April Speed Review. And Sleeping Masks

I don’t understand how my room/office can be so drying to the skin when it’s so rainy outside. But anyways, thanks to that, I’m slowly warming up to the idea of sleeping masks. Some overnight or sleeping masks, like Sisley Black Rose Cream mask and AmorePacific are meant to substitute moisturizer while Dr. Jart+ is for applying over moisturizers. They are great for dry environment to prevent water loss and so the good stuff from your serum goes into your skin instead of the air. If you are using them as moisturizers, the hydration level varies. Sisley is great for dry/combo skin while AmorePacific and Dr. Jart are good for combo/oily skin (or over moisturizer for dry skin).20160415_181655

Sisley Paris Black Rose Cream Mask is still one of my winter favorites years after I reviewed it. I have reviewed Dr. Jart+ Water-Max Sleeping Mask before from a sample, and I do still like it as much but…. ok, BIG PET PEEVE, ingredients list. I don’t understand why some companies are so RIDICULOUSLY reluctant to release their ingredients list. Turns out the nice short ingredients list on the brand website and Sephora is an abridged version only mentioning the good stuff. The full ingredients list is twice as long and include not so exciting things like silicone. It is still a nice product, I’m just a bit peeved by the misleading ingredients list online. But anyways, the one sleeping mask that I’ve been using but haven’t been reviewing is AmorePacific Moisture Bound Sleeping Recovery Masque.


This sleeping mask is a white lightweight gel with the same fresh floral scent as the rest of the AmorePacific Moisture Bound line. It can feel a bit sticky and takes awhile to sink in if you apply it as a mask, but it feels just like a moisturizer if you apply sparingly. In fact, it feels a tiny bit more hydrating than the AP Moisture Bound Rejuvenating Creme but at half the price, so if you like that, try this. The only reason why I prefer Dr. Jart+ over this is because it does contain alcohol. If that doesn’t bother you, this is nice for oily/combo skin.


And because the weather is getting warmer, I was in a hurry to finish some of the more wintry moisturizers. Philosophy Hope in a Jar is even more stinky than I remembered, but Renewed Hope in a Jar is surprisingly nice. Anyways, read on for speed review…

Caudalie Premier Cru The Elixir – it is an oil with a sweet floral scent. However, it is not heavy or greasy. You don’t need more than a few drops and it does take a while to sink in. It leave the skin feeling moisturized but not stuffy.

Caudalie Vinosource Overnight Recovery Oil – this is a lightweight oil with an herbal/tea scent. It feels calming on the skin and makes it feel smooth/moisturized. I like it better than Divine oil or the Elixir.

Kiehl’s Rosa Arctica Youth Regenerating Cream – it’s a very rich cream, almost balm with a green floral scent. The balm melt into a nice cream when rubbing onto the skin, but it’s still too rich and heavy for my combination skin. It does leaves the skin feeling soft and smooth after it absorbs, so I bet it’s great for really dry skin. If you have combination/oily skin, they do have a lightweight version that I didn’t try.

Philosophy Back to Nurture Oil Gelee – this is interesting. It’s oily but more emollient and not greasy. It has a mild sweet scent and absorbs quickly. It makes the skin feel velvety smooth and works perfectly fine under SPF/makeup in the morning (my biggest worry about anything oil). This have nice ingredients and is great for dry skin, sensitive skin or dry weather.

Philosophy Hope in a Jar – ah, the most famous Philosophy product. It is a lotiony cream with a pepper and plastic scent. The product does spread and absorb well, making the skin feel soft and moisturized, but that scent really is difficult to get over. It lasts for hours and hours, so if you really can’t stand unpleasant scents, try Renewed Hope instead.

Philosophy Hope in a Jar Night – it is an off white cream with a strong sour plastic scent, not the most pleasant but more bearable than Hope in a Jar. The cream stings a little when applied, probably due to glycolic acid. However, it doesn’t feel greasy or heavy. The skin does feel moisturized and my pores look nice the next day.

Philosophy Renewed Hope in a Jar – it is a lightweight cream with a pleasant clean green scent, a nice surprise after trying Hope in a Jar. It contains glycolic acid but does not sting or irritate. It is a nice moisturizer for combination/normal skin, especially if you are prone to clogged pores.

Philosophy Renewed Hope in a Jar Night – it is a white cream with a pleasant clean green scent, just slightly thicker than the not-night version. It probably contains a bit more glycolic acid than the not-night version since it stung a tiny bit when applied. It doesn’t feel greasy, leaving the skin feel moisturized and smooth. I like this much better than Hope in a Jar Night.

Tatcha Indigo Soothing Silk Body Butter – it is a fluffy cream with a light greyish blue color and the fresh herbal floral scent signature of Tatcha. The color does disappear as you rub it into the skin. It’s lightweight and absorbs well. My skin is in an itchy phase when I used this, and it did feel like it helped to sooth the itch as well as moisturized.

Tatcha Silken Pore Perfecting Sunscreen SPF 35 – it is a white cream with the signature herbal floral Tatcha scent. The sunscreen absorbs well but feels more like a moisturizing primer instead of moisturizer. It will make your skin feel soft and smooth, but if you apply too much like a moisturizer rather than primer, it might ball up.

Overall, I found more likes than I expected. The Philosophy Oil Gelee was interesting enough that I’m planning to get some for next winter, and the Renewed Hope kind of reminds me of Sunday Riley Tidal both in texture and due to the acids. If you like the results but can’t stand the scent of Philosophy Hope in a Jar line, try the Renewed Hope in a Jar line. =)


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