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Kérastase Genesis Review

Kérastase Genesis Strengthening Conditioner


Aloha, I’m blogging live from a beautiful island here in the middle of the Pacific, sipping piña colada while working on my tan – I wish. I am just kidding y’all. But ya know what I mean. I’m having a vacation state of mind, lol. Aren’t we all? Where will you go post-COVID?


I hope today’s review will inspire you to take a vacation somewhere warm and sunny when all this pandemic nightmare is over. But before you take that dream vacay, be sure to have a fabulous strong hair — the type that can withstand fluctuating temperature, humidity, and strong wind.


Enter Kérastase Genesis. My favorite haircare line for hair strengthening and reducing hair fall. If your hair is the type that becomes brittle due to extreme temperature such as this Winter, or you simply experience hair fall from brushing, then take a closer look at the promising hair-strengthening products from Kérastase.


Kerastase Genesis Strengthening Conditioner


The Kérastase haircare line fortifies and strengthens hair with different nourishing ingredients. It has ginger root to stimulate hair growth, edelweiss native cells for anti-aging, and arginine as amino acid to strengthen the hair. Additionally, the line has caffeine which also increases hair follicles and stops hair loss.


The Kérastase Genesis line comes in lovely pink packaging and opens to a lemon scent as the top note. The dry down is quite musky, which may take some getting used to for some.


Kérastase Genesis Strengthening Shampoo


Genesis Strengthening Shampoo for Normal to Oily Hair – Has a gel consistency that feels very light. It lathers very well and will not dry the hair. It is indeed an ideal shampoo for those whose hair strands tend to get oily quickly.


Genesis Strengthening Conditioner – Not too thick and not too watery. It is very creamy and easy to spread. You will only need a bit, and it’s enough to condition the hair.


Kérastase Genesis Strengthening Conditioner


Genesis Strengthening Serum for Hair and Scalp – One of the few hair serums I really like because the product doesn’t only fortify my hair, it also reduces the frizz. Therefore, making my hair even more manageable, even the next day. Tip: apply when your hair is still damp.


Genesis Strengthening Hair Mask – Best to use once or twice a week only. The consistency feels like the Genesis conditioner but even thicker and denser. So, you only need a little bit of the product on your hair.


Genesis Strengthening Blow Dry Primer – Perfect when you subject your hair to constant heating and styling. Nowadays, since our lives mostly exist in virtual reality, I don’t reach for this often. The Genesis Serum is what I tend to use more.


Kérastase Haircare review


So, what’s the overall result of the Kérastase Genesis line on my hair? Well, prior to using the products, I’ve had some hair breakage and hair fall, which made my hair look pretty thin. Now, I’m happy to report that there is a significant 50-60% improvement. However, the result will take some time. Probably about a month or a month and a half. My hair does look a lot thicker and stronger than before. Therefore, I recommend the Kérastase Genesis haircare line. Additionally, I have a few tips to reduce hair breakage and hair fall:


  • Don’t comb/brush your hair while still wet or damp.
  • Use a wide-tooth comb when brushing. Yeah, I know they’re not the most attractive hair combs in the world, but trust me (your long-lost dearest aunt :D), it’s going to help your hair in the long run.
  • Be gentle to your hair, do not tie it always, unless you’re working out.
  • Be very careful with scrunchies. They can dent your hair strands.
  • Keep your hair nourished with hair strengthening products, such as serums, leave-ons, and hair masks.
  • Go easy on hair coloring and hair strengthening products. Keep it au-naturel.
  • If your hair is long, be careful when you sit on a chair. Don’t rub it at the back of your chair t (if your chair has a backrest). This might cause friction or dent your hair strands.
  • Pull your hair up towards the headboard when you’re sleeping.
  • Do not massage your scalp too much when showering.
  • Take your vitamins (be it hair vitamins), get some sleep, and hydrate, hydrate, hydrate.
  • Lastly, love your hair. Whether curly, straight, thick, thin, oily, or dry. It’s your crowning glory. It’s what makes you unique and beautiful.


Okie Dokie? Ciao ciao darlings!





Nars Soft Matte Tinted Lip Balm Review + Swatches

nars soft matte tinted lip balm review


Halo darlings. I’ve got a quick review to share, and it’s all about the lip product I mentioned during my previous posts. I was so excited when I got my hands on the Nars Soft Matte Tinted Lip Balm. It looks like the perfect matte lip balm for any occasion, especially for Zooming :D. Well, guess what? I’m happy to report that it is indeed an amazing product that checks all the boxes. Hydrating? Yes. Comfortable? Oh yes. Pigmented? Yes, yes. Long-wearing? Totally, yes.


nars soft matte tinted lip balm brief encounter


The Nars Soft Matte Lip Balm is a limited-edition lip product from Nars. It comes with the signature Nars-style packaging, but it has a gray metallic tone. At a glance, the shades tend to be on the nude spectrum, or should I say, in varying intensities of the nude tone (excusez moi, this is the academic side of me talking 😀 lol). I do find the shades to be somewhat sheer, especially the ones that I got. But also, a few of the shades tend to be more opaque as they get deeper/darker.


nars soft matte tinted lip balm unrestricted swatch


UnrestrictedPink nude. This is a beautiful mix of sheer pink and sheer nude. I like this a lot, and the pigment stays on for more than four hours.


Brief EncounterNeutral Nude. This just gives me enough color on the lips. Perhaps a little too nude for me. But the effect just gives that enough warmth that slightly contrasts my skintone.


Whip LashRusty Nude. I didn’t expect how dramatic this shade could get. It’s like a brownish brick red. It’s a beautiful shade for medium skintone and perfect for Fall.


nars soft matte tinted lip balm lip swatches


The Nars Soft Matte Lip Balm is like Glossier’s Generation G lipstick (swatched HERE) but with more moisture. It is indeed comfortable, matte, lightweight, long-wearing and will give you that diffused and blurred lip texture effect. It seems like it is the perfect formula for the next generation of comfortable lip products. I hope this product will be made permanent by Nars soon.

What d’ya think of this newness from Nars?


nars soft matte tinted lip balm whip lash







The Inkey List Review

the inkey list salicylic acid cleanser review


Hey-lo! I’ve always wanted to do this review because I’m sure you’re wondering what I think about The Inkey List brand. You’re probably curious if I’m a big fan of single-ingredient skincare products, or do I prefer the multitasking ones? My answer is “it depends”. When there’s a specific skincare concern that I want to address, I like to use a single-ingredient product. But when I’m crazy busy, I like to use some skincare multitaskers.


The Inkey List is a brand I’ve been using to supplement my skincare needs for more than a year. They have several exciting products that mostly contain a single ingredient targeted to a specific skincare concern or to simply enhance the skin. I haven’t tried all of them yet, but I certainly have tried a couple of them already. Here are my thoughts.


the inkey list kaolin clay mask review


Brighten-i Eye Cream – I like this eye cream for the price, but after going through the whole tube, I didn’t really find any dramatic effect on my undereyes. I also did not notice any depuffing effect from this. However, this product did not exacerbate my sleepless undereye circles. So, this is still a good deal.


Bakuchiol – Truly a great alternative to Retinol, but may not be as effective. This product does a good job of refining my skin’s texture without the irritation that Retinol gives. However, this does not provide the same glowy effect that Retinol does. I do like that this does not have any strong scent and is way safer to use than Retinol. I also recommend the one from Alpyn Beauty Melt Moisturizer, which also contains Bakuchiol and a good alternative to Retinol.


the inkey list bakuchiol review


Alpha Arbutin – I don’t use this much, but many folks swear by this product. Alpha Arbutin can reduce the appearance of dark spots and hyper-pigmentation. While I haven’t had any of these issues lately since I mostly stay indoor, what I do notice is that my skin feels so smooth after using this. I should investigate this further and see how this compares to Bakuchiol. Also, this product does not have any strong scent, which is excellent.


Salicylic Acid Cleanser – I’m not sure if you noticed, but it’s quite a challenge to look for an excellent salicylic acid cleanser nowadays. The drugstore ones do not really work for me, and my face ends up being oily after a few hours. This Inkey List salicylic acid cleanser is one of the few that I found that really mattifies my face.


the inkey list collagen booster review


Kaolin Clay – Wondering what’s a good clay face mask for oily skin? Kaolin clay, yes. This mask is on the milder side, which means that the texture is way smoother than most clay face masks out there. I like this product because this does not irritate my skin, and this does not feel too stripping. However, I wouldn’t recommend this as a weekly or biweekly exfoliating mask because this feels more like an everyday face mask.


Collagen Booster – Think of this product as a framework that will keep the facial skin together, like some kind of scaffolding, lol. Collagen peptides are good for maintaining skin elasticity, but our skin tends to lose it as we age (quoting Healthline on this) or if we are under stress (oxidative stress). Therefore, it’s very important that we replenish the collagen loss to avoid skin sagging. So, if ever you find yourself feeling like you’re losing collagen from learning how to write grants 😀 (wink wink), you gotta use this.


the inkey list alpha arbutin review


Overall, I love this brand, especially the price. I don’t think you can find several other brands like this that don’t skip on ingredients’ potency while making the price affordable for everyone. I can only think of “The Ordinary”, which is also a great skincare brand when it comes to quality and affordability. I will be reviewing that brand soon. So, stay tuned.


What do you think of The Inkey List? Yay or Nay?






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