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Skin Edit: The Importance of Eye Serums… That I Never Knew I Need

“The most beautiful art is looking into someone’s eyes when they talk about the things they love,” – Anonymous via Pinterest.

Since the beginning when a romantic poet wrote a love poem, or when a melancholy wrote a tragic love story, they always describe the importance of the eyes. The eyes, some say, are the window to our souls. In reality, the eyes are indeed the fastest give-away how we are feeling, healthy wise. Whether you are tired, dehydrated or simply so stressed out that you can’t have a good night sleep, your eyes will let the world know your body’s state of mind.

Firstly, the area around our eyes do not produce their own oil (less sebaceous glands) in comparison to the rest of our face. This resulted in our eye area being less protected to aggressor or free radicals in comparison to the rest of our face. Secondly, the skin around our eye area is much thinner in comparison to the rest of our face, which again, make it a little more sensitive in comparison to the skin on the rest of your face. When your skin is dehydrated, usually it will show around the area of your eyes as dark circles, or fine lines. Lack of sleep usually gives you the dreaded eye bags or panda eyes with what appears to be a darker ring around your eyes, gorgeous.

For the longest time, I do not really pay much attention to the area around my eyes. I have to say, I do not necessarily deal with terrible dark circles or much fine lines. However, approaching the 30 years old mark, I started to notice the way my foundation sets on the fine lines under my eyes. Late nights on Netflix really did not help with my sudden development of puffy eyes either. Anyway, all these kick-start my journey to discover the best possible solutions to issues I am faced with, around my eyes…

I present to you, my secret duo that have been tackling my issues and become my new essentials, L’Occitane Immortelle Reset Eye Serum (top) & L’Occitane Immortelle Precious Eye Balm (bottom)

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L’Occitane Immortelle Reset Eye Serum

  • The latest in the Immortelle Overnight Reset family, this eye serum can be use as a booster base for your other eye cream/eye balm and effective enough to be use on its own. Here’s a breakdown of the important ingredients,
    • Immortelle Essential Oil, Marjoram Extract & Acmella Olarecea, the same three ingredients combo in the Reset Face Serum are also present in the Reset Eye Serum. The ingredients basically helps with boosting antioxidant to protect your eye area, wakes skin’s cells in order to ensure efficacy of ingredients and relaxes your skin with the use of Acmella, which is known to be nature’s botox
    • Botanical Compound,  which includes ingredients such as, centella asiatica that has been formulated specifically for the eye area to help reduce fine lines, dark circles and puffiness
    • Caffeine, much like the effect of caffeine in coffee for our body, caffeine is an effective ingredients used in many eye products for its ability to promote circulation and reduce puffiness
  • Why I love? Firstly, I love, love the fact that this serum is fragrance free! L’Occitane is a brand that is known to be sensorial, and quite famous for their fragrances, hence I am glad that they have decided to forgo that for this product. Secondly, I love the fast absorbing and the light texture of this serum. You only really need a pea sized amount on your ring fingers, quickly break the yellow bubbles and gently massage around your eye area.

L’Occitane Immortelle Precious Eye Balm

  • Newly formulated in 2019, the Immortelle Precious range is definitely such a delight to have in your routine. The important ingredients are,
    • Immortelle Essential Oil, which gives a great anti-ageing benefit to the skin, stimulate collagen production
    • Caffeine, just like a shot of espresso for your eyes, it helps to stimulate the circulation around your eye area, which in turn will help to reduce puffiness
  • Why I love? I fell in love with the texture of this eye balm, even though it is advertised as a balm, it is very light textured and fast absorbing. I love the sensorial scent of most L’Occitane products, but the Precious range is especially refreshing

At the end of the day, many people still believe that eye cream is a glorified version of your face cream, a way for a brand to make that extra cash. I do agree with the sentiment to some degree, however, I do think some eye creams have potent ingredients that could really benefit to refresh the window of your soul. I have been enjoying these two eye creams the most and been also applying them along my smile lines. Do any of you have a particular eye cream you enjoy? Leave a comment and share with me 🙂

-k.

Skin Edit: Then I Met You… A Month In Review

“At Then I Met You, we believe now – in the age of distraction – it’s time to go deeper,” – Then I Met You

Have you ever experienced that instant deep connection you have towards, someone, some thing or some place, that you just can’t explain? In some sense, this is the definition of the Korean word, Jeong. There’s no literal translation of the word in English language, but the meaning behind the word it truly beautiful. To the Then I Met You team, it means a deep and meaningful connection that encourages empathy and generosity and with this ideals, the team rooted everything that they do with each products they created for their customers.

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For many people who knew me, aside from the fact that I am obsessed with skincare, I have a strong connection to the Korean culture. I am surrounded by amazing friends who are of Korean background, I enjoyed their cuisine, their language and their sense of humour. My visit to Seoul felt more like a true pilgrimage rather than a mere holiday, because it refreshes my mind and I came back inspired. I suppose it’s back to that word again, Jeong, I definitely felt that towards South Korea, especially Seoul. Guided by the same feeling of connection, I discovered Korean beauty and finally, Then I Met You. 

For the longest time, I could not get my hands on them because Then I Met You do not ship overseas. But I am so thankful that they decided to make their products available on Soko Glam, which an online Korean beauty store co-founded by the same person that created Then I Met You, Charlotte Cho. I always loved shopping at Soko Glam because of all their well curated beauty brands and trust worthy recommendations.

The products that I purchased are, The Living Cleansing Balm, as a duo with Soothing Tea Cleansing Gel, as well as the other duo consists of, Birch Milk Refining Toner & The Giving Essence. As I am writing this, the team is about to launch their latest product, which will be a moisturiser, can’t wait for it to be available on Soko Glam so I can get my hands on it too.

I have used these four products exclusively within my PM routine for the past month and these are some of my thoughts on each individual products,

  • Living Cleansing Balm

I love the sorbet like texture. I am a huge balm cleanser fan and I do rank this quite high up on the list of my most favourites, if not number 1. This balm is created with few star ingredients such as,

    • Sea Buckthorn Oil which is known to be rich in fatty acids
    • Persimmon Extract helps to capture free radicals and prevents premature ageing and photo damage. It is also an ingredients with a known skin brightening properties
    • Olive oil, grapes Oil and Vitamin E, all are powerfully nourishing oils, high in antioxidants that helps to remove oil based impurities

Why I love? The balm is easily spread on your dry skin and emulsify beautifully. When you wash it off, there are no trace of oily feel on your skin. You’re pretty much left with supple, clean and soft skin

  • Soothing Tea Cleansing Gel

The second step to your double cleansing, this cleanser features fermented rice water (sake) that meant to help clear impurities and soften the skin. It’s star ingredients are,

    • Licorice root which is an effective antioxidant and natural skin brightening
    • Rice Ferment Filtrate is rich enzymes and amino acids to nourish your skin
    • Centella Asiatica a popular ingredient that help to increase moisture content in your skin
    • Green Tea is calming and very high in antioxidants
    • Tea tree lead is antimicrobial and anti inflammatory, also gentle for acne-prone skin
    • a PHA in the form of Gluconolactone which gently exfoliates, without sensitising the skin

Why I love? Enjoys the light tea scent of this cleansing. I am pleasantly surprise by the fun jelly-like texture, a little weirded out to start with but enjoys it now. The cleanser does not foam like crazy, which I personally love because it does not feel stripping for the skin

  • Birch Milk Refining Toner

This toner is designed to be used daily that will give you more than just simple hydration for the skin. Instead of water, the base of this toner is 76% concentration of pure birch juice, so you know the team at Then I Met You do not mess about when it comes to delivering highly efficient product to us, their customers. The star ingredients in this toner are,

    • Birch Juice off course. Birch juice has a skin-soothing and hydrating abilities while packed with amino acids, enzymes, antioxidants which includes Vitamin C and B3
    • Squalane derived from squalene, which our body produce naturally to maintain moisture in our skin. Squalane happens to boost cell regeneration while allowing other ingredients to absorb more efficiently into our skin
    • Marshmallow root is an anti-ageing plant extract that helps to reduce inflammation and fine lines while hydrates and protects the skin
    • Glycolic, Lactic Acid (both AHA) & PHA, both are gentle skin exfoliators, which helps to remove dead skin cells in order to encourage new skin to come to the surface. The combo also helps to counteract hyper-pigmentation and reverse the effect of sun damage

Why I love? First of all, I find the light tinge of violet of the toner to be a surprise, aside from that, this toner also has a slight fermentation scent, which reminds me a little of SK-II or Missha Time Revolution First Treatment Essence. I was so excited to receive this product, it happened to arrive on the day that I got my monthly acid peel done at my aesthetician, therefore the moment I pop this toner on, my skin experienced a slight tingles. Off course, it was because of the AHA & PHA exfoliating element within the toner, but thank goodness the toner is gentle enough that my skin was not irritated from he accidental double exfoliation LOL

  • The Giving Essence

The last on the line-up (for now), the treatment essence designed with over 80% naturally fermented ingredients, it hydrates your skin, but also work harder on giving your skin its youthful radiance back. Some of its awesome ingredients are,

    • Black chokeberry which apparently have the highest recorded antioxidants which contributes to skin’s youth and radiance
    • Elagic Acid protects skin from UV rays, collagen degeneration and harmful bacteria pathogens. It also said to be a safer alternative to other brightening ingredient
    • Polyglutamic acid instead of hyaluronic acid, because this water soluble holds four times more moisture
    • Galatomyces derived from fermented sake to reduce appearance of pores, blackheads and sebum, decreasing level of acne and improve skin brightness
    • Red Algae which gives the essence its amazing colour, contain a high concentration of calcium. Happens to gently exfoliates, remove dead skin cells, reduce fine lines and brightened complexion

Why I love? I like the thin, more watery texture of this essence. I can not get over how pretty the packaging looks, for all of the products, but especially this essence. Anyway, side tracked, I love that this essence is fragrance free, despite having so many fermented ingredients. Within the month of me using this essence, I have noticed the lack of breakouts on my chin, which usually occurs around the time of the month.

Final thoughts on Then I Met You…

If I can only recommend one product from the line, the Living Cleansing Balm is definitely a clear stand-out for me. From the texture, the way it emulsify and the way my skin feels afterwards, this cleansing balm is a step above the many cleansing balm I have tried.

I honestly think using the combination of the Birch Milk Refining Toner with the Giving Essence, have definitely helped my skin’s overall more radiant look. Therefore, it will be hard for me to recommend one and not the other. I have a huge amount of respect for Charlotte Cho and her team at Then I Met You because you can feel the amount of thoughts that goes into every ingredients chosen to be in their products. You feel their passion for the brand, their products but above all, you can tell they want the best results possible for their customers.

-k.

Skin Edit: My Current Facial Serums

“Beautiful skin begins with exceptional skin care.” – Anonymous via Pinterest

In my personal opinion, one of the most important step within your skincare routine is treatment. If you really want to see the difference in your the way your skin look and feel, I think adding a serum in your skincare routine is definitely the most effective. Over the years, through trial and error, I have finally found the perfect active ingredients that work best tackling my skin concerns.

Some of my main skin concerns are, hyperpigmentation, hormonal breakouts and because I have oily skin, I get the craziest shine at the end of the day as well. I do not want to completely magnify my skin, but a more balance skin will be a top priority for me.

The best actives I find that has helped me wth my skin concerns are,

  • AHA (Alpha Hydroxy Acid) such as Glycolic/Lactic acid, which always help with exfoliating dead skin cells and helps with brightening any pigmentation
  • BHA (Beta Hydroxy Acid) which is Salicylic acid, such a great active when you do get occasional breakouts
  • Vitamin C is definitely a super star ingredients in my AM routine, because Vitamin C helps with overall brightening of skin and evening out my overall skin tone

After plenty of trial and errors on my part, I am getting used to finding the right actives in skincare products, mostly serum, that helped me tackle my top skin concerns. Products in my skincare routine changes quite frequently, as I am testing different products all the time, but the following are the four my current rotation that I am loving.

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  • Peach & Lily Glass Skin Refining Serum

Peach & Lily is a skincare brand created by Alicia Yoon, Harvard Business Graduate who loved skincare and have passion in helping others get better skin. We all need a friend like Alicia. The glass skin phenomenon stems from South Korea, where people want to have this pore-free, smooth complexion and radiant glow on their skin. Some try to achieve it using makeup with a bunch of highlighter, I prefer to achieve it (or as close to it as humanly possible,) through the help of really good skincare.

Glass Skin Refining Serum is sole goal is to get your skin that glass skin complexion through the help of the following star ingredients,

    • Peach Extract known to be a source of many vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids that helps to promote skin’s firmness, radiance and refilient
    • Niacinamide the current superstar ingredients in many skincare products, believe to reduce inflammation. It has also believed to have many antioxidants which also helps to brighten skin
    • East Asian Mountain Yam Extract helps to encourage a more supple skin and helps to reduce flakes
    • Madecassoide derived from another star ingredient, Centella Asiatica, to help stimulate collagen production, reduce inflammation and soothe the skin
    • Hyaluronic Acid & Peptide Complex, hyaluronic acid is the hydration hero within this formulation while the peptides helps to signal collagen production, which will help to reduce fine lines or deeper wrinkles. Collagen is the key cells that keeps our skin looking youthful, as we age however, the production of collagen slows down (from 28-30 days, it can decreases to up to 50 days… oh dear…)

Why I love? I love the light, gel texture, which sinks quickly into my skin. The formulation is scent free and so gentle, I did not break out or react to it, which is always a good thing. I notice a different on my skin after about a month of constant use in my AM skincare routine, the overall skin tone is brighter and more radiant. The serum did not give me that glass skin look, off course, I think my oily skin definitely does that whole shiny thing on its own. HOWEVER, it works wonder for your overall radiance 🙂

  • Krave Beauty Great Barrier Relief Serum

Krave Beauty is such a wonderful skincare brand created by Liah Yoo, a beauty content creator on YouTube. I love how transparent the brand is when it comes to their products and the ingredients they use. I love how Liah shares many of the behind the scene and as consumers we get to meet the product’s producers/formulators, which is refreshing in the beauty industry.  The sole purpose of this serum is to restore any damaged skin barrier, help sooth your skin as well as, evening out your skin’s complexion. What I love the most about this serum is 2% of every sales will be donated to the preservation of the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, which happens to be one of the world’s natural wonders.

Great Barrier Relief Serum is effective because of the following star ingredients,

    • Tamanu Oil which according to research it’s the type of oil that has a skin regenerative properties. Longed been used to heal wounds and cure skin problems or ailments
    • Safflower oil & Rosehip Seed oil are both used to add nourishments to the skin, as both oils are known to be rich in linoleic acid which can help to restore damaged skin
    • NMF (Natural Moisturising Factors)+Ceramides and Squalane Combo which mimic a healthy skin barrier because all elements are naturally found in our skin. The combination of the three ingredients helped to replenish skin barrier without compromising it or cause sensitivities
    • Niacinamide or Vitamin B3, but truly by now, we do not need to discuss the good thing about this ingredient 🙂

Why I love this serum? There are so many reasons why we can unknowingly compromise our skin barrier. The most common is definitely over exfoliation of the skin, however unseen factors such as hormonal imbalances or simple stress can also compromise our skin barrier. And since I have not seen many skincare brand come out with a serum solely to tackle this purpose, I am so pleased to have tried this one. The scent can be quite herbal, but personally, I do not find it unpleasant. As someone who goes to professional aesthetician once a month, this serum is definitely the one I reach for post-treatment and have helped reduce any skin peeling without causing any further sensitivity to the skin

  • Sunday Riley Good Genes Lactic Acid Serum

Good Genes by Sunday Riley is definitely not a new name in the skincare industry. The first time I tried the product was because Caroline Hiron told me to ego for it and I want to thank you Mrs Hiron, for you have saved my skin. The serum is created to be a deeply exfoliating dull surface of our skin therefore helping us to achieve younger looking skin with radiance and clarity. The formulation also helps to brightens the appearance of age spots or any discolourations.

Good Genes is has the following star ingredients,

    • Purified Lactic Acid is the main ingredients of this serum, which gently exfoliate your skin to remove pore clogging dead skin cells which in turn gives the skin a more smoother and clearer overall complexion
    • Lemongrass Oil is included as an aromatic ingredient that also happen to be astringent and skin refreshing for toned complexion
    • Licorice has longed been included in skincare formulation for its ability to help reduce dark spots, age spots and discolouration, which resulted in a clearer and more even skin tone
    • Prickly Pear Extract or a rare dessert cactus is used to help soothe your skin, after all that exfoliation

Why I love this serum? I believe because I have a true oily skin, I do find that at the end of the day my skin can look quite dull and feel “thick” because of the oil layers on top of makeup that has been stuck on my skin. I find that all the time that I use Good Genes, my skin definitely feels and look brighter and clearer. This serum is definitely a powerful and effective, so caution if you have never used any acid exfoliation before. Introduce it slowly to your routine and remember to patch test

  • Sunday Riley C.E.O. 15% Vitamin C Brightening Serum

A Vitamin C serum that created exclusively to help you brighten and even out your skin tone. This serum is also a more stable formulation of Vitamin C that helps to fade dark spots or age spots.

C.E.O. 15% Vitamin C Brightening Serum has the following unique star ingredients,

    • Vitamin C (in the form of THD Ascorbate), which meant to be extremely stable and oil soluble form of vitamin c. It is here to help fight the signs of ageing such as dullness, visible loss of firmness, age spots or fine lines and wrinkles
    • Phytosterols Complex isolated from soybeans, the concentration of this ingredients help to reduce redness due to skin sensitivity
    • Saccharide Isomerate Extract is a water binding agent and good emollient for the skin, which can be particularly helpful for dry skin. This ingredient also helps to reinforce skin barrier for smoother, more youthful texture
    • Glycolic Acid is an AHA that helps to refine skin texture and help to keep formulas pH level balance for maximum effectiveness of the formula

Why I love this serum? Vitamin C is definitely well-known to be unstable and oxidise quickly due to environmental factors, e.g. once exposed to oxygen, or various temperature. I love the fact that the more stable formulation of this Vitamin C serum means that there will be no change of scent, texture and colour within the formulation. I do have to admit that you do see the results a little slower than a more pure Vitamin C serum such as, Drunk Elephant C Firma Day Serum, however, I really dislike the fact that the serum changes colour and clogged up the spout on the packaging with brown gel, not appealing.

Off course, the above are my own opinion based on my experience using each products. Always remember, what works for my skin might not be the best for yours and vice versa. Always patch test and ask for sample when you are wanting to try new skincare product. I believe that it is a lot harder to fix a damage skin, so take care and be very gentle with your skin.

-k.

 

 

 

Skin Edit: Ultra Violette, discovering the home-grown sun protection brand

“Beautiful skin requires commitment. Not a miracle.” – unknown via Pinterest

For some one who never invested in putting effort on her skin in her teenage years, I can share one piece of wisdom, wear your sunscreen! If anything else you don’t care for, care for sun protection. The thing with the sun, what affects our skin the most is not so much the heat, it is the ray both UVA & UVB. Easiest way to remember, UVA = ageing, UVB = burning. As much as UVB will hurt you through burning which can potentially lead to skin cancer, UVA is all about the unseen photo ageing affect of sun rays. UVA is responsible for your pigmentation/sun spots and the terrible fine lines on your skin. Have I scared you into using sunscreen yet? Yes? Okay… read on…

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Ultra Violette is the only name you need to know, when it comes to sun protection this Aussie born brand is all over it. The founders are two women who are an alumni of the Australian beauty industry, who are so familiar with the rigorous Australian testing when it comes to qualify products as sun screen/sun protection. I believe that the fact that it took them two or more years to develop Ultra Violette, definitely means they have put their time and effort on researching the best ingredients against Australian sun, which is super harsh. I definitely feel that Ultra Violette is more of a passion project that just a mere business for these women.

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Queen Screen Lightweight Skinscreen SPF50+ UVA+UVB Broad Spectrum 50ml

This is the first product I ever purchased from Ultra Violette, because I literally see this bottle all over the social media. Points for all that marketing. I literally think about purchasing for so long, any way finally purchased and fell in love. The texture is light, milk-like, oil free formula with a subtle rosewater scent. It is a chemical sunscreen that contains Australian Kakadu Plum, which is knowns to be the world’s richest source of Vitamin C. Off course Vitamin C is the best antioxidant that protects your skin from free radical damage, all the while evening out your skin tone as well.

It has a pipette applicator and to make sure you have the best coverage, you need to use 3 pumps. Regardless, this one bottle last for a while. Queen Screen is definitely my staple, must-have, forever and until the day they decided to not make them anymore…

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Supreme Screen Hydrating Facial Skinscreen SPF50+ UVA+UVB Broad Spectrum

If you asked what the difference are between the Supreme Screen and the Queen Screen, I would say it lies on the texture and tint within Supreme Screen. The original Queen Screen has the more milk-like consistency, while the Supreme Screen feels slightly thicker lightweight lotion. I love the slight tint which gives your skin a nice glow when you use it on its own on days that you do not want to wear makeup. On its own, you can say the Supreme Screen can make wonderful primer. One of the ingredient in Supreme Screen is pentavitin which, gives your skin a boost of hydration that last on your skin for up to 72 hours.

They recommend for you to use 5 pumps daily, however I do find the size of Supreme Screen to be quite small, travel friendly, but will definitely ran out quickly if you do 5 pumps. What I do is 3 pumps of Queen Screen as base before applying 2-3 pumps of my Supreme Screen

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Extreme Screen SPF50+ Hydrating Body + Hand Skinscreen UVA+UVB Broad Spectrum with 4 Hours Water Resistant

The latest to have been born into the Ultra Violette family, this hand and body sun protection is the reason I am regularly using sun protection for my hands. To be honest, as much as I am an advocate of applying sunscreen on the face, I know how much I lack in applying sun protection on the rest of my body. Despite the many advancements facial sun screen, being light and smells good now, body sun protection unfortunately, not as exciting. Well, not until this one arrived. Extreme Screen has a texture similar to that of the Supreme Screen, however without the tint. The coconut scented sunscreen is so light, you will think that you’re not wearing anything at all, except when the sun hits you and your skin sparkles cause of the extremely smooth glitter-like particle ingredients mixed in to the cream.

You are meant to leather this everywhere, all over your body! But I only ever use it on my hands unless I am planning to stay outdoor for a prolonged period of time. Extreme Screen  contains soothing aloe vera, which can help reduce the redness post sun exposure and Vitamin E, which can help to repair skin for a more youthful look. As a chemical sunscreen, Extreme Screen has no white-cast or grease-feel on

Interested? You can get your hands on these babies online from Ultra Violette website, simply click here. If you happened to live in Australia and prefer to feel the products before purchasing anything, Ultra Violette is now available in Sephora Australia. 

-k.

Supergoop Unseen Sunscreen

“Sun Protection doesn’t need to be complicated or expensive – it needs to be consistent. Keep it simple, but do it forever.” – Hillary Fogelson

I think above everything else in your daily routine, sun protection should be your number one priority. Many people seems to understand the danger of sun rays, but many choose to ignore it and half-heartedly use sun protection. Before I knew anything about skincare, I am one of these people…

I hate the scent, texture and everything you can think of when it comes to sunscreen. They are always sticky, and smells funny. But like technology, innovations have occurred within the beauty industry. As an example, in Japanese and Korean beauty industry, sunscreen products are light textured, non-greasy and nicely scented (or sometimes non-scented). Since then, many western beauty companies have followed suit, in creating sun protection products that are enjoyable to use and customers actually want to use it daily, plus topping up every 4 hours.

 

I am excited to share with you plenty of sun protection products, but today I want to specifically talk about the Supergoop Unseen Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF40 PA+++, wowza mouthful! It is a light gel-like textured sunscreen, with barely any scent, which for some with a more sensitive skin might prefer. Without looking at the ingredients list, I can definitely feel the slight slip that you can get from products containing silicon. However, for an oil skinned person, I do think this texture help when I put makeup on top of the sunscreen.

Overtime, the smooth gel texture do developed tiny grain texture, which I do not find pleasant at all on the skin. I have a sneaky suspicion that there could possibly be unpredictable changes in temperature in my room, which could cause some ingredients within the sunscreen to froze/curdled. I do think this makes a good sunscreen especially for those of you who happens to live in the warmer climate, I feel that the cooler temperature slightly altered the texture of the gel.

Supergoop Unseen Sunscreen has been a go-to sunscreen for a while, specially during summer month when I get a chance to jump to the water. In my personal opinion, the texture made it more water-resistant in comparison to a cream textured sunscreen.

What are some of your favourite sun protection products?? Make sure to leave on the comment below 🙂

 

-k.

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.

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.

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.