Skincare Review: Everyday For Every Body Club BFF Natural Rescue Balm and Resting Beach Face SPF30 Anti-Pollution Sunscreen Serum

#geteveryday sent over some body care products to help heal and protect my skin. Researched and produced in Australia, Everyday For Every Body aims to revolutionize the bathroom cabinet by providing personal care staples made without parabens, sulfates, phthalates, mineral oils, artificial colors, and fragrances.

The Club BFF Natural Rescue Balm ($15) is formulated with papaya, acai, sunflower seed oil, and soybean germ extract, the #bodybalm is a lightweight product that softens dry areas — lips, elbows, you name it. I primarily like to use it on my lips because of the applicator. I use it before I leave the house and before I sleep so that I get plump-looking and soft lips all day. The clear gel formula sticks on well and has a minty taste to it. It gives my lips that nice glow, without looking too flashy. As a matter of preference, I like my #lipbalm light and thin so I mostly use this on the drier areas of my body like my elbows.

On the other hand, the Resting Beach Face SPF30 Anti-Pollution Sunscreen Serum ($30), with its kale, spinach, and seaweed extracts to protect the skin from grime and heat — perfect for the sunny weather. It’s also free of oxybenzone, octinoxate, and PABA. The pump dispenses enough products every pump so that’s a plus. Since the product is quite thick, I like to use it as a finisher for my morning skincare routine, adding a light layer on top of my moisturizer. Thankfully, it doesn’t have a white cast on my medium, yellow-toned skin. Since I sweat a lot too, I try not to apply it too thickly on my skin. The smell is subtle — not too overpowering, which I like. However, for my #oilyskin, I find the formula a bit thick than I would like and this makes me feel greasy and look shiny.

The Everyday For Every Body Club BFF Natural Rescue Balm and Resting Beach Face SPF30 Anti-Pollution Sunscreen Serum were provided by @geteveryday. Available at geteveryday.com

Skincare Review: Tia’m My Signature Vita B5 Toner, My Little Pore Fix Source, Snail and Azulene Sleeping Mask

I have such high regard for Tia’m because their C20 (when they were still called OST) was my first vitamin c serum and it helped clear my skin completely. They sent over a few products, which, of course, I have high expectations on.

Formulated with pro-vitamin b5, natural moisturizing factors, peptide, and betaine, the My Signature Vita B5 Toner ($16.77), is an alcohol-free, fragrance-free, and low ph toner that promises to hydrate, balance, and retain moisture to the skin. This is a good and inexpensive hydrating toner that does what it promises. It’s light yet hydrating and it also removes residual dirt from my skin. It feels soothing if applied after exfoliating and feels balancing to the skin.

The My Little Pore Fix Source ($21.77) promises to reduce the appearance of enlarged pores, refines skin texture, and control excess oil and sebum production from the skin using tanin, sesaflash, conalbumin, and centella asiatica leaf water. I love the color of its bottle as it gave me an impression that it would give me a cool feeling when it’s applied on my skin–and it did. It felt cool and gentle on the skin in the first minutes after application. It was easy to incorporate in my routine and it was able to balance my skin. Used in the morning, it helped manage my skin’s oil production. However, I only saw a subtle difference in terms of my pores. It didn’t change in size, it just made them look flatter.

A sleeping mask for tired and stressed skin, the Snail & Azulene Sleeping Mask ($25.41) contains 85% snail secretion filtrate, azulene, allantoin, panthenol, and betaine go strengthen the moisture barrier, enhance skin elasticity, and provide long-lasting hydration. As gross as others would be, my skim actually reacts positively to snail ingredients. This sleeping masks, as expected, felt sticky and not so lightweight. However, it didn’t bother me because I only use it at night. This smells good and feels calming to the skin so I like using this on days I chemically and physically exfoliate.

With the budget-friendly price range of these K-Beauty products, I would say these products are worth a try – the toner and the sleeping mask if you are looking to hydrate and soothe the skin and the serum if you are looking for a product to manage your oily skin.

The Tia’m My Signature Vita B5 Toner, My Little Pore Fix Source, Snail & Azulene Sleeping Mask were provided by @tiamglobal. Available at amazon.com

Brand Overview: Amasea Beauty

Created by ocean lovers, Amasea Beauty creates Thalassotherapy seaweed skincare products with its ingredients wild foraged and hand harvested.

The SeaScrub ($48) promises to soothe, exfoliate, and fortify the skin with california solar salt, fresh sea salt, brown seaweed, red seaweed, and butterfly pea flower. It also has an abalone shell scoop sustainably sourced in Santa Barbara, California. This is really weird for me because there is literally a shell inside. It smells like a wet market if we’re being honest here. It has a bit of coarseness as well, literally like being on a beach and lying on sand and basking in the sunlight. The tub screams summer vacation. This leaves my dry skin feeling soft, hydrated, and nourished so I like using this as a foot scrub and a body scrub for the drier parts of my skin.

The SeaMist ($50) aims to balance, revitalize, nourish, and correct tired, dull-looking skin with california solar dried sea water, brittany sea salt, red snow algae powder, and butterfly pea flower. This toner is watery but has a slight viscosity to it. It feels light and absorbs quickly but still hydrating. I sometimes use my toner to wet my makeup brushes but this, I think because of the salt ingredients, doesn’t work well that way. This is really more of a hydrating toner that plays well with serums.

The VitaSea ($63) claims to be a hydrator that helps remove toxins and inflammation while plumping and smoothing the skin using. Like the other products, this serum amazingly smells like the sea. The gel-like texture and runny consistency suit my oily skin and sinks in really fast before leaving a silky finish. This is one of the most hydrating serums I’ve tried and it always leaves my skin looking plump and feeling soft.

The DeepSea ($75) is microalgae serum formulated with California red and brown wild native seaweeds to restore cellular function, increase elasticity, improve circulation, propagate stem-cell turnover, and stimulate protein production. Similar to VitaSea, this feels hydrating and sinks in quickly into the skin. It also feels nourishing and leaves my skin feeling really smooth.

The SeaGlo ($45) is oil from microalgae that works to hydrate, reinforce and strengthen the moisture barrier, and support cellular activity and protein production. This oil is on the heavy side so I like using this at night on my hair and body. As a face oil, it kind of sits on top of my oily skin so this is better for me as a #bodyoil after using the SeaScrub.

It’s been so fun using these products as everything smells like the beach, like a summer-perfect skincare routine that deeply hydrates and nourishes the skin. The standouts for me, though, are VitaSea and DeepSea as they work so well for my oily skin in terms of hydrating and plumping my skin.

The Amasea Beauty SeaScrub, SeaMist, VitaSea, DeepSea, and SeaGlo were provided by the brand. Available at amaseabeauty.com

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Makeup Review: Lancôme Ombre Hypnôse Stylo Shadow Stick Matte Metallics and L’Absolu Lip Lacquer

I have always gone for neutral shades but it’s nice to kick it up a little from time to time so it was fun when Lancôme gifted me their Ombre Hypnôse Stylo Shadow Stick Matte Metallics and L’Absolu Lip Lacquer.

The Ombre Hypnose Stylo Eye Shadow Stick promises to be a creamy and pigmented eyeshadow stick and liner that can last up to 24 hours. It also comes with a self-sharpener so it’s easy to sharpen and polish even when you’re on the go. I have the shades 26 Or Rose, 27 Bronze, 28 Rubis, 30 Amethyste, 31 Blue Chrome, 32 Onyx, and 34 Monogold.

Shadow sticks, like all other makeup sticks, are an instant like in my book. They are easy to carry around, can be disguised as a pen or a pill box or whatever I wanted to lie about, and are basically foolproof. These eyeshadows sticks look and feel creamy but don’t let that make you lazy. These sticks stick. I took my time the first time as I usually know shadows like this can be blended even after I drink my morning coffee but no, I was only able to blend the edges a bit. I was smarter the second time. I usually go for Rubis and Onyx but add some colored liner if I’m feeling funky. Since it sticks, it lasts longer than most sticks as well, even without a primer and that’s rare for my oily lids. I have a bunch stored in my office for when I’m feeling bored or when I have a fun dinner to go to afterward.

Adding to my very small gloss collection, the L’Absolu Lip Lacquer aims to deliver comfort, shine, pigment, and lasting power. I have the shades 468 Rose Revolution, 168 Rose Rouge, 328 Smile & Shine, 193 Rose Talisman, 306 Infra – Rose, 492 Celebration, 515 Be Happy.

This delivers the lacquer gloss promise. They are all sticky but in a balmy way. I also like that it only gives the right amount of shine. Being a teenager in the early 00s, I have seen the same shine from glosses we have reserved now for highlighters so, those in my age will know what I’m talking about. The level of shine and stickiness is something I would like to leave behind. This doesn’t do that, thankfully. Infra-Rose is nude for me with a subtle pink hue and the Rose Rouge is a deep color I like using for nights out. These shades are long-lasting, a few drinks won’t wipe this off, and they feel moisturizing even after the gloss is wiped out by my food from lunch.

The Lancôme Ombre Hypnôse Stylo Shadow Stick Matte Metallics and L’Absolu Lip Lacquer were provided by @LancomeOfficial and @octoly. Available at lancome-usa.com

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Cult Favorite: Amore Pacific Vintage Single Extract Essence

Complimentary from Amore Pacific is this very bougie Vintage Single Extract Essence. This essence promises to rejuvenate the skin and improve its clarity, tone, and texture using green tea from the Dolsongi Green Tea Garden in Korea.

The green tea in this essence was handpicked and naturally fermented in for 50 days the buried by tea master for another 50 days to let the leaves age naturally. This is followed by a 24-hour slow extraction process. These simple ingredients involved in a laborious and $145 worth process promotes prebiotics, which together with propanediol, glycerin, camellia sinensis leaf extract, 1,2-hexanediol, and ethylhexylglycerin, work together to prevent signs of aging.

It’s extremely watery but it has a slight viscosity to it. The essence is virtually scentless, which I love, and it immediately plumps the skin. The bounce is real, for sure. I also like how light and hydrating it is on my skin that I can use this on my skincare routine morning and night. Apart from that, I did not see how I can set this apart from the other essences I have or other products in my stash that is in the same price point. I was expecting magic, I was expecting dramatic results, I was expecting this to make me smile when I look in the mirror and I didn’t get that.

The Amore Pacific Vintage Single Extract Essence was provided by @amorepacific_us and @octoly. Available for $145 at amorepacific.com

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