Makeup Review: My Splash Care Rose WTR and Splash Beauty Sponge

I’m still one of those people who’s more comfortable using a brush to create the base of my makeup. However, I turn to makeup sponges/blenders if I want to use a full coverage foundation that will last for as long as I needed it to.

I have been using the Rose WTR and Splash Beauty Sponge from My Splash Care. Meant to be used together, the Rose WTR contains aloe leaf juice, rosa damascena, witch hazel, and chamomile to hydrate, soothe, and calm the skin. I spray this on the Splash Beauty Sponge before dabbing it on my foundation. The sponger promises to be latex and odor-free and easy to clean while offering to give a natural makeup look. It also claims to contain vitamin e to keep it from drying out.

As with most rose-scent products, the Rose WTR has a rosy smell that’s subtle. It can also be used as a finishing spray and it feels hydrating to the skin. However, I need more hydration when it comes to oily skin so I need to apply other hydrating products when I use this. The Splash Beauty Sponge is a bit hard and rough for my liking. This absorbs more product than most sponges and I also found it a bit difficult to clean. As a preference, I like my blenders and sponges a bit bouncy so it’s easy to apply foundation and so it’s easy to clean.

The My Splash Care Rose WTR and Splash Beauty Sponge were provided by @mysplashcare . Available at

Skincare Review: Herbivore Botanicals Natural Fruit Acid 5% Exfoliating Glow Potion

As a lover of acids, I found the Natural Fruit Acid 5% Exfoliating Glow Potion from Herbivore Botanicals gentle and nourishing. This is actually surprising because this serum contains a blend of bilberry lactic, sugar cane glycolic, orange peel citric, and apple malic acid combined with kakadu plum to exfoliate, hydrate, and even the skin. This light viscous serum doesn’t sting or tingle at all, which surprised me when I first used it. However, looking at its first three ingredients (aloe vera leaf juice, sodium hyaluronate, rose flower water, and glycerin), I figured out why it felt gentle.

I think this would be great for those looking for a vegan and cruelty-free serum that gently exfoliates the skin while hydrating the skin.

As for my skin, I have gotten to a point that my skin is clear (save for a few blemishes during my period) so I have been into gentler formulations lately. This is a product I use together with other hydrating and nourishing products that are included in my basic routine at night.

The Herbivore Botanicals Natural Fruit Acid 5% Exfoliating Glow Potion was provided by @herbivorebotanicals and @autumnpr. Available for $44 at

Bodycare Review: Tammy Fender Rose Geranium and Tangerine Body Lotion

After a long and tiring day, you just want to take a long bath and put on a luxurious body lotion. Recently, I’ve been using the Rose Geranium and Tangerine Body Lotion from Tammy Fender. The citrusy rose scent felt relaxing, especially because it’s mixed with chamomile. It comes in a big glass bottle that would seem to last me for months. It also has a pump that dispenses product easily. It’s also thick and creamy, which works well with my extremely dry skin, keeping it moisturized and smooth.

The Tammy Fender Rose Geranium and Tangerine Body Lotion was provided by @tammyfender and @tractenbergandco . Available for $75 at

Brand Overview: Oneoseven Skincare

Vinegar in your skincare? Well, I’m not one to pass up weird ingredients if they are going to work for my skin. That’s how I stumbled upon Oneoseven, a company that uses aged for 5-7 years and brewed with 20 oriental herbs to nourish and hydrate the skin. Vinegar contains amino acids and the brand believes that these will help keep the skin youthful and clear.

The Oil -in-Gel Cleanser ($30) promises to remove makeup and dissolve impurities using glycerin, jojoba seed oil, and vinegar. It’s meant to be applied on dry skin before adding a bit of water to remove makeup. It also claims to be rinsed with warm water.

I love the simple packaging. Even the actual product felt simple. It has a gel texture that dissolves into a thin and lightweight oil consistency once massaged into the skin. It can be removed with water, with much more work than usual, which is plus points for me. Though it kind of leaves a thin film on the skin so, I think this is rinsed best with a damp cleansing cloth. For my oily skin, it can remove SPF and light makeup but I would turn to my cleansing balms for waterproof and long-wearing makeup or if I want to have my first cleanser to be quickly rinsed.

Good enough to bring everywhere, the Rose Vinegar Water ($28) has been a mainstay on my office desk as it soothes and hydrates the skin using rose water and naturally fermented vinegar.

When it gets to warm, I spray this on not just to hydrate my skin but also calm it. It provides a fine mist that wouldn’t ruin your makeup and instead help calm down redness and discomfort. And it doesn’t smell like vinegar at all. It feels powdery, actually, so it would be a great last step after doing your makeup and in the middle of the day to refresh. It also has a bit of viscosity so it feels thicker than most toners and facial mists. It’s one of the most hydrating toners I’ve tried and leaves my skin moisturized and so plump, which I think is needed, especially on skin that easily gets dry, dull, and tight. Even with my oily skin, this doesn’t feel too thick as it sinks in quickly into the skin. It balances my skin and keeps it hydrated.

Containing amino acids and vinegar, the Core Flex Essential Liquid ($64) works to refresh and regenerate the skin. It also contains arbutin to brighten the skin and reduce dark spots, adenosine to help reduce wrinkles, and soy milk ferment filtrate to moisturize, hydrate, and nourish the skin.

This serum with a spray applicator smells a bit powdery. It’s subtle but a bit surprising because out of all their products, this has a more distinctive scent. I was also surprised as to how oily the consistency is of this one because of the mist applicator. I used this before applying my makeup because I applied too much. It feels a bit warm on the skin and it immediately made my face shine so I had to tap it with my palms to mattify it a bit. It definitely is a good support if you want a dewy finish. For me, however, I like this best when applied at night. Personally, this is more moisturizing than refreshing but it does my skin bouncy and plump-looking. I like applying this when my skin feels drier than usual and when I use a really detoxifying mask beforehand.

To help tighten and brighten the skin, the Core Flex Cream Essence ($73) is here to the rescue. Winner at the 2016 Anti-Aging Expo, the essence uses squalane for its anti-oxidant properties and its help into preventing UV damage and hyperpigmentation, polyglutamic acid from fermented soybeans to moisturize and exfoliate old skin cells, retinyl palmitate to renew, regenerate elastin and collagen for firmer skin and prevent some of the damages found with aging skin, arachidyl alcohol to not dry your skin.

This cream essence delivers results. It’s a heavy looking cream that applies really light on the skin so even those with oily skin can use this. It sinks in quickly with leaving a sticky or tacky finish. It has a nice floral powdery smell that is relaxing to the senses. It gives impressive immediate firming results. It immediately plumps the skin and leaves it softer and firmer. I like using this at night before I apply my serums to keep my skin moisturized before I apply potent ingredients.

For an instant burst of glow and freshness to your skin, the Botanics Illuminating Moisture Mask ($42) works to revive dull and tired skin by using niacinamide, propolis, rice extracts, as well as 3 types of Hyaluronic acid and 6 types of flower extracts. Their mask is also 100% eco-friendly, using a combination of Tencel and Eucalyptus extract. This is great as a mid-week pick-me-up. Usually, after not getting enough sleep on weekdays, the skin would not look as healthy and as bright. This sheetmask will help as it brightens and moisturizes the skin. The results are not just instant; it lasts even after you wake up. I like using this after a long day to relax and help soothe and moisturize my skin.

Oneoseven is a nice K-Beauty discovery, to be honest. If you are looking to nourish and moisturize your skin, you might want to check into them. Fermented ingredients have never failed my skin and this one is no exception. Aside from smelling (so far from vinegar) good and having beautiful packaging, these products are so gentle to the skin and have helped make my skin feel plump and healthy.

These products were provided by @oneoseven @bemusedkorea and @behrmanpr. Available at