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

Selfcare Review: Provision Scents Dream Extract Room and Linen Spray, Connection Lip Rescue, Manifest Body Oil

What selfcare routine do you do before sleeping? The past month, I have been playing with these cute trial-sized goodies from Provision Scents before getting some zzz’s

After doing my face routine, I spray the Dream Extract Room & Linen Spray ($9.60), which is infused with french clary, Italian bergamot, sheer woods, and amber. I like how this gives off a strong yet soothing smell. It really does seem to invite dreams before dozing off.

I apply the Connection Lip Rescue ($44) as I watch a show, which is most recently Crash Landing On You. This contains shea butter, avocado oil, vitamin e, and rose wax to moisturize, soften and condition the lips. This #lipbalm can also be used to moisturize your cuticles and other drier parts of your body if you prefer. This balm has a citrusy floral scent and a little goes a long way. It feels a bit thick but it did soften and moisturize my lips after waking up.

As the last step, I use the Manifest Body Oil, which has a blend of amla, avocado, and almond oils with shea butter to soften and condition the skin. I usually prefer body oils over body creams. This one has a candle-like scent and feels thick on the skin. Due to the thick consistency of this oil, I only apply this on my foot, elbows, and knees. So far, this has helped moisturize those parts of my body.

The Provision Scents Dream Extract Room & Linen Spray, Connection Lip Rescue, Manifest Body Oil were provided by @provisionscents. Available at provisonscents.com

Selfcare Review: Oille Essential Oils

Oille’s Essential Oils harps on its GC/MS Technology which is a strong indication of an essential oil’s purity and the lack of unadulterated and harmful chemicals or additives. These certified oils aim to bring out the best quality and provide the right benefits without the risk of inflamed or allergic responses.

All oils were diffused using a YL diffuser using the recommended 8-10 drops.

I found the Lemon oil to be my favorite. The tart scent wasn’t too strong or sharp and just gave the right amount of pick-me-up when diffused. Cliché as it may sound but I found it helpful in awakening my senses, keeping me alert and productive, especially on lazy Saturday mornings. It made me feel cleansed and energized, giving me a boost to do extra work or activities. I also noticed that my skin seemed clearer and brighter on the days I’d diffuse it.

The Lavender’s scent was so overpowering that I’d recommend lowering the number of drops diffused to 5-6 instead. This definitely smelled pure and did not seem to have any additives. With the right amount of drops, I used this for relaxing at night after a long day at work or just to keep my nerves calm after anxiety triggers. It kept me mellow (too mellow that sometimes I’d end up falling asleep too early!) I also found that it helped with minor headaches, sometimes.

I liked Frankincense as it wasn’t too strong. I tend to stay away from this oil as most of the ones out in the market reminded me too much like I was going to Sunday Mass every time I’d diffuse it. However, Oille’s version was subtle enough that I didn’t expect to hear church bells every few minutes. This oil has been quite helpful during morning or evening allergy attacks, allowing me to breathe easier and sleep better. My nose and throat didn’t feel as congested and it helped reduce the stuffy head feeling that comes with constant sneezes and a dripping nose.

The Oille Essential Oils were provided by @oilleorganics . Available at oillenatural.com

Bodycare Review: Sunday Rain Himalayan Salt Massage Ball, Acai Berry Bath Crystals, Acai Berry Bubble Bath, Acai Body Scrub, and Watermelon Exfoliating Cubes

Textures that keep the skin soft and glowing. These vegan and cruelty-free products from Sunday Rain promises soothe and rejuvenate you while taking care of your skin.

I’m a fan of quick baths especially on weekdays, but I really take my time on the weekends. I first used the Himalayan Salt Massage Ball to massage my body, especially my legs and neck. This is my first time using something like this and I am amazed as to how relaxed and calm it made me feel.

I then mix the Acai Berry Bath Crystals and the Acai Berry Bubble Bath to relax. Both may smell a bit sweet for some but the scent is relaxing for me. The bubble bath also feels creamy on the skin so I’m always soothed and smooth afterward.

To soften the skin, I use the Acai Body Scrub or the Watermelon Exfoliating Cubes. The body scrub is what I like to use on my knees and heels to soften and leave my skin feeling like silk. The exfoliating cubes contain shea butter, almond seed oil, and sunflower oil and it leaves my skin soft and moisturized. I like that they don’t feel too rough on the skin and the pink color made me smile.

I really liked how these products help my selfcare routine. These fruity scents might not be what I usually prefer but I enjoy how subtle their scents are, a complete contrast to the results it provided.

The Sunday Rain Himalayan Salt Massage Ball, Acai Berry Bath Crystals, Acai Berry Bubble Bath, Acai Body Scrub, and Watermelon Exfoliating Cubes were provided by @_sundayrain_ . Available on sunday-rain.com

Supplement Review: Adour & Kin CSERA

Aside from religiously doing my selfcare routine, I’ve also recently incorporated CSERA from Adour & Kin, and ingestible for skin, hair, and body vitality.

The CSERA ($110) contains freshwater collagen peptides, nerina strawberry extract, red grape skin extract, black elderberry extract, freshwater microalgae, grape seed extract, sakura extract, rice extract, and tuna elastin peptides. These ingredients promise to maintain skin tone, suppleness, elasticity, replenish vitamin c levels, provide antioxidants, and help with hydration and moisture retention.

I really like how this collagen powder doesn’t have an overpowering fish-like smell which is what I’ve experienced with other ingestible. It does have the usual aftertaste but with this one, it’s so subtle. I’m also impressed with how big one tub is. I’ve been drinking it with tea every night before sleep for more than I month now and I don’t think I’ve even made a dent. I feel like it helps keep my skin plump and soft. My nails are also aren’t as brittle and I don’t feel as tired as I normally would.

The Adour & Kin CSERA was provided by @adourandkin.