Skincare Review: Sigi Skin Kaleanser Face Wash and Pink Nectar

Never to shy away from cute packaging, Sigi Skin caught my eye and my natural attraction for pastel colors. I got to try the Kaleanser Face Wash and Pink Nectar, which simple but cute and are also cruelty free and are made without parabens, dye, sodium lauryl sulphate (SLS), butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT), DMDM Hydantoin, phthalates, mineral oil, retinyl palmitate, oxybenzone, coal tar, hydroquinone, triclosan, triclocarban, and polyunsaturated oils (PUFA).

A face cleanser in gel form, the Kaleanser Face Wash promises to remove makeup, dirt, and oils while rebalancing the pH level using glycerin and soy and kale extracts. Despite the overwhelming smell, it feels so gentle on the skin. It emulsifies and cleanses the skin quickly. I like that it doesn’t leave a film but it also doesn’t strip the skin. I like using this when my skin is feeling a bit tight because this is calming and soothing to the skin.

Pink Nectar is one of the lightest eye creams I have tried. It spreads thinly but feels really moisturizing on the eye area. Using five kinds of hyaluronic acid, glycerin, niacinamide, vitamin e, propolis, peach extracts, and actractyloides lancea root extract, this eye cream aims to moisturize, firm, depuff, and brighten the eye area. Even though I have not seen its brightening effects, what I really like about this is how light enough this eye cream is to be applied in the morning and how it moisturizes my dry under eyes. It sinks in quickly and doesn’t mess my makeup while not aggravating the dryness of my under eyes.

The Sigi Skin Kaleanser Face Wash and Pink Nectar were provided by @sigiskin and @thewoodsandco. Available at sigiskin.com

Cult Favorite: Caolion Pore Blackhead Steam Pack and Pore Original Pack Duo

One of the first brands in South Korea to release products that are made without artificial color, fragrance, and alcohol, K-Beauty brand Caolion aims to unclog and minimize pores while maintaining balance to the skin. Their products are also made without parabens, dyes, and mineral oil.

Their Pore Blackhead Steam Pack and Pore Original Pack Duo promises to detoxify the skin using a Pore Blackhead Steam Pack ($23) that cleanses pores by removing blackheads, whiteheads, dead skin cells, and pore-clogging sebum using charcoal, sparkling water, and natural grain powder. This is easy to apply and with just a small amount of it, you can evenly distribute it on your face. After applying and massaging it for 1-2 minutes, the mask felt warm on my face and left my skin deeply cleanse and soft.

It also the Pore Original Pack ($21) that works to tighten and minimize pores using a natural cooling agent, alaskan glacial water, and menthol. This, on the other hand, feels cool and soothing as it tightens on the skin. It feels very exfoliating. It removes all excess oil, which works for my oily skin. However, this might feel a bit drying for other skin types.

This face mask duo will work to those who are prone to get blackheads and clogged pores as it deeply cleanses the skin. I like using this on days when I feel like my skin needs some deep cleansing.

The Caolion Pore Blackhead Steam Pack and Pore Original Pack Duo was provided by @caolion. Available for $27 at caolion-usa.com

Skincare Review: Puriste Gentle Purifying Facial Cleanser and 8% Glycolic Acid Night Cream

Developed by dermatologist Dr. Sylvia Garnis-Jones, Puriste uses medical-grade formulations in products promising to uncomplicate you skincare routine. Manufactured in Canada and entirely women-owned and operated, the products from Puriste are cruelty-free and do not contain dyes, fragrances, mineral oils, parabens, sulfates, phthalates, or synthetic preservatives.

They sent over two products that they think would work on my oily skin. First is the Gentle Purifying Facial Cleanser ($30 CAD), a mineral-oil free cleanser that contains cucumber extract, german chamomile extract, aloe leaf extract, and citric acid to remove makeup, comfort skin, and dissolve impurities. It has a runny texture that feels creamy on the skin. It lathers and has a minty scent that feels relaxing to the skin. It does cleanse the skin but it doesn’t feel drying or stripping. It’s gentle and cleansing, with its ability to remove light makeup. For me, I enjoy using it every morning for some light yet effective cleansing.

The 8% Glycolic Acid Night Cream ($65 CAD) aims to loosen dead skin cells, increase collagen production, reduce visible signs of aging, diminish the appearance of acne and discoloration, brighten dull skin tone, and moisturize the skin. It also contains coconut oil, olive fruit oil, jojoba seed oil, shea butter, and mango seed butter.

With 8% glycolic acid, I expected more tingling that I felt. I expected it to be harsh but it wasn’t as harsh on my skin as I thought it would be. It worked just right on my skin. I don’t prefer moisturizers this creamy so I only use it at night. However, during the first few days of use, without using any actives besides this, I noticed that instantly brightened my skin and left it feeling soft. After a couple of months of use, it did leave my skin looking healthier and brighter. I would love to get back to using this once the temperature drops again.

The Puriste Gentle Purifying Facial Cleanser and 8% Glycolic Acid Night Cream were provided by @puriste. Available at puristeskincare.com

Makeup Review: Ogee Sculpted Lip Oil and Tinted Sculpted Lip Oil

I have already gotten to the point where my makeup routine has become a part of my muscle memory – SPF, liquid foundation, brows pencil, blush, and lip color. It’s safe, it works, but it doesn’t mean it’s boring. I get to have my fun by choosing a variety of lip colors. So, I was really happy to receive the Sculpted Lip Oils from Ogee.

Coming in 9 variants (one clear and eight tinted oils), the conditioning lip treatment contains a blend of organic cold-pressed organic cold-pressed jojoba oil, coconut oil, peppermint oil, hyaluronic acid, and beeswax to moisturize and nourish the lips. They all apply matte and leaves my lips feeling soft and smooth.

The Sculpted Lip Oil in Clear ($22) feels like a light balm with a subtle sheen. It’s a good everyday balm if just want moisture and hydration.

If you’re looking for both color and care, the Tinted Sculpted Lip Oil ($26) comes in eight shades – Azalea (fuchsia), Begonia (red plump), Camellia (pink), Dahlia (burgundy wine), Gardenia (nude), Linnea (shimmery peach), Magnolia (white pink), and Zinnia (tomato red). They all apply smoothly and the pigmentation is buildable. The lighter colors are easier to apply while the darker and brighter ones need a couple more swipes to get even application or more if you want depth. I also like to mix and match for variation – Camellia and Azalea for a pink gradient or Linnea on top of every shade for additional shine.

They do not last through drinks and food but the pencil-like packaging makes it easy to reapply. They leave the lips soft and smooth making it a good everyday lip color option for those who want effective and cruelty-free makeup. These lip oils are also made without gluten, silicones, petroleum derivatives, phthalates, parabens, artificial fragrances, synthetic dyes, and GMOs.

The Ogee Sculpted Lip Oil and Tinted Sculpted Lip Oil were provided by @ogee . Available at ogee.com

Haircare Review: Prose Hair (New Hair Goals)

Similar to how I use skincare products, I usually switch hair products daily. If I don’t, my hair either gets too oily or too dry.

Prose Hair graciously sent over their new set containing personalized shampoo, conditioner, and pre-shampoo hair mask. Note that this is not a reorder of my old set. Their site lets you personalize your hair needs and hair goals every time you order. For this set, I focused on my concerns on oil, dandruff, dryness, and damage with the goal of having smooth and shiny hair.

My set contains jujube bark, prebiotics, and wintergreen extract to cleanse my scalp, maca root, nasturtium, and biotin to promote growth, collagen, lilac, and hyaluronic acid to nourish, apple vinegar and caviar lime to fight dullness, vegetal oil to condition, fermented rice water to smooth, oat lipid and sunflower extract to restore hair protein. The set is also cruelty-free and is made without of sulfates, parabens, dyes, mineral oils, and GMO.

The past few weeks, this set, which has their Signature scent (floral and powdery) has helped keep my sensitive scalp controlled. I still need to wash my hair every day, using the Prose Shampoo ($25) and Conditioner ($25) every other day to smooth my hair and purify my scalp. This prevented my scalp from getting too oily or too dry. Their Pre-Shampoo Hair Mask ($38) has always been a favorite and, again, this didn’t disappoint as it rebalances my scalp then leaving my hair smooth and soft for at least three days. Honestly, I just have a soft spot for prose and they never did my hair wrong since I started using their products more than a year ago.

The Prose Shampoo, Conditioner, and Pre-Shampoo Hair Mask were provided by @prose. Available as a set for $88 at prose.com