Skincare Review: Tarte Deep Dive Cleansing Gel, Rainforest of the Sea Radiance Drops, and Baba Bomb

I have also subscribed to the belief that only oily skincare products should only be all or one of these things – lightweight, watery, or gel-like. That products for my skin type should never be creamy. However, since I’m older (and, hopefully, wiser) I have found the truth – my oily skin can use creamy, heavier than usual products. It just all depends on the situation.

The Deep Dive Cleansing Gel, for example, is not the usual cleansing gel I would go for. In fact, it’s unlike anything I’ve ever tried. As per all cleansers, this promises to remove excess oil, impurities, and even waterproof makeup using a blend of algae and marine flower extracts along with allantoin, provitamin b5, indian gooseberry extract, and lavender oil. What sets it apart is its glue-like texture and consistency. Like the kind of glue you play with when you were a kid – sticky and dense. It removes makeup the way I’ve never seen before – lifting them up instead of melting the makeup. It’s very evident as I rinse. All the makeup products I used rose above the water. It’s fascinating. It removes face products but needs a little more massaging when it comes to lip products and eyeliners.

A whipped moisturizer best for cold days if you have oily skin, the Baba Bomb ($39) aims to hydrate, nourish, and moisturize the skin using babassu, avocado, green tea, and plant collagen. This moisturizes and soothes my skin on days when it’s feeling dry and parched. I don’t use this every day, only when my skin is reacting to the drop in temperature. Since this moisturizer is on the heavy side of the spectrum, I only use this on really cold nights.

Promising to be more than just a face oil, the Rainforest of the Sea Radiance Drops ($32) uses algae, marine flower extracts, jojoba oil, maracuja oil, coconut oil, vitamin e, and squalene to hydrate and nourish the skin. It can be used as a highlighting primer, a lip oil, or it can be mixed with the foundation for a radiant finish. It’s a lightweight and runny oil that, for me, works best when mixed with my foundation for natural-looking dewiness that doesn’t look greasy. I like that it doesn’t feel sticky and it sinks in the skin. I have been into because of its runny and lightweight texture, this gives my oily skin a healthy glow even on warm days.

The Tarte Deep Dive Cleansing Gel, Rainforest of the Sea Radiance Drops, and Baba Bomb were provided by @tartecosmetics. Available at tartecosmetics.com

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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2019 Skincare Favorites

As you know, I love cleansing and these are the new cleanser I’ve added to my favorites.

Sekkisei treatment cleansing oil – I’m usually a balm person but this cleansing oil feels nourishing and gentle on the skin.

Youth to the People superfood cleanser – I love cleansing foams but this is just on a league of its own. it’s watery but foams, it smells great, and it feels so good on the skin.

Then I Met You living cleansing balm and soothing tea cleansing gel – this is just a very nourishing duo. it does the job of cleansing the skin while refreshing and nourishing the skin.

Ole Henriksen phat glow facial – this zaps my blemishes and gives my skin a ridiculous glow the morning after

Korres hydra-biome – this came in at the latter part of the year and I have barely a few months trying this but it’s just so good. It plumps, brightens, and improves my skin overall. Love it. Love it.

Youth to the People 11% AHA exfoliation power toner – this is strong on the skin but it does give stellar results of glowing and clear skin.

Whalmyung skin elixir – my go-to hydrating toner this year

Peach and Lily the good acids pore toner – gentle and good for daily use, this toner doesn’t just brighten the skin. It nourishes them too

Then I Met You birch milk refining toner and the giving essence – if you haven’t noticed I love @charlottejcho for giving me TIMY products this year. This duo are gentle and nourishing but not only that but they also plump and brighten the skin in the long run. I always recommend these for those who have sensitive skin or those who are just building up their skincare routine

Farmacy Beauty very cherry bright – with a heavier texture, I use this brightening serum when my skin is feeling dehydrated

Peach and Lily glass skin serum – this just makes my skin look so damn good

Volition Beauty strawberry-c serum – another brightening serum, this is lightweight and gentle

Caudalie vinopure serum – my go-to serum when my skin is acting up

Korres wild rose spotless serum – yes, I love brightening serums. this one is watery and great before applying makeup

Bliss renew and smooth, glow and hydrate serums – amazed by this. they both have enjoyable texture and for the price, what they do to my skin js more than worth it.

Paula’s Choice power berry serum – a staple in my morning routine

Paula’s Choice antioxidant pore purifier – this just helps when my skin is irritated

Drunk Elephant a-passioni – this made me love retinol. It doesn’t sting, it doesn’t make my face red, and it has improved the overall texture and firmness of my skin

Wander Beauty do not disturb – this has retinoid and I love using this treatment when my skin is feeling dry and dull

Wander Beauty layover – my skin just drinks this in. it light yet so nourishing to the skin

Wander Beauty glow ahead – it calls itself a face oil but it doesn’t feel like it. It’s light and it doesn’t feel oily at all. I use this before applying SPF and makeup and it just a boost of radiance to my skin

First Aid Beauty retinol eye cream – see what I mean by loving retinol this year? I have it for my eyes as well.

Cult Favorite: Youth to the People Superfood Cleanser

I’m late into the YTTP train but I’m going to talk about their products anyway. And, yes, like many others who came before me, this post is a profession of love.

I know a lot of people love the Superfood Cleanser ($36) but most of the review I’ve read came from those with dry skin so I was really curious as to how this would work on my oily skin. Well, I love it. It uses kale, spinach, green tea, and alfalfa, to gently cleanse and soothe the skin while providing anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits.

First off, it smells so fresh. Feels like it too. It’s like a sweet and joyous good morning greeting to the skin. It has a gel texture but is a little lighter and more watery than the usual gel cleansers I have come across with. It also lathers, which I like. It feels gentle and doesn’t leave a film. It’s just right, honestly.

My first foray into Youth to the People and I’m in love. They are simple, effective, and nice to look at. They are also cruelty-free and vegan.

The Youth to the People Superfood Cleanser was provided by @youthtothepeople. Available at youthtothepeople.com

Skincare Review: Goodal Phytowash Yerba Mate Cleansing Foam and Washup Deep Clean Pore Glacial Clay Mask

I have used Goodal before and loved the Phytowash Yerba Mate Cleansing Foam ($20) for my oily skin. It claims to be a foaming cleanser that removes excess oil and impurities through its ingedients andiroba seed oil, acai berry extract and copaliba balsam extract.

Formulated with yerba mate sourced from the amazonian rainforest and housed in a minimalist and light colored packaging, this cleanser has become part of my morning routine for the past couple of months. It’s gentle but helps manage my oily skin throughout the day. It doesn’t strip the skin and has a subtle clean scent that I like, and is creamy when applied. It’s non-greasy, lightweight and not dehydrating. The pea-sized amount can go a long way so, this tube would definitely last for more than three months.

They also sent over the Washup Deep Clean Pore Glacial Clay Mask ($25). This mask uses Canadian glacial water, glacial clay, and green tea extracts to exfoliates, cleanse pores, and balance the skin.

These two works when your skin is feeling clogged and super oily. Both just gives those with oily skin a clean canvas that will gives you the opportunity to start anew (and unclogged.) I use the mask on my face once a week to thoroughly clean my pores. If I’m having a good skin week, I only use it on the oiliest parts of my face – the t-zone area. I love this removes all oil but doesn’t tighten as it dries. It just leaves the skin feels smooth and soft. It also doesn’t strip the skin or leave it feeling rough. The mask is creamy enough, even with some scrubby bits.

The Goodal Phytowash Yerba Mate Cleansing Foam and Washup Deep Clean Pore Glacial Clay Mask were provided by @goodalbeauty for review. Available at ulta.com