Skincare Review: Akoco K-Beauty Goodies

Akoco sent over a few K-Beauty products and I have been playing with me for a few weeks now. I have been doing a longer morning routine are now more discerning as to how most products work.

I am no stranger to cleansing pads but the Latte Bubble Deep Cleansing Pads from Sonreve feels so gentle on the skin while cleansing. To use, you wet one side with water and lather before wiping the embossed side on the face. You can use the rougher side afterward before rinsing but I only do that when I want to exfoliate.

To tone, the Fresh Calming Balancing Toner Pack from Laneige promises to refresh the skin and restore the skin’s moisture and oil balance. I have not tried the bottled version of this one but this toner pack is very travel-friendly. I know we can’t travel right now but the thin packaging would be very useful when we do. For now, I have been using this while checking my emails. It feels calming and not stripping.

I never thought I’d be able to mask while I work but this is where we are now. The Aloe Soothing Mask Pack from Benton aims to revitalize, hydrate, nourish, and moisturize the skin using aloe leaf water, camellia sinensis leaf water, glycerin, pentylene glycol, and sodium PCA. I have tried this before and it’s soothing and relaxing to the skin, especially when your skin is feeling sensitive.

The No-Sebum Mineral Powder from Innisfree claims to be a replacement for oil control paper. This is also another product that I have tried before and it does mattify the skin. It’s great for those who don’t wear much makeup but wants to keep the skin matte.

The Sonreve Latte Bubble Deep Cleansing Pads, Laneige Fresh Calming Balancing Toner Pack, Benton Aloe Soothing Mask Pack, and Innisfree No-Sebum Mineral Powder were provided by @akoco. Available at akoco.com

Skincare Review: Hanskin Hyaluron Bubble Pop Cleanser and the Hyaluron Eye Serum

New from the Hyaluron line of Hanskin is the Hyaluron Bubble Pop Cleanser and the Hyaluron Eye Serum both promising to hydrate the skin.

The Hyaluron Bubble Pop Cleanser uses sodium hyaluronate, hydrolyzed hyaluronic acid, and soap bark extract to draw water into the skin while plumping, hydrating, and moisturizing it. A liquid cleanser from the packaging, it pumps a foamy face wash that feels gentle on the skin. I prefer cleansing foams so I enjoyed using this. However, this leaves a thin film after rinsing.

Using irish moss extract, sodium hyaluronate, and sugarcane extract, the Hyaluron Eye Serum aims to plump and hydrate the skin. This eye cream has a metal applicator, which has a cooling sensation. It helps depuff the eye area. I have not seen its effect on fine lines but it does hydrate my dry under eyes and helps prevent my lids from getting oily. I like to use this in the morning, especially when I’m applying eye makeup as this helps keep it longer. This is one of the eye creams that doesn’t leave my under eyes dry and my lids slick.

The Hanskin Hyaluron Bubble Pop Cleanser and the Hyaluron Eye Serum were provided by @hanskin. Available at ulta.com

Skincare Review: Good Molecules Clarify & Cleanse Bar and Caffeine Energizing Hydrogel Eye Patches

Working from home now allows me to do a longer skincare routine. Featuring this morning’s routine feature these new vegan and cruelty-free drops from Good Molecules.

The Clarify & Cleanse Bar claims to be a gentle soap-free cleansing bar that clarifies and detoxifies the using salicylic acid, kaolin clay, rosehip oil, and grapeseed oil. This cleansing bar instantly makes a foam. As with most soaps, it was also easy to rinse off my face. It left my skin feeling soft, refreshed, and clean. The only con I could think of is that dissolves easily.

The Caffeine Energizing Hydrogel Eye Patches contains caffeine, acetyl tetrapeptide-5, niacinamide, and hyaluronic acid to brighten, hydrate, and reduce puffiness around the eyes in just 10 minutes. As with most eye patches, this is relaxing and soothing to the skin. I like using this while I work because it feels so hydrating and relaxing. I have yet to see it’s brightening benefits but this definitely de-puffs the eye area.

The Good Molecules Clarify & Cleanse Bar and Caffeine Energizing Hydrogel Eye Patches were provided by @goodmolecules. Available at getgoodmolecules.com

Skincare Review: Georgette Klinger Honey Cleansing Gel and Charcoal Drying Lotion

A few months back, Georgette Klinger sent me these products to try.

The Honey Cleansing Gel ($24) promises to cleanse, soothe, and detoxify the skin using honeysuckle extract, chamomile extract, and marula oil. Following the name of this cleanser, it smells and feels like honey upon application. It was weird, yes, like a sticky serum but for cleansing. I prefer my cleansing to be in a foam form and I want them lightweight. I also want them to not leave a film after cleanser so I didn’t reach for this often.

I rarely get blemishes but I do get them. When I do, I need something to quickly zap and heal them. I used the Charcoal Drying Lotion ($19), which is an overnight spot treatment that unclogs pores and treats inflammation and irritation using salicylic acid, activated charcoal, zinc oxide, sulfur, camphor, calamine, and white willow bark.

With my fair share of drying lotion experiences, I expected this product to deliver fast and best results. The formula was what got me pumped up because I know for sure what charcoal can do to my oily skin. The smell was strong but bearable. The texture is just like any other drying lotion. There was a mild throbbing tingle when I first swabbed this on my skin. I found that this works best when the blemish isn’t in its full form yet. It takes about three days for this to flatten inflammation and redness. For full-blown zits, and acne patch after applying this would best help quicken healing.

The Georgette Klinger Honey Cleansing Gel and Charcoal Drying Lotion were provided by @georgetteklinger. Available at georgetteklinger.com

Cult Favorites: Allies of Skin Molecular Silk Amino Hydrating Cleanser, 35% Vitamin C Collagen Rebuilding Serum, and Peptides and Antioxidants Firming Daily Treatment

Since I love sleep over anything else, my morning routine has to be quick. After showering, I usually just apply a serum, sunscreen, and then proceed with makeup.

Recently, I’ve been using these products from Allies of Skin – focusing on hydrating, brightening, and just keeping my skin healthy in the morning and the results are really something.

To cleanse while nourishing and hydrating the skin, the Molecular Silk Amino Hydrating Cleanser ($38) uses hyaluronic acid, silk amino acids, safflower oil, moringa oil, ethylated l-ascorbic acid, white tea, lecithin phospholipids, and lactic acid. The runny gel of this cleanser consistency feels gentle on the skin. I use this as a second cleanser and it emulsifies to a milky consistency. It also feels refreshing on the skin. It cleanses the skin without stripping it or leaving a film but my skin is still left soft and moisturized.

The 35% Vitamin C Collagen Rebuilding Serum claims to be the world’s first and only waterless formula with a 35% vitamin c concentration. It also contains superoxide dismutase and glutathione to provide antioxidants while repairing, brightening, and firming the skin. The texture and consistency of this serum are on the oily side, which scared me at first because this is suggested to be used in the morning. My skin, as good a condition it is in now, would look like a greased pan if I use an oily makeup or skincare product. However, this didn’t make my skin oily at all. It dries into a silky texture but it sinks in beautifully in my skin and actually makes my makeup look so good. Like I have plump and soft skin. Deeper results would be brightening and the smoothness. After daily use for almost a month, this made me look radiant and healthy.

Meanwhile, the Peptides & Antioxidants Firming Daily Treatment ($109) uses 7 brighteners, 9 antioxidants, and a 16.5% repair complex to boost collagen production while firming and providing radiance to the skin. This feels like a light moisturizer but it sinks in like a serum would – quick and matte. It feels hydrating and nourishing on the skin and it works so well under my makeup and SPF. It makes my skin look plump and soft. Also, this makes my makeup look so good. Like I spent an hour doing my base instead of 10.

After about a month of using these products, I can say that the 35% Vitamin C Collagen Rebuilding Serum and the Peptides & Antioxidants Firming Daily Treatment are my favorites. They have been part of my morning routine and have made my skin look healthy, bright, and radiant. They also feel light, hydrating, and nourishing, which my oily skin really needs.

The Allies of Skin Molecular Silk Amino Hydrating Cleanser, 35% Vitamin C Collagen Rebuilding Serum, Peptides & Antioxidants Firming Daily Treatment were provided by @alliesofskin. Available at alliesofskin.com