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

Skincare Review: Axis-Y Dark Spot Correcting Glow Serum and Artichoke Intensive Skin Barrier Ampoule

Promising climate-inspired skincare solutions, Axis-Y is a Korean skincare brand that offers products specifically made for humid weather. This really piqued my interest because humidity really gets my skin clogged and dehydrated.

They sent over the Dark Spot Correcting Glow Serum ($22), which contains niacinamide to correct dark spots and improve uneven skin tone and squalene to retain moisture on the skin. My pores get easily clogged and usually get blemishes when my period is about to arrive. I usually vitamin c or niacinamide serums to fight dark spots so I’m familiar as to what this serum could possibly do. What sets this apart is the serum feels light and runny, making it feel suitable for my oily skin. This does lighten dark spots after about a month of continued use. I like how it can be used in the morning and how it feels nourishing to the skin.

Their Artichoke Intensive Skin Barrier Ampoule ($25) aims to deliver anti-oxidants, nutrients, and hydration to heal damaged, irritated skin barriers. It also contains phytonutrients to defend against bacteria and pollutants and prevent future breakouts and irritation. I really like the texture of this one. It’s runny, lightweight, and gentle. It sinks in quickly onto the skin and leaves a bit of dewiness that doesn’t look or feel tacky. I can use this in the morning and it will leave my skin plump and dewy instead of oily and dehydrated. I really enjoy using this because it feels gentle and nourishing to the skin without the heaviness other ampoules bring.

These products are also cruelty-free and do not contain parabens, artificial coloring, essential oil, and mineral oil.

The Axis-Y Dark Spot Correcting Glow Serum and Artichoke Intensive Skin Barrier Ampoule were provided by @axis-y. Available at axis-y.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

Skincare Review: Then I Met You The Skin Balancing Duo

I’ve always described Then I Met You products as thoughtful and nourishing. The Skin Balancing Duo, their newest offerings, are no different.

Promising to be hydrating and exfoliating, the Birch Milk Refining Toner using birch juice, marshmallow root, squalene, glycolic and lactic acids, and gluconolactone.

The watery toner is something you would have expected if you have tried other Then I Met You products – gentle and nourishing. It’s good for daily use and it leaves the skin hydrated and soothed after application. As for exfoliating, it’s not as quick nor as harsh as the other exfoliating toners in the market but it gets the job done. This would work for those with sensitive skin. For me, I like it as a hydrating toner that offers additional brightening benefits while nourishing my skin.

I have developed my love for essences when I got into K-Beauty. They just help plump and nourish my skin without the thickness of moisturizers that offer the same promises. A new addition to my stash is The Giving Essence, which aims to hydrate and brighten the skin while providing antioxidants using black chokeberry, galactomyces, ellagic acid, red algae, and polyglutamic acid.

Similar to most essences, this is watery with a bit of weight to it. The essences has a bit of tackiness but it sinks in quickly to the skin and leaves it looking and feeling plump and soft. It’s, of course, nourishing and hydrating to the skin. It does help brighten the skin a bit and this, conjunction with the toner, just provides a soothing and calming feeling to the skin.

I have long believed that there are no products suited for all skin types but Then I Met You made me eat my words. Their vegan and cruelty-free products help hydrate my oily skin without any tackiness nor does it leave my skin begging for more. Their products are just right when you need nourishment and hydration. If you are looking to protect you skin and improve its overall health, these products are for you.

The Then I Met You The Skin Balancing Duo was provided by @thenimetyou. Available as a set for $78 or individually (toner for $32 and essence for $50) at thenimetyou.com

Makeup Review: Em Cosmetics Color Drops Serum Blush

I have taken a penchant for liquid blushes so I was really excited when Em Cosmetics released their Color Drops Serum Blush ($25). I got the shades Pink Nectar, which is a watermelon pink, and Rose Milk, a blush pink shade. The Color Drops Serum Blush promises to provide sheer buildable color that looks dewy and feels lightweight. The blush contain sacha inchi oil, squalene, hyaluronic acid, and vitamin e. They are also vegan, cruelty-free, and are made without gluten.

It has a dropper applicator, which can be a bit difficult to use from time to time. As advertised, the texture and consistency feel like a serum. It’s creamy and easy to blend but the dropper applicator sometimes makes it difficult to get the product out. I would prefer a pump applicator than a dropper, to be honest.

As for the color pay-off, the blushes are pigmented and the color inside the cute bottle is what shows up in the cheeks. Both colors also have a muted tone to it, which I think helps create the natural and subtle look I always go for. They also apply matte so it can go with whatever look I planned for.

Pink Nectar is light and creates bright and radiant looking blush while Rose Milk gives a good, natural-looking flush to my cheeks. I use Pink Nectar when I’m going for a dark lip color or a darker eye look while Rose Milk is good when I want my cheeks to be the focus of my makeup. Both apply dewy but amazingly enough, they don’t make my skin feel or look oilier than usual. They also last longer compared to the liquid blushes I’ve tried. When I go home after work, I still notice a slight flush on my cheeks.

The Em Cosmetics Color Drops Serum Blush was provided by @emcosmetics. Available at emcosmetics.com