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: Paula’s Choice Peptide Booster

I have come to appreciate the wonders of peptides when I entered my 30s, which to be honest is a little late. If I knew how good it would make my skin look, I would’ve started earlier. Of course, not all peptide products are created equal and the Paula’s Choice Peptide Booster is one of my favorites.

Promising to firm and target loss of firmness, dullness, wrinkles, and discolorations, this is thick. It isn’t unusual with most peptide-based products but what sets it apart is that it sinks in beautifully in my oily skin. It doesn’t feel tacky and it doesn’t sit on top of my face or clog my skin. It just leaves my skin feeling plump and bouncy. I have yet to see it eliminate fine lines but I notice how they are not as prominent as before, especially the ones around my eyes. As for the long-term results, I have been using this two to three times a week every night after applying my essence for about a month and noticed how my skin looks firmer and less dull. I just look healthier.

I need a bigger bottle, honestly.

The Paula’s Choice Peptide Booster was provided by @paulaschoice. Available for $52 at paulaschoice.com

Cult Favorite: Paula’s Choice Power Berry Serum

Living in the city makes my skin exposed to a lot of environmental stressors. Having skincare from me from those was a foreign concept for me until I saw results. Antioxidants provide me healthier-looking skin that’s not prone to clogging and dullness.

That’s why I was so excited to try the Power Berry Serum from a brand I adore, Paula’s Choice. This newly launched serum contains 13 different berries like açaí, blueberry, raspberry, elderberry, goji berry, and strawberry fruit extracts. These ingredients are rich in antioxidants, vitamins, polyphenols, flavonoids, lignans, and anthocyanidins to repair and defend the skin against environmental damage. It also contains sea buckthorn, raspberry, elderberry, and squalene to revitalize, hydrate, and soothe the skin.

I mean, it’s pink. How can I not like it? Also, the tube type of packaging is perfect. No careful opening needed, a lifesaver for clumsy people like I am, and it’s very easy to bring when you’re traveling. Also, the bright color always seems to be calling my name so, I don’t forget applying this in the morning before makeup.

The serum itself feels a bit cool on the skin. It also feels light but has a slight creamy feeling. It doesn’t apply matte and leaves the skin dewy, which made me hesitant at first because textures like this tend to make my skin oily after a few hours of use. This, thankfully, didn’t do that. It left my skin healthy looking and hydrated, as expected of a good skincare product with antioxidants. It also played well with the makeup products I usually use – no sliding off business here. This is honestly a good addition to my existing skincare routine as it supports the actives I use. After a month of using this product, I have noticed less dullness especially in the middle of the week and my skin is much more radiant and healthy-looking.

The Paula’s Choice Power Berry Serum was provided by @paulaschoice. Available for $31 at paulaschoice.com

New In: Paula’s Choice RESIST Youth-Extending Daily Hydrating Fluid SPF 50, Smoothing Primer Serum SPF 30, and Lipscreen SPF 50

I am quite lenient when it comes to skincare products. As long as they do what they promised, I will gladly say it as it is. However, loving a product, for me, is a tall order. I don’t throw the L word lightly. So, believe me when I say this. I love these new spf products from Paula’s Choice. It’s love at first application.

With a really lightweight texture that goes so well with my oily skin, RESIST Youth-Extending Daily Hydrating Fluid SPF 50 ($33) just blew me out the water. It smells like sunscreen but feels runnier than the other SPF products I’ve tried. The first application is an instant like but I wasn’t prepared to love this. It applies like a dream – thinly and without any oily or creamy feeling. It also quickly sinks into the skin, like a milky essence. What I really love about this is, because of antioxidants that are inside this, it feels really hydrating on the skin even if it dries matte.

Using the RESIST Smoothing Primer Serum SPF 30 ($24) was honestly a journey. It feels and looks like a gel in my hand, which is very unusual for a product with SPF, at least compared to all the products I’ve tried. My literal thought was, “We are going to have so much fun.” I put out about four dots on my face and really went in. That’s when I felt the oiliness then I was like, “Oh f—— no. I have an event today. I can’t.” I mean, it felt really oily that I imagined my foundation sliding off even before lunchtime. Then out of nowhere, it dried matte. There’s no residue on my face whatsoever and that made me smile again. So, yes, the rollercoaster this priming serum gave me for two minutes is the most drama I can take that week. After that, everything’s normal but it made my day because the matte finish worked so well for my skin. It didn’t disrupt makeup application and didn’t aggravate the oiliness.

Something I always forget is having SPF protection on my lips so the Lipscreen SPF 50 ($10) is a new part of my routine. It applies thinly and evenly on the lips, not at all greasy and heavy. It has a certain grip to it, which I also like, because it helps grip my lip color. It leaves my lips smooth, soft, and protected so I really couldn’t ask for anything more. Also, it weirdly evens the tone of my lips, making it look healthier and like it has more color.

These products have been part of my morning routine ever since I got them and I would gladly repurchase them once they’re empty. The hydrating fluid and the priming serum are honestly the best SPF products for oily skin. They are exactly what I was looking for – lightweight, dries matte, and full of antioxidants.

The Paula’s Choice RESIST Youth-Extending Daily Hydrating Fluid SPF 50, Smoothing Primer Serum SPF 30, and Lipscreen SPF 50 were provided by @paulaschoice. Available at paulaschoice.com.

Monthly Favorites: April 2019

Peek Beauty Screenshot Natural Beauty Palette, Double Take

For someone who has a ton of shit in the purse, I would give anything that will lessen the things I carry a try. The Screenshot Natural Beauty Palette from Peek Beauty promises to give lush lips, full brows, and stunning eyes in a thin tin case. The palette I have, Double Take, contains Expresso Natural Stain Brow Powder, Metalimatte Naturally Quick Drying Blush, Nom Nom Natural Plumping Balm, Eye Will Stay Naturally Long Wearing Eyeshadow, and a double-ended brush.

This cruelty-free palette contains two eyeshadows that are pigmented and soft to the feel. The mauve eyeshadow I like to use for every day then I add the bronze-toned one if I’m going out or if I’m just feeling some shimmer. The brow powder also comes in two shades.

Both colors are bold, pigmented, and easy to apply. The brow powders glide onto the hair smoothly while leaving my brows looking fuller and bushier. The colors are definitely budge-proof but I mostly use the darker one as it suits the colors of my brows better. If I’m really lacking products, I usually use the lighter one as a base for my eye look. The brush is also a great help when applying as it blends the shadows. It’s not the best and softest brush in the market but it does the job of giving a good eye look.

The blush gives off a very subtle warm coral tone which melts onto the skin quickly. It’s lightweight and blendable too, which is perfect for on-the-go. It delivers a luminous finish, similar to that of a baked mineral blush powder, only in cream form. However, I wouldn’t say that it has a great staying power though. This is what I retouch the most as it doesn’t stay long enough on my oily skin.

The plumping balm, on the other hand, helps keep my lips soft and smooth. I have to reapply this throughout the day because I need more moisture on my lips. The lipgloss is cute, though, as it’s not too glossy. It also looks good as a topper to a more vibrant lipcolor.

The Peek Beauty Screenshot Natural Beauty Palette in Double Take was provided by @peekbeauty and @piercemattie. Available for $55 at peekbeauty.co

Frank Body A-Beauty Scrub

Just when I was running out of body scrub, Frank Body comes out with a new one, the A-Beauty Scrub. The scrub A-Beauty (which stands for Australian beauty) promises to provide glowing skin. It contains finger lime to brighten, eucalyptus for its antiseptic properties, macadamia oil to hydrate and nourish, and kakadu plum for its vitamin c.

As with most Frank Body products, this smells like fresh coffee. The course scrub doesn’t feel harsh and on the skin, as always. As with all the Frank Body scrubs I tried, this left my skin smooth and soft.

I have been using this twice a week for a month now and have noticed brightening in the darker parts of my body like my knees and elbows. It has also helped to diminish the bumps I occasionally get on my arms. Honestly, Frank Body scrubs are a favorite and the A-Beauty scrub is no exception. They just get the right type of scrub my body prefers.

The Frank Body A-Beauty Scrub was provided by @frankbody. Available for $18.95 at frankbody.com

S5 Skincare Balance Fluid

Wanting to pay respect to the skin and the way it functions naturally, S5 Skincare are made with natural and organic formulas and without parabens, ethoxylated ingredients, SLS / SLES, glycols, phenoxyethanol, and petrochemical derived ingredients.

For oily skin, the Balance Fluid (£20 for a travel-sized bottle) promises to be an anti-aging fluid that balances and protects oily or combination and reactive skin. It contains alpine epilobium to reduce oil production and the appearance of pores, and low molecular weight hyaluronic acid to hydrate, soothe and plump the skin. This made me excited, as with all products that promise to control and manage my oily skin. I liked its soft texture. It wasn’t heavy on the skin and the lightweight texture felt relaxing on my skin.

When used in the morning, it helped hydrate my oily skin. It goes well with makeup and helps mattify my skin for about 4 hours before I have to blot. Worth noting, though, that when I blot, the oil isn’t as much than usual. These are good options for those with oily skin looking for a clean moisturizer than can be used in the morning.

The S5 Skincare Balance Fluid was provided by @s5skincare. Available at s5skincare.com

Dermalogica Prisma Protect SPF 30

The Prisma Protect SPF 30 from Dermalogica is a light-activated multitasking moisturizer that provides broad spectrum defense while preventing future signs of skin damage. It has an intelligent drone technology to help boost the skin’s natural luminosity, bio-ferment from sage to help maintain an even skin tone, and advanced moisture magnets to provide hydration for visibly smooth skin.

As I’m getting more and more into spf, I’ve been trying out a lot of products. With someone who has oily skin , it’s as difficult as finding skincare products for the morning that wouldn’t slide off after 30 minutes.

I have to say, when I first tried this I found that is was creamier than I would prefer. I went light with the foundation and used powder products to prevent and impending grease-fest I’m about to experience. Amazingly enough, my skin felt hydrated and look bright all throughout the day. So the next day, I went for my usual makeup routine. This kept my skin hydrated and I only had to blot once in the afternoon. Since I have long forgone applying a moisturizer in the morning, this is a good product that protects, moisturizes, and hydrates the skin in one application. It’s light enough so it doesn’t make my makeup move around and my skin looks clear and healthy all day.

This is a good option for those looking for a vegan and cruelty-free moisturizing SPF that’s free of gluten, artificial fragrances, colors, and parabens.

The Dermalogica Prisma Protect SPF 30 was provided by @dermalogicauk . Available for £58.00 at dermalogica.co.uk

Paula’s Choice Omega+ Complex Moisturizer

I’ve recently been into moisturizing and hydrating my #oilyskin. I feel like, since my skin is getting older, my face is changing. It’s slow but from time to time, I can feel my skin getting a bit drier than usual. I still get oily during the day but after exfoliating, my skin feels a bit different – a tad drier. That’s why my skin is loving hydrating and moisturizing products.

One of the moisturizers my changing skin is responding to is the Omega+ Complex Moisturizer from Paula’s Choice. This fragrance-free and cruelty-free moisturizer promises to nourish, hydrate, soothe, and address signs of dryness with a blend of shea butter and omega oils, guava, flax seeds, citric acid, passion fruit, ceramides, plant oils, and botanical antioxidants.

This is creamier than most moisturizers I’m used too. It’s lightweight and it settles into a creamy silky finish. Especially after exfoliating, this feels really hydrating and nourishing to the skin. For $35, this feels more luxurious on the skin than I would expect. This has helped my skin look more together and plumper in the mornings. It really shows in the middle of the week when my skin can look dull after being outdoors and exposed to pollution. Using this countered that, my skin is not as dull and sallow looking. It just feels soft, hydrated, and moisturized.

The Paula’s Choice Omega+ Complex Moisturizer was provided by @paulaschoice. Available for $35 at paulaschoice.com.

W=Hb2 Power Duo Face Serum

W=Hb2, which is short for Wellness = (Health x beauty) Squared, believes that true beauty is defined by your inner health, peace, and spiritual wellbeing. They only have one product – the Power Duo Face Serum.

The #serum has two products in one package. Phase I contains a tri-active age corrector complex (phytocelltec alpine rose stem cell, biotechnical tri-peptide, and probiotic bacterium) to encourage skin stell cell vitality, boost collagen production, strengthen the skin barrier. It also has a botanical sodium hyaluronate to hydrate the skin. Phase II, on the other hand, has the tri-active brightening and anti-pollution complex. The complex contains niacinamide to brighten, moringa seed pure cure peptide to purify, raspberry stem cell technology to protect the skin from environmental stressors, and sodium hyaluronate to hydration.

Phase II is runnier than phase I but both feel luxurious on the skin and get absorbed quickly into the skin so they can be used by those with oily skin either at night or in the morning. Both products hydrate my skin enough for me not to produce excess oil and lead to shine. Both serums left my skin soft and smooth. I liked how they can brighten up my skin without making it look oily. This is kept my skin from looking dull and sallow and instead left my skin soft and plump. The price is not for everyone but if you are looking for a product that will plump, hydrate, and brighten your skin, this might be for you. It’s one of those anti-aging products that doesn’t clog pores and works even for oily skin types.

The W=Hb2 Power Duo Face Serum was provided by @whb2 and @wizardpiblicity. Available for £110 at whb2.com