Tuesday, 23 September 2014

REVIEW: New Skincare Products I've Been Trying

Hey musers :)

I know so many of you guys are curious about the skincare products I'm using now. Here's my previous post on my night-time skincare routine. I will make a separate post and video about my updated skincare routine soon.

But for now, I've actually recently been trying out quite a few different skincare products to see if there are any I like and would recommend for you guys.

I've picked out a few items out of the heap to share with y'all!


First of all, I've been trying out these Humble & Lavi products for a few months that were kindly sent to me to try. 

What stood out to me about Humble & Lavi the most was their mission. I love that they donate 5% from every sale to a chosen charity or cause, and even welcome customers to request charities for the proceeds to go to. Talk about community focused, right? Their core values, as they have up on their website, are honesty, integrity, respect, generosity and fun - and I think these definitely are somehow even captured in their products and packaging.

What I love most is when businesses or organisations exist not just for their own benefit but for the benefit of society, making a difference in this world! I am more than happy to support such companies, so I was glad to try some of their products. They also do not test on animals.

The items I've been trying are the Purifying Foaming Cleanser, Restorative Daily Moisturizer (SPF30) and Nourishing Night Cream.

The Purifying Foaming Cleanser (120mL) ($25) is a pump bottle and the texture is very light and fluffy. It's a white foam that smells very refreshing and is pleasant when put on the face. The ingredients are pretty impressive: Purified Water, Olive Oil Castile, Vegetable Glycerin, Rose Hip Seed Oil, Oil of Kumquat and Seaweed Extracts. To use, wet your face with warm water first, then lather a small amount in your hand and massage it onto your face in circular motions, taking care around the sensitive eye area. My impressions of it is that it's fairly gentle and does a good job of cleansing the face (after cleansing off makeup). My face doesn't feel dry and tight after using it. It's a nice cleanser to start the day off with, or wind down a long one!

The Restorative Daily Moisturizer (30g) ($32) has an SPF of 30 and comes in a light plastic pump bottle. It's a moisturizer suitable for daily use and with its sunscreen coverage, good for use by itself or under your makeup. It claims to "restore suppleness in the skin and soften lines" whilst being an "oil-free formulation that leaves an invisible matte finish that suits all complexions". It's a thick-ish white cream that blends in well and has a subtle refreshing scent with a slight sunscreen-ish fragrance. The active ingredients are Octyl Methoxycinnamate (7.5%) and Zinc Oxide (7%) for the sunscreen and moisture. It leaves the skin feeling well moisturised, though do note it has that slight sunscreen feeling and smell (not extremely light, but not too heavy). At first it feels a little thick and oily, but strangely enough it dries to a matte finish after a few moments, whilst it still remains well moisturized (long lasting moisture). I think this is a pretty good daily moisturizer with sunscreen for those who are looking for something to wear under minimal to light makeup, and has dry to normal skin. For the full list of ingredients, check the site here.

Finally, the Nourishing Night Cream (30g) ($32)! This one comes in a smaller glass bottle so is slightly heavier. It's a white cream that's a little less thicker than the daily moisturizer, yet is more silky and has a wetter formula. It's nicely moisturising in a refreshing way (although it's a cream, when you blend it it changes into a wet, gel-like feel) and the scent is so subtle you can hardly pick it up at all. Although it's a night cream, it specifies that you can use it for more morning and evening. I actually think this cream is great for moisturizing, and I would recommend it to my mum to use and she loves these kinds of products with no scent and simply and purely just moisturizes. I've never broken out from it. The active ingredients include purified water, hyaluronic acid, phynoxythenol and ethylhexylglycerin. 

Overall, I'm liking Humble & Lavi, and although the price point is not exactly cheap, the products do what they promise. Plus, you know that you are contributing to a cause further than your own wellbeing by using their products. :)

Next up, oppa and I have been trying a lot of Origins skincare for the past few months, after using up our SKII products.

This was the first time we've tried Origins, and what can we say... we love it.

I've been incorporating (somehow) some or all of these products into my daily routine for at least 3 months now. I don't use all of them all the time, but I have been trying them 100% on and off, or a few mixed into my current Hera routine. (Read: My Night-Time Skincare Routine for more details) As I said before, I'll update you guys on my current consistent routine soon!

The Origins products we've been using include:
- Mega-Mushroom Skin Relief Soothing Face Cream
- Mega-Mushroom Skin Relief Soothing Treatment Lotion
- Mega-Mushroom Skin Relief Soothing Advanced Face Serum
- Mega-Mushroom Skin Relief Soothing Eye Serum

- Make A Difference Plus+ Rejuvenating Treatment

I just have to be frank with you guys and say I love all the items, except the Face Cream which I don't love - just like (oppa loves it though - I think it's just a little too heavy for my skin but perfect for ages over 30 or for dry skin!) What I love most and will definitely want to repurchase is the Soothing Eye Serum and Make A Difference Plus+ Rejuvenating Treatment. The eye serum is amazing at hydrating my eyes, it's silky and a little goes a long way. The treatment is like a treatment pack for the face when you've had a rough day, your skin is a little down or dry and needs a quick pick-me-up! For me, it's like the Laneige Water Sleeping Pack but a quicker, more convenient option since it's a treatment serum type of product that can be applied and see results in a short amount of time (without having to sleep with it).

We've also been using the Origins Out of Trouble 10 minute mask (to rescue problem skin) - around once a week when I feel like I need a deep cleansing. $37 for 100ml here in Korea. It's a white clay-ish type mask that leaves the skin so clean-feelin! I do think it has helped prevent a pimple or two here and there. It definitely cleanses thoroughly though so I go in straight away with my skincare routine afterwards to prevent dryness or tightness. I also feel like my skin is brighter and whiter after using this.

Oppa is absolutely lovinggggg Origins and says it's the best thing he's ever used. (And he's actually used quite a lot cos he scabs off me hahaha).

You guys will probably all know my favourite cleanser of all time is my Body Shop Seaweed Deep Cleansing Gel. No other cleanser, no matter how elaborate, expensive or hyped, could take its place. It's refreshing enough without stripping my skin dry, and gentle but not so gentle that it feels like it doesn't do anything for my skin. I've been using it for 5 years.


I think I've found something that I like almost equally as much. The Bioderma Sebium line Purifying Cleansing Foaming Gel for combination/oily skin. It's paraben free and hypoallergenic, comes with 100mL of the blue gel product (it claims to have no colouring) in a squeezy tube similar to my Body Shop SDCG. 

I feel like this competes pretty well with my seaweed magic stuff, in terms of being gentle, refreshing, effective without stripping my skin of too much of its natural moisture. The only thing that it's missing is that really refreshing, almost tingly sensation that the Body Shop SDCF gives me, which is probably not so much a bad thing really. 

It claims to "gently cleanse and purify the skin without drying it, limiting sebum secretion and thoroughly cleansing the epidermis. The exclusive Fluidactiv patent biologically regulates sebum quality and prevents pores from getting clogged. Non-comodogenic, soap free" and can be used as shaving foam! I think it actually does what it claims pretty well. So overall - thumbs up. Whether it will completely replace my SDCF forever, we shall see but so far it's a pretty competitive rival and I'm glad I picked this up at the Olive Young 30% off sale! :)

Finally, one that will make an interesting review - the Etude House Sunprise Super Aqua SPF 30+ PA++

The packaging and everything about it (the 'light aqua' wording claims on the front) got me expecting a super light product that is as completely ungreasy as my fave Shiseido Annessa Sunscreen (SPF50). 


It's similar to the Humble & Lavi Nourishing Night Cream in that it's a pretty thick white consistency at first but once you start blending, it almost breaks up into a watery gel and blends like heaven. 

Only there's something about the product that once it dries, I can feel it sitting on my skin. A little sticky. Coating my skin in a dab-dab han (frustrating) layer. It is also slightly warming for some reason. I like how it's a light milk-ish fluid that blends easily and super quick, yet once on my skin, I actually don't like it at all. The smell is pretty strong in the Korean manner, and whilst it's quite a nice smell, and some may not mind it, it does bother me a little as it's a very long-lasting scent that sits there all day. I hardly ever reach for this product. So for me, it's pretty much a miss. Sorry Etude House~ 

And to finish it all off... here's a little Ellie-ness to add to your day! Taken this morning :D

Hiiiii~ ^_^


Anyway, I hope you've all been well. Will oppa and I have returned safely from New York and we had a fab time. To finish this post, for those who haven't seen yet, I'll attach my recent update and haul videos that I've uploaded since returning.

I can't wait for Fashion Frontrunners to start airing tonight! :) Make sure to check CFashion's channel for the episodes!


xo Jen

New York Haul & Swatches Part 1