Skincare Review: Laneige Water Bank Hydro Essence, Water Bank Moisture Cream, and Water Bank Hydro Gel

I’ve said this many times over but I have a special spot for Laneige. It’s one of the first brands I tried when I got into skincare and I still have the Water Sleeping Mask in my stash even until now. What I like about the brand is how they use water to address skin concerns like the hydro ionized mineral water that promises to offer deep absorption and moisture. They used the hydro ionized mineral water and released these last year.

The Water Bank Hydro Essence aims to drench skin in moisture and help to prevent water loss using seaweed, kale, watercress, and beet along with green mineral water. I love how luxurious this feels on the skin. It’s thicker than other essences; it actually feels like a serum and applies like silk on the skin. This is very hydrating and soothing, especially on cold nights. I like using this before applying a moisturizer as it plumps the skin without the greasy or sticky feeling.

Under the Water Bank series, they have two kinds of moisturizers. The Water Bank Moisture Cream is for normal to dry skin types and it promises to provide skin-deep hydration and strengthen the moisture barrier using green mineral water, brussel sprouts, artichokes, and lima beans soaked in seawater. This is thick but it doesn’t feel clogging. This is what I used when I was on vacation because it hydrated my skin in -4 degree weather.

The Water Bank Hydro Gel, on the other hand, is for oily skin types and works to provide lightweight and cooling hydration using green mineral water, kale, watercress, and beet soaked in seawater. Similar to the Water Bank Hydro Essence, this leaves a silky feeling to the skin. It feels like a creamier version of the Water Sleeping Mask but not as matte as it dries. This plumps and hydrates my skin and is great when applied before the Water Sleeping Mask for additional hydration.

I like to use the Water Bank Hydro Essence and Water Bank Hydro Gel on days when I focus on hydration. This used together with the Water Sleeping Mask they provide hydrated, silky, and plump-looking skin along with the signature Laneige smell that I always enjoy.

The Laneige Water Bank Hydro Essence, Water Bank Moisture Cream, and Water Bank Hydro Gel were provided by @laneigeus. Available at us.laneige.com

Skincare Review: Touch In Sol The Mission Complete Waterproof Sensitive Lip and Eye Perfect Cleanser and All-In-One Beauty Aid Cream

As someone who blames kbeauty for getting her into skincare, I have heard of Touch In Sol but never actually got into trying products from the brand. I honestly thought I am not the target market of the product because it is positioned as a trendy brand. However, I’m glad I had the chance.

The Mission Complete Waterproof Sensitive Lip & Eye Perfect Cleanser aims to gently and thoroughly wash away makeup. It has a vegan, gluten-free formula and is made without sulfates, parabens, or phthalates.

This feels creamy once pumped out of the bottle but becomes watery when massaged on the face. I used this to remove eye makeup and got stung a bit in the eye when I opened them slightly. Aside from that, I was able to effectively remove my long-wearing eyeliner, even the transfer underneath my eyes, and my super matte liquid lipstick without drying out my skin or making it feel stripped. My face is just wiped clean with only a few swipes. For me, this is best used with a cotton pad as it removes makeup faster.

The All-In-One Beauty Aid Cream is designed to nourish skin with natural botanicals like olive, walnut, and hazel to moisturize, protect, tone, and refine the skin.

This might be too thick for my face but it’s perfect for my body. I use this on my extremely dry patches, like my arms and legs. It sinks in quickly but leaves my skin incredibly hydrated and moisturized. After three weeks, this has lessened the bumps on my arms.

I’m happy with these two products, especially with the Beauty Aid Cream, as I have noticed an immense difference in my skin’s moisture. As for Mission Complete, I always pull this out when removing eye makeup, I just have to be really careful.

The Touch In Sol The Mission Complete Waterproof Sensitive Lip & Eye Perfect Cleanser and All-In-One Beauty Aid Cream were provided by @touchinsolus. Available at touchinsol-us.com

Makeup Review: Erborian CC Creme + Primers Bundle

I have long wanted to try Erborian since I was introduced to the brand via videos from @gothamista. Thankfully Erborian gifted me the CC Creme + Primers Bundle.

This is my first CC cream so I really do not know what to expect. I know it stands for concealing and cover but I was surprised as to how much this concealed and covered.

I currently have a few pigmentations from healed blemishes on my cheeks and that was gone on my first application of the CC Creme. So did my dark circles and texture. I do not use concealer with this at all and I still look flawless.

It comes out gray in the tube which then turns into a skin-like shade once applied on the face. It also has a different slip compared to my foundation. The cream texture sort of feels like it mattifies once it’s applied. It’s just amazing really. I just wish it came with more shades as the shade Caramel is about three shades darker than my skin tone, it also has a yellow undertone that makes me look like I have an intense tan when I overdo my application.

This bundle also came with two primers. The Glow Crème Illuminating Primer has a lightweight and creamy consistency.

I like using this as an illuminator before applying foundation for the glow from within look.

Meanwhile, the Pink Perfect 4-in-1 Primer has the same lightweight consistency as the Glow Crème, but instead of highlighting and illuminating the skin, this one smooths, brightens, and blurs the complexion to minimize the appearance of pores and provide a radiant glow.

This primer gives me a soft-focus look on the skin, which I really like. It feels light and nourishing to the skin but it does a great job masking texture and providing a radiant complexion.

The Erborian CC Creme + Primers Bundle was provided by @Erborian_USA and #OctolyFamily.

Skincare Review: Troiareuke Oil Cut Cleansing, TOC Toner, AC Spot Solution

I was fortunate enough to have managed blemishes. I rarely get one anymore. However, when I came back from vacation, my skin reacted to the rise in temperature and humidity. I slept having no blemishes and woke up with three out of nowhere. What’s worse, two of them are whiteheads – something I never had since grade school.

I was pissed. However, this was the perfect time to test some products from the ACSEN line from Troiareuke. This line is for those with acne-prone and sensitive skin.

The Oil Cut Cleansing promises to be an all in one cleanser that removes oil, dirt, and impurities as it soothe and hydrate the skin using lichen extract, zanthoxylum piperitum fruit extract, pulsatilla koreana extract, aloe barbadensis leaf juice, papaya fruit water, portulaca oleracea extract. This cleansing gel removes oil and impurities and leaves the skin feeling fresh and smooth. It doesn’t completely strip the skin, which would when your skin is feeling sensitive or irritated. As a preference, I still use a foaming cleanser after this.

To balance and build the skin’s protective barrier, the TOC Toner contains glycolic acid, centella asiatica extract, hyaluronic acid tocopheryl acetate, allantoin, glycerin, portulaca oleracea extract, betula platyphylla japonica juice, argania spinosa kernel oil, zea mays oil, rosewood wood oil, calendula officinalis flower oil, and geranium maculatum oil. It also promises to soothe, renew, and moisturize the skin while removing excess sebum and dead skin cell buildup. This has a very water-like texture but it somehow leaves my skin nourished and hydrated. It’s gentle on the skin as well. This is the only toner I used during the time that I had pimples and it helped soothe and hydrate my skin after I apply detoxifying masks and treatment products.

My favorite, the AC Spot Solution, to treat blemishes. It contains selemix an, phenyl salicylate, and centella asiatica to speed healing, help prevent scarring, and prevent future blemishes. This flattened up and coming blemishes overnight. For full-on zits, it takes about three nights to heal. I’m amazed as to how quick this is and how gentle it was on my skin. Most solutions tend to dry the skin and stimulate peeling but I didn’t experience that with this one. It doesn’t even sting. However, in terms of scar prevention, I still got post-blemish pigmentation but I’m fine with it, I have other products for that.

I would definitely recommend these products to those who have blemishes and want something gentle yet effective for their skin concerns. The main highlight for me is the AC Spot Solution because of how quick and gentle it zapped my blemishes.

The Troiareuke ACSEN Oil Cut Cleansing, TOC Toner, AC Spot Solution were provided by @troiareuke.

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.