Monthly Favorites: February 2019

Touchland Power Mist

I was never a hand sanitizer person, never one of those people who kept one dangling in her bag. Then I grew up and realized how dry my hands can get during the day. I now have one on my desk and one in my bag.

The Power Mist from Touchland is a hand sanitizer in a modern and sleek design claiming to provide 500+ sprays to keep the hands bacteria-free, deliciously-scented, and moisturized. It contains ethyl alcohol denat to cleanse, aloe vera to moisturize, glycereth-26 to smooth, radish root ferment filtrate for antimicrobial protection, and lime and lemon essential oils. Touchland also dedicates 5% of their profits in providing sanitizing hygiene solutions to developing countries where there’s water scarcity.

I have the Mint and Forest Berry scents. They both sink in quickly and it takes about four sprays to cover both hands. Mint has a fresh scent while Forest Berry smells like sweet berries. I use it about four times while in the office to help keep my hands moisturized. I like it’s flat and sleek packaging fits easily in my bag and the colors are bright so it’s easy to find.

The Touchland Power Mist Mint and Forest Berry were provided by @touchland. Available for $11.95 each at touchland.com

Goby Rose Electric Toothbrush

I am honestly more scared of the dentist than the doctor. My teeth are weak little shits – I’ve had braces, impacted tooth, bleeding gums, and all those lonely and painful visits to the dentist’s office. So, like skincare routines, I brush my teeth religiously and do everything I can for me not to here my dentist saying, “we need to do something about your teeth.” I’m willing to try anything to avoid spending more than an hour with my dentist.

One of the things I tried is the Electric Toothbrush from Goby. I have it in Rose, a cute pink electric toothbrush included in a kit. The kit contains the electric toothbrush that can be used in two speeds (normal and sensitive). It also has a built-in timer that prompts for 30-second cleansing in every quadrant. The kit also contains a magnetic USB charging shell, an oscillating brush head, a hygienic stand, and a brush head cover.

Compared to other electric toothbrushes, this has a slim toothbrush that can easily be brought anywhere. Aside from making space for its stand, which you can bring to your travels or not, this doesn’t take up too much space in your toiletry bag. It also has a cover for the bristles, a plus when you’re bringing this on-the-go. The actual brush itself has soft bristles so it doesn’t make my gums bleed. It’s also small enough to easily reach the corners of my mouth. I also choose the sensitive mode and it feels cleansing yet gentle on my mouth. I just like it. It’s pretty and effective, what more can I ask for?

Goby is also n partnership with the NYU College of Dentistry’s Global Student Outreach Program donating a percentage of their sales to help provide dental services to people around the world so you’re taking care of your teeth and other people’s as well.

The Goby Rose Electric Toothbrush was provided by @goby. Available as a kit for $60 at goby.com

Caudalie Vinoperfect Brightening Glycolic Overnight Cream

Newly released by Caudalie, the Vinoperfect Brightening Glycolic Overnight Cream promises to be a dark-spot-diminishing night cream using papaya extract, glycolic acid, and vine sap viniferine. It also contains hyaluronic acid to hydrate and plump, vegetal butylene glucol to moisturize.

This moisturizer smells amazing, as per usual. It has a creamy consistency but has a heavy and buttery texture that scared my oily skin a bit at first. I felt like I’m slathering butter on my face. Fortunately, once massaged onto the skin, it doesn’t feel oily or slick at all. It feels like it emulsifies into a think silky texture that sinks into the skin but leaves a bit of a tacky texture. Amazingly enough, this offers enough hydration and moisture to my skin through the night so I don’t wake up with oilier skin than when I use other heavy moisturizers. I like using this during the weekdays when my skin is exposed to the outdoor and indoor aggressors the most as this helps keep my skin from looking dull the day after. This also helps brighten the skin especially on the darker parts of my face like around my mouth area. I can use this a the moisturizer in my routine or as a sleeping mask if I’m in need of extra moisture and plumpness. I feel like in conjunction with the Vinoperfect Serum, this really helps lightening spots and offer radiance and brightness to the skin. Even if I have an oily skin, I didn’t feel that this is clogging my skin and it doesn’t feel too heavy at all but I would have to see how this works on my skin in the summer. Nevertheless, I’m really enjoying using this, oily skin and all.

The Caudalie Vinoperfect Brightening Glycolic Overnight Cream was provided by @caudalie. Available for $65 at us.caudalie.com

Kari Gran Suji Red & Jolene Lip Whip Pair

After discovering a plethora of balms that are not too thick, too sticky, or too “balmy,” I have gotten on the #lipbalm wagon and stayed there. Of course, with the occasional ride on the matte lip town car, but never without a balm underneath. I have a few tinted balms in my arsenal and the Lip Whip from Kari Gran carved itself space there.

At first, I was confused why Kari Gran calls theirs Lip Whip but using it let me understand why. Tagged as the “Better Balm,” the Lip Whip promises to be the perfect mix between a balm and a lipstick while nourishing and moisturizing the lips using vitamin e, camellia oil, and sunflower oil. They are also cruelty-free and are without petrochemicals, parabens, phthalates, mineral oil, chemical additives, preservatives, or synthetic fragrance.

I have the Suji Red & Jolene Lip Whip Pair with Suji, a ruby-toned lip whip named after one of the founder’s daughters, and Jolene, which is named after Jolene Hart and can go from a sheer pink to an opaque fuchsia.

Both have a whipped buttery texture that feels nourishing to the lips. Jolene applies in a bright pink that’s good for everyday and Suji gives a wine-colored lip and has a bit more color making it great at night.

The Lip Whip feels like a heavier lip balm and has a cool, minty feel on the lips so it’s really soothing. Since it’s heavier and slicker than most balms out there, this is best applied with a lip brush for me, especially if you want a brighter lip. It can still be applied with your fingers but that offers a sheerer finish and would take more work if you want to build the color.

Nevertheless, it feels nice on and both can be built up if you want a stronger lip color. The color wouldn’t last through a meal but it leaves the lips moisturized, soft and smooth. Honestly, I just like this because of the fact that it’s one of the brightest lip balms I have and it doesn’t sacrifice my need for lip moisture and nourishment.

The Kari Gran Suji Red & Jolene Lip Whip Pair were provided by @karigran and @kiterocket. Available as a pair for $40 or individually for $24 at karigran.com

Monthly Favorites: January 2019

Caudalie Premier Cru The Eye Cream

Sometimes, when you’re lucky, you get a chance to meet a skincare product that makes you happy. The Premier Cru The Eye Cream from Caudalie is that one for me the past few months.

This eye cream promises to tackle all signs of aging and keep the eye area hydrated, smooth, and firm. It contains soft focus pigments to brighten and smooth while aiming to reduce dark circle and puffiness. it contains vine resveratrol and micro hyaluronic acid complex to prevent wrinkles, form and lift, viniferine to counteracts the look of dark spots and add radiance, grape seed polyphenols to provide antioxidant protection, and caffeine and peptides to fight puffiness and dark circles. This product is also vegan, non-toxic, cruelty-free, and free of all synthetic chemicals, artificial fragrances, fillers, gluten, and GMOs.

It’s thick that doesn’t feel uncontrollable or unsinkable at all. It has a sort of whipped texture and the product dries quickly, which I am really a fan of. I may have dry under eyes but I am still not used to my eye cream feeling heavier than my face creams but this is just right. It leaves my eye area matte but properly moisturized. This firmed my eye area like no other while still moisturizing it. I also noticed that after a few months of using this that it lessened the few crow’s feet that I have. I also like using this in the morning as it helps de-puff and brighten my eye area without messing my makeup.

I would recommend this to those with really dry under eyes who are looking to brighten and firm their eye area. My eye area just drinks this right up. I really like it, honestly.

The Caudalie Premier Cru The Eye Cream was provided by Caudalie. Available for $99 at us.caudalie.com

Madara Cosmetics Exfoliating Scrub Oil to Milk

Next to cleansers, physical exfoliants are my second fave skincare product. I mean, they are second if ever someone asks me to rank them but I love them all. I have masks in powder, clay, and mousse forms. I have peel off masks and wash-off masks. Since my pores easily get clogged and need to be constantly cleared for me to avoid blemishes and blackheads, I have specific masks to use for specific situations. However, I never got around face scrubs. As resistant as my skin is, I find scrubs to be too abrasive and too severe for my skin.

However, when I saw the Exfoliating Scrub Oil to Milk from Madara Skincare, I wanted to try it because the name itself sounds it would be gentle. It made me research on the brand and test the actual product.

Madara Organic Skincare creates products from organically certified natural extracts from plants in the Northen Baltic regions. They look into Northern healing herbs and flowers and test what more nature can offer for our skin in their labs.

The actual face scrub has an oil-based formula and promises to be gentle while softening and renewing the skin. It has apricot and oat oil molecules to remove dirt and impurities, natural volcanic sand to unclog pores, remove dead cells, and polish the skin, and natural wax microbeads to resurface the skin. The scrub is meant to be massaged on dry skin before mixing a splash of water to melt the oil into a milky texture before rinsing.

It smells like butter and feels really gentle on the skin. Because of its oily texture, it felt really greasy, almost like an oil cleanser, as I massage it onto the skin. I also like that it doesn’t feel like its scratching my skin and I do not feel any tingling sensation whenever I use the scrub. It takes a while to get used to but it was surprisingly easy to remove. I just feel like I’m doing my first cleanse. It doesn’t leave an oily film but it doesn’t completely leave my skin matte and dry. It just leaves my skin feeling soft, supple and my skin look plump and glowing.

Since this product is certified ECOCERT and made from natural and organic ingredients, I would recommend this to those with sensitive skin looking for a gentle yet effective exfoliator. It’s also nut-free and plastic microbead-free so this will be a good option for those with allergic reactions to the above. The product is also cruelty-free. For me, however, this is a good mask on days when you don’t have to treat any skin problems and just want to maintain a smooth and glowing complexion.

The Madara Cosmetics Exfoliating Scrub Oil to Milk was provided by @madara and @piercemattiepr. Available for $35 at truenatural.com

Panacea Skincare The Aegis Daily Facial Cleanser

What started as a way to find ways to solve her skincare problems, Terry Lee created products that aim to remove impurities, excess oil, and makeup while maintaining the skin barrier. These skincare products are the foundation of Panacea Skincare, which are developed and tested on all skin types, including sensitive and acne-prone, to promote clean, healthy skin. Made in Korea, their products use ingredients that are cruelty-free and are made without parabens and sulfates.

The Aegis Daily Facial Cleanser promises to draw out impurities and rinse off without stripping the skin. It has the brand’s Moisture Shield Complex, which is a blend of glycerin, hyaluronic acid, and methylpropanediol, to nourish and hydrate the skin. It also contains laminaria japonica to eliminate toxins, green tea extract to moisturize and nourish, vitamin e for its antioxidant benefits, and fig extract to hydrate the skin and tighten pores.

With its thick foaming texture, this is an instant like. It feels like the cleansers I usually go for – thick, foaming, and a dream to massage on the skin. It lathers easily and a pea-sized amount can already cover my entire face. Upon rinsing, it removes excess oil on the skin, leaving it squeaky clean. However what I like about this is even though it removes all the build-up on my skin, it doesn’t leave it dry or stripped. Those with dry to normal skin types might have another opinion but for my oily skin, it’s just right.

The Panacea Skincare The Aegis Daily Facial Cleanser was provided by the brand. Available for $24 at thepanacea.com

Corpus Natural Deodorant, Cedar Flora

These past few months, I have been using a variety of natural deodorants and I have experienced varying results. However, Cedar Flora from Corpus Naturals really stood out for me.

In chic mint green packaging, the deodorant from Corpus Naturals is water-based and promises to be long-lasting while reducing body odor without the chalky residue. It is also naturally-derived, vegan, and cruelty-free. It doesn’t contain parabens, talc, baking soda, phthalates, synthetic fragrances, aluminum. The deodorant comes in five variants and I got the Cedar Flora scent because I just have a complete bias toward floral smells.

Cedar Flora contains cedarwood, white musk, jasmine, guaiac wood and it smells like it. It’s a strong fresh floral, musky scent that doesn’t overpower my perfume. The actual deodorant feels creamier than the other deodorants I’ve tried. It applies wet and dries slower than normal deodorants but it doesn’t stain on my clothes. It also feels gentler and moisturizing to the skin. Out of all the natural deodorants I’ve tried, this one acclimated to my skin the quickest. Within three weeks, unless it’s really hot out, I didn’t sweat or smell. It also helped whitened my skin a bit. It really just matched my skin and I can’t get enough of it!

The Corpus Natural Deodorant in Cedar Flora was provided by @cedarflora. Available for $22 at corpusnaturals.com

Monthly Favorites: December 2018

Felt Formula Restart Silky Way Cream

Claiming to be texture obsessed and formula focused, Felt Formula promises to create skincare products designed for sensitive skin that balance botanicals and actives to protect the skin from environmental stressors. Their products are also made without artificial colors, fragrances, alcohol, and parabens.

The Restart Silky Way Cream promises to act as a protective barrier to the skin, help restore the skin’s external barrier, and nourish the skin. It contains squalene to hydrate, vitamin e to protect, rose fruit to retain elasticity, peony root to treat inflammation, and rosemary to relieve skin congestion. All these ingredients also help revive, smooth, and firm your skin. It also doesn’t contain sulfates, phthalates, mineral oil, triclosan, microbeads, PEG compounds, and talc.

Silly old me assumed thought this #moisturizer would be on the heavy side because of the silky tag. However, this is so runny, light, and watery that when I scooped out some product with my finger from the back of the lid, it slipped down within seconds. The texture is unlike anything I’ve tried in a moisturizer before. I like like like it, really. It’s light, dries matte, and feels incredibly moisturizing. It doesn’t clog my pores and leaves the skin feeling silky smooth. This, for me, is best used at night as it still makes my skin a tad oily when I wake up. However, I didn’t mind because this moisturizer nourishes my skin. After cleansing in the morning, I trust that this I will have bouncy soft skin.

This product was provided by Felt Formula for review. Available for $21 at felformula.com

Flamingo Shave Set (Taro & Rose Gold)

Flamingo helps with body care starting with your hair, which, if you’re like me, is everywhere. I’m not what other people would call hairy but you have to understand, I have had a beautiful part of my life without needing to shave, wax or pluck then suddenly, there’s hair everywhere – wearing a skirt is not so simple anymore and waving your arms excitedly requires a double check.

The Shave Set contains the shaving essentials. It has the Flamingo Razor with German-engineered blades in a Razor Handle that has a flexible hinge, hydrating strip with aloe vera, weighted ergonomic handle, and textured rubber grip. I have long tried to search for a sharp razor that will that cut my ankles. I have finally found it. This razor, which also comes with a Shower Hook, provides me that sharpness of a men’s razor in a handle that is able to protect my skin. It gets every hair, even in the most difficult parts.

The set also has a Foaming Shave Gel that promises to soften hair, condition the skin with aloe vera, and add a cushion to your shave. I love that they really thought about everything. The shaving gel is in a rust-free container so it wouldn’t leave a ring on the bathroom tiles. To be honest, I rarely use a shaving gel, I mostly use my moisturizing body was, but this does the job in helping me shave.

They also have the Body Lotion, formulated to hydrate and gently exfoliate the skin using white willowbark extract, papaya fruit extract, and squalane. With a fruity and feminine smell, the product applies evenly, leaving skin feeling refreshed and smooth. It is recommended to use the product to soothe the skin on shaving days, but it can be applied liberally depending on the need.

Using the set made me feel how thoughtful Flamingo is about their customers. They thought about everything that goes in a woman’s shaving journey and covered all the bases to provide the perfect shaving experience. I’m in love.

This set was provided by Flamingo for review. Available for $16 at shopflamingo.com

47 Skin Silver Chitosan Regenerative Serum

The experimentation of water purification led to the accidental founding of 47 Skin. Mixing a single atom of silver with chitosan because a new skincare formula that promotes anti-bacterial and protective benefits. After a series of tests, they have also found that the mixture helps in the regeneration of skin cells, reduction in the signs of aging, less inflammation, and eduction in breakouts and acne.

The Silver Chitosan Regenerative Serum promises to hydrate and firm using the silver and chitosan mixture. It also helps soften fine lines.

I like the minimalist packaging. It’s simple but doesn’t look cheap even though it’s in a typical serum bottle. It has a pump instead of a dropper, which works so well for my clumsy ass who have toppled many a serum bottle and wasted product. It has a runny light texture and a citrusy smell. It also applies thinly and feels very lightweight on the skin. It dries instantly so I can use this day and night. It does have a slight oiliness (because of its oil ingredients like bergamot fruit, grapefruit peel, orange peel, and tangerine peel) to it but it doesn’t feel tacky on the skin. For my #oilyskin, this hydrates but I would still need more hydrating serums to reduce oil production on my skin. What I like about this serum though is that it feel nourishing and moisturizing (because of shea butter and allantoin) to my complexion. I like using this at night as it goes well with the actives I use and helps maintain the softness of my skin. I don’t have enough fine lines to test its anti-aging benefits but I can attest this gives me healthy-looking and plump skin. I didn’t experience breakouts while I was using this so I was impressed with its protective benefits.

Overall, I was impressed with how well this aids the other skincare products that I’m using and how this gives me a smooth and glowing complexion after each use. I would recommend this to those looking for a moisturizing serum that will go well with stronger products and help the skin have a healthy-looking glow.

This product was provided by 47 Skin. Available for £29 at 47skin.com

Ladysuite The Lady Business Botanical Oil

I’m an early adaptor to oils – I have only begun to appreciate the benefits of face oils and the wonders of body oils. Now, this. The Lady Business Botanical Oil from Ladysuite is a concept that it foreign to me. Of course, I’m willing to give it a try.

This botanical oil is specially created for our delicate skin down there to nourish, calm, revitalize, and brighten. It contains Organic Jojoba and Sesame Seed Oils to help support skin elasticity and suppleness, Meadow Foam + Carrot Seed Oils to firm and tone, Organic Tamanu Oil to soothe, soften and decrease feelings of discomfort, Eclipta Prostrata Extract to combat minor skin discomforts including razor burn and irritation from ingrown hairs. It also contains Cedarwood + Sweet Orange Essential Oils. It’s also made without parabens, phthalates, GMOs, petroleum, silicones, sulfates, carcinogens, or artificial colorants and synthetic fragrances.

I have never tried anything like this oil so I was very excited to use it. It has a very oily texture and has a subtle sweet smell that doesn’t overpower all the other products I use in the shower. I use this every day but I apply liberally after waxing or shaving. After a couple of months of use, this has kept everything down there smooth and moisturized. It feels gentle and helps with soothing and softening the skin. I will continue to use this and I’m encouraging everyone to give it a try. We apply products on our face, following a lot of steps and I think we should also take care of the other skin in our bodies.

This product was provided by Ladysuite for review. Available for $46 at ladysuitebeauty.com

Amika Polished Perfection Straightening Brush

When Amika via @octoly sent the Polished Perfection Straightening Brush, it came at the right time. I have already fine straight hair and coupled with me choosing sleep over more time to get ready, my hair just goes wherever it wants during the day. As a result, I almost always wear my hair into a bun. The few times I want to let my hair down, I would really need to style it because if I don’t, my hair looks like a confused “am I wavy, am I straight, or can I be both” state.

The Polished Perfection Straightening Brush promises to provide #hairspiration by easily achieving a sleek style And create smooth hair in a single stroke. Per its instructions, this is meant to be used on dry hair as you would a styler for a smooth, sleek look, sliding the brush through the hair at a moderate pace from root to tip.

For someone who never using hair tools, this is pretty easy to use. I like that it doesn’t get too warm, it’s just in that “just right” temperature that will easily straighten my hair for that sleek look I have always wanted to achieve. I use a hair oil before using this to really get the sleekness that I want and I only spend about 15mins to style my hair and make it look effortless.

This product was provided by Amika and the #OctolyFamily for review. Available for $120 at loveamika.com or at sephora.com

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

Monthly Favorites: October 2018

These are the things I kept on reaching for the past month. Most of these are Korean Brands as k-beauty is something I’m falling back in love with.

No lip tints or glosses here. Recently, I’ve seen more and more matte lip colors from k-beauty brands and for someone who has recently experience shorter matte lip color tolerance, I’m more than excited.

Created in collaboration with celebrity makeup artist and YouTuber Gaeko, Romand launched in 2016 to offer products with on-trend makeup shades and textures. The Zero Gram Matte Lipstick claims to be a light as a feather and soft as butter lipstick that lasts long and glides on the lips without flaking, drying, or caking.

It comes in 8 colors and I got mine in the shade Awesome, a bright coral pink that doesn’t look too shocking on my skin tone. The lipstick feels like a crayon and the pigmentation is true to the skin. It applies matte but doesn’t feel like it’s sucking every moisture on your lips. It glides on smoothly and gets you full application in one swipe. It lasts all day and will only require retouching if your lips touch food or water. For someone who doesn’t like retouching, this is a great plus. The color is good for every day and helps brighten the entire look. (This product was provided by @romandyou and beautytapofficial for review.)

Cream and liquid blushes are my favorite. For me they just apply more naturally, they are easier to control, and they just look better for me. Most of my favorite blushes are in cream or liquid form and I always check what new liquid/cream blush is out there.

The Petal Blusher from Innisfree used to be part of a collection last year. It became a permanent product for the brand and this year, they added two more shades. The liquid blush is inspired by floral colors and promises to be long-lasting with its water texture that adheres to the skin. One of the 2018 shades, Dried Pink Hydrangea, contains hydrangea extract to provide a natural color to the cheeks.

It has been a hard hit or miss with me when it comes to products from Innisfree. I never run out of their cleansers and yet their lip products, as many as I had before, I didn’t seem to reach for that often. This petal blushes, however, will be filed under the former category. I chose this product on a whim but have used this almost every day since I got it.

The frosted bottle packaging looks like a nail polish, even the applicator which is a brush. It always feels cooling when applied on the skin. Dried Pink Hydrangea has a mauve pink hue that looks dark on my cheeks than on the actual bottle. I use about three strokes on each cheek before blending it with a brush.

It blends so seamlessly, especially over liquid foundation. It creates that subdued flushed look that I always go for and lasts the whole day. I can also build this up by applying on top of my usual application, to get a more defined look. The blush applies matte so I never have to worry about this emphasizing my skin’s imperfections. The color also lasts for more than half a day so I don’t need to worry about retouching. It has become my everyday blush and I love it truly. I want to get more colors. (This product was provided by @innisfree and @stylekoreanglobal for review. Available for $9.72 or PHP574 at stylekorean.com)

My skin is extremely dry; so dry that I can easily get bumps on my arms and scales on my legs if I skip moisturizing for a day. The Resist Weightless Body Treatment 2% BHA from Paula’s Choice claims to be unlike other body lotions so, I was excited to give this a try.

This #bodylotion has skin-smoothing benefits that shed built-up layers of dead skin. It has a pH range of 3.5–3.9 and contains salicylic acid (BHA) formulated at a pH range (3.2-3.6) to soften rough, bumpy areas, ease dryness, help clear breakouts from the neck down, stimulate collagen production, and banish dullness for improved skin tone.

To be perfectly honest, I may have trained my self to apply skincare and SPF every day but I have not consistently used body moisturizers. I easily sweat and I don’t like a tacky feeling from a melting moisturizer so I skip it on warmer days. When I got this, I use it in the morning, or if I forget, at night. I put special focus on my bumpy arms, scaly legs, and other rough and dry patches like my knees and elbows.

I like this because if it had a faint medicinal smell, it fades quickly but not as quickly as it sinks into the skin. This feels so lightweight and one of the most easily absorbed moisturizers I’ve ever experienced. On first application, I have noticed instant softness on my skin. After a couple of months of semi-consistent use, it has lessened the bumps on my skin, lightened some of the scars from dried bumps. It has also softened and smoothened my skin, especially the dry patches. I cannot wait to use this more to completely eliminate the bumps. (This product was provided by @paulaschoice and the hut group. Available for $26 at skinstore.com)

Founded in 1945, Amore Pacific offers luxury skincare using Asian botanicals. One of the main ingredients they use, green tea, is grown and harvested in the brand’s own green tea field of 35.6 million square feet on Jeju Island. They believe that the first sprouted green tea leaves handpicked before 10 am within the 15 days prior to Grain Rain in early Spring are most potent in color, scent, and vitality, containing an antioxidant 200 times stronger than vitamin E.

Launched just last year, The Essential Creme Fluid is a moisturizer that contains 150 baby green tea leaves to capture green tea polysaccharides, green tea seed oil, and green tea vitamins to fortify and hydrate the skin, improve the skin’s moisture level, and enhance the anti-oxidizing capability of the skin.

The moisturizer has a strong powder smell that doesn’t linger. The fluid is runny and it feels extremely lightweight. It sinks into the skin quickly, leaving it matte with a slight powder finish. It attests to the “fluid” claims, which of course my oily skin likes. This is so light that it’s a good base for a sleeping mask at night. For the morning, I like using this right after a toner and a vitamin c serum. It doesn’t have mattifying capabilities but it helps manage the oil on my skin. Whenever I use this, it leaves the skin soft and supple. Considering the amount (90ml) you get for the price ($98), I’d say this moisturizer would last longer than other moisturizers but, yes, it is definitely an investment. However, people would oily skin would definitely understand how difficult it is to find a morning moisturizer that doesn’t aggravate the oiliness of the skin. (This product was provided by @amorepacific and @tractenberg for review. Available at amorepacific.com)