Disclaimer: I was lucky enough to have been chosen by Beautibi to review two of their newly curated products. I received the Simplistic Skin Supreme Salve and the Gentlemask T-Tox Cleanser in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. Beautibi also provided a limited time promo code for 15% off until February 8, 2017! This is not an affiliate link; Jen was kind enough to provide this promo for my readers!
Beautibi is an e-commerce site that sells Asian skincare and cosmetics, both as single items as well as some limited edition beauty boxes. Their curation is very unique; the brands are not ones you frequently find on other e-commerce sites, and there’s a strong focus on testing products (both themselves and in collaboration with beauty bloggers) to ensure the product is of good quality and are effective.
As a special bonus, they always include signature confetti in their well-packaged boxes!
My Skin Type
My skin is dry almost year-round unless it is really humid out, or I am wearing make up products that are not suitable for my skin (or, freaking out from anxiety! Does that happen to anyone else?). I struggle with dry patches between and around my eyebrows and sometimes around the cheeks and under the eyes, and also have hyper-pigmentation from hormonal acne.
Let’s start with the Gentlemask T-Tox Cleanser!
On Beautibi.com: Gentlemask is a Korean brand that focuses on Nature Moisturizing Factor (NMF), which helps to minimize skin aging factors from environmental pollution, insomnia, psychological stress. Skin can be healthier and radiant when psychological therapy (aroma therapy) runs parallel with natural active ingredients.
The Gentlemask T-Tox Cleanser is a cleanser that’s for all skin types including troubled skin. It’s a low pH cleansing gel with natural AHA and BHA, and meant to stabilize oil production without over drying the skin. The cleanser works to control sebum, and is supposed to help remove blackheads and whiteheads. It contains 7 sprout extracts that draw out impurities such as dirt, oil, make up, and toxins, from the skin and pores.
Directions for Use
The English directions on the box indicate you should dispense one pump onto fingertips, lather up, then apply to wet skin. Rinse with warm water.
Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Aqua, Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate, Potassium Cocoyl Glycinate, Glycerin, Coco-Glucoside, Salix Alba Bark Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Collagen Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Centella Asiatica Extract, Bacillus/Houttuynia Cordata Extract Ferment Filtrate, Triticum Vulgare Sprout Extract, Brassica Oleracea Italica Sprout Extract, Carthamus Tinctorius Sprout Extract, Brassica Napus Sprout Extract, Glycine Soja Sprout Extract, Sorphora Japonica Flower Extract, Mognolia Liliflora Flower Extract, Polyquaternium-10,1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Citric Acid, Tartaric Acid, Alcohol, Tea Tree Leaf Oil
CosDNA does not flag any of the ingredients as acne triggers.
This cleanser has a very strong smell! It smells a bit like Pine-sol and tea tree, and is a bit like a punch in the face, especially in the morning. The first two times I used this cleanser, I found that it stripped my skin. The moment I pat my face dry, it felt tight. I was quite surprised, since this is supposed to be a low pH cleanser so I wasn’t expecting it to make my dry skin feel even drier.
Despite this, I persisted, using this twice daily. By the third or fourth time, I didn’t find that the cleanser was overly drying. I’m not sure if it’s a skin adjustment, or my skin was just especially dry the first couple of times. However, if I leave a gap between cleansing and applying skincare, my skin feels tight a short time.
This cleanser emulsifies nicely in wet hands, and I have to make sure it is completely emulsified before I apply it to the face to ensure good cleanser coverage across the face. It doesn’t drag on the skin at all and is quite watery, and aside from the strong scent, it is comfortable to use, and easy to rinse off.
I’ve never used a cleanser that has AHA and BHA. With some continued use over the last couple of weeks though, I feel like this cleanser has helped my skin achieve a bit more smoothness and brightness. I think I might set this aside for use when it’s not as cold and when the central heat isn’t blasting. However, it’s worth noting that the cleanser is only good for 6 months once you open it.
One complaint I do have, is that there seems to be a lack of control in the pump! I don’t quite need a full pump of cleanser for each use, but more than once, I’ve gently pressed down and had cleanser go everywhere but my hand. There’s also a bit coagulation around the pump which contributes to the mess. I’ve learned to cup my hand around the pump to dispense, and avoid wasting product.
Overall though, between the very strong scent and the more drying results of this cleanser, I’m unlikely to repurchase it.
Next up, the Simplistic Supreme Salve!
On Beautibi.com: Simplistic Skin cosmetics is a modern, luxury brand from Korea with a focus on improving skin. They don’t follow trends for profit, but create products to be incorporated for daily use.
The Simplistic Skin Supreme Salve is described as ‘a night time saviour, moisturizing and removing dead skin cells over night. It’s smooth texture is not too heavy and will be a perfect companion through winter.” The Salve has a base comprised of Hinoki water which purifies the skin from dust and external irritation, AHA (Glycolic Acid) and BHA (Betaine Salicylate), a total of 7% for chemical exfoliation, Aronia fruit extract which has a strong anti-oxidant effect and gives the Salve a bit of a pink colour, jojoba seed oil, and sweet almond oil.
Directions for Use
The recommendation is to use this 3-4 times a week, or only 1-2 times a week if you have sensitive skin. Always follow with sunscreen the next day.
Chamaecyparis Obtusa Water, Glycolic Acid, Glycerin, Water, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Aronia Melanocarpa Fruit Extract, Potassium Hydroxide, Betaine Salicylate, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Glyceryl Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate Citrate, Beeswax, Dimethicone, Cetearyl Olivate, Polyacrylate-13, Sorbitan Olivate, Polyglyceryl-3 Sterate, Allantoin, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder, Centella Asiatica Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Soy Isoflavones, Butylene Glycol, Arachidyl Alcohol, Behenyl Alcohol, Arachidyl Glucoside, Polyisobutene, Glucose, Xanthan Gum, Glyceryl Caprylate, Polysorbate 20, Citrus Aurantium Bermgamia (Bergamot) Fruit Extract
CosDNA flags Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Oil as an acne trigger (level 2), and a couple other ingredients as a level 1 trigger, including Dimethicone and Butylene Glycol. Beeswax is listed as between 0-2.
The Supreme Salve was very interesting for me! I’m a big fan of the very simple and straight forward packaging, and the tube-form makes it hygienic. I have not used a lot of AHA or BHA products on my entire face, so I looked forward to what this could do for my dry skin. I only used this twice a week.
The product looks quite thick coming out of the tube, but spreads easily. It has a slight pinkish colour to it, just very slight, and I find that it has a strange plastic-light scent that lingers for several minutes.
I used this as a night-time moisturizer, being sure to apply sunscreen per usual the next morning. The first time I used it, I didn’t felt like there were noticeable effects. There was some slight itchiness around my eyebrow area, but that could have been due my dry skin.
When I used it again, I made sure to avoid the eyebrow area and I didn’t find that this had any kind of tingling sensation. The plastic-like scent is certainly not a plus, but aside from that, I did not have any negative experience. Once this is on the skin, there’s no stickiness to it, and the second time I used it, I woke up to softer skin!
I was hesitant to use it more frequently, but I think I might try for three times a week. I’ve been using it as a last step in my evening routine, although I have put sleeping mask on top of it right when I go to bed. I was really hoping that the AHA and BHA could help reduce some of the hyper pigmentation on my left cheek, but alas, I haven’t really seen noticeable results.
After a few uses, I can say that my skin is smoother and brighter the next day! I’m just really not a fan of the scent, but overall, the application and results are quite desirable. This tube can only be opened for 6 months, though, so unless my skin can tolerate more than twice a week, I have some concerns about being able to finish the product before it expires. To boost hydration, I think I will also try layering on another moisturizer after this Supreme Salve, to see how the effects are.
You can purchase the Gentlemask T-Tox Cleanser for $24.00 (200mL or 6.7 fl oz.) on Beautibi, and also purchase the Simplistic Skin Supreme Salve for $24.00 (30mL or 1.0 fl oz.). Until February 8, 2017, use my code FIONA15 for a 15% discount!
Thank you, Beautibi, for sending me these products to test!