Skincare Review: Herbivore Botanicals Natural Fruit Acid 5% Exfoliating Glow Potion

As a lover of acids, I found the Natural Fruit Acid 5% Exfoliating Glow Potion from Herbivore Botanicals gentle and nourishing. This is actually surprising because this serum contains a blend of bilberry lactic, sugar cane glycolic, orange peel citric, and apple malic acid combined with kakadu plum to exfoliate, hydrate, and even the skin. This light viscous serum doesn’t sting or tingle at all, which surprised me when I first used it. However, looking at its first three ingredients (aloe vera leaf juice, sodium hyaluronate, rose flower water, and glycerin), I figured out why it felt gentle.

I think this would be great for those looking for a vegan and cruelty-free serum that gently exfoliates the skin while hydrating the skin.

As for my skin, I have gotten to a point that my skin is clear (save for a few blemishes during my period) so I have been into gentler formulations lately. This is a product I use together with other hydrating and nourishing products that are included in my basic routine at night.

The Herbivore Botanicals Natural Fruit Acid 5% Exfoliating Glow Potion was provided by @herbivorebotanicals and @autumnpr. Available for $44 at herbivorebotanicals.com

Brand Overview Cardea AuSet

I have never heard of Cardea AuSet until I saw them on Instagram. I was initially intrigued by the packaging, which, of course, made me research it.

All products from Cardea AuSet uses pure essential oils, hydrosols, minerals, and plant-based ingredients that are GMO-free. Their materials are sourced from Canadian suppliers. So far, so good. I was excited to review their products and thankfully, they lived up to the hype I built up around them.

The first one I tried was the Noire Charcoal Mask. Composed of bentonite clay and pure activated charcoal powder, this face mask has absorbing properties that extract toxins from the skin’s surface and pores, leaving it cleansed and purified. Since it’s packaged is as a powder, it can be mixed with any liquid or oil you prefer.

Of course, the downside is that it can get a bit messy. Clumsy me + black powder in a white bathroom = total mess. On the bright side, I’ve tried a few powder masks and this is one of the smoothest. One of the gentlest black charcoal masks I’ve tried. I only had a slight tightening in my cheek and chin areas while it tried. After application, my skin felt stripped yet moisturized. However, you really have to rinse this thoroughly because the first time I used this, I had to cleanse my skin twice as I got remnants of black powder in my cotton pad after I applied my toner.

The Sea Mineral Soak has been getting a lot of use during selfcare weekend. After a busy week, a good source of relaxation is a long bath with this one. After a bath, my skin feels hydrated, soothed, and relaxed.

This detoxifying soak is a blend of salts from the Dead Sea and Himalayas and dried rose petals. This contains minerals like magnesium, calcium, sulfur, selenium, and potassium to soothe tired muscles, stimulate circulation, promote healing and hydration, and relieve anxiety.

Now, I’ve had my fair share of experiences with facial mists to determine the effectivity of each product. Even though I’ve encountered a lot of rose mists in my short dive to skincare, I can’t help but try every single one of them.

The Rosa Facial Mist is a hydrating mist formulated with rose water and aloe juice that claims to give the skin a refreshing, plumping boost.

First off, the packaging is divine. I like looking at it on my vanity table. It has a bright yellow color that always seems to call me. It also contains a lot of products, 236ml to be exact. I have been using this for about a month and I haven’t even reached half the bottle. As the name suggests, this smells of roses. Not powerful enough to overpower my perfume, but enough to wake my senses up. The smell doesn’t last that long but since I’m not using this as a fragrance, I didn’t mind it. It lets off a very fine mist so it can be used in the middle of the skincare routine or during the day and it won’t mess up your makeup.

As a toner, this can keep my face hydrated for about 3 hours, which, I’m being honest, isn’t enough for my dehydrated skin. Hence, I use this before and after putting my serums and as the last step of my routine. However, I like using this best with my makeup sponge. I spray this directly on the sponge before I dab it on my foundation. Interestingly enough, I find that this helps blend my base products easily and seamlessly. It also helps my foundation and concealer last the whole day and creates a dewy look. The makeup just adheres to my skin better whenever I use this, maybe because of the aloe juice. Whenever I do a light makeup, I also use this to set it as I’m sure that this will make me look awake, healthy, and natural.

These Cardea AuSet products were provided by @cardea_auset. Available at cardeaauset.com

Skincare Review: Dr. Roebuck’s Icebergs Hydrating Mask and No Worries Hydrating Face Moisturizer

Inspired by their parents’ original physician formula, Kim and Zoe created a range of clean skincare products and launched their own brands, Dr. Roebuck’s. The products are cruelty-free and are formulated with parabens, sulfates, gluten, fillers, synthetic fragrances, harmful chemicals, and dyes.

They sent two of their products suited for dehydrated skin. One of them is the Icebergs Hydrating Mask ($28), which is meant to be used every other day for the first week and then 2-3 times per week afterward to hydrate the skin. It contains red algae to replenish the skin and enhance the skin barrier’s function, hyaluronic acid to retain moisture and help decrease the appearance of fine lines, and aloe vera to soothe, hydrate, and heal the skin.

Coming in gel texture, this face mask has a cooling effect that lasts until you rinse it. It dries and looks like glue but doesn’t feel tightening or pulling. It’s supposed to be rinsed with water and it can be a bit difficult because of the clear texture. You can’t really see what you’re washing off, you can just feel. This leaves the skin dry and soft. After one use, I can tell that this would be enjoyed by those with #oilyskin because it removes all the excess oil on your face without leaving it tight. This feels really gentle on the skin and after a month of use, I can definitely count on this to hydrate my skin and leave it soft and plump. This is one of the products that surprised me the most because I thought it would be able to bring anything to my skincare table. However, over time, I have come to appreciate the hydrating benefits it provides to my skin.

The other product that they let me try was the No Worries Hydrating Face Moisturizer ($45). The moisturizer promises to help repair damage, soften the appearance of fine lines, and replenish the skin. It contains hyaluronic acid, vitamin e to repair, rosehip oil to brighten, and macadamia oil to regenerate, soften, and soothe the skin.

This has a thick texture that feels moisturizing to the skin. It’s thicker than most moisturizers that I have and leaves a bit of a tacky finish. For my oily skin, I prefer to use this at night, especially right after using strong actives as this provides a soothing sensation and makes me feel like it seals in all the products as I sleep. It works well with my face during colder days because even though it’s thick, it doesn’t feel like it’s blocking my pores. Even when I use this alone, right after cleansing, I wake up with soft and smooth skin after using this, which I really like. I would recommend this to those who like moisturizers that are on the thicker side.

Overall, I am pleased with my #roeglow experience but the Icebergs Hydrating Mask is a clear favorite. This would work great for those with dehydrated skin and even those with sensitive skin as the ingredients are simple and clean.

The Dr. Roebuck’s Icebergs Hydrating Mask and No Worries Hydrating Face Moisturizer were provided @drroebucks. Available at drroebucks.com

Skincare Review: Instytutum Flawless Hydra Mist and Hydrafusion 4D HA Hydrating Water Burst Cream

After tackling blemishes, oiliness, and congested pores, I’ve been in hydration kick and Instytutum sent over their newest products, which promises to hydrate the skin.

The Flawless Hydra Mist ($45) promises to be a cloudlike face mist that hydrates, smoothes, replenish moisture, and relieves dryness using low molecular weight hyaluronic acid, aloe vera, polysaccharides, provitamin b5, and allantoin. I love the spray of this one, it feels light on the skin as it lets out a fine mist. However, it sprays straight forward instead of enveloping your skin with the product. It lands softly, though but I only use this before applying makeup, not after. I feel that it also works well like this because it sinks in quickly and leaves a certain dewiness to the skin. It’s not as hydrating as I would like so I only use this to supplement the hydrating serum I apply in the mornings.

With four molecular sizes of HA, the Hydrafusion 4D HA Hydrating Water Burst Cream ($65) aims to target the different layers of the skin to replenish water from outside and hold water levels from inside and give the skin improved elasticity and suppleness. It also contains ATP, algin, papaya extract, sea algae, papaya enzymes, tri-peptide, jojoba ester, glycerine, squalene, apricot oil, vitamin e, and provitamin B5 to brighten, smooth, and plump the skin.

I was really excited when I opened this. As seen in the photo, it has a light and watery gel texture that feels light and cooling to the skin. This moisturizer has a lightweight feel to it but is creamy to apply despite its texture. Sadly, I don’t know why but squalene makes my skin oily so I wake up with an oily t-zone whenever I use this. However, I like how this sinks in quickly after application and leaves the skin plump and feeling satiny the morning after I apply it.

The Instytutum Flawless Hydra Mist and Hydrafusion 4D HA Hydrating Water Burst Cream were provided by @instytutum and @bluewheelmedia. Available at instytutum.com

Skincare Review: Bliss Mint Chip Mania, Mighty Marshmallow, and In The Honey

Been playing around with these Bliss masks for a couple of weeks now and I’m having fun!

So, confession first. I love love, LOVE mint everything. It’s no surprise that I would love the Mint Chip Mania ($15).

Opening the tub is just heaven for me because it smells like everything I dreamed it would. This mask promises to hydrate, soothe, and calm with shea butter, aloe vera, peppermint leaf extract, and bentonite. It has tiny bits that still feels gentle on the skin. This is good for days where you need to relax and if you are in the mood for some mild exfoliation. It feels creamy and hydrating as well and smelling mint as it dries is everything for me.

A vegan whipped mask, the Mighty Marshmallow ($15) aims to brighten and hydrate the skin using marshmallow root extract, vitamin c, olive leaf extract, oils of lime, lemon, pine, and eucalyptus, and zinc PCA.

This is creamier than Mint Chip Mania, which I didn’t mind. I love how nourishing it feels on my skin even as it dries. It does provide instant brightening but I would have to use this more to see its effects on discoloration. I have used this in the middle of the week to counter dull skin and it has proven itself on that part, though.

A first moisturizing mask for me, the In the Honey ($15) claims to moisturize, hydrate, soften, and smooth the skin with acacia honey, honey extract, propolis extract, squalene, cocoa seed extract, and lavender oil.

This mask honestly surprised me. It applies like a jelly sleeping mask and doesn’t completely dry. I thought it would be difficult to remove and it would leave a film on the skin but it did none of those things. After rinsing and drying my face, I would only feel plump, soft, and smooth skin. Like I just applied a lightweight moisturizer. There is no tackiness, no oiliness, and no residue. It’s amazing.

Honestly, I have yet to try a bad Bliss product. For the price and the result, all these masks work feel gentle on the skin and work as promised. The Mint Chip Mania can work to detoxify even dry and normal skin while In The Honey, despite the term moisturizing calling those with dry skin, can work even for those with oily skin.

These products are also cruelty-free and are made without parabens, phthalates, sulfates, DMDM hydantoin, urea, petrolatum, mineral oil, formaldehyde, and DEA/TEA/MEA/ETA.

The Bliss Mint Chip Mania, Mighty Marshmallow, and In The Honey were provided by @bliss. Available at blissworld.com