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Derm-all Matrix Facial Dermal-Care Mask [Purchased Review]


I chanced upon Derm-all Matrix Facial Dermal-Care Mask while I was on Instagram and got curious after watching the 30 seconds video, so I decided to purchase them on Shopee during its sales period!

WHAT IS THIS MASK ALL ABOUT?

Derm-all Matrix Facial Mask, is said to be a mask like no other as it immerses your skin in intense moisture. Designed with a distinctive hydrogel known as Extra Cellular Matrix (ECM) that replenishes and restores moisture for deeply hydrated, bouncy skin. The ECM found in the mask penetrates the surface of the skin leaving it soft and dewy, with a gorgeous glow. Exclusively innovated for overnight use, this unique mask will lavish you with moisturized and beautiful skin after just one use.

Sheet masks are essential in the 10-step Korean skincare routine and are used regularly by Koreans to achieve perfectly radiant skin, but who has the time for a tedious 10-step regime, achieve all ten steps in just one step with the Derm-all Matrix Facial Mask. Derm-all Matrix Facial Mask is a cult-favorite skincare product in Korea, it’s also known as the Stewardess Mask for its miraculous ability to combat jet-lagged skin.

WHY IS THIS MASK SO SPECIAL?
  • It banishes dry, parched patches of your skin
  • It reduces the appearance of wrinkles and other signs of aging
  • It locks in moisture whilst replenishing lost moisture
  • It is suitable for all skin types
  • It combats jet-lagged skin
  • It is dermatologist-tested, safe for pregnant lady to use as well
  • It is made of ECM (Extra Cellular Matrix) :
    • ECM (Extra Cellular Matrix) is a far more luxurious and higher quality material as compared to that of hydrogel material. ECM aids in penetrating the skin, allowing other ingredients to be easily absorbed. ECM mimics that of human skin which is why absorption of nutrients is sped up and is more effective when compared to an ordinary sheet mask. ECM is also used for treating burn-scars and artificial skin treatment. 
  • It contains Amino Acid complexes and Adenosine :
    • Aids in reducing the appearance of wrinkles and slows down aging effects.
  • It contains Plant Extracts : 
    • Contains more than 10 types of plant extracts, including that of Houttuynia Cordata, Argan, Citron, Green Tea, Red Ginseng and more. These natural ingredients nourish the skin with nutrients and are suitable for every skin type.
INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGY BEHIND THIS MASK

It really turns transparent!
  1. The product is designed to cling onto the skin as the ingredients get absorbed into the skin, and uses moisture locking technology that retains moisture without drying out the mask or the skin. 
  2. As time passes, the mask turns transparent as all the effective nutrients are absorbed by the skin.
  3. As the mask turns translucent and there will be sebum residue and the gunk (keratin) that been clogging your pores on the mask the morning after as they adhered onto the mask.
Price: $36.80 (U.P. $40.80), $9.20 - $10.20 per mask

Usage: 1 box contains 4 sheets that can last up to a month if used once a week. It is recommended to use every 2 to 3 days for better results.

Step 1: Cleanse face and pat dry with a towel

Step 2: Open pack and peel off transparent film backing from the mask segments

Step 3: Adhere mask segments to the top and bottom parts of your face accordingly

Step 4: Keep the mask on overnight or for a minimum of 4 hours

Step 5: Gently remove mask

Step 6: Discard mask after use

Smell: Floral scent

OVERALL RATING: 9.5/10

Can you spot the blackheads?
I was pretty skeptical initially because I found the mask size to be too small for my face with excess flap around my nose (because I have no nose bridge LOL) so it doesn't adhere properly. From my experience, I start judging a mask as soon as it can't fit my face.

However, after googling around, I found that others used the excess from the eyes and lips to overlap it around the nose and forehead area and I found that it helps to "seal" the mask better and keep the mask stuck to my skin.

I like that while the mask comes drenched with a lot of serum in the bag, it doesn't drip and it really does help keep my skin well hydrated to the point that I woke up with the glass effect skin. A tip here is that I apply & pad the excess serum in the bag onto my skin first before I put the mask on.

The serum doesn't feel sticky and it's magical and fun to wake up to a transparent mask with blackheads and dead skin stuck to the mask. It's very satisfying and disgusting but it works. 

During this circuit breaker period, I find that this mask is sort of like my cheat to getting facial treatment. It helps to cleanse, remove gunk, treat and hydrate the skin without having to do much, other than to slap it on and sleep.

I will definitely be making another purchase soon after I finish my box!

This review is not sponsored, all products are purchased. Reviews are based solely on user's experience and are in not way influenced by any other factors.

Human Nature: Marine Caviar HydroMiracle Moisturizer (Purchased Review)

I'm a fan of Human Nature ever since I came across the brand online. They offer products made with natural ingredients while giving back to society at an affordable pricing. This time round, while I was making a re-purchase of their cleanser for my hubby, I decided to purchase one of their new product for a test: Human Nature's Marine Caviar HydroMiracle Moisturizer!  
 Experience superb hydration with Marine Caviar HydroMiracle Moisturizer powered by Bohol's skincare superstar, latô, that intensively hydrates all day long and helps retain skin elasticity. Uplift lives with every purchase: With each Human Nature product you buy, you help uplift workers and farmers from poverty, support social entrepreneurs and build a more sustainable environment.

Ingredients:
aqua (water), isoamyl laurate (vegetable-derived), jojoba esters, glycerin (vegetable-derived), isostearyl hydroxystearate(plant-derived), Helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, glyceryl stearate citrate (vegetable-derived), cetearyl alcohol (vegetable-derived), Helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed wax, hydrolyzed corn starch, Beta vulgaris (beet) root extract, glyceryl caprylate (vegetable-derived), lauroyl lysine (plant-derived), Caulerpa lentillifera (lato) extract, Aloe barbadensis (aloe vera) leaf juice, Acacia decurrens (mimosa) flower wax, xanthan gum (plant-derived), polyglycerin-3 (vegetable-derived), p-anisic acid (anise seed-derived), citric acid, tocopherol (Vitamin E), *parfum (fragrance, all-natural), sodium citrate (plant-derived), farnesol, linalool, potassium sorbate,sodium benzoate

Texture: Cream-based

Smell: a fragrance blends of botanic, smells like new car smell to me though (I'm not a fan)

Price: $24.90 for 50ml

To Use:
Massage a button-sized amount onto your face. Use morning and night after cleansing your skin.

Overall Thoughts: 
Decent moisturizer for the price you pay, and it does work effectively in hydrating the skin and keeping it moisturized. I'm not a fan of the scent but it fades away after awhile. I use it at night and I think it works well for me, sleeping in an air-con room. It keeps my skin happy and I've started using it for my hubby's face too. It seems to prevent the skin on the sides of his nose from flaking.





Product featured is bought and not sponsored. This review is based solely on user's experience and are in not way influenced by any other factors.

For Beloved One: Sharing My Love FOr Bio-Cellulose Mask [Sponsored Post]


STAND A CHANCE TO WIN YOURSELF FOR BELOVED ONE BIO-CELLULOSE MASK!
Event Period: 01 February to 14 February 2020

This Valentine's Day, win the WHOLE series of For Beloved One Hero Bio-Cellulose Masks (incl. 6 kinds, worth SG$363) with 5 simple steps:


Prize
3 winners will receive the WHOLE series of For Beloved One Hero Bio-Cellulose Masks (incl. 6 kinds, worth $363)! Each box contains 3 sheets of mask!

To Win:
1. Like Official IG (@forbelovedone) / FB (@ForBelovedOneINTL) Page
2. Apply your favourite For Beloved One Mask with your love one
3. Post the sweetest photo/video of masking together on IG/FB and set the post public
4. Tag @forbelovedone and 3 friends
5. Add hashtag #FBOmask2gether #ForBelovedOne

Terms &Conditions
1. The event will be starting from 00:00 AM (CST) Sunday, 01 February 2020 till 11:59 PM (CST) Friday, 14 February 2020.
2. Multiple entries are allowed.
3. For Beloved One will select 3 winners.
4. The winners will be announced and contacted by For Beloved One via Instagram on 21 February 2020. The decision of For Beloved One is final and binding. Once notified, winners are given a maximum of three (3) days to respond, no later than 11:59pm (CST), Monday, 24 February 2020, failing which the prize may be forfeited. If the winner selected cannot be contacted or fails to respond, For Beloved One reserves the right to replace the winner who has been disqualified.
For Beloved One’s decision is final *For Beloved One reserves the right to amend the Terms & Conditions.

Psst! Read here to find out more about For Beloved One Hyaluronic Acid GHK-Cu Moisturizing Bio-Cellulose Mask.

Happy Masking!

Sappho New Paradigm Liquid Foundation (Sponsored Review)

The New Paradigm Foundation combines age defying moisture and impeccable ingredients to create a radiant, smooth flawless finish. Vegan and rich in phytonutrients, this feather light foundation provides medium coverage while nourishing the skin with organic coconut oil. 



This foundation claims to leave the skin with a youthful, supple appearance and a soft glow as it combines impeccable ingredients to create a radiant, smooth, medium finish. Made with vegan ingredients and rich in phytonutrients, this feather light foundation provides medium to full coverage while nourishing the skin. Available in 12 tones and packaged in glass for you and those you love.

Benefits:

  • Luxury medium to full coverage organic foundation. 
  • Enriched with Flavonoids, Phytonutrients, and Antioxidants. 
  • Steam-distilled certified organic essential oils. 
  • Use of ECOCERT™, COSMOS™ ingredients 
  • Vegetable derived natural emulsifiers. 
  • 70%+ Certified Organic Content. 
  • No Alcohol
  • Vegan and cruelty-free 

Ingredients:
Top Shades: 3,4,5 Bottom Shades: 8,9,10
*Aloe Barbandensis Leaf Juice, *Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba Seed) oil, Polyglyceryl-2 stearate, Heptyl Undecylenate, Sorbitan Oleate Decylgucoside, Crosspolymer Glyceryl Stearate, Shea Butter, Organic Cocos Nucifera (Coconut Oil), Stearyl Alcohol, *Saccharomyces/Agave Tequilina Leaf Ferment Filtrate, Sorbitn olivate, Glyceryl Caprylate, *Punica Granatum( Pomegranate)Fruit juice, Phenethyl Alcohol, Jojoba Esters ,*Vitis Vinefera (Grape) Juice, Xantham Gum, Sclerotium Gum, *Prunus Seroina ( Wild Cherry) Fruit Juice, Tocopherol, Glyceryl Undecylenate, P-Anisic acid oil, *Citrus Bergamia ( Bergamot) Fruit Oil, *Lavendula Angustifolia ( Lavende) oil, May contain Zinc Oxide, Titanium Oxide, Yellow Iron Oxide CI77491, Red Iron Oxide CI77499, Black Iron Oxide CI77492 . *Certified organic ingredients

I wear Shade 5.
Shade: Available in 12 tones, I use Tone #5 which is a light medium shade.

Smell: mild flora scent

Coverage: it ranges from light to medium coverage as you build up the layer

OVERALL RATING: 8/10
To be honest, I hardly wear foundation these days unlike I'm going for an event or if I have time in the morning for makeup. I think it helps that over the years, I've learnt how to be confident with my skin and I no longer feel a need to wear a mask of makeup.

Left side with foundation, Right side is bare.
That being said, when it comes to foundation, I do look out for a few attributes of the product to consider keeping them in my makeup cabinet these days with my aspiring-minimalist lifestyle!

The first attribute I will look at are the ingredients, because foundation covers up the whole area of my face and the last thing I want to do is to end up clogging my skin or introducing ingredients that will cause damage in the long run. This product ticks off the list with aloe vera leaf juice, flavonoids, phytonutrients and antioxidants contents and shades made of iron oxides with low heavy metal content.

The second attribute will be it's coverage, like how well does it conceal flaws and how long can that coverage last. Ideally, the coverage should something that blends away uneven skin tone, lighten skin imperfections and still look like I have hardly anything on my face, and last for at least 6 hours. I have pretty bad dark circles if I don't have enough sleep, freckles, blemish scars and redness. So in terms of coverage, this product does help to cover up the redness and lighten my dark circles with 1 layer. To cover up blemish scaring and my freckles, I will need at least 2 layers and even spot concealing.

Due to my oily skin, this product doesn't last long on my T-zone, so I will usually "bake" the foundation with loose powder. I did it for my wedding shot, out on Connie Island with minimal touch-up and the makeup stayed on for the entire photo shoot! I use the same technique now whenever I use this foundation, and it last me through the day.

The last attribute is how does my skin react to the product. The last thing I want from wearing foundation is to have my skin clogged further after a day of use. So usually, I will ask for samples and even purchase testers before committing to a full-sized product. I think it is important to get a foundation that doesn't exacerbate any prevailing skin woes you have. (Note: how you cleanse your skin is also important) I'm glad to say that my skin have no issues with this foundation.

Interested in this foundation? 
Find them here on Charis Naturals!

This review is sponsored, but reviews are based solely on user's experience and are in not way influenced by any other factors.

Sage and Ylang Lip and Cheek Tint [Sponsored Review]

3 months ago, I reviewed a series of Sage & Ylang's products after chancing upon them at the Boutique Fair. I did a quick review of their lip and cheek tint in Sugar Plum shade (click here to read the review) and ever since then, Irene (Sage & Ylang's Founder) went back to her drawing block and worked at improving the formulation of it.

To check out Sage & Ylang, head to their website at sageandylang.com or follow them on Instagram at @sageandylang!



Today, I will be reviewing the entire Lip and Cheek Tint shades and my thoughts on them in time for their upcoming booth at the Boutique Fair this weekend!


Lip and Cheek Tint
This vegan Lip and Cheek Tint was created because Irene wanted to provide cleaner and greener alternatives for adults and teenagers. A compact and versatile 2 in 1 formula suitable for those who don’t wear a full face of makeup on a daily basis and just wanted to add some colour to the lips and cheeks without all the hassle.

Benefits:
  • Provides moisture and soothes chapped lips
  • Provides a sheer and natural colour on the lips and cheeks
  • Great for everyday use
  • Contain Shea butter and meadow-foam seed oil which provide natural sun protection.
  • Perfect on its own or layer over other shades
  • Smooth buttery texture that glides over lips easily
To Use:
Using fingers or brush, apply a small amount to lips and cheeks. Blend with fingers.
For a more intense look, apply several layers till you achieve the desired color.
For other uses, read the end of this post!

Ingredients:
Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter*, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter*, Ricinus communis (Castor) Oil*, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) seed oil*, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) kernel oil*, Citrullus Lanatus ( Watermelon ) Seed Oil*, Alpha Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Mica, iron oxide, PELARGONIUM ROSEUM (Geranium Rose) LEAF Oil*, CITRUS SINENSIS (Blood Orange) PEEL OIL EXPRESSED*.

* Ingredients from Organic Farming
Certified Organic Ingredients : 75%

Price: $23 for 4.44ml

Texture: buttery balm once warmed up

Smell: floral blend of Geranium Rose and Blood Orange essential oils

Lip and Cheek Tints' Shades
After months of development, Irene has created a whole range of new shades with a smoother balm texture. I have with me 7 shades to review however, not all shades are up for purchase yet but you have first insight into the shades here!


Pink/Red Shades

Top: 1 layer of balm applied, Bottom: 3 layers of balm applied
Shade: Pink Blush

Colour: A sheer light-shimmery pink tint

Thoughts: 
A natural shade that you can apply & build up without worrying about the shade over-intensifying.
Top: 1 layer of balm applied, Bottom: 3 layers of balm applied

Top: 1 layer of balm applied, Bottom: 3 layers of balm applied
 Even with 3 layers applied, the shade looks very sheer and natural on my lips. If you have chapped lips and are looking for something more moisturizing out of the other shades, I highly recommend this!
Top: 1 layer of balm applied, Bottom: 3 layers of balm applied



Shade: Pink Frost

Colour: A shimmery pink tint

Thoughts: 
This shade doesn't suit my skin tone due to the light pink shimmers in it but it works well as a cheek tint.

However, I can see this working well for ladies with fair skin tone and lighter lip tone base. So feel free to head down to their booth this weekend to swatch it yourself!




Shade: Sugar Plum

Colour: A shimmery berry-red tint

Thoughts: 
Like what I previously reviewed, I find that this shade is perfect for all skin tone on the lips and cheeks.

It's very hard to go wrong with this shade!





Shade: Scarlet

Colour: A shimmery brick-red tint

Thoughts: 
Scarlet will be the shade I gravitate towards for a dark red lip without looking vampy or over the top.








Brown/Copper Shades
Top: 1 layer of balm applied, Bottom: 3 layers of balm applied

Shade: 
Cinnamon

Colour: A shimmery bronze tint

Thoughts: 
If you swatch this from the tube, you would think that it's too brown in colour for the lips, but the trick to using this is to blend with your fingers between each layer and the shade turns into a natural shade that looks really pretty on the lips!


Top: 1 layer of balm applied, Bottom: 3 layers of balm applied




Shade: Honey Earth

Colour: A shimmery copper-red shade

Thoughts:
Another shade that doesn't suit my skin tone, it dulls my complexion when I layer it heavily on my lips but I've found that it works as a eye shadow shade!






Top: 1 layer of balm applied, Bottom: 3 layers of balm applied.

Shade: 
Satin Pearl

Colour: A sheer golden-brown tint

Thoughts:
I love this shade because like Pink Blush, it is very versatile due to its sheerness. This would be a shade to consider if you are looking for something more moisturizing too!








Overall Rating: 9.5/10

Unlike the previous batch of Lip and Cheek Tint, this batch of tints are newly formulated to be softer and smoother to apply. Hence, the change in my rating because now, with its newly formulated texture, I find it sufficient in keeping my lips moisturized! I swatch all 7 shades in one go and my lips hardly flaked! Normally, I would end up with bits of dead dry skin hanging off the lips when I swatch other lip products...


Top: Pink Blush, Bottom: Cinnamon
I like that the shade can be layered on for a more intense colour and at the same time, it can be blended out for a softer look which works great on the lips, cheeks and even eyelids! Before applying it on my eyelids, I asked Irene if the ingredients are safe to use near the eye area and the answer was yes. I did a full 7 days trial with this on my eyelids as eye shadow and I can confirm that there isn't any negative reaction!

In fact, I love using the shades Pink Blush and Cinnamon as an eye shadow. Both are very easy colours to work with for a minimalist makeup look. For more intense colour, I will recommend using it with a primer, and to layer on the balm gently by dabbing them on with your finger. In terms of staying power, because it is a balm, by mid day, there will be creases but as it is highly pigmented, just use your fingers to blend the crease away and you are good to go! Pst!~ Cinnamon works great as a contour shade too!

The only issue I have with these tints is if you twist too much product out, you may not be able to twist them back down due to its formulation and if you are trying to apply straight from the tube, you will need to swipe it a few times to warm the balm up for it to be applied.

To overcome its downsides, I found that simply using your fingers to apply works really well. Just lift the cap off, run your finger tips over the balm and apply it by dabbing onto your lip, cheeks, jawline or eye lids. I will be posting a video of how I apply them onto my face on instagram so follow @jodyguide to watch it!

Cinnamon on eye lids, below cheekbones and jaw line as contour, Pink Blush on lips and above cheekbones as highlighter, Scarlet on cheeks!
Sage & Ylang is available at this weekend's Boutique Fair at
Boutique Pit Building,
15 Nov 2019
9am to 8pm

16 Nov 2019
10am to 8pm

17 Nov 2019
10am to 6pm

Alternatively, you may purchase them online too at Sage & Ylang website!

This review is sponsored, but reviews are based solely on user's experience and are in not way influenced by any other factors.

Sage and Ylang: Skin Care products Review [Partially Sponsored Review]

Previously, I wrote about Sage and Ylang in my post and shared my experience with some of the products. As you now know, the brand is an organic, natural, pure plant-based green beauty line created by Irene Chong. The Radiance Series is the result of four years of product research and development to help combat skin dullness, uneven skin tone and lack of skin firmness.


All products are formulated using high quality, phytonutrient-rich ingredients to meet the demands of maturing skin. As quick fixes to rejuvenate skin only display a temporary effect, Sage & Ylang firmly believes that a high-quality green skincare regimen, plus a healthy and holistic lifestyle are key to having a more radiant and healthy looking skin.

As mentioned in my previous post, after my conversation with Irene, I decided to give their products a try and was going to pay for their Trial range but she was nice to offer me their full sized range instead so I did a partial payment and she sponsored me the rest. That being said, if you are a regular reader, you should know by now that my reviews are based solely on my experience and are in not way influenced by any other factors. So with that out of the way, let's kick start with my reviews!

For this post, I will be reviewing the following products
  • Radiance Luxury Serum
  • Radiance Defense Serum
  • Radiance Indulgence Mask


Radiance Luxury Serum


Radiance Luxury is a powerful multi-tasking night treatment which targets to reverse the effects of environmental aggressors. Powered by phytonutrients and anti-oxidants, this serum counters the effect of skin-stress that happened during the day. This nightly ritual will get your skin ready for renewal and rejuvenation. The brightening active will work on uneven skin tone, and you will awake to smoother, firmer, and more radiant skin.

Price: $96 for 30ml

Texture:  light-weight oil

Smell: a blend of botanical scents

Ingredients:
Rosa Canina (Rose Hip) Fruit Oil*, Argania Spinosa (Argan) Kernel Oil*, Squalane (Olive), Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil*, Helianthus Annus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Borago Officinalis (Borage) Seed Oil*, Ubiquinone (CoQ10), Hippophae Rhamnoides (Sea Buckthorn) Fruit Extract, Prunica Granatum (Pomegranate) Seed Oil*, Camellia Oleifera Seed Oil*, Spilanthes Acmella Flower Extract, Dimethylmethoxy Chromanyl Palmitate, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Boswellia Carterii (Frankincense) Gum Oil*, Pelargonium Roseum (Geranium Rose) Leaf Oil*, Cistus Ladaniferus Oil^, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Sweet Orange) Peel Oil Expressed*
* Ingredients from Organic Farming
^ Wild Crafted
Certified Organic Ingredients : 72.1%

To use: 
Massage 1-2 pumps nightly onto damp face, neck, and decollete.
To enhance absorption of this serum, spritz your face with essence or toner, and while your face is still damp, massage the serum into your skin.

Overall Rating: 10/10
Firstly, the scent of this is divine! It helps me unwind after a long day as I massage the oil gently onto my face, neck and decollete as instructed and wake up to skin that is plump, well-rested and radiant.

I've been using this for a month and there's still more than half of it in the bottle, going to show that a little goes a long way for this serum. I would suggest new users of oil serum to start with a pump or 5 drops of this at a start to get used to the texture and work your well up to 2 pumps. For me, I'm a fan of oil serums as I find that in the process of massaging the such product onto my face, it helps to unclog blackheads (gross but hey~ it helps) and with 2 pumps, it does a really good job at clearing out the skin while giving it the necessary moisturizing result.

Radiance Defense Serum

A concentrated serum of 15 phytonutrients and vitamin, enhances the skin's natural defense against environmental stressors. Besides offering unique skin brightening and protection, this serum also nourishes, repairs, moisturizes, tones and firms, all at the same time.

This multi-tasking, light-weight serum consists of a blend of healing plant oils, which are high in phytonutrients, plus Vitamin C and E, which aids in skin brightening and gives an added anti-oxidant effect. Each of the ingredients is carefully selected to target the needs of maturing skin, which is constantly bombarded by an array of environmental factors.
Price: $96 for 30ml

Texture:  light-weight oil

Smell: a blend of citrus and botanical scents

Ingredients:
Rubus Idaeus (Red Raspberry) Seed Oil*, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil*, Squalane (Olive), Euterpe Oleracea (Acai) Fruit Oil*, Caprylic/Capric Triglycerides, Helianthus Annus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Seed Extract, Plukenetia Volubilis (Sacha Inchi) Seed Oil*, Passiflora Edulis (Maracuja/Passion Fruit) Seed Oil*, Ascorbyl Palmitate (Vitamin C), Glyceryl Stearate, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Dimethylmethoxy Chromanyl Palmitate, Cananga Odorata Flower (Ylang Ylang) Oil*, Pelargonium Roseum (Geranium Rose) Leaf Oil*, Lavandula Latifolia Herb (Lavender Spike) Oil*, Pogostemon Cablin (Patchouli) Leaf Oil*, Cymbopogon Citratus (Lemongrass) Leaf Oil^
* Ingredients from Organic Farming
^ Wild Crafted
Certified Organic Ingredients : 70%

To use: 
Massage 1-2 pumps every morning onto damp face, neck, and decollete.
To enhance absorption of this serum, spritz your face with essence or toner, and while your face is still damp, massage the serum into your skin.
This serum does not replace the use of sunblock with SPF and UVA protection.
Overall Rating: 7/10
If I have to choose between the 2 different types of serum, I will choose Radiance Luxury. Radiance Defense doesn't seem to yield any significant improvement or result after use. Initially, I thought that it could have been due to the sunscreen I used along with the makeup but I changed the products I've used on top of this serum and still it doesn't show any difference.

That being said, I have to applaud Sage & Ylang for finding the perfect balance for the texture of this serum, being a day oil serum, the texture is akin to that of the finish a light cream moisturizer would give. It doesn't feel oily, blends well into the skin and doesn't affect the texture of the sunscreen and makeup I layer on top.

Radiance Indulgence Mask

Pamper yourself with this mini facial spa in the comfort of your own home. Radiance Indulgence is infused with 10 exotic botanical extracts and organic essential oils. These skin-renewing anti-aging botanicals are powerful skin rejuvenator which are able to revitalize and refresh your skin.

Price: $76 for 100ml

Texture: Clay powder

Smell: a blend of botanical scents

Ingredients:
Montmorillonite(French Pink And Yellow Clay), Kaolin, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Flour*, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Powder*, Ginkgo Biloba Leaf Powder*, Rosa Canina (Rosehips) Fruit Powder*, Tapioca Starch, Moringa Oleifera Fruit Powder*, Curcuma Longa (Tumeric) Leaf Powder*, Panax Quinquefolius (Panax Ginseng)*, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract*, Pelargonium Roseum (Geranium Rose) Leaf Oil*, Citrus Sinensis (Sweet Orange) Peel Oil Expressed*
*Ingredients from Organic Farming
Certified Organic Ingredients : 45%
To Use:
  1. Activate 2 teaspoons of clay with about 1.5 teaspoons of water, and stir till a smooth consistency. Apply to face and neck with a brush, avoiding eye area. Leave on for about 7-10 minutes, then wash off with water.
  2. When used as a gentle exfoliator, follow the same method as above, but immediately use your fingertips to gently massage your face for few minutes, then wash off with water.
  3. Follow with toner and facial serum.
FREQUENCY OF USE
Dry skin : 1-2 times per week
Oily skin : 2-3 times per week

Overall Rating: 8.5/10

This mixture dries quite easily upon application so blend quickly onto your face, I find that it helps to wet my finger and go over areas to even out the layer. As the mask dries, it will tighten and start to feel itchy so don't leave it on for more than 10 mins if you have sensitive skin.

Left: Clean cotton pad
Right: After running the cotton pad over
skin after mask 
The thing I don't like about this mask is that it leaves a yellow layer (from the turmeric) after washing it off and will stain your towels/ white pillow case. I won't be bothered by it if I used the mask in the day and am staying home for the entire day, but if I use it before going out or before sleeping, I will run a cotton pad with toner over my face to remove the yellow layer.

I wouldn't recommend using this as an exfoliator too as the mix is a little too scratchy for the skin for my liking, and so if you do so, be very very gentle!

That being said, the mask does have its benefits. I found that it helps to cleanse and detox my skin, improve the skin tone, calm the skin and lighten scars and pigmentation. On days that I have a few blemishes, I will mix a small amount and do a spot treatment over the pimple and I find that it helps to calm the skin.

Right: Skin is red, pores are obvious and look "open".
Left: Skin is lighter in tone, redness reduced, pores appears smaller and more refined & scars seems a little faded.

With that, it brings me to the end of this review post, head to sageandylang.com or follow them on Instagram at @sageandylang to check out Sage & Ylang!

This review is partially sponsored (I bought some on my own!), but reviews are based solely on user's experience and are in not way influenced by any other factors.