Brand Overview: Nuria Rescue Balancing Cleanser, Rescue Pore-Minimizing Toner, and Hydrate Revitalizing Jelly Night Treatment

Vegan and cruelty-free, Nuria offers plant-based skincare products that not only benefit your skin, it also benefits girls’ education. They contribute a portion of sales to She’s the First, a non-profit organization that fights gender inequality through education.

Promising to clear the skin, the Rescue line offers two products. These products do not contain parabens, sulfates, phthalates, formaldehyde, formaldehyde-releasing agents, hydroquinone, mineral oil, coal tar, retinyl palmitate, oxybenzone, triclosan, and triclocarban.

The Rebalancing Cleanser ($26) minimize pores, reduce the appearance of breakouts, and purify the skin using mandarin orange, seaweed extract, loquat extract, and rosehip oil. This gel cleanser is under the runny category. The bottle dispenses a lot of product, which smells citrusy. Two pumps can already cover my face and neck. It lathers easily and feels gentle on the skin. It leaves the skin feeling soft and velvety afterward. It doesn’t feel stripping or tightening and actually feel moisturizing. It doesn’t remove all oil ok your skin while still leaving it cleansed.

The Pore-Minimizing Toner ($24) is an ethanol-free toner aims to minimize the look of pores and make skin more receptive to skin care treatments. It contains witch hazel, horsetail, chamomile, and rosemary to calm and tea tree oil to reduce the appearance of redness and soothe the skin. As soon as you open the bottle, you will instantly smell the tea tree oil. It has a watery texture that sinks in quickly into the skin. Since it’s so fast-absorbing, I like using this in the morning. It also feels refreshing and soothing to the skin so it’s an instant pick-me-up. It also helps that this doesn’t dehydrate or dry out my skin so I don’t get oilier than usual when I use this.

Fortunately, I haven’t gotten any blemishes while I was using these. However, I will experience some bumps here and there and this helped soothe my skin while using more potent products. Both are products that will not dry out the skin but won’t leave it too oily either. I feel like these two would work for those with oily skin types that are acne-prone and sensitive.

The texture and color alone made me want to try the Hydrate Revitalizing Jelly Night Treatment. It literally looks and feels like jelly on the skin.

This aims to hydrate, revitalize, nourish, smooth, and fortify the skin using bilberry, gardenia, spring snowflake, safflower, rosemary, and glycerin.

Putting on the feels really good every single application. The jelly consistency goes well with the cooling sensation it has as you massage it onto the skin. It feels relaxing after a long day. The treatment can feel a bit tacky and can sit on top of the skin longer than most sleeping masks do. The first time I used this I woke up with an oily t-zone so this doesn’t offer enough hydration for my skin. However, it left my skin so very soft the morning after.

The Nuria Rescue Balancing Cleanser, Rescue Pore-Minimizing Toner, and Hydrate Revitalizing Jelly Night Treatment were provided by @nuriabeauty. Available at nuria.com

Skincare Review: Dr. Roebuck’s Icebergs Hydrating Mask and No Worries Hydrating Face Moisturizer

Inspired by their parents’ original physician formula, Kim and Zoe created a range of clean skincare products and launched their own brands, Dr. Roebuck’s. The products are cruelty-free and are formulated with parabens, sulfates, gluten, fillers, synthetic fragrances, harmful chemicals, and dyes.

They sent two of their products suited for dehydrated skin. One of them is the Icebergs Hydrating Mask ($28), which is meant to be used every other day for the first week and then 2-3 times per week afterward to hydrate the skin. It contains red algae to replenish the skin and enhance the skin barrier’s function, hyaluronic acid to retain moisture and help decrease the appearance of fine lines, and aloe vera to soothe, hydrate, and heal the skin.

Coming in gel texture, this face mask has a cooling effect that lasts until you rinse it. It dries and looks like glue but doesn’t feel tightening or pulling. It’s supposed to be rinsed with water and it can be a bit difficult because of the clear texture. You can’t really see what you’re washing off, you can just feel. This leaves the skin dry and soft. After one use, I can tell that this would be enjoyed by those with #oilyskin because it removes all the excess oil on your face without leaving it tight. This feels really gentle on the skin and after a month of use, I can definitely count on this to hydrate my skin and leave it soft and plump. This is one of the products that surprised me the most because I thought it would be able to bring anything to my skincare table. However, over time, I have come to appreciate the hydrating benefits it provides to my skin.

The other product that they let me try was the No Worries Hydrating Face Moisturizer ($45). The moisturizer promises to help repair damage, soften the appearance of fine lines, and replenish the skin. It contains hyaluronic acid, vitamin e to repair, rosehip oil to brighten, and macadamia oil to regenerate, soften, and soothe the skin.

This has a thick texture that feels moisturizing to the skin. It’s thicker than most moisturizers that I have and leaves a bit of a tacky finish. For my oily skin, I prefer to use this at night, especially right after using strong actives as this provides a soothing sensation and makes me feel like it seals in all the products as I sleep. It works well with my face during colder days because even though it’s thick, it doesn’t feel like it’s blocking my pores. Even when I use this alone, right after cleansing, I wake up with soft and smooth skin after using this, which I really like. I would recommend this to those who like moisturizers that are on the thicker side.

Overall, I am pleased with my #roeglow experience but the Icebergs Hydrating Mask is a clear favorite. This would work great for those with dehydrated skin and even those with sensitive skin as the ingredients are simple and clean.

The Dr. Roebuck’s Icebergs Hydrating Mask and No Worries Hydrating Face Moisturizer were provided @drroebucks. Available at drroebucks.com

Skincare Review: Good Molecules Pure Cold-Pressed Rosehip Seed Oil

When I was researching skincare products that would work for my skin, I have always come across rosehip oil as a recommendation. However, with my oily skin, I had always veered away from products that would make my oily skin oilier. I hated things tacky, products that would sit on top of my skin, and ingredients that would feel heavy.

Now, I still do not like tacky and heavy products that sit on top of my skin but have come to appreciate some oils that soothe and nourish my skin. One face oil I’ve currently been enjoying is the Pure Cold-Pressed Rosehip Seed Oil from Good Molecules.

This oil promises to brighten, hydrate, nourish, and plump the skin while providing antioxidants using oils from the seeds and fruit of the rose plant. At $10, I couldn’t not be impressed with this cruelty-free and vegan face oil. It leaves a glow on the skin after application. I like that it’s not that tacky compared to the other oils I’ve used. It doesn’t clog my pores and it feels nourishing. I like using this after using an exfoliator as it provides a hydrating and soothing sensation to my skin.

The Good Molecules Pure Cold-Pressed Rosehip Seed Oil was provided by @goodmolecules. Available for $10 at beautylish.com

Skincare Review: One Kind Dream Cream Nighttime Moisturizer

A mix of squalene and rosehip oil, the Dream Cream Nighttime Moisturizer from One Kind promises hydration and glow the morning after use and it fulfills both. It hydrates my oily skin and I wake up with my skin not looking greasy at all. As for the glow, this moisturizer, in conjunction with all the serums I use, leaves my skin fresh, dewy, and soft.

The One Kind Dream Cream Nighttime Moisturizer was provided by @onekindus. Available for $38 at onekind.us

Makeup Review: Kosas Cosmetics 10-Second Eyeshadow Game Changer Set

I honestly love the 10-Second Eyeshadow from Kosas Cosmetics. For someone who isn’t confident about her eye makeup skills, that’s saying a lot.

These water-based eyeshadows promise to have a fast-drying and crease-resistant formula that offers the high-impact color that stays all day. It’s made with apricot kernel seed oil, rosehip seed oil, jojoba seed oil and are formulated without parabens, phthalates, mineral oil, propylene glycol, phenoxyethanol, and synthetic fragrance.

It’s watery making it easy to apply. You have to act quick, though. As claimed, this is best applied with your fingers and it honestly feels like I’m playing with watercolor while applying them on my eyes. I tried using a brush with this one and found it easier to control using my fingers.

It’s really pigmented and the color on its doe-foot applicator is what transfers to my lids save for Waterfall, which looks a silvery-white shade on my eyes. Compared to other liquid eyeshadows, I like this better because it’s not creamy, it’s not messy, and it’s foolproof. It really works for someone who doesn’t do elaborate eye makeup like me.

I also like the finish. The slight sheen makes it look like I made more effort in the morning. It doesn’t look like I just swiped an eyeshadow once so as not to eat too much of my time. The sheen provides dimension so my simple eye looks and it doesn’t look flat. My favorites are Fahrenheit, a burgundy shade, and Supreme, a glittery gold shade that works on top of all the eyeshadows.

The Kosas Cosmetics 10-Second Eyeshadow Game Changer Set were provided by @kosascosmetics. Available individually at $28 or as a set for $160 at kosas.com