Review – Black Chicken Remedies Love Your Face Serum

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I was reading Caroline Hiron’s blog on Dehydration Week whereby she recommended some products to help with skin dehydration problems. One of the products which was highly recommended by her is the Black Chicken Remedies Love Your Face Serum. Coincidentally BorderFree was offering free shipping from Australian online shops so I grabbed the chance and bought this product from Adore Beauty (an Australian online retailer of beauty products).

Ingredients

Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot Kernel oil*), Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba oil*), Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose oil*), Argania Spinosa (Argan oil cosmetic*), (Vit E 50 – Mixed Tocopherols from Non-GMO soy sources), Citrus Aurantium (Neroli essential oil), Rosa Canina (Rosehip oil), Santalum Spicatum (Sandalwood essential oil), Cymbopogon Martinii (Palmarosa essential oil), Rosa Centifolia (Rose Maroc essential oil), Cananga odorata (Ylang Ylang essential oil)

*Certified Organic

How does the Black Chicken Remedies Love Your Face Serum fare?

Black Chicken Remedies is an Australian brand that creates skincare and body care products that are 100% natural, contain certified organic ingredients and are free of chemicals, fillers, perfumes and dyes. Their Love Your Face Serum is actually an oil-based serum (instead of the usual water-based) formulated with 11 different types of nourishing oils that claims to feed vital nutrients to hydrate, visibly smooth, and intensively moisture boost the skin on your face.

I treat this product as a facial oil instead of a serum. Therefore I would usually mix 2 to 3 drops of the oil into my face cream for my daytime routine. So did it help my dehydrated skin become more hydrated? Well, it’s both a Yes and a No. You see, because my skin is prone to dehydration since I’m constantly in air-conditioned rooms, I would normally use a water-based hyaluronic acid serum both day and night. Therefore I would not solely credit this product with adding moisture back to my skin. However, I find that this product helps in strengthening my moisture barrier due to the restoration nature of the oils inside it. A strong moisture barrier acts as a waterproof barrier that effectively keeps water in the skin preventing trans epidermal water loss (TEWL) and keeps out bacteria, irritants, allergens, and other microorganisms from permeating it. So while this product does not help my dehydrated skin by adding moisture but it helps to lock the moisture from my hyaluronic acid serums in my skin. With regular use, I find that it keeps my skin sufficiently hydrated and balanced, my T-zone do not get as oily at the end of the day and my makeup actually lasts pretty much throughout the day. Due to the essential oils in the product, it smells wonderful and is a pleasure to use in the mornings while I’m still bleary eyed and trying to rush for work. Overall I’m happy with the performance of this product and I would recommend it to people who want to try “green beauty” which works and has a reasonable price.

Where can you find it?

I bought this product from Adore Beauty Online. It retails at AU$79 (30 ml sized).

In Singapore, Kew Organics also carry this product. You can find it here. It retails at S$112.25 (30 ml sized).

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Review – Orbis UV Cut Sunscreen Super SPF 50 PA ++++

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Source: Orbis Singapore

Hi guys! Today I would like to introduce you to another sunscreen which I’ve been using and also really liked a lot (a very close second to my holy grail!) – the Orbis UV Cut Sunscreen Super SPF 50 PA ++++ (seriously.. what is it with Japan and their weird super long product names?!). As usual, let’s check out its ingredients below.

Ingredients

CYCLOPENTASILOXANE, WATER (AQUA), ZINC OXIDE, ETHYLHEXYL METHOXYCINNAMATE, TRISILOXANE, ALCOHOL, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, DIMETHICONE, METHYL METHACRYLATE CROSSPOLYMER, POLYGLYCERYL-3 POLYDIMETHYLSILOXYETHYL DIMETHICONE, PEG-10 DIMETHICONE, ISONONYL ISONONANOATE, HYDROGEN DIMETHICONE, DIETHYLAMINO HYDROXYBENZOYL HEXYL BENZOATE, ISOSTEARIC ACID, METHYLPARABEN, PROPYLPARABEN, SILICA, MICA (CI 77019), TOCOPHEROL, HYDROLYZED HYALURONIC ACID, POLYQUATERNIUM-51, BHT, HYDROXYAPATITE, ROSMARINUS OFFICINALIS (ROSEMARY) LEAF EXTRACT

You should note that this sunscreen has both physical as well as chemical filters.

How does the Orbis UV Cut Sunscreen Super fare?

As I’ve mentioned at the start of this post, I really liked this sunscreen. Firstly, it is a broad spectrum sunscreen providing both UVA and UVB protection and it is also SPF 50. Secondly, it has a very light watery texture typical of Japanese sunscreens, which means that I can use about 1/2 teaspoon (about 2.5 ml) for my face and neck without feeling like a sticky greasy mess. In fact, the texture of this product is even more runny than my favourite Shiseido Anessa sunscreen. Thirdly, it provides a nice base for my makeup without any whitish cast to my face. I’ve been really enjoying this sunscreen as the temperatures in Singapore rise even further because the texture is so light despite its protective powers.

I put this to the test by using it in the sun while on construction sites and I didn’t burn at all, or even turn pink. However, I did notice that I gained a little colour to my face which doesn’t usually happen when I use my Anessa sunscreen. Therefore, I like using this sunscreen at times when I’m just staying in the office the whole day or when I’m going out with my friends or family during the weekend where I’ll be mostly in the shade. In short, I highly recommend this product for daily use if you do not need to be in the sun too often.

Note: As this product is very water resistant, you’ll definitely need a makeup remover to remove it thoroughly. 

Where can you find it?

You can find it in Orbis stores in Singapore or you can also purchase this from their online store. It retails at S$25 (40 ml sized).

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Review – Stratia Liquid Gold

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Stratia Liquid Gold

I chanced upon Stratia’s Liquid Gold when I was looking for a moisturiser with ceramides which would help my skin to better resist the drying effects of the retinol treatments that I was using, especially after my disastrous experiment with Differin and Benzoyl Peroxide. I was looking for something which would repair and fortify my skin since I believe that my skin barrier was compromised due to that experiment. This post on Reddit on Asian Beauty convinced me that I need Stratia Liquid Gold in my life.

As usual, let’s check out its ingredients, shall we?

Ingredients

Water (Aqua), Propylene Glycol, Ethoxydiglycol, Niacinamide, Polyglyceryl-3 Methylglucose Distearate, Rosa Mosqueta (Rose) Hip Oil, Hippophae Rhamnoides (Sea Buckthorn) Seed Oil, Hippophae Rhamnoides (Sea Buckthorn) Fruit Oil, Panthenol, Dimethicone, Glycerin, Squalane (olive-derived), Cetyl Alcohol, Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Seed Oil, Tocopherol, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Ceramide NP, Ceramide AP, Ceramide EOP, Phytosphingosine, Cholesterol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate, Carbomer, Xanthan Gum, Diazolidinyl Urea, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Disodium EDTA.

Stratia’s Liquid Gold contains 3 different types of ceramide which are namely Ceramide NP (Ceramide 3), Ceramide AP (Ceramide 6) and Ceramide EOP (Ceramide 9).

How did the Stratia Liquid Gold fare?

I’ll preface this review by informing you that this is a really small indie skincare brand. The products are literally made by the founder and owner herself, mixed from scratch. Therefore if you are leery of it, please look away now. However, if you want to give it a chance, please carry on.

Stratia claimed that their Liquid Gold is a lightweight but powerful moisturizer that fortifies your skin’s moisture barrier to help heal, hydrate, strengthen, and soothe. Liquid Gold is formulated with ceramides, cholesterol, and fatty acids to mimic and strengthen your natural moisture barrier. By healing your dehydration and replenishing that fatty mixture in your stratum corneum, you can address the symptoms of a damaged skin barrier and discover healthy, bouncy, resilient skin.

Now, when I first started on this moisturiser, my skin’s barrier was compromised due to my experiment with Differin and Benzoyl Peroxide. I had stopped all my actives in order to concentrate on repairing my skin. When I used this moisturiser the first night, I really liked its light texture and how it absorbed easily into my skin. Even though this moisturiser has a light texture, I find that it’s nourishing enough on its own. However, one method which I’ve been enjoying recently is to mix a few drops of my La Belle Lune Organic Skin face oil with it and apply it to my face. Finally, I would apply a layer of Jane Scrivner’s ‘OO’ cream over it to seal everything in. It didn’t break me out and I believe that this product is key for repairing my moisture barrier within just a week of using it. My skin looks and feels healthy after incorporating this product into my skincare regime. Another thing which surprised me about this product is that my skin feels unbelievably smooth after using it for around one month. This is despite the fact that Liquid Gold doesn’t have any silicones in it.  Stratia’s Liquid Gold has formed part of my core skincare products. Even if I experiment with other products, I would still keep backups of this product in my stash. The only con I could think of with this product is that I cannot use it in the daytime because I find that it tints my skin slightly orange/ yellow since I’m quite fair. This tint is due to the inclusion of two types of sea buckthorn oil, so you don’t have to worry that the tint is due to a product dye. I love Stratia’s Liquid Gold and I’m so glad that I found it when I needed it the most!

Where can you find it?   

I bought this product from Stratia’s official website. They also ship worldwide.

It retails at US$24 (60ml sized).

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