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

Skincare Review: Puriste Gentle Purifying Facial Cleanser and 8% Glycolic Acid Night Cream

Developed by dermatologist Dr. Sylvia Garnis-Jones, Puriste uses medical-grade formulations in products promising to uncomplicate you skincare routine. Manufactured in Canada and entirely women-owned and operated, the products from Puriste are cruelty-free and do not contain dyes, fragrances, mineral oils, parabens, sulfates, phthalates, or synthetic preservatives.

They sent over two products that they think would work on my oily skin. First is the Gentle Purifying Facial Cleanser ($30 CAD), a mineral-oil free cleanser that contains cucumber extract, german chamomile extract, aloe leaf extract, and citric acid to remove makeup, comfort skin, and dissolve impurities. It has a runny texture that feels creamy on the skin. It lathers and has a minty scent that feels relaxing to the skin. It does cleanse the skin but it doesn’t feel drying or stripping. It’s gentle and cleansing, with its ability to remove light makeup. For me, I enjoy using it every morning for some light yet effective cleansing.

The 8% Glycolic Acid Night Cream ($65 CAD) aims to loosen dead skin cells, increase collagen production, reduce visible signs of aging, diminish the appearance of acne and discoloration, brighten dull skin tone, and moisturize the skin. It also contains coconut oil, olive fruit oil, jojoba seed oil, shea butter, and mango seed butter.

With 8% glycolic acid, I expected more tingling that I felt. I expected it to be harsh but it wasn’t as harsh on my skin as I thought it would be. It worked just right on my skin. I don’t prefer moisturizers this creamy so I only use it at night. However, during the first few days of use, without using any actives besides this, I noticed that instantly brightened my skin and left it feeling soft. After a couple of months of use, it did leave my skin looking healthier and brighter. I would love to get back to using this once the temperature drops again.

The Puriste Gentle Purifying Facial Cleanser and 8% Glycolic Acid Night Cream were provided by @puriste. Available at