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Weleda Iris Hydrating Facial Lotion- Review

Continuing with my current love with Weleda, I bought their Iris Hydrating Facial Lotion (For Normal and Combination Skin) once I finished the Andalou Beta Hydroxy Recovery Cream.

This is the first time I’ve come across the use of Iris in skin care product so I am curious. Turns out that there are many subgenus of Iris and Weleda has chosen Iris Germanica Root Extract. According to Wikipedia, the roots extract are used as perfume and aromatherapy. It contains vitamin C and other organic acids that are being researched for their uses in skin infection and other irritation.

Other ingredients include jojoba oil and witch hazel, which is great as it act as an astringent and great for acne prone skin.

Like all of its lotion/cream based product, this came in a tube. It is lightly scented. weleda-iris-hydrating-facial-lotion

Impression: I’ve only used this for about 3 days and I am loving it. The lotion absorbs readily. My skin feels smooth, hydrated but never greasy, probably due to the witch hazel’s oil control property. It might not moisturizing enough for very dry skin but I feel that for my undecisive skin it’s pretty good. This is something I’d definitely come back to.

 

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Weleda Wild Rose Smoothing Eye Cream- Review

Usually I prefer gel- consistency around my eyes, but I really liked Weleda’s Gentle Cleansing Milk that I thought I’d try some of its other products.

This comes in a small toothpaste- like tube. I really like the packaging of the nice pastel rosy colour. It’s a very nice and soothing colour. This is a cream that’s suppose to help with the first sign of lines, so I figure it would not be too heavy.

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This cream boasts rosehip oil, eyebright (Euphrasia, which is an herb with anti- inflammatory properties) and sweet almond, it is fragrance free (I can’t smell anything). I looked up Euphrasia, apparently it has been used quite a bit in homeopathic eye drops to treat eye infection but WebMD cautions that it may cause infection if applied directly to the eye. So far I have not experienced any problem and found the cream very soothing. I think perhaps if people used the wrong preparation and smear it into the eye it could potentially cause a problem.

Despite being a cream, it is actually very light and absorb readily. There is no residues and the skin does indeed feel smooth after application. As to whether or not it could really softens the first lines I am not sure since I’ve already got 2nd line and 3rd lines happening before I started this. I think when using skin care products I never look for a miracle but more for something that will enhance and keep my skin healthy and happy. That’s more important. : P

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Vivier Seequin 4IDS Liquid Gel Serum- Review

The place I went to for facial recommended this serum to use between treatments.

This serum boasts a high 4% hydroquinone, which helps with pigmentation and age spots. It also has vitamin C in L-asorbic acid, which is supposedly more effective.

The serum has great packaging. It comes in an opaque brown bottle and the label on the bottle pretty much obscure any potential photo- damaging to the serum inside.  The dropper is made of glass. I don’t know if it’s just something they put in to make the product look more prestigious or actually to keep the product stable. I think it’s the latter as the acid in the serum will probably eat away a plastic dropper.

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The serum is of a clear, light straw color. It’s very liquid- y with a little bit of stickiness that disappears a few minutes after application. It glides on smoothly with no greasy residual. It has a smell that I can’t quite place. I suppose it smells a bit like vitamin C.

 

My Experience:

I find that this serum actually helps with oil control, not a benefit that I was looking for but nonetheless great. Does really lighten and makes my spots disappear? I have to say that my spots are still visible. However, there is an overall glow to the complexion after using it and the pigmentation are a bit less visible. I don’t know it is because the pigments are actually disappearing. I find the pigmentation tend to look lighter when the skin is in a healthier condition, i.e. when it’s well hydrated or just after a good night’s sleep. So I supposed in a way, if this serum provides good nutrients and keep the skin in a very healthy state, it can achieve the same. I’ve only used this serum for a few days so it could be too early to tell as well.

 

Caution:

When using this serum, you need to make sure you wear sunscreen during the day time as the skin is more sensitized to light. Therefore I will probably not use it during the summer time or during beach holidays. Also, if you were going to do anything rough with your skin like microdermabrasion, laser resurfacing, chemical peels, etc, it is recommended that you not to use this serum 1 week before and after the treatments.

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Review- Lancome Tonique Doucheur Softening Hydrating Toner Alcohol- Free

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Lancome Tonique Douceur Toner

This product is a classic to me. Not because I favourite it above other toners, but because of pure nostalgia. You see, it was the first toner I ever used.

My mother doesn’t shop her skin care in drug stores. Perhaps it’s too overwhelming for her with the sheer volumes of products and having to read the tiny prints of English on the jars and bottles herself. Or perhaps she just likes to go for the big brands. She’s always shopped at The Bay, with dedicated salesperson for each brand behind the counters.

As I went through the awkward teenage phase and required more skin care than just water, she bought me the blue-bottled facial cleanser, toner and lotion. I don’t know if it was based on recommendation for a teenage skin from the salesperson, or if it was the cheapest one or they came with promotional gift set (My mom is all about value/dollar!). She bought herself the pink/white bottled Christian Dior.

We have since moved away from having a whole range of skin care from the same company, but she almost always have a bottle of this blue liquid on her counter.

The toner is light with Lancome’s signature rose bouquet. It definitely makes my skin softer but its hydration power is just so so. This is one of those “better than nothing” product that I reach for and it will likely show up time to time in my skin care regime just because…

What’s your first ever skin care product?

 

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Brand Review – The Ordinary by Deciem

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I first came across “The Ordinary” in a You Tube Video by Wayne Goss.

At the time I was already full into the swing of researching retinol, micro-needling, hyularonic acid, AHA’s, niacinimide, petides etc.. I had already spent hundreds of Euros on well researched best-performing products. Fortunately I had not already spent thousands.

Deciem, owner of the brand has set itself a goal of disrupting the beauty industry. In The Ordinary they are offering known effective key ingredients at an astoundingly affordable price. Products I have tested include 2% Retinol, A Peptide complex, cold-pressed Rosehip oil, 10% Niacinimide with 1% Zinc, 10& Lactic Acid with 2% Hyularonic Acid, A stable suspension of 23% Vitamin C with 2% HA, 2% Hyularonic Acid + B5. The most expensive of these was the Retinol, cost 8 GBP! for 30ml. I have also recommended the Ordinary products to colleagues of mine, due to…

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Review- Andalou Naturals 1000 Roses Pearl Exfoliator

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Andalou Natural 1000 Roses Exfoliator

I am almost out of this exfoliating gel.

This is reasonably priced with a soothing gel that glides on easily on your skin. I looked on their website and couldn’t figure out from the ingredient list what the pearls are made of. They are very gentle. I sure hope they are not made of microbeads or ground walnut shells.

The packaging is very typical of exfoliating scrubs. The gel is a very beautiful girly pink that’s almost transparent with little red “pearls” in it. You can definitely feel the pearls against your skin if you tried to push too hard. Unlike some other scrubs, the skin definitely stays moisturized with no excessive stripping of your natural oil.

There is a faint rose smell to this gel.

While I do like this product, there is not too much of a wow factor. I will probably repeat this one if I don’t find anything else better 😉

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Review- Andalou Natural Fruit Stem Cell Oil Control Beauty Balm

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Andalou Natural BB Balm

This is a very thick textured Beauty Balm. This also comes in a tinted version but I wanted something for daily wear as sun screen.

The tube design  ensures product stability. It has a citrus-y fragrance which was light and refreshing. I however, could not get over the texture. It is very thick and difficult to spread. If I wasn’t careful, I’d look like I was wearing too much white powder.

I also do not find its oil control claim that well. It moisturizes well in the winter but I think it’d be too thick for me in the summer.

 

 

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Review- Weleda Gentle Cleansing Milk

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Weleda Gentle Cleansing Milk

Must be part of aging, but I am starting to enjoy very gentle cleansing milk instead of facial cleanser that produces a lot of foam. You know the type? The ones that make you feel that all the oil on your face is stripped away and you feel oh so squeaky clean and tight?

I recently picked up this Weleda Gentle Cleansing Milk from Whole Food. This brand seems to always be placed at the bottom shelves so I never really noticed it. Most of its ingredients are naturally derived so I thought I’d give it a try.

The package is very simple, nothing that screams “look at me”. The glass bottle is heavy. While I do appreciate the company using glass bottles for their products, which is probably the most non- chemical reactive container, I do worry about the risk of it breaking in the bathroom where the environmental moisture makes one prone to slippage. I think it’s one of the downside we have to be aware of when using glass bottles. I leave it out of the shower. Luckily, my counter space is right next to the shower so I can easily reach for it.

This cleansing milk is fragranced with essential oils, though its website did not indicate which kind. It has a kind of grassy, herbal smell to me. The milk glides easily on the skin. It actually feels more like I am applying a moisturizing lotion than cleaning my face but nonetheless, it rinses off easily and the witch hazel provides astringent effect for the skin.

I really like the way this product feels. It doesn’t strip the skin of essential moisture but still makes me feel there is sufficient cleansing power. I would definitely try out more of Weleda’s other products in the future.

 

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Review- Environ Avst Eye Gel

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Environ Avst Eye Gel

I bought this on a fly during travel. The sales lady unfortunately was in a hurry and did not do much product introduction. I basically wanted something light to moisturize around the eye area and she shoved this to me.

I like the package with the tiny little nozzle so you will never accidentally squeeze out too much product. It definitely will help the product remain stable longer. The gel is fragrance free, appeared slightly yellow but goes on clear and absorbs pretty fast.

With the price tag of $57.00, I feel that this product is kind of “meh”. It’s okay, but it did not really wow me. It probably did not help that I couldn’t really find much information on this after I came home. The Environ website no longer shows their AVST range. A little more Googling reveals that the AVST line is an older range from 2008 so it’s possible that the company is trying to phase it out.

 

 

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Review- Kiss My Face Sunscreen Cream

I generally avoid the sun, but I do enjoy a beach holiday now and then. I am not a big sunscreen fan as they make me breakout. I prefer sunscreens with physical barrier like zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. However, they are very thick and difficult to spread. I find that in general, sunscreen with chemical barriers are easier to spread but I do not like the idea of chemical barrier. My limited understanding is that zinc or titanium barrier act more as a shield that reflect the UV rays away while the chemical barriers absorb the rays.

On a recent tropical trip, I went in search for an all over the body sunscreen and found Kiss My Face. I don’t usually put too much thoughts into which brands to buy. My main criteria are that:

  1. It uses physical barrier
  2. It’s fragrance free
  3. Hopefully it’s effective (thought there is no way one could quantitatively measure that)

On our first day getting ready for the beach, everyone busted out their sunscreen. I must say that I am sometimes ridiculed for my use of “natural” products from health food store. While everyone was slathering on their big name brands with SPF 60, they joked that I was going to get sun burnt because my weird “natural” product with measly SPF 15. I told them that I just needed to apply it more often and it should be okay.

So imagine my gloating when we all came back in the evening and I was the only one not burnt nor tanned. I spent the rest of the holiday happily volunteered, “Let me peel your skin for you!” to their annoyance.

Without further ado

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Although it looks very opaque, it’s actually very light in texture and doesn’t cover the skin with white film

It has both titanium dioxide as well as zinc oxide. It is fragrance free and spread on like a lotion. A bonus is that I did not break out as much with this sunscreen.

This is definitely something I will buy again.

 

 

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Review- Andalou Beta Hydroxy Recovery Cream

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Andalou Natural Beta Hydroxy Recovery Cream

I don’t usually buy beauty or skin care product in jars. According to Beautypedia guru Paula Begoun, jarred product has a large surface of exposure to the air, which makes a product degrade faster. At the same time, each time you dip your finger into the product, you are introducing little bit of microorganisms into the product thus hasten its degradation.

I got this cream because it came in a package with one of the serum I wanted to try. So I am doing a little review.

As mentioned already, this product comes in a jar. I do generally like Andalou Natural’s packaging. They are simplistic with pleasing opaque colours, which hopefully is designed to minimize damage from lights. I know a lot of beauty stores have bright display of their products under rows of illuminating lights. This  can actually change the chemical stability of a cream if the temperature is too high. Anyways, back to this Beta Hydroxy Cream.

The cream is a white-beige colour and the texture is very light. The colour disappears as soon as you apply it on your face and it does help the face stay matte overnight. Because it’s supposed to have salicylic acid in it so it’s supposed to be helpful for acne prone skin. It has a light, lemony smell to it which is not too overpowering.

Does it live up to its claim? It does help the skin stay matte, but as you can see from the photos, I haven’t used a whole jar so I think it’s too early to tell. Regardless, I probably would not buy again because of the jar package. I think it is a pretty good night moisturizer for someone who is prone to oily skin or acne, but I would prefer it if it was in a different package.
Update: Jan 16th 2017

I was at the end of this jar when I felt some solid material. This is what it looks like when I scoop it out.

It looks and feels like some wood material. I am trying to think if I could have possibly introduce it into the jar but cannot imagine where it’d come from. There was only a few cc left so I threw away the remaining. The conversation consistency of the cream does not appear to be affected but nonetheless…