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The Inkey List Review

the inkey list salicylic acid cleanser review

 

Hey-lo! I’ve always wanted to do this review because I’m sure you’re wondering what I think about The Inkey List brand. You’re probably curious if I’m a big fan of single-ingredient skincare products, or do I prefer the multitasking ones? My answer is “it depends”. When there’s a specific skincare concern that I want to address, I like to use a single-ingredient product. But when I’m crazy busy, I like to use some skincare multitaskers.

 

The Inkey List is a brand I’ve been using to supplement my skincare needs for more than a year. They have several exciting products that mostly contain a single ingredient targeted to a specific skincare concern or to simply enhance the skin. I haven’t tried all of them yet, but I certainly have tried a couple of them already. Here are my thoughts.

 

the inkey list kaolin clay mask review

 

Brighten-i Eye Cream – I like this eye cream for the price, but after going through the whole tube, I didn’t really find any dramatic effect on my undereyes. I also did not notice any depuffing effect from this. However, this product did not exacerbate my sleepless undereye circles. So, this is still a good deal.

 

Bakuchiol – Truly a great alternative to Retinol, but may not be as effective. This product does a good job of refining my skin’s texture without the irritation that Retinol gives. However, this does not provide the same glowy effect that Retinol does. I do like that this does not have any strong scent and is way safer to use than Retinol. I also recommend the one from Alpyn Beauty Melt Moisturizer, which also contains Bakuchiol and a good alternative to Retinol.

 

the inkey list bakuchiol review

 

Alpha Arbutin – I don’t use this much, but many folks swear by this product. Alpha Arbutin can reduce the appearance of dark spots and hyper-pigmentation. While I haven’t had any of these issues lately since I mostly stay indoor, what I do notice is that my skin feels so smooth after using this. I should investigate this further and see how this compares to Bakuchiol. Also, this product does not have any strong scent, which is excellent.

 

Salicylic Acid Cleanser – I’m not sure if you noticed, but it’s quite a challenge to look for an excellent salicylic acid cleanser nowadays. The drugstore ones do not really work for me, and my face ends up being oily after a few hours. This Inkey List salicylic acid cleanser is one of the few that I found that really mattifies my face.

 

the inkey list collagen booster review

 

Kaolin Clay – Wondering what’s a good clay face mask for oily skin? Kaolin clay, yes. This mask is on the milder side, which means that the texture is way smoother than most clay face masks out there. I like this product because this does not irritate my skin, and this does not feel too stripping. However, I wouldn’t recommend this as a weekly or biweekly exfoliating mask because this feels more like an everyday face mask.

 

Collagen Booster – Think of this product as a framework that will keep the facial skin together, like some kind of scaffolding, lol. Collagen peptides are good for maintaining skin elasticity, but our skin tends to lose it as we age (quoting Healthline on this) or if we are under stress (oxidative stress). Therefore, it’s very important that we replenish the collagen loss to avoid skin sagging. So, if ever you find yourself feeling like you’re losing collagen from learning how to write grants 😀 (wink wink), you gotta use this.

 

the inkey list alpha arbutin review

 

Overall, I love this brand, especially the price. I don’t think you can find several other brands like this that don’t skip on ingredients’ potency while making the price affordable for everyone. I can only think of “The Ordinary”, which is also a great skincare brand when it comes to quality and affordability. I will be reviewing that brand soon. So, stay tuned.

 

What do you think of The Inkey List? Yay or Nay?

 

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Polène Number Seven/Numero Sept Mini Bag Review

Polène Paris Number Seven Grey leather bag review

 

Hi all. As promised, I am going to review this wonderful purse that I’ve been using a lot lately. This is probably one of my most favorite purses of all time due to the functionality of the design and the sleekness of the style. The Polène Number Seven in mini or commonly known as Numero Sept mini, is the bag I’m talking about. This may not be very quite known to the general public, but this bag has its admiration in the blogosphere. I love that this bag is unassuming yet classic in cut and design. This can be carried anywhere on any occasion and in any location while maintaining that semi-formal or somewhat dressy vibe. In other words, this bag can elevate your look and style, no matter what you wear.

 

Polène Paris Number Seven Numero Sept Mini

 

This Polène Number Seven is hand-made in Spain (in fact, I got mine straight from Sevilla) and has a golden chain. Mine came in grey textured leather and with suede inner lining. The dimension is about 6.3 inches in height, 6.5 inches in width, and can be expandable up to 4 inches in depth. The shoulder drop is about 18 inches and is non-adjustable. This bag can be worn crossbody or as a top handle. The weight is not too heavy and not too light and can definitely fit several things. On top of that, the design is not inundated with logos, and the price is what I would call “reasonable”.

 

Curious about what can fit inside this bag? See below

 

 

Polène Paris Number Seven Mini bag review

 

Louis Vuitton Key Pouch – This can go perfectly inside the Polène Numero Sept in mini. Mine contains my car keys and my home alarm remote.

 

Shiseido Modern Matte Lipstick in Semi-Nude – One of my favorite matte lipsticks of all time. I am still obsessed with the Semi-Nude shade and find out why in this link.

 

Clarins Water Lip Stain – Just reviewed this amazing and truly staining lip stain. This is a perfect lip product for this pandemic-induced virtual world. Swatched HERE.

 

iPhone X – My lifeline, lol.

 

Polène Number Seven/Numero Sept Mini

 

Rare Beauty Blotting Sheets – I like the size of these blotting sheets. These are tiny and can definitely fit inside all types of mini purses, especially the Polène Number Seven. Read my first impressions of some of Rare Beauty’s products HERE.

 

YSL Card Cases – I must admit, I have a serious obsession with these YSL card cases. I don’t think I can ever look at other card cases again after owning these. I find the quality of these card cases to be exceptional and totally durable. Also, the design is very cute and very elegant.

 

Parker Jotter Pens – My favorite pen since 12th grade. I love the Parker pens because they are reliable, and they make my handwriting not look like chicken scratches, hahaha.

 

Curried Myrrh Hildie Reusable Face Mask – I wanted a mask that will make me look like Karasu in Ghost Fighter (lol, those were the days, and yes, I’m a big fan of Ghost Fighter too), but I also wanted a reversible and reusable face mask. I stumbled on this eclectic face mask from Curried Myrrh, and I love the design. It’s like bohemian meets Victorian. The brand has several different styles and colors. You can check them out HERE. This mask is foldable, and the ear loops are adjustable, which can fit perfectly well in the Polène Numero Sept mini.

 

 

 

Polène Paris Numero Sept Mini

 

Cat – not available, and nope, he doesn’t fit in this mini purse, but he wants to bite it, lol.

 

Bottom line, I love this Polène Number Seven/Numero Sept mini. The leather is robust, and the style is simple yet sleek. I carry this purse everywhere, and I also call this as my “field notes” purse because of the functionality. Therefore, I highly recommend this to all of you. You can check this bag at polène-paris.com

 

 

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Clarins Water Lip Stain Review + Swatches

 

clarins water lip stain review and swatches

 

In today’s mask-wearing world, it is pretty much common sense not to wear any lip gloss. Anything that is shiny and sticky on the lips is a no-no, because it will not only attract hair strands but will also stick and stain any face mask. In fact, even some sticky and heavy lip balms can cause such disaster.

 

Currently, I am using some lightweight, non-sticky, and staining lip balms like the ones from Dior and Nars. I l also like the ones from Laneige and Glossier for very sheer lip colors, and they are reviewed HERE and HERE. Also, I am investigating some matte tinted lip balms and will report to you soon.

 

clarins water lip stain review

 

In my quest for that perfect pandemic lip balm :-), I discovered these fantastic lip stains from Clarins, and though these are not new releases, I find that these are perfect lip products to use for constant virtual meetings. Yes, I have been living my life in Zoom after Zoom like a lot of us, and I prefer the look of sheer lip products instead of full-shade lipsticks just because the sheer ones give an au-naturel look.

 

clarins water lip stain 04 violet water

 

These Clarins Water Lip Stain are probably some of the best lip stains I have ever tried, and I have tried my luck on several staining lip products before, but I always end up getting disappointed. These lip stains do feel like water and have fruity scents. On the outside, these may look like Merthiolate (lol, if you know what that is, then you know some serious vintage medicine ), but once applied, you will find that these products really do stain the lips very well. In fact, these are so staining that it is a challenge to get rid of the stain, especially the darker shades.

 

clarins water lip stain 01 rose water, 02 orange water, 03 red water, 04 violet water swatches

 

01 – Rose Water – medium rosy pink

02 – Orange Water – true orange stain

03 – Red Water – bright red

04 – Violet Water – deep berry

clarins water lip stain lip swatches

One thing to note is that these products tend to stain the innermost part of the lips, which also has the thinnest skin. So, these will give you that ombré lip effect, or that K-pop lips. I think that these are perfect for layering, and you will not feel any stickiness from these products. The colors are also beautiful, vibrant, and very long-wearing. Even the whole tube will most likely last a long time because a little bit of the product can stain the entire lips.

 

clarins water lip stain review

 

I highly recommend these, especially when you are out and social distancing. These won’t interfere with your face mask and will not dry your lips. These are also perfect for Zooming.

 

Have you tried these before? What are your favorite lip stains?

 

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