Skincare Review: SVR Laboratoire Ampoule Hydra, Ampoule Anti-Ox, and Ampoule Lift

At my age, hydration, plumping, and radiance are important. That’s why I enjoyed trying out these new ampoules from SVR Laboratoire. As someone with oily and aging skin, I enjoyed their texture. For an ampoule, they all felt lightweight and gentle on the skin. I also liked how they all felt nourishing.

The Ampoule Hydra uses vitamin b3 and a combination of 3 hyaluronic acids to soothe, strengthen, and plump skin.

It has a gel texture but it feels thicker than most hyaluronic acid serums. I didn’t mind, though, as it dries matte quickly. It feels hydrating and plumping on the skin. I have been using this every day and I can’t get enough. My skin just loves its hyaluronic acid formulation.

For radiant and toned skin, the Ampoule Anti-Ox uses 20% optimized vitamin c.

It has a watery and runny texture but applies a bit oily on the skin. It also sits on top of the skin so I prefer a more oily-skin friendly vitamin c to be used in the morning. Those with dry skin might enjoy this better.

A new favorite, the Ampoule Lift promises to improve texture, diminish signs of wrinkles, and leave the skin smooth and even using retinol.

This has helped with my fine lines and it doesn’t sting at all. Its thin and milky consistency goes well with my skin. It applies thinly and feels light on the skin. Compared to the retinol products I have in my stash, this has the thinnest and lightest consistency. After a couple of months of use, this left my skin plump and smooth.

The SVR Laboratoire Ampoule Hydra, Ampoule Anti-Ox, and Ampoule Lift were provided by @svrlaboratoire and @wizardpublicity. Available at labo-svr.com

Skincare Review: Good Molecules Clarify & Cleanse Bar and Caffeine Energizing Hydrogel Eye Patches

Working from home now allows me to do a longer skincare routine. Featuring this morning’s routine feature these new vegan and cruelty-free drops from Good Molecules.

The Clarify & Cleanse Bar claims to be a gentle soap-free cleansing bar that clarifies and detoxifies the using salicylic acid, kaolin clay, rosehip oil, and grapeseed oil. This cleansing bar instantly makes a foam. As with most soaps, it was also easy to rinse off my face. It left my skin feeling soft, refreshed, and clean. The only con I could think of is that dissolves easily.

The Caffeine Energizing Hydrogel Eye Patches contains caffeine, acetyl tetrapeptide-5, niacinamide, and hyaluronic acid to brighten, hydrate, and reduce puffiness around the eyes in just 10 minutes. As with most eye patches, this is relaxing and soothing to the skin. I like using this while I work because it feels so hydrating and relaxing. I have yet to see it’s brightening benefits but this definitely de-puffs the eye area.

The Good Molecules Clarify & Cleanse Bar and Caffeine Energizing Hydrogel Eye Patches were provided by @goodmolecules. Available at getgoodmolecules.com

Skincare Review: Bliss Bright Idea Collection

Powered by Vitamin C and Tri-peptide, the new Bright Idea collection from Bliss promises to brighten, plump, and hydrate the skin while boosting its natural elasticity.

The Bright Idea Serum ($27) also contains licorice root extract and glycerin to smooth and calm the skin while protecting it from free radicals. I really enjoy the light and airy consistency of Bliss serums. Like their other serums, this sinks in and leaves a silky finish to the skin after application. Compared to other vitamin c serums, this doesn’t only brighten the skin, it also feels hydrating on the skin.

To smooth, protect, brighten, and revive the eye area, Bright Idea Eye Cream ($24) also contains licorice root extract. This is my first Bliss eye cream. It has a light but creamy to the feel to the skin, which works well with my dry eye area. It feels moisturizing and it sinks in beautifully. A small amount goes a long way and it’s extremely nourishing.

The Bright Idea Moisturizer ($24) also uses green tea extract and plant-derived carbohydrate complex to reinforce the skin’s natural defenses against free radical damage while hydrating the skin. This is really creamy but it feels lightweight once massaged onto the skin. It also has this slightly cooling sensation as you massage it to the skin and it leaves a satin finish.

I like using products with Vitamin C in the mornings and while I have no problems using the Serum and Eye Cream, I found the Moisturizer’s consistency heavier than I would prefer, especially since it’s so warm and humid these days. I have also been reviewing a lot of products with vitamin c and peptides and these products are definitely in the more inexpensive price range so, these are a good option for those looking for brightening, plumping, and hydrating products.

The Bliss Bright Idea Serum, Eye Cream, and Moisturizer were provided by @bliss. Available at blissworld.com

Skincare Review: Bellflower Coconut Daily Moisture Cream and Idebenone Glowing Face Cream

I have recently been using these two moisturizers from Bellflower a kbeauty brand under the same company of Iunik. They are focused on streamlining the ingredients of skincare products and on using EWG safety grade components.

The Coconut Daily Moisture Cream aims to moisturize and smooth the skin using coconut oil, coconut extract, aloe vera extract, apricot kernel oil, and camellia japonica seed oil. When I applied this to my face, I got a slight hint of coconut, which thankfully dissipated after a few minutes. It has a creamy texture, which, for my oily skin, is suitable for nighttime. The smoothing benefit took a bit of time to be visible but it did help moisturize my skin, especially on the parts that I recently got dry patches.

Promising to brighten and nourish the skin, the Idebenone Glowing Face Cream contains niacinamide, idebenone, propolis extract, and rice extract. This has s similar texture and consistency with the Coconut Daily Moisture Cream. It’s also equally moisturizing. This provides a slight brightening benefit and it feels nourishing to the skin.

These moisturizers are not mind-blowing but I like how nourishing and inexpensive they are. At $15 each, it does the job of moisturizing and nourishing the skin. The packaging is also useful especially when you’re traveling. It’s thin and compact and can easily be brought anywhere.

The Bellflower Coconut Daily Moisture Cream and Idebenone Glowing Face Cream were provided by @bellflower. Available at bellflowercos.com

Skincare Review: 23.5°N Oriental Beauty Tea Balancing Facial Cleanser, Balancing Gel Mask, and Balancing Toner

My actives and I are one and the same person but, I have been looking for gentler and more nourishing products. I felt like they are what my skin’s looking for and, of course, I’ll oblige.

23.5°N is a brand I have recently been curious about and thankfully, Glowie Co sent over some of their products for me to try. Using ingredients from natural farming in Taiwan, 23.5°N offers gentle formulations that are cruelty-free and are made without artificial coloring, fragrance, alcohol, and parabens. All the products I tried contains Oriental Beauty Tea, a plant indigenous to Taiwan. It’s farmed from the Emei Township in Hsinchu County, Taiwan. This extract is rich in polyphenols and promises to balance oil and moisture levels in the skin.

I have been using the Oriental Beauty Tea Balancing Facial Cleanser ($22) for a few months now and my skin is loving it. It uses glycerin, camellia leaf extract, and hyaluronic acid to gently cleanse the skin. It’s a foaming cleanser that has a thick whipped texture. It mildly lathers and gets rid of all oils on my skin without leaving it stripped or dry.

My favorite out of the bunch is the Oriental Beauty Tea Balancing Gel Mask ($29) which aims to detoxify and hydrate the skin while controlling oil using niacinamide, peppermint extract, and hyaluronic acid. I seriously enjoy this. It’s a gel mask that dries on the skin. The green tea smell is calming and the actual product feels soothing to the skin. It helps hydrate my skin and it feels gentle too. I like using this after exfoliating or on days when I just feel like giving my skin extra hydration.

The Oriental Beauty Tea Balancing Toner ($22) claims to clarify, hydrate, and control oil using peppermint extract and hyaluronic acid. This smells like iced tea, which I really like. It’s very watery and it sinks in quickly onto the skin. I’ve had more hydrating and nourishing toners than this one but this might work for those who want a gentle and soothing toner.

Overall, I enjoyed how these vegan products are extremely gentle and soothing on the skin. The Oriental Beauty Tea Balancing Gel Mask, especially, has been part of my weekly ritual. It was, at first, because of how it made my skin feel afterward. After a few weeks, however, I noticed how it helped balance and detoxify my skin. I love it.

The 23.5°N Oriental Beauty Tea Balancing Facial Cleanser, Balancing Gel Mask, and Balancing Toner were provided by @235n and @glowieco. Available at glowieco.com