Monthly Favorites: August 2019

Fresh Beauty Sugar Strawberry Exfoliating Face Wash

The Sugar Strawberry Exfoliating Face Wash from Fresh Beauty ($33) cleanses and exfoliates to refine, soften, and smooth the skin using two sizes of sugar crystals from beetroots, soapberry peel extract, strawberry fruit and blackcurrant fruit extracts, and grapeseed oil. This face cleanser smells a bit like strawberry jam, which isn’t exactly a bad thing since I love strawberries but sometimes, the smell can get a bit concentrated. The actual cleanser has exfoliating sugar cubes that seem to melt with the actual cleanser the more you massage it onto the skin, which for is genius. It exfoliates and calmed my skin in one application. Despite the exfoliating bits, this feels gentle enough for my skin. It lightly exfoliates and, upon rinsing, it leaves the skin slightly smooth. My skin also feels moisturized a bit, not tight or squeaky clean. It’s a good option for some light exfoliation while smelling strawberries.

The Fresh Beauty Sugar Strawberry Exfoliating Face Wash was provide by @freshbeauty and @octoly.

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Wander Beauty Drift Away™ Cleanser

Enjoying all things pink recently so I’m always reaching for the cruelty-free products of Wander Beauty.

I’ve been enjoying the Drift Away™ Cleanser ($32), their gel-to-foam cleanser that promises to cleanse, nourish, and vitalize the skin using seawater, kelp, coconut water, acai fruit extract, and guava extract. This face cleanser has a gel texture that turns into a white paste once rubbed on the skin. Then it transforms into a clear color the more you massage it. It’s honestly an adventure. As instructed, this vegan cleanser is meant to be rinsed with warm water but I had reservations the first time I used it. It feels creamy and pasty on the skin that I thought it wouldn’t be able to remove my makeup and it wouldn’t come off cleanly. I was wrong. It removes everything – makeup and oils. It was able to remove even full-coverage foundation but I had to use an eye makeup remover to remove eyeliners and mascaras. As a first cleanser for every day, this leaves my skin feeling squeaky clean, devoid of oils but not tight or dry.

The Wander Beauty Drift Away™ Cleanser was provided by @wanderbeauty. Available at wanderbeauty.com

Ouai Scalp & Body Scrub

When I first started this page, I posted about my adoration for the Wave Spray and the Rose Hair and Body Oil from Ouai because they work well with my extremely dry hair and body.

Another new thing to like is the Scalp & Body Scrub ($38) which promises to deeply cleanse the scalp and skin using sugar crystals, probiotic blend, and coconut oil. First off, this scrub smells luxuriously amazing. Per the website, the scent is so good they made it a fragrance called Melrose Place (sidebar, I have more than enough perfumes but this smells so good.)

As for the product itself, I love it. The sugar crystals are coarse but it doesn’t hurt the skin or the scalp. They’re like crystals that melt onto the skin and leave a lather. It doesn’t leave a film or residue after rinsing, which is a great plus. As a body scrub, my skin just feels cleansed, soft, smooth, and great smelling. Once a week, I use this as a scalp scrub on the weekends to make sure that I have all hair gunk removed as I use texture sprays and hair oils every day to tame flyaways or create added volume. Since the crystals are gentle, it doesn’t hurt the scalp and instead feels relaxing to the scalp.

This is another win for me and a great addition to my selfcare routine.

The Ouai Scalp & Body Scrub was provided by @theouai. Available at theouai.com

Sulwhasoo Bloomstay Vitalizing Water

The Bloomstay Vitalizing Water ($75) from Sulwhasoo uses plum blossom and yuzu to hydrate, revitalize, and moisturize the skin. This face toner is watery but it has a certain weight to it. I’ve been applying this at night as my first toner the past few weeks and I’ve been really happy how nourishing it feels on my skin. I also wake up with soft and plump skin afterward.

*I got this product from Octoly.

Cult Favorite: Sulwhasoo First Care Activating Serum EX

The First Care Activating Serum EX from Sulwhasoo promises to boost the effects of the products you use after it by using the JAUM Balancing Complex, a blend of botanicals selected from over 3,000 traditional Korean herbs. It restores your skin to its optimal balance, replenishes moisture and nutrients, enhance the performance of subsequent skin care products, and hydrates and balances skin. Though this contains alcohol, which I don’t really mind but is worth noting, it also has hanbang ingredients like honey, portul, sodium hyaluronate, and extracts of ophiopogon japonicus root, licorice root, camellia sinensis leaf, peony root, and milk vetch.

Recommended to be used after cleansing, this has a serum-like consistency and since I’m a rebel, I would mostly use this right after a hydrating toner and a light essence. It has a light gel texture that feels lightweight enough on the skin even though there is a bit of an oily feeling to it. It also has a strong herbal scent though it doesn’t linger. It would only take a pump and a half to cover my face and the serum would sink in without leaving a tacky feeling to it.

The first few weeks I used this, I didn’t really notice anything save for it leaving my face plump and soft, a feeling not exclusive to this product. However, after not using it for a week, my skin missed this. I also noticed that my face fell back to looking tired and sallow in the middle of the week, no matter how careful I was in terms of hydrating and moisturizing. That’s when I realized how this helped in maintaining a radiant glow to my skin, even without makeup, and also leaving it soft and bouncy. Those things might not sound hardworking but for someone in her 30s who can easily look tired the morning after she spends two more hours past her bedtime, it’s a big deal. I have come to appreciate the product and has since not let a night go by without reaching for this. Come Wednesday, or any day for that matter, my face wouldn’t look dull and gray whenever I use this.

*This product was provided by @sulwhasoo.official and @meibekorea for review. Available for $112 at us.meibe.kr