Cult Favorite: Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Cream

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

Skincare Review: Good Molecules Clarify & Cleanse Bar and Caffeine Energizing Hydrogel Eye Patches

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

Cult Favorite: Lashfood and Brow Food

Recently, I have been trying these lash and brow enhancers from Lashfood and even though it’s only been a couple of weeks, I want to share the progress with you guys.

The Phyto-Medic Eyebrow Enhancing Serum ($88) promises to enhance the look of over-plucked, thin and uneven brows while the Phyto-Medic Eyelash Enhancing Serum ($78) aims to provide longer, fuller lashes. These products are vegan and are formulated without gluten, parabens, sulfates, phthalates, prostaglandin, silicone, synthetic fragrances, synthetic dyes, mineral oils, phenoxyethanol, PEG, petrochemicals, GMOs, and formaldehyde donors.

I was a teen in the early 2000s, which means that during my entire high school and college life, I had thin brows. They were overplucked and it was how it was supposed to be back then. It wasn’t a necessity then to fill your brows. Eyeliners were the eye thing then, together with the bands we used to always listen to, My Chemical Romance and Paramore who heavily wear they eyeliners. That’s why I don’t use mascaras often until now. Lining your eyes used to be enough, which is fine with me. I don’t have fluffy and full lashes, to begin with.

Now, I have been really trying to grow out my brows and want my lashes to be more pronounced. The Lashfood enhancers are both oilier than the other enhancers I’ve tried but I didn’t mind because unlike the other, they don’t drip. After a couple of weeks of use, I noticed my brows and lashes fuller. My brows, especially, appear longer. I can’t wait to use more and, hopefully, after a couple of months, my brows won’t look like they have been the Battle of the Overplucked Brows of the 2000s.

The Lashfood Phyto-Medic Eyebrow Enhancing Serum and Phyto-Medic Eyelash Enhancing Serum were provided by @lashfood and autumnpr. Available at lashfood.com

Skincare Review: Youth to the People Superfood Skin Reset Mask and Superfood Firm + Brighten Serum

I am a late passenger to the Youth to the People train but I can’t believe how good all the products I’ve tried to feel on my skin. Some of their products are already my favorites and I am adding a few more.

The Superfood Skin Reset Mask ($44) promises to balance and restore dull and tired skin using spirulina, bioactive microalgae, and kale. This creamy mask feels a bit warmer than most masks. It also stings a bit as it dried the first time I used it but that sensation was gone in the succeeding applications. It smells grassy and a bit rubbery but dries like some of the product sunk into my skin. It’s easy to remove despite the creamy texture. I use this twice a week during the weekdays as it provides hydration after each use. My skin also feels soft and looks bright whenever I use this. It’s the mask I go for if I want to refresh my skin.

I have a penchant for vitamin c serums because they just work so well for my skin. Recently, I am coming across more nourishing vitamin c serums and I am so not mad about it. The combination of vitamin c and peptides is something I didn’t know my face needed until I tried it. The Superfood Firm + Brighten Serum ($62) has tripeptide 5, cross-linked hyaluronic acid, and chelates vitamin c. This is the only vitamin c serum I’ve tried that’s hydrating to my skin. It has a light gel-like texture that sinks into the skin quickly, which totally works for my oily skin. It’s gluey and it smells a bit like it too but the scent dissipates after a few seconds. The consistency leaves the skin feeling plump and soft. I have more potent vitamin c serums but using this afterward leaves my skin feeling soft and hydrated. The texture also works well after makeup.

These products have been helping my goal to keep my skin hydrated and nourished. They all feel gentle and light on the skin and just leaves me feeling happy after doing my skincare routine. The Superfood Skin Reset Mask has recently been my go-to for masking after a long day. I am honestly glad to have come across Youth to the People because their products are not only effective but they also make my skin happy.

These products are vegan, cruelty-free, made with cold-pressed extract and formulated without parabens, phthalates, and dimethicone.

The Youth to the People Superfood Skin Reset Mask and Superfood Firm + Brighten Serum were provided by @youthtothepeople. Available at youthtothepeople.com

Cult Favorite: Superfood Air-Whip Moisture Cream

One of the most hydrating moisturizers my skin has come across, the Superfood Air-Whip Moisture Cream ($48) from Youth to the People contains kale, green tea, and hyaluronic acid to restore, balance, and condition the skin.

They are not kidding when they said that this moisturizer is made for those with oily skin. It bouncy whipped consistency that feels lightweight. It applies really thinly in the skin and leaves it plump and soft. This is so hydrating that whenever I use it at night, I don’t wake up with oily skin. Just a shiny t-zone and I know a lot of moisturizers can do that. What sets this apart is how it also leaves my skin feels so hydrated and soft even after sleep. This is so lightweight that I can even use this in the morning without worrying if it will clog my pores and make my makeup run.

The Superfood Air-Whip Moisture Cream has become a part of my everyday routine. I am honestly glad to have come across Youth to the People because their products are not only effective but they also make my skin happy.

This product is vegan, cruelty-free, made with cold-pressed extracts, and is formulated without parabens, phthalates, and dimethicone.

The Youth to the People Superfood Air-Whip Moisture Cream was provided by @youthtothepeople. Available at youthtothepeople.com