Cult Favorite: Sulwhasoo Concentrated Ginseng Renewing Cream

Something new in my routine is the Concentrated Ginseng Renewing Cream from Sulwhasoo. This is a moisturizer that uses red ginseng and retinol to boost moisture while addressing fine lines and uneven texture.

I like ginseng on my skin so I was really excited to try this. It feels creamy but applies matte and thin on the skin but it still feels creamy. It leaves a silky finish on the skin and it feels so luxurious. This doesn’t make my skin oily or clog my pores. My skin just feels plumper in the morning. Since this is on the heavy side, I only use this a at night. I have been using it for about two weeks so I will be using this more before seeing its effects on texture and lines.

The Sulwhasoo Concentrated Ginseng Renewing Cream was provided by Sulwhasoo and Octoly.

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Makeup Review: Make Up For Ever Matte Velvet Skin Full Coverage Foundation

I have always loved foundations from Make Up For Ever. I have the old Mat Velvet + Matifying Foundation, which I use during the summer and the UltraHD Stick Foundation, which I like using for every day. They just work for my oily skin best.

So, I was excited to get to try this new Matte Velvet Foundation. In terms of consistency, this seems creamier than the Mat Velvet. For texture, it applies thickly, fulfilling its promise for full coverage. One swipe and it conceals redness and pigmentation. I still have to use an undereye concealer but that’s a given because I really have dark undereyes. This, I also felt, has more coverage than its predecessor. It dries really matte so I sometimes like to mix this with a liquid highlighter for a more natural finish and use it alone if I know I’m going to have a full day. It applies evenly and, as expected, it looks great on my oily skin.

On the first day, I used a serum, a moisturizer, and SPF underneath this one. I didn’t use an oil-controlling setting mist on top to test its hold. It had a bit of shine after the 12-hour mark but it doesn’t look bad on photos. The foundation also didn’t settle on my lines nor did it gather on the oily parts of my face. I can say that this is a good full-coverage foundation for those with oily skin type. I like using this when I know I’m going to have a busy and long day so I wouldn’t have to worry about reapplying makeup, this base only needs a few touch-ups here and there to keep it fresh.

The Make Up For Ever Matte Velvet Skin Full Coverage Foundation was provided by @makeupforeverus and @influenster.

Skincare Review: Iope Moist Cleansing Whipping Foam, Stem III Ampoule, and Derma Gentle Cica Cream

I am a late Iope adaptor. The k-beauty brand focuses on creating skincare and makeup products based on research and even though I discovered them late, I’m glad I did.

Using fermented water hyacinth flower extract, konjac beads, and papain enzyme, the Moist Cleansing Whipping Foam to clean, refresh, and hydrate the skin.

As someone who has a foaming cleanser bias, this is one of the best I’ve tried. It lathers thickly but rinses without leaving any dirt and oil. It has beads that feel soft and it melts as I massage the cleanser on my skin. With the texture of the cleanser, it would usually result in really dry skin after rinsing but this just leaves the skin feeling plump and soft.

The Stem III Ampoule promises to plump, strengthen, and revitalize the complexion using allantoin, spiraeoside, and peptides.

This ampoule feels a bit heavy but it feels nourishing on the skin. It also plumps and helps firm, which I noticed after about a month of use. I especially like using this after using acids and exfoliating.

To soothe, comfort, and help relieve irritated skin, the Derma Gentle Cica Cream uses madecassoside, panthenol, and cypress tree extracts.

A couple of months ago, my face has been at its most sensitive recently and this moisturizer helped make it better. It’s gentle, creamy yet non-greasy, and smooth to apply all over the face. It also feels lightweight and is quickly absorbed by the skin. I also love how it’s fragrance-free and how I don’t get oily with it. The cream feels really soothing and moisturizing on the skin. I could feel my face getting smoother and softer after applying the cream all over my face.

The Iope Moist Cleansing Whipping Foam, Stem III Ampoule, and Derma Gentle Cica Cream were provided by @iope_us .

Cult Favorite: Jurlique Activating Water Essence

I am a fan of essences and I enjoy trying but I only have a few that I keep on my stash. The Activating Water Essence from Jurlique is now one of them.

This essence promises to rejuvenate, hydrate, smooth, soften, and condition the skin using propanediol, glycerin, peach leaf extract, and marshmallow extract.

I know some would contest about the point of using essences but I like how it feels on the skin. The Activating Water Essence, specifically, leaves a bit of a sticky finish that feels like it absorbs the serums I use after it. I like how it hydrates and softens my skin as well. I would sometimes just apply this after cleansing and before applying a hydrating moisturizer if I’m feeling lazy. Despite that, my skin would still feel hydrated and soft the morning after. Thing stings a bit for my skin but it would be gone in minutes. My skin would just feel soft and plump afterward.

The Jurlique Activating Water Essence was provided by @jurliqueusa and @blndpr. Available for $58 at jurlique.com

Makeup Review: Kosas Revealer Concealer

I have a lot of concealers, most of them target to cover my dark undereye area, which is also super dry. It also has one deep line each. An unfortunate combination, if we’re being honest. I can use a concealer with a matte finish, it will conceal darkness but it will emphasize the lines and texture under my eyes. I can go for a creamy but most of them don’t last or it moves around. I also once found a concealer that’s just perfect for my needs but they don’t offer it in my shade. It’s actually more difficult for me to find a good everyday concealer than finding a foundation that would work for my skin. I only have less than a handful of concealers I really use and the Revealer Concealer, a new product from Kosas, looks really promising.

This cruelty-free and leaping bunny certified concealer promises to be super creamy and brightening while covering dark circles and blemishes in a skin-like and dewy finish. It contains pink algae and caffeine to brighten, arnica and panthenol to soothe, and peptides and hyaluronic acid to plump the skin.

It’s true, it is creamy but if applies thin and smooth on the skin. It’s super pigmented, though, so I swipe excess product from its doe-foot applicator before applying some on my skin. I have been using this for a couple of weeks now and I have noticed that it felt hydrating on the skin. Even without using an eye cream beforehand, I never once saw this settle on the texture and lines under my eyes.

I got the shades Revealer Tone 5.5 (medium with olive undertones), Revealer Tone 06 (tan with olive undertones), and Revealer Tone 07 (tan with neutral undertones). I use Revealer Tone 5.5 to brighten my skin. Of course, I don’t do this every day but when I went for full makeup, this is what I use for more radiance on the center of my face. Revealer Tone 06 covers my dark undereye circle and it just makes me look awake and energized. I sometimes use this even without foundation because it gives me a cleaner look. The Revealer Tone 07 is what I use to spot conceal, which is rare, and to cover some red areas on my skin like under my nose.

I just love everything that Kosas makes and that’s a difficult task to do. Congratulations and love you, guys.

The Kosas Revealer Concealer was provided by @kosas. Available for $28 at kosas.com