Cult Favorite: Jurlique Activating Water Essence

I am a fan of essences and I enjoy trying but I only have a few that I keep on my stash. The Activating Water Essence from Jurlique is now one of them.

This essence promises to rejuvenate, hydrate, smooth, soften, and condition the skin using propanediol, glycerin, peach leaf extract, and marshmallow extract.

I know some would contest about the point of using essences but I like how it feels on the skin. The Activating Water Essence, specifically, leaves a bit of a sticky finish that feels like it absorbs the serums I use after it. I like how it hydrates and softens my skin as well. I would sometimes just apply this after cleansing and before applying a hydrating moisturizer if I’m feeling lazy. Despite that, my skin would still feel hydrated and soft the morning after. Thing stings a bit for my skin but it would be gone in minutes. My skin would just feel soft and plump afterward.

The Jurlique Activating Water Essence was provided by @jurliqueusa and @blndpr. Available for $58 at jurlique.com

Skincare Review: Revolution Skincare Rose and Chamomile Serum and Green Tea and Collagen Serum

Sharing with you these shimmering serums from Revolution Skincare. I mean, they are literally glistening. They are so mesmerizing to look at. They are just too cute.

The shimmering pink serum is the Rose & Chamomile Serum to give radiance to the skin while soothing and calming it. The green-tinged serum, on the other hand, is the Green Tea & Collagen Serum aims to hydrate and plump the skin.

I thought for sure these would feel heavy on my skin but they didn’t. Both serums are light and watery and they sink in quickly into the skin. I use the pink one at night after masking and the green one in the morning before makeup. The Rose & Chamomile Serum one feels soothing and the Green Tea & Collagen Serum leaves my skin plump and dewy. They both feel hydrating and a bit nourishing to the skin. I honestly have no problems with the serums and thankfully, the shimmer didn’t make my skin look greasy. For the price of $14 each, these serums are worth checking out. For me, they are more of a support to my skin if I’m looking to plump or soothe it.

They can also be used with the Rose Quartz Roller to help calm the skin and the Jade Roller, which claims to lift the skin.

The Revolution Skincare Rose and Chamomile Serum, Green Tea and Collagen Serum, Rose Quartz Roller, Jade Roller were provided by @revolutionskincare. Available at revolutionbeauty.com

New In: Drunk Elephant The Littles 4.0

What’s inside the newly released New The Littles 4.0 kit from Drunk Elephant?

– 30ml Beste™ No. 9 Jelly Cleanser

– 8ml C-Firma™ Day Serum

– 8ml B-Hydra™ Intensive Hydration Serum

– 8ml T.L.C. Framboos™ Glycolic Night Serum – a personal fave!

– 8ml Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil, 15ml Protini™ Polypeptide Cream

– 15ml Umbra ™ Physical Daily Defense SPF 30

– 5ml C-Tango™ Multivitamin Eye Cream

This set was provided by @drunkelephant . Available for $126 at drunkelephant.com

Skincare Review: 23.5°N Oriental Beauty Tea Balancing Facial Cleanser, Balancing Gel Mask, and Balancing Toner

My actives and I are one and the same person but, I have been looking for gentler and more nourishing products. I felt like they are what my skin’s looking for and, of course, I’ll oblige.

23.5°N is a brand I have recently been curious about and thankfully, Glowie Co sent over some of their products for me to try. Using ingredients from natural farming in Taiwan, 23.5°N offers gentle formulations that are cruelty-free and are made without artificial coloring, fragrance, alcohol, and parabens. All the products I tried contains Oriental Beauty Tea, a plant indigenous to Taiwan. It’s farmed from the Emei Township in Hsinchu County, Taiwan. This extract is rich in polyphenols and promises to balance oil and moisture levels in the skin.

I have been using the Oriental Beauty Tea Balancing Facial Cleanser ($22) for a few months now and my skin is loving it. It uses glycerin, camellia leaf extract, and hyaluronic acid to gently cleanse the skin. It’s a foaming cleanser that has a thick whipped texture. It mildly lathers and gets rid of all oils on my skin without leaving it stripped or dry.

My favorite out of the bunch is the Oriental Beauty Tea Balancing Gel Mask ($29) which aims to detoxify and hydrate the skin while controlling oil using niacinamide, peppermint extract, and hyaluronic acid. I seriously enjoy this. It’s a gel mask that dries on the skin. The green tea smell is calming and the actual product feels soothing to the skin. It helps hydrate my skin and it feels gentle too. I like using this after exfoliating or on days when I just feel like giving my skin extra hydration.

The Oriental Beauty Tea Balancing Toner ($22) claims to clarify, hydrate, and control oil using peppermint extract and hyaluronic acid. This smells like iced tea, which I really like. It’s very watery and it sinks in quickly onto the skin. I’ve had more hydrating and nourishing toners than this one but this might work for those who want a gentle and soothing toner.

Overall, I enjoyed how these vegan products are extremely gentle and soothing on the skin. The Oriental Beauty Tea Balancing Gel Mask, especially, has been part of my weekly ritual. It was, at first, because of how it made my skin feel afterward. After a few weeks, however, I noticed how it helped balance and detoxify my skin. I love it.

The 23.5°N Oriental Beauty Tea Balancing Facial Cleanser, Balancing Gel Mask, and Balancing Toner were provided by @235n and @glowieco. Available at glowieco.com

Skincare Review: Iunik Beta Glucan Power Moisture Serum, Black Snail Restore Serum, and Propolis Vitamin Synergy Serum

AD| I have always stood by my statement the #kbeauty has the most nourishing serums out there. Iunik yet again has proved me right with these three serums.

The Beta Glucan Power Moisture Serum promises to moisturize, strengthen, balance, and brighten skin with beta glucan extracted from mushrooms. I always have a beta glucan serum in my stash and this just replaced that. I really like its light and runny texture and this really balances my skin. Used in the morning, this helps prevent my skin from getting too oily and it just moisturizes my oily skin.

The Black Snail Restore Serum uses 70% black snail extract, black rice, black bean, black sesame, eggplant, and sea tangle to smooth, lighten, and nourish my skin. This is a bit more viscous than the Beta Glucan Power Moisture Serum but is much more lightweight than all of the snail-based products I’ve tried. I like that it’s not slimy and it does not leave a tacky feeling to the skin. I use this at night and after a month of use, it did help in brightening my skin. It also helps in leaving my skin looking healthy and nourished.

I love propolis but found that most products using the ingredient felt too thick and too heavy for my skin. Then I found the Propolis Vitamin Synergy Serum and met my match. This serum aims to soothe, calm, nourish, and brighten the skin using 70% propolis extract and 12% hippophae rhamnoides fruit extract. This serum sticks to my skin without the tacky feeling. It sinks in beautifully and leaves my skin dewy and bouncy. I always use this at night before applying moisturizer and it helps keep my skin plump and soft.

I chose these three serums from Stylevana because they contain ingredients that I love and they didn’t let me down. Also, I have tried other Iunik products before and I always to I would get gentle and nourishing products. My oily skin loves their quick-absorbing and lightweight consistency that never made my skin overly moisturized or clogged. Altogether, these serums just helped improve the health of my skin and made my skin feel nourished, plump, and bright.

The Iunik Beta Glucan Power Moisture Serum, Black Snail Restore Serum, and Propolis Vitamin Synergy Serum were provided by @stylevana_sv. Get a discount when you shop at stylevana.com using the code SKINWHIMS20.