Alright ladies, I’d like to share with you some of the beauty products that I am currently using. Just to let you know that these items were sent to me to try out but what I will tell you below about each product is my honest opinion.
What I noticed the first time I used Christine by Van Thomas Concepts shampoo and conditioner was the smell. It’s got an amazing smell, it’s obsessing to a point. Now, y’all know I don’t like using that word at all but I really love its fragrance that I just want to keep smelling my hair all day after using it.
I wasn’t really familiar with Van Thomas Concepts products but both their shampoo and conditioner are sulfate-free and paraben-free. If you’re familiar with how these chemicals affect our health to a certain point, you know the benefits of using products that don’t have them. Otherwise, I’d encourage you to Google it. *Wink* Normally, products that don’t have these chemicals don’t lather much so when you use them, it feels as if you’re not putting any shampoo or conditioner in your hair but rest assured that it’s doing its job!
After use, my hair is noticeably softer and feels so much lighter. If you’re in the market for some paraben-free products, I highly recommend these.
2. 100% Pure Foundation Power with SPF 20 (Price: $28)
Are you ladies familiar with the 100% Pure brand of cosmetic products? If not, well basically all their products are 100% natural, 100% vegan, and gluten free. The ingredients came mostly from fruits and plants.
This foundation powder is fruit-pigmented. Although it is foundation-powder, it feels more like powder to me. It’s not sticky, not greasy, unlike other foundation-powder. I feel that it has a light coverage so I would suggest wearing it with BB cream underneath, which is what I do when attending events and doing photo shoots. For everyday use, however, you can use by itself. What I love about it though is that it feels very light and lasts quite long. Normally, my t-zone gets oily and with this, it doesn’t get oily right away.
3. 100% Pure Organic Coffee Bean Caffeine Eye Cream (Price: $21)
Because I am nocturnal, my late-nights are usually evident in my eyes, especially lately. The dark circles under my eyes are becoming more and more noticeable and they are puffier. So I had to find a product to minimize it or completely eliminate it. I have tried chemical-based eye creams before and they worked a little bit but I wanted to try something natural.
I heard that putting chilled tea bags on your eyes work and I’ve always wondered it could be the anti-oxidants and the caffeine. So when I saw this caffeine-based eye cream from 100% Pure, I got interested. I have been using it so far and I have noticed a gradual change. One thing you must know about natural-based products is they don’t always work as immediate as we want them to. It takes time to get results. With this Coffee Bean Caffeine Eye Cream, I have noticed a minimal lightening in my dark circles. I will continue to use it though until the tube runs out. This one is pretty greasy so you probably can’t use it during the day. Unless it will be your first layer but I would just rather that your skin absorbs it by itself.
4. 100% Pure Fruit Pigment Chiffon Blush (Price: $28)
This blush is pretty sweet! I love pink blush in my cheeks in case you haven’t noticed in my photos yet. *Wink* I hardly ever had worn mauve or other shades. I have expressed previously that I’m really not into make-ups but a blush is a must have for me since my complexion is fair with yellow undertones (Asian ha!) and without any blush, I look like death! So putting a bit of sweet pink color is a must and I love this because like the powder, it feels light.
5. Somatique Face Cleanser by Lady Soma (Price: $24)
This felt weird the first time I used it but it really is because it doesn’t lather much unlike other cleansers we’re so used to. It contains vitamin C, tea tree oil, and aloe vera. I guess it’s because of the oil that makes your skin feel softer even while you’re cleansing. It’s supposed to contain a high amount of antioxidants and amino acids that evens skin tones, remove age spots, and brown spots. Now I don’t have age spots yet but I do have un-even parts in my left lower cheek. After several uses, it’s still there. Maybe I need to use it more or perhaps the un-evenness is due to something else and must be treated accordingly. Other than that, I enjoy using this cleanser because the skin feels significantly softer after using, even without applying a moisturizer yet.
6. Somatique Moisturizer by Lady Soma (Price: $44)
This Somatique moisturizer by Lady Soma is pretty pricey at $44 for 2oz. With regular use for both day and night, you can perhaps consume all of it in a month or a little over a month. But this is definitely the best moisturizer I have tried so far. It’s quite greasy so definitely put a thin layer during the day but it works wonders. I use it pretty much day and night since I work from home and I noticed that my skin feels so much softer and looks more hydrated.
7. Frank Coffee Body Scrub (Price: $14.95)
Are you willing to get dirty to get clean? What an oxymoron right? But that’s exactly what Frank, the coffee scrub, does. When I first used it, I honestly couldn’t concentrate well because when “he” told you to get dirty…you will really get dirty in the shower. I mean, what can you expect? The scrub is made up of dark arabica coffee beans so when you scrub it in your skin, it’s literally like you’re scrubbing mud in you and it will be everywhere in the tub and the walls. You have to put it in damp skin. In my case, I was wet (not dripping wet) because I was taking a shower. It’s supposed to target stretch marks, cellulites and varicose veins. I do have some stretch marks in my hips area but prior to this review, I have only used Frank once so I don’t see any significant result. I assume it does take time for that to get removed if it will indeed remove it. You’re supposed to use it at least once or twice a week and leave for 5-10 minutes. Like I said, I have only used it once so far. What I did notice though was how smoother and softer my skin instantly became after rinsing it off. For $14.95 with several uses and a shelf-life of $14.95, I think it’s worth a try. I’m going to keep using it and observe if I see any results in my stretch marks and will keep you guys updated after several weeks.