Skincare Review: SVR Laboratoire Ampoule Hydra, Ampoule Anti-Ox, and Ampoule Lift

At my age, hydration, plumping, and radiance are important. That’s why I enjoyed trying out these new ampoules from SVR Laboratoire. As someone with oily and aging skin, I enjoyed their texture. For an ampoule, they all felt lightweight and gentle on the skin. I also liked how they all felt nourishing.

The Ampoule Hydra uses vitamin b3 and a combination of 3 hyaluronic acids to soothe, strengthen, and plump skin.

It has a gel texture but it feels thicker than most hyaluronic acid serums. I didn’t mind, though, as it dries matte quickly. It feels hydrating and plumping on the skin. I have been using this every day and I can’t get enough. My skin just loves its hyaluronic acid formulation.

For radiant and toned skin, the Ampoule Anti-Ox uses 20% optimized vitamin c.

It has a watery and runny texture but applies a bit oily on the skin. It also sits on top of the skin so I prefer a more oily-skin friendly vitamin c to be used in the morning. Those with dry skin might enjoy this better.

A new favorite, the Ampoule Lift promises to improve texture, diminish signs of wrinkles, and leave the skin smooth and even using retinol.

This has helped with my fine lines and it doesn’t sting at all. Its thin and milky consistency goes well with my skin. It applies thinly and feels light on the skin. Compared to the retinol products I have in my stash, this has the thinnest and lightest consistency. After a couple of months of use, this left my skin plump and smooth.

The SVR Laboratoire Ampoule Hydra, Ampoule Anti-Ox, and Ampoule Lift were provided by @svrlaboratoire and @wizardpublicity. Available at

Cult Favorite: Sulwhasoo Concentrated Ginseng Renewing Cream

Something new in my routine is the Concentrated Ginseng Renewing Cream from Sulwhasoo. This is a moisturizer that uses red ginseng and retinol to boost moisture while addressing fine lines and uneven texture.

I like ginseng on my skin so I was really excited to try this. It feels creamy but applies matte and thin on the skin but it still feels creamy. It leaves a silky finish on the skin and it feels so luxurious. This doesn’t make my skin oily or clog my pores. My skin just feels plumper in the morning. Since this is on the heavy side, I only use this a at night. I have been using it for about two weeks so I will be using this more before seeing its effects on texture and lines.

The Sulwhasoo Concentrated Ginseng Renewing Cream was provided by Sulwhasoo and Octoly.

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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.

Brand Overview: Kate Ryan Skincare

From Ohio, Kate Ryan Skincare aims to create skincare products made in small batches that are made of quality ingredients and are affordable, plant-powered, and cruelty-free.

The Salicylic Cleanser ($35) contains salicylic acid to exfoliate, DMAE to firm, alpha lipoic acid to refine, and coffee fruit and green tea extract to protect the skin.

This gel type cleanser feels gentle and smells citrusy. It doesn’t strip the skin of oils and leaves it feeling plump and moisturized. As a matter of preference, I enjoy using foaming cleansers more but this exfoliating cleanser is a good option for days when I really want to deeply cleanse my skin.

Containing natural fruit enzymes like pumpkin, pineapple, papaya, and kiwi, the Clearly Radiant Enzyme Mask ($32) to clarify and renew the skin. It also contains gotu kola and hyaluronic acid to also smooth and firms the complexion. This gentle #facemask, softens and nourishes my skin so I like using this when I need an additional glow to my skin. It leaves my skin so soft and hydrated afterward.

The Collagen Booster Intense Repair Serum ($38) promotes collagen synthesis with hydrolyzed collagen, peptides, centella asiatica, and stabilized vitamin C. It also has hyaluronic acid and DMAE to condition and strengthen skin’s collagen, and resveratrol, phloretin, alpha lipoic acid, and green tea to protect the skin. This is best used for me thrice a week as it helps lessens the look of dullness and makes me look like I had more sleep than I really did.

To lift and firm the skin, the 4% DMAE Firming Repair Serum ($38) uses a blend of DMAE, collagen peptides, centella asiatica, alpha lipoic acid, and hyaluronic acid. This does help in firming some not so firm parts of my face however, this leaves my skin feeling dehydrated and I wake up with oilier skin than usual.

With 1% retinol, the Retinol Evening Renewal Serum ($28) also has hyaluronic acid, ferulic acid, niacinamide, and B5 go to clarify the skin and help with hyperpigmentation, moisture retention. I’m always looking for a product that will help with post-blemish pigmentation and this is a really great find for me. My skin loves retinol so this expectedly helped clear, brighten, and hydrate my skin.

I really enjoyed trying these affordable and cruelty-free products with the Enzyme Mask and the Retinol as the favorites. Save for the DMAE Serum, all products provide hydration and brightness to my skin.

The Kate Ryan Skincare products were provided by @kateryanskincare. Available at

Skincare Review: First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser, Facial Radiance Pads, Facial Radiance AHA Intensive Peel, Fab Skin Retinol Eye Cream with Triple Hyaluronic Acid

Textures from some products from First Aid Beauty that I’m playing around with.

On top is the Face Cleanser ($21), which has a creamy whipped texture that promises to calm, soothe, nourish, hydrate, and protect using aloe, allantoin, glycerin, and the brand’s FAB antioxidant booster (licorice root, feverfew, and white tea extracts).

This leaves my skin leaves my skin feeling supple and soft. It cleanses but doesn’t feeling tight so I like using this in the morning for a gentle cleanse.

Next is the Facial Radiance AHA Intensive Peel ($32) which combines lactic acid, salicylic acid, and mushroom enzyme to clear, smooth, and brighten the skin and improve its texture. It has a thin texture and a pasty consistency. It’s not that creamy but easily spreadable. It dries quickly and even though I usually just let this stay on my face for a minute, I got a tingling sensation afterward that lasted until after I finished my pm routine. The results are great though, it left my skin soft and smooth and I have a glowing skin the morning after.

The one in the bottom is the Fab Skin Retinol Eye Cream with Triple Hyaluronic Acid ($42). This eye cream aims to combat the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while smoothing and firming the eye area using microencapsulated retinol and tri-molecular weight hyaluronic acid. This feels light on the skin but it feels creamy and nourishing. It sinks in fairly quickly and due to its creamy consistency, a little goes a long way. This is my first time trying retinol on my eye and after more than a month of use, this has become my new go-to eye cream. It brightens the eye area. I have extremely dry under eyes and this hydrates them so well while keeping them plump and smooth.

They also sent the Facial Radiance Pads ($32) that uses lactic and glycolic acids to exfoliate, tone, and brighten the skin. It also has lemon peel, indian gooseberry, and the FAB Antioxidant Booster. I do not use peeling pads that often but this is handy when traveling. It feels gentle enough for the skin. Lactic and glycolic acids work well for my oily skin and just smoothes and brightens the skin.

The First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser, Facial Radiance Pads, Facial Radiance AHA Intensive Peel, Fab Skin Retinol Eye Cream with Triple Hyaluronic Acid were provided by @firstaidbeauty. Available at