It's been ages since I last blogged and that is due to many reasons but mainly blogging had to take a back seat as a priority in my life. I've finally graduated computer science school and in the midst of summer holidays so I have all the time and energy to write a blog post. Hearing so many people constantly ask me about my blog and telling me they want me to get back on it gave me the kick-start I needed to actually put effort into blogging again. Thank you to everyone who visited and to everyone who gave me sweet compliments about my blog and to everyone who motivated me to blog one way or another!
Anyway let's move on from that soppy intro, in this post I'll be doing some small mini reviews on some goodies I ordered from a website that I've grown to really love and that is www.iherb.com. Everything I review will be linked and I'll do a very small review of the website by the end of this post.
Me and my sister have been ordering quite a few things from it and I've been using these products for a while now so I'll give you my honest lowdown on them. I got mostly face care products because I was running out on literally everything I own and I needed a face routine makeover. It's important to note that ever since I started using these products my skin's felt so clean and it's on it's best behavior in months now!
Let's start with Desert Essence Thoroughly Clean Face Wash, I mainly got this because of the good reviews and the fact that it is a very natural face wash. It has no parabens, artificial fragrances, petroleum and other long scientific words I do not know what they mean lol. You get a good amount in side the bottle (250ml) which is nice. My first impression was woah! This stuff smells! It has a very strong tea tree oil scent that is a little overpowering. I'm not sensitive to scents especially soap like ones but you should be warned.
Also the texture of it is quite unique, it's very liquid-y I almost thought that it won't cleanse well but I was wrong. A little goes a long way and I didn't need extra effort to make sure it's cleaning well.
It does leave my face feeling and looking very clean, it removes 90% of my make-up except for the heavy duty concealer, I advise using a makeup remover on these areas.
Overall I like it, am I going to buy it again? It's hard to tell for face washes as most of them clean pretty well and I haven't been using it for too long so I'm still judging it but if I did notice my skin is not looking as good when I finish this bottle I'll buy it again for sure.
For moisturizer/serum I've been using White Egret Hyaluronic Acid Day Serum with alpha lipoic acid and sea minerals. My first impression was damn this packaging is ugly lol, it looks cheap and very basic. Anyway thank god the product itself makes up for the packaging! I've been seriously enjoying this day serum, I use it as a moisturizer and I think it does the job well done.
The texture is so slimy but that is okay, it also has a strong scent, reminds me of an iced candy 'Yogo ice' we used to love few years ago.
As a makeup base for my skin type (combination) this serum is just great. It's moisturizing enough and it also gives the kinda moisture that would last on your skin, it just feels like it's plumping the skin without being too heavy.
I think not everyone is going to enjoy it though because it is a weird texture and it's quite different than your average serum. If you're the type that wants a lightweight serum that feels like it moisturizes as well as preps your skin for makeup, you'd enjoy it. However I always steer away from my nose area when I use this as I tend to get oily, this won't help with the oil department.
Overall I like it as an instant moisturizer and the fact that it is packed with hyaluronic acid and "over 72 ionic sea minerals" makes me like it even more.
PS: Hyaloronic acid is an anti-age antioxidant that help strengthen and firm the skin.
As for toner, I've been alternating between Reviva Labs Glycolic Acid Facial Toner and Thayer's Witch Hazel and Lemon toner. I don't have Thayer's with me right now because I've been using my sisters. I got my own bottle on the way so I'll do a review when I get it.
This toner is very gentle on the skin and kindda basic, I don't think it is too special but sometimes we just need a basic toner that does the job and softens your skin.
I like it so far but as the sun damage claims on the bottle, I can't tell yet. No offensive smell, really convenient packaging even though you only get 118ml. Glycolic acid is used for exfoliating/peeling the skin, but as this toner is packed with hyaloronic acid and aloe vera, you don't get that stinging feeling when applying it. You just get a softer skin the next day.
Finally Radiant Skin Retinol A 1% Advanced Revitalization cream review. Now if you don't know what retinol is it is just a form of vitamin A. Vitamin A has been used for years in supplement form as a rather aggressive way to get younger skin, it works by really peeling the skin from underneath so your skin starts shedding and revealing baby-like skin.
You can't get vitamin A pills unless it's been prescribed to you (you can visit a derma and ask for a prescription). On the other hand retinol is a much more gentle form of vitamin A, it can be found in over the counter beauty products and it can be applied topically (as cream, serum..etc. on the skin) so you are much safer with retinol than with vitamin A supplements. From Paula's Choice:
"Simply put, retinol, is just another name for vitamin A. Retinol is an extremely effective , which means it can literally connect to almost any skin cell and tell it to behave like a healthy, younger skin cell. But there's more: