Cult Favorites: Allies of Skin Molecular Silk Amino Hydrating Cleanser, 35% Vitamin C Collagen Rebuilding Serum, and Peptides and Antioxidants Firming Daily Treatment

Since I love sleep over anything else, my morning routine has to be quick. After showering, I usually just apply a serum, sunscreen, and then proceed with makeup.

Recently, I’ve been using these products from Allies of Skin – focusing on hydrating, brightening, and just keeping my skin healthy in the morning and the results are really something.

To cleanse while nourishing and hydrating the skin, the Molecular Silk Amino Hydrating Cleanser ($38) uses hyaluronic acid, silk amino acids, safflower oil, moringa oil, ethylated l-ascorbic acid, white tea, lecithin phospholipids, and lactic acid. The runny gel of this cleanser consistency feels gentle on the skin. I use this as a second cleanser and it emulsifies to a milky consistency. It also feels refreshing on the skin. It cleanses the skin without stripping it or leaving a film but my skin is still left soft and moisturized.

The 35% Vitamin C Collagen Rebuilding Serum claims to be the world’s first and only waterless formula with a 35% vitamin c concentration. It also contains superoxide dismutase and glutathione to provide antioxidants while repairing, brightening, and firming the skin. The texture and consistency of this serum are on the oily side, which scared me at first because this is suggested to be used in the morning. My skin, as good a condition it is in now, would look like a greased pan if I use an oily makeup or skincare product. However, this didn’t make my skin oily at all. It dries into a silky texture but it sinks in beautifully in my skin and actually makes my makeup look so good. Like I have plump and soft skin. Deeper results would be brightening and the smoothness. After daily use for almost a month, this made me look radiant and healthy.

Meanwhile, the Peptides & Antioxidants Firming Daily Treatment ($109) uses 7 brighteners, 9 antioxidants, and a 16.5% repair complex to boost collagen production while firming and providing radiance to the skin. This feels like a light moisturizer but it sinks in like a serum would – quick and matte. It feels hydrating and nourishing on the skin and it works so well under my makeup and SPF. It makes my skin look plump and soft. Also, this makes my makeup look so good. Like I spent an hour doing my base instead of 10.

After about a month of using these products, I can say that the 35% Vitamin C Collagen Rebuilding Serum and the Peptides & Antioxidants Firming Daily Treatment are my favorites. They have been part of my morning routine and have made my skin look healthy, bright, and radiant. They also feel light, hydrating, and nourishing, which my oily skin really needs.

The Allies of Skin Molecular Silk Amino Hydrating Cleanser, 35% Vitamin C Collagen Rebuilding Serum, Peptides & Antioxidants Firming Daily Treatment were provided by @alliesofskin. Available at alliesofskin.com

Monthly Favorites: June 2019

Leaf The Essentials

I associate metal shavers to what my father used to use when I was a kid. I look at it as something grown-up people use. Even more when I received The Essentials from Leaf Shave and found out that I have to put in the blades myself in the metal razor. Customization is a great selling point but this clumsy girl had to ask her husband to tear the blades in half and put it in the shaver. So, despite being at an age where I qualify as an actual adult, it was difficult for me to get the courage to use this.

When I did, I was amazed how it was able to get all my unwanted hairs in one swipe because of the three-bladed head and how close it shaved to my skin, leaving close to no hair, without scraping me, because of the spring-loaded head to perfectly shave even the curvier parts of the body. It honestly feels gentle on the skin, the base gliding to the skin smoothly, despite the sturdy handle. Since I used this, I never experience a nick, even in the most difficult parts of where I shave. It looks good on my shower shelf as well. I just really love using this simply because this product is so well-made. The photo-friendly rose-gold color of the razor is just an added bonus because this set is much more than that.

Leaf The Essentials was provided by @leafshave. Available for $79 at leafshave.com

Mamonde Pore Clean Toner

Another Mamonde product I got to try is the Pore Clean Toner, which by the name of it, it seems to be calling for my easily clogged oily skin. Also, since Mamonde’s products are infused with flowers, collecting naturally-fallen buds, petals, and seeds, to provide nourishment to the skin, I have a bias for them. I love flowers, sue me.

Of course, this vegan and cruelty-free face toner has a floral smell, its consistency watery with a slight density to it. It sinks in quickly but leaves the skin feeling rubbery and looking dewy. It contains eoseongcho, houttuynia cordata, and west coast mud extracts to remove impurities, absorb excess oil, and treat blackhead. It does the job of mattifying the skin, leaving a clean slate before I apply my other skincare products. It doesn’t feel drying, however, which I like. It also helped remove other impurities that my cleanser at the moment wasn’t able to remove. It does prevent blackheads and clogging in my pores, I noticed, but after using it for almost a month, I noticed that it wasn’t able to treat existing ones. I feel like this toner does more preventing than treating so it would be best used by those who are just starting to see changes in their skin, especially those who are younger.

The Mamonde Pore Clean Toner was provided by @mamonde and @sokoglam. Available $23 at sokoglam.com

Lola’s Apothecary Sweet Lullaby Soothing Body Soufflé

I’m someone who likes applying my body moisturizer at night. I sweat easily and given the weather, using a creamy moisturizer, or any moisturizer for that matter will result in a sticky mess before lunch. However, with my extremely dry skin, the need for moisture is important. So, night time moisturizing it is.

The Sweet Lullaby Soothing Body Soufflé from Lola’s Apothecary promises to nourish and moisturize using shea butter, coconut oil, and rosehip CO2. Its scent is a combination of french lavender, vanilla, sweet orange, patchouli, and ylang-ylang for a comforting and calming smell.

The texture of this body cream is thicker than that of a body cream or lotion so it takes more time to be absorbed by the skin. But as it promised, it makes the skin smooth, soft, and moisturized.

On the downside, since it has shea butter and oil as ingredients it tends to be a bit greasy on the skin because of the current hot temperature. It didn’t matter to me since I use this at night. Not only does this moisturize my dry skin, but its scent also helps relieve stress after a long day.

The Lola’s Apothecary Sweet Lullaby Soothing Body Soufflé was provided by @lolasapothecary. Available for £34 at lolasapothecary.com

Verb Ghost Shampoo and Conditioner

I first fell in love with that distinct grapefruit/oatmeal scent of Verb. It started with the Ghost Oil but have come to find that their Ghost Shampoo and Conditioner is IT.

Promising to be light yet moisturizing, this paraben free, gluten-free, and cruelty-free shampoo and conditioner use moringa oil as their main ingredient. The moringa oil aims to cleanse, moisturize, detangle and smooth the hair. It also contains quinoa protein and sunflower seed extract to repair damage, protect the strands, and strengthen the hair.

The shampoo and conditioner work well with my dry hair and oily skin. The Ghost Shampoo cleanses and hydrates my hair without leaving it too dry or frizzy afterward while the Ghost Conditioner moisturizes my strands without weighing it down or leaving it feeling limp and greasy. They just do my hair just right.

The Verb Ghost Shampoo and Conditioner were provided by @verbproducts as an affiliate. As an affiliate, you can shop at my link verb.best/skinwhims and I get a small percentage. If it’s your first purchase at verb, you can get 16% off. Available for $16 each at verbproducts.com

Lather Pear & Lavender Sink Sidekick

I went from not applying anything on my hands at all to someone who has different hand washes and hand cream around the house and on my office desk.

One of them is the Pear & Lavender Sink Sidekick from Lather, which is by my kitchen sink. The cruelty-free set combines the refreshing scent of pear with the soothing fragrance of lavender. The hand wash aims to moisturize and cleanse the hands using aloe vera and wheat germ oil while the hand lotion contains shea butter and meadowfoam seed oil to lock in moisture and protect the skin. Used together, this set helps moisturize and soften my easily dry hands and the scent is a welcome fragrance. I like that the hand wash foams easily and rinses without leaving a film. The hand lotion, on the other hand, doesn’t feel thick and gets absorbed easily. It’s subtle but refreshing. This set is also made without parabens, sulfates, fragrance, and mineral oils.

The Lather Pear & Lavender Sink Sidekick was provided by @lather. Available for $14 each or as a set for $30 at lather.com

D’Alba Piedmont Peptide No-Sebum Repair Cream

I have tried products from D’Alba and aside from their benefits, I have always enjoyed their textures. They always have to most silky and luxurious textures my skin has experience.

Their Peptide No-Sebum Repair Cream is no exception.

It might look creamy and heavy from the packaging but it feels oh so light. It gently applies like silk on the skin. I just love it. This moisturizer contains calamine powder, white truffle, peptides, adenosine, and niacinamide to remove dead skin cell, improve elasticity, control oil, and soothe the skin.

To be honest, their No-Sebum line is just amazing. This moisturizer can be used even in the mornings as it feels so light on the skin. It sinks in quickly and just leaves the skin feeling smooth and silky. For my routine, I like applying this at night before using a thick sleeping mask. Despite the light consistency, this still feels nourishing and it envelopes the skin, sort of locking in all the products I used beforehand.

Those with oily skin would love this, even those with oily and sensitive skin, I feel like. It’s #crueltyfree and is made without parabens, pigments, artificial fragrances, and mineral oil.

The D’Alba Piedmont Peptide No-Sebum Repair Cream was provided by @dalba and @sokoglam. Available for $45 at sokoglam.com