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
Using coconut water, prickly pear, and coconut milk, BareMinerals created the Pureness Gel Cleanser and Pureness Soothing Light Moisturizer to hydrate, balance, replenish, and soothe the skin.
The Pureness Gel Cleanser feels mild and gentle on the skin. The gel cleanser feels soothing and refreshing to the skin. It doesn’t leave the skin stripped and dry. When used in the morning, this leaves my skin feeling a bit oily.
The Pureness Soothing Light Moisturizer feels lightweight. It has a slightly watery consistency but feels creamy on the skin. It quickly sinks in but leaves a satin-like but not tacky texture on my face. This does lean more on the moisturizing side than hydrating.
Both vegan, I feel that these products were for those who have normal skin types that love BareMinerals. These are both gentle and soothing but my oily skin would need more than that.
The BareMinerals Pureness Gel Cleanser and Pureness Soothing Light Moisturizer were provided by @bareminerals and @tractenbergandco. Available at bareminerals.com
Some Bliss tubs I’ve been testing the past few months.
The Pumpkin Powerhouse Mask promises to exfoliate and resurface the skin using pumpkin puree, lemon and rice powders, and sodium hyaluronate, and shea butter. This is a creamy mask with tiny bits that feels soft and not at all scratchy. It almost feels likes tiny fibers. It just that lightly exfoliates the skin. The masks sting a bit but it does soften the skin. After every application, this helped with my skin’s texture a bit.
To moisturize, the Drench & Quench promises to hydrate and balance the skin with purified microalgae, hydrozome, vitamin c, milk thistle oil, passion fruit seed oil, and german chamomile. As expected, this gel moisturizer feels like a burst of water when you apply it to the skin. It also has a fresh floral scent that’s similar to body moisturizers my aunt used to use when I was a kid. It settles into this slightly creamy, silky texture as it dries. It feels hydrating, which didn’t really surprise me. It’s just not as hydrating as I would like.
I have never encountered a cuter overnight mask than the Green Tea Wonder Mask. It glistens on my hands on my face when applied. Aside from how it looks, this overnight mask also aims to balance and smooth the skin while absorbing excess oil using azelaic acid, fermented green tea oil, green tea extract, aloe leaf juice, and rosa canica extract. This feels so good on the skin. It feels soothing and rejuvenating so I use this after exfoliating or when my skin is feeling sensitive. Most of my overnight masks focus on hydration so this is a welcome addition in my stash.
The Bliss Pumpkin Powerhouse Mask, Drench and Quench, and Green Tea Wonder Mask were provided by @bliss. Available at blissworld.com
I’m a vitamin c fan so I am happy to see a lot of vitamin c-focused products. Newly launched from Murad is the Vita-C Glycolic Brightening Serum and Vita-C Eyes Dark Circle Corrector – both gold-stabilized (for enhanced stability, efficacy and potency) and promising healthier and brighter skin.
Containing vitamin c and glycolic acid, two ingredients that my skin loves, the Vita-C Glycolic Brightening Serum aims to protect, brighten, and combat dullness. First off, the serum looks metallic. It has a creamy consistency and it feels light and nourishing on the skin. It spreads thinly and sinks in quickly, leaving a plump surface. It does have a tingling sensation seconds after application, which I didn’t really mind. I like that it virtually doesn’t smell like anything. After a couple of weeks , I can see how it brightened my skin and left it looking plump and soft. I do not have grave skin problems right now, which I’m thankful for, but I do need to protect and maintain it that’s why I like products like this to help me.
Similar to the serum, the Vita-C Eyes Dark Circle Corrector glistens and is light-reflecting. It uses gold-stabilized vitamin c, red and brown algae extracts, light-reflecting micro-minerals, and cucumber extracts to protect, de-puff, soothe, brighten, and hydrate the eye area. The glowing cream spreads thinly on the eye area and feels hydrating on my dry under eyes. A little goes a long way on this one. A couple of dots cover both areas and still leave a creamy finish. It prevents my eye area from feeling too dry. It also leaves a bit of tingling but not as strong and as long as the serum does. I will have to use this more to see it’s brightening effects but the light-reflecting particles help cover my dark undereye circles when I use it in the morning. It also hydrates and keeps my eye area from feeling and looking dry.
The Murad Vita-C Glycolic Brightening Serum and Vita-C Eyes Dark Circle Corrector were provided by @collectively and @muradskincare. Available at @muradskincare, @sephora, and @ultabeauty
Focusing on acne, Rosen Skincare offers cleaner and more thoughtful skincare products. They sent a few products that they recommended for my oily and acne-prone skin.
The Super Smoothie Cleanser promises to help balance oil levels, fade dark spots, and help you glow using strawberry powder, lemon powder, and raspberry powder. It has a refreshing feel and a natural plant-y smells when you apply it. I didn’t see its dark spot fading benefits but it does cleanse my skin and balance its oiliness.
Containing 20% vitamin c, grapefruit oil, glycerin, and mulberry extract, the Bright Citrus Serum aims to help with scarring, PIH, and discoloration. After using this for a couple of months, I can attest as to how this brightened my skin and lightened some dark spots that I had under my chin. I also enjoy its non-sticky consistency that sinks into the skin quickly.
The Rosen Super Smoothie Cleanser and Bright Citrus Serum were provided by @rosenskincare. Available at rosenskincare.com