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The BEST k-beauty skincare product!!!
Amorepacific Vintage Single Extract Essence ($145/4.05oz) What it is: An anti-aging essence with only six ingredients to improve skin’s firmness, clarity, and texture with the antioxidant power of fermented green tea. Skincare Concerns: Fine Lines and Wrinkles, Dryness, and Dullness and Uneven Texture. Formulation: Lightweight Liquid. My Experience: To be honest, I have been wanting to try this beauty since I discovered k-beauty. But I just could not justify spending over $100 for an essence, so I was incredible grateful when they gifted me this bottle back in April. This baby is priceeeey ($145) but since the green tea leaves are handpicked and fermented for 50 days, then aged naturally for another 50 days, and extracted for 24 hrs in a slow extraction process to create the perfect product; I totally get the price. Green tea leaf extract helps visibly improve skin’s clarity, texture, and elasticity with anti-pollution properties. And it does exactly that! I love how insanely hydrating and plumping my skin feels. I also think it makes other products to sink better. I apply two (or more) layers of this gem because my dehydrated skin loves all the hydrating layers. It is watery and I can detect an earthy smell. With only 6 ingredients, this essence is everything I have ever wanted in an essence and even more. And I am obsessed with it!! Especially since it does not contain fragrance and I truly think my oily skin is more balanced since I started using this gem. It has helped with my oil production, reduced redness and evened out my skin tone. It is powerful! I know it is an essence but this beauty works overnight. Since my skin type is oily, I can use it everyday without any issues but if you have dry skin I think this can be too much for everyday usage, I would recommend using it 3x a week instead. Is it worth it ? If you have oily skin, hyperpigmentation, uneven tone, redness, and it is within your budget, I say it is absolutely worth it! It is an investment for sure but this miracle product truly works overnight. Are there other alternatives? Maybe. The Fresh Kombucha Essence is the closest I have found but my only concern with that one is that it contains fragrance, which I prefer a skincare product not to have. Cherie Rating: 5/5 AMOREPACIFIC - Vintage Single Extract Essence
AMOREPACIFIC-Vintage Single Extract Essence
Sheet Mask - Probiotic Sheet Mask
Saturday Skin Cotton Cloud Power Mask ($6/mask) What it is: A natural microfiber mask packed with prebiotics and probiotics for a potent boost in radiance and helping enhance the look of healthy skin. For: Normal, Dry, Combination, and Oily Skins. Skincare Concerns: Dryness and Dullness and Uneven Texture. Texture/Consistency: Microfiber Sheet Mask. My Experience: The natural microfiber definitely helps the mask adhere softly to the face. It is super soft and lux. The fitting is okay I guess, but since the content is so good I am willing to overlook that part. It does contain a lot of product. I use it like I would use an essence. After I cleanse and tone, I apply the mask and leave it for 20 minutes. After I remove it, I gently tap the remaining product into the skin, if there is a lot left I apply it into my chest area or body. So no product is wasted. It takes a while for the product to sink in. I prefer to use it at night or before an important event. My skin feels more hydrated, plumped, bright and my makeup tends to go more easy. I do want to mention that this contains some citrus oils that can be potentially sensitizing to the skin in case you want to stay away from them. I do think this is a splurge and it is something that I would only use on special occasions since $6 per mask can be a bit too much especially since there are other products that can give me the same results at better price and for much more product. Cherie Rating: 4/5 SATURDAY SKIN - Cotton Cloud Probiotic Power Mask
SATURDAY SKIN-Cotton Cloud Probiotic Power Mask
Eve Lom (Retinol) Essence
Eve Lom Time Retreat Radiance Essence ($95/5oz) What it is: An essence that helps reduce fine lines and promote radiance through the power of nine anti-aging ingredients. For: Normal, Dry, Combination, and Oily Skins. Skincare Concerns: Dullness and Uneven Texture, Fine Lines and Wrinkles, and Dryness Texture/Consistency: Liquid My Experience: I was only able to use this product for 1 month. One of the things that I was excited about this was the nine anti-aging ingredients, including liposome encapsulated retinol, tri-peptide complex, and niacinamide. Yes, a retinol essence! How amazing! The white glass bottle with gold details make it absolutely luxurious, beautiful, and sophisticated. The texture is extremely lightweight, just like water. The brand recommends using our hands to apply it but I prefer to apply it with a cotton pat instead, since I can have a more even application and do not waste as much product. The smell is citrusy since it contains some citrus essential oils, but it disappears upon application. It does smell beautiful! I want to emphasize that it contains some fragrance ingredients, just in case your skin is extremely sensitive to fragrances. It sinks into the skin almost immediately, does not leave a tackiness or greasy feeling, and works well with other products. The brand does not specify the percentage of retinol content but I am guessing it is very low. I use it right after cleansing and toning for better absorption of treatments and serums. To be honest, I did not notice that much of a difference when using this product other than some hydration. It is incredible pricey at $95. Since it contains citrusy oils and fragrance ingredients I just cannot justify spending that much money for a product that did not meet my expectations. The concept is pretty cool but I was incredible disappointed. I prefer to spend some extra bucks and get the Amorepacific one instead that I know my skin adores, does everything it claims to do and I see immediate results. Cherie Rating: 2/5 EVE LOM - Time Retreat Radiance Essence
EVE LOM-Time Retreat Radiance Essence
The best lip scrub!
Fresh Sugar Lip Polish Exfoliator ($24/0.6oz) What It Is: A hydrating lip scrub and prep step that gently buffs and smooths for the sweetest, softest lips. Skincare Concerns: Dullness and Uneven Texture and Dryness. Texture: grainy balm. My Experience: I have been using this gem for about 3 years and it has holy grail status in my book! I know there are tons of more affordable lip scrubs out there but they do not compare to this one. The particles are either too small or too big, or not hydrating enough. This beauty contains brown sugar crystals which are natural humectants that prevent moisture loss, buff away dry flakes; grape seed oil which is an emollient and has strong antioxidant properties; and shea butter and jojoba oil to nourish the skin. This has the most perfectly sized sugar particles, and amazing nourishing ingredients that leaves my lips INCREDIBLE soft and fully prep for the most matte liquid lipsticks and the most staining red. It is expensive at $20 per 0.5oz but it does last me a really long time and I usually get it at the Sephora Sale. In my opinion, this is the best lip scrub there is and I always keep coming back to it. Cherie Rating: 5/5 fresh - Sugar Lip Polish Exfoliator
fresh-Sugar Lip Polish Exfoliator
Bye Bye Blackheads!
Drunk Elephant TLC Sukari Babyfacial ($80/1.69oz) What it is: An at-home AHA/NHA "facial" peel that resurfaces skin to reveal greater clarity, improved skin texture and tone, and a more youthful-looking appearance. Skin Type: Normal, Dry, Combination, and Oily. Skincare Concerns: Dullness and Uneven Texture, Dark Spots, and Fine Lines and Wrinkles. Texture: Slightly gritty creamy solution. My Experience: I have been using Babyfacial for about 3 years and it is the most effective product I own. For starters, the airless pump packaging not only is cute but also helps to keep the ingredients stabilized. The formulation is top notch! Especially since it contains a high percentage of exfoliating ingredients and magnificent supporting ingredients that makes this mask incredible effective and nourishing . It contains a blend of 25% AHAs (Glycolic, Tartaric, Lactic, Citric Acids) + 2% salicylic acid to exfoliate and resurface the skin; chick pea flour, green tea leaf (matcha), milk thistle, and apple extract to condition and soothe; marula and maracuja oils to nourish; sodium hyaluronate, sodium PCA, aloe and glycerin as humectants and moisturizing agents; and niacinamide to minimize the appearance of pores and oil production. I make sure to use this mask no more than 15-20 minutes because it is powerful. I can use it once a week or twice a month, depending on what my skin needs at that moment. My skin tends to get sensitized super easy with this mask I have not experienced any irritation at all. It does tingles a bit as soon as I put it on but disappears almost immediately. It is kind of sticky when I put it on but spreads really well. It turns milky once water is added and removes pretty easy. I have never experienced immediate and so satisfying results from a product until Babyfacial came into my life. Refined texture, minimized pores, baby’s butt smooth skin, and overall healthy glow to my skin. It also helps reduce inflamed acne overnight and keeping my acne under control. And overtime, it helps get rid off stubborn hyperpigmentation. But I just love how effective it is with tricky blackheads. I have never tried a product that actually softened up and eliminate blackheads effectively and without being harsh on the skin until Babyfacial. The Best! If you have extra dry skin, I would recommend to mix it with a rich moisturizer like Drunk Elephant Lala Retro or Paula’s Choice Omega + Complex Moisturizer. At $80, it is not cheap but definitely worth every single penny, especially since one bottle can last me a year with continuous use. If your concerns are dull skin, uneven texture, acne, blackheads, and hyperpigmentation, you will absolutely fall in love with this product and I recommend it 1000%. Cherie Rating: 5/5 DRUNK ELEPHANT - T.L.C. Sukari Babyfacial Mask
DRUNK ELEPHANT-T.L.C. Sukari Babyfacial Mask
The BEST for redness & irritation!
Krave Beauty Great Barrier Relief ($28/1.35 oz) What It Is: it is a skin-soothing serum that restores your damaged skin barrier while evening out your complexion. This nourishing formula offers irritated skin a reset button by using tamanu oil and other ingredients that mimic a healthy barrier to replenish what your skin lacks. For: Someone who needs to press reset on their irritated skin (e.g. whose skin is constantly dehydrated, who has constant redness and dry patches, who is sensitive to many skincare products) Skincare Concerns: Dehydration, redness, dryness, damaged skin barrier. Texture: Light Pale Green Cream Consistency. My Experience: This stuff is amazing!!!! I have used it for about 9 months and it is a godsend. It heals the skin overnight like no other. And every time I use it I notice a drastic improvement in my redness, especially my cheeks. My skin tone is more even and my skin feels more balanced. I have used it several ways and love every single one of them. I can use it during the day in placed of my moisturizer and it makes my skin feel healthy and balanced (especially in the winter). At night, I can mixed it or used it last step in my serums step, as my moisturizer or with my moisturizer/sleeping mask, depending on my skin needs at that moment and it just works amazing. I have oily skin, prone to dehydration and redness, and I am completely sure that this product has helped keep my skin balanced and more healthy in general. For sure, I use it when my skin has been compromised but I also notice that works beautiful when my skin needs some TLC. It contains amazing ingredients like tamanu oil, safflower oil, rosehip seed oil, ceramides, squalane , phytosterol, and my fav, niacinamide. It sinks into the skin well and quickly, and has a dewy finish. It smells exactly like tamanu oil. This product is definitely amazing to restore our skin’s protective barrier and it is perfect for the winter. Truly, this is one of the only products that completely helps with my redness and restores my skin when it gets compromised. Also, I it helps with hyperpigmentation. And it is incredible affordable! I am in love with this product and I recommend it to anyone. A must have in my skincare arsenal! Cherie Rating: 5/5 Krave - Great Barrier Relief
Krave-Great Barrier Relief