Review – Heimish All Clean Balm

Hey guys! So, I’ve disappeared from my blog for a while but now I’m back with another review of a skincare product that I’ve been using since Oct 2017! Heimish is a Korean brand that is most famous for their All Clean Balm (also the product that I’m gonna review today) even though the brand also releases other makeup items such as eyeshadow palettes, lipsticks, makeup base etc. This product was highly raved by Gothamista in one of her skincare videos and I couldn’t resist checking it out to see whether it is really a dupe for another famous product – Clinique’s Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm (Read my full review of Clinique’s Cleansing Balm here)!

As usual, the ingredients for the product are below for your reference:

Ingredients

Ethylhexyl palmitate, cetyl ethylhexanoate, PEG-20 glyceryl triisostearate, polyethylene, PEG-8 isostearate, butyrospermum parkii (shea) butter, cocos nucifera (coconut) fruit extract, citrus aurantifolia (lime) fruit extract, freesia refracta extract, iris versicolor extract, jasminum officinale (jasmine) extract, lilium tigrinum extract, leontopodium alpinum extract, nelumbium speciosum flower extract, narcissus pseudo-narcissus (daffodil) flower extract, rose extract, citrus aurantium dulcis (orange) peel oil, lavandula angustifolia (lavender) oil, pelargonium graveolens flower oil, amyris balsamifera bark oil, citrus paradisi (grapefruit) peel oil, eucalyptus globulus leaf oil, melaleuca alternifolia (tea tree) leaf oil, juniperus mexicana oil, boswellia carterii oil, citrus aurantium bergamia (bergamot) fruit oil, tocopheryl acetate, 1,2-hexanediol.

Note that this product contains shea butter. So if you are super prone to congestion or are allergic to any shea butter content, maybe you would like to test out samples of this product first before you commit to a purchase.

How does the Heimish All Clean Balm fare?

Heimish All Clean Balm is a cleansing balm that claims to remove all forms of makeup, especially heavy makeup, easily and thoroughly. You’ll need to use a spatula to scoop a small amount and massage balm over dry skin. The balm will transform into a light oil and you should start to see your makeup dissolving. Add a splash of tepid water to turn this cleanser into a milky fluid and then continue massaging it. Rinse off the milky fluid thoroughly by using lots of water. You shouldn’t need to use an additional face cloth to remove it.

It has a small spatula included in its top cover!

A white balm that feels quite solid to the touch!

True to its claims, I find that this cleansing balm really aids in destroying makeup easily and thoroughly. The convenience of not needing an additional cloth to thoroughly remove the cleanser itself (unlike some cleansing balms) means that I should be reaching for this product often right? Unfortunately, there is one big (to me at least!) con about this product that prevents me from reaching for it too often. That is also the reason why I took such a long time to give you guys this review. I find that this cleansing balm has a very very weird smell! You know, I was surprised that nobody has ever mentioned it in all of the reviews that I’ve seen. Heimish described the scent as spa-like with a “natural” scent but honestly there’s nothing spa-like about the scent of grease. Yes, this product smells strongly of the grease that comes from drains/ sewers behind restaurants or food stalls! I’m not a big fan of scents in my skincare products and I don’t actively seek out nice-smelling ones either. However, there are some scents that I really need to brace myself for and this is one of them. Therefore, even though this product works perfectly fine, I wouldn’t be rushing to repurchase it anytime soon.

However, I do realise that different people react to scents differently and you might want to give it a good sniff before you buy. Otherwise, it’s a really good makeup remover that comes with a reasonable price!

Where can you find it?

I bought this product from iHerb Online. It retails at S$21.10 (120ml sized).

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Review – Dr Jart Ceramidin Serum & Cream (NEW)

I’d spoken highly of Dr Jart’s Ceramidin Cream before (Read full review here!) and I was so intrigued when I found out on Instagram that they had came up with an improved formula for their cream as well as a NEW product, which is the Ceramidin serum. I had a hunch that both would work well for me so I bought them without much hesitation.

As per my normal posts, I’ve included the ingredients list for both products as below.

Ingredients for Dr Jart Ceramidin Cream (NEW formula):

Ingredients for Dr Jart Ceramidin Serum (NEW product):

How does the Dr Jart Ceramidin Cream fare?

If you look through the ingredients for the NEW formula of the Dr Jart Ceramidin Cream, you might notice that it has included additional ceramides. The original formula only contains Ceramide 3 (aka Ceramide NP) despite its name while the new formula includes Ceramide AP (aka Ceramide 6), Ceramide AS (aka Ceramide 5), Ceramide NS (aka Ceramide 2), in addition to its original Ceramide 3. I had also noticed that my new favourite ingredient, the super anti-inflammatory Tumeric Root Extract, was thrown into the mix as well. Therefore it could be said that I was expecting great things from this product.

Well, after using this product consecutively nightly for one month in Singapore, as well as day and night for 10 days in the freezing winter conditions in Northern China, I can confidently tell you that this cream has indeed met or even exceeded my expectations. All of my original thoughts on this product still stands, with the interesting observation that this product seems to sit well on my makeup during daytime now. I’m not quite sure if it was due to the super dry and cold weather in China that I can comfortably use this in the daytime without affecting my makeup though. I just know that it’s crazy how nourished, hydrated and soft my skin looks and feel in sub-zero temperatures after using this product. If you are suffering from dull dry skin this winter, I would highly recommend that you get your hands on this product asap!

How does the Dr Jart Ceramidin Serum fare?

The Dr Jart Ceramidin Serum is a NEW product in their Ceramidin range. In fact, if you are interested, Dr Jart has also released a whole new range of Ceramidin body products and apparently, they are highly raved in Korean beauty circles.

Anyway, back to this product. It has the same smell as the Ceramidin Cream (a light mildly herbal scent, nothing offensive if you are worried) with the exception being that it is much much lighter in texture than the Ceramidin Cream. Although it does not have your typical watery hydrating serum type of texture, its light gel-cream texture sinks rapidly into the skin while instantly hydrating your skin, leaving it feeling substantially nourished and protected. It’s quite amazing that despite its relatively lighter texture, you can definitely feel that it is a hydrating powerhouse. Immediately after application, I can literally see my skin plumped up and it looks brighter and feels so soft. Although I typically won’t recommend that you use a serum without a moisturiser on top to lock in the goodness, I kind of feel that with this product, you might be able to get away with using it alone if you have oily combination skin.

The Ceramidin Serum has a light gel-cream texture!

Using both of these products together while I was in China for my sister-in-law’s wedding has definitely saved my skin from drying out. In fact, my skin felt so unbelievably soft and smooth that even my husband had asked to use my products (Haha!).

In Conclusion…

My combination dry skin loves both of these Ceramidin products and I think that using them together seems to magnify their hydrating and nourishing powers. If you have dry skin, you’ll love these products. If you have oily skin, you might find the cream a little too rich and would like to explore using the serum instead.

Where can you find it?

I bought these products from Qoo10.sg. The prices of these products has a range of around S$36++ to S$40++ on that platform. It is not available in Sephora Singapore yet. I bought the Ceramidin Serum for S$36.90 (40ml sized) and the Ceramidin Cream for S$45.90 (50ml sized).

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Review – Oskia Citylife Cleansing Concentrate

Today’s review is about another Oskia product that I’ve been using lately. Introducing the Oskia Citylife Cleansing Concentrate – a lightly foaming cleanser from Oskia’s NEW anti-pollution range that leaves skin pH balanced, fresh and free from pollutants, make up and impurities. I was introduced to this product via one of Caroline Hirons’ videos on the brand overview of Oskia. However, what really spurred my decision to purchase was the fact that this cleanser is at pH 5.5!

 

This cleanser has a beautiful pH of 5.5!

 

As usual, ingredients are below for your reference:

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How does the Oskia Citylife Cleansing Concentrate fare?

Oskia Citylife Cleansing Concentrate is a low-foaming pH balanced cleanser that’s enriched with some pretty interesting ingredients. Vitamin F & Aquacacteen, a refined cactus stem cell elixir, calm, hydrate & protect irritated skin. Willow Bark extract & Phytic Acid gently exfoliate. Malachite, rich in copper, protects against environmental oxidative stress and detoxifies. Vitamin A, C & E boost skin health & protect. MSM, the most bio-available form of sulphur, Eucalyptus & Lavender soothe the skin. However, the internal critic in me is highly sceptical that a product that is on your face for at most 1 to 2 minutes would be enough time for all those ingredients to have any effect.

In any case, I had a gut feeling that I would like this cleanser even before I use it based on the fact that it is a low-pH foaming cleanser and I was right! I not only like this cleanser, I love it! For my dehydrated combination-dry skin, this cleanser is perfect as either a second cleanser after removing my makeup in the evenings or as a single morning cleanse. It works well either way and always leaves my skin feeling fresh and comfortable! Now, because I’m so used to double cleansing in the evening, I didn’t try to use it to remove my makeup. The fact that I wear very water resistant sunscreen and a super waterproof Japanese mascara means that I highly doubt this product would be able to clean them off thoroughly. Also, I’m not quite sure if drier skins would take to a foaming cleanser but I don’t think that it would be as stripping as other foaming cleansers.

The only con I could think of with this product is that it is relatively pricey. £36 for a 40ml sized cleanser isn’t exactly affordable for many people but I guess that it’s tough to measure the worth of many things due to different perceptions from different people. Just buy the best that your skin likes and you can comfortably afford! If you are in the market for quality skincare and you don’t mind paying higher prices, you can consider this cleanser.

Where can you find it?

I bought this product from Cult Beauty Online. It retails at £36 (40ml sized).

If you are based in Singapore, Bud Cosmetics Online also stocks this product. It retails at S$69 (40ml sized).

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I’m Taking A Short Break…

Break-time

Hey guys, I’ll be taking a short break for around 2 weeks from my blog since I’ll be overseas to attend the wedding of a family member.

I’ve also realised that it’s going to be the start of Chinese Lunar New Year festivities very soon! Here’s wishing all my Chinese readers a very happy Lunar New Year and may the God of Fortune spread good fortune and riches to all of you during the Year of the Earth Dog! Gong Xi! Gong Xi! 祝您在新的一年里财源滚滚,祝福滔滔,幸福绵绵!新年到来,给您拜个早年,春节快乐!

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Review – Oskia Renaissance Mask

Oskia’s Renaissance Mask is one of the products that was included as part of the Cult Beauty X Caroline Hirons box in Dec 2017. I’ve used it roughly once or twice a week for around 2 months and I’m ready to provide my verdict on it. Oskia is not a common brand in Singapore. In fact, I think that very few people in Singapore would actually be exposed to this brand. However, I came across this brand a few years ago when quite a few of the beauty blogs that I’d followed were raving about their Renaissance Cleansing Gel. Therefore, even though I didn’t really try to explore this brand at that time, I was quite aware of its existence.

Oskia is a brand that was launched in 2009 by Georgie Cleeve. The backbone of Oskia’s skincare range is an ingredient called MSM. A natural form of organic sulphur, MSM boosts collagen production, promotes circulation and helps decrease inflammation for a brighter, younger looking complexion. Interestingly, MSM was first introduced to the market as a joint supplement for race horses about 30 years ago by Georgie’s father. When Georgie had a serious cartilage damage in her own knees caused by a skiing accident at a young age, she began taking MSM supplements to repair the damage. She experienced a phenomenal response to the MSM and her joints repaired more than any surgeon had thought possible. However, she had made a surprising discovery when she was taking those supplements. There was major improvement in the symptoms of her acne, eczema and generally poor skin, together with striking benefits to her complexion and the condition of her hair and nails. And the rest, as they say, is history.

Ingredients

Glycerin, Aqua (Water), Cetearyl Olivate, Methyl Sulphonyl Methane, Sorbitan Olivate, Lactic Acid, Sodium Lactate, Carica Papaya (Papaya) Fruit Extract, Maltodextrin, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Passiflora Quadrangularis Fruit Extract, Ananas Sativus (Pineapple) Fruit Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Fruit Extract, Benzyl Alcohol, Parfum (Fragrance), Alcohol Denat., Xanthan Gum, Lepidium Sativum Sprout Extract, Inulin, Alpha-Glucan Oligosaccharide, Ribose, Petasites Japonicus (Butterbur) Root Extract, Lecithin, Dehydroacetic Acid, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Bisulfite, Phenoxyethanol, Geraniol, Citronellol, Linalool, CI 77491 (Iron Oxide)

How does the Oskia Renaissance Mask fare?

Oskia’s Renaissance Mask is dubbed as a “peel in a mask”. This mask is a beautifully buttery soft balm that turns from pink in its jar to white once it is massaged into the skin. It is formulated with MSM, natural fruit acids (such as papaya fruit extract, lemon fruit extract, pineapple fruit extract and grape fruit extract) as well as lactic acid (an AHA) and prebiotics to gently exfoliate, leaving the skin smoother, more refined and illuminated.

This mask actually reminds of a lot of the FRESH Vitamin Nectar Vibrancy-Boosting Face Mask (Read my review of it here!) in that it’s an exfoliating mask that relies mainly on fruit acids to do the job. However, I think that the main difference between these 2 masks lies in their texture. While the FRESH mask has a marmalade jam-like consistency, the Oskia mask has a soft luxurious creamy texture. Also, even though I love its effects, sometimes the FRESH mask stings my face a little if my skin is feeling more sensitised than usual. However, the Oskia Renaissance Mask is quite gentle despite containing a variety of ingredients that are meant to exfoliate your skin. I have never felt any stinging sensation or tightness while I had this mask on. I think that even sensitive skins should be able to use this mask comfortably (although I would always recommend a patch test first for sensitive skins!). In fact, although the instructions call for you to rinse off this mask after 10 to 20 minutes, I actually forgot that I had the mask on (since it feels so comfortable on my skin) and I only remembered to rinse it off after one hour. After I removed the mask, I noticed that my complexion was glowing and the skin feels very soft, smooth and velvety. I especially like to use this mask as the first step during my Sunday facials to just gently slough off the dead skin cells and prepare my skin for all the subsequent masking that I would do on my face.

If you are interested in trying Oskia’s products, I think that the Renaissance Mask is a very good place to start with. I feel that this product will make you understand the ethos and philosophy of the brand, as well as letting you experience the difference in their ingredients.

Where can you find it?

I bought it from Cult Beauty Online. It retails at £51.00 (50ml sized).

If you are based in Singapore, Bud Cosmetics actually stock this brand as well. It retails at S$98 (50ml sized).

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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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Review – Earthwise Beauty Nap in the Meadow Face Serum, Carrot-a-Day Face and Eye Serum (Classic), Tigress Face Balm & Ambrosia del Cerrado Liquid Moisturizer and Toner

Hey guys, I would like to introduce you to this brand that I’ve been really loving lately – Earthwise Beauty! Earthwise Beauty is a brand that I had discovered via Instagram in the skincare lineup of a few of my favourite beauty bloggers. Although the brand is new to me, Earthwise Beauty has been around for a decade and is founded by Ava Zhan. Ava, to me, is a skincare alchemist. The potions that she creates are unique, powerful and truly works.

Earthwise Beauty is a luxury organic skincare brand. Their formulas are made from unrefined, unprocessed fair-trade ingredients: unrefined botanical oils and butters, traditionally prepared herbs, and therapeutic-grade essential oils and absolutes. During the Black Friday sale, I picked up a few of their best-selling products to try and I’ve been impressed with all (yes, all!) of them. So I thought that I shouldn’t keep this exquisite secret to myself and that more people should experience the magic of Ava’s products.

The products that I’d purchased are as follows:

  • Nap in the Meadow Face Serum
  • Ambrosia del Cerrado Liquid Moisturizer and Toner
  • Carrot-a-day Face and Eye Serum
  • Tigress Face Balm

I’ve been using Nap in the Meadow and Ambrosia del Cerrado in the mornings and Carrot-a-day and Tigress Face Balm at night.

How does the Nap in the Meadow Face Serum fare?

Nap in the Meadow was the first product that drew me in when I saw it in the skincare lineup of my favourite beauty bloggers on Instagram. The spearmint colour of this serum as well as its beautifully poetic name attracted me to find out more about this brand. This product itself is an ultra-lightweight aloe-based serum that claims to offer a broad range of benefits in a single product: deep hydration, strong anti-inflammatory action, anti-oxidants, anti-aging benefits, refreshing effects, and even some acne reducing, tissue repairing, and sunburn and sun damage repair.

Nap in the Meadow Face Serum Ingredients

Cold-press aloe barbadensis leaf juice*, Sambucus nigra (elderberry) fruit extract, Curcuma longa (turmeric) root Supercritical CO2 Select* extract*, caprylyl capryl glucoside (naturally derived), Lavandula angustifolia (lavender) oil (* and †), Achillea millefolium (yarrow) oil*, Helichrysum italicum (Italian everlasting) oil†, Marticaria recutita (German blue chamomile) oil*, potassium sorbate (natural food-grade preservative), organic Pelargonium graveolens (geranium bourbon) oil, Pelargonium roseum (geranium rose) oil*, Copaifera officinalis (copaiba balsam) resin†, Ferula galbaniflua (galbanum) essential oil*, xanthan gum, ascorbic acid (vit. C), wildflower essences†.
*Certified organic. †Responsibly wildcrafted. Aloe certified by the International Aloe Science Council (IASC) for purity and content.

Now, I’m not sure about its claims of skin tissue and sun damage repair but I can honestly say that this serum is one of the best anti-inflammatory skincare products that I’ve ever used. Even though it does not work quickly, I’ve noticed that ever since I’ve included this product in my skincare routine, my skin has been very very calm (unusually so!) and the slight redness that I usually get when I OD on my strong actives (acids and retinol) at night has been practically non-existent. I also find it hydrating enough for my skin such that I’ve often skipped using my hyaluronic acid serum in the mornings (without realising it!) since the hydrating effects of this serum are quite substantial.

I would also be remiss if I don’t mention the utterly beguiling scent of this product. To me, it smells of the most intoxicating fresh lavender mixed with the green scents of meadow wildflowers. It’s a very complex smell and sometimes I would take the bottle to sniff it even when I’m not applying it. That’s how obsessed I am with this scent! I’ve been using this product for around 1.5 months and I’m already half-way through a 1 fl oz bottle. I can foresee Nap in the Meadow becoming one of my staple products.

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I imagine that the scent of Nap in the Meadow is akin to walking amongst these lavender fields!

How does the Ambrosia del Cerrado Liquid Moisturizer and Toner fare?

The main reason why I purchased the Ambrosia del Cerrado is very simple. In one of Ava’s Instagram posts, she had indicated that this product is the most best-selling amongst her range. This piqued my interest and I was sold when I saw the many glowing reviews of it on her website.

The Ambrosia del Cerrado is a cross between a hydrating toner and a moisturizer. This hybrid allows it to deliver lots of moisture without a waxy or overly emollient feel. Ingredients such as pequi fruit oil, buriti oil and moringa pod oil delivers Vitamin C, B1 and B2 as well as betacarotenes, selenium, and zinc to promote firm, supple, and even-toned skin.

Ingredients for Ambrosia del Cerrado Liquid Moisturizer and Toner:

Cold-press aloe barbadensis whole-leaf juice*, sustainably wildcrafted cold-press unrefined Caryocar braziliensis (pequi) fruit oil, sustainably wildcrafted cold-press unrefined Mauritia flexuosa (buriti) fruit oil, sustainably wildcrafted cold-press unrefined Moringa oleifera seed oil, polysorbate 20 (naturally derived), potassium sorbate (natural food-grade preservative), natural non-GMO tocopherol (vit. E from sunflowers), xanthan gum, ascorbic acid (vit. C), citric acid. *Certified organic.
Aloe certified by the International Aloe Science Council (IASC) for purity and content.

Top: Ambrosia del Cerrado Bottom: Nap in the Meadow

Even from the first use of the Ambrosia, I could see why this product is the best-selling amongst all her other products. This is a very easy product to like or even love! The texture of this product is very light and it sinks in quickly into my skin without any fuss. Despite its light texture, this product also offers adequate hydrating powers. If you are a skincare minimalist with oily or combination skin, I suspect that applying this product alone would be enough. For my combination dry skin, I would usually need to top up with either a facial oil or a thicker moisturiser to retain the moisture in my skin whilst being in a drying air-conditioned office.

As with all Earthwise Beauty products, the Ambrosia has a delightful scent that’s reminiscent of ripe guavas in the sunlight. This scent is literally summer in a bottle! Although I’m not sure of the exact reasons why, I’ve also noticed that whenever I used this product in the mornings, my Shiseido Anessa sunscreen spreads incredibly well and sinks in faster than usual. I like this product a lot and would consider repurchasing it.

How does the Carrot-a-day Face and Eye Serum (Classic) fare?

The Carrot-a-day Face and Eye Serum is, surprisingly, my favourite out of all the 4 products that I’ve tried so far. I had originally expected Nap in the Meadow to be my favourite when I first started using the products but now I think that I can’t live without Carrot-a-day! It is an anti-aging serum with incredible youth-returning and brown-spot-reducing powers in an ultra-light fresh aloe gel format. The main  active ingredient included is carrot seed essential oil, one of the most effective yet very gentle skin-tissue-regenerating ingredients, which also contains natural sun-blocking and sun-damage-preventing and correcting properties. Other anti-inflammatory ingredients such as German blue chamomile and helichrysum aid in skin healing, scar and other spot reduction as well as wrinkle reversal.

Carrot-a-Day Face and Eye Serum (Classic) Ingredients

Cold-press aloe barbadensis leaf*, Daucus carota (carrot) seed essential oil*, natural non-GMO tocopherol (vit. E from sunflowers), Helichrysum italicum (Italian everlasting) oil*, natural ECOCERT preservative {glycerin, Leuconostoc (radish root) ferment filtrate, Lonicera japonica (honeysuckle) flower extract, Lonicera caprifolium (honeysuckle) extract, Populus tremuloides (quaking aspen) bark extract, gluconolactone}, Marticaria recutita (German blue chamomile) oil*, carbomer, ascorbic acid (vit. C), Mentha spicata (spearmint) oil*.

*Certified organic. Aloe certified by the International Aloe Science Council (IASC) for purity and content.

This product is really a multi-tasking do-it-all! Over the past 6 weeks of using this product, I’ve noticed a much more even skin tone with some lightening of my old PIH scars (which even my dedicated Vitamin C serums cannot budge!). The most incredible effects of this serum has been in spot-reduction. Now, I don’t have very bad acne problem but I’ve noticed that this serum seems to keep my easily-congested pores relatively clear. When I had one irritatingly big pimple pop up on my cheek area, applying this product over it helps to soothe the pain and gently coax it to go away within 2 days.

Besides the above effects that I’ve seen from using this product, I must confess that the main reason why I’m so addicted to it is because of its scent. Due to the high concentration of carrot seed oil, it has a deeply earthy scent (you would know what I’m talking about if you’ve drank fresh carrot juice before) that just feels so grounding and soothing to me. The scent seems to speak to my soul even (it sounds so weird but it’s true!) and I feel protected and calm whenever I use this product. As with Nap in the Meadow, I can’t stop sniffing the bottle even when I’m not applying this product (ok, now I’m starting to sound like a crazy junkie!). I’m not sure if everybody would like this scent but to me, it’s everything.

How does the Tigress Face Balm fare?

The Tigress Face Balm is a product newly released in late 2017 from Earthwise Beauty. At that time, I was already following Ava on Instagram and so when this product was released, I was so hyped for it! The Tigress Face Balm is the very first facial balm created by Ava in response to her customers requesting a face balm for acne-prone skin. As indicated in their website, it is a lightweight (that is, lightweight for a balm, but not as light as a face oil or a moisturiser), healing, deeply penetrating balm that invigorates the skin tissue, heals acne breakouts, reduces acne and blackhead tendencies, balances excessive oil production, and firms skin in the long run. It protects from moisture loss and from the wind and cold.

Ingredients for Tigress Face Balm:

Cold-press unrefined Garcinia indica (kokum) kernel butter†, cold-press unrefined Virola surinamensis (ucuuba) seed butter†, cold-press unrefined whole-fruit Passiflora edulis (passionfruit) oil*, cold-press unrefined Attalea speciosa (babassu) kernel oil†, cold-press unrefined Pouteria sapota (sapote) kernel oil†, cold-press unrefined Calophyllum inophyllum (tamanu) nut kernel oil*, cold-press unrefined organic Rosa canina (whole-fruit rosehip) oil, cold-press unrefined Coffea (green coffee) bean oil*, vitamin E (from certified non-GMO sunflowers), supercritical co2 select Curcuma longa (turmeric) rhizome extract*, Boswellia carterii (frankincense) oil†, Nardostachys jatamansi (spikenard) oil† (Nepal), Pinus edulis (pinyon pine) oil†, Helichrysum italicum (Italian everlasting) absolute (France), Usnea (old man’s beard) lichen CO2 extract (Helianthus annuus [sunflower] seed oil, and polyglyceryl-6 caprylate [emulsifier], and polyglyceryl-3 palmitate [emulsifier] and Usnea barbata lichen extract*.

*Certified organic.  †Responsibly wildcrafted.

Left: Carrot-a-day Right: Tigress Balm

The moment I received this balm, it was slathered all over my face that very night. The smell of this face balm was unlike any other that I’ve used. It has a smoky tobacco and curry leaves scent that fades into something that smells woodsy and comforting at the same time. At the time that I started using this balm, I was experiencing mild breakouts due to that time of the month. I knew that Ava had specially formulated this balm for acne-prone skin and somehow I trust Ava’s creations even though I had not used any of her products before. My gut instinct was right. Using this product consecutively for one week has helped to calm down my skin and eliminate the irritating breakouts. My face also looks very bright and calm the morning after. My only gripe for this product is that it has a slight orangey-brown tinge that I can’t use it on my skin in the daytime as I’m quite fair. Also, I’m based in Singapore (a tropical country that’s literally on the equator line) and this balm is a bit oily for me to use in the daytime in tropical weather. Having received my feedback, Ava had recommended for me to mix their Farizad’s Veil (which is a sunscreen in powder form) into this balm to lighten its colour as well as to reduce the feeling of oiliness.

After using this product nightly for around one month plus, I’ve been impressed by its nourishing and healing powers. I look forward to seeing its effects over a longer period of time.

In Conclusion…

Wow! Ok, that was a long review! Congrats if you’ve made it this far!

Using all these products from Earthwise Beauty has made me realised something quite surprising. You know, I’ve never really realised the power of strong anti-inflammatory ingredients in skincare until I’ve experienced it myself with these products. With skin inflammation kept to an all-time low, my overall skin health has improved with much better results achieved from my actives such as acids or retinol. I think I’ll need to keep this in mind as I stumble my way through all the dizzy and exciting new advances in skincare technology.

Where can you find it?

I bought the Ambrosia del Cerrado (US$74 for 2 fl oz sized) and Tigress Face Balm (US$100 for 1.2 fl oz sized) from Earthwise Beauty’s official website.

I bought the Carrot-a-day (US$52 for 1.2 fl oz sized) and Nap in the Meadow (US$50 for 1 fl oz sized) from Sassafras Online.

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Review – Jordan Samuel Skin The After Show Treatment Cleanser (PLIÉ)

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Jordan Samuel’s PLIÉ cleanser is one of the products that I’ve been dying to try for the longest time. It is literally a staple in the Instagram beauty routines for all major skincare bloggers. Therefore, when Jordan Samuel skin was offering their Black Friday sets in November last year (2017), I immediately purchased their Active Collection set to try. The Active Collection includes a whole range of products that I’ve been wanting to try for the longest time.

The set includes the following products:

  • Jordan Samuel Skin The After Show Treatment Cleanser (PLIÉ)
  • Jordan Samuel Skin Hydrate Serum (used it before and love it! Full review here!)
  • Jordan Samuel Skin The Performance Cream
  • Jordan Samuel Skin étOILe with Retinol Treatment Oil

As usual, ingredients for the The After Show Treatment Cleanser are as below:

Ingredients

Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Glycerin, Water, Sucrose Laurate, Propanediol, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugarcane) Extract, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Symphytum Officinale (Comfrey) Rhizome/Root Extract, Anthemis Noblis (Chamomile) Flower Extract, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Salix Nigra (Willow) Bark Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Citrus Fruit Extract Blend, Simmodsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Caprylhyroxamic Acid, Capryl Glycol

How does the Jordan Samuel Skin The After Show Treatment Cleanser (PLIÉ) fare?

The After Show Treatment Cleanser is a first step cleanser that utilises olive, jojoba, and grape seed oils to remove every trace of makeup (including hard to remove stage makeup). Additional ingredients such as sugarcane, apple and willow bark extracts provide a gentle exfoliation to leave the skin hydrated, soft and absolutely pristine. TLDR; it’s a makeup remover.

First of all, I need to mention the texture of this cleanser. When you squeeze the product out, it actually comes in a gel form. However, when you massage this gel onto your dry face (note: you must use this product on a dry face if you want to use it for makeup removal!), it actually turns into a thick oil that glides over your face to dissolve your makeup and grime. You would then use water to slowly emulsify the product into a milky lotion and rinse it off thoroughly. Although it’s stated on their official website that you can simply rinse the cleanser off, I find that this cleanser doesn’t really rinse off thoroughly if you just splash water over it (unlike your typical cleansing oils). Instead, I would strongly recommend that you use a warm wet washcloth to remove the cleanser itself as well as all traces of makeup. You are then left with a very soft clean face without the tightness and irritation of over-cleansing.

I’ve been rotating this product in my evening cleansing routine for around 2 months and I’m liking it thus far. It works well to remove even heavy makeup or my super waterproof sunscreen and it has never broke me out. However, the main reason why I don’t love it is stated as above. This makeup remover needs a washcloth to be removed thoroughly and I’m just too tired most evenings to really go through this additional step. Otherwise, there’s really nothing much to fault with this product. It’s relatively inexpensive, does the job well and easy to travel with. Try it and tell me how it works for you!

Where can you find it?

You can purchase this product from their official website. It retails at US$20 (3 fl. oz/ 94ml sized).

Note that Jordan Samuel Skin only sells their products through their official website and never through any third party website.    

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Review – MV Organic Skincare Oxygen Moisturiser

I’ve heard of MV Organic Skincare for a long time. However, the prices for their skincare are quite steep and it wasn’t easily available in Singapore. It wasn’t until Sep last year (2017) that I decided to treat myself to one of their best-selling moisturisers since it was my birthday month and I had received a 15% off coupon code from Cult Beauty. The product that I’m gonna review today is this – MV Organic Skincare Oxygen Moisturiser. MV Organic Skincare is a skincare brand from Australia that was founded by master facialist and holistic skin specialist Sharon McGlinchey. The MV line was originally developed for those plagued with skin sensitivities such as eczema and rosacea. Since then, it has gained loyal fans from health and beauty journalists, holistic GPs and naturopaths to internationally-renowned stars such as Nichola Joss, British supermodel Rosie Huntington-Whitely and actors Maggie Gyllenhaal, Melissa George and Emma Watson.

As usual, ingredients for the product are below for your reference.

Ingredients

Water, Camellia (Camellia Sinensis) Oil*, Cetearyl Glucoside, Cetearyl Alcohol, Vegetable Glycerin*, Glyceryl Stearate, Rosehip (Rosa Canina Fruit) Oil*, Avocado (Persea Gratissima) Oil*, Jojoba (Simmondsia Chinesis) Seed Oil*, Xanthan Gum, Vitamin E non-GM (Tocopherol), Honeysuckle (Lonicera Caprifolium & Lonicera Japonica) Extract, Potassium Sorbate, with essential oils of: Bitter Orange, Lavender, Sandalwood, Frankincense, Neroli and Carrot Seed.

*Organically Grown

How does the MV Organic Skincare Oxygen Moisturiser fare?

The MV Organic Skincare Oxygen Moisturiser claims to be energising and regenerative by protecting stressed, devitalized and sun-damaged skin against environmental aggressors. It is rich in antioxidants such as Vitamins A, C & E to soothe, elasticise and strengthen. Essential oils of bitter orange, frankincense, lavender, sandalwood, carrot seed and neroli works to enhance moisture retention, regulate sebum synthesis, restore radiance and kick-start cellular regeneration and repair.

The product itself comes in a cream form that looks rich but sinks in without leaving any greasiness into my skin. You only need a little bit to cover your whole face since it is pretty spreadable. Use too much and you’ll risk having a too-white face, although the cream does sink in eventually. You are then left with a well-nourished but matte looking face. To me, it’s pretty amazing that a cream with such a creamy texture leaves my face looking literally matte at the end. In fact, I suspect that this cream actually helped to control my oily T-zone. I’ve noticed that ever since I’ve incorporated it into my daytime routine, my mid-day T-zone shine has reduced by quite a lot. I guess its claims of helping to regulate sebum synthesis were not too far-fetched after all for a purely botanical product. My skin also feels well-protected against the drying air-conditioning in my office. Although I’ve bought the small 15ml sized product, it has lasted me around 2 whole months since I only need to use so little of it each time. I can’t say that this is my holy grail product but I do like it enough to repurchase it.

Where can you find it?

I bought the product from Cult Beauty Online. It retails at £24.00 (15ml sized) and £60 (70ml sized).

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Review – Omorovicza Moor Cream Cleanser

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The weather in Singapore has been so wet these days. It’s practically the same torrential rain either in the morning or the afternoon followed by intense humidity that’s through the roof. So why am I telling you about the weather in Singapore? Well, what I’m saying is that because of the weather, the lighting has been horrible for taking photos and thus the stock photo of the product I’m gonna review as above. So, let’s get on with the review proper!

Ingredients

Aqua (Hungarian Thermal Water), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glycerin, Cetearyl Ethylhexanoate, Silt (Hungarian Mud), Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Stearic Acid, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, Saccharomyces Ferment Extract, Zinc Oxide, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Disodium EDTA, Tocopherol, Parfum (Fragrance), Eucalyptus Leaf Oil, Mentha Piperita(Peppermint) Oil, Phospholipids, Xanthan Gum

How does the Omorovicza Moor Cream Cleanser fare?

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Reusing the photo that I took of the products in the Cult Beauty x Caroline Hirons Box!

Omorovicza’s Moor Cream Cleanser is one of the products that was included in the Cult Beauty x Caroline Hirons box that I bought back in early Dec 2017. It’s been about one month since I’ve used this product and I’m ready to give my verdict on it.

The Moor Cream Cleanser claims to be a classic cream cleanser (duh!) with a twist. Moor mud gives it a purifying and detoxifying quality while a blend of essential oils such as lavender, camphor, peppermint and eucalyptus oils adds an antiseptic and anti-microbial property. Additional ingredients such as Zinc Oxide soothes the skin and regulates the production of sebum. Essentially, it claims to be a perfect detoxifying cleanser for all urban city dwellers.

I usually use this product as either a second cleanse after I remove my makeup in the evenings or as a morning cleanser. I do not think that this is suitable to remove makeup, especially not eye makeup, since it contains essential oils that would sting the eyes. Although it performs adequately as a second cleanse in that it does cleanses well without any residue, I find that I like it best as a morning cleanser. And the reason is due to the essential oils such as peppermint and eucalyptus included in the product. The stimulating smell of these oils really helps to wake me up in the mornings and signal the start of the day to my groggy brain. However, in the evenings where I need to relax instead of feeling more energised, this cleanser makes me more alert instead. That’s the main reason why I prefer to use this cleanser in the mornings. Overall, I do like this cleanser. It’s gentle, cleanses well without being too harsh on the skin and does not break me out. The thing is, I had actually used another of their cleanser before (that’s the Omorovicza Cleansing Foam) and prefer their Cleansing Foam way more than this Moor Cream Cleanser. So I won’t repurchase it but it’s a good product.

Where can you find it?

I bought this product from Cult Beauty Online. It retails at £49.00 (150 ml sized).

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