Skincare Review: Sonne Product 01: Face Set

Aiming to protect and moisturize the skin in two steps, Sonne (pronounce as “sun”) only has two products – Sonne Morning and Evening. Both products promise to combat sun exposure, dry skin, wrinkles, and dark circles. They are also vegan, cruelty-free, and are free of gluten, sulfates, parabens, and phthalates.

Sonne Morning is a natural daily defense moisturizer. It’s a physical sunscreen broad spectrum SPF 50. It contains zinc oxide, red algae, vitamin c, and vitamin e.

This product brings out a cleaner, fresher, and glowing look to my face. It doesn’t feel tacky and dries out quickly. Incorporating this into my daytime skincare routine has helped me achieve a smoother complexion. It has a gentle formula and smells great. Also, my skin feels instantly hydrated and moisturized after each use. It does feel greasy, however, at times when I sweat too much.

Sonne Evening, on the other hand, is a nightly restorative brightening lotion with vitamin c, squalene, orange fruit extract, and peptides. Just like the morning cream, this one is non-greasy and dries out fast. It also doesn’t leave an oily film at all. It smells nice and does well in leaving my skin hydrated and moisturized overnight. I never wake up to a dull skin while on this.

The Sonne Product 01: Face Set was provided by @sonneskincare . Available as a set for $55 at sonnecare.com

Haircare Review: Love Hair

I have repeatedly written here that my hair is more sensitive than my skin. It can go from stringy to greasy with one wrong move or one strong wind so, I’m always on the lookout for hair products that can help manage my tresses.

Love Hair products are organic, vegan, and cruelty-free and promise to give you a good hair day using pure, nourishing ingredients.

The Revitalizing Shampoo ($28) aims to clarify, add shine, and tame the hair using organic apple cider vinegar, quinoa protein, jojoba protein, organic aloe vera juice, organic virgin coconut oil, and organic pracaxi oil. On the other hand, the Nourishing Conditioner ($30) helps fight frizz and breakage while infusing moisture with orange and tangerine peel oil complex, organic shea butter, organic aloe vera juice, organic virgin coconut oil, organic jojoba oil, and organic pracaxi oil. Both products also do not contain parabens, sulfates, or synthetic fragrances.

Best used together, these leaping bunny certified products have a sweet but subtle scent and provides the hair with clarifying benefits. I used the conditioner every day because it doesn’t leave my hair limp or greasy while I use the shampoo after days when I have used products on my hair or days when they undergo styling. These might be great for those who are looking to restart their strands and those who have oily scalp as I find that this prevents my scalp and my hair from getting greasy. It also performs well in removing buildup on my hair. However, when my hair decides to act crunch and stringy, I reach for a more moisturizing shampoo and conditioner. I also go for this hair mask.

A favorite, the Nourishing Treatment Mask ($40), which contains organic oils like lavender, pracaxi, and jojoba to hydrate and fortify the strands. It also contains quinoa protein, organic shea butter, organic aloe vera juice, and organic virgin coconut oil to moisturize, condition, soften, smooth, and strengthen the hair.

This hair mask is part of my weekend selfcare routine. It just provides immediate softening and smoothing. My scalp also feels nourished and hydrated, which is what I need after putting my hair on too much sun and pollution exposure during the week. What I like about this hair mask, specifically, is that it doesn’t feel heavy on the hair. It just provides enough moisture and conditioning and the effects last for days. It gives my hair enough volume with making them look frizzy, shine without leaving it greasy, and smooth without looking limp.

Love Hair Revitalizing Shampoo, Nourishing Conditioner, and Nourishing Treatment Mask were provided by @lovehair. Available at lovehair.com

Cult Favorite: Ole Henriksen Banana Bright Face Primer

Even if the weather’s getting warmer, I’m drawn to skin-like finishes whenever I do my makeup. Those with oily skin would know this is a bit difficult to achieve without looking really oily in the afternoon so I’m always on the lookout for products that would help me achieve that.

The Banana Bright Face Primer from Ole Henriksen promises to brighten, improve and extend makeup wear, blur imperfection, and hydrate the skin for a dewy, healthy-looking glow. It contains vitamin c to target visible signs of aging, banana powde

r-inspired pigments to illuminate, and vitamin e to nourish and condition the skin. It’s also formulated without parabens, sulfates, or phthalates.

Based from its claim, I really have high expectations on this face primer because it has the ingredients to brighten my skin while keeping the oil at bay. It honestly feels so different from the other primers that I have. It doesn’t have that silicone feel and grip. It almost feels like a lightweight serum making it a joy to apply in the morning. True to its claim, it brightens the skin and leaves it looking glowing and healthy. It perfectly suits the radiant-finish foundations that I have. However, it doesn’t have a long-lasting power, at least on the hydration part as I will still be a bit shiny when the workday ends. I still like this, though, because there is no product in my stash that can make me look as radiant and glowing as this one.

The Ole Henriksen Banana Bright Face Primer was provided by @olehenriksen and @kendobrands. Available for $36 at olehenriksen.com

Bodycare Review: C.O. Bigelow Sakura Rose Salve and West Village Rose Body Wash, Hand Wash, Body Butter, and Hand Cream

I have a great bias toward floral scents so I was excited to receive some products from the West Village Rose collection of C.O. Bigelow.

Developed by their chemists cruelty-free, the fragrance of this collection has floral and woody top notes of anjou pear, mandarin, bergamot, and thyme with mid notes of the petals of violet, magnolia, rose, and geranium. The scent dries down with notes of oakmoss, amber, vanilla, white cedar, musk, and sandalwood. The scent is my jam, it’s just right up my alley as it smells so much like my home to me, a smell I always go for.

The Body Wash ($20) aims to hydrate and cleanse with sodium PCA, coconut oil, and aloe vera. It has a thicker consistency compared to the other body washes I’ve tried, which I really liked because I easily get dry skin. It feels cleansing enough as it bubbles but leaves a bit of a film, which is probably because of its consistency. It feels moisturizing, though, so I like using this when my skin feels extremely dehydrated.

The Body Cream ($30) contains kukui seed oil, coconut oil, and shea butter and has a whipped and raw texture. It feels extremely moisturizing so I like applying this on the drier parts of my body like my legs. Since it’s almost always sunny where I live, I only apply this on my body at night for some overnight application of moisture. A little goes a long way so the tub hasn’t even reached half down even if I’ve been using it for almost two months.

The Hand Wash has glycerine, shea butter, and sweet almond protein to soften and moisturize the skin. This, like the Body Wash, feels thick and creamy. It doesn’t foam that much and instead forms into a creamy lather. I really like using this on my hand because it feels so luxurious aside from being moisturizing. The moisture lasts than most hand washes, even after wetting the hands.

The Hand Cream ($16) has shea butter, avocado oil, and olive oil and promises long-lasting moisture. I didn’t expect this to be so thick but I like it because I only have to use a small amount to moisturize my hands. It’s also long-lasting, I can use this once in the morning and the moisture will last the whole day.

They also sent the Sakura Rose Salve ($7.50) claims to soothe dry skin and chapped lips with rose extract, lanolin, and jojoba and cottonseed oils. It smells so vintage – a subtle hint of floral but more berry-like. It’s very balmy but applies evenly and stays on my lips even after I drink some water. I also use this on my elbows but find that I get more noticeable results when used as a lip balm. I used this when I was sick and this helped prevent chapping.

These moisturizing products all provided the things they claimed to do and gave off my favorite scent that lasted the whole day. I especially like the body wash and the hand wash because they just felt so luxurious and nourishing on my skin. My husband, on the other hand, has already swiped the hand cream and the salve from me and has kept them on his desk to use.

The C.O. Bigelow Sakura Rose Salve and West Village Rose Body Wash, Hand Wash, Body Cream, and Hand Cream were provided by @cobigelow. Available at bigelowchemists.com

Skincare Review: Evolve Beauty Gentle Cleansing Melt, Superfood 360 Natural Face Serum, Multi Peptide 360 Moisture Cream

Handcrafted in a small studio in Hertfordshire, England, Evolve Beauty products are organic, natural, vegan, and cruelty-free.

The Gentle Cleansing Melt (£22) has organic baobab to soothe and hydrate. It also contains natural sugar extracts to gently cleanse the skin. It has a slight citrus scent and has a balm texture that glides smoothly onto the skin. It melts once massaged onto the skin and emulsifies into a milky consistency when mixed with water. The best part of it is it leaves the skin feeling moisturized and hydrated skin after wash. It also removes sunscreen and makeup easily but would need more massaging to remove full-coverage foundations and waterproof mascaras.

An anti-aging serum, the Superfood 360 Natural Face Serum (£38) tackles fine lines, wrinkles, age spots, texture, and luminosity. It uses sacha inchi peptides to improve facial firmness, reduce wrinkle volume, and smooth the skin, peruvian maca used to stimulate cellular renewal and reduce the appearance of wrinkles, and cacay oil to support the skin barrier layer and to lock moisture into the skin. This lightweight serum made my skin look revitalized after every use. It applies smoothly and sinks in quickly so I can use this in the morning.

The Multi Peptide 360 Moisture Cream (£30) contains sacha inchi peptides, coconut peptides, cupuacu butter, prickly pear, cacay oil to moisturize, smooth, nourish, calm, soothe, and firm the skin. Having #oilyskin makes it difficult for me to make friends with moisturizers. This, unfortunately, doesn’t work well with mine. It sort of sits on top of my skin and leaves my skin oilier than usual.

I enjoyed playing around with these products and have enjoyed using the serum and the cleansing balm. They’re good options if you’re looking for gentle and nourishing products that are vegan, organic, and cruelty-free.

The Evolve Beauty Gentle Cleansing Melt, Superfood 360 Natural Face Serum, Multi Peptide 360 Moisture Cream were provided by @evolvebeauty and @goodventures. Available at evolvebeauty.co.uk