Brand Overview: My Mood

I’m a sucker for cute packaging. That’s how I came across My Mood. Founded by Thea Green, the brains behind Nails Inc and Incredible Cosmetics, My Mood is the adorable little sister filled with cute things you take to sleep, to bed, and to school.

They offer bath bolts – the Muscle Hustler Bath Bolt to chill with sage, rosemary, and seaweed and the Get Up Show Up Bath Bolt to wake up with scents of cardamom, black pepper, and sandalwood. For those running low on mental and physical health come Friday, the I’m Like 104% Tired Just Chill Bath Bolt is a good treat to relax, containing lavender and orange peel.

To top that off, the I’m Like 104% Tired Switch Off Sleep Spray can be a nightstand buddy. It’s a gentle, calming essential oil spray that mixes lavender, poppyseed, and valerian to fight away nervous vibes and alleviate tension, to help you relax. Just spray on some of the oil before bedtime, to get the full effect. My first impression was that it smelled like massage oil, which was perfect for relaxing after a busy day. The sweet lavender scent was nice, but it didn’t last too long. The light scent of the spray was too light to leave a lasting effect and seemed to fade away after a few minutes. Maybe those with a preference for softer fragrance notes would enjoy this, but those who want a stronger scent may find it too mild to be effective.

For the lips, the Smoothing On Jelly Lip Balm I’m Shook PH Pink feels moisturizing and hydrating on the lips. It has pinkish tint that looks so natural.

The Smoothing On Jelly Lip Balm I Eat Rainbows For Breakfast Glittery Pink has a pinkish-red tint when applied on the lips.

The Smile Everyday Smoothing Lip Balm Hustle On Iridescent, on the other hand, smells like candy and offer a light sheen to the lips.

I like putting this on top of matte lip colors to add some shine. I love that they all don’t feel heavy on the lips but I wish they were more moisturizing.

These My Mood products were provided by @mymoodlondon. Available at boots.com

2019 Bodycare Favorites

Unlike my face, I have extremely dry skin in my body and these products helped me moisturized it.

Ouai scalp and body scrub – i love how this just melts into your skin. It also moisturizes my skin and it smells amazing

Huxley secret of sahara body oil: moroccan gardener – this one has that quintessential huxley smell. I like using this right after exfoliating

Herbivore Botanicals jasmine glowing hydration body oil – as you can see, i prefer body oils over cream. this one is a recent addition. I like using this at night because the oil smells and feels calming to the skin

Bodycare Review: Lather Celebration Bamboo Scrub

Since I have a lot more time this holiday season, I’ve been focusing on self-care. One of the things I like to do is have a bath and light a candle at night.

The Limited-Edition Celebration Bamboo Scrub from Lather smells like a quiet celebration. It has hints of chai spices, ginger, and cinnamon that makes you smile and vanilla and cardamom that sort of subdues and sweetens the party. It smooths and soothes the skin. I like using this on my arms, legs, and feet because the large scrubs really massages the overworked skin on those parts. It contains bamboo, coconut powder, turmeric, and neem leaf extract that helps leave the skin feeling refreshed, smooth, and soft. This product is cruelty-free, vegan, and is also made without parabens, sulfates, mineral oil, and synthetic fragrance and colors.

For a feel of a warm hug, while exfoliating, I light up the Let’s Celebrate soy wax candle. This heightens the smell of cardamom, ginger, cinnamon leaf, and vanilla and makes me feel calm yet happy. I like the tin-like packaging because it’s small and can be placed anywhere in my bathroom without worrying about slips and breaking. This candle is also cruelty-free and is made without parabens, sulfates, mineral oil, synthetic fragrance, artificial color, and paraffin.

Since these products are created in time for Lather’s 20th Anniversary, they will donate $1 for every Celebration Bamboo Scrub sold to The Sundara Fund. They aim to help women in India out of poverty and educate the community on hygiene.

The Lather Celebration Bamboo Scrub and Let’s Celebrate Candle were provided by @lather. Available at lather.com

Fragrance Review: Tocca Florence Eau de Parfum and Bagno Profumato

Composed of bergamot, pear, gardenia, and blonde woods, the Florence scent from Tocca smells like cozy spring. Its scent is floral with a certain musk to it.

The Eau de Parfum, expectedly last the whole day. This has a powdery musk that makes it feel like a more sophisticated floral that sets it apart from my set of fragrances.

The Bagno Profumato smells a bit fresher than the fragrance. It has a thick consistency and the gel texture lathers beautifully on the skin. It leaves the skin moisturized and smooth.

Using both the body wash and fragrance together makes the scent lasts longer. I like using both when I need a pick me up.

The Tocca Florence Eau de Parfum and Bagno Profumato were provided by @tocca and @tractenbergandco. Available at tocca.com

Brand Overview: Lavido Purifying Facial Cleanser, Purifying Facial Toner, Replenishing Facial Serum, Mandarin Aromatic Body Lotion, and Thera Intensive Foot Cream

From the Galilee Valley, the vegan and cruelty-free brand Lavido uses botanicals, herbs, and fruit extracts to develop skincare products. Their products are also created without mineral oil, petroleum, silicones, propylene glycol, synthetic dyes, phenoxyethanol, synthetic alcohol, parabens, PEGs, and SLS.

A cleanser to balance the skin while melting away makeup and impurities, the Purifying Facial Cleanser ($29) contains pomegranate, orange blossom, and propolis. This gel cleanser feels gentle and soothing on the skin. After wash, my face feels smooth, clean, and fresh. However, it packs a strong fragrance which I don’t like.

The Purifying Facial Toner ($24) has similar key ingredients as the cleanser and promises to balance and refresh the skin. Same with the cleanser, this feels gentle on the skin. The solution is contained in a pump bottle and dispenses to form a small mass of bubbles when pumped onto a cotton ball. It leaves the skin smooth and fresh after application. However, this one comes scented as well. It’s not overpowering, but still, the scent is kind of strong for me.

Using pomegranate, lemon myrtle, and mandarin, the Replenishing Facial Serum ($59) aims to plump, retain moisture, and smooth the skin. I use this serum before bedtime to hydrate and nourish the skin. It doesn’t feel heavy and helps me keep my face soft, smooth, and supple especially after it gets absorbed into my skin. Out of all the products, this is my favorite because of how nourishing it feels on the skin.

For the body, the Mandarin Aromatic Body Lotion ($19) contains mandarin oil, orange oil, and bergamot oil to nourish and hydrate. This lotion has a whipped texture that smooths evenly on the skin. It also comes with a refreshing citrus scent. I have dry skin, and use lotion to calm down dryness. This lotion surprisingly doesn’t feel tacky and uncomfortable when applied even when I’m out. It sinks in quickly and feels light. I want a more moisturizing body lotion but this does soften my skin.

The Thera Intensive Foot Cream ($28) is for dry, cracked, or chaffed feet. It contains tea tree, achillea extract, and myrtle oil to soften and condition the skin. This foot cream has the same whipped texture as the body lotion but thicker. It also has a leafy scent to it. I like how it easily melts onto the skin as I massage it on my feet. It does manage to soften and smoothen my foot, especially dry areas like my heels. It also helps to keep it smelling fresh.

The Lavido Purifying Facial Cleanser, Purifying Facial Toner, Replenishing Facial Serum, Mandarin Aromatic Body Lotion, and Thera Intensive Foot Cream were provided by @lavido and @purplepr. Available at lavido.com