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

Cult Favorite: Ilia Super Serum Skin Tint

I’ve currently been using the Super Serum Skin Tint from Ilia Beauty. It has SPF 40, which totally works for me. The skin tint is also formulated with a blend of hyaluronic acids, squalene, and niacinamide to even, hydrate, and plump the skin, soften fine lines and imperfections, and boost antioxidant effectiveness. It’s also oil-free and silicone-free.

I’m honestly surprised to find this not oily at all. it feels creamy but it applies thinly on the skin and provides enough coverage. When I mean enough, I mean this was able to lightly cover up discoloration and redness. Not everything but enough to make me look like I care. It doesn’t blur pores and texture but it just gives me healthy-looking and plump complexion. I also like that this doesn’t feel like it’s sitting on top of your face. Instead, it just leaves a slightly silky texture.

I like applying this is with the damp sponge and I like how this evenly blends well into the skin easily, without any streaking or pilling. I didn’t have any problems combining this with other creamy products like the Liquid Light, Color Haze, and Multi-Stick. This is what I use whenever I want to go for that natural dewy look.

The Ilia Super Serum Skin Tint was provided by @iliabeauty and @purplepr. Available at iliabeauty.com

Cult Favorite: Supergoop Unseen Sunscreen SPF 40, Defense Refresh (Re)setting Mist SPF 40, PLAY Everyday Lotion SPF 50 with Sunflower Extract

I’m trying to be really diligent when it comes to applying and reapplying sunscreen and Supergoop is really helping me with that.

I got a restock of the Unseen Sunscreen SPF 40, which I like using on my face. It has an oil-free formula but the gel texture of this SPF surprisingly feels oily. I like using it when I want a dewy finish to my look. It blends well with my hydrating foundation and it doesn’t leave a white cast.

If I want to reapply, the travel-size version of the Defense Refresh (Re)setting Mist SPF 40, which comes in a liquid formula, comes in handy. It has a spray nozzle, making reapplication easy. I like how light it feels and it made me not forget reapplying every two hours.

For the rest of my body, I have been using the PLAY Everyday Lotion SPF 50 with Sunflower Extract. I easily get warm, which makes me sweat a lot so the water and sweat resistant of this sunscreen is really a plus.

The Supergoop Unseen Sunscreen SPF 40, Defense Refresh (Re)setting Mist SPF 40, PLAY Everyday Lotion SPF 50 with Sunflower Extract were provided by @supergoop. Available at supergoop.com

Skincare Review: Too Faced Cosmetics Hangover Good to Go SPF 25 Moisturizer and Hangover Good in Bed Hydrating Serum

I have been trying so many coconut scented products that I have become desensitized from the smell. The scent that I used to hate has now become the scent I can now tolerate.

A couple of months back, Too Faced expanded their Hangover collection and I got to try a couple of them. I know it has a coconut scent but I still tried them because I enjoy using the Hangover Primer. This primer is a good hydrator before makeup and I like to use this during warm days. It has a very summery scent that is also present in the other products in the Hangover collection.

They now have the Hangover Good to Go SPF 25 Moisturizer, which uses hyaluronic acid, coconut water, and aloe leaf extract to smooth, replenish, soothe, and protect the skin.

This has a light and watery consistency. It doesn’t leave a white cast on my medium-toned skin. Instead, it leaves a creamy finish while hydrating the skin. I don’t get to use this often, however, because I prefer a sunscreen that offers more protection than its SPF 25 coverage.

Having a Too Faced product to be used at night as part of your skincare routine used to be unheard of but here we are. The Hangover Good in Bed Hydrating Serum promises to moisturize and hydrate the skin using hyaluronic acid, coconut water, and dragon fruit.

This feels lightweight as predicted and the serum is in a gel consistency. It applies light but feels a bit oily on the skin. It provides an additional creaminess to the skin, unlike more hyaluronic acid serums. Dry skin types might enjoy this while I prefer a hydrating serum in a lighter and more watery consistency.

The Too Faced Hangover Good to Go SPF 25 Moisturizer and Hangover Good in Bed Hydrating Serum were provided @toofaced and @wizardpublicity. Available at toofaced.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