Belif Aqua Bomb Sleeping Mask Review

Belif Aqua Bomb Sleeping Mask

Recently Belif launched the Aqua Bomb Sleeping Mask. As part of their best selling hydration range the Aqua Bomb (which includes, moisturisers and mists), the sleeping mask is a night time treat to double up your hydration game.

This mask is a lightweight jelly texture with a fragrance similar to all Belif Aqua Bomb products (which I find hard to describe!, almost minty but herbal fresh scent…). A calming treat to those of you who enjoy ‘natural’ skincare.

Sleeping masks are my go-to for days when my skin’s troubled and I don’t feel like loading it with multiple layers of lotions and potions. Just something hydrating to keep it calm and happy. The mask is also an easy way to skip a few steps basically without sacrificing hydration on days you just don’t feel up for a lengthy night time routine. A quick fix before you jump into bed.

The product itself is a wonderful texture, you instantly feel the cooling hydration the second it’s applied to the skin. Cocooned in this gel, the skin takes a very cosy nap to wake up refreshed and plump! The radiance and glow of well hydrated skin is unmistakable, the product does deliver.

Part of the appeal of Belif products is that they contain no added fragrance. I’ve never had a bad reaction to them even with my sensitive skin. Usually fragranced products irritate and occasionally leave me with little bumps. Never the case with Belif. It’s down to the purest herbal ingredients that go into their products. No artificial preservatives, parabens, sulfates or phthalates, no mineral oil or any animal origin ingredients.

It’s perfect for any skin type!

Bottom Line

If you are keen on trying something K beauty, or just looking to add an indulgent mask to your skincare cabinet, I highly recommend checking this product out. Also, do check out the Aqua Bomb True Cream. It’s one of my favourites from Belif!

 

CHANEL Cleansing Collection 2018 Review

CHANEL cleansers

Early June Chanel launched a range of new cleansers. I was lucky to receive the product beforehand and been testing everything for the past few months. What’s exciting is this collection is complete with cleansers for all needs. From an oil for makeup removal to a foaming cleanser for daily use, to everything in between!

According to the press release, the collection was created keeping skins balance in mind, and contains two key marine active ingredients. Blue Micro-Algae to protect the skin from micro-stress generated by pollution, and Marine Salicornia with it’s ability to self-regulate water and for skin strengthening actions.

These cleansers give you a thorough cleanse removing makeup and impurities while maintaining the skin barrier and PH for comfortable soft skin that’s radiant and stronger.

Chanel cleansers

LE LAIT FRAICHEUR D’EAU Anti-Pollution Cleansing Milk-to-Water

Is a mildly scented, light cream that melts into a watery texture when massaged into the skin, then wiped off with cotton or in my case, rinsed off. Every single use I noticed that this leaves a thin film on the skin and doesn’t rinse off completely and therefore preferable for days when the skin’s feeling drier than normal.

*According to instructions on the box, it is to be wiped off with cotton, though I still prefer to wash away all traces of cleanser, so I proceeded to use it as I always do. If you have dry skin the wipe off method should be ideal.

LE LAIT DOUCEUR D’HUILE Anti -Pollution Cleansing Milk-to-Oil

As the name suggests, goes on a cream to transform into a clear solution which lightly emulsifies milky with water. The formula was gentle and does not irritate the eyes. Once rinsed the cleanser is removed completely without any residue on the skin but feels soft to the touch without feeling dry or tight.

Mildly scented as the Cleansing Milk-To-Water.

LA MOUSSE Cleansing Cream to Foam

Is a foam cleanser. Mildly scented and extra rich in terms of foaminess. This is my favourite for a morning cleanse or a second cleanse if you double cleanse regularly. I like that it never leaves the skin feeling tight or dry. The tube is also pretty large too and a little goes a long way. It will last you a while!

L’HUILE Anti-Pollution Cleansing Oil

The first thing I noticed about L’Huile is that it’s quite heavily scented in comparison to the other three. If you prefer something unscented or have skin that’s easily irritated by fragrance, best try a sample first. What I love though is that this really does take off makeup exceptionally well without having to rub too hard.

Massaged onto dry skin this oil goes on like silk, then emulsifies with water to create a milky solution that rinses off completely with no oily residue. Skin never feels stripped but incredibly clean and soft. It’s a must try in my opinion if you are interested in the collection and my favourite.

Bottom Line

Upon use it’s pretty evident these are luxury cleansers. The sensorial pleasure and textures justify paying extra for. The sleek packaging is just the cherry on top!

Also in comparison to the prices of other luxury cleansers i’ve used before, the Chanel is actually priced better. The Tom Ford oil cleanser (still my favourite) is a lot more $$$ (& reviewed here), so are the cleansers by Sisley or Clé de Peau (who also revamped their entire cleanser line last year & reviewed here). S$64 for Chanel is still within the justifiable margin to me.

My top picks from the new collection are the oil cleanser for daily makeup removal and the foaming cleanser & would recommend them to everyone keen on trying out this line.

Of course depending on your skin type you could try the Milk-To-Water or the Milk-to-Oil versions too which are very soothing on the skin if you have normal to dry skin. Not heavy duty enough to take off a full face of makeup, but wonderful if you don’t wear a LOT of makeup daily and are looking for something special for removing daily grime and pollutants.

*All cleansers within the line are mentioned as suitable for all skin types.

Price List

L’Huile (150ml) – SGD64

Le Lait Fraicheur d’eau (150ml) – SGD 64

La Mousse (150ml) – SGD 64

Le Lait douceur D’Huile (150ml) – SGD64

Ingredient list

chanel cleanser ingredients list

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*PR samples sent by Chanel for review consideration.

 

A Guide to La Mer Moisturisers

My own experience with the brand began when I picked up a jar of their Soft Cream about 6 years ago. Since then, many formulations and new technology have been introduced within the moisturisers category, and i’ve finally managed to test them ALL!

Currently there’re three favourites I keep in rotation. These are my go-to’s which I constantly turn to when my skin needs extra TLC and moisture.

If you’ve been eyeing the moisturisers and unable to make up your mind on which formula to invest in, I hope my review would be of use to you. The options can be overwhelming if you are new to the brand. I know.

La Mer

The current portfolio of La Mer Moisturisers contain the original Crème de la Mer, Soft Cream, Soft Lotion, Moisturizing Cool Gel Cream and the Moisturizing Matte Lotion.

The latest release (just last month) was the Cool Gel Cream that replaced the Gel Cream. Perfect for summer months and anyone with combination skin.

La Mer Cool Gel Cream

All formulations of the La Mer moisturisers contain the nutrient rich ‘Miracle Broth™’. An ingredient derived from Sea Kelp which was discovered by Dr. Huber (the founder).

This Miracle Broth boasts an array of benefits. Accelerates skin regeneration, nourishes skin, heals and soothes. Over time skin looks radiant, with less visible lines and supple. Overall, younger looking.

Here’s a quick look at some swatches I took, so you get an feel of the texture.

(T-B) Lined up from the lightest to the richest formula.

Moisturizing Cool Gel Cream – A translucent gel that’s cooling up on application. The formula delivers a burst of hydration leaving the skin supple to the touch. Skin immediately looks refreshed and healthy with a light radiant glow.

This formula is ideal for warmer months, humid conditions and anyone with combination skin. I use this as a morning moisturizer. Perfect to be worn under makeup as it hydrates well but doesn’t create an additional oily layer on the skin which could cause makeup to slide off. Suitable for normal, combination and oily skin types.

Moisturizing Matte Lotion – The lightest cream formula of the 5 moisturizers. I find the hydration capabilities similar to the Cool Gel Cream. However in my personal opinion, I would pick a gel moisturiser over matte. I prefer my skin to feel really well hydrated throughout the day. This particular formulation, balances shine and softens the look of pores as it doesn’t create an overly radiant look. Ideal for oily skin types or combination skin. 

Moisturizing Soft Lotion – Provides intense hydration without the heaviness of a thick moisturiser. I would recommend this for day and night for normal or combo skin types. Personally this is my go-to for a night time skincare routine and the convenient pump bottle makes for easy use. The bottle although heavy, I find to be travel friendly as I don’t have to pack a additional spatula! Perfect for normal skin and combination skin.

Moisturizing Soft Cream – Very similar in terms of texture although less runny in comparison to the Soft Lotion. It’s my old favourite.

With prolonged use, skin feels supple and healthy. The overall texture of the skin is improved and noticeably firmer.

This formula is perfect for night time routines if you have normal to dry skin. For the day time I would advice using lesser quantity and making it work. With my combination skin, the Soft Cream wasn’t a suitable option for the day time. Although personally I do enjoy some extra hydration at night, I suspect the rich texture caused a few whiteheads. Therefore hesitate recommending this to anyone with combination skin or tends to have pores that clog easily.

Crème de la Mer – The richest formulation of the 5. More suitable for mature, dry skin as the texture is in fact very rich. I use this mostly in colder climates when my skin gets dry and starts to peel. I ALWAYS pack my mini when I travel, ‘just in case’. It’s great for instant relief for irritated peeling skin and winter weather; also good for hands and elbows or whenever you need some extra moisture. Suitable for dry or mature skin types.

The Cool Gel Cream, Moisturizing Soft Lotion and Soft Cream. The three I rotate in my routine.

Personally the new Cool Gel Cream is my favourite as it’s ideal for combination skin for day time. The hydration level is just right for me and doesn’t feel oily on the skin.

For the nights it’s usually the Soft Lotion or the Soft Cream. These days it’s mostly the Soft Lotion though as my Soft Cream takes a back seat.

Bottom Line

Apart from the positives, I do notice whenever I use the thicker formulations of La Mer, my t-zone starts to clog easily, which brings me to address a question that keeps popping up time and again. Mineral oils???!

The second or third ingredient in every La Mer moisturizer ingredient list i’ve checked contains Petrolatum. Mineral oil. It’s a known ingredient that can cause clogged pores. In an age where skincare is starting to get ‘cleaner’ it’s harder to understand the use of such a filler. My advice is, if you have generally congested skin or skin prone to white heads, possibly pick one of the lighter formulas or look elsewhere. In my experience I do think some of the creams can cause white heads.

The reason I continue to use La Mer even with the mineral oil debate, is because I do notice my skin in better condition while on it. It’s healing and soothing properties make it perfect for sensitive skin like mine, that’s constantly battling redness and irritation.

Have you tried La Mer moisturisers before? I’m keen on hearing your thoughts on this. Please do leave a comment with your experience and which formulation you use, it’d be helpful to others too ❤

Lip Balm Round-Up

Lip balm 2

Testing lip balms has to be one of my favourite things as a blogger. Constantly picking up ‘promising’ lip treats has been my mission in 2017! So finally here’s my thought’s on a few that’s been in rotation.

Chanel – Hydra Beauty Nutrition Nourishing Lip Care

It’s no secret Chanel is all about the ‘luxury experience’, and when they finally released this chic little lip balm a few years ago I decided to grab one. The key ingredient is an extract from the Camellia Flower, a flower closely associated with the house of Chanel. It’s to soothe and coat lips with a waxy formula for instantly hydrated lips.

The balm is mildly scented with a near perfect consistency. Not too heavy or too light, this one’s my everyday go-to in general. Unlike most lip balms in my rotation, it allows flexible use, day or night. Though I find it specially enticing at night just to ensure my lips don’t end up dry from the Air con.

If luxury beauty treats are your vice, this is a perfect addition. Get’s the job done, all the while looking sleek in your makeup bag or vanity top.

Clé De Peau Beauté – Lip Treatment

Unlike most deeply hydrating lip balms, the CPB Lip Treatment comes in the ever so favoured stick packaging. I love this for on-the-go use. Hygienic, nourishing and always in my bag for whenever my lips feel parched.

The formula of this is lighter, doesn’t feel waxy and comes with no noticeable scent. According to the official web site, it’s said to restore plumpness and reduce any peeling.

What I love about this is the consistency is perfect for pre-lipstick application. Of course there are many cheaper lip balms that do this job perfectly well, but I had to try the Clé de Peau one if only for the need to try all things Clé de Peau as a regular user of the brand. Btw, did you notice the pink marble style cap? Sooo cute!

Elizabeth Arden – 8 Hour Lip Protectant

Every beauty editors favourite SOS balm now comes in a travel friendly tin. At first it was the wanderlust inspired packaging that got me. Subsequently, the powers of the tried and tested 8 Hour formula won me over outta the blue. It’s a nourishing, thick oily balm for whenever your lips are going though that dry phase. What I love is that, this classic doesn’t come at a steep price. Keep one in your hand bag, on your bed side table or at office. It’s affordable and gets the job done.

P.S – you can rub in the excess on your cuticles too, this works great as a barrier balm to stop your nails/cuticles from drying out! An inflight staple for me.

Laneige – Lip Sleeping Mask

The Laneige mask is one of those incredible finds over the years. It’s been my best friend when my lips are beyond help and just needs some extra TLC.

Thick, but in a melty, buttery smooth texture, this little gem comes in several mouth watering flavours. It truly does smells DELICIOUS, and I’d say backup worthy.

The hero ingredients that make this balm a winner includes a Berry Mix Complex, berry extracts that contain vitamin C and anti-oxidants to restore lips to their supple state. Secondly, a Moisture Wrap technology that forms a moisturising film to lock in hydration (a mix of hydro ion mineral water, evening primrose root extract and Hunza Apricot extract).

This Sleeping Mask comes in several flavours, and when in doubt, choose Berry (the original). Smells like an absolute DREAM!

La Mer – The Lip Balm

One more beauty editor favourites. This one’s an OG! Infused with La Mer’s patented Miracle Broth, the Lip Balm hydrated DEEPLY and softens any dry flakes to be easily scrubbed off by morning.

It’s the very first luxury balm I ever owned.

As with all things La Mer, the ingredients are designed for anti-ageing and deep hydration. Keeping the lips looking younger by plumping and smoothing. Do you need such an expensive balm? Probably not. But this does work extra hard to keep those lips ultra kissable!

Ettusais – Lip Essence

The most affordable lip choice of the lot, and something i’d recommend to EVERYONE.

Not only does it soothe and soften dry lips overnight. I find this works even better as a lip mask than the Laneige.. A few consecutive nights of this lip oil repairs my lips like no other.

Unscented. Great packaging and handbag friendly.

Bobbi Brown – Extra Lip Tint

I thought i’d include one lip balm that’s also a lip tint. And my favourite is by Bobbi. May not be as popular as the Dior Lip Glow, but this does the exact same thing. But only better (in my honest opinion).

Firstly, I find this provides longer lasting hydration with the same pretty tinted lip effect. Also, keeps the lips emollient even after meals and constant drinking though out the day.

If the sleek white packaging hasn’t swayed you already. I’d assure you it’s one of the best lip treatments you’ll find.

Bottom Line 

Personally I find a use for all of these. They work for me in various situations and as someone who’d perpetually suffering from dry lips, these are saviours and therefore must-haves!

Do you have any balm recommendations that hasn’t made it to this post? Let me know i the comments! I’m always up for trying your suggestions! x

 

New By Terry Baume de Rose Body Scrub, Lip Scrub & Lip Care Crayon | Review

My first entry for January starts with a pretty pink release by luxury french beauty brand, By Terry!

By Terry baume de rose 2018

There’re three new products that were added the existing Baume de Rose family.

Baume de Rose Body Scrub

Baume de Rose Lip Scrub

Baume de Rose Lip Care (crayon)

Apart from the visually pleasing pink packaging, this collection is sure to appeal to all rose lovers. The iconic scent of Baume de Rose is present in all three.

Up first is the exciting new lip care stick and scrub. Beautifully packaged in minimal, stylish pink.

By Terry Lip Care and Scrub

What I love about balm sticks is the convenience of application. No more grubby fingers poking into jars! Therefore hygienic application and also prolonged shelf life. I’m actually surprised By Terry hadn’t thought of launching this earlier.

If you are a fan of the iconic Baume de Rose, this new crayon makes a lovely addition to your handbag. Just as comforting, nourishing with a touch of luxurious Rose flower essential wax & Vitamin E to keep the lips supple all day. The only difference between the original pot and this crayon is the formula is less buttery and thick, which I believe was better as an overnight lip repair treatment. The stick version is more of a light balm that delivers long lasting hydration for day time. It’s colourless and goes on thin which makes it ideal as a pre-lipstick lip perfecter too.

The Lip Scrub is described as an “ultra-gentle scrub that delicately smoothes, refines & beautifies the lips. Super charged with Rose butter, Rose flower essential wax, Rose hip oil & oil extracts of Black Rose & Pastel Rose, it’s sugary rich balm leaves lips hydrated, nourished and more comfortable”.

L- Body Scrub, R- Lip Scrub

By Terry Baume de Rose swatches

The first thing I noticed was that the granules are suspended in a ultra creamy formula and rather sparse. For lips that tend to get extremely flakey, this most certainly will not be getting rid of every single flake. Personally i’d opt for something slightly more gritty with less creaminess for thorough exfoliating.

However, as the description, the smoothing ingredients do soften and nourish the lips for a pillowy pout. Something that would work for regular upkeep and comfort for anyone living in colder and dry weather or just have naturally dry lips that need constant care.

By Terry Baume de rose

Lastly, my favourite product of this launch. The Body Scrub.

It’s no secret i’m addicted to luxury body care. I find myself continuously reaching for products slightly on the higher price range as the ingredients and textures are usually more cosmetically elegant & refined. Basically you are paying more for the ‘experience’.

If you strictly indulge in budget body care, this one’s obviously not for you. But! I do believe, if you read my blog and follow me here, you are more likely a luxury skincare junkie too! Yes?

The consistency and granule size is perfect for a gentle but thorough scrub. The sugar particles don’t feel scratchy or harsh, and leave the skin feeling smooth and velvety after use. My preferred method of use is applying this directly on dry skin and emulsifing by adding some water halfway through. Smells amazing btw and gets the job done!

What’s noticeably special about this formula is that it’s deeply hydrating & nourishing even after rinsing.

Reading the ingredient list I find this includes Rose butter, Rose Hip oil and also Black Rose oil extract just as the lip scrub. All that keeps skin supple and moist & perfect for dry skin and drier weather.

Bottom Line

My top pick of the collection is the Body Scrub! It’s just such a luxurious treat after a long day. Trust, your body will love you for a nice scrub down with some luxurious and skin loving ingredients. Of course, the price is steep. But then again, we are talking expensive ingredients and a product that’s effective and also feels amazing.

The Lip Care Crayon is a good everyday staple. The product works and provides long term hydration. Something I always look for in lip products.

The only product that didn’t live up to expectations was the Lip Scrub. As far as an effective lip scrub goes, my experience was rather underwhelming (even though this is classified as ‘ultra-gentle’ and I should be expecting a softer exfoliation). Basically a lot more granules would be required for this to work on my flaky lips.

Pricing and Availability

Available end February, at Escentials Tangs & Paragon and Sephora (online).

Thank you By Terry Singapore for the samples to try. x

Pricing as follows,

Lip Scrub & Lip Crayon – SGD50

Body Scrub – SGD102

 

 

 

Inflight Essentials

Packing just the bare essentials into a pouch that’s small enough to fit in your hand bag can be quite the task. Especially if you find yourself catching a long haul flight for the very first time.

To make sure my complexion looks healthy and vibrant when I disembark, the first thing I do after take off is to cleanse and prep my skin for the dry cabin air.

I pack a mini cleanser like the Nutritious Radiant Vitality Foam Cleanser from the Nutritious Vitality 8 line. It gets the makeup off and leaves skin clean for all other skincare.

Estee Lauder Nutritious Vitality

For toner, I take the Nutritious Vitality8 Radiant Energy Mist. The packaging is super convenient for travel (just 30ml) and I absolutely love how uplifting and refreshing it smells.

Also keep this at hand for spritzing throughout the journey so my skin doesn’t get dehydrated.

To keep the eyes nourished as well, pack your regular eye cream. Whether you’ll be travelling day or night, the conditions inside an airplane call for something nourishing. Fitting into my little pouch, is this Resilience Lift Firming Sculpting Eye Cream. It ensures the under eyes don’t get dehydrated, and has a light texture that absorbs fast!

*If you are travelling soon, check out the value set (of two 30ml) of the Resilience Lift Firming Sculpting eye cream that’s exclusive to Shilla Duty free & www.ishopchangi.com

Finally, to keep the skin nourished and hydrated I put on a moisturiser, or better, a sheet mask while I catch a movie on the inflight entertainment system. Just 10 mins is all it takes to ensure you look rested when you land.

The Advanced Night Repair Power-foil Mask is an excellent choice (check my review here). Once removed, the deeply hydrating serum will continue to soothe & repair your skin while you catch some zzzzzzz….

30 minutes before landing I like to do a quick touch up. My skin is already plump and rested and doesn’t need much to look healthy so I use something like the Global Anti-aging Wake Up Balm. Not only does it prep skin for any base (as a primer would), but also has illuminating ingredients for a radiant finish so my skin looks glowy.

Lastly, I put on some light makeup, usually just the brows and lipstick or even a cream blush to look healthy and glowy!

Do you have any favourite items you travel with? Please do leave a comment below! ❤

*In collaboration with Estée Lauder. PR samples included.

Su:m 37 Secret Essence & Water-full Timeless Water Gel Cream Review

sum 37 review

Today i’ll be discussing Su:m 37 skincare.

A premium Korean skincare brand that launched in Singapore this June.

Just over a month ago I attended their media preview, where I had the opportunity to try out the skincare & also learn about the process of fermentation and how it improves efficacy of skincare.

Su:m 37 prides itself in it’s natural fermentation process. Where ingredients are harvested seasonally and then put through a slow process of fermenting for a minimum of 365 days. The process of fermenting purify the raw ingredients creating properties safe for the skin and also micronises these actives into particles so small they absorb easily and drive deeper into the skin for faster, better results.

The products i’ve added to my skincare regime are the stars of their lineup. The Secret Essence & the Water-full Timeless Water Gel Cream. I’ve given these more than a month of testing and so far and the results have been pretty impressive.

The Secret Essence is basically your first step after toning. The product is thicker than other essences I’ve tried but absorbs instantly. Usually just two splashes is sufficient for my skins needs, pressed and patted directly onto the face.

Sum 37 secret essence

I also love that the smell of Su:m 37 skincare is also very very pleasant. Nothing that you’d expect from fermented skincare. It’s a mild floral scent, the result of all the naturally harvested flowers and roots that goes into this potion. I can honestly say, I look forward to my skincare routine each morning/night. The experience is soo calming and truly luxurious.

Results

Within the time I was testing the two products, I’ve kept my routine very minimal. Partly cos I was travelling (still am) and therefore can’t pack tonnes of skincare. Also I didn’t want to corrupt my findings and mix in other products that might interfere with my review.

Overall the most noticeable difference is how smooth and even my skin looks now. There’s obvious luminosity, glow and skin texture is at it’s best I’ve seen all year! Of course a healthy diet plays a part and I have been extra healthy these days, but the glow and radiance can’t be from my food choices alone.

I notice my skin does look more hydrated and also plumper. I have had so many compliments on my skin lately even though I do suffer from the occasional hormonal break out.

Safe to say, The Secret Essence is now a product I can not live without.

Next up, the Water-full Timeless Water Gel Cream.

sum 37 water full gel

To seal in all that fermented goodness of the essence, an effective moisturizer is key! And the Su:m 37 Water Gel Cream really packs a punch. I never anticipated how super hydrating this light gel is. And even more surprising, the hydration this provided lasts and lasts.

All you need is a teeny tiny bit of the spatula (which is cleverly designed to magnetically attach itself to the lid) to seal in moisture.

I find it lightweight enough for the day time and also just hydrating enough for the night as well even though I sleep in an air conditioned environment that sucks all moisture.

I always, ALWAYS wake up with comfortable, bouncy skin.

Bottom line

What’s interesting is how fast you see results with this product. The active ingredients are obviously absorbing into the skin better.

If there’s one product you try from the line, let it be the Secret Essence. It’ll fit into your routine no matter what your skin concerns are. After all who doesn’t want luminous, even skin?!!!

Between these two products, I’ve seen my skin improve immensely and you can say I am a firm believer in Korean skincare now and will be adding a few more things into my routine soon!

Other Info

Su:37 is now available exclusively at Tangs Vivo City and 25th July at Tangs Orchard.

*PR samples provided by Su:m 37 Singapore.

Pricing

Water-full Water Gel Cream – SGD108 for 50ml

Secret Essence – SGD108 for 80ml