Skincare Review: Fresh Rose Ritual Gift Set

Still on vacation and drenching my skin in roses (or at least rose-infused skincare products) using the Fresh Rose Ritual Gift Set complimentary from FreshBeauty.

After cleansing, I use the Rose Face Mask, a hydrating mask that contains rose petals and promises to soothe, plump, and tone the skin using rosewater, cucumber extract, algae, and green tea. As someone who loves floral scents, this is an instant like. It smells like a bouquet of fresh roses. It has a gel consistency that is much denser than the Rose Sleeping Mask that I tried and reviewed a few months back. I like that it has a cooling sensation. It’s gentle and nourishing as well so this can also be a good second mask after applying a detoxifying one as it helps soothe and moisturize the skin. Used alone, this hydrates my skin and provides extra nourishment in my skincare routine.

I then apply the Rose Deep Hydration Facial Toner using a cotton pad. It contains rose petals, hyaluronic acid, and angelica leaf extract to hydrate and tone the skin. This toner is watery with some viscosity to it. It has a very slight cooling sensation to the skin once you apply it. It feels hydrating on the skin and is a good option if you’re looking for a great smelling hydrating toner for everyday use.

As the last step, the Rose Deep Hydration Face Cream aims to deliver hydration using hydropatches, angelica leaf extract, rosewater, plum seed oil, and hyaluronic acids. I had low expectations about this moisturizer mainly because it looked heavy and creamy on the tub. Boy, was I glad to be wrong. It applies so light and sinks in quickly onto the skin. I can easily say that my oily can carry this on a normal morning. I like using this when I would be applying a sleeping mask afterward as it is a great moisturizing support and it feels so light on the skin. I will definitely be using this as a night moisturizer come summer.

I’m recently being introduced to Fresh skincare products and so far, I’ve had good experiences. They are simple, gentle, and always hydrating and nourishing.

The Fresh Rose Ritual Gift Set was provided by @freshbeauty. Available for $95 at fresh.com

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Skincare Review: Fresh Double Cleansing with Soy & Seaberry

Been cleansing with these Fresh goodies that Fresh Beauty gifted me. Cleansing is something that I’ve been doing since grade school. It’s some of the things my mother has taught me. I may have skipped cleansing when I was younger (when I was sick, drunk, or just plain lazy) but basically, it’s something I’ve been doing for more than two decades.

For the past few weeks, I’ve been cleansing my face with the Seaberry Cleansing Oil and the Soy Face Cleanser from Fresh. To be honest they just came and the right time because my skin has been acting up after getting used to winter and then coming back to a warmer and more humid climate. As soon as I went back, I’ve been spotting whiteheads (something I’ve never had since college) and zits on my chin. It’s been fun.

The Seaberry Skin Nutrition Cleansing Oil is gentle to the skin. It feels light when massaged onto the skin and it dissolves makeup easily without the feeling of the oil sticking to the skin. It’s easily rinsed with water as it emulsifies quickly and doesn’t leave a film.

I’ve seen a lot of people rave about the Soy Face Cleanser and I get it now. It’s one of the gentlest gel cleansers I’ve tried. Personally, I like how soothing it feels and how it lathers lightly but rinses easily. It also doesn’t leave a film and just leaves my skin cleansed and refreshed.

Using both for cleansing feels calming and nourishing to the skin and calms my recently problematic skin.

The Fresh Double Cleansing with Soy & Seaberry were provided by @freshbeauty and #OctolyFamily.

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Cult Favorite: Fresh Beauty Kombucha Facial Treatment Essence

Aside from hydration, I’ve also been studying the effects of applying products with antioxidants on my skin. I never used to pay attention until I saw how much they helped my skin by preventing it from looking dull and just making my skin look and feel healthy.

I’ve been using the Kombucha Facial Treatment Essence ($68) from Fresh Beauty at night the past few weeks. This essence promises to protect, smooth, brighten, and hydrate the skin while refining the look of pores and reducing the look of fine lines using kombucha, a fermented black tea. This has a typical essence consistency that sinks into the skin quickly. It nourishes my skin and leaves it feeling dewy and looking healthy.

I’ve been really happy about this essence because of how much it nourishes and hydrates my oily skin. It also helps in preventing from making my skin look dull and sallow in the middle of the week. It’s just a good supporting product to my actives and it has been helping with the overall health of my skin.

The Fresh Kombucha Facial Treatment Essence was provide by Octoly.

Monthly Favorites: August 2019

Fresh Beauty Sugar Strawberry Exfoliating Face Wash

The Sugar Strawberry Exfoliating Face Wash from Fresh Beauty ($33) cleanses and exfoliates to refine, soften, and smooth the skin using two sizes of sugar crystals from beetroots, soapberry peel extract, strawberry fruit and blackcurrant fruit extracts, and grapeseed oil. This face cleanser smells a bit like strawberry jam, which isn’t exactly a bad thing since I love strawberries but sometimes, the smell can get a bit concentrated. The actual cleanser has exfoliating sugar cubes that seem to melt with the actual cleanser the more you massage it onto the skin, which for is genius. It exfoliates and calmed my skin in one application. Despite the exfoliating bits, this feels gentle enough for my skin. It lightly exfoliates and, upon rinsing, it leaves the skin slightly smooth. My skin also feels moisturized a bit, not tight or squeaky clean. It’s a good option for some light exfoliation while smelling strawberries.

The Fresh Beauty Sugar Strawberry Exfoliating Face Wash was provide by @freshbeauty and @octoly.

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Wander Beauty Drift Away™ Cleanser

Enjoying all things pink recently so I’m always reaching for the cruelty-free products of Wander Beauty.

I’ve been enjoying the Drift Away™ Cleanser ($32), their gel-to-foam cleanser that promises to cleanse, nourish, and vitalize the skin using seawater, kelp, coconut water, acai fruit extract, and guava extract. This face cleanser has a gel texture that turns into a white paste once rubbed on the skin. Then it transforms into a clear color the more you massage it. It’s honestly an adventure. As instructed, this vegan cleanser is meant to be rinsed with warm water but I had reservations the first time I used it. It feels creamy and pasty on the skin that I thought it wouldn’t be able to remove my makeup and it wouldn’t come off cleanly. I was wrong. It removes everything – makeup and oils. It was able to remove even full-coverage foundation but I had to use an eye makeup remover to remove eyeliners and mascaras. As a first cleanser for every day, this leaves my skin feeling squeaky clean, devoid of oils but not tight or dry.

The Wander Beauty Drift Away™ Cleanser was provided by @wanderbeauty. Available at wanderbeauty.com

Ouai Scalp & Body Scrub

When I first started this page, I posted about my adoration for the Wave Spray and the Rose Hair and Body Oil from Ouai because they work well with my extremely dry hair and body.

Another new thing to like is the Scalp & Body Scrub ($38) which promises to deeply cleanse the scalp and skin using sugar crystals, probiotic blend, and coconut oil. First off, this scrub smells luxuriously amazing. Per the website, the scent is so good they made it a fragrance called Melrose Place (sidebar, I have more than enough perfumes but this smells so good.)

As for the product itself, I love it. The sugar crystals are coarse but it doesn’t hurt the skin or the scalp. They’re like crystals that melt onto the skin and leave a lather. It doesn’t leave a film or residue after rinsing, which is a great plus. As a body scrub, my skin just feels cleansed, soft, smooth, and great smelling. Once a week, I use this as a scalp scrub on the weekends to make sure that I have all hair gunk removed as I use texture sprays and hair oils every day to tame flyaways or create added volume. Since the crystals are gentle, it doesn’t hurt the scalp and instead feels relaxing to the scalp.

This is another win for me and a great addition to my selfcare routine.

The Ouai Scalp & Body Scrub was provided by @theouai. Available at theouai.com

Sulwhasoo Bloomstay Vitalizing Water

The Bloomstay Vitalizing Water ($75) from Sulwhasoo uses plum blossom and yuzu to hydrate, revitalize, and moisturize the skin. This face toner is watery but it has a certain weight to it. I’ve been applying this at night as my first toner the past few weeks and I’ve been really happy how nourishing it feels on my skin. I also wake up with soft and plump skin afterward.

*I got this product from Octoly.

Skincare Review: Fresh Rose Deep Hydration Sleeping Mask

When I first got into skincare, I immediately included sleeping masks in my routine. It has been part of my routine ever since so I liked playing around with what Fresh Beauty gifted me – their newly launched Rose Deep Hydration Sleeping Mask.

This sleeping mask is different from the others I’ve tried because this is a 2-step treatment that promises to drench the skin with moisture that was lost during the day and then locks it in overnight. The first step is a cooling gel essence that drenches the skin with rosewater. It also contains damask rose extract to hydrate, smooth, and strengthen the skin’s barrier and hyaluronic acid to plump the skin. The second step is a water-cream that contains evening primrose root extract to lock in hydration and time-release liquid patch technology to form an invisible veil on the skin’s surface and help attract and trap moisture while sleeping.

Both products are so watery that my tub, unfortunately, got some products mixed together. Packaging gripe aside, the essence is very watery and sinks in quickly into the skin. It has a cooling sensation and feels refreshing on the skin. It also sinks in quickly and works well with the actives I follow it with. The moisturizer feels refreshing as well. It’s creamier than the essence but feels lightweight and runny. It’s easy to apply and feels soft and nourishing on the skin. It leaves a bit of a tacky finish but it left my face looking soft and dewy the next day. You only need a pea-sized amount of the essence and the cream to cover the whole face so the tub will last long. This sleeping smells amazing also – fragrant and relaxing, a perfect scent to end the day. After a few weeks of using the product, I can attest to their hydrating and nourishing benefits to the skin.

The Fresh Rose Deep Hydration Sleeping Mask was provided by @freshbeauty and @octoly. Available for $52 at fresh.com

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