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: Instytutum Flawless Hydra Mist and Hydrafusion 4D HA Hydrating Water Burst Cream

After tackling blemishes, oiliness, and congested pores, I’ve been in hydration kick and Instytutum sent over their newest products, which promises to hydrate the skin.

The Flawless Hydra Mist ($45) promises to be a cloudlike face mist that hydrates, smoothes, replenish moisture, and relieves dryness using low molecular weight hyaluronic acid, aloe vera, polysaccharides, provitamin b5, and allantoin. I love the spray of this one, it feels light on the skin as it lets out a fine mist. However, it sprays straight forward instead of enveloping your skin with the product. It lands softly, though but I only use this before applying makeup, not after. I feel that it also works well like this because it sinks in quickly and leaves a certain dewiness to the skin. It’s not as hydrating as I would like so I only use this to supplement the hydrating serum I apply in the mornings.

With four molecular sizes of HA, the Hydrafusion 4D HA Hydrating Water Burst Cream ($65) aims to target the different layers of the skin to replenish water from outside and hold water levels from inside and give the skin improved elasticity and suppleness. It also contains ATP, algin, papaya extract, sea algae, papaya enzymes, tri-peptide, jojoba ester, glycerine, squalene, apricot oil, vitamin e, and provitamin B5 to brighten, smooth, and plump the skin.

I was really excited when I opened this. As seen in the photo, it has a light and watery gel texture that feels light and cooling to the skin. This moisturizer has a lightweight feel to it but is creamy to apply despite its texture. Sadly, I don’t know why but squalene makes my skin oily so I wake up with an oily t-zone whenever I use this. However, I like how this sinks in quickly after application and leaves the skin plump and feeling satiny the morning after I apply it.

The Instytutum Flawless Hydra Mist and Hydrafusion 4D HA Hydrating Water Burst Cream were provided by @instytutum and @bluewheelmedia. Available at instytutum.com