TIA’M Centella Calming Toner: A Review

Let’s take a break from the Skin Watchers reviews because God knows I have a few more lined up.

A mild calming toner formulated with Centella Asiatica Extract to deliver soothing benefits and restore the look of the skin’s strength and health. Strengthens skin moisture barrier and promotes the antioxidant activity of the skin to return the weekend skin to health. A gentle fragrance-free and alcohol-free toner sensitive or problematic skin can use with confidence.

Water, Centella Asiatica (Gotu Kola) Extract (10%), Butylene Glycol, Dipropylene Glycol, Glycerin, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Allantoin, Betaine, Xylitol, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Illicium Verum (Anise) Fruit Extract, Chlorophyllin-Copper Complex, Citric Acid, Disodium EDTA

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Skin Watchers Brightening Flower Toner + Emulsion: A Review

DISCLAIMER: This product was part of a gratitude package from Skin Watchers and was given to me with no strings attached. I was not asked to review them, but I will anyway.

So, you may have noticed I’m trying something new.

I’ve been increasingly frustrated of trying to catch good sunlight to photograph the products I’m reviewing. So I thought I’d just abandon photography altogether and try my hand at watercolor. It’s not half bad, I think.

Toner Ingredients: Rosa Centifolia Flower Extract, Dipropylene Glycol, Glycerin, Niacinamide, Lactobacillus/Soybean Ferment Extract, Cinnamomum Cassia Bark Extract, Organum Vulgare Leaf Extract, Chamaecyparis Obtusa Lead Extract, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract, Centaurea Cyanus Flower Extract, Jasmimum Officinale (Jasmine) Flower Extract, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Flower Extract, Bellis Perennis (Daisy) Flower Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Extract, Nelumbium Speciosum Flower Extract, Panthenol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Buddleja Davidii Extract, Thymus Vulgaris (Thyme) Extract, Butylene Glycol, Allantoin, Water, 1,2-Hexandiol, Illicium Verum (Anise) Fruit Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract

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Emulsion Ingredients: Rosa Centifolia Flower Extract, Dipropylene Glycol, Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Niacinamide, Polyglyceryl-3 Methylglucose Distearate, Sodium acrylate/sodium Acryloydimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Lactobacillus/Soybean Ferment Extract, Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract, Cinnamomum Cassia Bark Extract, Organum Vulgare Leaf Extract, Chamaecyparis Obtusa Lead Extract, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Centaurea Cyanus Flower Extract, Jasmimum Officinale (Jasmine) Flower Extract, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Flower Extract, Bellis Perennis (Daisy) Flower Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Extract, Nelumbium Speciosum Flower Extract, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Ormenis Multicaulis Oil, Buddleja Davidii Extract, Thymus Vulgaris (thyme) Extract, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Illicium Verum (Anise) Fruit Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Butylene Glycol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Water, Allantoin, Polysorbate 80, Cetearyl Alcohol, Isohexadecane, Tromethamine, Carbomer, Citric Acid, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, 1,2-Hexanediol, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, Disodium EDTA

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Skin Watchers Ceramizing Essence Toner [Reformulated, New Packaging]: A Review

Late last year, I got a lot of Skin Watchers products. Yoon, the brains behind the brand, has been seeing my reviews of his products and contacted me to offer to send some more products to try as a thank you. I am very grateful because I love how he formulates with minimal fragrance and almost no silicones. So, please expect my upcoming reviews to be about Skin Watchers products.

First up is the Ceramizing Essence Toner. I have a review of the old formulation (Skin Watchers Ceramizing Essence Toner: A Review). TL;DR: I did not like the old formulation, mainly because of the scent.

CLAIMS: Skin Watchers Ceramizing Essence Toner contains 30ml of essence that locks moisture in. Free from parabens, mineral oil, benzophenone, and artificial color, this product contains various organic ingredients such as lavendar water and aloe vera leaf juice powder. Using hyaluronic acid, ceramide, squalane, glycerin, and macadamia seed oil, this product deeply moisturizes your skin. Use it together with Ceramizing Cream for optimum results.

INGREDIENTS: Water, Glycerin, Dipropylene Glycol, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Squalane, C14-22 Alcohols, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Ceramide, Sodium Hyaluronate, Butylene Glycol, Impatiens Balsamina Flower Extract, Rosa Multiflora Fruit Extract, Lepidium Meyenii Root Extract, Aureobasidium Pullulans Ferment, Opuntia Ficus-Indica Stem Extract, Laminaria Digitata Extract, Undaria Pinnatifida Extract, Coptis Japonica Root Extract, 1,2-Hexanediol, Glyceryl Stearate, C12-20 Alkyl Glucoside, Arginine, Allantoin, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Betaine, Dimethicone, Zanthoxylum Piperitum Fruit Extract, Pulsatilla Koreana Extract, Usnea Barbata (Lichen) Extract, Glyceryl Acrylate/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Carbomer, Xanthan Gum, Disodium EDTA, Ethylhexylglycerin, Chlorphenesin, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil

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Human Nature Hydrating Line: A Review

Okay, it’s been a long time coming, but I am finally writing up this review about my favorite Human Nature Products: the Hydrating Creamy Wash and Hydrating Face Toner. If you have been following my Instagram even for a little bit, these products are very often featured. These have been in my routine since about this time last year, which was around the time I discovered a cleansing oil that worked for me pretty well, too. And these products have shoved me into the skincare sinkhole I am in now.

Let’s get to it.

Creamy Wash – Transform skin that’s dull and dry to supple and hydrated with nature’s moisture boosters and nutrient-rich moringa – an overflowing well of antioxidant vitamins E, C and A. Step out into the limelight with skin that’s oh-so-soft and moisturized.
Face Toner – High time to skip those harsh toners that hurt and dry the skin. Treat yourself to the moisturizing and refreshing caress of this unique blend of plant collagen and moringa seed extract.
Creamy Wash – aqua (water), sodium cocoyl isethionate (coconut-derived), stearic acid (vegetable-derived), decyl glucoside (coconut-derived), coco-glucoside (coconut-derived), glyceryl oleate (coconut-derived), glyceryl stearate (vegetable-derived), glycerin, fragrance (all-natural), xanthan gum, levulinic acid (rice/corn-derived), Moringa pterygosperma (malunggay) seed extract, p-anisic acid (anise seed-derived), phytic acid (rice-bran-derived)
Face Toner – aqua (water), glycerin, gluconolactone (corn-derived), sodium benzoate, Moringa pterygosperma (malunggay) seed extract, natto gum, hydrolyzed corn starch, Beta vulgaris (beet) root extract, sodium lactate (sugarcane-derived), sodium gluconate (sugarcane-derived), xanthan gum, fragrance (all-natural)
[ UPDATE: Apparently, HN has updated the toner’s ingredient list with ethyl alcohol because the supplier didn’t think it was significant enough to include in the list. I am very bummed out by this. Thanks kobecow for the heads up. ]
Face Toner UPDATED – aqua, glycerin, moringa (malunggay) seed extract, hydrolyzed corn starch, beet root extract, sodium lactate, sodium gluconate, natto gum, xantham gum, sodium citrate, citric acid, fragrance, gluconolactate, ethyl alcohol, sodium benzoate
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TL;DR: I love both products, they are HG status for me and I don’t think I have tried any other cleansers from when I started using the Creamy Wash. The toner also beats out the Hada Labo Gokujyun Lotion in my book. These are paraben-free, sulfate-free, and alcohol-free [ UPDATE – The toner is not alcohol-free, see list above ]. The last one is particularly important to me as I like my face products to be without alcohol as much as possible, especially cleansers and toners.

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PvP: Human Nature Hydrating Toner v Hada Labo Gokujyun Hyaluronic Lotion

Hey I’m starting a new series again! Very heavily inspired by honestandlocal‘s #ABBattle, PvP (product vs product, ayyy) takes two very similar Asian Beauty products and compare them on claims, ingredients, and actual benefits on my face (or other parts of the body).

For the first post of the series, let’s take a look at the locally-produced Human Nature Hydrating Face Toner and the widely-loved Hada Labo Gokujyun Hyaluronic Lotion.

Ever since I started a proper hydrating routine, my face has not been as oily and my skin texture has vastly improved. I had this dry scaling issue due to dehydration, it was not peeling, but it was noticeable especially when I tried to put on face makeup.

TL;DR: Human Nature wins hands down. An affordable, locally-produced toner that hydrates like no other.Read More »