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A review on L’Occitane Overnight Reset serum

“A good laugh and a long sleep are the two best cures for anything,” – Irish Proverbs

If there is such thing as miracle, I have to say that this small jar of formula is it. Last year, L’Occitane en Provence, brought out a product that seems to be too good to be true. A relief for stressed and tired skin, claim to refresh and restart your skin while you sleep. So how can I not give it a whirl?

Here are the low down of how this beauty works. L’Occitane only uses natural ingredients and when possible, organic. In the case for this L’Occitane Overnight Reset Serum, the ingredients happened to be 97% natural, which is excellent. The three main ingredients are, Immortelle essential oils, electric daisy (acmella oleracea), and marjoram extract.

  • Immortelle Essential oils are in many of L’Occitane skincare line. Immortelle essential oil is an active ingredients that helps to heal and nourish your skin, in some products the concentration is high enough that it can actually help to stimulate collagen which helps to eradicate fine lines. However, in the case for Overnight Reset Serum, the level of Immortelle is not as high therefore this is not an anti-ageing serum. The oil functions more as an antioxidant which helps to protect skin from external aggressors,
  • Electric Daisy or Acmella Oleracea, has been used for ages as a numbing plants in traditional/natural medicine. It has been called a natural “botox”, which means that temporarily, this plant helps to rejuvenate and refresh the skin
  • Marjoram Extract in this serum is used to awaken our skin’s cells/DNA which helps to let our skin and skincare to communicate better. This leads to better absorption of our skincare products which leads to an increase in the efficiency of each ingredients

The synergy of the three main ingredients helps to create one of L’Occitane most successful skincare launch in Australia to date.

My first impression of the product was nothing special. I suppose my skin is so used to a more active products and I don’t see much difference on my skin. I was a little disappointed especially because the product claimed so many amazing things. Anyway, few months down the track, my skin was a little angry with pimples which leads to few scarring. With my hyper-pigmentation, this meant brown spots. Remembering that the marjoram extract in this serum can help increase efficiency of any skincare products you put on after, I thought, what the heck let’s mix one pump of Reset with my Vitamin-C serum.

The result was so good! My pigmentation usually last for 3-4 weeks, or sometime longer. But when I pop the Overnight Reset Serum on before my Vitamin C serum, within the space of two weeks, my pigmentations are much much lighter. I was so impressed with the results and I have been sharing with my friends ever since. The serum has definitely developed its own cult following of ladies who can’t live without it. It took me a while to review it, but I am glad that I get to share this with you.

Will you give this serum a go? Or have you? Let me know below…

-k.

The Beauty Chef, my inner beauty essentials

“All disease begins in the gut,” – Hippocrates.

And who am I to argue with Hippocrates, the most outstanding figure in the history of medicine. In my personal opinion, many of people nowadays associates beauty with how we look physically and not enough marketing is done to promote inner beauty. In the age of social media and instant gratifications, it is hard to find your place in the world where you feel safe and at peace with who you truly are.

Inner beauty to me includes more than just physical inner health, but also the health of a person’s inner being, the strength of their characters and inner peace. Recently, I have become more aware on the importance of taking care of both equally. Regular meditations, taking time out with myself and joining reformer pilates classes weekly have all been wonderful, small changes I made in my life. Discovering The Beauty Chef has been another step towards a healthier and more balanced me.

Glow, for healthy skin, hair and nail,

I was introduced to The Beauty Chef a while back, and this is definitely not my first tub of Glow. The period where I drink this daily, my skin looks clearer and brighter, and I do noticed the shine on my hair. So when for whatever reason, I stopped taking this daily, I can see the difference on my skin. From now on, this is an important staple in my pantry and I add 1 tsp of Glow to coconut water or my juice every morning.

Cleanse, supports body’s natural cleaning process

After experiencing the amazing results from my Glow daily intake, I try my hands on The Beauty Chef‘s Cleanse powder. I don’t necessarily have much gut problems, but this powder really elevate your body’s ability to cleanse onto another level. Daily intake every morning, 2 tsps mixed with coconut water or blend in juice, Cleanse have helped me feeling less bloated everyday.

I do believe that any of this products from The Beauty Chef, really helped with the health of your insides and encourage you to try them out. If you love to indulge in what you eat a little more, sweet treats or perhaps alcohol, I believe a regular cleanse can help our moderate indulgence.

Make sure to take a peek around their page, The Beauty Chef and let me know if you have try anything else from them.

-k.

Drunk Elephant Slaai-d, yet again

“Should I really double cleanse, I don’t wear makeup…”

If I have a dollar every time my clients say this, my pocket will be bursting at the seam from the weight. Ever since I was introduced to Caroline Hiron and her ever so enlightening videos on Youtube, I double cleansed. The changes you can see on your skin when you start doing double cleansing is crazy and I believe every women (and men) can reap benefit of this significant skincare routine step. There are few of my clients whose skin have improved by simply doing double cleanse.

The HOW is simple,

1. On dry skin, apply your oil cleanser, emulsify and rinse off. Don’t pat dry as yet cause you go to step…

2. Foam your water based cleanser and wash your face as normal

The WHY, even if you don’t wear or wear very little makeup, this is what double cleansing does for your skin,

1. First cleanse will takes dirt or dust you picked up throughout the day. Remember, some dust particles includes floating dead skin cells, gross. If you so happen to wear makeup, many makeup products are oil based, and oil will attracts oil, making makeup removal that much more thorough

2. Second cleanse with your water based cleanser will then actively cleanse the skin itself

I personally have always preferred balm cleanser as my oil-based, and as an avid Korean beauty user, I am very familiar with balm cleanser. I love how nowadays, many western beauty brands are creating products inspired by Korean beauty and these exchanges of ideas are so beautiful to me. The latest is one of my favourite skincare line, Drunk Elephant and their Slaai Makeup-Melting Butter Cleanser.

In the box, you get a decent 110g tub of cleansing balm, plus a small Bamboo Booster which acts like a gentle exfoliant for that extra cleansed once in a while. My first impression of the product, to be very honest with you, was not very good. It was so thick and left quite an oily residue on my skin. It melted my makeup off super easily, don’t get me wrong, this stuff works, but compare to my other balm cleanser which emulsify beautifully and leave no oily residue on my skin, this sensation is new.

But I thought to myself, maybe I over do and scoop too much. The second time, I went a little bit easy on the scooping. Let’s just say, I was too excited the first time.

Slaai is a really thick butter, there’s no mistake. Hence, like any other Drunk Elephant products, you don’t need a lot of it. The butter melts so easily on skin, takes all my makeup off and emulsify beautifully. I do have to rinse few more times in comparison to previous cleansing balm I have used, but now I do not mind because my skin feels nourished afterwards, especially during the cooler months coming.

Appreciate the Bamboo Booster too, cause now once a week, I added a small amount to the balm. It is a gentle exfoliation but satisfying nonetheless. Considering how little I am scooping the butter, this will last me quite sometime and I am all for it.

All my double cleansing tribe, tell me what do you prefer, oil cleanser or balm cleanser? Let me know in the comment below please, incase there’s an oil-based cleanser that I need to try.

-k.

Ultra Violette, homegrown sunscreen queens

Myth:

I don’t wear sunscreen in winter time, there’s barely any sun!

FACT:

Just because you can’t see the sun, does not mean you are not exposed to UV rays. UVA/UVB rays are consistent all year round. Aside from protecting your skin from UVA/UVB rays, if you happened to use skincare with active ingredients such as, glycolic acid, lactic acid or essential oils, using sunscreen prevent unnecessary damage due to photosensitivity due the use of active skincare.

Introducing you to my current favourite sunscreen, the sunscreen for people like me, who hates the scent and the sticky consistency of traditional sunscreen. The first time I heard about Ultra Violette: Queen Screen, was through an Instagram post from my friend, who happened to be a skincare blogger. At this stage, I have been searching for my sunscreen holy grail. I am wanting a light weight texture and non-sunscreen scented sunscreen, so my happiness double when I finally got my hands on this baby.

Ultra Violette is Melbourne-born created by two women, which makes me even more excited to support and promote this brand. Under the brand, Ultra Violette currently stocked four products, Queen Screen Lightweight Skinscreen, Mattifying Mineral Skinscreen, Hydrating Facial Sunscreen and Hydrating Lip Balm. I decided to purchase their Queen Screen Lightweight Skinscreen SPF50+ and the Sheen Screen SPF30 Hydrating Lip Balm. So… here’s a little bit of what I thought about them,

Ultra Violette Queen Screen SPF 50+ Lightweight Skinscreen is exactly what it claims. The texture is very fluid and light. The Queen Screen does not have the traditional sunscreen scent, when you first apply it to your face, it has a soft rose scent which makes me so happy. The instruction is to pop Queen Screen after your moisturiser, just before your foundation. After I finished my morning skincare routine, I pop Queen Screen on, mixing the smallest dot of Drunk Elephant D-Bronzi Sun Serum. Even when use alone, the Queen Screen leave no white cast and this skinscreen sink nicely into your skin. One of this will cost you AU$47, which in my opinion, can be slightly expensive for some. However, considering I purchased it a month ago and have been using it religiously every morning, I still have 80% of the product left. Definite value for money.

Ultra Violette Sheen Screen SPF 30 Hydrating Lip Balm comes in two shades, I purchased a peach one which gives your lips the slightest tint but all the nourishment your lips need. The lip balm has no flavouring or much scent and feels very comfortable on.

When I purchased them, they also sent me their pouch for free. Pouch big enough to fit your daily makeup needs but small enough to be carry around in your bag. To be completely honest, I am so very happy to have found this brand. For the fact that Ultra Violette is created in Melbourne therefore supporting local small business, I am happy to repurchase the Queen Screen once I run out of it. Would also love to be able to try the other two sunscreen products in their line, however for now, I am so in love with the Ultra Violette‘s Queen Screen.

What’s your go-to sunscreen brand? Share yours with me on the comment section and until next time…

-k.

My Winter Fragrance Wardrobe

“Perfume is personal magic. It is a first impression and a lasting recollection,” – Anonymous.

One of my earliest memory of fragrance is my mother’s Christian Dior Dolce Vita. My parent’s master bedroom has this vanity cabinet which looks like a treasure trove of perfumes that belongs to them. For whatever reason, Dior’s Dolce Vita bottle stood out to me. Every special occasions, my mother will pull it out and I will bask in the scent that flow through the air. I suppose ever since then, I always have a special place for perfumes.

My first fragrance was Issey Miyake, that feels like million years away. And like any great fragrances, this scent take me back to me and my cousin, listening to Spice Girl’s Wannabe while admiring Michael Owen of Liverpool Football Club poster hanging from her wall. If you understand any of that references, leave a comment below and we need to be friends 🙂

Fast forward few light years from then, my taste in fragrance have change so much. I have now curate my own fragrance wardrobe, seperate seasonally. Since we are nearing the start of winter, southern hemisphere represent, the following are my accidentally monochrome curation of winter fragrances…

Diptyque eau DUELLE

A warm scent enveloped you the moment you spray this on. For the longest time, I was searching for a spicy, earthy scent without the sweetness of vanilla dominating the whole thing. Walking into my beauty heaven Mecca Cosmetica, Diptyque drew me through their simple monochrome labels. The moment I picked up eau DUELLE, I knew immediately its just what I wanted. A well balance combination of white vanilla and frankincense, with notes of cardamom, bergamot, saffron, musk and many more, evokes the magic of ancient silk road. In winter time, this is the perfect scent to bring all the warmth and cosy feels…

Byredo Black Saffron

Sweeter than your regular oriental, warm fragrances. Black Saffron was inspired by the creator’s trips to India, hence the fresh notes of pomelo, saffron and juniper berries. I enjoy vetiver and raspberry base that lingers on me all day. If worn during summer, I think the sweetness overpower. In winter however, this fragrance just kick the right amount of joy to my day…

Chanel eau Paris – Venise

A fresh oriental fragrance with notes of neroli, vanilla and tonka. I believe that by this point, you might gather that in winter, I enjoy the scent of vanilla. This perfume was inspired by a city that Coco Chanel holds dear to her heart, she spent time there recovering from loosing the love of her life Boy Capel. Her time in Venice shaped Chanel’s eye for detail and lifestyle all her life…

Chanel eau Paris – Biarritz

Burst of fresh ocean breeze comes to mind when I spray this fragrance on, thanks to its fruity Sicilian citrus and lily of the valley. Biarritz was the first city Chanel opened her couture house right across the road from the casino. This is the city that launched house of Chanel to the international clienteles. Every now and then in winter, a spritz of this fragrance transport me to the seaside town and its beautiful summer days…

What about you? What was your first fragrance memory? Share your story in comment section below, would love to hear about it.

-k.

Winter Lips Savers

As the weather gets colder in Melbourne, and in the general area known as the Southern Hemisphere, the part of me that suffers the most is my lips. I am terrible at keeping myself hydrated throughout the day, I just couldn’t make myself drink enough water, which is terrible! Another thing I’m bad at, considering how chapped my lips can get, I can not for the life of me, remember to re-apply my lip balm throughout the day *face palm*

So with the cold weather breathing down our necks, the following are my go-to to help me somewhat hold on to a smooth, plump lips…

I shall review them on the order of the photo, from left to right:

  • Fresh Beauty SUGAR tinted lip balm in Coral – now that Fresh Beauty have finally arrived here in Australia, I’m happy to use this one EVERDAY… it gives my lips a slight tint of coral which makes my whole face looks alive. Lightly scented and has a velvety finish
  • L’Occitane Shea Butter Ultra Rich Lip Balm – I slightly panic if I can’t find this one in my bag. Comes in this chapstick form or a glossy finish lip balm tube, but I prefer this one because it is so convenient to apply. Always have one somewhere in my most frequently used bags, because this is the only thing I remember to put on my lips as soon as I see it
  • Lanolips 101 Ointment Multi-Balm in Peach – this tube has no colour, but it smells like Peach and I have a slight addiction to peach scented anything! This is my latest addition to my growing lip balm collection, and so far I’m loving it
  • Fresh Beauty SUGAR Lip Serum Advanced Therapy – Not a gloss or balm, this is literally a serum for your lips! I swear by this now because within two days of application, twice daily, my chapped lips is nowhere to be seen… Amazing stuff!
  • Fresh Beauty SUGAR Nourishing Lip Balm Advanced Therapy – the balm version to be used after you apply your serum BUT I personally, am not a huge fan. The texture is super thick but I do enjoy a slight mint flavour and scent
  • Fresh Beauty SUGAR tinted lip balm in Honey – obviously, you can probably tell, I am a big fan of Fresh Beauty tinted lip balm. This one gives the best brown nude tint that is perfect to go under my many taupe/nude coloured lipsticks, e.g. MAC’s Velvet Teddy

I should probably do an honourable mentioned, because I have run out of the product, but I have been an avid user of Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Intensive Repair Lip Balm

What is your go-to lips savers??? Please leave comments and let me know, maybe I could give your fave a try. Don’t forget to follow my adventure on Instagram and I shall see you on my next post 🙂

-k.m.

Japanese Skincare: First Impression

As a self confessed beauty lover, I believe I’m well versed when it comes to Korean beauty’s skincare or makeup products. When it comes to Japanese beauty however, I am a complete novice. Japanese beauty, for me is the absolute lux SK-II or Shu Uemura, which I have saved up for and tried out. But since SKII Facial Treatment Essence and few other products from them, I have not tried much Japanese beauty brands. So as a curious beauty lover, on a self-imposed spending budget, I want to expand my options! The following are what I’ve been testing out from Japanese beauty line…

Cure Natural Aqua Gel, Muji Light Toning Water High Moisture, DHC Deep Cleansing Oil, Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Gel SPF 50+

Here are my first impressions on each individual products,

  • Cure Natural Aqua Gel – an exfoliating gel, you apply to your face using circular motion. The friction of the gel on your skin will then remove dead skins. I am pretty good with exfoliating, as I use acid exfoliant often which I think is probably the reason why I did not have as much dead skins when I apply this to my face. I have however, tried on my legs and OH BOY… that’s apparently where all my dry skins went to hide! So first impression, this works 🙂
  • Muji Light Toning Water High Moisture – Applied on cotton pad and it stinks my face a little, which considering there are no ingredients list, I am a little afraid there might be some kind of alcohol in this. I don’t know and I shall look into it a bit further, toner with alcohol is not unusual. If you have dry or sensitive skin however, it might do your skin more harm than good. First impression, not for me but will look into ingredients list and update you as soon as I can 🙂
  • DHC Deep Cleansing Oil – THIS ONE I LIKEEEE!!! As an avid user of Shu Uemura cleansing oil, this is a heaven sent for me because of the price point! It is a thicker fluid consistency in comparison to the Shu Uemura, however, it does the trick. Takes makeup off my face in seconds. First impression, will buy when my Shu finishes 🙂
  • Biore UV Aqua Rich SPF50+ – Can I tell you something, I hate wearing sunscreen 😦 I know, horrible! But I hate the feeling and the scent of sunscreen. I have tried many products non-oily, non-greasy ones before, but I still don’t like the feeling on my skin before putting makeup. This one, took me a while to decide to purchase it, but I have been enjoying using it everyday. The scent is super light and pleasant, the finish is slightly matte and not sticky. My makeup stays on fine therefore first impression, me love 🙂

Now I thought I will also share with you what I have been using and loved from SK-II and my pal Shu Uemura,

(Left to right) Shu Uemura x Murakami Limited ed. Cleansing Oil, SK-II Facial Treatment Clear Lotion, SK-II R.N.A. POWER Radical New Age

  • Shu Uemura cleansing oil – I think many, who have tried Shu’s cleansing oil, will agree that this is one of the best cleansing oil out there. The price point is on the steep side, but I do have to admit this last forever. They have variety on the range depending on your skin type, so make sure you get yourself the right one 🙂
  • SK-II Facial Treatment Clear Lotion – not the Essence, this one is their toner that contains salicylic acid which helps to gently exfoliate your skin. I don’t use them every night as my daily toner, but I use them when I’m breaking out or after whole day of makeup and my skin feels slightly dull
  • SK-II R.N.A. POWER Radical New Age – my go-to night time moisturiser in the colder month

Do you have go-to Japanese beauty products that you would like to share with me?? Please do let me know, I’m curious to explore more and perhaps discover exciting new favourite skincare or makeup brand from Japan 🙂

Thank you for taking the time to read my post. Don’t forget to follow me on my InstagramUntil next time everyone…

-k.m.