2019 Skincare Favorites

As you know, I love cleansing and these are the new cleanser I’ve added to my favorites.

Sekkisei treatment cleansing oil – I’m usually a balm person but this cleansing oil feels nourishing and gentle on the skin.

Youth to the People superfood cleanser – I love cleansing foams but this is just on a league of its own. it’s watery but foams, it smells great, and it feels so good on the skin.

Then I Met You living cleansing balm and soothing tea cleansing gel – this is just a very nourishing duo. it does the job of cleansing the skin while refreshing and nourishing the skin.

Ole Henriksen phat glow facial – this zaps my blemishes and gives my skin a ridiculous glow the morning after

Korres hydra-biome – this came in at the latter part of the year and I have barely a few months trying this but it’s just so good. It plumps, brightens, and improves my skin overall. Love it. Love it.

Youth to the People 11% AHA exfoliation power toner – this is strong on the skin but it does give stellar results of glowing and clear skin.

Whalmyung skin elixir – my go-to hydrating toner this year

Peach and Lily the good acids pore toner – gentle and good for daily use, this toner doesn’t just brighten the skin. It nourishes them too

Then I Met You birch milk refining toner and the giving essence – if you haven’t noticed I love @charlottejcho for giving me TIMY products this year. This duo are gentle and nourishing but not only that but they also plump and brighten the skin in the long run. I always recommend these for those who have sensitive skin or those who are just building up their skincare routine

Farmacy Beauty very cherry bright – with a heavier texture, I use this brightening serum when my skin is feeling dehydrated

Peach and Lily glass skin serum – this just makes my skin look so damn good

Volition Beauty strawberry-c serum – another brightening serum, this is lightweight and gentle

Caudalie vinopure serum – my go-to serum when my skin is acting up

Korres wild rose spotless serum – yes, I love brightening serums. this one is watery and great before applying makeup

Bliss renew and smooth, glow and hydrate serums – amazed by this. they both have enjoyable texture and for the price, what they do to my skin js more than worth it.

Paula’s Choice power berry serum – a staple in my morning routine

Paula’s Choice antioxidant pore purifier – this just helps when my skin is irritated

Drunk Elephant a-passioni – this made me love retinol. It doesn’t sting, it doesn’t make my face red, and it has improved the overall texture and firmness of my skin

Wander Beauty do not disturb – this has retinoid and I love using this treatment when my skin is feeling dry and dull

Wander Beauty layover – my skin just drinks this in. it light yet so nourishing to the skin

Wander Beauty glow ahead – it calls itself a face oil but it doesn’t feel like it. It’s light and it doesn’t feel oily at all. I use this before applying SPF and makeup and it just a boost of radiance to my skin

First Aid Beauty retinol eye cream – see what I mean by loving retinol this year? I have it for my eyes as well.

Skincare Review: Kat Burki KB5 Calming Gel Cleanser

I’m still one of those people who want their cleanser to feel cleansing. It’s how I liked it when I used to only cleanse and call it a day way back in grade school and that’s how I still like it now.

The KB5 Calming Gel Cleanser from Kat Burki has a gel texture with a watery consistency. It promises to remove impurities, makeup, and excess oil while brightening, soothing, softening, and retaining moisture to the skin. The cleanser uses flower water from gotu kola, lavender, calendula, and chamomile. It also contains aloe leaf juice, borage seed extract, rosehip seed oil, olive fruit oil, vitamin e, and lavender hydrosol water. It’s formulated without parabens, synthetic dyes, synthetic fragrances, gluten, sulfates, petrolatum, and mineral oils.

This might be a gentle cleanser but it has helped deeply cleanse my skin. It removes excess oil without leaving my skin feeling too dry and stripped. Even though I have to use a cleansing balm to remove makeup, this helps keep my skin feeling hydrated. I like using this now in the morning for some gentle yet deep cleansing that nourishes my skin.

The Kat Burki KB5 Calming Gel Cleanser was provided by @katburki and @thewoodsandcoest. Available for $50 at katburki.com

Cult Favorite: Youth to the People Kombucha + 11% AHA Exfoliation Power Toner

I’m late into the YTTP train but I’m going to talk about their products anyway. And, yes, like many others who came before me, this post is a profession of love.

What really surprised me is the Kombucha + 11% AHA Exfoliation Power Toner ($38). It’s a vegan exfoliating toner that promises to minimize the appearance of pores, smooth skin texture, and firm the look of the skin using kombucha black tea ferment, tree bark ferment, ginger, lactic acid, glycolic acid, citrus bioflavonoids, and lemon water extract. Unlike the cleanser, this is a sting surprise. Since my skin is not sensitive, I didn’t experience any redness or irritation. I use this three times a week and have noticed how it improved my overall skin health. Compared to other AHA toners that I have, I feel like this offered quicker results. My skin looks plump, firm, and smooth and it feels as good as it looks. So good I’ve gotten compliments.

My first foray into Youth to the People and I’m in love. They are simple, effective, and nice to look at. They are also cruelty-free and vegan.

The Youth to the People Kombucha + 11% AHA Exfoliation Power Toner was provided by @youthtothepeople. Available at youthtothepeople.com

Skincare Review: Taila Skincare Muhka, Vayu, and Nayana

Cruelty- free and sustainably sourced, Taila Skincare blends Ayurvedic ingredients and processes with today’s technological advances in skincare to create luxury skincare products.

The Muhka Botanical Cleanser ($58) was gentle and not so greasy that it is able to freshen up my skin after rinsing. When a little amount of water is applied over, it forms a light lather so you can feel your skin is getting cleaned.

It also feels nourishing making it a joy to apply. This cleansing oil has turmeric, papaya, castor oil, and lavender to help soothe, soften, and refine the skin. Evidently, after rinsing, it was able to remove all makeup, even the long-lasting ones. However, I have to rinse twice to be able to remove the thin film this leaves on the skin.

After cleansing, I tone with the Vayu Illuminating Toning Mist ($55). It instantly makes my skin feel soft and refreshed. It contains holy basil, rose, cucumber, and aloe to soothe and refresh while neutralizing environmental stressors. I thought this face mist would have a gentle floral scent but the hint of was a welcome surprise. I also like how the mist just sinks into the skin and has a firming sensation.

The Nayana Revitalizing Eye Balm ($88) uses manjishta (Indian madder), ashwagandha (rennet), brahmi (waterhyssop), and meadowfoam seed oil to reduce dark circles, trigger collagen and elastin production and cell regeneration, and to lock in moisture.

Even though I have yet to see its effects on my dark circles, this eye balm is extremely moisturizing. It also helps with the puffiness of my dry eye area.

The Taila Skincare Muhka, Vayu, and Nayana were provided by @tailaskincare. Available at tailaskincare.com

Bodycare Review: Intoxicating Beauty Radiance on Tap Sugar Polish and Salt Emollient Twist

A skincare cocktail, that’s how Intoxicating Beauty describes their products because they contain wine, hops, sake, and spirits and use these to nourish the skin. Even the packaging is inspired by wine, spirits, sake, and craft brew bottles.

The Radiance on Tap Sugar Polish ($58) is a body polish that promises to soften, soothe, hydrate, and moisturize the skin using natural beer, hops, crushed walnuts, ultra-fine sugar crystals, and botanical oils.

Meanwhile, the Salt Emollient Twist ($58) can be used in the face and body and aims to purify, balance, tone, and control oil production with vodka, shea butter, and salt crystals.

Since I prefer scrubs when it comes to exfoliating my body than my face, I focused this review on using both as body scrubs. Both helped my skin look brighter and even while keeping it moisturized. What I really liked about this is how moisturizing both felt on the skin and how they smelled so good. The Radiance on Tap Sugar Polish smelled like lime-infused beer while the Salt Emollient Twist smelled like sweet vodka. They both felt energizing and fresh. However, the oils tend to spill from the packaging so I hope it’s packaged tighter.

The Intoxicating Beauty Radiance on Tap Sugar Polish and Salt Emollient Twist were provided by @intoxbeautybar and @thewoodsandco @thewoodsandconest . Available at intoxicatingbeauty.com