Cult Favorite: Onekind Pore-fectionist Refining Facial

Looking at the ingredients of the Pore-fectionist Refining Facial from Onekind (pink clay, aha, BHA, pink kaolin clay, bentonite clay, salicylic acid, lactic acid, and barley seed extract), it looks like it’s meant to be in my breakout bin. This mask promises to detoxify, smooth, brighten, and reduce redness and irritation of the skin.

I was right. I have put off using this before because my skin didn’t need it but now that it’s warmer and my skin is feeling congested recently. In fact, I just got a few blemishes even if I’m staying at home and I’m not wearing makeup that much. It’s because of the weather and to be honest, my oily skin loves being in winter more. Anyway, I have been using this once a week for a few months now and it helps clear and brighten my skin. It also helped calm blemishes and prevented them from becoming full-blown pimples. It’s recommended for use twice a week but I find it a bit strong so I only use this once a week. I also like following this with hydrating and soothing products to prevent my skin from feeling dry and tight. I would file this mask as something to pull out for emergencies.

This product is also cruelty-free and is formulated without synthetic fragrance, silicones, parabens, PEGs, phthalates, and petroleum/mineral oil. Also, according to their site, the packaging is made in a 75% post-recycled plastic (PCR) tube with a 100% PCR cap. It’s nice to know and I like the fact that they put it there for everyone’s reference.

The Onekind Pore-fectionist Refining Facial was provided by @onekind.us. Available at onekind.us

Brand Overview Cardea AuSet

I have never heard of Cardea AuSet until I saw them on Instagram. I was initially intrigued by the packaging, which, of course, made me research it.

All products from Cardea AuSet uses pure essential oils, hydrosols, minerals, and plant-based ingredients that are GMO-free. Their materials are sourced from Canadian suppliers. So far, so good. I was excited to review their products and thankfully, they lived up to the hype I built up around them.

The first one I tried was the Noire Charcoal Mask. Composed of bentonite clay and pure activated charcoal powder, this face mask has absorbing properties that extract toxins from the skin’s surface and pores, leaving it cleansed and purified. Since it’s packaged is as a powder, it can be mixed with any liquid or oil you prefer.

Of course, the downside is that it can get a bit messy. Clumsy me + black powder in a white bathroom = total mess. On the bright side, I’ve tried a few powder masks and this is one of the smoothest. One of the gentlest black charcoal masks I’ve tried. I only had a slight tightening in my cheek and chin areas while it tried. After application, my skin felt stripped yet moisturized. However, you really have to rinse this thoroughly because the first time I used this, I had to cleanse my skin twice as I got remnants of black powder in my cotton pad after I applied my toner.

The Sea Mineral Soak has been getting a lot of use during selfcare weekend. After a busy week, a good source of relaxation is a long bath with this one. After a bath, my skin feels hydrated, soothed, and relaxed.

This detoxifying soak is a blend of salts from the Dead Sea and Himalayas and dried rose petals. This contains minerals like magnesium, calcium, sulfur, selenium, and potassium to soothe tired muscles, stimulate circulation, promote healing and hydration, and relieve anxiety.

Now, I’ve had my fair share of experiences with facial mists to determine the effectivity of each product. Even though I’ve encountered a lot of rose mists in my short dive to skincare, I can’t help but try every single one of them.

The Rosa Facial Mist is a hydrating mist formulated with rose water and aloe juice that claims to give the skin a refreshing, plumping boost.

First off, the packaging is divine. I like looking at it on my vanity table. It has a bright yellow color that always seems to call me. It also contains a lot of products, 236ml to be exact. I have been using this for about a month and I haven’t even reached half the bottle. As the name suggests, this smells of roses. Not powerful enough to overpower my perfume, but enough to wake my senses up. The smell doesn’t last that long but since I’m not using this as a fragrance, I didn’t mind it. It lets off a very fine mist so it can be used in the middle of the skincare routine or during the day and it won’t mess up your makeup.

As a toner, this can keep my face hydrated for about 3 hours, which, I’m being honest, isn’t enough for my dehydrated skin. Hence, I use this before and after putting my serums and as the last step of my routine. However, I like using this best with my makeup sponge. I spray this directly on the sponge before I dab it on my foundation. Interestingly enough, I find that this helps blend my base products easily and seamlessly. It also helps my foundation and concealer last the whole day and creates a dewy look. The makeup just adheres to my skin better whenever I use this, maybe because of the aloe juice. Whenever I do a light makeup, I also use this to set it as I’m sure that this will make me look awake, healthy, and natural.

These Cardea AuSet products were provided by @cardea_auset. Available at cardeaauset.com

Cult Favorite: Ole Henriksen PHAT Glow Facial

I have had my brush with PHA but I have not fully realized its benefits because I’ve been so happy with my AHA and BHA products.

It wasn’t until I got the PHAT Glow Facial($49) from Ole Henriksen that I got to realize what it can do for my skin. With PHA, this face mask perfect, smooth, illuminate, and plump whiling evening the tone and texture of the skin. The mask also contains nordic birch sap to hydrate and nourish, pink bentonite clay to clarify and renew, chia seed oil to nourish and plump, cotton extract to soften, and extracts of lemon, sugar cane, licorice root, chamomile, and sandalwood to help condition skin.

Like my at-home facial products, I was expecting this to tingle but it didn’t. The mask feels creamy and soft to the skin, almost like a thick moisturizer. Once it dries, the pink hue seems to get absorbed by my pores and transforms into a clear mask that still feels creamy when rinsed. I have been using this product twice a week for the last month and I’ve been happy with the results. So, happy that it has earned a position on my thrice a week masking routine. Aside from helping clear and even my skin, which I can get from my other masks, this makes my skin looks so healthy. After a month of use, I see how it can brighten and plump the skin, making me look I had enough sleep. My skin looks more together, not sallow or dull in some areas. I will continue to use this and check for long-term results but so far, I’m really happy with it.

The Ole Henriksen PHAT Glow Facial was provided by @olehenriksen and @kendobrandsnyc . Available at olehenriksen.com

Skincare Review: Yon-Ka Gel Nettoyant, Masque 103, and Lotion Yon-Ka PS

Using the Yon-Ka Quintessence, French skincare brand Yon-Ka combines fundamental essential oils in all their products: geranium to balance, rosemary to detoxify and firm, cypress to refine, and thyme to purify. Their products are also cruelty-free and do not contain parabens, aluminum salts, SLS, MIT, and triclosan.

The Gel Nettoyant ($40) feels gentle but feels hardworking. It doesn’t foam or lather but cleanses the skin thoroughly. Recommend for oily skin, this face cleanser also contains iris root, red seaweed to soften, hydrate, and purify the skin.

I like how it leaves the skin squeaky clean but not tight or dry. My skin just feels smooth and hydrated after every wash. I like this as a morning cleanser because it’s gentle but deeply cleansing.

Containing three kinds of clay (montmorillonite, bentonite, and kaolin) the Masque 103 ($48) promises to clear and purify the skin with the help of borneol, serpolet, and essential oils.

The face mask looks really creamy so I easily assumed it would be gentle despite the detoxifying and purifying claim. So, I was pleasantly surprised as to how cooling it feels on the skin. It also tightens a bit as it hardens but my skin likes it that way. After rinsing, my skin was fresher and clearer without leaving it tight or extremely dry.

The Lotion Yon-Ka PS ($42) this feels hydrating as it uses plant glycerin on top of the blend of essential oils the brand uses on their products. It has a very viscous consistency, almost like an essence, and it has a fresh sweet scent. The face toner has a mist applicator and it dispenses conservatively so you would need four to five spritzes to get enough to cover the skin. I didn’t mind, though because, at 200 ml, this will last me for more than three months. I like spraying this in the middle of the afternoon for a boost of hydration.

These products are gentle and hydrating to oily skin and if you’re a fan of essential oils, this will be a good option for you. My fave, however, is the Masque 103 as it deeply detoxifies my skin without the harsh feeling.

Yon-Ka Gel Nettoyant, Masque 103, and Lotion Yon-Ka PS were provided by @yonkausa and @thewoodsandco. Available at shop.yonkausa.com