100 years ago, I worked for Lancôme.  I was obsessed, the skincare smelled and felt amazing, the textures were unreal, the global "innovations" and "1st time" ingredients had me sold.  Then I learned what a marketing ingredient was, and moved on to other products, until recently.  I was given the Advanced Génifique (fake French word) Youth Activating Serum and threw it towards the back of my product queue, until a slot opened up and I decided to give it a try.  The second ingredient is "Bifida Ferment Lysate",  as fermented ingredients are typically high on the list of Korean Essence products I decided to do a little research.  There are no real studies on the effects of this particular bacteria on the skin, but I will tell you this, I'm on my second bottle.  This concentrate absorbs super quick and feels like an instant boost of moisture.  Lancôme bosts some moderate results across all major skin concerns, targeting it to all skin types and ages, so it truly is an "All Skin Type" product.  It features a dropped that premeasures the perfect amount every time you open it; I used this morning and night and it lasted me over 4 months

I finished my first bottle, moved to another product for the past few months and am happy to say I'm glad there was a second bottle in my queue to use.  At $105 for a 1.69oz bottle it may not be the most affordable extra step in your routine,  I give it 4/5 Stars and recommend it to anyone wanting a boost of hydration, radiance, and improvement in texture.  Use after essence and before or as your serum.


From Budapest With Love


If you didn't know, I'm 1/4 Hungarian (hence my very Hungarian name), so when I saw Korean skincare brand Belif's Hungarian Water Essence, I had to support the motherland.  I purchased this while using the May Coop Raw Saw (which I was so over), and quickly switched to solely using.  A little back story, for centuries the Hungarian springs have been used for their healing purposes and even by Queen Elizabeth of Hungary.  There's another skincare brand, Omorovicza, that has based its entire brand on the healing waters, but that's another post.  Now due to the low price point and minimal ingredients, I wasn't expecting a whole lot, but I was very surprised.  When I first felt the texture, I thought it was very lightweight, but again didn't expect much.  Let me tell you, this essence provides so much hydration!! I have combo skin, but tend to get dehydrated in the dry LA weather, this gave my skin such a comfortable and lost lasting boost of hydration that I never wanted it to end, and it didn't.  The bottle lasted 4 months using it morning and night, after toner.  This is a definite must have.

I recommend this to anyone who needs a little more moisture in their skin, be it oily, dry, or combo, this won't make you greasy, it will just add hydration.  At $42 it's an easy addition to any skincare routine.  5/5 Stars, available at Sephora and Sephora.com