Skincare Sunday — Primera Brand Review

Hi all, Happy Sunday! I hope your weekend is amazing!

I was recently sent skincare products from Primera for my honest review.


The brand Primera is a clean K-Beauty brand by AmorePacific.  They are sold at Sephora, so the products are readily available.

Primera’s skin-care products are formulated with some type of plant or fruit seeds. Seeds, and more specifically, the moment that a seed sprouts, are the inspiration behind the brand.

I love the packaging of these products. It is eco-friendly. In addition to using recycled paper boxes, plastic bottles, and glass jars, Primera prints all product information directly on the box in soy ink to reduce waste.


Clean Berry Lip Mask ($20) — A rich leave-on lip mask that helps cushion, soothe, and protect with a natural mix of conditioning butters and extracts; lips are left hydrated, soft, and refreshed.

Alpine Berry Water Cream ($40) — A dewy cream that sinks in instantly while providing lasting hydration and nourishment.

Miracle Seed Essence ($58) — A concentrated essence that helps to visibly smooth texture, improve tone, increase hydration, and help protect from environmental stressors at the same time. This also comes with a pack of 70 very soft natural cotton pads.

What I think:  I’m enjoying all of these products! The lip mask and water cream are both extremely hydrating. The lip mask is a bit hard, and takes a little work to smooth it over the lips.  It does moisturize well overnight and my lips are smooth in the morning.

The water cream is very hydrating and does take a few minutes to sink in.  It does deeply hydrate and my skin looks very smooth and glowing in the morning.

My favorite product so far is the essence.  It is instantly hydrating and smoothing.  I apply it after cleansing with one of the soft cotton pads that come with it. It’s really good for stressed out skin or even just a day in the sun.  I also love the glass bottle, it’s so pretty!

These can all be purchased at Sephora.

Have you tried Primera? What K-Beauty brands do you love?



Brand Review: Erborian

I recently received Erborian products for my honest review. Erborian is a Korean skincare and makeup company that uses natural ingredients along with technology to make skin look and feel amazing!

These are the products I have been testing out:

Erborian Bamboo Matte Lotion

Erborian Bamboo Matte Lotion ($34 USD) — a true velvety lotion for normal to oily skin. The mattifying powder, combined with an aqueous phase enriched with extracts of Bamboo – known to be a natural moisturizer – helps to reduce excess sebum and tighten pores. Skin looks perfectly mattified, with a velvety feeling.

What I think:  This needs to be shaken each use to mix the powder with the liquid.  It smells lovely and instantly mattifies my skin!  My skin is combination and gets oily in the hot and humid summer months.  This is perfect for me now and I use it after cleansing and before serum.  It keeps my skin fresh for hours.

Erborian Black Cleansing Oil

Erborian Black Cleansing Oil ($29 USD) — combines the Korean cleansing technique with Charcoal, known for its purifying properties, to offer radiance and comfort. On contact with warm water, its silky texture transforms into a light emulsion, for delicate yet effective cleansing action. Gently removes impurities, excess sebum and traces of even stubborn and waterproof makeup. Skin feels clean, supple and nourished, as if enveloped in a non-oily veil of protection. The complexion looks fresh and radiant.

What I think:  I use the Bamboo Matte Lotion in the daytime, but I use this cleanser at night to remove makeup and really cleanse my skin when it’s oily.  It is safe for my sensitive skin, too.

CC Crème High Definition Radiance Face Cream Skin Perfector

Erborian CC Crème High Definition Radiance Face Cream Skin Perfector ($44 USD 1.5 oz) — This high-definition color correcting primer helps create a flawlessly luminous canvas by blurring the appearance of fine lines to leave skin prepped and ready for makeup application. With two shades, color-matching pigments help create a seamless match to a wide range of skin tones. Broad-spectrum SPF 25 helps to protect skin from harmful UVA/UVB rays, and the finished product is a complexion feeling soft with a non-oily yet radiant finish.

What I think:  I have been loving this lately, because it blurs lines and pores, and gives a little color too.  I use it under foundation for days I want more coverage, or on it’s own just to run around.  It has SPF to protect and it is not oily.  The pigment also helps cover my redness so I look fresh and gorgeous!

Erborian BB Crème au Ginseng Clair

Erborian BB Crème au Ginseng Clair ($39 USD 1.5 oz) — This lightweight, five-in-one primer provides a buildable and mattifying coverage for your perfect base to be worn alone or under your favorite makeup look. With three shades formulated to match wide ranges of skin tones, the creamy texture blends easily and helps to minimize the look of pores and skin imperfections for a primed canvas. Broad-spectrum SPF 20 helps to shield skin from harmful UVA/UVB rays, and the result is a protected complexion that feels soft with a velvety, non-oily finish.

What I think:  I use this as primer and foundation.  When it’s warm, I don’t like to use much on my face, and this helps me to look flawless in one step.  It blends well an gives a matte look — I do set it with my IT Cosmetics Bye Bye pores powder.  I love that it has SPF, too!

Erborian Touch Pen Complexion Sculptor and Concealer

Erborian Touch Pen Complexion Sculptor and Concealer ($31 USD) — Enriched with centella asiatica, known for its smoothing properties, Touch Pen leaves a fine, translucent veil on the skin that evens out skin tone for an ultra-light, adjustable finish. This high-precision beauty tool helps to conceal dark circles, imperfections, and visible signs of aging and fatigue, revealing a radiant look by visibly contouring or zoning. Great for both concealing skin imperfections and sculpting the look of the complexion, the sponge tip applicator allows for precise product distribution.

What I think: I love these pens with sponge tip concealers that are so popular lately.  (Here’s the review for the new Julep one).  This has a soft sponge tip that I love. I have it in Clair, which is their light shade.  It is very creamy and blends really well with my fingers or a brush. The coverage is amazing and it can be used all over the face, or just in spots, like under eyes or to cover redness.  I love to keep this in my purse for touch ups. It sets well and doesn’t really need a powder over it.

I really enjoy these Erborian products.  I think my faves are the Bamboo Matte Lotion and the Touch Pen.  I think they are pretty high tech and really make my skin look amazing and am looking forward to trying more products from them in the future.

Have you tried Erborian?  Which products do you love?