Skincare Review: Goop GOOPGLOW 15% Glycolic Acid Overnight Glow Peel

As a lover of glycolic acid, I immediately wanted to check the GOOPGLOW 15% Glycolic Acid Overnight Glow Peel. Complimentary from Goop, this peeling pad promises to exfoliate, retexturize, and brighten skin while you sleep.

These pads contain 15% glycolic acid to removes dead skin cells and other debris while helping increase cell turnover, tropical fruit extracts (mango, banana, and yellow mombin) to help with cell turnover while reinforcing the skin’s barrier function, Australian kakadu plum for its antioxidant properties, and hyaluronic acid to hydrate skin.

I have been using this twice now (once a week) and the pad that this peel uses is something I have never used before. It isn’t paper or cotton-like, as with most exfoliating pads I’ve used. It’s a bit rough and combined with the acid, this made my skin a bit red. It also stings a bit. However, the redness and the stinging subsides after a few minutes. It dries into a sticky finish. I’m no stranger to the percentage of glycolic acid this one has so I know the results I would get. As expected, this softened and smoothened my skin but aside from that, this peel left my skin looking plumper the morning after.

The Goop GOOPGLOW 15% Glycolic Acid Overnight Glow Peel was provided by @goop .

Makeup Review: Kosas Revealer Concealer

I have a lot of concealers, most of them target to cover my dark undereye area, which is also super dry. It also has one deep line each. An unfortunate combination, if we’re being honest. I can use a concealer with a matte finish, it will conceal darkness but it will emphasize the lines and texture under my eyes. I can go for a creamy but most of them don’t last or it moves around. I also once found a concealer that’s just perfect for my needs but they don’t offer it in my shade. It’s actually more difficult for me to find a good everyday concealer than finding a foundation that would work for my skin. I only have less than a handful of concealers I really use and the Revealer Concealer, a new product from Kosas, looks really promising.

This cruelty-free and leaping bunny certified concealer promises to be super creamy and brightening while covering dark circles and blemishes in a skin-like and dewy finish. It contains pink algae and caffeine to brighten, arnica and panthenol to soothe, and peptides and hyaluronic acid to plump the skin.

It’s true, it is creamy but if applies thin and smooth on the skin. It’s super pigmented, though, so I swipe excess product from its doe-foot applicator before applying some on my skin. I have been using this for a couple of weeks now and I have noticed that it felt hydrating on the skin. Even without using an eye cream beforehand, I never once saw this settle on the texture and lines under my eyes.

I got the shades Revealer Tone 5.5 (medium with olive undertones), Revealer Tone 06 (tan with olive undertones), and Revealer Tone 07 (tan with neutral undertones). I use Revealer Tone 5.5 to brighten my skin. Of course, I don’t do this every day but when I went for full makeup, this is what I use for more radiance on the center of my face. Revealer Tone 06 covers my dark undereye circle and it just makes me look awake and energized. I sometimes use this even without foundation because it gives me a cleaner look. The Revealer Tone 07 is what I use to spot conceal, which is rare, and to cover some red areas on my skin like under my nose.

I just love everything that Kosas makes and that’s a difficult task to do. Congratulations and love you, guys.

The Kosas Revealer Concealer was provided by @kosas. Available for $28 at kosas.com

Brand Overview: Kinship

I was excited to try Kinship‘s products as soon as I saw them, mainly because of the fun, bright and colorful packaging. Aside from the cuteness factor, their products are cruelty-free, leaping bunny certified, reef-safe, and are free of GMO organisms. Their packaging is also made from Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified, 100% PCR paper and from Post-Consumer Recycled (PCR) materials.

I first tried the Naked Papaya Gentle Enzyme Face Cleanser, which has papaya, jojoba oil, and sunflower oil. It feels as great as it smells, with a light fruity smoothie scent that gently strips dirt and makeup off my face. I love it as a morning cleanser since it makes my face supple enough and ready for the day ahead.

Meanwhile, the Insta Swipe Lemon Honey AHA Pads are also something to love. Unlike most acids, this one isn’t extremely strong and has a sweet, citrus scent. It doesn’t dry my skin out. But even if it’s gentle, it does a great job of smoothening out my skin and reducing those small blemishes and bumps.

The Supermello Hydrating Gel Cream is a favorite too. First off, it smells like marshmallows so what’s not to love? With hyaluronic acid, marshmallow root and coconut water, it keeps my skin extremely soft, without making it greasy. I also love that I don’t need to put a lot of it to feel the effects.

The Pimple Potion, a retinol and salicylic acid acne treatment. It does take a while for it to get rid of pimples, but it’s a good spot treatment if you have sensitive skin and react badly to stronger products.

There’s also the Self Reflect Probiotic Moisturizing Sunscreen, providing SPF 32 coverage. It’s light, not too sticky and provides a bit of moisture, so it protects my face, without making it feel as oily as other facial sunscreens might. However, I prefer sunscreen with a higher SPF every day.

So while there were a few bumps, overall I’m a fan of Kinship‘s products. They not only look good on my skincare shelf, but they also have a good effect on my skin. Overall, their products are worth checking out as they are gentle and nourishing.

The Kinship Naked Papaya Gentle Enzyme Face Cleanser, Insta Swipe Lemon Honey AHA Pads, Supermello Hydrating Gel Cream, Pimple Potion, and Self Reflect Probiotic Moisturizing Sunscreen SPF 32 were provided by @kinship. Available at lovekinship.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: I Dew Care Scoop Shop Hydrating Duo

It’s always fun to try products from I Dew Care because they are just too cute. Take these ice-cream inspired products from their Scoop Shop Hydrating Duo.

The Berry Melting ($23) is a cleansing balm cleanser that has blueberry fruit extract, jojoba oil, and glacial water to cleanse the skin while leaving it soft, smooth, and moisturized. Its texture is similar to the solid cleansing balms I like.

Once massaged onto the skin, however, it turns into a very thick oil. It retains the purple tint once mixed with water, which is fun. It smells like sweet berries as well. What I had a hard time, though, was rinsing it off. I think this is might be best removed with a cleansing cloth instead of water as it takes a few rounds of rinsing to remove and even then, it leaves a thick film on the skin. It does remove dirt and makeup though, even stubborn eye make up. It leaves the skin feeling soft and smooth but I like my cleansing balms to leave no trace and oil once rinsed.

Cake My Day ($25) is exactly like a birthday. It smells and looks like the cake you blow the candle on when you were a kid. It’s actually a wash-off mask that promises to nourish, hydrate, and balance the skin using hyaluronic acid and squalene.

It’s a creamy mask, the texture similar to ice cream, and it doesn’t completely dry. Due to the creaminess, this also takes a few rinses to wash off. I find it easier to wipe off before rinsing. The “sprinkles” also don’t melt but it doesn’t feel harsh on the skin due to its smooth texture. What I really like about this though is how plump and moisturized my skin feels afterward. No mask has ever done that at the same level for me so, I like using this when my skin is feeling dry and tight.

In this set, I like the Cake My Day whenever I want additional moisture and extra softness for my skin. The Berry Melting is something I wouldn’t really go for but those with drier skin might enjoy it.

The I Dew Care Scoop Shop Hydrating Duo was provided by @idewcare. Available for $29 at us.memebox.com