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,

January Favourites 2020

Hello!

I am back with a new section where I will post my monthly favourite whether it is skincare, makeup, lifestyle, food etc… This is popular among a lot of YouTuber where they share their favourite items used in that particular month. So I decided to do that from this year.

I will be sharing about 2 or 3 of my favourite things. I know this is not a lot compared to those YouTuber but speaking and writing have a lot of difference, just so you know.

I am aware that this post is long overdue but I have been busy recently. Sorry about it.

Beauty category:

Favourite beauty product of the month: First Aid Beauty (FAB) Face Cleanser

Photo credit: FAB (firstaidbeauty.com)

If you have been following my blog, you would know that my all-time favourite cleanser is none other than FRESH Soy Face Cleanser. This has been my go-to cleanser since back in year 2016. But today I am here to tell you that I have found a competitor to the FRESH Soy cleanser.

Back when I was a teenager, I used to wash my face with a cleanser for acne-prone skin. It did control my acne condition but it dried out my forehead and chin area. I felt that cleanser for a specific concern doesn’t balance the pH of my face.

Sometimes your skin varies upon the external environment. For instance, if you are expose to air-conditioned environment frequently, your skin would tend to be drier than usual. Or if you are exposed to sun frequently, you might get redness on your skin.

This is why I prefer all-skin type cleanser for a fact that it’s an all round product that can target multi skin concern at a time. And it does its job to keep my face balance by providing hydration as well as keeping my sebum at bay. Once again, this is my personal preference.

Enough said, let’s talk about the first aid beauty face cleanser.

This cleanser is a cream cleanser that is suitable for all skin types. Once it’s lather with wet hands, it become a foam.

This cleanser is FREE of harmful chemical ingredients such as parabens, artificial fragrance, alcohol, mineral oil etc.. which can be detrimental to the skin.

This cleanser is packed with botanical antioxidant booster (Licorice Root, Feverfew and White Tea extracts) to protect against environmental stress.

This cleanser also contains key ingredients such as Aloe extract (calm and nourish skin), Allantoin extract (soothe skin) and Glycerin (hydrate and smooth skin).

I have been using this cleanser for over a month now. Initially, before I brought this cleanser, I was a bit worried because I am not fond of cream cleanser due to bad experiences previously that left my face feeling dry and flaky. Hell no…

However, I told myself to give this cleanser a chance. So when I used for the very first time, after washing off my face, I was like “OMG! my face felt smooth, hydrate and soft like a baby skin”. Damn! This felt like a similar experience to using FRESH Soy Face Cleanser. I continued using for a couple of weeks and I must say that I am impressed by this cleanser. It helped to balance my skin pH level and does not cause any breakout too.

The cost of this cleanser is fairly reasonable which range from $18 to $55. And it come in 3 sizes: 56.7g (2oz), 142g (5oz) and 226g (8oz). The size that I am currently using is 142g(5oz) priced at $34.

Price stated in SGD

If you are in a lookout for a new cleanser that is reasonable priced, I highly recommend this. I would suggest you to start off using the mini size cleanser to see if your skin agree with this product.

More information: Sephorasg, First Aid Beauty

Disclaimer: I personally 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.

Food category:

Favourite food product of the month: Fortune Bo Lo Pineapple Balls by Crystal Jade My Bread

On the 25th January, I celebrated Chinese New Year with my family and our family tradition was to buy pineapple tart as it represents arrival of prosperity. Every year our pineapple tart would be a different brand as we wanted to try out newly innovated ones which could be a surprised.

FYI: Chinese new year is also known as spring festival or lunar new year which is the beginning of a new year according to the traditional Chinese calendar or the first day of the first month in the traditional Chinese calendar.

For Chinese new year 2020:

This pineapple ball is different from the conventional pineapple ball that we are familiar with. The pastry is smooth and fairly buttery with the golden “bolo” (sugary butter) crust that adds a level of crispiness. The crust is neither too flaky nor the-melt-in your mouth. The jam taste decent with fibrous pineapple bits. Overall, this pastry was well balanced with sweetness of the top crust.

My mum loved this pineapple balls so much that she must eat one per day. She is quite particular about sweetness in food and this was still acceptable. This retails for $24.90 for a tin containing 20 pineapple balls. If you are interested to try it, you probably have to wait till next year Chinese new year to purchase it.

Okay! I have come to end of my post for my favourites. I know it’s short post but more content will be coming up so stay tuned. If you are interested in the products that were mentioned, feel free to look it up online!

Have a good day ahead!

Cheers!