AHA/BHA Night Serums Breakdown:
💗 Drunk Elephant TLC Framboos, Glycolic night serum: —I am a genuine fan of DE, purely because they will only include ingredients in their products that will directly benefit your skin. This serum has a clear gel-like texture with no fragrance. I use one pump and it glides easily onto the skin. This serum takes only a few seconds to absorb. I feel the slightest tingle for a couple seconds. I love being able to mix this with moisturizers or marula oil without worrying about messing with the effectiveness of the acids. This serum takes care of any incoming blemishes or texture overnight. 🌟 Farmacy Honeymoon Glow, AHA resurfacing night serum: —I’m so happy I gave this serum a go. I get an insane glow the morning after using this. This serum has a yellow color to it and a faint honey smell. I use about two full pumps of this serum (so I could run out quickly) because I find my skin drinks this up immediately. Two pumps covers my entire (small) face in a thin layer and as I begin to rub into the skin it starts a mild tingle. It tingles for maybe 2-3 mins. Very hydrating serum with no moisturizer required after my serum step! I wake up to a bright and glowy complexion. Sometimes this serum leaves my face with a little redness after application. 🌱 Sunday Riley Good Genes, all-in-one Lactic acid treatment: —This product not only introduced me to acids and chemical exfoliation, but opened up the entire skincare world. This product (out of the 3) definitely gives me the most intense tingle. I need a solid 1.5 pumps to cover my face, it smooths on very easily but has a thick milky cream texture with a strong lemon scent. I feel that this sits on top of the skin and feels decently heavy. GG takes maybe 15-20 mins to start to feel like it’s sinking in. It begins to tingle about 5 mins after applying to an itchy and tight sensation. This serum also leaves an intense pearlescent shine that almost makes my skin look greasy (very different than dewy). GG does include some sensitizing ingredients (silicones) causing clogged pores (for me). *Overall, I don’t use good genes in my current rotation due to the heaviness, greasiness, and sensitizing ingredients, also the most expensive so I do not see myself repurchasing. I like to use honeymoon glow about 2 times a week and love the glow I get from that but probably will not repurchase due to small amount that you get not lasting for very long (even though it’s the cheapest). I primarily stick with DE TLC Framboos to keep my acne away and get rid of all of my PIH and texture. This is one of the more expensive acid serums out there but for me it gives results that are worth it. As always, feel free to ask any questions you may have! Hope you enjoyed this mini breakdown💕
Drunk Elephant Cleansers:
My philosophy may not be the same for you, but for my used-to-be oily acne prone mess of skin, this WORKS. In the AM (as long as I did not use any product containing silicone in my night routine) I only do a quick splash of water on my face to remove some dead skin cells that have loosened over night (due to my chem. exfoliating) that’s it! I repeat I DO NOT CLEANSE IN AM. At night, different story. I used to double cleanse. An oil/balm makeup removing step followed by a gentle cleanser, toner, blah blah.. but i DONT anymore. That was too harsh and stripping for my skin & legit banned toners from then on out. I simply use the gentle DE Beste No. 9 which will remove my makeup and cleanse in ONE STEP. or, I will just use their cleansing bars (Pekee and JuJu) if I’m not wearing makeup.
Herbivore Botanical’s True Blue Skin Clarifying Duo:
The True Blue Skin Clarifying Duo sells at Sephora for $29 and comes with pretty decently sized mini’s: the Blue Tansy mask at 1oz/29mL and the Lapis oil at 0.3oz/8mL. I think that’s pretty good bang-for-your-buck. Let’s dive in to a little breakdown of both of these products.
How I got started with K Beauty essences:
OK, so you all know by now (from my last blog post) that I read Kate's, from @the.skincare.diary , new book that had so much helpful info in it that it saved my skin. My skin basically threw a temper tantrum when the winter air hit and I have been recovering ever since. This book savedddddd the day! It also got me hooked on K Beauty essences..
My short PM routine that brings results!
In my long, and sometimes painful, skin care journey to clear skin... I have found that my skin really thrives when I keep my routines SIMPLE. I have been trying to do shorter routines lately, but short doesn’t have to mean that you sacrifice RESULTS. Here are my 4 products that I chose to really deliver bright, happy, soothed, and hydrated clear skin by morning. Step one: the allies of skin molecular silk amino hydrating cleanser. This cleanser is unlike any other that I have tried. It has a beautiful bright orange color, super jelly thick texture that lathers up so nicely, and this sleek silver packaging. My ONLY gripe about this product is that the lid is not attached in the packaging and it very difficult to twist on and off with wet hands; I wish it was a flip top (attached). Other than that, this product has beautiful ingredients, silicone and fragrance free, that really brightens your skin and keeps it bouncy + hydrated. It also removes makeup like a dream if you use on dry skin, emulsify with water, and then rinse clean. I like to use it as my second cleanse on damp skin, instead. It’s great for all skin types! Step Two: the allies of skin mandelic pigmentation corrector night serum. This is the most gentle acid serum that I have ever used! I can’t believe that this can be gentle yet SO effective, it eliminates all congestion and acne from my skin in just a few uses. I cannot rave about this enough! It has a great functional packaging that twists up and dispenses the perfect amount. It does have a yellow-milky texture that spreads easily onto the skin. On more sensitive skin types, such as myself, it may tingle a little bit, but mandelic acid is one of the gentler acids! I like to apply this right onto freshly cleansed skin, at night, and I use this every other evening or every night. I highly recommend this for anyone suffering with acne and congestion! Step Three: Krave beauty’s great barrier relief serum. This is the perfect serum to keep your skin happy, bouncy, moisturized, and SOOTHED. It has a wonderful blend of ingredients, including Tamanu oil that brightens acne scars, and ceramides to keep your moisture barrier in tact! I love the mint green color of this serum, and how easily its thin texture glides onto the skin. I usually use this after my night serum to really lock everything in. Perfect for people who are using acids in their routines and/or lives in a dry harsh climate! Step four: Drunk Elephant’s virgin marula oil. Last in my routines is always an oil. Facial oils are great for keeping everything locked down on your skin. It usually helps to avoid trans epidermal water loss. For my dehydrated skin, it is a must! THe DE marula oil is so silky in texture and you only need 2-3 drops, because a little goes a long way. I highly recommend this one, but there is certainly cheaper facial oils on the market. Allies of Skin - Molecular Silk Amino Hydrating Cleanser Allies of Skin - Mandelic Pigmentation Corrector Night Serum Krave - Great Barrier Relief DRUNK ELEPHANT - Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil
Krave-Great Barrier Relief
primera essence (k beauty)
my new fav k beauty brand!! Primera!! i have tried a couple products from their line and loved them, but this essence has really stood out to me. i love using it in the AM because it instantly plumps and hydrates my skin. it has no fragrance or dyes. i love primera because it is a clean beauty brand! i feel comfortable using their products and they actually work. i also love the moisturizer, but this essence is really taking the #1 spot! primera - Miracle Seed Essence
primera-Miracle Seed Essence