Speed Review, March Edition

So, it’s March, warm weather yes? pretty please? But anyways, aside from the hope for warm weather, another exciting happening is that Sephora started carrying Belif, a Korean skincare brand. Well, that’s not the exciting part since Sephora introduces new brands all the time, but the exciting part is that since I used to be super active on BeautyTalk, and still drop by occasionally, I was sent two of their moisturizers to review. Since I haven’t worked out how I want to deal with “products provided for review” on this blog, I figure it’s more appropriate to review it on BeautyTalk, so hop over to see what this brand and moisturizers are about. They feel very nice on the skin and I just may have to actually purchase one of them for next winter, if I haven’t found anything better for a decent price by the time I finish this jar.

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And now, for the samples and minis that are not sent for my reviewing pleasure but hoarded over time due to my skincare addiction, here are the speed reviews of the ones I finished. 20150319_172016

Boscia Tsubaki Cleansing Oil-Gel – it is an oil gel cleanser, feels like a thick emollient gel. It doesn’t foam and have a nice sweet floral scent like the Tsubaki oil. It rinses off easily and leave the skin feeling hydrated and clean. However, it doesn’t clean off makeup very well compare to real oil cleansers or makeup removers. It is appropriate for normal to dry skin.

Chantecaille Bamboo and Hibiscus Exfoliating Cream – it have a mild scent of yogurt and came out like a cream moisturizer. Only when you spread it onto the face do you realize there’s grain in there. Very very fine grain, finer than sand, but you can still feel with your finger (so just a bit more grainy than Tatcha but finer than other physical scrubs I’ve tried). It is as fine as Dr. Brandt Microdermabrasion, but this have a more cream base while that have a slightly more watery base. It is appropriate for all skin types including sensitive.

Clarins Gentle Foaming Cleanser with Cottonseed – it is a creamy cleanser, you only need a little bit and it lathers very well. It leaves your face feeling clean without drying it out. However, if you have any deep problem like clogged pores or acne-prone then this is a bit too gentle. But if you just want a basic cleanser that cleanses dir, sweat and oil thoroughly without drying, this is great. I’d recommend this for dry to normal and sensitive skin.

First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser – it have an old school soapy scent. It’s a gel but doesn’t foam easily unless you use generous amount. It does clean the skin without drying it out and is appropriate for combination/normal to dry skin. It is very basic and does what it says but personally, I prefer something that foams a little like Boscia Purifying cleanser or Clarins Gentle Foaming cleanser when my skin is dry.

Laneige Water Bank Gel Cream – it have a sweet fruity scent. It is a very lightweight gel that melt like water once it’s applied onto the skin and sinks in very quickly. It is wonderful for combination/normal to oily skin or in the summer when you don’t want to feel like there’s anything on the skin. The only thing lighter that I’ve tried is Clinique yellow gel, but this one is a bit more moisturizing with a slightly better feel.

L’occitane Angelica Hydra Vital Gel – it is a light/medium weight gel cream with a very green scent, like the freshly cut stem of a flower. It spreads easily and sinks in well leaving no residue but hydrates. It’s great for everyone except those with very oily or dry skin or sensitive to natural/plant extracts.

L’occitane Ultra Rich Face Scrub with Shea Butter – it have the same fresh floral lovely scent as the rest of the shea butter line. It is very creamy, almost like a moisturizer with tiny and small/medium sized grains in it. It really does feel like applying moisturizer/cream onto your face, just like Chantecaille mentioned above but with slightly larger grains. It mildly exfoliate and hydrates but rinse off well. It is appropriate for combination/normal to dry skin.

Mario Badescu Enzyme Cleansing Gel – it have a fresh, clean and slightly cucumber scent. It doesn’t foam at all and stay in a gel state as you rub it onto your face. However, it does cleanse without drying and appropriate for everyone except very oily or acne-prone. If you like an inexpensive natural brand with good ingredients then this cleanser is nice, but I prefer cleansers that foam, even if just a little bit. In terms of gel cleansers, Boscia Purifying is my choice.

Peter Thomas Roth Camu Camu Power C x30 Vitamin C Brightening Cleansing Powder – the powder is pastel orange and smells a little like orange cookies. You add water to it to make a paste and it foams pretty well. It also have small and medium size granule in it, which is not the gentlest and with vitamin C, can be a bit irritating or abrasive if you are heavy handed. It made my skin feel squeaky clean but just a tad drying. It did cleanse well and I would recommend it for oily to normal skin, not for dry skin or sensitive skin. It is very very similar to Boscia Tsubaki powder.

Shiseido Benefiance WrinkleResist24 Eye cream – at some point in the past few years, it was reformulated and since I’m a turtle at going through packets I end up with both. The old version was a thick cream that would melt and get a tad greasy when on the skin, this make the cream spread easily despite the thickness so you don’t need a lot, then the greasiness would disappear leaving a velvety finish. It is lovely for normal to dry eye-skin. The first thing I noticed about the new version is the perfume, the old one have no scent but the new one have the floral skincare perfume scent. It is just a hint thinner and a tad more greasy than velvety, but it does feel the same after it sinks in.

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