Cult Favorite: Maya Chia Super Couple

Another oil in my rotation is The Super Couple from Maya Chia. It uses a proprietary astaxanthin formula, chia, and essential oils to combat the appearance of dull, tired, aging skin. The Super Couple uses the natural, organic, and wildcrafted ingredients and is not made with parabens, phthalates, synthetic fragrances, PEGs, and SLSs.

Like other face oils I’ve tried before, this face oil is thick and not runny in consistency. Given its texture, the oil can feel slightly heavy on the skin. I honestly have no problem with that since I only use it before bedtime. A few drops of this goes a long way. It does feel a little tacky on the skin, however, and may take a while to dry. Once it sinks into the skin, however, my face feels nourished and hydrated. Sometimes, I skip my moisturizer and just go for this. Other times, I mix in a few drops of the oil to my moisturizer for an added boost of moisture and hydration. Incorporating this into my bedtime routine has helped me achieve a nourished and hydrated complexion. I usually reach for this on days when my skin is looking dull and tired as this sort of wakes my skin up after use.

The Maya Chia Super Couple was provided by @mayachia. Available for $86 at mayachia.com

Monthly Favorites: April 2019

Peek Beauty Screenshot Natural Beauty Palette, Double Take

For someone who has a ton of shit in the purse, I would give anything that will lessen the things I carry a try. The Screenshot Natural Beauty Palette from Peek Beauty promises to give lush lips, full brows, and stunning eyes in a thin tin case. The palette I have, Double Take, contains Expresso Natural Stain Brow Powder, Metalimatte Naturally Quick Drying Blush, Nom Nom Natural Plumping Balm, Eye Will Stay Naturally Long Wearing Eyeshadow, and a double-ended brush.

This cruelty-free palette contains two eyeshadows that are pigmented and soft to the feel. The mauve eyeshadow I like to use for every day then I add the bronze-toned one if I’m going out or if I’m just feeling some shimmer. The brow powder also comes in two shades.

Both colors are bold, pigmented, and easy to apply. The brow powders glide onto the hair smoothly while leaving my brows looking fuller and bushier. The colors are definitely budge-proof but I mostly use the darker one as it suits the colors of my brows better. If I’m really lacking products, I usually use the lighter one as a base for my eye look. The brush is also a great help when applying as it blends the shadows. It’s not the best and softest brush in the market but it does the job of giving a good eye look.

The blush gives off a very subtle warm coral tone which melts onto the skin quickly. It’s lightweight and blendable too, which is perfect for on-the-go. It delivers a luminous finish, similar to that of a baked mineral blush powder, only in cream form. However, I wouldn’t say that it has a great staying power though. This is what I retouch the most as it doesn’t stay long enough on my oily skin.

The plumping balm, on the other hand, helps keep my lips soft and smooth. I have to reapply this throughout the day because I need more moisture on my lips. The lipgloss is cute, though, as it’s not too glossy. It also looks good as a topper to a more vibrant lipcolor.

The Peek Beauty Screenshot Natural Beauty Palette in Double Take was provided by @peekbeauty and @piercemattie. Available for $55 at peekbeauty.co

Frank Body A-Beauty Scrub

Just when I was running out of body scrub, Frank Body comes out with a new one, the A-Beauty Scrub. The scrub A-Beauty (which stands for Australian beauty) promises to provide glowing skin. It contains finger lime to brighten, eucalyptus for its antiseptic properties, macadamia oil to hydrate and nourish, and kakadu plum for its vitamin c.

As with most Frank Body products, this smells like fresh coffee. The course scrub doesn’t feel harsh and on the skin, as always. As with all the Frank Body scrubs I tried, this left my skin smooth and soft.

I have been using this twice a week for a month now and have noticed brightening in the darker parts of my body like my knees and elbows. It has also helped to diminish the bumps I occasionally get on my arms. Honestly, Frank Body scrubs are a favorite and the A-Beauty scrub is no exception. They just get the right type of scrub my body prefers.

The Frank Body A-Beauty Scrub was provided by @frankbody. Available for $18.95 at frankbody.com

S5 Skincare Balance Fluid

Wanting to pay respect to the skin and the way it functions naturally, S5 Skincare are made with natural and organic formulas and without parabens, ethoxylated ingredients, SLS / SLES, glycols, phenoxyethanol, and petrochemical derived ingredients.

For oily skin, the Balance Fluid (£20 for a travel-sized bottle) promises to be an anti-aging fluid that balances and protects oily or combination and reactive skin. It contains alpine epilobium to reduce oil production and the appearance of pores, and low molecular weight hyaluronic acid to hydrate, soothe and plump the skin. This made me excited, as with all products that promise to control and manage my oily skin. I liked its soft texture. It wasn’t heavy on the skin and the lightweight texture felt relaxing on my skin.

When used in the morning, it helped hydrate my oily skin. It goes well with makeup and helps mattify my skin for about 4 hours before I have to blot. Worth noting, though, that when I blot, the oil isn’t as much than usual. These are good options for those with oily skin looking for a clean moisturizer than can be used in the morning.

The S5 Skincare Balance Fluid was provided by @s5skincare. Available at s5skincare.com

Dermalogica Prisma Protect SPF 30

The Prisma Protect SPF 30 from Dermalogica is a light-activated multitasking moisturizer that provides broad spectrum defense while preventing future signs of skin damage. It has an intelligent drone technology to help boost the skin’s natural luminosity, bio-ferment from sage to help maintain an even skin tone, and advanced moisture magnets to provide hydration for visibly smooth skin.

As I’m getting more and more into spf, I’ve been trying out a lot of products. With someone who has oily skin , it’s as difficult as finding skincare products for the morning that wouldn’t slide off after 30 minutes.

I have to say, when I first tried this I found that is was creamier than I would prefer. I went light with the foundation and used powder products to prevent and impending grease-fest I’m about to experience. Amazingly enough, my skin felt hydrated and look bright all throughout the day. So the next day, I went for my usual makeup routine. This kept my skin hydrated and I only had to blot once in the afternoon. Since I have long forgone applying a moisturizer in the morning, this is a good product that protects, moisturizes, and hydrates the skin in one application. It’s light enough so it doesn’t make my makeup move around and my skin looks clear and healthy all day.

This is a good option for those looking for a vegan and cruelty-free moisturizing SPF that’s free of gluten, artificial fragrances, colors, and parabens.

The Dermalogica Prisma Protect SPF 30 was provided by @dermalogicauk . Available for £58.00 at dermalogica.co.uk

Paula’s Choice Omega+ Complex Moisturizer

I’ve recently been into moisturizing and hydrating my #oilyskin. I feel like, since my skin is getting older, my face is changing. It’s slow but from time to time, I can feel my skin getting a bit drier than usual. I still get oily during the day but after exfoliating, my skin feels a bit different – a tad drier. That’s why my skin is loving hydrating and moisturizing products.

One of the moisturizers my changing skin is responding to is the Omega+ Complex Moisturizer from Paula’s Choice. This fragrance-free and cruelty-free moisturizer promises to nourish, hydrate, soothe, and address signs of dryness with a blend of shea butter and omega oils, guava, flax seeds, citric acid, passion fruit, ceramides, plant oils, and botanical antioxidants.

This is creamier than most moisturizers I’m used too. It’s lightweight and it settles into a creamy silky finish. Especially after exfoliating, this feels really hydrating and nourishing to the skin. For $35, this feels more luxurious on the skin than I would expect. This has helped my skin look more together and plumper in the mornings. It really shows in the middle of the week when my skin can look dull after being outdoors and exposed to pollution. Using this countered that, my skin is not as dull and sallow looking. It just feels soft, hydrated, and moisturized.

The Paula’s Choice Omega+ Complex Moisturizer was provided by @paulaschoice. Available for $35 at paulaschoice.com.

W=Hb2 Power Duo Face Serum

W=Hb2, which is short for Wellness = (Health x beauty) Squared, believes that true beauty is defined by your inner health, peace, and spiritual wellbeing. They only have one product – the Power Duo Face Serum.

The #serum has two products in one package. Phase I contains a tri-active age corrector complex (phytocelltec alpine rose stem cell, biotechnical tri-peptide, and probiotic bacterium) to encourage skin stell cell vitality, boost collagen production, strengthen the skin barrier. It also has a botanical sodium hyaluronate to hydrate the skin. Phase II, on the other hand, has the tri-active brightening and anti-pollution complex. The complex contains niacinamide to brighten, moringa seed pure cure peptide to purify, raspberry stem cell technology to protect the skin from environmental stressors, and sodium hyaluronate to hydration.

Phase II is runnier than phase I but both feel luxurious on the skin and get absorbed quickly into the skin so they can be used by those with oily skin either at night or in the morning. Both products hydrate my skin enough for me not to produce excess oil and lead to shine. Both serums left my skin soft and smooth. I liked how they can brighten up my skin without making it look oily. This is kept my skin from looking dull and sallow and instead left my skin soft and plump. The price is not for everyone but if you are looking for a product that will plump, hydrate, and brighten your skin, this might be for you. It’s one of those anti-aging products that doesn’t clog pores and works even for oily skin types.

The W=Hb2 Power Duo Face Serum was provided by @whb2 and @wizardpiblicity. Available for £110 at whb2.com

Skincare Review: Coola Mineral Face Matte Tint Moisturizer SPF 30, Rosilliance Mineral BB+ Cream Tinted Organic Sunscreen SPF 30, Daydream Mineral Makeup Primer Sunscreen SPF 30

To be honest, it was only when I really got into skincare that I religiously applied SPF. So, it was also only a few years ago that I realized how difficult it is to look for an SPF that would work for my oily skin. You know something that’s not too heavy, not too creamy, and nothing that will aggravate the oiliness of my skin. While on the search, Coola gave me some vegan SPF options.

The Mineral Face Matte Tint Moisturizer SPF 30 ($36) promises to be a moisturizer and SPF in one. This is so light and it applies like a silicone primer. The tint is a touch too light for my skin tone but manageable. It’s matte but not mattifying so, on a warm day, I get a bit of shine on my forehead and on my nose by lunchtime. By hour 7 I can see some foundation movement on my forehead so I definitely think this would suit those with dry and normal skin better.

The Rosilliance Mineral BB+ Cream Tinted Organic Sunscreen SPF 30 ($52) also contains rose stem cell actives to nourish and provide antioxidant benefits. This honestly looks ashy on the bottle so I didn’t think it would work well with my warm skin. It does once first applied. It also leaves a bit of a white cast. Not great right? However, it seemed to have settled on my skin after a few minutes so, I’m good. However, after walking under the sun after a few minutes, it immediately left my skin oily and I haven’t had this experience in so long. This is definitely for drier skin types.

The Daydream Mineral Makeup Primer Sunscreen SPF 30 ($42) also has honeysuckle, white lily, and iris stem cells to deliver antioxidants. This feels siliconey and feels hydrating but this made my skin oily in the afternoon and it made makeup move around. Like I can see foundation gathering in small spackles on my forehead. Sadly, this is yet another SPF for dry and normal skin types.

The Coola Mineral Face Matte Tint Moisturizer SPF 30, Rosilliance Mineral BB+ Cream Tinted Organic Sunscreen SPF 30, Daydream Mineral Makeup Primer Sunscreen SPF 30 were provided by @coola and @behrmanpr. Available at coola.com

Cult Favorite: Jane Scrivner Nourishing Cleanser

With cleansing as one of my favorite skincare steps, a cleansing balm can add to the relaxation level when cleansing and removing the remains of the day. NBPR noticed my love for cleansing and sent over the Jane Scrivner Nourishing Cleanser for me to try.

According to their study, around 30% of our skin’s oils helps kills germs and bacteria while locking in moisture. As we get older, we lose these oils and it leaves the skin looking dry, tired, and dull. To help solve this, the Nourishing Cleanser contains jojoba oil to mimic the skin’s natural wax production to replenish and restore the barrier function of the skin. It also contains organic beeswax to condition, calm, and soothe. The cleansing balm also has sandalwood, ylang-ylang, lavender, and sweet orange essential oils. These ingredients work to leave the skin balanced, rehydrated, plumped, and boosted.

This balm has a lightweight and thin texture but feels thick on the skin. The balm emulsifies into a thick oil after you massage it. Despite the heaviness, it glides onto the skin smoothly and feels relaxing, with the addition of the light and fresh scent this has. I know that this is meant to be removed with a cleansing cloth instead of water but as a matter of preference, I like my balms to be easily removed. With water. Unfortunately, as instructed, this doesn’t work that way. I know, I know, I’m a rebel. When removed with a cloth, which I’m trying to get used to, my makeup is gone with one wipe, like magic. It might take a couple of more wipes when it comes to mascaras and eyeliners but the cloth it came with feel soft and gentle on the skin. What I really like with this cleansing balm, though, is how nourishing it feels on the skin. The cleanser leaves my skin hydrated and soft after each use.

The Jane Scrivner Nourishing Cleanser was provided by @janescrivner and @npbr. Available for £33 (50ml) at janescrivner.com

Skincare Review: Saturday Skin Bright Potion Probiotic Power Serum

With the rise of probiotics in skincare, #kbeauty brand Saturday Skin released Bright Potion Probiotic Power Serum, which they graciously gifted me.

This serum aims to give healthy-looking skin four probiotics, aided by two prebiotics. It also contains niacinamide for texture, tone, and radiance improvement, seabuckthorn fruit extract to nourish the skin, irish moss extract to soothe and hydrate, cotton extract, for boosted protection and hydration. This serum is also cruelty-free, gluten-free, and are made without sulfates, SLS and SLES, parabens, formaldehyde, formaldehyde-releasing agents, phthalates, mineral oil, retinyl palmitate, oxybenzone, coal tar, hydroquinone, triclosan, and triclocarban, and contains less than one percent of synthetic fragrances.

I have always regarded Saturday Skin as a brand that caters to those with dry, normal, and sensitive skin type. However, the ingredients on this serum are too good to pass up so I took the chance in trying it. The serum has a creamy consistency but absorbs easily on the skin. It’s not the lightest serum out there but it’s light for my oily skin. It also dries matte so I can actually use it morning and night. I have been using this for about three weeks now and I have noticed that even though the serum feels extremely gentle on the skin, it does the job on providing me a radiant and glowing complexion. It feels hydrating and doesn’t make my skin shiny and oily in the afternoon and it also feels nourishing to the skin. Niacinamide is also pretty high up in the ingredient list so this also helps provide brightening to my skin. I feel like this is perfect for those looking for a gentle product that will nourish, hydrate, and brighten their complexion.

The Saturday Skin Bright Potion Probiotic Power Serum was provided by @saturdayskin and @octoly. Available $51 at sephora.com

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