Skincare and Makeup Review: Seraphine Botanicals Carrot + Rose Hydrating Cream, Camelina + Strobe Luminizing Primer, Happy Hibiscus Blush, and Berry + Juice Lip Gel

For the past few weeks, my morning routine is composed of the products sent over by Seraphine Botanicals, a vegan, cruelty-free brand.

I start with the Carrot + Rose Hydrating Cream ($19), which is formulated with glycerine to soothe, nourish, and moisturize the skin. This moisturizer feels lightweight on the skin. It sinks in quickly after application and doesn’t leave a greasy feel. It has a creamy texture and has a very light sweet scent to it. I only wear this on colder days as I need more hydrating products when it’s warm and humid.

I really enjoy luminzing primers so I immediately played with the Camelina + Strobe Luminizing Primer ($18). It contains rose hydrosol and camelina seed oil to provide a smooth and radiant base before makeup application. It applies lightly on the skin and serves as a good makeup base, especially when I’m going for a dewy look. I also like to apply this alone or mix it with my moistures when I want to look glowing even when barefaced as it looks natural when applied.

For some color, the Happy Hibiscus Blush ($18) aims to provide color on the cheeks for up to 8 hours. I honestly prefer cream over powder blushes as it looks more natural on my skin. I like the peachy pink color of this one, though. The pigmentation is decent but the powder emphasizes the enlarged pores on my cheeks and I would also need to reapply every now and then. This might be best used by those who don’t have that much texture on their skin.

The Berry + Juice Lip Gel is made with shea butter, soybean, safflower seed oil, sunflower seed oil, blackberry extract, and raspberry fruit extract to hydrate the lips while providing shine and tint. It comes in the shade Rose Currant, Pink Berry, and Cherry Compote.

I don’t wear gloss that much but I reach out for these when I do. My personal favorite is Cherry Compote. All three lip gels feel moisturizing on the lips without being too sticky. The colors look very natural and they smell amazing too. On days I want to look natural, I just reach out for Pink Berry and Rose Currant above a dark lip.

The Seraphine Botanicals Carrot + Rose Hydrating Cream, Camelina + Strobe Luminizing Primer, Happy Hibiscus Blush, and Berry + Juice Lip Gel were provided by @seraphinebotanicals. Available at seraphinebotanicals.com

Skincare Review: LXMI Pure Nilotica Melt, Nilotica Lip Melt, and Crème du Nil

Leila Janah founded #LXMI when she discovered Nilotica by chance. The rare butter, she found, has the ability to moisturize and help make the skin luminous, hence it became the star ingredient of the brand’s #skincareproducts. As a result, they now have their exclusive form of the butter, Nilotica Reserve, from high-grade nuts of the Nile River Valley.

100% organic, single-ingredient, promising to be a skin savior, the Pure Nilotica Melt ($28) nourishes the skin and help smooth visible imperfections. This feels really balmy and thick on the skin and smells like ointment. Despite the texture, it’s easy to apply and feels light on the skin. It feels ok to use overnight, as it says on the packaging, because you can almost forget about it after you apply it. No big change in my complexion after I used this, though my face, hands, and dry patches did feel less dry, which it normally does after I wash it.

The Nilotica Lip Melt ($22) is a 100% natural lip treatment that aims to help rejuvenate and relieve dryness during the day and throughout the night. This applies thinly and smells a bit minty. It feels smooth and doesn’t clump. It has a slight sheen to it but fades after a few minutes. I like that this almost feels like nothing,q like I didn’t put something on my lips. It’s not as heavy as those deep moisturizing lip balms, but I like it for everyday use. It feels a little lighter and less bothersome while nourishing and moisturizing my lips.

The Crème du Nil ($24) claims to hydrate the skin using Nilotica Reserve. It also uses hibiscus flower acids to exfoliate skin’s surface and Ugandan vanilla to help preserve skin against the aging process. This is a really light and flowy cream that smells creamy with a little hint of floral, not overpowering, so it’s nice to use on the face. It’s a primer but it also feels a lot like moisturizer, which creates a great combo. It makes my skin feel cool, fresh, and dewy upon application, but creates a really smooth and even base for makeup as it gets absorbed. And because it lends a dewy-ness to my skin, I believe it helps my makeup stay on longer. However, on warmer days, I can feel the oil ingredients in this primer as it seems to sit on top of my skin. I would recommend this to dry skin types.

For extremely dry skin, these LXMI products is a great natural option as it evidently moisturizes the skin and provides nourishment to the complexion.

These products were provided by @lxmi for review. Available at lxmi.com