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.  


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.


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.

Lierac, huile bosy oil review

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

origins ginzing peel off mask

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.


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!


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.

estee lauder

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!


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!

Skin inc logo Macro

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.



Origins Plantscription™ Anti-aging Power Eye Cream Review

Origins Plantscription™ Anti-aging Power Eye Cream Review

Among the many joys of life, finding a good eye cream has to be right up there in the top 10. I’m a sucker for treating the peepers and believe it or not, locating that gem of a cream is no easy business. Apart from the delightfully efficient La Prairie eye serum that blew my socks off before (and I highly recommend), there’s been only a few that truly left me satisfied. None specially at a more pocket friendly price.

Over the last few months i’ve been on some new Origins goodies and waddaya know! I found something I like!

Origins plantscription eye cream

The newly reformulated Plantcription™ Anti-aging Power Eye Cream.

I decided to pack this for my trip to Japan. A great way to try new eye creams it seemed since it forces you to stick to the plan and continuously keep using it without excuses.

Origins Pantscription anti aging eye cream review

The packaging is absolute perfection. Housed in a smallish plastic pump bottle this one’s made for travel and not just for the daily!

Also great that the pump mechanism here allows you to control just how much you dispense, unlike some annoying pumps which i’m sure you’ve encountered as well! No wastage, and you dispense exactly what you need. Very important when it comes to eye creams since you only need such a tiny amount.


The texture of this is very light. Doesn’t feel oily and absorbs fast. I feel it has just right amount of richness for practically anyone (excluding those with severely dry under eyes).

I didn’t detect any particular scent to it, other than that of a typical unscented cream. So i’m gonna say, no added fragrance.

Origins swatch

Also a perk of this perfectly balanced formula is that I don’t have to reserve this just for the night time, it’s all day, errday TWICE! Plus, how annoying is it when you find a cream that works for you but ends up too rich for day time under makeup?


Based on over just a month of use i’ve seen my undereye ‘un-age’ itself drastically. It’s now firmer, less puffy and my wrinkles much less noticeable. I’m really thrilled with the results.

Given that wrinkles are my primary concern when it comes to eyes, you can imagine my excitement to find something that delivers! And the best part, this cream is soooooo well priced ❤

Bottom Line

If you are in the market for a new eye cream and wrinkles are your main concern, get this. I highly recommend you do.

It’s fast acting, cost effective (i’ve only used up 1/3 for just over a month of use) and comes packaged hygienically in a pump bottle that’s easy to handle.

Origins for blog

Pricing & Availability 

Retails at SGD70 for 15ml, at all Origins counters and free standing store in Ion Orchard.

*Press sample received for review.

Ingredients List

Water, Glyceryl Stearate, Butylene Glycol, Myristyl Myristate, Squaline, Jojoba Esters, Cetyl alcohol, peg-100 Stearate, Anogeissus Leiocarpus bark extract, Chrysanthellum Nodosum extract, Rubus Idaeus (raspberry) leaf extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (rosemary) leaf extract, Coffee Arabica seed extract, Asparagopsis Armata extract, Vitis Vinifera (grape) fruit extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis root extract, Morus Nigra (mulberry) root extract, Centaurium Erythraea (centaury) extract, Bambusa Vulgaris (bamboo) extract, Pisum Sativum (pea) extract, Sigesbeckia Orientalis (st.paul’s wort) extract, Simmondsia Chinensis (jojoba) butter, Cholesterol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Trehalose, Micrococcus Lysate, Dimethicone, Cetyl Ricinoleate, Caffein, Glycerine, Hydrolyzed Algin, Hydrogenated vegetable oil, Laminaria Digitata extracr, Lecithine, Sorbitol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Crithmum Maritimum extract, peg-4 dilaurate, Acetyl Hexapeptid-8, Jojoba alcohol, Isopropyl jojobate, Caprylyl Glycol, Steareth-20, Cetearyl alcohol, Polysorbate 60, Glucosamine hcl, Ethylhexylglycerin, Potassium Hydroxide, Carbomer, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Hexylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol <iln41170>

Estée Lauder Advanced Night Micro Cleansing Balm & Cleansing Foam Review

Estée Lauder Advanced Night Micro Cleansing Balm & Cleansing Foam Review

I’m not one to play favourites, but cleansers are my guilty pleasure when it comes to skincare. Over time I’ve realised they play a huge part in the health and well being of ones skin; keeping pores clear of any dirt n debris, taking off all traces of makeup to ensure your expensive skincare is absorbed well, cleansers truly are the cornerstone of a good skincare regime.

Estee lauder night micro cleansing foam balm

Lately I’ve been testing a number of new cleansers and first up in the pipeline are these new additions by Estée Lauder. There’s a new Advanced Night Micro Cleansing Foam and Advanced Night Micro Cleansing Balm. Both which I’m equally excited to talk about!

According to the press release, what’s special about these cleansers is they are formulated to thoroughly cleanse ones face without compromising the skins natural protective barrier and prepare the skin to receive it’s night time ‘treats’.

Enhance the power of night

 ‘Used each night these ultra-sensorial Advanced Night Micro Cleansers work by micro-purifying, micro-revitalizing and micro-nourishing skin, dissolving all traces of the day while enriching skin with micro-nutrients and maintaining skin smoothness and strength.’

Advanced Night Micro Cleansing Balm

Estee lauder advanced night micro cleansing balm

Meant for taking off even the heaviest, waterproof makeup. This is a silky cleansing balm that melts down to a slippery, thick oil consistency.

Advanced night micro cleansing balm review

It’s to be applied directly onto dry skin, massaged in to dissolve all makeup, then emulsified with water till it transforms into a milky consistency and washed off with warm water.

Estee lauder cleansing balm review

Designed as a truly luxurious treat, this balm is fortified with lavender and chamomile for a calming, relaxing skincare session. The silkiness of the texture works together with effects of these essential oils to help you wind down and relax as you proceed with your regimen.

*Personally I like to take off my cleansing balm with a face towel damp with warm water for an even more indulgent cleansing session. The warmth of the towel adds to the whole pampering feel of the skincare ritual and doesn’t really feel like a hassle as some say. I also find this the ideal method for using a balm cleanser so you take off every last bit of it without any residue.

Advanced Night Micro Cleansing Foam

Estee lauder advanced cleansing foam

Is a lightweight, mildly foaming cleansing cream that comes packaged in a convenient, easy to use tube.

EL Cleansing foam swatch

If you find foaming cleansers stripping or drying, the Advanced Night Micro Cleansing Foam is definitely worth looking into. The foam this generates is mild and maintains the luxurious creamy feel. It doesn’t dry out your skin and gently (though thoroughly) cleanses maintaining the natural moisture balance of the skin.

Estee lauder advanced night micro cleansing foam review

What I love about this cleanser is that it’s the perfect night-time cleanse after you remove your makeup. Fortified with a lavender chamomile aromatic blend as the cleansing balm, it makes the whole ritual of taking off residual impurities and purifying the skin that much more enjoyable.


After putting both cleansers to the test I can safely say they are suitable for all skin types. Both neither drying nor too rich. However I don’t recommend using the balm cleanser around the eye area and reserve a separate cleanser for point makeup removal. I find the eyes get cloudy with the thick oily that seeps in and can be quite uncomfortable even though it doesn’t sting the eyes.

Bottom line

Estee lauder Advanced night micro cleanser balm

If you are a cleanser junkie, I’d highly recommend the balm. The extra effort of cleansing with balms are always repaid with incredibly clean skin which no other cleansing formula can match. Even if you are new to balms I urge you to try this actually. You’ll be addicted to the intensely clean feel.

For mild cleansing needs (if you don’t wear ‘loads’ of makeup) the Cleansing Foam is great. I find the scent calming and just perfect for a quick cleanse on days I get too lazy to bother with a balm or oil. I even use this in the mornings!

Pricing & Availability

Advanced Night Micro Cleansing Balm – SGD56 (70ml)

Advanced Night Micro Cleansing Foam – SGD52 (100ml)

Available at all Estée Lauder counters from May 2016.

Mine were samples sent for review. Thank you Estée Lauder Singapore :-*