Brand Overview: Marlowe

Marlowe sent over their skincare products. Paraben, phthalate, and cruelty-free, they use their proprietary M Blend in their products. This blend contains passionflower extract to restore and moisturize, green tea extract for cell repair and to protect from environmental stresses, willow bark extract to reduce inflammation, deep sea algae extract to soothe.

The No. 103 Men’s Body Wash ($10.99) contains willow bark extract, deep sea algae, passionflower fruit, and green tea to nourish, smooth, repair, and revitalize the skin. Compared to most body washes I use, this is more watery. It also doesn’t foam that much. It’s also not as moisturizing so I still prefer my other body washes.

I was most excited to try the No. 002 Extra Moisturizing Body Lotion ($10.99) because it promises to soften, smooth and restore dry skin in a non-greasy, quick-absorbing formula. I use a generous amount every time as I liked how it applied to my skin. It wasn’t too sticky even in warm weather. It also leaves my skin smooth and moisturized.

The No. 141 Men’s Shave Cream ($10.99) has shea butter and coconut oil to soothe the skin while forming a barrier on the skin to prep face for a close shave. I let my husband use this and he liked the texture and how it feels moisturizing right after shaving. I used this on my legs as well but, personally, I prefer shaving foams.

The No. 124 Lip Balm ($10.99 for 3) aims to moisturize and protect the lips with coconut oil. It also has UVA / UVB SPF 15 for daily protection. It moisturizes the lips the whole day. It’s also not that thick and it doesn’t apply glossy so I can easily apply this over or under lip colors. My husband swiped this from me already and loves it.

I think the Extra Moisturizing Body Lotion and the Lip Balm are standouts here but I’m just amazed by how inexpensive these products are. They also have a fresh and clean scent that will be enjoyed by everyone.

Marlowe Men’s Body Wash, Extra Moisturizing Body Lotion, Men’s Shave Cream, Lip Balm were provided by @marloweskin. Available at marloweskin.com

Skincare Review: Eve Hansen Turmeric and Cranberry Clay Mask, Activated Charcoal Clay Mask, and Blue Tansy Skin Repair Face Oil

Created in Los Angeles, Eve Hansen aims to create skincare products that are safe and can be used with confidence each day. Their products are natural, organic, vegan, and cruelty-free. They also do not contain parabens, mineral oils, sulfates, or phthalates.

For my oily skin, they sent over the Turmeric & Cranberry Clay Mask ($24.95), which promises to nourish and brighten the skin using turmeric root extract, cranberry seeds powder, bentonite clay, green tea, and rosehip seed oil. This is one of the most brightening clay masks I’ve tried. I was pleasantly surprised to see the results after the first wash. It’s also gentle and it doesn’t tighten as it dries. This clay mask leaves my skin undeniably brighter, smoother, and more revitalized. When washing, I recommend using a cotton pad to remove the seeds with ease.

To detoxify the skin, the Activated Charcoal Clay Mask ($24.95) dead sea mud, bentonite clay, green tea extract, cucumber, lavender, and chamomile. It claims to diminish skin impurities, remove blackheads, shrink the appearance of pores, combat skin bacteria, and draw out toxins from deep inside stubborn pores while minimizing excess sebum production. Just like the other clay mask, this one does well in clearing up the skin’s complexion while providing deep exfoliation. My face feels cleaner, fresher, and smoother with this, in addition to a healthier and brighter glow it gives me after use. It also helps in making my pores look more refined.

The Blue Tansy Skin Repair Face Oil ($30.95) is meant for those with sensitive, acne, and blemish prone skin as it promises to help regulate oil production while, minimize the appearance of pores, and heal existing sunburns, inflammation, and irritated skin with olive oil, safflower oil, rosehip oil, argan oil, turmeric extract, jojoba oil, and grapeseed oil. Contained in a glass bottle, this face oil is runny and feels lightweight. I use this as part of my skincare routine at night. It feels greasy upon application but doesn’t take long before it gets absorbed into my skin. While on this, I noticed how skin’s texture improved and how my complexion cleared up. My face is also noticeably brighter and smoother thanks to this.

I have thoroughly enjoyed using these provides and would gladly recommend them to those with oily skin or those wanting to brighten and nourish their complexion.

Eve Hansen Turmeric & Cranberry Clay Mask, Activated Charcoal Clay Mask, and Blue Tansy Skin Repair Face Oil were provided by @evehansen. Available at evehansen.com

Brand Overview: Kosas Cosmetics

I am just going to rave about Kosas Cosmetics. Their lip colors are one of the first I reviewed when I started my instagram and, not surprisingly, I still have the same thoughts.

All their products are also made without parabens, phthalates, BHA/BHT, mineral oil, propylene glycol, polyethylene glycol, phenoxyethanol, fragrance, and petrolatum. Their products are also vegan and gluten, egg, nut, soy, and cruelty-free.

When I saw the Tinted Face Oil from, I honestly didn’t pay it any mind. I mean, Tinted Face Oil? For my oily skin? I know a lot of people has said that you can fight oil with oil but this is just so new and so farfetched for me. I was curious, yes, because, in my opinion, this is the ultimate skincare meet makeup concept that I agreed on in such a long time but. It made me want to try but my oily skin is pulling me back. Then Kosas sent it over to me and it honestly took me a week before I got around into trying it.

For those who didn’t know the Tinted Face Oil ($42) promises to be both a feather-weight medium coverage foundation and deeply hydrating skin elixir. It aims to even skin tone, minimize pores, and erase imperfections. It contains avocado oil to hydrate, meadowfoam oil to lock moisture and plump, red raspberry oil to repair and tone, jojoba oil to soothe and balance, green tea seed oil to fight free radicals and pollution, and rosehip seed oil to brighten and clarify. It’s also cruelty-free, vegan, and is formulated without gluten, parabens, silicones, sulfates, phthalates, mineral oil, PEG, and petrolatum.

Predictably, it really does feel like oil, with a bit of graininess into it. What surprised me though is how fast it sunk into my skin and how it immediately dried into a velvet finish. It almost felt powder-like without the texture and streakiness. It also has medium coverage without feeling like it. This is just so unlike anything I’ve tried before – thinner than bb cream and tinted moisturizer and has better coverage, as thin as skin tints but not as sheer, not cake like powder foundations, and not heavy and drying like full coverage foundations. It has carved itself a new category and for that alone, I applaud them.

For my oily skin, this is best used over thin serums and moisturizers as this doesn’t play well over a thick sunscreen or moisturizer. I once had a mistake of doing that and the tinted face oil moved around after a couple of hours.

With my preferred application of about four drops and a damp sponge, this leaves a velvety finish and lasts long, especially when I’m just staying indoors. It was able to even out my skin tone, which I like, and seems like it also does the job of making the high parts of my face glow. It made my skin look bright and healthy and stayed that way for about 6 hours. It also played well with both powder and cream face products. It also kept my skin hydrated and it did not aggravate my oily skin. Though I wouldn’t be using this on a warm day while staying outdoors, it works as a daily foundation when I’m mostly staying indoors. Those who have dry skin will have a field day with this one as this will provide moisture to the skin and a velvet finish that will leave your complexion glowing and even.

With the expanding their portfolio of products come the Lipfuel ($18), a first in their capsule collection, Kosasport.

Lipfuel promises to be a hydrating lip balm that seals in moisture and protects from environmental damage to nourish the lips. It contains wild mint for flavor and sensation, konjac root to create a gel-like barrier to protect and to seal in nourishment, hyaluronic acid to lock in hydration, and vitamin e to smooth, repair, and plump.

To be honest, this is the only pocketable lip balm in my collection. Aside from the drugstore option, most brands have put balms in small tubs where you dip your fingers (which is icky that’s why I mostly use them at night), or have it in a tube but has a little bit of gloss (making in on-trend – a party but also a nourishment thing.)

So, Lipfuel is the good middle ground. It’s a light jelly texture that doesn’t feel heavy on the lips nor does it sit on top of it. It just settles into a thin protective film that feels hydrating and moisturizing. Of course, this isn’t one of those things that last through meals but since it’s easy to carry around, it’s easy to reapply. What I noticed though is that the gel-like film might be wiped off but the moisture stays for a few hours more. The color Rush makes my dull-colored lips look a bit pink while Pulse is on the redder side and Baseline applies clear.

Lipfuel is for those always on the go but wants a bit of natural color on their lips while nourishing it.

For more color and coverage, Weightless Lip Color contains green tea seed oil, grape seed oil, rosehip seed oil, mango seed butter, shea butter, and sweet orange oil to moisturize, heal, soothe, and condition the lips while providing colors on the lips that suits all skin tones.

Their Weightless Lip Colors ($28) are still matte but not drying, lightweight yet pigmented. You can either swipe this for maximum color or tap it on your lips and build until you get your perfect shade. What’s new this time are the magnetic caps and laminated packaging, which I love, because I like my Kosas Lipcolors with me at all times. I have honestly restocked my Undone just because I lost the cap.

One of the shades I played around with is Stardust, a medium-sheer, warmer tone peachy pink. I kept telling everyone that Undone is my perfect mauve nude then this came around. It’s my lips but better with a matte lightweight finish that’s really perfect for every day. It’s lighter and more peach/pink nude than undone so I like using this when I want to look like a have a clean face or when I’m doing really heavy eye makeup.

Darkroom, on the other hand, is a cooler wine tone but not as dark as I thought it would be. Dabbing it on my lips is my favorite way to apply it for the tinted effortless look, like I just happened to have a wine-colored lip color, no biggie. I had wine at 10 am or I just really had fun the night before, you will never know. You will also never ask because it looks good on me.

Phoenix, honestly, is a color I would never go for. It’s what I call too red (Kosas described it as fiery red.) The extent of my red experience is putting that color or my nails, never on my lips. I gave this a try, however, and this just brightened my whole look. It’s a statement color, yes, but it’s so nice to put on when I don’t have time to do my base makeup in the morning. I could just dab this on my lips and go on with my day.

Another color I have is Fringe, which I bought together with my Undone. It’s a warm toned deep red shade that applies on my lips a bit orange. It’s on the rusty side for and it what I like using when I want more depth in my lipcolor but do not want a shocking red or berry. It goes so well when I do a peachy bronzed look.

I have talked to @beautedefile and @stilblut about how amazed I am with these lipsticks. Kosas wasn’t kidding around when they claimed that their lip colors look good on everyone because I have been using Undone for about 2 years now and have seen it on them and it looks good but different. I honestly love these lip colors and I will forever use them.

With the many makeup products that I own, one would think that I have all the colors I would want and need for any situation. However, I have more nude pink lipsticks than I’d like to admit, and I’m not any better with blushes. Everythings mauve or rosy. The farthest I’ve gone is coral pink. Even when they released their Color and Light palettes ($34), I went with 8th Muse, a cool pink creme blush and highlighter. It’s what I have been using almost every day until I got to try Tropic Equinox and Contachroma.

Tropic Equinox, a bronze cream blush, and highlighter is my first dip into the peachy orange spectrum. Maybe since I’m on the medium tan side, I always thought these kinds of colors would look too similar to my skin tone? Anyway, I’m wrong and I’m willing to eat my words. While pink blushes brighten my face and mauve ones give off that sophisticated flush, Tropic Equinox gave me a modern and fresh look. The blush, with the highlighter, complimented my skin tone and gave off that simple, effortless complexion. If I build on it and double down on the highlighter, I would look sunkissed.

Contachroma, which contains a golden powder blush and highlighter, applies a bit coral on my skin. It’s a color I’m used to but this one gives more impact. It’s brighter than the coral pink blushes that I have but not to the point that it scares me. Though I much prefer cream blushes and highlighters, I like using this on top of Tropic Equinox if I’m going out or on its own when I need a face color that would last a little longer than my cream products. The highlighter on this one, especially, is more glistening than glowing. I also like that both products are finely-milled, no patchiness here.

I just love Kosas and I have not tried a product from them that would make me change my mind.

These products were provided by @kosascosmetics. Available at kosas.com

Skincare Review: Frank Body Anti-Makeup Cleansing Oil, Anti-Drama Face Mask, and Anti-Angry Face Mist

Aside from their amazing coffee scrubs, Frank Body also mades skincare products. Their Antis promise to for those who want to have clear skin without the BS.

Using coffee, grapeseed oil, and BHA, the Anti-Makeup Cleansing Oil ($23.95) promises to dissolve dirt and makeup while keeping the skin soft and clear.

This cleansing oil feels heavier and more viscous than most cleansing oils. You would require more oil to remove makeup but I like its dense consistency. It feels more hardworking somehow. Another unique thing about this is it doesn’t lather or form into a milky consistency when you massage it with water. It just stays colorless. It effectively removes light makeup and it doesn’t leave a residue when rinsed with water, which I found surprising because of its texture.

If you love their body scrubs, the Anti-Drama Face Mask ($21.95) will make you smile. It feels creamy on the skin. It’s also gentle and doesn’t tighten or pull as it dries.

It applies gray and clay mask-like but dries skin-like. After 10mins, it would be difficult to see if you really applied a face mask on. It rinses easily and leaves the skin devoid of any oil. I got a bit dry on the cheek area but the rest of my face felt smooth and velvety. You would love this if you want a gentle, detoxifying mask (it has kaolin but it also has chamomile, honey, primrose oil, and lavender) and loved that trademark coffee scent.

The Anti-Angry Face Mist ($14.95) contains rosewater, aloe, coffee seed extract to cool down the skin, reduce redness, soothe irritation, and soften the complexion.

This face mist tingles a bit upon the first spritz but it leaves the skin relaxed and cool. I like using this to wet my makeup sponge or makeup brush as it blends well with my makeup. It has a cooling sensation making it also a good option if you need a midday refresher.

The Frank Body Anti-Makeup Cleansing Oil, Anti-Drama Face Mask, and Anti-Angry Face Mist were provided by @frankbod. Available at frankbody.com

Brand Overview: Aqulabo

Launched in 2018, Aqulabo combines water and science, focusing on skin hydration using EWG green grade ingredients. I’m all for hydration recently, especially with the weather getting warmer and warmer so I was really excited to try this one. #kbeauty products never seem to let me down whenever my skin needs hydration, plumping, and softening so, my expectations were really high on this one.

So far, they only have to products. One is the Jelly Mist ($32), a gel-to-liquid face mist that promises to open up the absorption pathway of the skin to boost the effectiveness of skincare products while adjusting the pH balance of your skin and strengthening skin barrier using an amino acid complex, liposomal ceramide, and omija.

They weren’t kidding on the gel-to-liquid formula. It looks like jelly inside the bottle but feels and looks like water once dispensed on the skin. It doesn’t have a strong distinguishable smell, which I love, and it wasn’t heavy on the face. The spritz might be a tad too strong but the actual product doesn’t feel sticky or runny. It’s not messy at all and the mist doesn’t go everywhere. The actual mist feels soft and gentle on the skin and it sinks in quickly. I used this as a face toner in the morning as it gives my face enough hydration throughout the day. It also works well with other skincare and makeup products and leaves my skin feel soft and plump.

The Oh! Very Bright Mask ($3), on the other hand, aims to brighten and even out skin tone with niacinamide, centella asiatica, and licorice root extract, and omija. It also uses an air fit sheet mask.

This mask is fitted right onto my face and they have a cooling sensation, which is always welcome. I loved to use them daily as I watch my favorite series. The essence is viscous enough for the mask not to slide down. I love how it not only hydrates my face, leaving it soft, plump, and bouncy, it also brightened my skin. It leaves my skin looking soft, radiant, and even.

I tend to like a lot of products as long as they deliver what they promise to do but rarely do I find products that check all the boxes they claim to check. These are also inexpensive and travel-friendly. These products would be great for those looking to hydrate and brighten their skin using natural ingredients. I will definitely watch out the products this brand would launch moving forward.

The Aqulabo Jelly Mist and Oh! Very Bright Mask were provided by @aqulabo. Available at bemusedkorea.com