Skincare Review: Dr. Dennis Gross B3Adpative SuperFoods Collection

As I got older, I noticed how much stress is affecting me physically. Gone are the days when I go to work without any sleep. So, it’s very timely that Dr. Dennis Gross gifted me with the B3Adpative SuperFoods Collection.

This collection uses the B₃Adaptive SuperFoods™ Complex, powered by microencapsulated niacinamide, superfoods, and adaptogens to help correct and prevent signs of stress like fine lines, wrinkles, redness patches, flareups, tired eyes, and dark circles.

The Stress Rescue Super Serum is light and watery. It feels soothing to the skin. After a few weeks of use, I saw minimal improvement in redness. I have yet to see it’s effects on texture and lines. What I like about this, though, is how light it feels and that I can use it morning and night. It works well with other skincare and makeup products.

The Stress SOS Eye Cream is what I’ve really been enjoying at the moment. It feels really cooling on the skin, which you guys would know, feels amazing after being in front of multiple screens the whole day. It really helped in soothing and hydrating my tired and dry undereyes. I will have to check in the future if its claims of firming and brightening will take effect.

I found the Stress Repair Face Cream a bit heavy for my oily skin so I used this sparingly. It’s really creamy and even though it doesn’t feel like it sits on top of the skin, I felt its weight.

The Dr. Dennis Gross B3Adpative SuperFoods Collection was provided by @drdennisgross and @octoly. Available at sephora.com

Skincare Review: Taila Skincare Muhka, Vayu, and Nayana

Cruelty- free and sustainably sourced, Taila Skincare blends Ayurvedic ingredients and processes with today’s technological advances in skincare to create luxury skincare products.

The Muhka Botanical Cleanser ($58) was gentle and not so greasy that it is able to freshen up my skin after rinsing. When a little amount of water is applied over, it forms a light lather so you can feel your skin is getting cleaned.

It also feels nourishing making it a joy to apply. This cleansing oil has turmeric, papaya, castor oil, and lavender to help soothe, soften, and refine the skin. Evidently, after rinsing, it was able to remove all makeup, even the long-lasting ones. However, I have to rinse twice to be able to remove the thin film this leaves on the skin.

After cleansing, I tone with the Vayu Illuminating Toning Mist ($55). It instantly makes my skin feel soft and refreshed. It contains holy basil, rose, cucumber, and aloe to soothe and refresh while neutralizing environmental stressors. I thought this face mist would have a gentle floral scent but the hint of was a welcome surprise. I also like how the mist just sinks into the skin and has a firming sensation.

The Nayana Revitalizing Eye Balm ($88) uses manjishta (Indian madder), ashwagandha (rennet), brahmi (waterhyssop), and meadowfoam seed oil to reduce dark circles, trigger collagen and elastin production and cell regeneration, and to lock in moisture.

Even though I have yet to see its effects on my dark circles, this eye balm is extremely moisturizing. It also helps with the puffiness of my dry eye area.

The Taila Skincare Muhka, Vayu, and Nayana were provided by @tailaskincare. Available at tailaskincare.com

Holiday 2019: Drunk Elephant Shelf-Control Night Kit

I’m going on vacation in about four weeks so the Drunk Elephant Shelf-Control Night Kit came just in time. The set promises to have everything one would need for their night routine.

It contains the T.L.C.™ Glycolic Night Serum, my go-to glycolic acid at night, the Beste™ No. 9 Jelly Cleanser, the Lala Retro™ Whipped Cream as my winter pm #moisturizer, the Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil that I always use after using my Babyfacial, and the C-Tango™ Multivitamin Eye Cream, the eye cream I’m most excited to try.

The Drunk Elephant Shelf-Control Night Kit was provided by @drunkelephant. Available for $98 at drunkelephant.com

Skincare Review: EmerginC Rawceuticals Raw Facial Oil and Eye and Lip Craft

EmerginC produces cruelty-free and paraben free skincare products that use cosmeceutical and medical-grade ingredients, active botanicals, and marine extracts. Not only that, but they also practice environment-friendly practices like planting nearly 850,000 trees, using fair trade ingredients, and creating essential habitat for bees with emerginBees milkweed seed bombs.

Promising to work for all skin types, the Raw Facial Oil ($100) uses hemp seed oil, sunflower seed oil, grape seed oil, immortal oil, and marula seed oil to fight the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines, soothe and calm, address redness, improve tone and texture, and fight environmental aggressors.

When I used the face oil for the first time, I immediately enjoyed its soothing spa-like aroma. It feels calming after doing some heavy exfoliation and noticed that it helped soften my skin. I have yet to see how it helps with fine lines, wrinkles and skin texture so I find the price tag a bit steep.

I’ve been on a lip balm kick the past few months and the Eye and Lip Craft ($80) is a new addition to my stash.

Promising to be a moisturizer for both the eye l and lip area, it contains virgin cocoa butter, black cumin seed oil, hemp seed oil, carrot seed oil, shea butter, coconut oil. It also claims to help combat environmental stresses, defends against environmental aggressors, fights the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and helps soothe sensitive skin.

At first application, I found this a bit greasy but my lips absorb it quickly. I also used this in the eye area but for its texture and consistency, this works better for me to be used on the lips. It helps soothe dryness and calm slight chapping. It offers intense moisture so I like using this at night before sleeping so I wake up with soft and smooth lips.

I would recommend these products to those who don’t mind the hefty price tag and those who experience extreme dryness.

The EmerginC Rawceuticals Raw Facial Oil and Eye and Lip Craft were provided by @emerginc and @thewoodsandconest . Available at emerginc.com

Brand Overview: Mario Badescu

It might sound weird but this is the first time I’ve tried Mario Badescu. I’ve seen the memes, read the love, and saw the results but I never got around to using their products til now.

They sent over two cleansers. The first one, the Enzyme Cleansing Gel ($14), is for every day. This feels gentle on the skin and has a faint powdery-papaya scent to it. I like how this deeply cleanses and helps to reveal a fresh, clean, and rejuvenated complexion after a wash in the mornings.

The second one is a foaming cleanser to be used one to three times a week. The Glycolic Foaming Cleanser ($14) promises to address dullness, congestion, and hyperpigmentation while rebalancing the skin using glycolic acid, chamomile, marshmallow, sage, st. john’s wort, and yarrow extracts. I like using this especially on days when my skin feels clogged, tired, and dull. My skin loves glycolic acid so this was so easy to integrate into my routine to help with balancing and decongesting my skin.

The Special Cucumber Lotion ($15) works to clarify and refresh while controlling T-zone shine. This is a good daily toner in the morning because it’s gentle on my oily skin. It does contain alcohol so it might be too drying for those who don’t have oily skin but for me, this is a straight forward that can keep oiliness at bay.

They also sent over two serums. The Herbal Hydrating Serum ($30) contains ceramides and gingko and ginseng extracts, to soften, hydrate, and invigorate the skin. This gel serum feels extremely lightweight and hydrating on the skin. Unlike other serums, this one neither leaves a greasy film nor does it feels tacky so I can use this in the morning to keep my skin hydrated.

To help retexturize skin, reduce visible signs of aging, brighten uneven skin tone, and diminish the look of fine line, The Vitamin C Serum ($45) uses vitamin c, sodium hyaluronate, and collagen. Vitamin C has helped my skin so much. I have used a lot of vitamin c serums and this one is one of the serums my #oilyskin can get with the mornings. It sinks pretty quickly into the skin and doesn’t feel tacky once it gets absorbed. I’ve been using this for about a month now and noticed that my complexion became more even and less oily in the daytime. It doesn’t offer faster results as my other vitamin c serums but this is a good start for those who want to get a gentle brightening serum.

The Hyaluronic Eye Cream ($18) aims to hydrate and smooth under-eyes. I love hyaluronic acid for my skin. I have dry under eyes and this eye cream hydrates it. I like using this in the morning. It’s smooth and easy to apply and a little goes a long way. My eye area looks and feels hydrated after and on a really, really good day, I skip applying concealer.

I’ve seen the Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs, and Rosewater ($7) everywhere and I get it now. I use it to set makeup and I like the fresh scent. It also hydrates the skin and leaves it feeling soft and plump. It’s a simple face mist that does what it promises to do. It’s an inexpensive face mist that will refresh and hydrate the skin any time.

With simple, straightforward ingredients and inexpensive price points, I get why this is a hit, especially for those just starting to build their skincare routine. Most of the products sent to me hydrated, brighten, and softened my skin. They all work but standouts for me are the Glycolic Foaming Cleanser, the Herbal Hydrating Serum, the Hyaluronic Eye Cream, and the Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs, and Rosewater.

These Mario Badescu were provided by @mariobadescu. Available at mariobadescu.com