Cult Favorite: Laneige Cream Skin Toner and Moisturizer

I never knew I needed something like the Cream Skin Toner and Moisturizer from Laneige until I used it. It feels like a viscous toner and applies like one. It leaves the skin plump and soft. However, after a few seconds, the feeling transforms into something thicker. It doesn’t feel tacky or anything but it feels like I applied a light moisturizer.

This hybrid product promises to be a two-in-one formula that preps and softens like a toner and moisturizes like a cream in one step. Using Cream Blending Technology, it contains white leaf tea water to strengthen the skin barrier, moisturize, and soothe the skin. This product is also free of parabens, phthalates, and mineral oil.

It’s watery and light on the skin on first touch but once applied it feels so nourishing and filling. I know it’s not the right word but it does feel like it’s filling my skin. It doesn’t feel tacky or overly moisturizing. It’s just enough to balance and moisturize my oily skin. For my skin type, this is a very welcome addition to my hydration routine. It is extremely helpful when my skin is feeling dry or when I had a long night and want to fast track my night routine. I feel like this would also be helpful to those with dry and sensitive skin as this moisturizes like, if not much more, than other moisturizers I’ve tried, without the weight and tackiness.

The Laneige Cream Skin Toner and Moisturizer was provided by @laneigeus. Available for $33 at us.laneige.com

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

Monthly Favorites: March 2019

8 Faces Boundless Solid Oil

The Boundless Solid Oil from 8 Faces promises to many things for your skin. It uses amla berry to rejuvenate the skin, reduce age spots, and sun damage. It also has baobab seed oil to soften, tangerine oil to rejuvenate, babassu oil to calm, camelia seed oil to replenish, evening primrose flower oil to improve elasticity, and sea buckthorn oil to nourish. Apart from being used as a face and hair oil, 8 faces works terrifically as a makeup primer, an after-sun salve, and even a hair treatment.

It melts like butter upon contact with the skin. The product has a fresh and uplifting citrus scent that I find calming. I first tried this product before heading to bed and I woke up to healthier and more supple skin. My face felt nourished and I noticed I had no dull-looking or dry areas anymore. I also tried the product out on the tips of my hair which have gone dry and this product made them feel soft and bouncy again. My favorite thing about this product is how uncomplicated it is, you can get however much product you need and apply it to areas that need some TLC. It can be applied on chapped lips, chaffed skin, or even dry elbows and knees, basically anywhere you could use some repairing.

The product is certified organic and 100% natural making it safe to use for skin sensitive to harsh chemicals. This product worked wonders on the dry parts of my skin and I would recommend this to anyone with normal to dry skin who needs a skin savior.

8 Faces Boundless Solid Oil was provided by @8faces. Available for $88 at 8facesbeauty.com

Lavender Water Sleeping Mask

I have raved about kbeauty and Laneige a thousand times over. So when #Laneigegiftedme the Water Sleeping Mask in Lavender, trying it is just natural. The OG #sleepingmask, the Water Sleeping Mask, is still one of the best sleeping masks I have tried and even have turned a lot of my friends and my mom to it.

The Lavender Water Sleeping Mask promises to hydrate and moisturize the skin with hydro ionized mineral water and the calming scent of lavender. It also has Sleepscent, infused with orange flower, rose, and sandalwood to relax and comfort combine with apricot and evening primrose extracts to brighten and purify the skin.

Of course, it looks and feels like the Water Sleeping Mask with an additional relaxing feeling from the scent of lavender. In short, I don’t think there are any differences, which is actually a good thing. It’s still moisturizing, hydrating, and cooling. It sinks in quickly and doesn’t sit on top of your face. I think, but this is just really a minor difference, this dries feeling a little more powdery than the water variant but I still get the same results – I wake up with soft, hydrated skin after every use. If you are also a fan of the Water Sleeping Mask and wants an added layer of relaxation, this is worth a try.

The Laneige Lavender Water Sleeping Mask was provided by @laneige and @octoly. Available for $25 at laneige.com

#laneigeus #isleptwithlaneige #OctolyFamily

Huxley Moroccan Gardener Body Oil

I have wanted to try the Huxley Moroccan Gardener Body Oil for so long and I was wrong on waiting. Having this body oil is not just about having soft, smooth, and glowing skin (though, this one does that perfectly), it’s about that distinct Huxley smell that’s unlike any other.

Their key ingredient, the organic sahara prickly pear cactus seed oil sourced from morocco, is hand-selected and cold-pressed to get its maximum benefits. This oil acts as an antioxidant and promises to nourish the skin. Huxley products also have their signature scent is inspired by an exotic garden with notes of green leaves, jasmine, rose and white musk.

Aside from the prickly pear cactus seed oil, this body oil contains sweet almond oil, sunflower seed oil, rosehip oil and green tea seed oil to refresh, hydrate, soften, and smooth the skin.

The oil has a lightweight consistency that sinks in quickly and leaves a silky finish to the skin. The smell is so amazing that I don’t wear perfume when I use this. It feels moisturizing as well and has prevented my skin from getting dry patches and has moisturized the already dry parts of the skin. If there is something I always expect from Huxley, it’s the ability of their products to moisturize and hydrate the skin while leaving a fresh and clean scent in its wake that always makes me smile.

The Huxley Moroccan Gardener Body Oil was provided by @huxley_korea and @stylekorean_global . Available for $45 at stylekorean.com

Loli Beauty Chamomile Lavender Water

Loli Beauty, where Loli stands for Living Organic Loving Ingredients, creates products using ingredients that are organic, wild-harvested ingredients that are raw, fair trade, non-GMO and upcycled from food for zero waste.

Promising to work as a toner, cleanser, and moisturizer, the Chamomile Lavender Water ($38) uses chamomile hydrosol, lavender hydrosol, witch hazel, glycerin, apricot oil, and jojoba seed oil to calm, cleanse, hydrate, and tone the skin. Its ingredients are both very calming in both their scent and texture, which is why I love to use this product before turning in for bed and a good night’s rest. The product naturally separates so to use it, I give it a shake before applying it on a cotton pad and then my face. It effectively strips my face of dirt and residual makeup then leaving it feeling cleansed. It also leaves the skin feeling nourished and hydrated.

The Loli Beauty Chamomile Lavender Water was provided by @lolibeauty. Available at lolibeauty.com

MGC Derma CBD Stem Cells Dermabrasion Facial Scrub

I usually prefer to exfoliate with wash-off masks instead of face scrubs but the CBD Stem Cells Dermabrasion Facial Scrub from MGC Derma was an exception because it looked and felt like a wash off mask.

This gentle face scrub contains CBD stem cells to remove dead skin cell and revitalize the skin. It’s meant to be applied once a week into a thin layer on cleansed skin and then rubbed in circular motions for 2 minutes before rinsing.

This looked more like a creamy mask than a face scrub. It’s gentle but deeply exfoliating so it’s a good way to end a tiring and busy work week. It feels a bit warm when applied to the face but feels relaxing. It has small exfoliating particles that exfoliate the skin. It also has an aromatic clean smell and fine creamy texture making it different from other face scrubs. It’s not as abrasive and severe and my skin doesn’t feel raw after wash. What it does, instead, is it leaves the skin feeling reenergized, bright, and smooth.

The MGC Derma CBD Stem Cells Dermabrasion Facial Scrub was provided by @mgcderma and @wizardpublicity. Available at £30 at mgcderma.com

Makeup Review: Laneige Layer Cover Cushion and Concealing Base, Two Tone Matte Lip Bar, and Two Tone Shadow Bar

I have always the skincare products I have tried from Laneige but with their makeup, not so much. Enjoying kbeauty lip products, I can get on with, their foundation and eye products have been a hit or miss – their eye products are too subtle and their foundations are too light and too suited for dry skin types. However, I don’t want to give up. I want to try what’s out there in the k-beauty world and find makeup products suited for my not so fair and so oily skin. Laneige, since they push their makeup products outside Korea, is a good brand to consider.

The Layer Cover Cushion SPF 34 PA ++ and Concealing Base SPF50+ PA +++ (that’s a mouthful, something the ABcommunity is used to) is a 2 in 1 cushion containing concealer & cushion foundation. It has an Aqua Melting Technology that melts at the skin’s temperature, an Illuminating Jewel Powder for vibrancy, and a Water Capture System to hydrate and cool the skin.

Shade 23 is still a shade too light for my skin tone but this is the nearest that I’ve encountered in terms of cushion foundations. I thought it looked a bit ashy when I look in the mirror but my phone camera was telling me another story. My face looks put-together and there are no red patches or discoloration. Looked at this from a mirror under better lighting conditions and saw the same thing. It lasts for about 3 hours before you need to retouch. This needs a mattifying primer before application but I didn’t look greasy, it just felt like it, which is more than I could say for the other cushion foundations I’ve tried It was able to cover the broken capillaries and even the tone of my skin but I need a concealer for my spots. I also like that this already has SPF so it’s suitable for everyday use.

The Two Tone Matte Lip Bar in # 4 Fitting Rose promises to act as a matte color and lip primer to create a gradient matte look without feeling dry.

I have always preferred mattes over glosses. Before I could wear any liquid lipstick, any life-sucking long-wearing lip product. I never paid any mind to reviews saying a certain lip color is too matte and too drying because no matter how dry they are, my lips wouldn’t chap. That was then. Nowadays, even though I still prefer matte, I would have to apply a lip balm overnight and before makeup to protect my lips. I had to give away the other matte lipsticks I have because my lips get dry easily now. However, I still get matte lipsticks. I still like how it feels and looks. I just have to be careful. That’s why I like this. It applies matte but it’s totally lightweight. It’s also not drying and it doesn’t crack. It’s not as long wearing as I would like but reapplying it is easy. I also like the two-tone effect of this one. It’s not severe, just a bit blurring. I can wear it to the office without anyone commenting on how contrasting the two-tone looks on my skin tone.

The Two Tone Shadow Bar in # 1 Humming Coral is a shadow bar with two colors for a quick and easy eye makeup application.

I actually found this weird at first because I don’t know if it would work but got the hang of it on the first swipe. Both shadows have shimmers on it. It’s great for fast and easy application during days when you want to add some color to your face. Of course, this still needs to be blended but it can be done with your fingers. It provides a subtle shine. My problem with this is it gathers on my lids and it doesn’t last that long, less than a couple of hours on my oily lids, even if I do three swipes. I would still need to use a primer for this to last even half a day.

As expected I loved the Two Tone Matte Lip Bar and enjoy the casualness and ease of the cushion foundation. I’m happy to have finally found a closed match shade for my skin. All these products would be great options for those who are always in a rush in the morning and would want easy to use makeup.

The Laneige Layer Cover Cushion SPF 34 PA ++ and Concealing Base SPF50+ PA +++, Two Tone Matte Lip Bar, Two Tone Shadow Bar were provided by us.meibe.kr

Monthly Favorites: November2018

To be honest, I was sick the most part of November so the products that’s here are more soothing and relaxing as I have been reaching out to products that will make me feel better as I have spent the better part of the month lying in bed.

Girl Undiscovered Pink Skies Beauty Balm

20181021_174130.jpg

Promising to be the skin salvation for any situation, the Pink Skies Beauty Balm from Girl Undiscovered claims to soften and heal any part of the skin that needs it – lips, cheekbones, cuticles, heels, or any rough patches. It contains olive fruit oil, beeswax, coconut oil, sweet almond oil, propolis extract, limonia acidissima bark extract, neem leaf extract, cinnamonium cassia bark oil, macropiper excelsum leaf extract, and moringa olifeira seed oil. This balm uses all natural ingredients, is cruelty-free, and doesn’t use parabens or synthetic fragrances.

The color and packaging are to die for, it’s simple and luxe, and it looks too precious. Now that we got that out of the way, let’s talk about the actual product. I thought the balm would be on the heavy side because of its oil ingredients but it’s light to the touch. Even if I swirl my fingers inside the tub numerous times, it doesn’t feel heavy. Not balmy at all, which is usually the case. Most balms would feel heavy on the lips like you couldn’t eat or drink. Definitely not this one.

It applies evenly and has a slight aromatherapy smell to it. I like that it doesn’t just cover and sit on top of your lips, it dissolves into a light oil-like texture and feels lightweight on the lips, which I like. Because of that, it also doesn’t get easily removed, especially on my lips. It immensely helps whenever my lips get chapped, which happened twice when I started using this. I got colds, which made breathing difficult and it resulted in extremely dry lips. As soon as I felt that my lips are drying, I put this on knowing I will wake up with softer lips. It’s a bit of a miracle, actually. It would take other balms two to three days for me to see results but with this one, I can see and feel softer lips overnight. It also helps lessen the sting while it heals the chapped parts, which I have never experienced with other balms before. I also like using this before applying matte lipsticks to protect my lips. That light pink sheen is also a plus, especially for days when I don’t want to put anything on my face. I love it, honestly, and I would definitely recommend this to those looking for a natural balm that’s no-fuss, lightweight, and less balmy than other lip products.

This product was provided by @girlundiscovered for review. Available for $32 at girlundiscovered.com

Laneige Water Bank Eye Gel

20180930_190643.jpg

Having dry under eyes was a baffling revelation to me, someone who has an oily skin. I honestly never paid too much attention to it. All I know is I have a face that easily gets oily. Then I started playing around with under eye concealers and everything seemed to apply patchy or they settle on the few lines I have. Yes, I have fine lines around my eye area. Not because I smile a lot but because I’m in my 30s. The acceptance of aging is for another story but that battle for finding the perfect concealer made me realize that I have dry under eyes.

That’s how this skincare game added another level for me to conquer: finding a moisturizing #eyecream. When I received the Water Bank Eye Gel from Laneige, a brand that has never failed me, of course, I will have to try it.

This eye gel has the Hydro Ion Mineral Water Technology which uses micro-sized particles of hydro ionized mineral water to penetrate the eye area, prevent dryness, and protect the skin from external aggressors. It also contains natural bilberry extracts to alleviate stress around the eyes, active agents extracted from palm to moisturize the skin, quinoa extracts to protect the skin from dryness and damage, natural olive oil to help retain moisture and smoothen the skin texture, and tillandsia extract. This is also a cruelty-free product that is formulated without parabens and phthalates.

This smells exactly like their face and eye sleeping masks but feels much creamier. It also doesn’t give that velvet finish. Instead, it’s fast absorbing, so fast that I use twice the amount of product I usually use on my eye area. Also, it’s cold. I mean that in the best way. It’s refreshing to the eyes that it’s a nice touch to my morning routine. It gives that extra jolt a person who loves sleep too much would enjoy. It’s extremely hydrating, which suits my dry and dehydrated under eyes.

If you like the texture, smell, and benefit of Laneige’s Water Bank line and in search for something that will soothe and moisturize your eye area, you will definitely enjoy this. This product was provided by Tractenberg and Co. for review. Available for $36 at laneige.com

Doc Block Daily Facial Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 55

20181112_205248.jpg

Taking in mind that being photographed is not a rare occurrence for most people anymore, dermatologist Dr. Garth Fisher created Doc Block. Right now, #docblock offers two #sunscreen products – one for the body and one for the face.

Their Daily Facial Sunscreen SPF 55 promises to provide optimal blendability on all skin tone and photostability. This looked really creamy and white in my hands so I was a bit skeptical. I thought for sure this would be too heavy for my oily skin and would give my skin a white cast. However, it applies thinly and sinks in fairly quickly, without any white cast. It’s not matte, there’s a slight creaminess to it and it leaves a softly moisturized finish. I’ve tried using this under a bb cream, a sheer coverage foundation, and a full coverage one without any problem – even in photos. I am even brave enough to say that this helps balance my skin’s oil production because I get oily less easily when using this. This, together with my moisturizer, keeps my skin hydrated all day, preventing it to be greasy-looking. This product was provided by Doc Block Sun and MBA Partners LLC for review. Available for $44 at garthfisherbeauty.com

Borghese Roma Radiante Revitalize and Firm Mask

20181125_194503.jpg

Using marine exopolysaccharide, sodium hyaluronate, and the chlorella vulgaris extract, the Radiante Revitalize and Firm Mask ($50) promises to help diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, provide moisture and elasticity, and deliver a youthful glow.

The term sleep like a queen might have this mask in mind. I mean it is gold and shiny even when applied and it has a cooling sensation as it dries. It doesn’t tighten on the skin as well, just relaxing. There’s no pulling or tightening and it doesn’t completely dry. The first time, I was 15 mins in and it still looks the same way I applied it. I can attest to its revitalizing and moisturizing effects, however, the diminishing fine lines that it promises to provide is not visible to the eye. I like applying this during the weekday when my skin is doing good but needs a little kick to glow. This product was provided by Borghese Roma for review. Available at borghese.com

Dear Klairs Midnight Blue Calming Sheet Mask

20180903_011742.jpg

As a fan of kbeauty, I have heard about Dear Klairs and have even tried some of their products. They adhere into making minimalist products, in both design and ingredients, and aim to make the skin healthier and stronger. Best suited for sensitive skin, they do not use harmful chemicals and is cruelty-free.

Designed to calm and balance down the skin, the Midnight Blue Calming Sheet Mask ($30 for 10 pcs) contains erythritol, willow bark extract, and centella asiatica extract. It uses a rayon sheet for comfort and bamboo charcoal powder and tea tree leaf oil to cleanse pores and prevent blackheads. I like using this sheetmask after using a strong exfoliator as it feels cooling. It has a minty feel and its soothing benefits can be felt longer than other sheetmasks. I would recommend this for those who have acne prone skin. It leaves the skin relaxed, soft, and calmed.

These products were provided by dear_klairs and wishtrend for review. Available at wishtrend.com