Laneige BB Cushion Wear Test – Worth it?

During the summer, the last thing I want is a thick foundation suffocating my skin in the humid heat. I go a lot lighter on my makeup in the summer, and I reluctantly say goodbye to full coverage and say hello to a more natural route. I do have scarring so I don’t expect a bb cream to completely make my problems disappear, but I do expect it to be light and even out my skin tone. The BB cream that I tried out this week and put to the test is Laneige’s BB Cushion Hydra Radiance SPF 50.

How much is it?


What does it do?

Sephora’s website claims that it is “A radiance-enhancing, hydrating version of LANEIGE’s BB Cushion, it’s infused with Melacrusher™ to brighten skin and double-coated pigments to brighten and hydrate.”

Does it do that?

I would say that my skin looked brighter and did feel hydrated the entire day. My makeup usually bunches up around hour 4, and this one stayed pretty even and I didn’t get super dry or greasy at the end of the day.

What’s good about it?

It’s hydrating, brightening, and it feels SO light. It was like I had nothing on all day.

What’s not so good about it?

Although it did give me pretty good coverage for most of my workday, it isn’t going to be perfect for more than 4 hours. It’s a bb cream, and it’s meant to be light, not full coverage. In the pictures I will show you, you’ll notice my scars and redness, especially in my recap video.

Worth it?

I am going to be reaching for this over my IT cosmetics cc cream. It may not have a crazy amount of coverage, However, it did not bunch up (Which is my BIGGEST pet peeve) and I still looked natural at the end of the day. An added bonus was I still was a little less red than usual! Overall, I would say that it was a great BB cream!

What did it look like?


Here’s a video of me on HOUR 12 (don’t expect a bb cream to really be on my face by then) and talk about my thoughts. Also, I know I used vertical camera… next time I’ll do horizontal I promise.

Herbivore Brand Review

Featured image taken from herbivores website

Hey everyone! I know I’ve been AWOL this summer, but I’ve been interning all summer (thankfully paid). I’m back and I have so many posts coming your way. My June skincare routine will be posted next Monday and I have some really exciting products to share.

I have been trying herbivore products for the past three weeks. I bought two value sets:

1. True Blue Skin Clarifying Duo $29

This includes their resurfacing clarity mask and their Lapis balancing facial oil

I LOVED the facial oil. Has a very strong smell, but it was light and I really felt like my active pimples time on my face was cut in half.

The face mask gives off the same smell, it’s a fairly thin mask with a dark blue color. I felt like this didn’t really affect my skin but it was a nice cooling mask for when my skin was just looking kind of dull and tired.

2. Hydrate + Glow Natural Skincare Mini Collection $39

If you’re anything like me then you get super excited when a product has the word “glow” in it. I was initially really excited to try on this set versus the clarifying one. It comes with a moisturizer, their regenerating facial oil, a face mist, and a “instant glow” mask. I really enjoyed their face mist, It has a VERY strong rose scent, but the feel of it is so refreshing. The mask was very lightweight and did make my skin glow, however overall I’d say none of these products changed my skin dramatically over the course of a month. I hardly reach for the regenerating face oil (because I adore their balancing one), and the moisturizer is nice and light weight, but I hate fragrance in my moisturizers (personal preference)

Top 3 herbivore products

1. Lapis Oil Balancing Facial Oil

2. Rose Hibiscus Coconut Water Hydrating Face Mist

3. Brighten Pineapple Enzyme + Gemstone Instant Glow Mask

Worth the splurge?

I think both value sets contain a fair amount of product for the price. I think that although the hydrate and glow collection had more, I personally found a lot more benefit from the clarifying duo. If you do not have acne prone skin like mine it might not appeal to you.

Herbivore overall has some nice light products that really feel luxurious. There were some hits and misses, but these products are not agitating at all and a great brand to dabble in (which is why these value sets are so amazing) do beware of the strong fragrances most of these products contain. If you can get past the strong perfume, herbivore contains some promising products and I’m excited to see them grow in the future.

Cleansers Cleansers Cleansers! – Reviews and Recomendations

The beginning of a routine, the foundation of all our skin routines, one of my favorite parts of the day: cleansing!

I feel like cleansing is sometimes underrated in discussions about our skin. With so many serums and essences and moisturizers its easy to forget to explore all the different options there are to cleanse your skin. This step basically sets the stage for the rest of your routine! When I look for a good cleanser(s) I want three things by the end of this step:

  1. No dirt or makeup on my skin
  2. Being clean without stripping my natural oils
  3.  my skin feels soft and ready for the rest of my skincare regimen

In this post, I am going to be discussing my reviews of the different types of Pre-cleansing I tried, and some tips and tricks for cleansing in general!

First, a few tips I have found really helps (DISCLAIMER: This is all from personal experience obviously take this with a grain of salt. This is just what I have found works for me!)

  • Avoid Foam cleansers if you have dry skin! I will be reviewing one for the sake of this post but it can irritate the skin.
  • Pat don’t rub. Please pat your skin dry. As good as it feels to rub a towel or cloth all over your face after cleansing, patting your skin dry will avoid irritating your skin.
  • Don’t be afraid to double cleanse if you’re a makeup lover! I personally double cleanse with balm then my soy face cleanser when I wear makeup. I really feel like its necessary to get every bit of makeup off my face.
  • massage your face while cleansing. Skincare is self-care, and taking the time to give some love to your lovely face can really help you feel better, and your skin feel better
  • Cleanse once or twice a day – Do what’s best for you! There are differing opinions on how often to wash your face. My cleansers I use daily are very light and for sensitive skin, so I do it twice. It’s really up to you but when I do only cleanse once, I’m sure that it’s during the night.
  • Cleanse before And after a workout. Please Please Please do this. Help your skin out by removing any dirt or gunk before you get your groove on. Cleansing before and after ensures your workout doesn’t spark some unwanted pimples (and no one wants that).

The past two weeks I’ve been trying out a Cleansing Balm, Creme, and oil. I used these to take off my make up as a pre-cleanse.

First is the Balm! I used Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm – Clinique

Balms have a weird texture that can seem off-putting at first. This stuff got my makeup off really nicely. I could see the makeup just coming off so smoothly. Also, this took off ALL my eye makeup. This is always so difficult. I use the Lights, Camera, Splashes™ Waterproof Mascara – Tarte and it does not wanna come off at the end of the day. The Clinique balm was scentless, did not irritate eyes. (I got some in my eyes one night and it made them dry but didn’t really hurt. Do not recommend these going INTO your eyes, obviously) I really felt like this products got my makeup off the most effective out of the three products I tested.

Overall, pretty satisfied with this product.

Next, Cold Cream Moisturizing Cleanser + Makeup Remover

I got this as a trial size at Sephora and I would say this was an eh product. It wasn’t as effective at getting my makeup off and after using micellar water with a cotton pad I still had some leftover makeup. I massaged and spent time trying to get this product to work, but it just didn’t do it for me. Especially when this product markets itself as a makeup remover, I felt like it just did an okay job compared to the oil and balm. It did leave my skin softer than the other two pre-cleanse options. However, I pre-cleanse to get my makeup off, and I felt that this really only did an okay job for me. This would work for really sensitive skin, it didn’t break me out, and it felt nice on the skin. Also, someone who uses minimal makeup may benefit from this product.

Finally, MakeUp-BreakUp Cool Cleansing Oil Mini

I felt like this product removed my makeup pretty well while not leaving my skin feeling as stripped as the balm did. However, I did find my skin had tiny bumps and my skin did not seem to like it the next morning whenever I did try it the night before. I looked at the Sephora reviews and saw that others had this same problem. I loved how it made my skin feel and it worked well, however, I would not recommend this for acne-prone skin like mine.


Overall, each product had its benefits, but the one I’m going to be continuing to use will be the cleansing balm from Clinique. it really made me feel clean and ready for the rest of my skin routine!