hyaluronic acid to further hydrate the skin and white tea to maintain a fresh and radiant glow. This provided me an instant cool and fragrant skin. I loved its smell and how it sat on my skin. It was too light that I didn’t feel that I put fluid on my face, yet I saw that it made a difference. This works as a morning moisturizer and it doesn’t aggravate the oiliness of my skin.

The Smooth Me Over Moisturizing Body Wash ($6.99) contains grapefruit to nourish and coconut to hydrate the skin. It smells exactly what it says – like grapefruit and coconuts mixed really well together. I thought it was an odd combination, mostly because I am not a fan of coconuts both as a food and as a scent.

However, it tempered the citrusy grapefruit smell and created a sweet and creamy summer smell that evokes summertime by the beach. In terms of texture, the body wash is one of the runniest texture I’ve encountered on a body wash. It’s so moisturizing, honestly, almost like I applied a body moisturizer afterward. This, of course, is a good thing for me as moisturizing is a step I always forget and forego when I’m rushing in the morning.

The Scrub Me Down Exfoliating Body Scrub ($6.99) has raspberry and ginger extracts to hydrate, smooth, exfoliate the skin. The #showergel contains pumice exfoliants and has a strong and musky scent, as opposed to fruity and fresh. When rubbed onto wet skin, it lathers quite a bit while the scrub feels grainy. Upon rinsing the product off, my skin feels smooth and soft. The scrub was gentle enough that it didn’t leave any redness on my skin. It is a decent body scrub that does its job of making your skin feel silky-smooth.

The Tip to Toe Moisturizing Body Lotion ($8.99) is infused with the scent of fig & mandarin, paired with shea butter to moisturize & soften skin. I like how it comes in a bigger bottle, as I like slathering this all over my body. The product gets absorbed easily, and it doesn’t leave a sticky feeling. While I like to apply body lotions after showering, I liberally apply this whenever I want because of its aroma.

The Butter Up Moisturizing Body Stick ($9.99) applies smoothly and has a slick feel that gets absorbed well when spread thoroughly. The product’s scent is sweet and smells of plum and coconut. It comes packaged conveniently in a stick form that makes it easy to apply to different areas of the body. I love how versatile this body stick is. I can use it before or after shaving and even as a balm to prevent thigh chafing. It makes my skin feel soft and hydrated after application. I like to apply it on my body after a shower. This product can be used a number of ways and can be used by all skin types. I would, however, recommend it especially to people who have dry skin and are in need of a moisture boost.

The Save My Soul Rescuing Foot Scrub ($5.99) uses avocado oil to moisturize and peppermint oil to calm the skin after exfoliating. It smells minty and contains beads that are coarse enough to remove dead skin cells and smooth calluses but not coarse enough to hurt my feet. After one scrub, this has helped soften my dry feet and smooth the calluses at heels of my feet a bit. I still go to a spa for some deep foot exfoliation but this definitely helps from keeping my feet, especially the heels. exfoliated during the middle of the week.

Something I really needed was the Step By Step Renewing Foot Balm ($5.99), a softening foot balm with shea butter and grape seed oil. Similar to the scrub, this also smells minty doesn’t feel uncomfortable or tacky on the skin. It applies thinly and leaves a thin satin feel to the skin, something creams or oils have not done. I like that this also dries after a couple of minutes. After only a week of daily use, I have already noticed a smoother look and feel to my feet.

I like using these two so much and they both don’t require too much of my time. I scrub during my morning shower and foot the balm before going to sleep every night. These have completely transformed the look and feel of my feet and would gladly pay more than it’s actually worth.

These products were provided by @formula1006. Available at formula1006.com

Brand Overview: Adsorb Beauty

What sets Adsorb Beauty apart is their Natural AntiBody Technology, ostrich egg yolks are that are extracted, purified, and processed to reveal the AntiBodies. These AntiBodies contain peptides and hydrators to create an anti-aging skin treatment. The system targets facial lines and wrinkles, firm sagging skin, and brighten dull and discolored complexions.

The AntiBody Cleansing Wash ($78) aims to remove dirt, makeup, and debris to purify skin. This cleanser has a milky consistency and viscosity. It doesn’t foam or lather and feels very gentle on the skin. It’s a good morning cleanser option. It leaves a refreshing feeling to the skin and leaves it soft and plump.

The Gel Mask Moist ($128) promises to moisturize, refresh, and hydrate the skin with pomegranate extract, thymus serpyllum extract, panax ginseng root extract, and sweet marjoram leaf extract. It has a brown gel texture. It feels and looks like clear glue without the tightening sensation and leaves the skin moisturized and plump. This would work for those with dry to normal skin looking for a hydration boost to their complexion. However, for my oily skin, this needs to be followed by other hydrating products for me to manage the oiliness of my skin.

The Brightening Clay Mask ($128) aims to deep clean, moisturize, and brighten skin with ceramide AntiBody and melanin AntiBody. The #facemask has a mousse consistency that feels light on the skin. It doesn’t tighten like other clay masks and it dries like thinly applied paint no matter how much I use. It almost feels like a peel off mask. I was able to rinse this immediately even if it feels creamy because it doesn’t stick to the skin. For my oily skin, it feels gentle enough to be used thrice a week. It leaves the skin soft, almost feels like I misted a hydrating toner. It leaves the skin bright the morning after so I like using this in the middle of the week to help brighten the skin during a busy week.

The Moist Lotion ($120) has triple-hyaluronic acid to hydrate, plump, moisturize, and smooth the skin. Used as a toner, this has a runny clear texture that is viscous than most toners, almost like an essence. It leaves a tacky feel even if it feels extremely lightweight. It has a bit of oiliness to it but it sinks in quicker than expected and leaves the skin plump and bouncy. It is a great toner during these cold months as it nourishes my oily skin.

The AntiBody Moist Essence Serum ($140) claims to defend against the visible signs of skin aging. This is creamy and feels very easy to apply. It has a nice slip and has a normal serum texture. I like using this at night with my other products. My oily skin found this not hydrating enough as a morning serum. This helped brighten some spots that I have, which took about more than a month. It’s slower than most of my pigmentation serums and acids but this would be a good option for those who are looking for something gentle.

The AntiBody Gel Cream ($130) promises to hydrate and moisturize the skin while helping to resist visible signs of skin aging. In its gel-cream texture, this worked for my oily skin as a night moisturizer. It felt light but thick enough to fully moisturize my face. Same with the serum, I use this at night. Unfortunately, it’s not hydrating enough for me as a morning moisturizer but I feel that this beautifully seals in my entire routine at night.

I like that all of the products don’t have a distinct smell. The packaging is also simple and can easily be bought anywhere. I would recommend this for those with dry to normal skin types who want to experience new technology in anti-aging. They didn’t do anything for my existing lines but these all helped keep my skin be healthy-looking and moisturized. I found that these helped keep my skin plump and soft.

These products were provided by Adsorb Beauty and @riotmediagroup for review. Available at adsorbbeauty.com

Skincare Review: Paula’s Choice C15 Super Booster, 10% Niacinamide Booster, and Hyaluronic Acid Booster

These Boosters from Paula’s Choice honestly came at the right time. My skin is behaving well but there are skin scars that need lightening, texture that needs softening, and, of course, skin that needs hydrating. I have been using these babies for two and a half months and here’s what happened.

The C15 Super Booster ($49) targets red or brown marks, wrinkles, visible loss of firmness using 15% vitamin c. It also aims to improve the appearance of uneven skin tone, brighten dull complexion, and ward off environmental stressors.

It has lightweight watery texture mix with a bit of oil, which suited me fine. It has just the right amount of oiliness to not feel sticky. It also sinks in quickly and doesn’t feel oily at all. I really like using it in the morning because of that. It doesn’t get in the way of my makeup application and doesn’t aggravate the oiliness of my skin. This has become a new favorite for me honestly. My skin reacts faster to vitamin c and this has evenly brightened my skin and lightened my dark spots in about a month of use.

The 10% Niacinamide Booster ($44) promises to minimize the appearance of pore size and improve uneven skin tone, improve visible signs of aging, such as uneven skin tone, lack of radiance, rough surface skin texture, redness, and dryness.

This has a light essence like weight and texture. Sinks into quickly into the skin. It doesn’t have a distinct or overpowering smell and sinks in much quicker than the vitamin c. My skin reacts slower to niacinamide but since I’m older and wiser now, I have summoned the virtue of patience to really test this one. I have used this every night and compared to other niacinamide I’ve used, I saw its results in just about two weeks. My skin looked more even, clearer, and brighter. This, in conjunction with the C15 Super Booster, lightened my dark spots and firmed my skin. I also saw improvements on my skin texture, especially on my cheeks where my pores are enlarged and on the sides of my face.

The Hyaluronic Acid Booster ($36), meanwhile, aims to plump dry, dehydrated skin, soften the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, replenish moisture, and soothe the skin.

This has a gel texture that leaves a velvet finish to the skin. It immediately hydrates the skin leaving it soft and moist. It has a slightly tacky finish so I like using this in the evenings. This is incredibly helpful on days I exfoliate as this helps keep my skin from getting too dry or tight.

I have seriously enjoyed using these boosters and I wish they come in a bigger size. They have added to my love of hyaluronic acid, restored my faith on niacinamide and have introduced me to a vitamin c that suits my oily skin perfectly.

Paula’s Choice C15 Super Booster, 10% Niacinamide Booster, and Hyaluronic Acid Booster were provided by @paulaschoice and @piercemattiepr for review. Available at paulaschoice.com

Cult Favorite: Drunk Elephant A-Passioni™ Retinol Cream

In my skincare journey, I have tried retinol and enjoyed the results, however, I stopped using it as I didn’t enjoy the textures that I have tried. They were either too oily or too heavy for my oily skin.

Enter the A-Passioni™ Retinol Cream promising to be retinol reimagined. The newest addition to the offerings of Drunk Elephant uses 1.0% vegan retinol to improve the look and feel of uneven skin tone and texture and ward off the damage done from daily exposure to UV rays, pollution or other free radicals. It also has triple peptide blend potent trio of peptides to help firm and strengthen the skin, winter cherry juice extracted from the seeds of the physalis fruit and kale leaf extracts for its antioxidants, passionfruit, apricot and jojoba oils to soothe and moisturize, marula seed to preserve and nourish the skin, xanthophyll to defend against aging environmental and electronic-device emitted high energy visible (HEV) light, and vitamin f to improve skin’s texture and suppleness. This product is formulated without essential oils, silicones, and fragrance.

Since it’s been so long since I tried retinol, I first tried this twice a week before building up my tolerance. First off, this smells like an herbal ointment and feels like a really thin balm on the skin. Its smell and texture feel soothing to the skin and the actual product feels really gentle on my skin. It feels a bit tacky so I use this as the last step of my skincare routine but it dries silky, I just have to wait a while. I like that, compared to other retinol, this doesn’t sting or tingle. It also doesn’t feel clogging to the skin even with its texture. It also doesn’t feel too drying or dehydrating so I don’t need to pile on more products after using this. After a little more than a month of use, I have noticed improvements on the texture of my skin and this has brought firmness I have never noticed in other products. I can’t wait to use this more because it suits my oily skin. This, together with Babyfacial, might just give me skin as soft and as tight as a baby’s butt.

The Drunk Elephant A-Passioni™ Retinol Cream were provided by the brand. Available for $74 at drunkelephant.com

Skincare Review: Red Earth Hydrate Refreshing Cleanser with Tasmanian Sea Kelp

I have tried a lot of cleansers but I’ve never tried something like the Hydrate Refreshing Cleanser with Tasmanian Sea Kelp from Red Earth Beauty.

The Australian skincare brand created the lotion cleanser to nourish and hydrate the skin using shea butter, cucumber extract, gingko biloba leaf extract, and Tasmanian sea kelp. It’s also doesn’t bubble and doesn’t contain sulfates and parabens. The #cleanser is meant to be lathered into wet hands before it is massaged on the face and rinsed.

It feels exactly like a moisturizer. I’ve read reviews talking about the texture but it’s still an experience. It literally felt like you’re applying a moisturizer on wet skin, which I think everyone did at one point in their young lives. I was really apprehensive because this felt too creamy for my skin. However, after rinsing, my face felt squeaky clean without the tightness. It also dissolves into a milky consistency that cleanses the skin effectively. It removes excess oil and cleanses the skin without that much residue left behind, which actually surprised me because of the creaminess of this cleanser. It also leaves the skin smooth and soft. I like using this during cold mornings as it feels nourishing to the skin and it doesn’t completely strip my skin.

This would be really beneficial for those with dry skin for its moisturizing and nourishing benefits. For my oily skin, however, I still need to follow this with hydrating serums to balance the oil production of my skin during the day.

The Red Earth Hydrate Refreshing Cleanser with Tasmanian Sea Kelp was provided by @redearth. Available for $20 at redearth.com