FASHION & BEAUTY

Favorite Body Cleansers And Body Scrubs

favorite body wash and shower gels

 

Hi guys, I can’t believe it’s almost Christmas soon and I’ve been busy prepping my home and doing some last minute gift wrapping for my friends and families. This year, I’m playing Santa so I’ve got several presents to hand to. Oh, the joys of the holidays! Anyhow, as promised on my Insta, I’m sharing you now my personal favorites in body scrubs, cleansers and shower gels.

 

This post is a continuation of my roundup review of some of my favorite body lotions and body butters, seen HERE, as well as my fave dry body oils, HERE.

 

I love body cleansers and body scrubs. I always look forward to using them everytime I shower instead of the using the good ‘ol soap bars which are kinda messy to use. I not only like the convenience of using shower gels, but I also love to buy them in different scents so I could alternately use them depending on my mood, the season, or what my skin currently needs.

 

These are my faves so far.

 

Korres Shower Gel review

 

Korres Shower Gel (13.53 oz: $21 Korres site, $38 Amazon) – These have been my favorite go-tos because they come in several scents and they remind me of that nice fresh Mediterranean shower. My favorite scent so far is the Japanese Rose, Cassis Fig, Yogurt, and I still want to try the Guava one. These shower gels don’t foam as much but each bottle is large enough and can last a month or two. I love how these don’t dry my skin and it’s great to use everyday.

 

Philosophy Falling In Love Shampoo, Bath & Shower Gel (16 oz: $26) – My newest love from Philosophy and it has a sweet warm vanilla scent. The bottle is huge and the cleanser itself has a light lavender shade which looks cute with its message of Falling in Love with yourself. This lathers well and it leaves my skin thoroughly cleaned.

 

Philosophy Falling In Love Shampoo, Bath & Shower Gel,  Kiehl's Creme de Corps Smoothing Oil-To-Foam Body Cleanser

 

Kiehl’s Creme de Corps Smoothing Oil-To-Foam Body Cleanser (2.5 oz: $12.50, 8.4 oz: $29) – If you love the Kiehl’s Creme de Corps Nourishing Dry Body Oil reviewed HERE, then you’re gonna enjoy this unique body wash. It first starts as oil then it transforms into a foamy body cleanser as soon as you rub it a few times on the skin. It is so moisturizing and perfect for those with dry skin. I tend to use this around this cold winter season to protect my skin from dryness.

 

Fresh Hesperides Grapefruit Bath & Shower Gel (10 oz: $20) – This is one of my most favorite body washes of all time. This smells so fresh, so invigorating and just so darn good. I also have the body lotion version of this cleanser, reviewed HERE. I like using this shower gel all year round even though this has a Summer-vibe scent. I just love how this awakens the senses and it’s definitely foamy, energizing and just perfect in every way.

 

Peter Thomas Roth Mega-Rich Body Cleanser (8.5 oz: $20) –  Another personal fave of mine and one of the first few body washes I’ve ever loved and even keep using up to this day. This smells like fresh bursts of oranges and clementines. The only drawback is that this doesn’t foam much, so it’s costly to use without using a scrub or a loofah.

 

Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Body Wash

 

Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Body Wash (18 oz: $8.99) – My favorite drugstore body wash along with the other Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Yogurt Body Wash with Apricot & Honey. This is inexpensive, easy to find anywhere and this has a nice clean mild scent that lathers well. The texture of this is gel-like and it’s super moisturizing for daily use.

 

Scrubs

 

I haven’t experimented on several body scrubs since I tend to use them once or twice a week at most just so my skin won’t dry as much. Currently, there’s only two that I keep coming back to and these are from Aesop and Dove.

 

Aesop Geranium Leaf Body Scrub

 

Aesop Geranium Leaf Body Scrub (6.1 oz: $35) – This is a pricey body scrub that is super grainy and totally exfoliating. I love the fresh green scent of this that’s just spa-like and it leaves the skin soft and smooth after every wash. Further reviewed HERE.

 

Dove Exfoliating Body Polish (10.5 oz: $5.99) – A well-made inexpensive body scrub that is loaded with moisturizing ingredients and it leaves the skin supple with a nice variety of fruity milky scents. My fave one is pomegranate. See some of the other scents reviewed HERE.

 

 

Have you tried any of these body cleansers yet? What’s your go-to body wash?

 

 

Stila Matte’ificent Lipstick Review And Swatches

stila matte'ificent lipstick

 

A couple of weeks ago, I was talking to my cousin and couldn’t help but compliment her alluring lip color. Just like me, she’s a makeup junkie and she mentioned that the Stila Matte’ificent Lipstick is her favorite matte lipstick of the moment and possibly one of her faves ever. She told me that she’s so in love with this particular lipstick that she keeps repurchasing them to keep in her stash. Her favorite shades from this lipstick are the darker tones like Framboise and Bordeaux. Meanwhile, I, her perpetual partner in making silly jokes, listened to her attentively and paid attention to her suggestion of me trying this lipstick. I’ve seen and heard about this Stila lipstick before and I’m a big fan of their products, especially their cult-favorite liquid eyeliners and of course their Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick which I reviewed HERE on the blog. However, for some reason, this Stila Matte’ificent lipstick had slipped through the cracks of my radar and I had simply forgotten to test it.

 

stila matte'ificent lipstick review

 

Thanks to my cousin, my love for Stila lipsticks have been renewed and boy, I’m so impressed with this lipstick so far. The Stila Matte’ificent is a comfortable lightweight matte lipstick with strong pigments that can last up to 5 or 6 hours on me sans reapplication. Contrary to some reviews, it isn’t drying on me and it has no annoying scent, just a regular buttery hint that you’d find typical in most lipsticks. It is slimmer than most lipsticks which is great since it allows for a precise application and speaking of how it applies, it does glide easily on the lips and it doesn’t emphasize the lips’ fine lines that much.

 

Here are my top four favorite shades

 

stila matte'ificent lipstick swatch

 

Bonbon – terracotta nude, this looks really great on my light-medium skin tone.

Brulee – caramel nude but looks greige on me

Framboise – dark raspberry, almost dark wine red

Mon Ami – rose nude, looks bright nude pink on me

stila matteificent lipstick swatches in mon ami, brulee, bonbon and framboise

Just like my cousin’s rec, I too am now in love with this lipstick. I find the shades to be very flattering and they wear very well on me. Unfortunately, for some reason, it looks like Stila might discontinue this lipstick soon (God, I hope not) since it’s getting harder and harder to find this lipstick everywhere. So far, it’s no longer available at Ulta or Sephora, but Stilacosmetics.com still carries some shades of this particular lipstick line and it’s on sale for $8.00. Nordys has some of the shades too.

Not really sure what the fuss is all about, heard an issue about this lipstick’s packaging, but so far, I haven’t had any, so I hope Stila would reissue this lipstick soon with more shades because, for me, this is a very good reliable matte lipstick and one that I highly recommend.

 

stila matte lipstick review

 

The Stila Matte’ificent Lipstick is currently available at Stilacosmetics.com, Nordstrom, Nordstrom Rack, Amazon, and Dermstore.

 

 

Aquis Hair Towel And Hair Turban Review

aquis hair towel and hair turban review

 

Hello Everyone and to all haircare fanatics out there! I have this crazy obsession with Aquis hair products lately, especially their Hair Towels and Hair Turbans. For a long long time, I’ve always thought that their products are just a fad, I mean who could ever wonder that such basic looking hair towels can actually hasten the drying time of your hair? For someone like me who uses body towels to also dry my hair, what else could be out there apart from blow dryers and probably paper towels to catch those extra drips from the hair? LOL.

 

I have a very long hair that takes quite a bit of challenge to manage, especially with the drying time. I hate using bath towels because they’re too heavy on my head and they really take a long time to dry my hair. It probably takes around 15 to 20 minutes to dry my hair completely with a blow dryer powered to the max strength available, which is not only time-consuming but it’s also tiring for my arms. Most of the time, I just give up and leave my hair damp, or just air dry it. That is until I decided to take matters into my own hands and tried the Aquis hair towel and turban.

 

aquis hair towel

 

I first purchased the Aquis Original Hair Towel for long hair in soft pink on Amazon for $24.99. It is about 19×44 inches long and it has a soft microfiber feel that is kinda static and lightweight at the same time. It is long enough for my hair length and it does a very good job at absorbing water off my hair. It takes about 20 minutes for it to wick the water off my hair without any drippings noticed afterward, and it cuts off my blow drying time to about 10 minutes. For me, that’s a huge help, and on top of that, it’s so light on my head compared to using the heavy bath towels which tends to shift and fall off easily, apart from being not so absorbent at all

 

 

aquis hair turban review

 

aquis waffle luxe hair turban

 

aquis waffle luxe hair turban instruction

 

I was curious about the Aquis hair towels and turbans at Sephora and Ulta, which I heard are quite different from the affordable ones you’d find on Amazon, so I decided to try their Waffle Luxe Hair Turban in white for $40. The waffle ones are meant for thick and porous hairs, and I do have some thick strands even though my hair is flat and somewhat fine in texture. I find the waffle types to be slightly softer and not that static and it really does drink up the excess water off my hair by a good 15 minutes, so it’s a much better improvement from the Aquis towel in my opinion, although I can only speak for the Original Aquis hair towels found at Amazon, but from the looks of it, the ones from Sephora are really not that different anyway, at least texture-wise.

 

aquis waffle luxe hair turban

 

In the future, I’d probably buy more of the Aquis Hair Turbans rather than the Hair Towels because I find that the Turbans are much easier and more stable to use since I don’t need to tuck the tip of the hair towel underneath it close to my nape. The turbans have a button for easy anchoring and they work well for longer hair. I also think that the Waffle ones cut off drying time a bit better than the Original or Lisse Luxe type which are meant for fine strands, and you don’t even need to keep it that long on the hair. Probably you can take it off once it feels soaked and damp and you’re good to blow dry or air dry your hair. Letting it on the hair for longer periods can actually make the hair too dry and frizzy, but if you follow the instructions properly, then you’ll have smooth, friction-free and healthy-looking hair at any lengths.

 

aquis original hair towel review

 

The Aquis Lisse Luxe/Waffle Luxe Hair Towels and Turbans are currently available at Ulta, Sephora, Anthropologie, Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue, Bloomingdale’s, Dermstore, Revolve, Neiman Marcus, Selfridges, and Violet Grey

While the Aquis Original Hair Turbans and Towels can be found at Amazon or Target

 

 

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