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3RIFIC: Premium Facial Oil [Sponsored Review]

Revolutionise the fight against ageing through the science of green cosmeceutical with 3RIFIC Premium Facial Oil that has recently been awarded Best facial oil from UK Beauty Shortlist Awards 2017! Head over here to read more about this product.


This facial oil is a scientific blend of Argan and Baobab oil, with nine precious botanical oils to help to fight against visible signs of ageing and boost skin’s elasticity. With a light and silky smooth texture, this facial oil gets absorbed quickly into the skin without leaving behind a greasy feeling, resulting in skin that looks hydrated, radiant, and supple!

To Use:

Warm 3-5 drops onto the palm of the hand. Gentle press oil onto face and neck before moisturiser. For morning and evening on its own, or over a moisturiser.

Texture: Light oil

Smell: Blend of all the oils used with a hint of the rose water.

Benefits:
Reduces and smoothes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
Improves skin suppleness and firmness
Improves skin tone and texture for a flawless complexion
Protects skin from moisture loss
Boosts radiance and glowing appearance
Made in Japan with 99% naturally derived, and 85.5% from certified organic ingredients
No parabens, mineral oils, synthetic fragrances, synthetic color, phthalate and harmful chemicals

Key ingredients:
Lupine seed extract, Baobab oil, Argan oil, Avocado oil, Sweet almond oil, Jojoba oil, Olive oil, Evening primrose oil, Rice bran oil, Soybean oil, Grapeseed oil, Shea butter, Sunflower oil, Rose water, Vitamin E

Cost: $91 for 30ml (There's a discount going on, it's $72.80 on Lazada)

Product Rating: 8/10
I'm sold! I like how it doesn't leave my skin greasy once it's absorbed into my skin. Although, I realised that the type of cleanser I use before applying this facial oil does affect the finish of it. It tends to be slightly oily if I use a cleansing balm rather than a cleansing foam. So, you might want to test it out with different skincare routine.

Overall, I love that it is made with natural and organic ingredients and that there wasn't any negative reaction to my skin while using this product. My skin did look and feel more hydrated after use and perhaps due to that, my skin did look more plump and radiant.

That being said, I did not notice any improvement to my skin tone or texture. It didn't help with my problematic skin, meaning that I was still getting my usual hormonal breakouts. I took this into consideration because I've tried other Facial Oils that worked better and went a step further in preventing more breakouts too. I also didn't notice any improvement to my pigmentation, which is something that people tend to relate to ageing too.

Packaging wise, I think the pump helps a great deal in dispensing the right amount of product needed for use, which is great if you are the sort of person who is always in a rush to get ready and have clumsy hands. My only concern is the fact that it is quite a transparent bottle, and if I recall properly my limited understanding of active ingredients and oils... is that it's always best to store such ingredients in a dark bottle with the least possible exposure to sunlight. So at the moment, I store my bottle in a closed drawer of my vanity area.



With all that being stated, if you are looking for a Facial Oil to improve dehydration, slight fine lines and overall radiance of the skin, I honestly conclude that 3RIFIC Premium Facial Oil is the product for you because the product really does deliver obvious results in these 3 areas!


This post has been brought to you by 3RIFIC.

Idonae: Skin Rich Serum [Sponsored Review]

6 months ago, I was requested to do a skincare product review on Idonae's Skin Rich Serum after the product has received many positive feedbacks from friends, family and colleagues. I'm glad to say that after trying the products for 6 months, I can safely say that I agree with the countless people who praised this product too! 

Note: packaging has changed ever since I started using this product!


About Idonae

A brand not commonly heard, their skincare products are formulated and made in Singapore, without chemicals that could potentially contribute to skin irritation or organ toxicity. The makers of Idonae wanted to create products that enhance our skin health in the long run, and for the good the ingredients will do for our skin!


Idonae's Social Commitment

For every bottle of Serum sold, S$2 will be donated to charities to enhance the quality of life for persons with disabilities and needy families. Idonae strives to maintain a fair distribution policy by allocating resources based on the source of purchase, whenever possible. Or they may direct the donation to an international welfare organisation for their management.

Skin Rich Serum

This serum is created to nourish the skin with natural plant oils, whitening and collagen-stimulating ingredients, to give it a beautiful and smooth texture on the next day.

Texture: Oil based, absorbed into the skin relatively easily with a thinly veiled layer of the product to protect the skin

Smell: Scent of essential oil, to my nose, it smells like orange peel.

Benefits:

  • Squalane- lock in moisture and hydrates skin; non-comodegenic and protects skin from environment
  • Evening Primrose Oil-  high in essential fatty acids and reduces skin irritation
  • Rice Bran Oil- deeply moisturises skin; helps to alleviate skin rash
  • Rosehip Oil- reduces fine lines and wrinkles
  • Grape Seed Oil- promotes healthy skin and hair
  • Coenzyme Q10- powerful anti-aging ingredients
  • Undecylenoyl Phenylalanine- lightens brown spots and helps even out skin tone
  • Dipalmitoyl Hydroxyproline- anti-wrinkle and firming agent; stimulates synthesis of collagen fibers and inhibits free radicals
  • Forrmulated without parabens, sulfates, alcohol, silicones, phthalates, artificial colours, synthetic fragrances, mineral oil, EDTA and animal ingredients


Ingredients:
*Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Squalane (plant-based), *Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil, Oryza sativa (Rice) Bran Oil, *Rosa Moschata (Rosehip) Oil, *Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Ubiquinone (Coenzyme Q10), Undecylenoyl Phenylalanine (Whitening), Dipalmitoyl Hydroxyproline (Firming), Vitamin E Oil (Tocopherol, Glycine Soja Oil), Essential Oil Mix (as fragrance)
*Organic Ingredients

Cost: $99

Product Rating: 9.5/10
I love it, having been a user of facial oils, I found it easy to use this product. For day time, I use 3 drops of the Skin Rich Serum by spreading the oil out in my palms and pressing it onto my skin, patting as I go about it. I love how this helps to make my foundation more blendable, and how it makes my skin looks more radiant!

For night time, I use 5 drops of it and apply it the same way as I do for the day but focusing more on areas with freckles. I love how obvious the results are each morning, with my skin looking much calmer than the night before, and how plumped and well-rested I look like after using it.

As for long-term results, after using this for 6 months, I noticed that my skin is less prone to being sensitive to environmental factors (I work in an environment that can be dusty & humid), is more plumped, and my skin tone has been pretty consistent and even throughout.

As for the lightening of brown spots and freckles, I was expecting an obvious improvement, however, they still look the same 6 months ago. That being said, considering the fact that I'm under the sun quite frequently due to my job scope and being a mermaid... The fact that the pigmentations I have, have remained consistent in colour (not getting any lighter or darker), it could be that the product has been working, fighting to prevent my freckles from getting worse too.

This post has been brought to you by Idonae, natural skin care brand made locally in Singapore!

J&J Hair Identity: New Perm for a New Year [Sponsored Review]

Back during the Christmas weekend, I was invited to try out J&J Hair Identity service!


Located at Katong Square
88 East Coast Road
#02-11 Singapore 423371

Opening Hours:
Mon - Fri: 11am – 9pm
Sat - Sun: 10.30am – 8pm

J&J’s Hair Services encircle around their T.O.P. IDENTITY formula that focuses on bringing out their customers’ identity and individuality through a sequential process of:

Analysing customers’ hair TEXTURE (virgin hair, chemically treated texture, damaged texture, etc.) to define suitable solutions (color, perm, cut or treat)
Considering customers’ ORIGINAL face features (oval, round, square, etc) to give suitable hair-dos that either brings out the key features or vice versa.
Bringing out their PERSONALITY by understanding their professions and lifestyle preferences.

J&J is also committed to giving their customers a long-lasting hairstyle that will be easy to manage and maintain, even at home.

Before: Natural wavy hair with my faded dyed hair
THE PROCESS


A Quick Consultation
Jac took a few minutes to seek out what's my preference in my new hair colour and on how I feel about perming, giving me the advice to perm for more texture to my hair and how it will also be easier to manage.
Snip Snap
So to kick things off, I was given a quick trim to remove my split ends and to reshape my hairstyle. Once that is done, I had a quick wash with Natulique shampoo and cold water.


Perming Process
Pre-Treatment
This treatment is done to hydrate and improve the condition of the hair first before perming, it is done with the aid of a mist machine (using distilled water) to help the penetration of the hair treatment

• sensation: a soft gentle warmth, like a hair dryer emitting warm mist instead of air



After 5 mins of misting, another 5 minutes is taken to allow the hair to cool down before it was rinsed off with cold water. As a result, my hair did really feel different, softer and healthier!

Breaking Hair Bonds Structure


While my hair was dripping wet, a solution was applied to each hair segmented strand this is done to break the hair bond structure to prepare it for the perm. There was a mild typical funky smell but it is bearable.

Once the solution was applied, a cling film is placed over hair to allow the solution to work its magic! I also noted that care was taken to ensure I don't get slapped with my own wet hair when they are applying the solution! This process took approximately 1 hour 30 minutes before it was washed off. I was told that the duration of this step depends on individual's hair structure and can be faster, my hair was just stubborn. Hahaha!

Curling Time


After the wash, Jac blew dry first before curling with 20, 22 & 25 sized-rollers. 

The rollers were then attached to the machine and power source. Care was taken by Jac to ensure that my face won't be hurt by the heat. 

The curlers removed after 1 hour, and Jac proceeded to straighten the top section of my hair before a neutralizer solution was applied to fix the hair bond structure to maintain the curls. 

After 10 minutes, the solution was washed off and a quick hair treatment was left on my hair for 5 minutes before it was rinsed off.


Final Styling



To end it off, Jac blew dry my hair until it was 80 percent dry and applied a curl cream with a 50cents amount and proceeded to blow dry completely "sealing" my hair with Argan oil for shine!





VERDICT

Duration: Up to 6 hours, including the hair trim, washing and perming

Ambience: Clean, open with a nature based theme and K-Pop music playing


Service: I like it when hairstylists are concerned with how the customer is feeling with each step because I always feel like open communication is important when it comes to such an experience, like getting a new hairstyle. Jac showed concern and care by asking me along the way through the entire experience, from the hair length to the weight of the rollers in my hair, to the hot spot of the rollers and with the end results. Even after service, he messaged me to ask me if everything was ok and gave me advice on how to go about managing my new hairdo.

The only thing I think could be better improved in terms of their service is the hunger/ thirst level of their customers. Especially since there are times when such a session can run more than a few hours, that's the only thing I think could take the customer service level up another notch!

Price: Cut + Perm + Hair treatment is $328

Result: I said bye to my split-ends happily, said hi to soft treated hair and got a sea of curls!

Left: Before Right: After, hair looks shiny, feels soft and the curls gave my previously dyed hair a new wave of vibrancy
OVERALL

I am impressed by how soft and nourished my hair felt after the treatment! Even after the curls, when I washed my hair the next day, my hair felt soft and smooth!

As for the perm, it is different from my very first perm. This perm has more layers of curls, adding more volume to the lower half of my hair. I was trying to cope with its frizziness at the initial start, and with Jac's advice of applying hair oil and curling cream when I blow dry my hair at home, it is now more manageable.


 I am now just waiting for my hair to grow out a little more and the curls to loosen up for it to be perfect!
Until then, I would like to wish everyone a
Happy New Year!

This post has been brought to you by Sample Store and J&J Hair Identity.

Bioderma: The Ideal Skincare Regimen for Sensitive Skin? [Sponsored Review]

Hi, ladies!
I've got an interesting brand to review this month and I'm excited because it's one of the first few brands that I tested when I started realising that the best way to care for my skin was to treat it with care, especially when I realised that my breakouts were linked to how sensitive my skin is (due to over-cleansing when I was young/ chemical peels during my acne days & harsh ingredients in commercial skincare products). The brand is none other than Bioderma!


Bioderma Sensibio H2O

Known for being the first non-rinse cleansing solution using Micelle Technology (Micellar Water), Bioderma Sensibio H2O has been recommended by dermatologists, adored by makeup artists and loved by millions of people around the world since its launch. Made of highly purified water, the highest grade of pharmaceutical water, Bioderma's Sensibio H2O is completely free of impurities and irritants which make it a clear choice for sensitive skin.



TO USE:
Soak a cotton pad with Sensibio H2O.
Gently cleanse and/or remove make-up from your face and eyes.
Re-apply until the cotton pad becomes clean.
Lightly dab your face with a clean cotton towel.

Texture: Liquid-based

Ingredients:
Water (Aqua), Peg-6 Caprylic/capric Glycerides, Cucumis Sativus (cucumber) Fruit Extract, Mannitol, Xylitol, Rhamnose, Fructooligosaccharides, Propylene Glycol, Disodium EDTA, Cetrimonium Bromide

Cost: $15.90 for 100ml, $28.90 for 250ml, $41.90 for 500ml

Left: Foundation, eyeshadows, blush, liquid eyeliner, gel eyeliner, and mascara; Middle: Foundation, mascara & a little of gel eyeliner left after 3 wipes; Right: All removed after 16 wipes.
Product Rating: 7/10
This works well for removing powder based makeup like pressed powder, blush and eyeshadows but it doesn't work as effectively on tougher makeup like foundation, gel eyeliner, and waterproof mascara. I had to utilise the texture of the cotton pad to help me remove all three. So my conclusion is that this is only great if you are a light makeup user or for days when you have no makeup on and you would like to end your day with a quick effective cleansing of the skin without having to go to the sink to wash anything off.

Bioderma Sensibio Gel Moussant

This mild cleansing gel cleanses while hydrating and soothing sensitive skin. Enriched with skin conditioning ingredients such as coco-glucoside and glyceryl oleate, it also has lipid-restoring and moisturising properties.



TO USE:
Apply on wet skin and work into a foam.
Rinse well and gently dry.
Suitable for day and night use on both face and eyes.
Can be used alone or part of a double cleansing routine after Sensibio H2O.

Texture: Gel-based that foams up

Ingredients:
Aqua/water/eau, sodium cocoamphoacetate, propanediol, sodium lauroyl sarcosinate, citric acid, coco-glucoside, glyceryl oleate, sodium citrate, PEG-90 glyceryl isostearate, mannitol, xylitol, laureth-2, rhamnose, fructooligosaccharides, tocopherol, hydrogenated palm glycerides citrate, lecithin, ascorbyl palmitate.

Cost: $39.90 for 200ml

Product Rating: 9/10
I like how gentle this cleanser is, and how it doesn't leave my skin feeling tight after use. I use this as part of my double cleanse routine every night and so far, my skin seems to love it!

Bioderma Sensibio Dermatological Water

Using highly purified water that is enhanced by a perfect balance of mineral salts and oligo-elements, the Bioderma Sensibio Dermatological Water soothes skin while maintaining healthy skin cells. A remarkable ally for sensitive skin, it combats various skin reactive signs. Soothing agents such as mannitol, rhamnose and zinc also provide quick and lasting relief to sensitive skin. 



TO USE:
Use it as often as desired to freshen up skin or to remove the balance of mask left behind on face. 
Spray a fine mist onto your skin as often as needed.
No need to pat dry. 

Texture: Liquid-based

Ingredients:
Aqua/water/eau, zinc sulfate, mannitol, xylitol, rhamnose, fructooligosaccharides, potassium phosphate, magnesium sulfate, sodium citrate, clacium chloride, sodium bicarbonate, sodium chloride, citric acid, disodium phosphate, potassium chloride, nitrogen. [BI 472]

Cost: $19.90 for 150ml

Product Rating: 10/10
I love this! This works great on my skin to freshen up the skin after wash, during the day and even when my skin feels like it needs some moisture. The best part is that it really works in calming down my skin when it reacts to a dusty environment!



WHERE TO GET THEM?


Available at any Watsons, Guardian, Unity, Robinsons, Tan Tock Seng Hospital and National Skin Centre.

This post has been brought to you by Samplestore and Bioderma Singapore.

Que Origin: Jelli-Q & Potion Lotion Body [Sponsored Review]


Back in October, when I walking around the booths at Giftopia's event, I spotted a familiar brand that I really love! That brand is Que Origin, and I fell in love with their very first products back when I was reviewing their Natural Shower Bath. You may view my review of them here!


This time round, I'm back with another review about it is for their latest released products: Jelli-Q & Potion Lotion Body.

JELLI-Q

Introducing Jelly-Q, the one body polish that you'll ever need. It is created to eliminate all of the nasty ingredients of a commercial body scrub, with 3 functions (Nourish, Polish & Cleanse) in 1 use!

To Use:
Remove the top layer of jelly by using fingers to pull and spatula to flip it up upon your first use (This jelly is to preserve while shipping).

Use the spatula to scoop the desired amount on the lid provided. Do not use hands to scoop in order to prevent contamination. Wash the lid and spatula after use.
Avoid any direct exposure of sunlight or hot areas.

Texture: Jelly-like with different sizes of grains
Darker tone - Coarse exfoliators
Lighter tone - Superfine exfoliators
Mix them or use them individually for different areas, you have full control.


Benefits:
  • Nourish and moisturise with Argan and Grapeseed oils
  • Condition your skin with Vitamin B5 and Vitamin E
  • Polish your skin with your desire texture of exfoliators
  • Cleanse with gentle ingredients and all natural rice grains exfoliators

Ingredients:
Water, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Vitis Vinifera (Grapeseed) Oil, Oryza Sativa, Kanten, Pelargonium Graveolens (Geranium) Oil, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Panthenol (Vit B5), Tocopheryl Acetate (Vit E), Argania Spinosa Kernel (Argan) Oil, Beta vulgaris (Beet) Root Powder, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Hydroxide,*Citronellol, *Geraniol, *Linalool, *Citral *natural aromatic components from essential oils

Cost: $14.80 for 150g

Product Rating: 8/10
I love the scent of this, and it leaves a light scent on the skin after use. Initially, when I first used it, I applied it on wet skin and tried to scrub but the product would simply just slide off the skin, making it very hard to use the product properly. It was only until I used it on dry skin then the scrubbing potential was unleashed!

To illustrate how effective the scrub is, I tested it on the back of my hand with 3 types of makeup: foundation, waterproof & smudge-proof eyeliner and blush.
The finer grains are very effective at scrubbing away all 3 types of makeup and I believe that it is the finer grains that would work well at cleansing and polishing away all the dead skin cells. The bigger grain only managed to remove the foundation and blush but had some spots of the eyeliner left, I personally find that the coarser grains are more effective at improving blood circulation underneath the skin and would work great for areas like the thighs and heels. 

Other than that, I would love if the product size was slightly bigger because I foresee myself using it up with less than 10 full body scrubs session.

POTION LOTION BODY

Ever wanted a body lotion that is not greasy and oily yet choose your favourite scent in it? This is it! We present you 3 reasons why Potion Lotion is the answer. 

To Use:


Apply right after shower or bath as that is the time where your skin is clean, in need to seal moisture and absorb nutrients. Apply sparingly and layer bit my bit to allow your skin to fully absorb the product. Thus, getting the right Potion plays a greater role than the amount applied.

Give a gentle shake for the Oiless Satin before use to prevent the Arrowroot powder from sitting on the bottom.

Texture:
Oiless- Lightest in viscosity, but took the longest to be absorbed
Potion 50- The medium of both extremes
Potion 100- The most moisturising and hydrating out of all

Benefits:
  • 100% naturally derived ingredients, even the preservatives used are derived from natural sources such as Radish and Corn.
  • 3 Variants to choose from, ranging from oiless to the highest content of oil to suit individual skin type and 3 types of scents to choose from too!
  • Helps to reduce wrinkles, improve skin barrier to free radicals, smoothen your skin and seal moisture without the greasy effect.

Ingredients:
Oiless - Botanical Infused Water (Chamomile, Rosemary, Cinnamon), Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Niacinamide, Maranta Arundinacea (Arrowroot) Powder, Gluconolactone, Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Ethylhexyl Olivate, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Glycerin, Hydrolyzed Rice Protein, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Lecithin, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride 

Potion 50 - Botanical Infused Water (Chamomile, Rosemary, Cinnamon), Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Niacinamide, Gluconolactone, Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Persea Americana (Avocado) Oil, Prunus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grapeseed) Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Nut) Oil, Ethylhexyl Olivate, (Hydroxystearyl Alcohol and Hydroxystearyl Glucoside), Euphorbia Antisyphilitica (Candelilla) Wax, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Glycerin, Hydrolyzed Rice Protein, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Lecithin, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride 

Potion 100 - Botanical Infused Water (Chamomile, Rosemary, Cinnamon), Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Niacinamide, Gluconolactone, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Persea Americana (Avocado) Oil, Prunus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grapeseed) Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Nut) Oil, Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Ethylhexyl Olivate, (Hydroxystearyl Alcohol and Hydroxystearyl Glucoside), 
Euphorbia Antisyphilitica (Candelilla) Wax, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Glycerin, Hydrolyzed Rice Protein, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Lecithin, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride 

May Contain folowing essential oils for different scent - Pelargonium Graveolens (Geranium) Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Cymbopogon Flexousus (Lemongrass) Oil
*Citronellol, *Geraniol, *Linalool, *Citral, *Limonene 
*natural aromatic components from essential oils

Cost: $17.80 for 200ml (note: I requested for 30ml Starter Kit to review)

Product Rating: 10/10
As with all of their products, I love the scent of this!Even though I noted that there is a slight difference in scent among the variants, it is nothing major. Potion 100 has a more rounded floral scent compared to Oiless Satin's sharper floral scent. However, what really sold my heart away was how non-greasy their potion lotions are, even the Potion 100.


To decide which variant is ideal for you, I would suggest Oiless Satin if you are constantly outdoor or in a humid environment. Potion 100 if you are constantly indoors with an air-conditioned environment. And lastly, Potion 50 if you are clueless or are in both types of environments.

This post has been brought to you by Que Origin, a Singapore-based body care brand formulated with natural ingredients, with no harmful chemicals and is PETA Cruelty-Free & suitable for Vegans.

The Body Shop: Superfood Expert Facial Masks [Goodie Bag]

Since September this year, The Body Shop launched a series of Superfood Expert Facial Masks, with 100 % vegetarian formula made with ethically-sourced and Community Trade ingredients from around the world, each formulated for different skin needs.


With the latest craze of multi-masking for the benefit of the different requirements and condition of our skin on different part of our face (forehead, nose, cheeks & chin), The Body Shop's Superfood Expert Facial Masks allow you to mix-and-match the varies masks for different skin concerns!


TYPES OF MASKS

Amazonian Acai Energizing Radiance Mask
Skin Concerns: Tired skin; Lack of glow

Benefits: Radiance; Energizing
Key Ingredients: Acai Berry Extract; Guarana Seed Extract; Community Trade Organic Babassu Oil


Ethiopia Honey Deep Nourishing Mask
Skin Concerns: Dry skin; Fine lines; Wrinkles
Benefits: Nourishing; Improve suppleness
Key Ingredients: Community Trade Honey; Community Trade Marula Oil; Community Trade Organic Olive Oil

Chinese Ginseng & Rice Clarifying Polishing Mask
Skin Concerns: Dull skin; Uneven skin tone; Pigmentation
Benefits: Clarifying; Polishing
Key Ingredients: Community Trade Organic Sesame Seed Oil; Rice Extract; Ginseng Extract

British Rose Fresh Plumping Mask
Skin Concerns: Normal to Dry; Dehydrated
Benefits: Fresh plumping; Hydrates
Key Ingredients: Community Trade Organic Aloe Vera; Rose Petals; Rosehip Oil

Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask
Skin Concerns: Oily; Blemished Skin; Clogged Pores
Benefits: Purifying; Glow
Key Ingredients: Community Trade Organic Tea Tree Oil; Bamboo Charcoal; Green Tea Leaves


OVERALL THOUGHTS OF MASKS

I tried all 5 masks and I find that they all have a common sensation on my skin, the tingling sensation a few seconds after application. There's two takeaways from such a sensation: the active ingredients are stimulating your skin and penetrating deep into your skin; while it's good to have stimulation, people with sensitive skin should take care not to have it on your skin for too long.

Amazonian Acai Energizing Radiance Mask
Texture: Jam-like consistency with fine & long grains 
Smell: Berry-like scent
Thoughts: This mask helps to exfoliate away the dead skin cells, just take note to be gentle while scrubbing. It has a slight cooling sensation after wash which is quite refreshing!


Ethiopia Honey Deep Nourishing Mask
Texture: Gel-like that drizzles like honey
Smell: Honey scent with a blend of the scent of what I assume is Marula Oil
Thoughts: This mask doesn't leave my face feeling tight after use, but the hydration abilities of it is not as obvious as other hydrating masks I've tried but then again~ Fine lines, wrinkles or dry skin isn't any of my skin concerns, so it is hard for me to gauge the effectiveness too. I think it would work great as a pick-me-up mask if you pop it in the fridge and apply when chilled.

Chinese Ginseng & Rice Clarifying Polishing Mask
Texture: Thick creamy paste with long rice grains
Smell: Blend of ginseng and shea butter scent
Thoughts: Out of all the masks, this one contains the gentlest exfoliating grains and I find that it really does help to even out skin tone and reveal a much softer, fairer and radiant skin! This is my favorite one out of the entire range!

British Rose Fresh Plumping Mask
Texture: Gel based with little petal bits
Smell: Floral scent
Thoughts: This mask felt very cooling upon application, but other than that, I don't feel like it did much. It has a slightly better hydration effect compared to the Ethiopian Honey Deep Nourishing Mask. This mask would also work great as a pick-me-up when chilled too!

Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask
Texture: Clay-based with bits of tea leaves & mud grains
Smell: Has a menthol scent to my nose with a blend of the tea tree oil
Thoughts: Out of all the masks, this has the strongest tingling sensation on the skin upon application, it also feels very cooling after wash. This mask is great for drawing out the excess sebum in your pores, just take note not to leave it on for too long (below 8 minutes) and wash away with care as the grains for quite chunky. This is a good mask for men, especially if they have oily skin! Although for guys, I would suggest leaving the mask on the skin for 4 minutes max first and gradually leave it longer after each use to get used to the tingling sensation.



WHERE TO GET THEM

The Superfood Expert Facial Mask series are available at all The Body Shop stores at S$32.90 each.

This post has been brought to you by The Body Shop and Word Of Mouth Communication!

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