Cult Favorite: Ole Henriksen Glow2OH Dark Spot Toner

The Glow2OH Dark Spot Toner from Ole Henriksen promises to brighten and smooth the skin, reduce the look of dark spots, and target fine lines and wrinkles using glycolic and lactic acids, sandalwood extract, chamomile extract, and licorice extract.

This has that sweet smell that the PHAT Glow Facial has. It’s very watery but leaves a bit of a tacky finish to the skin. It stings when swiped on the skin but it only lasts for a few seconds. A few months of using this, I noticed its refining, smoothing, and brightening benefits to the skin. I have a few bumps at the side of my face and this helped a lot in smoothing those parts of my face. Even though this is recommended for daily use, I only use this two times a week so it took more than a month to see results. If you love Ole Henriksen, this is worth checking out if you want to improve your skin’s texture while brightening and smoothing the complexions.

The Ole Henriksen Glow2OH Dark Spot Toner was provided by @olehenriksen . Available at olehenriksen.com

Cult Favorite: Holifrog Como Popp-E Renewal Scrubby Wash

I am more of a mask person than a scrub person but trying a lot of products made me appreciate scrubs more. Even though I really prefer masks I find that some scrubs really get when it comes to smoothing and softening my skin. I have tested a few scrubs but have only one in my stash and I’m happy to add the Como Popp-E Renewal Scrubby Wash from Holifrog. It was honestly love at first application.

This face scrub promises to exfoliate while nourishing the skin for a soft, dewy, and polished complexion without redness or irritation. It contains poppy seeds, bamboo stem powder, black currant seed oil, poppy seed oil, vitamin c, vitamin e, apricot kernel oil, borage seed oil, rosehip fruit oil, and astaxanthin.

It has a gel consistency that feels a bit oily but not oilier than I expected. I use this after double cleansing a couple of times a week. Due to the consistency, it almost feels like massaging a creamy, moisturizing mask onto my skin. It’s gentle and even though the poppy seeds don’t melt once it’s massaged onto the skin. I massage it for a few seconds before rinsing and I really like the instant result it gives.

After rinsing, my skin felt smooth and soft but not tight and dry. I have been using this once a week and I just really enjoy the feeling of my skin after each use. I will continue to use this and keep it as it just makes my skin look healthier and clearer. This is honestly my favorite product from Holifrog.

For those wondering, this product is also made without Acrylates, Alcohol (SD alcohol, ethanol, denatured, isopropyl, methanol or ethyl alcohol), Aluminum compounds, Benzalkonium Chloride, BPA, Butoxyethanol, Chemical Screens, Coal Tar Dyes, DEA, Detergent, Dyes, EDTA, Essential Oils, Ethoxylated ingredients, Formaldehyde, Fragrance, Heavy metal, Hydroquinone, MEA, Mercury + mercury compounds, Methylisothiazolinone, Mineral Oil, Palm oil, Parabens, PEGs, Phthalates, Polysorbate, Propylene Glycol, Resorcinol, Silicones, SLES, SLS, TEA, Toluene, and Triclosan.

The Holifrog Como Popp-E Renewal Scrubby Wash was provided by @holifrog and @pokepr. Available for $40 at holifrog.com

Skincare Review: Youth to the People Superfood Skin Reset Mask and Superfood Firm + Brighten Serum

I am a late passenger to the Youth to the People train but I can’t believe how good all the products I’ve tried to feel on my skin. Some of their products are already my favorites and I am adding a few more.

The Superfood Skin Reset Mask ($44) promises to balance and restore dull and tired skin using spirulina, bioactive microalgae, and kale. This creamy mask feels a bit warmer than most masks. It also stings a bit as it dried the first time I used it but that sensation was gone in the succeeding applications. It smells grassy and a bit rubbery but dries like some of the product sunk into my skin. It’s easy to remove despite the creamy texture. I use this twice a week during the weekdays as it provides hydration after each use. My skin also feels soft and looks bright whenever I use this. It’s the mask I go for if I want to refresh my skin.

I have a penchant for vitamin c serums because they just work so well for my skin. Recently, I am coming across more nourishing vitamin c serums and I am so not mad about it. The combination of vitamin c and peptides is something I didn’t know my face needed until I tried it. The Superfood Firm + Brighten Serum ($62) has tripeptide 5, cross-linked hyaluronic acid, and chelates vitamin c. This is the only vitamin c serum I’ve tried that’s hydrating to my skin. It has a light gel-like texture that sinks into the skin quickly, which totally works for my oily skin. It’s gluey and it smells a bit like it too but the scent dissipates after a few seconds. The consistency leaves the skin feeling plump and soft. I have more potent vitamin c serums but using this afterward leaves my skin feeling soft and hydrated. The texture also works well after makeup.

These products have been helping my goal to keep my skin hydrated and nourished. They all feel gentle and light on the skin and just leaves me feeling happy after doing my skincare routine. The Superfood Skin Reset Mask has recently been my go-to for masking after a long day. I am honestly glad to have come across Youth to the People because their products are not only effective but they also make my skin happy.

These products are vegan, cruelty-free, made with cold-pressed extract and formulated without parabens, phthalates, and dimethicone.

The Youth to the People Superfood Skin Reset Mask and Superfood Firm + Brighten Serum were provided by @youthtothepeople. Available at youthtothepeople.com

Skincare Review: Goop GOOPGLOW 15% Glycolic Acid Overnight Glow Peel

As a lover of glycolic acid, I immediately wanted to check the GOOPGLOW 15% Glycolic Acid Overnight Glow Peel. Complimentary from Goop, this peeling pad promises to exfoliate, retexturize, and brighten skin while you sleep.

These pads contain 15% glycolic acid to removes dead skin cells and other debris while helping increase cell turnover, tropical fruit extracts (mango, banana, and yellow mombin) to help with cell turnover while reinforcing the skin’s barrier function, Australian kakadu plum for its antioxidant properties, and hyaluronic acid to hydrate skin.

I have been using this twice now (once a week) and the pad that this peel uses is something I have never used before. It isn’t paper or cotton-like, as with most exfoliating pads I’ve used. It’s a bit rough and combined with the acid, this made my skin a bit red. It also stings a bit. However, the redness and the stinging subsides after a few minutes. It dries into a sticky finish. I’m no stranger to the percentage of glycolic acid this one has so I know the results I would get. As expected, this softened and smoothened my skin but aside from that, this peel left my skin looking plumper the morning after.

The Goop GOOPGLOW 15% Glycolic Acid Overnight Glow Peel was provided by @goop .

Skincare Review: Huangjisoo Sugar No:rinse Cleansing Pads, Sakura Peeling Radiance Pads, and Mugwort Rescue Soothing Pads

I have been traveling quite a bit recently and have been using these pads from the k-beauty Huangjisoo. Contained in tubs, these pads are travel-friendly and easy to use.

The Sugar No: rinse Cleansing Pads using micellar water, sugar, and lactobacillus ferment filtrate to remove make-up and dirt. These pads are vegan and cruelty-free and they remove makeup well without it feeling sticky. Used without rinsing needed afterward, it leaves the skin feeling soft after removing makeup. I usually use two to three pads to completely remove my makeup. I use the Pure Perfect Cleansing Oil after this one to remove heavy eye makeup and then their Pure Daily Foaming Cleanser to fully cleanse the skin.

Containing cherry blossom and echinacea, the Sakura Peeling Radiance Pads promises to moisturize and brighten the skin. This leaves the skin feeling and looking fresh. It has a clean smell and sinks in quickly onto the skin without leaving any residue. After a few weeks of use (twice to thrice a week) it helped smooth my skin and leaves my skin with a rosy glow.

The Mugwort Rescue Soothing Pads aims to soothe and moisturize the skin using sea mugwort and cica complex. This feels good on the skin, especially on irritated areas. I usually leave a piece of the pad on the irritated area/zit for a few minutes to reduce redness to spot treat. Used all over the face, this leaves the skin feeling moisturized without feeling sticky.

The Huangjisoo Sugar No:rinse Cleansing Pads, Sakura Peeling Radiance Pads, and Mugwort Rescue Soothing Pads were provided by @huangjisoo and @sophiebeautybox. Available for huangjisoo.com