Favourite Essence, Serum/Treatment & Cream/Moisturiser of 2020

Featured Photo by Markus Winkler on Unsplash

Happy 2021!

This is a continuation from the 1st part where I wrote about my favourite cleanser and toner for the year 2020. If you have not read the 1st part, I would suggest you to do so.

Disclaimer: My skin type is combination sensitive. And this post is not sponsored.

A quick question: Do you need facial essence in your skincare?

The answer is not necessarily, depending on your skin needs. If you felt that your skin need a hydration boost or the benefit from the facial essence, you can consider adding an essence into your skincare regime.

Favourite hydrating essence: Primera Miracle Seed Essence

Photo courtesy: Primerabeauty US

Why is this my favourite?

Out of all the essence that I have used, this is the most hydrating yet lightweight facial essence. Whenever I used this, It felt like an instant water boost on my face. The key ingredient used is the lotus seed extract – Rich in amino acids and polyphenols helps increase hydration, and help defend against environmental factors.

Other notable ingredients are the Niacinamide and Glycerin which helped to brighten and hydrate the skin. On top of that, it contains Saccharomyces Ferment known as the fermented yeast that provides anti-ageing properties. But it is listed at the bottom of the ingredients so It might be at a lower concentration.

The pros about purchasing this is that it comes with a complimentary cotton pad of 70 sheets. I would recommend you not to use the cotton pad because it absorbs more essence = wasting more essence. And the cotton fibre sticks on my skin after application which could potentially irritate your skin.

My only concern was that it was hard to use for the first few times as I was struggling to get the essence flowing out to my palm. I am not sure if it’s some air pressure or the hole diameter of the bottle.

This essence retails for USD 58 for 150ml.

Ease of application:

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Value for money:

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Compatibility to all skin type:

YES|NO

Animal Cruelty free:

YES|NO

Does it contain harsh chemical?

Free from: Parabens, Mineral oil, Animal-derived ingredients, Synthetic colorants, Artificial fragrances, Imidazolidinyl urea, TEA


Favourite affordable essence similar to SK-II facial treatment essence:

  1. Missha Time Revolution The First Treatment Essence RX (4th Gen)
  2. Secret Key Starting Treatment Essence Rose Edition

Why are these my favourite?

Missha has been my my favourite essence since 2019 and it still my favourite for 2020. I like the fact that this essence does not contain any pungent smell derived from the fermented yeast like the SK-II facial treatment essence.

Furthermore, it uses their Pro Ferment α™ technology that transforms the double fermentation content to phosphatide making it easier for the skin to absorb.

This 4th generation essence is a simple formulated essence containing 95% cica enzyme ferment extracts alongside pearl reef extracts and rice extracts. It helps to increase the hydration of the skin and moisture retention as well as smooth out fine lines/wrinkles for a youthful appearance.

I have been using this for almost 2 years and it has become a staple product in my skincare routine. I always felt that applying essence before your serums/ampoules or treatments make it absorb better to your skin. This essence retails for USD 31.20 (discounted) for 150 ml.

I decided to try this essence because some say that this is better than the Missha essence. I have been using this for the past 2 months. I would say that it deliver a similar result to Missha essence. I think it boiled down to personal’s preferences and the budget.

The unique thing about this essence is it contains Rosa Centifolia Flower Water that helps tighten pores and brighten your skin complexion. It also comprises of antiseptic properties that fight acne and reduce redness on the skin.

I like it whenever I applied on my face, it soothes and hydrates my skin immediately which gives a short “cooling” effect to calm my skin. Over time, it does brighten my skin and maintains the hydration. I prefer this over the original secret key treatment essence because it is simple formulated compared to the original consisting of less than 15 ingredients.

This essence retails USD 16.84 (discounted) for 150 ml.

Ease of application:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Value for money:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Compatibility to all skin type:

YES|NO

Animal Cruelty free:

YES|NO

Does the product contain harsh ingredients?

Missha: free from parabens, artificial fragrance, artificial colouring, mineral oil, alcohol, sulfate.

Secret Key: free from parabens, animal oil, artificial fragrance, artificial colouring, mineral oil, alcohol, sulfate.


Favourite hyaluronic acid treatment: THE LAB by blanc doux Oligo Hyaluronic Acid Boosting Ampoule.

Photo courtesy: THE LAB by blanc doux

Why is this my favourite?

Before I even mentioned the reason why I like this ampoule. I would like to state the difference between a serum and an ampoule to avoid any confusion.

The difference between a serum and ampoule:

Photo courtesy: Rovectin

According to the photo above, the first column represents the texture, second column represents the function and the last column represent the usage.

I liked this ampoule because it is a lightweight formula that can be used daily. Also, it does not break me out and super hydrating on the skin. What’s so special is that it contain 10,000ppm low molecular mass hyaluronic acid that able to penetrate to your skin deeper.

Besides, it consist of white snow tea leaf extract and cauliflower mushroom extract for a natural fermented polysaccharids formula that aid the growth of the natural moisture factors filaggrin and ceramides. Most importantly, it is fragrance free and free of colour additives. I usually put this at night 3 times a week and wake up in the next morning to a nice glowy skin.

This ampoule retails for USD 21.70 (discounted) for 30ml.

Ease of application:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Value for money:

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Compatibility to all skin type:

YES|NO

Animal Cruelty free:

YES|NO

Does the product contain harsh ingredients?

Free from: parabens, artificial fragrance, artificial colouring/dyes, essential oil.


Favourite serum: Krave Beauty Great Barrier Relief

Photo courtesy: Krave Beauty

Why is this my favourite?

Previously, I often have redness on the face and dry patches around the jaw. Besides, I do have acne scarring hence I was looking for a serum that help to tackles these problem and seriously this works for me. It is also great for those who have damaged skin barrier. Or at least want to maintain a healthy skin barrier.

I apply this 3 times a week but it is appropriate to apply daily. This serum is soothing and does not feel heavy on the skin. The effect is not immediate and it took me about 3 weeks to see the results. Overall, it does brighten my face and my redness was significantly reduced. I do notice that my acne scars were lighten too.

I would like to caution that if you have oily skin, I would recommend to apply 1 pump of the serum. But if your skin is normal to dry skin, 1 to 2 pump is recommended.

This serum retails for USD 28 for 45ml

Ease of application:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Value for money:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Compatibility to all skin type:

YES|NO

Animal Cruelty free:

YES|NO

Does the product contain harsh ingredients?

All KraveBeauty products are vegan-friendly, cruelty-free, and formulated without fragrance, essential oil, colorant, and potential allergic sensitizers.


Favourite moisturiser/cream: Krave beauty Oat So Simple Water Cream

Photo courtesy: Krave Beauty

Why is this my favourite?

As you can read from the name, it is a simple formulated cream with less than 10 ingredients. The cream consist of the main ingredient: Avena Sativa (Oat) Meal Extract that is about 80% according to Liah Yoo, the founder of Krave beauty. She mentioned that oat extract help to retain skin moisture and rebuild the skin barrier.

It is a simple cream that soothes and hydrates your skin and it could act as a foundation for layering your active ingredients such as vitamin C, hyaluronic treatment, retinol and many more. Also, the cream is fungal acne safe which is a huge bonus for me.

I have tried many creams and even some expensive creams contain ingredients that could triggered fungal acne. Fungal acne and pimple are two different terms.

Photo courtesy: Zula.sg

Fungal acne is defined as caused by yeast, a fungus, that inflames the hair follicles on your skin and causes pimplelike bumps or red bumps. I used to have it on my forehead and it is relatively itchy that cause me wanting to scratch my forehead. It can also appear on the chest, back, or upper arms. From my experience, it is harder to treat fungal acne compared to regular acne. It takes about 2-3 weeks properly treat it.

I have been using this cream since it was launch back in 2019. Even though I have other cream, I always reach out to this simply because I liked how basic it is and the unique texture that seem like a heavy cream but once applied it is like a thin layer of water on your face. It is perfect for those who lives in a humid and hot country or during summertime.

This cream retails for USD 28 for 80 ml.

Ease of application:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Value for money:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Compatibility to all skin type:

YES|NO

Animal Cruelty free:

YES|NO

Does the product contain harsh ingredients?

All KraveBeauty products are vegan-friendly, cruelty-free, and formulated without fragrance, essential oil, colorant, and potential allergic sensitizer.

Unfortunately, I do not have a favourite for the sunscreen category, the sunscreen that I am currently using is decent but not something that I am fond of. So I am hoping to finish the current one and hoping to find a sunscreen that I liked in 2021.

If you are interested in the product mentioned above, feel free to click on the link under their name. Thank you for taking your time to read the post. Stay tuned for more post in 2021!

Cheers,

Favourite Cleanser & Toner of 2020

Featured image: photo courtesy of Eqqualberry

I decided to combine my November and December favourites for the beauty category here because it’s sum up the products I used for this year.

Without further explanation, let’s jump straight into the products:

Disclaimer: My skin type is combination-sensitive.

Favourite Cleanser: First Aid Beauty Face cleanser

Photo courtesy: First Aid Beauty

Why is this my favourite?

First of all, this cleanser is affordable and I don’t think there is a need to splurge on an expensive cleanser because it is a wash-off process that you put on your face no more than 60 seconds. Some may not prefer cream cleanser because it might be either overly drying or stripping leaving your skin feeling tight. But a combination skin like me has benefitted from using this and I love that my skin felt clean but still retaining that hydration after cleansing. Over time, my skin felt smoother and softer. I have recommended this to my friends which they told me that their skin have improved – lesser pimple and oiliness.

This cleanser retails for SGD 34/USD 21 for 142g.

Ease of application:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Value for money:

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Compatibility to all skin types:

YES|NO

Animal cruelty free:

YES|NO

Does it contain Harsh chemical?

Free from the followings: Alcohol, Artificial Colorants, Artificial Fragrance, Lanolin, Mineral Oil, Parabens, Petrolatum, Phthalates, Propylene Glycol, Sulfates, Talc, Formaldehydes, Oxybenzone, Coal Tar, Hydroquinone, Triclocarbon, Ethanol, Ethyl Alcohol.


Favourite Toner for combination to oily skin: Isntree Green Tea Fresh Toner

Photo courtesy: Isntree

Why is this my favourite?

The toner contains 80% of green tea extract with that being the first ingredient in the list and green tea does have many benefits to the skin such as antioxidants, anti-ageing and reduce redness/flushing. This toner is also alcohol-free and fragrance-free making it gentle and less irritating to the skin. Lastly, the cost of this toner is affordable about SGD 18 for 200ml. I do not think there is a need to splurge on toner as it is the first step after cleansing to give some hydration to the skin and regulate back your skin pH level.

Ease of application*:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

*Can use with or without a cotton pad.

Value for money:

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Compatibility to all skin types:

YES|NO (most suitable for combination to oily skin type)

Animal cruelty free:

YES|NO

Does it contain any Harsh chemical?

photo courtesy: Isntree Korea

Favourite refreshing toner for all skin type: Keep cool and soothe bamboo toner

Photo courtesy: Keep Cool Korea

Why is this my favourite?

I live in a place where the weather is hot and humid frequently so a refreshing toner can instantly cool down my skin on sunny days. The toner contains 85% bamboo water with it being in the first ingredient in the list. Bamboo water is more hydrating than regular water and helps to boost natural collagen production. I also liked that it does calm and soothe the redness of my skin. Likewise, I brought it at an affordable price of about SGD 20 for 350ml that lasted for four months. A GOOD DEAL!

Ease of application*:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

*Can use with or without a cotton pad

Value for money:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Compatibility to all skin types:

YES|NO

Animal cruelty free:

YES|NO

Does it contain any harsh chemical?

Free from: Alcohol, Fragrance, Parabens and Essential oil.


Favourite 2 in 1 toner: Laneige cream skin refiner

Photo courtesy: Lameige Korea

Why is this my favourite?

This toner is specially formulated by Laneige Cream Blending Technology™ to dissolve a jar of cream to the skin toner. It contains white tea extract rich in amino acid to soothe and reinforce the skin barrier and return skin to its healthy condition. Plus, white tea consists of a higher number of antioxidants than green tea. This makes me get ready faster, for example, daytime skincare routine I will apply this after cleansing, followed by essence and finally sunscreen. It is also very hydrating for skin during hot weather.

But my only concern is that it’s somewhat sticky after the toner dries. I would recommend applying one layer regardless of your skin type so it might not feel that sticky. The toner is more costly than the ones mentioned above, retails about SGD 38 for 150ml.

Ease of application*:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

*Best recommended to use without a cotton pad.

Value for money:

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Compatibility to all skin types:

YES|NO

Animal cruelty free:

YES|NO

Does it contain any harsh chemical?

Free from: Alcohol, Fragrance and Parabens.


Favourite exfoliating toner: Krave Beauty Kale-Lalu-yAHA

Photo courtesy: Krave Beauty

Why is this my favourite?

A quick question: Do you need to exfoliate your skin?

The answer is Yes. Regardless if you have wonderful skincare products and you do not exfoliate your skin, you need to re-evaluate your skincare regime! Proper exfoliation removes the barrier of dead skin cells clogging the skin and uncovers fresh new cells below. This opens the way for moisturising products to penetrate more deeply into the skin, which makes them more effective.

I swear this is the only AHA toner that worked for me. It is gentle enough yet not overly drying to my skin. I could see result (lesser breakout, glowy skin) after using it for 3 weeks. It contains 5.25% glycolic acid and formulated with a pH of 3.5-4.0. Glycolic acid is commonly used to formulate AHAs toner.

Kale-lalu-yAHA contains vitamin-rich leafy greens like kale, spinach, and parsley that is load with antioxidants to give your skin an energy boost. In addition, it consist of aloe water, hyaluronic acid and vitamin B5 to replenish, hydrate and soothe skin.

Initially, when I first started using, I would experience a slight tingling sensation that I thought my skin is “burning”. This is a common experience for those who first started using chemical exfoliant as our skin is new to the ingredient. Although AHAs are often marketed as safe for all skin types, you might want to be cautious if you have extremely dry and sensitive skin. I strongly recommend using once per week then slowly building it up to twice per week.

Please be warned not to use it on open wounds, the toner might sting the hell out of your skin and possibly making it worst.

The toner retails for USD 25 for 200ml.

Ease of application:

Rating: 4 out of 5.

You do require a cotton pad to swipe it over your entire face.

Value for money:

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Compatibility to all skin types:

YES|NO (sensitive skin user should use with caution)

Animal Cruelty free:

YES|NO

Does it contain any harsh chemical?

All KraveBeauty products are vegan-friendly, cruelty-free, and formulated without fragrance, essential oil, colorant, and potential allergic sensitizers.


Favourite non-AHA/BHA/PHA exofilating toner: EQQUALBERRY Daily Peeling Swimming Pool Toner

Photo courtesy: EQQUALBERRY Korea

Why is this my favourite?

As much I loved Krave beauty toner, I was on a hunt for an exfoliating toner that does not create any tingling sensation when applied on the skin and this is the one. It does not only exfoliate your skin but also moisturise it at the same time. Surprisedly, this toner does not contain any alpha hydroxy acid (AHA), beta-hydroxy acid (BHA) or Poly Hydroxy Acids (PHA) but rather contains KERASOLAZE(H) to exfoliate the skin.

It was known as a protein solution separated from the hatching liquid within 24 hours after rainbow trout’s eggs hatch. There should be low irritation to the typical exfoliating component BHA and 24-hour protein decomposition in some tests, which is suitable for daily peeling.

Eqqualberry toner contain 5 BERRY COMPLEX which origined from 5 types of berries to provide moisture and ZEMEA® – a moisturiser using plant-oil extract that derived from corn (GMO-free) as a base.

Since it’s a gentle exfoliating toner, I used it for twice or thrice a week and it did not cause any redness or breakout for me. My skin felt more moisturised and glowy after application in comparison to the Krave beauty’s toner. I introduced this to my boyfriend for his eczema-prone skin which he is impressed. I purchased this toner for SGD 23 (discounted priced) for 300ml which is totally worthy.

Ease of application:

Rating: 4 out of 5.

You require to use a cotton pad to swipe it over your entire face.

Value for money:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Compatibility to all skin type:

YES|NO (Most suitable for normal to dry skin including sensitive skin)

Animal Cruelty free:

YES|NO

Does it contain any harsh chemical?

All ingredient is EWG tested & verified – the toner is free of harmful ingredients and heavy metals such as lead, arsenic and mercury.


Okay these are 5 favourite toner for the year 2020! If you are interested any of the products mentioned above, feel free to click on the links under their name. Stay tuned for the second part of the favourite essence, serum and toner for 2020!

Cheers,

Empties: Jul to Oct

Featured image: Photo by Content Pixie on Unsplash

Hello. Apologies for the short hiatus… I am finally back! I am aware that I have not been posting the monthly favourite since July but this post shall compensate for the beauty category

Today’s post will be product that I have started using from July and finished at the end of October.

Disclaimer: The products mentioned are not sponsored or so.

Photo from the left to right:

Keep Cool and Soothe Toner. Brand: KEEP COOL | Time Revolution Artemisa Treatment Essence. Brand: Missha | Time Revolution the First Treatment Essence Rx. Brand: Missha | Oligo Hyaluronic Acid Calming Cream. Brand: THE LAB by blanc doux

How will I mention about the products?

I would do it in a Q&A format where I would answer the typical questions that people want to know about the product.

Before I begin, I would like state that my skin type is combination-sensitive skin.

Question and Answer

Product name: Keep Cool and Soothe Toner.

Photo credit: ALTHEA

Q: What is my first impression of the product?

Me: The bottle structure is like how a typical toner bottle would look like and the design is simple and minimalist. The toner dispense easily to my cotton pad. Overall, it was a good impression.

Q: What do I like about this toner?

A short background info about the product: Keep Cool prides itself to use natural derived, cruelty free ingredients. And they do not use synthetic fragrances, essential oils and drying alcohol.

The toner is formulated with 85% Bamboo water. So what make bamboo water special than regular water?

Bamboo water provides deep hydration to the skin and it is rich in silica content that gives your skin a radiant glow. Also, it helps to boost natural collagen production that might result in youthful and firmer skin. It is a powerful antioxidant that keeps your skin safe from damaging free radicals.

Other notable ingredient include is the Phyto Green Shower Complex that include 4 types of phytoncide-activating ingredients (bamboo, cyprus, pine, and thuja) that help to calm and soothe the skin.

3 things that I like about this toner:

  • It calm and soothe the redness on my face.
  • It is hydrating which make me feel like I am splashing cold water on my face.
  • It’s lightweight and absorbs quickly to the skin with no sticky feeling.

Q: What do I not like about this toner?

Me: There is nothing much that I do not like about the toner. But there is one ingredient, citric acid which might be potentially irritating to sensitive skin. But it’s stated at bottom of the list so I would say that concentration is rather low. I did not experience any irritation upon using it so I do not think this is a huge concern.

Q: How has my skin benefitted or not befitted from using this toner?

Yes my skin benefitted from using this toner. In comparison to the cult favourite Isn’t Tree Green Tea toner, this is more hydrating. As for sebum production, I don’t see my face getting oily throughout the day. Overall I think it does a good job keeping my skin balanced (oil to water balance). Also, I tend to have a few breakouts before/during my period and this toner does help to soothe the redness of the acne spots. But it does not prevent acne/pimple.

Q: Would I recommend it to my friend or family members?

Yes definitely would! This moisturising toner is suitable for all skin type and the price point is value for money. Normally the volume of a typical toner is between 150ml to 200ml but this comes in 2 sizes, 160ml and 350ml. I paid $20.00 for 350ml of toner and it lasts me longer for about 4 months as compared to the previous toner that I need to replenish every 2 months. For me, I used it twice a day – daytime and night time after cleansing.

Overall Ratings:

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

To find out more about the product: click this link


Product name: Time Revolution Artemisia Treatment Essence.

Photo credit: Missha Korea

Q: What is my first impression of the product?

The glass bottle gives a classy and sleek look and the design is simple and easy to understand. I like they blend the bottle cap with the bottle that give an ombre effect (dark to light). Lastly, the essence dispenses easily on my palm so overall it’s a good impression

Q: What do I like about this essence?

This essence contain only 1 active ingredients: 100% Artemisia Annua Extract. Artemisia, also known as mugwort, is a medical plant that is great for its healing and calming properties while strengtening the skin barrier.

Missha Time Revolution Artemisia Treatment Essence is doubled fermented in an urn once at a warm temperature and twice at a cool temperature for 100 days. The Artemisia extract is retrieved using a low temperature high pressure extraction process, the solution is extraceted into a single element of higly active ingredients.

Benefit(s) to the skin:

  • Antibacterial – great for acne-prone skin
  • Anti-inflammatory – help to reduce flushing and redness or skin irritation
  • Antioxidant – help to slow down the ageing process.

3 things I like about this essence:

  1. It’s lightweight and absorb quickly to the skin with no sticky feeling.
  2. The immediate effect of reducing the redness/flushing of my sensitive skin after application.
  3. Help to reduce my pimple/acne outbreak during my monthly cycle.

Q: What do I not like about this essence?

I am not sure if this is just me that experienced this but whenever I put the essence on my face, it somehow would sting my eyes and get it teary. FYI: I do not put the essence on my eye area, usually I would put it on my forehead, T-zone, cheek and chin. And I have tried to put it only at my cheek area but I would still experience the eyes stinging. I guess probably the volatile gas from the Artemisia extract get into my eye and cause mild eye irritation.

This essence does have a herb scent which is rather mild but if you are not a fan of any herb scent that this essence might not suit you. FYI: This essence does not contain any artificial fragrance.

Q: How has my skin benefitted or not befitted from using this essence?

I do see an improvement on my skin. Most importantly my skin redness reduced and oftentimes, my skin has that obvious flush when the weather is too hot and this does not make my skin appear like “tomato”.

My skin is hydrated as usual and a great bonus for me would be that I did not get any Mascne (mask-acne) since I am obliged to wear a mask whenever I step out of my house. And I know that mask acne might be an unavoidable problem as we wear our mask every day to work/school. But this essence helps to prevent my face from getting mascne. But not 100% guarantee that it will help you solve the masne problem.

Q: Would I recommend it to my friend or family members?

I would higly recommend to those with sensitive/irritated/acne-prone skin types because I feel that this essence is targetted toward a specific skin concern. The price point is afforable that retails for 27,300 KRW. I got this for $25 from Shopee Singapore that directly ship from South Korea and lasted me for 2 months as I used it as a quick calming mask too.

Overall Ratings:

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

To find out more about the product: click this link


Product name: Time Revolution the First Treatment Essence Rx.

Photo credit: Missha Korea

I have actually reviewed this essence back in 2019 and never regretted my choice of switching to this from the renowned SK-II facial treatment essence.

Q: What is my first impression of the product?

As usual with Missha time revolution, the essence are bottled in a glass bottle that give a sleek and classy look. And the design is kept simple and easy to understand. Lastly, the essence does easily depense onto my palm or cotton pad.

Q: What do I like about this essence?

3 things I like about this essence:

  1. It’s a lightweight and absorb quickly to the skin and leaves no sticky feeling.
  2. It has no smell as compared to a renowned facial treatement essence which contain a pungent smell derived from it’s natural fermentation.
  3. It is really hydrating and also contain anti-ageing properties for the skin.

Missha Time Revolution the First Treatment Essence Rx is the 4th generation of the treatment essence since their first launch back in 2011. This is their latest revamp of the time revolution the First Treatment Essence and what is it different from the previous generation?

This 4th gen essence contain 95% Cica enzyme ferment extract alongside with pearl reef extract and rice extract. The essence is formulated without parabens, artificial fragrances, alcohol and mineral oil. And it uses a double fermentation process that is similar to the Time Revolution Artemisia Treatment Essence.

Q: What do I not like about this essence?

There is nothing much I do not like about this essence. Unlike the Artemisia Treatment Essence, this essence does not cause any eye irritation even if it’s placed near my eye.

Q: How has my skin benefitted or not befitted from using this essence?

I have been using it for almost 2 years and this has been a staple of mine. My skin has been more “clear” than before. My face is hydrated and balanced. I do not think it helps to brighten my skin much but I like the anti-ageing benefit that it provides.

Q: Would I recommend it to my friend or family members?

Yes I would recommend to those who want to include a facial essence into their skincare regime. I think this essence is a good stepping stone for one to purchase plus it is affordable too. I got mine for less than $50 so it is worth a try? The essence is suitable for all skin types of all ages and one bottle can last me for 3 to 4 months.

Overall Ratings:

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

To find out more about the product: click this link


Product name: Oligo Hyaluronic Acid Calming+ Cream.

Photo credit: THE LAB by blanc doux

Q: What is my first impression of the product?

The cream comes in a tube form which resembles a toothpaste rather than the conventional glass/plastic jar. It is easy to squeeze the cream out from the tube. The cream has a texture like a soft balm that glides easily on your face. Overall, I has a good first impression.

Q: What do I like about this cream?

3 things I like about this cream:

  1. It contains hyaluronic acid which is an excellent hydrator to the skin.
  2. Not only it provide deep hydration but it also calm my face too.
  3. It is a light cream that does not feel heavy which is suitable to use in a humid country and it does not contain artificial fragrance too.

Oligo Hyaluronic Acid Calming+ Cream by THE LAB by blanc doux is a moisturizing cream with hyaluronic acid that deeply hydrates your skin. 

According to a study, hyaluronic acid (HA) or hyaluronan is a crucial molecule involved in skin moisture, a glycosaminoglycan (GAG) with a unique capacity to bind and retain water molecules. It belongs to the extracellular matrix (ECM) molecules and the predominant component of the skin ECM is HA. HA is most abundant in the human skin, accounting for 50% of the total body HA. And skin ageing is associated with loss of skin moisture.  To prevent skin ageing, hyaluronic acid is introduced to retain moisture to the skin and reduce the visibility of fine lines and wrinkles to create a more youthful look. Read more: here

Photo credit: THE LAB by blanc doux

You might have notice the word: “DERMA-CLEARA” highlighted in blue and wondering what does it mean?

Photo credit: THE LAB by blanc doux

Q: What do I not like about this cream?

There is nothing I do not like about this moisturing cream. And I did not experience any irritation using this cream.

But based solely on the ingredients, it does contain a few essential oils which may be potential irritants to the skin. If you know that your skin could be reactive to certain essential oils then this cream would not be suitable for you or use it with caution. It also contains silicone so if you are not a fan of silicone in your skincare product or your skin is reactive to silicone then this product might not be suitable.

Full ingredient list: Purified Water, Butylene Glycol, Caprylic/Capric Tryglycerides, Glycerin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Olivate, Meadowfoam Seed Oil, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter, Sorbitan Olivate, Vincetoxicum Atratum Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate (3010ppm), Camellia Japonica Leaf Extract, Beta-Glucan, Jojoba Seed Oil, Betaine, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid (5ppm), Sodium Acetylated Hyaluronate(0.5ppm), Isododecane, Sodium Polyacryloyldimethyl Taurate, Xanthan Gum, Trideceth-10, Candelilla Wax, Boswellia Serrata Resin Extract, 1,2-Hexanediol, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Disodium EDTA, Ethylhexylglycerin, Dimethicone.

Q: How has my skin benefitted or not befitted from using this cream?

My skin has become more hydrated. I used this cream during the daytime before applying my sunscreen help to keep my face hydrated for a longer period. I do feel that my face is much softer and radiant. This cream leaves a semi-dewy finish, not those kinds of cream that give you a dewy glow finish which some may find it looking too oily.

Q: Would I recommend it to my friend or family members?

I would recommend to those ppl whose skin need a hydration boost, normal to combination skin including sensitive skin. Perhaps oily skin might find this a little too oily for them. The price point is considered afforable as I got this for $30 for 50ml.

Overall Ratings:

Rating: 4 out of 5.

To find out more about the product: click this link


I have to come to the end of my post. Thank you for taking the time to read my post! And should you be interested in any product mentioned, feel free to look them up! Kindly stay tuned for the november favourites.

Cheers,

Boyfriend reviews his current skincare products

Featured image by Photo by Heather Ford on Unsplash

Hello. It’s been a while. I have been busy with my university projects hence I did not manage to post a July favourite. But I will combine them with the August favourites.

Today post is different than usual. Normally, before I post any skincare product recommendation, I would use them for 2 weeks or more to give an objective review of the product. The product mentioned in this post will not used by me but my boyfriend instead.

I would like to put out a disclaimer that all the product mentioned are bought by my boyfriend with his own money. None of these are sponsored.

I know there is a controversial of a guy using skincare product dictating them as “girly”, “feminine” or even worst “is he gay?”. I am not trying to offend anyone or the LGBT community. But I had heard people saying this in my previous job. I know in South Korea, men do use as much skincare product as women. So, I don’t think there is anything wrong with men using skincare products. I think it’s beneficial for them to use them to protect their skin for pre-mature ageing.

A short description of my boyfriend skin type/condtion. My boyfriend suffered eczema skin condition since he’s young. Fortunately, majority of his eczema occurred his body, so it hardly breakout on his face. His face type is combination – oily at the T-zone area and somewhat dry around his cheek area.

My boyfriend skincare routine is pretty much the basic that consist of 3 simple steps: Cleanser >> Toner/Essence >> Cream/Moisturiser.

I am aware that he is missing a step for his sunscreen/sunblock for his daytime routine. I tried to persuade him to put but often times, he forget to apply.

Recently, he tried to two new beauty products which are of the following:

Photo credit: Laneige Korea (Laneige.com/kr)
Photo credit: Roundlab Korea (roundlab.co.kr)

Let’s start with the one on the left which is the Laneige Homme Cream Skin Refiner All in one retails for 28,000 Won = 23.49 USD for 150ml. At the moment, this is only sold in South Korea.

Photo credit: Laneige Korea

This is the men version (2020) of their infamous cream skin refiner. If you have not heard of it yet, the cream skin refiner was the talk of the town last year (2019). I had tried the cream skin refiner and it was good and my skin had no reaction or whatsoever.

One of the main ingredient used was the white tea leaf extract which has a higher concentration of antioxidants and amino acids compared to green tea leaf extract. The only thing that I did not like was the sticky feeling after application. So I did not repurchase it, overall it’s not a bad product, it does leave your skin feeling soft and hydrated. I highly recommend for those with dry skin and it’s applicable to all skin types.

The difference between the original cream skin refiner and Homme cream skin refiner is the extra ingredients contain in the men version which are ethanol, chamomile extract and mentoxypropanediol.

Ethanol – It is a well-known topical penetration enhancer, which means it can be used to increase the transdermal delivery of certain ingredients into the skin.

Chamomile extract – It is known for its excellent soothing and anti-inflammatory properties.

Mentoxypropanediol – It is a cooling agent that derived from menthol and it is commonly used fragrance or masking agent.

How does this review goes about?

I have sent a list of question to my boyfriend and he will give his objective review about the products. P.S. He has been using these product for more than 3 weeks.

Questions and Answer

Q: What is your first impression of the product?

A: I like the simplicity of the packaging and it looked relatively cool for a guy.

Q: What do you like about the product?

A: First off, it has no smell and it is easy to apply without the use of a cotton pad. It absorbed relatively fast into the skin and it is also a 3 in 1 product.

Before Application.
Photo taken by my boyfriend for illustrative purposes only.
After application.
Photo taken by my boyfriend for illustrative purposes only.

Q: What do you not like about the product? why?

A: The stickiness after application. When you first apply it to your face, it feels like putting a light lotion/cream. As the toner gets absorb within 5 seconds, it will leave a slight stickiness to your face. Furthermore, your hands will be sticky as well, so it will be necessary to wash our hands after applying. Another downside is that it does not provide as much hydration with comparison to other toner.

Q: How has the product benefited or not benefitted your skin after using it for a month?

A: Overall, I feel that this toner has help to control some of my oiliness and kept my skin slightly hydrated. There is less sebum production during the day and slightly lesser pimples produce as well.

Q: How likely would you consider repurchase the product?

A: Not likely|Neutral|More Likely|Most Likely.

Q: Would you recommend this product to your friends or relatives?

A: I will recommend this product to other friends if they are looking for a 3 in 1 facial product and they are not fussy about the stickiness.

Q: Overall rating of the product?

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

June Favourites 2020

Featured image: Photo by Loverna Journey on Unsplash

Hey! We have passed the mid-year and left with relatively five months to mark the end of 2020 and ring the bell for 2021! How has the half-year been for you? I know we are experiencing new changes due to pandemic and I hope that you are positively adapting to new norm such as sanitising your hands often, wearing a mask when you heading outside and keeping a safe distance from one another.

If you are new to this segment, I’ll be sharing about 2 or 3 favourites that I have used for June. It can be anything from beauty, makeup, book, music or app. FYI: The product(s) mentioned is/are not sponsored.

Favourite Beauty of the month: MISSHA Time Revolution Red Algae Treatment Essence (150ml)

This red algae treatment essence retails for 39,000 Korean Won and that is equivalent to about 45 SGD. I think the price point is considered affordable as compared to a renowned facial treatment essence. This was newly launched this year in February but I ordered this in mid-May from an online store (Shopee) and the package arrived in early June which is in time for this month favourites!

If you have been wondering is it necessary to include treatment essence in your skincare routine? I would say it is not essential, but it’s good to have one. Facial Essence is a lightweight liquid formulation that adds a level of hydration. Besides, it contains concentrated active ingredients that target different skin concern such as wrinkles, fine lines, dullness and uneven skin tone.

Red algae have been a rising trend in the skincare industry that it was said to have numerous benefits to the skin. MISSHA utilized their technology and slowly ferments at 36.5℃ for 100 days to increase the anti-oxidant power of the Irish Moss extract (also known as red algae) and then it captures the 100% undiluted solution. It has been about a month since I have used the new red algae treatment essence.

What I like about this Time Revolution Red Algae Treatment Essence:

  1. The essence is suitable for all skin type, especially dull and stressed skin.
    • FYI: My skin type is combination-sensitive and up to this point, I did not experience any skin reactivity after application.
  2. The essence only contains one ingredient which is 100% Chondrus Crispus Extract (scientific name) as stated in the ingredients list.
    • Chondrus Crispus is widely known as red algae which is a type of seaweed that is a rich source of nutrients for the skin. It’s highly rich in phenols and fatty acid that gives remarkable moisturising properties to maintain the skin’s natural protective film, replenish the skin’s natural water reservoir, and increase its moisture-retention capabilities.
    • It contains high potent antioxidants that help fight free radicals making it a powerful anti-ageing and anti-inflammatory. I did notice that it does reduce the redness on my skin.
    • It contains a high concentration level of carrageenan. This form a “protective” film layer on the skin to shield it against environmental stress and damaging air-bone pollutants.
  3. It absorbs quickly into the skin and leaves no sticky/tacky feeling. The viscosity of this essence is a slight gel-like liquid as compared to their best seller of a water-like viscosity.

Based on the photo, you can see that the essence is slightly pale reddish which comes from the red algae. This is 100% naturally pigment with no artificial colouring. It also contains no fragrance.

Honestly, I couldn’t think of any cons to this product because it was a simple ingredient product. So either your skin loves it or your skin hates it.

Overall, I had a pleasant experience using this for more than a month and it definitely moisture my skin. On top of that, my skin seems to be more “brighter” than before which gives a healthy natural glow. I think this could be a good addition to the skincare routine as our face might experience external stress from wearing a face mask which has become mandatory in our daily life. I highly recommend to those whose skin need protection and and has lost its strength barrier.

My rating for this product:

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

For more information, you can visit the Missha official website or Missha US website.

Disclaimer: I find this product beneficial to my skin but it may or may not works for everyone. Kindly understand that every individual has different skin type and texture. I recommend that you do some research before purchasing the product or patch test on your skin before usage. This is not a sponsored post too.

Click on page 2 for more favourites.