All posts tagged: driftless

Beauty Empties [01] | Winter 2018

I have got a full bin so it is that time again, trash diving! Otherwise known as finally throwing away some of the empty junk I have been accumulating on top of my dresser. While I have been a skincare addict for years, I have only begun to accumulate my garbage recently because empties are some of my favorite blog posts to read! Most of this will likely be skincare, along with some body & hair products I have used recently. I am including house scents because candles are just another hopeless addiction of mine. The Good: Origins Retexturizing Mask with Rose Clay Missha 95% Aloe Soothing Gel Kind Natured Body Wash – Soothing Sea Salt & Bergamot Wet N Wild Photofocus Lash Primer Balea Enzyme Peeling Mask Essence Make Me Brow The Average: Innisfree Jeju Bija Anti-trouble Cleansing Gel First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream Tosowoong Natural Pure Propolis Brightening Essence Le Petit Maseillais Déodorant Extra Doux – White Peach Batiste Dry Shampoo – Original Matrix Biolage Exquisite Oil Micro-Oil Shampoo Drunk Elephant TLC …

The 3rd Annual Skincare Dundies: Stud & Dud Cosmetics of 2017

This year has been different for me in a variety of different ways, including skincare. I was not nearly as experimental with new products, I found myself returning to cosmetics that were familiar & loved. I minimized my routine, not even bothering with it some of the time. I took a different approach to the 2017 Skincare Dundies, it will not be as extensive or feature the latest cosmetics as in years past. The focus will shift to my absolute tried & true favorite cosmetics of each category, accompanied by the most loathed product I have ever slathered on my face. Let’s try something new together, shall we? Oil Cleansers Loved: Tosowoong Apricot Seed Cleansing Oil This cleanser was included in one of my very first blog posts nearly three years ago now, that’s hard for me to even believe. I praised it highly in a post where I compared multiple oil cleansers, however this year was the first time I had repurchased it in quite some time & I am questioning why I had …

Review: Tosowoong Natural Pure Apricot Seed Cleansing Oil

This was a year I avoided uncertainty, I returned to cosmetics I previously loved as if it were an archaic migration pattern. I rediscovered products I loved, occasionally found flaws in previously cherished oldies as I had found better alternatives over the years. However, this product made me wonder why had I not repurchased this sooner? Tosowoong is a South Korean cosmetic brand that launched in 2004. It quickly became a cult favorite brand, producing botanical based products with a reputation for whitening & anti-aging benefits. The brand initially became known for luxury products, but their affordable product lines have had commercialized success in recent years. Routine Placement Oil cleansers are the very first step of a skincare routine, followed immediately by the secondary water-based cleanser as part of the Double Cleansing Method. Double cleansing is intended to be done once a day, otherwise it can be stripping to the skin. Product Claims It seems like it is always cleansing products that have the most striking claims. While I like this cleanser & I am …

Review: A’True Sweet Song Black Tea One-Step Cleansing Water

I am always testing new techniques or looking for alternatives in my skincare routine to cut down on my skin dryness. My longest standing skincare modification has been replacing a traditional cleanser in my AM routine with micellar water. My face definitely thanks me for having one less harsh wash with tap water per day. My long-standing micellar water favorite has been the cult classic, Bioderma; though I like to test new micellar waters on occasion! A’True [Short for A True Lady, A True Moment] is a South Korean brand with a niche market. They combine old-world French ingredients with modern Korean cosmetic formulation to produce skincare fit for European Royalty of the Renaissance. The brand has a contract with the oldest French black tea producer, an ingredient that serves as the base for their cosmetics instead of water. Another feature of A’True products that does not get mentioned as often are the natural ingredients, many accompanied with organic & sustainable certifications. While some of the ingredients may be European, the brand vision is definitely an Eastern …

Review: Ciracle Anti-Wrinkle Drama Essence

I have not been the kindest to my skin in the last quarter century. I do not sleep as much as I should. I am a beach bum in summer, not to mention the countless hours I spend hiking & jogging under the scorching sun. I indulge in the occasional comfort foods. I drink. I stress. It is all part of life though, it is for all of us; so starting anti-aging early was important to me. It is always easier to take preventative measures than reverse damage later on. However, I have had some growing pains while trying to find an anti-aging skincare regimen that works for me. Many products have been too irritating or drying on my dehydrated, dry skin. As I searched for alternatives, peptides seemed like a great addition to exfoliants & acids. So what better to try than this new peptide-laden beauty on the market?   Ciracle is a South Korean cosmetic brand that is the little sister of the popular Cosrx. The similarities to Cosrx are highlighted by the short …