Skincare Review: Pixi Beauty Peel & Polish, Glow Mud Mask, T-Zone Peel-Off Mask, GLOW Glycolic Boost, DetoxifEYE

Pixi just came through and sent over almost every kind of mask there is.

First up is the Peel & Polish ($24), a fruity exfoliator treatment that can be used 2 to 3 times a week. It’s easy to put on – apply the product and wash it off after 2 minutes. The result is baby smooth skin, that isn’t dry or flaky. Scrubs are not a favorite but this feels gentle enough for my skin.

An exfoliator making a comeback in my routine is the Glow Mud Mask ($22). This is their signature 15-minute facial, boasting cleansing and purifying effects. When using it, my skin does feel as if all of the dirt and grime from the past day had been washed right off. It just works so well with my #oilyskin and detoxifies and exfoliates my skin thoroughly.

The T-Zone Peel-Off Mask ($22) purifies pores with avocado and green tea. This peel-off mask almost like a pore strip but gentler. However, this is not my preferred way of cleansing my pores.

To nourish the skin, there’s GLOW Glycolic Boost ($10) sheetmask. Glow is an appropriate name for this product since it does exactly that to my face. My skin doesn’t only feel hydrated afterward but has a supple texture, both of which lend to my face looking more youthful. Because of that, this mask is perfect for winding down after a long day.

A favorite out of the bunch is the DetoxifEYE ($24) to depuff, nourish, and revive the under eyes with hyaluronic acid, caffeine, cucumber, and gold.

I have been using this eye mask almost every night since I got it because it just treats my dry under eyes so good. It hydrates and nourishes my eye area, making my face look healthier and more awake in the mornings.

All in all, Pixi’s exfoliating and nourishing masks are a great fit for many of us who want extra care in my skincare. For oily skin, you can’t go wrong with the Glow Mud Mask and those who have dry under eyes would have a field day with DetoxifEYE.

The Pixi Beauty Peel & Polish, Glow Mud Mask, T-Zone Peel-Off Mask, GLOW Glycolic Boost, DetoxifEYE were provided by @pixibeauty. Available at pixibeauty.com

Skincare Review: Dr. Loretta Micro Peel Peptide Pads and Tightening Eye Gel

Emphasizing their aim to protect the skin from external factors responsible for skin, Dr. Loretta describes products with how they protect the skin. External factors like pollution, light, climate, and irritants are what the brand focuses on and the formulas of their products contain vitamin c, algae peptides, and essential oils.

Targeting to protect the skin from pollution and climate, the Micro Peel Peptide Pads ($60) promises to exfoliate the skin, reduce the appearance of fine lines and pores, improve skin texture, and replenish moisture with 10% glycolic acid, algae peptides, and botanicals of matte, kola, and guarana.

Compared to the peeling pads I’ve tried, this has a thinner pad soaked in essence. It tingles a bit once applied on the skin. The first time I used this, I got some redness on my cheeks. It still tingles even on the next uses because of the high percentage of glycolic acid. The pads have enough coarseness to exfoliate the skin as much as a mask would without going overboard and feeling like a coarse face scrub. It’s just right in the middle. I like to do this during the weekend and in the middle of the week to refresh my skin. It has immensely helped with the texture and radiance of my skin.

The Tightening Eye Gel ($60) contains lipochroman to protect the skin from pollution including oxygen, nitrogen, carbon free radical damage, and tiny particles of urban dust. It also has chromabright to fade uneven pigment, marine water microalga to replenishes hydration, algae extract to support the skin’s collagen, and peptides to tighten the eye area.

This has a lightweight gel-like texture that melts into the skin. Despite its watery texture, it doesn’t sink in too quickly, just slow enough to allow me to massage the gel around my eyes. I like that it has a slight cooling and tingling sensation and that it hydrates my dry under eyes. It tightens a bit around the eye area but for me, it’s not that noticeable as I do not have sagging skin around this area. What I really noticed though is how it improved the hydration around my eyes so, my makeup doesn’t gather around the deep lines under them.

The Dr. Loretta Micro Peel Peptide Pads and Tightening Eye Gel were provided by @drloretta and @pistolpr. Available at drloretta.com

Skincare Review: bareMinerals SkinLongevity Vital Power Range

Choosing to focus on longevity and healthy-looking skin instead of anti-aging, bareMinerals found their hero ingredient, Long Life Herb, to develop the SkinLongevity range of their skincare line. Also known as Chomeiso in Japanese, Long Life Herb, claims to provide a higher vitamin and mineral content than spinach and kale. In addition to being loaded with antioxidants, it has high amounts of calcium, magnesium, and potassium and is high in polyphenols.

The Infusion Serum ($58) is an anti-aging serum aims to reduce visible signs of aging and damage, improve resiliency and suppleness, and protect against age-accelerating factors. It also contains california poppy to protect and lempuyang ginger to brighten and even skin tone. This is a light gel-like texture that feels smooth on the skin. It leaves the skin bouncy and dewy. This is not a morning serum for me as this can be a bit tacky but I like using it a night. It feels nourishing and goes great with my actives. It also feels soothing after exfoliation.

The Eye Gel Cream ($32) promises to protect against visible signs of aging including fine lines, lack of resilience, dullness, and dehydration using california poppy, lempuyang ginger, peptide complex, and hyaluronic acid. This has a bouncy whipped emulsion-like finish. A little goes a long way with this one and it can easily be massaged on the eye area as it doesn’t sink in as quick as the other eye creams. This would be a good partner when I’m using a jade or rose quartz roller on my face. It feels moisturizing, even for my dry under eyes.

The Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 ($36) claims to replenish moisture, help prevent premature signs of aging, and brighten tired or dull-looking skin using green coffee bean and peony extract. This is thick and has a bit of a white cast. The texture and consistency are very similar to most sunscreens. It’s creamy but doesn’t feel greasy. However, this is personally too thick for my oily skin and makes my makeup move around, especially when worn on a warm day.

The Sleeping Gel Cream ($38) has the brand’s mineral moisture technology and hyaluronic acid to moisturize and hydrate the skin. Like the other products, it contains california poppy to defend the skin against environmental stressors and lempuyang ginger extract to brighten the skin. Looking at its thick gel-like consistency, this applies lighter than expected. It also feels gel-like but creamy on the skin. It’s heavily scented though so those who are allergic should take note. It also feels nourishing but is thin enough to be followed by a thick sleeping mask.

With the exception of the SPF, which didn’t really work for my skin, they all feel the same. They would be great for those whose skin concerns are dullness and nourishment. My favorites are the serum and the gel cream, which are great companions on my skincare routines that focus on acids and exfoliating products as they feel soothing and revitalizing.

The bareMinerals SkinLongevity Vital Power products were provided by @bareminerals. Available at bareminerals.com

Brand Overview: Sole Toscana

There are products you like, products that are okay, and products you really enjoy using. The latter was the surprise I got from trying the products from Sole Toscana. Natural, organic and cruelty-free, their skincare products are based on artisanal Italian beauty recipes and practice the seed-to-skin approach.

Their 4-Step Skincare Routine promises to help support natural contours, elasticity and tone daily, while deeply moisturizing, repairing, and protecting skin. These products also contain aloe extract and organic Italian olive essence from the brand’s organic farm in the Italian countryside, as well as a botanical hyaluronic acid to naturally enrich, hydrate and repair the skin.

The Rosewater Wellspring Cleanser is an aloe gel-based cleanser that cleanses and removes makeup using skin-tightening rosewater, brightening rosehip and pore-de-clogging natural salicylic acid. This #gelcleanser feels relaxing when massaged onto the skin. It helps remove excess oil and impurities gently. It might be a bit stripping for dry skin but my #oilyskin likes it. It leaves my skin dry but not tight, cleansed without any residue left behind.

The Neroli Radiance Serum aims to lighten dark spots, smooth skin, and enhance glow using vitamin c, botanical hyaluronan, and neroli. This #serum comes in a light pink color and a watery texture that my oily skin loves. It dries down in a satiny texture and leaves my skin smooth and bouncy after each application. I honestly underestimated this one. I was surprised to find out that in just a week of using this, there is a huge difference in my skin in terms of hydration and brightness. This, combined with my other serums, hydrated my skin so effectively that my oiliness looks more glowy than yucky.

The Espresso Bright Eyes Cream works to banish wrinkles and reduce the appearance of dark circles using espresso extract, pomegranate, and grapeseed. The texture of the eye cream is similar to the serum but feels less watery. I honestly didn’t see its lightening effects but it helps brighten, moisturize, and depuff my under eyes. I like using this in the morning as it has a cooling sensation and it sinks in quickly so it doesn’t take time from my fast get-ready routine.

The Rosehip & Calendula Triple Cream is designed to support natural contours, elasticity and tone, while deeply moisturizing and repairing using calendula, rosehip, and jojoba. This #moisturizer has a battered watery dough texture but spreads really thinly on the skin. It almost feels watery as I massage it. It leaves my skin plump and moisturized after every application. However, it makes my face oily when I wake up in the morning.

The products in this 4-step routine offered my skin hydration and moisture while leaving my skin bright, clear, and glowing. They are some of the most gentle products that I’ve tried that brought results to my usually resistant skin. I have not experienced any irritation or blemishes since I used this. I honestly think these products work so well with my oily skin and all the products that I’m using. They are a great support to my actives and I believe that these would also bring great results to other skin types. I am glad I stumbled upon these products, honestly.

The 4-Step Sole Toscana Skincare were provided by Sole Toscana and @socialsocietyoc for review. Available as a set for $190 at soletoscana.com

Monthly Favorites: November2018

To be honest, I was sick the most part of November so the products that’s here are more soothing and relaxing as I have been reaching out to products that will make me feel better as I have spent the better part of the month lying in bed.

Girl Undiscovered Pink Skies Beauty Balm

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Promising to be the skin salvation for any situation, the Pink Skies Beauty Balm from Girl Undiscovered claims to soften and heal any part of the skin that needs it – lips, cheekbones, cuticles, heels, or any rough patches. It contains olive fruit oil, beeswax, coconut oil, sweet almond oil, propolis extract, limonia acidissima bark extract, neem leaf extract, cinnamonium cassia bark oil, macropiper excelsum leaf extract, and moringa olifeira seed oil. This balm uses all natural ingredients, is cruelty-free, and doesn’t use parabens or synthetic fragrances.

The color and packaging are to die for, it’s simple and luxe, and it looks too precious. Now that we got that out of the way, let’s talk about the actual product. I thought the balm would be on the heavy side because of its oil ingredients but it’s light to the touch. Even if I swirl my fingers inside the tub numerous times, it doesn’t feel heavy. Not balmy at all, which is usually the case. Most balms would feel heavy on the lips like you couldn’t eat or drink. Definitely not this one.

It applies evenly and has a slight aromatherapy smell to it. I like that it doesn’t just cover and sit on top of your lips, it dissolves into a light oil-like texture and feels lightweight on the lips, which I like. Because of that, it also doesn’t get easily removed, especially on my lips. It immensely helps whenever my lips get chapped, which happened twice when I started using this. I got colds, which made breathing difficult and it resulted in extremely dry lips. As soon as I felt that my lips are drying, I put this on knowing I will wake up with softer lips. It’s a bit of a miracle, actually. It would take other balms two to three days for me to see results but with this one, I can see and feel softer lips overnight. It also helps lessen the sting while it heals the chapped parts, which I have never experienced with other balms before. I also like using this before applying matte lipsticks to protect my lips. That light pink sheen is also a plus, especially for days when I don’t want to put anything on my face. I love it, honestly, and I would definitely recommend this to those looking for a natural balm that’s no-fuss, lightweight, and less balmy than other lip products.

This product was provided by @girlundiscovered for review. Available for $32 at girlundiscovered.com

Laneige Water Bank Eye Gel

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Having dry under eyes was a baffling revelation to me, someone who has an oily skin. I honestly never paid too much attention to it. All I know is I have a face that easily gets oily. Then I started playing around with under eye concealers and everything seemed to apply patchy or they settle on the few lines I have. Yes, I have fine lines around my eye area. Not because I smile a lot but because I’m in my 30s. The acceptance of aging is for another story but that battle for finding the perfect concealer made me realize that I have dry under eyes.

That’s how this skincare game added another level for me to conquer: finding a moisturizing #eyecream. When I received the Water Bank Eye Gel from Laneige, a brand that has never failed me, of course, I will have to try it.

This eye gel has the Hydro Ion Mineral Water Technology which uses micro-sized particles of hydro ionized mineral water to penetrate the eye area, prevent dryness, and protect the skin from external aggressors. It also contains natural bilberry extracts to alleviate stress around the eyes, active agents extracted from palm to moisturize the skin, quinoa extracts to protect the skin from dryness and damage, natural olive oil to help retain moisture and smoothen the skin texture, and tillandsia extract. This is also a cruelty-free product that is formulated without parabens and phthalates.

This smells exactly like their face and eye sleeping masks but feels much creamier. It also doesn’t give that velvet finish. Instead, it’s fast absorbing, so fast that I use twice the amount of product I usually use on my eye area. Also, it’s cold. I mean that in the best way. It’s refreshing to the eyes that it’s a nice touch to my morning routine. It gives that extra jolt a person who loves sleep too much would enjoy. It’s extremely hydrating, which suits my dry and dehydrated under eyes.

If you like the texture, smell, and benefit of Laneige’s Water Bank line and in search for something that will soothe and moisturize your eye area, you will definitely enjoy this. This product was provided by Tractenberg and Co. for review. Available for $36 at laneige.com

Doc Block Daily Facial Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 55

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Taking in mind that being photographed is not a rare occurrence for most people anymore, dermatologist Dr. Garth Fisher created Doc Block. Right now, #docblock offers two #sunscreen products – one for the body and one for the face.

Their Daily Facial Sunscreen SPF 55 promises to provide optimal blendability on all skin tone and photostability. This looked really creamy and white in my hands so I was a bit skeptical. I thought for sure this would be too heavy for my oily skin and would give my skin a white cast. However, it applies thinly and sinks in fairly quickly, without any white cast. It’s not matte, there’s a slight creaminess to it and it leaves a softly moisturized finish. I’ve tried using this under a bb cream, a sheer coverage foundation, and a full coverage one without any problem – even in photos. I am even brave enough to say that this helps balance my skin’s oil production because I get oily less easily when using this. This, together with my moisturizer, keeps my skin hydrated all day, preventing it to be greasy-looking. This product was provided by Doc Block Sun and MBA Partners LLC for review. Available for $44 at garthfisherbeauty.com

Borghese Roma Radiante Revitalize and Firm Mask

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Using marine exopolysaccharide, sodium hyaluronate, and the chlorella vulgaris extract, the Radiante Revitalize and Firm Mask ($50) promises to help diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, provide moisture and elasticity, and deliver a youthful glow.

The term sleep like a queen might have this mask in mind. I mean it is gold and shiny even when applied and it has a cooling sensation as it dries. It doesn’t tighten on the skin as well, just relaxing. There’s no pulling or tightening and it doesn’t completely dry. The first time, I was 15 mins in and it still looks the same way I applied it. I can attest to its revitalizing and moisturizing effects, however, the diminishing fine lines that it promises to provide is not visible to the eye. I like applying this during the weekday when my skin is doing good but needs a little kick to glow. This product was provided by Borghese Roma for review. Available at borghese.com

Dear Klairs Midnight Blue Calming Sheet Mask

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As a fan of kbeauty, I have heard about Dear Klairs and have even tried some of their products. They adhere into making minimalist products, in both design and ingredients, and aim to make the skin healthier and stronger. Best suited for sensitive skin, they do not use harmful chemicals and is cruelty-free.

Designed to calm and balance down the skin, the Midnight Blue Calming Sheet Mask ($30 for 10 pcs) contains erythritol, willow bark extract, and centella asiatica extract. It uses a rayon sheet for comfort and bamboo charcoal powder and tea tree leaf oil to cleanse pores and prevent blackheads. I like using this sheetmask after using a strong exfoliator as it feels cooling. It has a minty feel and its soothing benefits can be felt longer than other sheetmasks. I would recommend this for those who have acne prone skin. It leaves the skin relaxed, soft, and calmed.

These products were provided by dear_klairs and wishtrend for review. Available at wishtrend.com