Review – Jordan Samuel Skin Hydrate Serum

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A tall drink of water for your skin!

Instagram is really the death of my dear wallet! I first chanced upon Jordan Samuel Skin Hydrate Serum when I kept seeing it in the skincare routine of my favourite beauty bloggers on IG. When I went online to search for reviews of this product, there were so many positive comments on it so I took a chance on a relatively unknown indie skincare brand and purchased 2 bottles of it. Before I tell you more about this product, let’s take a look at its ingredients.

Ingredients

Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice *Organic, Vegetable Glycerin *Organic, Hyaluronic Acid, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Xanthan gum, Gluconolactone, Tamarindus Indica (Tamarind) Fruit Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Passiflora Incarnata (Passion flower) Extract, Acetyl Hexapeptide-51 Amide, Sodium Benzoate, Salix Nigra (Willow) Bark Extract *Organic

How does the Jordan Samuel Skin Hydrate Serum fare?

As stated right in the product’s name itself, Jordan Samuel Skin Hydrate Serum is a hydrating serum. It’s formulated with hyaluronic acid, stabilised Vitamin C, and hexapeptides combined with cucumber, tamarind, and passion flower extracts, to provide a big dose of dewy moisture to your skin. I think that it works in a similar fashion to the Pestle & Mortar Pure Hyaluronic Serum in that it really floods my skin with moisture without any stickiness. Instead, it sinks into my skin pretty fast, leaving it smooth and hydrated. It also doesn’t have any silicones in it so I can pretty much layer any other serum over it without “rolling” or “flaking”. I took a big whiff of this product and couldn’t discern any smell to it too. I really like this product and I’ll keep it in my skincare stash to rotate with my other hydrating serums. The only thing which you need to note is that it contains willow bark extract (which is a mild BHA) so if your skin is ultra sensitive, please look elsewhere.

If you want to know what I think about it as compared to the Pestle & Mortar’s hydrating serum, I actually prefer the one from Pestle & Mortar a tiny bit more. To me, their results are rather comparable. However, the Pestle & Mortar one sinks into my skin just a smidgen bit faster and feels “cleaner” to use, as it were. But both are absolutely beautiful hydrating serums that delivers results fast!

Where can you find it?

I bought it from their official website and they do ship worldwide.

It retails at US$29 (30 ml sized).

Thank you for reading!

Review – Hylamide SubQ Anti-Age Serum

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I was introduced to the Deciem brand when I started seeing everybody in the beauty blogging scene raving about the Hylamide SubQ Anti-Age serum. Hylamide is a brand that focuses on well-formulated skincare with mid-range prices under the umbrella of the Deciem group. I’ve actually finished using one whole bottle of this serum and I’m ready to tell you what I think of it. Before we begin, let’s check out its ingredients, shall we?

Ingredients

aqua (water), glycerin, hydrolyzed yeast extract, sodium hyaluronate crosspolymer, pentylene glycol, ethoxydiglycol, tamarindus indica seed gum, palmitoyl tripeptide-38, myristoyl nonapeptide-3, copper lysinate/prolinate, methylglucoside phosphate, hydrolyzed sodium hyaluronate, sodium hyaluronate, ahnfeltia concinna extract, saccharide isomerate, polyglucuronic acid, lactobacillus/ eriodictyon californicum ferment extract, pseudoalteromonas ferment extract, phospholipids, lecithin, salicylic acid, hydroxypropyl cyclodextrin, cetyl hydroxyethylcellulose, polyacrylate crosspolymer-6, hexylene glycol, sodium hydroxide, sodium citrate, citric acid, trisodium ethylenediamine disuccinate, leuconostoc/radish root ferment filtrate, potassium sorbate, ethylhexylglycerin, sodium benzoate, caprylyl glycol, phenoxyethanol, chlorphenesin.

How did the Hylamide SubQ Anti-Age Serum fare?

Deciem claims that the Hylamide SubQ Anti-Age serum is a highly active concentrate of advanced hyaluronic complexes, next-generation peptides and biotechnological technologies to target rehydration, while improving the look of lines, wrinkles, sagging skin and textural damage.

Now, while I can’t vouch for the improvement in wrinkles or sagging skin (since I don’t have them) but I do think that this product works well as a hydrating serum. But the caveat is that I’ll need to use one whole pipette-full of product to feel this way. Therefore, I really do not understand why some people actually claimed that they only needed to use a few drops of this product for their skin to feel so hydrated. But well, everybody’s skin is different. I was also testing a few other hydrating serums in rotation with this product to see which one I like best. The thing is, I do like this product. It works nicely. However, I’m not in a hurry to repurchase it even though I had already finished using it. It’s kinda like the guy that everybody says that you’ll be great together and you actually do enjoy his company, but there’s not much sparks or fireworks between the both of you, you get what I mean? Heh..

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Works well but sadly there’s no fireworks!

Where can you find it?

You can buy it from their official website. It retails at US$49 (30ml sized).

Thank you for reading!

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).

Thank you for reading!