Haircare Review: Emulsion Shampoo Base and Stay Strong Add On

For 2020, I promised to take care of my hair better. I’ve been using hair masks and hair serums regularly. I have been checking how my hair exactly works a lot closer now and I promised to refrain putting my hair into a sleek, scab-pulling bun.

It landed me in the hands of Emulsion, which promises to hydrate and make the hair look and feel better.

The Shampoo Base is an SLS-free shampoo designed to clean without stripping hair of its natural oils using vitamin b5. It’s clear packaging and minimalist design made me think it was a serum or a face wash. I was surprised that with just a small amount, your hair gets all the nutrients it needs like argan and coconut oils which soften and protect your hair. Since its just a base shampoo, however, you really need an add-on or a conditioner to make your hair softer and more relaxed.

The Stay Strong Add On aims to treat and help contribute to stronger hair and moisturized skin using clary sage, lavender, carrot seed, lemongrass, and sandalwood. It’s very handy and easy to use, the same as the Shampoo Base. This made my hair a little softer and stronger while providing a fresh fragrance. This can also be used on the skin but I have exclusively used this on the ends of my hair when they are at their driest.

The Emulsion Shampoo Base and Stay Strong Add On were provided by @emulsioncosmetics and @wizardpublicity. Available at emulsion.co.uk

2019 Hair Favorites

These products have kept my fine, frizzy hair healthy and shiny.

Ouai volume shampoo and conditioner – volume without the frizz. I love using this before going for a beachy wave

Frank Body hair scalp – gave balance to my erratic scalp

Ouai treatment masque – this is just right. It softens and smooths my hair without making it oily or limp

Ouai rose hair and body oil – I apply this at the ends of my hair to tame them when i’m wearing it down

Verb ghost oil – my og travel buddy. Get my affiliate code here.

Uberliss rituoil – when my hair is looking really dry

Function of Beauty hair serum – i like using this before styling my hair

Naturelab Tokyo – my forever texture spray. Get my affiliate code here.

Body Care: BeautyBio The Radiance | Body

After discovering how much comfortable I am with body oil, I have since preferred it over body creams. I have a few body oils in my stash and a few months ago, The Radiance | Body from BeautyBio was added to the lineup.

This body oil also acts as a hair oil and nail oil . It promises to rescue dry skin, lackluster hair, and brittle nails using a combination of jojoba, apricot, and olive oils to hydrate, protect, and nourish the skin. It smells like berries and feels light and smooth to the touch. It also feels moisturizing but it feels tacky afterward when applied directly to the skin, which surprised me. I have extremely dry skin on my legs and I was expecting this to sink in so quickly that I would have to apply it twice. It doesn’t completely dry and as a matter of preference, I like body oils that dry matte.

I prefer this as a nail oil and the dropper is really helpful in controlling the amount of product I need per application. It helps soften and moisturize the skin around my nails.

The BeautyBio The Radiance | Body was provided by @beautybio . Available for $60 at beautybio.com

Skincare Review: Loli Beauty Pank Plum Elixir and Sea Buckthorn Seed Oil

As with the other Loli Beauty products I tried before fruity scents were just too hard to resist. Plus, the sleek, modern, and reusable packaging houses cruelty-free, vegan, and colorful oils just look nice on my vanity.

The Pank Plum Elixir ($52) contains a mix of plum kernel, passionfruit, hibiscus seed, safflower seed, pomegranate, alkanet root, bulgarian rose, and geranium essential oil to help restore, balance, brighten, calm, and hydrate the skin.

The mix of oils gives this soy-free and cold-pressed concoction a fresh scent that’s not too overpowering. The effect it leaves is great too, I’ve already noticed some pigmentation left by old blemishes fading. It also feels hydrating and calming to the skin. I also like using this at the ends of my hair when it’s looking dull to give it a boost.

Meanwhile, the Sea Buckthorn Seed Oil ($58) promises to restore collagen for healthy skin, luscious hair and strong, shiny nails using sea buckthorn berries wild harvested from the himalayan highlands. It refreshes and calms my skin overnight. I just need a bit of it at night to have my face feeling smooth and looking radiant the next day. I especially like using this on my nails because this helps it look healthy and shiny.

If you’re a fan of oils, these are a good option for you especially if your concerns are hyperpigmentation on the skin and dull hair and nails.

The Loli Beauty Pank Plum Elixir and Sea Buckthorn Seed Oil were provided by @lolibeauty. Available at lolibeauty.com

Brand Overview: Amasea Beauty

Created by ocean lovers, Amasea Beauty creates Thalassotherapy seaweed skincare products with its ingredients wild foraged and hand harvested.

The SeaScrub ($48) promises to soothe, exfoliate, and fortify the skin with california solar salt, fresh sea salt, brown seaweed, red seaweed, and butterfly pea flower. It also has an abalone shell scoop sustainably sourced in Santa Barbara, California. This is really weird for me because there is literally a shell inside. It smells like a wet market if we’re being honest here. It has a bit of coarseness as well, literally like being on a beach and lying on sand and basking in the sunlight. The tub screams summer vacation. This leaves my dry skin feeling soft, hydrated, and nourished so I like using this as a foot scrub and a body scrub for the drier parts of my skin.

The SeaMist ($50) aims to balance, revitalize, nourish, and correct tired, dull-looking skin with california solar dried sea water, brittany sea salt, red snow algae powder, and butterfly pea flower. This toner is watery but has a slight viscosity to it. It feels light and absorbs quickly but still hydrating. I sometimes use my toner to wet my makeup brushes but this, I think because of the salt ingredients, doesn’t work well that way. This is really more of a hydrating toner that plays well with serums.

The VitaSea ($63) claims to be a hydrator that helps remove toxins and inflammation while plumping and smoothing the skin using. Like the other products, this serum amazingly smells like the sea. The gel-like texture and runny consistency suit my oily skin and sinks in really fast before leaving a silky finish. This is one of the most hydrating serums I’ve tried and it always leaves my skin looking plump and feeling soft.

The DeepSea ($75) is microalgae serum formulated with California red and brown wild native seaweeds to restore cellular function, increase elasticity, improve circulation, propagate stem-cell turnover, and stimulate protein production. Similar to VitaSea, this feels hydrating and sinks in quickly into the skin. It also feels nourishing and leaves my skin feeling really smooth.

The SeaGlo ($45) is oil from microalgae that works to hydrate, reinforce and strengthen the moisture barrier, and support cellular activity and protein production. This oil is on the heavy side so I like using this at night on my hair and body. As a face oil, it kind of sits on top of my oily skin so this is better for me as a #bodyoil after using the SeaScrub.

It’s been so fun using these products as everything smells like the beach, like a summer-perfect skincare routine that deeply hydrates and nourishes the skin. The standouts for me, though, are VitaSea and DeepSea as they work so well for my oily skin in terms of hydrating and plumping my skin.

The Amasea Beauty SeaScrub, SeaMist, VitaSea, DeepSea, and SeaGlo were provided by the brand. Available at amaseabeauty.com

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