Hey guys, sorry for the lack of new posts recently. I’ve been having some writer’s block and really don’t have any inspiration for blogging (or taking photos and thus the stock photo as above! Sorry!). I’m also in the midst of changing my job and had been really busy trying to handover my current scope of works to my colleagues. What can I say? Sometimes life gets in the way… Anyway, lately I’ve also been experiencing a situation that feels quite foreign to me. You know, I’m usually constantly on the lookout for new products to try and see if they are better than my current stash but recently I’ve been pretty content with my current skincare routine and haven’t been motivated to rope in new products to try (even though my stash of new skincare products is probably enough to last me for one year!). My skin has also been in a pretty well-balanced state with no major problems and I just don’t wanna jinx it by adding new stuff that my skin might not like.
Anyhoo, today I’m gonna review a cleanser that I’ve been using since January this year and that is the famous Sunday Riley Ceramic Slip cleanser. I first bought it because I saw that it was tested to be a sexy low-pH cleanser (which is totally my thing!). However, after I’d received my cleanser, I saw some newer reviews stating that Sunday Riley had changed their formula and that the new formula’s pH level was tested to be higher than the old one. The old formula had a pH level of 5.0 (which is really excellent) and apparently the new cleanser is around pH level of 6.25?! Now, don’t get me wrong.. A cleanser with a pH level of 6.25 to 6.5 isn’t too terrible (although it’s not ideal). Researchers have found out that acne tends to grow well at pH values of between 6 and 6.5 but when the pH level of skin drops to 5.5, its growth significantly decreases. Therefore skin at pH 5.5 is better at preventing the growth of bacteria than skin at pH 6.5. Oh well, I’ve not tested the pH of my bottle but I think that mine might be the new formula. I’ll explain in a bit.
As usual, ingredients are below for your reference.
Water, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Cocopolyglucoside Tartrate, Sodium Cocopolyglucoside Citrate, Montmorillonite (French Green) Clay, Moroccan (Rhassoul) Lava Clay, Ascorbyl Palmitate (Vitamin C Ester), Citrus Aurantium (Neroli) Oil, Piper Nigrum (Black Pepper) Fruit Oil, Botswellia Carterii (Frankincense) Oil, Jasmine Officinale Oil, Santalum Album (Sandalwood) Oil, Xanthan Gum, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin, Caprylyl Glycol.
How does the Sunday Riley Ceramic Slip Cleanser fare?
Sunday Riley described this cleanser as a lightly foaming cleanser containing a cocktail of vitamins, minerals & essential oils to tone and balance normal to combination skin. Refined French green clay draws out impurities while vitamin C reduces the appearance of discolouration and stimulates collagen production for a plumper, dewy complexion. Black pepper promotes circulation, sandalwood combats areas of sensitivity, jasmine soothes and restores while frankincense encourages healthy cell growth for firmer, porcelain-smooth skin. TLDR; it’s a clay-based cleanser that foams. Heh!
I’ve been using this product as my second cleanse after I removed my makeup in the evenings. Due to the inclusion of Frankincense and Neroli oils, this cleanser has a slightly musky smell. Thankfully the smell dissipates quite fast and doesn’t linger. Now, the thing which intrigued me about this cleanser is that although it is clay-based, it actually has some foaming action going on. The foam is rather wimpy though but I guess it helps to ease people with combination/ oily skins who are used to foaming cleansers into using this kind of clay-based cleanser instead.
It is quite an effective cleanser and my skin usually feels clean and soft after using it. However, as I’d stated as above, I suspect that my bottle is the new formula because it does feel slightly drying during times when my skin is acting up or when I’d gone a little hard on my actives routine. My husband loves using it for his combination oily skin though and it’s now permanently stashed in the bathroom that he’s using.
Where can you find it?
I bought the cleanser from SkinStore Online. It retails at US$45 (125 ml sized).
Thank you for reading!
I first learnt of the Amorepacific Vintage Single Extract Essence while I was watching Gothamista’s video in which she used this essence in her morning skincare routine during the summer of last year. When I saw this product, I was attracted to it immediately and knew that I’ve gotta get it (Do you believe in lust at first sight? That’s how I felt about this product!). However, I went online to search for reviews on it and couldn’t find much information (probably because it’s kinda a new product). My lust for it also kinda stalled when I saw its price on Sephora (US$145 for 120ml!).
Like the handsome stranger that you met briefly on the train ride during the morning rush hour, the memories and the feelings of that encounter with this product got pushed to the back of my mind as months passed by. It wasn’t until September last year (in 2017) that my friend asked me if I wanted anything from Korea as she had another friend who’s going there for a holiday. Immediately I thought of this product and asked her to haul one from Lotte Duty Free shop for me.
Water, Propanediol, Glycerin, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, 1,2-Hexanediol, Ethylhexylglycerin
If you just look at its ingredients list as above, you’ll note that this product is basically made out of glycerin (a humectant) and green tea extract (a strong antioxidant).
How does the Amorepacific Vintage Single Extract Essence fare?
Amorepacific’s Vintage Single Extract Essence is described as a skin-enhancing essence sourced from single extract, antioxidant-rich green tea that has been naturally fermented and aged to pre-tox and purify skin before ageing occurs. The antioxidant-rich green tea was harvested from AMOREPACIFIC’s Dolsongi tea garden on Jeju island. The handpicked leaves used to create the original single extract are fermented for 50 days, aged in traditional Korean earthenware for another 50 days and extracted for 24 hours, using the patented Full Body Extraction, to create a concentrated skin superfood. The fermentation process really maximises the potency of the EGCG (Epigallocatechin Gallate) in this green tea extract. EGCG is a powerful antioxidant which protect cells from damage.
See the video below from Amorepacific on this product! I swear this advertisement is so effective and makes me want to rush out to buy it immediately!
Even though I’ve had this product for around 6 months, I only really started cranking down to using it seriously around the end of January this year (2018) since I was using the Sulwhasoo First Care Serum previously. So I’ve been using this product both in my day and night skincare routines for around 1.5 months and I’m ready to share my thoughts of this product with you.
Amorepacific’s Vintage Single Extract Essence is similar to a First Care Essence/ Serum in that you’ll need to use it in the first step after cleansing your face. For the first 2 weeks that I was using this product, I only pour out a few drops from the glass bottle and pat it into my skin. However, I later decanted it into a plastic spray bottle to spray it all over my face instead. There are 2 main reasons why I do so. Firstly, the product is extremely liquid, almost water-like, and I would find it seeping out through the gaps of my fingers. D*mn if I’m gonna let my floor gain all these anti-ageing super anti-oxidant benefits instead of my skin! Secondly, my 3 year-old daughter is now extremely curious about the “magic” potions that her mama keeps on the dressing table. She likes to pretend that she’s using them the same way as her mama does. To my absolute shock and horror, I caught her trying to shake the glass bottle of this particular product (that costs US$128/ US$145 a bottle, mind you!). For my own peace of mind and my daughter’s safety (in case she breaks the bottle and gets cut by the glass shards), I decided to decant it instead.
Anyway, as I was saying, the product is extremely liquid and it smells of tea (like duh!). I literally feel like I’m spraying my face with tea everytime I use this product. My initial impressions of this product was that it is lightly hydrating, softening and seems to help boost the absorption rate of my subsequent skincare. To be honest, I didn’t really see much results for the initial 2 weeks that I was using this product. I was just enjoying the sensorial experience of using this product. After 4 weeks, I find that my skin was significantly softer. I wanted to test if this new texture of my skin was due to this product so I stop using it for a few days just to see if there would be a difference. I noticed that although my skin still looks relatively ok, the feel of it was really quite different. Although my skin still feels smooth, it didn’t quite have the velvety softness that it had before.
However, the pressing question is this: is the difference in the softness of the skin a big enough factor for me to repurchase, considering its price? To be honest, I’m not certain either. Currently, I’ve got 3 new essences in my stash that I’ve not tried out yet. I’m not sure if the performance of those essence would be better than this essence but, they are certainly cheaper than the Amorepacific one. To date however, it is the best essence that I’ve used before. I might do a comparison post of all the essences that I’ve tried sometime in the future.
Where can you find it?
I asked a friend to purchase it from Korea. It retails at US$128 (120ml sized) at Lotte Duty Free shops.
Thank you for reading!
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:
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.
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).
Thank you for reading!