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

Haircare Review: Function of Beauty Shampoo, Conditioner, Hair Mask, and Hair Serum

My hair has been extra dry recently so when Function of Beauty offered to help with their new hair mask and hair serum, I immediately said yes.

As with personalized hair products I’ve tried, Function of Beauty asked questions about my hair types, concerns, and goals. For reference, I have thin, fine, straight hair and scalp that easily gets irritated or oily depending on its mood. I wanted to hydrate, replenish, and strengthen my hair while soothing and nourishing my roots and scalp.

As per usual, the Shampoo and Conditioner smell amazing (I chose the flower to the people scent.) It made my hair smooth and less tangled after rinsing. I am one of those people who shampoo their hair every day while conditioning its ends daily as well. So far, these two helped moisturized my hair without making my scalp too oily. They just provided a balance.

The Hair Mask promises to deeply condition, hydrate, and nourish my hair using argan oil, japanese sake, and jojoba ester oil. The creamy mask is easily massaged on the scalp. Whenever I mask, I pay extra attention to the ends of my hair as it’s where my strands get the driest. While using this, my hair is the softest and smoothest it has gotten. It stayed like that for about three days before I felt the need to apply again.

Something that can be used once a day or for touch-ups, the Hair Serum aims to manage the hair, smooth frizz, and enhance its shine. It contains argan oil, annatto oil, jojoba oil, and sunflower oil. Despite these ingredients, the hair serum doesn’t feel that oil. This serum actually has a gel texture that makes it easier to use. A testament to how good this is: I wore my hair down, after always putting it into a bun, and used this at the ends. I also used a texturing spray to create and some loose waves and everyone complimented me on how good my hair looks. I felt like the serum helped hold the waves I created and it made my hair look more weighted instead of fine and frizzy. It doesn’t leave it looking limp and oily. This is instant love.

These products are also vegan, cruelty-free, and are made without mineral oil, phthalates, gluten, parabens, and sulfates.

The Function of Beauty Shampoo, Conditioner, Hair Mask, and Hair Serum were provided by @functionofbeauty. Available at functionofbeauty.com

Skincare Review: Uruoi U2 Clean Foam and U5 Moisture Milk

Using science in skincare isn’t new but Uruoi, which mean moisture in Japanese, uses their patented hyaluronic acid: D.P.H.A. Denka Pure Hyaluronic Acid or D.P.H.A. promises to help skin retain moisture and plump the skin.

The U2 Clean Foam ($28) is my kind of cleanser. It’s gentle, it foams, and it removes unnecessary oils on my skin, providing a good clean base for my skincare routine.

It easily rinses and a pea-sized amount goes a long way. It contains D.P.H.A., hydrolyzed collagen, and sodium lactate to hydrate, plump, and firm the skin. I like how creamy this feels as you massage it on your face and how it dissolves all impurities once you rinse it off. It feels gentle yet deeply cleansing. Once dry, my face doesn’t feel stripped, just nourished, smooth, and deeply cleansed.

Using D.P.H.A., squalene, sunflower seed oil, and jojoba seed oil, the U5 Moisture Milk ($40) aims to hydrate and balance the skin. I was really excited to try this because it sounds like what my oily skin would really enjoy. This moisturizer is of the lightest creamy moisturizers I’ve ever come across with. It almost feels like an emulsion. It also sinks in quickly. Despite its lightness, this hydrates and nourishes my skin so I like using this before applying a sleeping mask and I feel like this will really come in handy once it gets warmer again.

I really like these two hydrating products with the cleanser being a great everyday cleanser for those who get clogged pores easily and the moisturizer a good companion for those with extremely oily skin.

The Uruoi U2 Clean Foam and U5 Moisture Milk were provided by @uruoi. Available at uruoiskincare.com

Skincare Review: The Gaffer and Child Facial Cleanser and Hydrating Serum

Made in small batches from organic and plant-based ingredients, Gaffer & Child aims to product timeless vegan and cruelty-free personal care products.

The Facial Cleanser promises to balance and moisturize the skin using sunflower oil, coconut oil, castor oil, olive oil, jojoba oil, green tea extract, and willow bark extract. This cleansing oil has a calming smell and leaves the skin feeling soothed and refreshed. It was able to remove everyday makeup without stripping the skin.

To hydrate the skin, the Hydrating Serum ($36) uses argan oil, tomato extract, cold-pressed carrot seed oil, sunflower oil, and lavender extract. First off, this smells amazing – the lavender stands out and gives off a relaxing scent. The oil-based #serum provides a glow to the skin. I prefer a more watery hydrating serum but those with dry skin might enjoy this.

The Gaffer & Child Facial Cleanser and Hydrating Serum were provided by @gafferandchild.