Cult Favorite: Ole Henriksen Glow2OH Dark Spot Toner

The Glow2OH Dark Spot Toner from Ole Henriksen promises to brighten and smooth the skin, reduce the look of dark spots, and target fine lines and wrinkles using glycolic and lactic acids, sandalwood extract, chamomile extract, and licorice extract.

This has that sweet smell that the PHAT Glow Facial has. It’s very watery but leaves a bit of a tacky finish to the skin. It stings when swiped on the skin but it only lasts for a few seconds. A few months of using this, I noticed its refining, smoothing, and brightening benefits to the skin. I have a few bumps at the side of my face and this helped a lot in smoothing those parts of my face. Even though this is recommended for daily use, I only use this two times a week so it took more than a month to see results. If you love Ole Henriksen, this is worth checking out if you want to improve your skin’s texture while brightening and smoothing the complexions.

The Ole Henriksen Glow2OH Dark Spot Toner was provided by @olehenriksen . Available at olehenriksen.com

Bodycare Review: Luxury Hand Creams

Being more mindful of moisturizing my hands nowadays. Currently using the new Luxury Hand Cream from Henne Organics.

The hand cream promises to moisturize the skin without the greasy feeling using aloe leaf juice, argan oil, glycerin, jojoba seed oil, caprylic triglycerides, and shea butter. It comes in two scents – Blomma, a blend of twinflower, rose, and geranium, and Citrus.

The tube packaging of the Luxury Hand Creams are very luxurious and compact. Both hand creams have a silky oily finish which I can still feel after minutes of application. It feels better when my skin is feeling extremely dry. The scent is strong, with the Citrus a tad stronger than Blomma, upon application but dissipates seconds after. What I also noticed with these hand creams is that you might need to put more than a pea-sized amount for each hand. They are moisturizing and the moisture they bring lasts more than most hand creams but personally, my hands normally don’t feel that dry so, on normal days, I prefer something that doesn’t feel oily.

The Henne Organics Luxury Hand Creams in (Blomma and Citrus) were provided by @henneorganics. Available for $25 each at henneorganics.com

Makeup Review: Trestique Color + Blend Shadow Crayons

Trestique reformulated their Shadow Crayons, which now promises to be more blendable, more flattering, and longer-lasting.

These stick eyeshadows come with a brush at the other end, as expected of Trestique products. These shadows in pen-shaped packaging can fit the thinnest and smallest clutches, making retouching or actual eyeshadow application quick and easy. The actual eyeshadows are sturdier than other stick eyeshadows I’ve dried. I found that if you need to blend this, it needs to be done urgently to avoid streaking. It feels smooth on the lids, though. I prefer using a softer brush instead of the densely packed brush the shadow came with. I’m able to blend the color easier with a softer and less dense brush. All colors have a shimmer finish to them.

Venetian gives a gold shimmer than can be used to highlight below the brows and in the corner of your eyes. Morimoto is a pink pearl, which works for a light eye look. The darker shade Kona (bronze), Aspen (earthy green), Tahitian (taupe), and Burgundy (burgundy wine) are for when you want depth in your eye looks. I like to use Kona and Venetian together. I use Kona all over the lid and Venetian on the corner of my eyes to provide color in my everyday look. I sometimes even use Kona as an eyeliner.

These are extremely pigmented. The application literally feels like your applying crayon on your lids because they are sturdy. I didn’t mind it that much but if you’re into complicated eye looks that require a lot of blending, these might be too dense for you. If you do simple, fuss-free eye looks, you would have an easier time. I also like how long-lasting these shadows are. Even without an eyeshadow primer and with my oily lids, these stay on the whole day.

These shadows are also vegan, cruelty-free, and are made without paraben, gluten, and synthetic fragrance.

The Trestique Color + Blend Shadow Crayons were provided by @trestique. Available for $24 each at trestique.com

Cult Favorite: Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Cream

Oooh, the smell of the Brazilian Bum Bum Cream ($45) from Sol de Janeiro is out of this world amazing. It aims to smooth and visibly tighten the appearance of the skin using guaraná extract, cupuaçu butter, açaí oil, coconut oil, and guayusa.

This feels thick but goodness, this is one of the best smelling skincare products I have ever come across. It might feel thick and I would have to get more product to apply but it sinks in luxuriously into the skin, quickly as well. It doesn’t feel sticky afterward, which I thought would happen. It leaves the skin velvety and soft. The moisture lasts for so long. I put this on one afternoon and my skin still felt soft and smooth 24 hours after. I like to use this at night and wake up with smooth and firm skin.

This product is also cruelty-free, vegan, and are made without gluten, soy, parabens, artificial colorants, phthalates, PEGs, talc, sulfate, mineral oil, and microbeads.

The Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Cream is provided by @soldejaneiro. Available at soldejaneiro.com

Haircare Review: Eva NYC Deeptox Exfoliating Salt Shampoo

I am a bit late to the hair scrub party. I have lived all my life knowing about shampoos, conditioners, and the occasional hair masks but scrubs is a recent find and I didn’t know how much my scalp and hair needed it.

As I have mentioned much time, my scalp can be temperamental. It can easily get extremely dry or extremely oily so using hair styling products and just hair products, in general, have been difficult. It’s why I have a lot so I can cater to the different scalp and hair needs I might have.

I have been using the Deeptox Exfoliating Salt Shampoo from Eva NYC once every week to check if it will work for my hair. This new product is a scrub shampoo that promises to exfoliate and purify the scalp while eliminating dirt, pollutants, toxins and product buildup on the scalp. It contains sea salt, pomegranate extract, and witch hazel. This scrub is vegan, cruelty-free, and is also formulated without sulfates, parabens, phthalates, sodium chloride, and artificial colors.

This is the most stripping shampoo I have ever tried and I mean that as a compliment. It looks like a creamy scrub with small exfoliating bits. It doesn’t lather as a normal shampoo would and I know this would strip my hair of all dirt and product buildup as soon as I massaged this on my scalp. This is what I need to use when I use more styling products than usual. The exfoliating bits feel relaxing as I massage it on the skin. After each use, I follow this with a hair mask to moisturize and hydrate my hair and scalp. If I don’t, this will leave my dry scalp much drier and my fine hair tangled. I may not use this once a week but I will reach for this whenever I know my hair has been through a lot and when it needs a deep detox.

The Eva NYC Deeptox Exfoliating Salt Shampoo was provided by @evanyc. Available for $12 at eva-nyc.com