Skincare Review: Good Molecules Clarify & Cleanse Bar and Caffeine Energizing Hydrogel Eye Patches

Working from home now allows me to do a longer skincare routine. Featuring this morning’s routine feature these new vegan and cruelty-free drops from Good Molecules.

The Clarify & Cleanse Bar claims to be a gentle soap-free cleansing bar that clarifies and detoxifies the using salicylic acid, kaolin clay, rosehip oil, and grapeseed oil. This cleansing bar instantly makes a foam. As with most soaps, it was also easy to rinse off my face. It left my skin feeling soft, refreshed, and clean. The only con I could think of is that dissolves easily.

The Caffeine Energizing Hydrogel Eye Patches contains caffeine, acetyl tetrapeptide-5, niacinamide, and hyaluronic acid to brighten, hydrate, and reduce puffiness around the eyes in just 10 minutes. As with most eye patches, this is relaxing and soothing to the skin. I like using this while I work because it feels so hydrating and relaxing. I have yet to see it’s brightening benefits but this definitely de-puffs the eye area.

The Good Molecules Clarify & Cleanse Bar and Caffeine Energizing Hydrogel Eye Patches were provided by @goodmolecules. Available at getgoodmolecules.com

Cult Favorite: Holifrog Como Popp-E Renewal Scrubby Wash

I am more of a mask person than a scrub person but trying a lot of products made me appreciate scrubs more. Even though I really prefer masks I find that some scrubs really get when it comes to smoothing and softening my skin. I have tested a few scrubs but have only one in my stash and I’m happy to add the Como Popp-E Renewal Scrubby Wash from Holifrog. It was honestly love at first application.

This face scrub promises to exfoliate while nourishing the skin for a soft, dewy, and polished complexion without redness or irritation. It contains poppy seeds, bamboo stem powder, black currant seed oil, poppy seed oil, vitamin c, vitamin e, apricot kernel oil, borage seed oil, rosehip fruit oil, and astaxanthin.

It has a gel consistency that feels a bit oily but not oilier than I expected. I use this after double cleansing a couple of times a week. Due to the consistency, it almost feels like massaging a creamy, moisturizing mask onto my skin. It’s gentle and even though the poppy seeds don’t melt once it’s massaged onto the skin. I massage it for a few seconds before rinsing and I really like the instant result it gives.

After rinsing, my skin felt smooth and soft but not tight and dry. I have been using this once a week and I just really enjoy the feeling of my skin after each use. I will continue to use this and keep it as it just makes my skin look healthier and clearer. This is honestly my favorite product from Holifrog.

For those wondering, this product is also made without Acrylates, Alcohol (SD alcohol, ethanol, denatured, isopropyl, methanol or ethyl alcohol), Aluminum compounds, Benzalkonium Chloride, BPA, Butoxyethanol, Chemical Screens, Coal Tar Dyes, DEA, Detergent, Dyes, EDTA, Essential Oils, Ethoxylated ingredients, Formaldehyde, Fragrance, Heavy metal, Hydroquinone, MEA, Mercury + mercury compounds, Methylisothiazolinone, Mineral Oil, Palm oil, Parabens, PEGs, Phthalates, Polysorbate, Propylene Glycol, Resorcinol, Silicones, SLES, SLS, TEA, Toluene, and Triclosan.

The Holifrog Como Popp-E Renewal Scrubby Wash was provided by @holifrog and @pokepr. Available for $40 at holifrog.com

Makeup Review: Yulip Gochujang and My Jam

Playing with the new lipsticks from Yulip Beauty. These new releases are bright and deep.

I was excited to find out that they named this red Gojuchang because it looks exactly like the Korean chili paste that I like to eat. It is a bright chili red hue with a coral undertone and it reminds me of Korean food so much. It suits my skin tone really well that I can even pull this off during the day.

The other shade, My Jam, is a fun pink. It’s a bright fuschia pink that looks brave. I mean I don’t use this daily but if I want some impact and I don’t have time to create an elaborate eye look, I just pull this one out.

Both lipsticks contain castor seed oil, evening primrose oil, candelilla wax, jojoba oil, and beeswax. They feel moisturizing on the lip and nourishing too. They are a nice break from my matte lipsticks and are just so fun to look at. They are cruelty-free and are also formulated without synthetic fragrance, artificial colorants, sulfates, and parabens.

The Yulip Gochujang and My Jam were provided by @yulipbeauty. Available for $26 each at yulipbeauty.com

Skincare Review: Filorga Global-Repair Cream

Compared to a few years ago, I have noticed my skin isn’t as taut and firm. That’s why I’m also focusing on hydrating and moisturizing my skin.

It’s what also piqued my interest when I found out about the Global-Repair Cream from Filorga. This moisturizer promises to treat devitalized skin.

It has a creamy gel-like texture that sets easily. It never felt greasy when applied and doesn’t leave my face looking and feeling oily when I wake up. It’s gentle and smells really nice too. I’ve chosen to keep this in my stash as it helps restore moisture and hydration to my skin without clogging my pores. I noticed how my complexion felt smooth after every application. My frown lines don’t seem as pronounced and my skin felt firmer. I absolutely like how it leaves my skin extremely soft and plump. It’s a moisturizer that I also use as a sleeping mask whenever my skin needs moisture and rejuvenation.

The Filorga Global-Repair Cream was provided by @filorga and @wizardpublicity. Available at filorga.com

Cult Favorite: Lashfood and Brow Food

Recently, I have been trying these lash and brow enhancers from Lashfood and even though it’s only been a couple of weeks, I want to share the progress with you guys.

The Phyto-Medic Eyebrow Enhancing Serum ($88) promises to enhance the look of over-plucked, thin and uneven brows while the Phyto-Medic Eyelash Enhancing Serum ($78) aims to provide longer, fuller lashes. These products are vegan and are formulated without gluten, parabens, sulfates, phthalates, prostaglandin, silicone, synthetic fragrances, synthetic dyes, mineral oils, phenoxyethanol, PEG, petrochemicals, GMOs, and formaldehyde donors.

I was a teen in the early 2000s, which means that during my entire high school and college life, I had thin brows. They were overplucked and it was how it was supposed to be back then. It wasn’t a necessity then to fill your brows. Eyeliners were the eye thing then, together with the bands we used to always listen to, My Chemical Romance and Paramore who heavily wear they eyeliners. That’s why I don’t use mascaras often until now. Lining your eyes used to be enough, which is fine with me. I don’t have fluffy and full lashes, to begin with.

Now, I have been really trying to grow out my brows and want my lashes to be more pronounced. The Lashfood enhancers are both oilier than the other enhancers I’ve tried but I didn’t mind because unlike the other, they don’t drip. After a couple of weeks of use, I noticed my brows and lashes fuller. My brows, especially, appear longer. I can’t wait to use more and, hopefully, after a couple of months, my brows won’t look like they have been the Battle of the Overplucked Brows of the 2000s.

The Lashfood Phyto-Medic Eyebrow Enhancing Serum and Phyto-Medic Eyelash Enhancing Serum were provided by @lashfood and autumnpr. Available at lashfood.com