The second half of 2016 is really turning into a big skincare adventure. I've found a ton of new skincare bits this year and I couldn't be more happy. I was recently contacted by Klairs Cosmetics to try out some of their products. I was sent the Supple Preparation Toner * and the Toner Mate 2-in-1 Cotton Pads*. Klairs Cosmetics can be purchased online in the US through Wishtrend.
I liked the idea of a hydrating toner and a product that contributes to your overall skincare routine. The toner is a bit thicker in consistency than other toners I have used, almost thick like a serum, and it actually pairs well with the cotton pads from the brand. To be honest, the cotton pads were what truly grabbed my attention. I've always used the typical cotton rounds from the drugstore and have never felt the need to pay more for any cotton rounds. The Klairs 2-in-1 cotton pads truly come with two different types of cotton pads: compressed cotton pads and sponge pads. The first step is to use the compressed cotton pads helps wipe away dirt and gently exfoliates your skin. The second step is to use the other pad, which is a sponge pad that absorbs the toner and effectively delivers and distributes the product back onto the skin, rather than absorb into the cotton pad alone. It is recommended to use the sponge pad dab it into the skin rather than wipe it all over. The cotton pads come housed in a nice little rectangle box which can easily be stood upright, or placed directly in your drawer. It prevents dust from settling onto the pads without needing any additional storage. I'm not sure how big of a fan I am of using the toner twice, so I've resorted to using the sponge pad at night and the compressed pad in the morning. Since I typically do a double cleanse at night my skin feels clean enough to pile on the products. When using the sponge pad it does take more time for it to sink into the skin so it makes more sense to do it at night when I have more time to wait around. I like using the compressed cotton pad in the morning to wipe off all the serums/creams I've loaded up after I wash my face and prep for the day ahead.
The toner itself smells nice and botanically (it is formulated with plant extracts). The scent itself sort of reminds me a bit of the Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate - just lighter - which I am all for. It leaves my skin feeling extremely soft and I haven't had any issues with my skin reacting poorly to this. If you're looking for a new toner, this one is a good one to try! It also looks pretty snazzy in my medicine cabinet - apothecary goals for sure.
I was also kindly sent the Mochi BB Cushion* which is a newly improved version of the Klairs Mochi BB cream. This is my first "cushion" type product so I was actually quite excited - also the packaging on this is so adorable. I like that it has a twist lock so product spillage in your bag should be minimal. I also like that it comes with a small mirror on the inside - very convenient! Instead of a liquid product this is more of a balm which allows for it to better smooth over pores for that silky skin finish. The Mochi BB Cushion continues with Klairs' signature apricot-beige tone as found in the Mochi BB, which should complement both warm and cool skin tones while neutralizing redness and color correcting to reveal brighter and even looking skin. The finish is also matte which is perfect when you're on the go and don't have time to apply a powder. This is marketed to give long lasting coverage with a light finish that fights sweat and oil all day. It sounds almost too good to be true, and it makes me wish I had gotten it when the weather was warmer!
I was also very happy to find out that Klairs Cosmetics is cruelty free! They also do not ship to China which means testing is not allowed where required. I also received a few samples of some other products like the Rich Moist Soothing Sheet Mask, Midnight Blue Calming Cream, Midday Blue Sun Lotion with SPF, and Illuminating Supple Blemish Cream with SPF. Have you tried anything from Klairs?
Let's just address the elephant in the room - the results of the U.S. presidential election. It's been a pretty crazy 24 hours so far and stability is the furthest thing from most everyone's minds. I'm not big on talking about politics so hopefully that stays off in the comments. It doesn't feel "right" to be blogging when there's so much going on in the world, but I don't want to let this feeling throw my blog's schedule off.
To add on to chaos, my car got hit while I was in the parking lot on my way to lunch today. Minor venting but the lot was small and I followed a lady to her car so I could get her spot. A car a few spaces to the left (right where I was behind) started backing up after I was already waiting and had nowhere to go so I started honking and they did not stop. I couldn't move without making it seem like I drove right behind so I held my horn down and braced myself as they proceeded to drive straight back into my car. The guy got out of the car and told me he didn't see/hear me (read: absurd, I was holding my horn down non-stop). Turns out he's 85 years old. I got a copy of his license for insurance purposes and noticed his license will continue to be valid until he is 88. I'm sorry, but how is that allowed? In short, I'll be having to deal with car insurance things for a while. And the cherry on top, this is the 2nd fix up my car will be going through in my first year of owning it. Ugh. I don't want to adult right now.