REVIEW: Klairs Fundamental Watery Oil Drop

It’s been a hot minute since I last reviewed a Klairs product! Since my brand review, they have introduced a few new lines in their collection, one being the Fundamental Line – Skincare Line achieved with premium formulation.

Wishtrend sent me the Klairs Fundamental Watery Oil Drop to try out, and I’m ready to share my thoughts!


Product is a PR sample and provided for review purposes.
Links provided are affiliate links. This means if you click the link and use it to make a purchase, I make a small commission. Thank you if you decide to use them! If you do not feel comfortable, feel free to Google a new link.
All thoughts are my own, always *casts doe patronus*


CLAIMS

The Klairs Fundamental Watery Oil Drop is a water-based serum with the rich hydration of a facial oil. It is recommended to those who want all the benefits of an oil product without the oily finish. It holds a non-sticky texture that absorbs effectively on the skin. Also, consisting high effective formulation such as Green Tea, Ferment Extracts, Ceramide and Peptides, it not only provides antioxidant care but improves skin regeneration and acts as an anti-aging solution.

Price: $31 USD
Amount: 50 ml
How to use: After cleansing and toning, apply 2-3 drops of the Watery Oil Drop on the face and massage from the face down to the neck.

  • Made in Korea
  • Made for all skin types
  • Cruelty-free
  • Vegan
  • Free of ethanol, silicone, steroid (whut?), artificial colouring, artificial fragrance

INGREDIENTS

Aqua(Water), Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Water, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Extract, Bifida Ferment Extract, Betaine, Dipropylene Glycol, Sorbitol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Aspergillus/Rice Ferment Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Xanthan Gum, Arginine, Carbomer, Tocopheryl Acetate, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Laminaria Japonica Extract, Ceramide NP, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Copper Tripeptide-1, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8

Total number of Ingredients: 28

From my -passionate skincare consumer- perspective…

I like the ingredient list for what it’s meant to do – a great selection of moisturizing ingredients (mostly humectant rich) paired with antioxidants and skin-soothers to help calm down sensitized skin and maintain skin health:

Moisturizing: Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Extract, Sorbitol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Bifida Ferment Extract, Betaine, Aspergillus/Rice Ferment Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Arginine, Ceramide NP, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Copper Tripeptide-1, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8
Antioxidant: Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Copper Tripeptide-1
Soothing/Anti-Inflammatory: Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Copper Tripeptide-1

A couple of things that I noticed is that there are more than a handful of ingredients that help with the texture of the product, and the preservative Ethylhexylglycerin is halfway in the list. Fortunately, the highlighted ingredients below it typically fall around 1%> of a North American formulation, and I also don’t know how South Korea orders their ingredients (I found this blog post by fanserviced-b that compares U.S. and South Korean laws if you’re interested in the read). Overall this doesn’t bother me too much; The beneficial ingredients are more than half of the product, and the solvents/texture-enhancers seem multifunctional with both moisturizing and improving the formulation, but I thought I’d point it out.

Check out INCIDecoder’s (one of my FAVE reference sites) for a more detailed and professional breakdown!


EXPERIENCE

Packaging: Glass bottle with a dropper.

Usage: Usually I prefer to use antioxidant-based products during the day, but I like mixing this with the Ordinary 10% Niacinamide + 1% Zinc serum and applying it after Differin.

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Texture: Surprise surprise, a watery oil! Definitely has more slip compared to the Midnight Blue Youth Activating Drop but not as viscous as the Rich Moist Soothing Serum.

Fragrance: None.

Finish: Very light and there is a film on the skin.

Instant Results: Skin feels smooth, calm and lightly moisturized.

Long-Term Results: Skin rarely feels rough, dehydrated and/or sensitized.


FINAL THOUGHTS

The Klairs Fundamental Watery Oil Drop is overall a great new addition to Klairs’ skincare collection. It embodies the science + nature combo that I enjoy in my skincare products, all the while being gentle and effective for all skin types. I wouldn’t necessarily rely on this for “anti-aging”, but it’s definitely a nice supplemental skincare item to have while using other beneficial (yet sensitizing) anti-aging actives like Vitamin A.

If you’re looking for a light, soothing product that has a bit more oomph to the ingredient list than the classic Hada Labo HA Lotion, check this one out; I actually prefer this serum way more over the Rich Moist Soothing Serum from Klairs as well!

WHERE TO BUY:
Wishtrend
YesStyle

Hope you found this review helpful and informative! I definitely want to get my hands on the Klairs Fundamental Ampule Mist next, the ingredients list

xo, M


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I’m Starting Project Pan 2020

Hey everyone and Happy New Year! Following suite to my Makeup Faves of 2019 post, I plan on doing a Project Pan for 2020.

In short, I have too much makeup. So much so that while organizing my products in some new organizers my boyfriend got me for Christmas, the anxiety of all the stuff messily placed in my drawer was real.

This year I decided to shop my stash and give Project Pan a go. Hopefully during this process I 1) Use up makeup products 2) Giveaway what I truly think doesn’t work for me to a family member or friend 3) Throw out the old stuff.

For the month of January, I decided to incorporate both new, old, and already panned products. I want to enjoy my new purchases with some items that have been longstading in my collection. With that in mind, here’s my Project Pan, mauve themed!


Items marked with * are PR Samples.
Most links provided are affiliate links via rStyle. This means if you click on the link to make a purchase, I make a small commission. Thank you if you decide to use it! If you feel uncomfortable, feel free to google a new link.


COMPLEXION:

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CHEEKS:

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EYES:

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LIPS:

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Are you going to Project Pan this year? Let me know!

xo, M

BEST OF BEAUTY 2019: SKINCARE

I’m impressed with myself – this list is somehow shorter than my makeup faves of 2019!

I guess since my skin became more sensitive after using Differin, I became very particular with what I apply on my skin and how much. Below are items I have used super consistently throughout the year (except for the first one lol) that have benefitted my skin’s health!


Items marked with * are PR Samples.
This post contains affiliate links. If you click on this link to make a purchase, I will earn a small commission. Thank you if you decide to use them! If you feel uncomfortable, feel free to google a new link.


MAKEUP REMOVER

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CLEANSER

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HYDRATOR

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ACTIVES / TREATMENTS

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MOISTURIZER / OCCLUSIVE

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SUN PROTECTION

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I’ve had such a skincare journey, I’m so happy that I can finally hone in on products that work best for my current skin condition (normal to dry, acne prone in case you didn’t know) and show me results in the instant and long-term.

What skincare products have worked excellently for you this year? Let me know!

xo, M

BEST OF BEAUTY 2019: MAKEUP

Products marked with * are PR Samples or gifts.


Wow. Wowowowowowow. Time really does pass by so fast!

I have to say, 2019 was a good year of makeup for me. Probably the first time in a while I wasn’t disappointed in my purchases and I didn’t have to do bulk returns!

2020 I think will be a big “shop my stash” year for makeup. Looking in my vanity drawer recently, it’s… a lot. It really is too much for the average working gal. I love beauty, but the amount + mess is giving me unneeded anxiety!

What do you think? A year of Project Pan? I think yes.

In the mean time, I hope you enjoy my “get ready with me” style video using annual makeup faves!


COMPLEXION

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  • Tatcha Silk Canvas Primer
  • Dr. Brandt Pores No More Primer
  • Nude by Nature Perfecting Primer *
  • Revlon Photoready Candid Foundation 220 Sand Beige *
  • Glossier Stretch Concealer Medium *

EYES

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  • Pixi x Weylie Eyeshadow Palette
  • Glossier Boy Brow Brown

CHEEKS

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  • Nudestix All Over Nudies Stick In the Nude
  • Cream Blush SPF 50+ PA++++ 05 Apricot
  • Glossier Cloud Paint Dusk
  • Patrick Ta Beauty She’s Sincere, She’s Seductive
  • Jouer Sunswept Bronzer Duo Light to Medium
  • Colourpop Super Shock Shadow Lunch Money

LIPS

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  • Glossier Generation G Liptstick Cake, Zip
  • Burt’s Bees Liquid Lipstick Sandy Seas *
  • Patrick Ta Lip Liner She’s Strong
  • MAC Lip Liner Stripdown
  • MAC Lustre Lipstick Patisserie

Everything can be found on the following websites:
www.sephora.com
www.glossier.com
www.maccosmetics.com
Shopper’s Drug Mart


Any favourites you spot? What have been the best makeup discoveries this year for you? Let me know!

xo, M

REVIEW: Belle & Candide Bath Milk

Product was sent for review purposes.
All opinions are my own, always *casts doe patronus*


Hey everyone, I have another #ShopLocal inspired post for you all, especially those living in jolie Quebec.

L’Atelier Candide is an e-retailer that sells recognizable and popular eco-friendly Canadian brands – Green Beaver, Graydon, and Kaia Naturals being some of the more familiar ones to me.

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They were kind enough to send over the Belle & Candide Bath Milk, which is their in-house natural beauty brand! I chose the scent Eucalyptus & Lime, but they have other delicious-sounding scents such as Lavender & Hibiscus and Sugar & Spices!


INFO

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SCENT: Eucalyptus and Lime
PRICE: $20 CAD
AMOUNT: 330g / 11.06oz
PACKAGING: Glass bottle with metal cap
MADE IN:Β Montreal

A natural fragrance of eucalyptus essential oil for a spa day at home!

As temperatures drop and winter sets in, there’s nothing better than a warm and relaxing time at home. In addition to promoting relaxation and helping you let go of tension, our bath milks will leave your skin soft and hydrated.

Benefits of a milk bath:

  • Promotes relaxation and well-being
  • Moisturizes, softens and prevents skin from drying out
  • Gently exfoliates thanks to the lactic acid naturally present in milk.

Made in Montreal (Quebec, Canada).


INGREDIENTS

INCI: Sodium bicarbonate, lac powder, avena sativa (oats), zea mays starch (corn starch), perfume (mixture of essential oils).

Off the bat, not happy that baking soda is the first ingredient. Baking Soda is great in small amount in skincare to adjust the pH, but as the main ingredient and it’s natural pH is 8.3, it’s not super skin friendly. I was hoping that the Bath Milk being diluted in a tub of whatever would help, but alas, I can feel the squeaky clean feeling on my skin after a soak.

The other ingredients however, I like! Milk Powder always makes my skin feel very soft and soothed, paired with oats, it’s definitely a great combo! I just wish they were the more prominent ingredients in the mix.


EXPERIENCE

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USAGE: 3 generous shakes spread in the bath tub. Initially the product is chunky and you’d want to just break it down with your fingers, otherwise it dissipates pretty easily.

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MID-BATH: The scent is noticeable on initial pour but not overwhelming.

RESULT: My body has a nice light scent after the bath of Eucalyptus and Lime! I really like how it’s not artificial smelling and overpowering. However my skin feels “squeaky clean” in general, not in a good way. There’s a bit of residue left from what I think are the oats, but definitely not a tub ruiner.


FINAL THOUGHTS

For $20, the Belle & Candide Bath Milks are a nice treat, and I really like that I don’t have to use half the bottle to get a lovely, lingering scent on my skin.

Aside from that, I really hope the brand considers swapping out Baking Soda for something else that will help the skin retain some moisture better after a steamy hot bath.

Belle & Candide products can be purchased on L’Atelier Candide’s official website.

Hope you found this review helpful and informative!

xo,

M