K-BEAUTY, LIFESTYLE, SKINCARE

FEBRUARY FAVORITES AND FAILS 2019

FAVORITES

Ole Henriksen Glow2OH Dark Spot Toner – This toner will help your skin reduce the appearance of dark spots, fine lines, wrinkles and help with texture. I’ve been loving this toner so much the past month it has noticeably reduced dark spots on my skin and has helped with my skins texture. You can read a full review on this toner here.

Meditamin Snow Glow Sheet Mask – I was gifted a pack of the Snow Glow sheet masks by Meditamin for an honest review. I feel like I have tried so many sheet masks and am quite an expert on them. I have only a few that I would recommend to people that I think are amazing. This one made the list of ones that wowed me! The mask fits perfectly and stays put on the face. It feels so lovely like a hybrid between a sheet and rubber mask and is packed with essence that your skin will drink right up. It brightens your skin and leaves you with a glowing hydrated complexion. There is a more detailed review on my instagram if you would like to know more about the product itself.

Neogen Real Ferment Micro Essence – Even though I try so many products out I am super picky about my skin care products as any good esthetician would be. I have had a long love with Amorepacific’s Vintage Single Extact Essence, which I still adore. The problem is while the essence is amazing leaves a lump in your throat when you buy it at a whopping $145.00. I’ve been using this Neogen one I picked up from Soko Glam for over a month and I can say it gives very similar results. It leaves the skin plump which is a must for me when using an essence. It hydrates and illuminates the skin with 93% naturally fermented ingredients. This amazing fragrance free essence won’t break the bank at $38.00 for 5.07 oz. 

Neogen Real Ferment Micro Serum – I’ve actually had a couple serums I’ve been loving on this past month but this one pairs amazing with the Neogen essence, so I’ve been reaching for it a lot! Serums and moisturizers are tricky for me as some can break me out. I have had no issues with this serum. It gave my skin a smoother texture and is filled with antioxidants and nutrients for your skin. I love the light creamy texture after the water essence. It really absorbs into the skin well and leaves your skin feeling balanced and hydrated. I really recommend the essence and serum together they are a great pair!

French Girl Organics Rose Lip Polish – My lips need exfoliated almost everyday. I have had a love hate relationship with lip scrubs in the past and even did some DIY ones. My biggest issue with them is they tend to leave a residue on your lips, it’s not the greatest feeling. This is the first lip polish that I have ever used that doesn’t do that. It just leaves you with smooth lips that feel amazing. I am eager to try more from this brand because of my love for this perfect lip scrub. I highly recommend this one for anyone who battles with dry chapped lips.

Klavuu Glow Tinted Lip Balm – The older I get the more crazy picky I get about lip products. For every day I want a little color and something to make my lips look plump and hydrated. I basically want comfortable color on my lips. This Klavuu glow tinted lip balm gives me just that. It gives me a little color and moisture for a long time. It reapplies well to the lips never caking up. My favorite is the Aquarius that has a very subtle blue sparkle. This is my go to lip balm!

FAILS

Kai Body Wash – At $38 for body wash I’m not sure what I was hoping for. This over priced wash delivered none of it though. I can’t say anything bad about it but I also can’t justify the price of it. Sure it lathered up, cleansed me, and smelled decent but so do plenty of other body washes at less than half the price of this one. I would not repurchase this one because I could see no significant change in my skin and the scent honestly didn’t wow me enough to repurchase it.

Cle de Peau Illuminating Concentrate Mask – This pricey mask claims to exfoliate, make skin luminous, even out texture, hydrate, and firm the skin after the first treatment. I bought this mask on a whim because I love trying out new masks. I have used some of Cle de Peau’s products in the past and liked them so I felt good about this purchase. I was surprised to see it was a three step mask that came with lotion, essence, and a dry thick mask. While the process of it felt very luxurious that was as good as it was going to get. After removing the mask I felt like I needed more hydration which was very disappointing and rare when it comes to sheet masks. I saw no noticeable difference in my skin. I can’t say it did anything it claimed to do. This mask left me wanting to put on another sheet mask on.

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SKINCARE

OLE HENRIKSEN GLOW2OH DARK SPOT TONER REVIEW

PRODUCT DETAILS: The Glow2OH is a facial toner with glycol and lactic acids to help reduce the appearance of dark spots. Dark spots are lightened in as little as 7 days. The toner also helps with the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and skin texture. The toner is gentle enough for everyday use and also brightens the skin.

USE: After cleansing face. When face is dry use with cotton pad in circular motions. Follow with serum and moisturizer.

REVIEW: I picked up this toner over a month ago. I wanted to give it a good testing before I did a review on it. I was a little hesitant because some people said it was strong and I do a lot to my skin already. I didn’t want to get anything that would burn or irritate my skin. I was also afraid of it drying my skin out as I’m already dry and the winter has not helped. Regardless I decided to give this a go because I’ve had two small brown spots on the right side of my face forever. My first reaction to the toner was that it felt gentle, didn’t burn my skin, and smelled lovely. I kept using it for a week maybe switching out once or twice for another toner I’ve been using for a long time. I really didn’t pay much attention to what it was doing or not doing. I just liked the way it felt and it seemed like a nice enough toner. Then the second week I was looking in the mirror, I got closer tugged at my skin a bit and was in disbelief. I noticed one of my brown spots were gone and the other was a good 50% less noticeable. I had to stop and think what I had done differently. It didn’t take me long to remember the Glow2OH toner I had been using. So, obviously I highly recommend this toner for the brown spots alone. It also works brillantly for brightening skin, fine lines, and more even skin texture. I’ve really noticed a much more even skin tone as well. While I highly recommend this please be cautious while using this product as it contains AHAs which make your skin more sensitive to the sun. Always read directions carefully and understand what you are using on your skin. I like to alternate this toner and another I use. I’ve been doing that for a few weeks now and still works lovely.


SKINCARE

Skincare Series: My Top 3 Moisturizers

This will be my last post in this skincare series as I’m working on the best of 2018. I will post that one after the holiday. I will have other posts until then though. Hope you enjoyed these.

Fresh Rose Deep Hydration Face Cream

Last winter no matter how much I moisturized I couldn’t beat the severe weather and the dryness and tightness it was causing my skin. This Fresh moisturizer was my saving grave. It is thick but not greasy and gives your face a great protective layer without breaking you out. It has a slight rose scent that dissipates quickly though. Give this one a try to boost moisture in the cold months.

Sephora $40.00 for 1.6 oz

Dr. Jart+ Water Drop Hydrating Moisturizer

I could of easily put Dr. Jart for all three of these. I’m sure you all know how obsessed I am with his products. I love this formula that kinda burts into water when pressed onto the skin. It really is like a water drop. It is lightweight and absorbs quickly but keeps you moisturized.  Leaves no sticky or greasy residue behind just brightened and hydrated skin. A little of this goes along way. I also love the Dr Jart’s water fuse hydro gel moisturizer as well. I honestly think I love the convenience of the tube on this one. The water fuse is a gel but a little heavier than the water drop, it is great at nighttime.

Sephora $36.00 for 3.3 oz

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream

I actually don’t even keep this one on my moisturizer shelf it’s in my primer drawer because it makes for the most glowing skin when applied before makeup. Regardless of how you use this one you will get the same gorgeous dewy skin. This one is a heavier cream it is beautiful for mature skin as it reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It keeps your skin plump looking and amazingly moisturized!

Sephora $100.00 for 1.7 oz

SKINCARE

Skincare Series: My Top 3 Serums

Farmacy Honeymoon Glow AHA Resurfacing Night Serum

This is a newer serum I have added to my skincare collection but fell in love with it quickly. I’m a big fan of Farmacy and their products and this one was no exception. A multitasking serum to exfoliate, reduce fine lines and wrinkles, minimize pores, and hydrate your skin while you sleep. Wake up with amazing Honeymoon Glowing skin!

Sephora $58.00 for 1 oz

Dr. Jart+ Cicapair Tiger Grass Re.Pair Serum

Of course this is on the list! I have seen this serum transform the appearance of others skin. If you have acne or scarring this serum can help. It is wonderful for people with sensitive skin and have redness as it calms the skin and doesn’t irritate it. It truly helps soothe and repair the skin. It is a miracle in a bottle that will make foundation optional for you.

Sephora $46.00 for 1 oz

Dr. Jart+ Ceramidin Serum

I contaplated putting this one in my top 3 because it can be hard to get the U.S. and I knew the cicapair serum would be on here. I would be lying if this wasn’t included though, seeing as I just threw my empty bottle of it out. This serum is made to moisturize your skin, repair, and nourish. It really helps hydrate dry sensitive skin and doesn’t irritate. The whole ceramidin line is actually lovely. The ceramidin serum helps protect your skin making it perfect for the cold months.

Style Korean $43.20 for 1.35 oz

Tip In this series I post my favorites and what I use the most. Remember skincare is personal and everyone has different skin make sure you use products that meet your specific skincare needs. 

SKINCARE

Skincare Series: My Top 3 Essences

Fresh Black Tea Kombucha Facial Treatment Essence

This is my favorite essence for improving the texture of my skin. It helps protect your skin from pollution. When I use this my skin is much more even and hydrated. I don’t think I could ever be without this. It plumps the skin and is perfection in a bottle.

Sephora $68.00 for 5 oz

AmorePacific Vintage Single Extract Essence

This was the first essence I ever used properly. I had a sample of it and was hooked. When I saw the price I wanted to hate it but I had already fallen in love. I get less breakouts when I use this essence and it keeps my skin looking more clear and firm.  You can find smaller bottles of this in sets or get a sample to try it out for yourself.

Sephora $145.00 for 4.05 oz

Laneige Water Bank Essence

If you have dry skin this essence will help you skin feel moisturized and hydrated longer throughout the day. Though it helps with dry skin it is suitable for all skin types. I love this essence for the colder months for it has a creamer texture and keeps your skin looking plump.

Sephora $36.00 for 2 oz

Tip Press essence into your skin rather than rubbing it around. Let your skin dry before applying your serum.

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Skincare Series: My Top 3 Toners

Dr. Jart+ Ceramidin Liquid Moisturizing Toner

This is the perfect toner for dry skin but is beneficial to all skin types. It is thick and creamy and leaves skin moisturized. It helps with skin texture and is your best friend in the cold months. Remember a little of this product goes a long way.

Sephora $39.00 for 5.07 oz

Fresh Rose Floral Toner

I love how hydrated and even my skin looks after this toner. It has a light rose scent and gives your skin a beautiful glow.  It can be used throughout the day to refresh skin and as a setting spray. It is good for all skin types and is alcohol free.

Sephora $40.00 for 8.5 oz

Lush Breath Of Fresh Air

This is another great alcohol free toner for your skin. This is my go to when my skin is irritated or I’m having a break out. It has a wonderful calming effect on the skin and is a good choice for combination skin. It has great ingredients and smells lovely.

Lush $22.95 for 8.4 oz

Tip When picking a toner stay away from ones that contain alcohol. These will irritate your skin and cause dryness. Moisture and hydration are your best friends (even if you are oily).

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Skincare Series: My Top 3 Cleansers

I’m positive this post will be the hardest for me out of the skincare series. I try a lot of new cleansers all the time. I defiantly have some permanent residents on my shelf though. These are three cleansers that I can’t be without.

Lush Angels On Bare Skin

This thick cleanser has bits of lavender in it and a beautiful blend of oils. It is a gentle exfoliant cleanser that works wonders balancing out your skin. Just like all Lush products it smells amazing. I keep this one in my shower as it can be a little messy to use but well worth it.

Lush $16.95 for 3.5 oz

Cosrx  Low pH Good Morning Gel Cleanser

This gentle cleanser is perfect for double cleansing or a wonderful morning cleanser. It removes makeup but is gentle enough to not strip your skin. It is a great cleanser for oily/acne prone skin but can be used on all skin types even sensitive skin.

Style Korean $9.10 for 5.07 oz

Fresh Soy Face Cleanser

Fresh soy face cleanser the universal cleanser! I call it the universal cleanser because it really works for all skin types. It is a beautiful cleanser for mature skin as it helps with firmness and nourishes skin. It washes away all dirt and makeup but leaves your skin feeling supple.

Sephora $38.00 for 5.1 oz