3. 9. 2020

English version | Test Drive: Hope issue

by Vogue Portugal


In the beginning they were just amazing products that every woman who loves Beauty wanted to try. With time they became cult items, synonymous with credibility and, in a certain way, with hope.

Shikakai and Quillaja Shampoo Bar, € 16, Rowse

Promises: To cleanse, purify and balance oiliness in the scalp, all of this in a vegan and sustainable solid shampoo bar that renegades the use of plastic. Vogue’s word: If you have ever tried a solid shampoo and are anything like me, then you won’t want anything else. If you have ever tried a solid shampoo and are anything like me, then you also know that not all solid shampoos are as smooth as we would like them to be, foam as much as we need them to foam, have that Spring scent that lingers in the shower and the house afterwards… But this bar that minimizes the environmental impact of our shower routine has just that and more: the more is because it delivers what it promises. When in contact with water and the hair, the rigid surface is immediately smoothed over, making it easy to apply it and, for thin and lifeless hair like mine, it’s the perfect elixir for volume, freshness and softness – without needing conditioner, a plus when we are talking about oily hair. While I do try other solid shampoos – I’m a fan of checking out what the market has to offer when my attention is grabbed – this is the one where I put all my trust.

Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5, € 6,80, The Ordinary

Promises: A vegan serum with three molecular weights of hyaluronic acid and vitamin B5 to hydrate, smooth and plump the skin. Vogue’s word: When your friend with amazing skin says that this serum is worth every cent, you listen to your friend with amazing skin and you put your money where your skin is. And you tell her she’s right: from its non-greasy texture to its colorless formula, which penetrates the skin like a glass of fresh water on a hot summer day and gives an interesting sense of purity, this staple from The Ordinary promises and delivers. A year and four packages after, I am still using it every day, morning and night, and two drops are all it takes to leave my skin hydrated and with a healthy and plump look.

Brumisateur Natural Mineral Water Facial Spray, € 5,10, Evian

Promises: A facial spray blessed with a miraculous balance of minerals and a neutral pH to hydrate, refresh and tone the skin. Vogue’s word: There is nothing, and I mean nothing, that compares to a spritz of this “water”, in the middle of a working day, when the thermometer outside is way past 30 degrees. Or in the morning, for a fabulous sensation of freshness, when our face needs a wakeup call of energy. Or at night, after all makeup is removed, to fight the feeling of dryness. Or on the beach, after a swim, when the sun seems to burn the last drops of salt. Or in any other moment, for whatever reason it may be, because this spray has a million micro-droplets (miraculous, you see), that are instantly absorbed, provoking such a revitalizing effect that it’s impossible for anyone who has tried it not to become a faithful “slave”. After many years with a bottle next to me, be it Summer or Winter, I risk saying that I couldn’t live without it.

Translated from Vogue Portugal's Hope issue, out September 2020. All credits in the original articles.
Texto em português na edição em print

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