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RMS Beauty – Raw Coconut Oil

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Source: RMS Beauty Official Website

I have never been a fan of coconut oil because of its strong scent. I love love love curry that contains coconut milk, but I would walk away from food containing coconut or that gives off a strong coconut scent. Ok, I’m wierd.

 

Well, interestingly, I started using Raw Coconut Oil for my night time regime just about a week ago. I was researching into use of natural oil products (I have bottles of Now Solutions oils from apricot seed oil, grapeseed oil, jojoba oil, etc all sitting in my drawer – in mint state); wanting to find out more about oils for different skin conditions and how I can use them when my skin condition changes – and I came upon RMS Beauty.  I found RMS Beauty through online skincare stores.

You’ll ask me “hang on a minute – didn’t you have combination skin?” Yes, I do! But before you decide to trash this article, you’ll be as amazed as what the coconut oil did to my skin – without further outbreaks.

Anyway, back to RMS Beauty. Yes, the Raw Coconut Oil. On the RMS Beauty website, it said that “The ultimate organic beauty product! This can honestly be called the best makeup remover ever. Removes even the most stubborn mascara with ease. This multitasking product can also be used as a facial cleanser and skin moisturizer.” On the website, it went to explain thatCoconut oil is considered the healthiest oil on earth for its high levels of lauric acid, which is rarely found in nature. Lauric acid is what gives coconut oil its antibacterial, antifungal and antimicrobial properties, making this all-in-one product suitable for even the most blemish prone skin. This natural antioxidant is 100% pure, raw and unrefined thereby naturally protecting one’s skin against free radical damage and premature aging. Ideal for all skin types including sensitive and acne-prone skin. Nourishes skin, hair and lashes. Helps soothe sunburns.”  The RMS Beauty’s Raw Coconut Oil is “harvested fresh for [RMS Beauty] using a new and modern processing technique making it superior over store bought coconut oil. Ours is superior over “other cold pressed coconut oil on the market.

How to Use the Product

RMS Beauty recommends using your clean fingers to distribute their products on your skin.

The Raw Coconut Oil will turn very watery in the normal room temperature in Singapore. As it comes in a pot, you can either put the pot into your fridge so that it turns solid and you scoop it out with a metal spatula. OR you can continue to leave the pot on your dressing table but re-bottle the watery oil into a glass dropper bottle for easier dispensing and hygiene. I haven’t found the time to re-bottle the product, so I have been using straight from the pot by lightly dipping the tips of my two fingers in the product (like how a dragonfly would to touch the water) and quickly spread the runny product onto my face. Remember, 2 drops is all you need unless you want to use it as a mask or makeup remover. (Yes, Raw Coconut Oil is multipurpose!) It is perfectly fine to leave your Raw Coconut Oil in room temperature. Just don’t put it under the sun. Simple. 🙂

I started using the Raw Coconut Oil on the day after I had my facial to clear the horrible pus and acne on my face. It had been a very very stressful period at work and my face was breaking out – my chin, my forehead and it was progressing to my cheeks. What pain! My aesthetician did a good job to drain them and to try to calm the redness on the first day. But the redness was still there on day two – and you would know that this can go on for a few more days.

After washing my face with my facial foam and Clarisonic, I pat dry my skin and applied 2 drops of this oil all over my face. I didn’t apply any toner at all. However, I do have to make sure the oil is absorbed into my skin and no residue is left behind.  The product gives off a faint coconut oil scent and the scent was gone after 2 hours or so. I went to bed as is. When I woke up the next morning, my face didn’t feel as oily and the redness seems to have calmed down. I continued using the product for the rest of the week and I did not break out nor did I experience any discomfort. The oil was more hydrating than when I use creams or lotions (I had been using the California baby lotion for a few months now as my moisturizer).  The scabbing from clearing the acne also came off easily and I did not have any scarring.

Do remember though, that you should not use coconut oil in the morning if you are wearing make up. It does not hold the make up in place due to its naturally moisturizing compounds.

Where to Buy the Product

The product can be found on the official website for RMS Beauty and drugstore.com / beauty.com. You can  – and for those of you who are in Singapore – you can go through 65daigou.com to order your items coz drugstore.com / beauty.com do not ship internationally. You can also use MyUS service to bring your goods from MyUS address to Singapore (as stated on the beauty.com website).After searching around for any RMS Beauty product presence in Singapore; I discovered that it can be found at The Naturally Better Company at Millenia Walk. They carry the entire range, including the Un-cover Up foundation that is all natural and give a dewy glow to the skin. I bought Un-cover Up from the same store as well but as I have a few tubes of Bareminerals Complexion Rescue, I think I’ll keep the small pot in my drawer for now.

Other Thoughts

You might wonder – Can I use Coconut oils from other brands or even food grade coconut oils? Sure! However, do take note that there is a difference between pure unrefined coconut oil, pure refined coconut oil and fractionated coconut oil. Fractionated coconut oil is mostly in liquid form and has a much longer shelf life because the compounds that would make the coconut oil rancid after a certain period of time was removed in the process (in simple terms). You can read more about Fractionated coconut oil on OrganicFacts.net). You can also read more about different types of coconut oils at Livestrong.com.

 

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Lush – Sea Salt Shampoo and American Cream

Lush Sea Salt and American Cream.jpgSeriously, how can anyone not love Lush products?  After the positive experience with Mask of Magnamity, I walked into Lush again two weeks ago, asking to try out another of their star product. This time, for my hair.  I have oily scalp so I was recommended the popular Sea Salt Shampoo. The sales person also recommended me a hydrating conditioner for my hair ends lest the sea salt dries my hair fibres.

About the Products

I will not delve too much into the ingredients. You can refer to the picture in this post for the list. The Sea Salt Shampoo is self-preserving but I realised that it contained SLS. Yup, I have cut out SLS from my shampoos, but since this product is only used once or twice a week, I figured my body chemistry can handle it. 😀 The American Cream, according to the sale person, is a hydrating conditioner that leaves a sweet scent in your hair hours after you’ve used it. Don’t believe?

Using the Product

I wet my mid length hair thoroughly (and I mean really wet) before I scoop out, with my 3 fingers, a big dollup of the Sea Salt Shampoo. Okay, here’s the tricky part – its all coarse salt mixed with all other liquid ingredients. Its a dense mix – seriously. So I slap on the mixture onto the crown of my head, and slowly distribute the product to my entire scalp (I tuck them under my hair strands bit by bit). Then I’ll gently massage the product (lightly okay.. just to gently have the product get onto to the scalp) and I noticed that the salt crystals gradually dissolve. I focus more on the areas where my scalp feels oily. After massaging for about 2-3 minutes, I ran my hair under water and gently shake out the salt (beware- your bathroom floor will be covered with salt crystals that has not dissolved, but its fine. Salt is good for rough skin on my feet, I reckon); while combing my fingers through my hair and feeling around my scalp in case any salt crystals choose to stay on my scalp.

Once that is done, I will gather my wet strands, and pour a teaspoon of the American Cream and start to coat them on my hair strands. I stay away from the scalp coz I don’t want to clog them. Leave them on for about 30 secs to a minute before I rinse them all out.

I didn’t like the American Cream scent when they are on my hair initially, but once I dry my strands (hand dry with a fan, not blown dry), I can smell sweet whiffs coming out from them… OOOOOHHHHH!!!  Love them! Best of all, when I wake up the next morning, the scent stayed on and didn’t go away until I start to perspire in the tropical sun. That is A.M.A.Z.I.N.G! The Sea Salt did wonders to enliven my hair. I didn’t get big hair but my hair strands do feel lighter (my scalp too, its like its gone through some detox session). The comb ran through the hair alot easier too!

Where to Buy the Product

Any Lush outlets or their online stores! I notice that Lush Singapore has an online store too!

Will I restock this? Absolutely!!

Sephora – Soothing Cleansing Milk for Face and Eyes

wpid-collage_20150706125024152_20150706125117184.jpgBought Sephora Soothing Cleansing Milk after using it to clean the testers on my hand in Sephora SG. I must say this is a good product though personally I still prefer to use the Triple Cleansing Water from Sephora.

About the Product and Using the Product

This is a creamy cleansing milk and it does remove makeup on the eye and face very well. It does leave the skin feeling soft without oily feeling. The ingredient list is in the image provided in this post. I would pump out 2-3 pumps of the product onto my hand and spread it onto my face. Thereafter I will massage my skin to help loosen the makeup before I wipe my face with a wash cloth or tissue, followed by rinsing to remove the remnants of the cleansing milk. For precautionary reasons, I further cleanse my skin with my usual facial foam and Clarisonic.

In comparison with Micellar Water that I’ve used, I would have preferred Micellar water over cleansing milk because of the texture. Micellar water is a lot lighter and more refreshing. It is true that this product does remove make up very well, including waterproof makeup. However, personal preference is to choose water based cleanser over milk based for sensitive skin.

If you ask me if I’ll restock this item – I may but unlikely if I can have Micellar water. 🙂 But I must say that for those who prefer cleansing milk, this is a good product to have!

What about you? Do you like cleansing milk? If so, what cleansing milk do you like?

2014 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

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A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 1,500 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 25 trips to carry that many people.

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Freshly pressed – my first blog

I had wanted to set up a blog to share my thoughts about things that interest me – just like anyone else – but I had never went past the point of setting up a blog because I could not find the right word to call it. Today I came across a word – vignette – and I thought – hey I can call mine that! So I did. The rest is history. Here I am. I am not a regular blogger who sits before my laptop all day tapping away while the thoughts flow. I have a day job, and I will need to make adjustments to accommodate this new project of mine. So bear with me if you don’t hear from me as often as everyone else. I’ll be back with more posts about some of the interesting things (well I thought its interesting) that I’ve been expending my energies on.