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

Skincare Review: Hanskin Real Complexion Hyaluron Skin Essence, Hyaluron Moisture Mask, and Hyaluron Moisture Cream

I have always admired how K-Beauty brands focus on gentle nourishment and hydration in their skincare. Since both benefits have been my focus since last year, I can’t not try the Hyaluron Collection of Hanskin.

Promising to moisturize and hydrate, the Real Complexion Hyaluron Skin Essence acts as a toner, essence, and moisturizing lotion all in one. Using bio hyaluronate and hyaluronic acid and zostera marina extract. This feels thick at first but it gets lighter when applied on the skin. It sinks in quickly into the skin. It immediately plumps the giving a non-greasy dewy look even after a long day.

The Hyaluron Moisture Mask aims to moisturize, brighten, soothe, and leave the skin glowing with hyaluronic acid, strawberry, raspberry, and french rose water. It also uses a microfiber sheet, thinner than 1/100 of the thickness of a human hair, which claims to retain and hold moisture five times more than cotton fabric. The pink-colored mask is a cute surprise, the essence also has a sweet smell. It fits perfectly, like most korean masks, and I didn’t have a hard time putting it on my face. It leaves the skin feeling hydrated and fresh. It would be a great addition to your routine if you’re looking for extra hydration.

As the last step, the Hyaluron Moisture Cream targets dry or dull skin and promises to leave the skin plump, nourished and moisturized using hyaluronic acid.

This has a watery gel-like formula that feels lightweight on the skin. It doesn’t feel tacky and delivers good hydration as well. I use this day and night, especially when I feel like my skin is dry and dehydrated to leave it smooth and plumper.

The Hyaluron Collection would be great for those who are looking to plump and hydrate their skin. All products are nourishing and gentle so they also work well with exfoliants and acids. The Real Complexion Hyaluron Skin Essence is something I would surely use whatever the season while the Hyaluron Moisture Mask and Hyaluron Moisture Cream are something that would suit my oily skin when it’s cold and dry.

The Hanskin Real Complexion Hyaluron Skin Essence, Hyaluron Moisture Mask, and Hyaluron Moisture Cream were provided by @hanskinusa.

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: Troiareuke Oil Cut Cleansing, TOC Toner, AC Spot Solution

I was fortunate enough to have managed blemishes. I rarely get one anymore. However, when I came back from vacation, my skin reacted to the rise in temperature and humidity. I slept having no blemishes and woke up with three out of nowhere. What’s worse, two of them are whiteheads – something I never had since grade school.

I was pissed. However, this was the perfect time to test some products from the ACSEN line from Troiareuke. This line is for those with acne-prone and sensitive skin.

The Oil Cut Cleansing promises to be an all in one cleanser that removes oil, dirt, and impurities as it soothe and hydrate the skin using lichen extract, zanthoxylum piperitum fruit extract, pulsatilla koreana extract, aloe barbadensis leaf juice, papaya fruit water, portulaca oleracea extract. This cleansing gel removes oil and impurities and leaves the skin feeling fresh and smooth. It doesn’t completely strip the skin, which would when your skin is feeling sensitive or irritated. As a preference, I still use a foaming cleanser after this.

To balance and build the skin’s protective barrier, the TOC Toner contains glycolic acid, centella asiatica extract, hyaluronic acid tocopheryl acetate, allantoin, glycerin, portulaca oleracea extract, betula platyphylla japonica juice, argania spinosa kernel oil, zea mays oil, rosewood wood oil, calendula officinalis flower oil, and geranium maculatum oil. It also promises to soothe, renew, and moisturize the skin while removing excess sebum and dead skin cell buildup. This has a very water-like texture but it somehow leaves my skin nourished and hydrated. It’s gentle on the skin as well. This is the only toner I used during the time that I had pimples and it helped soothe and hydrate my skin after I apply detoxifying masks and treatment products.

My favorite, the AC Spot Solution, to treat blemishes. It contains selemix an, phenyl salicylate, and centella asiatica to speed healing, help prevent scarring, and prevent future blemishes. This flattened up and coming blemishes overnight. For full-on zits, it takes about three nights to heal. I’m amazed as to how quick this is and how gentle it was on my skin. Most solutions tend to dry the skin and stimulate peeling but I didn’t experience that with this one. It doesn’t even sting. However, in terms of scar prevention, I still got post-blemish pigmentation but I’m fine with it, I have other products for that.

I would definitely recommend these products to those who have blemishes and want something gentle yet effective for their skin concerns. The main highlight for me is the AC Spot Solution because of how quick and gentle it zapped my blemishes.

The Troiareuke ACSEN Oil Cut Cleansing, TOC Toner, AC Spot Solution were provided by @troiareuke.

Skincare Review: Fresh Rose Ritual Gift Set

Still on vacation and drenching my skin in roses (or at least rose-infused skincare products) using the Fresh Rose Ritual Gift Set complimentary from FreshBeauty.

After cleansing, I use the Rose Face Mask, a hydrating mask that contains rose petals and promises to soothe, plump, and tone the skin using rosewater, cucumber extract, algae, and green tea. As someone who loves floral scents, this is an instant like. It smells like a bouquet of fresh roses. It has a gel consistency that is much denser than the Rose Sleeping Mask that I tried and reviewed a few months back. I like that it has a cooling sensation. It’s gentle and nourishing as well so this can also be a good second mask after applying a detoxifying one as it helps soothe and moisturize the skin. Used alone, this hydrates my skin and provides extra nourishment in my skincare routine.

I then apply the Rose Deep Hydration Facial Toner using a cotton pad. It contains rose petals, hyaluronic acid, and angelica leaf extract to hydrate and tone the skin. This toner is watery with some viscosity to it. It has a very slight cooling sensation to the skin once you apply it. It feels hydrating on the skin and is a good option if you’re looking for a great smelling hydrating toner for everyday use.

As the last step, the Rose Deep Hydration Face Cream aims to deliver hydration using hydropatches, angelica leaf extract, rosewater, plum seed oil, and hyaluronic acids. I had low expectations about this moisturizer mainly because it looked heavy and creamy on the tub. Boy, was I glad to be wrong. It applies so light and sinks in quickly onto the skin. I can easily say that my oily can carry this on a normal morning. I like using this when I would be applying a sleeping mask afterward as it is a great moisturizing support and it feels so light on the skin. I will definitely be using this as a night moisturizer come summer.

I’m recently being introduced to Fresh skincare products and so far, I’ve had good experiences. They are simple, gentle, and always hydrating and nourishing.

The Fresh Rose Ritual Gift Set was provided by @freshbeauty. Available for $95 at fresh.com

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