Monthly Favorites: February 2019

Touchland Power Mist

I was never a hand sanitizer person, never one of those people who kept one dangling in her bag. Then I grew up and realized how dry my hands can get during the day. I now have one on my desk and one in my bag.

The Power Mist from Touchland is a hand sanitizer in a modern and sleek design claiming to provide 500+ sprays to keep the hands bacteria-free, deliciously-scented, and moisturized. It contains ethyl alcohol denat to cleanse, aloe vera to moisturize, glycereth-26 to smooth, radish root ferment filtrate for antimicrobial protection, and lime and lemon essential oils. Touchland also dedicates 5% of their profits in providing sanitizing hygiene solutions to developing countries where there’s water scarcity.

I have the Mint and Forest Berry scents. They both sink in quickly and it takes about four sprays to cover both hands. Mint has a fresh scent while Forest Berry smells like sweet berries. I use it about four times while in the office to help keep my hands moisturized. I like it’s flat and sleek packaging fits easily in my bag and the colors are bright so it’s easy to find.

The Touchland Power Mist Mint and Forest Berry were provided by @touchland. Available for $11.95 each at touchland.com

Goby Rose Electric Toothbrush

I am honestly more scared of the dentist than the doctor. My teeth are weak little shits – I’ve had braces, impacted tooth, bleeding gums, and all those lonely and painful visits to the dentist’s office. So, like skincare routines, I brush my teeth religiously and do everything I can for me not to here my dentist saying, “we need to do something about your teeth.” I’m willing to try anything to avoid spending more than an hour with my dentist.

One of the things I tried is the Electric Toothbrush from Goby. I have it in Rose, a cute pink electric toothbrush included in a kit. The kit contains the electric toothbrush that can be used in two speeds (normal and sensitive). It also has a built-in timer that prompts for 30-second cleansing in every quadrant. The kit also contains a magnetic USB charging shell, an oscillating brush head, a hygienic stand, and a brush head cover.

Compared to other electric toothbrushes, this has a slim toothbrush that can easily be brought anywhere. Aside from making space for its stand, which you can bring to your travels or not, this doesn’t take up too much space in your toiletry bag. It also has a cover for the bristles, a plus when you’re bringing this on-the-go. The actual brush itself has soft bristles so it doesn’t make my gums bleed. It’s also small enough to easily reach the corners of my mouth. I also choose the sensitive mode and it feels cleansing yet gentle on my mouth. I just like it. It’s pretty and effective, what more can I ask for?

Goby is also n partnership with the NYU College of Dentistry’s Global Student Outreach Program donating a percentage of their sales to help provide dental services to people around the world so you’re taking care of your teeth and other people’s as well.

The Goby Rose Electric Toothbrush was provided by @goby. Available as a kit for $60 at goby.com

Caudalie Vinoperfect Brightening Glycolic Overnight Cream

Newly released by Caudalie, the Vinoperfect Brightening Glycolic Overnight Cream promises to be a dark-spot-diminishing night cream using papaya extract, glycolic acid, and vine sap viniferine. It also contains hyaluronic acid to hydrate and plump, vegetal butylene glucol to moisturize.

This moisturizer smells amazing, as per usual. It has a creamy consistency but has a heavy and buttery texture that scared my oily skin a bit at first. I felt like I’m slathering butter on my face. Fortunately, once massaged onto the skin, it doesn’t feel oily or slick at all. It feels like it emulsifies into a think silky texture that sinks into the skin but leaves a bit of a tacky texture. Amazingly enough, this offers enough hydration and moisture to my skin through the night so I don’t wake up with oilier skin than when I use other heavy moisturizers. I like using this during the weekdays when my skin is exposed to the outdoor and indoor aggressors the most as this helps keep my skin from looking dull the day after. This also helps brighten the skin especially on the darker parts of my face like around my mouth area. I can use this a the moisturizer in my routine or as a sleeping mask if I’m in need of extra moisture and plumpness. I feel like in conjunction with the Vinoperfect Serum, this really helps lightening spots and offer radiance and brightness to the skin. Even if I have an oily skin, I didn’t feel that this is clogging my skin and it doesn’t feel too heavy at all but I would have to see how this works on my skin in the summer. Nevertheless, I’m really enjoying using this, oily skin and all.

The Caudalie Vinoperfect Brightening Glycolic Overnight Cream was provided by @caudalie. Available for $65 at us.caudalie.com

Kari Gran Suji Red & Jolene Lip Whip Pair

After discovering a plethora of balms that are not too thick, too sticky, or too “balmy,” I have gotten on the #lipbalm wagon and stayed there. Of course, with the occasional ride on the matte lip town car, but never without a balm underneath. I have a few tinted balms in my arsenal and the Lip Whip from Kari Gran carved itself space there.

At first, I was confused why Kari Gran calls theirs Lip Whip but using it let me understand why. Tagged as the “Better Balm,” the Lip Whip promises to be the perfect mix between a balm and a lipstick while nourishing and moisturizing the lips using vitamin e, camellia oil, and sunflower oil. They are also cruelty-free and are without petrochemicals, parabens, phthalates, mineral oil, chemical additives, preservatives, or synthetic fragrance.

I have the Suji Red & Jolene Lip Whip Pair with Suji, a ruby-toned lip whip named after one of the founder’s daughters, and Jolene, which is named after Jolene Hart and can go from a sheer pink to an opaque fuchsia.

Both have a whipped buttery texture that feels nourishing to the lips. Jolene applies in a bright pink that’s good for everyday and Suji gives a wine-colored lip and has a bit more color making it great at night.

The Lip Whip feels like a heavier lip balm and has a cool, minty feel on the lips so it’s really soothing. Since it’s heavier and slicker than most balms out there, this is best applied with a lip brush for me, especially if you want a brighter lip. It can still be applied with your fingers but that offers a sheerer finish and would take more work if you want to build the color.

Nevertheless, it feels nice on and both can be built up if you want a stronger lip color. The color wouldn’t last through a meal but it leaves the lips moisturized, soft and smooth. Honestly, I just like this because of the fact that it’s one of the brightest lip balms I have and it doesn’t sacrifice my need for lip moisture and nourishment.

The Kari Gran Suji Red & Jolene Lip Whip Pair were provided by @karigran and @kiterocket. Available as a pair for $40 or individually for $24 at karigran.com

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