Haircare Review: Eva NYC Deeptox Exfoliating Salt Shampoo

I am a bit late to the hair scrub party. I have lived all my life knowing about shampoos, conditioners, and the occasional hair masks but scrubs is a recent find and I didn’t know how much my scalp and hair needed it.

As I have mentioned much time, my scalp can be temperamental. It can easily get extremely dry or extremely oily so using hair styling products and just hair products, in general, have been difficult. It’s why I have a lot so I can cater to the different scalp and hair needs I might have.

I have been using the Deeptox Exfoliating Salt Shampoo from Eva NYC once every week to check if it will work for my hair. This new product is a scrub shampoo that promises to exfoliate and purify the scalp while eliminating dirt, pollutants, toxins and product buildup on the scalp. It contains sea salt, pomegranate extract, and witch hazel. This scrub is vegan, cruelty-free, and is also formulated without sulfates, parabens, phthalates, sodium chloride, and artificial colors.

This is the most stripping shampoo I have ever tried and I mean that as a compliment. It looks like a creamy scrub with small exfoliating bits. It doesn’t lather as a normal shampoo would and I know this would strip my hair of all dirt and product buildup as soon as I massaged this on my scalp. This is what I need to use when I use more styling products than usual. The exfoliating bits feel relaxing as I massage it on the skin. After each use, I follow this with a hair mask to moisturize and hydrate my hair and scalp. If I don’t, this will leave my dry scalp much drier and my fine hair tangled. I may not use this once a week but I will reach for this whenever I know my hair has been through a lot and when it needs a deep detox.

The Eva NYC Deeptox Exfoliating Salt Shampoo was provided by @evanyc. Available for $12 at eva-nyc.com

Cult Favorite: Briogeo Scalp Revival Collection

I have said this countless times but my hair and my scalp are more sensitive than my face. That’s why I have three kinds of shampoos and conditioners in my shower. Recently, I had some products from the Scalp Revival collection of Briogeo included in my rotation.

The Scalp Revival Collection uses binchotan charcoal, biotin, tea tree oil, and witch hazel to calm irritation, itchiness, flakes and dry scalp. All of which, I can have if I’m not too careful.

I wish Charcoal + Coconut Oil Micro-Exfoliating Shampoo ($42) came in a pump so it wouldn’t take that much space in my bathroom shelf. It does the job though. It has a mask-like consistency, thicker than most conditioners, and it feels a bit grainy due to micro-exfoliators. If feels cool on the scalp and leaves my hair feel soft afterward. What I noticed after a few weeks of use, however, is that this prevents my scalp from getting too dry. It also helps with the itching I would feel after a day of staying outdoors and sweating a lot.

I use Charcoal + Tea Tree Scalp Treatment ($32) before sleeping. I actually have this already in my stash. This is just my go-to when my scalp feels too itchy and oily. It helps balance my scalp.

I also like massaging the Stimulating Therapy Massager ($16) whenever I apply the Charcoal + Coconut Oil Micro-Exfoliating Shampoo and the Charcoal + Tea Tree Scalp Treatment. Aside from it helping me when I apply these products, it also massages my scalp, which feels so relaxing. This just calms me and puts me to sleep. I actually have another scalp massager on my bedside table.

The Charcoal + Biotin Dry Shampoo ($24) is something I don’t use often. Living in a sunny and humid area leaves me with no choice but to wash my hair daily. I only use dry shampoo when my hair is feeling a bit oily to control and balance my scalp throughout the day.

The Charcoal + Coconut Oil Micro-Exfoliating Shampoo is a nice discovery and it complements my use of the Charcoal + Tea Tree Scalp Treatment to prevent itching, dryness, and oiliness while keeping my hair looking healthy and feeling soft.

The Briogeo Scalp Revival Charcoal + Coconut Oil Micro-Exfoliating Shampoo, Stimulating Therapy Massager, Charcoal + Tea Tree Scalp Treatment, and Charcoal + Biotin Dry Shampoo was provided by @briogeo. Available at briogeohair.com

Haircare Review: Function of Beauty Shampoo, Conditioner, Hair Mask, and Hair Serum

My hair has been extra dry recently so when Function of Beauty offered to help with their new hair mask and hair serum, I immediately said yes.

As with personalized hair products I’ve tried, Function of Beauty asked questions about my hair types, concerns, and goals. For reference, I have thin, fine, straight hair and scalp that easily gets irritated or oily depending on its mood. I wanted to hydrate, replenish, and strengthen my hair while soothing and nourishing my roots and scalp.

As per usual, the Shampoo and Conditioner smell amazing (I chose the flower to the people scent.) It made my hair smooth and less tangled after rinsing. I am one of those people who shampoo their hair every day while conditioning its ends daily as well. So far, these two helped moisturized my hair without making my scalp too oily. They just provided a balance.

The Hair Mask promises to deeply condition, hydrate, and nourish my hair using argan oil, japanese sake, and jojoba ester oil. The creamy mask is easily massaged on the scalp. Whenever I mask, I pay extra attention to the ends of my hair as it’s where my strands get the driest. While using this, my hair is the softest and smoothest it has gotten. It stayed like that for about three days before I felt the need to apply again.

Something that can be used once a day or for touch-ups, the Hair Serum aims to manage the hair, smooth frizz, and enhance its shine. It contains argan oil, annatto oil, jojoba oil, and sunflower oil. Despite these ingredients, the hair serum doesn’t feel that oil. This serum actually has a gel texture that makes it easier to use. A testament to how good this is: I wore my hair down, after always putting it into a bun, and used this at the ends. I also used a texturing spray to create and some loose waves and everyone complimented me on how good my hair looks. I felt like the serum helped hold the waves I created and it made my hair look more weighted instead of fine and frizzy. It doesn’t leave it looking limp and oily. This is instant love.

These products are also vegan, cruelty-free, and are made without mineral oil, phthalates, gluten, parabens, and sulfates.

The Function of Beauty Shampoo, Conditioner, Hair Mask, and Hair Serum were provided by @functionofbeauty. Available at functionofbeauty.com

Monthly Favorites: July 2019

Solved Skincare Coconut Oil Cleansing Pads

We all have our doubts with coconut oil. Me especially, because I don’t like eating coconuts and I don’t like smelling it. Then there were countless articles saying how it can cause irritation and block your pores.

So, when Soko Glam sent me the Coconut Oil Cleansing Pads from Solved Skincare. I was hesitant even though I thought that cleansing pads are such a genius innovation. It’s amazing, the thought that you can bring a first cleanser anywhere without worrying if it would spill on your bag or if you will make a mess by the sink.

Anyway back to coconut oil, I looked through the comments at Soko Glam and saw Charlotte Cho replying that coconut oil is good for the skin if it’s formulated right. 95% of the formula of the cleansing pads contain 100% virgin coconut oil while the other 5% consists of natural fatty acids (caprylic/capric triglycerides, PEG-20 glyceryl triisostearate) derived from coconuts to exfoliate and moisturize my skin while melting away makeup without irritation. The product is also vegan, cruelty-free, and is made without parabens, pigment, artificial fragrance, animal ingredients, surfactants, mineral oil, alcohol, and silicone.

I tested it on my hands first, which if worth noting, is something I rarely do. I didn’t get any negative reaction from using it on my hand so I used it on my face after a few days. It smells very coconut-y, which as I have said here before, I am not a fan of. Thankfully, the scent doesn’t last. It honestly feels like most cleansing oils out there. The pads are soaked in oil but it’s not dripping, making is easy to bring around. What I like about this is that the oil is soaked in a pad making it easy to use, especially on the nooks and crannies of my face. It removes impurities and makeup and amazingly feels gentle on the skin. Also, I like how it can easily be washed away with water without leaving any residue. I like reaching for this on days where I do an elaborate eye makeup as it works well with eyeliners and mascaras really well.

The Solved Skincare Coconut Oil Cleansing Pads was provided by @solvedskincare and @sokoglam. Available for $25 at sokoglam.com

Huxley Secret of Sahara Cream: Glow Awakening

I have always been a fan of that distinct Huxley scent so, I was instantly drawn to the Secret of Sahara Cream: Glow Awakening. I have tried the Fresh and More variant and it worked so well with my oily skin . This moisturizer, however, is a bit heavier so I reach for this after I do some deep physical exfoliation and do not want to apply any more products. This is a one and done for me before sleeping.

Even if it has a richer texture and a heavier consistency than the Fresh and More Cream, it doesn’t clog my pores. I only wake up with brighter and healthier-looking skin as it promises to brighten, moisturize, and protect the skin from pollutants and impurities using prickly pear seed oil, niacinamide, odeetox, glutathione, bisabolol, and cs-glucan. This will work for those looking to brighten and moisturize their skin and it can be a go-to winter moisturizer for skin types similar to mine. Those with dry skin, however, would have a field day with this any time of the year.

The Huxley Secret of Sahara Cream: Glow Awakening was provided by @huxley_global

R+Co Control

Hairstyling, to be honest, used to be the most important thing when I was in grade school. I use to have a different style per day, using a variety of products. All that stopped in college and up until I started working. Sleep has become more important and with that, my hair suffered. I just let it down and just let it be – just a bit of shampoo and conditioner and I’m done. It wasn’t until a few years ago that I started to take notice of my hair again. I started caring for it and styling it again.

I usually have a go-to for work – a sleek low-bun. It’s simple, it’s low-maintenance, and it keeps hair off my face when done right. It doesn’t sound as easy as it sounds since I have a lot of baby hairs so I usually need help.

I have been using Control from R+Co, a paste that promises stronghold in a semi-matte finish. This vegan and cruelty-free paste contain aloe barbadensis leaf extract, passionflower extract, mango fruit extract, and ginger root extract to condition, strengthen, soften, smooth, retain moisture, and add shine to the strands.

I associate pastes with something sticky, tacky, and slick but this one is easy to use. It doesn’t feel heavy and doesn’t feel greasy. It provides a soft hold to the hair. It wasn’t able to flatten and hide all my baby hairs but it was able to tame them. I like using this at the ends of my hair to help manage fly-aways and frizziness. When applied at the ends, it leaves my hair with a controlled volume without looking like my hair is being weighed down. It doesn’t make my hair oily even if I leave the product for more than 12 hours and it rinses quickly. So, yes, this definitely provides a soft control to my hair.

The R+Co Control was provided by @randco. Available for $28 at randco.com

Drunk Elephant Pekee Bar and Juju Bar

Today’s routine featuring the Pekee Bar from Drunk Elephant. To be honest, I rarely use bar soaps to cleanse my skin. Even during the time I wasn’t into skincare, I had a cleansing foam. However, I can’t deny the fact that bars are much easier to travel with those cleansers packed in bottles or tubes.

The brand has two kinds – the Pekee Bar which promises to clarify, balance, and moisturize the skin using blueberry extract, marula oil, and honey. I bring this with me when I’m traveling in colder areas because it doesn’t dry out my skin or make it feel tight.

The Juju Bar, on the other hand, aims to cleanse, clarify, brighten, remove dead skin cells, dissolve oil, and refine skin texture, with thermal mud and bamboo powder. This is what I bring to places with warmer climates or when I know I’m going to be spending much of my time under the sun.

Both soaps feel gentle on the skin and not at all stripping. They are also vegan, cruelty-free, and are free of fragrance, essential oils, drying alcohols, silicones, chemical sunscreens, dyes, and SLS.

The Drunk Elephant Pekee Bar and Juju Bar were provided by @drunkelephant and @fullmontyldn. Available at drunkelephant.com

Amore Pacific Youth Revolution Radiance Creme and Masque

I know people like to talk about the overwhelming scent of the Amore Pacific Youth Revolution Radiance Creme and Masque but it reminds me so much of the products my mother used to apply on herself while we’re watching Gilmore Girls when I was younger so, I honestly didn’t mind. It’s strong, yes, but it brings back so many memories for me to be bothered by it. The scent does linger, not a strong as when you apply it, but it’s there.

It leaves a glowy finish which I really like because it doesn’t look tacky on the skin and it doesn’t feel heavy either. I like using this as the last step of my night routine as it is a bit heavy for my oily skin if used during the day. It contains white peony (infused at 60 degrees for a day and purified the extract five times) and green tea polysaccharide, making it feel nourishing and moisturizing to the skin. After one use, I immediately noticed how plump and radiant my skin looked. This is a definite luxury item you might want to indulge in if you want radiant skin as well as protection from environmental aggressors.

The AmorePacific Youth Revolution Radiance Creme and Masque was provided by @amorepacific_us and #OctolyFamily #amorepacific @SEPHORA #YOUTHREVOLUTION

Thayer’s Rose Petal Body Bar

A new favorite is the Rose Petal Body Bar from Thayer’s ($4.99) contains a mix of palm and coconut oils, in addition to witch hazel and aloe vera, to tone, tighten, and moisturize the skin. I really enjoyed using this. It has a slight rosy smell but what I really love is the gentleness of the soap. It soft and smooth to the skin and leaves my skin moisturized and hydrated. My skin doesn’t get dry as easily while I was using this. Also, for the price, this feels luxurious to the skin.

The Thayer’s Rose Petal Body Bar were provided by @thayers and Natural Brand Partners. Available at thayers.com

Haircare Review: Eva NYC

For stronger and healthier hair, Eva NYC offers fun-looking products that promise expert results at home. They sent over their Mane Magic 10-in-1 products that are cruelty-free, vegan, sulfate-free, and paraben-free.

The Mane Magic 10-in-1 Shampoo ($12) and Conditioner ($12) uses Argan Oil to nourish and protect and Keravis™ Protein Complex to increase strength and flexibility of the hair. These products promise to moisturize, strengthen, soften, revitalize, nourish, smooth the hair, reduce frizz, reduce breakage, and increase manageability for healthy looking hair.

Both products feel so lightweight on the hair and they smell like summer and coconuts. They are great for softening the strands without weighing them down. This is good to use after using styling products or tools as the shampoo cleanses the hair thoroughly while the conditioner helps moisturize my strands.

The Mane Magic 10-in-1 Primer ($12) contains argan oil and sunflower seed oil to detangle, reduce frizz, strengthen, soften, cut drying time, add shine, nourish, smooth, and protect against thermal and UV damage. This hair primer is also made without phthalates, sodium chloride, and artificial colors. This primer doesn’t tame my baby hairs or keep stray hairs in place but this immediately relaxes and softens the strands making it easier to handle. It always helps dry my hair while adding a bit of shine.

A hair styler, the Mane Magic 10-in-1 Mousse ($12) has argan oil and baobob to add fullness and bounce without the crunch. It also reduces frizz, moisturizes, softens, volumizes, smooths, and nourishes the strands. Don’t be fooled the heaviness of the mousse that comes out of the nozzle, it easily dissolves into light as air consistency once massaged on the hair. It doesn’t tame my baby hairs but it was able to keep flyaways in line.

These products helped soften and moisturize my hair and give it some volume without making them look frizzy. It worked for my thin strands and handled them gently and smoothly, making them easier to manage and style.

The Eva NYC Mane Magic 10-in-1 Shampoo, Conditioner, Primer, and Mousse were provided by @evahairnyc. Available at eva-nyc.com