Review – Allies of Skin Bright Future Overnight Facial

How nice of them to include a handwritten note together with my order!

Allies of Skin is a Singaporean beauty brand that has gone global in recent years. From a small local brand to having their products being stocked in Cult Beauty Online, Net-A-Porter, Sephora and even SpaceNK (!), this brand has truly come a long way. Allies of Skin, to date, only has a capsule collection of just 4 products that are designed to complement all aspects of a demanding life. I had tried samples of their 1A All Day mask before and had an overall positive impression of the brand. Therefore when I saw that they were having a discount sale during Singapore’s National Day celebrations (similar to Independence Day in the US), I bought their Bright Future Overnight Facial to try (it had so many glowing reviews online!).

Below are the ingredients of their Bright Future Overnight Facial:

Ingredients

Aqua (Water), Glycerin, Polysorbate 20, Niacinamide, Lactobacillus Ferment, Lactic Acid (L), Glycolic Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate (L), Hydrolyzed Silk, Centella Asiatica (Gotu Kola) Leaf Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Sodium Lactate, Ascophyllum Nodosum Extract, Sodium PCA, Arctostaphylos Uva-Ursi (Bearberry) Leaf Extract, Retinal (Retinaldehyde), Madecassoside, Mel (Honey), Epigallocatechin Gallate, Plantago Lanceolata Leaf Extract, Opuntia Ficus-Indica (Cactus) Stem Extract, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Ergothioneine (L), Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Callus Culture Extract, Rubus Chamaemorus (Cloud Berry) Seed Oil, Epilobium Angustifolium Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Lysophosphatidic Acid, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder, Proline (L), Phenyl t-Butylnitrone (Spin Trap), N-Hydroxysuccinimide, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Lysolecithin, Lecithin, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens (Geranium) Flower Oil, Gluconolactone, Chrysin, Sorbitol, Dimethyl Isosorbide, Glutamylamidoethyl Imidazole, Saccharide Isomerate, Diglucosyl Gallic Acid, Dimethyl Sulfone, Cyclodextrin, Xanthan Gum, Acetyl Tributyl Citrate, Pentylene Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Benzoate, Sodium Glycolate, Calcium Gluconate, Sodium Polygamma-Glutamate, Steareth-20, Tetrasodium EDTA, O-cymen-5-OL, Phenoxyethanol, Sclerotium Gum, Sodium Gluconate,Citric Acid, Trisodium NTA, Sodium Metabisulfite, Sodium Hydroxide, Citronellol, Geraniol, Linalool.

How does the Allies of Skin Bright Future Overnight Facial fare?

The Allies of Skin Bright Future Overnight Facial is a “sleeping peel” that claims to deliver intense hydration as its blend of AHAs, Retinol and Probiotics encourage cellular renewal overnight to reduce imperfections and reveal brighter skin the next morning. It supposedly helps tired skin attain an optimal level of exfoliation in 2-3 nights, as well as giving the effects of a professional facial overnight, with cumulative effects seen after 2-3 nights.

You are supposed to use it in the following manner:

  1. Double cleanse your face in the evenings
  2. Spritz your favourite toner/ mist liberally all over your face
  3. Apply a thick layer (I usually use about 4 pumps) of the product
  4. Mist again after the application of the product
  5. Go to sleep

When I use the above method, I discovered that my face feels slightly dry when I wake up in the mornings. This might be due to the fact that I usually sleep in an air-conditioned room or due to my combination dry skin needing more moisture that what this product can provide. However, it does help to brighten my skin and it also helps to calm down any hormonal acne that I get. This product is especially useful for times when I pick on my pimple and was left with an angrier looking pimple instead. Usually, whenever I use this product, it would literally shrink the red angry pimple overnight to a smaller less-inflamed one the next morning.

However, the magic of this product really happened when I used it in the following method:

  1. Double cleanse in the evenings
  2. Mist liberally all over my face
  3. Apply 3 more layers of hydrating essence
  4. Apply 1 layer of hydrating serum
  5. Apply a thick layer (I usually use about 4 pumps) of the product
  6. Mist again after the application of the product
  7. Go to sleep
  8. Wake up to glorious bright dewy pore-less perfect skin (!!)

I  think that the extra layers of light hydrating products really helps to combat the slightly drying effects of the AHAs and Retinol in this product and yet it is light enough that the ingredients in the product could still “get to work” without impeding it. I’ve been using this product twice a week for around 3 months and really like it because it simply works as described. And that is something that sadly does not happen as often as it should. Look.. I’m a 32 year-old with a 3 year-old toddler who likes to pretend she’s “Jack & Jill” from the nursery rhyme and drags around a basket pretending to “roll down a hill” when she’s supposed to be going to bed. I really don’t get much sleep and, coupled with the fact that I hold a full-time stressful job, it’s a wonder that my skin doesn’t look as tired as I feel inside. Therefore I really appreciate it when products work as they should and are also quick and easy to apply.

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Yes, that’s my daughter’s jam currently!

I know that the price is quite high for a product that is only 50ml in size, however given that you only use it twice a week, it should last you quite a long time. If you have the budget and would like to try a product that works, I would highly recommended it for people with problematic dull stressed skin who wants quick results!

Where can you find it?

I bought this product from their official website. It retails at S$159 (50ml sized).

It is also stocked at Cult Beauty, Space NK, and Sephora SG.

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Review – Whamisa Organic Flowers & Aloe Vera Fermented Hydrogel Sheet Mask

The Whamisa Organic Flowers & Aloe Vera Fermented Hydrogel Sheet Mask is a product that I bought together with their Deep Rich Toner. As the masks are actually sold individually, I bought 3 of them to try if it would suit my skin.

Ingredients

Water, *Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, *Chrysanthemum Sinense Flower Extract, *Lactobacillus/Aloe Barbadensis Ferment Filtrate, *Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Ceratonia Siliqua Gum, Xanthan Gum, *Lactobacillus/Chrysanthemum Sinense Flower Ferment Filtrate, *Lactobacillus/Nelumbium Speciosum Flower Ferment Filtrate, *Lactobacillus/Dandelion Leaf/Root Extract Ferment Filtrate, **Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, **Paeonia Suffruticosa Root Extract, **Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, ***(-)-alpha-bisabolol, Aniba Rosaeodora (Rosewood) Wood Oil, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil*Certified Organically Grown            **Natural Preservative ***Ecocert

How does the Whamisa Organic Flowers & Aloe Vera Fermented Hydrogel Sheet Mask fare?

The Whamisa Organic Flowers & Aloe Vera Fermented hydrogel mask is a bio-cellulose type of mask. Bio-cellulose masks are supposedly better for your skin as they adhere much better to your skin and are extremely hydrophilic (meaning “water-loving”). Therefore they are supposed to be much more hydrating than those sheet masks made from cotton fibres. Whamisa’s Organic Flowers & Aloe Vera Fermented Hydrogel Facial Mask is formulated with 95% organic ingredients, including Camellia, Chrysanthemum, Dandelion extract, which are naturally fermented to preserve maximum efficacy. It is touted to help rehydrate and calm dull, depleted skin as well as to brighten your skin tone and improve skin’s elasticity.

Now that I’ve finished using 3 of the sheet masks that I’d bought, I think I’ll just leave a short review based on my 3 times of using this product. The thing is I’ve very conflicted feelings towards this product. Let’s talk about its positive attributes first, shall we? While I had the mask on, I found that the cooling feeling of the gel mask persisted throughout the entire time which sort of helps in calming down redness and keeps me in a good mood. The smell of this mask is pleasantly floral without being overwhelming. I liked that it’s very hydrating and calming. My face also looks brighter and more even after I take off the mask.

Now the bad thing about this mask is this: the mask itself is very flimsy. I’ve tried to be as gentle as I can be while pulling out the mask from its packaging but out of the 3 times that I’ve used it, it tore 2 times. Not impressive given that the price for one mask isn’t exactly cheap. It is for this reason that I don’t reach for this mask very often and I actually took 3 months to finish 3 pieces of sheet mask (!!).

Would I repurchase the mask? Honestly, I don’t see myself repurchasing this mask. I’ve tried lots of other masks which are comparatively cheaper and works more efficiently and effectively. I’m situated in Asia where there are literally tons of sheet mask brands, each with better and more advanced ingredients and material type. I really do not need to be feeling frustrated each time I need to use a sheet mask.

Where can you find it?

I bought this product from Qoo10 SG Online. I paid around S$24 (3 pieces) for this product. Please note that this amount is not inclusive of shipping costs.

In the US, you can purchase this product from Glow Recipe. It retails at US$9 (1 piece).

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Review – Whamisa Organic Flowers Deep Rich Essence Toner

Look at that gorgeous frosted glass bottle!

Whamisa is a Korean skincare brand that specialises in organic skincare that utilities fermented ingredients. Their products are not tested on animals and many of their products are also vegan and vegetarian friendly. The most remarkable thing to note about their skincare is that they are based on a water-less method whereby they used ingredients such as aloe leaf extract (instead of water), providing extra hydrating benefits to the skin. The product which I’m going to talk about today is their star product – Whamisa’s Organic Flowers Deep Rich Essence Toner!

 Let’s just check out its ingredients list before we carry on with the review:

Ingredients

*Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract , *Chrysanthemum Morifolium Flower Extract, *Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, *Lactobacillus/Chrysanthemum Sinense Flower Ferment Filtrate, *Lactobacillus/Nelumbo Nucifera Flower Ferment Filtrate, *Lactobacillus/Teraxacum Officinale (Dandelion) Rhizome/Root Ferment Filtrate, Galactomyces Ferment Filtrate, *Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, *Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, *Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, *Helichrysum Arenarium Flower Extract, *Brassica Oleracea Italica (Broccoli) Extract, *Glycerin, ☆Propanediol, **Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, **Paeonia Suffruticosa Root Extract, **Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Hibiscus Sabdariffa Flower Extract, Lithospermum Erythrorhizon Root Extract, Xanthan Gum, Aniba Rosaeodora (Rosewood) Wood Oil, *Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Oil, Cymbopogon Schoenanthus Oil, ***Fragrance
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//*Certified Organically Grown **Natural Preservative ***Natural Origin ☆Ecocert/

This product is also BDIH certified and EWG Verified!

How does the Whamisa Organic Flowers Deep Rich Essence Toner fare?

The Whamisa Organic Flowers Deep Rich Essence Toner is a facial toner infused with organic botanical extracts for a quick boost of hydration and nourishment. It is  formulated with Aloe Vera extract, Chrysanthemum extract, Oat Kernel, as well as fermented Dandelion and Argan Oil to improve skin texture and leave skin dewy and deeply hydrated. It has a slightly viscous bouncy texture that takes a slightly longer time to be absorbed into the skin. However, rest assured that there is no sticky feeling left on your skin after the product is absorbed.

A slightly viscous texture that still feels light on skin

I usually use the product in the hydrating toner step in my skincare routine like so:

Double Cleanse => Acid Toner => Whamisa Organic Flowers Deep Rich Essence Toner => Serum(s) => Moisturiser mixed with facial oil

Sometimes I would use the ‘3 skin method’ while using this whereby I would pat this product in 3 thin layers in succession before I continue with my other serums. I know that the ‘7 skin method’ is in vogue now (whereby you’ll pat the product in 7 thin layers in succession) but since I also apply other serums and a moisturiser after this step, the ‘3 skin method’ is the most ideal for me.

The first thing I noticed when I used this product is its delicate floral scent that makes you feel luxurious and relaxed while using it. The second thing I noticed is just how hydrated, soft and glowy my skin looks after I’ve used it. This product also helps to calm down my skin after my acid toner and prepares it perfectly for receiving the nutrients in my serum step. I’ve also discovered that this product seems to prolong the hydrating effects of my hydrating serums. In fact, my skin no longer feels dehydrated and oily in my T-zone area in the mid-afternoon mark (around 4pm to 5pm).

I’ve been really enjoying using this essence toner for the past 3 months and just to slow down and savour my me-time in my skincare routine. I’m still trying to work through my stash of hydrating essences and this is definitely going in my list of to-be-repurchased products!

Where can you find it?

I bought this product from Qoo10 SG Online. I paid around S$38 (120ml sized) for this product but I’ve seen it being listed anywhere from S$35 to S$52. Please note that this amount is not inclusive of shipping costs.

In the US, you can purchase this product from Glow Recipe. It retails at US$40 (120ml sized).

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