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

Makeup Review: My Splash Care Rose WTR and Splash Beauty Sponge

I’m still one of those people who’s more comfortable using a brush to create the base of my makeup. However, I turn to makeup sponges/blenders if I want to use a full coverage foundation that will last for as long as I needed it to.

I have been using the Rose WTR and Splash Beauty Sponge from My Splash Care. Meant to be used together, the Rose WTR contains aloe leaf juice, rosa damascena, witch hazel, and chamomile to hydrate, soothe, and calm the skin. I spray this on the Splash Beauty Sponge before dabbing it on my foundation. The sponger promises to be latex and odor-free and easy to clean while offering to give a natural makeup look. It also claims to contain vitamin e to keep it from drying out.

As with most rose-scent products, the Rose WTR has a rosy smell that’s subtle. It can also be used as a finishing spray and it feels hydrating to the skin. However, I need more hydration when it comes to oily skin so I need to apply other hydrating products when I use this. The Splash Beauty Sponge is a bit hard and rough for my liking. This absorbs more product than most sponges and I also found it a bit difficult to clean. As a preference, I like my blenders and sponges a bit bouncy so it’s easy to apply foundation and so it’s easy to clean.

The My Splash Care Rose WTR and Splash Beauty Sponge were provided by @mysplashcare . Available at mysplashcare.com

Cult Favorite: Farmacy Green Defense

Suffering from major period cramps today but decided to put on some makeup. I was hoping feel better (I didn’t) but at least I look good. Anyway, after my skincare routine, I still use with spf because the desk I’ve been using for work us right by a window. Been using the Green Defense from Farmacy Beauty and even though this is creamier than I would prefer, it sinks in quickly into the skin. It dries semi-matte without any white cast, making it a dream to apply before makeup. I usually do spf 50 or higher for everyday but I would go for this when I’m indoors.

The Farmacy Beauty Green Defense was provided by @farmacybeauty and @pokepr . Available at farmacybeauty.com

Makeup Review: Kaja Air Heart Lightweight Natural Finish Lipstick

The first time I saw the Air Heart Lightweight Natural Finish Lipstick from Kaja, it immediately intrigued me. It’s heart-shaped. I mean yes, it’s cute, but is it usable?

This lipstick promises to not only look cute on your shelf, but it also claims to have an air-light, cushiony formula that is pigmented and lightweight on the lips. I have the shades 01 Sweetheart (pale pink), 03 Ride or Die (dusty mauve), 04 Bae (rich mahogany), and 05 Sprung (nude rose).

They feel light and airy when applied. They have a satin-like feeling to them once you put them on your lips. I love the colors they sent over because they suit my skin tone well. I can apply this by swiping if I want to get the full color, which actually surprised me. Looking at the matte packaging, I expected a more muted version of the shades advertised but they are brighter and deeper when applied to my lips. I also apply these by gently dabbing them on my lips for a blurred look. I like 01 Sweetheart for some light color and 04 Bae if I want to have a darker look.

I thought the heart-shaped end would make the application difficult but it didn’t. The corners actually help me, especially in my cupid’s bow. The finish is indeed airy but the product feels creamy on the lips. They’re able to cover discoloration as the pigmentation on my lips is strong. They also don’t settle on the texture of my lips but they kind of feel like they’re sitting on top of it. However, if you blot, the color is still there but it dries to a matte finish. As a matter of preference, I blot after applying them because they look more natural that way.

What I like about them is that they are not drying at all. I think because of how they sit on the lips and the formulation, they don’t feel like they are sucking the life out of my lips.

The Kaja Air Heart Lightweight Natural Finish Lipstick was provided by @kaja.

Makeup Review: Trestique Color + Blend Shadow Crayons

Trestique reformulated their Shadow Crayons, which now promises to be more blendable, more flattering, and longer-lasting.

These stick eyeshadows come with a brush at the other end, as expected of Trestique products. These shadows in pen-shaped packaging can fit the thinnest and smallest clutches, making retouching or actual eyeshadow application quick and easy. The actual eyeshadows are sturdier than other stick eyeshadows I’ve dried. I found that if you need to blend this, it needs to be done urgently to avoid streaking. It feels smooth on the lids, though. I prefer using a softer brush instead of the densely packed brush the shadow came with. I’m able to blend the color easier with a softer and less dense brush. All colors have a shimmer finish to them.

Venetian gives a gold shimmer than can be used to highlight below the brows and in the corner of your eyes. Morimoto is a pink pearl, which works for a light eye look. The darker shade Kona (bronze), Aspen (earthy green), Tahitian (taupe), and Burgundy (burgundy wine) are for when you want depth in your eye looks. I like to use Kona and Venetian together. I use Kona all over the lid and Venetian on the corner of my eyes to provide color in my everyday look. I sometimes even use Kona as an eyeliner.

These are extremely pigmented. The application literally feels like your applying crayon on your lids because they are sturdy. I didn’t mind it that much but if you’re into complicated eye looks that require a lot of blending, these might be too dense for you. If you do simple, fuss-free eye looks, you would have an easier time. I also like how long-lasting these shadows are. Even without an eyeshadow primer and with my oily lids, these stay on the whole day.

These shadows are also vegan, cruelty-free, and are made without paraben, gluten, and synthetic fragrance.

The Trestique Color + Blend Shadow Crayons were provided by @trestique. Available for $24 each at trestique.com