Skincare Review: Banila Co Clean It Zero Cleansing Balm Revitalizing and Foam Cleanser

The Clean It Zero Cleansing Balm from Banila Co is my OG first cleanser. I bought it during my first trip to Korea, before I even started this page, and have compared all my cleansing balms to it ever since. It set the standard as to how I want my cleansing balms to be – solid texture that melts to oil as it removes makeup and dirt can be rinsed with water and doesn’t leave a film on the skin. I had tubs and tubs of the original one, the one where the packaging is more colorful until they released other variants.

Since then, I have moved to the Clean It Zero Cleansing Balm Revitalizing ($24) which uses the Zero Balance Technology with Resveratrol along with grapeseed oil and olive oil to cleanse the skin without stripping it. I may have other cleansing balm holy grails but this will always have a special place in my heart. It has the same sherbet-like texture, it still removes all traces of makeup, and it still leaves the skin feeling refreshed and thoroughly cleansed.

The Clean It Zero Foam Cleanser ($14) promises to gently cleanse the skin, reduce irritation, draw out impurities from clogged pores using active botanicals, hot springs water, vitamin e, and vitamin c. True to its claim, this feels really gentle on the skin as it cleanses. I prefer cleansing foams over other types of second cleansers so, it was easy to like this one. It also doesn’t leave any residue after rinsing but it doesn’t leave the skin feeling to stripped or dry either.

Of course, nothing would beat the Clean It Zero Cleansing Balm but the Clean It Zero Foam Cleanser is a welcome addition to the family, especially those who are just getting in to skincare.

All these products were formulated without parabens, sulfates, phthalates, and mineral oil so they feel gentle on the skin.

The Banila Co Clean It Zero Cleansing Balm Revitalizing and Clean it Zero Foam Cleanser were provided by @banilaco and @bluewheelmedia. Available at banilausa.com

Skincare Review: I Dew Care Yogi Kitten Collection

I Dew Care recently released their Yogi Kitten Collection, which mainly uses heartleaf extract to calm while clarifying the skin.

The Namaste Kitten Clarifying Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil Cleanser ($19) promises to be a non-stripping cleanser that cleanses and balances the skin using hemp seed oil and heartleaf extract.

This creamy cleanser foams once mixed with water. It feels thick, almost like a mask, but it doesn’t tighten and it rinses fairly easily. True to its claim, cleanses the skin thoroughly and doesn’t leave any film or excess oil.

To detoxify blemish-prone skin, the Yoga Kitten Balancing Heartleaf Clay Mask ($23) uses heartleaf extract, eucalyptus, and kaolin.

I am honestly amazed as to how brands have evolved in terms of using kaolin clay. I usually related this ingredient to stripping and oil-busting masks, which I honestly have no problems. They clarify and thoroughly exfoliate my oily and acne-prone skin. However, even for my skin type, I use these kinds of masks sparingly because it can be too drying.

This feels gentle though. It has a cooling sensation to the skin. This creamy also applies thickly and tightens just a tiny bit as it dries. Upon rinsing, it leaves the skin refreshed, cleansed, and matte. This has been my go-to the past few weeks as it helps me keep my skin detoxified and exfoliated.

Using kale, spirulina, and chlorella, moringa seed extract, and niacinamide, the Juicy Kitten Purifying Power-Green Serum ($25) aims to nourish, soothe, purify, and improve the texture and tone of the skin while offering antioxidant benefits.

It’s lightweight yet slightly viscous texture is what I usually want in a serum. It feels gentle on the skin and it also sinks in quickly while leaving the skin feeling soothed and nourished. I like using this in the morning as it makes my skin look dewy and soft.

I really like using all the products from the Yogi Kitten Collection as they work so well for my oily skin. They came at the right time when my skin is acting up, and they became everyday products that help gently calm my skin. I still use a lot of actives but these products are what I focus on when my skin needs the break from strong treatments and when it needs calming and nourishment.

The I Dew Care Yogi Kitten Collection were provided by @idewcare and @memebox. Available at memebox.com

2019 Skincare Favorites

As you know, I love cleansing and these are the new cleanser I’ve added to my favorites.

Sekkisei treatment cleansing oil – I’m usually a balm person but this cleansing oil feels nourishing and gentle on the skin.

Youth to the People superfood cleanser – I love cleansing foams but this is just on a league of its own. it’s watery but foams, it smells great, and it feels so good on the skin.

Then I Met You living cleansing balm and soothing tea cleansing gel – this is just a very nourishing duo. it does the job of cleansing the skin while refreshing and nourishing the skin.

Ole Henriksen phat glow facial – this zaps my blemishes and gives my skin a ridiculous glow the morning after

Korres hydra-biome – this came in at the latter part of the year and I have barely a few months trying this but it’s just so good. It plumps, brightens, and improves my skin overall. Love it. Love it.

Youth to the People 11% AHA exfoliation power toner – this is strong on the skin but it does give stellar results of glowing and clear skin.

Whalmyung skin elixir – my go-to hydrating toner this year

Peach and Lily the good acids pore toner – gentle and good for daily use, this toner doesn’t just brighten the skin. It nourishes them too

Then I Met You birch milk refining toner and the giving essence – if you haven’t noticed I love @charlottejcho for giving me TIMY products this year. This duo are gentle and nourishing but not only that but they also plump and brighten the skin in the long run. I always recommend these for those who have sensitive skin or those who are just building up their skincare routine

Farmacy Beauty very cherry bright – with a heavier texture, I use this brightening serum when my skin is feeling dehydrated

Peach and Lily glass skin serum – this just makes my skin look so damn good

Volition Beauty strawberry-c serum – another brightening serum, this is lightweight and gentle

Caudalie vinopure serum – my go-to serum when my skin is acting up

Korres wild rose spotless serum – yes, I love brightening serums. this one is watery and great before applying makeup

Bliss renew and smooth, glow and hydrate serums – amazed by this. they both have enjoyable texture and for the price, what they do to my skin js more than worth it.

Paula’s Choice power berry serum – a staple in my morning routine

Paula’s Choice antioxidant pore purifier – this just helps when my skin is irritated

Drunk Elephant a-passioni – this made me love retinol. It doesn’t sting, it doesn’t make my face red, and it has improved the overall texture and firmness of my skin

Wander Beauty do not disturb – this has retinoid and I love using this treatment when my skin is feeling dry and dull

Wander Beauty layover – my skin just drinks this in. it light yet so nourishing to the skin

Wander Beauty glow ahead – it calls itself a face oil but it doesn’t feel like it. It’s light and it doesn’t feel oily at all. I use this before applying SPF and makeup and it just a boost of radiance to my skin

First Aid Beauty retinol eye cream – see what I mean by loving retinol this year? I have it for my eyes as well.

Skincare Review: Superface Vita Capsule Scrub Cleansing Foam, Calming & Hydrating Makeup Fixing Mist, and Glow Makeup Boosting Fixing Mist

Created by TV directors, Superface is a k-beauty brand came about after being inspired by working with superstars.

I can count on one hand the number of face scrub products that I like. I just find it too severe even for my oily and non-sensitive skin so, the name of the Vita Capsule Scrub Cleansing Foam ($22) scared me a bit. Upon trying, I find that the “scrubs” are not severe at all. The product is more of a cleansing foam and cleansing scrub hybrid that contains vitamin c and e capsule to cleanse, balance, and hydrate the skin. This gently cleanses the skin and leaves it feeling supple and soft.

They also sent to face mists. The Calming & Hydrating Makeup Fixing Mist ($29) uses propolis, ceramide, and hyaluronic acid to calm, hydrate, soothe, and strengthen skin with locking makeup in place. Because of its ingredients, this helps plump and hydrate my skin.

Meanwhile, the Glow Makeup Boosting Fixing Mist ($27) has micro pearl extract, glutathione, and bladderwack extract to target dullness and drying. I like using this when my skin is looking dull and it’s a great pick-me-up in the afternoon to refresh the skin. Both product do not mattify my oily skin so I only use them to refresh or before applying makeup to give my skin additional hydration.

I find these products work well when my skin is feeling dehydrated and dull. They all provide a boost during those days when I didn’t get enough sleep or when my skin is just having a bad day.

The Superface Vita Capsule Scrub Cleansing Foam, Calming & Hydrating Makeup Fixing Mist, and Glow Makeup Boosting Fixing Mist were provided by @superfacestudio. Available at superfacestudio.com

Skincare Review: Bad Skin Korea Hyaluronic Deep Pore Cleansing Oil, Ssuk Bomb Eraser, Milk Bomb Eraser, and Collagen Bomb Hydrating Ampoule

Another Instagram discovery is the kbeauty brand Bad Skin Korea. Admittedly, I was curious about the packaging of their cleansers. They sent those over as well as some other skincare products that they think would soothe my oily skin.

The Hyaluronic Deep Pore Cleansing Oil promises to deeply cleanse and moisturize the skin using triple hyaluronic acid. This cleansing oil feels light and gentle on the skin. It was able to easily remove makeup, even eyeliners. However, this left a thin film on the skin, even after rinsing.

The product I’m most curious about is the Ssuk Bomb Eraser, a cleansing foam that uses mugwort leaf powder, mugwort leaf extract to cleanse and removes wastes from pores. It smells grassy. Out of the tube, the product looks creamy. It feels a bit muddy so it’s weird to use. However, I love how the cleanser feels gentle yet hardworking. It removes all oil and impurities in the skin. I like using this when my skin is irritated, clogged, and oily as this soothes, detoxifies, and cleanses thoroughly.

The Milk Bomb Eraser, on the other hand, uses milk protein, jojoba oil, AHA, and BHA to exfoliate and cleanse the skin. This foam cleanser would work for those with dry and normal skin types as this feels extra moisturizing on the skin.

The Collagen Bomb Hydrating Ampoule has become one of my favorite hydrating products. With collagen and hyaluronic acid to hydrate and moisturize the skin, I find this ampoule very soothing and refreshing to the skin. Every time I apply this, I always end up with baby-soft skin after.

I really can always count on kbeauty products to offer hydration and moisture without the heaviness. The Collagen Bomb Hydrating Ampoule has become a mainstay in my routine and will be especially handy come colder months, in tandem with the Ssuk Bomb Eraser.

The Bad Skin Korea Hyaluronic Deep Pore Cleansing Oil, Ssuk Bomb Eraser, Milk Bomb Eraser, Collagen Bomb Hydrating Ampoule were provided by @badskin.