Skincare Review: Neogen Blueberry Real Fresh Foam Cleanser and Canadian Clay Pore Cleanser

As a fan of K-Beauty, Neogen is one of the few brands I’ve tried before and enjoyed. My first neogen product is actually the Real Fresh Green Tea Cleansing Stick, which was co-created with Charlotte Cho. This has been my travel cleanser two years ago. Now, Soko Glam sent over two of their cleansers and I feel like my skincare journey has come full circle.

A foam cleanser with blueberry water and moringa seed extract, the Blueberry Real Fresh Foam Cleanser ($19) promises to remove impurities on the skin and fight off free radicals while hydrating and nourishing it. It also contains witch hazel and soybean ferment extract and is formulated without parabens and mineral oils.

This cleansing foam smells sweet but not overpowering. The plastic packaging pumps out foam but the actual foam doesn’t feel diluted or watery. It’s light but one pump can cover the whole face. It doesn’t leave the skin squeaky clean but doesn’t leave a residue either. It just leaves the skin feeling soft, hydrated, and smooth. A great morning cleanser option as it feels gentle but cleansing.

To be used once or twice a week to deeply cleanse oily and combination skin, the Canadian Clay Pore Cleanser ($27) contains a blend of carbonated water, canadian colloidal clay, kaolin clay, and centella asiatica extract to eliminates excess sebum, blackheads, makeup, and dead skin cells on the surface of the skin and inside pores.

It’s my first time trying something like this. The product feels creamy when applied. It applies smooth but foams on the skin. It doesn’t tighten and feels so gentle on my oily skin and it’s easy to rinse off. I like that even if it’s targeted for oily and combination skin types, it doesn’t feel drying or stripping. It just leaves the skin detoxified and smooth. I like using this twice a week for deep cleansing for exfoliating with a face mask.

The combination of these gentle cleansers helps keep my skin cleansed, clear, and soft without stripping my skin and drying it.

The Neogen Blueberry Real Fresh Foam Cleanser and Canadian Clay Pore Cleanser were provided by @neogen and @sokoglam. Available at sokoglam.com

Lazy Skincare: Beauty Sticks

For girls who are either too lazy or too rushed to be bothered, beauty sticks are always the way to go. They are fuss-free, compact, and adventure-friendly. From cleansers to sunscreens, these are my picks for on-the-go beauty.

Skincare

Cleansing Sticks have been around for a few years now, serving the travelers who don’t let their skincare routine take the back seat wherever they are. The Neogen Real Fresh Green Tea Cleansing Stick which contains real green tea leaves and removes makeup efficiently. Another option is the Acure Incredibly Clear Cleansing Stick, which has rosehip oil and sea kelp to help cleanse oily skin types.

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For treatments, The Milk Makeup Watermelon Brightening Serum aims to brighten, hydrate, and smoothen the skin with watermelon fruit extract, swiss garden cress sprout, and vitamins A, C, and E. Julep Beauty also offers two pressed serums in stick form. The Dream Big Nightly Renewal Pressed Serum with BHA streamlines your PM skincare routine by offering to hydrate and exfoliate the skin through salicylic acid and sodium hyaluronate for a smoother complexion.  The You Got This Pressed Serum Daily Moisturizer offers soothing hydration defending the skin against environmental damage with its camellia japonica seed oil, Jeju blossom extract, sodium hyaluronate, and ceramides.

Great for dry spots or any part of your skin that needs some moisture, Josie Maran has the Argan Oil Moisturizing Stick. It can moisturize chapped lips, soothe dry skin, moisturize dry cuticles, and soothe the skin, among others.

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For those who are always outdoors and needs a sunscreen that can be applied many times over, the Coola Mineral Sport SPF 50 is an organic sunscreen stick that has tamanu oil, sea kelp extract, and cocoa seed butter to protect and moisturize the skin. Another option is the su:m37 Sun-away Clear Shield Sun Stick, and SPF 50 sun stick recommended for dry skin types because of its moisturizing texture. It’s also sweat and water resistant.

Makeup

After hydrating, moisturizing, and protecting your skin, it’s time to put in some color with these portable and multi-tasking makeup sticks.

Stick foundations are the heroes of shortcut makeup routines, providing coverage wherever you are. A sunscreen, foundation, and primer in one the Dr. Brandt Pores No More Multi-Performance Stick SPF 45 blurs pores and lines, hydrates, smooths, provides SPF 45 protection. The Makeup Forever UltraHD Invisible Cover Stick Foundation is also an option if you want coverage. It creates a flawless complexion with a lightweight texture that leaves a natural-looking, radiant finish.

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If you have time to add a healthy glow to that coverage, Nars The Multiple has a variety of shades in both matte and shimmer finishes to enhance your complexion. A personal favorite is Orgasm, which provides both color and shimmer. It’s perfect for those times when I need to quickly add a rosy glow to my face.

The Nudestix Nudies All Over Face Color is a dual-ended stick that has a creamy color on one ends and a blending brush in another. Providing illuminating, highlighting, and bronzing shades, this is perfect if you want more precision in how you apply makeup without having to bring your entire arsenal wherever you go.

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For the finishing touch, another favorite is the Charlotte Tilbury Beach Stick which you can use on both cheeks and lips as the color options are universally flattering. I always use Formentera when I want to add extra color during beach vacations. The Beach Stick blends easily even if you’re just using your fingertips so it’s great for a goof-proof application.