I like to find good, gentle cleansers that leave skin feeling clean, soft, and hydrated, and I recently decided to try the Superfood Antioxidant Cleanser from the Bay Area’s Youth to the People, a relatively new offering at Sephora. On one hand, I think that plastering “youth” and “kale” on a product reflects a California trendiness that’s a little difficult for me to take seriously. On the other hand, I think the pared down product line and founders’ philosophy as it’s communicated in the marketing language seems pretty trustworthy. The two founders say that they aimed to create a “modern, straightforward, vegan skincare line good for all skin types and everyday use. Basically, something we’d want to use ourselves.”
I first learned about the DR. JART+ Ceramidin Cream ($48 for 50 ml/1.7 oz.) from Caroline Hirons, and more recently have seen lots of other people on the internet enjoying DR. JART+ products. The Shake and Shot Rubber Masks have been getting a lot of attention and look really fun, although they are fairly expensive for single-use products. Anyway, the Ceramidin product line looks like it’s made to be kind to sensitive, red, and imbalanced or dry skin, and this cream has a lot of interesting and attractive ingredients in it. Plus, it comes with a cool metal tool right in the box to help you squeeze every bit of the cream of it out of the tube.
I have a bunch of Too Cool For School masks that I’ve been using, all in the $4-9 range, and so I wanted to talk about them all in one place. I’m lucky enough to have a Too Cool For School storefront nearby in New York City but a growing collection of their products are also available at Sephora, while the rest of the others are definitely available from various places online (particularly Amazon). I’ve become a bit of a sheet and sleeping mask nut and really enjoyed trying all of these from a fun brand like Too Cool For School.
This is a fun review for me, because I always get excited about nice, affordable, naturally-oriented skincare products. OZ Naturals is a brand that’s new to me, and I’ve had the chance to try out their Hyaluronic Acid Serum, which is formulated to hydrate skin and diminish fine lines.
Back when I made my first order from Innisfree, I grabbed a buy-5-get-5-free deal on their Skin Solution line of sheet masks. I tried 6 different kinds, which is the majority of what they offer, and tried to pick them out based on skin concern and ingredients. I’ve tried the Pore, Trouble Care, Moisturizing, Hydrating, Whitening and Total Care, and I’ll be touching on each of them and picking out my favorites.
I received these two sheet masks from The Yeon in Flushing, Queens, as free samples when I made a purchase and I was really excited to use them because I love moisturizing masks. I had never heard of The Yeon before wandering into the store while experiencing Flushing for the first time and was thrilled to see they carry a whole bunch of other Asian brands in addition to their own products. These sheet masks are formulated for hydration, lifting and firming, and contain some fun ingredients like broccoli and cabbage leaf extracts.
When I was in Taiwan in September, I was excited to visit an Innisfree store and experience their products for the first time. Innisfree is a Korean company with an extensive range of beauty products, particularly skincare, and I have to say that once I started exploring I was a little overwhelmed at the selection. I wanted to just purchase a few fun things to try, one of which was the Green Tea Mineral Mist.
Now that we’re past the holidays, I’m really trying to not spend money. However, a couple days back I was walking through Costco and I was considering repurchasing the Egyptian Magic moisturizer because I recently ran out of one of my facial creams, but I happened to walk through on a day when SebaMed had set up a table in the store and was offering some deals on their skin and body care products.
The Body Shop’s Aloe Soothing Gel caught my interest when it was released about a year ago and I made the purchase during a store-wide sale. A sales associate had assured me of its healing abilities, and I was really interested to see how it differed from the standard aloe gel you can pick up for a few bucks at the drugstore.
Now that I’ve told you about my thoughts on the Alba Botanica Natural Hawaiian Body Cream, I thought I’d also talk about the other Alba product I’m using at the moment, the Natural Hawaiian Cocktail Body Wash. My body is really prone to dry skin and so I keep an eye out for body washes that don’t include normal sulfates and are meant to be used with dry or sensitive skin, and it appeared that the Creamy Piña Colada formulation would fit the bill.