2023 Favorites 😍
Products that I discovered in 2023 and that I will keep repurchasing 🥰
Radiance Cleansing Balm
Sorbet-like fragrance-free balm that melts makeup and sunscreen effortlessly, leaving the skin clean and smooth.
Claims: A soft oil-based cleanser that gently but effectively removes makeup, sunscreen, sebum, dirt, debris, and impurities, leaving the skin clean and moisturized. Container: 100 g jar Color: White (melts transparent) Texture: Sorbet balm Scent: None Key ingredients: • Lactobacillus/Soybean Ferment Extract - Brightening • Hippophae Rhamnoides ans rice bran oils - Dissolve makeup and sebum, emollient • Rice seed water - Brightening • Oatmeal extract, coix lacryma-jobi ma-yuen seed extract, rice extract - Soothing • Glycerin - Moisturizing How I use it: As a first cleanse step, I apply 1/2 teaspoon of cleansing balm into the palm of my hand, make it melt into an oil by rubbing it in between the palms of my hands, and rub it all over my face, making sure to solubilize my makeup and sunscreen if wearing any. Next I emulsify it by wetting my hands in water and rubbing it on my face. Finally, I rinse it all off with water. I follow with a second cleanse step using a regular face wash. Verdict: • What I liked about this product: This cleansing balm comes in a large amount in a very pretty and convenient jar packaging that includes a small plastic spatula that you can take while traveling. The product is a beautiful natural white ivory color, has no noticeable scent and a sorbet-like texture. The balm turns into a medium weight oil upon contact with the palm of my hand and glides effortlessly on the skin upon application. It does not feel oily or heavy, emulsifies into a milky consistency upon contact with water, and is easy to rinse off without blurring or irritating the eyes. It removes makeup and sunscreen effectively and leaves the skin clean and smooth without being drying. I also love the rice and ferment derived ingredients and the fact that it's affordable. The hype is real.
A-Clear Soothing Foam Cleanser
Foam cleanser with anti-acne and soothing ingredients that forms a creamy lather and leaves the skin clean and balanced.
Claims: Helps gently remove harmful bacteria, excess oil and sebum, while effectively soothing to refresh and clean your skin. Packaging: White opaque tube (100 mL) Texture: Creamy and airy Color: White Scent: Tea Tree Key ingredients: • Glycerin - Moisturizing • Beeswax - Prevents transepidermal water loss • Panthenol - Skin barrier support • Salicylic acid - Chemical exfoliant • 7 plant extracts, including grapefruit, green tea, centella asiatica, witch hazel, and licorice root - Soothing • Guaiazulene - Soothing • Tea tree leaf extract - Acne treatment How I use it: On the first step of my morning routine or second step of my evening routine, I apply a pea-sized amount of product onto wet skin and gently massage in circular motion for about 30 seconds. I rinse it all off with lukewarm water. Verdict: What I liked about this product: I love that this cleanser contains gentle surfactants, salicylic acid, and soothing ingrediends to combine effective but gentle cleansing with skin nourishment and blemish prevention/treatment. The product comes out of the tube as an airy cream, and turns into a soft and rich foam once rubbed together with water. It has a light tea tree smell and effectively cleanses my skin, leaving it clean, soft, and smooth. It helped getting rid of my pimples without drying off my skin. Definitely my favorite product from the NEOGEN A-Clear line!
Milky toner that leaves skin hydrated and moisturized.
Claims: Helps improve skin elasticity and prevent water loss. Eliminates dead skin cells, making the skin moisturized and soft. Packaging: 150 mL transparent stopper bottle Color: Milky white Texture: Watery Scent: None Key ingredients: • Rice extract 77.78% - Brightening • Niacinamide - Brightening, pore care, oil control • 4 types of plant extracts, including rice bran extract - Soothing How I use it: I shake the contents of the bottle before using and apply a 1/2 of a teaspoon on the palm of my hands before applying on clean skin by patting gently. Verdict: What I liked about this product: I had wanted to try this product for a long time and I must say it does live up to its reputation! This toner contains a great blend of moisturizing, soothing, and brightening ingredients while being fragrance-free. The natural white color is also very nice. It comes in a stopper bottle that is easy and hygienic to use. The watery texture has a silky feeling and glides easily on the skin, leaving it feeling hydrated, nourished, and calmed after application. It's a great toner especially for winter.
Peptide Serum that helps reduce fine lines and wrinkles and leaves the skin hydrated.
𝐃𝐞𝐬𝐜𝐫𝐢𝐩𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧: a multi-technology peptide serum that combines a comprehensive array of studied technologies to target multiple signs of aging at once. 𝐊𝐞𝐲 𝐢𝐧𝐠𝐫𝐞𝐝𝐢𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐬: •a range of different peptides and amino acids to target signs of aging and hydrate the skin •lactococcus ferment lysate is an interesting fairly new probiotic ingredient. It is said to positively influence both the speed and quality of epidermal growth that results in better barrier function and overall skin quality 𝐁𝐞𝐧𝐞𝐟𝐢𝐭𝐬: •reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles •build the skin barrier •increases skin’s surface hydration •smooth textural irregularities 𝐌𝐲 𝐞𝐱𝐩𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐚𝐧𝐜𝐞: ✅: though I did not purchase this myself (gifted by my sister), I would consider repurchasing in the future and here’s why - this buffet has plumped, smoothed and hydrated my skin to a whole new level! The mixture of both peptides to smooth the skin and amino acids to hydrate the skin is a powerful duo that my young skin appreciated - it also worked really well alongside my ordinary amino acid serum (I have a review on that so do check it out)! My skin not only feels great but it’s no longer so dull and dehydrated. Since I’m quite young, I didn’t really observe the benefits of smoothing fine lines and wrinkles so I can’t speak much on that behalf. However, I do recommend this serum towards those who want to firm up droopy skin, and insanely hydrate and smooth the skin! It’s especially beneficial towards dehydrated skin.
Snail Bee Ultimate Eye Cream
Lightweight eye cream with snail mucin and bee venom that leaves the under eye skin hydrated and moisturized.
Claims: Nourishes the skin and helps with skin elasticity and radiance. Packaging: Purple and gold tube (30 g) Color: White Scent: None Texture: Light cream How I use it: Both in the morning and evening, I apply a small amount on my fingertip and gently pat all over my under-eye areas until fully absorbed. Key ingredients: • 3 forms of ferments: Saccharomyces/snail secretion, Lactobacillus/collagen, and Bifida - Brightening • Niacinamide - Pore care, Brightening • Glycerin, Beta-Glucan - Moisturizing • Olive fruit oil, sunflower oil - Emollient • 5 forms of hyaluronic acid - Hydrating • Panthenol, ceramide - Skin barrier support • 2 types of peptides - Anti-aging • 17 types of amino acids - Overall skin health • 7 types of plant extracts - Soothing Verdict: This was my first ever Benton product and I am very happy with it! The most appealing feature of this eye cream is the amazing blend of ingredients, especially the ferments, niacinamide, glycerin, emollient oils, hyaluronic acid types, ceramide, peptides, amino acids, and soothing plant extracts. This eye cream comes in a generous 30 g format, which will last me a long time, and the packaging is very slick and elegant. The texture of the product is light, which is great for people with sensitive under-eye area like me, and only a small amount is needed for both under-eye areas. Once applied, this eye cream is quickly absorbed and the under-eye skin is left nourished and hydrated throughout the day and at night. It works really well under makeup too! I have used this product consistently in the morning and evening for about a month, and I noticed that my skin is more plump and some fine lines were reduced. I will have to use it for longer to speak of the radiance effect.
All Day Err’ Day - Face Moisturizer SPF 35 PA+++
Fluid moisturizer with soothing and brightening ingredients as well as added physical sunscreen, which helped with my redness on my sensitive skin.
Claims: Maintains hydration, strengthens the skin’s natural barrier and protects against sun damage. Packaging: Opaque pump bottle (50 mL) Texture: Lotion-like Color: White Scent: Herbal How I use it: At the last step of my morning skincare routine, I apply 1 pump of moisturizer in dots all over my face and gently rub it all over my face Key ingredients: • Aloe and cucumber water - Hydrating, soothing • Niacinamide - Pore care, oil control, brightening • Glycerin - Moisturizing • Zinc oxide - Physical sunscreen ingredient • Sodium hyaluronate, hyaluronic acid, hydrolyzed collagen- Hydrating • Madecassoside - Brightening • Rh-Oligopeptide-1 - Overall skin health, anti-aging • 14 plant extracts - Soothing Verdict: What I liked about this product: I had been interested in this product for a very long time because of its ingredients list packed with hydrating, moisturizing, soothing, brightening, sun protection ingredients. I absolutely love the colorful esthetics of the packaging. It is easy to dispense with the pump and 1 pump is exactly what I need to cover my whole face. I was pleasantly surprised by the light and lotion-like texture of the formula. It glides beautifully on the skin, absorbs quickly without feeling sticky or greasy, and leaves my skin hydrated, moisturized, and radiant. On top of that it contains SPF 35 which is perfect to protect my skin from sun damage during the day. It also works well under makeup. It is also vegan and cruelty-free, which is a big plus
Midnight Blue Calming Cream
Nourishing and calming moisturizer that leaves the skin nourished.
Claims: Hydrates the skin, relieves redness, and calms inflammation Packaging: 60 mL dark blue tube (also exists in 30 mL format) Color: Light blue Texture: Light cream Scent: None Key ingredients: • Glycerin - Moisturizing • Sodium hyaluronate - Hydrating • 5 types of plant extracts, including Centella asiatica - Soothing • Shea butter - Nourishing • Jojoba seed, argan kernel oil, and Candelilla wax - Prevents transepidermal water loss • Ceramides - Skin barrier support • Vitamin E - Anti-aging • Guaiazulene - Soothing • 7 types of peptides - Anti-aging • Bacillus/Folic Acid/ Soybean ferment extract How I use it: After serums, I apply a dime-sized amount on my fingertips and gently distribute all over my face. Verdict: What I liked about this product: This cream contains a great blend of moisturizing, soothing, and skin repairing ingredients while being fragrance-free and that is why I was interested in trying it! The natural blue color is also very nice. It comes in a squeeze tube that is easy and hygienic to use. The light cream texture has a silky feeling and glides easily on the skin, leaving it feeling hydrated, nourished, and calmed after application. It's a great moisturizer for winter and it works well with retinol as I haven't experienced irritation from using retinol under this cream. My new favorite night time moisturizer!
Shea Radiance Mask
White clay mask that purifies the skin while nourishing it.
Claims: Purifies, moisturizes, and makes the skin glow Packaging: White and blue glass jar (50 mL) Color: Greyish white Texture: Thick and creamy mask Scent: Like cream moisturizer Key ingredients: • Kaolin clay - Purifying • Glycerin - Moisturizing • Shea butter - Nourishing • Sweet almond oil - Prevents transepidermal water loss • Vitamin E - Anti-aging How I use it: Once a week on clean skin, I apply a thick layer of mask on my face, avoiding the eye area and lips. I leave it on for 10 minutes then rinse with lukewarm water. Verdict: What I liked about this product: I was excited to try this product because of its skin-purifying and nourishing properties. I like that the jar packaging is made of sturdy glass and comes with a plastic seal in addition to the lid for extra protection. The texture is very creamy and pleasant to apply on the skin. It is easy to remove with a washcloth soaked in lukewarm water and leaves my skin feeling clean, soft, and radiant.
ZOMBIE BEAUTY by SKIN1004 Bloody Peel
Deep exfoliator that works quickly to avoid too much skin irritation. Helps with skin texture and pores.
I received this product for free from Picky and ZombieBeauty in exchange for my honest review. Claims: Exfoliates, improves skin texture, and makes skin radiant. Container: Dropper bottle (30 mL) Color: Bloody red 👻 Texture: Thick and serum-like Scent: Slight medicine-like smell Key ingredients: • 17% Glycolic acid (AHA) - Surface exfoliant • 2% Salicylic acid (BHA) - Deep exfoliant • Apple extract - Gentle exfoliant, skin brightening, hydrating • Niacinamide - Pore care, brightening • Glycerin, shea butter- Moisturizing • Olive oil, squalane - Emollient • Sodium hyaluronate - Hydrating • Tomato, raspberry, acerola, paprika, cranberry extract - Give red color to product. How I use it: Once a week in the evening, I apply the equivalent of 4-5 drops of product on dry skin and gently distribute a thin layer of product all over my face. I leave it on for 1 minute, then rinse it off with lukewarm water. Verdict: • What I liked about this product: I was very interested in the lower percentage of AHA contained in this product when compared to The Ordinary AHA/BHA peeling solution because I wanted to consider it as a gentler alternative that would not irritate my skin as much. I also like that it is formulated with niacinamide for pore care, emollients, as well as hydrating and moisturizing ingredients.The bottle comes with a dropper that is useful to dispense the amount you need, in my case 4-5 drops for my entire face. The texture of this peel is like a thick serum and is slightly tacky. I appreciated that the instructions stipulate to not leave the product on for more than a minute to avoid skin irritation. I still felt some tingling sensation and redness after application, but it quickly went away after washing it off. After a month of weekly use, I can definitely notice that my skin is smoother, less oily, and my pores are clean and appear smaller.
Relief Chamomile Mask
Hydrating and soothing mask that has a gel-like texture and a lovely Chamomille scent.
Claims: Soothes, gently exfoliates, hydrates skin, and helps control oil production Packaging: Transparent tube (95 mL) Color: Golden yellow Texture: Jelly mask Scent: Sweet chamomille 🌼 Key ingredients: • 75% Chamomille flower extract, centella asiatica, Willow bark extract, and 3 other plant extracts - Soothing • Glycerin, Beta Glucan - Moisturizing • Chamomille flower powder - Physical exfoliant • 2 forms of hyaluronic acid - Hydrating • Guaiazulene - Soothing • Madecassoside, Madecassic acid, Asiatic acid, Asiaticoside - Skin barrier support How I use it: After exfoliating, I apply a thick layer of mask and let sit for 10 minutes before rinsing it off with lukewarm water. I follow with my usual routine. Verdict: I was excited to try this product because I have sensitive skin and wanted to incorporate Chamomille in my skincare regimen due to its deeply soothing and hydrating properties. I had also heard really good things about the Hyggee brand which I had never tried before. The mask comes in a minimalistic transparent tube format that makes product dispense easy and shows the beautiful natural golden color of the product that comes from Chamomille flower. It has a gel texture that is pleasant to apply on the skin, I really like the natural smell of Chamomille that reminds me of the tea that my grandmother used to make for me. Upon application, the product instantly feels cooling, soothing, and hydrating. It does not feel sticky or greasy. After rinsing the product off my skin feels plumps and significantly less red. I am so happy this product delivered and I highly recommend it for people with sensitive skin. I will definitely repurchase and try more products from this line!