I am an artist that appreciates a brand w/ a pretty aesthetic, developed an obsession with skincare, prefer to use clean beauty.
Two Hype Brands One Winner!
This might be an unpopular opinion or at lest comparison because both of these masks have a cult following but with constantly sweating and wearing a face mask I have been desperate for a good pire refining clay mask to round out my beauty routine. I have been using Sand&Sky for a couple of years now, rather sparingly because each jar is $50. There are many stores now that Carry this brand so shipping fees are no longer a detriment and I absolutely love the results. SAND&SKY - Australian Pink Clay Porefining Face Mask leaves my skin visually calmer, brighter and clean after use. It’s a gentle mask and I don’t worry about drying out my sensitive skin. However, due to the price tag I decided to give AZTEC SECRET - Indian Healing Clay a try and to be frank, I had heard so much about this before finally trying it, and I don’t see the appeal. It was a messy process and perhaps that’s the biggest hang up. I got powder all over the sink and not much on my face. I also noticed that my skin felt tight and dry after use. I tried to save some money and give this new mask a try but it just made me appreciate what I had already found.
SAND&SKY-Australian Pink Clay Porefining Face Mask
Lip balm, the search continued
We are well into summer, and I have sorted through more chapsticks and have settled on my current go-to! The DRUNK ELEPHANT - Lippe Balm is lovely. I picked it up initially because I had been doing a lot of travel, and I liked that this product can be used under your eyes at night as a serum. It’s rich and always left my lips feeling nourished. I was quickly going through the tube, so I decided to keep looking before re-purchasing. Which leads me to my current favorite Glossier. - Balm Dotcom I have this Glossier all-purpose salve in the rose shade, and I love it! There’s a lot of product it leaves my lips happy and hydrated, and I rub the extra on my hands, sunspots, or cuticles. The honorable mentions have to go toBITE - Agave+ Daytime Vegan Lip Balm and ChapStick - Classic Lip Balm the agave daytime vegan lip balm was a cool purchase, loved the packaging it was so thick and creamy it seemed like I was going to really get my money’s worth, but it was sticky and didn’t stay on for very long. The Chapstick isn’t clean beauty in the slightest, but I picked it up at the grocery store one day when I had nothing on me for my lips. It does its job, and it’s, of course great for your wallet.
BITE-Agave+ Daytime Vegan Lip Balm
Lip Balm, My Search of the Moment
Lip Balm is one of those intimate personal decisions that are tricky and very, very scary to go looking for, much like a new relationship, you fear they will let you down but are fully committed to giving the relationship a good try. I have tried everything from drug store to trendy it balms, even high end. My long term commitment would have to be BURT’S BEES - Replenishing Pomegranate Lip Balm Tube . However, I was looking to spice things up and went on a mission. My experience with my high-end purchase, YVES SAINT LAURENT - Volupté Tint-in-Balm Lipstick was disappointing, and I can't say I am even close to in love I wanted a tint, but I do not believe it's clean beauty and it sits on top of my lips plus the shad I have is just not a match. Close behind the Ysl is the Rosebud Perfume Co. - Rosebud Salve in a Tube has a terrible taste, gave me whiteheads on my chin, and is probably equal to Vaseline. Do check out, The untalked about underdog ILIA - Color Haze Multi-Matte Pigment Cream Color I love the color, and while I don’t use it as a lip balm much I love putting the paint on my cheeks, but I like that It can be thrown in a bag and be the secret save or the day. The cool trendy balm Glossier. - Balm Dotcom Trio is so far faithful to its words my lips have some added moisture, a tint of color, but it does have a slightly sticky consistency and seems to sit on top of my lips. I am not ready to break up yet but the relationship is taking some work. Bottom line; stay tuned there is going to have to be a part two to the lip balm quest.
Glossier.-Balm Dotcom Trio
APRILSKIN, Real Calendula Peel off Mask
I took a leap of faith on this one and ordered the APRILSKIN - Real Calendula Peel Off Pack mask mostly in part to there excellent advertising techniques even though I knew no one who has tried this. With half the bottle gone, I still am not sure how I feel about this mask. My skin had a nice glow as well as some relief for my pores. It’s gentle enough to where I don’t feel like I just lost layers of skin and hair in the process of applying this mask. Bottom line not sure If I will be reordering but happy enough to finish out the bottle. I finished off my routine with some SON & PARK - Beauty Water (Absolutely love this toner!), which enhanced the glowy aspect of my skin and moisturized with the dear, klairs - Rich Moist Soothing Cream which is nicely hydrating and gentle on my sensitive skin and shouldn't add to my pores that I just masked to clear out.
SON & PARK-Beauty Water
CosRx x Style Korean Global
💊 Style Korean Global kindly gifted me the CosRx’s AC Collection. These products all contain CosRx’s skin soothing CentellAC-Rx complex consisting of madecassic acid, asiaticoside, and asciatic acid. This collection gently treats acne and calms redness while replenishing the skin barrier. I love that these products focus on healing rather than drying acne this line has really helped with soothing my redness and hormonal acne without drying my skin at all. CosRx is a brand that just continues to amaze me with their effective, non irritating, and reasonably priced products. (All products are cruelty free and those marked with a (V) are Vegan ) 💊From left to right: 💊 AC Collection Calming Foam Cleanser is a daily, non stripping, sulfate free acne cleanser containing the calming CentallAC-Rx Complex just a whisper of salicylic acid. 💊 (V) AC Collection Calming Liquid Mild is a gentle chemical exfoliant containing the CentellAC-Rx Complex well as gluconolactone, a gentle exfoliant similar to AHA. 💊(V) AC Collection Ultimate Spot Cream is an acne spot treatment containing the CentellAX-Rx Complex as well as soothing aloe leaf juice and calamine and antimicrobial zinc oxide. 💊 AC Collection Blemish Spot Healing Serum is a serum targeted at treating acne as well as residual redness and dark spots. This serum contains CentellAC-Rx Complex as well as barrier replenishing ceramides, brightening niacinamide, collagen stimulating EGF, and antioxidant rich propolis. 💊AC Collection Lightweight Soothing Moisturizer is an oil free, lightweight moisturizer containing (sorry if I’m getting redundant) the CentellAC-Rx Complex along with antioxidant rich propolis, green tea, and aloe leaf juice, brightening niacinamide and zinc PCA, as well as a small dose of AHAs and BHAs to manage acne and keep the skin looking bright and clear. 💊 (V) AC Collection Master Pimple Patch a healing acne patch using antimicrobial and soothing patch that uses hydrocolloidal dress to soothe and draw impurities out of acne.
COSRX- AC Collection Calming Foam Cleanser