Haircare Review: Ouai Volume Shampoo and Conditioner and Treatment Masque

It’s no secret that my hair is in need of a volume so when Ouai sent over their Volume Shampoo and Conditioner, I immediately tried them.

The Volume Shampoo ($28) promises to boost volume and replenish moisture to the hair while the Volume Conditioner ($26) hydrates, moisturizes, and lifts the strands. Both volumize the hair – not in a messy all over the place way, but in a bouncy, lively kind of way.

They also both smell amazing and I like that their scent doesn’t only last during my showers. They also don’t and make my hair too dry or too oily. Most volume-centric products can leave my hair looking frizzy or can make my scalp feel oily but these products don’t do that.

I like using the shampoo if I’m styling my hair afterward because it helps hold the volume and the conditioner if I’m letting my hair down for a smooth but healthy-looking hair. I like to follow the Volume Conditioner with the Rose Hair Oil for extra shine and control.

After a week of putting styling products on my hair, I’ve been using the Treatment Masque ($32) to every weekend for a reset. This hair mask aims to restore and repair the hair using artichoke leaf extract. I put this on first before going through my laborious face and body exfoliation routine during Sunday afternoons. This mask leaves my hair so soft, so smooth, and so fragrant. It’s also easy to rinse off unlike other hair masks as it feels light on the hair. I like that this doesn’t make my scalp oily and instead leaves it hydrated and healthy.

The Ouai Volume Shampoo and Conditioner and Treatment Masque were provided by @ouai. Available at ouai.com

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Skincare Review: I’m From Rice Mask and Toner

I have loved the Ginseng Serum from I’m From and it has become a mainstay in my routine so I was really excited to receive the Rice Mask and Toner, hoping it would be as hydrating and as nourishing as the Ginseng Serum.

The main ingredient of these products is the Yeoju Rice, which compared to regular rice, promises to have a higher content of dietary fibers like aminosine and lysine and claims to brighten and smooth the skin.

The Rice Mask feels milky and has some grains in it for gentle exfoliation. This promises to brighten, firm, and tighten the skin using rice and oryzanol. This does brighten the skin and leaves it plump and smooth afterward. I like using this on days when I only want to lightly exfoliate my skin. It prevents my skin from getting dull and sallow. I also like how it moisturizes my skin after use.

Aimed to hydrate and brighten the skin, the Rice Toner contains rice and goami extract. This feels gentle and nourishing to the skin. However, my easily clogged pores reacted to the toner as I had a few bumps after use, which is weird because I didn’t get a reaction from the Rice Mask.

No doubt, these products were provided nourishment and brightening to the skin but for those who have the same skin as I do, the Rice Mask would be a gentle and hydrating option that won’t clog your pores.

The I’m From Rice Mask and Toner were provided by @imfrom @bywishtrend and @wishtrendstory.

Skincare Review: Farmacy Beauty Very Cherry Bright

There have been a lot of vitamin c -centric products right now and I’m not even mad. Vitamin C is one of the ingredients that has really saved my skin. It’s in my routine when I first got into skincare and I have been using products with vitamin c ever since.

Of course, Farmacy Beauty would never let themselves be behind. They recently launched Very Cherry Bright ($62), which contains 15% vitamin C serum using a blend acerola cherry, vitamin c derivatives. It also uses hyaluronic acid and sacha inchi peptide to brighten, firm, and hydrate skin.

The #serum feels watery, making it easy to spread on the skin but it has a sort of tackiness to it so when I use this in the mornings, I always apply a mattifying primer afterward. It smells like candy and some people might enjoy that. I like my vitamin c applied in the morning but due to its consistency, I apply this at night. What I like about this serum is that it feels gentle and nourishing to the skin. Over the past few weeks, I have noticed how it kept my skin plump and bright. However, the brightening benefit is not as noticeable as the other serums I used. This serum might be best suited for those with dry or sensitive skin who are looking for a cruelty-free, paraben-free, phthalate-free, and mineral oil-free vitamin c serum.

The Farmacy Beauty Very Cherry Bright was provided by @farmacybeauty . Available at farmacybeauty.com

Cult Favorite: Fresh Beauty Kombucha Facial Treatment Essence

Aside from hydration, I’ve also been studying the effects of applying products with antioxidants on my skin. I never used to pay attention until I saw how much they helped my skin by preventing it from looking dull and just making my skin look and feel healthy.

I’ve been using the Kombucha Facial Treatment Essence ($68) from Fresh Beauty at night the past few weeks. This essence promises to protect, smooth, brighten, and hydrate the skin while refining the look of pores and reducing the look of fine lines using kombucha, a fermented black tea. This has a typical essence consistency that sinks into the skin quickly. It nourishes my skin and leaves it feeling dewy and looking healthy.

I’ve been really happy about this essence because of how much it nourishes and hydrates my oily skin. It also helps in preventing from making my skin look dull and sallow in the middle of the week. It’s just a good supporting product to my actives and it has been helping with the overall health of my skin.

The Fresh Kombucha Facial Treatment Essence was provide by Octoly.

Skincare Review: Bad Skin Korea Hyaluronic Deep Pore Cleansing Oil, Ssuk Bomb Eraser, Milk Bomb Eraser, and Collagen Bomb Hydrating Ampoule

Another Instagram discovery is the kbeauty brand Bad Skin Korea. Admittedly, I was curious about the packaging of their cleansers. They sent those over as well as some other skincare products that they think would soothe my oily skin.

The Hyaluronic Deep Pore Cleansing Oil promises to deeply cleanse and moisturize the skin using triple hyaluronic acid. This cleansing oil feels light and gentle on the skin. It was able to easily remove makeup, even eyeliners. However, this left a thin film on the skin, even after rinsing.

The product I’m most curious about is the Ssuk Bomb Eraser, a cleansing foam that uses mugwort leaf powder, mugwort leaf extract to cleanse and removes wastes from pores. It smells grassy. Out of the tube, the product looks creamy. It feels a bit muddy so it’s weird to use. However, I love how the cleanser feels gentle yet hardworking. It removes all oil and impurities in the skin. I like using this when my skin is irritated, clogged, and oily as this soothes, detoxifies, and cleanses thoroughly.

The Milk Bomb Eraser, on the other hand, uses milk protein, jojoba oil, AHA, and BHA to exfoliate and cleanse the skin. This foam cleanser would work for those with dry and normal skin types as this feels extra moisturizing on the skin.

The Collagen Bomb Hydrating Ampoule has become one of my favorite hydrating products. With collagen and hyaluronic acid to hydrate and moisturize the skin, I find this ampoule very soothing and refreshing to the skin. Every time I apply this, I always end up with baby-soft skin after.

I really can always count on kbeauty products to offer hydration and moisture without the heaviness. The Collagen Bomb Hydrating Ampoule has become a mainstay in my routine and will be especially handy come colder months, in tandem with the Ssuk Bomb Eraser.

The Bad Skin Korea Hyaluronic Deep Pore Cleansing Oil, Ssuk Bomb Eraser, Milk Bomb Eraser, Collagen Bomb Hydrating Ampoule were provided by @badskin.