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: Touch In Sol The Mission Complete Waterproof Sensitive Lip and Eye Perfect Cleanser and All-In-One Beauty Aid Cream

As someone who blames kbeauty for getting her into skincare, I have heard of Touch In Sol but never actually got into trying products from the brand. I honestly thought I am not the target market of the product because it is positioned as a trendy brand. However, I’m glad I had the chance.

The Mission Complete Waterproof Sensitive Lip & Eye Perfect Cleanser aims to gently and thoroughly wash away makeup. It has a vegan, gluten-free formula and is made without sulfates, parabens, or phthalates.

This feels creamy once pumped out of the bottle but becomes watery when massaged on the face. I used this to remove eye makeup and got stung a bit in the eye when I opened them slightly. Aside from that, I was able to effectively remove my long-wearing eyeliner, even the transfer underneath my eyes, and my super matte liquid lipstick without drying out my skin or making it feel stripped. My face is just wiped clean with only a few swipes. For me, this is best used with a cotton pad as it removes makeup faster.

The All-In-One Beauty Aid Cream is designed to nourish skin with natural botanicals like olive, walnut, and hazel to moisturize, protect, tone, and refine the skin.

This might be too thick for my face but it’s perfect for my body. I use this on my extremely dry patches, like my arms and legs. It sinks in quickly but leaves my skin incredibly hydrated and moisturized. After three weeks, this has lessened the bumps on my arms.

I’m happy with these two products, especially with the Beauty Aid Cream, as I have noticed an immense difference in my skin’s moisture. As for Mission Complete, I always pull this out when removing eye makeup, I just have to be really careful.

The Touch In Sol The Mission Complete Waterproof Sensitive Lip & Eye Perfect Cleanser and All-In-One Beauty Aid Cream were provided by @touchinsolus. Available at touchinsol-us.com

Skincare Review: Troiareuke Oil Cut Cleansing, TOC Toner, AC Spot Solution

I was fortunate enough to have managed blemishes. I rarely get one anymore. However, when I came back from vacation, my skin reacted to the rise in temperature and humidity. I slept having no blemishes and woke up with three out of nowhere. What’s worse, two of them are whiteheads – something I never had since grade school.

I was pissed. However, this was the perfect time to test some products from the ACSEN line from Troiareuke. This line is for those with acne-prone and sensitive skin.

The Oil Cut Cleansing promises to be an all in one cleanser that removes oil, dirt, and impurities as it soothe and hydrate the skin using lichen extract, zanthoxylum piperitum fruit extract, pulsatilla koreana extract, aloe barbadensis leaf juice, papaya fruit water, portulaca oleracea extract. This cleansing gel removes oil and impurities and leaves the skin feeling fresh and smooth. It doesn’t completely strip the skin, which would when your skin is feeling sensitive or irritated. As a preference, I still use a foaming cleanser after this.

To balance and build the skin’s protective barrier, the TOC Toner contains glycolic acid, centella asiatica extract, hyaluronic acid tocopheryl acetate, allantoin, glycerin, portulaca oleracea extract, betula platyphylla japonica juice, argania spinosa kernel oil, zea mays oil, rosewood wood oil, calendula officinalis flower oil, and geranium maculatum oil. It also promises to soothe, renew, and moisturize the skin while removing excess sebum and dead skin cell buildup. This has a very water-like texture but it somehow leaves my skin nourished and hydrated. It’s gentle on the skin as well. This is the only toner I used during the time that I had pimples and it helped soothe and hydrate my skin after I apply detoxifying masks and treatment products.

My favorite, the AC Spot Solution, to treat blemishes. It contains selemix an, phenyl salicylate, and centella asiatica to speed healing, help prevent scarring, and prevent future blemishes. This flattened up and coming blemishes overnight. For full-on zits, it takes about three nights to heal. I’m amazed as to how quick this is and how gentle it was on my skin. Most solutions tend to dry the skin and stimulate peeling but I didn’t experience that with this one. It doesn’t even sting. However, in terms of scar prevention, I still got post-blemish pigmentation but I’m fine with it, I have other products for that.

I would definitely recommend these products to those who have blemishes and want something gentle yet effective for their skin concerns. The main highlight for me is the AC Spot Solution because of how quick and gentle it zapped my blemishes.

The Troiareuke ACSEN Oil Cut Cleansing, TOC Toner, AC Spot Solution were provided by @troiareuke.

Skincare Review: Hanskin Pore Cleansing Balm (BHA) and Pore Cleansing Oil (BHA)

As someone who simply used a cleansing foam and called it skincare, the discovery of cleansing oils and cleansing balms when I was in Korea is almost as good as discovering that the baker of your favorite chocolate cake is your neighbor.

So, no matter how many cleansing balms and cleansing oils I own, I always welcome trying another first cleanser, especially from a brand that’s I’ve heard when I first got into skincare.

Hanskin offers cleansing products suitable for your skin type, which intrigued me. Most brands only offer one variant. They sent me the Pore Cleansing Balm (BHA) and Pore Cleansing Oil (BHA).

The Pore Cleansing Balm (BHA) promises to remove makeup and impurities, control breakouts and oil, and fight blackheads using salicylic and a blend of argan, jojoba and peppermint oils.

This has a balmy texture but it feels oily once you massage it on the skin. It melts into a heavy balm consistency but doesn’t leave a film upon rinsing. It removes everyday makeup but needs more massaging if I have waterproof makeup or complicated eye looks. It also leaves my skin soft and supple after rinsing. This, however, does not emulsify easily so I rub this onto my hands to breakdown the product before applying it on my skin.

On the other hand, the Pore Cleansing Oil [BHA] uses salicylic acid, a blend of fruit oils, including orange, lemon, and grapefruit, as well as olive and jojoba oils, to cleanse the skin and prevent breakouts. The watery oil consistency leaves the skin feeling moist. It leaves a bit of a film after wash but this is easier to use than the balm because it easily emulsifies with water. The filmy feeling is okay, since I always do a second cleanse, but I like my first cleansers to not leave a trail as it makes me feel like I haven’t removed every grime on my skin. This is best removed with a warm cloth, which I don’t really do. However, in this method, it leaves the skin cleansed and smooth. Two pumps can remove everyday makeup and dirt.

I like using these when I’m about to get my period because my hormones are on overdrive during that time of the time and I need all the help that I can get. However, I did not see a huge difference in using both compared to other cleansing oils and balms that don’t cater to a specific skin type. As a cleansing balm lover, though, it surprised me that I enjoyed using the Pore Cleansing Oil (BHA) more as it removed makeup and dirt faster and easier.

The Hanskin Pore Cleansing Balm (BHA) and Pore Cleansing Oil (BHA) were provided by @hanskin.

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.