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: Kat Burki KB5 Calming Gel Cleanser

I’m still one of those people who want their cleanser to feel cleansing. It’s how I liked it when I used to only cleanse and call it a day way back in grade school and that’s how I still like it now.

The KB5 Calming Gel Cleanser from Kat Burki has a gel texture with a watery consistency. It promises to remove impurities, makeup, and excess oil while brightening, soothing, softening, and retaining moisture to the skin. The cleanser uses flower water from gotu kola, lavender, calendula, and chamomile. It also contains aloe leaf juice, borage seed extract, rosehip seed oil, olive fruit oil, vitamin e, and lavender hydrosol water. It’s formulated without parabens, synthetic dyes, synthetic fragrances, gluten, sulfates, petrolatum, and mineral oils.

This might be a gentle cleanser but it has helped deeply cleanse my skin. It removes excess oil without leaving my skin feeling too dry and stripped. Even though I have to use a cleansing balm to remove makeup, this helps keep my skin feeling hydrated. I like using this now in the morning for some gentle yet deep cleansing that nourishes my skin.

The Kat Burki KB5 Calming Gel Cleanser was provided by @katburki and @thewoodsandcoest. Available for $50 at katburki.com

Skincare Review: Sigi Skin Kaleanser Face Wash and Pink Nectar

Never to shy away from cute packaging, Sigi Skin caught my eye and my natural attraction for pastel colors. I got to try the Kaleanser Face Wash and Pink Nectar, which simple but cute and are also cruelty free and are made without parabens, dye, sodium lauryl sulphate (SLS), butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT), DMDM Hydantoin, phthalates, mineral oil, retinyl palmitate, oxybenzone, coal tar, hydroquinone, triclosan, triclocarban, and polyunsaturated oils (PUFA).

A face cleanser in gel form, the Kaleanser Face Wash promises to remove makeup, dirt, and oils while rebalancing the pH level using glycerin and soy and kale extracts. Despite the overwhelming smell, it feels so gentle on the skin. It emulsifies and cleanses the skin quickly. I like that it doesn’t leave a film but it also doesn’t strip the skin. I like using this when my skin is feeling a bit tight because this is calming and soothing to the skin.

Pink Nectar is one of the lightest eye creams I have tried. It spreads thinly but feels really moisturizing on the eye area. Using five kinds of hyaluronic acid, glycerin, niacinamide, vitamin e, propolis, peach extracts, and actractyloides lancea root extract, this eye cream aims to moisturize, firm, depuff, and brighten the eye area. Even though I have not seen its brightening effects, what I really like about this is how light enough this eye cream is to be applied in the morning and how it moisturizes my dry under eyes. It sinks in quickly and doesn’t mess my makeup while not aggravating the dryness of my under eyes.

The Sigi Skin Kaleanser Face Wash and Pink Nectar were provided by @sigiskin and @thewoodsandco. Available at sigiskin.com

Makeup Review: Em Cosmetics Color Drops Serum Blush

I have taken a penchant for liquid blushes so I was really excited when Em Cosmetics released their Color Drops Serum Blush ($25). I got the shades Pink Nectar, which is a watermelon pink, and Rose Milk, a blush pink shade. The Color Drops Serum Blush promises to provide sheer buildable color that looks dewy and feels lightweight. The blush contain sacha inchi oil, squalene, hyaluronic acid, and vitamin e. They are also vegan, cruelty-free, and are made without gluten.

It has a dropper applicator, which can be a bit difficult to use from time to time. As advertised, the texture and consistency feel like a serum. It’s creamy and easy to blend but the dropper applicator sometimes makes it difficult to get the product out. I would prefer a pump applicator than a dropper, to be honest.

As for the color pay-off, the blushes are pigmented and the color inside the cute bottle is what shows up in the cheeks. Both colors also have a muted tone to it, which I think helps create the natural and subtle look I always go for. They also apply matte so it can go with whatever look I planned for.

Pink Nectar is light and creates bright and radiant looking blush while Rose Milk gives a good, natural-looking flush to my cheeks. I use Pink Nectar when I’m going for a dark lip color or a darker eye look while Rose Milk is good when I want my cheeks to be the focus of my makeup. Both apply dewy but amazingly enough, they don’t make my skin feel or look oilier than usual. They also last longer compared to the liquid blushes I’ve tried. When I go home after work, I still notice a slight flush on my cheeks.

The Em Cosmetics Color Drops Serum Blush was provided by @emcosmetics. Available at emcosmetics.com

Skincare Review: Bliss Glow and Hydrate Day Serum and Renew and Smooth Night Serum

I have been trying these new drops from Bliss for more than a month now and I’m so far enjoying the results. The brand launched two serums, the Glow & Hydrate Day Serum ($22) and Renew & Smooth Night Serum ($25), working hand in hand to provide smooth, glowing skin.

The Glow & Hydrate Day Serum contains niacinamide and hyaluronic acid, and vitamin e to replenish, defend, hydrate, improve dullness, and diminish pores and blemishes. The consistency of this is thicker than the serums I usually use in the morning but it works. It applies thin and dries matte making it a good base for my makeup. I usually use niacinamide at night, together with my retinol, so using one in the morning was a total change for me. It was a nice change, however, as this is gentle on the skin and it leaves it feeling soft and looking bright. It didn’t aggravate the oiliness of my skin, it actually managed the oiliness by keeping my skin hydrated.

The Renew & Smooth Night Serum ($25) uses a blend of glycolic acid and polyhydroxy acid, squalene, and fruit acids (sugar cane, lemon, orange, and apple) to dissolve dead skin cells, brighten, smooth, and balance the skin. This has a thicker consistency than the AM serum but it works well with my other products at night. It also feels gentle on the skin and it sinks in quickly as well. It feels soothing to the skin and it doesn’t tingle at all. I like how this leaves my skin plump and glowing the morning after.

Together, these serums have made my skin look healthy. I am really amazed as to how bright and smooth my skin looked after a few weeks of using this. Even my husband commented about it. For the price, the results were so good. What really surprised me is how well both worked for my oily skin. The consistency was just right and I feel like anyone who wants to have smoother, glowing skin can use this. I also like that these serums are cruelty-free, vegan, and are formulated without parabens, phthalates, sulfates, urea, formaldehyde, mineral oil, dea, tea, mea, eta, and dmdm hydantoin.

The Bliss Glow & Hydrate Day Serum and Renew & Smooth Night Serum were provided by @bliss. Available at blissworld.com