Makeup Review: Erborian CC Creme + Primers Bundle

I have long wanted to try Erborian since I was introduced to the brand via videos from @gothamista. Thankfully Erborian gifted me the CC Creme + Primers Bundle.

This is my first CC cream so I really do not know what to expect. I know it stands for concealing and cover but I was surprised as to how much this concealed and covered.

I currently have a few pigmentations from healed blemishes on my cheeks and that was gone on my first application of the CC Creme. So did my dark circles and texture. I do not use concealer with this at all and I still look flawless.

It comes out gray in the tube which then turns into a skin-like shade once applied on the face. It also has a different slip compared to my foundation. The cream texture sort of feels like it mattifies once it’s applied. It’s just amazing really. I just wish it came with more shades as the shade Caramel is about three shades darker than my skin tone, it also has a yellow undertone that makes me look like I have an intense tan when I overdo my application.

This bundle also came with two primers. The Glow Crème Illuminating Primer has a lightweight and creamy consistency.

I like using this as an illuminator before applying foundation for the glow from within look.

Meanwhile, the Pink Perfect 4-in-1 Primer has the same lightweight consistency as the Glow Crème, but instead of highlighting and illuminating the skin, this one smooths, brightens, and blurs the complexion to minimize the appearance of pores and provide a radiant glow.

This primer gives me a soft-focus look on the skin, which I really like. It feels light and nourishing to the skin but it does a great job masking texture and providing a radiant complexion.

The Erborian CC Creme + Primers Bundle was provided by @Erborian_USA and #OctolyFamily.

Skincare Review: Collosol Eau de Lait

A cult favorite, the Collosol Eau de Lait was created in the 1950s. It looks and feels like watery milk that promises to erase makeup and impurities while refreshing and relaxing the skin. It can be used as a makeup remover, as a face and body cleanser, and in the bath.

I used this as a makeup remover. Poured in a cotton pad, it gently removed my makeup. As a face cleanser, this doesn’t lather or emulsify, it just stays on the watery consistency and I like to directly massage it on my face before using a foaming cleanser. I didn’t think it would be able to cleanse my skin and remove makeup but it did. It was able to remove foundation but I needed a cleansing balm to remove eyeliner, mascara, and liquid lipstick. It feels gentle on the skin though and it smells amazing.

The Collosol Eau de Lait was provided by @collosol and @fournierpr.

Skincare Review: Yon-Ka Gel Nettoyant, Masque 103, and Lotion Yon-Ka PS

Using the Yon-Ka Quintessence, French skincare brand Yon-Ka combines fundamental essential oils in all their products: geranium to balance, rosemary to detoxify and firm, cypress to refine, and thyme to purify. Their products are also cruelty-free and do not contain parabens, aluminum salts, SLS, MIT, and triclosan.

The Gel Nettoyant ($40) feels gentle but feels hardworking. It doesn’t foam or lather but cleanses the skin thoroughly. Recommend for oily skin, this face cleanser also contains iris root, red seaweed to soften, hydrate, and purify the skin.

I like how it leaves the skin squeaky clean but not tight or dry. My skin just feels smooth and hydrated after every wash. I like this as a morning cleanser because it’s gentle but deeply cleansing.

Containing three kinds of clay (montmorillonite, bentonite, and kaolin) the Masque 103 ($48) promises to clear and purify the skin with the help of borneol, serpolet, and essential oils.

The face mask looks really creamy so I easily assumed it would be gentle despite the detoxifying and purifying claim. So, I was pleasantly surprised as to how cooling it feels on the skin. It also tightens a bit as it hardens but my skin likes it that way. After rinsing, my skin was fresher and clearer without leaving it tight or extremely dry.

The Lotion Yon-Ka PS ($42) this feels hydrating as it uses plant glycerin on top of the blend of essential oils the brand uses on their products. It has a very viscous consistency, almost like an essence, and it has a fresh sweet scent. The face toner has a mist applicator and it dispenses conservatively so you would need four to five spritzes to get enough to cover the skin. I didn’t mind, though because, at 200 ml, this will last me for more than three months. I like spraying this in the middle of the afternoon for a boost of hydration.

These products are gentle and hydrating to oily skin and if you’re a fan of essential oils, this will be a good option for you. My fave, however, is the Masque 103 as it deeply detoxifies my skin without the harsh feeling.

Yon-Ka Gel Nettoyant, Masque 103, and Lotion Yon-Ka PS were provided by @yonkausa and @thewoodsandco. Available at shop.yonkausa.com

Skincare Review: SVR Sebiaclear Serum, Sebiaclear Mat+Pores, and Hydraliane Riche Intense Moisturizing Cream

Founded by 1962 by pharmacists, French brand SVR Laboratoire aims to create beautiful skin through dermo-cosmetic products with the highest dosage possible of active ingredients. They sent over a few products suitable for my #oilyskin.

The Sebiaclear Serum Anti-Marks Anti-Blemish Global Corrector (€19.90) promises to control blemishes, reduce acne marks, reduce the appearance of wrinkles, and protect the skin from free radicals using 14% gluconolactone, 4% niacinamide, aroleat samphira, hyaluronic acid, redsnow extract, and pollustop. It has a medicinal light fragrance that feels gentle on the skin. It sinks in quickly and can be used day or night as it doesn’t affect makeup. It has helped lighten discoloration but I didn’t see improvements on my pores. However, what I really liked about this is that left my skin looking clear and feeling smooth and hydrated.

The Sebiaclear Mat+Pores (€10) aims to eliminate blemishes, regulate the production of sebum while mattifying and moisturizing the skin for 8 hours with 4% gluconolactone, 4% niacinamide, and 2% Mat SR. This has helped on preventing blemishes as it has helped take out up and coming bumps but, unfortunately, this is not strong enough to mattify and hydrate my skin. If used without the serum, it will make my face oily after half a day.

The Hydraliane Riche Intense Moisturizing Cream (€12.90) contains 60% physioadapted water and hydrophilic sugars to hydrate and 2% glycerin and 5% propanediol to moisturize. I was a bit put off by the riche part but it is amazingly doesn’t feel that occlusive. Though I only use this at night because of the creamy texture, this hydrates and moisturizes my skin. I don’t wake up with overly oily skin when I use this.

Overall, I have enjoyed trying these products, especially the serum. I like that going in, you know how much of the active ingredients are used in the product and with their variety of ranges, there is an inexpensive product for all skin types and concerns.

The SVR Sebiaclear Serum Anti-Marks Anti-Blemish Global Corrector, Sebiaclear Mat+Pores, and Hydraliane Riche Intense Moisturizing Cream were provided by @svr and @wizardpublicity. Available at lavo-svr.com

Brand Overview: Bioderma Sebium Line

I think we all know Bioderma and what their Sebium range is. For those who don’t, Bioderma is a French drugstore brand that has been around since the 1970s. Their sebium range offers anti-blemish treatments that directly act on oily skin types with the Fluidactiv patented complex. This complex regulates sebum quality, keeps pores from becoming clogged, and limits the formation of blemishes.

Bioderma’s Sebium range, catering to those with oily and blemished skin, with their Fluidactiv complex, has the complete routine. Here’s what they are recommending to cover the first three steps of your routine.

Sébium H2O is a make-up removing micellar water for combination or oily skin. It aims to regulate oil to prevent clogged pores and clear up the skin. This is my first #bioderma product, my first micellar water, and my first ever documented empty. I had high expectations on this one and it fulfilled them – it’s gentle, it removes makeup, and it works perfectly with my #oilyskin. I love that it comes in different sizes. There was a time in my life that I had all sizes located in three different places.

Sébium Gel Moussant aims to cleanse the skin and limit the formation of blemishes. It contains purifying agents, zinc sulfate and copper sulphate, to clear the skin and limit oil production. The Gel Moussant smells like Sebium h2o. It has a soft gel texture that forms into a mild lather. This feels really gentle on the skin. I use it as a morning cleanser and it can effectively remove last night’s dirt without stripping my skin.

Sébium Gel Gommant is an exfoliating gel that aims to refine the skin texture, tighten pores, and brighten the complexion. It contains micro-beads, with glycolic and salicylic acid, to act on pimples and blackheads. I was never a fan of microbeads and scrubs so I used this one that much. It’s a matter of preference, honestly. I would rather exfoliate with wash off masks. However, I had to say that this exfoliating gel feels gentle and clearing. I mostly pull this one out whenever I feel like my skin is clogged. Also, I only use this on the problematic parts of my face.

The Pore Refiner is a correcting concentrate that aims to tighten pores, refine skin texture, mattify, prevent blemishes, and preserve the skin’s natural radiance. I’ve been using this on and off for about 2 years now but never got around in reviewing it. It’s a good everyday mattifier and it blends well to medium coverage foundation. It can help mattify my skin for about 6 hours.

Mat Control is a moisturizing product that aims to regulate shine, refine the skin texture, and tighten pores. Like the pore refiner, this dries instantly. It makes me feel like it’s easier to apply sunscreen, less tacky when I use this. It provides a nice canvas. Made my forehead oily after about 4 hours during warmer weather, more during the colder months.

AI Correcteur claims to eliminate pimples and brighten the complexion with zinc gluconate, enoxolone. The first two products, I’ve tried but this is a revelation. I love the green corrector attached to the tint. It also has a small mirror, which makes it very handy. It was able to eliminate redness around my nose but only for about 2 hours. It has a hard texture that blends best with my fingers, which is apt with the handy packaging. The tint is very runny and has a watery texture. Best applied with a buffing brush. The light, which doesn’t really seem light, color suits my skin. It dries quickly and creates an even complexion. Lasts for about 4 hours and that is already set with powder. This great for short weekend errands.

Overall, I think it’s nice that a brand offers effective and inexpensive products specifically for oily skin types. This is a great intro to skincare, especially for teens who have skin concerns.

The Bioderma Sebium products were provided by BiodermaUSA. Available at www.bioderma.us