Skincare Review: Boscia Mermaid Fire and Ice Cryosea Peel-Off Mask, Rosehip Omega Face Oil, and Indigo Eye Cream

Boscia is really one of the brands I admire. Vegan and cruelty-free, they constantly evolve and release new products catering to a plethora of skin types and concerns that are made without preservatives, artificial fragrance and color, and gluten.

The Mermaid Fire and Ice Cryosea Peel-Off Mask ($39) uses the brands cryosea blend of red algae, menthol, sea kelp extract, sodium hyaluronate, and seawater to lift, tighten, plump, and increase circulation to the skin.

True to its name, the mask had both hot and cooling effects. After about 20 minutes on the face, it leaves my skin feeling tighter, cleaner, and well-prepared for the next steps of my routine. I should also point out that it applies and peels off very easily, so it makes for a hassle-free face mask experience if you enjoy using peel-off masks

The Rosehip Omega Face Oil ($42), on the other hand, promises to hydrate, replenish, and brighten the skin using rosehip oil, rose oil, and pomegranate seed oil. It might be more effective for hydrating those with dry skin as I need a more hydrating #faceoil for my #oilyskin.

Using wild indigo, hand harvested fucus algae, and hyaluronic acid, the Indigo Eye Cream ($38) aims to hydrate, illuminate, and color-correct the under-eye area while reducing the look of puffiness.

It’s a light, lavender colored solution that applies very easily. However, it doesn’t make much of a difference in terms of disguising dark circles or any imperfections. It also works better with paler or lighter skin – the cream looks a bit too white when applying on mid to dark skin tones.

The Boscia Mermaid Fire and Ice Cryosea Peel-Off Mask, Rosehip Omega Face Oil, and Indigo Eye Cream were provided by @boscia and @purplepr. Available at boscia.com

Haircare Review: Briogeo Be Gentle, Be Kind Superfoods Banana + Coconut Hair Pack and Farewell Frizz Rosarco Milk Leave-In Conditioning Spray

Been playing with the Be Gentle, Be Kind Superfoods Banana + Coconut Hair Pack from Briogeo, which is actually so brave of me. The scents of banana and coconuts are my top 2 most hated scents.

Fragrance aside, I tried the shampoo and conditioner promise to nourish and hydrate dull, lifeless, and dry strands using banana, coconut, acai, and mango.

It took me weeks before I opened the bottle because I can only imagine how much I would hate the smell. I think the combination of the two scents screams tropical vacation.

As for the products themselves, they do a fine job of taming my hair without making my scalp oily. I have dry color-treated strands and these two helped in keeping them from looking stringy and deg. I like how they leave my hair feeling soft and smooth with just enough volume.

What I really liked though is the Farewell Frizz Rosarco Milk Leave-In Conditioning Spray. It’s a conditioning spray that contains rosehip, argan, and coconut oils to tame frizz and detangle the strands while softening, hydrating, and moisturizing the hair.

My hair is straight and fine, a perfect combination if you want your hair to be flying in opposite directions whenever you move. It stays like that too. I also have a lot of baby hair, especially around my face, making a sleek ponytail a feat to do. I usually apply a texturing spray just to ensure all the strands of my hair in place for the whole day. Just when I was for softer and gentle hair products, I came across this spray. It has a very light mist that provides enough hold during the day when I’m wearing my hair down. How I really like to use this, though, is when I’m doing a sleek ponytail or a low bun as it keeps everything in the right place without making my hair look wet or hard. I can still run my fingers through my hair without losing control. It provides a natural-looking smoothness, which I really like. I just spray a bit of this while I airdry my hair and I’m good to go.

These products are also vegan, cruelty-free, and are made without gluten, silicone, paraben, phthalates, sulfate, DEA, and artificial dyes.

The Briogeo Be Gentle, Be Kind Superfoods Banana + Coconut Hair Pack and Farewell Frizz Rosarco Milk Leave-In Conditioning Spray were provided by @briogeo and @pokepr. Available at briogeohair.com

Makeup Review: Good Molecules Silicone-Free Priming Moisturizer

Before makeup, my oily skin plays better when I only use serums. For about two years now, I would combine hydrating serums and mattifying or hydrating primers, depending on what my skin needs. Moisturizers, however, is a product I only use at night. I was really hesitant to use the Silicone-Free Priming Moisturizer from Good Molecules.

It promises to be a primer/moisturizer that smoothes, hydrates, and preps the skin before makeup. It contains macadamia seed oil, shea butter, and naturally derived silicone alternative.

The creamy texture has a little weight to it made me put off trying this even more. My skin has just recently adapted back to the weather here after being exposed to cold and dry temperatures for weeks so. I have been using my usual serums and makeup but since I got back, I be greasy-oily after just a couple of hours. I felt like it wasn’t the right time to try this creamy primer/moisturizer so I waited for my skin to normalize. That was two weeks ago and honestly, I’m impressed.

It feels creamy, yes, but it applies thin and light on the skin, like a light gel-type moisturizer. It doesn’t have a grip and leaves the skin feeling dewy. I was afraid it would make me look oilier but it didn’t. My skin felt hydrated and nourished. Makeup holds better because I’m actually less oily than usual. One busy day, I forgot to retouch and after about six hours, my makeup still looked okay. There’s still some shine, especially in my t-zone, but I didn’t look slick at all. Even when used under foundation with dewy or satin finishes, it hydrated and moisturized my skin enough that I can go for more than half a day without checking my makeup.

For $14, I would recommend this to those looking for a nourishing and hydrating primer that lasts. This is also vegan, cruelty-free and is made without fragrance, alcohol, mineral-oil, and PEG.

The Good Molecules Silicone-Free Priming Moisturizer was provided by @goodmolecules. Available at $14 beautylish.com

Cult Favorite: Tarte Knockout Daily Exfoliating Cleanser and Knockout Tingling Treatment

My face has been through some dark times and receiving the Knockout Daily Exfoliating Cleanser and the Knockout Tingling Treatment from Tarte brought back some memories I’d really like to forget. It made me with these products were available when I was in high school.

Using a AHA and BHA acid complex with lactic, glycolic, and salicylic acids, the Knockout Daily Exfoliating Cleanser promises to remove dead skin, refine pores, improve texture, brighten, and balance the skin. It also contains apple extract to hydrate and peppermint and eucalyptus to soothe, and eucalyptus to soothe the skin. Its gel texture emulsifies into a creamy milk-like lather.

It smells very clinical, which I don’t really mind but it’s worth noting for those who are sensitive. It feels cooling to the skin, which I enjoy. It can be a bit stripping for some but for my oily and clog-prone skin, I like it. This claims to be okay for everyday use but for me, I prefer to use twice a week and when my skin is feeling irritated and clogged. It wipes my face clean and devoid of any oil. I follow this with hydrating serums to balance my skin and makeup for the intense cleansing I just went through. This was especially helpful when I had a lot of blemishes a few weeks back as it helps keep my face clean and clear.

To treat, the Knockout Tingling Treatment promises to resurface, balance, control oil, minimize pores, and clarify the skin using niacinamide, salicylic acid, lactic acid, and sulfur.

I’ve heard a lot of people say that the BR P50 smells like vinegar and I think this toner took it as a challenge. This has a strong sour smell and, consistently, it also has a strong tingling feeling to the skin. Fortunately, both the tingle and the smell dissipate after a few seconds. I have used treatments like this before and by far, this felt the most intense. However, results are as intense as it felt. I used this thrice a week when my skin was irritated and after week, I noticed a lot of changes. It cleared up my skin and zapped all my whiteheads and pimples. I would definitely recommend this if you want some intense treatment for your irritated skin and clogged pores.

Using this combo made me get out of skincare hell but even if my skin isn’t that sensitive, I would recommend using this sparingly and when you do, pile on soothing and moisturizing products to support these.

The Tarte Knockout Daily Exfoliating Cleanser and Knockout Tingling Treatment were provided by @tartecosmetics. Available at tartecosmetics.com

Fragrance Review: Clean Reserve Rain

Ending this slap of a week with the Clean Reserve fragrance in Rain.

This cruelty-free, vegan, gluten-free, and phthalate-free fragrance is a blend of bergamot, chilled cucumber, waterlily, patchouli, white flower, and vetiver. This has a musky scent that is blended with light and aquatic notes, easily creating a balance that you wish to replicate when it comes to organizing your thoughts. It brings the warmth that you can’t get from the confused of people you talk to at work and the freshness that my mind clearly needs. Basically, I was running on 50% battery the past week and this fragrance made things a little bit bearable.

When things and people fail you, you need the little things to make you smile – like a good smelling fragrance.

The Clean Reserve Rain was provided by @cleanbeauty_collective and @wizardpublicity . Available at cleanbeauty.com