Posts by skinwhims

I’m @skinwhims. I work as a communications professional but in my free time, I talk about skincare and makeup. I started my page to share my daily skincare and makeup routines, reviews about beauty products, and my recommendations for all skin and beauty concerns.

Skincare Review: Bellflower Coconut Daily Moisture Cream and Idebenone Glowing Face Cream

I have recently been using these two moisturizers from Bellflower a kbeauty brand under the same company of Iunik. They are focused on streamlining the ingredients of skincare products and on using EWG safety grade components.

The Coconut Daily Moisture Cream aims to moisturize and smooth the skin using coconut oil, coconut extract, aloe vera extract, apricot kernel oil, and camellia japonica seed oil. When I applied this to my face, I got a slight hint of coconut, which thankfully dissipated after a few minutes. It has a creamy texture, which, for my oily skin, is suitable for nighttime. The smoothing benefit took a bit of time to be visible but it did help moisturize my skin, especially on the parts that I recently got dry patches.

Promising to brighten and nourish the skin, the Idebenone Glowing Face Cream contains niacinamide, idebenone, propolis extract, and rice extract. This has s similar texture and consistency with the Coconut Daily Moisture Cream. It’s also equally moisturizing. This provides a slight brightening benefit and it feels nourishing to the skin.

These moisturizers are not mind-blowing but I like how nourishing and inexpensive they are. At $15 each, it does the job of moisturizing and nourishing the skin. The packaging is also useful especially when you’re traveling. It’s thin and compact and can easily be brought anywhere.

The Bellflower Coconut Daily Moisture Cream and Idebenone Glowing Face Cream were provided by @bellflower. Available at bellflowercos.com

Skincare Review: Too Faced Cosmetics Hangover Good to Go SPF 25 Moisturizer and Hangover Good in Bed Hydrating Serum

I have been trying so many coconut scented products that I have become desensitized from the smell. The scent that I used to hate has now become the scent I can now tolerate.

A couple of months back, Too Faced expanded their Hangover collection and I got to try a couple of them. I know it has a coconut scent but I still tried them because I enjoy using the Hangover Primer. This primer is a good hydrator before makeup and I like to use this during warm days. It has a very summery scent that is also present in the other products in the Hangover collection.

They now have the Hangover Good to Go SPF 25 Moisturizer, which uses hyaluronic acid, coconut water, and aloe leaf extract to smooth, replenish, soothe, and protect the skin.

This has a light and watery consistency. It doesn’t leave a white cast on my medium-toned skin. Instead, it leaves a creamy finish while hydrating the skin. I don’t get to use this often, however, because I prefer a sunscreen that offers more protection than its SPF 25 coverage.

Having a Too Faced product to be used at night as part of your skincare routine used to be unheard of but here we are. The Hangover Good in Bed Hydrating Serum promises to moisturize and hydrate the skin using hyaluronic acid, coconut water, and dragon fruit.

This feels lightweight as predicted and the serum is in a gel consistency. It applies light but feels a bit oily on the skin. It provides an additional creaminess to the skin, unlike more hyaluronic acid serums. Dry skin types might enjoy this while I prefer a hydrating serum in a lighter and more watery consistency.

The Too Faced Hangover Good to Go SPF 25 Moisturizer and Hangover Good in Bed Hydrating Serum were provided @toofaced and @wizardpublicity. Available at toofaced.com

Cult Favorite: Briogeo Scalp Revival Collection

I have said this countless times but my hair and my scalp are more sensitive than my face. That’s why I have three kinds of shampoos and conditioners in my shower. Recently, I had some products from the Scalp Revival collection of Briogeo included in my rotation.

The Scalp Revival Collection uses binchotan charcoal, biotin, tea tree oil, and witch hazel to calm irritation, itchiness, flakes and dry scalp. All of which, I can have if I’m not too careful.

I wish Charcoal + Coconut Oil Micro-Exfoliating Shampoo ($42) came in a pump so it wouldn’t take that much space in my bathroom shelf. It does the job though. It has a mask-like consistency, thicker than most conditioners, and it feels a bit grainy due to micro-exfoliators. If feels cool on the scalp and leaves my hair feel soft afterward. What I noticed after a few weeks of use, however, is that this prevents my scalp from getting too dry. It also helps with the itching I would feel after a day of staying outdoors and sweating a lot.

I use Charcoal + Tea Tree Scalp Treatment ($32) before sleeping. I actually have this already in my stash. This is just my go-to when my scalp feels too itchy and oily. It helps balance my scalp.

I also like massaging the Stimulating Therapy Massager ($16) whenever I apply the Charcoal + Coconut Oil Micro-Exfoliating Shampoo and the Charcoal + Tea Tree Scalp Treatment. Aside from it helping me when I apply these products, it also massages my scalp, which feels so relaxing. This just calms me and puts me to sleep. I actually have another scalp massager on my bedside table.

The Charcoal + Biotin Dry Shampoo ($24) is something I don’t use often. Living in a sunny and humid area leaves me with no choice but to wash my hair daily. I only use dry shampoo when my hair is feeling a bit oily to control and balance my scalp throughout the day.

The Charcoal + Coconut Oil Micro-Exfoliating Shampoo is a nice discovery and it complements my use of the Charcoal + Tea Tree Scalp Treatment to prevent itching, dryness, and oiliness while keeping my hair looking healthy and feeling soft.

The Briogeo Scalp Revival Charcoal + Coconut Oil Micro-Exfoliating Shampoo, Stimulating Therapy Massager, Charcoal + Tea Tree Scalp Treatment, and Charcoal + Biotin Dry Shampoo was provided by @briogeo. Available at briogeohair.com

Makeup Review: BareMinerals Mineralist Hydra-Smoothing Lipstick

The Mineralist Hydra-Smoothing Lipstick from BareMinerals is a vegan lipstick that promises hydration, nourishment, and pigmentation while smoothing and softening the lips using european sea buckthorn fruit oil, mediterranean olive oil, moroccan pomegranate extract, and jojoba oil. It’s also formulated without parabens, phthalates, mineral oil, and synthetic fragrance. They have 25 shades from nude to reds to cater to a variety of skin tones.

They sent me the entire collection, all 25 shades, which I’m really thankful for. Not only that I got to try the shades, I finally found the right brown for me (something with a pink or peach tone) and I also knew how nude I can go (apparently lighter than I thought I would).

The lipsticks have a fragrant scent. The actual product is very pigmented but it applies almost like a balm would – soft and smooth. Due to the texture and finish, this doesn’t last long. However, applying these feel like just applying a lip balm, only with the color payoff of a lipstick. They don’t emphasize the lines of the lips and my lips felt soft and smooth after use. It’s indeed hydrating than most lipsticks.

I have been constantly reaching for the shades Presence (antique mauve), Memory (neutral rose), Grace (nude pink), and Focus (muted mauve) for every day while Fortitude (plum berry) and Intuition (brick red) is what I’ve been using for nights out.

The BareMinerals Mineralist Hydra-Smoothing Lipstick were provided by @bareMinerals and @tractenbergandco. Available bareminerals.com

#Mineralist #PowerOfGood #CleanBeauty

Skincare Review: Goop GOOPGLOW 15% Glycolic Acid Overnight Glow Peel

As a lover of glycolic acid, I immediately wanted to check the GOOPGLOW 15% Glycolic Acid Overnight Glow Peel. Complimentary from Goop, this peeling pad promises to exfoliate, retexturize, and brighten skin while you sleep.

These pads contain 15% glycolic acid to removes dead skin cells and other debris while helping increase cell turnover, tropical fruit extracts (mango, banana, and yellow mombin) to help with cell turnover while reinforcing the skin’s barrier function, Australian kakadu plum for its antioxidant properties, and hyaluronic acid to hydrate skin.

I have been using this twice now (once a week) and the pad that this peel uses is something I have never used before. It isn’t paper or cotton-like, as with most exfoliating pads I’ve used. It’s a bit rough and combined with the acid, this made my skin a bit red. It also stings a bit. However, the redness and the stinging subsides after a few minutes. It dries into a sticky finish. I’m no stranger to the percentage of glycolic acid this one has so I know the results I would get. As expected, this softened and smoothened my skin but aside from that, this peel left my skin looking plumper the morning after.

The Goop GOOPGLOW 15% Glycolic Acid Overnight Glow Peel was provided by @goop .