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Nika

@stardustfemme

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General Information

  • Ethnicity: Caucasian/European/White
  • Skin Tone: Fair
  • Skin Type: Combination
  • Hair Thickness:
  • Hair Type: Curly
  • Hair Color: Brown

Personal Information:

  • Beauty Interest: Beauty blogger
  • Age Range: 25-34
  • Location: United States
  • Ingredient Preference: Anti-oxidants, Hyaluronic Acid, Natural, Mineral, Tree Oil, Aloe
  • Are you a mommy to be?: Yes

This is a snail based serum that I enjoy using as a part of my daily routine. It's not a miracle worker, but what it does do for my skin is within my expectations and I'm happy enough with it. This is the serum I use last in my serum part of my routine, to seal in everything that came before it and it starts adding that first layer of hydration to my skin. I find that this absorbs beautifully, even with other serums layered under it. There is no sticky or tacky feeling. It leaves my skin feeling smooth and supple, perfectly primed and ready for my moisturizers and creams. It is one I will continue to use, and I would suggest it to others. As far as comparing it to the Cosrx Snail serum, I do not have experience with it so I cannot give a comparison at this time.

This cleanser has been a great addition to my routine thus far. It is not at all stripping or harsh, which is a huge deal for me since I prefer low pH cleansers. This has a watery consistency, and I find that I do not need a full pump to get a good cleanse. With or without a konjac sponge, this cleanser develops into a soft and silky foam. It rinses clean and leaves my skin so very happy. My complexion looks brighter, instantly feels smoother, and I am also noticing that it does calm down any redness or irritation in my skin a little bit. I really love the strong tea tree scent, too, but I know that might be off-putting for some people. 

This two-step mask has been one of my best experiences since I started on my skincare journey and have very much fallen in love with masking. The first step is this giant AHA peeling swab, which comes with enough of the AHA for me to swipe it over my face and then dip back in the package for more - just to make sure I've got a good layer on my skin. Truthfully, I let the AHA sit for a good three minutes because I got wrapped up in reading. Oops! No harm done, though. When I opened the mask, the first thing I thought was how this was going to be the fun sort of messy. There is a LOT of the jelly essence and to me that's an amazing thing. The mask was indeed drippy and absolutely loaded with the essence - so much yes. Enough essence to share with pretty much my entire upper body. The mask fit great, didn't slip or slide on me at all. Enter getting distracted by a movie, and you've got the mask on my face for just about an hour before I thought to remove it. The results are wonderful! My skin looks brighter and radiant, feels smoother, and is generously hydrated. This is an absolute win for me personally, and it's on my buy list to grab very soon. I was able to try this mask out for free from Cupidrop and Meg Cosmetics as a part of the Second Generation Beauty Pioneers in exchange for my honest review - and I just want to share it here because I think this is a mask people need to try out and see the wonderful effects for themselves.

Here's an eye serum that I switched out my primary one for, and I am not overwhelmed by the results after almost a month. It's lightweight, not at all sticky, and it absorbs nicely into the delicate eye area without irritation. As for the claims of firming the eye area, I personally do not see this. Now, I am a heavy duty insomniac and my eyes do often reflect my lack of sleep - so I approach every eye serum or cream without expecting miracles. However, I do expect at least a little bit of evidence for the claims made. Again, did not notice any improvement on the skin around my eyes feeling firmer or looking more full. That being said, this does deliver some wonderful hydration and a little bit of brightening. It doesn't take away the shadows, but it does make my skin feel refreshed and less irritated. That by itself can take some age off your face. This is by no means a miracle in a little jar, but it isn't a horrible eye serum either. The price tag is a bit hefty, though, at $65 USD. I was given this by Amabie in exchange for my honest review. As always, these opinions are my own and representative of my experiences with the product itself.

This is a lightweight moisturizer that I've been testing out for roughly the last 30 days, and I've got a few opinions to share. First, this does absorb beautifully with no sticky or oily feel afterwards - which is wonderful since I'm already combating some oil through the day with my combination skin type. That said, this is very much a lightweight little guy and it does not work well on its own for me. I find my skin needs a little extra in the moisturizing department, so layering it with a good serum does help a little. Even better, honestly, is to apply a little of this before my main moisturizer. I would not recommend this for winter use, but I can certainly see myself reaching for this during the summer months when I really want something that is not as heavy as many of my creams or moisturizers. Second, which is a huge thing for me, this did not in any way break me out or irritate my skin - huge plus! There is a fragrance that isn't all that pleasant, but it didn't linger too long for me. Lastly, this did seem to work decently enough at keeping my complexion looking smooth and feeling soft. I was given this by Amabie in exchange for my honest opinion after testing it out for a while. As always, my opinions are my own and representative of my experience with the product itself. 

This konjac sponge is certainly fun to use, with it's bouncy feel when you give it a squeeze it can make cleansing a little more fun. The texture of the sponge itself is soft, gentle, and not at all heavily abrasive. It glides over skin easily, with or without a cleanser. There is gentle exfoliation happening when in use, which is perfect for every day use to keep your skin glowing and feeling fresh. I appreciate that this sponge has a small threaded loop, which lets me hang it right near my sink for drying between uses - and this helps to keep the sponge clean, since it's not resting on the counter or a soap dish. As with other sponges I've used, this will get firm and harden a bit between uses. This isn't a problem though, just put it under some warm water and it'll bounce back to life! I use this with and without a cleanser, depending on what my skin is doing. I've used this to gentle rinse off residue from some cleansing waters I use, and it leaves a really nice feeling behind. I also use these to gently rinse and wipe off mud masks - trust me when I say this is so much less messy than trying to manually wash off masks with my hands. I can just take the moistened sponge and work the mask off without getting it in my hair line or all over my counter.

Oily skin is a problem for me, specifically in my T-Zone. Goes with being Italian, I get it - but I'm always open to finding products that will help cut that down. That is where this little pump bottle comes in. This product isn't completely perfect, but it does do a pretty good job at helping me maintain a matte look through the day. One or two pumps of this lotion-like serum (which I will warn you right now looks very off in it's brown color) and I'm more or less good to go. Gently rubbing and tapping it into my T-Zone, I notice an instant mattifying effect for myself. I've also noticed that it does seem to help treat my complexion just a little bit, meaning less hormonal or stress related breakouts in this area since I've started using the product.

It's a small bottle, but with only needing one or two pumps of this citrus-scented serum it's really not a bad deal. I would recommend this out and suggest people with oily skin give this a chance. I do still need to blot on days when my hormones are running amok, but it's so much less frequent now. 

Overall this mask was a pleasant experience. The material is soft and adheres nicely to my face, not feeling too heavy or slick. The mask lasted about 20 minutes comfortably, and afterwards I noticed some gentle hydration and plumping for my results. Why the three stars? It's not necessarily a mind-blowing mask, and about two hours later I noticed that not all of the essence was absorbed into my skin - so I wound up with a few spots that balled up from the residue. This might be better suited as a night-time mask where perhaps this wouldn't be as bothersome. 

I was sent this mask from Amabie as part of their A-List program for free, and all of the above is based on my own experiences and my impression of them. 

I genuinely love this unique toner. It has a beautiful slip to it, feeling a little closer to that of an essence than just a watery toner. A few drops and this toner is working to brighten and soften my skin, and I truly love how it makes my skin feel completely prepped for the rest of my routine. It absorbs fully, leaving behind no tacky sensation or filmy residue. Just a clean, gentle start to the rest of my routine. The scent is a little hard for me to place, but it is pleasant and does not linger for very long - so it's not a deterrent at all. This is on the pricier end, but I do believe it to be worth it.

This is my current eye cream, and for me this works for what I'm expecting out of an eye product. I'm a heavy insomniac, so having shadows under my eyes is just part of life for me - I don't expect much to really change that. However, due to my lack of sleep and my horrid habit of rubbing my eyes - the skin was often dry, tired, and irritated. This little jar of cream has been perfect for me. No, it will not remove the shadows. Yes, it has helped to heal the skin and bring some hydration and smoothness back to my eye area. This itself takes some age off of my appearance, since the skin is moisturized and does not look nearly as tired or needing of a little extra love in my routine. It's a very think and rich cream, so just the tiniest dab will go a long way. This is great, because this means the jar will most likely expire before I even get close to finishing it at this point. It's a lot to go through, and I'm fine with that - I have days where I'll apply it once or twice during the day if I had an especially rough night or so. For hydration and general care of the delicate skin around the eyes, this is spot on for me. Another little added bonus is I also utilize this as a lip treatment, patting a little into my lips at night before sealing it in with a balm. It's helped with my constantly chapped lips. 

This is one of my holy grail essences. With a powerhouse of ingredients which includes galactomyces fermented filtrate, niacinamide, and sodium hyaluronate - this essence has helped to clear and brighten my complexion. Reducing the frequency and severity of my breakouts, this is one I use in both my morning and evening skincare routine without fail. It is pleasantly hydrating, and my skin soaks it up without any tacky or greasy feeling. Aside from helping my complexion, I've noticed a much more even tone to my skin and how much smoother it has become with continued use. This is one that needs to be given that full 30 days to see if it works wonder for you - but the wait was worth it for me. I noticed early signs of improvement within a week.

For a relatively inexpensive cleansing water, this isn't a bad one to use. The bottle is huge, so it takes some time to go through it and I've been pleased with it as a simple cleanser in the morning if I'm pressed for time or something else is keeping me from traditionally cleansing. This is a refreshing and gentle cleanser, and for me it leaves no residue behind or my skin feeling as though it's been stripped or irritated. The tea tree does help with my keeping my combination skin in check and under control. It's worth checking out as a budget cleansing water.

This refreshing and citrus scented foam cleanser has been wonderful as my morning cleanser, or even as my second cleanser in the evening. A few quick shakes, give it a pump or two, and then you've got this soft and fluffy foam that cleanses without stripping the skin. This cleanser tested for me at a pH level of 5.5, so it is perfectly within range for those of us living the low pH life with our cleansers. I've noticed that my complexion does react the way I want it to with an acne care product - it helps to clear and heal my skin. With steady use it's lessened the frequency and severity of when I break out, which is what I am happy with - I don't expect to never have hormonal breakouts again.

This is a great, lightweight moisturizer that is heavy with the snail goodness many AB-lovers look for. I personally love this little pink tube for gel cream, and it does my skin some wonders. It helps to keep my skin's complexion under control and in general it also seems to aid in keeping my skin less oily throughout the day. It's my go-to moisturizer in the summer (I'm a desert dweller) when I do not want something that is super heavy. It's inexpensive, often you can find two tubes of this for under $10 shipped on Amazon Prime. You really cannot beat that.

I have sensitive skin, and therefore sensitive lips. This is a waxy balm, but I did not have a major problem with it. It's not among my favorites, but it was not irritating for me. 

Heimish

All Clean Balm

11/16/2016

This is my holy grail balm cleanser, I absolutely adore it and it's lightly herbal, earthy scent. There is no drippy mess, and it's purely refreshing when you are massaging it into the skin. The cooling sensation is just soothing and a great way to round out the end of the day and start off my evening routine. With all the botanical oils and extracts, the donkey milk, and the shea butter - I just can't get enough of this cleansing balm. This will always be my go-to. It's helped to heal and calm my skin, I've noticed improvements in brightening over time, healing in breakouts when the occur (which has reduced in frequency) and redness in some scarring has also gone down. With a focus on more natural ingredients and the lack of mineral oil in the formulation, it's a great addition to my routine.

This is a fun little peel to use that is effective and super gentle. Definitely use this over your sink, as once it gets going it's going to be a bit messy with the little balls of exfoliated "gunk" falling off and you won't want that on your floor! The smell is definitely lemon, reminds me a little bit of Starbursts to be honest. I use this about once a week and I notice some improvement overall. 

Heimish

All Clean Balm

11/16/2016

This is my holy grail balm cleanser, I absolutely adore it and it's lightly herbal, earthy scent. There is no drippy mess, and it's purely refreshing when you are massaging it into the skin. The cooling sensation is just soothing and a great way to round out the end of the day and start off my evening routine. With all the botanical oils and extracts, the donkey milk, and the shea butter - I just can't get enough of this cleansing balm. This will always be my go-to. It's helped to heal and calm my skin, I've noticed improvements in brightening over time, healing in breakouts when the occur (which has reduced in frequency) and redness in some scarring has also gone down. With a focus on more natural ingredients and the lack of mineral oil in the formulation, it's a great addition to my routine.

Call me crazy, but this smells like sweet tea to me. It's a strong scrub, but it certainly gets the job done. It's just not among my favorites personally, when there are others out there that offer me additional benefits that I prefer. Still, this isn't a bad little tub of sugary scrubby goodness. Just remember to be gentle!

Ouch. Just, ouch. This cleanser was far too harsh for my skin, and sadly I chucked it before I thought to test the pH level on it to see exactly where it fell in the range. It was super stripping for me, before it even fully rinsed off my skin I could feel that pulling tightness. I cannot recommend this at all.

This tea-tree herbal scented cleanser is a holy grail, sing to the heavens... Well, you get it. This cleanser is worth the praises it gets and I'll throw my lot right in there with the rest. With combination skin that not only trends towards being oily, but is also sensitive and is prone to hormonal breakouts - this is the perfect cleanser for morning and night. It's scent is wonderful, even if you aren't an herbal fan. It's not lingering, so don't fear. It lathers wonderfully, cleans without stripping, and rinses completely to leave behind fresh skin that is not at all tight or irritated. If you haven't tried this yet - what are you waiting for?!

This is a nice balm cleanser that I feel is good as an introductory type for those who are just getting into two-step cleansing. It's mild, does the job, and usually doesn't cause any reactions. Over time though I found that I didn't care for the scent and that it didn't wash away nearly as clean as I wanted it to. I felt as though it also did nothing beneficial for my skin other than to just wash away makeup and oils, offering nothing further. It's not bad, just neutral.

I love wash off clay masks, they're just a nice weekly treat for my combination skin that can help with making my pores calm down - and also help calm the oily shine that can creep up every now and again. This little capsule is a great and has two ingredients I absolutely love to see in my routine - honey and snail! I apply this with a facial mask brush to get a good even layer, and this one goes on smoothly and like a dream. This dries down within about ten to twelve minutes and isn't that unpleasant once it is completely dry. I use a konjac sponge for removal, just wet and a few quick swipes - nice smooth, glowing, and soft skin! I love these little guys and will definitely have these around in my stash.

This mask adheres like a dream, seriously. You could run around and do jumping jacks - this mask isn't going anywhere. This mask does not last nearly as long as some others I've tried, but within the twenty minutes it stays wet it certainly does some work. My skin feels firmer and looks brighter afterwards, and the calming effects last into the next day. My skin also feels softer and smoother, so lovely little bit there as well.

I absolutely adore this mask! The scent is a soft and sweet chocolate that is so pleasant and soothing, it's purely delightful and not at all heavily artificial or sickly sweet. The mask itself fits wonderfully and adheres beautifully, leaving my skin feeling both hydrated and firm after a good 35 minute masking session. I highly suggest this be a staple as a treat in anyone's masking stash!

First, it's not a completely horrid mask. It does offer some mild soothing and moisturizing qualities. Not much, but it's there. The main complaint I have against this mask that makes me say I would not repurchase this, not even to toss into my basket if it were offered below one dollar, is the very strong scent of alcohol/soap. It's unpleasant and off putting. Add to that that the feeling of hydration does not last more than a few hours, which is a slight disappointment. I am happy I tried it, as I enjoy experimenting with different brands and the different products they have to offer - but I couldn't really recommend this one out.

While no acne product is an instant fix or pure miracle worker, at least not for me, this really is a wonderful little spot treatment that needs some recognition. This is not at all drying or irritating - which is fantastic for my sensitive skin. The thick cream has a gentle herbal scent and goes on without a tacky or oily feeling afterwards. In the morning I noticed that the redness was diminished and overall the appearance of healing was present - swelling was down and by that evening the difference was evident. This little tube of anti-trouble cream is certainly aiding in lessening the length of time that a hormonal breakout stays with me and also helps to tone down that angry look. With a wonderful herbal blend of green tea, rosemary, and sage extracts I'm really not surprised that this is working out rather well for me. Give it a shot!

Gentle, hydrating, and cleansing - in a nutshell this cleansing water does exactly as you would expect it to do. This has become a staple in my routine and will be a repurchase once the bottle is empty, cycling in and out along with others that I enjoy. The scent is soft and mild, not at all overwhelming or heavily perfumed. It's fresh, almost a like a very gentle citrus tea with the slightest bit of floral. A quick swipe in the morning and it's a refreshing way to begin my A.M. routine. It easily removes what is left from my P.M. routine and anything built up overnight, leaving a fresh start for the rest of my morning. It is on the expensive side, but with it being a large bottle - I find it worth it and feel that it more than does it's job. It's worth trying once to see if you like it. 

 

 

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