Cult Favorite: Briogeo Scalp Revival Collection

I have said this countless times but my hair and my scalp are more sensitive than my face. That’s why I have three kinds of shampoos and conditioners in my shower. Recently, I had some products from the Scalp Revival collection of Briogeo included in my rotation.

The Scalp Revival Collection uses binchotan charcoal, biotin, tea tree oil, and witch hazel to calm irritation, itchiness, flakes and dry scalp. All of which, I can have if I’m not too careful.

I wish Charcoal + Coconut Oil Micro-Exfoliating Shampoo ($42) came in a pump so it wouldn’t take that much space in my bathroom shelf. It does the job though. It has a mask-like consistency, thicker than most conditioners, and it feels a bit grainy due to micro-exfoliators. If feels cool on the scalp and leaves my hair feel soft afterward. What I noticed after a few weeks of use, however, is that this prevents my scalp from getting too dry. It also helps with the itching I would feel after a day of staying outdoors and sweating a lot.

I use Charcoal + Tea Tree Scalp Treatment ($32) before sleeping. I actually have this already in my stash. This is just my go-to when my scalp feels too itchy and oily. It helps balance my scalp.

I also like massaging the Stimulating Therapy Massager ($16) whenever I apply the Charcoal + Coconut Oil Micro-Exfoliating Shampoo and the Charcoal + Tea Tree Scalp Treatment. Aside from it helping me when I apply these products, it also massages my scalp, which feels so relaxing. This just calms me and puts me to sleep. I actually have another scalp massager on my bedside table.

The Charcoal + Biotin Dry Shampoo ($24) is something I don’t use often. Living in a sunny and humid area leaves me with no choice but to wash my hair daily. I only use dry shampoo when my hair is feeling a bit oily to control and balance my scalp throughout the day.

The Charcoal + Coconut Oil Micro-Exfoliating Shampoo is a nice discovery and it complements my use of the Charcoal + Tea Tree Scalp Treatment to prevent itching, dryness, and oiliness while keeping my hair looking healthy and feeling soft.

The Briogeo Scalp Revival Charcoal + Coconut Oil Micro-Exfoliating Shampoo, Stimulating Therapy Massager, Charcoal + Tea Tree Scalp Treatment, and Charcoal + Biotin Dry Shampoo was provided by @briogeo. Available at briogeohair.com

Makeup Review: BareMinerals Mineralist Hydra-Smoothing Lipstick

The Mineralist Hydra-Smoothing Lipstick from BareMinerals is a vegan lipstick that promises hydration, nourishment, and pigmentation while smoothing and softening the lips using european sea buckthorn fruit oil, mediterranean olive oil, moroccan pomegranate extract, and jojoba oil. It’s also formulated without parabens, phthalates, mineral oil, and synthetic fragrance. They have 25 shades from nude to reds to cater to a variety of skin tones.

They sent me the entire collection, all 25 shades, which I’m really thankful for. Not only that I got to try the shades, I finally found the right brown for me (something with a pink or peach tone) and I also knew how nude I can go (apparently lighter than I thought I would).

The lipsticks have a fragrant scent. The actual product is very pigmented but it applies almost like a balm would – soft and smooth. Due to the texture and finish, this doesn’t last long. However, applying these feel like just applying a lip balm, only with the color payoff of a lipstick. They don’t emphasize the lines of the lips and my lips felt soft and smooth after use. It’s indeed hydrating than most lipsticks.

I have been constantly reaching for the shades Presence (antique mauve), Memory (neutral rose), Grace (nude pink), and Focus (muted mauve) for every day while Fortitude (plum berry) and Intuition (brick red) is what I’ve been using for nights out.

The BareMinerals Mineralist Hydra-Smoothing Lipstick were provided by @bareMinerals and @tractenbergandco. Available bareminerals.com

#Mineralist #PowerOfGood #CleanBeauty

Skincare Review: Goop GOOPGLOW 15% Glycolic Acid Overnight Glow Peel

As a lover of glycolic acid, I immediately wanted to check the GOOPGLOW 15% Glycolic Acid Overnight Glow Peel. Complimentary from Goop, this peeling pad promises to exfoliate, retexturize, and brighten skin while you sleep.

These pads contain 15% glycolic acid to removes dead skin cells and other debris while helping increase cell turnover, tropical fruit extracts (mango, banana, and yellow mombin) to help with cell turnover while reinforcing the skin’s barrier function, Australian kakadu plum for its antioxidant properties, and hyaluronic acid to hydrate skin.

I have been using this twice now (once a week) and the pad that this peel uses is something I have never used before. It isn’t paper or cotton-like, as with most exfoliating pads I’ve used. It’s a bit rough and combined with the acid, this made my skin a bit red. It also stings a bit. However, the redness and the stinging subsides after a few minutes. It dries into a sticky finish. I’m no stranger to the percentage of glycolic acid this one has so I know the results I would get. As expected, this softened and smoothened my skin but aside from that, this peel left my skin looking plumper the morning after.

The Goop GOOPGLOW 15% Glycolic Acid Overnight Glow Peel was provided by @goop .

Cult Favorite: Sulwhasoo Concentrated Ginseng Renewing Cream

Something new in my routine is the Concentrated Ginseng Renewing Cream from Sulwhasoo. This is a moisturizer that uses red ginseng and retinol to boost moisture while addressing fine lines and uneven texture.

I like ginseng on my skin so I was really excited to try this. It feels creamy but applies matte and thin on the skin but it still feels creamy. It leaves a silky finish on the skin and it feels so luxurious. This doesn’t make my skin oily or clog my pores. My skin just feels plumper in the morning. Since this is on the heavy side, I only use this a at night. I have been using it for about two weeks so I will be using this more before seeing its effects on texture and lines.

The Sulwhasoo Concentrated Ginseng Renewing Cream was provided by Sulwhasoo and Octoly.

#Sulwhasoogiftedme @Sephora #SeoulToSephora #octolyfamily #Ginseng

Makeup Review: Make Up For Ever Matte Velvet Skin Full Coverage Foundation

I have always loved foundations from Make Up For Ever. I have the old Mat Velvet + Matifying Foundation, which I use during the summer and the UltraHD Stick Foundation, which I like using for every day. They just work for my oily skin best.

So, I was excited to get to try this new Matte Velvet Foundation. In terms of consistency, this seems creamier than the Mat Velvet. For texture, it applies thickly, fulfilling its promise for full coverage. One swipe and it conceals redness and pigmentation. I still have to use an undereye concealer but that’s a given because I really have dark undereyes. This, I also felt, has more coverage than its predecessor. It dries really matte so I sometimes like to mix this with a liquid highlighter for a more natural finish and use it alone if I know I’m going to have a full day. It applies evenly and, as expected, it looks great on my oily skin.

On the first day, I used a serum, a moisturizer, and SPF underneath this one. I didn’t use an oil-controlling setting mist on top to test its hold. It had a bit of shine after the 12-hour mark but it doesn’t look bad on photos. The foundation also didn’t settle on my lines nor did it gather on the oily parts of my face. I can say that this is a good full-coverage foundation for those with oily skin type. I like using this when I know I’m going to have a busy and long day so I wouldn’t have to worry about reapplying makeup, this base only needs a few touch-ups here and there to keep it fresh.

The Make Up For Ever Matte Velvet Skin Full Coverage Foundation was provided by @makeupforeverus and @influenster.