Wednesday, January 23, 2019

BEAUTY // 2018 TOP SKINCARE CHOICE


Some of the posted skincare has been on my product review before hand. You can read more about it here.

Sulwhasoo Balancing water and Emulsion Ex in 125 ml and Caudalie Essence in 150 ml both in glass bottle

I considered myself lucky that i able to try and test some top skincare that's on my bucket list last year. And if you know me, you know that when i fall in love with the product, it must be included in my skincare ritual. ( As far as my wallet could afford ha ha! ) With that being said i want to share with you the skincare line that meets my expectations, proven, tried and tested.

But first, all of us have different skin concerns, maybe what works for me did not work that way for you. But if we are in the same boat, the goal to have a more lifted and firm skin. Brightens, even tone and to achieve a natural flush that glows without wearing make up on, hop in! As we can share each other what works best and what is not. But brave yourself first since this will gonna be a long post and consider that as an early warning.

I have dark spots / slight melasma / pigmentation on my cheeks that lightens in "ber" months and darkens during summer days. I just wish i knew about the importance of sunblocks and the use of hats at a young age as an early prevention. As well as a lavish application every couple of hours or so during the time i enjoyed riding a motorcycle to help not worsen the spots even more. From then on, i make sure i have a sunblock with a minimum of spf 50 and a brightening line to help the melasma from worsening and age spots to prevent from popping. For now i only do a topical base treatment and some supplements to go along with it. I also try to eat more vegetables to help release the natural glow of the skin. Though i always consider to consult a dermatologist about the condition but afraid on how will the treatment will cost me. So for now i will stick with all the proven skincare first that will come my way as long as it shows great results. And till then, if there's a chance i will consider having treatment, when time comes. 

My beauty nook nowadays are dominated by Sulwhasoo. These are only a proof how  an avid consumer i am if i love the products so much. It all started when i first use the Sulwhasoo Cleansing Oil, ( that badly needed to be replenish ) I always look forward at the end of the day were i can apply and massage it to my face while removing make up. It really soothes and calm your senses aside from the fact that it can totally cleanse my make up without the residue. 2 pumps is enough for me. It's been a favorite routine to double cleanse since the day i considered using this product.



Sulwhasoo Essential Balancing Water Ex and Sulwhasoo Balancing Emulsion Ex. These two came as a freebies that i'm excited and bit curious to try at first. Curious because i don't know if this can work for my skin still considering my age. And curious because i have heard so much about Sulwhasoo raving the beauty blogging world. Though hesitant if i could achieve a more firm skin i use it still, adding these two to my skincare routine. And boy, i was amazed a week after using. As it even tones and achieve a dewy looking skin as it retains moisture. What a satisfying feeling to see how well it does to my skin. I love that the emulsion absorbs easily and don't have a greasy after feel. Been satisfied after finishing all the samples that i decided to give it a go to have the regular size as part of my skincare routine.


Origins Plantscriptions Powerful Lifting Concentrate - Origins is a brand that i always love to have in my vanity table. I can never go wrong with the skincare that i have tried. It is a proven and tested product that gives ultimate result on me. It's a go to skincare whenever i look for a firming and lifting cream, may it be a moisturizer or a serum perhaps. And it shows result on me most in my jawline, and did i say that this line also helps your skin glow? Yes, it is. Your face looks lifted, contoured younger and glowing. And the price range is reasonable enough for all the skin benefits you can achieve. The 30 ml bottle lasted three months on me with day and night usage.


Caudalie VinoPerfect Brightening Essence - This Parisian brand makes me venture to their skincare line the day i'm impress using their Beauty Elixir. The Vinoperfect Brightening Essence helps illuminates, even tones skin, and help prevent dark spots, just perfect for my liking. I use it as a first step after cleansing and before toning. I drop some on my hands then damp it slowly directly on my face. You can use a cottons pad / ball if you want but personally, i like how i apply it now. The first few days i felt some tingling sensation but tolerable, then i also notice that it tightens the skin without drying. For a period of three months or so that i'm using this product and impress with the result. I could say from now that it is a kind of brand that i will get a long skincare relationship with. Still considering to venture from their intensive line. 


Caudalie Beauty Elixir - I will say over and over and recommend not only to my friends but i also want to share with you that this is a beauty in a bottle. I'm not amaze that almost all make up artist have this on their kit and on their vanity. You can spray the elixir after cleansing before your skincare routine or you can do it otherwise if you like, in times you just want a barefaced look without wearing make up on but will help your skin look healthy and glowing. Or you can use it as a last step after make up application to help it set and last long while it helps give you a natural glow. As an added advantage that it smells relaxing like what you smell  in a spa. So a win bottle to have it in your kit, really!


Fresh Umbrian Clay Purifying Facial Toner - I remember that i love to look at this brand because of their variety of eye caddy products. They are all promising, so nice to look and and too pretty to line up in a beauty nook. But among those i want to try, i first stick to what i need. And this comes the Umbrian Clay PurifyingToner. From months of continued use , i notice that it really minimize the appearance of pores and non drying at all.  I have a combination skin and it seems to prevent the look from being too oily since it matifies the skin. Though this is not the only toner that i use nowadays but i'm a happy user as i take the benefits from what it promise. So definitely it will stay as one of my skin regimen.

June Jacobs Lip Renewal - I've been a user of lip balm ever since i remember and as days and years passed by i have different concerns about the benefits it could offer. So as i age, i'm looking for a more intensive that will help prevent / lessen the appearance of furrow on my lips. Let's face it, as you age, aside from the eyes , the lips should also be taken care of as it clearly shows how you age if taken for granted. So if you have a pouted lips now that you are young, appreciate it even though some of you may not like how it looks nowadays but i tell you, you can appreciate it even more as you age. So make sure that it should be properly treated and taken care of.

I tested last year a lip renewal balm from June Jacobs as it promise to lessen the furrows and lines. Through months of using this balm i have noticed that my lips always felt soft and smooth, like how it feels when newly scrub. The texture upon application feels like a mix of cream and oil. So if you are not a fan of this texture, this one is not for you. But if you're after the benefit, i recommend to use this before bed time. I have experience a dry / chaps lips most of the time so i'm not bother about the texture. Most especially now that we experience cold weather here that can easily induce chap lips. Since it has an oily like consistency, i make it a point to put it first then let it stand until i finish all my skincare routine, before applying lipstick, for a more precise application. So far i love how the texture of my lips feels nowadays. It helps lighten the lines and help renew my lips overtime.


Jade Roller - I also add a tool to help the skincare absorb really well. I use jade roller 5-10 minutes after skincare application to help it absorb by the skin even more. I also notice the difference when i continuously use it and when the time i have lapses, and notice a big difference. It helps the skin glow and even more contoured. And it has the benefits of calming your senses while you roll since it helps relax not only your skin but your mind as well. You could use it directly in room temperature, while i love mine putting in the fridge first and apply it cold. It help diminish puffiness and eye bags, when you have those late nights agendas. And with continued, use, it lessen the puffiness overtime. Tools are always a great help and glad that one by one i added mine to my beauty arsenal.


Some promising skincare samples i have been using for days now and saw a lot of improvements on my skin are Caudalie Premier Cru The Eye Cream, Dr. Andrew Weil for Origins Mega Mushroom Relief,  Sunday Riley CEO 15% Vitamin C Rapid Flash Brightening Serum.  

Are you a user of products that are listed here? What's your personal opinions and favorite among them?  

Thank you for your visit and if you make it read up to here. Till next time.

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