Supplements. I mean supplements. Feel free to tell me about your prescription antibiotics and such at a later date.
I ask because Team ITG takes…a shocking none at all. The occasional probiotic when we remember—gut health is skin health, people!—and a shared tub of Tums. (Fun fact, in order to be on ITG, you’ve gotta struggle with chronic GERD.) We feel fine enough, save for the heartburn—but find ourselves lacking in expertise in what has become a very crowded field. There’s Ritual (pitched as the perfect daily vitamin), Care/of (personalized packs), the Nue Co. (organic, chic), Moon Juice (Sex Dust is a supplement, right?)… Everyone could very well need something different so there’s no use generalizing. Instead, let’s open the floor. What do YOU use? What works for YOU? Less advice; more sharing. When in doubt, ask a trained physician. But until the appointment hits, the Comment Section Clinic is open for business. Prescribe away!
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“Hiii! I’m Clifton Lyons (@cliftomania). I’m from Chicago, IL, where I’m Executive Assistant to the Managing Principal of an architecture and urban design practice called Studio Gang Architects. My days are a whirlwind of activity. You’ll rarely find me at my desk. Instead I can be seen sprinting from meeting to meeting, desperately trying to avoid head-on collisions with the beautiful scale models that decorate our studio.
Being in a design studio every day, it’s impossible not to think about beauty while I work. I’ve always been fascinated by the psychological implications of architecture, specifically how different spaces influence how people think. What impact does the design of a building have on the physical and mental health of the people who interact with it? I’ve started viewing my beauty routine as my own sort of self-care ‘design.’ Instead of simply evaluating a night serum on the observable results, I now also consider how the act of applying the serum—the physical ritual of gliding it over my skin—makes me feel.
I. Love. MUSIC VIDEOS! My perfect Saturday morning is one spent lazily in bed, tumbling through YouTube’s New Music playlist, searching for masterpieces. One visual in particular that has brought me immense joy recently is Chloe x Halle’s ‘Happy Without Me’. It is truly the dreamiest thing I’ve ever seen.
My mom loved making her own facial masks, and some of my fondest beauty memories—and childhood memories in general—are those spent sitting in her bathroom, watching her concoct the most decadent treatments. She would hold up each ingredient before she added it to the mixture and explain why she loved using it. She taught me the proper way to apply it to my face, and I would give myself junior spa treatments. The entire process was immensely therapeutic for her and established the entire framework for my own approach to beauty. My philosophy is that your beauty belongs exclusively to you. The products you use and the regimens you follow should only serve to make you feel happy and confident. There should never be a sense of obligation or expectation underlying your routines. Have fun, do you, forget the haters. For further explanation, listen to Janelle Monae’s ‘I Like That J.’
It’s summer, and all I want to do is to glow in the sun. My daily, summer glow routine begins the night before with an in-home mask extravaganza. I’m a multi-masker and I prefer to mask twice a week, right before I go to bed. I start with the Umbrian Clay Pore Purifying Face Mask. This is undoubtedly the best deep cleansing face mask that I’ve ever tried. I leave it on for about five minutes and it draws out every last bit of grime from my pores and leaves my skin feeling rejuvenated. I follow that with Glow Recipe’s Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask. This mask smells like an actual watermelon slice and is packed with gentle AHAs that even out my skin tone and hydrating hyaluronic acid that soaks into my skin. Some people like to wear it overnight like a proper sleeping mask. I prefer to leave it on for about 10 minutes and then wash it off with lukewarm water. Afterwards, my skin feels super supple and looks radiant. Next, I use my Glossier Super Pure Serum and layer that with Make P:rem’s Safe Relief Cream or a combined overnight treatment. The Safe Relief Cream is absolutely amazing and my skin always looks polished in the morning. It only has 12 ingredients, and each provides maximum soothing relief to dry, sensitive, and irritated skin. It can be worm as a day or night cream…but I think it does its best work while you sleep. Good night!
In the morning, I like to start my shower with Mario Badescu’s AHA Botanical Body Soap. The body wash is infused with grapefruit extract, which contains AHAs that gently remove dead skin and pore-clogging impurities for a satisfying deep cleanse. I use Glossier Body Hero Oil Wash immediately afterwards which wraps my body in a velvety blanket of orange blossom scent and leaves my skin feeling baby soft. For my face cleanser, I use Whamisa’s Green Tea Foaming Cleansing Gel. I normally avoid foaming cleansers as most are too drying for my sensitive skin, but this one clarifies my skin without stripping it of its moisture, and leaves my face feeling renewed.
Once out of the shower, I spritz my face with Glossier’s Rosewater Spray, as a pre-toner—this step might be a little extra, but I enjoy it!—and then use Glossier’s Solution Exfoliating Skin Perfector to balance everything out. Also, sidenote: Solution is THE BEST aftershave I’ve ever used. I’m prone to getting ingrown hairs and this product has been a game changer for my shaving experience. I use the Philips Norelco OneBlade Hybrid Electric Trimmer and Shaver which gives me a close shave without causing irritation (every single time!) and then swipe a cotton pad soaked in Solution all over my skin. No bumps guaranteed.
For my day moisturizer, I use Make P:rem’s Micro Tension Cream in tandem with Glossier’s Super Glow Serum. The Micro Tension cream is half gel, half cream, but all plumping hydration. It’s lightweight and quick absorbing and leaves my skin looking dewy without feeling tacky. I finish off my moisturizing regimen with a little bit of Glossier’s Priming Moisturizer Rich and Glossier’s Invisible Shield to perfect and protect, respectively.
The final step in my glow routine, involves two of my favorite makeup products: Glossier’s Haloscope in Moonstone and Glossier’s Lidstar in Lily. These two products work harmoniously together and create an ethereal eye look that makes me feel like a fancy Elf of Rivendell. I use my finger to apply Haloscope to my eyelids as a base for Lidstar. I’ve found that this helps blend out the color into a lovely gradient. When I’m finished applying Lidstar, my fingers are covered in the lilac color. I like to tap my fingers along the tops of my cheekbones for a little extra sparkle.
I’m not sure if this is really a secret anymore, but rosehip seed oil is the superhero of my beauty regimen. I carry a bottle of The Ordinary’s 100% Organic Rose Hip Seed Oil with me everywhere I go. I use it to calm outbreaks, fade scars, and pretty much anytime that my skin feels tired and in need of a turbo boost. I especially like to use it in the evening to add a little extra oomph to my nighttime routine. I’ll take a glob of my Safe Relief Cream and mix a few drops of Rosehip Seed Oil into it before applying it to my face. The combo is perfection.
I would describe my fashion style as ’80s teenager who has recently been introduced to Grace Jones and is inspired.’ My vintage Jordache acid wash denim jacket is my happy place. My beauty style, especially in regards to makeup, could be described as ‘a subtle shimmer when the sunlight hits juuuust right.’ In other words, I prefer a light beat. I like for my natural features to shine through and primarily use makeup to accentuate and to add a little extra spice to my look.”
This article is a review of a moisturizing, collagen toner by Etude House. It has a very unique consistency. It is thick and viscous unlike the usual toners which have a watery consistency. I put my toner to “ten step Korean skin care routine” test and if I notice any change in my skin texture, only then I deem it worthy of my money otherwise, it is an accessory that can be avoided.
Product Description: The small particles of the super collagen water and Baobab water in the Moistfull Collagen Facial Toner, endlessly provide moisture and leave your skin feeling very hydrated. Like jelly, the water droplets are soft to the skin yet firm in absorption. It gives the skin a bouncy jelly feel.
My Experience with Etude House DIY Moistfull Collagen Facial Toner:
I love to slather my face with face mist and skin toners, especially those by the Korean brands. That is why face toners make a huge part of my Korean skin care haul. Toners and mists instantly add hydration to dry skin and prep it for further skin care and subsequent makeup application. Toner should be used right after cleansing and face wash. It is best to apply it before water on the skin dries out completely and give a stretchy feel to skin. The product comes in a clear, plastic bottle with an orange cap on top. Packaging is a big let-down because, the opening dispenses a lot of product at a time and causes a lot of spillage. I wish it had a smaller opening or a spray nozzle or something to prevent product wastage. It does not have a pump dispenser so the product cannot be directly sprayed on face rather has to be dabbed on with a cotton pad or patted on with palms.
This product contains water and hydrolyzed collagen as its highest percentage ingredients. Collagen is known to protect skin cells and help in skin rejuvenation. It adds moisture to skin and make it appear firmer. Third ingredient is Baobab fruit extract which is a potent healing and anti-inflammatory ingredient. This product does contain alcohol but mostly it’s main ingredient are potent ingredients with skin benefits. Apart from these ingredients, it contains chemicals such as polymers and heavy oils which, at least to me don’t offer any appeal. It does not contain paraben or artificial coloring but, does contain subtle artificial fragrance.
I have used this product over a month now and it appears to have made my skin firmer. This could also be because of other skin care products that have been using but nevertheless, I enjoy slathering this toner on my face as first thing in the morning.
Pros of Etude House DIY Moistfull Collagen Facial Toner:
Affordable face toner and comes in a decent size bottle and is perfect to try before committing to a full size.
Packaging is not appealing but is sturdy.
Has a very subtle floral fragrance.
Has no artificial color.
Ingredient list is clearly disclosed in English (not usually done by other Korean brands).
Ingredient list is very appealing and is mostly composed of natural ingredients.
Does add a little moisture to skin and preps it for further layering of skin care products.
Cons of Etude House DIY Moistfull Collagen Facial Toner:
Availability can be an issue for some but some Korean websites do ship to India as well.
Packaging does not have a pump dispenser which is disappointing for me.
IMBB Rating: 4/5 Do I Recommend Etude House DIY Moistfull Collagen Facial Toner? This toner has a unique consistency (it is viscous which is rare for toners). It contains goodness of collagen and over a period of few weeks, it appears to make skin firm and more elastic. I invest in Korean skin care a lot and I am glad that most of them are not disappointing.
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Finally, Victoria Health has taken the plunge and released their own brand formulated by ingredient experts Garden of Wisdom to VH’s own specifications – co-founder of VH and pharmacist Shabir Daya is more than competent to order up the best possible skin care recipes. I can never resist the lure of a Hyaluronic acid so that’s what I picked to try while I was ordering some supplements. It’s not difficult to see that it looks a little like The Ordinary and yet there really is nothing ordinary about it.
I’ve used a lot of hyaluronic serums and this one, at a very, very reasonable £9, is a delight. I find that with hyaluronic serums, even though they’re purporting to moisturise, they can actually make your skin feel dry – or at the least, as though you’ve never put anything on your complexion in the first place once the initial slip has died away. This has a good skin feel that’s comfortable and seems perfectly compatible with foundation and moisturiser making it super easy to drop into your routine if you want to up the hydration. It’s a non-animal derived version, too, which is ideal.
At the moment there are 18 products under the GoW for Victoria Health branding – look out for pure squalene oil (also £9), a multipeptide serum (£20) and Lactic Acid (£9) – and a handy, easy to digest user guide from Shabir HERE. For anyone that finds Deciem products confusing (there are so many, so it’s easily done) but wants good quality, individual skin care ingredients, GoW is the answer – at least while it remains a small brand. Find it HERE.
*all products are sent to me as samples from brands and agencies unless otherwise stated. Affiliate links may be used. Posts are not affiliate driven.
By the time you’re reading this, I will (hopefully) be sitting poolside in Nice for a quick two night break. I went there as a child but hardly remember it at all and for me, living in south east London, City airport is very accessible and it takes about an hour and a half to hop over to the south of France. I’ve got carry-on only luggage down to a fine art so thought I’d give a quick view of what I’m taking. Mr BBB has the deodorant and toothpaste in his bag, don’t worry, and I’m taking a pack of wipes to cleanse because I will literally only cleanse twice. We buy a full size bottle of sun screen at destination so we aren’t trying to eke out something under 100ml over a whole weekend which is asking for trouble.
First up is my new Marc Jacobs palette, Fantascene, which I’ve only had a few days but love already, my Cassie Lomas eye brush, the Clarins kohl that I use almost every day, ditto my bareMinerals Complexion Rescue and Guerlain mascara, Clinique foundation brush, Chanel gloss in 604, Bobbi gloss in Buff and my beloved Laura Mercier Bonne Mine palette. It’s my second of those and I don’t know if it’s still in existence (mine is still marked Gurwitch who no longer own LM) but it covers off highlight, blush and bronzer in creme versions. It doesn’t look like you can still get it so I really wish Laura Mercier would bring this multi-functional palette back again – pronto!
For skin care, I’m taking my Sensai SPF stick and BioEffect which is pretty much all I need for two nights/days. I often take BioEffect away with me because it does everything you need in terms of hydration, especially after sun exposure. I’m not taking shampoo and conditioner – it’s not like I’m going to be surfing or anything- a light dip in the pool at maximum and I’ll swim like my mum – swan neck style!
And that’s it! I think that I’m travelling light – there is room for more in my bag to be honest but I don’t think I need anything else at all. It’s all packed up in the cheap as chips transparent M&S bag. Are you a terrible over-packer or can you travel light?
*all products are sent to me as samples from brands and agencies unless otherwise stated. Affiliate links may be used. Posts are not affiliate driven.