Haircare Review: Emulsion Shampoo Base and Stay Strong Add On

For 2020, I promised to take care of my hair better. I’ve been using hair masks and hair serums regularly. I have been checking how my hair exactly works a lot closer now and I promised to refrain putting my hair into a sleek, scab-pulling bun.

It landed me in the hands of Emulsion, which promises to hydrate and make the hair look and feel better.

The Shampoo Base is an SLS-free shampoo designed to clean without stripping hair of its natural oils using vitamin b5. It’s clear packaging and minimalist design made me think it was a serum or a face wash. I was surprised that with just a small amount, your hair gets all the nutrients it needs like argan and coconut oils which soften and protect your hair. Since its just a base shampoo, however, you really need an add-on or a conditioner to make your hair softer and more relaxed.

The Stay Strong Add On aims to treat and help contribute to stronger hair and moisturized skin using clary sage, lavender, carrot seed, lemongrass, and sandalwood. It’s very handy and easy to use, the same as the Shampoo Base. This made my hair a little softer and stronger while providing a fresh fragrance. This can also be used on the skin but I have exclusively used this on the ends of my hair when they are at their driest.

The Emulsion Shampoo Base and Stay Strong Add On were provided by @emulsioncosmetics and @wizardpublicity. Available at emulsion.co.uk

Skincare Review: Paul and Joe Beaute Cleansing Gel, Cooling Lotion, and Herbal Lotion

I didn’t know Paul and Joe Beaute have skincare products until they sent me these. As usual, the packaging is on point and as expected, the products are gentle and nourishing.

The Cleansing Gel promises to remove makeup and cleanse the skin using olive tree oil, parsley extract, and sage oil. This has a light gel texture that cleanses my skin thoroughly. It removes all the excess oil on my skin without stripping it. I like using this in the morning instead of at night to remove makeup as it takes a bit of time when I use this as a first cleanser. What I also like about this is it leaves a refreshed feeling on the skin after rinsing.

They sent two lotions, which if you base it on j-beauty, are toners. The Cooling Lotion is an astringent and it contains olive oil, olive leaf extract, ectoin, peppermint extract, and chamomile extract. This is a gentle astringent. It doesn’t sting, just providing a relaxing and cool feeling to the skin as it helps remove the dirt that I wasn’t able to remove while cleansing. The Herbal Lotion, on the other hand, aims to hydrate, soften, and firm the skin using olive oil, olive leaf extract, ectoin, organic fennel leaf extract, and lemon extract. This is more viscous than the Cooling Lotion and provides more hydration to the skin. I like using the Cooling Lotion before the Herbal Lotion as the combination helps keep my oiliness at bay while hydrating my skin. Using both left my skin feeling nourished and plump all day long.

I am pleasantly surprised by these products especially the Cooling Lotion and Herbal Lotion as they seem to suit my oily skin.

The Paul & Joe Beaute Cleansing Gel, Cooling Lotion, and Herbal Lotion were provided by @paulandjoebeaute. Available at paulandjoe.com

Makeup Review: Paul & Joe Beaute Lipstick N Natural and Full Coverage

We all know how cute Paul & Joe Beaute products are. It’s just that I didn’t know how cute they can get until I got their Lipsticks and Lipstick Cases.

First off, the Lipstick Case CS is made from structured paper with beautiful prints. I got one inspired by the french rose garden (047) and two with cats (004 and 045) on them. Cats!

As for the actual product, the Lipstick N Natural creates a dewy shine while moisturizing the lips. It contains jojoba oil, lilium bulb extract, macadamia seed oil, orange flower water, orange oil, and shea butter.

I have the shade Fruit Rouge (213), a ripe red berry that is deep enough to use at night, and Flower Vase (207), a bright pink-red if you want something bolder during the day without the shock of an orange-red.

The Lipstick N Full Coverage aims to provide full coverage to the lips while leaving it moist and nourished. It has the same oils as the Natural variant. I have the shade Biscuit Sucre (308), a nude pink that appears neutral nude on my lips. I mostly use this as a base if I’m going fo a gradient lip.

All lipsticks have their shiny gloss without the stickiness. They feel like lightweight balms that provide more color payoff. At least most that tinted lip balms. They don’t offer the coverage a liquid lipstick but these lipsticks are pigmented enough that it only takes a couple of swipes to get color. These are the lipsticks I use if I’m rushing out. Since this doesn’t apply matte, precision isn’t necessary for these to look good on my lips. I can use this even if I’m not looking at a mirror and it would still look good.

The Paul & Joe Beaute Lipstick N Natural and Full Coverage was provided by @paulandjoebeaute.

Skincare Review: Nature Republic Capture Miracle Total Care – Hibiscus Ampoule and Sheet Mask

Focusing on hibiscus flower extracts, Nature Republic created the Capture Miracle Total Care – Hibiscus Ampoule and Sheet Mask for healthier and clearer skin. Both products have a peptide complex that contains eight peptide components, along with niacinamide and adenosine, to brighten and plump the skin.

Both products feel soothing and relaxing on the skin. The ampoule has a very lightweight and watery consistency, making it easy to use even in the mornings. My oily akin just absorbs this. It’s light but it feels hydrating and nourishing to the skin. The sheet mask , on the other hand, has a heavier consistency. I like to use it after using a mask to nourish and soothe the skin.

As for the results, this immediately plumps my skin and leaves it looking bright and feeling bouncy in the morning. It has helped keep my skin feeling healthy.

The Nature Republic Capture Miracle Total Care – Hibiscus Ampoule and Sheet Mask were provided by @naturerepublic_usa_official .

Skincare Review: Banila Co Dear Hydration Toner Moisture Boosting Cream

When I first found Banila Co, there already have a lot of skincare and makeup products. Clean It Zero Cleansing Balm wasn’t the only thing I bought back then but it was the only thing I kept on repurchasing because most of their products, I feel like, were targeted for those with drier skin types.

Fast forward to today, and my inner Banila Co cheerleader is jumping up and down because they have created a variety of products targeted to a lot of skin types.

Focusing on hydration, the Dear Hydration Toner ($16) and the Dear Hydration Moisture Boosting Cream ($25) aim to hydrate and nourish the skin while removing impurities and protecting the skin from environmental pollutants. They use the Urban Water Guard System, which utilizes peppermint extract, holy basil extract, neem leaf extract, bamboo, and fermented lotus water.

Both the toner and the moisturizer feel soothing and refreshing to the skin while hydrating the skin. As expected, the tone is very watery. What surprised me a bit was how the moisturizer is on the creamy side. It also felt a bit oily, which I don’t really prefer when it comes to moisturizers. It did hydrate the skin, though, but they both offered less hydration than I prefer. I feel like these products would work for those who are younger.

All these products were formulated without parabens, sulfates, phthalates, and mineral oil so they feel gentle on the skin.

The Banila Co Dear Hydration Toner and Moisture Boosting Cream were provided by @banilaco and @bluewheelmedia. Available at banilausa.com