Bodycare Review: Sol de Janeiro Coco Cabana Cream and Brazilian Nude Cream

I have been on the lookout for the most suitable body moisturizer for me and I might have found them through these body creams from Sol de Janeiro.

Ticking my wish for a thin, quick-sinking texture, the Coco Cabana Cream ($45) promises to treat and transform the driest and most dehydrated skin. It contains coconut oil, fermented sugar, cupuaçu butter, and açaí oil to provide lasting hydration while nourishing the skin. This has a sweeter more coconut-y scent than I would prefer. The scent lasts so long as well. I once used this before bed and I woke up to my bedroom smelling like a beach. Scent aside, I love how this sinks in so quickly and how it dries matte on the skin. I like using this on days when I know it would be too hot outside. It keeps my skin moisturized without the tackiness and grossness.

If you’re looking for something fragrance-free, the Brazilian Nude Cream ($40), promises to nourish, hydrate, balance, and soothe even the most sensitive skin. It uses brazilian passionflower and colloidal oatmeal. It’s lightweight and creamy, a sweet middle ground between the Brazilian Bum Bum Cream and Coco Cabana Cream. It also applies thinly on the skin and doesn’t leave a sticky feeling.

These products are cruelty-free, vegan, and are made without gluten, soy, parabens, artificial colorants, phthalates, PEGs, talc, sulfate, mineral oil, and microbeads.

The Sol de Janeiro Coco Cabana Cream and Brazilian Nude Cream were provided by @soldejaneiro. Available at soldejaneiro.com

Cult Favorite: Lashfood and Brow Food

Recently, I have been trying these lash and brow enhancers from Lashfood and even though it’s only been a couple of weeks, I want to share the progress with you guys.

The Phyto-Medic Eyebrow Enhancing Serum ($88) promises to enhance the look of over-plucked, thin and uneven brows while the Phyto-Medic Eyelash Enhancing Serum ($78) aims to provide longer, fuller lashes. These products are vegan and are formulated without gluten, parabens, sulfates, phthalates, prostaglandin, silicone, synthetic fragrances, synthetic dyes, mineral oils, phenoxyethanol, PEG, petrochemicals, GMOs, and formaldehyde donors.

I was a teen in the early 2000s, which means that during my entire high school and college life, I had thin brows. They were overplucked and it was how it was supposed to be back then. It wasn’t a necessity then to fill your brows. Eyeliners were the eye thing then, together with the bands we used to always listen to, My Chemical Romance and Paramore who heavily wear they eyeliners. That’s why I don’t use mascaras often until now. Lining your eyes used to be enough, which is fine with me. I don’t have fluffy and full lashes, to begin with.

Now, I have been really trying to grow out my brows and want my lashes to be more pronounced. The Lashfood enhancers are both oilier than the other enhancers I’ve tried but I didn’t mind because unlike the other, they don’t drip. After a couple of weeks of use, I noticed my brows and lashes fuller. My brows, especially, appear longer. I can’t wait to use more and, hopefully, after a couple of months, my brows won’t look like they have been the Battle of the Overplucked Brows of the 2000s.

The Lashfood Phyto-Medic Eyebrow Enhancing Serum and Phyto-Medic Eyelash Enhancing Serum were provided by @lashfood and autumnpr. Available at lashfood.com

Skincare Review: Farmacy Beauty Cheer Up

New from the Cherry family of Farmacy Beauty, Cheer Up, a brightening eye cream that uses vitamin c from acerola cherry, hyaluronic acid, sacha inchi peptide, and caffeine. Aside from brightening, it also aims to firm, smooth, hydrate, and rejuvenate the eye area.

Cheer Up has a bouncy gel-like texture that is fun to touch. It’s like a soft frosting to cakes. It applies like a thin cream but it feels moisturizing to the skin, especially to my dry eye area. After almost a month of using this, I noticed how this keeps my skin from feeling too dry. It’s also plumping and it does help brighten the eye area. My eye area are natural dark and I have long given up on eradicating the dark circles under my eyes but this does help at least provide a bit of radiance.

The Farmacy Beauty Cheer Up was provided by @farmacybeauty. Available for $45 at farmacybeauty.com

Skincare Review: Bliss Bright Idea Collection

Powered by Vitamin C and Tri-peptide, the new Bright Idea collection from Bliss promises to brighten, plump, and hydrate the skin while boosting its natural elasticity.

The Bright Idea Serum ($27) also contains licorice root extract and glycerin to smooth and calm the skin while protecting it from free radicals. I really enjoy the light and airy consistency of Bliss serums. Like their other serums, this sinks in and leaves a silky finish to the skin after application. Compared to other vitamin c serums, this doesn’t only brighten the skin, it also feels hydrating on the skin.

To smooth, protect, brighten, and revive the eye area, Bright Idea Eye Cream ($24) also contains licorice root extract. This is my first Bliss eye cream. It has a light but creamy to the feel to the skin, which works well with my dry eye area. It feels moisturizing and it sinks in beautifully. A small amount goes a long way and it’s extremely nourishing.

The Bright Idea Moisturizer ($24) also uses green tea extract and plant-derived carbohydrate complex to reinforce the skin’s natural defenses against free radical damage while hydrating the skin. This is really creamy but it feels lightweight once massaged onto the skin. It also has this slightly cooling sensation as you massage it to the skin and it leaves a satin finish.

I like using products with Vitamin C in the mornings and while I have no problems using the Serum and Eye Cream, I found the Moisturizer’s consistency heavier than I would prefer, especially since it’s so warm and humid these days. I have also been reviewing a lot of products with vitamin c and peptides and these products are definitely in the more inexpensive price range so, these are a good option for those looking for brightening, plumping, and hydrating products.

The Bliss Bright Idea Serum, Eye Cream, and Moisturizer were provided by @bliss. Available at blissworld.com

Brand Overview: Kinship

I was excited to try Kinship‘s products as soon as I saw them, mainly because of the fun, bright and colorful packaging. Aside from the cuteness factor, their products are cruelty-free, leaping bunny certified, reef-safe, and are free of GMO organisms. Their packaging is also made from Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified, 100% PCR paper and from Post-Consumer Recycled (PCR) materials.

I first tried the Naked Papaya Gentle Enzyme Face Cleanser, which has papaya, jojoba oil, and sunflower oil. It feels as great as it smells, with a light fruity smoothie scent that gently strips dirt and makeup off my face. I love it as a morning cleanser since it makes my face supple enough and ready for the day ahead.

Meanwhile, the Insta Swipe Lemon Honey AHA Pads are also something to love. Unlike most acids, this one isn’t extremely strong and has a sweet, citrus scent. It doesn’t dry my skin out. But even if it’s gentle, it does a great job of smoothening out my skin and reducing those small blemishes and bumps.

The Supermello Hydrating Gel Cream is a favorite too. First off, it smells like marshmallows so what’s not to love? With hyaluronic acid, marshmallow root and coconut water, it keeps my skin extremely soft, without making it greasy. I also love that I don’t need to put a lot of it to feel the effects.

The Pimple Potion, a retinol and salicylic acid acne treatment. It does take a while for it to get rid of pimples, but it’s a good spot treatment if you have sensitive skin and react badly to stronger products.

There’s also the Self Reflect Probiotic Moisturizing Sunscreen, providing SPF 32 coverage. It’s light, not too sticky and provides a bit of moisture, so it protects my face, without making it feel as oily as other facial sunscreens might. However, I prefer sunscreen with a higher SPF every day.

So while there were a few bumps, overall I’m a fan of Kinship‘s products. They not only look good on my skincare shelf, but they also have a good effect on my skin. Overall, their products are worth checking out as they are gentle and nourishing.

The Kinship Naked Papaya Gentle Enzyme Face Cleanser, Insta Swipe Lemon Honey AHA Pads, Supermello Hydrating Gel Cream, Pimple Potion, and Self Reflect Probiotic Moisturizing Sunscreen SPF 32 were provided by @kinship. Available at lovekinship.com