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: Korres Hydra-Biome Probiotic SuperDose Face Mask

Since my skin has been problematic lately, I am going a bit hard on the exfoliants and the acid. Along with those, I have been using the Hydra-Biome Probiotic SuperDose Face Mask from Korres every day.

It promises to rebalance stressed skin while relieving, soothing and recharging the complexion using greek yogurt, hydra-biome microbiome rebalancing technology, three types of hyaluronic acid, bisabolol and ginger root extracts, shea butter, apricot oil, sweet almond oil, and aloe vera.

This face mask can also be used as a sleeping mask. It feels like a thick moisturizer to the skin. It spreads thinly and applies white. Its consistency and texture felt like plaster of Paris and it smells like yogurt.

To be honest, I did not care for this the first time I tried it. It felt too creamy on the skin. However, I have come to appreciate it after using it as a sleeping mask every other day. It seeps into the skin and turns colorless. The creaminess and tackiness dissipate after a few minutes and leaves the skin feeling nourished and plump. After a week, I see the difference in my skin. It has helped brighten and clear my skin. It also left it hydrated and bouncy. After more than a month of use, I still use this once a week as a mask and twice a week as a sleeping mask. It just honestly made my skin feel and look healthier. I would sometimes use this right after cleansing and I would still wake up with bright and nourished skin. It’s honestly a new favorite.

This product is also cruelty-free and is made without sulfates, parabens, formaldehyde, phthalates, mineral oil, retinyl palmitate, oxybenzone, coal, tar, hydroquinone, triclosan, and silicones.

The Korres Hydra-Biome Probiotic SuperDose Face Mask was provided by @korres and @tractenbergandco. Available for $49 at korresusa.com

Makeup Review: Ren Skincare Perfect Canvas Clean Primer

The base of my makeup here is the newly-relaunched Perfect Canvas Clean Primer from Ren Skincare, which I’ve been using for the past couple of weeks. It promises to minimize pores, smooth the skin and grip makeup for long-lasting wear using probiotics, blue agave, and alpha-glucans. It also gluten-free, cruelty-free, and is formulated without silicone.

Aside from the pretty orange bottle, I instantly like how watery it is. At first touch, I knew my oily skin would enjoy it, Then as I put it on my face, it transforms into a denser liquid that has a bit of a slip, leaving the skin plump and firm. It sinks in quickly and dries matte as well, making it easy to apply foundation after.

I noticed though that it does play well over creamy skincare products. It tends to pill so I only use water or gel-based serums under this. It’s not mattifying but it blurs my pores a bit and it doesn’t aggravate the oiliness of my skin. Due to the consistency, it really does hold makeup together, making it last longer and prevent it from sliding down my face or gathering at the corner of my eyes and nose whether I use light or full coverage foundations over this one.

The Ren Skincare Perfect Canvas Clean Primer was provided by @renskincareus and @collectivelyinc . Available for $45 at usa.renskincare.com

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Monthly Favorites: August 2019

Fresh Beauty Sugar Strawberry Exfoliating Face Wash

The Sugar Strawberry Exfoliating Face Wash from Fresh Beauty ($33) cleanses and exfoliates to refine, soften, and smooth the skin using two sizes of sugar crystals from beetroots, soapberry peel extract, strawberry fruit and blackcurrant fruit extracts, and grapeseed oil. This face cleanser smells a bit like strawberry jam, which isn’t exactly a bad thing since I love strawberries but sometimes, the smell can get a bit concentrated. The actual cleanser has exfoliating sugar cubes that seem to melt with the actual cleanser the more you massage it onto the skin, which for is genius. It exfoliates and calmed my skin in one application. Despite the exfoliating bits, this feels gentle enough for my skin. It lightly exfoliates and, upon rinsing, it leaves the skin slightly smooth. My skin also feels moisturized a bit, not tight or squeaky clean. It’s a good option for some light exfoliation while smelling strawberries.

The Fresh Beauty Sugar Strawberry Exfoliating Face Wash was provide by @freshbeauty and @octoly.

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Wander Beauty Drift Away™ Cleanser

Enjoying all things pink recently so I’m always reaching for the cruelty-free products of Wander Beauty.

I’ve been enjoying the Drift Away™ Cleanser ($32), their gel-to-foam cleanser that promises to cleanse, nourish, and vitalize the skin using seawater, kelp, coconut water, acai fruit extract, and guava extract. This face cleanser has a gel texture that turns into a white paste once rubbed on the skin. Then it transforms into a clear color the more you massage it. It’s honestly an adventure. As instructed, this vegan cleanser is meant to be rinsed with warm water but I had reservations the first time I used it. It feels creamy and pasty on the skin that I thought it wouldn’t be able to remove my makeup and it wouldn’t come off cleanly. I was wrong. It removes everything – makeup and oils. It was able to remove even full-coverage foundation but I had to use an eye makeup remover to remove eyeliners and mascaras. As a first cleanser for every day, this leaves my skin feeling squeaky clean, devoid of oils but not tight or dry.

The Wander Beauty Drift Away™ Cleanser was provided by @wanderbeauty. Available at wanderbeauty.com

Ouai Scalp & Body Scrub

When I first started this page, I posted about my adoration for the Wave Spray and the Rose Hair and Body Oil from Ouai because they work well with my extremely dry hair and body.

Another new thing to like is the Scalp & Body Scrub ($38) which promises to deeply cleanse the scalp and skin using sugar crystals, probiotic blend, and coconut oil. First off, this scrub smells luxuriously amazing. Per the website, the scent is so good they made it a fragrance called Melrose Place (sidebar, I have more than enough perfumes but this smells so good.)

As for the product itself, I love it. The sugar crystals are coarse but it doesn’t hurt the skin or the scalp. They’re like crystals that melt onto the skin and leave a lather. It doesn’t leave a film or residue after rinsing, which is a great plus. As a body scrub, my skin just feels cleansed, soft, smooth, and great smelling. Once a week, I use this as a scalp scrub on the weekends to make sure that I have all hair gunk removed as I use texture sprays and hair oils every day to tame flyaways or create added volume. Since the crystals are gentle, it doesn’t hurt the scalp and instead feels relaxing to the scalp.

This is another win for me and a great addition to my selfcare routine.

The Ouai Scalp & Body Scrub was provided by @theouai. Available at theouai.com

Sulwhasoo Bloomstay Vitalizing Water

The Bloomstay Vitalizing Water ($75) from Sulwhasoo uses plum blossom and yuzu to hydrate, revitalize, and moisturize the skin. This face toner is watery but it has a certain weight to it. I’ve been applying this at night as my first toner the past few weeks and I’ve been really happy how nourishing it feels on my skin. I also wake up with soft and plump skin afterward.

*I got this product from Octoly.

Brand Overview: Save Skincare

With the main goal of maintaining a youthful look to the skin using cruelty-free and vegan formula, Save Skincare offers simplified skincare products that are free from parabens, SLS, phthalates, mineral oils, sulfates, and GMO to cater to even those with sensitive skin.

As an exfoliator that has to be applied on dry skin, the Gentle Gommage Exfoliator ($25) feels gentle and non-drying on my delicate face. It promises to gently scrub the skin and get rid of dead skin cells without scratching.

It contains bamboo ferment, matcha, and caviar lime to help revitalize and smooth the skin. I’m always excited to use this because it never disappoints on leaving my skin smooth, fresh, clean, and revitalized. It also leaves my skin brighter and glowing complexion after wiping the product off my face.

The Smoothing Eye Cream ($35) promises to smooth fine lines and hydrate and brighten the eye area using probiotics, prebiotics, bamboo bioferment, and algae. This feels nourishing and moisturizing to the skin and even though I didn’t notice it firming the skin and lightening the dark circles under my eyes, this helps me look more awake.

This Ultra-light Moisturizer ($40) feels exactly like its name. It’s the most lightweight cream I’ve ever used so far. I’m really not a fan of moisturizers that feel sticky and heavy on the skin so this is exactly what I’m looking for.

It promises to boost the skin’s barrier and smooth and soothe the skin using probiotics, prebiotics, and bamboo ferment. What I like about this product is that it absorbs well and quickly on the skin, and doesn’t leave a tacky film upon application at all. Also, it doesn’t leave a greasy film on my face. With this moisturizer, my skin feels smooth and hydrated.

These products feel gentle on the skin. The gommage and the moisturizer are standouts but note that these are not treatment products, they are instead good support options to help moisturize, hydrate, and brighten the skin while using your actives.

The Save Skincare Gentle Gommage Exfoliator, Smoothing Eye Cream, and Ultra-light Moisturizer were provided by @saveskincare. Available at saveskincare.com