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Marc Anthony – Moroccan Argan Oil

I was introduced Marc Anthony Moroccan Oil when I received it as a gift from a relative. This is an amazingly fragrant oil that is neither too thick nor too thin to be applied on my hair.  These days, I carry it around with me whenever I go to the gym or vacation.

Marc Anthony Moroccan Oil
Lightweight moisturizer for dry hair

Stored in a slim bottle that is about 15 cm tall, the oil that in translucent yellow can be pumped onto the hand (for me 1 pump is sufficient) and applied to moist or dried hair. Personally I prefer to apply this to the hair ends when it is still moist from toweling dry. For those of you who use the hair dryer, make sure the hair is not fully dried when you apply this oil before continuing with further drying.

I thought the oil carries a fragrant jasmine / frangipani scent with nutty undertones. It feels calming when I apply before I go to bed. When you wake up the next morning, the hair looks well nourished and knot free.

I loved this bottle so much that I bought another bottle so that I can have one bottle ready at home.

Go grab a bottle from your nearby pharmacy or Watsons now!

 

Albion – Exage Moist Crystal Milk II & Herbal Oil Gold

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I have mentioned in my earlier post that I would like to try out the Albion Exage Herbal Oil Gold. I finally got a sample from one of my purchases and have been using it for almost 3 weeks! In addition, the sales lady was nice to give me a bottle of Exage Moist Crystal Milk II to complete the skincare steps. Before I start with my review, let me share with you my skincare steps:

The Steps

After drying the cleansed face, put 2-3 drops of Albion Herbal Oil Gold onto the palm of a hand. Gently  rub both hands together to spread  the product for easy application on your face. Place one hand on your forehead and another on your chin to apply the product on your chin and forehead, followed by applying the remaining product on both your cheeks, starting from your nose to your ears. Then with both hands, massage to spread the product on your face. Spread the product upwards when you come to your cheeks. Make sure you have massaged the products into your skin. If you find the product too oily, blot gently with a clean tissue paper before moving on to the next step. Then pump about a 10 cent coin size of the Exage Moist Crystal Milk II (for combination skin) on either a clean cotton pad (this is the usual recommendation from the counter). Dab the milk on your forehead, nose, cheeks and chin and spread evenly in light circular motion using the cotton to make sure the product is evenly distributed and absorbed. The left over milk can  be applied on your knees, elbows,  etc for hydration. Next, wet a clean cotton pad with the Albion Skin Conditioner. Lightly apply the conditioner on your skin (if you have sensitive skin, just pat the cotton very lightly on your face to make sure  the Skin Conditioner has been applied on your entire face). You can wipe the cotton pad on your neck after you are done with your face. Then, discard the cotton pad, and gently pad the excess conditioner on your face (sensitive skin – just press gently to help the conditioner absorb into your skin). Apply your own skincare serum or moisturizer to seal in the moisture.

Exage Moist Crystal Milk II

The Exage Moist Crystal Milk II is a non-greasy, lightweight milk lotion that helps to moisturize your skin before you toned it with the Skin Conditioner. Initially I thought it will give me outbreaks but I realise its not the case, if I had made sure the product is evenly applied on my skin without excess left on my skin. It is very gentle, and I thought it works for me in humid environment. The lotion also helped to moisturize a rough patch on my knee, a scab from abrasion, so that the scab will fall out gradually. The milk has a very nice floral (?) scent that is calming, and I like the scent. The sale person may recommend that you put the milk on a clean cotton pad, but I always felt that the product may be wasted (cotton absorb the milk) so I just pour it on my hand. Otherwise, applying with cotton pad might be easier to apply (spreads better) on the face.

Albion Herbal Oil Gold

I am a firm believer that the oilier your face, the more you should be using oils to keep your skin hydrated. The Herbal Oil is quickly absorbed into the skin when you use it as the first step after you have dried your face. However it is important (as with all oils) that you make sure you have spread out all the oils to avoid clogging your pores (depending on what type of oils you use). So far, the oils that I have blogged about doesnt clog the pores and are rather comfortable to use. The Oil is very light and thin (not those thick ones that feels more like cooking oil) and comes with a very calming scent that goes well with the milk mentioned above. You should avoid having the oils near your eyes (just in case you get milia seeds coz the skin around the eye is very sensitive and thin). Originally I thought I must tone the face with Skin Conditioner before I apply the Herbal Oil but was quickly corrected by the sale person at Albion counter that the Herbal Oil should come first. She was right! 🙂

Because of the positive experience, I have bought a bottle of Albion Herbal Oil Gold.  Exage Moist Crystal Milk II is now on my wish list! 😀

Before signing off…

I noticed that my skin has improved significantly since I switch to using oils from Decleor and Albion. This made me conclude that my acne was not just triggered by hormonal imbalance, but also from lack of moisture / poor hydration. I will try to blog more about how to take care of acne prone skin when I find more time, but for now I hope the products that I have recommended here are useful to all of you.

Decleor – Aromaessence Ylang Ylang

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I was introduced to facial oils by my beautician who had been with me for the last 3 years. I have combination skin and am always in the company of adult acne. When mu beautician firs handed me a small bottle of facial oil from italy, I noticed that it does not help to bring down redness on my skin, though the texture of the oil was watery with minty scent and of my liking. So I embark on the journey tp find the facial oil that worked with my skin.

After much search on the internet, I went on to purchase Decleor Aromaessence Ylang Ylang. I also bought the Aroma Purete Shine Control Oxygenating Fluid coz the sales lady said these two are the best combination.

Having tried a number of italian, french and japanese products, I must admit this is probably one of my star purchases. I noticed that the acne on my chin started to subside (I can finally see my chin free of acne) and the redness has started to be less visible. The scent of Ylang Ylang is mesmerizing and relaxes me. I also followed the video on Decleor website on how to apply the serum. Loved it! You can sew that I am nearing the end of my bottle so am definitely going to stock this up!

Nuxe – Huile Prodigieuse

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I like this oil. It is watery and absorbs quickly into the skin esp after shower. I have not used it on hair ends or face as what was suggested on the bottle but I think its a wonderful product. Best part, a 50ml lasts a long time, cos you don’t need to use a lot of it to moisturize your skin. This oil smells of sweet almond, so if you like almond in your perfumes, this is the product for you.

The only drawback is how you dispense the oil. The 100ml comes in a spray but the 50ml requires you to pour the oil out from the top. That said I still like it! I even stocked a few bottles at home!