Review – Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm

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My experience with Clinique’s Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm sparked off my search for  more cleansing balms to try. One such cleansing balm which was highly rated is the Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm. Before I tell you about my experience with this product, let’s check out its ingredients, shall we?

Ingredients

Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, PEG-6 Caprylic/Capric Glycerides, PEG-8 Beeswax, Cetearyl Alcohol, Sorbitan Stearate, Sambucus Nigra (Elderberry) Seed Oil, PEG-60 Almond Glycerides, Silica, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Oil, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Wax, Glycerin, Lecithin, Padina Pavonica Thallus Extract, Borago Officinalis (Starflower) Seed Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Linalool, Acacia Decurrens (Mimosa) Flower Wax, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Rosa Multiflora (Rose) Flower Wax, Lavandula Hybrida (Lavandin) Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens (Geranium) Flower Oil, Geraniol, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Oil, Tocopherol, Anthemis Nobilis (Chamomile) Flower Oil, Citronellol, Cinnamomum Camphora (Ho Wood) Wood Oil, Limonene, Mentha Arvensis (Mint) Leaf Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Menthol, Eugenia Caryophyllus (Clove) Leaf Oil, Citral, Coumarin, Citric Acid.

ACTIVE INGREDIENTS: Mimosa and Rose waxes, UK Starflower Oil, UK Elderberry Seed Oil, UK Optimega™ Oil, Coconut, Shea, Sweet Almond Oil, Padina Pavonica, Vitamin E

How does the Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm fare?

When I first got my hands on this product, I could smell it even before I open the box. The Elemis Pro-Collage Cleansing Balm smells so beautiful, like the oils which are used in the most expensive of spas. Looking at its ingredients packed full of luxurious oils, I certainly wasn’t surprised that it would smell so heavenly. What this means is that people who don’t like scents or are allergic to scents in their skincare products will not appreciate this product. This product also comes with a fluffy white cleansing cloth within the box. Immediately I knew that this cleansing balm was something special. It isn’t your everyday workhorse like the Clinique’s TTDO balm. This product is meant to be savoured and enjoyed, especially for those people who love a ritualistic approach to their skincare.

You will find a small scoop included with this product. You can use it to scoop out the product, warm it in your palms to slightly liquefy it and then massage over the face, neck and décolleté with light circular movements. Note that you will need to use dry hands for this initial step. You should see your makeup and sunscreen melting away as you massage it into your skin. After a while, moisten your fingertips with water and continue to massage. Lastly, you would remove this product entirely by using the warm damp cleansing cloth (that is included together with this product) to wipe everything off. Because of the rose and mimosa waxes formulated in this cleansing balm, I think that you would require a cleansing cloth to remove it. I wouldn’t recommend that you simply try to splash water and rinse it off as it won’t be thoroughly removed. This is why I would normally reach for this cleansing balm on the weekends when I have more time to enjoy my skincare rituals. When I look into the mirror after my cleansing ritual is completed, I noticed that my skin is perfectly clean, soft and intensely glowing. This is currently my holy grail of cleansing balms! A truly exceptional product!

Where can you find it?

I bought the Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm from ASOS online. It retails at £40.00 (105g sized).

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Why did I start a beauty blog?

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The notion of starting a blog came while I was searching for reviews of some skincare products a few years ago. Blog after blog came up on Google but most of them were just poorly copy and pasted press release statements with no original opinions on what the product actually did or did not do for them. Worse still, I can’t see the product ingredients (which is so important to me since I’m allergic to some ingredients), no indication of the size of the product (I gotta zoom into the picture real big in order to have a rough idea on how big it is) or even how to use them properly. There were just heavily filtered pictures with pretty girls posting selfies with the product, pouting and acting cute or sweet. Now, I’m not the prettiest, slimmest or the youngest beauty blogger, unlike all those hot nubile girls out there. However, I do hope that my blog has information that is actually useful in helping you to decide whether a certain product would be good to add into your skincare routine and not to just throw your money on a highly-hyped product which doesn’t really work. I waste my money so that you won’t! I do know that I don’t take the most beautiful Instagram worthy photos out there but I try my best in between holding a full time job and having a 2 1/2 year old toddler hanging on my shirt while I’m at home.

Recently one of my blog post on the Pestle & Mortar’s Hyaluronic Acid Serum got featured on their Facebook page and I was so honoured and touched! Even though I do not get paid for that post and was not sponsored the product (I buy my own shit, people!), the fact that people from places as far away as the UK, Qatar, Kenya, Ireland, Nigeria, Latvia and Slovenia actually read my blog and my thoughts is incredibly encouraging to me! It also makes me more appreciative about just how connected we all are due to the internet. The written word has always held special memories in my heart. I was a withdrawn kid when I was young, hiding away in the depths of the school library reading books (fiction and non-fiction!) and having my head in the worlds created in the books. I firmly believe that a person’s writing reveals his or her soul. Sometimes I can’t really express my thinking in words but writing helps to clear my head and focus my thoughts into comprehensible meaning. Nowadays, sadly most people do not have the time or the patience to really read long-ass blog posts (like mine??) and instead turn to just a few words on a picture on Instagram. I get it, I really do.. People want fast information and I do the same thing at times! Oh well, I’m digressing..

Anyway I also write this blog in hopes that it would help younger people who are confused/ intimidated about the world of skincare and where and how exactly do they even start! I remember clearly one instance when I was just 13 years old and had the first onslaught of the horrible pimples that plague teenagers. I was desperate for solutions and came across this article that claims that putting raw ginger slices on the pimples would kill those acne bacteria and you would have a smooth pimple free face again. Long story short, that particular tip burnt my fu*king face and left brown burn marks on my forehead which took a long time to clear! There are so many articles or tips floating around the internet with all these dubious tips (such as the recent tip by Huda Beauty on using baking soda to remove blackheads! OMG! Don’t ever do that! You are destroying your acid mantle and risk really irritating your skin!) and I’m in the midst of coming up with simple concise articles which would help people such as the 13 year old me.

As always, thank you for reading! I really appreciate every like, every comment, every view and every follow on my blog!                   

Review – Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Concentrated Recovery PowerFoil Mask

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I started seeing the Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Concentrated Recovery PowerFoil Mask on Instagram about one year ago. Back then all the beauty bloggers were all over it and posting pictures of themselves wearing the mask on IG. That’s because this mask actually comes with a silver metallic foil over it which makes you look like Iron Man while wearing it. I was so tempted to buy it after seeing all the glowing reviews but seeing the price of the masks daunted me. I mean it costs S$216 for only 8 pieces of masks! That works out to S$27 for a single piece of sheet mask! However I just couldn’t resist anymore when the Sephora 20% off sale came around and I cave in to temptation. I finally bought those darn masks because I had to see for myself just how fantastic or life-changing it is. Now before we go any further, let’s take a look at its ingredients.

Ingredients 

WATER\AQUA\EAU; METHYL GLUCETH-20; PEG-75; BUTYLENE GLYCOL; BIS-PEG-18 METHYL ETHER DIMETHYL SILANE; PROPANEDIOL; GLYCERETH-26; CLADOSIPHON OKAMURANUS EXTRACT; GARCINIA MANGOSTANA PEEL EXTRACT; MAGNOLIA OFFICINALIS BARK EXTRACT; SILYBUM MARIANUM (LADY’S THISTLE) EXTRACT; ECHINACEA PURPUREA (CONEFLOWER) EXTRACT; LIMONIUM VULGARE FLOWER/LEAF/STEM EXTRACT; LACTOBACILLUS FERMENT; BETULA ALBA (BIRCH) EXTRACT; HYDROLYZED ALGIN; ACETYL DIPEPTIDE-1 CETYL ESTER; COFFEA ARABICA (COFFEE) SEED EXTRACT; HYDROLYZED RICE EXTRACT; PORIA COCOS SCLEROTIUM EXTRACT; ALGAE EXTRACT; SQUALANE; YEAST EXTRACT\FAEX\EXTRAIT DE LEVURE; CAFFEINE; PEG-8 GLYCERYL ISOSTEARATE; GLYCERIN; ARTEMIA EXTRACT; LECITHIN; GLYCINE; ANTHEMIS NOBILIS (CHAMOMILE); SODIUM HYALURONATE; OLETH-3 PHOSPHATE; CAPRYLYL GLYCOL; TOCOPHERYL ACETATE; CARBOMER; DEXTRIN; SODIUM HYDROXIDE; XANTHAN GUM; LAURETH-3; HYDROXYETHYLCELLULOSE; TRISODIUM EDTA; PHENOXYETHANOL <41610>

How does the Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Concentrated Recover PowerFoil Mask fare?

I have just one word for it: Unimpressed. -_-” Ok, I should probably give more details about the reason why.

Estee Lauder claims that this treatment mask delivers a surge of liquid revitalisation, immersing skin in a double dose of Advanced Night Repair Serum’s powerful moisture magnet (which really means that it contains twice the amount of hyaluronic acid as in the ANR serum). It also includes their proven ChronoluxCB™ technologies which allows you to experience an ultimate infusion of youthful moisture. Instantly, skin looks fresher and renewed. Their worldwide first PowerFoil high-performance foil-backed sheet mask creates a protective barrier, allowing their potent technologies to penetrate fast and deep within skin’s surface and helping to lock in moisture.

Alright, so what exactly does all this wall of text mean and what kind of results should you be expecting from this mask? Looking at it, I should probably be getting really hydrated skin that also looks firmer (due to the ANR anti-ageing benefits), brighter and more even skin tone. However, after I took off this mask and stared into the mirror hoping to see super hydrated skin, I was sorely disappointed! My skin just looks like its normal self with the ANR serum smeared all over it! I told myself that maybe it needs some time to work. So I patted the residual serum in and went to sleep with just my normal night cream over it so that I could judge the results of the mask fairly. In the morning, I could just barely see slightly firmer skin that doesn’t have water retention or puffiness. No brightness, no glowy hydrated skin, nada! Now I’m not expecting this mask to solve all my skin issues. I’m just expecting the results of this mask to be better than those sheet masks from My Beauty Diary (我的美丽日记). However, sad to say that I honestly don’t see results that are any better than those cheap sheet masks. I even got my mum to test out the mask and she didn’t get much results from it too. Sad! =(

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My mum looking like Iron Man in this mask!

 

Where can you find it?

This mask can be found at all Estee Lauder counters or Sephora in Singapore. It retails at S$216 for a box of 8 or S$120 for a box of 4.

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