Skincare Review: Good Molecules Pure Cold-Pressed Rosehip Seed Oil

When I was researching skincare products that would work for my skin, I have always come across rosehip oil as a recommendation. However, with my oily skin, I had always veered away from products that would make my oily skin oilier. I hated things tacky, products that would sit on top of my skin, and ingredients that would feel heavy.

Now, I still do not like tacky and heavy products that sit on top of my skin but have come to appreciate some oils that soothe and nourish my skin. One face oil I’ve currently been enjoying is the Pure Cold-Pressed Rosehip Seed Oil from Good Molecules.

This oil promises to brighten, hydrate, nourish, and plump the skin while providing antioxidants using oils from the seeds and fruit of the rose plant. At $10, I couldn’t not be impressed with this cruelty-free and vegan face oil. It leaves a glow on the skin after application. I like that it’s not that tacky compared to the other oils I’ve used. It doesn’t clog my pores and it feels nourishing. I like using this after using an exfoliator as it provides a hydrating and soothing sensation to my skin.

The Good Molecules Pure Cold-Pressed Rosehip Seed Oil was provided by @goodmolecules. Available for $10 at beautylish.com

Skincare Review: Nektar Botanicals Black Tourmaline Detox Mask, Hibiscus Antioxidant Glow Mask, Cactus Flower Radiance Elixir

Something about using Nektar Botanicals makes me feel like I’m really taking care of my skin. It must be the all-natural ingredients, coupled with the fact that their products just straight up feels nice on my face.

As someone who loves masks, I got excited to get two masks from a brand. When I want to strip off all the impurities that have built up over the past few days, I lather on the Black Tourmaline Detox Mask.

Made with activated charcoal, spirulina, dandelion root, and white willow bark among other ingredients, this face mask never fails to make my skin feel a lot cleaner and detoxified.

And when I want to rejuvenate my skin, the Hibiscus Antioxidant Glow Mask has become my go-to. It’s made with french pink clay, goji berry powder, marshmallow root powder, raw cacao, and other natural ingredients. The mask wakes my skin up, giving it a kick when it starts to feel dull and lifeless.

What I like the most about these masks is how well they work together. I used both alternately and noticed how my skin got much smoother, to add to the fresh and clean feeling it left. The rough texture around my face was gone, and so were the random blemishes that had been bothering me.

Outside of the clay masks, their Cactus Flower Radiance Elixir promises youthful-looking skin without fine lines, texture, and wrinkles. It did a fine job, but the scent was very strong and smelled too much of plant extracts. This meant that I couldn’t use it for too long without being bothered by the smell. Maybe those who weren’t too sensitive to strong scents would like it more.

Out of the three, I enjoyed using the masks the most as they are gentle, detoxifying, and a joy to use.

The Nektar Botanicals Black Tourmaline Detox Mask, Hibiscus Antioxidant Glow Mask, Cactus Flower Radiance Elixir were provided by @nektarbotanicals.

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 and Makeup Review: Wander Beauty Glow Ahead Illuminating Face Oil, Hidden Glow Brightening Cream, and Smooth Sailing Perfecting Primer

Even if I have oily skin, I want to look dewy and glowy. I want to cover my imperfections every morning but still leave it looking bright, healthy and hydrated. Wander Beauty sent over products that might help.

Okay, I rarely say this but using the Glow Ahead Illuminating Face Oil ($42) was love at first application. It says it’s a face oil on the tube so, I was surprised when I pumped out the actual product because it’s so light and watery. It’s also pink and it has some glitters on it. These glitters are light-diffusing pigments blended with castor oil, black currant oil, niacinamide, and arginine to form a product that promises to brighten, moisturize, and improve the appearance of skin.

I personally don’t like using face oils however, when I put this on my face, it glided on smoothly and sunk into my skin quickly. It left my skin silky but semi-matte. The glitters were unnoticeable but it did make my skin glow. Aside from this, my skin also feels nourished and hydrated whenever I use this. I like using this before applying my makeup because it keeps my skin healthy-looking and soft.

The Hidden Glow Brightening Cream ($40) contains golden light-diffusing optics to brighten, soothe, and protect the skin, along with eon centella asiatica extract, adenosine, elderberry extract, camellia japonica flower extract, along with cranberry fruit extract, which help give skin a smoother, younger-looking appearance.

This moisturizer is a bit thick so I will have to pull this out come colder days. It does feel nourishing and it offers a slight brightening effect so those with dry or normal skin would like this.

Looking at the Smooth Sailing Perfecting Primer ($36) always makes me smile. This light gel-like primer has gold flakes in them. It contains gold, vitamin c, and vitamin e to mattify, minimize pores, and blur imperfections.

It feels a bit oily but applies matte and light on the skin. It makes applying foundation easy because it feels like silk on the skin. This is not mattifying enough for my oily skin so I always apply powder on top of my foundation to keep the oiliness at bay. It does blur imperfections a bit so, I like using this on days when I wear a light makeup but want that extra glow.

These products are indeed brightening and would be a good option if you want that extra glow to the skin. For those with oily skin, the Glow Ahead Illuminating Face Oil and Smooth Sailing Perfecting Primer are worth checking out. I have been using these everyday since I got it because they just provide that dewy glow I like to have when I wear my everyday makeup. All these products are also cruelty-free, gluten-free, vegan, and are formulated without parabens, phthalates, synthetic fragrance, and mineral oil.

The Wander Beauty Glow Ahead Illuminating Face Oil, Hidden Glow Brightening Cream, and Smooth Sailing Perfecting Primer were provided by @wanderbeauty. Available at wanderbeauty.com

Skincare Review: Good Molecules Niacinamide Brightening Toner, Niacinamide Serum, Overnight Exfoliating Treatment, Squalane Oil

It’s always nice to hear about new brands that offer products at a very accessible price so I said yes when Good Molecules offered me the opportunity to try their products. They promise to target skin issues—like acne, redness, and hyperpigmentation using ingredients backed by research while working directly with labs to avoid retail markup.

The Niacinamide Brightening Toner ($14) promises to reduce the appearance of dullness, uneven skin tone, and enlarged pores using niacinamide and vitamin. This toner has light, watery consistency and easily sinks into the skin.

The Niacinamide Serum ($6), on the other hand, contains 10% niacinamide to refine skin tone and texture. This serum is thicker than I’m used to but it’s fine because I apply niacinamide at night as part of my retinol routine.

It feels moisturizing and gentle on the skin. I would prefer this to have a pump because of the thick gel-like consistency. Most of the time I have to press the dropper repeatedly to get enough product. The toner and the serum is gentle enough for those starting with skincare to use. Using both every other night provided me a brighter, healthier-looking complexion after more than a month of use.

I have a penchant for exfoliating serums so I enjoy using the Overnight Exfoliating Treatment ($6). It contains a 10% alpha and beta hydroxy acid blend to resurface, brighten, clear, and renew the skin. This is also light and it sinks in quickly, which suits my oily skin. It can sting a bit. Though the result is subtle, I immediately noticed how clear my skin looks after a week of use.

After masking, I use the Squalane Oil ($8) as it claims to soften and seal in the moisture of the skin. This is what I usually apply after the exfoliant to not make my skin angry. It’s thick and nourishing but it takes a while to sink in my oily skin so I use at night to soothe and moisturize my skin. Despite the tackiness, this leaves my skin feeling soft and plump the morning after.

I really like using the Overnight Exfoliating Treatment as I can’t believe something that costs $6 can make my skin look so healthy. The other products are also good vegan, affordable, and gentle options for those looking for a starter skincare routine.

The Good Molecules Niacinamide Brightening Toner, Niacinamide Serum, Overnight Exfoliating Treatment, Squalane Oil were provided by @goodmolecules. Available at beautylish.com