Cult Favorite: Belif True Aqua Bomb

I’m late into the game but I was excited to try #belif, specifically the True Cream Aqua Bomb. So when the brand’s Aqua Playland set landed on my doorstep, know for sure that I was squealing.

The Aqua Playland Set contains a full-sized The True Cream Aqua Bomb and travel-sized Hungarian Water Essence and Moisturizing Eye Bomb.

As well all know, The True Cream Aqua Bomb is a lightweight, oil-free gel cream that cools and refreshes skin while providing hydration. It contains lady’s mantle to help neutralize skin-damaging free radicals, support skin elasticity, and minimize the appearances of pores. I really hoped I would like this. I have been eyeing this for years and I have such high expectations. It’s one of the best moisturizers I’ve tried, honestly. It’s lightweight, moisturizing, and extremely hydrating on the skin. It’s perfect for oily skin types as a night moisturizer. It also smells clean and feels satiny on my face. Over time, this has made my skin softer, smoother, and extremely hydrated.

Overall, this set made me confirm how much I would love The True Cream Aqua Bomb and helped me discover other Belif gems.

#skinwhimsreview Belif Aqua Playland Set

This set was provided by @belifusa and @artisancouncil for review. Available for $38 at sephora.com

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Skincare Review: LXMI Pure Nilotica Melt, Nilotica Lip Melt, and Crème du Nil

Leila Janah founded #LXMI when she discovered Nilotica by chance. The rare butter, she found, has the ability to moisturize and help make the skin luminous, hence it became the star ingredient of the brand’s #skincareproducts. As a result, they now have their exclusive form of the butter, Nilotica Reserve, from high-grade nuts of the Nile River Valley.

100% organic, single-ingredient, promising to be a skin savior, the Pure Nilotica Melt ($28) nourishes the skin and help smooth visible imperfections. This feels really balmy and thick on the skin and smells like ointment. Despite the texture, it’s easy to apply and feels light on the skin. It feels ok to use overnight, as it says on the packaging, because you can almost forget about it after you apply it. No big change in my complexion after I used this, though my face, hands, and dry patches did feel less dry, which it normally does after I wash it.

The Nilotica Lip Melt ($22) is a 100% natural lip treatment that aims to help rejuvenate and relieve dryness during the day and throughout the night. This applies thinly and smells a bit minty. It feels smooth and doesn’t clump. It has a slight sheen to it but fades after a few minutes. I like that this almost feels like nothing,q like I didn’t put something on my lips. It’s not as heavy as those deep moisturizing lip balms, but I like it for everyday use. It feels a little lighter and less bothersome while nourishing and moisturizing my lips.

The Crème du Nil ($24) claims to hydrate the skin using Nilotica Reserve. It also uses hibiscus flower acids to exfoliate skin’s surface and Ugandan vanilla to help preserve skin against the aging process. This is a really light and flowy cream that smells creamy with a little hint of floral, not overpowering, so it’s nice to use on the face. It’s a primer but it also feels a lot like moisturizer, which creates a great combo. It makes my skin feel cool, fresh, and dewy upon application, but creates a really smooth and even base for makeup as it gets absorbed. And because it lends a dewy-ness to my skin, I believe it helps my makeup stay on longer. However, on warmer days, I can feel the oil ingredients in this primer as it seems to sit on top of my skin. I would recommend this to dry skin types.

For extremely dry skin, these LXMI products is a great natural option as it evidently moisturizes the skin and provides nourishment to the complexion.

These products were provided by @lxmi for review. Available at lxmi.com

Brand Overview: Urb Apothecary

Using organic ingredients, #urbapothecary aims to infuse the healing power of botanicals in their products. Their products are also cruelty-free, SLS-free, synthetic fragrance-free, and free of chemical additives and preservatives.

The Willow Charcoal Cleanser ($47) promises to be a hydrating cleanser that soothes and clears the skin without tightening it and stripping it of natural oils. It contains white willow extracts to cleanse oily skin, activated charcoal to cleanse the pores, aloe vera to soothe and calm, which hazel extracts to prevent acne, redness, and swelling, jojoba oil to look in moisture, and safflower oil to soothe and replenish the skin.

It’s hard to find cleansers that work with oily and sensitive skin. Most of the time, my skin gets a harsh reaction from strong products or it gets to stripped that my face becomes too oily after. It feels incredibly gentle and it gives a cooling effect as you cleanse. Unlike other products with charcoal, this didn’t make my skin feel dry. After using it, my face feels chilled, relaxed, and hydrated. It didn’t give any harsh effects to my blemishes and instead helped soothe them.

The Green Tea Serum ($20) is designed to protect skin, slow signs of aging, balance sebum production, and minimize pores and wrinkles using organic ingredients like kukui but oil, hemp seed oil, green tea, st john’s wort, chamomile flowers, calendula flowers, plantain, safflower oil, baobab oil.

The serum gets absorbed quickly into the skin without feeling greasy. I use this 1-2 times a day with 1-2 pumps and gently massage it to my face. I liked how its texture is very lightweight. It also helped reduce some of my blemishes. What I disliked is the strong herbal floral scent.

These products would be best for those with #oilyskin looking for organic products to help with oil and blemishes. Both products contain essential oils, though so that’s something to note.

The Urb Apothecary Willow Charcoal Cleanser and Green Tea Serum were provided by @urbapothecary for review. Available at urbapothecary.com

Cult Favorite: Caudalie Beauty Elixir

A classic, the Beauty Elixir from #caudalie was inspired by the centuries old ‘elixir of youth’ used by Queen Isabelle of Hungary.

The mist contains grapes to moisturize, rose oil to tone, and rosemary to energize the skin.

I have always like the cooling sensation this gives on first spritz. I like using this after masking or after using acids. It’s soothing and very refreshing to the skin. The smell, which always reminds me of me mother, was something I’ve already gotten used to. It’s a classic go-to #facemist to hydrate and refresh the skin.

This product was provided by @caudalie for review. Available gor $18 at us.caudalie.com

Holiday Kit 2018: Tu’el Skincare Body Glow Kit

For your upcoming trips and late, late nights, the Body Glow Kit ($45) from Tu’el Skincare contains body care products to keep the skin hydrated and healthy. The kit includes:

  • Green Clean Invigorating Body Wash – this contains pine essential oil to energize the senses and hydrate the skin, bladderwrack seaweed to nourish and balance the skin, and glycolic acid to boost turnover and exfoliate the skin. Much better than what’s available in hotel rooms, this has a fresh and clean scent that is energizing. It helps wake up your senses in the morning.
    Triple Splash Hydrating Body Tonic – has sodium hyaluronate, eucalyptus oil, and hydrolyzed protein to act as a hydrating serum for your body, increasing the effectiveness of your moisturizer to give you healthier, firmer-looking skin. This is a fave as I’ve never used anything like it before. It helps soften my skin and leave it moisturized and hydrated.
  • Botanical Blast Ultra Rich Body Lotion uses a blend of 15 plant extracts joining forces to nourish, smooth, and protect skin. It’s moisturizing and softening and with its handy packaging, this can be carried around anywhere if you want to moisturize on-the-go.

This is would also be a great gift for your forever-traveling boss or that one friend you have who’s backpacking to random exotic places.

*This kit was provided by Tu’el Skincare and Ink and Roses.