Skincare Review: Hanskin Pore Cleansing Balm (BHA) and Pore Cleansing Oil (BHA)

As someone who simply used a cleansing foam and called it skincare, the discovery of cleansing oils and cleansing balms when I was in Korea is almost as good as discovering that the baker of your favorite chocolate cake is your neighbor.

So, no matter how many cleansing balms and cleansing oils I own, I always welcome trying another first cleanser, especially from a brand that’s I’ve heard when I first got into skincare.

Hanskin offers cleansing products suitable for your skin type, which intrigued me. Most brands only offer one variant. They sent me the Pore Cleansing Balm (BHA) and Pore Cleansing Oil (BHA).

The Pore Cleansing Balm (BHA) promises to remove makeup and impurities, control breakouts and oil, and fight blackheads using salicylic and a blend of argan, jojoba and peppermint oils.

This has a balmy texture but it feels oily once you massage it on the skin. It melts into a heavy balm consistency but doesn’t leave a film upon rinsing. It removes everyday makeup but needs more massaging if I have waterproof makeup or complicated eye looks. It also leaves my skin soft and supple after rinsing. This, however, does not emulsify easily so I rub this onto my hands to breakdown the product before applying it on my skin.

On the other hand, the Pore Cleansing Oil [BHA] uses salicylic acid, a blend of fruit oils, including orange, lemon, and grapefruit, as well as olive and jojoba oils, to cleanse the skin and prevent breakouts. The watery oil consistency leaves the skin feeling moist. It leaves a bit of a film after wash but this is easier to use than the balm because it easily emulsifies with water. The filmy feeling is okay, since I always do a second cleanse, but I like my first cleansers to not leave a trail as it makes me feel like I haven’t removed every grime on my skin. This is best removed with a warm cloth, which I don’t really do. However, in this method, it leaves the skin cleansed and smooth. Two pumps can remove everyday makeup and dirt.

I like using these when I’m about to get my period because my hormones are on overdrive during that time of the time and I need all the help that I can get. However, I did not see a huge difference in using both compared to other cleansing oils and balms that don’t cater to a specific skin type. As a cleansing balm lover, though, it surprised me that I enjoyed using the Pore Cleansing Oil (BHA) more as it removed makeup and dirt faster and easier.

The Hanskin Pore Cleansing Balm (BHA) and Pore Cleansing Oil (BHA) were provided by @hanskin.

Haircare Review: Function of Beauty Shampoo, Conditioner, Hair Mask, and Hair Serum

My hair has been extra dry recently so when Function of Beauty offered to help with their new hair mask and hair serum, I immediately said yes.

As with personalized hair products I’ve tried, Function of Beauty asked questions about my hair types, concerns, and goals. For reference, I have thin, fine, straight hair and scalp that easily gets irritated or oily depending on its mood. I wanted to hydrate, replenish, and strengthen my hair while soothing and nourishing my roots and scalp.

As per usual, the Shampoo and Conditioner smell amazing (I chose the flower to the people scent.) It made my hair smooth and less tangled after rinsing. I am one of those people who shampoo their hair every day while conditioning its ends daily as well. So far, these two helped moisturized my hair without making my scalp too oily. They just provided a balance.

The Hair Mask promises to deeply condition, hydrate, and nourish my hair using argan oil, japanese sake, and jojoba ester oil. The creamy mask is easily massaged on the scalp. Whenever I mask, I pay extra attention to the ends of my hair as it’s where my strands get the driest. While using this, my hair is the softest and smoothest it has gotten. It stayed like that for about three days before I felt the need to apply again.

Something that can be used once a day or for touch-ups, the Hair Serum aims to manage the hair, smooth frizz, and enhance its shine. It contains argan oil, annatto oil, jojoba oil, and sunflower oil. Despite these ingredients, the hair serum doesn’t feel that oil. This serum actually has a gel texture that makes it easier to use. A testament to how good this is: I wore my hair down, after always putting it into a bun, and used this at the ends. I also used a texturing spray to create and some loose waves and everyone complimented me on how good my hair looks. I felt like the serum helped hold the waves I created and it made my hair look more weighted instead of fine and frizzy. It doesn’t leave it looking limp and oily. This is instant love.

These products are also vegan, cruelty-free, and are made without mineral oil, phthalates, gluten, parabens, and sulfates.

The Function of Beauty Shampoo, Conditioner, Hair Mask, and Hair Serum were provided by @functionofbeauty. Available at functionofbeauty.com

Body Care: BeautyBio The Radiance | Body

After discovering how much comfortable I am with body oil, I have since preferred it over body creams. I have a few body oils in my stash and a few months ago, The Radiance | Body from BeautyBio was added to the lineup.

This body oil also acts as a hair oil and nail oil . It promises to rescue dry skin, lackluster hair, and brittle nails using a combination of jojoba, apricot, and olive oils to hydrate, protect, and nourish the skin. It smells like berries and feels light and smooth to the touch. It also feels moisturizing but it feels tacky afterward when applied directly to the skin, which surprised me. I have extremely dry skin on my legs and I was expecting this to sink in so quickly that I would have to apply it twice. It doesn’t completely dry and as a matter of preference, I like body oils that dry matte.

I prefer this as a nail oil and the dropper is really helpful in controlling the amount of product I need per application. It helps soften and moisturize the skin around my nails.

The BeautyBio The Radiance | Body was provided by @beautybio . Available for $60 at beautybio.com

Makeup Review: Kosas Cosmetics 10-Second Eyeshadow Game Changer Set

I honestly love the 10-Second Eyeshadow from Kosas Cosmetics. For someone who isn’t confident about her eye makeup skills, that’s saying a lot.

These water-based eyeshadows promise to have a fast-drying and crease-resistant formula that offers the high-impact color that stays all day. It’s made with apricot kernel seed oil, rosehip seed oil, jojoba seed oil and are formulated without parabens, phthalates, mineral oil, propylene glycol, phenoxyethanol, and synthetic fragrance.

It’s watery making it easy to apply. You have to act quick, though. As claimed, this is best applied with your fingers and it honestly feels like I’m playing with watercolor while applying them on my eyes. I tried using a brush with this one and found it easier to control using my fingers.

It’s really pigmented and the color on its doe-foot applicator is what transfers to my lids save for Waterfall, which looks a silvery-white shade on my eyes. Compared to other liquid eyeshadows, I like this better because it’s not creamy, it’s not messy, and it’s foolproof. It really works for someone who doesn’t do elaborate eye makeup like me.

I also like the finish. The slight sheen makes it look like I made more effort in the morning. It doesn’t look like I just swiped an eyeshadow once so as not to eat too much of my time. The sheen provides dimension so my simple eye looks and it doesn’t look flat. My favorites are Fahrenheit, a burgundy shade, and Supreme, a glittery gold shade that works on top of all the eyeshadows.

The Kosas Cosmetics 10-Second Eyeshadow Game Changer Set were provided by @kosascosmetics. Available individually at $28 or as a set for $160 at kosas.com

Skincare Review: Uruoi U2 Clean Foam and U5 Moisture Milk

Using science in skincare isn’t new but Uruoi, which mean moisture in Japanese, uses their patented hyaluronic acid: D.P.H.A. Denka Pure Hyaluronic Acid or D.P.H.A. promises to help skin retain moisture and plump the skin.

The U2 Clean Foam ($28) is my kind of cleanser. It’s gentle, it foams, and it removes unnecessary oils on my skin, providing a good clean base for my skincare routine.

It easily rinses and a pea-sized amount goes a long way. It contains D.P.H.A., hydrolyzed collagen, and sodium lactate to hydrate, plump, and firm the skin. I like how creamy this feels as you massage it on your face and how it dissolves all impurities once you rinse it off. It feels gentle yet deeply cleansing. Once dry, my face doesn’t feel stripped, just nourished, smooth, and deeply cleansed.

Using D.P.H.A., squalene, sunflower seed oil, and jojoba seed oil, the U5 Moisture Milk ($40) aims to hydrate and balance the skin. I was really excited to try this because it sounds like what my oily skin would really enjoy. This moisturizer is of the lightest creamy moisturizers I’ve ever come across with. It almost feels like an emulsion. It also sinks in quickly. Despite its lightness, this hydrates and nourishes my skin so I like using this before applying a sleeping mask and I feel like this will really come in handy once it gets warmer again.

I really like these two hydrating products with the cleanser being a great everyday cleanser for those who get clogged pores easily and the moisturizer a good companion for those with extremely oily skin.

The Uruoi U2 Clean Foam and U5 Moisture Milk were provided by @uruoi. Available at uruoiskincare.com