Review – DCL’s C Scape High Potency Night Booster 30

In my previous review for the DCL Detoxifying Clay Mask (Read full review here!), I had mentioned that the mask was a free gift (GWP – gift with purchase) that was given to me as part of the promotions running on Cult Beauty for the launch of DCL brand on their website. The product that I was actually purchasing is this – DCL C Scape High Potency Night Booster 30. Now that I’ve had it for around 3 months, I think I’m ready to tell you guys about my experience with this product.

As usual, ingredients for the product are listed below:

Ingredients

Isohexadecane, Ascorbic Acid, Ethylene/Propylene/Styrene Copolymer, Butylene/Ethylene/Styrene Copolymer, Isononyl Isononanoate, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Citrus Paradisi Peel Oil, Citrus Aurantium Amara Peel Oil, Squalane, Ubiquinone, Isomalt, Hydrated Silica, Limonene, Hydrolyzed Corn Starch, Phenoxyethanol, BHT

How does the DCL C Scape High Potency Night Booster 30 fare?

DCL’s C Scape High Potency Night Booster claims to be a collagen-boosting dynamo formulated with a 30% concentration of L-ascorbic acid, plus a ground breaking Vitamin C complex that are gently released into skin both immediately and over time for maximum efficacy and absorption. Advanced technology strengthens skin’s other structural components to improve elasticity and help fend off lines and wrinkles. Intense hydrators deeply moisturise, as antioxidants valiantly safeguard skin from environmental assailants. Meanwhile, focused brighteners even out skin tone creating a healthier, more radiant and beautifully uniform complexion. TLDR; it’s a dedicated Vitamin C serum with a 30% concentration.

I bought this product solely based on Caroline Hirons’ recommendation. If you have read some of my previous posts, maybe you would know that one of my problems that I hoped to correct for  my skin is the PIH marks that were left over after my hormonal acne subside each month. I’ve found that those marks on my face do not really respond to my constant use of acids or retinol. Only by diligently using Vitamin C serums do I see a slight improvement. Therefore, I’m constantly on the lookout for great Vitamin C products that would help me.

First of all, this product is an anhydrous formulae (meaning that it does not contain any water) which greatly aids in the stability of the Vitamin C and prevent it from oxidising so fast. My main beef with quite a lot of Vitamin C serums is that they oxidise so quickly! Although you could prolong their shelf life by placing them in the fridge, sometimes you just want your products kept where you can grab them easily. Therefore the fact that this product is kept stable by eliminating water (which is the main cause of oxidisation for Vitamin C products) wins quite a lot of points with me.

The moment this product reached me, I slather it on my face that very night. The product itself is a white gritty cream (very unlike most watery type of Vitamin C serums) and I felt a strong tingling sensation when I applied it. Because the texture of this product is so thick and gritty, I find that I could only layer a moisturiser over it and call it a night. If you want to layer a lot of subsequent products over it, you will have “rolling” and this product will just flake away. The next morning, I was blown away by how bright and clear my skin looks! I thought that I had found the perfect Vitamin C serum!

Unfortunately, after trying this product on and off for 3 months, I find that it’s just not suitable for my skin for a very simple reason. This product makes my skin break out! Although I was blown away by its results the first night, subsequent uses saw my cheeks and forehead break out in tiny little bumps. I knew my skin well enough to recognise that it’s a sign that this product does not agree with my skin. I tried again on and off over the next 3 months without much success. It’s always the same pattern. I would see great brightening effects the first night and yet with subsequent uses, I would always find my skin breaking out in places where I normally don’t. You know, I wanted to like it so much, or even love it because it’s quite expensive and my mama didn’t raise no quitter! However, as with all skincare, your mileage will vary (YMWV) and not all skincare will work for your specific skin type. You just need to experiment to find out what your skin likes or dislikes. Therefore, I’m not going to bash this product because I could totally see it working for someone else. Sadly, that person is not me!

Where can you find it?

I bought this product from Cult Beauty Online. It retails at £108.00 (30ml sized).

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Review – LIXIRSKIN Night Switch Retinol 1%, PHA/AHA 10% and BHA/AHA 10%

Night Switch Trinity!

Lixirskin is a brand that was introduced to me through the October 2017 VictoriaHealth Newsletter. VictoriaHealth is a UK online retailer selling products such as food supplements, healthcare products, and skincare products. They are also responsible for launching NIOD and The Ordinary to the world. Reading the monthly newsletter from Gill (who’s one of the founders of this website) is akin to reading a personal letter from one of my trusted old-time friends and I trust Gill’s impeccable recommendations.

Lixirskin is the baby of Colette Haydon, who is a doctor in dermo-pharmacy, and has over 20 years of experience in formulating skincare. She has her own laboratory in London called Elixir de Beaute.  Together with her team, she had formulated hundreds of products for many of the most coveted beauty brands such as HealGel, Jo Malone, Aromatherapy Associates and REN. In fact, I’m pretty sure that you probably have one of her formulations in your bathroom or vanity table. Colette Haydon describes Lixir as a mix of hard working, everyday products and targeted molecules, an advanced yet relaxed approach to skin care. I was attracted to her products, especially her 3 Night Switch products which are treatments for specific skin concerns and formulated with pure active molecules for targeted results. They are for nighttime use, when your skin switches to repair mode and are to be mixed with a moisturiser. You should only use one at a time, then give your skin a rest before switching to another. Switching stimulates the skin to get better results. Colette Haydon recommends the following sequence of using the Night Switch treatments:

  • Ageing Skin (wrinkles, sagging, sun damage):  Four weeks retinol + Two weeks PHA.
  • Problem Skin (dull, open pores, breakouts): Four weeks retinol + Three weeks BHA.

I’ve been using these products for a total of 10 weeks and I’m finally ready to reveal my thoughts on them. One thing that I need to inform you guys is that while I was testing all the night switch products for the whole 10 weeks duration, I stopped using all other actives in order to accurately judge the effects of these products.

I love its aesthetics!

How does the LIXIRSKIN Night Switch BHA/AHA 10% fare?

The LIXIRSKIN Night Switch BHA/AHA 10% was the first night switch that I’d started off with. As per the instructions given on the box, I tested this product for 4 weeks before I start on another night switch. Unlike the PHA/AHA as well as the Retinol night switch products, it was recommended that the BHA/AHA night switch should be applied to bare skin followed by a moisturiser. The other 2 night switch products were recommended to be mixed into your moisturiser before application.

Ingredients for LIXIRSKIN Night Switch BHA/AHA 10%

Propanediol, Aqua (Water), Alcohol Denat., Lactic Acid, Azelaic Acid, Salicylic Acid, Sodium Lactate.

From the ingredients list as above, you could tell that this product consists mainly of a blend of 3 acids, namely Lactic Acid (AHA), Azelaic Acid (dicarboxylic acid) and Salicylic Acid (BHA). Each acid offers a special benefit – Lactic Acid improves hydration, Salicylic Acid is antibacterial and prevents clogged pores, and Azelaic Acid controls sebum.

Because I’m already an experienced acid user (as in I’ve been using AHAs and BHAs products for quite some time), I didn’t experience any marvellous life-changing skin benefits. However, the quality of my skin didn’t regress when I started on this product and except for one or two of my usual hormonal acne appearing due to my period, I didn’t have too much issues with clogged pores or blemishes. I guess that’s one of the signs that this product is working for me since I’m so congestion-prone. This product also feels gentle (I mean, gentle for my very acid-experienced skin) on my skin and I’ve never felt any stinging sensation when I used it. I have a feeling that even if you are an acid newbie, your skin won’t be adverse to this product, unless of course if you have ultra-sensitive skin or if you are allergic to any of the ingredients.

How does the LIXIRSKIN Night Switch PHA/AHA 10% fare?

The LIXIRSKIN Night Switch PHA/AHA 10% is an intriguing product to me. Besides the more commonly found Lactic Acid, this product also contains 2 additional acids which were new to me, namely Lactobionic Acid and Phytic Acid. Lactobionic Acid supposedly reduces oxidative stress while Phytic Acid eliminates heavy metals to detoxify the skin. You are supposed to mix this product with your moisturiser and then apply it to your skin.

Ingredients for LIXIRSKIN Night Switch PHA/AHA 10%

Aqua (Water), Sodium Lactate, Lactic Acid, Lactobionic Acid, Phytic Acid, Benzyl Alcohol.

As per the instructions, I tested this product for around 2 weeks before I switch to the final Retinol Night Switch. In my opinion, I didn’t really think that 2 weeks is sufficiently long enough for me to observe its effects fully. However, what I had noticed during that 2 weeks seemed promising. When I first tried using this product, I didn’t read the instructions and ended up using it neat on my skin instead of mixing it with a moisturiser. I actually felt a strong stinging sensation when I tried using it that way, which surprised me greatly since I thought that my skin was used to acids. However when I mixed this product with my moisturiser, I didn’t feel the stinging sensation. Currently my biggest problem when it comes to pigmentation issues that my skin is facing isn’t freckles or sunspots. It’s actually ugly brown post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH) that I get once my hormonal acne goes away. So even if I don’t have active acne problems, there are still around 4 major brown spots on my cheek area due to the PIH. It pisses me off so much that I had even considered undergoing laser treatment to remove them.

Anyway, during the 2 weeks of testing this product, I somehow saw that those marks seemed to lighten slightly (note that I wasn’t using any dedicated Vitamin C serums since I had started testing these products to gauge their effectiveness). It surprised me greatly since AHA products usually do not tend to have much effect on my PIH. It usually helps more in terms of general evening of skin tone and keeping my clogged pores away. So that’s the reason why although I can’t confirm its exact long-term effects, the initial result was encouraging to me.

How does the LIXIRSKIN Night Switch Retinol 1% fare?

The LIXIRSKIN Night Switch Retinol 1% was the last night switch that I had tried. As recommended, I had tested this product for around 4 weeks before I feel confident enough to give some sort of opinion on it. The thing about retinol products is that it actually takes an even longer time than acids to show some (or even any!) effects on your face. In fact, most non-prescriptive retinols take 3 to 6 months to show improvements, with best results after 12 months. Although Retin-A works quicker (around 6-8 weeks for visible improvements, with dramatic results in 6 months), side effects such as redness, flakiness and peeling often means that people give up much sooner than the time it takes to see real results.

Ingredients for LIXIRSKIN Night Switch Retinol 1%

Aqua (Water), Phospholipids, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Retinol, Phenoxyethanol, Benzoic Acid, Glyceryl Laurate, EDTA, Dehydroacetic Acid, Ethylhexylglycerin.

Initial results that I had observed after using this product for around 4 weeks include softer skin, slight lessening of fine lines on my forehead and eye area and an overall firmer and lifted skin, especially around my jawline. Although I think that I definitely need a longer period of use to fully assess the results, these results after only 4 weeks are highly impressive to me. This night switch product might be my favourite one of all!

In Conclusion…

I think that LIXIRSKIN’s range of Night Switch products definitely works and would probably work better if you used them consistently over the period of one whole year. They are pretty stable non-irritating formulas with strong scientific backing on the effectiveness of all the ingredients included in the product. In other words, they work and they are scientifically proven to do so.

Where can you find them?

I bought all the products from VictoriaHealth Online.

Night Switch BHA/AHA 10% retails at £20.00 (15ml sized), Night Switch PHA/AHA 10% retails at £20.00 (15ml sized) and Night Switch Retinol 1% retails at £28.00 (15ml sized).

You can also purchase them from their official website.

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Review – Christophe Robin Cleansing Volumizing Paste with Pure Rassoul Clay and Rose Extracts

Christophe Robin Cleansing Volumizing Paste with Pure Rassoul Clay and Rose Extracts is a product that I had bought together with their Delicate Volumizing Shampoo and Conditioner with Rose Extracts (Read full review of their shampoo and conditioner here!). It is a deep cleansing shampoo with a unique paste-like texture that transforms into a light foam once you’ve worked it into your hair and scalp.

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It is in the form of a delicious rose-scented paste!

Ingredients

Moroccan Lava Clay, Sucrose, Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate, Aqua (Water), Butylene Glycol, Cocamide Mea, Glyceryl Stearate, Peg-100 Stearate, Hydrated Silica, Rosa Centifolia Flower Water, Parfum (Fragrance), Phenoxyethanol, Peg-2 Dimeadowfoamamidoethylmonium Methosulfate, Hexylene Glycol, Hydrolyzed Adansonia Digitata Extract, Glycerin, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Rosa Gallica Flower Extract, Carbomer, Citronellol, Geraniol, Benzyl Alcohol.

How does the Christophe Robin Cleansing Volumizing Paste with Pure Rassoul Clay and Rose Extracts fare?

As per my incessant scrolling of beauty posts on Instagram, this product was introduced to me when a beauty blogger that I was following (Go check out @hiddenharmonyworld!) proclaimed it to be one of the best volumising product that she had ever used. How could I not be tempted after that glorious proclamation?! This product  contains a unique blend of pure rassoul clay—with densifying and re-mineralising benefits, protective rose extracts, and Limnanthes extract—to help preserve and enhance hair colour. It claims to  bring immediate volume and thickness to fine hair without weighing it down (sounds exactly like my cup of tea or coffee or liqueur, whichever your poison is!). Hair is left with incredible body at the roots, while feeling full and light.

According to their official website, instructions on how to use this product are detailed as below:

  • On wet hair : use a tablespoon worth of product (more or less, depending on the length of your hair) rub into your palms, and apply all over your hair. With a delicate touch, make circular motions until you feel the paste turn to foam, and make sure you lift the roots.
  • Add a little water, emulsify, and rinse abundantly. For an intensified effect: let it sit for 2 minutes before you rinse.
  • Then, apply the volumizing conditioner with rose extracts to lengths and ends.

I’ve been alternating this product with the Christophe Robin cleansing purifying scrub with sea salt (Full review here!) by using it once a week as a deep cleansing treatment for around 3 months. It has the same deliciously beautiful rose scent as the Delicate Volumizing Shampoo and Conditioner with Rose Extracts. After I worked the product into my hair and rinsed it off, my scalp feels very clean and light. However, my hair does feel slightly dry. Therefore, I would usually accompany it by using copious amounts of either the volumizing conditioner or the regenerating mask with prickly pear seed oil and let it sit for around 2 minutes before rinsing it off. I think that this product really does help to not only control my oily scalp (I suspect that the inclusion of clay in this formula helped in that aspect!), my hair itself has so much more volume! That is indeed a miracle for me given that I’ve very fine hair so I’ll take any amount of volume I can get! My hair is shiny, bouncy and volumious after using this treatment. If you asked me on the main difference between this volumising paste and the cleansing purifying scrub with sea salt, I would say that this product is better for creating volume for the hair itself while the purifying scrub with sea salt is better for people with problematic scalps (such as dandruff, or inflamed oily itchy scalps). They are both excellent products in my opinion. Try it and let me know how it goes!

Where can you find it?

I bought the product from LookFantastic SG Online. It retails at S$80 (250ml sized).

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