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 herbivorebotanicals.com

Bodycare Review: Herbivore Botanicals Jasmine Body Oil and Coconut Body Oil

Trying products made me realize just how much I prefer body oils over creams. I easily sweat so the tackiness cream products give isn’t really for me. I like how body oils moisturize my skin even though it sinks in quickly.

The body oils from Herbivore Botanicals promise to offer concentrated moisture while nourishing and hydrating the skin.

The Jasmine Body Oil ($44) works for glowing and hydrated skin using camellia seed oil, grapeseed oil, and jasmine sambac oil.

Another variant is the Coconut Body Oil ($36) that aims to hydrate and nourish the skin with coconut oil, coconut pulp CO2, orchid extract, and camellia seed oil.

Both oils moisturize my skin. They both feel nourishing and they also helped with my dry patches. I like the Jasmine Body Oil better than the Coconut Body Oil because of its floral scent that just feels relaxing. It just smells amazing, however, it just feels too thick for me. When I use both oils, can still feel it even after a few hours. So, I have relegated using Jasmine Body Oil at night before I sleep to get smoother and softer skin in the morning.

The Herbivore Botanicals Jasmine Body Oil and Coconut Body Oil were provided by @herbivorebotanicals and @autumnpr. Available at herbivorebotanicals.com

Cult Favorite: Herbivore Botanicals Pink Clay Mask and Blue Clay Mask

To be honest, it’s been so long since I’ve used a powder mask. I usually use them if I have a bit of time to spare at night but the convenience of readily applied masks is just too tempting. When Herbivore Botanicals sent me their Pink and Blue Clay Masks, I had to admit that I kind of missed having powder masks as part of my skincare ritual.

Both masks, when mixed with water, transforms into a pasty mask that feels like you’re at the beginning of your pottery class. I usually use a bowl to mix the mask and both provide a bit of grip to the skin. They both tighten easily so I suggest those with drier skin types to use a bit more water. Both are easily rinsed off after about 15 minutes. They also leave the skin feeling thoroughly exfoliated and cleansed. Both masks are also vegan and cruelty-free.

The Pink Clay Mask ($22) uses french pink clay, rosehip, chamomile, and rose petals to exfoliate, purify, plump, and soothe the skin before leaving it feeling soft, smooth and radiant. I like using this after days if spending time outdoors, exposing my skin to a lot of environmental stressors. It feels purifying and it leaves my skin smooth.

Meanwhile, the Blue Clay Mask ($22) promises to detoxify, draw out toxins, reduce breakouts for a clearer complexion. It contains blue clay, white kaolin clay, and rose geranium essential oil. This is a heavy-duty mask. It tightens a lot more than the Pink Clay Mask and you can really feel it sucking everything out. I like using this when my skin is looking problematic or if my skin is looking dull. It just clears everything out.

I enjoyed returning to powder masks again. I like using them on the weekends when I have more time. They also provide purifying and detoxifying benefits to my skin, which is definitely needed after spending my week exposed to dirt and grime.

The Herbivore Botanicals Pink Clay Mask and Blue Clay Mask were provided by @herbivorebotanicals and @autumnpr. Available at herbivorebotanicals.com

Cult Favorite: Laneige Cream Skin Toner and Moisturizer

I never knew I needed something like the Cream Skin Toner and Moisturizer from Laneige until I used it. It feels like a viscous toner and applies like one. It leaves the skin plump and soft. However, after a few seconds, the feeling transforms into something thicker. It doesn’t feel tacky or anything but it feels like I applied a light moisturizer.

This hybrid product promises to be a two-in-one formula that preps and softens like a toner and moisturizes like a cream in one step. Using Cream Blending Technology, it contains white leaf tea water to strengthen the skin barrier, moisturize, and soothe the skin. This product is also free of parabens, phthalates, and mineral oil.

It’s watery and light on the skin on first touch but once applied it feels so nourishing and filling. I know it’s not the right word but it does feel like it’s filling my skin. It doesn’t feel tacky or overly moisturizing. It’s just enough to balance and moisturize my oily skin. For my skin type, this is a very welcome addition to my hydration routine. It is extremely helpful when my skin is feeling dry or when I had a long night and want to fast track my night routine. I feel like this would also be helpful to those with dry and sensitive skin as this moisturizes like, if not much more, than other moisturizers I’ve tried, without the weight and tackiness.

The Laneige Cream Skin Toner and Moisturizer was provided by @laneigeus. Available for $33 at us.laneige.com

Skincare Review: Tarte Deep Dive Cleansing Gel, Rainforest of the Sea Radiance Drops, and Baba Bomb

I have also subscribed to the belief that only oily skincare products should only be all or one of these things – lightweight, watery, or gel-like. That products for my skin type should never be creamy. However, since I’m older (and, hopefully, wiser) I have found the truth – my oily skin can use creamy, heavier than usual products. It just all depends on the situation.

The Deep Dive Cleansing Gel, for example, is not the usual cleansing gel I would go for. In fact, it’s unlike anything I’ve ever tried. As per all cleansers, this promises to remove excess oil, impurities, and even waterproof makeup using a blend of algae and marine flower extracts along with allantoin, provitamin b5, indian gooseberry extract, and lavender oil. What sets it apart is its glue-like texture and consistency. Like the kind of glue you play with when you were a kid – sticky and dense. It removes makeup the way I’ve never seen before – lifting them up instead of melting the makeup. It’s very evident as I rinse. All the makeup products I used rose above the water. It’s fascinating. It removes face products but needs a little more massaging when it comes to lip products and eyeliners.

A whipped moisturizer best for cold days if you have oily skin, the Baba Bomb ($39) aims to hydrate, nourish, and moisturize the skin using babassu, avocado, green tea, and plant collagen. This moisturizes and soothes my skin on days when it’s feeling dry and parched. I don’t use this every day, only when my skin is reacting to the drop in temperature. Since this moisturizer is on the heavy side of the spectrum, I only use this on really cold nights.

Promising to be more than just a face oil, the Rainforest of the Sea Radiance Drops ($32) uses algae, marine flower extracts, jojoba oil, maracuja oil, coconut oil, vitamin e, and squalene to hydrate and nourish the skin. It can be used as a highlighting primer, a lip oil, or it can be mixed with the foundation for a radiant finish. It’s a lightweight and runny oil that, for me, works best when mixed with my foundation for natural-looking dewiness that doesn’t look greasy. I like that it doesn’t feel sticky and it sinks in the skin. I have been into because of its runny and lightweight texture, this gives my oily skin a healthy glow even on warm days.

The Tarte Deep Dive Cleansing Gel, Rainforest of the Sea Radiance Drops, and Baba Bomb were provided by @tartecosmetics. Available at tartecosmetics.com