Mario Badescu Seaweed Night Cream
I have tried out a lot of Mario Badescu products but this is my first moisturizer from the brand. Previously, I have used the Seaweed Cleansing Lotion and it’s one of my all-time favorite skin care products for combination skin. This cream is lightly scented. I’m sensitive to fragrance but this cream smells quite nice and I find the scent to be calming. The texture is quite thick and it takes a while to spread it onto the skin. It also takes longer to be absorbed than other night time moisturizers I’ve used. But this product is very hydrating for the fall and winter. Some night time moisturizers can be used during the day, but I only recommend using this cream at night. It’s too thick to be worn under makeup and it feels slightly oily on the skin. Even though the texture is thick, it does not break me out. In fact, it prevents my skin from becoming dehydrated so there’s no excess sebum to cause more acne. My skin texture has improved since I started using this product. I don’t get as many dry patches anymore and my foundation looks much better on the skin. I would recommend this night cream to those with combination and sensitive skin.
Innisfree Hydrogel Masks (Tea Tree & Berry)
For a beauty blogger who likes sheet masks and Korean cosmetics, I am late on the hydrogel masks bandwagon. Hydrogel masks are jelly-like masks that are supposed to lock in moisture into the skin. Many hydrogel masks contain 2 parts (above the nose area and below the nose area) so they tend to fit a variety of face shapes very well. These masks are slightly more pricey (typically $4 and up) than the cotton sheet masks.
To be honest, I found my first experience in using a hydrogel mask to be underwhelming. The pack itself came with less essence than what I’m used to in a sheet mask pack. I left the mask on my skin for 20 minutes and it did not feel as hydrating as expected. In my previous experience of using a sheet mask, even after 20 minutes, there’s still quite a bit of essence on my skin so I’d have to let it dry off before applying a moisturizer. With this hydrogel mask, there was no essence residue on my skin after usage. While one could argue that the essence from the hydrogel mask penetrated my skin faster than cotton sheet mask, I feel like it has more to do with the lack of essence. One thing I did like about this mask is that it stayed on my face very well. I was able to sit up and do my work without any problem.
Unfortunately, the Innisfree hydrogel masks were disappointing. But I’ll be trying hydrogel masks from other brands so hopefully I will have better luck next time.
Philosophy The Microdelivery Mini Peel Pads
For my current exfoliating routine, I switch between Philosophy The Microdelivery Exfoliating Wash (physical exfoliant) and this mini peel pad (chemical exfoliant). The exfoliating wash is more gentle but I find this peel pad to be more effective in terms of treating congested skin.
This product comes in a jar filled with saturated pads in the size of standard cosmetic cotton rounds. One pad is enough for the whole face and neck. Since I have large pores and wear makeup daily, foundation can easily clogged the pores around my nose. There is a noticeable difference when I use this peel pad around my nose. I have sensitive skin but this chemical exfoliant does not irritate my skin. It’s pretty comfortable to use on a weekly basis. It makes my skin a bit red after usage but it doesn’t burn my skin like some of the other peels on the market. I just apply a little bit of aloe gel to sooth the redness. This product is also very travel friendly because you can simply put a few in a ziploc bag and these disposable peel pads do not require rinsing.
This peel pad does a great job of decongesting my skin and allows my skin care products to absorb better. It’s also more effective for clearing up acne than the exfoliating wash. I have not used the