Skincare Review: Huangjisoo Sugar No:rinse Cleansing Pads, Sakura Peeling Radiance Pads, and Mugwort Rescue Soothing Pads

I have been traveling quite a bit recently and have been using these pads from the k-beauty Huangjisoo. Contained in tubs, these pads are travel-friendly and easy to use.

The Sugar No: rinse Cleansing Pads using micellar water, sugar, and lactobacillus ferment filtrate to remove make-up and dirt. These pads are vegan and cruelty-free and they remove makeup well without it feeling sticky. Used without rinsing needed afterward, it leaves the skin feeling soft after removing makeup. I usually use two to three pads to completely remove my makeup. I use the Pure Perfect Cleansing Oil after this one to remove heavy eye makeup and then their Pure Daily Foaming Cleanser to fully cleanse the skin.

Containing cherry blossom and echinacea, the Sakura Peeling Radiance Pads promises to moisturize and brighten the skin. This leaves the skin feeling and looking fresh. It has a clean smell and sinks in quickly onto the skin without leaving any residue. After a few weeks of use (twice to thrice a week) it helped smooth my skin and leaves my skin with a rosy glow.

The Mugwort Rescue Soothing Pads aims to soothe and moisturize the skin using sea mugwort and cica complex. This feels good on the skin, especially on irritated areas. I usually leave a piece of the pad on the irritated area/zit for a few minutes to reduce redness to spot treat. Used all over the face, this leaves the skin feeling moisturized without feeling sticky.

The Huangjisoo Sugar No:rinse Cleansing Pads, Sakura Peeling Radiance Pads, and Mugwort Rescue Soothing Pads were provided by @huangjisoo and @sophiebeautybox. Available for huangjisoo.com

Cult Favorite: Briogeo Tea Tree + Eucalyptus Clean Deodorant

It was love at first swipe with the Tea Tree + Eucalyptus Clean Deodorant from Briogeo.

For a couple of years I have gotten on the natural deodorant train and I have gotten off numerous times. When things got tough and sticky, I go back to my old deodorant – wanting its stability of not making me smell and sweat. However, using the Tea Tree + Eucalyptus Clean Deodorant made me stay the longest and I can finally say that I don’t think I will falter again.

This deodorant promises to be a natural, non-toxic, plant-based deodorant that doesn’t contain aluminum, zinc, talc, or baking soda. It’s vegan, cruelty-free, and is made without silicone, gluten, paraben, and sulfate. It aims to neutralize odor, soothe irritation using tea tree, eucalyptus, and coconut water.

The clear stick swipes on easily onto the skin without any marks, making it easy to get dressed in the morning without worrying about stains. You don’t have to avoid your armpits when putting on a top, in case it puts white marks on your clothing. It virtually has no smell, just a hint of fresh mint, also so it doesn’t fight your body cream or fragrance. I sweat easily and this prevents me from getting sweat stains. This claim also lasts for more than 20 hours. I know because I used this during a long haul flight. I have been using this for months now and I also noticed that my underarms look lighter. It’s amazing honestly and I have recommended this to all my friends.

The Briogeo Tea Tree + Eucalyptus Clean Deodorant was provided by @briogeo and @pokepr. Available for $16 at briogeohair.com

Skincare Review: 23.5°N Oriental Beauty Tea Balancing Facial Cleanser, Balancing Gel Mask, and Balancing Toner

My actives and I are one and the same person but, I have been looking for gentler and more nourishing products. I felt like they are what my skin’s looking for and, of course, I’ll oblige.

23.5°N is a brand I have recently been curious about and thankfully, Glowie Co sent over some of their products for me to try. Using ingredients from natural farming in Taiwan, 23.5°N offers gentle formulations that are cruelty-free and are made without artificial coloring, fragrance, alcohol, and parabens. All the products I tried contains Oriental Beauty Tea, a plant indigenous to Taiwan. It’s farmed from the Emei Township in Hsinchu County, Taiwan. This extract is rich in polyphenols and promises to balance oil and moisture levels in the skin.

I have been using the Oriental Beauty Tea Balancing Facial Cleanser ($22) for a few months now and my skin is loving it. It uses glycerin, camellia leaf extract, and hyaluronic acid to gently cleanse the skin. It’s a foaming cleanser that has a thick whipped texture. It mildly lathers and gets rid of all oils on my skin without leaving it stripped or dry.

My favorite out of the bunch is the Oriental Beauty Tea Balancing Gel Mask ($29) which aims to detoxify and hydrate the skin while controlling oil using niacinamide, peppermint extract, and hyaluronic acid. I seriously enjoy this. It’s a gel mask that dries on the skin. The green tea smell is calming and the actual product feels soothing to the skin. It helps hydrate my skin and it feels gentle too. I like using this after exfoliating or on days when I just feel like giving my skin extra hydration.

The Oriental Beauty Tea Balancing Toner ($22) claims to clarify, hydrate, and control oil using peppermint extract and hyaluronic acid. This smells like iced tea, which I really like. It’s very watery and it sinks in quickly onto the skin. I’ve had more hydrating and nourishing toners than this one but this might work for those who want a gentle and soothing toner.

Overall, I enjoyed how these vegan products are extremely gentle and soothing on the skin. The Oriental Beauty Tea Balancing Gel Mask, especially, has been part of my weekly ritual. It was, at first, because of how it made my skin feel afterward. After a few weeks, however, I noticed how it helped balance and detoxify my skin. I love it.

The 23.5°N Oriental Beauty Tea Balancing Facial Cleanser, Balancing Gel Mask, and Balancing Toner were provided by @235n and @glowieco. Available at glowieco.com

Skincare Review: Lilah B Aglow Cleansing Butter and Priming Oil

Fully veering away from the luxurious pebble Lilah B is known for, the brand showcases its new products in bottles and tubs. The thick rose gold-accented glass packaging is very different yet equally luxurious and very on-brand. Vegan and cruelty-free, these new drops are all welcome additions to my stash – new skincare products to compliment their pigmented and uncomplicated makeup siblings.

The thick glass bottle packaging first popped up when Lilah B launched the Aglow Face Mist ($48) last year. It’s a mist that helps create dewy and glowing skin. I like using it before applying my serums in the morning.

Joining the Aglow family are the Cleansing Butter and Priming Oil to help cleanse the skin and set it for makeup.

The Aglow Cleansing Butter ($44) promises to cleanse, soften, and condition the skin using rosehip extract, snow mushroom extract, and lavender essential oil. This buttery cleansing balm feels luxurious as it dissolves into an oil-like texture as soon as it comes to contact with the skin. It emulsifies on a milky consistency easily and rinses off quickly with water. It leaves the skin feeling so smooth and moisturized without the tacky filmy feeling, which really surprised me. I have never experienced my skin feeling this moisturized after the first cleanse. It’s something you really have to experience.

Upon first use, I had the feeling that the Aglow Priming Oil ($68) would work better with dry and normal skin types because of its oily yet runny feeling wrapped in a light cream texture. I was right. However, it also worked for my oily skin. Claiming to be a serum, moisturizer, and primer that aims to nourish, hydrate, soften, and smooth the skin with tamanu oil, jojoba oil, sweet almond oil, purple tea extract, grapeseed extract, and lavender essential oil. I used this in the morning after spritzing the Face Mist and before applying SPF. It cuts my routine in half, which is really convenient. Since it’s colder nowadays, this helps bring plumpness and dewiness to my skin. What surprised me though is how this didn’t make my skin look greasy. It didn’t make my foundation slide off either. It’s become my go-to for that glowy look which is achieved when it’s combined with my stick foundation.

I’m really impressed with these new additions in Lilah B’s portfolio. They all feel gentle and nourishing to the skin and I would recommend them to those looking for products that would help in hydration, nourishment, and radiance. These products are also formulated without gluten, parabens, phthalates, sulfates, and synthetic fragrances.

The Lilah B Aglow Cleansing Butter and Priming Oil were provided by @lilahb. Available at lilahbeauty.com

Skincare Review: Herbivore Botanicals Natural Fruit Acid 5% Exfoliating Glow Potion

As a lover of acids, I found the Natural Fruit Acid 5% Exfoliating Glow Potion from Herbivore Botanicals gentle and nourishing. This is actually surprising because this serum contains a blend of bilberry lactic, sugar cane glycolic, orange peel citric, and apple malic acid combined with kakadu plum to exfoliate, hydrate, and even the skin. This light viscous serum doesn’t sting or tingle at all, which surprised me when I first used it. However, looking at its first three ingredients (aloe vera leaf juice, sodium hyaluronate, rose flower water, and glycerin), I figured out why it felt gentle.

I think this would be great for those looking for a vegan and cruelty-free serum that gently exfoliates the skin while hydrating the skin.

As for my skin, I have gotten to a point that my skin is clear (save for a few blemishes during my period) so I have been into gentler formulations lately. This is a product I use together with other hydrating and nourishing products that are included in my basic routine at night.

The Herbivore Botanicals Natural Fruit Acid 5% Exfoliating Glow Potion was provided by @herbivorebotanicals and @autumnpr. Available for $44 at herbivorebotanicals.com