Skincare Review: Boscia Mermaid Fire and Ice Cryosea Peel-Off Mask, Rosehip Omega Face Oil, and Indigo Eye Cream

Boscia is really one of the brands I admire. Vegan and cruelty-free, they constantly evolve and release new products catering to a plethora of skin types and concerns that are made without preservatives, artificial fragrance and color, and gluten.

The Mermaid Fire and Ice Cryosea Peel-Off Mask ($39) uses the brands cryosea blend of red algae, menthol, sea kelp extract, sodium hyaluronate, and seawater to lift, tighten, plump, and increase circulation to the skin.

True to its name, the mask had both hot and cooling effects. After about 20 minutes on the face, it leaves my skin feeling tighter, cleaner, and well-prepared for the next steps of my routine. I should also point out that it applies and peels off very easily, so it makes for a hassle-free face mask experience if you enjoy using peel-off masks

The Rosehip Omega Face Oil ($42), on the other hand, promises to hydrate, replenish, and brighten the skin using rosehip oil, rose oil, and pomegranate seed oil. It might be more effective for hydrating those with dry skin as I need a more hydrating #faceoil for my #oilyskin.

Using wild indigo, hand harvested fucus algae, and hyaluronic acid, the Indigo Eye Cream ($38) aims to hydrate, illuminate, and color-correct the under-eye area while reducing the look of puffiness.

It’s a light, lavender colored solution that applies very easily. However, it doesn’t make much of a difference in terms of disguising dark circles or any imperfections. It also works better with paler or lighter skin – the cream looks a bit too white when applying on mid to dark skin tones.

The Boscia Mermaid Fire and Ice Cryosea Peel-Off Mask, Rosehip Omega Face Oil, and Indigo Eye Cream were provided by @boscia and @purplepr. Available at boscia.com

Brand Overview: Wander Beauty

They are all pink so, first off, thank you for being so pretty. The packaging and the actual product inside Wander Beauty are honestly so pretty making it a joy to use. However, let’s see the results.

The BRB Multipolish ($36) promises to brighten, refine, and balance the skin with plant-derived cellulose, pineapple, and papaya enzymes, glycolic acid, pomegranate and meadowfoam seed oils. I have repeatedly written here that I prefer wash off masks over scrubs so its prettiness is the only thing that propelled me to give this a try. Compared to other scrubs I’ve tried, this has smaller beads but that doesn’t mean it scrubs any less. It does exfoliate like other scrubs and leaves the skin feeling smooth. I like using this better on my lips to exfoliate.

The Lift Off Purifying and Brightening Peel Off Mask ($34) uses acai, goji berry, blueberry, lychee, mangosteen, and green tea extracts to purify and replenish dull skin and kaolin to absorb excess oil and draws out impurities. This is a berry colored #peeloffmask and it looks so pretty when applied. It also feels gentle on the skin. However, as I prefer wash-off masks, I don’t reach for this as much.

I really like how the Baggage Claim Eye Masks ($25) are packaged individually. This #eyemask promises to brighten, hydrate and reduce the appearance of dark circles using hyaluronic acid, aloe leaf extract, and amino acids. These travel-friendly eye masks feel soothing and hydrating to the eye area. It also feels very high-quality and doesn’t easily slip even if I use this sitting upright. I cannot attest to reducing the appearance of dark circles but it does offer immediate brightening.

The Dive In Moisturizer ($36) aims to offer 72 hours of deep hydration with pentavitin, glycerin, panthenol, and sodium hyaluronate, and strawberry, raspberry, cranberry and acai berries. This light pink #moisturizer applies like silk when massaged onto the skin. It has an elegant texture and it leaves the skin feeling silky and plump. However, it’s not hydrating or moisturizing enough for my #oilyskin, especially during this warm weather. I usually wake up with a shiny face whenever I use this.

My favorite out of the bunch is the Lip Retreat Oil ($22), treatment oil that uses rosa canina fruit oil, apricot kernel, and avocado oil to firm and moisturize. This applies like a glossy gel. It has a certain grip to it but it applies so easily on the lips. The nude, Skinny Dip, one suits my lips greatly as it helps even the tone while Excursion offers a berry-colored tone if you want a bit of boldness. It has a good enough staying power, meaning it gets past drinks and lip licking. It doesn’t stick to my hair and the shine it has is not that distracting. Just a bit of something extra to the look.

I have really enjoyed using the Baggage Claim Eye Masks and Lip Retreat Oil. The Dive In Moisturizer might be best suited for those with normal skin while BRB Multipolish and Lift Off Purifying and Brightening Peel Off Mask is a good option for those who like face scrubs and peel-off masks.

The Wander Beauty BRB Multipolish, Lift Off Purifying and Brightening Peel Off Mask, Baggage Claim Eye Masks, Dive In Moisturizer, and Lip Retreat Oil were provided by @wanderbeauty. Available at wanderbeauty.com

Brand Overview: Sekkisei

Using a unique combination of Japanese and Chinese herbal extracts.m, Sekkisei promises to hydrate, replenish, and illuminate the skin while minimizing the appearance of sun spots and age damage.

I am really into cleansers and this cleansing oil became yet another favorite. The Treatment Cleansing Oil ($35) promises to remove makeup and dullness with coix seed oil, sesame oil, and safflower oil. It has a lightweight oil texture that feels really gentle on the skin with a hint of floral smell. You can really feel how simple and hardworking this cleansing oil is. Don’t be fooled by the gentleness, though, as it easily removes SPF and makeup with just a few swipes on the face. Mixed with water, this emulsifies into a milky texture with a blue tinge. It rinses immediately without leaving any filmy feeling or any residue. It just leaves the skin clean and soft. What sets it apart from the multitude of cleansing oils I’ve tried is that it feels so light but is deeply nourishing and hydrating to the skin.

A peel-off mask, the Clear Whitening Mask ($32) aims to unclog pores and remove dead cells with coix seed extract, angelica extract, melothria extract, chinese quince extract, and red oolong tea extract. This black colored one is easy to apply and it applies thinly. It surprising that it doesn’t smell like glue. It’s heavily fragranced, a bit musky, so I can honestly do without it. It dries after about 15 minutes and boy, peeling it off hurt. My face was a bit red after removing it. So I don’t really like using this. It does brighten and exfoliate the skin thoroughly though but it would be fun for those who like peel off masks.

The Lotion ($68), which is was J-Beauty names their toners, claims to penetrate instantly to get rid of dullness and promotes an even, refined skin tone using coix seed extract, angelica extract, melothria extract, and licorice extract. It’s light, watery, and it sinks in really fast before leaving the skin hydrated. I can use this either morning or night with ease as it doesn’t feel tacky or heavy. It’s so light that unlike the other hydrating toners I’ve tried, this doesn’t leave the skin bouncy, just soft and smooth. I like using this when I’m about to use the heavier serums in my stash or if I am using a heavy SPF to balance the tackiness.

Water-based moisturizers are my bias so this Cream ($50) worked well with my existing night routine. It works to strengthen the skin’s natural defense system with korean ginseng extract, cordyceps sinensis extract, coix seed extract, angelica extract, and melothria extract.

This moisturizer has a gel consistency and a runny texture. It feels like a sleeping mask with how it forms a silky veil on my face once applied. It leaves my skin feeling nourished and moisturized and it feels like it’s locking in all the products I put beforehand. It leaves my skin tacky, though, so I like using it at night but I love how soft and smooth my skin feels in the morning after using this.

Overall, I have liked how these Sekkisei products brightened and nourished my skin. They, with the exception of the Clear Whitening Mask, are all very gentle and lightweight. A standout of me though is the Cleansing Oil as it’s one of the most nourishing cleansing oils I’ve tried and the Lotion for being so light yet hydrating, These products are a good support to acids and actives as they help hydrate and moisturize the skin.

The Sekkisei Treatment Cleansing Oil, Clear Whitening Mask, Lotion, and Cream were provided by @sekkisei. Available at sekkisei-usa.com

Skincare Review: First Aid Beauty Skin Rescue Deep Cleanser, Acne Clearing Charcoal Cleanser, Purifying Mask, and Acne Clearing Pads

Promising to provide skincare solutions that have long-lasting results, First Aid Beauty formulates their products without artificial colorants, artificial fragrances, parabens, ethanol, ethyl alcohol, denatured alcohol, methanol, n-butyl alcohol, isopropyl alcohol, sd alcohol, lanolin, propylene glycol, phthalates, mineral oil, petrolatum, formaldehyde, oxybenzone, coal tar, hydroquinone, triclosan, triclocarban, talc, and sulfates, among others. They sent over their products for oily skin types and I jumped right in and played with them.

They sent over two face cleansers, the Skin Rescue Deep Cleanser with Red Clay and the Skin Rescue Acne Clearing Charcoal Cleanser with Probiotics.

Both priced at $24, the Deep Cleanser with Red Clay helps draw out impurities, remove excess oil, and unclog pores using red clay, rosemary leaf oil, bisabolol, glycerin, and the Fab Antioxidant Booster, which is a blend of licorice root, feverfew, and white tea extracts. It’s always fun to try something new, which is a bit difficult when you get to try a lot of products, but this cleanser is it. I mean, it is red and it’s not every day you get to try a red cleanser. Surprisingly, it doesn’t feel severe or harsh. The gel texture this face cleanser has is gentle on the skin. It doesn’t leave my skin too dry or too stripped of oils so I like using this in the morning.

The Acne Clearing Charcoal Cleanser with Probiotics, on the other hand, aims to eliminate current and future acne breakouts, detoxify and purify pores, and boost the skin’s natural defenses with 2% salicylic acid, bentonite and kaolin clays, and yogurt extract. The texture of this one almost feels like a gel mask but easier to spread. I use this every other day to deeply cleanse my skin but that’s just a preference because my skin didn’t find the formula of this cleanser too severe. Both cleansers actually felt gentle on my oily skin.

To exfoliate, the Skin Rescue Purifying Mask with Red Clay ($30), is a 20-minute peel off mask that promises to purify the skin, reduce the appearance of pores, and control excess oil using red clay, rosemary leaf oil, glycerin, and the Fab Antioxidant Booster. I find it funny that the texture and smell of this mask are similar to a glue I used to play with when I was younger. It also doesn’t help that it has a red color. It always makes me smile whenever I use this. It tightens almost immediately and feels like it’s clinging onto the skin. It doesn’t hurt though, which is what usually happens with other masks. Somehow, this still feels gentle during and after application. I prefer exfoliating with wash-off masks though as it’s easier to apply and remove.

The Skin Rescue Acne Clearing Pads with White Clay ($30) helps treat and prevent acne, prevent breakouts, reduce oil, smooth skin texture, and brighten the skin with salicylic acid, kaolin clay, evermat, tea tree oil, and willowbark extract.

It’s been a while since I had a breakout so it took me some time to test this product. So as soon as I spotted a few bumps on my chin area, I immediately went for these pads. I don’t break out often, so I would only use this a few times a week or as needed and works great in preventing any future breakout. What I like about this product is that I’ve never experienced any dryness or peeling while on it. It softens the bumps on my face and leaves my skin incredibly smooth.

The First Aid Beauty Skin Rescue Deep Cleanser with Red Clay, Skin Rescue Acne Clearing Charcoal Cleanser, Skin Rescue Purifying Mask with Red Clay, and Skin Rescue Acne Clearing Pads with White Clayask with Red Claywere provided by @firstaidbeauty. Available at firstaidbeauty.com

Skincare Review: Pixi Beauty Peel & Polish, Glow Mud Mask, T-Zone Peel-Off Mask, GLOW Glycolic Boost, DetoxifEYE

Pixi just came through and sent over almost every kind of mask there is.

First up is the Peel & Polish ($24), a fruity exfoliator treatment that can be used 2 to 3 times a week. It’s easy to put on – apply the product and wash it off after 2 minutes. The result is baby smooth skin, that isn’t dry or flaky. Scrubs are not a favorite but this feels gentle enough for my skin.

An exfoliator making a comeback in my routine is the Glow Mud Mask ($22). This is their signature 15-minute facial, boasting cleansing and purifying effects. When using it, my skin does feel as if all of the dirt and grime from the past day had been washed right off. It just works so well with my #oilyskin and detoxifies and exfoliates my skin thoroughly.

The T-Zone Peel-Off Mask ($22) purifies pores with avocado and green tea. This peel-off mask almost like a pore strip but gentler. However, this is not my preferred way of cleansing my pores.

To nourish the skin, there’s GLOW Glycolic Boost ($10) sheetmask. Glow is an appropriate name for this product since it does exactly that to my face. My skin doesn’t only feel hydrated afterward but has a supple texture, both of which lend to my face looking more youthful. Because of that, this mask is perfect for winding down after a long day.

A favorite out of the bunch is the DetoxifEYE ($24) to depuff, nourish, and revive the under eyes with hyaluronic acid, caffeine, cucumber, and gold.

I have been using this eye mask almost every night since I got it because it just treats my dry under eyes so good. It hydrates and nourishes my eye area, making my face look healthier and more awake in the mornings.

All in all, Pixi’s exfoliating and nourishing masks are a great fit for many of us who want extra care in my skincare. For oily skin, you can’t go wrong with the Glow Mud Mask and those who have dry under eyes would have a field day with DetoxifEYE.

The Pixi Beauty Peel & Polish, Glow Mud Mask, T-Zone Peel-Off Mask, GLOW Glycolic Boost, DetoxifEYE were provided by @pixibeauty. Available at pixibeauty.com