Skincare Review: Rosen Super Smoothie Cleanser and Bright Citrus Serum

Focusing on acne, Rosen Skincare offers cleaner and more thoughtful skincare products. They sent a few products that they recommended for my oily and acne-prone skin.

The Super Smoothie Cleanser promises to help balance oil levels, fade dark spots, and help you glow using strawberry powder, lemon powder, and raspberry powder. It has a refreshing feel and a natural plant-y smells when you apply it. I didn’t see its dark spot fading benefits but it does cleanse my skin and balance its oiliness.

Containing 20% vitamin c, grapefruit oil, glycerin, and mulberry extract, the Bright Citrus Serum aims to help with scarring, PIH, and discoloration. After using this for a couple of months, I can attest as to how this brightened my skin and lightened some dark spots that I had under my chin. I also enjoy its non-sticky consistency that sinks into the skin quickly.

The Rosen Super Smoothie Cleanser and Bright Citrus Serum were provided by @rosenskincare. Available at rosenskincare.com

Cult Favorite: Onekind Pore-fectionist Refining Facial

Looking at the ingredients of the Pore-fectionist Refining Facial from Onekind (pink clay, aha, BHA, pink kaolin clay, bentonite clay, salicylic acid, lactic acid, and barley seed extract), it looks like it’s meant to be in my breakout bin. This mask promises to detoxify, smooth, brighten, and reduce redness and irritation of the skin.

I was right. I have put off using this before because my skin didn’t need it but now that it’s warmer and my skin is feeling congested recently. In fact, I just got a few blemishes even if I’m staying at home and I’m not wearing makeup that much. It’s because of the weather and to be honest, my oily skin loves being in winter more. Anyway, I have been using this once a week for a few months now and it helps clear and brighten my skin. It also helped calm blemishes and prevented them from becoming full-blown pimples. It’s recommended for use twice a week but I find it a bit strong so I only use this once a week. I also like following this with hydrating and soothing products to prevent my skin from feeling dry and tight. I would file this mask as something to pull out for emergencies.

This product is also cruelty-free and is formulated without synthetic fragrance, silicones, parabens, PEGs, phthalates, and petroleum/mineral oil. Also, according to their site, the packaging is made in a 75% post-recycled plastic (PCR) tube with a 100% PCR cap. It’s nice to know and I like the fact that they put it there for everyone’s reference.

The Onekind Pore-fectionist Refining Facial was provided by @onekind.us. Available at onekind.us

Skincare Review: Hanskin Hyaluron Bubble Pop Cleanser and the Hyaluron Eye Serum

New from the Hyaluron line of Hanskin is the Hyaluron Bubble Pop Cleanser and the Hyaluron Eye Serum both promising to hydrate the skin.

The Hyaluron Bubble Pop Cleanser uses sodium hyaluronate, hydrolyzed hyaluronic acid, and soap bark extract to draw water into the skin while plumping, hydrating, and moisturizing it. A liquid cleanser from the packaging, it pumps a foamy face wash that feels gentle on the skin. I prefer cleansing foams so I enjoyed using this. However, this leaves a thin film after rinsing.

Using irish moss extract, sodium hyaluronate, and sugarcane extract, the Hyaluron Eye Serum aims to plump and hydrate the skin. This eye cream has a metal applicator, which has a cooling sensation. It helps depuff the eye area. I have not seen its effect on fine lines but it does hydrate my dry under eyes and helps prevent my lids from getting oily. I like to use this in the morning, especially when I’m applying eye makeup as this helps keep it longer. This is one of the eye creams that doesn’t leave my under eyes dry and my lids slick.

The Hanskin Hyaluron Bubble Pop Cleanser and the Hyaluron Eye Serum were provided by @hanskin. Available at ulta.com

Skincare Review: Aromatica Reviving Rose Infusion Treatment Toner and Reviving Rose Infusion Serum

Aromatic sent over some products a few months back and these two really caught my attention. First off, the new packaging looks modern and pretty at the same time. Second they smell like roses, which I like, as someone who enjoys floral scents.

The Reviving Rose Infusion Treatment Toner uses rose water and rose essential oil to hydrate and lock moisture into the skin. This feels a bit creamy but not like the essence toner hybrid products I have tried. In terms of consistency, this is more watery than most. However, once applied, this feels like it has some weight to it. It dries into a slightly dewy finish without leaving product on top of the skin. This does feel moisturizing but I need more hydration for my oily skin. Used alone, this wouldn’t be enough for me so I use this in conjunction with other hydrating products.

To firm and moisturize the skin, the Reviving Rose Infusion Serum uses rose water, rose essential oil, elder elderberry, raspberry, Indian gooseberry, rose hip fruit, and plum. The damask rose bud infused here is extracted with purified water boiled at 80℃, which promises to provide the benefits of the flower without losing its nutrients.

This is a lightweight serum with a gel consistency that feels very watery when applied to the skin. Again, this is hydrating but not hydrating enough when used alone on my oily skin. Those with drier or more hydrated skin types might find this okay.

These products are cruelty-free and are made without synthetic alcohol, parabens, phenoxyethanol, synthetic fragrance, silicone, mineral oil, disodium EDTA, phthalates, PG, and BHT.

The Aromatica Reviving Rose Infusion Treatment Toner and Reviving Rose Infusion Serum were provided by @aromatica. Available at thearomatica.com

Skincare Review: Tony Moly Moisture Boost Gel To Water Morning Cleanser, Cooling Hydrogel Eye Patches, and Cooling Algae Eye Serum

With very light and gentle products, the Moisture Boost products from Tony Moly works great for days spent at home, without the stress of sunlight, pollution and the other elements.

I start the day with the Moisture Boost Gel To Water Morning Cleanser, which leaves my skin fresh and hydrated, without stripping off the natural oils. It contains 5 types of centella asiatica, panthenol, ceramide complex, AHA, BHA, and PHA.

Being very lightweight, it’s a good addition to the morning routine for those who prefer a gentle cleansing gel.

At night, I use either the Moisture Boost Cooling Hydrogel Eye Patches and Moisture Boost Cooling Algae Eye Serum, which both promise hydrating and depuffing effects for the eyes.

The serum, which uses hyaluronic acid, plankton extract, and seawater, has a cooling effect on the skin around my eyes but doesn’t do much besides that. I prefer the eye patches, which not only make my skin feel refreshed. It’s made with spirulina extract, plankton extract, and seawater to hydrate and soothe the eye area. They are hydrating for my dry under eyes and they make me look more alive.

The Tony Moly Moisture Boost Gel To Water Morning Cleanser, Cooling Hydrogel Eye Patches, and Cooling Algae Eye Serum were provided by @tonymoly. Available at tonymoly.us and @ulta.