Skincare Review: Murad Vita-C Glycolic Brightening Serum and Vita-C Eyes Dark Circle Corrector

I’m a vitamin c fan so I am happy to see a lot of vitamin c-focused products. Newly launched from Murad is the Vita-C Glycolic Brightening Serum and Vita-C Eyes Dark Circle Corrector – both gold-stabilized (for enhanced stability, efficacy and potency) and promising healthier and brighter skin.

Containing vitamin c and glycolic acid, two ingredients that my skin loves, the Vita-C Glycolic Brightening Serum aims to protect, brighten, and combat dullness. First off, the serum looks metallic. It has a creamy consistency and it feels light and nourishing on the skin. It spreads thinly and sinks in quickly, leaving a plump surface. It does have a tingling sensation seconds after application, which I didn’t really mind. I like that it virtually doesn’t smell like anything. After a couple of weeks , I can see how it brightened my skin and left it looking plump and soft. I do not have grave skin problems right now, which I’m thankful for, but I do need to protect and maintain it that’s why I like products like this to help me.

Similar to the serum, the Vita-C Eyes Dark Circle Corrector glistens and is light-reflecting. It uses gold-stabilized vitamin c, red and brown algae extracts, light-reflecting micro-minerals, and cucumber extracts to protect, de-puff, soothe, brighten, and hydrate the eye area. The glowing cream spreads thinly on the eye area and feels hydrating on my dry under eyes. A little goes a long way on this one. A couple of dots cover both areas and still leave a creamy finish. It prevents my eye area from feeling too dry. It also leaves a bit of tingling but not as strong and as long as the serum does. I will have to use this more to see it’s brightening effects but the light-reflecting particles help cover my dark undereye circles when I use it in the morning. It also hydrates and keeps my eye area from feeling and looking dry.

The Murad Vita-C Glycolic Brightening Serum and Vita-C Eyes Dark Circle Corrector were provided by @collectively and @muradskincare. Available at @muradskincare, @sephora, and @ultabeauty

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Makeup Review: Tarte Jelly Glaze Anytime Lip Mask

Selfcare wise, I’ve been enjoying having the time to focus on applying and reapplying lip balms. I’m okay with the application part, it’s the reapplying that I used to have a hard time reminding myself. My lips are not that dry, to begin with so forgetting is easy. Not saying it should stay that way. It’s just so easy to forget.

Now that I’m working from home, I have the luxury of reminding myself. While working, I’ve been using the Jelly Glaze Anytime Lip Mask from Tarte Cosmetics. These lip masks promise to hydrate and smooth the lips while offering a sheer tint. It uses squalane, hyaluronic acid, marine plant extracts, and a blend of avocado, jojoba argan oils.

I haven’t been wearing makeup everyday especially if I don’t have online meetings to attend to. If I do I just put brow makeup and one of the Jelly Glaze Anytime Lip Masks to add a bit of color and shine to make me look alive and not all nap-ready. They have the shades Strawberry (sheer pink), Grapefruit (sheer coral), and Toasted Coconut (sheer nude), which applies really sheer. I like Strawberry as the pink tint works for my lips.

These Lip Masks are pretty hydrating and moisturizing. I like about these lip masks because they apply thinly on the lips and it actually feels lightweight. It’s how I prefer my lip products because I do not like feeling something sitting on top of my lips while I work. It makes me want to eat, I don’t know why. I also like that even though they look slightly glossy, they don’t feel sticky. They claim to work both day and night but I usually use these in the morning as I prefer something much thicker at night. They also keep me from wetting my lips constantly, which prevents them from drying.

The Tarte Jelly Glaze Anytime Lip Mask were provided by @tarte. Available at tartecosmetics.com

Bodycare Review: Sol de Janeiro Coco Cabana Cream and Brazilian Nude Cream

I have been on the lookout for the most suitable body moisturizer for me and I might have found them through these body creams from Sol de Janeiro.

Ticking my wish for a thin, quick-sinking texture, the Coco Cabana Cream ($45) promises to treat and transform the driest and most dehydrated skin. It contains coconut oil, fermented sugar, cupuaçu butter, and açaí oil to provide lasting hydration while nourishing the skin. This has a sweeter more coconut-y scent than I would prefer. The scent lasts so long as well. I once used this before bed and I woke up to my bedroom smelling like a beach. Scent aside, I love how this sinks in so quickly and how it dries matte on the skin. I like using this on days when I know it would be too hot outside. It keeps my skin moisturized without the tackiness and grossness.

If you’re looking for something fragrance-free, the Brazilian Nude Cream ($40), promises to nourish, hydrate, balance, and soothe even the most sensitive skin. It uses brazilian passionflower and colloidal oatmeal. It’s lightweight and creamy, a sweet middle ground between the Brazilian Bum Bum Cream and Coco Cabana Cream. It also applies thinly on the skin and doesn’t leave a sticky feeling.

These products are cruelty-free, vegan, and are made without gluten, soy, parabens, artificial colorants, phthalates, PEGs, talc, sulfate, mineral oil, and microbeads.

The Sol de Janeiro Coco Cabana Cream and Brazilian Nude Cream were provided by @soldejaneiro. Available at soldejaneiro.com

Skincare Review: Fresh Beauty Rose Deep Hydration Oil-Infused Serum

The newly launched Rose Deep Hydration Oil-Infused Serum from Fresh Beauty contains water (rosewater extract and damask rose extract) to hydrate and oil (rose flower, camelina, rosehip, and squalane) to nourish.

It’s meant to be shaken before use, which is honestly what got me curious. This is so much lighter than I expected. Yes, it’s oily, at least it looks oily. It doesn’t feel like it, though. It feels light and runny, like most serums, with a certain viscosity to it. It doesn’t sit on top of the skin but it does leave a sheen. It feels nourishing and of course, it feels good. I would wake up with plump and dewy skin after using this.

This product was provided by Fresh Beauty and Octoly.

Cult Favorite: Ilia Super Serum Skin Tint

I’ve currently been using the Super Serum Skin Tint from Ilia Beauty. It has SPF 40, which totally works for me. The skin tint is also formulated with a blend of hyaluronic acids, squalene, and niacinamide to even, hydrate, and plump the skin, soften fine lines and imperfections, and boost antioxidant effectiveness. It’s also oil-free and silicone-free.

I’m honestly surprised to find this not oily at all. it feels creamy but it applies thinly on the skin and provides enough coverage. When I mean enough, I mean this was able to lightly cover up discoloration and redness. Not everything but enough to make me look like I care. It doesn’t blur pores and texture but it just gives me healthy-looking and plump complexion. I also like that this doesn’t feel like it’s sitting on top of your face. Instead, it just leaves a slightly silky texture.

I like applying this is with the damp sponge and I like how this evenly blends well into the skin easily, without any streaking or pilling. I didn’t have any problems combining this with other creamy products like the Liquid Light, Color Haze, and Multi-Stick. This is what I use whenever I want to go for that natural dewy look.

The Ilia Super Serum Skin Tint was provided by @iliabeauty and @purplepr. Available at iliabeauty.com