Monday, 12 May 2014

Oqibo Review - First Impressions


Happy. Remarkable. You.

That's their line, their mission statement, Oqibo's overall goal; to simply create a happy, remarkable YOU. How could I say no?

I want to be happy, remarkable and myself (because who wants to be all clone like?)

The lovely folks at Oqibo sent along pretty little packages with a few samples of their skincare line to the Northwest Bloggers Meet back in March and I've finally gotten around to checking them out. As they're only samples I can't really give a full on, down to the nitty gritty review but, what I can give you is my first impressions of the products - so let's go!

Purifying Cleanser & Toner

I'm all for multifunctional products, especially when you hit the snooze button one too many times and have less than 5 minutes to get out the door and grab the bus! First thing I noticed about this was its peppermint scent. I love peppermint-scented products because you always get that tingly feeling afterwards, which leaves your skin feeling as though it's been blasted with a cold air gun - we all love that feeling, right?

Toner hasn't always been my best friend and I pick and choose what and when I use one, but being combined in the cleanser I figured it wouldn't be too harsh. As fresh and clean as my skin felt after using the cleanser, it did go a little dry around my temples and chin, which gave me the perfect excuse to try the next product...

Intense Moisture Defence

I have oily skin so I avoid heavy-duty moisturisers like the plague, so when I popped some into the palm of my hand I was having a few second thoughts. This cream is very thick. However, as bloggers do, we take one for the team so you do not have to...and on my face, it went. First surprise; my skin absorbed the moisturizer quickly and easily, leaving behind no residue. Second surprise; my skin was not only matte after application, but after a 12 hour shift...STILL matte. I didn't use my blotting papers once all day. Hands down, I haven't been this impressed with a moisturiser for a long long time. I'm hoping it wasn't just a one-shot sample fluke, I feel like I really need to give it another go and find out.

Skin Refining Exfoliator

Since getting the Clarisonic, I haven't been using exfoliators as much as I normally would have so it was a nice change to my routine. First thing I noticed was the exfoliating beads themselves, they're very sand like and harsh, so I was expecting the whole thing to be super harsh on my skin. Massaging it into damp skin, it didn't feel as rough as I expected and after rinsing my skin, my face felt really smooth and surprisingly moisturised! What really surprised me was Oqibo say this product is another multifunctional product of theirs and it can be used as a facemask too. It's packed to the brim with skin loving nutrients and just wearing it as a mask for 5 minutes delivers a skin-loving boost of goodness to your skin - perfect to do just before bed!

Hydra Restore Cream

Oqibo say that in just two weeks of daily use, the hydra resort cream will leave your skin looking and feeling brand new. It's a shame I couldn't get two weeks out of this but I did get two nights. I decided to use it as a night cream as I've been super tired lately and my skin hasn't been waking up its best. After using this one my skin did feel really soft and smooth but I can't comment on it looking too different, maybe I'm just tired beyond repair? I'd love to trial it a little longer and see if there's a difference. It's a lightweight formula, so it might work better as a day cream compared to the Intense moisture Defence (Which, the little card says, does double up as a night cream!)

As first impressions go, Oqibo impressed me beyond measure, especially their Intense Moisture Defence, I'd say that was easily my favourite of the bunch and I would love to get my hands on a little more of it and give it a thorough test run. Usually, products aimed at all skin types don't usually work so well with me and I tend to buy specifically for my skin type. But, Oqibo do aim their products at all skin types and I'm glad I didn't let that put me off!

I know I usually review full sized products, but what do you guys think of first impression reviews based on samples? Let me know in the comments below!

Have you ever tried Oqibo?

Until next time,

saloca in wonderland



  1. I think you did a great job of reviewing what you had to review! I think the samples can give a good feeling of what would be instore with the full products! I've never heard of this line but nonetheless enjoyed reading about your experience with it!

    1. Thanks so much, glad it's gone down so well :)

      Sarah :)

  2. Really enjoyed reading this Sarah, great to hear your thoughts and I love your style of writing! Nichole I'm afraid we don't ship as far as the US yet but just wanted to say your blog is fabulous! Hope you both have a wonderful day! - Esther at Oqibo

    1. Thanks so much, glad I could get something across based on just a few samples!

      Sarah :)