Review – Pestle & Mortar Superstar Retinol Night Oil

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Photo taken from official website pestleandmortar.com

I came across the Irish brand Pestle & Mortar when Caroline Hirons (the super famous UK skincare blogger) claimed that their Superstar Retinol Night Oil is “the best retinol I’ve used outside of a prescription“. With a claim like that, and especially from one who’s known to be a skincare guru, how could I not check that product out?! Around the middle of last year in 2016, I became concerned when I started seeing super fine lines on my forehead. I tried to incorporate more hydrating products into my skincare routine thinking that it might be fine lines caused by dehydration. While those products did help, I still wasn’t fully satisfied with the results. I did some research on my own and came to the conclusion that I need to start including a retinol product to up my game for the fight against signs of ageing. I bought the Superstar Retinol Night Oil and have been using it since January 2017. Before we begin on the review proper, let’s take a look at its ingredients, shall we?

Ingredients

Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil*, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil*, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil*, Rosa Canina (Fruit) Oil*, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Seed Oil**, Ribes Nigrum (Black Currant) Oil*, Hydroxypinacolone Retinoate, Retinyl Palmitate, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Seed Oil***, Nigella Sativa (Black Cumin) Seed Oil**, Calophyllum Inophyllum (Tamanu/Foraha) Seed Oil**, Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Seed Oil*, Dimethyl Isosorbide, Tocopherol, Calendula Officinalis Flower Oil**, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil**.
*Cold Pressed | **Cold Pressed and Organic| ***Steam distilled

The ingredients which I’ve highlighted in red, bold and underlined are actually the star ingredients of this product. Both are esters of retinol. As stated in their official website, Hydroxypinacolone Retinoate represents a new generation of Retinoid. It is an aesthetic ester of all-trans retinoic acid that works similarly to prescriptive Tretinoin (Retin-A) but without the irritation. Retinyl Palmitate, on the other hand, does not penetrate as deeply as the Hydroxypinacolone Retinoate so it is better for surface exfoliating purposes. These 2 ingredients are supported by the more nourishing blend of organic oils and cold pressed using booster technology in Ireland, to deliver the right mix of Vitamins A, E, C and B along with Omegas 3 and 6. I believe this is why the product is able to work its magic without drying out the skin at the same time.

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It has a light oil texture that is comfortable even in Singapore!

How does the Pestle & Mortar Superstar Retinol Night Oil fare?

Even though I had not used any retinol products before this (Note: I started using the Differin Gel much later after this product), I was gung-ho and went straight to using it every night with no reservations. And I was rewarded for my “courage” with fabulous results! Now I must say that when I first started using this product, I was quite “meh” about it. I mean I couldn’t really see super fast and drastic results, unlike with acid toners, much to my instant gratification self. However, I do know that skincare is a life-long process and you will only be rewarded many years later and you realise that you look much younger than other people your age.

What changed my opinion of my product was this: During the Chinese New Year period around the end of January this year, me and my husband brought our 2 year-old daughter to China to meet her paternal grandparents. Her grandfather had never met her before ever since she was born and told my husband that he really wanted to see her. Now China, especially the northern region of Hebei where my husband was originally from, is very very cold around that time of the year. Knowing that, I brought only gentle hydrating products, with the exception of the PIXI glow tonic, to prevent my skin from drying out. When I came back to Singapore, my skin was in a mess! Firstly coming back to hot (with average daily temperatures hovering around 31 ~ 34 degree Celsius)  and humid Singapore from a cold country was a shock to my skin. Secondly, the pollution in China was really really bad, due to most people burning coal during winter for warmth, and it affected my skin too. It also didn’t help that I usually have hormonal acne around that time of the month and I was having my period when I came back. My skin was dry yet it looked oily with random breakouts on the bottom half of my cheek area. I started using this product again hoping for a miracle to happen. Within a week, my breakouts had stopped and actually started healing, my skin became balanced again and the grey pallor was gone. I was a convert!

My routine for using this product is this: Cleansing Oil => Cleanser => Acid Toner => Hydrating Toner/ Mist => Pestle & Mortar Superstar Retinol Night Oil => Night Cream. Sometimes when I get back home late or when I’m feeling lazy, I’ll just cleanse my face, spray a copious amount of hydrating mist, massage in 2 pumps of this night oil and go to sleep. I’ll still wake up with soft hydrated skin. Currently I alternate the use of this product with the Differin gel. That is, if on Monday night I use this retinol oil, I’ll use the Differin gel on Tuesday night and continue with this on Wednesday night. My skin is kept relatively happy in this way.

Where can you find it?

This product is not available in Singapore locally. However, you can buy it from their online shop (http://www.pestleandmortar.com/product/superstar-retinol-night-oil/) and they do ship worldwide. It retails for 76 Euros or 63 British Pounds (30ml sized).

LookFantastic SG has also recently stocked this brand.

Receive $5 off your first order when you spend S$30 on LookFantastic by either clicking HERE or use my referral code SUMB-R2!

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Review – Differin Gel 0.1%

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Photo taken from official Differin website

Differin Gel contains a powerful prescription-strength retinoid called adapalene in concentrations of both 0.1% and 0.3% respectively.

According to their official website, “adapalene adjusts the speed of skin cell turnover to make sure your skin goes through the right process, creating a healthier environment for skin. Regulating skin cell turnover to a normal rate helps to keep the pores from clogging and target acne before it even starts”.

  • In clinical studies, Differin Gel provided nearly a 60% average reduction in acne lesions after 12 weeks which continues to improve with further use
  • Up to a 90 day supply clears and prevents pimples, blackheads, whiteheads, and clogged pores
  • Reduces redness and inflammation caused by acne
  • Restores skin’s tone and texture by clearing your acne

Taken from the Differin official website https://www.differin.com/

So basically Differin is an anti-acne gel and dermatologists have been prescribing it to patients as young as 12 years old who suffer from acne problems. In the US, FDA had just approved this product (for 0.1% concentration only. 0.3% concentration is still prescriptive-based) to be made available for over-the-counter (OTC) use but in Singapore both concentrations of this product are prescription based.

Let’s take a look at the ingredients of Differin 0.1% gel, shall we?

Ingredients

Active ingredient: adapalene 0.1% (retinoid)
Inactive ingredients: carbomer 940, edetate disodium, methylparaben, poloxamer 182, propylene glycol, purified water and sodium hydroxide. May contain hydrochloric acid to adjust pH.

How does the Differin 0.1% Gel fare?

Long story short, it works! I love it! This is a GAME-CHANGER! *LOL*

Now let me share with you the long story.. Although Differin had always marketed itself as a treatment for acne only, my purpose in including it into my skincare routine was to see if it had any anti-aging effects on my skin. When I first starting using this, I was very cautious and went in slowly. I’ve heard stories about the horrible side effects of prescriptive retinoids such as red irritated peeling skin, massive purging and even chemical burns. So for the first 2 weeks, I only used it once every 3rd night. For example, if I used it on Monday night, I’ll only use it again on Thursday. After I built up my tolerance to the product by the 3rd week, I started using it on alternate nights. AND I only used a pea-sized amount on my whole face (please do not use any more than that.. you will only increase your risk of getting chemical burns on your face). By doing so, I was able to avoid most of the unpleasant side effects of Differin.

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Use a pea-sized amount only

I’ll share with you exactly what I did below.

My Differin Routine

  1. Remove sunscreen and makeup with cleansing oil/ balm
  2. Double cleanse with a mild cleanser
  3. Swipe a hydrating toner all over my face and neck
  4. Apply a thin layer of water-based hydrating serum all over my face and neck
  5. WAIT 20 MINUTES FOR ALL PRODUCTS TO BE FULLY ABSORBED AND SKIN FEELS DRY TO THE TOUCH (very very important!!)
  6. Apply a pea-sized amount of Differin all over my face. I portion out the product onto my fingertip and just dot it on my cheeks, forehead, nose and chin. When you are done, only a thin layer of the product should coat your face. I didn’t use Differin on my neck as I’ve heard that it is too strong and might cause discolourations on the neck where your skin is thinner.
  7. WAIT 30 MINUTES FOR DIFFERIN TO BE ABSORBED (very very important!!)
  8. Mix 3 drops of facial oil with night cream in my palms and apply to my face and neck.
  9. Go to sleep

In the first 2 weeks of using Differin, I experienced mild purging with some of my stubborn clogged pores emerging and slight feeling of dryness/ tenderness around the sides of my nose. However, I didn’t experience any peeling skin. By the end of the 3rd week, my skin was looking brighter, my mild breakouts were mostly gone and skin feels much smoother. Now that I’m in my 6th week of usage, I’ve noticed that the large pores on the cheek area at the side of my nose seemed to be minimised, skin tone is very even and some fine lines on my forehead are softened. I believe that with continued usage of this product, I should experience better results in terms of anti-aging. Afterall the best form of anti-aging is prevention!

Another exceptionally important thing to note is to wear lots of sunscreen when you are using this product as it will make your skin more sun-sensitive!

Where can you find it?

In Singapore, Differin is prescriptive based only. In the US, it can be purchased from Walmart, Walgreens, Target and most major pharmacies. It retails at US$12++ (15g – up to 30 days supply) and US$25++ (45g – up to 90 days supply).

Thank you for reading!

Review – IOPE Bio Essence Intensive Conditioning

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I believe that the IOPE Bio Essence is one of the first few “First Essence” from Korea. I remember when it first came out in Korea in 2012, everyone and their mother was gushing and raving over it. Some people had even commented that it is a dupe for the more expensive SKII Facial Treatment Essence. It had also won plenty of awards since it launched.

Below are just some of the awards it had gotten:

JUN 2013 – Best Brand of the First Half of 2013 (Asia Business Daily)

MAY 2013 – Korea’s No.1 First Essence – K-Beauty Awards, Ceci

APR 2013 – ‘Makeup Artists (Kim Beom-seok and Park Seon-mi)’ Favorite Pick (Kim Beom-seok and Park Seon-mi (Ceci)Korea’s No.1 First Essence – K-Beauty Awards (Ceci)No.1 Essence My Skin Desires Right Now (Ju-Bu Styler)Grand Prix – 2013 Joy + Brand (Financial News)

MAR 2013 – No.1 Anti-Aging Essence (Sure)

FEB 2013 – Aritaum’s No. 1 Seller – Sure Beauty Awards (Sure)No. 1 Anti-Aging Essence – Sure Beauty Awards (Sure)

DEC 2012 – No. 2 Moisturizer – Hottest Beauty Items of 2012 (Queen)

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Honestly, I wasn’t too interested when I saw all those reviews buzzing around in 2012. That was because people had claimed that it works in a similar way to SKII’s Facial Treatment Essence and I am allergic to SKII. I’ll breakout in small red pimples all over my face whenever I use SKII. It took me 2 years later when my friend was about to go for her vacation in Korea and she asked me if I wanted anything. I thought to myself “What the heck! Just try one bottle first! Afterall you always regret the things which you didn’t do more than the things you do right?!”

Fast forward to today and this is already my 3rd bottle of the IOPE Bio Essence (I actually stopped using it for one year plus when I got pregnant and wasn’t sure if I could use it). Let’s take a look at its ingredients, shall we?

Ingredients

Faex, Nicotinamide, Glycerol, Bifida Ferment Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Beta-Glucan, Glycereth-26, Phenoxyethanol, Hydroxycellulose, Adenosine, Propylene Glycol, Aqua

How does the IOPE Bio Essence fare?

When I first used it back in 2014, I was quite taken with it. It brightened my skin and kept it quite clear within the first 2 weeks of use. In addition, it also helped to hydrate my skin and somehow also facilitate the absorption of subsequent products that I layer over it. What impressed me the most was that it seemed to suppress my hormonal pimples that usually came one week before or after my period. I wasn’t really surprised that its first few ingredients contain Nicotinamide aka Niacinamide aka Vitamin B3. Niacinamide is an excellent skin restoring ingredient that helps to lighten areas of pigmentation and its anti-inflammatory properties make it effective for treating acne. Even though it contains a form of yeast extract, it doesn’t have any smell and feels just like water. IOPE states that you need to use cotton pads (each bottle of IOPE Bio Essence actually comes with its own box of cotton pads) for maximum absorption of the product. However, sometimes I just pour some out onto my hands and just pat it into my skin. I don’t really find a big difference between the 2 methods. I usually use this product in the daytime skincare routine.

Here’s how I slot this product into my skincare routine:

Cleanser => Acid Toner => IOPE Bio Essence => Hydrating Serum(s) => Moisturiser mixed with a few drops of facial oil => Sunscreen

Now that I’ve been using it for some time, I guess the fact that it’s still in my arsenal of products that I rotate around speaks for itself. I wouldn’t call it a “superstar” amongst all my products but it’s definitely a hardworking team player.

Where can you find it?

IOPE is not available in beauty counters in Singapore. I usually stock up whenever friends are going for vacations in Korea and asked me if I want anything to be brought back. However, I believe you can buy it from Qoo10.sg online and I’ve seen it selling for around S$60++ per bottle (168ml sized).

Skincare Wardrobe

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I started my initial foray into skincare when I was 19 years old. Back then, I had just completed my “A” levels (which is equivalent to high school for the rest of the world besides the UK) and I was looking for a part-time job until my first university semester started in August. A friend told me that she had started working part-time for Cosmetics Brand “B” and asked me if I was interested to join. I immediately agreed as the thought of selling products at cosmetic counters meant that I could wear nice makeup and it certainly looked more glamorous than my previous part-time job of selling men’s shoes. I received brand training, product training as well as sales training while I was working with that brand. I did enjoy it a lot even though sometimes a sales job also meant that I had to deal with horrible nasty customers who thought that you were lowly-educated since you were “just a counter girl”.

Anyway, my point is that during that time (around 13 years ago) and even till now, people were mostly sold skincare products based on their skin types (dry, oily or combination) or their specific skin concerns such as anti-ageing, hydrating or whitening (which is NOT bleaching by the way.. it actually just means evening out of skin tone and minimising hyper-pigmentation). There wasn’t really this concept of skincare wardrobe which seems to be more prevalent these days. By “skincare wardrobe”, I mean that just like you wear clothes to either suit the weather on that day itself or your requirements (whether you need to go to work or go to the gym or the beach etc.), you could also customise your skincare based on how your skin feels that day.

For me personally, that means that even though I have combination skin, I use a variety of products meant for oily, dry and combination skin types. Just for cleansers alone, I use cleansing balms (usually meant for people with dry skin), cleansing gels or foams (usually for people with oily skin) and cleansing lotions. I rotate these products based on what my skin is feeling on that day itself or if I know that I’m going to face environments that are harsh to skin (like construction sites or air-plane cabins for example). I find that having an arsenal of products to combat various skin issues helps me to take care of my skin better in a more intuitive way.

My tip for building your own skincare wardrobe is to be very aware of the ingredients which your skin likes or dislikes. This is especially important in order to avoid over-loading your skin and inflaming it. For example, my skin TOTALLY HATES any products with meadowfoam seed oil. My face will have tiny red breakouts all over whenever I used any products with this ingredient in it. It doesn’t matter what product it is, whether it’s a cleanser, moisturiser or facial oils. That’s why I can use the Shu Uemura ultime8 sublime beauty cleansing oil (which is a thicker texture meant for drier skins) but can’t use the Shu Uemura blanc:chroma brightening & polishing gentle cleansing oil (which is meant for combination skins with a lighter texture) because the latter contains that dreaded ingredient. On its own, meadowfoam seed oil is actually a very good facial oil with strong anti-oxidant and skin softening properties. However, my skin just doesn’t like it. This is why I advocate reading the product ingredient list very thoroughly even before you buy the product so that you are fully aware if there are any potentially problematic ingredients for your own skin.

I hope that you’ll have fun exploring the different products as you build your very own skincare wardrobe. Afterall who would know your skin better than yourself? Stay beautiful and enjoy the journey!

Thank you for reading!

Review – Shiseido Anessa Perfect UV Sunscreen Aqua Booster SPF 50+ PA ++++

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I must admit that when it comes to beauty and skincare products, I’ve got a roving eye. I’m always on the constant lookout for the latest products with interesting ingredients or textures. I guess that’s why my cupboard is full of unopened products. I’ve only got one face and a limited amount of space to slather all of them at once. However the only and I really mean THE ONLY ONE product that has stayed constant with me throughout the years is the Shiseido Annessa UV Perfect Sunscreen. It’s got my heart firmly with it in the sunscreen category and I’ll always come back to it even when I try other products. In my case, I think that the biggest affirmation of a product is that I would repurchase it over and over again and have backups of it just in case it’s discontinued. That’s how much I love this sunscreen. As per normal, the ingredients list is below.

Ingredients

Dimethicone , Water, Alcohol, Zinc Oxide, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Isopropyl Myristate,Talc, Isododecane, Octocrylene, Polybutylene Glycol/PPG-9/1Copolymer, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, PEG-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Diethylamino Hydroxybenzoyl Hexyl Benzoate, Titanium Dioxide, Glycerin, Diisopropyl Sebacate, Vinyl Dimethicone/Methicone Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, Dextrin Palmitate, Xylitol, Bis-Ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine, PEG/PPG-14/7 Dimethyl Ether, Sodium Chloride, Ethyl Ascorbic Acid, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Angelica Acutiloba Root Extract, Thymus Serpillum Extract, Rosa Canina Fruit Extract,Sodium Hyaluronate, Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Extract, Isostearic Acid, Aluminum Hydroxide, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Stearic Acid, Hydrogen Dimethicon, Distearyldimonium Chloride, Trisodium EDTA, Butylene Glycol, BHT, Sodium Metabisulfite, Fragrance

How does the Shiseido Annessa Perfect UV Sunscreen Aqua Booster fare?

By now after reading the above paragraph, you should know that I love this product and actually I do have a story behind the reason why. If you had read an excerpt of me under “About Me”, you would know that I’m working as a civil engineer. Civil engineers design, plan and construct all manner of things such as buildings, roads, bridges, land reclamation, railways etc. Many people are surprised when I told them that I work as a civil engineer as they would always exclaim “Why are you so fair?! Ain’t civil engineers supposed to be very tanned because they are working on construction sites under the hot sun all the time?” Ladies and Gentlemen, this product is the reason why I didn’t burn to a crisp or tanned when I need to go out into the hot sun for site inspections. Even though nowadays, I don’t really need to be constantly on site for quality inspections or monitoring, in the early years of my career, I was on the construction site everyday. I was noticing that my pigmentation problems were getting worse and my skin tone was looking more and more uneven even though I do use sunscreen everyday. I wasn’t using the Shiseido Annessa sunscreen at that time yet. Somehow I went looking online for strong sunscreen to help to combat my working conditions and I came across recommendations for this product. And the rest, as they say, is history.

When it comes to sunscreen, I must recommend that you also use the appropriate amount everyday. The common directions is to apply sunscreen “liberally”. But how much is “liberally”? For me, I try my best to use around 0.5 teaspoon (equivalent to around 2.5ml) for my face and neck alone. Hence, one bottle (60ml sized) of this sunscreen usually lasts me for around one month based on my own rate of usage. As the texture of the Shiseido Annessa sunscreen is quite fluid, my face doesn’t feel sticky or suffocated even when I use that much. In fact, it dries quite nicely to a matt finish ready for makeup. It also doesn’t leave a very strong white cast to the face, it’s more of a gentle glow.

However, I must caution that this is a very water resistant sunscreen which, in my opinion, cannot be completely washed away by just a normal gentle cleanser. In fact, if you believe it, the latest formulation of this product states that with the Aqua Booster Technology, the UV protection veil becomes even more effective when bonded with sweat or water. I always use either a cleansing oil or balm as the first cleanse to remove sunscreen and makeup before I use another cleanser to wash the skin itself. I’m just paranoid like that as I’m very prone to clogged pores.

Where can you find it?

The Anessa range is actually not available in Shiseido counters in Singapore. That is why I usually stock up at the Shilla duty free shops in Changi Airport where they are selling it. It retails at S$33 (60ml sized) and S$43.80 (90ml sized).

Update: Anessa is now available at Watsons store in Singapore! It retails for S$39.90! 

Or if you have friends visiting Japan, you can beg them to buy it for you. It retails at 2678 Yen (around S$33.68) the last time I bought it from Tokyo.

Thank you for reading!

Review – Su:m37 Miracle Rose Cleansing Stick

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I’ve heard about the Su:m37 Miracle Rose Cleansing Stick for quite some time. Ever since I saw it on Korea’s famous beauty show “Get It Beauty”, I’ve been lemming over it. Unfortunately as the brand wasn’t easily available in Singapore, I couldn’t manage to get my paws on it for the longest time. That was until I was shopping on iHerb for my usual vitamin supplements and I saw this being listed! I actually rubbed my eyes to see if I was dreaming! So into the shopping cart it went and I promptly checked it out. Now that I’ve been using it for some time (around one month), I feel like I could give it a proper review. As usual, let’s check out the product ingredients, shall we?

Ingredients

Glycerol, water, orange peel oil, lime peel oil, lemon peel oil, green tea seed oil, coconut oil, basil oil, ylang ylang flower oil, majoram oil, fermented damask rose extract, apricot seed oil, olive oil, sunflower oil, betaine, stearic acid, lauric acid, camellia oil, tocopheral, rose flower water, potassium hydroxide, lauryl betaine

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How does the Su:m37 Miracle Rose Cleansing Stick fare?

Looking at its ingredients, one would expect this cleanser to be relatively mild with some skin-loving plant extracts and oils. If you look at the photo above, you can even see some rose petals included inside the cleansing stick. *Pardon the grubby look of the product.. I do not review products until I’ve used them for some time..* HOWEVER… I can’t, in all honesty, say that I like this product even though I’ll use it up. The thing is, my skin actually feels slightly dry and uncomfortable using this cleanser. I’m not certain the reason why though. Many people have used it and claimed that it’s life-changing or something! My skin usually can tolerate foaming cleansers quite well and in fact, I prefer foaming cleansers as my second cleanse. That being said, many people have used it and liked it a lot so you might want to give it a try. Sadly, this won’t be a repurchase for me!

Where can you find it?

I bought the Su:m37 Miracle Rose Cleansing Stick from iHerb for S$37.41. I heard that the brand Su:m37 is now available at the Shilla Beauty Loft in Changi Airport so you can check it out there too!

Thank you for reading!

Review – PIXI Glow Tonic

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Pixi Glow Tonic was one of the products that marked my entry into using acid toners. As you can see from the picture above, I’ve been using it for around 3 months now and I’m ready to share my thoughts on it with you. Let’s start by looking at its ingredient list, shall we?

Ingredients

Water/Aqua/Eau, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Glycolic Acid, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Sodium Hydroxide, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Leaf Extract, Aesculus Hippocastanum (Horse Chestnut) Seed Extract, Hexylene Glycol, Fructose, Glucose, Sucrose, Urea, Dextrin, Alanine, Glutamic Acid, Aspartic Acid, Hexyl Nicotinate, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Ethylhexylglycerin, Disodium EDTA, Biotin, Panthenol, PPG-26-Buteth-26, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance (Parfum), Caramel, Red 4 (CI 14700).

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The product contains 5% glycolic acid which helps in accelerating the turnover rate of skin cells. What this means is that it helps to rid the old dead skin cells on your face, revealing the fresh new cells underneath. Now I must preface this by telling you about the condition of my skin first. I’ve combination skin that is prone to clogged pores, especially during the week before and after my period. I don’t really have problems with wrinkles or sagging skin yet. As I spend long hours in air-conditioned offices and sleep in an air-conditioned room, my skin is also dehydrated.

How does the PIXI Glow Tonic fare?

The PIXI glow tonic is a runny water-like acid toner. In my opinion, exfoliating toners with such watery consistency are best applied by pouring some out onto the cotton pad and swiping it all over your face. My experience in using this product is that my skin tingles when I used this the first few times. However, the tingles are slight and there is absolutely no burning sensation and my face didn’t turn red or even pink. I don’t even feel the tingles anymore after those initial times (I’m not certain about its effects on those people with sensitive skin so please try to get samples or do a patch test before you use it if you have sensitive skin).  After using this for three months, I noticed that my clogged pores has lessened and my skin is generally smoother, more even toned and “fresher” as it were. I’ve also experienced lesser breakouts during that time of the month and existing breakouts also seemed to heal faster. One thing which surprised me about this product is that somehow I have a feeling that my skin is not as dehydrated when I use this. Does anybody have any explanation for that or am I imagining things? Another thing which I wish to highlight is that this product has a slight herbal floral smell (that I didn’t like) but it dissipates quite fast so you won’t be smelling it all day on your face.

I think that this is a good product for people starting on acid toners or those who cannot use stronger acids *not THAT kind obviously.. =p* but want something to counteract dullness in their skin. I used to apply the glow tonic day and night but now I only use this in the daytime as I’m currently testing some other products at night. My routine in the daytime is this: Cleanser => Pixi glow tonic => hydrating mist => hydrating serum(s) => day moisturiser mixed with a few drops of facial oil => sunscreen.

Where can you find it?

I bought PIXI glow tonic from ASOS online but the product is now available in Sephora stores in Singapore and is retailing at S$28 (100ml size) and S$45 (250ml size).

Thank you for reading!

The Beginning

This is my very first blog post and I’m so excited to share it with all of you reading this! I’ve actually been thinking about setting up a blog writing about my interest in beauty for a long long time and I’ve never gotten around to it. Blame it on my tendency to procrastinate and my fear to leap into unfamiliar territory. However, I’m proud to say that I’ve finally done it! I’m currently writing this as soon as I signed onto WordPress! I hope that you will follow me on my journey to discover beauty not only with beauty or skincare products, but also to find your very own beauty within.

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