Review: Good Molecules Skincare

In October, I received an email from Good Molecules, asking me if I would like to try a few of their products. I’ve actually seen Good Molecules while shopping on Beautylish, and was intrigued by their low prices. I’m incredibly grateful to Good Molecules and Beautylish for providing me with the opportunity to try their products, but I still wanted to give everything an honest review, as always.

It’s taken me a long time to write this review for several reasons. Some skincare ingredients take longer than others to see results, and I wanted to test them out thoroughly instead of just throwing my review out there after two weeks of testing. I also received most of these products at the same time, and didn’t want to completely change up my skincare routine and cause my skin to freak out. I took my time slowly adding in these products into my routine to ensure that my skin would stay happy, so it’s taken some time for me to be able to use everything.

Group shot of Good Molecules Products

I told Good Molecules that my skincare concerns were dryness, texture, and hyperpigmentation, so the products that they sent me specifically target these issues. The products that I received and will be reviewing today are:

  • Niacinamide Brightening Toner
  • Niacinamide Serum
  • Discolouration Serum
  • Cold-pressed Rosehip Oil
  • Ultra-Hydrating Facial Oil
  • Silicone-Free Priming Moisturizer

Grab a drink, get cozy, and settle in, because this is going to be one long review. Continue reading to see what I think of these products!

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Review: Youth to the People Superberry Hydrate & Glow Dream Mask

Hello, my loves! Today’s post is a review of the Youth to the People Superberry Hydrate & Glow Dream Mask. When I first saw this mask on Instagram last year, I was SO INTRIGUED. It’s yellow and looks a bit like custard or lemon meringue, and the dessert-lover in me needed it in my life, haha! On a more serious note, I love overnight masks in general, and this looked very thick and hydrating, so naturally, me and my dry AF skin wanted to give it a try.

As a reference, I have dry skin all year round and suffer from the odd dry patches every so often. I don’t suffer from regular breakouts or acne, but have some uneven skin texture as well as hyperpigmentation.

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THE BASICS

“This creamy overnight mask is the ultimate hydrating radiance treatment. Powered by antioxidant-rich superberries, squalane, and vitamin C, this mask works throughout the night to revive dehydrated skin for a softer, more youthful-looking complexion by morning”.

The Superberry Dream Mask is an overnight mask that is meant to hydrate, plump, and brighten the complexion for all skin types. The ingredients work together to target dullness and brighten uneven skin tone, which results in radiant skin. It retails at $63 for 59 mL and can be found at Sephora, and the Youth to the People website. It is made in the USA.

This product is vegan, cruelty-free, and gluten-free with recyclable packaging. It is free from ingredients such as dimethicone, mineral oil, sulfates, phthalates, and parabens, which means it has been given the “Clean at Sephora” seal at Sephora.

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THE INGREDIENTS

The star ingredients in this mask are:

  • Maqui berry, which is an antioxidant-rich ingredient that help prevent against oxidation
  • Vitamin C (in the form of THD ascorbate) for brightening and firming the skin
  • Squalane, hyaluronic acid, betaine, and glycerin, which are all hydrating ingredients for providing and locking in moisture

Ingredients list: Water/Aqua/Eau(Aqua),Glycerin, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetyl Alcohol, Betaine, Isopropyl Myristate, Stearic Acid, Opuntia Tuna (Prickly Pear) Extract, Euterpe Oleracea (Acai) Fruit Extract, Lycium Barbarum (Goji) Extract, Aristotelia Chilensis (Maqui) Fruit Extract, Moringa Oleifera Leaf Extract, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate (Vitamin C), Phenoxyethanol, Glyceryl Stearyl Citrate,Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Glyceryl Laurate, Squalane Olive, Carbomer, Hyaluronic Acid, Allantoin, Panthenol (Vitamin B5), Ethylhexylglycerin, Xanthan Gum, Natural Fragrance, Riboflavin (Vitamin B2)

THE PERFORMANCE

Since this is an overnight mask, you are supposed to apply a layer of this to freshly cleansed skin, and then keep it on until you wake up the next morning. For an added boost of moisture, I do use it this way, but I actually prefer to use this over my moisturizer in the evenings, to lock in the moisturizer. Whether or not I have moisturizer on underneath, my skin just drinks this up, and the mask is absorbed right into my skin. I haven’t had an issue with it rubbing off onto my pillowcase while I have it on during the night, either.

The Dream Mask has a light but creamy texture. It is rich without being super thick or goopy. I feel like the richer texture may be more suited for drier skin types, but if anyone with oily skin has used it and love it, please let me know! I really loved the way this made my skin felt. After I wash it off in the morning, my skin is so soft, smooth and plump. I really enjoy applying these in conjunction with acids (retinols, AHAs, Vitamin C) because it feels very soothing after using these stronger products on my skin.

Other than hydration, I don’t think this does a whole lot for my skin. I don’t really see any brightening or firming results, but to be honest, I have other lotions and potions (retinol and vitamin C serums) that I rely on to provide better results for those particular skin issues. The main concern I want my overnight masks to address is hydration, which this does in spades; however, it does claim to brighten and firm, so I don’t think it lives up to those claims.

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The nice thing about this mask is that it comes with a spatula, so everything’s nice and hygienic, and you’re not digging your fingers into the jar. I love that more and more skincare products are including spatulas!

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The Dream Mask has a very subtle fruity scent – nothing too sweet or fake. I don’t feel like it’s strong enough to bother anyone, but people whose skin is sensitive to scents may not enjoy this.

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THE SUMMARY

Pros:

  • Makes skin feel soft and plump
  • Nice creamy, rich texture
  • Does not rub off onto my pillow at night
  • Spatula included for hygienic purposes

Cons:

  • Expensive
  • Scented (but is subtle)
  • Does not firm or brighten as it claims

This overnight mask makes my skin feel super soft and hydrated – I’m a huge fan! If you’re looking for something to help keep your skin feeling moisturized, this mask is a good one to have in your arsenal. Have you tried this mask, or anything from Youth to the People? What is your favourite overnight mask?

Review: Farmacy Honeymoon Glow AHA Resurfacing Night Serum

Hello, everyone! Today’s post is a review of the Farmacy Honeymoon Glow AHA Resurfacing Night Serum, which I’ve been using this for the past three months. Sometimes I find it really hard to test skincare out, because most skincare products take a month or two of regular use to see any results. After using it for a few months, I feel like I can finally do a thorough review!

Alpha-hydroxy acids, or AHAs, are one of my favourite skincare products. They just do so much good for the skin! I had been using the Drunk Elephant TLC Framboos Glycolic Night Serum and I was really enjoying it. As most of us know, Drunk Elephant is quite pricey, and I was looking for a more affordable AHA. I had only tried two Farmacy products before this, but I loved them both. I was seeing the Honeymoon Glow all over the internet, so I decided to give this a try!

As a note, I have dry skin all year round. It is not acne-prone or particularly sensitive. My main skincare issues are dry, flaky spots, redness, hyperpigmentation, and off-and-on textured skin as a result of bumps that won’t go away unless I squeeze them.

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Review: Herbivore Botanicals Balance & Clarify Natural Skincare Mini Collection

Hello, everyone! Today’s post is a review of the Herbivore Botanicals products included in the Balance & Clarify set. My interest is always piqued when it comes to popular brands and whether they are actually worth the hype. Last year, I tried the Herbivore Pink Cloud Rosewater Moisture Creme and I really loved it, so I was itching to try more from Herbivore. However, the price of Herbivore products is on the pricey side, so I figured that sets are a more affordable way to be able to try their products. The Balance & Clarify set comes in four minis of some of their bestselling products, which includes:

  • Blue Tansy AHA + BHA Resurfacing Clarity Mask
  • Prism Exfoliating Glow Potion
  • Jasmine Green Tea Balancing Toner
  • Lapis Balancing Facial Oil

For reference, I have normal to dry skin that is not particularly sensitive, but is prone to flaking and dry spots. My skin is not acne-prone, but I do have issues with clogged pores, uneven texture and some redness every once in a while.

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Fourth Ray Beauty Wide Awake Set | Review

Hello, everyone! Today I’m doing a review of some Fourth Ray Beauty products I picked up two months ago; in particular, I will be reviewing the Wide Awake set. As a reference, I have dry skin with the occasional dry spots. My skin is not sensitive or acne-prone, but tends to have some texture issues, redness, and hyperpigmentation.

Group shot of the products in the Fourth Ray Beauty Wide Awake Set Watermelon Seed Oil, Fresh AF Mist, Matcha Face Milk

THE BASICS

Fourth Ray Beauty is ColourPop’s sister brand that focuses on skincare. According to the brand, they “promote clean beauty, balanced living, and total wellness – going beyond the skin to embrace the whole being.” Every product apparently contains a custom crystal blend that will not only help balance your skin, but your energy as well. What?? My honest opinion is that Fourth Ray Beauty is a skincare brand – no matter how many buzzwords you throw into your bio, you promote skincare first. I’m so not into that hippy-dippy energy stuff!

The brand’s products are sold on the Fourth Ray Beauty website, and a limited selection of products are sold on the ColourPop website. The brand is cruelty-free.

The Wide Awake set retails for $15 USD and includes full sizes of the:

  • Matcha Face Milk
  • Fresh AF Mist
  • Watermelon Seed Oil

This products included in the set are meant to refresh energized and dull skin, which is something my skin needs.

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Drunk Elephant The Littles Kit | Review Part 1 | Worth the Hype?

Hi everyone! Today, I’m writing a review on the products in the Drunk Elephant The Littles Kit. I bought this kit late last year, but I slowly incorporated all of the products into my routine since I didn’t want to abruptly change all of the products I was using and risk completely messing up my skin. Now I’ve finally gotten a chance to test out all of the products, I wanted to do a review of this. Unfortunately, Drunk Elephant recently changed The Littles Kit and released The Littles 3.0 (the kit I own is 2.0), so you can no longer get all of these products I’m reviewing below in a set, but the review still applies to all of the individual products.

Drunk Elephant is definitely known to be one of the pricier but hyped-up brands out there these days. I had been curious about them for a long time due to constantly seeing the brand on social media, but wasn’t willing to shell out $70+ for a brand that I had never tried before. A set like this is a great way to try a nice selection of products from a brand, without having to invest it in a full size.

My review for this kit was almost 4,000 words long, so I split it up into two posts, and Part 2 will be available tomorrow (edit: part 2 is now up here. Today’s post touches on the following products:

B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Serum
T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Night Serum
C-Firma Vitamin C Day Serum
Shaba Complex Eye Serum

Read on to see my honest thoughts about the products!

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