Brand Overview: Save Skincare

With the main goal of maintaining a youthful look to the skin using cruelty-free and vegan formula, Save Skincare offers simplified skincare products that are free from parabens, SLS, phthalates, mineral oils, sulfates, and GMO to cater to even those with sensitive skin.

As an exfoliator that has to be applied on dry skin, the Gentle Gommage Exfoliator ($25) feels gentle and non-drying on my delicate face. It promises to gently scrub the skin and get rid of dead skin cells without scratching.

It contains bamboo ferment, matcha, and caviar lime to help revitalize and smooth the skin. I’m always excited to use this because it never disappoints on leaving my skin smooth, fresh, clean, and revitalized. It also leaves my skin brighter and glowing complexion after wiping the product off my face.

The Smoothing Eye Cream ($35) promises to smooth fine lines and hydrate and brighten the eye area using probiotics, prebiotics, bamboo bioferment, and algae. This feels nourishing and moisturizing to the skin and even though I didn’t notice it firming the skin and lightening the dark circles under my eyes, this helps me look more awake.

This Ultra-light Moisturizer ($40) feels exactly like its name. It’s the most lightweight cream I’ve ever used so far. I’m really not a fan of moisturizers that feel sticky and heavy on the skin so this is exactly what I’m looking for.

It promises to boost the skin’s barrier and smooth and soothe the skin using probiotics, prebiotics, and bamboo ferment. What I like about this product is that it absorbs well and quickly on the skin, and doesn’t leave a tacky film upon application at all. Also, it doesn’t leave a greasy film on my face. With this moisturizer, my skin feels smooth and hydrated.

These products feel gentle on the skin. The gommage and the moisturizer are standouts but note that these are not treatment products, they are instead good support options to help moisturize, hydrate, and brighten the skin while using your actives.

The Save Skincare Gentle Gommage Exfoliator, Smoothing Eye Cream, and Ultra-light Moisturizer were provided by @saveskincare. Available at saveskincare.com

Skincare Review: Frank Body Creamy Face Cleanser, Creamy Face Scrub, Glow Mask, and Everyday Face Moisturizer

Aside from body scrubs, Frank Body also wants you to experience #thefrankeffect on your face.

The Creamy Face Cleanser ($18.95) is a vegan and cruelty-free cleanser that aims to remove makeup and impurities. It contains activated charcoal to deep cleanse the skin, coffee seed extract to help fade scars, marshmallow roots to calm redness and irritation, and oils of coconut, grapeseed, and sweet almond to gently break down makeup.

This face cleanser is a runny almost gel-type foaming cleanser that has a faint smell of charcoal. It has a squeaky clean feeling after rinsing. It can remove everyday makeup easily but you would need to do a first cleanse if you’re wearing long-wearing or waterproof makeup. What I like is that even though it can strip the skin of all the dirt and oils, it doesn’t feel tightening or drying. The only not so good thing I can say about this product is that it’s better contained in a pump. The cleanser is too runny that the actual product easily spills as soon as I open it.

For fast exfoliation, the Creamy Face Scrub ($21.95) is designed to detoxify pores, fight breakouts, fade scars with the roasted coffee grinds and bamboo and walnut powders. It also has white clay to remove dead skin cells and rosehip oil to brighten and help fade scars.

This face scrub smells and feels like the express-o scrub, like a frapuccino, and the same color as well. It contains tiny granules but they don’t feel scratchy on the skin. Similar to the express-o scrub, this left my skin so smooth and soft, like I just applied a hydrating toner. Even though I am not a fan of face scrubs, I still use this sparingly. I like using this on my nose and chin, the parts of my face that easily gets clogged, for additional detoxification and exfoliation in the middle of the week. Aside from that, I noticed that these also helped smoothen the texture of my nose. This has helped to soften my skin and giving me that much-needed mid-week brightening.

The Glow Mask ($21.95) is a 5-minute natural and cruelty-free hydrating mask that promises to hydrate, reduce puffiness, and provide glowing skin. It uses coffee seed oil to stimulate blood flow, shea and cocoa butters to lock moisture, goji berry extract for its antioxidants, and cranberry and raspberry seed oil to brighten.

This face mask has a runny texture and a milky smell. It doesn’t feel tightening or drying while I leave it for five minutes. The mask just feels really soft and gentle on my skin so sometimes, I leave it on for 20 minutes to relax. For me, that’s when I get the results I want. My skin instantly feels moisturized without feeling tacky, firm without feeling tight, and bouncy without feeling like there’s product sitting on top of my face. This is best suited for normal or dry skin types.

To top these all off, the Everyday Face Moisturizer ($21.95) claims to plump, tone, and smooth the skin with arabica seed oil, cocoa and shea butters, and coconut, grapeseed, and sweet almond oils. This moisturizer comes in a handy white and pink squeeze tube and comes out with a milky white texture.

The combination of natural ingredients contributes to its distinctly natural, nutty, and caffeinated smell. It feels creamy and lightweight but not lightweight enough for me to use in the morning. For my oily skin, this is best used at night. I noticed how it leaves my skin feeling fresh and smooth. I saw improvements just a few days of continued use.

I honestly don’t have really bad things to say about Frank Body. Their products are well-made, gentle, and effective. My favorites, the Creamy Face Cleanser and the Creamy Face Scrub, have textures are usually made for products targeted to dry and normal skin types but it worked on my oily skin. Though I needed my actives to fade scars, their products are also simple and are meant for people on-the-go as their products deliver instant brightening, softening, and glowing results to the skin.

These products were provided by @frankbod. Available at frankbody.com

Skincare Review: Joanna Vargas Exfoliating Mask

Just so we’re clear, I am here to publicly eat my words because I found my favorite scrub when I have repeatedly said I hate scrubs.

It’s all because of Joanna Vargas and her Exfoliating Mask. This exfoliating treatment promises to draw out impurities and clean pores. It contains galactoarabinan from larch tree, kaolin clay, lactic acid, kojic acid, fruit enzymes, and volcanic ash to help resurface, brighten, smooth, and leave the skin glowing. This exfoliator is mean to be applied thinly on cleansed and dampened skin. Then you scrub it for one minute or leave on as a mask for 15 minutes before rinsing it with tepid water.

This has a very runny and liquid consistency but has exfoliating bits that are a bit coarse. You all know I don’t like that but I powered through it because it doesn’t feel rough, at least. The massaging part was a bit difficult for me because the coarseness of the exfoliator hurt a bit as I am not used to using something this severe. When I let it sit for 5 minutes, it feels like a mask with some drying and tightening sensation.

Upon rinsing this off the first time, I was so amazed as to how my soft and smooth my skin felt. Like a baby’s butt. This feeling also didn’t only last overnight. The softness and smoothness of my skin lasted for days. Over time, this has helped improve the texture of my skin and has also brightened and softened my complexion. This has been a mainstay in my routine since I first tried it and I use it once a week to deeply exfoliate my skin. So yes, I sort of convert of scrubs but only for this one.

The Joanna Vargas Exfoliating Mask was provided by @jvskincare and @skinallies. Available for $75 at shop.joannavargas.com

Brand Overview: Wander Beauty

They are all pink so, first off, thank you for being so pretty. The packaging and the actual product inside Wander Beauty are honestly so pretty making it a joy to use. However, let’s see the results.

The BRB Multipolish ($36) promises to brighten, refine, and balance the skin with plant-derived cellulose, pineapple, and papaya enzymes, glycolic acid, pomegranate and meadowfoam seed oils. I have repeatedly written here that I prefer wash off masks over scrubs so its prettiness is the only thing that propelled me to give this a try. Compared to other scrubs I’ve tried, this has smaller beads but that doesn’t mean it scrubs any less. It does exfoliate like other scrubs and leaves the skin feeling smooth. I like using this better on my lips to exfoliate.

The Lift Off Purifying and Brightening Peel Off Mask ($34) uses acai, goji berry, blueberry, lychee, mangosteen, and green tea extracts to purify and replenish dull skin and kaolin to absorb excess oil and draws out impurities. This is a berry colored #peeloffmask and it looks so pretty when applied. It also feels gentle on the skin. However, as I prefer wash-off masks, I don’t reach for this as much.

I really like how the Baggage Claim Eye Masks ($25) are packaged individually. This #eyemask promises to brighten, hydrate and reduce the appearance of dark circles using hyaluronic acid, aloe leaf extract, and amino acids. These travel-friendly eye masks feel soothing and hydrating to the eye area. It also feels very high-quality and doesn’t easily slip even if I use this sitting upright. I cannot attest to reducing the appearance of dark circles but it does offer immediate brightening.

The Dive In Moisturizer ($36) aims to offer 72 hours of deep hydration with pentavitin, glycerin, panthenol, and sodium hyaluronate, and strawberry, raspberry, cranberry and acai berries. This light pink #moisturizer applies like silk when massaged onto the skin. It has an elegant texture and it leaves the skin feeling silky and plump. However, it’s not hydrating or moisturizing enough for my #oilyskin, especially during this warm weather. I usually wake up with a shiny face whenever I use this.

My favorite out of the bunch is the Lip Retreat Oil ($22), treatment oil that uses rosa canina fruit oil, apricot kernel, and avocado oil to firm and moisturize. This applies like a glossy gel. It has a certain grip to it but it applies so easily on the lips. The nude, Skinny Dip, one suits my lips greatly as it helps even the tone while Excursion offers a berry-colored tone if you want a bit of boldness. It has a good enough staying power, meaning it gets past drinks and lip licking. It doesn’t stick to my hair and the shine it has is not that distracting. Just a bit of something extra to the look.

I have really enjoyed using the Baggage Claim Eye Masks and Lip Retreat Oil. The Dive In Moisturizer might be best suited for those with normal skin while BRB Multipolish and Lift Off Purifying and Brightening Peel Off Mask is a good option for those who like face scrubs and peel-off masks.

The Wander Beauty BRB Multipolish, Lift Off Purifying and Brightening Peel Off Mask, Baggage Claim Eye Masks, Dive In Moisturizer, and Lip Retreat Oil were provided by @wanderbeauty. Available at wanderbeauty.com

Brand Overview: Amasea Beauty

Created by ocean lovers, Amasea Beauty creates Thalassotherapy seaweed skincare products with its ingredients wild foraged and hand harvested.

The SeaScrub ($48) promises to soothe, exfoliate, and fortify the skin with california solar salt, fresh sea salt, brown seaweed, red seaweed, and butterfly pea flower. It also has an abalone shell scoop sustainably sourced in Santa Barbara, California. This is really weird for me because there is literally a shell inside. It smells like a wet market if we’re being honest here. It has a bit of coarseness as well, literally like being on a beach and lying on sand and basking in the sunlight. The tub screams summer vacation. This leaves my dry skin feeling soft, hydrated, and nourished so I like using this as a foot scrub and a body scrub for the drier parts of my skin.

The SeaMist ($50) aims to balance, revitalize, nourish, and correct tired, dull-looking skin with california solar dried sea water, brittany sea salt, red snow algae powder, and butterfly pea flower. This toner is watery but has a slight viscosity to it. It feels light and absorbs quickly but still hydrating. I sometimes use my toner to wet my makeup brushes but this, I think because of the salt ingredients, doesn’t work well that way. This is really more of a hydrating toner that plays well with serums.

The VitaSea ($63) claims to be a hydrator that helps remove toxins and inflammation while plumping and smoothing the skin using. Like the other products, this serum amazingly smells like the sea. The gel-like texture and runny consistency suit my oily skin and sinks in really fast before leaving a silky finish. This is one of the most hydrating serums I’ve tried and it always leaves my skin looking plump and feeling soft.

The DeepSea ($75) is microalgae serum formulated with California red and brown wild native seaweeds to restore cellular function, increase elasticity, improve circulation, propagate stem-cell turnover, and stimulate protein production. Similar to VitaSea, this feels hydrating and sinks in quickly into the skin. It also feels nourishing and leaves my skin feeling really smooth.

The SeaGlo ($45) is oil from microalgae that works to hydrate, reinforce and strengthen the moisture barrier, and support cellular activity and protein production. This oil is on the heavy side so I like using this at night on my hair and body. As a face oil, it kind of sits on top of my oily skin so this is better for me as a #bodyoil after using the SeaScrub.

It’s been so fun using these products as everything smells like the beach, like a summer-perfect skincare routine that deeply hydrates and nourishes the skin. The standouts for me, though, are VitaSea and DeepSea as they work so well for my oily skin in terms of hydrating and plumping my skin.

The Amasea Beauty SeaScrub, SeaMist, VitaSea, DeepSea, and SeaGlo were provided by the brand. Available at amaseabeauty.com

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