Review – Christophe Robin Delicate Volumizing Shampoo & Conditioner with Rose Extracts

Christophe Robin can be said to be my favourite haircare brand for 2017. In Nov 17, I bought their Delicate Volumizing Shampoo and Conditioner, together with the Cleansing Volumizing Paste, as I was seeking to change my haircare products to be both SLS-free and silicone-free. I read some good reviews on these products so I bought a set to try it out for myself.

As usual, ingredients are below for your reference:

Ingredients for Christophe Robin Delicate Volumizing Shampoo:

Aqua (Water), Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate, Glycerin, Acrylates Copolymer, Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate, Rosa Centifolia Flower Water, Hydrolyzed Adansonia Digitata Extract, Rosa Moschata Seed Oil, Rosa Gallica Flower Extract, Polyquaternium-16, Xanthan Gum, Peg-150 Distearate, Deceth-7, Peg-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Citric Acid, Parfum (Fragrance), Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Sodium Chloride, Ppg-26-Buteth-26, Sodium Hydroxide, Carbomer, Bht, Disodium Edta, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Citronellol, Geraniol, Benzyl Alcohol.

Ingredients for Christophe Robin Delicate Volumizing Conditioner:

Aqua (Water), Cetearyl Alcohol, Hydrolyzed Adansonia Digitata Extract, Glycerin, Behentrimonium Chloride, Rosa Centifolia Flower Water, Parfum (Fragrance), Cetyl Alcohol, Rosa Moschata Seed Oil, Cetrimonium Chloride, Hydroxypropyl Guar, Tocopheryl Acetate, Polyquaternium-16, Tocopherol, Rosa Gallica Flower Extract, Retinyl Palmitate, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Citric Acid, Carbomer, Disodium Edta, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Citronellol, Geraniol.

How does the Christophe Robin Delicate Volumizing Shampoo fare?

The Christophe Robin Delicate Volumizing Shampoo claims to protect colour, nourish the hair fibre and volumise body. It has a gelified formula that’s  enriched with rose oils extract and baobab leaves to cleanse the hair and lock the acid pH balance into the fibres, limiting the pigments escaping so colour remains brilliant and fresh.

Firstly, I must mention about the scent of this shampoo! It has a very fresh real rose scent that is just so beautiful! No grandma rose scent here, no sire! It lathers very well and also washes away without much effort. However, I find that you need to use this shampoo in conjunction with a more hydrating/ moisturising conditioner because it will leave your hair slightly drier. Nonetheless, this property also means that whenever I use this shampoo, my oily scalp and hair is very much controlled. Usually my hair and scalp will feel super oily at the end of a long work day but ever since I’ve started using this shampoo and conditioner, my hair and scalp do not feel oily until the next morning.

How does the Christophe Robin Delicate Volumizing Conditioner fare?

The Christophe Robin Delicate Volumizing Conditioner claims that it is so gentle on the scalp and hair that it doesn’t weigh the hair down, keeping it fresh and soft. Again, this conditioner has the same beautiful rose scent as the shampoo. As it’s slightly more moisturising, I find that it is an excellent complement to the slightly drying effects of the shampoo. I do not find that it leaves any residue on my hair after I wash it off. It only leaves my hair feeling nourished and smooth.

Using both the shampoo and the conditioner has helped to control my oily hair and scalp. My normally fine hair also looks voluminous with more body. The only con of these products is their price. That’s why I’m alternating these products with another set of SLS-free and silicone-free shampoo and conditioner and it has been working well for me thus far.

Where can you find it?

I bought the products from LookFantastic SG Online.

You can buy the shampoo here and the conditioner here. The shampoo retails at S$58 (250ml sized) and the conditioner retails at S$67 (250ml sized).

Thank you for reading!

Review – Tatcha Water Cream

Ok, this review is also way overdue.. As usual.. *sigh*.. I’ve been using this product since Oct 2017 and I’m only going to review it now in the year 2018.

Before we begin, let’s just check out its ingredients below first, shall we?

Ingredients

Aqua/Water/Eau, Saccharomyces/Camellia Sinensis Leaf/Cladosiphon Okamuranus/Rice Ferment Filtrate*, Dimethicone, Propanediol, Glycerin, Diglycerin, Diphenylsiloxy Phenyl Trimethicone, Gold, Belamcanda Chinensis Root Extract, Rosa Multiflora Fruit Extract, Houttuynia Cordata Extract, Sophora Angustifolia Root Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Lecithin, Pistacia Lentiscus (Mastic) Gum, Sodium Chloride, Sodium Citrate, Mica, Peg-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Dimethicone/Peg-10/15 Crosspolymer, Dimethicone/Phenyl Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Disodium Edta, Tin Oxide, Titanium Dioxide, Butylene Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Parfum/Fragrance, Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol *Hadasei-3.

Yup, I’ve highlighted in red above the ingredient “Gold”! As casual as can be.. This ingredient is lodged in between all the other ingredients so that one might just miss it if you are not paying attention. *So, yeah.. By the way, my face cream contains gold.. Just causally slide that info into your conversations like that.. It’s just plain old gold.. Nothing too fancy..*

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Gold is like, such a common ingredient in face cream you guys!

How does the Tatcha Water Cream fare?

Tatcha Water Cream is an oil-free moisturiser that “releases a burst of skin-improving Japanese nutrients, powerful botanicals and optimal hydration for pure, poreless skin”. Its texture is quite special in that when you scoop out the product with the beautiful golden spoon that’s included on top of the pot packaging, it’s in a cream form. However, when you spread it onto your face, the cream actually disintegrates into a liquid which rapidly sinks into your skin.

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How ingenious is this packaging?! You just slide the tiny golden spoon out to scoop your product!

I don’t know why but when I read reviews of this product online, I had this impression that it would be a gel-like product. But I can definitively tell you that the texture is definitely not gel-like. It has a “heft” to it that was surprising to me. However, it does get absorbed into my skin quickly without leaving it greasy. I like that it’s light enough not to interfere with the liberal application of my sunscreen, yet it is still hydrating enough for my combination dry skin. I’m not sure how it would perform for drier skins, especially in winter when the weather is dry. However, I found it perfectly hydrating enough even though I’m in an air-conditioned office for most of the day. Note that I’m located in Singapore, which is a tropical hot and humid country all year round.  The product spreads very easily, which means that I do not need to use much product for my face. I’ve had this product for around 3 months and I’m only halfway through the pot.

All in all, I like the Tatcha Water Cream and how it performs. As I’ve mentioned before, I don’t really have very high expectations for my moisturisers since I rely mostly on my actives and serums to do the heavy lifting. For day creams, my basic expectations are that it should not interfere with my sunscreen application (since I wear so much of it) or break me out. It should also help to provide a “barrier” of sorts to keep my actives and serums in my skin and provide adequate moisture against the drying air-conditioning in my office. This product has done all that and I’m happy with it. I’m not sure whether I would repurchase though because its effects are fairly basic for its price.

Where can you find it?

I bought this product from Tatcha Online. It retails at US$68 (50ml sized).

Thank you for reading!

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2018 EVERYBODY!!!

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It’s the first day of 2018!!! Happy New Year you guys! Here’s hoping that the new year brings you love, peace and joy!

First Impressions Review – FRESH Face Masks

My FRESH face mask collection!

So, I bought the Christmas sets for FRESH face masks during the Sephora Black Friday sales and I’m going to give you guys a short review on all their masks.

The masks that I’m going to detail in this review are as below:

  • FRESH Sugar Face Polish
  • FRESH Rose Face Mask
  • FRESH Vitamin Nectar Vibrancy-Boosting Face Mask
  • FRESH Black Tea Instant Perfecting Mask
  • FRESH Umbrian Clay Purifying Mask
  • FRESH Black Tea Firming Overnight Mask

How does the FRESH Sugar Face Polish fare?

FRESH Sugar Face Polish is a facial scrub, made with brown sugar and wild strawberries, that helps to exfoliate the skin and reveal a softer, smoother, more radiant complexion.

Ingredients for FRESH Sugar Face Polish:

Sucrose, Propylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, Peg-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Stearalkonium Hectorite, Fragaria Vesca (Strawberry) Fruit, Propylene Carbonate, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candellila) Wax, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter, Limonene, Fragrance (Parfum), Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Fragaria Ananassa (Strawberry) Seed Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Prunus Domestica Seed Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Water (Aqua), Tocopheryl Acetate, Potassium Sorbate, Citral, Geraniol, Linalool, Citronellol, Bht

Well.. To me, this functions like a normal manual facial scrub with granular sugar particles that assist in shedding off the top most layer of my dead skin cells. My skin does feel smoother and softer, but I suppose that most facial scrubs will do that for you. Because this product contains Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil which normally breaks me out, I’m kind of weary about using this product long term. Given that I only bought the mini-size version of this scrub (15g), I don’t think that I would purchase the full-size version of this product. I must also comment on the smell of this product. You know, I’ve always somehow thought that it would smell like caramel or some other gourmand smell but it actually smells of fermented skincare! If you don’t know how fermented skincare smells like, well.. It smells slightly sourish, as though it’s slightly not so fresh (a FRESH product not smelling fresh?! LOL..). Just something to note if you are sensitive to smells in your skincare. It was surprising to me indeed!

How does the FRESH Rose Face Mask fare?

The FRESH Rose Face Mask is a product that I’d wanted to try for a long, long time. In fact, it has been 15 years (yup! it had been that long!) since I’ve known of this product and wanted to try it. The thing which fascinated me at that time was that this mask is made with real rose petals and is touted to be exceptionally soothing and hydrating. The 17 year-old me was so intrigued with the notion of having real rose petals on my face and have always wondered how this product would smell like.

Ingredients for FRESH Rose Face Mask:

Aqua (Water), Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Pentylene Glycol, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Rosa Centifolia Flower, Maris Aqua (Sea Water), Rosa Damascena Flower Water, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Oil, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Porphyridium Cruentum Extract, Rosa Damascena Flower Oil, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Aspalathus Linearis Leaf Extract, Faex (Yeast Extract), Sodium Hyaluronate, Carbomer, Tetrasodium EDTA, Sodium Hydroxide, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glyceryl Acrylate/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Caramel, Maltodextrin, Parfum (Fragrance), BHT, Citronellol, Phenoxyethanol

Well, the 32-year old me can confirm that this product indeed smells beautifully of roses. This scent is unlike the old-fashioned grandma smell that are sometimes prevalent in rose scents. The scent of the FRSH Rose Face Mask is a lovely green fresh rose smell that is also modern at the same time. True to its claims, it is also very hydrating and soothing and my skin looks very bright, calm and plumped up after I rinse off this mask. I’m so glad that my expectations of this mask did not cause me to feel underwhelmed by its effects. In fact, I truly think that it’s a lovely mask that should suit the skins of most people.

How does the FRESH Vitamin Nectar Vibrancy-Boosting Face Mask fare?

I didn’t have any expectations whatsoever for this mask simply because I’ve not yet been exposed to any marketing claims for this product. I knew that it was launched in 2016 but I don’t really see many advertisements either online or on print for it. Maybe it’s good that I don’t have any impressions of this product so that I could truly judge its effects based solely on what I see on my face.

Ingredients for FRESH Vitamin Nectar Vibrancy-Boosting Face Mask:

Water, Glucose, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Citrus Clementina Fruit Extract, Citrus Sinensis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Fructose, Glycerin, Sucrose, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Vaccinium Myrtillus Fruit Extract, Pyrus Cydonia Seed Extract, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar Cane) Extract, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Acer Saccharum (Sugar Maple) Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate, Tocopherol, Xanthan Gum, Butylene Glycol, Sclerotium Gum, Tetrasodium EDTA, Sodium Citrate, Parfum (Fragrance), Panthenol, Caramel, Sodium Metabisulfite, Citric Acid, Potassium Sorbate, Magnesium Aspartate, Zinc Gluconate, Copper Gluconate, CI 75120 (Annatto), Phenoxyethanol, Limonene.

The FRESH Vitamin Nectar Vibrancy-Boosting Face Mask is touted to be an instant  glow-giving face mask that’s made with with a concentrated citrus blend of crushed oranges, lemons, and clementines and potent vitamin fruit complex such as Vitamin C, Vitamin E, and Vitamin B5; lemon and orange fruit extracts; and revitalising minerals. It helps to gently refine the appearance of the skin to soften, smooth, and improve clarity. TLDR; it’s basically an AHA (sort of!) skin refining mask. Although this mask does not contain typical AHAs such as glycolic acid or lactic acid, the fruit extracts basically work in the same way as AHAs to exfoliate the skin surface and refine the pores.

This mask, surprisingly, is my favourite out of all the masks that I’ve bought. The mask itself looks like orange marmalade and has a citrus-fruity smell which I love. There’s bits of the orange or lemon pulp included in the mask which contributes to the interesting jam-like texture of this product. I just smear a thin layer of it all over my face and wash it off after about 15 minutes. It takes a bit of effort to rinse off all the fruit pulp from your face but the end results are stunning. My face looks so even-toned and bright with an intense glow afterwards. I actually looked like I’ve been drinking 8 glasses of water, eating super healthy food, exercising regularly and always had 8 hours of sleep all my life. The glow is unreal, you guys!

How does the FRESH Black Tea Instant Perfecting Mask fare?

FRESH’s Black Tea Instant Perfecting Mask with advanced antioxidants is a hydrating treatment that claims to immediately reveals softer, firmer, healthier-looking skin. The innovative formula’s velvety whipped texture has an immediate cooling effect to refresh the skin and the senses. I had originally thought that this mask would be my favourite out of all the masks that I’d bought. I saw so many reviews from people claiming this mask to be their holy grail. However, I think it was just an okay mask to me and apart from some softening of my skin, I can’t really see much effects after using it.

Ingredients for FRESH Black Tea Instant Perfecting Mask:

AQUA (WATER), GLYCERIN, RICE FERMENT FILTRATE (SAKE), CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE, PENTYLENE GLYCOL, SODIUM POLYACRYLATE, BETAINE, SACCHAROMYCES FERMENT FILTRATE, CAMELLIA SINENSIS LEAF EXTRACT, AVENA SATIVA (OAT) KERNEL EXTRACT, VITIS VINIFERA (GRAPE) SEED OIL, LITCHI CHINENSIS SEED EXTRACT, RUBUS FRUTICOSUS (BLACKBERRY) LEAF EXTRACT, ROSA DAMASCENA FLOWER OIL, SODIUM HYALURONATE, ADENOSINE, TOCOPHERYL ACETATE, TOCOPHEROL, ETHYLHEXYL PALMITATE, POLOXAMER 407, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, PARFUM (FRAGRANCE), HYDROGENATED LECITHIN, MENTHOXYPROPANEDIOL, MALTODEXTRIN, SILICA, CI 77891 (TITANIUM DIOXIDE), TRIHYDROXYSTEARIN, HYDROXYETHYLCELLULOSE, DISODIUM EDTA, SODIUM CITRATE, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, CITRIC ACID, CARAMEL, HEXYLENE GLYCOL, POTASSIUM SORBATE, BHT, BIOTIN, PHENOXYETHANOL, LINALOOL

How does the FRESH Umbrian Clay Purifying Mask fare?

Umbrian Clay Purifying Mask is a triple-threat noncomedogenic treatment that can be used as a purifying face mask, a daily deep cleanser, or a spot treatment to minimise small imperfections. I think that this is a good clay mask and does whatever it claims to do. I’m not sure if I would repurchase its full-size version though. I’ve got too many different clay masks that I love.

Ingredients for FRESH Umbrian Clay Purifying Mask:

Solum Fullonum (Fuller’s Earth), Water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Pentylene Glycol, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Leaf Extract, Fusanus Spicatus Wood Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Water, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Oil, Sodium Chloride, Xanthan Gum, Polyacrylamide, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Laureth-7, BHT, Alcohol, Farnesol, Linalool, Phenoxyethanol.

How does the FRESH Black Tea Firming Overnight Mask fare?

This product is another surprise winner in my books. It is an overnight mask that you’ll leave it on over your moisturiser and claims to allow you to awaken with lifted and firmer-looking skin every morning with constant use. Well, I don’t know if my face is lifted or not. But I can tell you that it does leave your face incredibly soft, smooth and deeply replenished every time I use this product. Very nice! 5 stars!

Ingredients for FRESH Black Tea Firming Overnight Mask:

AQUA (WATER), GLYCERIN, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, JOJOBA ESTERS, ISOHEXADECANE, AMMONIUM ACRYLOYLDIMETHYLTAURATE/VP COPOLYMER, DICAPRYLYL CARBONATE, CAMELLIA OLEIFERA SEED OIL, PENTYLENE GLYCOL, ETHYLHEXYL PALMITATE, MIRABILIS JALAPA EXTRACT, GLYCERYL STEARATE, STEARETH-21, CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE, DIMETHICONE, OXIDIZED CORN OIL, BUTYROSPERMUM PARKII (SHEA BUTTER), CERA ALBA (BEESWAX), KIGELIA AFRICANA FRUIT EXTRACT, SACCHAROMYCES FERMENT FILTRATE, CAMELLIA SINENSIS LEAF EXTRACT, RUBUS FRUTICOSUS (BLACKBERRY) LEAF EXTRACT, LITCHI CHINENSIS SEED EXTRACT, ROSA DAMASCENA FLOWER OIL, SODIUM HYALURONATE, ADENOSINE, TOCOPHERYL ACETATE, TOCOPHEROL, CETEARETH-20, BEHENYL ALCOHOL, PARFUM (FRAGRANCE), CETEARETH-12, CETEARYL ALCOHOL, SODIUM CITRATE, SODIUM POLYACRYLATE STARCH, SODIUM POLYACRYLATE, SORBITAN LAURATE, DISODIUM EDTA, MALTODEXTRIN, SILICA, TETRASODIUM EDTA, HYDROXYETHYLCELLULOSE, ACETYL DIPEPTIDE-1 CETYL ESTER, CITRIC ACID, CI 77891 (TITANIUM DIOXIDE), BHT, POTASSIUM SORBATE, BIOTIN, PHENOXYETHANOL, LINALOOL, CITRONELLOL, GERANIOL

I hope that this overview would give you some guide to choosing the right type of face mask for your skin. Which mask are you most interested in trying? Let me know in the comments below!

Where can you find it?

I bought all the products from Sephora Online. They retail at S$88 (Picture Perfect Mask Set) and S$45 (Mini Mask Trio Set). These are all limited edition sets.

As usual, thank you for reading!

Review – Trilogy Rosapene Night Cream

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Trilogy’s Rosapene Night Cream is a product that I had discovered entirely by chance. It was during the period of time that I was trying the Differin Gel for the first time and was worried about waking up with a dry peeling face. Back then, I had a sample of this night cream and I used it for the first time together with the Differin Gel. When I woke up the next morning, I was so surprised to find that my face was super soft and smooth. While I bought my Black Chicken Remedies Love Your Face Serum some time back, I also added this item into my cart. However when I actually received this product, I promptly forgotten about it until now. My skincare cupboard is literally so full of products that I could go “treasure hunting” and find some products which I didn’t even remember that I’d bought. I’m gonna try my darnest to keep to a no-buy ban for 3 months since I’ve gone way crazy with my skincare purchases during the November Black Friday sales and the December holiday season.

Ingredients

Aqua (Water), Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol, Rosa Canina (Rosehip) Seed Oil, Cetearyl Olivate (and) Sorbitan Olivate, Coco-Caprylate, Lycium Barbarum (Goji Berry) Fruit Extract, Solanum Lycopersicum (Tomato) Seed Oil (and) Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (and) Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Seed Oil (and) Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil (and) Tocopherol, Lycopene, Euterpe Oleracea (Acai) Fruit Oil (and) Tocopherol, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Euterpe Oleracea (Acai) Fruit Oil (and) Tocopherol, Mel (Honey), Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Extract, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Seed Oil, Sclerocarya Birrea (Marula) Seed Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Chamomilla Recutita Matricaria (chamomile) Flower Extract, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Tocopheryl Acetate (vitamin E), Parfum, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Citric Acid, Dehydroacetic Acid (and) Benzyl Alcohol, Citral, Geraniol, Citronellol, Limonene, Linalool, Dehydroacetic Acid (and) Benzyl Alcohol

How does the Trilogy Rosapene Night Cream fare?

Trilogy’s Rosapene Night Cream is an antioxidant rich night cream that claims to restore, rejuvenate and re-hydrate your skin. Trilogy claims that you will wake up to a brighter and more revitalized skin the morning after.

Well, I’ve been using this cream for around 1.5 months and I’ve been loving it! You know, I was so worried that it would break me out because the Trilogy day cream that I’ve tried previously broke me out even though I couldn’t find any offending ingredients in it. Luckily that never happened with this product. I like that the Rosapene Night Cream is a mid-weight cream that offers substantial moisture without the greasiness of heavier creams. It sinks into my skin easily and leaves it matte yet moisturized (very odd description, I know!). My skin feels so soft and nourished the next morning when I wash my face, and I knew that I was onto a good thing. I like it a lot and I think I will repurchase it once I work through my heaping stash of skincare products (I really need to stop my skincare hoarding habits!). In my opinion, this cream is very good for combination to dry skins. Severely dry skins might prefer a richer cream and extremely oily skins might not appreciate its relatively creamier texture.

Where can you find it?

I bought it from Adore Beauty online. It retails at AU$46.95 (60ml sized).

In Singapore, you can buy it from Zalora SG. It retails at S$88 but is often discounted for around S$60++.

Thank you for reading!

Review – La Roche Posay Serozinc

Ok, this review is way overdue given that I’ve had this product for a few months and am about to finish one whole bottle of it. La Roche-Posay is a brand that would not be foreign to many people since it’s a commonly accessible French pharmacy skincare/ bodycare brand. They are most well-known for their dry sensitive skin range and many people swear by their Toleriane Cream which is a soft face cream specially formulated to soothe heating and irritations in intolerant skin.

However, the product that I’m going to talk about today is meant for an entirely different skin type – the oily blemish-prone skin. The La Roche-Posay Serozinc Spray is a facial mist toner featuring Zinc Sulphate, specifically designed to target key signs of oily, blemish-prone skin. It has a very short ingredients list which I’ve included as below.

Ingredients

AQUA, SODIUM CHLORIDE & ZINC SULFATE

How does the La Roche-Posay Serozinc Spray fare?

The La Roche-Posay Serozinc Spray is touted to specifically target key signs of oily, blemish-prone skin. Essentially, it is meant to be an oil-blotter mist (Imagine that!) that you can use as a toner for oil control and mist throughout the day to help control sebum production. The results that you should see while using this product is skin that looks and feels less shiny and greasy and mattified.

To be perfectly honest, I really don’t know why I bought this product. I’ve dehydrated combination dry skin that would benefit from more moisture instead. However, it was on sale (Original price is S$24.90 and I bought it for $19.90) and I guess it was an impulsive buy. *shrugs* Anyway, I’ve been using it in the evenings after my acids as a soothing hydrating spray and it seemed to be working well. My skin doesn’t feel any stinging at all and I like the light moisture hit that it gives to my skin before I pumped in all my intensive hydrating and moisturizing treatments. I’m not sure that I would repurchase it again though since I don’t really see much effects from it. Maybe oily blemish-prone skins would love it more than I do.

Where can you find it?

I bought it from the physical Watsons stores. It retails at S$24.90 (150ml sized).

You can also purchase it from Watsons Online here.

Thank you for reading!

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays!

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I can’t believe that a year has gone by just like that! I started blogging back in April this year and it had been 9 months since then! To be honest, I’ve never thought that I could persevere for so long since I’m so busy with a full time job and raising a precocious 3-year old. But I’m happy and grateful that I’ve started and my little blog allows me to share all my ramblings and thoughts with all of you. I hope that you guys will enjoy the holidays and stay warm, cosy and happy! Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! Have a wonderful new year too!

As always, thank you for reading! I’m so grateful for every view, every comment, every like and every follow!

Love always,

Su Hlaing

Review – Sulwhasoo First Care Activating Serum EX

First Care Love!

Sulwhasoo’s First Care Serum was the first product in Sulwhasoo’s whole range of product that I’d used some years ago. For those who have been reading my blog for some time, you would know that I’d faithfully used the whole range of Sulwhasoo skincare products a few years back until I got “seduced” by the other new and fancy skincare products. In fact, I loved and trusted Sulwhasoo’s products so much that I even continued using them during my pregnancy in 2014. I would credit the relatively stable condition of my skin during my pregnancy partially to these products. For reference, I used their Gentle Cleansing Oil, Gentle Cleansing Foam, First Care Serum, Essential Balancing Water and Essential Firming Cream. The whole range of products kept my skin clear, hydrated and soft throughout my pregnancy. Now I know that I might be one of those lucky ones who didn’t have to deal with pregnancy hormones making my skin extra oily or having pregnancy-related melasma. However, most pregnant women also did not have to deal with liver failure due to pregnancy hormones either, but that’s another story for another day.

*Disclaimer: This is not to say that I endorse their products to be completely safe for everybody during their pregnancy. It worked for me and my doctor was ok with the ingredients in the products that I gave him to look through. As always, please check with your doctor if you are unsure.*

Ingredients

OPHIOPOGON JAPONICUS ROOT EXTRACT, WATER, GLYCYRRHIZA URALENSIS (LICORICE) ROOT EXTRACT, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, ALCOHOL, BETAINE, GLYCERIN, CAMELLIA SINENSIS LEAF EXTRACT, PAEONIA ALBIFLORA ROOT EXTRACT, NELUMBO NUCIFERA FLOWER EXTRACT, POLYGONATUM OFFICINALE RHIZOME/ROOT EXTRACT, LILIUM CANDIDUM BULB EXTRACT, REHMANNIA GLUTINOSA ROOT EXTRACT, HONEY, JUGLANS REGIA (WALNUT) SEED EXTRACT, PORTULACA OLERACEA EXTRACT, ZIZYPHUS JUJUBA FRUIT EXTRACT, BIOSACCHARIDE GUM-1, NATTO GUM, PEG/PPG-17/6 COPOLYMER, GLYCERYL POLYMETHACRYLATE, BIS-PEG-18 METHYL ETHER DIMETHYL SILANE, CARBOMER, PEG-60 HYDROGENATED CASTOR OIL, DEXTRIN, THEOBROMA CACAO (COCOA) EXTRACT, XANTHAN GUM, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, CHONDRUS CRISPUS (CARRAGEENAN), PHENYL TRIMETHICONE, HYDROGENATED LECITHIN, PROPYLENE GLYCOL, TROMETHAMINE, DISODIUM EDTA, PHENOXYETHANOL, FRAGRANCE

How does the Sulwhasoo First Care Activating Serum EX fare?

Back in Oct 2017, I went on a holiday with my family to Australia. While passing by the Shillia Duty Free Shops in Changi Airport, I saw that there was a promotion consisting of a duo pack of the Sulwhasoo First Care serum and I bought it without thinking too much since I’d used it before and I was confident that it is a good product.

Reintroducing the Sulwhasoo First Care serum into my skincare routine is akin to reuniting with an old friend that you’ve lost touch with for some time. It’s comfortable, easy and relaxing and that’s just the way I feel about this product. I’ve been using it in my morning routine to add a bit of oomph because I’ve cut out all actives in my morning skincare. I’ve started using some powerful actives in my night time routine so I’ve not been using any actives in the daytime to avoid irritating my skin too much. The main effect that I’ve noticed from adding the Sulwhasoo First Care serum into my routine is that it keeps my skin in a stable state. As per my previous post, my skin has been acting up due to my work stress, hormonal issues and also the stress of having one of my family member being very ill. It’s been a tough period for me and I guess all these accumulation of stress really took a toll on my skin. It was breaking out with tiny pimples, a few cystic acne that leaves marks as well as flaking skin around my nose and jawline. Therefore, what the Sulwhasoo First Care serum does for me is to basically tell my skin to stop freaking out and remain in equilibrium. One week after introducing this serum, the small breakouts have mostly stopped and the cystic acne started healing. I was actually pretty surprised that it took such a short time to show effects.

In recent years, I found that the concept of skin health has really taken off. Rather than focusing on treating one problem at a time (such as acne or hyper-pigmentation etc.), I’ve found that newer products focused more on improving the health of the skin itself and indirectly allow the skin to repair itself, whether it be a compromised skin barrier or wrinkles or acne. To me, the Sulwhasoo First Care serum is such a product. If you don’t have much problems with your skin in the first place, you might not be able to see any effects when you use it. However, for people who are facing some problems with their skin, using the First Care serum might help in improving the overall skin health, helping it to heal itself. The whole myriad of herbal extracts in this product will assist in improving skin’s immunity and allow it to better resist environmental assaults on the skin. I wouldn’t say that everybody will discover fantastic results with this product but for those people with “confused” skin or “unbalanced” skin, this product might just be the thing you need!

Where can you find it?

Well, as I’ve stated above, I bought this product from Changi Airport Duty Free. The promo pack costs S$144.80 for 2 bottles of 60ml sized product.

Sulwhasoo is also available at Tangs, Takashimaya, Robinsons The Heerens as well as its standalone boutiques at ION Orchard, Westgate and Capitol Building.

You can also purchase it from Zalora SG. It retails at S$115 (60ml sized).

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Review – Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser

Mine! Finally!

Glossier, Glossier! How I have waited to finally get my paws on your famous Milky Jelly Cleanser! I’ve lurked behind my screen, looking at the Instagram photo flatlays of the beauty bloggers that I follow using this product and raving about it but never getting a chance to get it until now. In case you’ve been living under a rock, Glossier is the skincare/ bodycare/ makeup brand from the wildly successful IntoTheGloss.com, a beauty website that’s all about the young and hip aesthetics from the US. Unfortunately, currently Glossier only ships to the US, Canada and the UK. It wasn’t until my elder sister came to visit us from New York that I begged her to bring their products over to Singapore for me. Today, I’m going to review their most famous product – Milky Jelly Cleanser, touted as the “One face wash to rule them all“. So how did it fare? Read on!

Ingredients

Water/Aqua/Eau, Rosa Damascena Flower Water, PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Propanediol, Isohexadecane, Poloxamer 184, Acrylamide/Sodium Acryloyldimethyltaurate Copolymer, Xylitylglucoside, Betaine, Allantoin, Glycerin, Panthenol, Symphytum Officinale Root Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Anhydroxylitol, Polysorbate 80, Xylitol, Ammonium Polyacryloyldimethyl Taurate, Isopropyl Myristate, Benzoic Acid, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Hydroxide

How does the Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser fare?

Glossier claims that the Milky Jelly Cleanser is the ultimate daily face wash: use on dry skin to dissolve away makeup and grime, or on wet skin as you start your day. The pH-balanced, creamy gel formula is made with a blend of five skin conditioners so your face is left feeling healthy and soft, never tight. Its cleansing power comes from the same gentle cleaning agents found in contact lens solution, so it’s tough on impurities and still safe to use on your eyes.

Erm.. The Milky Jelly Cleanser unfortunately looks like a fluid from the male body..

The main reason why I wanted to get my hands on this product (besides the fact that Glossier products are so hyped up) is because I saw that other bloggers had tested the pH of this cleanser and it came out to be 4.5 ~ 5.0 (!!). That’s a fantastically low pH for a mild cleanser that won’t destroy your acid mantle. Anyway, some of the thoughts that ran across my mind when I used this cleanser for the first time are:

  1. Wow.. It erm.. Looks like sea-men…
  2. Urgh.. It smells of plastic rose..
  3. Hmmm.. It doesn’t foam..
  4. Wow.. It spreads quite easily..
  5. Hmmm.. It rinses off very well with no residue..
  6. *grudgingly nodding* My face looks pretty calm and clean.. Not bad.. Not bad at all

I’ve been using this product as my morning cleanser for around one month and I’m liking it thus far. It’s a very gentle morning cleanser that’s perfect for whisking away the remnants of my night creams and serums while respecting my skin’s moisture barrier. Although the plastic rose smell of the product bothered me at first, I grew to be accustomed to it and even, strangely enough, enjoy it. Despite Glossier’s claim that it could remove makeup, I seriously don’t trust that it could do the job well. Given that I’m so prone to clogged pores, I also dare not take the risk of improper cleansing breaking me out.

My final thoughts on this product are this: It’s gentle, does the job well, it doesn’t break me out, rinses off cleanly and it’s not expensive to try. You can give it a whirl and tell me how it goes!

Where can you find it?

I bought this product from their online website. It retails at US$18 (177ml sized).

Use my link to get 10% off your first purchase with Glossier! Click here!

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Review – Philosophy Resurface – The Microdelivery Dual-Phase Peel Set

The OG and the Best!

Philosophy’s Microdelivery Dual-Phase Peel and I go back a long way. In fact, I think that I first starting using this product nearly 10 years ago when my elder sister bought it. Throughout the years, I’ve repurchased it many times and it is one of the few products that truly wow me every time I use it. So I thought that I should share my love of it with you guys since I truly think that it deserves more hype!

Ingredients

Step I: Peg-6, Sodium Bicarbonate, Oleth-20, Glyceryl Stearate Se, Silica, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Retinyl Palmitate, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil, Tribehenin, Sorbitan Isostearate, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Beta-Carotene, Isopropylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Butylparaben, Methylparaben, Propylparaben.

Step II: Water, Lactic Acid, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Linoleamidopropyl Pg-Dimonium Chloride Phosphate, Salicylic Acid, Polyquaternium-10, Propylene Glycol, Diazolidinyl Urea, Methylparaben, Propylparaben

How does the Philosophy Resurface – The Microdelivery Dual-Phase Peel Set fare?

The Philosophy Microdelivery Dual-Phase Peel is a two-step, in-home peel that resurfaces and rejuvenates sun-damaged, hyperpigmented and aging skin. Unlike other peels that only exfoliated, this peel delivers peptides and vitamin c to the skin as it is being rapidly exfoliated. It resurfaces and replenishes the skin at the same time with essential skin-brightening vitamin C and peptides with absolutely no downtime.

You’ll need to use the product in the following manner:

Step 1 – Vitamin C/Peptide resurfacing crystals – apply a teaspoon amount to clean, dry skin. Once applied, crystals should appear almost like a mask. Gently massage in a circular motion over entire face for up to 60 seconds, avoiding eye area. Remember, do not scrub! Use less pressure for sensitive skin.

Step 2 – Lactic/Salicylic Acid (AHA & BHA) activating gel – place a generous teaspoon amount in the palm of your hand. Massage gel onto fingertips, and apply on top of crystals. As the activator is applied, a warming sensation will occur. Do not be alarmed! It’s supposed to feel that way! White foam will appear, indicating activation. Just leave the foam on 2-3 minutes to infuse Vitamin C and peptides into the skin (massage foam for extra exfoliating benefits or let it sit for sensitive skin). Rinse thoroughly.

After you rinse off the mask, you’ll be shocked at just how smooth your face feels! For me, my skin is left feeling so soft just like velvety rose petals and it literally looks one shade lighter. Pores look minimised and my whole face just looks so bright and even. It’s love at first peel! This product is great just before a big event when you absolutely need your skin to look its best. It’s a complete makeover for your skin in just minutes! However because this product is so intensively exfoliating, I do not recommend that you use it more than once a week or even once every fortnightly for the more sensitive skin types. I also highly discourage you from using any other actives in your subsequent skincare steps if you use this mask beforehand to avoid over-stimulating your skin.

I think that this is definitely one of the best in-home peels that I’ve tried and my love affair with it looks set to continue for a long time. Try it now!

Where can you find it?

I bought this product from Sephora Online. It retails at S$109 (2 numbers of 2 oz product).

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Review – Hada Labo Super Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Essence

During the recent mega sale conducted by Watsons (a durgstore common in Singapore), I picked up the Hada Labo Super Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Essence to try. I’ve always heard good reviews about it but was hesitant to try because I saw that it contained Meadowfoam Seed Oil or Limnanthes alba oil (I’ve noticed that products containing this ingredient tends to clog my pores terribly even though it might not be pore-clogging to many) in its ingredients list in many online reviews. However, when I read through the ingredients list on its product packaging in-store, I was surprised to find that Meadowfoam Seed Oil was no longer included. I’m not sure if Hada Labo had reformulated this product or whether the version that other people bought was manufactured in a different place (because Hada Labo products sold in Singapore are manufactured either in Japan or China). But anyway, I bought it since I’m happy that this product no longer contains that ingredient.

I’ve included the ingredients list from the product packaging as below for your reference:

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How does the Hada Labo Super Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Essence fare?

The Hada Labo Super Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Essence, as stated in its name, is a hydrating essence which contains 3 times the concentration of the normal Hada Labo hydrating lotion to provide a powerful moisture locking shield to fully hydrate skin from the surface to the inner layers. It also claims to intensively boost and optimizes skin’s moisture level so that the skin could absorb nutrients from the subsequent skincare products.

The product itself has a light milky serum type of texture which absorbs very quickly into my skin even though I usually use one whole pipette-full of product each time. In fact, I was left quite astonished at how much quicker it absorbs as compared to the Hada Labo Premium Hydrating Lotion (which I seriously adore!). Therefore although the instructions call for this product to be applied after using their hydrating lotions, I find it more intuitive to apply it before the Hada Labo Premium Hydrating Lotion (which has a thicker texture anyway). But, to each his own, I think that the hydrating effects will not be affected too much either way. Although I purchased this product about one week after I purchased the Hada Labo Premium Hydrating Lotion, it wasn’t until about one month later that I actually started using this product. The main reason why I wanted to try this product (besides the generally good reviews that I’ve read about it online) is because my beloved Pestle & Mortar Pure Hyaluronic Serum (full review here) was burning a hole in my pocket. It’s purely my own fault really.. Hydration is my key concern in caring for my skin due to my skin being so dehydrated.. Therefore I would usually use one whole pipette-full of hydrating serum both day and night to combat fine lines caused by dehydration. This led to me using up one whole bottle of hydrating serum each month! I tried to cut down on my usage but I find that the best results could be seen when I use a whole pipette-full of product. The thing is, the Pestle & Mortar Pure Hyaluronic Serum costs  43 or £36 a bottle and it was making quite a dent in my pocket having to stock up on this product so frequently. Don’t get me wrong, I truly love it and I think that it’s a worthwhile purchase for people who don’t go through their hydration serums like water. But I wanted to seek a more cost-effective product due to my own usage pattern and Hada Labo seemed to be a good choice.

After using the Hada Labo Super Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Essence for around one month, I can honestly say that it’s a good hydrating serum. Although it is not as hydrating (in terms of how long the feeling of hydration actually lasts) as the Pestle & Mortar Pure Hyaluronic Serum, it performs very well when used together with their Premium Hydrating Lotion. My skin has been misbehaving recently due to work stress as well as hormonal issues but this serum doesn’t aggravate the skin and in fact seems to calm it down somewhat. It also has a light barley-water like scent (I have no idea why my brain made that connection!) which, surprisingly, smells very comforting to me (must be the Asian in me!). I especially love that it plays very well with all other subsequent products without flaking or rolling. This product might not be the star in my skincare routine but it’s definitely a great team player and support the rest of my regime. It’s gentle, hydrating and free from mineral oil, fragrance, alcohol and colourant. Highly recommended for people with dehydrated combination skin or drier skins who want to layer their skincare during the colder months!

Where can you find it?

I bought this product from the physical Watsons store. Although I bought it at a discount, it normally retails at S$31.90 (30g sized).

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Review – Hada Labo Gokujyun Premium Hyaluronic Acid Lotion

Hada Labo is a well-known Japanese beauty brand that’s widely available in drugstores in Singapore. It launched in 2004 in Japan and was exceptionally well-received within a short period of time. They soon expanded to the overseas market and is now very commonly found in Asia. Their most famous product is the iconic Super Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Lotion and it has since sold over 30 million bottles in Japan alone.

In 2015, I learnt that Hada Labo had launched a “premium” version of their Super Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Lotion while watching the popular Taiwanese beauty show “Women” or “女人我最大”. It was said to be the most hydrating out of all their lotions and contains 5 types (the original version has 4!) of Hyaluronic Acid, as well as alage-derived Sacran, to deeply hydrate skin from the surface to the inner skin layers for significantly soft, smooth and supple skin. At that time however, I didn’t really take much notice of it since it was marketed for dry to very dry skins. I actually had the notion that it would be very sticky and uncomfortable in the warm and humid climate in Singapore. The thing is, I had used the original version of the Super Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Lotion before and wasn’t too impressed by it. This prior experience also clouded my perception of this product. Therefore it wasn’t until about 2 months ago while Watsons (a drugstore in Singapore) was having its annual mega sale that I finally took a chance on this product (It had a pretty great 25% discount!). So, did I like it? Read on!

Ingredients

WATER, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, GLYCERIN, PPG-10 METHYL GLUCOSE ETHER, HYDROXYETHYL UREA, DIGLYCERIN, TRIETHYL CITRATE, PEG-32, GLYCOSYL TREHALOSE, CARBOMER, SORBITOL, PHENOXYETHANOL, PEG-75, DIETHOXYETHYL SUCCINATE, HYDROGENATED STARCH HYDROLYSATE, DISODIUM SUCCINATE, METHYLPARABEN, SODIUM HYALURONATE, POTASSIUM HYDROXIDE, DISODIUM EDTA, POLYQUATERNIUM-51, SUCCINIC ACID, SODIUM ACETYLATED HYALURONATE, HYDROLYZED HYALURONIC ACID, APHANOTHECE SACRUM EXOPOLYSACCHARIDES, AMMONIUM ACRYLATES COPOLYMER, HYDROXYPROPYLTRIMONIUM HYALURONATE, SODIUM HYALURONATE CROSSPOLYMER, PENTYLENE GLYCOL 

I’ve just highlighted the 5 types of hyaluronic acid as well as the algae-derived extract in the ingredients list above.

How did the Hada Labo Gokujyun Premium Hyaluronic Acid Lotion fare?

The Hada Labo Gokujyun Premium Hyaluronic Acid Lotion claims to provide mask-like hydration for all day zero-dryness. Formulated with 5 types of hyaluronic acid with different molecular weights, it gently wraps skin with moisture to provide intense hydration all day long.

The main reason why there are more benefits to having a variety of molecular weights of hyaluronic acid is because they are able to penetrate different depths of the skin.

  • High-molecular weight hyaluronic acid offers surface hydration and comfort while helping to prevent moisture loss,
  • Mid-molecular weight hyaluronic acid offers short-term comfort and hydration,
  • Low-molecular weight hyaluronic acid provides lasting comfort and hydration for the skin with continued use.

This lotion even contains a hyaluronic acid crosspolymer that helps smaller-sized hyaluronic acid to remain effective topically even in the presence of high-molecular-weight hyaluronic acid that ordinarily impairs absorption. The fact that such technology is present in a mass-tige drugstore product is pretty impressive to me. Ok, enough about its ingredients, let’s go on to my review of how it works for my skin!

My feelings about this product can be summarised in just 3 words “I Love It!”. My god! I’m just kicking myself for not using this product earlier! In fact, after the first week of using it, I rushed back to Watsons and bought another bottle to stock up during the sale. It’s so insanely hydrating, you guys! It’s also totally non-sticky and sinks in relatively fast leaving behind beautifully hydrated plump skin that looks brighter due to the influx of moisture. My main beef with the original version of their Super Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Lotion was that it somehow leaves behind a slightly tacky finish even after it absorbs (although you can’t actually feel it if you apply moisturiser over it). Additionally I’ve just never felt that it was that hydrating, at least not in the way that this premium version is. The Hada Labo Gokujyun Premium Hyaluronic Acid Lotion will definitely push your hydrating game to the next level! It amplifies the hydrating powers of my serum and moisturiser like a hydration turbo-boost to my whole skincare routine. I know I’m gushing but I just love it!

I’m so glad that I took a chance on this product and it honestly just blew my mind. The best thing about this product is its affordable price for a big bottle of 170 ml. I can use it liberally (although I usually do use my products liberally regardless..) and my wallet wouldn’t feel the pinch of re-stocking this product. For those of you with dry or dehydrated skins, this product will be a game-changer! Go get yours now!

Where can you find it?

I bought this product while I was browsing Watsons stores. The original price is S$24.90 and the discounted price was S$18.67.

You can purchase it from the Watsons Online store here.

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