Weekly Instagram Wrap-up: 5 product reviewsย 

I’ve decided to post more often on Instagram. I will mostly share detailed product reviews and also some beauty hauls. My Instagram user name is Skincarejunkie_03 

The past week I’ve posted reviews of 5 products and I will only share here whether I like it or not in emoticons (really easy to see how I feel about them ๐Ÿค“) so I’m not repeating myself. Feel free to check out my Instagram feed for detailed reviews of any of these if you are interested.

Products reviewed: 

  • Clarins uv protection sunscreen๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ™‚
  • Oscar Blandi dry shampoo ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿคฅ
  • Makeup Forever Excessive Lash mascara ๐Ÿ’ฏโ—๏ธโ—๏ธ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ˜
  • Bioderma micellar cleanser water ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ˜„
  • Tula neck cream ๐Ÿ™‚

New in:

  • The Original skincare: still testing these out, so far ๐Ÿ˜Ž

Best Skincare Sets at Sephora Now

It’s almost that time of the year when you can start to stock up on your favorite skincare products for the cold, brutal winter season. If you are looking for new products that will make your skin clearer, brighter, softer and smoother, look no further than Sephora as they have some of the best value skincare sets in the market now. Plus you get a different deluxe mini product with your $25 purchase starting yesterday (enter code: PERFECT8; I received a mini Sunday Riley Good Genes tube yesterday. Check out the gift with purchase calendar here on the Sephora website). I wanted to share with you some of my favorite skincare sets below based on my experience (yes I’ve tried most of these products, I’m a skincare addict ๐Ÿ™‚ I have combination and acne-prone skin.

If you are looking for clearer & brighter skin, try this set from Dr. Dennis Gross. They do a great job at brightening your skin and the results are almost instant. These are expensive so it’s a good deal to try a few out in a value set.

If you are looking for smoother skin and care about ingredients, try this set from Drunk Elephant. I bought it last year and will restock soon. The night serum might sting your skin slightly on the first use but it hasn’t given me any issue since my 2nd use, and it has helped me with those little bumps and skin unevenness, and calmed my skin when I’m on the verge of a break-out (doesn’t help much when I do have acne though). Drunk Elephant is also known for its great ingredients, they are formulated without those harsh chemicals including parabens, sulfates or phthalates.

If you are looking for softer, more plumped skin and wanted to try out products from multiple brands, consider this Soko to Tokyo set. Japanese & Korean skincare brands can be very effective in treating dullness and dry skin concerns. Most of the brands included in this set are high-end brands (I love Amore Pacific products but am not a fan of the Belif cream although it’s raved by a lot of people), so it would be a good opportunity to try these out without breaking your bank.

These are some of my favorites now and I will share additional ones later this month. What’s on your list and what have you been loving lately? 




Sunday Riley brightening enzyme cream review – perfect match for combination skin

Hey guys! Hope everyone is enjoying the lovely weekend!

So I recently bought a Sunday Riley power duo set during the Sephora semi-annual sale event but today I wanted to share a review of the Tidal brightening enzyme water cream that got me interested in the Sunday Riley brand.
What is it and why is this a miraculous cream?

It is a water based ultra-light hydrating cream that will brighten your skin. Now the beauty world does not govern the use of words “ultralight” or “nongreasy“. There are so many moisturizers that claim to be “nongreasy, nonoily” and end up being a clump of oil that clogs your pores and make your face shine like coconut oil in a bad way (you know what I’m talking about combination skin comrades ๐Ÿ™‹).

So I am happy to report that this is indeed a 100% non-greasy cream that provides a tremendous amount of hydration. I don’t know how they did it but yep they nailed it in terms of how it makes your face feels afterwards, not only instantly but also the next morning when you wake up – softer, more plumped up and ready to shine ๐Ÿ˜‡  

Bonus point

As someone with combination skin type with adult acne concerns, not all hydrating cream work on my face. The Belif hydration bomb and aqua bomb both that I tried out both caused breakout on me, which is so annoying! 

I’ve been waiting to share this post until now as I wanted to make sure it doesn’t irritate my skin after consistent application for at least two weeks and it has not caused any issues so far!๐Ÿ˜Œ It might be related to the fact that Sunday Riley skincare products are more on the natural side in terms of ingredients and formula.

In a word, this is a smart and fabulous cream that’s suitable all year long especially for combination skin. 

If you haven’t yet, make sure to check out in person how this cream feels like! It’s available at Sephora or SpaceNK stores. 

Have you tried any other Sunday Riley products? Which one is on your wishlist? 

3-month winter skincare emptiesย 

I get a weird sense of achievement whenever I get to throw out my skincare empties box. Maybe beacause I then can open new jars/bottles and I feel more justified as I actually use up these old goodies. 

There were times when I just have to throw out almost brand new products as I simply forgot to use them before they expire ๐Ÿ˜ฆ I’ve become much better at that now. Tip: For face cream you don’t like, use it as hand cream or body lotion. For fash wash you don’t like, use it as body wash.





 Here are my mini product reviews.

Skin type: combination with mild acne concern. 

Favorite ones that I absolutely will buy again:

$55 0.51 oz

Didn’t realize the name is so long…This is the best eye cream I’ve tried in this price range in terms of treating fine wrinkles, period. Already purchased anothe one.

$170 1 oz

Perfect for summer or warm weather as it’s less rich than the classic cream. So much easier and faster to apply than the classic one as well. Great for sensitive skin and has a nice calming effect.

Good ones that I might buy again

$36 200 ml/6.76 fl oz

It does it’s job but I still feel irritated a little bit from time to time although it’s targeting sensitive skin. I still use face wash after using it but you don’t need to according to the official product info. Might buy it again just to switch up a bit between cleansing balm and oil. I do like the pump packaging that makes it more sanitized to use.

$80 1.6 oz 

Only experienced little instant effect but at least it’s a product that truly delivers what it is supposed to do. Lightweight and non oily.

$49.5 1 oz

Super easy to absorb. Couldn’t tell whether it really works on dark spot correction with the small sample.

$94 60ml

Don’t really feel the firming and lifting effect but it’s a good moisturizing cream that’s soothing but not oily, easy to absorb and works well under foundation. You can get a better deal when purchasing a set at discounted price.
Okay ones that I probably will not purchase as I either don’t like how it feels on my skin (ANR) or I just don’t feel anything 

  • Fresh black tea eye concentrate 
  • Radical brightening serum 
  • Belif true cream – aqua bomb
  • Estรฉe Lauder advanced night repair