Skincare Review: Then I Met You The Skin Balancing Duo

I’ve always described Then I Met You products as thoughtful and nourishing. The Skin Balancing Duo, their newest offerings, are no different.

Promising to be hydrating and exfoliating, the Birch Milk Refining Toner using birch juice, marshmallow root, squalene, glycolic and lactic acids, and gluconolactone.

The watery toner is something you would have expected if you have tried other Then I Met You products – gentle and nourishing. It’s good for daily use and it leaves the skin hydrated and soothed after application. As for exfoliating, it’s not as quick nor as harsh as the other exfoliating toners in the market but it gets the job done. This would work for those with sensitive skin. For me, I like it as a hydrating toner that offers additional brightening benefits while nourishing my skin.

I have developed my love for essences when I got into K-Beauty. They just help plump and nourish my skin without the thickness of moisturizers that offer the same promises. A new addition to my stash is The Giving Essence, which aims to hydrate and brighten the skin while providing antioxidants using black chokeberry, galactomyces, ellagic acid, red algae, and polyglutamic acid.

Similar to most essences, this is watery with a bit of weight to it. The essences has a bit of tackiness but it sinks in quickly to the skin and leaves it looking and feeling plump and soft. It’s, of course, nourishing and hydrating to the skin. It does help brighten the skin a bit and this, conjunction with the toner, just provides a soothing and calming feeling to the skin.

I have long believed that there are no products suited for all skin types but Then I Met You made me eat my words. Their vegan and cruelty-free products help hydrate my oily skin without any tackiness nor does it leave my skin begging for more. Their products are just right when you need nourishment and hydration. If you are looking to protect you skin and improve its overall health, these products are for you.

The Then I Met You The Skin Balancing Duo was provided by @thenimetyou. Available as a set for $78 or individually (toner for $32 and essence for $50) at

Skincare Review: Bliss Glow and Hydrate Day Serum and Renew and Smooth Night Serum

I have been trying these new drops from Bliss for more than a month now and I’m so far enjoying the results. The brand launched two serums, the Glow & Hydrate Day Serum ($22) and Renew & Smooth Night Serum ($25), working hand in hand to provide smooth, glowing skin.

The Glow & Hydrate Day Serum contains niacinamide and hyaluronic acid, and vitamin e to replenish, defend, hydrate, improve dullness, and diminish pores and blemishes. The consistency of this is thicker than the serums I usually use in the morning but it works. It applies thin and dries matte making it a good base for my makeup. I usually use niacinamide at night, together with my retinol, so using one in the morning was a total change for me. It was a nice change, however, as this is gentle on the skin and it leaves it feeling soft and looking bright. It didn’t aggravate the oiliness of my skin, it actually managed the oiliness by keeping my skin hydrated.

The Renew & Smooth Night Serum ($25) uses a blend of glycolic acid and polyhydroxy acid, squalene, and fruit acids (sugar cane, lemon, orange, and apple) to dissolve dead skin cells, brighten, smooth, and balance the skin. This has a thicker consistency than the AM serum but it works well with my other products at night. It also feels gentle on the skin and it sinks in quickly as well. It feels soothing to the skin and it doesn’t tingle at all. I like how this leaves my skin plump and glowing the morning after.

Together, these serums have made my skin look healthy. I am really amazed as to how bright and smooth my skin looked after a few weeks of using this. Even my husband commented about it. For the price, the results were so good. What really surprised me is how well both worked for my oily skin. The consistency was just right and I feel like anyone who wants to have smoother, glowing skin can use this. I also like that these serums are cruelty-free, vegan, and are formulated without parabens, phthalates, sulfates, urea, formaldehyde, mineral oil, dea, tea, mea, eta, and dmdm hydantoin.

The Bliss Glow & Hydrate Day Serum and Renew & Smooth Night Serum were provided by @bliss. Available at