Ugh, guys, I know it’s been too long. I haven’t posted here in over a year. I have been pretty active on Instagram though! So…hopefully I was able to interact with you guys over there!
So…uh what’s new. Let’s see. Well, the product photography business has been going well. I’ve been taking photos for a few regular clients and I feel like it’s been the perfect balance between being a mom and being home for my kids, but also having a creative outlet and a way to contribute to the family financially. I also feel like it’s the ideal job for me — I’m an introvert so being alone styling and photographing products is pretty fun for me haha (much easier than people!). It’s funny to look back at my photos (like on this blog) and see how much better they’ve gotten!
I think focusing on the photography has fulfilled a creative need in me that used to be filled by writing? Hence the long radio silence here – I was so focused on the visual storytelling I didn’t have much energy for writing. But I think I’m ready to revive this blog a little. Maybe not post all the time but definitely update once in while! You guys helped me start this whole skincare photography journey after all =).
On that note, I’m ready to talk about the Laneige Water Bank Cream and Cream Skin Toner. I received these for free from Laneige to test and review. I had tried samples of the Laneige Water Bank Cream but this is my first full size, and the Laneige Cream Skin Toner…I mean just look at it, who doesn’t like a creamy toner? I mean, I certainly can’t resist.
Why I love Laneige
First a little bit about Laneige. This KBeauty brand was one of the first Korean skincare brands to come across my radar WAY back in the day, so it’s always occupied a special place in my heart. Everything is so impeccably formulated, so professional, I have just found that a large proportion of their product offerings just WORK.
The Laneige Water Bank Moisture Cream
This is an oldie but a goodie. With a beautiful lightweight cream texture, this cream will appeal to combination to dry skin types who need lots of hydration but don’t want skin to feel weighed down.
Ingredients: Water, Propanediol, Glycerin, Methyl Trimethicone, Phenyl Trimethicone, Caprylyl Methicone, 1,2-Hexanediol, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Sea Water/Maris Aqua/Eau De Mer, Saccharide Isomerate, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/Vp Copolymer, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Cetearyl Alcohol, Butylene Glycol, Fragrance, Glyceryl Caprylate, Glyceryl Stearate, Stearic Acid, Ethylhexylglycerin, Disodium Edta, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Tromethamine, Sorbitan Isostearate, Polyglyceryl-3 Methylglucose Distearate, Hyaluronic Acid, Magnesium Sulfate, Calcium Chloride, Linalool, Sodium Citrate, Citric Acid, Hexyl Cinnamal, Benzyl Salicylate, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Limonene, Beta Vulgaris (Beet) Root Extract/Extrait De Racine De Betterave, Geraniol, Citronellol, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Manganese Sulfate, Chenopodium Quinoa Seed Extract, Tocopherol, Zinc Sulfate, Lecithin, Brassica Oleracea Acephala Leaf Extract, Nasturtium Officinale Extract, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Lepidium Sativum Sprout Extract, Ascorbyl Glucoside.
Wow, quite an extensive ingredient list. Love the addition of hyaluronic acid in this formula as well as some extracts that boost the antioxidant content. If you’re really attached to green beauty products and want your cream to have 5 ingredients, this obviously isn’t for you.
But… it all just works. The texture is ah.maz.ing. So light yet nourishing and moisturizing. It sinks in deeply and doesn’t feel tacky. And the Laneige Water Bank Moisture Cream works SO well with the Laneige Cream Skin Toner, it’s like they were made for each other! I mean, what else can I say, this is one cream I’m going to use to the very last dollop.
Laneige Cream Skin Toner and Moisturizer
Ah now the Laneige Cream Skin Toner. This was quite different than what I expected…
Ingredients: Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, 1,2-Hexanediol, Polyglyceryl- 10 Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate Citrate, Sodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Inulin Lauryl Carbamate, Glyceryl Caprylate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Propanediol, Disodium Edta, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Tocopherol.
Having seen the Cream Skin Toner around on Instagram, I fully expected it to be more of a serum texture, quite a bit thicker than water. In actuality, it’s very thin and runny! This threw me a bit at first as I wasn’t sure how I wanted to use it in my routine. Given that it has lipids in it (meadowfoam seed oil, as well as some synthetic esters) I tried at first putting it over my water-based toners and serums.
That didn’t work. It didn’t absorb and left a shiny, oily film that just kind of slid all over my skin. So eventually, I tried it as my very first step right after cleansing, on bare, slightly damp skin. Aha. Now I get the hype. This was LOVELY as a first step. Delivering a power punch of both watery and oil-based moisture, this immediately softened my skin and left it feeling supple and moisturized.
I was even able to add my toners and serums on TOP of the Cream Skin without any issues; no pilling, no problems absorbing. So, I’ve discovered, as long as I use the Cream Skin first, everything works super well. Sometimes you have to figure out how the product wants to be used in your routine =).
Oh boy, my fingers are sore from typing. I’m obviously out of practice. Stay tuned though; watch this space! I’ll be back.