Cult Favorite: Drunk Elephant F-Balm Electrolyte Waterfacial

With my recent focus on hydration, the Drunk Elephant F-Balm Electrolyte Waterfacial came at the right time. This new product is an overnight mask that promises to plump, cool, hydrate, and strengthen the skin with a 4-Electrolyte Blend (coconut water, sodium PCA, magnesium PCA, and prickly pear extract), vitamin f, niacinamide, 5-Ceramide Blend, squalane, and quercetin.

Reading the ingredients, it seemed like a nourishing and hydrating cocktail. The balm word in its name, however, sort of scared me. I don’t usually like applying balms on my face as I get easily clogged pores and my face is too oily to handle that kind of texture.

Nevertheless, I gave this a try and I was glad to find out that this doesn’t feel balmy at all. For an overnight mask, this actually feels light. Even in my roster of cream-based moisturizers, this is among the lightest. It is recommended to apply 4-5 pumps. It sits on top of the skin for a few seconds before leaving a silky smooth finish. It also feels nourishing and hydrating, like my skin is drenched from within. The morning after, the results are apparent. My skin is bright, plump, and glowing.

I like using this right after using acids, especially the Babyfacial because the combo just works so well on my skin, providing both nourishment and exfoliation. I would honestly recommend this to anyone looking for hydration and nourishment to the skin. It would also for those with sensitive skin as it is free off essential oils, silicones, fragrance, and PEGs. It’s also vegan and cruelty-free.

The Drunk Elephant F-Balm Electrolyte Waterfacial was provided by @drunkelephant. Available for $52 at drunkelephant.com

2019 Skincare Favorites

As you know, I love cleansing and these are the new cleanser I’ve added to my favorites.

Sekkisei treatment cleansing oil – I’m usually a balm person but this cleansing oil feels nourishing and gentle on the skin.

Youth to the People superfood cleanser – I love cleansing foams but this is just on a league of its own. it’s watery but foams, it smells great, and it feels so good on the skin.

Then I Met You living cleansing balm and soothing tea cleansing gel – this is just a very nourishing duo. it does the job of cleansing the skin while refreshing and nourishing the skin.

Ole Henriksen phat glow facial – this zaps my blemishes and gives my skin a ridiculous glow the morning after

Korres hydra-biome – this came in at the latter part of the year and I have barely a few months trying this but it’s just so good. It plumps, brightens, and improves my skin overall. Love it. Love it.

Youth to the People 11% AHA exfoliation power toner – this is strong on the skin but it does give stellar results of glowing and clear skin.

Whalmyung skin elixir – my go-to hydrating toner this year

Peach and Lily the good acids pore toner – gentle and good for daily use, this toner doesn’t just brighten the skin. It nourishes them too

Then I Met You birch milk refining toner and the giving essence – if you haven’t noticed I love @charlottejcho for giving me TIMY products this year. This duo are gentle and nourishing but not only that but they also plump and brighten the skin in the long run. I always recommend these for those who have sensitive skin or those who are just building up their skincare routine

Farmacy Beauty very cherry bright – with a heavier texture, I use this brightening serum when my skin is feeling dehydrated

Peach and Lily glass skin serum – this just makes my skin look so damn good

Volition Beauty strawberry-c serum – another brightening serum, this is lightweight and gentle

Caudalie vinopure serum – my go-to serum when my skin is acting up

Korres wild rose spotless serum – yes, I love brightening serums. this one is watery and great before applying makeup

Bliss renew and smooth, glow and hydrate serums – amazed by this. they both have enjoyable texture and for the price, what they do to my skin js more than worth it.

Paula’s Choice power berry serum – a staple in my morning routine

Paula’s Choice antioxidant pore purifier – this just helps when my skin is irritated

Drunk Elephant a-passioni – this made me love retinol. It doesn’t sting, it doesn’t make my face red, and it has improved the overall texture and firmness of my skin

Wander Beauty do not disturb – this has retinoid and I love using this treatment when my skin is feeling dry and dull

Wander Beauty layover – my skin just drinks this in. it light yet so nourishing to the skin

Wander Beauty glow ahead – it calls itself a face oil but it doesn’t feel like it. It’s light and it doesn’t feel oily at all. I use this before applying SPF and makeup and it just a boost of radiance to my skin

First Aid Beauty retinol eye cream – see what I mean by loving retinol this year? I have it for my eyes as well.

Skincare Review: Korres Hydra-Biome Probiotic SuperDose Face Mask

Since my skin has been problematic lately, I am going a bit hard on the exfoliants and the acid. Along with those, I have been using the Hydra-Biome Probiotic SuperDose Face Mask from Korres every day.

It promises to rebalance stressed skin while relieving, soothing and recharging the complexion using greek yogurt, hydra-biome microbiome rebalancing technology, three types of hyaluronic acid, bisabolol and ginger root extracts, shea butter, apricot oil, sweet almond oil, and aloe vera.

This face mask can also be used as a sleeping mask. It feels like a thick moisturizer to the skin. It spreads thinly and applies white. Its consistency and texture felt like plaster of Paris and it smells like yogurt.

To be honest, I did not care for this the first time I tried it. It felt too creamy on the skin. However, I have come to appreciate it after using it as a sleeping mask every other day. It seeps into the skin and turns colorless. The creaminess and tackiness dissipate after a few minutes and leaves the skin feeling nourished and plump. After a week, I see the difference in my skin. It has helped brighten and clear my skin. It also left it hydrated and bouncy. After more than a month of use, I still use this once a week as a mask and twice a week as a sleeping mask. It just honestly made my skin feel and look healthier. I would sometimes use this right after cleansing and I would still wake up with bright and nourished skin. It’s honestly a new favorite.

This product is also cruelty-free and is made without sulfates, parabens, formaldehyde, phthalates, mineral oil, retinyl palmitate, oxybenzone, coal, tar, hydroquinone, triclosan, and silicones.

The Korres Hydra-Biome Probiotic SuperDose Face Mask was provided by @korres and @tractenbergandco. Available for $49 at korresusa.com

Skincare Review: Bliss What A Melon Toner, Hydrator, and Mask

I love watermelons. I’ve been eating them for as long as I can remember so my excitement from receiving the What A Melon collection of Bliss. These vegan and cruelty-free products use watermelon extract, cucumber fruit extract, hyaluronic acid to hydrate, soothe, calm, and moisturize the skin. They all smell like summer and sweetened watermelon!

Using willow bark extract, witch hazel, magnesium aspartate, and copper and zinc gluconates, the Toner ($17) promise to remove excess oil, protect the skin from free radicals, and calm, soothe, balance, and tone the complexion. This gently exfoliates the skin and feels hydrating. It’s very watery and sinks in quickly into the skin. It does balance the oiliness of my skin and makes it less oily when I use it in the mornings.

Now, I have a slight bias when it comes to jelly-textured moisturizers so I wasted no time in trying out the Hydrator ($20). It contains brazilian seawater, sea salt, and willow bark extract to hydrate, balance, and remove excess oil in the skin.

The moisturizer looks so bouncy in the tub and applies so watery to the skin, making it feel refreshing. I experience a bit of tingling the first few seconds of application but it dries beautifully on my oily skin. It’s not matte but it doesn’t sit on top of my skin either and doesn’t aggravate the oiliness of my skin the morning after use.

An overnight treatment, the Mask ($15) promises to replenish, balance, protect, and moisturize the skin using magnesium aspartate, and copper and zinc gluconates, rice bran extract, and avena sativa oat kernel extract.

Like the hydrator, this #overnightmask feels very watery to the skin. As instructed, I massaged it on my face for a minute. While doing so, I was a bit concerned that it will sit on top of my face. However, as promised, it sunk in pretty quickly and left the skin feeling plump but matte. It stung a bit, like the Hydrator but it subsides after a few minutes. By the morning, my skin looks radiant and dewy so I like using this in the middle of the week when my skin gets dull.

These products do not mattify but they do hydrate and balance the skin. I’ve been using them together for a month now and they have plumped and soften my skin without making look greasy and dull.

The Bliss What A Melon Toner, Hydrator, and Mask were provided by @blissworld. Available at blissworld.com

Skincare Review: Dear Packer Black Ginseng Gold Mask and Hydrogel Mask

Now available in Ulta, Dear Packer is a K-Beauty brand that uses ingredients from nature and its products are formulated without tar dyes, artificial fragrances, paraben, mineral oils or TEA.

The Black Ginseng Gold Mask ($30) uses pure gold and black ginseng from Geumsan in Korea to nourish and boost radiance to the skin.

This has a gel-like texture that feels like cool jelly on the skin. It honestly feels so calming on the skin especially after having my skin exposed to humidity and heat. I treat this as a sleeping mask because of its texture. Even though this nourishes the skin, it does not hydrate my skin enough and the mask, when used with thick cream products, tends to sit on top of my skin but it does fulfill its claim of brightening the skin.

What K-Beauty brand would not have a sheetmask? The Black Ginseng Gold Hydrogel Mask ($4) promises to nourish the skin. My oily skin really prefers hydrogel sheets so this is right up my alley. It does nourish the skin and leaves it feeling plump and soft. Since the mask is separated into two parts, it is much easier to fit as well.

The Dear Packer Black Ginseng Gold Mask and Hydrogel Mask were provided by @dearpacker and @chokchoksocial. Available at ulta.com