Skincare Review: Akoco K-Beauty Goodies

Akoco sent over a few K-Beauty products and I have been playing with me for a few weeks now. I have been doing a longer morning routine are now more discerning as to how most products work.

I am no stranger to cleansing pads but the Latte Bubble Deep Cleansing Pads from Sonreve feels so gentle on the skin while cleansing. To use, you wet one side with water and lather before wiping the embossed side on the face. You can use the rougher side afterward before rinsing but I only do that when I want to exfoliate.

To tone, the Fresh Calming Balancing Toner Pack from Laneige promises to refresh the skin and restore the skin’s moisture and oil balance. I have not tried the bottled version of this one but this toner pack is very travel-friendly. I know we can’t travel right now but the thin packaging would be very useful when we do. For now, I have been using this while checking my emails. It feels calming and not stripping.

I never thought I’d be able to mask while I work but this is where we are now. The Aloe Soothing Mask Pack from Benton aims to revitalize, hydrate, nourish, and moisturize the skin using aloe leaf water, camellia sinensis leaf water, glycerin, pentylene glycol, and sodium PCA. I have tried this before and it’s soothing and relaxing to the skin, especially when your skin is feeling sensitive.

The No-Sebum Mineral Powder from Innisfree claims to be a replacement for oil control paper. This is also another product that I have tried before and it does mattify the skin. It’s great for those who don’t wear much makeup but wants to keep the skin matte.

The Sonreve Latte Bubble Deep Cleansing Pads, Laneige Fresh Calming Balancing Toner Pack, Benton Aloe Soothing Mask Pack, and Innisfree No-Sebum Mineral Powder were provided by @akoco. Available at akoco.com

Makeup Review: Laneige Glowy Makeup Serum

I’m happy that we’re all about that glow nowadays and of course, Laneige wouldn’t just let it pass. Hence, the creation of the Glowy Makeup Serum.

This serum/primer hybrid promises to lock moisture, boost glow, and extend makeup wearability using ceramide moisture gel, diamond mineral powder, and light-fit prep technology. This feels light a light watery serum, which I like. It also dries matte so, it works for my oily skin. As you can see, it has glitter like specks, which is left on the skin even after the serum dries. The light-reflecting particles provide the glow factor, I think.

With my face, I really have to be precise when I apply this. I prefer a liquid highlighter without specks as it just looks better on my skin. I would gladly use this as a serum, without the specks, though as it’s oh so hydrating. It’s what I always expect from Laneige.

This product was provide by Laneige and Octoly.

Cult Favorite: Laneige Cream Skin Toner and Moisturizer

I never knew I needed something like the Cream Skin Toner and Moisturizer from Laneige until I used it. It feels like a viscous toner and applies like one. It leaves the skin plump and soft. However, after a few seconds, the feeling transforms into something thicker. It doesn’t feel tacky or anything but it feels like I applied a light moisturizer.

This hybrid product promises to be a two-in-one formula that preps and softens like a toner and moisturizes like a cream in one step. Using Cream Blending Technology, it contains white leaf tea water to strengthen the skin barrier, moisturize, and soothe the skin. This product is also free of parabens, phthalates, and mineral oil.

It’s watery and light on the skin on first touch but once applied it feels so nourishing and filling. I know it’s not the right word but it does feel like it’s filling my skin. It doesn’t feel tacky or overly moisturizing. It’s just enough to balance and moisturize my oily skin. For my skin type, this is a very welcome addition to my hydration routine. It is extremely helpful when my skin is feeling dry or when I had a long night and want to fast track my night routine. I feel like this would also be helpful to those with dry and sensitive skin as this moisturizes like, if not much more, than other moisturizers I’ve tried, without the weight and tackiness.

The Laneige Cream Skin Toner and Moisturizer was provided by @laneigeus. Available for $33 at us.laneige.com

Skincare Review: Laneige Water Bank Hydro Essence, Water Bank Moisture Cream, and Water Bank Hydro Gel

I’ve said this many times over but I have a special spot for Laneige. It’s one of the first brands I tried when I got into skincare and I still have the Water Sleeping Mask in my stash even until now. What I like about the brand is how they use water to address skin concerns like the hydro ionized mineral water that promises to offer deep absorption and moisture. They used the hydro ionized mineral water and released these last year.

The Water Bank Hydro Essence aims to drench skin in moisture and help to prevent water loss using seaweed, kale, watercress, and beet along with green mineral water. I love how luxurious this feels on the skin. It’s thicker than other essences; it actually feels like a serum and applies like silk on the skin. This is very hydrating and soothing, especially on cold nights. I like using this before applying a moisturizer as it plumps the skin without the greasy or sticky feeling.

Under the Water Bank series, they have two kinds of moisturizers. The Water Bank Moisture Cream is for normal to dry skin types and it promises to provide skin-deep hydration and strengthen the moisture barrier using green mineral water, brussel sprouts, artichokes, and lima beans soaked in seawater. This is thick but it doesn’t feel clogging. This is what I used when I was on vacation because it hydrated my skin in -4 degree weather.

The Water Bank Hydro Gel, on the other hand, is for oily skin types and works to provide lightweight and cooling hydration using green mineral water, kale, watercress, and beet soaked in seawater. Similar to the Water Bank Hydro Essence, this leaves a silky feeling to the skin. It feels like a creamier version of the Water Sleeping Mask but not as matte as it dries. This plumps and hydrates my skin and is great when applied before the Water Sleeping Mask for additional hydration.

I like to use the Water Bank Hydro Essence and Water Bank Hydro Gel on days when I focus on hydration. This used together with the Water Sleeping Mask they provide hydrated, silky, and plump-looking skin along with the signature Laneige smell that I always enjoy.

The Laneige Water Bank Hydro Essence, Water Bank Moisture Cream, and Water Bank Hydro Gel were provided by @laneigeus. Available at us.laneige.com

Monthly Favorites: March 2019

8 Faces Boundless Solid Oil

The Boundless Solid Oil from 8 Faces promises to many things for your skin. It uses amla berry to rejuvenate the skin, reduce age spots, and sun damage. It also has baobab seed oil to soften, tangerine oil to rejuvenate, babassu oil to calm, camelia seed oil to replenish, evening primrose flower oil to improve elasticity, and sea buckthorn oil to nourish. Apart from being used as a face and hair oil, 8 faces works terrifically as a makeup primer, an after-sun salve, and even a hair treatment.

It melts like butter upon contact with the skin. The product has a fresh and uplifting citrus scent that I find calming. I first tried this product before heading to bed and I woke up to healthier and more supple skin. My face felt nourished and I noticed I had no dull-looking or dry areas anymore. I also tried the product out on the tips of my hair which have gone dry and this product made them feel soft and bouncy again. My favorite thing about this product is how uncomplicated it is, you can get however much product you need and apply it to areas that need some TLC. It can be applied on chapped lips, chaffed skin, or even dry elbows and knees, basically anywhere you could use some repairing.

The product is certified organic and 100% natural making it safe to use for skin sensitive to harsh chemicals. This product worked wonders on the dry parts of my skin and I would recommend this to anyone with normal to dry skin who needs a skin savior.

8 Faces Boundless Solid Oil was provided by @8faces. Available for $88 at 8facesbeauty.com

Lavender Water Sleeping Mask

I have raved about kbeauty and Laneige a thousand times over. So when #Laneigegiftedme the Water Sleeping Mask in Lavender, trying it is just natural. The OG #sleepingmask, the Water Sleeping Mask, is still one of the best sleeping masks I have tried and even have turned a lot of my friends and my mom to it.

The Lavender Water Sleeping Mask promises to hydrate and moisturize the skin with hydro ionized mineral water and the calming scent of lavender. It also has Sleepscent, infused with orange flower, rose, and sandalwood to relax and comfort combine with apricot and evening primrose extracts to brighten and purify the skin.

Of course, it looks and feels like the Water Sleeping Mask with an additional relaxing feeling from the scent of lavender. In short, I don’t think there are any differences, which is actually a good thing. It’s still moisturizing, hydrating, and cooling. It sinks in quickly and doesn’t sit on top of your face. I think, but this is just really a minor difference, this dries feeling a little more powdery than the water variant but I still get the same results – I wake up with soft, hydrated skin after every use. If you are also a fan of the Water Sleeping Mask and wants an added layer of relaxation, this is worth a try.

The Laneige Lavender Water Sleeping Mask was provided by @laneige and @octoly. Available for $25 at laneige.com

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Huxley Moroccan Gardener Body Oil

I have wanted to try the Huxley Moroccan Gardener Body Oil for so long and I was wrong on waiting. Having this body oil is not just about having soft, smooth, and glowing skin (though, this one does that perfectly), it’s about that distinct Huxley smell that’s unlike any other.

Their key ingredient, the organic sahara prickly pear cactus seed oil sourced from morocco, is hand-selected and cold-pressed to get its maximum benefits. This oil acts as an antioxidant and promises to nourish the skin. Huxley products also have their signature scent is inspired by an exotic garden with notes of green leaves, jasmine, rose and white musk.

Aside from the prickly pear cactus seed oil, this body oil contains sweet almond oil, sunflower seed oil, rosehip oil and green tea seed oil to refresh, hydrate, soften, and smooth the skin.

The oil has a lightweight consistency that sinks in quickly and leaves a silky finish to the skin. The smell is so amazing that I don’t wear perfume when I use this. It feels moisturizing as well and has prevented my skin from getting dry patches and has moisturized the already dry parts of the skin. If there is something I always expect from Huxley, it’s the ability of their products to moisturize and hydrate the skin while leaving a fresh and clean scent in its wake that always makes me smile.

The Huxley Moroccan Gardener Body Oil was provided by @huxley_korea and @stylekorean_global . Available for $45 at stylekorean.com

Loli Beauty Chamomile Lavender Water

Loli Beauty, where Loli stands for Living Organic Loving Ingredients, creates products using ingredients that are organic, wild-harvested ingredients that are raw, fair trade, non-GMO and upcycled from food for zero waste.

Promising to work as a toner, cleanser, and moisturizer, the Chamomile Lavender Water ($38) uses chamomile hydrosol, lavender hydrosol, witch hazel, glycerin, apricot oil, and jojoba seed oil to calm, cleanse, hydrate, and tone the skin. Its ingredients are both very calming in both their scent and texture, which is why I love to use this product before turning in for bed and a good night’s rest. The product naturally separates so to use it, I give it a shake before applying it on a cotton pad and then my face. It effectively strips my face of dirt and residual makeup then leaving it feeling cleansed. It also leaves the skin feeling nourished and hydrated.

The Loli Beauty Chamomile Lavender Water was provided by @lolibeauty. Available at lolibeauty.com

MGC Derma CBD Stem Cells Dermabrasion Facial Scrub

I usually prefer to exfoliate with wash-off masks instead of face scrubs but the CBD Stem Cells Dermabrasion Facial Scrub from MGC Derma was an exception because it looked and felt like a wash off mask.

This gentle face scrub contains CBD stem cells to remove dead skin cell and revitalize the skin. It’s meant to be applied once a week into a thin layer on cleansed skin and then rubbed in circular motions for 2 minutes before rinsing.

This looked more like a creamy mask than a face scrub. It’s gentle but deeply exfoliating so it’s a good way to end a tiring and busy work week. It feels a bit warm when applied to the face but feels relaxing. It has small exfoliating particles that exfoliate the skin. It also has an aromatic clean smell and fine creamy texture making it different from other face scrubs. It’s not as abrasive and severe and my skin doesn’t feel raw after wash. What it does, instead, is it leaves the skin feeling reenergized, bright, and smooth.

The MGC Derma CBD Stem Cells Dermabrasion Facial Scrub was provided by @mgcderma and @wizardpublicity. Available at £30 at mgcderma.com