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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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: Drunk Elephant F-Balm Electrolyte Waterfacial

With my recent focus on hydration, the Drunk Elephant F-Balm Electrolyte Waterfacial came at the right time. This new product is an overnight mask that promises to plump, cool, hydrate, and strengthen the skin with a 4-Electrolyte Blend (coconut water, sodium PCA, magnesium PCA, and prickly pear extract), vitamin f, niacinamide, 5-Ceramide Blend, squalane, and quercetin.

Reading the ingredients, it seemed like a nourishing and hydrating cocktail. The balm word in its name, however, sort of scared me. I don’t usually like applying balms on my face as I get easily clogged pores and my face is too oily to handle that kind of texture.

Nevertheless, I gave this a try and I was glad to find out that this doesn’t feel balmy at all. For an overnight mask, this actually feels light. Even in my roster of cream-based moisturizers, this is among the lightest. It is recommended to apply 4-5 pumps. It sits on top of the skin for a few seconds before leaving a silky smooth finish. It also feels nourishing and hydrating, like my skin is drenched from within. The morning after, the results are apparent. My skin is bright, plump, and glowing.

I like using this right after using acids, especially the Babyfacial because the combo just works so well on my skin, providing both nourishment and exfoliation. I would honestly recommend this to anyone looking for hydration and nourishment to the skin. It would also for those with sensitive skin as it is free off essential oils, silicones, fragrance, and PEGs. It’s also vegan and cruelty-free.

The Drunk Elephant F-Balm Electrolyte Waterfacial was provided by @drunkelephant. Available for $52 at drunkelephant.com

Skincare Review: Dr. Dennis Gross B3Adpative SuperFoods Collection

As I got older, I noticed how much stress is affecting me physically. Gone are the days when I go to work without any sleep. So, it’s very timely that Dr. Dennis Gross gifted me with the B3Adpative SuperFoods Collection.

This collection uses the B₃Adaptive SuperFoods™ Complex, powered by microencapsulated niacinamide, superfoods, and adaptogens to help correct and prevent signs of stress like fine lines, wrinkles, redness patches, flareups, tired eyes, and dark circles.

The Stress Rescue Super Serum is light and watery. It feels soothing to the skin. After a few weeks of use, I saw minimal improvement in redness. I have yet to see it’s effects on texture and lines. What I like about this, though, is how light it feels and that I can use it morning and night. It works well with other skincare and makeup products.

The Stress SOS Eye Cream is what I’ve really been enjoying at the moment. It feels really cooling on the skin, which you guys would know, feels amazing after being in front of multiple screens the whole day. It really helped in soothing and hydrating my tired and dry undereyes. I will have to check in the future if its claims of firming and brightening will take effect.

I found the Stress Repair Face Cream a bit heavy for my oily skin so I used this sparingly. It’s really creamy and even though it doesn’t feel like it sits on top of the skin, I felt its weight.

The Dr. Dennis Gross B3Adpative SuperFoods Collection was provided by @drdennisgross and @octoly. Available at sephora.com

Skincare Review: Sevendrops Criste-Marine Hydrate Firming Fluid and Babassu Active Firming Emulsion

I’ve enjoyed using Sevendrops before and they recently sent me some new products to try.

The Criste-Marine Hydrate Firming Fluid uses Criste-Marine, a plant known to store moisture. This serum also promises to soften, firm, and plump the skin. Its clear gel texture is right up my alley. It’s lightweight, and it sinks in quickly into the skin. after application, it leaves the skin feeling soft and plump.

Using babassu seed extract, the Babassu Active Firming Emulsion promises to tighten and lift the skin while maintaining its oil-water balance. This is a bit thicker than I’d prefer. However, I appreciate that a little goes a long way with this one.

Both products over nourishing and moisturizing benefits to the skin, which is very useful when my skin is feeling a bit dry. As for its tightening and lifting claims, I have not seen a difference in my skin. However, what I noticed is how it was able to plump the skin, making it look and feel healthy, as I expected from #kbeauty products.

The Sevendrops Criste-Marine Hydrate Firming Fluid and Babassu Active Firming Emulsion were provided by @sevendrops . Available at sevendrops-global.myshopify.com