Monthly Favorites: June 2019

Leaf The Essentials

I associate metal shavers to what my father used to use when I was a kid. I look at it as something grown-up people use. Even more when I received The Essentials from Leaf Shave and found out that I have to put in the blades myself in the metal razor. Customization is a great selling point but this clumsy girl had to ask her husband to tear the blades in half and put it in the shaver. So, despite being at an age where I qualify as an actual adult, it was difficult for me to get the courage to use this.

When I did, I was amazed how it was able to get all my unwanted hairs in one swipe because of the three-bladed head and how close it shaved to my skin, leaving close to no hair, without scraping me, because of the spring-loaded head to perfectly shave even the curvier parts of the body. It honestly feels gentle on the skin, the base gliding to the skin smoothly, despite the sturdy handle. Since I used this, I never experience a nick, even in the most difficult parts of where I shave. It looks good on my shower shelf as well. I just really love using this simply because this product is so well-made. The photo-friendly rose-gold color of the razor is just an added bonus because this set is much more than that.

Leaf The Essentials was provided by @leafshave. Available for $79 at

Mamonde Pore Clean Toner

Another Mamonde product I got to try is the Pore Clean Toner, which by the name of it, it seems to be calling for my easily clogged oily skin. Also, since Mamonde’s products are infused with flowers, collecting naturally-fallen buds, petals, and seeds, to provide nourishment to the skin, I have a bias for them. I love flowers, sue me.

Of course, this vegan and cruelty-free face toner has a floral smell, its consistency watery with a slight density to it. It sinks in quickly but leaves the skin feeling rubbery and looking dewy. It contains eoseongcho, houttuynia cordata, and west coast mud extracts to remove impurities, absorb excess oil, and treat blackhead. It does the job of mattifying the skin, leaving a clean slate before I apply my other skincare products. It doesn’t feel drying, however, which I like. It also helped remove other impurities that my cleanser at the moment wasn’t able to remove. It does prevent blackheads and clogging in my pores, I noticed, but after using it for almost a month, I noticed that it wasn’t able to treat existing ones. I feel like this toner does more preventing than treating so it would be best used by those who are just starting to see changes in their skin, especially those who are younger.

The Mamonde Pore Clean Toner was provided by @mamonde and @sokoglam. Available $23 at

Lola’s Apothecary Sweet Lullaby Soothing Body Soufflé

I’m someone who likes applying my body moisturizer at night. I sweat easily and given the weather, using a creamy moisturizer, or any moisturizer for that matter will result in a sticky mess before lunch. However, with my extremely dry skin, the need for moisture is important. So, night time moisturizing it is.

The Sweet Lullaby Soothing Body Soufflé from Lola’s Apothecary promises to nourish and moisturize using shea butter, coconut oil, and rosehip CO2. Its scent is a combination of french lavender, vanilla, sweet orange, patchouli, and ylang-ylang for a comforting and calming smell.

The texture of this body cream is thicker than that of a body cream or lotion so it takes more time to be absorbed by the skin. But as it promised, it makes the skin smooth, soft, and moisturized.

On the downside, since it has shea butter and oil as ingredients it tends to be a bit greasy on the skin because of the current hot temperature. It didn’t matter to me since I use this at night. Not only does this moisturize my dry skin, but its scent also helps relieve stress after a long day.

The Lola’s Apothecary Sweet Lullaby Soothing Body Soufflé was provided by @lolasapothecary. Available for £34 at

Verb Ghost Shampoo and Conditioner

I first fell in love with that distinct grapefruit/oatmeal scent of Verb. It started with the Ghost Oil but have come to find that their Ghost Shampoo and Conditioner is IT.

Promising to be light yet moisturizing, this paraben free, gluten-free, and cruelty-free shampoo and conditioner use moringa oil as their main ingredient. The moringa oil aims to cleanse, moisturize, detangle and smooth the hair. It also contains quinoa protein and sunflower seed extract to repair damage, protect the strands, and strengthen the hair.

The shampoo and conditioner work well with my dry hair and oily skin. The Ghost Shampoo cleanses and hydrates my hair without leaving it too dry or frizzy afterward while the Ghost Conditioner moisturizes my strands without weighing it down or leaving it feeling limp and greasy. They just do my hair just right.

The Verb Ghost Shampoo and Conditioner were provided by @verbproducts as an affiliate. As an affiliate, you can shop at my link and I get a small percentage. If it’s your first purchase at verb, you can get 16% off. Available for $16 each at

Lather Pear & Lavender Sink Sidekick

I went from not applying anything on my hands at all to someone who has different hand washes and hand cream around the house and on my office desk.

One of them is the Pear & Lavender Sink Sidekick from Lather, which is by my kitchen sink. The cruelty-free set combines the refreshing scent of pear with the soothing fragrance of lavender. The hand wash aims to moisturize and cleanse the hands using aloe vera and wheat germ oil while the hand lotion contains shea butter and meadowfoam seed oil to lock in moisture and protect the skin. Used together, this set helps moisturize and soften my easily dry hands and the scent is a welcome fragrance. I like that the hand wash foams easily and rinses without leaving a film. The hand lotion, on the other hand, doesn’t feel thick and gets absorbed easily. It’s subtle but refreshing. This set is also made without parabens, sulfates, fragrance, and mineral oils.

The Lather Pear & Lavender Sink Sidekick was provided by @lather. Available for $14 each or as a set for $30 at

D’Alba Piedmont Peptide No-Sebum Repair Cream

I have tried products from D’Alba and aside from their benefits, I have always enjoyed their textures. They always have to most silky and luxurious textures my skin has experience.

Their Peptide No-Sebum Repair Cream is no exception.

It might look creamy and heavy from the packaging but it feels oh so light. It gently applies like silk on the skin. I just love it. This moisturizer contains calamine powder, white truffle, peptides, adenosine, and niacinamide to remove dead skin cell, improve elasticity, control oil, and soothe the skin.

To be honest, their No-Sebum line is just amazing. This moisturizer can be used even in the mornings as it feels so light on the skin. It sinks in quickly and just leaves the skin feeling smooth and silky. For my routine, I like applying this at night before using a thick sleeping mask. Despite the light consistency, this still feels nourishing and it envelopes the skin, sort of locking in all the products I used beforehand.

Those with oily skin would love this, even those with oily and sensitive skin, I feel like. It’s #crueltyfree and is made without parabens, pigments, artificial fragrances, and mineral oil.

The D’Alba Piedmont Peptide No-Sebum Repair Cream was provided by @dalba and @sokoglam. Available for $45 at

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