Skincare Review: Good Molecules Clarify & Cleanse Bar and Caffeine Energizing Hydrogel Eye Patches

Working from home now allows me to do a longer skincare routine. Featuring this morning’s routine feature these new vegan and cruelty-free drops from Good Molecules.

The Clarify & Cleanse Bar claims to be a gentle soap-free cleansing bar that clarifies and detoxifies the using salicylic acid, kaolin clay, rosehip oil, and grapeseed oil. This cleansing bar instantly makes a foam. As with most soaps, it was also easy to rinse off my face. It left my skin feeling soft, refreshed, and clean. The only con I could think of is that dissolves easily.

The Caffeine Energizing Hydrogel Eye Patches contains caffeine, acetyl tetrapeptide-5, niacinamide, and hyaluronic acid to brighten, hydrate, and reduce puffiness around the eyes in just 10 minutes. As with most eye patches, this is relaxing and soothing to the skin. I like using this while I work because it feels so hydrating and relaxing. I have yet to see it’s brightening benefits but this definitely de-puffs the eye area.

The Good Molecules Clarify & Cleanse Bar and Caffeine Energizing Hydrogel Eye Patches were provided by @goodmolecules. Available at getgoodmolecules.com

Cult Favorite: Herbivore Botanicals Pink Clay Mask and Blue Clay Mask

To be honest, it’s been so long since I’ve used a powder mask. I usually use them if I have a bit of time to spare at night but the convenience of readily applied masks is just too tempting. When Herbivore Botanicals sent me their Pink and Blue Clay Masks, I had to admit that I kind of missed having powder masks as part of my skincare ritual.

Both masks, when mixed with water, transforms into a pasty mask that feels like you’re at the beginning of your pottery class. I usually use a bowl to mix the mask and both provide a bit of grip to the skin. They both tighten easily so I suggest those with drier skin types to use a bit more water. Both are easily rinsed off after about 15 minutes. They also leave the skin feeling thoroughly exfoliated and cleansed. Both masks are also vegan and cruelty-free.

The Pink Clay Mask ($22) uses french pink clay, rosehip, chamomile, and rose petals to exfoliate, purify, plump, and soothe the skin before leaving it feeling soft, smooth and radiant. I like using this after days if spending time outdoors, exposing my skin to a lot of environmental stressors. It feels purifying and it leaves my skin smooth.

Meanwhile, the Blue Clay Mask ($22) promises to detoxify, draw out toxins, reduce breakouts for a clearer complexion. It contains blue clay, white kaolin clay, and rose geranium essential oil. This is a heavy-duty mask. It tightens a lot more than the Pink Clay Mask and you can really feel it sucking everything out. I like using this when my skin is looking problematic or if my skin is looking dull. It just clears everything out.

I enjoyed returning to powder masks again. I like using them on the weekends when I have more time. They also provide purifying and detoxifying benefits to my skin, which is definitely needed after spending my week exposed to dirt and grime.

The Herbivore Botanicals Pink Clay Mask and Blue Clay Mask were provided by @herbivorebotanicals and @autumnpr. Available at herbivorebotanicals.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

Skincare Review: I Dew Care Yogi Kitten Collection

I Dew Care recently released their Yogi Kitten Collection, which mainly uses heartleaf extract to calm while clarifying the skin.

The Namaste Kitten Clarifying Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil Cleanser ($19) promises to be a non-stripping cleanser that cleanses and balances the skin using hemp seed oil and heartleaf extract.

This creamy cleanser foams once mixed with water. It feels thick, almost like a mask, but it doesn’t tighten and it rinses fairly easily. True to its claim, cleanses the skin thoroughly and doesn’t leave any film or excess oil.

To detoxify blemish-prone skin, the Yoga Kitten Balancing Heartleaf Clay Mask ($23) uses heartleaf extract, eucalyptus, and kaolin.

I am honestly amazed as to how brands have evolved in terms of using kaolin clay. I usually related this ingredient to stripping and oil-busting masks, which I honestly have no problems. They clarify and thoroughly exfoliate my oily and acne-prone skin. However, even for my skin type, I use these kinds of masks sparingly because it can be too drying.

This feels gentle though. It has a cooling sensation to the skin. This creamy also applies thickly and tightens just a tiny bit as it dries. Upon rinsing, it leaves the skin refreshed, cleansed, and matte. This has been my go-to the past few weeks as it helps me keep my skin detoxified and exfoliated.

Using kale, spirulina, and chlorella, moringa seed extract, and niacinamide, the Juicy Kitten Purifying Power-Green Serum ($25) aims to nourish, soothe, purify, and improve the texture and tone of the skin while offering antioxidant benefits.

It’s lightweight yet slightly viscous texture is what I usually want in a serum. It feels gentle on the skin and it also sinks in quickly while leaving the skin feeling soothed and nourished. I like using this in the morning as it makes my skin look dewy and soft.

I really like using all the products from the Yogi Kitten Collection as they work so well for my oily skin. They came at the right time when my skin is acting up, and they became everyday products that help gently calm my skin. I still use a lot of actives but these products are what I focus on when my skin needs the break from strong treatments and when it needs calming and nourishment.

The I Dew Care Yogi Kitten Collection were provided by @idewcare and @memebox. Available at memebox.com

Skincare Review: When Creamy Mud Pore Clarifying and Minimizing Face Mask

I’ve come to enjoy creamy face masks as they feel like cold whipped cream on my face. One of the masks I’ve been using is the Creamy Mud Pore Clarifying & Minimizing Mask from When.

This face mask feels soft on the skin and lightweight when applied. It contains amazonian clay to clarify pores, peppermint to cool and refresh the skin, and tannin complex to tighten and firm the skin.

Meanwhile, the creamy mud felt soft when applied. It wasn’t thick and I love how light it is on the skin. It doesn’t tighten on the skin and actually feels cool as it dries. As with most creamy masks, this takes more time to rinse. However, if you prefer to detoxify gently, creamy masks like this one are the way to go as powder-based masks might be too severe.

The When Creamy Mud Pore Clarifying & Minimizing Face Mask was provided by @whenbeautyus and @woodsandco. Available at whenbeautyus.com