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.

Makeup Review: Kosas Wet Lip Oil Gloss

As a 90s kid, my preference for matte lip colors is just innate. I treat lip glosses as a product you use when you want to have a little fun or when you want to be a little extra.

So, when I saw Kosas recently launches their Wet Lip Oil Gloss about a month ago, I found it cute. When I got the package, I decided to seriously give glosses a try. That’s how me, a matte lip believer ended up bring five lipglosses to my vacation.

During the first few days was a struggle, to be honest. The hybrid lip treatment applied like a gloss, with a bit of heaviness to it. It left my lips feeling sticky and I have to reapply more frequently, which are pain points for me but I don’t have to retouch every hour, which is what I do with other lip glosses.

The wet lip look is what really got me hooked. This left my lips looking fresh and cute, my whole fave jollier and more youthful. The moisturizing benefit, with the gloss containing hyaluronic acid, peptides, and evening primrose oil, also greatly helped with me enjoying this, especially on a -15 degree weather. My lips were never chapped or dry. The color payoff is also commendable as with a few swipes, it was able to provide an even color to my uneven-colored lips.

I use Jelly Fish (clear) as a topper if I want my matte lip colors to have an extra sheen and Bikini Nude (nude) when I want to highlight my nude lipstick. Malibu (pink), Jaws (blood red), and Fruit Juice (magenta) when I want a one-and-done shiny color on my lips. I reach for Jelly Fish and Fruit Juice the most because I just love how it looks on me.

I still prefer the Weightless Lip Color but the Wet Lip Oil Gloss is its fun and moisturizing cousin you just can’t easily ignore, especially on a fun night.

The Kosas Wet Lip Oil Gloss were provided by @kosas . Available for $27 at kosas.com

Skincare Review: Dermalogica Phyto-Nature Firming Serum and Antioxidant Hydramist

These cold days give me the opportunity to really go in with the thicker serums in my stash. One of the things I’ve recently been using is the Phyto-Nature Firming Serum (£130) from Dermalogica. With my quest to incorporate more firming and tightening in my routine, this just fits right in.

This serum promises to reduce the appearance of premature skin aging while firming, protecting, and revitalizing it using sapphire-bound biomimetic peptides, Amazonian Camu Camu, hyaluronic acid, Moroccan rockrose extract, and Madagascar green coffee bean.

It has a dense gel consistency that spreads easily and sinks in fairly quickly, which impressed me. Given the consistency, I thought it would be thick and it would sit on top of the skin. It has sort of a slip to it, giving the firming feel to the skin and it plays well with the other products I use in the evening. It instantly tightens and firms. What I really like about this is that it also hydrates my skin, leaving it plump and smooth in the morning instead of oily. This also goes well with the gua sha it came with for extra relaxation and firming. I will continue to use this and see more results aside from its hydrating, plumping, and firming benefits.

They also sent the Antioxidant Hydramist (£40), which I use every morning as a toner and a hydrator while applying makeup. It aims to firm, hydrate, protect, and refresh the skin with pea, rose, and clove extracts. It’s hydrating and it sinks in quickly. It does what a hydrating mist would do so the price is not justified for me. It has a fine mist, though, so I can easily use it without messing my makeup.

The Dermalogica Phyto-Nature Firming Serum and Antioxidant Hydramist were provided by @dermalogicauki. Available at dermalogica.co.uk

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

Brand Overview: La Gaia Unedited

I have tried a lot of skincare products but I have never heard of products using stones and gems. La Gaia Unedited uses them together with vitamins and peptides.

The Macadamia Exfoliate uses Australian ground macadamia bamboo, chamomile, and vitamin e to refine, polish, smooth, and restore moisture levels of the face and body. This felt really cleansing and it was able to offer instant softening to the skin. The thick cream needs thorough rinsing, though. I like using this as a body exfoliator every weekend.

Their Vitamin C serum promises what other vitamin c serums do. It was light on the face and I didn’t have any problem using it. I used it after cleansing and I didn’t feel the need to use moisturizers because it was enough to keep my face feel soft and hydrated. I also liked its texture! The brightening part, though, took a bit of time compared to the other serums I’ve used.

The Amethyst Cream uses amethyst quartz for its healing and regenerative benefits. The cream also has plant essences, seaweed extracts, butters, and bioactive ingredients to replenish moisture loss, reduce surface pigmentation, and restore radiance and luminosity to the skin. This helps moisturize and soften the skin. It’s perfect for the colder months because it’s thick and hydrating.

Using poly-glutamic acid and copper minerals to rebuild the skin’s pH protective barrier and repair deep dermal damage, the Copper Infuse Gel is soothing to the skin especially after exfoliating and waxing.

The La Gaia Unedited products were provided by @lagaiaunedited. Available at lagaia.com.au