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.
Oooh, the smell of the Brazilian Bum Bum Cream ($45) from Sol de Janeiro is out of this world amazing. It aims to smooth and visibly tighten the appearance of the skin using guaraná extract, cupuaçu butter, açaí oil, coconut oil, and guayusa.
This feels thick but goodness, this is one of the best smelling skincare products I have ever come across. It might feel thick and I would have to get more product to apply but it sinks in luxuriously into the skin, quickly as well. It doesn’t feel sticky afterward, which I thought would happen. It leaves the skin velvety and soft. The moisture lasts for so long. I put this on one afternoon and my skin still felt soft and smooth 24 hours after. I like to use this at night and wake up with smooth and firm skin.
This product is also cruelty-free, vegan, and are made without gluten, soy, parabens, artificial colorants, phthalates, PEGs, talc, sulfate, mineral oil, and microbeads.
The Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Cream is provided by @soldejaneiro. Available at soldejaneiro.com
I am a bit late to the hair scrub party. I have lived all my life knowing about shampoos, conditioners, and the occasional hair masks but scrubs is a recent find and I didn’t know how much my scalp and hair needed it.
As I have mentioned much time, my scalp can be temperamental. It can easily get extremely dry or extremely oily so using hair styling products and just hair products, in general, have been difficult. It’s why I have a lot so I can cater to the different scalp and hair needs I might have.
I have been using the Deeptox Exfoliating Salt Shampoo from Eva NYC once every week to check if it will work for my hair. This new product is a scrub shampoo that promises to exfoliate and purify the scalp while eliminating dirt, pollutants, toxins and product buildup on the scalp. It contains sea salt, pomegranate extract, and witch hazel. This scrub is vegan, cruelty-free, and is also formulated without sulfates, parabens, phthalates, sodium chloride, and artificial colors.
This is the most stripping shampoo I have ever tried and I mean that as a compliment. It looks like a creamy scrub with small exfoliating bits. It doesn’t lather as a normal shampoo would and I know this would strip my hair of all dirt and product buildup as soon as I massaged this on my scalp. This is what I need to use when I use more styling products than usual. The exfoliating bits feel relaxing as I massage it on the skin. After each use, I follow this with a hair mask to moisturize and hydrate my hair and scalp. If I don’t, this will leave my dry scalp much drier and my fine hair tangled. I may not use this once a week but I will reach for this whenever I know my hair has been through a lot and when it needs a deep detox.
The Eva NYC Deeptox Exfoliating Salt Shampoo was provided by @evanyc. Available for $12 at eva-nyc.com
Working from home now allows me to do a longer skincare routine. Featuring this morning’s routine feature these new vegan and cruelty-free drops from Good Molecules.
The Clarify & Cleanse Bar claims to be a gentle soap-free cleansing bar that clarifies and detoxifies the using salicylic acid, kaolin clay, rosehip oil, and grapeseed oil. This cleansing bar instantly makes a foam. As with most soaps, it was also easy to rinse off my face. It left my skin feeling soft, refreshed, and clean. The only con I could think of is that dissolves easily.
The Caffeine Energizing Hydrogel Eye Patches contains caffeine, acetyl tetrapeptide-5, niacinamide, and hyaluronic acid to brighten, hydrate, and reduce puffiness around the eyes in just 10 minutes. As with most eye patches, this is relaxing and soothing to the skin. I like using this while I work because it feels so hydrating and relaxing. I have yet to see it’s brightening benefits but this definitely de-puffs the eye area.
The Good Molecules Clarify & Cleanse Bar and Caffeine Energizing Hydrogel Eye Patches were provided by @goodmolecules. Available at getgoodmolecules.com
Playing with the new lipsticks from Yulip Beauty. These new releases are bright and deep.
I was excited to find out that they named this red Gojuchang because it looks exactly like the Korean chili paste that I like to eat. It is a bright chili red hue with a coral undertone and it reminds me of Korean food so much. It suits my skin tone really well that I can even pull this off during the day.
The other shade, My Jam, is a fun pink. It’s a bright fuschia pink that looks brave. I mean I don’t use this daily but if I want some impact and I don’t have time to create an elaborate eye look, I just pull this one out.
Both lipsticks contain castor seed oil, evening primrose oil, candelilla wax, jojoba oil, and beeswax. They feel moisturizing on the lip and nourishing too. They are a nice break from my matte lipsticks and are just so fun to look at. They are cruelty-free and are also formulated without synthetic fragrance, artificial colorants, sulfates, and parabens.
The Yulip Gochujang and My Jam were provided by @yulipbeauty. Available for $26 each at yulipbeauty.com