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: 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

Skincare Review: Then I Met You The Cleansing Duo

I have said this countless times – cleansing is one of my favorite steps in my skincare routine. There is nothing like cleaning the skin and removing the remains of the day and starting new. Whenever I review products, I always gravitate toward the cleanser and these cleansers from Then I Met You are no exception.

Founded by Charlotte Cho, Then I Met You recently launched and introduced their first products – the Living Cleansing Balm and the Soothing Tea Cleansing Gel. With the goal of creating the most efficacious, transformative products, the brand wants to add a little extra effort in the right places.

Their oil cleanser, the Living Cleansing Balm ($38), aims to remove oil-based impurities like sebum, sunscreen, and makeup using grape seed, olive and seaberry oils. It also has rosemary, persimmon and grapefruit to leave the skin soft and clean.

This one has a slight minty smell, which built my bias more because it’s a favorite scent when it comes to cleansing products. It feels creamy and really balmy as you take it out of the tub then it emulsifies into a thick oil once it’s massaged into the skin. It is actually a joy to massage and it made me think of Charlotte Cho’s video in Byrdie Beauty a year ago. She advised how to emulsify cleansing balms – by putting little water then massaging it on your face then repeating that step a couple more times to really remove dirt and makeup. I’ve been doing it with all my balms after I watched it but it worked best with this one. The thickness of this cleansing balm doesn’t feel clogging or like it’s covering the skin. Instead, it actually feels gentle and nourishing. It removes even long-wearing eyeliners and waterproof mascaras. I once applied too much balm on my face and even when massaged, it retained its yellow color, which is actually fun to look at. I like that it really has a smooth slip and that it’s easy to remove. It doesn’t leave a film or any residue on your skin but doesn’t leave the skin too dry either. It’s just right.

The Soothing Tea Cleansing Gel ($36) promises to remove water-based impurities like sweat, grime, and impurities while brightening the skin with rice ferment filtrate and licorice extract.

While I was shooting the heavy gel-like texture of this cleanser, I thought for sure it would be heavy, that it would sit on top of my face, and leave a film if I rinse it with water. I was scared because I really wanted to like this. Fortunately, none of that happened. It emulsified into a milky lather, felt light and gentle, and it was easily rinsed with water. Predictably, this has a tea-like smell, which feels and smells relaxing. The scent, together with its gel texture makes you pause and slow down while applying it on the skin. It removes all the excess oil on my face and left my oily skin feeling soft, cleansed, and velvety. I can easily use this morning or night without worrying if this would aggravate my oily skin. This is honestly one of the cleansing gels I really love and there are only a few, like I can count them on one hand as I much prefer cleansing foams. However, I will make an exception for this. It doesn’t feel like most cleansing gels and I think it’s because of its heavier texture that doesn’t leave a residue and it gel consistency that doesn’t run and instead lathers smoothly on the skin.

Honestly, aside from the effectivity of these cleansers, what I love about them is how, with every use, you can feel the thoughtfulness of the products and the love from the creators while using them. You can just feel it in your skin – how much care was put into creating these. It made me excited about their upcoming launches.

Then I Met You The Cleansing Duo was provided by @thenimetyou. Available individually or as a duo for $68 at thenimetyou.com