Clé de Peau Beauté Pure White Cleansing Series Review

When it comes to curating a great skincare routine, a good cleanser that suits your skin/needs is a must. Specially since all serums and expensive moisturisers are pretty much useless when applied on poorly cleansed skin.

I choose my cleansers based on a) how much makeup i’m wearing that day b) my skin type. And as my skin changes so frequently I like to switch up my cleansers too. As you’d imagine, i’ve accumulated quite the stash and have tested a fair few.

This fall Clé de Peau Beauté takes cleansing to a whole new level introducing 7 cleansers to address various needs and skin types. All packaged in pristine white with gold accents.

It’s a selection of cleansers that not only look good in your skincare cabinet but also transforms the routine of cleansing into a luxurious night time ritual to pamper and ensure the wind down is a blissful one.

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The collection includes the following,

Softening Cleansing Foam

Clarifying Cleansing Foam

Cleansing Clay Scrub

Cleansing Cream Oil

Eye & Lip Makeup Remover

Eye & Lip Makeup Remover Towelettes

Gentle Cleansing Milk

I’ve been testing 4 of the 7 cleansers these past months, and i’ll be talking about those in depth today.

Kicking off with my favourite from the bunch. The Softening Cleansing Foam. A surprising choice as i’m usually never drawn to foaming cleansers. Hah!

Cle de peau softening cleansing foam

The Softening Cleansing Foam is a creamy foaming cleanser that foams rather thick. An absolutely silky & luxurious formula that makes the ritual of cleansing a more indulgent experience.

The formula is said to contain a ‘special combination of moisturising ingredients’ (including Hyaluronic acid) and an Intelligent Cleansing Technology that helps create an ideal environment for skin, therefore never too stripping, even on drier skin types. Since I have combination/dry skin, this suits my needs perfectly and cleanses dirt & grime from the day without dehydrating my drier areas further.

This also is my go-to on lazy days since I know it does a thorough cleanse and I can then rush through my serums & moisturiser and get to bed ASAP.

As a strong believer in double cleansing, on days I wear a full face of makeup I tend to use this as a second cleanse, relying on an oil cleanser to take off a bulk of my makeup. Overall this is great for all skin types (except the extremely dry ones) and also perfect for one step cleansing if you don’t wear heavy makeup day to day.

Application 

The method of use is a simple one.

Place approximately 1cm of cleansing foam (use less than you think you need) into the palm of your hand and lather up with some water. You can then apply this foam on damp or dry  skin and cleanse with circular motions. Rinse well and pat dry.

Ingredients

Water. Glycerin. Stearic Acid. Sorbitol. Myristic Acid. PEG-6. PEG-32. Potassium Hydroxide. Lauric Acid. PEG-60 Glyceryl Isostearate. Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate. Lauryl Betaine. Glyceryl Stearate SE. Bees wax. Polyquaternium-39. Polyglyceryl-4 Lauryl Ether. Acrylates Copolymer. Fragrance (parfum). Disodium EDTA. Trehalose. PEG/PPG-14/7 Dimethyl Ether. Sodium Benzoate. Iron Oxides (CI 77492). Pearl Powder. Silk Powder (Serica/Poudre de soie). Serine. Sodium Hyaluronate. Iron Oxides (CI 77491). Tocopherol. Theanine. Diamond Powder. Sodium Acetylated Hyaluronate. Butylene Glycol. Polyquarternium -51. Hydrolyzed silk. Hydrolyzed Conchiolin Protein. Phenoxyethanol.

Next up is the Cleansing Clay Scrub. A cleanser that incorporates gentle exfoliating into your cleansing routine.

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The Cleansing Clay Scrub is great to maintain healthy skin when incorporated once or twice a week alternating with your regular cleanser. The non abrasive scrubies are perfect for clearing off any dead skin build up and deep cleanses pores with it’s clay base. .

The formula also contains peony extract to help manage surface sebum & the same Intelligent Cleansing Technology as the Softening Cleansing Foam. The overall result is a smooth, radiant skin with less surface texture.

Application

Take approximately 4cm of product and work in with circular motions onto dry or wet skin avoiding eye area. Rinse and pat dry.

Ingredients

Water. Glycerin. Dipropylene Glycol. Kaolin. Glyceryl Stearate SE. Zinc Oxcide. PEG-60 Glyceryl Isostearate. Butylene Glycol. Talc. Bentonite. Alcohol Denat. Behenyl Alcohol. Stearyl Alcohol. Microcrystalline Cellulose. Phenoxyethanol. Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate. Disodium EDTA. Trehalose. PEG/PPG- 14/7 Dimethyl Ether. Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891). Isostearic Acid. Fragrance (parfum). Lauryl Betaine. Barium Sulfate. Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate . Aluminium Hydroxide. Paeonia Albiflora Root Extract. Serine. Tocopherol. Theanine. Sodium Acetylated Hyaluronate. Benzoic Acid. Sodium Benzoate. Polyquaternium-51. Hydrolyzed Silk. Hydrolyzed Conchiolin Protein.

Following with a luxuriously silky cleanser that’s perfect for dehydrated, drier skin types. The Cleansing Cream Oil.

Cleansing cream oil

This smooth creamy emulsion which transforms into a luxurious oil, cleanses skin without dehydrating or stripping. The texture is sublime, gently breaking down even heavier makeup with silky smooth strokes.

This too, formulated with the Intelligent Cleansing Technology, creates the ideal environment for skin and promotes smooth, radiant and more even textured complexion. In addition it also contains Argan Oil, an ingredient known for it’s skincare benefits including moisturising and healing.

Application

Take approximately 3cm of product and massage into dry skin with soft circular motions. Once transformed into oil, the cleanser breaks down all makeup which then can be rinsed clean or tissued off.

I’d recommend this for dry to very dry skin types as this particular one rinses off leaving a oily residue (which essentially keeps skin moisturised). Something to keep in mind if this bothers you.

Ingredients

Hydrogenated Polydecene. Pentaerythrityl. Tetraethylhexanoate. Sorbitol. Water. Glycerin. Isododecane. Dimethicone. Diphenylsiloxy Phenyl Trimethicone. Sucrose Stearate. PPG-15-Buteth-20. PEG-60 Hydrogenated Caster Oil. Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate. MethylParaben. Trehalose. Argania Spinkosa Kernel Oil. PEG/PPG-14/7 Dimethyl Ether. Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891). Sodium Citrate. Algin. Citric Acid. Fragrance (parfum). Butylene Glycol. Sodium Metaphosphate. Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate. Aluminium Hydroxide. Tocopherol. Limonene. Crataegus Monogyna Flower Extract. Trisodium EDTA. Serine. Theanine. Sodium Acetylated Hyaluronate. Sophora Angustifolia Root Extract. Polyquaternium-51. Hydrolyzed Silk. Hydrolyzed Conchiolin Protein. Phenoxyethanol.

Lastly the Eye & Lip Makeup Remover

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An essential in every woman’s life. A point cleanser is perfect for taking off stubborn makeup (waterproof mascara) with ease. As with most eye and lip makeup removers, this too is a two phase formula easily identifiable with the separating of the ingredients into two layers.

What’s special about this particular one is, I find it leaves a relatively less oily residue than other two phase makeup removers. Most of which cause blurry vision as the ‘oils’ seep into the eyes. I find this effectively takes off gel or liquid liner (an exception being the TF liquid liner which most cleansers struggle to remove btw) making your next step of facial cleansing a comfortable experience. You wont be left partially blinded through the rest of your cleansing routine!

This gentle formula is easy on the delicate skin around the eyes and lips and pampers the skin with moisture.

Application is pretty straight forward. Just spritz a few drops onto a cotton pad and press over the eye area or lips to dissolve makeup, wait 5-10 seconds and wipe off. Follow with your regular cleansing routine.

Ingredients

Water. Cyclomethicone. C11-12 Isoparaffin.Butylene Glycol. Neopentyl Glycol Dicaprate. Cetyl Ethylhexanoate. Glycerin. Alcohol Denat. Sodium Chloride. Phenoxyethanol. Trehalose. Argania Spinosa Kernel oil. PEG/PPG-14/7 Dimethyl Ether. Trisodium EDTA. Benzalkonium Chloride. Fragrance (parfum) . Camellia Japonica Seed Oil. Serine. Theanine. Sodium Citrate. Polyquaternium-51. Tocopherol. Citric Acid. Hydrolyzed Silk. Sodium Acetylated Hyaluronate. Hydrolyzed Conchiolin Protein.

Bottom Line

For those willing to fork out the cash for a truly decadent experience, these are worth a look. The standout products were the Softening Cleansing Foam which I thought was an excellent cleanser and also great value for money as the tiny amount needed per cleanse would really stretch this tube for quite some time.

My second recommendation would be the Cleansing Cream Oil. Apart from it’s (obvious) excellent cleansing abilities, I found this such a luxurious experience. A must try.

Pricing & Availability

This range is currently available at all Clé de Peau Counters.

Price list, to be updated.

 

Origins Original Skin Essence Lotion Review

Origins Original skin Essence Lotion review

Lately I feel my skincare routine has been all about lotions. Not the moisturiser type, but the toner step type lotion to soften and add moisture. In fact all steps in my skincare routine revolves around moisture, cos apparently my combi skin is incredibly dehydrated and needs to be watered regularly.

Enter, Origins Original Skin Essence Lotion.

Origins Original Skin

Original Skin Essence Lotion is for skin renewal and hydration. It encourages cell turnover and minimizes pores.

If dull or lacklustre skin is your problem, it’s a line that’d suit your needs perfectly.

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The essence lotion is a lightweight (oil free) fast absorbing liquid scented with an uplifting fragrance found in most Origins products, a zesty minty mix.

I really enjoy this in the mornings especially when I use a foaming cleanser. It instantly tops up moisture levels and leaves skin feeling hydrated, refreshed and satisfied.

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Original Skin Essence Lotion contains a Dual Ferment Complex of Molasses and Phytosphingosine. Molasses to help boost skins even tone while the Phytosphingosine provides anti irritant benefits to keep skin glowing.

This formula also contains Chestnut Seed extract to help smooth skins surface for a softer feel.

According to Origins (through clinical testing) within 4 weeks of use, you can expect.

Visibly minimised pores

Visibly even skin tone

Boosts skin’s radiant glow

Softer skin texture

Soothed to keep skin healthy

Application

I take two splashes to my palms, rub them together and press it onto my face. This avoids wastage and you get the products straight onto the skin. Then pat it on a bit more till it absorbs.

*Normally I avoid applying anything with cotton pads unless it’s a micellar cleanser.

Results! 

Up on application you’ll notice skin feels deeply hydrated and much more supple to the touch. Any roughness caused by dehydration is diminished. I also found the moisture this imparts is retained for hours as I sometimes skip a moisturiser and this has worked great on it’s own to keep skin from dehydrating.

Long term benefits include better skin texture (through it’s continuous renewal process) and an overall hydrated healthy looking skin. If texture and bumps is something you suffer from I can say this is a welcome extra step to your skincare.

I didn’t notice a change in pore size, though with 2-3 weeks of regular use my skin did look more even, radiant and less blotchy.

Bottom Line

I believe this is a product that should be wonderful for anyone who requires a youthful, even skin tone and specially great for young adults who are looking for affordable yet effective skincare that delivers.

GIVEAWAY (Singapore Residents Only)

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For a chance to take home a Skin Saviour Kit (the entire collection of the Original Skin range plus Checks & Balances Frothy Face Wash, Maskimizer Skin-Optimising Mask Primer & Drink Up Hydrating balm), Origins Singapore has put together 3 sets (valued over $300) for you my readers via a giveaway.

All you have to do is share a selfie on Instagram capturing your essence (this could be anything basically, a selfie that reflects you) and tag it to @Origins.sg and hashtag #quarterlifecrisis #sweepstakes to enter. MAKE SURE you also mention ‘BubblyMichelle’ in your caption so Origins SG can easily identify which giveaway you are entering for.

Giveaway ends on the 31st August after which Origins will announce winners. Good luck!

P.S-  have fun! The selfie should capture your personality, and no need to be anything than you just being you!

Other Info

Available at all Origins boutiques

Original Skin Essence Lotion with Dual Ferment Complex 150ml – SGD52

Original Skin Renewal Serum 50ml – SGD98 | 30ml – SGD78

Original Skin Renewing Mask With Rose Clay 100ml – SGD50

 

 

 

Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Intensive Recovery Ampoules Review

Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Intensive Recovery Ampoules Review

ANR Intensive recovery ampoules

This August Estée Lauder introduces a brand new product to their Advanced Night Repair range. The Advanced Night Repair, Intensive Recovery Ampoules.

Having experienced impressive results with their previous launch, the PowerFoil mask (reviewed here), I was more than happy to give these new ampoules a go!

Advanced Night repair ampoules

These ANR ampoules are for over-stressed skin. Skin that’s been stressed from causes such as lack of sleep, increased pollution, travel or weather changes. Basically as increasingly stressful work life combined with city dwelling takes a toll on our skin, this is what you turn to, to rebalance, recharge & bring your skin back to it’s happy place.

advanced night repair ampoules

Within each of these ampoules is a 100% active formula in a precision micro-dose that offers rapid relief to address any irritation that can cause premature signs of ageing. It’s like an SOS treatment for the skin.

Formula & Technology

These ampoules feature a brand new ChronoluxAl Technology, a dual action anti-irritation & synchronization technology that helps skin address all phases of irritation and supports skins natural synchronisation. Visible irritation is quickly reduced as skin becomes stronger & more resilient to future aggressors.  

Application 

I began using these ampoules as treatment for my irritated, unbalanced skin. A result of insufficient sleep paired with constant travel & daily stress. It was a time my skin was breaking out badly and was looking rather textured and red.

One ampoule at night after cleansing and toning is all I needed, followed by my trusty Estée Lauder Radiant Moisture Cream as I do on most days. This helps seal in the oil as well as keep skin hydration levels in check.

The texture of this is a lightweight oil. Not so much a heavy, nourishing oil. More like a serum-y oil that absorbs well. Therefore a moisturiser on top would be a must to seal in hydration so you don’t wake up with parched skin.

Results

I noticed instant overnight results (as you’d expect from an SOS treatment!). My skin looked more even, all the redness around my cheeks and blotchiness had faded away. It’s like waking up with brand new skin each morning. Overall my complexion looked more luminous and rested. I loved it!

Needless to say, I then proceeded to pack these ampoules (in a travel container) with me whenever I fly, so I would never be without it! I am quite convinced I need them in my life.

Bottom Line

If you suffer from continuously irritated skin, or have a particularly stressful lifestyle with skin that seems to never quite feel ‘settled’ and constantly act up, I’d recommend this to you. It’s something I truly believe has worked for me and worth investing in.

*For intensive treatment, pair with Advanced Night Repair Serum as a 2 week detox.

Although I see plenty results using this on it’s own too! 

Pricing and Availability

These ampoules come in a jar of 60 which retails at SGD 196.

 

 

Oils for summer! Collection & reviews including Nuxe, NARS, Lierac & more.

August is the month of vacations! Everyone’s off on holiday catching the rays and celebrating life with the fam. It’s my favourite time of the year as well and come summer I like to change up my body care and skincare to suit the boiling hot temperatures here in Sri Lanka & prepare for adventures to come.

Apart from the obvious sunscreen hoarding, (trying to save our skin here. Literally) I find myself hoarding body oils. I LOVE them for summer! They don’t melt off as lotions and creams do and continue to hydrate the body throughout the day.

Body Oils review Nuxe, NARS Monoi Glow, Lierac

As you can see, I’ve managed to accumulate quite the collection (what’s scary is this isn’t all LOL) and over the years discovered a few favourites i’d like to share with you today. The best ones come from France. Unfortunately. I know a lot of you don’t have access to these brands but some are widely available and i’m sure i’ll be able to recommend something you’d like.

My most used/ all time favourite has to be the Lierac Sensorielle Regenerating Oil & Toning Oil.

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If you love white flower scents, this one’s for you! I literally can’t get enough of the fragrance. It’s this incredible floral scent mixed in with hints of citrus. The essence of summer captured in a bottle.

To nourish and hydrate skin, these oils contain a few delightful skin loving ingredients such as Almond Oil, Apricot kernel oil & Sesame oil. Applied freshly after a bath, they absorb well and don’t feel sticky or uncomfortable. Both versions are equally good with the toning oil slightly less nourishing in comparison if you feel the need for a lighter option.

I also love that this particular oil comes fitted with a spray. No spills and messy oil drips. It’s a winner across all boards.

Next up, a fairly recent acquisition. The NARS Monoi Glow body oils.

NARS Monoi glow

These are the latest (reformulated) versions of the cult favourite Monoi Oil by NARS.

The primary ingredient used here is Tiare flower infused Coconut oil (60%). Nourishing and hydrating as the Lierac but more exotic in scent. It instantly transports you to your last summer escape, bringing back memories of the beach and sun kissed glowy skin.

I don’t own the previous version, (though I did take a quick whiff at the counter and concluded) this one’s more perfumed and sweeter with intoxicating notes of White Frangipani, Ylang Ylang & Vanilla.

Only downside is these Monoi Body Glow Oils don’t come with a spray & the bottle opening is quite large making it difficult to control the amount dispensed.

African Botanics Marula Shimmering gold oil

The African Botanics Marula Shimmering Oil is something special.

100% Organic, 100% Vegan & preservative free!

I received this as part of a skincare sampler set I purchased off Net-a-Porter (this one’s a mini size btw) & really like the soft shimmering glow this imparts as it nourishes and moisturises.

Marula oil, the key ingredient is a ‘super oil’ with a high concentrate of Omega 6 & 9 and Vitamic E and C. These deeply nourish and heal the skin, reducing redness & improving skin elasticity. The only downside is i’m not a huge fan of the Marula scent. It can be slightly too sweet at times and I don’t find myself reaching for this much. However if you are on the look out for products with clean ingredients. It’s a good one to consider!

Next up, Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse.

Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse body oil

If there’s one body oil that started it all. It’s this cult favourite all purpose oil that truly lives up to the hype.

I find this very exotic in terms of smell, floral with a hint of incense or something along those lines…… Quite universally appealing I feel.

Ingredient wise this contains 6 precious plant oils including Sweet Almond, Camellia, Macadamia & Hazelnut & Vitamin E. A combination to nourish and soften the skin and eliminate stretch marks etc.

What’s great about the Nuxe oil is that it’s easily available! Most drugstores carry this (in Singapore you can find this at Watsons) and is moderately priced too. Around $50 or so.

*What you see here is the smaller (LE) size that was released last year & a tiny shimmer version (again part of a gift set which came with a candle. And OMG you need the candle!).

Onto another favourite! The Roger & Gallet Huile Sublime.

Roger & Gallet Huile Sublime

Roger & Gallet is one of my favourite French Pharmacy discoveries. I managed to stock up on quite a few of their products while I was in Paris and have to say I’ve loved every single purchase including this oil (which I managed to get my hands on a while after, thanks to my lovely bro).

This again is another zesty, orangey scented oil that’s just as addictive as the Lierac. And praise the lord, it comes with a spray! I also find the packaging soo beautiful, and possibly the most luxurious of the oils I own. A collectors piece if you may. I hope I never run out!

In terms of ingredients, it’s formulated with 6 active plant oils that nourish & moisturise the skin and quite lightweight in comparison to some of the others. I highly recommend it!

Other Info

The Nuxe, Lierac, Roger & Gallet are all available in French pharmacies. I believe Feel Unique stocks a few of these brands too. *Nuxe is available locally at Watsons.

African Botanics can be purchased via Space NK or Net-a-Porter.

NARS Body Glow is available at all NARS Counters (Tangs Orchard and Robinsons).

Lastly, hope you found this post an interesting read 🙂 What are your favourite body products for summer?  Do you use body oils or any multi purpose oils as the above? Please share!

Origins GinZing™ Peel-off Mask & Energy-Boosting Treatment Lotion Mist Review

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This July Origins added two new products to the GinZing™ line. You would have already seen #MaskMonday photos on IG with people posting their happy metallic coppery faces. But does this mask really work? I’ve seen a couple reviews a few weeks back and have to say some bloggers truly mislead the public. No, it’s not any of the big bloggers in case you were wondering, just the smaller ones who don’t test out product properly (or read instructions!) and end up writing something completely false. Anyways rant aside, if you currently enjoy the GinZing™ range or feel your skin forever looks dull and grey without much brightness, do read on! I might be able to enable you on this 😉

According to Origins, the Ginzing™ Peel-off mask is for instantly energising and lifting dullness from tired skin. The active ingredients that enable this is Ginseng known for it’s ability to strengthen the body, boost immunity and energise & Caffeine derived from coffee beans which is a natural anti-irritant that instantly helps you look refreshed! 

The actual mask is a really cool coppery, rose shade with a pearlised metallic effect. Slightly gimmicky if you ask me, but what’s really habit forming is the ‘peel-off’ action. I’ve tried these peel off masks before and I can tell you nothing’s more satisfying than peeling off a layer of mask. Seriously!

Origins ginzing peel off mask

So remember that rant earlier? Someone mentioned this mask can be used on parts of your face for targeted treatment. Firstly I don’t know who wants just parts of their face brightened or energised. I for one don’t! I want the entire complexion looking brighter and looking refreshed! Right?

Anyways long story short this is for the entire face. You CAN’T use this as you would a mud mask or a hydrating mask for just targeted areas. If you do use this on one portion of the face (which is what I did to see results) you’ll notice just that half brightened and immediately noticeably fairer than the unmasked potion.

Application as you’d imagine is straightforward. Use a generous amount and spread it evenly over a clean, dry face avoiding the eyes, brows and hairline. I don’t recommend a thin layer as this would make peeling off somewhat harder. And a slightly heavier layer lets this come off in one clean tug leaving little to no residue. If you do have any residue, you can wipe it off or rinse.

*One thing that I did notice is that the mask had a strong scent and made my eyes tear. This sensation wears off soon, but just a warning for anyone who’s overly sensitive to strong scents, you may want to try a sample first and see if it’s bearable. 

**The GinZing™ Peel-off Mask contains a blend of  Grapefruit, Lemon & Spearmint (essential oils) for that uplifting signature Ginzing™ scent.

Results! 

I tested this several times over the last month and can attest to the fact that it truly does brighten and wake your skin up. If you’ve had a particularly tiring week, this is the mask to slap on. You’ll notice your skin instantly brighter, fresher and feeling more energised. The peeling off action also grabs any dead skin for some light exfoliation which leaves your skin much smoother and healthier looking too.

In addition the mask also contains a multi fruit acid complex to gently exfoliate and refine the pores which is also a bonus. Good news for all my acid peel junkies!

Bottom Line

I pack this whenever I fly. It helps lift the dullness and vital to looking fresh if I have any important meetings to attend. All I need is 15 mins to recharge my skin and look brighter! The results I noticed aren’t long term. Just a quick fix that lasts about a day.

Recommend using this about 2 times a week. Avoid if you have any irritation, broken skin or sunburn.

Suitable for everyone except dry and sensitive skin. 

Ingredients list

Water. Alcohol. Polyvinyl Alcohol. Corn starch. Silica. Hexylene Glycol. Lemon peel oil*. Grapefruit peel oil*. Spearmint leaf oil*. Orange peel oil*. Limonene, Lynalool, Citral. Ginseng root extract. Apple fruit extract. Algae extract. Green Tea leaf extract. Orange fruit extract. Lemon peel extract. Sugarcane extract. Isoceteth-20. Caffeine. Xanthan gum. Aminomethyl Propanol. Carbomer. Phenoxyethanol. Mica. Iron Oxides. Titanium Dioxide.

*Essential Oil

Retail price – SGD50 for 75ml.

Next up! The Origins GinZing™ Energy-Boosting Treatment Lotion Mist.

Origins Ginzing Energy boosting lotion mist review

A refreshing, oil free treatment mist that’s for instantly uplifting and gently hydrating skin.

It’s to be used in the mornings (post cleanse), and rightly so as the refreshing scent of Lemon, Grapefruit & Spearmint helps wake up the lazy, sleepy body!

The ingredients to look out for are Panax Ginseng, Caffeine, Pomegranate extract for it’s antioxidant powers and Witch Hazel to purify skin with it’s antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.

I haven’t given this more than a few weeks of use so long term results can’t be discussed. But I do love the instant hydration and energy boost this gives my skin.

So far my only problem has been the pump in my bottle. It sprays out the mist in a strange squirt which has now got me into the routine of spraying this in my hands and then pressing onto my skin while I inhale the zesty, minty goodness.

It’s definitely a product worth looking at and provides that extra boost of moisture that my skin loves and a step in my morning routine that will be missed if skipped.

Ingredients List 

Water. Butylene Glycol. Alcohol denat. Polysorbate-20. Lemon Peel Oil*. Grapefruit Peel Oil*. Spearmint Leaf Oil*. Orange Peel Oil*. Limonene, Linalool, Citral. Bambusa Vulgaris (bamboo) extract. Salvia Sclarea (Clary) extract. Saccharomyces Lysate extract. Caffeine. Glycerin. Panax Ginseng root extract. Pantethine. Pisum Sativum (pea) extract. Witch Hazel extract. Sorbitol. Laminaria Saccharina extract. Caprylyl Glycol. Creatine. Acetyl Carnitine Hcl. Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate. Punica Granatum (pomegranate) fruit juice. Yeast extract. Tourmaline. Adenosine Phosphate. Folic Acid. Glucosamine Hcl. Sodium Hyaluronate. Citric Acid. Sodium Benzoate. Hexylene Glycol. Tocopheryl Acetate. Sodium Citrate. Disodium Edta. Phenoxyethanol

*Essential Oil 

Formulated without– Parabens, mineral oil, PABA, artificial colours, synthetic fragrance, animal ingredients. 

 Retail Price SGD42 for 150ml. 

* Press samples provided for review consideration.

Estée Lauder Nutritious Vitality 8™ Collection Review

Estée Lauder Nutritious Vitality 8™ Collection Review

Nutritious Vitality 8 Estee

Infused with Estée Lauders propriety Pomegranate 8 Complex, Nutritious Vitality8™ is a range meant to bring back the glow!

I was introduced to this effective skincare line last year (around this time actually) and have been happily indulging in some pomegranate goodness ever since. It’s a collection I turn to whenever I need to combat dull skin and deliver than radiant, healthy glow.

I find myself reaching for the Radiant Crème almost every day (now my go-to current favourite night cream) and the Radiant Overnight Detox Mask a quick SOS treatment after a particularly strenuous week.

Nutritious Vitality 8™ was created exclusively for Asian skin. Powered by a potent anti-oxidant blend of pomegranate extract, mangosteen, super berry ferment, Vitamin C & E, Nutritious Vitality 8™ helps reset skin to it’s natural, dynamic equilibrium to give you that radiant skin we all strive to achieve. Skin looks more energised, refined, hydrated, nourished and of course younger.

There’re 7 products i’ll be discussing with you today. Some which I tested out last year and three new additions that just launched this June. I’ll also be rounding up my favourites from the collection to make things easier if you feel a bit overwhelmed!

NEW ADDITIONS TO NUTRITIOUS VITALITY 8

Radiant Energy Lotion which comes in two formulations. Fresh Moist, a lighter formula for normal to combination skin and Intense Moist designed for dry skin. Both non-oily and fast absorbing.

Nutritious Vitality 8

If lotions are new to you, it’s a step done post cleanse to soften and lock in moisture before proceeding to the heavy duty treatments (serums etc). It’s one of my favourite steps in skincare as I try my best to ‘water’ my skin at any given opportunity.

Personally I prefer the ‘thicker’ formulas such as the Intense Moist (even though I have combination skin) as I believe skin can never be over hydrated. 

Estee NV deep moist lotion swatch

In addition to deeply hydrating your skin, the Nutritious Vitality 8 Lotions comes supercharged with Pomegranate8 Complex. One more step towards radiant skin.

Radiant Energy Mist.

Nutritious Vitality 8 Estee Lauder

A lightweight mist to refresh and hydrate.

As with all products within the line, this too comes infused with Pomegranate8 Complex to top up hydration and look radiant all day.

What I like about it is that it’s a very light, even mist that doesn’t disturb makeup which makes this great for mid day spritzes. It also smells awesome (as all the products in this line btw), like a burst of fruity goodness with each spray.

I see this a great poolside staple, tiny enough to fit into a summer clutch and also infused with skincare properties that would benefit more than just a mineral water spray.

On to older releases from the Nutritious Vitality8™ line which i’ve tested out last year.

Radiant Dual Phase Emulsion.

Infused with Ginseng extract that compliments the proprietary Pomegranate8 Complex, this helps recharge skin with vital energy in addition to hydrating and promoting radiance.

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The Innovative dual-phase formula strengthens the skins moisture barrier and leaves the skin dewy and full of vitality. It’s proposed as a step after lotion (as a light weight moisturiser for the day time).

Radiant Moisture Crème

Estee Lauder skincare

While testing out the line last year, I noticed the one product I reached for the most was this great moisturiser. The texture was just right. Non oily, fast absorbing and best of all smells great!

What I love is that it pairs well with any serums I apply and also keeps my moisture levels in check throughout the night.

For day time it works great under makeup and keeps the skin looking supple throughout wear. An overall amazing formula if you are looking for a good night or day time moisturiser which promotes radiance and refines skin texture. I’d recommend this for anyone with normal to combination skin.

Radiant Overnight Detox Concentrate

Is a highly concentrated dose of Pomegranate8 Complex to smooth, soften and brighten skin while you sleep.

Estee Lauder

Lightweight and fast absorbing, this completes your Nutritious Vitality 8™ regime for smoother, brighter skin.

Recommended to be used for 28 consecutive nights as a treatment. As and when needed. 

Radiant Overnight Creme/Mask

To be used as a moisturiser for drier skin or an intensive treatment for other skin types.

Estee lauder nutritious vitality

Slightly thicker in texture to the Radiant Moisture Creme, this one holds in moisture better. As you can see, the texture looks sublime. I love massaging this into my face at night in smooth strokes.

*For very dry skin types I believe the hydration this provides may be slightly inadequate unless paired with a hydrating serum or lotion.

Bottom Line

If I had to pick my favourites from this collection, it’s the new Radiant Energy Intense Moisture Lotion, Radiant Energy Mist and the Radiant Moisture Crème.

The Radiant Moisture Crème is my go to night cream on most days paired with the new Radiant Energy Lotions that adds an extra burst of hydration. It’s a combo that works great with any night serum I may choose to use.

Overall these two work to keep dehydration at bay and prevent fine lines.

The Mist is included in my faves as a summer staple. Be it topping up hydration on hot days or as a toner step in your skincare routine I find this one of the most well priced mists on the market. Also a big PLUS, it’s quite small and handbag friendly unlike other bulky expensive mists that claim to be compact but clearly NOT.

Pricing and Availability

Radiant Energy Lotion – SGD 76 (200ml)

Radiant Energy Mist – SGD 40 (30ml)

Radiant Dual Phase Emulsion – SGD 92 (50ml)

Radiant Moisture Crème – SGD 92 (50ml)

Radiant Overnight Detox Concentrate – SGD 116 (30ml)

Radiant Energy Overnight Crème?Mask – SGD 106 (50ml)

*includes PR samples sent for review.

 

 

Skin Inc Pure Serum Mist Review

Skin Inc Pure Serum Mist Review

Just over a month ago I received this new, first of it’s kind serum-mist from Skin Inc. As you know i’m a long term fan of the brand and this new addition was more than welcome to my skincare routine.

I have very sensitive skin, which is why Skin Inc products work so well for me. Their products are free from irritants such as fragrance and have always been well received by my fussy skin.

Skin Inc, Onsen, Pure Serum Mist, Skincare

This new mist contains just 8 ingredients, one of which is Onsen water from the 1200-year-old Izumo Yumara hot springs in Japan, known for it’s healing properties. I’m intrigued!

Packaging

The Pure Serum Mist comes in a weighty glass bottle sporting a minimalistic yet luxurious design.

Skin Inc, Pure Serum Mist, Onsen

To me the most striking feature is the nozzle. The best i’ve ever come across!

It feels so sturdy and well made. Something you come to appreciate when you rotate a lot of mists. But overall it’s the little things right? I truly appreciate well packaged products and this was a nice touch.

Skin Inc, Pure Serum Mist, Onsen,

Prepare yourself for the finest, most even misting action ever!

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The Skin Inc serum mist contains loads of skin loving ingredients to soothe and bring your skin to it’s natural equilibrium; and best of all, like I mentioned before, no unnecessary fillers. Just the few active ingredients in high doses.

  1. Hyaluronic Acid to capture and retain moisture.
  2. Onsen Water for it’s healing and anti-inflammatory properties.
  3. Glycerin to hold in moisture and regulate skins water balance.

Complete Ingredient List – Water (aqua), Butylene Glycol, Spring Water (aqua), Glycerin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Phenoxyethanol, Citric Acid, Sodium Citrate.

This mix is specially crafted to penetrate deep into the skin, hydrate and reduce sensitivity (in blemish prone skin) and overall promote and maintain a healthy skin barrier.

I mostly use this as part of my skincare routine. Straight after cleanser to refresh, hydrate and prep skin for serums that follow which are usually Skin Inc Licorice serum + Ceremide.

Used as a setting spray, this gives your skin a dewy effect (specially great for combatting the over powdered look) and as a desk companion to top up hydration levels while at work where the A/C is usually on full blast!

Bottom Line

I don’t see this as something to carry around daily, it’s too weighty in my opinion.

Consider this as a luxury mist, more for skincare benefits than general misting to stay cool. It does great as a calming mist for whenever my skin gets itchy and also combats any tightness caused by dehydration. It’s definitely much more than ‘just another facial mist’.

A must try for skincare junkies and anyone who suffer from dryness, skin sensitivity and blemishes.

Product Info 

Available at all Skin Inc outlets retailing at SGD98 for 100ml.

Made in Japan.

*Mine was a sample sent for review consideration.