Skincare Review: Then I Met You The Skin Balancing Duo

I’ve always described Then I Met You products as thoughtful and nourishing. The Skin Balancing Duo, their newest offerings, are no different.

Promising to be hydrating and exfoliating, the Birch Milk Refining Toner using birch juice, marshmallow root, squalene, glycolic and lactic acids, and gluconolactone.

The watery toner is something you would have expected if you have tried other Then I Met You products – gentle and nourishing. It’s good for daily use and it leaves the skin hydrated and soothed after application. As for exfoliating, it’s not as quick nor as harsh as the other exfoliating toners in the market but it gets the job done. This would work for those with sensitive skin. For me, I like it as a hydrating toner that offers additional brightening benefits while nourishing my skin.

I have developed my love for essences when I got into K-Beauty. They just help plump and nourish my skin without the thickness of moisturizers that offer the same promises. A new addition to my stash is The Giving Essence, which aims to hydrate and brighten the skin while providing antioxidants using black chokeberry, galactomyces, ellagic acid, red algae, and polyglutamic acid.

Similar to most essences, this is watery with a bit of weight to it. The essences has a bit of tackiness but it sinks in quickly to the skin and leaves it looking and feeling plump and soft. It’s, of course, nourishing and hydrating to the skin. It does help brighten the skin a bit and this, conjunction with the toner, just provides a soothing and calming feeling to the skin.

I have long believed that there are no products suited for all skin types but Then I Met You made me eat my words. Their vegan and cruelty-free products help hydrate my oily skin without any tackiness nor does it leave my skin begging for more. Their products are just right when you need nourishment and hydration. If you are looking to protect you skin and improve its overall health, these products are for you.

The Then I Met You The Skin Balancing Duo was provided by @thenimetyou. Available as a set for $78 or individually (toner for $32 and essence for $50) at thenimetyou.com

Holiday 2019: Ole Henriksen A.S.A.P. (As Smooth As Possible) Age-Fighting Set

I have been obsessed staring at these textures from the A.S.A.P. (As Smooth As Possible) Age-Fighting Set from Ole Henriksen.

The holiday set includes the Glow2OH Dark Spot Toner (2oz) promises to even skin tone and texture and help reduce the appearance of dark spots, fine lines and wrinkles using glycolic acid, lactic acid, witch hazel, sandalwood, licorice root, and chamomile extracts.

To help brighten and target fine lines, wrinkles, and pores, the Glow Cycle Retin-ALT Power Serum (0.25oz) contains bakuchiol, edelweiss stem cell, glycolic and lactic acids, hibiscus flower extract, red algae, tara extracts sandalwood, licorice root, and chamomile extracts.

End the routine with Goodnight Glow Retin-ALT Sleeping Crème (1.7oz), which has bakuchiol, edelweiss stem cell, glycolic and lactic acids, shea butter, and lemon, sugarcane, sandalwood, licorice root, and chamomile extracts.

This set was provided by @olehenriksen and @kendobrandanyc. Available for $56.00 ($80.00 value) at olehenriksen.com

Skincare Review: Ole Henriksen Cold Plunge Pore Mask and Pore-Balance Facial Sauna Scrub

The products from the Ole Henriksen Balance Collection aims to reduce oil and refine pores without stripping the skin. They sent over their two exfoliators – the Cold Plunge™ Pore Mask and the Pore-Balance™ Facial Sauna Scrub. These products promise to purify and reduce the appearance of pores and mattify the skin without using parabens, sulfates, or phthalates.

Inspired by the cold plunge part of a Scandinavian sauna cycle, the Cold Plunge™ Pore Mask ($36) is a clay mask uses alpine willowherb and snow lotus to soothe, mattify and refine pores. It also has AHA and BHA to help improve the texture of the skin and the brand’s Green Fusion Complex™ and neem seed oil to help replenish the skin.

This face mask smells a bit rubbery mixed with mint. I like that this feels really cooling to the skin (lasts until I have to rinse it) and feels really gentle. It doesn’t tighten or pull the skin as it dries. The fun turquoise color is uplifting as well. It’s creamy and doesn’t completely dry so it requires more water to rinse but I don’t mind it because it leaves my skin smooth, cleansed, and moisturized. This is a great option for those who have normal skin types looking for a detoxifying mask.

The Pore-Balance™ Facial Sauna Scrub ($28) is inspired by traditional Scandinavian spas and uses a blend of AHAs (glycolic and lactic acids) to lift and loosen dead skin cells. It also contains Icelandic volcanic sand, Green Fusion Complex™, and neem seed oil to purify, unclog, minimize the appearance of pores.

This face scrub also smells a bit minty. Again, this feels really gentle even if it contains small beads, which doesn’t feel coarse. I like using this on my nose and chin, where my pores get easily clogged, to purify and cleanse my skin. This leaves the skin soft, bright, and deeply cleansed.

This combination has helped smooth and maintain a blemish-free skin and helps balance the oil production of my face. I have noticed while using these two, that my skin doesn’t get as oily as usual. I still have to blot in the middle of the day but I would only have to use one blotting paper instead of two.

The Ole Henriksen Cold Plunge™ Pore Mask and Pore-Balance™ Facial Sauna Scrub were provided by @olehenriksen as PR. Available at olehenriksen.com

Skincare Review: First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser, Facial Radiance Pads, Facial Radiance AHA Intensive Peel, Fab Skin Retinol Eye Cream with Triple Hyaluronic Acid

Textures from some products from First Aid Beauty that I’m playing around with.

On top is the Face Cleanser ($21), which has a creamy whipped texture that promises to calm, soothe, nourish, hydrate, and protect using aloe, allantoin, glycerin, and the brand’s FAB antioxidant booster (licorice root, feverfew, and white tea extracts).

This leaves my skin leaves my skin feeling supple and soft. It cleanses but doesn’t feeling tight so I like using this in the morning for a gentle cleanse.

Next is the Facial Radiance AHA Intensive Peel ($32) which combines lactic acid, salicylic acid, and mushroom enzyme to clear, smooth, and brighten the skin and improve its texture. It has a thin texture and a pasty consistency. It’s not that creamy but easily spreadable. It dries quickly and even though I usually just let this stay on my face for a minute, I got a tingling sensation afterward that lasted until after I finished my pm routine. The results are great though, it left my skin soft and smooth and I have a glowing skin the morning after.

The one in the bottom is the Fab Skin Retinol Eye Cream with Triple Hyaluronic Acid ($42). This eye cream aims to combat the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while smoothing and firming the eye area using microencapsulated retinol and tri-molecular weight hyaluronic acid. This feels light on the skin but it feels creamy and nourishing. It sinks in fairly quickly and due to its creamy consistency, a little goes a long way. This is my first time trying retinol on my eye and after more than a month of use, this has become my new go-to eye cream. It brightens the eye area. I have extremely dry under eyes and this hydrates them so well while keeping them plump and smooth.

They also sent the Facial Radiance Pads ($32) that uses lactic and glycolic acids to exfoliate, tone, and brighten the skin. It also has lemon peel, indian gooseberry, and the FAB Antioxidant Booster. I do not use peeling pads that often but this is handy when traveling. It feels gentle enough for the skin. Lactic and glycolic acids work well for my oily skin and just smoothes and brightens the skin.

The First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser, Facial Radiance Pads, Facial Radiance AHA Intensive Peel, Fab Skin Retinol Eye Cream with Triple Hyaluronic Acid were provided by @firstaidbeauty. Available at firstaidbeauty.com

Skincare Review: bejbiskin The Line

From the word baby, newly-launched bejbiskin encourages you to be more conscious of what you put into your skin and use only the best products, similar as to how you would treat the skin of a newborn. Their products are vegan, cruelty-free, and are made without alcohol, fragrance, witch hazel, rose water, essential oils, citrus oils.

Promising to soothe, protect, replenish, restore, and hydrate, the Hydrating Spray Toner ($25) contains aloe leaf juice, niacinamide, allantoin, green tea extract, bisabolol, ginkgo biloba extract, hyaluronic acid, pumpkin seed extract, vegetable glycerin, sodium PCA, and sodium lactate. Due to its ingredients, this #facemist hydrates the skin while leaving it refreshed and relaxed. However, for me, this is more of a midday refresher than a face toner as I need a more hydrating toner on my morning and night routines.

The Liquid Exfoliant ($29) contains 10% AHA 2% BHA to break up and remove dead skin cells. It also has aloe leaf juice, great burdock root extract, green tea extract, bisabolol, neem extract, ginkgo biloba extract, glycerin, and sodium PCA to soothe and replenish the skin. I have a lot of trusted liquid exfoliants already so using this was easy for me. I was really excited to use this because of the price point. Unfortunately, instead of experiencing glowing clear skin, this got my skin oilier than usual and it didn’t help with the textures I suddenly got on my forehead. This just didn’t work for me.

After exfoliating, the After Acid Serum ($31) promises to maintain a healthy barrier, and to heal and prevent dehydration using aloe leaf juice, borage seed oil, niacinamide, allantoin, stearyl glycyrrhetinate, bisabolol, flaxseed oil, hyaluronic acid, shea butter, safflower seed oil, chia seed oil, sugar cane squalene, alfalfa extract, vegetable glycerin, wheat germ oil, milk thistle seed oil, raspberry ketone glucoside, palmitoyl tripeptide-1 (and) palmitoyl tetrapeptide-7, saccharide isomerate, hexyldecanol, cetylhydroxyproline palmitamide, stearic acid, rapeseed sterols, ceramide AP, linseed oil, oleic, linoleic, linolenic polyglycerides, and glyceryl stearate. This feels soothing and calming to the skin despite being so lightweight. I like using this after physically or chemically exfoliating as this feels soothing and calming on the skin without the heavy feeling of piling on a thick oil or moisturizer. It also doesn’t make my skin feel and look oily in the morning.

bejbiskin The Line were provided by @bejbiskin for review. Available individually or as a set for $85 at bejbiskin.com