Drunk Elephant New Product Discovery

The drunk Elephant team send out a whole range of skincare products to my attention to try. I was super excited to try their skincare range since I’ve heard a lot about the brand I really wanted to try and see the hype. The brand carries a great range of skincare products that are designed to target and address different skin types and skin-related concerns which I find quite helpful and easy for someone who’s new skincare treatments to pick their skincare products accordingly. Here is a closer look at the products I used I love in my skincare routine.

Best No. 9 Jelly Cleanser ($32) is a nice gentle cleanser and removes the most stubborn makeup especially the eye makeup without stripping or drying the skin. it has a nice jelly texture that is nice for the summer season and quite soothing. I’ve been loving the jelly texture in my morning routine.

Protin Powerpeptide Resurfacing Serum with Lactic Acid ($82) is a good AHA treatment that I’ve been loving lately to exfoliate and resurface my skin. I only use it twice a week in my morning skincare routine. It’s a good treatment with a P.H 3.5 slightly more vital for sensitive skin. The texture is light and sinks into the skin immediately. The Protin Polypeptide Firming Moisturizer ($68) is a good way to keep the skin well hydrated and look after the fine lines and wrinkle that shows up. I loved the texture and the nourishing formula that adds nice plumpness to the skin while doesn’t feel heavy at all. The skincare line is designed for more mature skin and for someone who’s more concerned about the prevention of fine lines and wrinkles. I think if you’re over 35 years old, this is a great range to start with.

C-Firma Fresh Vitamin-C Day Serum ($78) is a good brightening serum that adds a nice glow and radiance to the skin with P.H 2.5 and a potent 15% of daily Vitamin C. If you’re in the market for a brightening serum to start within your skincare routine then this is a good one to start with. I love Vitamin C in my skincare routine, the serum is very lightweight and can easily introduce to the skincare routine. I love how the formula is packaged separately to be mixed by you before its use, so it could keep the effectiveness of the potent.

I also tried the other products that were sent out to me because the brand did impress me with its effectiveness. Still, I found these average and are good if you want to start with a skincare routine and hydration is the concern but not too intense which includes the B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Serum with Hyaluronic Acid ($48) is a great lightweight and hydrating moisturizer that sinks into the skin and is great for hydration. Lala Retro Whipped Moisturizer with Ceramides ($60) Is a good moisturizer, especially for summertime. The formula is light and doesn’t feel heavy at all. I loved applying it under my full coverage foundation and keeping the foundation in place and keeping the skin looking fresh throughout the day.

T.L.C. Framboo Glycolic Resurfacing Night Serum ($134) is a good resurfacing serum as well for the nighttime routine. I find this one is more for oily to combination skin. It works great but if I had to choose between this and Protin Powerpeptide Resurfacing Serum then definitely the Protin Powerpeptide Resurfacing Serum is something I would prefer for my skin but if you have large pores with oily skin then T.L.C. Framboo Glycolic Resurfacing Night Serum is a better option.

You all know I love a good facial oil and the Virgin Marula Luxury Face Oil ($68) impressed me. Although I don’t use oils at this time of the year I will be starting to introduce this into my fall/winter skincare routine.

Another obsession I love to do with my skin is overnight Masks. F-Bal Electrolyte Waterfacial Mask ($52) is a perfect overnight face mask for spring/summertime. It carries a very lightweight with a cooling effect on the skin and you wake up with the most subtle and plump skin in the morning. I’ve loved this in my skincare routine lately.

Their Lippe Balm ($24) is quite nourishing and hydrating and immediately repairs the lips. This lip balm is probably one with simple elements but is very rich in texture. I am not too crazy about the lip balm but it’s a good decent lip balm with a hydrating element. I still like it and use it when I see dry patches on my lips.

I do find the brand carries a great range of products for all ages and different skin-targeted issues. I would highly recommend taking a look at the range especially if you’re looking to start with a gentle skincare line in the market.

Shared my favourite products and how I use them in my morning skincare routine during summertime.

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Loving Right Now + Testing in Skincare

There are quite some amazing skincare launches for the summer season and I’ve been super excited to test and try these new additions. Summer season is just around the corner and I’ve already changed my skincare routine for the season. Spring and fall season is where is change my skincare products majorly but reaching out to warmer weather means lighter skincare products and fewer steps. This also means I only use products my skin really needs otherwise I cut them out of my routine. At the end of this post, you’ll find my current morning + nightly skincare routine.

Dior Beauty

I was really excited to find new skincare items from Dior Beauty. La Mousse OFF/ON Foaming Face Cleanser is a very recent launch from Dior Beauty I can officially say that I am obsessed!! I haven’t experienced anything like this before. The texture is quite impressive it’s a creamy foam, mouse cleanser that feels really hydrating and removes the most stubborn makeup and the skin feels hydrated and nourished.

Double cleansing is essential to my skincare routine the fact that I like squeaky clean skin yet this cleanser has replaced that skincare step for me. it’s definitely a cleanser that removes impurities like no other.

Cle De Peau Beaute

Cle de Peau Beaute skincare products are not new to my skincare routine, their Softening Lotion and eye cream are essential to my fall/winter skincare routine. But I was very excited to discover more skincare products from the brand that I absolutely adore. The brand kindly send over the entire limited-edition Key Radiance Care Ritual collection that was designed to celebrate its 40th anniversary which made it even more special to me. The collection is specially designed with 3 step day/night skincare routine for different skin types (normal to dry, normal to oily) Here is what the collection looks like:

The Serum ($395) is designed to activate the skin’s energy and vitality while it prepares the skin for optimal absorption of the skincare. It’s the first step to the skincare routine for all skin types. It not only helps with the absorption of the other skincare products, it immediately adds suppleness and hydration to the skin. If you know me then this is one of the steps I don’t neglect in my skincare routine and has changed how my skin looks through the years.

Hydro Softening Lotion ($150) is designed for normal to dry skin types and is the second step in a morning skincare routine. This is one of the must-have products for me during the fall/winter season. This is a balancing and softening lotion that instantly adds intense hydration to the skin. It has nice claiming and soothing properties that eliminate roughness and dryness from the skin and adds a nice suppleness to the skin.
By this step skin really looks and feels well hydrated and you can apply any favourite targeted moisturizer for your skin, facial oil or sunscreen to treat and lock in the moisture and keep the hydration level up.
Hydro-Clarifying Lotion is designed for normal to oily skin types and is the second step in the morning skincare. I haven’t tried this yet the fact is that it doesn’t suit my skin type but if you have oily skin this is a balancing lotion that removes dead skin cells and lifts impurities while instantly hydrating skin.

Intensive Fortifying Cream ($220) is designed for normal to dry skin types and Intensive Fortifying Emulsion ($220) for normal to oily skin types as the last step in the nightly skincare routine. The cream texture is rich and feels luxurious to the skin and deeply hydrates the skin. while the Emulsion formula is very light but deeply hydrates the oily skin that is very for well-nourished skin. The formula is designed to fight factors that accelerate signs of aging meaning skin looks more radiant, plumped and youthful in the morning.

At the moment I’ve been enjoying the Emulsion formula in my nightly skincare routine. I like a lighter version of moisturizer in my summer skincare routine and I’ve seen a huge transition in my skin since its use. The limited-edition packaging is still available yet I’ve lined the collection below as well.

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Estee Lauder

Estee Lauder skincare products have become essential to my skincare routine and this season there were quite some really nice new launches that I was very happy to cover. They just introduced a very luxurious Facial Serum Re-Nutriv Ultimate Diamond Transformative Brilliance Serum that comes in refillable packaging. The formula carries one of the best anti-aging technologies Black Diamond Truffle Extract and youth-sustaining which offers radiance and firmness to the skin. It also helps with dark spots and more even out skin tone. This serum really helps to improve the skin’s texture and elasticity. With this is one a little goes a long way and I love that the refill is easy to use. I have also been using this under my foundation to prep my skin and this finishes the complexion exceptionally.

I’ve also been loving their new Revitalizing Superme+ Youth Power Creme which they just introduced to their skincare range just recently. I’ve already been in love with their Revitalizing Superme+ Youth Bright which I’ve been using during the winter season.

This is a moringa-infused moisturizer that visibly adds firmness, strength and radiance to the skin. It’s designed for all skin types and textures. This formula is infused with cactus stem cell extract and hyaluronic acid that plumps and more nourished skin. I love the texture that feels light but deeply hydrates the skin with amazing results.

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Glow Recipe

New from Glow Recipe is the Strawberry Smooth BHA + AHA Salicylic Acid Serum ($53). You all know I am a huge lover of Glow Recipe’s skincare products when it comes to mid-range skincare products. This is a soothing and gentle serum designed to address signs of breakouts and visibly refine pores. Although I don’t break out often, unfortunately, I had a major breakout around my chin area which I used partially on the affected area and it did clear out and brighten up the area. It’s designed for all skin textures and is a good exfoliating serum if you’re looking for one and is quite hydrating.

U Beauty

One of the best skincare launches that excited me the most is the new addition from U beauty. Tina launched two new products to her skincare line which has blown me away. I always struggle with body care and moisturizers, I do have only a couple of moisturizers that I reach out but I think I have found a holy grill one. The Super Body Hydrator is an insanely hydrating body moisturizer with a milky texture that is designed to work in synergy with Siren Capsule Technology meaning that hyaluronic acid is released in capsulated form and instantly begins hydrogen bonding to water molecules that keep the water in the skin and maintains hydration for a long period of time. It immediately hydrates and nourishes the skin. It offers hydration, skin looks soft and smooth. The formula is also infused with Niacinamide, Peptides and B-glucan improves the look of the skin, improves firmness and collagen and adds radiance respectively. It seems like this is one of those products that I will run out the most throughout the year multiple times.

U beauty also introduced a new hydrating lip balm The Plasma Lip Component ($68). This is a formula that immediately looks after dry and patchy lips and adds that nice glow and 3D effect. It’s very easy to use and is designed with a metal applicator that has a cooling effect. The formula is nourishing and I love how it transforms my lips immediately after its application to a soft a smooth texture. It does set at a higher price compared to many lip balms but compared to all luxury lip balms and treatments this is well priced for what you get.

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Tinny London

Trinny London just launched Overnight Sensation Retinal + Serum which is designed for more mature skin, especially those over 40 to help with the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles plus renew skin’s texture. I just step into my 40 and wanted to try this to see how it affects my skin. I have been loving her other skincare products and wanted to test this one. This year I’ve decided to keep my retinol treatment in my summer skincare routine because my sunspots and other discoloration are starting to show up more and more. I loved this new Overnight Sensation Retinal + Serum and am impressed. The formula is slightly more intense compared to other retinol treatments I’ve been using and I do see some reaction during the application (mild irritation) but it doesn’t irritate or dry out my skin. I only use it twice a week as a treatment in my skincare routine and am quite impressed with how my skin looks right now.

Here my current skincare looks like, I’ve cut out lots of rich formulas from my skincare routine and I am so proud of how long I’ve come a long way to keep my skin’s hydration level throughout the year so I can use lighter formulas during the summertime. I am sharing my own skincare routine + affordable options as well that I’ve tested and have been approved.

Morning Skincare Routine:

  1. In my morning skincare routine, I love squeaky clean skin and I’ve been enjoying the new Dior La Mousse OFF/ON Foaming Face Cleanser.
    Affordable Option: Best No. 9 Jelly Cleanser is really nice and I do use it randomly.
  2. I’ve been alternating between the La Praire White Caviar Essence Extraordinare Treatment Lotion and Cle de Peau Beaute The Serum to prep/refresh my skin, I love how it immediately adds luminosity to my skin.
    Affordable Option: Watermelon Glow PHA + BHA Pore-Tight Toner has a nice cooling effect and adds extra hydration.
  3. I have been in love with the Ultimate Diamond Transformative Brilliance Serum from Estee Lauder. I love that glow it gives my skin + I’ve been prepping my skin for my makeup with this and my foundation goes gorgeous on top of it.
    Affordable Option: Drunk Elephant Protin Powerpeptide Resurfacing Serum with Lactic Acid is a nice formula with a smooth texture.
  4. I never take chance on the under-eye area and the La Praire Skin Caviar Eye Lift Serum is what I am loving right now for its lightweight texture and extreme hydration it offers.
    Affordable Option: C-Tang Vitamin C Eye Cream, it’s a nice refreshing eye cream.
  5. Currently, I’ve 2 favourite sunscreens and I apply them to how my day looks like:

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Night Skincare Routine:

  1. Double Cleansing is essential in my nightly skincare routine and here are a few formulas that I’ve been loving right now:
  2. The cleanser I use items mentioned above in my morning skincare routine.
  3. Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Serum has been a serum I reach on regular basis.
  4. I love the Cle de Peau Beaute Eye Cream for its rich texture and smoothing properties.
    Affordable Option: Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Concentrate Matrix Eye serum is one of the best formulas I’ve been loving and going to use till its last drop.
  5. Cle de Peau Fortifying Emulsion, sinks into the skin and hydrates the skin immediately. O
    Affordable Option: Youth Revitalizing Supreme Power Cream from Estee Lauder has become my favourite for its light texture.
  6. La Prairie Skincaviar Nighttime Oil I use only twice a week. I Haven’t tried any affordable facial Retinal Oil like this oil but here’s what I would swap with …
    Affordable Option: Kiehl’s Mid Night Recovery Facila Oil

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Renewing Skin with Sulwhasoo Concentrated Ginseng Renewing Cream

I get a spark in my eyes when I find a new rich hydrating moisturizer. Just discovered the Concentrated Ginseng Renewing Cream (C$341.00) from Sulwhasoo. This is an emollient-rich cream that is designed to target all signs of aging at once. The formula feels creamy and soothes and nourishes the skin by touch. it immediately adds subtleness to the skin and adds that nice radiance and glow.

This is probably one of the creamiest and richest moisturizers I’ve ever tried. The formula is infused with Sulwhasoo’s signature ginseng saponin and ginseng peptides that helps protect skin from environmental stressors. I felt that plump and youthful skin just right after its first application which is quite impressive!!

I like to create and use my own skincare products from within the brand and I was happy to say that I was able to create a simple yet powerful routine to get my skin everything it needs to renew, improve and protect at the same time. Below sharing of my routine using my favourite items from the brand including:

  1. First Care Activating Serum is a pe-serum essence that helps my skin hydrate while boosting the absorption of the skincare products that follow it. The aroma really soothes the mind and picks up the mood (my favourite part).
  2. Timetreasure Invigorating Eye Serum is a premium total anti-aging eye serum formulated with highly concentrated Korean red pine and packaged with a golden eye care massager. (reviewed here) It’s where I need the most attention.
  3. Concentrated Ginseng Renewing Cream just gives my skin all the hydration and plumpness it needs for the day while it doesn’t feel heavy at all.

I’ve been a long-time lover of the brand’s first Activating serum (reviewed here) from Sulwhasoo which I discovered in 2018 and have been loving the formula since then which is one of the best-selling skincare products from the brand. It literally changes how the skincare routine feels with its aroma.

This is definitely something you need to take a look at. You can find all the products available online and in-store at Sulwhasoo’s counters. And if you’re new to the brand, I’ve lined their Bestsellers Trail Kit and for a limited time, they’re offering their First Care Radiance Set & Concentrated Ginseng Renewing Cream Set which includes the cream and a great selection of products that you can get to try and I think is the best way to discover the band. Mother’s day is just around the corner and I think these sets make a perfect gift for her. I’ve also linked some of my favourite items (tested & approved by me) from the brand below for you.

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