Skincare Review: Herbivore Botanicals Natural Fruit Acid 5% Exfoliating Glow Potion

As a lover of acids, I found the Natural Fruit Acid 5% Exfoliating Glow Potion from Herbivore Botanicals gentle and nourishing. This is actually surprising because this serum contains a blend of bilberry lactic, sugar cane glycolic, orange peel citric, and apple malic acid combined with kakadu plum to exfoliate, hydrate, and even the skin. This light viscous serum doesn’t sting or tingle at all, which surprised me when I first used it. However, looking at its first three ingredients (aloe vera leaf juice, sodium hyaluronate, rose flower water, and glycerin), I figured out why it felt gentle.

I think this would be great for those looking for a vegan and cruelty-free serum that gently exfoliates the skin while hydrating the skin.

As for my skin, I have gotten to a point that my skin is clear (save for a few blemishes during my period) so I have been into gentler formulations lately. This is a product I use together with other hydrating and nourishing products that are included in my basic routine at night.

The Herbivore Botanicals Natural Fruit Acid 5% Exfoliating Glow Potion was provided by @herbivorebotanicals and @autumnpr. Available for $44 at herbivorebotanicals.com

Bodycare Review: Herbivore Botanicals Jasmine Body Oil and Coconut Body Oil

Trying products made me realize just how much I prefer body oils over creams. I easily sweat so the tackiness cream products give isn’t really for me. I like how body oils moisturize my skin even though it sinks in quickly.

The body oils from Herbivore Botanicals promise to offer concentrated moisture while nourishing and hydrating the skin.

The Jasmine Body Oil ($44) works for glowing and hydrated skin using camellia seed oil, grapeseed oil, and jasmine sambac oil.

Another variant is the Coconut Body Oil ($36) that aims to hydrate and nourish the skin with coconut oil, coconut pulp CO2, orchid extract, and camellia seed oil.

Both oils moisturize my skin. They both feel nourishing and they also helped with my dry patches. I like the Jasmine Body Oil better than the Coconut Body Oil because of its floral scent that just feels relaxing. It just smells amazing, however, it just feels too thick for me. When I use both oils, can still feel it even after a few hours. So, I have relegated using Jasmine Body Oil at night before I sleep to get smoother and softer skin in the morning.

The Herbivore Botanicals Jasmine Body Oil and Coconut Body Oil were provided by @herbivorebotanicals and @autumnpr. Available at herbivorebotanicals.com

Cult Favorite: Herbivore Botanicals Pink Clay Mask and Blue Clay Mask

To be honest, it’s been so long since I’ve used a powder mask. I usually use them if I have a bit of time to spare at night but the convenience of readily applied masks is just too tempting. When Herbivore Botanicals sent me their Pink and Blue Clay Masks, I had to admit that I kind of missed having powder masks as part of my skincare ritual.

Both masks, when mixed with water, transforms into a pasty mask that feels like you’re at the beginning of your pottery class. I usually use a bowl to mix the mask and both provide a bit of grip to the skin. They both tighten easily so I suggest those with drier skin types to use a bit more water. Both are easily rinsed off after about 15 minutes. They also leave the skin feeling thoroughly exfoliated and cleansed. Both masks are also vegan and cruelty-free.

The Pink Clay Mask ($22) uses french pink clay, rosehip, chamomile, and rose petals to exfoliate, purify, plump, and soothe the skin before leaving it feeling soft, smooth and radiant. I like using this after days if spending time outdoors, exposing my skin to a lot of environmental stressors. It feels purifying and it leaves my skin smooth.

Meanwhile, the Blue Clay Mask ($22) promises to detoxify, draw out toxins, reduce breakouts for a clearer complexion. It contains blue clay, white kaolin clay, and rose geranium essential oil. This is a heavy-duty mask. It tightens a lot more than the Pink Clay Mask and you can really feel it sucking everything out. I like using this when my skin is looking problematic or if my skin is looking dull. It just clears everything out.

I enjoyed returning to powder masks again. I like using them on the weekends when I have more time. They also provide purifying and detoxifying benefits to my skin, which is definitely needed after spending my week exposed to dirt and grime.

The Herbivore Botanicals Pink Clay Mask and Blue Clay Mask were provided by @herbivorebotanicals and @autumnpr. Available at herbivorebotanicals.com

Skincare Review: Nektar Botanicals Black Tourmaline Detox Mask, Hibiscus Antioxidant Glow Mask, Cactus Flower Radiance Elixir

Something about using Nektar Botanicals makes me feel like I’m really taking care of my skin. It must be the all-natural ingredients, coupled with the fact that their products just straight up feels nice on my face.

As someone who loves masks, I got excited to get two masks from a brand. When I want to strip off all the impurities that have built up over the past few days, I lather on the Black Tourmaline Detox Mask.

Made with activated charcoal, spirulina, dandelion root, and white willow bark among other ingredients, this face mask never fails to make my skin feel a lot cleaner and detoxified.

And when I want to rejuvenate my skin, the Hibiscus Antioxidant Glow Mask has become my go-to. It’s made with french pink clay, goji berry powder, marshmallow root powder, raw cacao, and other natural ingredients. The mask wakes my skin up, giving it a kick when it starts to feel dull and lifeless.

What I like the most about these masks is how well they work together. I used both alternately and noticed how my skin got much smoother, to add to the fresh and clean feeling it left. The rough texture around my face was gone, and so were the random blemishes that had been bothering me.

Outside of the clay masks, their Cactus Flower Radiance Elixir promises youthful-looking skin without fine lines, texture, and wrinkles. It did a fine job, but the scent was very strong and smelled too much of plant extracts. This meant that I couldn’t use it for too long without being bothered by the smell. Maybe those who weren’t too sensitive to strong scents would like it more.

Out of the three, I enjoyed using the masks the most as they are gentle, detoxifying, and a joy to use.

The Nektar Botanicals Black Tourmaline Detox Mask, Hibiscus Antioxidant Glow Mask, Cactus Flower Radiance Elixir were provided by @nektarbotanicals.

Skincare and Makeup Review: Wander Beauty Glow Ahead Illuminating Face Oil, Hidden Glow Brightening Cream, and Smooth Sailing Perfecting Primer

Even if I have oily skin, I want to look dewy and glowy. I want to cover my imperfections every morning but still leave it looking bright, healthy and hydrated. Wander Beauty sent over products that might help.

Okay, I rarely say this but using the Glow Ahead Illuminating Face Oil ($42) was love at first application. It says it’s a face oil on the tube so, I was surprised when I pumped out the actual product because it’s so light and watery. It’s also pink and it has some glitters on it. These glitters are light-diffusing pigments blended with castor oil, black currant oil, niacinamide, and arginine to form a product that promises to brighten, moisturize, and improve the appearance of skin.

I personally don’t like using face oils however, when I put this on my face, it glided on smoothly and sunk into my skin quickly. It left my skin silky but semi-matte. The glitters were unnoticeable but it did make my skin glow. Aside from this, my skin also feels nourished and hydrated whenever I use this. I like using this before applying my makeup because it keeps my skin healthy-looking and soft.

The Hidden Glow Brightening Cream ($40) contains golden light-diffusing optics to brighten, soothe, and protect the skin, along with eon centella asiatica extract, adenosine, elderberry extract, camellia japonica flower extract, along with cranberry fruit extract, which help give skin a smoother, younger-looking appearance.

This moisturizer is a bit thick so I will have to pull this out come colder days. It does feel nourishing and it offers a slight brightening effect so those with dry or normal skin would like this.

Looking at the Smooth Sailing Perfecting Primer ($36) always makes me smile. This light gel-like primer has gold flakes in them. It contains gold, vitamin c, and vitamin e to mattify, minimize pores, and blur imperfections.

It feels a bit oily but applies matte and light on the skin. It makes applying foundation easy because it feels like silk on the skin. This is not mattifying enough for my oily skin so I always apply powder on top of my foundation to keep the oiliness at bay. It does blur imperfections a bit so, I like using this on days when I wear a light makeup but want that extra glow.

These products are indeed brightening and would be a good option if you want that extra glow to the skin. For those with oily skin, the Glow Ahead Illuminating Face Oil and Smooth Sailing Perfecting Primer are worth checking out. I have been using these everyday since I got it because they just provide that dewy glow I like to have when I wear my everyday makeup. All these products are also cruelty-free, gluten-free, vegan, and are formulated without parabens, phthalates, synthetic fragrance, and mineral oil.

The Wander Beauty Glow Ahead Illuminating Face Oil, Hidden Glow Brightening Cream, and Smooth Sailing Perfecting Primer were provided by @wanderbeauty. Available at wanderbeauty.com