Cult Favorite: Drunk Elephant Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil

Every Sunday afternoon, I have my BabyFacial on and, of course, I’m following it with the Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil from Drunk Elephant. This combo is the entirety of my Sunday morning routine.

To be honest, I don’t usually use facial oils. I prefer gel, cream, or watery consistencies. It’s just something my oily skin is used to. However, I make an exception for this one. I’m so used to massaging this on my face after using the Baby Facial. I can’t not try it. Every time, I buy a Baby Facial, a travel-sized Virgin Marula comes along with it. It’s honestly a good combination, though. This face oil feels so nourishing and moisturizing to my skin.

The Drunk Elephant Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil was provided by @drunkelephant . Available for $72 at drunkelephant.com

Holiday 2019: Drunk Elephant Shelf-Control Night Kit

I’m going on vacation in about four weeks so the Drunk Elephant Shelf-Control Night Kit came just in time. The set promises to have everything one would need for their night routine.

It contains the T.L.C.™ Glycolic Night Serum, my go-to glycolic acid at night, the Beste™ No. 9 Jelly Cleanser, the Lala Retro™ Whipped Cream as my winter pm #moisturizer, the Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil that I always use after using my Babyfacial, and the C-Tango™ Multivitamin Eye Cream, the eye cream I’m most excited to try.

The Drunk Elephant Shelf-Control Night Kit was provided by @drunkelephant. Available for $98 at drunkelephant.com

Cult Favorite: Caolion Pore Blackhead Steam Pack and Pore Original Pack Duo

One of the first brands in South Korea to release products that are made without artificial color, fragrance, and alcohol, K-Beauty brand Caolion aims to unclog and minimize pores while maintaining balance to the skin. Their products are also made without parabens, dyes, and mineral oil.

Their Pore Blackhead Steam Pack and Pore Original Pack Duo promises to detoxify the skin using a Pore Blackhead Steam Pack ($23) that cleanses pores by removing blackheads, whiteheads, dead skin cells, and pore-clogging sebum using charcoal, sparkling water, and natural grain powder. This is easy to apply and with just a small amount of it, you can evenly distribute it on your face. After applying and massaging it for 1-2 minutes, the mask felt warm on my face and left my skin deeply cleanse and soft.

It also the Pore Original Pack ($21) that works to tighten and minimize pores using a natural cooling agent, alaskan glacial water, and menthol. This, on the other hand, feels cool and soothing as it tightens on the skin. It feels very exfoliating. It removes all excess oil, which works for my oily skin. However, this might feel a bit drying for other skin types.

This face mask duo will work to those who are prone to get blackheads and clogged pores as it deeply cleanses the skin. I like using this on days when I feel like my skin needs some deep cleansing.

The Caolion Pore Blackhead Steam Pack and Pore Original Pack Duo was provided by @caolion. Available for $27 at caolion-usa.com

Cult Favorite: Isntree Green Tea Fresh Toner

As a firm believer of changing up my products based on the changes around me and the changes on my skin, I like switching up products. I usually choose products depending on how my skin is feeling. Then I consider others factors like the weather, the environment, the kind of exfoliation I will do, and the like. For example, I’m about to get my period so, naturally, my skin is acting up a bit. I will have my go-to actives and exfoliators but my hydrators, purifiers, and detoxifiers vary depending on how much help my skin needs. Add humidity and warmth, then my skin will require stronger products that may otherwise be too much if, for example, it’s December.

That’s how I crossed paths with the newest curation of Soko Glam – the Green Tea Fresh Toner from Isntree, which has stood by my side the past month.

Recommended for oily and combination skin, this toner uses EWG green-grade ingredients to balance and nourish. It contains a blend of plant extracts, which they call anti sebum p(hd) to control excess oil. It also uses 80% green tea extract sourced from Jeju Island to protect, brighten, and balance skin, centella asiatica extract to reinforce the skin’s barrier, hydrolyzed hyaluronic acid to hydrate, allantoin to soothe, and blueberry fruit extract to provide relief.

As expected, this helps keep my skin hydrated while managing my skin’s oil production, no matter how hot and humid it gets. I like using it in the morning as it has a watery consistency that feels so lightweight on the skin. It also has a slight viscosity to it making the skin feel plump and ready to grip makeup. Free of parabens, pigment, artificial fragrance, animal ingredients, surfactants, mineral oil, alcohol, silicone, and fragrance, this feels like a gentle hard worker on my skin. Safe to say, I was glad to discover this as my summer morning toner.

The Isntree Green Tea Fresh Toner was provided by @isntree and @sokoglam. Available for $20 at sokoglam.com

Monthly Favorites: July 2019

Solved Skincare Coconut Oil Cleansing Pads

We all have our doubts with coconut oil. Me especially, because I don’t like eating coconuts and I don’t like smelling it. Then there were countless articles saying how it can cause irritation and block your pores.

So, when Soko Glam sent me the Coconut Oil Cleansing Pads from Solved Skincare. I was hesitant even though I thought that cleansing pads are such a genius innovation. It’s amazing, the thought that you can bring a first cleanser anywhere without worrying if it would spill on your bag or if you will make a mess by the sink.

Anyway back to coconut oil, I looked through the comments at Soko Glam and saw Charlotte Cho replying that coconut oil is good for the skin if it’s formulated right. 95% of the formula of the cleansing pads contain 100% virgin coconut oil while the other 5% consists of natural fatty acids (caprylic/capric triglycerides, PEG-20 glyceryl triisostearate) derived from coconuts to exfoliate and moisturize my skin while melting away makeup without irritation. The product is also vegan, cruelty-free, and is made without parabens, pigment, artificial fragrance, animal ingredients, surfactants, mineral oil, alcohol, and silicone.

I tested it on my hands first, which if worth noting, is something I rarely do. I didn’t get any negative reaction from using it on my hand so I used it on my face after a few days. It smells very coconut-y, which as I have said here before, I am not a fan of. Thankfully, the scent doesn’t last. It honestly feels like most cleansing oils out there. The pads are soaked in oil but it’s not dripping, making is easy to bring around. What I like about this is that the oil is soaked in a pad making it easy to use, especially on the nooks and crannies of my face. It removes impurities and makeup and amazingly feels gentle on the skin. Also, I like how it can easily be washed away with water without leaving any residue. I like reaching for this on days where I do an elaborate eye makeup as it works well with eyeliners and mascaras really well.

The Solved Skincare Coconut Oil Cleansing Pads was provided by @solvedskincare and @sokoglam. Available for $25 at sokoglam.com

Huxley Secret of Sahara Cream: Glow Awakening

I have always been a fan of that distinct Huxley scent so, I was instantly drawn to the Secret of Sahara Cream: Glow Awakening. I have tried the Fresh and More variant and it worked so well with my oily skin . This moisturizer, however, is a bit heavier so I reach for this after I do some deep physical exfoliation and do not want to apply any more products. This is a one and done for me before sleeping.

Even if it has a richer texture and a heavier consistency than the Fresh and More Cream, it doesn’t clog my pores. I only wake up with brighter and healthier-looking skin as it promises to brighten, moisturize, and protect the skin from pollutants and impurities using prickly pear seed oil, niacinamide, odeetox, glutathione, bisabolol, and cs-glucan. This will work for those looking to brighten and moisturize their skin and it can be a go-to winter moisturizer for skin types similar to mine. Those with dry skin, however, would have a field day with this any time of the year.

The Huxley Secret of Sahara Cream: Glow Awakening was provided by @huxley_global

R+Co Control

Hairstyling, to be honest, used to be the most important thing when I was in grade school. I use to have a different style per day, using a variety of products. All that stopped in college and up until I started working. Sleep has become more important and with that, my hair suffered. I just let it down and just let it be – just a bit of shampoo and conditioner and I’m done. It wasn’t until a few years ago that I started to take notice of my hair again. I started caring for it and styling it again.

I usually have a go-to for work – a sleek low-bun. It’s simple, it’s low-maintenance, and it keeps hair off my face when done right. It doesn’t sound as easy as it sounds since I have a lot of baby hairs so I usually need help.

I have been using Control from R+Co, a paste that promises stronghold in a semi-matte finish. This vegan and cruelty-free paste contain aloe barbadensis leaf extract, passionflower extract, mango fruit extract, and ginger root extract to condition, strengthen, soften, smooth, retain moisture, and add shine to the strands.

I associate pastes with something sticky, tacky, and slick but this one is easy to use. It doesn’t feel heavy and doesn’t feel greasy. It provides a soft hold to the hair. It wasn’t able to flatten and hide all my baby hairs but it was able to tame them. I like using this at the ends of my hair to help manage fly-aways and frizziness. When applied at the ends, it leaves my hair with a controlled volume without looking like my hair is being weighed down. It doesn’t make my hair oily even if I leave the product for more than 12 hours and it rinses quickly. So, yes, this definitely provides a soft control to my hair.

The R+Co Control was provided by @randco. Available for $28 at randco.com

Drunk Elephant Pekee Bar and Juju Bar

Today’s routine featuring the Pekee Bar from Drunk Elephant. To be honest, I rarely use bar soaps to cleanse my skin. Even during the time I wasn’t into skincare, I had a cleansing foam. However, I can’t deny the fact that bars are much easier to travel with those cleansers packed in bottles or tubes.

The brand has two kinds – the Pekee Bar which promises to clarify, balance, and moisturize the skin using blueberry extract, marula oil, and honey. I bring this with me when I’m traveling in colder areas because it doesn’t dry out my skin or make it feel tight.

The Juju Bar, on the other hand, aims to cleanse, clarify, brighten, remove dead skin cells, dissolve oil, and refine skin texture, with thermal mud and bamboo powder. This is what I bring to places with warmer climates or when I know I’m going to be spending much of my time under the sun.

Both soaps feel gentle on the skin and not at all stripping. They are also vegan, cruelty-free, and are free of fragrance, essential oils, drying alcohols, silicones, chemical sunscreens, dyes, and SLS.

The Drunk Elephant Pekee Bar and Juju Bar were provided by @drunkelephant and @fullmontyldn. Available at drunkelephant.com

Amore Pacific Youth Revolution Radiance Creme and Masque

I know people like to talk about the overwhelming scent of the Amore Pacific Youth Revolution Radiance Creme and Masque but it reminds me so much of the products my mother used to apply on herself while we’re watching Gilmore Girls when I was younger so, I honestly didn’t mind. It’s strong, yes, but it brings back so many memories for me to be bothered by it. The scent does linger, not a strong as when you apply it, but it’s there.

It leaves a glowy finish which I really like because it doesn’t look tacky on the skin and it doesn’t feel heavy either. I like using this as the last step of my night routine as it is a bit heavy for my oily skin if used during the day. It contains white peony (infused at 60 degrees for a day and purified the extract five times) and green tea polysaccharide, making it feel nourishing and moisturizing to the skin. After one use, I immediately noticed how plump and radiant my skin looked. This is a definite luxury item you might want to indulge in if you want radiant skin as well as protection from environmental aggressors.

The AmorePacific Youth Revolution Radiance Creme and Masque was provided by @amorepacific_us and #OctolyFamily #amorepacific @SEPHORA #YOUTHREVOLUTION

Thayer’s Rose Petal Body Bar

A new favorite is the Rose Petal Body Bar from Thayer’s ($4.99) contains a mix of palm and coconut oils, in addition to witch hazel and aloe vera, to tone, tighten, and moisturize the skin. I really enjoyed using this. It has a slight rosy smell but what I really love is the gentleness of the soap. It soft and smooth to the skin and leaves my skin moisturized and hydrated. My skin doesn’t get dry as easily while I was using this. Also, for the price, this feels luxurious to the skin.

The Thayer’s Rose Petal Body Bar were provided by @thayers and Natural Brand Partners. Available at thayers.com