California Baby – Calendula Cream

Who said that baby products cannot be skincare products? I came across California Baby’s Calendula Cream (and several of its products) after learning from my sister how effective it has been in bringing down mosquito bites and mild cuts in children. Recently, there was a sale on Pupsik Studio, so I bought the item to give it a try.

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I bought this little tube when I had a sudden bout of outbreaks due to lack of sleep. My chin was red and inflammed with pimples and acne. After reading about how people with eczema and sensitive skin had experienced positive effects of this drug, I decided to give this a try on my skin.

About this Product

This product is “excellent for use on general diaper area and may be used on face and body for extra-dry or sensitive skin. Botanically based, our light and fluffy Calendula Cream contains the ingredient of Calendula, which has been used to soothe the skin for centuries. California Baby® Calendula Cream offers deep hydration, absorbs completely, and leaves skin feeling satiny smooth. Use daily for everyday protection and especially when the air is dry and baby’s skin needs relief. The entire family can benefit from this soothing, multipurpose cream.” The benefits of this product are: “(1) Contains organic and sustainably grown ingredients; (2) Calendula officinalis is the common pot marigold and is well known for its soothing properties; (3) May be used around the diaper area; (4) it is “Hypo-allergenic”; and (5) it has “Light and fluffy consistency” ” – from the California Baby website. There have been many reviews about this Calendula cream, and how it had made a difference to parents who want to use organic products on their babies and children, and to those who suffer from eczema and acne.  Calendula helps to sooth and calm irritated skin rather effectively. Suffered a mosquito bite? Slather this on!

Using the Product

The website stated that “The calendula cream is perfect when the skin is irritated and is also a terrific cream to use around the delicate eye area. Especially appreciated when soothing & healing are needed. Reach for this cream when your skin is especially dry or need TLC.”  I havent used it around my eye area (but close enough!) but I DID use it on my ENTIRE face! My observations? The cream is light so it does not feel greasy at first (fact is, given my oily T-zone, it will feel greasy in a couple of hours!). I suffered from a bad bout of acne and pimple outbreak around my chin area (which has been clear for a long time) recently due to lack of good quality sleep and was quite anxious over the redness on my chin area. I slathered this over the painful and reddish area, and it brought down the redness in 2-3 days! It also calmed down the early onset of acne overnight! Importantly, my skin also felt more hydrated after I started using this Calendula Cream because when I wash my face with amino acid based cleansers like Senka Perfect Whip, it does feel dry on the surface but after I started using this, not anymore! I also dont feel the tightness / dryness on my T-zone (I always say that I have dry skin surface but oily inner layers of the skin) when I enter air-conditioned office. However, I must clarify that the product did not improve or help to balance my oily T-zone after I’ve used it for 1 week. Naturally so, because it is not a beauty product that has been enhanced to achieve such effects. Its a multi-purpose balm!

I will continue to use this cream, simply because its hydrating, doesn’t break me out and helps me address my red and inflammed acne. It is organic so I am not afraid of using more of it. It does not contain sulfates, phalates or harmful chemicals (from the ingredient list) and it seems to be very popular with children who suffer multiple allergies. Will I top this up? Yes! Just that when I do use this, I will have to remember to apply my sunscreen over it because this cream does not come with SPF. California Baby has a separate product which is a sunscreen, and that is popular as well. I may just try it too!

Where to Buy the Product

I ordered mine online, via Pupsik Studio in Singapore. Delivery was fast and customer service is good. You can also buy it off Watsons in Singapore at the usual retail price at about S$30+ per 2oz tub.  Alternatively, you can visit California Baby’s official website to purchase the products.

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Finding an Aesthetician or Beautician

I am not sure how common it is in your home country to visit an aesthetician (aka “beauticians”) to help you deal with your skin problems or even deeply cleanse your skin on monthly basis. Aestheticians are not dermatologists but they are trained to understand the basics of skincare, various skin conditions as well as the products they carry in their shops. In Singapore, there are many aestheticians who also branched into providing spa treatments and massages to their patrons. I visit my aesthetician once every month to deeply cleanse my skin and to unclog my pores (esp those that are deeply seated due to my oily t-zone). It is a lot cheaper than to have to go through painful lasers, IPLs, and pixel treatments.

So how do you choose a good aesthetician for yourself?

1) Know what are your key skin concerns

It is important for you to know you key skin concerns before shopping for an aestheticians. Expensive aestheticians may not mean that they are most able to address your skin concerns. Typically, if you trust word of mouth recommendations, it would be because the person who’d shared with you had certain skin concerns and it has been addressed effectively.

2) Do you have any specific expectations of your chosen aesthetician?

For me, I will turn away from aestheticians whom try to peddle their products after my consultation. I have been to several aestheticians before and they tend to want to sell me their house products or try to have me purchase the products they carry. Personally, I am aware that I am sensitive to certain products, so I am selective about the products that I use. Some parlours went to the extent of insisting you buy from them, or that you take up session packages (e.g. S$x for y number of sessions). I am the type of customer who do not want to be tied down to one aesthetician so packages are out for me.

3) Research for aestheticians who are known to be able to address your skin concerns

Talk to people and ask them about their aestheticians! I still find word of mouth the best form of feedback because you will be able to speak with people who have first hand experience receiving treatment from the aestheticians. Find out what are your friends’ key concerns and whether they think their aestheticians have addressed their skin concerns. Of course, its also important to find out if the price fits into the size of your pocket. If all else seems to be palatable, you can try to arrange for 1 session with the aesthetician to find out if her skills and knowledge are suitable for you. You may end up trying a few aestheticians, but do make sure you give each aestheticians a fair assessment so that you can carry out a fair comparison after your trials. Sometimes, you may find that the aestheticians are more approachable, or the aesthetician likes to impose her views on you. A good aesthetician is one who will listen to your problems and work with you to resolve them.

As the customer / client, it is of course, important that you have the right mindset before you walk into a parlour. This is to ensure you are fair to yourself as well as the service provider.

1) Have the right mindset
As patrons, we need to have the right mindset when we are finding a good aesthetician to provide regular skincare treatment to our skin. Aestheticians can only provide one-off treatments when we visit them, so we are still responsible for taking good care of our skin on daily basis by eating well, sleeping well, and following the regime that is provided to us by our aesthetician. We should view aestheticians as providing that extra skincare step to and not attribute all problems to them without first reviewing if we have contributed to the skincare problem.

2) Aestheticians are not clinically certified doctors
Please be forewarned that your aesthetician should not be prescribing you controlled drugs such as antibiotics or roaccutane (if you are in Singapore). Some aestheticians may think that just because they manage to bring in the drugs, they can dispense to you. This is illegal and dangerous. Walk out that salon door if you are prescribed such drugs and report to the authorities in your country, such as Ministry of Health or Food and Drugs Administration.

I have stayed with my current aesthetician, Face Essensuals, for the last 8 years. Do share with me how it has been with yours!

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!!

Origins – Clean Energy Gentle Cleansing Oil

Origins Clean Energy Gentle Cleansing.jpg I bought the first Origins product when I was leaving Singapore for Bali couple of weeks ago. I bought it because I wanted to find an easy to use product (without cotton pads) that will help remove sunscreen on my face. I was hoping to grab something more natural and it is when I came upon Origins Clean Energy Gentle Cleansing Oil.
About the Product

From Origins website, “This lightweight, high-tech, hybrid formula with non-comedogenic, Olive, Sunflower, Sesame and Safflower Oils removes dirt, makeup and pollutants with high efficiency. Kukui Nut and Macadamia help protect precious natural moisture resources. Vitamin E helps reduce effects of environmental hazards such as irritation that can threaten the comfort of skin. Skin breathes freely. And the energizing aroma of Grapefruit, Orange and Lemon renew your spirits.” Most importantly, it is best for all skin types!  Reviews on internet has given this product a thumbs up because of its ability to help improve their skin condition after long term use, as well as unclog their blackheads etc. Some claim that they ditched their original cleansing regime for this affordable cleansing oil!  The only down side is that the product may be a little messy when it comes to dispensing. I read that this product does come with a larger size (not in Singapore) and has a pump. That would definitely improves user experience! 😀

Ingredients (From the Bottle) : Olive Fruit Oil, Safflower Seed Oil, Sesame Seed Oil, Sunflower Seed Oil, Grape Seed Oil, peg-25 glyceryl trioleate, Macademia integrifolia Seed, Kukui Seed Oil, Orange Peel Oil, Lavandula Hybrida Oil, Lemon Peel Oil, Bergamot Fruit Oil, Grapefruit Peel Oil, cedrus atlantica bark oil, Patchouli Oil, Clary Sage Oil, Rosemary Leaf Oil, Geranium Flower Oil, Australian Sandalwood Oil, Sandalwood Bark Oil, Linalool, Limonean, Sorbital Trioleate, Tocopheyl Acetate

Using the Product

During my 1 week stay in Bali, I had applied sunscreen every morning, and removed it using this cleansing oil at night. I will massage the oil onto my skin for about 1-2 minutes with dry fingers and hands, making sure I massage more in areas where I have larger pores to help unclog it. Then I will wet my hands and gently massage my skin again so that I help to emulsify the oil. This is followed by a rinse of my face.  I find the scent rather soothing and refreshing (scents are quite personal so do try it at the Origins counter before you buy it), and it did clear up my skin  quite well. At least, it stopped further outbreaks on my chin (okay, maybe the restful sleep at the resort did help too) and honestly, my pores do feel cleaner after using it. My skin feels hydrated after rinsing and not taut. No oily feel! It is a bottle that I believe I will restock once my Senka Cleansing Oil is used up. 🙂

Where to Buy the Product

I bought mine at Duty Free Shop at the Singapore Changi Airport and it retails for about SGD35. You can purchase this item from the Origins counter in your home country of course.  Origins USA website retails it for USD29, but I found it slightly cheaper on Beauty.Com selling for USD26.

Have you tried this Cleansing Oil before? What do you think of it?

VDL – GuyLian Expert Colour Lip Cube SPF10

wpid-collage_20150706115428296_20150706115741667.jpgAnother VDL purchase from Koreadepart! Okay, I’m crazy about lipsticks. Especially if they deliver high pigmentation. This lipstick is a must buy because its a developed by VDL in collaboration with GuyLian, the famous chocolate house. I’m talking about the Expert Colour Lip Cube by VDL on the left. You will see the signature Lip Cube in such beautify pink shade that just makes your heart melt. Fair skinned girls out there, you gotta grab this if you still can!

About the Product and Using the Product

A little bit about Lip Cube – its different from conventional lipsticks because its in a cube shaped. Like a long cube or coloured chalk (those of you who like to paint using chalk will know). The sharp corners (as show inset) makes applying lipstick on the lips a breeze and enables more precised application. Expert Colour Lip Cubes come in many colours, but the collaboration with GuyLian gave birth to 3 shades (GuyLian, Seashell & Seahorse) – and the one I’ve got is Seahorse. Beautiful pink shade, isn’t it? They are made to last and by wearing it a couple of hours, I can attest that the texture is more lasting than other lipsticks in VDL range. However, I have yet to test it for longer hours that requires me to eat and drink. I didn’t, however, think that this product is highly hydrating (maybe thats why it lasts longer) but the shade is one to reckon with. It still glides on well but its definitely easier to apply than Illamasqua matt lipstick (tho I do love Illamasqua lipstick!)

Where to Buy the Product

I just checked Koreadepart website again, and they still carry this product. Else grab them from VDL outlets in Singapore or in Korea!

Have you tried any VDL Cosmetics products yet?

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?

First Aid Beauty – Ultra Repair Liquid Recovery

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I bought this product when i was looking for products that can help relieve dry patches.

About the Product
First Aid Beauty aims to create luxurious yet highly effective product for those with problem skin. I bought the product because the ingredients did not contain anything that I know I will be sensitive to or will lead to outbreak on my face. In my recent trip to Bali, i brought this little bottle along to test the effectiveness of the product. Before I go on, here is the ingredient list:

INGREDIENTS
-Avena Sativa Oat Kernel Extract: Relieves itching and soothes dehydrated skin.
-Sodium Hyaluronate: Draws moisture into the skin, plumping the skin and supporting natural collagen levels.
-Ahnfeltia Concinna Extract: Relieves redness and aids in skin recovery.
-Propolis Extract: Repairs UV and other environmental damage, enhancing the skin’s own natural collagen production.

Water, Glycerin, Dipropylene Glycol, Ahnfeltia Concinna Extract, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Propolis Extract, Chrysanthemum Parthenium (Feverfew) Extract, Glycyrrhiza Uralensis (Licorice) Root Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Butylene Glycol, Caprylyl Glycol, Sodium Citrate, Disodium Edta, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Bisulfite.

Using the Product
I will wash my face and apply a teaspoon of this product on my face before applying anything else. I had used this together with my Albion Herbal Oil Gold and Albion Skin Conditioner. When the watery liquid is dispensed, i will distribute it on both my palms and spread it quickly all over my face. My skin did feel plumped up and somewhat hydrated forbthat few minutes. The redness on my face did seem to calm down slightly but I maintain that SKII Facial Treatment Essence (which I had used for about 2 to 3 years before switching to cheaper pharmacy brands) is much more effective in that department.

I observed that the hydration did not last very long and after using it for a week, I didn’t think it is worth the price. The watery texture does tend to make me feel that I may be wasting the product especially when it drips down my hand.

My verdict? Unlikely to repurchase coz its pricy and did not seem to be as effective as I hope it would be in truly improving the moisture level in my skin.

Where to Buy the Product
Well, I bought it at Sephora in Singapore. Due to my disappointment I didn’t bother to check if its sold online – i believe it would be elsewhere or on its official website.

Have you used any FAB products and worked?

Illamasqua – Lipstick, Blusher, Eye Colouring Pencil and a Small Trial

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I found Illamasqua outlet at Singapore’s Ngee Ann City along the famous shopping paradise, Orchard Road. It was a small outlet with black furnishings filled with mystique. I spoke with the salesperson, who shared with me that their star products are the primers, lipsticks and blushers. She was also kind enough to let me try on the products – the Illamasque Powder Foundation, Hydra Veil, Powder Blusher and Lipstick.

After cleaning my face with a wet tissue,Hydra Veil (one of its star products) was applied on my face. It was gel like that feels very light. Trust me, a small spatula goes a long way! Immediately after, the Powder Foundation was applied on my face using a foundation brush. The foundation went on well on my face and lasted. It helped to even out the redness of my skin so I suppose I can conclude that the coverage is medium. Then on went the blusher (Tremble) and Lipstick (matt, Obey). Really nice natural colour! I can tell that the pigmentation is indeed rich, but I have been warned by the saleperson, that the matt lipstick is really drying for some, so its recommended to put on the lip balm before or after applying the lipstick for increased hydration. Definitely a brand for make up artists and those who like to play with colours!

About the Product

Illamasque is an edgy, British cruelty free brand that brings high performance professional makeup to high street so that it can be widely available.  After trying out the products, I know I’ll kick myself if I don’t buy anything from the outlet. So I bought Illamasqua Lipstick (Obey), the Powder Blusher (Tremble), and the Illamasqua Colouring Pencil for the eyes (Elate).

The Illamasque has two main Lipstick ranges. Lipstick (which is usually matt, and Glamour Lipstick which is glossier and more hydrating. Both carries a wide range of colours. From what I have learnt from Illamasqua salesperson, Illamasqua offers a wide range of matt lipstick – more than other existing brands.  The ingredient list for Obey: Octyldodecanol, Paraffinum Liquidum (Mineral Oil),  Oleyl Alcohol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Candelilla Cera (Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax), Cera Carnauba (Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax), Cera Alba (Beeswax), Oxidized Polyethylene,Cera Microcristallina (Microcrystalline Wax), Cetyl Alcohol, Polyethylene, Tocopherol Parfum (Fragrance) And May Contain:  [+/-  Titanium Dioxide Ci 77891, Iron Oxides Ci  77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499, Red 7 Ci 15850, Red 40 Lake Ci 16035, Blue 1 Lake Ci 42090, Red 21 Lake Ci 45380, Carmine Ci 75470, Red 36 Ci 12085, Manganese Violet Ci 77742, Copper/ Bronze Powder Ci 77400, Yellow 5 Lake Ci 19140, Yellow 6 Lake Ci 15985, Red 27 Lake Ci 45410,Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Silica, Tin Oxide, Mica] (Eu Exclusive Shades May CONTAIN: CI 77007, CI 77000). May Contain Carmine As A Color Additive.

I fell in love with the colours in Illamasque Powder Blusher range. The colours are so pretty! (Oh forget about Talc – I know I don’t like products with Talc but how can I resist such highly pigmented product?) The ingredient list for Tremble: Talc, Dimethylimi- Dazolidinone Rice Starch, Mica, Aqua (Water), Magnesium Myristate, Propylene Glycol, Octyldodecanol, Isopropyl Myristate, Glyceryl Stearate, Phenoxyethanol, Peg-150, Silica, Ricinus Communis Oil (Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil), Cetearyl Alcohol, Quaternium-26, Methylparaben, Glyceryl Ricinoleate, Ethylparaben,Cera Carnauba (Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax), Candelilla Cera(Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax), Sodium Cetearyl Sulfate, Stearic Acid, Propylparaben, Cera Microcristallina (Microcrystalline Wax), Tetrahydroxypropyl Ethylenediamine, Paraffinum Liquidum (Mineral Oil), Cetyl Alcohol,Cera Alba(Beeswax), Parfum (Fragrance) And May Contain: [+/- Titanium Dioxide Ci 77891, Iron Oxides Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499, Carmine Ci 75470, Ultramarines Ci 77007, Red 36 Ci 12085,  Yellow 5 Lake Ci 19140, Red 7 Ci 15850, Red 21 Lake Ci 45380, Bismuth Oxychloride Ci 77163, Yellow 6 Lake Ci 15985, Manganese Violet Ci 77742, Ferric Ferrocyanide Ci 77510, Red 40 Lake Ci 16035, Red 27 Lake Ci 45410] May Contain Carmine As A Colour Additive. Stop Use If Irritation Occurs.

I had bought Elate because I am in the market for white eyeliners. (Okay, not that I can’t get one from Sephora! I just want to try this so please indulge me…) The texture is smooth and glides on beautifully! The ingredient list for Elate: Cera Alba (Beeswax, Cire DÉabeille), Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, C10-18 Triglycerides, Ceresin, Cera Carnauba (Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Cire De Carnauba), Isopropyl Myristate, Diethylhexylcyclohexane, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Butylparaben, Bht [+/- May Contain / Peut Contenir: Iron Oxdes (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Manganese Violet (CI 77742), Ultramarines (CI 77007), Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide (CI 77510), Black 2 (CI 77266), Blue 1 Lake (CI 42090)].

Where to Buy the Product

Well, at Ngee Ann City Singapore of course! Or you can purchase by ordering online from Illamasqua website, or from BeautyBay.com .

Let me know what you think of Illamasqua products that you’ve used!

Cure – Natural Aqua Gel

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Those of you who’d read my earlier post on exfoliation would have learnt about Cure, a product that I’d recommended for removal of dead skin cell by softening it and not through abrasion (as with scrubs). This, I find, is a safe product to use once to twice a week – though some reviews claim that you can use this more than once on the same day if you feel that your dead skin has not been completely removed (ie your skin still feel rough).

About the Product

Cure is made in Japan by Toyo Net Japan, and it is the company’s star product. You will see from the ingredient list below, that Water is the main ingredient for this peeling gel. There are, in the market, many peeling gels. In Asia, a popular peeling gel by Ginvera is one of the earliest form of peeling gel having dominated the asian market for more than 10 years. However, Cure remains different because it does not react just on any surface; and only turns into milky water when it comes into contact with dead skin. This is the point where one will gently rub to remove the softened dead skin.

Here’s the ingredient list for Cure (taken off Toyo Net website):

WATER-90.66%

Activated hydrogen water from purified water is used.

GLYCERIN-5%

Widely used moisturizing ingredient that contains high hygroscopic nature and has been used for long time.

CROSSPOLYMER (ACRYLARES/C-10-30 ALKY ACRYLATE)

The same liquid as used by ophthalmologists for eye surgery.
We use it for thickener.

DICOCODIMONIUM CHLORIDE・STEARTRIMONIUM BROMIDE

It is to respond to old deadskin. Commonly used for conditioner.

ALOE BARBADENSIS LEAF EXTRACT-<1%

An expected ingredient that moisturizes and protects rough and dry skin.

GINKGO BILOBA EXTRACT-<1%

Extract from ginkgo, expected to moisturize, to prevent skin mottle and freckles.

ROSMARINUS OFFICINALIS (ROSEMARY) LEAF EXTRACT-<1%

It has anti-inflammation and antibacterial effects and is expected to solve skin problems solutions.

BUTYLENE GLYCOL-<1%

Color-free and scent-free moisturizing liquid

ISOPROPYL ALCOHOL-<0.33%

An ingredient contained in fruits, vegetables, and alcoholic drinks.
We use it to blend stearyltrimonium bromide

Using the Product

Some of my friends had used Cure on their unwashed faces (ie. after removing makeup or if they don’t wear makeup, to use use it before washing their face). However, I realised that it is most effective when I use it after I have washed my face, without Clarisonic (note: Clarisonic have some abrasive effects – hence mild exfoliation). An important step thereafter is to dab dry my face (no water!) before I spread 2-3 pumps of Cure onto my face. I’ll leave it to ’emulsify’ (or turn ‘milky’) before I gently and softly run my fingers over my face to lift the softened dead skin. I will find lots of bits coming off my face. I will do this for about 1 minute before I rinse with cool or room temperature water to remove the bits.  Once done, I will apply my usual toner and moisturizer to protect the new skin that was revealed.

Another use for this product, is to remove long standing grim in hard to reach areas or under the necks, back of the knees, elbows, etc. It has been used on children below 12 years of age to remove grime that they did not wash off during shower – effective!

Where to Buy the Product

Cure is widely available in Watsons in Singapore. This Japanese product is also available in Japan drugstores (I read this somewhere). In Singapore, it retail for about S$42 a bottle but one bottle can last you a few months. Users have to remember that once you open the bottle, you should finish it within a year (the effectiveness will weaken since it does not have the usual preservatives as the website claims).

This is a staple in my bathroom. I hope it will become yours too! 🙂

Hourglass Cosmetics – Ambient Lighting Powder and Ambient Lighting Palette

Hourglass Ambient Series.jpgI have read about Hourglass Cosmetics’ Ambient Lighting Powders and Ambient Lighting Palette. I could not find Hourglass products in Singapore, so I ordered it off its USA website and had it shipped to Singapore. As you can see from the picture on the left, I bought an Ambient Lighting Power (Diffused Light) and Ambient Lighting Palette. I have been using the Diffused Light for a while and I can’t wait to share with you how it felt and what feedback I have been receiving since I started using it. Before I go on, I must thank Dorkchops for sharing with me information on Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder some months back, which helped me figure out which powder to purchase without testing it first.

About the Product

I shall not be talking to much about the ingredients used in the Ambient Lighting Powders and Ambient Lighting Palette. You can look at them through the image that I’ve provided in this post. However I would like to describe to you what I think about the product.  The product is made of finely milled ingredients compressed into cake, which explains why it is fragile and needs to be handled carefully lest it breaks and shatters. If you were to rub your fingers onto the cake, it will pick up a thin film of powder on your finger that gives out such subtle glow when it comes into contact with light. With Diffused Light, the light reflected is subtle yet refined. It is not shiny and really, I can’t see any difference when I dust it on my face with my contoured brush. That’s not important – I mean the whole point about wearing makeup is for others to see, right?

Using the Product

Usually, I wear my bareMinerals foundation and Tarte blusher to work (no lipsticks coz I don’t want lipsticks on my mug – as much as I love my collection of lipsticks). On the first day I tried on Diffused Light, I put it all over my face.  When I got into the office, I was stopped by a female colleague working in the same office, asking me why there is this bright glow on my face. On another day where I decide to change and only applied Diffused Light on my forehead, nose bridge and over my cheek after I’d applied blusher, another colleague whom I’d known for several years sat across me (about 2m away), and commented that my skin seemed to have improved so much (I had problem skin) that there is a glow from within. I laughed and told her its “make up magic”. Honestly, when I got home, I did realise that the Ambient Lighting Powder did seem to blur out my long lasting Tarte blusher and delivered a soft and subtle pink from the blusher. Maybe that’s where the healthy glow from within came from! Boy, I am so going to stock up on Diffused Light when I finish mine!

Purchasing the Product

Hourglass Cosmetics is not available in Singapore – so those in Singapore will have to order the Ambient Lighting product online via its USA website (without going through any shopping agent). If you are using comGateway or 65daigou to help you purchase items from overseas, you can also order Hourglass Cosmetics products from Sephora USA website.

Have you used Hourglass Ambient Lighting? Do you think it has worked for you?

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