The holidays look a bit different this time around—we're all trying to rebuild, heal, and find hope in the coming year. For me, that type of reflection and inner work goes hand in hand with my skincare rituals. It's a time when I can reflect, unwind, and take care of myself without distractions or guilt. It's about skin health, sure, but it's a mind-body connection for me too. The mental, the emotional, and physical all come together in those few moments of peace. With that in mind, I've decided to gift those experiences to my loved ones as well. Skincare is the ultimate gift in that respect.
I did a ton of research, taking note of price point, formulas, and general holiday cheer included in various gift sets on the market and landed on Belif's Moisture Festival Set. The K-beauty brand is known for combining time-tested apothecary herbal traditions and modern Korean skin science to provide thoughtful, effective products.
Included in the package is four helpful, fuss-free products: the brand's Aqua Bomb Makeup Removing Cleansing Balm, Aqua Bomb Hydrating Toner, Moisturizing Eye Bomb, and True Cream Moisturizing Bomb. The focus of the collection is hydration—a necessity during the colder months as well as moments when stress and hormones can wreak havoc on your skin.
Below, find my honest review of each product in the set as well as a rundown of the key ingredients for each. Whomever you may be gifting this year, they'll love it. I'm also buying one for myself in the name of self-care—feel free to do the same.
Belif Moisture Festival Set
Best for: All skin types
Uses: For pores, dryness, and uneven skin texture
Key Ingredients: Comfrey leaf, oat extract, panthenol
About the Brand: Belif combines time-tested apothecary herbal traditions and modern Korean skin science to provide the utmost care and efficacy for skin.
This cushiony cream offers a ton of that feel-good, comforting moisture to leave your skin feeling plump, supple, and deeply nourished. I like to give myself a quick facial massage as I apply it to top off my routine—this helps with lymphatic drainage and boosts your mood in equal measure. The formula is a potent cocktail of comfrey leaf, oat extract, and panthenol to moisturizer, soothe, and attract and hold moisture. After applying it you'll feel brand new. It's that good. Another plus? The set (tagged at just $38 for the four products) offers the full-size moisturizer which individually retails for $38.
I am a cleansing balm obsessive—there is just no better formula to properly remove makeup, cleanse, and hydrate at the same time. Apply the formula to dry skin and massage it in to effectively remove any dirt, oil, and makeup. Once you add water, Belif's silky, buttery balm turns from cream to oil to gently cleanse in one easy, luxurious step. The formula is a mix of lotus flower (for cleansing and radiance), marshmallow root (to protect and moisturize), and lady's mantle (for antioxidants and firming) and specifically designed to leave no residue behind—i.e. no need for a double-cleanse.
This water-based toner offers a refreshing, soothing dose of of hydration post-cleanse. It nurtures your skin and even helps the next products in your routine penetrate better. The blend of hydrating sodium hyaluronate, calming honeysuckle, and moisture-locking baobab is the perfect antidote to dry, sallow-looking skin (we've all been there). It leaves behind a satin finish and healthy-looking glow. In fact, 95.6% of the 45 participants in a consumer testing panel found their skin to feel hydrated and moist after use.
The skin under your eyes is far more delicate than the rest of your face, and thus inherently prone to darkness, puffiness, and wrinkles (just think about how much you move your eyes in a single minute). Expression lines exist as a trophy of joy and a life well-lived, but it's fair to want to smooth them. This formula will do just that. It's lightweight, refreshing cream that smooths fine lines, moisturizes, boosts elasticity, and increases the resilience of the thin skin under your eyes. Here's the gist: It's formulated with comfrey leaf and pennywort herb to hydrate and add glow, while the cooling texture de-puffs and increases circulation. Plus, it preps and smooths the under-eye area for a more crease-free makeup application.