Wednesday, September 23, 2020

New Fall 2020 Pixi Makeup

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>>Pixi PR<<

Pixi by Petra is one of the most generous brands in the US. They send PR to small beauty bloggers, and they have the cutest PR packages ever!

I have been wanting to get on the Pixi PR list for about two years, and I finally received a PR package in the mail a few weeks ago!

I was so surprised because they never told me that I made it onto the list!

Needless to say, I was over the moon happy, and I immediately took some photos for my Instagram stories:


They included some cute stencils for swatches, but I ended up giving them to my daughter. She created some very pretty Pixi drawings with the stencils!


How beautiful are these palettes? I love the green packaging!


We got two beautiful eyeshadow palettes and two face palettes with Fall color stories. Each palette comes in heavy packaging and includes a huge mirror. I am super impressed with the quality of the palettes, I honestly didn't expect luxe packaging from Pixi.


Here is the photo I used for my Instagram feed:


Are you ready for the shade names and swatches? Let's get right into the palettes...

>>New Pixi Makeup<<

The Nuance Quartette Palette in Honey Nectar ($16) includes four face products in largeish pans. There is a blush, a bronzer, and two shimmery highlights. The highlighters are actually really pretty and not the typical white shade. 

These four powders are meant to be used on the eyes and face, but I personally enjoy these as face palettes. You can also layer the powders for a customized look.


Let's look at some swatches:


This palette worked very well for my light skin tone, and I think it would work well for fair skin tones as well. I definitely wouldn't pick this one up if you have skin that is medium are darker, the shades may not show up at all.

I chose this palette for my weekly makeup picks last week (photo down below), and the color stayed on all day. I didn't use the bronzer shade on days that I had to wear a mask, but I used the blush and gold highlight.


Top Row: Nectar (blush) & Honey (golden shimmer)
Bottom Row: Syrum (bronzer) & Ambrosia (pink shimmer)

The Nuance Quartette Palette in Sugar Blossom ($16) also contains four face powders, but the shades are a little deeper for this one. Unfortunately, these face palettes are not suitable for very deep skin tones, but I am hopeful that they will expand their range.


And here are the swatches:


This palette was slightly too dark for my light skin. In my opinion, it would be great for medium skin tones only. I may have to gift this to my mother, she has medium skin.


Top Row: Blossom (blush) & Sugar (gold shimmer)
Bottom Row: Rosewood (bronzer) & Petal (pink shimmer)

The Eye Effects Palette in Hazelnut Haze ($22) includes 9 super-blendable, neutral shades. There is a nice mix of mattes, shimmers, and satins in the palette, and I think the colors are perfect for the Fall! 

Now that I'm teaching, I have been loving neutral palettes for every day looks. I have chosen this palette for my weekly makeup picks two weeks ago (photo down below), and I was able to create an entire week of makeup looks with this palette alone!


Some beautiful swatches:


I am really surprised by how easy these shadows applied. They are very pigmented but blend effortlessly. I was expecting more drugstore quality, but instead, I got Huda Beauty vibes! Pixi is definitely stepping it up!



Top Row: Cream (matte), Gold (shimmer), Neutral (satin)
Middle Row: Bark (matte), Sage (shimmer), Bronze (shimmer)
Bottom Row: Russet (matte), Copper (shimmer), Deep (matte)

The Eye Effects Palette in Rosette Ray ($22) has more of a rose-tone color story, but it's also amazing for the Fall season. I haven't used this palette yet, but the swatches are stunning! Again, I am getting major Huda Beauty vibes with the 9-pan layout and eyeshadow quality.


And here are the swatches:


I really do love rose-tone shadows, so I am sure that I'm going to enjoy this palette. I'm going to have to use the most neutral looking shades for days that I see my students, but I can already see which shades I would pick. Overall, a very versatile palette. 


Top Row: French Rose (satin), Ice (shimmer), Glow (shimmer)
Middle Row: Plum (matte), Mocha (shimmer), Wine (shimmer)
Bottom Row: Berry (satin), Mushroom (satin), Black Tulip (matte)

Honestly, the shade names for this palette do not match the actual shades. It is a little confusing!

>>Final Thoughts<<

Overall, I love everything that Pixi sent over in this PR package. I wish that the face palette shades worked for deeper skin tones, but you will have to decide for yourself if you want to support the Pixi brand.

I already used the Hazelnut Haze eyeshadow palette and Honey Nectar face palette this month. Check out my weekly makeup picks Instagram photos:



If you enjoy seeing weekly makeup picks, I post my weekly makeup every Monday on Instagram. I also post my weekly makeup picks on my blog at the end of the month, you can follow me on Twitter for blog post updates.

>>Before You Go<<

If you have any questions or concerns, please leave them in the comments section. I would also love to hear from you if you have tried any of these products! 

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Tuesday, September 22, 2020

August 2020 PR Haul

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>>A Huge Thank You<<

As a beauty blogger, I am sent quite a few products to test out. Some products I request from the company via and influencer-type platform and other products are sent to me by the company after they find my blog or Instagram page.

Either way, I am always so grateful to be sent products to test, it really does provide me with enough content for daily Instagram posts. Imagine how much money I would need to purchase everything I talk about! 

Although products are regularly sent to me, I always provide an honest review. I never want to lose your trust, so I will never give a bad product a good review. If anything, I just wouldn't mention the product on my blog or IG page!

That being said, let's get to the products I received in PR last month...

>>August PR Haul<<


1. Mother Made All Green Tea-rouble-away Toner- I was sent this product via 0.8L, an app that allows bloggers and influencers to request products to review. I have been using this toner twice a day, and I have been loving it! This wasn't my first time trying skincare from Mother Made, I honestly enjoy everything I tried from the brand so far.


2. InstaNatural Multivitamin C Serum- I was sent this serum by the brand via Tomoson. I always apply for InstaNatural products on Tomoson. They work really well for my skin, and I love that they use natural ingredients. If you are looking for a great natural skincare brand, check out InstaNatural products!
 

3. Dermafirm/BIOTOC Gift- BIOTOC sent me a beautiful PR package a few months ago, and I have been loving their products ever since! They interviewed me after I received my PhD last month, and as a thank you, they sent me some extra goodies. They sent over 5 Dermafirm sheet masks, 5 cartridges for their Nanopen, and one of their fantastic Ampoules. I'm so happy that they sent these to me, I really love the brand!


4. d'Alba First Spray Serum- I was sent this by the brand via Tomoson. I have been wanting to try this mist for a while now, so I was happy that the brand decided to send it to me to review. I was a little surprised that this was called a serum. I would call it a toner or hydrating face mist. It is definitely not a serum. Regardless, I really enjoyed using it as a toner!


5. The Daily Sheet Mask PR- My friend on Instagram started selling sheet masks! To celebrate, she sent out some PR packets with a sampling of the types of masks she offers. As you can see, she has a nice range of affordable and mid-range sheet masks for sale. I'm so happy that she sent over some masks that I've never tried!


6. Beautree Blemish Calming Treatment Pads- I was sent this product by the brand via 0.8L. I actually really love these pads. They are very gentle, but they keep my mascne away! Some people that reviewed these said it burned their skin, so be careful if you have sensitive skin!


7. Revivserums Revivinol Serum- I was sent this serum by the brand via Tomoson. I am a little obsessed with retinol, but it can be very irritating. There is also the dreaded retinol purge when you start using it for the first time. The Revivinol Serum is a great retinol alternative that will help with fine lines and texture without any irritation or acne! I really recommend this serum!


8. SEVIZ Bluetooth Retro Speaker- I was sent this speaker by the brand via 0.8L. Okay, I know this isn't a beauty product, but I use it to listen to the Double Cleanse podcast while doing my skincare routine, so it definitely counts for something! Seriously though, this is a super cute speaker.

>>Final Thoughts<<

I hope you enjoyed this PR haul post! If you are looking for more content like this, check out the Hauls Series tab at the top of this page.

Again, a huge thank you to all the brands that sent me products last month! I loved everything that I tried, and I am looking forward to posting my reviews.

Get ready for my September 2020 PR Haul because I was sent a ton of products so far this month!

>>Before You Go<<

If you have any questions or concerns, please leave them in the comments section. I would also love to hear from you if you have tried any of these products!

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August 2020 K-Beauty Haul

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>>My Favorite Online K-Beauty Shops<<

Hello! My name is Miriam, and I am obsessed with sheet masks.

Okay, maybe that was a little dramatic, but it's totally true! I'm a major sheet mask addict!

I actually have a box of sheet masks in my room waiting to be used, and I plan on emptying the box within three months.

My sheet mask collection includes a range of affordable to high-end sheet masks, some I purchased myself and others were sent to me to review. I honestly feel that you can find some fantastic sheet masks for as low as $1 these days, so I highly recommend checking the following trustworthy K-Beauty stores:

Masksheets- I listed this store first because they honestly have the best deals. I mostly order my sheet masks based on their sale page (the main page), and I load up on sheet masks for $1-2 each. They ship from NYC (Queens), so if you are in the US, the products come quickly.

Yesstyle- This is my second favorite store. They have such a huge range of K-Beauty products, and the products ship pretty quickly too. The only thing to keep in mind is that if you order non-beauty products, your order will ship much more slowly. I recommend ordering all beauty products separately to get your products as fast as possible.

iHerb- Another great store for K-Beauty. They don't have as many options as Yesstyle, but they do have a nice range of products at affordable prices. Shipping can take a while, so keep that in mind when ordering.

StyleKorean- StyleKorean is a great K-Beauty store, but they only carry the most popular K-Beauty brands. I highly recommend checking their sale section often so you don't miss any great deals!

Beautytap- As much as I love the brands sold at this store, they are pretty expensive. If you are looking for luxury sheet masks, this is the store you want to check out!

Wishtrend- I love Wishtrend, but they only carry their own brands. If you are looking for I'm From products, you can get everything from the brand in this store.

Amazon- The reason I listed Amazon last is because you have to be very careful about ordering fake skincare products. When I provide Amazon links, they are only from sellers that I trust, so please be careful! If the price is too good to be true, it probably is!

Okay, let's get to my K-Beauty haul from August...

>>August 2020 K-Beauty Haul<<

  1. JM Solution Water Luminous S.O.S. Ringer Mask (box of 10)- I always love JM Solution masks, so I figured this would be a safe option. I used this mask once since I purchased them, and it was so hydrating! I absolutely love these!
  2. JM Solution Honey Luminous Royal Propolis Mask (box of 10)- If you have been reading my blog for a while, you may already know that I love honey and/or propolis masks. These are amazing and they are so nourishing! I highly recommend these!
  3. JM Solution Marine Luminous Pearl Deep Moisture Mask (box of 10)- I think these are my favorites from JM Solution so far. This mask comes with a pre-mask essence, a super hydrating sheet mask, and an eye cream that is supposed to be applied all over the face. I love this mask so much, and I am so happy that I have 8 left! These are definitely going on my repurchase list!
  4. Lapalette No9 Nourishing Fit Mask (box of 10)- I love the Lapalette Cushion Foundation, so I decided to try out their sheet masks. This mask is extremely hydrating! I actually had to leave the mask on for about 30-40 minutes! This is a fantastic mask to have in any sheet mask collection.
  5. Lapalette No9 Water Fit Mask (box of 10)- Another great mask! This mask is a little lighter than the Nourishing version, but it still packs a major punch in the hydration department. I highly recommend these too!
  6. JayJun Aloe Pink Mask- JayJun masks hold a very special place in my heart. I have loved every JayJun product that I have ever tried, and I knew that I had to get their new sheet masks to try. This one looks amazing, and I can't wait to try it!
  7. JayJun Okra Green Mask- Again, I just had to pick this one up. I'm expecting my skin to be soft, hydrated, and smooth after using this mask!
  8. Etude House 0.2 mm Air Therapy Mask in Lotus- I have loved the Air Therapy masks that I tried so far, so I decided to pick up two new ones. The Lotus one sounds amazing, and I really can't wait to try it!
  9. Etude House 0.2 mm Air Therapy Mask in Aloe- I'm a little upset that I picked up the Aloe version because I was just sent this mask to test out! I could have gotten a different version instead, but at least I can test this one twice before writing a review.
  10. EveryDaze Collagen Focus Treatment Mask- I love the EveryDaze eye patches, so I really wanted to try this mask. It was amazing! My skin felt soaked with essence and my skin was definitely brighter after I took the mask off. I need to get more of these!
  11. Candy O' Lady Holiday Candy Mask- These masks have the cutest packaging! I was a little worried that they were going to be harsh on the skin, but the ingredients list is fantastic! The sheet masks smell like candy, but they are so nourishing. I can't believe how amazing these work for my skin! Of course, I had to pick up all the masks in this line so I can provide one mega review.
  12. Candy O' Lady Cake Pop Candy Mask- See number 11.
  13. Candy O' Lady Honey Milk Candy Mask- See number 11.
  14. Candy O' Lady Mystic Potion Candy Mask- See number 11.
  15. Candy O' Lady Mellow Cotton Candy Mask- See number 11.
  16. Candy O' Lady Sweet Lemon Candy Mask- See number 11. 
  17. Isntree Real Mugwort Clay Mask- I love to use clay masks 2-3 times a week, and I am always on the lookout for new masks to try out. This one from Isntree has been on my wish list for a while, so I finally got one to test. So far I like it a lot, but I don't know if I love it. 
  18. Isntree Hyaluronic Acid Water Sleeping Mask- I am running low on my current sleeping pack, so I decided to find a new one. I love the Isntree Hyaluronic Acid toner, so I figured that the sleeping pack would be great too. I haven't tried it yet, so keep an eye on my upcoming skincare routines posts.
  19. Lapalette No9 Hydra Facial Soothing Gel- Another mask that I have been wanting for a while. This is a hydrating mask (I use them 2-3 times a week too), and I can't wait to try it!
  20. Lapalette No9 Spatula- Of course, I needed a new spatula for all my masking!
>>Final Thoughts<<

I don't purchase new skincare every month anymore, so when I do, it's a pretty big sheet mask haul. 

I am happy that I was able to restock my sheet mask stash, and I can't wait to review all of these products for you! 

I hope you enjoyed this K-Beauty haul! If you are looking for more content like this, check out my Hauls Series tab at the top of this page.

The next haul that I post will be my August 2020 PR Haul, so follow me on Twitter for an update!

>>Before You Go<<

If you have any questions or concerns, please leave them in the comments section. I would also love to hear from you if you have tried any of these products!

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Wednesday, September 9, 2020

June 2020 Skincare Routines Update

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>>June 2020 Skin Goals<<

It's already September, I'm sipping on my pumpkin spice latte, and I still haven't posted my June 2020 Skincare Routines Update! I am seriously behind schedule!

With the changing weather in June, and the switch from heating to air conditioning, my main skincare goal for the month was hydration. The air conditioner seriously dries out my skin, and I had to start using a sleep mask again to keep my skin hydrated through the night.

I also wanted to keep the lower half of my face as hydrated as possible because the face masks we all have to wear are legit sucking all the moisture out of my skin. My face really hates the quarantine right now.

I also had to start applying a lot more sunscreen every day. Due to the lockdown, I stopped wearing as much foundation, so I was losing the added sun protection that makeup normally provides. My HG sunscreen cannot be applied so heavily and it's really hard to apply it, so I switched things up and started using a new K-Beauty sunscreen.

I also really pushed myself to use a sheet mask every day to stay extremely hydrated. 

Ok, let's get right to my routines...

>>June 2020 AM Skincare Routine<<


Exfoliating Toner: In the summer, I like to avoid cleansing my skin in the AM. Instead, I like to exfoliate my skin with an AHA based toner like the InstaNatural 7% Glycolic Acid Toner*. I like to apply this toner with a cotton round. This toner is pretty similar to the Pixi Glow Tonic, but it is a little stronger. I am always very gentle with my skin when exfoliating, don't rub too hard or you will just end up with irritation.

Essence: I always like to follow up exfoliating or cleansing with a concentrated essence. I have been using the Secret Key Starting Treatment Essence for a few years already, and it's a product that I keep returning to when my skin needs some extra attention. This essence is formulated with fermented ingredients, and it is a great dupe for the infamous SKII First Treatment Essence.

Hydrating Toner: After treating my skin with essence, I always layer a hydrating toner on top. This is my second time purchasing the Isntree Hyaluronic Acid Toner because it is amazing! They now make an even better version called the Hyaluronic Acid Toner Plus, but I haven't tried that one yet. Don't worry, it's on my wish list and I will try to review it soon!

Vitamin C Serum: I use a Vitamin C serum every AM to help brighten my skin and fight against free radical damage from the sun. I have some mixed feelings about the By Wishtrend Pure Vitamin C 15% with Ferulic Acid*. I actually really enjoy the formulation of this serum, however, the packaging is terrible. The dropper bottle keeps opening on its own and caused the serum to oxidize prematurely! What a waste of half a bottle!

Anti-Aging Serum: Since I'm slightly obsessed with preventing my fine lines from getting any deeper, I like to layer a real anti-aging serum on top of my Vitamin C serum. The Collagenil Liftensive Perfect Serum* is so lightweight but it really helps firm the skin. I actually just finished the bottle, and I am starting to save up for a new one!

Moisturizer: I usually use a pretty lightweight moisturizer in the summer months, so I was really excited to get the Klairs Fundamental Water Gel Cream*. It has the most unique texture! It feels like a liquid, but it acts as a thick moisturizer. I cannot get over how amazing this cream is. I actually decided to stop using this cream and save it for the winter. I really want to test its hydrating abilities against the cold NY weather in January.

Sunscreen: If you have read any of my Skincare Routines posts in the past, you may already know that I am a huge fan of the Australian Gold Tinted Mineral Sunscreen. I was a little hesitant to try a new sunscreen, but the bottle for the Klairs Mid Day Blue UV Shield* was just the prettiest blue color and the sunscreen itself was blue too! Yes, I'm a sucker for cute and gimmicky products. Well, I tried the sunscreen and I am in love! It goes on so effortlessly, calms my skin, and doesn't get shiny throughout the say. The only issue I have with this sunscreen is that it can be a little too light for darker complexions.  

>>June 2020 PM Skincare Routine<<


Oil Cleanser: If you aren't double cleansing yet, you need to learn about this amazing way to thoroughly cleanse your skin. You start with an oil cleanser, like my favorite Manyo Factory Pure Cleansing Oil*, which will break down all the makeup and sunscreen on your skin from the day. 

Cream Cleanser: After cleansing the skin with an oil, you then follow up with a water-based cleanser. This second step removes all traces of the oil cleanser and will thoroughly clean the skin. I have been loving cream type cleansers like the Dewytree Hi Amino All Cleanser*. This cleanser is a little hard to wash off, but it makes my skin feel so soft. I think its worth the extra effort for the effects it has on my skin!

Essence: What else can I say? I love this essence! Check my AM routine for more details about the Secret Key Starting Treatment Essence.

Treatment Toner: Unlike the mornings, I like to use a very mild exfoliating toner in the PM to keep breakouts in check. The Cosrx AC Collection Calming Liquid Mild* is so powerful yet so gentle at the same time. If you suffer from breakouts or clogged pores, you need to add this toner to your routine. It never dries out my skin, but it completely clears up any congestion. It is even gentle enough to use down the neck!

Hydrating Toner: Again, I love the Isntree Hyaluronic Acid Toner so much that I use it twice a day! Check out my AM routine for more details.

Sheet Mask: This is when I would normally apply a sheet mask. I like to use sheet masks daily, and you can check out the masks I used in June here.

Anti-Aging Serum 1: Yes, I used two anti-aging serums in June. I know it may sound a little extra, but I take my fine lines a little too seriously. As much as it is a privilege to age, I still want to age gracefully and slowly. I am not planning on getting any work done though. When I get some lines, they will be here to stay! Don't quote me on that, I am prone to changing my mind. Anyway, the InstaNatural Anti-Aging Collagen Serum* is absolutely fantastic. It is hydrating and formulated with collagen to help with fine lines. 

Anti-Aging Serum 2: I also like to apply the Collagenil Bio-Longevity Serum* for a more potent treatment. I use less of this serum because it is pretty expensive, but it is so worth the money! This serum is a little thicker than a traditional serum, but it applies well after the InstaNatural serum. Just make sure your skin isn't completely dry before applying the Bio-Longevity Serum!

Moisturizer: I like to use a thicker moisturizer in the PM. The Rovectin Cica Care Balm* is a fantastic option. It is very thick and nourishing, so I would not recommend this moisturizer if you have acne-prone skin. Otherwise, this is great for healing, hydrating, and soothing the skin. I will be saving some of this cream to test in the winter months, so you will see an update soon!

Sleep Mask: No matter your skin type, everyone can benefit from a sleep mask. These are creams or gels that are applied on top of the rest of your skincare (except oils). They help seal in all of the great products you applied, and they are formulated to nourish and transform your skin overnight. I have been loving the Dearpacker Mas Cream* in the PM. It is so hydrating and I always wake up with a glowing complexion!

>>Final Thoughts<<

Overall, I was pretty happy with my June 2020 routines. My skin felt hydrated, I didn't break out, and I had a nice glow. That's really all I can ask for from my skincare!

I do think that my daily sheet mask routine helps a lot, but some people can't stand the feeling of a sheet mask on their skin. To be honest, it took me a few months to get used to sheet masking. I hated it at first and felt like it was a waste of time.

It really isn't a waste of time. Especially if you have aging skin! Sheet masks provide a level of hydration that you just won't get from any other product. You can get sheet masks as low as $1, so they won't blow your whole monthly skincare budget. 

I know that individually packaged sheet masks are extremely wasteful, but I provide an alternative in my Sheet Mask Empties Post from June.

I really hope that you enjoyed taking a look at my June 2020 Skincare Routines. If you are looking for all my skincare routines updates, check out the Skincare Routines Series tab at the top of this page.

>>Before You Go<<

If you have any questions or concerns, please leave them in the comments section. I would also love to hear from you if you have tried any of these products!

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Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Erno Laszlo Skincare Review

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>>Erno Laszlo Skincare<<

Erno Laszlo, a famous skincare brand used by the likes of Marylin Monroe, Audrey Hepburn, and Jackie O, has been around since 1927. 

The founder of the brand, Dr. Erno Laszlo, prescribed skincare routines for his clients and introduced the double cleanse to Americans. It's kind of funny to think that Caroline Hirons claims to have made the double cleansing method popular when it has been in America before she was born!

Interestingly, before Erno Laszlo introduced his oil cleanser and bar soap duo, most American women would use cold cream to remove their makeup (think Pond's cream). Dr. Laszlo was indeed ahead of his time, just imagine what he would say if he saw how commonplace the double cleansing method has become all over the world!

In addition to the double cleanse, Dr. Laszlo specially formulated products to treat the skin concerns of the elite. From American celebrities to princesses in Europe, the rich and famous flocked to Dr. Laszlo for his unique products.

 Fortunately, Erno Laszlo skincare is now available to the public, and we can all enjoy the fantastic creations of Dr. Laszlo. The brand is now sold at high-end department stores and Sephora, with mostly the same formulations as the original products.

Erno Laszlo (the brand, not Dr. Laszlo) was kind enough to send me a few products to test and review, and I have been loving everything they sent. 

Before you continue reading this post, please note that Erno Laszlo products are pricey. This is a luxury skincare brand, and the prices are quite high. If you enjoy luxury products, then this is the post for you!


Let's get right to the products...

>>Hydra Therapy Foaming Cleanse<<

The Erno Laszlo Hydra Therapy Foaming Cleanse ($50) is a very rich, creamy cleanser that is perfect for dry skin. 

If you do suffer from dry skin, you may know how hard it actually is to find a hydrating cleanser. Most cleansers on the market are formulated with harsh ingredients that completely strip the skin. This cleanser is so nourishing, and the fragrance reminds me of the spa.

Key Ingredients:
  • Shea Butter- super nourishing and rich in fatty acids
  • Rice + Pomegranate Blend- hydrates the skin, gives it a glow, and acts as an anti-oxidant
  • Marula Oil- healing and moisturizing
The cleanser itself is thick and creamy (that's what she said!), but it washes off the skin very easily. I noticed that my skin felt smooth, hydrated, and healthy when I started using this cleanser daily. I even noticed a glow to my skin that wasn't coming from my other skincare products!

I am overall really impressed with this cleanser, and I love that they included rice in the ingredients list. As a long-time K-Beauty lover, I have found that rice in skincare does wonders for my complexion. It helps keep my skin smooth, bright, and my pores tight. It really does bring the cleanser to a whole new level. 

10/10 I recommend getting this cleanser if you want hydrated and bright skin.


Ingredients:
Aqua (Water/Eau), Myristic Acid, Glycerin, PEG-20, Potassium Hydroxide, Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate, Glyceryl Stearate Se, Stearic Acid, Lauric Acid, PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Chloride, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Ethylhexylglycerin, Parfum (Fragrance), Chlorphenesin, Cellulose Gum, Xanthan Gum, Sclerocarya Birrea Seed Oil, Tetrasodium Edta, Urea, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Starch, Saccharide Hydrolysate, Alanine, Glycine, Magnesium Aspartate, Punica Granatum Bark Extract, Butylene Glycol, Hydrolyzed Rice Protein, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Oil, Benzyl Alcohol, Creatine, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Dehydroacetic Acid, Linalool, Limonene.

>>Hydra-Therapy Boost Serum<<

The Erno Lazlo Hydra-Therapy Boost Serum ($108) is the most unique serum I have ever tried, and I'm a beauty blogger! 

The serum has a gel-like texture, but if you look closely, you will see that there are actually drops of all throughout the product. The beauty of the serum is that there are oils suspended in the gel so that they are activated only when applied to your skin! The gel deeply hydrates your skin while the oil droplets deeply nourish your skin at the same time. 

Key Ingredients:
  • Orbignya Oleifera Seed Oil- hydrates and nourishes the skin
  • Crithmum Maritimum Extract- healing and protects the skin barrier
I noticed a difference in the hydration of my skin and my skin barrier felt so much stronger after a few weeks of consistent use. It feels kind of cold when first applied, and the gel almost feels like aloe. I have to say that this serum is very soothing, and I really enjoyed using it daily.

I especially love using this serum under makeup. It gives my skin a nice slip and keeps it hydrated, even under layers of face makeup. It also has a pretty minimal ingredients list and it smells amazing. I'm not sure why this serum isn't more popular, it's really a fantastic product for dry and mature skin types.

Again, I would definitely recommend this product. So far I am 2/2 for Erno Laszlo recommendations.


Ingredients:
Water (Aqua/Eau), Glycerin, Isononyl Isononanoate, Betaine, Pentylene Glycol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Carbomer, Sodium Hydroxide, Crithmum Maritimum Extract, Disodium Edta, Amodimethicone, Orbignya Oleifera Seed Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Parfum (Fragrance).

>>Hydra-Therapy Memory Sleep Mask<<

The Erno Laszlo Hydra-Therapy Memory Sleep Mask ($44 for the mini shown, $108 for the full-size) is the best sleeping mask I have ever used. 

I honestly hate that I love this product so much because it is so expensive! However, a little really goes a long way with this sleeping mask. If you don't know what a sleep mask is, you apply them after the rest of your skincare products (except oils) before bed. They work overnight to transform your skin into a more dewy, hydrated, radiant version. 

This sleep mask is called a memory sleep mask because the gel looks completely undisturbed every time you open the jar. It really is very cool looking, and I even tried completely swirling everything in the jar to see if it would go back to its original state. Spoiler alert: it did! 

Key Ingredients:
  • Prickly Pear, Green Ginger and Mugwort Extracts- deeply hydrating
  • Winged Kelp Extract- rich in fatty acids to help the skin feel resilient and firm
  • Our fruit-derived dual-action Recovery Complex- brightens the skin
Prickly pear, ginger, and mugwort are all ingredients that can be found in the best K-Beauty products on the market right now. I love that they incorporate all three in one fantastic product! The gel feels amazing on the skin, and it doesn't feel as heavy as some other masks I've used in the past.

My skin fell completely in love with this sleep mask, and I need to get my hands on another jar of this ASAP. You absolutely need one of these in your routine, even if you don't have dry skin!

Again, I 100% recommend this! Erno Laszlo, you are killing me with all these fantastic products! 


Ingredients:
Water (Aqua/Eau), Glycerin, Dimethicone, Butylene Glycol, PEG-240/HDI/Copolymer Bis-Decyltetradeceth-20 Ether, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Phenoxyethanol, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Polyglyceryl-3 Methylglucose Distearate, Dimethiconol, Chlorphenesin, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Polyacrylate, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Disodium EDTA, Parfum (Fragrance), Algae Extract, Citric Acid, Trideceth-6, Potassium Laurate, Artemisia Absinthium Extract, Artemisia Vulgaris Extract, BHT, CI 16035 (Red 40), Opuntia Ficus-Indica Stem Extract, Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Leaf Extract, Benzyl Alcohol.

>>Final Thoughts<<

If you are looking for a fantastic skincare line that will help hydrate and brighten your skin, check out the Hydra-Therapy products from Erno Laszlo.

There is a reason they are such a well-known luxury brand, their skincare products actually work! I don't think I could ever have a bad thing to say about any of these products. Well, ok. If I must. If you do have acne-prone skin, you need to be careful about the serum. The oils can be a little heavy and you may end up with a breakout.

Okay, no more negativity. 

If I had to rate these products from most to least favorite, it would be Sleep Mask, Serum, and then Cleanser. If you could only afford to get one of these, I highly recommend the sleep mask!

I hope you enjoyed this post! If you are looking for more of my fantastic skincare reviews, check out the Skincare Reviews Series at the top of this page. 

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