REVIEW: NEOGEN Real Fresh Foam Green Tea Cleanser

So, a few weeks ago I was searching for a new cleanser to replace my Nature Republic Snail Herb Foaming Cleanser, which I love AND I love it’s only like $3. But I don’t love the only place I know I can repurchase in the US is in LA and /possibly/ a small Asian Beauty store in Kent, MI where I stumbled upon it on a vacation. 

What intrigued me about this cleanser was it’s ingredient list and price. It was $20 and doesn’t have a single synthetic ingredient in it. (I even had 2 of my co-workers to purchase it solely off the ingredients list after showing them)

Some things to note about this cleanser:

Second ingredient is fermented green tea leaves and you can see them steeping at the bottom of the bottle, nice reassurance you’re cleanser that’s already based with antioxidant-rich Camellia (green tea) water is even more antioxidant—y…. 

Rich in a handful of other ferments

Still backed with clinical ingredients like: Hyaluronic acid for water retention, enzymes for light exfoliation, I saw Panthenol and Allantoin in there as well as Niacinamide being listed as an active ingredient (which to note is weird and not normal.) These few ingredients are incredible at conditioning the skin in various ways as you may have read about in my other posts. But expect increased skin cell turnover leading you to a porcelain smooth complexion

So we have a cleanser packed full of potent ingredients, but how does it feel??? The cleanser rubs in great, creating a nice rich green tinted froth. The smell is subtle, but fresh and perfect to wake up to. It leaves the skin feeling very “matte” I have to say. Not the same as that nasty dry and tight feeling you get from using bar soap or another non-pH balanced cleanser but doesn’t leave a feeling of moisture behind say like an milk cleanser. Which isn’t really a complaint, just to note if you’re on the drier side like me. 

Overall I’m really enjoying the cleaner, no irritation, dryness even with the overwhelming ingredient list. 

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[REVIEW] CosRx Galactomyces Whitening Power Essence: Skin Perfected Under $20

Okay this is KEY. This product has been my most effective treatment I’ve used to date. Also what’s neat about it is, it’s also one of the cheapest products I’ve ever purchased coming in just under $19 USD.

However the first ingredient is 95% of the product (it’s not a typo and it’s not water!) And it’s the saaaaame prized ingredient SK-II has dubbed ‘Pitera’. It’s known as Galactomyces Ferment Filtrate and it is a yeast ferment generally occurring in the sake making process. But instead of paying $205 USD for it from SK-II at 90% with 10% preservative why not try it for $19 at a 5% higher concentration and the added brightening effect and antioxidant boost of Niacinamide? This is the Cosrx Galactomyces Whitening Power Essence (it used to be called White Power Essence before LMAO oops)

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Here’s the OVERWHELMINGLY LONG AND SCARY INGREDIENT LIST:

Galactomyces Ferment Filtrate, Niacinamide,Sodium Hyaluronate, Betaine, Panthenol, Glycerin, 1,2-Hexanediol, Allantoin, Butylene Glycol, Xanthan Gum, Ethyl Hexanediol, Adenosine

Yeah dude, that’s it. These are also EXTREMELY safe and ‘clean’ ingredients as well. Cosrx is a near perfect brand and that is a title I thought would virtually never exist. But if we look at the sub ingredients they’re things we’ve seeing carry great benefit before like Glycerin and Sodium Hyaluronate (Hyaluronic Acid) are humectants to help absorption and hydration. Adenosine and Allantoin are conditioning as well.

The reason people love first treatment essences (what’s that? read my blog post about the different types here) formulated with Galactomyces is the increased skin cell turnover. We see all around improvement not just individualized results for just one concern like wrinkles or dark spots. We are essentially dealing with all types of damage our skin deals with from existing damage to preemptive protection! This ferment is naturally loaded with vitamins, minerals, amino acids and NMF (natural moisture factors) all that work synergistically to improve skin as a whole.

A study was done by SK-II (read about it here) on 100 women over 10 years with ‘Pitera’ aka THE SAME INGREDIENT! and all the women showed improvement in their skin in one way or another and increased hydration across the board.

This essence is a little different than your regular FTE because of it’s consistency. Most, including SK-IIs are very watery, however this is just slightly more viscous but I prefer this as it helps application and speed of absorption. The results are incredible, especially paired with a powerful serum (remember increased cell turnover means more room for increased results!) and seriously would recommend it to everyone and anyone. Especially for it’s price point E V E R Y O N E can benefit from this essence.

Peter Thomas Roth: Killing the under eye game

Peter Thomas Roth has always been a favorite of mine. With super effective, tried and true ingredients combined with some great innovation. Peter Thomas Roth has found his way into many people’s beauty drawer. But these are two new kick ass eye products that I can personally vouch for! 

I started this blog a few months ago but haven’t posted much since the beginning and I’m going to change that! (It may be shorter posts but it’ll keep me posting!) But the main reason I haven’t had time to write is because I’ve been relocating from the San Francisco Bay Area to Seattle, Washington. Being my first move, it’s been tough! But because of this move I’ve had a lot of late nights, or draining days with not enough sleep in-between it really started to take a toll on my eyes. Well, my whole body but my dark undereye circles turned into basically two black eyes. Peter Thomas Roth came to my rescue and just in time. In just a few weeks my eyes were looking better than honestly I could remember. 

I’m gonna start with the newly appointed king retinol eye cream, Peter Thomas Roth Retinol Fusion PM Eye Cream. Retinol is considered to be one of the best anti-aging ingredients out there. Commonly prescribed from Dermatologists to clients coming in with anything from acne to wrinkles, this ingredient is great at smoothing texture (all my fellow friends with milia hello!!), improve skin tone, and appearance of fine lines and wrinkles micro encapsulated at a smooth 1% to be released over 8 hours. This is the new age of beauty sleep! 

(okay but not the most luxurious packaging ever?)

Now I could rattle off just a couple more ingredients that are helpful but I mean seriously this this is FILLED with them. Here’s a helpful list:

  • Caffeine – depuff 
  • Vitamins A, C, E – antioxidant protection/ conditioning
  • Hyaluronic Acid – hydrating humectant
  • Squalene – moisturizing
  • Echinacea & Camellia – superior antioxidant protection
  • Aloe – hydrating, soothing
  • Allantoin & Panthenol – softening/smoothing/conditioning 
  • Ceramides – restoring lipid layer/ moisturizing

Like, guys there’s more but I didn’t feel like going any further. Let’s talk about texture. It’s a fairly thick cream and it dries down completely. I actually notice a bit of ‘hold’ like the same feeling you get with a heavy duty under eye concealer. I was told by a brand representative that this is to help the absorption of the ingredients with the eye area having smaller pores it can be a little more difficult.

TRY IT!   

Then my guilty pleasure are the 24k Gold Lift&Firm Hydra-Gel Eye Patches. If you can’t get your 8 hours these will make you not only look but feel like you did. 

These bad boys are packed as well! 

  • Niacinamide – antioxidant protection, brightening, conditioning
  • Allantoin & Hydrolized Collagen – moisturizing/conditioning
  • Caffeine – depuff
  • Hyaluronic Acid & Glycerin – hydrating and plumping humectants 
I’ve never had as many astonished faces after taking these off clients compared to any other product I’ve used in consultations. These are crazy fast acting, and not to mention super relaxing. Whether you’re not feeling it when you wake up or have to look your best for a night out these lil guys will always have your back for puffiness, dark circles and dehydrated/tired eyes
I didn’t mention the gold found in these on purpose, it’s something many people believe has no/little effect on the skin topically and can be relatively gimmicky at times like how many people advertise collagen as a ‘unwrinkle’ ingredient but in reality it is beneficial as it’s very soothing/moisturizing but we don’t see much documented evidence it helps with firmness and elasticity and we know for sure it does not ‘add’ or ‘synthesize’ collagen production. 
I know I said i was going to make these smaller probably and looking at the size of this, I’ll start with the next one.

Sleeping ______

Have you ever heard of a sleeping mask? Like every other product in skincare these fellas are also very ambiguous going by names like sleeping cap, sleeping pack, sleep-in facial, etc. The list goes on. Here I’m gonna talk about 3 of them. 

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First, what is a sleeping mask?

Generally, these masks are loaded with specialized ingredients and have a ‘sealant’ like effect to help increase absorption of the mask (and everything we’ve applied underneath) Great for overnight while we aren’t doing anything. There are also different consistencies too. Gel like ones may be more suited for normal to oily skin, while they have more nutritional/lipid based ones as well for normal to drier skin.

MIZON Special Solutions Good Night White Sleeping Pack has to be one of my favorites. Niacinamide is the name of the game with this mask. One of my favorite ingredients for brightening. Niacinamide unlike some brightening ingredients is a B-vitamin that’s great at suppressing the excess melanin (the pigment of our skin, the deeper the color the more melanin is present.) but is especially good for those who may not apply sunscreen regularly or at all. Some people may know this all over brightening effect marketed as ‘radiance’.  Contains Natto Gum (fermented soy protein) and Placenta (yes!!!) to help ‘feed’ the skin nutrients and protect against oxidative damage. Doesn’t require to be washed off in the morning as well, however I will always recommend to do so and follow with a morning routine. If you’re in a pinch you won’t have to worry about this causing any little white heads from leaving it on!

Dr. Jart+ Water-Max Sleeping Mask is another goodie. (Also an oldie to my routine; it was the first sleeping mask I ever tried and fell in love.) This is one that mentions in the directions to wash it off in the morning. Containing Hyaluronic Acid Macromolecule a super tiny (or should I say ‘macro’) size of this amazing ingredient that acts like a water reservoir for our skin. Skin can have a hard time absorbing things depending on the size of the molecule it’s trying to absorb. The smaller the molecule the better. Many brands have been starting to use Micromolecules of this ingredient but Dr. Jart+ steps it up by adding it one step smaller. You can also find Olive Leaf for increasing skin barrier and a surprisingly small ingredient list filled with other supporting protecting ingredients. They have also added some relaxing botanicals like lavender to help relax and lull you to sleep. 

Fresh’s Black Tea Overnight Firming Mask may be my least favorite out of the bunch that I’ve tried. It may be the best smelling with a scent signature to Fresh’s Back Tea line. But it’s very thick, tacky, and initially uncomfortable. It absorbs fully overnight leaving you in awe with how soft your skin is in the morning, but I recommend getting a sample of this one from Nieman or Sephora before taking home the $94.00 mask over the others. But comfortability aside, this mask is still loaded with some great ingredients. Contains Hyaluronic like the Dr. Jart one however just regular ol’ hyalo. Some peptides are added to the mix for firming, lifting, toning, contouring, all that jazz. Belle De Nuit extract is a power player for this mask, great at soothing and softening, but also gives this mask a great relaxing twist on the already great Black Tea fragrance. This flower in french literally means “Flower of the night” as it only blooms at night! It’s said this flower is a very potent aphrodisiac as well. 

Whatever sleeping mask you end up with, whether it be one of these or another, remember to find one you’re comfortable with. I have many clients who want to like the Fresh one but can’t stand the feeling of it. Check out the consistencies of these below. Mizon’s actually start to absorb and dry in the the time it took me to take the photo.

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MASK HAUL! MASK HAUL! MASK HAUL! MAS—

Hi! Recently I went on a ‘staycation’ here in the Bay Area (actually also Point Reyes) while my partner visited. I’ll post em’ all here and as I try them out I’ll be posting lil reviews on them. (And yeah that one down there is a placenta mask.)

But here I wanna take a second to give an (unsolicited) shout out to Candy Doll Beauty in Japantown, San Francisco CA. They carry a lot of popular and great Asian Beauty products you can only find in a small handful of places in the US like MEDIHEAL, Too Cool For School, PureSmile, ETUDE HOUSE, Dolly Wink, I even came across a couple Missha products. Also their markup is very very small. I was paying $3.00 for a product online directly from Korea that is $2.30.