Skincare Review: Mad Hippie Hydrating Nutrient Mist

It’s already hot as hell so a mist feature is in order. The Hydrating Nutrient Mist from Mad Hippie aims to minimize the appearance of photodamage and leave the skin soft and supple. It contains hesperidin and gingko biloba to help reduce skin discoloration, sodium PCA, pomegranate seed extract, and white pine bark to hydrate, milk thistle to strengthen, sodium hyaluronate to moisturize, vitamin c to brighten, reservatrol to reduce the appearance of wrinkles & protect the skin from the effects of photoaging, and green tea to protect the skin from free radicals.

The mist is denser in consistency than other mists and smells like nothing I’ve tried before. Not to say it’s bad but it’s unique. It gives out a soft, fine spray that sometimes bubbles when it comes into contact with the skin. Because of that, this is best used when sprayed on a cotton pad or straight to a makeup sponge. It is not essence-like in terms of consistency but hydrating, nonetheless. It’s also extremely moisturizing so I like spraying this to my arms and legs, where my skin is dry, as well. This has helped in the evening out and brightening my complexion. I would definitely recommend this to those looking for a mist that will offer hydration and moisture, especially those who are in warmer climates.

The Mad Hippie Hydrating Nutrient Mist was provided by @madhippieskinproducts. Available for $19.99 at madhippie.com

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.

2019 Makeup Favorites

These were the products that I consistently reached for when I was getting ready this year:

By Terry hyaluronic hydra-primer – blurs imperfections and hydrates the skin

BareMinerals complexion rescue hydrating foundation stick – like colored water. this is just so hydrating

First Aid Beauty bendy avocado concealer – this is my second tube. that’s how much I like this

Glossier stretch concealer – this is what I always use when I don’t want to put foundation on and just want some really light coverage

Onomie radical setting mist – I like spraying this on my brush before applying foundation. This just makes everything look better

Trestique highlight and perfect multipurpose stick – the subtle glow it gives is my favorite. It’s also so easy to blend.

Kosas color and light creme: velvet melon – I’ve always been an 8th muse girl but this year was the year of velvet melon for me. The peach tone of this one makes my face look healthy and fun. Like I just spent the weekend by the beach.

Innisfree petal blusher – easy to use, natural-looking, and gives a subtle-looking, pinch-on-the-cheek like blush

Kosas 10-second eyeshadow – I love all the colors but supreme just really takes the throne. It’s metallic, high-impact, yet so easy to apply and blend

Ilia Beauty the necessary eyeshadow palette, cool nude – this is my everyday palette. it doesn’t contain the usual neutrals which I really like but it still works in any setting.

Em Cosmetics fine liner brow pencil-thin, sturdy, and pigmented. Everything I need in a brow pencil

Lilah B glisten and glow skin illuminator – the shade b. captivating just gives my skin a healthy glow. I also like using this on my lids for a creamy-looking shimmer

Benefit Cosmetics they’re real mascara – forever and always

Pat McGrath Labs matte trance, flesh 3 – the most pigmented and longest wearing matte lipstick I’ve tried that doesn’t cake or settle between the lines. Flesh 3 is my go-to when going out

Skincare Review: Forest Rhapsody Dew Drops, Thousand Petals, Green Nectar

Sometimes you just feel the need to pamper your skin. Forest Rhapsody promises just that, with its natural products that are made with luxurious plant-based ingredients.

The Dew Drops Enzymatic Cleansing Gel nourishes and feeds your skin as you cleanse. What’s great about this is a gel that it feels like it does more than get the makeup and dirt off my face. It already moisturizes and my skin even before I start the rest of my routine. I like using it when my skin is feeling tight.

After cleansing, the next step is their Thousand Petals Flower Resurfacing Acid Mask, which renews and polishes the skin. This clay mask can either be used as a quick refresher by massaging it on the face for 30 seconds or as a full 15-minute ritual. Both methods do a good job of softening my skin, but there’s no difference when I use it for 30 seconds or 15 minutes, so it works best for me as a fast skin fix.

Lastly, there’s Green Nectar Marine Hydrator, a hyaluronic acid-based product that provides intensive hydration. That makes it a perfect prep step, making sure my skin is smooth and silky before my acids, creams, and serums. As a plus, it’s also absorbed really quickly by my skin, making it easy to layer on other products.

Overall, Forest Rhapsody‘s products are very calm and soothing, while still leaving great effects on my skin.

The Forest Rhapsody Dew Drops, Thousand Petals, Green Nectar were provided by @forestrhapsodyskincare .

Skincare Review: Dermalogica Phyto-Nature Firming Serum and Antioxidant Hydramist

These cold days give me the opportunity to really go in with the thicker serums in my stash. One of the things I’ve recently been using is the Phyto-Nature Firming Serum (£130) from Dermalogica. With my quest to incorporate more firming and tightening in my routine, this just fits right in.

This serum promises to reduce the appearance of premature skin aging while firming, protecting, and revitalizing it using sapphire-bound biomimetic peptides, Amazonian Camu Camu, hyaluronic acid, Moroccan rockrose extract, and Madagascar green coffee bean.

It has a dense gel consistency that spreads easily and sinks in fairly quickly, which impressed me. Given the consistency, I thought it would be thick and it would sit on top of the skin. It has sort of a slip to it, giving the firming feel to the skin and it plays well with the other products I use in the evening. It instantly tightens and firms. What I really like about this is that it also hydrates my skin, leaving it plump and smooth in the morning instead of oily. This also goes well with the gua sha it came with for extra relaxation and firming. I will continue to use this and see more results aside from its hydrating, plumping, and firming benefits.

They also sent the Antioxidant Hydramist (£40), which I use every morning as a toner and a hydrator while applying makeup. It aims to firm, hydrate, protect, and refresh the skin with pea, rose, and clove extracts. It’s hydrating and it sinks in quickly. It does what a hydrating mist would do so the price is not justified for me. It has a fine mist, though, so I can easily use it without messing my makeup.

The Dermalogica Phyto-Nature Firming Serum and Antioxidant Hydramist were provided by @dermalogicauki. Available at dermalogica.co.uk