Before makeup, my oily skin plays better when I only use serums. For about two years now, I would combine hydrating serums and mattifying or hydrating primers, depending on what my skin needs. Moisturizers, however, is a product I only use at night. I was really hesitant to use the Silicone-Free Priming Moisturizer from Good Molecules.
It promises to be a primer/moisturizer that smoothes, hydrates, and preps the skin before makeup. It contains macadamia seed oil, shea butter, and naturally derived silicone alternative.
The creamy texture has a little weight to it made me put off trying this even more. My skin has just recently adapted back to the weather here after being exposed to cold and dry temperatures for weeks so. I have been using my usual serums and makeup but since I got back, I be greasy-oily after just a couple of hours. I felt like it wasn’t the right time to try this creamy primer/moisturizer so I waited for my skin to normalize. That was two weeks ago and honestly, I’m impressed.
It feels creamy, yes, but it applies thin and light on the skin, like a light gel-type moisturizer. It doesn’t have a grip and leaves the skin feeling dewy. I was afraid it would make me look oilier but it didn’t. My skin felt hydrated and nourished. Makeup holds better because I’m actually less oily than usual. One busy day, I forgot to retouch and after about six hours, my makeup still looked okay. There’s still some shine, especially in my t-zone, but I didn’t look slick at all. Even when used under foundation with dewy or satin finishes, it hydrated and moisturized my skin enough that I can go for more than half a day without checking my makeup.
For $14, I would recommend this to those looking for a nourishing and hydrating primer that lasts. This is also vegan, cruelty-free and is made without fragrance, alcohol, mineral-oil, and PEG.
The Good Molecules Silicone-Free Priming Moisturizer was provided by @goodmolecules. Available at $14 beautylish.com
With my recent focus on hydration, the Drunk Elephant F-Balm Electrolyte Waterfacial came at the right time. This new product is an overnight mask that promises to plump, cool, hydrate, and strengthen the skin with a 4-Electrolyte Blend (coconut water, sodium PCA, magnesium PCA, and prickly pear extract), vitamin f, niacinamide, 5-Ceramide Blend, squalane, and quercetin.
Reading the ingredients, it seemed like a nourishing and hydrating cocktail. The balm word in its name, however, sort of scared me. I don’t usually like applying balms on my face as I get easily clogged pores and my face is too oily to handle that kind of texture.
Nevertheless, I gave this a try and I was glad to find out that this doesn’t feel balmy at all. For an overnight mask, this actually feels light. Even in my roster of cream-based moisturizers, this is among the lightest. It is recommended to apply 4-5 pumps. It sits on top of the skin for a few seconds before leaving a silky smooth finish. It also feels nourishing and hydrating, like my skin is drenched from within. The morning after, the results are apparent. My skin is bright, plump, and glowing.
I like using this right after using acids, especially the Babyfacial because the combo just works so well on my skin, providing both nourishment and exfoliation. I would honestly recommend this to anyone looking for hydration and nourishment to the skin. It would also for those with sensitive skin as it is free off essential oils, silicones, fragrance, and PEGs. It’s also vegan and cruelty-free.
The Drunk Elephant F-Balm Electrolyte Waterfacial was provided by @drunkelephant. Available for $52 at drunkelephant.com
I have repeatedly written this but cleansing really is one of my favorite routines. I have more first and double cleansers than I’d like to have but I just like testing cleansers. So, when a favorite brand of mine sent over their newest product, a #cleansingbalm, I was excited for both me and my skin.
The Slaai™ Makeup-Melting Butter Cleanser from Drunk Elephant promises to be a buttery cleansing balm that removes excess oil, grime, and makeup. It contains mongongo oil to protect the vital lipids in skin as it melts dirt and other impurities from skin, fruit extracts (blueberry, kiwi, and strawberry) and replenishing fruit oils (cranberry seed oil, açai fruit oil, and watermelon seed oil) that help comfort and moisturize, and moisturizing and lightweight oils (marula seed, baobab seed, kalahari melon seed, mongongo, and ximenia) to protect and nourish. The vegan cleansing balm is free of gluten, essential oils, silicones, fragrance, and PEGs.
Before talking about the product, I would like to first rave about the packaging. It’s cute, colorful, and sturdy like the other DE products but the magnetized scoop is pure genius. No more losing scoops! I always trust DE to produce the best packaging for skincare products.
As for the actual balm, it feels thick and buttery but it dissolves into a thick oil as you massage it on your skin. The thickness feels, for me, nourishing. Due to the consistency of this product, a little goes a long way when cleansing with this one. I have read reviews about this leaving a thick film and not being able to remove waterproof makeup but I had a different experience. Emulsifying the balm with a bit of water bit by bit as shown in my video is how I usually remove a cleansing balm. It also helps me thoroughly remove makeup and sunscreen without leaving a film as I rinse it off. It leaves my skin soft and smooth. I would recommend this to those who love cleansing oils but want a sturdier packaging for travel.
The Drunk Elephant Slaai™ Makeup-Melting Butter Cleanser was provided by @drunkelephant. Available for $34 at drunkelephant.com