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Herbivore – Lapis Oil Facial Balancing Oil

collage_20160320095726448_20160320095851622.jpgHi all! Been a while since I’ve last posted a review.  I’ve been following your posts all these time so given the little pocket of time I can find in the middle of sorting out my home renovation, am doing a post of a product that I’ve used this year.

This is a product that I have purchased from Sephora USA using Ezbuy (formerly known as  65daigou). The product is priced at around USD72 for 1.2oz.

About the Brand

From Herbivore website: “We bring you truly natural, cruelty free skincare that provides results you can see and feel. We also believe skincare should smell and feel amazing and add enjoyment to your daily routine.” Products are handcrafted and produced in small quantities. In a way, you can consider this as boutique brand that is only available for sale online.  Currently this brand cannot be found in Singapore.

About the Product

The product aims to reduce redness and to bring balance to the skin moisture. Ingredients include blue tansy which is also the key component for the highly raved Blue Cocoon by May Lindstrom. Other oil ingredients in this product includes Kukui Nut Oil (high in Linoleic Acid, good for acne prone skin) and Jojoba Oil (fairly balanced ratio between Oleic and Linoleic Acids). Coconut Oil can also be found in this product though if you have acne prone skin, this may or may not be of concern because it depends on the ratio that Coconut Oil is used in this product. The texture of the oil is thin and runny, and it has a blue tinge due to Blue Tansy.

Using this Product

I had used this product for 2 months. It was light and absorbed well. I had used this right after toning my skin.  Each time, I will use between 4 drops (for day) to 5 drops (for night). However, I did notice that the oil does not stay on well in humid Singapore because of, hence my skin will still feel dry after 4 hours in air-conditioned environment. As such, I will recommend to only pat on this oil after your usual moisturizer if you are going to be in the air-conditioned room for a full day. Personally I will recommend used of powder sunblock instead of emulsion based sunblock after patting on this oil as powder sunblock should stay on better.  I have not tried this product in dry temperate countries, but the reviews for this oil has been rather good.  In terms of bringing down redness, I would say that SKII Facial Treatment Essence delivers a much quicker effect (its like in 3 secs I see the redness disappear after patting on the lotion). This oil may not bring about as visible effect or as quickly. Hydration wise, I like this oil for night application and it does make my skin appear smoother the next day (not that the acne disappear but just that the rough skin seems to smoothen out).

Buying this Product

I will consider buying this product again for the hydration – though fact is a bottle will last a long time since only a few drops are used at a time. After 2 months, my bottle still seems like I’ve only a reasonably small fraction of the bottle.  You can purchase this product directly from Herbivore Beauty website or from Sephora USA website. For those of you who want to try out the  product before buying full size, you can order the rollerball version to test the product.

Have you used any Herbivore products before?

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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.

 

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.

Skincare Tip – Daily Skincare Essentials (Part III)

Hi all, I’m back after a long hiatus. Been really busy at work so here I am sharing with you the 3rd instalment of my daily skincare essentials. This time, its on Moisturizing.

Whether you are living in tropical country like Singapore, or in a temperate country with four seasons, Moisturizing remains an important part of our basic 3-step skincare regime. Each day, our skin, being the largest organ, is exposed to many different contaminants and impurities. Our health constitution from lifestyle and daily stresses adds on to the our skincare condition. So how do we choose our moisturizer?

From my personal experience, selection of moisturizer depends on:

1) Your skin condition – is it normal, combination, oily or dry. Normal skin usually would not have problems with over or under production of natural facial oils in tropical and humid country like in Singapore. However, light moisturizer that helps to retain good skin health remains essential. Oily skin is sometimes what I experience when my hormones are running amok or when I am under severe stress. It felt like an oil field that has no tap on it. 😀 Dry skin folks will know that good moisturizers go a long way. Takes away the dry and painful flakes, and prevents further infections on the skin.

2) The environment that you live and work in – the environment introduces external stresses to our skin, so its important that we use products that work on our skin yet at the same time protects our skin from external stresses. Warm weather increase perspiration, opens our pores but also creates adhesive for dirt and grime to stick on our face and clog our pores. Cold weather dries up the surface of our skin, and forcing more oil to the surface to maintain skin health.

So what do I use to protect my facial skin?

I have combination normal-oily skin, and my skin’s inner layers tend to be oily while the surface is dry. Hence I tend to choose moisturizers that are hydrating yet seals in moisture. The Label Young’s Shocking Mist is a decent product that I’ve been using in the day where I need to put on make up before going to work. The texture of the product seals in moisture for about 4 hours yet at the same time allow the skin to breathe and the perspiration to surface. It holds my bareMinerals Ready Foundation rather well (pseudo primer) and does not clog my pores. Another product that I use is the Albion’s Exage Moist Crystal Milk II and Herbal Oil Gold together with the Albion’s Skin Conditioner to hydrate my skin, depending on my skin condition that day.

As I work in air-conditioned office, my skin will be dry by the time I reach afternoon. This will call for additional step after I cleanse my face at night. Typically I will either apply sheet mask once a week (I use My Beauty Diary series) for more intense hydration, or to apply Neal’s Yard Remedies’ Rehydrating Rose Facial Oil and seal with NYR’s Comfrey and Yarrow Moisturizer at night.

I have subscribed to a website that gave tips on how to treat acne skin recently to learn more from those who had experienced horrible acne outbreaks. Those of you with acne problem may also want to check this site out: The Love Vitamin. Here, she’s recommended to use jojoba oil as moisturizer because it has similar texture as our facial oil, and would help to “tell” our skin not to produce anymore oil. Of course, she has many other tips to share so do check it out and learn from her amazing journey!

Let me know what has been working for you!

Skincare Tip – Daily Skin Care Essentials (Part I)

Hello lovelies, I am going to share with you my personal list of skincare essentials that I must have these days. I will break the post into a few parts so that its not too long to read. The weather in Singapore has been hot and humid, as well as rather unpredictable these couple of weeks with heavy rain in one moment, and scorching heat the next. Methinks the temperature can go as high at 34 or 35 degrees celsius? Anyway, not the best time to bathe in the sun these days.

My Essentials – Cleansing

Everyone who wants to have good skin knows that cleansing our facial skin is very important step of our daily skincare regime.  If I am wearing makeup, I will first use a mild makeup remover to remove the cosmetics (ie Sephora’s Triple Action Cleansing Water or Bioderma Sensibio Micellar Water). The makeup remover will take away the facial oils that has surfaced as well as the compounds of our foundation etc that is left after a long day.  Once that is done, I will wash my face with my favourite amino acid based cleanser, Shiseido’s Senka Perfect Whip Foam which foams up into such fine bubbles that could clean the pores more effectively, together with my trusty Clarisonic. Rinse off after 1 min on Clarisonic, and you’ll have that smooth skin that feels so clean!

About Amino Acid

Those who have been following my blog for a while will know that I have problem skin. I have chosen amino acid based cleansers because they work best with problem skin and causes less irritation. From Love to Know,”Amino acids, at their essence, are peptides. These are proteins, which can have a positive effect upon cells. They can help improve skin that has been scarred or has stretch marks. When used correctly, amino acids seem to be more powerful than an alpha-hydroxy system of skin care in terms of filling lines, smoothing skin and improving tone and color. Even better, they can achieve this with less irritation and photosensitivity.”  From Ping of Health, “Amino acids are today recognized by the skin-care fraternity as the cleansing agent that boasts a pH value that is closest to that of the human skin. Amino acids behave very much like our skin cells; they get a “fever” if temperature exceeds 37 degree Celsius and they will “shrink” if the temperature drops. The enzymes in our epidermis or outer skin thrives best in a mildly acidic environment, as this enables normal metabolism of the horny layer. Such an environment causes only minimal agitation to the keratin protein in the skin, hence will not trigger any concern of skin allergy. It also discourages the production of acne.

Some may find such cleansers to be drying but for combination skin (normal to oily), it worked wonderfully and I have been using it for the last 3 years!

What about your cleansing routine? Did it help you address your skincare concerns?

Skincare Tip – Daily Skincare Essentials (Part II)

Cleansing is important, so is exfoliation to remove older or dead skin cells on the surface of our skin. Both the process of removing and the removal of the dead skin cells are beneficial to our skin and health because the former helps to improve circulation (its like massaging your skin and relevant acupuncture points along with it); while the latter improves the absorption of skincare products and enables the skin to breathe more easily.

My Essentials – Exfoliation

Exfoliation is important. It supports the renewal cycle of our skin as the renewal process becomes sluggish as we age. Removing the old skin helps to maintain that renewal process, brightens our skin and enables the skin to perform at its best. You can find out more about exfoliation here.  Most skincare experts and aestheticians will tell you that exfoliations should not be carried out too frequently. Depending on what you use, ranging from acids, to scrubs to dermabrasions, exfoliations can be as infrequent as once every month or twice a week. Exfoliation may be more frequent if very diluted compound is included in your facial wash – hence its important that you read the labels and monitor your skin condition closely before and after each exfoliation.

I know I’ve blogged about Abidis Peeling A recently. It has helped to smoothen my skin and allows me to use it in the day time like a normal cleanser.  However, considering the price, I still prefer to use Dr. Wu Special Treatment Intensive Skin Renewal Serum with Mandelic Acid or Cure from Japan. These two products are mild and they only remove the dead skin cells. I will post a review of Cure soon, but this has been a trusted product that I use when I find my skin to be rough or dry. I do not need to worry about it over exfoliating my skin because the product (which is water based) only reacts when it comes into contact with dead skin cells. I can use this product twice in a day without causing irritation to my already sensitive problem skin.

There are many reasons for my skin outbreak, and I did notice that my skin renewal is not as efficient after I turn 30 and many times the acne will come out red and painful. I counteracted the problem with Clarisonic which provides some form of exfoliation whenever I use it. I also make it a point not to use Clarisonic when I have used or plan to use Cure to help remove the dead skin cells – to ensure I am not over exfoliating due to Clarisonic’s more abrasive tendencies depending on the amount of pressure exerted on the equipment. I will, however, use Dr Wu’s Treatment Intensive Skin Renewal Serum if I find that my skin is still rough after using Clarisonic, to enhance the exfoliation.

As for frequency of exfoliation, I only do it when my skin feels rough despite the use of Clarisonic. However, I will not use the products every day or every alternate day because I do not believe in regular exfoliation even when the skin is in good condition. A bit of an overkill, don’t you think?

In any case, I do not use Mandelic Acid products in the day, but more at night. The next day, my skin will look brighter than before and smoother too. Nope, I do not have pieces of skin falling off like some AHA or BHA peels. :p

About Mandelic Acid (杏仁酸)

In an article published by Mark B. Taylor M.D in 1999 issue of Cosmetic Dermatology, mandelic acid is “an alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA) named after the German mandel (almond) and derived from the hydrolysis of an extract of bitter almonds has been studied extensively for its possible uses in treating common skin problems such as photoaging, irregular pigmentation, and acne.”  In an open trial investigation, it was “shown that mandelic acid is useful in suppressing pigmentation, treating inflammatory noncystic acne, and rejuvenating photoaged skin. Moreover it has proven useful in preparing the skin for laser peeling and in helping the skin heal after laser surgery.”  I would recommend that you read this article for more information on Mandelic Acid before you go grab a bottle to try.

What about your exfoliation routine? Did it help you address your skincare concerns?

Abidis – Peeling A

Abidis Peeling A.jpgAbidis Cosmetica is one of the brands under Laboratorios Ximart, which is located in ArrigorriagaI, in the province of Bizkaia, in the north of Spain. Laboratorios Ximart has been doing business for six decades, producing and distributing cosmetics, and hairdressing and personal hygiene products which are sold in twenty five countries in several continents.

My beautician / aesthetician from Face Essensuals recommended me to Abidis Peeling A to improve the clarity of my skin which clogs easily. The product ingredients can be found from the image that I’ve included in this post on the left.

Using the Product

This product is for cleansing and peeling, and it can only be used on dry skin. The product is white and dense, and the texture feels like the Queen Helene’s Mint Julep Masque but more moist.  Apply the product thinly on dry skin and leave it to dry. I leave it on for 3-5 mins usually to benefit from some mild peeling effect to help exfoliate my skin. Given my combination skin condition, my aesthetician recommended that I use this product in the morning, before I prepare for work. I can then wash off the product like a cleanser before I moisturize and put make up on my skin. One can leave the product on till it dries. After I washed off the product, I find my skin hydrated and smooth! After the 3 steps, I find my foundation adhere better on my skin! I also do not experience any over sensitive skin or redness on my skin. Another point to take note is that this product can only be used 2-3 times a week but not every day.

Where to Buy the Product

You can purchase this mild peeling product from Face Essensuals in Singapore, or from online shop Ayurin.

Will I restock this product – probably because this product is pricey! Its about S$125 a tube though a tube can last for a long time.

Dr. Wu – Intensive Acnecur Spot Treatment with BHA

Dr Wu Intesive Acnecur Spot Treatment with BHA.jpgFirst let me apologise for the blur image of the product on the left. 🙂 As you can see I’m clearly not that good in the photography department (HAHAHA!!) Anyway, here’s my other Dr. Wu product that I absolutely love – for my acne of course. I had previously blogged about the Dr. Wu Mandelic Acid product that helps to remove dead skin cells without causing irritation to my sensitive skin. this is yet another product that I would recommend to those who want to treat their pimples and pus-oozing acnes (okay I’m being too graphic).

About the Product

From the Dr Wu website in Singapore, it states that this is an award winning product. It goes on to say that “DR.WU’s unique ACNECUR formula is clinically proven to clear up blemishes and also visibly reduce blemish marks. This revolutionary blemish treatment contains a blemish-fighting complex, Bio-Sulfur and Salicylic Acid, to reduce and prevent acne problems in all stages and also helps existing pimples and acne disappear quickly. It also contains high potency Niacinamide (B3) and Tranexamic Acid to even out skin tone and visibly reduce marks left behind by blemishes.”  The benefits of the main ingredients are as follows:

Niacinamide (B3): Its anti-inflammatory properties help to soothe the skin and promote skin rejuvenation.

Sulphur: A vital mineral that is a natural antiseptic with healing and anti-inflammatory properties.

Tranexamic Acid: A whitening ingredient known to prevent spots and blemishes.

Salicylic Acid: An effective acne treatment ingredient that helps to clear and prevent pimples.

The key ingredients in the product are: Niacinamide, Sulfur, Tranexamic Acid, Salicylic Acid,
Target: Oily and Acne Prone Skin

Using The Product

I usually will apply this product in small quantities on the inflammed pimple or pus-filled acne. This product will not work well with acne that is just severely inflammed and has no sign of pus coming out. The product will dry out the pus and it will come off by itself when you wash your face etc. There is no need to use our itchy fingers to peel it off. Remember, peeling it off means scars!! This product is safe if you apply 1-3 times a day (ie morning, noon and night) but so far, I’ve only applied it at night coz I do not want to dry out my acne too much. It contains BHA so please wear sunscreen if you are applying this in the day time.

Where to Buy the Product

In Singapore, you can by this product from Watsons. Or buy them when you’re in Taiwan!

Have you tried any of Dr. Wu’s product? Drop me a comment if you have and let me know how it has worked for you! 🙂

bareMinerals READY SPF 20 Mineral Foundation

Bareminerals Ready FoundationI have been using bareMinerals READY SPF 20 Mineral Foundation for a while now, and I thought its time I do a review on this amazing foundation. Why did I say its amazing? Its true it is mineral and many other foundations which are mineral based – but fact is, this is the only powder foundation that I’ve used so far that doesn’t give me outbreaks!

About the Product

Those of you out there who are cult followers of the bareMinerals product ranges will know that the popularity for this product spread like wild fire when its founder, Leslie, started selling its loose powder foundation on QVC in USA. The swirl-tap-buff sure got many ladies onboard and its now one of the go-to foundations for those who have problem skin. From the bareMinerals website, the active ingredients in this foundation are: Titanium Dioxide 11%, Zinc Oxide 18%. Inactive Ingredients: Boron Nitride, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glycerin, Magnesium Silicate, Silica, Nylon-12, Humic Acids, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil, Jojoba Esters, Corallina Officinalis Extract, Lecithin, Betaine, Algae Extract. May Contain: Mica, Bismuth Oxychloride, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides. This foundation also claims to increase hydration by 108% with decent coverage (important point to note for those of you who have reddish patches on your skin like me!)

Using the Product

I have used this product with the bareMinerals brush as well as other flatheaded brushes. The coverage is good if you have some reddish patches or light freckles on your skin. For those with large acne, you can still use this product, but the bumps may be amplified to show the unevenness of the skin. Moles or dark patches that show up prominently on your skin may not be covered that well so you can say that light flaws can be covered, but if you have visible flaws such as large open pores, suggest to use a primer and concealer before using this foundation. This foundation can be layered on (do use flat headed brushes, or if you are a Sigma brush fan, use a 3DHD Precision brush would do the job just fine to create a nice professional finish). I wore this foundation in the humid Singapore weather and it lasted me almost 6 to 8 hours (note: not perspiring okie). My skin did not feel as drying after removing the foundation too. I guess I can attest to the 108% more hydration. Also, I noticed that when I have small pimples, using this foundation actually help to dry them up! (Gosh!). I am not sure if its gotta do with the ingredients in this foundation but hey, it doesn’t clog and helps with drying up small pimples – thumbs up!

Where to Buy this Product

I like to stock this up when I am overseas or when I have friends travelling to USA (its a lot cheaper there). In Singapore, you can purchase it from Sephora and its always good to stock up when its your birthday month (those of you with Sephora’s white card or black card) so that you get some discounts. Otherwise, there are plenty of online shops that ships for free worldwide so do google on!

Are you using this product too? Do share with me your experience!

Lush – Mask of Magnaminty

Refreshing, hydrating and brightening
Refreshing, hydrating and brightening

One day I walked into the Lush outlet at Orchard Gateway and asked for their best selling mask for problem skin. The sales person recommended the Mask of Magnamity. After a quick try of the product at the shop, I made the purchase and hope to do a review on this amazing product.

The sales person told me that there are two formulas for the Mask of Magnaminty. One is made without preservatives (i.e. shorter shelf live) and the other has some preservatives. The effects are the same (she said). So I asked about the one that I’ve just tested at the shop. She said that I was trying out the one with some preservatives (and I thought the effect was pretty good!) so I went ahead and bought the formula that I’ve tried (and knowing that I will take some time to finish the pot).

Lush Mask of Magnamity (a1)About the Product

The product is in bright lime green, and has a texture of mud mixed with chopped / course grains. I took a photo of the ingredients in the pot (made by Aga – thank you!). As you can see, there are ground beans in the mixture. That explains the grainy texture amidst the creamy mud like paste. The mask also smell of strong peppermint that wakes you up, and the feeling of cool mud on your face seems to tell your brain that any inflammation is now calmed and contained. You will notice that the methyparaben is used in the list of ingredients.

Using the Product

The mask was not difficult to apply. I am aware of similar off-the-rack masks that could be hard to dispense. I was advised to spread gently on my face (avoiding the eye and mouth area) and to leave the mask on for 15mins to 20mins before washing off the product with room temperature or lukewarm water. I had used this product after my usual cleansing routine (Facial Foam and Clarisonic). The skin looks brighter and calmer, and felt smooth and hydrated. The reddish patches (my skin is rather sensitive) also seems to fade. I had followed on with my toner and moisturizer right after this to seal in the moisture.

Where to Buy this Product

Lush is available in several countries, including Singapore, Hong Kong, South Korea, Taiwan, Japan, New Zealand and Australia. I had noticed that most of its followers like their invigorating bath bombs.

In Singapore, you can order from Lush Online Shop, or walk into their outlets in Orchard Road and some neighbourhood malls.

Enjoy the mask!