I’m trying to use up everything I’ve bought and not buy anything new until I’m done, which is great for beauty reviews since I’ll spend much longer testing out products! So I thought I’d start things off with my updated skincare routine.
CREMORLAB Essence Tonic
First off I am using the CREMORLAB essence tonic T.E.N. Cremor which I randomly picked up in Watsons Malaysia last October. I’d never heard of the brand before but it sounded interesting enough and I was running out of my trusty Muji toner!
The Cremorlab essence tonic comes in a 250ml bottle which has served me well so far! This toner is suitable for all skin types and I find it really refreshing and hydrating.
I’ve really been enjoying this and I think it’s down to the consistency of the toner. It feels like a thicker type of toner like the hado labo lotion, but it’s no way like a cream. It absorbs really fast and leaves my skin feeling soft and moisturised. It’s exactly what I want from a toner. If I remember correctly, I think I paid about £15 for this which might be a little expensive but since it was almost the same cost as what I’d pay for my Muji one, I went for it!
BHA Blackhead Power Liquid by COSRX
The next step is the BHA Blackhead Power Liquid by COSRX which I used after toning! I have to admit I didn’t exactly know why I purchased this. I’ve never been able to win the battle against blackheads and I didn’t think this would do much either, but the packaging promised that my pores would be clean, my skin exfoliated and clear!
I’ve been using this twice a day, every day! It might seem a bit much but my skin is not the sensitive type. I really feel like this has this made my skin a lot smoother!
Sulwhasoo Essential Balancing Emulsion Ex
I tried out a lot of mini Sulwhasoo’s and this bad boy really stood out from the rest. It’s a lotion which contains peony extracts which soften the skin and refine the texture! It is also said to clear the skin too.
This is definitely my favourite product for skincare! The lotion is white in colour and thicker in consistency. I would happily use this as a moisturizer in the summer. It’s that hydrating!
It has that slightly herbal smell that all Sulwhasoo products have but it doesn’t bother me at all! My only problem is the weighty glass bottle which is far from travel-friendly! The glass is also a solid white colour so you can’t tell when the product is finished unless you hold it up to a light.
That said it wouldn’t be hard to decant or order some travel sized samples for trips abroad! The Sulwhasoo Essential Balancing Emulsion Ex is now a confirmed staple in my skin care routine!
Swanicoco Pore Care Tightening Serum
As part of the Swans 2 review programme, Swanicoco sent me a couple of products to try out. I’ve been introducing their products slowly into my routine! At the moment I’ve been trying the swanicoco pore care tightening serum.
I’m not sure about this product if I’m honest! Having introduced this into my skincare routine, I believe it has also introduced a zit! It’s really rare I get breakouts and this is the likely culprit!
The pore care serum is said to reduce the amount of sebum and keeps the skin feeling supple and soft. I really do like the feel of the serum, but I don’t think it’s been doing much for me, unfortunately.
I end the routine by moisturising with Steam Cream. I’ve already reviewed this cream before but this time I have a new beautiful tin which is covered in Japanese motifs!
Wishtrend TECA 1% Barrier Cream
Wishtrend send the TECA 1% Barrier cream to me way back in December! I realise it is February but it’s taken me ages to find the opportunity to review this since my skin has been behaving really well most of time!
The TECA cream’s main function is to soothe and clear up the skin, whilst also restoring damaged and weakened skin. It stops acne scars in its tracks and lightens pigmentation!
It’s very rare that I get zits. As soon as I got one, I applied some of the barrier cream on top it as the last step of my skincare routine. It does take quite a while for marks to go away post-zit, and I could see that it really helped to speed up the recovery of the zit. At the moment though, I have a zit which refuses to rise! So I have been applying more of the barrier cream on top of it. It’s not working as quickly as I would like, so I think this is much better as an AFTER care rather than something to use when your skin is going through the motions.
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