Are you looking for a one and done serum that doesn’t break the bank? Today’s OMG has you covered: meet NagaSona. NagaSona is a handmade skin care brand developed by a cosmetic scientist, blending together the efficacy of potent ingredients and the nourishing botanicals found in nature. This hyaluronic acid based serum combines the hydrating benefits of a humectant, plus the resurfacing and brightening properties from AHAs. If you’ve never heard of hyaluronic acid, it’s a powerhouse at helping your skin retain moisture, but it also helps fight free radicals, prevent signs of aging, and promote radiance. Delivering it in serum is great because it can penetrate deep into the skin before other skin care is layered on top. Alpha hydroxy acids help unclog pores, remove dead skin cells, and overall improve the appearance of skin tone. If your skin is feeling dull, uneven, or dehydrated, this serum gives a shot of moisture and glow. What I love most about it is the gel formula that instantly turns into a water-like texture when spread across the skin. It leaves behind a smooth, glass skin like finish. Most importantly, it dries down super thin so you can easily layer a moisturizer and sunscreen on top. Sunscreen is a must everyday, but especially when using products like acids that increase sun sensitivity. I’ve been testing the product for a couple weeks now and I love it. It’s naturally based, backed with real ingredients you can identify like sugar cane extract, glycerin, licorice root extract, orange extract, and so on. The serum is also free of silicone, fragrance, and parabens, which can be irritating. As someone with sensitive skin, I value that a lot and this product is suitable for all skin types. Sometimes all you need for that little extra glow isn’t intense masks or expensive facial treatments, a daily serum packed with the right blend of ingredients and potency can be a more impactful choice.
Hyaluronic Acid Illuminating Serum
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How often do you mask? Masking is one of my favorite skin care steps. It can make such a huge difference in a short amount of time. I think everyone can carve out 10 minutes for some self care! Gleamin is a new-to-me-brand giving the glow in a major way. While suitable for all skin types, the Vitamin C Clay Mask by Gleamin is specifically designed for people of color, formulated with deep melanin skin in mind. The mask helps fade dark spots and revives skin tone with the help of aloe and turmeric. Yellow clay detoxifies clogged pores to improve overall glow. Vitamin C is the powerhouse ingredient that helps even skin tone and prevent future blemishes, and this product has three sources of it: desert lime, kakadu plum, and finger lime caviar. For the ultimate masking experience, this mask comes in the Glow and Go Duo with an application brush. Finally, the product is 100% vegan and made from ethically sourced ingredients. So go ahead, get your glow on!
Vitamin C Clay Mask
$39.99 for one kit, two for $59.99
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If you’re like me, then you’ve got travel on your mind. I honestly have it on my mind 24/7, but especially now thinking of summery and warm destinations where I can switch up my style and wear outfits I wouldn’t normally wear at home. One hat that is synonymous with warm destinations are Panama Hats, which I only recently learned aren’t even necessarily unique to Panama. The hat has an interesting history related to a very famous photo of President Teddy Roosevelt at the Panama Canal wearing a distinctive hat, but in fact the hat was a Montecristi hat hailing from Ecuador. Obviously since the opening of the Panama Canal was such a monumental historical event, the context of the hat got lost in the mix. The Montecristi hat is made of toquilla straw which grows in Ecuador, and is handmade by artisans in Ecuador in the province of Manabi. Name aside, I can’t think of a better hat for a warm destination. You can wear the Montecristi hat with a suit, sundress, bikini, or literally anything else. Somehow, someway, they can look dressy and casual at the same time. Men and women look equally fabulous in them. Depending on your budget, Ecuadorian Hands offers a huge variety of Montecristi hat styles, trims, and weave quality, giving you truly the exact hat you’re dreaming of. They also come in a variety of natural colors and even pastel shades. Whether you go for something classic or something more ornate, I can’t think of a better pieces to finish off an outfit. And by the way, these hats ship free anywhere in the world!
by Ecuadorian Hands
$49.99 and up (with FREE SHIPPING!)
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The older I get, the less patience I have for skincare with mediocre ingredients and minimal results. I make a concerted effort to drink lots of water, eat a mostly clean diet, and work out regularly, so why should my skincare fall short of all the amazing work I’m doing? I, like a lot of people, want to do all I can to live long and look great! I recently discovered Age Stop Switzerland, a skincare brand that shares this same philosophy. Their products are high quality and luxurious, but also yield anti-aging effects with their scientifically proven ingredients. They use Swiss Snow Algae Powder and Plant Stem Cell Technology for a truly innovative approach to youth longevity via anti-aging products. This specific snow algae grows in the high mountain plains of Switzerland, and it’s extremely resilient to living in the harsh winter conditions. On a cellular level, the same molecules that protect the algae were discovered to also help protect the youthfulness of human skin. The products have a high concentration of active ingredients, and they are meant to deliver immediate results. Age Stop Switzerland products range from sleep masks to concentrates, with a large selection of skincare kits available designed to give you the full anti-aging experience. And no need to overhaul your entire routine in the process; Age Stop Switzerland products work wonderfully alongside the skincare you already have in your routine. Even if your skin is oily or dry, this line is suitable for you. The products are also free of parabens, mineral oil, fragrance, and artificial colors.
by Age Stop Switzerland
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My name is Chelsea, and I’m a facial mist addict. I’ve tried dozens on the market but I’ve just discovered this new one by Royal Canadian Laboratories. Formulated for sensitive skin, this natural facial mist is the perfect refresher. This product also contains Selenium, an antioxidant naturally found in soil, plants, and in water, which has anti-aging properties. Apparently, the atomizer on this mist delivers a ultra fine, gentle mist of millions of small droplets. There are so many ways to use this product too, so it’s perfect for everyone. Here are some of my favorite ways to use facial mist:
- While applying makeup: help settle any excess powder on your face
- As a makeup refresher: give your afternoon or evening makeup a pick-me-up, without disrupting any colored cosmetics or pigments
- In your spa skin care routine: layer this mist in-between skin care steps for extra pampering
- At the gym: spritz yourself before, during, & after a workout for a boost of hydration
- At the beach: chill off or soothe your sunburn
- While traveling: it’s an air travel & road trip essential that easily fits in your handbag
- When sick in bed: for when you are feeling ill and can’t be bothered to get up
So go ahead, spritz away!
Natural Mineral Water Facial Spray
by Royal Canadian Laboratories
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