Cult Favorite: Tarte Knockout Daily Exfoliating Cleanser and Knockout Tingling Treatment

My face has been through some dark times and receiving the Knockout Daily Exfoliating Cleanser and the Knockout Tingling Treatment from Tarte brought back some memories I’d really like to forget. It made me with these products were available when I was in high school.

Using a AHA and BHA acid complex with lactic, glycolic, and salicylic acids, the Knockout Daily Exfoliating Cleanser promises to remove dead skin, refine pores, improve texture, brighten, and balance the skin. It also contains apple extract to hydrate and peppermint and eucalyptus to soothe, and eucalyptus to soothe the skin. Its gel texture emulsifies into a creamy milk-like lather.

It smells very clinical, which I don’t really mind but it’s worth noting for those who are sensitive. It feels cooling to the skin, which I enjoy. It can be a bit stripping for some but for my oily and clog-prone skin, I like it. This claims to be okay for everyday use but for me, I prefer to use twice a week and when my skin is feeling irritated and clogged. It wipes my face clean and devoid of any oil. I follow this with hydrating serums to balance my skin and makeup for the intense cleansing I just went through. This was especially helpful when I had a lot of blemishes a few weeks back as it helps keep my face clean and clear.

To treat, the Knockout Tingling Treatment promises to resurface, balance, control oil, minimize pores, and clarify the skin using niacinamide, salicylic acid, lactic acid, and sulfur.

I’ve heard a lot of people say that the BR P50 smells like vinegar and I think this toner took it as a challenge. This has a strong sour smell and, consistently, it also has a strong tingling feeling to the skin. Fortunately, both the tingle and the smell dissipate after a few seconds. I have used treatments like this before and by far, this felt the most intense. However, results are as intense as it felt. I used this thrice a week when my skin was irritated and after week, I noticed a lot of changes. It cleared up my skin and zapped all my whiteheads and pimples. I would definitely recommend this if you want some intense treatment for your irritated skin and clogged pores.

Using this combo made me get out of skincare hell but even if my skin isn’t that sensitive, I would recommend using this sparingly and when you do, pile on soothing and moisturizing products to support these.

The Tarte Knockout Daily Exfoliating Cleanser and Knockout Tingling Treatment were provided by @tartecosmetics. Available at tartecosmetics.com

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

Brand Overview: Nuria Rescue Balancing Cleanser, Rescue Pore-Minimizing Toner, and Hydrate Revitalizing Jelly Night Treatment

Vegan and cruelty-free, Nuria offers plant-based skincare products that not only benefit your skin, it also benefits girls’ education. They contribute a portion of sales to She’s the First, a non-profit organization that fights gender inequality through education.

Promising to clear the skin, the Rescue line offers two products. These products do not contain parabens, sulfates, phthalates, formaldehyde, formaldehyde-releasing agents, hydroquinone, mineral oil, coal tar, retinyl palmitate, oxybenzone, triclosan, and triclocarban.

The Rebalancing Cleanser ($26) minimize pores, reduce the appearance of breakouts, and purify the skin using mandarin orange, seaweed extract, loquat extract, and rosehip oil. This gel cleanser is under the runny category. The bottle dispenses a lot of product, which smells citrusy. Two pumps can already cover my face and neck. It lathers easily and feels gentle on the skin. It leaves the skin feeling soft and velvety afterward. It doesn’t feel stripping or tightening and actually feel moisturizing. It doesn’t remove all oil ok your skin while still leaving it cleansed.

The Pore-Minimizing Toner ($24) is an ethanol-free toner aims to minimize the look of pores and make skin more receptive to skin care treatments. It contains witch hazel, horsetail, chamomile, and rosemary to calm and tea tree oil to reduce the appearance of redness and soothe the skin. As soon as you open the bottle, you will instantly smell the tea tree oil. It has a watery texture that sinks in quickly into the skin. Since it’s so fast-absorbing, I like using this in the morning. It also feels refreshing and soothing to the skin so it’s an instant pick-me-up. It also helps that this doesn’t dehydrate or dry out my skin so I don’t get oilier than usual when I use this.

Fortunately, I haven’t gotten any blemishes while I was using these. However, I will experience some bumps here and there and this helped soothe my skin while using more potent products. Both are products that will not dry out the skin but won’t leave it too oily either. I feel like these two would work for those with oily skin types that are acne-prone and sensitive.

The texture and color alone made me want to try the Hydrate Revitalizing Jelly Night Treatment. It literally looks and feels like jelly on the skin.

This aims to hydrate, revitalize, nourish, smooth, and fortify the skin using bilberry, gardenia, spring snowflake, safflower, rosemary, and glycerin.

Putting on the feels really good every single application. The jelly consistency goes well with the cooling sensation it has as you massage it onto the skin. It feels relaxing after a long day. The treatment can feel a bit tacky and can sit on top of the skin longer than most sleeping masks do. The first time I used this I woke up with an oily t-zone so this doesn’t offer enough hydration for my skin. However, it left my skin so very soft the morning after.

The Nuria Rescue Balancing Cleanser, Rescue Pore-Minimizing Toner, and Hydrate Revitalizing Jelly Night Treatment were provided by @nuriabeauty. Available at nuria.com

Skincare Review: Dr. Roebuck’s Icebergs Hydrating Mask and No Worries Hydrating Face Moisturizer

Inspired by their parents’ original physician formula, Kim and Zoe created a range of clean skincare products and launched their own brands, Dr. Roebuck’s. The products are cruelty-free and are formulated with parabens, sulfates, gluten, fillers, synthetic fragrances, harmful chemicals, and dyes.

They sent two of their products suited for dehydrated skin. One of them is the Icebergs Hydrating Mask ($28), which is meant to be used every other day for the first week and then 2-3 times per week afterward to hydrate the skin. It contains red algae to replenish the skin and enhance the skin barrier’s function, hyaluronic acid to retain moisture and help decrease the appearance of fine lines, and aloe vera to soothe, hydrate, and heal the skin.

Coming in gel texture, this face mask has a cooling effect that lasts until you rinse it. It dries and looks like glue but doesn’t feel tightening or pulling. It’s supposed to be rinsed with water and it can be a bit difficult because of the clear texture. You can’t really see what you’re washing off, you can just feel. This leaves the skin dry and soft. After one use, I can tell that this would be enjoyed by those with #oilyskin because it removes all the excess oil on your face without leaving it tight. This feels really gentle on the skin and after a month of use, I can definitely count on this to hydrate my skin and leave it soft and plump. This is one of the products that surprised me the most because I thought it would be able to bring anything to my skincare table. However, over time, I have come to appreciate the hydrating benefits it provides to my skin.

The other product that they let me try was the No Worries Hydrating Face Moisturizer ($45). The moisturizer promises to help repair damage, soften the appearance of fine lines, and replenish the skin. It contains hyaluronic acid, vitamin e to repair, rosehip oil to brighten, and macadamia oil to regenerate, soften, and soothe the skin.

This has a thick texture that feels moisturizing to the skin. It’s thicker than most moisturizers that I have and leaves a bit of a tacky finish. For my oily skin, I prefer to use this at night, especially right after using strong actives as this provides a soothing sensation and makes me feel like it seals in all the products as I sleep. It works well with my face during colder days because even though it’s thick, it doesn’t feel like it’s blocking my pores. Even when I use this alone, right after cleansing, I wake up with soft and smooth skin after using this, which I really like. I would recommend this to those who like moisturizers that are on the thicker side.

Overall, I am pleased with my #roeglow experience but the Icebergs Hydrating Mask is a clear favorite. This would work great for those with dehydrated skin and even those with sensitive skin as the ingredients are simple and clean.

The Dr. Roebuck’s Icebergs Hydrating Mask and No Worries Hydrating Face Moisturizer were provided @drroebucks. Available at drroebucks.com

Skincare Review: Touch In Sol The Mission Complete Waterproof Sensitive Lip and Eye Perfect Cleanser and All-In-One Beauty Aid Cream

As someone who blames kbeauty for getting her into skincare, I have heard of Touch In Sol but never actually got into trying products from the brand. I honestly thought I am not the target market of the product because it is positioned as a trendy brand. However, I’m glad I had the chance.

The Mission Complete Waterproof Sensitive Lip & Eye Perfect Cleanser aims to gently and thoroughly wash away makeup. It has a vegan, gluten-free formula and is made without sulfates, parabens, or phthalates.

This feels creamy once pumped out of the bottle but becomes watery when massaged on the face. I used this to remove eye makeup and got stung a bit in the eye when I opened them slightly. Aside from that, I was able to effectively remove my long-wearing eyeliner, even the transfer underneath my eyes, and my super matte liquid lipstick without drying out my skin or making it feel stripped. My face is just wiped clean with only a few swipes. For me, this is best used with a cotton pad as it removes makeup faster.

The All-In-One Beauty Aid Cream is designed to nourish skin with natural botanicals like olive, walnut, and hazel to moisturize, protect, tone, and refine the skin.

This might be too thick for my face but it’s perfect for my body. I use this on my extremely dry patches, like my arms and legs. It sinks in quickly but leaves my skin incredibly hydrated and moisturized. After three weeks, this has lessened the bumps on my arms.

I’m happy with these two products, especially with the Beauty Aid Cream, as I have noticed an immense difference in my skin’s moisture. As for Mission Complete, I always pull this out when removing eye makeup, I just have to be really careful.

The Touch In Sol The Mission Complete Waterproof Sensitive Lip & Eye Perfect Cleanser and All-In-One Beauty Aid Cream were provided by @touchinsolus. Available at touchinsol-us.com