Cult Favorite: Herbivore Botanicals Pink Clay Mask and Blue Clay Mask

To be honest, it’s been so long since I’ve used a powder mask. I usually use them if I have a bit of time to spare at night but the convenience of readily applied masks is just too tempting. When Herbivore Botanicals sent me their Pink and Blue Clay Masks, I had to admit that I kind of missed having powder masks as part of my skincare ritual.

Both masks, when mixed with water, transforms into a pasty mask that feels like you’re at the beginning of your pottery class. I usually use a bowl to mix the mask and both provide a bit of grip to the skin. They both tighten easily so I suggest those with drier skin types to use a bit more water. Both are easily rinsed off after about 15 minutes. They also leave the skin feeling thoroughly exfoliated and cleansed. Both masks are also vegan and cruelty-free.

The Pink Clay Mask ($22) uses french pink clay, rosehip, chamomile, and rose petals to exfoliate, purify, plump, and soothe the skin before leaving it feeling soft, smooth and radiant. I like using this after days if spending time outdoors, exposing my skin to a lot of environmental stressors. It feels purifying and it leaves my skin smooth.

Meanwhile, the Blue Clay Mask ($22) promises to detoxify, draw out toxins, reduce breakouts for a clearer complexion. It contains blue clay, white kaolin clay, and rose geranium essential oil. This is a heavy-duty mask. It tightens a lot more than the Pink Clay Mask and you can really feel it sucking everything out. I like using this when my skin is looking problematic or if my skin is looking dull. It just clears everything out.

I enjoyed returning to powder masks again. I like using them on the weekends when I have more time. They also provide purifying and detoxifying benefits to my skin, which is definitely needed after spending my week exposed to dirt and grime.

The Herbivore Botanicals Pink Clay Mask and Blue Clay Mask were provided by @herbivorebotanicals and @autumnpr. Available at herbivorebotanicals.com

Cult Favorite: Laneige Cream Skin Toner and Moisturizer

I never knew I needed something like the Cream Skin Toner and Moisturizer from Laneige until I used it. It feels like a viscous toner and applies like one. It leaves the skin plump and soft. However, after a few seconds, the feeling transforms into something thicker. It doesn’t feel tacky or anything but it feels like I applied a light moisturizer.

This hybrid product promises to be a two-in-one formula that preps and softens like a toner and moisturizes like a cream in one step. Using Cream Blending Technology, it contains white leaf tea water to strengthen the skin barrier, moisturize, and soothe the skin. This product is also free of parabens, phthalates, and mineral oil.

It’s watery and light on the skin on first touch but once applied it feels so nourishing and filling. I know it’s not the right word but it does feel like it’s filling my skin. It doesn’t feel tacky or overly moisturizing. It’s just enough to balance and moisturize my oily skin. For my skin type, this is a very welcome addition to my hydration routine. It is extremely helpful when my skin is feeling dry or when I had a long night and want to fast track my night routine. I feel like this would also be helpful to those with dry and sensitive skin as this moisturizes like, if not much more, than other moisturizers I’ve tried, without the weight and tackiness.

The Laneige Cream Skin Toner and Moisturizer was provided by @laneigeus. Available for $33 at us.laneige.com

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

Cult Favorite: Tarte Knockout Daily Exfoliating Cleanser and Knockout Tingling Treatment

My face has been through some dark times and receiving the Knockout Daily Exfoliating Cleanser and the Knockout Tingling Treatment from Tarte brought back some memories I’d really like to forget. It made me with these products were available when I was in high school.

Using a AHA and BHA acid complex with lactic, glycolic, and salicylic acids, the Knockout Daily Exfoliating Cleanser promises to remove dead skin, refine pores, improve texture, brighten, and balance the skin. It also contains apple extract to hydrate and peppermint and eucalyptus to soothe, and eucalyptus to soothe the skin. Its gel texture emulsifies into a creamy milk-like lather.

It smells very clinical, which I don’t really mind but it’s worth noting for those who are sensitive. It feels cooling to the skin, which I enjoy. It can be a bit stripping for some but for my oily and clog-prone skin, I like it. This claims to be okay for everyday use but for me, I prefer to use twice a week and when my skin is feeling irritated and clogged. It wipes my face clean and devoid of any oil. I follow this with hydrating serums to balance my skin and makeup for the intense cleansing I just went through. This was especially helpful when I had a lot of blemishes a few weeks back as it helps keep my face clean and clear.

To treat, the Knockout Tingling Treatment promises to resurface, balance, control oil, minimize pores, and clarify the skin using niacinamide, salicylic acid, lactic acid, and sulfur.

I’ve heard a lot of people say that the BR P50 smells like vinegar and I think this toner took it as a challenge. This has a strong sour smell and, consistently, it also has a strong tingling feeling to the skin. Fortunately, both the tingle and the smell dissipate after a few seconds. I have used treatments like this before and by far, this felt the most intense. However, results are as intense as it felt. I used this thrice a week when my skin was irritated and after week, I noticed a lot of changes. It cleared up my skin and zapped all my whiteheads and pimples. I would definitely recommend this if you want some intense treatment for your irritated skin and clogged pores.

Using this combo made me get out of skincare hell but even if my skin isn’t that sensitive, I would recommend using this sparingly and when you do, pile on soothing and moisturizing products to support these.

The Tarte Knockout Daily Exfoliating Cleanser and Knockout Tingling Treatment were provided by @tartecosmetics. Available at tartecosmetics.com

Skincare Review: Hanskin Real Complexion Hyaluron Skin Essence, Hyaluron Moisture Mask, and Hyaluron Moisture Cream

I have always admired how K-Beauty brands focus on gentle nourishment and hydration in their skincare. Since both benefits have been my focus since last year, I can’t not try the Hyaluron Collection of Hanskin.

Promising to moisturize and hydrate, the Real Complexion Hyaluron Skin Essence acts as a toner, essence, and moisturizing lotion all in one. Using bio hyaluronate and hyaluronic acid and zostera marina extract. This feels thick at first but it gets lighter when applied on the skin. It sinks in quickly into the skin. It immediately plumps the giving a non-greasy dewy look even after a long day.

The Hyaluron Moisture Mask aims to moisturize, brighten, soothe, and leave the skin glowing with hyaluronic acid, strawberry, raspberry, and french rose water. It also uses a microfiber sheet, thinner than 1/100 of the thickness of a human hair, which claims to retain and hold moisture five times more than cotton fabric. The pink-colored mask is a cute surprise, the essence also has a sweet smell. It fits perfectly, like most korean masks, and I didn’t have a hard time putting it on my face. It leaves the skin feeling hydrated and fresh. It would be a great addition to your routine if you’re looking for extra hydration.

As the last step, the Hyaluron Moisture Cream targets dry or dull skin and promises to leave the skin plump, nourished and moisturized using hyaluronic acid.

This has a watery gel-like formula that feels lightweight on the skin. It doesn’t feel tacky and delivers good hydration as well. I use this day and night, especially when I feel like my skin is dry and dehydrated to leave it smooth and plumper.

The Hyaluron Collection would be great for those who are looking to plump and hydrate their skin. All products are nourishing and gentle so they also work well with exfoliants and acids. The Real Complexion Hyaluron Skin Essence is something I would surely use whatever the season while the Hyaluron Moisture Mask and Hyaluron Moisture Cream are something that would suit my oily skin when it’s cold and dry.

The Hanskin Real Complexion Hyaluron Skin Essence, Hyaluron Moisture Mask, and Hyaluron Moisture Cream were provided by @hanskinusa.